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Sri Vaishnavism- Beyond Caste& Creed

December 18, 2018

” A Breath of fresh air in the present day pollution ridden by caste & creed”
He is a symbolic identity that Sri Vaishnavism is founded strongly on pillars of Bhakti and beyond caste and creed considerations. He belonged a Panchamkulam . He used to sing songs in the praise of Lord Sri Ranganadha playing veena. Lord was so pleased that he made the archakas to carry him on their shoulders and bring in to the Temple. “Amalanadipiran” is the Divya prabhandham sung by him. (Courtesy Bhakti Nivedana )



Philosophy Simplified -1

September 19, 2018

వేదాంతం: అతి సూక్షముగా మరియు సరళంగా
“మాధవ సేవగా సర్వప్రాణి సేవ ” చిన్న జీయర్
(వికాసతరంగిణి, బెంగళూరు వారి సౌజన్యముతో )


How I Learned to Love Ants: NRI Interns Experiences at a School for Tribal Children

September 7, 2018

How I Learned to Love Ants

At the beginning of the VT Seva internship, when I first arrived at the Hyderabad ashram, I saw a single ant crawling across the floor of my room. My instinctive reaction was to freak out, drop my luggage and run out of the room. But that night, while I was sleeping, a couple more ants creeped into the room. The next morning, when I opened up my suitcase, six or seven ants scurried out, once again scaring me to death. I thought there was no way I could live with so many ants. However, just a few days later, I found myself in the Varija ashram, lying in bed and just watching as ants crawled all over me and my friends. By living with and learning to embrace the ants, I learned a lot of lessons, many of which mirrored the lessons that I learned from my interactions with the students in the schools we visited.

Ants are resilient. They survive even through tough conditions, and they make the most of whatever they find, whether it’s a spilled grain of rice or a wrapper left out. Seeing the villages in Allampalli, and the stick huts and bad conditions that many of the students lived in, reminded me of the way the ants survive even in tough conditions. For me, seeing the children happy and thriving even though they had so little made me realize how much I have and how lucky I am. My experiences during the internship taught me to be thankful for what I have instead of complaining about everything I don’t have, and I’ve learned to make the most of what I have in every situation. This has led to me having a much more optimistic outlook on life, and influencing the attitudes of those around me in a positive way.

Ants taught me to support others and share. When one ant finds food, it immediately alerts many more ants, and they all work together to carry the food. Once, I even saw one ant under another injured ant, helping the injured ant move. This is similar to how the students in the gurukulams support and look after each other. In Allampalli, I witnessed how the girls comb each other’s hair every morning before school, and how the older kids look after the younger children. At the Nethra Vidyalaya schools, the students hold on to each other when they walk, and together, they are able to travel around the campus. Learning to support others and take support from others when I needed it was a very important lesson for me to learn during this internship, and from now on, I will always strive towards teamwork and cooperation.

Ants are strong, both physically and mentally. They carry crumbs of food that are many times bigger than they are, and they never give up, once they have a goal in their mind. The students at the schools were also very mentally resilient and strong. Many of the young kids at Allampalli that I talked to had lost parents or family members, and most of the residential students were dealing with stresses such as homesickness and pressure to succeed. However, they manage these difficulties and stay strong and optimistic. All of the students all each school also have goals in mind of what they want to become, and they work tirelessly and study hard so they can reach their goals. Seeing these kids has inspired me to be more diligent about setting goals and working hard to reach them, and staying tough even in times of adversity.

I learned these and many other lessons during the internship, and I feel so grateful to have had this opportunity, and to have met these kids and gotten a glimpse into their lives. This experience has shown me how fortunate I am, and it has truly changed my outlook on life.



Life, Learning and Love: NRI intern’s Experiences

September 7, 2018

Life, Learning, and Love

    Alfred Mercier, an American poet, once aptly observed, “What we learn with pleasure we never forget”. I realized this quote through my experiences in the VT Seva Summer Internship. I learned so much from the kids I met, and  I will never forget these lessons because I genuinely enjoyed learning them. When I reached Divya Saketham on the first day, I was prepared to go to the schools and simply teach children spoken English while observing their daily activities. Luckily, I was greeted with something completely different.

    After a six-hour long bus ride to Allampalli, I was greeted by over a hundred kids jumping with joy at the gate, waving at me and smiling. I was taken aback by the amount of energy they had, and the second I stepped off of the bus I was overcome with hugs and welcoming words. This was just a glimpse of the amazing family that I would meet and bond with over the next few days. When I came out of the room after freshening up, the kids had the same overwhelming, undying love and energy that they had when they first greeted me. The boys first pulled me aside and started to teach me how to play cricket, calling me “Akka” and showing me with hugs and empathy. I learned many of their names, and they asked me about my family and my hometown. I could tell that they were genuinely interested and cared for me, which was an amazing feeling.

