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Posted in PEOPLE WHO CHANGED THE WORLD on July 4, 2010 by devology



From the teachings of WALTER RUSSELL

~ The Man Who Tapped the Secrets of the Universe ~

The Life Triumphant is that which places what a man gives to the world in creative expression far ahead of that which he takes from it of the creation of others.

~ Walter Russell ~

I wonder if you have ever heard of Walter Russell? Yes I know you have heard of Harry Potter. But no, the two are in no way connected.

Walter Russell, to me, is about the most enigmatic genius I have ever come across. He is one of my all time favorite persons who lived an ENLIGHTENED LIFE! He was truly an ENLIGHTENED WARRIOR, in every sense of the word.

On the other hand, his more ‘famous’ nemesis Harry Potter, is but a fictitious, hocus-pocus wand waving, non-existent googly-eyed character; albeit a cute one!

I have nothing against Harry Potter, but then again, what did Harry Potter ever do to make this real world a better place?


On the other-hand, Walter Russell was a multi-faceted 20th century self-taught genius.

Walter Russell was a self-taught philosopher, musician, painter, sculptor, skater, artist, scientist, horseman, writer and lecturer, amongst other things.

I find it a little sad that our culture seems to celebrate ‘The Cubicle Man’ more than ‘The Renaissance Man’.

If only you’d get to know this remarkable one-of-a-kind genius a little more, I trust you will begin to enjoy Walter Russell’s perspective on genius as much as I have over the years that I got acquainted with him.

To help you live an ENLIGHTENED LIFE and be a truly ENLIGHTENED WARRIOR, allow me to share 12 Enlightening Rules as professed by this self-bestowed genius.



‘Mediocrity is self-inflicted. Genius is self-bestowed.’

~ Walter Russell ~


Walter believed that every man has consummate genius within him. Some appear to have it more than others only because they are aware of it more than others are, and the awareness or unawareness of it is what makes each one of them into masters or holds them down to mediocrity. He believed that mediocrity is self-inflicted and that genius is self-bestowed.


i. If indeed mediocrity is self-inflicted and genius is self-bestowed. I am wondering then, which one are you choosing for your life?

ii. How can you become more aware of the genius that resides within you?

iii. What mediocrities have you self-inflicted upon yourself?

iv. What is your plan to express the hidden genius within you?

I say to you:

Claim your birthright. Connect with the Genius within you!



‘Great men’s lives begin at forty, where the mediocre man’s life ends. The genius remains an ever-flowing fountain of creative achievement until the very last breath he draws.’

~ Walter Russell ~


Every successful man or great genius has three particular qualities in common.

i. The most conspicuous of these is that they all produce a prodigious amount of work.

ii. The second is that they never know fatigue.

iii. And the third is that their minds grow more brilliant as they grow older, instead of less brilliant.


i. What tireless Life-Work are you dedicating your life to? Are you breaking new grounds and entering new arenas as you move along?

ii. How much time do you spend indulging in this calling of yours on a daily basis? Do you find yourself spending more time at it, and yet feel more energized by it?

iii. Are you finding yourself becoming an authority at your Life-Work with the passage of time? Are you being acknowledged and constantly consulted on it?

I say to you:

Choose your Calling, and dedicate your entire life to it!



‘The thinking of creative and successful men is never exerted in any direction other than that intended. That is why great men produce such a prodigious amount of work, seemingly without effort and without fatigue. The amount of work such men leave to posterity is amazing.’

~ Walter Russell ~


“Concentrate all your thoughts on the task at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” – Alexander Graham Bell

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What about you? Where are you consciously focusing all your energy? What are the kinds of thoughts that you entertain all day long? What are the things that your mind dwells and feeds on throughout the day? What are your dominant thoughts every single day?

Remember, Emerson did tell us, “Whatever you give energy to, will grow.”


i. Are you consistently focused on the things that you DO want in your life, or upon the things that you DO NOT want in your life?

ii. Are you focused on that which matters most to you, or are you dissipating your precious energy upon the things which matter least?

iii. Is your choice of calling going to make this world a better place in anyway?

I say to you:

Become Aware. Get Focused.



I have absolute faith that anything can come to one who trusts the unlimited help of the Universal Intelligence that is within, so long as one works within the law, always gives more to others than they expect, and does it cheerfully and courteously.’

~ Walter Russell ~


What is your level of trust on the workings of the Universe? The Universe functions in an orderly fashion. Whatsoever you ask, the Universe must provide in like manner.

However, you must know HOW TO ASK and you must know HOW TO RECEIVE.

You must ask with absolute Faith that the Universe can and will provide. And you must receive with absolute Gratitude so more will flow effortlessly into your life.

Know that the rewards in life are in direct proportion to the Faith that you have in the Universe to deliver and the Gratitude in accepting them.


i. Are you living your highest Truth – the truth that the Universe ALWAYS reciprocates in like kind!’

ii. What is your level of Believe, Faith and Trust in the Universe to deliver?

iii. Are living in Gratitude for all that you have or are you focused on what you currently lack in your life?

I say to you:

Unto your faith shall you receive! Unto your Gratitude will it continue to flow!



“You have to gather your energy together in the same manner, conserving it and insulating it from dissipation in every direction other than that of your purpose.”

~ Walter Russell ~


Never let the thought of failure enter your mind. The knowledge of your unity with the Universe and the fact that you must do this thing, and the inspired belief you should do it as a demonstration of your belief in man’s unlimited power, will make you ignore the difficulties that lay in the way.

Walter Russell was a painter who had never touched clay until he was 56 when, for various reasons, he found himself in a position where he needed to sculpt a bust of Thomas Edison.

