It is often said: "A man must not let himself be ruled by life, but he must direct his own life". This expression has its philosophical value, but people often give it a wrong meaning. If a person understands it to mean: do not be influenced by evil and vices, but be strong enough to withstand your temptations, your urge to take the wrong direction, but keep to the good and virtuous side of things" — he has chosen the right ideology, the good and the true one. If you ignore base inspirations, like smoking and drinking, gambling and superfluous entertainments and enjoyments — if you put work before pleasure — if you prefer a happy family life to personal wishes — then you have the right attitude, then you have will and energy. Then you are not ruled by life, but arrange your life to your own satisfaction and are a good example to your fellow-beings. A person, who thus gives the impression that he is guiding his own life, may one day realise that he is not always doing what he really wanted to do — that he sometimes — in the very nick of time — changes his mind. He feels dumbfounded and asks himself: "Why now did I do this and not what I intended to do? My work is indeed better now than it would have been according to my first impulse, but why have I changed my mind"? He cannot understand why he has so suddenly changed his mind. He needs a long time to meditate on this point, until he realises that he did not execute his own will. Mostly people leave it at that and do not try to find a reason for their behavior. But it also happens that some of them come to the conclusion that it is not always their own Self, who leads their lives as they wanted it directed. If a person keeps on meditating, he finds out that there is a Will, stronger than his own will, and which he cannot shake off. And if there is a Will in him stronger than his own, it must be an Entity, which rules this unknown and invisible Will. Who is this unknown Entity, whom he cannot see? It cannot be some earthly entity, because this one he would be able to see. Therefore, it must be some entity from the cosmos, an invisible spirit, which works in him and influences him in his thoughts, his talks and his actions. What value then has the philosophical theory to offer when it says: "Do not let anybody interfere in your life — you yourself must take the lead". Do you observe here again the duality of interpretations of this philosophical sentence? But only a few discover this twofold meaning; most people see only the human part of this expression, but never the spiritual part. They accept life and the earthly importance of this life, but they neglect to understand its spiritual significance. And those philosophers too — by encouraging people to live their lives according to their own devices — consider only the physical, material aspect of life, by which humankind should prosper: food, income, social standing and social rising, agreeable company, etc.— hey call it progress and improvement and the way to fortune and prosperity. This explanation is heard openly and disguised, for divergent circumstances in human life. The student is told in his school that he has to build up his life by his knowledge and his work. Policy fights quite openly its "fight for the fleshpots", neglecting any spiritual welfare; the tenor of lectures and speeches deals only with physical matters and turns the hearers to become materialists. People attending Divine Service are alienated from idealism and mysticism. There are many collections for physical welfare, but little is done to build up people's spirits and to prepare them for spiritual evolution and eternal life in the spiritworld. A certain amount of people's wages or salaries is retained for an old age insurance, to guarantee lifelong maintenance. Not that this is not necessary, but compare it with the scanty bit which is done for their spiritual upkeep and realise how much love and charity is roused for material support of these in need — or to collect money for those in government-service, with regard to rebellion and war. Is there not another meaning to this expression: "Do not let yourself be driven through life, but direct your own life according to your own intentions"? Oh, yes. There is a spiritual interpretation, but the human being is rather too sensitive and too touchy — and prefers to see only the material part, having neither time nor inclination for considering spiritual values. Ponder on the words of the Prophets of the Old and the New Testaments! and listen to the words of Initiation of all the Leaders of High Creeds and to texts of some philosophers, where you find the real meaning of those words: "Do not let others rule your life, direct it yourself". Zoroaster, who has shown the faithful of his time, how to differentiate between good and evil — he taught his people to avoid evil and to serve the good. He developed his teachings into a High Creed — in Syria and Persia — seven centuries before the coming of Jesus. This creed enabled the Syrian and Persian people to realise which way to follow in their endeavor to lead a good