A Yogic New Year s Goal The real way to celebrate the happy New Year is not to run after happiness outside of yourself. Try to find that hiding happinessMessage 1 of 176 , Jan 1, 2010View SourceA Yogic New Year's Goal
"The real way to celebrate the happy New Year
is not to run after happiness outside of yourself.
Try to find that hiding happiness within you.
If you don't have happiness in you, you won't
find happiness anywhere outside. Essentially we
are all happy, we are all joyful, we are all
peaceful. Nobody and nothing can make you happy.
Whether new year or old year or good year or bad
year, don't blame the year for that. It is up to
you to enjoy your own happiness or to run after
the borrowed happiness, temporary happiness. So
may this New Year make you realize your own happiness
and to celebrate not only the New Year, celebrate
new minutes. Every minute is new. And the easiest
way to find happiness is to put yourself in the
hands of the Almighty, the supreme God. Whatever
you do, do it in the name of God. Let that be your
New Year's goal. May God help you to achieve that.
Thank you, and God bless you.
"God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti."
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Question: How can I know when to serve others and when it is best for me to say no without guilt? Sri Swami Satchidananda: You yourself should know how muchMessage 176 of 176 , Oct 26View Source
Question: How can I know when to serve others and when it is best for me to say no without guilt?
Sri Swami Satchidananda: You yourself should know how much you can give. You cannot give beyond your capacity. If you have done a lot of service that day, and if you are really tired, you should say no. Otherwise, you are saying no to your own body or mind. In the name of helping others, you should not put your body into a situation where it might get hurt. Your conscience will tell you if you are just finding an excuse; but if you really need the rest, then you can honestly say no. You don't have to feel guilty about it.
Why should you feel guilty? Nobody expects you to go beyond your capacity, If you try to do something beyond your capacity, you might even make a mess of it. So, know your capacity, know your limitations. Then offer your services. There's no need to feel guilty at all. If you feel guilty, then maybe you can do it but you just don't want to. If your conscience is clear, you don't have to feel guilty.
Ask advice from your own pure Self. Your conscience is always clean. That's the part of God in you. It's what you call the guru within. It's not necessary to always get advice from someone outside. The conscience is constantly giving us advice, but often we don't listen to it. We don't even want to listen. Someone else can only help you for a while. You should learn to ask that buddy within.
Sometimes you might feel a conflict: "I don't know which is the Self and which is the ego. One says 'Do it;' the other says, 'Don't do it.'" In that case go to someone who is capable of recognizing the difference. But, ultimately, we have to develop the capacity to discriminate within ourselves. That is why meditation is so important. Until you become established in that, at least in meditation you should be able to hear your own inner Self.
Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi