DETAILED ontological catechization shows that ‘MAN’ has an existential élan driven by a desire to be secured and protected by spiritual, financial and physical strength. But the wanton under-prioritization of the spiritual aspect is brought to the fore during the Christmas season, when men, women, boys and girls and children relapse into an orgy of debauchery and bacchanalian, self-abnegation and implosive reflections during great period of our lives. Hence, in Napoleon’s Book of Fate, he admonishes us thus, “O’’ man! If thou wouldest see the length of days eschew drunkenness, gluttony and all imtemprance’’.
The Christmas season offers us an opportunity to mediate on what Christ as the supreme satyagrahi lived and died for. A time to meditate on his doctrines, chastity, principles and lifestyle. During his physical presence on earth Jesus Christ often climbed up to the mountaintop to mediate and pray. He was seen with Philosophers, Grand Spiritual Masters and the Essenes mediating and comparing spiritual notes. He was never sunken in the demonic grip of salaciousness and revelry as most of our so-called Christians are wont to do during Christmas season. Christ believed that man by nature is vulnerable and that meditation and prayers help to fortify and concertize the impregnability of our spiritual and physical magnetic fields. It helps to enlarge our knowledge of and acquaintance with God Almighty.
Mediation is the act of seeking to know God through introspective and introverted surgeonization. It is a recession and withdrawal into self. Meditation has become a lost art today and Christians suffer grievously from their ignorance of the practice, whilst Islamic, Buddhists, Hindus, Rosicrucian faithful etc enjoy the immense spiritual and physical benefits inherent in it. Meditation is the activity of calling to mind and thinking over, and dwelling on, and applying to oneself, the various things that one knows about the works, ways, purposes and promises of God. It is an activity of Holy thought, consciously performed in the presence of God, under the eye of God help of God, as a means of communion with God.
Its purpose is to clear one’s mental and spiritual vision of God, and to let His truth make its full and proper impact on one’s mind and heart. It is a matter of talking to ourselves, reasoning oneself out of moods of doubt and unbelief into a clear apprehension of God’s power and grace.
Its effect is ever to humble us, as we contemplate God’s greatness and glory and our own littleness and sinfulness and to encourage and reassure us, comfort us in the old, strong bible sense of the word as we contemplate that unsearchable riches of divine mercy displayed in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is as we enter more and more deeply into this experience of being humbled and that our knowledge of God increases, and with it our peace, our strength and joy.
Not many of us, I daresay, would ever naturally say that we have a perfect knowledge of God. The words imply a definiteness and matter of fact experience to which most of us, if we are honest, have to admit that we are still strangers. We claim, perhaps to have a testimony, and rattle off our conversion story like Saul at Damascus. But the true knowledge of God is still far from us. We must continue to seek him through standing on the micro and macro matrix of righteousness through meditation and consciousness. The methodology and configuration of mediation vary,
from one religious group to another. In some occultic practices, it entails the
proselytizer or practitioner sitting cross-legged in a rhomboid or pentagram with meditation instrument like oil incenses music or white cloak and signet. In the Hindu act of voga, meditation entails creating the spiritual and mental and physical well-being of the practitioner though prescribed postures, recitation and controlled breathing.
In the occultic act of psycho-synthesis, psychogenesis and psychometry, which is aimed at ensuring that the bright sunshine of spiritual bliss and ecstasy illuminate every sphere of influence in the practitioner’s life also entails meditation. They recite these words in a quiet place or alter with meditational music at the background. “I am the center of life, light and intelligence. I now relax my mind and body. And let the dive flood of life-giving energy, power and glory flow in and through my mind, body and soul. I am life incarnate, I am vibrantly alive. I breathe deeply other golden elixir of life and only my brain and body cells are filled with the life, force and cosmic rhythm of health youth vitality and joy”
The purpose of all these citations is too to expose the broad – spectrumed multidimensionality of mediation as a formidable tool in every religion. The controversy as to who or with whom do they meditate with or to which God, is not the concern of this writer. But we assert that there are immense benefits accruable to its practitioners. We further assert that the materialistic nature of contemporary Christianity has depreciated the area of meditation. The psychotic consumerism and licentiousness with which Christians are tagged in modern times defeats and make a mockery of the very plinth of meditation on which the tenets of Christianity are based. The average modern Christian is not Christ-like in sobriety and meditation. He is quick to defeat his flaws, his weaknesses and defeats in fiery red-faced indignation. His attitude and idiosyncrasies are consummately submerged in filthy-lucre, corruption and wickedness. He shuns and lacks spiritual focus and has tincture of meditational verve in him.
A call for a change of attitude to meditation by Christians and Christendom. There is cataclysmic immorality in Christendom manifesting in lesbianism, ecclesiastical corruption, same sex marriages, sodomy, homosexuality, pederasty and pedophiles. There is also the voodoo-like celebrating of Christmas by Christians. This must stop. It is a period for Christ-like sober reflection, piety and reconciliation with God. The prosperity gospel and the monetization of miracles by Pentecostal churches must stop. We should re-orientate the message to make God closer to people through meditation. We wish to launch a new era of Puritanism in Christendom reminiscent of the 16th and 17th centuries English protestants who went out, to purify the Church of England.
Chief Bonson Gbinije, Mandate Against Poverty (MAP) Warri