He describes his drive from New York to Florida where he did his work:

“I spent the entire time absorbed in inspirational meditation with the Universal Source of all inspiration, in order to fully realize the omnipotence of the Self within me as a preparation for doing in a masterly way what I would otherwise be unable to do…

If I had followed the usual procedure of the superficially-minded man and played bridge all the way down to Florida, or otherwise enslaved my mind by sidetracking it from its creative purpose… I would have failed. In fact, I knew in advance, from long experience in trying to achieve the unachievable, that meditation and communion between my Self and the Universal Self was the only way to achieve that impossibility.”

The resulting sculpture was stunning—one of the greatest achievements of his career.

He took inspiration from his belief that he should do great work as a DEMONSTRATION of his belief in man’s unlimited power.

This is totally resonant with the Wallace Wattles adage in the all time classic, The Science of Getting Rich: ‘The world needs demonstration more than it needs instruction.’


i. In all that you do on a daily basis, are you acting as if you could not fail?

ii. If you knew you could never fail, what (else) would you try, attempt, do that you do not now do?

iii. Do you have a special ritual to get into optimum state for the Life-Work that you are engaged in on a daily basis?

iv. Do you have a specific process to connect with your Higher Self for resources and inspiration in the pursuit of your Life-Work?

I say to you:

The world needs demonstration more than it needs instruction!



“You can become a great creator or a little one as the intensity of your desire is little or great.”

~ Walter Russell


Early in life Walter found that to achieve greatness one had to go only one inch beyond mediocrity, but that one inch is so hard to go that only those who become aware of God in them can make the grade, for no one can achieve that one inch alone.

At room temperature water exists as a liquid. Upon boiling, as the temperature moves from 99 degree Celsius to 100 degree Celsius, water ceases being a liquid and becomes vapor, steam or gas. All it takes is but a 1 degree Celsius shift.

Water in its liquid state becomes solid as its temperature moves from 1 degree Celsius to 0 degree Celsius. Again, all it takes is but a 1 degree Celsius shift.

If you are alone long enough to get thoroughly acquainted with yourself, you will hear whisperings from the universal source of all consciousness which will inspire you and connect you with your 1 inch / 1 degree.


i.What is the 1 inch / 1 degree shift that could radically transform your life forever?

ii. How do you intend to take that 1 inch / 1 degree journey?

iii. Are you willing to do whatever it takes to make this 1 inch / 1 degree journey?

iv. What is your plan to connect with your 1 inch / 1 degree shift in consciousness?

I say to you:

Sometimes it is necessary to be silent, in order to hear more important things from within!



‘Lock yourself up in your room or go out in the woods where you can be alone. When you are alone the Universe talks to you in flashes of inspiration. You will find that you will suddenly know things which you never knew before. All knowledge exists in the God-Mind and is extended into this electrical universe of creative expression through desire. Knowledge is yours for the asking. You have but to plug into it.’

~ Walter Russell ~


Socrates gave us the key when he said: ‘A life that is not reflected upon is not worth living.’

Remember the poignant words of the great French Philosopher: ‘All of man’s problems arise due to his inability to sit quietly in a room all by himself!’


i. How often do you take time off to be by yourself?

ii. How often do you reflect on your life to see what’s working right and what’s not?

iii. When was the last time you blocked time to spend it all with yourself?

iv. Have you locked yourself up in a room lately?

I say to you:

The moment you lose yourself in the depth of silence, you will find your true self.



‘When one trusts this inner Universal Power, it automatically draws forth the trust of the people one deals with.’

~ Walter Russell ~


Walter believed that every man should be master of anything he does and should do it in a masterly manner, with love, no matter what it is, whether physical work, menial or boring work, or inspirational work.

I will allow the great Kahlil Gibran to give his take on this:

“Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.

For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake bitter bread that feeds but half a man’s hunger. And if you grudge the crushing of grapes, your grudge distils a poison in the wine. And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man’s ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night.”

Better words have never been said.

All great works have been the accomplishment of those who turned their work into play. Henry Ford had this to say, “If you turn your work into play, you will never have to work another day of your life.”


i. How do you approach your work on a daily basis?

ii. What do you think of the significance and impact of your contribution through your work?

iii. Are you embarked upon something meaningful and significant every single day of your life?

iv. Is your work your Life-Work?

I say to you:

Detect, Connect and Life your life on Purpose!



“I believe that when the Self of man thus walks and talks with God he as gradually ascends to the great heights and desires of his ambitions as the tree ascends from its seed, for each is working with the law and, conversely, the law is working with each.”

~ Walter Russell ~


There should be no distasteful tasks in one’s life. If you just hate to do a thing, that hatred for it develops body-destructive toxins, and you become fatigued very soon. You must love anything you must do. Do it not only cheerfully, but also lovingly and the very best way you know how. That love of the work which you must do anyhow will vitalize your body and keep you from fatigue.

You must surely have heard it said, if a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing well. But that can only happen if you can bring love into what you do.

Every successful person had their breakthrough the moment they began to live these words, “A menial task which must be mine, that shall I glorify and make an art of it.”


i. How you can bring love into what you do?

ii. How can you find what you love and turn it into your Life Work?

iii. How can you fall in love with your work and turn it into your Life Work?

iv. If you do not love what you do, why do you do it?

I say to you:

If you must do something, you might as well love doing it.



‘In his pleasures and in distasteful tasks alike, he carried out that principle of demanding Mastery of himself in all things.’

~ Walter Russell ~


Walter had his share of defeats, in plenty. He made and lost fortunes and saw his great plans topple through his own errors of judgment or through other cause. But he did not recognize these as defeats. He saw them as interesting experiences of his life. To him they were valuable stepping-stones to his success.

