The temple of the soul

Floating they left the earth.
Alcar had shown him amazing events.
How is it possible, André thought.
He had experienced a lot already, but now, he felt this clearly, he would penetrate to the nucleus of life.
How grateful he felt.
How very mighty it was that the spirit could descend into the past.
He had distinctly heard his leader speak with his friend.
He had understood every word.
More amazing still was that he could also feel the man.
Whenever Alcar connected him with something he entirely passed to that event where he could feel and observe.
Oh, if only man on earth could experience this?
They would surely change, and how beautiful life on earth would then be.
He could understand the feelings of Alcar’s friend.
He, too, had experienced similar things.
Then one felt incapable and could not understand that others did succeed.
At such moments he sensed an emptiness within him and felt like an nonentity.
‘Look, André, we are going towards the spheres of light.
In the temple of the soul I will connect you again with the past, and there you will see several scenes concerning my and your own life on earth.’
‘For what purpose, Alcar?’
‘In doing so, I will show you that we are able to descend into the past of every human being, not only on earth, but also in the spheres.
You will see that again on your next and final disembodiment; however, we will then follow other lives.’
‘Does that also serve a purpose?’
‘Yes, because this concerns reincarnation on earth.’
‘And what is the object of this journey, Alcar, if I may ask?’
‘During this journey you will learn to know the universe.
In the temple of the soul we will be connected with the universe by the masters.’
‘As on my last journey, Alcar, when we were in the third sphere and Aloisius connected me with the universe?’
(footnote in first edition: See: ‘A View into the Hereafter’, volume 3.)
‘No, not that.
You will now see the origin of the universe and how God has created everything.’
‘That is tremendous, Alcar.
Shall I be able to understand it?’
‘I will explain it to you, but the masters will show you the origin of creation.’
‘By Cesarino, Alcar?’
‘Yes, André.’
‘How does it happen, Alcar?’
‘The masters know this phenomenon and how it took place.
The higher masters of the fourth cosmic degree of mentality have shown it also to them.
They will show it to you in a visionary condition.’
The origin of creation?
My God, André thought, that is tremendous.
‘Do you mean how everything was born, how everything came into being, Alcar?’
‘Yes, André.’
‘Where do we human beings originate from?
You know that, too?’
‘You’ll also experience that on this journey, André.’
André trembled when he heard this.
The origin of everything?
How is it possible, he thought, that I am allowed to see that.
‘Is that why we visit the masters, Alcar?’
‘Yes, only they can connect us with that event.’
‘How wonderful that will be, Alcar.’
‘It is awe-inspiring, André.’
‘Have you seen it before?’
‘Yes, a long time ago.’
‘And do you know about it; I mean how it all happened?’
‘Yes, André, I have experienced it at this side.’
‘Oh, Alcar, if only people on earth were allowed to know this; how God has created the universe, man and animals and everything.
I can’t frame it in my mind.
Shall I be allowed to see the beginning and the origin of everything?’
‘I will now be allowed to explain to you the origin and birth of everything.’
‘What do I owe this to, Alcar?’
‘You are doing my work, and both of us are instruments for the higher masters, which I can only explain to you later.’
André felt happy.
Remarkable, he thought; I’ll see the origin of creation.
Little was known on earth about it; people only guessed at it and several tales were circulating about it.
One could not make heads nor tails of it.
It is amazing this should be given to me, he thought.
‘Have you never been able to imagine this, André?’
‘No, Alcar, I have thought a lot about it, but I could not.
Shall I now see the real truth?’
‘The very truth, André.
The entire reality, you will surely feel, is no longer possible; but the masters will give you a picture of how it happened.
So you will see flashes, scenes of how it was at the beginning of creation.’
‘I am so happy, Alcar.
Have you known this for a long time?
I mean that you may explain it to me?’
‘Yes, I knew this already several centuries ago, and now that moment has come.’
‘Several centuries ago, did you say?’
‘Yes, André.
I will explain that, too, on your final disembodiment.’
‘Shall I be able to absorb and digest everything, Alcar?’
‘You will, or I would not have entered upon it.
You have advanced far enough now to be able to absorb it.’
André could not stop thinking it over.
My God, he thought, what do I owe this to?
How grateful he felt toward his leader and the masters, who were able to show this to him.
He would actually see the reality of this mighty event?
How could it be possible.
Time and again he returned to the subject and asked Alcar questions.
‘Has it also something to do with your friend, Alcar?’
Alcar looked at his instrument and said: ‘Yes, my son, his life, too, has something to do with this event.
Didn’t I tell you that I could not explain everything about him until on your next disembodiments?
And in order to be able to explain it, it is necessary that you know the origin of creation, the universe, the human organism, the life of the soul and reincarnation on earth, so that you understand all these profound depths.
But not only you, also man on earth - that is what the masters have consigned me to do - I want to give a clear picture of what reincarnation actually is and that it is available to all human beings and animals.
The life of my friend is therefore not the main object, yet it is involved in this and the next journeys.
I will try to show you how it has been since the beginning of creation, I cannot otherwise explain everything concerning his life.
I am therefore following a fixed plan.
But I, too, am only showing you flashes of how it has been at the beginning of creation.
It is not possible to give you an entire explanation.
