A spirit, which reincarnates on earth in a human body, is actually just on a road which he chooses before his reincarnation. He is guided and protected as long as he keeps to his chosen path. Every spirit has the right of self-determination given him by his Creator. He has freedom and his own free will. He can follow either good advice or the wrong advice, and satisfy his curiosity and human passions. His leader spirit or his guide will not stop him. They are not there to cross his will and his resolutions. They may advise him, inspire and show him how to distinguish between good and evil, help him to ease the heavy loads of life. But they may not compel him to any obligations. If he deviates from his chosen path and starts to choose the wrong evil path, the power of his own leader spirit to influence him becomes less and less, in consequence of which he sinks deeper and ever deeper into the abyss. In the end, the good influence ends entirely — his leader spirit is unable to further influence him, or even to help him — the evil influence is too overwhelming. This spirit may, however, realise and repent his conduct. If he finds the strength to break with his base way of living, leave off the side path and returns to his own chosen main road — this is a sign of improvement and his luck. Then his leader spirit and his guide return to him. They note his self-reproach and again help and advise him. They help him to by-pass the difficult crags of his life and he obeys more eagerly than before because he has passed a school of experience, which now gives him more strength in his struggles in life. He will, from now on, most probably not leave the right path again. He is prepared to make all allowances in future to overcome his wishes because never again does he wish to lapse into sin or deviate from his chosen path. As one or other temptation crops up, so also remembrance crops into his mind and he relives all his struggling, his suffering and his remorse. He will struggle and force himself to resist the preluded false hopes of happiness should such a temptation cause him to resort for a while to a life of pleasure and lucidity. A hard battle could arise, but he refuses to accept this inadmissible pleasure-seeking — he has grown strong and with this renouncing he sacrifices something to life. Now, after this sacrifice, he feels happy and deep in his innermost feelings a holy fire of atonement, satisfaction, relief and salvation bursts open. He is purified because transformation took place. Passion for spiritual perfection replaced his passion for mundane craving. The desire to attain from life with wild appetite everything within reach has been replaced by the desire to give life its due to sacrifice and renounce worldly yearnings as much as possible — but to learn about spiritual life, to understand, to become aware of and to follow the Eternal Laws of the Creator and to adjust his life accordingly. But do not think that life of a reincarnated spirit must be boring, dry and tedious for him to rise and to purify — that one has to forfeit all joy and to renounce all recreation and diversions, that it needs to give all free time, even vacation, over to meditation, spiritual investigations, research and reverie. Most people on earth are not enough evolved to renounce the hundreds and hundreds of earthly requests. Even those who are purified are unable to resist all mundane radiation. There is healthy relaxation and unhealthy relaxation Healthy relaxation brings balance and poise into physical and spiritual struggles: unhealthy relaxation brings disorder and confusion to the spirit and to the body and both will become sick. It will develop the body and the spirit, to enjoy — without exaggeration — relaxation in sport, in pictures, music, sculpture, stage, science— and such. Body and spirit can well be developed simultaneously and symmetrically. And as to family parties and meetings with friends — those, too, fulfil a social duty. But evils lurk and watch, in whatsoever sphere a person is placed, in life — in school, church, home, with friends. They cause unrest and craving for pleasure. This can start from people or from invisible low spirits. He gets inspirations which he believes to be his own, but which are actually the insinuations of spirits of darkness. These base elements fight everything pertaining to Light and Truth, allow evil to infiltrate and will lead a person to temptation and instigate one to crave for pleasure and everything to gratify the body, to delight, appease and satisfy. They instigate him to do what is not right, make the human spirit stray from its road to purification and therefore bring new suffering, either in this life or in the next one. The human being asks: What may I do and what may I not do? What is my duty and what is my right? He will realise according to his spiritual evolution, that all excessive amusement and bodily satisfaction are inexplicable afflictions because a person pays for all extravagances. But