Coming from the Divine, Jesus was right in using these words because He was the only One who could overlook and really explain everything. His Message, which cannot be separated from Him personally, shows the clear path up to the Light amid the confusion arising from erroneous views. For all human spirits this means the possibility of a rising or a resurrection from the World of Matter into which they are immersed for their further development. Such a resurrection means life for everyone!
Please listen carefully: All that is base and all that is evil, i.e., all that is called Darkness, exists only in the World of Matter, both in gross matter and in ethereal matter! He who grasps this aright has gained much already.
When a man’s thoughts are evil or base he does immense harm to himself. The main strength of his volition then flows forth like a magnetic ray toward the lower surroundings, where in turn it attracts, through its weight and its greater density, ethereal matter which is correspondingly denser and thus darker. As a result, the human spirit, from which this volition issues, is enveloped by this dense kind of matter. Also if a human mind is primarily bent on worldly things, for example if he is under the spell of a passion for something which need not necessarily be immorality, gambling or drinking, but can also be a marked partiality for anything of an earthly nature, his spirit will be covered by a more or less dense ethereal cloak through the process I have already mentioned.
This dense and consequently dark cloak prevents all possibility of the spirit rising upwards, and persists as long as the spirit does not change the nature of its volition.
Only an earnest volition and an earnest striving for lofty spirituality can loosen and at last completely detach such a cloak, because then it no longer receives a supply of strength of a like nature and gradually loosens its grip. Finally it is dissolved and falls away, thus freeing the spirit for its ascent.
Ethereal matter must not be regarded as a refinement of visible gross matter, for it is a species quite different from gross matter and of a different nature, which however can still be called matter. It forms a transition to animistic substantiality from which the animal soul originates.
Those humans who remain in the World of Matter must eventually, in the natural course of events, be dragged into the disintegration to which all matter is subject, since because of their envelopment, they can no longer free themselves in time.
Those who of their own desire have descended into the World of Matter for their development will remain bound in it unless they continue on the right path! They are incapable of a re-emergence from it, which is tantamount to a resurrection towards the Light. — —
It should be further explained that every development of a spirit-germ longing for personal consciousness necessitates immersion into the World of Matter. Only through experiences in the World of Matter can it so develop. No other way is open to it. The spirit-germ, however, is not forced into this immersion, for it happens only as soon as its own desire to do so awakens within it. Its own desire then impels it towards the necessary course of development, out of the so-called Paradise of unconsciousness and thus out of its state of non-responsibility.
If men in the world of matter, through their wrong desires, lose the right path that leads upwards again, back to the Light, then they will remain straying about in the world of matter.
Now try and observe the happenings in the World of Gross Matter. Observe the development and the decaying in your immediate and visible surroundings.
You will observe in the germination, growing, ripening and decaying how the process of forming works, i.e., how the basic substances combine, how they mature, followed by decomposition and how what was formed returns into the same basic substances through disintegration, that is, through falling apart in the process of decaying. You can see this clearly in water, also in the so-called weathering of rocks, in plants and in animal and human bodies. And in the same way that this happens in small things it also happens with great things, and ultimately in all cosmic processes. It applies not only to the Gross Material World which is visible to man on earth, but also to the Ethereal World, the so-called beyond which, however, has nothing to do with Paradise. — —
The entire World of Matter is suspended like a great wreath at the lowest part of Creation, rotating in an immense circle which takes many millions of years to complete. Thus in the great cosmic happenings everything not only revolves around itself, but the whole of Creation also continually rotates in an immense circle. Just as this great cycle resulted from the first process of combination up to its present state of completion, so it continues unswervingly on its course in the same manner until disintegration sets in and returns the component parts to their primeval substance. The cycle, with its primeval substance, nonetheless continues steadily to rotate in order to form new worlds through new combinations, which bear virgin, as yet unused energies.
Such is the great process of evolution, eternally repeating itself on the smallest as well as on the grandest scale. And above this cycle there stands firmly anchored the first spiritually pure Creation, the so-called Paradise. In contrast to the formed World of Matter, Paradise is not subject to disintegration.
It is in this Eternal Pure-Spiritual Sphere, which stands luminously above the cycle that the origin of the unconscious spirit-germ of man lies. This spiritual sphere becomes the final goal of the human spirit again, after it has become self-conscious and thus personal in the World of Matter. It goes forth as an unconscious and non-responsible germ. It returns as an individual, self-conscious and therefore responsible personality provided that ... it does not get lost on its necessary journey through the World of Matter, becoming entangled in it, but celebrates its resurrection from it as a human spirit which has become fully conscious. This is the joyful re-emergence from the World of Matter towards this luminous and eternal part of Creation.
As long as the human spirit remains in the World of Matter it partakes in a part of this great and eternal rotating movement without, of course, realizing it. Thus one day it will at last arrive at the boundary line where that part of Creation where it dwells slowly drifts towards disintegration. Then, however, it is high time for all human spirits which are still within the World of Matter to make haste and improve themselves to such an extent that they can ascend to the safe and luminous haven of the Eternal Kingdom. This means having to find the right way and above all the shortest way of escape from the impending dangers in the World of Matter before being overtaken by them.
