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Who (or what) is God?

The new scientific understanding of God

 

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

today we turn to one of the existential problems of humanity. Since we began to think, we have been asking: Who or what is God? No satisfactory answer has yet been found. Agni Yoga finally brings us closer to solving this mystery.

 

Everything great is easy to understand. A complicated explanation is mostly wrong. You will see: This also applies to God. In fact, the Most High is particularly easy to understand!

 

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We assume that you have watched our Broadcastings on Evolution and Hierarchy (Series "Introduction to Agni Yoga"). Only on the basis of this knowledge you may hope to come a step closer to understanding the phenomenon “God”.

 

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Do not be surprised to find an uncommonly great number of quotations from the Holy Scriptures in this Broadcasting. This is because the Mahatmas, of course, are better able than me to explain the nature of God.

 

 

1. Man as a Seeker for God

Gebhard Fugel „Moses in front of the burning Bush“

 

Human beings have been seeking God since they exist.

 

What he, the real man, the real woman desires above all else is God, and nothing less will satisfy. Possessing God, the soul possesses all things desirable. (Teachings of the Temple Vol. I, Lesson 138 “The eternal Tragedy”)

 

People are created,

 

That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being. (Acts 17, 27, 28)

 

You should not believe that the people of all times, of all faiths and of all cultures lied or have been wrong!

 

Throughout the history of humanity can be traced a recognition of the Higher Spirit, the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, and a great number of such concepts leading to the Higher World. Such testimony of all ages and peoples must compel even the ignorant to reflect. All mankind cannot be mistaken! Under varying conditions people have sensed the same supreme, ineffable Origin. (AUM 86)

 

Human beings cannot exist without God. The atheist denies the divine spark and thus the most high, the holiest within himself.

 

The blatant materialist or atheist knows in his heart he is not what he would have other men believe him to be. By his very nature man must have a God. Every unsatisfied longing for love, devotion, truth; every wave of admiration for beauty, in whatever form that beauty is clothed; every ambition for strength, power and ability to build some lasting monument of his own skill, is a half recognized cry to the God the materialist claims to disbelieve in. The mouthings, cursings and invective of the atheist, or his silent contempt for others who loudly profess their faith and belief in God, in reality spring from the revolt of the outraged God in himself. (Teachings of the Temple Vol. I, Lesson 184 “No God”)

 

In truth, atheism is nothing but ignorance.

 

They who deny God have not seen Him. (Leaves of Morya’s Garden II, 180)

 

God dwells in every heart. Woe to those who expel God. (Leaves of Morya’s Garden I, 182 [207])

 

Those who do not recognize God sink to the level of the animals.

 

The man who does not think about the Highest is turned into a creeping reptile. (Fiery World II, 383)

 

The negation of the Most High is an unscientific lie incompatible with evolution which we must fight – with purely spiritual means of course.

 

Godlessness must be eradicated. The fact is that it is better to preserve even fragments of the cognizance of Hierarchy, even in conventional forms, than to be cast into the abyss of chaos. When people heard about the unattainability of the Highest they began to reject in general everything Invisible. Therefore by My command godlessness, which has assumed the aspect of most obvious satanism, will be prosecuted. One cannot tolerate any longer such involution. (Fiery World II, 85)

 

 

2. Scientific Concept of God

 

We had said before. (Broadcasting “Expansion of Consciousness”): Agni Yoga is a synthesis of science and religion. In order to grasp the whole reality, consisting of both matter and spirit, we require a new way of cognition which reconciles intellectual research with the spiritual knowledge of the heart

 

This new Divine Science provides insights that were previously inaccessible to humanity and considered to be unheard of: It enables us to develop a scientific concept of God that satisfies the longing of both the mystic and the scholar.

 

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The world of the future requires a new understanding of God. The New immortal Man regards himself as someone who is on the path to God. He no longer believes in the old man with a white beard.

 

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man. (Romans 1, 22, 23) 

 

The man of the future sets out to search for God with scientific methods. That does not mean proving the existence of God by the means of classical physics or chemistry. Rather, we must involve the straight knowledge of the heart and develop a concept of God which goes beyond all reason but does not contradict the laws of reason either.

 

The time is coming when even the loftiest concepts have to be proven by science. (Supermundane 698)

 

 

3. No earthly Measures

Jean Cousin „The Rape of Europa“

 

It is a mistake to apply our limited earthly concepts to the Highest, which will remain for a long time unrecognizable and unattainable to us. There are things much greater than our small, all-too-human imagination is able to grasp.

