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Ascent from love into wisdom
40,1. I notice that you have looked at everything well, and now you can also reveal what you have seen; and so you say what you saw on this seventh gallery, or on the sixth floor, as something particularly conspicuous. I can tell you that you are not yet quite familiar with this mode of representation, and you can not describe the thing you looked at properly; therefore I must help you somewhat.
40,2. First things first, my dear friends and brethren, you can see the rounding of this seventh gallery, while in the lower galleries, you have not been able to perceive the form, due to the great size. Secondly, you will notice that the pillar-circles here are no longer of the considerable extent as in the earlier galleries; also does a pillar-circle no longer consist of thirty pillars, but only of twenty pillars, and the inner space is therefore also somewhat more limited. Thirdly, you notice that here the floor is light red, the columns, the walls, and the ceiling are light blue, but the doors in the walls of the main building are a dark crimson red. In all this you do not notice any flames, though instead a very strong glow, and you say in yourselves: with regard to the outward splendor of this present gallery, it is a bit less than the previous; but for the balustrades of the gallery and the ornamentation of the pillar-circles, these are at least at first sight, very much the same as the preceding ones.
40,3. Firstly is this gallery made up of nothing but stars, with which whole fixed decorations are formed, and then made into a useful whole. The stars are of very bright brilliancy, and they radiate in a thousandfold colors, and the circular staircase within the pillar-circle seems to be composed only of stars, and no other solid material can be seen between these stars. This is, however, also the extent to which our language is sufficient to portray what we see here. But as far as the central ornamentation of the circle is concerned, it is an object which is too high above the horizon of our language, therefore we can not describe this object.
40,4. Yes, yes, my dear friends and brethren, that is what I have already remarked on at the beginning, and I have perceived that the description of this subject may be a little difficult for you. That's why I passed it over at first. And so give attention! We should like to present this ornamental object as exact as possible, so observe it with full take it with all attentiveness.
40,5. We are now as close as possible; and then look down at the floor of the pillar-circle. What do we see? A single circle of stars, seven klafter in circumference, in the order of the colors of a rainbow, and the width of the circle is three spans. Within this circle, a violet altar rises to a height of six spans and has a circumference of about three men's klafter, after the outstretched hand measure. The upper, rounded edge is bordered with a small railing of flaming gold; on top of the border is a half-span high railing, composed of pure round, glossy white pillars. Above the railing pillars is again a broad hoop made of transparent crimson gold, over which, just at the places under which the pillars are placed, there are small, perfectly round dark blue balls, and each of these spheres has a small circle of stars around its middle.
40,6. But from the middle of the railed surface of this altar rises a perfect light-green pillar, and above this pillar is a great circle composed of stars. Within this circle, a large number of geometrical figures are composed of bright red and white stars, which, together with their circle surrounding them, creates a very mysteriously impressive sight.
40,7. Another circle hangs from the ceiling on a massive golden cord; it hangs not upright, but horizontally and is of equal size with the upright one, standing on the green center pillar, but looks very much the same in every other respect. See, that is the form of the ornament of this pillar-circle, which you had difficulty to describe.
40,8. You say: Dear friend and brother in the Lord! Everything is very sublime, beautiful and good; but this ornamentation, like the former, will surely also have a profound meaning, as you have already described;but what significance does this one have? That is another question. If we were to discuss it, we would have done enough, if we had coped with the description, and would have left the correspondence to eternally better times. But since you have helped us out of so many embarrassments, we are here also firmly convinced that even in this case it would not be too difficult for you to give us a little light about it.
40,9. Yes, my dear friends and brothers, we are here on the first step of about half the height of this building, and we are already dealing with objects of pure wisdom. So far we have been basically, that is, in love, but now we go out of love into wisdom, which is a just way before God. But since objects of wisdom about the most significant are more difficult to grasp than objects of love, we must be a bit more collected here, in order not to be thrown out of the saddle, as you say.
40,10. You indeed say that you do not really see the reason for this, since the highest wisdom is also present in love; if we can grasp it by being united with love, will it not also be easy for us to work through all things. Yes, my dear friends and brothers, you judge otherwise quite correctly; but this time I must tell you that you have already hit only air. But that you may not only hear this from me alone, but also understand it yourselves as clear as the sun, I will give you a few examples which will suffice to confirm my statement. and so listen!
40,11. If you walk on your earth-body, and encounter numerous objects, all of which are well lit by the sun, you will not find one whom you can not touch and carry with your hands unless its weight exceeds your strength; no one can therefore say that he is not capable of picking things up, and when you take hold of it, you also picks up its light together with it. But now try to take hold of the free light and carry it around in bundles. I think this will be a little difficult.
40,12. If the light is already bound to a solid body which corresponds to love, then you can take hold of the light together with the body, and then carry it back and forth at your pleasure; but as already noted, the free light does not allow such an act. That would be a good example. Let us consider another, from which it will be evident that man can enjoy the light, and be able to make use of it in a corporeal manner; but only on the way of the Divine order. But how this is done, we shall now show with the following example.
40,13. Out of what and from where does the full ripeness of the fruit of the tree and the wheat come? You say: Undeniably from the light and from the warmth associated with the light. You have answered well. We know therefore that a fruit is a product of light and warmth.
40,14. The light, however, allows itself to be taken captive by the heat, and the more heat, the more light will be imprisoned. And from these two, a full-fledged fruit comes forth, which you can then enjoy, and in this way, with the fruit which is enjoyed, with the lightest effort from the world, the captured light necessarily arises in you, and this captive light is also that etheric substance , which gives your organism the life-giving food.
40,15. Could not somebody say that if this is manifestly and surely correct, then one would only be able to oppose the luminous sun, and diligently absorb the light into oneself, sparing oneself to have to eat. But I say: It is only a trial. The sun-meal is also already known; that a person should only stick to a pure sun-meal for ten days, and already on the second day his organism will tell him how much of the food he has absorbed.
40,16. From this example, however, you can see more clearly than from the previous, that the light alone cannot be enjoyed in its free state, and that no one can be satiated by it. But only when it is caught in the Divine order by the Divine power, it becomes enjoyable and nourishing. For this reason, man is to capture all his world-light in his heart, wherever it is bound by the warmth of life, and from this light he will receive a right food for his spirit. Here we must likewise firstly take into captivity the pure forms of wisdom by our love of the Lord, and then we shall be able to look at the development of the same in ourselves, and so prepare ourselves an efficient meal. The Lord will also open this altar to us, as He opened it for us in the avenue.
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