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Thoughts about the magical book “The Magic of the Lost Temple”

 

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Thoughts about the book “The Magic of the Lost Temple ”

If there is any book in recent times that i want to read along with my nephews and nieces it is this magical book of Smt Sudha Murthy ” The Magic of the Lost Temple”.

This is a book about a 12 year Bangalore City girl Anoushka’s summer vacation experience in her grandparents village.

Her experience about understanding the beauty of Kitchen garden, herbs with the help of her grandmother is something which makes us think about kitchen gardens and our reality check about plants at home.

Anoushka gets to know the importance of bonding of their family with their cows. She gets to see the new born calf and how her grandmother feels very anxious about the delivery of the cow, on how she takes care of the cow like own baby.

Anoushka along with her friends learns bicycle riding. The way her friends teach her, how she learns cycling is something which makes us start riding cycle.

The important aspects of sharing, helping each others in village at weddings, otherwise. The quality of serene bonds, the selflessness in understood by Anoushka by participating in a Wedding. The joy of making pickles, papads and helping elders in experienced by her.

Picnics in rural areas have a different beauty and meaning, the joy of walking in forest by chitchat with friends and plucking different fruits; the joy of spending time at the river with friends and grandparents.

The joy of listening to grand parents mythological stories and much much more…

Is this book only about these ?? No, there is a beautiful suspense about the adventures Anoushka does along with her friends. To know that, you got to read that book.

Do buy the book, read it for yourself and for your family members too. Believe me, you will feel very happy after reading this beautiful book. Afterall, we all are village people at heart, living in cities  

Loads of Love,
Prasanna Rayaprolu

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Posted in India Shining, Travel and Places

Monsoon Visit To Bhimashankar

“Sometimes I don’t. If I like a moment. I mean me, personally, I don’t like to have the distraction of the camera. I just wanna stay… in it… right there. Right here.”

~The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the famous and elusive photographer Sean O’Connell

I am one of those crazy photographers who would not like to miss capturing any beautiful moment, however this Sunday, my experience was different. I didnt want to capture the photographs, i was completely mesmerized by the beauty of nature and I wanted to be in the moment completely, totally 🙂

This Sunday, we visited the Jyothrilinga shrine, Bhimashankar temple. As this is Sravana Masam, the auspicious month related to Shiva and Gauri devi, visiting Jyothirlinga was much more exciting.

We started early from Pune and reached Bhimashankar. Must say, entire route to Bhimashankar is immensely beautiful. Its like paradise with lots of greenery , beautiful paths and added to this the monsoon drizzles made our visit to this place more beautiful.

It being weekend and a auspicious month, the place was little crowded however, the enthusiasm didnt fade throughout the stay in the place and journey. We had to stay in the queue for 4 hours and yeah not to forget the 250 steps ascend and descend. It was little hectic, however, the joy of visiting this place and temple totally removed the tiredness we had to encounter in visiting the place. Throughout the steps we have somany eateries, must say very very yummy yummy food is found. However, i aint sure if you can suggest elderly people and people having difficulty in climbing steps to visit this place, as it it very tough and hectic.

I am definitely going to revisit this place , however the next time with better planning 😀 . Here are some of the pics, i could capture:

Here are some details about this place:

Nestled in dense forests, the Shiva temple in Bhimashankar is the sixth jyotirlinga and one of the most popular places for the worship of Lord Shiva. It is believed that the original temple of Bhimashankar was built in 12th century CE. However, no material remains dating to that period have been found since the temple has undergone many alterations over a period of time. The temple was renovated by Chimaji Antaji Bhide Naik in 1733 CE followed by some repair works by Dikhit Patwardhan in 1766 CE.  A well was constructed in the complex by Raghunathrao Peshwa. The famous minister of the Peshwas, Nana Phadnavis carried out a lot of renovations, including the construction of the shikhara.

The present temple sanctum (garbhagriha) and the shikhara are built in the Nagara or Indo-Aryan style and have a strong influence of Rajasthan and Gujarat on the figurines and motifs of the temple. The exterior walls of the sanctum are adorned with scenes from the Ramayana, Krishna Leela, Shiv Leela and Dashavataras. Inscriptions in the courtyard give a record of grants given and a large bell confiscated from the Vasai fort by the Maratha Commander Chimaji Appa hangs in front of the sabhamandapa.

Bhimashankar is also the perfect place to combine adventure and trekking. Monsoon is a good season to enjoy the region’s stunning natural beauty (Content Courtesy: Maharastra Tourism Site)

Dont you ever miss the chance of this beautiful place.

Har Har Mahadev 🙂

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

 

 

 

Posted in Complex Human Mind, Personal Development, Some stuff for Inspiration, Things to Ponder

Zero Size, Truck Size..Damn..Does it matter? What actually matters in life?

Just now read a beautiful post on how to raise your daughters and that post triggered some thoughts in me. So here are my some Monsoon Thursday thoughts.

