“As I travel around the world I am often asked “What is your philosophy?” While I speak extensively on the philosophy of Vedanta, of the Upanishads, of Sri Aurobindo and so on, but that does not answer the question. So I thought I would try and spell out what precisely I believe in. Our beliefs flow from the totality of experience to which we have been exposed. In many ways my exposure has been more varied and intense than falls to the lot of most people. There are four main sets of factors that have moulded my thinking – books, music, travel and people. In all four I have had the good fortune of an extremely wide and stimulating contact. In any case, I have tried briefly to identify the major beliefs I have come to hold, even though I am acutely aware of the difficulty in expressing complex ideas in simple words.” Dr Karan Singh, heir-apparent to the Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir was born on March 9,1931. At the age of eighteen, he was appointed Regent and thereafter was Head of State for eighteen years. In 1967, he was inducted into the Union Cabinet and held many important Cabinet portfolios. He served as India’s Ambassador to the United States and has been elected four times to the Lok Sabha and since 1996 is a member of the Rajya Sabha. A Ph.D. from the University of Delhi he has been Chancellor of Jammu & Kashmir University and Benaras Hindu University, President of the Author’s Guild of India, and the People’s Commission on Environment & Development; Chairman of the Temple of Understanding, a global Interfaith organisation; Member of the Club of Rome, the Club ofBudapest, and the Green Cross International. Currently he is Chairman, Governing Board of the Auroville Foundation, Chancellor of the Benaras Hindu University, and President of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, with the rank of Central Cabinet Minister. Karan Singh is recognised as one of India’s outstanding thinkers and leaders and has written many books.