HENRY FORD’S GREAT GRANDSON…
Mr. Ambarish Das/ Alfred B Ford

Henry Ford’s Gr Grand Son had embraced Hinduism and took name of Mr. Ambarish Das converting from Alfred B Ford.. What he found and fascinated in Hinduism to embrace it.

Ambarish Das may not have been born Indian. His soul is Indian though.

Before he adopted his Hindu name, he was Alfred B. Ford. His mother is the daughter of Edsel Bryant Ford II, son of the legendary Henry Ford (founder of the Ford Motor Company). That makes him a fourth-generation Ford and a part of one of America’s most iconic families.

But this Ford has more on his mind than cars.

While studying at Tulane University, Louisiana, he heard Hindu religious music at the campus record store, for the first time. He broke down on hearing the record. It touched something deep in him. Thus began his involvement with Hinduism.

He married a Bengali girl and has since used his fame and wealth to spread the word of Hinduism and Krishna.
He travelled all over the world with his wife, also a devotee, to spread Krishna consciousness because he says “It is a spiritual science not just for Indians, but for everybody around the world.”
“I had a lot of questions when I was growing up. When I was young, I used to wonder how big the universe was, what’s on the other side of the sky, who was God, what was He like – those kind of questions and things”, he said.

“My great grandfather Henry Ford would have been happy to see my lifestyle today, as he was also very interested in spiritual life and Eastern philosophy.
He used to practice yoga daily and read many of the Hindu scriptures. He believed in reincarnation and was a vegetarian. He was also a good friend of Paramahamsa Yogananda.”

So he would have been very happy with the lifestyle I am leading and the things I believe in.
“I was looking for meaning in life and hadn’t found it in the faith I grew up in. I experimented and read several religious systems but as soon as I read the Bhagawad Gita, it was like a bell went off.
He said all the things that I was looking for: God is a personality. We have a relationship with God and by restoring that relationship we can go back to the spiritual world.”

“I lived as a recluse in the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming for many years – reading, chanting and cooking vegetarian food.“

“I believe in the concept of ananda – unlimited happiness. Happiness is not something that has a beginning and an end – it is endless.”

“Some people get happy if they go shopping, have a good meal, or do well in an exam, get a job, make some money etc. but how long does the happiness last? It doesn’t last very long.”

Happiness cannot come from sensory objects. It comes from self-realization. It comes from realizing who we are, what is our dharma, what are we supposed to be doing, who are we supposed to be serving.

Once we find that and feel comfortable in that position, then we realize that that position cannot end. No one can take it away. There is no fear involved. That is the beginning of happiness because it is not temporary.

When I married Sharmila that was a milestone for my parents.

They were very impressed with her, she had a PhD, very well educated, accomplished woman and, of course, they love my children, Amrita and Anisha, too.

He assisted in the establishment of the first Hindu temple in Hawaii and also donated $500,000 to help establish the Bhaktivedanta Cultural Center in Detroit which was completed in 1983.

Alfred Ford has made many significant donations over the years which have assisted ongoing projects such as to build the Pushpa Samadhi Mandir. He is also the chairman of the Sri Mayapur Temple of the Vedic Planetarium.

Ford also lobbied very hard to have a Vedic cultural centre made in Moscow at an estimated cost of $10 million but it was blocked by the communist government.
He has recently bought a $6000,000 mansion to convert it into a temple and learning center in Honolulu, US

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This is an except of original article written by By Partha Das for ISKCON News at http://news.iskcon.com/node/3251/2010-11-13/ex_and_the_internet

No, it’s not a typo! I’ll explain. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread so I volunteered to write the complex and delicate chapter on affection and intimacy, which also deals with the issue of $ex.

Several years ago I began to notice that advertisements began to appear on my computer that were related to the subject matter of my emails. The first time I noticed this I had been corresponding about funeral arrangements for my mother and advertisements began to appear for tombstones and memorials. I wrote a letter that mentioned incense and there were links for Ramakrishna Incense. There is no privacy on the internet.

About a year ago I started some correspondence with the GVT members about our book chapter on affection and intimacy and I started getting all kind of links to singles dating sites. For Pete’s sake I have been happily married for 39 years, why wouldn’t they go away and leave me alone? Next, links started appearing like one that said “View Russian Brides.” I started to think of it an inescapable nuisance, like the mosquitoes at Saranagati Village.

