|Chapter 1||The Moon|
6. But if this were the case, ask yourselves: Who then could live on such a celestial body? He would only live as long as he were to remain underneath the layer of air and water; but if the planet were to rotate out of this layer, he would inevitably have to suffocate in the space void of air if he had not already drowned earlier under the layer of water.
7. Now see, this would be the case also with the moon, if its rotation were as slow as that of the earth! It would have to rotate five times as fast around its axis in order to dispense the air, water and fire properly on its surface, that means: Within 24 earth hours, it would have to rotate five times around its own axis, which would then lead to nothing other than the complete destruction of the moon, and the earth would be littered with lots of moon particles. But I don’t have to explain to you in more detail what effect matter crashing from the moon to the earth would create; but I say only that nobody would remain alive in such a case.
8. If you consider this with a little understanding, you will comprehend why the moon has no rotation and therefore always turns one and the same side to the earth.
9. But in order for you to completely understand the moon and its habitability, you have to know that the moon actually is a "moon" only on the side facing the planet; but on the opposite side, it is not a "moon", but a quite solid continent. Therefore, that which is the "moon" is not solid, but very unformed, almost like the foam of the ocean that has solidified a little, and whose more solid parts protrude like mountains, whereas its softer parts have caved in like niches and craters towards the center of the celestial body. In some of these niches and craters, atmospheric air is trapped, unable to escape, and it may easily be taken for water when viewed through powerful telescopes. None of the heights nor the less deep craters contain any atmospheric air at all, but only ether as it is found in the free spaces between the sun and the planets. This side of the moon is therefore also not inhabited by any organic being, but its inhabitants are of a spiritual nature. These spiritual inhabitants were very addicted to worldly things during their physical life on earth, and they were banished to there for reform so that, in this way, they are still able to amply gawk at the world. And then if, after a very long time, they become aware that an obsession with worldly matters does not bear fruit, and if they listen to the teachers who are sent to them, then those who are willing to change will be guided to a higher, more blissful state of freedom; but the less obedient ones will reincarnate on the earth of the moon, and there they must eke out a meager and pitiful living. There, first of all, they must struggle with severe cold and darkness, but secondly also with unbearable heat; because one moon night is the equivalent of fourteen full earth days, and the moon day is just as long. Toward the end of each night, it becomes as cold there as it does at the North Pole on earth. And from midday through the end of the day, it is so hot that no living being can bear being on the surface.
10. The inhabitants, as well as all the other organic creatures, dwell there in the soil. They have to spend half the day as well as half the night in this subterranean dwelling; therefore there are neither houses nor cities, as you have them, but the dwellings are located in the depths of the moon's soil, here and there also in mountain crevices and caves.
11. There are no trees that bear fruit, but only root plants such as you have, the potatoes, turnips, carrots, and so on. These plants are planted at the beginning of the day and are completely ripe by the end of the day. At the onset of dusk, the people come out of their caverns, harvest this crop and carry it at once into their subterranean dwellings, and they subsist on this throughout the night and also through the following full day.
12. Only one kind of domestic animal can be spotted, a type of earth sheep, which means to these people what the reindeer means to the Nordic people.
13. Living in rivers as well as in lakes which quite commonly occur on the moon-earth is a multitude of water animals and also some small kinds of birds, similar to your sparrows, and also a host of insects and other one-footed, biped, tripodal and quadruped animals in the soil whose purpose and description you will hear on a different occasion. For the time being, what was said should suffice.
14. But especially, my dear ones, beware of some day also becoming an inhabitant of this destitute celestial body! For this yellow-glimmering schoolhouse of life is a very cumbersome schoolhouse, and it would be better to die fourteen times in one day on earth than to live there for only one day, for the inhabitants there are much worse off than those who are buried here in the cemeteries. They do not know they are buried; but the inhabitants of the moon must live in their graves, and frequently they are buried there in their subterranean dwellings either by cave-ins or sudden flooding.
15. With regard to further remarkable phenomena of the moon-earth as well as of its inhabitants, I will make them known to you on a future occasion. But for now, reflect on the things I said and especially be mindful that you recognize and make good use of the spring of your life, so that you will behold even the moon, when it will be completely revealed to you, as a very significant sign of the Son of Man in the sky! Amen. I say this to you, now coming on the clouds of the heavens. Amen, Amen, Amen.
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