Monday, November 10, 2008

Sri Sri Krishna Kali

The pictures relate the sad story of the incomplete restoration work of the temple. Mahashivaratri was celebrated with the same devotion as done every year.
The pictures below show the fervour with which Sri Kalipuja was celebrated before the temple was devastated by the fire.

These are no ordinary pictures..........from New Delhi!
They are of Sri Sri Krishna Kali...Lord Krishna assuming the form of Mother embodiment of the Supreme and the Supreme Power...Paara Brahma and Shakti...only to indicate that He who is the Creator, the Benefactor and the Destroyer is also the Power behind. Shakti is usually worshipped in female form because She is the Inspirer, the Motivator and primarily the Action. This is a concept and philosophy that holds more relevance in today's ambience. What good is all your planning and strategising unless you convert that into Action for implementation? More and more devotees of Shakti are emerging in today's context...there are more pilgrimages than ever to Jwalamukhi and Vaishnodevi...more number of Jaagran and more and more TV serials on the subject. Publicity is one aspect and the need is the other.
It is said that when Lord Vishnu (Pundarikaksha) was incarnated as Sri Krishna, Lord Vishnu's consort and inspiration Goddess Mother Lakshmi (the word Lakshmi emanates from the word Lakshya, which in Sanskrit means goal) was incarnated as Sri Radha in the Dwapad Yuga [age/era](The evolution of ages occurred thus: Sat Yuga, Treta Yuga, Dwapad Yuga and Kali Yuga). Sri Radha could never marry Sri Krishna as did Sri Rama with Sri Sita in the Treta Yuga for the reason stated hereinafter.
Once when a bhakta (devotee) was discussing various aspects of bhakti (devotion), existence, birth and death with Lord Vishnu, Goddess Mother Lakshmi got upset and cursed the bhakta. The bhakta got enraged and cursed Goddess Mother Lakshmi thus: You got upset like a human being, may you go to the world and take birth as a human being. When Radha realised her mistake, she felt aggrieved for she cannot stand separation from Lord Vishnu and asked for ‘sapa vimochanam' (redemption from the curse). Lord Vishnu consoled her, saying that he would take birth as Krishna to Devaki and Vasudeva and would be reared up by Yasoda and Nandagopa in
Brindavan and she can take birth in Brindavan and enjoy his presence always as a maid to Krishna. She took birth (before the incarnation of Krishna) as the child of Maharaja and came to Brindavan and took care of the child Krishna as a Gopi and there was a divine form of love that prevailed between the two.
However the love between Sri Radha and Sri Krishna has always been epitomised. The allegorical love of Sri Radha has found expression in some great poetical works of Govinda Das, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, and Jayadeva the author of Geet Govinda. So intense was the love that Sri Radha was granted a boon by Sri Krishna himself that the world would alsways refer to the couple with Sri Radha's name pronounced before Sri Krishna's, eg., Radha Krishna and NOT Krishna Radha. The divine love could not find a marital bliss. It is true that marriage arrangements had taken place. Plans were being made for the marriage of Sri Radha and Sri Krishna, but Yogamaya Purnamasi-devi came and put a halt to that marriage. She told the parents, "This marriage cannot take place. Their astrological charts are not compatible; their naksatra (constellations) are not well matched. One important sign is missing, and that makes it inauspicious for their marriage. No, no. This marriage must not take place. Abhimanyu,
the son of Jatila, is from the richest family in Vraja. He is
fully qualified, very capable and endowed with all good qualities. He should marry Her." In this way the marriage of Radhika and Abhimanyu took place. It is believed by some that the marriage took place between chaya (shadow images). Sri Krishna's shadow, Abhimanyu, married Sri Radha's shadow.
Now this Abhimanyu Yadav (also called Ayan Ghosh by Bengalis) was a great devotee of Goddess Mother Kali who is the embodiment of Shakti (Dynamic Power of the Universe). Jatila and Kutila (Abhimanyu's sister) did not relish the fact that Sri Radha was time and again going out to see Sri Krishna, as she was married to Abhimanyu and had to confine herself to the shackles of 'this worldly' marriages and stay within limits of societal norms. Therefore one fine day they decided to inform Abhimanyu about Radha's meeting Sri Krishna so often. They expected a bombshell and that is what happened. Abhimanyu picked up a 'Khadga'[a sword] and shouted, "Jai Maa Kali" and in rage walked out of the house to slay Sri Krishna. That is when news reached Sri Radha through the woods carried by her 'sakhis' [friends] that Abhimanyu was following her and Sri Krishna and that once found, he would slay both.

