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Placebo, faith or mind-body connection?


In our country, the resurgence of faith in Sanatan Dharma is a testament to the innate human inclination towards spirituality, especially in times of adversity. History has been a testament to a deep-rooted connection between faith and resilience. Interestingly, research has proved a direct correlation between mind and body.

Dr Manmit Kumarr, spiritual coach, energy healer and founder of Soul Miracles, embodies this synthesis of science and spirituality. Recognising the crucial role of emotional and mental health in overall well-being, Dr Kumarr has pioneered initiatives that bridge the gap between ancient wisdom and modern understanding and is currently submitting a thesis on the codes of Kali to one of the internationally renowned universities.

Among these initiatives is the annual “Kali Darbar,” a sacred gathering dedicated to honouring the divine feminine energy of Ma Kali. Now in its seventh year, Kali Darbar serves as a sanctified space for healing within the serene surroundings of Central Park Resorts in Gurugram recently. People from all walks of life and social status could be seen immersed in the divine feminine energy of Kali as the mantra chanting transported people to a level of trance.  Here, individuals from diverse backgrounds converge to experience the transformative power of spiritual communion.

As Manmit says, “I don’t plan such offerings, I am guided, and the date is given as a divine commandment which must be followed! Emphatically, she explains. Ma wasn’t making it easy for us to bring her idol this time. We could bring her to the community altar only after a challenging search. So are the ways of the divine.” she chuckles

The symbolism of Ma Kali

The divine feminine, embodied by Ma Kali, exudes healing energies that transcend physical ailments and reach the depths of mental and emotional anguish. Through rituals, meditation, and collective prayer, participants immerse themselves in profound healing, finding solace and renewal amidst life’s trials.

As she is also the goddess of Preservation, Kali is worshipped as the preserver of nature. Kali is standing calm on Shiva; her appearance represents the preservation of mother nature. Her free, long and black hair represents nature’s freedom from civilisation.

The bond between faith and healing

Sometimes, faith acts as a placebo, making healing faster and complete. “Visiting and talking to the doctor whom one trusts eases out discomfort. The trust sentiment that I shall be looked after and get well soon works wonders. In embracing spirituality, we tap into a wellspring of hope and resilience that sustains us through the darkest times,” adds Manmit. Kali makes her first significant appearance in Sanskrit culture in the Devi Mahatmya. Kali’s iconography, cult, and mythology commonly associate her not only with death but also with sexuality, violence, and, paradoxically, in some later traditions, motherly love.

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