Loving and Divine One,

Let the choicest blessings of God and the masters be upon all of you. I take this opportunity to pray for you. I send my best wishes to you for Passover and Easter. One is the celebration of the Jews, and the other, of the Christians.

Passover is the major Jewish Spring festival, commemorating the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian servitude. Easter is the festival of the Christian church that celebrates the resurrection of Christ.

For historical reasons the Jews had to live lives of slavery. From a spiritual point of view we all suffer from slavery and servitude—not the so-called political and financial slavery, but the slavery of the sense organs and the mind. Moses freed his people, and we can experience this kind of freedom when we follow in the footsteps of the great masters. They have taught us how to live self-disciplined lives that will lead to contentment and contemplation.

The resurrection of Christ teaches us to transform our body-conscious lives into lives of divine consciousness and sincere prayer. Jesus was ill-treated, misunderstood, and had to pass through trials and tribulations. Ultimately, he was crucified. On the cross he prayed, "Father, Father, please forgive them for they know not what they do." His heart was filled with love, kindness, and compassion. His love was universal. His life is an example of a life of fulfillment and completeness.

Every year we celebrate these occasions, but how much do we learn from them? How much do we practice their spiritual lessons in daily life? How often do we cultivate the values and virtues within ourselves? Time is flying; what has truly changed in our lives?

As I write these few lines to you, my heart becomes heavy with love for these masters, as well as for our stupidity. How much love and sacrifice they showed humanity, while we live empty lives. It bothers me that our ignorance, arrogance, and above all our stupidity prevents real change in us; we continually fail to transform our thoughts, words, and deeds so we can become good instruments in this beautiful creation.

We should be loving and caring. We should be kind and compassionate. We should be serving and sacrificing. Our lives should be for others and not for our own selfish interest. Our lives should be examples of transformation. We should be worthy children of the Divine. Instead of seeing the shortcomings of others, we should complement the friction of this world to cause goodness. We should learn to forgive others and serve them with tenderness in our hearts. Our minds should be ready to serve at any moment.

On this special occasion of Passover and Easter, I pray to the Lord to give us tremendous willpower and strength to cause real change in our lives and be worthy children of the Divine.

I am praying for your all-round development, peace, and prosperity. Let there be a flow of peace and love and joy everywhere.

With Love,
Prajnanananda

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