The world! When man uses this word he often utters it thoughtlessly, without forming a picture of what this world he speaks of is really like. Many, however, who try to picture something definite, visualize countless celestial bodies of the most varied nature and size arranged in solar systems, pursuing their courses in the Universe. They know that ever more new celestial bodies can be seen as stronger and more far-reaching instruments are produced. The average man is then satisfied with the word “infinite” thereby giving rise to the error of a wrong conception.
The World is not infinite. It is the Creation, that is, the Work of the Creator. This Work, like every work, stands beside the Creator, and as such is finite.
So-called advanced thinkers often pride themselves on having the recognition that God rests in all Creation, in every flower, every stone; that the driving forces of nature are God, i.e. everything that is inscrutable; that has tangible effects, yet cannot really be comprehended. That He is an ever-active Primordial Energy, the Source of Power, Itself eternally evolving anew, the Unsubstantiate Primordial Light. They consider themselves mightily advanced in the consciousness of finding God everywhere, of encountering Him everywhere, as an all-pervading driving Power, ever working towards the one goal of further development to perfection.
However, this is true only to a certain extent. What we encounter in all Creation is only His Will and thus His Spirit, His Power. He Himself stands far above Creation. From its very inception Creation, as His Work, as an expression of His Will, was bound to the unalterable Laws of evolution and dissolution; for what we call the Laws of Nature are the Creative Will of God, which in its activity is continually forming and dissolving worlds. This Creative Will is uniform in all Creation, to which the Ethereal World and the Gross Material World belong as one. And this whole Creation, as a work, is not only finite, as are all works, but also transient! The absolute and immutable uniformity of the Primordial Laws, thus of the Primordial Will, entails the fact that every event of the gross-material earth, i.e. the smallest as well as the most stupendous events of the entire Creation, as well as the creative process itself, must always proceed in precisely identical ways.
The strict form of the Primordial Will is plain and simple. Once it is recognized we easily discover it in everything. The complexity and incomprehensibility of many happenings lies solely in the manifold interlacing of the detours and by-paths formed by the varied volitions of men.
Thus the Work of God, the World, is, as Creation, subject to the Divine Laws which are constant in all things and perfect; it also issued from them, and is therefore finite.
The artist for example, is also in his work, merges with it, and yet personally stands beside it. The work is limited and transient, yet the artist’s talent is not. The artist, that is, the creator of the work, can destroy his work, in which lies his volition, without himself being affected by it. He will nevertheless still remain the artist. We recognize and discern the artist in his work, and he becomes familiar to us without our needing to see him personally. We have his works, his volition lies in them and affects us, he meets us in them, and yet may himself be living his own life far away from us.
The creative artist and his work faintly reflect the relationship of the Creation to the Creator.
It is only the cycle of Creation, in its continuous coming into being, disintegration and re-formation, that is eternal and without end, thus infinite.
All the revelations and prophecies, too, are fulfilled within this process. Finally the “Last judgment” for the earth will also be fulfilled in it!
The Final, that is, the Last judgment, comes one day for each celestial body, but it does not take place simultaneously in the whole of Creation.
It is a process necessary in that particular part of Creation which reaches the point in its cycle where its disintegration must set in, so that it can form itself anew on its further course.
This eternal cycle does not refer to the orbit of the earth and other stars around their suns, but to the great and mightier cycle which must in turn be followed by all the solar systems, while they in themselves also carry out their own separate movements.
Again, by reason of the consistency of the Natural Laws, the point at which disintegration of each celestial globe must begin is precisely determined: a very definite place at which the process of disintegration must develop, irrespective of the condition of the celestial globe concerned and of its inhabitants. The cycle drives every celestial globe irresistibly towards this point, the hour of disintegration will be fulfilled without delay; as with everything in Creation this actually denotes only a transformation, the opportunity for a further development. Then the hour of “either – or” has come for every human being. Either he is raised up towards the Light if he strives for the spiritual, or he remains chained to the World of Matter, to which he clings if out of conviction he declares only material things to have value. In that case, through the lawful consequence of his own volition, he is unable to rise from the World of Matter, and on the last stretch of the way he is drawn into disintegration along with it. This then is spiritual death! Equivalent to effacement from the Book of Life. This process, in itself quite natural, is also called eternal damnation, because he who is thus drawn along into disintegration “must cease to be.” He will be atomized and mixed in with the primordial seed which he, even after the dissolution, imbues with spiritual energies. He will never again be able to regain his “individuality." It is the most dreadful thing that can befall man. He is considered a “rejected stone,” which cannot be used for a spiritual building and must therefore be ground up.
This separation of spirit from matter, taking place by reason of quite natural processes and Laws is the so-called “Last judgment”, which is connected with great upheavals and transformations.
Surely everyone will readily understand that this disintegration will not take place in one earth day; for in Cosmic events a thousand years are as one day.
