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Yemito – Andala Rakshasi

AMAZING LYRICS

Gundelo cheravuga uchvasalaga marake nishvasala…
Neeke nyayama nanne marchi erugananthaga nuvvala unnavela
Ninnallone nindipokala nijamlokiraa…
Kalalathone kalayapana nijalajada neeve antu melakuve kalai chupe”
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October 31, 2013 · 6:26 pm

Sayings I’ve taken to heart

1. You can’t give what you don’t have

2. Be the change you want to see in others

3. Nature doesn’t change. All things natural don’t change. They grow. They transform. They sustain.

4. Take care of yourself first before assuming responsibility for another

5. Have Faith in the Universe

6. Its okay to know that you don’t know

7. Its okay to feel anger. Its okay to express it. Its not okay to suppress it

8. What’s normal for you might not be so for another.

9. Learn to LOVE yourself first before loving another

10. Knowing and Understanding are as distinct as Fire and Water.

11. No one can disrespect you without your permission.

12. Follow the Path of the Heart. Heed to the workings of the Mind. Serve with purity of Intellect.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.

Henry David Thoreau

Indian National Pledge

India is my country and all Indians are my brothers and sisters. I love my country and I am proud of its rich and varied heritage. I shall always strive to be worthy of it.

I shall give respect to my parents, teachers, and elders and treat everyone with courtesy.

To my country and my people, I pledge my devotion. In their well being and prosperity alone, lies my happiness.

American National Pledge

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Oath to Self

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My father’s gifts

Of the many things my father has given me over the years – his time, money, advice, friendship, sports & politics updates and so much more – I will always cherish these particular tangibles and would like to share them with you: Books!

Here’s the latest one –
You Don’t Need a Title To be A Leader
By Mark Sanborn
*self-transcendence*
*The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost*
Pg. 31 “People who lead are willing to do the hard work of finding out what their unique gifts and contributions are, then doing the even harder work of designing their lives around them.”
Pg 32. “Too often people confuse activity with accomplishment. As we all know, its easy to be incredibly busy and still accomplish little.”
PRINCIPLES OF LEADERSHIP:
1. Make Time to Reflect
2. Remember to Dream
3. Mirror those who are successful around you
4. Retreat to Advance
5. Mentor Someone Else
6. Enjoy the Journey
7. Live like a victor, not a victim
8. Search for the pony
Other: Murkel & Lucier’s Make Your Point

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Mr. Amish’s Shiva Trilogy series

One of the most AWESOME books I’ve read in the recent past.

So many novel ideas. A unique way of bridging mythology, philosophy, modern day issues

I found the whole concept of maika, information related to Vikarma, courtship of Shiva and Sati captivating!

Thank you for the wonderful read!

Here’s an excerpt from the Trilogy which resonated with me most:

“What are you thinking, my friend?” asked Gopal

Shiva turned to the chief Vasudev. ‘I was thinking that the primary source of Evil is human greed. It’s our greed to extract more and more from Good that turns it into Evil. Wouldn’t it be better if this was controlled at the source itself? Can we really expect humans not to be greedy? How many of us would be willing to control our desire to live for two hundred years? The dominance of the Somras over many years thousands of years has admittedly done both Good and Evil, but it will soon perish for all practical purposes. Isn’t it fair to say then that it has served no purpose in the large scheme of things? Perhaps it would have been better had the Somras not been invented. Why embark on a journey when you know that the destination takes you back to exactly where you began?…”

“Are there any journeys which do not take you back to where you began?”

Shiva frowned. ‘Of course there are.’

