At the age of 30 the Danish writer and mystic Martinus (11 August 1890 – 8 March 1981) had a series of profound, illuminative spiritual experiences, after which he experienced – through his intuition – that the universe was pervaded by infinite love and wisdom, and also found that he, in a logical and elaborate way, could give scientifically satisfying answers to the most fundamental questions of life.
This experience which he called “cosmic consciousness”, would be the inspiration for the books he wrote later on – collectively entitled “The Third Testament” – which describe a logical, cohesive world picture, the eternal, spiritual laws and a path to theoretical cosmic insight, that shows that all living beings form part of a living universe and evolve continuously towards higher forms of life. The great upheavals and crises of our time are expressive of the downfall of a world culture and the birth of new, humane world society.
In a logical and scientific way the analysis of the living universe makes it probable that an eternal, all-loving God exists, a God that has always been the source of religions and spiritual life. Martinus also shows how our consciousness, psyche and morality evolve through reincarnation and karma according to natural laws that in the course of time result in all experiences, both pleasant and unpleasant, benefitting the individual. Martinus’ collected works constitute a cosmology or spiritual science that can give the reader an optimistic view of life and inspire him to practise tolerance, neighbourly love and a living relationship to God.
Martinus created 100 symbols and wrote more than 6000 pages. His main work consists of Livets Bog (The Book of Life) in 7 volumes. The Eternal World Picture in 6 volumes forms a supplement to Livets Bog. He has also written a series of other books and a substantial number of articles and many of his lectures have been transcribed and published. Some of his works have been translated into twenty languages and while he is not yet very well-known internationally, his work remains popular in Scandinavia. There is no form of association or membership in connection with The Third Testament.