o not be afraid, Lazar," said the angel. "I am God's messenger, who stands before the face of the Most High King. And behold, I have been sent to you to tell you the answer to the question, which has been tormenting you more than the arrows stuck in your flesh. I have come to tell you the answer, so that I may cleanse your soul of dark doubts and, after it is cleansed so that I may take it. And this man in the garb of a martyr of the Church is my brother, the holy prophet Amos. He is your patron saint, your Krsna slava, which you began to celebrate last night with bread and wine, but which today you celebrate with blood and death. Do not be afraid, but hear and rejoice!
"I am that same messenger who brought to you the book from the Jerusalem on High. Invisibly I stood before you in your palace at Kruevac and left the book on your knee. While you were deliberating and trying to decide which kingdom you would choose, I stood at your right side. While awaiting your decision the holy heavens were silent, the holy Nemanjic dynasty were trembling with fear lest you would choose wrongly, and all the Serbian righteous who have reposed in the Lord were praying to God for you, so that He might guide you to the better choice. And after you made the blessed choice, the holy heavens burst into song, the holy Nemanjic dynasty rejoiced, and all the Serbian righteous offered up thanksgiving to God.
"Do not be afraid, O man of God, you made the good choice, and have bequeathed a salvation-bearing testament to your people. Had you gained an earthly kingdom and bequeathed it to them, you would have enriched them less than you have with this testament. For true and glorious are those words of yours:
The earthly kingdom lasts only for a brief time,
But the heavenly kingdom always and forever.
Look at these expanses opened before you. Look at the multitudes of blessed nations in these vast areas. This is only one tiny part of the kingdom of heaven, the kingdom that you chose. Physical eyes would never be able to see such a vast expanse and so many multitudes of people. Indeed, this is all infinitely greater in measurement and in quantity than the earthly kingdom. However, this is revealed only to spiritual sight; spiritual eyes can encompass and behold this with a glance. For those locked in the flesh, this mystery remains locked. Nevertheless our common Creator had compassion on your desperate cry and, being mindful of your good deeds, He has opened your spiritual sight, so that you may behold all this and be comforted."
"This is the spiritual kingdom," continued the angel, "deified, divine, intransitory, incomparable, immortal. Truth, love, life and joy these four are motivating these spiritual realms toward ceaseless song. They are presented to you as being physical, but they are actually incorporeal. Indeed, you are now looking at spirits through spirit Your eyes are shut, and you are seeing nothing with your physical eyes. Instead your free soul is looking directly at realms that are free and liberated from the flesh. The impressions, which you are now receiving as pictures, shapes, colors, voices and dimensions, are not coming from the physical, material world of symbols, but from the world that is non-material and real. And just as you now are seeing without your eyes and hearing without your ears, and are feeling content without flesh, so do the immortal spirits in this kingdom see, hear, and feel. The vision of spirits is incomparably further, their hearing is incomparably sharper, and their feelings are incomparably stronger than what a bodily man can see with his eyes, hear with his ears, or feel with his soul in the body. For this reason, I think, the true teachers of men were not mistaken, when they called the body a prison and the separation of the soul from the body liberation.