RESOLUTIONS FOR 2022
CLIMATE CHANGE & ITS ADVERSE IMPACTS
The challenges posed by the climate change are gigentic. This is due to human greed which includes efforestatopm clearing of forests for habitation and for agriculture, greenhouse gas emissions, forest It includes change in temperature globally resulting in melting of gracial ice in Antarctica and Arctic regions. This is resulting in rise in sea levels thus there is a fear of lowlying areas being engulfed by the sea. The rise in dispropotionate heatwaves is causing is causing wild fires at some places and disportionate rains at other places. There are countries which are responsible for gas and oil related emissions including industrial emissions along with throwing poisonous wastes into the water bodies thus polluting the environs and the water. All this results in inhaling of polluted air and water pollution. This becomes a cause of asthama and disturbance of digestive system eventually disturbing immune system. Losing immunity means inviting infections such as Coronavirus pandemic which is mutating unpredictably.
All the countries, especially the developd and developing ones to device ways and means and resolve to fight air and water pollution which is reslting in rise in temperature thus causing change in climate. The sooner it is done the better for us all. Besides, cleanliness (Subachchta) drive should be formed as a community based one so that our homes and its surroundings are neat and clean.
NATURE (PRAKRITI) IS A GREAT TEACHER IF WE CARE TO LEARN FROM IT
Nature is anything or everything that is not man-made/ inartificial. Essentially, if we understand nature and its working then we shall understand more than from any formal or informal teachings. Here everything is natural – may be created by the intervention of Super Natural Power. Natural environment includes all living and non-living elements and their utilization in the day to day lives. The three elements of nature Sun (which gives energy), Air (which we breathe without which we cannot survive) and Water (used variously by humans besides drinking).
Besides, the entire ecology works as a natural system which includes all the flora and fauna, rocks, soil and what is contained in it. It also includes environment and all the natural phenomenon and material/physical phenomenon. Natural environment includes all living and non-living elements and their utilization in the day to day lives.
TIME AND TIDE WAITS FOR NONE
It is a fact that time waits for none, it just passes on leaving us high and dry. If we do not avail the present moment and remain procrastinating then we shall lose our grip and waste it therefore we have to keep a tight leash on time and realize the purpose of our life here on this earth.
Eternal time is the primeval source of the interactions of the three modes of material nature. It is unchangeable and limitless, and it works as the instrument of the Supreme Personality of Godhead for His pastimes in the material creation.—Srimad-Bhagavatam.
PEACE & PROSPERITY FOR ALL WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION
Let’s pray for peace and prosperity for all in 2022. The year gone by was really very challenging. We pray that 2022 may bring peace and prosperity in every way.
BUILDING THE TRAITS OF PATIENCE, TOLERANCE AND SELF-CONTROL
Patience always pays should never be forgotten. It has been seen that those who remain patient despite provocation are rewarded with good health and wellness. Therefore, keeping self-control is a must. This calls for control of our mind lest it goes berserk. In life, we have to adopt patience as an important tool to deal with life’s vicissitudes. Patience gives us opportunity to choose objectively what we actually want or what we do not want. Progress would be slow but after practicing a number of times results would be to our liking. Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive – Bible. This wisdom should always be kept in mind.
BUILDING BRIDGES BETWEEN COMMUNITIES
Fundamentally, our effort should be to build bridges of confidence between communities and not the chasms which have been created over a period of time due to various misunderstandings. These misunderstandings, if not attended, addressed and ironed out amicably within shortest span of time become unmanageable creating disharmony and resultant violence.
LEARNING FROM KIDS
Our little kids are the ones who teach us lessons which even a grown-ups do not. When you smile at them, they will reciprocate your smile as a return gift.. I like their innocence and sincerity at any event and at all times. Though they are dependent on others for their daily needs, yet, their joyful chatter keeps us absorbed. I learn from these small kids; innocence, simplicity, tolerance, patience etc.
In Bible it has been emphasized: God calls children a blessing and a gift! Their spirits are filled with innocence, joy and laughter. Jesus actually tells us to be like children and to come to Him full of faith and trust.
WHEN NOTHING WORKS, SILENCE WORKS BETTER
It should never be forgotten that nobody has ever won an argument or talking without mincing any words. Many of our differences in the families and friends could be solved when we tend to be silent/ tranquil when our point of view in words is not understood despite repeated try. Silent meditation has its own reward. Supreme bliss comes to a self-realized whose mind is tranquil, whose desires are under control and who is free from faults. When mind gets discipline by the practice of meditation becomes steady, one becomes content with absolute bliss, consciousness by beholding with purified intellect – Bhagwad Gita.
