Martinus and the New World Morality
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The Danish spiritual researcher Martinus (1890-1981) presents the principles for a new world morality that forms the basis for the creation of a peaceful and loving culture on earth. The evolution of a new culture of forgiveness and healthier ways of living; the creation of a just world state; the introduction of the world language Esperanto, vegetarianism; the development of greater love towards plants, animals and humans – towards all living things, both in the micro-, the meso- and the macrocosmos – constitute important elements in Martinus Cosmology, which can be described as a complete world picture, where everything is interconnected.
There is both instructive and entertaining reading with such chapter headings as: Martinus acquires Cosmic Consciousness, Krishnamurti as World Teacher, Prophecies about the Danish World Teacher, The Secrets of the Pyramids, The World Language – Esperanto, The Earth – a Living Being, The World State, Love towards Animals, Sickness and its Cure, The Christ Morality, Can Eternity be Understood? and The Second Coming of Christ.
The book outlines a new culture based on a new world morality and is intended for everyone who is interested in politics, science, philosophy, the environment, health and peace. The book may also be read as an introduction to the whole of Martinus’ life’s work – The Third Testament.
1. Martinus acquires cosmic consciousness
2. Krishnamurti as a world teacher
3. Prophecies about the Danish world teacher
4. The secret of the pyramid
5. The Earth – a living being
6. The World State
7. Esperanto – the international world language
8. Vegetarianism and love for animals
9. Illness and healing – love for the inner universe
10. Embalming in the new world culture
11. The Christ morality
12 .To understand eternity – 0X – the beginning of the analysis
13. The work – The Third Testament
14. The Second Coming of Christ
15. An indispensable study
Martinus and his Works
On the author Ole Therkelsen
Ole Therkelsen (born 1948), chemical engineer and biologist, writes on the basis of his life-long involvement with Martinus Cosmology. He has given 2000 lectures on the Cosmology in fifteen countries in six different languages. Many of these lectures can be heard on www.oletherkelsen.dk . Right photo: Ole at 11 years of age with Martinus at the Martinus Centre in Klint, near Nykøbing Sjælland.
Martinus and the New World Morality
Martinus acquires cosmic consciousness
A real-life fairy tale
When we look back over the millennia, we see that once in a while a truly extraordinary genius is born. I am convinced that our blue planet has received a visit from a moral genius, namely the Danish author and world-renewer, Martinus (1890-1981).
Martinus Thomsen was born out of wedlock on 11 August 1890 in Sindal, North Jutland, Denmark, which was where he spent his childhood and the early part of his youth. He first worked as a farm hand and was later trained as a dairyman. He subsequently worked in various dairies around the province until he moved to Copenhagen, where at the age of thirty he experienced a great expansion of consciousness.
Martinus’ lifestyle was very simple and frugal and he did not attract any great public attention during his lifetime.
At Eastertide in 1921, Martinus experienced what he himself described as the “great birth”, which endowed him with cosmic consciousness. This birth or initiation, which lasted several days, would certainly not have been important had it not left Martinus in a new state of consciousness with permanent intuitive or cosmic sense abilities. With these new abilities he had access to a new world and had been, as it were, born into a higher level of consciousness. Judging by that science of love, which he thereafter created, this higher world was his real and natural domicile.
It would seem that during our lifetime here on Earth, we have received a visit from a guest from a higher world.
The background to Martinus’ work
In his book On the Birth of my Mission and in the Preface to his main work Livets Bog (The Book of Life), Martinus writes that the background for his entire written works was the profound transformation of consciousness which occurred in March 1921 when he experienced “the white baptism of fire” and “the golden baptism of fire”.
He writes: “The cosmic baptism of fire that I experienced and which I cannot explain in more detail at this point had left me with new senses that allowed me to perceive the spiritual forces, invisible causes, eternal universal laws, basic energies and basic principles underlying the physical world, not merely as glimpses – but as a permanent condition of wide-awake day consciousness. So the mystery of existence ceased to be a mystery for me. I had become conscious in the life of the universe and had become initiated into the divine creative principle.” (Livets Bog 1, §21).
After this cosmic baptism of fire, Martinus had acquired extra-perceptive abilities and was able to see into eternity and infinity. By 24th March 1921, Martinus had acquired permanent cosmic consciousness.
He writes: “I saw that I was an immortal being, and that all other beings in existence were eternal realities, who like myself had an endless series of earlier lives behind them, that we had all evolved from low primitive forms of existence to our present stage, and that this was merely a provisional stage along this evolutionary scale, and that we are on our way towards immensely lofty forms of existence in the distant future. I saw that the universe consisted of a single vast living being in which all other beings are organs, and that all of us – human beings, animals, plants and minerals – comprise a single family, may be said to be of the same flesh and blood”. (Livets Bog 1, §21).
During the following 60 years of his life, Martinus wrote a work of approx. 10,000 pages, creating a completely new science and a completely new world picture – The Eternal World Picture (EWP), on the basis of his cosmic intuition. In his main work Livets Bog, covering seven volumes (LB1–LB7) and approx. 3,000 pages, Martinus uses the expression “the eternal wisdom” in one place to refer to his work. (Livets Bog 1, §7).
