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  2. Signs of Manifested Human Consciousness 11th lecture on 27th of December, 1922 - We read essays[1] on the theme of “Elements of the human written tradition”. - We read works on the theme “Signs of manifested human consciousness in its highest form”. - Next time you should write on the theme: “Defining characteristics of the Physical Body”. Imagine that one point signifies human consciousness or the manifested universe. Outside of that point is the unmanifested Universe. Suppose that the matter of the external Universe has different densities, and hence different states. After that, assume that different light rays come out from that given point, i.e. we say that this center, this very point starts to radiate. Every ray represents a separate being. When these beings encounter the external environment, which has different densities and different states, then they will transform their own character. This change in character of these beings is the reason for the differences which exists among them. Differences exist not only among people, but also among spirits, among Angels, as well as among all advanced Beings. What is the reason for this difference? A plethora of external causes. So, to a certain extent, every ray is influenced by its environment. The infinity determines these relationships, and determines the forms of everything that is finite. And so, when you show a certain characteristic (peculiarity), know that it is due to the original environment in which you found yourself. One day, when you return to a given point, your nature will change. Then you will complete your evolution, as it was originally determined. Know that no matter what kind of deviations you make in life, they will not change your path in the least. Many people think, that by meandering in one way or another, they will change their path. No, the esoteric disciple should know that in no way can he change the original direction of his Life. Not only the disciple, but also no being is in a state to change the direction of their path until he achieves his goal. When a snake makes zigzags moves, wriggles with its body, does it change its path or its nature? It does not. Why does it wriggle? To move. Why does the lightning twist? Because it encounters an environment with a different density than the one from which it came. Therefore, every deviation in the human character is due to the fact that one encounters a denser environment than the one in which he moves. A higher density environment offers a strong resistance, which he cannot withstand and deviates from one side to the other. He lives with this deviation, until he encounters another obstacle that will bring him back on the right path. Finally, by drawing a straight line between these deviations, this straight line, determines the direction in which consciousness moves. When one is young, he moves by meandering here to there and thinks that he changes the direction of his path, but, when he gets older, he thinks that he is smarter, that he has resolved his problems. The grownup resolves the problems of his life to the same extent as the young person. Both the grownup and the young person are far from the Truth. Such a difference exists not only between people of different ages, but also for the very same person. For example, human eyes represent two circles, the left eye represent the physical world and the right– the spiritual one. This is the reason why the ray that comes out of the left eye is always pointed towards the Earth, and the one that comes out of the right eye is always pointing upwards. In his evolution one moves from the physical to the Spiritual and from the Spiritual to the Divine world. If someone is moving with lightning speed from the Spiritual to the Divine world and moves several billion kilometers away from the Spiritual world, you will think that this person is close to God. However, if he is seen with a telescope from the Angelic world, they will say that this person is moving very slowly, as a star moves in the sky when seen from the physical world. From the Angel’s point of view, this person is far away from God, but for the people he is close to God. You should know one thing: no matter the speed with which you move, you should aspire upwards, to the Divine world. For this purpose develop everything that is bestowed into your consciousness. Move upward and forward without fear of the deviations you make. The deviations are not falls. Reason philosophically on this topic. When a light ray passes from a rare to a dense environment, or vice versa - from dense to a rare environment, the ray will bend, will deviate from its path. This kind of deviation is also experienced in the human consciousness, when it passes from rare to a dense environment. Therefore, in his current development (individual and social) there are many deviations in his consciousness. When you realize this, be cautious, be careful of these deviations. Modern people, societies and nations are structured in the way in which materialistic worlds are structured. Everyone is moving in circles concentrically arranged around a single center. For example, ten to fifteen people make up one circle and influence each other, as the planets influence each other. Usually those who are closer to the center are moving faster than those who are farther from the center. When you know this, you will notice that nobody can escape the influence of those individuals who enter the same system as one’s own. In this sense, nobody can be independent. People represent groups of individuals, focused on a single center, who influence each other. When the Divine consciousness awakens in someone, he can determine the relationship with those who enter his system. In that conscious relationship with them, he will not dissent, but will assist in a Divine way. Usually to each system of higher Beings, there corresponds a system of lower beings, consequently one should be careful, to know in which way to influence the beings in his own system. Not only do beings within the same system influence each other, but also systems have influence on each other. In that interaction of systems, the Universe grows and develops. In the center of all systems sits the Divine consciousness, the Divine Spirit which regulates everything in Nature and in Life. Each person needs to define himself, to know which system he belongs to, how many people enter this system, what is the speed with which they move in the physical, heart and mental realm, what materials their