BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Sydney, organised the release of Dr. Kalam’s book ‘Transcendence’ along with a special ‘Mile Sur Mera Tumhara' event as part of India’s 68th Independence Day celebrations in Sydney.
The event was held in the presence of Indian-Australian community leaders representing 52 Indian cultural organizations.The event served as an occasion to pay tribute to the late former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and honour his legacy with the Australian launch of his final book, ‘Transcendence: My Spiritual Experiences with Pramukh Swamiji’.
Prominent community leader, Dr. GK (Hari) Harinath, inaugurated the book, which focuses on Dr. Kalam’s personal and enlightening spiritual experiences with His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the fifth spiritual successor of Bhagwan Swaminarayan.
Dr. Harinath praised the book and its universal message, “Dr Kalam acknowledged that Pramukh Swamiji was a great teacher and from whom he learnt to eradicate two words, they are to eradicate I-ness and My-ness in life. That is 'I' and 'My', the two words that if we can forget in our lives, we will find peace in ourselves.”
Along with the launch of Transcendence, the 'Mile Sur Mera Tumhara' event was an opportunity for Indian community members to engage with each other and further strengthen Indian ties and culture while commemorating India’s Independence Day.