Apr 052011
 

When in the life after death one has passed through the cosmic midnight hour, the midpoint int he soul’s path after death, then one stands before the possibility of a definite temptation.

One says to oneself: “I live in the spiritual; spiritual light surrounds me. It would be possible for me to incorporate into this spiritual light everything that I bear within myself, to unite with it so that everything in me that is imperfect would be transformed into perfection.”

This is the Luciferic temptation. It means inwardly to break away from, and refuse, the whole further development of humanity. A temptation can be so great that a human soul cannot withstand it. Such a temptation is therefore concealed by the gods, but nevertheless it is effectively present in the world.

The element of temptation here does not consist in one’s being offered the possibility of, say, dominion, or of realising evil intentions, or the temptation of egoism in the worldly sense; no, the possibility offered is that of remaining pure and holy in the spiritual world.

But in that case what is imperfect – and yet, as potential perfection, is still present in human nature – will not be developed, even if what is already developed in human nature were to remain forever in the light of purity and holiness. The temptation, then, is to renounce the great ideal of the future. In return, one can attain to a high degree of beauty and light in one’s being, insofar as this is now developed.

Thus every human soul stands at one time before the choice of becoming wonderfully holy or else at soem time the future – by working through many, many imperfections – of attaining a far-off ideal, wherein all undeveloped faculties implanted in human nature by the gods will come to fruiton.

Valentin Tomberg, Inner Development, Indian Yoga in Relation to the Christian Rosicrucian Path

  3 Responses to “The Temple of Humanity’s Future”

  1. Once within the spirit, the choice to return to incarnation shows the greater love, yes. Christ’s choice, in fact.

    How have you been, Charlotte? How’s the foot? Are you dancing again, yet?

  2. It definitely is the central aspect of Christianity and demonstrates the way in which Christ progressed from the work brought to fruition by Buddha. Buddha broke the wheel of suffering and showed that it was possible for individual souls to follow in his footsteps – over fathomless periods of time – while Christ takes the next step by coming back to help everyone else alone, releasing souls from that bondage of time.

    The foot is much better thank you, I finally stopped limping last week and the spring is trying to come back into my step – final x-ray is in a week though so I’m playing safe until then, no high heels!!

  3. may we all be so joyous in life to find that one that we would come back for. and untold joy if that one were many.

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