Never underestimate the power of the world
Arwa Janjali

Writer-filmmaker 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 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.

How 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.

Copyright 2014 Ruzbeh N. Bharucha.