Guiding Souls Dialogues On The Purpose Of Life
BY A.P.J. ABDUL KALAM & ARUN TIWARI
I wrote three books in the self-help format – ‘Managing Sadness: Scientific Insights to Seek Inner Solutions’ (Ocean Books, 2002), ‘Broken Brains’ (Ocean Books, 2003), and ‘Inner View: The Psychology of Dreams’ with Dr. B. Anand (Ocean Books, 2005), primarily to help myself out of my personal turmoil.
After becoming the President of India, Dr. Kalam assumed a larger-than-life persona of an inspirational leader. I would travel with him and see first-hand, his charm that brought smiles to millions of children’s faces and lit up their eyes. This book emerged in the dialogue form when we tried to understand how people receive inspiration and aspire to live superior lives.
Dr. Kalam explained, “In a process that is akin to a seed germinating suddenly, certain spiritual guideposts appear showing the way, or the right path. I would call these spiritual guideposts Guiding Souls, endowed with a mission to steer human lives in the affairs of this world.”
Who inspired Dr. Kalam and in what manner? His answer formed the main body of the book. Dr. Kalam named 15 people, including historical figures, philosophers and scientists. He called them his guideposts. The list started with Emperor
To the question that who, among all the people, left the deepest imprint on him,
I used this book to declare Dr. Kalam as my guiding soul. When he asked me to explain the reason, I answered, “You see things as they are. You can see through the beautiful appearance of things, which are, in reality, ugly. The ugly appearance of those things, which are, in reality, beautiful, does not deter you from dealing with them. You keep showing me each thing as it is and its true colour, lest I fall into a snare and be ever-errant.”
The book has been translated into Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Konkani
– The Hindu
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