 

Esoteric philosophy refuses to accept any of the gods of the so-called monotheistic religions, gods created by man in his own image and likeness, a blasphemous and sorry caricature of the Ever Unknowable. (Helena Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine I, Introductory)

 

Up to today, we have not gone beyond the primitive view of representing God as a being like you and me. The gods of the people are very different, but they have one thing in common: They all are anthropoid. We must overcome this wrong and unscientific idea.

 

One should not lower the Highest but elevate It. Therefore the first requisite will be to create the Divine Image according to Divinity. When the human consciousness will cease to depict Divinity in an earthly way, then the attainments of the spirit will be fiery. (Fiery World III, 266)

 

Already the Greek philosopher Xenophanes made fun of the gods created in the image of man. He pointed out wittily that oxen would imagine their gods in the image of oxen.

 

What does the God of the tavern-keepers look like? (Leaves of Morya’s Garden II, 180)

 

The loftiest consciousness strives toward the Fiery Principle, while the lower one creates the Image of the Highest in its own likeness. The capacity of the small consciousness will determine the created Image, hence so many obvious distortions! How is it possible to fill a small consciousness with the Universal Principle? (Fiery World III, 269)

 

Our earthly standards are not applicable to this supreme supermundane reality. We must not limit the absolute.

 

Verily, there is nothing more sacrilegious for the human consciousness than to limit the Ineffable Grandeur of the Divine Principle that is poured out over the entire Universe. Assuredly, from this monstrous, ignorant belittling issue all the unworthy concepts of God. Man, in his conceit, tries to bring everything down to his own level and likeness. (Letters of Helena Roerich Vol. II, letter of 24.05.1936)

 

Earthly measure is not applicable to the grandeur of Cosmos. It is impossible to limit the Unlimited! (Fiery World III, 44)

 

If we begin to limit the Absolute by our own perception, it will cease to be the Absolute and will become limited. Therefore, the Absolute cannot be conceived, for it includes in itself also the concept of Infinity. Therefore, we can perceive only the various aspects and manifestations of this Absolute. (Letters of Helena Roerich Vol. I, letter of 01.02.1935)

 

If we reduce the Highest to our small human measure, we belittle and even besmirch it, which amounts to blasphemy.

 

Bringing everything down to the level of the lowest is the labor of the dark ones (Fiery World III, 364)

 

Who can say where begins the Ineffable? Who dares to measure something which is not permitted to be uttered? But the heart knows and can guard against a pronouncement of blasphemy. (Fiery World II, 270)

 

A poor imagination often belittles that which it wishes to glorify. (Brotherhood 69)

 

 

4. Do not separate God from the Rest of Nature

Veronese „God the Father“

 

One of the greatest and most disastrous errors of humanity is to separate God from the rest of nature. Thereby He becomes a theoretical abstraction and ceases to be alive.

 

In fact, as we have already said, there is nothing supernatural in the Universe (Broadcasting “Expansion of Consciousness”). Everything is real, that means: cognizable and perceptible. There cannot be anything supernatural or unnatural beyond, besides, outside or above reality, that is, nature.

 

Everything, really everything, up to God, is part of nature.

 

There cannot be anything unnatural in Nature. (Supermundane 318)

 

Even God is a product of the evolution; just as natural as every stone, every plant, every animal, every human being and everything else that exists. He ascended to His height through infinite labour, from circumstances which were no better than ours today.

 

One of the most important statements of Agni Yoga is:

 

There is no God who was not man at one time. All gods must undergo human evolution. (Letters of Helena Roerich Vol. I, letter of 31.05.1935)

 

Everything, really everything, up to God, is subject to the laws of nature.

 

Therefore, the idea of a punitive or forgiving God is wrong. The consequences of good or bad deeds are regulated by Karma. Even God cannot interfere with the working of this Cosmic Law, which makes sure that justice reigns in the Universe.

 

 

5. Man on the Path to God

 

We had already said (Broadcasting “The Law of Evolution”), and it is important to remember: Man is on the way to God! We are called upon to follow the same path to the highest heights God has walked before us eons ago.

