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Summary A View into the Hereafter

Summary Those who came back from the Dead (= The Bridge to Eternal Life)

Summary The Cycle of the Soul

In ‘The Cycle of the Soul’ we become acquainted with the second foundation: reincarnation.
Jozef Rulof received this wonderful novel in three parts from the spirit Lantos.
In the first part Lantos tells about his last life on earth, which took place in France during the Middle Ages.
As a boy his ‘born’ feeling for art already comes to the fore.
He is a celebrated sculptor, but is not happy because he cannot live together with his childhood girlfriend Marianne.
When he sees Marianne again in difficult circumstances, he commits a serious crime.
As a result of this he ends up in the dungeon.
As a result of the exhaustion of his body he becomes more and more sensitive in his prison to the invisible world.
The dark intelligences from life after death convince him to commit suicide, since they impress upon him that he will be released from his earthly suffering as a result of this.
Suicide plunged him into deep misery.
As a spirit he must experience that he could destroy his body, but not his own life.
He lives on as a spirit, but is attached to his earthly body, because he wanted to bring forward his cosmic time for dying by himself.
In the book Lantos describes the unbearable suffering which he has created for himself as a result of this.
Earthly pain perishes into nothing in comparison with what he must experience by his suicide.
And when his suffering came to an end, there was just one urge in him: to ensure that the human being on earth gets to know this spiritual reality in order to prevent unnecessary suffering.
In the second part, which has the subtitle of ‘spiritual life’, Lantos describes his ‘walk’ over the earth, century after century, in order to get to know the human being and to preserve him from his ignorance.
He describes how he learns to influence the people on earth as a spirit.
By applying inspiration he can help many people and work as a ‘guardian angel’ for them.
In addition, he sees that his own ‘aura of light’ increases as he gives more love and really means something for other people in their spiritual evolution.
For nine centuries he studies human life on earth as spirit.
He summarised the knowledge which he gathered during these centuries in ‘The Cycle of the Soul’.
In this way he describes how the soul goes to the world of the unconscious in order to prepare itself for a new birth.
In this world the emotional life comes to rest, so that the experiences of the past life do not disturb the development of the embryo in the new life.
Lantos describes how the soul connects with the new cell at the moment of fertilisation.
Lantos shows the reader how the human being lives in the consequences of his own past.
In the book he analyses deeply ‘the law of cause and effect’.
In this way he explains the origin of his own feeling for art, because he sees many previous lives in which he worked to elevate his capabilities in order to create something beautiful.
Following the earthly being century after century he sees how our characteristics evolve as a result of actions from previous lives.
Lantos describes how this law comes back to our life like a boomerang, until we have brought into harmony what we left behind in disharmony.
Lantos is inwardly grateful when he gets to know the justice of this law.
He experiences that the human being keeps on getting new life chances in order to work on his inner being and to expand his feeling to universal love.
In the third part of the book Lantos gives us an intriguing image of the being of the twin soul.
His inner bond with his childhood love Marianne is the result of many lives in which these twin souls were connected to each other and loved each other.
He also feels that he will be connected again with her one day, in order to carry on together in love and harmony for eternity in life after death.

