Sunday, December 26, 2010

The present and past Trustees of MLB Trust who attended the Silver Jubilee function in the morning session on 26.12.2010

The Invitees who attended the MLB Trust Silver Jubilee function in the morning session on 26.12.2010


The valedictory functions of the Silver Jubilee year of Mallimadugula Lalithamba Bangarayya Trust have taken place on 26th December 2010. This was to mark the end of an year long programs.
A lunch meeting was held at the school prememis and all the present and past trustees were invited with families to thank them for rendering their services to the Trust. They were also presented small mementoes as remembrance to show our appreciation. All the Trustees past and present have attended. They came from Hyderabad and Berhampur, having traveled all the way to attend this function.
In the evening, the program started with tea at 4.30 the local Visakha Public Library Hall. Sri D.V. Subba Rao, leading lawyer and ex-mayor, Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation presided and Dr. B. Parameswara Rao, Founder, BCT was the Chief Guest. Prof. K. Vithal Murthy, Sri K.S. Sastry were speakers. Three distinguished persons of Vizag, Smt. Saraswati Devi Digumarti, Sri G.S.N. Sarma, Gandhian and Sarvodaya Leader and Smt. Rukminamma, of Kasturba Gandhi Memorial Trust were honored. A Souvenir, edited by Smt. Vijaya Murthy was released by the Chief Guest, to commemorate the occasion. The souvenir contained articles highlighting the Trust's high ideas and ideals of women empowerment, child education, girl child, uplifting the downtrodden and upholding Gandhian principles.
The speakers spoke highly of the work done by the Trust to the society, especially the role played by it in educating children of local rajak, fishermen's and slum colonies. Dr. Parameswara Rao said that the MLB Trust and the school run by it are providing a platform for the creativity of children. Dr. Vithal Murthy traced a comparison of the Trust to Kalpavriksha quoting a poem from Potana's Andhra Bhagavata. Trust's Chairperson Kum. Jaganmohini welcomed the guests and the secretary, Dr.(Smt) V.R. Mayadevi presented a report of the activities of the Trust. She also thanked Gayatri Vidya Parishad for the help and supprot they are providing in running the school.Smt.A.Vijaya Murthy introduced the souvenir. vote of thanks was presented by Sri M.N. Murthy.

Reported by Vijaya Murthy (Jijji)

Making a good start in 2011

The year 2010 is coming to an end, and a new decade is starting. It is time to reflect back at the year that is ending and see what we accomplished and where we stand. It is time to make new resolutions too.

“Let us start from the very beginning” (sound of music). I am sure most of us made some resolutions on 1st January, 2010. Who ever didn’t, and wants to do from this year, it is the very beginning for them. People, who made some decisions in 2010, let us contemplate and self retrospect about those decisions. How far we stuck to the rules, how far did we meet the goals, whether they are practically reachable goals or they are only dreams and are too ambitious? If we did reach the goal, then let’s think whether they are very easy to accomplish and decide whether we can make little more difficult goals and challenge ourselves this year.

The goals and resolutions can be on either at physical level or at mental level or at intellectual level. We have to remember that any of these can be a stepping stone towards spiritual level. Remember, that one small step of yours can become a giant leap for mankind. The main ingredient in this formula is the determination and self discipline which should be followed by self check from time to time.

When you want to make a resolution, remember that it is for you and for your own good, but not to please somebody else. “You can cheat others but never your conscience, your God” (Swami Chinmayananda). Sincere attempt always gives results. Where there is a will, there is a way. No excuses and no postponement. This is not an advice only a suggestion. If I say advice, I am sure to accept some one else’s advice. If I say suggestion, then, people might read thinking it is only a suggestion, we can read and see whether we agree or not and decide on our own.

Hope we all can make a change within ourselves and to others around us. Let’s take a step forward and make a resolution for the year 2011. Let us remind ourselves what “Ushakalam” stands for, how our older generations started this “family magazine” and how it embraced all the relatives under one cover and how the ideas and talents were recognized and appreciated. Why don’t we all make posting one article, one photo, one quote or one idea to “Ushakalam” as one of our resolutions and feel good to see how “Ushakalam” (dawn) blossom into full sunshine.

