Many churches on earth celebrate Whitsuntide or Pentecost. Pentecost is a Greek word meaning the fiftieth day. Some creeds celebrate this day in remembrance of the day on which Moses received the Ten Commandments from God on Mount Sinai, whilst other churches, this day being the fiftieth day after Easter — commemorate it as the day on which the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles. Sometime during the fourth century, this day was declared a "Holy Day". The Bible tells us that on the fiftieth day after Easter the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles in the form of fiery tongues. This represents the gift, which the Apostles received. to enable them to proclaim the Gospels with enthusiasm and also the power which emanated from the Apostle Peter (Petrus) to convert so many souls. The description of this descent of the Holy Spirit in the form of fiery tongues emphasizes once again that the Apostles were mediums, that they observed manifestations, which only a few other people could see. People, who during spiritual séances develop their gift for clairvoyance, will understand what this living beings. The water, which is absorbed by the earth, evaporates and the cycle thus repeats and repeats again and again. All happenings on earth are also a mirror of the life of the human spirit. The spirit incarnates, the body dies, and the spirit returns to its origin: GOD. To reincarnate is to purify, to become a better spirit. The more the spirit purifies, the more it evolves until it finds the source of all Truth and all Wisdom and is able to blend with the Light of the Creator. Each human life is a searching for Truth and Wisdom. Each life has its "experiences", which make the spirit grow in wisdom, incites new virtues, suppresses vices and errors and allows love to augment in his heart. Love for the Creator and for all Creation, love also for his neighbors, among whom will be people who pursue, harm and slander him and make his life a misery. He must achieve, not to hate these hostile people — although they give him many unpleasant problems. He does not hate any more, neither does he harbours any feelings of vengeance. He loves life and tries to support fellow-beings who are in distress and difficulties. He tries to encourage them and, by his example, gives them confidence to choose the right path which leads to better times and to a better life in the cosmos. Ultimately, he does not feel at home on this earth. He realises the malevolence of the many reincarnated people, and thinks: Is it worthwhile to help them? He feels compassion — for those incorrigible ones, and this depresses him; but that love for the few good ones whom he meets, gives him strength and courage to go on. He sees the evil ones and the good ones in their behavior and he realises that there are many more base aims and intentions in people than good ones — that there is more pride than humility — more enviousness and jealousy than righteousness — more hate and vindictiveness than forgiveness and remorse — more egoism than generosity — and that unselfish spiritual love is as rare as a white raven on earth. A good reincarnated spirit will seldom find the last type of people. These usually live in seclusion and in privacy, to meditate upon the deeper meaning of the sentence, of which a reincarnated spirit once said: "The better I learn to know people, the fonder do I become of my dog and my cat". When this type of reincarnated spirit passes over, there is not much chance that they have to return to earth, unless they come to show people the road to purification and evolution. They will now live on a higher and more purified planet than the earth. There they feel more content and much happier. They move more easily from there and return to earth as a spirit to encourage friends — helping them to carry their earthly difficulties with more ease, aiding them on the path to spiritual evolution and being a mediator between the Lord and human people on earth — to give "revelations" of the Laws of God — these Laws govern and rule the cosmos — about spiritual duties in regard to good and evil — about the Laws of Karma — the reason for human struggles and suffering—the road to be followed to endure life on earth — to submit to rules, to become worthy and able to acquire Eternal Bliss. May this message help you to realise the great importance of the life of the human spirit — to meditate about cosmic rays and the vibrating forces. May it lead you to a deeper understanding of your co-spirits, and to adjust your own life more and more according to the Laws of God and of the Cosmos — that you will also gain such high evolution in the cycle of reincarnations as to pass through your last reincarnation on earth, this planet of repentance and suffering, and that your life in the cosmos will be rewarded with "Eternal Bliss".
