New Year Celebrations at The Ashram
Shree Peetha Nilaya, 31 December 2019
On New Year's Eve, Paramahamsa Vishwananda welcomed the new year of 2020 with a record number of guests filling the Sri Bhutabhrteshwarnath Mandir. His inspiring message focused on the importance of listening. But to whom?
Happy New Year 2020! May Lord Nrsingadev protect all of you. May Srimati Radharani graces you all with Her Love so that you can get closer in your devotion to the Supreme Lord Himself.
Every year, people say they want to change something. Very often we say, ‘What you have to change is your mind’. We forget that in Chapter 10, Verse 2, Krishna said, ‘Among all the senses, I am the mind.’ That mind itself is Krishna. When He said, ‘Among the senses, I am the mind’, it means that your mind must be focused upon Him. If your mind is focused upon Him, everything in your life will be perfect. But if your mind is diverted from Him, this is where a problem arises.
It’s not about what people tell you. It’s about what you feel inside of you. If you really turn your mind inward and really feel Him, you will see that the Bhagavad Gita is your life itself, and that He wants you to come closer to Him. He wants you for Him.
When you are in love with someone, they want you to be closer to them, but with an expectation for something. [But for God] it is not like that. Actually, He wants you to be closer for your own self. Because your atma wants only that, nothing else. Your atma doesn’t have anything to do with this world.
But you have to learn to listen to Him. The point is that you listen always to the outside. You always listen to people. That’s why you don’t progress. You have to learn to listen to what He says.
There is this beautiful story of a group of frogs who were going along in a jungle. And this group of frogs were all happy, you know. As they were passing by, there was a deep hole, and two of the frogs fell into the hole. They tried to jump out and all the other frogs came around, looked at them and said, ‘Not possible, you are doomed, finish!’ That’s what the world always tells you, no? You are finished, there is no hope for you.
One of the frogs listened to what the others were telling him, and he died. The other one kept jumping. He was looking up and everybody was looking down and he kept jumping higher and higher. Finally, he jumped so high, he came out. And everybody was shocked, and they all said, ‘We thought you would die inside.’
Then the frog said, ‘I am deaf, I couldn’t hear you.’ He said, ‘I saw all of you rejoicing up there, so I thought you were all encouraging me and so I jumped higher and higher.’
This is how it is, you see? If you listen to people, you will never grow. For once, you have to learn to listen to the Divine inside of you. I will not say it is this year, because it is your life. A number doesn’t change anything. But you must want to change. Then you will change. And if you take what belongs to others, it becomes yours.
You know, the whole Mahabharat War happened because of Duryodhan and Draupadi, no? Duryodhan came to visit Draupadi and there was a pond which was covered [by a mirage] and Duryodhan walked over it and fell into the pond. Draupadi was watching him from the balcony and laughed. And what did she say? ‘The son of the blind king is also blind.’ And he took so much offence with that, that’s where he started, that’s where he was ready to fight. But why? Because he took in what Draupadi said. Was he blind? No, he was not blind. He could quietly have said, ‘No, I can see. Even if you call me blind, I can still see.’ But yet, he took it personally and his mind was blinded completely.
So, whatever you have received, whether it is positive or negative, it’s up to you to take it or not. If you take it, it becomes yours. And when you have it, then you have to bear the consequences of it also. Like I always say, if somebody brings you a gift and you refuse that gift, that gift will still belong to that person. In everything there is equally positive and equally negative. So, it’s your choice which kind of frog you want to be. Nobody can force you, but you have to make that resolution for your life which kind of frog you want to be. Do you want the frog who listened [to the world] and died? Then listen and die. You will be the one who will lose. Or do you want to be deaf, but yet rise in your consciousness. And how you will rise in that consciousness? Only when you realise that the mind is also Krishna. Like He said, ‘I am that mind.’
So, let your mind dwell upon Him, and then you will feel His Love. Then you will feel Him with you.
Jai Gurudev, everybody!