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Continuation of the journey - straightforward, with unchanging will, to the goal
29,1. Just look there - into the slightly deeper, infinitely large plain, which is bordered to the left and right, as far as the eye can see, by this forested mountain! What do you see in this level? Certainly nothing other than I. At a very great distance, a stepped, round pyramid rises high. From this distance, apart from brilliant radiance, nothing else can be seen. But, nevertheless, this first sight promises something unbelievably great and sublime, so we will also be quick to get ourselves there, to get as quickly as possible close to this great magnificent work. Behold, we have no footpath to go on, nor is there any road to follow; but when I look at this splendid ground, which looks much more delicate and finer than the finest silk fabric, I do think that one does not need a footpath, but only have to follow a straight line, and we shall soon be there where we want to be.
29,2. But do you know what the straight line means spiritually? The straight line signifies or means the immovably firm will, which cannot be deviated by any adverse appearance or other distractions; and it is precisely this straight line of will that is meant here as well.
29,3. You ask in yourselves whether, on this way, we can still encounter obstacles which might make it more difficult for us to achieve the goal? This will all show itself on the way. Until now it was still good. In the course of our conversation, we have already traveled a considerable distance, and so, if I look to where thisextraordinary structure is situated, I can already discern much more of what I was formerly unable to do from the mountain range.
29,4. I can now quite well assume that this extraordinary edifice consists of twelve departments, which virtually rise above each other, as if on the earth the retractable telescope, of course, of the most gigantic proportions, having twelve parts and positioned vertically. And if you look at the matter keenly, you will soon discover without difficulty that each of these twelve floors consists of rows of columns, and see each floor glistens with a different color.
29,5. But what does the eyes see over the distance? We shall be able to look at the whole work up close anyway as if face to face; so we are only hurrying towards it. But I notice that your eyes are looking at a rather high wall, which is not far from us. This would seem to take on the appearance of a great hindrance and a distraction from our straight line since we do not have a wall breaker with us.
29,6. If the wall of this rampart rises upright according to earthly scale and has no gate below, there may well be a small issue with keeping the straight line intact, and yet we must not move from it; for in the spirit, to only move one line to the side, will say so much as to lose, in one moment, this whole beautiful world from our view. But we are not at the wall yet; so do not lose heart, and it will perhaps be better than we expect.
29,7. But I also notice great and wide stretches of tree-tops, from among which all sorts of pillars and pyramids rise. It might very easily happen that, in our straight line, we will encounter a tree or a pillar, and would, therefore, be compelled, on account of such obstacles, to deviate a little from the straight line.
29,8. You say: What if we could, spiritually, ascend into the air, and by this, maintain the easiest straight line to our grand goal?
29,9. I tell you, this we could do; but by this we expose ourselves to a double danger of losing this world from our sight; firstly, because such an upturn is also a violation of the straight line, and secondly, we must not separate our feet from this ground, as long as we want to look at this world. For if we separate our feet from the ground, the whole world will sink back into their first unrecognizable star shape. Therefore, we have no choice but to encounter all possible obstacles with a determined mind!
29,10. Now see, we have already reached the rows of trees. As far as my eyes can penetrate into this avenue forest, it is surprisingly straightforward; but there, quite deeply, I see something like an erected altar, and this altar stands, in my opinion, just in the middle of this avenue. It does not matter, however, if you have a fixed mind; and the path must be exactly the way we want it to be, for it would be a sad thing for a spirit to let the path be blocked by natural obstacles.
29,11. Well, there we are already at the altar. Indeed, this first monument shows, even if on a distant scale, of what indescribable splendor the principal object must be.
29,12. Look at this altar! It has a height of about one klafter, and consists of perfectly round rods, which are made of a very brilliant material, but which certainly does not appear in any other world-body in this peculiarity. Just look at the bars; they do not even look solid, but have an appearance as if they were gushing downwards, but they shoot downwards into golden funnels without so-called side-sprays. The flaming, radiating movement in these round bars are almost the same as if these rods were nothing more than round water jets, which, for instance, are first falling downwards through a central column, and here, as we shall see, fall downwards according to the rules of hydraulic engineering. To convince ourselves, however, we touch the bars with our hands. The whole is only a peculiarity of the material. This has in itself such a flaming movement that it appears as if it were pure flowing water; but in itself, it is as a diamond.
29,13. And then, above the bars, you see the splendid positioned round table; it radiates as if a small sun had been laid on these columns. The columns flow down into golden funnels, which do likewise into in a red and blue iridescent, most precious round crystal plate. Indeed, to see this altar on this beautiful round plain, surrounded by the most splendid trees in the most beautiful order, the branches of which rise like giant arms, is, in and of itself, something so charming that one would like to look at it with great satisfaction for a considerable time. If you consider the wonderful green velvet floor, and the trunks of the trees looking like powerful blue semi-transparent round columns, having not the slightest blemish.
29,14. What do you say about this first splendor? I must sincerely confess that this sublime simplicity appeals to me more than any of the already glorious sights of this world. We forget, however, when we contemplate this glory, that we must go still further.
29,15. But regarding the straight line, how will we work this out?
29,16. Should we possibly break down this supreme altar? Indeed, the heart would not be able to do such a thing, and especially when one considers that such a work required a great deal of effort and a greatmeasure of diligence from the hands of this world and that it certainly stood for a purpose sanctified by this humanity. Moreover, destruction is something completely foreign to the divine order.
29,17. So what will we do here? You say: since spirits can go through matter, can we? The Lord has also come to His apostles through the locked door.
29,18. I tell you, this is indeed true, but we are not masters but servants of the Lord, and they cannot do all that the Lord has done except if the Lord wants it. So I have now no advice. We will turn to the Lord of glory, in the love of our hearts, and I am sure the straight line will be restored.
29,19. Well, I have done this, and you have done it in me; and see, a male being hurried out of the background, just touches the altar, and the latter divides at the middle, and we can follow our line further.
29,20. You are wondering if this altar has a mechanical device enabling it to always be divided equally for similar straightforward travels? I say to you that everything is arranged by the Lord in the most appropriate manner, that man may bind one thing so firmly together, but the Lord is the master of the matter. Man is well aware of the limbs of his work, and how these are to be separated, but the Lord knows the members of the substance and knows how to separate them.
29,21. Therefore, to observe the straight line of life, you need nothing but the ever-growing love of the Lord, and you will be able to walk through rocks, fire, and water as if you had no obstacle to fight.
29,22. But I would like to draw your attention to the phenomena which will occur to us on this way, and in the end, you will recognize many a situation of your world in it, as in a magnificent spell of mirrors. Now, however, we have a very wide open avenue in a straight line, and we can, therefore, proceed again with a clear conscience.
29,23. You would like to know what will happen to the separated altar. Will he mend himself again, or will he be left alone? But I say unto you: understand me, and let be what is behind us; for we have much before us and by far greater things. But if we are to get to the principal object, we shall, in any case, obtain a general overview from the height. And so, let us continue.
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