Be an icon in yourself, never imitate: H.E. Prof. Ganeshi Lal 

Total 5695 students of 2017 – 18 graduating batch of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) Deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar received their degrees at its 14th Annual Convocation in the presence of Professor Ganeshi Lal, His Excellency the Governor of Odisha, Prof. (Dr.) Ernesto Kahan, Sr. Vice-President, World Academy of Arts & Culture (WAAC), U.S.A. & Fmr. Vice President, IPPNW (Nobel Peace Prize winner – 1985) and other dignitaries on November 10, 2018. Among them, 77 students got Ph.D. degrees in various disciplines.

The University conferred Honoris Causa Degrees of D.Sc. upon Prof. (Dr.) Kahan and Prof. Dinabandhu Sahoo, Director, Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), Imphal, and D.Litt. upon The Rt. Hon. The Baroness Usha Kumari Prashar, CBE, PC, U.K.; Mr. Niklaus-Samuel Gugger, Hon’ble Member of Swiss Parliament, Switzerland; Prabhu Gaur Gopal Das, Life Coach, Monk & Spiritual Motivational Speaker; Shri Kabir Bedi, Renowned Indian Film Writer, Producer, Director and Actor; and Dr. Md. Sabur Khan, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Daffodil International University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

“India is not only a country with her land, rivers, mountains and habitations, but for Indians, she is much beyond these things – she is the divine Goddess. Odisha is the state for humanity at large. Son of the soil Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) is an example of this. KIIT & KISS are divine creations through him. Prof. Samanta is bringing smiles to 27,500 underprivileged children. He is loving those who have never been loved before. Therefore, I regard him as an alien”, said the Chief Guest Professor Ganeshi Lal in his address.

“You are going to face a world divided by the lines of religion, regions, colour, languages, etc. and the biggest challenge before you is to vanquish these divisions. Be an icon in yourself, never imitate”, the Governor of Odisha told the graduating students. As they advance in their chosen careers, they should not forget to smile, be kind and find peace in the laps of nature, he advised.

In his address, the Chief Speaker Prof. (Dr.) Kahan stated, “I have visited many places in the world, but never saw institutions like KIIT and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS). Two institutions are indeed examples for the whole world”. Saluting Prof. Samanta for establishing institutions like KIIT & KISS, he promised to help KIIT in all ways possible, particularly in the field of medical science research. Prof. Kahan, who is a well-known litterateur besides a physician, also read a poem he had written on conflict in Middle East and relevance of Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings.

In her acceptance speech, The Baroness Prashar said, “This institution has inspired me the most in whole of my working career. Prof. Samanta’s vision has made it a reality and by emphasizing on women empowerment, he is following Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals”. Thanking KIIT for the honour, Mr. Niklaus-Samuel Gugger, who was born abandoned in a Kerala village and adopted and raised by a Swiss couple, said that his journey of life had taught him many lessons and his experience in KIIT & KISS is among the most important ones. Prof. Samanta’s work for the underprivileged children is the top level service to humanity, he stated.

Calamities can be turned into opportunities and students can learn this lesson from the life story of Prof. Samanta, said Prabhu Gaur Gopal Das. “He has the combination of leadership with compassion and empathy. He is emphasizing on the standard of giving at a time when the world is busy with the standard of living”, the celebrated motivational speaker said. Accepting the Honoris Causa D.Litt. Degree, Shri Kabir Bedi expressed gratitude to KIIT, it founder, all the teachers of the world because “knowledge is the best gift a human being can receive”.

Advising the graduating students to explore entrepreneurship, Dr. Md. Sabur Khan said that they are lucky to have an example like Prof. Samanta, who has become an icon of India. Accepting the Honoris Causa D.Sc. Degree, Prof. Dinabandhu Sahoo said, “This honour is very special to me as it comes from a top university of my home state”.

Prof. Ved Prakash, Chancellor, KIIT Deemed to be University, Padma Shri Prof. (Dr.) Subrata Kumar Acharya, Pro-Chancellor, Dr. Hrushikesha Mohanty, Vice-Chancellor and Prof. Sasmita Samanta, Registrar also spoke at the convocation ceremony and expressed their best wishes to the graduate students.

Karan Khandelwal, MBBS, Pritam Samantaray, M.Tech. (CE&M) and Nirmal Pandey, B. Tech. (Civil) won Founder’s Gold Medals for their outstanding all round and academic performance. Similarly, 20 students were awarded Chancellor’s Gold Medal, while 21 students got Vice Chancellor’s Silver Medal. P.K. Bal Memorial Gold Medal, PPL Gold Medal and Nanibala Memorial Gold Medal were also given away on the occasion.

