At the age of 30 the Danish writer and mystic Martinus Thomsen (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 source for Livets Bog and the other books he became the author of – 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. Livets Bog (The Book of Life) in 7 volumes is his main work, and the symbol books, 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. Martinus’ work instead points to a bright future of freedom and a culture of giving.


On tolerance as the ideal attitude to life – Martinus answers

On tolerance as the ideal attitude to life Question: How is it possible for anyone to reach the level of tolerance Martinus talks about? There are many people I cannot tolerate, let alone love, and I cannot see how I will ever reach that point. Answer: Loving one’s neighbour does not depend on the will …


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Loving one’s neighbour does not depend on the will alone but, like a gift for music, is based on an innate talent. An innate talent is again a result of previous training or practice in perhaps many previous lives. This practice eventually results in the culmination of the talent, and the individual then appears as a genius in the field concerned.

A large part of the training of moral genius or the perfect ability to love one’s neighbour occurs automatically; this part is therefore outside the control of the will. But I will mention here a few of the most important elements in that part of the training of the above-mentioned ability which is subject to the will, and with which the individual can work consciously on his own growth towards a true and perfect manifestation of love.

Discard the concept of “enemies” from your consciousness.

Never retort against anger, slander or other forms of unpleasantness directed against you.

Never say anything evil about anyone or anything.

Be absolutely uninfluenced by flattery, praise and criticism.

Never take part in killing, wounding or mutilating.

Never let your thoughts deviate from being concerned with how you can best serve your fellow beings. In so doing you will be practising the very highest form of yoga or the most perfect training of that part of your development which is within the scope of your will and which, together with the other part of the refining of your nature by life itself, will ultimately lead you forward to becoming a moral genius and transform you into a perfect being, a God-like human being.