The spiritual effect of celebrating New Year’s

1. Introduction to the spiritual effect of celebrating New Year’s

Think New Year’s Eve and the mind conjures up images of a group of friends and family frolicking, dancing and making merry, with bottles of champagne popping open; there’s free flowing alcohol alongside an array of the choicest of gourmet food fit for a king ready to be served, and of course, fireworks ! It is also a time to look back at the year almost gone by, recollecting the bittersweet incidents and memories. And how can one not talk about the proverbial ‘New Year’s resolutions’ ? New Year’s Eve is also a time to make those resolutions – while some are new, most of them are the same old – things that we vow to make happen in the brand new year that we are minutes away from entering. And then the clock ticks past 12 !

What is interesting is that although the evening of 31st December is considered to be a time for revelry and celebrations across the globe, the selection of the New Year is essentially arbitrary. Actually in 46 B.C., Julius Caesar set the New Year to begin on 1 January like it is celebrated today. Even then, the date of New Year’s celebrations continued to remain rather inconsistent until the Gregorian calendar was implemented in 1582.

For all practical purposes, on New Year’s Eve, one day of the week transitions into another, but for reasons not known, we have been conditioned to think that the occasion needs to be celebrated with great pomp and fervour. While the means of celebrations could be many – making a beeline to the most popular New Year’s Eve party at the hippest nightclub, and / or breaking open the confetti shooters, indulging in fireworks, organising a house party or taking off to a fancy tourist destination, the underlying motive is more or less the same – to eat, drink, dance and make merry like there’s no tomorrow. In contrast, some choose a more pious way to bring in the New Year, for example, by attending midnight mass at a church.

The timing of the act of celebrating New Year’s at midnight however is quite odd and spiritually detrimental. It is the time when the activities of negative energies are at their peak. So as people flock to various venues to celebrate the run up to New Year’s, it is also likely that they will be adversely affected by negative energies.

After the merriment concludes, we limp back to our routines the day after. For many of the party-goers recovering from the hangover the day after is priority one. However, is there more to the impact than what we can perceive physically and psychologically ? Many of our choices have the potential to impact us at a spiritual level. SSRF and the Maharshi Adhyatma Vishwavidyalay (MAV) chose to conduct spiritual research on New Year’s Eve celebrations to shed more light on any such possible spiritual effects.

2. Background about the Maharshi Adhyatma Vishwavidyalay

The Maharshi Adhyatma Vishwavidyalay (also known as the Maharshi University of Spirituality or MAV) is situated in Goa, India. The Maharshi Adhyatma Vishwavidyalay and the Spiritual Science Research Foundation are non-profit organisations run by volunteers from all over the world who are dedicated to a common goal, which is spiritual progress and the pursuit of truth. One of the key goals of both organisations is to assess and evaluate how our decisions and daily routines affect us at the spiritual level. To this end, their research teams jointly carry out various experiments and research projects at the Spiritual Research Centre and Ashram in Goa, India. As of 2019, the spiritual research team at the Maharshi University of Spirituality has 38 years of spiritual research experience.

3. Experiment to study the effect of celebrating New Year’s Eve at a popular bar and restaurant

3.1 Background and purpose

The Spiritual Research team wanted to study the subtle effect of spending the night out on New Year’s Eve on people. While there are many ways that people may choose to celebrate bringing in the New Year, the research team explored the effect of one of the more common forms of celebrations, which is attending a party at a club. The concept of New Year’s is meant to be a time for reflection and renewal, and from a spiritual standpoint, it marks the start of another year given to us to fulfil our true purpose of life and hence, it is considered an auspicious time of the year.

Do the usual celebrations of bringing in the New Year match the auspiciousness of the occasion ? Do these celebrations in any way help a person in fulfilling the purpose of life, which is to progress spiritually and to complete our destiny ? At the very least, the celebrations should not leave us in a spiritually worse state.

  • With these questions in mind, the research team conducted an experiment. The team wanted to understand how people taking part in New Year’s celebrations are affected at a spiritual level.


12 seekers from the Spiritual Research Centre and Ashram took part in this experiment. They were asked to attend the New Year celebrations at a popular bar and restaurant in Goa, India to bring in 2019. The bar and restaurant chosen for this experiment had a very good reputation and attracted people from the wealthier segments of society. The seekers were instructed to immerse themselves in the celebrations as any party-goer would.

A. About the seekers taking part

  • All the seeker-participants practised Spirituality on a regular basis and hence they are of a higher than average spiritual level. This means that if there was any spiritual distress in the environment during the celebrations, they would be in a better position to counter its effect than an average person.
  • From the sample of 12 seekers, some suffered from spiritual distress, and some did not, which means they were spiritually positive. Refer to the article on ‘What is spiritual distress ?’. The reason that both segments were chosen to be represented in the sample is because a large proportion of the world’s population suffers from spiritual distress and it was important to understand the difference of the effect of the celebrations on both segments.

B. About the instrument used for the experiment

The spiritual research team used advanced sixth sense along with an aura and energy scanner known as the Universal Thermo Scanner (UTS) to analyse the effect of celebrating New Year’s Eve in a popular bar and restaurant.