suffering always gives an equilibrium which compensates for such dissipation. Everything in life is weighed and where the scale is too heavy on the one side, care is always taken to balance the other side. experience teaches this to every reincarnated spirit. Only those are fortunate on earth who choose the golden middle course — those who take from life only sufficient means to care for the health of body and spirit and what is needed for personal gratification, without bringing difficulties to other people. What do you think of a person who, to satisfy his own cravings, becomes a drunkard and a waster, and makes his own family suffer spiritually and bodily? You condemn him, you call him guilty because lie brings sorrow and suffering to his family. There is a Divine Law which declares that everything which causes somebody else to suffer has to be paid for twofold by suffering, either in this incarnation or in a later one. The guilty, faulty person takes whatever he is able to get out of life to satisfy his own selfish greed's for indulgence. He never remembers that sooner or later, he has to pay for it, that he has to atone twofold for (lie offences he brought to others. Moreover, his incarnation was useless, without advance, without evolution. What do you think about a young girl, living with father and mother and, perhaps one of them sick, and who foregoes amusements, betrothal, marriage and motherhood because of filial love and duty towards her sick father or mother? You will agree with me that her part is sacrifice, love, loyalty and filial duty. This young girl takes from life only the bare necessities to maintain her physical strength, to fulfil her duty of charity. But she, too, is tempted and incited to take from life more of the pleasures in moments of desire and craving. Her sense of duty saved her. And after her sick parents passed over she is alone, too old to realise the hopes of her youth. She can only be sorrowful that she is now alone without anybody to care for, to love and to comfort. The first spirit has renounced his leader spirit and has done nothing during his life to proceed and to evolve. The second is during her whole life on earth under superior protection. She fulfilled her mission, asked for and given her before her reincarnation, with submission and love—service of filial love. She has given other self to life and has asked nothing in return. May this type of spirit brighten and elevate life on earth.
Suffering and struggle form in the human being an emotional entity — suffering creates an emotion, emotion is a force and this force creates in the human being, not only sensitivity for his own suffering, but awakens in him a sympathy, a co-activity, cogency, a solidarity of struggle and suffering for his fellow-man. This force awakens sentiments of compassion, assistance, alliance. fidelity, loyalty, etc. Sensitiveness, in the usual meaning, signifies pain, physical pain, an injury, an internal or organic pain. Herbal and chemical concoctions may relieve physical pains. But there are pains which are not of a physical nature. There is psychical suffering and suffering of the soul, which no herbal or chemical medicines are able to heal. When a young girl and a young man see their dreams for a join} future fade away, they feel grief. When parents lose their child they suffer. This grief is not felt physically, it is mental suffering. But the radiation of this grief might attack the heart or the aorta or the nervous system. The person may suffer a collapse, may decay — all of which are mental processes which leave their mark on the body. The results of such grieving are lack of appetite, bad circulation, weariness of life and nervous break-down. Still, the roots of these conditions are not the body. It is the spirit which is sick and this happens according to cosmic and Divine Laws which explain that "the radiation of a spiritual condition is expressed in the body". (Look for the expression in the human eyes, the wrinkles in the face, the form of the head, the hands, the body and all of these will confirm this statement.) It is not always easy for the physician to diagnose the origin of a disease. Some people do not like to talk to their doctor about personal or psychic and spiritual happenings. The physician usually diagnoses a disturbance of the physical body and tries to correct this. Sometimes he wonders why his scientific medications fail him and why he cannot be of help to certain persons. Then perhaps he asks his patient: Did you have a deep grief? After the patient's confession he will advise him to relax, to have a change of surroundings, a change of air. But neither the doctor nor the patient mentions the fact that two entities are present in the human being: 1. The body, which only knows what his brain has collected. 