Livets Bog (The Book of Life)

Livets Bog (The Book of Life) consists of 7 volumes and is Martinus’ major, central work. Along with The Eternal World Picture vols. 1-5, which contains 77 symbols, it constitutes the core of his description of his spiritually scientific world picture. Nature is the “book of life”, whose language the human being is learning to understand. This takes place through, among other things, the experiences of science. Without knowledge of the physical laws of Nature, people would be unable to use the forces of Nature and create modern technology. By also acquiring knowledge of the spiritual laws of Nature, it will gradually be possible for us to understand ourselves and others, and finding meaning, logic and love in existence.

Livets Bog forms the basis for a science of life. It analyses the principles that render our experience of life possible. It shows how our existence is connected with Nature as a whole, and how we create our future, our fate, by the way we think and act today. We are evolving towards becoming “real”, completely evolved human beings. The principle of the “right of the stronger”, i.e. dictatorship, is undermined in favour of a growing humane attitude to life, i.e. democracy. The dark world events of our time are birth pangs of a future world culture of light, which will lead to a radical transformation of existence for us all.

Volume 1

Volume 1 is an introduction to the whole work and can be recommended for people new to Martinus’ world picture. It contains the Preface to Livets Bog, and describes a series of core elements in the eternal world picture. Includes: the world situation – the divine creative principle – the new world impulse – an international world state in the making – mankind’s receptivity to the new world impulse – basic energies and planes of existence – evolution from animal to man – 8 symbols with explanations. 292 pages.

Volume 2

Volume 2 describes the “cosmic chemistry” with which Martinus expands the science of chemistry’s teaching on the reactions of physical substances to include teaching on the reaction of “superphysical” substances, i.e. the substances and kinds of energy that lie behind the known physical world. Includes: the law for the reaction of substances – cosmic chemistry as the “science of fate” – the eternal power sources of the I – sleep and the nature of sleep – the symbol “The Combination of the Basic Energies” – thought climates – the triune principle as the highest analysis of existence – cosmic language teaching – the basic answers to the mystery of life. 304 pages.

Volume 3 (English translation currently in preparation)

In volume 3 the description of cosmic chemistry continues with main topics such as: the symbol “The Principle of Cycles”, the symbol “The Solution to the Mystery of Life”, and an exposition of “63 substances of life”. Also includes: Nature as a living being – the meaning of the term “in God’s image” – life as a rhythmical movement between two extremes – how talents and dispositions come into existence – what the number system expresses. 535 pages.

Volume 4

Volume 4 and volumes 5-7 have “Eternal Life” as their common main heading. The focus of the analyses changes here from the outer, cosmic, technical structure of living beings to their many forms of life experience. Vol. 4 includes: the sensory perspective of the living being – temporal and eternal analyses – all living beings as one family – the identity of our neighbour – neighbourly love and sexuality – the principle of world redemption – the symbols in the story of Adam and Eve – marriage – amorous love – criminals, revenge and punishment – the genuine and the false principle of business – democracy and communism – politics and religion – the symbol “Life and Death”. 507 pages.

Volume 5 (English translation currently in preparation)

Volume 5 has “The Highest Fire” as its main theme, with focus on Martinus’ core analysis of “the principle of the transformation of the sexual poles”. Includes: masculine and feminine beings – beings that are sexual halves and sexual wholes – why the religions cannot save mankind – the meaning of the terms “in God’s image” and “the second coming of Christ” – the animal becomes a human being – marriage and neighbourly love – the happy and unhappy zones of marriage – the various types of human beings: from type A to type K – the “great birth” – the sexual sphere as the alpha and omega of the cosmic cycle. 333 pages.

Volume 6 (Not yet available in English)

Volume 6 has “the kingdom of God or the fairy tale of life” as its main theme with focus on the way out of darkness and the beginnings of insight into higher levels of consciousness. Martinus describes this evolution as “the greatest fairy tale of life”. Includes: the principle of reincarnation – logic, the law of creation – cosmic consciousness as the “holy spirit” – prayer and meditation – the universe as a living being – the details of Nature as “letters”, “words” and “sentences” in a “superterrestrial language” – the innermost cause of all illnesses – everything is very good – intuition and cosmic glimpses – the power of neighbourly love is greater than that of the atom bomb – the being’s free will – the power of thought as vital force – the nature of electricity – the innermost cause of movement. 384 pages.

Volume 7 (Not yet available in English)

Volume 7 has “cosmic world morality” as its main theme with focus on the neighbourly loving way of being that will form the foundation of way of living in the future human kingdom. Includes: intolerance keeps people in a perpetual state of war – when might and not right dictates existence – how the human being can free itself of dark fate – the basis of the cosmic world morality – the creation of true peace as a question of evolution – the experiences of suffering will lead mankind out of the horrors of the day of judgment – the difference between amorous love and neighbourly love – life’s greatest demand on people today – the new world culture has already begun – postscript. 272 pages.

The Magazine Kosmos

Martinus published Kosmos for the first time in Danish in 1933.

Older volumes of the Danish edition of Kosmos  can be read online here on the website.

A magazine for people interested in spiritual matters

The magazine Kosmos is designed to provide information on Martinus’ analyses and improve their understanding of his world picture. The magazine shows how the new humane world culture is gaining influence on people’s lives and on evolution and development all over the world.

The magazine publishes articles that are written by Martinus himself or based on his lectures, and articles written by others with an interest in his work. The articles guide the reader through a wide range of spiritually scientific subjects, such as science versus spiritual science, reincarnation, depression and vitality, health and joy in living, the crisis of marriage, intellectualised Christianity, the science of fate and the development of a new, humane world culture. Through shedding light on these issues, Kosmos tries to give examples of how to put the new ethical view of life of Martinus’ world picture into practice, and as a reader of Kosmos you can be inspired to see your own life, and the world we live in, in a broader perspective.

