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Friendship and Gold
Can Never be Equal

Friendship is a priceless gift,
That cannot be bought or sold.
But its value is far great than,
A mountain made of gold.

For gold is cold and lifeless,
It cannot see nor hear.
And in times of trouble,
It's powerless to cheer.

It has no ears to listen,
Nor a heart to understand.
It cannot give you comfort,
Or lend a helping hand.

So when you ask God for a gift
Be happy if he sends
Not diamonds pearls or riches
But the love of a true GREAT FRIEND!!

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You have blessed us, O God,
With the gift of friendship,
The bonding of persons
In a circle of love.
We thank you for such a blessing:
For friends who love us,
Who share our sorrows,
Who laugh with us in celebration,
Who bear our pain,
Who need us as we need them,
Who weep as we weep,
Who hold us when words fail,
And who give us the freedom
To be ourselves.
Bless our friends with health,
Wholeness, life, and love.

 

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So often when I think of you and all the times we shared,
My heart is filled with thankfulness to have a friend
Who cared enough to listen to me tell of joys and trials.
Your being there has been enough to change my tears to smiles.
The subtle love between two friends is so hard to define.
It is not a square or circle or even a straight line.
It's somehow like a tapestry with colors soft and bold,
Yet deep within the weaving there are tiny threads of gold.
Yes, rare and oh so lovely are your friendships' threads of gold.

For they will last a lifetime and then when my story's told -
Someone will hold my tapestry and turn it towards the light,
And tiny points, those threads of gold,will gleam and shine so bright.
And they may think - it's just a thread like green or red or blue-
Perhaps they'll never ever know that golden thread was you.
But I've been thinking lately how you've touched my life just so -
Of how you are so dear to me - and I wanted you to know-
That even if you're next to me or though we're miles apart,
Your golden thread of friendship still will weave within my heart


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I love to wrap you in my arms
And draw strength from your light.
Your love is a refuge that
Soothes my soul
When I close my eyes each night,
And lends me the power
To face the day,
When dawn sheds its golden light.
I've been through a lot
And sometimes I felt
As if I'd lost my way,
When I met you,
I found renewed hope,
And life has gotten better every day.
And I vow that this
Heart will never stray;
You're the flower of my life,
And our love will
Never fade away.


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News Section / 63 dead, 200 hurt as trains derail in India
« on: July 11, 2011, 12:33:55 PM »
  Rescue teams pulled bodies and survivors Monday from the wreckage of two Indian passenger trains that derailed in separate incidents over the weekend, leaving 63 dead and 200 injured.

Nearly a dozen carriages of a packed express jumped the rails in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, while a second derailed as a result of a suspected bomb attack in the restive northeastern state of Assam.

In the first accident, the force of the derailment caused some carriages to mount each other and badly crushed several others, making it difficult for the emergency services to get to survivors.

"We are still searching," the army officer leading the rescue operation, Colonel A.D.S. Dhillon, told AFP by telephone Monday.

"So far we have retrieved 63 bodies from the coaches and we think more people are trapped inside," Dhillon said from the site of the accident, 150 kilometres (95 miles) south of the state capital, Lucknow.

Later Sunday, at least 100 passengers were injured -- 20 of them critically -- when their train derailed in the northeastern state of Assam as the result of what police believe may have been a bomb placed on the rails by separatist rebels.

The Guwahati-Puri Express was nearing Ghograpara, about 70 kilometres from Assam's main city of Guwahati, when it was apparently hit by a strong blast.

"There was a loud explosion and it was total chaos soon after," passenger Jiten Das told AFP by telephone.

"The coach in which I was travelling skidded off the track and fell in marshy land with waist-deep water. Somehow we managed to get out. I cut my head and arms and have a wound in my chest."

Several armed separatist groups are active in the region, but police said the precise cause of the explosion was not yet known.

In Uttar Pradesh, police said at least one Swedish citizen was among the dead from the earlier derailment of the Kalka Mail, which was heading from Howrah, the main station for the eastern city of Kolkata, across India to the capital New Delhi.

The Press Trust of India news agency reported the driver was among the injured and that the train, carrying about 1,000 people, was moving at near its top speed of 108 kilometres an hour when it left the tracks.

"We were sitting in our seats when suddenly everything turned upside down," a male passenger told the CNN-IBN news channel.

"When the train stopped we broke the glass windows to jump out on the track."

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is acting railways minister, expressed "deep sorrow and shock at the loss of lives."

Anxious relatives and friends of the passengers gathered at Howrah and other stations along the line seeking information about their loved ones.

Just last Thursday, 38 people were killed in a rail crash in Uttar Pradesh when a train slammed into a bus carrying a wedding party.

India's state-run railway system -- still the main form of long-distance travel despite fierce competition from new private airlines -- carries 18.5 million people daily.