The Universal Thermo Scanner (UTS) (also known as the Universal Aura Scanner) was used to take readings of the seekers participating in the experiment. The UTS is an instrument developed by Dr Mannem Murthy (a former nuclear scientist) and is used to measure the subtle-energy (positive and negative) and the aura around any object (living or non-living). The UTS readings gave data about the negative aura, positive aura and the measured aura around the seekers. Please refer to the article on – the Methodology of UTS readings to learn more about how UTS readings are taken and what they mean (Coming soon).

C. About the readings and the sequence of events


  • 7 pm to 8 pm – Baseline readings were taken of the subjects with the UTS in the evening before leaving.

Seekers were instructed not to have any food or water from the Spiritual Research Centre and Ashram after their first UTS baseline readings were taken. This is because they are strong positive stimuli. For the same reason, they were also instructed not to chant the Name of God or to perform any activity related to spiritual practice like thinking of God, awakening spiritual emotion, sharing spiritual experiences, offering satsēvā, etc. Seekers were asked to wear clothes that they would usually wear to a party, and ladies were asked to wear makeup. Basically, the research team was trying to ensure an authentic replication of what happens in the case of an average person during New Year’s celebrations.

  • 8:30 pm to 10 pm – Journey to the venue and stopping to have a snack (vegetarian food). On the way to the venue, the subjects listened to popular songs and also sang along with them.
  • 10 pm – The participants in the experiment arrived at the venue.
  • 10 pm to 4:30 am – At the venue
    • Seekers danced to the music being played. The genres of music played were pop and rock. No trance or heavy metal music was played.
    • In between, the participant-seekers ate vegetarian finger food and drank mineral water purchased from the venue.
    • Seekers did not drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes or consume illegal drugs.
    • Seekers continued dancing until 4:15 am.
  • 4:30 am – Departed the venue
  • 4:30 am to 5:20 am – Seekers left the venue at 4:30 am on 1 January 2019 and returned to the Spiritual Research Centre and Ashram by 5:20 am.
  • 5:20 am to 6 am – Upon arrival, UTS readings of seekers were immediately taken outside the Spiritual Research Centre and Ashram so that the high level of positivity in the Spiritual Research Centre and Ashram would not affect the readings.

3.2 UTS readings

There are 4 types of UTS readings

  • IR and UV: The negative energy readings are of 2 types and are denoted by IR (infrared) and UV (ultraviolet). IR denotes a lesser form of negative vibrations, while UV denotes a more intense form of negative vibrations.
  • PA: This denotes a positive aura.
  • MA: This denotes the total measured aura specific to the subject being measured.

The research team has used this instrument extensively, i.e. something like 10,000 readings of objects over a 5-year period have been taken, and it has been observed that the UTS is quite accurate and corroborates with the readings obtained through sixth sense.

All the UTS readings of the participants became significantly more negative after the New Year’s celebration.

In the chart below, it is shown how the IR negative aura readings increased for each of the participants in the experiment. For the seekers that had spiritual distress, the average increase in the IR negative aura in metres was 343%. For the seekers who were considered positive, the average increase in the IR negative aura in metres was 354%. The seekers who were positive later said that in anticipation of the event, their minds were extroverted, less stable and focused on the upcoming New Year’s celebration. This could account for the negative IR aura that was detected in all the positive seekers at the start of the experiment when the baseline readings were being taken.

As stated earlier, UV negative aura readings indicate a more intense form of spiritual distress. From the chart below, one can observe that the average increase in UV negative aura readings for seekers with spiritual distress is 291%. For the positive seekers, all but one of them developed a UV reading, which was very unusual. A detection of UV readings can indicate demonic possession or spiritual distress that if not checked, could lead to demonic possession.

Note : To date, these are the highest levels of negative IR and UV auras that have been detected by the UTS at the Spiritual Research Centre and Ashram. This indicates the severity of the spiritual impact that the experiment had on participating seekers, and therefore indicates the severity of the effect of the New Year’s celebrations on the consciousness of participants.

It is important to note that such drastic increases in negativity were observed despite the fact that the seekers did not drink alcohol or engage in any other substance abuse, which is normally the case at such events. If they were to have indulged in these activities for the experiment, then the repercussions could have been far worse.

Editor’s note : The average party-goer on New Year’s Eve would indulge in drinking alcohol, eating meat, smoking and possibly consuming recreational drugs. From the readings above, it shows that such party-goers put themselves at an even greater risk of getting adversely affected at a spiritual level.


3.3 Findings obtained through sixth sense

While instruments like the UTS are great spiritual research tools, a true measure and analysis of subtle vibrations can only be conducted via sixth sense, which needs to be of a very advanced level. There are seekers in the spiritual research team who can actually perceive the vibrations emitted by people and objects. By drawing them, they serve as spiritual X-rays and provide clarity about the true nature of events such as New Year’s celebrations.

