Monday, June 30, 2014

Ethical - Seven Qualities of Highly Ethical People



Philosophy - CONVERSATION WITH KRISHNA

Me : Because of so many problems, we don’t know where we are heading…  

Me :  Does failure hurt more than moving in the right direction?

KRISHNA : Success is a measure as decided by others.
Satisfaction is a measure as decided by you. 


Me : In tough times, how do you stay motivated?

KRISHNA : Always look at how far you have come rather than how far you have to go. Always count your blessing, not what you are missing.

Me : What surprises you about people?


KRISHNA : When they suffer they ask, “Why me?”
When they prosper, they never ask “Why me?” 


Me : How can I get the best out of life?

KRISHNA : Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence.
Prepare for the future without fear.


Me : One last question. Sometimes I feel my prayers are not answered.

KRISHNA : There are no unanswered prayers.  Keep the faith and drop the fear.
Life is a mystery to solve, not a  problem to resolve. Trust me.
Life is wonderful if you know how to live.

Health - 16 Lifestyle Changes Required

16 Lifestyle Changes Required After You Reach 30 (Your younger years are over. Let’s Face it!)

I am now 33 and a few health changes are more than evident already. High spicy foods have become less tolerable, so also the Sun, so also late night works. If we divide our lifespan into three, then the first one third is dominated by Kapha Dosha and middle one third is by Pitta Dosha.
Tridosha - life
So, once you reach 30 years, some lifestyle changes should be made to counter balance Pitta effect. Here are a few steps that I am trying to take.
Avoiding direct sun light -I am trying my best to stand under shade or to wear a cap or take an umbrella with me. Direct sun exposure directly increases Pitta. So, avoid it as much as you can.
Less spicy food - More spicy stuff you take, more will be Pitta imbalance. So, just cut it down a bit.
Having a bit more of milk and ghee - Ghee increases digestion strength and at the same time, decreases Pitta. Hence, it is ideal. It also keeps gastritis away. Hence, ideal for people with sensitive stomach. Both milk and ghee are said to have Rasayana effect (anti aging), hence good to have. Just a small spoon of ghee per day does not cause any weight gain. Stop worrying.
Stop worrying - all childhood days are over, now my own child has taken my place at home, so time to be a grown up. I am trying to be a bit more organized. Do planned work.
Stop being angry - Anger and Pitta are related, more you lose your cool, more will be the inside hotness (=pitta). Hence, try to avoid anger with the help of Yoga and Pranayama. Remember, during tensions…. breathe easy.
Taking Amla - Amla regularly helps to keep Pitta balance. Either amla powder or amla fruit are good to have at least few times a day.  Related – Curds amla recipe
Reduced fasting frequency - I am not an ardent follower of fasting principle. Hence, reduced it a bit, to keep stomach health. If you are  a strict follower of fasting, then it is fine. Or else, go easy on this.
Sleep and wake up on time – Any amount of work lag, leftover at night, I just transfer it to next day. Sleeping and waking up early has become paramount. If we divide night into three, the first half is dominated by Kapha Dosha. Hence, going to bed at this time means, getting good sleep. Sleep is influenced by Kapha Dosha. But if we postpone sleep to later hours, Pitta will be dominant by that time, leading to dizziness and headache, the next morning.
Including bitter substances in diet - Coriander seeds, turmeric, curry leaves, neem leaves.. anything is bitter is good to have. Generally bitter, sweet and astringent tastes balance Pitta. We need to be a little careful with sweets. Though it balances Pitta, it may cause weight gain. Hence, betting on a few bitters is a better option.
Apply coconut oil to hair regularly – to avoid hair loss and grey hairs. Grey hairs is due to Pitta imbalance.  Related – make Amla hair oil at home
Avoid mustard oil for cooking. If you are accustomed to it by birth, then no harm in continuing it. If it is replaceable, consider other options. Any other cooking oil is good to go.
Stop smoking and reduce on alcohol – Not related to me. Is it to you?
Avoiding sitting for long periods of time - Now-a-days many reports are saying that sitting for long is as bad smoking. Hence, I roam here and there once a while during work.
Avoid too hot water bath - I have totally quit taking pure hot water bath. It is only just lukewarm or cold water baths these days. Related – hot water vs cold water bath.
Weekly oil massage – I have made it a point to self message with Maha Narayana taila. You can even do it with plain sesame oil. Though massage is not very directly related to Pitta, it is very well related with Vata, which dominates after we cross 50. So, some precautions now is always good. When I do not have time, I follow a quick massage technique
Pranayama – I was already doing it, but now more regularly. It helps to control anger. Anger is related to Pitta. I can think more clearly and work more organizedly on those days when I have done Pranayama, than other days. How to do Pranayama?
Raisin and almonds - At about 10 pm, soak 5 black raisins and 5 almonds in water. Next day morning, before food, peal the almond skin and eat it along with the swollen raisins. Both these help to keep Pitta under check.
Regular intake of Amla - We have less spicy amla pickle at home. But there are also other ways to eat amla
Pitta diet –Basically any fruit, vegetable or dietary item that is sweet, astringent or bitter  plus, it should have calming effect over stomach (should not cause burning sensation in stomach) and should be more on nourishing side (than on cleansing side).  Any such food is good for Pitta control. Here is a small ingredient list for Pitta DietSo, these are a few changes that are worth considering after you reach 30. This will help to avoid Pitta symptoms like early gray hairs, gastritis, piles, liver complaints, eye disorders, etc.

