How to control thoughts

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These days, I follow a page by Brahma Kumari’s on Facebook. Everyday they share good thoughts and suggestions to practice.

Today’s exercise is on controlling thoughts and I feel it is extremely useful to everyone, so sharing the post here.

Practical Exercise On Intellect Reawakening And Empowerment:

It has been estimated that for around 80% of our daily routine we are ruled by habits. This means that most of the time we go straight from thought (created by the mind) to action, without checking the quality of our thoughts. In this way, we bypass the intellect, and do not use our capacity to judge right from wrong and to make conscious decisions. What we need to do now is reawaken, use and empower the intellect, which is true spiritual empowerment.

Practical Exercise:

Withdraw your attention from everything around you. Create a simple thought in your mind. Concentrate on the thought. Then use your intellect to judge to what extent the thought is right or wrong and what the quality of that thought is (is it a negative thought, a waste or unnecessary thought, a necessary thought, a positive one etc.?). If you decide it is not a good thought, leave it and create a better thought. In this way, you consciously exercise control of your mind and intellect thereby strengthening your mental and intellectual capacities. This will also help you regain your feelings of rule over the self.

If thoughts or images come from your memories or from sources outside your own mind while you are busy in this inner exercise, don’t give them any mental energy. Let them go and bring your attention back to your own conscious creation (mentioned above).
Once, you have mastered this in this exercise; try the same process while you busy in your daily routine.

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Stay blessed and loads of love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Remembering Saint Thyagaraja On 169th Thyagaraja Aradhana

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It is no exaggeration saying that almost all traditional South Indian Brahmin families start their day with Carnatic music that too with Tyagaraya compositions.
I am no exception. From my childhood, I am grown in that environment where music is carnatic music and it is part of our life.
Though like other cousins or relatives of mine, I did’nt have training in classical music, I did have a journey with carnatic music.
Its a way to workship, its a way to live life. Particularly Tyagaraya compositions give a solace, give a hope, give happiness and sometimes meanings to the situations of life. I am indebeted to this hoky Saint Tyagaraya for his compositions..am sure several other crores of people from several generations are too.
Some information about Saint Tyagaraya(From Wikipedia and other sites on internet):
Kakarla Tyagabrahmam (4 May 1767 – 6 January 1847) or Saint Tyagaraja, also known as Tyāgayya in Telugu was one of the greatest composers of Carnatic music or Indian classical music. He was a prolific composer and highly influential in the development of the classical music tradition. Tyagaraja composed thousands of devotional compositions, most in Telugu and in praise of Lord Rama, many of which remain popular today

Tyāgarāja began his musical training under Sonti Venkata Ramanayya, a music scholar, at an early age

Tyagaraja Aradhana is the annual aradhana of saint composer Tyagaraja. Carnatic musicians from all over the world descend and pay homage to the saint. The aradhana is observed on Pushya Bahula Panchami day when the saint attained samadhi. The venue of the festival is near the samadhi of Tyagaraja on the banks of River Cauvery. On Pushya Bahula Panchami day, musicians will sit on either side of the samadhi and render the saint’s Pancharatna kritis in chorus as a mark of homage.Many exponents of Carnatic music come to perform and are watched by thousands of ardent fans of Indian classical music.Every year on Pushya Bahula Panchami day when the saint attained samadhi under the auspices of Sri Thyagabrahma Mahotsava Sabha at the saint’s samadhi at Thiruvaiyaru, Tamil Nadu, India

In this blog post of mine on the ocassion of 169th Tyagaraya Aradhana, I am sharing some of my all time favorite kritis of Tyagaraja.

