On the Siddha Yoga path, new beginnings hold great importance. They contain boundless potential for new insights and greater vision. New beginnings are also a time to celebrate our progress on the spiritual path, and they inspire us to further our efforts.
Indian New Year is another opportunity to experience wonder and gratitude for life and all the joy it holds. In Gujarat and some parts of Maharashtra, the new year is celebrated on the day after Deepavali, the Festival of Lights. It is one of the three-and-a-half most auspicious days of the year according to the panchanga, the traditional Indian calendar. In 2019, Indian New Year occurs on Monday, October 28.
This day is also celebrated as Bali Pratipada, which commemorates the victory of Lord Vishnu in his dwarf incarnation, Vamana, over King Bali. In celebration of Indian New Year, this collection contains teachings from the scriptures and poet-saints of India about the significance of new beginnings on the spiritual path, as well as anecdotes and stories about this holiday.