Posted in Complex Human Mind

Think About Thinking….

We used to have a lesson called “Magician’s Revenge ” in our 6th standard. I will write the main concepts of the story here to present  theme of my post.

In a small town there used to be a Magician . He used to roam around near by villages to entertain those people and to make his livelihood through magic shows. People used to admire his magic shows . He used to feel good about his Magic shows.

As a part of magic shows one day he goes to a village. He sets everything for the show and as the show starts people start observing the magic tricks done by the magician. People seated in the “Yes Men” category of the audience shower praises on the magician by shouting loudly “You are the best..You are the best”.  To these reactions, Magician tries to smile in a humble manner (though he is proud about his performance 😉 he tries to display modesty).  He feels very happy for the way the show is heading on.

All of  a sudden, a well dressed gentleman enters the place and takes his seat in the first row meant for the audience. He introduces himself as “Quick Man”. He says “Oh! This Magician is a cheater. I will explain how he is cheating all of you. These tricks don’t need much intelligence”. People in the audience get confused. However they forget about their confusion as the magician starts his next trick of the show.

He shows the audience an empty hat….he moves his wand around the hat and says “Abraka Dabra Abraka Dabra” . He takes 6 eggs out of that hat. The “Yes man” category audience yell again by saying” You are the best . You are the best”. Magician looks with a grin at the Quick Man. Quick Man adjusts his voice and explains to the audience with cent percent confidence ” My dear folks! This man is cheating you. This man has a hen in his hat and that hen is laying eggs there. He is not creating the eggs from the empty hat”. To this the people in “Yes Men category” say “Yes Yes Yes…we too agree with Quick Man. He is correct. You have hen in your hat”.  Magician does not like this aspect of people questioning him and disagreeing him. He is not used to that reactions. Magician proceeds with his third trick hiding his anger. For every trick, Quick Man put forwards his own crazy interpretation and to that interpretation “Yes Men Category” people say “Yes..Yes..magician is cheating…we agree with Quick Man”.

Magician really really gets frustrated by the crazy interpretations of the Quick Man and what bothers Magician is the “yes yes…” of the yes category people in the audience. He feels, he should really teach lesson to the Quick Man. He requests Quick Man to give his watch. Quick Man gives with lot of pride to the magician. Magician explains to the audience that he is going to powder Quick Man’s watch . People look at the trick very carefully in silence. Magician takes a small stone grinder and pounds the watch. Quick Man thinks that the magician is simply acting. Audience try to look with lot of suspense. Magician pounds the watch completely into powder. Even to this Quick Man tries to give an interpretation that Magician did’nt pound the watch and he hid it in the coat; to this Magician says he does not have any watch in his coat and he shows the powdered watch to everyone. Yes Men category people switch their loyality so fast and they say “Magician! You are the best. You are the best”.  Magician smiles with pride and Quick Man has no other option except for returning home without his expensive watch. Though magician is the winner of the situation he does not feel good about his victory.

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This story has lot of inner meaning. This is not just about the revenge of the magician. This story beautifully depicts human Psychology.

Magician belongs to that category of people who are comfortable and proud about their thoughts and acts. They seem to be very humble, however when their acts and thoughts are challenged they try to show their other side of their behavior.

Quick man belongs to that category of people who think that they are always correct , they are always intelligent and who feel that the  opposite person is always wrong and inferior.

Last but not least, the Yes Men category people.  These people don’t have any opinions they agree for whatever is said. They don’t mind switching their loyalties very fast without applying their own thoughts.

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It is not necessary for us to identify with any of the above 3 category people, however, we may knowingly or unknowingly pick one of these categories once in a while as a part of survival , as a part of ego rides or as a part of entertainment.

Thinking is necessary and thoughts matter a lot 🙂 .Thoughts make or break a person. However don’t stop thinking. Think..Think Different…but be careful while thinking differently…

Happy Weekend.

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

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Posted in Life's Like That, My Favourite Music

Rewind….OK….Private Album Songs…

Waiting desperately for the Ek se Badkar Ek, Super hit Muqabla programs in the Doordarshan for the new film songs and the private albums was a nice feeling. Though they used to telecast the songs for a couple of minutes the memory it used to have on the minds used to be interesting.  Used to finish my home work and study early to watch this program so that Mom will not scold me for watching TV. Now…we buy the stuff or we google it on net…but the beauty of waiting for the songs to come in Doordarshan  was different….

Here are some of my favorite private album songs :

1)First song which comes into my mind is Made in India by Alisha Chinai . Used to get alert by the than than than music itself….even now Alisha rocks..her voice is so interesting…

2)  Lucky Ali being my favorite…its tough to name a single one..however…Anjani Rahon Mein is the best…

3) Yesudas’s Chamak Cham Cham…is a lovely video…its so serene..

