70. EL, Kassel, 12-3,4-'10
Esoteric exercises are the
technique of spiritual life. Maya = maha-a-ya = great-non-existence.
We've only become dwellers
on earth through the influence of Lucifer and Ahriman; otherwise our
egos would have remained in spiritual regions, and our bodies on the
earth's surface would have been directed from those
though Lucifer and Ahriman combat the direct working of the divine
spirit, they're nevertheless wanted by the spirit, for
it's only through such resistance that the ego becomes fully
objective in the physical world. Without Ahriman we wouldn't
see a plant's green as such, but only the spiritual being
that's in the plant. A single plant is like a hair in the
egoism only arises through Lucifer and Ahriman. It must live in us
and come to full expression, for only in this way can all of life
become fully developed physically. But we should be aware that every
action of ours has a selfish coloration. Our sympathy drives us to
help others, but we don't like to be sympathetic.
There's no point in the world space where there's no
Men's etheric brains vary more than leaves on a tree. The
shining points in them are like a photo of the heavens that's
full of stars.
The effect of atma, buddhi,
and manas is elaborated in the human eye (as in the great seal on a one
dollar bill, with buddhi on the left, manas on the right, and atma
at the apex).
symbol also works on us at night. There we should try to keep the
chaotic impressions of the day as far away as possible.
We shouldn't chatter
about theosophy while we're eating or at other everyday occasions.
It should be a holy thing for us.