There is apparently a difference between the activities of most spirits which are living in the cosmos, and of most of those spirits which are living on earth in a human body. The conception of the human being on earth is based on visible, audible and perceptible impressions. He believes mostly in impressions which he grasps with his physical organs. These organs are made of earthly material and direct only impressions which proceed from this earthly material. His feelings and his thoughts are already spiritual organs, but his being human is so strong that he uses them in the service of his physical and earthly material desires and wishes. His words and his acts are the mediator between his being as spirit and as human being — and as long as the physical entity is master his spiritual capacities are used in the service of the human being and of worldly concerns. He becomes more sensitive during his successive reincarnations, whereby he gathers many experiences. Thus his own life-process makes him sensitive to the troubles and sufferings of his fellow-beings. He was less sensitive to his fellow-men's sufferings in his previous reincarnations and often rejoiced in the troubles of other people — he has sometimes even tried to increase those troubles for mere enjoyment. Thus he was hard, unfeeling and primitive. But now, since he has felt for himself suffering gnawing his body and his soul, he knows hat suffering means, and he sympathizes with those who are sick or poor, who are spiritually or bodily impaired. Now he shares their suffering and their troubles and tries to case their afflictions and their grief. Yet — he is still a human being. He has not yet realised that he is a spirit as well. He still works only for the realization of his own worldly, material standing, a higher standard of living and, if possible, riches and wealth, together with enjoyment and carnal satisfaction. Look around you — look at your surroundings here on earth. Arrange places of worship, arrange lessons for studying life in the cosmos, about reincarnation of the human spirit, lessons about spiritual purification, rising and evolution, etc. You will be astonished how few people will answer your call. But arrange parties with free food and free drinks, arrange dancing parties, give people frivolous books — and you will not understand why so many people will attend. The reason is lack of purification and evolution — and materialists will exploit this human weakness. Most people born on earth in a human body covet, groan and yearn for material concerns, because the earth is a planet of trials and tests, of material matter and of people's enjoyment. Here on earth the human being has to learn to struggle with himself — his physical, earthly entity — and to build up his spirit. He has to learn on earth, in his human form, to eliminate the evil which continuously assails him during his state as a human being; he must learn to equip himself with goodness, which will give him his opportunity — as spirit — to put his material longings under restraint, and to further his spiritual concerns. The spirit, which withdraws from the human body, is usually not much concerned about worldly, material or physical affairs. The struggle of the human being on earth for material possessions and temporary well-being, his rage for riches and pleasures, leaves the spirit quite unconcerned. The spirit is not in the least interested in the material well-being of those of its friends and loved-ones, whom it left behind on earth. The spirit, however, living in the cosmos, which has left loved-ones behind on earth, is well interested to protect them against danger and evil. It will give them the necessary inspirations to remove obstacles, but it will not help them to mundane riches and possessions. The spirit will rather give them inspirations to enlighten them about their future life in the cosmos. It will do its best to develop their morals. It will help them to understand the necessity to shed their shortcomings and failures, but to gain virtues in order to be able to rise in the spirit world. Many spirits in the cosmos are in no way interested in the life as human being on earth. They have broken all ties with the human body in which they were born—they have no more worldly temptations—they know they cannot take any worldly possessions along with them into the cosmos. They know that a spirit which has to return to the cosmos can easily withdraw from its physical body if it has desisted from worldly possessions and from worldly, even from bodily satisfaction. They know also that certain types of poverty, of bodily as well as spiritual sufferings, are Karma, and are asked for by this spirit before reincarnation to atone for previous shortcomings. The spirits know that they might try to ease the burden of life and of Karma, but must not try to remove it because that would be a bad turn for the reincarnated spirit and would retard its purification and thus make it miss the fulfillment of the mission which it had chosen for this life on earth. Spirits in the cosmos do love their relatives which they left behind, and nobody on earth