Shed the shackles of western influences and
celebrate New Year on Chaitra Shukla Pratipada (Gudi Padwa)
Celebrations on the eve of the Western New Year, that is 1st January, is accepted by Hindus as a day of celebration for them as well. They make big plans for this day, with regards to shopping, eating at a restaurant, taking a vacation, etc. And mind you this is not only in big cities, it is also happening in villages, which do not even have the basic amenities of regular electricity and water supply ! By aping the West you are not only destroying your own tradition but are also impressing materialistic values upon the future generation. Hindus are completely in the dark about this fact. This article is therefore meant to highlight these facts.
Samvatsararambh: Chaitra Shukla Pratipada
The wheel of Time that begins on Samvatsar-arambh day is related to the origin of the Universe and is beneficial for mankind. The period commencing on 1st January is related to the Dissolution of the Universe and is detrimental. Hence, celebrate the Samvatsar-arambh day !
Difference between 31 st Dec and
Chaitra Shukla Pratipada for celebrating New Year
31 st December
Chaitra Shukla Pratipada
Day changes at midnight
Day changes with sunrise
No change in environment
Positive changes in environment
No Spiritual and Scientific
Spiritual and Scientific
Hindus, learn from Muslims how to be proud of Dharma !
Muslims never celebrate Dipawali or Christmas. They do not celebrate New Year Day on the 1st January or Gudhipadva. However, Hindus, who lack pride towards Dharma celebrate New Year Day of Christians !
– H. H. Dr. Athavale, Source of Inspiration, Hindu Janajagruti Samiti
Do those, exchanging New Year greetings on 1st January, wish each other on ‘Gudhi Padva’ ?
We have been coming across ‘flex’ boards displayed at every nook and corner and crowded places which are sponsored by the rulers and other eminent personalities extending New Year greetings on 1st January. Also nowadays, we see such boards with best wishes even on the occasion of ‘Hizri’, New Year of Muslims. Do those, who exchange greetings on the occasion of New Year of Muslims and Christians wish Hindus on ‘Gudhi Padva’ ?
– H. H. Dr. Athavale, Source of Inspiration, Hindu Janajagruti Samiti
‘Conversion’ for a day !
When a person converts to a new religion he begins to follow the customs and celebrates festivals of that religion. In the same way, in neglecting our own customs if we Hindus start celebrating Christmas or New Year as per the Christian calendar, then even if it be for a day we too are like converts to Christianity ! Hindus are completely oblivious to the fact that they will have to face the demerits of neglecting their own rituals and of being anti-Hindu, for following the materialistic ‘Western days of celebration’. Today, to create respect for their religion and Dharma amongst Hindus, religious education is an absolute necessity.
Hindus endow more importance to 31st December!
Nowadays, from the young to the old, all wish each other a ‘Happy New Year’ or send greeting cards, on the night of 31st December; but Chaitra Shukla Pratipada is the New Year as per our Hindu culture. They consider this as a prestige point. In fact you will find only a handful of Hindus greeting each other on the occasion of Chaitra Shukla Pratipada.
Parents of the materialistic new generation are in hibernation !
As per the Hindu religion every auspicious event begins with ritualistic worship at the auspicious time (Brahma muhurta), which is on awakening at dawn, after a bath, wearing clean attire and ornaments. As a result, the sattva component in the atmosphere creates good impressions on the doer.
On the eve of the Western New Year people drink and make merry, in other words spend the night enjoying the pleasures of life. Thus automatically impressions of materialism are created on their subconscious minds. Besides, since at night the atmosphere is tama predominant the tama component in them grows. People are unaware of this because of the lack of religious education; the young generation falls prey to this materialism, fun and frolic. Their parents too are completely oblivious about what is happening to their children.
Destroy the invasion of foreign culture in the form of the demon Ravan
Today the Hindu religion is being attacked on all fronts, influence by Western culture being the most invasive. It is the duty of each and every Hindu to combat this attack. Just as on the day of Gudhi Padva Lord Rama killed the demon Ravan and returned to Ayodhya to hoist the flag of victory, so also Hindus must now combat Ravan who has assumed the form of Western cultural invasion and raise the Gudhi this year !
Hindus! Live as a true Hindu at least for a day!
On this day one can take note of the ‘do’s’ and don’ts’ given below –
1. Do not wish a fellow Hindu ‘Happy New Year’ either on 31st December or 1st January.
2. If a fellow Hindu greets you that way, take time to explain to him how this is wrong and impress upon him that Chaitra Shukla Pratipada is actually our new year.
3. Instead of sending New Year greetings to relatives and friends for 1st January, do it on Chaitra Shukla Pratipada.
4. Ensure that you pass on this valuable information to your near and dear ones, thus preventing them from sinning by celebrating New Year on a day other than our real New Year.
5. Remember that ushering in the New Year on Chaitra Shukla Pratipada will help you develop pride in your religion, nation and language.
A flyer creating awareness about the disadvantages of New Year celebrations on 1 st Jan. One HJS visitor sent this to us.
“When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflected about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous.” – Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein’s quote is very significant for everyone, especially, Hindus. He was neither born a Hindu nor did he practice Hinduism; still he could understand the essence of Hindu Dharma. Like him, there are many other famous people who have realized that Hindu Dharma offers much more than any other religion.
In any Scripture of Hinduism, neither December 31 nor January 1 has been mentioned as the day when this universe was created. In ancient times (a few thousand years ago), December 31 or January 1 did not exist. No one celebrated these days as the New Year. In recent years, due to the influence of Christianity, December 31 and January 1 came into existence, followed by its celebration as the New Year.
In contrast, Sages from Hindu Dharma have studied the creation of universe deeply and with their Divine abilities, they have precisely identified the day when the universe was created. They have also calculated the total time span that has passed by, and when the complete dissolution of universe will occur.
Therefore, as a follower of Hindu Dharma, celebrating December 31 and January 1 as New Year’s Eve and New Year Day respectively is like celebrating a birthday on any random day than on the correct birth day.
Hindu Janajagruti Samiti urges all Hindus not to celebrate New Year’s Eve on December 31 and New Year Day on January 1; because it is not only incorrect but it has a spiritually harmful impact on people and the environment.
Be proud of your Hindu Dharma; celebrate New Year on Chaitra Shukla Pratipada, when this universe was actually created.