There are thousands of things which would fill volumes of books.
It is my sole purpose to give you a picture showing how it happened; and you will receive this picture so that man on earth will be able to form a mental picture of how everything came into being.’
‘It is mighty, Alcar; I had not expected this.
You say that I have advanced far enough now?’
‘Yes, now I can explain to you the first and last moment of creation.
The veil which enveloped you has now dissolved; you have now become conscious in this life.’
‘Even now, while still living on earth?’
‘That is exactly what I mean.’
‘Has this a special meaning, Alcar?’
‘Yes, André; everything has a meaning.
Whatever and in what way man experiences on earth, everything is preordained and has a deep significance.
You will learn to know this significance later.’
‘You have many surprises, Alcar.’
‘Yes, André; but what you will see now is a mighty grace for you.
Always remember that, because there are very few people on earth who are allowed to experience this and who are sensitive enough.
You possess this sensitivity and, because you are my instrument, we both serve the masters.
Surely you do feel there are several things for which you should be grateful.’
‘I will never forget this, Alcar.’
‘I know that, André, that is why you will see this wonder.’
‘Are you going to connect me there again with the earth, Alcar?’
‘Yes, from the temple of the soul, I must connect you with the earth and show you in different ways that we, wherever we may be, can be connected with our past.
We can descend in every human being and animal, and you will experience that, too.
From our life we can recall earthly scenes, so that we see them again before us as if they occurred that very moment.
When this is possible for me, it is also possible for the masters to connect us with the past, which they know.
This phenomenon is one situation, but they can see deeper than we can, because they have attained that height.’
‘How mighty everything is that you are telling me, Alcar.
How they try to solve this problem on earth, but they can’t grasp it.
Everybody asks why is this and why is that, they all seek and ask; but not a single soul knows.
All the time you hear people ask: what would that be like, how was all this created, but nobody is able to give an answer.
Shall I see all that now, Alcar?’
‘Yes, you will, André.’
‘My God, Alcar, I still can’t understand it, how is it possible.
Shall I also see how the animals were created, Alcar?
And nature: the trees and flowers?’
‘Yes, André, that too.’
André looked at his leader and did not know what to say.
Great was his leader, knowing everything.
The deepest problems would now be explained to him; problems of which nothing was known on earth.
He looked at his leader and asked: ‘Will you also be able to tell me, Alcar, why all these beings living in the fourth sphere and in your sphere and in all those higher cosmic degrees, have got that far already?
And why I and others still live on earth and many have to starve?’
‘Yes, André, I will be allowed to explain all this to you and I may now answer all your questions.
When you have seen everything, you won’t have any more questions.’
André trembled out of emotion and happiness.
‘Look’, he heard his leader say, ‘the fourth sphere.
Over there you see the temple of the soul, which we will enter in a minute.’
High and lofty, overlooking everything else, stood the temple of the soul.
The building was made of snow-white marble and it radiated light which he could perceive already from a distance.
There he was about to be shown a great wonder.
How happy he felt now that he knew this.
Here, in the fourth sphere, everybody was happy.
Everything had its own radiation, and people here possessed that great and pure love warming everyone.
The people he saw radiated a light unknown on earth.
Here the inner being enveloped the external being in radiation which could be seen.
The birds sang their song for the sisters and brothers living here and who had once lived on earth.
Now they were happy, very happy.
He had better not think of all this happiness, because he was still on earth.
Many times he had wondered why some people had advanced that far while others still lived in misery.
In thousands of things people had failed.
All this would now be revealed to him and he would understand why all these beings were that far.
See this beauty and how pure all these people are.
See their robes!
It was loosely draped from the shoulders and this was their possession.
It was impossible to take away this garment, this beautiful robe from them, because the spirit had acquired it.
He saw wonderful indescribable colours.
He had also been with Alcar in the fifth sphere and he had been allowed to see the sixth and seventh sphere.
There, colours were still far more beautiful; it was there beyond all belief.
Yet, how modest spiritual beings were; one could not imagine this on earth.
They called themselves only children.
He wanted to attain this modesty, although it would not be easy.
They continued on their way.
How majestic the temple of the soul was.
This was true art.
The building had been erected in an inexplicable style.
A quiet tranquility now came over him and he understood from whom this quietness came.
Now that he had entered the fourth sphere, it was only possible by Alcar’s power.
He could enter everywhere here by his leader’s possession.
They met thousands of beings.
‘How beautiful their robes are, Alcar.’
‘That is their own mental possession, my boy, as you know.’
Yes, he knew.
How far they had all advanced from earth.
‘Are you going to tell me about the stars and planets, Alcar?’
‘Yes, I must explain to you the various degrees present in the cosmos.
You know already that there are seven degrees of cosmic attunements.
All planets which can be seen from the earth, have their own attunement and belong to the first, second or third cosmic degree.’
‘Does one know about it on earth, Alcar?’
‘Do you mean about all those degrees?’
‘Yes, Alcar.’
‘No, they don’t know anything about that on earth.
I will explain that to you later.’
‘Did your friend on earth study this subject?’
‘He tried to master this subject, but, as I told you, there was an inner power which he did not understand and prevented him from achieving anything.’
‘That is strange, Alcar.’
