I am a transcultural voyager
Who finds meaning in life
As I course from language to language,
From physics to philosophy,
From music to metaphysics,
From Gita to Gregorian Chants,
From Mozart to Musicals,
From Tansen to Thygaraja.
From feasting to fasting.
I experience mystical thrills
From Maxwell’s equations and from meditation.
From Feynmann diagrams and from Buddhist mandalas.
I am addicted to alliterations,
Deeply committed to spreading science
I recognize the positive contributions of religions.
I am a dedicated bridge-builder
And a dreamer of Peace.
And I think that what really matters in life is
Whether one is kind and
Compassionate to fellow beings,
And brings smiles and laughter
To those with whom one interacts.
As I see it, from a long-range perspective
The stages of Life, are:
Some intelligent noises.
Some tearful eyes,
And finally faded remembrances
That melt away into oblivion.
V. V. Raman