S.P. Chockalingam Ponniah
The Author is a post graduate in Economics. He served as a banker for about 40 years. He is now a student and practitioner of Yoga and Meditation for 15 years and a writer.
In 1983, he had a unique privilege of meeting His Holiness Dalai Lama in Jakarta. He shook hands and held H.H. Dalai lama's hands for quite some time and conversed with him. This meeting according to the author was the greatest transforming and defining a moment in his life.
He published his book THE LIFE--Is It Mystical or Real and Painful or Magical? in 2014. It was published in the USA by Partridge Publications and distributed globally. The web-site is: www.thelife-spchockalingam.com
He is also the author of 6 books in the Tamil language one of the oldest and classical languages in India. All of them are in poetry form. One is Meenakshi Andhadhi with 100 verses in Anthraksha (Sanskrit) form. This means that the last word in the first verse will become the first word of the second verse and it goes on the same lines till the 100th.verse.This is a unique style of poetry form in the Tamil language. This was made into audio musical C.D. music set in Carnatic music. This C.D. is sold all over the world wherever Tamil population live.
He lives in Chennai, India. His three children and seven grandchildren live in the USA.
Living the Life
S.P. Chockalingam's LIVING THE LIFE highlights the importance of being spiritual with holistic approach to day to day life.
A doctor, a justice, a planter, an entrepreneur, a farmer and other similarly placed workers are introduced as different characters in the life's journey of seeking the eternal question 'the purpose and meaning of life'. They all provide their own perspectives on 'life' and what the 'life' means to them. How all of them 'live their lives' or how 'the life lives their lives' are brought out in detail.
In "Living the Life", how the extraordinary, self-automated engineering marvel of the human body architecture with the 'life' inside withstands and survives the influences, pressures, and winds of changes of different kinds at different times of forces and factors on its voyage in the turbulent waters of the sea of life is critically discussed.
Review by Anand
Review by Annemarie M. Osborne
The Life -- Is It Mystical or Real & Painful or Magical?
No one knows where from and what purpose one has taken the present avatar. Also no one knows where one goes after death. What will happen next moment is not known. Why past has happened as the way it has happened is not known. Why the present is happening as it is happening is not known. For some, the life is mystical. For many who face problems, the life is real and painful. For the rest who makes the life a happy existence, the life is magical. Whether the life is mystical or real and painful or magical, the fact remains that it is shrouded in mystery. But why should one worry about mystery? Mystery by itself is beautiful. The life is also as beautiful as mystery. The life is the greatest gift in the world. One, by living the life, will have to find answers to these questions. Mystery will unfold itself in the course of one's life provided one takes the magical pathways and proceed to lead a purposeful life with meaning.
Review by The Hindu Newspaper
Review by New York Daily News