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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12 comments

    1. ||Aum Sri Ramakrishna sharanam||
      Dear Goutam
      Thanks for your appreciative words!
      A happy New Year to you and every one of your family in USA! In case you travel to India, next time just remember that Singapore can be touched in any one way of your journey!
      May the auspicious grace of Holy Mother be with you is my prayer!
      Swami Vimokshananda

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  1. Respected Maharaj,
    Very well written and stimulating thoughts!
    Accept our Pronam and sincere wishes for 2016.
    Let the Divine Bliss touch our hearts.
    Dr Probir Kumar Basu
    Gabarone, Botswana

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    1. ||Aum Sri Ramakrishna sharanam||
      Dear Dr Basu
      Happy New Year to you!
      Thanks for your appreciative words! Through Sreedevi, I do get your news from time to time.
      May the auspicious grace of Holy Mother be with you is my prayer!
      Swami Vimokshananda

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  2. Thank You dear maharaj for Your blessed Message.
    Happy kalpatru Day.
    Jai Sri Ma!
    Niriksha
    Durban, South Africa

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    1. ||Aum Sri Ramakrishna sharanam||
      Dear Niriksha
      Thanks for your appreciation! Happy Kalpataru day to you too!
      May the auspicious grace of Holy Mother be with you is my prayer!
      Swami Vimokshananda

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  3. Revered Maharaj
    Aum Namo Narayanaya
    Pranam and loving wishes at Maharaj‘s Lotus Feet.
    Happy New Year and Happy Kalpataru Day to Revered Maharaj.
    It is always a whiff of fresh air to receive your wise words of wisdom.
    Thank You for sharing with us which is much appreciated.
    May Master, Mother and Swamiji continue to Bless us all!
    With Lots of Love from us to You
    Nisha
    Chatsworth, South Africa

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    1. ||Aum Sri Ramakrishna sharanam||
      Dear Nisha
      Thanks for your appreciative words!
      Happy New Year and happy Kalpataru day to you and everyone in your family!
      May the auspicious grace of Holy Mother be with you is my prayer!
      Swami Vimokshananda

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  4. Revered Maharaj
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    Prostrations at Maharaj’s Feet.
    Judging by the work and activities in Singapore, there must be a surge in spiritual fervour amongst the devotees there.
    I pray that Mother continues to work in this manner through Maharaj.
    With Mother’s and Master’s grace, may 2016 bring renewed commitment to our ideals.
    Hari Om Tat Sat.
    Nirmala Balkaran
    Ladysmith, South Africa

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    1. ||Aum Sri Ramakrishna sharanam||
      Happy New Year dear Nirmala
      Your averment is true indeed!
      The number of devotees has seen a rise in recent times. More volunteers are giving their helping hand during different functions and other events. Well, unasked publicity is also coming to the Centre. Distinguished persons of the community would like to have the Swami in their efforts to organise social activities. So it’s going on by His grace.
      Yes, I join you in your prayer. May the New Year 2016 boost our energy to the next level of development.
      May the auspicious grace of Holy Mother be with you is my prayer!
      Swami Vimokshananda

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  5. My Dearest Maharaj,
    My humble pranam at your lotus feet,
    Wish Maharaj blessed 2016!
    With lots of Love
    from your Spiritual children,
    Meera, Ravin, Orita and Sunaina
    Durban, South Africa

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    1. ||Aum Sri Ramakrishna sharanam||
      Dear ‘Spiritual Children’
      Thanks for your wishes on the birth of 2016!
      May the auspicious grace of Holy Mother be with you all is my prayer!
      Swami Vimokshananda

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