Sailaja Somayajula

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


I once asked my Guru Swami Chinmayanandaji which one of the slokas of the Bhagavad Geeta is the best. He looked at me keenly and said, “you go to a medical shop and ask the shop assistant which of his medicines is the best”. I was surprised.I said “But Swamiji, how can he answer that question? Each medicine is for a different disease, for a different intensity, for a different person. How can any one say which is the best?” “My dear, you yourself have answered your question. Different people have different problems, at different times, and of different intensity. The same sloka may be appealing at one time and may not be so appealing at a different time. And people with similar problems may find solace and solution in different slokas. So you have to decide for yourself which is most appealing to you and which gives you an answer to a particular problem of yours,” explained Swamiji.
He was absolutely right. I learnt it with experience. Different slokas were appealing at different times and gave me solutions differently. But they do give. You find answers to all your doubts, all your problems, all your questions. Only thing is, you have to know how to look, how to apply it to your question. You will find all the answers.
But this article of mine is not about that. I am an avid reader of Geeta, I read different commentaries, and I try to apply its teachings in life. Geeta explains how a man can fall mentally and intellectually, to the depths of no return and ruin himself totally and completely, by just taking one wrong step. Of course it also gives the solution, how to rise yourself and correct your path. But it is a different and torturous path, One has to be very tenacious in walking that path. Isn’t it better that we yield ourselves not to take that one small wrong step once? A little boy was playing with a ball on the terrace and the ball slipped out of his hand. It first took one step downward, then rolled on to the 4th step, picked up speed, and rolled on and on, not stopping or looking back even once until it reached the very bottom of the cellar! And to retrieve it, the little boy has to go all the way down and slowly and painfully has to climb up again.
When Bhagiratha requested mother Ganga to come on to the earth, she thought that after all it is only one step from the heavens on to the head of Lord Siva. But what happened? After that one step, she had to jump on to the Himalayas, then roll down to the plains, then flow to the ocean and she did not, could not stop herself from reaching the depths of the nether regions (Paatala). This is how a fall happens when you take one step wrongly.
Let us see what Bhagavad Geeta says about the fall of man. We have two beautiful slokas in the 2nd chapter Geeta, slokas 62 and 63.
Dhyayato vishayan pumsah sangasteshupa jaataye /
Sangaat sanjaayate kaamah kaamat krodhobhijaayate // ( II-62)
Knodhad bhavati sammohah sammohat smruti vibhramah /
Smrutibhramsat buddhi naashah buddhi naasaat pranasyati // (II-63)
The basic meaning of the slokas is:
“When a man thinks of objects, ‘attachment’ for them arises; from attachment ‘desire’ is born; from desire arises ‘anger’; from anger comes ‘delusion’; from delusion ‘loss of memory’; from loss of memory the ‘destruction of discrimination’; from destruction of discrimination, man ‘perishes’.
Man is basically God with a body, mind and intellect. But by his own fault he falls from his Godhood and perishes. How? These two noble slokas of the Geeta explain how it happens. It also explains how, many of the seekers of the Truth, after long periods of practice, come to wreck themselves upon the rocks of failure and disappointment, by taking one small wrong step, innocently, unknowingly.
This is called the ladder of fall. I call it, falling in the mouth of a snake – on the board of “Snakes and Ladders”. It is always one small step, innocently getting indulged, just thinking of the worldly objects. Of course, after all, worldly objects have an attraction of their own. Our five faculties of perception are meant to carry the stimuli from the outer world to the mind. Don’t ever mistake or blame the five sense organs. They are only the windows through which the stimuli get carried to the mind. Mind is the culprit. Always. But once we know how we have fallen, we shall know how to get back to our pristine glory and inward perfection. That is the “Rise of man”.
The source of all evil starts from our wrong thinking, or false imaginations. Thought is creative, to make us or mar us. It can either be rightly used for constructive activities, but also can be misused which will totally destroy us. We look at so many objects (objects include people also) but most of them get away totally unnoticed. Yet some may attract us and we start thinking about them (dhyana). This is the first wrong step. If at this stage it self, we control the mind, divert it, we are fine. But if we don’t control the mind and constantly think of a sense object, the thought gets thickened and an attachment towards that object is created (sangah). And when more and more thoughts flow towards that object, the thoughts crystallize to form a desire to possess and enjoy that object (kaamah). This is the third step. The desires don’t stop even if we possess that object. There will be other attractions and other desires, more and more. There is also another possibility. You may not always be in a possession to possess and enjoy that object of your desire. There will be obstacles in your path. So your thoughts are directed towards that obstacle and get crystallized. This results in anger towards the obstacle which is standing between you and the object of your desire (krodha).
An intellect clouded with anger experiences delusion (sammohah). A man blind with anger starts seeing things in his enemy which are not really there at all. This is called delusion. And this deluded intellect looses its ability to discriminate as it looses all its past memories (smruti vibhramah). Even if that person happens to be a very close friend, the deluded person, in his anger, forgets all his past sweet memories. He forgets himself. Only his anger towards that person persists. Such a deluded fool may even fight with his own teachers or parents – haven’t we seen such incidents happen? He forgets his sense of proportion and relationship with things and beings around him. Such a deluded intellect forges its dignity and culture, and looses its discriminative capacity (Buddhi naasah). Such a man with a deluded intellect must but perish(pranasyati).
On the other hand, an intelligent man must use his intellect, buddhi to discriminate and differentiate the good from the evil, and form a standard in oneself and warn the mind as often as possible against its lustful sensuousness and animalism. Such constant warnings help an individual to rise from a fall and gradually he rises from an animalistic man to a proper human being and soon makes him a god-man.
Keep a goal and always work towards achieving it. It diverts the mind from unnecessary wanderings in the objective world and getting attracted by it. You don’t have to set up very high goals and struggle in life to achieve them. Always set up a small goal and strive to reach it. Then another, one step higher. You have to always see that the mind doesn’t get diverted. Keep it with you and engage it in reaching your goal. May all of you be successful in achieving your goals.

