A very happy and prosperous New Year 2013 to all of you! 
There are various different New Years according to different calendars. This New Year is based on the Christian Calendar, but in India there are various types of calendars used. Generally we follow the Gaudiya Calendar which marks the New Year from the appearance day of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

Celebrating New Year is important because itcomes with a new hope. It is a feature of when we leave the old year behind and use those experiences as a stepping stone or springboard to the following year. However, our actual consideration should be not just the New Year but the new day. Every day - like every new year - comes with its fresh start. And that is how time progresses. The day begins with the sunrise and we, as human beings, are supposed to become active until the night, when we fall asleep to become rejuvenated for facing the next day - the new day. 

Therefore our main consideration should be how to face every day as a new day. Every sunrise comes with new opportunities, new hopes and new possibilities and that is how we should mould our lives. Let our actions be so noble, so wise and so generous that it leaves a very positive imprint in human society. Let our actions speak for our real self. Let us recognise the fact that we are eternal parts and parcels of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and hence we are His eternal servants. 

The constitutional position of the living entity is that he is an eternal servant of the Lord. That is his real identity. And when he acts according to that identity, his life becomes truly meaningful. And that life makes him progress. It makes him proceed towards the spiritual world and in this way every day we should make it a point to get a little closer to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. And eventually at the end of our life we can step out of this material nature and enter in to the spiritual sky. 

Thank you all very much.

Yours in the services of Srila Prabhupada,

Bhakti Charu Swami

1st January 2013

Sydney, Australia

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