YOGA CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

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

THE NATIVITY

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. 

YOGA CHRISTMAS SPRIRIT

THE CHRISTMAS TREE

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.  

PRANA

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, like the twinkling lights used at Christmas.

Is there real evidence for the Christmas spirit that expresses itself as that special feeling we get as children? It could be the universal bond, or Purusha, that we feel, and as adults we seem to forget. We become cynical about the commercialisation of Christmas and put the blame somewhere else.

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.