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A Christmas Message
(Repeat of what was said on December 24, 2014 at Bad Antogast, Germany)
When the sun is there, there is a lot of activity. But at that time of the year, when there is very little sun, when there is very little activity, when nature is sleeping, and when everything has gone into hibernation – in that still and quiet night, springs a celebration with lights, joy and love, and that is Christmas. So, it is an outer symbolism of an inner phenomenon.
In the same way, when you are still and quiet, when you are with yourself, almost hibernating, then from there comes the message of love. Stillness brings the message of love.
In activity you are busy. In activity you are looking outward, but in stillness you are looking inward. In activity you are extroverted, but in stillness you are always introverted, and love spring from going within, from looking inside. That is why it is said:
Silent night Holy night All is calm All is bright Round yon virgin Mother and child Holy infant so tender and mild Sleep in heavenly peace Sleep in heavenly peace
The small mind is like a child – crying and grumbling, and it is dependent like a child. The big mind is like the mother. The little mind sleeps in the lap of the universal self, and that is heavenly peace. Heavenly peace is not outside, or somewhere up in the skies. Heaven is when the small mind rests in the lap of the big mind.
When the small mind is away from the big mind, then there is chaos, confusion and hell. Then when the small mind starts crying, it runs to the big motherly mind, and there it sleeps in heavenly peace. That peace is the real peace.
Good, isn't it? Today you have gotten a different meaning of Silent Night. It is not just an incident at some point of time, but an eternal message. You can draw an eternal message from this hymn.
'Holy' is when the mother and child are together.
This is our Christmas message this year: when the individual self sleeps in the lap of the cosmic self, then there is heavenly peace.
Today, on the day of Christmas, put your small mind into the lap of the big mind, and that is meditation. Mother and child in heavenly peace is meditation.