Reflections on the Meaning of New Year

I am writing this on the 1st day of 2011. Another flip of the page of the calendar which is made into a significant holiday in many cultures.  Regardless which calendar (and therefore which day) you keep for your New Year celebration, the same question should ring in you if you are a Seeker :

What meaning does it have for you?

Or is it just another day? As a Seeker, my main method of research has always being the one which I will follow now again:  The correctly asked question itself gives birth to the right answer…

Here we are: is January 1st any different in it’s significance than, say, December 31 or January 2nd ? – Surely not. But then again, does it mean that December 31st or January 2nd are not significant? – Hmm. Here we go deeper…

Of course they are significant! Each day is significant if ever you offer any significance to a human life! But then this means that January 1st is significant and even Holy … as any other day of our lives! True, but then do we need to celebrate it selectively over any other day? The answer is:

Not over, but just as joyously as any other day … But I hear you saying: But we don’t celebrate every day! Bingo my friends, here we are:

It is because we don’t celebrate every day of our lives (either we can’t or we don’t want, or it’s too much for us, etc.) that’s why we need a symbol for such daily celebration at least once a year!

And let this symbol be a reminder for us of something important which we’d be better off to do daily, yet, because we do not, let us do it at least once a year on New Year Day:

do re-evaluation of the last period of your life (in this case a period is a whole year, but if we were smart enough to do such celebration daily, we would do re-evaluation of the previous day every evening before going to sleep)

What is it a re-evaluation of individual life for a given period?
Our life’s purpose is development/evolution of individual consciousness from a very limited ego of a child towards a complete Self Realization where ego is getting dissolved into it’s own Source – Universal Consciousness (in other languages – Atman, Spirit, etc.) Such development is impossible without one of the main ingredients – introspective self analysis, or observation of one’s ego by a Self Witness.
Such practice is nothing but a re-evaluation – you recall all the major events of your past life for a given period, you recall the choices you faced and the decisions you made and the outcomes of your decisions. If you reached a more advanced level of self analysis, you can even observe the reasons which motivated you to make one or another choice while not loosing the focus on the outcome… Was your reason, which motivated your action, rooted in your ego-memory or was it rooted in Divine Ways (in many cultures defined as Dharma,  Dao, God’s Will, Derech Hashem, etc.)  ? Matching your reason for a particular action with the outcome produced, you can learn a lesson here…
Such analysis has enormous  power to teach you a lesson of the karmic importance. Such a lesson cannot be taught to you by anybody else aside from you.
Have a wonderful New Year celebration – learn a lesson – make a new affirmations for a New Year, based on the lesson you just learned from your past experience.

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