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

punya thoughts for world

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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