Yoga Dharma Southend & Christmas

“Maybe if we got children to hold on to their dreams they would stop seeing the world outside as separate. If we were taught that we create our exterior world through our thoughts, and how to harness that power for positive creativity, then we would be seeing a different picture now”.
Symbols are present in all religions, their power lies in that they communicate profound spiritual truths directly, without passing through the intellect or the mind. But the profound being in everybody recognizes the truth
I think there is real evidence for a Christmas spirit that expresses itself as that special feeling we get as children. I think it is the universal bond, or Purusha, that we feel, and as adults we seem to forget. We become cynical about the commercialisation of Christmas, and as usual we put the blame somewhere else.
There could be several reasons why we lose the feeling when we leave childhood. It is said our Pineal gland becomes calcified, causing us to become detached from our natural magical awareness. I can remember being told to stop daydreaming as it was a waste of time and that I should stay in the real world. Maybe if we got children to hold on to their dreams they would stop seeing the world outside as separate. If we were taught that we create our exterior world through our thoughts, and how to harness that power for positive creativity, then we would be seeing a different picture now.
The symbolism of Christmas is massive. Let’s not forget that the Romans invented the date of Christmas, and that the traditions were around well before it became a Christian festival. The Symbolism of the scene in the stable of the nativity can be interpreted less literally than it may appear. The image of Mary and Joseph seated at opposite ends of the manger can be interpreted as Ida and Pingala nadis, or energy channels for the flow of feminine and masculine energies. When the two energies become balanced, they wake up Kundalini, the divine energy. Kundalini begins its accent up through Shushumna nadi, which is between Ida and Pingala. As Kundalini ascends it provokes the birth of the divine consciousness, the divine child.

“The Christmas tree is full of potential symbols around Kundalini. Think of the trunk as Shushumna nadi, and the star at the top as crown chakra. The base of the tree is decorated in red, Muladara Charka, where the roots are located. The coloured lights and baubles represent the different chakras located along the spine of the tree. The presents at the bottom represent the gifts produced by the rise of awareness, only to be opened at the appropriate time”.

In these festivities we also like putting lights and candles everywhere. In those places where the yogi has done a lot of spiritual practice there remains a type of prana (energy), subtle and spiritual, recognizable by an experienced yogi. This prana is perceived as tiny shiny dots of white or golden light, similar to the twinkling lights used at Christmas.
Symbols are present in all religions, and their power lies in that they communicate profound spiritual truths directly, without passing through the intellect or the mind. But the profound being in everybody recognizes the truth communicated by these symbols. That is why they have so much power of attraction. This I believe is the spirit of Christmas.
Martin Thompson.