A.Vijaya Murthy (jijji)


Mallimadugula Lalithamba Bangarayya Trust (MLBT) started by the Mallimadugula family in Visakhapatnam is celebrating its Silver Jubilee Year. The celebrations were inaugurated on January 2nd of this year – the Founders’ day (Sri M.Jagannadha Rao (Atmaram)’s birthday. There were several programs during the year, especially for the school children. This school was started by the Trust and is now a high school, running with the help of Gayatri Vidya Parishad. The valedictory function is being celebrated on 26th of December when a souvenir is also being released in which many of the Trustees and other eminent personalities have written articles. On that day three well known freedom fighters are also being honored. We will bring out a report after the function is over.

A.Vijaya Murthy (jijji)

Changlum Road in Thimphu. The main thoroughfare

Overall view of the Thimphu Dzong - fortress. Now the secretariat

Performance by the Khuju Luyang troupe. The dance is Joenpa Legso - welcome song and dance

Building of Bhutan Development Corp Ltd. Our pretty guides Deki Deki and Tashi are on the left and right ends

Shangrila-La or Bhutan

The first thing that strikes a visitor to Bhutan is the happy coexistance of an ancient culture with the trappings of today's life styles and technology. The recently democratised kingdom seems to be going through this change seamlessly and without any resistance from any kind of "moral police", as we are unfortunately witnessing in India.

On landing at Paro, the only airport in Bhutan, one sees the majestic, though small, airport terminal built like any other Bhutanese structure with its ancient and traditional architecture of sloping roofs and vibrant colours. Then you walk into a very modern and well equipped interior manned by polite, helpful and quietly efficient personnel. This kind of happy mixture is to be found everywhere. That the latest has not yet arrived in Bhutan was proved when our flight had to circle over the Paro airport for some time looking in vain for a break in the cloud cover and then get diverted to Kolkata because of poor visibilty and lack of ILS facility at the only airport Bhutan has. As it is located at an altitude of 2,280 metres bad visibility is not an infrequent event.

Bhutan, as we all refer it to, is not the actual name of the country. The British, the Tibetians et al gave it several names. One interesting explanation given, may be true or may be not, was that some Tibetians called it "bhuuu taan" meaning (it was at the) end of Tibet! Other names tossed around are: Lhomen Jong - Southern land of the Herbal(Tibetians use this name), Homen Khazi - the Country of Four Doors, Boo-taan - High Land and Bho-tay - People from High Land. Its actual name is Druk Yul, meaning the Country of the Dragon. The story goes that in the XV or XVI century one Drukpakagyud lama started a school in this land. One day he heard a mighty noisy thunder. Then he named his school the Thunder Dragon School and the country the Land of the Thunder Dragon.

The language of the country is Dzongkha, that is, the language spoken in the Dzong or the fortress. It is common in the western part of the country. Over a period of time this sophisticated court language became the national language spoken by the general public. There are some 13 different dialects in this small country of over 683,000 people, mostly Mahayana Buddhists, spread over 38,394 sq kms in 20 administrative districts. Dzongkha is written in the u-chen script, which is the Tibetan script. It is derived from the Devanagari script in the VII century by theTibetan monk Thonmi Sambhota.

The capital city, Thimphu, which translates as Sinking Hill, is a pleasant two hour drive on the road built by India's Border Roads Organisation. One feature on the road that is not a common sight is the confluence of the rivers Paro chu and Wang chu at the Chuzom check-post on the road from Paro to Thimphu. It can be clearly seen from the road. The roads in the towns are clean, dust free, pothole free and hawker free. Everybody follows the road rules and there is no policeman to be seen on any road or road junction. Crime is rare and it is absolutely safe for women to venture out alone at any time of the day or night. The fact that crimes against women are non existent has much to do with the freedom with which boys and girls move and interact and the fact that weddings are simple affairs with no demands for dowry of any kind. At 2,220 metres, Thimphu has a very salubrious climate, not too hot, not too cold.

The majority of the people dress in traditional clothes, though jeans, suits and such western clothes are also worn. Men wear shoes, stockings (mostly black) and the Gho, a long and loose garment that is tucked up to knee length, just up to where the stockings end. It is tied in place with a cloth belt called Kera. It is loose and spacious above the waist, spacious enough to carry groceries and even a small baby. The men's shirt is called the Tego. The women wear an in-shirt called the Wonju and an ankle length wrap-around skirt called the Kira which is tied around the waist with the Tego. The collar and sleeves of the Wonju are folded over the Kira, making the ensemble very attractive. They all clip-clop around in heels.

This is Bhutan, a real Shangri-La, isolated from the bad influences of the world and leading a fairly pristine existence. Yet they have taken the good things that modern civilization has to offer, making it one of the better places in our world.

D V R Rao (Nani)


Saturday, December 11, 2010

We have seen this news item in the Eenadu dated 9th December 2010 and we wanted to share it with everyone.

Devi, Lakshmana Rao

Digumarti Sharat is the son of Digumarti Ramadas and Uma of Visakhapatnam.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The following photos have been sent by U S Murthy (suri babu) to be posted in Ushahkalam they were taken on the occassion of his 80th Birthday at Chennai at his daughter, Subhadra's residence.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Our trip to coimbatore, Madurai & Rameswaram.

We had been to coimbatore to attend sudha's son's wedding on November 12th, 2010. From there we went to Madurai and Rameswaram.

Here are some of the photos we took there.


Paintings on the roof inside the Madurai Meenakshi temple.

Myself, Sujata atta and Pinni papa inside the Madurai Temple.