Defeat is a condition which one must accept in order to give it reality. Refuse to give it reality by accepting it.

In his philosophy, Walter wrote these words: “Defeat I shall not know. It shall not touch me. I will meet it with true thinking. Resisting it will be my strengthening. But if, perchance, the day will give to me the bitter cup, it will sweeten in the drinking.”

Failures not only play up these ‘defeats’, but keep replaying them over and over and over again in their Minds, hence; cutting themselves off from opportunities that might transform these experiences into future successes.

Winners understand the value of ‘defeats’ and they are willing to accelerate the process of ‘failing’ so they can learn what they need to learn.


i. Are you seeing ‘defeats’ as Failures?

ii. Are you seeing ‘defeats’ as nothing more than Interesting Experiences along the journey to success?

iii. Are you seeing ‘defeats’ as valuable Stepping Stones to success?

I say to you:

Change your perception about ‘defeats’ and KNOW that your ‘defeats’ are nothing but pre-requisites and springboards to your future successes!



‘The personal ego must be suppressed and replaced with the Universal Ego.’

~ Walter Russell ~


Joy and happiness are the indicators of balance in a human machine, just as a change in the familiar hum in a mechanism immediately indicates an abnormality to the practiced ear of the mechanic. An inner joyousness, amounting to ecstasy, is the normal condition of the genius mind. Any lack of that joyousness develops body-destroying toxins. That inner ecstasy of the mind is the secret fountain of perpetual youth and strength in any man. He who finds it finds omnipotence and omniscience.

Imagine a mechanic incredibly familiar with his machine. The machine has a familiar hum to it such that if that hum changes he knows immediately.

Now imagine you’re the mechanic and the machine.

The hum that you, in your properly functioning state exude, is a state of joy and happiness. In fact, according to Russell, you should be listening for an inner joyousness amounting to ECSTASY as the natural rhythm of your life.


i. Are you sufficiently connected with your emotions that they are able to give you moment to moment feedback on whether you are in tune with the workings of the Divine / Universe?

ii. What hum are you listening for?

iii. What hum have you been hearing?

iv. What are you going to do daily to become consciously aware of your emotions?

I say to you:

Get connected with you emotions so you may hear the hum of Joy, Love, Appreciation, Enthusiasm and Ecstasy.



‘Ask and you shall receive. You must, yourself, do the asking.’

~ Walter Russell ~


The Life Triumphant is that which places what a man gives to the world in creative expression far ahead of that which he takes from it of the creation of others. And it should be every man’s greatest ambition to be that kind of man. With that desire in the heart of every man there could be no greed or selfish unbalance, nor could there be exploitation of other men, or hatred, or wars, or fear of wars.

“This is the manner of noble souls: they do not want to have anything for nothing; least of all, life. Whoever is of the mob wants to live for nothing; we others, however, to whom life gave itself, we always think about what we might best give in return.” ~ Nietzsche ~

Imagine how different your life would be if you could walk through every experience of your life with the intention to always give more than you receive.

We all know that it is in the giving that we receive, and yet we all want to be the Receiver and not the Giver.

When you become the Receiver, you are crying out to the Universe, professing that you are in lack and limitation. When you dwell upon such thoughts of self-pity, more lack and limitation will flow to you from the Universe.

When you become the Giver, you are boldly shouting out to the Universe that you have, and that is why you are able to give. Hence, more shall be given to you so that you might give even more.


i. Are you a Giver (a King) or a Receiver (the Beggar)?

ii. What would your life be like if you lived life with the intention of always giving more through your Creative Acts than what you received from the creation of others?

iii. How would your creative contributions show up in your Personal and Professional Life?

iv. If you become a Giver, how differently will you now operate at work, in your relationships, in your community and in your emotions?

I say to you:

Seek to always GIVE more in your Creative Acts than you receive in the creation from others.





The Man Who Tapped the Secrets of the Universe


Walter Russell (1871-1963) proved convincingly during his lifetime that genius is inherent in everyone. After leaving school at the age of 9, in order to earn money, he very successfully explored (amongst others) music, literature, architecture, painting, sculpture, natural sciences, new ways towards a healthy economy, philosophy and mysticism as well as figure skating, horse breeding and dressage.

Together with his wife Lao, he founded a private University for distance learning, the University of Science and Philosophy, in Swannanoa, Virgina. It still exists today and their Home Study Course in Cosmic Consciousness has helped countless people to unfold their consciousness.

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WALTER RUSSELL The Man Who Tapped the Secrets of the Universe (it is out of print), please leave a comment at the bottom of this article or call me at 016-2019 727 /

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Posted in PEOPLE WHO CHANGED THE WORLD on March 18, 2010 by devology

James Allen (1864 – 1912)

An intro to James Allen

James Allen was a theologian, anthropologist, theodicist, philosophical writer and poet. He wrote about complex subjects such as faith, destiny, love, patience, and religion but had the ability of explaining these subjects in a way that is easy to understand. His writings are often considered part of the New Thought Movement and can be classified as self-help, inspirational, religious, spiritual, and motivational. He speaks often of cause and effect, sowing and reaping, as well as overcoming sadness, sorrow, and grief.

He was born on November 28th, 1864 in Leicester, England. At the age of 15, Allen’s father moved to America where, shortly after moving, his fathered died. Some reports say that his father was killed, other reports claim that his father fell ill. After his father’s death, Allen went to work to help support his family.

He was greatly influenced by ‘The Light of Asia’ by Sir Edwin Arnold and began putting his own thoughts on paper after reading it. He later moved to Broad Park Avenue, Ilfracombe, England.

