Message from Paramahamsa Prajnanananda — Thanksgiving 2018
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 as we celebrate Thanksgiving, as we spend time with our near and dear ones, and as we express our love and gratitude.
This social celebration started in the West, but is now quite well accepted in many places. Giving thanks should not be for just one day; it should be celebrated every day, every minute, every breath, and every moment. We survive by the grace of God and nature, and with the help of countless living beings, including plants and animals. Our lives are enriched by family, friends, and society. When we flourish with the help and support of countless people, we often forget them, and sometimes ignore them.
What should we do? During the ordinary business of daily life, we should offer our thanks to others. Many times we chant the mantra "thank you," but that is not enough. Offering gratitude is an inner attitude. It causes us to express our appreciation to others and offer our love to them for their presence in our lives.
Selfish people with a little power or a little success do not hesitate to ignore the source of their achievements. We pridefully promote ourselves as spiritual people, and we boast about ourselves. Is this human life? This behavior completely violates spiritual principles.
Let us be humble. Let us be loving. Let us be caring. Let us spend time with our old parents or family members. Let us not avoid them thinking that we are busy; let us not show them our superiority because we have a thousand important things to do. Let us be always ready to serve others without anyone asking. Let us always be calmly active and actively calm. Let us pray for others and especially for the entire creation. Let us be grateful to Mother Earth and nature. Let us always actively preserve nature and protect others.
Let us celebrate Thanksgiving by transforming ourselves by practicing humility, simplicity, and service to all.
On the occasion of this Thanksgiving celebration, I offer my love and gratitude to all of you for your kindness and support, inspiration, and motivation. What I am today is because of God, Gurudev, my family members, my teachers, and countless people like each of you.
I bow to all of you with love and gratitude.