Celebrating the birth of Jesus – the Prophet and Savior

December 25, 2010

By Padmini Arhant

Today the world celebrates the birth of a star that illumined the sky upon descending on earth.

Lord Jesus represented the kingdom of God and sent with love to serve humanity.

The humble preacher touched many hearts and minds with his message about compassion, peace and respect for one another.

Jesus exemplified gospel through indomitable service and sacrifice to uplift human spirit.

Lord Jesus is the glory of God.

The great saint approached the willing and the reluctant members in the society to lead them towards the righteous path as the only trail to salvation.

Lord Jesus was confronted with strong opposition among those resolute in their convictions about the noble messiah.

Yet, the few who initially followed Lord Jesus were not disappointed for they recognized the wisdom and courage in the teachings that eliminated doubts about the lord’s ability to heal the wounded, educate the ignorant, enrich the knowledgeable and empower the pious souls regardless of one’s faith towards the son of God.

Accordingly Lord Jesus’ disciples were honored and assigned the humanitarian tasks to alleviate suffering and bring solace to the desolate children of God.

These apostles too were posed with numerous challenges by those against the divine work.

Jesus spoke in simple terms and warned his followers of the impediments:

“Behold, I send you out as sheep among wolves. So be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. Be wary of men who will betray you. You will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them.” – Matthew 10:16-18

16” I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. 17 “Be on your guard against men; they will hand you over to the local councils and flog you in their synagogues. 18 On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.”

In modern day the flogging could be interpreted as vitriolic attacks, distortions, false propaganda, influencing justice denial notwithstanding the extremities witnessed in perpetual eulogies and archetype obituaries wishing death to the truth speaker in rejection of ‘The God’s will’ to establish peace.

Needless to state that there is no dearth of medium and allies in executing the order even at the inevitable self-detriment.

At the same time these powerful entities never shy away from utilizing the divine source with authority implying the ‘enslaved’ status by keeping tabs on every breath of their slave when they are the ones requiring vigilance considering their operational revelations thus far.

Whenever it is not suitable the same spiritual force mocked as ‘witchcraft’ or ‘sorcery’ despite them demanding special effects to produce results in their favor.

Nonetheless there is no difference in human response between then and now to ‘God’s determined’ course of action against calamities brought upon by greed driven power resisting goodness to prevail in the face of harsh realities.

All prophets invariably provided guidance in moral and ethical conduct. The emphasis on negative vices such as envy, greed, hatred, anger and arrogance…is a reminder to renounce qualities that hinders individual progress eventually affecting all.

In the contemporary period the two most prevalent causes for unhappiness are envy and intolerance.

Intolerance stems from lack of understanding and interest in other cultures and religions often leading to disrespectful treatment of the relevant representation. Regrettably the slight for other religions demonstrated in some religious sermons could be appropriately characterized as theatrical to appease the crowd.

Religious activities are beneficial when spreading tolerance and respect for all in appreciation of God’s created diverse universe. Otherwise the performance becomes mere entertainment rather than enlightenment.

Tolerance engenders peace within and around that is quintessential for real happiness.

Envy is related to lower self-esteem and insecurity about personal success or failure in life. It also originates from misconceptions and judgmental thoughts in certain situations hurting the ones harboring than those targeted.

Disinheriting the negative traits that cause harm to self and others is the simple step towards peaceful existence.

The global environment thrives when there is harmony enabling the development of friendship and good relationship between neighbors and distant nations.

Today’s problems are the result of excess desire to amass wealth and territories beyond the capability to control.

In the process the thread holding the fabric is splitting at the seams and visible in the economic and ecological imbalance threatening planet survival.

New beginnings await in the horizon for redemption when the human mind distinguishes between illusion and reality.

Peace and happiness rests with choices in life. It’s best to embrace simplicity over complexity and avoid unnecessary frustrations from it.

Human beings are gifted with the discriminatory power that enhances their intelligence to make informed decisions.

Not all utilize the ability for the common benefit. If it’s used then unfortunately for the wrong instead of the right reasons.

There is still hope to change direction for positive outcome. However, a greater degree of responsibility lies with the individuals’ approach to life.

Since the year-end quarter marks the festive season and celebrations for most religions,

I take the opportunity to wish the followers of different faiths and members of the global society retrospectively, for I might have missed the occasions not by choice but owing to circumstances and duly apologize for the belated greetings.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa to people following the tradition in the United States and other parts of the world.

Ramzan aka Ramadan for the people of Islamic faith – Observed with fasting and prayer.

Buddha Purnima also known as Vesak and Buddha Jayanti in India – commemorating Lord Gautama Buddha’s birth and attainment of Nirvana – enlightenment of soul through universal knowledge. It’s symbolic in India and other parts of Asia.

On the auspicious celebration for the followers of Sikhism –

Guru Nanak Jayanti or Guru Nanak Birthday. Guru Nanak is the leading saint and the spiritual guide who preached the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh Holy Scripture sharing the common elements of all other religions to overcome negativities and discipline the mind to engage in good deeds.

The scripture defines the service to humanity through benevolence and that is admirably pursued by Sikh majority in India and elsewhere.

Season’s Greetings to observers of Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Bahá’í…and others around the world.

As a secular being, I pay my equal respect and reverence to all faiths with the personal belief that life is the manifestation of energy from a singular source regarded as the supreme entity in the spiritual sense.

Universal love and peace brings joy to the world.

Happy Holidays, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year to the fellow citizens in the United States and all over the World.

Thank You.

Padmini Arhant


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