AS: In practicing and promoting homeopathy for many years, what are some of your fondest memories.
GV: In fact what I felt all along these years, treating patients and at the same time trying to infuse the knowledge to my students, was a constant struggle, an effort with heavy responsibilities that did not allow for any relaxation time, neither for many happy moments. But it is also true, that I felt deep satisfaction every time that a difficult case was recovering by such subtle means as the single potentised remedy, that seemed to the whole world a mere nothing, a small package of subtle energy that could bring about such a deep change. It looked to me every time like a small miracle and allowed me every time, a deep sigh of release…but only for a few moments. Such satisfaction will last only a few minutes not even hours and then the next challenge will appear.
Another source of satisfaction also came from students that were relating to me a difficult case that they were treating, and which recovered beautifully. All these happy moments resounded in my soul as almost mystical experiences but I never had time to enjoy them for long. It was like a deep release of breath after a struggle, just to thank God who had bestowed His powerful grace through Hahnemann’s teachings and had allowed us the inspiration to choose the correct remedy, so as to gather courage to continue. Surely it was not only our extreme efforts in studying that brought about such results.
All these events were taking place in the midst of a society that was full of doubt, especially the first years, and that was sometimes even hostile or negative, that did not allow us to celebrate. But over the years, the fact that patients were cured by the thousands gave me the courage and the energy to continue the struggle of treating patients and at the same time teaching students who were always present attending the process. The care and responsibility I felt in teaching the students, according to the lines of the great masters of Hahnemann and Kent, was putting a heavy load on my shoulders, and that did not allow for long moments of happiness.
For almost forty years the only joy was the curing of the sick. What was keeping me going was the love, and I dare say the adoration coming from my students.
After these years of struggle and extreme efforts came the recognition from the various societies in different countries. The first great recognition came in 1996 from Sweden, as the Right Livelihood Award (what was known as the Alternative Nobel Prize). This award gave me satisfaction because after this, the promotion of the teachings were speeded up greatly. Another moment of satisfaction was in 2000, when the President of Hungary awarded me with the Gold Medal of the Hungarian democracy. Both these awards were given for my efforts to uplift the teaching of Homeopathy to a more scientific level and spread the knowledge of Hahnemann. Another moment of some joy was in 2000 when the Minister of Health of India came to Bombay where they nominated me as the Homeopath of the new Millennium. All these distinctions, and many others that came later, instead of producing satisfaction and happiness, brought about a sense of greater responsibility, as if it was dependent on me whether homeopathy would survive or perish in the 21st century.
After these moments of fleeting happiness, there started manifesting a much more practical recognition of my efforts, when several medical universities got interested in the teachings and adopted them in their post graduate courses, while at the same time they nominated me as honorary professor. It was an honor that I had never expected to reach, due to the confrontational subject I was presenting to the world of medicine. These medical universities were for me a great source of inspiration and vision, that the elite of the medical students may be opening their eyes and ears to a different system of therapeutics. For the time being it has been proved that my vision, teaching young medical doctors, was not an easy task. The change in attitudes and in substance of the educational materials proved to be a difficult task for those who had been indoctrinated to think in a conventional way. I came to understand that it was a great sacrifice on their part to incorporate in their medical armamentarium an entirely new approach in therapeutics. Many students became really happy and successful in their practice. Those were the most enthusiastic and dedicated but a lot of others gave it up for a more easy approach.
In conclusion I may say, in answering your question that the joy of having a patient relieved from their suffering with such a mild means as the homeopathic remedy, felt like a blessing for me and also for all those who learned in-depth this science. I feel this is my reward and I also feel this was a blessing.
AS: Thank you for sharing with us today Prof. Vithoulkas, and for your enormous efforts in keeping homeopathy alive and growing all these years. The entire community is indebted to you.