2. The spirit, which works according to spiritual knowledge and science. The body is temporal, but the spirit remains alive after the death of the body. Thus there is a duality. The spirit wants to be leader of the body and deposits in the human brain the thought which insti- gates the human being to act well and to be good. But the human being will neglect his spiritual interests and evolution in preference to worldly engagements as long as his spirit is not sufficiently purified to be able to distinguish between good and evil, and his thoughts will go more to temporal, worldly affairs, temporal enjoyments, pleasures and possessions. To everyone who is reincarnated on earth, in whatever way he may be living, comes grief and suffering. Many ask: Why have I so much to suffer. Every falling stone crashes on my head? Nobody knows the reason for his suffering, for nobody knows what he did in a previous life — perhaps he led on evil life and did much harm to other people — therefore his present condition is due to former offences and iniquities. But he accepts his difficult conditions — he sees all around him friends and relatives also suffering grief and sorrow. He becomes accustomed to it and realises that everybody suffers and grieves and, when he compares his life to that of others, he is comforted by the fact that actually he is not as hard hit as many others. He also realises that life on earth without grief and suffering is an Utopia, a dream, pliant as magory and quite impossible. He hopes that life in the cosmos will be better for him than
present life on earth — and that is a comfort. He becomes more patient and tolerant through his understanding, feels more attached to people who suffer — and this attachment, through suffering, inspires brotherhood, helpfulness, assistance to others. He rises, purifies and becomes a better person. His sensitiveness for others is as deep as for himself. Spiritual love awakens in him. Less evolved persons wonder at what he is aiming with all his devotions and concessions to others. Those who ask such questions, think only of physical aims — they do not understand that anyone could act well and is good without expecting material profit. They do not see with their spiritual eyes and do not realise that suffering may purify people to such an extent that it is a delight for them to help others in need, to offer moral and material support without being asked. They do not realise that some radiate goodness and love, that some — intentionally or unintentionally — spread love and brotherhood, to elevate life on earth to a level as yet not reached. This type disclose the mark of their spiritual love in their aura when they return to the spiritworld after the death of their body. Most probably they will not need to return to earth for a new incarnation — they have attained the highest degree of evolution that life on earth is able to reach. They depart to another spiritual plane to start a new cycle of life — this one to be less difficult. They will not have to pay as much tribute in sorrow and struggle as has been necessary on earth. Their earthly life of love and brotherhood, which they now have left for good, roused in the hearts of their friends a glimmer of hope that a better life might be possible than that on this low planet earth. The life of their deceased friend left in them a radiation which will urge them to live accordingly and thus to rise and to purify. It will become a natural prompting for them: to bear pain and grief with submission and patience, to take their own miseries as less important than those of others and to create a brotherly bond among those nearest to them who, just as they, have climbed the earthly path of purification through suffering. The time will come for them also, when they reach the goal, when they shall leave this mortal body, never again to feel human pain. Mental suffering will always stay, but the radiation of their suffering shall not — as on earth — influence their physical body; they are spirits now without a physical body. The only suffering which they will endure in their spirit life is: compassion for the human beings on earth — these people on earth who work so little for their spiritual upliftment and their eternal bliss — these people who sacrifice so much for the earthly "golden calf", for temporal short-lived passions and possessions which so often have to be paid for dearly with new suffering in a new difficult reincarnation. Dear Reader, pray for the deliverance and the wellbeing of the human spirit: "Dear Father, in Heaven, we know that Your Love and Your Compassion are endless. But we know also that people on earth think temporal, worldly things to be of chief importance. The human spirit is, however, the object of Your Holy Will, of Your Creation, Oh Father! We see that the omens of Your Last Judgement manifest and take solid form. Have mercy, Oh Father, on Your Children, who still wander in darkness on this planet of lust and materialism. Spread the Light of Your Divine Truth over this earth, that not one of your Children may be lost. We submit to Your Will and Your Wisdom here on earth and in the beyond."