4) Piya Basanti Re………. by Chitra is soo cute..love the picturization too a lot…

5)Pankaj udhas – Aur ahista kijiye baatiein…..such a lovely song..Sameera Reddy is so nice in this album…

6)Sonu Nigam – Kuchh Tum Socho Kuchh Hum Sochein …lyrics are too good and so is the voice of Sonu 🙂

7)Maine Payal Hai Chankai – Falguni Pathak..My list will be incomplete without this song 🙂

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Still somany…however..these songs are fresh in my mind….

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in India Shining

Happy Republic Day :)

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Happy 61st Republic Day to all of you 🙂

Hope our Incredible India shines as always .

I feel like quoting Rabindranath Tagore’s Poem in this context :

  
 
 
 
WHERE the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

Jai Hind,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in My Favourite Music

My Wish by Rascal Flatts

I hope the days come easy and the moments pass slow
And each road leads you where you want to go
And if you’re faced with the choice and you have to choose
I hope you choose the one that means the most to you

And if one door opens to another door closed
I hope you keep on walkin’ ?til you find the window
If it’s cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile
But more than anything, more than anything

My wish for you
Is that this life becomes all that you want it to
Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small
You never need to carry more than you can hold

And while you’re out there gettin’ where you’re gettin’ to
I hope you know somebody loves you
And wants the same things too
Yeah, this is my wish

I hope you never look back but you never forget
All the ones who love you and the place you left
I hope you always forgive and you never regret
And you help somebody every chance you get

Oh, you’d find God’s grace in every mistake
And always give more than you take
But more than anything, yeah more than anything

My wish for you
Is that this life becomes all that you want it to
Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small
You never need to carry more than you can hold

And while you’re out there gettin’ where you’re gettin’ to
I hope you know somebody loves you
And wants the same things too
Yeah, this is my wish, yeah yeah

My wish for you
Is that this life becomes all that you want it to
Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small
You never need to carry more than you can hold

And while you’re out there gettin’ where you’re gettin’ to
I hope you know somebody loves you
And wants the same things too
Yeah, this is my wish
(My wish for you)

This is my wish
(My wish for you)
I hope you know somebody loves you
(My wish for you)
May all your dreams stay big
(My wish for you)
This is My wish to all of my friends 🙂 . Found this wonderful song recently.

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in Complex Human Mind, Life's Like That, Things to Ponder

I am what I am…

 

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Often we are posed with interesting questions on different aspects. However, our views on basic aspects are the most elusive ones in our lives. People expect to hear  acceptable answers on these issues.

Its not cool for a girl to be expressive. However, today I have an immense urge to express my opinions on some of the issues. I may change my opinions during the course of time and change is a process of growth 😉 I really really wish to know if there are any people on this universe who think like me on these issues.

  1. God : Its an omnipotent power. It is in every form and in everything. So confining God to an idol or rock or statue or a place is just stupidity. God does not shower blessings on the basis of chants, rituals you do. Your behavior towards your fellow living beings and to your own self is the real worship.
  2. Religion: Its part of permutations and combinations made for the survival in the society. No religion is inferior or superior. All religions try to take you to the same destination “Salvation”. Rituals and customs are part of development of humanity, networking , recreation and knowledge sharing process. So, it is ignorance to force a person to follow a religion or confine them to one caste or subsect. The happiness or pain of a Hindu is no different from a Christian or a Muslim or a Sikh. All religions are equal.
  3. Family: The Person you are, the way you behave, the way you think reflects your family. Family you belong to has lot of influence in your growing years. The way you treat your family members is directly or indirectly influenced in your other relations in life.
  4. Friends: Friends are the angels in life. They accept you whatever you are and help in your development. Its not the years of association that depicts the strength of friendship, its the depth of the friendship that determines the strength of friendship.
  5. Education: Defining the term education is so complex. Education is NOT the formal degrees which a person earns in universities and colleges. Education is the learning one earns while experiencing the life apart from the formal education one has in different schools of study. However, learning is a never ending and ever green process.
  6. You and Your Purpose in Life : Everyone is born for a purpose and main aim of an individual is to find one’s purpose in life and achieve it. Human life is so precious that one should not waste precious time for futile things and just kill the time just for passing the time. Its often strange to see people lose their  identity or rather have no identity at all. They just feel that having no identity is an honor they are giving to the people in their life. Honoring others, sacrificing your aims for others is really a pious job. However, just not leading life without any work, purpose is much bigger sin.
  7. Happiness: Happiness is an elusive concept. Every act of a human in one or the other way related to the pursuit of happiness. Most of the times we feel that we get happiness by making other happy. Sometimes we feel happy doing the things which we like. However, the real happiness is one which we derive from the satisfaction which we achieve our goals of life. Goals of life are not the materialistic ones, everyone tends to have some higher goals which are intangible.

I really wonder if Baba Bulleh Shah wrote this song for me “Bulla Ki Jaana”.

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in Complex Human Mind, Inspirational Stuff, Life

Are the TWO WOLVES in YOU in CONTROL?

