It is traditional to wish people a “Happy New Year” as a social custom and as an act of friendship and goodwill. But what constitutes a truly “Happy New Year”? Does it mean that we wish someone wins the lottery or simply that life is not going to be as tough as it was the previous year?
The following is a prayer offered by the great devotee, Prahlad Maharaja, to the Lord in His form of Lord Nrsimhadeva. It gives a really nice benchmark for what a real blessing is and lists elements that would make for a genuinely happy new year.This prayer is from the Srimad Bhagavatam / 5th Canto. Chapter 18. Text 9
May the entire universe be blessed with peace and hope.
May everyone who is driven by envy and enmity become pacified and reconciled.
May all living beings become calm by practicing bhakti-yoga, for by accepting devotional service they will think of each other’s welfare.May our own hearts and minds be filled with purity and serenity.May all the above blessings flow naturally from this supreme benediction:
May our attention become spontaneously absorbed in the rapture of pure love unto the transcendent Lord Sri Krishna.