All people on earth — the human beings — are inhabited by a spirit. It is this spirit which directs the physical body and speaks through the mouth of the human being, etc. A spirit, once reincarnated, has lost all remembrance of previous lives, also of life in the cosmos. He now tries to find his way. He is convinced, especially in his youth or in his subconscious mind, that earth is not his true home. He often questions in his meditations, during his quiet contemplations: What am I doing here? What is the meaning of this life as a human being? What is the purpose of life? Why is there so much suffering here? Am I as other people? This youth has a vague recollection of his past. But as people grow older they suffer the effects of the earth radiation. Physical strength and mortal temptations awake. He remembers the dreams of his youth but comes to the conclusion that all was imagination and a caprice of his spirit. He regards the word "spirit" as mere common sense, which his experiences and his studies filled his brain. Something, however, is clear! The years of childhood and youth indicate whether he be good or bad, honest or dishonest, truthful or reckless, whether he will be fond of his family and his friends with genuine love or hate and malice, whether generous or egoistic, faithful or unfaithful — in short, whether he has virtues or vices and whether the gleam in his eyes shows frankness or distrust. The expression of virtue or vice is specially noticeable in a child. Parents are inclined to overlook mischief, even depravity, which a child commits, and say: "It is just a child". These words are a sign of parental love. But how often is such a parental love a danger to the child. "It is just a child" is an expression of understanding and of forgiveness. This is a Law of Nature, an application of the Law of Love, which is a strong bond in a family. But parents must not forget that they have to educate the child, have to enlighten and to instruct it, and be also his leader. No leadership is possible without love. Without love, leadership becomes dictatorship. A child will — without loving leadership — continue with his failures and bad habits — even vices — into the life as an adult. Then it is too late for parents to interfere — it is too late because the grown-up will insist on their right of free will — the parents are powerless. Experience may help to bring about a change. Suffering could cleanse the child from evil, committed in this life or whilst a spirit, or in a previous life. The child may understand, when it grows older, why he lives on earth, why he has to suffer. Then he will get understanding and consolation because he realises that the questions of his youth are answered; it was not imagination or a fancy of his imaginative faculty. He will, in later life, his spiritual unfolding permitting, realise that what he formerly called spirit and what he has gathered during his life, is not the human brain, but that the spirit is a separate entity, that he himself has an indwelling spirit and that his body without the spirit is not vital —that the spirit is the vitality, the life-force, of his physical body. Spirit is the life-force which stimulates the organs of the physical body to function — the lungs, the digestion, the blood circulation; the nerves and the kidneys. The spirit does the same work in the human body as does the life-force in the animal body, the same work as the life-force in the plants which causes the sap in the plant to rise, to produce leaves, blossoms and fruit in season. The spirit is for the human body the same element as the life-spark is in the minerals, which stimulates these to develop and invisibly to live. But the human spirit is developed and evolved higher and has overcome these earlier stages of life. No human body is vital without a spirit. If at birth no spirit is there to lay claim to this body, there cannot be life in the child. It is dead matter, only to be returned to the earth. Why then was no spirit available? It could be an unfinished premature birth or physically damaged, so that the spirit was unable to enter. But it may also be that certain parents have to pass a test, an affliction. and that the stillborn baby brings grief and sorrow for those parents — as reprisal and atonement for previous offences. The life-spark has to execute its cycle in the minerals until the highest development is reached. The life-force in plants has to undergo this cycle in the life of plants, to reach the highest possible evolution in the rare and most beautiful plants. The life-force has to pass this cycle in animals, from the most primitive ones to the highly intelligent and sensitive ones. And just so has the human spirit to undergo this cycle of his human lives from a negro-colored, red or yellow colour to the types of white people, to reach the highest phase of human spiritual evolution; this being is then a human spirit of love and goodness. Thus the question arises: What is the meaning of spiritual evolution? You have already been instructed about