In all the reincarnations of the Spirit of Christ, of the Spirits of all Leaders of High Creeds, prophets and philosophers, by all societies, who look for truth in their creeds, by mystics etc.. two words stand always in the foreground. They are the foundation, the lodestar, the standard for all spiritual and social life on earth. These two words are: Love and Peace. Love is the path which all incarnated spirits on earth as in the cosmos have to go. Peace is the aim which has to be reached. At all primitive times and whosesoever people have lived on earth, the Spirit of the Christ — in one or other of His Various Splitting — has manifested in a human body. And each time He has preached and proclaimed Love in one form or another. When Moses delivered the Jewish people from the Egyptian slavery, this was not only a physical delivery. The real purpose was to give these people the right of self-determination, to restore in them the belief in the One God and in Eternal Life in the cosmos after the death of their physical bodies. But the people were still so profoundly primitive that they started to rebel, secretly turned back to their heathen idols and, without understanding the offered spiritual values of believing in the One God and Eternal Bliss, were only able to understand the hope for an earthly "Messiahs", endowed with all the glory and the power to establish a mighty earthly kingdom. Then Moses felt he had to bring peace to the hearts of those rebels and to influence them to respect both their spiritual as well as their physical possessions. Thus he gave them the basis of Love. When Zoroaster started in Syria to instruct the people, it was at a time when materialism and egoism were culminating. They demanded, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. They still possessed animal-instincts to a great extent. They had as yet not done many reincarnations. They had no regard for their fellow-beings and the one was envious of the other. They were covetous of their neighbors husband or wife, even daughter or son, or their servants. Theft and murder were customary and nobody regarded them as wrongdoings. Zoroaster's mission was to show these people the difference between good and evil; to make them understand that good furthers good and that evil is punished by more evil; that hate and revenge are of no avail, because the one who hates will be hated in return — and the one who revenges himself shall in return get the revenge of his enemy; that a person who harbours hate and feelings of revenge will attract suffering and will make his own life hard and difficult. With these teachings Zoroaster brought the primitive peoples of Syria — about 700 years B.C. — the basis of brotherly love, a spiritual feeling, to arouse their love for their fellow-beings. Gautama Buddha was a rich prince, born to kingship, married to a most beautiful wife and living in a beautiful palace. He left everything — his wife, his young son, his fine palace, his rich parents, his prospect of kingship — in the compelling urge to become a mendicant friar, to live as a begging monk, and thus to collect wisdom and to elucidate his findings about the suffering which all people have to endure. The only reason which made him take this step was compassion and sympathy for all suffering mankind. It was the urge to make them submissive to their conditions, to bring peace to their hearts, to make them understand cause and consequence of all their hard suffering. The deeper meaning of this action was love for the sufferers, pity and mercifulness for those who have so many obstacles to overcome during their lives. His feelings of charity and helpfulness made him try to help his suffering fellow-beings to bear their cross. His compassion has shown them that suffering is atonement for previous evildoings, but that suffering is also the price for spiritual purification, that the path of suffering is thus the path to spiritual perfection and to Eternal Bliss. The life of Gautama Buddha was a life of sacrifice. Sacrifice is born from love and love is the lever to peace. Jesus Christ went still a step further because the people of his time, the Jewish people of His country, were already evolved spiritually. But still there were sects whose followers, although they preached love and tolerance, did not live up to their teachings. There were other sects, who well believed in the "One God" but added to their theory that this "One God" may also be approached for temporal worldly and material reasons. They did not believe in the non-existence of death, nor did they believe that the human being is the bearer of the immortal spirit, nor that Eternal Life of this spirit, a life of happiness and bliss in the cosmos, awaits those who live a perfected life as a human being. But there was after all one sect, whose members spread morality amongst their followers. These founded the first monasteries where love, compassion and brotherhood were practiced. They lived a community life, had no private belongings and earned their maintenance by working. This brotherly co-operation, this helpfulness for their fellow-beings when they were in spiritual trouble, was the foundation of love. Their mutual love awoke peace in their community and these two words became the motto of the Christ: "Peace through Love". He was understood by a small minority, but the majority of the people ridiculed and slandered Him. Anyhow, life in the Holy Land at this time was loathsome. Just as in the time of Moses, most of the people lived only for material matters, for wealth and opulence. The laws which Moses had brought them were known to them, they were taught in the synagogue and people learned them by heart, but only very few considered them. Into this chaos came Jesus Christ. Loved and respected by a few — hated and persecuted by many — He has, by His way of living. His words and preaching and chiefly by His actions — always repeated: "Love one another to have peace on earth". When Mohammed — 700 years later — manifested himself in Mecca and Medina as a prophet of God, and when he asserted himself as the last prophet who would thus manifest in a human body, proclaim the One God — he found himself in a country of primitive and idol-worshipping people. Mecca was a rich commercial town with a temple of 360 idols. The only ambition of the population was to have wealth and abundance, have earthly pleasures and material possessions. Around the town stretched the vast desert with eternal sand, with only an occasional oasis, where people of various tribes were living. On account of his destroying all those 360 idols, Mohammed found only a few followers, but many enemies and, finally, was even threatened with murder and death. His enemies tried several times to assassinate him, but each time he escaped in a mysterious way. He never tried to kill his assailants, or even hated them. but always pardoned them. This one fact of many is the confirmation that he had much love in his heart for his fellowmen, that he could not hate and want vengeance for the evil done to him. This is evidence that he, by his model life, wanted to show his followers how to practice love. This love is the basis of charity, moral charity, from which people may conclude that he gave his enemies their freedom through pity — and pity is moral charity. The freedom he gave them is also proof that he forgave them. Forgiveness for one's enemies is compassion. He has all his predecessors, from Moses to Jesus Christ, acknowledged as prophets from God and therewith confirmed their Love as his Love. His whole life is proof that he, too, had Love and Peace in his heart, and had to accommodate it to the permittivity of the people in the country wherein they lived. If a person could realise how much devotion and sacrifice is brought from the High Spheres, in order to let "Love through Peace" reign on earth, evidently this person would ask: Are those sacrifices justified? Did the reincarnated spirits profit by them? The person, who asked this question, will then look around and meditate on it. His first impression will be: the human being has not changed much; there are always people who renounce the "One God" and are only interested in their worldly affairs: material matters, wealth and abundance. There are still primitive people who, just as in the times of Moses about 3500 years ago, are rebellious, or live in their first incarnations as human beings. There are still people who deny the Laws of God and do not discriminate between good and evil. There are still people who go downwards, and others, who purify and rise to Eternal Bliss. The truth is that the person who meditates must not only draw conclusions from what he sees on earth. He has to look with spiritual eyes far out into the cosmos. Then his doubts will be dispelled and he will feel "Peace, blessed Peace". Then he will feel convinced what the Spirit of Christ, and other High Spirits in their various reincarnations, came to achieve on earth has not been in vain or without results. Earth is a planet for reincarnation and purification, whither spirits come for their process of evolution. It is a place comparable with purgatory. The suffering, which a spirit has to undergo, is the fire of purgatory. Burns are of a physical type, but just as the best tobacco leaves white ash, so the spirit changes by suffering to purification, changes from the black lump to a shining jewel, which rises spotless into the cosmos and is worthy to reach the Throne of God. Suffering causes the evolving spirit to feel pity for his fellow-beings who also suffer, because he feels his own suffering gnawing at his soul and his body. Pity is the fount of helpfulness and charity. Charity is the basis of love for one's fellow-beings. Forgiveness is the cause of compassion, from there hails peace. Thus Love and Peace are the harvest of the spirit, deriving from purification and evolution. Those, who have reached this plane of evolution, are living in the Cosmos, in the Light of God, in Eternal Bliss. Those who are living there reached these spheres thanks to the many incarnations of the Christ in His various splits, and this is proof that those reincarnations on earth of the High Messengers from God — from Moses to Mohammed — have been successful and that they have served the Plans of God, as was to be expected. Earth, however, cannot fulfil a higher part than the one for which it was destined. If earth would be able to fulfil a higher part it would be against the aim of its creation. Nevertheless, let the human spirit, born unto earth, be filled with the great truth; that the part, which it has to pursue for the happiness of its fellow-beings and for its own happiness, is: "The path of Peace through Love".
