Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s special message
The spring season is a time of renewal and rejuvenation. It is a time when nature wakes up from its winter slumber and bursts forth with new life and vitality. In many parts of India, the day after the new moon day of the spring solstice is celebrated as the New Year. This day is known as Ugadi in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana, Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra, Chheti Chand for Sindhis, Sajibu Nanngma for Manipuris, and Nyepi for Hindus in Bali and Indonesia.
On this day, people celebrate the new beginning with great enthusiasm and joy. They decorate their homes with flowers and rangolis and prepare delicious traditional meals. One of the customs of Ugadi is to eat neem jaggery, which symbolizes the bitter and sweet aspects of life. It reminds us that life is a mixture of both and that we must learn to accept and appreciate both the good and the bad.
In his teachings, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar emphasizes the importance of overcoming guilt consciousness to experience universal love and peace. When we hold onto feelings of guilt and sin, we cannot be at peace with ourselves. Instead, we must recognize that we are all beings of light and love, and we must strive to let go of our negative emotions and thoughts.
Furthermore, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar encourages us to let go of our victim mentality and embrace life with passion and purpose. We are not victims of our circumstances, and we must take responsibility for our lives and our actions. Our purpose here is to manifest all aspects of life—love, joy, and knowledge. When we feel victimized by the world around us, we cannot fully experience life and all its beauty.
In Karnataka, people eat neem jaggery on Ugadi and remember that life is a mixture of sweet and bitter, pleasant and unpleasant.
Unpleasant things bring us from the external world and make us introverted, bring depth to us, and brighten our personalities. Let go of all complaints and thank the bad days for giving you immense strength.
By the good days, you realized your true potential and began to express that joy of being yourself. When we accept pleasant and unpleasant things in this way, we come out of the feeling of victimhood.
We are also happy, let us resolve to spread happiness around us on this Ugadi. Even if one percent of the population meditates, ninety-one percent of the population will benefit. Let us all meditate and honor knowledge this New Year. It is a decorative display of the passion for life. These are the teachings of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
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