Once again a very happy and blessed New Year to you and your family. January is not only a month to celebrate a New Year but also Lohri, Makarsankranti, Pongal and Republic Day. So wishes to you for these occasions too. Since it’s the beginning of a new year, I would like to share with you the importance of January 01.
For us it is not only an opportunity given by God for a new beginning in every walk of life but January 01 holds a very important significance. Before I tell you the actual reason, let me give you a background to it. Sri Ramakrishna the incarnate of Sri Ram, Sri Krishna and Jesus, was suffering from cancer in his last days in that body. To give him a better environment his devotees brought him to Cossipore Garden House in Calcutta so that he could have an open environment and fresh air which would help his body recover. This was also the place where Thakur Sri Ramakrishna went into Mahasamadhi in August 1886. Here also once when Swami Vivekananda was massaging Thakur’s feet, a thought struck Swamiji that at this moment if Thakur says that He is God incarnate, he would believe Him to be an Avatara and as soon as the thought came to Swamiji’s mind Thakur said ‘Je Ram Je Krishna, idanim Ramakrishna (One who was Ram and Krishna, He is now Ramakrishna) Swamiji was a transformed person after that and would even eat the vomit of Thakur, repenting why he didn’t believe Thakur all this while as being an Avatara.
Here also one very interesting incident happened on January 1, 1886. Thakur was so unwell that even for changing side on bed, he needed two people to help Him. His room was on the first floor of the house and on the ground floor room all the young boys who were later initiated into becoming monks of the Ramakrishna order were sitting, doing their own things. Thakur came down all by Himself towards a mango tree near the gate where only the householder devotees sat discussing about Thakur. As soon as Girish Chandra Ghosh, a householder devotee (who was the first among devotees to recognise Thakur as an Avatara) saw Him, he fell on Thakur’s feet crying that you have come for me Lord to free me of the bondage of birth and death, the tears from his eyes sent Thakur in Samadhi and that is when He showed His real Self (virat roop) to the devotees) and blessed all the devotees saying- Chaitnya hok! Meaning may you be illumined. That put all the house holder devotees in ecstasy and some of them started crying and others started to laugh and saw their chosen deity (Ishta).
All this while the would-be monks who were on the ground floor were oblivious of this happening. After that day January 1 has been celebrated as the Kalpataru Day. And anyone who goes to Thakur with a pure heart receives from Him whatsoever he so desires.