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“Karmayogi ” book on Shri E. Sreedharan : Gita for all the Project Managers

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Finally, today I completed reading this beautiful book “KarmaYogi” A biography of E.Sreedharan. Without any doubt I can say this book is a “Gita for all the Project Managers”.

I am a fan of Shri E.Sreedharan from my college days. The assertiveness, the honesty, mighty power of this Project Management stalwart always fascinated me. I am a big fan of people who take risks and assertively do what they believe without fearing anything.
However, I always wondered from where do these mighty people like E Sreedharan derive their strength from. How are they fearless. Is it just because on the grip of their subject. Is it because of their people management skills. It has everything to do with their value system which is Strong like a fort which is built because of spiritual strength. Such fearless, assertive people who are best in whatever they do are sincere servants of God. Immaterial of the religion they practice, the strength they derive because of the connection to God makes them strong, charismatic and humble.This brings immense grace, they have an aura which is unmatchable to any others.

Do buy this book and read it leisurely chapter wise, while reading each chapter research for videos, news ,documentaries related to each major project. You get to learn so many project management lessons, lessons of values, strength and resilience.

Do gift this book to all the people you care and want them to be best version of themselves.

Loads of Love,
Prasanna Rayaprolu

 

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Strength of a Woman

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Some of the Indian advertisements, movies on women empowerment, feminism and equal society are misleading.

We see a girl in Saree or Salwar Kameez with Bindi, long hair ( basically it’s to depict illiterate state of that girl) joining a spoken English course, learning English and we see empowered version of her in “Jeans and Tee Shirts with short hair”( to depict the empowered state of her). Basically the morons want to convey that sticking to your roots, being traditional you can’t learn English or get empowerment.

We see a dark/ dusky skinned dull girl failing in everything and she applies “Fair and lovely”, she becomes clever, active and successful.Heights of assoholism of Indian advertising.

Dressing or skin color or being masculine doesn’t mean empowerment. They don’t define or contribute to the strength of Woman.I ain’t against in western dressing or whatever dressing..in fact I am fond of my Veramoda or whatever dresses equally to the extent I love my Kanchivaram silk sarees or Cotton Sarees. However, I feel funny when people start judging your “strength” by your dressing, your levels of “Aggressiveness” and other parameters. Being “Womanish” is not weakness, it is the absolute “Strength”. To fit into the World, woman need not make herself like a “Man”.

If we want to see real Women of Strength of India, We need to refer to the Women in Indian History. “Strength of Woman” ain’t in unnecessarily proving they are better than men. Strength of Woman is in celebrating the power of feminity and not letting anyone daring to treat you in disrespectful manner.

Radha Rani is one such woman.In my honest opinion, She is epitome of feminity and how powerful she is being feminine is something interesting.
It’s not that we can manage to live like her in 21st century, however there is so much to ponder, think about and realign our thoughts on “Feminism” 🙂

Among Radha’s innumerable transcendental attributes, below are few:

Radharani is very sweet and most charming to look at;
Radhika’s eyes are doe-like and restless;
Sri Radha’s face is smiling and every blissful’
Auspicious, beautiful lines adorn Sri Radha’s lotus hands and feet;
Srimati Radharani is the most exceptional singer and vina player;
Radha’s words are charming and pleasing;
Radha is expert at telling jokes ;
Srimati Radhika is exceptionally humble;
Radha is the embodiment of mercy and compassion;
Sri Radha’s intelligence and wit surpasses all;
Shyness is the shining gem in Radha’s character’
Srimati Radharani is the beacon light of modesty and never swerves from the path of honesty;
Radha is never perturbed by worldly sorrow or misery;
Sri radha has unbounded gravity and sublimity;
Radha possesses Mahabhava, the highest sentiments of love;
Radha’s transcendental glories are shining in all the worlds;
Sri Radha is most affectionate to her superiors;

Loads of Love,
Prasanna Rayaprolu

 

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Woman With a Nose Ring…

 

Prasanna

Woman With a Nose Ring…

Is She Young. Is She Old. She is both.
Is She serious. Is She jovial. She is both.
Is She Childish. Is She matured. She is both.
Is She a scared rabbit. Is She Lioness. She is both.
Is She a Princess. Is She a Queen. She is both.
Is She Silent person. Is She woman with lots of words. She is both.
She is Strong woman who doesn’t stop giggling when cheerful.
She is a Strong woman who doesn’t fear “Crying” when she is hurt.
And, do you want to know the name of this woman in Nose Ring 😉
~Prasanna Rayaprolu

 

PS: Got my first nose ring done on March 12, 2017

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Is Women’s Day Still Relevant ?