Allen married his wife, Lily Louisa Oram on May 22nd, 1895. He was 29, she was 25. Lily was born on December 30th, 1867. She was also a writer and later took over publishing Allen’s works. They had one daughter, Nora Lily, born on September 10th in 1896. They were both devoted vegetarians.

In 1902, Allen founded a magazine called The Light of Reason. This was later changed to The Epoch. The magazine included articles from Allen himself and other inspiration writings from similar authors of the time. Allen also had groups in various towns that would meet and discuss topics that he often wrote about.

Writings from members of the ‘Light or Reason Readers’ groups often appeared in the magazine. The magazine was also used to communicate the goings on between the widespread groups. At the end of each edition of the magazine was a short piece about the meetings of each group.

Some of Allen’s favorite writings, and those he quoted often, include the works of Shakespeare, Milton, Emerson, the Bible, Buddha, Whitman, Trine, and Lao-Tzu.

James Allen died on January 24th, 1912 survived by his wife and daughter.


Posted in PEOPLE WHO CHANGED THE WORLD on February 16, 2010 by devology


HISTORY OF CHINESE                                                                      & INDIANS IN MALAYSIA

As stated by Raja Petra Kamarudin (RPK)


A confusion has erupted due to ignorance. It has been stated that the Indians came here as beggars and the Chinese as prostitutes. Actually, if you were to really study Malayan and Malaysian history over the last 500 years or so, you will find that this country’s history is not just about beggars and prostitutes. It is about much more than that.

Malayan history has to be dissected into many periods. And each of these periods saw immigration involving almost all the races in Malaysia, save the Orang Asli (the Original People). In New Zealand, these Orang Asli would be the Maoris and in Australia the Aborigines. Therefore, anyone who is neither a Maori nor an Aborigine is a ‘pendatang’ or immigrant.


The Arabs and the Indians (Muslims from Gujarat) came to Malaya more than 500 years ago as traders and merchants. These were the people who brought Islam to this country. At that time, the locals were mostly Hindus while those from Negeri Sembilan were Buddhists, plus many who worshipped trees, the sea, rivers, mountains and whatnot. The coming of the Arab and Indian merchants exposed the locals to Islam.

In those days, the people followed their Rulers. Therefore, when the Rulers converted to Islam the people followed – although they may not have believed in Islam or understood the religion. In fact, many till today still do not understand Islam after more than 500 years.


Then along came the Chinese and many were actually Muslims as well. Islam first reached China around 100 years after Prophet Muhammad. This means Islam had ‘migrated’ to China about 1,300 to 1,400 years ago, 800 to 900 years earlier than Islam in Malaysia. Of course, in the northern states bordering Thailand it was earlier than that. (Refer to the Batu Bersurat discovered in Kuala Berang in Terengganu).

Is it not ironical that Malays call Chinese Muslims ‘mualaf’ when the Chinese were Muslims almost 1,000 years before the Malays even heard of Islam?

Okay, now take my family as an example. The Selangor Sultanate was founded in 1745. The first Sultan, Raja Lumu, migrated here from the Riau islands in Indonesia. By then, of course, the Arabs, Indians and Chinese had already been here 200 to 300 years, some even longer.

But these Arabs, Indians and Chinese were traders and merchants, not warriors or fighters, whereas the Bugis from Riau only knew one occupation – fighting and plundering. In short, they were pirates, which was a noble profession back in those days where even Queen Elizabeth the First knighted those English pirates who plundered Spanish ships.

In fact, the Bugis came here because of a sort of civil war in their home country. There was a fight over a girl and the son of the local Ruler was killed in that fight. So the offending party was exiled and had to leave Riau. And that was when they came here in the 1700s and founded the Selangor Sultanate.

Do not members of the Selangor Royal Family fighting with their Ruler and going into exile sound very familiar to you? Yes, 300 years ago this was the ‘tradition’ and still is in my case.

Invariably, the Bugis, being fighters, took Selangor as their territory by the sheer force of its ‘army’. None of the traders, who although were here earlier, would dare resist the Bugis who enjoyed killing (some Bugis still do today, as you may well be aware). But Selangor was under Perak patronage.

So Raja Lumu had to make a trip to Lumut in Perak to get crowned as the First Sultan by the then 17th or so Sultan of Perak. (Can’t remember if it was the 15th or 17th but it was around that). And he took the name of Sultan Salehuddin Shah.

Selangor eventually grew in prosperity. Actually, tin had already been discovered even before Raja Lumu became Sultan in 1745. And it was the Chinese who were working the tin mines. But now, since Selangor had a ‘government’, all the land in Selangor became ‘state property’. And therefore the Chinese had to get permission from the Sultan before they could mine for tin.

Around 100 years later, only when Sultan Abdul Samad took over as the Fourth Sultan of Selangor in 1859 (he was born in 1804) did they properly organize the tin industry. New areas were opened up in Ampang, Rawang, Kajang, and whatnot. And of course, all these tin mines were owned by the Sultan and members of his family — brothers, sons, nephews, etc.

The Malays, however, did not want to work those mines. Conditions were hard and diseases wiped out entire communities. Those who survived these brutal conditions were the exception rather than the rule. So they needed people who were desperate enough to work those tin mines and were prepared to take the risk and probably lose the ‘gamble’.

And who else to talk to if not the Chinese who had already been working those mines for hundreds of years?

So members of the Selangor Royal Family went into ‘joint venture’ with the Chinese, just like they did in Perak, another rich tin state. The Malay Royals would ‘arrange’ for the tin concessions and the Chinese would provide the labour force to work those concessions. In a way, you could say that the Selangor Royal Family were the first to ‘invent’ the Ali Baba system back in the 1800s, long before the New Economic Policy in 1970.

