When young birds are able to fly they are thrown out of the nest and are left to fight for themselves. They have to find their food, and this alone asks for plenty of strength to keep them alive. But they are young and full of energy. Nature and life are pleasant and soon they start to build their own nests. They hatch their eggs and behave towards their own brood as their parents behaved towards them. This is tradition, a Law of Nature, specific to each particular type. It is specific to the tradition of the physical body in which they live. Later their habits will change because they will not always live in the physical body of a bird. They will evolve — they will gain experiences. They have worked through all the possibilities which are open to birds. At the end they have completed all schooling belonging to the life of birds. They cannot improve their knowledge of this life any further; their wisdom as a bird is perfect. For their next incarnation they will enter another physical body of a different type of animal. A new world now opens for them. They do not distinguish all the new roads — which should they choose? They see only life with all its earthly and material aspects spreading before them and they will have to do many reincarnations in this new type of life. From reincarnation to reincarnation — every road which their physical body demands them to go — and every new world will present them many new experiences. They realise that there is always a battle and always wrongs and evils in wait for them. They grow gradually much stronger and more steady in pursuing their aims and are better prepared to meet the dangers of evil. This is a long process — but once it has been completed it seems only short. Ever and anon there are reincarnations in one or another type of physical body. And each new form of physical body conveys different opportunities, different experiences of joy and of suffering. But every life in whatever physical body is adjusted to these requirements, possibilities, vigor and powers of endurance, which belong to the natural exertion and capacity of this special physical body. When the spiritual vital force reaches its first incarnation in a human body, whereby it receives reason, speech and the faculty for judgement and opinion — as he is now a human spirit with an Atom of God — it can look back on the triumphal march which it has achieved and which includes innumerable reincarnations in physical bodies, bodies of various forms and types, various physical forces, which are each time the radiation of its own vital force. It is a "triumphal march" because, although all these various journeys of evolution were coupled with troubles, conflicts and suffering, it is nevertheless a triumphal march considering that all the tests and trials, all those reincarnations ended in success. What a cheerful change for a human spirit to discarnate and pass into the Eternal Cosmos, there to realize that the human spirit is able to reach the highest degree of evolution. How glad will it feel when it experiences that the sphere of its spiritual home is in the Light of God, wherein it is blending and whence it — as an Atom of the Creator — will be sent in various directions to planes of various spiritual evolutions to accomplish its missions — missions in the Name of God — through the medium of the Highest Holy Spirit and the Spirit of the Christ. Thus it will be fully aware and become firmly convinced of the Greatness and the Infinity of God's Creation. With much eagerness and love will it now try to fulfil the tasks and missions in its charge. When it comes for its spiritual work to higher planets, it will see its own life as on a film, will again experience its own struggle, its own troubles, its own sufferings — its own rising and purification — the strife for its own evolution — all of which are now left behind. This spirit now fully understands those who live on earth or on other planets of evolution. It observes how desperately they attempt to cling to life; observes how they exert themselves to prevent or to turn the evil which assails them; observes their physical and also their spiritual suffering. But now it knows the cause of this suffering and in advance realises its effects. With such a deep love and compassion for suffering humanity, it will try to ease their heavy load — try to ease their grief and their afflictions. But it cannot remove their suffering — it has not got the permission to do so. The troubles, the grief, the struggles and the suffering which they have to bear belong to the process of purification for previous evil actions. They arc atonement for former wrongdoings done to brother spirits — are a process of purification, an outbalancing of the sorrow, the remorse, the qualms of conscience for previous shortcomings of these reincarnated spirits. Just as a laborer, after his daily work is finished, will clean his body, or at least wash his hands — just as everybody, before meals will wash their hands — just so will the spirit cleanse itself from all evil radiations, by remorse and spiritual suffering, before it blends with the Light of God, its Father in Heaven. As long as the spirit is not perfectly purified, it will have to endure struggles, troubles and suffering in its life on earth as a human being, and will not be able to recognize the Divine Radiation of Light. The evil radiation, still within it, are atoms of earthly, physical temptations which are still clinging to it and burden his spiritual specific gravity so much as not to let it rise above the atmosphere of the earth — thus it is still unable to reach the Light of God. But as the human spirit improves through spiritual suffering, this human being will occasionally note a Ray of this Divine Light. The more he unfolds, the more love for his fellow-beings he radiates, the more charity and compassion he practices, the deeper will wisdom and understanding prevail and the closer will he be to the aim of his life: Eternal Bliss. Thus he will perceive God in the wisdom which he has gained and he will know: "Wisdom is God Himself". Wisdom will not develop without experiences, knowledge of mankind, troubles, struggling