THE CREATURE THAT IS MAN

MY ASSERTION THAT mankind do not bear within themselves anything that is Divine continually evokes new waves of indignation which flood over the borders of one country after another.

This shows how deeply conceit has taken root in the souls of men, and how much they dislike separating themselves from it, even though their intuitive perception calls out warningly now and then, giving them the opportunity to recognize that this must be true after all!

But struggling against it does not alter the fact!

As soon as the human spirits have come to the conviction that they are void of anything Divine, they will recognize that they are still smaller, indeed much less, than they imagine they are!

Therefore I wish to go further than I have done as yet, and explain Creation in a little more detail in order to show on which step man belongs.

Indeed it is hardly possible for him to begin his ascent without knowing exactly beforehand what he is and what he can do!

Once this becomes clear to him he will also finally realize what he must do!

That, however, is greatly at variance with everything he wills today!

Indeed, what a difference there is!

This no longer awakens compassion in the person who is privileged to see clearly!

By “seeing” I do not mean the seeing of a clairvoyant, but that of a man who possesses true knowledge!

Instead of compassion and pity today only anger is engendered, anger and contempt at the stupendous presumption shown towards God, of which hundreds of thousands of conceited ones are guilty daily and hourly!

Their conceit contains no grain of knowledge to justify it!

It is not worth wasting a single word upon it!

What I have to say from now onwards is meant for the few who, in pure humility, can still attain to a certain degree of recognition without first having to be so crushed as will soon happen in accordance with the Divine Laws, in order finally to force an entrance and prepare a fertile soil for His true Word!

Then all the empty and wordy effusions of earthly wiseacres will crumble away, together with the absolutely unfruitful soil of the present day!

It is indeed high time that this empty profusion of words, which acts like a poison upon all that strives upwards, should collapse in all its hollowness!

Hardly had I made my assertion that the Son of God and the Son of Man are two separate Personalities than there appeared treatises intended to clarify in confused theological-philosophical jargon that this is not so!

Without going into my arguments impartially, attempts are made to maintain the old error at all costs, even at the cost of all logical objectiveness, citing for this purpose the obscure terms of the existing dogma!

They stubbornly rely upon single sentences out of ancient manuscripts to the exclusion of all independent thought; thus making it a condition (which is never expressed in words) that hearers and readers must not think, much less sense intuitively!

For otherwise it would be quickly recognized that nothing is explained by this multitude of words, because whichever way they are examined it remains impossible to draw the right inference!

But it is still more obvious that this verbosity lacks all connection with actual events!

He who finally succeeds in opening his eyes and ears in these matters must without difficulty recognize the emptiness of such “apologia”!

It is but a last convulsive clinging (one can no longer call it real adherence) to what has hitherto been their support, which will soon prove to be useless!

The only foundation for their arguments is composed of sentences, the correct transmission of which cannot be proved.

On the contrary, it is impossible logically to fit them into the course of world events, thereby clearly showing that their sense has been distorted by the human brain in the course of transmission.

Not one of these sentences can be assimilated with the chain of events and man’s intuitive perception without leaving a gap.

Yet only where everything comes to a conclusion through the completion of its cycle, without any phantasy or expressions of blind faith, only there is every happening explained in the right manner!

But why exert oneself if man does not wish to be freed from such obstinate fatuity?

Therefore let that calmly come to pass which in the circumstances must come to pass!

It is with a shudder that I turn away from all the believers and from all those who in their false humility think they know better, who do not recognize a simple truth but even smile indulgently at it and want to correct it!

How quickly will just these persons become little, so very little, and lose every support, although in fact neither in their faith nor in their knowledge do they have such!

They will be permitted to walk upon the road which they so persistently desire, but upon which they can no longer return to life!

The right to choose has never been denied them!

Those who have followed me so far know that man originates in the highest sphere of Creation, in the Spiritual Sphere.

