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Eleventh floor - love for God (Jesus) and out of that for the neighbor leads to the perfection of life
53,1. Now, since you had a good look around, you can start to say what you saw. You say: Dear friend and brother! We have seen a lot of the most wonderful things here; but who can describe them so fully with our restricted conceptual and word-richness that someone could become wise from it, and from the description clearly explain what these things are? This is why we think it would be quite good here, if you would like to be the interpreter.
53,2. Yes, my dear friends and brethren, your questionable statement of the limitedness of your conceptual and word-richness is true, but you should nevertheless say as much as you can about all that you have seen, with your understanding and vocabulary; because you must always keep in mind that you are here really quite on your own ground, and my discussion about it should come to you spiritually. If I tell you with pre-eminence what you have seen, I am overriding your own reason, and there is no immediate connection between my discussion and your inner receptivity anymore.
53,3. The case is almost like two friends would bid each other welcome by the hand; one of whom receives the other in his house. As a rule of friendship, the landlord must at first stretch out his hand to the visiting friend, and only then the visitor responds.
53,4. Here, however, you would like to think and say: With such rules we never take it so precisely; therefore they cannot be regarded as a perfect standard proof for us; we consequently would like to first have an introduction of what we have seen here.
53,5. But I say to you, my dear friends and brethren, if this friendly example of the house seems invalid to you, I can serve you with a more convincing impression.
53,6. See the relation of your earth to the sun; the earth is certainly your home, and the sun is to be seen only as a guest who is always visiting her. But what must the earth first do when it is to be illuminated by the rays of the sun?
53,7. You say that the earth must turn its surface around the other at first towards the sun, and then the rays of the sun will soon fall upon the facing part.
53,8. Good, my dear friends and brothers; look at the earth at nighttime, is not just as full of the most varied things as in the day? But you can see only little of what is and how it is; but there is something there, that is certain, sure and true. But if the earth should stand still, and wait for the sun to rise above its unlit part, verily, it would in the first place have to wait a terribly long time, and its things will never be seen in its fullness and its true nature. But as the earth continually rotates, and pushes one surface after the other under the sun, things will soon be seen on the same in their perfection, which can barely be seen at nighttime.
53,9. Behold, you, too, as a proprietor of your own house, must first turn you over to me, who am now with you entirely in the name of the Lord; and the part which you are going to turn to me will also be illuminated at once, so that you can see it more clearly and more correctly.
53,10. And so do begin to anyway describe what you find to be familiar. Count the pillars of a pillar circle; how many do you find here on the tenth floor?
53,11. You say: Dear friend and brother! If we are not mistaken in round hall, they are now two less than in the previous gallery, that is, only ten. On the other hand, in the center of the pillar circles, instead of some other ornamentation, we find two very mighty, strong opposing pillars, which, like the other ten, help support the ceiling of the pillar circle and the entire gallery, and no ascending staircase passes the round of the ten pillars, but ascends in the center between these two pillars. Incidentally, everything here appears perfectly smooth, and we may look as we please, but nowhere is there anything to be discovered of an ornament; the ceiling of this eleventh gallery is no longer vaulted, but rather flat. Everything is of the same exceedingly snow-white color and transparent; only the inner continuous wall seems to pass over into the reddish-blue, and the gates are as if they were of transparent silver.
53,12. Now, dear friend and brother, we are already finished, as far as things are possible for us here. But the fleeting forms, which in the solid mass of the pillars, as well as the other parts of this gallery, are alternately represented, cannot be described. For in the first place, they are too fleeting and too fast, and secondly, their forms are not very intense, and our eyes cannot see much more than just continuous intertwined chaos, and so we would be done with all that we have seen. But what it means, we leave it, dear friend, to you.
53,13. All right, my dear friends and brothers. I am perfectly satisfied with your announcement, and it would be very foolish of me to ask you more than you can give. But be careful now, we will at once create some light for what you have seen.
53,14. The ten pillars of this circle are possible to grasp with the hands; for they signify, as a matter of fact, the ten-commandment-law which actually proceeds from the divine wisdom. For love gives no laws, but only the divine wisdom, which is the foundation of the divine order; for the laws are a marked way which one is to walk, in order to reach the goal of life, and they are at the same time the foundations upon which life rests according to the divine order.
53,15. But how would one help someone in the darkest night, even if he would want to walk in it? Just as little would some point of support suffice, if he were to search for it in the most dark night.
53,16. Therefore, the laws which were given in the night of love, must serve as an illumination on the way and as a point of support, so that the wanderer may not get lost on the way, and always may find the proper support for life.
53,17. It is therefore easy to see how these ten white, radiant pillars clearly signify the ten laws of the order of life from God. In the lower gallery we have seen the two pillars of love still included in the outer row. But in the middle of it was the peculiar cross, which also represents suffering love.
53,18. Here, however, we see the two pillars of love at the place of the cross in the center of our pillar circle. They are put together, and the staircase leading upwards is taken away from the outer ten pillars, and wound only around the two central pillars.
53,19. I think it will not be difficult to guess the importance of such a position. You only need take the gospel of the Lord in your hand, and you will find that He would transfer the whole Mosaic Law, as well as all the prophets, into the sole branch of love, namely, 'Love God over everything and your neighbor as yourself!' These two laws have been designated by the Lord Himself as equal, for the two pillars in this center are in the first place the same, and secondly they are connected, and are the sole bearers of the way upwards. - I think you understand this.
53,20. But as to the chaotic changing of forms in the pillars which is so marvelous to you - this signifies the changeability of the human mind, which is within the laws. But from where does such a continual chaotic change of form arise in these pillars? What is the reason for such a phenomenon?
53,21. The reason for this is the intense light from outside, through which this air is forced into a continuous swing. But since the material of these columns is highly polished like a mirror, and highly transparent and radiant, these air-waves, or air-vibrations, are quite lively, and we thus seem to see certain forms wandering up and down the columns. Now we place here a man being under the laws. He finds himself in the bright light of the Law, which from the inside, is always active in it, and then this man finds himself in externally in the light of the world, which however also always surging, influences him from without.
53,22. But what is the result in man? A continuous change of ideas; soon the forms of the world takes over, and then again the forms of his inner light sway him. If the external light acts strongly upon man, the forms of the inner light are obscured, and no longer have any clarity; On the contrary, the more the inner light begins to react, the forms of the external light are always rendered void and weaker.
53,23. If someone takes the forms of the inner light and fixes it with his mind, the previously ever-changing flexibility of the light-forms become a constant form, which continually and humbly resists the influence of the external light; and man has thus been brought to a clear understanding of the inner eternal life of the spirit.
53,24. This corresponding picture shows you the two central pillars, in which you do not find any such formations. But if you look more closely at them, you will see in each one a perfect, most nobly formed human form, which is clearly and equally illuminated in all its parts.
53,25. See, this shows that man can only attain to the perfection of life through his love for the Lord, and from this, for his neighbor. I think, you'll be pretty much clear for you now. As for the other parts of the gallery, they are nothing but the perfect order of true wisdom, which is the basic truth in the spirit and a light without any other ornamentation and decoration, and is what you call the naked truth. But now that we know these things, we will ascend at once with the staircase around the two pillars, to the great open plain above.
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