Christmas Message ( December 25, 2008)

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There was a private garden situated at the outskirts of a city. Inside the garden, there was a statue of Virgin Mary with Baby Jesus decorated with diamonds, pearls and gems.

One day, a pigeon stopped to rest at the foot of mother Mary's statue. In the middle of the night, a diamond fell on the ground. The pigeon thought it must be a gift that the compassionate Lord Jesus and Mother Mary wanted it to be delivered to the needy one. Therefore, the pigeon held the stone in its mouth and flew it to a poor family.  Not long after returning to Mother Mary's foot, another pearl fell on the ground, believing that this is the kindness of  holy Jesus, the pigeon  picked up without hesitation and flew away again.

Just like this, whenever a stone fell off the statue of Mother Mary, the pigeon would pick it up and delivered to the needy ones. The pigeon continued its work until all the gems had fallen off the statue.

When the owner of the garden returned, what he found was a plain statue and a dead pigeon lying at its feet. Without a second thought, the man disdainfully picked up the pigeon and trashed it.

On a cursory look the story seems very ordinary and insignificant but it has a deeper meaning. The statue of Mother Mary along with baby Jesus represent the highest reality, the supreme Lord who is very kind and He is ever ready to provide whatever one needs to sustain and evolve. The pigeon represents the soul who has aligned himself to the will of God and ever ready to be used by Him as a worthy instrument to carry out His will. The owner of the garden and the statue represent the mass of people who do not have time and eye to see beyond the diamond studded statue and a dead bird. They have little understanding of the creation, the creator and the goal and the purpose of life.

This is the message of Holy Bible, Holy Jesus and the message of The Divine Life. Do Good, Be Good. Be kind, Be Compassionate. And even after doing good, if you are being ignored or ridiculed never mind. Bear insult, Bear injury and Bear injustice but continue to be an embodiment of service to the mankind, service to known and unknown. Love all, Hate none. Rejoice in the Lord each moment of your life. Pray fervently and Abide in Him.

Prayers for Peace, Joy and Harmony in Zimbabwe, Greece and around the Globe.

Merry Christmas to you all.

Wishing a Peaceful, Purposeful and Blissful New Year to all.

With lots of prayers and best wishes for the Year 2009. 

-Swami Adhyatmananda

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