Archive for July, 2009

Operations Management vs Quality Management

July 21, 2009

One of the challenges Information Technology faces eternally is to:

a. reduce the operational costs of a system/application in production
b. improve the quality of system/application in development

They are inter related. If any company manages one of these areas perfectly, the other area is redundant.

Let us assume company A has a perfect operations management. They can operationally manage any sort of product implemented, let the product has unlimited bugs, the operational management process is so strong that the business is never impacted due to the bugs in the IT due to its efficiency of operations management process and techniques. This is a nirvana of IT Asset operations management. All the systems are proactively monitored, the capacity problems are predicted upfront and fixed before hitting the limit; all the business KPAs are always met that too within the limited budget of operations management.

Let us assume company B has a perfect quality management. Right from the architecture up till implementation all the quality processes are perfected and the product goes live with absolutely no defects. Once implemented there is no need for any operational management. Absolutely no monitoring is required, no performance issue will be there and no bugs to fix.

The “Perfection” in one of the areas means the “Redundancy” of the other area.

Company A’s method of perfecting the operations is a “short term solution” until all the applications are replaced by Company B’s method of perfect quality.

The FACT is, none of the today’s corporates have patience to perfect any one of them. They concentrate on “improving” both the areas slightly in cycles. This attitude leads to never ending cycles of replacing the applications and continuing to spend a lot of money in maintaining them.

When the management starts to reduce the operational costs without any improvement of QUALITY of new IT implementations, the quality of operations will go down and impact the business KPAs.
So, sure method of reducing the operational expenditure is to Perfect the quality of IT systems/applications. That is the only way….

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గోవింద ద్వాదశ మంజరికా స్తోత్రము

July 18, 2009

భజ గోవిందం భజ గోవిందం గోవిందం భజ మూఢమతే
సంప్రాప్తే సన్నిహితే కాలే నహి నహి రక్షతి డుకృఞ్కరణే

మూఢ! జహీహి ధనాగమ తృష్ణాం కురు సద్భుద్ధిమ్ మనసి వితృష్ణామ్
యల్లభసే నిజకర్మోపాత్తం విత్తం తేన వినోదయ చిత్తం – 1

నారీస్తనభర నాభీదేశం దృష్టామాగా మోహావేశం
ఏతన్మాంసవసాది వికారం మనసి విచిన్తయ వారం వారం – 2

నళినీదళ గత జల మతి తరళం తద్వజ్జీవిత మతిశయ చపలం
విద్ధి వ్యాధ్యభిమాన గ్రస్తం లోకం శోకహతం చ సమస్తం – 3

యావద్విత్తోపార్జనసక్త స్తావన్నిజపరివారో రక్తః
పశ్చాజ్జీవతి జర్ఝరదేహే వార్తాం కోపి న పృచ్చతి గేహే – 4

యావత్పవనో నివసతి దేహే తావత్ పృచ్చతి కుశలం గేహే
గతవతి వాయౌ దేహాపాయే భార్యా భిభ్యతి తస్మిన్ కాయే – 5

అర్థమనర్థం భావయ నిత్యం నాస్తి తతస్సుఖలేశ స్సత్యం
పుత్రాదపి ధనభాజాం భీతి స్సర్వత్రైషా విహితా రీతిః – 6

బాలస్తావ త్క్రీడాసక్త స్తరుణస్తావ త్తరుణీసక్తః
వృద్ధస్తావ చ్చిన్తాసక్తః పరే బ్రహ్మణి కోపి న సక్తః – 7

కా తే కాన్తా కస్తే పుత్త్ర స్సంసారోయ మతీవ విచిత్రః
కస్య త్వం వా కుత ఆయాతః తత్త్వం చిన్తయ తదిహ భ్రాతః – 8

సత్సంగత్వే నిస్సంగత్వం నిస్సంగత్వే నిర్మొహత్వమ్
నిర్మోహత్వే నిశ్చలతత్త్వం నిశ్చల తత్త్వే జీవన్ముక్తిః – 9

