You have a word in your language which has a much deeper meaning than the one which you usually use for it — this word is "Rhetoric". The academic meaning of this word is: purity of language, right articulation, accent on the right syllable, good modulation, avoidance of foreign words, etc. A person has to study for three years to become eloquent in the academic sense and to grasp the aesthetics of the language. People need this art to speak properly — everyone occasionally needs to make a public speech. It happens in every-day family life, starting with a birthday celebration, a wedding or a burial ceremony. Then there are cultural, artistic, financial and industrial meetings. There are also the balancing of the books in commercial companies, statements, declarations, or evidence before the magistrate — for which the every-day language is not sufficient and if somebody is not able to use the proper language and proper expressions, he is marked an ordinary man without education and training. Some people reach a certain social standing, but are restricted from getting higher positions for lack of gifted speech. Some firms do not accept this type of person as employee. But this word "rhetoric" also has its false and wrong axioms. Some people can talk with such eloquence, such fervor that nobody notices their wrong conclusions, and accept lies for truths — some judge can turn a thief or a murderer into an innocent person, or vice versa, by his eloquent way of talking. The aesthetic use of the language or its culture need not be employed in such cases; sophistry does the trick, which was in use hundreds of years before your era. Zoroaster, in the old days — won the confidence of the Persian people by his convincing words and has therewith shown them the difference between good and evil — and made them realise that they had to renounce evil. The strength of the spoken Word aided him to establish his new Creed, in which some parts of the Laws of God are revealed. Zoroaster was gifted with a striking expression of speech, but never used false suppositions. Socrates founded the "School of Wisdom" in ancient Athens. His eloquence aroused the enmity of the State government and the hatred of his fellow-philosophers. He was an idealist and a mystic, who fought the established religion with all its idols, and wanted to replace it by the Service of the One God. He fought Sophism as well, because the materialistic rhetoric of the sophists misled mankind and he introduced spiritual teachings and spiritual discussions instead. His work was to herald Truth and Justice — but the public spirit of hatred served him the drink of hemlock. But idolatry vanished soon after his death — and was replaced by the homage and the worship of the One God. Socrates' speeches were clear, without false and wrong axioms, and by these weapons he gained his victory — if only after his own death. Gautama Buddha used his gift of speech to teach people the truth about reincarnation, the return of the spirit from the cosmos in another human body — to atone for previous evil deeds and shortcomings by spiritual and physical suffering. He revealed a great deal of the Laws of God and was inspired by the Highest Spirits of the Cosmos to bring wisdom to humanity. He did not need to use sophism or any other form of rhetoric to turn lies into truths — but proclaimed in all simplicity and submission God's Words: Death does not exist, all human suffering is voluntary and asked for by the spirit before rebirth, to atone for and to balance the evil done in previous lives on earth as human being. He gave away all his belongings to become a mendicant monk. His rhetoric was mystical and idealistic. Jesus, too, had the gift of good speech, but used it only rarely. He used only a few simple words. To Him, it did not seem necessary to use many words — the few pregnant words with which he explained His Themes were so powerful and weighty, so convincing and evident, that nobody was able to refute or to oppose them. His enemies were forced to use false accusations to strike and to suppress Him, and to accuse Him of deeds which He never committed, The speeches of Jesus were never trimmed with bombastic or boasting words. All were simple and plain and full of submission to the Laws of God. But the people of His time — who were used to feeling everything with their human hands and seeing with their human eyes—were not trained to understand the deeper meaning and the spiritual value of His Words and their spiritual contents. He said nothing new — only what the prophets taught before Him: Renounce the evil and do good. You will be born again and again, until you are worthy to enter the Kingdom of my Father — obtain Peace through Love," etc. Each of his short messages was a lesson in morality and ethics, to encourage those of "good will" to choose the right path. Mohammed, who established Islam, did the same in Mecca as Socrates did before him in Athens: they replaced the idols by the One God. But whereas Socrates worked by the power of his words only, Mohammed worked with words and with actions. The peoples whom Mohammed called were — seven centuries after Jesus — far more primitive than were the peoples of Athens — four centuries before Jesus. He did not have such hard fighting with words against sophistic undermining as Socrates did in Athens — but he always had to watch and be