Holy Days vs. Holidays
A Satsang (Discourse) given
by Maitreya on "Holy Days vs Holidays."
12/24/1988 Satsang (Discourse)
Maitreya: Today is the 24th of December and tomorrow is
Christmas Day. It's an appropriate time to talk some about
Christmas. We can see the signs of it all over in the western world
and probably some people are upset that we don't follow Christmas.
I found two things are very upsetting to a lot of
people if you do not celebrate them: One is the birthday. They say,
"We have to keep the birthdays." The other one is Christmas.
For the birthday we found an appropriate switch, a
new way to have a birthday yet not really being a birthday. It's
called Re-Dedication Day. On that day we remember that we've been
born to be dedicated to God and His purpose. So on that day we can
probably meditate, fast, chant and pray to God more, and thank God
for giving us this opportunity to be here and to serve Him.
We can re-dedicate ourselves to him. That's a kind
of a birthday but it's not celebrating the birthday. Because, why
are you so happy to be born in this wretched earth? Everyone says,
"I want to go to heaven," and then they celebrate their birthday. If
you want to go to heaven, and you think heaven is a better place to
be, why are you celebrating being on earth? I found human logic
sometimes is pretty much twisted.
And about Christmas -- just ask anyone, Do you know
what it is? And they'll probably give a religious significance. But
when you look at the way they are following it, it reminds me of
when the disciples of Esa (Jesus) went to Greece. The Grecians had
all these idols, small clay gods and all those things. They had
celebrations every day for each of their little gods.
The disciples went there and said, "Throw these gods
away. They are no gods because the only God is the God that Esa
brought to humanity. This is the invisible God, the incredible God.
It is the Father, and we have to worship only Him." All these
Grecians became angry at the disciples. They said, "What are you
talking about? This is our tradition, we have been keeping this for
thousands of years. You mean we have been wrong for thousands of
But who eventually won? Eventually the true God won
because the disciples were presenting a greater God than those small
clay gods. And as we can see, even the Bible says, These
pagans who ornament the tree and worship it.
What are we doing here? Aren't we doing the same
thing, ornamenting the tree? We're putting a tree in the center of
our attention, instead of God at the center of our attention.
And all this commercialization? Probably God
tolerated this tradition so far because it brought a beautiful
religious feeling to people. But now it's become more commercialized
than ever before.
Also, this is the time of unity. As someone said,
"If different cultures celebrate every birthday for every great
personality in their culture and every little god's birthday, that
brings separation again to humanity."
God clearly indicated what He wanted to be
celebrated on His Holy Days. Now is the time to go back to the
Godhead. Either you want God or you don't want God. If you want God,
then He clearly says, "These are the days that you have to follow."
If you don't want God, you want to follow your tradition -- even the
says, "Those who follow their tradition, not the words of God..."
Then you don't want to follow God's Will, you don't want to follow
God's way. You want to follow man's way.
Actually Christmas, or the celebration of this time
of the year, occurred because it was close to the longest night of
the year. And because it was the longest night, pagans reasoned if
they sacrificed and celebrated, then the sun would come back. They
were afraid the sun would keep going away. They realized the nights
were becoming longer and longer. And probably one of them celebrated
close to this time and said, "If you celebrate, then the sun is
going to come back, if you don't celebrate it might go away. So it's
going to completely become night, we wouldn't have the sun." That's
why they celebrated the return of the "sun," not the "Son."
Actually the first Christians celebrated the Holy
Days of God for 700 years, until Christianity became accepted by the
Roman Empire. The Romans were sun worshippers. Even their hair
styles were like the sun. Also they had a god for every element in
So the return of the sun became the birthday of the
Son of God, which is not the truth, because Esa wasn't born at this
time. As we remember, the shepherds were in the mountains with their
sheep then. In the East, people don't keep their sheep out in the
desert in such cold weather. They usually put them in special
stables to keep them warm. So the weather should have been pretty
nice and warm that they had their sheep with them in the mountains.
Most probably Esa was born either in spring or late in the summer or
fall. There is no way that he was born at this time of year.
And I don't think he ever talked about Santa Claus
either. Some of these ideas came from North Europe, like Santa Claus
came from North Europe, because they receive less and less daylight.