But we are well into the early stages of this epoch. The earth now approaches the point at which it diverges from its previous course, which must also become strongly felt in gross matter. Then the sifting of all men, which has already been prepared for some time, but which until now has only manifested itself in “opinions and convictions”, will set in more sharply.
Every hour of an earth-life is therefore more precious than ever. He who earnestly seeks, and is willing to learn, must exert all his strength to tear himself away from base thoughts, which must chain him to earthly things. Otherwise he is in danger of remaining attached to the World of Matter, and of being drawn with it towards complete disintegration. Those who strive for the Light, however, will gradually become detached from the World of Matter, and will finally be uplifted to the home of all that is spiritual.
Then the definite division between Light and Darkness will be accomplished, and the judgment will be fulfilled.
“The World” i.e. all of Creation, will not perish thereby, but the celestial bodies will only be drawn into the process of disintegration when their course reaches the point where dissolution as well as the preceding separation are due to set in. For the earth the beginning for this has already set in and everything will soon begin to roll forward with giant steps.
This is accomplished through the natural effect of the Divine Laws, which have lain in Creation from its very beginnings, which brought forth Creation itself, and which now and also in the future unswervingly bear the Will of the Creator. In the eternal cycle there is perpetual creating, sowing, ripening, harvesting and dissolving, so that, newly invigorated through the changing combinations, other forms may again evolve, which speed towards a new cycle.
This cycle of Creation, may be pictured as a gigantic funnel or a gigantic cave of ethereal matter from which an incessant stream of primordial seed, also of ethereal matter, pours forth, and in rotating movements, strives towards fresh combinations and development. This is exactly as science already knows and has correctly recorded. Through friction and amalgamation dense nebulae are formed that become gross-material, and from these again celestial bodies are formed, which according to immutable Laws group themselves with absolute consistency into solar systems; and rotating individually, they must together follow the great cycle which is the eternal one. Just as it is in the processes that are visible to the physical eye, wherein seeds are followed by development, formation, maturity, harvest or decay, which entails transformation and disintegration for the purpose of further development in plant, animal and human bodies, so it is in the great Cosmic process. The gross materially visible celestial bodies, surrounded as they are by a far larger, more ethereal environment that is therefore invisible to the physical eye, are subject to the same process in their eternal cycle, because the same Laws are active in them.
Not even the most fanatical sceptic is able to deny the existence of the primordial seed, and yet it cannot be seen by any physical eye because it is of a different, “otherworldly” substance. Let us again simply call it ethereal.
Nor is it difficult to understand that in the natural order of things the world that first forms itself from primordial seed is equally ethereal, and not discernible with the physical eyes. Only later the coarsest precipitation further resulting from it gradually forms the Gross Material World with its gross material bodies, starting from and dependent on the Ethereal World; and it is only that which can be observed from its minutest beginnings with the physical eyes and with all additional gross material aids. Whether it is a matter of molecules, electrons or such, it will always only be a part of the coarsest precipitation of the fine-material world which already had its life and finished forms long before.
It is no different with the covering of man himself in his spiritual nature, of whom I shall speak later. During his wanderings through the various worlds his garment, cloak, shell, body or instrument, no matter what one cares to call the covering, must always be of the same substance as the particular environment which he enters, so that he can make use of it as a protection and necessary tool if he wishes to be able to work directly and effectively therein. Since the Gross Material World is starting from and dependent upon the Ethereal World, it follows that whatever happens in the Gross Material World also reacts on the Ethereal World.
This immense ethereal environment has likewise been created from the primordial seed. It takes part in the eternal cycle, and is finally also driven towards and sucked into the rear end of the aforesaid gigantic funnel, where disintegration takes place, in order to be thrust out again at the other end as primordial seed for a new cycle. As with the action of the heart and the blood circulation, the funnel is like the heart of creation. Thus the process of disintegration involves the whole of Creation, including the ethereal part, because everything is again dissolved into primordial seed in order to form itself anew. There is nothing arbitrary in this, but everything develops out of the natural consistency of the Primordial Laws, which permit of no other course. Hence, at a certain point of the great cycle, the moment comes for all that is created, whether gross material or ethereal, when the process of disintegration prepares itself automatically out of what was created and breaks forth in the end.
Now this Ethereal World is the transitional dwelling-place of the earthly departed, the so-called beyond. It is closely connected with the Gross Material World, which is part of it and one with it. At the moment of death man, with his ethereal body, which he bears along with the gross material body, enters the homogeneous ethereal environment of the Gross Material World, while he leaves the gross material body behind on the latter. Now this Ethereal World, the beyond, belonging as it does to Creation, is subject to the same Laws of continuous development and disintegration. With the setting-in of decay, a separation of the spiritual from the material again takes place in a perfectly natural way. According to man’s spiritual state in the Gross Material World as well as in the Ethereal World, the spiritual man, the real “ego,” must either move upwards or remain chained to the World of Matter. The serious longing for Truth and Light will, by virtue of the change it works in him, make each person spiritually purer and thus more luminous, so that this condition must naturally detach him more and more from dense matter, and drive him upwards in proportion to his purity and lightness. However, he who believes only in the world of matter keeps himself bound to matter by his conviction, remaining chained to it, and thus cannot be driven upwards. Through the deliberate decision of each individual, a separation therefore takes place between those striving towards the Light and those connected with the Darkness, in accordance with the existing natural Laws of Spiritual Gravitation.