In the regular question-and-answer column, the reader can ask questions about any aspect of Martinus Cosmology. The editors are also happy to receive articles written by readers. Contact: info@martinus.dk.

Kosmos is published in English 4 times a year. It is also published in Danish and Swedish 10 times a year, in German, 4 times a year and in Spanish and Esperanto twice a year.

The purpose of Kosmos

Martinus provided the following examples of his wishes regarding the purpose and content of Kosmos.

“Its purpose is firstly to provide information on the growth of my Cause and innovations within it, so that those who are interested can keep themselves up to date with it. Over time the magazine – along with other material – can form the basis for the history of the Cause.
Its purpose is secondly to demonstrate the influence of the new world impulse on the lives of terrestrial human beings and on Nature, and here there are many possibilities. Topics of particular interest for the magazine are, for example, social and human progress, new scientific discoveries, advances in technology, economy, art, religion, literature and much more, which should all as far as possible be written in such a way as to show their connection with the cosmic world picture. In all essentials, it will suffice to show the emerging positive aspects, since all of life’s negative aspects are experienced or made known in abundance through newspapers, radio, war literature, and so on, so that a mere reference to them will often render any emphasis on these aspects unnecessary.
(Letter to Anon. 09.08.1952)

“… the layer of the population that is hungry for wisdom is much thinner than the layer that is hungry for entertainment. There is thus a much larger audience for a magazine that provides entertainment, than for a magazine that provides wisdom. For this reason, the latter kind of magazine must always be more expensive than the former. ” (Kosmos no. 1, 1939)

Martinus Cosmology – an Introduction

“Who am I?” . . . “Do suffering and death have any meaning?” . . . “What is the significance of love?”
At the age of 30 the Danish writer and mystic Martinus (1890-1981) 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. He created 100 symbols and wrote more than 6000 pages that describe a coherent world picture, the eternal, spiritual laws and a path to theoretical cosmic insight.

Dove of Peace

The use of a dove and olive branch as a symbol of peace originated with the early Christians, who portrayed the act of baptism accompanied by a dove holding an olive branch in its beak and also used the image on their sepulchres.[10][11]

Christians derived the symbol of the dove and olive branch from Greek thought, including its use of the symbol of the olive branch,[12] and the story of Noah and the Flood. Although Jews never used the dove as a symbol of peace, it acquired that meaning among early Christians, confirmed by St Augustine of Hippo in his book On Christian Doctrine and became well established.[13]

In Christian Iconography, a dove also symbolizes the Holy Spirit, in reference to Matthew 3:16 and Luke3:22 where the Holy Spirit is compared to a dove at the Baptism of Jesus.[Mt 3:16][14]

The early Christians in Rome incorporated into their funerary art the image of a dove carrying an olive branch, often accompanied by the word “Peace”. It seems that they derived this image from the simile in the Gospels, combining it with the symbol of the olive branch, which had been used to represent peace by the Greeks and Romans. The dove and olive branch also appeared in Christian images of Noah’s ark. The fourth century Vulgate translated the Hebrew alay zayit (leaf of olive) in Genesis 8:11 as Latin ramum olivae (branch of olive). By the fifth century, Augustine of Hippo wrote in On Christian Doctrine that “perpetual peace is indicated by the olive branch (oleae ramusculo) which the dove brought with it when it returned to the ark”.

Baptism of Christ, by Francesca, 1449

In the earliest Christian art, the dove represented the peace of the soul rather than civil peace, but from the third century it began to appear in depictions of conflict in the Old Testament, such as Noah and the Ark, and in the Apocrypha, such as Daniel and the lions, the three young men in the furnace, and Susannah and the Elders.[15][16]

Before the Peace of Constantine (313 AD), in which Rome ceased its persecution of Christians following Constantine’s conversion, Noah was normally shown in an attitude of prayer, a dove with an olive branch flying toward him or alighting on his outstretched hand. According to Graydon Snyder, “The Noah story afforded the early Christian community an opportunity to express piety and peace in a vessel that withstood the threatening environment” of Roman persecution.[15] According to Ludwig Budde and Pierre Prigent, the dove referred to the descending of the Holy Spirit rather than the peace associated with Noah. After the Peace of Constantine, when persecution ceased, Noah appeared less frequently in Christian art.[15]

Medieval illuminated manuscripts, such as the Holkham Bible, showed the dove returning to Noah with a branch.[17] Wycliffe’s Bible, which translated the Vulgate into English in the 14th century, uses “a braunche of olyue tre with greene leeuys” (“a branch of olive tree with green leaves”) in Gen. 8:11.[18] In the Middle Ages, some Jewish illuminated manuscripts also showed Noah’s dove with an olive branch, for example, the Golden Haggadah (about 1420).[19][20]

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The very highest form of yoga

In an answer to a question in Kosmos no. 3, 1933 (the Danish edition) Martinus gives us concrete instructions about things we would all benefit from practising in order to develop our own mentality by using our willpower:

  • Remove the concept of “enemies” from your consciousness.
  • Never retort against anger, slander or other forms of unpleasantness directed towards you.
  • Never say anything evil about anyone or anything.
  • Be absolutely truthful and honest in all the situations of life.
  • Be absolutely uninfluenced by flattery, praise and criticism.
  • Never take part in killing, wounding or mutilating.
  • Never let your thought deviate from focusing on how you best can serve your fellow beings. In so doing you will be practising the very highest form of yoga or the most perfect training of the part of your development that is within the scope of your will and that, 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.  (Kosmos no. 3, 1933)