Summary Between Life and Death

The book is a compelling novel about the temple life of the priests of Ancient Egypt.
The historically true story takes place in the temple of Isis, approximately 4000 years ago.
Through the book we get to know Dectar as a priest in this temple.
This temple life is one of the most important previous lives of Jozef Rulof.
In that life he got to know and conquer the magical powers, and in this way laid the basis for his later mediumship.
For the life of Jozef Rulof these powers had sunk to his subconscious, but Alcar – the spiritual leader of Jozef – used those powers from the subconscious to build up the mediumship.
As a result of his temple lives Jozef could reach a height in mediumship which is seldom shown on earth.
‘Between Life and Death’ gives us a penetrating image of the power of the Ancient Egyptian temples.
The priests applied themselves life after life to the controlling of their bodies and their thoughts, so that they were no longer disturbed by anything during their meditations.
The book describes their lessons in concentration, and the rock-hard tests which they had to do in order to be accepted as a priest.
The book reveals their knowledge about life and death, including a deep analysis of dying, the death as a personality, sleep as entry to the astral life, healings as a result of concentration, and a metaphysical study of the character.
All the priests were under the strict control of the high priests.
The power of these high priests was unlimited.
As a result of their razor-sharp concentration they not only checked all the actions of the priests, but even their thoughts.
If a priest developed one thought which was not built up according to the rules of the temple, he was punished painfully for this.
If these thoughts were repeated, then he was killed.
In this hell of power and cold concentration one priest is followed in the book, Venry.
This priest was a ‘natural talent’ with a rare height of born clairvoyance and power of concentration.
Venry felt that the temple stripped of every feeling of love, and he sought a way to bring the temple back to the light.
In the temple he also gets to know his twin soul, which strengthened his higher feelings of love and harmony even more.
All these feelings brought him, together with his master Dectar, into a struggle of life and death with the supreme high priest Iseués.
This struggle was taken to the highest level, to the court of the pharaoh.
During the temple meetings Venry disembodied and he received astral and cosmic wisdom from the ‘Goddess of Isis’, who was recorded in ‘Between Life and Death’.
The books which Jozef Rulof now received are in fact a continuation of this knowledge.
Then the masters could not go further, because the priests wanted to experience themselves and wanted to keep the magic powers in their own hands.
Finally the temples fell into the hands of black magic.
A few priests remained faithful to their higher ideals and obscured the knowledge, so that it would not fall into the hands of the uninitiated.
In the present time that obscuring is no longer necessary.
Now the highest wisdom can be brought to earth, because humanity is faced with spiritual awakening and can employ spiritual knowledge to drive itself to the light.
Now the books lie open for every interested party.

Summary Through the Grebbe-line to Eternal Life

Jozef Rulof also received this book mediumistically.
He writes in the foreword: ‘The intelligence, who passed this onto me, was brought to me by my leader Alcar.
Alcar allowed him to tell about his life, about his dying on the battlefield during the May Days of 1940 and about his entrance into the spiritual world.
May this book also help to convince you of your eternal life.’
The spiritual writer who was called ‘Theo’ during his earthly life, was killed as a soldier in the trenches of the Grebbe-line in the Second World War.
In the book the writer researches the reason which people give for waging war.
The ‘Thou shalt not kill’ of Moses is kept in the light of spiritual science and weighed up against ‘legal self-defence’.
Are there situations where you may kill?
Are there ‘justifiable grounds’ to be found for firing that shot?
Must you let everything happen, or may you fight back?
Is an armed action spiritually permissible?
Must you fight for your fatherland?
Is the example of Christ on Golgotha meaningful, or can ‘exceptions’ be acknowledged?
Questions which Theo asked during and after his earthly life, and to which he found an adequate answer to in the spiritual life.
During his earthly life Theo already came into conflict with his own actions.
As a professional soldier he trained other soldiers to handle weapons, whilst his conscious told him that you may never kill.
After his death he discovered why he had actually become a soldier, and that the grenade which flung him from his body was no coincidence.
That his own life had sought out that grenade in a certain sense.
There he came to the disconcerting realisation that another person lived in his own emotional life.
Someone who felt just as ‘familiar’ as his normal personality.
Further research taught him that his own past life let itself be felt as a personality.
That personality was mesmerised by the question what happens to the soul if it is flung from the body by a shock.
This question attached itself completely to his emotional life, and he could no longer become released from it.
He had to and would have the answer to this, because otherwise he could no longer find any peace.
In this way the book points us to the great responsibility of what we aim our feeling at.
We are the creators of our own future, more than we realise as human beings, because the causes of our present life situation often lie hidden in previous lives.
In addition to the ‘law of cause and effect’ and reincarnation Theo also describes his own experiences in the areas of spiritualism, faith, marriage and choice of partner, universal love and twin souls.
Both during his life on earth and in the life after death Theo is helped by his father with whom he had a warm bond of friendship.
On earth his father was his ‘guardian angel’, in the spiritual life his father is his leader, who shows him the way to the higher spheres of light.
Theo describes in the book how seeing inner love between his father and his twin soul meant the greatest driving force for him to master a higher love.
‘Through the Grebbe-line to eternal life’ is an easily accessible book, also to become familiar with the series.
The writer is still close to our earthly feeling and thinking, and is very recognisable as a human being in search of the higher.

