Evolution in the Aspect of Realities
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SYNOPSIS OF CONTENTS
Introductory Lecture. Art and Theosophy. Munich.
The Mystery Plays. Theosophy must not be too easy.
Christian Rosenkreutz. The Christian idea, having been
kept alive in Western occult schools, is better
understood in the West than in the East. Christianity
cannot be understood unless the Resurrection is
understood. Paul: ‘If Christ be not risen, then our
preaching and our faith are vain.’ External
intellect cannot understand the Resurrection. Orient
cannot understand it. Blavatsky. Orientation only can go
as far as Buddha and Bodhisattva. Jesus ben Pandira.
Impossibility of reincarnation of Christ or of Buddha.
Are we Rosicrucians?
Inner aspect of Saturn-Embodiment of Earth.
— Akashic Record. Necessity for study of Old
Saturn, which still continues. We cannot know our Ego
without knowledge of Saturn, hidden by Guardian of
Threshold. Everything from inner and outer world must be
removed; then comes fear of abyss. Courage is required.
Two requisites for approach. Karl Rosenkrantz. Hegel's
‘pure being.’ Man's two possibilities
(a) Gospels and Golgotha inspiring courage and
protection; (b) true theosophy or the rule of the
Holy Spirit or cosmic thought in the world. We then learn
Spirits of Will or Thrones, and thought becomes objective
reality. They consist of courage. This is Saturn. First
stages of Saturn: — no time, no before or after.
Into the timeless sea of courage the Cherubim interact.
Spirits of Will give their being to Cherubim and through
this sacrifice Time is born as independent Beings called
Archai or Spirits of Personality. The sacrifice of the
Thrones is heat. Behind all heat is sacrifice. External
heat is Maya. Second stage of Rosicrucian Initiation is
the forming of ‘Imagination.’
Inner aspect of Sun-Embodiment of Earth.
— Dr. Steiner's
only a preliminary
sketch, by no means exhaustive. Cosmic heat manifestation
of cosmic sacrifice. No one understands heat who
cannot sacrifice himself and all he has and feel bliss in
so doing. Self knowledge unattainable without
self-surrender. Two opposite cosmic poles: devoted
absorption in what is contemplated and self-willed
assertion of individuality. Personal Will opposes the
permeation of higher self with Wisdom. Prejudice destroys
higher insight. Higher knowledge never gained by ordinary
science. Man must learn to wait for Grace. The Beings who
were inspired by the sacrifice of the Thrones are the
Spirits of Wisdom, who shower upon us gifts of Grace.
Thrones are cosmic sacrificers. Spirits of Wisdom are
cosmic givers. The Sun is a swarm of Spirits of Wisdom.
Air is their gift, of which the creation of an artist is
the spirit counterpart. Giving implies acceptance, i.e.,
two actions out of which Time originates. The giving on
Saturn and acceptance on Sun is the origin of Archangels.
Acceptance is a reflecting back. Spirits of Wisdom give
their virtue or grace from centre of Sun as air or
incense and Archangels from outside reflect it back as
light. Early and late are thus transformed into inner and
outer, and Space originates, but only bi-dimensional.
Archangels reflect what was previously there and hence
are called ‘Arch-angeloi,’ rememberers,
recording angels or messengers of the beginning. The
Christ-Impulse. Spirits of Wisdom from Sun. The great
Bestower: the Earth-Being. Leonardo's ‘Last
Supper’: ‘This do in remembrance of Me.’
Inner aspect of Moon-Embodiment of Earth.
(Part 1). — Behind all heat is sacrifice:
behind all air is bestowal. On earth powerful deeds
depend on strong will; in spirit regions the reverse.
Spiritual results are gained from control of desires and
renouncing all idea of satisfying them. False asceticism.
Luciferic Beings bring free-will. Some Cherubim renounce
sacrifice from the Thrones or Spirits of Will. The Sun's
substance divided by this Act into clouds like Saturn's
rings. Constant meditation required to understand this
chapter. Time is continuous, including coming and passing
away. Some Cherubim withdrew from subjection to
time and the sacrifice of the Thrones and chose Eternity.
Severance begun on Saturn and effected on Sun between
Time and Eternity. All above repeated on Moon where
resignation appears as fluidity. Wherever there is water
there is divine renunciation. Some Cherubim having
renounced sacrifice the substance of the sacrifice was
seized by Luciferic spirits who stayed behind. Cherubim
wanted opponents so that freewill might develop, and
therefore renounced sacrifice from the Thrones. Abraham
offers Isaac, sacrifice refused. Christ renounced His
rights of summoning ‘hosts of angels,’ and
allows Judas to enter His sphere. Leonardo's ‘Last
Inner aspect of Moon-Embodiment of Earth.
(Part 2). — Cain's sacrifice refused.
Repressed longing. Wishes unattainable. The Beings whose
sacrifice is refused are thrown back on themselves
and the Ego originates. Beings begin to lead an egoistic
one-sided existence, but Spirits of Movement restore
balance by creating variety and multiplicity. Against
dull egoism comes variety with fluidic ideas and picture
consciousness, but the longing still exists. In our
subconscious lies Moon-evolution. Moon is planet of
longing; the flow of pictures must be redeemed by
realities, so that Earth becomes Planet of Redemption.
The craving for redemption is in our subconscious, and
can be satisfied not by a never-ending succession of
pictures, but once and for ever by the Universal Being.
Those entering our movement have this longing. H.
Inner aspect of Earth-Embodiment of Earth. —
Physical and psychic phenomena only understood by getting
to their realities in Spiritual world as above described,
and this is done by Spiritual Science. All striving for
human knowledge originates in ‘wonder’
followed by satisfaction. Man is first astonished at a
thing and demands an echo of it in himself, which, if he
cannot find, he rejects the whole. Recapitulation. Cain.
These facts not grasped by ordinary reason. In the Beings
who retained the sacrificial substance an alien stamp is
imprinted from the beginning, and this alien substance is
Death. Death is the exclusion of anything from its
cosmic purpose. This was severed from its purpose by
renunciation and is the fourth Element on Earth. The
solid formed out of the fluidic. The simile of ice, cut
off from its purpose. In our world of Maya, death is the
only reality. Minerals, plants, animals, do not die as
their individuality is on other planes; but man
having developed his individuality so far that it
descends into his physical being becomes subject to
earth-existence. No other Being but man; and he dies
because he has to acquire his Ego consciousness on Earth
and thereby gains victory over death. This is done by the
Mystery of Golgotha. Paul before Damascus. The Mystery of
Golgotha must first be understood on the Physical Plane.
The only way to understand such things is by frequent