is able to realise how much they grieve about those of their loved-ones ho choose the wrong path, who are more concerned about their short-lived, temporal life on earth, than with their Eternal Life and Eternal Bliss in the cosmos. Nobody on earth is able to understand with how much interest they watch the conduct of those reincarnated ones — with how much exertion they try to give them good advice — try to encourage them not to harm anybody — to love their fellow-beings — not to hate them for evil which they suffered by their evil actions — not to plan revenge but to leave the recompense for evil deeds by penance in the hands of Divine Providence. Discarnated spirits will meet many relatives in the cosmos from different incarnations. How often have they been — in their various incarnations — a father, a mother, a child or a brother or sister of spirits whom they now encounter in spirit land? In one incarnation they might have been more advanced than in another. But where they have been a negligent parent to a malicious child, or where they did harm to other people, they have now repented, have atoned for it through sorrow and suffering, and the evil radiation between them and their foes has changed to a radiation of fraternity and love, because both of them have purified and both of them have understood that they were once primitive, ignorant, instinctive and barbaric. Meanwhile they have both learned mutual forgiveness for their faults and failings, for all kinds of error and trespasses. Reason dawned on them and wisdom opened their eyes. The Light of God penetrated their darkness. Their process of evolution was long and wearisome, but the reward is incomparably great. When you compare the average life in the spiritworld, as explained above — with the life on earth as incarnated spirit — you may get the impression that — in contradiction with above revelations — these two lives are different from each other — because it is said in the Holy Books: "As above, so below." But this truth is not abolished if you consider that the process of evolution plays its important part for the spirits in the cosmos as well as for the human beings on earth. You, who are living on earth in a human body, are well able to look with attentive eyes at the people around you and to determine their degree of evolution. Can you expect a drunkard, who neglects his wife and his children, to be on a high plane of spiritual evolution? Can you expect a man, who misuses a young innocent girl, to be a good spirit? Can you expect that people, who speculate on the sensuality of their fellow-men, who frequent nightclubs of bad reputation, who instigate people to prostitution and foul play, have reached a high degree of evolution? Check the actions of the people in your surroundings and you will find that people of various spheres of evolution live pell-mell together here on earth. The one is still so primitive that he is unable to differentiate between good and evil; of this kind there are plenty living on earth born in a human body. They are well capable of committing very bad deeds, even murder — if only they can profit by it. But then, there are others, those who are filled with idealism, and they live as human beings, pledged to serve humanity. Look for these among scientists, among philosophers and among believers. Some scientists search in their laboratories for remedies which will restrict certain diseases or even eliminate them, and therewith will be of great help to mankind. In many a chemical laboratory the searching scientist may hurt his fingers or even lose them — or come to death through an unfortunate explosion. Some philosophers will try to fight lies and replace them by truths — and thus help humanity to advance. Among them are those who were put to death by a cup of poison, by crucifixion, by burning, by rope or by shooting, because they tried to thwart or to suppress the concerns of the authority or of the state. There are religious persons who try to fight idol-worship and to replace it by the belief in the "One God". High priests and magistracy have condemned them to death because idol-worship was the acknowledged state religion. These last ones now, votaries of the True Faith, who impart the principles of Divine Philosophers, practitioners in the Service of Truth and Love, show those who conic after them (lie right path. He who is able lo sacrifice himself for (lie well-being of humanity is the most purified, the most evolved human spirit. He, who tries to lake advantage of the shortcomings of his fellow-beings and keeps himself out of danger, is the least evolved human spirit. And between those two extremes stretches the whole scale of reincarnated spirits, climbing the ascending rungs of the ladder of evolution. Look around you, watch people's behavior, listen carefully to their talks, and you will be able to classify them according to their degree of evolution. It is exactly the same in the spiritworld. Herewith you have a picture of those spirits which are living in the cosmos, which have readied a certain degree of purification, and you also get an idea about those who are living on