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From Hell to Heaven
Chapter 147 - Bathianyi’s remorse. The Lord speaks about man’s ripening to the highest recognition of God. The still blind Franciscan receives rough hinds from Miklosch.
1. Says the Count, crushed with love and reverence: “Oh Lord, by Your most almighty name, it is bound to be easier for You to say ‘arise and come’ than for me sinner to arise before You – the Lord over infinity! Oh Lord, I, as foolish human spirit, a nothingness before You, and Yourself the All in All! And I should accompany You? No, this thought is too overwhelming for a created spirit! Oh let me get hold of myself a little more, for Your endless greatness makes me dizzy."
2. Say I: “But, My beloved brother, you are now beginning to bore Me with your speeches on My endless power, strength and wisdom! Behold, My childish brother, as God, I must be what I am, so that you can be out of and besides Me what you are, and shall be so increasingly. You are by the way My work; if, as My work, you regard yourself as a barest nothingness, then you belittle Me! And this you surely shall not be capable of doing!?”
3. Says the count: “Eternally not indeed, Lord, for I am immensely big from Your viewpoint. Only to myself am I nothing! Well, I am now getting up, for Your word has upraised me.” After which the count comes over to Me courageously, saying: “Lord, Father, God, Jesus! I am now completely healed through Your love and grace, and my excessive fear of You also is gone. In its place however, unlimited love for You rages in every fibre of my heart. Gradually this passionate attribute too shall settle down. But right now I want to embrace You with all my life-force and die from indescribably wonderful love of God! Lord, let me embrace You just a little and press You to a heart burning with love!”
4. Say I: “My dear brother, this would harm you right now, because your spirit has taken insufficient hold within your soul. But when your spirit shall have fully organised itself within its soul and be itself filled with the fullness of love out of Me, then it shall be able to bear our embrace without fear or harm. I am of course human, like yourself, to maximum. But within this human there dwells the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and this your spirit could not bear; it would tear all bonds and unite with the Deity in Me as its eternal foundation. But when your spirit shall have fully organised itself within its soul and become itself filled with the fullness of love out of Me, then it shall be able to bear My embrace without harm.
5. “But come along with Me quickly to the others now, so that they too can be raised to your level of recognition! Their curiosity has been magnified beyond measure for they still don’t know what success you had with your search for Christ. Only Miklosch has a deep foreboding, which however the Franciscan is constantly disputing with him, resulting in the other’s acceptance of his stand. Hence we must hasten to somehow stop the Franciscan’s cheeky mouth.”
6. Says the count: “Oh Lord, Thou eternal goodness and gentleness, this fully agrees with my feelings! This monk is of a relatively good nature, if anything outside Yourself can be good. But in relation to his concepts about the relationship between God and the creatures, and vice versa, he is less digestible than a pound of cooked leather. I beg You, oh Lord, to let this fellow run up against a wall a little, as they say.” – Say I: “Very well, but let tone it down, as they are approaching!”
7. I now move towards the group with the count. The Franciscan shouts to the count from a distance already: “Well, dear count, what results from your hall-search? Have you found Him anywhere – the Lord over life and death, and over Heaven and Earth? It seems to me that the notorious twin still eludes you, as I se no third person among you.”
8. Says the count: “Friend, there is no need of it, as we two suffice each other without the joining up of a third! Understand, Mr. Indolent?” – Here Miklosch pokes the Franciscan, saying: “Cyprie, do you notice something? You shall not notice the cornerstone until you flatten your nose against it.” – Says the Franciscan: “Why – what cornerstone? Where is there one over here?” – Says Miklosch: “I think the count put it to you in good German, but you still don’t see the forest for the trees!”
9. Says the Franciscan: “Make yourself more clear. What is the count supposed to have told me? He said that he and our stranger friend suffice one another even without a third one joining them? Is this so extraordinary? The Third, Most High will probably still bide His time for a while, since none of us is a creature of sufficient morality to deem himself worth of seeing God. But as long as on has a worthy friend at one’s side who shows the right path to God, one can venture to say ‘we two suffice one another even without a third’. Of course only temporarily! For it would be exceedingly sad if we were never going to see God.”
10. Says Miklosch: “Friend, you sure wooden-headed! I can tell you nothing more, as I must not, on account of a warning voice within me. There may indeed be many more such wooden heads like yours on Earth, but thy are bound to be easier to cure than you, although they still walk the Earth in the flesh, whereas you already find yourself within God’s realms as a spirit for a lengthy period. But to perhaps open your eyes a little more, I shall give you a parable. Behold, there was once on Earth a great and mighty lord and master. Since it was in his mind to meet his subjects personally, he often disguised himself as a common man, often even visiting the houses especially of the rich, whom he entrusted with caring for the poor. Well for those whom he found attending to these legal obligations! But beware all those whom he found failing. And behold, the lord of heaven and all the worlds seems to do the same, not of course to test his people, to only then see their tendency, but to create an opportunity to examine themselves, giving this desirable opportunity out of His love and wisdom. But I would almost add: beware those who severely try Him in respect to His longsuffering, due to their stubbornness, deliberate blindness and bluntness! – Did you understand this metaphor?”
11. Says the Franciscan: “Fairly well, but what of it? Is this a reason why I should regard yonder stranger friend as the disguised Lord of heaven and Earth? Or is this someone else here perhaps? In the end, perhaps the one with the shining hat? That one I do know however, since he came from my station upon Earth. He must have attained to such radiation of the head over here, because nothing was less radiant over there than his head. Hence tell me the whereabouts of the Disguised One, that I may go over and fall down to adequately worship Him!”
12. Says Miklosch: “Friend, I have nearly said too much to you already, and shall not utter another word. Over there is the count, with the great Friend; turn to them to ask about the Disguised One! But this remains true: upon Earth there is nothing more stubborn than a parson, and in the world of spirits he will not recognise the Lord even if he bumps into Him! Do you know who were the blindest and most obstinate at Jerusalem? Behold, it was the priests! And would you be told which people on Earth are the least inclined to receive the true faith? These again are the parsons, chiefly the Roman Catholic ones, to whom you belong. Now I have told you enough. God help it to be of use! But go over to the two now to discuss it!”
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