వయసి గతే కః కామవికార శుష్కే నీరే కః కాసారః
క్షీణే విత్తే కః పరివారో జ్ఞాతే తత్త్వే క స్సంసారః – 10

మా కురు ధన జన యౌవన గర్వం హారతి నిమేషాత్కాల స్సర్వమ్
మాయామయ మిద మఖిలం హిత్వా బ్రహ్మ పదం త్వం ప్రవిశ విదిత్వా – 11

దినయామిన్యౌ సాయం ప్రాత శ్శిశిరవసన్తౌ పునరాయాతః
కాలః క్రీడతి గచ్చత్యాయు స్తదపి న ముఞ్చత్యాశావాయుః – 12

ద్వాదశ మఞ్జరికాభిర శేషః కథితో వైయాకరణ స్యైషః
ఉపదేశోభూ ద్విద్యానిపుణైః శ్రీమచ్చఞ్కర భగవచ్చరణైః

మోహ ముద్గరః

bodies, work, prana

July 13, 2009

Subtle Body of the EGO:
Each ego hanging on to its identity on the major axis (i, not i)(this is called Tamas – inertia or darkness [x axis]), starts vibrating on the minor axis (mine, not mine) (this quality is called rajas – movement [y axis]). The ellipse (two dimensional figure) created by x and y axis has no thickness and it is invisible. This is called subtle body of a EGO. This subtle body is only a bunch of ideas based on an identity and desires.

Gross Body:
The spin around its own axis gives a three dimensional appearance to this EGO. The spin also gives stability to the ellipsoid. This spin in microcosm is represented as “breath in” and “breath out” process. That is also called vital force. The basis of all the energy of the microcosm. The same spin in macrocosm is the rotation around its own axis. Only rule this spin follows is the displacement is “zero” at the end of one complete rotation. This projects the third axis [z axis] (sattva) making the visible space appear. This appearance inherently brings the concept of time in three parts – past, present and future.

Example: Take a human body, it has 5 sense organs (input devices) and 5 motor organs (output devices) all these organs are controlled by another internal instrument called MIND. BODY serves the MIND and MIND serves the BODY. They are established in each other in mutual dependence. Let us call the MIND as “I” – x axis, and the body as “MINE” y – axis; only when we add the vital force (prana – in samskrutam) on the z – axis both the body and mind animate. Without prana, the mind and body perish into its invisible subtle state. This PRANA is completely aware of its nature of “consciousness” carries out its own prescribed duties of animating the active egos on the x,y plane.

Own Prescribed Duties (swadharma):
PRANA or the vital force carries out its own prescribed duties without any selfish intention. It equally powers the ear, skin, eye, tongue and nose. It also powers all the motor organs of the body – feet, hands, speech, excretory and reproduction organs. All these organs being on the x axis are limited by the perception on its own axis and able to perceive other egos in their own plane. They supply the data to the mind on the y-axis receive signals from mind on the y-axis and act on the other’s in their own plane {x,y plane}

The show of like, dislike, pain, pleasure, desirable and undesirable etc., duality happens only in the BODY, MIND plane leaving the impressions on the subtle body of the EGO.

The universal PRANA in the name of “VAYU” (air or oxygen) equally powers all the EGOs in the appearing world as per their chosen ORBIT –> Swadharma.

Based on the intensity of “Desires” the ego neglects the PRANA’s control and existence. It is lost in duality of x,y plane and indulges in WORK. with respective to other egos, work is grouped into four categories:

1. Work done for the well being of other egos without causing any harm to own ego
2. Work done for the well being of own ego without causing any harm to the other egos
3. Work done for the well being of own ego that causes harm to the other egos
4. Work done for the harm/damage of other egos or own ego irrespective of anybody’s well being.

