SSUN2-37

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Chapter 37

Fourth Floor - The ordinary man and the divine-spiritual man

37,1. Here we are already on the fifth gallery or on the fourth floor. What do you see here, which is quite different from the previous gallery? You say: The most striking difference here is a white, rather high pyramid, also placed in the middle of the pillar-circle. The top of the pyramid is curiously enough for us, for the first time adorned with a small statue, representing a naked human being. This statue has a reddish-white color and is so beautifully shaped in its juvenile measures, that one could easily believe that it is alive. We have not yet seen a similar presentation since we came on this world body.

37,2. The rest of this fourth floor, or the fifth gallery, it is not so much different from the lower gallery, except for the floor of this gallery being a flaming blue color, the pillars of reddish-white, like the statue on the top of the pyramid, and the solid wall of the main building, a dark red, is quite different from the previous gallery. But we must confess that we are already so dulled to the great splendor and glory of the colors, that we no longer pay much attention to such differences. But this ornamental structure of this pillar-circle is rather foreign to us, since we have not yet seen anything like this on this world-body, as we have said. It could surely not be a mere ornament, but have to have some meaning, and we will discover it by closer by experience.

37,3. Well, my dear friends and brethren, your remark, and your wish is right, perfect, and good, and so listen to me; I will try to discover the meaning of this ornament within you. What does the pyramid mean? I have already told you the importance of it on another occasion. But if you wish to bring out the meaning as it is well founded here, consider how a pyramid has been constructed in its form, and what its purpose is, and you will be able to see a very effective indication about the meaning of this ornament within you ,

37,4. The pyramid is broad at the base, and ends in a point at the top; so shall also be the just, humble life of man. How man's life develops, we have seen in the preceding galleries in the tree, which develops from a small seed and spreads itself wider with its branches and twigs. The human being likewise spreads himself in his various basic skills and henceforth acquired manifold insights, but also with all kinds of desires.

37,5. But what happens over time with this expanded man? He is taken out of his fluctuating ground and buried behind the site of the graves, in the avenue of trials. Or, in clearer words, everything belonging to matter is again intertwined with matter, and no one cares for those fruits produced for still some time, through assimilation of matter. Only those fruits which the tree carried in the containers are preserved as substantial.

37,6. See, so it is with man. What he has done good in the time of his life, which is like a spread tree, is preserved. But when man dies, his body is buried, and thus all his worldly knowledge goes with him. Does the body remain without the fruit in the tomb? Oh no; on its many branches and twigs are still a great number of worms, which gradually become masters of the tree on which they were produced, and then gradually absorbs it to the last atom. The worms themselves, however, have in themselves other guests, which gradually transform them into the mud of the earth and finally into the earth itself.

37,7. This is the image of an ordinary worldly human being. Through this pyramid, however, an unusual man is represented. But this unusual man is in fact presenting a man as he should be in the depth of his being. How then?

37,8. The man who has spread himself begins to unite his knowledge and his desires more and more to a single point, and this point is God on high! The more he focuses in on Him who has created him unto a free life, the narrower the circles of his knowledge and desires are driven and drawn; and this for as long as it takes man to reach the point or culminating point of humility out of total self-denial of all his secular desires.

37,9. What does the pyramid then become for the human spirit who finds himself at the top of humility? It becomes what it was for the ancient Egyptians, namely, a tomb for all his knowledge, desires, and passions, which became completely dead unto the world.

37,10. But what do we see here above the top of the pyramid? A very well-formed little figure of a man of reddish-white color. Behold, a splendid picture of the rebirth of man! From humility and complete self-denial, that is, from the top of the pyramid, he emerges. How did he get to the top? This shows its color; by faith and love to God! And his small and perfect form says as much as what the Lord once said unto us, His disciples: "If ye shall not be like the little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of God."

37,11. The extremely soft plastic shows the gentleness; the strength of the material the small statue is formed of, but shows that man has only advanced into the unchanging strength of eternal life in such a true rebirth of the spirit.

37,12. The flaming blue floor also signifies the simple but stable ground for eternal life. The pillars of the same color, however, signify the supporting pillars, which are the true, living faith in God the Lord, and the love for Him.

37,13. See, this is the most significant meaning of this ornament. Let us now go to the sixth gallery or, as we know it, the fifth floor. There we will again encounter a higher degree of wisdom of the inhabitants of this central building.

37,14. You would like to have a look at the present inhabitants of this fourth floor. But I say to you, "Let this desire pass away, for you can not yet bear such an exalted sight, even less than in the earlier galleries. At the right time, however, we shall enter into a closer encounter with the inhabitants of this whole building; and so we will not tarry, but will, as I have said, go straight to the fifth floor or to the sixth gallery.


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