Inner Space by Razia Siddiqui, Okhla, Delhi, India

Inner Space

by Razia Siddiqui, Okhla, Delhi, India

Discourses on religion and Philosophy

A New Beginning

The month of January is named after Janus, the Roman god of beginnings. He was symbolized as a man with two faces, one looking back and the other looking ahead. On the first day of the New Year there could be many who have trouble looking ahead with hope because of what had happened in the past; their outlook for the future is dimmed. But nothing is gained by continually grieving over the past; “life must go on and one must move ahead with hope pressing towards set goals,” “forgetting those things which are behind.”

This is the season when men make new resolutions or determine not to repeat past mistakes and break them as fast.

One advice that seems valid for everyone relates to the use of time. Everyman has a bank account named “time” writes an author of devotional books. “ Every morning it credits you with 24*60*60= 86,400 seconds.” Every nights it rules off-as lost-whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries no balances. It allows no balances. It carries no overdrafts. Each day the bank named “time” opens a new account with you. Each night it burns the record of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits the loss is yours. There is no drawing against tomorrow. You must live in the present-on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health and happiness.

Directly or indirectly, all of us aim at happiness. What are some of the things we can do in the times ahead to make others and ourselves happiness? Here is this advice from a man of faith: mend a quarrel. Search out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it by trust. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Keep a promise. For go a grudge. For give an enemy. Listen Apologise if you were wrong. Examine your demand on others. Think first of someone else. Appreciate, be kind and be gentle. Laugh a little more. Take up arms against malice. Decry complacency. Express gratitude. Worship your God. Gladden the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth.

“Count your blessing. And thank God for all this and thank again, thank still again, and thank still once again for all these.” May be we can take time to share a thought for those “for whom the morning light brings less joy than it brings to us; those in whom the pulse of life grows weak; those who must lie abed through all the sunny hours; the blind who are shut off from the light of a day; the overworked, the unemployed, the bereaved…” And if we can throw some ray of light across the darkened pathways of some of them of if we can wipe away their tears, we shall not have lived in vain.

Every day is a new birth in time, holding out new beginnings, new possibilities, and new achievements. The ages have witnessed the stars in their orbits, but this day hath no age witnessed. It is anew appearance, a new reality. It heralds a new life, a new order, anew society, a new age. It holds out new hopes, new opportunities to all men. In it you can become a new man, a new woman. For you it can be a day of regeneration, renewal, and rebirth. From the old past with its mistakes and failures and sorrows, you can rise a new being endued with power and purpose and radiant with the inspiration of new ideal.” (Anonymous)

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