HOPES THROUGH TRUTHS
TRUTH LEGACY BOOKS – The Tenth Book
TRUTH LEGACY BOOKS – The Tenth Book
1. THE WORK & THE BOOK
Writing this foreword gives me pleasure because I am introducing not simply a new book, but a fresh addition to the work TRUTH LEGACY BOOKS.
The book Hopes through Truths has as its sub-title TRUTH LEGACY BOOKS – The Tenth Book. Within the framework of the explanation of the publication of the present volume, I shall review the history of the whole TRUTH LEGACY BOOKS series.
Eight books with the following titles were published in the 1990s, from 1995 to 1999: The Incorruptible (1995), Inviolable Stars (1996), The Third Book – Messages of Love (1996), The Fruits of Being (1997), The Next Steps (From the Stars), Before Him (1998), The Path of the Angels on Earth (1999). These books were published with Emmanuel Grig. Papadogiannis, judge of the Court of Cassation of Areios Pagos, appearing as their author.
In January 2018, on my initiative, these eight books were re-issued, collected into a single volume, as TRUTH LEGACY BOOKS – Eight Books of Truth.
In December 2018, Heavenly Miracles – Hidden Truths (with TRUTH LEGACY BOOKS – The Ninth Book as its sub-title) was published, with myself named as author. This book has two parts. Included in the first part are texts which were written in 2018 (with the exception of one chapter which was written in 1999). The second part, ‘The Circle of the Graces’, contains texts written mainly in 2001 (to the beginning of 2002). Emmanuel Papadogiannis had prepared them for publication in book form, but died in 2004, a few days before the printing of the book was completed. The Circle of the Graces was never published in its original form and as a self-contained book.
Included in the present book, Hopes through Truths, with the sub-title TRUTH LEGACY BOOKS – The Tenth Book, are texts written in 2019, with the exception of a very few which were written in late 2018. As with the ninth book, it is published under my name.
2. THE WORK & ITS WRITING
As to the writing of the texts in the ten books of the work TRUTH LEGACY BOOKS, I would like to make clear the following.
The first, second, and half of the third book contained, in consolidated form, in the volume TRUTH LEGACY BOOKS – Eight Books of Truth as Part One are the inspired product of many years of study and life experiences chiefly of Emmanuel Papadogiannis, but to a lesser extent of another two or three individuals who worked with him.
The remaining individual books, from the second half of the third book up to and including the present one – the tenth – contain in full the exact impressions of knowledge received by visionary means by the lady referred to as S.S. The role of Emmanuel Papadogiannis was to edit these texts and to take charge of their publication and circulation, until the time of his death. This role I have now taken on, as I explain below.
More information as to the unusual – though in no way unheard of or unprecedented – way in which this knowledge was received, and concerning S.S., is given gradually in all the books. I consider it pointless to deal with the matter here, because it is covered extensively and adequately in the forewords and in the main text of the previous books (from the third onwards), both by Emmanuel Papadogiannis and myself.
3. THE WORK & MYSELF
At this point, I shall provide a brief review of the history of the whole work which I have undertaken, and give an account of my role in it.
In 2005, a good friend introduced me to this work, which initially included the eight books which had been published successively between 1995 and 1999, in the belief that I would find in a structured and expository form many answers which I was looking for – answers to questions and thinking about problems which as a physician – and especially as a neurologist – I have encountered in dealings with my fellow human beings, but which most of us – we are all human! – encounter at few or many moments in our life, particularly at the most difficult times, when we are choked by so many ‘whys?’.
My wish to play a part in this work arose gradually in the early years of my acquaintance with it, long before 2014, when I telephoned the home of Emmanuel Papadogiannis to ask him for it and to present it to him, enhanced and remodelled, as a comprehensive proposal. It was then that I learnt that he had died in 2004. I am glad that his son, Grigoris Papadogiannis, has entrusted the work to me in order for me to re-issue it.
The enhancement of the text of the eight original books resulted as a necessity because of my custom as a scientist of projecting well-intentioned scepticism and creative critical thinking on to every source of knowledge which I encounter. Furthermore, and more generally, as regards subjects which interest me, it is my personal practice, on the one hand, to rely on the words and writings of others, and, on the other, to try, as far as I am able, not to be content with their opinion, whoever it is who expresses it. Thus I became involved in lengthy research into literary, philosophical, theological, and scientific sources which have been validated both by our fellow-men and by time, of which I have cited a few.
I also wanted to improve the language of the text, but with reverent care so that there should not be the slightest misrepresentation in the rendering of the original texts.
In the foreword to TRUTH LEGACY BOOKS – Eight Books of Truth, I describe in detail the intricacies of my lengthy involvement in the remodelling, whilst in that of Heavenly Miracles – Hidden Truths, I summarise this process and enhance it with the acquaintance I made in 2018 with S.S., the visionary source of the greater part of the work published by Emmanuel Papadogiannis and myself at different times.
