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"The book of Life"

"The Book of Life" is Martinus' main work, where he presents a comprehensive, holistic philosophy about existence. In "The Book of Life" Martinus reveals a complete world picture comprising both the physical and the spiritual planes of existence. "Livets Bog" is a unique and fascinating work, which with the sharpest logic explains why the world cannot be reduced to the physical plane. It is the first time in the history of Mankind that a complete world picture has been presented, a world picture which accounts for the planes of existence, the life forms, the evolution of Mankind, the laws that govern both physical and the spiritual matter, the non-existence of death, the meaning of life, God's plan and much, much more. Martinus' work is the science of logic and love.

Some of the main points of "The Book of Life" are:

The Creator
The Universe is God
The Universe Is Teeming with Life
The Structure of Life
The Earth Is a Living Being
The Experience of Life
God and the Inner World
Contrast
The Cyclic Principle
The Basic Energies
Our Present Cycle
The States of Matter
Providence
The Power of Prayer
Our Spiritual Bodies
Death Is an Illusion
Reincarnation
The Law of Karma
Suffering
The Sexual Poles
Homosexuality
The Fate of Mankind

The Creator
  • The existence of a creator is the prerequisite of everything else. The creator was there before everything else. Nothing has come into existence "by itself" or on its own accord.
  • The creator is a conscious, intelligent being. This creator can be referred to as God, the Godhead or whichever name we prefer.
  • There is consciousness and intelligence behind all creative processes and behind all life forms. No life forms have come into existence by accident or through chance mutations.
  • There is a creator behind all logical creations, but creation is also a time consuming process towards more and more advanced stages. Creation and evolution walk hand in hand.
The Universe is God.
  • The whole universe is God's body and everything exists inside God's body. The universe is one giant living body in which we are cells.
  • Because everything is part of God's body, everything and everybody is intrinsically connected with God. Nobody is lost or forgotten by God. Our whole life is one long communication with God.
  • The basic tone of the universe is love, as God is unconditional love.
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The Universe Is Teeming with Life
  • Because the universe is one living body it is teeming with life. Life exists on innumerable planets in the universe.
  • On some planets the life forms are identical to the ones we know on Earth and on some they are different. Life manifests in innumerable shapes and forms.
  • Some planets are further behind in development than we are and some are more advanced than we are. On the more advanced planets peace reigns.
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The Structure of Life
  • The universe is constructed as life inside life. There are living beings inside living beings on all levels from galaxies to atoms. We are cells in God's body.
  • All life forms are dependent on microcosmic life forms (in our case our cells) and macrocosmic life forms (in our case the planet Earth) to sustain their life.
  • Our body constitutes a universe for our cells in the same way as the planet Earth, the solar system and the Milky Way constitute our universe. Every living being is alive inside a macrocosmic life form.
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The Earth Is a Living Being
  • The Earth is a living being. This huge living being regulates its bodily functions just as we do. We are cells in the bodily structure of the planet.
  • Also the solar system and the galaxies are living beings.
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The Experience of Life
  • Every living being is subject to the experience of life.
  • The experience of life comes about via an interchange between different energies - those of our surroundings and those that emanate from our own Self.
  • A changing life experience is fundamental for the renewal of our consciousness.
  • The need for a changing life experience is regulated by the principle of hunger and satiation. When we have experienced something a certain number of times we become satiated with that particular manifestation and a hunger for a different experience arises.
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God and the Inner World
  • The only being alive that does not exist within a macro cosmos is God, as s/he constitutes the whole universe. In this way God has no outer world, s/he "only" has an inner world.
  • Because God has no outer world, s/he has no outer experience of life, so s/he has to experience life within, through her/his micro cosmos.
  • Because God experiences life within, through us, the micro individuals or cells, our life experience has to change and through our changing life experiences does God experience life and has her/his consciousness renewed.
  • Because we all (and God) have to renew our experience of life we move through eternity in a cyclic motion characterized by two contrasting principles: light and darkness.
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Contrast
  • Contrast is fundamental to all experience of life. Without contrast all experience becomes meaningless. It is therefore fundamental that there is both light and darkness. We can only experience light on a background of darkness and we can only experience darkness on a background of light.
  • God creates both light and darkness. From God's point of view there is no evil, only a necessary contrast between two opposite principles. Both light and darkness are equally good and they constitute the pleasant good and the unpleasant good.
