Words of wisdom given with love


Saturday, October 24, 2009

From Purity of the Heart God Takes Birth

Swami Vishwananda: Once, a man came to visit a certain holy man, St. Sabbas, in his cave while he was meditating. When the saint noticed the visitor, he became very joyful. He happily washed the hands and feet of his visitor. When the saint looked up from washing the feet of the man, he realized that his visitor was Christ Jesus sitting there. The saint felt such love that he started crying profusely and said, “Oh my Lord, You are here!” At that moment, the visitor disappeared.

A certain lady in Switzerland was walking down the street and a beggar asked her to give him some money, and she willingly gave him some money. The woman’s only reaction when the beggar asked for money was to take some money and give it to him. The moment the money reached the hand of the beggar, he disappeared on the spot. Very often she talked about this story.

So like that I can tell you many stories, many facts that many people have told. Through charity, through service, through love they have experienced so much. And if you really want to experience the same thing, open up your heart and let Jesus work through you; let Krishna work through you; let God work through you. Through that you will realize His Love. You will realize that He is always with you. You will know how much He Loves you and how much you can love.

Let us create in our mind and in our heart the same experience that over two thousand years ago Mary and Joseph experienced at the birth of Jesus. We will read [reproduce here] a short passage from the Christian Bible. Imagine and create with your mind, the baby Jesus, and Mary and Joseph.

The Birth of Jesus — Matthew 1:18—25: . . .
18: Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise. When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.

19: Then Joseph, her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privately.

20: But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying,” Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.

21: And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

22: Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying:

23: “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”

24: Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife.

25: And knew her not till she had brought forth her first-born son: and he called his name, Jesus.

Swami Vishwananda continues: Mary, the mother of Christ Jesus was pure, the virgin, and therefore she often is represented by white lilies, which are pure and completely without stain. This symbolizes the purity of the heart. From the purity of the heart God can take birth.

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