The symbol-introductions below have not been written by Martinus, but are based on his explanations in the books: ”The Eternal Worldpicture” Vol. 1-4 and other parts of the Third Testament.
The symbol-introductions below have not been written by Martinus, but are based on his explanations in the books: ”The Eternal Worldpicture” Vol. 1-4 and other parts of the Third Testament.
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The spirit of God upon the face of the waters
The living, thinking universe
In the symbol we see a cross of flames symbolising the eternal Godhead’s perfect manifestation and creation. The sea of radiance symbolises the cosmic world impulses or thought impulses, some darker some lighter in character, through which the all-knowing and almighty God releases and maintains the various states of experience and the various planes of existence for the living beings, each one on its own individual evolutionary step.
The principle of world redemption
The spiritual parent-principle
In The Third Testament the highest moral teachers are referred to as “world redeemers”. Jesus is an example of one. The principle of retaliation or the Law of Moses: “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” has been superseded by Jesus’ opposite attitude: “love thy neighbour”. With The Third Testament the words and deeds of Jesus have received logical interpretations which everyone can check for themselves through experience.
The step figure symbolises humankind’s evolution from animal to human being, and the rays symbolise humankind being led up the series of steps stimulated by the cosmic parent principle (the higher spiritually evolved beings and religions that guide us). The orange field shows the animal kingdom and the yellow field the kingdom of the perfected human being. The two lowest steps symbolise the heathen religions that stimulate the principle of retaliation and the sacrificing of humans and animals. The next step, lit up by yellow rays, symbolises the more humane world religions, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. The three rays are symbols of the many world religions, not just the three that have been mentioned. The uppermost steps are white, symbolising the fact that the religions of faith is replaced by spiritual science, whose purpose it is to explain the mystery of life to all the people of the Earth.
The white star symbolises the Godhead that, by means of the various religious ideals and ways in which religion is portrayed on the various evolutionary steps, leads living beings onwards and upwards towards the perfect human kingdom.
The real cause of all wars and conflicts
On the evolutionary road from animal to human being, we meet fellow beings on various steps. There are those that are ahead of us in evolution, those that are behind us and those that are on the same step. The various consciousnesses belong to different evolutionary steps like children in different classes of a school. We do not expect the same degree of proficiency of a child in the first class as we do of a child in the final class. Most people can accept that small children sometimes behave in an immature way.
All of us (just like children) have to gather experience before we can use it. When we understand that the root of all evil is merely ignorance – not maliciousness – it becomes easier to forgive. Forgiveness is the way to cosmic consciousness; it is this attitude towards evil actions that leads the way straight out of ignorance and suffering. As the ability to forgive develops, all wars and unhappy fates will disappear from the Earth and the animal will be transformed into a human being.
The cross of flames on the left symbolises God’s all-penetrating and perfect consciousness that maintains the whole universe. It is this all-loving consciousness that all intolerance is in conflict with and hereby cuts itself off from, resulting in the multiplicity of unhappy fates.
Christ was morally sovereign. On the cross he gave expression to his perfect ability to be tolerant, when he forgave his executioners with the prayer: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do”.
The two stars show two beings, or two groups of beings or nations, at war with one another. The beings’ lack of agreement is symbolised by the orange rays that are in conflict and are shortcircuiting each other. The two rays can be, for example, adherents of different religious views of the way towards the light.
The road towards the light
The evolution of cosmic consciousness
The position of the Earth in the symbol relates to mankind’s evolutionary step at the end of the animal kingdom. In the little symbol at the bottom the sun symbolises the cosmically conscious being and its sensory capacity, which encompasses both the eternal and the created or temporal part of the universe. The lowest small triangle symbolises the unfinished human being and its extremely limited sensory capacity (see next symbol).
Having no knowledge of oneself
Terrestrial human beings live alternately in a physical and a spiritual world. Following each transition to the spiritual world we are welcomed by those of our nearest and dearest who have passed over before us into the holiday paradise, which is where we all will live until we are ready to incarnate again. The birth into the spiritual world will become more and more of a celebration of happiness and light. The word “death” will become a concept belonging to the past.
The question mark in the symbol illustrates the present-day terrestrial human beings’ total ignorance with respect to their true nature, including where they have come from, their present situation and what lies ahead. The patchy, coloured areas symbolise the various basic energies or energies of consciousness, which human beings have some knowledge of without knowing
The cross symbolises the eternal I and its higher cosmic structure and functions. The cross is also the symbol of light, universal love and eternal life.
The living being I
We are all immortal
All beings have their roots in an eternal part. We are all immortal. The violet colour symbolises the mother energy in which all the main functions of life are rooted. From here “the masculine pole” and “the feminine pole” are regulated (see symbol 33 and 35).
The coloured triangles attached to them show the eternal organ structure and the ability to use the various basic energies to create in the temporal world. The six vertical coloured fields symbolise the basic energies and the bodies created by them: red for “the body of instinct”, orange for “the body of gravity”, yellow for “the body of feeling”, green for “the body of intelligence”, blue for “the body of intuition” and light indigo for “the body of memory”. The cross symbolises the being’s totally perfect, eternal, cosmic structure, regardless of which kingdom or evolutionary step it belongs to.
The principle of life units – the first glimpse of the
“In my Father’s house are many mansions”
Our organism is also built up of living beings, which we call organs, cells, molecules, atoms etc. If these beings, from our sensory perspective, are very far away we call them “matter”. The Earth is also a living individual, in the same way that the life-giving sun, the solar system and the Milky Way are living beings. One could say: “As above, so below”. All living beings are cells or experiencing organs in God’s organism. This makes the everyday life of all living beings a conversation with God.
What we do to our neighbour, we do to God. “The speech of life” is God’s way of answering, which we eternally receive through our neighbour. This neighbour constitutes the beings in “our own” body as well as the planet being that we inhabit. When one understands that life in the microworld is just as living as we are ourselves, there appears a new, and hitherto unknown, area of responsibility where the message of love also applies. The way we conduct funerals will therefore also change. Cremation will be replaced by more humane methods that take into consideration the myriads of living microbeings in the “corpse”. Only when the mineral state has been reached are there no longer in the “corpse” any microbeings that are alive and experiencing physically.
