Among all books of spiritual content, the work In the Light of Truth: The Grail Message occupies a truly unique place. It can be said that it gives an explanation of the World, for it offers a complete survey of everything that exists between God and us human beings. The Grail Message sheds new light upon all of life's fundamental questions and guides the earnest seeker to spiritual liberation.
Abd-ru-shin (civil name Oskar Ernst Bernhardt) was born in 1875, in Bischofswerda, Germany. At the outbreak of World War I, Mr. Bernhardt was living in London. On account of his German citizenship, he was imprisoned on the Isle of Man for the duration of the war. The seclusion of internment brought with it an inner deepening, and after returning to his homeland Mr. Bernhardt soon became conscious of his task: to open the path for mankind to a new knowledge of Creation. In 1923, he began writing essays of a spiritual nature under the pen name “Abd-ru-shin”, and by 1937, the lectures which constitute the Grail Message were completed.
Beginning in the late 1920’s, individuals began to gather together who wished to live their lives according to the principles put forth in the Grail Message. Such activity continues to this day, as devoted readers meet to deepen their understanding of the Grail Message, raise public awareness about the book, and to hold Hours of Worship and Festivals. Non-profit publishing companies have also arisen in countries across the globe, as In the Light of Truth: The Grail Message continues to be translated into more and more languages.
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