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  • Title: The Festivals and their Meaning: II Easter: Contents
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    • The Death of a God and its Fruits in Humanity
  • Title: The Festivals and their Meaning: II Easter: Foreword
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    • divine process of creation, of the whole process of human evolution
    • consummation in man's attainment of his divine nature. Its significance,
    • he held, must be looked for in all human history, in all the arts, in
    • human thinking, in all social relationships, and, if men could but see
    • with the developing phases of human evolution. Especially is this true
    • to man's deepest needs, its quickening of his highest hopes; with its
    • mankind, in the prefiguring myths and
    • significance. But, above all, he speaks of it as the Festival of man's
    • many lectures. They were given originally to those who were familiar
  • Title: The Festivals and their Meaning: II Easter: Note by Publisher
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    • in German and in English translation, also other publications on
  • Title: The Festivals and their Meaning: II Easter: Opening Remarks
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    • of man and of the cosmos, in so far as it is presented in
  • Title: Festivals/Easter: Lecture VI: Easter: The Mystery of the Future
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    • human culture. Christianity has the power in itself of transcending
    • Since that lecture, many significant expressions of cultural life
    • London alone has as many inhabitants as the whole of Sweden —
    • of the ancient Gods — lies the first Germanic version of the
    • they now lie, together with the rest of the first Germanic translation
    • announcements of the last performance at the Opera of Wagner's
    • kindle the feeling of what Christianity can be for mankind in times to
    • evolution of humanity, for the purpose of discovering the real
    • ancestors of present-day humanity were living in the West, between
    • humanity of Europe and Asia. When the eye of spirit is directed upon
    • humanity. We have learnt, from earlier studies, of the mighty changes
    • changes in the life of the human soul. The whole of man's
    • when a man wakes in the morning he comes down with his astral body and
    • suffering, pleasure, pain — everything that composes man's inner
    • waking life of soul passes away, and in the present cycle of human
    • Man's consciousness in those times was essentially different. When in
    • envisage what the mid-Atlantean man saw and perceived, but you must
    • of the inner, soul-qualities of these beings. And so when a man had
    • difference only, that whereas in the waking life of day man perceived
    • human kingdoms, at night the whole space around him was filled with
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  • Title: Festivals/Easter: Lecture VII: Spiritual Bells of Easter, I
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    • of Faust he places before us the representative of aspiring humanity,
    • tidings has streamed through the whole evolution of mankind. And when
    • It is precisely at the time of Easter that man's soul can become
    • man's being lies a fount of eternal, divine existence, a fount of
    • deep experience within the reach of man, an outer sign of the deepest
    • thus instilled into the human soul in olden times had to be proclaimed
    • The progress of human evolution, however, has brought it about that
    • the common possession of all mankind. Let us devote our studies to-day
    • resurrection of the spirit of man and of mankind, we must come
    • Easter festival of humanity in general. What the wise men of old were
    • worlds brought blessing to human hearts in times when men were still
    • Shakyamuni for a later humanity. Shakyamuni had a great pupil, and
    • mankind, would come, and reaching the supreme height of existence to
    • For present-day humanity, two truths stand like mighty beacons on
    • the two manifestations?
    • on Sinai amid lighting and thunder when the Ten Commandments were
    • The God Who appeared later on in a human body and Who fulfilled the
    • mankind announces Himself, not in a human form, but in the
    • fire-element of nature, in which He is manifest. The same Being Who
    • ages of antiquity, and His divine Being is revealed in many diverse
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  • Title: Festivals/Easter: Lecture VIII: Spiritual Bells of Easter, II
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    • of man and his nature. So we will think once again of the Easter
    • possessor of this primal wisdom — had bestowed upon mankind.
    • outer humanity and discoverable only by those who through Initiation
    • Commandments as a preparation for His coming. Later, He appeared in
    • Palestine, incarnated in a human body in order that His power might
    • permeate the blood where the human fire has its seat. And if we follow
    • benefactors and saviours of mankind — those great figures who
    • spiritual heights and took human form in order that mankind should be
    • man could only find this way by the descent of a Divine
    • Being. But through the Mystery of Golgotha man was endowed with the
    • human, for not only did He bring heavenly forces into an earthly body,
    • worlds. The pre-Christian saviours redeemed mankind with
    • Divine forces. Christ redeemed mankind with human
    • forces. These human forces were then made manifest in all their
    • finally they would have found on the earth below only human beings so
    • could not be accomplished by a god merely within the mask of a human
    • form; it had to be accomplished by a man in the real sense, a man with
    • human forces, who bore the God within himself. The Mystery of Golgotha
    • had to take place in order that the matter into which man has
    • a way as to enable the primal wisdom again to be understood. Humanity
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  • Title: Festivals/Easter: Lecture III: The Death of A God and Its Fruits In Humanity
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    • A comparatively short time ago in the evolution of humanity it
    • development of mankind, we shall find that in the comparatively recent
    • past, the idea of a world-body peopled by a humanity forming one whole
    • rightly so, of Italian, Russian, French, Spanish, German culture, but
    • and everywhere else? It is all a means of providing humanity with food
    • the human soul. The longings and questionings that will arise
    • increasingly in the souls of men, demand answers. Hence the need for a
    • as long as humanity was divided into regional civilisations which knew
    • the globe as a spiritual movement embracing all earthly humanity, must
    • That humanity is coming a little nearer to this intimate
    • mankind has originated from a common Godhead and that a primeval
    • wisdom belonging to mankind as one whole and springing from one Divine
    • of rays among the different peoples and groups of human beings on the
    • particular creed, and to give it again to humanity. Spiritual science
    • Spiritual science regards the religions as so many channels for the
    • mankind.