But there are still many differences to be noted in the Realm of the Spiritual.

Man on earth, who audaciously considers himself great, who often does not shrink from dragging his God down by regarding Him merely as the highest on that step to which he himself belongs, who sometimes even ventures to deny or revile Him, man in reality is not even that which many a humble soul imagines himself to be in all good faith!

Man on earth is not a created being, but merely a developed being!

That is a difference which man is unable to perceive, and which he will never be able to survey freely!

Beautiful and agreeable to many are the words which numerous teachers utter in their efforts to increase the number of their adherents!

Yet these ignorant teachers are themselves convinced that all the errors they spread abroad are the truth, and do not realize what great harm they thereby do to mankind!

Only certainty about the answer to that great question “What am I?” can lead to ascent!

If the significance of this question has not been completely recognized and the solution found beforehand ascent will become bitterly difficult!

For men do not voluntarily submit themselves to that humbleness which will help them on to the right path on which they can really progress!

That has been clearly proved by all the past events right up to the present time!

Even in their efforts to be humble these men either turned themselves into slaves, which is just as wrong as being presumptuous, or reached far beyond their actual goal, placing themselves upon a road the end of which they can never reach, because the nature of their spirits does not suffice for this!

As they aspired to what is too exalted for them they will now fall headlong into the depths, which will destroy them!

Only the Created Ones are images of God!

These are the Primordial Beings the Prime-Spiritual Beings, in that Original Creation out of which all else developed.

In their hands lies the main guidance of all that is spiritual.

They are the ideals, the eternal prototypes for all humanity.

Earth-man, on the other hand, has only been able to develop himself as a copy out of this complete Creation, starting as a small unconscious spirit-germ and evolving into a self-conscious personality.

Only when he has reached perfection by keeping to the right path in Creation will he take on the likeness of the images of God!

He himself is never an actual image of God!

There is a great gulf all the way down to him from the Divine!

But even from the actual images of God the next step is far from being to God!

Therefore man on earth should at last recognize all that lies between him and the Sublimity of the Godhead, which he tries so hard to usurp!

Man on earth imagines that he will become Divine once he has reached perfection, or at least be a part of Divinity, while actually at his greatest height he will only be the likeness of an image of God.

He is permitted to enter the forecourt in the entrance hall of a Grail Castle as the highest distinction which can be bestowed upon a human spirit!

Cast aside this presumption at last!

It can only hinder you and make you miss the luminous path!

Dwellers in the beyond who wish to give well-meaning advice in spiritist circles do not know about it, for they themselves lack the necessary recognition.

They would rejoice if they were permitted to hear about it!

Among these also the great lamentation will not fail to come, once they recognize how much time they have wasted in fruitless toying and obstinacy!

What applies to the Spiritual World also holds true for the Animistic Sphere.

Here the Lords of all the Elements are the Prime-Elemental Beings.

All those elementals which gain consciousness, such as the nixies, elves, gnomes, salamanders, and so on, are not Created Ones, but merely beings which have been developed out of Creation.

They have developed out of the Realm of Animistic Substantiality, starting as unconscious elemental seed-germs and evolving into conscious elementals, in the course of which, as they gain consciousness, they also assume human forms.

This latter always occurs simultaneously with becoming conscious.

There is the same gradation here in the Animistic Sphere as exists in the Spiritual Sphere.

According to the nature of their activity the Prime-Elemental Beings in the Animistic Sphere are clothed in male and female forms, just the same as the Primordial Beings in the Spiritual Sphere.

Hence the conception of gods and goddesses in the olden times, which I have already dealt with in my lecture: “The gods, Olympus and Valhalla”!

There is one great uniform feature permeating all Creation and the World!

The reader and hearer of my lectures should always work within himself, keenly scrutinizing my lectures and constructing bridges from one to the other, as well as outside to the great and small happenings in the world!

Not until he does so will he be able to understand the Grail Message!

