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True Nature of the Second Coming
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True Nature of the Second Coming
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By Rudolf Steiner
Translated by D. S. Osmond and Charles Davy
Copyright © 1961
Two lectures given to members of the Anthroposophical Society
by Rudolf Steiner in Carlsruhe and Stuttgart. This translation is
by D. S. Osmond and Charles Davy.
There is a forward by Mildred Kirkcaldy.
This translation has been made from shorthand reports unrevised by
the lecturer and published in German as part of the volume
Das Ereignis der Christus-Erscheinung in der aetherischen Welt
(No. 118 in the Bibliographical Survey 1961).
English edition published by permission of the Rudolf Steiner
Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
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| ||Cover Sheet
|Foreword by Mildred Kerkcaldy
|Summary of Contents
|Lecture I: ||The Event of Christ's Appearance in the Etheric World
||January 25, 1910|
Questions arising from the idea of reincarnation. The purpose of
repeated earth-lives. New experiences are possible as the result
of changes in the life of the earth itself. The opportunities
afforded by each epoch of civilisation for the acquisition of
knowledge must not be neglected. “What we learn to-day in
Spiritual Science becomes part of our soul, and we bring it with
us when we descend again into the next incarnation.”
Fundamental changes in the life of the human soul since Atlantis.
Man was obliged to exchange his dim clairvoyant consciousness of
the spiritual world for the ego-consciousness that is now
his, but in future time clairvoyance will function while
ego-consciousness is maintained intact; this is possible to-day
only for one who has trodden the path of Initiation. Krita Yuga
(the Golden Age), Treta Yuga (the Silver Age), Dvapara Yuga (the
Bronze Age), Kali Yuga (the Dark Age). Progressive loss of vision
of the spiritual world. The proclamation of John the Baptist.
Christ's descent reestablished a connection with the
spiritual world that has been lost and men could now be brought
safely through Kali Yuga. With the ending of Kali Yuga in the
year 1899, new faculties of soul begin to emerge as natural
gifts. Importance of period between 1930 and 1940. Faculty of
perception in the etheric world will enable men to behold Christ
in His etheric form. Paul's vision at Damascus. The event of
Christ's appearance in the etheric world will be followed by
other supremely important events. Those who prepared
Christ's coming before the founding of Christianity —
Abraham, Moses, Solomon — will be recognisable in a new
form to men who have experienced the new Christ Event by means of
faculties with which evolution itself will equip the human soul.
Through the new Christ Event, the communion between souls
who are incarnated here in the physical world and souls already
in the spiritual world will become an increasingly
conscious communion. Answers to questions asked in connection
with the foregoing lecture
|Lecture II: ||The Second Coming of Christ in the Etheric World
||March 06, 1910|
The connection between the past and the future in the evolution of
humanity. During Kali Yuga (3101 B.C. until
A.D. 1899) the consciousness of self
develops. Before that time the spiritual was seen as a
multiplicity of Beings. The possibility of recognising the One
God behind the phenomena of Nature begins in the
Abraham-epoch. Consciousness of the Divine pictures the
God as being related to human ego-consciousness, as a World-Ego.
In the Moses-epoch, the World-Ego is revealed not only as
a mysterious guidance of the destinies of men but as the God of
the Elements; the One God becomes the ruler of the phenomena and
manifestations of Nature. In the Solomon-epoch, evolution
reaches the point where the same Divine Being takes human form.
Reflection of the Abraham-, Moses-, and Solomon-epochs in the
Christian era. In the first millennium A.D.
the Solomon wisdom leads to realisation of the significance
of the Christ Event. In the second millennium, the spirit of
Moses manifests in a new form on the Christian Mystics: the
World-Ego, revealed to Moses from without, is now experienced in
the inmost life of soul. At the present time we are approaching
the third millennium when there will be a renewal of the
Abraham-epoch, bringing a new kind of clairvoyance, a new
spirituality. The event of Damascus casts its light in advance.
The mysterious land of Shamballa in the past and future.
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