Despite the fact that I spent my childhood in Rameswaram – Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam

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“Despite the fact that I spent my childhood in Rameswaram, an isolated island in the south of India, I could get educated, find a job and overcome many obstacles to become the President of my country. If I could overcome all the hardships and achieve what I have, so can you or anyone else. It does not matter where you start from or what you have achieved till date, the important thing is that from this point onwards, you decide what you want and work towards creating your own future. This is the message I want to convey through this book and if it can inspire even one young person to achieve his or her dream, I will feel that my effort has been truly worth it.

In the last fifteen years I have interacted with more than 16 million youth, in face-to face meetings, through emails and over Facebook, and wherever I go I am asked questions. Everyday I receive about 300 emails and spend two hours reading and answering them. This book is based on the questions that I have been asked over the years. In their questions, people are mostly seeking solutions to problems that they are facing in their lives. Answering these questions, I realized that what we call problems may probably be a result of the way we ‘process’ events and situations in our lives and everything that happens in our world. ‘Process’ means the way we perceive and think about them. If we could change the way we ‘process’, then we could possibly change the way we think about our problems and hence also about their solutions. I believe it is possible to do so and that is the underlying theme in my answers.

My answers are based on what I have learnt from my own experiences of life, and from reading books and my interactions with political and spiritual leaders. The replies in my book are presented in a way that they provide a generic message for any one who may be undergoing a similar problem in his or her life.

Your life should be a manifestation of your dreams. That is why I always call upon the youth to dream lofty dreams and invoke in them a vision of their future. And in achieving your dreams, you are bound to face difficulties and obstacles, but with determination and discipline you can always overcome them, just as I have been able to do.” -From the Introduction of the book

It is remarkable that how, APJ Abdul Kalam, the 11th president of India continues to be such a popular public figure even seven years after demitting office. Much sought, much admired, he is an inspiration for the Indian youth and they turn to him for advice, guidance, inspiration, or simply just seeking to be in touch with him. The mentoring, the solutions, the direction, the philosophy he provides are based on the wisdom of his own experiences, as he knows well the trials and tribulations of the hard rocky road of life that he has walked from Rameswaram to the Rashtrapati Bhawan. This book is like a roadmap for life which one can to turn to when needed, and come away reassured that there is always a way out of any situation and that we will be able reach our dream destination. Inspiring and intimate, it provides an insight into the mind and heart of one of the most remarkable leaders of contemporary India. A leader, who at the age of 84 continues to inspire young Indians towards living the life of their dreams.

 

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SERENITY

Serenity

 

Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.  It is the result of long and patient effort in self-control.  Its presence is an indication of ripened experience, and of a more than ordinary knowledge of the laws and operations of thought.

A man becomes calm in the measure that he understands himself as a thought-evolved being, for such knowledge necessitates the understanding of others as the result of thought, and as he develops a right understanding, and sees more and more clearly the internal relations of things by the action of cause and effect, he ceases to fuss and fume and worry and grieve, and remains poised, steadfast, serene.

The calm man, having learned how to govern himself, knows how to adapt himself to others; and they, in turn, reverence his spiritual strength, and feel that they can learn from him and rely upon him.  The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good.  Even the ordinary trader will find his business prosperity increase as he develops a greater self-control and equanimity, for people will always prefer to deal with a man whose demeanor is equable.

The strong, calm man is always loved and revered.  He is like a shade-giving tree in a thirsty land, or a sheltering rock in a storm.  “Who does not love a tranquil heart, a sweet-tempered, balanced life?  It does not matter whether it rains or shines, or what changes come to those possessing these blessings, for they are always sweet, serene, and calm.  That exquisite poise of character which we call serenity is the last lesson of culture; it is the flowering of life, the fruitage of the soul.  It is precious as wisdom, more to be desired than gold—yea, than even fine gold.  How insignificant mere money-seeking looks in comparison with a serene life—a life that dwells in the ocean of Truth, beneath the waves, beyond the reach of the tempests, in the Eternal Calm!”