The meditation that led to the expansion of consciousness
In 1921, Martinus was working in the office of the dairy, Enigheden. It was here he heard about a new and interesting book on spiritual matters, which one of his colleagues had read. After making sure that the new spiritual path also had something to do with prayer, he became interested and wanted to borrow the book and one day in February 1921 he was invited to the home of the book owner, Lars Peter Larsen (1879-1948), who later changed his name to Lars Nibelvang. For the next seven years, he became Martinus’ daily interlocutor and friend.
Martinus says that he did not finish the book to the end and that the only thing he remembered of what little he read was that the book caused him to meditate upon God. When Martinus some years later began writing his books, he remembered neither the title nor the author of the book as the momentous spiritual experience had had such a huge impact on his brain. Ever since it has been a mystery, what book it was. In my own view it must be the Danish translation of “Meditationen. Ein theosophisches Andachtsbuch nebst Anleitung zur Meditation” by Hermann Rudolph (1865-1946) published at Verlag der theosophischen Kultur, Leipzig, 1912. The authorised English translation was published in 1913 “Meditations: A theosophical book of devotion including directions for meditation”.
After the immense expansion of consciousness, Martinus was completely prevented from reading any further for psychical reasons.
He writes: “The mere thought of reading a book was enough to produce a feeling in my brain as if it were going to burst. And during the period from the time when I underwent this spiritual process until I had looked through the entire world picture fundamentally and manifested it in picture form, I was not in touch with any kind of book or any other kind of theoretical guidance. Also, before the awakening of my cosmic faculties, I must be considered as having been quite an unschooled person, never having really studied but only having attended an ordinary primary school, which, as I was born in the country, meant just three hours at school twice a week in summer and only a little more in winter.” (LB1 §22).
Martinus did not subsequently read either theosophical or anthroposophical books. It is thus incorrect when it is claimed that Martinus should have depended upon theosophy and anthroposophy in order to create his world picture. At school Martinus was fond of the Scriptures but he stresses that he did not get his knowledge neither from reading nor from studying. (On My Cosmic Analyses, book 12, chap. 25).
He said: “Several people have said to me that I must have read or studied, but I have not. I am living proof that one can come to the highest knowledge through one’s own consciousness, which is a state everybody is on the way to acquiring.” (Danish Kosmos, no. 3/1991).
The vision of Christ and “the white baptism of fire”
Lars Nibelvang writes in his diary that he had spoken to Martinus and given him instructions on how one could meditate in a comfortable chair and by perhaps placing a cover over one’s eyes to keep out the light and thus be able to concentrate better. So Martinus bought a new wicker chair for the purpose, and he says that the chair almost came alive and seemed quite magnetic as it creaked all the time. (Danish Kosmos, no. 3/1991).
Martinus lived in a small room on the first floor to the left at 52A, Jagtvej in Copenhagen when one evening at Eastertide, he experienced the white baptism of fire: He had a vision of Christ.
While he was meditating on God, in a day-conscious cosmic vision Martinus came to experience his calling to create the cosmic science which logically and intellectually was to explain the “many things” which Jesus could not explain to his disciples, as they could not fathom them. (Intellectualised Christianity §2).
Martinus had not been seated very long before he saw a luminous point in the distance and suddenly a Christ-like figure appeared. It was the Danish sculptor, Bertel Thorvaldsen’s sculpture of Christ “Come unto me”, which is placed in Copenhagen Cathedral. The statue was small and some distance away. It was dark, but then the light reappeared and now the figure came alive and had human dimensions, clothed in a robe of dazzling, small stars, almost like a cloak of diamonds. The light was dazzlingly bright, like snow, and mixed with blue. This Christ-being of dazzling brightness moved straight towards Martinus, who sat paralysed in his wicker-chair. He looked directly into a figure made of fire, small dazzling lights, like sparklers, but with much smaller sparks. The figure moved forward and then entered into his body and blood. Here it came to rest. A divine sensation moved Martinus and the paralysis left him. The divine light that had thus taken up residence within Martinus enabled him to take a sweeping look at the world. From this divine figure within Martinus there radiated an immense ray of light and Martinus could in this light see the Earth turning. He beheld continents and oceans, cities and countries, mountains and valleys – all bathed in the light now emanating from his own mind. In this white light the Earth was transfigured into “the Kingdom of God”. And with that the divine vision ended. (Intellectualised Christianity §2, On the Birth of My Mission, chap. 16).
Figure 3. The sculpture of Christ by Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844). Copenhagen Cathedral and Thorvaldsen’s Museum. Martinus had a small plaster copy in his apartment
1.5 Martinus’ calling to be a world teacher
After this vision of Christ, Martinus felt called upon to become a world teacher. When the Christ figure entered his being and he saw the rays from this light illuminate the Earth, he felt it was a sign that he, by Christ in person, had been initiated to continue the Christ mission. That the Earth revolved in this Christ light was a symbol that his mission was of global proportions. He felt that he had been chosen by God to establish Christianity on a scientific basis and to intellectualise it, and to lead it forward to its full perfection here on Earth.