system is composed of and how many millions of years ago it was formed. The mental state of a person will depend on the state of the whole system, this law is immutable. Therefore, to change the mental state of someone, there needs to be a change in the mental state of all beings who enter the same system. There is a certain connection between all beings of the same system: if you are in America among strangers and is attacked by someone, immediately a person from your system will appear to protect you, will believe you are right. Why would he protect you? Because it is in the interest of the whole system. The larger the system you enter, the greater the number of people who empathize with you. If you enter a small nation, you will have few people who empathize with you. This does not in the least limit the human will but shows that the direction of the human Spirit is precisely determined and must go in this direction, because here are opportunities and conditions for the development of its activity. If someone objects to this order of things, he must return for renewal to the common center. When it is said that the Earth must “fall on the Sun”, this is not meant literally. This means that the Earth must enter new conditions of development, to fall under the influence of a new Sun. Now we will do a mental exercise: imagine that you are moving with enormous speed and entering the Sun. You will be watching who can reach where. This exercise requires a great concentration of thought. How many of you have reached the Sun? With their thoughts, some have reached the middle of the path to the Sun. It's hot in the sun, everyone can't go there. Others remained in the so-called icy, cold area. Others rose to a magnetic belt formed of dense and hollow matter. One of the belts between the Earth and the Sun is called the river of death, through which all souls who go to the other world pass. Anyone can attempt to get through this belt. It is enough for a person to concentrate his thought strongly, to detach from his immediate environment and immediately enter a completely dark area without any ray of sunlight. One can check with the clock how long it took to pass this area. Whoever makes this experiment should be very careful, not to be afraid of the great darkness. On coming out of this belt, one will pass into the next, in the so-called astral belt, where the light is soft, pleasant, as at dawn. On the way back to earth, one will pass through the same belts again. As you can see, between the Earth and the Sun there are different areas, different fields, each of which contains special forces, energies. Between the Astral and Mental worlds there is a so-called ice or electrical region. This region contains a huge supply of electricity that would be able to completely replace the coal we use today for heating. The future race will have methods by which it will be able to harness this electricity to illuminate and heat the entire Earth. As you do this mental exercise, you will be so focused that not only your mind can travel but also your whole consciousness. Then you will feel two currents – one goes from the Earth to the Sun, and the other returning back. In this way, there is a proper exchange between the solar energy and your own. It is good to do this exercise when you are in a bad mood. Second exercise: direct your mind, heart, Spirit, and soul to the Divine Spirit that encompasses everything in the world and ask for assistance in the realization of everything sublime and noble in you. This Spirit embraces all consciousnesses, acting inside and outside of them. Scripture says, "The Spirit of God is moving across all the Earth." Fir-für-fen Tau-bi-aumen 11th lecture of the Master, held on 27 December 1922, Sofia. Encounters in Nature (Youth Esoteric Class. Year II (1922–1923). Volume I. Sofia, 1935) translation - Nevenka Dimitrova [1] The disciples were writing essays on various themes given by the Master Beinsa Douno. They would read these essays at the beginning of every lecture.
  3. Purpose Of The Respiratory System Seventh Lecture by The Master, Petar Danov, Beinsa Douno, Held before the Youth Esoteric Class on November 22nd, 1922 Sofia Fir-für-fen Tau-bi-aumen (This song is for harmonizing and healing – it regulates the streams of the forces in the human body, put it in harmony with the nature. The words are in an old divine language, they could not be translated literally. Approximate translation is – "Without fear and without darkness" Fir-fur is that which leads a person, and fen is that which removes the handicaps, cleans. Tao is that which surrounds, keeps the man as an environment he is immersed in. Tao means the Absolute, Not manifested, Infinite. Bi – that which manifests itself. Aumen means all qualities that contain the Divine – all that should grow and manifest itself in its integrity.) Secret prayer Now read the positive words you have written as part of your assignment. Next time you will read the negative words. For the next time, write on the topic: “The Purpose of the Respiratory System”. I will now give you an esoteric exercise, which you will do in the morning after getting up and in the evening before going to bed. You will raise your hands upward and pronounce the word light, while observing the change in your condition. Do the exercise for ten to twenty-five seconds. The hands are placed one next to the other in front of your forehead, with palms turned towards the face. After that you will lower your hands and place them on the upper part of the nose, as you pronounce the word fragrance. After you pronounce that word, you will observe what change is taking place in your condition. Finally, you will place your hands under your nose – on the upper lip, and you will pronounce the word sweetness. Again, you will observe the changes in your condition. The first word you will pronounce is light, then – fragrance, and finally – sweetness. The words go from an ascending to a descending stage: the substance of the word light is the thinnest, then it is the one of fragrance, and the most dense substance is that of the word sweetness. It feels strange to you why I am giving you the topic “The Purpose of the Respiratory System”. What knowledge do you have of breathing, why does man breathe? One breathes to maintain life, the burning inside his organism. What is burning and what is breathing? According to some, breathing is a process of cleaning. There are more than six hundred million cells in the lungs, locked in miniature chambers, miniature laboratories. When air enters the