Martinus Cosmology


During 60 years Martinus (1890-1981) worked on describing a world picture unique in the history of mankind. This world picture points to both life’s and the universe’s absolute logic and foundation of love. In his main work Livets Bog (the Book of Life. The Danish original title is used in all languages according to the wish of Martinus) he shows this foundation of life’s own science and the seven volumes go through the eternal fundamental principles of existence. He names his entire work The Third Testament. It constitutes the foundation of a spiritual science, where life is seen in the light of the eternal laws of existence. This world picture is independent from cultural and local opinions.

It was the will of Martinus that the world picture should be freely available for anyone interested and not be subjected to any form of society or membership.

Martinus work is translated into several languages and quietly the world picture has spread throughout the world. In Denmark the Martinus Institute is responsible for his entire work.

The Eternal World Picture

The “Eternal World Picture” was not invented by Martinus. He describes the cosmic laws and the foundation of life’s own science as including everyone and everything. He doesn’t use mysticism or utopias, but points out the wisdom of life’s own laws. The third Testament is to the utmost a defence of the total goodness of life, whether it appears in the shape of light- or darkness.

This realistic love for all which builds on a logic understanding of life, is not exclusive and honours existing paths, which are unique and particular to each person. Martinus’s work shows us that, as we grow in consciousness, goodness and love will finally be the only accessible way.

Martinus 46 years

Martinus 46 years

The golden baptism of fire

In 1921 at the age of thirty, Martinus underwent an unexpected and thorough experience of intuition which gave him a whole new perception of wisdom. He saw that the entire universe is a living being and he realised that he could consciously control his intuitive ability. This experience of intuition was unexpected to Martinus, since he apart from the religion taught in school never had had any contact with any religious or spiritual group. He was cosmically an unwritten page.

Hereby Martinus gained the ability to see the invisible principles and the eternal laws behind the physical existence and he underwent an inner transformation which made him the tool for a new world redemption. With his unique first hand knowledge based on complete pure self sightedness he described the cosmos through symbols, writings and speeches and thereby made it available for everyone to study. He knew that this study in time would become as easily accessible as the materialistic knowledge is today.

The loving cosmos

A true intuitive ability will not, according to Martinus in the foreword to Livets Bog, be available to anyone unless his/her love capacity is so developed that he/she is good and loving to all living beings. A partial capacity to love can therefore not be the foundation of a true intuitive perception of life, and “to be a joy and blessing for every thing with which one comes into contact”.

Martinus says:

“I realised that I was an immortal being and that all other living beings in existence were eternal realities which, like myself, had an endless chain of previously lived lives behind them, that all of us have evolved from low, primitive forms of existence to our present stage, and that this is only a temporary link on this evolutionary scale, and that we are thus on our way forward towards gigantic, higher forms of existence-planes away in the distance. I saw that the universe constitutes just one single enormous living being in which all other beings are – one and all – organs, and that we – all people, animals, plants and minerals – form one family, and that we, figuratively speaking, are of the same flesh and blood.”
(LB 1, 21)

Behind the totality of existence there are loving creative principles which guides all living beings through the universe. The experience of darkness and pain as well as the experience of light and joy is all important factors in our evolution, and no living being meets and attracts to itself anything it doesn’t cosmically deserve. All our actions result in consequences, pleasant or unpleasant, which orientate us in our own eternal development.

The symbols

A unique element in Martinus cosmic teaching are the symbols he created to make the eternal facts accessible. The symbols are representations of the eternal principles and the laws of life. They aim to make an easier study of the cosmic structure of the universe, and “mark the absolute fundamentally and leading principles and laws in the structure and manifestation in life or the universe”. The symbols are according to Martinus “physical markings or indications for the invisible, leading cosmic principles and laws of the universe”.

Symbol 11

Symbol 11 ©Martinus Idealfond, 1963

A developing world culture

Martinus describes the fundamental development of mankind and the underlying principles of this development, from our early human existence based on tribal culture through the early religious societies, to the world religions and modern science and that now we stand before a shift, where a new life science grows in order for peace and freedom to be reality for everyone in the world.

Humankind stands on the threshold of a new world culture, where a new and brighter world epoch springs forth. Behind this there are an all-embracing cosmic world impulse which guides the planet and humankind. In the long run we will have a society and politics which builds on the understanding of the laws of life.

The mentioned transformation is also taking place within humans, in what Martinus describes as the “pole transformation”, where because of our development of sympathy we will no longer remain pure “women” and “men” in the way that we know. This “sympathetic transformation” creates a love ability which isn’t based on the sexual urge, but on neighbourly love. With the shift, we will become fully “double poled” beings.

