I was born and raised a Sikh, and my family was religious. In 1982, I moved from India to the United States to study. Soon after I graduated, I was sharing a house with three roommates. One of them subscribed to The Christian Science Monitor. I was drawn to the daily religious article and looked forward to reading it in every issue. In these articles I found ways to pray about everyday issues, such as finding a job, an apartment, companionship—all challenges I was dealing with at the time.
At the bottom of each of the religious articles there was an advertisement for the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, and also an invitation to readers to visit a Christian Science Reading Room, where copies of the book could be purchased. There was a Reading Room within walking distance of my house, and I started spending time there reading not only the textbook but also other Christian Science literature, such as The Christian Science Journal and Sentinel. I also started attending Wednesday testimony meetings at the local branch Church of Christ, Scientist.
On Sundays I still attended a Sikh temple. This continued for a few years, at which time I relocated to Germany. I did not speak any German at the time and found myself very isolated and lonely. There was no Sikh temple, so I found my way to the Christian Science church in Munich, where I started attending both the Wednesday and Sunday services. These services not only provided spiritual solace but also an opportunity to meet other expatriates and English-speaking locals.
The initial years in Munich were very difficult, what Mary Baker Eddy describes in Science and Health as “WILDERNESS. Loneliness; doubt; darkness. Spontaneity of thought and idea; the vestibule in which a material sense of things disappears, and spiritual sense unfolds the great facts of existence” (p. 597). So these were times of trial, but also there were many opportunities to grow spiritually.
I continued to struggle with loneliness and felt I was drifting in both my personal and professional life. At that point, I started going to the Reading Room every Saturday to read, pray, and turn to God. It was open for two hours, and I had such an insatiable thirst for what I was learning that the time simply flew by. Initially, I would leave at closing time. Soon the librarian gave me a key to the Reading Room, and I found myself reading and studying for hours on end. My thought was being uplifted, and I was applying Christian Science in my day-to-day life. I had many healings, including one of a running injury while training for a marathon.
By the time I returned to the US, I had begun to rely on Christian Science for healing and was a devoted student and loyal subscriber to the periodicals. I joined The Mother Church and, later, branch churches as I moved around the country and abroad.
I am grateful that I found Christian Science; it has become a rock. Now I cannot imagine my life without it. I continue to put into practice what I am learning. My former roommate and I (this was the roommate who had introduced me to the Monitor) continue to be good friends. We discuss global issues, similar to those covered in the Monitor. I am so grateful to have a prayerful lens through which to view the world.
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