Dr Rajan Sankaran , the world famous Homeopath with his incredable knowlegde and spirit due to Lockdowns of Corona virus offered us webinars for deeper unstanding in Homeopathy. These webinars are a part from a big great efford from the team of The Other Song Academy of Adavanced Homeopathy, H.O.P.E , Synergy, Prana ,Homeopathetic Medical Publichers.
In the webinar on 19/4/2020 asked from the participants a homework.
I started to think about this question a lot and here is my point of view
First of all, I would like to thank for your spirit and your work in Homeopathy.
Every time that I will participate a seminar, webinar or even a small video on YouTube I am full of ideas and inspiration.
I did my small research and because of lockdowns I was able to use only Repertory Synthesis.
I always enjoy the procedure of finding the remedy. I don’t focus so much in the result.
“What is the remedy for Christmas / Diwali / Ramadan?”
Birth of Jesus christ
“Ἡ Γέννησίς σου Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν
ἀνέτειλε τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ φῶς τὸ τῆς γνώσεως”
ἀνέτειλε τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ φῶς τὸ τῆς γνώσεως”
Jesus Christ , our God, the light of knowledge has arisen with your birth.
Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration.
Joseph and Mary arrived one night in the city of Bethlehem, the inn had no room and so they were offered a stable where the Christ Child was soon born. After birth an angel proclaimed the news to shepherds and many angels proclaimed a gospel. In the same time a bright star has led three Wise men from east who they offered to Jesus 3 gifts. Gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Jesus life was symbolic in nature also, hinting at an unseen spiritual reality rather than the visual and temporal elements of the world. These gifts were prophetic rather than practical.
Gold. Gold represents Jesus as a King. These wise men brought a gift that represented what they thought this child King was worth…the most valuable substance they could offer.
Frankincense represents Jesus as a Priest. Frankincense comes from the sap of a tree. The bark is removed and the sap is scraped from the inside and then allowed to dry. The leftover resin is burned as incense in many religious ceremonies. The frankincense shows us this child would be the intercessor that mankind needed. Greater than the Levitical priesthood, this intercessor would put an end to sin forever. The scent of frankincense has the purpose of clearing and detoxifying the air.
Myrrh represents Jesus as a Prophet. Myrrh was a burial spice. It comes from a very thorny plant and is a reminder of death because of its use as a burial spice. The picture of suffering demonstrated by this gift obviously relates to the Savior’s death. These symbolic gifts demonstrated all that this baby would one day grow to fulfill. Jesus ultimately came to die for the sins of the world and reconcile mankind to God. For that is the name given to him at his birth. “You shall call his name Jesus for he will save his people from their sins.
In Christian Religion, more in Orthodox dogma, Christmas and Easter are the main celebrations. These special days “God becomes a human so that a human will become a God by grace”
The Resurrection of Jesus
Due to the great importance of Christmas and Easter was established a preparatory period during which the believers will be prepared to receive the coming of the Savior Christ. Through to their faith they will transferred to the cave of Bethlehem and they will walk with Christ together in the road of suffering hopping for Resurrection. They are 2 periods that lasts 40 days, is called the Lent of Christmas and begins on November 15 each year and the great Lent of Easter. The Easter Fasting starts 48 days before Easter and 40 days before the Holly Week that through ceremonies will be representations of the suffering of Christ. Then the Easter day Jesus resurrected to the sky purified after his suffering. It is a hope for a new life, for being a better person and as Jesus suffered for people a man who believes will be rescued from his mortal life and sufferings. The doors of Paradise will be open for him.
All the depth of fasting is reflected in these is set by the Old Testament (Isaiah 1:1–20), which says for Clean Monday:
Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection, self-improvement, and heightened devotion and worship. Muslims are expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam. Muslims believe that Ramadan teaches them to practice self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, and empathy for those who are less fortunate, thus encouraging actions of generosity and compulsory charity Zakat.
Muslims devote more time to prayer and acts of charity, striving to improve their self-discipline, motivated by hadith: "When Ramadan arrives, the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of hell are locked up and devils are put in chains.
The spiritual rewards of fasting are believed to be multiplied during Ramadan. Accordingly, Muslims refrain not only from food and drink, but also tobacco products, sexual relations, and sinful behavior, devoting themselves instead to prayer recitation of the Quran and the performance of charitable deeds as they strive for purity and heightened awareness of God.
