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    The Supreme Need of the Hour: Love New Year s Message 1st January, 1950. By Sri Swami Sivananda Is there a man whose heart will shed tears of blood at the
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      The Supreme Need of the Hour: Love

      New Year's Message 1st January, 1950.

      By Sri Swami Sivananda

      Is there a man whose heart will shed tears of blood at
      the misery of even the meanest of God's creation? It
      is in his heart--be sure--that the Lord dwells.

      O Man! Years have come and gone! You are yet the same
      old brute, the same abode of the same old cruel heart
      which grabs and does not give. Renounce, serve, love!
      Become good this very minute!

      What have you learnt from the terrible tragedy which
      shook the country from end to end? Would you still
      lean back in your cushioned lounge and ignore the
      misery of the poor, of the downtrodden, of the
      ignorant masses, merely philosophising: "It is their
      lot, it is their own Karma?" Have you not seen that in
      the twinkling of an eye the rich man becomes penniless
      and the pauper becomes a millionaire?

      Come, plunge into selfless service. Serve all. Love
      all. See your God in all. Renounce every penny that
      you have in the service of the poor, in the
      regeneration of the fallen. Rush to the aid of the
      Lord that walks on the road with his begging bowl.
      Hasten to the aid of the hapless and the helpless sick
      and relieve their suffering. Greet the half-naked,
      poverty-stricken God-in-human-form with a smile,
      reverence and sympathy. Clothe the naked. Feed the
      poor. Educate the illiterate. Nurse the sick. Raise
      the downtrodden. Give of your best in their service.

      Shame upon the perpetrators of violence, the Asuras in
      human garb who massacre innocent men and women!
      Gandhiji lived, loved and died for the sake of the
      establishment of Ahimsa in the human heart. His life's
      toil should not go in vain. It is a crime to allow it
      to be neglected as mere ideology. The immortal glory
      that Gandhiji achieved can be achieved by every one,
      if only one is prepared to pay the price in the form
      of loss of personal gains.

      God has sent His messengers again and again to teach
      humanity Divine love. To make this Message of Love
      more prominent, He sends wars, famines, riots and
      pestilences! Love shines sharply in contrast. Yet, how
      long does it take for man to understand the Message of
      Love!

      It is not yet too late. O children of God! This
      beastly nature is only an outward covering. Your
      essential nature is Divine. Under the influence of
      this ignorance-Anaesthesia you commit all sorts of
      crimes. Your real nature is Purity, Wisdom and
      Godliness. Come, wake up! Wait not for calamities to
      put into your heart the wisdom which is available to
      you in the life and teachings of the Sages of India!
      Wake up at once, realise the folly of worshipping
      Mammon and the glory of serving God.

      Worship God not only in the temples and shrines, not
      only in places of pilgrimage; but in every one you see
      around you, in the poorest of the poor, in the
      lowliest of the low, in the downtrodden, illiterate
      masses, in the sick and the suffering. See the lord in
      them and love them, express this love in the form of
      service. This alone will make each one of you a real
      MAN, nay, a Superman, or a Divine Personality!

      It is the One Self or the One God alone that pervades
      every atom of creation. If but every morning this
      forms your first thought: "My own self it is that
      pervades the universe", you will realise that it is
      you yourself that suffer through every suffering man!
      You will then become utterly unselfish and share with
      the needy what you have and thus bring about a new and
      glorious Age of Peace, Plenty and Prosperity.

      All religious and spiritual organisations, social
      service leagues and humanitarian institutions, should
      convert themselves into Sevashrams for the
      amelioration of the conditions of the poor--the
      masses. Every one who can afford to, should contribute
      his mite to these institutions and see that the poor
      are raised to a normal standard of living.
      Individually, every one should sympathise with, and
      comfort, every man in distress, every man in need, and
      rest not till he has been provided for. This is the
      greatest service. It is only when the heart thus
      expands that the Lord will be enshrined in it.

      It is when every Indian heart is brimming with this
      universal love that Mother India will assume the
      motherhood of all nations of the earth and guide her
      children in all parts of the world to limitless
      happiness.

      Let us all hail the New Year with a heart of Love! Let
      us melt our differences and unite! Let our heart melt
      at human suffering! May all be united! May all attain
      God-consciousness in this very year! May there be
      peace, amity, plenty and prosperity everywhere! May
      His blessings be upon you all!

      URL: http://www.dlshq.org/discourse/jan2010.htm

      "Vows for the New Year" by Sri Swami Krishnananda:
      http://www.swami-krishnananda.org/disc/disc_160.html
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