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  • Prize Pumpkins

     

    Like Thousand of American youngsters, Scott Cummins used to crave out a pumpkin to make a jack-o-lantern for Halloween. But whereas others masrered just the basic eyes, nose, and mouth, Cummins has gone on to create amazingly intricate works of art from the fruit.

     

    The junior high school teacher from Perryton, Taxas, has been carving pumpkins since he was 16. His extensive portfolio includes portraits of Leonard Nimoy, Albert Einstein, and George W. Bush; characters such as Gollum from The Lord of the Rings and Winnie-the-Pooh; lifelike animal heads; expressive faces born of his own imagination; the statue of Liberty; and a beautiful baby in the womb. Each carving takes him just a couple of hours.

    Sometimes the shape of the pumpkin dictates the face; at other times he has an idea of what he wants to create and looks for a pumpkin of appropriate form and size. He begins by scraping away the inside of the pumpkin and the tough orange skin. For the actual carving, he uses a variety of implements-sharpened spoons, ice-cream scoops, knives, drill bits, and even saw blades-and is always on the lookout for new tools.

    Finally, he lights many of the carved pumpkins with a 30-watt bulb, and, as the lights shines through the thinner areas of the rinds, his fantastics creations acquire an eerie, almost mystical appearance.

     

    Halloween Pumpkin by Mark Ratliff 

     

    Halloween Pumpkin by Scott Cummins

     

  • Importance Of Exercise

    Walking can add minutes to your life. This enables you at 85 years old to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home at $4000 per month.
    My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. Now she’s 97 years old and we don’t know where the hell she is.
    The only reason I would take up exercising is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.

    I joined a health club last year, spent about 400 quid. Haven’t lost a pound. Apparently you have to go there.

    I have to exercise early in the morning before my brain figures out what I’m doing.
    I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.
    I have flabby thighs, but fortunately my stomach covers them.
    The advantage of exercising every day is that you die healthier.
    If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.
    And last but not least: I don’t exercise because it makes the ice jump right out of my glass.
    You could run this over to your friends !
    (contributed by:Mohan Rao on 16.07.2011)
  • GAYATRI MANTRA & Its Scientific Meaning.

     

     GAYATRI MANTRA & Its Scientific Meaning

     

    Gayatri mantra has been bestowed the greatest importance in Vedic dharma. This mantra has also been termed as Savitri and Ved-Mata, the mother of the Vedas.

    Om bhur bhuvah swah
    Tat savitur varenyam
    Bhargo devasya dheemahi
    Dhiyo yo nah prachodayat

    The literal meaning of the mantra is:
    O God! You are Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Almighty, You are all Light. You are all Knowledge and Bliss. You are Destroyer of fear, You are Creator of this Universe, You are the Greatest of all. We bow and meditate upon Your light. You guide our intellect in the right direction.

    The mantra, however, has a great scientific importance too, which somehow got lost in the literary tradition. The modern astrophysics and astronomy tell us that our Galaxy called Milky Way or Akash-Ganga contains approximately 100,000 million of stars. Each star is like our sun having its own planet system. We know that the moon moves round the earth and the earth moves round the sun along with the moon. All planets round the sun. Each of the above bodies revolves round at its own axis as well. Our sun along with its family takes one round of the galactic center in 22.5 crore years. All galaxies including ours are moving away at a terrific velocity of 20,000 miles per second.

    And now the alternative scientific meaning of the mantra step by step:

    (A). OM BHUR BHUVAH SWAH:

