Transcendence - 1

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Let me share some pearls of wisdom from a book. 
My Spiritual Experiences with Pramukh Swamiji
by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
with Arun Tiwari. 

This is not a book review.
This article is just like
'key take away points' for me. 

The book is divided in 4 parts. This article covers 1st part of the book. 


Part 1 Experiencing the presence 

Tolerance of others' view and opinions is essential in building teams and accomplishing tasks that are beyond the individuals' capacities. 
- Dr. Brahma Prakash


Srimad Bhagavad Gita defines renunciation in a unique way: "One must renounce not the performance of deeds, but renounce the desire for the fruits of those actions." 
- Pramukh Swamiji


When things go smoothly and fall into place, you have most likely made the right choices so that the right event could come into your life. When your decisions of efforts encounter resistance or roadblocks, seriously re-examine the choices you have made. 

"Who I really am".... can only be revealed when the mind is quiet and no longer telling me who I am. When all the preconceptions about myself are stilled, what remains is who I really am: consciousness, awareness, stillness, presence, peace, love, and the Divine. You are that which is nameless and yet has been given a thousand names.


Harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes great things decay. 
- Sallust
1st century BC Roman senator

When you go to a place of worships, you pray for peace and prosperity, not only for yourself but also for everyone around you. 

Sulah meaning peace and peacemaking in Arabic. 
Sulah is also the root of the word Islah denoting development and improvement. 


It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men
- Frederick Douglass
19th Centaury African-American social reformer

The empires of the future are the empires of the mind. Dream, dream, dream. Dreaming leads to thoughts. Thoughts lead to action. 

"How can you mix spirituality and social service?"
Pramukh Swamiji asks, "How can you separate the two?"


Success can only come to you by courageous devotion to the task in front of you... You will be remembered for creating the one page in the history of the nation - whether it is the page of invention, innovation, discovery or fighting injustice. 
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (in book 'Indomitable Spirit') 


The wise discipline themselves, the unwise discipline others
- Pramukh Swamiji

As long as there is the pull of gravity whatever you throw up is always going to come down. But once a rocket is out of the attraction of the Earth's gravity, it will not fall back and will escape into space. Likewise, as long as we are attracted and attached to 
- the comforts of this body
- desires of the mind and
- the material world,
we are consigned to the cycle of births and deaths. There will be no escape. But as your wordly desires decreases, you transcend the pull of the world and eventually you connect to God. 
- Pramukh Swamiji


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