 

“The wise man proceeds to Me by the Higher Path”—thus conclusively has been ordained the path of life. The wayfarer affirms that he goes to the Lord Himself. It is true, people are amazed at such a resolution, but they respect such a steadfastness. One must set before oneself the loftiest goal; only then does the road not appear forbidding. One must adjoin the highest quality throughout all existence. One must accept higher measures as alone worthy of the Highest Forces. (Fiery World II, 369, 370

 

Man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1, 27). This means: Within each of us lies dormant the potential of a god! It is the very meaning of our life here on this planet to unearth this immense treasure and to develop it ever further.

 

What a wonderful concept, that man has been created in the Image of God! Surely, such an exhortation is a powerful call to perfection of the spirit. Reminding about the Prototype of God must lead man into New Paths. (Fiery World III, 147)

 

Man is made in the image of God. Therefore, as the drop of water from the ocean contains in itself all the elements, forces and potencies of that ocean, so man includes in his being, actual or latent, all the planes, forces, powers and possibilities of a God. (Teachings of the Temple Vol. II, Lesson “The Geometry of the Soul”)

 

Since we are particles of the Absolute, and since each particle of the One Whole potentially possesses all the qualities of this Whole, we can gradually unfold this potential within ourselves during the span of countless incarnations and the millennia that reach into Infinity. (Letters of Helena Roerich Vol. I, letter of 01.02.1935)

 

If you want to realize this sublime thought and walk this highest path, you must not separate God from your everyday life. The ideal to which you aspire must be a living reality, not just a dead abstraction.

 

 

6. God as the Peak of Hierarchy

 

The key to a new, scientific understanding of God is the Hierarchy. Only a true understanding of the Hierarchy can help you to come closer to cognizing God.

 

The crucial paragraph of the Teaching on our topic runs:

 

The concept of God in all its grandeur is clarified on the basis of Hierarchy. Only thus can the Highest Concept emerge from abstraction and blend with all Existence. (Fiery World II, 188)

 

We have seen: The spiritual Hierarchy continues to lead ever higher: From the lowest souls incarnated in stones, plants, or animals via the human soul up to the highest beings we know: Rulers of the Earth, like the Archangel Michael, Buddha, Jesus Christ and Mahatma Morya.

 

Even these Masters occupy a certain level of Jacob's Ladder only. They are themselves subordinated to other beings, who are even more advanced, and they all continue to ascend.

 

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Jesus and Morya are spiritual rulers over the earth. Above them we find an entity responsible for our solar system with its various planets with higher (for example on Venus and Jupiter) and lower creatures (for example on Saturn). Even higher stand the ruler of our Milky Way and those responsible for the billions and billions of other galaxies, such as the Andromeda galaxy. These, in turn, are governed by the rulers of a Cosmos and whole Universes, and so it goes on infinitely.

 

Looking at the stars, we are faced with unlimited spaces, unimaginable heights and beings of sheer immeasurable size.

 

Why is it so difficult for people to imagine an endless chain of Creators from the lowest to the Highest, up to the Inaccessible? (Hierarchy 68)

 

All these members of an endless chain up to the highest peak develop in the course of natural evolution each from the preceding stage.

 

Hierarchy is affirmed as the link between the worlds! (Hierarchy 338)

 

The beings with progressing perfection become less and less material and ever more spiritual. The development on Jacob's Ladder leads from the coarsest matter, whose animation with spirit is barely noticeable (a stone) up to the absolute spirit which is almost devoid of any matter.

 

Spirit is the ultimate sublimation of matter, and matter the crystallization of spirit. (Mahatma Letters No. 22, letter of September 1882)

 

In this hierarchy of souls, the highest point conceivable for us is the world soul, the universal spiritual essence of Cosmos.

 

There is a hierarchy of souls from the lowest forms of matter up to the World-Soul. (Mahatma Letters No. 9 of 08.07.1881)

 

To put it plain and simple: God is nothing but the top of the Hierarchy.

 

Without God there is no path. Call Him what one will, the highest Hierarchic Principle must be observed, otherwise there is nothing to adhere to. (Fiery World I, 628)

 

It is of no permanent consequence whether the disciple terms that concept God, Brahma, Jehovah or the Higher Self, for the time being. It is the recognition of the Supreme whether he places it inside, outside, or both inside and outside of his physical self. (Teachings of the Temple Vol. I, Lesson 184 “No God”)

 

You will be justified in accepting the “Highest Hierarch upon Jacob’s Ladder” as your God. Verily, the One who heads the Chain of the Hierarchy of our world is in his power actually the manifestation of God for us. (Letters of Helena Roerich Vol. I, letter of 01.02.1935)

 

The Hierarchy is the line that connects men with God.

