Bottled water-It’s high time we bid good bye………………………………….

Gone are the days of drinking boiled and cooled water. What with life being stressful and chaotic with no time to devote to quality and healthy lifestyles, added work pressure, home and children to look after, more and more families resort to using bottled water to save time and fuel.

Not only is bottled water harmful to health, but it also is destructive to the environment. Over sixty seven million water bottles are discarded each day out of which only a mere ten percent is recycled. Recycling of water bottles is not good always since it is labor intensive, costly and only burns natural resources.

Dangers of bottled water

Avoid drinking bottled water

A lot of fuel is expended too when these bottles of water are transported each day to super markets, homes and office premises. What the majority of us fail to realize is that, the bottled water is nothing more than just plain tap water. Hence, when we drink out of bottled water, we are ingesting ourselves into even more chemicals from these plastic bottles. The best container to drink out of is glass and when we choose water stored in plastic bottles, we are in fact ingesting these chemicals into our bodies- BPA or bisphenol is an estrogen mimicking chemical. It brings about health disorders like learning and behavioral problems, altered immune system function, fertility problems, and brings on early onset of puberty in girls,  decreased sperm count, prostatic and breast cancer, diabetesand obesity are other disorders brought about by drinking from plastic bottles.

If you are a young mother or if you happen to be pregnant, your child can be even more at risk. Do not feed your baby from plastic bottles, rather, switch to glass bottles.

Yet another chemical that is present in plastic bottles is the phthalates. These are endocrine disrupting in nature and are linked to a wide range of developmental and reproductive side effects such as reduced sperm count, testicular atrophy and liver cancer.

Apart from the chemicals that these bottles are made of, when we drink bottled water, we expose ourselves further to dangerous substances like fluoride, chlorine, arsenic, aluminium and so on, which are basically poisonous contaminants of water.

Several drugs are mixed together in the drinking water sold in bottles. Some can be allergic to drugs and it needs pondering on, to analyze whether the allergic symptoms you have been exhibiting are due to ingestion of small doses of these drugs.

Bottled drinking water is even more harmful when left strapped to your bike or car, or left exposed to hot sun. Ultra violet rays from the sun speeds up leaching of the plastic chemicals into the bottled water. Yet another toxin by the name dioxin is also released to the water when left in the sun. This dioxin accelerates breast cancer.

When on the move, take boiled and filtered water in glass or steel bottles or containers to minimize health hazards. Instead of vitamins and minerals being added to bottled water, it contains high fructose corn syrup, food dyes that can play havoc with your emotional and physical health.

Home water delivery of drinking water poses more risks than the smaller pint or quart water bottles. The home delivery bottles are made of denser plastic and they are reused multiple times. Silvery white metal antimony has been discovered in many branded bottles of water. The longer the bottle of water remains on the shelf of a super market, chances of antimony being leached into the water is greater. Studies over the past several years have revealed that bottled water contains arsenic, bromate, cleaning compounds, mold and bacteria.

It’s a gross misconception to assume that bottled water is cleaner and healthier. Even though all manufacturers of bottled water swear by the purity of their water, contrary is the case. The plastic material used is the PET or poly ethylene teraphthalate which is extracted from virgin petroleum. The chemical leaches into the water when the bottle becomes warm. The phthalates are known for disrupting endocrine functions and can harm both humans and animals.

Disposing of these bottles also poses a serious environmental hazard. While manufacturing these bottles, toxic emissions are emanated that are drastic in effect. While disposing of these, it clogs and clutters up beaches, roadsides, empty lots and land fills. These mounds of plastic accumulate for years without decomposing but strangling our planet earth.

To avoid a toxin over dose, educate yourself on the plastic used by manufacturers to bottle water. A glance at the bottom of the bottle can tell you what kind of plastic is being used. There is a resin code at the bottom of each bottle.

PET is the kind of plastic mostly used to bottle single-serve water. It is safe for single use but refilling increases the risk of chemicals leaching into the water.

HDPE is high density polyethylene and is used for making gallon jugs. This is not linked to any kind of leaching.

