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Thoughts for Youth
The biggest problem Indian youth face, I feel, is a lack of clarity of vision, alack of direction. What I want to say is that no one, however poor, unprivilegedsmall need feel disheartened about life. Problems are a part of life. Suffering isessence of success.I will not be presumptions enough to say that my life can be a role modelfor anybody; but some poor child living in an obscure place, in anunderprivileged social setting may find a little solace in the way my destiny has been shaped. It could perhaps motivate such children liberate themselves fromthe bondage of their illusory backwardness and hopelessness. Irrespective of where they are right now, they should be aware that God is with them and whenHe is with them, who can be against them?
There is no doubt that childhood inspirations laid the foundation of my life. I was born in Rameshwaram Island. The great ocean, its mighty waves andthe enormous sky that enveloped everything that you can see did cast their magicspell on me. Nature is the greatest source of inspiration for mankind. As a small boy, I never got tired of sitting on the sandy beach and gazing at the sea for hourson end. I would imagine that the ocean told me many things. Sure it did andevery time a new thing! The many moods of the ocean, its untiring waves, thegentle breeze on the seashore, the high and low tides, and the sea's joyous swellon the full moon night - all these, I thought, closely reflected the humans' lifepattern in its many perspectives. All human beings get inspired by seeing, hearing or reading somethingthat strikes a spark in them. The source of inspiration can be a person, a book, a word, an object, even an animal or a bird. In order to retain the impact of aninspiration and convert it into an accomplishment, however, we have to make aconscious effort. When we get inspired, an idea is imbibed in us and we try toexpand and embellish that idea. Man saw the bird and was inspired by its flight.Man's sustained inquest after the inspired thought led him to realize the flyingmachines. Inspiration is the very basis of human endeavor that has spawned with time an exponential trait in the advancement of mankind. The pace of human progress in the early centuries could not have been comparable to whathas been possible in the recent times. It was because of the combined andcumulative effect of the achievements that were behind him and the continually evolving scientific temperament with which man looked at every thing thatinspired him. Moon has been an attraction ever since the first man gaped at it. When it became possible for man to realize the rocket engine to propel himself up, he lost no time to land on its surface. It is a timeless mission of the inspired!