Yoga Netri speaks about New Year’s Resolutions. Rather than basing your life on man-made time constructs, make vision the guiding force in your life.
“The New Year is an opportunity and a possibility for newer visions of life. Blessed is the one who has clarity of vision of the here and hereafter.”
In this vast existence, there is no such thing as “Old Year” and “New Year”. These are all demarcations that we as human beings have made. Why we have made these demarcations is because we need some measure to our life, some guide, some milestone to tell us whether we are going forward or backward. this is time for you to measure, in the last year have you moved forward as a human being? Maybe your business has gone forward, maybe you made more money,
Have you become a little better human being in one year? So for the coming year, for the New Year what are you going to do? You make up your mind, what you are going to do. More joyful, more peaceful, more loving - a better human being in every possible way. This is something that you have to decide.
We are always trying to create our life based on the current reality that exists around us at this moment. This moment whatever may be with us is not the point. Where we want to go tomorrow need not be connected to where we are right now. What we want as the highest in life, need not have anything to do with our present situation. If we enslave our visions to current situations, then it is once again settling for what is attainable, what is easy, what we think is possible. It is not in terms of thinking about what is possible or not possible. It is just in terms of seeing what is your vision, what is the highest that you can seek in your life.
What you know as the highest, you just seek that. It doesn’t matter whether it is going to happen or not, simply living with that vision itself is very elevating, is itself very liberating, is itself a very joyous process for any person. But you have a vision and you are not concerned about whether it is possible or not possible. You are not concerned whether it is easy or difficult, you are not concerned whether it is attainable or non-attainable, or in other words, you are not concerned about the result in the end. It is just that you have a vision and you give your life towards it. This is one of the easiest ways to attain the highest also – to simply give yourself to what you want, not caring whether it is going to happen or not. It is a spiritual process by itself.
Vision is an important way of transcending limitations within and outside ourselves. If one wants to live here without being burdened by vision, without being burdened by will, then that person should be absolutely innocent. Such a person can simply live here - he does not need any vision. He does not have to have a will about anything if he is absolutely egoless and childlike. If it is not so, it is very important that man lives with a vision.
It is time to create a vision within ourselves as to what we really care for, not just for today. If you look deep enough, your vision will be the universal vision. Whether everything else happens or doesn’t happen on the way is not the point - whatever you have known as the highest, simply seeking that with undivided attention. That is a simple way of knowing life here and beyond.
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