No, this is not an invitation to hell ;-) It's an invitation to YOU.
Are you hoping to become enlightened? Are you wishing for good health, prosperity, love and happiness in the new year? Are you hoping to get that new job, that new lover, that new look/car/house? Are you looking forward, with apprehension, because you're not sure how to make it happen, to a new and better life ("your" life!) in 2008? If so, I ask you:
What will these things give you? A "you" that doesn't even exist!?
Happiness and love cannot change anything about you. YOU are already happiness, love, prosperity, peace. YOU are already new in every moment, and yet unchangeable. YOU are the Ultimate, the Everything, the All. Whatever you could possibly hope for is what you are.
Hoping implies wanting something to be different, often in a projected non-existent future. Having things "go your way" is irrelevant to WHAT YOU ARE. What you are is exactly THIS - going "your" way or not - have you noticed? Hope appears in what is, like a raindrop or leaf or dust mote. Hope is only relevant to a seeming separate person. Once that person is seen to be an appearance too, hope has no real power anymore. It is seen that hoping is unnecessary.
Does it mean that wonderful things and good times won't happen? Not at all. Things will change, or they won't, will "work out smoothly" or not. But hope has nothing to do with it. The IS has no reason to hope - total union, completeness, love and nothingness have no need for hope!
And yet, hope happens. No problem! It just doesn't mean what we think it does. WE are perfect, as what Is, Now. There is nothing that can be added, nothing that can make THIS better.
There is a quote I like, I can't remember from whom, so I'm paraphrasing:
"When all hope is gone, what's left is Love."
Yes. And when all hope is gone, what's left is YOU.