Sunday, 31 December 2017

SAMANYA DHARMAS -- DUTIES/LAWS COMMON TO ALL



Manu Smriti [6.92] lists 10 Samanya Dharmas -- Common Duties/Laws:

धृतिः क्षमा दमः अस्तेयं  शौचं इन्द्रिय निग्रहः  | 
धीः विद्या सत्यं अक्रोधः दशकं धर्म लक्षणं      ||   6.92

The 10 Samanya Dharmas are:

1]  धृतिः  firmness
2]  क्षमा  patience
3]  दमः   self-control
4]  अस्तेयं  non-stealing
5]  शौचं   purity internal and external
6]  इन्द्रिय निग्रहः control of the senses
7]  धीः  strength of mind
8]  विद्या  wisdom
9]  सत्यं   truthfulness and
10]  अक्रोधः  absence of anger





HOMEOPATHIC HOME REMEDIES FOR FIRST AID KIT

2017 0910 34  Homeopathic Home Remedies for First Aid Kit

HOMEOPATHIC HOME REMEDIES consist of a basic set of homeopathic single remedies, which help in treating all types of aches and pains, boils, cuts and bruises, insect bites, and many common ailments. Each single remedy is marked with its key indications. 

For external application:
01  Calendula Q Mother Tincture [for cuts with laceration, open or surface wounds]
02  Cantharis Q Mother Tincture [for burns and scalds] 


For internal intake: [10 ml bottles centisimal potency 200c]

01  Arnica [injuries, bruise and shock, backache with lameness and soreness]
02  Rhus-tox [rheumatic pains, lumbago from getting wet, sprains from overlifting]
03  Hypericum [nerves affected when fingers are hit by hammer or nails are torn off] 

04  Ledum-pal [punctured wounds by rusty nail, insect bites]
05  Hep-sulph [croupy cough, boils which suppurate, felons, quinsy]
06  Apis-mel [bee- or wasp-sting with burning pain and swelling
]
07  Silicea [corns, expulsion of foreign bodies from wounds]
08  Staphisagria [incised wounds, toothache]
09  Gelsimium [sunstroke, nervous prostration, face-ache]
10  Cocculus [travel sickness, sea sickness]



1.     ACONITE 30C - COLD, FLU, TENSION
2.     ALLIUM CEPA 30C - COUGH & COLD
3.     ALOE 30C - DIARRHEA
4.     ARNICA 30C - BRUISES, ACHES, PAINS
5.     BELLADONNA 30C - FEVER, PAIN
6.     BRYONIA 30C - FLU, JOINT PAINS
7.     CARBO VEG 30C - GAS, INDIGESTION
8.     COLOCYNTHIS 30C - SPASM PAIN
9.     EUPHRASIA 30C - CONJUNCTIVITIS
10. GELSEMIUM 30C - FLU SYMPTOMS
11. GLONOINUM 30C - CONGESTIVE HEADACHE
12. HEPAR SULPH 30C - CROUPY COUGH, BOILS
13. HYPERICUM 30C - NERVE TRAUMA & PAIN
14. IPECACUANHA 30C - NAUSEA, VOMITING, COUGH
15. MERC SOL 30C - SORE THROAT, ANEMIA
16. NUX VOMICA 30C - INDIGESTION, COLD, ANXIETY
17. PLANTAGO 30C - EAR & TOOTHACHE
18. PULSATILLA 30C - NASAL CATARRH, PMS
19. RHUS TOX 30C - BACKACHE, URTICARIA

20. CALENDULA - MINOR CUTS, SCRAPES, BURNS AND SKIN IRRITATION 

A CATECHISM OF HOMEOPATHY: DR SAMUEL HAHNEMANN

2017 0903 34  A Catechism of Homeopathy: Dr Samuel Hahnemann



Dr Samuel Hahnemann [1755-1843]
"Catechism" means "Instructions through Questions and Answers".  

A catechism of Homeopathy is attempted here, with ten pertinent questions and authentic answers in Dr Samuel Hahnemann's own words.

The answers are taken from from his masterpiece "The Organon of Medicine" [6th edition, Tr. Dr William Boericke]. 


01  Who is "a true practioner of the healing art"?  [§ 3]

If the physician clearly perceives what is to be cured in diseases, that is to say, in every individual case of disease (knowledge of disease, indication), if he clearly perceives what is curative in medicines, that is to say, in each individual medicine (knowledge of medical powers), and  if he knows how to adapt, according to clearly defined principles, what is curative in medicines to what he has discovered to be undoubtedly morbid in the patient, so that the recovery must ensue – to adapt it, as well in respect to the suitability of the medicine most appropriate according to its mode of action to the case before him (choice of the remedy, the medicine indicated), as also in respect to the exact mode of preparation and quantity of it required (proper dose), and the proper period for repeating the dose; - if, finally, he knows the obstacles to recovery in each case and is aware how to remove them, so that the restoration may be permanent, then he understands how to treat judiciously and rationally, and he is a true practitioner of the healing art.


