Happy New Year!
May the year 2015 brings peace, prosperity, and progress to all of you.
To the devotees of Sri Ramakrishna, January 1st is considered to be a Kalpataru Day, meaning a day which fulfills all desires, especially spiritual desires. Spiritual progress brings inner peace, true happiness, wealth of knowledge, and fulfillment.
On January 1, 1886, Sri Ramakrishna, in the midst of intense pain of throat cancer and physical weakness, came down from his second floor room, walked to the devotees and blessed them. At that time the desires of all the devotees who were present were fulfilled. That is why it is called a Kalpataru Day.
People were asking Sri Ramakrishna whether there is life after death or what happens after a person dies or other similar questions. Sri Ramakrishna used to tell them to eat mangoes and not to bother their heads with the details of how many branches, leaves, or mangoes the mango tree has.
Where are mangoes? Where is the tree?
Once a famous painter Nanda Basu asked Sri Ramakrishna where the mango tree is and where are the mangoes. Sri Ramakrishna said that God is infinite, but God is also a Wish-fulfilling Tree, called a Kalpataru Tree. All our wishes would be fulfill if we go closer to God. Then, we will find that four fruits called Dharma (Rightousness), Artha (Wealth), Kama (Worldly Desires), and Moksha (Freedom from all Bondages) are lying under the tree.
Worldly minded people ask God for Artha and Kama, Jnani (Those who seek Knowledge) ask God for Dharma and Moksha, while devotees of God ask God for only devotion or love for God.
Devotees enjoy taking name of God, constantly thinking of God, serving devotees of God, and loving unselfishly the children of God.