I’m pleased to announce to that the second edition of In A New Light is now under way.
Further updates will be available in due course!
I’m pleased to announce to that the second edition of In A New Light is now under way.
Further updates will be available in due course!
Quoting from Martinus’s works is a challenge, as readers soon enough find out. Not least because his sentences are often quite long. For my own work on Martinus’s texts, I have found that using abbreviations for the main works helps keep track of passage locations. These are the abbreviations I often use in my own notes for the main works that are found online. I will use them in posts here and elsewhere online.
Martinus wrote his books in sections, and so the number following the book abbreviation is the section of that book i.e. LB1.17 refers to section 17 of Livets Bog, volume 1.
“SB” refers to “small book”, of which 28 have been published. Sometimes a small book contains two or more articles, each comprising of several sections. I number the article and section as follows: SB20.3.3, meaning SB20 (Meditation), Article 3, Section 3.
This is the most effective and efficient method of notating and referencing Martinus’s works that I’ve found to be practically useful. I will update this with a full bibliography in due course.
LB1. (Livets Bog, volume 1, 3rd edition 2012. Read book. See colophon.)
LB2. (Livets Bog, volume 2, 1st edition 2000. Read book. See colophon.)
LB4. (Livets Bog, volume 4, 1st edition 2008. Read book. See colophon.)
EWP1. (The Eternal World Picture, volume 1, 3rd edition 2013. Read book. See colophon.)
EWP2. (The Eternal World Picture, volume 2, 2nd edition 2013. Read book. See colophon.)
EWP3. (The Eternal World Picture, volume 3, 2nd edition 2013. Read book. See colophon.)
EWP4. (The Eternal World Picture, volume 4, 2nd edition 2013. Read book. See colophon.)
SB1. (The Fate of Mankind, 4th edition 2013. Read book. See colophon.)
SB2. (Easter, 3rd edition 2013. Read book. See colophon.)
SB4. (On the Birth of My Mission, 2nd edition 2013. Read book. See colophon.)
SB5. (The Ideal Food, 6th edition 2013. Read book. See colophon.)
SB10. (Cosmic Consciousness, 2nd edition 2013. Read book. See colophon.)
SB11. (The Mystery of Prayer, 2nd edition 2013. Read book. See colophon.)
SB12. (The Road to Initiation, 2nd edition 2015. Read book. See colophon.)
SB16. (The Principle of Reincarnation, 3rd edition 2013. Read book. See colophon.)
SB17. (World Religion and World Politics, 2nd edition 2013. Read book. See colophon.)
SB20. (Meditation, 2nd edition 2013. Read book. See colophon.)
SB22. (The Road of Life, 2nd edition 2013. Read book. See colophon.)
SB23. (The Immortality of Living Beings, 4th edition 2013. Read book. See colophon.)
SB25. (The Road to Paradise, 2nd edition 2013. Read book. See colophon.)
Congratulations to the two lucky winners of the GoodReads giveaway. A signed copy of my book, In A New Light, is shortly heading its way to you.
Be sure to check back for new giveaways in the future!
On the 7th November 2016, two days after announcing the publication of my book on Martinus, “In A New Light”, I had the idea to try to gently promote the work. The idea came to me to draw up a list of 95 questions that the book asks and answers. I had Luther’s 95 theses in my mind at the time, hence 95 questions and not 60 or 101. The idea was to post one question a day on twitter.
However, after a while I saw that it was perhaps a bit boring and uninteresting to people to deliver the questions in this way. So I decided on 15th January to just draw up the list of 95 questions and put them in a single blog post. Instead of posting them on twitter, I put the full set of questions here instead:
