An indispensable study – Martinus Cosmology
Ole Therkelsen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
15.1 The principle of world redemption and the new world morality
The basis of the new world morality, according to Martinus, will be an Intellectualised Christianity or Christianity made scientific. Early Christianity was indeed a world religion, but when the analysis of eternity comes into Christianity, it becomes science, indeed it becomes the world science itself.
Evolution in earlier times was based on faith and following authority but on the last leg of the evolution towards perfection, mankind shall be an independent-minded being. For the spiritual researcher the cosmic analyses are in the beginning admittedly Martinus’ own personal knowledge, but gradually as they can be confirmed by personal experience and by the person’s own reasoning and thinking, this knowledge is transferred to become the spiritual researcher’s own knowledge. The purpose of Martinus’ analyses is to lead the student to an autonomous understanding of life and a view of life that is based not on belief but on knowledge that can be confirmed by the person’s own experience. The analyses are an aid to self-help. Life itself and the person’s own experiences and observations shall show the validity of the cosmic analyses and help us onward to cosmic consciousness.
Christ said, “No one comes to the Father except through Me”. According to Martinus, it means that nobody can have cosmic consciousness or experience the Father’s consciousness without taking the Christ road and practicing Christ’s way of being. Privately, in a circle of friends, Martinus was able to say, “I can also say that no one comes to the Father except through me”, by which he meant that it is necessary and indispensable to acquire the cosmic analyses and translate them into a practical way of being in order to come to the experience of God’s, the Father’s or the universe’s consciousness. Cosmos is an expression of the entire eternal and infinite universe, and to have cosmic consciousness is the same as experiencing the universe’s consciousness.
The divine creative principle and the principle of world redemption are the first topics Martinus discusses in the two main works Livets Bog (chapter 1-5) and The Eternal World Picture (symbols no. 1 and 2). Here he shows that the cosmic parent principle is necessary for humanity’s evolution here on earth and that no step in this evolution can be avoided or skipped. He writes that his world picture expresses the new world impulse and in his literature he refers to his work as “the twentieth century’s world redemption”.
Martinus’ collected work, The Third Testament, represents the new world impulse, in which the essence is precisely that “knowledge” which shall succeed the “belief” belonging to the old world impulse. Acquisition of “knowledge” instead of “belief” is an absolutely necessary and indispensable step in the evolution towards cosmic perfection.
15.2 Is Martinus a world redeemer?
One might be led to think that Martinus is not a world redeemer, because he himself at the end of his life, often expressed (for instance in the book Intellectualised Christianity, chapter 1) that one should not perceive the biblical phrase or concept the “Second Coming of Christ” as an expression of a personal physical return of the world redeemer. He also said that after the Buddha, Christ and Muhammad there would not come more world redeemers, who should be worshipped as a person or authority. Humanity will no longer be led by authority and therefore one should not expect that the Second Coming of Christ will manifest itself by his coming in physical form to be worshipped.
But these statements do not prevent Martinus from being a world redeemer. He should simply work by other means than earlier world redeemers and should keep his own person in the background, and create a new cosmic science that should help humanity towards independent thinking and the understanding of life.
Privately Martinus could refer to himself as “world redeemer”, several close friends and co-workers report. If there were problems and difficulties, Martinus could bravely say, “Well, that must a world redeemer also put up with”. Martinus has actually in writing described himself – though in a humble way – as “the world redeemer of the next millennia”. Lars Nibelvang had among Martinus’ rough notes found a statement showing that Martinus’ consciousness was always focused upon removing all forms of personality cult. Although Martinus will be shown to be the world redeemer of the next millennia, he gives God the credit for it.
Martinus: “Thus it is not I, but you – by virtue of that part of your divine being and the other principles which you have given me to practical and theoretical demonstration before the world’s eyes – the world redeemer of the next millennia.” (Martinus As We Remember Him, page 27, 1989).
By virtue of his role as world redeemer Martinus refers indirectly to himself as a Christ-being and a totally perfect human being in God’s image.
Martinus: “In the last stage of the manifestation of world redemption, which means, the stage in which the being’s evolution is completed and where it becomes the totally perfect human being in God’s image, this manifestation is promoted exclusively by world redeemers who have long since become finished human beings in God’s image, that is they have become Christ-beings.” (EWP2 §23.5).
Martinus did not want to draw attention to his own person and he remained indeed unknown to the public in his own lifetime.
Martinus: “I am only anxious to make people investigate for themselves the actual facts relative to the divine manifestation in palpable, physical phenomena, whoever and wherever this might appear, so as to change mere belief into certainty, ignorance to knowledge, religion into science. I am desirous of subduing every form of personal worship and, on the contrary am working for an ever increasing recognition of the veritable existence of the Holy Spirit.” (On the Birth of my Mission, chapter 9).