He will find that it will gradually shape itself into one complete whole, leaving no gaps.

Again and again in all the happenings the reader will come back to the basic features.

He can explain everything and deduce everything without having to change one single sentence.

He who detects gaps lacks full understanding!

He who does not realize its great depth and all-embracing character is superficial, and has never tried to penetrate with real animation into the spirit of the Truth brought here!

He may join those masses who, full of self-complacency and believing they already possess the highest knowledge, follow the broad road!

The belief that they possess this knowledge prevents such mistaken persons from recognizing in other statements the vitality lacking in their own pseudo-knowledge.

Wherever they look, whatever they hear, everywhere their self-satisfaction with what they imagine they hold firmly in their hands blocks them!

Not until they reach the boundary line, where all untruth and sham are inevitably rejected, will they recognize on revealing their hands that these contain nothing which makes it at all possible for them to continue on their present road and ultimately enter the Kingdom of the Spirit.

Then, however, it will prove too late to retrace their steps and receive what they previously rejected and disregarded!

There is no longer sufficient time for that!

The gate to the entrance is locked!

The last opportunity is missed!

Only when man actually becomes what he should be and ceases to cling to what he wishes to be can he speak of a true humanity!

He must always remember that he only issued out of Creation, not directly from the Hand of the Creator!

“That is quibbling with words, for basically it is just the same, only expressed differently!”

So say the boastful and lazy ones, barren products of this humanity because they will forever remain incapable of perceiving the great gulf indicated by these words.

Once more they let themselves be deceived by the simplicity of the words!

He who is inwardly alert will not carelessly pass this by!

He will try to perceive the immeasurable distances and sharp lines of demarcation involved!

Were I now to indicate all the divisions of Creation, many a man who today considers he is great would prostrate himself in despair on recognizing that such words contain the Truth, crushed by the realization of his own emptiness and insignificance!

The frequently used expression “earth-worm” is justified when applied to those who today still boast of their cleverness and “spiritual superiority”, but who soon, very soon, will be made the lowest in all Creation if, indeed, they are not numbered among those who are rejected!

The time has now come to comprehend the world aright!

It is not wrong to separate that which is temporal from that which is spiritual, also in earthly life.

These terms have probably arisen through the ability of many human beings to sense correctly, for they reflect the difference existing right through the entire Creation.

We can also divide Creation into Paradise and the World, i.e., into the spiritual and the temporal.

Here also the spiritual is not excluded from the temporal, but the temporal is excluded from the spiritual!

We must call the World the World of Matter, which is also penetrated by the spirit!

The spiritual is the Spiritual Realm of Creation, Paradise, from which everything that is material is excluded.

Thus we have Paradise and the World, the spiritual and the material, Original Creation and the development therefrom, which may also be called an automatic copy!

Creation proper merely consists of Paradise, the Spiritual Kingdom of today.

Everything else is only developed, i.e., no longer really created!

And what has been developed must be designated as the World!

The World is transient.

It develops from the emanations of Creation, imitating the latter in reflections, being driven and sustained by spiritual emanations.

It comes to maturity and then disintegrates again through over-ripeness.

The spiritual, however, does not age, but remains forever young or, in other words, eternally the same!

Guilt and atonement are only possible in the World!

This is due to the faultiness of the subsequent development.

Guilt of any kind is utterly impossible in the Realm of the Spirit!

He who has seriously read my lectures will be absolutely clear about this.

He knows that any spirit which penetrates the world can never return to its source of origin as long as but a minute speck of a different species still clings to it from its wanderings!

The smallest particle makes it impossible to step over the border into the Spiritual Realm!

The spirit would be retained, even if it had advanced to the very threshold!

Owing to its different and baser consistency this last particle does not permit the spirit to enter as long as it remains clinging thereto!