lungs, each one of these cells for a short moment serves a twofold purpose – physiological and psychological. In that sense breathing is a double process of nutrition. In a single minute one inhales twenty times, twenty lunches, and in an hour – 20 x 60 = 1200 inhalations, which amounts to 1200 lunches. If each of those lunches cost a hundred leva, then each hour for every human being 120 000 leva would be spent on breathing. For twenty-four hours one would then cost Nature 2 880 000 leva. At each inhalation Nature lays the table for someone, and at each exhalation she clears the table. At each laying and clearing of the table workers (cells) perform their duties. The work of those workers who have the ultimate task of purifying the blood is complicated. Despite all of their complex functions, you deem that those cells are not wise. The cells of the human body are wise. The cells of each organ, of each limb of the human body have a special job and purpose. And so, breathing is a dual process – physiological and psychological. The ultimate purpose of breathing as a psychological process is cleansing the mind. Therefore, breathing is related to thinking, to thought. Which kind of breathing is the best? There are three types of breathing: upper, middle and lower (depending on which part of the lungs does the most breathing). The lung resembles a complex laboratory in which a lot of energies intersect. The prana of the air penetrates into the lungs and helps oxygenating the blood even where air can hardly penetrate. The elements of Life are placed into the blood so purified. Full breathing is the best. When breathing, one must appreciate the air as an irreplaceable good. When you look at the air as an inestimable good, it penetrates even the most distant cells of the lungs, sends them its prana, its vital energy, which they extract and send throughout the organism. Mainly Love helps full breathing. So Love is first and foremost necessary condition for full breathing. When breathing, one must appreciate the air as an irreplaceable good. When you look at the air as an inestimable good, it penetrates even the most distant cells of the lungs, sends them its prana, its vital energy, which they extract and send throughout the organism. Mainly Love helps full breathing. So Love is first and foremost necessary condition for full breathing. When breathing, one must appreciate the air as an irreplaceable good. When you look at the air as an invaluable good, it penetrates even the most distant cells of the lungs, sends them its prana, its vital energy, which they extract and send throughout the organism. So Love first affects the lungs. The one who loves, expands, and so do his lungs. When a person perceives a good consciously, and with gratitude, Love begins to work inside him and elevates him. This Love is positive, ascending, and expanding for a person. Every Divine energy, which descends from above, must pass initially through the respiratory system, from there ascend to the mind, and then descend to the heart. When speaking about Love, many say that Love is blind. This expression is a remnant from the time when humanity existed under influence of the Moon – the period of constant changes. Actually, Love reveals itself in rational Life, because, by itself, Love is the most elevated thing in the world. Where Love permeates, there is Life, and culture. The Divine day begins with Love. It is said in the Holy Writing: “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light”. Everybody can say something, but first, one is required to perceive air along with prana, and with the Divine energy which is infused in it. When it penetrates into the mind and heart, then that energy will give someone an impulse to express himself, to say that which he is thinking of. Therefore, he who wants to speak reasonably must learn to breathe properly and to think properly. Have you ever tried to breathe silently, so that nobody can hear you? When you breathe deeply, you breathe loudly, and everybody around can hear you. It is an art to be able to breathe deeply, but silently, so that nobody can hear you. When you breathe deeply, put your hands on your stomach, so that every time you inhale and exhale air your hands lift. You must study the process of breathing properly, so that you could describe it in both the physiological and psychological manner. Study the various methods of breathing, to see which method will be the most efficient to apply. Try with every inhalation to think about the light, for you to be able to connect with its energies. Those energies are found in the air, from where you have to obtain them. When thinking about fragrance, you will obtain from the air a different sort of energies; when thinking about sweetness, you will obtain yet another sort of energies. When you are thinking about these words, while breathing simultaneously, you will see that each word reflects differently on the pulse of your heart. The smallest, slightest changes in the pulse speak of one’s delicate experiences. The abrupt changes in the pulse speak of one’s grand experiences. When a person is inspired by elevated thoughts and feelings, his heartbeat is rhythmic; his pulse is regular, and harmonious. When one lives in the field of rude, low feelings, his pulse is disharmonious and irregular – he loses the natural rhythm of his pulse. In such cases it appears to you that a person’s heart stops. This is how the heart of people who suffer from palpitations beats. There is one thing you have to learn: to breathe properly. Why? Because by breathing properly you will purify your thoughts, you will purify your blood, and you will also purify your brains. Speaking of breathing, you have to know the composition of the air. What elements are included in the air? Air is a mixture of one fifth of oxygen and four fifths of nitrogen. So the Intellectual world deals with elements of the physical world. What is released during breathing? In the process of breathing oxygen is absorbed from the air, and carbon dioxide is exhaled. In what state are the elements oxygen and nitrogen found in the air? - In a molecular state. In general, when a particular element has already been obtained from some complex body, it is in a molecular state; when it is being produced from the complex body, while its atoms have still not managed to combine into molecules, it is in an atomic state; and finally, when some complex body is dissolved in water, its elements are found in an ionic state. When are elements most active? - When they are in an ionic state. They