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Bill Aitken is Scottish by birth, a naturalized Indian by choice. He studied comparative religion at Leeds University and then hitch-hiked to India in 1959. He has lived in Himalayan ashrams, worked as secretary to a maharani, freelanced under his middle name (Liam McKay) and undertaken miscellaneous excursions - from Nanda Devi to Sabarimala - on an old motorcycle and by steam railway. Aitken has written on travel and tourism for newspapers and magazines in India for several years and is the author of The Nanda Devi Affair, Riding the Ranges and Branch Line to Eternity among other books.

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The Puttaparthi experience of divine love 12 May 2006
By C. Parnell - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Bill Aitken is a native of Mussoorie, India, and travel writer of many books on India, the joys of motorcycle riding, and travelling over India by train. He has lifted his pen to write on spiritual subjects before, and now he turns his attention to Sathya Sai Baba, whom he has known of for 25 plus years.

This is *not* an 'I found Sai Baba' book, his reader is principally Indian, and his presentation of Sathya Sai Baba is principally for the Indian reader. Not one for the fastidious fact checkers, this book details Aitkens experience of divine love in darshan and how that will be perceived by ordinary seekers of holy men, godmen and others. Aitken realises that writing about a holy man is a minefield as so many have been exposed as fake. Aitken focusses on the unbroken self discipline of Sai Baba which has fed his miracles, his devotees, his powers and his teachings for the many years of Baba's presence in Puttaparthi. Aitken acknowledges there are charlatans, fakes, and rationalists along with disgruntled devotees seeking to expose, discredit and overturn Sathya Sai Baba. He deals with these attempts with aplomb, being a scotsman and native to India, and focusses solely on the soul-invogorating experience of divine love in darshan. Will repay reflective re-reading.
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