Posted in Inspirational Stuff, Life's Like That, Some stuff for Inspiration, Things to Ponder

Celebrating 14 years at work :)

#FourteenAtWork #Celebrating14Years
Want to express gratitude to God, My Dad( Retired Bank Manager… doesn’t really like hearing No and his trust me made me what I am today), My Mom ( The most positive, never say no lady of my life), My elder brother( I still copy him because he is the best, no exaggeration in saying I am like his daughter),), My Second brother( The Dhoni of our house, the captain cool..my support system right from school), Bharadwaj Bro…my first Guru of Project Management, My Mentors Dr P. Sudhakar(What am I without this Sir’s Physics teaching), Sangeetha ( Learnt a lot professionally ), DMR( my first mentor in ITSM),Martin( if you follow my posts you know that he is my Dumbledore and Yoda), Amit( my life coach, my bestie..yeah I see your expressions..but trust me he is a gem), Ajit Kanitkar ( my mentor and great human with very very aggressive value system) for grooming me to what I am today…Completed 14 years of Journey in my career…last but not least this past year was terrible and I might not have made it without the nudge, push and trust of my Assistant Vice President husband ( not flaunting the title but the league he belongs and how mentally tough he is and encourages me to be )…it really matters a lot having super amazing, super supporting spouse…such spouse won’t let you give up….and thanks to my friends who believe that I am a special and who in all these never got bored listening to my cribbing and who supported me all the times…. .

Yes, I had the urge to quit somany times when things were tough, but with the above mentioned support system I am assured they won’t let me quit just like that , they will only make me ready and strong for that situation to handle. Looking forward for much more years at career…must say journey from a Physics Lecturer at college in 2005 to Instructional Designer at a startup to Process Manager, to Process Consultant , to Process Owner, to Project Manager, to PMO Head to Head of Learning and Development was quite fascinating and amazing.

Hare Krishna 🙏🏼

Loads of Love,
Prasanna Rayaprolu Chirravuri

Posted in Sanatan Dharma, Things to Ponder

Who is Radha to Krishna…

 

 

 

As a part of regular Srimadh Bhaghavatam discussions and my questions bugging sessions to my friend, I recently asked him “We don’t find Srimati Radharani references in Srimadh Bhaghavatam, which is one of main books, Who is Radha and What is she to Sri Krishna? Friend? Girl Friend? Lover? Twin Flame? Is she a fictitious character? Why are they worshiped that much even after these many ages?? ”
Then my friend replied to me on the basis of understanding he has from his maternal grandpa that, Srimati Radharani and Krishna are the same . She is the feminine, emotional element of creator himself.Everyone in this cosmos goes to him, but when Sri Krishna himself want to look up to, when he wants to be comforted, he wanted to look up to someone from him and that part of him is none other than Srimati Radharani. She is not different, part of him created for him to look up to, she is his own soul. ”
And I was super amazed to see such beautiful painting by Shri Keshav Venkataraghavan which matched to this explanation of my friend.
Thank you Sir for sharing beautiful paintings of Sri Krishna everyday to the World. (https://www.facebook.com/keshav.keshav?hc_location=ufi)

Do share your understanding and your comments about the beautiful stories of Srimathi Radharani and Sri Krishna in the comments.

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in Sanatan Dharma, Things to Ponder

Vagarthaviva sampriktau vagarthah pratipattaye | Jagatah pitarau vande parvathiparameshwarau

 

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Today I was randomly checking some posts in facebook and i suddenly became happily nostalgic seeing this sloka and the painting. Our Sanskrit class in graduation used to start with this Magical and Mystical Verse  . Our Sanskrit Mam, Mrs Bharathi used to make all of us recite this sloka before the starting of each class, it was quite fun and different because by the time we reached graduation we were out of the system of “reciting prayers in the classrooms”, however we used to like reciting this.

Oh, yeah, we do have the reference of this beautiful sloka in Sagarasangamam movie of Kamalhassan too.

Ok, here is this beautiful sloka, its meaning and the beautiful interpretation done by some gentleman already, i dont own the below content, however thought should post it here, do read it and feel joyful.

Vagarthaviva sampriktau vagarthah pratipattaye | Jagatah pitarau vande parvathiparameshwarau || – Raghuvamsha 1.1

Popular meaning: I pray parents of the world, Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi, who are inseparable as speech and its meaning to gain knowledge of speech and its meaning.

