What we know for sure -- sources

Source texts from the books by Jozef Rulof for the article ‘what we know for sure’.
Based on the books by Jozef Rulof.
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Millions of lives

Jozef Rulof talks about our millions of past lives:
Jozef: ‘We have known millions of lives and we do not know.
Questions and Answers Part 1, 1950
How can we know whether Jozef is telling the truth here?
We can only get certainty about the thinking of another person from ourselves:
And you get that certainty from yourself, you cannot get it or receive it anywhere else.
Lectures Part 2, 1951

Believing in certainty

In the book ‘Through the Grebbe line to Eternal Life’, Theo tells that he tries to get his wife Annie to read his spiritualist books, so that she can convince herself that those books are not bad:
‘My books were not written by the devil, Annie, please believe me.
They actually teach us that people have to go to God, that we must love Him.
They also say that we must love our neighbours.
This is why I do not want us to live such cold separate lives.
Do me a pleasure and just read one of the books, even if it is only a few chapters.
That won’t do any harm, anyway, will it?
And perhaps you will have a different opinion of me.
Do it for me, your love for me cannot be dead, can it?’
No, she shook her head with great certainty, she would not read them.
She only read what the church gave her to read, and her church had the truth.
How was she so sure that her church alone knew?
That church had existed for centuries, was her reply.
Great scholars accepted what she learned, millions of people were a part of it.
And could they all be wrong?
No, only you know, she added scornfully.
She did not want to hear a word about it, I now knew what she demanded.
I tried to say it in a different way: ‘Your church, which you believe in so much, also teaches you, anyway, that you have to love your neighbour as yourself and that you ...’
Slamming the door was her answer.
Through the Grebbe-line to Eternal Life, 1942
When Annie became very seriously ill, the considerable difference between her feeling and thinking came to the fore.
She believed that God would be waiting for her, but in the face of death a dreadful fear of dying kept her trapped.
She thought that she knew that God would receive her as a chosen faithful churchgoer, but in her feeling she experienced the opposite.
How different her knowledge was, than the way in which the father of Theo had experienced his transition to the hereafter.
His father also said that he knew what awaited him, but he also lived accordingly, he had prepared himself for his transition in peace and surrender.
His knowledge was substantiated by his feeling, for Annie thinking and feeling were totally opposite worlds:
A while later Annie became seriously ill, so seriously ill that even the doctor feared for her life.
Pneumonia had developed into pleurisy.
How little faith Annie and her parents showed during those weeks.
There was little left to be seen in the face of death of her hope that God would be waiting for her after her death and that she would be in His Holiness for eternity.
A terrible fear of dying gripped her.
How different father’s attitude to death had been, I could only think, when I saw her despair, her fear.
She had always said that she was a part of the chosen church, she knew, she said, and she had lived according to this knowledge, but now when God was apparently calling her to Him, there was nothing left of her certainty and she feared being reunited with Him.
Instead of being prepared to die and happy at the prospect of seeing her God, she prayed and begged to be able to live a bit longer.
Father also said that he knew, but his attitude had reflected that very clearly, he had calmly and meekly prepared himself for his passing over.
To him death was nothing terrible, because he knew what was waiting for him on the other side of the grave.
I spoke to Annie, tried to calm her, give her courage and trust.
I told her that it was not definite at all that she would die.
God alone knew this.
She should therefore put her life in His hands and not complain and grumble.
She should also consider, I pointed out, that there was really no death and that she would live on the side beyond, that she would be better to pray and should give in to her Divine Father with trust, Who would not condemn her or any of His other children.
Through the Grebbe-line to Eternal Life, 1942
Annie’s parents were also ardent members of the same church, but they too could not appreciate God’s leadership when their own daughter was at death’s door:
The crisis reached its climax.
My parents-in-law wrung their hands in despair, their daughter was not allowed to go.
She was the only child they had.
God should let her stay here, their daughter had to live ...
Through the Grebbe-line to Eternal Life, 1942
When Theo asked them what had happened to their Christian faith, Annie’s parents were not sure how they should interpret his words.
How did he, as a non-believer, dare to utter the word God?
I also asked them where their faith was and where their submission to God’s decrees was, which they should have as good Christians, after all.
Their answer was sharp, I was the last person here who had the right to ask questions, how did I really dare to pronounce God’s word.
Through the Grebbe-line to Eternal Life, 1942
Annie’s parents did not remain uncertain for long about how they should receive the words of Theo.
They soon knew that the words and thoughts of Theo could not be true:
For that matter, they said, they knew very well why I remained so calm and did not show any sorrow about my wife possibly passing over: I hated her, after all, and would probably be longing to be a free man again.
At these words I had great difficulty in controlling myself.
So this was the way in which my words were misunderstood, my trust and submission explained away like that.
How mean and lacking in understanding their words really were!
What did they know about my feelings for Annie, about my serious will to turn the lack of harmony between us into happiness and love.
My father-in-law was an elder of his church, so how could he speak such words lacking in love ...!
Through the Grebbe-line to Eternal Life, 1942
The thinking of Annie in ‘love each other’ and her hateful inner life were in sharp contrast to each other:
My wife thought she was serving God by hating me, because I was a heretic in her eyes.
And God commands: love one another.
I ask her: why did you not give me your heart, your innermost being?
If only you had done that, then we would have had a wonderful life.
Despite the differences in faith, in opinions, we could have grown towards each other deeper and deeper.
We would then have had respect for each other’s opinion, we would have loved.
And now there is nothing.
Through the Grebbe-line to Eternal Life, 1942