Polypropylene can be easily molded which means that it is made with fewer chemicals and does not promote leaching. Your best solution is to filter your own water. Be economical and environmental friendly and install a water filter cum purifier at home. The best water that can be drunk is clear spring water or water that has been filtered by reversed osmosis. Avoid bottled water in plastic such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polystyrene.

As we struggle to minimize consumption of fossil fuels, bottled water increases this trend.  Since virgin petroleum is used to make these plastic bottles, the more bottles we use, the more of virgin petroleum is needed to crate fresh bottles. As a result, more fossil fuel is burned to fill bottles and distribute them. A study reveals the following astounding facts- it requires 273 billion liters of water to make empty bottles. Treating and filtering tap water for bottling paves way for even more waste. For every liter of water you see on the shelves, it takes two liters of water to make it. And only half of the bottles are ever recycled and they end up as waste, clogging the earth.

It’s high time we bid good bye to bottled water.

जन्मते जायते शूद्र:,संस्कारात द्विज उच्यते



🌞👉 वेदों के विषय में कहा जाता है कि वेदों का अधिकार शूद्रों को नहीं है! वैश्य ,क्षत्रिय एवं ब्राह्मण को है. हां सत्य है यह, वेद विद्या( गायत्री मंत्र एवं योग) का अधिकार शुद्र को नहीं है, किंतु शूद्र है कौन? वेदों ने जन्म से सभी को शूद्र माना है.” जन्मते जायते शूद्र:, संस्कारात द्विज उच्यते अर्थात जन्म से मनुष्य मात्र शूद्र होता है (अर्थात उसमें आलस्य, प्रमाद दुर्व्यसनों के प्रति आसक्ति होती है.) वह संस्कारों को धारण करके दूसरा जन्म ग्रहण करता है. वेद कहीं पर भी यह नहीं कहते कि जन्म से कोई वेश्य , क्षत्रिय, ब्राह्मण होता है. वेद सिर्फ इतना कहते हैं की जन्म से मनुष्य मात्र सिर्फ शूद्र होता है. वह चाहे किसी भी जाति ,कुल या गोत्र में जन्मा हो. वह शूद्र ही है जब तक की वह संस्कारों को धारण नहीं कर लेता.
🌞👉 वैश्य वह हैजो आलस्य प्रमाद दुर्व्यसन आदि से तो ग्रस्त नहीं है किंतु लालची है ,लोभी है. धन के अलावा कुछ नहीं सूझता उसे, सिर्फ धन के पीछे पड़ा रहता है. ऐसे व्यक्ति के लिए वेद कहते हैं कि कोई बात नहीं. ऐसा व्यक्ति गायत्री महामंत्र योग साधना से , इन दुर्गुणों से मुक्त हो जाएगा. इसे अधिकार है वेद विद्या का.
🌞👉 क्षत्रिय वह है जो आलस्य, प्रमाद ,दुर्व्यसनों के प्रति आसक्ति तो नहीं रखता किंतु क्रोध एवं अहंकार से भरा हुआ है. चाहे कुछ भी हो जाए, मर जाए ,मिट जाए किंतु मूंछ नीचे नहीं करूंगा. ऐसे व्यक्ति को भी वेद अधिकार देते हैं कि गायत्री मंत्र योग साधना से यह भी अपने दुर्गुणों से मुक्त हो जाएगा.