‘It is, André; yet, it has a meaning.’
‘And you know now this meaning?’
‘Yes, that was also given me in the spheres and it was explained.’
‘You also know where he is now?’
‘Yes, André.’
‘Can’t you visit him?’
‘I could do that; but he is not conscious of it.’
‘How is that possible, Alcar?’
‘There are so many things of which one is not conscious.
This belongs to the past, André.’
‘Isn’t he himself conscious of it?’
‘No, he does not know anything about it.’
‘Isn’t that a great puzzle, too?’
‘No, not for me; and when I can explain that puzzle to him, it will no longer be a puzzle for him either.’
‘And isn’t that possible yet?’
‘Not yet; but the moment is drawing nearer.’
‘I think that is wonderful for you, Alcar.’
‘Thank you, my boy.’
‘How deep is the human soul, Alcar?’
‘It cannot be fathomed, André.
All those problems will dissolve; but they can dissolve only in due time, when everything is in harmony.’
‘Do you see him often, Alcar?’
‘Yes, very often.’
‘How amazing; and he does not know about it?’
‘No, to him I am a brother, a father now, and yet he is not aware of me.’
‘That surely must be a great problem, Alcar.’
‘It is, André.
A problem, and at the same time a great wonder.’
Remarkable, André thought, that Alcar’s friend did not know him.
They had parted and Alcar knew whence he went and yet his friend did not know anything about it.
It was inconceivable, and he wouldn’t ask his leader more about it, because he felt that Alcar could not say any more, and he probably had nothing to do with it.
‘Do they know in the temple of the soul that you are coming, Alcar?’
‘Yes, André, they know that we are coming, but I still have to explain other things, and I have told you about them already.
I have made my arrangements already.’
The closer they approached the temple of the soul, the more the building revealed of its beauty.
It stood there majestically, high above its surroundings, like a rock in the surf.
There he would be allowed to enter.
What architecture!
The highest towers, he saw hundreds of them, could not be seen entirely.
The top of these towers seemed to dissolve and he knew what it meant.
This, Alcar had explained to him on his previous journeys.
The highest towers were connected with the fifth sphere.
This could not be apprehended on earth, and yet, that was its meaning.
All these high towers dissolved in the universe, and this meant it was possible to evolve further.
Here in the spheres everything had symbolic meaning, but after real life.
A symbol was like nature; it represented life and one could assimilate that.
How this building radiated!
In the spheres everything was alive.
Here man saw and felt God’s sacred life.
This was impossible on earth.
There it was not possible to see the radiation of man and animal, of buildings and nature.
Yet, there too, every object radiated its own strength, though invisible to man.
Here, however, the radiation was visible and reflected the inner level of man and animal.
Everything was amazingly beautiful.
Here he felt the tranquillity of the spirit.
Oh, what beauty!
If only the people on earth could see this!
‘The temple of the soul’, he read, and above this were some signs which he did not understand.
The building was entirely open.
That, too, was an amazing phenomenon.
How could a building be erected in that way?
One could see in all directions.
Alcar led the way and they entered the temple of the soul.
Wherever he looked, he saw spiritual beings.
Each wore his own robe and he saw they radiated light.
The spiritual robe meant a wonderful possession for those allowed to wear this spiritual possession.
He had seen this image already many times, but every time it amazed him and he understood how far he was still away from this happiness.
Alcar looked at him and said: ‘Look at yourself, André.’
How is it possible, he thought, that I did not feel it.
He, too, wore a spiritual robe.
His earthly state he had dropped; he had now entirely passed into Alcar’s life.
His robe draped from his shoulders like the former Roman robe.
He felt very happy; but what would people on earth think of it?
Yet, it was very simple, because he would not be able to enter here, if he did not entirely accept the sphere in which he now found himself.
These thoughts descended in him, and he knew from whom they came.
Alcar conversed mentally, for when he was entirely drawn up, it was also no longer possible to speak.
Then one person passed into the other, and they were telepathic connected.
Amazing this robe was.
Gerhard, too, already wore his spiritual robe, and he had only been in the spheres for a few years.
(footnote in first edition: See: ‘Mental Illnesses seen from the Other Side’, final chapter.)
But he had worked hard and had concentrated his entire inner being on his work.
Those who earnestly wanted to, could make speedy progress.
Yet, he thought, it was remarkable that he should not have noticed.
Such was life in the spirit.
When one thing occupied your mind, you could not think of anything else and absorb it.
You became completely absorbed in it and accepted that condition.
This too came in him and he understood his leader entirely.
He was now completely free from the earth; his own life and everything related to it was far away from him.
Something, however, kept him tied to the earth: the fluid cord, the connection between his spiritual body and his material garment, which would remain until his death.
Then that cord would snap and he would go to his place in the spheres, which would correspond with his inner level and the love he possessed.
He had known this for a long time, and yet it was always a mighty feeling to experience this once again.
Alcar wore different robes.
When his leader appeared on earth, he usually assumed a condition representing his last life on earth.
He then saw his leader as a painter, the master of centuries gone by.
On this side, however, he saw his earthly garment slowly dissolve, and as they went higher, Alcar’s robe became increasingly beautiful until he had entered his own sphere.