Anyway, to reach Ampang and those other surrounding rich tin areas, they had to travel up the Klang River. Raja Abdullah and Yap Ah Loy led the first expedition and they landed on the site where the Gombak River and Kelang River meet. The place where they landed is the site of the famous Masjid Jamek in Kuala Lumpur.

From there they marched overland through the jungle into Ampang. And thereafter Kuala Lumpur was never the same again. It prospered and continued to prosper over more than 200 years from the 1800s.

Yap Ah Loy bought up a lot of land in Kuala Lumpur and built his business empire. He opened bars, brothels and all sorts of businesses, legal as well as illegal (illegal by today’s standards though). Even the British Colonial ‘masters’ would patronise Yap Ah Loy’s brothels to sample the latest ‘China Dolls’ brought in from the mainland.

Of course, the normal customers would have to pay for these vices. The British masters, however, could enjoy all these services for free. Yes, even back in the 1800s the Chinese businessmen were already bribing the government officials.

Now, while Yap Ah Loy has been entered into the history books as the ‘Founder of Kuala Lumpur’, Raja Abdullah is never mentioned. The only thing associated with Raja Abdullah is that road in Kampong Baru that carries his name. Yap Ah Loy may have been the capitalist who opened up Kuala Lumpur.

But he was only able to do so because he had a ‘sleeping’ partner, Raja Abdullah, who gave him all this land to develop.

Okay, that is the Chinese story. So, yes, some did come here as prostitutes working for Yap Ah Loy. But that was incidental. Whenever frontier land is opened up the girls servicing these frontier-men follow – like in the Wild West of America. Would you say that the White immigrants to America were all prostitutes?


Now, over to the Indians. As I said, the Indian (and Arab) traders and merchants first came here more than 500 years ago and even brought Islam to this country. But the ‘other’ Indians, the workers, came at about the time that Yap Ah Loy and Raja Abdullah were turning Kuala Lumpur into a thriving metropolis.

At that time, the British planters were in Ceylon (Sri Lanka today) growing cocoa. Then a plant disease spread throughout the island and all the trees died. But this disease not only killed all the trees but contaminated the land as well. This means the land was now useless and it was not a matter of just replanting.

Then the British looked at Malaya and decided that the conditions (land, climate, etc.) in Malaya were the same as in Ceylon. So they relocated their cocoa estates to Malaya. But there was no way they could get the Malays to work these cocoa estates. Furthermore, the Ceylonese workers were well trained and had been doing this work for years.

So, in the mid-1800s, the British brought the now unemployed Ceylonese cocoa workers to this country to work the Malayan cocoa plantations.

Then disaster struck. Brazil over-planted cocoa and this triggered a worldwide glut. It was no longer economical to plant cocoa. The price you would fetch for your cocoa was lower than your production cost. The British had no choice but to close down the cocoa plantations.

Around that time, the British, who had mischievously smuggled rubber seeds out of Brazil (which was a crime then), successfully grew rubber trees in the Kew Gardens in London. They also did some research and discovered a better way of planting rubber trees where the trees would give a better yield compared to the trees in Brazil. Rubber planting in Brazil was haphazard and not properly organized.

Since Malaya had to close down all its cocoa plantations and it now had idle plantation land and surplus Ceylonese workers, the British planters decided to switch over to rubber. And because the British took advantage of research and technology, the Malayan rubber trees were more productive and profitable. Eventually, Malaya dislodged Brazil as the top rubber producer in the world.

So, from the mid-1800s to around 1920, Indians and Chinese came to Malaya in great numbers. This was more or less the second wave of mass migration. And it was for economic reasons and to provide the labour for jobs that the Malays would never do. But there were earlier and other migrations as well.

For example, around the late 1800s and early 1900s, the British set up English medium schools for Malays. One such school, the Malay College Kuala Kangsar, was a school exclusive for sons of Royalty and the Malay elite. Invariably, they needed schoolteachers who were proficient in the English language. And India offered a good source of English medium schoolteachers (Malays could not speak English yet at that time).

On the commercial side, there were many Indian businesses, workers and whatnot. But there was no way they could qualify for loans from British owned banks. So the Indians from the Chettiar community came here to set up money-lending businesses to service their community.

When the Malayan rail network was being developed, where else to get the workers if not from the country with the largest railway in the world, India?





Posted in PEOPLE WHO CHANGED THE WORLD on December 30, 2009 by devology


Stanford University

A lady in a faded gingham dress and her husband, dressed in a homespun threadbare suit, stepped off the train in Boston, and walked timidly without an appointment in to the Harvard University President’s outer office. The secretary could tell in a moment that such backwoods, country hicks had no business at Harvard and probably didn’t even deserve to be in Cambridge.

‘We’d like to see the president,’ the man said softly.  ‘He’ll be busy all day,’ the secretary snapped. ‘We’ll wait,’ the lady replied.

Stanford University

For hours the secretary ignored them, hoping that the couple would finally become discouraged and go away. They didn’t, and the secretary grew frustrated and finally decided to disturb the president, even though it was a chore she always regretted. ‘Maybe if you see them for a few minutes, they’ll leave,’ she said to him!  He sighed in exasperation and nodded.

Someone of his importance obviously didn’t have the time to spend with them, and he detested Gingham dresses and Homespun suits cluttering up his outer office.