are less active when in an atomic state and least active when in a molecular state. One has to observe himself, to see what his condition is when he is moody, excited, and angry; and what his condition is when he is calm, and in a good mood. Good and bad moods reflect on the breathing, and on the pulse. He who understands this will be able to detect a person’s physical and spiritual mood by his pulse. As disciples, you must study all of the conditions; to distinguish their substance by density, and by composition. For instance, what is the substance of anger – dense or thin? - Dense. What compounds is it made of? - Explosive substances. Anger is dangerous because of the explosions that accompany it. When one has been furious, he feels like he has been burning, as if there had been a fire inside him. A lot of time has to pass until he repairs all the damage from that fire. The damage happens in his organism. What is anger due to? - Superfluous energies in the organism. When a person has a lot of desires that he cannot fulfill, part of the energy which has been allotted for their attainment remains unused – that energy is the cause of anger in a person. Unprocessed substances in the brain cause a slight process of rotting, of fermentation, and as a result anger is provoked. Unfulfilled desires produce anger. When one is angry, this shows that he has many unrealized, unfulfilled desires. What is the cure for anger? - Implementation of those desires. Superfluous energy accumulates behind man’s ears. Among very angry people these areas have evolved significantly. Phrenologists call these centers destructive. These centers are connected with the motor muscles of the mouth and therefore, when man becomes angry, he starts moving his mouth. He who understands the law of transforming energy will know how to direct the excess energy from his ears to his brain and harness it to work. He who does not understand this law, when he gets angry, will put his tongue to work – back and forth, until he casts that energy out and relieves himself. The tongue is a machine-gun, and the words – the gunfire that pours out here and there until it runs out. When you want to know which words are negative, go to an angry man, take a pen and a sheet of paper and start writing. He will speak such negative words, that you will not be able to find them in any dictionary. If you want to know which words are positive, go to a grateful, content man, and listen to him. As a method of influencing against anger, esoteric knowledge recommends that the disciple should give up his numerous desires. The disciple is not allowed to have many desires simultaneously. Why? - Because they could not develop in the right way. It has been determined how many square meters of land are needed for a fruit-tree to grow well. If you had a quarter of an acre of land you wanted to plant with vine-stocks, you would be able to plant ten vine-stocks at the most. Should you plant any more, they develop poorly, and they would give puny fruit. Therefore, in order not to obtain puny fruit, do not rush to realize all of your desires at once. Desires of a person are in an embryonic state, and therefore he must gradually hatch them one by one, so that he can feed them in order for them to give good fruit. Every desire of a person is a capital that can be transformed into kinetic energy, but it must wait for its time to come. Every desire is a power that will give its results, but this power must be awakened at the right time. The desire must not be awakened neither earlier, nor later than the right time – for every desire there is a determined time and space, when it can be realized. If you do not observe this time, you will encounter a number of negative states, among which anger will be in the first place. When a person cannot achieve one of his desires, he becomes envious. When he begins to envy, anger will come as well. Should you want to liberate yourself from anger, you have to fulfill your desires. In order to fulfill them, they have to be few in quantity. How many desires can you realize annually? - One desire. How many classes can a disciple finish annually? - One class. The most capable of students can finish two classes, and a disciple of genius – three classes. The genius studies too, and passes grades, but for him there is a special school. The genius is also prone to mistakes; he has the circumstances to make mistakes more than the ordinary person. The genius wins a lot, loses a lot, and suffers a lot; the ordinary person wins a little, loses a little, and suffers less. To regulate the energies of your organism, you have to breathe properly, deeply. Thus, the numerous desires divert man’s attention. You meet someone – thoughtful, head bent down, looking towards the earth. That man has many desires, and as a result his breathing is poor. This has also been noticed in the life of eminent actors. When a capable actor becomes too ambitious, blood circulation inside him becomes irregular, his breathing – incomplete, and as a result he becomes nervous and gets angry. The remedy for anger is finding a friend of yours who is negative, passive; ask him to put his left hand on the right side of your head and you will see that after a short time all of the surplus energy in you will pass over to his hand and you will be relieved. You have been positive, active, and he – negative, passive, as a result of which between yourselves a right exchange has occurred. So the angry person must find a quiet, calm person to whom he can transfer some of his excess energy. It is not bad that someone gets angry, but he should know the law, harness this energy to work. It is preferable to get angry, than not to be angry at all. There are people who are passive and when they get angry they cannot express their anger externally. They act as quiet people – in reality they are not quiet. Passive anger generates fear, and active anger generates vengeance. Vengeance is particularly strong when someone tries to oppose anger. When a person gets angry, give him an opportunity to display his anger; should you stop his anger, he would start taking revenge. Why are some people incapable of getting angry? - Because they do not have a surplus of that energy. They resemble those drunkards that want to drink, but either they have no money, or there are no taverns open. So they do not have the circumstances to get drunk and so by necessity act as sober; they are ready to go to the nearest open tavern and get drunk. The truly sober, virtuous man is the one that despite having all