Sri Sri Ravi Shankar lovingly called as Guruji, the founder of Art of Living Foundation through which He relieves the stress at individual levels, thus reducing violence, sufferings and conflicts and spreading the love, harmony, peace throughout the world in various societies.
This time of the year, it is cold and nature is still and silent. It is darker and there is lesser and lesser activity, and in the middle of all this, springs the celebration.
When the sun is there, there is so much activity. But at that time of the year when there is very little sun, when there is very little activity, when nature is sleeping and when everything has gone into hibernation; in that still and quiet night, springs the celebration with lights, joy and love, and that is Christmas. So it is an outer symbolism of an inner phenomenon.
Inside also, when you are still and quiet, and you are hibernating, then from there comes up the message of love. Stillness brings the message of love.
In activity you are busy. In activity you are looking outward, but in stillness you are looking inward. In activity you are extroverted, but in stillness you are always introverted, and love spring from going within, from looking inside. That is why it is said:
Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bring
Round yon virgin mother and child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace
The small mind is like a child, it is always crying and grumbling, and it is dependent like a child. The big mind is like the mother. The little mind sleeps in the lap of the big mind, the little self sleeps in the lap of the universal self, and that is heavenly peace.
Heavenly peace is not outside, or somewhere up in the skies. Heaven is when the small mind rests in the lap of the big mind.
When the small mind is away from the big mind, then there is chaos, confusion and hell. Then when the small mind starts crying, it runs to the big motherly mind, and there it sleeps in heavenly peace. That peace is the real peace.
Good, isn't it! Today you have gotten a different meaning (of Silent Night). Now it is not just an incident at some point of time, but an eternal message. You can draw an eternal message from this hymn. 'Holy' is when the mother and child are together.
This is our Christmas message this year: when the individual self sleeps in the lap of the cosmic self, then there is heavenly peace.
Tomorrow, you also do this: you put your small mind into the lap of the big mind, and that is meditation. Mother and child in heavenly peace is meditation.
Then on Christmas, there are a lot of gifts. When the child is with the mother what comes up? Lots of gifts! Unless we bring spirituality to the world, there will be no peace, there will be no prosperity, and there will be no happiness. Don't you also think so? (Audience say, 'Yes')