The worst accident in India was in 1981 when a train plunged into a river in the eastern state of Bihar, killing an estimated 800 people.

The railway is the country's largest employer with 1.4 million people on its payroll and it runs 11,000 trains a day.

Experts say the creaking system, the world's second largest under a single management, is desperately in need of new investment to improve safety and help end transportation bottlenecks that threaten the country's economic growth.

"There is a real danger that the frequency of train accidents in India might soon desensitise people as 'yet another' instance of what has become thoughtlessly, mind-numbingly commonplace," the Indian Express said in an editorial Monday.

The newspaper criticised a political tradition of successive coalition governments awarding the railway ministry portfolio as a sop to important allies.

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Stories For All / Alexander The Great’s Last 3 Wishes
« on: July 10, 2011, 11:58:28 AM »
Alexander, after conquering many kingdoms, was returning home. On the way, he fell ill and it took him to his death bed. With death staring him in his face, Alexander realized how his conquests, his great army, his sharp sword and all his wealth were of no use.

He now longed to reach home to see his mother’s face and bid her adieu. But, he had to accept the fact that his sinking health would not permit him to reach his distant homeland. So, the mighty conqueror lay prostrate and pale, helplessly waiting to breathe his last. He called his generals and said, “I will depart from this world soon, I have three wishes, please carry them out without fail.” With tears flowing down their cheeks, the generals agreed to abide by their king’s last wishes.

“My first desire is that”, said Alexander, “My physicians alone must carry my coffin.” After a pause, he continued, “Secondly, I desire that when my coffin is being carried to the grave, the path leading to the graveyard be strewn with gold, silver and precious stones which I have collected in my treasury”. The king felt exhausted after saying this. He took a minute’s rest and continued. My third and last wish is that both my hands be kept dangling out of my coffin”.

The people who had gathered there wondered at the king’s strange wishes. But no one dared bring the question to their lips. Alexander’s favorite general kissed his hand and pressed them to his heart. “O king, we assure you that all your wishes will be fulfilled. But tell us why do you make such strange wishes?” At this Alexander took a deep breath and said: “I would like the world to know of the three lessons I have just learnt.

I want my physicians to carry my coffin because people should realize that No doctor on this earth can really cure anybody. They are powerless and cannot save a person from the clutches of death. So let not people take life for granted.

The second wish of strewing gold, silver and other riches on the path to the graveyard is to tell people that Not even a fraction of gold will come with me. I spent all my life with the greed for power, earning riches but cannot take anything with me. Let people realize that it is a sheer waste of time to chase wealth.

And about my third wish of having my hands dangling out of the coffin, I wish my people to know that I came empty handed into this world and empty handed I go out of this world”. With these words, the king closed his eyes. Soon he let death conquer him and breathed his last.


 

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You took my hand and never let me go.
You were my friend and you let is show.
You were there through thick and thin.
You're the definition of a best friend.
You don't judge me when others do.
So I smile and simply say "Thank you."
Thank you for the laughter and the tears.
Thanks for being with me all these years.
Thanks for loving me and not judging me.
For helping me breathe so steadily.
For keeping my secrets, my every word.
And healing me whenever I got hurt.
Once again, I say thank you.
Thank you for even the simplest things that you do.

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Ram is the 7th incarnation of Vishnu and the central figure of the Ramayana (Ramayan) epic. The Ramayan is the very soul of India. It is a complete guide to God-realization, the path to which lies in righteousness. The ideals of man are beautifully portrayed in it. Everyone should emulate those ideals and grow into ideal human beings and ideal citizens.

Ram, by Sapna JohariRam took birth to free the earth from the cruelty and sins of the demon King Ravana (Ravan). Ravana had practiced austerities in order to propitiate Shiva and Brahma, who had granted him immunity from being killed by gods, gandharvas or demons. One of the gods had to take on a human form in order to be able to defeat Ravana.

Ram was born as the first son of Dasharatha, king of Ayodhya. Ram's mother was Kausilya. Ram had three brothers : Bharata (Bharat) born from the second wife Kaikeyi, and Lakshmana (Lakshman) and Shatrughna born from the third wife Sumitra.

One day Saint Vishwamitra visited Ayodhya and asked Dashratha to send Ram and Lakshmana with him because the Yakshini (demon) Tarka - with her two sons Mareech and Subahu - were terrifying him and the other saints at his ashram. They were not letting them worship and meditate. Ram went with Lakshmana and Vishwamitra to kill Tarka. On the way to Saint Vishwamitra's ashram there was a dense forest. When they entered the forest Tarka came to kill them but Ram killed her and her son Subahu with a weapon given to him by Vishwamitra. Ram also shot an arrow at Mareech and threw him 100 yojan far away.