    Bhur the earth, bhuvah the planets (solar family), swah the Galaxy. We observe that when an ordinary fan with a speed of 900 RPM (rotations Per minute) moves, it makes noise. Then, one can imagine, what great noise would be created when the galaxies move with a speed of 20,000 miles per second. This is what this portion of the mantra explains that the sound produced due to the fast-moving earth, planets and galaxies is Om. The sound was heard during meditation by Rishi Vishvamitra, who mentioned it to other colleagues. All of them, then unanimously decided to call this sound Om the name of God, because this sound is available in all the three periods of time, hence it is set (permanent). Therefore, it was the first ever revolutionary idea to identify formless God with a specific title (form) called upadhi. Until that time, everybody recognized God as formless and nobody was prepared to accept this new idea. In the Gita also, it is said, “Omiti ekaksharam brahma”, meaning that the name of the Supreme is Om , which contains only one syllable (8/12). This sound Om heard during samadhi was called by all the seers nada-brahma a very great noise), but not a noise that is normally heard beyond a specific amplitude and limits of decibels suited to human hearing. Hence the rishis called this sound Udgith musical sound of the above, i.e., heaven. They also noticed that the infinite mass of galaxies moving with a velocity of 20,000 miles/second was generating a kinetic energy = 1/2 MV2 and this was balancing the total energy consumption of the cosmos. Hence they named it Pranavah, which means the body (vapu) or store house of energy

    (prana).

    (B). TAT SAVITUR VARENYAM:

    Tat that (God), savitur the sun (star), varenyam worthy of bowing or respect. Once the form of a person along with the name is known to us, we may locate the specific person.Hence the two titles (upadhi) provide the solid ground to identify the formless God, Vishvamitra suggested. He told us that we could know (realize) the unknowable formless God through the known factors, viz., sound Om and light of suns (stars). A mathematician can solve an equation x2+y2=4; if x=2; then y can be known and so on. An engineer can measure the width of a river even by standing at the riverbank just by drawing a triangle. So was the scientific method suggested by Vishvamitra in the mantra in the next portion as under:-

    (C). BHARGO DEVASYA DHEEMAHI:

    Bhargo the light, devasya of the deity, dheemahi we should meditate. The rishi instructs us to meditate upon the available form (light of suns) to discover the formless Creator (God). Also he wants us to do japa of the word Om (this is understood in the Mantra). This is how the sage wants us to proceed, but there is a great problem to realize it, as the human mind is so shaky and restless that without the grace of the Supreme (Brahma) it cannot be controlled. Hence Vishvamitra suggests the way to pray Him as under:

    (D). DHIYO YO NAH PRACHODAYAT:

    Dhiyo (intellect), yo (who), nah (we all), prachodayat (guide to right Direction). O God! Deploy our intellect on the right path. Full scientific interpretation of the Mantra: The earth (bhur), the planets (bhuvah), and the galaxies (swah) are moving at a very great velocity, the sound produced is Om , (the name of formless God.) That God (tat), who manifests Himself in the form of light of suns (savitur) is worthy of bowing/respect (varenyam). We all, therefore, should meditate (dheemahi) upon the light (bhargo) of that deity (devasya) and also do chanting of Om. May He (yo) guide in right direction (prachodayat) our(nah) intellect dhiyo.

    So we notice that the important points hinted in the mantra is:-
    The total kinetic energy generated by the movement of galaxies acts as an umbrella and balances the total energy consumption of the cosmos. Hence it was named as the Pranavah (body of energy). This is equal to 1/2 mv2 (Mass of galaxies x velocity.

     

    (contributed by : Amr on 02.09.2012)

     

     

  • Inspirations

     

    • A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds and mopes, a philosopher sees both sides and shrugs, an optimist doesn’t see the clouds at all, he’s walking on them.
    • A wise man will make more opportunities then he finds.
    • Accept the things to which fate binds you. And love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.
    • Aim at the stars, For even if you fall short, you will land on the moon.
    • Always remember, others may hate you but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.
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    • Govt banks write off Rs 15,000 crore bad debts annually

      Only our Bank friends can answer this question?

      http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Govt-banks-write-off-Rs-15000-crore-bad-debts-annually/articleshow/20020757.cms

      — NEW DELHI: Government banks are bleeding. Over $15 billion or more than Rs 83,000 crore of corporate loans have turned into bad debts in less than a year-and-a-half, according to a report of the parliamentary standing committee on finance which expressed concern on the phenomenal rise in non-performing assets (NPAs) of these public sector banks.