Once in this sphere, his robe remained like those worn by the entities living there and no further change was possible.
That was also amazing.
The spiritual garment slowly began to change into thousands of soft shades.
That is the possession of the spirit, of the human being feeling love, and who is open to every life.
He followed his leader closely.
Everybody was happy here.
Look at all those people, André thought; see how they radiate!
And all these beings had lived on earth; they had suffered and struggled there; they had known much sorrow, illness, and other troubles; but now they were happy.
How mighty it was to be allowed to see this, because all this happiness, all this greatness, was meant for all people.
Each face reflected pure and unselfish love.
Here fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers lived together.
Here they shared their happiness, and they could no longer be sad; they had gone through that and had conquered.
Look into yourself; try to understand yourself; do away with all misery and bend your head.
Yes, all of them had done that and had learned.
This was now their possession, this mighty happiness radiated from them.
Slowly they ascended and he felt what it meant.
Surely Alcar went to the higher halls, if halls is the proper word.
But what other word was there for a spiritual space?
This defied all description.
Everywhere in this building were flowers, and he noticed birds of the spheres circling around man.
Many sat down upon the hands that were held out to them and caressed man.
Divine happiness engulfed him when he noticed this.
In every hall he saw the well-known spiritual fountain he had seen in every sphere.
This was a symbol of wisdom, of strength and love and this object of art urged the human being to acquire all those gifts.
Here the earthly creature lived, surrounded by flowers and birds; all this was like paradise.
Yet, he was only in the fourth sphere!
Then those higher spheres he all had been allowed to see, for how many journeys hadn't he made already?
He had been in all spheres and had received much wisdom.
But what he would see now, would outdo everything else.
Here, he would be connected with the universe where the beginning of creation would be shown and explained to him.
He trembled out of happiness in anticipation of the moment when he would see how everything had happened.
Alcar still led the way.
He led him towards a plateau where he saw a small building, an exact reproduction of the larger building.
A smaller temple; and here, too, everything was open.
That everything was open was most peculiar; he himself could not find an explanation.
Was it, because all this belonged to God’s own life?
An inner voice told him this was what it meant.
It was a miracle how everything remained intact.
How was it possible to build like that?
Was this known on earth?
Did it bear relation to all the spheres and were they the architects of the seventh sphere who, so to speak, innerly bore this building, and maintained it?
It was a miracle to look at.
This building was like man, like nature, like everything living at the side beyond.
Everything was open, like everyone was open; one could see into the depth of the soul.
From where he stood he could see into a deep valley.
His leader stood beside him, but said nothing.
Now another feeling came into him and he knew what it meant.
Alcar could not explain this building in its entirety, because it was attuned to the seventh sphere; it was further and higher than his own sphere.
Every inner building, if he correctly felt the meaning of these smaller temples, had its own structure.
Hundreds of smaller temples were accommodated in this mighty structure.
And all those buildings had one meaning which was the temple of the soul.
He thought it all over, but could not make it out.
He asked his leader:
‘Can it not be explained in its entirety, Alcar?’
‘No, André; I made you feel that already; however, I can tell you yet a lot about this building.
All these smaller temples you see belong to the whole structure and are therefore a part of it.
Every building has the same architecture as the entire building, but only outwardly.
Innerly, every building has its own attunement, a condition, as you will see presently.
In this building, which is the temple of the soul, all spheres are present, from the first to the seventh and down to the profoundest depths of hell onward.
So all the spheres that man knows and possess on this side represent a separate temple and are accommodated in the entirety.
Thus, every temple of the inner building, that you now observe outwardly, represents a sphere, no matter whether it is a higher or a lower one, but all spheres have been incorporated in this mighty entirety.
On descending, or entering into a smaller temple, one is transitioned into that sphere; and observes it and is connected with that sphere, whatever it is like.
Do you understand what I mean, André?’
‘If I have understood you correctly and clearly, all these temples are like man and like a sphere.’
‘Exactly, so when I enter one of these temples, for instance the first sphere, and I wish to be connected with it, it will happen.
How this happens, you will see presently.’
‘That is marvellous, Alcar.’
‘Not only can we be connected with the spheres, but also with man on earth, with planets, stars, and a thousand other things.
We are then transitioned into that condition and will see what we wish to see.
But there is more.
All degrees of cosmic love are present here.
That is, one can feel that pure love which a spirit living in the seventh sphere possesses.
Do you feel how mighty this is?
Thus, everything is present here.
Here man can be connected with the universe, with planets, stars, and other objects.
One can also take up some study or other here and is given a course in all those laws.
Only the masters living in the seventh sphere know how the entire structure was erected.
Only the masters can connect us with every degree of spiritual strength and attunement.
The masters live, so to speak, in the temple of the soul, and in one temple, therefore one can be connected with a master and be accommodated in the entirety.
Presently, it will be explained to you what happens here and how that connection is made possible.
In this temple we can be connected with the universe and with the beginning of creation.
The entire universe can be shown to us; all those millions of laws and problems can be solved for us here.
The masters can connect us and we see it happen before us.
I will have to show you several scenes first, in order to prepare you for the great event you will experience later.
I must explain to you what everything means and the significance of the temple of the soul.
However, I cannot explain the overall structure; in order to do that, the seventh sphere must be my own possession.