and suffering. And without wisdom the human spirit is unable to penetrate fully to the Light of God — as God Himself is the Highest Wisdom. Thus the human being will gain the conviction that material possessions on earth are temporal and of short duration and have to be returned to the earth — that material possessions mainly serve the physical body, but are of little value to the spirit which is living in this body. But he also gains the conviction that he has spiritual possessions and that these valuable spiritual possessions are love and compassion — that there are many reasons why these two virtues developed in him, that experience is the chief medium for knowing mankind, that this last achievement gave him the power, to control the evil and that he himself — the reincarnated human spirit — has detached himself from the evil which surrounds him by his energy, his firmness, his perseverance. His virtues now keep the "evil" in check and the "good" predominates — this "good" being the influence of the Spirits of God, Which helped him in the hard struggle of life on earth. They helped him to bear his cross — they were his help and support in the most difficult moments of his life — they opened his eyes to the life of purification and evolution — they gave him comfort and balm for his spiritual sores. As a human being on earth, he now enjoys his virtues and the Divine Gifts which he received, because his spirit is now able to stand the radiation of Wisdom from the Highest Spheres which came down to him, and which enrich him spiritually. He now understands everything on earth and has a clear comprehension of the human being and of the human spirit. Now, especially, the spirit experiences events of great importance — it now realizes that the body is temporal and physical and therefore has to return to earth — whereas the spirit is of the cosmos and a part of God and has to return to its origin to live in Eternal Bliss, after being cleansed of all its shortcomings and errors. He understands why some spirits are primitive and he knows, too, that on earth just those primitive people will acquire leadership in mundane affairs: people of evolution do not want leadership — they prefer submission and humility instead. They have spiritual ambitions, not mundane ones. Primitive spirits, however, are misled by material possessions and enjoyment. They try to attain leadership by all possible means, even by force and violence; they have no consideration for people of different opinions, nor do they have the slightest consideration for their victims. They spread death and destruction. Hence the evil presses down on them and is visible in their radiation, and visions of horror and terror from all their evil deeds will frighten them during their life on earth and follow them into the cosmos. And in later incarnations, after experience and knowledge of mankind have dawned on them, remorse and repentance will develop; whence arise spiritual sufferings. They improve, for by now they have good intentions. Slowly then — reincarnation after reincarnation — they perfect their purification and their evolution. Body after body dies and returns to matter, but the spirit returns, always in a new body and remains immortal as long as it respects the Laws of God and has the wish to purify. Few people have ever seen a spirit, but every human being is a spirit. A spirit is able to manifest in the human aura, if it so wishes and gets the permission, but they are only noticed by people who have the gift of seeing these manifestations. spirit, however, is like the wind which comes and goes. Nobody can see the wind, but everybody can hear the wind passing through the leaves. Nobody knows whence the spirit hails or whither it departs. But it exists, it manifests, it is an entity, incarnated in a human body. Earth is a planet where a spirit returns to find wisdom and where it improves in faith, science and knowledge, where it purifies, refines and rises. The human body is a means, a vehicle, a medium between spirit and earth, which permits the spirit — during its stay on earth — to fulfill its mission. This mission is: striving for wisdom, for purification, for perfection, for evolution, for Eternal Bliss!
The philosophy of the Creation, of Divine Sacraments, of the Seventh Day of Creation as a Day of Rest, of birth and death of the physical body, of incarnation and discarnation of the human spirit, etc., produces many false notions among people. Very few people consider that the first human beings on earth were primitives who lived for the first time in a human body to start their human cycle of reincarnations. Very few people consider that even today, in the twentieth century, spirits are born, which — as primitives — incarnate for the first time in a human body. How are you to understand this? You have to realize that the first human being who reincarnated on earth was primitive, ignorant and acted from instinct, and you also have to realize that, even today, millions of years later, there are still spirits who are doing their first incarnation here on earth and therefore are primitive, ignorant and acting instinctively. The Holy Books, which are the foundation of High Creeds, proclaim that the Creator of all the existing solar systems has never ceased to create, that the earth is indeed created in seven days, meaning: in seven periods of time or ages and that the Creator rested on the seventh day, or during the seventh age or period of time. But ever so often a planet or a satellite has vanished out of the infinite space and occasionally a new planet or satellite appears. It is thus an indisputable fact that the process of creation is not ended and that God is a zealous and diligent God, as your Bible records. The Spiritualistic Philosophy records and proclaims — since the Spirits of God communicate it in this way to their mediums — that the incarnation of a spirit at the birth of a baby and the discarnation of the same spirit at the death of this body, are Divine Sacraments, the Bearer of which is the Spirit of the Christ, as part of the Most Holy Divine Trinity. And accepting this Divine Law as a truth and believing in it with