Your brother M. perceives quite well that human suppositions are inadequate to bring true solace and peace to his friend. For it could only be a system pieced together from rational arguments and opposed to another one where after all, seen from My viewpoint, one has as little solidity and firmness as the other. Therefore, he turned to Me with the most loving request that also this friend might be given the tranquility and peace he himself enjoys in such rich measure through reading and complying with My (new) Word.
So I will try, like the mother who offers her breast to her newly born child. to offer also to him, an erring but not evil soul, the first spiritual food. Newly born children also often refuse the mother’s breast. Now we will see how your friend will like this new food which, moreover, comes from hands quite unknown to him.
In the beginning it will not fit into the way of thinking of this friend of your brother’s that a God, a Creator and Father of all created beings, should reveal Himself through another man to a human being, trying to spiritually educate and better him. For he will probably answer: “This is impossible! How can or will a God, provided there is one, in His infinite greatness bother with us worms? How should He, the Almighty, be concerned as to how one or the other man thinks and whether he has a spiritual future or is lost forever? The entire creation and everything visible proves at every moment that the destruction of a single life, indeed of thousands, does not matter to Him!
“And this God, whom you foolish and credulous people revere, should condescend to teach on this tiny grain of sand, the earth, a thousand times thousand even smaller vegetating little worm – man! No, this borders on idly or dreadful nonsense!”
Thus, dear child, your friend is sure to think, and look, from his present standpoint he is right. He can and must think thus, in accordance with what he has imbibed partly from his experiences and from his view of the entire creation and partly from the books that have come into his hands and in which alone he fully believed.
Therefore, before I can deal with even one of his doubts, I must try to make him understand that such extraordinary revelations are possible. They have occurred since the earliest times, can still occur, and are now more than ever before bestowed upon mankind.
Your brother’s friend divides his life into an emotional and a rational life, making a great distinction between the two. Now I merely want to ask him: Has he ever wanted to come to a clear understanding as to what an emotional life and what a rational life really is and where the one and the other originates? On closer scrutiny he will hardly be able to give a satisfying answer refuting any objection. Well then, so I will first ask questions and then answer these questions Myself. For it matters to Me that I explain My opinions not accepting his, which I have long since known.
“What really does emotion, or emotional life, mean? Where does it originate and where does it lead? And where does it differ from the rational life?”
All questions weighty enough to warrant explanations, if one wants to build in the least on such questions and their respective answers, even the structure of the whole of infinity, solidly and permanently, so that no gust of wind coming from newly emerging ideas of a so-called scientist can topple it. Now let us come to the point.
What does it mean: emotion? This was the first question. And so I answer: “Emotion is something that one feels.” But what does it mean: to feel? Here is the difficulty, for thinking and feeling are vastly different.
With his outer senses man feels all the impressions coming from the nature surrounding him. With his inner feeling capacity he perceives the influences of a spiritual nature, which, no matter how much he may deny them, are nevertheless there.
To this category belongs the voice of conscience which, according to your language (German) is something certain. Something which, despite all philosophical and scientific dispute among scientists and laymen, with its own reasoning (conclusions) pursues an idea which often does not fit in with what the scientists try to impose upon others while they themselves cannot agree upon it.
This emotion, or emotional life, is therefore not of material but of spiritual origin. That is, it leads up to the assumption that, apart from all the visible and invisible natural elements, there exists also a higher level of spiritual things, which are invisible and imponderable to our senses as well as impossible to analyze chemically. On the whole they are there and can be felt, but neither seen nor heard, or even thought, as for instance the feeling which takes hold of everyone listening to sublime music. What can you human beings do then; can you think one chord, or even feel the impression of the same on your soul?
Having established the fact that a feeling and an emotional life exist, the thought must naturally arise: Where does this stream of the most blissful emotions of which a human heart is capable come from? Where is its beginning and where its ultimate goal or culmination point? The just evinced spiritual realm, which is above all elemental matter, must naturally more or less be present in all matter so as to secure its permanence.
When people fell a tree or pull out a plant, do they know whether the tree or plant feels something during this violent act? They do not know! But their lack of awareness is no proof that the tree or the plant does not physically feel pain and, spiritually, death. For what your senses momentarily fail to perceive does not prove its non-existence. This emotional life is thus probably more or less present in everything created, in keeping with its individuality (nature). Now it surely is natural to ask: If, according to certain laws, the feeling is there, who established these laws, who showed them their established limits beyond which they cannot go?