“How many people we know who sour their lives, who ruin all that is sweet and beautiful by explosive tempers, who destroy their poise of character, and make bad blood!  It is a question whether the great majority of people do not ruin their lives and mar their happiness by lack of self-control.  How few people we meet in life who are well balanced, who have that exquisite poise which is characteristic of the finished character!”

Yes, humanity surges with uncontrolled passion, is tumultuous with ungoverned grief, is blown about by anxiety and doubt.  Only the wise man, only he whose thoughts are controlled and purified, makes the winds and the storms of the soul obey him.

Tempest-tossed souls, wherever you may be, under whatsoever conditions ye may live, know this—in the ocean of life the isles of Blessedness are smiling, and the sunny shore of your ideal awaits your coming.  Keep your hands firmly upon the helm of thought.  In the barque of your soul reclines the commanding Master; He does but sleep; wake Him. Self-control is strength; Right Thought is mastery; Calmness is power.  Say unto your heart, “Peace be still!”

Our lives are entirely up to us

“To feel ambition and to act upon it is to embrace the unique calling of our souls. Not to act upon that ambition is to turn our backs on ourselves and on the reason for our existence.” “Turning pro is a mindset. If we are struggling with fear, self-sabotage, procrastination, self-doubt, etc., the problem is, we’re thinking like amateurs. Amateurs don’t show up. Amateurs crap out. Amateurs let adversity defeat them. The pro thinks differently. He shows up, he does his work, he keeps on truckin’, no matter what.” “The amateur dreads becoming who she really is because she fears that this new person will be judged by others as “different.” The tribe will declare us “weird” or “queer” or “crazy.” The tribe will reject us. Here’s the truth: the tribe doesn’t give a shit. There is no tribe. That gang or posse that we imagine is sustaining us by the bonds we share is in fact a conglomeration of individuals who are just as fucked up as we are and just as terrified. Each individual is so caught up in his own bullshit that he doesn’t have two seconds to worry about yours or mine, or to reject or diminish us because of it. When we truly understand that the tribe doesn’t give a damn, we’re free. There is no tribe, and there never was. Our lives are entirely up to us.”

 

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Where did life come from?

Natural selection explains how organisms that already exist evolve in response to changes in their environment. But Darwin’s theory is silent on how organisms came into being in the first place, which he considered a deep mystery. What creates life out of the inanimate compounds that make up living things? No one knows. How were the first organisms assembled? Nature hasn’t given us the slightest hint.

If anything, the mystery has deepened over time. After all, if life began unaided under primordial conditions in a natural system containing zero knowledge, then it should be possible – it should be easy – to create life in a laboratory today. But determined attempts have failed. International fame, a likely Nobel Prize, and $1 million from the Gene Emergence Project await the researcher who makes life on a lab bench. Still, no one has come close.

Experiments have created some basic materials of life. Famously, in 1952 Harold Urey and Stanley Miller mixed the elements thought to exist in Earth’s primordial atmosphere, exposed them to electricity to simulate lightning, and found that amino acids self-assembled in the researchers’ test tubes. Amino acids are essential to life. But the ones in the 1952 experiment did not come to life. Building-block compounds have been shown to result from many natural processes; they even float in huge clouds in space. But no test has given any indication of how they begin to live – or how, in early tentative forms, they could have resisted being frozen or fried by Earth’s harsh prehistoric conditions.

Some researchers have backed the hypothesis that an unknown primordial “soup” of naturally occurring chemicals was able to self-organize and become animate through a natural mechanism that no longer exists. Some advance the “RNA first” idea, which holds that RNA formed and lived on its own before DNA – but that doesn’t explain where the RNA came from. Others suppose life began around hot deep-sea vents, where very high temperatures and pressures cause a chemical maelstrom. Still others have proposed that some as-yet-unknown natural law causes complexity – and that when this natural law is discovered, the origin of life will become imaginable.

Did God or some other higher being create life? Did it begin on another world, to be transported later to ours? Until such time as a wholly natural origin of life is found, these questions have power. We’re improbable, we’re here, and we have no idea why. Or how.

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What is life about ?