Actually they reach a point where the nights are very long and the
days are very short. So most of the ideas of Santa Claus living in
the North Pole and these myths came from the Northern part of
About having a white Christmas -- we're not having a
white Christmas here. It's pretty dry here. These ideas all came
from Europe. So if we make the people think about it, then they
realize this holiday is not really related to any spiritual
significance. It's all man-made.
But because we are so engrossed in our traditions,
our countries or our religions, our concepts are so narrow that we
cannot let go of them. "Oh, you mean we are not going to celebrate
Christmas? We're not going to give presents? Or we're not going to
put ornaments on the trees? It's such an awful thing, we cannot even
think about not doing it."
They had the same type of celebrations in the
culture I came from. They didn't celebrate Christmas but they had
something similar. However, in order to create unity for humanity,
in order to bring God into our midst we have to let go our
traditions, our concepts, and our narrow views. We have to
completely eradicate those kinds of feelings and go beyond them and
say, "OK, I know where they come from, I have to forego them and I
have to follow God, because that is the Will of God."
We talked about, "We are going to follow the Will of
God. Oh, I want to follow the Will of God so badly." And then tell
them, "Well Christmas is not a part of the Will of God." They say,
"No, No, No, this I don't want. I just want this part but I don't
want that part." You can't separate one part of God from the other.
He's the whole package.
You want the ecstasy of God but at the same time you
want to keep the worldly things. As Esa said, you cannot have two
masters. Either you want God or you want the world. If you still
want the world, then you have two masters. You have no choice but to
despise one of them. And if your desire for worldly things is
greater, then you have to despise God.
They say, "No, No, these things are not from God
because according to my tradition, for 1,300 years we have done it
this way." It is not even 2,000 years that these traditions have
been followed, it's only 1,300 years. "Because we have done it this
way, I'm not going to change and I'm not going to want to change."
A lot of people hear about our teachings in this
lifetime and are touched. Probably that was enough for them for the
time being. The next lifetime they come back, they are cleansed in
the period when they haven't been on earth. When they come back they
have already been touched by the Message, and they will come and
become the champions of the cause and the Message.
But for us, those who really want to do the Will of
God now, we have to be more discerning, more able to look at things
and evaluate them. We cannot just accept anything offered to us but
we must clearly look at it and say, "Is this really a part of God's
Plan, is it really His Will, is it a part of what He has demanded us
to do? Or is this just my ego, or my tradition, or my own way that I
want it to be done?" As more and more we accept what He said, we see
the benefit of it.
Someone said, "I never knew the benefit of the Ten
Commandments until I followed them. After I followed them, they're
beautiful! They freed me from a lot of my pulls, fleshly desires and
the things that were tearing my life apart. Then I reached that
peace of God where I knew that I am in control, because God is in
control of me and my life. I am doing much better, am much more
peaceful and am in control of my life because I follow what God
demands of me."
That's exactly how the Mission is. We say
this thing as a recommendation but really recommendation means,
That's what God said He wants to be done. So on this night probably
this is a good message to those who are still resisting to let their
And not only this, I don't think Esa ever talked
about an Easter bunny either, or many other holidays that many
It's time for unity. It's time to let these go and
replace them with God's Joy through celebrating God's Holy Days. We
can have beautiful things happening even on Holy Days if we
meditate, chant, dance and teach our children to be God-conscious
instead of something that is not from Him.
Question: How about the person who respects
Christmas Day in relation with Jesus' life, those who are really
involved in the faith of Jesus and the
Bible, and those who are not concerned with the commercial
aspect and all that? They really believe in their Jesus and the Bible, so they really do it with great faith that this day -- or
maybe it was not exactly this day -- and they remember the birth of
their Prophet. What about this aspect?
Maitreya: As I said there was more tolerance
before our Message came to the earth. Actually whenever God sends a
new Messenger for a new era, the negative forces become strong too
at the same time. Wherever there is light, there is darkness. You
can see the negative forces are stronger probably now than forty
years ago. And as I said, Christmas wasn't as commercialized even
ten years ago. So those who really have faith and love for Jesus or
Esa as their Prophet have to realize, What was his message? What was
his mission when he came on earth? If they read THOTH
and see that Esa had a special message as the Messiah to come and
fulfill according to God's Will and according to the promise which
was given to Abraham, then they will put him in the right
perspective according to God's Will.