SEEK GOD WHEN ALONE OR WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE
When in solitude, we can seek our God with sincerity to compensate our loneliness. His name could also be taken while amongst the people around. Naam is the great creative and controlling power of God.
Naam has no beginning and no end. It is unchanging, ancient and eternal and it is the life current which pervades the entire creation. The withdrawal of Naam from creation would lead to its decay and destruction – Guru Granth Sahib.
LIFE IS AMALGAMATION OF SWEET & BITTER MEMORIES
Essentially, we should take life as the mix of sweet and bitter memories. Sometimes we fail and other times we succeed. The see-saw scenario of bitter and sweet memories just continues till the last stage of our life. All of us faced difficult times due to Covid-19 pandemic situation. Lives got lost due to Coronavirus, businesses got busted due to lockdown conditions yet there is flicker of hope . .
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. Bible
PROCRASTINATION CREATES CONFUSION
At times, we tend to procrastinate and this procrastination becomes a part of our habit till such time it is too late. I know the case of a senior officer who did not have any problems related to finances, health-wise; had every comfort which a person aspires for but he had not married. When he reached at his late 50s he started feeling very lonely because of not marrying when it was essential. Similar is the case with putting off things without realizing the wisdom in the maxim ‘A stitch in time saves nine’.
PROCRASTINATION IS BAD HABIT
There are the people who are in the habit of putting off things thereby reaching a stage where retrieval is not possible. Therefore, the best course is to solve the contentious issue then and there. One who performs actions inconsistently, who is careless, who is vulgar, who insults others, who is pretentious and indolent, who procrastinates unable to timely accomplish what one boasted, who has an acute lack of discrimination. Such a one is unremittingly situated in tama guna the mode of ignorance – BHAGWAD GITA
BE POSITIVE IN ANY SITUATION AND CONDITION
Fact remains; it is not always we succeed. We may fail. But we should bear in mind that we can still try and succeed. There is always a silver lining in the dark clouds which matters. It is our common experience that when time is favourable, we consider ourselves on the seventh-heaven but when we experience some down-slide; we just plunge abysmally into the abbess of our own making, surprisingly sometimes without rhyme or reason.
WHEN NOTHING WORKS SPIRITUALITY ORIENTED LIFE WORKS
Based on past experience, I have gained over a period under various situations and conditions, I resolved to make my life spiritually oriented, methodical, adaptable besides being positive in all situations and conditions. This has worked fine with me then why not with others.
SINCEREITY ALWAYS PAYS
If have not got much worldly possession, but with God’s grace, we are meeting our day to day needs. We should put in sincere efforts. No problem, God willing, we shall get everything and if we are not able to get then also there is no problem. As far as I am concerned, my needs are limited. I do not compare myself with others. I work sincerely and whatever I have got with my hard work, I am satisfied. I always remember Bhagwad Gita’s wisdom, I had not brought anything while I was born, I shall not be taking anything which I have got here on this earth. What is mine today may be somebody else’s tomorrow. Therefore no qualms if I am not having more. My needs are being met therefore I am thankful to God for whatever has been given to me.
LIVING WITH DIVINE CONSCIOUSNESS
One who works with utmost sincerity and singleness of purpose with mind and senses controlled, is in divine consciousness. Although his senses are engaged with sense objects, he is aloof, situated in peace and happiness. This wisdom filled statement keeps us contented in all what we have.
SMALL THINGS TAKEN TOGETHER CAN MAKE HUGE DIFFERENCE
We are aware, there are some things which we’ve to take seriously in life and there are also the ones which could be ignored. But there are events which we think insignificant for our lives can also impact our life hugely. Ignoring these could do irreparable damage to our life. Even a screw in the machine could make the working of that machine dysfunctional. Similar is the case with our life.
We should always thank God for everything which He has graced us. Whatever we are and whatever we have got is due to the blessings of our God. By doing so, we are opening a window of opportunity for new vistas in life which are owing to the grace of God. Our physical, mental and relationship with others too are subject to all-round wellbeing. These too are possible due to His blessings. Every moment given us to breathe and live in appropriate atmosphere is also due to HIS BOUNTIES. Therefore, we have to thank Him for everything. In Bible it has been mentioned ‘Enter his glory with thanksgiving and his courts with praise, give thank to him and praise his name.
FORGIVING AND FORGETTING
Our relationship with others is important for us since we cannot transact all our functions in isolation. Therefore, whenever we experience any difference, it should not be allowed to deteriorate any further in the spirit of forgiving and forgetting. In this way, many of relations could be saved. According to Bhagwad Gita,
Forgiveness through spiritual transmission is a divine quality.