Ramadan is the month of fasting, which is one of the 5 basic principles of Islamic religion. There are many wisdoms of fasting in Ramadan, wisdom that looks at both the discipline of God, the social life of man, his personal life, the nurture of the soul, and the gratitude of the divine blessings. Therefor the basic worship in Ramadan and what determines every ceremony is fasting in body and in mind.
Muslims have regarded the last ten nights of Ramadan as being especially blessed. Muslims believe that the Night of Qadr comes with blessings and mercy of God in abundance, sins are forgiven, supplications are accepted, and that the annual decree is revealed to the angels who carry it out according to God's plan.
At the time of iftar, the dinner after the daily fasting, the taste of the palate testifies that there is a very valuable divine blessing in the eyes of a believer. Everyone from the Sultan to the most enthusiast reaches a spiritual gratitude in Ramadan by understanding the values of those blessings.
In terms of being banned from eating during the day, a person says, “Those blessings are not my property. I am not free to eat them. So it is the property of someone else and it is a blessing offered; I am waiting for His command.” He knows the blessing and gives a spiritual gratitude. Thus, fasting in many ways passes to the key of gratitude, which is the real duty of man.
The Qur'an says: "That month of Ramadan, the Qur'an, which shows the right path to people, carries the evidences of clear guidance and separates between truth and belief, has been sent down in that month."
Diwali, Divali, Deepavali is the one of the major religious festivals in Hinduism. The festival of lights. The name is derived from the Sanskrit term , meaning “row of lights”.
All these lights represent the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance". The lighting of the lamps is explained as a material substitute for the light of holy knowledge that was extinguished with Mahavira’s passing. In the Hindu religion it’s also a time to honor the gods and goddesses, especially the goddess Lakshmi.
The fourth day—the main Diwali festival day and the beginning of the lunar month of Karttika—marks the beginning of the new year according to the Vikrama calendar.
In the lead-up to Diwali, celebrants will prepare by cleaning, renovating, and decorating their homes and workplaces. During the Diwali people wear their finest clothes and they buy new.
During the festival, small earthenware lamps filled with oil are lit and placed in rows along the parapets of temples and houses and set adrift on rivers and streams. People illuminate the interior and exterior of their homes with diyas (oil lamps or candles), offer puja (worship) to Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and wealth, light fireworks, and partake in family feasts, where mithai (sweets) and gifts are shared.
Every person who will experience of all the above, will find many common themes.
Light, light against dark, night, angels, rituals, hymns, celebrations, sharing, gifts, blessing, empathy, fasting, cleaning of body and mind.
No matter which is the Religion, every person believes in something bigger, sacred than the human beingness.
, human beings’ relation to that which they regard as holy, sacred, absolute, spiritual, divine, or worthy of especial reverence. It is also commonly regarded as consisting of the way people deal with ultimate concerns about their lives and their fate after death. In many traditions, this relation and these concerns are expressed in terms of one’s relationship with or attitude toward gods or spirits; in more humanistic or naturalistic forms of religion, they are expressed in terms of one’s relationship with or attitudes toward the broader human community or the natural world. In many religions, texts are deemed to have scriptural status, and people are esteemed to be invested with spiritual or moral authority. Believers and worshippers participate in and are often enjoined to perform devotional or contemplative practices such as prayer, meditation, or particular rituals. Worship, moral conduct, right belief, and participation in religious institutions are among the constituent elements of the religious life. (Britannica/Religion)
There is only one question. Why?
If there was only a metaphysical concern about what happens after life theories of universe would cover the concern.
Why a person needs his religion? Why religion is so important?
, in religion, the deliverance of humankind from such fundamentally negative or disabling conditions as suffering, evil, finitude, and death. In some religious beliefs it also entails the restoration or raising up of the natural world to a higher realm or state. The idea of salvation is a characteristic religious notion related to an issue of profound human concern.
The fundamental idea contained in the English word , and the Latin and Greek from which it derives, is that of saving or delivering from some dire situation. The term denotes beliefs and doctrines concerning salvation in any specific religion, as well as the study of the subject. The idea of saving or delivering from some dire situation logically implies that humankind, as a whole or in part, is in such a situation. This premise, in turn, involves a series of related assumptions about human nature and destiny.