You know, I cannot go higher than my own sphere, and here the strength of the highest spiritual being at this side is present.
They thus manifest themselves in this building; they support their sisters and brothers, and they allow them to enter their spiritual domain and to accept it as their own possession for a short while.’
‘How mighty this building is, Alcar.’
‘This building, the temple of the soul, is a sacred and pure image of the spheres.
Here, André, one can come to oneself.
Here, one learns how to pray and to know oneself.
Here, one can see his father and mother, sister and brother.
Wherever they may be.
We can see them again in this building.
Here, one can be connected with the universe when the masters deem it necessary; and the one being fathoms the other.
Then man bends his head and accepts and the mother bends for her child and the child for its mother.
There is quietude and peace, because God lives here so that we can be connected with the Divine.
Here, André, one sees into an other being and one knows that this being, even though one knew this human being on earth, is a wonder of spiritual wisdom.
But how is it on earth?
On earth this means power and personality, social standing and property.
He who has reached a high social position makes himself felt, and rules, nay, dominates everything and everybody within his reach.
He is both master and ruler, and people obey and do what he wants.
But here everything is different.
Here we bend our head for those who possess a higher level than we do and for those living in our own sphere, we feel great respect because they are our sisters and brothers in spirit.
Here, love is might and a law.
They have been on their way for thousands of years and in that time they have attained this attunement.
This is achievement; this is attainment; and all of us can achieve this.
Cesarino is a prince of love and this spirit is my master.
We will meet him together with mentors Miradis, Urabis and Mondius.
The temple of the soul is the dwelling for the soul; it is a home given by God to mankind.
It is the spark of God, which every life possesses in its human condition, and it is God’s sacred purpose to bring it in that condition.
It is a mighty creation, and every human being will acquire this temple, so that the soul – the human being – will be like this mighty building in which he lives and meets his sisters and brothers.
During a previous disembodiment, I showed you my own spiritual home.
How tiny it is in comparison with this building, will now be clear to you; but I shall acquire it so that one day my spiritual home will be like that.
All those who are here know that they can achieve it.
The way is open to them, because they are serving.
They will continue to serve, or their development comes to a standstill.
We are continuously evolving, and are prepared to make the greatest sacrifices.
Nothing is too much for us.
There is not a single soul in this sphere who does not feel that ascending further is possible, nor how it has to be done.
They all know already what will be shown to you presently.
They, too, have lived to see that, since they have attained this height.
Before that it is not possible.
Now they accept and understand their own sphere and condition.
Father-love and mother-love of the earth dissolve in this sphere, and they feel universal.
You will see that, as it belongs to the temple of the soul and is the image of our own life.
We will go on now, André; follow me.’
André felt that Alcar made the connection between them still closer.
Humbly, he followed his leader.
Wherever he was everywhere he saw symbols, represented by flowers of the spheres.
These symbols were in every sphere and this, too, was art.
One symbol represented love; others faith, simplicity and humility.
Alcar had explained all these symbols on previous journeys and he now understood these products of art.
Alcar halted and waited for him.
‘We will enter here’, he heard him say inwardly.
‘You will observe, André.’
Immediately, André felt himself sink away and pass into a higher condition.
He started observing straightaway.
Alcar had entered a space.
Nothing could be seen but a bluish light.
But in that light he saw movement.
The entirety was like the firmament; here, however, it was enveloped in a dense haze.
He felt accommodated in this space and there was only air.
He could not describe it more clearly.
He felt himself in a strange but remarkable condition.
Now he saw other colours merging in the blue, and he only saw these colours when he thought about them, which he found very strange.
When he thought of a colour, regardless which one, he immediately observed these shades.
When he concentrated on something else, this would immediately manifest itself.
It was most fantastic; he felt a mighty strength entering himself and he understood its meaning.
Through the gifts and powers of others, he saw into the life interpreted here and it dominates the bluish haze, which remained the original colour.
A strange power was present here, and he felt a great awe.
He felt a need to pray and so he did.
He remained absorbed in prayer for a long time to finally observe again, for there was something extraordinary in this hall.
He felt completely empty now, and could not think of anything.
He asked his leader: ‘Where are we, Alcar?’
A soft voice spoke to him and he heard inside himself:
‘Here I will connect you.
Remember, André, we can only speak mentally here.
Here we feel and go over in what we see and feel.’
‘What is the significance of that bluish haze, Alcar?’
‘It is like the firmament.
The scenes you observed manifested themselves, because you thought of them.
You were connected with yourself; this is the tremendous strength the masters command and which we shall attain ourselves.
Here, man can be connected with himself and this is possible through the intermediary of higher entities.
I will explain that to you; be attentive.’
André waited for things to happen.
He perceived something in this blue haze.
What was that?
Could that be possible?
He saw himself and his leader while on their way to the temple of the soul.
They were approaching the building.
When they were near the temple, he read the inscription at the front of the temple, which he had not understood.
Now he suddenly knew what those figures meant: ‘Man, know thyself.’
Then they entered.
My God, he thought, this is also fixed.
He lived here in reality.
Here one attracted reality and again passed to that reality.
How strange all this was.
Then he heard Alcar say: ‘You see, André, everything is fixed.
