Volume III · Lecture 48
The destroyed bridge
It is pitiable to see how diligently man on earth works at his retrogression and thus at his destruction under the delusion that he is thereby striding upwards!
Earthman! A bitter taste is attached to the name of this creature for everything in Creation weaving in the Will of God, and it would seem better for man if this name were no longer uttered, because whenever it is mentioned vexation and uneasiness penetrate the entire Creation at the same time, something that lays a burden upon mankind on earth; for this vexation, this uneasiness, are a living accusation which forms itself automatically and must confront all mankind on earth adversely.
Due to his wrong activity, which made itself conspicuous in this Creation by hindering, disturbing, and continually doing harm, man on earth has at last become an outlaw through himself, through his ridiculous pretence of knowing everything better! He has stubbornly and forcibly brought on his expulsion, because he made himself incapable of simply receiving God’s blessings in humility.
He wanted to make himself the creator, the achiever, he wanted to force the activity of the Almighty into complete submission to his earthly will!
There is no word which could properly describe such conceited arrogance in its boundless stupidity! Just delve into this hardly credible behaviour yourselves! Imagine man on earth, and how by assuming an air of importance he wishes to place himself above the mechanism of this marvellous work of a Divine Creation (which has up till now remained unknown to him) in order to direct it, rather than willingly fitting himself into it as a small part thereof... you will not then know whether to laugh or to weep!
A toad standing before a high rock and wanting to order it to move out of its way does not produce quite so ludicrous an effect as does present-day man in his mad ambition towards his Creator!
To envisage this must also arouse disgust within every human spirit who now comes to awakening in the Judgment. He will be seized with dismay, shuddering and horror when, through recognising the Luminous Truth, he suddenly sees everything before him just as it has really been for a long time, although he was unable in the past to notice it in this way. Filled with shame, he then wants to flee to the end of all the worlds!
And the covering veil will now be torn to pieces, ground to powder as the grey remnants flutter here and there, until the Ray of Light can stream freely into the souls which are deeply tormented with remorse, those who in newly awakened humbleness want to bow before their Lord and God, Whom they were no longer able to recognise through the chaos which the earthbound intellect brought about at all times when it was allowed unlimited domination.
But you must thoroughly experience disgust at the deeds and thoughts of the earthmen upon yourselves, and also within yourselves first, before you can be redeemed from it. You must taste disgust as thoroughly as every Envoy from the Light always had to experience it through the villainous depravity of mankind on earth, which is hostile to the Light! In no other way can you obtain redemption!
It is the sole redeeming reciprocal action of your guilt, which you are now compelled to live through yourselves, because it cannot be forgiven you in any other way!
You will already enter upon this experience very soon – the sooner it touches you the easier it will become for you! May it at the same time open up the way for you to the Luminous Heights!
And again womanhood will have to feel the ignominy first, because her downfall now compels her to expose herself to these things. Frivolously she has put herself into a position where she will now be forced down at the feet of brutalised manhood. It is with anger and contempt that manhood on earth will now flare up and look down upon all women who are no longer capable of giving that for which the Creator had designated them, that which man so urgently needs for his activity.
This is self-respect, which first makes every true man a man! Self-respect, not self-conceit! However, man can only have self-respect through looking up to womanly dignity, to protect which gives him respect for himself – and upholds it!
That is the great secret between woman and man, the secret which has never been uttered before, which is able to spur him on to great and pure deeds here on earth, which glows purifyingly through all thinking, thus spreading a holy shimmer of high longing for the Light over the whole of life on earth.
But all this has been taken away from man through woman, who quickly succumbed to Lucifer’s enticements through the ludicrous vanities of the earthly intellect. With the awakening of the recognition of this great guilt, man will now regard womanhood as only that which she was really bound to become on account of her wilfulness.
But although this disgrace brings pain it is nothing but a strong help for those female souls who awaken under the just blows of the Judgment, and who through their recognition see the enormity of the theft which they perpetrated on man with their false vanity; for they will have to muster all their strength to regain the dignity they lost, the dignity which they threw from themselves like some worthless property which hindered them on their chosen path downwards.
You have not yet become quite clear about the burden of the harmful consequences, the burden which was bound to fall upon the whole of earth’s humanity when earthly womanhood, through wrong actions, zealously sought for the greater part to destroy the bridges that connected her with the streams of Light.
The harmful consequences are a hundredfold and multiform, working in all directions. You need only try and place yourselves in the course of the inevitable outworkings that accord with the Laws of Creation! The recognition is then not at all difficult!
Once again think of the simple process which takes place in strict lawfulness:
As soon as woman tries to become masculine in her thoughts and actions this volition already takes corresponding effect – first of all upon everything of her which is closely connected with (higher) substantiality, then also with ethereal substance, as well as after a very definite period with fine gross matter!
The consequence is that with her attempts at positive activity, which is contrary to the task of woman on earth, all the more refined elements of her womanly nature are repressed because they are passive, and they finally release themselves from her, since through lack of use they gradually lose strength and are drawn off the woman by the same basic species.
The bridge is then broken down which enables earthwoman through her passive nature to absorb higher radiations and to mediate them to the coarser World of Matter, in which she is anchored with a very definite strength by her body.
But this is also the very bridge a soul needs for earthly incarnation into the physical body! If this bridge is missing it is made impossible for any soul to enter the growing body; for the soul of itself cannot step across the gulf that was bound to arise in this way.
