Sunrays: Keep rooted, embrace the brand new, nurture the outdated

Sunrays: Stay rooted, embrace the new, nurture the old

Completely happy New 12 months! The primary day of the 12 months brings alternatives to introspect, replicate and overview outdated resolutions and make new ones.

Simply because the New 12 months stems from the outdated, every little thing new in life stems from one thing previously. The roots are all the time older than the trunk of the tree. Equally, all that we’re as a society can be rooted in our previous. Indian tradition and traditions are one of many oldest on the planet and the science behind them by no means fails to amaze.

In a brand new 12 months message to a devotee, Sri Sathya Sai Baba stated, “Endowed with lengthy life and sound well being, surrounded by kids, grandchildren and pals, carry on imbibing pleasure via devotion and knowledge. I bless that your days be spent within the service of Sarveshwara, the Lord of All. Spend your life in plentiful peace and happiness.”

The joint household system the place we stay with elders, kids and grandchildren is a superb coaching floor for imbibing values comparable to tolerance, concord, mutual respect, empathy, sharing, and caring. It’s a nice assist system the place everybody stands collectively in good occasions and unhealthy. A household that eats collectively and prays collectively, stays collectively. Studying to co-exist, whereas deepening your devotion and buying knowledge, results in plentiful peace and happiness.

Blessed are these kids who develop up in shut proximity to grandparents, for they get boundless love. Right here too it’s the roots of the household (grandparents and elders) that assist and nourish the children. It’s good to make new pals, but it surely’s sensible to maintain the outdated ones. It’s good to plant new timber, but it surely’s sensible to nurture the outdated ones.

Whereas I’m all for modernisation and new know-how, I might any day vote for the normal over the trendy, on topics comparable to household, meals habits, values, yoga, and meditation.

I used to be lately gifted a phenomenal plastic toran as a part of a present hamper on Diwali. Historically, a toran is manufactured from recent mango and peepal leaves strung collectively and tied throughout doorways in our properties on auspicious events. The explanation for tying them was that mango and peepal leaves proceed to emit oxygen for 3 to 4 days after they’ve been plucked. Throughout festivities or gatherings in the home, there are extra individuals than ordinary. The leaves ensured an inflow of oxygen. How can a plastic toran evaluate?

Apparently, my granddaughter got here residence from faculty, holding a toran. “I made this!” she stated, beaming from ear to ear. I noticed leaves reduce out of white chart paper, colored with inexperienced crayons with glitter added for impact. They had been pasted onto a ribbon to make a toran. It was an amazing initiative by the trainer as the youngsters who’ve been taught to make a toran with paper and crayons might make it the actual approach tomorrow! In spite of everything, plastic decorations, whether or not used for Christmas decor or torans, are pollution.

Millets, which had been our staple meals till the ’60s, have all of the sudden turn out to be ‘tremendous meals’ and are being appreciated world over. A lot in order that 2023 can be celebrated because the Worldwide 12 months of Millets!

So allow us to worth the treasures of Indian tradition and go them on to the subsequent era. Simply because the Covid vaccine produced by India is proving to be the most effective, much better than these produced by different international locations, we’ve got the most effective of every little thing.

We must always step into the New 12 months whereas taking learnings from the yesteryear with us. Our future is pure because the pushed snow. Let’s watch out how we tread on it, for each mark will present!