Livets Bog (The Book of Life), volume 5 by Martinus in the magazine Paradigm Explorer 2018/3

Here is David Lorimer’s review of The Third Testament – Livets Bog (The Book of Life), volume 5 by Martinus in the magazine Paradigm Explorer 2018/3: The Third Testament –
Volume 5
Martinus Institute 2018, 336 pp., h/b.,
no price given.
Martinus lived in Denmark from
1890 to 1981 and had an opening in
1921, which he describes in terms of
becoming his own source of light and
as a cosmic baptism of fire. He
recorded his observations in a series
of books over the next 60 years. This
book is a translation of Volume 5 of
his main work. For the general reader
unfamiliar with his work, it would
have been useful to have an
introduction and also some kind of
description on the back cover. The
book plunges straight in at Chapter
14 with a densely expressed
cosmology. It is impossible to cover
more than a few points in a brief
review, but two things struck me: first, that the world structure is pure
wisdom and love (as in Swedenborg
and Deunov) expressing life and
that all manifestation and matter
constitute stages in a cycle: ‘this
cycle is entirely a mental movement
from darkness to light, and from
light to darkness, and from darkness
back again to light, and so on
continuously’ (p. 43). This reminded
me of a corresponding thought in
Walter Russell with the continuous
process of unfolding and refolding,
radiation and gravity. Then there are
some pertinent observations on
morality and sexuality and the
corresponding evolution of the
human towards the more integrated
types J and Christed K. This
embodies the highest fire or sexual
energy/bliss and light. At this level,
the sexual organs ‘are the very
sensory instruments for the beings
giving and receiving sympathy or
for the creation of nothing less than
the very highest physical and
spiritual union or fusion of two
beings’ feeling of life into one
common feeling. Here spirit
merges with spirit… and they are one
with God (p. 304). This is a true
mystical sexuality rarely expressed in
the West, but also with resonances to
Swedenborg’s ideas on conjugial love.

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