“Celebrate the coming of Christ on earth by beholding the divine Christ Consciousness, which was manifest in Jesus, born anew in the cradle of your own spiritual awakening...”
— Paramahansa Yogananda
As we honor the birth of the Christ Consciousness in the form of the blessed Lord Jesus, may your heart be uplifted anew by the joy and hope so strongly felt during this sacred season. The coming of such great ones who purely reflect God’s light strengthens our faith that we too can experience a rebirth from a matter-bound existence to the limitless nature of our soul. We behold in them our own infinite potential to expand our consciousness and manifest in our individual lives and our relationships with others God’s goodness and love.
Though centuries have come and gone since Jesus was born, the power of his example and his omnipresent love continues to transform receptive souls. He too lived in a time of much strife and turmoil, but he showed us how to respond divinely — to so attune ourselves with the Heavenly Father that we can feel for all as He does, that we can rise above the dualities of this world to find peace within and be a giver of love and peace to others.
By dwelling on Christ’s life and striving to emulate the qualities he expressed, you will open your heart to absorb more deeply the spirit manifest in him and all God-united souls. The strength that upholds the universe filled his being; yet even greater was his humility, which allowed him to perfectly express God’s will and His love. As long as we live within the confines of our ego’s needs and opinions, we easily create barriers that separate us from God and from one another. But when we think less of self, we become more receptive to His wisdom in all the ways it comes to us, thus expanding our understanding and compassion. Secure in the love of the Heavenly Father, Christ was free of any need for position or outer recognition. He sought only to serve, and by doing the same we can know, as he did, the joy of giving. Christ saw the Divine in everyone — even in those who had erred, for he looked beyond their human flaws to see their true Self. We too can practice the loving, non-judgmental attitude that comes in realizing, “My God is in that soul.”
Every outreaching act enlarges our consciousness, but it is by going into the temple of silence where restless thoughts and emotions subside that we can fully experience the “peace that surpasseth all understanding,” the infinite love Christ felt — the love by which God is drawing all souls back to Him. Such depth of inner communion comes gradually, but each effort can bring into our lives greater calmness, empathy, and closeness to the Divine. If we persevere, Gurudeva has told us that we can attain “a communion of unutterable sweetness with the Infinite Grace, the Indescribable Glory, the Eternal Protection.” That is the priceless gift God offers to you this Christmas season. May it be the beginning of a joyous soul-awakening and a time to share with others His all-embracing love and understanding.
A most blessed Christmas to you and your dear ones,
Sri Daya Mata
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