A. For many, it is to lose weight and get back in shape. For some, it is to give up smoking, drinking, and other addictions. For others, it is to not lose their temper and be more patient and loving. Some want to spend more time in silence and connect with the Divine. There are so many resolutions. Some of us may succeed, and some fail. At least, we will give it a try. My New Year’s resolution is simple: Why mess with perfection? I’m not saying I am perfect, but that everything in this world is controlled by the Perfect One. There is nothing wrong with taking care of your health, doing your duties and austerities, trying to overcome your weaknesses. But this is not my real resolution—to live every day, every year, and every lifetime in the same manner. Knowing that, what can I do to change when the one who controls me holds all the strings? Enjoy the champagne, the fireworks, the ball dropping, the music, company, and good food. It has been many years since I spent New Year’s Eve without being in the physical presence of a Spiritual Master. I feel they are all with me—blessing me, guiding me, and, above all, forgiving me for my sick mind. I wish you all a Happy New Year. May God bless you that I can wish you a Happy New Day each day, as all the days will become the same. Then New Year is every day. — Satish Daryanani

Buddha and 3 lit candles