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Christmas

The birthday of Jesus Christ is celebrated on the 25th of December every year with lot of devotion and enthusiasm. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was born on this day to propagate the message of Love and Sacrifice. Baba says that on this day, one should rededicate oneself to practising the message of Jesus, mere worship or adoration is not enough. The Christmas celebrations are characterized by choirs and cultural programmes by the overseas devotees and students hailing the birth of the ‘Son of God’ and recapitulating various episodes from His glorious life and His teachings.

Excerpts from Bhagawan’s Discourses:

“Christ determined to make the giving and sharing of love His main objective in life. Such love was met with many obstacles and losses. Christ considered a true man to be one who could face obstacles and move forward in love. Don't give in to losses and pain. Don't be carried away with pleasure. Face everything with equanimity.

Christ could never see suffering passively. In Jerusalem, doves were sold and killed as an offering. Christ decried the violence committed towards the poor creatures. He began to undertake the holy task of stopping such violence and freeing the captive birds. Some men began to cast aspersions on Him, and tried to punish Him….for good is always followed by bad as a shadow. For pleasure, difficulty is a shadow. All opposites are interrelated. Pleasure and pain, profit and loss, co-exist. Christ went on pursuing his path in the face of many obstacles with strength and endurance. He dedicated His life in the service of men and propagation of love”.

- Divine Discourse: 25 December 1995

“Where there is love, there is no room for hatred. Do not be envious of anyone. When this evil quality appears, love takes to flight. A pure heart is the abode of love. Where there is purity, there is unity. Unity leads to divinity.

Today, purity is absent. How, then, do you realize Divinity? You must offer everything to God without any desire. Dedicate your all to God. This was the teaching of Jesus. He considered everything as an offering to God.

When He was being nailed on the cross, people around were weeping. At that moment, an ethereal voice declared, "All are one, My dear Son! Be alike to everyone."

Jesus declared, "Death is the dress of life." Just as we change our clothes, so we change our bodies. The bodies are vestures (for the indwelling Spirit). Hence, bodies should be regarded as mere vestures. We should not worry about the body.

How many heed to such sayings? You must learn to lead ideal lives. That is the right way to observe Christ's birthday. Few care to observe the ideals of the great teachers.

Christ was the victim of envious persons who were opposed to His teachings and who leveled accusations against Him. Devotees of God should not mind the criticisms of envious persons. All good people have to face such troubles. They should treat everything as meant for their good”.

- Divine Discourse: 25 December 1997

“Develop love of God. All other forms of love are not love at all, but only fleeting and impermanent attachments. Man's biggest folly is forgetting his Divinity. All should realize that they come from God. All are children of God. Everyone should seek to get nearer and nearer to God. That is spiritual practice (Sadhana). You must feel that God dwells in your heart. You must develop compassion in the heart, because without it, the heart is only a stone.

That is the message of Jesus: The message of love. Love is God. Live in love. Start the day with love. Spend the day with love. End the day with love. This is the way to God. Only the person who is filled with love will be dear to the Lord.

Today, devotees from many countries are here. Whatever happiness you may have experienced here, you must sustain that when you go back to your countries. That is got by God's grace. You can get it through love and love alone. When you have that love, your proximity to God is ensured forever.

- Divine Discourse: 25 December 1996

“Today, Christmas is celebrated in many countries. In every country, small groups of people go to their respective churches, listen to the sermon, and return to their homes. In some places people eat, drink, and make themselves merry. But nowhere in the world can you find Christmas being celebrated with the solemnity and holiness found in Prasanthi Nilayam. Here are gathered men and women from all countries. There are many denominations among Christians, and the members thereof celebrate Christmas in their separate ways. Only in Prasanthi Nilayam do Christians of all denominations and men and women of other faiths join to celebrate Christmas. All of them work in unison. Here is a concrete manifestation of the Brotherhood of Man and the Fatherhood of God”.

- Divine Discourse: 25 December 1994

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