prepared to fight for his life, and even more for the acceptance of the One God. The inhabitants of the oases in the Arabian Desert were primitive people and not used to much talk, but full of fanaticism and hate for everything foreign and new. They were used to worshipping idols, meteorites, and soulless stones which could never be of help to them for anything. And still Mohammed succeeded — with the help of God and for the welfare of His peoples to enthrone the One God. His rhetoric helped him to confirm the teachings of the Prophets and Leaders of other High Creeds. His lessons in morality and ethics are equal to those of all other High Creeds and can be added and blended with them. His way of speaking was idealistic and mystic. Oratory speech is used in churches and eloquence in the court of justice, the office of the magistrate, at meetings, by choral and musical societies, at club gatherings, on the stage, at political meetings, etc. It can influence the hearers twofold: material influence or spiritual influence. Material influence is characteristic for "sophism" and spiritual influence is characteristic for "idealism" and "mysticism". Each of the influences can develop into a Force — one puts the emphasis on merely material, earthly and physical affairs; whereas the other puts this emphasis on immaterial, spiritual values which concern the spirit, the cosmos and the spiritworld. Materialism is the outlet for the satisfaction of short-lived, human temptations of the physical being. Idealism and mysticism are the purest forms of spiritualism. The first one rests upon false and wrong doctrines, to change lies into truth — the other two further the yearnings of the spirit and cultivate — in all humility — the Truth. Rhetoric is the result of training, of schooling, of natural talent and of practice. In later years, the human being has to choose between two roads to use this rhetoric: materialism or idealism. The primitive human spirit has as yet not realised that he has a spirit and has reason, and therefore uses his gift of speech to gain material and physical advantages, pleasures, riches, etc. He uses all possible means to camouflage his evil as good, and lets other people pay for his misdeeds. This type of rhetoric might grant people a short-lived temporal well-being, but provides no benefit for the spirit, and gained nothing for it. Back in the cosmos, this spirit has to return to the same low planet which — after its last incarnation — it has just left. It has not evolved spiritually and it feels dismal. It feels ashamed that it has spoiled this last life on earth and has not used it for its proper purposes — it is tormented by remorse and self-reproach and its stay in the cosmos is not a happy one. He, who has used his gift of speech for idealistic aims, has given proof that he has reached a higher sphere of evolution. His idealism has introduced him to aestheticism because he has studied art or science and has helped to improve the happiness of mankind. He was not an egoist, but has felt love for his fellow-beings. This love is expressed in his art, music, sculpture, painting, poetry or any other aesthetic expression. Every person, who is living on earth, has in the beginning of his evolution to serve materialism with its vexations and its idol worship; but, as much as experience and suffering improve him spiritually, he can rise and serve idealism from which mysticism arises. The Creator has given everyone the right to self-determination; it is for you to choose your path. The primitive human spirit has no reason at his disposal and is too ignorant to decide which direction to take. But you, who are giving proof that you are seeking the right way, and even — if you have not yet found what you are seeking — nevertheless look for the Light in your Darkness, for wisdom and for the unveiling of the unknown — the cosmos and the spiritworld. You are no longer primitive — reason talks in you and it is your spirit which induces you to study the spiritualistic philosophy. You have a strong will and when you speak, you do not use your gift of speech for sophistic arguments or for earthly urgings and for material and physical pleasures — but with simplicity and humility you comply with the idealistic and mystic longings of your spirit. Materialism and Spiritualism take two different roads and it is impossible to take both at the same time. You cannot help but follow the path to which your spiritual evolution has brought you, and this is the path of idealism and mysticism. You cannot help it, it is your natural vocation, your mission on earth. This path leads to your destination: the Light of God and Eternal Bliss.
