Explanation of the books by Jozef Rulof
The foreword of this explanation is:
In this ‘explanation of the books by Jozef Rulof’, as publisher we describe the core of his vision.
In this way, we answer two types of questions which we were asked during the past few years about the content of these books.
Firstly, there are the questions about specific subjects such as for instance cremation and euthanasia.
The information about such subjects is often distributed over the 27 books with a total of more than 11,000 pages.
This is why, for each subject, we have put relevant passages from all the books together and summarised them each time in an article.
The distributed information is the result of the knowledge building in the book series.
In the article ‘explanation at soul level’, we distinguish two levels in this knowledge building: the social thinking on the one hand and the explanations at soul level on the other hand.
For his first explanation of many phenomena, the writer limited himself to words and concepts which belonged to the social thinking of the first half of the previous century.
As a result, he attuned himself to the world view of his readers at that time.
Book after book, the writer also built up the soul level, whereby the human soul is the main focus.
In order to explain life at soul level, he introduced new words and concepts.
In this way, new explanations came, which supplemented the information from the previous round about particular subjects.
However, usually the explanations at soul level did not supplement the first descriptions, but they replaced them.
In this way, for instance in social terminology it can be spoken about a ‘life after death’, but at soul level the word ‘death’ has lost every meaning.
According to the writer, the soul does not die, but it lets go of the earthly body and it then passes onto the following phase in its eternal evolution.
The unfamiliarity with the difference between these two explanation levels ensures a second type of questions about words and views in the books about which current social thinking has changed in relation to the first half of the previous century.
In this explanation, we explain those subjects from the soul level.
As a result, it becomes clear that words such as for instance races or psychopathy no longer play a role at soul level.
These words and the related views were only used in the book series in order to connect with the social thinking in the time period that these books were realised, between 1933 and 1952.
The passages with these words belong to the then spirit of the times of the readers and in no way represent the actual vision of the writer or the publisher.
When currently reading these books, that is not always clear, because the writer does not usually mention explicitly at what explanation level the subject is dealt with in a particular passage.
This is why, as publisher, for a number of passages we add a reference to a relevant article from this explanation.
That article then explains the subject dealt with in that passage from the soul level, in order to express the actual vision of the writer on that subject.
For cultural-historical and spiritual-scientific reasons, in the 27 books we do not make any changes to the original formulations of the writer.
For the readability, we have only adapted the spelling of the Old Dutch.
In the online version of the books on our website rulof.nl, all the linguistic changes can be requested upon demand per sentence.
We consider the publishing of the 27 books and this explanation as an inseparable whole.
This is why, on the cover of each book and in the ‘word by the publisher’, from now on we will refer to the explanation.
For a wide availability, we have published the 140 articles of this explanation as e-book (visit rulof.org/download), and all the articles are on our website rulof.org as separate web pages.
The relevant passages from all the books by Jozef Rulof which we have based the articles on are also an integral part of this explanation.
Together with the articles in question, these passages have been combined in book form and are available as the four parts of ‘The Jozef Rulof Reference work’, in the form of paperbacks and e-books.
Furthermore, on our website at the bottom of most articles a link has been included to a separate web page with the source texts of that article.
With the publication of the 27 books and this explanation, we aim to contribute to a substantiated understanding of the actual message of the writer.
This was worded by Christ with: Love one another.
At soul level, Jozef Rulof explains that it concerns universal love which is not engaged with the appearance or the personality of our fellow being, but focuses on his deepest core, which Jozef Rulof calls the soul or life.
On behalf of the board of Foundation The Age of Christ,
11 June 2020