Women being Women is beautiful. Women competing with Men, Women trying to become like men is just trying to prove that Men are superior. Men are men. Women are Women. Both are necessary and equally important in nature. Agree that Women have come a long way to this point.

However, gone are the days when men can dominate women out of their male chauvinism; gone are the days women can play the card of “weak, tender, damsel in distress” in the world of tough competition. Glad to be in such generation and such societies where competent people survive immaterial of their gender. If you don’t study, if you are not financially independent, if you don’t own your life…you suffer whether you are woman or man. Struggle is same for every human in current society.

So celebration of womanhood, manhood is great today, tommorrow and everyday. However, acting as if all women are suffering because of men everywhere, anywhere at home or home or in street is stupid feminism.

Blessed are we who live in these days where women do all physically tough things too which were earlier restricted only to men…we are blessed to be in such evolving societies where men share the responsibilities of cooking, house work, parenting along with their partners.

True celebration of humanity is when we don’t have specific Women’s Day or Men’s Day. True celebration is when everyday is day of equality and celebration of every human.

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I ain’t a fan of Women’s day or Men’s Day…am blessed to have several mentors who are men and women..I am constantly guided by them on how to be God conscious, strong and human all the times
At the same time am going to punch anyone badly immaterial of man or woman who treats me badly for no mistake of mine.

Listen to this beautiful song O Womaniya 🙂

 

Loads of Love,
Prasanna Rayaprolu

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Interesting Definition of Love: From Kali to Krishna

Got to read a beautiful article by Devdutt on his site, could not stop sharing it here. Here is the link to the orginal article : http://devdutt.com/articles/from-kali-to-krishna-a-love-song.html

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In one of the many Tantrik mystic traditions of Bengal, the goddess Kali, often addressed as Tara, is identified with Krishna, locally known as Keshto. Both share the same dark-complexion, Shyam-ranga, and their partners, Shiva in case of Kali, and Radha in case of Krishna, are fair as camphor, Karpura-gaur. The stories that connect these two very distinct traditions – the blood sacrifice demanding Tantrik tradition of Kali and the vegetarian Brahmanical Vaishnava tradition of Krishna – come through in phrases and couplets that make up some of the songs of Baul minstrels and even kitchen tales. The emotion that overrides all others in these stories is one of love, pure love, that transcends the demands and limitations imposed by customs and law.

They say that Shiva never spoke a single word until Shakti came into his life as Parvati. She became not only his wife, but also his student, asking questions, discussing and deliberating with him, till he revealed to the world the mysteries of life. So one day, she asked him, “What is love?” All he did then was look at her and smile. “Tell me, please, what is love?” she asked, turning away to hide her blush. This is what he said.

“When you come to me as Annapoorna, the goddess of food, and feed me and ask for nothing in return, I feel love. For you have taken care of my hunger unconditionally. When you come to me as Kamakhya, the goddess of pleasure, and hold me intimately as no one does do, I feel love. For  you have made me the object of your desire. This is bhog. This is one kind of love. But there is another kind of love.

“When you come to me as Gauri, demure and delicate, and allow me to dominate you, demand things of you, take you for granted, knowing fully well that you cannot be dominated by anyone, I feel love. You made me play dice, laugh at the simple pleasure of games. You made me make you dolls and enjoy entertaining you. When you come to me as Durga, bearing weapons in your hand, and protect me, I feel secure and safe, and cared for, I also feel love. This is shakti. This is power. By granting me power over you, by defending me, protecting me, empowering me, you make me feel loved. This is the second kind of love. But there is yet another kind of love.

