73. EL, Stuttgart, 12-24,31-'10
esoteric feeling of responsibility must become keener; we must
acquire theosophical conscientiousness. It's seldom found in
the outside world. Examples: 1. A gentleman who want to write a big
book and wants to incorporate something about theosophy in it asks R.
Steiner to tell him what it's about since he doesn't have
time to study it. 2. an American goes to lectures by R. Steiner here,
summarized them — to the extent that he understands
them — and prints them as his own publications in America.
acquire theosophical tact and only speak about the school and
esoteric things in the right place, and never at meals.
physical body is tightly fused with the etheric body. There's
two ways to loosen them:
1. In an exoteric way through physical exercise and a vegetarian diet.
2. In an esoteric way through training, meditation, etc.
This works on the astral body and that
works on the etheric body, so that it gets loosened. One could say
that a front cord with lotus flowers is built up by meditation,
concentration, etc., as a counterpart to the physical spinal cord in
the rear and the brain. That's the right way which permits no
injury to the physical body. Whereas if one only uses outer means of
loosening of the etheric body occurs, but it hasn't been
strengthened by meditation or an influx of theosophical truths. The
result is diseases I the physical body or confusion, etc., when the
etheric brain becomes loosened from the physical one.