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Natural living!

first_imgI always wonder regarding living natural. And by the way, what is natural living? What I define natural living as living by rules of nature. Understanding nature laws is quite difficult I believe. First, we have to surrender ourselves to nature. Surrendering oneself is like being Yogi. So living natural means, living as Yogi?Let me first put forward the definition of Yogi. The one who practises Yoga is Yogi. Yoga can, therefore, be defined as a means of uniting the individual spirit with the universal spirit of God. According to Maharishi Patanjali, Yoga is the suppression of modifications of the mind. Ohh Tough words!I don’t think wearing saffron clothes and to have a big beard, putting long tilak and having Kamndal means Yogi. We can be a normal fellow and practice natural living. Living with basic needs is what I believe living natural is. Good air to breathe, food to eat, water to drink, shelter to protect oneself and simple clothing. Many items missing from above. How on the earth I can live with just five or four things. My God, it seems very scary.Though scary it seems, it is self-satisfying. To be oneself with everything around. To lose oneself with no one. How astonishing it is to hear!We all are capable of doing this. Don’t we? Haha. So complex. Actually, we have made all things complex in this world. Things were very simple and real. Slowly and gradually, things become complicated and difficult. Human has destroyed nature for the sake of so-called development. I call this development as disastrous.I am very sad after hearing many camels were shot down in Australia as they drank ample water. So only human has the right to use water. Animals, birds and other species cannot come in the way of the human. Great. We will cut down forests. We will put dams on rivers. We don’t care about other things. We want development. We want a luxurious life.Man has destroyed everything. Trees, sand, water, air even space. Nothing left unattended. Who on the earth has given you this right for destruction?And the time is coming when everything will come back. Whatever you have thrown, Is coming back to you. Earth is round my friend. Have you forgotten?We can still save whatever we have just by following basic nature rules. No yogi and no living on basic things. Just try not to harm nature anymore. Try to avoid things that are affecting your air, water and earth. Because we all are byproducts of nature. Destroying nature means destroying us.Keep nature alive in you.Thanks for reading. I hope it adds some value.last_img read more

P&G Brings Clean Water to Burma and Beyond

first_imgP&G Purifier of Water has been particularly effective in Burma, which is prone to natural disasters including floods, cyclones, droughts, and earthquakes. The program was first deployed to address a severe shortage of clean drinking water that resulted from Cyclone Nargis in 2008. Working with NGO partners, P&G responded to the crisis by providing over 30 million liters of clean drinking water to disaster victims there. Since 2011, P&G and its NGO partners have provided an additional 45 million of liters of clean drinking water to families affected by floods, droughts or chronic water scarcity across the country. You can Donate to the program here.In this photo, a child in the township of North Okkalapa learns how to drink water that has just been made safe by dissolving a packet and stirring.Photo by Kelly Ramundo, Feb. 27, 2014 for USAIDAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreUSAID and Procter and Gamble have been partnering to provide clean drinking water and promote sanitation practices for some of Burma’s poorest residents.Millions of the county’s people lack access to clean drinking water, and the effects of consuming unsafe water can be deadly. P&G’s water purifying packet can make undrinkable water clean and clear in just 20 minutes.P&G has been providing clean drinking water for nearly a decade through its not-for-profit Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, sharing hundreds of millions of its award-winning P&G Purifier of Water packets to water insecure populations across the world. The packets contain 4 grams of powder that clean 10 liters of water. In April, the group announced it had transformed 7 billion liters of water. In November 2012, The Economist magazine recognized it as one of the world’s best social innovations. To date, this simple but powerful innovation has saved an estimated 37,000 lives and prevented over 280 million days of diarrheal illnesses across 75 countries.last_img read more