What is living?

Is it to live depending on circumstances, in comfort, fulfilling urges and desires, or is it to act in full freedom, with discernment and intelligence in order to reach serenity and happiness?

Life has the value that we give it in relation to what we are.

For a stone, life is to resist.

For a plant, life is for growing.

For an animal, life is for feeling and fulfilling one’s pleasure.

The human being has within himself mineral, plant and animal elements.

What differentiates the human being from these elements is the ability to ask himself questions.

“What use does life have?” For Pierre Hadot, a philosopher specialized in Antiquity, philosophy is not a theoretical system but an experience which is lived, and it is a confrontation to reality, to one’s ideas, dreams and decisions and a questioning of oneself without, which there is no life.

Life is a movement

What is living? Is it to live in a state of inertia seeking the easy life, or is it to live while fulfilling oneself with determination, decision, responsibility and intelligence?

To live is a movement. Things are alive because there is movement. But if this movement becomes inert, mechanistic, artificial, repetitive, dependent, resistant and routine, then life fades and dies. To move from comfort, laziness, living day to day, and from the instinct of preservation which protects us, we need to take risks, to give a purpose to our movements.

The more ambitious our goals and dreams are, the more we are capable of putting ourselves in motion.

To live in autonomy

Life is characterized by autonomy. It is capable of repairing itself, and healing its wounds. An inanimate object cannot do that without human intervention.

Life reproduces itself. We can program ourselves to direct our existence towards something else. We can reproduce ourselves biologically or through ideas and sentiments.

Life self-regulates and balances itself. This is the basis of ecology.

If our body was not able to regulate itself, it would constantly be ill. Life is to be in movement and to understand the laws of movement. Some encounter these laws through simply being impacted by the movement. They run after life but do not live. They live unconsciously and are moved by instincts and urges. Others question themselves: ‘Where am I going, who am I? What use does life have?’ They seek a goal, a meaning. They marvel before life, the universe and all that inspires them and enables them to learn with intelligence.

The Expression of consciousness

Movement is found in the words ‘to express’, that is, to realize the potential we have within. But what are we expressing? This is where the notion of consciousness comes in. We can express that which is good within, our need for social recognition, our desire for self realization; our quest for Good, the Truth and Beauty, and we can also express the false, superficial and apathetic side of ourselves. In other words, we can express living or appearing to live.

Socrates introduced to the Western world, the concept of conscience.

He said: ‘I have within me a little voice, a daemon, (not a demon but a genie/angel, a conscience) which sometimes tells me what I shouldn’t do but not what I should do.’ There is a conscience within each one of us, and sometimes this conscience makes us suffer and is suppressed in the subconscious where it continues to act on the body or the feelings.

The expression of a destiny

Expression implies ‘to accept to be confronted by others, and to experiment in order to improve that which we think we are, or are becoming’. To live is to express that which is positive, creative, harmonious, simple but beautiful and good. It is not to express oneself guided by urge or desire, or in other words to let off steam and engender violence for oneself and others. To express a destiny is not to express the future through fortune telling. From a philosophical viewpoint, the classical authors of antiquity explain that in ancient Theatre, the Greek tragedy presents the story of a character that has a choice between living a tranquil peaceful life, and accomplishing an exploit which will transcend him, transform him, sometimes at the cost of his life (the Hero).

We all have a destiny in potential. This destiny will express itself in our choosing to not act like everyone else, to take ownership for our own life, to be what we want to be and not to become what others expect of us. Life is to confront the unknown, to accept the mystery, to live with it.

The power of life and freedom

As Hegel said, ‘true consciousness is not a theoretical faculty but a power of living and freedom’. To live is to express a power over oneself which leads us towards freedom. For a human being to become free, he should not be conditioned by circumstances or by his passions. He must decide and act with intelligence.

One can live as an animal, a stone or a tree. To live as a human being, one needs to have spirit. From a philosophical viewpoint, spirit is that capacity we have to understand the world and to free ourselves from it. This capability may be associated with intelligence (intellegere in Latin: to be able to enter). The spirit enables the human being to understand what is real, and to take action while becoming independent of circumstances and not being overwhelmed by them.