In those religions that regard humans as essentially psychophysical organisms (e.g., Judaism, Christianity, Zoroastrianism, Islam), salvation involves the restoration of both the body and soul. Such religions therefore teach doctrines of a resurrection of the dead body and its reunion with the soul, preparatory to ultimate salvation or damnation.
In contrast, some religions have taught that the body is a corrupting substance in which the soul is imprisoned (e.g., Orphism, an ancient Greek mystical movement; Hinduism; and Manichaeism, an ancient dualistic religion of Iranian origin).
In this dualistic view of human nature, salvation has meant essentially the emancipation of the soul from its physical prison or tomb and its return to its ethereal home. Such religions generally explain the incarceration of the soul in the body in terms that imply the intrinsic evil of physical matter. Where such views of human nature were held, salvation therefore meant the eternal beatitude of the disembodied soul.
Christian soteriology contains a very complex eschatological (regarding a doctrine of last things) program, which includes the fate of both individual persons and the existing cosmic order. The return of Christ will be heralded by the destruction of heaven and earth and the resurrection of the dead. The Last Judgment, which will then take place, will result in the eternal beatitude of the just, whose souls have been purified in purgatory, and the everlasting damnation of the wicked. The saved, reconstituted by the reunion of soul and body, will forever enjoy the beatific vision; the damned, similarly reconstituted, will suffer forever in hell, together with the Devil and the fallen angels. (Britannica /Salvation)
A Homeopathic view
Anacardiaceae family with Anacardium (angel vs devil )and the Solanaceae family with Stramonium (light vs dark) maybe would be more obvious. But both of them are not getting in the real core of the question.
Materia medica and rubrics always open a new perspective.
In Synthesis Repertory / F Schroyens Edition 8.1
MIND / YEARNING OF SALVATION page 223
OLIBANUM SACRUM (one remedy)
Anxiety of salvation about page 24
Carresed wants to be Caressed
Delusions angel seeing p 59
Delusions body he is divided p 62
Delusions lighter than air body is p 62
Delusions born into the world ; he has newly
Delusions divided two parts into
Delusions God communication with god he is p 75
Delusions Visions has p 97
Delusions Visions has beautiful p 97
Delusions beautiful landscape p 61
Delusions Watched p 99
Religious too p 88
Restleness with anxiety
Despair religious of p103
Detached p 103
Disconnected himself with p 105
Dullness p 109
Ease feeling p 112
Religious affections p 209
Everything happens for a reason and the day of the webinar 19/2/2020, in Greece was Easter day.
The day that Jesus Christ resurrected. This day is the core of Orthodox religion.
The exact meaning of Easter is to unite the dimensions and with an ease feeling to be a motivation to Salvation of the soul.
An incense unites dimensions.
The Religious use of incense is prevalent in many cultures and may have roots in the practical and aesthetic uses, considering that many of these religions have little else in common. One common motif is incense as a form of sacrificial offering to a deity.
Boswellia sacra (commonly known as frankincense or olibanum-tree) is a tree in the Burseraceae family. It is the primary tree in the genus Boswellia from which frankincense, a resinous dried sap, is harvested. It is native to the Arabian Peninsula (Oman, Yemen), and northeastern Africa (Somalia).
In Orthodox practice the Frankincense is used a lot from the priests and from very religious people. In other religions also it used a lot in different circumstances.
It is believed the fragrances connect the worlds and transfer the pray to God.
This dimension and the other dimension. The idea of incense can be very close to the idea of Salvation. An incense has immaterial dimension and subtle sense.
The incense symbolizes the prayer which arise from the material world to Gods world. Christians say “may it directs my prayer as incense before You”. It is the momentum of the soul upwards and in the same time the true desire the pray will be accepted “in the pleasant spiritual scent”.
