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Ninth floor - About entering into the essence of the spirit
47,1. We have ascended the very delicate circular staircase and now we are safe and sound on the ninth floor or the tenth gallery. So then, now look carefully, and then tell me, in the usual way, everything you have seen that is new and memorable.
47,2. I see you are making big eyes and hesitates. What is it that seems so strange to you here?
47,3. You say: Dear friend and brother, except for the light whitish-gray, continuous wall of the main building, we discover nothing else, except, as we see downwards, parts of the former galleries; but we see nothing on the one we stand on; that is, neither a floor, nor a pillar-circle, nor a railing, and least of all any pillar-circle ornament. But if there is anything to discover on this terribly airy tenth gallery, we seriously ask you for an eyesalve, for with our current visual ability we shall have terribly little to see and unable to make a judgment about all miraculous and wonderful things that might be on this tenth gallery.
47,4. Dear friend and brother! If there are also human beings living in the interior of this ninth floor, and these are also as thoroughly transparent as this present gallery, we think it will not be dangerous for us to look at them; so little as it is on the earth for men to be of any sensual enchanting danger, even though they are surrounded by the most beautiful and heavenly beings, but they do not get to see one atom of them.
47,5. If we look really attentively at the continuous wall, we do not even find any entrance doors; and it seems very clear that there were either pure spirits, or no one living in them. Indeed, one could seriously make some fun with this very airy arrangement, for where there is nothing to be seen, there is no object for the subject. We would like to know how one could come to some comprehensive concept without an object, we would like to know, however, how one can create some concept out of his own imagination without an object, then shuffles them around like playing cards, throws them into his lucky jar, make a blind draw from it, making it the main subject.
47,6. Indeed, it really seems that at this gallery we shall have to take refuge in a blind hypotheses, and must say what can possibly be found here; but not what is really available.
47,7. Yes, my dear friends and brothers, you are apparently right in many respects here; but your statements and conjectures, as well as many funny phrases, are in reality even more airy and transparent than the objects of this tenth gallery.
47,8. Have you never heard on the earth, and have you never seen what the blind use instead of the light of the eye? You say: They grasp and feel, whether and what is there. Well; if you are as good as blind for these objects, then feel, and you will surely convince yourself whether there is anything or nothing.
47,9. I tell you, we are close to a pillar-circle, which here consists, of course, only of twelve individual pillars. Feel around a bit, and your touch sense will tell you soon how the matter is. See, there is a pillar behind you; and you shall definitely feel it.
47,10. Well, you have done this; have you discovered a pillar or not? You say, 'Dear friend and brother, we have discovered an exceedingly firm pillar with our hands; but what is this terrible matter, which is so transparent, with such an extraordinary strength and transparency, that no trace can be found of it even with the sharpest eye? On earth is such a phenomenon inconceivable.
47,11. Yes, my dear friends and brethren, I tell you nothing other than: Everything depends on the form (essence) of the thing. However, examples will be found that allow this phenomenon to be explained quite well even on your earth. Experience will teach you, if it have not already taught you that very similar objects, that is, objects of completely the same color, are not distinguishable from one another under certain conditions, even with the keenest eye.
47,12. Take as a first example, a perfectly white wall, and then paint a landscape on the white wall with only white paint, and when it is finished, try to see if you will discover anything of the landscape? See, there we already have an example.
47,13. Take a cut diamond and place it on the coals, of a kindled small oven. The diamond will soon, or immediately become just as glowing as the coals, though in such heat it will not at all evaporate. Then call someone who does not know the place where the diamond has been laid, and he can stare into the glow for a whole day, and you can be assured that he would not, same as you, be able to locate the diamond. Why not? Because, as a highly transparent body, the diamond is not distinguishable from its environment as a highly transparent body under the same conditions of light and incandescence, its edges rendering it impossible to stigmatize its shape under such very similar circumstances.
47,14. Look, this is another example on the earth. Go to a glass factory; take glass beads or other glass objects and throw them into the incandescent glass mass in the melting pot, then look at them keenly and describe the different glass bead shapes, what they look like, and you will discover as much as nothing at all. Look, there's another example on earth.
47,15. Now a very obvious example! Pour some pure water into a pure glass and try to find out whether you can see the filled glass, the inner wall, where the water is, of course? - Even more examples: Put a perfectly pure glass into likewise perfectly pure water, and you will not see much of the glass. In addition, you should cut a window-pane from a perfectly pure glass, which is polished as smooth as a mirror on both sides, and try to discover from the room this piece of glass of the window-pane. You can be assured that every stranger who will come to your room will say to you, "But why do you not put glass in it?" Why will he say this? Because he cannot distinguish the matter of pure glass from the pure air.
47,16. Then, on a foggy day, go to a lake, and try to discover something of the water when the mist is on its surface. You will be able to discern other objects at the same distance; but only the surface of the water is indistinguishable, because it naturally assumes the same color of the mist over it. Likewise, you will not be able to discover anything on a glacier even with a faint mist from the ice forms, even under your feet. The cause is likewise in this light.
47,17. Say for instance that you find yourself in a planetary sphere having two suns, but the one sun often at a significant distance seemingly moves in front of the other one, like with a solar eclipse, your moon apparently conceals the sun. In the Moon, you can see exactly how far its apparent disk is drawn over the apparent disk of the Sun. Would you be able to distinguish between two apparent sun-discs the same way? There would be nothing but a fusion of the two suns into one; but the demarcation of the one seeming disc in front of the other will completely escape your eyes because of their similar light.
47,18. I think that we have enough examples from which you will find the invisibility of the objects of this gallery easy to understand. The reason lies in the fact that the objects are of the same color and transparency, with the etheric light which completely surrounds them.
47,19. But this is not only materially correct, but also spiritual. Think of a society of perfectly equal wise men; how will they behave together? I tell you, no other than the blind, the deaf, and the dumb, for no one will have anything to say to the other, because he already knows in advance what his neighbor certainly knows, and what he wants to tell him. Such situation is evident in your ordinary life.
47,20. What do two acquaintances, when they now and then meet? See, as soon as one asks the other: Well, what is new? If one can tell a new story to the other, the other will listen to him with great attention; but if both know nothing, the discourse will be of very short duration. Why then? Because, in this case, the mutual light of knowledge is of the same color. It will also be the case if both have known one and the same thing for quite some time. As the one will begin to tell the same, the other will at once say to him: Oh, that is already something old; if you know nothing better, our conversation is over with.
47,21. It is likewise the case when one blind man would guide the other, or a dumb one should teach the other. How far such people will come is known and need not be discussed further.
47,22. It is for this very same reason that men upon earth cannot see the spirits surrounding them, because they look with their eyes, which are homogeneous with their mind, and also homogeneous with the formal substance of the spirits.
47,23. But when a man goes into his love, which is a different light than the light of pure wisdom, he will soon begin to see the spiritual forms, and these will disappear as soon as he takes them into his reasoning. See, this is such a small beginning of what we are going to get to know; you can therefore now begin to investigate your surrounds by touch, and we shall have enough material to discuss next time.
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