The Lord in the heart reveals a confidential secret to the soul.

Dear Friend,

I've been with you for a very long time. Day and night I've witnessed your actions and thoughts. I know you, but do you remember Me?

I see that another year has passed, and you duly honored the annual American traditions.. On Valentine's Day you bought your true love roses, in April you filed your tax forms, and on Mother's Day and Father's Day you expressed your gratitude. On the Fourth of July you watched fireworks, and on Halloween you went out in disguise. After a meaningful Thanksgiving you yearned to discover the uplifting revelations of Christmas. At the dawn of a new year you resolved to find lasting contentment.

But a month of the new year has elapsed, and I see you are not content. Your true love isn't true, and the lawmakers raised taxes, forcing you to a lower standard of living. Your mother and father are elderly and need hospital care. Now I see an unhappy and anxious friend.

Come closer, friend, for I have a secret to tell. This is no ordinary confidence. No, what I will reveal can free you. You say you are already free? Well, My friend, this kind of freedom you've not known. Truly this is the revelation you're looking for.

Most certainly, dear friend, you are not your body! Wait. Don't let my statement scare you. Think about it. That frame you so easily refer to as "me" is flesh, blood, and bones. After a short time it will dwindle and decay. Who are you, then? You are an eternal being., a spiritual person, who has taken only temporary residence in your present form.

Let this knowledge free you from the worldly conception you're in that you are a man or a woman, black or white, young or old. These designations and the yearly observances that rest on them are fleeting and meaningless, and the hand of time moves quickly, forcing your body to age. This simple yet sublime statement "You are not your body" can lead you to true knowledge of yourself. You must simply realize it.

How do I know? Who am I? I am the Supersoul, and I reside within your heart as your dearmost friend, your eternal mother, father, and true love. Ever awaiting your return to Me, I speak the divine truth for your benefit. I've given this topmost knowledge in the Bhagavad-gita, where I state, "For the soul there is neither birth nor death at any time. He has not come into being, does not come into being, and will not come into being. He is not slain when the body is slain."

Friend, as you begin the second month of the new year, let this be the first day of a life reborn. Receive this knowledge humbly and inquire further into the nature of our relationship. Hear from self-realized souls, through whom I speak. They can impart this knowledge unto you. You can become free…if you so choose.

I look to the future and see a pure soul, happy, relieved, exhilarated, liberated from material bondage and finally making a New Year's resolution come true.

Your ever well-wisher,

The Lord in the heart