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The Importance of Birthdays

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By Phiroz Mehta

Part of a talk given at Dilkusha, Forest Hill, London on 1st October 1989

In a world of over 5000 million people, there are on average 14 million birthdays each day of the year. And yet there are very few people, if any, who appreciate the extraordinary importance of a birthday. The whole universe is at work, not only our parents, producing each one of us. The very stars in their courses have laboured and continue to labour (hence the validity of Astrology) to bring us into unique, particular and separate being out of the unitary infinite non-being. Materially, we are the children of stardust, spiritually, of the Divine Energy whose Creative Action in Eternity is ceaseless. So indeed stars and unseen powers shape and affect our lives and destinies, and we in turn affect the cosmos, so much so that the movement of an arm or the winking of an eye, or a stir of the mind and the heart affects the farthest stars and the divine unknown Powers that be, Powers designated by Milton as Thrones, Dominations, Princedoms, Virtues, Powers.

So to me the celebration of a birthday can be a veritable entertaining of the company of Heaven and the multitude of Earth — Heaven and Earth, the Father and Mother of all Manifestation. You may recall Homer called Earth the wife of starry heaven. How extraordinary then, how important, is a birthday? A day most fit for divine contemplation of all those spiritual values — Love, Wisdom, Truth, Purity, Goodness and Beauty — which marks with special and transcendent significance the deep meaning of our Human-ness.

So let such an occasion be remembered as a thing of beauty. That lovely English poet, John Keats, starts his great poem Endymion with “A thing of beauty is a joy for ever,” and concludes his Ode on a Grecian Urn with, “Beauty is truth, truth beauty — that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know”. And I would add to that, Love is Truth, Love is Beauty.

In the one commandment of Jesus, “Love ye one another as I have loved you”, is the Way of Truth and Wisdom and Beauty.

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Comments

I thought birthday is not have a power and spirit.

Manang Sie2x

Its cool.

Jet

Its cool.

Fire

Good.

Anonymous

Sorry guys if i offended you all, from my research and understanding, birthday is just a reminder that you are born on this day few years ago...nothing else and the celebration depend on their religion and race just to make people happy.

Sam

Its beautiful day of the year thats all.

Anonymous

Not really!

Alice

In this article it does't really answer my question but it's still really helpful in science but it does not answer my question in writing BUT STILL IT'DS REALLY COOL!

ALICE WANG

A birthday is celebrating someones individuality,their independence and celebrating another year of being alive. it is a privilege people lose their lives and loved ones everyday.

Northernstarr

To long.

Anonymous

-.- People believe this??

Anonymous

Lameeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

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