There are no auspicious or inauspicious days. It is only our thoughts, words, and deeds that make them so. Each moment is a perfect opportunity; each day is entirely new. Whatever date the calendar may say it is, it is always simply now.
We observe holidays (holy days) to unite and reinforce our intentions in the company of like-minded individuals. On New Year’s Eve, for example, our Sangha gathers to perform a Karma Purification ritual, and to set intentions, or Vows, for the coming year.
All rituals are vehicles for intention. They mean only what we intend them to mean. They are not independent entities, and they have no potency, other than whatever power we give them. There is no magic. The ritual transforms the mind —our mind— and not external reality.
If our intentions are loving and kind, whatever ritual we perform and whatever vows me make will have positive results. If we perform a ritual ‘perfectly’, but our mind is distracted, the ritual has no effect. If we perform it mindfully, even if we commit mistakes in the performance, the ritual is effective.
And so it is with vows. A vow is a vehicle for intention, and its power is derived from constant mindfulness of that intention. All else is superstition.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the over 200,000 friends from 147 countries who have accompanied me on these pages, and to wish you peace and clarity in the never-ending now.