The evolution of mankind spans over many lifetimes and every life is a step where experiences and skills are developed. Only when we, after many incarnations, have become fully loving beings will we gain access to the intuition, which means a direct perception of the eternal principles of existence.

Just as there are physical laws so too are there spiritual laws. In every moment we meet our own creation and the laws of life. In time it will be our great wish to understand life’s own science and to have a dialog with the loving powers of existence and God. Prayer is basically that conscious living dialog with all of life. What was formerly called religion will now be a modern spiritual science which consists of the analysis of science and also of the eternal laws of life.

Life’s teaching towards neighbourly love

Life’s own teaching gives us the necessary life material and experiences needed for growth. Through existence of the spiritual science a transformation of human’s more local assumptions can take place in his/her inner and outer world. In this way a realistic love culture can grow forth, that leads to the creation of a peaceful world state which celebrates life and all living being’s right to their own natural existence.

Martinus asks the question:
“For how long must the eternal truth continue to be revealed?”
The answer is:
“Until there are no more veils to be found surrounding the truth”.
Then again one could ask:
“When will no more veils surround the truth?”
And here the answer will be:
“When the individuals’ sense-perception is so far advanced in its development that he is capable of experiencing as a realistic fact that ‘everything is very good'”.
(LB 1, 28)

Martinus further says that the purpose of his work is to lead the seeker of truth to the understanding of the daily life experience and to see the life’s logic correspondence with itself and hereby is supported to become conscious in ones own eternal existence. In this way one will eventually, through ones own life, experience ones absolute identity with the love powers behind life and all living beings. The highest cosmic analysis is that “everything is very good”. Hereby one learns to love all of life and our neighbour as ourselves.

A quote from Martinus

“Through the cosmology one will gain the insight that nothing evil exists in the world and that all is love and intellectuality. This is hard for the human beings to understand, but it is of vital importance for them to learn.”
(Our translation)
(Livsmodet, Kosmos 5/95, end of first passage)

Stefan Perneborg, Ulla Hjortflod

On cremation…

Today almost 80% of all dead bodies are cremated. This method of disposing of the dead body has become increasingly popular over the last few decades, probably because it seems like an easier, cheaper and quicker way to dispose of the body. There is less transportation involved and no expensive headstone is needed. All you need is an urn.

But is it really the best way to treat the body that has served us for all those years? Martinus is very clear about this, and he has written a whole book about why cremation is not recommendable. The title of the book is: ‘On Funerals’. It has not yet been translated into English, but is available in Danish, German and Spanish.

Our body is home to trillions of living beings

In the book Martinus points out that a dead body does not ´just´ consist of dead matter. In a body that is alive there are trillions of small living beings alive inside it. Our organs are living beings as are all our cells, molecules and atoms. The structure of life is living beings inside living beings, so our body is where an infinite number of small living beings have their life experience. All living beings have a consciousness and a life experience, and our body is a universe where countless small living beings experience life. Their consciousness may not be as advanced as ours, but still they are conscious, and we can thank them for the many functions they carry out inside our body – functions that we cannot do without. Our cells and organs are our loyal subjects and we should be grateful for the work they carry out for our benefit every second of the day.

It is clear that our body does not consist of dead matter and we all know this, because when we look at any cell from our body in a microscope, we can see that it moves and wriggles. It is alive.

When we pull out, our micro beings don´t die right away

When we die, this essentially just means that we pull our energy field containing our consciousness and I out of the physical body. As it is our energy field that holds the body components together, the body starts to decompose as soon as the consciousness pulls out. But even though the consciousness has pulled out, there are still trillions of small living beings alive inside the body. They will live on irrespective of the presence of the I or soul, because the main prerequisite for their life to continue is that there is liquid in the body. They will eventually die as well, but they do not die immediately, and the most loving way to treat them is to allow them to live on during their natural life span. For most cells the natural life span is 3 months, so the most loving way to treat them is to allow them to live their life to its natural end.

Cremation means a horrible death for our cells

When we allow our body to be cremated, we subject all those small living beings to a horrible death by flames. It is the most agonizing, heartless way to make them end their lives and they suffer terribly during this unnatural death. Just imagine if we took the Earth and put it in a casket and surrendered it to flames. Imagine what type of horrible death we would all have to suffer if the whole of the Earth burned. This is the type of death these small beings will be subject to when we decide to have our body cremated. It is not a kind or loving way to treat our micro-cosmos, and it reveals a total ignorance about life at micro-cosmic level.

