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The Spirit of Christmas

Excerpts from a lecture by Yogi Bhajan, 1/16/1990 Espanola, NM

When I see people buying Christmas presents, I like it. They enjoy Christmas. They give each other presents in the name of the spirit. You know that Santa Claus is more known to the world...as well as Mickey Mouse—they are the polarities. The most popular items on this planet Earth in 1990 are Santa Claus and Mickey Mouse.

Do you know both don't exist? There's no such thing as Santa Claus. It is man-created, and it got created in Manhattan and in the Bronx area. And do you believe that what we sell in one year, in one week we sell equal to that? One third of all sales is sold at Christmas time.

What is there in a Christmas? A spirit. A gift to each other in the name of spirit. That's why Christmas looks good. You call it 'Christ.' Jews call it something else. Sikhs call it 'Guru Gobind Singh's birthday.' Everybody gets to that time when the sun is less and the night is longer. Man has created something to relate to the light and spirit. That's all it is.

I'm asking, "Why can’t we do it all the time?" What is the difficulty in us? Why can't we figure out that God is still the owner of this planet Earth? He rotates the Earth, he will take care of the routine. Life has the most cruel confrontations, but within you, like in the burning desert, there is a little well of water which is cool and calm and it has a few palm trees full with dates. It is an oasis.

So please do not lose the living life in the diagram of perpetual insecurity. Why don't you give the chance to the Master, the Guardian Angel, the God who created you, to fix up your tomorrow? Give it a little chance. Let us love ourselves in a very small way. And let us love everybody all the way. Let us trust a little bit.

I know you care for your friends, you care for your job, you care for your children, you care for your future. There's not one item on the menu that you do not care about. But I just want to tell you, don't forget the owner of the whole thing is God Himself—the spirit, the breath of life.

Your ego is not your owner. Let us be kind and gentle to the fact of reality that God is never going to abandon the planet Earth. The Creator is not going to abandon creation and the creatures. Let us start our today with ecstasy of consciousness and the feeling of oneness with God and with each other. Let us make a resolution that each day we'll say little good-bye to insecurity and we'll rely on security little bit more. And that each day, that little bit in a small way, shall go all the way. In the end you will find it is multiplied by 365. That many days are there. But if you're really smart, do it by the hour. If you think you are really smart, do it by the minute. And if you have a real computer consciousness, do it by the second.

© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan