LIFE AND DEATH
THE LIFE WAVE
We know already that the Creator
could only manifest himself by
dividing the original state of unity. When we have the rule of
undistinguishable unity, we cannot identify any qualities. Without
darkness, we cannot have day and night. Unless there is a will to do
to express oneself, everything would forever remain the same. If the
wants to make himself visible, he has to meet some resistance. If there
resistance, he has to create it. This is why, at a certain point, he
the principle of contrast, which will oppose him. Thus a polarity is
introduced, at the very beginning of the journey that the spirit
into the matter will follow. This is the moment when Multiplicity
wake up within the Unity. This is when the Time comes into being,
the sounding of the first “Yes” and “No”, the positive and negative.
individual things that came into being in the Cosmos after the break-up
unity have carried within them a portion of the vitality from the first
The process of manifestation, of differentiation, involves a
During this process, an infinite
of living and active beings come to exist, each one a separate and
compound of energy of different grades and levels, the whole forming
special ‘staircase’ of living creatures. Each is a conglomeration of
energy, of thought and needs, each living and spiritual in its
nature. All of these creatures are seeking the fulfilment of their own
for existence, all forming one great community living in cacophony and
kaleidoscope of organised disorder. The polarity and the resultant
that is now possible, rules all the kingdoms of the Universe. The
contradictions and contrasts are ever present in every being, including
ourselves, ever fighting for prominence: Love – Hatred,
Bitter – Sweet, Heat
– Cold, Courage
The one thing
that we need to understand about polarity is that there are a certain
between the two opposite poles, and that they are, to a degree,
interchangeable. It is like what we see with the model of the DNA
left), where one side of the intertwining spirals turns to
the other side
and back again. Naturally, one thing cannot change into an entirely
thing, but it can under favourable circumstances slide along to become
opposite or something close to it.
for instance, can be transmuted into Courage, but cannot become Love or
or suddenly acquire the quality of sweetness, bitterness or sourness.
difference between, for instance, Heat and Cold, as any physicist would
you, is all a matter of vibrations. Cold therefore can become Heat,
increasing its vibrations. It is a little more difficult however for us
what it is that makes it possible for Hate to turn into Love and
though not one author of romantic novels has done very nicely
exploring this little enigma. Another phenomenon that we might
that many people find puzzling, is the similarity of psychological and
character traits found at the opposite ends of the spectrum of
parties. Members of the parliament at the far left and the far right,
instance, might violently disagree with each other publicly, though if
the chance to question them separately, one might well find out that
similar views on some issues. They might both turn out to have racial
prejudices, sexist views, etc. We just have to accept that there are
and emotional states, that they all belong to certain classes and
that all have their opposite poles, and that a transmutation between
poles is always a possibility. Perhaps if we understood these
might not be quite so interesting.
There is a real harmony and
Nature in the whole Universe, the Macrocosm (the Divine world) and the
Microcosm (the world of man). Everything moves in circles and cycles.
things originate from the Macrocosm, they flow, and eventually they
the One, to the Creator. Thus the Earth is a mirror reflection of
Heaven and Earth are co-existent. To those who are sensitive enough,
heavenly bodies sing. Some great philosophers have said this, for
Plato, and particularly Pythagoras, who has based his whole
system on his concept of the ‘music of the spheres’.
Sumerian astrologers, some 5000 years ago, already knew that the
bodies are animated and that they exert influence on us. Everything
including our Earth as celestial body, is alive. The initiates of this
know this, though official science would pour scorn on such a
science draws the line between the organic things and inorganic things,
the animate and the inanimate, without even being able to define what
former is, or what death is, which marks the moment when things slide
state of being into another state of existence.
WHAT IS DEATH?
might want to put such question to a
scientist, because in this age scientists generally count as the most
knowledgeable members of our society. However, there is hardly such a
as a “Scientist” to be found, at least not in this day and age. Science
lost its quality of wholeness, and during the past three or four
has been gradually divided into many smaller sections, with each such
becoming a domain of a group of specialists. Thus we would most likely
referred to a specialist, in this case probably a biologist.
is death?” we ask the biologist.
is the absence of life,”
he or she would most likely answer. Or something along these lines.
that’s obvious,” we would persist.
“But how would you define life?
well… Life has not yet been scientifically defined, you see?
We’re still working on it.”
couldn’t we perhaps reverse the
question?” we continue pestering our imaginary biologist. “Is life the
that sounds logical, doesn’t
it?” he or she would answer. “Only, I wish it were
this simple. But it
do you say that?”
see, death is a built-in part of
the whole cycle of life. It seems that everything that lives has to
or later. The individual cells that form our body also are constantly
that new ones can replace them. This is how our body grows; this is how
repairs itself when it’s been damaged. And, of course, we have to die
that our descendants can replace us. Because if that wasn’t so we would
forced to stand on each other’s heads. How long do you think before
not very long,” we would
hazard a guess.
A couple of centuries, maybe.