purification — but again comes this question: What is purification? Purification is the result of having fulfilled the Law of Karma which permits that the sinner, the evildoer, the base and imperfect human being can be cleansed, by mental suffering, from the effects of base actions done in the cosmos or in previous lives on earth and therefore be forgiven. Mental and bodily suffering is the path to purification and evolution. Suffering may be compared to the fire which burns the weeds which spread in your garden. The weeds are burnt to free the garden and save the good plants. The human suffering means: destruction of the indwelling evils and errors. Cleanliness results once these vices are burnt. This evil — present in the spirit — has a radiation which tempts it to more evildoing, to harm his spiritual brothers and sisters or to bring them uncalled for grief and sorrow. This evil, which is present in the human spirit, is just as weeds in the garden, which grow and spread exuberantly and the seeds are carried with the winds for miles around, to generate and grow and always bring more difficulties. The plants of your own culture are sensitive to cold, rain and hail. Their seed is carefully collected each year and after the bleak cold winter are sown again. Their roots do not keep alive during winter to allow new plants to sprout. Their seed is not plentiful and not distributed far to give luxuriant growth. Their seed has to be carefully kept and planted at the right time. Young plants have to be carefully nursed and sheltered from rain, hail, wind and storms. The human spirit is a rare plant in the Lord's garden. Many weeds are among the spirits which move invisibly around on earth and among the reincarnated spirits, and the spirits which are the gardeners in the Lord's garden have to work day and night in these spiritual gardens. They select, they classify the human spirits according to their worth, their degree of love and goodness and evolution. Spirits are not only present during religious ceremonies — they follow the human beings everywhere to teach them to practice love and goodness. They fight the weeds, which grow in profusion among the human spirits. They give strength and food to the best among them and prevent the weeds from spreading, thus to hinder the good spirits to develop and to put into operation their full vigor and virtue. But the weeds among the human spirits are collected and kept to be burnt. On the Day of Judgement all weeds will be destroyed and the Voice from Above will proclaim: "The Kingdom of God is on earth as it is in the Heavens." "Hallelujah — Hallelujah — Hallelujah!" . . .
There are two conclusions to understand a condensed version of the philosophical opinions which were preserved centuries ago: 1. Many dogmas were spread by inferior closed circles and even today such old truths are spread in such circles, for a limited number of people, consisting of the wealthy, who are willing to pay.
2. Few only — among them Socrates — have worked differently and have, on the public market place, spoken openly about their scientific knowledge, their inspirations from High Spheres, their creed and their morale .Those in honorable closed circles gather people whom they find worthy to know the great truths. They teach that, by knowledge thus obtained, the path to ascend and evolve is easier. The fact that they gather only people who seek truth and the correct way renders their chosen work less difficult, less arduous; obstacles are overcome because the inquisitive are excluded. Nobody will take part in these studies unless really interested. They form a kind of philosophic university—the underlying principle being: "Do not throw pearls before the swine". Their revelations are given to people of understanding, who are sufficiently evolved spiritually, to follow successfully these teachings. People, who find these instructions too difficult, will withdraw. The existence of such universities dates from the oldest times. Scientific knowledge at that time was not as advanced as today. but people always had the urge to increase their knowledge. There were always those who drew their knowledge from inspiration and suggestions from the spiritworld and dedicated their knowledge to teaching. They meditated and received inspirations about the elements of nature — light and darkness — night following day — the sun rising at dawn and the moon at dusk — the different phases of the moon — the wind, sometimes only a slight rustle or even a wild hurricane — thunder and lightning — rain and the rainbow —the firmament and the constellations which move in space — the infinity of space — the regularity in the cosmos— cold and heat — summer and winter, etc. Reverence and admiration arose, and thence mythology. Mythology with its fantastic stories and imaginations, and, ultimately, the belief in the One God — in the endless infinite and inexhaustible vibrations which issue from Him — the All-creating Power, through which the cosmos originated — the belief that all existing things, from the grain of