Material grades of life -- Sources

Source texts from the books by Jozef Rulof for the article ‘material grades of life’.
By Ludo Vrebos, based on the books by Jozef Rulof.
These sources presume the prior reading of the article ‘material grades of life’.

Evolution without Darwin

Grades of life are consecutive steps in a development process.
There are for instance material grades of life which are called ‘grades for the material organism’ in the following quotation, grades of feeling which are called ‘grades for the soul life’ in the text, and ‘cosmic grades of life’:
The soul experiences these grades in order to enter the highest stage, the All.
They are states of transition, laws which determine that every grade has its own evolution to experience.
The soul masters those laws, as a result of which its conscious changes.
On this side we have got to know all these laws as grades for the organic life and had to master them.
We find the grades of life again in everything.
For example, seven hells and heavens were created, seven grades for sleep, for the psychic trance and the other spiritual gifts, all the transitions in order to experience the actual grade and the actual law.
There are seven grades for the material organism and for the soul life.
The Universe possesses the seven cosmic grades.
The Peoples of the Earth seen by the Other Side, 1941

From primal cell to primal being

The soul has created the body:
As the grades of life create themselves, which therefore got the life of existence by means of the soul; because the soul keeps on creating a new body, those bodies change colour, power and build, because the planet also has to experience her condensing contractions and which the universe helped her with.
Archives, 1945
The soul was able to conquer the steps of its cosmic evolution by creating grade after grade:
And it is because of this that the soul was able to conquer them.
She gradually created grade after grade.
Archives, 1945

Living together as a tribe

The masters wrote about seven material grades of life, seven grades of feeling and seven cosmic grades of life.
During a contact evening, a member of the public asked why that number seven was mentioned so often.
Jozef explained that it is not about the earthly figure, but that in this way people divide an evolution into parts, into eras:
(Gentleman in the hall): ‘Why is it that everything to do with spiritual things always adds up to the number seven?’
Sir, that has nothing to do with the number seven, but they are the subsequent grades of life for everything which exists.
The number seven has no earthly meaning, but people began to trace out something of space, of the earth, or of a house, or of a staircase, and a chair, a white loaf of bread, it does not matter, in parts.
And they are the ages of the thing.
And that is also in ...
You can also learn that at the bakers, sir.
Do you know that?
There are seven grades of evolution.
Before we begin it is already grass, it is also material.
Then we must go from the grass, we must go to the grain, that is also a part of it.
But it is first milk and then flour and then we bring it together, another grade again; and then something else comes, that says ssst, and then it goes into the oven, and then it starts to expand and finally you are in that and that grade and then you have a sandwich in your hands.
And it happens like that with the child which is born and a dog which runs.
For example, you can also have runners, have boxers.
In every grade, in every gift there are now transitions of feeling.
There are people here who have love; seven different grades of love.
You have art; seven grades of art.
There are painters who never learn it, never have to learn it: if they want to accept spiritual gifts and they want to be honest, they would be much better to go into the mines, or they fly, it does not matter, but they will never reach art in eternity, because thirty lives are needed in order to achieve that, because art is feeling.
And now you must be able to experience that art, be able to experience the paint, be able to experience the technique, you must want to experience the unity with art, that takes ten lives, twenty lives; for sciences and art, violin, piano.
Giving birth and creation; transitions.
If the child is in the mother during the first days, when the contact came ...
The fertilization takes place ...
If there were no transitions?
Did you ever see a seed in the ground which came out again in two seconds?
Questions and Answers Part 3, 1952

The grade of feeling of the soul

By experiencing the material body, the soul got feeling:
By means of this my life awakened and I got feeling as a soul!
I experienced that working and in this way many lives revealed themselves to me and to her who belongs to my life.
The pre-animal love awakened.”
Archives, 1945
By experiencing the material grades of life on earth, the first grades of feeling were built up:
We established that the organic life gave you these grades of feeling.
By experiencing one grade after another, your inner life could grow.
Spiritual Gifts, 1943
The first grade of feeling is called pre-animal-like:
They only ‘feel’; they can’t do anything but feel and that in a pre-animal-like way.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
In the time of Jozef Rulof cannibals were also called headhunters:
There are seven degrees of material organism; they who live in the first degree, are those on earth, who are called head-hunters.
That is the first material degree on earth.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939


