October 20, 2017

This New Year Change the Driver!

It is customary to wish people a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year as the calendar flips! It’s a natural and innate desire to see people around us happy, healthy and prosperous all the time. Paradoxically, the very pursuit of these goals has become a cause of stressful life as the world becomes more materially demanding. So here is a revolutionary thought – if you really care for people, instead of wishing them a prosperous, healthy new year, wish them a year full of wisdom, commitment, service and celebration!

Life is so magnanimous, so big! However what we think about life is only the tip of the iceberg,of survival – a job, relationships and reputation. In trying to get these three things we first lose our health. So Life starts to revolve around four things- health, relationship, money, reputation. We end up going round and round trying to catch one, then the other, then the next and finally become miserable. And when we become miserable, we lose all these four things. This is what life starts to become for most people. We have a choice not to get caught up in this downward cycle.

               My wish and blessings for 2017 is that everyone lives a life of wisdom,                             commitment, service and celebration.

My wish and blessings for 2017 is that everyone lives a life of wisdom, commitment, service and celebration.

Put Wisdom in Command

The most important thing is knowledge taking the driving seat in life. Everyone has knowledge, but sometimes it takes the backseat. When knowledge is sleeping, it is ignorance. It only gives concepts and ideas of an ideal life, but gets overruled by the lure of money, relationships and reputation. And ends up in regrets.

When knowledge is in the driver’s seat, it brings joy and celebration.

When knowledge is in the driver’s seat, it brings joy and celebration. When knowledge dawns, we learn from time and situations, and celebrate them rather than lamenting and becoming sad. With wisdom, we can take on the challenges of life and appreciate the charms it brings. So, make a resolution to spend more time in knowledge, dive deeper in the ocean of wisdom.

Fuel It with Commitment

Whatever one is committed to brings strength. If one is committed to the family, then the family supports him or her; if the commitment is to society, then one enjoys the support of society. If one is committed to God, God gives you strength. If you are committed to Truth, Truth brings strength. Higher the commitment, greater is the good for all.

Often one is not aware of this principle and that is why one is hesitant to commit to a greater cause. Also there is a fear that commitment would take away one’s freedom. But in reality, commitment to a cause brings comfort and strength in the long run.

Step It On With Service

When one does some service (seva), one gains a lot of merit. A willingness to share what we have and to help others is called seva. Seva connects us to others and makes them a part of us. If someone is happy, just know that it is because they have done some seva sometime in the past. Conversely, if you are not happy now, do seva and gain more merit. It’s like raising the bank balance.

If you are not happy, do seva and gain more merit.

The joy one gets out of getting is a childish one like a child becoming happy after getting a toy. The mature joy is in giving like the joy of a grandmother cooking a variety of dishes for grandchildren coming to her place!

Celebrate with Time

When we are here for such a short time on this planet, it seems such a waste to make yourself and others miserable. We get caught up in unimportant things like who said what. Life is much beyond reputation. Making life a celebration, uplifting human spirit, pumping enthusiasm in others and oneself, being committed to doing good and being caring add depth and joy to our existence. When life revolves around these, it acquires a much larger dimension than simple survival.

Move with the conviction that wisdom, celebration, commitment and a sense of caring automatically enhance prosperity, health, relationships and reputation.

Keep moving towards Destination

Whatever the challenges, we need to keep making efforts to create a better world. This is possible when we are established within ourselves. Within us, there is an actor and a witness. As we go inwards, the witness aspect grows in us and we remain untouched by events. And as we go outwards, the actor in us becomes more skillful in responding to situations.

               When you come closer to the Self, your action becomes powerful in the world and right action in the world brings you closer to the Self.

These two entirely opposite aspects of our being are nurtured by meditation. When you come closer to the Self, your action becomes powerful in the world and right action in the world brings you closer to the Self.

If we add up the digits of 2017, it equals the number 1, the number of the Sun. I wish every one of you bright sunshine this year – let knowledge dawn in your life.

So on your refrigerator put this up- In 2017 let my life revolve around wisdom, celebration, service and commitment.


With inputs from Art of Living – Bangalore Office

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