A Christmas Message
When Will You Know That Christ Is With You?
Jesus was born in the cradle of Christ Consciousness twenty centuries ago. His universal Christ Consciousness is reborn in every wise man. Are you ready in the coming Christmas to expand your soul to behold within yourself the birth of the Omnipresent Christ?
To observe the birthday of Jesus with gifts and festivities shows some respect and attention to the ideals of his life. But to meditate and prepare your mind for the holy occasion of Christmas, that you may experience within yourself the birth of a new consciousness of universal brotherhood and love for all living creatures, is to really celebrate Christmas. Drive away from your mind all pride and prejudices, that you may fittingly hold the omnipresent Christ Consciousness in your love-expanded bosom.
If at Christmas you find your strong will unconquered by the tests of temptations, know that Christ is born within you in reality. If in the coming Christmas you can maintain inner peace when crucified with disquietude, know that Christ is with you. If at Christmas you can meditate with deep joy in spite of the restless horde of invading thoughts, know that Christ as the divine joy of meditation has manifested within you.
When you cannot be roused to wrath by crucifixion through others’ wickedness, know that you are ready for Christ. When you feel love for all in spite of any hatred toward you, know that an altar for Christ is created within you.
When all the time you can feel within you the ecstasy of unbroken joy of meditation, know that Christ is with you evermore, and that within your deathless consciousness you will celebrate the true Christmas experience every moment, every minute, every day, every year, unto eternity.
(Excerpt from The Second Coming of Christ: The Resurrection of the Christ Within You by Paramahansa Yogananda)