The above four kinds of work (work with desire) ultimately interfere with the configuration of the egos, binds the ego in painful and happy bonds. The work done in these three sub layers of x,y plane:
A. at the layer of MIND ( y axis)
B. at the layer of SPEECH – (is the virtual communication mechanism between EGOs involving both x and y axis)
C. at the layer of BODY ( x axis)

GOOD & BAD WORK:
Category 1 and 2 cause bonds of more apparent pleasure and less pain.
Category 3 and 4 cause bonds of more apparent pain and less pleasure.

Also, in a gray scale Top of Category 1 being the BEST work, Bottom of Category 4 is the WORST work that can be done.

An EGO that carries out GOOD work will become GOOD and The EGO carrying out BAD work will become BAD in the view of other EGOs and the associative bonding (relationships).

Each work reconfigures the ellipse, leaves its impression on the x, y plane of ellipse; However big or small the ellipse is, it perishes at the end of current revolution powered by prana. (it is called DEATH) By its own nature it will take up the next orbit.

With the GOOD work the ellipse moves higher on the z axis in positive direction to more light and knowledge; With the BAD work the ellipse moves lower on the z axis into negative direction of darkness and ignorance.

Doing more and more good work puts the ego in the light and increases the probability of getting correct understanding of ultimate truth.

Doing more and more bad work puts the ego in the darkness and ignorance. They continue to dwell in the dark orbits for ever.

So, the first step is to avoid all the BAD work of category 3 and 4.
The second step is to understand the sattva and the swadharma.
The third step is to perfect the swadharma and remove all the work based on desire.

This path is called karma yoga. One of the paths to transcend all the entanglements and reach perfect “equanimity and peace” from “bondage” of duality and desire.

Having freed from the bondage, one can correctly carry-out self inquiry – “Atma Vichara” One can ask the question to oneself: WHO AM I?

Having understood the falseness of EGO, and its “double negation logic” one gets completely merged in the TURE SELF voluntarily giving up its “false identity” in this world.

To make all this happen, one needs to develop a lot of faith on the absolute and ultimate TRUTH which has no beginning, no end, indivisible sat,chit,ananda nature, that is beyond all words and ideas.

Development of faith on absolute is only possible through the devotion to iswara (the z-axis, sattva) the universal controller as long as one has firm belief in this visible world of duality.

Neglecting the prana, iswara and swadharma causes more painful and miserable work for the bodies/minds of this world.

THIS IS THE PLAIN TRUTH.

om tat sat

The evolution of "something"

July 12, 2009

The evolution of “Something”

having said about Everything and Nothing, it is now time to look into the “something” which is a composite and temporary in nature.

The birth of death:
Being NOTHING, ego’s first experience is DEATH or loss of identity. That is the reason why ego dreads death. From this DEATH experience, it generates an idea called “NOT I” – the disappearance. From this BIRTH experience is derived as NOT NOT I which is termed as appearance. This equation can be represented as

[NOT (NOT I)] + (NOT I) = EGO (0 = Nothing) —–> Equation of Layer 1 Ego.
PART1 + PART2 = COMPOSITE EGO
BIRTH + DEATH = APPEARANCE

The birth of Mind (thought):
Based on this THOUGHT mind starts its activity. All the mental/emotional activity based on this “Identification duality” which is based on the power of negation or “NOT”. (This “idea” is based on impossibility of negation of existence the true self I)

The layer 1 Ego equation is satisfied by infinite identifications.
e.g.,

-(-10) + (-10) = 0 —> Identification equation for ID 10
-(-121) + (-121) = 0 —> Identification equation for ID 121
.
.

Each individual EGO, holds on to its UNIQUE ID number all the way through its transformations. It carries the same ID through the daily experience of WAKING, DREAMING and DEEP SLEEP and through the revolutionary motion called DEATH and BIRTH. The ID is the same.

Having the 0 – (zero) as one focus (the basis ignorance) and its own identity (UNIQUE ID) as the other focus EGO gets into its own elliptical orbit.