Love for animals as well as for the microbeings will also bring about a change from animal to vegetarian food (see symbol 38) and cause people to think about light living conditions, fresh air, hygiene, sleep patterns and care of the body. The symbol shows a being’s organism in its entirety. (The triangle and the white circle symbolise its X1 and X2 respectively.) The figure is built up of smaller figures. This symbolises that the organism is made up of living microindividuals each one with its own ability to experience. This is repeated upwards and down-wards into infinity. In this way we are also contained within macrocosmos which consists of larger and larger organisms, for example, the Earth, the solar system, the galaxy/Milky Way – continuing for ever. The macrobeing provides us with our outer living environment (Nature) while the microbeings provide us with our physical organism. At one and the same time everything consists of a unity. “In him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28).
The triune principle
The eternal, infinite, triune structure of the Godhead
X1 – the white disk – symbolises the Godhead’s eternal, infinite I, in that way being identical to every living being’s I.
These three aspects cannot exist as separate entities; they are aspects of one eternally indivisible triune principle. As the trinity – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – is a fundamental concept in traditional Christianity, it is explained in The Third Testament in the following way:
The Son – the Godhead’s ability to create that divides up
According to The Third Testament God is identical to the eternally existing universe. God’s ability to create consists of all living beings’ abilities to create, and God’s organism consists of all living beings’ organisms. Out of this co-operation between God and the sons of God the various spheres of life come into being. For example, “the sphere of instinct”, which we know as the plant kingdom and “the sphere of gravity” which we know as the animal kingdom. In the later part of the animal kingdom the being is involved to the greatest extent in matter and believes that it is at one with it. This process of involution is a necessary link in God’s creative process, which unfailingly leads all beings to renewed perfection as “human beings in God’s image after his likeness”. After this moral refinement the way continues through the next kingdoms, which are described in symbol 13. This entire process thus takes place “in God”. God guides all beings to the point where they are able to experience and express like Jesus: “I and the Father are one”.
The eternal world picture – the living being II, the eternal Godhead and the eternal sons of God
God and son of God are one
The white star and the field radiating outwards from the centre symbolise the Godhead, while the many white circles and the rays that emanate from them express the individual living beings – the sons of God. One can see from the symbol how life is made up of an interaction or conversation relayed by Nature between the Godhead and the sons of God. The 6 planes of existence where this takes place (the stage of the theatre of life) are each marked with their own colour: red – the plant kingdom, orange – the animal kingdom, yellow – the true human kingdom, green – the kingdom of wisdom, blue – the divine world, light indigo – the kingdom of bliss. (These kingdoms will be described in detail in symbol 13.) The living beings journey again and again through these kingdoms in an upwards-moving spiral (see symbol 14). In the symbol the Earth is placed level with the animal kingdom. It is on its own journey to cosmic consciousness and can therefore offer mankind, which is travelling the same road, a place to live. All living beings will gain cosmic consciousness, which is indicated by the small star. This “cosmic birth” is the introduction to the true human kingdom, and we are already experiencing the first signs of the coming of this kingdom on Earth. This process will be fully completed in less than 3,000 years. After that the road continues through the higher spiritual kingdoms, which are in reality one kingdom with several sections.
The combinations of the basic energies
The law-bound transformation of the eternal consciousness
The 6 kingdoms (described in the previous and the next symbol) repeat endlessly. On each horizontal bar we can see how the beings on the various evolutionary steps of these kingdoms are built up of a different combination of basic energies, which is constantly changing in a regular way. The energies are: the energy of instinct – red, the energy of gravity – orange, the energy of feeling – yellow, the energy of intelligence – green, the energy of intuition – blue, the energy of memory – light indigo. The higher basic energies, with intuition as the highest, penetrate the lower ones.
What the beings are able to create and experience is therefore determined by the basic energies that their evolutionary step gives them access to (see symbol 13).
The eternal world plan
God’s eternal method and technique of creation
“The principle of contrast” is the eternal basic law of experience of life. An experience is something created. This takes place through “something” appearing in relation to something else. The eternal world plan is God’s method of maintaining an eternally renewed youthfulness in the eternal consciousness of both God and the sons of God.
The white triangle in the centre once again symbolises the eternal nameless “something” – God’s “I” – X1. The violet field in the centre symbolises God’s ability to create and experience – X2. The radiant cross in this field signifies the total perfection of the divine world plan.
The dark diamond shapes show how the 6 planes of existence, which repeat through the spiral cycles, are constructed. Each of these 6 planes of existence is made up of the 6 basic energies. The differing ways that the basic energies are put together from one plane of existence to another is shown by the size of the 6 coloured bodies in each of the dark diamond shapes. One whole diamond shape thus symbolises the “entire body” of the plane of existence in question.
If we look at the animal kingdom with the energy of gravity (orange) culminating, the “entire body” of this kingdom is made up also of intelligence (green) increasing, feeling (yellow) increasing, instinct (red) declining, memory (light indigo) declining and the body of intuition (blue), which is latent.
The red colour for the energy of instinct symbolises the plant kingdom. Here the energy of instinct culminates. The faculty of instinct promotes automatically the outward vital functions of the plant. The fact that instinct functions with such brilliance is due to previous spiritual planes of existence where the being consciously trained abilities and knowledge, which gradually turned into unconscious, automatic functioning. The instinct being lives in an inner spiritual state. A flower is thus an outward sign of this inner state of bliss. The many physical effects that plant beings are subjected to, lead them on towards day consciousness in the outer material world. Once the beings can experience consciously on the physical plane, we call them “animals”.
The orange colour for the energy of gravity, which is culminating, characterises the animal kingdom. Here the beings experience more and more an individual organism, cut off from the rest of the world, with their own free will. Through separate male and female beings – and the ensuing struggle for a mate, offspring, food and shelter – they experience the zone of the culmination of darkness. In the animal kingdom suffering, which the being creates through its own actions, is experienced day-consciously thereby causing the humane faculty to grow. In time the being will become a “true human being” and through its faculty of intuition will gain cosmic consciousness, which will enable it to experience personally that it is one with God’s consciousness.
