Today, on January 12th, as we commemorate the 161st birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, I find myself reflecting on the profound journey of not just a personal ambition but a commitment to a larger cause – the publication of “Boger’s Legacy.”
This day, celebrated as National Youth Day in India, resonates deeply with the ideals of perseverance, enlightenment, and the relentless pursuit of one’s goals – principles that have guided me through my own journey.
Arise, awake, and stop not until the goal is reached:
“Arise, awake, and stop not until the goal is reached” is a quote attributed to Swami Vivekananda, an influential Indian monk and key figure in the introduction of Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world. This quote is an adaptation of a verse from the Katha Upanishad, an ancient Indian scripture.
The original Sanskrit verse from the Katha Upanishad is:
“उत्तिष्ठत जाग्रत प्राप्य वरान्निबोधत।” “क्षुरस्य धारा निशिता दुरत्यया दुर्गं पथस्तत् कवयो वदन्ति॥”
Transliteration: “Uttiṣṭhata jāgrata prāpya varān nibodhata, kṣurasya dhārā niśitā duratyayā durgaṃ pathas tat kavayo vadanti.”
Translation: “Arise, awake, approach the great ones and learn from them, for sharp as a razor’s edge, hard to traverse, and difficult to cross, is the path, say the wise.”
Swami Vivekananda popularized the first part of this verse (“Arise, awake, and stop not until the goal is reached”) during his speeches and writings, using it to inspire and motivate people, especially the youth, towards self-empowerment and pursuit of their goals. He often used this phrase to emphasize the importance of perseverance, dedication, and relentless pursuit of one’s objectives, a message that resonated deeply with his audiences.
Vivekananda’s use of this quote reflects his mission to awaken the spiritual consciousness of people and encourage them to strive for higher goals, both in personal and spiritual growth. His teachings and messages, particularly this quote, continue to inspire and influence people worldwide. In the context of your work and the story of publishing your book, this quote aligns well with the ethos of determination and continued effort in the face of challenges.
The Genesis of a Vision:
The story of “Boger’s Legacy” began over two decades ago, in the years 2002-2003. As a homeopathic doctor and teacher in Gurgaon, I was deeply immersed in the works of Dr. CM Boger, whose insights in homeopathy are both profound and pivotal. However, during the unsettling quiet of the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020, a realization dawned upon me – no significant work encapsulating Dr. Boger’s methodologies and insights had been published in the last twenty years. This gap was not just a pause in academic discourse but a lost opportunity for students and practitioners of homeopathy.
Embracing the Path of Persistence:
Inspired by Swami Vivekananda’s immortal words, “Arise, awake, and stop not until the goal is reached,” I embarked on a journey to bridge this gap. These words, echoing the ethos of determination, became a beacon through the countless hours spent in research, writing, and eventually, the daunting task of self-publishing. Vivekananda’s teachings, emphasizing the pursuit of one’s higher goals and the relentless drive towards them, resonated with every challenge faced and every milestone achieved in this journey.
Wisdom from the Ages:
In the profound texts of Hindu philosophy, such as the Bhagavad Gita, there lies timeless wisdom that has guided countless souls through the ages. “It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection,” the Gita teaches us. This was not just a guiding principle but a lived experience in the process of bringing “Boger’s Legacy” to fruition – a work that is a testament to embracing one’s path with all its imperfections and challenges.
The Confluence of Dharma and Karma:
My journey was not just about fulfilling a professional duty (Dharma) but also about the selfless act (Karma) of contributing to the knowledge pool of homeopathy. The Mahabharata states, “Where there is righteousness (Dharma), there is victory (Jaya).” This philosophy underpinned the entire endeavor – a belief that staying true to one’s path of righteousness inevitably leads to success, however daunting the path may be.
As we remember Swami Vivekananda today, his teachings and life’s work inspire us to look beyond the immediate and the mundane. In publishing “Boger’s Legacy,” my aim was not just to create a compendium of knowledge but to ignite a spark of curiosity and exploration in the minds of homeopathic students and practitioners. On this National Youth Day, let us all imbibe a bit of Vivekananda’s spirit – to arise, to awake, and to pursue our goals with unwavering determination.
Call to Action:
I invite you to join in this journey of continuous learning and exploration. Share your thoughts, experiences, and how you draw inspiration from the teachings of great minds like Swami Vivekananda. Let us together pave paths of knowledge and wisdom in the ever-evolving world of homeopathy.