During the second material grade of life, the feeling ‘possession’ awakened:
People want to possess and when they have it they want something else and that is no good either.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
Master Alcar explained to Jozef Rulof (André) that collecting material things continued in all the material grades of life on earth:
In all those material degrees lies earthly happiness and that happiness is what is acquired on earth.
They received this from our side and it is present in all these degrees.
You will feel that every material degree has its own power, and that happiness and those things which make life on earth more pleasant form part of it.
Do you feel what awaits them?
That they will receive this, but that they will also forget themselves?
That, according as they advance, they want to possess all those material things, all riches, all treasures of the earth; but that it will also ruin them?
This goes on, André, until they have reached the highest degree in the material world, and this will happen; they have to complete their cycle on earth.
We shall see that and I will show it to you, they do not know any better and do not know the riches of the earth; just watch them collect all that earthly trash.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
In the later material grades of life they became golden trinkets:
People are killed for this trash which is now gold and silver, diamonds and pearls, all those precious things on earth which are only valuable for them.
That is what everyone wants to possess, but they should be able to discard them.
That is not possible, because they have not advanced that far so that they have to return many times.
Returning is a torment for them, but that torment comes, because they begin to sense what awaits them.
People do not want struggle and sorrow; they want to keep all these material things, to enjoy all this trash which we started to collect in prehistoric times.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
As a result of this possessiveness, the personality lost the natural feeling of the jungle life:
They have created a condition that is not natural any more.
They drape themselves with decorations, they are well dressed, but they discarded their natural attunement.
They lost themselves in their beautiful and rich lives and they do things people in the jungle would never do.
That is instinct, nature and intellectual man has lost and defiled those laws of nature.
Is it that terrible when I say that the natural core has been lost?
That they adorn their bodies, but that the inner being spiritually starves to death?
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
One day they will only collect spiritual treasures:
One day all this end.
Then, we only collect mental treasures and acquire all those qualities forming our mental character which cannot be taken away from us.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
However, many people will continue with collecting knickknacks, even when they have arrived in their hereafter, in their dark sphere which is called ‘hell’ in the next quotation:
One day they will die and enter life after death.
They also collect these things, that earthly trash, in hell; you have seen that, André, there too they adorn themselves with pearls and diamonds but this trash is as false as their spiritual lives.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
André was shown that the soul already began to make itself ‘beautiful’ with a body from the third material grade of life:
They had adorned themselves with all sorts of decorations.
How beautifully they had made themselves!
He saw nothing but beads and again beads.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
The personality became less anxious:
They don’t fear other people any more, they have learned to control themselves.
The others were timid and anxious, these are bold and ready to attack anybody coming within their reach.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
The soul as personality now started to use its physical strength in order to satisfy its possessiveness:
When we got older these feelings became stronger and we knocked others down by our physical strength, merely because we wanted to posses what they had.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
The higher the material grade of life became, the more possessions people started to acquire, because the material consciousness also increased:
‘If you understand me, it will be clear to you that inner life can receive more riches as it approaches the highest material degree.
People in the jungle have no earthly possessions as compared with the property of man in the large cities.
This is, as you feel, a mighty difference, which awakens inner life.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
The hunt for possessions formed hundreds of characteristics in order to acquire those possessions, and as a result people transcended the animal-like grade of feeling in which people were only lived by what the body required:
But the soul has to acquire more.
In the first four degrees inner life experiences material life, because this life has an organism.
That is very simple and natural.
What all those people do not realize and are unaware of is, that they will have to become conscious as inner life, which means awakening.
They live, because they have to live, they act in that life, because alle these people have to act, and all this is imposed by their material organism.
Do you feel, André, how great and deep everything is?
Do you feel that when inner life advances, it has to lose itself?
That this life emanates from that animal-like and unconscious state and is going to lay all that aside?
And that hundreds of character traits, acquired in that higher life, will take that place instead; and that all these beings are unaware of reality and conditions of existence, and can’t possess anything?
The Origin of the Universe, 1939

From the jungle

With a body from the fourth grade, people dared to go outside of the jungle:
So the organism gives the soul more feeling and by means of that feeling the human being dares to move and to explore the Earth as a body.
The Cosmology of Jozef Rulof Part 4, 1944
Now cannibalism as a pre-animal-like feeling was let go of:
They eat meat, like those others, but no human flesh, they don’t eat that any more.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
In the animal-like life of feeling the law of the strongest dominates:
They live naturally, in accordance with their inner being and they have respect for the stronger being.
They feel the presence of a supreme power, which they recognize in nature; the elements make them anxious.
That is beyond their comprehension.
When they progress they seek support and worship those forces of nature.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
André tries to make it clear for himself what Alcar means with an animal-like attunement:
The soul experiences in all those degrees in accordance with the strength and activity of that organism.
Inner man performs all those acts and all those people do this in all these grades, because this is just the way it is, for those who possess this organism.
I now feel that all these beings live like the animal, Alcar.
I cannot express myself more clearly.’
The Origin of the Universe, 1939

