It is the morning of the first day of the new year here in Moscow. Snow flutters gently by the window of my room in the new temple in Kiselny, just a few blocks from Red Square, as the plangent bells of the gold-domed Saint Basil's Cathedral and the surrounding cathedrals of the Kremlin ring in the new year.
Is it really 2004 already? Where did 2003 go? How quickly the time passes! I feel disappointed when I recall the first two verses of Longfellow's Loss And Gain:
But new hope and determination arises with the third and final verse:
All is not lost! Another stanza from another Longfellow poem, A Psalm of Life, urges me to live in the now:
And the futility of lamentation or speculation is sententiously reinforced and reiterated by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur's Sharagrahi Vaishnava:
The future is now! My new year's resolution, my new year's prayer is this: I shall try to live every day in the present; I shall try my best, at all times, to serve Sri Guru and Vaishnava.
I know that I can achieve everything if I can just try to gain the favor of Sri Guru and Vaishnava. Let me therefore try to dedicate every day of the new year to their service.