In this sloka(verse), Kalidasa requests divine parents Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi to teach him speech and its meaning. In other words, In this verse, we are humble and dependent like a small kid requesting helping hand of our parents to learn the spoken language. Now we have many questions raining:

Is that all? It sounds like a pretty straight forward Sanskrit verse. Isn’t right? What is magical and mystical about it?

The magic and beauty comes from the divine language, Sanskrit. It is all in – how we divide the words, which meaning we take for a word and ultimately how we rearrange and organize the verse. Any word in Sanskrit has several meanings and many shades of interpretations. So, this provides us opportunities to dig deeper to understand a verse to unlock its esoteric meaning in many different ways
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Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in Life's Like That, My Favourite quotes, Personal Development, Some stuff for Inspiration, Things to Ponder

Tension of Opposites

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Have I told you about the tension of opposites? he says. The tension of opposites? Life is a series of pulls back and forth. You want to do one thing, but you are bound to do something else. Something hurts you, yet you know it shouldn’t.
You take certain things for granted, even when you know you should never take anything for granted.
A tension of opposites, like a pull on a rubber band. And most of us live somewhere in the middle.Sounds like a wrestling match, I say.
A wrestling match. He laughs. Yes, you could describe life that way.
So which side wins, I ask?
Which side wins? He smiles at me, the crinkled eyes, the crooked teeth.
Love wins. Love always wins.
~ Mitch Albom, Tuesday’s with Morrie

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in Life, Life's Like That, Sanatan Dharma, Some stuff for Inspiration, Things to Ponder

Friendship Day…today..tommorrow and everyday..

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Rich & Successful man and beautiful woman willI always have so many friends…even if you are not rich, even if you are a loser, even if you are not beautiful if there are any who treasure you, who love you for whatever you are, and then slap you and scold you to become best version of yourself..
they are the real friends…keep them close to your heart.
Happy Friendship day…today..tommorrow and everyday.

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in Inspirational Stuff, Life's Like That, Management, Sanatan Dharma, Some stuff for Inspiration, Things to Ponder

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..

Image Courtesy : Keshavan Venkataraghavan garu

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।

Content Courtesy: Vyasa Srimadh Bhaghavatam

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in Inspirational Stuff, Life's Like That, Things to Ponder

Cheers To The Beautiful 2017: Grand Year Of Grand Opportunities And Warm Welcome To The Year 2018

 

Oh! What a beautiful and grand year of grand opportunities 2017 was 🙂 . Couldn’t stop Bhaghavan Sri Krishna for the beautiful year. Here are some of the glimpses of my year 2017.

January  and February 2017 :

I started the new year, new month with the strong determination “Good times, Good things and Loads of Love and happiness are in store for Me, You , He, She and that person around the corner. Come what may, I am not going to be in sadness whatever life throws to me,  With the help of my God Shri Krishna and the angels he sent for me, I am going to be easy on myself, I am going to CELEBRATE MY LIFE and GOOD THINGS ARE IN STORE FOR ME IN 2017 and I am not going to let the disastrous 2016 have its impact on me anymore “.

Yes, of course I did make a filmy determination like Shivgami of Baahubali movie, however time is more interesting. January was year of super fun. It started with my knee ache which i thought was a normal thing because of the exercises in the last week of December 2016 , however after several repeated visits to several orthopedic hospitals got to know i got to know there was a beautiful LIGAMENT TEAR in my Knee. Not an uncommon thing, however thats common for super star athletes or people who drive bikes like crazy and have injuries. I didnt do any of these, however still i had ligament tear in my knee just because of my normal exercises at home. So, from January 1st itself my limp started However, I was determined, I didnt want this ligament tear related pain impact me .

