A New You This Year

Parties, cards, Whatsapp messages, Facebook status updates, phone calls and more. This is the way most of us start our New Year. Many would also spend time in Tarot reading, Astrology etc to know what’s in stake for them.
 
People celebrate this annual change of year with much fanfare. They secretly hope everything in the world is going to change for the better from the very next day. With such dreams, they make resolutions wishing to bring about a positive change in their life.
 
New Year’s resolutions include making new friends, paying off debts, eating healthy, getting fit, traveling and many more. It’s been so throughout history. The Babylonians would return borrowed objects. Jews seek and offer forgiveness. The Scots go “first footing,” visiting neighbours to wish them well.
 
Over the years New Year celebrations have become more extravagant, unruly and louder. People spend money in singing, dancing, wining and dining on New Year’s Eve. Often they end up drunk and sick on the very first day of New Year. Many miss work because of the late night parties they attend. Often these parties make the abbreviated youth indulge in misbehaviour, dangerous driving, and even criminal activities.
 
Media, online shopping portals and malls also create a lot of hype and glamour around New Year.
 
The news channels dig out yearly reviews and flashbacks. The fortune-tellers have a good time doling out predictions for the anticipatory minds that put a lot of stake in their stars.
 
All in all New Year means a lot of memories, dreams and business for different people in the world.
 
Think about it deeply – does the New Year bring newness in our lives?
 
The world has become old, dilapidated and vicious. There’re so many problems that seem to have no lasting solution. Humans are putting in so much effort to create better comforts and means to improve their lives. However, misery still prevails.
 
Only when we give up our old habits, attitudes and behaviour and wear a new attitude of compassion, co-operation, harmony and respect, can we expect a new era to begin.
 
Nothing in this old world can be truly new as all human souls and elements of nature have become very old, impure, weak and destructive.
 
Everything in the forthcoming New World or Golden Age will be new. Traits of human souls will be renewed. Nature and its elements will be rejuvenated to its original pristine quality. There will be nothing of this old world in the golden age. Even the human bodies will be pure and pristine – free from any defect or disease.
 
The world becomes new only when human souls become completely pure. This happens by eliminating the vices and sin within themselves.
 
So, this New Year, let’s all take a determined step forward to change our negative attitudes and share only positive energy of peace, joy and love. Let each one of us make a promise to reflect our best in thoughts, words and actions because when we change the world will change.

BK Nikunj

Rajyogi Brahma Kumar Nikunj is a young spiritual leader of the Brahma Kumaris.He's a living example of simplicity with depth, humility with courage, and wisdom with devotion.His life is the epitome of dedication, selflessness, and commitment towards self and world transformation.Born into a family of businessmen in Mumbai, as a child, BK Nikunj was a strong atheist. But, when he was 14, a chanced encounter with the spiritual legend Rajyogini Brahmakumari Nalini Didi ji totally changed his life.A linguist in 7 languages, he's been writing regular weekly columns for all the national dailies viz:DNA Times of India Indian Express Hindustan Times Mid day Dainik Jagran Rajasthan Patrika Lokmat Amar Ujala Kutch Mitra The Himalayan Times (Nepal) Hindustan Today (UK)He carries a blend of eastern spiritual wisdom, and western education and culture. This allows him to bridge understanding of cultures, with a high level of diplomacy and communication skills.His philosophy of life is: “Spirituality cannot be taught. It has to be experienced.”