2014 Easter Message From Sri Mrinalini Mata
Jesus Christ

“Rising above body consciousness, lift your spirit from the domain of matter into the vastness of silence within your own soul temple, and commune with the risen Christ.”

— Paramahansa Yogananda  

The sacred season of Easter brings a soul-stirring reminder of our own divine potentials, which were so sublimely exemplified by Jesus Christ in his supremely loving sacrifice on the cross and his glorious resurrection. As we attune ourselves with Jesus’ God-united consciousness, Divine Grace touches our hearts and minds to awaken us — to help our spirits rise from the crosses of life, from the tomb of narrow selfishness, from the delusion of separation from God. Christ’s example of boundless compassion continues to bring assurance to countless souls that God is an infinitely loving Father to whom we can go without fear, and who is ever reaching out His hand to lift us above the crucifixions of maya and the self-limiting flaws of our human nature, that we might with His divine grace resurrect our own innate divinity.

Gurudeva Paramahansa Yogananda told us: “Jesus demonstrated in his every act of ministering to the sick and forsaken, and in the consummate sacrifice of his body to alleviate the sins of many, the incomparable love of God that is an infinitude of mercy and forgiveness.” That limitless love and forgiveness the Heavenly Father offers to every soul, for He sees — behind the veils of maya that obscure our own sight — the divine image within each of us, waiting to be uncovered. By approaching Him with childlike trust and love, we make ourselves receptive to His grace, and allow His light and power to permeate our being and dissolve the patterns of wrong thought and action that have kept us bound. “Love for God, surrender to God, will destroy the karma of ignorance,” Gurudeva assured us. “Pure love, divine love, removes the barriers between man and his Maker.” In loving Him, and attuning our lives with His will as Jesus did, lies the key to our own soul’s resurrection and to the resurrection of humanity from the endless cycles of error and retribution that have troubled its history.

Opening our hearts to the healing balm of God’s forgiveness and compassion releases from our consciousness the weight of past errors, energizing our efforts to become what God created us to be — a soul free to express its divine, immortal nature. With every step we take to let go of resentments and extend understanding and forgiveness to others, we act as instruments of His love and progress on the pathway to soul-victory that Christ and all the Great Ones have trod. It is by deep inner communion with the Divine that we will fully realize what sustained Jesus in his great trial and enabled him to feel unconditional love for all, even his bitterest enemies. When in the temple of silence God’s love suffuses the heart, the boundaries of the “little I” merge into the greater Myself, and enmity no longer exists; there is only the desire to help others and the joy of serving them. That was the consciousness in which Christ lived, and into which God seeks to awaken us all.

Wishing you and your loved ones a most blessed and joyous Easter,

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Sri Mrinalini Mata

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