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So people are watching us from all over the world on webcast today. Let us all wish everyone a Happy New Year. Today the 31st of 2015, and today is what we should review, the past year. Just imagine you are sitting on the bank of a river and watching the river flow. So many things are coming in the river. A ship is going in the river, some logs are floating in the river, leaves are flowing in the river; some ducks are going. Unfortunately, some garbage is also flowing in the river. Imagine you’re sitting on the shore, on the bank of a river and watching everything moving, completely unperturbed.
In the same way, when you sit on the back of the time, and watch the time carry the events, you’re amazed that there is something in you that is not changing. You are not changing; you are unaffected by it. And reviewing the events will help you to be a witness of events rather than a participant of an event. Do you see what I’m saying? Reviewing what all happened last month, what happened the month before, what happened the month even before that. The whole year has some wonderful things has some ugly things that have happened in the world scenario. But it has all gone, so just imagine you are sitting on the bank of a river and watching the river flow. Every moment there is fresh water. Many things are floating in the river, birds are coming picking the fishes then they are running; they are going. Some ducks are hovering around, and also see the swan and ducks. The water is flowing. They flow a little distance and they come back and they stay in their area, and they never get wet. The ducks come out and they just shake themselves up, take a little warmth from the sun, again they jump into the lake. The swan has a lot to teach to us. Be amidst the event don’t have to run away, but don’t let it stick onto you. If it appears it has stuck to you then get onto the shore and shake it. And celebration is that event in which you learn to be on the shore on the banks and smile at the events, which are passing by.
So in life, also, similarly, many pleasant events are happening, and many unpleasant have happened. Pleasant events have happened, unpleasant event have happened. Both have taught you have made you deeper in some sense, have made you stronger in some sense, taking that lesson and moving on, not question that which has already happened. It’s wise not to question what has already happened. What do you say?
So review the past. When you review the past what happens? Suddenly the past has left you. The past is anyway gone. You’ll find it leaving your mind also, so that which appeared to be sticking in your memory that also leaves. Review the past and revive the spirit inside of you. Our spirit is covered by dust. Our spirit is covered by ashes. The fire of our spirit is buried beneath the ashes. all you that you need is to blow a little bit; and it’s rekindled again. So revive the spirit inside of you. Revive the spirit. See how the children are, such spirit, such joy, such energy, such enthusiasm. Why we are like this? (Guruji shows how we look so dispirited) We look for the reason of the dust. Suppose your carpet is filled with dust. Instead of clearing the dust from the carpet we are saying from where it has come, why it has come? We get into this meaningless analysis. And if the dust has come from the window you go to the window. Oh window, dust has come from the window. This window! Well my dear, it has come from the window, no doubt. Whether it has come from the east window or west window or north or south window is immaterial. From where it has come is immaterial that there is dust on your carpet first vacuum clean it. This is what we do. We are looking for who is doing what to us that person is this way that person is that way. Forget about it, but what impressions they are putting on your mind on you, let us focus on that. If there is an impression made in our mind made by somebody let us clear that. If not XYZ someone else would have put those dust into us. Who put the dust is immaterial. Why should we keep the dust? Shake it off; clean it away. And celebration is to do that. This New Year’s Eve greet all those with who you don’t vibe well, also those with whom you vibe well. Greet them. Review the past. Revive the spirit in the present moment. This moment revive the spirit. You are unfazed by events. You are unfazed by people’s reaction. You are independent light. You are wisdom which is unaffected by the events and surroundings. Revive the spirit.
And then we need to have a vision for 2016. You have revived the spirit with so much energy and enthusiasm, what do you do with that? Unless you give a direction to it you’ll become restless, you’ll become aimless, goal less. So have an aim, have a goal, a short-term goal, and a long-term goal. Long-term goal anyway you will already have. You will have already fixed some long-term goal. Have a short-term goal. We’ll work for what is needed to do in this world. First, protect the environment. In the river of time garbage is floating for us to clear. That is as necessary. We have to act to clear the garbage and have no such garbage. Here, by garbage I mean terrorism, stress, and violence in society. Violence is the garbage of the time. Violence is the garbage we dump on the river of time. Let’s resolve not to do it. Let’s resolve to educate people that we all belong to one world family. This is the resolution we must make for 2016. What will you do? I will see as much as I can do to unite people – people’s hearts and minds to clean people’s minds and heart. To see there is more celebration, more harmony, more love, and unity in people than the acts of war, and domestic violence and societal violence. This is the garbage we are dumping in the river of time. Let’s educated people not to dump this garbage. Our effort is to keep the rivers clean, banks clean, oceans to be clean, to protect the environment.
In the same way we need to protect time. Keep the time pure and celebrative. For that we have to stop the violent events from being dumped in the year 2016. So we will see how we can remove the negativity, process the conflicts. The power of goodness is much greater and higher than the power of the evil. That has to be exhibited. There is a story in the Puranas, in the ancient Puranas. When they had to fight the demons, the Mother Divine had to have more power. The lady of the house needed more power. So everyone contributed something. What is their specialty to her? Mother Divine was given all these different instruments, different powers that everyone else possessed. Indicating the unity of consciousness, of all diverse energies, could dispel the darkness in no time. So when Mother Divine was given all different abilities or powers or instruments by all other angels and devas, she became invincible and she could destroy all the evil forces, demons. So this is what is called yagya. Yagya means when everyone joins together, when everyone contributes a little bit for a greater vision and for a bigger vision, for greater good of the planet, of the universe. So everyone just being there and saying I am here with everybody. Let’s send this message to the world. Where people from every part of the world are united to give a message of harmony, of celebration, of unity in diversity. Right, so this is what we will continue to do. Alone a person sits and meditates, they get something; this is called tapas. But when you sit in a group and meditate this is called yagya. The benefit of meditation is magnified several times, so imagine we are 3.5 million people sitting and meditating. It creates such a huge vibration or energy in the universe, which is bound to bring a lot of good. So when you see that there are so many events happening leaving you untouched, you get a taste of eternity. Eternity. Do you understand what I am saying? Eternity, timelessness. A taste of eternity comes to you when you sit on the bank and watch the time, here time means events – watch the time carry the events and leaving you untouched, something frees us deep inside. It feels as though the time has frozen. When time freezes that’s when you get a glimpse of eternity. Silence itself means freezing everything. Silence means time is frozen, no activity, and that is samadhi, that is meditation, What a nice way to begin New Year by meditation and samadhi.
Good. So we reviewed the past, we have enlivened the spirit, let’s sing more to revive the spirit, and then we have vision for 2016. Immediate vision I think we all have the shared vision. All of us are coming to World Cultural Festival. After March then we will think about our other plans what we want to do the rest of 2016, and then 17. Like this, years pass by, events happen, leaving us into a space that is serene. And that serenity is eternity and that is spirituality. Anything to achieve that eternal and serene reality of existence is spirituality. Anything that hooks you to the eternity and serenity is spirituality.