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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

#TransformationFromPrincessToQueen
#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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Some Sunday Thoughts…

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Sometimes, I forget from how much strong background I come from. I forget what values of strength my parents instilled in me. Shame on me!! Just that some morons belittle me…how did I forget who I am…how strong I am….why did I forget the lessons of Dad..

My Dad is the first role model. After a rich and wealthy childhood; in his early teens, they lost the property and farms. Dad started his career at 16 th year as “Messenger”( the role just above sweeper) in the bank. He rose to the level of Senior Manager in due course of years. He never cursed his fate, instead dreamt great dreams in that gutter level of life too…..and in all these journey he never compromised on his value system. He never asked for favors, he got transferred to all the odd towns, but like a “Lotus”, he bloomed wherever he was posted.

My Dad reminds us( the siblings) “Don’t forget your roots. Don’t get carried away by the power, wealth and luxuries you have now. At any cost don’t forget thanking, meeting the people who were with you in your bad times. The people you have around you when are powerful and wealthy are not the real wellwishers…Don’t disrespect these new people but don’t count them, they will leave you as soon as their work with you is completed. At the same time, don’t forget improving yourself constantly, dream high, achieve your dreams with your hard work. Don’t trade your self-esteem for a better job, better promotion. Become best version of yourself by your own efforts…that’s real happiness; never make fun of others we never know about tommorrow”.

If TIME can lift you to Abnormal HEIGHTS, the same TIME can push you to Abnormal Low levels too…be so self sufficient and capable that you can rise again..yeah meanwhile don’t make mockery of others who are struggling and don’t get jealous who are winning…everyone has their day….kindness matters..hurting and killing others doesn’t lead anywhere 😀 .And if you feel happy degrading others and belittling others…then definitely you have a problem.

Just a beautiful and important thought to ponder ❤

Have a beautiful Sunday.

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

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Year of Introspection and Inner Strength :When Life Slapped ME Every Month in 2016


It all started with a joyful January 2016, like any other normal girl of my age, I was happy and merry that I will be “settling down” with the person I really liked.  And like most of the girls, I too was lost in the day dreaming of ” How to sort my new home and how interesting life looks like when I too get married “. Thada!!! Life slapped very hard for the first time in 2016 in the month of January. Somehow, things didn’t work and I did’nt get married. Oh yeah! This is not a great thing to be advertised on my Blog or FB post, however, this SLAP of life in January was hard and painful.

It was a time, I just lost interest in career or life or anything. I took a good one month break in February and all I did was ” For the first week,  all I did was to realize what exactly has happend in January, Cry as much as I could (Secretly) .  I didn’t want to get depressed or waste time like a loser. I was determined to become strong and deal the situation. The remaining weeks of February I spent in introspection, forgiveness, gratitude, prayer, lots of reading. I did all these by staying close with my Mom and Dad. I did focus on improving my car driving skills. This month helped me build my inner strength to a good extent.

By March 1st of 2016, because of my good break in Feb, I was completely recharged. I got back to my work and I was completely recharged. I started with my new assignments and Thada!!! Life slapped again with HEALTH slap. I had a terrible food poisoning and got dramatically hospitalized and was busy with it for some days. By this time, I was really ashamed the way 2016 was so unkind to me.  Thanks to Mom, Dad,  Martin, Amit, Alka, Sharo, Bishakha (My Bengali Tigress) for taking care of me in this crazy time of mine. I survived  and was normal only because of these few people. They were very vigilant about my well being in this time. They ensured that the crazy and lively Prasanna is back to form.

April was a super good month . I was back to my form and I totally focused my entire time on Work.

May. May is my birthday month and I received unconditional love from somany wellwishers. Comewhat May…I always celebrate my birthday very well with my family members. I just love spending my birthday with my family members. I celebrated my birthday very well happily. Thanks to my Second Brother, Sis in Law and my Niece for making my birthday more special. Tiny celebrations in the rough times really mean a lot 🙂 In May, I visited Europe for the first time(infact it was the first time I visited anyplace out of India) and .it was an awesome business trip. I went to Riga in Latvia and Helsinki in Finland. Met lot of wonderful people. This trip was so special to me because I met somany stalwarts with respect to my work. It was a enriching working experience working with those learnt people. Apart from my work, in this trip I met my Senior Colleagues from my previous organizations. The time they took out of their busy schedules to come and visit me for lunches and dinners is something which I will cherish for entire life time. Thanks to Leena and Veer ji. My special thanks and regards to Liisa for such a motherly care and good discussions on life in Helsinki. Interactions with these people helped me to heal very well of my silly disasters of January. In later months, realized, the January thing wasn’t a big deal compared to the other slaps of 2016.

