Chennai,Sep 27(tamilnaducentral): Spiritual Guru of Late Abdul Kalam is in the dock for his anti-women stance.
For the launch of the Malayalam translation of the book, ‘Transcendence: My Spiritual Experiences with Pramukh Swamiji’, Pramukh Swamiji sent his sishya Swami Brahmavihari Das to attend the function in Trichur. MT was another speaker along with Sreedevi Kartha, the translator.
In a last minute communication from publisher Current Books, Kartha was told that she cannot be on the stage as Swami does not share space with any woman. Not only that the first three rows should be kept for Swami’s male disciples, even the sight of women should not be visible,it was told.
Kartha took to FB and this created a stir. Hundreds of women activists of DYFI and SFI stormed the venue. Arun Tiwari, the co-author of the book written by Abdul Kalam had to leave the venue. MT who reached Trichur kept away from the venue. Writer Sara Thomas turned up on behalf of the Swami to get the copy of the book and she faced a volley of protests. Swami and his disciples too did not turn up. Finally the launch was cancelled.
Abdul Kalam had a 14 year long association with Pramukh Swami who runs BAPS in Delhi and has ashrams in India and abroad. Abdul Kalam like all his books decided to co-author with Tiwari to write about his spiritual experience. It took him two years to complete the book. Abdul Kalam passed away one month after the release of the book.
Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) is a socio-spiritual Hindu organization with its roots in the Vedas. It was revealed by Bhagwan Swaminarayan (1781-1830) in the late 18th century and established in 1907 by Shastriji Maharaj (1865-1951). No Alcohol, No Addictions, No Adultery, No Meat, No Impurity of Body and Mind are their five lifetime vows. Such pure morality and spirituality forms the foundation of the humanitarian services performed by BAPS (source: BAPS website). Nowhere it says anything about woman as cause for impurity of body and mind.
Abdul Kalam who spent major part of his life in Trivandrum had said that his father was a Imam in a mosque in Rameswaram. His father would have tea with Hindu and Christian friends and talk about religion. It was these meetings and profound impact that Pramukh Swami had on him that made Abdul Kalam to write the book. Kartha had translated all the books of Abdul Kalam into Malayalam.