But we are Homo sapiens, the thinking beings, so maybe we could make
adjustments, like more efficient anti-conception devices, or even
from sex. Other creatures that share this planet with us couldn’t do
they would most likely go on reproducing themselves, even if the old
their kind would not die. Do you know what that would mean?”
would have to be a bad news for
us. Especially in case of the carnivorous beasts. Oh, just realised –
wouldn’t be able to maul us to death!”
in that case we would be able
to live alongside the tigers or lions for quite some time, without any
falling pray to them, perhaps even a whole century. But imagine that
people and rats have stayed alive. Within a decade only one or the
be left, and no prices for guessing which one it would be. Still, if
flies were also to share the space with people and the rats, we
to worry much about being eaten by the rodents.
flies would have suffocated us
long before the rats or mice could get to us. We’d all be gone within
four years. But that’s still nothing compared to the havoc created by
one-cell organisms. If the ordinary bacteria were not dying at all, we
not be able to recognise each other, or indeed our whole world, within
a day or
two. I’m afraid that clouds of fantastically colourful bacteria, which
nevertheless give out a horrible smell, would hover around and soon
all and everything else!”
has finished this little lecture to us, and went away to the
perhaps to kill a rat or two for scientific purposes. We are left
it would not be better after all if things remained as they are, and if
stayed part of the life cycle on this planet. Regardless of what the
might think, together with the ancient philosophers, the medieval
and hermetists, and with the Kabbalists, ancient, medieval or modern,
continue to believe that everything around is animated, be it the
metals, or the wood, that they have a life and that they have a soul,
correspondences between everything in the world with one thing
other, pervade every field. Also that everything that surrounds us is
to moving in cycles, some of which we might be able to recognise and
acknowledge, others not, because they are too long or too short for our
Let’s look now
at death from a different angle. In my book The Fools’ Journey,
inspired by the
Tarot cards, the two protagonists are being initiated while making a
through the Tarot arcana. One of them finds himself in the presence of
Here is a part of their conversation:
- As you no doubt realise, I
operate from the timeless zone and can therefore observe the past and
future. The medical sciences are poised to make great advances. Like
else, it will have its positive and its negative aspects.
- Tell me about the positive
- People will live longer.
- Is that all?
- Isn't that what they
always dreamed about? It's the quality of lives of some of them that
the most. If their bodies and their brains could retain a reasonable
productiveness, that's fine with me, and I might even close both my
eyes to let
them enjoy themselves in this world a little longer. But how would you
go on living for years, just lying on a hospital bed surrounded by
instruments, unable to move or do anything, being artificially fed
tubes attached to your veins, and having iron lungs doing your
- That's horrible! Is that
what's going to happen?
- That's not all. Various
organs will be taken from the not quite dead bodies of some people and
to the bodies of others.
- Couldn't you prevent it
- I'll keep trying, but all
I would be able to do is cause the bodies to reject the foreign organs
course, in their stealthy ways the medicos will find out that this can
counteracted with some drugs and, sadly, for a time at least, I'll be
out of the game.
- Where will the supply of
organs come from?
- That's going to be the
main problem that will eventually cause the practice to halt. At first,
going to gain a popular support, because people are easily taken in by
new and promising, particularly when it appeals to their emotions. But
will always be more potential receivers of organs then available
the shortage of suitable organs in due course will attract various
and black marketers, who will stop at nothing to get what they want.
you can easily imagine yourself.
- When people realise that
their lives might be in danger, they will turn against it.
- It will do some good, too.
It will make some people think more about their lives and come to
the eternal truth, which states that truly alive is only the person who
willing to die while still full of life. And that while their
you can be postponed, it cannot be cancelled altogether.
- Do you often talk to
people, the way you did to that man and the way you talk to me now?
- I cherish every
opportunity to have a nice talk, so I'm always available for a little
unfortunately most of the time I’m not perceived by people. Mind you,
presence does not always herald a person’s passing to the other side,
most of the time this is not the case at all, so there usually is no
any panic on their part. I’m around when it’s time for a person to
course of their life. I assist these changes and I help him or her to
part of their old personality that is destined to die.
- You amaze me. But what you
say really does make sense.
- Of course it does. During
your life’s journey you encounter many death experiences, some of them
drastic, others less so. You must realise that in a certain sense you
night. Your sleep is only a mild form of death, and when in the morning
wake up it is like being reborn.
- I think that I'm beginning to
you. You have a controlling power over all parts of our bodies and over
cell that forms it. They die and new ones are replacing them. A similar
goes on in our minds. The old ideas die and new ideas take their place.
never have quite the same physical body that we had yesterday, and we
constantly revising our ideas and building new systems of thinking,
based on our latest experiences.
- You do understand, indeed.
I only have to add, that the two of us are really associates. At first
more like a silent partner to me, but your recent trials have speeded
everything up. Your old personality is about to surrender to the new
our meeting here today will further enhance the process of your
- Have you arranged this
meeting or has it happened naturally?
- You did not exactly call
me, did you? It happens to be one of the more pleasant tasks called for
course of my official duties, to initiate those, who have warranted it,
the mysteries of Death.
- Thank you very much.
- Not at all.
It was a real pleasure meeting you. I want you to walk away from this
tête-à-tête with the understanding that the two of us have now become
and companions. But now, you'll have to excuse me, because I really
TO: 12. REINCARNATION