December is a special month in our family. I was born in that month and our son’s birthday is only a few days apart from mine. Then Christmas celebrations.
- Christ must be lived to be known. In all good actions, in every material and spiritual service, and in the manger of meditation, the immortal Cosmic Christ is born anew. – Paramanhansa Yogananda
- The Christ Consciousness is revealed in us as compassion. – Sharon Gannon
When we allow our own light of love to radiate into the world around us, it is Christmas. Christmas is not some grand event happening on December 25th. It is not depending on external circumstances. The word « light » in English, conveys a sense of not heavy and also illumination, bright. Giving and forgiving makes us (literally) light. Eating a plant-based diet too. Just like meditation unclutters the mind, chanting makes us beam. Yoga practices provide the sincere spiritual seeker with practical means for Self-Realization.
Christ Consciousness refers to the Light, that we are. It is the Self (with capital S), the Atman, it is our Buddha nature- It is Krishna Consciousness.
As the gentle swami Nirmalananda said: Love alone can dispel present madness of hate. Let your light (of love) so shine before all, as Christ asks us, that there may be ever more bright and radiating light which hatred cannot overshadow. When the heart rules the mind, life has altogether a different quality and dimension.
Let the Love that you are shine and Merry Christmas!
Shine on and Merry Christmas!
Yoga and Christ by Sharon Gannon
The Need to love by Thich Nhat Hanh