A New Year's Message From Sri Mrinalini Mata

New Year 2017

“With the beginning of the New Year, let us with concentrated resolve and spiritual determination enter into a new era of our lives.”

— Paramahansa Yogananda

A heartfelt thank-you to our dear spiritual family for your many kindnesses during the Christmas season and throughout the year. All of us in Gurudeva Paramahansa Yogananda’s ashrams deeply appreciate your thoughtfulness and divine friendship, and your dedication to the universal ideals he taught. Know that by everything you do to express those principles of love and truth, you are contributing to the happiness and upliftment of those around you and bringing more of God’s light into this world. Our prayers are with you that He may guide and bless you in carrying out your noble resolves throughout the year ahead.

The dawn of a new year, and the momentum for positive change it brings, encourages us to explore the vast yet undiscovered potentials of our souls. It is an opportunity to revitalize our noblest aspirations and seek with greater zeal and enthusiasm to manifest them. An exhilarating sense of freedom, of renewed resolve, energizes our being when we realize that we need not be defined by the past but can choose to transform ourselves through our own sincere efforts and God’s ever-present help.

More powerful than your karma and habits is the potency of your thoughts and will, when they are focused on the ennobling goals you have chosen. Envision and affirm what you want to accomplish, with confidence that you can blaze new trails of positive, creative thought and action that will lead to success. Gurudeva reminded us, “Let nothing weaken your conviction that you can be whatever you want to be. There is no one obstructing you unless it be yourself.” He taught us to erase from our consciousness the thought of “I can’t,” and rouse the divine conqueror within to make the determined daily efforts that prove “I can.” The valiant soul knows no defeat, only different stages of victory. Even if there are times when outwardly you do not see results, never be discouraged. Guruji said, “If you have done everything you can, that infused mental power will remain with your soul.” Each day can be a chance to begin anew, and the present moment is your greatest opportunity to break free of confining patterns — to consciously choose to think and act differently, and through those little victories to bring out the divine image within.

God has endowed us with the ability to change for the better, and therein lies much hope for all of humanity. Your efforts to use your free will rightly are the foundation of your transformation, and no one is more eager than God to help you attain your soul’s full potential. Through faithful meditation and living each day in His presence you will discover untold inner resources you can draw upon to rise above the challenges of maya. I pray that His wisdom guide you, and His almighty will reinforce your will in each positive endeavor. May the divine love felt in communion with Him continuously charge your self-confidence, and flow through you to others in prayer and in every act of kindness.

Loving wishes to you and your dear ones for a happy and blessed New Year,

Sri Mrinalini Mata
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