Monday, 24 December 2018


Christmas is a festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ which is commonly observed on December 25 around the world.

Among all the awakened persons, Jesus Christ is very close to my heart because human beings today can identify them with Jesus in a very easy way. If you look at awakened person like Gautam Buddha, you will find that his language is that of a scholar. He has a philosophic point of view which is difficult for a common man to identify with but the words of Jesus are plain and ordinary. If you read New Testament in Bible, you will find Jesus has used words which are very easy for a common man to understand because He was speaking to common people. Leo Tolstoy in one of his books has said that “Christ is God and man working together, walking together and dancing together”. The inference of this quote is that God cannot work alone because He needs an instrument to do His work. Man alone is not competent enough. He is like a hollow bamboo and he needs someone to create a melody to turn into a flute. Christ is a flute on God’s lips. Through Him, God has given message of love to the mankind. Christmas is the opportunity to worship God, to bow down and pay homage to Him for humbling Himself and appearing in human form. 

There are some customs involved in celebrating Christmas like decorating a fir tree. There is significance involved in such customs although we tend to follow such customs without understanding their significance. The custom of decorating fir tree has its roots in non-Christian cultures. For the Germanic people, evergreen fir trees were an important fertility symbol and gave hope that spring will return after winter. In ancient Rome, fir tree branches were brought home to keep away harm and evil spirits. The tradition of decorations was only established later on in the 17th century. First of all the tree was decorated with anything to hand, Christmas decorations were then finally systematically made and sold in the 19th century with the advent of industrialization.
May the magic of Christmas gladden your heart with the joys of the season. May the spirit of Christmas bless you with greater strength. May the promise of Christmas bring you and yours endless blessings.

Celebrate the Wonder and the Joy of the Festive Season.


Acharya Vikas Malhotra
Lal Kitab Astro Centre (LKAC)

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