New Promise for The New Year

With the advent of the New Year, most of us introspect about the lessons learnt from the past and the path to be traversed for becoming a better human being through constant physical, mental and spiritual growth. We analyse our shortcomings and visualise means to overcome them and contribute our best for the upliftment of the self and the society in which we live. In the words of the famous poet T.S. Eliot “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.”

A new and important promise to be made for the New Year is to cleanse our inner vision until we experience unity in diversity. In other words, we see the same Divinity in all creatures around us. Our Sadguru Sai Baba has emphatically stated that He was the Inner Ruler of All beings and was seated in their hearts. This can only be experienced once we turn our vision inwards.

By purification of our inner vision, we shall always look for the good in people and treat everyone with love, kindness, compassion and appreciation and never speak badly of anyone. Therefore, we shall never speak from a place of hate, jealousy, anger, or insecurity. And we shall always evaluate our words before we let them out of our lips.

In the process of the inner cultivation of our hearts, we shall let go of all that is holding us back from emerging into our truest self. We must let go of past pain through forgiveness. Further, limiting beliefs shall be eradicated by opening our minds to learning. We shall have no fear by going forth and doing what frightens us. There shall be no toxicity in relationships and no sadness by adding conscious dashes of happiness in our lives. For when our hearts are pure, the world automatically becomes more positive and happy.

Sai Baba of Shirdi had imparted an important lesson through the real message of Ishavasya Upnishad in Sai Satcharitra where Das Ganu interacts with the maidservant of Kaka Saheb Dixit. In this case, the impoverished condition of the poor girl, and the new sari, Das Ganu got a practical demonstration of the lesson of the Upanishad–the lesson of contentment with one’s own lot in the belief that whatever happens is ordained by God, and is ultimately good for us.

Once we cleanse our inner vision, we realize that all our feelings of pain and pleasure depend on the attitude of our mind. On thinking deeply over this incident we r perceive that a man ought to enjoy whatever God has bestowed on him in the firm conviction that, He besets everything from all sides, and that whatever is bestowed on him by God must be for his own good.

We must not only make a promise to be inward bound in the New Year but also to fulfil it. Peace, love and tranquillity shall prevail in the world. Spiritual evolvement shall take place and we shall be on the road to achieving the ultimate goal of human birth.

Rajiv Kaicker,
New Delhi

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