Much emphasis is devoted, in studying the teachings of spiritualism, to the study of the spirit and the human being. The word "spirit" is easy to understand: the words "human being" are more difficult to explain and the difference between "spirit" and "human being" is only comprehended by study and experience. The words "human being" are not used here in their real meaning. Human being is the body of flesh and blood with all its physical organs and parts present therein, for instance the human consciousness. The human language has not sufficient words to give each thought its correct meaning. The thought only gives the right form and the true meaning. The word "spirit' is not the correct word either, to express the proper meaning of the momentary thought. Spirit is an entity and holds spiritual organs which are invisible to human eyes — sub-consciousness belongs to these organs. The spirit is visible to some clairvoyant persons who are able to see the proper form and to recognize it as not being the form of a human body, but containing some kind of organs; just as the human body has organs and sense-organs. This is also proven by spiritual drawings done by telepathic, clairvoyant, or incorporating mediums and executed in many different parts of the world. The Lord Himself in His True Aspect is Spirit and He is the Increate Light, so perfect and pure, that every spirit, who has the opportunity to see Him, tries by further purification and perfection, to draw closer and closer to the Lord. That is why the human being is created — spiritually — in the likeness of God. If you will ponder on the subject of what is spiritual and what is human, words arise, as subsconsciousness and consciousness, and enquiries are made: What hails from the spirit and what from the human being? The word "spirit" is also used in connection with mind or intellect, though intellect is not spiritual, but belongs to the mortal being. New truths and new virtues, obtained in new incarnations, are connected with ancient knowledge, but a person receives this new knowledge by means of his physical brain. The physical brain is a part of his human body, is his mentality and the source of his human desires and his human will. But the human being harbours also a spiritual will. One cannot say that the human will can work absolutely independently of the spiritual will and can dispose of his physical forces to his heart's delight. It is a truth that there is a duality present in the human being that is: the spirit and the physical being — the Atom of God and the atom of the earth. But the power is always with the spirit — and how it acts, whether under the influence of the Atom of God or under the earthly influence, depending upon the degree of its spiritual purification. A spirit with only a few incarnations to its credit is still one hundred per cent under the earthly influence — as spirit which is not unyielding passes many reincarnations and chooses the good path, is more interested in spiritual undertakings than in worldly ones. The first type does not differentiate between good and evil; he does not realise that theft, infamy and murder are monstrous crimes. He finds satisfaction in material physical possessions. He expects everything to end with a physical death and therefore takes from life as much as he can possibly get in the form of riches, pleasure and lewdness. The second type has thought the same as the first one in his first incarnations, but his spirit has improved after each reincarnation as human being. His experiences, his studies, his urge for truths, advanced his evolution; the Atom of God, residing in him, started to generate, to develop and to unfold its spiritual forces. He does not see only the material part but observes also its spiritual values. His life as "Spirit-man" reveals him — although he is no church-goer or does not advocate certain ecclesiastical principles — as one, who is filled with love who spreads truth and righteousness, who differentiates between good and evil, and who complies with his obligations. The spirit — living in such a man — will know, when pondering about it and analyzing himself, the subsconsciousness within him. That sub-consciousness is a kind of will-power, which does not proceed from his brain. This force, or "will-power" is the driving force in him, to work and act in a virtuous way, to let new virtues expand and grow. This force prompts him to work, to fight laziness and sloth, to be unselfish, filled with interested spiritual love for his fellow-beings, with goodness, righteousness — to be trustworthy and loyal. He does not entertain feelings of hate and thoughts of revenge. All these are spiritual conditions which elevate and refine a person. The Atom of God present in his spirit has become a beautiful pearl, which is an ornament to shine on the Throne of the Creator. All this hails from the sub-consciousness. There decisions and solutions are taken — without a human agent — which are important to the evolution of the human spirit. Some great plans are spontaneously executed without much consideration. This is the Will of God, the will of the spirit, the will-power, against which the human being is mostly quite helpless, but which is, nevertheless, his own resolve. But from where then does this consciousness come? From the spirit, or from the human part? The human being can do nothing without the spirit. And still, it happens, that the human being plans things, considers