The connection of the departing soul with its body

For that reason Martinus is strongly against cremation. He also points out that for a few days after death, the I and consciousness (or soul) still has some type of connection with the body. The physical body may be held very dear by the departing soul, because so many memories are connected with it, and now it is time to say goodbye. So, for a few days the soul will still be observant of the body and it may even feel some type of repercussion of the process of burning. With horror the departing soul will watch its dear old vehicle go up in flames. Martinus is very clear: cremation is the worst imaginable way to treat a dead body. It is subjecting trillions of living beings to a horrible death by fire. It is not a way to treat beings that are dear to us.

What to do then?

What to do then, with the dead body? Martinus recommends that the body be treated with formaldehyde to prevent the many bacteria alive in the body from attacking the living cells. Then, the body should be placed in a casket and buried, either underground or on a shelf in a cemetery above ground as they do in many southern European countries.

Cremation is very CO2 heavy

Another argument against cremation is the amount of energy it takes to burn a moist body full of liquid and life to ashes. In this day and age when a lot of attention is being paid to CO2 emissions it is clear that cremation is very CO2 heavy. That should be reason enough to avoid it. Each cremation uses about 110 litres of fuel and releases about 240 kg of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. As an example, the roughly 1 million bodies that are cremated annually in the United States produce about 240,000 tons of carbon dioxide. That’s more CO2 pollution than 22,000 average American homes generate in a year. Burying is a much more environmentally friendly way to dispose of the body. In this way we also show kindness to another living being: The Earth.

The idea is to be kind to all living beings and treat them with respect and love… also our micro-cosmos.

Why reincarnation is Real

Sunday Snippet: ‘Reincarnation in a Nutshell. Why reincarnation is Real’ by Else Byskov

Today’s Sunday Snippet is from the New Age Book ‘Reincarnation in a Nutshell. Why reincarnation is Real’ by Else Byskov. Sunday Snippet: ‘Reincarnation in a Nutshell. Why reincarnation is Real’ by Else Byskov is a 129 paged book available as an ebook (ASIN: B07MNT3DX8) and a paperback (ISBN-13: 978-1792713989). It was co-written by Maria McMahon and in English and published on the 27th of December 2018.

Synopsis of ‘Reincarnation in a Nutshell. Why reincarnation is Real’ by Else Byskov

blog post cover art ebook picture Sunday Snippet: Reincarnation in a Nutshell. Why reincarnation is Real by Else Byskov

Would it not be wonderful if we did not only live one life? Would it not be great to know that death was an illusion and that we lived on after our physical body had stopped functioning? If we could know that death was not the end of life, would that not make us much less worried or afraid, make us much more confident and happier? If we could simply with one stroke eliminate all fear of death, would that not give our lives a whole new meaning and perspective? This is what this book offers the reader.
Reincarnation in a Nutshell explains why reincarnation is much more than a belief. With mathematical precision the authors explain why reincarnation simply has to be factual and they present the reasoning, the logic and the evidence for this claim. They also explain how reincarnation takes place and what the master plan of life is. This book is your exit key from the one-life theory and with this new insight you will never doubt your own immortality. Your outlook on life will forever change when you realize that death is an illusion and that your consciousness cannot be extinguished.
The insight presented in this book originates from the spiritual science of Martinus, the Danish visionary and mystic. When he was 30, Martinus experienced an expansion of his consciousness which gave him cosmic consciousness. His work is the most profound spiritual revelation ever to have been disclosed to humankind.

Chapter 1. Introduction

Is Reincarnation more than Wishful Thinking?

