From Jan 1st onwards we start wishing people “Happy New Year” - sometimes with feelings and sometimes without feelings. But one thing is for sure that advertently or inadvertently we wish others to be happy.
Wishing to be happy is commendable but simply wishing and not endeavoring to achieve it will not bring any result. For example, if a student wants to be a class topper then he needs to work for it then only his dream would be accomplished. Simply wishful thinking will not bring success to him. Similarly if we want to be happy then we will have to work hard for it. But our endeavor should always be in the right direction. Being happy is our natural instinct. As a soul we are ananda-mayo bhyasat – pleasure seeking.
So to be happy we will have to diligently work for it by following the injunctions of the revealed scriptures. At the most important moment of his life Arjuna completely lost his composure and was in acute misery. Completely baffled he decided to seek guidance of his dear friend Krishna. Krishna’s wisdom words helped him to triumph his emotional turbulence thus transforming his life. He got spiritually enlivened and completely re-charged for the inner and the outer battle. In the war he successfully conquered the Kaurava’s mighty warriors and throughout his life he lived happily by living as per the instructions of Krishna.
This is why at the end of Bhagavad – Gita Arjuna says karisye vacanam tava – I will do whatever you say (B.G. 18.73). Krishna’s teachings transformed Arjuna completely. So if we are seriously thinking to make this New Year happy then we need to seek Krishna’s advice. And then we can be 100% sure that this New Year will be “Happy” for us.