The real way to celebrate the happy New Year is not to run after happiness outside of you. Try to find that hiding happiness within you. How can you find happiness if you don’t have peace? Can you buy peace somewhere? Can you find it in the alcohol bottle—spirt-ual peace? Or can you find the peace in a little piece of something you can buy? No. You cannot buy it. You don’t have to. You have it with you always. If you don’t have peace and happiness in you, you won’t find it anywhere outside. If you make your life a dedicated one, you will have unending peace. To quote the Bhagavad Gita: Tyagat shantir anantaram. Only with tyaga—only by leading a dedicated life—do you have unending peace. Essentially we are all happy, we are all joyful, we are all peaceful. Nobody and nothing can make you happy. Whether new year or old year or good year or bad year, don’t blame the years for that. It is up to you to enjoy your own happiness. So may this new year make you realize your own happiness and to celebrate not only the new year, but every new minute.

“You Can Achieve Everything” — Watch this New Year’s talk by Swami Satchidananda from 2000.