life. They thus grew the will and the energy to do the good and to fight their own evil inclinations. They have succeeded in their attempt to practice good and to renounce evil. Then Gautama Buddha came — five centuries before the coming of Jesus. He came to herald the reason why people had to suffer so much. He proclaimed atonement for evil done in former lives. He prompted them to accept their suffering with patience and to submit to the Will of the Highest, They learned to believe and to trust in life in the spiritworld and in a life of Bliss after atonement for evil deeds. This, their trust in a God of Love and Justice developed in them a feeling of a "Sacred Ideal" which turned into a Sublime Mysticism. The Buddhist Philosophy taught them not to be directed through life, but to direct it themselves. Many have felt the vocation for a life in poverty to give away all earthly possessions, don a monk's habit and cowl and to live as a mendicant friar, begging his daily food and meditating on good and evil, on atonement for previous evil deeds, the process of reincarnation, spiritual evolution and life in the cosmos. They did not permit themselves to be led, but they direct their own personal lives. When Mohammed, the first Leader of the Moslems, instituted Islam and taught the Arabian people to realise the One God — he destroyed the idols in Mecca — he succeeded in persuading the Bedouins from the oases in the desert, to renounce their idols — he ordered warfare against the rich merchants and the High-priests, who wanted to keep the old religion — he gained victory and triumph, established the True Belief in the ONE God, Allah — it was a proof, a sign of immovable trust, of perseverance, an unforeseen willpower—all of which demonstrate clearly that he had not permitted himself to be led, but that he believed only in the guidance of his life and mission. When Jesus — by His Idealism and His Mysticism, His Submission to the worldly laws and even more by His Submission to the Laws of God — by His Teachings on Eternal Life in the Cosmos — His example of humility, of justice, of pardoning and forgiveness — His teaching of morale — His Spiritual Manifestations after the death of His physical body — His Perseverance and Trust in His Divine Father — gave testimony to the fact that He did not deviate one inch from His Divine Mission on earth and that He did not allow any other influence, but — notwithstanding all earthly struggles and difficulties — followed straight on the path which He had chosen, for the blessing and benediction of all humanity, that being: liberation from all evil for those of good will. Prophets have served God's Plans through their revelations, in directing people to realise the difference between good and evil, to do atonement for evil deeds and to believe in their Spiritual Home. Many of them had to endure great hardships and persecutions and to suffer death on the rack for their love of mankind. Some philosophers, who placed the One God above all idols. were put to death —though later canonized by the church. They adhered to the truth up to the end of their lives — which again shows that they themselves directed their lives and did not permit Life to rule them. Many clairvoyant, clairaudient, telepathic or in other ways gifted mediums were burned at the stake, as heretics and atheists, together with dissenters, during the times of the inquisition, but served the True Faith to the end of their lives, not influenced by earthly tyranny and materialism, but fully convinced of their right way of living. Those were the idealists and mystics. You find the mark of the Spirit of Christ in the contents of these messages, in the life of every Leader of High Creeds, in the lives of the prophets and many philosophers, idealists and mystics — the Spirit of Christ, Part of the Most Holy Divine Tri-unity, Who manifests — known or unknown — in every human generation, to proclaim the Laws of God for all reincarnated spirits, to encourage them to work their way up to idealism and mysticism, show them the results of evil and of materialistic temptations, which hinder them to reach the path of purification, of atonement for former evil actions, of humility and submission, of charity, love and compassion, of idealism and mysticism. Do not look for confirmation of these truths to churches or creeds or philosophical theories, because nothing on earth is perfect—God alone is Perfect Wisdom. Each church is a core for people of a certain plane of evolution, and nobody on earth has ever reached the Highest Plane of Spiritual Evolution Earth is a garden with many paths, where reincarnated spirits get lost and try to find their way. Once a person has found the entrance to the Kingdom of God and through his idealism and mysticism found worthy of life in the spiritworld, he will never return to earth unless to help to materialize the Plans of God. Seek wisdom! Lead your own life! Do not neglect to search for idealism and mysticism. The path is not easy. As you advance, with each new bit of wisdom you get more duties and more responsibilities; and be sure that you choose the right path. Practice love, material and spiritual charity and compassion for your fellow-men, who are still on a lower plane of evolution and spiritual liberation than you are. Be prepared to meet obstacles and stumbling blocks on your road, but — for all that — go resolutely on, determined to reach your goal. and look within you. not without, for the right direction. One day it will be revealed to you: you are an idealist and a mystic. On that day you are standing before the Gates of Eternal Bliss and the Light of God shines upon you.
