|Chapter 1||The Grossglockner|
Chapter 1 - The Grossglockner As Mountain - And Father of The Country.
1. The magnificent image seems so wonderful to you, how majestic a King of the Mountains, called the "Grossglockner", boldly rears his head from the middle of his big brothers and looks in a certain way in every direction, where his children, phasing out of him, are; but it will seem even more wonderful to you when I start in proper order with his smallest descendants and then finally lead up to him.
2. It is a little surprising to you, when I say your Styria has not one hill on this side of the River Drave which is not a descendant of this mountain-father; but that does not matter, in the end, all evidence will show itself in the summation, as to how many mistakes we made in this presentation.
3. And so observe: If you, for example, climb your Schlossberg (Castle-mountain), or the so-called "Rosenberg" (Rose-mountain), or the Plabutsch, or the Buchkogel, or you decide to go all the way down to the last foothills of the windy Buehel, I say to you, On all these mountains, including the alps you have already climbed, you still climb the foot (-hills) of the Grossglockner.
4. Whoever would find such a thing hard to believe would probably start his journey here on the so-called "Buchkogel" in order to take the next mountain path. From there, however, always keeping to the mountain ridges - which of course will not always be the same height, but still always high enough to distinguish from the valleys - and he will certainly reach those Alps after a day's journey on this somewhat arduous path, which mostly divides Styria from Carinthia, on which occasion he needs nothing else, then the laborious journey, and if, by the way, he has a firm foothold, he can count on the fact that within a maximum of ten days he has already reached the nearby areas of our Grossglockner without having to walk over a deep valley.
5. This journey certainly will then convince him that your Buchkogel along with his far-stretching foothills is indeed still connected to this mountain father. Whoever intends not to make quite such a difficult journey can, in this case, take a good area map, where he can, obviously more comfortably, make the same journey with his finger, and he will be impressed of the accuracy of this statement.
6. But, you will say: "Yes", that may be so, because the North Pole is connected with the South Pole, and the Buchkogel and the Grossglockner can therefore also be connected; but what is the connection here? Where is the gospel in all of this?"
7. But I say: Just be a little patient, My little children! For between the Buchkogel and the Grossglockner, is enough space and enough such things as to scatter a good mustard seed on this ground, which will grow up and spread its branches and roots as far as our big mountain father spreads his arms and children!
8. One question immediately affixes itself here, namely: "Is there something to this, that up there the Grossglockner rears his head above all the other mountains, in another country is again another (mountain), that is even higher than the Grossglockner, and again in another country a third one that rises over the others?"
9. Here I give a very short answer to this question and say nothing, except that such is in all seriousness absolutely necessary, because from a natural point of view the proper conservation depends on the height of such mountains, in the countries in which they are located, but also entire parts of the world, as for instance Europe from the three partly named mountains, Asia and America from theirs, and so on.
10. With this answer to the question there is already another one, namely the following because you say: "Why then? How is that possible?"
11. And on that I will give you again a short answer, which sounds like this: Just as the life of the body depends on the head; for if detached from the torso or is severely damaged, the life of the entire body will soon end.
12. This answer is sufficient for the time being; for the ratio of such mountains to the rest of the country is the same as that of the head to the rest of the body. Even if life does not come directly from the head, so is the head nevertheless the main organ of receiving natural life, from which the very same is equally conducted into the whole body. The human body still has many other extremities which it can lose without losing the life; but the upper extremity of the body cannot be lost without losing life.
13. See, precisely so is it also with our highest mountains. However, you can unearth the entire Buchkogel, or even ravage over a higher alp, if you want and have the strength to do so. But if it were possible for someone to make a go at the Grossglockner and to level it just like the above mentioned Buchkogel or another Alp, then this undertaking would not go as unpunished as with the leveling of the Buchkogel or another more significant height. Because such slight leveling (of the mountain) would result in almost no tangible adverse consequences, whereas the leveling of the Grossglockner would either rapidly turn an immensely vast range of countries into an eternal winter or would at least change into a far extensive lake.
