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Chapter 125 - Criticism of the magician concerning the parable of the entrusted pounds.

125,1. The magician said: "Lord, I have now come to a point where the ability to reason has left man, making even the most patient individual's hair stand on end! Surely You are not the tyrannical king who takes from where he did not deposit anything, and who wants to reap from where he did not sow?! Because it seems to me that everything originated from You, that You have sown everywhere and can therefore take from and reap everywhere as well, since everything is and must be Yours.

125,2. The fact that the evildoers are chastised is perfectly acceptable. In my opinion, the divine longanimity is exactly what is so unbearable about all this, because that is how the wicked ones buy themselves more and more time and space to achieve their atrocities, while the proper and decent man sinks into ever greater misery, loses all his faith in the end and is compelled to return the talent entrusted to him in the sweat cloth of his misery to the stern and merciless lord, undamaged and honest. Yes, in that sense it is of course better to be a called one than a servant.

125,3. It is certainly right that the zealous servant receives his just reward, according to his deeds, but the fact that the somewhat slower and more fearful servant receives absolutely nothing for the return of his talent; that I find somewhat inappropriate of Your king.

125,4. I am a friend of the people, and I do not wish to see anyone suffering, especially when the person in question does not deserve to suffer, since they are not some villain. The servant who returned the one talent in the sweat cloth to his lord, exactly as he had received it, apparently did not have the same perception and intelligence as the first servant, and not even as the second one, who managed to turn the one talent into 5 talents. Because if he had the same intelligence, he could also have earned ten or at least five talents, but since he lacked light, the proper intelligence and the necessary courage, he did not dare to do anything else with the one talent besides leaving it untouched and eventually returning it to his lord. I truly cannot see any evil intent in this course of action, and I would like to ask You explicitly what happened afterwards to this servant, who was called a rogue by his lord."

125,5. Said I (The Lord): "Well, he remained what he had always been, a simple and ordinary servant, because he did not possess any ability out of himself for a more important task. For even a chosen one receives the same abilities or talents as any other person, which he himself must then develop, so that his free will does not get harmed in any way.

125,6. He who develops the talent he received as much as possible then possesses a true treasure, to which will be added ever more. However, he who did not develop it and did not wish to pull himself away from his laziness can only blame himself, because by keeping the talent in the sweat cloth he becomes even more foolish than those who did not want the king of light to rule over them.

125,7. That is why such lazy servants do not progress and the called ones persist in their darkness, and there can be nothing worse for them than hearing the noise of the brightest day, waking them up from their sluggish sleep. Should the sun have to first send messengers to those late risers, asking if it would be alright for them if the sun were to rise above the mountains? Look, the sun will not do that, since it needs to preserve the universal order that sustains all worlds, and even less will the king of light and life do that!

125,8. He who receives the talent surely received the order of the king as well. Whether the servant conforms to it will depend on his free will. The king is not guilty of the laziness of the servant, only the servant himself, because the king of light knows all too well what talents he equipped a servant with. Therefore, it is always the king, and never the lazy and indolent servant, who is in his true and definitely not imagined right.

125,9. Now think about this thoroughly, consider this image carefully and then tell Me, if the king is truly a relentless tyrant! Have you understood Me well, now?"

125,10. The magician said: "Yes Lord, that I did indeed understand well now, and Your parable has certainly been illuminated, because, as an image, it was difficult to understand on its own. Thus, he who recognizes a special talent within himself, must develop it in all earnest, namely by and out of himself. If he has done this, then he will surely receive everything else from the king of light, and with this he will be able to become a true teacher for many people. These teachers are what You identify as "the called ones", because he who was already a proper teacher for himself will become a teacher for others more easily as well. However, he who was already lazy for himself will be all the more lazy for others too, and he will possess nothing of value he could teach his fellow men. With all this in mind, it is quite true and just that he who already possesses things shall be given even more, so that he will have an abundance. But he who possessed nothing in abundance, from him shall be taken away all that he had. This is now perfectly clear to me, but there is still something here that just does not quite make sense to me, and for that reason I take the liberty to ask You, o Lord, to elucidate this still obscure thought to me.

125,11. Behold, just diligence and zeal in all that is good and true is a virtue that can never be praised enough, and laziness is the basis for all possible vices! But who is the one who bestows diligence and zeal upon one person, and laziness upon another? It is my belief that neither the one nor the other can be attained by man himself, but that they are instead given to him by a higher, divine willpower.

125,12. I myself have a few children with whom I have experienced this phenomenon. Some of them, namely my oldest son and a daughter, are, even without my intervention, incredibly zealous in developing their skills and knowledge, while my other children are lazy and slow and must always be firmly urged to study. These are children of the same parents, they are all healthy, all of them receive the same tuition, and nevertheless there is such a great difference in their talents, and even more so in their zeal to study. What is the cause of this? It cannot be my and my wife's fault, since we treat all of our children equally and do not pamper them in any way. The reason cannot be ours or the children's physical health either, since we all are completely healthy and strong - for this we do thank you, o Lord - and all of us receive the same food as well; and yet there are still these apparent differences within one and the same family. How am I supposed to make sense of this?"

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