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NATURE IS OUR TEACHER….as  explained in Srimadh Bhaghavatam Canto 11, Chapter 8..

NATURE IS OUR TEACHER….as  explained in Srimadh Bhaghavatam Canto 11, Chapter 8..

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Guru Dattatreya is considered as the greatest teacher ever. Once when a King asked him who his teacher was, he replied he had 24 teachers. When asked to elaborate, he told 24 anecdotes about how and what he learnt from each of his teachers. Here is a brief about his teachers, who are aspects of NATURE.

1. Be tolerant – like the Earth.
2. Be clear and cool – like water.
3. Keep nothing for the morrow – finish everything now – like fire.
4. Always be on the move – progress towards your goal – like air.
5. Be detached – like the sky.
6. Remain in one condition through cycles of happiness and misery – like the Moon.
7. Give out to others – like the Sun radiates.
8. Do not be attached – like the pigeons.
9. Do not be too much bothered about food – like the python.
10. Avoid changes in temperament – do not transgress your limits – like the sea.
11. Do not be enticed by attraction of beauty – like the fire-fly.
12. Gather a little from each place – like the butterfly.
13. Do not go for collection and storage without utilization – like the bees.
14. Do not ignore the pitfalls of sexual attraction – like the elephant.
15. Do not be swept off by any attraction – like the stag for his horns.
16. Do not be entrapped by tasty food – like the fish.
17. Benefit from dejection – like the prostitute who changed her life.
18. Shun worldly goods – like the kuru bird.
19. Be satisfied with what you get while hungry – like a child.
20. Be alone – like a maiden’s single bangle.
21. Do not be attached permanently to a house of your own – like the snake.
22. Cultivate the powers of concentration – like the artisan, who did not notice an Army passing by.
23. Do not be over ambitious – like the spider.
24. Share with others – like the Bhringi bird.

1. पृथ्वी- सहनशीलता व परोपकार की भावना।

2. कबूतर – कबूतर का जोड़ा जाल में फंसे अपने बच्चों को देखकर मोहवश खुद भी जाल में जा फंसता है। शिक्षा लिया कि किसी से भी ज्यादा स्नेह दुःख की वजह होता है।

3. समुद्र- जीवन के उतार-चढ़ाव में सदा प्रसन्न एवं गम्भीर रहें।

4. पतंगा- जिस तरह पतंगा आग की तरफ आकर्षित हो जल जाता है। उसी तरह रूप-रंग के आकर्षण व मोह में न उलझें।

5. हाथी – आसक्ति से बचना।

6. छत्ते से शहद निकालने वाला – कुछ भी एकत्र करके या स्नचित करके न रखें,ऐसा करना हानि का कारण बन सकता है।

7. हिरण – उछल-कूद,संगीत,मौज-मस्ती में न खोएं।

8. मछली – स्वाद के वशीभूत न रहें यानी इंद्रिय संयम।

9. पिंगला वेश्या – पिंगला नाम की वैश्या से सबक लिया कि केवल पैसों की आस में न जीएं। क्योंकि पैसा पाने के लिए वह पुरुष की राह में दुखी हुई व उसे त्यागने पर ही चैन से नींद ली।

10. कुरर पक्षी – वस्तुओं को पास में रखने की सोच छोड़ना। यानी अकिंचन होना।

11. बालक – चिंतामुक्त व प्रसन्न रहना।

12. कुमारी कन्या – अकेला रह काम करना या आगे बढ़ना। धान कूटते हुए कन्या की चूड़ियां आवाज कर रही थी। बाहर मेहमान बैठे होने से उसने चूड़ियां तोड़ दोनों हाथों में बस एक-एक चूड़ी रखी और बिना शोर के धान कूट लिया।

13. शरकृत या तीर बनाने वाला – अभ्यास और वैराग्य से मन को वश में करना।

14. सांप – एकाकी जीवन, एक ही जगह न बसें।

15. मकड़ी – भगवान भी माया जाल रचते हैं और उसे मिटा देते हैं।

16. भृंगी कीड़ा – अच्छी हो या बुरी,जहां जैसी सोच में मन लगाएंगे मन वैसा ही हो जाता है।