Where there are laws, there must also be a lawgiver, for elements and natural forces do not evolve spontaneously. Therefore, since the laws naturally imply a lawgiver, it goes without saying that with the wisest laws there must also be a most wise lawgiver who is the quintessence of all wisdom.
No matter how much you people have so far learnt in nature, everywhere, on a large and on a small scale, you have been able to recognize the same perfection. Nowhere have you observed a shabby treatment; a central sun is as perfect as a grass mote.
What follows from these discoveries? The great fundamental law emerges that to the lawgiver and Sustainer of the universe, beginning with the remotest stellar constellation down to the tiniest infusorian on your earth, not a single one is more important than another, but that everything is on its level arranged, sustained, and further developed with the same care for the sake of its progress.
Since you have to deduce this merely from your investigations, it naturally follows that, if a mote is important to the Creator, also the human spirit with all its qualities must be and that, since the Creator does not let a single atom perish or vanish, He will even less regard a human soul or whole nations as lost.
Now that people with their good and bad qualities and their completely free will have so far deviated from the actual goal for which the Creator made them, should it be impossible for this very same God or Creator to adopt special measures and through His influx into the heart of an individual prophet or medium (as you now say) chosen by Him, try to bring back to the right road the other lost spirits and souls? Here we have finally arrived at a point where our friend could perhaps convince himself of the possibility (though only in extraordinary cases) of such an influx.
However, this influx can only occur in the organ corresponding to the spiritual Giver, and this organ is the understanding of the heart, or the heart, or the emotion. It alone, being the most important, most precious organ, is suitable for the most sublime soaring up, the divine spiritual ecstasy.
The intellect belongs to the world, to its requirements and its material interests. The emotion is the organ of the spiritual life, which in this world an only be fleetingly tasted, is not lasting here and at most leaves behind a faint foreknowledge of a spiritual, higher world.
I had to go that far back so as to give at least a little to this friend, but also to let him have some idea as to what grace it means for someone like him to be taught by Me, the Lord of everything created.
I love him, like all My children, like everything created. I want to lose nothing, and this applies also to him, who is by no means among the most ignoble souls who were placed on this earth for their short trial-life.
Your friend in his letter to your brother complains about the various discrepancies which he observes in creation, in human life, indeed wherever he turns his eves, mentioning quotations by scientists who judge Me and speak of My arrangements like the blind of color. My dear friend, I have already told you before: The intellect is for the judging of worldly things, to invent machines and make discoveries so as to render your life more comfortable or to give one or the other more power to rule, etc. But whatever you may plot with the intellect, you cannot thereby fathom My creation, its “why so and not otherwise”. However, with the emotions you can surmise it, without understanding it. Not until I intercede and allow you a glance into My operations will you have a little light. But then you will also find rather the loving Father than the implacable God in Me, who does not ever want to destroy, but always to build up and save!
Your friend said further in his letter that very much was expended on the education of the understanding of the heart, indeed more than on the development of the intellect.
To this I must remark that I am exactly of the opposite opinion. In almost all educational establishments the understanding of the heart, the heart with its noble attributes, is almost totally neglected and the worldly intellect alone educated. This is why there is so much evil among human beings because they have merely a brain and no heart. For that very reason I allow misery and misfortune in human society, so as to awaken the inner feeling, neglected or led astray in early life, and make the inner voice heard again, so that man may again learn to prefer spiritual well-being and advantage to worldly success.
Through misery and ills I awaken the dormant hearts; in their misery they then seek Me, whom in their life of pleasure they had quite forgotten and often even totally disavowed.
From this standpoint your friend must view the earthly life merely as a period of transition and in the same sense regard all the sufferings which often arouse his pity, and he will (like My angels and pure spirits) give blessing where now he wants to curse.
What would man be, had he not in the end his own heart, his inner life, as an ultimate refuge against all misfortune?
The intellect with all its knowledge is cold; and where there is cold, there is no life!