Not until the moment when this minute speck severs itself and sinks back does the spirit become completely free, thus attaining the same consistency as prevails in the lowest plane of the Spiritual Sphere, which consistency exists as the law for this lowest spiritual plane!

Then the spirit not only can but must enter by crossing the threshold at which it was previously held back by the last particle!

This process can be considered and described from many angles, but it remains exactly the same, regardless of the words used to illustrate it.

I can embellish it with the most fantastic stories, can use many parables to make it understood, but the fact in itself is quite plain and simple, and is produced by the effect of the three laws I have so often mentioned.

It may also rightfully be said that no sin can occur in Paradise, that it is not touched by any guilt.

Consequently only that which has been created is of full value.

But in that which has subsequently evolved out of it as a copy of Creation, and which has been set aside as a training ground for the development and strengthening of the human spirit, guilt can be incurred through the false volition of indolent human spirits, which must be balanced through atonement before they are able to return!

If in following a self-engendered urge spirit-germs issue from Creation, i.e., from Paradise, in order to wander through the aforementioned world, one can naturally say by way of illustration that they are like children who leave home in order to learn and finally return fully matured.

This mode of expression is justified if it is regarded merely as a picture.

However, everything must always remain a picture, and must not be taken personally, as is attempted everywhere!

Since the human spirit only burdens itself with guilt in the world, such a thing not being possible in the Spiritual Sphere, it is also natural that it cannot return to the Spiritual Realm until it frees itself from this burden of guilt!

I could give a thousand different illustrations of this, but they would all have the same fundamental meaning, which I have so often depicted in the working of the three simple basic laws.

It sounds strange to many people when I describe the process objectively, because illustrations flatter man’s conceit and self-love!

He much prefers to live in a dreamland, because everything sounds much nicer there, and he imagines himself to be much more important than he really is!

In so doing he makes the mistake of refusing to examine what is objective, but instead indulges increasingly in imaginative phantasy, thus losing his way and his support!

He is then horrified, perhaps even indignant, if I show him soberly and in all simplicity how Creation is and what part he actually plays in it!

For him the transition is somewhat like that of a small child which, in the loving hands of mother or grandmother, listens happily to fairy stories with sparkling eyes and cheeks flushed with enthusiasm, and then, out in the world, sees men as they really are!

So altogether different from the beautiful tales, and yet, when you look more keenly and retrospectively at these fairy tales, it is basically the same!

This moment is bitter but necessary, otherwise the child would be unable to make any progress and, as “a stranger in the world”, would perish under much suffering!

It is no different here!

He who wishes to ascend further must at last come to understand Creation as it really is!

He must stride firmly on his feet, and no longer lose himself in emotional impressions, which may be all very well for an irresponsible child, but not for a mature man whose power of volition penetrates Creation, either furthering or retarding it, and uplifting or destroying him in the process!

Young girls who read novels which misrepresent the truth and only veil the reality of life will, through the fanciful illusions thus awakened, quickly experience bitter disappointments, and even very often become broken for their entire time on earth, falling an easy prey to this unscrupulous deception which they so trustingly approached.

It is no different with the development of a human spirit in Creation!

Therefore away with all illustrations!

Man never learned to understand them, because he was much too lazy to apply himself seriously to the discovery of the right interpretation.

It is time for the veils to fall so that man can see clearly whence he came, what duties his task bestows upon him, and also what is his destination!

He needs to be shown the right path!

And he will find this path clearly marked in my Grail Message, providing he wishes to see it.

The Word of the Grail Message lives!

It only permits those people to find abundantly in it who really carry the honest desire in their souls!

All others are automatically rejected!

To those who are conceited and who only seek superficially the Message will remain a book with seven seals!

Only he who willingly opens himself will receive!

If from the beginning he starts to read with a sincere and honest mind, then everything he seeks will be revealed in one glorious fulfilment!

But those whose hearts are not completely pure will be repelled by this Word; it will remain closed to those of deceitful eye!

They will find nothing therein!

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