them and confers with his brain before he substantiates them. The spirit hears these considerations and knows in advance the results. The human being completes these plans, either good or bad, advantageous or not, according to his spiritual evolution. Thus, there is always a feeling of duality in the human being: spirit or human being — soul or human reasoning — subconscious or conscious actions — sub-consciousness or consciousness. And when, ultimately, the question arises: Is the human being a duality — spirit and human being ? The answer is: Yes! The spirit is an entity which thinks and acts, which the human being as vehicle manages. The human being is also a personality, who by his wisdom (gained through experience) thinks, talks and acts. The brain by itself can do nothing. All the wisdom is collected in the soul, which is the brain of the spirit. But the human being becomes a personality — as far as the human reason is developed and unfolded — to think and to develop plans and behave as an individual with his own wisdom and not to listen to the voice of his own spirit and therefore certain enterprises will end in failure. He achieves a kind of submission to his spirit, his Atom of God, his subconscious mind, only after many experiences, failures and lessons. Are not the words of the Christspirit fitting here, when He said: "As long as you have not returned to the state of childlike simplicity, you are not able to enter the Kingdom of my Divine Father". The meaning is: part with all your haughtiness, become humble and simple as a child, allow your subconscious mind, your spirit, your Atom of God, to speak to you, and listen and follow his advice. Then the Gates of Eternal Bliss will be opened to you. Far too many people on earth are making too many plans, talk far too much, and act with only human calculations. Their temporal, earthly, materialistic conquests may be extensive, but the price paid for it is huge. Earthly possessions, realizations of luxury and lewdness, may retard their spiritual advancement, fill their hearts with egoism and arrogance. It is impossible for the spirit to purify as long as they do not change and return to the state of childlike simplicity of submission to the physical conditions of human life. The spirit will, after the death of the body, return in the cosmos only to the sphere of its last discarnation. This will bring the spirit grief and repentance. A new reincarnation will be prepared and new miseries, new struggles and suffering will be awaiting him. Blessed are those spirits, which pass over into the cosmos joyfully, hoping to reach the High Plane, to live eternally in Bliss in the Light and the Love and the Wisdom — The Light of our Almighty Father!
There is nobody on earth who does not meditate. What is meditation? It is thinking about a certain concern, thinking deeply, with the exclusion of any other thought. Involuntarily every spirit, incarnate or discarnate, may fall into this state of meditation. What does a person generally meditate about? A young person tries to find his way through life. He has earthly plans — thinks about life which lies before him with all its worldly and material temptations. He seeks worldly fortune and happiness, looks for a companion in life, for realization of material wishes; he wants to know life and world, nature as well as science and art — and his fellow beings. All this is human and the spirit reincarnates in a human body to pass through the various phases of life. He is on earth for an important task: that is, how to behave during the storms of life and how to go through life — ignorant of his past and his future — and become worthy enough to rise to a planet of higher evolution after his transition to the spirit world. Later in his life his interest advances in a different direction. He thinks less about personal affairs and more about the future of those he loves: his children's schooling, clothing, place in society, the future and health of his family, building of a home — social, political, economic progress — development of his own and foreign countries are of interest to him. He will study law, history, geography, cosmography, philosophy etc. And thus the critical question arises: What is most important to him, what are his hobbies? Still later, towards the end of his life, he relives his remembrances — as in a film he sees his life pass by. He remembers everyone and everything that made him happy, and he realises that there are different types of happiness: short-lived worldly success and happiness, leaving only the remembrance; the other spiritual type: love for wife and children, the good which people brought him, and the good which he gave to others. This is a spiritual happiness. which lives and never perishes — because these are natural gifts which people possess and he also possesses. This happiness is not earthly and not temporal — at every possible opportunity he will feel the irresistible impulse to express love, righteousness, truth, fidelity, spiritual alliance to his family, his nation, his fellow-beings, his Divine Father. Virtues do not die — they return with each reincarnation and render