If the human spirits do not achieve this then it will become more and more difficult, and finally too late for them!
Along with everything else they will then be drawn into slow disintegration, in which process the acquired personal “ego” will be torn to shreds. Suffering a thousand torments they will again become unconscious spirit-germs. This is the most dreadful fate which can befall a spirit that has attained self-consciousness.
This applies to all those who have developed their personality in the wrong direction. They must therefore lose their personality as both useless and detrimental. It should be noted that disintegration is not the same as annihilation. Nothing can be annihilated. It is but a return into the primeval state. What will be destroyed in these lost ones is the personal “ego” they had acquired up to that time, a process accompanied by unspeakable torments.
Such lost or damned ones then cease to be complete human spirits, while the others are permitted to return home to the Eternal Kingdom of Joy and Light as self-conscious spirits, consciously enjoying all its splendor. —
Just as a cornfield, after a number of years, yields an ever-decreasing harvest of grain, and only receives new energy through crop rotation, so it is with the whole World of Matter. It, too, becomes exhausted after a time and must refresh its strength through disintegration and new composition. Such processes, however, require millions of years, but even in the course of many millions of years there comes one definite year which is decisive for the necessary separation of what is useful from what is useless.
And we have now reached this point in time in the great cycle. The human spirit still dwelling in the World of Matter must at last decide to make its ascent, or the World of Matter will keep it firmly entwined for the ensuing disintegration … which is eternal damnation from which a spiritual, self-conscious resurrection and ascent towards the luminous, eternal part of Creation that stands elevated above such disintegration, will never be possible again. —
In the natural development of the whole there has, for a long time already, no longer been any possibility for spirit-germs striving to become conscious to incarnate upon this over-ripe earth-plane, because they would require too long a period to make a timely departure from the World of Matter as individual self-conscious spirits. In the natural course of events the path of the spirit germs encounters only such parts of the cosmos which are similar in the fact that their necessary development requires a length of time at least equal to that needed by a spirit germ for its completion. Only the sameness of stages of development opens the way for the spirit germs, while a more mature part of the cosmos would create quite insurmountable barriers for unfinished spirit germs. Thus here too there can be absolutely no question of an injustice and a deficiency. Therefore, every human spirit is, at the same time and in the same highest state of maturity as its material environment, able to stand matured at the boundary of that part of the World of Matter in which we currently dwell.
There is not one human being who could not be mature! The disparity among men is but the necessary consequence of their own free volition. The World of Matter is now transitioning from a state of over-ripeness to a process of disintegration while simultaneously drifting towards a new birth.
For the cornfield of the human spirits, however, the time of harvesting has arrived, and with it the separation. That which is mature will be uplifted towards the Light through the effects of the Natural Laws which permit the ethereal cloak gradually to be cast off, leaving the spirit thus freed from its burden consciously to swing upwards to the realm of a homogeneous nature, of all that is eternally spiritual. That which is unfit, however, will be retained in the World of Matter by the self-willed density of its ethereal body. The fate of these latter is that their ethereal bodies will remain subject to the changes now beginning in the World of Matter, and they will have to suffer under the most painful disintegration lasting thousands of years. The magnitude of their suffering will finally affect the human spirit in such a manner as to make it lose its self-consciousness. In this process the form of the image of God, the form of man, acquired in the course of becoming conscious, again disintegrates. After the complete disintegration of matter back into primeval substance, that which has become unconscious spiritual substance is again set free and, in accordance with its nature rises upwards. Then, however, it does not return as a conscious human spirit, but as an unconscious seed which at some time or other, through a newly-awakening desire, starts its whole course again from the beginning in a new part of the world.
Looking out from His height, i.e., looking down from above, Christ, as always, chose His words in such a way as to describe as a quite natural process the resurrection of the spirit-germ from the World of matter into which it had descended.
Try to imagine yourself standing above the World of Matter.
Below you, spread out like a field, lies the World of Matter in its many species. Spirit-germs, coming from above, now descend into the World of Matter. Gradually, over a long period of time and at many intervals, complete human spirits emerge which have become self-conscious through their experiences in the World of Matter, and which through their urge to strive upwards have been able to cast off all that is material and leave it behind. These thereby celebrate their resurrection from the World of Matter!
But not all germs rise to the surface as matured spirits. A good many of them remain behind and must perish therein, useless. —
Everything is exactly the same as with a wheat field.
Just as with the grain of wheat, all the mysterious and actual development takes place in the soil needed for that purpose, so the principal development of the spirit-germ takes place in the general World of Matter. —
With each one of His statements Christ always illustrates some natural happening in Creation. — —
Whether He said: No man cometh to the Father but by My Message, or by My Word, or by Me it is one and the same thing. It means: “No man can find the way except through what I say.” One expression means the same as the other. It is also the same whether He says: “Through My Message I bring you the possibility of resurrection from the World of Matter and with it life” or “I am, by My Word, resurrection and life for you.”
Men should grasp the meaning and not persist in confusing themselves ever anew by haggling over words. — — —