Practical Spirituality
Mrunmayi Ainapure
February 15, 2013

Ruzbeh N Bharucha's book The Aum of All Things was inspired by life experiences

Pune-based author Ruzbeh N Bharucha's definition of art is remarkably metaphysical. In his words, "Art is like throwing up. There's no thought or logic involved." Author of eight published books, including bestsellers such as The Fakir Trilogy, The Last Marathon and his latest release The Aum of All Things, Ruzbeh is not your typical pedagogical spiritual writer. He expresses, "I have been accused of trivializing spirituality and the paranormal. My books have humour, there's no holier-than-thou, dry, preachy stuff. My main characters are always damaged goods. They are humane, filled with weaknesses and limitations. They are real. I have always maintained that real spirituality is what I see in the normal human being, men and women who go about life, living with dignity and trying to serve creation in the best manner they can. It's easy to be a yogi, all knotted up in some yogic posture, not having to deal with what life throws at you.”

While The Fakir Trilogy comprised Ruzbeh's real life experiences that he clothed in the garb of fiction, The Aum...has a conversational narrative. Like his previous two books which had sages and psychics talking about their experiences with the spirit world, The Aum...too, is an enchanting recollection of the time he spent with the recluse hermit, Bapuji. “Life, the greatest inspiration for my art, is stranger than fiction. I avoid writing about topics that I haven't lived through. The genesis of my books comes from experience. Once you have begun to swim in the river of life, any other research becomes redundant.” Ask him what kind of readership his books targets and he quips, “Books find their own readers. Not vice versa. When a person is ready, the cosmos will find a way of making the individual read the book. However, I don't write for those who want to go into isolation but for those who go out in the world and work and still want to be in connect with their god and master. I want my reader to be able to assimilate and practice whatever is being talked about in his or her life. No sense talking about esoteric stuff, which reads and sounds groovy, but is impractical to live.”

Copyright 2014 Ruzbeh N. Bharucha.