chap. 15 Secrets of life
30 January 1871
"Last night two of your brothers discussed the style, or the kind of syntax, often prevailing in My dictates to you which is not always in accordance with their concepts of German grammar.
The first critical remark by your brother M. was that sometimes in his attempts to change it he still had to return to the sequence of words as set by Me, whereupon your brother L. gave him the good answer, saying that one shall not read My words with the head, but with the heart, and their meaning will always be clear.
Since the latter hit the nail on the head through his remark, I will elucidate for you the manner in which one should express oneself, the right syntax and, finally, a fundamental truth which applies to My entire creation, beginning with the just suggested doubt of your brother M. and ending with the great spiritual man.
Before entering fully into a more detailed explanation of your question, namely, why My style often differs from yours, we must as always begin with the basics and ask:
“What is language? How did it come into being? And who was the actual head who set down the sequence of words in the way you now read, write and think?”
Always proceeding from the most simple, one arrives most easily at the right and truly valuable conclusion which, built on solid, simple and firm ground, is like a house firmly built on rock, which cannot ever be destroyed.
To start with the very first question: “What is language?”, we have to answer:
Language is a combination of different sounds produced by parts of the mouth, which in their diversity, often singly, often in association, express a word, and the word, a concept.
The lower the spiritual level of a people, the fewer requirements it has and therefore requires fewer words to express its needs and to mark various objects.
Thus, language came into being when through articulating sounds and uttered tones one either wanted to imitate the notes of certain sounding objects or invented actual sounds meant to express one or the other need, be it of the body or of the soul; such as you still find in baby language, where in every family from a child’s first babble to a better communication every child has its own peculiar way of expressing its need.
What you observe daily with children was also once the case with the original people, who had to invent many words themselves, but many others they learned from My spirit-world through their intimate contact with the same, words which always in correspondence denote the object in question spiritually.
When mankind increased in numbers, indeed already after the fall of the first man, whereby communication with the spirits was severed until your time, language and minor dialects have formed by the thousands. People no longer understand each other and the languages of the nations one wants to contact have to be learned, otherwise a mutual understanding is impossible.
Of course, these several thousands of languages now existing underwent many changes from the time of their origin to the present. Some have progressed, some regressed, in keeping with the cultural level and the spiritual development of the peoples as such.
But wherever a language exists, or existed, one of its characteristics, apart from the names of objects and concepts peculiar to the language, was also the way of combining the words into a sentence and, finally, also the way of recording them either in script or pictorially.
As for syntax, where your two brothers have just exchanged their thoughts on the method used by Me, the first question is: “How actually is the same to be handled properly?”
Look, here we have arrived at that point where, in contrast to the way you are accustomed to write, I often express Myself differently.
In order to explain this to you, let us enter into a discussion and first ask:
“What is a sentence?” A sentence is the expression of a thought at the bottom of which is the explanation of either a concept or an action.
Therefore, if I want to explain an action, the sentence should first contain the acting verb, as the expression of the will to act, and should only then be followed by the word describing the action.
At least in the language of every spirit the first fundamental thought is: I want to do something, followed by what I want to do.
Thus it says in the Bible: “And He created the light”, but not: “He has the light created” (this is typically German syntax), as you are used to write; the word “create” precedes the word “light”.
Well, in My dictates this same syntax is often found and L. was quite right. Reading it with the heart, namely spiritually, it is right as I dictated it and as it is customary in almost all the old languages of the Orient and Asia, and also in some newer ones. However, in yours (the German language) it is avoided by inserting the noun between the auxiliary and the main verb, even whole sentences in such a way as to make the actual verb stating what is really going to happen, appear at the end.
Since at the basis of everything there is a spiritual “Why”, also here it is again the Spiritual which justifies My syntax and replacing “Spiritual” with “heart”, it means as much as: If you leave aside your intellect and, like My spirits, think only with the heart, you will readily accept My syntax, as soon as you abandon the inner language of the soul and go over to an intellectually orientated, or outer life, you lose also this order, as happened with the recording of the languages.
