NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR
Humanity in the twentieth century reaped the bitter fruits of one-sided technological advance and of one-sided prosperity and indulgence. This era, nevertheless, left excluded the overwhelming majority of the human race, with the result that the victims of hunger and of misfortune, and deaths, reached astronomical figures. At the same time, during the course of the whole of the twentieth century, decline and degeneration gradually overtook all the moral and spiritual values. In the face of these, the tribune was set up for material pleasures on which man of the twentieth century performed, as an idolater, the sacrifices to his idols. Practical pursuits, technological and economic achievements, the popularising of comforts, and the raising of the standard of living, always with a materialist content, are for present-day man the primary motivation of his every action, of every aspect of his daily life in its totality. Man of our times lives to seek after the satisfaction of his sensual fantasies; he lives dedicated to survival, to a thirst for profit, to sensuality, to pointless entertainments. He enjoys the monotony of everyday routine in all its greatness. He lives filled with cares and worries about today and yesterday, he is fearfully anxious about tomorrow, and he experiences the world of the illusions for which he does battle and offers sacrifice, and to which he addresses his real worship. The natural consequence is that, with the decline of the moral conscience, and under the cloak of democracy, the most brutal absolutism, grave social injustice, is in the end imposed.
Life, in any event, as perceived by the majority, begins with tears and ends with tears. And what is one to weep over first: the disorder and insecurity of youth, the entombment of hopes – of ideals a little later? Ill-treatment, exploitation, the failure of sexual love, betrayal by friends, the rise and supremacy of the unworthy and the elbowing-out of the deserving? The burdens of marriage, the loneliness of the single, the deceptiveness of wealth, the pain of poverty? Sickness, destitution, and senile dementia?
Nevertheless, this life has never ceased, and never will cease, to be a divine gift, a potential granted to us so we can come to know the greatness of Creation.
The thirst of the soul for a knowledge of the ‘existent’ beyond the visible world has always warmed the hearts of humanity; it has always been an object of investigation for human reasoning. Human history through the ages puts forward a thousand and one different teachings and accounts and world-theories, and it is true that these accounts of the great ontological problems are not in agreement. However, in the end, knowledge of the existence of God and of His Power is attainable by the human intellect, in a way which is perfectly clear and entirely different from the earlier teachings. This knowledge, with finality, grants deliverance to Man, putting an end to metaphysical angst and to the age-old destiny of pain and doubt.
To begin with, one of the ambitious aims of this work is to play a mediatory role between the intellectually advanced individual and what is termed religion or religiosity: that is, to convince this type of person that religion is not related to naivety, scandal, foolishness, and idiocy. But exactly the opposite. This work refers to a religion always within the framework of the Divine Teaching, beyond the bounds of the Moral Law, beyond any bounds – because God is boundless, as is Man. Any reference to religion always has the sense of a reference to something which gives expression to the eternal truth. In this sense, the belief which is being expressed is that other religions besides Christianity can open up the way to Heaven, the only difference being that the Orthodox Christian religion gives expression more reliably and more fully to this eternal truth and leads more swiftly to the objective pursued. In our view, Christianity, as expressed in the Scriptures and interpreted by the Fathers of the Church, especially by the Ascetics, is the highest theological achievement of humanity. By means of the patristic teaching, the average individual, even an unsophisticated person who seeks liberation, can find the way.
This work which is being presented here is addressed to everyone, but it chiefly concerns ‘believers’. It is relatively unimportant what form each individual’s belief takes, because it is a known fact that the content is always the same. The person who believes tends always towards the good, depending upon his strengths and capabilities. This work does not discriminate, it does not divide people, it rejects no one. As the sun lights and warms everyone, so God loves and cares for all. There is one, the One for all, the Creative Logos, who even before His incarnation and now is near to everyone. The Spirit blows in all directions, and enlightens and cares for everyone, and is here close to us, as is the Creative Logos. Divine Providence, the Divine Dispensation covers all things, and there is no one who is not provided for. The call is a general one, a universal one – but only those who so wish accept it.
In the end, this work 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. The aim of the series of books of this work is not to recruit devotees, or to make the already dependent individual even more dependent. These books are to be read in order for us to know our self and not in order to forget it, not in order to escape in the reading of them from the routine of everyday life, but in order for us to acquire the ability to convert everyday life into a wonderful event, by the extension of our apprehension to things which may not be visible, but are as important as those which we apprehend with our senses.
In the times in which we live, there is a widespread notion that concern with our inner self and the spiritual is optional during the course of our life; that it is one further source of the maintenance of the insecurity of the weak or a ‘luxury’ interest for the time when our material dependences have been satisfied, or a refuge for occasions when a difficulty presents itself which cannot be resolved in any other way. This book brings out the tragic inadequacy of this perception.
Heaven – by means of these texts, and, of course, not only by these – converges and comes in an original way, and provides, in the manner of prophecy, everything which has been judged to be appropriate for us and our times. The information channelled to us in these times contains in its totality a discourse which is succinct and at the same time more specific than the familiar linguistic terms. It is the living word contained in the Scriptures, renewed, enriched, and adapted to present-day conditions, so as to correspond to the living intellectual flowing development of the individual addressees, who are none other than those who are drawn to the eternal Truth.
