EL, Berlin, 4-18-'06
Archetypal Self from whom we have proceeded
Primal Self who lives in all things
To you, you higher Self, we return.
To this we add the verse that expresses how this primal Self works on
man, how it appears to men:
Truth, wisdom, immeasurablity, O God,
Bliss, eternity, beauty,
Peace blessedness, undividedness
Peace, peace, peace.
The nature of the Trinity is expressed in the first part, and at the
end the way in which this Trinity sinks down into a man's soul.
Primal Self from which everything proceeded
To which everything returns
Primal Self that lives in me
Towards you I strive.
AUM-peace, peace, peace, AUM.
Everything proceeded from this higher Self, even human bodies. We
should not think that there's anything lowly or of little value in the
world. Everything is divine. Even a grain of sand is something that
came from the Godhead. In minerals we see the thoughts of the Godhead
that have become form. The Godhead's thought comes to expression in
all mineral forms.
Aside from form the Godhead also poured out its life in plants.
In addition to their life the Godhead has also poured feeling into
animals and man's form and lower soul. Everything around us is an
expression of God's power.
A man's body is the most perfect thing that the Godhead created for
him. Man's body is the most perfect form that the Gods developed. It's
an instrument through which man's soul looks out into the world. The
human body is equipped in a wonderful way. Man's body is supposed to
be a sacred temple for his soul. But the soul is not yet perfected.
It's just beginning to develop. Man's body makes no mistakes; it's the
imperfect soul that's constantly making them. Passions, desires, and
drives live in it, and it uses the body to satisfy these desires.
But just as there are senses in man's body through which the soul
looks out into the world, so organs will also gradually develop in the
soul that will make it ever more perfect. Such organs are already
developing in the soul.
We find a mighty drive in the animal kingdom that's independent of
sense organs. If one brings a foreign pair of butterflies to Germany
and releases the male in Frankfurt and the female say in Magdeburg,
the two will reunite without fail. They do this with special organs
that are even finer than sense organs. If we meet a total stranger
whom we feel a great sympathy for, as happens between man and wife and
also between friends, then this is a sign that these people belong
together and that they have soul organs that tell them this and bring
Men will develop such soul organs ever more as they purify their
astral body and ennoble their other bodies. It's quite important to
consider which foods are good for or harmful to higher development. Not
everyone is in a position to pick out the foods that are favorable for
his occult development. Sometimes it's better to renounce things that
promote us inwardly. But it's nevertheless true that some foods have
qualities that do not help men. A man must develop certain organs for
his higher development. To this end certain concentrations are done in
yoga exercises. When a man concentrates on a point between the eyes at
the root of the nose with the thought “I am” he develops
the organ that we call the two-petaled lotus flower and that makes him
into an “I”. An animal can't say “I” to
himself. When man's forebrain developed, the organ of the I was put
into man's head at the root of the nose. The I lives there in man. But
in animals the I is outside in front of the head and not in the skull.
In animals it lives in the astral world. For instance all dogs have an
ego in the astral world. In dogs a red stream from the astral plane
streams in at the place where we have the organ of the I, and in a dog
this ego becomes manifest in lower desires. In man the I streams out
of this place.
But it isn't enough that the organ of the ego is developed in man. So
that the higher self can stream into him to make him into a higher
being, we find the organ for this where a vertical line from the top
of the head crosses a horizontal line through the root of the nose, or
a little above it. This organ is the pineal gland. Man makes a
connection with the divine self in the world through the pineal gland.
A third higher organ, the 16-petaled lotus flower, lies I man's
larynx, and a fourth organ, the 12-petaled lotus is in the heart
region. A man must choose his foods wisely so that these organs can
develop in the right way. What's good for his inner development is
what's connected with an animal's life process, namely, milk and
what's made from it, and in plants what grows towards the sun above
A plant is an inverted man. When the sun was still united with the
earth a plant's flowers stuck into the sun and its roots turned
outwards. After the sun left the earth plants turned around and
chastely turned their flow towards the sun with their roots in the
earth. An animal is a half inverted plant, and man is a completely
inverted plant since he turns all the organs that a plant turns
towards the sun, away from it. Man's root, head or brain, is turned
towards the sun. Plant, animal and man together form a cross.
Subterranean plant parts that are turned away from the sun aren't good
for occult development, whereas everything that grows upward is good
for men, especially fruit and grain that a plant gives us without us
having to destroy it. Beans, lentils and other leguminous fruit
pollute the etheric body (nitrogen). Milk is good for men because it's
connected with an animal's life process and animals give it
voluntarily. Whereas meat obtained by killing animals is bad for
occult development, and so are all salts.
The higher self can enter a man if he prepares himself through a
selfless life and through purification of his body. It's not enough to
retreat within. The higher self is not in man at first but outside in
nature and in his older brothers, the masters and leaders of mankind.
From there it must go into him. Then he's overcome by the peace that's
higher than all reason. That's what the formula: Truth, wisdom,
immeasurability, O God ... refers to.
Satyam jnanam anantam brahma
Anandarupam amritam bibharti
Shatam sivam advaitam
Om, shantih, shantih, shantih.