The Best Qualities of a Land Cruiser Prado

The world is embracing new technologies and with that car manufacturing companies like Toyota are keenly observing new ways of manufacturing; they are building new plants and spending loads of cash on research and development to find new ways of building the best automobiles that would be on top in the industry and investing for the future demands. In addition these companies are employing highly competent and multi-skilled personnel to help in realizing their objectives for the century.

A Land Cruiser Prado is manufactured by Toyota Company from Japan, which makes their vehicles to meet their customer’s needs and expectations, some of the specifications are not found in other regions but they have made it possible for you as a buyer to get adequate information through dealers who are based in every continent of this globe. Information about this vehicle can be found through the company website and also auto shows and magazines. The Land cruisers are modeled to fulfill the roadworthy requirements as their put customer’s safety and security first.

Having a car as great as a Land cruiser Prado is an exciting adventure to the owner and the reason why they are on high demands is because of their high qualities that make the stand out as the best sports utility vehicle. I hereby outline why Prado’s have the best qualities among the Sports utility vehicles.

• Toyota has adopted new advanced technology and innovation in producing the best quality vehicles for instance the 2010 Land Cruiser Prado is restructured to exude masculinity and its features shows a sense of control and authority on the road.

• Prado is manufactured with great creativity and comfort that brings excitement to its occupants. It is also spacious for the driver and the other occupants giving them enough freedom to relax and very magnificent.

• It is designed to suit the current fashion status of its owners and it has a contemporary look that suits the modern class and age.

• A Land Cruiser Prado exudes a sense of prestige, luxury, affluence and poshness. As a result of these qualities, its demand is so high in the market.

• In the Sports utility vehicles category, a Prado gives the other SUV’s like Land Rover Freelander2,Audi Q5 and BMW X3 the competition that they deserve, Its exterior features include fog lamps, headlamp cleaners, Four Wheel drive system that can pass through the terrains, Roof rack, mudguards just to names a few.

A Land Cruiser Prado is a fashion statement and any owner is proud to possess it because its qualities match its performance on the road.

Wonderful Divine Saint Vadalur Vallalar and Some of His Miracles

Words will fail to enumerate the greatness of the Divine Saint, the great Vadalur Vallalar.

Given below are some of his miracles.

Tholuvore Velayudam mudaliar was his ardent disciple. He has written Vallalar’s biography in a lucid style. This is an authenticated one also. Velayudam mudaliar was working in Madras Presidency college as a Tamil Pundit.

He composed 66 verses in which he briefed the greatness of Vallalar.

How he became the disciple of this great saint is an interesting episode. Once he took one hundred verses composed by him with puns and that too in the old Tamil style to Vallalar. In order to test Vallalar, he told him that these verses were in an age old palm leaves. In one of the leaves it was found that those were sung by the great Sangam age Tamil poets.”

Sangam age was supposed to be the oldest period of Tamils and the Tamil poetic words could not be easily understood.

Vallalar went through the leaves. Then he immediately retorted to Mudaliyar, “These are all not at all of Sangam period poets. One novice who does not know even the basic fundamentals of Tamil grammar has written these verses. There are so many mistakes which nobody could count.”

Mudaliyar trembled and fell down at his feet and from that minute onwards he became an ardent devotee of Vallalar and spent his time with him till his last moments.

Hundreds of miracles were performed by the great saint. Once one of his disciples by name Sahanmugam Pillai was in search of him in the night as he was not found in his room. He went outside and had seen his various parts of body in different places. On seeing this Shanmugam screamed that something disastrous happened to his Guru. But Vallalar assembled his body and appeared before him as usual. He cautioned him not to search like this during nights.

Thiruvorriyur is a famous shrine. Vallalar used to go to the temple to worship the Goddess. There was a naked man in the Car Street. He used to see the men and women who are walking through that street and comment, “here goes a dog; This is Cow. This is a donkey.” Vallalar who used to go through a different route normally, once has chosen car street route. The naked man immediately declared, “Ah! here comes a MAN”and with both of his hands he covered his body in a way of showing great respect. That naked man must be a Yogi. On seeing Vallalar, he left the place and everybody started talking that he was so far waiting to have the holy view of the great saint.

Vallalar life is full of incidents. He was a great alchemist. Whatever he touches that would become gold. But very rarely he showed his mysterious powers to others..

He was praised by Theosophists. Velayudam mudaliyar has given a beautiful statement to the author of ‘Hints on Esoteric Theosophy about Vallalar. When this statement was published in the magazine. ‘The Theosophist’ July 1882 issue, Madam H.P.Blavatsky has given a glorious tribute and emphasized that her prophesy has been fulfilled.

We may need whole of our lifetime to study Vallalar and understand him.

The Saving of NASCAR’s Jack Roush

It was Friday evening, and Larry and Donna Hicks were about to watch the six o’clock news in their lakeside home at Palos Verdes Estates outside Troy, Alabama. Hicks was a 52-year-old retired Sergeant Major with the Marines, now working as a conservation enforcement officer for the state of Alabama. He had arrived home from work half an hour earlier, and he and Donna had talked about going to a movie, but decided against it.

The TV news was just starting, when they looked out the window and saw a small plane flying down the shoreline of Palos Verdes Lake.

“I wonder if he knows about the power lines,” Larry said, just as the aircraft suddenly shuddered to a halt, flipped over, and headed straight down into lake. Hicks was already running out the back door as the plane hit the water, yelling behind to his wife, “Call 911! I’m going to see if I can help the pilot.”

Fortunately, Larry’s brother, Wayne, had left a 14-foot aluminum johnboat, with an electric trolling motor, at the lake in preparation for bass fishing that day, then had not shown up. Donna made the call to 911, and ran outside in time to see Larry commandeering the johnboat, headed toward the Air-Cam, which was about 100 yards off shore.

Years before, when Hicks had been stationed at the Marine Air Corps Station in Iwakuni, Japan, he had spent two-and-a-half months, part time, in an intense Search and Rescue program. A major got him into it because he thought Hicks would be good at it since he was muscular and into weight building. The training was specifically directed toward saving pilots who had gone down in water in fixed-wing or rotary-wing planes. Hicks learned how to get pilots out of planes that had crashed upside down. However, he remained in the telecommunications unit, and never had the opportunity to use his specialized training.

The engine of the Air-Cam was hot when it hit Palos Verdes Lake, and the airplane was smoking in the water. High octane aviation fuel from a ruptured fuel tank floated over the surface making greasy patterns. The back half of the aircraft and a broken wing were sticking up from the water. Hicks climbed out of the boat onto the wing and tethered a line to the plane to keep the boat from floating away. The heavy smell of gas assaulted his nostrils. It was only later that he thought about the danger of the plane blowing up.

The water was murky, and Hicks had trouble getting his bearings underwater. The plane had crashed in the middle of an underwater “stump field,” but luckily had missed hitting any trees. The first time down, Hicks ran out of air and was forced back to the surface without locating the pilot. The second time, he felt the back of the man’s neck under his hand. After another trip to the surface, he took a deep breath, and descended a third time.

Larry’s military training–the repeat drill of what to do until it became second nature–took over: “Locate Pilot, Extract Pilot…” Hicks felt for the pilot’s seatbelt; fortunately, it was one he recognized by feel from his training in the military. He released the belt, and the pilot floated into his arms. Hicks swam to the surface, pulling the man with him. The pilot had bones sticking through his legs, and his feet were turned the wrong way.

The man was bleeding through the nose and mouth, and was no longer breathing. He had drowned. The Troy police had arrived on the lake bank by now. Larry yelled to the officers,”He’s not breathing,” and he heard one police officer say to another, “He’s dead.”

Hicks hauled the man up against the wing that was sticking above the water and put a modified Heimlich maneuver under his ribs and pulled up to get the water out of his lungs, then started modified CPR. The inert figure coughed up water and blood, then on the fifth breath, started to breathe. “I’ve got him breathing again,” Hicks yelled to the rescue unit on the shore.

Hicks gripped the wing of the plane with his left hand, lying on his back in the water, supporting the pilot on his chest with his right arm to keep his head above water. He felt a stinging sensation from the aviation fuel, which worsened until he was in great pain. He found out later, the top layer of his skin had burned off.

The rescue unit brought out an extra boat, put the pilot on the backboard and floated him to shore. Larry tried to follow the four members of the rescue team as they walked out of the lake, but his legs gave way. He and the pilot were transported to the Troy hospital.

While Hicks was being treated for the gasoline burns on his upper body, he heard the helicopters arrive to airlift the pilot to the University of Alabama Medical Center in Birmingham. After a decontamination shower, Hicks was released.

Word was out almost immediately that a light plane had crashed, piloted by celebrity Jack Roush, NASCAR and Winston Cup car owner since 1988. An aircraft aficionado, friends of Roush had arranged for him to fly the Air-Cam, a specialized aircraft built specifically for photography, as a birthday gift.

Roush was initially put on a respirator, with a trauma team working on him. He had inhaled water and gasoline and suffered closed-head injuries, rib fractures, a collapsed lung, compound fractures to his left leg, and broken ankles. He did not remember anything from the time of the accident until he woke up in the hospital that weekend.

Amazingly enough, six days after the accident, Roush was running his business by telephone from his hospital bed. By Sunday, he had arranged for Larry and Donna to be flown by private jet to Birmingham, Alabama, to visit him.

Six weeks later, Roush piloted a plane from his Michigan home and hobbled around on crutches at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware, overseeing his four-car Winston Cup team. Larry and Donna were by his side.

Larry Hicks has no doubt that a Higher Power was at work in Jack Roush’s incredible rescue. If the Air-Cam had hit the high tension power lines instead of the support wires as it did, the plane would have gone down in flames. If it had crashed on the ground or hit a tree in the underwater stump field where it landed, Roush would have been killed instantly. If Larry and Donna had gone to a movie that evening, as they had discussed, or simply been in another part of the house, they would not have seen the plane go down, and Jack Roush would have died. If Wayne Hicks had not left the johnboat ready to go, there would have been no rescue.

But, most amazing of all, Hicks was one of a small percentage of the populace with the specialized knowledge necessary to save a pilot in an upside-down plane from a watery grave. And, one other thing was necessary to save Jack’s life, which is that Hicks is a man of action who did not hesitate to put himself at risk to save a stranger’s life.

Epilogue

Larry Hicks was recognized with many honors as a result of his heroic rescue of Jack Roush, including the Marine Corps Medal of Heroism, the Carnegie Award for Heroism from the Carnegie Foundation, the Kiwanis International Robert P. Connally Medal for Heroism, and the Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Medal for Heroism. The story of the rescue appeared in People magazine, and Larry and Jack were on the cover NASCAR Illustrated.

Larry exhibits great pride that he lived up to the United States Marine Corps Code of serving his country with Honor, Courage, and Commitment, with selfless service.