All the ancient languages of Asia and Africa are like the universal spirit-language. It should be written down to be read only from right to left, whereas with the languages of your present mankind which lives only outwardly, or according to the intellect, the exact opposite is practiced, that means from left to right.
This inversion, too, points to the said difference, namely, material versus Spiritual.
In the material sphere, as for instance in the human body, the left side is the side of the heart from where the blood flows into the whole body; it is the positive or spiritual side, while the right side from where the blood is transported to the lungs and later back to the heart, is the negative, material side.
What is conveyed through the ear to the soul’s organ of feeling and emotion, or to the spiritual man, from the outer world, is the negative aspect, and what the soul tells the outer world through its motive tools, the positive aspect.
Every thing has also two sides, a right and a left, a negative and a positive, an inner and an outer aspect.
The human skin is inside, on the left side, positive, on the outside or right side, negative. In its positive aspect it eliminates, whereupon it changes its poles and absorbs, being negative. This happens countless times at every moment. For repulsion and attraction, friction and generated warmth, destruction and newly creating are the first principle of life.
The eye, as the receptive organ for the outside impressions, is negative, but as mirror of within, positive.
What here is designated as “positive” and “negative” is, expressed in different terms, in the spirit-life a drawing to, or a distancing from, Me and My laws.
In the early times, when the people and the nations were still closer to the spirit-life, they invented their languages according to their spiritual state; accordingly their syntax and script. However, when gradually they turned away from the great natural law, taking the wrong path, also their ways of expression and writing became perverted, so that the majority of newer languages have a wrong style and a wrong manner of writing.
People have exchanged the spirit-language of the heart for the brain-language of the intellect and have turned away from Me and from their own mission. For this reason, many a thing in nature appears to them quite wrong which once appeared just right to primitive people living a simple life.
Thus you see that there is from heart to heart, or through the heart or through the intellect a to and fro, a drawing near and distancing, a betterment and a worsening.
What I told you earlier about the skin, applies to every fruit, every tree and to every object; everywhere there are two aspects by which the intelligence of the within manifests to the outer world, or receives impressions from the outer world, and they are everywhere positive –negative, right – wrong, everywhere a drawing near and a distancing, eliminating and absorbing, straightforward or reversed.
Thus it continues in the entire creation – up to the great cosmic man, whose viscera consist in nothing else but suns, comets and planets, and up to the still endlessly greater spiritual cosmic man, whose inner arrangements are all heavens of the most diverse kinds and beatitudes.
These too absorb for their sustenance from without what they then change within into Spiritual, ejecting or expelling what the cosmic man requires in spiritual substance.
There, the right order prevails, there, My heaven is the heart in the center and the great positive pole which lets all the goodness emanate; and the spirits in the material world are the negative pole which returns to Me all the Spiritual purified, having first to change from the negative into the positive pole, whereby the change is initiated anew.
This is the great fundamental law of creation: I, Love, am the positive pole and you and My spirits and angels, as absorbing components, are the negative pole until, after much absorbing and repelling, which is equivalent to movement, or life, finally My positive pole, as Spiritual forever and immutably existing, will alone remain and all that was absorbed, spiritualized like Me, will enjoy eternal peace and bliss and only gentle attraction, but no repulsion can occur any longer.
Of course, eons upon eons of time will pass until then, but it will happen that spirit and matter, thus purified and spiritualized, will renounce their principles given them as first impulse and what once could only secure its permanence through conflict and dissolution, will be living peacefully side by side and within each other, so that there will be unity among all.
Now you see, My dear children, beginning with the minor question and L.’s answer and ending with the spirit-man, the same bond linking them with all the creations; there as a minor question as to the syntax in your language, and here in immense, for you unthinkable distances as power of attraction and repulsion.
