Tuesday, January 1, 2013


www.huffingtonpost.com - In New York, as the world rang in 2013 with spectacular fireworks displays and showers of confetti, the specter of economic uncertainty and searing violence dimmed some festivities and weighed on the minds of revelers hoping for a better year. Revelers with New Year's hats and sunglasses boasting “2013” packed the streets in the 35-degree cold to watch the crystal ball drop in Times Square. Security in Times Square was tight, with a mass of uniformed police and plainclothes officers assigned to blend into the crowd. 
The celebrations on the West Coast took place nearly 24 hours after lavish fireworks displays lit up skylines in Sydney, Hong Kong and Shanghai. In Myanmar, about 90,000 people gathered in a field to watch a countdown for the first time, according to organizers. The reformist government that took office in 2011 in the country, long under military rule, threw its first public New Year's celebration in decades. 

In Russia, spectators filled Moscow's Red Square as fireworks exploded near the Kremlin. In Rio de Janeiro, revelers dressed head-to-toe in white as dictated by Brazilian tradition flooded onto Copacabana beach for a concert. In Rome, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated with a vespers service in St. Peter's Basilica to give thanks for 2012 and look ahead to 2013. In the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai, multicolored fireworks danced up and down the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.  
In London, the chimes of the clock inside the Big Ben tower counted down the final seconds of 2012 and fireworks dazzled the sky above Parliament Square. Streamers shot out of the London Eye wheel and blazing rockets launched from the banks of the River Thames. Festivities were canceled across New Delhi, the Indian capital, amid days of mourning and reflection about women's safety after a rape victim died on Saturday.

World cities from Sydney and Hong Kong to Dubai and London rang in the New Year with spectacular fireworks. The huge celebrations marked the start of the New Year on Tuesday Jan. 1, 2013.  Spectators watch a fireworks display at the Singapore financial district, the New York's Times Square, the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia, along Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, near Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers, while Japanese people released balloons to celebrate the New Year's during an annual countdown ceremony produced by the Prince Park Tower Tokyo. As the world enters a New Year, we also wish all of you that this "New Year" brings us new strenght to change our old behaviours that take us away from the realm of spirituality.

The Vedic wisdom explains that each one of us is a sentient, eternal and blissful spiritual personality having inherently the nature of befriending and loving God and all living beings. The Vedic scriptures also wish us a genuinely felt “Happy New Year.” ... The Vedas agree with the common understanding that to become happy something “new” has to be done. But the understanding of new as given in the Vedic wisdom is significantly different from the general understanding. ... Love of God is our original and real nature, but due to prolonged and excessive contact with matter, it has become completely obscured and is now misdirected towards various material objects. All genuine spiritual practices are meant to revive this love of God, which is presently dormant in our hearts. And God being infinite is eternally new (nitya navanavayamana) and so loving Him is an eternally new and happy experience. Thus revival of our love of God is the ultimate fruition of the wish “Happy New Year!”

Śrīpad Chaitanya Charan das :
“The Spiritual Scientist” - Vol 1 Issue 1
“Happy New Year and the Old Cycle”

Published by dasavatara das - "Vedic Views on World News"

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