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,
Uttisthata Jagrata Prapya Varannibodhata
Arise! Awake! Approach the great and learn.
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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