So today we are talking about Christ. He is sitting in a position of Agnya Chakra, controlling pineal and pituitary. By that He controls our conditioning. If we follow Him then we cannot be conditioned by anything, because He talked of Spirit only.
– Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, Christmas 1995.
While Lord Jesus was actually born at the the time of Diwali (the Festival of Lights), the date on which we celebrate Christmas, December 25th, also has significance in relation to Christ. The early Roman Christians, perhaps not knowing the true date, decided to celebrate Christ’s birth at the time of the mid-winter solstice (shortest day in the Northern Hemisphere), the date on which the pre-Christian god of the Sun, Sol, had been invoked to lengthen the duration of daylight so that Spring could return. According to one scholar writing in the twelfth century:
It was a custom of the Pagans to celebrate on the same 25 December the birthday of the Sun, at which they kindled lights in token of festivity. In these solemnities and revelries the Christians also took part. Accordingly when the doctors of the Church perceived that the Christians had a leaning to this festival, they took counsel and resolved that the true Nativity should be solemnised on that day.
Several early Christian writers connected the rebirth of the sun to the birth of Jesus. Cyprian observed:
O, how wonderfully acted Providence that on that day on which that Sun was born … Christ should be born.
Shri Jesus is the Lord of the Agnya Chakra, which corresponds to the Sun. In Christian icons Christ is often depicted making a gesture of blessing identical to the Surya mudra (see illustration), a symbolic hand pose in which the ring finger is touched by the thumb. The significance of this is that the ring finger corresponds, in ancient traditions as well as in Sahaja Yoga, to the Sun and the Agnya Chakra. The early Christians seemed to want to make a connection between Jesus and the pre-existing mythological tradition of solar deities, who also had virgin births and were resurrected. Hence Sunday is the Christian holy day.
Sunlight is important for the Agyna Chakra, which governs the pineal gland in the centre of the brain. The pineal gland is much bigger in children: it shrinks at the time of puberty. It is controlled by the innocence of Christ. The pineal gland synthesizes and secretes the hormone melatonin, an important regulator of mood, that communicates information about environmental lighting to various parts of the body, and establishes bio-rhythms such as the conditioning of sleep and waking. The light-transducing ability of the pineal gland has led some to call the pineal the “third eye”.
Patients with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a regular recurrence of depression during autumn and winter, caused by a drop in melatonin levels in the brain, often improve after basking under bright light, a technique known as phototherapy.
I am the Light of the World.