From the bustling metropolis of Bogotá, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj headed to the lush, green valley of Santiago de Cali, Colombia, southwest of the capital city. Visitors typically flock to Cali at this time of year for its Feria De Cali, the main cultural event of the city that rings in the new year in style. This year, however, visitors flocked for another reason! They came from all regions of the world to ring in the new year in the physical presence of Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj.

In the late evening, the spiritual Master joined the gathering for a New Year’s celebration at the Centro De Convenciones Verde Arena, a beautiful open venue. The first twenty years of the 21st century come to a close tonight, he said. At this time of year, we generally take stock of the year gone by and plan for the year ahead, and how we can improve in various aspects of our lives.

As we resolve to improve physically, mentally, emotionally, and intellectually, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji said that we should not forget the most important arena–the spiritual arena. If our spirit is healed, we will be well in all other arenas, so we should focus on those activities that will heal our spirit. With this, the spiritual Master shared the slogan for the new year: “Meditate Plenty in 2020!”

Meditation, he said, takes our attention away from the world outside and focuses it within ourselves. It heals the spirit. The spiritual Master wished all “Feliz Año Nuevo!” and prayed that we all “meditate plenty” and put in as much time as possible into our spiritual practices in the new year, which will bring progress in leaps and bounds. “May the grace of God be with each of you in abundance in the new year to come,” he concluded. The spiritual Master joined the countdown to the stroke of midnight, leading the audience into 2020.