“The eyes that were deceived on Earth now see clearly. O what splendors are revealed! The music unheard by earthly ears now sounds sweet melodious music. O what joyous rapture it brings! The nostrils inhale perfumes too delicate for the earthly nose, O how the heat sings! All dumbness, all dullness and all sordidness, which are of the Earth, are left behind. … The unmoving, empty body remains here before our eyes; it is nothing, it sees nothing, it hears not, it speaks not, it smells not, its breath is stilled, it begins to fall apart. … We, who are here, stand blinded behind the veil of flesh; we cannot see beyond ourselves; we hope, we believe and we trust. … O grant us fulfillment, grant us that which is the ultimate desire and aspiration of men!” The Kolbrin Bible (SCL:1:20-21)

Awakening3JYour eye doctor may tell you that yo have excellent vision, or that you have such with the glasses you are wearing, but she is wrong! She is wrong because all that you can see with your physical eyes are the distorted illusions of matter. Likewise, even the most beautiful music you can hear from an orchestra pales in comparison to Divine Music. The most pleasant smells your nose can detect are no match for the scent of the worlds of spirit and those who dwell there. As the passage says, we are blinded by the flesh. It doesn’t help us see better, it helps us see distortion, trickery, falsehood. We may see that painting of an angel very sharply and clearly, but that is not at all the same as experiencing the actual presence of an angel, especially since they look nothing like the bird-man hybrids that are usually painted as angels.

We may smell a sweet perfume, but it is not quite the same as being in a garden full of the exotic flowers from which the perfume is made, for only a small part of the flower is in the perfume, and even that fades and distorts over time. Likewise, no matter how lovely certain parts of the material world may appear to be, they are nothing compared with the spiritual. For starters, those lovely tropical flowers will fade away in a week or two, while the spiritual essence from which they sprang is eternal. Likewise, the spirit behind the diamond is much more beautiful that the material rock, no matter how nicely it is cut to form a gem.

If you think about it, though, what do we find beautiful? In the visual sense, as well as scent and sound, we may not think of it that way, but in most cases, that which we find beautiful or pleasant to one of the senses is that which is close to the spiritual. Those things which we see as beautiful are those which most resemble their spiritual counterpart, or, in a sense, are closer to the spirit than we are. The scents we like are generally those which are closer to the worlds of spirit than matter is in general. Rarely would one consider the scent of anything rotting pleasant, because that scent represents death, decay and therefore is anti-spirit. The sound of someone coughing is less pleasant that the sound of an aria because the aria is closer to the singing of angels and the sounds of the spiritual worlds.

Does this mean that we shouldn’t enjoy the beauty of the physical world? Of course not, just the opposite. Since the beautiful, the pleasant, the nicely scented is closer to the spiritual, we should enjoy those things. That is why religious and spiritual activities often include music, incense, and flowers. But we shouldn’t get so caught up with the pleasant things on that material level that we cling to them, and to matter in general, and never move on to the truly spiritual.

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