14. Here you will ask once again: "Why? And how is this possible?"
15. A small example will at once make the matter clear for you.
16. See: you know that from the body all blood (flow) makes its way into the head (or brain)! If the head is now separated from the body, what does the blood do? - See, now we have it; you are saying to yourself: "The blood immediately runs from the veins, cascades over the body, which in turn then shrinks the veins and the body will pass into certain death!"
17. This is also the case with such a mountain, which is also a recipient of the earth's most powerful internal water sources, which keeps it by its great gravity, and lets only so much (water) escape through its pores, that through it the whole country receives its necessary irrigation far and wide; however, the overabundance of these constant evaporations of the inner waters, he sucks out of the air and again carefully into itself. So as not to disappear so easily from him, he transforms into constant ice and stable snow, for which reason he is seldom to be seen misty- or cloudless.
18. But what he does, he must do the same thing, even in less favorable conditions, by time and occasion to all his children and grandchildren.
19. Why am I saying "children and grandchildren" here? - For the simple reason, because at the time of the mountain formation the highest mountains on earth were the first to be formed, and from them, all the other (younger) mountains in coherent order were created in the way you are already familiar with! Now, do not think, that for example the Grossglockner was formed today, tomorrow his children, and the day after tomorrow his grandchildren, but between these orogenetic progressions long periods of time evolved, which often extended over several million years on earth, so that there are hardly two mountains in a country which are of the same age. That our Grossglockner belongs to the ancient mountains of the earth, you can easily see, that he is called by Me "Father of the Mountains", and secondly, because he is a chief of several countries, and thirdly his (mineral) rock attests to it, which is distinctly different from the rock of his children and grandchildren.
20. But as all the mountains gain in height towards their father, so they also increase in age; and the more their peaks adorn themselves with constant snow and ice, the more sublime and meaningful they also become. You have to remember this, because the sequel will show how important this sentence is. We therefore do not want to get involved in long meaningless dialogue, but immediately move to the main issue, first in the natural, then in the spiritual, and finally in gospel terms.
21. There are a lot of people who say: "I have a gentle hill which is teeming with fields, meadows, orchards, woodlands and pastures, which is incomparably better than one hundred Grossglockner!"
22. On the one hand such people are somewhat right; because one cannot plant a vineyard on eternal snow and ice of the Grossglockner, - not even the very last plant, such as for example the hard stone-moss can grow there.
23. However, I ask: Is a mountain only assessed for its rich vegetation? When it comes to fertility, every mountain is superfluous; because it's obviously easier to work in the valley than on whatever mountain, and the experience will have taught you that everything goes well in the valley. After all, it is certainly a foolish thing to assess a mountain for its fertility, because the fertility of the mountains is not the prerequisite of its existence, but these revolve around a completely different axis. And those who value a fertile hill higher than an infertile high glacier probably must take back their word,
24. Here you will again ask: "Why?" "How is that possible?"
25. But I say to you: If it depends only on a certain profitable return, then you can definitely not earn a penny with your eyes in your head, but certainly with your hands and feet! Though is the eye not worth more than the hands and feet, which you would hardly use without the light of the eye?! And yet, the pupil of the eye is actually small in proportion to the size of the hands and feet! And before you want to touch anything with your hands and your feet, do you not have to take hold of it with your eye?!
26. If you now pay attention to this, it will become quite obvious to you, why I value a square klafter ground of the icy Grossglockner higher than a whole square mile of the most fertile hill country; for as you cannot carry much fruit on your hands and feet without your eyes, so also, would the small valleys and hill farms bear little to no fruits without the eternal snow and ice of the glaciers. And in this respect, many wealthy farmers should go on a journey to the Grossglockner and there kiss his ice in My Name; because the whole fertility of his ground depends on the kiss-sized ice surface of the Grossglockner.
27. Would you not like to ask again: "But why?" "How is that possible?" - Please just be patient; it is coming!
28. You know, according to an old saying that like with likes socializes together. If you have any moist stone in the wall of your room, this stone will not dry so easily, but it will rather draw more moisture from all sides and will therefore pass the excess moisture on to its surrounding wall and will consequently cause a big moist stain in your room.
