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Continuation of the sun journey - palace complex corresponds to the conditions of the human being
32,1. It is about a distance of two miles, or eight thousand klafters of your field measure. This stretch is flat, and one can see nothing on this surface which may represent some obstacle. For from our present standpoint, apart from a circle of small pyramids, there is nothing to be discovered. The pyramids, however, stand so far apart, and are not on our line, that we cannot regard them as an obstacle, except it there would be something behind the pyramids. But I say, short and sweet, we are going towards it, and the way will show what we might yet encounter.
32,2. If I were not your guest here, but you were mine, we would have been at our destination long ago; but I must share your uncertainty and inconclusiveness with you. Therefore, the march goes a little slower. But no harm is done; for we know how to make use of the somewhat hesitant way, with the grace of the Lord.
32,3. It is also very pleasant to walk on this greenish-blue velvety floor, and so we can take pleasure in the slightly longer journey time. We are anyway already closer to at least half of the remarkable main building in the center of this circular wall, and so we direct our eyes straight ahead. We have already reached the pyramid rows, as you can see, and there is still no other obstacle than the ring wall, which is constantly rising as a result of our approach. This, we now come to see, is by no means continuous, but consists of nothing but columns, presenting an exceedingly splendid sight.
32,4. Oh, look, there are three galleries of columns on top of each other; but the pillars seems to be placed very close together. Let us go there quickly and not lose courage! I think that we soon shall see this great apparent obstacle to be no obstacle at all; for notice that the spaces between the pillars become more noticeable and perceptible as we get closer; and see, in front of the columns, a joint staircase is placed, with which one can at least reach the lowest gallery from every side.
32,5. Yes, just look, the pillars are quite far apart, and we can confidently go through them between the rows. Yes, yes, my dear friends and brothers, so it is. Every good labor is worth its wage; we bravely rushed towards it, and where we thought we would find the greatest obstacle, we find none at all. We have reached the end of this splendid staircase, which, according to my knowledge, is made of pure red transparent gold and is covered for the pedestrians between the pillars with a material which has hitherto not occurred on this world-body.
32,6. There are but twelve steps; we shall easily go up with them. So just go up! We are in the gallery. Look at the floor pavement of this gallery; does it not it look as if the round, wide, surface with diameter of ten fathoms of your measure are of finely ground diamond ? - Look at it keenly, it does not look like a composition at all, not a fragment to be seen, but it is a solid unit. Then consider the pillars that form the inner circle. Each has a spiral staircase made of the most precious rubies. Each staircase has the most delicate railings of white gold, and on top of the many bars of the railings are placed, bright, radiant blue balls, emitting a wonderful light.
32,7. You would like to know why all the columns has such identical spiral staircases around them? The first reason is evident: in order to reach the second gallery; but that does not mean that every column had to be provided with such a spiral staircase.
32,8. The reason lies in the wisdom of these people, according to which everyone may be able to go higher, without anyone being a hindrance to anyone else; for these pillars represent the teachers or leaders. For noleader or teacher should be so inclined that one would not be able to rise higher under his guidance, likewise may no column lack a rising spiral staircase.
32,9. You are now however asking why and for what reason, is the outer row of columns not equipped with staircases? See, this is again grounded in the wisdom of these men, according to which the outer row of columns also represents teachers; but teachers of nature, that is, teachers in external things. These, however, can not raise anybody with their doctrines, therefore are these outer columns without staircases.
32,10. If you can look at what you want, you will find everywhere the most perfect and intimate correspondences with the external as well as the internal conditions of man. Therefore has the path from our last avenue been quite monotonous. There was nothing but the beautiful ground and the somewhat sparse, not very considerable row of pyramids, followed by the happy enlargement in the spacious colonnades of the ring wall, which we had formerly thought to be a great hindrance, and rising above it, a view of half of the main building in the center. But that was all we encountered on the voyage over the open plains.
32,11. You think that there is very little important correspondence behind this very simple phenomenon. But I tell you, there is something very deeply hidden in this very boring journey. Of course we encountered little; but according to your saying that the wise needs little, and can find something great in the same, this little thing is so arranged that it can be perfectly adequate for us to behold with one glance. For you to get some idea of it, I will give you beforehand a few small examples, in which you can easily find its depth yourselves.
32,12. From the three avenues, that is, after the three degrees of humiliation of the body, soul and spirit, we have suddenly entered the free space or correspondingly into the inner freedom of the spirit, and that with the means which the Lord Himself has prescribed for us. These means are the external wisdom of the teaching of the Lord, which man must first observe, until he attains to the inner spiritual free consciousness.
32,13. Glorious is the ground on which one is walking, free and without obstacle, and blue is its color, full of gentle splendor; so is also the free consciousness of the spirit, which manifests itself in an unchangeable stability. But placed in the center of the free space, are pyramids. These are tombs; what do they depict? You might say: Perhaps the complete death of the world. This, my dear brothers and friends, is already happening during the trip through the three avenues.
32,14. These pyramids, however, show here only the deliberate abandon of external wisdom, and that there is no longer any obstacle to be expected in this sphere, correspondingly to the fact that man has deliberately freed himself of being able to sin before God. For every spirit, which has nothing external adhering to it anymore, can no longer sin, and for this reason, is pure.
32,15. Why then? Because he has become fully one with the Lord! I need say no more on this; for if a man does what the Lord wills and does, he will not sin.
32,16. When we were very near to the exit from the last avenue, the splendid colonnades still seemed to us like a solid, insurmountable ring-wall; that is, a dreadful line, offering no prospect. But when we were beyond the pyramids, the wall began to dissolve into separate pillars; and after a very short period of travel, it became a great glory, and no obstacle, as we had formerly feared for some time.
32,17. What does this represent? Consider the death of your body. This is surely the most feared moment for every person still living outwardly, that is, the strongest obstacle to life. It is also certain for everyone, as long as he does not have the pyramid row behind him.
32,18. But if a man has laid down his faux external wisdom and have fully taken hold of the Lord in his spirit, then this feared obstacle becomes a most glorious sight, and all will have the most fervent desire to accede the twelve steps as quickly as possible, to get to the lower gallery.
32,19. Where do the twelve steps come from? These represent the ten commandments of Moses, and then the two commandments of love from the mouth of the Lord. The three superimposed galleries represent: natural in the spiritual, spiritual in the spiritual, and heavenly in the spiritual. I think that after this explanation, you will now fully comprehend the phenomena on the walk over the bare plain, to the partial view of the central building, which signifies the grace of the Lord, and is only visible beforehand, until the galleries and the main cause becomes visible, which is the love of the Lord, or the Lord Himself in His Personality. Since we know this, we move on again.
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