This is the view of the Madurai temple from the terrace of the hotel where we stayed.

This is the photo of Pamban Bridge on the way to Rameswaram. The speciality of this bridge is that it is built in the sea and it opens up to allow ships to pass.

This is the view of both the rail and road bridges which are side by side on the way to Rameswaram.

This photo was taken inside the Rameswaram Temple.

The three of us at the Rameswaram Railway station

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Articles are based on the lectures by spiritual leaders and are not based on my personal experience. I wrote these articles to enable readers to get a gist of the lectures which they might have missed.

Any comments are welcome.

K.Chaya Rao,

Journey from the tomb to the womb and back - Part 3

The general thinking is that human beings are puppets in the hands of God and that he makes them play in the drama of life on the stage, called earth and that the strings of the puppets are in his hands. If this was so there would have been no suffering at all because God is love and only love personified. He would never think of punishing His children. On the other hand He is waiting patiently to take all into His loving arms. God has put man to test by giving him thought and free will as stated earlier. Man, by choosing the different available paths and by using missing opportunities that come his way, keeps going nearer or away from God. No other being has been given the poower of thought. Animals live in the present with no repents of the past and no plans for the future.They act according to their instinct in a given situation. They don't bother to think about the next day's food or shelter. On the other hand man is busy planning about the future, his children, grand children, their studies, their security and so on.He is busy gathering possessions and making money in the name of future security. He is so busy that he forgets the business about God and his own spiritual progress. All the wrong paths he adopts and the wrong actions he takes multiply his negative karmas, to the extent that after death he has to take another life on earth in order to learn the unlearnt lessons. But to come back to earth the soul has to struggle a lot and wait with patience, especially those souls which have a balance of positive karma.


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Articles are based on the lectures by spiritual leaders and are not based on my personal experience. I wrote these articles to enable readers to get a gist of the lectures which they might have missed.

Any comments are welcome.

K. Chaya Rao


Every person who takes birth has to die one day or the other. Some are born with perfect health, come sick, blind, handicapped, dumb or mentally retarded and some die early and some live for long, some die a natural death and some in accidents, in wars in murder or due to illness. Why does this happen? God is love and pure love is God so God does not punish anyone. While creating human being, he gave them the power of thought and a free will to choose what they wanted. After birth the human beings get attracted to worldly wealth and forget God,covered by delusion or maya. Use of free will, if not exercised properly leads them further away from God and they, thus mount up the count of negative karmas. Increase in negative karmas leads to birth again on the earth and depending on the karmas each being is born with different defects to undo the negativity. Man himself is responsible for the sufferings and cannot blame creator for it.

When a person dies, his mortal remains are confined to the fire or are buried. Why do they say mortal remains? Because there is an immortal part in the body which leaves the body when the person dies. This immortal part is the life force or the prana or the soul. As has been said in the Bhagawat Gita by Lord Krishna the soul cannot be destroyed by fire or by any other means. Without the soul the human body cannot function. As a matter of fact there are involuntray muscles and some internal organs which function day and night without any rest and without the effort of the person. Who makes these muscles and organs function? As a matter of fact it is said that these are dieties working relentlessly to keep these organs functioning. If man does anything contrary to the laws of Mother Nature these dieties get offended and stop functioning. Doctors can transfer blood transplant organs and make certain organs function with the aid of machines but can anyone manfufacture the organ? Once the life-force leaves the body no mortal man can revive the dead body. Supernatural powers are needed to raise a dead man.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

This article was published in "Eenadu" dated 14th August, 2010.


Monday, July 19, 2010

Article is based on the lectures by spiritual leaders and are not based on my personal experience. I wrote these articles to enable readers to get a gist of the lectures which they might have missed.

Any comments are welcome.

K.Chaya Rao


As a young girl when I saw days old babies smiling, crying or mumbling in their sleep, even when they were not in their mothers' laps, I used to wonder why they do so. My grand mother told me that they are remembering some past events and I didn't understand what she meant. She would also use expressions like "Each person lives according to his karms" etc. All these expressions and many more were in my mind but as I grew older I took things for granted and did not bother to analyze them.

From the day, I started taking interest in spiritual books,the meaning of the expressions because clear and I am now amazed at the level of spirituality which was maintained by earlier generations. More percentage of youth just brush aside any talk on spirituality or past lives and rebirths and there are quite a few who say"Who is God" "where is He" and so on. They want scientific reasoning and explanation foe everything, they forget that our country is spiritually well advanced as compared to the West by things have gone topsyturvy. Our youth want to imitate the westerners and there the westerners are getting more and more spiritually involved. "A little bit of reading, thinking and following reports of incidents of come children who have remembered their past lives and have insisted on going to the place where they lived in their earlier life will make the non-believers bend towards spirituality and its truthfulness.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Dear Cousin:

Three years ago we had a memorable family get-together at Visakhapatnam which was well attended. You too must have attended it, or at least have heard about it extensively. We consider it a success. It had given a chance for those who attended to meet some of our relatives – some of them whom they have never met. It has especially given a chance to the youngsters to know many other relatives.

