As I delve deeper into my series of posts about ‘Behind the pages’ of “Boger’s Legacy”, I’m drawn to share a chapter that’s close to my heart. This isn’t just about facts and figures; it’s an intimate reflection, steeped in emotion and sentiment, that shaped the journey of this book.
My thesis, a culmination of hard work, along with resource files, raw drafts, and meticulous notes crafted between 2002-2004, sat silently on a shelf, nestled among a collection of other books.
During the introspective moments of the COVID lockdown, I took a reflective journey back to 20 years ago. Revisiting my past work, I was struck by a realization: this material, which could greatly benefit homeopathic students and researchers, remained untouched and unpublished. In an era where such fragmented information is rarely compiled or available in printed form, I felt a pressing need to bring this knowledge to light. This profound understanding formed my primary motivation.
Equally compelling was the poignant sentiment expressed by Dr. CM Boger himself in a letter to Dr. LD Dhawle: “… I would like to finish these … before it becomes too late to do anything more …” (Refer to Boger’s Legacy – page no. 75). Amidst the prevailing uncertainties of the COVID pandemic from 2020-2022, these words resonated even more deeply, serving as a powerful reminder of the impermanence of life and the urgency to share knowledge while time permits.
In revisiting the “Acknowledgement” section of “Boger’s Legacy,” I was met with a bittersweet realization. While I extended my heartfelt thanks and gratitude, it pained me to recognize that several luminaries in the homeopathic realm who once guided and assisted me are no longer amongst us.
These individuals – Dr. Jugal Kishore, Dr. Girendra Pal, Dr. DP Rastogi, Dr. BK Kalia, Dr. Julian Winston, and David Kent Warkentin – are not just names on a page, but monumental figures who left an indelible imprint on my work. Their memories remain etched in the annals of homeopathy, and while I mentioned them in my acknowledgments, words truly fall short in capturing the entirety of their immense contributions and the void left by their departure.
A recent conversation with Dr. Solaiyappan from Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, brought more unsettling news about the health of Dr. KS Srinivasan of Chennai. It pained me to hear that he might not even recognize my voice now, if I reached out directly. So, I am in communication with his assistant. I earnestly wish for his healthy recovery, bolstered by the blessings of time and the unwavering dedication of medical care.
I must wholeheartedly acknowledge Dr. KS Srinivasan’s generosity and support. Throughout my journey, he graciously shared numerous copies of his meticulously translated and compiled homeopathic works with me (Boger’s Legacy – page no. 12).
His vast collection of homeopathic journals is a testament to his dedication and passion for the field. I earnestly urge anyone keen on homeopathy to delve into this treasure trove of knowledge.
The journey of “Boger’s Legacy” has been a profound one. Two decades ago, it began as a quest for knowledge, shining a light on uncharted territories and offering enriching insights. Yet, as the sands of time slipped through our fingers, it transformed into a poignant voyage.
It’s deeply emotional to recognize that numerous cherished participants and contributors, who were instrumental in shaping this legacy, are no longer with us. Over these 20 years, some have departed, some have gracefully entered the golden years of life, while others teeter on the precipice of farewells.
The essence of “Boger’s Legacy” isn’t just a culmination of fragmented insights into Dr. CM Boger’s groundbreaking work, but it is, in many ways, an open invitation. This narrative beckons to the young, passionate homeopathic students and the dedicated researchers alike. It calls upon them to delve deep into the rich tapestry of knowledge and wisdom that Dr. Boger wove, to not just learn from it but to add their unique threads, weaving their contributions into this ever-evolving story.
Dr. Boger’s dedication, precision, and passion encapsulated in this work are testaments to the vast potential of homeopathy. While the “Boger’s Legacy” offers a profound glimpse into his journey and findings, the field itself remains boundless, filled with mysteries waiting to be unraveled and stories waiting to be told. Just as Dr. Boger was inspired by the works of those before him, he now stands as a beacon, inspiring the next generation to build upon his foundation, to explore uncharted territories, and to broaden the horizons of homeopathic understanding.
To the budding homeopath, this legacy serves as both a map and a compass. It provides a pathway, illuminating the rich past while also pointing towards a future replete with possibilities. Every case study, every journal, every note in the annals of “Boger’s Legacy” is a potential spark, waiting to ignite the flame of curiosity and innovation in eager minds.
In essence, while “Boger’s Legacy” has brought together a treasure trove of Dr. CM Boger’s teachings and findings, it is but one chapter in an ongoing saga. As new minds engage with this work, as more discoveries are made, and as the world of homeopathy continues to expand and evolve, there’s no doubt that this legacy will continue to inspire, grow, and serve the community for generations to come.