Sw Prem Chinmaya (American)
(Mark Harris Silverman)
Chinmaya was Sheela's first husband. During his stay in Poona, he succumbed at the age of 33 to Hodgkin's Disease on Jun 11, 1980.
- "During those years I was living in the United States. I was studying arts in a small college in Montclair, New Jersey. There I fell in love with and married a young man, Marc Silverman, who wanted to become a physicist, but who suffered from cancer of the lymphatic system. He had been diagnosed with it when he was eighteen.
- When I'd met him for the first time, he was twenty-one and I was eighteen. We both were in evening school together. initially, he did not want to get involved with me as the doctors had told him that he had only two more years to live. But then we decided to defy logic and try to spend the little time we had joyfully, without worrying about the future. We wanted to feel love and not give up on life, even if it was limited. Our logic won. We went on to spend thirteen wonderful years together." (Sheela, Don't Kill Him!)