June was a busy month at work with new mentors and  wonderful month of trips to Hyderabad to home. There is nothing more joyful than having hands-full of work at office and ample opportunities to spend time with family in hometown. Not to forget about the regular days in Pune with the caring friends.

July. The month of frequent trips to my friend’s place as my bestie Bishakha was heavily pregnant by this month. Month with lots of excitement about the delivery of my friend and all the talks about the pregnancy, the feeling of mother.

August. The month, 2016 SLAPPED ME and KILLED A PART OF ME FOR ENTIRE LIFETIME. My friend Bishakha died after delivering baby on August 19, 2016. Even today after 4 months, I don’t want to accept the fact that my bestie expired and left all of us. I still don’t know how am i dealing this. Even while writing this post tears roll down my eyes. The cry i have is same as the cry i had on August 19, 2016.  I still don’t know how could my Bengali Tigress leave me without saying a proper goodbye. The only good thing is we see her in her daughter “Dugi” now. And Dugi is my brand new Bengali niece and I am her Pisi( Father’s Sister). And the only promise I can make to my Bengali Tigress Bishakha is that I will be the perfect Pisi to Dugi.

Technically, I really donot know how my August, September of 2016 have passed. These were the months of anger, frustration, confusion, trauma. I focused more on my office work in these months. Thanks to work for keeping me alive.

By the ending of September 2016, I was technically drained of all my energy, however was keeping myself motivated by praying and surrendering to God. Because, I didnt want to die out of pessimism. I was technically like the Gajendra of Gajendra Moksham. This was the time, my bestie Amit suggested me to read “Srimadh Bhaghavatam” . I started reading Srimadh Bhaghavatam from October and it is quite a really divine experience reading Srimadh Bhaghavatam. With the help of Martin, I started reading lessons from Bible. Reading these is helping me build my inner strength. There is a long way to go, however these holy scriptures and lessons are helping me understand the beauty of life  and the power of God. Without the inner strength, I could not have survived 2016.

Oh..yeah..with all these dramatic activities, I did ensure that I don’t lose the “Madonna element” in me. I am very happy that i could effectively make good use of the work opportunities given to me in learning several new aspects about  Transitions and Transformations. I am blessed to work with several senior leaders in this year.  I ensured that i did continue my regular habits of  travel, photography, blogging, exploring new places, cooking and watching movies in the first week of their release. In the ending of 2015 December, i stopped watching Television, I made a promise to myself not to watch Television for a year and throughout 2016, I didnt watch Television. I could save lots of time for my book reading, travel, walks, meditation. Yes, it was crazy year without watching TV, however I could get ample time for my own care and well being.

I am generally notorious for embarrassing my loved ones by expressing how much they mean to me. And I want to continue that good old habit of mine. Thank You Mom, Dad, Martin, Amit, Alka, Sharo and Bishakha.

Bishakha! Thankyou for being a great friend, rest in peace in heaven . I miss you badly.

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I believe in the plans of God and am looking eagerly to the brand new year 2017. 

Wish you all a happy 2017. Stay blessed. Don’t give up on yourself and Don’t give up on the God who created you. Life is beautiful and worth living. A bad year is not a bad life. And for that matter any year is not bad completely. It has something to teach and make us more beautiful.

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friendship with God

​#FriendshipWithGod #BestFriend #YourBestVersion 


Lately, got opportunity to learn lil bit more about the “Importance of Friendship with God” from Holy books of Hinduism and Christianity. Striking a best friendship with God? Is it possible? Is it feasible?

Was trying to relate to the best friends we have in normal world. We do have so many friends, thanks to social media, the people whom we never met are also friends. However, there are very few…rather countable people..May be 2 or 3  whom we call “Best Friends”. They are our support system. So do they catch your hand and take you everywhere. Do they solve all your issues for you? Do they do all your works for you?

No. They don’t. However, you have immense trust in them. You know they will save you when you are in trouble. They will kick your back and ask you to deal the stuff like boss. So, you are fully convinced that come what may, you have your best friends to rescue you. 

So, in this situation what do you do. With this tremendous moral boosting and confidence you have on your friends, you try to be best version of yourself. You raise your standards of achieving stuff, you push yourself out of your comfort zones. You become audacious, fearless and you become your best. How is it possible? Just because you know that your best friends are there for you to save you.


Similarly, if we nurture “Close friendship with God”, God will become our best friend. Our inner strength increases tremendously. Our normal best friends are humans, if we can achieve so much with their friendship, imagine the levels of bliss and happiness we will have striking a close friendship with God who is of infinite power.

Think about it 🙂

Have a great week ahead ❤ 

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu