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New Year Resolutions You Can Take from Religious Texts

Can’t think of a resolution?

New Year day is one of the largest global celebrations because it marks the end of previous year and start of new year in the Gregorian calendar at this occasion many people start thinking about New Year’s resolutions.

This is the time when people need to look at what they had done previous year and think about what they would like to change or do differently in new year. New Year’s Resolutions are often fraught with deprivation.

But why can’t we have New Year’s resolutions about caring and giving to others?

Why do we spend millions and billions on celebrations of New Year when there are inexhaustible number of people living below poverty line and passing life of misery due to hunger, war and genocide around the world.

The most common resolution nowadays is “living life to the fullest” but what will happen to those poor folks who are unable to live their life to the fullest and difficulties and hardships have taken control of their lives.

Instead of living our lives to the fullest we can help others to live their lives better, which is going to be imperative going forward.

Because we are not alone in this world, their are others who need our help and by helping them we can get happiness and be able to also live our life to the fullest.

Although finding New Year’s resolutions isn’t always easy but in the limelight of different religious citations , we can adopt resolution of our own choice and beliefs which clearly speaks for love, kindness, progress and humanity.

As it would be seen in following verses from different religious texts.

1. Work for benefit of humanity

“One should performed deeds/actions for the benefit of humanity
with an unbiased approach because bias gives birth to evil,
which creates thousands of obstacles in our path. ”

From Rig Veda

( The Rigveda is an ancient Indian collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns and one of the four canonical sacred texts of Hinduism)

2. Be kind to everyone

“The highest form of wisdom is kindness.”


( The Talmud is one of the central works of the Jewish people. Talmud explain in great detail how the commandments of the Torah are to be carried out to Jews.)

3. Love for all

“Do everything in love.”

From 1 Corinthians 16:14.

( The First Epistle to the Corinthian also called simply as First Corinthians and often written 1 Corinthians, is one of the Pauline epistles of the New Testament of the Christian Bible.)

4. Toil for progress and development of world

“Who attempt for the progress and development of the world; fulfill God’s desire and try for the progress of God’s Will through truth and righteousness.”

From Verse 14, Ahunuvaiti Gatha, Yasna 34.

(Ahunuvaiti Gatha is the first part of the Zoroastrian scripture of five Gathas which are the ones only attributed to Zarathushtra directly in Zoroastrianism religion , that is one of the world’s oldest extant religions)

5. Recognize sanctity of human life

“Whoever kills a person [unjustly]…it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind.”

From Qur’an, 5:32.

( The Quran is the central religious text of Islam, the fastest growing religion of world and most revered Holy book in Muslims beliefs)

So, we can see the paramountcy and eminence given to virtues related to humanity in religious text which are ideal resolutions for New year.

And all humans should thrive to achieve these without any discrimination or preference on basis of religious background as the Holy texts pertaining to different religions did not confined these virtues to or for their followers only, they are universal and apropos for all humankind of world belonging to any race, caste, nationality, creed or religious background.

Humans should jointly endeavor to eradicate hatred and spread love and kindness to all barring no one, work for not only materialistic but spiritual amelioration of all humanity not limiting it to particular group as all the humans are one big family and give due place and fidelity to human life and their belongings which should be not violated at any cause and each and every persons right to live a good and peaceful life should be acknowledged and we should try to implement these goals universally.

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