Dear Brothers and Sisters,

At New Year’s, we think about the resolutions we want to make for the coming year. Even when we resolve to take better care of our health, finances, or relationships or set new goals, we usually quickly return to our old routines.

Rather than list many resolutions to break, we can list one resolution to make. If we keep one foremost in our minds, we are more likely to make it become a reality. For those on the spiritual path, what one goal can we stick with that encompasses all other goals we might normally make? If we had only one to follow, our resolution for the coming year can be:

Be evergreen
In 2013.

This resolution encompasses all others we normally would make. Being evergreen means that we are always connected to the Source of eternal bliss within us. To be evergreen means that we realize ourselves as soul, a part of God, filled with Light, love, consciousness, and joy. We can be evergreen by meditating daily, developing ethical virtues, doing selfless service, attending satsang, and having love for God, all humanity, all living things, and the earth.

Meditating daily keeps us evergreen, or youthful and full of life. We tap into the source of all energy, consciousness, and joy within each time we meditate. If we fulfill this one resolution, we would stick to our schedule of meditating a minimum of two and a half hours daily on the inner Light (doing the simran practice) and meditating on the inner Sound (doing the bhajan practice). The more time spent in meditation, the more we will witness magnificent inner vistas and enjoy the enchanting inner Music. We would travel on this current of Light and Sound through higher regions until we merge in God.

Developing ethical virtues keeps us evergreen. Our soul would have the purity to enter the realms of God. We would keep the introspection diary to weed out those failures that keep us from finding God and develop the virtues of nonviolence, truthfulness, purity, humility, and selflessness.

Doing selfless service keeps us evergreen. During the time we serve selflessly, we are not creating more karma for ourselves and we become receptive to the Divine flowing through us. In this way, we engage in activities that focus our attention on God, keep our ego and negative thoughts at bay, and aid us in returning to the Lord.

Attending satsang keeps us evergreen. We imbibe the spiritual teachings through talks, books, audio and video presentations, and from the spiritual radiation flowing from the Master in that charged atmosphere. Whether attending satsang in the physical presence of the Master or thousands of miles away, the Master’s charged attention flows to us and gives us a spiritual boost so when we meditate we soar within faster.

Having love for God, all humanity, all living creatures, and the earth keeps us evergreen. Love for God draws our soul back to the Divine. Love for all humanity means we care for and serve others, even those different from us, thereby making the world a loving, peaceful place. Love for all living creatures means we follow a vegetarian diet, avoiding meat, fish, fowl, and eggs, for we recognize them as also children of the One Creator. Love for the earth means “going green” so that the resources gifted to us by God can be sustained and everyone can avail of them, whether living now or in posterity.

This year, if we make our one most important resolution to “Be evergreen in 2013,” all other resolutions are contained within it. Then, we will have one point of focus and can accelerate our progress to reuniting our soul with God in this lifetime.

Yours affectionately,

Rajinder Singh


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Love, Unity, and Peace, under the direction of Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj.

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