Considering its success, with a feeling that we can meet more of our relatives, we are planning to have another get-together on 1st (Fri)., 2nd(Sat). & 3rd(Sun). July, 2011, this time in Hyderabad, since most of our extended families live there. Last time the get-together was only for one day which many felt was too short for proper interaction. So this time we are considering to extend it for three days. Arrangements for stay will be done at the venue itself. We will try to make the function and stay very congenial and comfortable.

We want this get-together to be especially interactive for the younger generation, so that they know better about their families, ancestors, and roots. We request the elders to encourage participation of youngsters in your and extended family.

Since this time we are planning to organize the get-together for three days, extensive arrangements for stay, bed, food have to be made. We are trying to get air-conditioned venue, for three days. Considering all this, if 300 people attend, we expect the cost to be nearly Rs.5 lakhs (based on present tariffs). This is not possible for any one person to bear. So we also appeal to you to contribute liberally, which will give an opportunity to you, and your youngsters to meet cousins and know more about them. We appeal for your enthusiastic cooperation.

Now another important thing: We are also planning to bring out a Book - “Family Tree”. This doesn’t confine itself to just one family or one family name (inti peru). We would like to include as many as possible so that the links can be traced. The attached page is the format in which your need to send your information. If your children are adults, married, please make a separate page for each one of them.:

Please make copies of this letter and the page and pass on to as many relatives as possible. Please see that the information is mailed before end October, 2010, to
A. Vijaya Murthy; No.4 Bharat Villa; 9-24-7 CBM Compound; Visakhapatnam 530003.

Thanking you in advance, and seeking your hearty co-operation in making the book and the event a grand success and truly memorable.

To plan, we request you to kindly call Jijji,

Phone - residence:-2713802
cell Phone: 984 914 3114

and let us know before end June, 2010, your probability to attend and how much you can contribute

With affection
yours in

getting together

D Hanumantha Rao
A. Vijaya Murthy (Jijji)

Information Proforma for Family Tree Book.
Fill in and send with photos to reach Smt A Vijaya Murthy without fail by 31st October, 2010 to ensure inclusion.

1. Your full name 2. Your spouse’s name 3. Spouse’s
mother's name
4. Date of marriage
6. Your place of birth / 7. Spouse’s place
of birth
5. Photo of both of you 8. Your date of birth / 9. Spouse’s date
of birth
10. Your postal address.

11.Your home phone Number 12.* Your cell phone No. / 13* Spouse’s cell
phone No.

14.* Your E-Mail. 15.* Spouse’s E-Mail.

16. Your Education / Job 17. Spouse’s Education / Job

18.* In 20/30 words write about you.

19* In 20/30 words let your spouse write about them.

20. Your father's name / Mother's name (Mother's family name & full name.)

21. Spouse’s father's family name & full fame / (mother's family name & full name.)

Children ^

22. 1st. Child's name / ^ spouse’s family name & full name.

23. Photo (of both).

24. ^2nd Child's name / ^ spouses family name & full name.

25. Photo (of both)

Date/ Place Signature
Please list all your children.

PS: If your child is not independent, please give their information (Place & Date of birth, Education,
Cell phone No., E-mail address & any special information) in this page.
If your child is independent, please use separate page, let them giving all the required information.

* We need this information for our record. If you do not wish to have this information in the family book,
please let us know, and it will not be published.

^ If applicable only.

Note: If spouse not alive, please give date of their demise.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Hi all,

My story in telugu called "Flip flop prayanam" is published in the May issue of telugu web monthly magazine called "Koumudi". You can log on to to read it. You can read on the internet or print it out and read at leisure too. Appreciate your comments too!



Earlier this year, Vindhya and I have gone on a trip by a special train - covering various Buddhist places of interest. I posted the photographs along with detailed captions/comments on each one of them.

I believe this could be of interest to others as well.!/profile.php?ref=profile&id=100000304512472

In recent months, Jaideep's articles have been appearing regularly in various magazines and newspapers. I am providing a few links here that could be of interest:

He was also interviewed recently by a Dubai newspaper called The National in connection with his Hyderabad Graphic Novel Project: .

I believe this may interest all those who would like to know more about Hyderabad or about our vanishing cultural heritage in general.


Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Spiritual Knowledge for a Better World
Part - 2

By K. Chaya Rao - Bangalore

Man is so involved in his progress in science, making material gains, trying to take control of matters and and others and thus stealing other's energy and so on that he has totally neglected nature and forgotten that it is the best boon given to man. He has also given up the spirtitual aspect of his life.

Most of us see movies and watch the television in our spare time or rather we try to spare most our time for such things. In the stories therein we come across a lot of unimaginable coincidences . Most of us turn down the story as trash because of the coincidences. Little do we realise that such unimginable coincidences occur in our day to day life also and that these bear a great impportance in our life but unfortunately no one considers these. We had heard many a time people saying " he came just in time to save us" "he must be God himself" we felt God had himself come down to help us through that person and so on. We have also heard of miraculours escapes from major accidents and persons coming back to life after being declared dead. The question arises "who is behind these mysetrious happenings?"

In our day to day life we come across many situations which upset us. Then we have the ego problem and the I, my and mine feelings. These also lead to mental upsets even when failures occur in games or small unimportant matters. Fathers get upset if their children do not obey them, male chuvinists feel his wife should be at his beck and call. A feminist feels that her hyusband should dance to her tune if he really loves her. Children want to force their views on their parents and so on. Thus life seems to be a continuous struggle for power. The examples of struggle for power can be seen even in public like politicians, industrialists film stars and so on.

