Sadhguru speaks about New Year’s Resolutions. Rather than basing your life on man-made time constructs, he speaks about making vision the guiding force in your life.
“The New Year is an opportunity and a possibility for newer visions of life. Blessed is the one who has clarity of vision of the here and hereafter.”
In this vast existence, there is no such thing as ‘Old Year’ and ‘New Year’. These are all demarcations that we as human beings have made. Why we have made these demarcations is because we need some measure to our life, some guide, some milestone to tell us whether we are going forward or backward. Now I am this many years old–have I moved forward, have I moved backward? So this is once again a new year, this is time for you to measure, in the last one year have you moved forward as a human being? Maybe your business has gone forward, maybe you made more money, you got your daughter married–that’s not the issue. Have you become a little better human being in one year’s time? So for the coming year, for the New Year what are you going to do? You make up your mind, what you are going to do. Some marker to tell you that in one year’s time you will be a much better human being than you are right now. More joyful, more peaceful, more loving–a better human being in every possible way. This is something that you have to decide.
If you feel the world around you–when I say the world, I mean the human part of the world around you–you will see your experience is a cacophony of voices, thoughts and emotions. These voices, thoughts and emotions are all an outpouring of confusions of many different levels and states. With a very distorted perception of the current reality, these voices, thoughts and emotions are formed and expressed. When man is in this level of confusion, when he is subjugated by the misconceptions of reality around him, the pain and suffering that he creates for himself and the people around him is very unfortunate.
We are always trying to create our life based on the current reality that exists around us at this moment. This moment whatever may be with us is not the point. Where we want to go tomorrow need not be connected to where we are right now. What we want as the highest in life, it need not have anything to do with our present situation. If we enslave our visions to current situations, then it is once again settling for what is attainable, what is easy, what you think is possible. It is not in terms of thinking what is possible or not possible. It is just in terms of seeing what is your vision, what is the highest that you can seek in your life.
It is time to really create a vision within ourselves as to what we really care for, not just for today. If you look deep enough, your vision will be the universal vision.
Vision is an important way of transcending limitations within and outside ourselves. If one wants to live here without being burdened by vision, without being burdened by will, then that person should be absolutely innocent. Such a person can simply live here–he does not need any vision. He does not have to have a will about anything, if he is absolutely egoless and childlike. If it is not so, it is very important that man lives with a vision.
It is time to really create a vision within ourselves as to what we really care for, not just for today. If you look deep enough, your vision will be the universal vision. Whether everything else happens or doesn’t happen on the way is not the point–whatever you have known as the highest, simply seeking that with undivided attention. That is a simple way of knowing life here and beyond.
Sadhguru is a yogi, mystic and founder of Isha Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to addressing all aspects of human wellbeing through yoga programmes, and social and environmental initiatives.