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Some autobiographic notes on Bô Yin Râ 's temporal life.

Bô Yin Râ teaches:

Do not make an image of the appearance and character of the man in which your spiritual teacher here on earth might live.

The external life of the spiritual teacher is his business; he does not want the spirit in which he works to be confused with his earthly appearance. –

He does not want his ‘pupils’ to revere his ‘personality’ but only the spiritual power from which he performs his works. – –

(From: The Book On The Living God, Pages 259, 260)

Behold, my friend, I too once walked along a road which enticed me into many errors, a road which seduces human spirits here on this planet…

…Believe me – I have also often enough experienced such danger in the past, so that I can indeed warn you of it! …

I can truly feel your pain, for I have seldom been completely spared from suffering. – –
And so, I may truly speak of suffering too and of its overcoming through the form in which you can endure it…
I know only too well how much the suffering of the body can weigh upon a person, and how, despite this, it can be restrained when given form. –

(From: Spirit And Form, Pages 26, 28, 35)

Why I bear my name.

I wrote about the three syllables ‘Bô Yin Râ’ in a publisher’s pamphlet – that they were not three ‘words’ whose ‘meaning’ could in some way be demystified, despite the fact that as syllables they follow the linguistic roots of ancient languages, but that these seven letters form the ‘name’ which is equivalent to my substantial spiritual being because the value of their sound and sign corresponds to my eternal spiritual type of being in the same way a group of notes shown in characters corresponds to a certain chord.

If I was always conscious in my eternal essence of what the formula of the three syllables Bô Yin Râ means, I still had over the course of time to become conscious of it also in the consciousness of my brain.

My spiritual instruction made me understand most conclusively other concepts of the essence of a true ‘name’ than those commonly found on earth. I had attained through my education of the soul, the awareness of secret paths which lead from one ‘name’ to a new ‘name’, whereby certain characters of these ‘names’ work like spiritual antennae through which those who are invisibly led in this way always gain new spiritual help. I professed that I had had myself many such ‘names’ during my training led by the spirit, which I had to learn to overcome in continually renewed self-overcoming before I could become spiritually worthy of my eternal name also in my transient earthly state insofar as external natural development gradually permitted this.
For long enough I had walked upon the path of ‘names’ marked out for me and I knew indeed from my own experience about the way spiritually formed names can awaken powers. Yet it seemed impossible to me to create for my eternal name, known by me for years, an earthly equivalent in sounds and letters conscious of its substance, until my spiritual teacher opened up my eyes and ears to the possibility, – indeed, necessity … From then on I had the earthly sound formula and its signs for what is substantially my ‘name’ within the eternal.
This is the true mystery surrounding the name Bô Yin Râ!

(From: Letters To One And Many, Pages 230, 231, 232, 233)

Bô Yin Râ on his way of Writing.

As to the ‘unusual manner of writing’ you mention, with which I have always approached the subject matter of my books, I can say quite objectively that there is not a single treatise I have written where has been left to arbitrariness to say what had to be said at that given time in any other way than the one expressed.
I have never sought a style of speaking and writing at any time or place; instead I have always written everything in the way it had to be fashioned according to the spiritual laws of sound values.

(From: Letters To One And Many, Page 28)

Moreover, I can not write anything that is not experienced most emphatically as spoken language. This explains everything which at first sight might appear as a deliberate eccentricity in my sentence structure and punctuation. As you are now in possession of what I have written over two decades, you will notice, in some of the first published books, a liberal use of hyphens. This is explained by the need to have some sign for shorter or longer pauses between the words as spoken sequences. The catastrophic misunderstanding of this intention subsequently made me limit these hyphens to the bare minimum.

(From: Letters To One And Many, Page 30)

I put no value whatever upon rational ‘assent’ and nothing lies further from my intention than to seek to ‘convince’ through persuasion.
I call upon a practical testing of my words. But in order for them to be tested practically they must be felt until they are as substantial feeling personal property of those who receive them. Above all, my words: – carry feeling, convey feeling and awaken feeling. What they have to say in terms of ‘meaning’ is secondary, even if they will certainly help counsel the soul to accept the substantial feeling offered to it. In terms of ‘meaning’ too, my words are first and foremost to be received as awakeners of feeling!

(From: Hortus Conclusus, Page 105)

I willingly admit that in this book I have often had to create words for things difficult to explain, and that these words will only reveal themselves to those who willingly empathise with them.

(From: The Book On Man, Page 140)

Those who think, however, that they have to use their shrewdness to discover ‘contradictions’ in the words I use, may rather consider that the things they regard as important finds might well have not escaped my notice also. – –

(From: The Book On The Living God, Page 296)

Far from all comparisons of value, my treatises on spiritual matters remind me always of certain drawings by Rembrandt where the int ended subject is gradually brought to the fore by countless lines which try to follow the image more and more distinctly. It is not only impossible for me to bring the things of eternity into others people’s sphere of intuition in any other way, but for all who know Eternal Reality!

(From: Letters To One And Many, Page 216)

Bô Yin Râ and the Hortus Conclusus.

In the meantime I have brought my spiritual teachings to a conclusion with the book ‘Hortus Conclusus’; I have also given the complete work the symbolic description which has lent its name to the last volume. What I bequeath in the thirty-two organically united parts of this complete teaching, would experience a most inadequate reception, were one to comprehend it solely as a ‘literary output’. Although the whole teaching had not been available without my having given it expression in language, its content is with me: – with my continuing being from which I live – identical, and not just a ‘literary production’, not the product of the earthly urge to create! Until my own times there have been, among all the peoples of the earth, less than ten men in temporal being who were capable of identifying in language their own eternal being with the substance of earthly feelings. Those who had that capability were always fully entitled to say: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my WORDS will not pass away!”

(From: More Light , Pages 4, 5)

And so:



(From: The Book Of The Royal Art Pages, 170, 171)

The series of texts in which these teachings are now definitely presented will, however, remain for each of my fellow men who wants to find something in them other than his eternal being a ‘hortus conclusus’: – a garden locked to him and strictly guarded, even if the narrow gate which provides access to the garden is open wide to him. Nothing is further from my intention than to procure access for those who are uninvited, and to bring in what must remain outside! With so much more pleasure do I send my blessings to all those who without care leave their earthly being where it belongs and only seek their eternal selves in my teachings! I do not give any system of instructions but living teaching! In the thirty-two individual texts which form an equal number of parts of my spiritual teaching, everything is contained that earthly man must know about the eternal and about the relationships which connect him with the eternal, if it is important for him to find the entrance within himself to the eternal and one day to become capable of experiencing the eternal.

(From: Hortus Conclusus, Pages 186, 187)

Also the teaching itself will become useless as soon as the goal has been reached for then everything it once had to open up through words will be eternal presence and permanently conscious. The meaning of life which was sensed with such deep longing has been found forever! –

(From: Resurrection, Page 35)

Bô Yin Râ on the (advanced) pupil.

You tell me that you find much in the ‘Book of the Living God’ which you have for a long time felt belongs to your own soul, although you have not succeeded in expressing ‘in words’ what your soul has experienced.

(From: Letters To One And Many, Page, 13)

The way I have come to proclaim will allow the seeker who entrusts himself to it to reach the land of reality without narrowing his vision within those walls a faith born of fear built for anxious hearts … Whoever sets foot on this way will find reliable guidance within himself, if he only makes himself worthy of this guidance by a change of will. This change will unite all his spiritual powers in an unbending striving for the highest
goal. –

(From: Cult-Magic and Myth, Page 64)

The ‘path’ is in yourself, – within your own ‘I’!
This is the path which alone leads to your highest goal: – to ‘awakening’ in the world of spirit!

(From: The Book On The Living God, Page 83)

Only he who works unceasingly to tear himself away from the cloud of dismal twilight mists in which blurred ideas of the spiritual cause him to wander aimlessly, can at some time reach the clarity of spiritual light which is our life’s breath. –

(From: The Book on the Beyond, Page 100)

You will not discover spiritual worlds from outside nor by developing the perceptive range of your physical senses!
You shall be transformed in the deepest depths of your inner being by the transmission of spiritual power, until – if your physical organism permits – you are capable with alert earthly senses, of elevating yourself, as one of the wisest of your faith puts it: to the seventh heaven!!

(From: The Secret, Page 116)

Then the seeker will learn that the thousand ‘questions’ he asked himself in vain at the very beginning of his path can only receive their absolutely satisfying answer when the goal is finally reached. –

(From: The Book on the Beyond, Page 100)

But now – since your God has been ‘born’ in you, and you in him – your spiritual counsellor, in union with the voice of your God and with you, will only reveal himself in the supreme life of his spirit.

You will think he is fully identical with you for the time he is with you…

He will no longer guide you through teaching but open himself up to you; you will take from his treasure of inner life the things you lack. – –

You will see before you an eternity whose deepest depths hint at things even deeper; you know that you will continue to walk eternally through the deepest of its wonders, united with your God.

(From: The Book on The Living God, Page 82)

Bô Yin Râ on ‘seeking for God’.

Nothing is less necessary than ‘seeking for God’!

But seek within you the path on which God can come towards you!

Seek to prepare everything within you, so that your God can be at one with you!