02  What is "the true and only conceivable portrait of the disease"?  [§ 6]

The unprejudiced observer takes note of nothing in every individual disease, except the changes in the health of the body and of the mind (morbid phenomena, accidents, symptoms) which can be perceived externally by means of the senses; that is to say, he notices only the deviations from the former healthy state of the now diseased individual, which are felt by the patient himself, remarked by those around him and observed by the physician. All these perceptible signs represent the disease in its whole extent, that is, together they form the true and only conceivable portrait of the disease.


03  What is the "dosage for acute diseases"?  [§154]

For the most appropriate homeopathic specific remedy, the disease, if it be not one of very long standing, will generally be removed and extinguished by the first dose of it, without any considerable disturbance.
  

04  How long does it take to cure?  [§ 148]

If the selected homeopathic remedy is administered properly, then the acute natural disease which is to be overruled if recently developed, will disappear imperceptibly in a few hours. An older, more chronic disease will yield somewhat later together with all traces of discomfort, by the use of several doses of the same more highly potentized remedy or after careful selection of one or another more similar homeopathic medicine. Health, recovery, follow in imperceptible, often rapid transitions. 



05 What is the significance of "singular, uncommon and peculiar symptoms"?  [§ 153]

In this search for a homoeopathic specific remedy, the more striking, singular, uncommon and peculiar (characteristic) signs and symptoms of the case of disease are chiefly and most solely to be kept in view; for it is  more particularly these that very similar ones in the list of symptoms of the selected medicine must correspond to, in order to constitute it the most suitable for effecting the cure. 

The more general and undefined symptoms: loss of appetite, headache, debility, restless sleep, discomfort, and so forth, demand but little attention when of that vague and indefinite character, if they cannot be more accurately described, as symptoms of such a general nature are observed in almost every disease and from almost every drug.


06  What is "the importance of the state of mind and disposition"?  [§ 211, § 213] 

The state of the disposition of the patient often chiefly determines the selection of the homeopathic remedy, as being a decidedly characteristic symptom which can least of all remain concealed from the accurately observing physician. [§ 211]

We shall, therefore, never be able to cure conformably to nature - that is to say, homeopathically - if we do not, in every case of disease, even in such as are acute, observe, along with the other symptoms, those relating to the changes in the state of the mind and disposition, and if we do not select, for the patient’s relief, from among the medicines a disease-force which, in addition to the similarity of its other symptoms to those of the disease, is also capable of producing a similar state of the disposition and mind.1

1 Thus aconite will seldom or never effect a rapid or permanent cure in a patient of a quiet, calm, equable disposition; and just as little will nux vomica be serviceable where the disposition is mild and phlegmatic, pulsatilla where it is happy, gay and obstinate, or ignatia where it is imperturbable and disposed neither to be frightened nor vexed.


07  What are the rules regarding preparation of dosage and repetition?  [§ 248] 

For this purpose, we potentize anew the medicinal solution1 (with perhaps 8, 10, 12 succussions) from which we give the patient one or (increasingly) several teaspoonful doses, in long lasting diseases daily or every second day, in acute diseases every two to six hours and in very urgent cases every hour or oftener. Thus in chronic diseases, every correctly chosen homeopathic medicine, even those whose action is of long duration, may be repeated daily for months with ever increasing success. 

1 Made in 8 tablespoons of water with the addition of some alcohol in order to preserve it.   The solution of the medicinal globule (and it is rarely necessary to use more than one globule) of a thoroughly potentized medicine in a large quantity of water can be obviated by making a solution in only 8 tablespoons of water and after thorough succussion of the vial take from it one tablespoon and put it in a glass of water (containing about 8 spoonfuls), this stirred thoroughly and then given a dose to the patient. 

If he is unusually excited and sensitive, a teaspoon of this solution may be put in a second glass of water, thoroughly stirred and teaspoonful doses or more be given. Each such prepared glass must be made fresh daily. the globule of the high potency is best crushed in a few grains of sugar of milk which the patient can put in the vial and be dissolved in the requisite quantity of water.


08  What is the "remedial measure for bad selection [of remedy]"?  [§ 250]

When, to the observant practitioner who accurately investigates the state of the disease, it is evident, in urgent cases after the lapse of only six, eight or twelve hours, that he has made a bad selection in the medicine last given, in that the patient’s state is growing perceptibly, however slightly, worse from hour to hour, by the occurrence of new symptoms and sufferings, it is not only allowable for him, but it is his duty to remedy his mistake, by the selection and administration of a homeopathic medicine not merely tolerably suitable, but the most appropriate possible for the existing state of the disease.


