I was indeed fortunate to have been born in a family that had strong spiritual leanings, with both my parents steeped in the bhakti of Shri Sainath of Shirdi. In the year 1915, my paternal grandfather, Pandurang Vaidya, had the good fortune of having the darshan of Shri Sainath in person in Shirdi.
Born to Suresh and Shubhada Vaidya, I share my birthday with my elder brother, Dr. Suchit S. Dattopadhye, who is elder to me by three years.
I was initiated into the bhakti of Shirdi Sai Baba at a very early age by my father, who used to recite (paaraayan) Shri Sai Satcharita at least four times a year. My father took us to Shirdi at least twice in a year, where we used to stay for at least three to four days. Prior to the year 1980, when Shirdi was not so crowded, my father used to do Saptaaha (reciting over seven days) of Shri Sai Satcharita, sitting in Dwarkamai. As a child, the stories of Sai Satcharita had a great influence on me.
I started reading Shri Sai Satcharita when I was fourteen and completed my first Saptaaha at the age of sixteen.
I did my schooling up to Standard X from Saraswati Secondary School, Thane, and thereafter secured a degree in Engineering (B.E. Civil) from Pune University and also completed my Bachelor of General Law (BGL) from Mumbai University.
In the initial phase of my career, I was associated with the techno-legal field, particularly building and engineering contracts, with specialization in claims, arbitration, joint ventures, etc.. I had the opportunity to work in a Government organization, as well as in private sector organizations, viz. Afcons and Essar Group. I also worked in an engineering consultancy firm – Chemtex, before dedicating myself to the cause and mission charted out by my Mentor and Sadguru, Shree Aniruddha Bapu (Dr. Aniruddha, M.D. Medicine – Rheumatologist).