The yellow colour for the energy of feeling, which is culminating, symbolises the true human kingdom. As a result of sufferings and a certain degree of intellect the being has reached the stage where it is able to love all and everything. Defence and all use of force are things of the past in this plane of existence. The Earth and terrestrial human beings are now rapidly on their way towards this completely finished human kingdom. The people of the Earth will be united as one people and one nation. The value of money will be replaced
The green colour for the energy of intelligence, which is culminating, symbolises the kingdom of wisdom. All the creative processes in the universe originate in this plane of existence, e.g. the living beings’ physical organisms. In the spiritual worlds creation takes place in the form of thought matter and through thought pictures these ideas can be transferred to engineers, technicians, chemists and other receptive individuals on the physical plane. In the same way the experience of these physical beings is transferred to the physical plane. This is how the lower kingdoms of the universe are built up and maintained. Behind everything created lie spiritual causes.
The blue colour for the energy of intuition symbolises the divine world. This is life’s highest sphere of consciousness where all ideas for creation and manifestation originate before being worked on in the kingdom of wisdom.
This eternal alternation between involution into matter and evolution out of it again is symbolised by the black and white cycle on the outer rim. Only in the animal kingdom is darkness realistically experienced. The purpose of this eternal cycle between light and darkness is to maintain God’s consciousness. In this way the cosmic consciousness of God and the sons of God is recreated, maintained and renewed.
The cosmic spiral cycles I
The cosmic journey through eternity and infinity
On the symbol we can see 7 of these spiral cycles marked with the letters:
A – the spiral of atoms/matter and such like.
We can see that the 6 kingdoms or zones of consciousness (the 6 different colours around the circle described in Symbol 13) repeat endlessly through various organism-principles.
May bee that the symbol gives an impression of an organising factor behind this co-operation stretching between microcosmos and macrocosmos? (See symbol 7).
The law of movement
All creation goes in cycles
All life and the formation of all fate is bound by this law. This is symbolised by the thin lines coming out of what gives the illusion of being a square. Just as the horizon of the Earth is not straight – which it might seem to be – neither is the uppermost line in the symbol straight. It is in fact part of a circle 40 metres in diameter. The experience of “straight lines” is due to perspective.
The eternity body
Reincarnation, cycles and seasons
The cosmic seasons
Without reincarnation the people of that time would be excluded from fully understanding Jesus teaching and the road to paradise. The words ”Ye cannot bear them now” shows that Jesus knew that they first had to mature in intelligence and feeling before they would be able to accept the whole wisdom.
Martinus also calls this humane state the intellectual climate, and it is shown in the symbol where the horizontal yellow and green triangular fields (the feeling climate and the intelligence climate) melt into each other. Only when people have reached this state will they be able to understand the words of the Bible concerning “eternal life”. Eternal life does not have an age calculated from a birth. Eternal life is without a beginning or an end – it is an eternal evolution.
Evolution and cycles are found everywhere in Nature. The dark night is succeeded by the light of day. Previously impure water gushes forth again, fresh from the spring. The cold, lifeless winter transforms into the warmth, colours and light of spring and summer, and from there into the fading and withering of autumn and a new winter. After the immature period of childhood comes the springtime of youth, which heralds the summer of adulthood and after that the autumn of old age. Rebirth and renewal are Nature’s way. Should terrestrial human beings be less worthy than the drop of dirty water, and thereby an exception to the extraordinary order found in Nature? Or less worthy than the Earth, which has evolved from a glowing soup of mineral matter to the beautiful scenery that Nature surrounds us with today? No, the cycle will also lead us to mentally shine like the sun. Everyone will end up giving warmth, inspiration and life to everything and everyone in their surroundings.
The symbol illustrates the principle of cycles, it also illustrates the seasons as symbols of darkness and light. The fully-coloured rectangles at the top show the planes of existence, as described in symbol 13. The black and white figure shows the growth and culmination of darkness and light. Darkness culminates in the animal kingdom and light in the divine world. The cycles are entities in which the two opposites alternately culminate and are latent. The area with the diagonal, coloured stripes symbolises the seasons of the cycle: grey for winter, green for spring, many-coloured for summer and red for autumn. We are therefore in the winter zone of the spiral cycle. Here the experience of life is at its lowest (the thin orange field at the bottom). It is not until the divine world that life culminates (the wider blue field further along). At the very top are some black/white circles, which in turn symbolise the winter solstice, the spring equinox, the summer solstice, the autumn equinox and a new winter solstice. These times are therefore also related to the spiral cycle’s varying relationship between light and darkness. It is this symbolic meaning that lies behind the celebration of the various festivals. Christmas symbolises the birth of light and love. Easter symbolises the victory of light over darkness, and Whitsuntide the spirit and almightiness of the Godhead. The new year symbolises the beginning of a new cycle and is therefore in reality the symbol of immortality.
The fate arcs of the living being
The eternal now
Sowing, reaping and the formation of fate are Nature’s
The terms, “Hell” and “Satan”, are therefore more expressions of the state of suffering that the imperfect beings expose hemselves to on this Earth, they do not express damnation in an eternal, non-physical Hell-fire beyond earthly existence. Existence in thespiritual world between two incarnations is, on the other hand, a period of rest in Paradise, free from unpleasant karma – apart from one phase where one has to let go of the dark thought climates that one has cultivated in the earthly
The orange rays show the being’s connection with its previous and future earthly lives, the white rays show the connection with the spiritual periods in between. The white areas express the light, beautiful states between the earthly lives. The yellow area represents the being’s past and the green its future. The violet arcs up above show how the earthly lives are linked by cause and effect, so that the way a being has lived in previous incarnations is the cause of its fate in later lives. We therefore live today very much in relation to previous and future lives.
Through the initiation of darkness – Hell or Armageddon
“An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”
This promised “Counsellor, the Holy Spirit” is therefore a conclusive, firm, scientific explanation of Jesus’ teachings about love. It is knowledge about the spiritual reality behind the physical world revealed to the modern, humane, intellectual human being – is Martinus’ work, The Third Testament this Counsellor?
The row of orange and yellow rectangles at the bottom of the symbol show the process of reincarnation from one terrestrial life to another (orange), broken by stays in the spiritual worlds (yellow). In this case the being is receiving dark karma, symbolised by the large orange arc coming from the left and the sword through the heart (the organism). In this case the living being (the white triangle) is responding by using the sword i.e. the “principle of revenge”. It does not know that with this action it is binding itself to the zone of the culmination of darkness, where one is not so aware of the keynote of the universe, love (symbolised by the radiance behind the skeleton).