🌞👉 ब्राह्मण वह हैजिसका आलस्य ,प्रमाद से दूरदूर तक नाता नहीं है . मांसमदिरा अन्य व्यसनोंके साथ काम, क्रोध, लोभ ,दम्भ, दुर्भाव आदि से रहित है . अहंकार से नाता नहीं है जिसका. ऐसा व्यक्ति जिस किसी जाति, कुल, गोत्र या वंश में पैदा हुआ हो. वह जन्म से ही ब्राह्मणत्व के गुण ले कर आया है, जो उसके पूर्व जन्मों के संस्कारों की वजह से संभव हुआ है. ऐसा व्यक्ति वेद विद्या अर्थात गायत्री महामंत्र योग विद्या का सर्वोत्तम अधिकारी है.
👉 अब आप जहां भी हो, जैसे भी हो, जिस कुल में भी जन्म लिया है आपने. अपने आप का मूल्यांकन कर लीजिए. आप उसी वर्ण के हो.
👉 यदि वेद विद्या के रहस्य का आप व्यक्तिगत रूप से प्रेक्टिकल करना चाहते हैं तो करके देख लीजिए.
👉एक ऐसे व्यक्ति को चुनिए जो जन्म से ब्राह्मण कहलाने वाले कुल में जन्मा हो और आलसी, प्रमादी, मांस ,मदिरा का सेवन करता हो अन्य बुराइयां भी भरी हो जिसमें .
👉उसको दुर्व्यसनों को छुड़वाए बिना गायत्री मंत्र जप योग विद्या में लगा दीजिए और फिर उसके जीवन में क्याक्या होता है? यह देखिए या आप स्वयं मांस मदिरा का सेवन करते हुए बुराइयों को बिना छोड़े, गायत्री महामंत्र वओंकार का जप करने लग जाइए फिर आप चमत्कार देखिए.
👉 दूसरा आप एक ऐसा व्यक्ति चुनिए जो किसी अछूत कुल में जन्मा हो किंतु जो आलस्य, प्रमाद से दूर हो ,मांस मदिरा का सेवन नहीं करता हो अन्य दुर्व्यसन भी नहीं हो उसमें. उस व्यक्ति को भी गायत्री मंत्र योग विद्या की साधना में लगा दीजिए.
👉 अब आप दोनों व्यक्तियों के जीवन में आने वाले बदलावों को ध्यान से नोट करते जाइए.
👉 पहला व्यक्ति जो ब्राह्मण कुल का है. उसका जीवन दिनोंदिन कष्टों से घिरता चला जाएगा. आगे जाकर वह विक्षिप्त अवस्था को प्राप्त कर. पागल होकर दरदर की ठोकरें खाएगा.
👉 जबकि दूसरा व्यक्ति जो अछूत कुल से था. वह दिनों दिन हर क्षेत्र में उन्नति करता चला जाएगा. उसका शारीरिक, मानसिक एवं आध्यात्मिक विकास तीव्र गति से होगा एवं अंत में वह ब्रह्मत्व को प्राप्त कर लेगा.
🌞👉 हिंदुत्व की विडंबना यह रही कि ऋषियों ने जो वर्ण गुणों के आधार पर निर्धारित किए थे. उनको पाखंडियों ने जन्म आधारित कर दिया. निम्न कुल में जन्म लेने वाले शुद्ध सात्विक व्यक्ति को भी वेद विद्या के अयोग्य घोषित कर दिया. इसी विसंगति ने सनातन हिंदू धर्म को पतन के गर्त में धकेल दिया.
🌞👉 आप चाहे किसी भी कुल ,गोत्र या जाति में जन्मे हो. अपने आपको गायत्री मंत्र योग विद्या का अधिकारी तभी मान सकते हो, जब आप अपनी शुद्रताओं का त्याग करोगे. इन को त्यागे बिना आप वेद विद्या के अधिकारी नहीं हैं. बस इनको त्याग दीजिए फिर आप के लिए गायत्री महामंत्र योग विद्या कामधेनु कल्पवृक्ष का काम करेगी, किंतु जो अपने आपको इस योग्य नहीं बना सकते.वे चाहे किसी भी कुल गोत्र या जाति के हो, शूद्र ही हैं.
🌞👉 जिन व्यक्तियों में एक साथ आलस्य, प्रमाद, दुर्व्यसन लोभ ,लालच ,काम ,क्रोध अहंकार आदि भरे हुए हैं.वे शूद्र ही नहीं महा शूद्र हैं



12 rich, powerful people share their surprising definitions of success

When we talk about a “successful” person, we’re typically talking about someone who’s got billions in their bank account, someone who’s authored multiple bestsellers, or maybe someone who’s in charge of an entire nation.

Billionaire Richard Branson believes success is about happiness.

