Welcome, 2016!

Welcome, 2016!

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Just a minute ago, 2015 was given a go-bye, sorry ‘Durga, Durga‘ in our parlance! And in comes a beaming 2016. A very happy, hearty New Year Day aka Kalpataru Day to every one of you!
The past year 2015 was indeed a memorable year. Singapore celebrated its Golden Jubilee. During the year-long functions here I was posted as President of our Mission centre and reached in June.
“How was your life in the bygone year?” a question I usually put to our devotees.
Some would hesitantly reply, “Don’t ask, Maharaj! It was not at all encouraging!”
So, adverse circumstances were aplenty?
Never mind.
Think what Swamiji says about Life. He defines Life as  “the unfoldment and development of a being under circumstances tending to press it down.” If you had had problems galore that were ‘pressing’ you ‘down’, thank God, because those were the best opportunities for unfoldment and development.
Life is nothing but a process of Learning.  Situations are indeed windowless, doorless and even wallless schools. A wealth of knowledge has already been accumulated through our experiences.
Tirukkural asks,
kattRadanAl Aya payan en kol vAlaRivan
nattRAl thozhAr enin” (I.1.2)

Of what avail is the Learning if divine feet of Him who possesses perfect wisdom are not worshipped?
So, God-centred Life is what we require in this New Year. Once a goal is set up, it becomes easy to navigate the course of life. Did not Master say on the 1st January of 1886, “May your spiritual consciousness be awakened!”?
May the New Year ‘gift’ us in abundance further opportunities in the ‘manifestation of Divinity already within’ us!
Swami Vimokshananda
12:01 am January 1, 2016

This digital greetings is from Dr S Adhinarayanan. As usual, it’s charming!

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