Blessings of the Christmas season, honoring the birth of the Lord Jesus in a finite baby form, in which was incarnate the Infinite Christ, God’s omnipresence in creation. I pray that you experience within your heart and soul the universal Christ-love, peace, and joy made manifest in Jesus. Celebrate Christmas with the inner spiritual awareness of the consciousness-expanding love and light of God — the unseen but unceasing help and succor that God has bestowed through His avatars down the ages. Keep your thoughts and feelings attuned with faith in that blessing to receive fully God’s gifts of spiritual upliftment offered to you with special love and grace during this holy season. The vibrations of peace and joy in your celebrations will lift the weight of daily cares and uncertainties, imparting in the still center of your being an intuitive assurance of the God-reflecting qualities and limitation-transcending potentials that Jesus assured us are our birthright. He showed us the way to that realization: Love God first and foremost “with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind”; and secondly, “love your neighbor as yourself” — live a life of worshipful meditation absorbed in God, and of activity permeated with compassion, service, and behavior guided by soul-qualities.
Our gurudeva, Paramahansa Yogananda, said of Jesus: “To human vision he is the little babe born in Bethlehem, and the savior who healed the sick and raised the dead. To divine vision he is the Christ-awareness in all space and in every atom. You should aspire to know that Christ within you.” Guruji began the custom of having a special meditation-day each year before Christmas. Celebrating “spiritual Christmas” through long and deep meditation, with devotion and soul-longing to realize the true meaning of the Christ within Lord Jesus, we glimpse the realm of Christ-peace that surpasses human understanding. We are suffused with the faith that we, too, can live in the consciousness in which Christ lived — fearlessly, joyously — not ruled by circumstances or the ego’s infatuation with delusive desires and attachments. To anchor our lives in selfless love and truth is to awaken awareness of our eternal connection with Spirit even while living in this world.
During this holy season may you receive abundant blessings as Christmas gifts of love from God, Christ, and the Gurus.
Ever in Their unceasing love and blessings,
Sri Mrinalini Mata
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