the spirit more beautiful, more evolved, more lucid. His last reflections are upon his future, upon the spirit life in the cosmos. How will this be? He feels again the importance of his own affairs — he remembers those, whom he might have hurt — consciously or unawares. He feels that life continues after the death of the body, invisible to the human eyes. There are misunderstandings he would care to straighten, if still possible. He ponders all the good and all the imperfections of his life, which passed so quickly. He comprehends: that as a spirit he made a journey to earth and he is now on the return journey and he recalls the memories of his past earthly life. Is not the entire life on earth as reincarnated spirit an always renewed state of reflection about earthly and spiritual conditions? A person is — unknowingly — in deep meditation and — just as unawares — in a kind of trance, if he reflects deeply upon something which has touched him to the core. If a wife suddenly loses her husband, she will grieve on account of her lost love and her duty alone as mother. She sees the menace of misery, of starvation — she sees herself and her children subject to charity — driven out of their home to find refuge in a desolate slum building — chased like a wild animal, looking for home and food for her children and herself. Being alone, she will fall into deep meditation — forget her surroundings and look for a solution. She prays, her thoughts wander — she forgets where she is, where she lives — feels easier and relieved — no more worry about the children, the world, the obstinate struggle. A serene calmness, as yet unknown to her, permeates her and her vibrations blend with those soothing cosmic rays. With a shock, she again returns to earth. Perhaps this trance gave her an idea, how she could manage and overcome her difficulties. What has happened to her? In her despair she prayed to God for mercy. Her spirit left the body during her meditation. She left her body and earth — she looked for her guide and her protective spirit. Her great difficulties shocked these spirits and they entreated God for mercy. God heard their prayer and gave them the means to help her. The condition of this woman was a natural unconscious leaving of the spirit and caused a natural unexpected contact with her higher spiritual leaders and protectors, which helped her. All this is natural and normal. There is also a scientific method to reach this condition. The scientific method is not the result of an emotional condition, but is the result of thinking, by eliminating all thoughts except the one for which an answer is asked. Everyone has to face a difficult situation in life and has a relative or a friend who needs good counsel. He may not get the answer to a question he is puzzled about—and which no friend r relative can possibly solve for him. Then he falls back on his scientific knowledge. He meditates upon this question, he tunes his vibrations as high as possible, to be able to contact higher spirits. He forms a mental picture of the friend or relative in need of help and also forms a clear question — for which he wants a reply. When both, the picture of the person in stress and the picture of the question asked, stand clearly before his eyes — he lets go and thinks of nothing else any more. You also exclude all other thoughts and just relax — and wait — if all was well practiced, you will feel after a short while the answer coming to you. Do not get discouraged if, in the beginning, you do not get results. Go on practicing — more to aid others than for your own If a wife suddenly loses her husband, she will grieve on account of her lost love and her duty alone as mother. She sees the menace of misery, of starvation — she sees herself and her children subject to charity — driven out of their home to find refuge in a desolate slum building — chased like a wild animal, looking for home and food for her children and herself. Being alone, she will fall into deep meditation — forget her surroundings and look for a solution. She prays, her thoughts wander — she forgets where she is, where she lives — feels easier and relieved — no more worry about the children, the world, the obstinate struggle. A serene calmness, as yet unknown to her, permeates her and her vibrations blend with those soothing cosmic rays. With a shock, she again returns to earth. Perhaps this trance gave her an idea, how she could manage and overcome her difficulties. What has happened to her? In her despair she prayed to God for mercy. Her spirit left the body during her meditation. She left her body and earth — she looked for her guide and her protective spirit. Her great difficulties shocked these spirits and they entreated God for mercy. God heard their prayer and gave them the means to help her. The condition of this woman was a natural unconscious leaving of the spirit and caused a natural unexpected contact with her higher spiritual leaders and protectors, which helped her. All this is natural and normal. There is also a scientific method to reach this condition. The scientific method is not the result of an emotional condition, but is the result