Glass Barriers
a romantic fiction novel in India by Rolf A. F. Witzsche
Volume 5A of the 12-volume series, The Lodging for the Rose

Page 70
Chapter 9 - Praying in the Wrong Direction

      "You give them too much credit," the man interrupted. "It's tempting to think that we lost all of that. It's more likely that we never achieved such a high attainment in the past. Look at the sewer we are living in. We couldn't have fallen that low from the high perception that you are talking about. Look at Christianity. The imperial Christianity has so deeply separated God from our humanity, that both have become irrelevant. Imperial religion has defined God as remote, harsh, arbitrary, and bent on punishment and limitations, and a rule of terror. This perverted religion got us squirming under God's thumb to the point that we come crawling as self-proclaimed sinners, begging for mercy and a few scraps of something good as handouts. What kind of God-image is this? But that's the kind of God-image the imperials themselves want to have seen. It would legitimize them as rulers of a naturally dominated people, as they want mankind to see itself towards them, a bunch of animals begging for scraps. If we ever had a real sense of God, and of our divinity as the sons of God, just as a month is a son of a year, we would have never fallen into the sewer we are in today from that high stage of understood and acknowledged truth. I think we have never attained a profound perception of our divinity throughout history, with the exception of a few pioneers. Christ Jesus might have lived on that platform. But no one else ever came close to meeting him on that platform, except one American woman in the latter part of the 19th Century. A few others have taken a few steps in that direction, but they only went a few steps. What we see represented here in the Taj Mahal is evidence that a few small steps have indeed been taken from time to time, although far too few."

      "Don't belittle what has been achieved," I cautioned the man. "The symbolism that we see here has a profound spiritual significance, hasn't it? Everything about the Taj has a profound spiritual significance. The very shape it is significant. Everything is four-fold and square. The tomb is built on a square marble platform surrounded by four minarets."

      "Actually the tomb has the footprint of an irregular octagon," interjected Indira. "It's a square with the corners cut off. That makes it an octagon. Eight is a sacred dimension in Hinduism."

      The man shook his head. "This is true in the geometric sense. But in the spiritual sense, nothing has been cut off," he said. "The corners have merely been extend outward to form the minarets. The minarets thereby take on the role of four cardinal points in the overall foursquare design. And the same foursquare principle is repeated in the design of the garden. The garden is a large square that is divided into four equal squares. The larger square is divided into four quarters by the four long, narrow reflecting pools that extend across the garden from the center of it into all four directions. And each of those separated squares is divided again into four squares by walkways that likewise extend into all four directions from their centers. The end result gives us a foursquare structure of 16-element. I know of only two persons who have dealt with that kind of structure. One became known as John the Revelator who had lived two millennia ago and might have been one of Jesus' disciples. He wrote about a city foursquare that comes down from God as a new platform for civilization. The other person lived a hundred years ago. She built a vast pedagogical structure for scientific and spiritual development onto that very platform, the platform of John's city foursquare. The religion of Hinduism appears to stands somewhat in between these two poles. In Hinduism the dimension of four is highly significant. It appears to represent the four geographical directions, North, South, East, and West, that we all use to orient ourselves on the earth. The four 'dimensions' might therefore be seen to represent a cycle of completeness as it represents the cycle of the sun accorss the sky each day. The dawn begin in the North, the sunrise happens in the East, at noonday that sun is in the southern sky. The cycle of the sun then comes to a fulfillment or completion in the West where the sunset unfolds. The tomb of the Taj is oriented in these four directions. Its four sides have four gates that are oriented North, East, South, and West."

      "We recognize four paths to Moksha in Hinduism," interjected Indira. "They are the four famous paths to our 'salvation,' Dharma, Artha, Yoga, and Kama. They are evidently reflected in the metaphor of the four directions related to the cycle of the sun that the four sides of the temple face to and its four gates. This associates the Dharma, our spiritual inspiration, with the North, the side of the dawn. The Artha, the unfolding of our divinity, is then related with the eastern side, which is the side of the sunrise. In like manner the discipline of Yoga that deals with spiritual strength, spiritual power, and spiritual healing, is associated with the southern side where we are exposed to the heat of the day. And the fourth is our Kama that is associated with the side of the West, the side of the gold of the sunset. This means that the Kama within is the last focal point in the chain of our spiritual development. It completes an inner development cycle. But as the day repeats itself, this four-part cycle is always repeated in Hinduism. Each part is important."

      "Kama is the most profound stage," the man interjected, "because giving love to another gets us closest to the Principle of the Advantage of the Other, and thereby to the Principle of Universal Love. Here is where love becomes metaphysical, where the physical manifest reflects richly the spiritual platform of our love within."

      "You are quite a genius," I hailed the man. "You are speaking my language. Who told you about the Principle of the Advantage of the Other, and the Principle of Universal Love?" 

      The man grinned. "I'm not a genius. The Principle of the Advantage of the Other was the principle of the Peace of Westphalia. America's Lyndon LaRouche has written extensively about that. Countless people have read about that all over Europe, Russia, India, China, South America, and the USA of course, and Canada. And the genius that put the Principle of Universal Love onto the plate of mankind was the American woman that I spoke of in regard to the foursquare structure. Her name was once a household word all across the world in the sphere of religion. Of course, that was a hundred years ago. Now it's forgotten, but not by me. The name is Mary Baker Eddy. She is the one who brought the four-fold development cycle back into view, the North, East, South, and West, the cycle that is metaphorically corresponding to the cycle of the sun through a day. So you see, I'm not a genius. In fact, I had to go to America to discover the spiritual significance of Hinduism and its scientific dimension."

       "You are saying that you have discovered her work too," I said to the man with a smile. "I thought I was quite alone in that, together with a few friends."

       The man nodded. "It's not a secret anymore. It's on the Internet. Still, it is sad to note how few Americans are aware of the great movements in history that have shaped their country. In India we have a little keener awareness of what lies behind our spiritual achievements, but not too much either."

       "That is why history repeats itself so often in the West," interjected Indira. "People make mistakes, but if they don't understand why the mistakes are made, the mistakes tend to become repeated over and over until the lesson is learned. That is why history repeats itself so often. That is why wars are repeated."

       "Mary Baker Eddy has put a platform into place that enables society, once her platform is implemented, to end the repeating cycles errors," said the man. "She created a vast pedagogical structure of 144 concepts that cover the entire 16-elemnt array of John's city foursquare, which is reflected in the foursquare garden here that we are standing in. She has provided for each single element of the foursquare structure nine sub-elements, 144 altogether. That's also a measure that John dealt with. It is a scientific element. The foursquare geometry that John presented was probably rooted in the scientific development that the Greek Classical era is famous for. We are standing right in the middle of this vast array and its link to scientific development. However, nobody can see any of it. People are walking through the garden, but they don't know what it is that they see. And what about you? You are standing right in the middle of a historic construct of unimaginable proportions, with vast interconnections. Did you know that? Mary Baker Eddy has created this kind of vast structure that covers all the principles of civilization. Then hid it. She hid it in an outlined form within the very books that she knew would be studied by countless thousands on a daily basis. It's the same with all the countless visitors that have came to the Taj Mahal during the centuries of its existence. Did any ever realize what it is that they stood in the middle of? A few might have, or they might have seen a few fragments. That's how it was with Mary's vast pedagogical structure. Even now, a hundred years after it was put in place hardly anyone has discovered its existence yet, much less has learned to utilize it. And so, what has been discovered by her continues to remain hidden under the cloak of society's denial of it by the tragedy of its small-minded thinking."

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