“When you dance atop me as Kali, naked with hair unbound, unafraid to be yourself, unafraid to be powerful and vulnerable and unafraid of being judged and mocked, I feel love. You make me open my eyes. I realize that Lalita, the beautiful one, is also Bhairavi, the fearsome one. I realize Mangala, the auspicious one, is also Chandika, the violent one. I see you totally, without judgment, and I realize I am capable of seeing the truth. That you allow me to see you fully, without judgment, tells me that I have become trustworthy. Thus you become the mirror, the Parvati darpan, that reflects who I am. You help me discover myself. You become my Saraswati. You reveal the true meaning of ‘darshan’. In joy, I dance. I become Nataraj.

“Thus there are three kinds of love: love for the body that grants satisfaction, love for the heart that grants security and love for the head that grants wisdom. Animals can give the first and the second, only humans can give the third because they have the third eye hidden inside the head. The first two loves spring from Kama, god of desire, and they sustain life on earth. But the third kind of love springs from Kamantaka, from the destruction of desire, unmotivated by fear of death.”

Shakti smiled and she offered Shiva a boon for this wonderful anwer. And he said, “As Shyama, the dark Goddess, who is Kali and Shakti, you have taught me love. You have danced atop me, forced me to open my eyes, turn from shava (corpse) to Shiva. Grant me the chance to do the same to you.” So the Goddess asked Shiva to descend on earth as the fair Radha whose love and pining would make her descend as the dark-one Krishna.

And it is Radha who taught Krishna the meaning of love as Shakti had once taught Shiva. He was until he met her but a butter-loving cowherd who fought demons and teased milkmaids but the presence of Radha changed it all. Just as Kali transformed Shiva into Nataraj, Radha made Krishna take up the flute and make music. Just as Kali had made Shiva give up his autonomy and understand the value of the not-so-autonomous other, the pining beloved, Radha helped Krishna understand the limitations of society, the struggle between faith in divinity and fidelity for the husband. Radha was demanding, as Kali once had been. Radha sat on Krishna as Kali stood on Shiva. The two thus mingled in merged in roles and thoughts and feelings. But there was one crucial difference.

Kali had made the wandering hermit, Shiva, into a rooted hermit, Shankara. Radha did the very opposite. She remained a flower stuck to the branch of a tree while Krishna became the bee that moves on after enriching himself with the nectar. And so fulfilled by Radha’s love, Krishna left Madhuban for Mathura. Kali had revealed love through shringara, romance, as only Krishna can. Radha revealed love through vairagya, renunciation, as only Shiva can.

Warm Regards,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

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Queen Diaries : Transformation From Princess to Queen

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#QueenDiaries #Freedom

Long Long ago, in a tiny empire lived a Emperor with his Queen and his three children. Two Prince and one Princess.

The Princess being youngest in the family was pampered a lot but was never differentiated from her brothers in terms of learning. She got to learn all the skills which her brothers were taught. Emperor never wanted his daughter to remain as a tender rabbit. He wanted his daughter to be a Lioness. So he ensured, she got trained so and he prepared her to be a Lioness by involving her in several decision making activities of the Empire.

One fine day, Emperor called Princess and asked her “My dear Princess! Now that you have grown into a beautiful and strong Young Woman, I want to check with you about your plans for your future. Do you want to get married to a well settled king.” Princess replied “Papa! I want to explore the World, I want to be on my own, I want to become something..a best version of myself…I want to help people…I want to make you proud. Then I would want to marry, till then I want to explore the World by myself using all the skills you taught me and the values imbibed in me, in a true sense I want to transform from a Princess to Queen by myself”.

Emperor was lil bit worried listening to the plans of Princess. However, he knew his Princess is a Lioness material and he agreed to her plans.

However, the Queen Mother objected to the idea of Princess. She said to Princess “Did you ever hear any other empire Princess doing this. Don’t you know it’s a tradition that Princess get married to other empires Kings and become Queen, this is the easiest and traditional way to become Queen”.

Brothers of the Princess were worried and with concern they warned their lil sister by saying “My dear Sister! World is not easy place outside our Empire. There are cunning people who want you to fail, they put you in trouble, you may fail, you will get hurt…you aren’t used to tough life…you are our precious baby Sister. Don’t go outside the empire…do whatever you want to do in our Empire..we will bring those things to you”.

Princess was moved by the concern of her Mother and siblings, however with the support of her father, she convinced everyone in the family about her enthusiasm and zeal to achieve everything which transforms her from Princess to Queen.