Gopal shook his head.
“If you aren’t back to where you began, all it means is that the journey isn’t over. Maybe it will take one lifetime. Maybe many. But you will end your journey exactly where it began – in an infinitesimal black hole of absolute death. And on the other side of that death, life will begin once again in a massive big bang And so it will continue in a never-ending cycle.’
‘So what’s the point of it all?’
‘But that is the biggest folly, great Neelkanth; to think that we are on this path in order to get somewhere.’
‘Aren’t we?’
‘No. The purpose is not the destination but the journey itself. Only those who understand this simple truth can experience true happiness.’
‘So are you saying that the destination, even purpose, does not matter? That the Somras had to just experience all this; to create so much Good for millennia and then to descend into creating Evil in equal measure. And then to have a Neelkanth rise who would end its journey. If one believes this, then in the larger scheme of things, the Somras has achieved nothing.’
‘Let me try to put it another way. I’m sure you’re aware of how it rains in India, right?’
‘Of course I am. One of your scientists had explained it to me. I believe the sun heats the waters of the sea, making it rise in the form of gas. Large masses of this water vapour coalesce into clouds, which are then blown over land by monsoon winds. These clouds rise when they hit the mountains, thus precipitating as rain.’
‘Perfect. But you have only covered half the journey. What happens after the water has rained upon us?’
Shiva’s knowing smile suggested that he was beginning to follow.
Gopal continued. ‘The water finds its way into streams and then rivers. And finally, the river flows back into the sea. Some of the water that comes as rain is used by humans, animals, plants – anything that needs to stay alive. But ultimately, even the water used by us escapes into the rivers and then back into the sea. The journey always ends exactly where it began. Now can we say that the journey of the water serves no purpose? What would happen to us if the sea felt that there is no point to this journey since it ends exactly where it begins?’
‘We would all die.’
‘Exactly. Now, one may be tempted to think that this journey of water results in only Good, right? Whereas the Somras has caused both Good and Evil.’
‘But of course,’ Shiva smiled wryly, ‘you would disabuse me of any such notion!’
Gopal’s smile was equally dry. ‘What about the floods caused by rains? What about the spread of disease that comes with the rains? If we were to ask those who have suffered from floods and disease, they may hold that rain is evil.’
‘Excessive rains are evil,’ corrected Shiva.
Gopal smiled and conceded. ‘True. So the journey of water from the sea back into the sea serves a purpose as it makes the journey of life possible on land. Similarly, the journey of the Somras served a purpose for many, including you. For your purpose is to end the journey of the Somras. What would you do if the Somras hadn’t existed?’
‘I can think of so many things! Lazing around with SAti for example. Or whiling away my time immersed in dance and music. That would be a good life…’
Gopal laughed softly. ‘But seriously, hasn’t the Somras given purpose to your life?’
Shiva smiled. ‘Yes it has.’
‘And your journey has given purpose to my life. For what is the point of being a chief Vasudev if I can’t help the next Mahadev?’
Shiva smiled and patted Gopal on his back.
‘Rather than the destination it is the journey that lends meaning to our lives, great Neelkanth. Being faithful to our path will lead to consequences, both good as well as evil. For that is the way of the universe.’
‘For instance, my journey may have a positive effect on the future of India. But it will certainly be negative for those who are addicted to the Somras. Perhaps that is my purpose.’
‘Exactly. Lord Vasudev had held we should be under no illusion that we are in control of our own breathing. We should realize the simple truth that we are “being breathed”;”When our purpose is served, our breathing will stop and the universe will change our form to something else, so that we may serve another purpose.’Shiva smiled.

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Vedic Astrology + Linda Goodman

A lot of people have asked me about this in the past couple of years so here’s pretty much what I know regarding this matter

To calculate your Birth Chart, this website is pretty good:

Do you know the time of your birth? You could figure out your birth chart by entering that information on the following website –

To Figure out on a GENERAL basis, the SUN SIGNS of individuals –
To read up on information related to Signs and Nakshatras, the best websites I found are as follows:

 

Zodiac Signs – http://mizian.com.ne.kr/englishwiz/library/names/zodiac/acquarius.htm

 

Nakshatra –

To conclude, Linda Goodman’s books, Sun Signs and Love Signs which are pretty popular if combined with Vedic Astrology principles in the ideal way, would give you a better perspective as to the components that go into making YOU (on an astral level)!
My NUMBER ONE advice, lesson learned and worth sharing for the day has to be this:
FIND THE LEADER WITHIN YOU! RESPECT THE MENTORS WHO ASSIST YOU! GIVE WITH ONLY ONE INTENTION: DESIRE TO DO SO!
LEAVE THE REST (OUTCOMES, RESOURCE ALLOCATION, EXTREMES) TO THE UNIVERSE
Feel free to share your own perspectives, knowledge or lack of (I am talking about any kind, not just this topic), concerns, comments, or just plain “HELLO!” always!
Best wishes,
SumaSruti

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Om Namah Shivay…

Om Namah Shivaya

To All My Dear Mentors!
I just wanted to take the time to write this letter in your appreciation.
Thank you for being there for me through my best and worst times.
The month of November is an auspicious month for me this year. I’ve decided to set aside some time each day to meditate and pray at a local temple and at my house for the well-being of all of the elders in my life who’ve shared with me their wisdom, for all the teachers who give their best efforts out of an intrinsic motivation to see their students grow, for the good health of all my loved ones and of course, for myself – to cultivate the wisdom and courage to continue leading a life of good purpose and doing conscientious work that I seek out and which comes my way.
I hope you’re all doing well and are in good health.
Thank you very much for your time, energy, efforts over the years in helping sustain our community and for your presence in my life.
With gratitude,
Sincerely,
Suma

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October 31, 2013 · 3:18 am