Christmas: sacred symbols of an ancient tradition
The 25th of December is universally proclaimed as the day dedicated to the celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth, called also Nativity.
It is a special moment when families, even those who are not Christian believers, join together to spend this festivity.
Many of you probably know that the 25th of December is not the exact day of Lord Jesus’s birth that it is likely to fall in October or November and that this festivity was initially pagan and that was then converted to a Christian festivity. Even the ritual of gifts was a typical custom of farmers who rewarded their workers usually with food products.
But, beyond this, it is interesting to investigate some Christmas symbols that, willingly or unwillingly, became part of a universal tradition.
The main point is that on Christmas we are adoring baby Jesus, that means the qualities of innocence and purity in lord Jesus.
In our subtle system there is a chakra, the first chakra (called Mooladhara), that represents just these qualities: innocence and purity. Another quality accompanies them: wisdom. It is wisdom that comes not from knowing many things and having studied a lot, but it is a natural wisdom that comes when we are capable to make the best choice for our and other people’s benevolence.
In Indian tradition, these qualities are represented by Shri Ganesha, that is a child with an elephant head, where obviously the child represents innocence and the elephant wisdom.
The color of Mooladhara chakra’s petals is red and Shri Ganesha is decorate with a red paste and with red flowers.
Now, let’s return to Christmas.
We use to offer red flowers for Christmas (at least in Italy) that are called “Stars of Christmas”. It is a really interesting custom that has been adopted.
Then, somehow, another Christmas character popped up: Father Christmas.
Many of you probably know that initially he was dressing a “green” suite, that was changed to red by Coke brand for its commercial purpose; but anyway, again, willingly or unwillingly, the red color of Father Christmas returns to be “the official sponsor” of Christmas and remained over time. Santa Claus is an old man who is supposed to be a wise man as he knows who are the people who deserve gifts or not.
So, another symbol comes up: the wisdom.
Then, we can add the three kings that went to adore baby Jesus at His birth. They could very simply remind us the trimurty : Shri Bhrama (God in form of creator), Shri Vishnu (God in form of preserver) and Shri Shiva (God representing the universal Spirit, the Atma).
There is Mother Mary, who is the Holy Virgin who gave birth to Lord Jesus with immaculate conception. She can remind us the Holy Kundalini, the Primordial Mother who is guarded by the Divine Child Shri Ganesha (see Creation of Shri Ganesha).
To summarize, we can see that the symbols of Christmas are not so much distant from symbols of Mooladhara chakra; or, vice versa, we can say that Christmas could be the manifestation of the inner qualities of Mooladhara chakra, that are somehow revealed to the “collective unconscious” of the world.
The last and not the least: Merry Christmas to ALL!!!