Im apprehensive. there, I’ve said it. I’m at the gathering of Christian Fabre Textiles Pvt Ltd—a material purchasing house situated in Thiruvanmiyur, South Chennai—holding up to meet the organizer. I’ve met business pioneers and Ceos, directors and chiefs, yet I’ve yet to meet anybody truly like the author of Christian Fabre Textiles.
At the point when the holder of a productive and effective organization is a sadhu and a French national who passes by the name Swami Pranavananda Brahmendra Avadhuta, its hard to anticipate how the gathering will turn out.
The dividers of the gathering are showered in white, and the décor is certainly advanced. The two glass lodges flanking the banquet hall are loaded with organization officials and customers. I swallow down a glass of water and converse with his official secretary. And after that the godman shows up.
A Caucasian man in saffron robes with a red tilak spread on his brow rises up out of the passageway with glass rooms on either side, the divider behind him starkly white. He’s encompassed by individuals in ties and suits and cleaned shoes. I was shocked his vicinity. Later, Swami would laugh and concede that his appearance has unsettled numerous a clueless customer.
Swami Pranavananda Brahmendra Avadhuta dedicated his organization after his “original name”, Christian Fabre. On its official site, the organization depicts itself as a “heading purchasing house in India capably headed by Mr Christian Fabre, a French national with a business aptitude of 22 years”. In any case you don’t meet Mr Christian Fabre. You meet a sadhu.
An immaculate host, Swami acquaints me with each representative; his presentations are a mixof warmth and wickedness. There is A Jayapalan, Swami’s companion and business accomplice of just about three decades, and FA Benhur, the organization’s first worker who is presently its CEO. The greater part of the workers joined the organization in their childhood. What’s more not very many have cleared out.
As we experience the presentations, I recognize the organization ID card that dangles from Swami’s neck, standing its ground against no less than three rudraksha neckbands. It is an indication of things to come.
Around his work area, corporate and profound totems prod one another in impeccable amicability. Smaller than normal statues of Shiva and Shiva lingams offer space with bonsai plants, an ipad and a Macbook. Swami likewise conveys an iphone.
The abundance of religious images does not overpower, maybe on the grounds that equivalent space is given to “administration” gear, which incorporates a just out of the plastic new duplicate of Thomas Piketty’s late success Capital in the Twenty-First Century.
Swami’s two planets are consistently joined. “I don’t see any dichotomy. There is no duality. You can’t separate profound life and ordinary life,” he says. The 72-year-old grins as he comprehends that I have not yet gotten a handle on the significance of his words. He then recounts to me the story of how Christian Fabre got to be Swami Pranavananda Brahmendra Avadhuta in 1988.
Furthermore the story of how he had come to Chennai from France, just to lose his wife, child and occupation.
From Christian to Swami
Fabre—one of four kin was conceived in Beziers, a pleasant town in southern France known for its yearly bull-battling occasion. His mother was of Spanish birthplace and a homemaker. His father, a staunch Communist, worked in the French national track organization.
At the point when a 13-year-old Christian Fabre returned home one day with the nearby cleric, who needed to request the “kid to serve the Lord,” his father yelled over: “the length of I’m alive, there won’t be a minister in my home!” It denoted the end of youthful Fabre’s profound interest, in any event for then.
He finished what might as well be called a BA course in France and needed military administration. It was the 1960s, and the French were attempting to subdue the opportunity development spreading over their provinces in north Africa. Fabre was disappointed by the war. “I saw no issue in local people battling for their freedom,” he says. It was amid his time in the armed force that he grabbed the propensity of smoking.
“We would be given cigarettes for nothing… to control our libido!”