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The Conditions of the Eternal Life
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“And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent”
From John 17:3
When a young Bulgarian man, pure like the dew, meets his ideal in the world for the first time, he stops and tells himself: “I have found her, it is she. Like Archimedes, I can now determine the specific gravity of bodies, indicate how much silver, copper and gold there is in this king’s crown. Like Newton, I can now say why apples ripen and fall down, why rocks roll from a height, why mountain springs go downwards, jump up and down, murmur and run in speed, why Heavenly bodies run in space and turn around their central foci; now my mind, my heart reveals to me this great secret of motion in Life; I can tell you in what Eternal life lies; I can determine its properties, qualities, conditions and elements. I have found them, I have found the philosopher’s stone, I have acquired the valuable elixir of Life; I am able to be courageous like a lion, patient like an ox, flying like an eagle, sensible like a human. It is quite rightly said: “You have revealed it to the just”. This young man is not far away from the truth, he has comprehended the original language that God had spoken. His conclusions and concepts show that he understands the original from which he draws inspiration, he speaks, thinks, feels and acts correctly – grammatically, logically and philosophically. There is peace and harmony in his soul, no dispute about the word eternal – whether it should be placed before or after the word life. “This is the external shell of things – he says – for me is important that she stayed in my mind, in my heart, has penetrated deep in my soul and supported my Spirit with her Divine fire.”
His reply is correct. Years ago it was normal that coachman sat in front of the carriage while master in back. In newer times the rule changed –master sits in front and coachman – in back. It is all the same whether in front or in back as long as the reins are in proficient hands, the horses are strong, the carriage is in good condition, the coachman is quick-witted, the master is clever and good – the aim is achieved. But someone will ask: “What do you want to say by this?” – Nothing more, simply and clearly that the master and the coachman should be at their places. “And what more do you want to say?” – Can you say as that young man: “I have found her or I have found him?” This is the important question for you. When you give an answer to it, the world and life will obtain a different appearance.
But let us revert to the subject: when Christ said these words about the Eternal life in the presence of His disciples, He revealed them a great law of Life through which two essential elements of Life are delimited and determined, included in the temporary and in the eternal lives, in the conscious and in the super sensual lives. Now, people who do not comprehend the deep sense of the original language may make one or another translation, may change the order of the words but there are certain laws that regulate human thought and do not allow a peculiar change. Until man does not get used to think correctly he will make mistakes and will expiate them through a number of sufferings. The things written in the Great book of Life are for the sensible people; they are not for the lower beings that do not comprehend these laws.
Now, if someone reads Eternal life or Life eternal he will ask what is to understand under the word eternal. There is an external and an internal sense in this word. In our country under eternal life is understood a long, boundless, ceaseless life. In English is eternal but the root of this word is of Sanskrit origin and means land and in Sanskrit land means a being that conceives and bears. Often eternal life is mixed up with the existence of man, but man may exist without living. Metaphysicians argue on this subject but when we enter the field of the trial philosophy to verify Divine laws our conclusions should be based on the Truth and our results should be right.
In human life there are three basic elements that never change; three main principles on which his present life is built up. They are implemented in grammar, in logics and in mathematics. For example, when children study sentences first they say that there are subjects, predicates and conjunctions in sentences. There may be also attributes, objects and so on but the basis is in these three words that give a thought. If I would ask you what is a subject you would say: “The word that indicates the object about which there is a talk in the sentence.” And predicate? – “The word that shows what is told about that object.” Well, if a teacher would have given you to analyze grammatically the verse I read, to show which words are the most important in it, all would pause up on the words God and Jesus Christ. But the main thought here is Eternal life whereas Jesus Christ is a predicate to this thought. God and Jesus Christ are the two principles from which the Eternal life results or the two supports, the two pillars on which it rests. Logically speaking God is the big premise, Jesus Christ is the small premise and Eternal life – the conclusion. Let us make this thought even clearer. The words Eternal life understand the reasonable motion of souls; the word God understands the embryos of the Spirit, the conditions, the forces, the laws in Nature on which this impressive order of things is being built and is lying and Jesus Christ – the reasonable beginning that goes out of the Only God and that directs and keeps all living beings.
Now, you may think that saying Eternal life you comprehend and know what Eternal life is actually. But which is the basic element of knowledge? We know only those things that we can try, can do. We do not know anything that we cannot try and do – we have nothing else but an idea and can only guess about such things no matter of what nature they are. If you are given a piece of cloth you will say: “I know how it has been made”, but if you are asked to make it, to spin the woof, to put the warp, you will say: “I do not know.”
Science says that every living being requires an environment and conditions in order to be able to live. For example, the environment of fish is water. What should we understand under the word environment? Environment, basis, soil are things that have many points of contact. In Bulgarian as well as in other languages there is no word to point at the essential difference between these three words. The first element of the Eternal life is that element in which the soul is dipped as the fish is – we call this element an environment. When we start building a house we call this environment a foundation – we erect walls on the foundation and roof the house. When we sow a plant we call this environment soil – in the soil we sow the various seeds. In everything we should find the environment first. What is the environment in the eternal life?
