13. to learn to understand, that human spirits have to be born repeatedly in a human body, before their process of evolution is perfected and repentance of evil doings paid for in full
14. to learn to believe in the evolution and the gradual rising of the human spirit.
15. to learn to practise spiritual love, moral and material charity and also compassion for fellow-beings. Point.
16. to search for self-knowledge in its human essence.
17. to search for self-knowledge in its spiritual essence.
18. to learn to realise itself—after spiritual perfection—to be an Atom of the Divine Essence, which is Love and Wisdom.
19. to seek evidence that the human spirit is immortal after its perfection through purification and wisdom.
20. to believe—through self-knowledge—in the Divine Truths, to reach the highest wisdom, which permits these spirits to serve God's Plans on earth and be an illumination for fellow-beings, who strive for perfection and wisdom.
21. to learn to understand and respect all High Creeds in the One God—in the knowledge, that each High Creed proclaims a part of the Divine Law.
22. to expel all fanaticism and to learn to understand, that each person thinks, speaks and acts according to his degree of wisdom, attained by purification and perfection and according to his position in the order of the Spiritual Host of God.
23. to accept God as the Most Holy, All Highest Lord and Master, the Spirit of Christ as the Enlightener and as the Leader of all High Creeds in the One God, and the Holy Spirit as Protector and Comforter in all needs. Accept these
Point 1. Human spirits are born on earth in a human body to learn to differentiate between good and evil and between virtue and vice. We have told you before, even repeatedly, that one of the main reasons why you have been born in a human body on earth, is: to learn to differentiate between good and evil. Is it then so difficult to say: this is good and this is evil?... Theoretically, it is easy, to answer this question. One need not think long, to answer: "I am allowed to do this—but that is something, which is against order, discipline and law". It is only necessary to observe one's neighbour and his actions, to come immediately to the conclusion, whether his deeds be right or wrong. It is easy to say: this is wrong and a bad deed, when a neighbour takes to drink, and the family suffer poverty. It is also easy to conclude that "what they are doing, is wrong", when parents harm their children or when the children grieve and disgrace their parents. You call it reckless and thoughtless, if somebody steals or wastes money for reasons, such as gambling or unnecessary luxuries. Everybody sees very distinctly the splinter in another's eye, and judges his neighbour's conduct and behaviour accordingly. But by far the better task would be to examine and to judge oneself. And again — a person who acts unreasonably or even wrongly, finds easily an excuse, to justify himself and try to cover his deeds, so as to free himself from sin and evil — though his nearest relatives judge him full well, if they be honest. Everyone is exposed to good or evil influences. Everyone has to suffer the effects of good and evil himself and — not with - standing his knowing whether his behaviour be good or evil — he goes and does the wrong thing, repeatedly Why does he do it? Because he is still weak and undeveloped and unable to resist the luring temptation. His spirit has as yet not the energy to expel the evil, which it harbours. Should you have the opportunity to visit a prison, look then at the prisoners, who offended against the civil law. They are sometimes of good behaviour, but they yield easily to evil inclination. They are weaklings, without sufficient spiritual strength to resist the harassing temptations. Go and watch the prostitutes — they cannot and will not work. They yearn for a life of luxury. They do not suffer from excessive sexual appetite, but have a passion for luxury and profusion. This is spiritual weakness and proof of primitively. Observe people who take to drink and keep their nearest relations and their family without subsidies. Why do they drink, why do they bring shame and disgrace to themselves and to their family?... Is it the taste of the drink and the gratification of their physical body? ... Oh no — it is weakness, lack of energy, lack of effort, which prevents them from changing their habits. Why are there people who harm their health by too much smoking? they damage their lungs and often produce children with a tendency for lung-diseases?... Is it the taste of tobacco and the fragrance of the smoke, which they inhale?... No, they are used to it and do not notice it any longer. It is their weakness, this excessive smoking, their lack of resistance against a whim, a habit, which has grown into a mania. They