  • Because of the fundamental necessity of contrast every living being undertakes a motion between light and darkness on its eternal journey. During this journey the being experiences both physical and spiritual planes of existence. Light is primarily experienced at the spiritual level and darkness is primarily experienced at the physical level.
  • Once the being has been satiated by light it starts a motion towards darkness and when it is satiated by darkness it moves towards the light and so on. This process is based on the principle of hunger and satiation. In this way we can talk about an eternal process of enfolding and unfolding.
    The principle of contrast
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The Cyclic Principle
  • Everything in the universe moves in cycles, such as we see in the cycle of day and night and the cycle of the seasons. In our eternal wanderings we move through cycles that spin upwards (spirals) and experience life in a huge number of different bodies. In one cyclic movement we experience both light and darkness.
  • There is no such thing as a straight line in the universe. Everything moves in cycles.
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The Basic Energies
  • Everything in the universe is composed of the six basic energies and the seventh energy: the mother energy.
  • The six basic energies with their corresponding colors are: the energy of instinct (red), the energy of gravity (orange), the energy of feeling (yellow), the energy of intelligence (green), the energy of intuition (blue) and the energy of memory (indigo).
    The basic energies
  • The symbol shows the 6 planes of existence and at the same time it symbolizes a continuous cosmic cycle. The square fields symbolise the 6 planes of existence.
  • In a cyclic passage we move through 6 planes of existence or "kingdoms" in which one basic energy is predominant: The plant kingdom (red: energy of instinct), the animal kingdom (orange: energy of gravity), the real human kingdom (yellow: energy of feeling), the kingdom of wisdom (green: energy of intelligence), the divine world (blue: energy of intuition) and the kingdom of bliss (indigo: energy of memory).
  • In each plane the 6 basic energies are present in a certain combination in the consciousness of the living being.
  • The 6 vertical figures show the levels of unfolding of the basic energies. This takes place as an eternal rythmic unfolding from the latent to the culminating state.
  • In each plane of existence one basic energy is culminating (hexagon) and one is latent (line). Two are increading and two are decreasing in the first and the second stages respectively.
  • The combination of the basic energies depicted on the symbol above is the eternal foundation of life and the basis for the experience of life for all living beings.
  • The six basic energies in a huge amount of different combinations and levels of unfolding give rise to all known life forms.
  • The six basic energies are fundamentally energies of consciousness. Through a process of condensation these consciousness energies can be transformed into physical matter. This means that all physical matter is condensed consciousness. The physical world is materialized consciousness.
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Our Present Cycle

Our present cycle in symbolic form
  • The drawing represents our present cycle in symbolic form. In order to complete a cyclic movement we pass the 6 realms: the plant kingdom (red), the animal kingdom (orange), the real human kingdom (yellow), the kingdom of wisdom (green), the divine world (blue), and the kingdom of bliss (indigo).
  • Two black lines cut the cycle in two. The realms below the lines are: the plant kingdom, the animal kingdom, part of the kingdom of bliss and part of the real human kingdom. These realms constitute the physical world.
  • The realms above the black lines constitute the spiritual world consisting of ray-formed matter (subtle electromagnetic radiation). We experience these worlds in spiritual bodies (of ray-formed matter).
  • In the physical part of our present cycle, which it takes millions and millions of years to pass, we first existed in mineral matter (indigo), later we developed into plants (red part), and later again into animals (orange part). We are now still to a certain degree animals although we are getting close to becoming real human beings (yellow part).
  • The mission of the physical world is to constitute the place where darkness can be experienced in contrast to the spiritual world, which is where light is experienced.
  • The experience of darkness peaks in the latter part of the animal kingdom (orange part) where the beings are driven by selfishness in order to survive. Darkness is experienced on the basis of a mentality characterized by egoism, vengeance, dishonesty, greed, intolerance, envy, anger, hatred, lust for power and arrogance.
  • As long as we are still selfish, greedy, lusting for power, intolerant, revengeful, angry and hateful we are still part animals. We are animals to the degree that we are still influenced by selfish and intolerant thoughts. A person characterized by selfish and intolerant thoughts is an unfinished human being.
  • The realm of the unfinished human being with wars, killings and intolerance constitutes the peak of darkness. The passage of darkness peaked in the last century with its two world wars and many other major hostilities. This can be referred to as hell. After the passing of darkness we enter realms where light and happiness predominate.