Youth lives in the future; old age lives in the past; but the incarnated human spirit lives actually in the life which is awaiting it in the beyond. The human being seeks his future in this life on earth, but the spirit looks forward to its life in the spiritworld. A child has his playmates and fills his little life with childhood-ideals. A child has no conception of care or conflicts — his life circles round the fortuitousness's of childhood happenings, childhood wishes and childhood dreams. Young boys and girls feel that life widens for them. Their childhood ideals have passed and they have found out how few of these ideals have been realised. Their childish dreams and castles in the air have just dissolved. As life widens, they realise that childhood ideals belong to childhood, but no longer to them — new horizons have opened for them. Life lies before them with all its possibilities. Which one to choose? Have they to remain in the small world of their childhood? Will their newly gained ideals again become castles in the air? When, at sunset, they look westwards, they see the far-away sun setting lower and lower, until the last rays disappear below the horizon, to invisible, unknown places. What are those unknown places? Where are those unknown far away western lands? Where is the sun shining now? Will they ever visit those far-away countries, talk to the people there? Perhaps even live there? Or must they always stay at home, always live the same everyday life, always live among the people with whom they grew up? Always stick to the same surroundings, habits and customs? Or might perhaps the enticement of the unknown lure them away to other continents? When they get up in the mornings and the first rays of sun- shine greet them they look eastwards, from where the sun climbs up above the horizon, in all his majesty and splendor, and throws long shining rays upon the awakening earth. Where does he come from? From what countries and peoples? From places where, at this time, people retire, whereas here they are just getting up? Will they sooner or later travel eastwards? How will it look there? What kind of people are living in the East? The plants in the garden, the flowers and fruits, the fish in the water, the birds in the air, even the sparkle in their own eyes — everything is alive, is full of feeling, of creative power and vitality. How glorious life spreads before them! How much delight and rapture is in store for them! How wonderful to know that all is there awaiting them! That trust in life, success, happiness and peace are there, and people — and the whole earth — are calling. All fathers and mothers experienced in their own youth their forming of ideals and castles in the air. How many of them proved to be card-tricks and collapsed? How many illusions and disappointments are buried deep within them, in their sub-conscious mind? Through how much care, how much struggle have they lived since? But the youngsters do not know this, do not feel it, do not see it — they have to fight their own battles, the battle of their unfolding, their own maturing, their emancipation from family ties — they want their own way of living. What do they care if occasionally they have to battle and to fight? Are they not young? Do they not have courage and vitality? Life calls them and they follow this call towards far unknown horizons. But among them are some who, already early in life, vanquish and surrender to fate, people who are easily defeated and not able to endure the hard hammer-strokes of life. Others are laid low by sickness, might have a long-lasting recovery and perhaps remain sickly and ailing all their lives. Again, others watch all their ideals smashed; still others have to suffer anguish and sorrow which nobody can stop for them — their heart and soul are painfully hurt by their experiences and they withdraw from life, withdraw behind convent walls or start works of charity; devote their lives to the care of the sick, of aged people, orphans etc. People in the prime of life will often look back upon sorrow and struggle, and suffering which they had to endure. Then there are those who lost their parents early in life and have had to fight for themselves. Where could they find help and good counsel? Father was the one to help solve problems for which a strong will and courage were necessary to unravel difficulties. Mother was always there ready to give comfort in grief and affliction, to give good counsel if need be. Now they stand alone — trustworthy friends are rare. Everyone fights his own battles and finds little time and inclination to care for the suffering of others. There are people who have lost a child and are deeply depressed — there are married people whose lives arc marred by sickness, operations, unemployment, poverty. There are people who are — for political or spiritual or religious reasons — persecuted, cursed and even left without a livelihood, notwithstanding the right of self-determination which the Creator has granted every human being. For married people and those advanced in years, life is usually hard and difficult and nobody lives without strife and struggle and suffering. In old age, most people are settled, but still there are many who have to battle along. Some of the old people did their very best during life to provide for their family and give them happiness and security; they might get their reward and enjoy a peaceful and calm old age. But there are other old folks who have spoilt and marred their own lives and the lives of their families — the one by dissipation and lewdness, the other one by drunkeness — still others by their materialistic tendencies and their neglect of spiritual values. All shortcomings and trespassing have to be paid for — some of them already during the life in this incarnation. Old people look back upon their lives. They realise their conduct in life and conclude thereof what impression their life has left in their partner and in their children — they wonder which path these children are following — how they will have to fight during their lives — whether there be sickness or drunkeness, or thirst for pleasure in some of them. Often they are struck by the misconduct of some of their children — then they might ponder whether the trait has already shown in themselves or one of them? If the answer is "No" — then from whom might the child have inherited this depravity? From whom of his ancestors? Or has he developed this vice under the influence of a wicked friend? They will never find proof of what they are trying to find. There must evidently be another reason — something special in the child — something