heart and soul, you will accept also that this Law of Rest on Sundays is not strictly observed by the Divine Creator Himself with regard to His Work of Creation. The Spirit of Birth or Incarnation and the Spirit of Death or Discarnation enter the house of those who are due for this Law of Incessant Creation at any 'given time. No day of rest exists for birth or for death — these being Divine Sacraments — and the wheels of Creation turn without stop in the wheelwork of the Cosmos. Does the acceptance of this Law then mean that people on earth are not bound by it, are not subjected to keep this Law of Rest which proclaims every seventh day a day of rest? Yes! But it is necessary that there be a day on which a person might find the time to look within, may scrutinize his conscience and investigate and examine the past days, may put his good deeds and his failings and errors on the scale to find the balance — and also to rest his body and his mind after six days of strain and exertion. It is necessary for a human being, after six days of work, to rest his body and let it be repaired by cosmic forces. It is also necessary that there be a day on which a human being may worship his Divine Creator, the Father of his spirit, and prove that he values his spiritual profits far higher than worldly temporal possessions, material well-being, and even his temporal life on earth. For the care which he bestows on his spirit and its progress thereof, he will take along with him all through his life on earth, and further still in the life of this spirit in the cosmos, while he can use his physical temporal possessions only for the short-lived temporal desires of the body, which after the short life on earth have to be left behind and given back to this earth from where it originated. Creation has its mysteries, just as birth and death have their secrets, which primitive people are unable to understand because they are unable to understand the Secret Power of the Divine Sacrament and, although they accept the strengthening force of the Day of Rest, they are not yet fully aware of its inner meaning. The Creation has its Spiritual Essence as well as its material one. At the beginning, being without light or any other vital force as water, etc., the earth was a creation which only under the influence of warmth and of water and with the intervention of the Divine Power of Creation, became alive. The Spirit of God hovered over the waters which fell upon the earth, the sun waned the water and made it evaporate — continents appeared and the waters contracted into oceans. Just as blood-vessels circulate through the human body — rivers formed; just as human beings developed sensitive nerves, earth tremors have shaken the depths and the folds of the earth; just as metabolism is working uninterruptedly in the human body. to rid this body of used up and infectious material — so is continual combustion and transformation within the earth. The physical human being is the mirror of the earth. But the human being was not yet there when the earth was being created. In the mist and the fog and in the waters were only those primitive uni-cellular creatures which increase by splitting. There are many types of uni-cellular beings but without the spark of life which originated in them by the Will of the Creator, life would not be possible. Only by the vibrations of the Creator given to them is physical life and also an invisible cosmic life aroused in them. This cosmic life which established in those primitive cells, passes through its process of evolution in the world of uni-cellular beings; they derive from minerals, through which they passed in their first primary process of life. It is rather difficult for a human person, who passed through so many reincarnations, to realise this process clearly, but by studying the ways of minerals, he will be able to understand that underground they change form and structure and also grow in quantity — and as this is already a kind of multiplying process — it is evidence of innate life. And as there is life, there must also be a cosmic force present, and this cosmic force is the part of life which is striving and struggling for perfection, for an always more perfect and more beautiful expression of life, until at last it reaches the grade of human spirit. It is a long process to overcome mineral-life, but finally this point is reached and the process of evolution in the world of minerals is perfected — no more hidden secrets are left — and now the time has arrived to climb higher into the world of plants — to start the evolution through plant-life. After that process is finished comes the evolution process through the animal world and after having reached perfection there, comes the switch-over into the world of humankind, to the process of evolution of the human spirit, where reason awakens and thus the characteristic human spirit who, by evil and good — in the labyrinth of evolution—will experience affliction, grief, remorse, self-reproach, mental, spiritual and physical suffering — and will also experience the infernal evil spirits as well as the Celestial Good and High Spirits, will thus alternatively be in the service of darkness or in the Service of God — until the final resolution is reached and the spirit is resolved to dedicate his life entirely to the service of the Creator — of GOD. During his incarnations as a human being this process of suffering is more extensive than previously on account of the gift of reason, his gift from God. He is susceptible to joys and happiness, but even more susceptible to mental suffering, because of reason in him, the sense which permits him to search for truth and for wisdom, which enables him to differentiate between good and evil, and enables him as well to seek for the cause of his suffering on earth and its effects. He is not able to achieve this as a physical being. His human intellect, his brain, his common sense might let him, however, draw the conclusion that there must be something that cannot be achieved on earth in the physical body. But, as a human being with his human brain, he is not able to find the solution of all these problems. These problems