GIVING GIVES US SATISFACTION
If we meet somebody’s need, it gives us satiety thereby making us happy. We cannot compensate this happiness with anything else under the sun. The gift which is given to one who does no service in return, with the feeling that it is one’s duty to give and which is given at the right place, in right time and to a worthy person is considered as “Sattvika Daana”. The donations that are given to the right person at the right place and time, and in the spirit that charity is a bounden duty done without any expectation, are said to be good.
LEARN TO SAY SORRY OR OFFERING APOLOGY
We, as humans, tend to do commit some mistake unintentionally, thereby creating a misunderstanding between us and others. This results in animosity between even the fast friends. If we take recourse to say four-letters word SORRY, matters could amiably be settled.
Don’t let guilt linger in your heart. Go apologize, say I’m sorry, and make things right – Bible.
EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS FOR GOOD OF A MAN
It should always be remembered that everything that happens has a reason but we have to get experience from that happening. If the experience is bad, then we learn something out of that happening.
WHEN NOTHING WORKS ACCEPTANCE IS THE BEST COURSE
There are occasions when all our sincere and best efforts are not enough to acquire the intended result, in that case, the only option left with us is acceptance. Otherwise, we may fall into the web of our own creation leading to more unacceptable contradictions putting us in further confusion.
Those who love themselves can love others too because that becomes a habit of such a person. Therefore, self-care is essential for taking care of others.
DO NOT BLAME OTHERS FOR YOUR FAULTS
It has been observed that we tend to blame others for what is happening in our lives without going into the cause and effect of the same. It should be kept in mind that we are the responsible for our conduct and affects thereto. Blaming others for our state of affairs is too bad.
IGNORANCE SHOULD BE REMOVED
We should always be the student throughout our life. We can learn anything from anybody and anywhere. It should always be remembered that ignorance is synonymous with darkness and may pull us down anytime anywhere.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being my priest since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children – Bible.
LIVING ON THE EDGE
We all want to have our intended job transacted immediately but in this sort of a hurry, we just forget our own security or anticipate impending danger(s) that may come anytime. Hence our approach should be to scrutinize all angles or parameters and take corrective steps or course correction. While traveling in a bus, I observed that people were hurriedly climbing and coming out of the bus without caring for their safety. Then, I saw a person hastily climbing down from the bus while it slowed a bit before the bus stop fully, was run over by a vehicle which was coming from the same direction at a speed. He had to be taken to the hospital.
In the year 2022, I shall try to sincerely follow the following:-
• No to repeat the same mistakes as done the year 2021. Not that I shall not be committing mistakes since, I am a human being and sine mistakes unintentionally.
• Face the situation boldly and calmly being aware that nothing remains permanent, not even the difficult situations and conditions.
• Never forget that words we speak can make or break us. Kind word can win us friends unkind ones can prove counterproductive. Therefore, we should select the words we use in any interaction with care and caution.
• Follow the belief in Karma that whatever I shall do, it will come back to me on the percept that what I sow, I shall get.
• As far as possible cleansing my body and mind off the toxic thoughts which I have imbibed willy-nilly.
• Heaven and hell are here. What we believe firmly happens. If we see darkness everywhere then we shall be living in shadow of gloom and doom. Alternatively, if we want to see opportunity in every situation then it will happen so. What sort of life we want to live depends on us only. Seeing positivity even in most conflicting situation will steer us clear off every
• We are responsible for our life. Nobody else, however powerful that individual may be, will come to our succor when crunch time comes. We are constraint to fight our own battles ourselves.
• Sleeping over a difficult situation will not solve our problem rather it will make our difficulties more complex. Therefore, best thing is to tackle the difficultly at the present moment only rather than leave it to aggravate and make it most intractable. .
• Becoming self-aware/self-conscious …./self-accuation will help us in many ways.
• Consciously witness the changing happening around and assimilating what is worth emulating and what is to be eliminated.
• Always remember, nobody has ever seen ‘tomorrow’. Today and now is the time we know is real. Every other thing is just a passé/out-of-date.
• Give more credence to truth, love and light, hope, knowledge, understanding, simplicity and above all humbleness will deliver us from all the situations.
• Everybody appreciates perfection but perfection at the cost of our life and wellness is asking more than what is required. We should try to learn things even in imperfection.
• If we maintain our health, we can solve most of our problems, if health is lost then we shall not be able to work as desired.
• Learning from our mistakes and accepting our mistakes as and when made is a most important thing in life.