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The main key to spiritual mysteries
49,1. Do you want to think more deeply? Do you want to illuminate the secret of this mystery? Do you want to grab it with your hands? I tell you, all this is fruitless. As little as you can distinguish and take out the outlines of a white painting on a white wall with the eyes of your flesh, you will stare for years and years, and you will not be able to penetrate into such secrets with the usual methods of investigation and judgment. because everything is the same step.
49,2. The viewing of the objects of this gallery, where you can see nothing, and the understanding of their inner, deepest wisdom are, as said, one and the same steps. But I say: You can comprehend everything with love, in the love of the Lord you can understand everything. Love gives new form and color to things of wisdom, and that what is endlessly distant in the light of wisdom, love draws into a narrow circle of contemplation. But it must be true, perfect love; for a half or quarter part of love will achieve little. This is, of course, understandable; indeed, nothing could be more intelligible than that. We have many examples, and many are visible before you, and you learn one and the same thing from it all.
49,3. Let us assume that somebody would like to build a house on some estate; but the construction of the house involves a variety of materials. It takes a lot of effort and work to bring the material together; it takes a lot of patience, so many sacrifices, a lot of attention, and so much more, until the house is finished.
49,4. With the mere pleasure and joyous thoughts the house will hardly ever be able to stand. But if a powerful love of the house is aroused in the mind of the one who wants to build a house, all conditions are taken hold of with great zeal. And if these conditions are brought closer and closer to the building-site, love becomes even stronger; at last everything is gathered together at one place, and the hands of many men are put into active motion through their own lives. And the house as a work of love will soon be perfected, and then you will say, when you look at the pretty house: Who would have thought that half a year ago, when the material was scattered far and wide, a pretty home would be built here so quickly? Well, however, the human spirit has organized it, and the house is there, a quintessence of the most diverse materials, all of which are connected and united unto one purpose.
49,5. Now you ask yourself: Who really was the builder here? Who brought the materials and the builders together? For example, the builder's money or his firm will or insight? I tell you, neither one nor the other; but love alone is the powerful foundation stone for building this house. The love of the builder drew the material together and called the builders; without this the builder would have given neither money to the building, nor would he have brought the material and the builders together.
49,6. And since the house is finished in this way, everyone can look at the expedient form, while without the firm love of the builder, all the materials would have laid scattered, as if in formless chaos, dispersed far and wide in its originality. I mean, this example is so profoundly intuitive, and certainly does not need further discussion. Let us go over to another object. Think of a man who, according to his formative imagination, has a great ability to become a visual artist. This man takes much pleasure in seeing finished products of art, being inspired at the sight of sublime nature, to become such an artist; but he still lacks the seriousness to sit down and make a practical study of this art.
49,7. What is the cause of the fact that this man with such splendid talent has not yet taken up the pen and the brush, in order to eagerly study the groundwork and principal elements of such art?
49,8. I tell you, this man is lacking nothing but the true love for this art. When he is imbued with love, we shall soon begin to see gloriously designed forms from our budding creator on the surfaces intended for this art, and soon, really glorious masterpieces.
49,9. Who is the actual informator? Who connects the inner imagination with the external forms? Who produces the forms through the colors with the brush on the white-primed canvas? Do you think that it depends on the good instructions or on the preliminary sketches?
49,10. Oh, I say to you, all this is null and void, but only his own great love for this art has formed a new great master, drawing together the formless from the endlessly scattered wisdom light sphere and presenting it in new splendid forms, making it visible for all to see.
49,11. See, this is another clear example of our cause, that needs no further discussion. But let us give another example here, one that is very close to your nose.
49,12. Let us go over to the very meaningful musical art. You will surely find among humans quite a lot of friends of this art, who are all very delighted when they hear a magnificent production of a true artist. Butare they artists themselves? I think you will be able to judge well enough that, among the delighted listeners, there will be very few who are worthy of this name.
49,13. Yes, but why are all these delighted listeners not artists themselves, but merely lovers of art? Why does only the gifted man stand on a platform before them, cheering his audience with his tones borrowed from heaven, proclaiming to their souls a different, higher, more perfect life?
49,14. Can one not say, "What is possible for one, should not be impossible for other people in the same way." Every human being, according to his nature and his talents, could, with the complete awakening of his spirit, being a descendant of Divine perfection, could certainly be capable of the same. Would it be acceptable if one would remark, and say, "Yes, it depend on the masters?" Would they have had great masters, they themselves would have become great masters; but "ex trunco non fit Mercurius," as you say, so even a clumsy master can scarcely form a master of his art. It is true that whoever cannot do anything, will not be able to teach another too much.
49,15. But if we consider how many pupils of a true art-master, often have the same instructive direction, and consider how very few of the art students of the school of such an art-master become any kind of notable artists, we have to come to a conclusion, saying:
49,16. Since so few artists emerge from the best possible art schools, the real reason what makes the pupil become a true artist, must be something different than the master, who is himself a perfect artist in all respects. Do the students have too little talent, too little diligence, or are they prevented from doing so by some other circumstances?
49,17. Ah, I already see what someone wants to say. This master has only the misfortune to have no genius among many of his students. And I say quite frankly: this master has, with a few exceptions, almost only geniuses among his pupils, and yet no genius has become something. But he had no one among his pupils who had been filled with the inner, most powerful love of art. For this reason, one is only a true artist, whose heart is continually lighted up by the powerful love for art.
49,18. Breathe love, that is true, living love, into the heart of your student, and you can be assured that through this fire all the organs necessary for this art will be so wonderfully trained in a short time that every listener will be astonished and say: yes, this is a truly great artist, in his perfection!
49,19. Here is love again the real true master, it creates in the musical artist an inner greatness of feeling, which none other can comprehend, and it makes this greatness of feeling to subject all related organs in such a short time that all so-called technical difficulties can be overcome with wonderful certainty.
49,20. As love is here the pure all in all, it is only and in principle the great art of life! With love you can penetrate depths before which even so many spirits shudder; but without the love or with just a bit too little love, a perfect artist will never enter the daylight of the spirit. That is why at first I said, "If you want to look more deeply into these things of high wisdom, then you must take love by the had in all earnest, but it must not be a half- or a quarter-measure of love, but love in its fullness.
49,21. Therefore, take hold of our most loving Lord and Father in Jesus Christ so firmly in your heart, and you will soon be convinced all the love of God is capable of.
49,22. Verily, I say not too much: If you have love in full measure, you also have the mighty living faith; and with such love and such faith-light in you, you could tear down stars from the firmament! - Awaken, therefore, and we will still see wonders at this tenth gallery!
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