Sri Krishna is always worhipped with yellow 'champa' [magnolia champaca] flowers.
Everyone was offering these flowers at His feet and the news reached that Abhimanyu was raging through woods to 'catch' Sri Radha and Sri Krishna 'red handed'. When Sri Radha fell at His feet and begged Him to save all, He turned to Sri Radha and said, "Radhey, please stop offering these flowers and offer 'gurhal' [hibiscus rosa sinensis] instead, which is used fo worshipping Goddess Maa Kali, at My feet. Do not worry as I am with you." When Abhimanyu Yadav reached the spot, he could not believe his eyes. He couldn't see Sri Krishna there.
Instead he saw Goddess Maa Kali and he inadvertantly uttered, "Jai Maa Kali!!" This vision explained to him that who is Sri Krishna is also Maa Kali. That who is the Supreme is also the Power.
Puri (Orissa) - on the eastern side of the Jagannath Temple
Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh) - on to the north of Rangaji Temple
New Delhi (Delhi) - in D- block Chittaranjan Park, South Delhi - two major events apart from daily worship twice a day - Janamahashtami & Kali Puja (coincides with Diwali)

Bloggers are requested to inform if there are any more such temples!!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Boss! Are You There??

This is a two-day workshop based on the Best Seller, ‘First Break All The Rules’ by Marcus Buckingham. Most of you know that the book is an account of 25 years of research by The Gallup Organisation, which interviewed 80,000 managers across the globe working with different verticals and also different domains. The book was written after the compilation of the report by Gallup. This book has sent ripples in the thought processes of managers.
This module has been conceived, designed and facilitated by Mr Dhruva Trivedy, who has had more than two decades of training interface with different verticals in India and abroad. The title of the workshop had been rechristened to bring it closer to the hearts of working managers, who would be able to identify themselves with real-life situations.
This workshop is perhaps the first of its kind.

It enables our corporate managers with a contemporary precept that improves productivity, reduces attrition and helps to come out of conventional thinking that does not work in the existing scenario. Also to assist in bringing about clarity in building capabilities that not only sustain but help to have an edge in the prevailing competition.

The photographs and the comments uploaded here are from the workshop that was recently conducted for Suzlon Energy Limited, who have embarked on a Gallup Study in the recent past and thought that this workshop would be a useful induction for their senior and middle level managers.
Sl. No.
Course Feedback
About Facilitator
Plan of Action
Critical analysis of role play. How to manage/conduct interview, How to manage Boss.
The Facilitator was very good and knowledgeable, the discussions were interactive. The needs of the workshop were well met by the facilitator.
· Will establish system to have quarterly appraisal of subordinates.
· Will discuss the importance of this workshop and how it will help colleague/manager and the organization.
· Take up PPM with boss.
The complete course. I think the objective is achieved.

· Start quarterly review of Goals.
· Practice 4 keys as a manager.
· Casting and people as per the roles requirement.
Critical analysis of the role play done which helped in course objectives coming though.

· Four keys of successful hiring the process and importance.
· Casting
· Review process and its productivity.
· Take up PPM with Boss.
The Exercises done were fantastic where by we were the actors & later on we were informed about the short comings in us & improvement ways.
Mr. Trivedy should be given more assignments in our company and on a regular basis as he makes you understood the basic concepts clearly.
· How a Boss should be (Ideal Boss).
· Four keys.
· Talent Search.
· IPNI………….etc.
Very best knowledge sharing…..
· Hunting the talents.
· Set the expectations.
· Deal with Boss.
I clearly understood as a senior what I suppose to do. How to handle my junior colleagues and subordinates.
Knowledgeable and good orator.

Session on team building and personal effectiveness scale were particular found most suitable to me.

Selection of talent; what great managers said and the casting process.

· Interview skills.
· How to select a person.

Set goals with your colleague understood weakness develop them.
· Process of selecting new recruit, knowledge skill, and talent.
· How to assign roles based on the talents.

· Don’t waste time in working on weakness work on strengths it will yield faster results.
· Try to find out trigger talent and knowledge and skills can be imported but talent has to be in born.
· Interviewing techniques:- Open ended questions, talent interview not to be clubbed with skill and knowledge interview.
· Selection of right person for night job is the key to success.
· Explaining.
· Visual part understanding.

· Method.
· Quality.
· Experience.
· Fun & Teach.
· Behavior.
Exercises were relevant is my experience and learning level.
Knowledgeable person.

Objectives were clearly defined.

· Analysis of individual team members in view of learning from the course.
· Definite / Planned performance review of the team member.
Exercise – Building a tower.

· Interviewing techniques.
· Know talent areas of juniors.
Self interpretations.
Selling Expectation goal.

· Selection of talent.
· Intro-inspection.
· Motivation to team.
· Four keys
· Gallup Study.
· Interviewing skills.

· Four keys.
· Interviewing skills.
· Performance Management.
· Exercise on introspection.
Talent search and Interview.
Rich experienced & knowledgeable in the course field.
· Introspection.
· Feedback mechanism.
· Interview tips.

· How to conduct a interview.
· How to behave with Boss.
· Casting a role.
How to take interviews.