 

Unbearable is the Almighty Light, but Hierarchy is the link to that dazzling Summit. The Hierarchy leads an illumined spirit to that point where one might even be blinded. (Hierarchy 281)

 

God is the final and culminating point in which, in infinity, all lines converge, towards which everything strives, and from which everything emanates: The top of the pyramid. Everything is unified in God; in Him all opposites are suspended.

 

In infinity all that exists merges into unity. (AUM 143)

 

Where Thou abideth, O Lord, there is nor light, nor darkness. All is One. (Leaves of Morya’s Garden I, 274 [327])

 

It is correct to view the law of Hierarchy as the summit of cosmic creativeness. Light pours from it, thoughts strive to it; thus one should direct the best strivings to the Summit of Hierarchy. (Hierarchy 83)

 

If we understand Him on the basis of the principle of hierarchy, God becomes, if at all possible, concrete and tangible as the end of a ladder on the lower rungs of which we are standing and ascending step by step. In this way, He becomes a natural part of our everyday existence.

 

The directed consciousness can lead the spirit’s eye to the string of pearls which loses itself in Infinity. (Fiery World I, 612)

 

 

7. Mystery

Alexej von Jawlensky „Abstract Head - Mystery“

 

Some of you may say: I now understand that God is the peak of the Hierarchy. But that does not really help me to form a picture of Him.

 

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That is because He is too far away from us. The human imagination is barely able to form a picture of those entities that stand above Jesus Christ, Buddha, the Angels and Archangels. The even higher levels of the endless Hierarchy we cannot grasp at all with our limited consciousness. This applies all the more to the Most High, the top of the pyramid.

 

We do not see the end of the chain of Teachers. (Community 60)

 

You cannot talk to your dog about Jesus. Jesus, however, is much closer to the dog than God is to us.

 

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Thus, for the time being, we can only say: Stick to those earthly and supermundane teachers and Masters, who are recognizable to you. Do not indulge in fruitless speculations about distant spheres of the Hierarchy into which you, with your limited earthly understanding, are unable to penetrate anyway.

 

The World lives in mystery, and the Highest Mystery is unrevealable. People sense in their hearts the boundary of this Mystery and are capable of respecting it. One must not invent mystery, but one must respect it. (Fiery World II, 78)

 

Do not believe that you are ready to reveal the greatest mystery. When, as evolution progresses, you expand your consciousness, your notion of the Supreme will grow as well.

 

In the depths of their consciousness people feel that it is impossible to express or appraise that which is higher than all possible concepts. (AUM 78)

 

The Absolute cannot be conceived, for it includes in itself also the concept of Infinity. But who will ponder upon the majestic and awesome idea of Infinity? Therefore, we can perceive only the various aspects and manifestations of this Absolute. (Letters of Helena Roerich Vol. I, letter of 01.02.1935)

 

For the time being, it must be sufficient for you to know the path on which you can approach and, as you progress and draw nearer, recognize Him more and more.

 

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Nevertheless, let us now talk about one or the other possibility to reveal the mystery of God a little bit further.

 

 

8. Knowledge of the Heart

 

You should not believe that your intellect can tell you much about the Supreme Being.

 

If the Sublime Beings testify that they have not faced the supreme Origin of Origins, this should not be construed as a form of negation. On the contrary, this testimony of the sacred infinitude of the Supreme World only proves how unencompassable is the concept of Sublime Light. He is right who know the path toward Light, but only the ignorant, in conceit, will presume that the brain can evaluate the Sublime. (Fiery World I, 612)

 

Like all other objects, we can approach the essence of the Most High with the help of our heart only. When we speak of a scientific concept of God, we have in mind the new divine science of cognition by the feeling of the heart.

 

The heart will teach reverence for the Origin of Origins. (Fiery World I, 612)

 

No man has ever found God by way of his intellect, but the path from his heart is straight and always wide open. (Teachings of the Temple Vol. I, Lesson 70 “God and Christ”)

 

He who feels love for God, the great Origin of Origins, can utter his Name in his own language. Only with such an all-pervading concept can one express worthy veneration. The human heart cannot flourish without striving toward the Origin of Origins—inexpressible in words, but cognized through the fire of the heart. (Fiery World I, 629)

 

Only through constant purification and refinement of your heart you can hope to come a little bit closer to a picture of God that corresponds to reality.