which is not a family trait. The physical body shows marks of its descent, but the character, the feeling, the actions are of different origin. Character is not a physical attribute — neither is feeling; actions are physical, but are conditioned by feeling. All these attributes belong to the spirit which is born in the body, but which belongs neither to the body nor to the earth. How far will a person of old age be able to understand these conditions? His experiences, his own struggles and sufferings have opened his eyes, have given him many perceptions and much enlightenment. Youth, however, does neither feel nor observe all this. The lure of physical life, of the earth with all its unknown and unsolved secrets calls and youth goes to live life in the wide world — whereas the old people withdraw more and more from worldly affairs, find more and more interest in the spiritual part of life, with the same feeling of responsibility which they have felt during all their life. More and more urgently do they feel the impulse to know what will happen after death. Will it really be true what they have heard so often; "everything is over after death", and "take what you can get as long as you have the chance". They start to listen to the inner voice of their spirit. Their own children give evidence — each of them so different from the other in their feelings, their characters, their actions — that in each person is something which does not belong to the physical human body, but well to the spirit which belongs to the cosmos and which, after the death of their physical bodies, will live on in the cosmos? If this be true, is it not now time to examine ones conscience about their conduct on earth during their life as human beings? Time to find out whether they have made other people suffer? To find out whether they could possibly repair some of the damage, some of their wrong doings? Is it amazing to find that some people nearing the end of their lives do penance for their shortcomings? For the evil they inflicted on those nearest to them? They suffer? They are rejected and abandoned — have to wander the path of the unfortunate ones, of the pariahs, of the hard afflicted ones? And they have to be put into charity or old age homes, or into hospitals? You will find other people who are more fortunate in their old age, who do not want, who have no infirmities, who have nothing to reproach themselves for things passed, who have been loving and compassionate even towards their enemies. They have a happy smile and look peacefully towards the future — the future which is apportioned to them in the cosmos, where a new life awaits them. Therefore you, who are building up your future in the cosmos, be careful to build for yourself on earth an old age, peaceful and full of love. By love for your fellow-beings, by helpfulness and compassion you will gain the Love of God!
The ideas of "human being" on the one hand and "spiritual evolution" on the other hand show us two sides of our life: firstly, the side of the material physical body and, secondly, the side of the invisible fluidic spirit which is living in this body. The urge of the physical body is to look for material things to satisfy the body. This means as main impulse: the building up of the physical body, which again essentially means: maintenance of this body. After that comes the building of a household and a family, the support of wife and children and very often the support of parents, who are old and ailing and unable to help themselves, possibly even the support of a retarded or an invalid brother or sister. To fulfil those duties, a man needs both strength of his muscles to learn a trade and also tuition in art and science, in all, what is called development of the mind. In most cases a man needs strength of body and also intelligence to make a success of his life. Both these attributes belong to the body and support a man in his struggle for existence. It is Divine Grace which gives a person on earth the opportunity to develop these two factors. The aim is of importance: the human body harbours within the spirit which has as its aim perfection. The spirit is in most cases still imperfect. Only in the case of the spirit being perfect, it needs no further reincarnations on earth, where there is still so much injustice, so much misunderstanding, rebellion and war. After reaching perfection, the spirit will live in the Light of God. But the conditions into which Divine Grace brought a person on earth leads to much temptation for him — the temptation to make his life more easy for himself than should be necessary. He looks for wealth. After having succeeded in gaining wealth, other temptations crop up: envy for those who are still richer. Envy is the sister of jealousy and thus jealousy creates the temptation. of cheating his fellow-beings to enrich himself. He becomes haughty and disapproves of those who possess less than he himself possesses. Riches induce him to flatter his subordinates and to exploit his fellow-beings. All these actions cause more and more shortcomings and more and more evil. In the beginning his subordinates are thankful for the opportunity he gives them to work for their material living. But later they find out that he underpays them — compared with his own large income, which is gained by their work. His servants start a rebellion and try to speak to their master. Now the master is more intelligent than his subordinates; he knows the answer to each of their claims and uses all the arguments which crush the hopes of those rebels. This leads to more underground agitation. The master feels that he is not satisfied — his staff does not respect him any longer. Both sides now feel dissatisfied and both feel a kind of suffering, a spiritual grief. There is mutual conflict