Vijay Eswaran is a Malaysian philanthropist, author, telecom engineer, photographer, motivational speaker and entrepreneur born October 07, 1960. In 2005, his book In the Sphere of Silence was published in which he explains how he starts each day in silence for one hour; also this year, he and his wife Umayal established “Rythm Foundation” and “Vijayaratnam Foundation,” the latter of which is named after his father. Through these philanthropic institutions, he addresses the pressing needs of children and their families in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Through the Vijayaratnam Foundation, they established TAARANA, a school in Malaysia for developmentally differently abled children.
In 2008, his book In the Thinking Zone was published in which he shares profound yet practical reflections on life. In 2010, his book 18 Stepping Stones was published through which he again gracious and generously shares concepts designed to enable the reader to recharge and realign his or her life. In 2011, his book On the Wings of Thought was published. Through this collection of his photographic works, Vijay provides visual settings that motivate viewers to observe and absorb silence, redirect cacophony toward lucraative productivity, and find anchoring reminders that propel one from states of comfort to positions of adventure worthy of sharing with our fellow man.
Let’s take a moment to see what makes Vijay tick and how it is that he’s managed to partner with time and accomplish so much, positively affect so many, and during relatively such little passage of time. Perhaps the first keys are those which revolve around his mastery of fear which is a natural phenomenon that all religions and philosophies regard. Vijay Eswarana encourages us to first redefine fear. He acknowledges the importance of fear in the realm of survival whether millions of years ago in the time of caves and leviathans, or today in the midst of losing sight of proper reef exploration boundaries. Yet, he states, it’s not only advisable to accept fear. It is mandatory to do so, and that on our own terms. When we do, we will find that fear was/is merely excitement in disguise. Once we’ve redefined the emotion rearing its head as fear, we embrace it. Run toward it. Eagerly investigate it to see what pearls we may uncover clamped inside of its elusively shut jaws. That is to say, we are to lean into fear as a child would. Naturally curious, for aren’t we more capable of managing the outcome than a child?
Vijay Eswaran encompasses his life application toward productive philosophy in this one phrase to live by: we are all just two minutes from the abysss. Therefore, live life with such apparent urgency, running over fear like a bulldozer toppling an abandoned mansion.