During my lunch time I got an opportunity to read some pages of  Joel Osteen’s book. I read a chapter which discussed on Self Discipline.  It had an interesting parable “Two Wolves – A Cherokee Parable”.  This parable dealt  about the complex human mind and life in a simple manner.

Let me post that parable for all of you here:

An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life…

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.

“One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.

“The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

“This same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather,
“Which wolf will win?”

The old chief simply replied,
“The one you feed.”

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We cannot claim ourself as bad or good person. Each of us is a combination of both.  However, it is necessary to check our own behavior constantly.

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in Books, Life's Like That

Our Study Room…

Yesterday I had a nice opportunity to discuss about different authors and their books. Discussions about different books made me go back to our library and check all those books. In our home, we have a small library. In it we have books related to Philosophy, Spirituality, Religions, Autobiographies, History, Politics, Psychology in Non-Fiction category. We do have some books related to Fiction too.

My brothers and me ensure that we have a better collection in our library, therefore in general we gift each other books and ensure that we place it in our library immaterial of the traversal of that book to different parts of the country. Friends and acquaintances who know us gave several books as gifts in all these years. This mini library has a decent number of books received by  us  as prizes in schools and colleges. My contribution with respect to this aspect is very low in comparison to my brothers 😉

My Dad being a very inquisitive person, tries to know about different aspects of religion and different meditation techniques. So his collection of books include several versions of Bhagavad Gita, books on Yoga, books on meditation, books on several breathing techniques and in this process some books of Osho too landed in our library 🙂 . However, books by Shri Adi Sankarachrya and Divine life society are of his favorites. He bought several Russian and Ukranian folk tale books for us in our childhood. Those books have nice print and good visuals. I still like reading those short stories.

My Big B (Big Brother) being the Big B of our gang used to be the RULER of our library for years. He is busy with his kids these days so he is not able to concentrate on books much. During his era, he bought several books into our library. He organized it in a planned manner. He used to concentrate more on Personality Development and Philosophy . The Complete works of Swami Vivekakanda, Commentaries on Living by Shri Jiddu Krishnamurti, Selected works of Mahatma Gandhi , books of Shri Aurobindo are my Big B’s special collection. He has special inclination to Telugu Literature.  Books on Andhra Pradesh history, short stories and novels by several Telugu authors like Chilakamarti Narasimham garu,  Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu garu, Mokkapati Narasimha Sastry garu,  Dasaradhi Rangacharaya garu and some others are his favorite collections. I like the Biography/ Autobiography collection of my Big B. He bought  for us Surely You’re Joking Feynman, Jack – Straight from the gut, Indira by katherene Frank, Insider, My experiments with Truth by M.K.Gandhi, J.Krishnamurti by Pupul Jayakar, Freedom in exile by Dalai Lama etc . Books on world history, Indian History and Deccan History too are his favorite collections in our library.   He got his own collection of Sidney Sheldon  and Irving Wallace novels which he has in his book shelf 😉 . By the way Chetan Bhagat’s books landed in our library during my Big B’s time.

My second Bro, cool dude amongst us made our monastery , missionary school  typish  library into  a lively, bubbly garden. He brought lots of English Non fiction into our library. He brought books of Ruskin Bond, R.K.Narayan, O.Henry, Leo Tolstoy, Guy de Maupassant, Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens, Arundhathi Roy, Dan Brown  and several others into our library. He does not even mind reading Alice in wonderland or Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde   aloud for us , when we all assemble during holidays.  He has special inclination towards Indian Politics and History.  We were encouraged by our second brother to add books related to these categories. So we have India after Independence by Bipan Chandra, Nationalism and colonialism in Modern India by Bipan Chandra,  We, The People by Nani Palkivala, The Argumentative Indian by Amartya Sen, India by Shashi Taroor,No Full stops in India by Mark Tully in our library. He added several story books like Arabian Nights, Black Beauty, Indian Folk tales to our library recently.

As my brothers buy almost all the stuff,  I need not make much effort in buying books and therefore I don’t  have authority on our library till date 😦 . However, I added to our  library  The Fountain Head, Atlas Shrugged By Ayn Rand, The Stranger, The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus, Animal Farm by George orwell, The kite Runner by khaled hosseini, Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, The Monk who sold ferrari by Robin Sharma and some others. Recently I added  The Autobiography by Nehru, Discovery of India by Nehru, The Ant and the Elephant by Vince Poscente, God is NOT dead by Amit Goswami, Gems from upanishads, Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert , blink by Malcolm Gladwell, Be Happy Attitudes by Robert Schuller and  2 states by Chetan Bhagat to our library. There are some other books and if I write about them too this blog becomes a book.

However, these books and the memories associated with those books make our study room a special place for us. My Big B has a nice habit of writing the date of purchase and place of purchase in a nice corner of the book. My second bro and me follow that aspect of our Big B. It feels good once in a while taking out a book and just reading it for refreshment with a nice instrumental music as a background.

I owe to My Big Bro and second Bro a lot for inculcating book reading habit in me. Books help me a lot in my life.

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu