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The Life: Is It Mystical or Real & Painful or Magical?

“The Life: Is It Mystical or Real & Painful or Magical?” by S.P. Chockalingam
The author explores that perplexing question — What is the purpose of life? — through an Eastern perspective. Yet his approach is emphatically practical even while embracing the mystical. Cultivating our inner power to respond with positivity can yield highly beneficial results, he stresses. So much so, that life can take on a magical aspect but one grounded in reality. One man’s guide to a better life.


The Hindu

July 22, 2014
Guide to a better life

An ex-bank manager, yoga practitioner and author of many Tamil books, S.P. Chockalingam has tried to study many curious questions people would have asked about the mysterious environment that surrounds us all.

In the process of writing the book, The Life: Is It Mystical or Real & Painful or Magical? , Chockalingam has extensively reproduced pearls of wisdom of philosophers and eminent persons to explore this perplexing question: What is the purpose of life?

Through the hundred-odd pages of the book, he stresses that a harmonious interrelationship of religion, spirituality, health and karma is the pre-requisite for a happy and contented life.
A simple and narrative form of writing, resorted to by the author, has broken the tedium of what would otherwise have been a string of quotes.

The book starts off by saying that life is a beautiful mystery and, at some point, everybody gets curious to know about her or his very existence. Mysteries invade every step of one’s life so much so that many times one feels compelled to question oneself on the reason behind all the mysteries. It attempts to answer some of these questions.

Why are the magical pathways of imagination, dreams, intention, attraction, present, beliefs, faith, prayer, yoga and meditation, humility, gratitude, compassion, love, service, simplicity, appreciation, spirituality ignored and not taken for life’s journey by people?


Review of the Life – Is It Mystical Or Real And Painful Or Magical?

Dr. Vathsala Narayanaswami
M.Sc., M.Ed., Ph.d. D.A.E.S.(U.K.)  INDIA
Former Director Shramik Vidyapeeth,
Non-Formal & Adult Education
Government of Tamil Nadu.

THE LIFE – Is it Mystical or Real & Painful or Magical? is the title of this fine book by Sri.S.P.Chockalingam. My first reaction to this title was that life is all of these and more! I wondered why Sri.Chockalingam has chosen such a title for his book. Even as I first started to browse through the book, It was immediately clear to me that this was a very succinct analysis of life from different perspectives-physical, religious, spiritual touching on issues of ethics and morality as well as individual goals and objectives. Capturing an encyclopaedic range of topics with in and around 160 pages is remarkable.

A bibliography that lists over 60 books should an indicator of the breadth and depth of thinking and information that is the bulwark of this book. Sri. Chockalingam’s erudition and wisdom is well known through many of his other books and publications.

In this book Sri.Chockalingam has adopted an interesting structure. This book is in form of a conversation or a Socratic dialogue between an elder and his younger protégé. The younger individual poses various questions and the elder provides an explanation. Each conversation ends with the elder planting a topic for younger to think about till they meet again for further questions and elucidations. Another feature that stands out is the innumerable quotations from a whole gamut of poets, authors, thinkers and social and political leaders going back to back to Vedic antiquity and on down to our contemporary times. References range from the Vedic Nithi Shatakams and Bhartrihari writings to quotations from the Bible, the Quran, and from William Shakespeare, Einstein, Albert Schwietzer,  J.Krishnamurthy,  Ralph Waldo Emerson, contemporary popular authors such as Eckhart Tolle, and several from the Holy Dalai Lama. Sri. Chockalingam has presented to the readers an incredible range. Another feature of the book is the interesting anecdotes and stories that follow at the end of many of the chapters. These are the parables adding a dimension of practical sense to a topic that might have been abstract or dry.

What can one learn from this book? Many different things. One could  quickly get a bird’s eye view of religions of the world, delve into questions on Karma, Happiness, Yoga and Meditation. Then there are discussions on very contemporary ideas of psychology and life values. Very new theories based on the neurosciences that make references to not only IQ, but also EQ,(Emotional Quotient) and SQ (spiritual Quotient). In remarking on the increasing interest among many in the areas of spirituality Sri Chockalingam draws our attention to the cutting edge research of the well known Neurologist from the University of California at San Diego, Dr. V.S Ramachandran who has even talked about God Spot in the brain.

A recurrent message during and at the end of many discussions is that in order to understand the deeper meanings of life in spiritual terms and even when at the cross roads of a difficult moral or ethical choice one has to turn inwards and reflect upon that the mystical inner voice, the inner self, or inner divinity.

I offer my felicitations to and sincere thanks to Sri. Chockalingam, for giving us this fine book. I strongly recommend,  THE LIFE  to everyone.

Is life mystical, real and painful or magical? I will let you figure it out.

Dr. Vathsala Narayanaswami.


A Cultural and Spiritual Monthly of the Ramakrishna Order Since 1914

Life is about the purpose of life on earth and it attempts to explain the mystery behind human experiences. The lessons learnt are plenty, many of which will be familiar to those who have read or attended ethical/moral or spiritual discourses. The utterances of many thinkers, mostly Western, have been cited in this context. The ills of the society identified here are also not new, but narrated in a different style. A few chosen at random are mentioned below.

Time constraint is an excuse for many as time becomes our master, instead of being a servant. Mind power and its influence on body are phenomenal; it can even prepare a person to fall sick or recover.

These days, food, exercise etc, have artificial flavour; busy executives find no time for a constitutional walk but go to a gym. Karma is casually cited as excuses. None talks of karma while enjoying comforts but remembers it during hard times. Avoid making comparisons of comfort levels with relatives or neighbours.

Religious and spiritual lessons of most faiths have been briefly mentioned as also on Yoga and meditation.

The concluding chapter titled ‘Magical Pathways’ sounds exotic and evokes curiosity. However, the topics remind us about Swamiji’s exhortation to manifest the divinity within each one and to stand on one’s own legs. Further, each one creates his or her own destiny. As the author quotes, we find people claiming to know’…. how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.’ The ‘pathways’ include positive, productive and creative imaginations’, cultivating positive dreams, beliefs including the placebo effect of medical care. Faith, Prayers, Meditation, and the noble traits of humility, gratitude, compassion, love and service are components of the ‘magical pathways’.

Many affluent parents are frustrated, unable to lead a life of contentment. They are unable to reconcile with the fact that children have their own minds, and find it hard to bring them up. They need specialised guidance in the form of ‘New Age Parenting’. As stated earlier a wide assortment of books is in the market from well-known publishers that provide guidance. However, it is good to have a wider choice and Chockalingam’s contribution should be welcomed as a valuable addition.

P.S.Sundaram, Mumbai. May 2015 Edition.