Message from Paramahamsa Prajnanananda — Thanksgiving 2017
Loving and Divine Soul,
Let the choicest blessings of God and the masters be upon all of you. I take this opportunity to pray for you and send my best wishes on the occasion of Thanksgiving Day, which we are celebrating on November 23 this year. Life is a flower that blossoms over the course of time. It is colored with beauty when we cultivate thanksgiving in our daily lives.
This thanksgiving should not be limited to mere words or even an attitude; it should be reflected in our actions. This is the foundation of spiritual life. It adds dynamism to daily life.
Let us reflect a bit more seriously. We are humans. We have been dependent upon parents, family, society, a country, and even the entire human civilization of the past and the present. We must also depend on the five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and space. We must live in a healthy environment with countless living beings such as bees, butterflies, cows, horses, and dogs. Have we ever thought about their roles in our lives or how they help us grow and improve our lives? Do we consider expressing our love or some reciprocal dynamic action that will help maintain their health and provide support so they can provide for us?
When I think about my physical existence on this earth, I am deeply humbled with gratitude to my parents, and especially my mother, who sacrificed so much to raise me. This gift cannot be reciprocated in any manner. What can be said about offering thanks or gratitude? If we spend a little time with those who supported us and serve them with our own hands, saturated with love, this is true thanksgiving. We can offer ourselves to everything in the world, even the apparently most insignificant aspects, such as an earth worm or an ant, a sunrise or a full moon night. We should be always grateful and thankful for the farmer who grew our food with sweat and toil. If we cannot cultivate love and thankfulness, and ultimately thank God, how can we realize that we are human beings in God and God in human beings? We must be practical and dynamic in our thinking and acting. Our expression of love and gratitude should not be limited to empty words; it should be rooted in the true spirit of sacrifice.
We are humans, and we are children of God. We have God-like potential for love and creativity. The Holy Bible (1 Thessalonians 5:16—18) says, "Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances..." If we follow these dictums and live in love and joy, our lives will be joyful and useful. Life is so short and so transitory, we should not waste it on trivial pursuits. We should make our lives beautiful with love and gratitude.
Let us reflect upon a verse of William Wordsworth:
Thanks to the human heart by which we live,
Thanks to its tenderness, its joys, and fears,
To me the meanest flower that blows can give
Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears
I am truly thankful and grateful to all of you for the love and kindness you have showered on the journey of my life. I send my love and prayers to all of you.