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Know about the Architect of the Universe : Vishwakarma

Vishwakarma Jayanthi..the Architect of the Universe 🙂
Know more about this Demi God:

Vishwakarma is the designer and builder of this single material Universe of 14 Planetary Systems known as Bhu-mandala that includes designing this earth “round global sphere” that is referred to as a varsha, Island or ball in the ocean of outer space.

The reason why there is a sense of organization to this Earth globe and has a sense of seasonal harmony to it, is because there is an intelligence behind it all, his name is Vishwakarma the great demigod of Universal Architectural design who works under the direction of Lord Brahma.

Vishwakarma is the Architecture of this 4 billion mile diameter Bhu-mandala Universe that houses the 14 heavenly and hellish different Planetary Systems (7 above 7 below in different grades) as explained in the Srimad-Bhagavatam’s 5th Canto translated by Srila Prabhupada.

THE DIVINE DRAFTSMAN

Vishwakarma is the presiding deity of all craftsmen and architects. Son of Brahma, he is the divine draftsman of the whole universe and the official builder of all the gods’ palaces.

Vishwakarma also designed and built the Earth global round sphere with all its seaons and its relationship with the moon that causes ocean shifts and a great soothing effect to the devotees of Krishna and the Suns effect on earth

The earth we live on today is not the result of evolution or some random movement of elements, it is the result of intelligent design namely Vishwakarma intelligent architecture and design.

Vishwakarma is also the designer of all the flying chariots of the gods, and all their weapons.

The Mahabharata describes him as –

“The lord of the arts, executor of a thousand handicrafts, the carpenter of the gods, the most eminent of artisans, the fashioner of all ornaments and a great and immortal god.”

He has four hands, wears a crown, loads of gold jewelry, and holds a water-pot, a book, a noose and craftsman’s tools in his hands.

VISHWAKARMA PUJA

Vishwakarma is the demigod of Architecture and Engineering.

On September 16 or 17 every year is celebrated as Vishwakarma Puja — a resolution time for workers and craftsmen to increase productivity and gain divine inspiration for creating novel products.

This ritual usually takes place within the factory premises or shop floor, and the otherwise mundane workshops come alive with a fiesta. Vishwakarma Puja is also associated with the buoyant custom of flying kites. This occasion in a way also marks the start of the festive season that culminates in Diwali.

VISHWAKARMA’S ARCHITECTURAL WONDERS

Vedic sastra or scriptures is full of Vishwakarma’s many architectural wonders.

Through the four ‘yugas’, he had built several towns and palaces for the gods.

1 – In “Satya-yuga”, he built the Swarg Loke, or heaven, the abode of the gods and demigods where Lord Indra rules.

2 – Vishwakarma then built the ‘Sone ki Lanka’ in “Treta yuga”,

3 – The city of Dwarka in “Dwapar yuga”,

4 – Hastinapur and Indraprastha in the “Kali yuga”.

‘SONE KI LANKA’ OR GOLDEN LANKA

According to Vedic Texts, ‘Sone ki Lanka’ or Golden Lanka was the place where the demon king Ravana dwelled in the “Treta yuga.” As we read in the epic story Ramayana, this was also the place where Ravana kept Sita, Lord Ram’s wife as a hostage.

There is also a story behind the construction of Golden Lanka. When Lord Shiva married Parvati, he asked Vishwakarma to build a beautiful palace for them to reside.

Vishwakarma put up a palace made of gold!

For the housewarming ceremony, Shiva invited the wise Ravana to perform the “Grihapravesh” ritual. After the sacred ceremony when Shiva asked Ravana to ask anything in return as “Dakshina”, Ravana, overwhelmed with the beauty and grandeur of the palace, asked Shiva for the golden palace itself!

Shiva was obliged to accede to Ravana’s wish, and the Golden Lanka became Ravana’s palace.

DWARKA

Among the many mythical towns Viswakarma built is Dwarka, the capital of Lord Krishna. During the time of the Mahabharata, Lord Krishna is said to have lived in Dwarka and made it his “Karma Bhoomi” or center of operation.

That is why this place in northern India has become a well-known pilgrimage for the modern day Hindus who follow the Vedic sastras.

HASTINAPUR

In the present “Kali Yuga”, Vishwakarma is said to have built the town of Hastinapur, the capital of Kauravas and Pandavas, the warring families of the Mahabharata. After winning the battle of Kurukshetra, Lord Krishna installed Dharmaraj Yudhisthir as the ruler of Hastinapur.

INDRAPRASTHA

Vishwakarma also built the town of Indraprastha for the Pandavas. The Mahabharata has it that King Dhritrashtra offered a piece of land called ‘Khaandavprastha’ to the Pandavas for living.

Yudhishtir obeyed his uncle’s order and went to live in Khaandavprastha with the Pandava brothers. Later, Lord Krishna invited Vishwakarma to build a capital for the Pandavas on this land, which he renamed ‘Indraprastha’.