World is already a tough place where people get judgemental about beauty, 36 32 34 measurements or Zero size or half size or whatever crap size of your body, your color, your weight.

It all looks good, you enjoy the glory when you adhere to these measurements, you grow in a myth that your identity or fame is because of your color, or this numbers based figure. You enjoy the attention of few morons who say ” How fair you are! How do you manage such sexy body figure! How do you maintain that perfect weight of 50″. You think you rule the world because of these measurements and parameters.

But Damn! It’s a physical body…it changes…changes with your age…and then your body doesn’t measure the zero size or the crap of 36 32 34 …then you get depressed. Then you feel worthless. Then you feel you are nothing but a big overloaded garbage truck. Because all through your life you never gave importance to inner beauty, inner strength, the intellect, the skills , the joys of learning, the real beauty of soul .

No one will taunt you, even if you look like a truck but you yourself will taunt you for losing your “,wealth…the weapons of beauty”. Finally, you get depressed. You get frustrated. You feel entire world is making fun of you. You become frustrated jealous soul seeing other 36 32 34 women or start wasting your life hating yourself till you get back to your prior glory. And because of this negative attitude people start distancing you, they too feel ” What a fat sick pessimistic soul this woman is “.

Is that life???

Why is it all happening? This disastrous cycle doesn’t happen with men. Even though they look like truck they confidently feel they are the most sexiest men in the World and added to that they feel women are dying for them even in their truck shape. Actually!! That kickass attitude makes them really hot and sexier.

Why does this happen?

If we do little bit of root cause analysis. It all has to do with our upbringing ( yes society is a judgemental moron all the times anyways).
Right from childhood, girls are raised on the parameters of color, size, weight…with lesser focus on real parameters of mental, physical strength, inner beauty and the real thing about education, academic goals, life goals. Girls are given lipsticks, talcum powders, eyeliners makeup brushes and praised and praised and like hell by saying ” Oh my God! My daughter looks like a model, like a Hollywood, Bollywood star”. So, they too think they are awesome in these parameters and they focus on those unknowingly…And grow up to dumbdolls. In one age, they lose their so called sexy parameters of body and turn to frustrated jealous useless self-esteem less truck woman.

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Don’t let that happen with your daughters. Right from childhood encourage and focus on the real strength, groom them to become women of strength, let them focus on academics, let them focus on sports, let them focus on spiritual strength, make them strong girls.
Give them books, not lipsticks.
Give them sports shoes, not high heels.
Yes, they will definitely wear lipsticks, high heels later on, however by that time they know they are just accessories, not their identity parameters. They will even know respecting other women on real parameters but not on basis of size of their boobs or waist or color of the skin.

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Me at our Company’s Annual Event

Strong girls become strong women and Strong Women are the most sexy creatures you ever see on the planet even they are of truck size, because they carry a charm 😉

Have a beautiful day.

Loads of Love from a truck sized woman who will definitely lose her weight one day but celebrating herself even with this truck size   

Prasanna Rayaprolu

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Some Friday Thoughts About Dreams And Hard work 

#LifeIsBeautiful #DreamsDoComeTrue  #Fridaythoughts 

Several years back, I used to go daily to office in same Auto Rickshaw and the drive to office used to be for 1 hour and Auto Driver Bhayya and me used to talk about current affairs, Indian history, world history. He is one wise auto driver who couldn’t pursue academics because of lack of focus on academics in his growing years in spite of being intelligent.
He didn’t want his daughters to miss the beauty of academics like him. But his elder daughter was little skeptical about big dreams because she used to think ” Auto driver’s daughter cannot afford to dream high”. 
Auto Bhayya knows about inspiring tale of my Dad ” Bank messenger to Bank Manager” and he knows that I was a Physics Lecturer earlier and he knows about the kids I taught in my colony too. So once he requested me help his daughters dream high, tell them about different career paths and how we should not compromise on our dreams in whichever state we are.
One fine weekend he brought his daughters to our home. Those two beautiful lil girls dressed in their best attires and came to our bungalow( I used the word bungalow because those girls were literally in awe seeing our building…our home). After giving them lots of snacks, the first question I asked them is ” How is this building”. They said ” It is very big like a palace Akka(Sis)! ” . I said to them ” Do you know who built it” and then told to them the story of my Dad. How my Dad’s family struggled in poverty, How he started his career as bank messenger, how he studied while working and how he became a Bank Manager”. This story of my Dad  was a good ice breaker with those lil girls. 
And then, slowly those girls started feeling comfortable talking with me. For the next weekends, they used to come to our home. Each weekend, I used to discuss with them about dreams, dreaming big, different career paths, how to study , what to study and every weekend i used to give them different tasks to research , study, think and complete by next weekend. I used to lend my childhood books to them so that they develop reading habits.
After some months, i got job in different city and I left. In due course of time this Auto Bhayya moved to another part of city and we weren’t in touch.
Last year, in these months of June/July when I was lazily walking in our colony , suddenly his van stopped and his daughters waved a bigggg Hiiiii to me with super excitement. They told that elder one is preparing for medicine entrance exam and second one is  12 th class.
Today, after a week of rest in home, along with my mom and my aunt I wanted to go for some shopping and I was waiting for auto. And to my surprise, it’s the same Auto Driver bhayyya.

