The joyful event of the Birth of Christ

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The Significance of Christmas is known to men all over the world. Though Christmas is indeed celebrated as the day of the Birth of Christ into this world, it also symbolizes a very deeply significant truth of the spiritual life. Jesus Christ is the very personification of Divinity. He was born at a time when ignorance, superstition, greed, hatred, and hypocrisy prevailed upon the land. Purity was forgotten, and morality was neglected.

In the midst of these conditions, Christ was born, and He worked a transformation in the lives of people. He gave a new and spiritual turn to the lives of man. There came a change upon the land. People started upon a new way of life. Thus a new era dawned for the world.

In that period, the seeker has no thought of God or higher spiritual life. He lives a life of lust, anger, greed, deluded attachment, pride, and jealousy. If the seeker must enter a new life of spiritual aspiration, purity, and devotion, then the Christ-spirit must take its birth in his heart. That is the real Christmas when the Divine element expresses itself in the man’s heart. From then onward, light begins to shine where darkness was before.

A tiny but excellent point of deep significance is attached to Christmas. It is the time and the manner of the birth of the Lord upon the holy Christmas day. Jesus Christ was not born in a grand palace. He was not born to very wealthy or learned parents. Jesus Christ was born in a simple, lowly, stable corner. He was born to humble and poor parents with nothing to boast about except their own spotless character and holiness.

The above point of deep significance tells that the spiritual awakening comes to the seeker, who is perfectly humble and ‘meek’ and ‘poor in spirit.’ The quality of true humility is one of the indispensable fundamentals.

Then we find simplicity, holiness, and the renunciation of all desire for worldly wealth and pride of learning. Thirdly, even as Christ was born unknown to the world and in the obscurity of darkness, even so, the advent of the Christ-spirit takes place in the inwardness of man when there is total self-effacement and self-abnegation.

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