Sri Sri on New Year Resolutions for 2013


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You think you are a part of this world, but actually, the world is a part of you. Therefore, you cannot be at peace when the world around you is in turmoil. When mid-life crisis begins prematurely in teenage years, society is rattled by violence and drug abuse; humanism appears utopian; joy, love and compassion are confined to books and celluloid; corruption and crime come to be accepted as a way of life — these are warning signals for us to wake up and meet these challenges.

Art of Living Blog- Sri Sri on 2013Source: www.speakingtree.in

Young And Eager
Today, we see a catastrophic decline in human values all over the world. A young boy recently opened fire at little children in an elementary school in Newton, Connecticut, in the US. And in India, we are still reeling under the shock of the heinous attack and gang rape of a young girl by a group of men, leaving her in a critical state. The incident provoked youth to come out on the streets and demonstrate in large numbers, demanding justice. Youth need to exercise restraint and keep anti-social elements and vested political interests at bay. Protest is essential to bring awareness, but not beyond that.

We are witnessing a movement: awareness and enthusiasm among youth and their eagerness to create a better India by bringing about changes is gaining momentum; we should not allow this momentum to degrade into chaos and violence.

The need is to channel these energies constructively. We need to create an atmosphere of support and contribution rather than of blame and accusation.

Art of Living Blog- Volunteer for Better India

While the authorities are certainly accountable for law and order, diffusing stress in the environment and taking steps to bring out human values in society becomes our responsibility as well; otherwise, people to whom this message has not reached might harm us or our loved ones out of their resentment. All of us should take out some time — at least a few hours in a week — to volunteer for a better India. If we have just a few people with this magnanimous outlook, who can take responsibility for others’ emotional well-being, society has a very realistic chance of being peaceful and harmonious to a large extent.

Remain Stress-free

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There are little things we can all do to keep our environment stress-free. We need to develop the habit of sharing our joy with others. If you are happy, infect others with your happiness; don’t keep it to yourself. Any action done with this idea behind it is service and the best form of service is uplifting someone’s state of mind. Of course, we must be careful and sensitive so as not to upset anyone with our enthusiasm. When we decide to share what we have been given, the Divine showers more abundance on every one of us.

Being spiritual does not mean turning a blind eye to the world. On the contrary, as you learn more and more about yourself, you come to know more and more about the world as well and begin to infer things that are beyond the obvious. Somewhere within we all want to know who we are, why we are here and what the purpose of life is. Most people choose to push these questions aside as a waste of time. Being spiritual is about keeping this little fire of Self-inquiry alive and not extinguishing it; not giving up the pursuit. These questions serve as a compass and help you bring a sense of direction to your life.

Every end creates a sense of completion and relief and every new beginning brings with it a sense of hope and enthusiasm. Therefore there is celebration associated with both. The past has made you wiser, the future beckons you to act and it is in the present that you can plan and begin. Although bitter experiences of the past should not prevent you from taking risk and plunging into adventure, you should also not be foolish in repeating old mistakes. A few moments of reflection should become a daily routine to infuse inspiration, innovation and intuition, all of which are much needed for planning and action.

Create A New Beginning

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As you pass through events one after the other, become aware that life is like a river. There may be stones on the path, but the river flows above or around them. No year passes by without a touch of joy or without posing challenges. You should plan to utilise every moment of joy to serve and see every challenge as opportunity for growth. The year 2012 has not brought on the end of the world, and the coming New Year, 2013, is most certainly the start of a new beginning.

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Source: www.speakingtree.in ;  ALSO SEE : Sri Sri New Year 2013 Photos


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  1. Today everyone of us is bound to question ourselves about current scenario. Where we are heading to? Can we just switch off our TV sets and go back to our normal routine?

    The answer is a big ‘NO’. After all what for we are working day and night? Can we justify ourselves just by shrugging off the whole situation? It’s high time we find out a definite solution for such disgusting, shameful situation .

    Being in public dealing as a senior medical practitioner for past 30 years, I have noticed a drastic deterioration in moral values and ethics in our society.

    How can we check such immoral acts happening day and night around us?
    I feel, we can definitely improve this situation by focusing on certain major aspects of human behaviour:

    First, we need to inculcate our moral values in our children during their childhood.

    Second, during adolescent years we need to teach them ‘respect for women.’
    I very strongly feel that we should nurture human values in them from very beginning.

    In all Government as well as private schools few minutes should be invested in nurturing mental health also along with physical training of whole staff including seniors in administration.

    The same sessions should be made mandatory at work place also.

    Here, we can not ignore role of Yoga and meditation in our daily routine. Role of meditation has to be emphasised in all section of society. One can only believe in this only by practising meditation on daily basis and experiencing its powerful impact.

    It has been my experience that meditation gives us clarity of thought, Inner contentment and long lasting inner peace. Nothing else can provide this.

    I am quite impressed the way Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji has take the initiative for making a better India.We all should very actively participate in this movement. This is definitely going to help us in improving current situation of the country.

    Dr Sadhna jaiswal
    Senior Gynaecoloist
    U.P.

    1. Yes Dr.Sadhna ji Spiritual practice is a must for every human being that too from the very begining of the life , the only way/option to live a healthy & better living.

      For that we have to stretch ourselves.

  2. Thank You Guruji I am impressed & learned from you the most touching lines “If you are happy, infect others with your happiness; don’t keep it to yourself. Any action done with this idea behind it is service and the best form of service is uplifting someone’s state of mind. Of course, we must be careful and sensitive so as not to upset anyone with our enthusiasm. When we decide to share what we have been given, the Divine showers more abundance on every one of us.” Happy New Year Guruji
    K.Prabhakar

  3. Great .we all must vow to uplift at least one person every day and as many as possible through our words or deeds.Then only can our life be meaningful and full of joy.Thank u Guruji.We love u !!!!!!

  4. Refering to dr sadhna’s worries tweeted in january, morality or ethical living doesn’t grow in a human within hours or days. It’s a long long process. Generally, parents are role model of their child. They may or may not accept all of our preachings, but sooner or later, they will certainly follow the routine of their parents. Simplicity & spirituality embedded with high moral values in our routine life will bow a seed of good human being in our child. The toughest job of parents nowadays is to protect their children from the glitter of the modern life. TVs, movies and night clubs have ruined the traditional Indian culture at grass root level. We might have joined the row of spirituality and meditation at some later stage of life, but make it a part of routine of children in their early life. If a set of parents can build better children, a set of families will produce better society and set of societies will build a better nation. As long as people in general keeps thinking &worrying about the moral values & ethics of the life, we should not leave the hope of making a better society. Whoever reads thi and agrees with the content should join this discussion and express their views. It is certainly a good initiation by Dr. Sadhna ,Like minded people must carry it on. Prakash Ganatra (JP), Pune.

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