Summary Jeus of Mother Crisje (3 books)

Jozef Rulof was born in 1898 in ’s-Heerenberg, a rural part of the Netherlands.
His mother Crisje called him ‘Jeus’.
Jeus is extraordinarily sensitive, he feels and sees things which other people cannot see.
As a little boy he can already see a radiant form from the life after death.
This spirit later makes himself known by the name of Alcar.
As a spiritual guide he supports Jeus in every way and explains all the aspects of life to him.
Jeus gets to know him as a close friend whom he can always count on.
Jeus does not do well at school, because his life of feeling is not open to the dry learning material.
That book learning does not enthral him.
He would much rather listen to Alcar, who shows him with much feeling the beauty and the ways of Mother Nature.
Later Alcar explains why Jeus could not absorb any knowledge at school.
For that matter, all that social knowledge would get in the way of the wisdom which the spiritual world wishes to pass on to Jeus.
‘The life in two worlds’, which the first part of the biography ‘Jeus of Mother Crisje’ describes, is hard enough as it is for Jeus.
Jeus gets his education directly from the life after death and his spiritual Master has a much deeper understanding of the human being than the Masters from the earthly schools have.
Alcar shows Jeus how the people around him live.
What they say and what they keep silent about.
What they know and especially what they still do not know.
This is a tremendous learning experience for Jeus, described in the second part of the biography with the subtitle: ‘Jeus amongst the people.’
When Jeus moves to The Hague as an adult, he has to arm his personality against the very demanding life in the city.
The people from The Hague call him ‘Jozef’ and he has to work hard as a taxi driver to earn a living for him and his wife.
At the same time the spiritual world is now only just beginning for him.
The third part of ‘Jeus of Mother Crisje’ describes how Alcar takes the Mediumship of Jozef Rulof to great heights.
His painting mediumship awakens and the spiritual painters use the physical body of Jozef to bring their astral art to earth.
His healing mediumship also emerges in that period and Jozef sets himself up as a faith healer.
And when Jozef has developed enough as a medium, Master Alcar can begin with his most important task: Writing the spiritual-scientific books.

Summary Mental Illnesses

Alcar, the spiritual leader of Jozef Rulof analyses the psychic problem in this book.
Alcar has obtained a ‘grade’ in the spheres of light which is referred to as ‘master’.
This grade is granted to a spirit who can already fathom life on earth.
This grade can only be obtained after hundreds of years of study as a spiritual student.
Master Alcar gives a deep analysis of the psychic illnesses from astral life at a level which the official earthly psychology and psychiatry still has no knowledge of even in present times.
This book was written in the first half of the twentieth century, and uses the names for mental diseases used at that time.
In this way the book talks of ‘psychopathy’ or psychopath’.
In this book master Alcar exposes the real cause of this spiritual handicap, and explains why different grades or levels can be distinguished.
Psychiatry today distinguishes between neurotic and psychotic problems.
Translated into human terms people talk about ‘mild’ and ‘serious’ mental illnesses.
In the case of ‘mild’ problems master Alcar speaks, among other things, about ‘mental deficiency’.
He makes it clear that many psychological problems which people have to deal with find their origin in wrong views which disrupt the nervous system.
In this way ‘eternal damnation’, which is or was preached by certain religions, has left serious marks behind in the thinking of millions of people, who feel troubled as a result of this and can no longer summon any life force in order to improve their so-called ‘sinful life’.
The destructive influence of other delusions are also analysed in detail.
In this book master Alcar clearly shows how the greatest spiritual cause of nervous illnesses lay in the ignorance of spiritual realities.
As long as the human being cannot accept that he lives on after earthly death, and that the ‘spirits’ are in contact with earthly people in various ways, his thinking cannot evolve.
By means of numerous examples master Alcar show how many psychotic problems have to do with astral influence.
This negative influence of dark spirits can vary from slightly strengthening lower feelings in the earthly being, on the one hand, to the deepest grade of possession, on the other hand.
People used to talk here of madness, insanity or lunacy.
Master Alcar describes the causes and characteristics of this serious problem in great detail.
The reader is therefore advised to read ‘A View into the Hereafter’ and ‘The Origin of the Universe’ first, in order to be able to feel and understand all these spiritual laws better.