One keeps a clear spirit in spite of situations. Spirituality is a struggle in order to maintain intelligence, discernment and the possibility to see things in their unity and not in their various parts. Reason enables us to divide things; intelligence enables us to reunite them.

To live intelligently is not only to live “reasonably”. The ultimate goal of life is happiness. Not an immediate, ephemeral, happiness satisfied by urge, but what Socrates calls eudemonia; an inner state of serenity, wisdom and calm, a state of being without attachment, and with discernment.

To live life is an opportunity to be happy.

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Thoughts For Life

A Fantastic Talk Given by MR MURTHY today at IIT.

What do we all seek ?

Indeed it is SUCESS but what is success to you ?

Is it to gain millions and buy a Ferrari ? or is it to happily run your family just for daily means by running your small scale business?

Maybe you have a family business and you are growing it and expanding it.

But what is success ?

Is it gaining lots of knowledge ? Is it gaining lots of money ? Is it having a lot of stuff in your house or work ?
Is it having a lot of money in your bank or more Jewellery and Gold in your locker ?

What is more ? What is Enough ? What is more to you may be less to the other . So how do you define magnitude ?

What do you Define yourself as ? and what do you let other people see you as ? Do you accept the personality that is held of yourself ? If not , are you taking the right steps to change that personality of yours in the eyes of the world ? .

Remember that none of us know our Death Date . We just know our BIRTH DATE . Death is Definite but Stages in Life aren’t . So Work as if it is like the last day of your life . Do not delay because the last you know ;Your Eyes Will Shut & You may be dead before you materialise your plans into action. Think & Act now This Moment . Make the most of it . Do not regret as it is worst than a bullet hitting you hard on your chest . Time Once Passed Can Never Be brought Back.

Be creative . Be distinctive . Be Different. If People Call You Crazy, You are on the Right path, If you are not different you will not stand out. If you do not stand out , nobody will observe you. Do Not Be a trend ; Start a trend . Do not follow a trend and be a sheep. Fill that void. Be A Leader .

Remove the word “TRY” from your dictionary. It is either YES or No . When you say TRY it is the midway .

I am not what I am . I am evolving . We need to evolve . Daily . By saying that you are wrong . I am not right .

By saying I am tired and need to slow down , the world will not slow down for you. Time is running fast and it is you who needs to cope up with it , If I am weak I should immediately hand over the baton to the next proven in line to carry on the legacy and continue with something else which gives me peace . World has seen many Kings and Queens come and Go & I am just a Human and soon I too will Perish .Keeping things to myself will not make me great but weaken my legacy.

Distribution of tasks is very necessary to the right people or else your biggest a plans & Empire will fall down like a pack of cards and your years of efforts will drain in Vain and you will not even have time to Cry about it .

Gain Enough Experience in life in the task you you wish you Excel and then prove your skills by innovating it to a better level.

Do not hinder in others work or let them down due to jealously. Life will slap you right at your face & you will not even realise that . Why do I say so ? You will see it clearly with your own eyes . Last you know it is whom you think to be against you will teach you the most through his/ her actions. Keep Your Eyes Open to learn from LIFE , it will teach you more than your school teachers.

Be Empathetic , Give , Donate and Open A Charitable trust Life is better when you give to others and not when you BUY , BUY & BUY for yourself , GIVE , DONATE and do not look back for results Lord will reward you , Have a clean heart .

LISTEN , just don’t keep blabbering & act as a MR KNOW IT ALL , the person who talks the most is not the wisest one but who listens and grasps to what others have to say and acts correctly goes far ahead than the one who keeps yapping.

Do not Underestimate Anybody . You may never know you may land up doing business with the one you considered a looser in life & he will be the more successful one.

Do not believe in any work to be small I still do a lot of daily chores on my own even sweeping on my own if needed . It does not make me a sweeper but it makes my sweeper believe that he was slow for his work when he watches his boss sweeping .

It is very important to learn from people’s Actions . Sociology is a key player in business .

