June 20, 2016


Dr. Kalam and I went to Sarangpur, Gujarat, to present to Pramukh Swamiji Maharaj, the spiritual Guru of Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Sanstha (BAPS), the first copy of the book, ‘Transcendence: My Spiritual Experiences with Pramukh Swamiji’, that I co-authored with Dr. Kalam. The book captured Dr. Kalam’s fellowship with Pramukh Swamiji, which started in 2001. Dr. Kalam called Pramukh Swamiji his ultimate teacher, who had positioned him in a God-synchronous orbit.

He asked me to speak, and it was perhaps the best moment and the highest point of my entire life. I said, “Good writers are known to fill an ocean in a pitcher. By working on this book, I could put two oceans together – an ocean of science and knowledge (Dr. Kalam) and an ocean of spirituality and love (Pramukh Swamiji). I seek nothing more from my destiny.” On our way back, Dr. Kalam asked me to learn more about the Ekantik Dharma and write a book on the same, sometime in the future. When I asked if he would guide me,  he replied in the negative, saying that I would do it alone. It turned out to be prophecy, as he passed away the next month.


  1. I am a huge fan of our ”Missile Man” Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Sir and Pramukh Swamiji. Seeing them together in a single picture is like a treat to the eyes :-).
    People like Dr Kalam and Pramukh Swamiji Maharaj born in a Century and Arun Sir is truly a messenger of God!

  2. Since my childhood, I had two life role models : Guru Pramukh Swami Maharaj and Abdul Kalam. I never thought that one day I will see both my role models in once frame and on the same cover page of a book. Seeing this picture is like a dream come true! Pramukh Swami Maharaj and Kalam sir sharing each others’ glory in this book – glory in the form of conveying how ego-less they both are.

    I was privileged to be in aura of guru Pramukh Swami Maharaj since my childhood and later in my life, meet Kalam sir through the book Wings of Fire (Co-authored by Arun sir) during my college days while I was studying Aeronautical Engineering (Yes! Kalam sir too was Aeronautical Engineer). How great when I see this book – where both inspires meet. Never thought that one day I will meet and be so close to Arun sir who witnessed the lifes of both Pramukh Swami Maharaj and Kalam sir.. Arunsir is the chosen one by God! He has done great work through his books and supporting Kalam sir in this great gift for mankind – Transcendence book. I feel privileged to be in touch with Arun sir who provided his invaluable guidance for my books. Thank you so much Arun sir! Keep inspiring.

  3. This was an amazing picture ever in life. I mean a rarest of the rare because of the Titanic person’s presence in communion, I admire you, great sir

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