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Age old wisdom : Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean Story

Carrot, Egg and Coffee Bean : Image Courtesy Google
A daughter complained to her father about life and how hard things are for her. She said she wanted to give up as she was tired of struggling. For just as one problem was solved, another arose.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen, filled three pots with water and placed the fire on high.

Soon the three pots came to a boil. In one he placed carrots, in the other he placed eggs and in the last he placed ground coffee beans. He let them sit and boil, without saying a word. The daughter wondered what he was trying to do.

In half an hour he turned down the fire and took out the contents of the pots and put them in bowls. Turning to her he said, “My dear child, what do you see?” Smartly she replied, “Carrots, eggs and coffee.”

He brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After shelling it, she observed it was hard-boiled now. Finally, he asked her to take a sip of the fragrant coffee. She winced as it was very strong.

Humbly, she asked, “What does it mean father?” He explained, “Each of them faced the same adversity, 100oC of boiling water. However, each reacted differently. The carrot was strong, hard and unrelenting. But, after going through boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg was fragile. A thin outer shell protected a liquid centre. But after sitting in the boiling water, the inside became hardened. However, the coffee beans are unique. After they were in the boiling water, they became stronger and richer. Which one of these are you?” he asked.

Are you the carrot that seems hard but with the smallest amount of pain, adversity or heat, you wilt and become soft with no strength? Are you the egg, which starts off with a malleable heart? But after a death, breakup, divorce or layoff become hardened and stiff? Your shell looks the same but you are bitter and tough inside. Or are you like the coffee bean? The bean does not get its true flavour until it reaches 100oC. When the water gets hotter, it just tastes better. When things are at their worst, you get better.

So how do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

 Source for this story: http://www.speakingtree.in/public/bta4ehd0vh9g4lppvf1i8wt97/blog/Are-you-a-carrot-an-egg-or-a-coffee-bean?track=1&uid=8460&date=15%20Sep,%202011

Here is the video of the same story with much more analogy presented in a serene manner 🙂

Now after reading this post you might be seriously and secretly thinking what  you are…a carrot, an egg or coffee bean  😉

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

 

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Posted in Complex Human Mind, Inspirational Stuff, My Favourite Music

“The Physics of the Quest” : Let Yourself Go :)

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Liz Gilbert of Eat Pray Love Movie Says : In the end, I’ve come to believe in something I call “The Physics of the Quest.”

 A force in nature governed by laws as real as the laws of gravity. The rule of Quest Physics goes something like this: If you’re brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything from your house to bitter, old resentments, and set out on a truth-seeking journey, either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared, most of all, to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you.

 

Let Yourself Go 

Live By Your Own Rules :

Official Trailer of the Movie

and

Here is an original song about understanding one’s self, and one’s search for happiness while undertaking a personal journey towards inner peace.

lyrics:
She comes and goes
She comes and goes
And she’s under the bed
And she’s over my head
She’s a fly on the table
That just wouldn’t deal
When I look in the mirror
All I see is disease
And I try so hard
To get over these…….

She comes and goes
She comes and goes again
Like a belle in a ball
Like a ghost in the wall
Makes me scream
Makes me shiver
Makes me feel so small
She’s a skeleton in the closet
Sleeping under the sheets
And I try so hard
To get over this. . . .

She comes and goes
Search for…
Search for a place. . . .
To wash it
Wash it away. . . . . .

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in Inspirational Stuff, My Favourite Music

Some Of My Favorite Inspirational English Pop Songs

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Here is the list of Some Of My Favorite Inspirational Pop Songs :

1)Selena Gomez & The Scene – Who Says:

2)Katy Perry – Firework:

3)Today My Life Begins – Bruno Mars :

4)Miley Cyrus – The Climb :

5)Natasha Bedingfield – Pocketful of Sunshine & Unwritten:

6)All Stars – Just Stand Up:

7)Wilson Phillips – Hold On:

8)Honey – I Believe:

9)ABBA -Move On :

10)Jordin Sparks – One Step At A Time :

11)Rascal Flatts My Wish:

12)Carrie Underwood – I’ll Stand By You:

13)Westlife – I Have a Dream:

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in Life, My Favourite Music

Vinayaka Chavithi Subhakankshalu

Vinayaka Chavithi Subhakankshalu

Mee andariki Vinayaka Chavithi Subhakankshalu (Vinayaka Chavithi Wishes to all of you). May the blessings of Lord Ganesha be with all of you always :).  May Lord Ganesha bless you and all your loves with Good Health, wealth and lots of happiness. May you all succeed in all your works without any interruptions  with the divine blessings of Vignanayaka “Vinayaka” 🙂