have not enough willpower, to resist it. It is useless to replace smoking by drinking — or drinking by smoking: the evil remains the same and terrific willpower and energy are necessary to subdue the trend. It is not only the man of the street, the person without upbringing and education, who lacks the knowledge which permits him to differentiate between good and evil. This draw-back is found in the poor and in the rich — the learned and unlearned — in religious and irreligious ones. Let us look at those people, who hold a high position and belong to high society. You find many among them, who — relying on their financial strength and high standing relatives — easily behave scrupulous and below standard — and do so habitually, because — on account of their high social and business position — they are not likely to be criticised. An employer keeps the salaries of his staff as low as possible, to have higher gains to enable him to out do his competitors and thus to further his own business and income. This is as yet not actual wrongdoing, but the beginning of it, because it retards the standard of life of his staff and they have to struggle — as their families grow — to make ends meet. The employer is the indirect source of their poverty—and if he be able to pay them better and does not comply, he is consciously dishonest — although he does not want to realise this — and thus demonstrates, that he is not able to differentiate between good and evil. Leaders of High Creeds still propagate the centuries-old basic principles of their creeds. This might be accepted as human. But these basic foundations of their church have been formed for people, who were far less evolved than the generations of to-day. Meanwhile science has found much proof about ancient civilisations — and compared to the education of to-day — certain basic principles of old creeds, which have been accepted so far — are now obsolete and surpassed. The human spirit, born on earth during these times of idolatry, veneration of heavenly bodies and meteorites, was spiritually less evolved than to-day. They then believed in the return of all dead people in their physical bodies — and in only one earthly life as human beings. Common sense, science and the spirits from the cosmos have revealed to these new generations, that a dead body cannot return, but that the indwelling spirit, which is its life-force, once freed after the death of this body — returns to the cosmos and lives there, until it is called for a new incarnation on earth in a new body. Church leaders just cling to these surpassed axioms on which their church was founded. They continue proclaiming what the early church-fathers proclaimed in ancient, primitive times. The foundation of their church is faulty and erroneous, but they adhere to it, since it is accepted and they keep on proclaiming an untruth — only because it was accepted as truth by ancient, ignorant generations, but what the modern generations do not accept any longer quite so unconditionally. It is right to demonstrate on hand of centuries-old scriptures, what people of those times and that period of evolution, proclaimed and accepted as truth — but this must not prevent new thoughts of modern date to be proclaimed, which are closer to the truth. All revelations are given according to their time and for the human beings of that period. They hold their historic value and there is no reason to change them, when seen in the light of their time and the human beings of that time. This takes nothing away from the revelations of Zoroaster, Gautama Buddha, Lao Tse, Confucius, Jesus Christ, Mohammed etc., if judged according to the times when they were proclaimed. Proof of this is the fact, that off and on parts of the Holy Books had to be changed or extended, to accommodate them to the habits, customs, ethics and morale of modern times. Each one — whatever his social or business standing may be — be he a materialist, an idealist or a mystic — be he a man of the street or a church leader — must check the foundation of his theories and must do this by sincere and close searching and examining of his conscience, before he may dare to proclaim them as truth. He must be very careful when proclaiming as truth, what previous generations called truth — else he may be wrong. Life changes and each generation must find the courage, to remove wrong axioms from old truth and not build anew on old entrenched wrong axioms. What was a truth yesterday, may be a lie and wrong tomorrow. Each human generation therefore is called upon: to look for false axioms, to destroy their foundation and to replace them by the new truth, which brings them closer to the Light of God. Meditate upon "Good" and "Evil" — differentiate them, and by doing this you will learn to understand better the "Essence of God".