Then, I went to meet the girls, who were also very genuinely caring and sweet. They asked me questions such as the names of my parents and their professions, and one of them even braided my hair! The kids told me about their lives too, and they took me up to the roof of the gurukulam to show me the village. After hearing about their lives, I was even more in awe of the unconditional love that these students showed me. Since we reached after school had ended, all of these students were residential, and they told me about how they were so grateful to just have three meals a day. I couldn’t imagine going through that and still having so much happiness and love to share. I realized that these kids are so much more hard-working and deserving than me,  and I felt so much respect toward HH Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji for giving these worthy kids an amazing opportunity for education and advancement.

After playing with the students for a while, we went to recite the Vishnu Sahasranamam with the Swami at the ashram, Shantharam Swami. Almost all of the kids had the entire Vishnu Sahasranamam memorized, and it was amazing to see how devoted and disciplined they acted! Dinner with the kids was also a new experience. The kids were the ones who served us, and some of them even helped prepare the food by cutting/washing vegetables! They were so hospitable towards us, during the first day and the entire stay, always making sure that we were comfortable and that we had enough to eat, etc. After dinner, the kids worked on their homework, and the interns went to bed after writing our journals. While reflecting on the first day, I was so excited to work with the students in the classrooms the next day, because I wanted to spend a lot more time getting to know these amazing children.

The next day, I woke up early to attend their morning yoga. I tried to perform the moves that all of the kids performed with grace, but it was so difficult! I felt foolish because I came with the expectation of having to teach them, but they were the ones teaching me yoga! I met a boy who was a champion in a yoga competition, and he showed me some of his astonishing abilities. After yoga, we attended morning prayer. The students were so disciplined, and they had all of the prayers, such as the Krishnashtakam and the Haryashtakam memorized. We got ready, then after morning prayer and breakfast, we attended morning assembly, when the nonresidential students arrived as well. During morning assembly, the principal introduced us after the kids sang bhajans and recited shlokas. We were again welcomed extremely happily by all of the children, and I felt very blessed and accepted in their school.

Then, we split up into groups and went to the classrooms. The children were so sweet and dedicated to their studies! They were very disciplined as well, way more so than the students in America. For example, when the teacher came in, they all stood up and said “Jai Srimannarayana”, and only sat down when the teacher said that they could do so. To help teach the kids English, we taught them games such as hangman and word association. But though we helped improve the English skills of these students, and taught them new math skills such as factoring, they taught us so many more skills that are more important in the real world. They taught us gratitude, friendship, and unconditional love. These children were so gracious towards us, treating us like their family and making us feel like royalty. From the way they called me “Akka”, to the way they always asked if I had eaten, to the way they would hug me, hold my hand, and scream my name every time I came out of my room, I could tell that they were amazing people

The next day, we went to another gurukulam in Beersaipet. We didn’t get to interact with these kids as much, but we were able to collect data for Project Samyatha. It was amazing to see the goals of the children and their accomplishments so far. Most of these kids’ parents were farmers and laborers, but these kids were able to dream outside of their village, aiming to become teachers, doctors, soldiers, etc. I was so proud to see their dreams, and I can’t wait until they fulfill their goals! Also, many of the students are first in dance, singing, academics, etc., and I kept thinking about how much the gurukulam has changed the lives of the kids. At the end of the day, they put on a talent show, and my favorite act was a tribal dance that many girls danced to. They had so much energy, and I could tell they were having fun embracing their culture and introducing it to us interns! At the end of the day, we said goodbye to these amazing kids and encouraged them to keep studying well, then we drove back to Allampalli.

We spent the next few days in Allampalli, and the amazement I felt on the first day never wore off. It amazes me how, despite having so little in their lives, the kids at this gurukulam are so grateful and happy for what they have, and they give to others so much more than they receive. I never saw one kid complain about the ants and mosquitoes, the cold showers, the lack of service, or any of the slight inconveniences that I felt when I first reached there. These kids are able to form lasting friendships with anyone they meet, and they shower their classmates as well as us interns with unconditional love. We did nothing to deserve this love from them, but they are giving it to us with no inhibitions. With these traits, these kids will be able to get through life’s problems easily.

These kids are so studious and hardworking, and have such ambitious goals for themselves. They all want to create a better lives for themselves than their parents had created for them, but I could tell how much pressure this put on all of the kids. Many of the children in the older classes talked to me about how they wouldn’t be able to afford college unless they earned a free seat, meaning they would have to work harder and study more than the rest of the students in the country that they are competing against. Also, when we went into the market, I realized how hard the lives of the kids are. The huts, which are self-built, do not have a sturdy roof or sidings, and they are essentially just one room. Many of the non-residential students told me that the one lunch meal they got for free in the gurukulam was their only solid meal during the day!

