Once Yudhishtra was asked by his brothers for a particular event, he answered that the same will be done the next day. Listening that, all the brothers started dancing with excitement realizing that all of them will be alive till that period.

The deeper meaning of this instance is that for practical purpose everybody is born in the morning, does his or her activities and dies in the night which means that one should not postpone any work for tomorrow and live every moment of his or her life.

A year should be treated in the same way. We should complete our jobs done by the 31st December so that we can start afresh from the 1st January onwards.

The New Year should be taken as a new life all together. Most people forget their new year’s resolution in one day. New Year’s resolution has only value if one is starting afresh with no backlog of the last year.

To stay healthy physically and mentally one need to be happy all the time, this can only be achieved by controlling the negative thoughts in the mind. One of the best ways of doing so is to send the greetings to everyone we know in a manner that one forgets and forgives the past and starts afresh.

New Year’s greetings can be as under:
“Knowingly or unknowingly in my actions, thoughts or words if I have done anything to hurt your consciousness in the last one year please forgive me”…Happy New Year.

This has the same significance as of Shama Vani celebrated by Jains all over the country. It is also based on the principle of self-confession. Once you communicate to all persons you know through such a greeting card with the above language there are chances that they will communicate back with positive thoughts and lots of misunderstandings if any will get removed.

The description of this also finds a place in Yoga Sutras of Patanjali where Patanjali says that to acquire a state of yoga one need to have a synonymy in the action, thoughts and speech.

Deepak Chopra in his book Seven Laws of Spiritual Success also talks about the importance of intentions. He says that it is good to have desires as unless one sow them as the seeds I our consciousness, they will never be fulfilled. He says that each one of us should list our desires and place them in the bottom of our consciousness for them to get fulfilled as the time arises. The New Year should be taken as an opportunity for the same. We all in the very first week should enlist all our desires what we want to achieve in the coming years and make all efforts to achieve the same. Whatever desires stick to the consciousness invariably gets fulfilled.

The custom of wearing a roli on the wrist during any religious ceremony, a sankalp (reminder), is also based on the same principle. A sankalp may last for a week, 21 days, one month, in between two festivals or for a year as per the importance. When the intent is reminded minute-by-minute, or hour-by-hour, or days by days, or months by months it becomes an eventuality and gets fulfilled in a positive way.

New years resolutions are something like sankalps, which have our intents, based on our desires, which needs to be reminded repeatedly to get fulfilled.

New years for the purpose of spiritual health, has the same significance as that of lohri for farmers, Diwali for Hindus, Christmas for Christians and ID for Muslims. 1st January in fact was a consensus choice as it is not based on any religion, custom or race. It provides a feeling of togetherness at the level of global community and is based on the principle of Vasudeva Kutumbakam “that the whole world is a family” as written in Vedanta.

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