Experts comment Nazarbayev’s article ‘Spiritual testament of Abai’а
The works of Abai Kunanbaiuly and his wise words should become a guide for present and future generations of Kazakh citizens. It was this great Kazakh philosopher who influenced the formation of Nursultan Nazarbayev’s worldview. A well-known Kazakh writer and Abai Studies expert Orynbai Zhanaidarov discussed the importance of the postulates specified in the article ‘Spiritual Testament of Abai’ by the First President of Kazakhstan. He said that, first of all, the learning of Abai should start with knowing yourself. This, along with continuous development and education, will open up new horizons.
“This is a deep and interesting article. Nursultan Nazarbayev says that since he was born Abai has always guided his activities and his personal growth. The spiritual growth of the author is also connected with Abai’s work, his poetry, because this brilliant man knew what his nation needed. Abai cared for his people the same as the First President of Kazakhstan does. In his poems, Abai called for people to strive for knowledge and honesty. Since Abai’s poetry had long become folk poetry, it literally was absorbed into Nazarbayev’s flesh and blood since childhood, and contributed to his formation first as a person, and then as Head of State,” said Abai Studies expert and writer Orynbai Zhanaidarov.