When I first reached the gurukulam, I was astonished at how the young residential kids were taking care of themselves, and how the older kids would help the younger kids get ready, or take care of them when they were sick. Despite the residential kids having a hard life away from their parents, some of them may prefer this to spending time at home, because the gurukulam has better facilities. Comparing this to my life, I have everything I need and more to be happy, and I realized that I should never complain about something I don’t have, because these kids feel incredibly lucky just to be able to go to school.

From Allampalli, we spent a day in Divya Saketham, then we flew to Visakhapatnam to go to the Nethravidyala at Varija. Before I even reached Varija, I was excited to see the fulfilling lives that the children had created for themselves despite their visual impairments. I had already heard so much about how these kids were becoming first in their class, were chess champions, etc. When I reached there, however, I was even more pleasantly surprised at how self-sufficient these children were. The first day we visited all of the classrooms, the children greeted us with a jovial “Jai Srimannarayana” and a song. It was so inspiring to see how hardworking the children were, and how genuinely interested they were in their education.

Also, it was really cool to see their library, where the books were in Braille, and to see the kids taking notes while the instructor lectured. I had heard about their abilities, but the thing that I was most surprised about was how most everyone, even the completely blind students, were able to navigate the rooms and the school with very little help from other students!

The VT Seva Summer Internship has taught me that life never stops teaching, and that I can learn from the most unexpected of sources. I came to India expecting to teach children spoken English, but these kids in turn taught me about unconditional love, compassion, perseverance, and acceptance through their actions in every moment. This was such a unique experience that taught me so much. I will forever remember the kids that I met, and the memories I made on this trip.


Old age, a boon or a bane? (Telugu)

May 26, 2018

ఇంకొక భావ వాహిని

ముసలితనము ఒక వరమా లేక శాపమా ?

రెండువైపులా పదునైన ఉద్దేశ్యాలే ,
ఉదయాన్నే సూర్యభగవానుడికి నమస్కరిస్తూ ,
నా జీవితములో ఇంకో రోజు ,
రాత్రంతా కలత నిద్రే , కారణాలు అనేకం ,
వయస్సుతో వచ్చే రోగాలకు , జీవితాంతము మందులే ,
ఇదంతా సామాన్యమే కదా వైద్యులు ప్రకారం ,
పైగా ఒక చిన్న పొగడ్త , మాకంటే మీరే ఆరోగ్యము ,
“ఆరోగ్యమే మహా భాగ్యం ” అనే సామెత కి ,
మహాభాగ్యం వైద్యులదీ , అస్పత్రులదీ , మందుల కంపెనీలదీ !
ఎప్పుడూ వెంటాడే చిన్నదిగులు ,
రోగం తో రోజులెలా గడుస్తాయి ?
ఉత్తినే దేశ సేవ చేస్తానన్నా నమ్మేట్లు లేరు ,
శరణాగతి తప్ప అన్యధా శరణం నాస్తి .

Bhava Vahini -1

May 14, 2018

ఇది భావ కవిత అనటం , కంటే భావ వాహిని అనటమే సమఞ్జసము గదా !
unity in diversity కి వ్యతిరేకము diversity in unity గురించి రాయటం మొదలు పెట్టాను .
అది ఈ రకంగా అయిందో చూడండి .
భావ వాహిని 3:
ఒక భారత దేశం లోనే 125 కోట్ల మంది . ప్రతి ఒక్కరికీ ఒక ఆధార్ ,
ప్రతీ జీవితము లోనూ ఒక వైవిధ్యం ,
భాషలో , యాసలో , వేషంలో , తిండిలో ,
మరి తెలివిలో , సంపదలో , తిండిలో , నివాసాల్లో ,
ఇంకా ఎన్నెన్నో !
కాని , అందరికీ ఒక అమ్మ మరి ఒక నాన్న ఉన్నారుగదా ,
పెరిగి పెద్దయ్యేందుకు ఒకరి పెంపకం ,
మళ్ళీ సంతానము కనేందుకు ఒక తోడు| ;
శ్వాస , దప్పిక , ఆకలి , హార్మోనుల ప్రభావము
అందరి మీదను కూడా ,
ఈ యానం లో ఒడిదుడుకులు ఎవరికీ తప్పవు ,
ఆశలు , అడియాసలు , ప్రేమలు , కక్షలు , కోపాలు , తాపాలు ,
బ్రతికుండేందుకు పోరాటం ,
ఏదో ఒక మతం , కులం , ఆలోచనా విధానము , లింగం ,
18 ఏళ్ళు దాటితే ఒక ఓటు కూడాను ,
శాంతి సౌభాగ్యాలు , కావాలని అందరికీ ఉంటుంది .
అందుకు మన ఓటును సరిగ్గా వాడాలి కదా