The University conferred Honoris Causa Degrees of D.Sc. upon Prof. (Dr.) Kahan and Prof. Dinabandhu Sahoo, Director, Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), Imphal, and D.Litt. upon The Rt. Hon. The Baroness Usha Kumari Prashar, CBE, PC, U.K.; Mr. Niklaus-Samuel Gugger, Hon’ble Member of Swiss Parliament, Switzerland; Prabhu Gaur Gopal Das, Life Coach, Monk & Spiritual Motivational Speaker; Shri Kabir Bedi, Renowned Indian Film Writer, Producer, Director and Actor; and Dr. Md. Sabur Khan, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Daffodil International University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Jay Prabhu Jagannath. Namaskar to all present.

Being the first proud servant of Odisha state, it fills my heart with joy unspeakable to express my gratitude to the Nobel Laureate Dr. Ernesto Kahan plus the excellence of the world in the different fields of life sitting on this platform. Proud I say because in the words of W. W. Hunter – “This Odisha is not a state for Odisha people only; it is a state for the humanity at large”. The picture is very clear before your eyes.

Here the beauty is that the God is not only with me, He lives within me and I dare say that He is me. Here the oneself and the universe self are one. Here the human consciousness and cosmic consciousness converge. Here the observer and the observed they become one, they merge themselves into one. And therefore, I am not only a proud servant of Odisha people, every Odisha body is a servant of humanity at large.

Besides this also, my country is a Goddess. It is not simply rivers, mountains and inhabitants living in this land. She, if She likes, can manifest in any human form. I will not exaggerate if I say my friend Achyuta Samanta, the alien, is the manifestation of that Goddess over here, in this land my country. He may not be present over here, but I can feel his presence in all of you, in each one of you.

I am not the only one to say this thing. Sri Maa, Mirra Alfassa The Mother, said that this land is Adishakti Mahamaya. Bankim Chandra Chatterjee of Bengal says – Tvam hi Durga dashapraharana dharini, kamalam, susmitam, amalam Vande Mataram. Not only this, Rabindranath Tagore also says the same thing. Beyond all malaises and prejudices, we accept our foes as friends. Therefore, the first message that comes to us is that, I think, spiritually in each item there is a divine presence and you are the divine under many disguises.

Purpose of this life on this Earth, besides all that has been said, is to discover the divine. That is for why I am here. Of course, our students, if considered deeply, are pure consciousness of a child. He contains a superman as a potential in him, and a superman is nothing else but one who brings infinity, soars into eternity, escapes time and space; sky is available to him. He is the most powerful resource on this Earth, below the Earth and above the Earth. His entire space is boundless space. He is limitless: Newton he has been, in Jesus he appeared, in Mohammad he revealed, he is the real Ram and Krishna. Therefore, his power cannot be imagined by the common human beings as far as this country is concerned and people of this country are concerned.

Example before you is this institution KIIT and KISS. But once I enter into the world, I hear so many speeches. I listen to Carl Sagan, the great cosmologist, along with a number of Nobel Laureates and scientists from all over the world requesting and appealing to the spiritual leaders to save the planet from the threats of environmental and ecological imbalances. I listen to the dictum of T. S. Eliot that we are just living shadows inhabiting this great wasteland. We listen to the great scientists Einstein also that there is a prospective of nuclear war waiting in the wings.

My country is a Goddess. She can manifest in any human form. I will not exaggerate if I say that my friend Achyuta Samanta is the manifestation of that Goddess over here, in this land.

Every country is clamouring for the economic supremacy. Every country is trying to spread its wings over all the world. The world is torn between Jews and non-Jews, Christians and non-Christians, Hindus and non-Hindus, Muslims and Kafirs. That is the world you are going to face. That is the world you are entering into. The problem is, of course, how this can be vanquished, how this can be overpowered and how can this be made a worth living planet.

Once you meet the material Goddesses of ignorance, fear, falsehood, confusion, delusion, distrust, desperation, frustration and depression, political clumsiness, strategies and diplomacies, caste, creed, colour, cunningness, cleverness, conspiracies and corruption, the first thing that the seers advise is close your eyes, don’t fill your mind with all these nonsense. Let them pass away. Ignore them completely. Be an icon in yourself, never imitate. Examples are sitting on the platform. They are the icons in themselves in the different fields of the world – science, philosophy and spiritual.

