'Out of the Box' Resolutions for the New Year

May good things happen to us in the coming New Year. Those who believe in a new resolution, New Year is just the excuse to form new habits and change for the better. Here is a selection of some New Year messages, from some great Indians, that are zara hatke and could add some oomph to our resolutions.

When it comes to celebrating the New Year, Indians - especially Hindus are unique to celebrate it as per different traditional calendars. Very few of us know that countries which haven't adopted the modern calendar are Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Nepal, Iran and Afghanistan. India, Bangladesh, Israel and Myanmar use other calendars alongside the modern Gregorian calendar and countries like Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Thailand, Japan, North Korea and Taiwan use a modified version of the current calendar. Despite the different calendars, it is interesting to note that we tend to make New Year resolutions only with the modern calendar, not our traditional ones.

Regardless of what calendar we use, our New Year resolutions seems like a game we play with ourselves. Many a times this resolve (sankalpa) loses it strength, to which someone rightfully quipped, "A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.” Hope it is wrong, but we know why it is true.

To avoid this rut, here is a selection of New Year messages that could give a twist or a different perspective to the resolutions we do every year. The unique thing about these messages is that they are given by those great people who are the pride of India...I mean those mystics whose life and teachings continue to uplift and inspire millions. Here are those messages of modern day mystics whose messages are sometimes cutting, out of the ordinary, anything but mundane and makes us think outside the square...zara hatke (out of the box) thinking.

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Drop all your resolutions...

Someone asked Osho: "if one were to make only one New Year's resolution, what would you suggest?" Osho said: "This and only this can be the New Year's resolution: I resolve never to make any resolutions because all resolutions are restrictions for the future. All resolutions are imprisonments. You decide today for tomorrow? You have destroyed tomorrow. Allow the tomorrow to have its own being. Let it come in its own way! Let it bring its own gifts.

Resolution means you will allow only this and you will not allow that. Resolution means you would like the sun to rise in the west and not in the east. If it rises in the east, you will not open your windows; you will keep your windows open to the west. What is resolution? Resolution is struggle. Resolution is ego. Resolution is saying, "I cannot live spontaneously." And if you cannot live spontaneously, you don't live at all -- you only pretend. So let only one resolution be there: I will never make any resolutions. Drop all resolutions! Let life be a natural spontaneity. The only golden rule is that there are no golden rules." - Osho Bhagwan Rajneesh

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