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Defeat Your Problems and succed...A.P.J.Abdul Kalam...President of India.

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  • Ramchand Chugani
    Defeat Your Problems and Succeed! President Kalam s passion - igniting minds with glorious dreams The story of the 11th president of India, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 1, 2007
      Defeat Your Problems and Succeed!
      President Kalam's passion - igniting minds
      with glorious dreams
      The story of the 11th president of India, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is truly inspiring, particularly in these times characterized by religious strife and tension between scientific and humanitarian world-views. Dr. Kalam is a Muslim in a predominantly Hindu society. He is a rocket scientist with a deeply spiritual message. Throughout his career he has held highly responsible technical and scientific leadership positions. His experiences in leading such systems, however, did not shake his spiritual foundation; just the opposite. He told us: “The path of science can always wind through the heart. For me, science has always been the path to spiritual enrichment and self-realization.”

      What initially inspired us to try to obtain an interview with him was this unusual quote from Dr. Abdul Kalam in his book Wings of fire:
      “Each individual creature on this beautiful planet is created by God to fulfil a particular role. Whatever I have achieved in life is through His help, and an expression of His will. He showered His grace on me through some outstanding teachers and colleagues, and when I pay my tributes to these fine persons, I am merely praising His glory. All these rockets and missiles are His work through a small person called Kalam, in order to tell the several-million mass of India to never feel small or helpless. We are all born with a divine fire in us. Our efforts should be to give wings to this fire and fill the world with the glow of its goodness.”
      Aside from the large majority of Hindus, India also has the world’s second largest Muslim population and a minority of Christians, Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs, Parsis and Jews. President Kalam is the inspiring leader of this amazingly heterogeneous multi-religious, multi-cultural, multi-lingual democratic nation – the world’s largest democracy.
      "True divinity is a combination
      of spirituality and social obligations."
      - President's Convocation
      Address in 2001
      When we asked Dr. Kalam about the relationship between religion and spirituality in such a complex society, he provided us with a clear and concise reply: “When religion transforms into a spiritual force, people become enlightened citizens with a value system. It is therefore most important that, for the happiness, peace and prosperity of mankind, we transform our religious forces into spiritual forces. ”
      President Kalam’s passion is to meet with and speak with young people all around India, inspiring them with his vision of the future of India and of the role of values and spirituality. Indeed, on 22 November, 2006, he addressed the students, faculty and guests of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (now Sri Sathya Sai University ) with the words:
      “I am indeed honoured to deliver the 25th convocation address in the presence of Sri Sathya Sai Baba in this divine environment. My reverence to Baba and greetings to Vice-Chancellor Dr. A.V. Gokak, Professors, faculty members and staff who have been responsible for shaping not just graduates but human beings with great value systems drawn from our civilization’s heritage. At this point, I would like to quote a message from Baba: ‘Today people think that spirituality has no relationship to mundane life and vice versa. This is a big mistake. True divinity is a combination of spirituality and social obligations. National unity and social harmony are founded on spirituality. It is the divine that links spirituality and social existence.’”
      This energetic and optimistic leader of more than a billion people told us: “I learnt in my life, that if you don’t do anything, you won’t have any problems. But if you do something, suddenly something will pull off. Problems should not become your master. You have to become the master of the problems. God gives us the opportunity to grow through problems. You have to concentrate on what can be done, not what you think cannot be done. If I could, I would remove the word ‘impossible’ from the dictionary. Defeat your problems and succeed.”
      On the morning of November 23rd, 2001,
      the President spent every precious
      second with Baba
       
      Inspired by the few minutes he spent in
      His presence, the President burst out
      with a beautiful poem...
      When we then asked him about the core competence of business, President Kalam poetically replied: “The most important thing is righteousness, dharma. When there is righteousness in the heart, there is beauty in the character. When there is beauty in the character, there is harmony in the home. When there is harmony in the home, there is order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, there is peace in the world. You see the beautiful connectivity between these. The question before all of us today is, how do we get righteousness in the heart?”
      A business leader who has for years focused on righteousness in the heart is G. Narayana, lovingly and respectfully referred to as ‘Guruji’ by those he inspires with his words of wisdom and his loving, generous behaviour. As you will now see, however, it took a crisis to awaken him to the beauty of his character.
       


      Ram Chugani
      Kobe, Japan
      rgcjp@...


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