I believe that the substantive gain which I had from the fact that for 12 years, from 2005 to 2018, I did not meet in person any of the original contributors to the eight initial individual books is that I was ‘compelled’ to concentrate persistently on what is written in them, without this being overshadowed by how exactly they were written or the personality (unknown to me, as well as to everyone else) of those who wrote them.
4. THE WORK & OURSELVES
The times in which we live are marked by the following strange phenomenon: while more and more people appreciate, from life experience, psychosomatic unity in health and sickness, science, in spite of its incredible progress in so many fields, is increasingly divided as to the soul, which it is unable to define and understand.
Quantum physics converges with the approach of philosophy and of theology in a broader sense, and, together with the other sciences, makes possible a unified rational understanding of human and universal evolution.
At the other extreme, another – strictly biological – understanding of reality is unable to take in the existence of the soul as an entity, and wishes to confine matters concerning the functions of the psyche to functions of neural circuits and neurotransmitters of the brain.
In the end, while we consider it natural to explore more and more about the body – scientists-physicians, but also everyone who reads and learns about his own self, especially when he is ill – substantive investigation of the soul is lagging a long way behind in research, both individual and collective. And this in spite of the fact that billions of human beings believe in the soul, regardless of their belief or otherwise in its continued existence after death.
This backwardness is perhaps due to the fact that the soul is not tangible, as the body is, in such a way that we can rely even more on the senses for its investigation.
Furthermore, perhaps research into the soul is lagging behind because in order for it to be more complete, it also requires penetration into other fields, such as, inter alia, theology and philosophy, which many regard as being optional for our attention, or, unfortunately, off limits by reason of the error of the selective association of these fields with some of their representatives.
Finally, mainly at a personal level, the backwardness in research into the soul is likely to be due to the fact that it brings us into contact with the reality that we are mortal, and that this life of ours on earth will one day be given its expiry date, and then we shall have, mandatorily, to renounce a part of our self, whether it ‘suits’ us to believe that the soul’s progress is continued in space-time, or whether it ‘suits’ us to believe that it is terminated.
And in the end, even health professionals dealing with the psyche ignore the soul and what has to do with it. The same has been shown to happen with theologians, who also are concerned, from a different point of view, with the soul, as that takes shape within the process of the everyday life of this world and as it is influenced by the world beyond. Is this perhaps, in the last analysis, to a greater or lesser extent, the case with all of us human beings without exception, regardless of our specialist studies and doctrinal identification with specific sections of our society – scientific, religious, or others?
For me, as a physician, daily contact with illness and death – two states each of which to a different degree deprives us of those desires we consider healthy and with which we have advanced through life until we or people in our environment are deprived of them – is the basic reason for the quest for the truth about them, and, by extension, for my involvement in this work. Because I realise and accept that they do not concern me alone, but those people who address themselves to me and whom I am called upon to help, each according to his/her psychic / physical needs and according to my strengths and abilities.
This work, in its entirety, explores human existence-entity through time, in its psychosomatic and spiritual dimension. This after a certain point cannot be achieved without an understanding of the ‘Great Reality’ of the world – visible and invisible – in which we live. Thus, our work takes us to other dimensions of reality which all of us experience over time, but none of us is able adequately to get to know or to understand.
By means of this work, illness, as one of the manifestations which bring about pain, generally, but are also caused by pain, can be understood more in all its dimensions – bodily, psychic, and spiritual.
Furthermore, unlike the solutions proposed in most ‘self-help’ books of our times – which are superficial, facile, easy-going, ephemeral or opportunistic, and usually pathologically egocentric – and unlike the oversimplified ‘love and positive thinking and energy’ approach, into which an ever-increasing number of people are, in one way or another, ‘initiated’, this work urges us to get to know with substantive positivity and light the deeper primeval meaning of all our experiences, as well as the need, to the soul’s benefit, for our enrichment by these experiences, pleasant and unpleasant.
In the ten books which have been published, and of which I am, essentially, (co-)editor and not author, I have found rational answers through forms of knowledge which have constituted the object of study of people who, throughout the course of the history of humanity, belonged to religious, philosophical, scientific, and social groupings. Personally, I was attracted by the fact that instead of this contact being a sterile citation of items of knowledge which have found expression up till now, in this work a linkage of unifying content and a visionary supplementation of the knowledge, documented and rendered intelligible, are achieved.
This work provides an updated understanding of the soul, the mind, and their manifestations, and, even though it was to a large degree delivered by visionary means, in the end, as content it is confirmed evidently enough by a marrying together of the data of the natural sciences (particularly biology and physics) with the humanities, chiefly philosophy and theology. And, above all, by way of the life experiences of all of us ‘everyday’ people.