  1. Endaro Mahanubhavulu : Endaro Mahanubhavulu 
  2. Jagadananda karaka :  Jagadananda Karaka 
  3. Bantureeti: Bantureeti 
  4. Nagumomu galavani: Nagumomu 
  5. Seetaa KalyaaNa vaibhOgamE: seetaa kalyaaNa vaibhOgamE 
  6. Marugelara O Raghava:Marugelara O Raghava 
  7. Nidhi chala sukhama: nidhi chala sukhama 
  8. Karuna Jaladhe Dasarathe: Karuna Jaladhe Dasarathe 
  9. Manasa Sancharare: Manasa Sancharare 
  10. Dayarani Dayarani: Dayarani Dayarani 

And here is a beautiful blog about carnatic music, do check it : http://thyagaraja-vaibhavam.blogspot.in/2009/03/tyagaraja-kritis-alphabetical-list.html

Stay Blessed and have an awesome time listening to these songs :)

Warm Regards,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

 

 

Happy New Year 2016

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“Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more”
Thanks to all of you for being part of this year of mine, thanks for helping me in dealing this year 2015 in a good way..Wishing you a happy new year 2016.

Somehow i feel short of words today in conveying my thankfulness to all of you

Loads of Love to all of you,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Life Is Beautiful – “The Intern” Movie Experience

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Previous Saturday being the “Only Me, Not going to talk to anyone else day” of mine, I was pampering myself with good workout, nutritious yummy diet, nice music and it extended to Nice movie along with shopping….

After a good shopping at mall, I was eagerly waiting at the lounge of the movie theatre eating my popcorn…and I was lil ahead of the movie time…so there was sooo much time for movie…
99 percent of the crowd was young…and my attention automatically directed to a an elderly couple….elderly in the sense ..the Gentleman is definitely 75 plus and The Lady 70 plus….

They were dressed in traditional Indian attire….The Gentleman even has a handowen wire basket with newspaper,water bottle,biscuits in it….The lady has a walking stick….they were cute…I was wondering which movie this elderly couple are waiting to watch…

Aftersometime, I reached near the entry of screen of “The Intern “movie….curiously waiting for the doors to open….afterall reviews of the movie were amazing….suddenly I find this lovely old couple near the entry of “The Intern”…I was sweetly surprised and felt happy seeing them closely…they both are interacting in amazing English…they were just bothered about each others safety…

The gentleman definitely seemed like the Grandpa in the “Up” movie…he smiled at me and don’t why but I felt sooo privileged and happy when he smiled at me. He said to me “Mam….Will you help my wife in reaching to our seat in theater…She needs help”…Then…the elderly lady smiled at me and said “I am fine…but please help my husband…he needs lil help”…and finally when the Gentleman insisted that his wife needs my help more….I took the elderly lady and but was ensuring that the Gentleman is also coming safely behind us….got them to their seats….they were sooo happy that I helped them..

I went to my seat with a sense of happiness and Feeling of privileged……I like such unpredictable people…

And the movie started….right from scene 1 this movie is a magic….this movie is about beautiful Master- Disciple ; Dad and Daughter ; Boss and Reportee chemistry of 70 plus years Senior Intern
Ben (Robert De Niro) and 30 plus Boss Jules (Anne Hathaway)…
Movie is all about how
Ben proves invaluable and wins over Jules with his hard-earned wisdom and compassion, providing Jules with much-needed guidance, as well as a trusty friend, as she navigates life’s ups and downs…yeah…I could relate to this movie very well though am not a Company Owner…each bit of this movie reminded me of my elderly Wise Best Friend Mentor Martin  :)
And it’s a privilege in life having such wise mentors…
After a feel good factor of watching movie….I went back to the seats of the elderly couple…and I was sure they needed help ..I went to them…this time the elderly Gentleman was also comfortable in asking my help…they were soo happy…in the entire walk to the lounge…they were thanking me and sharing details about them..they told how much they liked the movie and how they managed to come to movie after a long time after the Lady’s knee operation..they felt soo happy knowing about me too and The Gentleman said they would be happy to drop me at home…I said I will go by myself….I said good bye to them and left the theater with lots of joy….I felt happy…everything about movie and everything about this elderly couple inspired me….

Life is beautiful…Life gives us opportunities when we too make our effort to live it….and above all we shouldn’t get stuck in normal and routine patterns…by thinking…”Aww…I am old…I am this…I am that…I should be doing only these…I shouldn’t be doing these… just because others said so”….
There is immense joy and beauty in life when we live it to fullest.