Summary The Origin of the Universe

The wonderful trilogy ‘The Origin of the Universe’ is the highlight in the first series of five titles which Jozef Rulof received mediumistically from the masters of the light from life after death.
This trilogy continues to build on the foundations of spiritual science as they were described and explained in detail in ‘A View into the Hereafter’ (the reality and nature of our spiritual continued existence) and in ‘The Cycle of the Soul’ (the impact of our previous lives on our inner emotional life).
‘The Origin of the Universe’ gives a comprehensive picture of the origin, the development and the destination of all life in the universe, and human life in particular.
This picture was given by the highest masters, who made a study of all life, and who could penetrate to the very first origin of life.
As the first perceivable phenomenon in the universe they saw a cosmic life aura.
This thin life plasma condensed itself into cosmic mists, from which stars and planets were born.
The masters call this first phase in the evolution of the universe the first cosmic grade of life.
Primal cells developed on a planet from this first grade of life, which would drive themselves forward in a gigantic evolution process to a human being.
The masters speak here of the embryonic stage of the human cell, because this amazing process can still be traced back to the maternal womb on earth.
In the trilogy the masters describe where and how the human soul came into being.
How this soul already inspired the first cells to expand themselves and to connect with other cells.
How in that very first stage the soul already ensured the inspiration of the following life, the following reincarnation.
How the amazing combined action between soul and material substance created the formation and construction of the human body, along a gigantic path of development over many planets to finally reach the earth as main planet of the third cosmic grade of life.
In the second part the masters analyse where and how our emotional life came into being.
How the experiences of all those previous lives lie stored in our unfathomable subconscious, in order to build up our human conscious from there.
How instinct came into being, and how we can rise above that instinct.
How we relate physically and spiritually to the animal, and where the split between human being and animal came into being.
Where the human soul stayed during the formation of the earth, and how we as a soul came to the earth.
How the races and the peoples on earth came into being.
How the human being has built up the hereafter himself, the spheres of darkness and light.
And how the first souls could already take leave of this third cosmic grade of life, in order to start their journey to the next planet.
In the third part the masters give a revealing picture of life on the planets of the fourth cosmic grade of life, to which every being on earth will evolve one day thanks to reincarnation and the earthly hereafter.
The description of this future for all of us is unique and cannot be found in any other book on earth.
The masters wanted to give us an idea by this of the real depth of our divine soul, and the place of earthly life in our cosmic evolution.

Summary The Peoples of the Earth Seen from the Other Side

This book forms part of the textbooks of the University of Christ.
In the foreword of this book Jozef Rulof writes during the Second World War:
Dear Reader,
When the cruel steamroller of war rolled over the world, millions of lives were lost, hardship, illness and misery brought the peoples of the earth into despair and people wondered desperately how God, their Creator, could allow these horrors, could keep silent while His children bleed, then, in that desperate time, my leader, master Alcar, appeared to me.
He spoke: ‘The questions which mankind asks in its great need, have reached the spheres of light.
Now the time has come, that the Other Side will speak and will give an answer to the oppressive questions of those who do not understand the sense of this world fire and do not understand God’s silence.
This war, André, is of awe-inspiring importance for the whole of mankind.
It has a completely different meaning than the people can imagine.
Its meaning is cosmic!
As a result of this not one person on Earth is capable of answering the wonderful questions which he raises.
For this purpose people need to know the spiritual attunement, the mentality of the whole of mankind.
Only a cosmically conscious being is capable of treating such a dreadful problem in earthly eyes.
Since this war does not only affect the people on Earth, but even the masters from the highest spheres, they contribute in their way to bringing this gigantic struggle to a good end.
They now want mankind to know!
The task was placed in the hands of my highest pupil on this side to treat the most awe-inspiring problems.
However, it is the masters who speak through him.
Through you, André, he will record the book.
He has got to know all the existing laws and when he obtained his cosmic grade he received the spiritual name Zelanus, which is: ‘experience through love.’
Master Alcar left after these words.
I sunk into a trance and master Zelanus began his task.
His book wishes to convince you of your eternal life and give you an idea of the thousands of laws, which rule Divine creation.
It also contains prophesies and master Zelanus passes it on to you by order of the highest masters.
The love of God and Christ.
May their indispensable blessing rest on the book!
Jozef Rulof