are of a spiritual kind and belong to that part of him which is called the subconscious mind. And this sub-conscious mind is his spirit, or the treasure of his spirit; the soul. His spirit knows why there is suffering and anguish for him during his incarnations as a human being. The human spirit is conscious of everything that has passed formerly — the known and the unknown evil performed in previous lives for which he has now to purify. The spirit knows the cause of his present struggle, his present grief and his suffering; but he also knows the effects, the results of this suffering. Merely the human intellect, the physical body is the entity which does not understand. There remains the knotty question in connection with the changing of form from mineral to the physical shape during which the life-force, the spark of life, the Atom of Life lives and develops to the human spirit: from mineral to human spirit is a continual change of the material or physical element. Trace the cosmic metamorphosis of cosmic or spiritual life which is revealed in everything existing, and you will realize the unexpected, surprising fact that the atom of life develops from instinct to intelligence, and once the spirit is gifted with intelligence, it will still develop further and further to beauty and purity. This is proof that the physical body radiates the indwelling spirit, and since the life-force within everything existing is influenced by the radiation of the Creator, of God, all cosmic and spiritual life approaches closer and closer to its Creator. Surely it is a long distance from the primitive human spirit to perfection — a distance of many reincarnations in a human body. It is also a fact that during these many and various reincarnations the human spirit collides with many elements for which it has no explanations, and that it has to undergo the process of purification for all evil done consciously and unwittingly, and that this purification is coupled with mental grief and mental suffering — but that ultimately the spirit will reach the Light of its Creator to live in Eternal Bliss. This is the cause which makes a spirit, still living in a human body, become a mystic. The human being becomes a mystic when he realizes that God created him from an Atom of God Himself, that God permits him to struggle through all the phases of life, from the world of minerals, out of physical material, via plant-life, animal-life and human life to rise to the Light Divine, to be accepted there and grow stronger and more beautiful than the original Atom of God — now to be helpful to the Divine Father with all the strength at his disposal, to support his brother-spirits, who are still incarnated and to battle and suffer with them, to reach also the Light of their Father Divine.
What is the consideration, the purpose, the aim of the human being, standing before the gate to the actual daily life on earth? He has finished school, finished his training for a profession or trade, he is now able to earn his living, to provide for a family and perhaps even to save for a nest-egg. He wants his children to do still better than he did — perhaps to go to university, to get a more lucrative job than he has. In short: he works for the material easy circumstances for himself and for his descendants. He does nothing wrong, nothing malicious — he even does some good deeds; nevertheless, he only works for the material weal, for the material and short-lived earthly well-being and success of the physical person. The teaching and training which he received has given him some knowledge about mundane matters. He has a job and works for it with his hands and with his brain. All this concerns his physical being and things which are necessary for his life on earth. Occasionally even a grain of wisdom permeates him. Should this happen to him, he wilt start to study morality, views of life, etc., and if he perseveres he might find his way to the study of the various creeds, of philosophy and theology. Now he realises that all this wisdom is but of little use for the stabilizing of his standard of life, for his physical being. Now the so far only physical being discovers his spirit — the inward invisible being — the vital force which does not depend on the physical body and not even on the human mind, The human being thus changes — he undergoes a spiritual metamorphosis because now he knows the body will die but the spirit will live, and this spirit will keep all the wisdom, which the human being has gathered on earth, and will take it along into the cosmos. The human being and his spirit have met one another on earth, although the human being was then still ignorant of his being a spirit. Civilization and evolution also came to know one another. But civilization belongs to (lie physical being and is only necessary for (his physical being in his strife and struggle for existence — whereas evolution expresses the degree of wisdom which the spirit acquired, and whither experience and consideration, in their various brandies, have led. Civilization may take two roads: the good one or the evil one. Evolution is the road to combating the evil; the road whereon a spirit which is reborn in a human being, will do its best to eliminate the evil within, whereon a human being works hard to eliminate his failings and to gather virtues, whereon he will purify, will gather and spread love, and will forgive all those who ever wronged him. Times the human spirit will improve more and more and — as spirit — climb higher and higher, till it reaches the ranks of the Host of God's Spirits. This is evolution. Civilization docs not always take this same road. A person who graduated from a university and received academic degrees might he an extremely learned scientist, a good professor or a good teacher — he might be a good educator, or even a good pedagogue — although this last gift is not always bestowed on him; this depends upon his spiritual standard. Here we observe the difference in meaning between the two words: teacher and pedagogue. It is the task of a teacher to instruct his pupils and to din the necessary knowledge into them. This requires a certain amount of