Divya Jivan NewsletterChristmas 2008
"If the Christ-life is to be lived, first of all, the child-Christ has to be born in us. Then only the real spiritual life commences for the aspirant. The first manifestation of the Divine urge in the form of spiritual aspiration and the recognition of the spiritual ideal signifies the birth of the infant Jesus within the seeker’s being. From hence starts the living of the Christ-life in all its spiritual details of sublime purity, faith in Divinity, mercy, compassion, love, selflessness, desirelessness, prayerfulness, etc. Hence starts the life of earnest Yoga and Sadhana, of self-restraint and simplicity, of unbroken serenity and peace, balance of mind, unflinching courage in the face of all oppositions and perfect dedication to the worship of God through the service of man. This is the spiritual implication within of the Christmas that is celebrated without.
"With the advent of this Christ-spirit within the heart of the seekers,
all human desires come to an end and they are replaced by pure
higher Divine aspiration, Spirituality overcomes materialism.
You break free from your slavery to the senses. You begin to
live a new life, a divine life of purity, love, renunciation,
humility, non-attachment and selflessness. Your life becomes
sublime like the life of Christ. You begin to live a life of
complete faith and dependence upon God. You always think of God,
talk of Him and live for Him. Helping others becomes a real joy
to you. You become a living
"Lord Jesus the Christ IS; here and now! Christ is Eternal. He has proclaimed this truth to the world not so much by words but by His glorious Resurrection. Where then is He to be sought and found? He abides where Virtue is and goodness. He is enshrined in the Divine Life of Love, Purity, Truth, Holiness, Prayer, Ceaseless Service and utter selflessness. In the heart where shine the light of Faith, Devotion, Humility, calm resignation to the Divine Will, Compassion and a genuine thirst for Righteousness, therein is Christ present, vibrant, vitally alive and radiantly manifest. O beloved Brethren! be ye also like Jesus and you shall find Christ within yourself now."
"Christ has given Himself to Mankind not so much as a personality
but as a way of living, as a Path. He embodies in Himself the method
of the Divine Ascent. To rise from the little human personality you
now possess and ascend into the Christ Consciousness is to ascend
from the unreal to the Real, from darkness to Light Everlasting and
from death to joyous Immortality. When you have thee Christ Ideal
before you as a shining example you cannot utter the excuse “Which
is the way? I do not know the way. I would fain follow it if only I
knew.” The ringing assertion of Christ, “I am the Way, the Truth and
the Life; no one comes to Father but by me.” Yes, verily, verily is
it true that growing into the Christ Ideal is the one sure and
certain Key to the Kingdom of Immortality." - Swami Chidananda
There was a private garden situated at the outskirts
of a city. Inside the garden, there was a statue of Virgin Mary with
Baby Jesus decorated with diamonds, pearls and gems.
On a cursory look the story seems very ordinary and insignificant but it has a deeper meaning. The statue of Mother Mary along with baby Jesus represent the highest reality, the supreme Lord who is very kind and He is ever ready to provide whatever one needs to sustain and evolve. The pigeon represents the soul who has aligned himself to the Will of God and ever ready to be used by Him as a worthy instrument to carry out His will. The owner of the garden and the statue represent the mass of people who do not have time and eye to see beyond the diamond studded statue and a dead bird. They have little understanding of the creation, the creator and the goal and the purpose of life.
This is the message of Holy Bible, Holy Jesus and the message of the Divine Life. Do Good, Be Good. Be kind, Be Compassionate. And even after doing good, if you are being ignored or ridiculed never mind. Bear insult, Bear injury and Bear injustice but continue to be an embodiment of service to the mankind, service to known and unknown. Love all, Hate none. Rejoice in the Lord each moment of your life. Pray fervently and Abide in Him.
Prayers for Peace, Joy and Harmony in Zimbabwe,
Greece and around the Globe.
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