“You must be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi
We are in the commencement of a fresh and a new period of time. Let us make use of the ending of the Old Year and the beginning of the New Year, to remind ourselves that we are beyond this time and that this very limitation of time has got a special message for us. Die to live, lead the divine life. If we have to live a life in the Spirit, commence a new life in the consciousness of our higher nature, we have to die to the old inveterate habit of life of sensuousness and mere physical consciousness. “Unless ye are born again, ye cannot enter into the Kingdom of Heaven” said Christ. The death of the un-divine in us is a condition pre-requisite before we shall be born into a divine life, where we shall experience peace, bliss, serenity, life knowledge, selflessness, etc.
Beside this, yet another truth this New Year effectively brings into focus is this. It is the supreme factor of the passage of time. It tells us: “O Man! Awake. Realize that you may be standing still due to your neglect; but life does not stand still. Life is rushing onward like a swift stream. Time is fleeting and it is passing away.” Even as these words are entering your ears and reaching your mind, time has passed. That is what the chime of every clock at the end of every hour reminds man so much of less time you have upon your hands; utilize it for your own welfare. Awake. Arise. Be up and doing. Do not stop until you have crossed time and made yourself timeless.
Once having become aware that time is passing, we will understand that every period in time is a thing not for rejoicing, but for very serious heart-searching repentance, new resolution, and enthusiastic onward progress. New Year is symbolic of renewal, and brings one of the strongest, most powerful emotions that we humans possess: HOPE!
Sometimes when life is the darkest, and we cannot find our way, nor even contemplate a turn or change in direction, that which sustains us is HOPE. We cling to it although we may not know that it is within us; we survive because hope has attached to our spirit; we go forward not knowing that we are; we gain strength by believing that the New Year makes us once again innocent, free, unspoiled and untarnished, and so we are… when we believe.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu said: “There is no situation that is not transformable. There is no person that is hopeless. There is no set of circumstances that cannot be turned about by ordinary human beings and their natural capacity for love of the deepest sort.” The New Year is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind…let it be something good.