Again, it goes back to, Do you want to follow your
will or God's Will? If you want to follow your will and say, "No, we
don't accept what God wants but we accept what our dogma is," then
you can keep your dogma and God has nothing to do with you. But if
you want to see the truth and what God's Will was for the last
12,000 years, and how He brought us to this point, then you realize
the Spirit of God has been working all this time behind all these
great religions and each of them have a place in His Plan and Esa's
place is in the third sign. Even the pagans were very sincere about
their traditions and loved their ways.
Then again, either they have to celebrate the
Messiah's birthday as he came again and again, or they have to say,
"We don't want to celebrate the Prophet's birthday, we want to
celebrate God's Holy Days." Then they have to forego birthday
celebrations. If they want to follow God's Will, God says, "These
are my Holy Days, you keep them Holy forever." Then they'll forget
about their birthdays, holidays and Prophet's birthdays, and they
will keep the Holy Days of God.
Question: How did we come to pick Saturday and
particularly at 6:00 PM for the transmission?
Maitreya: The day of Sabbath has been observed
even before Abraham. Eventually it came down to the Children of
Israel and to the Jewish people. They kept Saturday as the Sabbath.
Even if you look at the calendar today, they still keep Sunday as
the first day of the week. And the seventh day of the week is
Saturday. So, you reach this conclusion, that really Saturday is the
last day of the week. So we keep Sabbath on Saturday.
About why at 6:00PM? As we explained in
usually the day starts at sunrise and finishes at sunset. That is
the most natural way to keep the day. Sunrise and sunset are the
best times to meditate too. They are the calmest times of the day.
However, sunrise and sunset change every day according to where the
sun is at the time. If you average when the sun rises and the sun
sets for the year, it's approximately 6 o'clock in the morning and 6
o'clock in the afternoon. So in order to keep a uniformity so
everyone knows what time to meditate together, 6 o'clock sounds like
a pretty logical time to separate the day and night.
As I said, the most natural way is to accept sunrise
and sunset as the beginning of day and night. If we accept 6 o'clock
as an average for that period, night really starts at 6 o'clock at
night and morning starts at 6 o'clock in the morning.
Another way to reach this conclusion is to consider
noon. Noon is the middle of the day, when the sun is approximately
at its highest in the sky. Then six hours before and six hours after
make an average twelve hour day. The other twelve hours can be
considered as night.
The system of starting day at 12 o'clock at night,
when the sun has already set approximately six hours before, seems
very illogical. You're in the middle of the night, midnight, and
then one minute later you're one minute into the morning. It doesn't
make sense, does it? However if you start night at 6 o'clock in the
afternoon, then when you say it's midnight, it makes sense, you have
six more hours to go until morning, and six hours have passed since
night has started. So you are in the middle of the night "midnight."
Also, there has been a prophecy that the Roman
Empire, which was at the height of intellectual development, will
change the time. And they did. This is again a Roman influence, and
humanity is still following it. We are following a timing that, if
you think about it, there is no logic behind it. As I said, it's
midnight and then one second later it's morning.
So that prophecy has also been fulfilled. The effect
of that illogical way has been taken care of here with the Mission, and we are suggesting to bring it back the way it
really should be. Start night at 6 o'clock in the evening and day at
6 o'clock in the morning.
Therefore, to answer your question, these are the
reasons that we accept Saturday as Sabbath and 6 o'clock as the time
to meditate together.
Question: About the Holy Days of the Lord, that
you just referred to from the Bible -- there are 5 billion
people on earth and there are many billions who don't even know the
name of the Bible, like Chinese people or the people in India
etc, so what about those people? How can you manage with all the
people on earth to make them believe that this book exactly, this
only one book, is the book where God asked them to respect His Holy
Maitreya: Well, actually I don't think the
Chinese don't know about the Bible. They know about the
Bible. I think the Bible is one of the books everyone on
earth knows about. God made sure it reached a position where no one
is out there who doesn't know about the Bible.
Probably you're talking about some people who are at
the top of the mountains who never studied anything, and they are
not even interested in these things. Those kinds of people really
don't care. If it is a Jewish religion or Christian religion or
Islamic or Hindu or Chinese, they just follow any faith they were
born in. Then the next faith comes and the central government says,
"This faith is going to be the faith of this land from now on."
Maybe the first generation doesn't give in easily but the second and
third generation you'll see don't care. They have many other things
to think about. They're struggling for daily life so they are not
But if you have even a little education you would
know about the
and Koran, etc.