conditions to drink or get angry, is still unable to get off his balance. Such a person has willpower, has self-control. He who has a weak willpower succumbs even to the slightest temptation. Now, as disciples of an esoteric School, you must study the contradictions that you stumble upon. You have to study the various states that you go through. Sometimes you sit, you feel somehow oddly uneasy, and you do not know where to put your hands: you put them in front – you are not comfortable, you put them along your body or behind you – again you do not feel comfortable. If you understood the deep meaning of your condition, you would describe it easily. Hands represent the human willpower. When you do not know where to put your hands, this means that you do not know with what kind of movement you have to manifest your willpower. When you put your hands behind your back, in front of you or alongside your body, by doing this you are looking for the most suitable method of manifesting your willpower. As soon as you find a suitable place for your hands, you will have already solved the question as to what way you should manifest your willpower. As a first method of manifesting willpower, there is the application of the law of transforming energies in your body through the lungs. Eastern nations pay great attention to breathing as a method of work in many directions. Western nations also wanted to use this method, but as utter materialists, it gave them bad results. They wanted in a quick way to achieve a lot of things, but paid dearly for that haste. Love is required from people, so that they could use properly the knowledge of breathing. Without Love there can be no breathing. The first condition is that Love participates in breathing. If Love does not participate in breathing, you can have no success. In that situation the organism cannot handle its superfluous energy, as a result several negative states are born within the human body. When breathing is not done properly, semi-organic substances start to build layers of sediments in the organism, which are the cause of all illnesses. Thanks to these sediments, these semi-organic materials, the human blood cannot be properly purified, and this causes the growth of many microbes. Now you have an idea of how complex the breathing process is. It is enough to imagine those six-hundred million workers, who work selflessly day and night, so that you can comprehend what a great process is preformed inside your organism. Besides, each cell has its own strictly defined specialty. If you do not consider this process consciously, you will say that living is not worthwhile. No, living is worthwhile. Each inhalation and exhalation is the result of the work, the effort of millions of workers. Therefore, breathe consciously, with Love, if you want always to have a good inner disposition. Should you get a bit angry, all harmony in the organism is disrupted, and along with that, breathing becomes irregular. To understand how expensive each human is to Nature, make a calculation on how much is spent on a person per year. As you know how much is paid for twenty-four hours, you will easily calculate the expense for a year. And that is an expense only for breathing. Calculate after that how much is spent on workers in the stomach, in the brains, and in all other organs and limbs. After all this, somebody will come and say that Life was worth nothing, and that everything had been given to us for free. So is for those who do not understand. One, who understands, knows how expensive Life is, even for the smallest creature, and even more for a human being. You are fed by Nature, without realizing how many resources it spends on you. Indeed do children realize how much their parents spend on them? However, when they grow up, when they start supporting themselves, then they see how much they have cost their parents. It is not an easy job raising a child. When you render an accurate account of all the resources Nature spends on you, you will understand what a great thing human life is. A then a great feeling of gratitude will awaken in your soul for the Life that has been given to you. Only at this consciousness level will you understand the deep meaning of the words “On blessing we live”. Secret Prayer Fir-für-fen Tau-bi-aumen translation - Nevenka Dimitrova
  4. Law Of Interrelations Ninth Lecture of the Master, given to the Youth Esoteric class on the13th December 1922, Sofia Fir-für-fen Tau-bi-aumen Secret prayer The writings on the topic "The Function of the respiratory system" were read. For the next time write about the topic: "Elements of the human speech". Figure 1 Now, let's take the first straight line АВ. It is not formed randomly, but has come from some rational source, from some rational being. In that case its formation is due to a known cause. How is the straight line defined in geometry? (- It is defined as the shortest distance between two points that’s a straight line.) Or the straight line represents a process, done with the least expenses. From the line AВ down we draw a perpendicular ОС. After that we draw the curving MN, as we suppose, that it comes out from the same centre, from which the straight line ОС goes. What is the length of the line MN compared to the perpendicular ОС. The line MN is longer than ОС, because it is curving. Let's assume that the line ОС represents a propeller of an airplane. What happens to the airplane, if the propeller amplifies, accelerates its motion? The airplane begins to go up. What happens to the airplane, if the propeller slows down its motion? The airplane begins to go down. What is the relationship between the energies in the two cases? When going up the airplane prevails over Earth’s gravity; when going down, this gravity no longer opposes its motion. Figure 2 Assume now, that the curves А and В (Figure 2) are conditions, in which Life can manifest itself. We assume that the curve А presents a mountain place, exposed to strong winds. A friend of yours planted plums at that place and says that as the plums begin to grow and ripen, will give you some. The curved line В represents a valley, in which another friend of yours planted plums and promises that when they ripen, he will give you some. Which of the two friends of yours has a greater possibility of fulfilling his promise? - The one living in the valley. What are the chances from one to a hundred of fulfilling his promise? If you have one sick person, where should he live, in order for him to be cured sooner – on the hill or in the valley? On the hill, he will