The inner feeling warms. Where spiritual sunbeams, emblems of eternal love, flash through the martyred heart, the flame of enthusiasm is kindled. There man then enjoys the higher initiation into the foreknowledge of a light of a more sublime and beautiful world far beyond this earthly life, dimly visible as through a coffin-lid.
Who has never lived through such hours which the contemplation of nature or the works of true poets and composers offered him ~
And where do all these sublime sensations really lead? Certainly not to a destructive, severely judging God, but to a loving Father and sustainer of all his created beings.
Also in nature, appearances are deceptive, if the human eye judges the destruction of one animal by another only with human reason, this slaughter and murder with worldly rational notions.
You human beings here or there judge with a compassionate heart the destruction in nature that you see and which for wise reasons were decreed by Me thus and not otherwise. However, where your entertainment is concerned, or the killing of time that you cannot spend with anything better (or at least you imagine so), you fail to consider that when hunting you deprive out of boredom innocent animals of their lives in order to satisfy your lust to kill.
You condemn the bird that mercilessly consumes the insects, which it does only for the preservation of its own life; there you see an unjust God. As for your voracity however, where everything exists only for your stomach and you kill by far more than many animals, not out of necessity but out of wantonness and boredom, you weak creatures consider your actions justified, even laudable, while you accuse a loving Creator of something which may be more necessary for your existence than you could ever imagine.
Therefore, My dear friend, learn first how to love and honor Him, who with every pulse-beat showers you with thousands of graces. Learn to understand the language of nature, and you will no longer see so many dissonances in it as hitherto.
Rest assured, the world is always the same; a loving heart sees only love, where an embittered one finds hatred and discord, in your heart you do not see the world, but only its reflection; clean the mirror and the reflection of My nature, which is always the same, will soon show itself to you in greater purity.
Read My old and My new words; they contain peace and tranquility, which you will seek in vain in the books of scholars.
The majority of scholars write their books so as to gain the tranquility they themselves lack, or they try to convey to others the clear conviction about the world that they have lacked in all spheres.
Use your intellect for your worldly career, but also here combine your intellect with love. Then you will gain more peace, you will learn to know and love God, the Creator and Father, more and will no longer have to pity or envy others.
Follow My advice and you will soon hear this voice, which is now speaking to you through another man, in yourself and it will give you peace, solace and a true picture of the world and its life process.
This you are given for your solace. I value you because I know your heart; it only needs the right guide who will bring it onto the right path. For the time being I Myself will be this Guide. And so follow My advice and you will certainly never regret it. All this I, your most gracious Father, am telling you. Amen. (Secrets of life, chp. 10)
“You have again been approached to beg Me on behalf of your brother’s friend for words of solace and explanations in reply to his last letter.
You are both concerned out of brotherly love to elucidate as much as possible to this friend his doubts and his concepts imbibed from worldly scholars and help him who, though longing for enlightenment, refuses to discard what he learnt earlier, to regain his tranquility and the desired solace And so let us see whether we can kindle for this soul instead of its presumed “scientific” light another, spiritual one which compares to the former like sunlight does to a burning candle.
Of course, your friend became upset through My words sent him by you. This food is new to him, not hard to digest, but unusual, for it is a food for the heart, not one for the head.
As I have told you before, your worldly scholars do not believe in everything they write down and often recant on their deathbed everything they have written. These scholars, as they erroneously call themselves, whose whole system is often, indeed mostly, built on a hypothesis which, wrong or not, is at least provable to them, know how to erect with clever words and seemingly logical conclusions an edifice on this hypothesis. And he who accepts the first sentence of the hypothesis as true is of course compelled to believe everything else.
However, what is the usual conclusion at the end of any “cleverly” written book? It is: “This is how far the material and rational research goes. It cannot be backed by historical facts nor experimentally proven; the present level of knowledge as well as the instruments available being inadequate to follow up this clever assumption.”
How much have your scientists written about the origin of the earth, about its structure, its age, etc., and what is the final result? That they know nothing! For the creation of this earth, its gradual development, its inhabitants beginning with the lowest crustaceans and ending with man, comprise such spaces of time that no matter how much the geologists may dig around in the lowest strata of the earth’s crust, they will find nothing of import of that which I alone know.
