We get a chance on our birthday, or New Year, to evaluate the year that has just passed. The person that we were a year ago, where did that person go? The way that person saw things, reacted to situations or comprehended the teachings, where is that person? Fortunate are those who realize that, with each year that goes by, you must laugh at the ignorance with which you saw the world. Laugh at the way things affected you: How you were consumed by a situation; how you disliked something then but now cherish it. Then the Lord will bless you with the ultimate gift. The gift of gifts is having no desire for any gift at all. Then a new birth takes place. That becomes your true birthday.  − Satish Daryanani

Lit birthday candles