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Third floor - Forms and colors correspond to the formation of the mind
36,1. We have reached this fourth gallery, or the third floor. The fact that everything here is still more glorious and transfigured than in the previous floors, need scarcely be mentioned.
36,2. A glimpse into these gleaming galleries, illuminated in a thousand flaming radiating colors, shows us with more than spoken clarity the unspeakable beauty of this fourth gallery; but the odd vessel in the pillar-circle deserves closer attention. Look at it carefully, and from all sides, and you will have to say in the end: Indeed, this looks more like a boat than any garden pot. And yet this boat-like vessel is filled with a reddish-blue shimmering earth, from which, in the center of the vessel, a very sound tree has grown, the stem of which is blindingly white of color, and smooth as polished silver. But the branches and leaves on it resemble the branches and leaves of a fig-tree on the earth; but the branches are brilliantly red as corals in the bottom of the sea, and the leaves are blue-green, and the edges are brimmed with small strips of gold, and buds above the leaves looks like they are very much ready to burst open.
36,3. The boat-like pot, however, appears to be of bright red gold, and is bordered on the edge with a relatively firm banister, made of transparent gold, which has a railing of small, inwardly bent tubes which continuously drips and as we can see, moistens the soil in the vessel. The water has a pleasant smell, like the finest nardus oil. And the floor of the pillar-circle seems to be made of a mass similar to that of the great courtyard between the three-fold ring-gallery and this main central building; for one can look every which way, the surface seems to be constantly waving and undulating, and yet we certainly know that it is solid.
36,4. The individual pillars of this circle is peculiar. Their color is light gray, but transparent, and in the middle of each pillar is an apparent red, transparent glow, flowing up and down in winding tubes, like a red transparent liquid, giving the pillar a unique, peculiarly sublime appearance. What is also remarkable here is that all the other pillar-circles and their pillars look exactly the same in every aspect. In every center is a vessel of this kind, with a tree, and everywhere we discover, in the middle of the pillars, winding tubes, in which uniform red fluid ascends and descends. The circular staircase within these pillar-circles are here apparently somewhat steeper than in the previous ones, and appear to be from a material which resemblesour dark green glass, except that the glass of the earth has no natural light, and thus do not positively glow in itself with such a vivid color.
36,5. So it is true, my dear friends and brethren; but what does it all say? We do not want hang around for too long without addressing this case according to the right order.
36,6. With regard to the tree standing in this ship-like pot, we have already learned in the former gallery that it is transplanted here from the vase there, if it has reached the proper size. What then happens to him here, if he too becomes too big for this container? We have already seen similar avenues. When it has borne its fruits, the fruits are gathered, and the tree is easily moved out to the avenues and other groups of trees, where he can continue to flourish and bear abundant fruit. When it has fulfilled its time there, its wood is taken, its branches, and its foliage, and it is all laid upon the altar, which you first saw in the avenue, and then set alight on this altar, and thus offered unto God. This would be the fate of the tree; - but we still have the container before us.
36,7. Why is this such a ship-like form? Because the ship also here on this world-body portable vehicle on the surface of the waters. But the tree is planted in it to show that this is not the place it should stay. The billowing floor seems to suggest a still insecure foundation on which one can base himself. The gray color of the pillars signifies the nostalgia of the still unstable life of the tree, and the red surging juice in the winding tubes indicates that true life must be in the midst of all external strength when the external life becomes firm and permanent, it is intended to provide a permanent support and free movement of inner life. Hence the form and nature of the pillars of such a pillar circle.
36,8. The staircase, which is somewhat steeper, shows that the progress is more difficult, with sometimes more resistance, on a non-solid ground than if one were to walk over solid land. In a more understandable way: the staircase, which is somewhat steeper, shows that man, when he has once become an independent moral being, proceeds forwards and upwards with more difficulty with drops of insight, than the red fluid which easily rises and falls in the center of the pillar, which is still veiled in the free moral man, but still shows clearly enough, which way is the most suitable and the least cumbersome to attain the true height of life.
36,9. Through the tubes, which bend inward from the railing of the boat-like container, we see drops falling to humidify the earth; but an unbroken mass of juice is continually rising and falling in the center of the pillars. What does this show? The drops from the tubes are the external insights and are, in a sense, never a whole, but always bits and pieces. Through them also the outer lifeform is built, but not the inner life itself.
36,10. Man is thus indeed well formed by all sorts of knowledge, but in all his cultivated education, he remains a scattered man, but not a united man, and as such resembles a tree which grows in a container, where it has no strength, and for him in this way is still no permanence. The best thing about him is when he brings good fruit on the many and colorful branches of his external knowledge; these are kept, but the tree is not. But the pillar, which lets a united life rise in its midst, continues to be a firm, glorious support for the kingdom of God.
36,11. See, all this is depicted by this pillar-circle standing here in front of us on this fourth gallery; and you may deduct from this knowledge the very easy conclusion that people who perform their buildings in such a high correspondence of life must surely be exceedingly wise. This is also reflected by their radiant beauty. These people, who live in this fourth gallery, also have correspondence with everything you see here. They are exceedingly wise and beautiful, which is greater than all we have seen so far.
36,12. We will therefore not look at them either, for the sight of them might bring you more harm than good, for, as I have already remarked, you must be made frigidly dull beforehand by the great splendor and wisdom in the contemplation of this central building before you will be able to take into account these people who live in many thousands in these huge buildings. And so we shall go up again, to the fourth floor, or to the fifth gallery, and see there again more of the splendor, glory and wisdom of these people. And so we ascend with these, even if only a little, steeper stairs.
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