Christmas is a beautiful festival. It is fundamentally spiritual not an occasion to be transactional. Even though today, it has gotten covered up by materialism and consumerism, there is something ancient and pure behind it that might be worth remembering today.

In the words of the Mother from Pondicherry, “Long before the Christian religion made December 25th the day of Christ’s birth, this day was the festival of the return of the sun, the Day of Light. It is this very ancient symbol of the rebirth of the Light that we wish to celebrate here.”

That is why Christmas is celebrated as the Festival of Light by those who see the glimmer that comes through even this distortion.

The Mother gave a spiritual significance to the day adopted as Jesus’ manifestation of the earth. As the psychic principle of love that is in the heart of each of us.

“And the significance of the gifts offered by the three Magi to Jesus at the time of his birth.” She said that each gift had a deeper meaning to those who understand the symbolism of the ritual:

Gold means wealth of the world and supramental knowledge.

Frankincense implies purification of the vital.

And myrrh would be immortalisation of the body.

With the double significance that Natal now has, here is praying that this day of ‘birth’, of ‘the return of light’ truly brings us back to the spiritual meaning it has always had. And Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, the “birthday” of the Roman solar deity Sol Invictus on December 25, translates into our lives.

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