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New Year Portents 

"The advent of the New Year is viewed by people with apprehensions as what is in store for the world, disasters and calamities. There is continual change taking place in almost every sphere, but the mind of man alone has undergone no transformation. Pleasure and pain are not the products of time. The year is not responsible for joy and sorrow. People's actions alone are responsible for the good and bad things. The year does not bring any evil with it. Many people imagine that the New Year may bring calamities. The year is part of repetitive phenomenon of day and night. Hence, time does not bring in its wake any good or ill. Only human actions account for these reactions. Good acts produce good results and bad actions have bad consequences. As you sow, so shall you reap. 

Good and bad occur in succession in the usual course. A New Year does not account for anything extraordinary. However, the almanac (Panchaangam) indicates some changes as a result of the movements of the planets and the configuration of the constellations. The Hindu almanac refers to five factors: the day of the week, the phase of the moon (Tithi), the relevant constellation, the auspiciousness or otherwise of the particular day and the Karanam. The predictions in the almanac have no relation as to what may happen to any particular person. The Siddhaantis (who produce the almanacs) give their own interpretation of the astrological configuration. 

Above everything, if one has firm faith in God, one can face the future with confidence. There is no room for doubts as to who is God and where He is to be found. God is the Cosmic Form (Viraata-Swaroopa). The whole universe is the manifestation of God." Sai Baba, SS, 4/96.p. 86 

"The year is not responsible for the unrest in the world. Human actions alone are responsible. Everyone should strive to work well and achieve good results." Sai Baba, SS, 4/96, p.89 

"Man should be dedicated to action. Today he does not adhere to this principle. How can he then expect the fruits? Men must work. They must perform good deeds and realise good results. They must share the fruits of their labour with others. This is the foremost duty of man." Sai Baba, SS, 4/96, p. 89 & 90 

"Embodiments of Love! The New Year portends nothing, to be feared by the common people. However, for those in high offices and for politicians, there are indications of internal conflicts of their own making. Those who discharge their duties in a spirit of dedication have nothing to fear." Sai Baba. SS, 4/96, p. 90