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The Christ Impulse and the Development of the Ego-Consciousness
Rudolf Steiner Archive & e.Lib Document
The Christ Impulse and the Development of the Ego-Consciousness
On-line since: 4th July, 2002
The following synopsis of contents is intended for the convenience of students, and is in no sense authoritative.
LECTURE 1. Conscience. — Development of the different
principles of man's being at different epochs. Old Indian. The Etheric
body of the Old Indian looked like the astral body of the Old Persian.
The nature of a great teacher at that time. Ordinary man was then
inactive but began to bestir himself in Greco-Latin period; conscience
begins. A Bodhisattva becomes Buddha, having accumulated all
experiences in one incarnation only. Reason for Buddha's incarnation
in the East. Buddha introduced the Ethics of compassion, once and for
all; no repetition was necessary. Clear thinking was given by another
teacher later and its germ planted in an earlier epoch. This was
planted during the sentient soul period in the West through Music by
Apollo. The Bards. The Son of Apollo. Orpheus and Eurydice. Apollo is
the Bodhisattva who prepares the Ego quality. The teacher prepared the
soil and Buddha had only influenced man from within; another Being was
necessary to complete the whole being. At Jordan, Christ sinks into
the etheric body, which is the lowest principle. The names of the
heavens. Elemental world. Devachan, also ‘World of
Providence’. Christ and the Twelve Bodhisattvas.
LECTURE 2. We cannot give Anthroposophy in tabloid form or pocket
editions. Mere belief does not carry far. Necessity for youth to feel
devotion and reverence. Education of children. Pain. Healing. Karma is
a friend not an enemy to life. Why should Anthroposophists meet often
together? Inherited tendencies.
LECTURE 3. The Hebrew mission (according to Matthew by physical
inheritance). Through Lucifer man reaches in Lemuria a point intended
for Atlantis. Otherwise he would have followed the instinctive
guidance of the Elohim. “The Fall.” Mystery of Golgotha had
been intended for mid-Atlantis. The same span of time between Lucifer
and mid-Atlantis as between mid-Atlantis and the Christ Impulse. Man
not a free agent before Christ's descent. Reason for lies, disease,
death. The Golden Age or Krita juga. The Silver age or Treta juga. The
Bronze age or Dvapara juga. The Dark Age or Kali juga, beginning 3101
B.C. From Lemuria to Mount Sinai was the power
to choose good or evil. Sin. The ten commandments tell man how an Ego
should behave. The Poor in Spirit. The Christ Impulse. The Etheric body.
Illness. The Inner Comforter. The Astral body. Indifference to things of
the Earth. Sentient Soul. Blessed are the Just. The Intellectual Soul.
Blessed are those who can feel with others, for others shall feel with
them. By the Sermon on the Mount Christ turns within man what the
Commandments had dictated from outside. Tacitus. Necessity for Christ
to descend during the darkest time. The Kali juga or Dark age ended
with the 19th century. Christ will not return in the flesh. A new era
and a new understanding are being prepared for 1930 onwards.
Materialism will spread to spiritual conceptions.
LECTURE 4. Reason for Christ's descent to physical plane. Zarathustra
The Generations. Itiel, Lemuel. Ben Jage. Agur. Jedidjah. Kohelet.
Salomo. Old dreamy clairvoyance. Unconscious of ego outside. Ecstasy
in company with good spirits changes to obsession by bad spirits.
‘Blessed’ means ‘God-filled’. The Beatitudes.
Further individual developments after 1930. The near future and its
possibilities and dangers. The Event of Damascus. The danger of
preaching a physical return. Christ is here always even unto the end
of the world. False Messiahs.
LECTURE 5. Difference between North, South and Christian Initiation.
Duality and unity. Male and female Duality in Universe. Duality in
man. Sun and Earth. Head and Limbs. Original uniform being divided
into man and woman. Woman crystallises an earlier spiritual form. Man
is a caricature of what should be a future form. Both male and female
forms are distortions. The female brain is more pliable and spiritual.
A woman corresponds to a comet which enters our existence with laws
pertaining to Old Moon. It carries a former condition into a later.
The Moon-like man, is a present caricature of the Jupiter condition.
The above applies to the male in the woman and to the female in the
man. Man is male in physical but female in etheric. Woman the reverse.
Spiritual science in Paris, 1906, declared comets must possess
cyanogen. This has now been discovered true by spectro-analysis. The
comet appears in the regular life of cosmos, like the new-born child
arriving in the well ordered home of hum-drum matrimony. Like
children, some comets are good, some bad. Halley's comet gives an
impulse to materialism. ‘Signs from the Heavens.’ In the
next 2,500 years the etheric realm will be added to our perception, so
that our environment will look quite different. The fairy land of
LECTURE 6. Conscience. Ęschylos. Orestes. Shakespeare.
Euripides. People in Graeco-Latin countries before Greece and Rome.
The Graeco-Latin developed civilisation, at the same time felt as
individuals. In Europe some peoples felt as individuals before they
were civilised and in Egypt people became civilised before they
developed the Ego. Europe had developed the Self too far to allow the
Incarnation of Christ in Europe. Reason for Christ's incarnation in
Palestine. Empedokles. Conscientia. Empedokles. Conscience appears in
the West at the time Christ appears in the East that through Christ,
conscience may be accepted.
LECTURE 7. Meaning of 8th May. Death of Blavatsky. Transition from
activity on physical plane to one in Spirit world. The Impulse of the
Rishi's, of Zarathustra, of Moses, of Christ. Egoism in religious
tradition. The absence of a historic Jesus. Professors Drews and
Hartmann. St. Paul. People think what they want to think. Historic
records lose their value. The Event at Damascus. Paul convinced by the
‘risen Christ’. This event can be renewed in each human
being, and this is the proof of the historic Jesus. The old way has
died out. Historical proofs matter not. Danger in the Theosophical
Society of the worship of Personality and belief in Authority. Test
the person by the truth, not the truth by the person. The Christ
experience was completely veiled from Blavatsky. The Christ must be
added to Theosophy. The danger in the Theosophical Society. Adonis.
Tammuz. Karma in the 20th century ceases to be theory; it is definite
experiences. Paul says to man ‘What you now see you have turned
into illusion by your own deeds. Take the Christ that is within, and
reality will be restored to you.’