A Christmas Vow by Sri Yogananda
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“I will prepare for the coming of the Omnipresent baby Christ by cleaning the cradle of my consciousness, now rusty with selfishness, indifference, and sense attachments; and by polishing it with deep, daily, divine meditation, introspection, and discrimination. I will remodel the cradle with the dazzling soul-qualities of brotherly love, humbleness, faith, desire for God-realization, will power, self-control, renunciation, and unselfishness, that I may fittingly celebrate the birth of the Divine Child.”
I find the above passage both moving and beautiful...quite an aspiration for an average bloke like me. I first came across it about five years ago when I picked up the little book, Metaphysical Meditations. If we all thought about Christmas like this the world may be a different place.
To learn more about Paramahansa Yogananda, click here.