To Meditate on Christmas Eve

Lift your eyes and concentrate within. Behold the astral star of divine wisdom and let the wise thoughts in you follow that telescopic star to behold the Christ everywhere.

In that land of everlasting Christmas, of festive, omnipresent Christ Consciousness, you will find Jesus, Krishna, the saints of all religions, the great guru preceptors, all waiting to give you a divine floral reception of ever‑ new, everlasting happiness.

Prepare for the baby Christ by decorating the Christmas tree of your universal love with gifts of calmness, forgiveness, nobility, service, kindness, spiritual understanding, and devotion, wrapped in your golden good will and bound with the silver cord of your pure sincerity.

On the Christmas tree of Christ Consciousness hang your material desires to remain forever. Give unto Christ all your gifts of love and devotion. Let Him, on the Christmas morn of your spiritual awakening, unwrap the gorgeous present of your heart offerings that have been sealed with the tears of your golden joy and bound with the cord of your eternal fidelity to Him.

He accepts only the gifts of sacred soul‑ dreams, and His acceptance will be His greatest gift to you; for if He gives anything to anyone, He gives nothing less than Himself. In giving Himself He will make your heart big enough to hold Him; then your heart will throb with Christ in everything.

Enjoy this festivity, the birth of Christ, in your mind and soul and in every living atom.

By daily meditation you will prepare the cradle of your consciousness to behold the infinite baby Christ, and every day will become a true Christmas of Christ communion

from Metaphysical Meditations by Paramhansa Yogananda