In my initial post, I bared my soul about my voyage with the term ‘Repertory’ which began in 1988. Later, I invited you into the labyrinth of my thoughts by revealing the cover pages of resource files of my 2003 thesis. This was followed by a gesture of heartfelt gratitude, a public display of appreciation for the luminaries who illuminated the pathway of my research.
Transcending the Bounds of Commerce and Time
Time, in its unrelenting march, often blurs the lines between events, intentions, and the essence of one’s pursuits. In my last post, I found it imperative to delineate a critical aspect of my journey. In 2023, as “Boger’s Legacy” found its way from the recesses of my mind to the printed page, it was not, and has never been, a commercial venture. This book is a labor of love, an extension of my dedication to the world of homeopathy and the quest for knowledge.
To put it succinctly, “Boger’s Legacy” is not a product; it’s a passion. It’s not a transaction; it’s a tribute.
While on the subject of clarifications, I must address another pivotal distinction. The year 2003 witnessed the culmination of my thesis – a rigorous academic endeavor steeped in research and analysis. Fast forward two decades to 2023, and we have “Boger’s Legacy” – a book, an entity in its own right. Although deeply rooted in the foundation laid by the thesis, the book has evolved, grown, and matured into something much more expansive.
Think of the thesis as a seed, carefully planted in the fertile ground of academia back in 2003. Over time, with nurturing, learning, and experiences, it sprouted, branched out, and bloomed into the comprehensive tome that is “Boger’s Legacy” in 2023.
While both the thesis and the book bear my imprints and are intertwined in their objectives, they remain two distinct milestones in my academic journey. One laid the foundation, and the other built upon it, reaching for the skies. The heart of the matter remains – both are borne out of sheer commitment to the cause and an undying love for the realm of homeopathy.
In essence, this journey, from 2003 to 2023, is not about chronology; it’s about evolution. It’s about the metamorphosis of thought, intent, and knowledge. And through it all, my objective remains unwavering: to contribute, enlighten, and pay homage to the giants upon whose shoulders I stand.
Navigating the Tides of Fate and Fortuity
In the vast ocean of academic pursuits, our personal inclinations and external influences often chart our course, sometimes leading us down paths we least expect.
1. To begin with, the subject of Repertory was never on my academic horizon. Having invested seven fervent years into ‘the Phoenix Repertory project’, which was firmly anchored in the Kentian approach, I felt I had delved deep enough into its intricacies. So, when life tossed Repertory into my lap during my MD, it was, in a manner of speaking, an unexpected rerun. This work, in many ways, felt akin to creating abridged versions, much like the condensed editions of the grand Oxford Dictionary.
2. Fate, however, has a poetic way of introducing silver linings. One such serendipitous moment was my privilege of encountering the First Edition of BBCR (1905). This wasn’t just any setting; it was the revered clinic of Dr. Jugal Kishore. Just being in the proximity of such a treasure was akin to a historian beholding an original manuscript of a classic tome. It was more than just pages bound together; it was a testament to the rich legacy of homeopathic academia.
3. The universe further conspired to enhance my journey when I received communications from three stalwarts of homeopathy: Dr. Norbert Winter, Dr. Julian Winston, and Dr. Klaus Scheiman-Burkhardt. Their insights offered a conceptual scaffold, laying down the foundational idea for the construction of ‘the Synoptic Key’. It was a moment of sheer revelation to see their conceptual visions mirrored in the First Edition of BBCR at Dr. Jugal Kishore’s clinic. An homage to their profound influence, these invaluable interactions find their due acknowledgment on page 28 of my 2003 thesis.
In reflection, it’s evident that while we might steer the ship of our desires, it’s the winds of circumstance, serendipity, and mentorship that often determine our direction. Through Repertory’s unexpected twists and turns, I’ve learned, grown, and above all, deeply appreciated the unforeseen detours of my academic voyage.
Guidance, Vision, and Synergy
Every academic voyage, no matter how solitary it may seem, is often buoyed by a community. Two luminaries stood out as the bedrock of my journey, each providing mentorship, direction, and invaluable insight.
Prof. Dr. JD Daryani, with his expansive experience and wisdom, held the distinguished position of the Head of the Repertory Department. His leadership style was a blend of the traditional rigor of the subject and a forward-looking approach, always pushing the boundaries of what was known and accepted.
Prof. Dr. MP Arya, my appointed guide, was instrumental in my academic evolution. He was more than just a mentor; he was a compass, consistently pointing me towards excellence. His keen insights and probing questions ensured that I didn’t merely skim the surface but delved deep, extracting the marrow of the subject.
Together, their combined vision for my research wasn’t confined to just the silos of their expertise. It was a shared endeavor, a synergy that augmented the depth and breadth of my work. As mentioned in my initial post, this collaborative spirit and shared vision were the cornerstones upon which my research was built. Their influence, guidance, and unwavering support have been both a privilege and a driving force, a fact I remain deeply cognizant and appreciative of.