Bhava Vahini 2

May 14, 2018

మరింకో భావవాహిని

మనిషీ -నీ తప్పులేదు :

మనిషే ఒక కోరికలపుట్ట , దానికి పైన మనసు కూడా ,
అంతులేని వినియోగ సామానులు, అవసరాలు, అనవసరాలు కూడా ,
వాటికి పిచ్చి ఎక్కించే ప్రచారము,
అందులోనూ ఎడాపెడా గొంతులు కోసుకునేట్టు ,
నీ ఎంపిక లో ఎంత అయోమయం ,

పోతే, ఒకప్పుడు రాజకీయాల్లో రెండో మూడో పార్టీలే ,
సబ్బులు, కార్లు,సినిమాల్లో హీరోలు హీరోయిన్లు
అంతా వేళ్ళ మీద లెక్కే ,
ఆహార విహారాల్లో కూడా పరిమితమైన ఎంపికే ,
జీవితం లో ఒక సంతృప్తి ,
ఇప్పుడో ? ఎన్ని రకాలు ప్రతిదానికీ నూ ,
మనిషీ ! నీ తప్పు లేనే లేదు
నీ ఆవేదనకు అసంతృప్తి కి ఇదే కారణమై వుందా ?
ఆలోచించు , ఈ విష చక్రంలోనుంచి బయటికిరా.

నేను రాసిందే
అద్దంకి రామకృష్ణ


మాటా ! నీతో మాట్లాడనా ?

January 16, 2018


మాటా ! నీతో మాట్లాడనా ?

నీ మీద నాలుగు మాటలు చెపుదామంటే

ఒక్కటీ రాదే.

నిన్ను రూపు దిద్దాలంటే ఎంత కష్టం !

రోజంతా  నీతోనే పని మాకు ,

ఒక శ్రోత గా లేక కర్త గా.

మాట మీద మాట పెరిగితే

మరో ప్రపంచ యుధ్ధమేనేమో .

ఎవరితో ఎలా మాట్లాదాలి

అది తెలిసిన వాడిదే విజయం  కదా ?

నిన్ను కూడా కొనేసేందుకు


ఎన్నికల్లో పార్టీలు,

టి వి , రేడియో  మాటలను లను కూడా

కొని పారేస్తున్నారు కదా.

మాటలలో  సత్యం, ప్రీతి,

మధురం, మితం అన్నీ కరువైయాయి .

అందుకేనెమో మనసు విప్పి మాట


అంతా యాంత్రికం , మాటల

మాయాజాలం   ఈ ప్రపంచం.

One Evening Dawn in a village: Telugu Bhava Kavita

November 9, 2017

చెదురు మదురుగా, భావాలు రావడం, వాటిని

తెలుగులో చెప్పే ప్రయత్నము చేస్తున్నాను. అందులో

ఇది ఒకటి:

ఒక   వేసవి సాంధ్య

పెరటిలో నీళ్ళు జల్లి, కాగిన పుడమి తల్లి

చల్లారిన  మట్టి లోంచి  ఓ అద్భుత  సువాసన ,

పట్టు మంచం మీద, బాదం చెట్టు కింద

ఆకాశంలో  సప్త రంగులు వెదజల్లే సూరీడు ,

పక్కనే, లేగ దూడలతో సహా నెమరు వేస్తున్న

గోమాతలు సహవాస  గంధం,

అటువైపే విశ్వాసమైన ఓ

వూరికుక్క దాలిగుంటలో   ఆదమరిచి విశ్రాంతి,

పైనే చెట్టుమీద పక్షులు కడుపు నింపుకుని

గూటికి చేరిన కలకలారవాలు,

దగ్గిరే ఉన్న గుడి లోంచి

పూజ మంత్రాల   పుణ్య ధ్వనులు,

మరో వైపు , పిల్లలు ఆటలలో

మైమరిచి చేస్తున్న అల్లరి ఆనంద కేరింతలు,


ఆ  సమయం అసమాన్యం,  అనన్యం,

కోట్లకు కూడా  కొనలేని ఓ వేసవి సంధ్య


What is old age? stray thoughts in Telugu

November 9, 2017


వచన కవిత : అద్దంకి రామక్రిష్ణ

కొంత మనస్సు తో
కొంత వయుస్సు తో
కొంత సమాజం తో
వెరసి ఓ ముసలి జీవితం
గమ్యం, లక్ష్యం లేని జీవితం
చెప్పుకోలేని బాధలు
అంతులేని భావతరంగాలు
మన అదుపులో లేని చివరి ఘట్టం
ఈ రోజూ గాలి పీల్చుకుంటున్నాను !
రేపు కోసం వేచి వుంటున్నాను ?