God is. However there are two other transitional elements or conditions. Some mix up conditions with environment. There is a difference. For a train to go from Sofia to Varna there should be certain conditions – rails, coal and water. And which are the conditions of life when we speak about man? The environment in which man lives is air – man is dipped in it. But air is not the only element needed for the existence of man, fish and birds; there is a second element – food; but we are not dipped in the food: this element is transitional; it comes from outside, goes into us and goes out of us leaving behind its results. The third element for man, in which fish is dipped – water, is an environment for fish whereas for man it is only a condition; if we dip man in what fish is dipped, he will die. Hence for man water is a condition to exist. Let us take the air which is an environment for man – if we deprive him of air, he will die; for fish air is a condition – this condition is in the water itself and when it passes through the gills of a fish, this air passes through its respiratory system and purifies the blood. Water is an environment for fish; for man an environment is air.
However environment is only one third of the truth. Where are false concepts generated? When we use an example in an analogical way we should know how much truth there is in it. We should be always sincere and not only our conclusions should be true but at the same time the small and the big premises should be true as well. The one premise may be true but if the other is not, your conclusion will be wrong. And when mathematicians and engineers make certain calculations and structures they take into consideration all circumstances precisely in order to avoid any possible errors. You should build up in yourselves on the same law when you want to build up your character – your mind and your heart. You should know how to build it up – should know which one is an environment, which one is a condition and which one – an element, because there are elements as well. The elements are relevant to the supporting of Life whereas the conditions – to the existence of Life. For example, fields, gardens, vineyards and so on form conditions for Life and from which the elements of Life such as wheat, fruit and so on result. Light is an element necessary for Life but it is the forth element; air, food and water are the first three elements. If fish would say: “For me water is quite a lot” because it finds there all its food and if man would want to live in water, too, he would find himself contrary to the basic laws that regulate his life because he is not able to go into water and live there like the fish. The errors in all modern philosophies and religions result exactly from these wrong concepts. There are many dogmatic points in them that are half true.
Let us return to the word eternal. It concerns the Spiritual world; it understands materials in itself from which the immortal life can be built. The word life understands the organic life in the substance that grows up and develops and cannot be ceaseless, everlasting – its form may change and we call this change death. Ideas of death are various, however. For man to die does not mean that he will lose his consciousness at all but means that he may lose those conditions in which Life manifests itself. Consciousness may stay just as human bones remain when people die, Consciousness is the spiritual backbone of man. So the whole nervous system and the organs that function along with the other feelings and abilities are based on this backbone, as is on the human backbone. As for God, He is the supreme power or the necessary environment in which man is dipped spiritually.
Let us explain this analogy: when we say that light is necessary for human eye this means that the cells of the eye are dipped in the light and that it is necessary to keep them alive. Human soul should be dipped too. You have not dipped it – this means that you are outside your environment; you will live as an embryo like many grains of wheat that have stayed in the Egypt pyramids and tombs for five-six thousand years in dry place and have waited for conditions to be sown in order to sprout. Such grains of wheat were recently taken out and sown and they gave an excellent result. Human soul, too, like a grain staying in the Divine granary is waiting for these three necessary elements which the conditions, the forces and the laws contain to be able to start its life again. Speaking in a Christian sense, we should find the conditions at which we will be able to dip and live within God. The effort of every conscious man should be directed in this sense in order to be able to reach that position. You live, you exist but this living and existing is simply vegetating. Your existing consists of only one element and is being restricted by the Divine essence that has created you as grains of wheat and fruit seeds. You cannot avoid your existence, you cannot self-destruct – your existence is beyond time and space. In this state human soul had existed for milliards of years in the womb of the Divine consciousness but its life of that time had been of different nature – it had not been individualized, it had not known the particular life of the individual Spirit; it had lived in the contemplation of the Divine bliss – in a slumbering state. But now, with its waking up it comes to the Earth to learn the inner sense of this Life as well –the individual life, to acquire its own Immortal life by itself and to become a citizen of Heaven with certain rights and obligations. This inner striving is a condition imposed on it by God.
Now, some want to become incarnated and at the same time to live as God lives. But to live like God is a contradiction because you need not to go out of God in order to live like Him. What need does this Divine Consciousness have to separate itself, to search for some other life? This shows that human soul has always existed in God and it is its eternal striving to search for Him in all His manifestations and to follow His example.
But let us return to the scientific aspect of the subject – ruling over these three basic things: environment, conditions and elements for existence. In church this idea is expressed as a Triple-face of God. What does this word mean? It means three different beings that have the same thought, the same will – the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. In grammar they are subject, predicate and conjunction; in logic – big premise, small premise and conclusion. God is the environment for all beings and for our soul, too. Christ is the element that brings Life within Himself and the conditions that contribute Life to manifest are in the Holy Ghost.
When you change the order of things you should at the same time change the laws that regulate the forms of things. You can dip into the water but in order to live in it you should change your human form to a fish one as well. This would be a degradation of Life because you would convert the condition (the water in this case) into an environment. And when you convert the environment into condition there will be an advancement of Life. In both cases the form of the being should change of necessity. We can change the form of a fish only when we change its environment. If we draw it out and introduce it bit by bit in the air its organism will surely reorganize as well, it will become a bird, will adapt to the air. Then water will become a condition for its existence as food and light are. When Christ says: “This is life eternal, that they might know You the Only true God”, what does He want to say under the words the Only true God? This is that Supreme power that moves constantly within us, that brings Life within itself and creates the conditions through which we are able to know it. A being that is dipped in a certain environment cannot know this environment; for example, fish cannot know the water in which it is dipped. Some want to know God. If you are dipped in God you will not know Him because you are inside Him; then you only live in Him without knowing Him. And you should go out of Him and make Him a condition of your existence if you want to know Him.
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