Heavens do not
appreciate puppets: spiritualist Ruzbeh Bharucha
is a Sufi spiritualist, an editor, columnist and a write with eight
books to his credit. And Ruzbeh N. Bharucha believes in the power
of free will and that there are two parallel worlds -- the body and
cannot be restrained. Heavens do not appreciate puppets,' the 43-year-old
Mumbai-based writer of 'Fakir: The Journey Continues', who was in
the capital to promote his book, told IANS.
Fakir...' reflects the writer's spiritual ideology. It narrates the
story of an itinerant, Rudra, and a 'fakir or baba' (seer) who guides
him through levels of existence into the realm of afterlife. Rudra,
a seeker, transforms into the lover and begins to comprehend the ancient
philosophy of 'free will'.
is the sequel to his 2007 best-seller 'The Fakir'.
always knew that this was going on all my life - there were two parallel
worlds, the body and the spirit,' the writer said.
whose career as a writer began with the 'The Last Marathon' - a journey
into the world of paranormal - has explored both the spiritual and
real world in his books.
of his books, 'The Fakir', 'The Last Marathon', 'Devi's Emerald' and
'Rest in Pieces' probe the esoteric psychological and metaphysical
spaces while his non-fiction works are 'Shadows in Cages' about mother
and child in Indian prisons and 'Yamuna Gently Weeps', a chronicle
of the journey into the Yamuna Pushta slum demolition.
documentary, 'Sehat...Wings of Freedom', is the story of the HIV/AIDS
awareness programme in the Tihar prison.
Last Marathon', Bharucha's debut book, began on an unusual note -
a cross wire.
was editing a travel, holistic healing and liquor magazine before
I took on 'The Last Marathon'. I was fired by the publisher after
a tiff,' Bharucha said.
met the publisher of Jaico (a Mumbai-based publishing house), who
said 'why don't you write a non-fiction about spirits. I thought he
was talking about spirits - but he meant liquor. He wanted me to write
a chapter on hangover. But later, he changed his mind and said my
idea was better,' Bharucha recalled.
started researching for the book. 'I read Adam Brady's 'Warriors of
Light'. And started meeting 'sadhus' (Hindu seers) and mediums who
channel spirits, though I have practised Sufism all my life. They
said once you are on this road, you have to take this path. That was
the beginning of 'The Last Marathon',' he said.
after a year, the predictions of the seers began to bear fruit, Bharucha
said. 'I became a seance channelling spirits. Whatever you read in
'Fakir' revolves around my experiences in the field for the last 13
years,' he said.
'Devi's Emerald' is based on the 'experiences of a seer, Ma Mookambika
Devi, and her medium Swamiji Nayak who taught her to channel the energy
inside one's own self'.
that, I wrote two social books and made a documentary on juvenile
delinquency. 'Fakir' came about in a restless state of mind. I was
nursing restlessness - and it just flowed through. I did not plan
it,' Bharucha said.
to the author, the 'book was a gift from the Sai Baba of Shirdi'.
wrote the first part of 'Fakir' in 2007 and the second just before
the Diwali of 2010. The first part of the book is about journey and
the second part is about well-being,' Bharucha said.
percent of our actions are pre-ordained and 10 percent of it is free
will. But the 10 percent is as important as the 90 percent - because
the 10 percent creates the future 'karma',' he added.
votary of free will, the author believes 'we are all spirits encased
in a box'.
is busy conceiving a book on 'home schooling'. It has been inspired
by his three-and-a-half-year-old daughter.
one of us has inherent strength, weaknesses, capabilities and hardships.
When you let a child use its free will and don't confine it in a packaged
programme of school, you give the child a platform to discover his
or her inherent being. From thereon, it is the parents' job to encourage
and motivate the child,' he said.
Ruzbeh N. Bharucha.