Such struggle for power results in draining of energy by one or the other. The person who is drained of his energy is forever working out means and ways of getting back his energy. Such fights for energy are seen all over the world starting from a single invidual to the Big powers of the world and thus the world has become a stage where control dramas for acquiring power are being enacted.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Story from Mahabharata
Retold by Vijaya Murthy

Dear Children:

Summer is at the doorstep. And to protect yourself from the heat of the day and the glaring sun you would take out and dust your umbrellas and start unfurling them to protect yourselves while walking. You would anyway be wearing your shoes! But do you know who created the umbrella and shoes and how? Well. I will tell you a little story about it.

Did you hear about Sage Parasu Rama? Well. His parents were Jamadagni and Renuka. When they were young once after finishing their daily chores, prayers etc. they wanted to relax and play. So they took a bow and arrows and went into open fields. Jamadagni would shoot an arrow and Renuka would run after it and before it fell, she would pick it up and bring it back. Every time Jamadagni would shoot the arrow farther and farther away and Renuka would still bring it.

The day was advancing and it was getting hotter and hotter. And then when Jamadagni shot his arrow and Renuka ran after it, the time was lapsing and she was not to be seen returning. Rushi waited and waited and started getting worried when he saw her coming panting and puffing, wiping her sweat with the end of her pallu. Jamadagni was worried. She came closer and he saw that her face was red from the heat, body swathed in sweat.

“What happened my dear? Why were you late?” He asked.

“My Lord, the sun is so hot that I had to rest under a tree to protect my self from the hot sun. My feet are swollen and burnt from the hot earth and sand”, Renuka said.

Rushi Jamadagni was very angry with the sun for hurting his dear wife. He took some water from his kamandalu into his hand and wanted to curse the sun.

Sun god came running. He said, “Oh Jamadagni! Please don’t curse me. It is my duty and my nature to become hot in summer. Then only water on earth will evaporate and rains will come which will give rise to crops. I am only doing my duty”. He then created two things and gave them to Jamadagni. “Please give them to your wife. They will protect her from my heat.

Those two things were, a cute little umbrella and a pair of slippers. They were so pretty that every one had fallen in love with them. Then slowly they started creating them in different colors and designs. And even to day after so many thousands of ears they are so popular. The slippers/shoes protect you from the hot roads and the umbrella protects your head from scorching sun and pelting rain.

So children, learn to respect the shoes and umbrella which were created by the Sun God himself and use them when ever necessary.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Recently, i.e., on 4th February 2010, we went to Dubai for a two week's stay to vist Mahidhar, our elder son who is working there. We would like to share a few photos we had taken there.

This photo was taken in front of Burg Khalifa the tallest man made structure in the world. It is indeed awesome to view.

This photo was taken in the famous Gold souk (market) in Dubai. the variety of designs and ornaments there are mind boggling. There are about 400 gold shops there of which we could cover only 200 in one day.

Devi, Lakshmana Rao
The Articles are based on the lectures by spiritual leaders and are not based on my personal experience. I wrote these articles to enable readers to get a gist of the lectures which they might have missed.

Any comments are welcome.

K. Chaya Rao

Part - 1

During the stage of the early man on our earth and for a few hundreds of years thereafter the earth was a serene, beautiful and healthy place to live in. Man was aware that there was a spiritual force behind his existence and accepted life and death in the most natural way. He ate what nature gave him, lived without any tensions and died a peaceful death to become one with the universal soul. His mind was in a perfet healthy condition as there was no scope for lustre anger, jealousy etc.,

As days went by, the preiests and church men took control of affairs. They intsilled a sort of fear amongst people that if the norms as laid down by them were not followed the people would suffer at the hands of satan and evil times would pester them. This authority went to the extent that the essence of the age old scriptures was forgotten and only blind faith existed in its place. But his state of affairs also did not last long, because the so called priests were found to be corrupt and partial.

Since people did not accept the authority of the church they had to find other means of kanowing the truth. Science started progressing and in the due course people learnt about the various materials on earth. They started living in a more comfortable way and they depended completely on science and technology and would accept any facts only if it could be scientifically proved. Thus spirituality was given a go by. In spite of scientific progress no scientist can explain what force keeps a man breathing till he dies and so to what happens to that force after the man's death.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sri Mallimadugula Prabhakara Rao (more popularly known as Prabhaji) passed away on 3.1.2010 at Berhampur. Here are a few words written about him by Sri U S N Murthy -

My memorable experiences in the company of late Prabhaji

Mallimadugula Prabhakar rao is my maternal uncle in our relationship.He happens to be a first cousin of my mother,Undurthy Lakshmi bai.He was known to me right from my child hood days.Inspite of wide difference in our age,he used to be very close with me and almost all our cousins as well.He was very friendly and very jokular with all young and old.He was a very well read personality.He was able to speak and argue very well with every one on any subject,from sex to salvation!

