Extract of this talk given by Sant Kirpal Singh at the St. James Episcopal Church,
Houston, Texas, December 25, 1963
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The best way to celebrate Christmas day is to celebrate the lives of these great men daily, with every breath. We do not miss or forget the lessons and the teachings They gave us, and we should live up to them daily. We should see the same Christpower in ourselves. It is in everyone, and It is to be developed through the help given wherever It manifests– call It by any name you like.
Jesus taught that the Kingdom of God could be had only by entering within the manbody or the true temple of God. The import of these teachings is that so long as we are in the body, we are identified with the body and outside things, causing us to forget our inner selves and fall under a grand delusion. How can we be liberated from this delusion?
The attention, which is the outward expression of our soul, is diffused in the world through the outgoing faculties. First we have to withdraw that attention within, and then rise above body-consciousness, above the senses. Only then can we be extricated from the grand delusion that we are the manbody instead of being the indweller of the manbody. Only then can we emerge from our ignorance of some higher Power keeping us in the body.
What happens at the time of death? Life withdraws from the feet and rises to the back of the eyes, and then darkness appears. While living, you can learn how to rise above the senses, withdraw from the outside to the back of the eyes, which is the seat of the soul in the body, and have your Inner Eye opened. You can see the Light of God, that Light of God Which was personified and called Christpower, Gurupower, or Masterpower.
Jesus told Nicodemus, "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God." Nicodemus then said, "Lord, I am an old man. How can I enter the womb of the mother and be reborn?" Jesus replied, "Flesh is born of the flesh and Spirit of the Spirit."
Our first birth is in the manbody; the second birth is that of being born anew into the Beyond when we learn to die while living. This birth is called the Birth in Christ. Birth in Gurupower or Birth in Godpower.
You must live and die in Godpower. You must be born in Christ, in the Gurupower or Godpower. Simple wearing of the outer badges of certain schools of thought or performing specific rites and rituals does not make you be born in Christ. Such practices or beliefs may be the preparation of the ground for being born in Christ, but this Birth can be had only if you take up the cross daily. manbody is the cross.
The true way to celebrate any great man's life is to understand the teachings of the Master that day, to understand him what he was and what he taught, to derive the lesson and try to live up to that. I wish you Happy Christmas, but in the way that I have told you to be the true celebration of Christmas Day. Understand who the Masters were, their teachings of how to learn to die, how to be reborn, how to open the Inner Eye and see the Light of God.