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The Fakir (Bengali Edition) by Ruzbeh Bharucha

Rudra doesn’t love anything and is in fact much in need of spiritual or medical help. He is a hippie inclined to live out of haversacks in small and dingy hotels and swigging down malt whiskey. However, this young man finds that everything in his life is changed due to a chance encounter. While driving along the highway, he comes upon an old man lying in a pool of his own blood. In a moment of conscientiousness that the traffic around him doesn’t bother to acknowledge, he rushes forward to the old man’s aid. There and then in an embrace, Rudra notes the resemblance this man shares with the Shirdi Sai Baba.

The novel is an empathetic symbol of spirituality and life as the old man makes the hapless protagonist realize several truths about the metaphysics of the world. The dialogues that are written between the sage and disciple are at the heart of this novel and Bharucha brings a fascinating narrative to life.

Karma, divinity, praying, and spirit communication among the broader entities of faith, forgiveness, and energy are all demystified to both the lay reader and the hippie. Most importantly, this book dwells upon the antenna that connects every individual to its master and how the act of goodness is necessary to inculcate a more attuned relationship with that figure of authority.

The book stretches across the length of mysticism and spirituality and Bharucha triumphs in his use of symbolism and generosity.

The Aum Of All Things (Hindi Translation) by Ruzbeh Bharucha

The author, Ruzbeh Bharucha, is an ardent devotee of Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi. In the interminable depths of meditation, he was introduced to a particular meditation exercise. When he found out that this exercise was taught by a sage in New Delhi as well, he set off on a quest to meet him.

The Aum Of All Things was thus borne. It narrates the charming story of the interactions between the author and the Delhi hermit, Dashrathbhai Atmaramdas Patel, lovingly called Bapuji. Bapuji discusses a variety of topics with the author. They talk about the creation of mankind, the afterlife, karma and true liberation. Bapuji talks about how spirituality is not about leading an austere life devoid of happiness, but rather how it is about using the power of knowledge and wisdom to liberate your soul.

According to the author, the meditation technique he describes is of immense importance because it can bring about cosmic change and self-transformation. He mentions the obtuseness of material things, and how they seem to have overtaken our lives. In addition to answering many of life’s most complex and intricate questions, The Aum Of All Things gives the readers an insight into how the five elements within oneself can be manipulated in order to raise the ‘akash tattva’ or the ether element of the body.

This spiritual and metaphysical guide is written in a simple and witty manner, sprinkled with dry humour and the innocent ponderings of the author’s five year old daughter. It was first published in 2013.

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