A Legacy of Appreciation and Insight
Gurugram, a hub for many renowned professionals, has given me the fortunate proximity to several luminaries in my field. Amongst them stands the illustrious Prof. Dr. DP Rastogi, a name synonymous with dedication, expertise, and a keen understanding of the nuances of homeopathy. The serendipity of our shared geography allowed our paths to intersect frequently.
Over our many meetings, I was fortunate to glean insights from Dr. Rastogi’s vast reservoir of knowledge. But more than just an academic exchange, what stood out was his genuine appreciation for my work. Often, it is in the quiet labor rooms of research that one pours their heart and soul, hoping for the work to resonate, to make a difference. When someone of Dr. Rastogi’s stature took note of my thesis and acknowledged it in various platforms, it wasn’t just an honor, it was an affirmation.
A particular incident comes to mind that highlights the depth of his appreciation. On an ordinary day, an unexpected call from Dr. Pradeep Gupta of Agra made my day bright. Hearing that Dr. Rastogi had not only spoken highly of my thesis during a conference but also took the effort to showcase it, was overwhelming. Such moments are more than just accolades; they are a testament to the value of perseverance, dedication, and the power of genuine appreciation.
In the grand tapestry of my academic journey, my association with Prof. Dr. DP Rastogi stands out as a vibrant thread, lending color, depth, and a richness that I will forever be grateful for. I had the unique honor and privilege of closely collaborating with Prof. Dr. DP Rastogi on one of his seminal works, when he embarked on the journey of penning his first edition of a book on repertory.
Continuation of Legacy
Amidst the hustle and bustle of the recent Delhi Board Election, a serendipitous encounter brought me face to face with Dr. Navneet Rastogi. Meeting the son of the late Prof. Dr. DP Rastogi was akin to revisiting cherished memories.
Sharing details about my work on ‘Boger’ with Dr. Navneet was not just an academic update; it was an invitation to join hands in celebrating and furthering the legacy his father, Prof. Dr. DP Rastogi, had laid down. I sought his help in verifying some nuances and details for my book, keenly aware that collaboration would only enrich the content.
Dr. Navneet, with his graciousness and commitment to the field, readily offered his insights. His contributions have been invaluable, and in acknowledgment of this collaboration, his assistance finds its rightful mention in “Boger’s Legacy.”
On page number 31 of my thesis from 2003, there’s a particular account that stands out. It narrates the unique meeting between Dr. DP Rastogi and the then-octogenarian, Jean Giles. During this encounter, Dr. Rastogi was handed two bottles of homeopathic remedies, not just any remedies, but those that had once been in the hands of the renowned CM Boger. Such moments are emblematic, bridging the chasm between past legends and present scholars.
Fast forward two decades, and the significance of this meeting has not waned in my eyes. In my 2023 book, “Boger’s Legacy,” I made it a point to revisit this tale. But rather than a mere recounting, I referenced it, ensuring that it was contextualized and its implications fully understood.
Thus, from the pages of a thesis to the pages of a book, this anecdote serves as a consistent thread, binding together years of research, experience, and respect for the giants upon whose shoulders we stand.
Constructing the Parthenon of Boger’s Legacy
Every monumental building has its foundational pillars, and in the case of my thesis, those pillars were unequivocally Prof. Dr. JD Daryani and Prof. Dr. MP Arya. Their guidance, mentorship, and unwavering support ensured that my thesis had the structural integrity and academic rigor it demanded.
But like any robust structure, while the pillars are central, the foundation is equally vital. Dr. Jugal Kishore was akin to the cornerstone in my journey, setting the initial direction. His insights were enriched further by the collective wisdom of Dr. Norbert Winter, Dr. Julian Winston, and Dr. Klaus Scheiman-Burkhardt. Their contributions provided a holistic understanding, acting as guiding posts and helping me navigate the intricacies of the subject matter.
Yet, before a building can rise, the ground must be prepared. ‘The Phoenix Repertory Project’ and Prof. Kalia played pivotal roles in this stage. Their exhaustive groundwork was the precursor, ensuring I had a fertile academic soil from which my thesis could organically grow.
But no endeavor is complete without recognition and affirmation. The appreciations, particularly from Dr. Rastogi, acted as the ornate adornments, adding both value and a sense of accomplishment to the work. These commendations were not just about accolades; they were acknowledgments of the journey, the efforts, and the passion poured into the endeavor.
In retrospect, it wasn’t just a solitary effort. It was a symphony of collaborations, guidance, and support that culminated in the creation of my thesis which subsequently birthed the book – Boger’s Legacy. Each individual played their part, making my academic expedition both enriching, memorable and unforgettable.