The president, stern faced and with dignity, strutted to ward the couple. The lady told him, ‘We had a son who attended Harvard for one year. He love Harvard. He was happy here. But about a year ago, he was accidentally killed. My husband and I would like to erect a memorial to him, somewhere on campus.’ The president wasn’t touched. He was shocked. ‘Madam,’ he said, gruffly, ‘we can’t put up a statue for every person who attended Harvard and died. If we did, this place would look like a cemetery.’

Stanford University

‘Oh, no,’ the lady explained quickly. ‘We don’t want to erect a statue. We thought we would like to give a building to Harvard.’ The president rolled his eyes. He glanced at the gingham dress and homespun suit, then exclaimed, ‘A building! Do you have any earthly idea how much a building costs? We have over seven and a half million dollars in the physical buildings here at Harvard.’

Mr & Mrs Leyland Stanford

For a moment the lady was silent. The president was pleased. Maybe he could get rid of them now. The lady turned to her husband and said quietly, ‘Is that all it costs to start a university? Why don’t we just start our own?’

Her husband nodded. The president’s face wilted in confusion and bewilderment.

Mr. and Mrs. Leland Stanford got up and walked away, traveling to Palo Alto, California where they established the university that bears their name, Stanford University, a memorial to a son that Harvard no longer cared about. You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who they think can do nothing for them.

THIS IS A TRUE STORY By Malcolm Forbes about the founders of the now world renowned STANFORD UNIVERSITY!!


Posted in PEOPLE WHO CHANGED THE WORLD on December 28, 2009 by devology


The Passing of a Legend

“There are a lot of speakers who have similarities to other speakers, and many times people can get them mixed up. But not Jim. There is nobody like him in the world. There is – and always will be – one Jim Rohn.” 
~Brian Tracy

With great sadness we share that Jim Rohn, our mentor and friend, left us December 5, 2009 for a better place.

Over the past 18 months, in his battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis, Jim assured us with a smile that all is good, that he would fight until the last breath, yet he had no fear as to what would be next. Jim’s faith was as much a part of his life as his desire to inspire and challenge us all to be the best we could be and to live our dreams.

Jim’s courage in his final months and days were a testament to his message that we should all fight the good fight. He never gave up and never gave in.

Jim Rohn touched millions of lives over the past 46 years through his seminars, books, articles and CDs. He always stayed long after an event to shake hands, take pictures and sign autographs. He loved making a difference in people’s lives, that was his passion and inspiration. Yet he was also a private man who kept a small, loyal and caring inner circle. He was a tremendous friend to those who knew him.

Harold Dyke, long time close friend of Jim’s for over 55 years said it best, “As Jim is ending one life he is simultaneously being birthed into a new life. One that he has talked about over the years and anticipated with great joy in his last remaining days.”

Kyle Wilson, long time colleague and friend of Jim had this to say about his mentor, “Jim Rohn was a great human being. Jim had the rare ability to take any concept or idea and then frame it in such a way that the rest of us could see it more clearly. His wisdom and insights positively affected everyone he touched on some level and to so many of us it was in an extraordinary way. But even more impressive was Jim Rohn the man. He possessed style and charisma, yet was humble, kind and understated to all who knew him. I find myself every day reflecting, benefiting and passing on the wisdom and ideas that are rooted in Jim’s message and wisdom. Jim is irreplaceable on every level. I will miss him beyond words, but am comforted as I know he was, that his message and legacy will live on and positively change millions of lives over the years to come!”

Someone once said “when you are born you enter the world crying while everyone else is rejoicing and when you die hopefully you have lived such a life that everyone will be crying while you are rejoicing”. Jim Rohn lived such a life.

Jim’s family asked us to thank all of you for your concern, prayers and love toward their father and grandfather, which has been so evident during the past 18 months.

Darren Hardy, dedicated student and Jim Rohn protégé for more than 15 years, said of Jim, “He was the most influential man in my life, second only to my father. Jim cemented my philosophical foundation and nourished my mind with ideas and ambitions never before imagined. He chiseled my character seminar by seminar, tape by tape, book by book, then CD by CD, hour by hour. Jim emboldened my belief, in me and in my most daring dreams. When I fell and was bloodied, he was there with encouraging words to help me get back up. When I didn’t think I could go on, Jim convinced me I was stronger than I imagined. When I wanted a shortcut, he reminded me there aren’t any. Even when I got too caught up in trying to achieve and succeed, Jim compelled me to leave room to live, to laugh and to love.”

Stuart Johnson, business associate and long-time admirer, said, “I was first introduced to the philosophies and teachings of Jim Rohn almost 25 years ago. And he made an immediate impression on me. I was amazed by how this modest and unassuming man could communicate such an extraordinarily powerful message in simple and straightforward terms. In person, one-on-one, he was as humble and down-to-earth as he was in front of an audience of thousands. I will treasure my personal memories of Jim and know that I will forever benefit from the wisdom of this remarkable man.”

Jim Rohn was laid to rest Saturday, December 12 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. The private service was attended by family and close friends. Plans are being arranged for a Public Memorial Service to be held in the Los Angeles area in the coming weeks. Details will be announced here upon final completion.

We know Mr. Rohn is looking down on us at this very moment with a smile saying I did it, I gave it my all, I went for it, now it’s your turn. Go for it. Make your life a life worth living well!

Jim fondly closed his programs with the following sentiments: “I go with you in all the experience that we’ve had. But I promise you this as we leave here: I will not leave you behind. I’ll take you with me in my thoughts and in my heart.”

View a special tribute to Jim below produced earlier this year and debuted at the March 2009 SUCCESS Symposium.

Please click Tribute to Jim Rohn to view video


Posted in PEOPLE WHO CHANGED THE WORLD on December 28, 2009 by devology


One of my favorite success role models is W. Clement. He started a Life Insurance company with $100 and built it into a multibillion dollar business. He passed away at 100.

