In this Christmas season, it’s important to reflect on the deeper message of Christ’s life and birth. Paramhansa Yogananda told his disciples that it was Jesus himself who appeared to Babaji in the Himalayas, and asked him to send these teachings to the West in order to reveal the deeper meaning of Christianity. Through people’s practice of meditation, they could experience Jesus as a living reality—a being with whom they can commune, rather than merely read about in the Bible.
Yoganandaji went on to explain that, contrary to common Christian beliefs, this is what Jesus meant when he said that he would come again. “The Second Coming of Christ” is how Yogananda often referred to his mission, for it teaches people how to fulfill the true promise of Jesus—not to return again in physical form, but in the souls of those who love him and commune with him.
Following the path brought by our great line of masters—Jesus Christ, Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteswar, and Yoganandaji—is a blessing beyond faculty of words to express. It holds the promise of divine love and protection, of inner guidance and assurance, and ultimately of final soul freedom. But it also holds a responsibility for each one of us, for to be a true disciple we must try to fulfill the purpose for which these masters came.
This means working towards the kind of inner transformation in which we no longer live in our limited ego, but rather in our expanded soul nature; in which we no longer focus on the darkness of this world, but rather see the light of God shining everywhere. And ultimately this means awakening within ourselves the universal Christ Consciousness, which is the true “Second Coming of Christ.”
When we take up the banner of our Guru’s mission as our own personal calling, then we feel his true stamp of approval on our discipleship.
In his book Revelations of Christ, Swami Kriyananda writes: “I myself believe in Paramhansa Yogananda’s prediction of ‘a new world of peace, harmony, and prosperity for all,’ when people give up fighting the inevitable and learn to accept, and even to love, one another, and then to work together for the common weal.
“Then will the Second Coming of Christ become a reality: not necessarily the return of Jesus the man, but of the principles for which he stood bravely and, eventually, died on the cross.”
We wish you all a happy and blessed Christmas season, and send our sincere prayer that “the light of Christ shine upon you.”
In God, Christ, and Guru,