Behold, the will of the eternal, all-encompassing spirit ‘wills’ you and ‘lives’ in you, so that one day it may ‘beget’ itself within you as your God! –
Let ‘Advent’, – the time of preparation, – henceforth be in your soul, for behold: you are ‘Bethlehem’, and in you shall appear your king to redeem you, – – he alone can redeem you! – – –

(From: The Book On The Living God, Page 110)

Bô Yin Râ on belief in God

I do not want to ask the question: whether it is ‘necessary’ for earthly man to believe in ‘God’…

I want to ask the question how it might be possible for earthly man to claim he believes in GOD!?!

(From: The Path To God, Page: 5)

Bô Yin Râ on the Pupil

He who would be a ‘pupil’ of mine in the spirit is far from being so because he thinks in the way he thinks I think, or believes I think, – but he only becomes my pupil when his active life is refashioned in the way the advice in my books urges him!

If one day he can then say that these books caused him to begin a new life, filled with inner assurance and previously unknown joy in activity, and that he could no longer live without the teachings and stimulation I wrote for him, then he has used my books ‘in the way they are to be used’!

(From: The Path Of My Pupils, Page 182, 183)

Some autobiographic notes on
Bô Yin Râ 's eternal life

You will surely never attain certain ‘knowledge’ if beforehand the power of belief has not illuminated your path! – – –
Behold, I too once walked upon false paths when I still did not know myself! –
I too was a slave to my delusion, before I was found by those to whom I belonged long before the time I first experienced myself as a son of this earth within a body of this earth! – – –
Truly I am permitted to bring tidings of those things which bring about certainty; for I had to experience beforehand in myself of what delusion is capable of! – –
Those who follow my words will find sure guidance!
Truly I came to know the way which leads to the goal; I became the ‘way’ myself before I was given the task of showing others the way! – – –
I became aware of myself in the eternal radiant light; only then did it become my duty to bring light to all those who sit in darkness! – – –
Only then was I commanded to awaken all those my words could reach from the dream of darkness!– – –

(From: The Path To God, Page 19, 20)

Bô Yin Râ on the simplicity of the divine.

Everything divine is childishly simple to comprehend,
Though it has within itself endless variety,
And to eyes grown unaccustomed to clear forms
Scarcely recognisable in its simplicity.

The further from the divine
Thinkers and poets take themselves,
So much more complex and distorted
Is their interpretation of life.

As long as we do not, like children,
Even see the most complicated of things
With simplicity again within ourselves
All thinking,
All interpreting,
Means walking upon false paths!

(From: Eternal Reality, Page 29)

Bô Yin Râ on the Standard-translation©

The same things could, however, easily be presented in a completely different local diction without inhibiting the truth in any way.

Only translation by an incompetent translator presents a danger. –

(From: The Book On The Living God, Page 43)


To confess
Myself to myself: –
Say to those living with me here
That I am different from them: –
Say that I am
Just what I have been
For eternities
And bear witness from the Eternal
To man’s eternity, –
I was only able to do
When I under compulsion
Had overcome within myself
The opposition of the earthly.

After I had wrestled
Many hard years with myself,
I finally succeeded
In overcoming;
And I had to succeed,
If I were to complete my work,
Before time succeeded
In ending my earthly existence.

(From: Life in the Light, Page 4)

Bô Yin Râ on his books.

These books cannot be ‘finished’ because their contents present a picture of absolutely all the possible constellations of consciousness of the soul, and because every fresh reading finds the reader with a different receptivity in his soul.

(From: Letters To One And Many, Page 19)

Bô Yin Râ on the seeker and his guide

Before the light emanating from the Word reaches the hearts of men, it must firstly bear the colour of the earth.
We are not the Light but the Luminaries of the Original Light!
Within us the Light of eternity assumes the colour of the earth!

Entrust yourself to the Luminary who becomes your spiritual guide within yourself; yet love in him only the Light that – flowing through him – would approach you.

Free your soul from every image of mortal forms if you would receive the Light through him!

(From: The Book Of The Royal Art, Pages 35, 36)
(John 1:1 and 1:4)

Bô Yin Râ on the seeker and the way

You have become tired from much seeking, and now you are tired of seeking itself! –

Since what you were seeking was nowhere to be found, you want to renounce all further searching! –

(From: The Meaning Of Life, Page 4)

One had shown paths that one had never walked oneself!
One had promised things which one had never found oneself!
One had directed along paths which one had to abandon oneself long ago!

(From: The Meaning Of Life, Pages 5)

And yet the way to experience is far from cut off for him.
Another way has been prepared which leads across the rubble of temple ruins into the deepest interior of the soul’s holy land…

I have described this way in many of my teachings.
I have placed signposts for all who would find it.
Those who have started on this way find that they are getting nearer and nearer to the goal; many have already acquired the goal.

(From: Cult-Magic and Myth, Page 47)

You have called me without knowing me! – –
My word reaches you, without my knowing of you! – –
Still you cannot know who is addressing you through these words; truly, I do not hold it against you if, following all your disappointments and embittered by cruel experience, you still hold back anxiously from following my voice! –

(From: The Meaning Of Life, Page 12)

You are like one who lost his way somewhere in the darkness of night who hears the call of one who knows the path. Horrified, you are initially mistrustful, full of fear and suspicion, since at that very place robbery and murder had been committed…

Yet, look! – I expect nothing other from you than that you, always with an eye to your path – follow the light I ignite before you!
I will carry that light ahead, so that you can easily see for yourself where I am leading you. –

After the very first steps you will discover that falsehood is something you can never meet on my path!

(From: The Meaning Of Life, Pages 13, 14)

Whoever walks upon this way will walk from recognition to recognition within himself until, arriving at the goal, he becomes aware of the sanctuary within himself where the godhead effectively expresses itself as his living God. –

(From: Cult-Magic and Myth, Page 48)

The ‘walk upon’ the path which allows him to attain the spirit is a ‘walk’ in physical time but within his own inner spiritual space!

The goal is also indeed reached in physical time but can only be found in inner spiritual space. –

There is therefore no point in seeking externally; it is wrong to think that the goal can be reached more easily in one place rather than another.

Although the seeker will only find his goal in his own inner spiritual space, he can certainly still be endlessly removed from his goal in that same inner space. –

He must ‘wander through’ physical time bringing him every day nearer to the day of attainment.

There are stages which can be felt in the capacity for experience following one another.

Each following one is dependent on the preceding one attaining consciousness, and not one can, as it were, be ‘bypassed’ or dispensed with!

(From: The Path of my Pupils, Page 55, 56, 57)

In this, your earthly life, you can already find your ‘eternal life’, as you have been promised by all true sages throughout time, as they have themselves found it in themselves, – and truly: – your joy in the temporal happiness found in life on this earth will only then be without remorse!– – –

(From: The Meaning Of Life, Page 46)

Bô Yin Râ on Christianity

The original and ancient teaching of wisdom, whose messenger I am obliged to be in our age, contradicts in no sense at all the eternal essential core of Christianity, however contradictory much that is found in this teaching I represent may seem to be on a first superficial observation.

To those who have understood the source of this teaching, the very thought that a contradiction could exist here must appear absurd.

(From: More Light , Page 218)

Bô Yin Râ on the Name.

But this “name” is not a word from any language that only has to be uttered in an esoteric way, but rather that sublime power which the Master of the Gospels calls “faith”. The mysterious “pronunciation” of the “name” is the art of all arts: – the art of making this “name” live in oneself. –

All “practices” of this true magic have the sole aim of learning to make faith live in oneself and have no
desire to teach “occult arts”. They do not wish to produce “clairvoyants” or fakirs.

The word “faith” is misunderstood if one supposes that the transformation called for here, which makes it possible for man to live in “faith”, is a “change of mind” and refers in the ordinary sense to “belief” or “disbelief” regarding certain accounts from “holy” books, – or that it is dependent on rejection or acceptance of assertions made by religious teachers! –

If he who “believes” is “blessed”, truly this is not because he holds some metaphysical teaching to be right, but because he has acquired the art to use the power of which we are speaking, because he lives from “faith”, from the power of the “name”, which is the word, which is “with God” and is “God”.

One “believes” in the right manner because one has “faith”; just as one lives because one has life.

(From: The Mystery of Golgotha, Pages 108, 109, 110)

Bô Yin Râ on the book Worlds.

There is no power in the endless cosmic ‘spaces’ which could not reveal its nature to you simultaneously as sound and sign.
But here where all senses are merged into one sense, you will register sound and sign as one perception.
Know here form and colour, – and feeling, taste, smell and sound will be alive within you as well!– – –
Since also you are yourself formed by the same powers which you perceive here, so must an inner answer be found in you for everything that shows itself to you.
You must not want to ‘make out the meaning’ of anything you see here, but must tarry in complete calmness and composure until the answer comes from within yourself!
If an answer comes to you, do not hesitate to accept it, but know that here every one receives his own answer, and that it would cost you dearly, if you were to wait for others to compare your answer with their answers!

(From: Worlds, Page 34)

The Hortus Conclusus includes:

The Book of royal art
The Book on The Living God
The Book on the Beyond
The Book On Man
The Book On Happiness
The Path To God
The Book Of Love
The Book Of Comfort
The Book of Dialogues
The Secret
The Wisdom of John
Showing the way
Spectre of Freedom
Path of my Pupils
The Mystery of Golgotha
Cult-Magic and Myth
The Meaning Of Life
More Light
The High Goal
On Prayer
Spirit and form
Scintillae Mantra Practice
Words of Life
Above The Everyday
Eternal Reality
Life in the Light
Letters to one and many
Hortus Conclusus