4 Jan 2015

New Year Celebrations with Sri Swami Vishwananda

Throughout the last day of 2014, Sri Swami Vishwananda wrote several messages to His devotees via Twitter sending His best wishes and blessings for the new year of 2015:

“This ending year was a great lesson to many. Don't forget what 2014 has taught you and grow with new life experiences, with strength and patience.”
“Wish you all the happy welcoming of a New Era and may it bring you all success and great joy on your spiritual and material life. Happy New Year!”

“May the Lord, who is the Heart of hearts, carry you all in His Cosmic Play and may His Grace be with you all. That's my prayer.”

“Let's dance in the Eternal Dance of the Lord together entering a new year with His joy and blessings toward Realisation.”

“Start the new year with a strong resolution to love and see God in all His creation, especially in people we meet daily, as that's His gift to us.”

“Happy New Year to you all! I carry you all in My heart and bless you all with the Love of Giridhari. May the Grace of the Guru and God be with you all.”

“Surrender to His Lotus Feet through the Grace and Guidance of the Guru. Happy New Year! Love you all.”

In the evening, the New Year celebrations at Shree Peetha Nilaya started with a play dedicated to Divine Mother, performed by a group of children.

After the play, Sri Swami Vishwananda told us, “We are here celebrating the ending of an old year and the starting of a new one. Every year, one starts the year with a certain resolution of transforming oneself, of advancing on the spiritual path or in the daily life itself. Whatever is one's aim, one is infused with new strength and power and the greatest power of all is in the Name of the Lord Himself.

"When you start the year by praising Him, by remembering Him, all these divine qualities get awakened inside of you. More than just the resolution of attaining something, if one has the resolution of attaining the Lord Himself, of attaining His Love, His Grace, He makes it possible; when it arises from deep within you, from your heart, from sincerity, He can't refuse you. So like every year, let the resolution of your spiritual growth, of advancing to His Lotus Feet – let this be awakened inside of you, in the core of your heart. Like Srimati Radharani is always with Him, let you portrait also the same.”

The New Year of 2015 was then welcomed while singing and dancing the Divine Names. For approximately 90 minutes Sri Swami Vishwananda sang bhajans continuously supported by the Bhakti Marga musicians and devotees.

A few minutes before midnight Sri Swami Vishwananda went to the Temple to perform Arati and was followed by devotees.

After Arati, everybody was invited to go outside the Main Entrance of Shree Peetha Nilaya to enjoy the fireworks display.

However, just before the fireworks display, Sri Swami Vishwananda surprised everbody with a short video projection on a wall of the building introducing the New Bhakti Marga Logo, which represents itself the beginning of a New Era.

After the fireworks display, Sri Swami Vishwananda blessed each person individually with the ‘Vishnu Padam’ by placing Them on the top of our heads.

A Bhajan Disco ended the night celebrations, giving the opportunity for everybody to start the New Year 2015 listen to the Divine Names and dancing with the Lord Himself, in the form of our beloved Guru, Sri Swami Vishwananda.