We can draw everything to us and pass to it again, even if it happened thousands of years ago.
The smallest things will manifest themselves, however weak your concentration may be.
Here, in the temple of the soul, one can see one’s own film of life.
It is here that I saw my own past and came to know my friend; I have told you about it.
Attention now, here is another scene.
All this serves to explain to you what is possible in the spheres of light.
I concentrate on a certain event, on something that happened, and that event will manifest itself before us.’
André felt that Alcar concentrated himself.
In child-like simplicity, he focused his mind on Alcar.
He was now completely united with his leader, and he heard Alcar say: ‘Don’t think of anything else now, André.
Concentrate on me, and try to maintain this connection.’
André now felt the pure love of his leader coming into him, and waited for further events.
He saw something appearing in the blue haze.
Ah, he thought, how is that possible.
He saw a scene of the earth, where he had been with Alcar.
In that very place, his leader had connected him with the past and he had observed Alcar and his friend.
He now saw the moment when his leader was working at the portrait of his friend.
This scene disappeared and he saw another event manifest itself.
What he saw was amazing.
He saw himself with his leader.
Alcar was absorbed in thought and he began to see the past.
He now saw two different scenes; one had happened three hundred years ago and the other he had experienced himself, although it also belonged to the past.
How miraculous the forces at this side are, he thought.
One concentrated on it and the past became visible.
Now he saw another event.
It was the moment when they took leave of the earth and went towards the spheres of light.
How amazing what he was observing.
Now he felt becoming detached and connected again.
He heard Alcar say: ‘I will now connect you with your own life on earth, you will see that this is also possible.’
He observed and saw the house of his parents.
He saw his mother and father and recognized the surroundings where he was born.
How tremendous this strength is, he thought.
This scene also dissolved and another one appeared.
Again he saw his parents.
When he saw this scene, he suddenly heard church music.
What would he see now?
Oh, my God, how is it possible; it is unbelievable.
He saw his father and mother being united in matrimony.
This was a scene which moved him deeply.
Tears of emotion and gratefulness came into his eyes.
Oh, how mighty this scene was.
He heard a soft voice in him say: ‘Will you be quiet now, André?
I will show you another scene.
For that I need your full concentration.’
André concentrated his mind on quietness; he did not want to disturb his leader; for how grateful he felt for all this!
Again he saw his mother, and at the very instant he felt a great wonder.
He was entirely one with his mother and felt the great significance of this scene.
His beloved mother was expecting a baby and the young life she carried was him.
He was now moved by an inexplicable happiness.
There was a great wonder in his mother and he conceived her pure thoughts.
Deep was everything he observed; and he had to accept it.
Now he saw another scene.
He saw himself in his youth.
He played as a child, and all these events returned in his memory.
Yes, he thought, that has happened, I know.
He heard Alcar say: ‘See and observe, André.’
What he now saw was surely the most remarkable event of all.
He saw a dense haze beside him, and in that dense haze he saw something appear.
Something took shape and he trembled when he understood what it meant.
How is it possible that, of all things, he recognized his leader Alcar.
Alcar had known him already in his youth.
Alcar had always been his guardian angel.
Again he saw another wonder.
He saw spiritual children in front of him and those children were brought to him in his youth.
He now saw that Alcar brought these small ones to him and that he, as an earthly child, played with these spiritual children for hours on end.
Beside him, he saw his leader.
Then he saw Alcar going away with the spiritual children.
My God, André thought, how great are your wonders.
When still a child, he already had spiritual gifts and could see into the invisible world.
That event was fixed, too, as everything belonging to the past was fixed.
He was born with all those gifts; these spiritual treasures were in him.
What music, or another kind of art was for an infant prodigy, were spiritual gifts for him.
Now he understood and felt his inner self.
These spiritual gifts were in him as a great treasure and nobody knew anything about it.
He felt he had deeply rooted ties with his mother; she had been an enlightment in his life and he felt as she did.
Great were these scenes.
He saw his whole youth pass along.
How miraculous that is, he thought.
Then everything faded away and he heard inside himself: ‘Is it clear to you, André, what the temple of the soul is?
Here, you will come to yourself; this is connection.
However, it is only possible through the cosmic masters.
All this belongs to the third cosmic degree.
Everything below the fifth sphere I can recall.
I can also connect myself with other events, which lie deeper and deeper in the past and were experienced there.
I can even recall my own birth on earth.
I can see into everything that has been, but I need help, although all this is in me and is mine.
I can be connected with my first life on earth and the hundreds of other lives which I, that is my soul, have lived and followed.
The temple of the soul is therefor transition into our own life of the soul.
We are connected by the masters and this connection is effected by concentration.
As the mother receives her child and is one with her child, begotten by the creative power, she shall and must experience this in material life.
This, here, is re-living but by higher powers and forces.
We are here in one of the halls of the spirit possessing the highest attunement; it is the hall of love and the possession of master Miradis.
This mentor puts his strength and personality at the disposal of man at this side and helps him to learn to know himself.
We have now descended into his own life.
All this lies deep in his life.
It is the heart of man living on earth; like the child, yet unborn, lives in the mother and feels what is thought and absorbed by the mother-brain.
Mother-love radiates through the young life in her, and this still unconscious life does absorb all these forces and is sustained.
Mother and child are one.
The child unconsciously, as I said, and the mother in happy expectation.
If the child would now be able to speak, it would tell its mother what it felt.
And this wonder, however incomprehensible it may be, occurs on earth; but the mother is not aware of it.
And yet, this feeling, these thousands of emotions, penetrate the day-consciousness of the mother.
This makes her very sensitive.
All these emotions give her own life an elevated attunement.
I pointed this out to you on earth.
This, however, is the sole picture, André, that I can evoke in your imagination and as a true picture, in order to be able to explain this temple condition of mentor Miradis.
It is mentor Miradis who connects us with our deep inner life, by allowing us to descend into his spiritual home.
Consequently, we are here in this master’s most sacred possession; in that what he is and owns in pure love.
I once showed you my spiritual home, which you entered.
When you had entered, you were absorbed in thought and stamped on the floor to feel what the softness, on which you walked, meant.
Truly, André, I am not trying to depict a symbol of a spiritual or other condition, this means experience; this is truth, for a spiritual home is as we are ourselves and the love we possess.
I invited you in my spiritual home, and I knew you would not know nor understand my spiritual home.
And yet, you entered.
In the hall of love stood my fountain.
In this temple you have seen and recognized this fountain.
You know it means wisdom, strength, and love.
Master Miradis possesses all this.
He is a spirit from the seventh sphere, and the mentor of this one, the fourth sphere.
He knows everything living below this sphere and is his possession, up to the seventh sphere.
Therefore, I can only connect you, because I am connected with him, with his deepest inner life.
I can find and always meet this master in the place where we are now.
As truly as there is a God in heaven watching; as truly as the perfect child of God is Christ, Who will guard all His children until the last one enters the Divine Spheres; as truly I am now connected with one of His children, and this being is guarding me and all who wish to approach him in love.
Do you feel what it means to us to enter the spiritual home of a spiritual prince?
That it is only possible when he or she, wishing to know her own self, is prepared to accept everything, and truly everything?
That the past, which resides in ourselves, is brought to consciousness by him and that we then see into our lives as if it happened that very moment?
That is why this was established.
That is why they created this amazing building, which is alive throughout, and hides our inner being, our past, and all of our conditions.
Is it no wonder then when I tell you that I couldn't explain its overall significance?
Do you feel the profound depth of this mighty building, and that it is the love of these sublime beings?
That they allow us to enter and that it is an immense grace?
So do realize, André, that you are standing on sacred and pure soil.
This is the preparation for still further advancement in order to understand the sacredness of what will be shown to you presently.
We are not yet in the place where the masters are, but we will go there in a minute.
All this is necessary to give you an idea of what awaits you.
You should feel this, my son; and if you can’t, we may as well return to the earth.
The masters will open themselves for us entirely.
However, they demand that we are ready and have prepared ourselves.
This is meant for every spirit living here.
Our entering has a special significance.
We have come here for another purpose and this purpose relates to themselves.
It is they, you know that already, who sent me to the earth to make this known to mankind.
And now the moment has arrived when we can be connected with them and you will learn to know the depth of the soul.
We will now go to another hall, André.’
André returned to himself.
He did not know what to say.
He knelt, and thanked his leader for everything.
‘How can I thank you’, he mentally said to Alcar.
‘How sacred everything is; how mighty!
Now I understand the grace that you allowed me to enter your own home.
(footnote in first edition: See: ‘A View into the Hereafter’, second volume.)
Oh, Alcar, here on this spot, I swear, I will do everything I can to be a worthy instrument; I will do my utmost for everything you are giving me.’
‘Stand up, André.
I am very grateful to you.
Only later will you be able to fully understand my gratitude, when we have experienced everything belonging to the past.
But now we will go on.’
They went again through other halls.
Wherever André came, he saw spiritual beings.
How beautiful all these people were.
‘What are they doing, Alcar?’
‘They are waiting for the great moment and are preparing themselves for that wonderful event.
They are meditating, André; after that, they will see and experience.
Many of them will see their father and mother still living on earth, or at this side.
When beings lose sight of each other, they can be re-connected here.
Wherever these beings may be, they can be seen here.
Even if their ways have been separated for hundreds of years, here they will be found again and from that moment on they are connected again.
They follow this film of life and are thus shown where they are and in what condition the being is living.
When man has attained this level and can enter here, and his own soul – the twin soul which belongs to him – would be born again and thus live on earth, then he will find his twin soul again on earth.
Even if this soul, this life, is not born yet, it is possible to be connected with this young life.
Lantos told about his life, but it was master Emschor who let him experience this.
(footnote in first edition: See: The Cycle of the Soul.)
I can connect you with the past, but others will help me.
Thus, it will be clear to you that a father will find his child, and a mother her child, or vice versa but only with the aid of those possessing this power.
It sometimes happens that parents or beloved ones enter this side and cannot find their beloved ones who preceded them.
It is the temple of the soul which makes it possible.
It is known here where these souls are, and one knows and sees for what purpose the soul returned to the earth.
Do you feel now, André, what the temple of the soul means?’
‘Yes, Alcar, perfectly.’
‘What you have seen just now, is re-living.