Summary Spiritual Gifts

‘Spiritual Gifts’ is the seventh title in the series which Jozef Rulof received mediumistically.
It was written by master Zelanus, whom we got to know as Lantos in the third title ‘The Cycle of the Soul’.
Master Zelanus is the highest astral pupil of master Alcar, Jozef’s spiritual guide.
Zelanus studied life on earth and in the hereafter for nine centuries, and ‘Spiritual Gifts’ contains his deep analysis of parapsychological phenomena and powers.
In this book master Zelanus gives a detailed analysis of all the grades of mediumship.
All the gifts which Jozef Rulof possessed are explained in detail in just as many chapters: writing mediumship, speaking under inspiration, the psychic trance, mediumistic painting and drawing, spiritual clairvoyance and the healing medium.
In addition, the following supernatural phenomena, among others, are treated: communication with the cross and board and the planchette, spiritual photography, direct voice, materialisations and dematerialisations, levitation, apports, rappings and ghost phenomena.
In addition, the grades of human sleep are analysed in great detail and in a clear way.
Our sleep appears to be the gate to all the grades of mediumship.
The role of the physical body in achieving parapsychological phenomena is also treated in detail.
The term ‘gifts’ has a significant meaning.
Master Zelanus makes it clear to us that the masters of the light keep all astral wisdom and powers in their own hands, and ‘give’ their message to the medium who is open to this.
The writer indicates that the astral world takes the initiative for this, and not the medium.
If the human being on earth has just one thought or wish to receive spiritual wisdom that already disturbs the mediumship, because the human being is then thinking himself and can therefore not be a pure channel for the divine wisdom which the masters want to pass on.
Master Zelanus reports in the book about dozens of people whom he followed astrally, and they thought that they received astral messages.
Most people were busy themselves, without realising it.
They asked questions, and their own unfathomable subconscious gave them the answers.
Master Zelanus assigns this high-handed wanting to possess the occult powers to the ‘Oriental’ mentality.
In the book he follows the fakir from the East, the white and the black magician, and the Oriental initiated.
All of them want to use the occult powers for their own interest, as a result of which they close themselves off to divine wisdom.
They cannot therefore exceed their own thinking and feeling, so that they cannot equal the level of a high-minded Western medium, however wonderful and ‘artful’ they are in their own area.
However, the East comes to the West, and in the Western countries many people also assume the occult powers and set themselves up as healers and channels for higher energies.
In ‘Spiritual Gifts’ master Zelanus gives the ultimate key to be able to make the distinction as a reader between a true and a high-principled mediumship, and the messing about of the many charlatans.
However, deception in this area is so dreadfully great that the sober being rightly no longer wishes to know anything more about all that spiritual carry-on.
‘Spiritual Gifts’ separates the light from the darkness in this.
In order to understand this penetrating book properly it is advisable to first read ‘A View into the Hereafter’ and ‘The Origin of the Universe’.