When you are alone and withdraw unto yourself, you start to ask yourself questions about things which you have not quite understood, and you are waiting to receive the answers to these "unknown" questions from above. You look for enlightenment because you realise that on earth you live in darkness. You also realise that although the sun is a beacon of light, this light has its origin in heat and fire — it is visible light, which provides the earth with the necessary conditions for the existence of plants, animals and human beings, and that this light gives physical life to everything and everybody. But is there not also an invisible spiritual Light which is necessary for the spirit which lives in the human body? Is not the human spirit adequately illumined by the sun, which provides the body with strength and energy? Is there not also an invisible source of light-bringing forces from the cosmos, which are necessary for the spirit which lives in this body? You ask yourself all these questions when you are alone and meditate on the great miracle of creation and on yourself as an invisible spirit, and that it came from the cosmos and will return there as a living entity after your physical death. Conceptions have permeated your brain about spirit and human being, heaven and hell, good and evil, love and hate, truth and lies, justice and iniquity — forgiveness and reprisal, faithfulness and faithlessness — chastity and unchastely, etc., and you detect in every human conception the Duality; detect that there are always two explanations to every conception: a spiritual one and a physical one. And you realise — by still deeper pondering — that people often use a wrong explanation of these conceptions, that, for instance, "spiritual" is often used in connection with the church, whereas it is actually connected with the spirit, the spirit-world and the cosmos — and that the church usurped this word for her own use. Churches and established Creeds are the road which leads to liberation from dogmas and fixed theories, and which, ultimately, enables the human being to perceive twofold conceptions in churches, creeds, sects, philosophic expressions — even in words used in daily life. You start to doubt and you want to know what is true. You want to free yourself of this uncertainty, you want to gain wisdom. And once you get this elucidation about certain conceptions, you see, all of a sudden, the clear Reality: the darkness upon which you are meditating is "Spiritual Darkness"; and darkness is the synonym for ignorance about the "Unknown". The "unknown" is invisible; it is the spiritworld, it is your own human self, your spirit, which is born in you from the cosmos and might live eternally, if it leads a satisfactory life here on earth by trying to live in love, truth, justice and fraternity. The search for wisdom is apparently endless — as often as you find an explanation for a certain conception or a certain word — another question turns up, and this new question arises from the answer to the former question. Each answer is just a small "Ray of Light" from the cosmos, from the spiritworld, even directly from God. "Why" are you asking again; because an Atom of God was planted in you, in your spirit — planted there by the Creator, and because this Atom, by its radiation, always has contact with the origin of its existence — with God. At Creation: "the Spirit of God hovered over the waters", and left His Atoms everywhere. In later times, the Spirit of the Christ has — during His successive Incarnations in human beings — planted these Atoms of God into all incarnated human spirits, so that no Atom could get lost, and that every spirit of "good will" should enter the Kingdom of God for all Eternity. From those Atoms of God developed human reason. Reason gives cause to investigations into the context of the earth, where everything is a duality — where the human being learns to distinguish between good and evil — and where he finds the right path which brings more revelations through the Light of God which now opens his eyes for the "Great Unknown": the human spirit, the invisible world of spirits, the "Plans of God" — the process of purification for the reincarnated spirit, its rising, its evolution and its final acquisition of Eternal Bliss in the Cosmos. But the human being has to ask himself many questions during this long process of purification, because he searches for wisdom and for revelations to enlighten his darkness. It also happens that he compares his own creed with other creeds from where he receives new revelations, because he realises that it was not fair for him to offend other creeds or sects. He realises that all of them are aiming at the same goal — to lead human beings to God, to fill their souls with love and to develop their morale. It is not always the same road, but the goal is always the same. There are different explanations for many ideas, but the foundations are alike everywhere. So again he has to ask for enlightenment and revelation. Why does the one creed teach: "The human spirit has to fight for everything. He must gain the Grace of God by his own work. He can enter the full Light of God only by his own good actions, by his wisdom, his experiences and by his evolution". Why does the other creed teach: "The human being should not struggle and fight for evolution. All comes from God and God's Graces come spontaneously". It is also said: "Work for your own good, whilst you love your neighbour, and you shall rise". But then, you work for your own good and your own happiness only if you work for the happiness of your fellow-beings. It is your doom and perdition to work only for your own happiness. Still, there is only One Truth, but the accession to this truth depends upon the plane of evolution which the searching soul has reached. Many people are looking for truth along the path of materialism, and there they accept false axioms for true ones. On your earth are also creeds which are still primitive, and only primitive people could embrace their basic principles as foundation. These creeds tell their followers