Throughout Christendom the great feast of the Incarnation highlights again and again the early infancy narratives found within the gospels of Matthew and Luke, narratives that focus on the birth of the Christ-child, the Prince of Peace. It’s interesting to note that there are numerous parallels within many spiritual traditions throughout the millennia that speak of a miraculous birth of a long-awaited Messiah, most notably within many Pagan motifs like the one describing how the Egyptian Deity Horus was miraculously conceived of the virgin-Goddess Isis, who later fled to an isolated location to give birth since someone desired the death of her child. In fact, December 25th was chosen in antiquity for Christ’s birth since it coincided with the birth of the Sun-god, Sol Invictus; a reminder that the long days of darkness were now being supplanted with the slow return of the Light.
Standing apart from the anthropocentric emphasis that the Christos—the anointed-awakened one somehow had to be first conceived within an earthly womb to gain any salvific merit, the Gospel of John begins with the revelation that this Word-Made-Flesh was already vivaciously present since the beginning of the created order: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. “ (John 1:1) John’s Gospel contains many Gnostic elements, and there is increasing evidence showing that this Johannine community was heavily influenced by the Essenes. It also needs to be emphasized that this Eternal Word is in actuality, beginningless, without conception or perception of any kind. It is Unborn and completely devoid of all attributes since It is the very vivifying animator that precedes any-thing within the created or uncreated order—of all things visible and invisible.
From a Lankavatarian perspective, this “Word” is a decoder that directly points to the Prior and Unmoving Principle whose “dark-call” is the living dynamo that animates (breathes) all sentient forms into existence and then draws them back again into the primordial formless depths—as John’s gospel states, “All things were made through him (the Word) and without him nothing came to be” (John 1:3). The Self-same Prime motionless mover That awoke those shepherds keeping night watch in the fields; That was the Star directing the three magi bearing those gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh; That empowered all those enamored smiling mouths that gazed so lovingly on the Christ-child who lay asleep on the hay; That inspired the developing bodhichild (bodhisattva) within the heart of Jesus the Christ, enlightening him to proclaim his Father’s nirvanic and undivided kingdom, the Dharmakaya. To paraphrase John, “To those who accepted the Word into their hearts were made into Bodhichildren themselves; to those who trusted in the Dark Animating Principle were not born by natural generation, nor by any sentient agency, but from the very mouth of the Unborn.”