Question: You may hear about it but how can you
make them believe that it's the only book where God asked for Holy
Maitreya: So the first point is that the
Bible is a very well known book all over. The second point is,
that is the only holy book that God directly reveals what days He
considers Holy. There is no other holy book that comes out so
directly and outlines what He considers Holy.
The third point is that this is a part of our
teaching, and our teaching unifies all the religions, even the
Chinese belief and the Hindu belief and the Buddhist belief and the
Jains belief and every other religion on earth. So if they believe
in our teaching, then when we say, "This is what God's Will is,"
that is also a part of this whole package that has to be accepted.
The fourth point is that if you really believe that
humanity wants to be united and to become one planet, one people and
bring oneness to the whole of humanity as one, then you cannot go on
and have many, many holidays all over the earth. If we want to
accept every nation and every religion and their holidays, then
we're going to have 360 days off. Nothing will get done. This is the
practical reason for it.
So from God's point of view, from His revelation to
humanity, from the Mission's point of view and from the practical
point of view, this is something that eventually has to be accepted
Of course, this is not something we are really
pushing right now. It is something that we are giving to humanity
that they can discuss, look at, realize and if they want to follow
God's Will, eventually also accept. This will become a tradition and
the Will of God for everyone.
Question: Did I hear you mention that you'd like
to have some kind of retreat on the Feast of Tabernacles next year?
And could you tell us what you have in mind? That would be sometime
in October of next year?
Maitreya: Well, I'm thinking it's probably a
good idea. We have so many people right now and probably a lot of
them are interested to participate in some of the activities of the
Mission. We can create this opportunity for them to come to be
with us, follow our diet, our meditation, our chanting, our dancing
and being with us sharing Satsangs together, being with others of
like mind, and so being inspired. At the same time this will show
the kind of tradition that is the Will of God, because there are two
weeks that God chose as His Holy Weeks. One is the week following
Passover (week of Unleavened Bread) in spring, and the other one is
the week of the Feast of Tabernacles. So we can have this kind of
gathering twice a year.
For this, of course, we need some help to start it
going. If we ever have enough manpower to do it, I'd like to see
that we start this going. People can come and be with us, sup with
us, share with us, sing with us, and be inspired. That will not only
make their faith strong, but they'll be inspired and become
messengers who are going to go out and touch other people. Probably
it's going to add more people coming the next time, and soon it's
going to have a kind of snowball effect.
I'd like to see that it's done in a very "first
class" way. Let the people come and really be comfortable, and let's
have a place where they really feel that it's well done and it's not
just a shabby thing. I'd like to have it, as a friend was saying, as
a "first class" thing. We can discuss how it can be done.
For those who we know are really inspired, who
really love the
and want to be with us but cannot afford it, of course, we can
somehow make arrangements.
However, as the Law of the Universe indicates, if
you take more than you put into anything, you will drain Its
resources. We would like people to put more into the Mission
than they take. Then the Mission will prosper and the Message
will go even further.
This is just a suggestion that I put out. Of course,
it can be discussed to see what other opinions there are and what we
can do about it. You think it's a good idea? [all agree]
Question: What about the solstices and
equinoxes? The people all over the world respect this kind of feast,
like the Indians because of the mother earth and all those things.
Maitreya: It is pagan and the base of it is
mostly fear. They were afraid that their gods wouldn't let the sun
come back, for instance. Or it was the beginning of spring, and it
was the time of the plowing of the fields. It felt so beautiful and
good, "Let's have a celebration." So that mostly is based on their
own imagination and the fear of gods or feeling good about
something. It is not that God said, "This is my Holy Day."
Question: Also there are other people, like New
Age people, who speak about respecting the feast of the Christ. It's
on the full moon of June and the Wesak festival on the full moon of
May. What about those?
Answer: Did God say, keep the full moon of June
as my Holy Day? He didn't say that did He? So that's out too. Now I
have never seen any legitimate Scripture (of the great religions of
the world) that said the full moon of June is the day or feast of
Audience: That's the Alice Bailey teaching.
Maitreya: The Bailey teaching, as many others,
has some truth in it but she was not a major Prophet sent by God.
She talks about the hierarchy, the people in Tibet and things like
that. We go for the Spirit of God. We have nothing to do with the
hierarchy in Tibet. We have our own hierarchy, God and His angels.
Probably there's going to be a big fight between us but God promised
us that we are going to win. So I'm not afraid of them.
