New Year Sadhana

Swami Sivananda Saraswati

Time rolls on. New becomes old and old becomes new again. Today is the most auspicious New Year’s day. God has given you another chance this year to enable you to strive for your salvation. Make the best use of every moment of this New Year. Unfold all latent faculties. Here is a chance to begin life anew, to grow and evolve and become a superhuman or a great dynamic yogi.

Forget the past.

A glorious and brilliant future is awaiting you.

Equal vision is the touchstone of knowledge.

Unselfishness is the touchstone of virtue.

Oneness is the touchstone of self-realization.

Humility is the touchstone of devotion.

Therefore, be unselfish, humble and pure.

Develop equal vision.

Be in tune with the Infinite.


Satyam, truth, is the seed.

Ahimsa is the root.

Meditation is the shower.

Shanti, peace, is the flower.

Moksha, salvation, is the fruit.

Therefore, speak the truth.

Practise Ahimsa and meditation.

Cultivate shanti.

You will attain the final emancipation or freedom from the trammels of births and deaths, and enjoy eternal bliss.