Belief in the immortal soul makes believers more accepting of end-of-the-world scenarios

first_imgLiteral immortality, typically tied to religious beliefs, is the view that the soul itself lives on forever—transcending the physical earth and time itself.Scientists hypothesized that those who believe in literal immortality would be less concerned by news that the world is ending.“Those who do not believe in a soul would be more threatened by a scientific article predicting end of the world because it undermines their sense of immortality,” said Uri Lifshin, principal investigator and corresponding author of the study.“However, people who do believe in literal immortality should be less threatened by such information because they can continue to live on nonetheless,” Lifshin continued.Study 1Study 1 sought to show a correlation between belief in an immortal soul and acceptance of an end-of-the-world scenario. Individuals were asked to participate in a study examining personality types and evaluation of scientific articles. To avoid suspicion, participants had answered questions regarding identified religion and level of religious fundamentalism as a part of a pre-screening survey weeks before.The results showed that participants who believe in an immortal soul were less resistant to the end-of-the-world scenarios than those who believe in symbolic immortality.Study 2In the second study, scientists sought to rule out the possibility that soul believers are simply more prone to agree with scientific information in general than low soul believers.81 individuals participated in Study 2.  They received the same screening and surveys as participants in Study 1, as well as another unrelated scientific article.Consistent with the first study, participants with high soul belief were more accepting of the end-of-the-world article than participants with low soul belief.  Additionally, both high soul believers and low soul believers were roughly equally accepting of the unrelated scientific article.  The results show that the effect is indeed related to soul belief, not a general willingness to accept scientific information.Study 3Since it is likely that soul believers also believe in symbolic immortality—in other words, they would like to make an impact on the world beyond their lifespan—this study aimed to determine whether temporarily shifting soul believers to think about symbolic immortality would affect their responses to an end-of-the-world article.80 participants completed the same questionnaires as those in the previous studies.  Before reading the articles, a portion of the participants also received a questionnaire that momentarily activated thoughts of symbolic immortality.High soul believers who received the symbolic immortality questionnaire were less likely to agree with the end-of-the-world article than high soul believers who did not receive the symbolic immortality prime, confirming the team’s hypothesis.Study 4Study 4, which examined 144 participants, replicated the previous study regarding methods.  High soul believers were still given the symbolic immortality prime.  However, instead of a control group, two other groups were primed for either mortality salience—thoughts about one’s own life ending—and thoughts of severe dental pain—an aversive scenario unrelated to mortality.Results confirmed the previous studies.  High soul believers agreed significantly less with the end-of-the-world article after the symbolic immortality prime than those who received the dental pain or mortality salience primes.Study 5In the final study, scientists sought to ensure that the end-of-the-world effects of the previous studies were due to the defined ideologies and not concern for friends or family members.74 participants completed the same questionnaires as those in previous studies, except that the end-of-the-world timeframe in the article was extended to 50 to 200 years in the future.“We lengthened the timeframe…so that participants’ friends, family members, and even projected children and grandchildren would not be killed by the world-ending event,” said Lifshin.Consistent with the previous studies, the effect of high soul belief on agreement with the end-of-the-world scenario was still significant—as was the effect of the symbolic immortality prime.“All five studies show that literal immortality beliefs in the form of an immortal soul can provide believers with psychological protection that enables them to accept end-of-the-world scenarios more so than people who do not have a firm belief in an immortal soul,” Lifshin said. Share on Twitter Email Pinterest People who believe in literal immortality may have an advantage over those who believe in symbolic immortality when it comes to the end of the world, according to October 2015 research.The series of five studies, published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, aimed to determine whether certain worldview beliefs affect how participants react to news that the end of the world is imminent.Symbolic immortality, typically associated with scientific or secular worldviews, is the belief that a person only lives on through the memories of other people—for example, through fame, works of art, or community impact.center_img Share Share on Facebook LinkedInlast_img read more

Terex income down in ‘challenging’ market

first_imgTerex’s income from continuing operations as adjusted was USD63.4 million in the reporting period, compared with USD67.8 million in the third quarter of 2014. The company also posted net sales of USD1.64 billion – a 9.3 percent year-on-year decrease.”Our marketplace remains challenging,” said Ron DeFeo, current Terex chairman and ceo. “The cranes and construction businesses continue to experience relatively soft market conditions overall, with customers remaining cautious with their equipment purchasing patterns.”DeFeo added: “As mentioned last quarter, we are seeing pricing pressure in the marketplace, which to date we have been able to mostly offset by reductions in material input costs.”We also continue to make progress towards the completion of the merger with Konecranes, which when combined with the improvements already underway creates a compelling financial improvement story in an otherwise flat market.”Given where we are in the year and the challenging environment we are operating in, we believe we will be at or near the low end of our previously announced earnings guidance for the full year 2015.”www.terex.comlast_img read more