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Region 2 - New Years Eve

New Year’s Eve is one of the largest global festivities celebrated around the world in various ways from spectacular display of fireworks in a host of major cities, special parties, open air concerts, midnight mass to the traditional fire festivals and torch light procession of Hogmanay in Scotland.

There’s a common belief that specific activities taken on New Year’s Eve leading to the New Year can have an effect on the outcome of the incoming year. In many cultures, New Year’s Eve customs are about driving away the bad spirits of the past year, so that the new one can arrive untarnished and pure. For some, it is a day of mixed feelings for it is a time to celebrate the end of the year gone by and welcome what is in store in the New Year.

On 31st December 2014, about a hundred and fifty devotees across region 2 gathered on an icy night at the Oxhey Wood Primary School to herald the New Year.

The session commenced at 22:00hrs with invocation prayers followed by a bouquet of melodious Bhajans by devotees from various centres of region 2 until just before midnight when the mantra Aum was chanted twenty one times in a meditative ambience to connect to the Absolute Reality during the transition to the New Year.

After a spiritually uplifting bhajan session followed by the chanting of Omkar, a transient feeling of oneness with the whole universe and inner peace could be felt. This blissful state was hastily interrupted by the sound of fireworks in the local vicinity at the stroke of midnight.

The spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks at the London Eye were silently and briefly screened signifying the ushering of the New Year 2015.

The programme continued with the ringing of the bell nine times indicating the invocation of Divinity in our hearts and the departure of evil forces from within. Prayers to Lord Ganesh and Swami were lovingly offered to remove any obstacles and to guide us in this New Year and always followed with bhajans, concluding prayers, Mangala Arathi and ended with Swami’s Thought of the day.

‘New Year must usher in a new step in spiritual discipline. The old must be rung out and the new must be brought in. Remembrance of God is the spiritual discipline prescribed by the scriptures in Kali Yuga. This involves giving up all habits that interfere with the constant remembrance of God. The best way to love God is to Love All and Serve All’ Baba.

Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a continuation of our Soul’s journey to the ultimate goal and on that expedition, God alone is the true selfless friend.

Gayatri Bikoo