A Poetic Doctor
When we think of a doctor, an image comes in mind that is of a pensive and contemplative person focused in one direction, i.e. studies, fact-findings, medicines, etc. But, here is a doctor with a poetic and spiritual image, having pious insight values for God, yet fully dedicated to his profession, working eighteen hours a day and seven days a week. He is Dr Kamal K Parwal. An orthopedic surgeon, Dr Parwal prescribes the preaching of Bhagwat Gita along with medicine. He says that body and soul cannot be separated for purposes of treatment, for they are one and indivisible; sick minds must be healed as well as sick bodies.
Dr Parwal plays an active role in Indian Medicine Association. Explaining the reason for his belief in the God which created each and everything on the earth, he said: “Even after hardcore continuous learning in modern medical science and getting a long-working experience, I feel myself unanswerable with regard to some basic questions like what is the force that drives the whole nature? This question always revolves around me and forces me to keep thinking and initiated me to the path of spirituality. There is some different force which prompted me to look into the scriptures.” He successfully translated into Hindi all the 700 shlokas of the Gita in two sentences each and in proper sequence. When asked about this, he said: “The Bhagwad Gita is the most important text with regard to spirituality and philosophy and fundamental in nature. So I decided to work on it and endeavoured to make a rhythmic Hindi translation carrying the same essence with original characters. My wife, Dr Sadhna Parwal, helped me in this pious task and she sings them in a melodious voice.” He further added: “A large number of famous stories are perished but the Gita is a scripture that is still accepted and is unforgettable even after a long passage of time having spiritual lessons for mankind. Like a beautiful flower lotus, which blossoms in mud, as a human being we must keep ourselves high above the mud physical materialism.”
Besides being a doctor, he is a renowned personality for writing a rhythmic prayer, which has been heartily welcomed and accepted by many medical colleges and institutions. Dr Parwal recited a line of the prayer thus: “Thank you, very much, Almighty, for giving us doctor’s name, for creating us on earth, with a sacred, noble aim.” Further elaborating on the prayer, he said: “My mission is to inculcate, re-establish and strengthen the ethics, values and dignity in medical profession.” He helps the needy persons and always tries to solve their problems like his own, which shows his devotion for humanity. He said: “I always treat every patient coming to me like my own family member. Even in some financial cases, we try to provide our helping hand to make them at ease physically and mentally.”
Having an extraordinary power of rearranging words in a poetic manner, he passionately writes meaningful poems besides his busy medical schedules. He recited many realistic poems like on anti-smoking, ‘Aaj hi chhodo jahar ye yaro’ and on mother’s nature ‘Maa ka roop dhar ke hi Ishwar swayam dhara par aata’. Talking about his hobby, he said: “His hobby is the cheapest hobbies of all. It only needs a pen and papers. It gives me original thinking and I really feel inner pleasure in expressing my views poetically.”
By Sonia Chawla