Not until one has been “defeated” a sufficient number of times will the truth behind the words of Jesus to “love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” begin to dawn. The sea of flames symbolises war, revolution, unrest, strikes, lockouts, political struggle, religious conflict, poverty, illness and distress. The volcano symbolises natural catastrophes such as earthquakes, floods and cyclones etc. and thereby also the state of suffering to which terrestrial human beings sometimes subject the microbeings in their own body. Through one’s actions towards one’s own microcosmos one also creates effects in one’s fate that return through macrocosmos, and vice versa.
The dark part of karma is, however, not a punishment from God. Through darkness, terrestrial human beings learn to differentiate between appropriate and inappropriate actions. Darkness is an initiation that renders terrestrial human beings able to feel compassion and humaneness and leads them to knowledge of God. It is in the darkness that the light is born.
The forgiveness of sins
“Go, and sin no more”
The Bible describes how Jesus forgave the sins of people who experienced that they had fallen from God’s grace. The symbol explains how the forgiveness of sins that Jesus spoke about actually does exist. Slowly we become freed from the dark karma that we have built up – the suffering that we have created for other beings. This takes place through the humane faculty (the yellow flame) growing from life to life (every time we reap suffering). This humane faculty protects us – in fact it is the only protection we have, from a cosmic point of view. The orange steps symbolise the being’s individual earthly lives in the past (yellow) and in the future (green). The violet field symbolises the being’s super consciousness and consequently its eternal life. The orange rectangles symbolise the succession of the being’s earthly lives – reincarnation. The orange fate wave is set in motion by a selfish action, e.g. a murder that is committed in the being’s present life (between the vertical white beams). When this action returns to its originator, this being might possibly experience being killed. The unpleasant fate develops the being’s body of feeling and it becomes more humane.
This takes many, many incarnations, but, as is symbolised by the growth of the yellow flame, the being can at a certain point no longer bear to commit the same selfish action and it will experience only the injuries that it can still bear to inflict on other beings – until it is completely cleansed and “humane”. It then no longer needs to learn about darkness. Its loving radiation protects it and the dark karma can no longer be released in the being’s life. It has therefore truly obtained the “forgiveness of sins”. The white fate waves show that fate formation also takes place in the spiritual world between lives, and that this can only be light and happy in nature.
The eternal, cosmic, organic connection between
The development, significance and function of prayer
The symbol on the right is the whole universe, i.e. God. Every living being finds itself in the centre of this organism, and is always unshakeably and organically connected to God. The white circle in the centre symbolises the I, X1 (See symbol 8, 9 and 10). Round it can be seen the mother energy with the violet colour and the eternal part of the bodies of the basic energies, X2. Round these can be seen the son of God’s created eternity body, X3. The oblong coloured fields on the outside are the body of the Godhead (the created part of the universe) that the son of God relates to. The pointed ends of these figures represent the eternal part of the basic energies of the universe.
The violet field on the outside symbolises the mother energy of the universe and the white disk behind it, the I of the Godhead.
The four uppermost drawings on the left symbolise the evolution of the relationship to God.
Symbol No. 21 – detail:
The small orange triangles at the bottom on the left represent beings that are gaining help or inspiration from spiritual beings, represented by the yellow triangles in the rows above.
In the next small section one can see the process by which intellectual human beings, e.g. artists or scientists – often without knowing how – can gain inspiration or flashes of intuition.
The eternal, cosmic, organic connection between
“Enter into thy closet…”
The rectangular coloured fields round the edge of the circle symbolise the living beings and kingdoms of the spiral cycle (see symbol 13). The two slanting black lines divide these coloured fields into the spiritual world, above, and the physical part of the universe, below. The part with the orange rectangular fields symbolises the animal kingdom. The two of these rectangular orange figures that are the shortest symbolise the first ape-like terrestrial human stages. Today these have become completely extinct on the Earth and they incarnate on more primitive planets in the universe. The rectangular orange figure to the right of these symbolises the stages of the primitive peoples that are in the process of dying out on Earth, and the figure to the right of this symbolises civilised human beings who more and more looses their ability to believe. Next field (orange/ yellow) the culmination of materialism and spiritual dead. After this culmination the beings are more and more evolving into true human beings, who are approaching the “great birth” and cosmic consciousness (the yellow part of this field).
Prayer is the tool that leads us all through the last problems and sufferings on this road. Every prayer to God is answered in such as way that it brings most lasting joy to the being itself as well as its surroundings. Through the genuine wish behind the prayer that “not my will, but thy will be done”, the being unites its own will with the will of God. Allied in this way with the almighty God, the being builds up its vitality and its ability to “take the rough with the smooth”. With every loving resolution there streams into the consciousness renewed joy in living. It is these “straight and narrow paths” that in time lead us to a true, organic talent for joy in living and mental balance, despite all the difficulties. This road inevitably leads the being to the point where, like Christ, it can say: “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30).
The materialistic or incomplete world picture
A lifeless universe
Materialistic people can of course be extremely humane and loving. They can be greater practical worshippers of God than many beings who are able to believe, due to the fact that God reveals himself through the neighbour. Atheism, however, also leads to the culmination of the culture of death. Research into ingenious murder weapons and methods of killing both humans and animals can be called neither “animal” nor “human”; it can best be described as “devil consciousness”. The beings do not know that in reality one absolutely cannot kill one’s enemies.
In the symbol we can see a part of Symbol 22. Above the jagged dark field is once again symbolised the son of God’s physical organism. The numerous rectangular rays below symbolise the many living beings that this son of God is confronted with on the material plane, whether in micro-, meso- or macrocosmos. This being knows nothing other than time and space, with the result that the existence of God and the “I” is an insoluble mystery to this being (the triangle in the I of both God and the son of God is placed behind a question mark). The triangle also symbolises the eternal, triune unification of the I, spirit and matter – X1, X2 and X3. The structure of prayer and the eternal, cosmic connection between God and the son of God, as well as knowledge of the spiritual world surrounding the being is also hidden from this being.