17. सूर्य – जिस तरह एक ही होने पर भी अलग-अलग माध्यमों में सूरज अलग-अलग दिखाई देता है। आत्मा भी एक है पर कई रूपों में दिखाई देती है।

18. वायु – अच्छी बुरी जगह पर जाने के बाद वायु का मूल रूप स्वच्छता ही है। उसी तरह अच्छे-बुरों के साथ करने पर भी अपनी अच्छाइयों को कायम रखें।

19. आकाश – हर देश काल स्थिति में लगाव से दूर रहे।

20. जल – पवित्र रहना।

21. अग्नि – हर टेढ़ी-मेढ़े हालातों में ढल जाएं। जैसे अलग-अलग तरह की लकड़ियों के बीच आग एक जैसी लगती नजर आती है।

22. चन्द्रमा – आत्मा लाभ-हानि से परे है। वैसे ही जैसे कला के घटने
-बढ़ने से चंद्रमा की चमक व शीतलता वही रहती है।

23. भौंरा या मधुमक्खी – भौरें से सीखा कि जहां भी सार्थक बात सीखने को मिले उसे न छोड़ें।

24. अजगर – संतोष,जो मिल जाए उसे स्वीकार कर लेना।

भगवान दत्तात्रेय ब्रह्मा,विष्णु एवं महेश का संयुक्त विग्रह हैं। इनकी आराधना त्रिदेव की आराधना मानी जाती है। भगवान दत्तात्रेय ही “परम गुरु” हैं।

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Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in Inspirational Stuff, Management

4 ways to build a human company in the age of machines

HiAll,

Got to watch a beautiful TED talk on “4 ways to build a human company in the age of machines”. So am sharing it here. Do watch it.

To maintain our humanity in the this second Machine Age, we may have no other choice than to create beauty. Beauty is an elusive concept. For the writer Stendhal it was the promise of happiness. For me it’s a goal by Lionel Messi.So bear with me as I am proposing four admittedly very subjective principles that you can use to build a beautiful organization.
First: do the unnecessary.

The second principle: create intimacy.

Third: The risk to be ugly.Be UglyTo be authentic is to be ugly.

Fourth: Remain Incomplete

So to do the unnecessary, to create intimacy, to be ugly, to remain incomplete — these are not only the qualities of beautiful organizations, these are inherently human characteristics. And these are also the qualities of what we call home. And as we disrupt, and are disrupted, the least we can do is to ensure that we still feel at home in our organizations, and that we use our organizations to create that feeling for others.

 

 

Warm Regards,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in Management, Personal Development

Article by David Kerpen : How to Turn Your Weaknesses Into Strengths

One of my esteemed colleague forwarded me this article and I found this article immensely useful, so thought of sharing the article here. I have shared the link to the complete article, please do follow the author on Linkedin to benefit from his suggestions 🙂

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We all have weaknesses, and we tend to try to work on eliminating them – on changing ourselves in order to become better. But change is difficult- very difficult. What if instead of trying to eliminate our weaknesses, we embraced them for what they were?

Let us do an activity now. Think about your biggest weaknesses at work and in life. What qualities are you most unhappy about? Of the following list of 16 typical weaknesses, look carefully and choose the three that resonate most with you:

1) Disorganized
2) Inflexible

3) Stubborn

4) Inconsistent

5) Obnoxious

6) Emotionless

7) Shy

8) Irresponsible

9) Boring

10) Unrealistic

11) Negative

12) Intimidating

13) Weak

14) Arrogant

15) Indecisive

16) Impatient
Got your three biggest weaknesses? Great. (Don’t be too depressed, the rest of this activity is more fun). Next, look at the below list, find the same three weaknesses, and look at the traits to the right of each of your three biggest weaknesses:
1) Disorganized —> Creative
2) Inflexible —> Organized