The world is torn between Jews and non-Jews, Christians and non-Christians, Hindus and non-Hindus, Muslims and Kafirs. That is the world you are going to face. The problem is, of course, how this can be vanquished and how can this be made a worth living planet.

The second thing which the sages, seers and saints suggest is go to the lap of nature. This is the visible garment of God. You will feel as fresh as the breeze. You will feel as fresh as the first ray of the Sun on Earth. You will feel as fresh as the dew drops on the petals of the flower. You will feel as you are in the supreme happiness, you are the joy of the flowers, you are the joy of the birds, you are the joy of the rivers. There is love, laughter and splendour everywhere. Celebration of the heart, celebration of the mind, celebration of the brain, celebration of the everything.

Go to the lap of the nature. Einstein says once you come to the lap of the nature, anger, anxiety, hesitation and irritation disappear. Your intelligence goes up by 100%. So, lap of the nature is the best solution. The barrier between the vision and reality disappear.

Be an icon in yourself, never imitate. Examples are sitting on the platform. They are the icons in themselves in the different fields of the world – science, philosophy and spiritual.

And the third thing is make a habit to smile. Hon’ble Prime Minister of India says – Go to the world with a flower pot. The pot can be your pocket, and the flower can be imprinted upon your pocket. So, go to the world with a flower pot. That is with love, courtesy, humility, patience, concentration and discipline. It is, in fact, the realisation of the entity itself with the supreme self. It is, in fact, work and worship. So make a habit to smile. And smile is the consequence of your excellent action. And excellent action is gladdening the heart of human being.

It goes to the credit of Achyuta Samanta that he is gladdening the hearts of 27,000 people of this place. None could have ever thought of like this. I adore him and admire him. I regard him as an ‘alien’. Any award any prize of the world is insignificant for such a man who has nothing to do except for thinking of you.

It goes to the credit of Achyuta Samanta that he is gladdening the hearts of 27,000 people of this place. None could have ever thought of like this. I adore him and admire him. I regard him as an ‘alien’. Any award any prize of the world is insignificant for such a man.

So as far as smile is concerned, that is very important. It removes the scars, sufferings of the humanity at large. It lessens the sorrow of the sorrowful beings. It is going to those persons who have never been reached, it is loving those persons who have never been loved, it is respecting those who have never been respected. The future of the world depends upon India. India is incarnating a new spiritual world. Let all of us try and endeavour, put our heads together with the utmost sincerity, sensibility, to bring down the truth upon this land of ours, this planet of ours. There will be manifestations of truth. Nothing more to say, I just pray to the almighty that may your signatures be turned into autographs in the times to come.

Thank you. Bande Utkal Janani!

Hello again! I was a little surprised when I was expected to speak again. But when they said, I said – yes. Why I wanted to speak again with you? Because I wanted to say don’t forget this day. This is very special to all those graduates and all those who will be graduates, next days, next months, next years. Don’t forget this day. Because, this day will make a mark in your life. I recommend you to work very hard, but be a good person, a moral person. This is one of the most important things in the world. People will recognise this if you do that.

And another thing. If you work hard, please don’t forget this work. Publish what you do. If you do and you are not publishing, you did nothing. If you publish and you and you did not work, this is another history. There are many people. Don’t do that.

I became so inspired in these days I was invited in this university that I will tell you a story that I never publish or tell. But meaning of this story is very common to many people. I will tell you a personal story. Another thing – time is running very very fast. You close your eyes, you open again your eyes and you are already retired. So utilise this time. It is very very important.

I recommend you to work very hard, but be a good person, a moral person. This is one of the most important things in the world. People will recognise this if you do that

So the story is very simple. I was working in a hospital as a doctor. One day I received a letter from Harvard University from a professor. The letter said – Dr. Kahan, I am inviting you to create a new movement of doctors. Because we doctors must protect health and life and possibility of a nuclear war is the last existence of life in the universe. So I said yes to the opportunity. When I started to think about, I say – What can I do? This is too big for me. This is, you know, Prime Minister’s, Heads of State’s – all the big people in the world – work. Anyway, I did it. And opportunity is coming to everybody.

So say yes to the opportunity because it may never came again. Very few time after that, one or two years, I couldn’t believe I started to meet Mr. Papandreou, the Prime Minister of Greece, the Prime Minister of Germany. So, I didn’t understand that the Minister of Defence of United States is a simple doctor. So I want to thank you for all the inspired time you gave me. Thank you, you all.

Publish, work and be good person.