More materially advanced

A higher material grade of life gave more material consciousness, but that was used for domination:
Materially more advanced man, therefore, dominated the planet earth, but he did this by manslaughter and violence.
In this respect nothing has changed either in all those millions of years.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
The human being in the jungle could not make those mistakes, because that human being still did not have that consciousness.
The higher the consciousness comes, the deeper the destruction becomes.
Questions and Answers Part 5, 1950
By means of the strength of the strongest body from the seventh material grade of life, the seventh tribe started to spread itself throughout the world and to dominate that world:
The tribes as grades of life live together here.
They have already closed themselves off to the other, lower grades of life, of which the highest, the seventh grade of life now has everything to say.
The power of the stronger human being is everything in here and those other grades of life have to accept that!
We see that the sixth and seventh grades of life took possession of the planet.
The Cosmology of Jozef Rulof Part 5, 1944
The souls with a body from the seventh material grade built up a society.
They gave themselves a name of a nation or a nationality:
The human being from this society has now awakened.
This human being has created a world for himself, it does not matter what that world is like.
This human being lives in the cities and in the country.
They are now therefore millions of people who represent the seventh grade of life.
And those are also peoples, so races, who closed themselves off through the ages as a grade of life and gave themselves a name as a people.
That development also lasted thousands of ages, by means of which all those nationalities originated.
The Cosmology of Jozef Rulof Part 4, 1944
The soul with a body from the seventh material grade spread itself over all parts of the world:
You have eastern grades, you have western grades, you have them in South, North, East and West.
Questions and Answers Part 5, 1950
It does not matter where that soul lives exactly, the point is that it freed itself from the jungle existence:
And that body has, whether you live there now or you come from there or from here, you have the highest organism, the seventh grade for organic life: you have freed and released yourself from the jungle.
Questions and Answers Part 5, 1950
As a result of the consciousness obtained, the human being now wanted to dominate everything:
The soul as human being forgot herself in this, she wants to dominate by means of her obtained consciousness.
The Cosmology of Jozef Rulof Part 5, 1944
In the highest material grade of life, the human being was more materially advanced, but the grade of feeling could still be pre-animal-like:
These beings also live on earth, in the cities, although they wear silk dresses, and decorate themselves with marks of honour.
We see through it, however, and recognize them immediately and we notice their spiritual poverty.
Their deeds point them out; we have listened to their discussions, we saw who they were the way they behaved.
The pre-animal being still lives in that beautiful body.
These beings live in the highest circles of society.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
In the jungle that grade of feeling was still not disguised:
Here, they do not know of a God; there they do but they do not act accordingly, they only experience and they are heading for disaster with all their possessions.
In many respects these beings are ahead of them, because they are children of nature and give themselves as they are.
But there in the large cities, we see people in disguise, as no pre-animal-like being could, and they look down upon these beings.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
Master Zelanus explains what the seventh material grade of life gave:
You have more comfort.
(Gentleman in the hall): ‘Comfort.’
That is everything.
Questions and Answers Part 5, 1950


First the soul was attuned to the experiencing of all the physical grades:
I said just now that one law takes precedence and works infallibly, and that is, as will be clear to you now, that man proceeds, always has to proceed, to acquire that highest material degree.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
By experiencing all the material grades of life, the soul as personality developed many arts and sciences:
That can be seen even more by means of the inner life, then by means of the organism, after all, the soul as the personality now proves what her attunement of feeling is like for arts and sciences.
The Cosmology of Jozef Rulof Part 4, 1944
However, the human being created disharmony by murdering another human being.
The soul as ‘All-Source’ is naturally harmonic and will now start to dissolve the disharmony:
The soul as human being creates disharmony, but for God and the All-Source only harmony was created and the soul as human being will live and die for that, but will be born again, in order to give herself that spiritual consciousness.
The life is now already a chaos.
Every second people are passing on too soon.
The Cosmology of Jozef Rulof Part 5, 1944
After experiencing all the material grades of life, the soul starts to focus on dissolving the karma and the ‘cause and effect’:
Man who lives and dies in the seventh material degree returns to the earth again and begins his inner life, which means making up for what he did wrong in all those lives.
This is that awe-inspiring law which is innate in every man.
It is the Divine attunement within us, which calls us to a halt and compels us to settle and make up for what we have done wrong in all those degrees.
That experience and return to the earth is karma, cause and effect, of all those thousands of lives in which we killed one life after the other.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939