earth in a human body. A spirit is only able to reach a certain degree of evolution by being horn in a human body. Earth is a planet for purification, a planet for low spirits and also for those who are eager to improve and to rise. Once they have readied purification, they do not belong to the earth plane any more. They then live on a more purified planet in a less physical body. But they .still return to the earth, to spread their newly-gained wisdom among the less evolved ones and to show them the path, which they have to follow, to reach (lie Light of God. In spirit-land there are, however, separate planes of purification, of evolution and of perfection — all of which are mingled on earth. And there begins the difference between earth and cosmos. But from there, from those planes of purification and of evolution, (lie Light of Wisdom is radiating over the earth; from there hail those Apostles of Love — as spirits — to earth, and — with the help of mediums — enlighten humanity about the process of evolution, which the human spirit has to undergo, enlighten people about the road which to follow for own purification, for rising. for perfection, for evolution and for Eternal Bliss. "As on earth, so in the Cosmos." But in the cosmos are still Higher Spheres, unknown to (lie earth-people. There are lower spheres too, lower than those on earth, where entities are reincarnated in bodies who have not yet received reason, who are between animal and human being. Those entities have to undergo tests before they are permitted to reincarnate on earth for the first time. Earth is a new touch-stone for them, a planet for tests and trials, where many incarnations will be necessary, until they may he admitted to a new sphere, there to undergo still higher tests. Earth, however, remains a low planet, where spirits of different degrees of evolution live pell-mell together. Life in a human body takes its course — up and down. The one hurts the other, bodily and spiritually. But slowly, by and by, ultimately, they will learn mutual regard — they will realise that everyone is subject to the same faults and failings. Everyone of good intentions will try to get rid of his shortcomings, to cleanse, to evolve and to climb up to higher spheres, up into the "Sphere of Bliss". Also here is the same: "as above, so below". But "above" is in the House of the Lord of Many Mansions — entirely unknown to the people on earth. Here is Peace, here is Love, here is Perfection — because here the spirits live in the "Light of God". They will send sparks of this light to their farmer homes on earth — these are rays of happiness for the future. He, who catches those rays, catches his own good luck because happiness flies in the air. He, who catches them, catches his Eternal Bliss. But to catch this flying happiness, a person must lead a good life and must respect the "Laws of God". You, who are leading a good life, look out for these rays of happiness in the ether. You will feel them as a Divine Balm, which allays all sorrow, all struggle and all suffering. Take this as a parable: You yourself draw those rays to yourself by practicing virtues and morality, by gaining wisdom, by exemplary life, by rational idealism and by your unconditional mysticism.
For many people life on earth with its conflicts, its troubles and its suffering is a mystery or a great problem. A person who is suffering hard, or who has to solve very difficult problems, asks himself: why is fate so relentless to me? But no one is without suffering, without conflicts, without troubles. He, who just for the present moment is free of troubles, looks quietly around into the lives of his fellow-beings — and he observes everywhere a certain amount of affliction and suffering. But he observes also that one person takes all these difficult problems and deals with them as they arise and tries to put up with them — that he accepts his difficulties as passing events, which he has to overcome. He takes those difficulties in his stride, but although he has his combat and his struggles, it does not mean suffering for him. He also observes that other people suffer intensely in their mind on account of their difficulties, that they enlarge their grief more than necessary. They feel their hardship deeply and their spiritual suffering can weigh so heavily on them that severe bodily injuries might result and they now subtler bodily and spiritually. An experienced person, watching these two types, usually belongs to the second type: he wants to know the reason why the one is so indifferent, whereas the other one feels so much mental suffering in regard to his problems, his struggles and his grief. Will he be able to find an answer? Usually he then starts to discern himself and concludes that he is a sensitive person who is strongly influenced by circumstances, and that others who so easily put up with their difficulties, who shake off their problems and their grief so quickly are callous and unfeeling. And usually the questioner leaves it at that — and accepts that there are sensitive people and those who are unfeeling and callous. He himself is not only taken up