Ruzbeh Bharucha Rabda: My Sai
By Jaya Bhattacharji Rose December 30, 2014
Baba, there are so many who are going
through hell. the Hindus believe that there are thirty-three crore Gods and Goddesses and
there are so many Masters. I mean there are more Gods in heaven than there are people in a
few countries down here on Mother Earth. Why cant you all just work something out
and tell those going through their private hell?
You are such a classical idiot, my daft
child. The answer is simple, Rabda. Either you believe that God does not exist, there is
no Supreme Power running this grand show, or you believe in a just God. You cannot believe
in a God who exists but is unjust. God is completely just. S(H)e loves each and every
being, no matter how seemingly insignificant it may be to others. God exists and throbs in
a worm just as S(H)e breathes and works through a perfect Master and archangels. (
I am not a regular reader of spiritual books but a
lot of people I know are devout followers of Sai Baba of Shirdi. So when I spotted Rabda:
My Sigh I was intrigued. Ruzbeh N. Bharucha too one had heard of. The book is
about Rabda who has attempted suicide and Sai Baba of Shirdi who enters the hospital room
and awakens the spirit body of Rabda. From then on, it is a conversation that flips back
and forth in time. For once, the book blurb says it well: Set in the present, Rabda
takes the reader to the past, to when the Sai lived in His physical body. The life and
philosophy of Sai Baba of Shirdi are revealed, often in His own words, and questions
pertaining to Him and spirituality are answered. What I found fascinating while
reading this book was the stress on establishing the Sufi principles of the Sai Baba are
very clear. Till I read this book, I had no idea that the Sai Baba was a spiritual leader
for communities across religions. Otherwise the saffronisation of the Sai Baba is the
dominant image in public discourse. ( The book jacket is in saffron.) I strongly suspect
this book will be a sleeper hit. It is not the publicity buzz but word-of-mouth
recommendations that will propel book sales.
After reading the book, I emailed Ruzbeh Bharucha
a bunch of questions. Here is the edited version:
How long did this book take you to write?
It took me forty days to write the book. I researched for two months prior that but most
of the conversations and ideology of BABA has come through naturally while writing the
book. Trust me. The book wrote itself or if I dont sound too preachy, BABA must have
for some reason known best to HIM, wrote the book, as HE couldnt leave something so
important to a dork like me.
What prompted you to write a history about
the Sai Baba? Are they not enough books published on the Sai Baba?
No amount of books can do justice to a Master. I also wanted to bring about three things
from Rabda. First and foremost I wanted to focus on BABAs ideology and not the
innumerable miracles performed by BABA. Most books focus on the miracles. HE is a Master
so HE better perform miracles. No big deal :-). Secondly I wanted to bring forth
BABAs spiritual Oneness and HIS sufism. His words and conversations with Abdul, HIS
disciple, who recorded BABAs preachings are rarely spoken or written about. Thirdly,
I wanted BABAs schedule, style of speaking, HIS Divine madness and HIS humaneness
and sense of humour and HIS flowery abusive language to flow through which not many books
bring forth. BABA was GOD in man. I wanted both GOD and man to come forth.
The writing makes me feel as if you are a
medium for Sai Baba. I may be wrong and my apologies for asking this. I know little about
spiritual writing or even different beliefs. But are you a medium? Your website describes
you as a Channel? What is the difference?
I really dont know if BABA comes through me. And if HE does I have no idea why. I
certainly am flawed nice and proper. Medium or Channel or Instrument are merely words.
They mean the same thing that the grace and love and wisdom and guidance of the Master
flows through the individual. But I believe we all are mediums when we do something right,
There is a line in Mike Dooleys The
Top Ten Things Dead People Want to Tell You which says Religion needs spirituality.
Spirituality does not need religion. What do you think?
Religion now is used to bring forth duality and discord while spirituality, then, now and
for eternity will always bring forth Oneness. Relgion is a code of rules. Spirituality is
the breath of the Divine.
How did you venture into writing books
Since a child I have always been fascinated with the paranormal. I have always seen the
futility of existence as we know it. Have been taken to innumerable sages, sufis, mediums,
since a child, with the hope that I would behave like a rational human being and They have
for some reason always treated me with lot of love and humour. At the age of seventeen
yoga brought forth the sanity of going within and The Autobiography of a Yogi, which I
read at the age of eighteen made me realise that the world of the spirit was far more real
and fascinating than our so called real but mundane world. And then of course researching
for The Last Marathon, my first book on spirit communication and life after death made me
realise that I love spirits; both the paranormal and the drinking type like absinthe and
sake and fenny. Spirits rock. Apart from this, as I channel and people come from all over,
I have realised that if I can write about the world of spirits, channeling, Masters, may
be my existence and burden on mother Earth, could be partially justified. Also I like to
believe, that most Zoroastrians are either paranormal or abnormal. I chose the former hee
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