Would it not be wonderful if we did not only live one life? Would it not be great to know that death
was an illusion and that we lived on after our physical body had stopped functioning? If we could
know that death was not the end of life, would that not make us much less worried or afraid, make
us much more confident and happier? If we could simply with one stroke eliminate all fear of death,
would that not give our lives a whole new meaning and perspective?
The point in time where we can say that reincarnation is much more than wishful thinking is
now. Now we have the evidence, the underlying theory and the logical basis for saying that we do
not only live one life. To us, the authors of this book, reincarnation is not a belief and it is not wishful
thinking. It is a fact. We have studied this theme for more than 20 years and there is not a shadow of
a doubt to us that we live on after the death of the physical body. We are also completely convinced
that we come back to the physical plane again and again. We have lived many lives before this one
and we are going to live many lives after this. Our present life is just one in a series of lives that we
live here on Earth. And in this book, we are going to present the arguments, the logic and the
evidence for these claims.
This small book is your exit key from the one-life theory. This book will make you see the
sublime logic in reincarnation, it will show you how reincarnation takes place and it will present the
evidence. It will reveal the reasons why it simply makes no sense to live only once. We are also going
to reveal where we go when we pass over, what happens there, and how we choose our new
parents. At the end of the book you are going to be convinced that you are an eternal being on an
everlasting journey through physical and spiritual realms in a universe where the basic tone is love.
There is one important point that we have to make here: When we reincarnate, we move
forward in evolution. This means that for each life we live, we become a better, wiser, more moral
and intelligent version of ourselves. We get a finer, more advanced and beautiful human body. It is
impossible to reincarnate into subhuman species such as rats, snakes or the like. This misconception
seems to flourish among eastern religions, but it is neither logical nor indeed possible to reincarnate
into species that are completely foreign to our own genetic basis. Even in the west, most people who
have not studied reincarnation, will associate it with ´coming back to Earth as a cat, dog or
whatever´. When you have read this book, you will know that this is not possible, and you will come
to understand that in your next life you will be a more evolved human being than you are in this life.

Martinus Memoirs

Foreword (by the publisher)

When Martinus left this world on 8th March 1981 he was 90 years and 7 months old.

When he was about seventy he felt that he ought to write his memoirs. He gradually realised, however, that it would be difficult to find time to do so. He was at that time engaged in writing “The Eternal World Picture” – a work in four volumes known as the “symbol books”. He expected to take a couple of years to write each volume.

He realised therefore that if his memoirs were to be written he would have to record them on tape. The tapes could later be edited by others to form a usable manuscript. Martinus approached me and asked if I would help him with this task. 1 was his neighbour and had known him for twenty-five years.

In the spring of 1963 we agreed that the matter should be tackled in the following way: Martinus was to present himself at my home on three evenings with weekly intervals. He wanted some of his old friends to be present. We invited therefore a married couple, Oluf and Kathe Palm, who had known Martinus for almost forty years, and Per Bruus-Jensen. Together we should form a “questioning team” that should “pump” Martinus for his memories.

The three evenings were informal. Evening tea was served and after a short chat Martinus declared himself ready to tell us all about his life. A microphone was placed on the table in front of him and the tape-recorder was started.

He then began to tell us about his mother, his birth, his childhood, his days as a schoolboy, as a herd-boy, as a candidate for confirmation, as an apprentice and as a dairyman. That was as far as we got on the first evening. We continued, however, on two more evenings.

The memoirs came to last almost five hours in all.

Martinus did not want his memoirs to be published during his lifetime; I therefore stored the tapes carefully and a couple of years after his death I had them transcribed. In the process of producing the manuscript I have tried to relate all Martinus’ memories in the correct chronological order. I have also added some things that he remembered later.

October 1986, Frederiksberg

Sam Zinglersen (publisher)

Martinus – The Man and his Cosmology

Documentary: The film provides a biographical portrayal of the author Martinus and presents his life’s work. This film was created in connection with the 100th anniversary of Martinus’ birth in 1990. It was broadcasted on Danish TV2 on May 23, 1991, and on Swedish TV1 on November 23, 1994. The documentary is now available in the following 9 languages: Danish, English, Swedish, German, Dutch, Esperanto, Russian, Japanese and Norwegian. – Language versions coming soon on Youtube!

Episode 26: Conscience

What do we understand by “conscience”? We have all had experiences of having a guilty conscience and a clear conscience. We see that our conscience is connected to our varying ideas about good and evil, so that an action that would give one person a guilty conscience would not bother another.

Conscience, according to Martinus, is one of the factors that transform animals into truly humane human beings. It evolves from incarnation to incarnation and regulates what we have the heart to do to others. It becomes an “inner voice” that helps us to live up to our changing ideals.

Mary McGovern interviews Karin Jansson on the evolution of our conscience, the difference between “shame”, “sin” and a “guilty conscience” and on how our ideals becomes “pillars of light” guiding us towards higher states of consciousness and creativity.

If you would like to read what Martinus himself writes about conscience, here is a link to his article entitled “Conscience”:

An experienced lecturer and teacher of Martinus Cosmology and a member of the voluntary teaching staff at the Martinus Centre, Klint, Karin Jansson is also a journalist, the editor of the Swedish magazine Odlaren (The Grower) and one of the founders of a school in Holma, Sweden that runs courses on permaculture, among other things.