Archive for July 28th, 2015

My relationship with one of India’s greatest leaders

July 28, 2015

Yogi Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam—India’s 11th president has just left his body.

Allow me to share a true story. Early in his life, Sri Sir Kalam made a yogic pilgrimage to visit Sivananda in Rishikesh. Sivananda selected him out of a large group of over 200 people to meet with him privately. Sivananda inquired regarding Kalam’s low energy.

Kalam said, “I want to be trained as a pilot to join the Air Force but I have just been rejected admission.”

Sivananda said, “Worry not!  Serve, love, purify, meditate and  one day you will become the President of India. He then gave him 20 of his yoga books and sent him on his way.

Indeed, many years later Kalam became India’s 11th President.

I also was involved with him at EMPI where Dr. Udai Pareek’s (India’s first OD guru) daughter teaches. Kalam frequented to give the annual Innovation awards for all of India.

Kalam often is heard on YouTube proclaiming the teachings of Sivananda.

Sivananda is on my mind each and every day. Right now I am again listening to one of his 400 books in English titled, “Thought Power.”

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