Martinus the creator of “Martinus Cosmology” also called “Martinus spiritual science”
15.3 Martinus’ world picture is unparalleled
Many people perceive Martinus Cosmology as just a school of thought among many others and certainly not as something unique, as an indispensable study to complete the development towards perfection. But Martinus sees his work The Third Testament as the Intellectualised, immortal Christianity that will be the foundation of life for humanity in the next millennia here on earth (IC, Preface).
Martinus: “All these cosmic analyses have no parallel in the world and nobody else can make them and nobody else will come who can make them. Human beings will indeed gradually get cosmic glimpses and start getting cosmic consciousness, and they can then elaborate certain local material. But that which through me has been created in the world is accordingly that which Christ promised mankind.” (Lecture in Varnhem, Sweden, 2 June 1968)
In another lecture Martinus said: “You may think that I am boasting, but try to see if there is anybody like me. Is there another world picture? No, there is not. There is no other, there will be no other, you are not going to get other analyses. It has been presented to you as science and this is what is “The Comforter, the Holy Spirit”. My analyses are “holy knowledge and holy thoughts” and it is these that will be the foundation for the salvation of mankind and for the development of mankind to be ‘man in the image of God’.” (On Myself, My Mission and Its Significance, English Kosmos, no. 2/2004)
15.4 A complete world picture for the first time in the history of the earth
Many argue against Martinus Cosmology that it does not at all contain anything new. They claim that what Martinus says there are so many who have said before him. An old proverb says, “there is nothing new under the sun”.
It is true that it is not Martinus who invented the eternal cosmic laws or principles that govern life. “They existed before I was born, I’ve just had the ability to sense them”, Martinus has said repeatedly. Seen from this perspective there is nothing new in Martinus’ world picture.
Many of life’s great truths are like fragments already presented in the various religions and sciences of the earth, but with Martinus’ eternal world picture it is the first time in the history of the earth that a perfect and complete explanation of life is created, assembled in a logical, scientific and mathematically drawn up eternal world picture. All wise men, religions and sciences have only fragments of the world picture, and therefore mankind has also previously only learned about these fragments.
Personally I am of the opinion that many of Martinus’ analyses, for example, of mankind’s sexual pole transformation, love towards the microcosm and the spiral cycle and the structure of eternal life have previously never been described in the literature.
15.5 Martinus’ “love proof”
How could Martinus now be so sure that everything he wrote was true? He himself answered, “It is true because all my analyses conclude in love”. “All my analyses show that everything is very good”.
In his lectures Martinus used different variants of his “love proof”. He said that he could be absolutely certain that he wrote the truth because all the analyses on all points finish with the answer – universal love, and that one should love one’s neighbour as oneself. Is there any higher explanation of life than that everything is an expression of love? Universal love is the highest science. Universal love is the keynote of the whole universe.
Martinus has written an entire chapter headed “The guarantee of my cosmic analyses’ identity with the eternal truth” that deals with this love proof (Collected Articles 1, §8.25). Here he writes that his educational work has only been created by virtue of cosmic consciousness and it can be recognized by that the fact that his analyses do not in any field have another conclusion than that one should be good and loving and love one’s neighbour. Everything he has written is one great defence for observing the great commandment “love one another”. It is a logical explanation of immortality and of “whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”. Everything turns out in the final reckoning to be of benefit, happiness and blessing for all living creatures.
Through his high cosmic visions Martinus received the gift to be able to analyse the structure of the universe in text, pictures and symbols, which can now be read and studied. But could Martinus perhaps make a mistake in his analyses of the world picture?
Martinus: “I cannot be wrong, because I did not invent it. I can show that every single analysis leads in its final reckoning to love, and there is not one place that leads to the opposite. Therefore I can say there is nothing higher than this spiritual science which has now been created and there will come nothing higher. It will come to carry the future world culture and the people who today welcome it and have the benefit and enjoyment of it and help it, they are the new world culture’s pioneers, and it is they who shall lead it forward.” (Lecture 30 June 1969)
One cannot form a sect by virtue of the fact that two and two equals four. A science cannot be tied into a sect, and there is no subscription nor association with membership around Martinus Spiritual Science. Everyone is free at the library or at home to study Martinus’ works, just as one can study the works of Freud, Marx or Einstein. There is no binding; the only bond is the interest and joy one has in being occupied with Martinus’ spiritual analyses. Martinus said that just as one is free to choose whether to sit in the sun or the shade, one is also free to choose whether one will study the analyses or not. The whole of Martinus’ lifework is a pure gift to humanity; it is completely free.
