R K Laxman

Dr Kalam showing the great R K Lakshman his book The Luminous Sparks. punyapublishing.com/general-books/
Dr Kalam showing the great R K Lakshman his book The Luminous Sparks, published by Punya Publishing, punyapublishing.com/general-books/

Today we mourn the death of a fearless, independent thinker and cartoonist R K Laxman. A Rare creative genius,who had a laser focus on situation of the country, its anomalies and contradictions. His satires had many layers. They were hilarious and poignant at the same time. One would have laughed and cried both. For example, showing flood and ravage all around after a cyclone, two poor persons sitting in rags saying,”Sixty thousand crores loss! But for the cyclone we would never have known we were so rich.”

A great observer and thinker whose few strokes of brush and pen said so much. His work has inspired many and will continue to bear a torch of not only good cartooning but values of independent thinking, keen observation and being honest to oneself.

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Close the Hate Factories – We have reached the brink – A Clarion Call for the world’s Religious and Political class

There is a time in the history when if a mammoth action is not taken, the time comes to a stop for a civilisation and leads it to self-destruction. Today we are standing on that point in the history.

The ghastly killing of children and their teachers at Army Public School Peshawar is a most horrible and condemnable incident. Those innocents died without blooming. They had done nothing to deserve that kind of death. What had the teacher done to be burnt alive? What had the children done to face the bullets and see their friends being butchered?

Who could do these beastly actions? What kind of psyche plans this?

These are products of hate factories. The people running these hate factories fuel their factories with propaganda and false religious bigotry and make young gullible youth as their cannon fodder with indoctrination of the worst kind. They kill the sensitive emotional hearts of these foot soldiers of the hate factories. We are left with the names of those who were the foot soldiers but who and what destroyed their psyche. Not the foot soldiers but the owners of these hate factories need to be worked on.

The cries of the parents of these children are making the heavens tremble. The heaven that these hate mongers promise themselves. The need today is for every religious leader to wake up and spread, if they have the capacity, the spirit of understanding, compassion and love. From Pope to Muslim Clerics to Hindu Gurus to Buddhist monks let each one throw a current of love, a spirit of peace to extinguish the fire and smoke of hatred emerging from these hate factories. Let the whole religious and political leadership take it as a clarion call to take a united action of going deep into this problem and resolving it in such a way that those with devious minds may not be able to recreate such incidents.

Let all parents and teachers of the world unite in this moment of grief and take pledge of spreading peace around them for the sake of our future generations. Our prayers are with the parents of these children and others whose life has been cut short.

Journey of books with Dr A P J Abdul Kalam – A Birthday Remembrance

Punya Publishing has been celebrating Dr A P J Abdul Kalam’s birthday by releasing his books on 15th October.

We (Punya Publishing) published and released The Luminous Sparks written by Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, on 15th October 2004, It was widely covered by all newspapers.

http://punyapublishing.com/index.php?route=information/news&news_id=11

THE TIMES OF INDIA – BOOK BY PRESIDENT RELEASED (16TH OCT, 2004)

The Luminous Sparks
Dr A P J Abdul Kalam’s Award Winning Best Seller http://punyapublishing.com/APJ-abdul-kalam/the-luminous-sparks-soft-cover

Later You Are Unique in English was released in 2012 http://punyapublishing.com/APJ-abdul-kalam/you-are-unique-english

You Are Unique presented to Dr A P J Abdul Kalam
Dr A P J Abdul Kalam receiving first copy of his book You Are Unique from the publisher Dr Poonam S Kohli

On 15th October 2013 we released Tamil Translation of Dr A P J Abdul Kalam’s favourite book You Are Unique in Chennai.

TAMIL TRANSLATION OF YOU ARE UNIQUE IN CHENNAI(17 OCT,2013)http://epaper.newindianexpress.com/c/1789950

Release of You Are Unique in Tamil
Publisher Sqn Ldr Sudhir Kohli, Lion P Haridas and other dignitaries releasing Tamil translation of You Are Unique, in Chennai.
You Are Unique by A P J Abdul Kalam in Tamil
Dr A P J Abdul Kalam’s book You Are Unique in Tamil – publisher Punya Publishing http://punyapublishing.com/general-books/you-are-unique-tamil

In 2015 Punya Publishing Released Tum Ho Advitiye , http://punyapublishing.com/you-are-unique-hindi, by Dr A P J Abdul Kalam on his first birthday after his passing away. We were sorry that we did not receive a call from him on that day as he had already bid farewell to this world.

Year after year we tried to release a book of Dr Kalam on his birthday. He always highly appreciated our efforts of most aesthetically and meaningfully presenting his ideas. We shared his dreams of inspiring people, specially youth.
When the first copy of The Luminous Sparks was presented to him by Swami Ranganathanandaji, he was very happy to see the production and called me as he returned to Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Similarly he appreciated the editing and presentation of You Are Unique. He always expressed to you that he could perceive the hard work put into the work and he sincerely appreciated it. Such love and encouragement is only possible by a great soul. There was so much to learn from each meeting we had with him.
We miss you Dr Kalam.
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A Journey From Being Alone To Alone

Should one fear being alone?

One is born alone. In the dark cave of  the womb starts the journey of being alone. One is alone as infant before its socialising starts. The smiles, crying, pranks they all become a medium to attract others. Listening, differentiating repeated sounds from a medley of sounds, making sounds, liking of sounds by others, forming relationships of sounds with objects and finally through, repetition, response and reward starts the learning of language. Language leads to verbal and written communication  – an instrument of socialising.

