underestimate the power of the world
Ruzbeh Bharucha's new book, The Fakir, The Journey Continues is
out. In an interview given to Arwa Janjali, he dwells on spiritualism, his previous work
and his philosophy.
To write inspiring and motivational books,
one needs a lot of motivation and inspiration himself. Where did yours come from?
My motivation and inspiration is Sai Baba of Shirdi. Yes, I have always
been interested in the occult, life after death, healing and all the
paranormal way of life. It was The Autobiography of a Yogi,
by Sri Paramhansa Yogananda that really made me realise that I wasn't
nuts and that allzzzz wellllll. Then came The Last Marathon.
A book on life after death and spirit communication, which I agreed
to write as I was broke and unemployed.
The Fakir mainly
deals with the philosophy of free will. Is that why the character
of Baba in the book smokes a chillum and Rudra is not the conventional
saint but more of a hippie? Also, what made you use the element of
humour in a book that deals with the mystic?
Rudra is the present day man. We all are essentially flawed. At least
I am. Rudra smokes too much, drinks, entertains suicidal tendencies,
swears, and most importantly does not take himself seriously. A good
man but trounced by fate and stupid choices and bad free will decisions.
Most of those, who I consider spiritual, have a great sense of humour
and are essentially good human beings but flawed somewhere or the
other. I like humour in the books I read. My Masters, Shirdi Sai and
Avtar Meher Baba, had fabulous sense of humour. To the lay person,
their behaviors often bordered on the ridiculous and the eccentric.
Sai love to smoke. Meher loved to play games. They swore. They abused.
They laughed. They had childlike qualities but were giants spiritually.
The moment you meet a sage and he is a dour man, who doesn't smile
or laugh or joke, you better get the hell out of that person's zone.
Something is amiss. I would be dammed if I was going to write a book
with the main two characters who didn't have a sense of humour or
weren't eccentric. Normalcy is boring.
Writer-filmmaker Ruzbeh Bharucha
The first edition of Fakir dealt with the
journey and the sequel deals with well being. Could you explain the difference?
The first part The Fakir was all about self discovery, channeling,
healing, power of prayers, karma, and faith, while The Fakir...The Journey Continues,
is about life after death, the power of free will, addictions, weaknesses and that life
never ends...it bloody continues...and if you don't get your act right on planet earth
itself, there ain't no magic wand in the spirit world to get your act right up there.
effective are spiritual books in changing lives and getting the message across?
Never underestimate the power of the world. Wise folks informed us, through religious
books and psychic insight, that first came The Word and the rest followed. I don't know
about other books, but I have been told personally or via sms or mail that The Fakir has
made the readers want to be better people. Made them get closer to their Master. If you
are ready, a scribble on a bus ticket might change your life. If you aren't ready, all the
spiritual books and religious sermons won't make a damn difference.
Ruzbeh N. Bharucha.