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The name is Selvamani.R. I was born in Rangoon, Burma now known as Yangoon and Myanmar respectively. I had my schooling in I.E.S. .Khalsa School there in Rangoon and came to Tamilnadu, India, did my Pre-University in Sir Thegaraya College,Chennai and M.B.B.S., in Madurai Medical College. Later did my Diploma and Masters Degree in the Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Egmore, Madras Medical College, Chennai.

Thursday, March 13, 2014


The Meaning of Life...

What is the meaning of life? It's an age-old question

Even deep thinkers failed on this front. Theologians have wrestled with the question for centuries. Philosophers and their students have tied themselves in knots over it. Mystics have meditated on it.

Physicist and science writer Freeman Dyson said, "You ask: what is the meaning or purpose of life? I can only answer with another question: do you think we are wise enough to read God's mind?"

Author Cormac McCarthy retorted: "A successful life is one that has no need to ask the question."

Harvey Cox, author of "The Seduction of the Spirit," said, "The purpose of life is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever."

Leonard Bernstein wrote: "For me, the purpose of life is to live it as fully as possible and be grateful every day for the privilege of sharing it."

Western writer Louis L'Amour said, "The meaning and purpose of life? To do, and to become."

American educator Paul Arthur Schlipp wrote it " to achieve a high development and integration of reason, of morality, and of spirituality - and to commit one's self to a cause greater than one's self. Tell me what your cause is, and I will tell you who you are."

Steven M. Cahn, author of "Fate, Logic and Time," insisted, "The meaning of life is invented, not discovered."

Paul Kurtz, author of "The Transcendental Temptation," wrote, "The meanings that we untap in life are those that we create, the dreams, plans and projects that we live for. How exciting these can be are a measure of our imagination and creativity."

For sheer bullheadedness, Gertrude Stein is hard to beat: "There ain't no answer. There ain't gonna be any answer.  There never has been an answer. That's the answer."

Australian Matthew Kelly, author of "The Rhythm of Life," says the essential meaning and purpose of life is to become "the best-version- of-yourself. "

Robert Louis Stevenson said more than a century ago, "To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end in life."

There's plenty here to keep us occupied. Think about it. What would it take for you to become your best, physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually?
Decide what that is and devote yourself to realizing it. The beauty of this approach is that it takes our minds off judging others and puts us on the road to improving ourselves.

Not coincidentally, this is exactly the message of every great wisdom tradition. As Gandhi said, "Be the change you want to see in the world."

This best-version- of-yourself philosophy can be applied to every area of your life. We all have weaknesses that need attention. But we also have personal strengths. Some of us are built to pursue excellence in athletics. Others have a great aptitude for science or mathematics.

Maybe the important thing for you right now is to become the best parent, spouse, son or daughter you can be. Perhaps you feel your life's mission is to feed the poor or build houses for the homeless.

Whatever it is, embrace it.