Good King Wenceslas – Br. Shankara

Sunday, January 8, 2017

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January is a month for study of Bhakti Yoga. As a bhakti yogi (bhakta), you establish a devotional relationship with God through prayer, ritual, and worship. You practice giving every thought, emotion, perception and tendency “a Godward turn.” All of your energies and attributes, both positive and negative, are offered to the Divine Presence. Your prayer is for complete self-surrender, in ecstatic union with your Belovèd.

You may not have enjoyed the whole of Christmas, Charles Dickens might have said, if you have not yet heard the tale of Good King Wenceslas. Well, if you’re in that deplorable condition, it can be remedied in this talk. We sing the saint’s Christmas Carol, and Br. Shankara explores and discusses the song’s inner meanings. Rooted in Christian mystical traditions, the carol’s symbolism tells a story of a king who is both an humble servant of God in man and a master of spiritual power.

Good King Wenceslas

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