Sita and Ram in the gardenLater Ram went with Saint Vishwamitr to Mithila where the wise King Janak ruled. King Janak had organized a svayamvaraa (an acient custom wherein the bride chose her husband of her own accord from amongst a number of suitors). It was announced that whosoever will bend the bow of Lord Shiva will marry King Janak's daughter Sita. Sita was an incarnation of Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu. But none of the suitors was able to lift Lord Shiva's bow, except Ram. Ram lifted the bow with his one hand and bended it so hard that it even broke.

Sita and Ram in the forestSo Ram got married to Sita, and his brothers got happily married to Sita's sisters. After returning and living happily in Ayodhya the old King Dashrath decided that it was time to give his kingdom to his beloved son Ram. There Kaikeyi, the third and youngest wife of the King, claimed the throne for her son Bharat. A long time before the young Queen had saved the King's life and he had promised to fulfill her two wishes. Manthara, the crooked and evil-minded maid-servant of Kaikeyi influenced the queen to claim her wishes now in favor of her son and to request Dashrath to banish Ram from the kingdom for fourteen years, and to install Bharat on the throne instead. The King was shocked, his heart was broken, but he knew that truth is the highest Dharm, and that he had to fulfill his promise to his wife. So Ram went to exile happily, knowing that to obey and serve his father was the highest duty of a son.

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Nice Quotations / *Marriage Quotes*
« on: June 28, 2011, 11:00:20 AM »
Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate.

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SMS & Jokes Section.. / Top 10 Best Lies Ever!
« on: June 27, 2011, 05:27:25 PM »

1. On the phone to Phone company:
"My phone is cut off. Yes, I know I haven't paid yet, it's in the mail.Can you please reconnect me? If you don't you're in big trouble and then I want my money

back. Yes, I want the reconnection on the number I'm calling you from."


2. Standing outside a Bank wearing a balaclava and carrying a semi-automatic:
" That bag full of money? We just won the lotto".


3. At the Gas station, filling up and not paying:
" No, we don't have to pay; this little Toyota is an undercover car for the FBI".


4. Drive-by Mac Donald's, while receiving $100 worth of food:
" No, we don't have to pay this time, my uncle is Mac himself and he sent us to look after the quality-control in secret."


5. Sitting in the Dentist chair, just before opening your mouth:
"There's no need for this check up; I have false teeth, they just look very real".


6. While smoking menthol cigarettes:
" These are actually healthy cigarettes, because the packet is green.They made it menthol because of the fresh taste you can inhale a lot deeper. I'm also helping to keep the environment green".


7. To Credit Company:
"Yes, I know I'm overdue with my payment, but it's not really my fault, but yours. If you'd given me more credit I could've paid you".


8. Wearing high heels:
" These are actually very good for my back and legs. When I finally take them off tonight my muscles will stretch. So it's really exercising my legs".


9. Not wanting to pay for a plane ticket:
" Can I take this Lexus for a long test-drive into Mexico before I decide to buy it? I'll return it in 3 weeks".And of course the biggest lie of all, coming from an extremely wealthy person:


10. "Money? No, that's not important at all to me. I'm a spiritual person".

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Good morning my friend
It's a new day
I hope things get better
For this I did pray

May all of your problems
Be out on their way
On this bright morning
That starts this new day


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Nice Sharings / Interesting Facts About The Great Pyramid
« on: June 14, 2011, 11:50:54 AM »




Most scholars and historians would have us believe that The Great Pyramid at Giza was built as a burial chamber for the Pharoah Khufu, yet there are so many interesting and unexplainable aspects in the design, that it’s worth wondering if there was a lot more to this amazing architectural feat than just a giant coffin…


There is so much stone mass in the pyramid that the interior temperature is constant and equals the average temperature of the earth, 20 Degrees Celsius (68 Degrees Fahrenheit).
 
The cornerstone foundations of the pyramid have ball and socket construction capable of dealing with heat expansion and earthquakes.


The mortar used is of an unknown origin. It has been analyzed and its chemical composition is known but it can’t be reproduced. It is stronger than the stone and still holding up today.

The Great Pyramid is the most accurately aligned structure in existence and faces true north with only 3/60th of a degree of error. The position of the North Pole moves over time and the pyramid was exactly aligned at one time.


The Great Pyramid is located at the centre of the land mass of the earth. The east/west parallel that crosses the most land and the north/south meridian that crosses the most land intersect in two places on the earth, one in the ocean and the other at the Great Pyramid.


The granite coffer in the “King’s Chamber” is too big to fit through the passages and so it must have been put in place during construction.


Microscopic analysis of the coffer reveals that it was made with a fixed point drill that used hard jewel bits and a drilling force of 2 tons.


The coffer was sawn out of a block of solid granite. This would have required bronze saws 8-9 ft. long set with teeth of sapphires. Hollowing out of the interior would require tubular drills of the same material applied with a tremendous vertical force.

