J. Abdul Kalam
have been reading: Wings of Fire An Autobiography of, A.
P. J. Abdul Kalam, the current President of India.
book is interwoven with the Presidents deep involvement with
India's first Satellite Launch Vehicle SLV-3 and Agni
I am impressed at the profundity and range of his ideas, I am
about to share them with you.
President believes that one must 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
Kalam was born into a middle class Tamil family. His parents
though, did not have, a great formal education, possessed an
innate wisdom and a true generosity of spirit.
high priest of Rameshwaram Temple Pakshi Lakshmana was a very
close friend of Abdul Kalam's father. One of the most vivid
memories of Abdul's early childhood, is of the two men each in
his traditional attire, discussing spiritual matters.
Jallaluddin greatly influenced the boyhood of Abdul Kalam.
would talk of God as if he had a working partnership with Him.
He would present all his doubts to God, as if he were standing
nearby to dispose of them.
young Abdul Kalam would look towards the large group of
pilgrims round the (Rameshwaram) temple, performing rituals
and reciting prayers with a sense of respect towards the
Unknown, whom they (Muslims) treat as the formless Almighty,
Abdul never doubted that the prayers in the temple reached the
same destination as the ones offered in the mosque.
Kalam went for his interview at the Air Force Selection Board,
but the opportunity slipped through his fingers.
deeply disappointed Abdul trekked down to Rishikesh. He bathed
in the Ganga and reveled in the purity of its waters then he
walked to the Sivananda Aashram situated a little way up the
hill & Abdul Kalam told Swami Sivananda about his
unsuccessful attempt to join the Indian Air Force and his
along cherished desire to fly.
smiled washing away all his (Abduls) anxiety almost instantly.
Then he said in a feeble but very deep voice:
when it stems from the heart and spirit, when it is pure and
intense, possesses awesome electromagnetic energy. This energy
is released into the ether each night, as the mind falls into
the sleep state. Each morning it returns to the conscious
state reinforced with the cosmic currents. That which has been
imaged will surely and certainly be manifested. You can rely,
young man, upon this ageless promise as surely as you can rely
upon the eternally unbroken promise of sunrise & and of
Kalam was influenced by a quotation from Benjamin Franklin,
Those things that hurt, instruct!
Kalam's mother had once narrated to an impressionable young
Abdul, an incident from the Holy Book after God created man,
he asked the angels to prostrate themselves before Adam.
Everybody prostrated themselves except Iblis (or Satan), who
refused. Why did you not prostrate yourself? Allah asked. You
created me of fire and him of clay. Does not that make me
nobler than Adam? Satan contended. God said, Be gone from
paradise! This is no place for your contemptuous pride. Satan
obeyed, but not before cursing Adam with the same fate. Soon
Adam followed suit by becoming a transgressor after eating the
forbidden fruit. Allah said: Go hence and may your descendants
live a life of doubt and mistrust.
Kalam wrote: I have always been a religious person in the
sense that I maintain a working partnership with God. I was
aware that the best work required more ability than I
possessed and therefore I needed help that only God could give
me. I made a true estimate of my own ability, then raised it
50% and put myself in Gods hands. In this partnership, I have
always received all the power I needed, and in fact have
actually felt it flowing through me. Today, I can affirm that
the kingdom of God is within you in the form of this power, to
help achieve your goals and realize your dreams
realize his dreams, Abdul Kalam did!
Abdul Kalam believes that we often merely analyze life instead
of dealing with it & through difficulties and problems God
gives us the opportunity to grow. So when your dreams and
goals are dashed, search among the wreckage, you may find a
golden opportunity hidden in the ruins.
favorite author is Robert Schuller who built the crystal
cathedral at the cost of several million dollars, through
writes: God can do tremendous things through the person who
does not care about who gets the credit. The ego involvement
must go. Before God trusts you with success, you have to prove
yourself humble enough to handle the big prize.
prayed to God in Schullers church to help him build a Research
Centre at the Imarat Kancha-that would be his Crystal
writes: You, me, everyone on this planet is sent free by Him
to cultivate all the creative potential within us and live at
peace with our own conscience. We differ in the way we make
our choices and evolve our destiny. I do not wish to set
myself as an example to others, but I believe that a few souls
may draw inspiration and come to balance that ultimate
satisfaction that can only be found in the life of the spirit
pray that we will, Mr. President!