miracle in spring the fund received a donation, enough to help a person in
severe need along for another week, maybe two.
harsh climate of inflated inhumanity where the demands of landlords exceed in
evermore cases a person's entire pension income, often even without facilities
for cooking included, the resulting deficit adds up to a tragedy that paints a
black mark onto the face of humanity. It is a mark of shame that should inspire
actions to heal the neglect that allowed such conditions to occur, or at the
very least, help still the human need. The latter actually happened last week,
and it may be called a miracle.
The fund was
set up some time ago to simply help a person in need. Since no response was
received, as the human being has become evermore considered an item of no value
in the world, or less than that, an exploitable commodity for profit, I felt
that the fund needed a higher-level focus. Considering that religions are often
deemed to be of higher value, or at least give value to a human being, I renamed
the fund to include the person's religion in the name. When after a few weeks no
response was forthcoming either, I raised the focus once more. I raised it up to
the question, what is the value of God?
human being, being the tallest expression of life on our planet - the highest
expression of God in the physical world, the being in whom God is expressed to
the fullest - the human being should then be deemed to have the same value as
God. If this deemed value is zero, reflecting the deemed value of God, then we
must raise the value of God at least a notch above zero. And this has happened a
week ago. I call it a miracle, because any step above zero is a giant
progression above nothing.
that the fund received didn't come from the person's friends, relatives, and acquaintances,
nor did it came from her church or any Christian church where the virtues of God
are praised daily with aspiring phrases, or from the Muslim background where
people kneel to God in prayer several times a day. It came instead from a
distant place from a person who appreciated my work of exploration in
electro-astrophysics and its relevance to the welfare of humanity. It appears
that the value of God is the highest where the concern for the universal welfare
of humanity remains alive as a spark of light in the human heart.
not mean that the spiritual focus that the numerous religions of the world have
developed over the ages was for naught. Its essence may be the force for good
that keeps the spark of light in the human heart alive.
the process of spiritual development, when it was nurtured as a cultural fire
through religion, resulted in periods of astonishing progress, prosperity,
cultural riches, scientific advances, and technological innovations that
uplifted the landscape of human living. The Golden Renaissance stands as an
example of this type, and likewise the Peace of Westphalia of the mid-1600s on
which modern civilization still rests to some degree.
most remarkable example of the uplifting power of spiritual development can be
found in American history. America had put the scourge of slavery onto the map
in a majestic manner. At the hands of traitors in the service of the masters of
the British Empire that ruled much of the world in the early 1800s the USA
developed slavery into a big machine. Under the Andrew Jackson Presidency vast
areas of the southern states were 'cleared' of their native population and
turned into a slave-powered plantation system to service the wealth of Europe.
The former President John Quincy Adams warned that this course of utter
inhumanity would rip apart the fabric of the nation so deeply that a civil war
would inevitably result. But his voice of reason wasn't heard. He wasn't even
allowed to speak about it in Congress. And so, powered by the tragedy of 3.5
million slaves, the southern economy became a treadmill where the development of
civilization stopped. In the resulting years of hyperinflation of insanity the
scourge of civil war did explode in America.
It was a war
about slavery, by the South to protect it, by the North to protect itself
against it. President Lincoln knew that if the American Union would be lost that
was built on the universal rights of man and human development and dignity, all
of America would be devoured by slavery and by the masters of empire that own
it. Slavery is the hallmark of empire.
Civil War was a hard and horribly gory war, and the stakes were enormous. It was
fought by much of the nation for the defence of the nation against the deadly
force of empire. Three million soldiers were on the battle fields, 750,000 died
there, and over 400,000 were wounded. It was also a critical war. It was in
humanist terms the last stand of civilization against the forces of a New Dark
Age. The entire nation fought this war and prayed, both to win it and to halt
history books are full of accounts of how the war was won or could have been
lost if events had unfolded differently than they had, it is impossible to
estimate to what extent the spiritual development in the nation that stood
behind the scene has had a critically contributory effect on the outcome. All
that is known about this larger context, is that in the year after the Civil War
ended, one of America's own great religion was born.
It all began
with a discovery by a woman in Lynn Massachusetts, who had suffered severe injuries
from a fall on an icy street, which the doctors said would soon be fatal. There,
on her death bed, by recounting what she had discovered before over many years
in the context of God, religion, science, medicine, and healing, she found
herself suddenly well, got off the bed, and opened the door to the preacher who
had come to 'bury' her. She worked for almost a decade to discover the science
of what had healed her, and to document it, which she later named Christian
Science. She also established a church to promote the spiritual healing process
that became a nationwide healing institution during the span of 35 years till
her death in 1910, with branches springing up in many other lands.
that I am raising here, is that the spiritual development that had led up to the
woman's discovery had evidently begun long before the Civil War had erupted. As
a young woman she had married a man from the South, in 1843, who died half a
year later of yellow fever. She freed all of her husband's slaves and returned
to New England where she became politically, scientifically, and religiously
active. She wrote in later years, now known by the name Mary Baker Eddy, that God
had graciously prepared her over many years in a chain of development in understanding,
which culminated for her into a breakthrough that became her "final revelation of the absolute divine Principle of scientific mental
p.107) Nothing more than this was needed. Her science became a
recognition of spiritual absolutes that could not have been accepted earlier in
times when the dire human needs had remained unfulfilled.
