The Year Gone By


While I give finishing touches to this article, The Sun, God of Light, Knowledge and Wisdom prepares to set at horizon, one last time this year. It sets at horizon only to rise again, sending its warmth and love to all on this planet. Tomorrow again, I will begin my day by performing ritual of offering water to The Sun, and at the same time invoking the deities who preside over my village, town and my genetic lineage. The life will continue nothing stopping it and The Sun governing it, taking form of time. Life will continue.

It’s time to offer an ode to the year gone by. It’s time to look at the past year with joy, pride and gratitude. It’s time to evaluate things that happened in this year. It’s time not only to evaluate the year from personal perspective but from the perspective of society at large.

This year too, like any other year offered Hope, Joy, Success, Disappointment, Failure and Grief.

Hope was central theme this year for me, Gandhi made my year. A phrase and two sentences from Gandhi meant a lot and kept me going in moments of disappointment, failure and grief. “Bow to all and despise none”, a simple line uttered by Gandhi many years ago gave me all humility I needed to lead a rightful life and for sure it will help many others. Two sentences which ensured I see light at the end of dark tunnel could not have been more beautiful, “When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall—think of it—always.”

Most of the year we all rode chariot of hope, at times, stumbling upon pits of disappointments. We all witnessed immutable rise of terror groups, splashing images of human misery in our memory lane. Grief and disappointment struck us when 136 kids were butchered in Peshawar. But Nobel peace prize to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai had already made us triumphant against such meek hearted butchers.

Science took Indian satellite to Mars and European satellite landed on a comet, representing myriad spectrum of human abilities. But the year was worst in aviation history, two passenger airplanes disappeared apparently for no reason and another was shot down, reminding us, we have a long way to go.

Ebola kept us on the edge; making us introspect on how ill prepared we are when it comes to negotiating with Mother Nature. But the doctors and paramedics treating Ebola patients taught us that sacrifices by few can relieve many. It also reminded us that for handful heartless people who thrive on killings of fellow humans we have millions of kindhearted saints serving others.

For my country too, the year gone by was an eventful year. Dynasts made way to more promising commoners, The Congress Party was given a break to reinvent itself and a humble tea seller became the Prime Minister of India. India hopes for a cleaner tomorrow, free from corruption, arrogance and dirt. India looks forward to ‘Make in India’. Into the real heaven of freedom shall my country awake.

The year 2014 has been a year of victory of hope over despair, success over failure, joy over grief. Let’s continue with same spirit and welcome 2015 with tireless striving for perfection. Lets step into 2015 with a prayer- Tamso Maa Jyotir Gamaya (O mother let me relinquish darkness of ignorance for brightness of wisdom), Asto Maa Sat Gamaya (O mother let the illusion of being an individual make way to the truth of being one with you), Mrito Maa Amrit Gamaya (O mother liberate me from cycle of birth and death into true emancipation).

Happy New Year 2015!!!

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