  • We are headed towards the real human kingdom characterized by world peace, humanity, forgiveness, tolerance, self-sacrifice and love towards all living beings. In this kingdom of peace we will have developed to the point of becoming "Man in the image and likeness of God".
  • All living beings stand on different levels of development depending on when they entered the present cycle. Everybody stands at the peak of his development and nobody can be any better than he is today based on the experiences he has had in this and former lives.
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The States of Matter
  • All matter has four states: the solid, the liquid, the vaporous and the ray-formed state. The states are not permanent, but are a temporary manifestation. That which is solid can become liquid, gaseous and ray-formed - and vise versa.
  • Of the four states of matter the solid and the liquid are accessible to our physical senses. The vaporous state is partly accessible to our physical senses and the ray-formed state is mainly inaccessible (apart from visible light) to our physical senses.
  • Matter exists in the ray-formed state and this matter is mainly invisible. Matter in the ray-formed state consists of very fast vibrating rays and waves and is basically the same as energy.
  • The existence of invisible ray-formed matter has already been acknowledged by our materialistic sciences through the acceptance of the existence of the rays and waves of the electromagnetic spectrum. We already make use of invisible rays and waves in for instance radios, television and telecommunication (mobile phones and radar).
  • There is a whole world "out there" consisting of invisible ray-formed matter. Martinus refers to this as the spiritual world. Ray-formed matter can also be referred to as spiritual matter.
  • The universe consists of two levels: a physical and a spiritual level. The physical level constitutes the visible and tangible part, consisting of matter in the solid, liquid and vaporous states. The spiritual level constitutes the invisible part consisting of matter in the ray-formed state.
  • The physical part of the universe can be referred to as time/space. On the spiritual level time, as we know it, does not exist.
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Providence
  • Because we are all a part of God, the consciousness of God pervades the universe. The will of God is carried out by a multitude of spiritual beings (of ray-formed matter) that are invisibly present everywhere. These beings are sometimes referred to as angels. The totality of the spiritual beings that carry out the will of God are by Martinus referred to as Providence.
  • Providence watches over and guides the development on the various planets.
  • When help is needed on some planet an advanced being or world redeemer is sent "down" to teach the inhabitants new guidelines to their behavior and moral conduct.
  • Such world redeemers are beings that, in former incarnations on more advanced planets, have reached a high level of insight and universal love. Such advanced beings then reincarnate into a human body and through their insight these beings have given rise to the major religions such as Buddha to Buddhism, Mohammed to Islam and Jesus Christ to Christianity.
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The Power of Prayer
  • We can be in contact with Providence and God through prayer.
  • Prayer is an essential communication tool between physical beings and the spiritual world.
  • Spiritual beings pick up prayers telepathically. Telepathy is the only means of communication on the spiritual level.
  • Prayers that are unselfish and in harmony with the will of God will be heeded and fulfilled.
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Our Spiritual Bodies
  • We have a body for each basic energy, i.e. a body of instinct, a body of gravity, a body of feeling, a body of intelligence, a body of intuition and a body of memory.
  • Our physical body corresponds to our body of gravity. The other bodies consist of ray-formed, spiritual matter.
  • Our spiritual bodies form a fast-vibrating energy field around the physical body.
  • This energy field, consisting of ray-formed matter, is indestructible. Every living being has a part of its being that is indestructible and eternal, an energy body. This energy body is the seat of our consciousness.
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Death Is an Illusion
  • As our energy body is eternal, there is no death.
  • What we see as death is only the shedding of our timely physical body, our vehicle for experiencing the physical world. We are just as alive without our physical body as with it. We are alive in our energy body whether we have a physical body or not. Death is an illusion.
  • When we shed our physical body at death we enter the spiritual worlds and experience a period characterized by bliss, light and love.
  • In the afterlife we experience an existence in accordance with our deepest wishes. Paradise is no illusion.
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Reincarnation
  • We are eternally alive in our body of ray-formed matter, but sometimes we need to experience life on the physical plane in order to progress in our evolution. Consequently we have the ability to reincarnate into physical matter.
  • It is on the basis of the fundamental principle of reincarnation that all physical life forms exist. All life forms reincarnate, be it atoms, molecules, cells, plants, animals, humans, planets, suns and galaxies.
