The Vesture of the Lord
The Master’s 1964 Christmas Message
The whole creation came into being by the Word or Naam – the God-into-Expression Power.
The whole creation is the temple of God. There is no place where He is not. In minerals life is sleeping; in plants life is dreaming; in birds and animals life is awakening; and in man life is awake. As such we are brothers of all creatures, of plants, of birds and animals. So the flowers and trees sparrows and doves are as members of our own Order. How simple, pure, loving and beautiful they are! We should learn lessons of leading lives of purity, holiness, simplicity and Divine love from them.
We should love all, even the sinners and robbers. We should not chop off the whole tree, but give it a chance to grow up again. We breathe the same air, we drink the same water, we bask in the same sun and live on the same mother earth. Day and night are two servants who are bringing us up.
Man is the highest in all creation. Those who love God, should love all of them. He is immanent in every form. There are sermons in stones and books in rivulets. We should live in fellowship with all creatures, with all life. Creation is one family in God. All Rishis and Saints had the vision of Cosmic Unity and loved Dame Nature.
The whole creation is the house of God and He resideth in it.
The Rishis sang,
Ishavasyam Idam Servam.
All that is, is a vesture of the Lord.
Nature is beautiful except tormented by the hand of man.
Man is a social being and has to live in some society. Numbers are no index to wisdom and yet holy places of worship are crowded with them. We need that these should be the purest and wisest men of life. The society should live by the law of love, and ruled by guardians of the moral law and live a simple frugal life. I am not after founding a sect, but after gathering holy men of life, of purity, of simplicity and of loving devotion to God in all, and to all in God. It is no good to renounce the world and retire in a forest. It is not necessary to renounce one religion or the other, but to have inner renunciation like St. Francis and other Saints who renounced everything at heart but were Christ-possessed or God-possessed.
With these words I send you one and all my best wishes on this Christmas Day to mould our lives accordingly.