Point 2. Human spirits are born on earth in a human body, to reject evil and vices, to practice good and virtues and fight evil and vice. Evil and vice are closely related in meaning and importance as are good and virtue. Nevertheless, they are not the same. Evil is in a certain sense a vice and good a virtue. But considering virtues: that word may also mean: "talent". A talent then is a gift of God, which is granted to the human being, whereas a virtue is something, which a human being acquires through his work and an exemplary behaviour. By evil is always understood: something which a human being undertakes to do with a view to cheat or do damage to something. It is done because of hate or from greed for riches. An evil may be the effect of a vice, which a man harbours, but it is not the vice itself. Vices are the opposites to virtues — and virtues are: love for one's neighbour, sense of duty, moral and material helpfulness, compassion, fidelity, loyalty to family and nation etc. Vices though are not indifference to love, helpfulness, compassion, etc. — but hatred, hatefulness, revengefulness, egoism, jealously, spitefulness, disloyalty, etc. Indifference is: lack of love without hate — lack of feeling for helpfulness without egoism — lack of compassion without hate. In short: lack of virtues without actually having vices . These different conditions show the degrees of spiritual evolution, which reincarnated human spirits have reached. We have said: virtues are not talents, because talents are gifts, which the human being received, but virtues can be acquired through good behaviour. But still — nobody will receive talents unless he be worthy of them. They are a reward for good and faithful work, just as you are promoted for your good work in the office or the factory, to get better pay, a higher position on the staff etc., the only difference being that a talent is a spiritual gift and a promotion on earth is a material gift, allotted for manual human achievement. A talent then is actually a gift, a reward for spiritual achievement. For what type of spiritual achievement may a person receive such a gift? It is granted, when a person lives true to the Divine Laws and keeps on the right track. We have already elucidated the Divine Laws sufficiently, for you to understand their meaning, and to travel the right path includes many things, the most prominent of them being: to gather virtues, not only by understanding the Divine Laws, but by actually arranging your life accordingly. You ask me: "what then are virtues and what are vices?" This question proves, that not everyone is able to differentiate exactly between good and evil. A person has essentially to know, what is good and what is evil. It is an evil action, to strike somebody or to injure him; to heal an injury and to cure a sick person are good deeds. Both are earthly human conditions and one needs human and earthly methods and materials to achieve this. It is a vice to feel jealousy, hatred or envy towards somebody, and this is a spiritual condition. This does not spring from the human being, but from his primitive unevolved spirit. It is something immaterial, which needs nothing physical nor material. It is rather a feeling and has its origin not in the physical human being, but in the immaterial spirit, which lives in this human body. Feelings may be good or evil, they may hold virtues or vices. The more virtues a human being acquires, the higher is his place in the Host of God. But a human being practices vices and shortcomings for a long while, during many reincarnations in human bodies and still has difficulty, to differentiate between vices and virtues. He delighted — during long, long times — in practicing shortcomings and vices. He is jealous of his neighbour, who has got more material, earthly possessions than he has. Then he is jealous of his associate on account of his pretty wife or daughter. Then he is not faithful to his own spouse and hankers after a temporal change with somebody else's wife. He has no other thoughts than his own wellbeing, his own pleasures, his own progress as human being and disregards all wishes, happiness and wellbeing of his family and next of kin. He considers spiritual love to be ridiculous and a sign of morbid weakness — helpfulness as restriction of personal interests and compassion as waste of time. He is egocentric and lives only for his personal wishes and his physical uplift. His spirit is still on a very low rung of the ladder of evolution and does not, as yet, realize, that a something exists which is called spirit and which is inborn in every human being on earth and has the task to learn to differentiate between good and evil, to acquire virtues and to avoid or to overcome vices. This spirit will have to return to earth-life repeatedly, to learn to recognize evil and to distinguish it from good. It has to return often, to realize that it is harbouring vices and has to acquire virtues, that it has to renounce its vices and replace them by virtues — that it has to become a better human being and therewith a better spirit. One person needs many reincarnations in a human body to let wisdom penetrate his being and to experience the truth thereof. The heavy blows of destiny and the life-experiences follow each other slowly and the conditions of his life do not give him much opportunity to learn and to understand the people, who live around him. Another person needs far less reincarnations in a human body — he is more receptive to the good. He is quicker to realize the evil than other spirits. The blows of destiny and experiences follow one another quicker and the conditions of his life bring him more conflicts, thus giving him more opportunity to learn to know the human spirit and to analyze his own good and bad inclinations, his own virtues and vices. He acquires virtues unawares, because life around him is like a real school for him. What life around him presents in all its actuality, provides him with more practical philosophic systems of learning, than any book could teach him. He mirrors his own life in that of other people. He distinguishes — through experiences f life and knowledge of people — evil from good and vices from virtues — whilst he, unawares, but from natural urge, practices good and virtues, out of which wisdom develops, which again permits him to climb higher in the rank of God's Host of Spirits, and allows him to reach the Sphere of Bliss.
