61. EL, Hamburg, 5-19-'10
Before we begin
today's esoteric study, let's direct a prayer at the Spirit of
Thursday. For an esoteric should increasingly acquire real modesty
and humility so that he doesn't turn to the highest Godhead
with his affairs, but consider that between it — which we
can't get an inkling of with the greatest human
intellect — and us, all the great hierarchies are present.
In your light radiates the earth's life,
My life's in yours.
My soul works in yours.
With your leader I tread my path.
I live with him.
His being is an image of my own being.
The leader's being in my soul finds you, embracing Spirit.
Blissfulness is mine out of your beings' breath.
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.
We'll elucidate our
meditations from another side today. An esoteric wants to try to
approach the Christ Spirit more intensively and to connect himself
more closely with him through his meditations than he could through
exoteric Christianity. The entry of the Christ principle into our earth
evolution was such an incisive event even for outer history that we
calculate our division of time in accordance with it. Back when Zoroaster
saw the figure of the approaching Sun Spirit in the sun he gathered pupils
around him to make them into servants of the great Ahura Mazdao, and he
prepared himself ever more to take this Sun Spirit into himself.
When the earth with all
of its beings looks up to the sun, it must tell itself that it can't
do what the sun can, namely, send out light. It would be a dark,
black body if the sun's light didn't permeate it and it
couldn't reflect it. Since the Christ became the spirit of the
planet earth through the Event of Golgotha, he's in the force
that sprouts up through the earth's cover of green plants.
The masters of wisdom and
of the harmony of feelings give us the great world truths in symbols,
and here it's mainly the rose cross which — when it's
reflected in us — can awaken and strengthen the power of the
Christ-spirit in us. In our last esoteric class, we saw that a red
cross brings a feeling of shame to expression in its red color. Now
we know that all colors produce their counter color in us, which for
red is green. So the sight of the black cross awakens the white,
radiant sunlight of Christ in us, and the red roses stimulate a force
so that green life can sprout out of the Christ-force's bright
light. If we imagine a rose cross with this feeling and let it live
in us like this, we share in one part of our earth's force, of
our earth spirit, of the Christ-spirit.
As esoterics, we must always
try to think good thoughts about things that seem to be maya to us. We
must be permeated by the feeling that a spark of this force slumbers
in everything, which can break forth at some point to outshine all
evil things. We should also have the complete trust that all good and
positive things on earth will and must be victorious.
Notes B, extract:
The cross is the highest
of all symbols. One can get the whole of world history out of it, and
even natural science could be built up out of it … In my essay
The Education of the Child,
it was pointed out that red has a
calming effect inwardly. One would be able to see that the soul is
then immersed in green … Living, sprouting, shooting green is the
working of the Christ-spirit in the earth. The earth is permeated
with it, as it were, and it's literally true that we on earth
are walking on Christ's body. And the green is his etheric body.
By meditating the rose cross,
it also becomes light in us, and the Christ-force will awaken the
working of green in our soul, which was also awakened in the earth by
this same force. And when this force works in us, we'll then
feel a great confidence growing in us that pure love must overcome all
evil and that truth can be found. For us this lies in the words:
In pure rays of light …