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I am a Mechanical Engineer from India, born 1942. Started my career in 1964 as an Assistant Engineer in the Heavy Engineering Corporation at Ranchi, located in the previous Bihar state of India (6). Moved to ITC PSPD, a large paper mill located in the state of Andhra Pradesh, South India in 1986 (1). Retired in 2000 as Deputy General Manger (Engineering) and worked for another two years as Adviser in the same company. I migrated to the USA in 2003. Myself and my wife live in East Greenbush NY state, close to Albany NY, with our daughter and grand daughter. Our daughter, Padma Sripada M.D is a Doctor (Internal Medicine) with her own practice in Castleton On Hudson NY (2). I have been working in her office as a manager.

My nature: My inborn tendency has been to gain a deeper understanding of the phenomena I have to grapple with and make on-going improvements to reduce recurring problems and inefficiencies. I persistently asked the question ‘Why?’ during my college and in all the places that I worked in. More …

My approach: The Never-Fail philosophy and More……

How did I get into the ‘focusing on breathing’ technique? I was reading books on psychology, psychotherapy and meditation from the age of 16. But I did not practice any mind body technique, till I was 56. When I was under severe stress at that age, I accidentally (may not be an accident after all!) read a small book about ‘Vipassana’, a meditation practice (4).  ‘Focusing on breathing’ was described in that book without details on how to put the  concept into practice (3). More …

Why am I obsessed about ‘focusing on breathing’? (5) Well known stress management and relaxation practices, like Meditation and Yoga, demand allotment of time, intense effort and belief. They demand that the body to be moved, turned and twisted in ways we never did before. More …

It makes sense to introduce this technique to children: When I introduced this simple practice-lying-on-the-bed-when-you-want-to-sleep technique to adults, more than half of them showed lot of reluctance. It was apparently disturbing the deep mental and physical grooves in which their thoughts and actions moved millions of times. Any change in them was resisted. I was looking for other avenues and considered children. I experimentally introduced it to children aged 10 and above. Most of them readily accepted it and started using it right away like their own pen. More…

My mission in life: My sole purpose in creating this site and teaching these techniques is to make sure that this unconventional mode of practicing the ‘focusing on breathing’ does not disappear with me. In view of its great potential in helping people of all ages without demanding time, posture and regularity, my mission for the rest of my life is to propagate it. The unique value of this practice in terms of time and money invested vs the benefits gained may not be recognized in my life time. Please join me in passing on this knowledge to current and future generations.

I appreciate your patient reading. Thank you!

‘Suryanarayana Rao Chennapragada’ was my full name in India. I was called ‘C.S.Rao’, in the Indian style of abbreviating the names. My middle name ‘Rao’ was lost during my immigration to USA. I became  ‘Suryanarayana Chennapragada’. To make it easy for people in US, I  shortened it to ‘Surya’.

(2) Padma Sripada
(3) Stress – Its causes, effects and solutions
(4) Vipassana meditation
(5) How can I Focusing on breathing?
(6) Heavy Engineering Corporation

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