Becoming social has its own rewards and punishment. You are not only to be social but you need to be accepted, recognised, LIKED ( People count and hanker for likes of Facebook and Twitter).

The struggle of recognition gradually tinkers on the innocence that came from the womb. The need of acceptance and recognition brings the feelings of insecurity. The perpetual want of position and recognition, changes the innocent baby to a human being  who is diplomatic, jealous and capable of telling lies. Besides desire of being recognised, now there are so many more things on the mind – money, power, sensual cravings and social responsibilities. One forgets how to be alone. Even when one is alone, mind is harping on the thoughts of, praise and blame, merit and demerit generated out of the ego and the personal perception, coloured with ones social and circumstantial conditioning. In the every day humdrum, you are hurt, angered, dislike something, ambitions are thwarted, all these create a web of thoughts that entangle you day and night. Thus you are never alone.

Mundaka Upanishad - Two Birds story
Mundaka Upanishad -Two birds on the same tree one eating bitter and sweet fruits other calmly sitting.

And life goes on as the story of two birds on a tree, in Mundaka Upanishad,(third Mundaka,first section,)‘dvā suparṇā sayujā’ one bird jumps from branch to branch eating the bitter and sweet fruits but the other simply looks on without eating, sitting on the top branch. While eating bitter and sweet fruits, when the fruit is bitter, it looks up, at the other bird sitting calmly, and again goes back to flying from one branch to the other tasting bitter and sweet fruits. But then sometimes the fruit is too bitter, an irrevocable loss that drowns one in sorrow, then it looks up again at the calm, luminous, golden bird and  slowly starts going up towards it. Both exist together as the reflection and the original and finally  the first bird merges into the Luminous one and realises there is no second one it is one only, the self.

It is one only.

Proper knowledge is equal vision, or perception of the one Atman in all. It is a journey from alone back to the self alone, which exists in all.
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Reminiscences – Dr AP J Abdul Kalam

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Poonam S Kohli at Jullunduryou-are-unique-release[1]

There is so much that one remembers about 11th President of India Dr Kalam. An extra ordinary human being perhaps super human because he was a spirit that could so easily flow into fellow human beings, animals and even plants. If one had to see a living example of a spirit that was one with humanity, it was Dr Kalam. Simple and pure, from a distance of many miles, he could feel and empathise with you. Hard work was his Mantra and inspiring youth his mission. He had an infectious zeal for life.

We ended the You Are Unique his book with a question to Dr Kalam:

How will you like yourself to be remembered?
His answer was:
‘He brought smiles on Millions and Millions of faces. I will work for it.’

And he did work for it tirelessly through out his life till his last breath.

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Reminiscences – Dr AP J Abdul Kalam

Poonam S Kohli at Jullundur you-are-unique-release[1]

There is so much that one remembers about 11th President of India Dr Kalam. An extra ordinary human being perhaps super human because he was a spirit that could so easily flow into fellow human beings, animals and even plants. If one had to see a living example of a spirit that was one with humanity, it was Dr Kalam. Simple and pure, from a distance of many miles, he could feel and empathise with you. Hard work was his Mantra and inspiring youth his mission. He had an infectious zeal for life.

We ended the You Are Unique his book with a question to Dr Kalam:

How will you like yourself to be remembered?
His answer was:
‘He brought smiles on Millions and Millions of faces. I will work for it.’

And he did work for it tirelessly through out his life till his last breath.

 

Close the Hate Factories

In Peshawar days must be dawning and evenings falling with the same pace. People would have started picking up the threads of their lives, but some lives would have changed for all times. Mothers of those children who departed maybe still crying with throats parched and eyes swollen, fathers may be having the listlessness of controlling their emotions for the sake of the other family members and yet having a burning volcanoes buried in their chest of not been able to do anything.
Those who did this heinous crime against children were taking revenge they said. Revenge from whom those unknown children and unknown families. How could they fill up so much of hatred in the minds of some young minds for committing a beastly act? Did they ever read the story of Prophet Mohammud? Because Prophet Muhammad was spreading the word of God, many disliked Muhammad and planned to kill him. Every time they tried to kill him, they failed. Many people started harassing him. One old woman made a habit of throwing rubbish on Prophet Muhammad when ever he passed from her house. Muhammad had to pass that house daily on the way to the mosque. Even when the old woman threw rubbish on him, he would pass silently without showing any anger or annoyance. This was a regular, daily event.
One day when the Prophet was passing by, the woman was not there to throw the rubbish. He stopped and asked the neighbour about her well-being. The neighbour informed the Prophet that the woman was sick on bed. The Prophet politely asked permission to visit the woman.
When allowed he entered the house, the woman thought that he had come there to take his revenge when she was unable to defend herself because of sickness. But the Prophet assured her that he had come to her, not to take any revenge, but to see her and to look after her needs.
The old woman was greatly moved by this kindness and love of the Prophet. Those with minds full of hatred and revenge should take a leaf from the life of prophet.

Persistence and Perseverence

In a jungle, when we come across a woodpecker, it surprises us. Precariously perched on the edge of the bark of the tree, it pecks and pecks and goes on pecking maybe for days to make a safe hole.

What a symbol of persistence and following one’s goal. His goal is to make a safe abode in the tree and with a single-minded devotion it tirelessly goes on with its task. It is very interesting to watch it. Sometimes after hearing some sound it hides itself but again comes back to its job.

Taking a que from it If we all have a single-minded devotion of self-development according to our inclinations, the focus will wipe all negativity of being defeatist, corrupt and jealous. Follow the woodpecker.