The Key point is , do not just think about making money , yes money is a vital part for surviving in a society . Think about how you can use your money for the benefit for not just your family but for your society too . Do not just live for yourself but live a life which others inspire to live like . Be an Inspiration not just an abbreviation , Be a motivation and not just a simple God’s Creation . We all breathe , eat and sleep daily that is normal but doing something unique is what makes us special . Do Something Which Leaves a Legacy Behind for your Name to Be Remembered.

Do Not Be A BEGGAR in FRONT OF ALMIGHTY GOD. DO NOT SAY , WHY CAN’T I HAVE THIS , WHY DID THIS HAPPEN, I WANT THIS I WANT THAT. PLEASE THANK HIM, HE HAS GIVEN YOU MORE THAN ENOUGH. THERE ARE MANY WHO ARE DEPRIVED OF THE LITTLE THINGS WHAT YOU HAVE WHICH YOU OFTEN NEGLECT & DO NOT OBSERVE IN YOUR DAILY LIFE .

Have Faith , Believe and Keep Patience . Pray , be religious and be righteous .

Health is Wealth. If you SMOKE stop smoking , If you DRINK stop drinking If you chew Tobacco Stop Chewing it . It is not difficult , your Brain is stronger than you think, Wrong vices will kill you in not just health but wealth too and not forgetting to mention , these vices WILL KILL YOUR FAMILY TOO.

WHY IS INDIA DEVELOPING ?

IT IS BECAUSE OF US. WE ARE TO BE BLAMED. NOT HIM, NOT HER NOT THE POLITICIANS , NOT THOSE CORRUPT Bureaucrats. IT IS US.

WHY US ? BECAUSE WE DO NOT CARE. IF YOU NEED THE CHANGE BE THE CHANGE DO NOT BLAME HIM OR HER OR ANYBODY THAT BECAUSE OF HIM THIS HAPPENED OR THIS COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER.

DO IT ! DO IT NOW ! DO IT YOURSELF ! AND PROVE THE OTHERS WRONG !

WE INDIANS TAKE THINGS FOR GRANTED VERY EASILY. “ SAB KUCH CHALEGA”

WHY “CHALEGA”

WHY ARE SO MANY INDIANS LEAVING INDIA AND SETTLING OVERSEAS FOR A BETTER LIFE ?.

WHY DO WE DANCE AT EVERY FESTIVAL AND BURN THE MONEY AS IF IT IS ETHICAL TO DO SO ? WHEN THAT SAME MONEY CAN BE CONTRIBUTED TOWARDS HEALTH AND EDUCATION ?

LOOK AT THE STATE OF OUR COUNTRY ! JUST LOOK AT US! ARE WE PROUD TO BE INDIANS ? ARE WE ?

SPENDING HOURS IN TRAFFIC IN ALL METRO CITIES, POOR UNPLANNED CITIES , ALL BECAUSE OF SELFISH REASONS OF MULTIPLE POWERFUL PEOPLE THAT CO-EXIST WITH US IN THIS SOCIETY.

YOU CANNOT GET YOUR RATION CARD ON TIME, YOU CANNOT GET YOUR VOTER’S I.D CARD ON TIME , YOU CANNOT GET YOUR AADHAR CARD ON TIME. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS CLEANLINESS IN OUR COUNTRY , THE GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS ARE WORSE THAN TOILETS .

INDIAN RAILWAYS ONE OF THE LARGEST RAILWAY NETWORKS IN THE WORLD IS ONE OF THE WORST I MAY SAY. I THINK ONE IN TEN OF THE PASSENGERS COME OUT INFECTED FROM THE TRAIN THEY TRAVEL IN INDIA . THERE IS ABSOLUTE NO SANITY.

