The New Year Day of the Tamilians (people
belonging to the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu) usually
falls on the 14th or 15th of April every year. Devotees from
Tamil Nadu gather in thousands in the Divine Presence to begin
their New Year with Divine Darshan and benediction. They also
place a bouquet of cultural programmes at His Lotus Feet.
“Today, you are celebrating the commencement
of the New Year. But, in fact you should treat every second
as the beginning of a New Year. Many people are worried as
to what changes would the New Year bring in the social, political
and economic fields. Any change if it were to take place will
not wait for the arrival of the New Year. In fact, many changes
are taking place from moment to moment. One need not be concerned
about these things. You should be concerned that there is
no transformation in your heart though years are rolling by.
You have to get rid of evil tendencies in your thoughts, words
and deeds. You should celebrate the arrival of New Year with
noble and divine feelings. You should experience bliss by
visualising the non-apparent Atmic Principle in this apparent
- Divine Discourse: 14th April 2002
“Embodiments of Love! New Year does
not bring new principles of truth and righteousness. They
are changeless and eternal. When they are practised, the whole
world will be taken care of. Hence, we have to always keep
in mind these two principles. For man, truth and righteousness
are his two eyes. In fact, they are his very life principles.
He may undertake any activity, he may do any job or business,
but he should make truth and righteousness as the undercurrent
of all his endeavours.
Man has to take to a newer path. Years have
rolled by, but man has not given up his old and mean feelings.
He has to purify his heart. Humanness will blossom only when
there is transformation of the heart. Merely putting on new
clothes is not enough; man has to change his character and
behaviour. His conduct should be based on truth and righteousness.
He has to understand the principle of Transcendental Truth.
It is present in everyone. In fact, man is not a mere mortal,
he is God. The Vedas say, Raso Vai Sah (God pervades everything
in the form of essence). God moves about in the form of Rasa
(essence) in every limb and every cell and protects the body.
Hence, He is known as Angirasa.”
- Divine Discourse: 14th April, 2003