  • We have an endless number of lives behind us. In general we cannot actively remember our former lives, but they are with us in the shape of our talents and in the way we react in many situations. The person we are today is a result of the many, many experiences we have had in former lives and our talents are a result of all the things we have become good at during practice in former lives.
  • As we progress through our passage of the cycle we reincarnate into gradually higher evolved human bodies. Our bodies follow a logical progression, so that we evolve towards becoming real human beings with a high capacity for universal love. We cannot reincarnate as lower life forms such as snakes, rats or the like.
  • The presence of the energy field of a discarnate being is essential to embryogenesis. During orgasm the lovers emanate a strong spiritual energy. This energy attracts a discarnate being that is ready to reincarnate.
  • The discarnate being will be attracted to parents whose joint energies are on wavelength with its own energies. This process takes place automatically through the workings of the law of attraction and repulsion, which states that energies on identical wavelengths attract each other.
  • The discarnate being orchestrates the process of embryogenesis in the womb and the new child will be created completely in favor of the discarnate being. The new body will be an obedient tool for the consciousness energies, "I" or Self of the discarnate being. The parents "only" deliver the physical basic materials for the creation of the new body and one cannot inherit abilities which one hasn't developed oneself in former lives.
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The Law of Karma
  • As we move through eternity through the stages of plant, animal and human bodies we carry out a number of different actions. All actions are energies that we send out into the universe from our own energy body.
  • As there is no straight line in the universe, all the energies that we send out will return to us sooner or later. The energy will return in the same shape as it was sent out. A hateful energy will return as a hateful energy and a loving energy will return as a loving energy.
  • In this way we are constantly creating our own fate, because we reap as we sow. If we sow killings and hatred, these energies will return to us as killings and hatred. If we sow love, it is love that we will reap. This is the law of karma.
  • Because our fate is a result of what we ourselves have sown in this or former lives, everybody is the only person responsible for his fate. There are no martyrs, no good or bad luck and no coincidences - only the highest justice. Nothing happens by chance.
  • It is important to learn the workings of the law of karma, if we are to create a planet where peace reigns. We cannot sow war and reap peace and we cannot sow killings and reap happiness. In order to reap happiness we have to sow forgiveness, peace and love.
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Vegetarianism
  • As long as we still nurture our bodies through the killing of animals we cannot create lasting happiness. All kinds of killings will return to their originator as a killing energy. All life must be respected. A life is a life and a murder is a murder.
  • Plant life is less evolved than animal life. A plant has no day- consciousness on the physical plane and it cannot feel pain. Plants are meant as food for the major part of all living beings.
  • A vegetarian diet is fundamental, not only for the health of our body, but also for the creation of peace and happiness. It is superstition to think that we need to eat meat to nurture our body.
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Suffering
  • Suffering is not a punishment from God, but it has the important mission of changing us from selfish beings into humane and compassionate beings. In the areas where we have suffered ourselves we will have developed compassion with others.
  • Our fate and suffering cannot be understood in the perspective of a single life on earth, but must be seen in the perspective of several incarnations.
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The Sexual Poles
  • Every being has both a masculine and a feminine pole. During the passing of the cycle these poles gradually evolve towards a balance point, so that when one pole grows the other wanes. When the masculine pole is predominant the being is a male animal / man and when the feminine pole is predominant the being is a female animal / woman.
  • However, the pole structure is under constant development and at our present stage many people are in a position where their two poles are getting close to a balance point. The transformation of the poles gives rise to many unhappy marriages and to the rise of homosexuality.
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Homosexuality
  • A homosexual is a being with its two sexual poles close to the balance point.
  • A being with its two poles in balance is in general uninterested in marriage and has a high capacity for universal love.
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The Fate of Mankind
  • Everything happens for a reason. We may still not have emerged from the darkness but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
  • We are not headed towards global destruction or annihilation. It is not within our power to destroy the planet in any major way. Providence will prevent that from happening.
  • If our planet is not a perfectly happy place it is because we are still passing the dark part of the cycle, characterized by selfish thoughts with wars, killings, revenge, unrest, illness and unhappiness. We are still reaping the effects of wars and killings we have sown in the past.
  • Once we have passed the darkness we shall move towards the light and become real human beings with no more selfishness left and we shall be able to create world peace on the planet. We shall then enter the kingdoms of light.
  • Because we are all a part of God, "everything is very good" and just as it should be. We are in the hands of God.
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