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Ganesha Pancharatnam Stotram sung by Smt M.S.Subba Lakshmi is one of my favorites. This stotram brings unknown calmness and confidence in me 🙂

Here are the Lyrics of Ganesha Pancharatnam Stotram By Adi Sankaracharya. Ganesa Pancha Rathnam Stotra is a highly revered devotional prayer song of Lord Ganapathi, the destroyer of obstacles. Here is the Ganesha Pancharathnam Stotra Lyrics with English Translation and English Meaning. The English Translation of Ganesha Pancharantnam stotra by Sri P.R.Ramachander. (Courtesy: http://www.hindudevotionalblog.com/2008/07/ganesha-pancharatnam-stotram-lyrics.html)

Ganesha Pancharatnam Stotram Lyrics – Ganesha Pancha Rathnam Mantra

Mudakaraatha Modakam Sada Vimukti Saadhakam
Kalaadharaavatamsakam Vilasiloka Rakshakam
Anaaya Kaika Naayakam Vinasitebha Daityakam
Nataasubhasu Naashakam Namaami Tham Vinaayakam.

I salute that remover of obstacles,
Who has modakas in his hand
Who always bestows salvation
Who wears a part of moon on his head
Who protects this world which is varied,
Who is the leader of those who cannot be lead,
Who is the cause of destruction of asuras,
And who destroys all things which are not good.

Natetaraati Bheekaram Navoditaarka Bhaasvaram
Namat Suraari Nirjanam Nataadhi Kaapa Duddharam
Suresvaram Nidheesvaram Gajesvaram Ganeshvaram
Mahesvaram Samaasraye Paraatparam Nirantaram.

I bow before   that great Lord permanently,
Who creates fear in the enemies of his devotees,
Who sparkles like the just risen Sun,
Who is saluted by Gods and Asuras
Who destroys obstacles of his devotees,
Who is the God of all devas,
Who is the God of all wealth,
Who is the God of all elephants,
And who is the leader of the army of Lord Shiva.

Samasta Loka Samkaram Nirasta Daitya Kunjaram
Daredarodaram Varam Vare Bhavaktra Maksharam
Krupaakaram Kshamaakaram Mudaakaram Yasaskaram
Manaskaram Namaskrutaam Namaskaromi Bhaasvaram.

I bow to that Ganapati who shines like the Sun,
Who bestows peace to all the worlds,
Who removed the Gajamukhasura from this world,
Who has a very big paunch,
Who has an elephant-face which blesses,
And who is the one who shows kindness
Who is tolerant
Who is full of blessing,
And who showers great fame,
To those who salute Him.

Akimchanaarti Marjanam Chirantanokti Bhaajanam
Puraari Poorva Nandanam Suraari Garva Charvanam
Prapancha Naasha Bheeshanam Dhananjayaadi Bhushanam
Kapola Daana Vaaranam Bhajaey Puraana Vaaranam.

I salute the very ancient elephant-god
Who destroys the wants of the have nots,
Who has been worshipped since ancient times,
Who is the eldest son of the lord who destroyed cities,
Who eats away the pride of the enemies of the gods,
Who is awesome at the time of final deluge,
Who wears serpents like Dananjaya as ornaments,
And who is fierce like the elephant in rut.

Nitaantikaanta Dantakaanti Mantakaanta Kaatmajam
Achintya Rupa Mantaheena Mantaraaya Krintanam
Hrudantarey Nirantaram Vasantameva Yoginam
Tameka Danta Meva Tam Vichintayaami Santatam.

I always meditate only on that God with single tusk,,
Who is ever lustrous tusk is very pretty,
Who is the son of Lord who killed the god of death,
Who has a form beyond ones imagination,
Who is endless,
Who tears asunder all obstacles,
And who dwells forever in the heart of Yogis ,
Like the season of spring.

Phalasruthi

Maha Ganesa Pancha Rathna Maadharena Yo Anvaham,
Prajalpathi Prabhathake Hrudhi Smaran Ganeswaram,
Arogadhamadhosadham Susahitheem Suputhratham,
Samahithayurshta Bhoothi Mapyupaithi Sochiraath.

The resultant benefit of Chanting Ganesha Pancharatnam

He, who remembers with respect every morning,
These five gems of the great Lord Ganapati,
And who meditates in his heart the leader of ganas,
Will soon be blessed with a healthy life,
Free of all problems, endowed with great peace
Great sons, longevity and spiritual and physical wealth.

Here is the version of MS:

Best Regards,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in My Favorite Poems, Some stuff for Inspiration

Invictus : An Inspirational Poem By William Ernest Henley

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the
bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the
menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters
not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu