In the past, even as recently as a hundred years ago, there were many people who would readily give up all of their material possessions and would make every effort imaginable in order to reveal the concealed Upper World. However, since it still wasn’t the time for humanity to reveal it, and humanity still hadn’t reached a global connection, the Upper Governance did not push people in this direction.
In the 20th century, however, people’s individual and collective egoism has grown to such an extent that an individual mulls over every infinitesimal effort he has to make, debating whether to make it or not. If any thought about spirituality (good or bad) visits us, it’s a sign that the Creator, the Upper Degree, is descending to us and inviting us to connect with It. In response, a person has to seek a deeper connection and the way to unlock it.
The Upper Level sends us thoughts about It in order to awaken us, who are below, and It expects a response or reaction from us. We, the lower level, must only open up the message we are receiving and find out what is in it.
It’s like someone is knocking on our door, saying: “You’ve got a parcel!” That parcel is a thought about spirituality which suddenly comes to us. In response, we have to open the door, receive the parcel, and then open it up in order to find out who sent it and how we should respond to it.
However, instead, while we hear the knocking on the door, we’re simply sitting there and waiting to see – what will happen next? But nothing is happening, because the entire message is contained in the knocking; it’s inside our hearts. Thus, we are like a tenant who is reluctant to get up from his chair, and yells to the mailman: “Leave it next to the door, I will pick it up later!”
That is why the Upper Force leaves us alone and we lose the urge for spirituality until the next time we are awakened. But who knows when this urge will return again? That’s why the moment we receive any reminder, we must immediately realize it to the end, until we open up all the messages and parcels and find the sender’s address. Then we will be able to come to Him and knock on His door!
I sleep, but my heart waketh; it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, “Open to me, my sister, my love, my undefiled…
I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?
…my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone…
(From Song of Songs by King Solomon, 9th century BCE)