Written by Sant Kirpal Singh, December 11, 1961
Dear ones in God,
'Christmas-tide' is the season of rejoicing all the world over. On this happy and auspicious occasion – the nativity of Christ – I send you my heartiest felicitations and joyous blessings. I wish each one of you to be born in Christ for Christ Power is at once the Alpha and the Omega of creation. Learn to live by that Master Power and you will be truly blessed. Remember the memorable words of Christ – 'I am the Light of the world: He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the Light of life.' These words were not uttered in vain. They are as true today as they were two thousand years ago; but we have forgotten them and their true import.
'The Light of life' is in you, nay you live by that very Light – whether you know it or not, is a different question. Each one of you had had an experience of that holy Light. All that you have now to do is to live in constant contact with the holy Light – Light that is uncreated and shadowless, eternally the same and peerless. The whole creation came into being by the same Light – and that very light is shining in every heart. All are Divine in nature and religion is the expression of Divinity already existing in man.
This Light of life has got to be made manifest in life. Be ye a witness to the Light of Life, not only within yourself but in others as well, for the same Light shineth everywhere and there is no place where it is not. Once you come by this Light and learn to live by it, your whole life will be changed. Love will permeate your very being and it will burst forth from the very pores of your body, transmitting every dross into sterling gold.
Love, you must know, is both the means and the goal of life. Love, Life and Light are but different facets of One Divinity. Try to become a channel for the Divine and the Divinity will then flow through you. This is not something impossible, but it is the very acme of all human endeavours.
In this world of matter, one has of necessity got to deal with matter. We have to make the most of the material raiment and the material world given to us. It serves a great purpose, in the Divine plan of evolution. It is the ladder by means of which the spirit has to rise above body-consciousness and get into the realm beyond – the realm of spirituality – its native habitat. Learn to make the most of the means given to you and surely as day follows the night, the victory will be yours.
A true Christian ought and must take up his 'cross' daily. The cross represents the physical body standing with outstretched arms. You have to rise above body-consciousness. You have to be reborn into the kingdom of God by disappearing in the physical body, i.e. death. 'Except ye be reborn ye cannot enter the kingdom of God.' He or she must know how to die daily so as to be able to enjoy life eternal, beyond time and space.
This is the one grand lesson that has come down to us from times immemorial and once again, I emphatically repeat it, at this part of the year, so that you may become the living channel for the Christ Power to work as of old, for we have His promise – I shall never leave thee nor forsake thee till the end of the world.
With New Year ahead of you, I wish you to make a firm resolve to attain the summum and bonum of life, and I unhesitatingly assure you that the Master Power shall lead you from darkness to Light, from falsehood to truth, and from death to immortality.
Wishing you once again a merry Christmas and a bright and happy new Year.
Yours in Lord, Kirpal Singh