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Absolute wisdom is not useful for a bound spirit
43,1. I notice that you have been done a proper visual investigation of the ornamental room, and have looked at it quite intensely from atom to atom; therefore it will not be difficult for you to speak about, and to describe it as fully as you have looked at it. So you can begin with the description of this ornamentation. But it appears to me that you will not be able to finish the examination. What is it about the ornaments that fixes your eyes on it? Is it probably the ornament itself or are its parts?
43,2. I clearly notice why you cannot finish the observation. The ornamentation of this pillar-circle is unstable, and you do not know what to make of the constantly changing form. Yes, yes, this ornament is a true kaleidoscope, in which every form of turning is different, and the previous ones do not re-appear again. I tell you therefore also:
43,3. It will help you little; if you wish to look at this ornament for a whole eternity, you will never come to a final form, but instead, the disappeared forms always get replaced with even more peculiar forms. Hence you can only describe the form of the ornament itself, which is static, and let the inner changing forms be. So what is it then?
43,4. You say here, dear friend and brother, the whole ornament in and of itself is of a very simple kind, as far as we can see with our eyes. A glass globe is placed in a simple gold ring of more than two klafter in diameter, as in the case of a heavenly or earth globe within a moving brass meridian. The ball is continually rotating within this large ring, which it almost completely fills. The ring is not at all fixed on the floor, but is attached to a massive gold cord, which is embedded with stars, reaching from the ceiling to the height of a man. With every slight twist, new forms appear in this large, transparent glass-globe, which are rather dull,yet colorful, and the forms are not so often so attractive that one cannot stop looking at them. But as soon as one want to take hold of a form to look at it, it is no more; and another, having no resemblance to the preceding one takes its place; and this goes on and on.
43,5. But when one would think to again see a form which have just formed at a certain point, again at the next rotation, you are greatly mistaken; for there will be no trace left of a form which was once observed. This is, dear friends and brothers, all that we have discovered in this strange ornament to be highly remarkable.
43,6. We can easily see from here that the other pillar-circles also have the same ornament, we can see quite well from this point. The question here therefore is: who is driving this sphere continually round its axis, and what does this whole ornament mean?
43,7. My dear friends and brothers! See, there is already hangs a fatal, absolute chunk of wisdom on this ornament, from which you, with your insight, will not be able to bite much off of it. As to the rotation of this sphere, it is easy to explain and understand.
43,8. If you only know that the large, perfect round rod is internally hollow, and a very cleverly calculated mechanism, which can be regarded as a true "perpetuum mobile," is placed at the point where the spindle of the ball is inserted into the hoop, by which precisely this transparent sphere, which appears to be made of the finest glass, is brought into a continually equal rotation, then you can be completely satisfied with this answer.
43,9. You would like to know more about the driving force of such a perpetuum-mobile mechanism. If you would know this, which is not going to be too difficult to explain, you will still not understand the ornament any bit better than without an explanation.
43,10. But I see that you are very eager about the perpetuum-mobile mechanism; so I must inform you somewhat; do imagine yourselves some indestructible material, which is only present on such world-bodies as on this central sun. Such a material cannot be found on the your earth, because all the earthly materials originate from an inexplicably lower degree of light and heat than those of such a central solar world.
43,11. If we keep this in mind, then the representation of this mechanism is of the simplest kind imaginable. What does it look like? See, about the lower third of this completely sealed ring is filled with an indestructible liquid, about the kind and composition, which you could possibly compare with an exceedingly purified mercury in a perfectly transparent and exceedingly easily fluid state. From the top of the ring, however, a so-called "polyorganon" descends into the liquid, but only on the one side.
43,12. This polyorganon, according to its powerful attraction to the liquid, sucks it up. This polyorganon, however, reaches down to one-third of the whole ring on the opposite side of the ring, and lets the fluid which was sucked up on the other, side drip down this side. Before the end of the polyorganon, a funnel-like droplet collector is installed, the lower tube of which is directed to a well-calculated spoon-like blade. This scoop is fastened directly to the spindle on which the sphere itself is suspended. When a small spoon has been filled by one or more falling drops, the little spoon is, of course, heavier, then descends, and in this way swings around the whole large sphere. If the little spoon has poured out its liquid down low, another is filled and sinks again. And since the polyorganon absorbs the fluid at the same rate as it can be dripped down on the spoons, the perpetual motion is, under the conditions given above, extremely easily possible, if you consider that this matter, from which the spindle and, Ornament, is not capable of wear, and thus no friction. The smoothness of the spindle and of the cylinder in which the spindle is running is so great, that it does not pose the slightest resistance to the rotation. It is as if such a spindle were moving in the purest aether. And since the large glass-like sphere also hangs in the spindle in a highly mathematical precise spherical manner, its rest is already sufficiently disturbed by the weight of a small drop. Such a product, however, does not belong to the category of miracles for these most wise men.
43,13. You say that this perpetuum-mobile mechanism is now quite complete; but the constant change of form in the glass sphere, we shall hardly understand. Yes, my dear friends and brothers, there will certainly be a little problem; but it is impossible to gain any insight into it. On your earth body such a representation would probably be a pure impossibility, because on the earth body, the most varied so-called imponderable substances cannot be permanently retained; but this is easily possible on a central solar world.
43,14. And so you have learned from experience that this ball is internally hollow, but is filled with all kinds of such imponderable basic materials. At the slightest rotation, these substances intermingle continually, without being completely mixed with each other due to their differences. By this mixing, however, new formations of the shapes takes place continually, which must necessarily change in the course of a continual, perpetual revolution of the glass sphere. You can see on your earth-body something similar on great scale, where also the imponderable substances within the great air-ball, which naturally surrounds theentire body of the earth, continually bring new forms into appearance. But these imponderable substances stand on the earth-body on a much less active potency than on such a central sun; hence its structure is usually unstructured, as can be seen in the cloud-formations, and many other aerial appearances. In this sphere, however, these substances are, to some extent, enclosed in their most concentrated power; hence the developed forms are also indescribable, and, if only on a smaller scale, grant the most impressive visual effect.
43,15. I think that we have deciphered this appearance as far as it was possible for you to understand; but what does all this mean? This is a very different and extraordinary question. It is, as we have seen in the beginning, a wisdom which cannot be completely fathomed, and we shall have to be content to throw a very fleeting general glance at it. The whole thing can therefore be summed up by the fact that this ornament presents the absolute wisdom itself, and from this point of view is something constantly moving and morphing. Its meaning and inner connection can only be deciphered by the owner, but never by anyone else.
43,16. So it is also on your earth. Who can understand the countless forms of the clouds? The supreme wisdom continually sinks back into the dust, and must say: Lord! We are like nothing at all, all men and spirits are like nothing before You! Likewise, we would also like to do here, and instead of an empty discussion, we would rather go straight to the ninth gallery or to the eighth floor. The staircase looks as if it is very airy; but it will certainly bear us, and so we begin our ascent.
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