Though Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, is worth some $5 billion, the Virgin founder equates success with personal fulfillment.

“Too many people measure how successful they are by how much money they make or the people that they associate with,” he wrote on LinkedIn. “In my opinion, true success should be measured by how happy you are.”

Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington says that money and power aren’t enough.

Huffington says that while we tend to think of success along two metrics — money and power — we need to add a third.

“To live the lives we truly want and deserve, and not just the lives we settle for, we need a Third Metric,” she told Forbes’ Dan Schawbel, “a third measure of success that goes beyond the two metrics of money and power, and consists of four pillars: well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving.”

Together, those factors help you to take care of your psychological life and truly be successful, or as the title of her 2014 book, “Thrive,” suggests.

Billionaire investor Mark Cuban says you don’t need money to be successful.

“Shark Tank” regular Cuban offers a surprisingly simple take on success.

In an interview with Steiner Sports, he said:

“To me, the definition of success is waking up in the morning with a smile on your face, knowing it’s going to be a great day. I was happy and felt like I was successful when I was poor, living six guys in a three-bedroom apartment, sleeping on the floor.”

Legendary basketball coach John Wooden said it’s a matter of satisfaction.

With 620 victories and 10 national titles, Wooden is the winningest coach in college basketball history.

But his definition of success was more about competing with yourself than the other guy:

“Peace of mind attained only through self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do the best of which you’re capable,” he said in a 2001 TED Talk.

Legendary investor Warren Buffett values relationships above all else.

With a net worth of $77.4 billion, Buffett is just about the wealthiest person in the world, second only to Bill Gates. And yet his definition of success has nothing to do with money or fame.

As James Altucher writes, the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway once told shareholders at an annual meeting: “I measure success by how many people love me.”

Acclaimed author Maya Angelou believed success is about enjoying your work.

The late, great poet laureate, who passed away at 86 in 2014, left behind stacks of books and oodles of aphorisms.

Her take on success is among the best: “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates believes it’s about making an impact on society.

Gates is the wealthiest person in the world, with a net worth of $86 billion, But to him, success is about relationships and leaving behind a legacy.

In a Reddit AMA, Gates took a tip from Warren Buffett when asked about his definition of success:

“Warren Buffett has always said the measure [of success] is whether the people close to you are happy and love you.”

He added: “It is also nice to feel like you made a difference — inventing something or raising kids or helping people in need.”

Spiritual teacher Deepak Chopra believes success is a matter of constant growth.

The physician and author says it’s a matter of continual growth.

“Success in life could be defined as the continued expansion of happiness and the progressive realization of worthy goals,” Chopra writes in “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.”

President Barack Obama aims to change people’s lives.

Obama once held the highest office in the land — but he doesn’t equate power with success.

At the 2012 Democratic National Convention, First Lady Michelle Obama told the audience that her husband “started his career by turning down high-paying jobs and instead working in struggling neighborhoods where a steel plant had shut down.”

She went on:

“For Barack, success isn’t about how much money you make. It’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.”

Inventor Thomas Edison recognized that success is a grind.

Edison — holder of over 1,000 patents— had an insane work ethic. He was reported to work 60 consecutive hours on occasion.

So naturally, his definition of success is equally ambitious: “Success is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.”

Popular author Stephen Covey said that the definition of success is deeply individual.

The late Covey became a massive success — and a part of popular culture — with his 1989 book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” which has sold over 25 million copies.

Yet for Covey, success was categorically individual.

“If you carefully consider what you want to be said of you in the funeral experience,” he writes in the book, “you will find your definition of success.”

Billionaire John Paul DeJoria sees success as working hard — all the time.

DeJoria co-founded Paul Mitchell hair products and Patron tequila. In an interview with Business Insider, he reflected on the lessons he learned while working at a dry cleaner’s as a young man.

Apparently, the head of the store was impressed by how spic and span DeJoria kept the floors, even though no one was watching him clean.

That’s why he now believes:

“Success isn’t how much money you have. Success is not what your position is. Success is how well you do what you do when nobody else is looking.”