Don’t miss watching this beautiful movie
Loads of Love,
Prasanna Rayaprolu

You are Unique : )

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Other day, after a hectic weekend, I started my journey to my workplace .

I was waiting in the airport in the early morning at 4:00 am and I randomly got to read a wonderful post of Facebook. The message in it really beautiful and am sharing it here for all of you :

A man went to Guru Nanak Sahib and asked, “What’s the value of life?”
Gurunanak ji gave him one stone and said, “Find out the value of this
stone, but don’t sell it.”
The man took the stone to an Orange Seller and asked him what its
cost would be.
The Orange Seller saw the shiny stone and said, “You ca take 12
oranges and give me the stone.”
The man apologized and said that the guru has asked him not to sell it.
He went ahead and found a vegetable seller. “What could be the value
of this stone?” he asked the vegetable seller.
The seller saw the shiny stone and said, “Take one sack of potatoes
and give me the stone.”
The man again apologized and said he can’t sell it.
Further ahead, he went into a jewelery shop and asked the value of the
stone.
The jeweler saw the stone under a lens and said, “I’ll give you 50 Lakhs
for this stone.” When the man shook his head, the jeweler said, “Alright,
alright, take 2 crores, but give me the stone.”
The man explained that he can’t sell the stone.
Further ahead, the man saw a precious stone’s shop and asked the
seller the value of this stone.
When the precious stone’s seller saw the big ruby, he lay down a red
cloth and put the ruby on it. Then he walked in circles around the ruby
and bent down and touched his head in front of the ruby. “From where
did you bring this priceless ruby from?” he asked. “Even if I sell the
whole world, and my life, I won’t be able to purchase this priceless
stone.
Stunned and confused, the man returned to the guru and told him what
had happened. “Now tell me what is the value of life, guru ji?”
Gurunanak said, “The answers you got from the Orange Seller, the
Vegetable Seller, the Jeweler & the Precious Stone’s Seller explain the
value of our life… You may be a precious stone, even priceless, but
people will value you based on their financial status, their level of
information, their belief in you, their motive behind entertaining you,
their ambition, and their risk taking ability. But don’t fear, you will surely
find someone who will discern your true value.”
Respect yourself.
You are Unique.
No one can Replace you!

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Persistence And Presence Matters Baby :)

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Hey All,

Got to read interesting article today and this part of that article is very interesting and so sharing it here :)

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena…

…whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming…

…but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause…

…who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Maa Perati Gorintaku / Lawsonia Inermis or Mehendi or Henna Plant in Our Backyard

Me flaunting my Gorintaku :)

Me flaunting my Gorintaku :)

 

 

Maa Perati Gorintaku (Henna Plant in our Backyard)…..
We have a lovely Gorintaku plant in our backyard and this being the Aashada Maasam, we were all very curious to pluck the leaves of this shrub and apply Gorintaku. This Sunday, we had nice time plucking the leaves, then grinding the paste and then applying it with lots of enthusiasm. Mom, Aunt, Bhabhi and me had good time with this entire activity and my nephews got their Sun and Moon tatoos done with this Gorintaku Paste. There is special magic and happiness when we have Gorintaku shrub in our own home backyard…

By the way..wondering whats this Gorintaku and what is its significance with respect to Telugu speaking People..then read the below lines written for you by me ;)

Gorintaku (in Telugu) is scientifically known as Lawsonia Inermis, the henna plant is a flowering shrub whose leaves and flowers have immense value according to Ayurveda. The paste of these leaves is used as temporary tatto/design. It is a long time tradition that during the months of Aashadam(July/August) all the women in Andhra Pradesh apply this leaves design. It is a lovely tradition which has immense scientific reason behind it, this season of Aashadam is a Monsoon season and people are prone to several illness due to climate changes, Gorintaku behind a medicinal shrub, the leaves help in maintaining the health of the women. However, the significance of this shrub is not just restricted to one season, it used as a hair dye and for nice designs anytime of the year .

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You too apply Gorintaku and have nice time :)

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu