Overview for Handbook on Healing Book-II
This book is written for students to learn how to apply the Art of Healing and Service while working in a clinic. Doing clinic work is totally different to seeing patients in your own consulting room. Over the years this system happened. It is called the 'Open Book Method'. Cluttering the mind with thousands of minute details does not make a Homeopathy. Knowledge of homeopathy grows within you through experience over years of practice. Serve is the first word of Gurudev Shivananda's message: Serve-Love-Purify-Medicine-Realise. Service comes first. But service alone is nothing but cold charity. Love must be added -Serve with Love. In all this work, there must be feeling -an awareness that the person who has come to you needs to be reassured, needs your affection, needs your help. Swami Venkatesananda has said: "If the time comes when you have lost spirit behind your service at the clinics and it becomes just work-stop it. It is no longer service. But a tear drop of love for the patient from the Healer will help the patient and the healer too." Is it not wonderful to see how all is one? Here, when we are speaking of homoeopathy, one minute the Gita comes to mind and the next a Quotation from the Bible. Can you not feel this force, this Power? It is in us, in all animate and inanimate beings. It is in the words of Prophets, in the physical, in the spiritual, and in the minutest vibration, which when tested in a laboratory nothing is found. And yet it is. In the billions of galaxies beyond our small sun, moon and the nine planets -it is. As practitioners we must never forget this truth. Within you and your patients is this Life Force, and within your pillules is the same Life Force. Your work is to join together and make a triangle -you, the healer, the patient, and the Life Force -the Power that we call God. All three must be joined as one -matched as one, then and only then, will you be a Healer in the true sense of the word.
Swami Ananda (Author)
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Swami Narayani (Author)
Swami Narayani (Norma Rowan Harman) was born on January 17, 1924 in Durban, South Africa. She was married to Colin Edward Harman in September 1945 and together they had three children. In 1960 Norma first met Swami Venkatesa a disciple of Swami Sivananda in South Africa. Norma had a keen interest in yoga and spirituality. At this time Norma was training in Homeopathy and in 1970 graduated as a Doctor of Homeopathy in Durban, South Africa. Norma was dedicated to serving mankind and on the advice of Swami Venkatesa started The Venkatesa Mobile Clinic, a not-for-profit organization that performed health services on a no-fee basis. Norma was given the name Narayani. The clinics had already become very popular. Norma in spite of studying classical Homeopathy had to improvise her methods of prescribing because of limitations of time and money. There were many people in need of health care and the time constraint allowed her to visit clinics on a monthly basis. The result was the use of combination remedies and simplified to serve the largely illiterate and very low income patients. Hence she developed a set of combination remedies consisting of approximately 36 mixtures. In 1974, Norma started her own classes, beginning with 10 students, to teach Homeopathy in South Africa. Humesh Kapitan and Bala Lodhia were among Norma's first group of 10. The clinics began expanding at a tremendous rate in South Africa and Mauritius. With the addition of new students and increasing interest in this field the set of mixtures had expanded to almost 150. At this point Homeopathy was also revived at the Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh India, where after the passing of Swami Sivananda, Homeopathy had lost ground to conventional Western medicine. Norma began teaching classes all over India to continue the teachings of Swami Venkatesa. In 1980, Norma retired to India to pursue spiritual studies. At this time The Venkatesa Mobile Clinic in Durban was run by Humesh Kapitan, while Bala Lodhia emmigrated to Canada to practice Homeopathy. In 1981, Norma was officially initiated with her fellow spiritual trainee, Ghiradhlal, by Swami Omkar of the Shanti Ashram. Norma had now become Swami Narayani and Ghiradhlal became Swami Ananda. Swami Narayani was often called "Mataji" meaning mother. In 1989 Swami Narayani received an for Humanitarian Work in Healing for her selfless work and service. After 1989, Swami Narayani returned to South Africa. On Thursday 6 April 1995, Swami Narayani passed away, but her work continues even after her passing. Swami Narayani's method of Homeopathy and her "Narayani Remedies" are administered to this day in many areas of India, South Africa, Mauritius, Italy, France and Canada. The Narayani formulas have now expanded to 215 mixtures and from feedback from practitioners throughout the world these remedies have and are still showing great success. There are many centres in India and South Africa where there is only the use of these formulas and the results are excellent. This does not discount the use of single classical remedies on the contrary there is better understanding of single remedies. Norma had also developed her own method of teaching Homeopathy and alternate health which is quite different to schools of classical Homeopathy. This method had to be developed through necessity because she would go to remote areas and train the locals to take care of their own people. This method of health care was very cost effective and could reach more people. Together with Swami Anand, Swami Narayani had written the Handbook of healing which is at present being used as part of a curriculum in Homeopathy at a few teaching institutions in India.