There are two words — both very small — but their meanings are of great importance. They are apparently, opponents, but actually they mean the same. Nevertheless, people use the one in a sense which, in point of fact, is a very wrong expression. These two small words are: "something" and "nothing". The word "something" immediately gives the impression of something existing, which can be seen or felt, which can change its form and its place, which has life visible or invisible, etc. The word "nothing" is supposed to be invisible, lifeless, unable to change form, because there is no form, unable to move, since it does not exist. The first explanation, on the word "something", is understandable because an object can be seen and felt. The second explanation, on the word "nothing" is rather obscure, if one tries to analyze it philosophically. Philosophy has taught, since ancient times, that everything is alive from the smallest grain of dust to human beings. But all this is physical matter — it can be seen and the hands are able to touch it — it is all physical earth-matter: the smallest grains of sand, the minerals, the plants, animals and human beings. There are also water, air and fire. Water can be liquid; it can be solid by freezing or it can evaporate and mix with the air — it is thus able to change form and place and, according to certain laws, everything able to change form and place, is a living "something". Fire may smolder produce flames and smoke, flames may show different colors — fire thus is life. You see with your eyes: water, ice, air and fire. You can hold ice in your hands — water, air and ice stir through your fingers — you feel the temperature of water, air and flames, according to the difference of outer temperature. You may therefore safely accept that all this exists and is alive. The earth is surrounded by a layer of air which grows thinner the further the distance from the surface of the earth. At reaching a certain height, there is a void of air — there is "nothing" except the planets and satellites which are, individually, surrounded by a mist of a kind of air. You may therefore accept that, as far as you consider the earth and the layer of surrounding air, the word "nothing" has no concrete meaning. But beyond this layer of thinning air, is there really "nothing"? What about the accepted theory that rays proceed from the centre of the universe, which irradiate the whole universe and the solar systems, planets, satellites and everything on them with cosmic rays, which are tuned to all kinds of wavelengths — and of which science and also the average human beings make use — to which every human being tunes in during meditation or prayer, or when seeking the help of God, or trying to contact the spirits of friends and beloved ones — in the cosmos or even on earth — whilst thinking hard of them, in order to pour out his heart about certain things? Then the Will of a person's Spirit starts working — the strong feeling — the human power of sending out these strong feelings which — unbeknown to him — are being tuned to certain cosmic rays of which he — as a human being — is unaware, but which his sensitivity intercepts and leads away — as if driven by the atomic force of the sender — and transfers these feelings to the spirit in the cosmos or the human being on earth, on whom the sender is concentrating so hard. These thoughts and sensations reach their destination in the spiritworld much more distinctly than on earth by reincarnated spirits, but still the sensations are there. These sensations on earth are called premonitions — a presentiment or information, and some people are more sensitive to them than others. It is evident — philosophically seen — that there exists not only life in visible and perceptible form, but that also invisible forms of life exist — life of sensitivity — which belong no longer to the physical human body on earth, but to the world of the cosmos and of the spirit, which reincarnated in the human body. The ether is full of spiritual life — spiritual sensations of joy and delight — but