recover sooner, than in the valley. Therefore the unfavourable conditions in that respect are favourable in another; and the conditions favourable in one respect are unfavourable in another. So, the law can be deduced that: after every misfortune comes a good fortune. In explaining of that law, I will give you an example: you are sick, and expect plums from your friend, which he promised you. Your friend who is living in a mountain place А. You wait a day, two days, a week, two, a month, he sends you nothing. One day, you decide to go to him yourself to check why he does not send what he promised. You go to him and you both enter into explanations. He guides you around his estates, shows you his gardens, and tells you under what conditions the trees are cultivated and, in these explanations, and walks you stay with him the whole month. Meanwhile, under the influence of the pure mountain air your illness disappears, you totally recover. I ask which is more valuable in that case – plums or health. Here, one misfortune of yours is followed by one good fortune. The law of interrelations works everywhere in Nature and can mathematically defined determine what the ratio of one quantity is to another. Assume that somebody promises to do you a favour with something. The phrase to do a favour is a positive one. In that case, can you define what are the chances from one to a hundred of someone doing you a favour? Sometimes, out of a hundred promises only one or two can be carried out; this proves that the individual, who promises, finds himself under conditions of the physical world. Sometimes, out of a hundred promises, ninety-nine can be carried out; this proves that the individual finds himself under conditions of the world of Angels, where the possibilities for realization of the given promises are greater. At last, out of a hundred promises a hundred and one can be carried out; this means that the individual finds himself under conditions of the Divine world. So, you can see what the possibilities for the realization of ideas in the physical, Spiritual and the Divine world are. There is a certain interrelation between these possibilities. This can be easily defined if a person knows in advance where the given energy that will be harnessed to work comes from. The source of the energy determines the possibilities. This means that there is a certain interrelation between the energy and the possibilities, which this energy contains. Therefore, in the physical world the possibilities of the realization of a promise can be one or two to one hundred. For example, you want to meet a rabbit in the forest; the possibility of meeting is only one to a hundred. So, there is a small possibility of meeting it, many conditions can prevent this meeting. You want to meet somebody, who promised to meet you; the possibility is only two to one hundred of meeting him, all of the rest of the cases to one hundred are exceptions. And this is why we say, a man who promises a lot, fullfils little. If you come to the Angelic world, out of a hundred promises, ninety-nine promises are fulfilled. In this world even the most sublime Beings find themselves under conditions, where the chances of fulfilling promises successfully are ninety-nine to one hundred, and with a one in a hundred exceptions. But in the Divine world, there is not even one exception of failure, there out of a hundred promises, hundred and one promises are fulfilled. Angels are concerned with the life of the plants. If somebody starts out to dig a field and to plough it and sows it for ninety-nine years, the field will yield crops just as many times as he has sown it; at the hundredth time, this man gives up ploughing, and he does not sow the field. Do you think that this field will yield crops? It will yield nothing. That namely is one exception in the world of Angels. In the Divine world, if somebody refuses at the hundredth time to sow the field, a hundred people will force him to sow it. Whether he wants it or not – this man will sow the field and not only a hundred times but even a hundred and one times. In the Divine world no exception are permitted. Whether a man or spirit, if you deal with the laws of the Divine world, no exception is allowed. And, so, after every happy occasion in Life comes an unhappy occasion. To every mountain, corresponds a certain valley – this is the law of Nature. So it is when somebody descends, that means, that he is standing on a high place; when he climbs, he is in a low place. The climbing up of a mountain demands an upsurge in the human Spirit; the going down in the valley demands a man’s attention. In the two cases there are obstacles, but those, which man encounters in climbing up are bulging out and protruding; and these, which make the man go down, are concave. These obstacles will make someone find the source. - "What if I bend to the left or to the right?" –No bending can happen. Only one thing is possible: either to climb up or to go down. In this respect, there is a law in Nature, and namely: after every happy occasion comes an unhappy occasion, after happiness follows sorrow. Sorrow and Happiness are two different states, through which the human soul must inevitably pass. Can Sorrow and Happiness be provoked by one and the same cause or to be experienced by the same person? Happiness is a mountain peak, and sorrow – is a valley. Therefore it is said, that the one who suffers, goes down into the valley. As he reaches the valley, a man begins to plough, dig, to sow, as a result of which his hands are covered in blisters. The difference between the mountain peak and the valley is the same as is between Happiness and Sorrow. The mountain air is thin, pure and cold; the air in the valley is dense, impure and warm. Planting in the valley is more lush, abundant, and on the top - weaker, and scarcer. Can a person be constantly happy? No, he cannot. If you look at the musical notes, you will see, that they are whole, half, quarter, octant etc. Each of them lasts for a strictly defined time. Between each note and the duration, there is a certain interrelation. On the basis of that law, happiness and sorrows have a duration of a set time. Some happiness and sorrow last only a moment, equal to the duration of 1/64, 1/32, 1/16, or 1/8 note. Sometimes, their duration is longer, equal to quarter, half and a whole note. Some happiness and sorrow have an echo, due to which they last more than the defined time for them and we say they are long lasting. Happiness and sorrow in Life are only fleeting, and we say when they