09  What is the "expiry period of the medicinal globules"?  [§ 268-,  § 272- footnotes]

In this dry state the fine powders may be kept forever uninjured in well-corked and sealed bottles, in all their original complete medicinal power, without ever being injured by mites or mould; and they are best preserved when the bottles are kept protected from the daylight (in covered boxes, chests, cases). If not shut up in air-tight vessels, and not preserved from the access of the light of the sun and day, all animal and vegetable substances in time gradually lose their medicinal power more and more, even in the entire state, but still more in the form of powder.

These globules retain their medicinal virtue for many years, if protected against sunlight and heat.  [§ 272 footnote]


10  Can more than "one single remedy be given at one time"?  [§ 273]


In no case under treatment is it necessary and therefore not permissible to administer to a patient more than one single, simple medicinal substance at one time. It is inconceivable how the slightest doubt could exist as to whether it was more consistent with nature and more rational to prescribe a single, simple medicine at one time in a disease or a mixture of several differently acting drugs. It is absolutely not allowed in homeopathy, the one true, simple and natural art of healing, to give the patient at one time two different medicinal substance.     





MABEL DOWN NORTHAM BRINE: SOMEBODY'S MOTHER


2017-01  Mabel Down Northam Brine: Somebody's Mother

Mabel Down Northam Brine [1816-1913] : An American Poet
And "somebody's mother" bowed low her head

The woman was old and ragged and gray
And bent with the chill of the Winter's day.

The street was wet with a recent snow
And the woman's feet were aged and slow.

She stood at the crossing and waited long,
Alone, uncared for, amid the throng

Of human beings who passed her by
Nor heeded the glance of her anxious eyes.

Down the street, with laughter and shout,
Glad in the freedom of "school let out,"

Came the boys like a flock of sheep,
Hailing the snow piled white and deep.

Past the woman so old and gray
Hastened the children on their way.

Nor offered a helping hand to her —
So meek, so timid, afraid to stir

Lest the carriage wheels or the horses' feet
Should crowd her down in the slippery street.

At last came one of the merry troop,
The gayest laddie of all the group:


He paused beside her and whispered low,
"I'll help you cross, if you wish to go."

Her aged hand on his strong young arm
She placed, and so, without hurt or harm,

He guided the trembling feet along,
Proud that his own were firm and strong.

Then back again to his friends he went,
His young heart happy and well content.


"She's somebody's mother, boys, you know,
For all she's aged and poor and slow.

"And I hope some fellow will lend a hand
To help my mother, you understand,

"If ever she's poor and old and gray,
When her own dear boy is far away."


And "somebody's mother" bowed low her head
In her home that night, and the prayer she said

Was "God be kind to the noble boy,
Who is somebody's son, and pride and joy!"




YouTube Video: "Somebody's Mother" by Mabel Down Northam Brine




[See also "Abu Ben Adhem" by Leigh Hunt uploaded on June 26, 2016]



Sunday, 3 September 2017

A CATECHISM OF SAMUEL HAHNEMANN'S ORGANON: DR SAMUEL LILIENTHAL

2017 0903 34  A Catechism of Samuel Hahnemann's Organon: Dr Samuel Lilienthal


Dr S Lilienthal [1815-1895]
"Homeopathic Therapeutics" fame Dr Samuel Lilienthal has also written a little gem of a book "A catechism on Samuel Hahnemann's Organon".  

I chanced to come across it as an appendix in Dr William Boericke's "Compend on the Principles of Homeopathy".  Given below are some excerpts. The link to the full text of Dr Lilienthal's  book is is also provided at the end. 

Catechism, by definition, refers to Instructions in the form of Questions and Answers.  Dr Lilienthal's work contains answers only.


1. The physician's highest and only calling is to restore health to the sick, which is called healing.

2. Healing ought to be accomplished in the most speedy, most gentle, and most reliable manner.

3. To do this he must know the ailment of the patient, select the remedy, the dose and its repetition according to each individual case.

4. Sanitation and hygiene are studies in which every physician must be well versed.

5. Constitution of the patient, his mind and temperament, occupation, mode of living and habits, social and domestic relations, age and sexual functions, etc. give us the individuality of the patient.

6. Deviations from the normal state show themselves by morbid signs or symptoms.

7. The totality of these symptoms, this outwardly reflected image of the inner nature of the diseased state, i.e., of the suffering dynamic, or living force, is the principal and only condition to be recognized in order that they may be removed and health restored.

8. Life, a dynamic principle, animates the material body, and this material body passes away as soon as it is bereft of this life-force. In health, harmonious vital processes go on in our mind and body, and in sickness this life-force becomes deranged by the dynamic influence of some morbific agency inimical to life, hence abnormal functional activity, manifesting itself by morbid sensations and functions, by morbid symptoms.