Point 3. Human beings are born on earth in a human body to suffer the experiences of life and therewith to gain wisdom. What do we understand by "life-experience" and what do we understand by "wisdom"? The one is the result of the other. There is no wisdom without life-experience. Life-experience is the syllabus of the school of mankind. The experiences of his life strengthen the human being, they give him the necessary support to face his destiny, to shed evil and vices and to fight (hem as enemies, to practice good and virtues — all of which permit him to become a better human being and thus a better spirit. This has the result, that he is showered with talents, gifts, which he will use to the honour of God, for his own evolution and for the benefit of his fellow-beings, all of which provide him with unaware wisdom. This allows for a better understanding of the Essence of God and enables him to let his fellow-beings partake of atoms of his own knowledge — for them to pursue the good path too, which will bring them a higher development and good, virtues, gifts and wisdom, to lead them ultimately to the Eternal Divine Light of God. Life-experiences reach the human being spontaneously. It leads him unwires, by a natural urge, to the tunnel of evil. It is necessary for him to meet evil in the early stages of his existence, as spirit and as human being he contacts and also does evil in thoughts and actions. He has to suffer the results of his evil-doings. He must feel physical pain and mental suffering and — through these sufferings — learn, to detest evil in all its forms and must learn also to realize, that something exists, which is called: "good". Life-experiences reach the reincarnated human spirit now once he has reached the tunnel of good, learned to know other reincarnated human beings, who have already started to climb the ladder of evolution. They show him kindness and sympathy, show him feelings of neighbourly love, forgiveness for evil and also fellowship and brotherhood. Then, he himself starts to long to be good. He has suffered the results of his evil-doings and will now forsake evil. He feels guilt and horror and is afraid of the consequences of evil, he wants to reform, to do good, hoping that good deeds will bear their reward and that he will go to heaven and become a better spirit. And he also hopes, that the knowledge of good and evil are actually life-experiences, which will provide him with a fair amount of wisdom, which — as he now realizes — is necessary for him to be able to understand his fellow-beings. He realizes also, that this understanding reveals the knowledge of mankind, including wisdom, which are both necessary for his own improvement as well as being a means of teaching, to disseminate among his fellow-beings as atoms of wisdom. What is "knowledge of mankind?" The condition to acquire this knowledge of mankind is: to break away from the plight of primitively — to be aware, that the existence of good and evil, of virtues and vices is a fact, as is also the gift of talents. A person must be able to differentiate between good and bad people, between those who practice virtues or vices; he must be able to distinguish the talent of all other people. In short, it means to be able to determine the degree of evolution of his fellow-beings by the most simple human means at his disposal. To have knowledge of mankind means, to determine the degree of evolution of human beings by the expression of their eyes and to fathom the profundity of their souls by realizing their virtues or vices. It means to realize by a person's features, whether he be able to act meanly or able to sacrifice for the sake of his family or his neighbours, or for some other honourable, honest human interest. It means, to determine by outer appearance and expression of the eyes, whether a person be a low materialist or an idealist, a blasphemer or a mystic — it is to determine his degree of evolution and his spiritual purification. This, however — depends upon the judge, rasp. the critic. If he himself has not reached a high degree of evolution, he cannot judge somebody, who is more advanced. The higher he has risen by his exemplary life, the deeper is he able to penetrate the soul of a fellow-being — better able to define his character, his good and evil, his virtues and vices. The analyzing of a person's character is however often designated as evil and often condemned as slander or hinted at as meanness or mischief making. It is anyhow not unkind to determine somebody's character it is rather something good. Because, when a person knows his neighbour, as he actually is, he will be prepared beforehand, what this man may think or talk or even what he may eventually do. Knowing the character of people is a protection against possible offences, which include calumny, slander or belittlement of their honour and reputation. Calumny in its actual meaning is: to cause dishonour to somebody by portraying him iniquitously and thus damage his good reputation. This is mischief, even depravity — whilst to determine a character is good, because it protects a person against possible damage, which somebody