It must be emphasised that all the things known and perceived by man, as well as all the attempts to express in words that which it is decided should be made, from being invisible, perceivable in language, have always been inadequate, and that all the things channelled to us by the Divine Will are only, in the end, fragments of the great concealed Truth which is being revealed gradually, depending upon the cognitive receptiveness of man and of each era. Naturally, the Truth is not going to remain hidden. God does not wish to hide anything from man. But for us to receive the Truth, we need a great deal of preparation, and, above all, great intellectual development.
It is precisely as an aid in the universal upward evolution of the human race that the present work serves; it contains a series of ten books which saw the light before the dawn of the twenty-first century. These texts, which are set out in a remodelled and enhanced, but unimpaired, form, draw attention to it, explore the incorruptible Truth and its authentic sources, and render it perceivable in the present. The ten books, then, constitute, to start with, an updated expression of ancient wisdom – truths, that is, which were spoken thousands of years ago in different parts of our planet. At the same time, these ten books succeed in initiating the reader into the innumerable aspects of the multidimensional human and cosmic unfolding, drawing upon sources – theological, philosophical, scientific – of genuine knowledge from the past and the present, and upon universal teachings, precepts, and injunctions of inestimable value. This work is, then, derived – more clearly than it is generally perceivable that this, in fact, applies to everything – from the collaboration between the invisible and the visible world. The acceptance of the existence of the invisible world is the extension of the faith of man into the existence of God. Faith is the code, the key with which spiritual meanings are and will be revealed to man. Faith is the key which makes it possible for man to explore the invisible world unknown to him, the world which is the cradle, the ancient origin of the human soul, a world which has been consigned to oblivion.
In the pages, then, of this work, apart from the teachings and precepts which are signposts on a road leading to life rightly lived, the future spiritual and cultural evolution of world civilisation on our planet from the twenty-first century on is presaged. As to precisely this period of time, the prophetic word of the Scriptures has spoken of; it is this with which these texts concur, or, if you will, supplement it as regards the details and the way in which the changes and mutations will occur. More specifically, the history, not simply of Western, but of world civilisation and the influence which the impending changes on the planet and in the structure of the beings will have on the evolution of the planet in itself and of the beings which are hosted upon it are depicted. These changes on the planet which are referred to here have to do with its regeneration and enhancement, so that it is capable of providing all the goods required by its guests. The changes in the human entity involve its regeneration and re-formation in such a way that it is then able to apprehend not only that it is a three-dimensional being, and that of these three dimensions – spiritual, psychic, bodily – the spiritual, on which it will rely in complete trust, predominates.
The New Man, the man of the third millennium, is destined to transcend the bounds which have up till now been set by philosophical contemplation and science as a conceptual definition of his existence. Each individual will begin to comprehend that the dynamism and the wholeness of the Universe are an indivisible single organic whole, and that all beings are a part of this whole. As is described in the books of this work, life upon Earth and man especially are entering upon that stage of evolution which will permit them to acquire a full consciousness of their existence. This knowledge grants, with finality, deliverance to man, putting an end to metaphysical angst and to the age-old fate of pain and doubt.
By transubstantiating the experiences which he has had in space-time throughout the whole duration of his sojourn upon the Earth, man will pass beyond the age of infancy which he is going through now, and will nourish his soul with ‘substances’ capable of transforming his physical life into a life of collaboration between spirit and matter. It is precisely these experiences, combined with those of a higher world, which will be absorbed deep in his soul and will awaken in man the desire for a different life, a life which with certainty and security will lead him back to his former cradle, to ancient blessedness.
With the inception of the twenty-first century, the way of return begins, the ascent of the Pyramid begins. Beings, generally and without discrimination, without any effort on their part – by the Divine Will and compassion alone – will be restructured; that is, they will be brought to levels different from those which they are experiencing now. Man, in particular, himself also a recipient of Divine compassion, by his efforts will enter into new worlds and will reach the apex of the Pyramid, the place of real existence, the place which belongs to him – since his ascent to it will correspond to his efforts to attain a knowledge and understanding of just this space.
In the times which are coming, some basic key which has been lost in the depths of history, a key which will allow his re-integration into the cosmic rhythm, as an essential member, equal in honour, of the universal Pyramid, will be revealed to Man.
A divine dream, before all ages, a divine plan, are finding their expression in our times. The long transitional period of the decline of values which humanity entered at the close of the second millennium is destined to lead in the end, by intervention from above, to a spiritually regenerated man. The sui generis Middle Ages through which humanity of today is passing will become a thing of the past – the man of tomorrow will experience a fresh, new, glorious rebirth, with a subsequent blossoming of a great civilisation. This will be achieved as a consequence of the most profound respect for the value of human life, and, generally, the recognition of moral and spiritual values as a measure which the man of tomorrow will centre upon.
The whole work gives, without the use of manipulation, the pictures of the future; it specifies what is to happen, and, at the same time, by means of teachings and precepts summons us to play an active part in the processes which are to follow in the coming millennium.