15.6 Will there be no more world pictures on the earth after Martinus?
World redeemers with cosmic consciousness are, according to Martinus, guests from a higher world who in the service of world redemption come to earth to help younger brothers forward in evolution. But gradually earth’s own residents will evolve to acquire cosmic consciousness, and Martinus has roughly estimated that more people with cosmic consciousness will begin to come upon the earth in 1,000-1,500 years, the very first perhaps in 500 years, and in the literature Martinus writes that the majority in 3,000 years will have cosmic consciousness.
Some therefore think that Martinus’ spiritual scientific analyses are not indispensable to achieve cosmic consciousness, because others will come and make world pictures that are just as good as Martinus’ when they one day reach cosmic consciousness. But the wheel can only be invented once!
There can only be one eternal world picture and it fell to Martinus’ fate to be the first, the only and the last one who here on this planet should present this in a logical and scientific way.
There is only one analysis of the I (X1): “there is something that is”. There is only “one divine something”. Everything that exists is simply “a divine something that is”.
There is only one universal creative principle X2, which can be analysed out into several big creative principles on which one can also say that there is only one contrast principle, one hunger and satiation principle, one perspective principle, one sexual pole principle, one attraction and repulsion principle, one life-unit principle, one movement principle, one cycle principle, one talent kernel principle, one repetition principle, one reincarnation principle, one parent principle and one principle of world redemption.
There is only one comprehensive analysis of the constancy or eternal existence of energy in the form of the analysis of X3 which represents all the created or temporal.
This analysis of the entire universe and of the triune structure of living beings is nothing less than the solution to the mystery of life (See also LB2 §559-617, LB3 §680-762 and EWP3 §32.3 to 32.14).
The people who in the future will get cosmic consciousness here on earth will not again create a new “eternal world picture”. They will only be able to come with additional details to the all-embracing mother science that has been presented by Martinus.
Conversely, people in 3,000 years when they read Livets Bog will regard it as a fairy tale or children’s book that tells something about mankind’s current, relatively low level of understanding of the analyses of life.
15.7 Martinus Spiritual Science is a mother science
It should be emphasized that Martinus has only analysed the major principles of the universal science. It is left to present and future scientists with cosmic flashes and cosmic consciousness to explain all the many details in this big world picture.
But in defiance of this wealth of detail of life Martinus argues anyway that his spiritual science is the “mother science” of all science, of all knowledge, of all intellectual manifestation. Natural science and all materialistic science he sees as a small offshoot or department of his spiritual science (See Collected Articles 1, §14.10).
Similarly, intuitively gifted biologists of the future will be able to explain the entire course of evolution and for example expound in detail on all the transitional forms in the evolution from reptile to bird. Even though anthropologists, psychologists, geologists, astronomers, etc. all separately will be able to also add new details to the world picture, Martinus Spiritual Science will still remain a unifying mother science.
15.8 Providence is not careless with world redeemers
As Martinus himself stated, as mentioned in section 15.3, there will not come any more world redeemers after him here on earth, for now mankind is so advanced that they with the help of his cosmic analyses are able to go the last leg to cosmic consciousness. Providence is not careless with world redeemers.
Christ did not come again to demonstrate the universal love once more.
Martinus: “Christ came, amongst other things, into the world to show ‘the culmination of universal love’. Was not this, for instance, what happened on the Cross? – What love can be greater than this, that in the middle of the culmination of life’s worst sufferings that one’s enemy has inflicted upon one, to ask God for forgiveness for those causing this terrible deed? – God has thus shown mankind, by Christ’s way of being, the peak or end goal for His creation of man in His image after His likeness. He does not need to do it again. Now it is mankind who themselves shall start studying the divine knowledge, that now exists in intellectual form, and themselves experience and see the truth in the ‘eternal light’ and by that means eventually become ‘Christ-beings’ or finished human beings in God’s image after His likeness.” (IC §6).
15.9 Theoretical and personally experienced cosmic consciousness
Martinus demonstrates in his analyses that in order to achieve cosmic consciousness it is necessary to understand the laws of life and become an independent thinking person who is completely freed from religious dogma and authority. There are two essential steps in the evolution towards cosmic consciousness. First, one must acquire theoretically the cosmic analyses, and then one has to train or practise the talents for translating the theoretical understanding into practical behaviour. Neither of these two steps can be skipped in evolution.
Martinus shows the necessity for a theoretical guidance concerning what is good and evil: “Although the humane faculty grows and gets people to feel repulsion towards evil, it will not be able to give humanity any particular theoretical guidance as to what really is evil and what really is good. There is so much that apparently is good, but really is evil, just as there is much that seems evil, but really is good. To completely be able to determine what is evil and what is good in the divine world plan, one must know this plan’s main structure” (LB7 §2523).