last long this is because of their echo. For example, someone hits you; the pain you feel is a result of the first strike. If the pain is still there, it is a reflex of the first strike. So, between the intensity of the energy and the duration of time there is an interrelation. As we are aware of that, you can estimate mathematically how much time – in hours, minutes or seconds – a certain pain will last. It is necessary to know the strength, with which the strike hits. It is noticed in this case, that the pain gradually lessens – in the first moment it was strongest, but this moment does not repeat itself. The law of interrelations is applied everywhere in Nature and Life, but you have to study it, so that you can make use of it in a sensible way. You know for instance that suffering lasts a moment only and after that it’s followed by its echo, which goes on for hours, weeks and months. Right here you will apply your will! When you have a toothache , you will know that the pain lasts for moments only; that’s why with the strength of your will, you will try to stop the reflections of this pain. What do people do nowadays? When a tooth aches or when they get a disease, they say: „I know that I will be ill at least a whole week." And so it happens - they consciously succumb to the reflection of the disease. No, one should know, the reflection of the illness lasts only a few moments, and it depends on someone’s mental state how long the reflection of the illness will last. It can be determined mathematically what part of the second will continue a given suffering or a certain pain. Thus, when you are overcome by certain kind of a suffering, you remind it that that it is short lived, not to let it linger for hours and days. As you say so, the pain will go away. The same happens also with Happiness – it is a short-lived one. Even if you want to keep it for a long time, it leaves, because in your mind the thought is already well formed that it will leave soon. And indeed, it becomes so. As you can see, there is an interrelation between thoughts and wishes: after each strong thought there comes a feeble character manifestation within a person, after every noble feeling some weakness is manifested. As you know, you must be ready to face these things in a calm way. As you climb up to the top, you know, you must definitely get down. It’s required for you to be careful, to be always ready, to beon the alert. And then, if you have taken care you will get down slowly, calmly; otherwise you take the risk of falling. After a bad feeling and after every bad thought you need to show some strong, lofty thought and a noble feeling. In this way, Nature is bringing balance in all manifestations of Life. The cause of these abrupt changes is due to the fact, that we are interconnected with worlds, higher or lower than ours, which influence us in one way or another. When we are sad or we break the balance in Nature, help comes from the world of Angels, until this balance is restored. As our disposition is lifted up, from the Lower world come beings to rob us and we lose all we have gained. Therefore, with every violation of the Divine arrangement and order from your side, On behalf of you, highly conscious beings come to recover that balance. If you are worthy or not for that help, they will not ask you to pay. The purpose is to put order in Nature, to restore its original condition. Then to what is success owed and people’s failure? Before answering that question, you must ask yourself what success you expect - material, spiritual or intellectual? Have you asked yourself exactly what you would like to be or what you want to obtain? Often thoughts, wishes and feelings come to you, which are not yours, and as you are not aware of this, you want to make them come true at all costs. For example, you read some author and when you finish his book, you feel a strong desire to be a poet or a writer like him. This is not your thought, but this was a former wish of the author of that book to become a poet or a writer. He wished that so strongly and achieved it, but you cannot become a poet. Why? You are not programmed for these sufferings, for this road, through which this author passed. Be sure that this wish will disappear soon – because this was a wish of another person. Until this author became a poet, only he knew what pains and sorrows and hardships he overcame. How many times he became discouraged and encouraged again, how many times he despaired and was so near to suicide, how many times he was catcalled and mocked! This nobody knows – here is the result. We read a book, admire and we dream to be poets like him – but how, in what way can we achieve if we are not interested. The poet must go through much suffering, there's not a poet in the world, who has not suffered. And here the law of interrelations has been followed, and namely between the suffering and the achievements. Therefore between the physical, heart, mental and will-powered life of a person there exists a certain interrelation. With regard to this interrelation, it can be precisely worked out, how long it takes for the extreme materialist can become an extreme idealist. Years ago, a lawyer came to me from Varna, a socialist by conviction, and we discussed different questions, I told him, that after four years there wouldn’t be a trace of his present convictions. - „No, he said, this is not possible, I am a convicted socialist!" - „Write down what I say, and you will check whether I speak the truth.“ After two years, he married, he had a daughter. He lived well with his wife, and he loved her. One evening, he went to a meeting and came home a little later than usual. His wife was home, working on something; when she felt sleepy, she went to bed and left the light on. By accident, the light fell over, so that the gas spilled on her bed and she was burned. The sorrow and suffering for his wife changed him totally and he became strongly religious, and forgot all his socialist ideas. Soon after that, he was expelled from the socialist circle. When he met me one day in Varna, he said to me: „Just imagine, what you predicted for me, has happened! Nothing is left now from my first convictions.” I say, as you know the law of interrelations, all of you must be very careful, not to break the great laws, because you will fall under other laws, which won't spare you. In the Holy Scriptures it is said: „The one, who stands up high, must know that he will fall. The one who falls, must know that he will stand up again." Now you need to reflect correctly, maturely, to