He was responsible for talking the great Napoleon Hill out of retirement. They wrote and worked together until Hill’s death. Hill did his best work upon coming out of retirement.

W. Clement Stone

W. Clement Stone started out with nothing and built an insurance empire.

He founded a multibillion-dollar insurance empire with $100 and sought to buck up the world with the idea that anyone might do the same-all they need is “positive mental attitude.”

All I want to do is change the world, he said.

The founder of Combined Insurance Co., who through his private foundation passed along $275 million-especially for education and childhood development-since 1958, died Tuesday September 4, 2002 of pneumonia at Evanston Hospital. He was a resident of the North Shore suburb.

He celebrated his 100th birthday in May with a gift of $100,000 to the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Famous for his pencil-thin black mustache, his polka-dot bow ties and a solid fix on motivation as the engine of success, Mr. Stone identified so strongly with PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) that it was the ticker symbol for his holding company, Combined International Corp., when shareholders formed it in 1980.

Combined Insurance merged in 1982 with Ryan Insurance, and in 1987 the name changed to Aon Corp. Last year, it reported total revenue of more than $2.035 billion.

Mr. Stone’s notion was that any man can become wealthy ‘no matter how poor his start in life.’

He wrote books-most famously, with Napoleon Hill, Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude, published in 1960.

His own rags-to-riches tale started May 4, 1902, in Chicago, where he was born to Louis and Anna Gunn Stone. His father, Louis, a clothing manufacturer, died when he was 3. His mother found work as a dressmaker, while the boy, at 6, was on the streets, hawking the Examiner newspaper to help pay the rent.

At 13, he had his own newsstand at 31st and Cottage Grove.

At the age of 16, he joined his mother in Detroit, where she ran an insurance agency.

By 20, he had his own agency in Chicago and by 1930 had rounded up 1,000 agents.

As a teen, Mr. Stone dropped out of Senn High, but eventually completed a diploma at YMCA night classes.

Before leaving Senn, he met Jessie Verna Tarson. They married in 1923 when he was 21 and went on to rear three children. He always said she was part of his secret.

He contended that he lived so long “because I was married to the most beautiful girl in the world, and dancing every chance I could,” friends remember him saying.

W Clement Stone & Napoleon Hill

Even the Depression didn’t get Mr. Stone down. He was quoted in the New York Times saying it forced good work habits.

He read and then embodied the Horatio Alger books, many of which were shelved at Combined’s office at 5050 N. Broadway.

He called his books “inspirational self-help action books” but it was the Bible, he said, that was “the world’s greatest self-help book.”

W Clement Stone & Napoleon Hill

A generous backer of Republicans, he contributed to Richard M. Nixon-with whom he bonded because of interest in the Boys Clubs-and was named a trustee of the Nixon Foundation. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1980 for his philosophy and his philanthropy, including the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Norman, 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

W Clement Stone Estate

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed

Posted in PEOPLE WHO CHANGED THE WORLD on November 29, 2009 by devology


35 facts about Dr M that you need to know

1.   Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamed’s real name is Mahathir s/o Iskandar Kutty. He was born Mahathir s/o Iskandar Kutty and named Mahathir s/o Iskandar Kutty @Mahathir Mohamed.

2.   Dr Mahathir was born on December 20, 1925, in Alor Star, the capital of the northern state of Kedah.

3.   Dr Mahathir started life NOT as a Malay but a Malayali(Mamak) the people of Kerala in south INDIA, where his father (Iskandar Kutty) came from.

Kerala, India Homeland of Dr. Mahathir's fore-fathers

4.   His father (Iskandar Kutty) was a school teacher of Indian origin, specifically Malayalee (Mamak) (people who speak Malayalam, not to be confused with Malay)

5.   His father (Iskandar Kutty) (a Mamak) migrated from the southern state of Kerala, India, while his mother (Wan Tampawan) a Kedah-born, was a Malay.

6.   Despite being only half Malay and having acknowledged his Indian heritage, Dr Mahathir generally considers himself to be Malay, and is known for the use of fiery rhetoric designed to invoke feelings of Malay nationalism, i.e. the term Ketuanan Melayu, or “Malay Supremacy/Lordship.

7.   At university in Singapore, Dr Mahathir was listed as an INDIAN.

8.   Dr Mahathir had kept hidden his little secret – that he is an Indian Muslim (Mamak).

9.   Dr Mahathir has been quick to promote himself as the embodiment of “Asian” identity and values, with diatribes against the west, usually couched in racial terms. Yet, despite his trumpeting of Asian identity, Dr Mahathir appears ASHAMED to admit his Indian heritage.

10.    ‘In his new book, A New Deal for Asia, he writes about his father in such a way as to imply that he was a Malay dedicated to the improvement of his fellow Malays rather than the hard-working Indian immigrant and government servant that he was. No mention of Dr Mahathir’s Indian Muslim background ever appears in the media. The subject is taboo. Philip Bowring

11.  Dr Mahathir is the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia, which he held for 22 years. From 16 July 1981 – 31 October 2003

12.  Dr Mahathir is Malaysia and Asia’s longest serving Prime Minister.

13.  Dr Mahathir’s political involvement is filled with events and significance where he started being active in 1945. He joined the Umno in 1946.

14.  Dr Mahathir was first elected into the Parliament in the 1964 general elections via the Kota Setar Selatan seat with more than 60% majority votes. The following elections (1969) saw him losing the seat by 989 votes after declaring that he did not need to win through Chinese votes.