From this you may learn how little is required to discover and elucidate a whole great truth, a great fundamental law of My divine Household. Of course, it requires also Him who can explain it to you; who has ordained the same way to all these great and small worlds, to all these objects, be they spiritual or material. It requires your Father, who wants to explain to you such great miracles in minor questions, thereby showing you how much and how little is needed to understand, firstly, My magnitude and, secondly, My love, and learn to value the same! Amen." (Secrets of life, chp. 15)
29. A FURTHER WORD ABOUT LANGUAGE AND ITS ORIGIN
9 November 1875
"Under this heading I have already given you several words: now I want to show you this word, language, from a different aspect. By its elucidation I prove again to the scholars of our world that they really know nothing, or at least that their conclusions in some eases are quite wrong.
Look, whenever you ask the philologists generally where language had its origin or how it developed, they simply reply: “Language, as necessary communication between people, was at first limited to very few words. Only with the growth of their culture, with the increase of their daily requirements were they coerced to invent new words. And in this way the languages in the world gradually formed, in keeping with the intelligence of the individuals and peoples.”
This, in a nutshell, is the entire result of all linguistic research. Whosoever is satisfied with it, can let it rest at that.
However, since I think differently and have other intentions concerning My earthly children than feeding them with such wisdom, you shall again receive today a message from Me on a universally known word, namely, “language”. One or the other among you speaks several and can express himself in them without ever having spiritually investigated as to how languages in general, namely their regular, deliberate structure, developed. And some languages, of antiquity as well as of modem times, are still familiar to you.
Now look, here I will raise a question for you and say: “Have you never reflected on the manner in which a language with all its verbs, nouns, adjectives and pronouns, etc., with all its declensions, conjugations and variations, has come into being? Where, looking alone at the verbs, a logical sequence, a correct thinking is apparent and where the most diverse actions in all possible periods of time are defined according to a regular order?”
Have you never been struck by the thought of how it is possible that the original people and their first descendants could already express themselves in such a way that their communication with one another was intelligible and in keeping with their needs?
For you can certainly not assume that the first people, before opening their mouth to speak, mentally concerned themselves with grammar.
Well, if you consider language from this aspect and compare it with the aforementioned sentence of your linguists, some doubts could arise in our heads. You and your scholars may not find them so easy to resolve, for I alone am capable of unraveling them.
In order for this lesson to be instructive and intelligible to you, you must follow Me onto another field where I must start with different questions, the answers to which will lead to an elucidation of the language problem.
Do you, My children, believe that at the period of time when your world was created, no other solar systems were in existence? Or are you of the opinion that the entire universe came into existence all at once, including the most distant shell globes, which your eyes only laboriously discover with the most penetrating telescopes, when they appear to you as faint nebulae, down to your planetary system with its sun and the planets, moons and comets orbiting around it?
To this I must reply that also the creation of the entire universe has proceeded, and will forever proceed, only gradually and during long periods of time. In other words, to give you an example, just as today a plant forms from the seed and again, the seed from the plant.
In this way the worlds, the suns, the planets and comets came, and still come, into existence, for it is this very same process of creation that implies and postulates infinity. Thus everything, the smallest as well as the greatest, replaces and replenishes itself only spontaneously.
Thus also your solar system was formed out of other systems and of ether, first orbiting as comet in ether through eons of time. There it absorbed everything essential for the sustenance of its own world and of the earths and moons coming forth from it. And then the earths and moons had to pass through their own revolutions, while the comets move towards the formation of new globes until they become suitable for living beings such as seen on your own earth. There, by the way, the formative or developmental periods have not ceased but your earth, as well as the beings living on it, obeying the urge forward, always progress to a higher level. Finally, the time will have come also for them when the material earth globe with its inhabitants has become a more spiritual, more ethereal one.
These worlds and cosmic systems in immense numbers, forming the material edifice of the universe, have, and had, to pass through this very same process, and are still in the process of change, of perfection.
