Amma’s Letter:  December 13th 2003

Divine Family:  One in Spirit in This Season of Good Will towards All

The third year of the new millennia is drawing to a close.  Even here, tucked away in a corner of South India, the air has a cool nip.  Sometimes, in the coffee shops, one even hears strains of the songs ‘Rudolf, the Red Nosed Reindeer’ and ‘I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas’.   Some of the star hotels have put up Christmas trees and one of hem each year, erects a very large beautiful nativity scene.  Once several years ago, walking down the main street of Pondicherry at dusk, about this time of year, I was electrified to hear the old American Christmas song ‘Jingle Bells’ blaring over microphones, as a fat old Santa Claus, flanked by six very accurately costumed elves and one fairly forlorn two-legged reindeer paraded down the main street of our South Indian city.  Behind them followed a bus load of Christian nuns, singing their hearts out “Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way. O what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh.  O’re the fields we go, laughing all the way”... I don’t think I will be blessed enough to witness a similar spectacle this year.  Our our city has changed much in the intervening years - for one thing, cars have become bumper to bumper at this time and the streets are clogged with people - shopping till they drop!  In India, we are so cosmopolitan that we celebrate every single religious holiday with gusto - spending, wining and dining - for Ramzan, Christmas, Easter, Diwali, Pongal.  Any excuse is good enough to spend in our newly arrived consumerist culture.  We now have over twenty official holidays per year.  That is not counting Sundays, closures due to floods, storms, excessive heat, and deaths of important people!

Christmas!  The day of Christ’s birth! (Though we don’t really know for certain if he was actually born of this date or not!)  Jesus - the King of the Jews - Isha - The Lord of Creation - Krishna- the Charming Cosmic Consciousness. The Birth of Awareness - The Dawn of Realization - The sudden insight that we are indeed Divine - Our birthright is Sat (Reality) Chit (Consciousness) Ananda (Bliss)! These are the Noble Thoughts and Aspirations born in our consciousness not just on this holy day, but in every day that is wholly (holistically) lived!  December 25th is just another day in a calendar of 365 days, marking the passage of our small green planet around the fiery sun.  It has the significance we wish to give it - neither more nor less.  Then-Yes-Why not celebrate the Birth of Spirit?  The Birth of Joy? of Innocence?  Of Purity?  Of Hope?  Of love?  Any occasion is reason enough for such a celebration, seen the birth of a small baby born in a manger in a cold, far away place called Bethlehem.  Little Dhivya Priya, my grand daughter, has reminded me again of the glory of the newly born!  Such light glows in her eyes!  Such purity in her tiny body!  Such mirth in her wonderful laughter!  Such wonder in her gaze!  Yes! Such a birth is a cause for celebration - and such a birth we all must have - not just on December 25th, but every day, of every year of our lives!  Christ Consciousness!  Krishna Consciousness!  Let it be born anew, afresh in every heart!  May we embrace that Exalted Spirit in our own selves, and let the Star of our Aspiration shine as a beacon to all mankind.  Merry Christmas, to you, one and all, and happy, happy happy New year!  May God bless us all, each and every one!

Affectionately in Yoga


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