He took a Diploma in Ceramics from Banaras Hindu Unversity in 30s,if I remember right.He was very thorough in his profession and served well in private as well as Govt.service.He was a very simple,helpful,adjustable personality with good heart and very valuable views for others.He lived a full simple and happy life and left a good example to all of us.May his sole rest in peace.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Sailaja and Jijji made this Rangoli for the wedding of Swapna.(sailaja's daughter) in Chicago. First made the rangoli with pencil on a silk cloth (attached border for decoration) and then the rangoli is filled with different colors of small flowers made with tissue paper and glued on to the cloth."

Being a holiday season, I was thinking of holidays and celebrations and how we are
misguided and practically abuse the meaning of “Celebration”.

What is celebration and what is the purpose of celebration and who benefits from it—these kinds of thoughts crossed my mind. Celebration is a joyous occasion and when we participate in it, we feel happy and our mind will entertain pleasant thoughts. We celebrate God’s birthdays, like Krsihna ashtami, Christmas, Sri Ramanavami, or any festivals like that which are religious traditions. In our Vedas, it says that God will accept anything either gold or even a small flower but only if you offer it to Him “whole heartedly”, but generally we offer Him “hole heartedly”! These celebrations will give you physical happiness when you decorate your home, wear nice clothes and keep your surroundings and your body clean and fresh. The day gives you joy when you visit with family and friends and exchange good ideas, and it gives you mental peace when you do offerings to God. The purpose of celebrating religious functions and festivals is to remember GOD and to reflect on why He took the form and the significance of His “Avatar” and what we can learn from His deeds in that particular manifestation. Some may say that his action can be identified only to that particular period of time and cannot be adopted into this present situation. How wrong they are? You may not be able to adopt them in the present times literally so to speak, but when I said “significance”, you have to consider the meaning and the fundamental truth behind it but should not take it literally. Truth, “satyam” can never be changed in any period of life. Forgetting that celebration means selfless activity, people celebrate both religious and cultural and traditional functions to suit their needs. For instance, when I asked a person what kind of dish that he offered to Lord Krishna on Krishna ashtami, he said “ my wife made “Pulihora” to offer God because it is my favorite dish. How selfish he is? He offered to God not what God would like, but offered to God what he likes! This is the finest example of selfishness!

Does that mean is it enough to celebrate only on that occasion and remember God only once a year? The same question applies not only to God but for people too. Celebrating special days for people is a part of cultural tradition. Is it enough to celebrate Father’s day, Mother’s day, Birthday and Anniversaries like Wedding anniversary and even the Death anniversary once a year and forget about those people for the rest of the year? You can interpret it in different ways. First, even if you remember them everyday, it would be more like momentarily or for a short period of time, like few minutes. But that special day would give you a chance to reflect about them, and if the person is alive, show him your gratitude, your love, your affection, your regards and so forth by celebrating with him. So, this gives you an opportunity to reflect on that person and at the same time reflect on yourself you really feel about him and what you can do for someone else selflessly. If you think in the opposite way, you do celebrate these special days once a year for show off and forget about that person, for the rest of the year, which shows how selfish you are.

The bottom line is it is you who counts here. A dead person is not there to appreciate it. A living person can surely see or read through it whether you are sincere in your actions. Giving some gift or something to a person, it makes you feel good inside and get satisfaction when you see the joy and appreciation from the receiver. The person, for whom you are doing this, is the benefactor and you are the beneficiary. You are reaping the benefits of a good deed.

You are the only one who is responsible for your own actions. We generally take things for granted, especially when you are physically close to one person. “Absence makes the heart grows fonder” is so very true. When you are away, you make it a point to remember since you miss them and want to do something for them. But when you are right there, you forget, or you pretend you are busy or you think of hundred excuses for not acknowledging the other person or even procrastinate and think that you can do next year. You are the one who is missing the opportunity to show how truly you appreciate that person. You are the one who has to make it “a special day” for yourself. It is already a special day for him whether you do it or not, and you better remember the significance of a “Celebration”.

When it comes to festivals, we tend to forget “the significance” completely, and indulge ourselves in merriment by consuming good food, alcohol, gambling by betting even in playing cards, and partying. The trend is to spend more than what you can really afford or what other person really deserve. We even tend to compete with others in gift giving. As if that is not enough, we even expect something from that person. When you give you think, “he better give me something nice to me in return sometime soon, since I am already spending this much money for his gift”. If they don’t meet your expectations, then you are the one who is disappointed, get angry unnecessarily and spoil your own mood. Who is getting affected by all this? It is YOU! And you alone! Remember, the celebration is spoiled for you, and everybody else is enjoying. This is all because you are “expecting”! If you didn’t, then whatever you get is going to be something special for you. Then you can reap the benefit of happiness and thankfulness.

The celebrations are for acknowledging and appreciating one another, but not spending money beyond your means, it is for keeping your body, mind, and intellect in tune with God by praying and offering to God, it is the time to do some activity for others by sharing, donating or doing something for less fortunate than you are, thanking God or reflecting on what you have and appreciating rather than reflecting on what you don’t have or why you don’t have the material things that other person have (which you tend to do in normal every day to day life) and acknowledging all the people you come across in your life and how you are benefited from them directly or indirectly, or sometimes, how their negative words or actions made you strong or made you think and act in the right direction.