might intend doing. A person is already under the influence of good vibrations, once he realizes good and virtues by determining a character. When he determines evil and vices, he is under the influence of these radiations. He feels contented and happy, whilst under the influence of the first type of radiation. The influence of the second radiation causes him to extend good feelings which reflect on the person with the bad radiation and plants in him an atom of good. He uses — however — his right of self-determination and may choose, which way to go. But his life-experiences and his knowledge of mankind give him the strength and the will to choose the good path of righteousness and virtue. The first result of his choosing is, that he is gifted with talents and by developing these, he is able to influence his fellow beings and to help them to spiritual purification and to advancement. This again has as second effect, that his inner knowledge crystallizes to wisdom. What is "wisdom"? "It is the result of thought", says one person — "it is the result of idealism", says another. It is — in fact — the result of a person's struggle, the care and uneasiness, the suffering, the understanding of mankind and his life-experiences. A person collects wisdom from his studies and from books. But this type of wisdom is often only intellectual knowledge, gathered by human intelligence and kept in the human brain, Wisdom — arrived at by life-experiences and knowledge of mankind — is not of the brain and human intelligence. There are spiritual values, which belong to the sphere of feeling. This type of wisdom — when described in books — is rejected by unevolved and primitive spirits, because they do not understand the hidden meaning of it. A human being has to experience wisdom and this he is able to do only after having acquired life-experience and knowledge of mankind — after having experienced good and evil, virtues and vices, and after physical and mental suffering have tormented him. Wisdom is the aureole of light, which radiates from human beings. It is in itself a gift, received from the cosmos, the spirit land, from the Hand of the God-Head Self, as reward for a person's struggle, his perseverance, his steadfastness — which built him his permanent spiritual life in all Eternity and Bliss.
Point 4 of Our Revelation says: Human spirits are born on earth in a human body, to collect knowledge of human beings — so as to enable the spirit, to understand the different degrees of evolution. Now, after having at great length studied the quality of the human being as a mortal individual and as a spirit, and have accepted it, it is of the greatest importance to establish, which is the part of the physical human being, and which is the part of the spirit, dwelling in this being. We know, that the human being — as he lives here on earth — is a duality. One part constitutes the physical being, endowed with bodily forces, which he is able to use for either good or evil purposes. The other part is an immaterial entity, without a concrete form, but able to materialize for human eyes in anyone of the various human forms, in which it has lived during its many reincarnations on earth. This entity has no physical strength, but has spiritual forces, which enables it, to feel a strong yearning or will to realize things of a spiritual nature. Spiritual forces can also be used for either good or evil purposes. All this depends upon the will of the spirit. It acts as it wants to, with the physical strength of the body. Its evolution — thus its purification — decides, whether these physical exertions belong to the domain of the good or the evil. A low spirit or a spirit without much evolution, does not know the difference between good or evil. This ignorance lets the human being commit bad actions as well as good ones. He feels neither self-reproach nor qualms of conscience, nor remorse. He is not happy about his good deeds either. He will sooner rejoice in the offences towards neighbours, whom he causes suffering. He regards evildoings and depravities as a conquest, a victory gained over his fellow-beings. Individual suffering does not impress him and he is still ignorant of the feelings of pain and mental suffering. He therefore has no knowledge of the possible effects, which his acting causes his fellow-beings and himself. A spirit, which has already gained some evolution, is able to differentiate between good and evil and also between virtues and vices. The higher evolved a spirit becomes, the better does it cultivate good and virtues, avoids evildoings and also improves and refines spiritually. All this happens by natural urge during its life as human being on earth. When the body dies and the spirit returns to its real home — the spirit world — it takes its good and evil, its virtues and vices, along to the cosmos. Life on earth in a human body is for the spirit the opportunity to become acquainted with good and evil, with virtues and depravities — and also, to acquire knowledge of life and people, and therewith to experience happiness as well as mental suffering. Mental suffering is the hellfire, which burns evil and