    • from the realm of man and are called Bodhisattvas. Herein lies the
    • Bodhisattva who arises from mankind and works within humanity. He
    • continues to guide humanity from the spiritual worlds without living
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  • Title: Festivals/Easter: Lecture I: Easter: The Festival of Warning
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    • which unites earth and man with the worlds beyond the earth. To-morrow
    • of wisdom were still current among mankind, traditions that originated
    • from ancient atavistic clairvoyant faculties and gave man a knowledge
    • such traditions were a means for bringing to expression man's
    • something of supreme importance for the evolution [of] mankind.
    • purpose is to remind us of the birth of the Man into whom the Christ
    • into which man has been placed. Therefore the time of the Easter
    • a time that can be ascertained only when man turns his thoughts to the
    • through the Christ Impulse man is to be set free from the forces of
    • is beyond the earth, man is to become free of the evolution of the
    • earth, and this truth is indicated in the manner of dating the Easter
    • festival. It contains a call to man to lift himself up to the worlds
    • beyond the earth; it contains a promise to man that in the course of
    • To understand all that is implied in this manner of dating the
    • Christ Impulse within the whole history of mankind.
    • Christ in an extra-earthly, super-sensible manner. Thus Paul was a man
    • that from that moment he became another man. Nay, more: he became an
    • veil of the world of sense. From the very manner in which he speaks it
    • science, we are able to survey the whole evolution of mankind in a
    • in the development of the human soul in the several epochs. I have
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  • Title: Festivals/Easter: Lecture II: The Blood-relationship and The Christ-relationship
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    • of a letter from North West Germany. The writer of the letter, with
    • although the cursory reader will overlook them as he overlooks so many
    • of human beings realise that unless a wave of spiritual revival passes
    • bestowed upon man without action on his part, as a gift proceeding
    • A man who through the circumstances and conditions obtaining at
    • man. In those past times it was a matter of course to regard the ruler
    • as a God, that is to say, as one in whom the Godhead was manifest. If
    • man is a God. But in ancient times there was reality behind it. Just
    • Possessing this ancient vision, how did man conceive of his own
    • wherever sense-objects, wherever human beings themselves are, on the
    • — this was a self-evident truth to man in those days, for he
    • Such a conviction was no longer within man's immediate reach at the
    • humanity in a new form by the impulse proceeding from the Mystery of
    • Golgotha. In ancient times a man could say: Everything I see in the
    • their existence is not enclosed within the limits of earthly life. Man
    • again. That, after all, was the knowledge emanating from the ancient,
    • in which the primeval wisdom came to a man depended on his
    • all mankind. Whereas the heathen people round about worshipped their
    • principle whereby human knowledge was determined by the blood, the
    • nor identity of race, nor any factor by which human knowledge had been
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  • Title: Festivals/Easter: Lecture IV: Spirit Triumphant
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    • a certain way, embraces the whole riddle of human existence.
    • being of man comes into the world whence his material, bodily
    • Obviously, therefore, the birth of a human being in its full
    • of human experience. In the course of the development of Western
    • of man, the spiritual and super-sensible essence of being that cannot
    • clothed in the human physical body. From the very beginning of
    • On other occasions I have said that the head-organisation of man
    • death that are all the time present in the head and enable man to
    • the Good Shepherd, watching over the eternal interests of man as he
    • sleeps through his mortal existence. In early Christianity, man is
    • deeply religious man, could not accept what Christianity had become
    • Christ Jesus as the crucified One, the Man of Sorrows, brought to His
    • signs of suffering in the human body, the more perfect the skill with
    • Then there crept into this conception of the Man of Sorrows, that
    • the Spirit to be heretical, decreed that man is to be conceived as
    • to the pain-racked soul without the Spirit triumphant by Whom mankind
    • being of man by the decree of an Ecumenical Council.
    • humanity into whose creed had been accepted the principle that man
    • consists of body and soul only — this same humanity demanded, for
    • Man of Sorrows on the Cross. Casual thoughts and feelings about what
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  • Title: Festivals/Easter: Lecture V: The Teachings of The Risen Christ
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    • Mysteries in the evolution of the earth and of humanity.
    • only when we envisage two streams of evolution in man's earthly
    • ordinary consciousness to-day man knows little of these Beings, for
    • periods of human evolution it was different. To imagine that coming
    • communicated to man in the original, primeval language of the earth
    • the human heart and awakened the consciousness that above and on all
    • belonging to these worlds came down in a spiritual manner to the men
    • which for the present-day humanity is essential. The divine Teachers
    • imparted many aspects of knowledge, truths in profusion, but they
    • never spoke of the two fundamental boundaries of man's earthly life;
    • everything that was communicated to the human race in those ancient
    • birth and death. The whole consciousness of mankind has changed in the
    • that of the higher animals, must never be compared with human
    • the animal to-day. This lies at a level below the human, whereas the
    • earliest form of the life of primitive man lay, in a certain respect,
    • above the present level of the human, in spite of having certain
    • case with the human being.
    • Now as I said, the primeval man of earth — in spite of his
    • primeval man was clearly aware of what was still his nature even after
    • drastic incisions in human existence. Men still had clear vision of
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