First thing he told me is ” Chellama ( Sis) ! My elder daughter got a good rank in medical entrance and my second daughter got seat in Chemical Technology in this prestigious college of Hyderabad”.  I was in tears out of happiness.
Auto Driver bhayya might have taken his academics lightly but he took at most care about his daughters academics. He used to ensure that rights habits were in place. He ensured that his daughters read news paper everyday, he ensured that they at home don’t watch all time killing and brain draining daily tv serials or cartoons . Instead he encouraged them to play with other kids, read books.
Who says we can’t change our destiny.

Won’t Goddess of luck come to the people who work hard with sincerity and hope 🙂
Happy Friday.
Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

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Oh…No…Need not be taken seriously….

Oh…No….Need not be taken Seriously

Youngest in the home.Family thought ” Oh! No..need not be taken seriously.She will never leave”.
Shy and calm one among  the classmates at school.Classmates thought ” Oh! No…need not be taken seriously.She will never leave”.
Simple and not demanding one with the love of the life.He thought ” Oh! No…need not be taken seriously.She will never leave”.

Always available and not complaining one with the best friend.She thought ” Oh! No…need not be taken seriously. She will never leave”.

One day, She took herself seriously, left all these and She never cameback to all these thinking ”  Oh !  No…They need not be taken Seriously ” 😉 
~ Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in Life's Like That, Sanatan Dharma

Some Sincere Thoughts On ANGER, INTROSPECTION & GOD

 

Namaste  to All of You 🙂

Has been so many days that i wrote a blog on serious topic here.

First of all, let me ask you one question

“Do you get angry? ”

Ok..that was a stupid question. Of course we do get angry.

Let me ask you one more question .

“Do you get angry on yourself?  and How do you deal that anger? ”

We all have our ways of dealing anger on others and the anger on self. However, through my personal experience of all these years, I realized how my methods of dealing anger have been transforming.

Yes, of course the way we deal with our anger on others and the anger on self depends on so many aspects. I donot want to deep dive into those reasons in this post, however, I want to emphasize on one factor called ” Consciousness of God ” / “Krishna Consciousness” .

If we develop this Consciousness of God , there is lot of strength, fearlessness and the rate of recovery from the anger is pretty fast. The storms in the mind get tamed by the self introspection and the calmness in the mind is restored in a good speed.

In this life, there are some events we need to suffer because of our prarabda karma. We cannot avoid it. Ok, you might be curious to know about “Prarabdha Karma”. Do google about it, it is quite interesting concept. Gives answers to so many of our mysterious questions and situations of life. However, in this journey of dealing our karma, we can make our approach to karma better by developing consciousness of God.

Life at work or at home is all about restoration of normalcy in the times of any incidents. The rate at which we restore to normalcy is called the “maturity of the system” and how does that maturity develop? By having effective processes, mechanisms, support systems in place. It is quite impossible to have zero incidents in life or at work however restoring to normalcy and ensuring that there is no impact on overall system is the main criteria.

Consider any matured organization, the number of major incidents they have and the rate at which they restore their services to normalcy happens in Gods speed. How are they able to do it? They have effective process, tools and people in place.

Consider any matured individual. The way they deal the major incidents. problems and disasters in their life. They do suffer, however they get back to normalcy pretty fast. How do they do it? They have effective, resilient inner systems of ethics, values and of almighty.

Whether it is matured organizations or matured people they constantly do self introspection and improve their ways of dealing the stuff.

We need stronger individuals, because it is individuals who make a society and stronger individuals contribute to stronger societies. We need to make continuous effort to make ourself more strong internally in all the aspects.

Yesterday in my regular reading of Srimadh Bhaghavatam, I got to read below slokas in the Canto 6 and this all made me stop for few minutes and think about the topic of Anger, self introspection and God 🙂

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yaḥ samutpatitaṁ deha
ākāśān manyum ulbaṇam
ātma-jijñāsayā yacchet
sa guṇān ativartate
Translation:
One who inquires into self-realization and thus subdues his powerful anger — which awakens suddenly in the body as if falling from the sky — transcends the influence of the modes of material nature.
Purport:

When one becomes angry, he forgets himself and his situation, but if one is able to consider his situation by knowledge, one transcends the influence of the modes of material nature. One is always a servant of lusty desires, anger, greed, illusion, envy and so forth, but if one obtains sufficient strength in spiritual advancement, one can control them. One who obtains such control will always be transcendentally situated, untouched by the modes of material nature. This is only possible when one fully engages in the service of the Lord.  Courtesy:  This beautiful site

 

Hope you enjoyed, reading this post. Do share your thoughts with me on this topic 🙂

Warm Regards,

Prasanna Rayaprolu