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Happy New Year? We Make It So...

by Niscala Devi Dasi

Posted January 9, 2012

Happy 2012 to everyone! May it be free from all child abuse and neglect, as well as all tolerance of child abuse and neglect! May it be the start of everyone getting involved in protecting children from harm, abuse and poverty, animals from mistreatment and slaughter, and the vaisnava religion from ambition and duplicity.

May the vaisnava religion, with its unique vision of God in the heart of all, be actually taken up by those who purport to be vaisnavas, so that others can see its real value. May the vision of varnashrama, as given by Srila Prabhupada and described in the sastra, become manifest, with leaders prepared to sacrifice everything for the welfare of their dependents, and willing to hear their complaints openly, without condemnation or punishment, so as to improve their service.

May openness, truth and compassion, replace protection of position, secrecy and the silencing of dissenters. May the Bangalore temple be allowed to continue to feed millions of Indian school children with the Lord’s mercy. May the sectarian lawsuit against this laudable project be seen for what it is, a greedy land-grab, and dropped.

May all those victims of our own abuse, follow the example of heroes like Nandini Stocker and others, who refuse to let the evil they once suffered, be experienced by others.

Otherwise, it is not a New Year at all- it’s just the same old one, repeated.

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