If the height of the pyramid is taken as the radius of a circle, then the circumference of this circle is the same as the perimeter of the base. This provided the complimentary squaring of a circle and circling of a square. The key to this relationship is knowledge of the value of Pi and designing the angle of the pyramid to be exactly 51 degrees, 51 minutes, and 14.3 seconds.


The length of a base side is 9,131 Pyramid Inches measured at the mean socket level, or 365.24 Pyramid Cubits, which is the number of days in a year [9,131/25 = 365.24, accurate to 5 digits]. The perimeter of the base divided by 100 = 365.24, the number of days in a year. [9 131 Pyramid Inches * 4 / 100, accurate to 5 digits]


The average height of land above sea level for the earth is 5,449 inches. This is also the height of the pyramid.

The Pyramids mirror the Orion Constellation: The pyramid positions on the ground are a reflection of the positions of the stars in the constellation Orion circa 10400BCE.

Precession of the Equinoxes: The sum of the pyramid’s two base diagonals in Pyramid Inches = length of the Precession of the Equinoxes (25,827 years).

The size of the earth as viewed from the Sun and expressed as an angle and generally taken to be 1/2 the diameter at the equator (Solar Equatorial Parallax) is 8.9008091 seconds of arc using 91848,817 miles as the mean distance to the sun and 3,963.4914 miles as the equatorial radius. The distance between the mean socket level and the height of the leveled bedrock is 8.9008 Pyramid Inches.

The height of the Great Pyramid, minus the height of the capstone represents one millionth the time it takes light to travel the mean radius of the earth’s orbit around the sun (1 astronomical unit) using 1 Pyramid Inch equals 24 hours (mean solar day).

 

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Stories For All / BUTTERFLY
« on: June 09, 2011, 05:21:50 PM »
A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no further.

So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon.

The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time.

Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.

What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were God's way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. If God allowed us to go through our lives without any obstacles, it would cripple us.

We would not be as strong as what we could have been. We could never fly!


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Stories For All / THE BRICK
« on: June 09, 2011, 05:18:47 PM »
About ten years ago, a young and very successful executive named Josh was traveling down a Chicago neighborhood street. He was going a bit too fast in his sleek, black, 12 cylinder Jaguar XKE, which was only two months old.

He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something. As his car passed, no child darted out, but a brick sailed out and - WHUMP! - it smashed Into the Jag's shiny black side door! SCREECH..!!!! Brakes slammed! Gears ground into reverse, and tires madly spun the Jaguar back to the spot from where the brick had been thrown. Josh jumped out of the car, grabbed the kid and pushed him up against a parked car. He shouted at the kid, "What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing?!" Building up a head of steam, he went on. "That's my new Jag, that brick you threw is gonna cost you a lot of money. Why did you throw it?"

"Please, mister, please. . . I'm sorry! I didn't know what else to do!" Pleaded the youngster. "I threw the brick because no one else would stop!" Tears were dripping down the boy's chin as he pointed around the parked car. "It's my brother, mister," he said. "He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up." Sobbing, the boy asked the executive, "Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He's hurt and he's too heavy for me."

Moved beyond words, the young executive tried desperately to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. Straining, he lifted the young man back into the wheelchair and took out his handkerchief and wiped the scrapes and cuts, checking to see that everything was going to be OK. He then watched the younger brother push him down the sidewalk toward their home.

It was a long walk back to the sleek, black, shining, 12 cylinder Jaguar XKE -a long and slow walk. Josh never did fix the side door of his Jaguar. He kept the dent to remind him not to go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at him to get his attention. . . Some bricks are softer than others. Feel for the bricks of life coming at to you. For all the negative things we have to say to ourselves, God has positive answers.

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Photography / Worlds Largest Clock In Makkah
« on: June 07, 2011, 12:07:55 PM »



Saudi Arabia is hoping that the debut of what is said to be the world’s largest clock in Islam’s holiest city of Mecca will help establish the city as an alternative time standard to the Greenwich meridian.

The new four-faced clock, which looms over Mecca’s Grand Mosque and is perched atop what is expected to be the world’s second tallest building when completed, is to enter a three-month trial period this week — the first week of the holy month of Ramadan.

Situated in the heart of the massive Abraj al-Bait complex — comprising hotels, shopping malls and conference centers — the clock will run on Arabia Standard Time, three hours ahead of the Universal Time standard. Each of the clock’s four faces are 151 feet in diameter and will be illuminated by 2 million LED lights, along with huge Arabic script reading: “In the Name of Allah.” Another 21,000 white and green colored lights, fitted at the top of the clock, will flash to as far as 19 miles to signal Islam’s five-times daily prayers.

The clock reflects a goal to replace the 126-year-old Universal Time standard, also known as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT),  
 
 


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