with his own struggles and difficulties, but he shares also the misfortune, the maladies, the difficulties of other people. This causes him to feel pity and a certain amount of grief. He cannot understand that there are people who do not notice the misfortune of others, who do not feel pity for their fellow-beings, who are not interested in their sufferings, their sorrow and their afflictions. But he does not look or interrogate any further. If he would penetrate somewhat deeper into the question, he would discover strange and wonderful revelations. Struggle and suffering are spiritual conditions which do not concern the physical body, except for an expression of sadness, perhaps even in the form of some physical trouble, or just an expression in the eyes. The effect is thus spiritual, because the cause is spiritual — arising from the soul. It is not the human intellect which prompts a person to have difficulties — that would he hypocrisy. It is the suffering of the spirit which causes the difficulties, and this feeling pours out as tears, as sigils or as an expression of sadness on the face. The human being itself is unfeeling. It is made of physical material and is a primitive something which, after use, returns to the physical matter. The living entity in the physical body is the spirit which is living, reincarnated in this body, and which is not made of physical material, but of products from the cosmos, which are fluidic — and which after the death of the physical body — returns to the cosmos, to its native land — to live there on the plane of its evolution until the time comes for a new reincarnation. If the "seeker for truth" follows up these events and examines them with his own human eyes; if he considers the process of evolution of the human spirit, its many reincarnations, its process of purification, its penance for evil deeds, its rising in the spirit-world — he gains the conviction that the "unfeeling" human spirit, during this process of evolution, is far apart from the other one spiritually and therefore belongs to a different plane in the cosmos. The Spirit of the Christ, in His Incarnation in the body of Jesus, has said: "In my Father's House are many Mansions", but nobody was able to grasp the importance of this revelation. "The House of the Father" is the Infinite Cosmos with all its various spheres, extending from close to the Light of God to far removed spheres. In each of those spheres are spirits living, spirits which have been living on earth or on other planets in a physical body, temporarily and periodically — to work out their process of purification and thus to evolve and to rise to higher and ever higher spheres. Each of these spheres is called by the Christ: "A Mansion in the House of my Father". But actually this "House of the Father" is the Universe, the infinite cosmos with its many spheres of evolution. Decimated spirits without purification and still filled with evil and vices, live close to the lowest planets — far away from the centre of the cosmos. They are heavy and laden with Karma and unable to disengage themselves from the physical matter of those low planets. Many spheres, where spirits are living, are between the "Light of God" in the Centre of the Universe and those low planets. The more perfect their purification, the nearer are they living close to — or even in — the Light of God. The more primitive they are and the more laden with in-compensated evil, the further they are away from the Centre of the Universe, the Light of God and Eternal Life. The Laws of God are not acknowledged on these lower spheres and those primitive spirits live in ignorance, in unbelief, in vices and in evil-doing. The spirits in the higher spheres live in wisdom, in belief, in virtues, in goodness and in love, and the more these qualities increase, the quicker do the spirits advance — until they reach the Light of God, the Centre of Knowledge and Wisdom, of Love, Compassion and Truth — he Centre of the Whole Universe, the Whole Creation. A discarnated spirit lives in its home as long as it lives in a congenial sphere, in its milieu, in its right surrounding among spirits of an equal level of purification and evolution. Therefore spirits of the same plane understand one another. Disunion occurs only when spirits of different planes have to live together, then there will not always be concord and fraternity — and this only on account of differences in purification, in compensation for previous evils, and in evolution. Is this not a mirror of conditions on earth? Spirits of all spiritual spheres, reincarnated in a human body are born on earth, which is a planet for purification. The spirit spends the life of its first incarnation in a human body here on earth, and also its last one. Spirits of various planes of evolution live here together as human beings. There are clashes and collisions about problems, theories, ideologies, philosophies, opinions, churches and creeds. This is the battlefield where good and evil fight each other — where persons and spirits fight one another — where a spirit might gain wisdom by experience — where a spirit is able to work