The second round

After the soul has experienced the seventh material grade of life, it reincarnates in a body of the fourth material grade of life in order to bring itself into harmony with the life:
Inner life, which has attained the seventh degree, now descends in the fourth degree in order to make up in that material degree.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
The soul can no longer live in the first three material grades of life in the jungle:
This happens from the fourth degree on because inspiring life cannot enter the first three degrees.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
In order to reach harmony with the life, souls can descend into a body of the fourth material grade of life, after they have already experienced intellectual lives in bodies of the seventh material grade.
In addition, there are souls on earth which still live in their first round in the highest material grades of life with a low grade of feeling.
As a result, on the basis of the body, it cannot be determined which grade of feeling the soul has reached:
In the fourth degree we see the intellect, in the fifth, sixth and seventh degree we see the arch-instinct descend.
There are people on earth living in the seventh degree who are animal-like beings.
How do they live there?
They kill thousands of people.
We also see that in the sixth degree and it is no different in the fifth degree.
All those material and spiritual degrees are spread all over the earth and live to the full.
You can’t tell them apart.
Follow and feel this and tell me whether you understand the depth of inner life.
So who understands himself?
Who knows why he is on earth?
Who sees his slave in the other?
Who recognizes his former master in the beggar he meets?
That cannot be fathomed, as it lies hidden in the depth of the soul and that constitutes the human character.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
The personality of the soul which returns for harmony, is not conscious of this:
Man who experiences this is, of course, unaware of this law; he does not even accept eternal life.
And all this lies behind death; and it is not until we accept life after death that we learn to understand all those spiritual laws.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939

Thousands of material grades of life and illnesses

In the beginning the seven tribes lived separately.
However, when the consciousness rose, the personality started to look outside the own material grade of life:
But now it comes!
Those men sought another life.
There in that jungle they migrated further and met many lives.
They did not carry the wisdom of feeling, in order to take care of your own life, that consciousness, under their hearts, they completely lived it up.
The highest grade split itself with a lower one.
Where we came we begot children.
Masks and Men, 1948
After millions of years, as a result of this the body has so weakened that illnesses occur:
The seventh and highest grade shared itself with the fourth and third grade.
From that third and fourth grade of life children were born.
And those children continued this process.
What do we see: after millions of years this universal body weakened.
The actual primal source split up.
The Divine universal independence, which was calculated against weather and heat, cold and natural laws, lost the natural core as a result of the actual splitting, lost the universal attunement which God laid down on these lives for the own sort and grade of life.
People lost their resistance!
Men and women can no longer stand those enormous laws and succumb.
Impairments came into being, those exceedingly strong bodies can no longer stand the natural laws and look for clothing.
Before this destruction started this natural organism resisted every natural change.
Because the human body is like the waters, is like the condensed material, grown up on land, but has lost the own primal source as a result of the split with the lower grades of life and as a result of this we see the first illnesses come into being!”
Masks and Men, 1948
Not a single body on earth now still has the natural attunement of one material grade of life:
‘Yes, we know all those events; not only those events and possibilities, but the history of all seven material degrees as well.
As a result, André, that magnificent material organism has weakened in all degrees; that’s why these inner disturbances, illnesses and other torments exist on earth.
Believe me when I say that man is to blame for his own sorrow and misery and for all his illnesses as well.
Man has defiled his own attunement.
That is not possible in the animal kingdom; an animal would not do that; that life acts, as I explained to you, in accordance with his natural attunement and cannot act differently.
But man has passions and through those passions he has destroyed his own attunement; this attunement therefore passed on into a different degree.
As a result the natural attunement weakened and an unnatural condition set in.
This happened millions of years ago and cannot be restored.’
‘So there are no people on earth having the pure natural material condition?’
‘No; as natural attunement, not one.’
‘Is that where all those illnesses come from?’
‘That’s why this natural material organism weakens and declines.
All the organs are there, have always been there, but the tissues, that million-process, have weakened.
The material organism in the attunement of the highest degree is a magnificent organism, and if this attunement had remained pure, all those illnesses we know now would not exist; that same organism would have more strength, and be more resistant, also against summer and winter because that organism has the same strength and activity as nature in which it lives and out of which it emanated.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
There are now no longer seven material grades of life, but thousands:
‘The human race, all those seven degrees, have passed into thousands of degrees.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939

Living in harmony

After millions of years, the soul has conquered the material life of the third cosmic grade of life and it begins with its spiritual evolution in the hereafter, on the way to the fourth cosmic grade of life:
It took millions of years before the soul could enter this height.
That victory lives in her life, the victory of the material Third Cosmic Grade of Life and she will now begin with the spiritual world.
The Cosmology of Jozef Rulof Part 5, 1944