of thinking, by eliminating all thoughts except the one for which an answer is asked. Everyone has to face a difficult situation in life and has a relative or a friend who needs good counsel. He may not get the answer to a question he is puzzled about — and which no friend or relative can possibly solve for him. Then he falls back on his scientific knowledge. He meditates upon this question, he tunes his vibrations as high as possible, to be able to contact higher spirits. He forms a mental picture of the friend or relative in need of help and also forms a clear question — for which he wants a reply. When both, the picture of the person in stress and the picture of the question asked, stand clearly before his eyes — he lets go and thinks of nothing else any more. You also exclude all other thoughts and just relax — and wait — if all was well practiced, you will feel after a short while the answer coming to you. Do not get discouraged if, in the beginning, you do not get results. Go on practicing — more to aid others than for your own He remembers his years as a young man, his struggle for existence, meeting his girlfriend, getting engaged — then the wedding day — honeymoon — making of plans, most of them rather short-lived. Then came the realities of life: struggle, sickness, despondency and tears. As a result of all these struggles and difficulties there is this harmonious family, united and strengthened by common experiences. Each is individual, yet part of the whole; and even, when the children build homes for themselves, they still cling closely together, still feel the old family ties — the happy union from which they sprang. This is the happy picture of life on earth for the human spirit — such as the Creator willed it to be. But, unfortunately, people here on earth suffer under the influence of materialism. Man desires to possess his part of the material riches, vindictively he hankers for worldly happiness, luxury and riches. The craving is such that mother, instead of bringing up the children herself, leaves them in the care of others, often servants. She starts working so as to earn more money to accumulate luxuries, to dress and live for more luxuries and pleasures. What is the fate of the children who grow up under such inferior conditions? What future is waiting for them? What do they observe in the servant's quarters? Many unwanted words they learn. It is easy to say: "Oh! It is only a child — it will forget again". Some children might forget, but the fact remains that evil seeds are planted in their souls. The hope that the weeds will be removed later is mostly illusory — their future is handicapped in no small way. Sure, there are mothers who are left alone and have to rely on themselves and therefore have to work hard so as to provide for their children. There are fathers who, after mother passed over, have to leave the children in the care of others. On these unfortunate ones the Lord may stretch His protecting Hands. Their guides know the great sacrifices which these parents make for their children: they refuse a second marriage, refuse to go to entertainments without them etc., but devote their full time to protect their children against the risks and dangers of life, try to live happily together with them, to share all their joys and amusements, also all their pain, grief and sorrow. They try to prepare their children for the struggle of their later life, to build their character, develop their love for life and their fellow beings — and to curb their naughty habits. How wonderful is the part of conscientious parents — and even more wonderful the part of the lone mother or father who willingly leave all worldly amenities for the sake of their children. This truly is devotion and sacrifice. The spirit world looks with love on those parents and the reports they give to the Highest, have the result that the Father of the human spirit will give such fathers and mothers much spiritual help and protection to ease their life and to enable them to bear the Laws of Karma with patience and submission. Notwithstanding their model life, their Karma cannot be taken away, but they will get strength from the cosmos to support them to bear the burden for which they themselves have asked before their reincarnation. No one can bear another's Karma, not even is the Creator willing to change it. Karma is atonement through suffering — for evil done in previous lives. The type of suffering is according to the spirits own request. To take away this suffering means, for the spirit, to have the door closed for his purification and evolution. No father on earth will restrict his child to realise its worldly success. Our Divine Father will certainly not close the road for his reincarnated children which leads — after full purification and high evolution — to the Bliss of Eternal Life. May each mother, father and human spirit — by mutual devotion and sacrifice — follow the path of devotion throughout their lives on the dark planet called earth. Then this earth will be a world of mutual understanding and be a foretaste of the spiritual paradise in the cosmos, at the fountain of Light, Love and Wisdom.