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On the Altar of Love
Chapter 1
The gospel of love
Every human being who studies the cosmic analyses of existence becomes time and time again witness to the fact that love is so essential for the true experience of life that it is referred to in these analyses as the "keynote of the universe". In the Christian world religion love is also strongly emphasized as fundamental to life. If we look at the Bible's ten commandments, we can see that the essence of these is also love. When in these commandments it is, among other things, commanded "Honour thy father and thy mother...", "Thou shalt not kill", "Thou shalt not steal", "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour", "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house nor his wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbour's", it is exclusively in order to prevent war and to create instead true peace and harmony and thereby happiness and joy among people. But true peace and harmony, happiness and joy are precisely the blessings of love.
      At a much later point in time, love, in an even higher and more fundamental form, became revealed as the only true way towards light. The whole of Jesus' life, the Sermon on the Mount, his behaviour or way of being and his Passion became the unshakable affirmation of love itself as absolutely the only thing that can make the human being one with God and thereby victorious over the vicissitudes of his fate, the only thing that can make him fearless in every situation and enable him to maintain his inner spiritual well-being untouched by outer physical opposition, persecution or crucifixion. Jesus' pilgrimage on Earth was the revelation of a mental sunshine that shone out over the mountains of Palestine and down through centuries. In this heavenly sunshine the speech of the eternal God was revealed. The voice of the world redeemer became the voice of the universe. And the eternal voice vibrated out over the world the following hymn of love to the eternal truths: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth." "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled." "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy." "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God." "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me." "Rejoice and be glad, for great is your reward in heaven..."
      This mental light, this spiritual sunshine became stronger and stronger. And the voice of the universe, the eternal voice, continued: "You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. But I tell you that you must not resist evil: but whosoever strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also... Give to the one that asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you... You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.' But I tell you, Love your enemies and bless those that curse you, do good to them that hate you, pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven; for he causes the sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust... Be therefore perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect... Do not store up for yourselves treasures on Earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also... Judge not that you be not judged. For with that judgement you judge, you shall be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you... Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened". Thus spoke the eternal Father these and many other words to the world through his son, whom he had sent out. And the people marvelled greatly. They did not know that it was the voice of the universe or the voice of God they heard. They had no idea that they were having revealed to them eternal principles, unshakable truths, the highest science.


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