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D.C. Bhargava had his first contact with Sri Sathya Sai Baba when he saw vibhuti
(sacred ash) formed on His photo in a devotee’s home in Calcutta, in 1972.
Thereafter, he has had several personal experiences of Sai Baba in his life.
In 1980, he translated a letter in Spanish from a devotee in Lima, Peru to a devotee in New Delhi, communicating Sai Baba’s desire to spread His Message and Teachings in Latin America. The result is for all to see. The spirit of Sai has swept Latin America like wild fire although the people there speak Spanish, are almost entirely Catholic and with hardly any Indian population.
As a 5-year old child, the author was sent by his parents to a British-American Seventh-Day Adventist boarding school in the Himalayan foothills and, subsequently, to an American Jesuit School. He grew up in the forest-clad hills amidst beautiful and serene natural surroundings, which developed in him a lifelong love for Nature.
The school was unique in that it had no auxiliary staff. To teach students the dignity of labor, both boys and girls had to do an hour of manual work each day; the boys cleaned the buildings, worked in the bakery and chopped wood for the boilers, while the girls prepared food and washed dishes under the supervision of a Matron.
In those far off days, all teachers and almost all students were from foreign lands, yet only vegetarian food was served; all lived together like one family, which helped to lay the foundation for building up character and imbibing the basic human values of Truth, Right Living, Love, Peace and Non-violence to which this book makes frequent reference.
Hence, in view of the Author’s education and upbringing, his approach to the book and his choice of narratives should appeal to both Western and Indian readers.
The author has translated several books from French, Spanish and Italian languages into English. He is a retired senior Company Executive and ex-Company Director. He lives in New Delhi.