Because this is a work delivered in a visionary manner, it also provides a lucid commentary on the disturbing signs of our times as we all experience them (regardless of our individual perception and understanding of them) and as it becomes clear that the coming generations will experience them. Just as the evolution up to the present of the world, of the species, and of man is not random, so their future is not a matter of chance, whether individual or universal. It is neither a matter of chance, nor is it predetermined by fate.
Emmanuel Papadogiannis writes: “This book concerns the unbeliever, the doubter, the believer and the credulous: the unbeliever so that he comes to believe, the doubter so that he will abandon any doubt, the believer to more firmly establish his faith, and the credulous so that he can recover his sense of the measure.” I would supplement this by adding that it is addressed to well-intentioned seekers after truth who are not satisfied by whatever faith or whatever creed they belong to without a sincere readiness for personal research as to the essence and truth of their existence and their experiences and those of their fellow-men. However, good intentions should not be confused with naivety and foolishness. I would recommend that everyone should retain or increase, as I have done, their reservations, but at the same time extend the range and depth of their investigations of reality. Without doubt, this is a work so traditional, but also so revolutionary as to its sources, the way it is written and what is written, that I regard it as unlikely that any thinking person would not have his/her reservations to begin with. In the end, I believe that the only ones whose expectations will not be fulfilled by the work are those who choose not to read it – for whatever reason they put forward.
This work serves to help us to understand and to link our own knowledge and experiences with those of our fellow human beings and of the whole of the world which we apprehend, as well as to explore our individual limits in conceiving of this world. The work makes possible for us an enhanced – but always, of course, incomplete – understanding of the Whole and of our individual place in it. Undoubtedly, everything we know is no more, in the end, than fragments of the great concealed Truth which is being revealed gradually, depending upon the cognitive receptiveness of man and of each era. It seems that the Truth does not wish to remain hidden. But for us to receive the Truth, we need a great deal of preparation and, above all, great cognitive development. Man, in the end, is called upon to know his self, the things around his self, and the things beyond his self.
5. THE WORK & THE READING OF IT
With the partial exception of the chapters in the ‘The Circle of the Graces’, that is, in the second part of the ninth book, the chapters in this work can be read in random order. This does not take away from the fact that each of the ten books contains its own unit of general subject-matter. Although many themes seem to be repeated, even what may be regarded as repetition is carried out each time from a different angle of perception, so that in the end, at some point during a reading of the work, an overall understanding of the subjects will become broader and deeper, and so more united / connected with the rest of the subjects which are dealt with. For this reason the ‘random’ selection of the text to be read, at whatever page one opens the book on each different day, is clear as a recommendation and encouragement in the text of all the books. I am told by an ever-increasing number of readers that this ‘strangely’ is a great help in the reading of this work.
Those interested can find all the texts of the ten books (in Greek) on the work’s web site www.truthlegacybooks.gr, where they can be read free of charge. I believe that this will be helpful to some who have difficulty in reading the texts of the eight first books in TRUTH LEGACY BOOKS – Eight Books of Truth because of the restriction placed on the size of the type so that the book should not be even larger. In electronic form, on the other hand, the print can be enlarged as much as is necessary for easy reading. In addition, the reader can move quickly and easily both to the footnotes and from chapter to chapter of the ten books.
I would like to express my warmest thanks to all those who have helped and who have contributed, each in his or her own way, to my presentation both of this book and of the whole work, which would not have been what it is without the contribution of each of them. I also thank the revered readers and friends of the previous books who have encouraged me with their fervent support. My thanks also go to those who have disputed or denied the truth of this work, because they have now prompted many to research, knowledge, and recollection. I thank my family for their contribution in making it possible for me to concern myself with this work. And, of course, I thank S.S. for her affection and trust, as well as for the superhuman efforts which she has made for years in responding to the demands of the task which she undertook.
That mind is free which has been liberated in the Truth, that truth taken on by its spiritual cells by means of its cognition and the quests of its experiences. Truly free is that mind which has been enriched in the Truth by the transformation of the pulsations of its cognition in the flow of cognition in time. Truly free is that mind which has been raised to the zenith of discernment and has received inspiration from the Gate of Cognition.
Truly free is even that mind which makes poor use of its free will and distances itself from the great Creative Breath and from the Creative Force and from the Creative Energy and from the Creative Unity and from the Creative Concord – except that its freedom is slavery because it hinders its evolution.
The absolutely free disposition of the will is absolutely respected, even though it is not acceptable to the Holy Father, because He is Freedom, He liberates, He strives to raise the earthly entity to His free Radiant Heavens.1
We thank you!
Athens, May 2019
Efthimios H. Mikropoulos
1 See Mikropoulos, Efthimios, HEAVENLY MIRACLES – HIDDEN TRUTHS, ‘Absolute disposition of the will – Freedom in the operation of the mind’, Athens: publ. Bookdream, 2018, pp. 238, 239.