also of care and trouble, conflict, strife and suffering. The human being, living on earth, sees and feels only in respect to the physical life. His spiritual life is so closely interwoven with his physical life that he is ignorant of this spiritual life. And yet: he harbours two lives, two cares, two sufferings, two strife's: the one belongs to the body, the other to the spirit. He has to care for his physical health — his health as human being. There is suffering of the body and there is struggle for existence. But he has also to take care of his spiritual health. There is mental suffering and there is striving for spiritual perfection, for elevation and evolution. The human body displays the visible life and the spirit leads the invisible life. Both have their struggles and each phase of care, strife and suffering is in itself a portion of life and creates expressions in the human aura and in the radiation of spiritual thoughts. The human intelligence is chiefly concerned with physical needs and will realise the importance of spiritual needs only after reaching a certain degree of evolution. The human being will then be convinced that what is called "nothing" on earth, being invisible to human eyes, is actually a world of living life, which can only be perceived spiritually. He. who is advanced and able to see into the cosmos with his spiritual eyes and thus gradually able to lift the veil of the unknown world, ultimately perceives the Light of God, the Divine Eternal Wisdom, from which all life hails: the life which is invisible for human eyes as well as physical life on earth. The latter is the beginning, the former the fulfillment: cause and effect — alpha and omega. In all visible and invisible life are atoms of forces, which hail from the Creator and are transported on cosmic rays over the universe. There is "nothing" that does not exist, but everything in existence, everything visible and invisible, are atom fields — each specific to its own kind — the one visible and perceptible, the other invisible and not perceptible, but fluidic. All is Life and bears the Hallmark of the Creator — GOD — Who manifests in everything and Whom mankind can never praise and venerate adequately. God, Himself, belongs to the invisible and intangible world — He Is Life — Life, from where all life arises, visible and invisible. And He sees and feels everything, whether visible or invisible for human eyes. He is not only the Creator of the visible world, but also of the invisible one: the spiritworld. A spirit, which directs the human body, is also invisible life. Life-force is life, which animates the animal life and also the plant life. A spark of life is the invisible force which develops the minerals. The human spirit — life-force of animals and plants — life sparks for minerals, all receive their sustenance, their energy and all else they need from the infinite cosmos — the Universe, with its network of rays, which are invisible to human eyes, but visible to the spirit. It is like a huge telephone-exchange in the Centre of the Universe. This regulates everything, it receives and sends out — and the invisible "nothing" as human beings believe it to be — is a huge invisible factory, where everything is registered — consciously or unawares — by incarnated and decimated spirits. The human being presumes that he. himself, is the source of his thoughts, but these are actually often inspirations from the spiritworld, out of the cosmos — which people imagine as "nothing". The actions of reincarnated spirits with a certain degree of evolution are chiefly done through inspirations from above. People carry them out, ignorant of their origin. The impressions and feelings of' a human -being towards his neighbour, who needs help and support — his compassion for a sick or unfortunate person — his love for a good friend — his charity, benevolence, veracity, love of truth, righteousness, etc., are all proof of the invisible life within him. 'The small voice which speaks in him and inspires him — being independent of his human mind and of his brain — is the small voice of his own spirit, which talks in him, to find the path to further spiritual development and accept the spiritworld. All of this is proof that the title word "nothing" has lost its accepted meaning. "Nothing" is a wrong expression because everywhere on earth and also between the planets and solar-systems is "something" — either visible or invisible to human eyes — or it can be fluidic and belong to the cosmos. But everything which exists, whether visible or cosmic, whether belonging to the visible physical or to the invisible world, contains life. Life as such moves on a mass of rays, moves from one ray to another, from a large wavelength to a smaller one, until it blends with the Light of God — the Source of its origin. The Spirit of Christ — in Its Incarnation in Jesus — has said: "Who believes in me shall never die" — which means that His Spirit is Part of the Most Holy Divine Tri-Unity. Everyone — believing in the Spirit of Christ — believes also in God, the Father, of Which the Spirit of the Christ is a part. It is the human spirit, which, believing in the Spirit of Christ — shall inherit Life Eternal, in Bliss, when it has lived according to the Laws of God, which the Spirit of Christ — in His various Incarnations — has proclaimed. Spirit is invisible and therefore to certain human conceptions '"nothing", but spirit is invisible life, comes from God, and is the only thing needed, so as to live in all Eternity in the Light of God.