The day arrived, the day on which she had to leave the palace and live like a common person that too in another Empire. Emperor was concerned but didn’t show the concern in his expressions as he didn’t want his Princess to make feel weak. Queen cried worrying about the upcoming hardships of her daughter. Brothers insisted they drop their sister at least till the border of the Empire. While dropping her at the border, They even suggested her, it isn’t too late to comeback to the palace. However, the Princess insisted that she is determined about her journey and promised her brothers that she will send message to them and seek their help when she is in danger and has no more energy to continue her journey.

Life outside Palace that too as a common person was different for the Princess. It was exciting, it was tough. Things which she got done in her palace within a flip of a hat took so much effort and hard work for the Princess in outside world. But she enjoyed that hard work too. She made new friends. Some friends cheated her. Some illtreated her, not knowing she is a warrior princess. However, she controlled her anger, her cry. She remembered all the words spoken by her Dad, Mom and Brothers.

She felt good when she explored new places, New cultures, New people, New food. They weren’t bad. But deep in her heart, she missed her family her palace, the royal treatment. However, she learnt enjoying the new places, New people’s presence and her new way of working and earning stuff. She being a warrior princess and having leadership traits, she could lead small groups in New places too. People started seeking her expertise. The local heads got envious of her, they attacked her. She retaliated. She failed. Meanwhile, a elderly head of the colony saw the warrior qualities in the Princess and mentored her about the inner strength. He advised her on how not to react to every external disturbance and how to be strong and never give up. She retrained herself with the elderly person teachings. She learnt how to deal the new fights.

Meanwhile, the Emperor got to know about the hardships of the Princess through his spies. He sent a message to Princess, if she needs help and is she considering to come back to Empire. Princess sent message that she is fine and she has good help from New mentors and new friends.

Slowly, Princess continued her journey to new places. Sometimes it was unbearable for her to lead life like a commoner. However, when it was necessary, she cried but again consoled herself and continued her journey.

Meanwhile in the Empire, everyone blamed the Emperor for sending his lil princess into tough world alone. He too regretted some moments, however he had complete trust in his Princess, he knows she will be the best Queen anyone can ever think of after this journey of her Princess.

Some years passed, the Princess slowly transformed to a mighty Queen. In this journey, somany new Emperors got to know about her. She built ties with several Empires. She came back home victorious. Emperor, Queen and The Sibling Prince were glad to see her back with lots of learning, achievement. In this journey, she became the brand ambassador of her Empire and she represented her Empire very well and in return she built good relations with other Empires.

This is a Story of a Lil Princess who transformed into a Mighty Queen by herself with the support of Family, Mentors and Friends.

Dedicated to all the girls who want to make their mark in this World. Let your daughter explore her best version by giving her enough freedom she deserves.

Happy Republic Day

Loads of Love,
Prasanna Rayaprolu

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Self Worth 

​”Self-worth”

For anyone that experiences a major traumatic event the question of self-worth becomes very important.  Regardless of the event, it is easy to conclude that it was experienced either because of a lack of worth to others or, more painfully, a lack of worth to God.  When others hurt us this pain can be internalized and tied to the insecurity of value.  We begin to think that if only we were more valuable we would not have been treated this way.  This easily develops into the belief that we must not even have value to God or he would not have allowed these things to come into our lives.  We believe the voice inside of us that says, “no one cares.”

A misunderstanding of our own worth can lead us to do one of two things.  Either we accept that we have no value and live or die as one who is worthless, or we fill our minds with empty “happy talk” that may prop up our esteem for a while but will ultimately let us down.  Our value is not based either on what others think about us or what we think about ourselves.

We have value because we were created in the image of God to have a relationship with Him!  We are intrinsically valuable regardless of how we feel, how we are treated or what we experience.  This is a difficult thing to understand.  We so closely tie the events of life to our worth that we have a hard time separating the two.  What happened to you or how you were treated should not define you and has no bearing on how much God loves you!  You are so valuable, in fact, that Christ paid for your sins so that He could have a relationship with you!

The “why” of life’s events may never be explained, but don’t ever believe that those events somehow define your worth.

You are loved.  You are valuable. You have a bright future because the one who created you has a plan for your life that you alone can fulfill.  

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