How do people who encounter Martinus’ works pursue their interest in them? Of course, that depends on who you are and what you want to do. Most people probably just read his books and reflect, and perhaps they talk with close friends about existential questions. Some people want to go to lectures and courses, and some discuss his world picture in social media. And many try to apply principles of neighbourly love in their daily life, such as becoming a vegetarian or a vegan and think about our behaviour towards others.
But if you have read about Martinus, you will probably know that there are no rules, no specific guidelines and no rituals, no memberships or anything else that could be associated with traditional religious communities. Martinus did not wish that any closed associations or any form of membership should be created on the basis of his works. He also explicitly stated that when you read his works, you should compare the content with your own experience and not just believe in what you read.
For those who want to meet other people, there are lectures, courses, study groups and conferences, mainly in Scandinavia. There is a large number of volunteers working with different tasks, for example at the Martinus Centre in Klint and at the Martinus Institute in Copenhagen. All of them are people who are inspired by Martinus’ thoughts and want to work together in order to promote a more peaceful way of living.
I myself have been a volunteer on the teaching committee of the Martinus Institute for a number of years and also, since May 2016, a substitute member of the council. This means that I have the great pleasure of travelling from Stockholm to Copenhagen from time to time in order to attend meetings. So last Sunday, at minus 9 degrees Celsius at home, I got up very early in order to catch an airplane, finding myself almost alone at the gate for Copenhagen at 5.30 in the morning.
Sitting on a plane and watching how small and beautiful the lights of human life appear from above, you can sense the vulnerability of our earthly existence. A feeling of loneliness − and perhaps freedom – suddenly overcame me when the plane took off in the direction of the endless night sky. Martinus writes about the Earth being our macrobeing, and it certainly appears unbelievably “macro” from a purely physical point of view, leaving me feeling miniscule. But I think it can also be comforting to imagine that this overwhelmingly large Earth is our living home, and that everyone and everything can be seen as part of the “Godhead in which we live and move and have our being”.
It was still early in the morning when I landed at Copenhagen Airport and took the metro to Mariendalsvej 94, where the Martinus Institute is situated.
It is a wonderful, impressive building, which was built in 1916 and has a beautiful garden surrounding it, right now in the sleep of winter (but warmer than the blistering cold morning in Stockholm, though). Here, Martinus lived and worked for nearly forty years (1943−1981). Today the Martinus Institute is a modern educational centre organising the publication of Martinus’ works, the editing of the magazine Kosmos, lectures, study circles and conferences, and much more.
But upstairs, you have the opportunity to travel in time. If you contact the institute in advance, you may visit the flat where Martinus lived. Since his death in 1981, the flat has been preserved as a museum, where you can see how he spent his daily life, wrote his books, conducted meetings with co-workers and received his guests. The furniture and inventory have been preserved intact, which makes the environment interesting to experience from a purely historical perspective as well.
The photos above were taken at an earlier opportunity, when I visited the Martinus Institute in November last year. Unfortunately, those mobile photos are rather blurred, partly because there are many glass walls inside the museum, protecting the furniture and the inventory. But I hope that you will at least get some impression of the historic atmosphere. I have visited this flat several times and I really like the feeling of being back in time, sensing that this is a place where many visitors have been received from all over the world and where many interesting topics have been discussed. The cosy and comfortable atmosphere seems to have persisted until today. And if you are lucky, you can get a guided tour with the lecturer and writer Ole Therkelsen, see below, who can tell you many anecdotes about Martinus and his life in a number of different languages.
On this Sunday in January, though, there was no time for a visit to Martinus’ flat or for other social activities, like having a cup of coffee at one of the many nice cafes in Copenhagen, which I often do when I come to visit. After a six-hour meeting, including a short break, it was time to head back to the airport in order to catch a plane back home. But first a quick snapshot of my dear friends Mary McGovern and Willy Kuijper, two of the members of the council, standing on the porch after a good day’s work.
And finally back home again, returning to wintry Hässelby in Sweden at 21.00 in the evening. A little tired, but happy and inspired by another day together with my Danish friends in Copenhagen. I can highly recommend a visit the Martinus Institute to anyone who has the opportunity to go there.