15.  Following the race riots of 13 May 1969, Dr Mahathir wrote a letter, (which was widely distributed) to the then Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman, criticizing the manner in which Tunku Abdul Rahman had handled the country’s administration favoring the ethnic Chinese. For doing that, he was expelled from Umno.

16.    Some of the more controversial happenings under Dr Mahathir‘s leadership include removing of the veto power and the Royal immunity from prosecution. Before he took on this action, passing of any bill of law required royal consent but with what he took on, royal assent is considered legal after a 30 days period.

17.    Dr Mahathir was also known to be responsible for the removal of Tun Salleh Abas, the Lord President of the Supreme Court together with 3 other Supreme Court Justices prior to the investigation of misconduct hearing of Umno, the party that he is also the president.

18.    Dr Mahathir announced his resignation from UMNO on 19 May 2008.

19.    For his efforts to promote the economic development of the country, Dr Mahathir has been granted the soubriquet of Bapa Pemodenan (Father of Modernization)

20.    Dr Mahathir ‘s official residence, Sri Perdana, where he resided from 23 August 1983 to 18 October 1999, was turned into a museum (Galeria Sri Perdana).

21.    During his administration, Dr Mahathir was considered to be one of Asia’s most influential leaders. He is also noted in the Western world as an outspoken critic of Western-style

22.    Mahathirism is a pejorative term used by Malaysians to describe the policies and methods used by Dr Mahathir to maintain his political power. Mahathirism has been critically defined as a “Machiavellian ploy to exploit race and religion for financial gain and power.”

23.    During this period, Dr Mahathir embarked on various large scale national projects, such as:

i.               The North-South Highway, which has cut transport times in half on the west coast of Malaysia;

ii.             The Multimedia Super Corridor, a flagship project based on Silicon Valley designed to enable Malaysia’s foray into Information Technology (it includes Malaysia’s new administrative capital Putrajaya,

iii.            Port of Tanjung Pelepas

iv.           The glittering Kuala Lumpur Internatinal Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, and an adjacent Formula One circuit;

v.            The Bakun Dam, meant to supply all of the electricity needs of the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak and which has enough capacity to enable exportation of power to Brunei. The project has since run into various difficulties and controversies, leading to at first, its cancellation and then its revival as a greatly scaled down project.

vi.           Olympic-class stadium in Bukit Jalil; and

vii.         The Petronas Twin Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world, and the world’s tallest building from 1997 to 2003, that have become symbolic of modern Malaysia.

24.    In May 2008, Dr Mahathir started a blog under his old pseudonym ‘Che Det’, which reached a million visitors within the span of one month, and nearing 20 million hits just a bit over a year after his first posting.

25.    Dr Mahathir has also ventured into a bakery business with a Japanese partner. Together they established a Japanese-style bakery and bistro outlet called “The Loaf“. As of October 2007, there are two outlets in Malaysia, one in Langkawi and one in Kuala Lumpur.

26.    In 1997, the Chairman of the King Faisal International Prize Committee Prince Khaled Al-Faisal presented the King Faisal International Prize for service to Islam was awarded to Dr. Mahathir for his distinguished services to Muslims all over the world as well as in his own country.

27.    In 2007, Banda Aceh – Syiah Kuala (Unsyiah) University awarded an honorary doctorate to Dr. Mahathir for his leadership and economic development concept.

28.    In 1998, the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) awarded the ASOCIO IT Award 1998 to Dr. Mahathir, marking the first time this award was bestowed upon a Prime Minister of any country. Dr. Mahathir was given the award in recognition of his “significant contribution” to the development of the IT industry in Malaysia as well as through the Multimedia Super Corridor initiative.

29.    The International Medical University (IMU) bestowed an on Dr Mahathir on 19 August 2009 at the university’s campus in Bukit Jalil. This award was given in recognition of his enormous and invaluable contribution to the country.

30.    Dr Mahathir was awarded the inaugural BrandLaureate Hall of Fame Award 2008 for his efforts in putting the country on the world map.

31.    Dr Mahathir was conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Humanity by Lim Kok Wing University in 2009.

32.    In 2003, President Vladimir Putin of Russia bestowed the Orden Drusby (Order of Friendship), the highest state award of Russia, on Dr Mahathir for his effort in strengthening bilateral relations.

33.    Dr Mahathir’s book Selected Letters to World Leaders was voted the most popular book under the non-fiction category in the Popular-The Star Readers’ Choice Awards

34.    Dr Mahathir was conferred “Tokoh Takaful Award” at the Malaysian Takaful Association inaugural Dinner and Awards Nite 2009 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the takaful industry

35. Books by Tun Dr Mahathir

i.         The Malay Dilemma (1970)

ii.        The Challenge, (1986)

iii.      Regionalism, Globalism, and Spheres of Influence: ASEAN and the Challenge of Change into the 21st Century (1989

iv.           The Pacific Rim in the 21st century, (1995)

v.            The Challenges of Turmoil, (1998)

vi.           The Way Forward, (1998)

vii.         A New Deal for Asia, (1999)

viii.        Islam & The Muslim Ummah, (2001)

ix.           Globalisation and the New Realities (2002)

x.             Reflections on Asia, (2002

xi.           The Malaysian Currency Crisis: How and why it Happened,(2003)

xii.          Achieving True Globalization, (2004)

xiii.        Islam, Knowledge, and Other Affairs, (2006)

xiv.       Principles of Public Administration: An Introduction, (2007)

xv. Blog Merentasi Halangan (Bilingual), (2008)


“MAMAK” a term (derived from a TAMIL word meaning UNCLE) used in Malaysia to describe the Tamil Muslim community (Wikipedia)