552 – Easter brings renewal and hope

The celebration of Easter always takes place on the first Sunday, after the first full moon of spring. This full moon is called the ‘paschal moon’ in the Christian tradition. This is the celebration of the risen Christ. He is the expression of the love of God, ‘the prince of peace.’

Christ’s crucifixion signifies the total destruction of his ego. His rising from the dead was a proof of his attainment of cosmic consciousness. Only the resurrection of Christ has been described and written about. The materialized body of Christ was a sign to his disciples that he would continue guiding them without the vehicle of a human body, for he was able to work from the highest consciousness. Christ’s rising from the dead was a visible proof that the physical body is lower reality and spiritual manifestation is a higher reality.

At the time of Easter, a channel of communication between humanity and God is opened through which flows divine love and wisdom to the waiting and needy people of this world.

So how do we prepare ourselves for Easter?

Identify our flaws. Ask for forgiveness. Give thanks for a cleansed heart. Read the scriptures. Learn to be compassionate. Keep the company of those who lead a spiritual life.

Easter is a time when it is possible for all of us to turn over a new leaf. Practice self-awareness and love your fellow creatures. Make it a starting point of your daily life.

And now, my dear ones, we can celebrate the part of Easter that we all love and remember from our childhood. The origin of the Easter eggs is that eggs represented fertility and birth in certain pagan traditions that pre-date Christianity. From a Christian perspective Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus’s emergence from the tomb and resurrection. Decorating eggs for Easter – alternatively you can use stones – is a custom dating back to the thirteenth century.

One explanation is that eggs were formerly a forbidden food during Lent, so people would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting. Then eat them on Easter as a celebration. Children love the decorated egg hunts, the chocolate eggs and the chocolate bunnies. This happens on Easter Sunday. The exact origin of the Easter Bunnies is unknown. It is associated with a German tale of an egg laying hare called Osterhase. Bunnies were prolific breeders, so baby bunnies seen jumping in the fields and forests is a joyous sight, associated with birth and renewal.

Christ’s resurrection

Easter lilies and flowers symbolize the purity of Christ to Christians and are used in churches and homes. The flowers, which rise from the dormant bulbs in the ground symbolize the rebirth and hope of Christ’s resurrection.

The Easter message is be compassionate, love your neighbors, purify your heart, read the scriptures and be in good company. It is so simple, why can we not follow it and make our earth harmonious with no wars or acts of terrorism.

Aim Hrim Klim

Bild von Stefan Schweihofer auf Pixabay

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