out its Karma — where vices can be changed to virtues — where a person might learn to omit evildoing — where he may learn to feel love, to forgive his adversaries, thus to reach a higher plane of evolution — where he is even able to reach Eternal Bliss, if he is of good intentions. Life on earth is the mirror of life in the spiritworld. On earth too, spirits of the same sphere are able to meet and to form a bond of friendship. But considering that reincarnated spirits are unable to avoid connection with lower spirits, these lower spirits will always take their chance and try to influence those others by their primitive thoughts and thus create discord. Permittivity is lust for leadership, for domination, for profusion, for ambition. These conditions now ask for discontent and people will try to change these obvious evils. Thus conflict or even quarrels result. Fight brings either victory or defeat — but is always connected with grief and suffering. Suffering, however, brings compensation for evil and also purification, and through it the spirit will be able to reach a higher plane of evolution. All this is necessary, but only very few people are able to understand it because most of them only understand their human, physical life and not their invisible spirit-life. The life of the reincarnated human being is a battle for existence — a battle for his existence as a physical being — it expects him to provide for his old age when he is no longer able to work for his daily bread, and therefore has to rely on his reserves: his pension and his savings account. Oh! he has not saved riches, only a meager saving account or a small pension. But even if he has provided for a small yearly income for his old age, there comes the fight against visible and invisible friends and foes, known to him or unknown, who try to cheat him out of this hard-earned nest-egg. This type of person never considers the restrictions to which people put themselves in their younger years to provide for a carefree old age. They do not consider all the sacrifices, savings and denying of holidays, journeys and other enjoyments. They are just vultures and magpies who prey on the small possessions of modest, thrifty, looking ahead people, saving up for later life. What do we learn from the methods and the way of living of these two types of human beings? We learn that from a spiritual point of view they belong to two different planes of evolution and of the cosmos. The one is a person with foresight, who starts early in life to provide for his old age, who does not like to become burdensome and to depend upon the help of others — who is able to restrict himself and to avoid unnecessary expenses for the sake of being independent in later life — who has gained wisdom and has brought sacrifices to reach a desired goal. The other one is a reincarnated spirit without any wisdom, but with many failings and short-comings; somebody who is a profit-maker and who prefers to live off charity and off other people's possessions. The one is an advanced spirit, whereas the other is a low spirit — the first one is on earth to be an example for the other. This last one reincarnated with the intention to purify and to evolve. The first one is the well from which the other has to drink, to cleanse and to purify. People of different planes of evolution live together on earth. The one is the Karma of the other and makes him suffer. The one puts the seeds of Love into the soul of the other, and some of these seeds radiate rays of forgiveness for the evils done to him. The one type of person pushes and stabs the other type — and on this path, where love and hate, peace and rebellion, forgiveness and hostility confront one another, rising and evolution are born. This is the result of the manifold collisions which human spirits have to suffer: consequences of struggle for life, consequences for a small revenue to provide for a peaceful old age. Some people fight a different battle: they fight for spiritual possessions — for initiation into their inner self or for their duality — into life in the cosmos — or into the spiritual life of reincarnated spirits. Their visible and invisible enemies are those who fight for material wellbeing and have no love for wisdom. Among both types are simple people as well as intellectuals. School-teaching gives you knowledge, but spiritual teachings give you wisdom. Knowledge is earthly, but wisdom is divine, is attained by purification and evolution. Both are the result of struggle and experiences, of suffering and of purification: the final result is evolution. There are, however, two kinds of struggle: struggle for existence as a human being and struggle for existence as a spiritual being. Therefore, fight during your life as a human being for your existence as a human being but fight at the same time for your existence and your improvement as spirit. Your life as human being on earth is temporal. But this life is necessary for you to give you the opportunity to improve as spirit, to evolve and to gain the conviction that the life of your spirit is eternal, if you wish it and if you are found worthy of it.