preparation, but still remains routine work — he only communicates his own knowledge which is stored in his own brain. He knows only such things as his pupils need for use in their material life on earth — to keep their bodies fit for work, to show them the various ways wherewith they shall be able to earn their living, to get satisfaction out of their worldly conditions. A pedagogue, however, is an educator. He uses the experiences of other pedagogues and his own. His work is on psychological lines. Here the stress lies on spiritual cultivation of his pupils' minds and not on the forming of their brains. The task of a pedagogue is not to analyze holy books with his pupils or to make them attend church-service, or to let them become theologians. The choice of their creeds must be the result of each person's convictions; it must be the result of experience and study of philosophy and theology. Creed must be vocation and be of the free will — the free will which the Creator gave to every human spirit, and the decision usually goes parallel with the degree of spiritual evolution. Pedagogy is development of the human spirit, not of the human brain. When the time arrives for a spirit, living in the cosmos, to reincarnate, it does so with a purpose — this purpose being to acquire more experience during this new life in a physical body, thus to be better equipped to purify as spirit, to reach a clearer radiation, to diminish its specific gravity, to part with some short-comings and to gather some more virtues. Realize and accept the fact that human spirits which — on the day of their passing into the spirit world after the death of their physical body — still feel hate or consider plans of vengeance for wrong done to them formerly, are still impure spirits which will have to return to earth or to some other planet for purification, that their present failings do not permit them to reach the Light of God, but that it prevents them from rising to the Higher Spheres. Born again in a human body, they come under the influence of school teachers who train them how to earn their living. Thus they are under the influence of earthly civilization. But they come in touch with pedagogy. A pedagogue might be their teacher; they might find educational books to influence them and bring them under the influence of the invisible spiritual school for the training and instruction of the spirit. The spirit needs this forming because in its previous life it still harbored shortcomings and even evil and baseness, all of which it took along into the cosmos. As yet, this spirit is quite ignorant of the Laws of God, the Laws of Incarnation, Death and Reincarnation, of the Laws of Purification and of the Laws of Karma and Evolution. As he reaches a certain degree of evolution, he will start to study philosophy with much zeal and perseverance — beginning at its source, via Socrates, up to modem times. He will consider its various trends and choose his own point of view according to his own convictions, and thus harvest the fruits of this life and of its experiences. He will still have to be reincarnated repeatedly until his purification enables him to realize the difference between civilization and evolution — and until after many reincarnations in a human body, he is perfected to blend with the Light of God, Who is: Love, Loving-Kindness, Justice and Highest Wisdom — to blend without losing his own individuality. Then he has understood and analyzed civilization in all its aspects and expectations. Lecturers, geologists, botanists, mineralogists and other scientists of still other branches of the development and specification of the strata study the underground riches in all parts of the world, whilst workmen are being trained to work underground to build mines and bore holes to get these riches up to the surface for refinement and rectification; after that to pack them and to send them overseas to other countries where these riches are lacking but needed — partly for storage and partly for selling. Just as there are teachers, there are also pedagogues. Teachers teach what is necessary to earn a living. Pedagogues teach what is necessary to become a better human being, teach people about good and evil, about love and hate, about wisdom and ignorance. It is a long process for primitive people until they are able to believe in truth, but the good seed is planted into them and can only prosper and develop in time during many incarnations. Meanwhile among natives, the process of civilization continues, but it includes only acceptance of manners and customs, of lessons and instructions from foreign countries, and given by people of a higher standard. For the natives all this teaching is rather difficult to understand. For these primitives civilization means the acceptance of a different way of living, following rules and customs which are foreign to them, a way of dressing to which they are not used, forms of civility, etiquette, respect and submission under people, not of their own race, a new creed — all of which is alien to them. Some of these developments are good, some are evil. But all is civilization — belonging to mundane worldly affairs — far more connected with material concerns than with spiritual values. Still, the seeds of evolution will thrive, whilst those people wander through the tunnels of earthly life. For a long while they will cling to the material matter from which their physical body is built, but experience, with its various types of suffering, will teach them to differentiate between good and evil, between civilization and evolution — and ultimately to eliminate the evil altogether, which always brought them new phases of strife and struggling and suffering — and then they will penetrate to the Spiritual Light of God. Civilization and evolution lie close together — sometimes even civilization shows how to find the road to evolution. Civilization is always of the earth — is material and for the necessities of the physical being. Evolution is spiritual, immaterial and serves the interests of the human spirit. The one serves the short, temporal life of the human body — the other serves the life of the spirit in all Eternity.