Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

May the year 2015 brings peace, prosperity, and progress to all of you.

Kalpataru Day:

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Sri Ramakrishna

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.

Eat mangoes!

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.

5 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. Thanks Uncle for bringing Thakur and Mother in our life.
    I still remember the first time I heard “my beloved Bhakta” recited by children at your home when we brought Achyuta there for first day of Vidyapith. It changed our lives for better and we owe it to you.
    May He keep you in good health so us and many like us can benefit, is our selfish prayer.
    Mallika

    1. Dear Mallika: Thank you for your kind words. We are happy to meet devotees like you and continue to have a good time taking name of God. With all best wishes of the New Year!
      Did you read the previous post – the last part of Shri Rang Avadhootji? I am sure you would like it.

  2. Happy New Year Uncle!
    Thank you so much for this post! It was such nice reading for the new year, and it holds a straightforward yet effective message.
    I’ve been reading all your posts so far, and they are very informative in the simplest ways. Thank you for all the teachings from Vidyapith, as they will stay with me forever!
    — Rashmi Ketha

    1. Hey Rashmi: I am very happy to hear from you. In the past you were the first one to send a comment on my posts. I am glad to know that you still like my blogs and felt are helpful.
      Keep in touch. Happy New Year. All the best wishes for the new year.

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