3) Stubborn —> Dedicated

4) Inconsistent —> Flexible

5) Obnoxious —> Enthusiastic

6) Emotionless —> Calm

7) Shy —> Reflective

8) Irresponsible —> Adventurous

9) Boring —> Responsible

10) Unrealistic —> Positive

11) Negative —> Realistic

12) Intimidating —> Assertive

13) Weak —> Humble

14) Arrogant —> Self-Confident

15) Indecisive —> Patient 

16) Impatient —> Passionate
The three qualities to the right of your three weaknesses are all strengths.
Hidden in your weaknesses are your strengths.
Every weakness has a corresponding strength.
The idea here is simple: Instead of trying to change your weaknesses, accept them. Don’t try to fix them – it’s too difficult. Instead, be sure to leverage your associated strengths. You can look to colleagues, direct reports, and even supervisors to fill in the gaps where you are weakest. Don’t be afraid to ask people for help- they can add value where you are weaker. But be sure to embrace your strengths, and build upon them. After all, your strengths (even those disguised as weaknesses) – will get you far in your career, and in life.
Cheers,
Prasanna Rayaprolu
Posted in Humour, Management

SIX LESSONS OF LIFE

SIX LESSONS OF LIFE

Lesson 1: Naked Wife
A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower when the doorbell rings. The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs. When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next door neighbor. Before she says a word, Bob says, “I’ll give you $800 to drop that towel.” After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob.

After a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 dollars and leaves. The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs. When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks,…

“Who was that?” “It was Bob the next door neighbor,” she replies. “Great!” the husband says, “Did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?”

Moral of the story:
If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk with your shareholders in time, you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure.

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Lesson 2:
A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie comes out. The Genie says, “I’ll give each of you just one wish” “Me first! Me first!” says the administration clerk. “I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world.” Poof! She’s gone. “Me next! Me next!” says the sales rep. “I want to be in Hawaii,relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas and the love of my life.” Poof! He’s gone. “OK, you’re up,” the Genie says to the manager. The manager says, “I want those two back in the office after lunch.”

Moral of the story: Always let your boss have the first say.

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Lesson 3:
A priest offered a lift to a Nun. She got in and crossed her legs, forcing her gown to reveal a leg. The priest nearly had an accident. After controlling the car, he stealthily slid his hand up her leg. The nun said,”Father, remember Psalm 129?” The priest removed his hand. But,changing gears, he let his hand slide up her leg again. The nun once again said, “Father, remember Psalm 129?” The priest apologized “Sorry sister but the flesh is weak.” Arriving at the convent, the nun went on her way. On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to look up Psalm 129. It said, “Go forth and seek, further up, you will find glory.”

Moral of the story: If you are not well informed in your job, you might miss a great opportunity.

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Lesson 4:
A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day. A rabbit asked him,”Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?” The crow answered: “Sure, why not.” So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow, and rested.

…A fox jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Moral of the story: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very high up.

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Lesson 5: Power of Charisma
A turkey was chatting with a bull “I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree,” sighed the turkey, but I haven’t got the energy.” “Well, why don’t you nibble on my droppings?” replied the bull. “They’re packed with nutrients.” The turkey pecked at a lump of dung and found that it gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fourth night, there he was proudly perched at the top of the tree. Soon he was spotted by a farmer, who shot the turkey out of the tree.

Moral of the story: Bullshit might get you to the top, but it wont keep you there.

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Lesson 6:
A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field. While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him. As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was. The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy. A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.

Moral of the story:
1. Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy
2. Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend
3. And when you’re in deep shit, it’s best to keep your mouth shut !

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(Post Courtesy: Facebook page)

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in Indian Mythology : Scientific view, Knowledge Management, Management

Knowledge Management in Ancient India – Part 1

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South Indian Temple

Is Knowledge Management new concept???
Nope. Knowledge Management is an inherent concept in our ancient culture.

Ancient India is a pioneer in Knowledge Management. In the coming posts on the same series I would like to present my findings on “Knowledge Management in Ancient India”.

However, in this post I would like to post here a link to a wonderful blog post on the same series.  This blogger has done good research on the subject and shared his views in the post. Afterall, good practice in Knowledge Management is sharing the existing knowledge. Check this blog post : http://ponniinselvan.blogspot.in/2011/03/knowledge-management-in-ancient-india.html?m=1

Do check this space for further posts on the same series.