AND WE EXPECT OUR BRIGHT YOUNG MINDS TO WASTE THEIR TALENT IN THIS FILTHY COUNTRY ! WHERE POLITICIANS JUST LIVE IN THE LIMELIGHT AND DRIVE THE PUBLIC CRAZY. TILL YESTERDAY IT WAS GANDHI AND MODI NOW SUDDENLY IT IS MR KEJRIWAL NEXT YOU KNOW IT WILL BE SOMEBODY ELSE. BUT WEATHER IT IS ANYBODY TO COME , WE NEED A LEADER WHO CAN BE INSPIRED FROM AND WHO JUST DOES NOT TALK, BUT DOES WHAT HE SAY. AS I SAID EARLIER , PEOPLE LOVE TO TALK, BUT WHO DOES AND PRODUCES RESULTS IS THE WINNER !

JUST LOOK AT THOSE INTERNATIONAL CITIES, LOOK AT THEIR INFRASTRUCTURE, HERE WE ARE DANCING AT THE OPENING OF A NEW TERMINAL IN MUMBAI , BUT HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO FRANKFURT OR TO DUBAI ? JUST HOW BLIND CAN YOU BE ? WE CANNOT EVEN COMPLETE A SIMPLE FLYOVER LIKE THE SEA LINK AND WE ARE TALKING ABOUT GROWTH GROWTH GROWTH , INDIA SHINING BLAH BLAH BLAH ! WHAT INDIA SHINING, WHAT MUMBAI WILL BECOME SHANGHAI , THIS ALL IS NONSENSE. WHAT CAN BE DONE, CAN BE DONE , BUT THERE ARE REAONS ABOVE ALL TO DELAY AND DELAY TILL EVERYONE STARTS LIVING WITH THE COMPROMISE.

WE ARE LIVING IN A HYPOCRETICAL SOCIETEY WHERE PEOPLE LOVE TO FLAUNT IN THEIR ROLLS ROYCE BUT WILL THROW THEIR GARBAGE OUT OF THEIR VERY SAME WINDOWS. THERE IS A MALFUNCTION IN THE SYSTEM AND A LOT OF CLEANING NEEDS TO BE DONE.

DO NOT GET ME WRONG, INDIA IS NOT A BAD COUNTRY WE DO HAVE A LOT OF FLAVOUR AND CULTURE , BUT DO WE PRESERVE IT ? LOOK AT OUR MONUMENTS AND PLACES OF INTERESTS ? ARE THEY MAINTAINED WELL ? WHERE DOES ALL THE MONEY GO?

EVEN REPUTED INSTITUES LIKE IIT HAVE NOT BEEN MAINTAINED WELL AND CRORES OF RUPEES JUST GO IN VAIN.

WE HAVE LOST THE VALUE OF “VALUE” AND HAVE STARTED TAKING A LOT OF THINGS FOR GRANTED .

WE NEED TO CORRECT OUR NEURO SYSTEM AND LIVE LIKE HUMANS .

I REQUEST YOU ALL TO NOT BE A SHEEP AND FOLLOW THE MEDIA AND THE NEWS BUT I WANT YOU ALL TO USE YOUR MIND AND EVALUATE ,

LIFE IS MUCH MORE THAN WATCHING A CRICKET MATCH OR A TELEVISION SOAP OR A MOVIE . IT IS A WONDERFUL LEARNING EXPERIENCE.

BE WITH PEOPLE WHO KNOW MORE THAN YOU AND LOVE TO SHARE THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THEY HAVE THIS WAY YOU WILL LEARN MORE IN LIFE. QUIT STAYING WITH NEGATIVE PERSONALITIES.

DO NOT GOSSIP , IT IS A WASTE OF TIME.

KNOWLEDGE IS NOT SOMETHING TO BE PACKED AWAY IN SOME CORNER OF OUR BRAIN BUT WHAT ENTERS INTO OUR BEING COLOURS AND EMOTIONS HAUNTS OUR SOUL AND IS AS CLOSE TO US AS LIFE ITSELF IT IS THE OVER MASTERING POWER WHICH THROUGH THE INTELLECT MOULDS THE WHOLE PERSONALITY TRAINS THE EMOTION AND DISCIPLINES THE WILL.

SO GAIN AS MUCH KNOWLEDGE AS YOU CAN AND TRAIN YOUR BRAIN !