My passion for books and reading, not to mention for authors has opened diverse avenues in my life. As a child and an early ‘book worm’ I revered authors as semi gods. Pages became the wings that fly me to distant places. Later when I began to write my pen became my magic broom stick.
Decades ago when I became a follower of Sri Sathya Sai Baba and I joined the Sai fold I read ‘My Beloved’ and other books authored by the American Sai devotee Charles Penn. I was intrigued by this man. His devotion for Sai Baba baffled me. Moreover, I could find the answers for many of my queries about the paranormal in his books. Incredible but true, at an unnoticed corner of one book, I found the address of the Sai Centre of Vaness as if it was kept there only for me. Eager to know more and to satisfy my desire to understand the true meaning of life I started to write to him and to share with him my experiences of the Sai phenomena.
In 1997, as the Head of the National Adoption Council, I was delegated by the Government of Mauritius to attend the Second World Congress on Family Law and the Rights of Children and Youth in San Francisco, California. I brought the address with me. I had the intuition that a visit to the Sai Centre of Vaness had been spawned out for me by the invisible hands of God. Hence at the end of the Conference, on 8 June 1997, I took a cab to Vaness.
Unfortunately when I arrived there I learnt that Charles had passed. I visited the ‘bhajan (prayer) hall’ to breathe in Sai, His robe was there and a ‘lingam’ which He had materialized for His American devotees. After reciting the Gayatri Mantra (the Universal Prayer), I accompanied American devotees to market square to distribute a brunch to street people. Service to the needy is one of the numerous activities of the Sai Organization and it is rigorously carried out by devotees in America.
Born and bred in a relatively poor and underdeveloped country I was shocked to contemplate the poverty in one of the urban areas of a rich country. More than ten years after I am still trying to understand the true meaning of life.