THE IMMACULATE conception is not only meant in a physical sense, but is more especially meant in a purely spiritual sense, like so much else in the Bible. Only he who recognises and perceives that the spiritual world really exists and is in vital activity can find the key to an understanding of the Bible; this alone will make the Word come to life! To all others it will always remain a book with seven seals!
Every conception arising out of pure love and a heartfelt looking upwards to the Creator, in which the sensual instinct is only an adjunct and not the basis, is an immaculate conception in the physical sense.
In reality this occurs so seldom that there was every justification for laying special stress upon it. The relegation of sensual instincts into the background was assured by the fact of the Annunciation, which for this reason is especially mentioned, because otherwise a link in the chain of natural happenings and strict co-operation with the spiritual world would be missing.
The Virgin Mary, already provided with all the gifts needed to fulfil her high mission, was at the requisite time led through spiritual guidance into contact with persons who had deeply penetrated into the revelations and prophecies about the coming Messiah. This was the first preparation on earth which urged Mary on to the path leading to her real goal, and acquainted her with all the circumstances in which she herself was later destined to play such an important role, without being aware of it at that time.
The bandage which blindfolds the eye of the specially chosen ones is only carefully and gradually loosened so as not to disturb the necessary process of development, for every intermediary step must be seriously experienced in order finally to ensure the possibility of fulfilment. To be conscious of the actual task too early would leave gaps in their development which would render a later fulfilment more difficult.
To have the goal constantly in sight incurs the danger of pressing forward too rapidly, whereby much that must absolutely be experienced in all seriousness to qualify for the appointed task would be overlooked or learned too easily. However, a man can only experience seriously what at any particular time he regards as his real life's task. So it was with Mary!
Thus, during a moment of perfect rest and psychic tranquillity, after her preparation had been completed both inwardly and outwardly, she became clairvoyant and clairaudient, that is, her inmost being opened itself to the world of different substance and she experienced the Annunciation described in the Bible. The bandage fell from her eyes and she consciously entered into her .mission!
The Annunciation became such a stupendous and shaking spiritual experience for Mary that from that hour it completely filled the life of her soul. From that time it was only concentrated in one direction, to be allowed to expect a high Divine Grace. Through the Annunciation the Light wanted to bring about this condition of her soul so as to drive back from the very outset all base instincts, and create the soil upon which a pure physical vessel (the child's body) could come into being for the immaculate spiritual conception. Through this exceptionally strong psychic adjustment Mary's physical conception, in accordance with the Laws of Nature, became an "immaculate one"!
For those who have some knowledge of the spiritual world and its tremendously widespread activities, which easily span thousands of years in preparing for all great events, it is not difficult to understand that Mary came already equipped with all the gifts needed for her mission, that is, she was pre-natally chosen to become the earthly mother of Jesus, the coming Bringer of Truth!
With the child's body developing in such circumstances as the purest vessel, the earthly conditions were provided for an "immaculate spiritual conception", the incarnation, which takes place in the middle of pregnancy.
In this case it was not a question of the incarnation of one of the many waiting souls or spirit-sparks who wish or are compelled for the sake of development to live a life on earth, and whose ethereal bodies or garments are more or less tarnished and soiled, so that their direct connection with the Light is dimmed and at times completely severed!
Here it was a process of radiation from God, given out of love to mankind erring in darkness, which was strong enough to prevent the direct connection with Primordial Light ever being broken!
This resulted in a close connection between the Godhead and mankind through this One, Who resembled a shining pillar of inexhaustible purity and power before which all baseness was forced to retreat. The possibility was thus created for the transmission of undimmed Truth direct from the Light, and also of the power for the actions which appeared to be miracles.
The account of the temptation in the wilderness shows how the attempts of dark influences to defile Him were repelled by the purity of His intuition without being able to do any harm.
After Mary's immaculate physical conception the incarnation which occurs in the middle of pregnancy could take place from the Light with a strength which excluded the possibility of any dimming on the intermediate steps between the Light and the mother's body, thus bringing about an "immaculate spiritual conception" as well.
Therefore it is quite right to speak of an immaculate conception, which occurred both physically and spiritually without the necessity of circumventing, altering or remodelling a Law of Creation for this particular case!