Concerning the acquisition of “theoretical cosmic consciousness”, Martinus writes, “These susceptible people can with their intelligence receive the intelligence-related interpretation of life’s real cosmic and thus eternal analyses. They can thereby obtain the theoretical experience of the meaning of life or the solution to the mystery of life, as God reveals it through the structure of the universe. By that means they become, both in consciousness and behaviour, gradually made susceptible for “cosmic glimpses”, to finally at last experience the total cosmic consciousness as a permanent mental structure in which they are one with God, infinity and eternity” (LB7 §2524).
15.10 Livets Bog is not the one and only salvation, but still indispensable
Martinus, in the Preface to Livets Bog 1, will really make the reader understand that the universal world picture or the eternal wisdom which he has manifested in the form of Livets Bog “does not in any way claim, or suggest any right, to constitute a so-called ‘one and only salvation’”. (LB1 §10).
He argues himself that a single manifestation like Livets Bog cannot replace or supersede all other forms of manifestation. Life must of course equally make use of all the existing manifestations. That Livets Bog should be the one and only salvation would indeed be tantamount to the rendering superfluous of all other religions and philosophies.
Each step in evolution has its natural religious source of inspiration that cannot be replaced by Martinus’ work, which in this way is not the one and only salvation. Evolution has many steps and happens through many different paths, all of which are equally necessary.
Even though Livets Bog is not the one and only salvation, so all on a certain stage of evolution will come to study the laws of life and the cosmic analyses before they get cosmic consciousness. Even though evolution goes through many different paths, all shall inevitably go through the same gate to gain access to the real human kingdom.
15.11 People grow out of the old religions like children outgrow their clothes
Livets Bog cannot replace the many religions, outlooks on life and philosophies that provide great inspiration to people here on earth. Martinus compares the many different religions and outlooks on life down through the ages with children’s clothing. As children grow out of old clothes and must have bigger clothes, so also people grow out of old and out-dated religions and must have new inspiration, until they finally come to the absolute analyses of truth in the form of the cosmic analyses and the eternal world picture. Mankind shall become adult and sovereign.
Livets Bog is for the spiritual researcher a manual on how to observe life, like the flora for the botanist is a handbook to observe plants. Livets Bog is an aid to understanding the direct speech of life, or existence’s own livets bog. Martinus is not an authority to be believed, but he is a guide who shows where and how one can make one’s observations of the laws of life. When he wrote the series of cosmic analyses that collectively constitute the basic analysis of the universe, it was not just so that one should study them. The intention on Martinus’ side is to animate the readers themselves to find out if what he writes is now really something that can be observed. Ultimately it is our own experiences and observations that shall demonstrate the validity of Martinus’ work – The Eternal World Picture.
On the last step of evolution before cosmic consciousness, everyone on this planet will therefore unavoidably and inevitably come to study the cosmic analyses of spiritual science, no matter what paths they have followed previously.
to be continued
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THE MARTINUS INSTITUTE
In 1932 an administrative centre, now known as the Martinus Institute, was established in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen in order to ensure the availability of Martinus’ literature in the original Danish and other languages. It is non-profit making and responsible for the school at the Martinus Centre. There are lectures, seminars and study circles in Danish at the institute from September to April. Martinus Cosmology is not the basis for any kind of sect or association.
Martinus, born in Sindal in the north of Jutland, Denmark, had a very minimal education and spent most of his early working life as a dairyman. In 1921 he experienced a spontaneous transformation of consciousness that enabled him to analyse life and describe its spiritual laws and eternal principles. Martinus writes in the preface to Livets Bog: “I had become my own source of light. The cosmic baptism of fire through which I had passed … had thus left the fact that entirely new sensory abilities had been released in me, abilities that enabled me – not in glimpses – but on the contrary in a permanent state of awake day consciousness – to apprehend all the main spiritual forces, invisible causes, eternal world laws, basic energies and basic principles behind the physical world. The mystery of existence was therefore no longer a mystery to me. I had become conscious in the life of the whole universe, and had been initiated into ‘the divine principle of creation’.”
In addition to his writings, which provide a scientific basis for loving all living beings, his many symbolic drawings with explanatory texts help the reader to acquire an overview of the cosmic structure of life. Martinus died in Copenhagen in 1981.
THE MARTINUS CENTRE
The Martinus Centre is a school for the study of Martinus Cosmology. Established in 1934, it is situated in Klint, near Nykøbing Sjælland, on the north coast of the island of Zealand (Sjælland), 60 miles north west of Copenhagen. Summer courses are available in English, German, Esperanto, the Scandinavian languages and other languages on request. There are also spring, autumn and winter courses in the Scandinavian languages.
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