There is only one Christmas message. Bhagwan Vishnu says :
Whenever there is a decline of righteousness, O Arjuna, and rise of unrighteousness, then I manifest Myself ! For the protection of the good, for the destruction of the wicked, and for the establishment of righteousness, I am born in every age.
God is One. Depending on the people and religions all over the world, he is born wherever he deems it necessary in whatever community or nations he feels. There are the examples of Buddha, Guru Nanak, Ramakrishna and also many others in the past. Swami Ramakrishna Paramahansa, in the state of Bengal proved through his sadhana that God is One. He practised all the main religions — Islam, Christianity, Hindu, Buddhism, and many more, and he attained realization through all these religions; for although they have different systems, they all go to the same point. He proved it, for the guidance of everyone in the world, that there is only one God, that we can take the path we like to Go to Him — some through Christianity, through Rama, Krishna, Guru Nanak or any path of your own choice, for they all go to the same place. The goal is One.
Today we are celebrating the birth of Lord Jesus Christ, so it is our duty to know more about him and his teachings in order to make them ours and do prayers and whatever he has taught us. Now today is the day when we must practice this most sincerely.
We are sitting in the Sacha Hall. “Sacha” means “Truth”, so all Truth is Sacha. Sacha is for all.
Shri Sacha Maha Prabhu Ki Jay Ho !
Last night, I shared with you my perception regarding this divine manifestation which is the Christ Jesus Avatar of Lord Vishnu, an embodiment of the rose Ray, which is the Ray of healing and a Ray of the transformation of evil. Yesterday I spoke about two fundamental principles that were taught by Master Jesus which are forgiveness and gratitude. And now I would like to focus on the science of renunciation, that this Master was able to teach the world.
When he heard the voice of Truth inside him, he left everything behind and surrendered to the Truth. When he heard the voice of the one that is inside him, he left everything behind. I remember a passage form the Gospel of St Matthew that touches me deeply. When he, already being a Master could awaken the disciple inside the seeker, Jesus was walking by the seaside and some fishermen were there fishing, and there an encounter happened — the rarest encounter that may happen on this planet: the disciple and the Master met. The Master was able to see the disciple, and the disciple could also see the Master. The Master told them “Let go of your rods and nets, and I will make you fishers of men.” And they just let go of their fishing gear, and followed Jesus.
When they were about to leave the city, a person ran up to one of them and said, “Your mother has died, come to bury her”. He asked Jesus what he should do, should he go back? And Jesus answered, “Let the dead bury their dead.” This is a passage which always touched me. It is interesting how these symbols make an echo inside us and somehow indicate our path, because I saw this repeating in my history. When I left Maharajji, it was like this. It was a magic encounter, and he said “Stay with me.” And I did. Swami Midhaji has said “Truth is only One. God is One Who manifests in different forms.” The Truth is only One. A spiritual Master is born as a normal human being with all the human imperfections and then he surrenders to God, so he purifies and becomes an instrument of the Divine. This is to show you that this is possible, it is also possible for you. The Master goes on this journey in order to show you and to prove to you that this divine realization is also possible for you.
So forgiveness, gratitude and detachment. I feel that this is the essence of what you should practise. Forgiveness means to be able to go back and be truly thankful for everything that happened. If you still cannot forgive totally, ask for more comprehension. In your prayer, pray for more understanding, because forgiveness cannot be only in the mind, it is a phenomenon which takes place in the realm of the heart. “O Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” This is a phenomenon which emerges from the deepest understanding. Forgiveness purifies all fear and hatred from your system, and frees you from the past. Then you are ready to be born again in spirit. As you become more purified, you can start to feel and be thankful. And then actually, the life flow will lead you to perfection — detachment from what prevents you from manifesting your true nature, from all the beliefs, from all the conditioning, from all the ideas you have created about who you are. Detachment from your name and its personal history, because you are not your name and neither are you your history. Then the truth starts to manifest.
Meditating on these teachings is the proper way to honour Master Jesus on the day of his birth. What can be more meaningful to a teacher than his students putting his teachings into practice? If we put these teachings into practice, we will be celebrating Christmas. On the contrary, what good is it to just say around “Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas”? What does “Merry Christmas” mean? The birth of the Christ? It is the birth of the divine (higher) Self.
I’d like to wish all of you “Merry Christmas”. May the Light of the Christ enlighten your hearts. May the Light of the Christ enlighten your path. The Christ is the cosmic Consciousness. Christ Jesus, Christ Krishna, Christ Buddha.