SSUN2-42

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Chapter 42

Seventh floor - Absolute wisdom appears transparent and impenetrable like diamond

42,1. See, our ascent has gone better than you thought. We are, as you see, already on the seventh floor or on the eighth gallery. How do you find this place?

42,2. You say, dear friend, here it looks very airy; the pillars of the circles are as if from the finest transparent glass, the ground on which we are standing is likewise of a blue-whitish matter, which is very smooth and glossy. The balustrades, which enclose this gallery from the pillar to pillar, are also made of a very transparent material, so that one can look through it with a very insignificant weakening of the light of the eye, and when we look upwards to the ceiling, we see the same light-blue matter, which also appears to be quite transparent; because you can see places quite easily on the next gallery above.

42,3. Yes, my dear friends and brothers, that is all right. You would like to know whether this very strongly transparent matter is of the same firmness as the somewhat less transparent matter of the lower floors? I tell you, you can be fully assured of it; for the more transparent in the hard state some matter is here, the more solid is it in its parts.

42,4. You say: It would indeed be according to proper building order to lay the foundation with the solid matter, which must bear the whole load of the building, and the less solid, even though less transparent, in the upper parts of such a building, where the building becomes increasingly lighter:

42,5. You judge rightly according to your custom, and the building order on your earth body would thus certainly be better-taken care of; but in another world operates a different building code. You nevertheless know that hard objects are brittle and less giving, while the softer ones still have great firmness, but are more flexible, less frail, and can thus withstand without injury greater pressure than the completely hard objects. Think of what might be harder: a ball of solid glass, or a ball of solid copper? In order to cut or scratch the copper, it is true that one do not need the hardest cutting tools; with an ordinary bread knife you can cut or scrape off quite significant pieces from it without effort. In order to damage the glass ball, you need very hard objects such as the finest quartz, the hardest, finest steel or diamond. Now take both balls, put a weight of a thousand hundredweight on each, and give both a perfectly hard support. The glass ball will be crushed to white dust, but the copper one will escape with little flattening under the pressure.

42,6. From this example, you can see why the harder materials have been used for the top of this building. At the bottom they would most likely have had the fortune of the glass ball under the weight of a thousand hundredweight; but here they are fully capable and strong enough to carry the load resting above them, and we have nothing to fear because our weight.

42,7. But the fact that everything here becomes harder, more brittle, and more transparent, has an important meaning, but we cannot say too much about how hard materials can never be broken even into big chunks by the hardest tools. The diamond on your earth is surely the hardest and at the same time the most transparent body; but those who grind it, or cut it according to your art-speech, will tell you exactly what it takes to remove only atomic parts from it.

42,8. See, so it is with the ever-purer wisdom; a chunk of it is harder to consume and disassemble than a whole world of love. One might say that such wisdom is like a box full of fleas, which, when the box is opened, bounce away in great haste, and asks for a great deal of dexterity to catch but a few of thousands. Hence, as has been said, the hard and transparent character of the material of this seventh floor or of this eighth gallery cannot be said to be too much.

42,9. But so much is certain and clear that the objects in the light of wisdom, that is, of absolute wisdom become ever more transparent, but always more and more impenetrable; and the higher they rise, the more transparent and harder they are, so that, in the end, one is standing and walking on the solid matter, but one no longer sees due to their transparency. So it is also the case with absolute wisdom. One has a reason to be on one's ground; but that is all to be said of it. If you would examine it more closely with your eyes, the longer you observe such a body, the more you will lose it in the light of your eyes, and what you have seen at first sight, will no longer be there.

42,10. Is it not precisely the case with the absolute wisdom? Yes, you may know this from many experiences. If, however, the matter is still not sufficiently clear to you how the absolute wisdom behaves correspondingly to the material of this great house of habitation, I will give you a little chunk of wisdom, and you may gnaw at it as you like, and you will amount to nothing. And so listen:

42,11. Seven circles are intertwined; the circles penetrate, the penetrated ones gets consumed, and the consumed ones elevate themselves in those who are not consumed, and the seven circles have no measure and no center. They are seven without end; a number which penetrates the circle of the seven, and the seven, the one!

42,12. Look, this is such a crumb of absolute wisdom! In a few words I have told you so immensely much that you would not be able to deal with it with ordinary concepts for all eternity. But if you read the wisdom sentence, it will seem to you at first as if you had to come to some, if not total, then partial solution. But try to scrape and work on it, and set the microscope of your mind to this matter; the more you will give up on it, the more airy the matter becomes and the less apparent is in it, and it automatically disappears more and more from the light of your mind.

42,13. I think you will have enough to come to the conclusion that there is not much to be done for a still bound spirit with absolute wisdom. Therefore, we are only as handsome as the diet which the good Holy Father prepared and blessed for us; but at the time when your mind becomes more unbound, you will also be capable to bite of greater chunks of the absolute food more than at present. But little is sufficient for the wise, we shall be fully satisfied with the smaller bits which will be presented to us on these wisdom-galleries. But we still have here the ornamental pillar of the pillar-circle; consider it, and we will then see how much we can deduct from it.


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