Best Regards,
Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in Knowledge Management, Management

A Quick Visit To Some Of My Favorite Websites That Share Knowledge For Free

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A Famous Telugu Poet Shri Gurujada Apparao said ‘Sontha labham koncham manukoni porugu vadiki todu padavoyi’  which means (We should sacrifice some of self-mindedness and help our neighbours in need).

Often people find it so tough to share knowledge. They hesitate to share the best practices. They feel sharing their knowledge empowers the other person and makes the other person more important than them.  Not a devilish thought process though!!! However, I strongly believe that Knowledge is a magical thing that multiplies when we share it, we become more knowledgeable when we share what we know.  Believe me….I always earned something or the other whenever I shared knowledge. We may not receive money every time for the knowledge we share every time, however, the love, affection, blessings, happiness we see in the other person we see when we share knowledge is unfathomable. Driving the point home, I just want to say “Share Knowledge and Grow Rich”. Now my definition of “Rich”ness is not in terms of monetary value. A person is Rich when he has lots of ideas, lots of blessings, wishes from so many people. Whats the value of money if our richness is not useful or helpful for any other person except for ourself.

Today I will share in this blog post of mine, some of my favorite websites which help me in keeping my knowledge updated.

1)MIT Opencourseware: http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm ( This website is a like a Magic to me. Here I get to read stuff on any subject for free).

MIT OpenCourseWare is a free publication of MIT course materials that reflects almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT.

2)Khan Academy: http://www.khanacademy.org/ (Ah!!! Check the website and in the first glance itself you can understand how wonderful this website is and how many lovely people in this wonderful world are willing to help their fellow inquisitive human beings to learn something on any subject)

All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you  are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the
classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you
completely free of charge.

3)Stanford Engineering Everywhere (SEE):http://see.stanford.edu/ ( Anytime ever dreamt that you can study something from the folks of Stanford itself?? Imagine it!!! Done!!! SEE folks help you realise your dream of studying courses from Stanford for FREE FREE FREE!!!)
For the first time in its history, Stanford is offering some of its most popular engineering classes free of charge to students and educators around the world. Stanford Engineering Everywhere (SEE) expands the Stanford experience to students and educators online. A computer and an Internet connection are all you need. View lecture videos, access reading lists and other course handouts, take quizzes and tests, and communicate with other SEE students, all at your convenience.

4)TechRepublic: http://www.techrepublic.com/ ( Any info on latest technical updates appears in this website. We get to understand the stuff right from the basics to the high level. Book mark this site if you want to move around in techworld with dignity, they help you learn everything ;))

TechRepublic is a premium online resource that provides access to extensive, up-to-date, original IT content and resources

5)Gantthead :http://www.gantthead.com/default.cfm  ( This site is one stop destination for a baby to the Grandpa  in Project Management School )

Being an IT Project Manager can be a lonely job. You are responsible for a project that business people in your organization care
a lot about. Someone may have over-committed you, and is now asking you why you’re not done yet. You and your staff are working together to find solutions
as best you can – but within your organization there is no one you can lean on for the answers you need.

No one is doing exactly what you are doing now within your company. This is why we built gantthead. Our mission is simple: To
make IT project managers more successful.   Gantthead is the experience bridge that fills in the gaps – providing help to project managers in a number of ways. It is a community, your community, for IT project managers.

6)Chandoo.org : http://chandoo.org/ (Aww!!! You want to kill excel? You want to excel in excel??? Here is THE site for all your problems)

The owner of the site says ” my blog is a passionate community where I learn and share excel tips, charting tutorials,  visualization ideas, downloadable excel tutorials. It has 350+ excellent tutorials, examples and downloadable workbooks for you”.

7)TechNation (India) :http://www.technation.in/ (Who says troubleshooting is troublesome and costly all the times? Here is a site which helps you in your PC troubleshooting. Your tech Doctor for your computer problems)

The owner of the site says”At TechNation (India), our remote technical support specialists can help you with Data Recovery, Remote Tech Support, Windows Blue Screen Errors, to remove virus, malware and spyware. We support Windowsxp, Windows Vista &  Windows7. ”

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Do share with me the websites which help you in improving your knowledge 🙂

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu