By Sant Rajinder Singhji
Dec 22, 2018
The basis of Christmas is, of course, the
celebration of the birth of Christ; although in reality saints are beyond the
cycle of birth and death. At this time of year let us turn our hearts and souls
to the significance of the life and teachings of Christ. Every year people from
across the world get together to celebrate the day of Christmas!
Traditionally speaking, it is the day when
God’s power descended on the earth in human form to give the firsthand
experience of “the word” to humanity.
To celebrate Jesus Christ’s birthday is a
moment of great joy. We sing carols, celebrate, present gifts, and exchange
best wishes. Though the temperature outside shudders us, our hearts are filled
with the warmth of love and brotherhood. Christmas is an occasion when we must
give a thought to understand the meaning of “Christ”. Jesus Christ, in the
Gospel, often called himself as the “Child of Man” and “Son of God”. He can be
understood in this dual context.
Being one with the Father, Christ embodied
all virtues. He was an epitome of love, forgiveness & humility. He represented
the full flowering of God’s love in the world. Indeed, if forgiveness can be
defined as the perfume that flowers breathe when they are trampled upon, then
he was a veritable garden of divine fragrance. His love encompassed all, and he
embraced all. Humility was his adornment. Like one the greatest Urdu poets of
past century has said,
love are the priceless gifts of God-realisation;
Humility is the
be all, and love is the end all of the spiritual path.”
— Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj
It is love which opens our hearts to share
in the sufferings and joys of others. And it is humility which inspires us to
reach out to the lowly and the poor, the forsaken and the forgotten. It is not
the magnitude of our acts of loving kindness that ultimately matters. It is the
sincerity with which they are offered.
As we celebrate Christmas, let us do so in
a spirit as openhearted. If we but develop the eyes to see, we will find that
every day is filled with opportunities to express love and compassion, and to
perform acts of kindness which can bring joy to those around us. Every day is
filled with opportunities to spread the fragrance of forgiveness and apply the
balm of soothing words.
Those who are rich may possess everything,
but if they lack love, they are poor, destitute. So to give love consciously is
not only a panacea for hardships, the torments of modern life, it is an
enriching experience for the giver also. It enriches the giver as well as the
receiver; we all grow. So let’s celebrate this Christmas with its true spirit
of love, humility and forgiveness. Merry Christmas!