Through materialistic science the beings gain knowledge of the physical universe, thereby enabling them to subdue the Earth through the use of machines and tools. It lifts human beings out of material ignorance, but it cannot lead them out of the darkness. It is not able to create a sense of morality or offer cosmic guidance for one’s behaviour and way of being. The only thing that can do that is a science of the spiritual causes behind physical reality. In the perfect human kingdom physical science will be guided by the science of neighbourly love and thereby arrive at the fulfilment of its true mission: that the curse that followed Adam out of the garden of Paradise, “ in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread”, be fully removed.
The fully-evolved human being in God’s image after his likeness
Turning the other cheek
In the symbol the two clasped hands show how such a loving being responds to darkness and “hostility” (the large orange arc) with friendship. This reaction creates the yellow, humane arc of karma, which will later return to the being itself in the form of light and joy. It is this behaviour that will lead mankind out of the darkness (symbolised by the clouds), which is supplanted by the
Terrestrial human beings’ steadily increasing awareness of their conscience shows that they are on their way to the state of being all-loving. Eventually they will only be able to bear to do good, like the Christ being in the symbol.
The unfinished human kingdom
The kingdom of the sphinx
The warring parties are thus united in their warlike ideals, which belong to the principle of vengeance, described in the law of Moses as “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”. In like manner, this principle of vengeance is also adopted internally in the nation’s legal system. Collectively the “killing principle” is symbolised by the orange colour (the energy of gravity). In the upper third of the symbol the arrows are more or less pointing away from these warlike ideals and up towards the rays that, together with the white star, symbolise the truly humane ideals that are already beginning to find expression in the government policies of certain countries. The number, placing or dividing up of the fields should not be interpreted literally or geographically – humane societies are now emerging in more and more places around the globe.
The karma of humankind
The world is transformed into one kingdom
The perfect human kingdom of the future
The united states of the world, “one shepherd and one flock”
• Disarmament – the world state will have no outward enemies and will need only a world police force to guarantee internal law and order.
• An open, not secret, supreme judicial system.
• A judicial system that is able to recognize the difference between criminality and abnormality and will use humane educational methods instead of punishment and sentencing.
• The abolition of money and the private ownership of natural resources.
• The introduction of receipts for having done a certain amount of work to replace money as a means of payment.
• The formation of a fund to pay for the periods of childhood, old age and illness.
• The introduction of machines to carry out the coarse work.
• The development of vegetarianism, art and spirit.
• Whereas previously might ruled over right, it is now right which settles all issues; the world state is therefore guided by intellectualised feeling and humanised intelligence, which is the same as neighbourly love.
The cosmic radiance of the Earth
The days and nights of eternal life
From the time of the completion of Jesus’ mission it was no longer possible for dark forces to gain permanent acceptance by the Earth globe being. The bright radiation from the aura (“the cosmic radiance”, which can only be seen with cosmic sight) is increasing, with the result that the conditions necessary for the manifestation of justice, compassion, forgiveness and love on Earth are strengthened.
The step formation at the bottom symbolises the six planes of existence that are repeated in each spiral cycle.
The white cloud shape that reaches from field No. 6 (the kingdom of bliss) right up to the border of field No. 3 (the true human kingdom) marks the limits of the consciousness of unfinished terrestrial humankind. The cloud shape symbolises that terrestrial human beings only know about the physical aspects of the mineral, plant and animal kingdoms. The small representation of the Earth at the bottom is placed in the animal kingdom after the culmination of darkness. The Earth together with its human beings is now moving towards peace and love.
Eternal life or the ladder of life
The eternal renewal of life, “Behold, I make all things new”
The symbol shows a section of the eternal, endless ladder of life. The planes of existence in the middle of the step formation are: the plant kingdom (red), the animal kingdom (orange), the true human kingdom (yellow), the kingdom of wisdom (green), the divine world (blue), the kingdom of bliss/the mineral kingdom (light indigo). These six planes of existence or states of consciousness repeat themselves again and again in the form of greater cycles, indicated by the large violet steps on the left, the spiral cycles. Each plane of existence is made up of lesser steps such as for example “character zones” and the individual physical incarnations. The individual kingdoms are fully described in symbol 13.
Cosmic evolutionary paths
The origin of species
The eternal Godhead and the beings’ sensory abilities
What is needed in order to “see God”
The staircase figure on the left of the symbol symbolises the ladder of evolution. Each step is one plane of existence. The small triangles symbolise the I’s in the living beings on these planes of existence. The groups of rays that emit from these beings show which basic energy is prevalent in that particular plane of existence. These energies determine how the being creates and which opportunities it has of experiencing in relationship to the surrounding universe.
The senses are those realities through which the interaction between the living being’s energy and the energy of its surroundings can come about. The most predominant sensory abilities of the various beings is shown in the symbol by the fields struck by the rays.
Red (the instinct being) is able at most to have a vague inkling of pleasure and displeasure but is unable to analyse it. Orange (the gravity being) can experience and manifest by virtue of the energy of gravity, primitive feeling and the beginnings of intelligence.
Yellow (the finished human being) has feeling combined with a high degree of the energy of intelligence, which means that the energies of feeling and gravity can only manifest absolutely logically, that is to say in a way that is all-loving. This state of consciousness opens, through the faculty of intuition, the way for cosmic consciousness.
Green (the wisdom being) is characterised by culminating intelligence over and above the previously mentioned basic energies.
Blue (the intuition being in the divine world) has this highest energy of consciousness culminating. In reality, however, these two highest kingdoms should be treated as one kingdom with two sections for high cosmic beings. We can see how intuition stretches over the whole spiral cycle – as life’s very highest and all-permeating sensory energy.
After this culmination of life experience we come to light indigo (the bliss being); such a being lives in its own inner world. This being’s faculty of memory enables it to sense copies of previous experiences of being together with beings in its surroundings throughout the whole of the spiral cycle. These copies of memories in time shine like gold and confirm the old saying: “time heals all wounds”. The kingdom of bliss consists of an inner experience of these “gold copies”. The being can at will move backwards and forwards in this inner universe, which (as can be seen) stretches over all the kingdoms of the spiral cycle, not, however, as a sensing in the outer world but as an inner re-experiencing of this world. The bliss being also has a strong intuition that now acts inwardly and makes it a Godhead in this universe of previous experiences. It sees the “answers” or the “conclusions” behind all the previously experienced details, regardless of whether they were once experienced as light or darkness. It experiences in the same way as God: “all is very good”. (Each of the kingdoms of consciousness is fully described in symbol 13).