Sunday, January 10, 2010

1. If a Man possesses the Whole World,he would not be healthy thereby ,because it perishes and passes away.
2. Though your life lasts a hundred years,you die like a short lived man.The years swiftly pass.
3. With coarse food to eat,water to drink,and a bent arm for a pillow,happiness may still be found.
4. Be in this World lik a trveller,or LIKE A PASSER ON AND RECKON YOURSELF AS OF THE dead.
5. Forgiveness is the strength of the weak and ornament of the strong.
6. Two are the qualities of him/her who is self controlled:FORGIVENESS,GENTLENESS.
7. When you can not find PEACE in yourselfi it is useless to look for it elsewhere!
8. Moral life is the back bone of Spritual life.There cannot be any Spritual life without a moral life.

More in my next,if you fnd them interesting and useful.


Sunday, January 3, 2010

This article was published in The Hindu dated 3.1.2010

Saturday, January 2, 2010


We got some articles from sailaja, USA and Neha (grand daughter of U S Murthy (Suribabu)and daughter of subhadra and prasad.


The New Year, rather a New Decade is approaching in couple of days, and I am sure most of the people are contemplating to start a “New Year Resolution”.

What does Resolution mean? According to dictionary; it is the state or quality of being resolute; firm determination with a course of action determined or decided on. First we should have a goal and second we should have the courage to follow the course of action. In the unmanifested Universe, energy has three qualities known as gunas, and once the energy takes a form one quality of the three predominates. The three gunas encompass all existence, all actions. Thus every person has all the three gunas and one of the three predominates depending on a particular time. Sometimes, a person can have satwic guna prevail at a particular time, and the same person can have rajasic guna prevailing at another time so on so forth. But no matter which quality prevails, an element of each of the other two will always be present as well.

A satwic (noble and pure) person makes a resolution and acts on it and accomplishes it at the end. That means, when he decides on an idea, he sticks with it, and chalks out a plan how he can achieve it and then puts it into action. This type of person would have a strong determined mind and a goal. His aim would be on his goal and he resolves himself to achieve it.

A rajasic (passionate and agitated) person has the enthusiasm to act and resolves to do something, but when he gets into a problem or any obstacle comes in his way, he gets angry, upset and he feels disappointed, sad and decides to quit abruptly. Generally, these kinds of people like to dream about what to achieve but since they do not have a strong foundation, the goal like a building cannot stand on its own and collapses.

When it comes to tamasic (dull and inactive) people, they are so lethargic that they do not want to even consider having a resolution. Even if they have an idea of doing something, they lack the clarity as to how to do it, and so they become defensive and find hundred reasons not to act.
For example, they say” I want to do that particular thing, but I know nobody will appreciate it, or may be I can start after few months etc. They neither have a goal, determination or a plan to achieve something.

Now, don’t sit there and try to figure out what type of person you are! I am sure most of us will say that we are tamasic, because that is the easy way to escape and do nothing. As it was told from many years, all the gunas are in all the people at all times. It is our duty to bring out the satwic guna out into open and try to keep it above all others for most of the time. Have a goal and chalk out a plan and write it down on a piece of paper and start doing it whether it is a big resolution or a small one. For example, small means, “this year I am going to help less fortunate than me, and go out and pay one rupee to a beggar, and say that you have achieved your resolution, and don’t have to do anything else for the rest of the year!” At the same time, don’t resolve so high that it would be practically impossible to achieve. First resolve to do some action and then chalk out a plan and try to do it in few steps. Do one step at a time and keep at it. Do it sincerely and dedicatedly. Get the support of your family, friends or co-workers and by helping and encouraging each other, don’t waver from your goal. The goal is important. If you don’t have a goal, your determination will fade away and you will get into “day dreaming” mode.

Let us join together to resolve to do something good this year if not for the world, but for our own-selves, because, each better individual will make a better world!



Pop’s blue-eyed boy
Whether it’s playback for Bollywood or his own albums, Atif Aslam’s on a high.

He landed on the big stage, with not much pomp and worked his way up. A lot of criticism, some appreciation and rising popularity — a combination that makes Atif Aslam. The blue-eyed boy of pop has won quite a few fans in India. Perhaps, originality and a shift from Bollywood has made him all the more attractive to the Indian market. From being known the Aadat guy to Atif Doorie Aslam it has not been the typical run.
At 21 when most people are still wondering what to do with their lives, this young man was already halfway up the ladder. His playback, for Mukesh Bhatt’s “Kalyug”, is still remembered! And the latest hit that’s taken people to an all-time swooning high is Pehli Nazar from “Race”. Despite accusations of plagiarism the songs are a complete sell away. The addictive charm of the voice doesn’t wear off, whether it’s a Tere bin or a Woh lamhe. Or more recently, Bakhuda from “Kismet Konnection”. The melody is piercing.
Indian exposure
The albums have worked magic as well, considering that in India pop culture has to beat Bollywood at its own game. The number of faces from Pakistan making their foray into the Indian pop scene is daily increasing. Indian exposure gives them an effective platform to the world music scene. And the more ambitious are quickly seizing the opportunities. There have, of course, been bitter feelings and protests against this cross-border talent. But as long as popularity soars none can argue with it. As is the case with Atif. His popularity keeps soaring despite questions about his singing talent. And there is the advantage of any publicity being good publicity.


Niharika is a 1st year student of B.A. Literature in Stella Maris College.
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