Legends tell us about the architectural marvel and beauty of Indraprastha. Floors of the palace were so well done that they had a reflection like that of water, and the pools and ponds inside the palace gave the illusion of a flat surface with no water in them.

After the palace was built, the Pandavas invited the Kauravas, and Duryodhan and his brothers went to visit Indraprastha.

Not knowing the wonders of the palace, Duryodhan was flummoxed by the floors and the pools and fell into one of the ponds. The Pandava wife Draupadi, who witnessed this scene, had a good laugh!

She retorted, hinting at Duryodhan’s father (the blind king Dhritarashtra) “the son of a blind man is bound to be blind.”

This remark of Draupadi annoyed Duryodhan so much that later on, it became a major cause for the great war of Kurukshetra described in the Mahabharata and the Bhagavad Gita.

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Visit to Lonavala Khandala in Monsoon 2019

Pune and near by places turn into paradise as soon as Monsoons start. Being a travel freak, I ensure I make good use of monsoon time for my travels every year.
This year it is extremely special because I am accompanied by my husband.This Monday, we started from Pune to Lonavala , our driver was quite good, he first took us to Narayani Dham temple which is in the starting of Lonavala. It was really a positive and amazing feeling visiting this temple. The temple is very well maintained and very huge.
From there we went to Bhushi Dam, it was quite crazily beautiful and happy there though it is crowded. Going there with a saree was quite a feat.
From there we visited the Lions point, Tiger point, Khandala. It was totally a dramatic, beautiful trip because it was cloudy , drizzling and was very beautiful spending time in those monsoon clouds…not to forget those hot chai and onion pakodas.
What are you waiting for….don’t waste the monsoon weekend…go and explore a beautiful place.

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu Chirravuri

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Celebrating 14 years at work :)

#FourteenAtWork #Celebrating14Years
Want to express gratitude to God, My Dad( Retired Bank Manager… doesn’t really like hearing No and his trust me made me what I am today), My Mom ( The most positive, never say no lady of my life), My elder brother( I still copy him because he is the best, no exaggeration in saying I am like his daughter),), My Second brother( The Dhoni of our house, the captain cool..my support system right from school), Bharadwaj Bro…my first Guru of Project Management, My Mentors Dr P. Sudhakar(What am I without this Sir’s Physics teaching), Sangeetha ( Learnt a lot professionally ), DMR( my first mentor in ITSM),Martin( if you follow my posts you know that he is my Dumbledore and Yoda), Amit( my life coach, my bestie..yeah I see your expressions..but trust me he is a gem), Ajit Kanitkar ( my mentor and great human with very very aggressive value system) for grooming me to what I am today…Completed 14 years of Journey in my career…last but not least this past year was terrible and I might not have made it without the nudge, push and trust of my Assistant Vice President husband ( not flaunting the title but the league he belongs and how mentally tough he is and encourages me to be )…it really matters a lot having super amazing, super supporting spouse…such spouse won’t let you give up….and thanks to my friends who believe that I am a special and who in all these never got bored listening to my cribbing and who supported me all the times…. .

Yes, I had the urge to quit somany times when things were tough, but with the above mentioned support system I am assured they won’t let me quit just like that , they will only make me ready and strong for that situation to handle. Looking forward for much more years at career…must say journey from a Physics Lecturer at college in 2005 to Instructional Designer at a startup to Process Manager, to Process Consultant , to Process Owner, to Project Manager, to PMO Head to Head of Learning and Development was quite fascinating and amazing.

Hare Krishna 🙏🏼

Loads of Love,
Prasanna Rayaprolu Chirravuri

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How much time does it require to like yourself…

#SaturdayThoughts

Do you know what it takes to like your ownself. An ENTIRE LIFE TIME.

It is a continuous journey. It is a journey of complex emotions of self doubt, fears, constant calibration among confidence, low confidence, over confidence, lots of failures, lots of successes, lots of happiness, lots of heart breaks and lots of challenges.

And in this journey…. liking our ownself when the people around and society is constantly judgemental the shit gets complicated. I don’t say life is pathetic and people around are cruel. However, the act of accepting our current version , making efforts to improve ourself by rejecting the external negativity is not a one time effort. It is a continuous exercise.

At School…good grades, then right course in University, then right job with huge pay, then right life partner, then kids, then lots of property..then die. ..if the sequence is not proper or if any step is not proper society gets judgemental…

However, in this trial and error journey of life , we reach a limit where we no more get perturbed by external judgements …in the sense we don’t get perturbed yo that extent that we drool in self doubt or get into depression. After we reach that limit point, what happens is we realise that the best judge of our life is ourself. Who else knows better about our strengths and weaknesses. So, is it end of problems? No…after reaching this point..we gain the ability to filter, ignore unnecessary emotions, unnecessary negativity, unnecessary advices from people. We become wise to accept advices and feedback only from selective sources. Because at this phase we know how to take care ourself, how to respect our self and show some love to our ownself.