principle was illustrated by Christ Jesus two millennia earlier in a parable: A
man had become before the altar of God to offer gifts. Here the priest cautioned
the man that if he offered these gifts while carrying a debt of unmet human
needs, his gift to God had no value until the human needs are met. The priest
suggested that he should hold his gifts until the pre-requisites are met. Then
his gifts would have value. In 1866 the prerequisites were met for the science
of the spiritual absolutes to be developed into a practical institution for
healing on a higher platform. The divine Principle that requires the prerequisite
is evidently still valid.
practical aspect of what Mary Baker established over the span of 44 years after her
discovery, may have been the culmination of the prayers of a nation for an
emergency healing of the slavery crisis, which all the efforts of the
abolitionist movements by themselves had failed to heal, and which eventually
grew into an existential
challenge that culminated into the Civil War that required a scientific spiritual
approach to be added to the healing efforts. What followed is history - one of
the brightest spots in history.
person like Mary Baker Eddy could not have stood idly aside in the nationwide
effort to heal the wound in civilization that slavery had become. The human
effort devoted to healing this wound was not a small one. Vast informal networks
had been established to aid the escape of slaves to freedom, to the free states,
Canada, and Mexico. The effort became known as the Underground Railroad, also
known as the "Freedom Train" and "Gospel Train" with the
destination, "Heaven," meaning Canada, where slavery had diminished
after a 1803 court ruling and was finally formally abolished in 1834.
In the USA,
until 1850, when harsh laws against escapees had been passed in U.S. Congress,
an estimated 100,000 slaves had been helped to freedom on the Railroad path,
often one person at a time, aided by the hands and hearts and money of countless
individuals, many risking their own life, altogether maintaining a network of
safe houses and meeting places, and communication lines.
after the 1850 clamp-down by law to capture the escapees, the by then famous
Gospel Train continued to 'roll' regardless of the greater perils, though at a
lesser volume of course, but still being aided by countless human beings both in
the North and the South. The train never, ever stopped until emancipation was
universal project that had been inspired in the honour of God and humanity, had
become a hands-on effort of vast proportions to meet a critical human need that
was also a spiritual need in the defence of civilization.
development of Christian Science occurred in this atmosphere of intense hands-on
efforts to meet a human need that was also a spiritual need. The idea may have
developed in this background that God is expressed in man, in countless ways
reflecting God - man being the very 'hand' of God in numerous instances as
Eddy's contribution to the healing of the nation in
times of its greatest need didn't stop with the end of the war, of course. It
expanded. It changed the world. It healed the world. The time-frame of her working in this field
in which her far-reaching healing movement was established and grew in leaps and
bounds, coincides with the greatest period of peace, prosperity, and development
that the world has seen in the
last half millennium.
until shortly after her death that the train of the horrors of war and
inhumanity started to roll again. It hasn't stopped to the present day.
Evidently, what she had stood for had become lost to the point that the church
itself began to erode, increasingly.
of slavery has been fully re-established, even more intensively than it had been
before the civil war, and
near universally now, though in a slightly different manner. Statutory slavery has
given way to monetarist slavery, but the victimization, and exploitation, and
the hopelessness is likely the same. New terms now apply, such as homelessness,
unemployment, slum living, rent slavery, and so on, and once again we face the
threat of a 'civil' war of gigantic proportions, now called nuclear war, as the
fabric of civilization is disintegrating on all fronts. The world financial
system is disintegrating. An estimated fifty trillion dollars in bailout money,
worldwide - to prop up the corpse of the monetarist slavery system that is
already dead since nothing works anymore - didn't stop
the rapid collapse of the ailing shell of the humanly empty system that is standing on thievery and
slavery. It is now in an accelerated phase of collapse. These are they days when the hands of the insane
among the stone-hard rulers reach for the
trigger for war.
We stand at
a more-dangerous precipice today on this ground than in the early 1860s. It only takes 90
minutes of nuclear war, which is largely automated, to create conditions on the
planet that no one can survive. (See: Unsurvivable)
financial disintegration can have similar consequences, which evidently are
already in the planning stage at the heart of empire that said it aims to
collapse the world population from 7 billion to 1 billion.
is on. There are political solutions possible. People are fighting for those
solutions. (see: Restoring
the Glass Steagall law.)
But will they succeed in the spiritual desert the world has become
where the value of God is deemed below junk bond status, with only rare
Can Mary Baker Eddy's movement have an impact again? The answers to
many of such types of questions evidently depends on how fast the losses that
have occurred on the spiritual front can be recovered spiritually to become a
force to guide the political movement.
It is here,
in the context of today's spiritual crisis, which may be the deepest of its type
in history, where the significance of my Fund
for Raising the Value of God is significant. While the fund is critical
for the person in need for whom it has been created, the challenge to raise the
deemed value of God is vastly more-critical for the survival of civilization as
a whole, especially today where nearly everything hangs in the balance.
the question is also a question of Truth. The truth that stood tall once before
to secure the freedom of the American nation, is the same that it was then. And
its Principle is the same. Its effect therefore is likewise the same. The
discoveries that once saved the nation are still on the table. The Principle
that unfolds as good is valid for all times to come. We do have the power to
raise the value of God and our own value with it to infinity. Shouldn't
we be able to do this in deed?
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