It’s just another normal day. But then…. imagine… the doorbell rings. You go to open the door, curious as to who would show up at this late time of the year. To your great surprise, a very special person is standing before you: Mr. New Meditative Year. He smiles at you in greeting and silently hands you a special note. This is what the note says:

Dear Friend,

My big day is approaching.  Have you made your New Year resolution
concerning your daily meditations yet?

“I haven’t,” you answer. From his smile you understand that it is time to do so. He hands you a second note. This one says:

It is important to set yourself a feasible goal.  Then stick to it. Please fill in the blank:
My resolution for 2019 concerning meditation is…


As you fill in the blank (even only mentally) Mr. New Meditative Year nods in appreciation and gives you a third note. This time it is an inspirational message for you:

Faithfully practice your meditation techniques, for your spiritual progress depends upon the receptivity of your mind, brain cells, and spinal column, and the grace of God and our Gurus. The infinite source of all knowledge lies within.

When the mind is receptive,
you can more readily conquer your problems. Calmness, concentration, condensation of experience and regular practice of meditation will enable you to master your own destiny.
My deep prayer for this new year is that your steadfast efforts will find fruition in ever-increasing happiness.

God’s Blessings, Paramhansa Yogananda

Gratefully you accept this precious note. But at that moment a sad thought passes through your mind: “Unfortunately my meditations are often hopelessly restless.”

Mr. New Meditative Year suddenly starts talking to you, in response to your thought, “I’m aware of your efforts in meditation and know about your struggles with an ever-restless mind. I’ve also seen how regularly, or irregularly, you’ve been meditating during this past year. I know it’s not easy. That’s why I have come.”

At this point, he hands you a fourth note. Curious, you open it. This is what it says:

The Secret of Meditation is…
affirming that you already are those high truths
towards which you aspire: inner peace, divine love, and perfect joy.
-Swami Kriyananda

Mr. New Meditative Year continues:

        “Today I’ve come to make a suggestion: as you enter this New Year, try to effect a shift of consciousness in your meditations. The instant you sit down, affirm strongly that you already are peace. ‘Assume a virtue if you have it not,’ as Shakespeare wrote. Every time you observe your breath, imagine it saying constantly, “I am peace.” Permeate yourself with this thought. Identify firmly with being peace. Thought creates reality

       Similarly, if you practice the Hong-Sau technique, imagine during the inhalation that Hong means ‘I am’ and Sau means ‘Peace.’ Remember what the Autobiography of a Yogi teaches us: even sickness can be overcome by refusing to recognize its presence: ‘Imagination is the door through which disease as well as healing enters. Disbelieve in the reality of sickness even when you are ill; an unrecognized visitor will flee!’ Likewise, when you sit down in meditation, don’t recognize your restlessness and never identify with it. Instead concentrate on what you truly are, on a deeper level. Repeat again and again: ‘I am peace, I am peace.’ In this way you are affirming your soul. Meditation comes easy to the soul.”

Finally, Mr. New Meditative Year offers you an additional wise counsel, “In your daily life, too, affirm constantly: ‘I am the Prince of Peace sitting on the throne of poise directing the kingdom of activity.”‘

Inside, you begin to smile.  Actually, it’s a big smile because you know that Mr. New Meditative Year hasn’t come to you by chance. His visit is a special gift to you from the loving universe.

Alas, it is already time for him to leave. As a good-bye, he hands you one last note, asking you to read it slowly and carefully. This is what it says:

If you can have groups for meditating together, it will be a help.  Because when you meditate together it increases your strength.  When an old man was about to die, he called his six children to his bedside.
He had them bring six wooden sticks to him,
and then he pulled one out and broke it easily.
Then he gave the rest of them together to his strongest son, and said: 

‘Try to break them,’ and he couldn’t.  Being together gave them a strength that couldn’t be broken. This is also a spiritual law. When people unite themselves
with others who seek the same things, the same truths, it gives them a strength, an exchange of magnetism, 
that helps them greatly in their spiritual lives.

So form groups where you can meditate together, even if the groups are small. Come here when you can. And go to places where God is loved—
pilgrimage places, churches, whatever. If God is loved, it doesn’t matter.
No, it doesn’t matter! But love God.

It’s a lovely thing in India when a Hindu, for example, passes a Christian church,
he bows for a moment and then goes on.
Because he knows that God is in all churches, all mosques, all temples.
Live with this love for God which is not particular or sectarian,
but a universal love— knowing that God is found at the
heart of every flower, in every stone,
and above all in your heart.  
Seek Him there.”
-Swami Kriyananda

P.S. As his New Year gift to you Swami Kriyananda composed a special melody, to reawaken your ancient soul-desire for God. It is called The New Year Reviving Old Desires.

With this lovely melody in our hearts and with fond memories of Mr. New Meditative Year’s visit, may we all enjoy a happy start to our new year of meditation.



  1. This was really beautiful!
    I can’t tell how it felt while reading. It was as if I’m being directed towards a path I’ve been searching for. Thank you so much!!

  2. Dear Jayadev,

    Thank you for this creative approach to reminding us to meditate. I think it will help many people. You have always seemed so wise, to me. I’m not sure we have ever met, but I have always been interested in your thoughts.

    Master bless you for your service.

    Aum, Kalyani

  3. Thank you for sharing your wisdom. A beautiful way to “launch” the New Year…renewed!

  4. Jayadev,
    For some reason, this particular message rang true.
    It helps to know I am not alone in this struggle to find peace and truth.
    The idea of strength in numbers is so true.
    I will set my intention to form a community of fellow mediators.
    Loved the music!
    Thank you.

  5. Thank you for the beautiful message.
    After taking SRF lessons, I feel spiritually elevated nad will continue the quest into the New Year!!

  6. Thank you for your encouraging words.
    With Gratitude

  7. This unraveling of one comment after another is akin to Santa Claus presenting gifts, we unravel one after the other. Thank you for this suspenseful gift within gifts.

  8. This is so beautiful. Thank you so much. May you enjoy a spiritually enriched New Year!

  9. What a beautiful knock on the door of our heart ! Thank you !

  10. You took me into the inner garden of meditation this year, and it was a wonderful trip. Now I received the gifts of the new year from Mr. meditative new year and I thank you so much???

  11. Thank you so much from the depths of my heart. I don’t know how but I feel so much guidance from your community has helped me. Eternally grateful. I wish I could repay somehow ??
    May the angels of God sing over this organization & protect them always ?

  12. Thank you ? the message was most timely, I cannot express how much this means to me , once again , thank you x

  13. That was so lovely and so welcome. Thank you. I feel I have a friend.

  14. Hi, I love this music. It seems like a piece called “ I Omar” that I’ve heard so many times by Swami Kriyananda. Did my email download the wrong piece?
    In any case, I would love to get the sheet music to this beautiful piece for cello, guitar and flute. Do you have it for sale? Thanks very much!

  15. It is very inspiring I think all should follow it thanks a lot

  16. Thank you for reminding me my purpose in this world…..

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