At New Year’s, we think about the resolutions we want to make for the coming year. Even when we resolve to take better care of our health, finances or relationships or set new goals, we usually quickly return to our old routines. Rather than list many resolutions to break, we can list one resolution to make. If we keep one foremost in our minds, we are more likely to make it become a reality. For those on the spiritual path, what one goal can we stick with that encompasses all other goals we might normally make? If we had only one to follow, our resolution for the coming year can be: Be evergreen. This resolution encompasses all others we normally would make. Being evergreen means that we are always connected to the Source of eternal bliss within us. To be evergreen means that we realise ourselves as a soul, a part of God, filled with light, love, consciousness, and joy. We can be evergreen by meditating daily, developing ethical virtues, doing selfless service, attending satsang, and having love for God, all humanity, all living things, and the earth. Meditating daily keep us evergreen, or youthful and full of life. We tap into the source of all energy, consciousness, and joy within each time we meditate. Developing ethical virtues keep us evergreen. Our soul would have the purity to enter the realms of God. We would weed out those failures that keep us from finding God and develop the virtues of non-violence, truthfulness, purity, humility, and selflessness. Doing selfless service keep us evergreen. During the time we serve selflessly, we are not creating more karma for ourselves and we become receptive to the Divine flowing through us. In this way, we engage in activities that focus our attention on God, keep our ego and negative thoughts at bay, and aid us in returning to the Lord. Attending satsang keep us evergreen. We imbibe the spiritual teachings through talks, books, audio and video presentations, and from the spiritual radiation flowing from the Master in that charged atmosphere. Having love for God, all humanity, all living creatures, and the earth keep us evergreen. Love for God draws our soul back to the Divine. Love for all humanity means we care for and serve others, even those different from us, thereby making the world a loving, peaceful place. This year, if we make our one most important resolution to “Be evergreen”, all other resolutions are contained within it. Then, we will have one point of focus and can accelerate our progress to reuniting our soul with God in this lifetime.
The author is the head of the Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission.
This year, if we make our one most important resolution to “Be evergreen”, all other resolutions are contained within it. Then, we will have one point of focus and can accelerate our progress to reuniting our soul with God in this lifetime.