As we begin counting down this year and plan for starting the next, what thoughts should be predominant in our minds? Bhagawan lovingly inspires and enthuses us.
How much bliss will you derive from devoting five minutes out of the twenty-four hours of a day to worshipping God? Prema and Seva (love and selfless service) are like a bird’s two wings for a man. He can soar to any height with those two wings. To cultivate these two qualities one has to achieve the triple purity in thought, word and deed. In addition, one has to reduce one’s desires. Today enormous money is wasted on useless luxuries while people grudge expenditure on incense and joss sticks. What folly is this! Years come and go. What avails the passage of years if there is no change in the minds of men? Time is precious. It should be used in the service of the Divine. All actions should be dedicated to God. Only through renunciation can man realise the Divine. Today people have forgotten the meaning of sacrifice. Sacrifice is Yoga. Enjoyment is roga (disease). Make your heart blossom every moment. That is the way to greet the new year. Realise your oneness with the Divine.
– Divine Discourse, Apr 13, 1996.