Most resolutions take the form of “do’s”—things I resolve to do—and “don’ts”—things I resolve to not do. And Vedic wisdom tells us that all do’s and don’ts should support one main do—always remember Krishna (God)—and one main don’t—never forget Him.
Now, practically, what can we do to always remember Krishna and never forget Him? The processes most favorable for remembering Him are chanting and hearing: chanting and hearing His holy names—the Hare Krishna maha-mantra—and chanting and hearing His transcendental topics—krsna-katha, such as the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam. And in broad terms, the processes most obstructive to remembering Him are mental speculation and sense gratification, especially vicious activities against Vedic principles, or God’s laws—which include eating meat, taking intoxicants, engaging in illicit sex, and gambling.
So, for our New Year’s resolutions, we can resolve to increase our chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra, especially on beads, and our reading of Srila Prabhupada’s books. And we can resolve to decrease, or stop, activities detrimental to Krishna consciousness. And the Lord will help us in our efforts, for God helps those who help themselves.
We wish you a happy New Year—in Krishna consciousness—by the grace of Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga.
Yours in service,