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Continuation of the sun journey - passing over from material to spiritual life in corresponding images
31,1. Look, there is again a glorious avenue before us, which also narrows itself towards the end; that is already the third one we enter. When you look at these three avenues in succession, they are inserted into each other like three cones, the end tips of which always fall into the base of the following; for if the first avenue ran along with its lines, the lines would have to cross at some point, where we have encountered the first monument. But the calculation is so arranged that the two rows of trees stop at the very point where we have always encountered at the end of an avenue, a large tree-circle, in the center of which stood the ornament. Therefore, this third avenue also begins again very broadly, and at the end, like the earlier, become narrower.
31,2. Could not someone say: I do not find this aesthetic at all? The avenue should either run parallel, or it is to become proportionately wider, and the lines should indeed diverge proportionately to the rate of which a parallel running alley seemingly becomes narrower. In this way, an avenue would, from the starting point, have the appearance of a rectangle, or of a perfectly parallel path to the end. Such a system would reveal more science and spirit, than such an apparent collapse of an alley.
31,3. This is indeed true; such a layout must appear oppressive to the eye, especially in such a long avenue as this one. But the people who have created this avenue have a much higher purpose connected with it than that of aesthetics. And so these three avenues denote the transition of the material into the spiritual, inner life completely perfectly, practically and correctly.
31,4. But how is this to be understood? We will be able to work this out easily; for similar things are also found on your earth, though not exactly expressed by an avenue. Certain examples will give us an idea of this matter on the occasion of the passing through this third avenue, in which there is not much to be seen in any case.
31,5. Let's say a man who is knowledgeable in his craft, writes a book about his subject. This book begins with a preface which is rather broad, dull and boring, and usually more extensive than the intellectual and subject matter of the subsequent work itself. This preface is gradually narrowed down to a very simple and, at the same time, not uncommon practical conclusion in only a few words, which was formerly unnecessarily and extensively extrapolated on in the whole preface. Now, fortunately, the preface is done. This is followed by a blank, white sheet, on which sometimes nothing, but sometimes with large letters, the important word: 'Introduction' is written. If this fatal leaf is turned over, an even broader introduction than was the preface, begins all over again. In this introduction, as in the preface, there is nothing but a somewhat general praise and recommendation of the subsequent principal work. What is the end of this lengthy introduction? Usually with the same expression: we will no longer surrender ourselves with these considerations, but proceed to the main subject; the honored reader will find everything properly illuminated there, which could only briefly be mentioned in this introduction. And that is the end.
31,6. Why, then, did the author begin his introduction so broadly, and then narrow it down so terribly? Could he omit them altogether? We can neither affirm nor deny this question, for its purpose is good; whether it is also suitable for the purpose of the reader, the reader will most easily determine when he has read through the whole work.
31,7. After this introduction comes the principal work itself. What will happen in this, which also begins again very broadly and with great promise? Certainly nothing else but what has been said in the preface and in the introduction, only with much more words. And so the geographer ends his work with the presentation of a usually very insignificant dwelling; because for big places he has a better place, they are always closer to the beginning.
31,8. The mathematician places at the end of his deeply considered work, a few short, unresolved calculations, usually the last of which is the least of all.
31,9. The historian also saves the most unimportant fact for the very last page of the page, while at the beginning he drew a terribly wide glance over the whole surface of the earth; and so, with the exception of the Word of God, you may look at almost all the works, and you will find that they end up quite narrow in the end. - That would be an example, which is hopefully well illuminated.
31,10. Let us consider the construction of a house, a tower, or a church; how broad it is at the beginning, and in the end the house ends in a converging roof, the tower in its top, and the church also usually into a very pointed roof. This example requires no further illumination; for the daily sight provides the right explanation.
31,11. A third example gives you the consideration of your ceremonial worship. The men come from the so-called sacristy, with great pomp, organizes themselves in front of the altar, as in the background of the church, the musical chorus performance swells wider and broader; but with time, after the third part of the ceremony, the determined parts are already shorter and usually less meaningful, and where would expect the greatest breadth, namely, on the occasion of the so-called "exit procession", it becomes ever narrower, until finally everything get lost in the extremely short "Ite, messa est."
31,12. A so-called act of you begins not infrequently with a mystery, and usually terminates in an exceedingly insignificantly blind marriage. So, too, your musical pieces, including the musical instruments, start very broadly, and often end so narrowly that one would have to seriously say: for this last, very simple outcome, it was not worth so much fuss. So also your scale begins with a thunder-like, wide-floating, deep bass tone and ends in the finest chords with a very fine and narrow thin tone. Do you already have enough examples?
31,13. But as we have not yet arrived at the end of the avenue, but are in an already quite right in it's narrowness, we may add an example to the great abundance, in order to give a very bright light to our cause; for in the spirit, it is as in the world. In the world, people never have too much money; and if any man have so much, he shall not refuse to add more. Likewise, one never has too much light in spirit; likewise, the sage wishes to be still wiser. That is why this example will not be superfluous to us since it increases the light.
31,14. But what is this example? This is very close to you; you can only look into the present education of your children, and you have already have the whole example in a nutshell. What great and broad plans a usual couple often make for their children? The son has to study and, besides master all kinds of other arts and crafts; and for the daughter at least half a dozen masters run into the house. It seems as if the son should become a ruler, and the daughter a wife of a ruler. At last the son has completed his course of study, and the daughter has escaped from the masters' claws with all sorts of meaningless skills. But what happens now?
31,15. The well-educated and well-studied son is pushed into a narrow office on a narrow trainee bank, from where no great future can be seen, and of the daughter is said: "Now we must give her some domestic education. If you consider this position only somewhat reasonably, the ever-narrower avenue of the human life, which is so broadly projected at the beginning, cannot possibly escape you.
31,16. But for the son, soon after his very narrow praxis sphere, a somewhat wider office avenue of office begins again, and the daughter is married to a man of whom at first very much was expected. But the son's sphere of office diminishes at last in the pension fund, and the prospects of the married daughter do not gain in breadth, but, like her feminine advantages, gradually vanish, and she becomes narrower in the end.
31,17. Now, what is the end of the third avenue of life? I mean, I need not describe this to you: you can only go to the nearest cemetery, where you will find a lot of offshoots of broadly begun human avenues of life.
31,18. And see, in the same sense, these sun-men build everything just as it perfectly corresponds to living conditions.
31,19. Once the people of the earth also built similarly. The so-called Egyptian pyramids are still testimony to this; for these magnificent buildings were nothing but the tombs of great and mighty men. The bigger and more powerful one was, the larger pyramid he built himself as a tomb. - Whoever wishes to measure them at the bottom, would encounter significant differences; but at the top, all ran to a completely narrow tip.
31,20. We find similar wisdom on a much more significant scale here, too, in this world of light, where people especially of this district, are true primordial sages. - However, what will come next, will provide us with enlightenment about it.
31,21. But as, on this occasion, we have returned to the desired, very narrow end of the avenue here, we shall now again take a brave look ahead, and see whether there is any obstacle presented which could bend our straight line. Until now, besides the great ring wall, which is close to us, I see no obstacle, so we can move about this remaining free plain quite unhindered as far as the wall. But how things will be when we get to the wall, experience itself will show, let us therefore courageously walk up to the wall!
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