is not a lesson about Hanukkah; I will leave it to the Rabbanim to teach
that. This is a lesson on the Light of Truth that is found in the
Hanukkah Blessings that can bless, prosper and heal everyone:
Lighting the Hanukkah
Menorah (also called the Hanukkiah) is the essential observance of the
Jewish festival of Hanukkah. Hanukkah candles are lit to commemorate the
miracle of the Maccabees' victory and the miracle of the oil that burnt
for eight days in the Temple.
The first two blessings below are recited each night. The third, a
blessing of joy traditionally recited during each Jewish festival, is
recited only the first time the Hanukkah menorah is lit.
Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified
us by His commandments, and has commanded us to kindle the lights of
Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe, who wrought
miracles for our fathers in days of old, at this season.
are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has kept us alive, and
has preserved us, and enabled us to reach this time. - from
Hanukkah, also known as the "Festival of
Lights" brings us into another dimension of the Omnipresence of
G-d. In the Hanukkah blessings above we can recognize that light
transforms the darkness and gives us reason to have faith that we are
sustained and enabled to do the things that are ours to do. The
miracles performed by G-d that are passed on in the Torah and the Bible
give us insight into a greater Truth, that G-d does work through the
consciousness of people in both simple and extraordinary ways.
Knowing that G-d is infinite Intelligence, we
realize that our faith must be grounded in intelligence. Blind
faith may bring forth seeming miracles in our lives, but it is
"knowing the truth" that sets us free, and this
"knowing" is compelled by an intelligent response to
Intelligence. It is Intelligence that causes the "light to
shine" on our seeming problems and brings forth solutions to our
awareness or conscious mind. Lighting candles does not provide
solutions or creative inspiration, but they can remind us that as we
open our mind to the Creative Mind, G-d, we will receive the inspiration
and ideas that we need.
Christian D. Larson in his book, "The
Pathway of Roses" wrote: "The soul
never acts alone; whenever the soul acts, God acts also, in the same
place, at the same time, and for the same purpose. Whenever the
soul undertakes anything, there is immediate and direct assistance from
the Supreme. Therefore, the soul can never fail; nor can any
personal undertaking fail that is prompted, directed and inspired by the
soul. My Father worketh and I work; and I am the soul. So
long as I know and feel that I am the soul, the soul will act in all my
work, and where the soul acts there God will act also, because the two
are One. What the soul begins, God will finish; the soul aspires
to be, God will cause it to be."
In these words of Christian D. Larson we
understand that soul is what we call "consciousness" ...
our having the consciousness of the thing, means the thing is not only
possible, but available to us. Because the two are One ... we know
that when we feel we have failed to achieve our good result, it is
because we have not "let" the Father, Intelligence/Spirit, do
Its Perfect work. In other words, we have not let the Light shine
through our idea, our goal, or our efforts, and our efforts alone will
never give us the success or accomplishment that we seek. If we
truly believe that G-d Is Omnipresent, then we must intelligently
conclude that everything that comes to us is for our good; perhaps
preparing us for something in our future that we are not even aware of
yet. Or, perhaps to remind us that G-d is Supreme and as the
Master Mind Jesus stated, "I, of mine own
self, can do nothing."
Most of us will notice that the words, "Lord
our God, King of the universe" is
declared in all three of the Blessings of Hanukkah. We must always
remind ourselves that G-d is "First Cause" ... or as the
Master Mind Jesus stated, "It is the
Father that doeth the work" ... our
human efforts alone will always fall short of fulfilling our desires.
Affirming the Supremacy of G-d; Mind, Intelligence, Spirit and Truth,
opens our experiences to the action of G-d. We can make the
intelligent conclusion that this is what the Maccabees did ... and their
affirmations gave them the good results they needed.
We all can
join in on this 8-Day Affirmation of affirming the Supremacy of G-d, of
Spirit, Mind, Omniscience ... as Isaiah declared the ultimate revelation
from on High; "I, even I, am Jehovah; and besides me there is no
saviour." ... as we take this Truth deep within our soul
(consciousness) ... in the Light of Hanukkah ... we shall find that G-d
will act and cause it to be ... whatever our heart's desires may be.
Let us realize fully and completely in our mind ... that is, let us be
convinced ... that as our soul is One with G-d ... we are One with G-d
in everyone ... so whether we are Jewish, Christian, Catholic, Buddhist,
Hindu, or Spiritual ... let us light a candle for eight days in
recognition of the One, the Supreme, Infinite Spirit ... and "let
our Light so shine" during this wonderful "Festival of
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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