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Essay 2

For some human beings the Work “In the Light of Truth” has become the shining light and the staff in the forming of their earthly lives…  

To which personal recognition can this be adduced?  

As already intimated in the preceding thought process, the work “In the Light of Truth” gives answers to the questions concerning the meaning of life and concerning the relationship of human beings to nature and to creation.  

For the author of the work “In the Light of Truth” the clarification of the difference between the human species and animal species is an important starting point in his explanations. The author differentiates between the human and the animal by allotting to the human being a spiritual personality and to the animal an animistic personality. Both species – spiritual and animistic – are very different, in respect to their possibilities of activity and following on from this, in respect to their spheres of responsibility. Certainly the starting point for the existence of the personality in the human being and also in the animal is not the physical body; however animals have an animistic soul and in human beings the soul is to be seen as a form of cloak for the real spiritual core. The intrinsic personality of the human being is of spiritual origin. This gives the human being, in contrast to the animal, a much larger and more extended sphere of activity. The responsibility that a human being therefore has to bear is accordingly many times greater than that of the animal. The soul of the animal incarnates according to its species in a developing animal body, and the soul of the human being, again following its species, in a developing human body.  

If one considers the earthly human being from the perspective of the work “In the Light of Truth” we have on the one hand the earthly body, which according to its specific nature belongs to the earth, and on the other hand, the personality of the human, which is of another, lighter specific nature. The personality of a human being always differs from that of his fellow human being, so that there can never be two really similar earthly human beings.  

If one takes as a basis further statements of the work “In the Light of Truth” into consideration then the personality of the human being – that is his spiritual core – is not part of the earth. The spiritual core or the spiritual human being is a completely individual species, which is so different from the species of matter of the earth, that it cannot be measured or grasped by material instruments. A human being though can become aware on many occasions of his spiritual substantiality or of the spirit core within himself or within his fellow human beings. When one, following on from this, comes to the realisation of the actual existence of the spiritual personality, the question then arises: where does this spiritual come from and why does it incarnate in the earthly human being?  

The work “In the Light of Truth” points out that the spiritual personality has come from its spiritual home, in order to manifest itself in the most various ways with the help of the earthly body, and thereby in gaining in experience, to achieve for itself a larger and higher maturity. When the highest point of such a maturity is attained, the spiritual personality returns home in order to bring to life there in the spiritual realm that which it has gained.  

Based upon this point of view, the further train of thought follows that both the evolution of the spiritual personality as well as earthly life itself, are fulfilled on the basis of a development plan. The author calls this plan in his work “the Laws of Creation”, which can also be termed as the expression of the Creator’s Will.  

An acknowledgement of the Laws of Creation, to which both all material as well as all non-material things are subject, leads also, in conclusion inexorably to the acknowledgement of the Creator, from Whose Will these Laws emanate.  

For things material there is the designation “here”, and for things non-material the designation “the beyond”. Both forms – here and the beyond – are combined in the human being; and both belong in creation that has developed itself out of the Will of God.  

Everything that we perceive materially, for example the shining and warming currents of the sun, the circular movements of the planets as well as all other things that exhibit a movement or currents, are subject to the rules of the Laws of Creation, and receive the power for their movement or currents from the radiation of the Creator. Thus all things that concern human beings, whether here or in the beyond are also always dependent on the Creator and must adjust to His Laws. If such an adjustment does not take place or does so only partly, then collisions will occur with the Laws of Creation, and as a result damage is incurred by the human being concerned.  

There comes about for some readers of the work “In the Light of Truth”, through the intensive preoccupation with the statements contained therein, a constantly clearer and more distinct picture of the Creator and of His Will manifesting as the Law of Creation. This presupposes however the personal recognition that human existence is not limited to one human life on earth, and that the human being is a part of creation. It is however compellingly important to recognise and to acknowledge the Laws active in creation, as well as to adapt oneself with complete dedication to the Will of the Creator. In this process the human being in question also attains recognition about the deep validity of the truths to be found in the different religious traditions allowing for the ever increasing understanding of God.  

The work “In the Light of Truth” gives an abundance of answers to both the individual, who wants to look at the statements exclusively with a view to the understandable, perceptive things of the earthly world, as well as to the other, who over and above this also seeks to grasp with his spiritual substantiality, the statements of this unique work. There also grows for the latter the recognition in his delving, why the work “In the Light of Truth” bears the additional title “The Grail Message”. The meaning of the name of the author “Abd-ru-shin” also finds therein an explanation. For readers who have recognised for themselves in the work “In the Light of Truth”, a goal-orientated purpose of life, the work has become the shining light and the staff in the forming of life on earth, whereby they also influence their further path in the beyond.  

There also usually grows in such human beings a strong urge to honour the Creator and to thank Him. With this there follows as a next step, that such human beings find each other and in joint worship praise the Creator. Such a high and deep desire to give thanks, to give honour and praise understandably can only take place in closed rooms.  

Only persons with whom, in a conversation held beforehand, the prerequisites in this regard have been clarified, gain entry into such Rooms of Worship.  

The process of thanking, of honouring and of praising is something very personal that strives outwards from the innermost spiritual personality, but at the same time does not seek for any form of ritual expression.  

The reader of the work “In the Light of Truth”, who through this work steers a course which has become for him the shining light and the staff in the development of his spiritual personality, senses from within the really great longing, to work harmoniously and in an ennobling manner on his surroundings whilst forming his path here on earth.  

Siegfried Bernhardt  

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