The living being’s sensory faculty and the universe
He that has eyes to see, let him see
The twelve basic answers or the solution to the mystery of life
“Everything is very good”
The answer to this question requires knowledge of eternal life, the solution to the very mystery of life. The twelve-pointed orange star illustrates that, from the perspective of eternity, life and the universe is radiantly perfect: all living beings are immortal. We reap as we sow, with respect to what we still have the heart to do to our neighbour. Pain and suffering guide us back to God, to the experience of being eternally together with him. The universe is God’s all-embracing living organism, governed and maintained by eternal, perfect laws of love. This is the only perspective that gives meaning to the divine words: “Behold, everything is very good”.
Segment 1. We have to acknowledge that we exist; this is the first conclusive answer in the solution to the mystery of life. We constitute a “something” not a “nothing”. The same applies to the universe. To deny this would be to deny our own existence and the experience of the world around us. If “nothing” was a reality there would of course be no need for an explanation of the mystery of life.
Segment 2. If we observe our organism and the universe, this “something” reveals an infinite series of causes and effects, symbolised here by the chain.
Segment 3. The chains of cause and effect reveal logic and planning. Our organism, eyes, hands, blood, musculature, skeleton and the way we grow from being an embryo to maturity, in fact all normal functions, in their final analysis, fulfil a useful purpose or a plan.
Segment 4. This planned creation reveals that consciousness is present. There is “something” that chooses and governs the creative processes. Where forces of consciousness are present there is also life.
Segment 5. Planning has revealed consciousness, con-sciousness has revealed life, and life has revealed an I that experiences and that acknowledges its existence in the form of its consciousness and organism. Thoughts and the creation of ideas are characteristics of a living being.The universe is therefore just as living as we are.
Segment 6. When we distinguish between ourselves and the chains of cause and effect of our surroundings we use the words “I” (the white triangle) and “it” (the strips of colour). This differentiation between “I” and “it” is the first encounter with the creator or our highest self.
Segment 7. The second and true encounter with our highest self takes place when we find the self or the I “outside” the infinite chains of cause and effect that make up matter. Organisms are the effects of preceding causes, while the I exists before and after the organisms. The self is an eternal causeless cause behind what is created, an eternal experiencer of the planned causes and effects, it is the creator.
Segment 8. Life constitutes an eternal triune principle. Matter has revealed thinking, thinking has revealed a creative ability, that has in turn revealed a creator. These three principles – the creator, the creative ability and what is created (consciousness and matter) – cannot be separated without them all three disappearing. All three aspects are therefore eternal realities (otherwise they would have come into existence out of nothing). This applies to ourselves as well as to the universe.
Segment 9. The universe and ourselves fulfil exactly the same criteria as those that apply to a living being. Nature’s creative processes are no less logical and planned than our own. Behind all processes there is consciousness and thereby a creative ability and a creator. The triangles (eternal life) within the triangles symbolise that the universe is built up according to the principle: life within life. All living beings are in “God’s image”, that is to say they have the same eternal existence and structure as God himself. The “lesser” being is dependent on having space and surroundings in which it can live within the “great” being. The “great” being is dependent on the small beings in order to build up organisms. They all cooperate perfectly to maintain God’s eternal and infinite organism.
Segment 11. All creation emanates from the causeless cause – the I, the innermost cause of all movements – and the effects therefore return unfailingly to this source. In itself the I is unmanifested and therefore unlimited and omnipresent. The law of fate – that we reap what we sow – causes the behaviour and way of being of all living beings to be, in the final reckoning, a joy and a blessing to everything living.
Segment 12. “Everything is therefore very good”. We survive all experiences, both the dark and the light, and
In its totality the symbol thus symbolises the eternal, allloving, almighty consciousness that maintains the universe: the eternal Godhead. The Godhead is eternally double-poled (see symbol 33 and 35), whereas the sons of God during their dark epochs have male or female gender, symbolised by a primary pole (the sun in the middle of the symbol) and a secondary pole (the sun surrounding the sun in the middle).
The outermost yellow and green circle represents intellectualised feeling, which is that very love that embraces the universe and that is increasingly finding expression in the seeker after truth.
Animal and human thought climates
The transformation of the psyche from animal to human being
The animal state, with its rivalry and struggle to obtain the favours of the partner – is the background to all forms of darkness. In this zone darkness culminates. But the greater the degree of darkness, the quicker the being becomes satiated with the traditions of the animal kingdom, and this expulsion from the animal paradise continues right up to the point where the human being is perfectly humane or loving towards its neighbour. This transformation of the consciousness takes place through many reincarnations (the steps on the violet ladder-shaped figure).
The orange and yellow steps to the very left of the symbol symbolise various stages. The pure animal stages at the very bottom, above that the transformation from the animal to the human being and the true human stages at the top (see the same yellow wedge in symbol 36). It is symbolised that the human consciousnes is born in the animal kingdom as a result of suffering and what Martinus calls ”the pole transformation” which is described here and in symbol 35. All living beings have a “masculine pole” and a “feminine pole”. In the animal kingdom the being to appear as either a male or a female being while the finished all-loving human being is without gender. The shifting of the balance between the poles is called the pole transformation.
The symbol is explained starting from the right. By its side can be seen a vertical figure with a green stripe (the masculine pole) and a yellow stripe (the feminine pole). Where the feminine pole (yellow) is latent we are dealing with a purely male being. After this culmination the feminine pole develops to an equal balance with the masculine pole. What was previously an “animal” is now a “human being” without gender. This state of being a true human being is symbolised above the thick horizontal violet strip.
Next to this figure there is a yellow/green figure which represents the transformation of the female being of the animal kingdom. Here it is the development of the masculine pole (green) that makes the “animal” into a “human being”.
This new state is an inner ability of sympathy, that grows organically in the individual until it include all individuals irrespective of gender. In the perfect finished human kingdom (above the yellow-green horizontal line) the all-loving humans does not appear in masculine or feminine organisms.
