EL, Berlin, 2-26-'08
You'll remember the esoteric saying that stood on one of our columns
at the Munchen congress:
In pure thoughts you find the self
That can maintain itself.
The truth in this verse makes up a large part of esoteric life. One
can divide everything that a man thinks and feels today into two
areas. By far the most of what men think and feel is stimulated by
outer perceptions. Thoughts and feelings are ignited by things. In
principle it makes no difference whether you see a streetcar and let
your thoughts be stimulated by this or if an astronomer looks through
a telescope and calculates a planet's path on the basis of these
observations with the help of the arc of a circle. All thoughts that
are stimulated from outside hinder the astral body's development. The
astral body is active all night long. All the thoughts that a man
thought during the day come to it. And since these are mostly thoughts
that arose through stimulation from outside, they burden it. Only the
part of the astral body that preserved its harmony through the fact
that it's born out of higher worlds works on the restoration of the
worn out physical and etheric bodies. Only thoughts that aren't
stimulated from outside work as forces in the astral body to promote
and purify it.
Where do these thoughts come from? They come from divine creator
beings. It's very important for an occult pupil to know about the
thoughts of these spiritually creative beings. These beings had the
present world in them as thoughts before they created it. The very
first thing that was in them was will; the will to act was there
first. This stimulated them to have feelings. And from feelings arose
the thought by which they solidified and created things. Thus the
world was built according to thoughts.
Today the carrying out of a human deed occurs in the reverse order.
The thought is there first — stimulated by an outer object; this
arouses a feeling, and only then does a man's will principle step in
to bring about a deed.
All real esoteric life can only develop by taking in the thoughts of
these divine creator spirits, the thoughts before the creation of
things. Most people devote themselves entirely to exoteric life and
try to suppress all esoteric life. Thereby they're holding up human
progress. They're enemies of further development and they rigidify
men. Only esoteric truths promote human evolution.
Now it's a law of occultism that every esoteric truth is used up after
awhile. And mankind's leaders must see to it that a new one is
proclaimed. So what do we need a new truth for, some say. They want to
stop all esoteric progress. It's the task of all true occultists to
see to it that thinking is kept alive and in flux. This is attained by
taking in the thoughts of divine creator beings. These thoughts work
at night in the astral body and work into the etheric body. And when
the work of these thoughts in the astral body becomes ever stronger
and more active with respect to the etheric body, then that moment
approaches that must come sooner or later for every pupil where he
becomes aware of spiritual worlds, where thoughts become impressed in
the etheric body like a seal in wax.
One of these thoughts is in the Rosicrucian verse that we spoke of
last time. Today we'll look at this verse from a somewhat different
viewpoint. We know that Saturn existed first. Its matter wasn't even
gaseous, it was a warmth matter. A man with present-day senses would
not have seen Saturn; he would only have felt warmth if he was at the
place where Saturn stood. A Saturn man consisted of warmth mater. The
atmosphere of Saturn was fiery-bloody. Man didn't have any blood yet,
but the first germ of his later blood lay in the atmosphere around
him. Man's physical parts were only germinally present.
If one looks at how after a pralaya old Saturn changed into old Sun
with the spiritual gaze that moves over the planets one notices that
Saturn's warmth atmosphere condenses into air. Man gets an etheric
body on the Sun. He is a shining being. Spiritual beings work through
the Sun's astral atmosphere upon the etheric body, ignite it and
thereby make it shine. One calls this the sulfuric process. Something
quite similar arises today in thinking. When our fiery blood runs into
nerve masses there's a combustion process and things light up.
When the Sun passes over to the Moon, air condenses to water. The Moon's
body is a water body. We notice something very strange about this
water body. Single water drops change their position in an extremely
lively manner and race around with inner mobility. In some respects one
can compare this property of the water drops with mercury. That's why
one calls this principle that's added on the Moon the mercurial
principle. The parts are put together into forms by sounds, somewhat
like Chladni's sound figures. First two came together, then two pairs
made four, etc., just as one still finds in new plant, animal and
human forms. That's the female principle. The male principle only
arose later from pure earth forces.
When the moon passed over to the
earth, water condensed to earth. The precipitating salt process took
place on the earth for the first time through the interaction of fire
and water. Man arose from female and male and began to dissolve things
again through thinking so that evolution could continue. Man received
the erring I on earth.
Now if we look at this evolutionary series we see the four
elements fire, air, water, earth as in the third line of the
... see the three
salt, mercury and sulfur,
two arise from sun and moon
(male and female)
From this grows the Son of Man
The crown of creation.
Understood like this, the Rosicrucian verse gains meaning.