Easter is a feast that celebrates the fulfillment of God’s plan of salvation for His human creation. With His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ paving the way on Good Friday, Paradise Lost [because of the sin of disobedience of our First Parents, Adam and Eve] became Paradise Regained [effect of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus]! The Resurrection of Jesus which we celebrate at Easter comes through as concrete history.
Origins of Easter — The word Easter ostensibly comes from a pagan figure called ‘Eastre’ (or Eostre) who was revered as the goddess of Spring or goddess of the East (from where the sun rises) by the Saxons of Northern Europe and honored with a festival called Easter during the spring equinox. Her insignia was the hare (a symbol of fertility), hence the Easter Bunny! The Lily, a flower generally in glorious bloom during Spring, and mentioned frequently throughout the Bible, is poignantly significant of Easter, its magnificent whiteness symbolizing the purity of new birth.
Social implications — The new birth Easter is associated with is the Resurrection of Jesus to life on the third day of his death. Seen in the context of India, the Resurrection implies the certainty of an entry for the common man into Eternal bliss assured by the Saviour—hope that keeps one from giving in to despair when faced with painful life situations—an incurable illness, lack of employment, loss of life-partner, etc.
The Peace of Paradise — Factually, for peace to prevail truth, justice and peace must be given their due. “Foolish” as we all are, we tend to miss the tree for the wood. “So slow to believe the full message of the prophets” (Luke 24:25), we tend to overlook the fact that we “enter into his glory” (Luke 24:26) not merely by suffering with him but by upholding the right to truth, ‘truth’ itself being the Son of God whom Pilate mindlessly put to death. Significantly, with the fostering of justice comes the right to celebrate Easter.
My comments do not imply that you should quit contemplation if you suddenly feel a desire to pray with words ess the devotion of your spirit openly. It is completely acceptable for phrases such as, “Good Jesus, lovely Jesus, Jesus,” and similar comments to be expressed. May forbid that you misunderstand me.
God wants us to serve him properly with both body and together. Both physical and spiritual rewards accrue. Sometimes God will stir the bodily senses of his devout ts. The sweet consolations of God do not arrive h the windows of our senses, but inwardly, rising and springing up out of the abundance of spiritual joy and out of true I devotion. The person experiencing them need not be suspicious of these good and natural pleasures.
The consolations worthy of our suspicion come suddenly outside ourselves, with an uncertain origin. Be cautious ding such external pleasures because they may be good evil. If you follow my instruction by avoiding physical and psychological stress, the consolations that come to you will neither evil nor harmful. Why? Because this comfort, this out wakening of love in a pure spirit, comes from God done, rather than an illusion or a mistaken notion.
I will not attempt now to tell you how to distinguish between good or evil comforts, sounds, and pleasures. You can find this topic discussed in another book a thousand times better than I could express it. For that matter, that other book contains everything I say here, but I will not let that discourage me from preparing this guide for you.
Constantly practise this simple, devout stirring of love that I have described.This love will inform you whether the sensual pleasure you experience is good or evil.Even if the pleasures confuse simple love, in the beginning, you will not be able to pay much attention to them until you reach certainty about them, either inwardly by the Spirit of God, or outwardly by the guidance of your spiritual director.
The Above excerpt is taken from the Book “The Cloud of Unknowing.”