6 July 1871
"(Preliminary remark taken from a letter: “And so you must be induced by words coming from the Lord to make known secret desires and doubts, so as to receive me detailed explanation of this desired topic from the Lord Himself and so listen:
“My dear son, when in those days in these works (by the alchemists, etc.), you sought Me, your Father, you did not realize what was true and what was wrong in these books, and fared like many people nowadays, who likewise fail to understand the Bible because they cannot find its spiritual meaning.
Those men, who since time immemorial have concerned themselves with the dark side of science and were called magi, astrologers, alchemists, all those men had a vague idea that something greater, more sublime was hidden behind that which nature visibly revealed to man.
In the stillness of the night they watched the course of the stars, studying mostly at night, because at night the spirit could concentrate better than during the day. In the darkness of night the quietly working great Spirit, which permeates My entire universe, surrounded them. They surmised its influence, but they did not know the Spirit itself, and why? Because they themselves were only worldly orientated, only intent on their own advantage and on using everything they could find towards the enhancement of their own influence and position.
This is the reason why they all found nothing (worthwhile), neither “the philosophers’ stone” nor “the arcanum longae vitae” (elixir of life). They did not become more enlightened and, like all people who are born, had to die.
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