To traverse a path in the dark night, we walk carefully, carry a lamp, or orient our way by the moon or starlight. When there is no such light to guide us, we grow quiet and profoundly aware. We listen deeply and find our way with the inner light of mindful awareness, deeply attuned to the now moment. One step at a time, the way forward is revealed.
Spiritual practices imbued with symbols from the Christian tradition of Advent can be luminous tools to guide us through the dark days and nights of Winter. Through contemplation and meditation, we prepare our hearts and minds to reach what yogis call Kutastha Chaitanya— realization of the universal Christ or Krishna Consciousness—the unchanging, eternal, divine Self of all. During the Christmas season, many homes display evergreen trees laden with lights and gifts, and doors or tables display wreaths and candles, often without connection to the ancient power such symbols carry. When that occurs, what could facilitate transformation in a dark season and bring us to the heart of spiritual realization serves only to decorate our home. While these customs often provide a context for valuable family traditions and social connections, they can offer so much more.
This daily contemplative guide supports the spiritual journey of Advent for pilgrims from all traditions. The meaning of Advent is “coming or arrival.” It signifies the period of faithful waiting for the birth of the Universal Christ—realization of the essential divine Self.