In the Book of Revelations we read; ‘And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it…’ The sun symbolizes the intellect and the moon the heart. Those in whom divine light and divine love dwell will need neither the sun nor the moon; that is, they will need neither philosophy nor religion.
‘Its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there.’ When someone is illuminated there is no night in them. The light is always shining in those who are illuminated; even when they are asleep, there is no night for them. Whereas, others fluctuate constantly between night and day: at one moment they are in the light and at the next they are in darkness. But when illumination comes, the Holy Spirit is their light and they are no longer in darkness.
Explaining the symbolism of ‘No Night’ and the ‘Morning Star’
Night is the lack of understanding. You must not take the phrase, ‘there will be no night’ literally. Use your imagination: if there were no night it would mean that the cosmic order was disrupted; the earth would no longer spin on its axis; one half of the world would be in perpetual light and the other in perpetual darkness. That is not possible.
‘To the one who conquers I will also give the morning star.’ The morning star is Venus. Does this mean that the celestial harmony of the heavens must be disrupted so that one who conquers may be given the planet Venus? Besides, what would they do with it? Where would they put it? And suppose there were several who conquered—where could they get several other planets from?
A magnificent society, and the Church of all the Great Initiates
No, it is obvious that all this has to be understood symbolically. So there is no need to worry, day and night will continue to exist! In this context, night symbolizes all that is negative. As long as night exists you will be full of hope one minute and in the depths of despair the next; full of faith one minute and full of doubts the next, and so on.
The New Jerusalem, therefore, is, first and foremost, the individual human being. Secondly it is a magnificent society, and thirdly it is the true Church of God, the Church of all the great initiates. No one can prevent this Church from coming, and when it comes all these things will be explained; everything will become clear, for Scripture tells us that God will dwell in human beings and write his law in their hearts.
A mother does not need to be told how to care for her baby
When this day comes, people will not need anyone to preach religion or morals to them; they will all know inwardly what to do, how to love, how to serve, and how to work. When a woman has a child she has no need of anyone to tell her how to feed and care for her child, to tell her that she must get up and look after it if it cries in the night; she knows all that because she has love in her heart.
The Lord has written his laws in the hearts of mothers; they do not need rules or recipes from others. It is only when there is no love that we need rules. And even then they do not do much good!
When there is love, there is no need for religion
As long as there is no love, there will continue to be religions, but the religions will never lead humanity to God. When love reigns there will be no more need for the religions. Religion will develop inwardly and express itself as kindness, radiance, sacrifice, sweetness, and light.
I teach you as I have been taught. It was when love no longer dwelt with mankind that religion appeared and tried to make up for the loss. But when love returns, religion as we know it today will disappear again, for it will live once more in the hearts of men.
Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
Sèvres, January 4, 1959
Complete Works Volume 26, A New Dawn, Society and Politics in the Light of Initiatic Science
Chapter 6, The New Jerusalem