In June my wife and I were in Trinidad doing seminars. One evening I was doing some research for our book from a GBC Wiki site looking for a resolution they had passed about the no illicit $ex principle. After about 10 minutes of unsuccessful searches I closed the window. Behind it I was rather surprised to see a Google aerial photo of the area I was in that had the name and address of every prostitute within a five mile radius. Where the heck did that come from!!?? I started to feel like if I made one wrong mouse click a land mine would go off.

If you ever enter for the “s” word you are marked man. If you are actually looking at that stuff you must get a tsunami.

Since that experience I started using $ when I have to refer to the issue of $ex. Gradually the links and adds that appear have become a lot more benign, like trips to ski resorts and cheap flights to Cuba. Although I am worried that US Homeland Security might be watching the latter.

Well, I will confess that when I was 14, in 1964, I walked about 2 miles from home where no one would recognize me and bought a girlie magazine in a Chinese store. I was totally paranoid the whole time that one of my many aunts or uncles might drive up for a loaf of bread and catch me. It was such an anxiety, guilt filled experience that I threw the magazine in a garbage can about a mile from home.

Fast forward 40 years to the 21st century and porn is everywhere, in the privacy of your home computer and even your office cubicle. What was in a girlie magazine in the 60’s is in the Sears catalogues today. Nudity and sex are portrayed in movies and TV and I don’t even want to think about what might be on the internet.

Here are some stats from Healthyminds.com that throw light on the i$$ue:

• 12 percent of all Web sites are porn
• 25 percent of all search engine requests are for porn
• 35 percent of all Internet downloads are pornographic
• 260 new porn sites go online daily
• 20% of men admit accessing pornography at work
• 13% of women admit accessing pornography at work
• 10% of adults admit having internet sexual addiction

It is not a benign recreational activity as promoted by the porn industry. It creates a huge violation of trust which destroys intimacy in marriage. If you have viewed porn or are tempted, ask yourself if you would want your spouse or friends to know.

If you have to keep a part of your life hidden it will block you from having a heart to heart connection.

Our GVT associates Krsnanandini dasi and Tariq Prabhu have just written a very compassionate, frank and detailed article on the issue of porn and porn addiction. http://www.vaisnavafamilyresources.org/overcoming-porno

They describe what can be done to prevent its snare from undermining your values, your spiritual life and destroying your marriage.

Adapted from their article is a list of symptoms of addiction:

• Your behaviour causes you to act against your underlying values and spiritual beliefs.
• Your behaviours create negative legal, relationship, career, emotional or physical consequences, yet you persist in engaging in those behaviours anyway.
• Your activities hurt the ones you love but you still do them.
• Your activities take up more time, energy, thought and focus than they should or than you would like.
• You frequently tell yourself: “after this, I’m not going to ever do this again. This is the last time that I am going to watch it or read it.” But you still return to the same or similar situations, as if by compulsion, in spite previous agreements (to yourself or your spouse).

If you see any of these symptoms in yourself, admission of the problem is the first step to recovery. If you have a problem with this issue or know someone who does refer them to the above mentioned article.

Pornography is a poor substitute for the love and affection we wish to receive from Krsna and our Vaisnava families.

Partha das, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, lives in Saranagati Village in BC Canada where he and his wife do internet marriage coaching and premarital education.

What killed Ranjan Das and Lessons for Corporate

A month ago, many of us heard about the sad demise of Ranjan Das from Bandra, Mumbai. Ranjan, just 42 years of age, was the CEO of SAP-Indian Subcontinent, the youngest CEO of an MNC in India. He was very active in sports, was a fitness freak and a marathon runner. It was common to see him run on Bandra’s Carter Road. Just after Diwali, on 21st Oct, he returned home from his gym after a workout, collapsed with a massive heart attack and died. He is survived by his wife and two very young kids.

It was certainly a wake-up call for corporate India. However, it was even more disastrous for runners amongst us. Since Ranjan was an avid marathoner (in Feb 09, he ran Chennai Marathon at the same time some of us were running Pondicherry Marathon 180 km away), the question came as to why an exceptionally active, athletic person succumb to heart attack at 42 years of age.