Daily study of Srimadh Bhaghavatam and regular reading  of Bible stories  and relevant discussions with Martin and Amit helped me endure my pain and not lose my enthusiasm for the year 2017.With all these spiritual food,  I went to to office normally and like every year I did get opportunity to explore the beautiful Pune City, While i was busy with medications and related physio-therapies 😉

Tieto Toastmasters Club was the first best thing of my 2017. My tenure as a Vice President Public Relations for this enthusiastic club at office started from Jan 2017. So by now, did i became best speaker or leader. I wont answer that question now, however, i can say i can proudly say I have the association of best people , best orators, best people  of Tieto who help themselves and who help everyone in Tieto to improve themselves and help in grooming them as leaders.  What a beautiful team. Loads of Love to you to Tieto Toastmasters Club ❤

 

March  , April  and May 2017 :

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Yes and the magical March of 2017 arrived. I call it Magical month because from this month i got to travel to so many places in the year. It started with the first and most awaited trip of my life, its the trip to GOA. Thanks to my friend Darshika for organizing the trip. All i can say about Goa is “Goa i am coming again and would want to write my book sitting in a relaxing beach under the coconut trees…may be my brain works faster if a coconut falls on my head”.And Yeah, I got my nose piercing done and its a big deal for me, i think i lil bit more beautiful than earlier with it 😉 And then trip to home for the Telugu New Year Ugadi. How can I forget my first Bihari Holi with my bestie Amit’s family and other friends. Definitely dont ever miss a chance of celebrating Holi with Biharis, it is magnificent , royal and a happy Holi with them.

And the April 2017 was Awesome, I call it Awesome because I got to be active part of a Conference of our Transition Leaders across our Company in Malmo, Sweden. Got to explore Sweden and lil bit of Denmark. The happiness of meeting several experts in Transitions and Transformations is unfathomable. That inspiration made me take up different projects in later part of the year. Meanwhile i got trained and certified in Scaled Agile Framework 😀 , I am Certified Scaled Agilist by April 2017.

May is Magnificent, Magical and Memorable month because its my birthday month and this year I got opportunity to celebrate my birthday with my family and in the same week got opportunity to spend my time with my Dumbledore, Fatherly figure Martin , Liisa and my Transitions and Transformation Guru Minna ❤ in Helsinki. Had a very good time attending the PI meetings of my project in Helsinki. Got to meet several learnt people and wonderful colleagues. One of beautiful experience related Scaled Agile Framework related Projects.

June,  July and  August 2017 :

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By June I realised I was sooo used to limping and back pain because of the ligament tear and the related Physio-therapies. The pain in my knee was intolerable and finally i got my ligament surgery done. Trust me ligament  surgery is not a easy thing, it impacts for a decent time 😦 . However by the grace of God and the handsome Orthosurgeon of mine i could recover very quickly.  However it was quite frustrating time for me as my mobility was little less . And this was the time like always my parents, brothers and my friends were at rescue. I did start writing my first book in this time. God willing will start working on it in 2018. Meanwhile, Got a chance to go for a colony picnic to HariHareshwar in Maharastra. Meanwhile in August as I was feeling little better, got an opportunity to visit the beautiful Bhimashankar jyothirling in Maharastra, the route and the travel to the place in Indian monsoons is an unexplainable experience, the entire place turns into a paradise, immensely beautiful with greenary. Even in the workfront things got more exciting as i got to work in 3 different project of 3 different streams in the same time, it was challenging and interesting 🙂

September, October, November and December 2017 :

Can say, the most hectic and mad months of my year in all the aspects are the last 4 months.  Apart from my project works, got to do somany CSR activities of our company through our TORG team. Being member of this team is totally a new experience. Throughout 2017 we did organize different activities but the activities in last 4 months were of different level and which required somuch effort. We successful worked in distribution of Annual gift in the months of October and November. We at TORG had interesting time organizing the sports events,  family day and the annual day of our company. Working in these Corporate Social Responsibility and Fun activities is totally a different experience, they teach us leadership skills and several skills related to event management. Thanks to Tieto and our TORG team members for the opportunity.

Srimadh Bhaghavatam and the strength given by Sri Krishna was the driving force behind this beautiful year of mine. Shri Krishna sent his angels in the form of family, various friends, mentors in guiding me.
Special thanks to Martin Kallenbach and Amit Mallick for tolerating my dramas, for guiding me , scolding me whenever required. You both are angels sent by God to transform me. And i aint ashamed in saying multiple times in multiple forums, that i am your diehard fan. May you both coach more and more people. God bless you 🙂

Looking forward eagerly for the year 2018 to take up new assignments 🙂 . Cant stop recollecting the lines of Robert Frost Grandpa in this context :

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep, 
And miles to go before I sleep
~ Robert Frost

I wish all of you a happy new year 2018. Stay blessed. Dont stop believing in your dreams. God is with you and is guiding you to achieve your beautiful dreams ❤

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu