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New Year

The dawn of the New Year on January 1st is observed every year in Prasanthi Nilayam by thousands of devotees. Multitudes throng Prasanthi Nilayam to spend the New Year day in a sacred manner in the Divine presence. On this day, Bhagawan reminds every individual that every day, every moment, a new year is born and every moment needs to be sanctified with noble thoughts, words and actions. He exhorts everyone who comes to Prasanthi Nilayam to take home the love and happiness experienced here and share it with everyone.

Excerpts from Bhagawan’s Discourses:
Years come and go, so also pleasure and pain. Nothing confers permanent bliss except the experience of the Atma (Self). Man cannot attain peace and happiness from his actions unless he has sacred feelings within. Many people expect the New Year to confer happiness and prosperity on them. But in fact, New Year only confers on you the results of your past actions. In order to atone for your past sins, you have to cultivate sacred qualities and involve yourself in sacred activities more and more in the New Year. In fact, Bliss is within you, it originates from your sacred feelings. So, you have to manifest bliss from within - it cannot be bestowed on you by others. None can take away the bliss from you and you cannot obtain it from outside.

- Divine Discourse: 1st January 2001

“The year becomes new, the day become holy, when you sanctify it by spiritual practices (sadhana), not otherwise. Sadhana can grow only in a field fertilized by Love. Love (prema) is the sine qua non of devotion (bhakthi). The love you now have toward material objects, name, fame, wife, children, etc. should be sanctified by being subsumed by the more overpowering Love of God. Let your tiny drops of love for things material merge with the stream of love for God and be elevated. Have the love of God filling and thrilling your heart; then you cannot hate anyone, you cannot indulge in unhealthy rivalries, you will not find fault with anyone. Life becomes soft, sweet and smooth”.

- Divine Discourse: 1st January 1967

“On this New Year Day, you should resolve to start every day with love, spend the day with love, fill the day with love, and end the day with love. There should be no difference of caste, creed, color, religion, or nationality. Love knows no distinction of any kind. You must wish everyone to be happy. Fill the heart with love. The country will prosper and the world will prosper and everyone will be happy. Cultivate good thoughts, speak good words, and do good deeds with the broad view that everyone in the world should be happy. Give up your evil thoughts and evil qualities, since they are the cause for all sufferings in the world”.

- Divine Discourse: 1st January 1994

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