There are global systems, the number of which cannot be expressed in the figures available to you, nor can their duration be defined.
Millions of worlds had been created and had vanished long before your sun as a light, comet-like star orbited in the ether-space. These worlds and suns were, and still are, populated by beings vastly differing in physical and spiritual structure.
Spirits from the great spirit-realm let themselves be incarnated in these worlds in order to speed up their progress in their probation school. Thereby more spiritualized, they would again leave them, thus able to gradually draw near Me, from whom they all had gone forth.
This chain or link between the spirit realm and the cosmic one existed everywhere.
Just as the spirits, incarnated as beings of the different worlds, fulfilled their mission, it required a language as a means of communication. This, in keeping with the intelligence of the inhabitants, sometimes necessitated many words and sounds, sometimes few, by means of which to express their thoughts. As there are millions of worlds, so there is a million-fold difference in their language.
This envelopment or incarnation of the spirits, or this migration of souls from one star to another, always on a voluntary basis, occurred, and is still occurring. And so the first complete human beings on your earth arrived in this world with a certain spiritual ability to express themselves. However, the grammatical construction of the language was not their own merit, but their inheritance from other worlds.
In this way the thousands of languages so far known to you, as well as their offshoots, came into existence on your small earth globe. They are only the beginnings of languages brought by spirits from other worlds. And they were here gradually, in keeping with the requirements and the cultural level of the various peoples, formed into your living languages.
Thus you see ever” language, though faulty, vet always formulated according to rational principles not grown on your own soil. Adding to this a later urge to write down the spoken word, it resulted in the written, as well as sign and metaphorical, language.
From thousands of worlds the spirits flocked to this little planet, many foreseeing its future spiritual importance. Many came later, when I established for all spirits this small earth as the place of My grace, where I as Man wanted to set the greatest example of meekness and tolerance to all spiritual beings living materially or immaterially in the entire universe.
Thus the languages came into being, improved by man whose higher goal in life it was to refine them and adapt them in keeping with their own cultural progress to the requirements of the peoples.
And so out of single mother tongues the offshoots formed. At first only dialects, which were later on languages in their own right, according to how the peoples had achieved a more or less important role socially and politically.
This is the whole historical and political process of how languages came into being, existed for a considerable time and again went out of use. Or how they underwent such changes that of their original mother tongue nothing was left, according to how the peoples had progressed or regressed culturally.
Among all nations it is always only individual people, who decisively influence their spiritual and material progress, and these people were in most cases spirits who came from better worlds. Thus you find in history single nations in the splendor of highest spiritual culture or of material progress. However, either arrogance due to their good fortune or the decline into animal passions prevented their further progress.
The incarnation of better spirits became less frequent and they were replaced by lower spirits, who then gradually brought about the decline of the peoples and helped to corrupt them.
And so you now see nations, which once had great insight into My secrets of nature, become brutish, indulging only in the lowest passions and in material interests. And of all the greatness of the ancestors there are at most a few traces left in the language bearing witness to the talents that had been at work here leading the people along the spiritual path. However, no one has now the inclination or the willpower for this.
Examples of this you see in India, Persia, Egypt, also in nations of America, whose traces have long since disappeared from the earth.
And so, My children, your language is not the Last to find its conclusion on this earth. It will be followed by a still more intense, more spiritual one. Mankind will only learn it once its communication with the spirit-realm proceeds freely. Then a passing to or from it will only be a gentle transition and a slight metabolic change, and the intelligent requirements of the incarnated human beings will be in better harmony with those of the spirits from the beyond.
Now it so happens that your language, however cultivated and rich in expressions you imagine it to be, so far has no words for many feelings and emotional states which you try to express, as for instance in the most sublime moments of the highest ecstasy of first love, or of farewell or reunion, or even when you want to give verbal expression to harmonic chords and sounds. How much you would then like to express in a word! However, your language has to be satisfied at most with a look full of bliss, a handshake, an embrace. For your words are too poor and unable to express in the least what stands written in flaming letters of spirit in your soul and culminates in the word “love’, but cannot be described exactly.
