Why do human beings so timidly evade this word, which should be more familiar to them than anything else? What prevents them from reflecting deeply on it, from truly realizing and understanding it aright?
Is it veneration? No. Is this strange “lack of courage” even something great, something commendable or deep? Never; for consider: you pray to God and in that prayer you cannot even form a proper conception of Him to whom you pray; on the contrary, you are confused, because neither school nor church ever gave you any clear explanation that could satisfy your inner longing for the Truth. The actual Trinity still remained fundamentally a puzzle to you which you tried to solve as best you could.
Can a prayer in these circumstances ever become so heartfelt, so confiding, as it should be? It is impossible. However, when you know your God and He becomes more familiar to you, will your prayer then not be accompanied by deeper intuitive feelings, and be much more direct, more heartfelt?
Yet you should and must come closer to your God! You must not merely remain standing afar. How foolish it is to say that it might be wrong to concern oneself so thoroughly with God. Indolence and inertia even assert that it would be sacrilege! But I say to you: God wills it. All Creation testifies that it is a necessary condition that you should draw near to God. Therefore he who evades this is not showing humility but, on the contrary, boundless presumption! It is equivalent to demanding that God should approach man, so that he can understand Him, instead of man trying to approach God in order to recognize Him. Wherever you look, wherever you listen, there is hypocrisy and indolence, all under the cloak of a false humility!
You, however, who no longer wish to sleep, who are fervently seeking and striving for the Truth, listen to the message and seek to comprehend what is right.
What is your God? You know He said: “I am the Lord, your God, thou shalt have no other gods beside me!”
There is but one God, but one Power! What then is the Trinity? The Triune God? God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit?
When mankind shut themselves out of Paradise by no longer heeding the guidance of the intuitive perception, which is Pure-spiritual and therefore near to God, but willfully chose to cultivate the intellect, subjecting themselves to it and thus becoming slaves of the tool given them to use, they naturally fell further and further away from God. The rift occurred when humanity gave preference to worldly matters, which are unconditionally bound to space and time. This is alien to the nature of God, and therefore makes it impossible to comprehend Him. The gulf became wider with each generation, and men chained themselves more and more exclusively to the earth. They became the earth- and intellect bound men who call themselves materialists. They even do so with pride because they have not the faintest idea of how they are chained. Through being firmly bound to space and time it was natural that their horizon simultaneously became narrowed. How could the way back to God be found in such conditions? Never!
It was impossible, unless help came from God. Therefore, if help was to be offered, a bridge had to be re-established from Him. And He was merciful. God in His Purity could no longer reveal Himself to the debased intellect bound human beings, because due to their intellectual orientation they were no longer capable of sensing, seeing or hearing His Messengers. Those few still able to do so were ridiculed because the materialists, with their limited horizon bound to space and time, rejected as impossible all thought of anything existing beyond that, rejecting it as inconceivable to them. Therefore the power of the prophets to penetrate no longer sufficed, for even the fundamental ideas of all religious endeavors had finally become crassly materialistic. Thus it was necessary that a Mediator between the Godhead and erring humanity should come, One endowed with greater power than all the others had possessed, so that He would be able to penetrate. Shall one say: for the sake of the few who, in the midst of utter materialism, still longed for God? This would be right, but the adversaries would prefer to call it presumption on the part of the believers, instead of realizing the tremendous Love of God as well as the strict Justice in it, offering redemption equally through reward and punishment.
The mediator however who possessed the power to penetrate through the chaos had to be Divine Himself, since baseness had already spread so far that even the prophets did not succeed as messengers. For this reason God in His Love, through an Act of His Will, severed a Part of Himself and incarnated It in flesh and blood, in a physical body of male gender: Jesus of Nazareth, Who thus became the Incarnate Word, the Incarnate Love of God, the Son of God!
Through this act the severed, but nevertheless spiritually closely-linked part became personal. Even after laying aside the physical body and re-uniting closely with God the Father, He still remained personal through His incarnation as a man.
God the Father and God the Son are two, yet in reality only one! And the “Holy Spirit?” Christ Himself said that sins against God the Father and against God the Son could be forgiven, but never those committed against the “Holy Spirit!”
Does the “Holy Spirit” then stand higher or is It more than God the Father and God the Son? This question has occupied and worried many a soul and confused many a child.
The “Holy Spirit” is Spirit of the Father Which, severed from Him, works separately in all Creation, and Who like the Son, remains closely connected with the Father and one with Him. The inexorable Laws of Creation which spread through the whole Universe like a network of nerves and bring about the unconditional reciprocal action forming man’s fate or karma... are of the “Holy Spirit!” *(Lecture No. 52: The development of Creation) Or, more explicitly, are His activity!
That is why the Savior said that no one may sin against the Holy Spirit unpunished, because through the inexorable and immovable reciprocal action the retribution falls back on the originator, on the starting point, whether it be good or evil. And as the Son of God is of the Father, so also is the Holy Spirit. Both are Parts of Him, belonging completely to Him, and inseparable from Him, as otherwise a part of Him would be missing. They are like the arms of a body which can act independently, but still belong to the body if this is to be complete. Yet they can only carry out independent actions as a part of the whole, i.e. are absolutely one with it.
Such is God the Father, in His Omnipotence and Wisdom. At His right hand, as Part of Himself, is God the Son, Love; and on His left is God the Holy Spirit, Justice. They have both issued from God the Father and belong to Him as a unity. This is the Trinity of the One God.
Before Creation God was One! During the process of creating He severed a Part of His Will to work independently in Creation, and thus became two-fold. When later it became necessary to provide a mediator for erring mankind, because the Purity of God did not permit a direct connection to self-enchained humanity without an incarnation, out of His Love He severed a Part of Himself as temporary incarnation on earth, in order to make Himself once more understood. Thus, with the birth of Christ, He became a Trinity!
The concept of God the Father and God the Son were already clear to many, but the “Holy Spirit” remained a confused concept. The Holy Spirit is Executive Justice, Whose eternal, irrevocable and incorruptible laws pulsate throughout the Universe. Up till now these laws have only been guessed at and variously described as... Fate!... Karma!... Divine Will!