Acceptance is not the same thing as knowledge

During a ‘contact evening’, a man asks Jozef Rulof whether it is wrong that his audience just accept everything that Jozef says.
In answer, Jozef confirms the importance of knowledge:
(Gentleman in the hall): "But accepting is wrong?"
You should know.
(Gentleman in the hall): "You are a thousand percent certain, aren't you?
You may not accept it ..."
I should know.
Questions and Answers Part 2, 1951
Jozef explains that accepting a thought from another person can grow to the own knowing for certain, when people can also experience that experience from another person as the own experience:
You have to be able to experience acceptance, sir.
I have experienced everything.
Questions and Answers Part 2, 1951
Accepting without the own experience is not knowledge.
Jozef says that he only accepted what his master Alcar explained to him, if he could see it with his own spiritual eyes:
No, sir, that is still not knowing.
If you could experience my word, the books, in the hells and in the heavens, then you would no longer need me.
I know how difficult it is, but I also know how I got it here.
I gave everything for it.
I will tell you a story from the war, I can tell you a hundred thousand things like that which I devoted myself completely to, even if I was a driver.
I get everything out of what I do, I think.
And when the masters came then I said: "Yes, pull the other one."
He says: "I will prove it to you."
Questions and Answers Part 2, 1951

Mimicking someone else’s thoughts

A member of the audience criticises the thinking of Jozef Rulof.
The man counters it with his own thinking, and says that Jozef is doing it wrong.
Jozef analyses the thinking of the man and indicates where thinking does not possess reality.
Jozef emphasises the importance that everyone thinks independently:
I am only talking about reality.
Yes, you cannot accept that from me.
You do not accept me either.
I do not expect that from you at all, sir.
I do not want people to accept me.
No, they must get an opinion themselves.
(Gentleman in the hall): ‘Precisely.’
Yes, they do that.
(Gentleman in the hall): ‘I must also do that.’
Questions and Answers Part 2, 1951
The member of the audience thinks that he forms an opinion himself.
However, he has accepted a particular doctrine, without examining whether he feels what that doctrine has given him in thoughts.
He talks about karma, without having seen with his own spiritual eyes how that law works.
He repeats what they have taught him, without own experiences which substantiate his thinking.
Jozef wants to make it clear to him that repeating is something else than experiencing spiritual laws:
You do not let go of what they taught you, sir.
I saw and experienced laws here.
I am not repeating anything.
You repeat what they taught you there.
(Gentleman in the hall): ‘No, sir, that is not true.’
Do you also have that from yourself?
Do you also disembody?
Questions and Answers Part 2, 1951
Many people think they are something and know something, but these are often only thoughts.
In the temple of Isis in Ancient Egypt the own experience was the main focus, as a result of which people mastered the knowledge of spiritual laws.
Those who thought they ‘lived’ on earth did not live, and those who thought to be something, did not possess anything, for they were only thoughts.
In this Temple, things were experienced and they ‘had’ to be lived through in that other world as well.
In this way, one acquired those laws.
Between Life and Death, 1940
By only thinking ourselves, we do not become a slavish follower of the thoughts of another person:
Do not let yourself be enslaved in the spirit, think of yourself!
The Peoples of the Earth, 1941