Question: Well, there have always been
hierarchies in all major religions, haven't there? And they've
always had to be broken down. Each time the Messiah came, he had the
problem of pulling down that hierarchy, or allowing it to crumble
and then the new hierarchy might come. Like Christianity 2,000 years
ago, and it's just now beginning to go really strong, and in the
open. So it has just always taken a lot of time.
Maitreya: Actually the two religions that are
converting most people right now on earth are: Islam and Baha'i, the
late coming ones. The Hindus are losing followers, the Jewish people
are losing them as are the Christians. These are the first three
seals, and they have reached their maturity. They have reached their
peaks and now they are waning. Now is really the time of Islam and
Baha'i. The Baha'i are receiving a lot of attention and things like
Question: But don't you think also the New
Age people are getting more and more people?
Maitreya: Well, what does "New Age Teaching"
mean? They are so scattered and confused. The first thing that the
New Age teaching says is, "God is within you and you are God." That
is the first lie that the serpent gave to Adam and Eve, that, "You
don't need God, you are God yourself and the truth is just eat of
the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. You know good and bad,
you don't have to listen to what God says."
So they confused even me for awhile when I started
Mission. They just flooded us. One was Helios, another was
this, another was that. Each of them were channeling different
spirits or gods, or they were being lifted up with the ships, and
doing this and doing that. There were ten people and they were all
channeling Jesus Sananda. Each of them was saying different things.
And I said, "What is this? Something is wrong with these people.
Something is not right."
I accepted them for awhile. I believed in them for
awhile. But the more I listened to them, the more I saw they were
confused. They do not have peace. They don't have any center, they
don't have anything to focus on that they may manifest anything.
Their energy is not focused. The energy is not directed toward a
focus and that's why they are not going to go anywhere, so they are
scattered. A lot of ideas are presented but none of them really take
However, they are a part of us, or they can be. They
even have some truth. It is true, you are in the image of God. But
being in the image does not mean you know everything. So I don't
think New Agers are going to make it. Sorry to disappoint a lot of
people. But we love them as we love all.
Audience: I think what they did is bring a lot
of people out from the mainline churches, to think for themselves.
Maitreya: Right, it was necessary for that
period. You see, if you want to make a new house, what do you do
with the old one?
Audience: You tear it down.
Maitreya: Yes, you tear it down. The old age had
become too dogmatic, had become too rigid. Religion and God are
supposed to be very flexible and freeing. But humans replace dogmas
for the truth that was revealed in the beginning. The dogmas are
something that become rigid, "If you don't believe in such and such
a dogma you are out of the church. If you don't follow such and such
a thing you are not of us." That's when the new ideas or any
flexibility is out. That is when a rebellious philosophy comes in.
So suddenly we see a sexual revolution, New Agers,
drugs, etc. All of them came at the same time. There was a reaction.
There was something suffocating the new ideas so they had to react
toward it. But they didn't have the answers either. They knew they
had to react to something, they had to revolt against something. Yet
they didn't have the answers so they had to create some philosophies
against the old ones, reactionary philosophies. They threw the past
philosophies all out. That was their greatest mistake -- humans go
However, their philosophies are backfiring. The
sexual revolution ended up in herpes and AIDS. The "me" generation
is realizing, "It's not all me, there are some other people out
there too." So more and more people are realizing it is not working.
Just like one visitor was telling me, "If you had
told me these things that you are telling me now, four years ago, I
wouldn't even listen." But the people are now starting to listen.
They say, "We need something more than that." They had to destroy
their concepts so when the new wine came a lot of people had already
emptied their cups. Then when the new wine goes into it, they say,
"Yeah, that is it. I want to somehow be restricted but not
suffocated. I want discipline but I don't want to be told something
that doesn't make sense."
Discipline is not bad, just like what happens when
you boil water. When you boil water, steam comes out of the water.
If you keep the steam in the engine and discipline it, you can make
a steam engine. Just by disciplining the steam there was a
revolution, the industrial revolution. The steam was there for
thousands of years, the only thing it did was it just evaporated
into the air all the time because there was no discipline. It
couldn't do anything.
You have a lot of good energy, you have a good mind
but if you don't discipline it, it just evaporates all the time.
However, if you discipline it and follow God's Laws you realize,
"What a creative mind I have." And most of the creativity comes from
sexual energy. Sexual energy is creativity. If you don't discipline
it, you're wasting your creativity.