 

Pure hearts will perceive the Highest. (Fiery World III, 576)

 

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. (Matthew 5, 8) 

 

 

9. God in Nature and within Ourselves

 

You may discern the Creator in the glory of His creation, in nature around you.

 

Precisely the beauty of nature and of the laws that rule the cosmos (think of the construction of DNA as a double helix or of a miracle such as the human eye) proves: It is not chaos which prevails; there is a great spirit at work, creating order.

 

In the Universe all things are but a reflection of the Divine. (Leaves of Morya’s Garden I, 84 [92]

 

Our mind alone is unable to comprehend God Himself but can recognize Him as the Father of all beings from the beauty of His creations and the splendor of Nature. (Origen according to Letters of Helena Roerich Vol. I, letter of 01.02.1935)

 

Because the material world is a reflexion of the immaterial, it can give you an idea of the Divine.

 

The visible world brings to humanity a concept of the invisible one, and the creativeness of spirit can direct toward cognizance of the invisible. (Infinity II, 520 [120])

 

In the whispering of leaves, in the splash of waves, in the murmur of the breeze, I am with you. (Leaves of Morya’s Garden I, 209 [235])

 

The All-Existent is in all and we are in it. (Infinity II, 821 [421])

 

Above all within yourself, in your immortal soul, in the spark of the divine spirit that is embedded within you, you can recognize God. The easiest way to the realization of Him is: Sense the divine, the eternal within yourself!

 

Truly has it been said by the sages of old "Man know thyself and thou shalt know God." (Teachings of the Temple Vol. II, Lesson “The Geometry of the Soul”)

 

So the Divine in the human recognizes and knows the Divine in Nature. (Teachings of the Temple Vol. II, Lesson “Truth and Authority”)

 

Where is God hidden? Within your own heart!

 

Reverence to the Lord can be experienced only by the heart. Only inner comprehension will give subtle understanding. Nothing external replaces the filling of the heart with the Lord. (Fiery World III, 138)

 

Even in the most ancient times people understood the significance of the heart. They regarded the heart as the Dwelling of God. (Heart 73)

 

Therefore, do not search in far distance, and certainly not in Heaven, but within yourself.

 

Where shall I find God? If I search the heavens and the earth and the waters under the earth, shall I find him? No! But if thou wilt search the depths of thine own heart, all that thou findest of Love, of Beauty, of Unselfishness - all that thou knowest of Peace and Joy will open the path to God, and show thee the hidden places wherein thou wilt find all thou canst know and understand. (From the Mountain Top Vol. I, Lesson “Where is God?”)

 

 

10. God: A Being or a Principle?

 

Some ask: Is God actually an individual being or a principle? Agni Yoga speaks of an impersonal God.

 

What is this impersonal God? Is He not the Divine Immanent and Infinite Principle, or the Inconceivable Cause, of all Existence? (Letters of Helena Roerich Vol. I, letter of 01.02.1935)

 

Let us remember that the consciousness of the masses always demands an Individuality for worship and creates the High Image in the likeness of one of its own, whereas a high consciousness always aspires to the Principle in all manifestations. (Letters of Helena Roerich Vol. I, letter of 01.02.1935)

 

Therefore, we cannot consider God as being a particular incarnation, or as incarnate at all. He is pure Spiritual Nature, without anything that is complex. He is intelligence, and at the same time the source and origin of all intelligence in Nature and Creation. God, who is the origin of everything, should not be considered complex, as otherwise it might appear as though the elements that have created everything considered complex existed before their very origin. (Origen, On the First Principles, according to Letters of Helena Roerich Vol. I, letter of 01.02.1935)

 

The solution of the riddle is: On the one hand, God is a creature "like you and me," who has worked his way up to his present position through endless efforts. On the other hand, we have already discussed: The souls become more and more ethereal and spiritual as evolution progresses. When you follow this development to the highest heights, one can imagine that there are "beings" at the very top, so ethereal, almost devoid of matter, to such an extent pure spirit, that they are barely distinguishable from a principle.

 

 

11. No „God the Father“

Michelangelo “The Creation of Adam”

 

You should not imagine God as your father, with whom you may speak, whom you worship and whom you can ask for help. For this, He is too far away from you. He is responsible for the entire infinite revealed Universe with its billions and billions of living beings. He cannot but delegate the task of caring for us humans to lower levels, namely, the saints and Mahatmas responsible for the earth.