What have the astronomers discovered on the laborious roads of mathematics about the great starry firmament, which every night displays above their heads an ocean of wonders for the human spirit? Only a small number of planets orbiting around your sun; apart from that, they know nothing. Despite their best instruments, the nearest sun orbiting outside of .cur solar system remains for them a small star and a great mystery.
What do they know about the vast stellar or solar complexes that you call nebulae? Nothing! Your telescopes do not reach them and you have no data by which to express the distances to suns full of splendor and wonders with beings loving Me, still circling around each other singing a continual hymn of praise to Me, the Lord, whereas your friend accepts My existence only of necessity, and all this in your, to you, infinite shell globe. What are they supposed to know about that which lies beyond the envelopment o: cite same, compared to which this entire, to you infinite, shell globe is merely an atom in the universe?
What do the scientists of your world know of the animal kingdom or how the animals see the world and man? Look, an ox is for you a totally alien world. You do not know whether he sees you as gray, red or blue, short or tall. Its spiritual-intellectual life is for you and all scientists forever an enigma, and so is the life of every animal.
The scientists can only externally classify the animals according to their species, dissect them, prove their physical structure and its similarity to the animal nearest to them, and spy out certain peculiarities in their way of living. But despite all their research, they fail to know why the animal exists. And when they can no longer extricate themselves from the Labyrinth of riddles into which they have enmeshed themselves, they begin to accuse Me, believing that they, with their book learning, could have done everything better than I Myself.
What do your doctors and anatomists know, who incessantly dissect corpses (and even vivisect) and chemically analyze the elements of which the human body is corn posed?
To Me they all appear like a tailor who tries to determine from the garments he is expected to repair the character and the spiritual qualities of the one who has worn them. The material, indeed only the coarse material, is visible to them. The quiet energy, endowed with intelligence, which builds these receptacles to the last detail with equal perfection, animates them and from the moment of begetting builds them and sustains them until death, this intelligence they do not know, for it cannot be found through dissecting.
Look at a human brain; what is this tissue of diverse mass, segregated in its membrane, with its convolutions?
Why are these convolutions? Why not one single mass, why the gray and why the white mass? Some scientists believe to have discovered where this or that ability is Located. Yet what is ability or passion? Is it a fluid, or an electrical or magnetic current? What is the thinking process? What goes on in the brain mass during the same?
Look at all this; even if the brain was exposed and all this accessible for observation, these scientists would still see nothing, for a thought has no body.
It is exactly here in the hemispherical, whitish-gray mass of the brain that two worlds meet, which, despite all denials, still exist.
Many a materialist may still want to deny this with some sophisticated nonsense, but in his very denial, in his own person, it proves its existence.
You see, your dear friend has imbibed the sweet poison of human wisdom from these books. Following these scientists step by step. He has often in his life found their arguments seemingly proven and has thus fallen victim to pseudo-knowledge. This, however, neither satisfies nor consoles, but condemns hint to share with them the sad fate these scientists have allotted to man in creation. This is, to wait patiently until, after much misfortune and suffering of human life, finally also his hour comes which carries him off this vale of tears, turning him perhaps into a bit of water, or ether, or nitrogen (according to their idea). It is this horrible prospect that depresses him, and since no one has as yet come (to him) to enlighten him, he is sick and tired of his life and existence.
Yes, My dear child, you are certainly right to see the world as you do, as it were, wanting to curse the day when you were born and thinking with a shudder of the day when you will return to the unconscious void from which you believe to have come. This prospect is surely sad and hopeless after so many calamities, sufferings and illnesses accompanying man on his earthly path, finally to be without the prospect of a reward, not even knowing why one has lived!
It really does not redound in God’s honor to have created human beings who torment each other all their lives only to finally cease to exist without, so to speak, having had a purpose for coming to this earth or leaving it. One would have to assume that there is a God, who wants to delight in the torment of human beings, whom He created merely for His pastime, since He had nothing else to do.
However, if you, My dear child, in hours of solitude will scrutinize this matter earnestly, I ask you this: Has it never struck you as strange that, despite all the calamities of human life, other sentiments, other emotions often asserted themselves within you, which did not always express disgust and despair, but which revealed more gentle, more consoling aspects of spiritual life to you?
Have you never felt compassion, never an urge to look upward? Have you never felt the gentle sentiment of love in your heart with which you, forgiving the whole of mankind, could still love them?