Summary Masks and Men

This wonderful novel in three parts has its very own place in the series of books which Jozef Rulof received mediumistically.
This trilogy is not about ‘anything’ but about ‘everything’.
It contains a compilation of themes from all the other books from the series and interweaves them in a rich mix of drama and spiritual knowledge.
For a good understanding of the book it is advisable to first read most of the other books from the series.
‘Masks and Men’ was written by Frederik van Eeden from the Beyond.
Van Eeden was a Dutch writer from the beginning of the twentieth century.
When Frederik opened his spiritual eyes after his death, he saw and felt that he had not interpreted spiritual realities with his earthly books.
His happiness was unspeakable when he was able to use his writer’s talent as a result of the mediumship of Jozef Rulof for writing this spiritual science trilogy.
In ‘Masks and Men’ he analyses the masks which people like us are faced with.
He lays down great life questions and looks at what answers the human being on earth has made up for himself.
Then he goes into those answers without prejudice, and shows that they only form a superficial explanation of people who think they know something.
All those answers are masks, behind which the human being on earth cannot look because he does not exceed his earthly reality.
In order to look behind the masks we must first learn to think.
The human being thinks that he can think, but usually that is only empty talk, chewing over what other people already thought.
Real thinking demands a much greater effort and caution.
In this trilogy Frederik shows us how we can really think.
He teaches us look into one thought and to see where that thought comes from.
Where and when that thought was born.
Why we can or cannot believe that thought, or accept it for the truth.
Frederik advises us to first throw all our ‘secure’ truths overboard, and then to see what life itself has to say to us.
In this book he follows several pregnancies, births and the growing up of a mentally ill child: natural events which bear a university of knowledge within them for those who learn to see behind the masks.
‘Masks and Men’ was written as a spiritual novel.
Every character of the compelling story is symbolic for certain characteristics of the human personality.
The story has different layers of meaning.
The reader who wants to know quickly what the writer means comes out of it deceived, because the trilogy has been carefully built up in spiralling revelations.
The writer asks much time and patience of the reader, necessary factors in order to reach own feeling and thinking, separate from ‘established values’.
The novel takes us into a multitude of actual life situations, in which the great questions of life demand an answer.
The characters bring visions of the sciences, religions, and social thinking.
Frederik invites the reader to study all the visions, and to compare them with the own original feeling in order to reach ‘knowledge’.
The main character of the story formulates it as follows: ‘I want to carefully present proof, build my university stone by stone.
I lay one layer after the other on the foundation, and you will see, I will make it like this!’

Summary Question and Answer (6 books)

In the period 1949-1952 during contact evenings in the ‘Ken U Zelven’ building in De Ruyterstraat in The Hague, Jozef Rulof answered questions from the public.
Many of the questions were about the content of the books which had already been published.
Other questions were about the themes and questions of life and death occupying the public.
The questions and answers were first recorded in writing and worked out by Mrs C. Bruning, who was appointed by Jozef Rulof for this purpose.
Jozef Rulof altered and added to the records until he was satisfied that they were a well-considered entirety, which you will find in part 1 of Question and Answer.
Later the contact evenings were recorded by wire recorder (the forerunner of the tape recorder).
The text from these sound recordings was recently typed out.
In order to give the reader as complete a copy as possible of the original spoken text, parts 2, 3 and 4 of Question and Answer contain the text literally spoken by Jozef Rulof.
The editors are aware of the fact that these books do not contain fluent texts in good Dutch.
The main purpose of these books is therefore to provide already advanced readers with study material to further enrich their spiritual knowledge and insight.
Parts 5 and 6 of Question and Answer contain the answers which Master Zelanus gave to the public during the contact evenings in the Sarphatistraat in Amsterdam.
These parts also contain the literal spoken text.
Some of these questions also concerned the lectures which Master Zelanus gave during the same period in the ‘Diligentia’ building in The Hague, and they are recorded in the three parts of the ‘Lectures’.
During these evenings the speakers constantly repeated that the answers were intended for people who had read all the previously published books.

Summary Lectures (3 books)

After the spiritual masters had recorded an impressive series of books through the medium Jozef Rulof, they also let their voice be heard in our world.
The lectures which were recorded in the three parts of the ’57 Lectures’ are the last in the series of hundreds of lectures which were given by the spiritual leaders Alcar and Zelanus through Jozef Rulof, in the period from 25 July 1945 to 26 October 1952.
The lectures were recorded by wire recorder (the forerunner of the tape recorder) and recently typed out by workers of the foundation.
The 3 books contain the literal recording of these lectures which were held in the ‘Diligentia’ building in The Hague.
The speakers repeatedly indicated that these lectures were intended for people who had read all their books, so that they could now go a step further.
The lectures are therefore teachings from the University.