He writes: “If there had been time and chance for it during my vision, I would have raised objections over the divine calling just as Moses did, when he got the calling to lead Israel out of Egypt through the vision of divine fire that he saw burning in the thorn bush. Just as he did not feel he had the necessary qualifications to carry out this very difficult mission, so would I, a quite unlettered person – without any cosmic knowledge, also have come with objections concerning a lack of qualifications. But as mentioned, there was no time to. And such thoughts of that nature could not be expressed here. I was in the following hours so overwhelmingly encompassed in the divine celestial power which by means of the visions made me unshakably day-conscious in this my cosmic calling or initiation of my life – the perfection of Christianity as the scientific or unshakably logical foundation for life, for the finished creation of ‘Man in God’s image after His likeness’.” (Intellectualised Christianity §2).
Figure 4. Christ with the Dannebrog. The Danish flag is used in the Orthodox Church as a symbol of the Resurrection. St. Isaac’s Cathedral in Saint Petersburg
Martinus’ experience of the golden baptism of fire
The next morning after his vision of Christ, Martinus underwent the golden baptism of fire, which was an all-embracing experience of the consciousness of the universe or God. He seated himself again in his wicker-chair and was again at once enveloped in the divine light. A sky appeared, so exuberantly dazzling in its golden light and vibrating at such velocity that he felt himself at the limit of what his organism and consciousness could endure. He found himself in an ocean of light, not this time as white as snow, but now everything had the colour of gold. Throughout were vibrating thin, golden filaments, glittering and sparkling everywhere. He felt that this was the very consciousness, the very sphere of thought of God. (On the Birth of my Mission, chap. 17).
The golden glory joins together the consciousness of all living beings into a whole ocean of consciousness, which constitutes nothing less than the very consciousness of God. It had the form for Martinus of thousands of vibrating golden filaments completely filling space. In this golden glory he experienced that he was in the domicile of his eternal I and that he had a living existence beyond everything which is otherwise visible as created phenomena. He was outside time and space, was one with infinity and eternity. Space was only marked by an ocean of light which was dazzling light, i.e. the colour of gold. In this ocean of light of sparkling golden filaments only one feeling is experienced, that of being at one with the Godhead and one with all other living beings in the universe. Here one sees from God’s vantage point, one’s mentality melts together with the mentality of the universe. One is united with cosmos. (Intellectualised Christianity §3, 6, 11).
Christianity scientifically based
Martinus did not just consider his work to be a spiritual science, a cosmology or an eternal world picture, but he also maintained that it was an intellectualised or scientifically based Christianity.
Christianity has indeed in its early stage been a religion, but it will, thinks Martinus, become a science, yes in fact the world-science, which will unite the entire world. It will unite religion and science and it will unite the heart and the head as well as the thought of East and West. Martinus means that when the eternal analyses come into Christianity it will be clear that it is consistent with love and infinity and then Christianity will be a science and no longer a matter of belief.
This science of love will establish that everything in its final outcome confirms the words in the Bible “everything is very good”. Martinus thought thus that it is correct where in the Bible after the creation of the Universe God says: “Everything is very good”.
Martinus set his work in relation to the Bible’s two previous testaments by giving the title The Third Testament to all of his collected writings, as he considered the spiritual science to be a continuation of “the mission of Christ”. Martinus stated that his work The Third Testament was identical with the intellectualised, immortal Christianity which will be the coming foundation of life for humanity and form the basis of a new world morality.
Martinus felt that this new spiritual science was the Spirit of truth or the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, which was to come in connection with Christ’s prediction about Christianity’s future renewal of life:
“But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things, and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:26).
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth, for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and he will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:12-15).
The one thing needful and the lasting peace on Earth
What is Martinus’ work actually aiming for? One of the answers is to be found in the “Preface” to the first book which Martinus published in 1932, namely the first volume of his main work Livets Bog (LB1–LB7).
Terrestrial human beings don’t have the same experience and knowledge and so are on different steps in their development from darkness to light. But on a certain step in their development it is unavoidable to acquire the absolutely true knowledge of the meaning of life, of the profoundest laws and eternal basic principles of life and so to have the complete happiness or perfect fate. For the terrestrial human being without cosmic consciousness the acquisition of such knowledge will be in fact “the one thing needful”. (LB1 §6).
Martinus had himself with his cosmic consciousness experienced these eternal laws and principles of life, and with his first-hand knowledge of the truth or the eternal wisdom, he felt it his duty to make this knowledge accessible for the benefit and aid of ordinary people. All of Martinus’ work is thus a result of a sense of duty. (LB1 §7).
Just as maps are useful in geography in school, so Martinus has made symbols to make the study of cosmology easier for ordinary people. The fundamental basis for creating that “everlasting peace” on Earth, so urgently desired by all humanity, is namely, according to Martinus, just the result of the study of and knowledge of the cosmic analyses being spread to all peoples. (LB1 §8).
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