and for each and every one of them is there spiritual and moral suffering. The repercussions of these difficulties in the workrooms are felt in the homes as well. Here, too, there is more good understanding and good feeling, but occasional friction on account of the insufficient income. Then comes struggle, sickness, unemployment — then follows dejection, humiliation and poverty. Their visions of a richer life are done with and they just have to try to make ends meet without further ado. All these occurrences belong to the life of the physical body. But the road of physical life runs parallel with another road — this is the road of the invisible spirit within the human body. The care, the struggle and the suffering, which the human being has to undergo during his life on earth, is a road which is connected with the two other roads. The two roads run parallel, but in as much as the spirit purifies and disengages itself from the evil, these two roads move apart — further and further away from each other in proportion to the release of the spirit from the influence of the earth. Care, struggle and suffering do not belong to the body, but are spiritual attributes. The road of spiritual evolution is the road of spiritual purification by atoning for evils committed, is the road of release from evil influences, is the road of spiritual elevation and rising. The person, whose process of suffering is ended, experiences a huge inward metamorphosis. He is no more the same being as before The time has passed when he has worked for material wealth, with all its evil consequences: indolence, exploitation of his fellow-beings, envy, jealousy, haughtiness, etc. He now neither despises nor hates his fellow-beings. He acknowledges everyone on his degree of spiritual evolution and has only pity for those without evolution and compassion for those who feel hostility. The two parallel roads have to rid the human spirit of its animal instincts, of its human inclinations. He has gained the conviction that beside the physical life on earth there exists another life: the life of the spirit. The searching human spirit has to become absolutely convinced of the fact that life on earth is "temporal"; but that the life of the spirit is "eternal". Eternal life is gained only by renouncing superfluous physical inclinations, wealth and possessions. Eternal life is only given by God. He gives Eternity to those who are worthy of it. He will deny it to those who are unworthy. Man, himself, prepares for his eternal life by love for his fellow-beings, by compassion for those who suffer, by his pity for those around him who have as yet not much evolution, pays by this kindness, these good deeds for the Grace of God and for Eternal Life and Eternal Bliss. This is the intention of the spirit which made these decisions and is not gained by only one life on earth, but by continuous spiritual purification and evolution, by its own exertion in many reincarnations, its own efforts to get release from its shortcomings and its evil tendencies, by its voluntary rejection of these shortcomings and depravities. The highest degree, which a purified human spirit can reach on earth, is: mysticism. He, who has reached this grade, is able to become absorbed in meditation on the life of the physical body and also on the life of the human spirit which is incarnated in this body. He is able to meditate on the cause and effect of everything, which a person on earth has to live through and to draw his conclusions. He will ultimately understand the Laws of Creation and the Laws of Karma, which both are actually the laws of purification, of evolution, of perfection. Then, and only then, will he understand why the Creator has it all regulated thus, and his love for his Father in Heaven will expand, because he now realises that, in all his trials during his life on earth, he has always received the support and the protection of Him and that he has never called on Him in vain in the difficult hours of his life. Now he understands the power of prayer and of his spiritual willpower which, with God's permission, will grow ever stronger and stronger in him. Now he realises that his purification and his perfection have made him an instrument in the hands of His Divine Creator; he understands why unevolved spirits are never able to understand a mystic and why there is so much strife and conflict among the people on earth. People have to fight for their liberation from the clutches of evil and the path is long and troublesome. But the ultimate goal is worth while; it is the acquisition of Eternal Life and Eternal Bliss. The body belongs to physical matter and the spirit belongs to the cosmos. The spirit comes to earth to incarnate and to live in a physical body, and leaves this body again after it becomes useless and old. The spirit undergoes many reincarnations — in its first incarnation in a human body it is unevolved and primitive. It lives in fascination of the body and of material matter; it understands neither good nor evil. Only by experiences will the spirit gain the impulse to meditate on the reason for its short existence on earth. It will then meditate on everything which happens around it. and — proportional to its returns to the cosmos and successive new reincarnations in a new body on earth — will it realise its mistakes and its imperfections. Then repentance will awaken in its soul, and remorse and penitence for all its errors. The spirit then starts to improve and to purify; it recognizes the Light of Wisdom; it rises spiritually; it learns devotion and awe for the Wisdom of (lie Creator, for His Everlasting Eternity, His Love. His Compassion — and ultimately the spirit blends with Him as One Whole, hut still remains an independent entity. to proclaim and to praise the Lord God.