History - Powerful Images From World War I.

Powerful Images From World War I.

This week, 100 years ago, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated by a Yugoslavian nationalist in Sarajevo. You may not know much about this event or this man, but his death was the trigger for the events that would later be known as World War I.
It was on June 28th 1914 that the Great War started, as it was known before World War II. More than 9 million combatants were killed, a casualty rate exacerbated by the recent technological and industrial sophistication of war.
Nearly all countries in Europe, and many others across the world, were involved in this brutal war. When it was over, in November 1918, four major imperial powers, the German, Russian, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires, ceased to exist. The following pictures from 100 years ago show us how this war was fought, how brave men lived on the front lines and powerful moments that echo to this day.

The 9th Queen's Royal Lancers charging German artillery in France - 1916. This Picture symbolizes the battle between "the old" and "the new" that happend during WW I.
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Life in the trenches were hard and full of tension. Here, a soldier sleeps on the front lines with his gun by his side, Thievpal, France.
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The 1st battalion of the 4th Ghurkha Rifles, an infantry regiment of the British Indian Army with soldiers of Indian and Nepalese nationalities lined up for kit inspection.
 
The war left its mark on the land, mine craters at St. Eloi, near Ypres, Belgium.
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A group of soldiers at a signal station for the Dehra Dun Brigade (British Indian Army) in 1915. The two men in the center of the picture are on field telephones, taking messages and coordinating the war effort.
 
A small group of soldiers coming out of a trench, bayonets fixed and ready to attack. 
 
A British soldier pays his respects at the grave of a colleague near Cape Helles, Turkey. This was where the amphibious invasion of the Gallipoli peninsula by British and French forces took place on April 25th 1915.
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The Royal Army Medical Corps, which had both civilians and soldiers conscripts, distribute refreshments to wounded soldiers in France - 1916.
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French troops throw rocks at advancing Germans from their hillside trench in the Vosges, France - 1916. When they ran out of ammo they fought with anything they could find.
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British soldiers navigating through a shell-cratered, winter landscape along the River Somme, France – 1916.
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Soldiers attending a church service in a field, the priest can be seen in the middle of the picture towards the back, next to the sign.
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The First World War was the first time in human history that manufactured poison gas was used as a weapon on a large scale. The results where devastating.
 
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Brigadier-General J.V. Campbell (seen standing on the bridge to the left) congratulates soldiers of the 46t Division after their successful crossing of the St. Quentin Canal in France. It was the first full breach of the German Hindenburg Defense Line and a decisive Allied victory.
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Massed German prisoners of war at a clearing station after the successful Allied offensive near Amiens in Northern France. Described as ‘The Black Day of the German Army’, this scene shows just a glimpse of the amazing amount of man power involved in this war.
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Health - Natural Remedies for Bad Breath

  Natural Remedies for Bad Breath

Bad breath, although very common, can be quite embarrassing, and very few people will actually come to you and say that you have bad breath. It has many reasons - Alcohol, dryness of the mouth, bad digestion and many more. So how do we make sure we don't have bad breath?
If you suffer from chronic bad breath, then mouthwash may not be enough, especially if you only take it in the morning. However, there are plenty of natural remedies that can keep your breath fresh for a long time, and also help to solve the problem that caused it in the first place.
So here are some easy, natural solutions anyone can use, and we're sure that of all the items on this list, you'll find something that works for you.
Mint - Chew fresh mint leaves during the day to neutralize bad breath for the long term. It also works with basil, rosemary and parsley.