Mrs Yoya Vallee, an SSRF seeker who draws pictures based on subtle knowledge, saw that an intense level of distressing subtle vibrations was being generated during such festivities. People were covered with distressing vibrations, and there was illusion creating energy (Mayavi-shakti) being generated. The illusion creating energy that was being generated made people look attractive, but it was illusory. Negative energies were present and active, affecting both the people and the environment en masse. All in all, the celebration of New Year’s at midnight had a highly detrimental effect on the people present at such festivities.

4.  Survey feedback from seekers

The seeker participants in the experiment were asked via a survey as to how they felt before leaving for the venue, during the celebrations and the day after. Owing to their background of regular spiritual practice, their sixth sense ability is awakened, and they are therefore able to perceive the subtle vibrations that are present while attending such events. The following is a summary of their feelings during the experiment and after.

Before leaving

Most seekers noticed that thoughts of extroversion increased once they heard that they will be going out for New Year’s Eve. Thoughts automatically filled their minds about how to dress, about the opposite sex and the need to attract the attention of others.  Also, thoughts of spiritual practice reduced.

During the experiment

During the experiment, seekers mostly observed that the environment at the venue was spiritually negative and filled with illusion creating energy (Mayavi-shakti). Seekers felt that negative energies were actually manifesting and dancing through the medium of people at the venue. Seekers felt that they too were being affected by the distressing vibrations in the premises. The seekers who were suffering from spiritual distress experienced that the negative energies possessing them began to manifest. The manifestations were not overt and were more in the form of feeling the need to dance and for some there was an increase in sexual thoughts.

Editor’s note : Music and dance are powerful mechanisms for negative energies to derive subtle black energy. Please refer to the video – The Spiritual Aspects of Music and Dance. In an effort do so, negative energies manifest through people on the dance floor and perform dance movements that increase negativity. So, while it may seem that the people are dancing vigorously and enjoying themselves, it may just well be the activity of negative energies.

The day after the experiment

Seekers felt drained, suffered from body aches and had low energy levels. They did not feel like doing anything. Depending on the seeker, these feelings lasted for 1-3 days after the party. They also felt that their minds and intellects were clouded, and thus they lacked clarity when going about their days. Seekers with spiritual distress took a longer time to come back to their normal state despite undertaking spiritual healing measures.

Editor’s note : Due to their spiritual practice, seekers are more sensitive to perceiving spiritual distress. However, due to their spiritual practice, they are also able to reduce any black energy covering at a faster rate. Even so, the seekers took 1-3 days to recover their spiritual state. For an average person, the ability to perceive that they are being affected by negative energies and that they should recover from it by applying the appropriate remedies is non-existent. Hence the adverse subtle effect of such celebrations could last longer for the average person.

Below are some of the seekers’ comments regarding how they felt during the experiment.

  1. The environment was charged with Mohini (enticing) and Māyāvi (illusory) vibrations.
  2. With the music was blaring, I felt pressure at my Anahat-chakra (Heart chakra).
  3. The place seemed to carry its own energy, which meant I was able to dance for hours and hours and could have continued many more hours after when we left. It was a negative power and carried its own strength. It felt that some of the performers had spiritual distress.
  4. I felt the negative energy affecting me was gaining a lot of energy from the environment.
  5. Even though I got cramps several times towards the end of the experiment, I felt a compulsion to continue dancing once I felt better.
  6. I felt that the environment and people there were negative except the seekers. People were drunk, and totally immersed in illusory enjoyment as if they were in a dream.

5. Concluding remarks

Celebrating New Year’s Eve at a nightclub or bar may seem like a harmless way to celebrate a festive occasion, but this experiment shows that it impacts one significantly at a spiritual level. The spiritual negativity one collects while doing so can affect a person for long periods of time. While the after-effects may not be immediately apparent, the increase in spiritual distress can increase symptoms such as aches and pains, negative thoughts and spiritually vulnerability. The detection of alarmingly large UV negative aura readings by the UTS for even seekers that were spiritually positive, indicates increased spiritual vulnerability as a result of attending such an event. Continued presence of UV negative aura readings is a sign that a person can be possessed by negative energies. These findings do not apply just to celebrating New Year’s Eve but indicate that going out to bars and nightclubs in general affects one negatively at a spiritual level. Furthermore, the norm of society to celebrate New Year’s at midnight needs to be assessed. This is because that is the point of time when the activities of negative energies are rife in the environment and is a spiritual problem waiting to happen.

Just as we take care at a physical level not to go to places that are physically contaminated, at a spiritual level too it is important that we refrain from visiting or remaining in places that are spiritually polluted. If one is regularly and sincerely practising Spirituality, then this itself helps one to recover from spiritually detrimental stimuli. For those not having any form of spiritual practice in their lives, the spiritual recovery process may never take place. They remain steeped in a negative black energy covering, which adversely and insidiously affects them without their knowledge.

Undertaking regular spiritual practice helps us to gain the positive energy needed to overcome any negativity we may have picked up at such celebrations. It also makes us more spiritually pure (sāttvik), which in turn influences our choices and lifestyles in a spiritually positive way so we are naturally disinclined towards such activities. Then, we are able to live in a spiritually positive manner and move towards God-realisation, which is the spiritual purpose of life.

Read our follow-up study on the Spiritual effect of celebrating Gudi Padwa versus New Year’s.