sand to the human spirit, are vibrating as life-spark, life-force or human spirit, which seeks its way, progressing slowly and stumbling in its rising and its evolution, until it returns to the origin, the vibrating cosmos and ultimately to the Creator, the Father of the Universe — to unite with Him eternally. This philosophical truth is explained in diverse words, by different interpretations and along various ways, but every true philosophical doctrine propagates a uniform truth and this is confirmed by all creeds on earth: everything returns to the source of its origin: God. Socrates proclaimed his doctrine, not secretly, not to privileged persons only, but free of charge in the open market-place in Athens. He was the Harbinger of the Spiritualistic Church, which is no temporal, earthly church, but well "The Spiritual Universal Church of the Lord God". Socrates was not a rich man. He usually went about barefooted. His appearance was not attractive, but his spirit was noble, just, truthful, affable and, above all, purified. Life in Athens was at his time — about 2500 years ago — peaceful and quiet, much more quiet than any small village of today, as motor-bikes and other such electric moving forces were absent. He preached his creed and his morale at public places and on street corners. His university was in the open air and all were welcome to listen. He refused all kinds of payment and always declared: "I know nothing. I repeat what the Voice, which is within me, tells me. If this Voice is silent, I cannot speak." "It is wrong to believe in figures of stone" he said. They do not hear us when we pray to them. There is not a multitude of gods. There is only One God. The One God lives in the invisible cosmos. He hears us and listens to our prayers. He forgives us, if we are worthy enough and He gives us the Light of Truth to deliver us from the darkness wherein we live. He has created us with a spirit within which, after the death of our body, repeatedly reincarnates, purifies and evolves. The goal of our presence on earth is to become a better human being and thus a better spirit." This philosopher was so simple that he never even thought of writing down his doctrine. This was left to Plato, who realised the high value of Socrates' teachings — without him, nobody would have known Socrates. Plato has rendered what Socrates taught, therefore one cannot separate these two names—they are united. However, they differed in some points. For instance, Plato could not accept "virtue" to be a science, as Socrates called it. Socrates asserted that virtue can be acquired, and that theoretic guidance can be given, but that the human being himself must decide whether to accept virtue as his attribute and thus live a virtuous life. Plato maintained that you cannot teach virtue. Virtue cannot be learned. Virtue is a gift, gained through experience and proof. Actually, it is a gift not permitted to all. These two diverging theses are a pun, the one could not overturn the theory of the other. Socrates was old and wise and experienced. He knew the deeper meaning of his ideas. Plato was young and idealistic. Nevertheless, each had his own right and irrefutable opinion. Socrates' idea was that "virtue" could be defined and explained in human language, that there are definite rules regarding it, but he was certainly conscious of the fact that he could not force virtue on anybody. He knew well enough that everyone has his right to self-determination, and that nobody can be brought to compulsion to accept virtue as an obligatory rule of life. The fact that one of his scholars took to drink is proof that this scholar was wanting in evolution and therefore could not obey Socrates' teachings. That scholar would have overcome his depravity if he had accepted this theory and lived accordingly. But he accepted his depravity and rejected the teaching of his master. Now Socrates' opponents used and even misused these unfortunate happenings. They alleged that his teachings were inferior because one of his followers became a drunkard. They alleged, further, the fact of not taking payment as proof of his failure and his unenlightenment. And thus the fight came about: Socrates' high spirituality against the materialism of his adversaries—sacrifice against egoism. Seemingly the earth was conqueror, in regard to his death sentence, but actually it was Socrates who proved how great a sacrifice he gave to earth and humanity. He never asked anything from earthly life, but sacrificed everything, even this earthly life. To die by drinking a cup of poison is a martyr's death — as is death on the stake or crucifixion. He never sacrificed his spiritual conviction that he was an instrument of Divine Entities, Who had sent him to earth to combat the idolatrous worship of the people of Athens and to replace this by the Creed of the One God. He told his judges: "And if all Athens condemns me, I cannot silence the Voices from Heaven which talk in me." And later the Athenians realised: they killed an innocent man, who was a sage and a martyr.