97. Happy New Year

Soon the whole world will be celebrating New Year. But what ‘New’ will happen? Only the year count will change else the old habits will stay. We will continue to execute our daily routine. So will we only celebrate a year count increment. If New Year is arriving let us dedicate ourselves to experience the real new. So what is new? ‘Baba Nanak’ describes ‘WHAT is NEW’ in following words:
ਸਾਹਿਬੁ ਮੇਰਾ ਨੀਤ ਨਵਾ ਸਦਾ ਸਦਾ ਦਾਤਾਰੁ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥*
(My Lord and Master is forever new; He is the Giver, forever and ever.)
The Lord – Prabh of Baba Nanak is forever new. So, to experience The Lord – THE FORMLESS ONE WHO is always New, yes not possible for mortals like us in one life but some moment we have to begin; we can’t always hide behind the excuses, we need to bring out the new in ourselves by attaching to Gurbaani and source of Gurbaani Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Baba Nanak assures us that all over shortcomings will be forgotten in following words:
ਨਾਨਕ ਅਉਗਣ ਵੀਸਰੇ ਗੁਰਿ ਰਾਖੇ ਪਤਿ ਤਾਹਿ ॥੪॥੧੫॥**
(O Nanak, your demerits shall be forgotten; the Guru shall preserve your honor.)
So, let us all together do Ardaas:
‘Datar Pita – Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj attune mortals like us to Infinite Treasure ‘Aap Ji – You’ hold as Gurshabad so that in some life we can experience the Real New. ‘Datar Pita’ have ‘Your Grace’ on us so that this new year we celebrate the change, the new in ourselves who attunes to Words of True Guru.’
* Ḏẖanasree Mehla 1 Gẖar 1 cẖaupade – Ang 660 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
** Sireeraag Mehla 1 – Ang 20 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

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