And from this beautiful point….my friend…we become the Lion/Lioness…rather the Emperor/Empress of our life. We conduct our life with immense grace….

And in this phase…

we don’t get intimidated even when person of Jeff Bezos level comes and makes fun our wealth…

we don’t get intimidated even when person of Elon Musk level comes and makes fun our innovation levels…

we don’t get intimidated even if the Cleopatra ghost comes and makes fun our beauty…

Even if we get impacted…we bounce back quickly and we will know how to conduct ourself.

Driving the point home.

As said in Bhagavad Gita:

उद्धरेदात्मनात्मानं नात्मानमवसादयेत् |
आत्मैव ह्यात्मनो बन्धुरात्मैव रिपुरात्मनः || ५ ||
uddhared ātmanātmānaṃ nātmānam avasādayet
ātmaiva hy ātmano bandhur ātmaiva ripur ātmanaḥ 6.5

Bhagavan says that you strive on this path and uplift yourself by yourself.

Invest good quality time on your well being. Be the best friend of your ownself. Take care , nurture your thoughts, feelings, emotions very well, protect yourself from external negatively by making yourself very strong. Don’t wait for someone else to rescue you, protect you , take charge of your life 🙂

Have an awesome weekend.

Loads of Love,
Prasanna Rayaprolu Chirravuri

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Spring 2019

Spring

Sound the flute!
Now it’s mute!
Bird’s delight,
Day and night,
Nightingale,
In the dale,
Lark in sky,—
Merrily,
Merrily merrily, to welcome in the year.

Little boy,
Full of joy;
Little girl,
Sweet and small;
Cock does crow,
So do you;
Merry voice,
Infant noise;
Merrily, merrily, to welcome in the year.

Little lamb,
Here I am;
Come and lick
My white neck;
Let me pull
Your soft wool;
Let me kiss
Your soft face;
Merrily, merrily, to welcome in the year.

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

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Who is Radha to Krishna…

 

 

 

As a part of regular Srimadh Bhaghavatam discussions and my questions bugging sessions to my friend, I recently asked him “We don’t find Srimati Radharani references in Srimadh Bhaghavatam, which is one of main books, Who is Radha and What is she to Sri Krishna? Friend? Girl Friend? Lover? Twin Flame? Is she a fictitious character? Why are they worshiped that much even after these many ages?? ”
Then my friend replied to me on the basis of understanding he has from his maternal grandpa that, Srimati Radharani and Krishna are the same . She is the feminine, emotional element of creator himself.Everyone in this cosmos goes to him, but when Sri Krishna himself want to look up to, when he wants to be comforted, he wanted to look up to someone from him and that part of him is none other than Srimati Radharani. She is not different, part of him created for him to look up to, she is his own soul. ”
And I was super amazed to see such beautiful painting by Shri Keshav Venkataraghavan which matched to this explanation of my friend.
Thank you Sir for sharing beautiful paintings of Sri Krishna everyday to the World. (https://www.facebook.com/keshav.keshav?hc_location=ufi)

Do share your understanding and your comments about the beautiful stories of Srimathi Radharani and Sri Krishna in the comments.

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

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Vagarthaviva sampriktau vagarthah pratipattaye | Jagatah pitarau vande parvathiparameshwarau

 

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Today I was randomly checking some posts in facebook and i suddenly became happily nostalgic seeing this sloka and the painting. Our Sanskrit class in graduation used to start with this Magical and Mystical Verse  . Our Sanskrit Mam, Mrs Bharathi used to make all of us recite this sloka before the starting of each class, it was quite fun and different because by the time we reached graduation we were out of the system of “reciting prayers in the classrooms”, however we used to like reciting this.

Oh, yeah, we do have the reference of this beautiful sloka in Sagarasangamam movie of Kamalhassan too.

Ok, here is this beautiful sloka, its meaning and the beautiful interpretation done by some gentleman already, i dont own the below content, however thought should post it here, do read it and feel joyful.

Vagarthaviva sampriktau vagarthah pratipattaye | Jagatah pitarau vande parvathiparameshwarau || – Raghuvamsha 1.1

Popular meaning: I pray parents of the world, Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi, who are inseparable as speech and its meaning to gain knowledge of speech and its meaning.

In this sloka(verse), Kalidasa requests divine parents Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi to teach him speech and its meaning. In other words, In this verse, we are humble and dependent like a small kid requesting helping hand of our parents to learn the spoken language. Now we have many questions raining:

Is that all? It sounds like a pretty straight forward Sanskrit verse. Isn’t right? What is magical and mystical about it?

The magic and beauty comes from the divine language, Sanskrit. It is all in – how we divide the words, which meaning we take for a word and ultimately how we rearrange and organize the verse. Any word in Sanskrit has several meanings and many shades of interpretations. So, this provides us opportunities to dig deeper to understand a verse to unlock its esoteric meaning in many different ways
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Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu