Greetings for the New Year (2017)
H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji
"Do not be attracted by seeing a beautiful entrance gate. Most of the time there are NO houses behind it."
But, this is an old saying. Yes, beautiful gates are always entrances for small pockets of villages or group of beautiful bungalows. That is the positive thinking that immediately we may not find any house but, it may be opening of heaven even. Last year, we welcomed year 2016 with all glamour, pomp and show. But, unfortunately, across the world, there were fires, storms, avalanches, earth quakes and unfortunate restlessness of terrorism.
And now again, we have to welcome year 2017 with all enthusiasm. Year may come or go. May it have enough rain or drought, may it be very hot or bring heavy snow fall, we keep on working. In the farm, the farmer keeps busy with tiling of land, sowing the seed, removal of the weed, taking care of crop and when actually crop is ready for harvesting and oh! a big crowd of locusts come and within no time they eat away entire earning of the farmer. But, after such bitter experience, again with all enthusiasm, hope and attitude of positivity, he starts tiling the land for the next crop.
From negativity or negative thinking one gets only depression, pain, sorrow and stress whereas from positive thinking one obtains energy, freshness, whim, vigour and courage. So, let us welcome Happy New Year 2017 with all enthusiasm. But, may all our thoughts, speeches and acts be loyal and faithful to nation only. It should be beneficial to mother land and its people, our brothers and sisters of one global world. Let us take a pledge for eternity to trod the path of divinity. Of course, we gird up our loins for such pledges every year, but, we do not even practice for full five days. Why? What is the reason? Because we are not serious. We do not care for the nation and dwell only in our selfish motives. There is a drought of morality. We are drenched in ego, show off and hypocrisy. Until we are loyal to our own self, we cannot be loyal to the mankind or Nation. We must know that cheating someone is cheating one’s own self. To hurt anyone, known or unknown, even in your behavior or jest is nothing but violence only.
To lead or live life of peace, bliss and illumination, company of Holy men and Self-introspection is SINE QUA NON! Abide in the Truth only, nothing but TRUTH only. Do not try to fish for self-praise. Always give credit to all those who are in your surroundings. Cultivate Attitude of Gratitude. Daily Prayer is must ! Self-introspection and love for Nation and Nature will bring happiness in true sense for Happy New Year 2017.
With greetings for New Year 2017,
Thy own self,
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