This separation is the Last Judgment!
Thus it becomes clear that one day there will be a definite end also to the possibility of development through the purification-process in the so-called beyond for those who have departed this earth. A final decision! Men in both worlds will either be so far ennobled that they can be uplifted to the Regions of Light, or they will remain bound in their base nature through their own volition and thereby be finally hurled down into “eternal damnation.” This means that together with matter, from which they cannot detach themselves, they will be drawn towards disintegration, will themselves suffer painful disintegration, and therewith cease to be personal. They will be scattered like chaff in the wind, crumbled to dust and thereby they will be erased from the Golden Book of Life!
Hence this so-called Last judgment, that is, the Final judgment, is likewise a happening which takes place in an absolutely natural manner as a consequence of the laws upholding Creation, and in such a way that it could not be otherwise. Here, too, man always receives only the fruits of what he himself has willed, that is to say, what he himself brings about through his conviction.
It does not diminish the greatness of the Creator, but can only give cause to regard Him as even more sublime, to know that all that happens in Creation is strictly consistent and takes place automatically, that the direction of men’s fate is always determined by themselves alone through their wishes and volition, and that the Creator does not look on and intervene to reward or punish. The greatness lies in the perfection of His Work, and this compels us to look upwards in reverential awe, since the greatest Love and the most incorruptible Justice must lie in the mightiest as well as in the most minute happening, without distinction. Great also is man, placed as such in Creation as master of his own destiny! Through his will he is able to lift himself out of the Work, and at the same time contribute to its higher evolution; or he can drag it down and become entangled in it so that he can no longer free himself but will, along with it, move towards dissolution, whether in the Gross Material World or in the Ethereal World. Therefore strive to free yourselves from all ties arising from base feelings; for it is high time! The hour approaches when the allotted time is up! Awake in yourselves the longing for what is pure, true and noble! —
Far above ---- and in the center of --- the eternal cycle of Creation there floats like a crown in the center an “Azure Island,” the home of the blessed, of the purified spirits, who may already dwell in the Regions of Light! This Island is separate from the World. Therefore it is not part of the cycle; but in spite of its height above the rotating Creation, it constitutes the support and the centre for the outgoing spiritual forces. It is the island that bears on its summit the much-praised city with its streets of gold, the heavenly Jerusalem. Here nothing is subject to change any longer. No Last judgment is to be feared any more. Those who can dwell there are “at home.” But as the last, as the highest on this Azure Island, inaccessible to the unbidden, stands the... Grail Castle, so often spoken of in poetry!
Encompassed by legends, the object of longing to so many, it stands there in the Light of Greatest Glory and harbors the Sacred Vessel, the symbol of the Pure Love of the Almighty, the Grail!
The purest of spirits are appointed as guardians who are standing closest to the throne of the Most High. They are bearers of Divine Love in its purest form, which is very different from what men on earth imagine it to be, although they experience it daily and hourly. This castle forms the gateway to the steps of the throne of the Most High. No one can come to these steps without first having gone through the Grail Castle. Strict watch is kept at the golden gate, severe and inexorable, so that the purity of the Grail will be maintained and so that Its blessing may be poured over all seekers.
Through revelations, tidings of the Castle were brought down stage by stage over the immense distance from the Azure Island through the Ethereal World, until finally, through a few deeply inspired poets, they also became known among people of the gross material earth. Being passed on downwards step by step, the Truth unintentionally suffered various distortions, so that the final version could only remain a repeatedly obfuscated reflection which gave rise to many errors.
Now if from some part of the great Creation, suffering and ardent appeals rise to the Creator in dire distress, then a Servant of the Vessel is sent forth, as a bearer of this Love in order to intervene and help in the spiritual need. What floats merely as a myth and a legend in the Work of Creation then enters Creation as a living reality! Such missions, however, do not occur often. Each time they are accompanied by incisive changes and great upheavals. Thousands of years usually separate them. Those who are thus sent bring Light and Truth to those gone astray, they bring peace to the despairing; with their message they extend their hands to all who seek, they gather up all the faithful, offering them new courage and new strength, and guide them through all Darkness up to the Light.
They come only for those who long for help from the Light, but not for the scoffers and the self-righteous. The next coming of such an envoy from the Grail should be a signal to all seekers to vigorously bestir themselves and strive for what is good and noble; for it is a reminder of the inevitable judgment which one day must arrive as the Final Judgment. Blessed is he who is no longer bound to the material world by his narrow mind, and who can thus be lifted up to the Light!