If this bridge is only partly broken down, however, which depends on the nature and strength of woman’s desire to become masculine through her activities, it is nevertheless possible for souls to incarnate which are in the same way neither completely masculine nor completely feminine, and which therefore form ugly, unharmonious mixtures; later on these hold all sorts of unquenchable longings, they never feel understood during their life on earth, and are thus a constant source of unrest and discontent to themselves and to their surroundings.
It would be better for such souls, as well as for their later earthly surroundings, if they had never found an opportunity to incarnate; for they only burden themselves with guilt and will never redeem anything, because in reality they do not belong on this earth.
The opportunity and possibility for such incarnations which are not willed by Creation, thus by the Will of God, is proffered only by those women who through their capricious ways and ridiculous vanity, as well as through the degrading craving for a sham importance, are inclined to become to some extent masculine, no matter how it is expressed!
Delicate, genuinely female souls are never incarnated through such unwomanly women, and thus the female sex on earth is gradually completely poisoned, because this eccentricity has become ever more widespread, attracting more and more new souls of this kind, souls which can neither be wholly female nor wholly male, thus spreading what is neither genuine nor harmonious on earth.
Fortunately the wise Laws of Creation have also drawn a sharp line even in such matters; for through a distortion of this nature, violently brought about by a wrong volition, there first of all occur difficult or premature births, then children who are liable to illness, who are nervous and have torn intuitive perceptions, and finally after a very definite period sterility sets in, so that a nation which allows its womanhood to strive towards the unsuitable state of manliness is sentenced to slow extinction.
Naturally this does not happen from one day to the next, so that it would become glaringly conspicuous to the people living at the time, but a happening of this kind must also proceed along the path of development. Even if slowly, it will yet be surely! And a few generations need to vanish first before the consequences of such an evil on the part of womanhood can be halted or made good in order to restore a people from a decline to a state of health and save it from total extinction.
It is an adamantine Law that wherever the size and strength of the two beams of the Cross of Creation are unable to swing in perfect harmony and purity, i.e., where the positive masculine as well as the negative feminine do not remain equally strong and undistorted (whereby the equal-armed Cross would also become distorted), decline and finally also destruction are bound to follow so that Creation will again become free of such absurdities.
Therefore no people can ascend or be happy unless they possess genuine, unadulterated womanhood, in whose wake alone genuine manhood can and must develop itself.
A thousand things spoil genuine womanhood in this way. Therefore all the consequences show themselves in quite different ways, more or less severe in their harmful effects! But they will always appear without fail!
I do not yet wish to speak here of the frivolous imitation of men’s evil habits by women, of which smoking probably counts as the first; for this is a plague entirely by itself, forming a crime against humanity such as man of the present time hardly dares to imagine.
With a closer recognition of the Laws in Creation, the unjustified and thoughtless presumption of the smoker even to indulge in his vice out of doors, thereby poisoning God’s gift of fresh, upbuilding air, which is meant to be available to every creature, will very soon vanish, especially when he must experience that this bad habit is the seat of many a disease under the scourge of which today’s humanity groans.
Quite apart from the smokers themselves, having to breathe in such tobacco smoke hampers the normal development of many an organ in infants and children, especially the necessary firmness and strengthening of the liver, which is particularly important for every person, because when functioning in the right and healthy manner it can prevent the establishment of a cancerous centre as the surest and best means of resistance to this plague.
In most cases the woman of today has chosen a wrong path for herself. She strives to rid herself of womanliness, be it in sports, in excesses or diversions, but mostly through participating in positive spheres of activity which fall to and must also remain with manhood if there is to be genuine ascent and peace.
Through this everything on earth has already become fundamentally disarranged, has lost its equilibrium. Even the ever-increasing and more violent disputations, as well as the failures, can only be traced to the wilful mixing of the positive and negative activities among all human beings on earth, which activities Creation stipulated should remain pure only. The confusion forcibly brought about in this way can have no other consequence but decline and destruction.
How foolish are you human beings that you do not wish to learn to recognise the simplicity of God’s Laws, which in their absolute consistency are so easy to observe!
It is true that you possess wise sayings which you like to quote! Even this one sentence tells you much: Small causes, great effects! But you do not follow them! It never occurs to you to look for the small cause first of all in the things happening around you which threaten, afflict and oppress you, so that by avoiding this the great effects cannot even arise!
This is much too simple for you! Therefore you prefer first to tackle the severe effects only, if at all possible with a lot of noise, so that the action will also be fully valued and bring you earthly fame!
But you will never attain victory in this way, no matter how well you believe yourselves to be equipped for it, unless you condescend in all simplicity to look for the causes, so that by avoiding all of them you can for ever banish the severe consequences.
And again you cannot find the causes unless you learn to recognise in humility the mercies of God, Who gave you everything in Creation that can protect you from every misfortune!
As long as you lack the humility to receive God’s mercies gratefully you will remain entangled in your wrong actions and thoughts until the final fall which must inevitably lead you to eternal damnation! And this last moment lies before you! You are already standing with one foot in the gate! The next step will let you fall into bottomless depths!
Consider this well! Pull yourselves back and leave behind the flat earthly life, without form and warmth, which you preferred to lead hitherto! At last become such human beings as the Will of God wishes further to tolerate in Creation in the future! In doing so you fight for yourselves, since your God, by Whose Grace you were granted to fulfil your urge for a conscious existence in this Creation, does not need you! Remember this at all times, and thank Him with every breath which you are allowed to take through His boundless Love!
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The book In the Light of Truth: The Grail Message is a translation after the original German text, Im Lichte der Wahrheit – Gralsbotschaft. In some cases the words of the translation can only render the meaning and contents of the original approximately. Nevertheless, the reader will come to a good understanding of the text, if he strives to absorb its meaning inwardly.
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