know that, with regard to the esoteric science nothing happens by accident, nothing is arbitrary. The esoteric science is positive, it considers all elements, and Nature works with it. If a person complies with the laws of this science, he can avoid many troubles in his life. To what are these troubles owed in Life and in Nature? They are owed to a certain violation of one of the great laws. Figure 3 Now I will show you the four graphical regions of the manifested Life (Figure 3). The straight line А shows the physical life, the straight line В- the life of the heart, the straight line С- the mental and the straight line D – the will-powered life of a person. The Energy, which is developed in the first cycle of man's life when he grows physically, is precisely determined in quantity and time of duration. After that, this energy goes in the second cycle of one’s life, when he develops emotionally. From there on, the energy goes into the third period when one develops mentally. At last it enters in the fourth period – in one’s life of will power. When it reaches the bottom, the energy takes a reverse movement upright and makes a circle, one turn of the powers. Knowing this thing, it can be calculated mathematically after how many years, how and where this energy will be seen. Also it can be said to what extent this energy will be visible and what results it will produce. This explains why the wishes, impulses, aspirations of a person show up periodically. A young man wishes to learn, to evolve mentally. He begins to learn and work in this direction for two or three years. After that, his impulse for studying is gone, and he moves to another desire. After a certain period of years, he is again in front of his first desire to study. This depends on the law of interrelations. The time is dependent on the will, the strong thought, the strong feeling. For example, the length of time during which the man will study depends on the intensity of the desire to study. If some special obstacles appear for the fulfilment of this desire, one suffers, and feels unhappy. The obstacles are a reason why some laws are broken. When you are young, you must research, to estimate how long a thought will last in you and after how long it will show up again. So, because of the law of interrelations that after happiness will follow unhappiness; after every sickness will follow health. Under the meaning of the word illness, I am not meaning normal illnesses, when one aches physically, but I speak about those conditions, which are provoked by the violation of the harmony between feelings and thoughts. Everyone of you must ask himself whether he has defined himself by the law of interrelations. You have to define yourself. The one has not self-defined, remains forever in the barn. The one who stays in the barn, he wins nothing, but he also loses nothing. Do you know what the self-defining is? If you do not know, write next time about the topic „Self-definition in Life". You must define yourself, because soon you will be in front of esoteric customs, where they will examine you thoroughly. When they find that you wear stuff, for which you did not pay duty, they will take them away and they will fine you. They will examine you with an X-ray device, to find out what you carry in yourself. So because they will examine you outwardly and inwardly, they will take away even the least excess, that is found in you. So, throw away all unnecessary things, so that you are not fined. In this sense, to define yourself means to throw away all your excess, all your unworthy stuff, which will cause you suffering and pain and trouble, and keep only those matters, which cause you Happiness and Joy and with which you can work. The esoteric science with which you are engaging, is positive, but at the same time a dangerous science. Once you have enrolled in that School, you have the privilege to be taught that science in the lightest, acceptable form for you. If you were in some other time, there is no way you would not have been accepted into the School in any way. In ancient times they did not accept disciples younger than 33 years old. That's why you must be cautious not to play with the laws of Nature. Nature’s laws are alive, and conscious, they cannot be transgressed. When it’s about esoteric forces, esoteric laws, the disciple must know that games are not allowed. I don’t want to scare you. The fear is necessary, but not that ordinary fear. The disciple must have a reverent feeling to the Great, to the Divine in the world. If this Divine feeling of respect is not developed in him, it will be replaced with fear. This fear I call Divine, sensible fear. In such fear, all noble feelings in a person can grow. The one who consciously studies the esoteric science; develops in himself courage, decisiveness, initiative, diligence and capacity for work. As you make a mistake, do not excuse yourself by blaming the conditions, by blaming your mother and father, but always be ready to correct your mistake. Leave aside your mother and father. When you work consciously and with Love, you are in a state to use the conditions and to create out of yourself what you wish. When you make a mistake, correct it right away. As you correct your mistake, walk again straight ahead again. As disciples you must study the esoteric chemistry, to know what elements your blood needs. If iron is not sufficient, in your blood, you should somehow provide it. Otherwise, the lack of iron in your blood will impart more feebleness, variability to your character. If there is little gold in your blood, you will be deprived of nobility in your character. So this means that every new element, imported in your brain, in your heart or the will power, gives a new direction in your activities. Study the chemistry well, so that you can transform your forces inside yourself. Then you will know how to temper the iron in you – from soft iron to turn it into steel. Some of you need hardness in your character, others need softness, third - nobility, fourth - consistency, fifth – Love for God, sixth - mercy, prudence, imagination and so on. Everybody can say about himself: „One is enough." He must find out what he lacks, and then seek a method of obtaining this element which he lacks. Everyone needs one thing, but this thing is of big importance for his development. This is the important thing which he learns from the law of interrelations. Secret prayer (prayer in secret) Fir-fur-fen Tao Bi Aumen translation - Nevenka Dimitrova
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