29. You see, and so is it with our Grossglockner! He is also a very large moist stone in the far-reaching farmlands of a continent and draws therefore from far and wide the superfluous airborne moisture unto itself. If, however, this moisture remained in a dripping state on his stone-walls, they would soon escape again in large streams from this giant stone and devastate many properties round about. In order to prevent this from happening, he causes through his height and the peculiarity of the rock that the absorbed moisture quickly turn into snow, hail and ice.
30. But here you will say: "If that is really the case, then over time he will have to grow beyond the whole of Europe!"
31. O Yes, that would certainly be the case if he had no children and grand-children; but in fact these children then liberate their father in this way: If his ice and snow load grows from above and outside, the lower parts or the bottom and old snow and ice- masses are more and more pressed and squeezed, whereupon these water and air- particles ignite by such pressure into countless smaller particles, then dissolve once again into foggy vapors and emerge from their imprisonment. And since such a glacier has its excellent gravitational force only in its highest regions, these escaped vapors from its lower and bottom regions would either or pour out as dripping liquid into the low-lying valleys, destroying and washing-out everything, or they would, at least on the higher regions, join the snow and ice and expand and increase the same onward and outward, so that entire properties far and wide would be buried by them within a millennium.
32. But to ensure that neither one nor the other happens, such a mountain father also has an immense number of children at his side, who eagerly take on the excess burden of their father; and what becomes too much for themselves, again a whole lot of grandchildren squatting around them, which eagerly take on the over-abundance. And what becomes too much for them as well, they then bless the whole expanse of the lowland.
33. And if you can comprehend this to some extent, then you will also easily realize, why from such a high mountain so far-reaching, contiguous mountain ranges extend almost radiantly in all directions, and it won't sound too ridiculous to you either when I tell you that you yourself drink Grossglockner water from your house-well and that there are hardly any springs in your country, who not originally owe their fertile existence and gratitude to this mountain father.
34. Yes, you will say, "but where does the rainwater come from?"
35. And I say to you that in your country there is rarely a drop of other rain that falls from the clouds as such what was sent out over this country (of Austria) by the Grossglockner and his far-reaching children; and it would not be wrong for you to say: "The Grossglockner rains over our country!"
36. But why? - Because he possesses three different, far reaching, powerful-active arms, one of which spreads in all directions into its children and grandchildren, the second in all the fountains, brooks, rivers and rapids, often going further than his children and grandchildren, the third, most outstretched arm, however, exists in the cloud-region, which has its central point at the Grossglockner for several countries plus carefully guarded and subordinate resting places by the many children (Alpine ranges) scattered far and wide, where it accumulates again in ever more and more misty masses (of clouds). And when, for example, these masses accumulate too densely on the Choralps then such an alp mountain) has again subordinate grandchildren, who eagerly alleviate their mother off a large part of her burden, - on which occasion this third arm of the Grossglockner usually pours itself out in a beneficent rain, and prepares a delicious meal for the poor flora and wildlife of the lower level region
37. But this is only a natural and useful accomplishment and purpose of this mountain father.
38. However, behind these there are two others and much more important ones in the background, which we will get to know in the course of this message; and when you first become acquainted with them you will always see a more advantageous concept of the great usefulness of such a seemingly dead mountain giant alive in you. Truly, I say to you: Everything in the world is wrong! Wherever you see much liveliness on earth, there is just as much death; on the other hand, where you believe that everything sank into an eternal death, there is the greatest profusion of life and an incalculably zealous activity of life.
39. For this reason, mostly all prophets and seers were at home on the mountains; and I Myself, when I was on earth as a man, preferred to dwell on the mountains. On the mountain I gave the tempter the eternal farewell; on a mountain I fed so many hungry' ones; on the mountain I revealed all heaven in My words; on a mountain appeared as the everlasting transfigured life to the three acquaintances of you; on a mountain I prayed, and on a mountain I was crucified.
40. Therefore respect the mountains; for the higher they ascend their apexes above the depth of the mud of human selfishness, the more holy they are and the more blessed the whole country.
41. We have already partly heard how such things happen; however, the next episode will show you all this in the clearest light, - and so we leave it for today!
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