#HappyNewYear : #AriseAwake #StopNot until Goal is achieved [New Launch Sodhanis.com]

We wish you a very happy and prosperous new year.

Our message for this year is derived from Katha Upanishad. Nachiketa, the child protagonist of Katha Upanishad, was sent to Yama, the Hindu god of death, by his father Vajashrava. In the abode of Yama, he answered Nachiketa’s questions and taught him Self-knowledge and the methods of Yoga. The verse “Arise, awake…” can be found in the 1.3.14 chapter of the book, where Yama is advising Nachiketa—

Sanskrit (Devanagari) Transliteration English translation

उत्तिष्ठत जाग्रत प्राप्य वरान्निबोधत,
क्षुरासन्न धारा निशिता दुरत्यद्दुर्गम पथ: तत् कवयो वदन्ति

Uttisthata Jagrata Prapya Varannibodhata
Kshurasanna Dhara Nishita Dustayadurgama Pathah tat kavayo Vadanti

Arise! Awake! Approach the great and learn.
Like the sharp edge of a razor is that path,
so the wise say−hard to tread and difficult to cross.

Vivekananda quoted this sloka in several lectures and discourses. In a lecture delivered on 12 November 1896 at Lahore, he said:

Therefore, young men of Lahore, raise once more that mighty banner of Advaita, for on no other ground can you have that wonderful love until you see that the same Lord is present everywhere. Unfurl that banner of love! “Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached.” Arise, arise once more, for nothing can be done without renunciation.


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