- Reading level: 15.00+ years
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Harper Collins India; 1 edition (6 July 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9351774058
- ISBN-13: 978-9351774051
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 151 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Transcendence My Spiritual Experiences with Pramukh Swamiji Hardcover – 6 Jul 2015
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Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam became the eleventh president of India in 2002. His popularity has endured, and he is still affectionately called the ‘people’s president’ for bridging the gap between high office and the common people. In addition to the autobiography Wings of Fire, Dr Kalam has written many books and most of them are household names.Arun Tiwari co-wrote Wings of Fire, the autobiography of Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.He is currently consulting to evolve the blueprint for FDI in the defence sector and towards the creation of a strong Defence Technological Industrial Base (DTIB) in India. He teaches at School of Management Sciences in Hyderabad University as adjunct professor.
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I was so eager to know about the thoughts came through the mind of such a blessed soul, in the last few years of his life. Everyone who knows him may have the question - how a person can be multifaceted to the extend he was, and more importantly, how a person can receive such a 'universal acceptance'. In the preface, which he wrote in May 2015, he says 'The power that would lead us to eternal victory is the power of good within us. A harmonious world begins with a harmonious inner world - an unavoidably spiritual quest.'
In another note in the Prologue he shares a dream (or a spiritual experience) he had in the night of 11th March'14 (which was the motivation to write Transcendence). In the dream he reaches heaven, God addresses him saying 'Arise, O happy stranger. You have attained your goal'. Then God said 'The world has lost its smile and locked itself in the knots of "I" and "Mine". Your world has become a world of barriers and fences and the "I" creates the poles and the barbs that divide them. Kalam, write to break the barriers, overcome the fences and dissolve the divisions created by the "I".
It may not be a coincidence that he passed away from our world on 27th July'15, a month after the book is published (may be the last duty assigned to him). One thing is sure, he completed all his worldly duties and attained the goal to be reached (as he experienced in his 'dream'). For sure the state he reached is the state of being birthless and deathless, higher than the state in any heaven.
Our duty to understand and practice his words remains. Reading and understanding this book could be a first step. I would say this book is a must read for those who want to know the real personality of Dr. Kalam.
Reading the book is an experience in itself as it elevates the knowledge and energy of the reader manifold. My suggestion is to read only a few chapters a day (covering around 20 odd pages per day), understand and memorize the knowledge given. One may also feel reading few sections again - sometimes due to understand the depth of the concept and sometimes due to mesmerizing effect it has due to the hidden beauty of the experiences shared. While the main experiences described in this work are of Dr. Kalam, they have been excellently blended, researched and produced by his colleague for three decades, Mr. Arun Tiwari. There seems to some divine intervention as many great people seems to have contributed in different ways to produce this treasure. My sincere thanks to Late Dr. Kalam and Mr. Arun Tiwari for creating a masterpiece and enlightening the humanity with such wonderful thoughts and experiences. Am grateful to almighty for giving me time and wisdom to complete the reading and for being in a time where I have seen such great souls in action in my lifetime, The book ends with a phrase "Let us (all) make this planet our more livable" which will guide the world and races for a long time to come..
A must read..
P.S.: I am no way related to BAPS society but since I am associated with a similar organization it was very easy for me to acknowledge and appreciate what has been talked about.. Pure souls make pure organizations and pure organizations contributes significantly towards development of a country and humanity in general.
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