9. This morbidly changed life-force can only be restored to its normal state by a similarly acting dynamical power of the appropriate remedy, acting upon the omnipresent susceptibility of the nerves of the organism. The total removal of all symptoms is health restored, and therefore the totality of symptoms observed in each individual case can be the only indication to guide us in the selection of a remedy.

10. These aberrations from the state of health can only be removed by the curative power inherent in medicine to turn the sensorial condition of the body again into its normal state.  







Compend on the Fundamentals of Homeopathy by Dr William Boericke: [Click Here]
https://ia802705.us.archive.org/6/items/compendofprincip00boerrich/compendofprincip00boerrich.pdf



See the Appendix for Dr Samuel Lilienthal's "A Catechism on Samuel Hahnemann's Organon".





Sunday, 27 August 2017

LIFE LESSONS FROM NATURE


2017 0827 33  Life Lessons from Nature







Although we can discover life lessons through infinite avenues — in texts, movies, the workplace, in our relationships and so much more — we can learn amazingly valuable life lessons from nature, especially when we observe the characteristics of flowers.
EMBRACE THE SUN (FOCUS ON THE GOOD) Flowers grow towards the sun. They embrace the light that shines, which they depend upon for life. As human beings, we too must focus on the light. The light of human life is not physical brightness and sunshine, but the light that constitutes illuminated virtues of goodness, generosity, happiness, moral integrity and good will.
We must always focus on the positive and good. Life is difficult and, at many times and in many instances, certainly dark and depressing. But without the darkness there could never be light. Like flowers, we must always embrace the sun and focus upon the good, in spite of the darkness that we are sure to endure.
Human emotion and feeling are genuinely contagious. As human beings, our mental and emotional well-being is influenced by the happiness or sadness of others around us. As flowers embrace the sun, the lesson taught to us by nature is to always be reminded of, to reflect upon, and to cherish the light that shines in our lives. Without this integral focus on all that is good and positive in life, our own happiness wanes and we cannot aptly be a source of light for others; those who suffer in darkness and long to grow towards the sun.
BE THE WARMTH (NURTURE YOUR COMPASSION): Flowers need warmth to awaken from the winter’s frost, to sprout and to grow to their fullest potential. Human beings likewise need the warmth of human compassion, kindness and understanding to develop into their fullest, happiest and most balanced states of being. Right from our birth, the compassion that is embodied by our mothers and fathers is required for our very survival: without parents to protect us and provide for us, human babies cannot survive.
Compassion nurtures human happiness; it isn’t an emotional “bonus” that, if we’re lucky, we might experience in our relationships — immediately from birth, compassion is an absolute necessity for our very survival. As flowers need the warmth to grow, develop, and become whole, nature likewise teaches us that nurturing the warmth of compassion is an unmistakable, irreplaceable element of personal happiness, healthiness and lasting relationships.
OPEN UP [NO MATTER WHAT’S INSIDE]  Flowers bloom regardless of the looks of their faces, no matter their true colors. Although the faces that flowers display are physical and visual only, every human being owes it to oneself to open up and fully embrace one’s uniqueness — to accept, appreciate, and maximize who you are on the inside.
Every person is completely unique, both in physical appearance and in personality. In order to live the happiest, healthiest and fullest of lives, we owe it to ourselves to fully explore who we are: our interests, our passions, our fears, our strengths, and our weaknesses. Through opening up — no matter what is on the inside — we can learn a vast amount about ourselves. By maximizing our strengths, minimizing our weaknesses, and finally harnessing our interests and passions, we give ourselves the greatest opportunity to be happy, balanced, and fulfilled in life. Doing so also allows us to provide happiness and balance to the men and women around us whom we care about.
GROW TALL (IN SPITE OF THE FALL)  Flowers grow to their highest height, in spite of the fact that come winter, they shall wither and die. Flowers grow, live, and thrive regardless of their finiteness; their mortality. No different, we as human beings will all encounter the inevitable.
In our society, so much about our lives surrounds pursuits: pursuing dreams and goals, pursuing careers, pursuing a soul mate and the perfect relationship, pursuing a family, and so on. The pursuit-oriented nature of our lives places so much focus on the end goal — the objective, the sought-after achievement of our pursuits. But what about the pursuit itself?

Each flower has a purpose. In spite of the inevitability of their demise, they live because they can. In our lives, there are many passions and interests and noble objectives to pursue. As we seek out different achievements and successes, we must always remember that we live because we both have purpose and because we can. Grow strong and stand tall. Become the best “you” that you can be. Embrace the life lessons that nature provides us: bloom into your fullest and most vibrant of colors.