“Friendship” is an example of the beginnings of neighbourly love that gloves between people.
This increasing ability to feel sympathy also has to be cultivated to the point of neighbourly love. In the beginning it is easily confused – in not so fortunate ways – with the moral of marriage. The many unhappy marriages, the many deserted partners and children and other painful sexual states of today do not express moral genius.
But creation continues and when the new ability to feel sympathy has reached its finished state it can only bring joy and blessing to the being itself and its neighbour – irrespective of gender. Then the being is protected from suffering and loosing its way – also in the sexual matters. Only happiness and blessing follow in the trail of the all-loving godlike human being.
The birth of the human consciousness - the evolution from animal to human being – is symbolised by the 12 vertical figures. We can follow the initial stage, the culmination and the degeneration of these thought climates and see how they connect with each other.
From the right, the figures symbolise the following:
1. The terrestrial human organism. From an ape-like, coarse, physical body the organism is transformed into an increasingly refined human external appearance.
2. The killing principle. From sacrifices and killing, to war and meat-eating.
3. Ways of thinking that kill, such as the struggle to procure food and a mate, hatred and jealousy.
4. Arrogance, ambition, boastfulness, megalomania and other forms of self-conceit – also in spiritual areas.
5. The consequences of the pole transformation in the form of the degeneration of marriage and other forms of suffering due to the sexual effects of the pole transformation. Together these are called “the birth pains leading to the great birth”.
6. Neighbourly love beginning with the humane religions and ending with pure spiritual science.
7. Art in the animal kingdom. The celebration of hunting, fertility and war-like ideals and later the worship of marriage, heroes and religions based on belief. There then follows a degeneration in the form of the transition into the art of living (universal love).
8. The religious principle. The lighter the yellow, the more it is characterised by the pursuit of genuine humanity. The light that guides us.
9. Psychic sensory abilities. Clairvoyant abilities etc. develop out of the highly sensitised ability to sense what is about to happen that is found among animals. Black magic etc. also comes into this category. In the West these abilities were primarily blocked out by the inquisition. We can learn to differentiate between low- and high-psychic abilities. The correct use of prayer is a high-psychic power – white magic (see symbol 22).
10. The great birth. With cosmic consciousness terrestrial human beings become conscious of the universe and all its kingdoms, symbolised by the colours surrounding the fivepointed star.
11. The Comforter, the Holy Spirit in the form of cosmic beings, and with the uppermost cross, high-cosmic beings such as Christ. With universal love as an organic faculty, there will no longer be any need for humans to be born of women, they will increasingly gain the ability to materialise themselves. Jesus materialised himself several times for his disciples after he was crucified. He was also in this regard in the image of his Father, as it is said: “For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.” (Psalms 33:9)
12. The double-poled true human body of the future through which every meeting with another finished human being is experienced as a sexual pleasure and bliss – an experience of “the highest fire” (symbolised by the flames at the very top).
The flames symbolise the highest fire, God’s all-determining will, spirit and power behind all manifestations. As can be seen from the very small size of the flames between the male and the female being, the highest fire in the animal kingdom is reduced to its minimal stage of development (see the next symbol).
The act of copulation or the spirit of God in the darkness
“How can a man be born when he is old?”
The triangle at the top symbolises a being visiting the kingdom of bliss between two terrestrial lives. It is ready to incarnate again into physical matter. The red circle symbolises the energy of instinct that together with the fertilised egg automatically leads the process towards the formation of an embryo. The embryonic stage, the birth, childhood and youth constitute a repetition of previously experienced existences. On reaching adulthood the new organism is a completed tool for the living being itself, dependent, for better or worse, on the good and bad habits and experiences of previous lives. At the age of 30 the being is from a mental point of view ”fully born” into this incarnation. The two white triangles at the bottom symbolise the I’s of the father and the mother. The two orange circles and the yellow rays coming from them symbolise the fact that they are engaging in the act of copulation. The male being on the left and the female being on the right are shown with an enlarged feeling (yellow circle) because of the state of being in love. (The remaining circles symbolise the other basic energies.)
The act of copulation releases the same spiritual sense of intoxication as that which the discarnate beings finds itself in. This state of bliss (indigo colour) thus constitutes the ”bridge between” the physical and the spiritual planes of existence that makes reincarnation a possibility.
The cosmic cycle of the pole principle
The magic wand in the fairy tale of eternal life
At the same time that these beings are culminating as male and female beings in the animal kingdom, darkness is also at its culmination. But their unloving actions return as pain and suffering and thereby teach the being what is “evil” and what is “good” (see symbol 18 and 20). So through “eating of the fruits of the tree of knowledge” the beings would reach the stage of being like God – one with the Father – and know the difference between good and evil.
All evolution of consciousness in terrestrial human beings is due to the growth of the opposite pole. This affords access to universal love, art and science – at the expense of marital love. When the poles come into balance once again we are no longer male or female but finished human beings in God’s image after his likeness (see symbol 23).
The entire pole transformation is regulated by the “mother kernel” in the being’s super consciousness and determines the being’s experience of pleasure and displeasure.
The green and yellow horizontal fields show that the sexual cycle stretches over two cosmic spiral cycles. The roles change and the living being that is a female in the present animal kingdom (the orange step) becomes a male in next spiral cycle’s animal kingdom. (The steps at the bottom symbolise the kingdoms as explained in symbol 13). The orange circle above the animal kingdom (the orange step) with the two crosses in it symbolises that two beings are in love and engaging in the act of copulation. The one-poled, hormonebased state of being in love belongs to the animal kingdom; in the other kingdoms the poles are in balance.
The perfect, finished human beings have universal love as the foundation of their lives in all situations. The unconscious experience of Gods spirit by glimpses in the animal kingdom (see symbol 34) has now become a permanent conscious state. Jesus said: “In the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage” and he taught this way of being all-loving. This Christ-consciousness is indicated by the blue circle. Here light is at its culmination (shown at the very top).