I transitioned into that past and at the same time concentrated on you, so that you saw what I felt and experienced.
All these people here ask for connection.
Some wish to know their own selves; others wish to see their mothers again.
Thousands of people are present here, but if you ask them what they are doing here, they will not be able to give you an answer.
They know they have to concentrate and do not hear, nor see you, because they are meditating; they pass into the master.
Deep is everything, and also sacred.
This building is sacred in the strength of love it radiates.
This can be seen already from outside and you have observed that.
Everything is open and yet we are inside.
This is a great wonder, too.
How was it erected?
I could give you an idea of it up to the fifth sphere; but beyond that, I can only feel and understand and would not be able to express it in words.
All these people, therefore, André, are waiting for a sacred connection with their beloved ones or themselves.
Some for a study, like us; others to find their beloved ones again, who are on earth or who have descended into the world of the unconscious.
Now we will go to the hall of master Urabis and you will experience other events.’
André could not say a word.
All this was great.
How many wonders had he seen.
My God, he thought, would people on earth believe him?
This went so far; this was so profoundly deep and could hardly be comprehended.
One had to bend one’s head for this.
If one couldn’t, connection was impossible.
This was sacred and, for man on earth, a great grace.
One day they would live to see it and they would be happy.
Here, however, one felt this grace; one deeply bent one’s head and thanked God.
He followed Alcar, who now entered another hall.
André looked around him.
Here, nothing could be seen either.
This hall was empty.
But he sensed something which made him feel happy.
He felt an awe-inspiring silence absorbing him.
Here he felt the tranquillity of a spirit, who stood far, very far above him.
He felt himself lifted into something sacred, so that he thought he was floating.
He felt that all this differed from a few moments ago, but he could not explain it.
The bluish haze had changed into a silvery light.
He knew this silvery light, as he had observed it in Alcar’s own sphere.
Now he felt that he was connected with Alcar.
His leader opened himself for him.
Alcar allowed him to see into his life.
How can I ever thank you for that, he thought.
He bent his head and prayed from the bottom of his heart.
Why did Alcar wish him to see into him?
Alcar influenced him in silence and André now felt he had to concentrate on his leader.
Alcar’s inner life would presently be open to him.
The strength and love he felt descend in him, told him that this would happen.
He humbly opened himself and he saw the first indications appearing.
What sort of scene would this be?
A strong force went through him and with that force he heard soft organ music.
Through that music which vibrated within him, another scene passed and he understood its meaning.
How is it possible, he thought, Alcar’s marriage!
The most glorious day of his leader’s life on earth, for he became married.
Beside him stood his soul; the woman who loved him on earth.
This picture faded away and another scene manifested itself.
This, too, was a great wonder.
He saw a cradle and in the cradle was a small child.
He saw it trampling and stirring.
The child grew, and scene came after scene.
Now he saw the child again and, look it was his leader, Alcar.
This picture faded also and another appeared.
He saw several people together and he understood the meaning of this picture.
He was in a hall where the earthly master taught his pupils, and he saw that Alcar was a pupil.
This was a true scene and it had happened on earth.
How great this scene was.
The teacher was absorbed in deep thought.
An inner voice told him who it was.
How is it possible, he thought; what wonders of spiritual power.
The silence which came in him, was what his leader owned during his life on earth.
This scene faded also and another one appeared.
Flashes from the past were shown to him.
He consciously saw the past; he need not doubt anything.
He also felt that, if his leader wished to show his life from his birth onward, that would also be possible.
These were scenes, experiences which his soul had experienced and were momentous events.
Now he saw another wonder.
The end of his leader’s life on earth was manifested for him.
Alcar passed away and he saw his friends beside him.
All were sad, for he left life on earth too early.
Nothing was lost of this event.
He felt his leader’s terrible struggle and also felt the cause of his death.
This illness had been in him for years.
He descended deeply into this problem of his transition.
God called his child and death came.
A master of art had left the earth.
Now he felt Alcar returning to himself and that this connection was disrupted.
He looked up at his leader, but could not speak a word.
Alcar said: ‘You see, my boy, I can connect you with my own past.
Everything is fixed, down to the smallest events.
I could connect you from my birth onward, but that is not necessary, because we will revert to that later.
I can show you all my mistakes and sins, but I only showed you some events.
Now we will go and meet the masters.
Be prepared, André.
I can also connect you with the sixth and seventh degree of love, which are both present here, and pass into mentor Mondius’ inner life.
Anything that cannot be shown in this hall, I can observe in a higher attunement; but this is sufficient.
Come, we will go on.
You see, André, that it is possible for us to descend into the past in different ways.
While on earth, before you were to leave your material organism, I connected you with life on this side and you saw that my friend woke up.
You observed all this in a visionary condition and you heard him speak.
Consequently, that was also fixed.
In my house on earth, I showed you my own life and you also passed into it.
Then your experiences in this temple and, in a while, what you will experience again.
But that what you have observed and experienced so far, shows you that it is possible.
The purpose of all this is, that you will be able to accept the mighty wonder you are about to experience.
So I have done this for a fixed purpose; because we know that what will be shown to you by the masters, is too incomprehensible for the human mind.
That is why I prepared you for the mighty event awaiting you.’