59. EL, Muenchen, 3-15-'10
We'll begin today's esoteric lesson by reading the prayer
to the Spirit of the Day. The exoteric church directs its prayers to
the Gods in general, but a theosophist who knows that every time
period has its own regent, modestly turns to the spiritual being who
rules the present day under the name of Mars.
Knowledge lived in your sensations when no knowledge was given to me yet.
I lift my soul to you.
I moved into my body.
In my sensations I lived for myself.
You were in the life-sun.
Your being lived in my sensation as my being.
My soul's life was outside of your life.
My soul felt its own being in itself.
A longing arose in it,
The longing for you
Out of whom it arose.
May my I raise itself from below upward,
May it get an inkling of you in the all-embracing.
May the spirit of my being be illumined
By the light of your messengers.
May the soul of my being be enkindled by the fire flames of your servants.
May the will of my I grasp
Your creatorword's force.
May your being permeate my will
That my I be grasped by an understanding of your light's shining,
Your life's love-warmth
And your being's creator words.
who has begun an esoteric training should make it clear to himself
that he's undertaken something that's very serious, that
he must work on himself very seriously so that eventually he'll
be able to participate in esoteric work. So how must an esoteric work
on himself? We know that man's etheric body is born at age
seven, and until then, it surrounds the physical body like a maternal
sheath. The etheric body should then be prepared rightly for its
development up to age 14, when the astral body is born. But all kinds
of unelaborated parts are attached to it, partly from previous
incarnations and partly from the present one. All of the habits that
live in us are unfolded in our etheric body from age 7 to 14, and
depending on how we consolidate our views to
prejudices — educators can have a big influence here — we,
for instance, become more or less receptive for theosophy later on.
One who creates sharply outlined views for himself will find it
harder to accept its teaching than someone who keeps himself open for
all new things The etheric body becomes completely developed between
the ages of 7 to 14. If a child doesn't take in great model
pictures, if he doesn't look up reverently to an authority,
then his etheric body isn't soft and flexible at this age.
It's hard for such people to find their way into life's
affairs. Their etheric body is hardened and it takes a great effort
to dissolve these hardenings. Luciferic Moon powers take advantage of
this and flow into them. It's not for nothing that Christ says:
Watch and pray.
astral body unfolds from age 14, 15, to 21, 22. The things that are
attached to this aren't nearly as much of a hindrance for the
acceptance of theosophical teachings as the etheric hindrances, since
the etheric body is a much denser mass than the astral body.
develops from age 21-28. The masters of wisdom and of the harmony of
feelings adapted theosophical teachings to present conditions so that
they mainly work on the ego and are grasped by the ego. This
wasn't the case before. Then an occult teacher had to work on
both the astral body and the ego. This wouldn't be possible
today for men have much more individualistic tendencies. If a teacher
wanted to intervene in the astral body and he tried to direct the
passions, drives and desires he would thereby immediately produce an
uproar in this astral body, for a modern should develop freely and
only through the ego. He must use the knowledge that he's
acquired in the ego through theosophical teachings to ennoble his
older but lower body.
a man understand all of theosophy's teachings through thinking,
through his ego? We received a physical body on Saturn. The etheric
body was added on Sun. There the physical body was in the Sun
condition whereas the etheric body was in the Saturn condition. On
old Moon, the newly added astral body was in the Saturn condition,
the etheric body in the Sun condition, and only the physical body in
the Moon condition. On earth the physical body is in the earth
condition whereas the newest and youngest part, the ego, is in the
Saturn condition. The ego is the Saturn in us, and that's why
it understands everything that happened since Saturn times.