The structure of eternal life
The transition from one kingdom to another
The unrevealed and the revealed eternal truth
The veil of Maya
At the very bottom of the symbol we can see a white field that is increasing in size as it moves towards the right, this shows how the light (love) increases in the beings’ consciousness with each stage in evolution. The skull and crossbones is a symbol of the stages where the being culminates in devil consciousness and the worship of darkness. The town bathed in light symbolises the light religious or atheistic ideals. We can see how the light is “concealed” from the animal beings’ senses, but we can also see how they gain access to experiencing more and more of this light gradually as the veil of Maya falls away from their consciousness.
With the faculty of universal love the being is able to sense the vibrations of love of the Godhead (the white triangle and the rays emanating from it). It does not need explanations anymore.
Human beings and animal and vegetable food
”You shall have them for food”
Very little attention has been given to this guidance given in the Bible (Gen. 1:29). For many people it is a tradition to eat animal food. For beasts of prey it is natural, but for civilised human beings who have left behind the more primitive and robust evolutionary stages of the animal it is unnatural. It is a great strain on the modern, refined and civilised human body to take in the same food as the beast of prey, and the cost is organic illness in the body.
Our eating habits are also to do with respecting the right to life of animals. Animals are confined, tortured and killed, but the sixth commandment: “Thou shalt not kill” and the law of fate: “You reap as you sow” also apply in our relationship to animals. From a cosmic point of view, our persecution of animals creates a constant risk of death, accidents, lack of freedom and other outer difficulties. We are protected only to the degree that we protect other living beings. To consume other living beings’ organisms, muscles, livers, kidneys, hearts and intestines is a tradition that is dying out.
It should be added that developed human beings will similarly also give up the traditions of consuming alcohol, tobacco, narcotics and other substances that are poisonous to the spirit and the body’s living microbeings. In this respect terrestrial human beings are still a long way from loving God and their neighbour as themselves.
The ideal food for terrestrial human beings’ present evolutionary step consists of vegetables and fruit – possibly supplemented with dairy products at the beginning. Later on only the ripe fruit flesh surrounding the seed will be considered the right kind of food. In this individual process each person should adopt that particular diet that causes them no trouble and which they find easy to digest.
The next step (orange/yellow) symbolises the transitional phase between the animal kingdom and the true human kingdom and its mixture of animal and vegetarian food, and eventually only vegetarian food.
The third step symbolises the food in the perfect human kingdom, initially mainly nourishment from fruit and thereafter increasingly nourishment from air.
The uppermost steps symbolise the completely spiritual kingdoms where food is mental and consists of thoughts and actions that create light and joy. The circle at the top on the left symbolise an unfinished terrestrial human being and the way it relates to the various groups of foods.
The categories of the consciousness of terrestrial human beings
“The good soil”
Terrestrial human beings have different spiritual ages, which causes them to be on different evolutionary steps. Some are content with their faith and relate more or less to the old world impulse and its traditions. Others are more receptive to the various manifestations of the new world impulse (see symbol 1). Receptiveness is not a question of will – it depends on the experiences the individuel has lived through in the past. This is the deciding factor in the exercising of its will, its partiality and its impartiality towards the old or the new impulse. This reveals how unreasonable it is to be intolerant of and to bear ill-will towards beings that are different.
In the symbol the two groups are further illustrated by the 6 oval figures that symbolise the various categories of terrestrial human beings according to the different balances between intelligence (green) and feeling (yellow). The following three categories are found within both of the main groups: beings with a balance between feeling and intelligence, beings with a predominance of feeling and beings with a predominance of intelligence. These, in all, 6 categories are in “Livets Bog” divided into further sections according to how well-developed their intelligence and humane feeling is. What follows is a very brief description of the 6 categories (the coloured, oval figures – described from left to right).
Group A – Beings for whom the religious aspect of their lives can only be furthered through the new world impulse:
1. Beings with a balance of feeling and intelligence. The forecourt of the great birth. The most advanced and spiritually developed terrestrial human beings that have come through most of their karmic suffering and have a well-developed sense of logic.
2. Beings with a predominance of feeling. From true spiritual researchers, artists and reformers to sectarian fanatics. From a slightly weak to an extremely weak sense of logic.
3. Beings with a predominance of intelligence, such as spiritual researchers, politicians, scientists and business people. From a slightly weak to an extremely weak faculty for empathy.
Group B – Beings who are mainly influenced by the old world impulse:
4. Beings with a balance of feeling and intelligence. The true believers in the old world impulse, who are the source of inspiration behind the creation of much of the humaneness in the world.
5. Here the predominance of feeling is given expression in, among other things, holy wrath, inquisition and fanaticism.
The sign of the cross
Knowledge from above and knowledge from below
The star symbol
The symbol of universal love
The triangle surrounded by a sun shows that life or existence in its highest analysis is absolutely perfect. The rays appearing in the shape of a cross symbolise universal love, the most perfect manifestation, where one would rather sacrifice oneself than allow others to suffer.
The structure of the flag
It can rightfully wave only in an atmosphere of forgiveness, tolerance and love. The triangle in the middle expresses the divine something that experiences life (X1) in all living beings, the divine creative ability (X2), and what is created (X3). The triangle can also be seen as X1, the violet colour round the triangle as the mother energy or the divine creative ability, X2, and the coloured fields, the 6 basic energies each with its plane of existence, as X3.
The symbol of “Livets Bog” (The Book of Life)
“He will bring glory to me…”
The triangle on the left symbolises Martinus’ initiation and the triangle on the right symbolises the Godhead. The eternal sons of God and the Godhead have the same analysis, namely eternity and infinity, that is to say, X1, X2 and X3, and this can be seen as a the three figures that stretch through the whole of the large figure.
The purpose of The Third Testament work is the reunion between the eternal sons of God and the Godhead which will reveal itself to the reader through the cosmic analyses. Martinus’ mission was to show human beings God and to justify Jesus’ mission.
The law of existence – Love one another!
“I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts”
The picture shows the rise of the Christ-consciousness over the world. The danish words ”Elsker hverandre” means: ”Love one another”, a mental state where people love one another irrespective of gender – illustrated by the three different couples. The thread running through The Third Testament is the love for God and all living beings, whether in micro-, meso- or macrocosmos.
With The Third Testament terrestrial human beings have been given, as Jesus promised, the explanation of the commandment of love: “Thou shalt love thy God above all things, and thy neighbour as thyself”.
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