Episode 51: Martinus and Western esotericism

In this episode Mary McGovern talks to Mikael Krall about his master’s dissertation Martinus’ Spiritual Science: An Original Contribution to Western Esotericism?, which was published as a book in 2019. Krall compares Martinus’ world picture with the worldviews of three other Western esoteric philosophers: Helena Blavatsky, Alice Bailey and Rudolf Steiner. His aim was to see if Martinus contributes anything new to Western esotericism, and if so, what.

Krall found that Martinus did indeed make unique and original contributions to Western esotericism. On the structural level, his finding was that Martinus uses logical reasoning to a far greater extent when presenting his worldview than Blavatsky, Steiner and Bailey do in their accounts. This can perhaps fulfil the needs of secularised seekers of truth. On the content level, Martinus’ most important contribution is, according to Krall, a clear, logical and consistent theory of how experience comes about and is eternally maintained. Martinus also describes why memory is an important function of consciousness and how it is related to the body of memory, one of Martinus’ six basic energy bodies, a body not presented by the other three authors. Krall describes this function and body as being of key importance in Martinus’ worldview when he logically explains the process of involution and thereby the eternal renewal and maintenance of consciousness through spiral cycles of evolution. Another important contribution, according to Krall, is Martinus’ analysis of a living microcosmos within us and even within the food we eat. Martinus points to our moral responsibility for the well-being of these microbeings, thus widening the sphere in need of our compassion. Martinus’ analysis of sexual evolution and the transformation of the sexual poles is also seen to contribute to the understanding of consciousness and its developmental levels. Krall’s final conclusion is that Martinus’ spiritual science and world picture is an original contribution to Western esotericism.

Mikael Krall is a psychologist and psychotherapist in Gothenburg, Sweden. He is a private researcher and scholar in the field of Western esotericism.

Mikael Krall’s book is currently out of print but will be reprinted in 2024.

This podcast was recorded by Mary McGovern at The Martinus Institute, Copenhagen on 8th October 2023.

Photo: Mary McGovern 

Music composed and performed by Lars Palerius.

Martinus’s literature is available online on the Martinus Institute’s website: www.martinus.dk/en. Here you can also find information about the international summer courses at the Martinus Centre in Klint, Denmark.

Episode 39: Martinus as a World Teacher

The Martinus Cosmology Podcast presents the fourth in a series of lectures given in English by Ole Therkelsen.

Photo: Berit Djuse

To launch our celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Martinus’s experience of cosmic consciousness on 24th March 1921 we present this lecture in which Ole Therkelsen describes Martinus’s process of initiation and the opening of his talents for cosmic consciousness. It was this opening that paved the way for Martinus writing his works, which, towards the end of his life, he decided should be collectively entitled “The Third Testament”. Many religious and spiritual communities around the world have waited and are still waiting for the return of the messiah, the second coming of Christ. Krishnamurti, for example, was groomed to be the new world teacher until he himself rejected the role. According to Martinus, this second coming is nothing less than the birth of cosmic consciousness in each and every single one of us. This demands moral growth to a standard where we, like Christ, can love our enemies and forgive all those that hurt us. To support this moral growth, Martinus has provided us with a spiritual science – a science that analyses the eternal and the temporal, the macrocosmic and the microcosmic, God and the individual living being. He humorously expressed his intention as being “to show that it pays to be good”.

Ole mentions a sculpture of Christ by Bertel Thorvaldsen, a Danish sculptor. Here is a photo of it from the Church of Our Lady in Copenhagen. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Ole mentions Martinus’s symbol no. 23 “The Finished Human Being in God’s Likeness” in this lecture. You can see the symbol and read a short explanation on the Martinus Institute’s homepage.

The symbol is explained in detail in The Eternal World Picture, vol. 2 by Martinus.

Ole Therkelsen (born in 1948) is a chemical engineer and a biologist with a life-long interest in Martinus Cosmology. He was introduced to Martinus Cosmology by his parents when he was a small boy, and since 1980 he has given about 2000 lectures on Martinus’s world picture in fifteen countries in six different languages. Many of his lectures may be heard on http://www.oletherkelsen.dk and on http://www.youtube.com. He is the author of Martinus, Darwin and Intelligent Design – A New Theory of Evolution and Martinus and the New World Morality. His books are available from http://amazon.com and http://amazon.co.uk.

This lecture was given by Ole Therkelsen at The Martinus Centre, Klint, Denmark on 8th August 2007.

Music composed and performed by Lars Palerius.

Photo: Berit Djuse.

Martinus’s literature is available online on the Martinus Institute’s website. Here you can also find information about the international summer courses at the Martinus Centre in Klint, Denmark