1958 Christmas Message
I join with you in your rejoicings on Christmas and New Year days and wish you to identify yourself with Christ so much so that like St Paul you may be able to say,
It is I, not now I, it is Christ that lives in me.
Let you be perfect as your Father is in Heaven or Father speaking through the Son, and become conscious of becoming a vehicle of Him, as a puppet in the hands of God – Son and the Father – and be able to endorse that,
I and my Father are One.
Please allow me to remind you to consider dispassionately where you stand in the realization of this perfection. If you are far away from this ideal, pause to introspect and determine to apply a corrective from now on.
May be worldly affluence has swayed you too much or you had thought the misfortunes have descended too quickly, which may not in reality be so, for ups and downs are a normal feature of life. They come as a result of well planned Divine Dispensation. So worry not if dark clouds are overhanging or wild rumours of universal destruction are set afloat as even the darkest cloud has a silver lining somewhere. You have a clear way before you. Your duty is two-fold – corporal and spiritual – as you have the body and the spirit. Both are intertwined and interlinked and need to be performed diligently and lovingly without damping your enthusiasm in any way. For to shirk one’s duty is timidity, to face it with determination is manly, to take the results with cheer is bravery and to adjust one’s life according to one’s environments is invigorating and peaceful.
One can learn swimming in water, not on dry land. You have to behave lovingly in all your affairs. When you love God and as God resides in every heart, you love one and all. You have to see Him in all. In this way you will live in the world and yet out of it. The fascination and charms of the world will not bind you. The Master has shown you a way by example and precept – how to achieve his end, it is well within your reach under His guidance. You have only to do your duty with Love, faith and enthusiasm and rise into conscious awareness of the Great Power within you. Now or never should be the motto. There are no windfalls as a general rule. You have to work your way up. Every one reaching the top step has ascended the steps below. But take it that you are not alone in your efforts, which at best are only too feeble. You are under the protective wings of the great Master-Power always extending His Grace and protection unknowingly and unasked for. He is always by your side. You may stumble and fall, but His loving hands are always there to pick you up.
Stand on your belief on solid ground. Let not other’s wayward opinions deflect you from the True Path you are on. Let not promises of glory by anyone waylay you. Do not come to hurried conclusions, but use discrimination in all your undertakings. Stick to what is Real. With an ethical and loving background your spiritual success is definitely assured. My Love and best wishes are always with you in all your noble efforts and holy journey to your Home.