Frankincense was known for its medicinal properties. It was first mentioned in the ‘Papyrus Ebers’, an ancient Egyptian textbook for the medically practicing, dated at ca. 1600 B.C. and was the most extensively mentioned and most frequently recommended medicine in the ‘Corpus Hippocraticum’. Many of our medical forefathers, Hippocrates,Galenus,Dioskurides and Avicenna, to mention a few, are known to have prescribed Holy Incense for diverse ailments. In the oriental countries, it was commonly used in the treatment of inflammatory rheumatic conditions, and in the treatment of lesions and affections of the skin. In Europe too, there was a traditional use of Holy Incense as a medically potent curative. It was traditionally used for ailments of the respiratory tract, the skin, the gastro-intestinal tract and for inflamed joints.
The Ayurveda has a documented medicinal use of Frankincense that is over 3000 years old. Inflammatory ailments of the joints, like rheumatoid arthritis, chronic poly-arthritis, and gout, are treated with Boswellia. The bowels, the skin, and neural affections are equally as susceptible to the curative actions of Shallaki.
While not all active ingredients and principles of Olibanum are known, its therapeutic value is, today, increasingly being confirmed by research and experience in practice. Studies have confirmed the ability of Frankincense to inhibit inflammation and allergic reactions, to alleviate from pain, and to reduce swelling. In rheumatism it has been documented that Shallaki has reduced swelling and joint-stiffness in 65% of people. In inflammatory affections of the gastro-intestinal tract it alleviates from the symptoms commonly concomitant to colitis and Crohn’s disease. In chronic asthma it supports recovery, and in brain-tumors Boswellia has been reported to inhibit the growth of tumors.
The homeopathic appraisal of ‘Olibanum sacrum’, has revealed main themes of the remedy. Yearning, was as such, one of the main symptoms prevalent in the proving. Intellect, clarity and awareness, security and a sense of belonging were other central elements. Key-notes were calmness, peace of mind, distinct power of concentration, clearness of mind, increased perceptivity, but also indifference and mental irritability. Emotional features were happiness, blissfulness, yearning and love. Furthermore, there was hopelessness, restlessness, euphoria, exuberance and speculation. The need for trust and directness, truthfulness and authenticity were also prevalent. Physical symptoms included swelling, pain, stiffness in all joints, extreme fatigue and yawning. Skin symptoms were characterized by sensitivity, itchiness, eczema and dryness. There was coldness and shivering, but also sweating and extreme warmth.
Whether called Holy Incense, Frankincense, Boswellia, Shallaki, or Olibanum it is clearly one of the oldest medicinally prescribed substances, and has provided us with a potent curative for diverse diseases and ailments, both in terms of its herbal application, and in its homeopathic derivation. It is one of the valuable ancient curatives that has withstood the tests of time, and has been unearthed without ever really being lost, from the depth of the history of humanity.
FromEnna Stallinga MD in Inter Homeopathy
From personal experience I have been taught the Olibanum Sacrum during my educational period from Niki Tsekou in 2012. Niki Tsekou is a Homeopath and with idea of doctrine of signatures and the deep belief that Greek Ancient Mythology has a deeper meaning and representations in our life she combined the Olibanum Sacrum with the goddess Leukothea “the white goddess”.
Ino (Ancient Greek: Ἰνώ) was a mortal queen of Boeotia, who after her death and transfiguration was worshiped as a goddess under her epithet Leucothea, the "white goddess." Alcman called her "Queen of the Sea" (θαλασσομέδουσα), which, if not hyperbole, would make her a doublet of Amphitrite.
All religions have established to cover the need of human soul to eternity. Salvation is the deepest need after the survival instinct. If Arsenicum album is the most useful remedy in our use (Dr Sankaran in Webinar 12 April 2020) because of the extreme fear to keep the body alive, Olibanum Sacrum can be the most useful idea to what a soul really needs.
Answering the question “What is the remedy for Christmas, Ramadan and Diwali?” and analyzing the deeper themes Olibanum Sacrum it is a total match. Sacrum or Sanctum is the Soul and it needs a way to ascension beyond of the material world. These three religion celebrations are taking place in the night seeking the light. As a soul seeks the divine world to reconnect with the Source, God or the Universe, no matter from what prism it will be analyzed.
A special thanks to M.I. who helped me so much to come closer in the idea of Religion from another aspect.
Dr Sankaran and all your team thank you again for everything.
Really grateful for this journey.
Homeopathy is a great source of answers in this material world.
Nomikou Margarita - Homeopath
Greece-Athens & Santorini. Email: nomikoumar @yahoo.gr