that people live only once, that there is nothing left and nothing to expect after death. But they also tell them of God Eternal: "A God of Vengeance for the evil ones, a God of Love for the good ones", and that people may ask this God for all good things during their earthly lives. Then again, there are creeds which allege that in every human being lives a spirit, which stays eternally alive after the death of the body. The Truth — the Light in your Darkness—is given you by High Spirits which live in a Sublime Sphere in the cosmos. Duality exists among spirits just as among human beings. There are also primitive spirits in the cosmos as on earth — spirits which do not yet believe that life is eternal; which do not believe that on most spiritual planes life is better than on earth. Then there are spirits of high evolution—perfected spirits — which live in the Light of God — which prove that life goes on in all Eternity after physical death — spirits, which manifest on earth during séances in the form which they used on earth. All those spirits are living in the Light of God — they proclaim the Laws of God and His Words. They have overcome Duality — they know only One Truth. They are Teachers in the invisible "School of Wisdom", and they train aspirants on earth, who as "pioneers" go on showing others the Light which they have received. Spirits live in the cosmos as well as on earth on the planes of their evolution; only on earth — during their earthly life — they mingle pell-mell. The driving force which makes them return to a new reincarnation, is to catch more and more Rays of Light from Heaven — through experience, knowledge of human nature, study and the gaining of wisdom. Each small ray helps to lift the veil of the "Unknown" until at last the human being is so illumined, that he already lives here on earth in the Light of God. He sees — here on earth, as well as in the cosmos from his high plane of evolution — the duality in physical and in spiritual concerns. He is interested in human struggle. He himself has indeed fought his own battles, never realising that they were his own struggle for purification. Lovingly he helps others in their effort to lighten their darkness, to gain wisdom, to evolve, to realise the short-lived temporal life on earth, the trifling futility of piling up temporal, material riches, to realise the short-lived materialism of life on earth. All this is done to spread the Laws of God among the people on earth. This teaching proceeds only slowly, the human spirit is slow to understand it, and he can be helped by his invisible friends in the cosmos only according to the degree of his own evolution, and he can be helped to bear with his sufferings and his difficulties by looking for truth and by gaining wisdom. He thus feels convinced that he is mainly a spirit and only
secondarily a human being. He realises that his life as human being is temporal, but that life in the cosmos can be eternal if he leads a satisfactory moral life and puts spiritual aspirations before his human concerns — that worldly riches and pleasures are useless for the welfare of his spirit — that all reincarnated human spirits are misled by the duality around them and by what is being spoken; that he himself — either through discerning all his actions and thoughts, through his reason and his common sense or by inspiration from the spiritworld — indicates the road which he must follow during his life on earth — that he, by his exemplary standard, has to show those nearest to him and to his fellow-beings the direction, has to guide them — and that he, thanks to his good actions, builds up his own future his happiness and his Eternal Life in the Universe. He needs no more lessons now about morale, doctrines or philosophy. He has bridged all human ideologies and is now — after many centuries of training and preparation — himself a leader for many of those who still live in darkness, either on earth or in the cosmos. However, he remains humble, without haughtiness or arrogance, because he, too, still harbours questions so far un-answered, which are solved for him by inspiration from higher planes, far above his own plane of evolution and not understood by people on earth. He lives already in the Light of God and close to Eternal Bliss. His wisdom has already blended with the Wisdom of God and he has become heir to still greater Truths, which are definitely reserved for God alone. No more duality for him — nevermore two roads leading to the same truth — no more evil or malice — no more vices — no more false axioms. "Highest Wisdom is only in the Light of God". There is a harmony in feeling, thought, words and actions — unfathomable for people on earth, there is matchless fusion and blending and uniformity in tunes, colors and hues—there is serene calmness and rest. From there — from the Light of God — radiate sparks of love, compassion and charity to the human beings on earth — that those, who are of good will may also enjoy Eternal Divine Bliss.