 

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In meditation you may have a conversation with beings from higher spheres. If you are on the right track, you will receive support from above. Then, however, you do not have to deal with God himself, but with your teacher, your spiritual father, your guardian angel or at best a member of the Brotherhood. Higher up you should not aim.

 

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Of course, Jesus is not the Son of God. He is too far away to be the father. As a spiritual being, God has no physical but spiritual children, that is: His co-workers of the next lower level of the Hierarchy serving under Him, together with whom He rules the Universe. God does not even know by name this insignificant earthling Jesus, how ever vital his sacrifice might be for us.

 

When Jesus speaks of his "Father in heaven," he does not mean God, but the next level above himself, his teacher.

 

 

12. Cognition through Rapprochement

Selvarajan Yesudian „You are the Sun of your Life“

 

May the Highest be expressed through our thoughts and actions. Let us realize the divine within us. God is still far away from us. We approach Him when we start our ascent towards Him and acquire His qualities more and more. From nearby, we will then be better able to recognize Him.

 

We know God by traveling the path that leads to Him, which Path is ourselves. (Teachings of the Temple Vol. II, Lesson “The Geometry of the Soul”)

 

The higher you develop your heart knowledge and the more you expand your consciousness, the more you will be able to grasp of the nature of God.

 

The idea of God differs in different consciousnesses, according to the stage of human evolution. It grows and broadens in proportion to the growth of the consciousness. Verily, one may say that there are as many conceptions of God as there are consciousnesses. (Letters of Helena Roerich Vol. I, letter of 01.02.1935)

 

We have to perfect ourselves. Only by elevating ourselves towards God can we hope to get to know Him more and more.

 

To approach Godliness is to develop the attributes of God. (Teachings of the Temple Vol. 1, Lesson 192 "His Line hath gone out")

 

That soul can have no consciousness of Love, Wisdom, Truth, or any other attribute of God, and therefore no consciousness, no knowledge of God, save in so far as each one of those attributes has been developed within it.

In view of this fact, is it surprising that the Higher Self, that God, is such a vague, imperceptible, shadowy being in the minds of the majority of people?

When the attributes of God, and like attributes in man, meet and mingle there will be no separation between God and Man. Like the truly married, the twain have become one. (Teachings of the Temple Vol. I, Lesson 119 “The Law of Opposites”)

 

Ultimately, we can only understand the nature of God to the extent that we ourselves have become a god.

 

To truly know, we must become the thing which we wish to know. (Teachings of the Temple Vol. II, Lesson “True Knowledge”)

 

Only God can create an image of God, only God can see God. (Teachings of the Temple Vol. I, Lesson 178 “Imagination versus Fancy”)

 

Personal knowledge of God predicates equality with God, for only one on an equality with another can truly know that other, whether that one be God or man. (Teachings of the Temple Vol. 1, Lesson 231 “The Unknowable”)

 

The law of correspondence says:

 

The highest is accessible only to the highest. (Infinity I, 315)

 

 

13. The Peak in Motion

 

At the end of this Broadcasting, let us deepen the understanding of God by one last step:

 

We had already said: Life is eternal movement (Broadcasting “The Law of Evolution”).

 

Only eternal motion gives life to all forms. (Infinity II, 637 [237])

 

There is no standstill in the Cosmos. (Infinity I, 143)

 

Standstill is death.

 

There can be no stagnation in Eternity; all is in motion—in the striving toward perfection. (Supermundane 791)

 

It is of the utmost importance that you realize: In a Universe evolving infinitely, there is no limit and therefore no state of perfection.

 

Nothing is finite, nothing is immovable. (Community 135)

 

In completion there is death. (Infinity I, 40)

 

Accordingly, you should not think of God as static. If He is supposed to be not an abstraction, but a living reality, He too must evolve and move up to even greater heights. Thus, the top of the pyramid does not rest immobile on the steps below, but moves itself further upwards.

 

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From this picture it becomes clear: The lower layers must incessantly follow the higher ones in their constant upward movement. If we stop moving, we shall lose the connection and detach ourselves more and more from the leadership and the ever-advancing evolution. Then the worlds are separated, and man in which the worlds unite is torn apart.

 

When the Higher World is striving upward and mankind propels itself downward, then indeed the cosmic current cannot be realized. Therefore, disharmony rules in the World. (Fiery World III, 189)