Have you never, when witnessing a great natural phenomenon or gazing in the stillness of the night up into the starry heaven, sensed a holy foreknowledge which, had you responded to it, would have lifted you up into higher spiritual spheres where the human bustle would have disappeared, making way for a more beautiful, gentler feeling, the feeling of forgiveness and love!
Did not in such moments your God appear to you in a better light than as the dead science taught you, saving He ruled as an implacable tyrant? I know only too well that there were many such moments that seized your heart; only you did not want to listen to them.
However, now that I want to lead you onto other more promising paths, I must remind you of them. You see, these moments were the solemn hours when My Spirit spoke to you, a lost child. They were moments of My spiritual proximity; I wanted to console you, heal the wounds your philosophical over-subtle reasoners and book authors had inflicted on you. I wanted to show you that, far beyond all the so-called scientific investigations, there lives and moves something else, which can dissolve even the worst disharmonies and cruelties of the human-earthly life into harmonious hymns of praise for Him, whom despite your seeking you have not found as yet, or whom you have at least not understood as He wants to be understood by you human beings.
Much still lies in the dark for you; you demand miracles, at the same time thinking there are no miracles.
Now I ask you, what does miracle really mean? You see, many inventions that now the smallest child among you understands, would have been termed a miracle some centuries ago. What actually were they?
They were natural laws or forces that people hitherto did not know or, if they did know them, did not understand how to use!
Do you think the land of discoveries is fully explored? Is not most of it shrouded in darkness, particularly the Spiritual? And if here and there I allow people to find access to the spiritual life so that they should come to know Me, the most pure Spirit, better, does it have to be a miracle, which would coerce them into believing?
As you write in your letter, if your steel pen were suddenly changed into a pencil, you would believe. However, if I allowed this, what would happen? Look, you would be forced to believe at least at the first moment in the possibility of such a transformation, but I do not know whether within a few hours you may not have denied this miracle, perhaps thinking the two objects must have been confused in your thoughts without your being aware of it.
My dear child, there are no miracles! For everything depends on the laws long ago decreed by Me.
Do you actually know what a miracle is or would be? Look, I will tell you: a miracle would be if, contrary to the immutable laws ordained from the beginning of creation, I were to allow or effect something diametrically opposed to these laws, thereby having to accuse Myself of a contradiction. For you must know – My laws are made so as to make an action contrary to them impossible, at least on My part.
Surely you often act contrary to My laws, but their transgression is always immediately followed by punishment.
However, it is a totally different matter where My laws begin and end, and how many there still are of which your researchers and philosophers have no idea and which they will not ever discover.
So you see, My child, you are reading here what I, as your God, am speaking to you. You fail to understand this event. It has never occurred to you in your life that God, who claims to exist, the Creator of all these immense worlds, should want to talk to you, and despite your astonished shaking of the head this is what I am doing. For I love you, My created being, too much to want to see you lost, a victim of materialism and unbelief!
Realize that you carry a divine spark of My divine self within you, which has been laid into you at birth. You have a totally different destiny from the one that so far you have considered your only one, one that is higher. So as not to lose you, I allowed your (seemingly) incidental contact with a man (My present scribe), who is already nearer to My heart and has often clearly heard My voice within him. You see, this man, who is on the road to become what all people should at some time become, has facilitated your road to Me through a more direct contact. In this way, words are reaching you from a region of the existence of which you have never had an idea.
Well then, try to spiritually digest this, to you, new food. Perhaps you will find there what you did not find in the philosophers and other authors, namely, a better philosophy and a better concept of Me, your Creator.
Compare My words with those of the book-worms! Which ones can one read more often without becoming bored? And you will gradually find that He, whom you imagined to be beyond all the stars, was often so close to you, with a compassionate look full of fatherly love, pitying you because of your spiritual aberration.
Every beginning is difficult. It is an effort for many a person to discard an old, comfortable garment in favor of a new one. Do try it too; perhaps the future will show you that you need not repent the change of garment. This, your Father tells you, who holds together everything in His creation not with the claws of a tyrant but with the bonds of love, and who wants not even one atom be lost, let alone a human soul such as yours. Amen. (Secrets of life, chp. 13)
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