1 What is the nature of #love or #evil and does it have any purpose at all?
2 The role of #US #President is a powerful one in our time, but where does #real #power lie?
3 What kind of consciousness is behind a good #politican or #president?
4 What is the #future of #humanity?
5 Is there such a thing as #Armageddon, from a #spiritual point of view?
6 What is #energy and does it have anything to do with #spirituality?
7 Is there a new #spiritual perspective and how relevant is it to today’s #worldproblems?
8 What does the #eucharist mean and what is the #flesh & #blood of #Jesus?
9 Does #Jesus mean #reincarnation when he speaks of being born of #water and #spirit?
10 Who are the real #demons that #Jesus casts out during his #ministry?
11 Are there different types of #consciousness, & what other ways could we categorize them?
12 Is there another meaning of the #parable of the #sower?
13 What is the #real #kingdom and where could it be?
14 How “could the #human being really be an #organism in a larger being”?
15 How does the new #spirituality differ from #religion?
16 What happens after we die? The Danish #spiritual thinker #Martinus reponds.
17 Is there a relationship between #meateating or #vegetarianism and #spirituality?
18 Are we #alone in the #universe and how can we know?
19 Does the #universe contain a more advanced #intelligence than ours?
20 What is the real #HolySpirit that is mentioned in the #bible?
21 What is the #meaning of your #life and how can you really find out?
22 Who are you really and how can you have true #knowledge, and not merely #belief?
23 What is the real #origin of #humankind?
24 What is the ultimate #purpose of your #life and experience?
25 What is the purpose to any #suffering you are experiencing?
26 Is there anything you can do to end any #suffering you are experiencing?
27 What is happening to you when you #dream or #sleep?
28 Who is really in control of your #spiritual #development?
29 How can you ensure that your #actions will be #successful or lead to the intended outcome?
30 How can you make the #best out of what is available, #spiritually, in our time?
31 What, in the end, is #consciousness?
32 How can you overcome fear?
33 Is there a future of #peace for the #world?
34 What is #spiritual #revolution and what would it look like?
35 What is the basis of #health, both physical and spiritual?
36 Is there such a thing as a spiritual #gene?
37 What is the basis for #beliefInGod?
38 Is #religion any use in the modern era?
39 What is the deeper analysis of the human #body in the modern spiritual perspective?
40 What would be a good #spiritualpractice for modern people to practice?
41 Is there any way that modern spirituality can speak to modern #science or social science?
42 Can modern #spirituality help deal effectively with #terrorism in the 21st century?
43 What is the spiritual process that is behind the virgin birth?
44 Is there another way to read the #Christmas #gospel?
45 How can people whose worldviews are not entirely described by #religion or #science understand the #nativity?
46 What could it mean, that the #virginmary was visited by the #holyspirit?
47 What is the nature of the conception of #Jesus by the #virginmary?
48 Is it important that Jesus’s parents were spoken of as being righteous, and if so, what is the significance here?
49 What is a #cosmicglimpse?
50 What does it mean, to be in the #animalkingdom?
51 What are the ways #modernspirituality can understand the immaculate conception?
52 How might a #modernspirituality explain physical conception?
53 What is the difference between spiritual science and #mysticism?
54 How might the #parable of the sower be interpreted anew?
55 What happens after #monotheism and #atheism?
56 Is there such a thing as an #energy of #intuition?
57 What does modern spirituality understand by the #saved and the damned?
58 Is there a function for #forgiveness, beyond its psychological benefits?
59 What does it mean, “the Father and I are one”?
60 In what ways is our current civilization actually quite primitive?
61 What is the right thing to do in the face of injustice and evil?
62 What is spiritual science?
63 Do human beings have unfinished sides and if so what are they?
64 What is the purpose of religion and belief?
65 Is there another way of looking at baptism and what it is referring to?
66 Do you know what pole development is and what it might mean for your evolution?
67 Is there such a thing as “fate of humankind” and if so, what is it?
68 What is the X1 and how does it relate to things as they appear?
69 What is perfection in Martinus’s thinking and how is it achieved?
70 What does Martinus think is the real significance of the crucifixion?
71 Is the triune principle something that we can know empirically?
72 Was Jesus God’s one and only son?
73 Does one choose the circumstances of one’s birth, and other factors that determine life?
74 What are “birth pangs” as regards spiritual evolution?
75 What is materialization and how is it possible?
76 What determines pole development?
77 What are the six basic energies and how do they combine?
78 What factors and principles in Martinus’s works explain conflicts like those happening in Syria?
79 How is a human body produced by an immaterial “something”?
80 How is eternity structured in Martinus’s worldview?
81 What happened at the tomb Jesus was crucified?
82 What is the primordial desire?
83 What factors of consciousness are behind the existence of social inequality, according to Martinus?
84 How is the “I” of a being involved in cause and effect?
85 What is a “macrobeing” and where is it?
86 Does prayer have a function beyond what is ordinarily understood?
87 How can money and business be squared with modern spirituality?
88 What can account for the experience of homo- and bi-sexuality?
89 What kinds of consequences are there for imbalances between intelligence and feeling?
90 What is the future of worship?
91 Is there such a thing as Heaven?
92 Is there such a thing as Hell?
93 Who are what is the devil or Satan?
94 What or who is God?
95 What is absolutely real love?
(This post has been created from the page ‘Errata’, which has been deleted to keep the top menu clean).
Many first editions of books contain errors or “errata”, no matter how diligent the proofreading has been. This is perhaps more so when the author is also the proof-reader. When errors are identified, they can be corrected in a subsequent printing.
On this page, I will put up a list of identified errors for In A New Light: Volume 1. When an opportunity arises to create a new printing or edition, these can be included. In the meantime, please use this list for the current first edition. Page references refer to the paperback edition, published in November 2016.
Page 299: Book title for the author “John of the Cross” is incorrect. It should read: John of the Cross, St. 1994. Dark Night of the Soul: Books 1 & 2. Washington: Image Books.
As far as we know, Martinus never attended school after the age of 14, and did not go to university. Instead, he set out to work like many rural teenagers of his generation. Yet he went on to engage with some serious thought as an adult, perhaps against the expectations that his start in life could have predicted.
After working as a herd boy from the age of 12, Martinus had the idea of becoming a blacksmith’s apprentice, according to the account from the 1963 recording. What must that job have been like for him, a small, 14-year-old boy? It couldn’t have been easy work. The apprentice role would have included such tasks as working the forge to keep the temperature hot and even, assisting the master blacksmith with hammering the iron, wielding sledge hammers and so on.
