The Key to a ‘Happy New Year’ from Sai
It is that time of the year when we wish happiness for everyone around us and ourselves. Regardless of how happy the past year has been, we wish that the new year brings more happiness. But few stop to wonder what is happiness. What does it mean to be happy and what does it take to be happy? The answers to these vital questions are the essence of human existence, and when that be the case, is there any surprise that the Lord in human form encouraged and inspired each of us to seek these answers.
To begin this new year in the right earnest and to make sure that we pursue true happiness, we offer you Baba’s New Year message of the years 1974 and 1979. These were letters written to His boys of the Brindavan college, greeting and blessing them on the New Year’s Day. Though written three decades ago, the message it carries is of eternal relevance, like the love of our Lord Who penned these letters.
Wish you happy and peaceful New Year. What is the happiest day in your life? All are happy days to a person of true knowledge.
Happiness is an internal conscious experience which comes as an effect of the extinction of mental or physical desire. The lesser the desire, the greater is the happiness. So perfect happiness consists in the destruction or satisfaction of all desires in the absolute being.
Life is an experience meant to train the individual for a higher, deeper and expanded state of existence through the experience of the results of action. The aim of everybody’s life is the attainment of complete perfection in the Spiritual Absolute.
Prema is not an illusion. It is a reality and actuality for those who have realised oneness in life.
What is man’s dearest possession apart from his life? One’s dearest possession is one’s own true Self and there is no permanently dear thing apart from that.
God is great, all others are mere dust. God only is real and great. Everything else is unreal and valueless. I go further to say that God only exists and there is nothing second to Sai (God).
My Dear Boys!
Heartiest greetings and all good wishes for a Happy Day and New Year. Love is patient and kind, it is not jealous or conceited or proud. Love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable.
Love does not keep a record of wrongs. Love is not happy with evil, but is happy with truth. Love never gives up and it gives faith and hope. Love is eternal.
With Love, Sri Sathya Sai Baba.