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YUGADI/ UGADI 

Meaning Of Yugadi 

"Yugadi means the commencement of a new era. It denotes the beginning of Kali Yuga, not Krita Yuga or Treta Yuga. This is the beginning of Nutana (new) Samvatsara (Year)" Sai Baba. SS. 4/99, p. 87 

"Today (24 March 1993) is celebrated as Yugadi, because it is the first day in the month of the New Year, marking the beginning of the spring season (Vasanta Ritu)." Sai Baba, SS, 4/93, p. 87 

"Today is Yugadi day. It is commonly believed that this day marks the beginning of a New Year. No. It is the beginning of an aeon (Yuga). The Lord is the beginning and the end of every aeon. Hence, He is called 'Yugadhikrit (the creator of the Yuga=aeon). God is not only the creator of each aeon, but He is also described as the sustainer of the Yuga."Sai Baba, "Uniqueness of Swami and His Teachings" by Dr. A. Adivi. Reddy, p. 256 

Significance Of Yugadi 

'Today is the beginning of the New Year (Yugadi). What is the first season (Ritu) of this year? It is the season of Spring (Vasanta Ritu). What is the most important month in year? It is Chaitra-Maasa (the first month of the New Year). The bright fortnight (Shukia Paksha) is the better part of the month. Among the days, the first day of the Lunar Year is important. As all these important elements are present today, it has special significance as marking the commencement of New Year described as Yugadi." Sai Baba, SS, 5/92, p. 91 

Purpose 

"Yugadi or New Year Day is a festival that teaches lessons in selfless service. It is not intended for feasting. It is a sacred day when wholesome wisdom should dawn and enlightenment should blossom in the hearts of people." Sai Baba, SS. 5/94, p. 122

"The New Year Day proclaims the truth that God is the Master of Time. Unfortunately, man fails to understand the power of God. He wastes three-quarters of his time in unworthy earthly pursuits. Spiritual pursuit is the right way of making use of time. It calls for mutating good feelings and doing good deeds without selfish motive." Sai Baba, SS, 5/94, pp. 122 & 123