Without doing any local historical study of the working conditions in Sindal at that time, it would be difficult to know what the life of a blacksmith’s apprentice there would have really been like. Even with study, it is worth thinking about how much we can really learn about the life of another, especially the inner life. Ultimately, it may be interesting in terms of details but devoid of any actual or real value. Still, if people find it is interesting then there is some relative value in presenting such information.
As for Martinus, he writes how he found the work too hard. He worked there for a few months before quitting and finding work as a dairy assistant:
I didn’t like my work in the smithy either. One should strike while the iron is hot, but when I had struck only a few blows with the sledge hammer I was so exhausted that I couldn’t lift it any more. But the blacksmith shouted, “Strike harder, damn you, strike harder!” I wasn’t used to that kind of tone and was very unhappy about it. I was home only on Sundays
What was Martinus’s schooling? It is always interesting when people come forward with a new expression of spirituality. Naturally, we wonder about the basis and background of this expression. Schooling is here as good a place as any to start with. What kind of education did these people receive? Did all their ideas come from their teachers? Who were their teachers?
From the account of his own life, Martinus suggests that he had no formal education or training in spiritual matters during his early life. He received a basic schooling, until the age of 14, but he did not go to high school or university or form part of any spiritual circles or groups. In this regard, he was very much a typical, rural Dane. Despite a longstanding and deep religiosity, he does not appear to have been a student of esoteric subjects.
On this basis, the education that Martinus received would have been quite simple by today’s standards. It would have consisted of a training in simple arithmetic and functional writing skills, perhaps what in England we used to call the “three Rs” (“reading, writing and arithmetic”). In 1814, there were educational reforms in Denmark that made education for all children up to the age of 14 compulsory. The reforms established the well-known “folkeskole” or folk schools. It was this basic education that Martinus would have received.
Nikolaj Severin Frederik Grundtvig (b. 1783) played an important part of the religious and cultural revival that laid the foundations for the kind of folk education that Martinus would later be a benefactor of. Undoubtedly, as a Lutheran minister and writer, a “Prophet of the North as the Germans have called him”, he also played a part in imbuing the future of folk education with its religious character. Martinus relates how he learned, “Psalm verses and [the] catechism. And a little geography and arithmetic. And sometimes a little Danish history and nature study”. It was probably a basic Grundtvig-style of religious education that was provided, mediated of course through the teachers at the school he attended in Sindal.
As Peter Manniche writes about Danish folk life, “It is not easy to gain a personal impression of the religious life of a village”, but which may have consisted of the “natural mysticism of the old peasant religion”, bound up of course with Lutheran Christian doctrines. It will be difficult to determine for sure what Martinus’s early education consisted of. And we do not know Martinus’s teachers, or what they taught him. However, we can be reasonably confident that it would not have been so very different from what many rural people at the time, either in Denmark or across Europe, were taught.
So one may ask, is school religion a significant part of Martinus’s story? Can it account for some of the content of his writings and teachings on spirituality later in life?
 Rørdam, Thomas. 1980. The Danish Folk High Schools. Edited by Alison Borch-Johansen. 2nd rev. e. Copenhagen: Danske Selskab.
 Manniche, Peter. 1969. Rural Development and the Changing Countries of the World: A Study of Danish Rural Conditions and the Folk High School with Its Relevance to the Developing Countries. Oxford: Pergamon Press. P 86
 Martinus, [Martinus Thomsen]. 1992. “Erindringer (Memoirs).” Kosmos, no. 3
 Op. cit., pp 179-182
It is a curious thing to start writing a blog post when there is as yet no audience. It feels a bit like talking to oneself. Yet, one has to start somewhere, and even though this blog or website has no visitors as present, it still seems worthwhile to prepare some content that might be useful in the future.
In the next weeks and months, I will aim to share some details of Martinus’s life from the sources that are available to us in English. These are mainly the “Memoirs” from a 1963 interview/recording, published in the magazine Kosmos, and some short books, such as “On the birth of my mission”. There is as yet no biography of Martinus in English.
I may as well begin with Martinus’s birth. He was born on 11 August 1890 in a small village called “Sindal”, in north-western Denmark. His mother, then 42 years old, was called Else Christine Mikkelsen. He was her first and last child. The identity of his father is not known with certainty, but Martinus suspected it was ‘Lars Larsen, the landed proprietor of the large farm “Christianshede”, which was later renamed “Kristiansminde”‘.
I’m pleased today to start letting people know about the publication of “In A New Light: Volume 1”. I’ve now sent people I know an email about it, and have sent my first Tweet @antonjarrod. It is an exciting time.
The book is currently available as a digital book on Amazon, Apple, Kobo and many other digital bookstores. It’s priced at between £2.45-3.45 (or $2.99-3.99), depending on the store. If you are based outside of the UK, you can get the kindle version on Amazon.com.
A paperback version is currently being prepared and will be available shortly. If possible, I’d like to also get a hardback version done at some point.