You search for wisdom and try to find truth — to lift the veil which hangs before your eyes. The truth which you have comprehended so far is already the discernment of wisdom — and you are disseminating the truth which you now experience. Some people will accept what you proclaim — others will accept it only in part or reject it altogether. Everything existing, whether visible or invisible to the eyes, has its radiation which adheres to the aura of people, and is kept — not only in the brain — but also in the subconscious mind, this being a spiritual organ. The sub-consciousness is independent on the physical body, and what the mind of the physical body now rejects will sooner or later, in this reincarnation or in a later one, rise from the spiritual sub-consciousness and then become manifest in the human mind as an incontestable truth and thereby be an expression of wisdom. Do not think now that everything stored in the sub-consciousness is subsequently accepted as truth by the human spirit. Only certain truths are accepted when the spirit has reached a certain degree of evolution. Evolution is the result of spiritual purification. A spirit rises gradually and, according to the number of experiences, will rise to higher spiritual spheres. Even during reincarnation a person lives in a certain sphere of spiritual ascension and his grade of purification determines the sphere of his spiritual life. On each step of purification or evolution he is able to accept certain truths and is thus able to collect a specific amount of wisdom. As man endeavors to demonstrate his accepted truths by formulae, he is entering the domain of science. Science has certified many a truth by proof, but many other truths have as yet not had means of being verified. Science has not yet acquired the stone of wisdom, and there is little hope that science will ever reach the bottom of the unknown and testify that nothing is left undiscovered. There are many things invisible to the human eyes, but nevertheless accepted by people. Most people believe in the duality of spirit and human body, although nobody has ever seen this spirit. Many people listen to a small inner voice speaking, giving advice, which they may contact and will receive an answer. You may call it the "voice of conscience", but will have to realise that it is a living force of the soul, independent of the physical body. Some people will call it "the voice of my protecting angel". What is an angel? A good spirit which receives instructions from God to help a person on earth in his struggle, to lead and to influence him to act in the right way. This might be the spirit of a member of the family, or of a close friend from a former incarnation, which is always about us. It is fitting to listen to this inner voice and to follow the advice given. One has to be careful. Sometimes there is only one voice speaking, but at other times there may be several trying to influence us. This tires the human brain and it will not be over-hasty to act. Me feels that a voice is there wanting to mislead — it sounds sweet, but false — this being the voice of evil, trying to persuade a person to commit a sin and to ruin himself. If a person listens to this evil voice, it will lure him into the abyss — and pride. envy, jealousy, falsehood, deceit, faithlessness will result. Sometimes the human spirit will be strong enough to resist, but at other times he may give in to temptation. Such people stand at the crossroads: the one road rises up —the other one goes down. The ascending road leads to purification, wisdom and spiritual advancement — the downward road leads to darkness and ruin. The sub-consciousness works in both: the upward and the downward traveling people. For all, who go astray, there is a way back. When the sub-consciousness receives the seeds of wisdom, a plant may develop and its fruits will be: Wisdom. The sub-consciousness may be compared to a place where unripe fruit is stored, which, however, under the influence of sun and fresh air — will ripen and may be used. There are other fruits stored too, which will never ripen to be useful — you may call them: recalcitrant. Among human spirits there are also recalcitrant ones. They are those who have never learned from their experiences and who delve nothing out of their subconscious mind; what has formerly been put there to ripen, have never been fertile seeds of wisdom. These are spirits which will not rise and do not look for wisdom, and which, as long as they exist, want nothing but to delight in evil, to mislead weak spirits which desire to rise and beget wisdom, to ruin them, to lead them into the splice of darkness and of physical and material pleasures, wherein they themselves indulge. This type of spirit is a real danger to those others which are eager to rise and to advance. They see that stumbling blocks and obstacles are put on the roads of all which are yearning for release and liberation and desire to reach the Light of Wisdom. Be prepared for such traps and before you make up your mind think it over carefully — do not rush into a decision. Consider whether the small inner voice is the voice of Light or the voice of darkness. It is always advisable to send a prayer to Heaven and wait for the answer which you will surely receive. Always follow the golden middle road and seek the truth in all your problems. Therewith you will collect wisdom by experience and by listening to the small voice within your heart. Experience and "the small voice from out of the cosmos" bring truth and wisdom to lift the veil which hides the "Unknown". Truth lies in the "Unknown". Try to find it — and Wisdom, being the "Light of God" will be revealed to you and will show you how to look for the "Unknown" with your spiritual eyes.