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Continuation of the sun journey - lack of knowledge and love of the world as hindrances to prayer
30,1. The open avenue lying before us is indeed somewhat narrower than the previous, but this phenomenon is not the least detrimental to our progress on our straight line, but just the opposite, for the narrower the alley becomes, the easier it is to keep to the middle of it in the straight line.
30,2. The reason for such a phenomenon, however, the fact that all these avenues are radiated and arranged radially from the center of the main building; and if we could look down from the height above the main building, we would see this whole magnificent design, as a radiant sun.
30,3. And see, this is a good sign; so the straight line is already set, we can only follow it, and we can not fail to reach the main goal as soon as possible. We have already, as you see, walked well over half of this second avenue, and the present end can be seen quite well. But I noticed a new obstacle, which could distract us somewhat from the straight path. But we will give little attention to this second obstacle, for, like the first, this second one will also have to give us a rightful passage.
30,4. But what is that, which is radiating so brightly for us? Only a few more accelerated steps there, at first sight, one cannot contain it all, because the grandeur of this alley decoration is too great. What would be the water artworks and fireworks evolutions on the earth? It is but a spark in the sight of such splendor and glory.
30,5. Behold, the plate which paves this second great tree-circle as if in one piece, looks just like a small-walled surface of the most pure water, yet the surface is perfectly flat and very firm. The most peculiar thing about this whole story is that, by remarkable refraction of rays, one's sight is so much deceived that the paving's surface seems wobbly, and every surge of waves shines in another light. I call this a brilliant ray reflection.
30,6. In the middle of this wide tree-circle is a pillar erected, and it looks just like as if one would see troubled water with you on the earth. Just see how the water form seems to bubble up and down as if in vortexes, and every vortex shines forth alternately in a thousand colors; see and feel this column, it is as firm as a diamond in all its seeming vitality. Indeed, whoever does not consider this material composition and thetreatment of such an ornament to be wonderful, I would like to hear from his lips what he regards as a miracle.
30,7. And then look up all the way up to the top of this column, where it branches out into very radiant branches, like a weeping willow, and instead of leaves, letting all sorts of radiant extensions hang down.
30,8. What do you say to this splendor? Indeed, you are justly mute; for feelings cannot be readily described, and one has to be satisfied if one would be able to sketch but a vague silhouette of it with the most lively and most eloquent language.
30,9. It would otherwise be all right if this whole splendid sight were not in the middle of our wall line. What do you think, will this alley ornament be divided like the previous one? In the case of the first, one might rather try to believe that the whole thing was based on artificial mechanical principles, and was therefore also easily separated; but with this highly colossal ornament, any mechanism might be too short and too weak to divide this very powerful column, as previously described. - What are we going to do? You say that the one who has divided the first obstacle, the Lord, will surely easily deal with this second one.
30,10. You have answered correctly. But there is something you do not yet know, so listen: The Lord is indeed the omnipotent Helper and conqueror of all obstacles, but He must also be called to the aid of the degree and measure of the obstacle, then only then will be done what is to be done.
30,11. You say here, yes, but why? If we ask the Lord for help, He will help us no less than what we need. I tell you that you are right in one respect, but only to the extent that you are mistakenly assuming, that the Lord has little or no interest in your own capacity of knowledge. To accept such a thing, I think, would be a little misguided.
30,12. But the Lord will above all raise the self-knowledge of the children; so He lets all things be evaluated and appraised by them, so that their needs may be presented to Him according to their knowledge, and He will help them according to their own knowledge and desire.
30,13. For this reason, my dear friends and brethren, no one on the earth is to judge a sinful obstacle in the course of his life with a frivolous measure, or else he must attribute it to himself if, after many prayers, he had not yet received the desired complete help.
30,14. For the Lord is indeed exceedingly loving and generous with His grace and mercy, yet at the same time, always to the most perfect degree, respectful of the free activity of the spirit in every respect, both in the sphere of will and in the sphere of knowledge.
30,15. But said among us, it would be better for every man, concerning himself, as you say, would make an elephant out of a mosquito, and vice versa; and it will be then that anyone of such viewpoint would ask for much, shall also receive much; but whoever asks little, should not expect that the Lord would throw after him an unrecognized and unasked for advantage.
30,16. You do you on earth the same among each other. Why should not the Lord, who has the most loving and wise reasons, do so? Would even a very well-intentioned rich man lend someone the asked for two hundred dollars, even if he would know that he, in fact, needs two thousand dollars? I tell you, he will not do this, even though he would probably know that the begging borrower essentially needs the greater sum.
30,17. He will also say to the borrower from the noble ground of his heart, "I will gladly lend you the asked for sum, if it will suffice for your sake. If, with a stutter, the borrower still moves in his foolish, blind timidity, and remains with his first petition, tell yourselves who is to blame if the borrower with 200 dollars is not served.
30,18. But for the sake of this, everyone is to examine himself precisely, to measure his need, and then to turn to the holy, omnipotent Helper, he will surely receive the justified help, if he expects him faithfully, with trust, and in loving earnest.
30,19. And so then, we will and must now take hold of the Lord a little more firmly than with the first obstacle, then the Lord will open the way to us. But what does the greater firmness in the approach to the Lord consists of?
30,20. The smith says to his companion: "To melt a little iron, a lesser heating of coals is sufficient, and the forge does not need to breathe so deeply; but if a great lump of iron is to be melted, the master smith will say to his companion, "Now bring three baskets of solid charcoal, and let the forge go, else the great metal lump will hardly reach the red heat. I mean, this blacksmith rule, which is pretty much to be grasped with hands, will also be very useful for us. More coal, more wind to the forge, means as much as: more love and more trust, and it will be according to the faithful desire!
30,21. I have done this within myself, and you must do it within me and see, this water-column is already divided again, and we can continue our march with the slightest effort in the world.
30,22. Do you understand also this second obstacle, which is full of illusion and seems to be alive in every nook and corner? If it is touched, however, it is hard and resistant all over. See, to work through these errors is a far easier matter; for whoever has once been awakened in his spirit, will soon be able to easily separate the low stupidity from the most brilliant purest truth, and that is the overcoming of the first obstacle. But here it is about the world with its multicolored glitter on full scale; and it requires much more to get this obstacle out of the way, than the earlier one.
30,23. There are certainly many people on earth who have long ago recognized the truth in its radiant light. But they cannot separate themselves from the world, because its rays are too attractive to them. But just how much enchanting glittering rays this world can contain, and what they look like, can a keen look at this avenue ornament show. Possessions, money, all sorts of comforts, a good table, beautiful women, fashionable clothing, and much more are still very powerful glitter-rays of the world, even for already intelligent men. We do not even mention the women; because stupidity has its original seat in their homes.
30,24. But a person, who takes pleasure in such a world of tinsel, is like a rich man in a dream, throwing millions to and fro, but when he wakes up, not a single penny fills his purse. I think you understand me; and since our obstacle has been overcome, we can already move on again.
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