Obtaining certainty

Christ taught us to love our enemies.
The Peoples of the Earth, 1941
Jozef Rulof realizes that if he was to answer the insults from another person with the same dark feeling that he receives, he would no longer be suited to his spiritual task:
If the human being believes another human being and it concerns devastation and destruction - doesn’t it - sir, then you can ...
Our Lord stood before Caiphas and Pilate, and then they said: ‘Well, they told this.
Is that true?
Give us proof.’
Did you think now that Christ will stand opposite Pilate and Caiphas and say: ‘Yes, but I did not say that’?
Madam, nothing can be done about it.
How do you wish to compete with that evil?
How do you wish to convince that evil, that wrong, satanic thinking that you did not say that and did not do that?
Sir, you cannot do that.
So the conscious being, sir, he keeps quiets.
But the conscious being as man and wife continues to love life.
But he does nothing.
He says nothing.
So much went over my head over the years, ladies and gentlemen, did you ever hear me say such a thing about a human being?
Sir, then I would be gone.
Questions and Answers Part 3, 1952
Jozef has learned to take care of the gossip of other people by applying a consideration from master Alcar to his own actions:
Do you know how I learned it?
There were people who thought that they could get me.
I think: if you make a mistake, and you say something dirty or ugly about me, I will counter it with something beautiful and something nice.
And what happened now, sir?
I experienced that, sir, master Alcar showed me that, he says: ‘The Spheres of Light were built up like that.’
If a human being hits me, I immediately counter that with something nice.
The human being falls and I rise.
I got a temple, and a space; and that other one started to hit and to kick, went into the ground.
I had to find him again on the other side of the earth, but under the ground, he will not come out of there again.
If the human being does something to you ... then the Christ says: ‘You decide.’
If you really want to speak to a human being, madam, why do you not go to him, and you have a quiet seat on a bench in nature or in his house, tell him what is grieving you?
But why do you do that in the street?
The human being always talks about the other person in the street and never to his face: they do not dare to do that.
They do not dare to do that, sir.
Do they, sir?
He does not dare to do that.
The human being also always listens, sir, to gossip, destruction; never to the good.
There has never yet been anyone in this world ...
Socrates was a cad to mankind; because they poisoned him.
And everything which there is for construction ...
The human being is not understood, sir.
He is first beaten and kicked.
Why?
Because this is the good thing in order to awaken.
The human being must evolve.
There is still no spiritual consciousness.
But if I had said one little thing ... if Christ had said just one thing, He had looked at them sharply, like that, with really a bit of anger inside, then His divine space would have darkened.
And if we do that, we will get a slap and we will get a beating, and we will take the clog and we will hit back, sir, then there will be no gain, on the contrary, you will knock yourself out of paradise.
If someone provokes me ... Master Alcar said to me.
‘If someone provokes you, and someone talks about you, and someone insults you, do not insult that human being, that life then, but gladly absorb it, André, and it is consciousness, wisdom.
One wrong thought in return and I will no longer be able to reach you.’
You would not have got a book from me if I had already been really angry once in my life, I do not know what evil is.
Questions and Answers Part 3, 1952
If we start to love every soul, that will of course have consequences for all our feeling and thinking which has not yet been attuned to this love.
We will have to think of a great deal of ‘rest’ for this, because much human and social thinking is still not based on loving every soul:
You could write a book about this, sir.
Fine, sir, you will just add the actual, human, social, spiritual, spatial remainder for yourself.
Will you do that?
Questions and Answers Part 3, 1952