      Between March 2011 and December 2012, NPAs on corporate advances, compared to NPA-priority sector and NPA-agriculture, went up by 190% to Rs 83,490 crore. “The rising NPAs have eroded the balance sheet of PSBs,” the standing committee said in a report tabled in Parliament recently. Citing examples, it said the net profit ofState Bank of India declined to Rs 3,398 crore in December 2012 from Rs 3,658 crore in September 2012.

      To clean up their balance sheets, most of these banks are writing off a part of the bad debts. Canara Bank, which had made over Rs 60 crore advances to firms owned by former railway minister Pawan Bansal’s son and associates, had made write-offs of Rs 1,460 crore in 2012.

      Writing off bad debts also helps an accused escape a CBI case. The writing off of bad debts is turning out to be huge scam, with the CBI even approaching the Supreme Court seeking a direction that no banks be allowed to write off bad debts without its approval.

      Every year, state-owned banks together are writing off an average Rs 15,000 crore (it was Rs 15,986 crore last year) of bad debts, some of these advances made under political and corporate influence, say sources in the finance ministry.

      Till December 2012, public sector banks had accumulated Rs 1.56 lakh crore as bad debts. In case of Canara Bank, the gross bad debts ratio to standard advances went up from 3.5% in December 2011 to 9.16% in December 2012.

      Writing off bad debts is generally done in cases where the banks fail to ensure enough collateral against loans offered. As the mortgaged assets are not sufficient to recover loans, banks have to go in for compromise write-offs when such loans turn bad.

      Despite huge write-offs being made by these public sector banks every year, actions initiated by the finance ministry had failed to arrest the trend, the standing committee said and sought a detailed explanation from the government.

      Asking the government to publish names of all willful defaulters, the committee asked the finance ministry and the RBI to constitute a special NPA management cell at the highest level to review write-offs/upgrades and restructured advances and also to monitor the pace of recovery of NPAs.

      In two years between 2010 and 2012, the number of accounts of gross NPAs above Rs 1 crore of public sector banks increased by around 80% to 7,295 accounts from 4,099. Gross NPAs ballooned by 24% in 2011 compared to 2010 and touched Rs 1,17,262 crore in 2012, the standing committee report said.

      The percentage of reduction in NPAs due to actual recovery remained stagnant at 35% while write-offs and upgrades together constituted 65%. For instance, SBI was able to improve its actual recovery by a paltry Rs 311 crore as against Rs 1,452 crore increase in write-offs in the last year; Vijaya Bank’s actual recovery was Rs 6 crore compared to Rs 592 crore rise in upgrades; andAllahabad Bank recovered no amount as against Rs 646 crore increase in write-offs and Rs 130 crore in upgrades during the corresponding period.

    • Try to touch his nose

      First click the picture frame below

      then try to touch his nose with the curser.
      ………… Good luck…..

       

      (contributed by: Mohan Rao on 26.06.2011)
    • Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia

      Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

      Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia: The 88-storey Petronas Twin Towers, inspired by the Five Pillars of Islam, are the centerpiece of the ultra-modern Kuala Lumpur City Center. The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur tops the list among airports in IOC nations. According to Crescentrating, Kuala Lumpur International Airport offers excellent facilities including three dedicated Muslim prayer rooms with ablution facilities and a separate silent room. There are a number of Halal certified dining outlets.

      (source: http://in.lifestyle.yahoo.com/photos/the-world-s-top-halal-friendly-airports-slideshow/;_ylt=AmnD7_eRHZEO1ufI8_owqSE9wuR_;_ylu=X3oDMTM3OTY3amVlBG1pdAMEcGtnAzZmNGE5NWVlLTQ2OTEtMzY1My04Njc5LWVmNjEwMGYyMDUyYQRwb3MDNQRzZWMDZW5kX3NzBHZlcgM4OGJhNGVlMi1lOWIxLTExZTEtYjRlMy04MDQ3ZGJkOGY1NzQ-;_ylv=3)




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