Now man must not think that because it had been promised that the Saviour should be born of a virgin that therein lies a contradiction!
The contradiction lies solely in the wrong interpretation of the word "virgin" mentioned in the prophecy. If this prophecy speaks of a virgin, it does not infer a limited conception of the word, much less the opinion of any State, but it can only be a question of a broad conception concerning all mankind!
Putting aside all thought of procreation, those who take a limited view of the word should note the fact that pregnancy and birth of themselves exclude virginity in its ordinary sense! The prophecy, however, does not mean such things! It meant that Christ would definitely be born as the first child of a virgin, that is, of a woman who had never been a mother. In such a case all the organs that have to do with the development of the human body are virginal, that is, they have never before come into activity in this way, meaning that no child has issued from this womb. The organs of the mother's body must be virginal in the case of every first-born child. Only in this sense could such a far-reaching prophecy be understood, because every prophecy can only be fulfilled within the strict logic of the active Laws of Creation and is so made on the basis of such reliable foresight.
Thus in this prophecy "the first child" is meant, and therefore a distinction has been made between virgin and mother! Any other distinction is out of the question because the conceptions of virgin and married woman have merely arisen out of the purely civil or social institution of marriage, which are in no case meant by such a prophecy!
The very perfection of Creation as the Work of God makes the act of procreation absolutely necessary, because the All-Wisdom of the Creator has ordered all things in Creation from the Primordial beginning so that there should be nothing too much or superfluous! He who thinks otherwise must also hold that the Work of the Creator is imperfect! It is the same with the person who affirms that the birth of Christ occurred without there first being a normal procreation, as is prescribed by the Creator for all mankind. A normal procreation through a human being of flesh and blood must have taken place! Even in this case!
Every man who truly understands this praises his Lord and Creator more than he who wants to permit other possibilities! The former shows such unshaken faith in the Perfection of his God as to be convinced that any exception or change in the Laws He has ordained is absolutely impossible. And that is the greater faith! Besides, all the other events entirely agree with this! Christ became a human being on earth. It having been thus resolved, as the Perfection of God ordained, He was obliged to submit to all the Laws God had decreed for physical procreation!
If it should be objected that "with God nothing is impossible", such a concealed explanation brings no satisfaction, for again another and quite different meaning lies in these words than that which so many people imagine in their indolence. In order to refute the wording of this sentence as commonly understood, it need only be said that imperfection, want of logic, injustice, arbitrariness and many other things are impossible with God!
It could further be argued that if in this sense nothing is impossible with God, He could just as easily with a single act of His Will have made every man on earth a believer! Then He need not have permitted His Son to become man and exposed Him to earthly hardships and death on the cross! He would have been spared that stupendous sacrifice!
That things happened as they did shows the inflexible nature of the Divine Laws which have been active in Creation from the very beginning, and the perfection of which makes a forced intervention for the purpose of changing them in one way or another quite impossible.
The blind and contentious opponent could now stubbornly assert that the way it happened was according to God's Will. That is quite right, but in no way a counter-proof! On the contrary it merely confirms the previous reasoning, provided one drops the more naive interpretation and follows the deeper explanation necessarily demanded by all utterances of a spiritual nature.
It was the Will of God! However, that has nothing in common with arbitrariness! On the contrary, it means nothing less than the confirmation of the laws God placed in Creation and which bear His Will; it means absolute obedience to them, allowing of no exception or circumvention whatever! It is just in the necessity for compliance that the Will of God reveals and manifests itself! Otherwise Jesus need not have been born of a woman on earth, but could quite simply have made a sudden appearance!
In order to fulfil His mission Christ had therefore inevitably to submit to all the Natural Laws, that is, to the Will of His Father. That Christ did so is proved by His whole life - His normal birth and growth, His feeling both of hunger and fatigue, His suffering and finally His death on the cross. He was subject to everything to which man's earthly body is subject. Why then should His procreation alone have been different, when there was absolutely no necessity for it? It is just because of the naturalness of everything that the Saviour's task appears even greater, by no means smaller! Likewise Mary was no less blessed in her high calling on that account!
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