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Tuesday 6th is St Nicolas Day. St Nicholas was a bishop who is believed to be the main inspiration for Santa… Santa Claus being the Germanic terminology for Saint Nicholas. The following is excerpted from a site dedicated to this saint; to learn much more, click here!
In Roman Catholic areas of southern Germany, such as Bavaria, Sankt Nikolaus still comes as a bishop with flowing beard and a bishop's miter and staff. Houses are thoroughly cleaned and children clean and polish their shoes or boots in preparation for the saint's visit. On the evening before St. Nicholas Day, children put letters to the good saint along with carrots or other food for his white horse or donkey on a plate or in their shoes. These are left outside, under the bed, beside a radiator, or on a windowsill in hopes of finding goodies from St. Nicholas the next morning. During the night Sankt Nikolaus goes from house to house carrying a book in which all the children's deeds are written. If they have been good, he fills their plate, shoe or boot with delicious fruits, nuts and candies. If not, they may find potatoes, coal, or twigs.
Children practice poems and songs for Sankt Nikolaus and make little presents for him. Friends and neighbors come to share in the fun. Candles on the Advent wreath and the big Christmas pyramid with a nativity scene in the center are lit. Stories are read or songs sung as everyone waits for a knock on the door. When it comes, they all know it is Sankt Nikolaus, who comes in with his big book, golden crozier, and a big heavy sack. One of the children gets to hold the golden staff. Each child (and sometimes adults, too) stand in front of the saint. Nikolaus asks each child, "Have you behaved yourself?" "Do you do your homework?" "Do you keep your room tidy?" "Do you help your parents?" Then he opens his big sack and gives presents and candies and treats for all to share. And they give him the little surprises. Nikolaus leaves quickly as he has many places to visit. He travels with a white horse or a donkey and sometimes Ruprecht, his most servant/companion, is with him.
'Freedays' are the 'gather our thoughts' days; Q&As; a general review of the week so far…
With all the focus on 'we are not the body' in Vedanta, it can come as an inconvenience and frustration when that very body decides to demand attention! The body is the vehicle in which the soul travels in order to encounter the required experiences to further its path. Along with that can come the challenges which are inherent to the matter. Some are born with bodies which never ail nor flail. Others with such disabilities it can seem an impossibility to live life at all - yet it is, and sometimes to fantastic effect (again the classic and current example of Prof Stephen Hawking).
All of us, at one time or other, must deal with (relatively) minor illness and infirmities. One of the challenges then is how to move along with it… or to surrender gracefully and acknowledge the need for 'time out'.
This week has been the latter here at AV-bloggy. It is hoped that you still found the suggestions for saadhana worth the visiting; and normal service will now return! Thank you for the forbearance - and thanks to those who took time to extend good wishes; not necessary but appreciated.