In the same way, perpendicular to this plane of this ellipse, the aggregation of “MINE” and “NOT MINE” happens. This gives a “body or FORM” to the Layer 1 Ego into an Ellipsoid. This MINE and NOT MINE can expand or contract only based on the Layer 1 Ego (Composite Identity).

This ellipsoid is “Something” which has apparently evolved out of “Nothing” by multiple negation of Nothing.

During this overall evolution, the TRUE SELF is just being EVERYTHING. It has never impacted by the ideas of i, not i, mine and not mine.

Everything and Nothing

July 9, 2009

As per the previous post Existence is EVERYTHING – Appearence is NOTHING.

Let us justify the above statement logically.

1. The ultimate truth is the Existence which is by nature never ceases to exist. If it cease to exist, it cant be existence. Irrespective of the various transformations of Appearance, the ultimate truth exists.

2. The ultimate truth is that The Existence is unchanging consciousness. If it changes or transforms, it is sure to cease. It is the unit of measure of all the rest of changes. It will be impossible to recognize the changes without an unchanging substratum. Let us imagine if we do not have the unchanging “Space” as the background it will be impossible to recognize any of the letters on this web page. It is needless to say about words and their meanings….

3. The TRUE EXISTENCE is consciously “being” and not involved in any work. Being purely aware of its eternal nature of being, it is full of Bliss. It has nothing to desire or become. It is ever fulfilled in its true nature of EVERYTHING.

This eternal existence, consciousness, bliss is expressed by a samskrutam phrase sachhidaananda means sat=existence, chit=consciousness and ananda=bliss.

So, This sat(=chit=ananda) which is eternal existence(=consciousness=bliss) is “just being” in its own nature of everything.

Logic on why eternal nature can’t be composite:

This “EVERYTHING” can’t be a composite or a mixture of its parts. Why? to mix two things together they should independently exist prior to forming the composite or mixture. If salt exists and water also independently exists at some point of time and they are mixed up to form the salt water at another point of time. If this is possible with the EXISTENCE, then EXISTENCE = PART1 + PART2. PART1 also is existence and PART2 also EXISTENCE. Hence the EXISTENCE exists even before mixing up the PART1 and PART2. The PART1 and PART2 will cease to exist independently after time of mixture e.g salt water causing the independent existence of PART1 and PART2 cease to exist. This is the contradiction. So, the ULTIMATE TRUTH is IMMUTABLE, unchangeable ONENESS. It is never a COMPOSITE or a mixture.

The same logic can be applied to eternal consciousness and eternal bliss.

So eternal sat=chit=ananda is a non-composite thing that exists everywhere always.

Hence, Appearance (dependent based on EGO) is always nothing. What is “nothing”? The “nothing” can never be something. The “nothing” is only an Idea. It is just a mere Idea. An Idea which is purely based on nothing is called imagination. This imaginary thing called EGO, being NOTHING, desires to become something. “Nothing” becoming “Something” is an impossibility.

This “becoming” causes the periodic cyclic movement of an EGO around its own imaginary axis and around the axis of its dependent base. These motions are called rotation and revolution. (e.g., like Earth moves around its own axis and around the SUN)

The secret of cyclic motion is the displacement of the object is ZERO over a complete rotation or revolution. Thereby whatever is the force, velocity of the object its WORK DONE is ZERO. The overall work done by whole collection of imaginary EGOs is Nothing. For an observer it appears to do some work due to the relativity and cause change.

That is the TRUTH about Nothing being always Nothing and everything being always everything.

యోగనిద్ర

July 2, 2009

చారుపటీర హీర ఘనసార తుషార మరాళ చంద్రికా
పూర మృణాల హార పరిపూర్ణ సుధాకర కాశ మల్లికా
సార నిభాంగ శోభితభుజంగమ తల్పమునందు యోగని
ద్రా రతిఁ జెంది యుండు జఠర స్థిత భూర్భువ రాది లోకుఁ డై

— శయన ఏకాదశి సందర్భంగా శ్రీ మదాంధ్ర భాగవతము నుంచి