Was it the stress?
A couple of you called me asking about the reasons. While Ranjan had mentioned that he faced a lot of stress, that is a common element in most of our lives. We used to think that by being fit, one can conquer the bad effects of stress. So I doubted if the cause was stress.

The Real Reason

However, everyone missed out a small line in the reports that Ranjan used to make do with 4-5 hours of sleep. This is an earlier interview of Ranjan on NDTV in the program ‘Boss’ Day Out’:
http://connect.in.com/ranjan-das/play-video-boss-day-out-ranjan-das-of-sap-india-229111-807ecfcf1ad966036c289b3ba6c376f2530d7484.html
Here he himself admits that he would love to get more sleep (and that he was not proud of his ability to manage without sleep, contrary to what others extolled).

The Evidence

Last week, I was working with a well-known cardiologist on the subject of Heart Disease caused by Lack of Sleep. While I cannot share the video nor the slides because of confidentiality reasons, I have distilled the key points below in the hope it will save some of our lives.

Some Excerpts:

Short sleep duration (<5 or 5-6 hours) increased risk for high BP by 350% to 500% compared to those who slept longer than 6 hours per night. Paper published in 2009. As you know, high BP kills.
Young people (25-49 years of age) are twice as likely to get high BP if they sleep less. Paper published in 2006.
Individuals who slept less than 5 hours a night had a 3-fold increased risk of heart attacks. Paper published in 1999.

Complete and partial lack of sleep increased the blood concentrations of High sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (hs-cRP), the strongest predictor of heart attacks. Even after getting adequate sleep later, the levels stayed high!!

Just one night of sleep loss increases very toxic substances in body such as Interleukin-6 (IL-6), Tumour Necrosis Factor-Alpha (TNF-alpha) and C-reactive protein (cRP). They increase risks of many medical conditions, including cancer, arthritis and heart disease. Paper published in 2004.

Sleeping for <=5 hours per night leads to 39% increase in heart disease. Sleeping for <=6 hours per night leads to 18% increase in heart disease. Paper published in 2006.

Ideal Sleep

For lack of space, I cannot explain here the ideal sleep architecture. But in brief, sleep is composed of two stages: REM (Rapid Eye Movement) and non-REM. The former helps in mental consolidation while the latter helps in physical repair and rebuilding. During the night, you alternate between REM and non-REM stages 4-5 times.

The earlier part of sleep is mostly non-REM. During that period, your pituitary gland releases growth hormones that repair your body. The latter part of sleep is more and more REM type.

For you to be mentally alert during the day, the latter part of sleep is more important. No wonder when you wake up with an alarm clock after 5-6 hours of sleep, you are mentally irritable throughout the day (lack of REM sleep).

And if you have slept for less than 5 hours, your body is in a complete physical mess (lack of non-REM sleep), you are tired throughout the day, moving like a zombie and your immunity is way down (Ive been there, done that)

Finally, as long-distance runners, you need an hour of extra sleep to repair the running related damage.
If you want to know if you are getting adequate sleep, take Epworth Sleepiness Test below.

Interpretation: Score of 0-9 is considered normal while 10 and above abnormal. Many a times, I have clocked 21 out the maximum possible 24, the only saving grace being the last situation, since I dont like to drive (maybe, I should ask my driver to answer that line)

In conclusion:
Barring stress control, Ranjan Das did everything right: eating proper food, exercising (marathoning!), maintaining proper weight. But he missed getting proper and adequate sleep, minimum 7 hours. In my opinion, that killed him.

If you are not getting enough sleep (7 hours), you are playing with fire, even if you have low stress.
I always took pride in my ability to work 50 hours at a stretch whenever the situation warranted. But I was so spooked after seeing the scientific evidence last week that since Saturday night, I ensure I do not even set the alarm clock under 7 hours. Now, that is a nice excuse to get some more sleep.

Unfortunately, Ranjan Das is not alone when it comes to missing sleep. Many of us are doing exactly the same, perhaps out of ignorance. Please forward this mail to as many of your colleagues as possible, especially those who might be short-changing their sleep. If we can save even one young life because of this email, I would be the happiest person on earth.

PS: Incidentally, just as human beings need 7 hours of sleep, you should know that cats need 15 hours of sleep and horses need 3 hours of it. So are you planning to be a cool cat or a dumb horse?

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