Since all this can only too often be proved from your own experiences, you can conclude from it that you human beings are not the last on the great gamut of spirits and that there are many levels above you. Likewise, that your language is not the ultimate one, and that there are still other modes of expression of which you can have no conception while you are still souls encased in matter.
You must always keep in mind that the more your spiritually sharpened eyes can absorb greater, more blissful things, and the more wonders of a spirit-world will one day unfold before you, the more words you will need to give proper expression to them. So, the higher the understanding, the more spiritual the language, since it is then no longer a matter of outer form, but of spiritual content.
As I said at first, it is the same process that makes the seed grow out of the plant and the plant out of the seed. So also in the great cosmic realm of spiritual intelligence, one language develops from another. It always progresses in accordance with the spiritual requirements, beginning with the corrupted dialect of the rural population and ending with the purest expression of an educated person.
This difference, though here only briefly touched upon, is in the spiritual sense in the mode of expression, in the way of speaking among intellectual beings, a great, vast one without limits. For language, being an expression of spiritually infinite concepts, can and must also be infinite in its scope as to amplification and perfection.
Thus language is not, as the scholars believe, a fabrication contrived by linguists, but an inheritance from other worlds. In most cases much had to be omitted, either because the spiritual capacity of the people did not require it, or because even the surrounding nature and the cultural level on earth differed from those existing on the globes from where your migrating spirits had brought these language elements.
It is always human pride which believes people had made everything; that they knew how to graft plants, to lift animals on to higher levels, if it were only possible, even to the human level. This entire people believe to be able to contrive, without considering that that which I created can neither be refined nor better cultivated by them.
In every single word there is already hidden so much profundity, so much significance that only a profound thinker can surmise it without, however, being able to ever fathom it. How much more in the whole edifice of a language, where, without man’s innate spiritual gift for expression, the linguists would certainly often be in doubt as to how to denote an action in all its possible modifications.
Rest assured, none of your professors would ever have been capable of inventing even the verb “to be” with all its conjugations.
Just reflect on what you have been told and you will easily realize that it is a different matter whether one investigates an existing language or invents a new one without imitating old languages. This is an impossibility for you human beings.
This is why I had this word given to you, namely that you may recognize from it how small, how limited your knowledge is and how wrong the pride of your learned people. For, seen in the right light, you have achieved very little in your own tight, but most of it is My gift of grace. It sees further and has everywhere and always known what it is doing, how it achieves it at the right time, and what means to employ.
The spiritual element inherent in the material nature is also present in the language since the same is meant to be capable of serving one day as mode of expression to the spiritually evolved or reborn person.
Hence, this language must carry everything within it so as to fulfill this requirement, and for this reason language with its grammar or structure is formed so rationally and logically that for a reborn person there is always the right word available for a certain concept.
Since all human beings are meant one day to be reborn, so as to populate the future spiritualized earth, also their language must gradually adapt itself to these spiritual requirements and spiritualize itself so that, finally, for the most exalted feelings corresponding expressions may exist in the language.
Millions of worlds and millions of years had to pass, during which the languages had to prepare themselves for the future. Whole generations are only now reaping the advantage of being able to express in a well-structured verbal or written language what is suitable for their spiritual requirement and will not only benefit the now living, but also their later descendants.
Thus also this word shall give you proof that the grace of your Father does not fail to subdue your silly human pride and to give you means by which to understand the spiritual cosmic realm, where after all that has been heard, seen and felt, only the language, “the word” alone is given. In this way also others can be told what individual initiates, who had personal contact with the spirit-world, were given in many a solitary hour, when the love of the Father allowed the weak children to feel His grace and showed them how, eons of years ago, the seed was planted for that which only now is going to mature into a harvest. Amen.
(Secrets of life, chp. 15)
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