December 17th, 2001
Received by H.
My dear H___ I would like to begin this message
with a series of questions.
What does the Yom Kippur day mean to you?
H..: It is the Day of Forgiveness in the Jewish calendar.
It is the Repentance Day. Very well. And what
does the Shavuoth feast mean to you?
H..: It is the Hebrew name for Pentecost.
Indeed. The word means weeks, because it is celebrated
seven weeks after Passover. I am aware that you know the meaning
of this feast for the Christian churches. But what was its original
meaning for the Hebrews?
H..: It was some kind of thanksgiving for the harvest.
Exactly. But the Christian churches changed its meaning, using
an established feast to overlay it with a new symbolism.
Then, I ask you, what does the Inti Raymi feast
mean to you?
H..: It is a feast of the Incas of the Andes. It is
celebrated on summer solstice, in June, when the sun stands highest
on the firmament. It is a feast in honor of the sun god.
And do you know a similar feast in your native
H..: Well, there it is not so much about the summer solstice,
but about the winter solstice. On December 21st people there prepare
enormous bonfires to celebrate the fact that daylight will increase in the
coming months. Boys jump through the fire to impress their girlfriends. It is in fact a social feast, held outdoors, in the cold, around
the bonfire, with some liquor to warm them. One can see bonfires
on all the mountains.
Very well. And to which of those feasts do you feel closer affinity?
H..: To Pentecost, in the Christian sense, or rather,
in the knowledge that on that day the apostles received an enormous
amount of Divine Love, demonstrating that this was possible for
everybody. And also the feast of winter solstice, a very beautiful
Very well. So, we have here a series of Hebrew, pagan and Christian
feasts, and you are able to express your affinity. Inti Raymi for
you is perhaps something exotic, but it has nothing to do with your
culture. As to Pentecost, the original feast is but a distant memory,
and the traditional Christian meaning has been changed through the
influence of Jesus' teachings, as he transmitted them through Mr.
Yom Kippur for you is just a word without sentimental reaction,
and the pagan feast of winter solstice touches the fibers of your
soul. This is because you come from a Germanic culture, and this feast forms
part of that culture. If I had asked another person the same questions, the answers would
surely have been somewhat different.
Each man comes from a culture very characteristic for him, which
models largely his way of thinking, and which has a great sentimental
effect on him. The primitive church took advantage of that and established
its feasts on existing festival days, as in the example of Christmas.
We have already commented once that the feast of Inti Raymi was
transformed without a 100% complete success into
Saint John's feast in the Andes of South America.
Now, Christmas time is approaching once again, and I am aware that
these moments always cause some tension amongst people who are on
the Divine Love pathway, because they know that this feast, in fact,
is not celebrated on Jesus' birthday. Moreover they know that many
of those "adornments" to this feast do not correspond
to truth, and that at bottom there lies a pagan concept. Should
they participate in the celebration of this feast or of other
feasts of similar characteristics or should they not?
If we analyze the example of Easter, where some Christian groups
hold Good Friday as the principal day, because on that day "Jesus'
blood washed away the sins of men", and other congregations
prefer Easter Sunday, because on that day "Jesus resuscitated
from the dead, defeating death definitively", we see that the
difference between Jesus' teachings, as transmitted through Mr.
Padgett, and the traditional symbolism of this feast, is truly abysmal.
On the other hand, you know that there are Christian groups that
reject traditional feasts, in the sense that their way of commemorating
is very different. Their children don't receive presents at Christmas,
there is no such happiness at Easter as you knew it in your childhood,
and although their children don't admit this, they feel bad, observing
how everybody is happy and receives presents, and they get nothing
but some sermons.
We don't want you to separate from society, we don't want our religion
to be a religion of privation and sadness. We don't want new dogmas
which distinguish you from the others. We don't want anything of
that. We want that it shall be Gods Love, manifested through
you, which distinguishes you from the others. The rest is symbolism
Dr. Samuels received some messages from Jesus' referring to these
feasts. These messages have suffered some criticism, because one
may notice the great influence of the medium himself in these messages.
And this is true. A Jewish medium receives a message and superimposes
his own Jewish culture upon its contents. Many of you will not be
attracted to the contents of these writings, but I want to underline
the following phrase contained in one of the messages:
The question of holidays to be observed
by the Church of the New Birth is not one of instituting new
festival days, but of clarifying the significance of those
we do possess and reinterpreting in the light of the Divine
Love, those we wish to retain for celebration.
This is very clear and correct. But then, there comes a long discourse
on some Hebrew feasts which are simply not your feasts, H___, they
are Dr. Samuels feasts.
Follow the advice given in the above-mentioned sentence, reinterpreting
the feasts which already exist. Christmas, then, is the feast when
we commemorate that with Jesus' coming God also re-established His
great Gift of Divine Love, making It available for all humanity.
Easter will be the feast when you dont celebrate Jesus
resurrection from the dead, or that his blood "washed away
all sins". Instead commemorate the eleventh and most difficult
commandment, which Jesus has given you, that is, to love your neighbor
as Jesus loves you, with the Divine Love, this unconditional and
Pentecost will not be a feast celebrating the coming of the Holy
Spirit hovering over the disciples heads in form of a flame,
but a time when you remember that the Holy Spirit brought Divine
Love in great abundance, filling the apostles souls. Thus
you remember a fact which happens daily on earth. Of course the
quantity of Love transferred to the souls is not always necessarily
as overwhelming as it was then, but the same principle of the bestowal
of Gods Love is happening each and every day in the world.
The aim is to give an appropriate symbolism to what one already has,
independent of the culture in the one that you live.
The religion of the New Birth is a religion of happiness and freedom.
So, keep up this happiness and take advantage of the freedom.
Maybe there is a feeling of guilt when celebrating Christmas because many messages say that Jesus does
not like Christmas time. But remember, it is not Christmas that Jesus criticizes,
but the fact that he, in that season, is presented as the "Child
God", attributing to him something that he is not and eclipsing
the Father, putting the Creator of all things into the background,
giving preference to Jesus, who in fact is only His creation. However
there is nothing wrong in commemorating the Master's birth, who
brought us freedom and salvation through his teachings on the availability
of Gods Love. Moreover, whether you celebrate this in December
or January, does the date really matter?
This is all that I wanted to say. Jesus teachings should
never cause fear, but rather hope and happiness, showing a safe road to
the union with the Father. And He, God, wants you to be cheerful.
Your brother in the spirit,
Judas, who wishes that the spirit of Christmas
might be the spirit of every day.