This book has been written on the insistence of a few fellow seekers who felt that my life and experiences with some of the real sages of India over the past twenty-eight years would be interesting and useful to other aspirants on the spiritual path. On hearing their request, I was immediately reminded of the words of one of those saints who told me that only a Self-Realized Soul should write a book on spirituality. If an ignorant person (one who has not realized the Truth) should do so, he would only fall into the trap of egoism and have a spiritual downfall. I told the same to these well-wishers who, however, persisted in their requests. At last, I told them that if my spiritual Master, Mata Amritanandamayi, should tell me to write a book, only then would I do it, knowing that Her
Grace would protect and guide me. After these friends had approached and spoken to Her, She told me that I should write the book as a service to other aspirants. Though this book takes the form of an autobiography, its sole purpose is to bring out the greatness and methods of teaching of the mahatmas (sages) of India. If one feels inspired to seek their holy company and get the wonderful fruits thereof after reading it, then it has more than fulfilled its purpose.