Parsley - Parsley in particular has high level of chlorophyll, so a great solution is to chew a few parsley stems dipped in vinegar for an immediate relief. If you swallow the leaves after chewing, they will get digested and will continue to freshen your breath for quite some time. The reason is that these leaves reduce the amount of gas created in the bowls by promoting better digestion.


Drinking Soda - A solution that will help reduce the amount of acidity in the mouth. Make sure to brush your teeth with drinking soda every couple of days. It won't only bring some shine to your teeth, but will also neutralize those bad odors. You can put some drinking soda on a wet toothbrush or dip the toothbrush (with the toothpaste) in the powder.

Cheese - Eat a small amount of low fat cheese.


Gargling Salt - Mix a spoon of salt in a glass of water and gargle for 30 seconds without swallowing.

Aromatic Spices - Chew cardamom, cloves or sage to neutralize that bad breath. Our recommendation is to choose the aromatic spices that give taste and release aromatic oils.

An infusion of cloves - Prepare a home-made mouthwash by mixing 3 buds of cloves, or a 1/4 spoon of ground cloves, with 2 cups of hot water, and let it soak for 20 minutes, while occasionally stirring. Filter, cool and use as mouth wash to gargle twice a day.

Fresh vegetables - Chew vegetables such as carrots, celery and lettuce, to keep a clean mouth and fresh breath.

Apples - Eat an apple on a daily basis to neutralize bad odors. Best time to do so - in the morning.

Apple Vinegar - Consume a table spoon of apple vinegar before each meal.

Hazelnuts - Chew hazelnuts very slowly until they absorb all the bad odor in your mouth.


Lemon - Suck on a slice of lemon with salt on it to get rid of onion and garlic smells.

Tea tree oil - The tea tree oil contains a powerful disinfectant mixture. Try to use a toothpaste that contains the oil, or drip a few drops on if on your toothbrush.

Coal - Consume a (5 gram) cube of coal on a daily basis. The coal cleans the stomach and bowls, absorbs toxins and purifies, which will help you resolve those bad odors that are born of digestive problems.

Cinnamon - Suck on a little piece of cinnamon peel during the day to alleviate bad breath.


Hydrogen Peroxide - Dilute with 50% water and drip 5-10 drops in each nostril. Blow strong until the sinuses open. This will resolve bad odor that originates in blocked sinuses.

Citrus Fruit - Bad breath is often the result of simple dryness of the mouth. If this is the case, just eat some citrus fruit which have a lot of lemon acid, such as: Oranges, lemons or grapefruits. These can significantly improve your breath. The acid in these fruits encourages the production of saliva which helps get rid of some of the odor-causing bacteria.

Beautiful Sunrises From All Over the World

Beautiful Sunrises From All Over the World.

Each new day is a miracle and each new day brings new beauty to our world. If you ask me, the most relaxing and beautiful time of the day is when the sun first starts to send its rays across the world. Take some time to enjoy the simple and breathtaking beauty of something as simple as a sunrise. You might even feel like getting up early just to see it for yourself!
Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina, USA
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Dockey Wood in Hertfordshire, England
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Turmhof Castle by Lake Constance, Switzerland
sunrise
 
Rocks on the beaches of Taiwan
sunrise
 
Cumbria, North West England
sunrise
 
National Carillon tower, Canberra, Australia
sunrise
 
Warwickshire, England
sunrise
 
South Downs, England
sunrise
 
Gloucestershire, England
sunrise
 
The River Thames, England
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Mount Bromo, Indonesia
sunrise
 
Death Valley National Park, California, USA
sunrise

The  forests of Slovakia
sunrise
 
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA
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The mountains of Iceland
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Inspiration Point in Bryce Canyon, Utah, USA
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South Downs, England
sunrise
 
Cascade Range, Washington, USA
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Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA
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Oxbow Bend, Wyoming, USA
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Snowdonia National Park, England
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