depravities. Happiness is the inner feeling of bliss for improvement to perfection — shedding of evil, gaining spiritual wisdom and approaching the Light of God! The human being and spirit play a very important part in life on earth .. . How happy does a person feel, when he has done a good deed . . . and how glad the spirit, when observing the grateful expression on its neighbours face — for some help or kindness received ... The part of the spirit during its reincarnation on earth is fairly involved. Its evolution and rising is not always dependent upon its own desires. Following its own inclinations would often be stupid and egoistic; it is characteristic of great depravity and is proof, that the spirit is still on a low rung of evolution. To comply with the intrinsic desires of a fellow-being — the dis-interestedness — the self-denial — if need be, the disregard of his own concerns, to help and to satisfy his fellow-men — gives a person far more spiritual gain than egoism and getting personal material profit. It is not always correct, to understand by "profit" only material physical advantages. There are immaterial concerns of far greater importance than material things — but the human being is chiefly an egoist and it is difficult for him, not to yield to his own personal advantage in favor of humanity and the welfare of other people. Is it not a satisfactory deed to comfort a sick person, whilst you yourself are very much in need of comfort? — or, to save a person from drowning, although your own life may be in danger? or sacrificing a marriage, in order to provide for and nurse sick parents or relations? And is it not a good deed to try to convert a drunkard to give up alcohol? — or to try to rouse courage and confidence in the unhappy, misled or needy ones — although you yourself lack sufficient courage to deal with your own difficulties?... Spirits of low evolution and those, who live for the first time as incarnated spirits in a human body, will not be able to do such kind deeds. They are mainly interested in their own personal being, but not in other people or other spirits. They are egoists and materialists, and their own personal concerns are of great importance to them, whereas they will rather damage or hinder or frustrate the concerns of other people, instead of being helpful. Knowledge and science bring great material advantages, whereas wisdom includes great advantages for the spirit. The human life is — however — temporal and all his acquisitions for wellbeing gives a person only temporal advantages. The spirit retains its acquired knowledge and science, but this gives it no spiritual rising or evolution. The spirit has first to gain wisdom through experience of life and associates. This acquired wisdom is a help to become a better human being and a better spirit. Then only is he conscious of the fact, that knowledge and science can be used either for good or for evil aims — and only then will he use both to serve mankind and help to establish the welfare and happiness of his fellow beings. When knowledge and science is acquired, whilst still being a lower even a primitive spirit, he will use it for evil urges, because he has as yet not realized the differences between good and evil or between virtue and vice. He uses his knowledge to satisfy his materialistic and egoistic requirements — and will not hesitate to injure or harm people, in order to realize his personal ambitions. This way of using his book learning gives him no spiritual advantage, because he has used it for evil reasons. Science and learning should therefore only be used by fairly evolved reincarnated spirits and for good purposes. Then mankind will profit by it and it will serve God's Plans. If all this will pass a profound test, the human being will be better able to understand the part which the reincarnated human spirit has to accomplish on earth in his capacity as human being and in his capacity as spirit... The part of primitive and low spirits is sufficiently elucidated and from Our Spiritual Letters you can conclude that they — in their degree of evolution — must be given the opportunity to learn to know "evil", in order to be able to understand that there exists also "good". They will thus later — after repeated reincarnations in a human body — be able to overcome mate- realism and to obliterate vice and evil. The part of evolved spirits is : to reject the evil, which they still harbour, through mental suffering — to discard their shortcomings and replace them by virtues — and — most of all — to cultivate love, goodness and compassion — and to gain wisdom through knowledge and experience of life and men. After that, it will be the right time to practice aesthetics and knowledge and science and use all for the service of humanity and the happiness of human beings. Art and aesthetics, demand admiration. Knowledge and science lead to brotherhood, because they stand in the service of mankind . . . And all this blossoms like a fragrant rosebud: "Ecstasy" — ecstasy for the Power and Might of the Eternal Creator — "God" — the Father of all human spirits. And — to summarize — all of it leads to "Mysticism".