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  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Cover Sheet
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    • Christ brought to humanity.
    • lecturer, from the German edition published with the title, Die
  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Contents
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  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 1 of 9
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    • must enter more and more into human knowledge because, from our time
    • onward, the human soul will feel increasingly that these things
    • the portals of the eternal manifestation of the spiritual in the
    • man for the wells of eternity where he may drink for the healing and
    • wrestling soul of man wherever he may be. It meets us especially when
    • we turn our gaze to one of those mighty manifestations of the
    • wrestling spirit of man such as are given us in some great work like
    • manifestations of the human spirit — the
    • human clairvoyance. One who tries to feel what this poem breathes
    • something like a breath of the ancient clairvoyance humanity
    • wonderful flash of lightning into the Western world, so that a man
    • expressed in it. This man was not one who was unacquainted with the
    • spiritual life of humanity through the centuries, indeed through
    • confusion of human battles, errors and earthly strife. His teaching
    • appears almost like a justification of these human conflicts. If we bring
    • approach such a thing we feel how little human language, philosophy,
    • man upon earth. We need something quite different from ordinary
    • revelation of the spirit of man.
    • things. He begs Krishna to show himself to him in such manner as he
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  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 2 of 9
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    • generally spread out over many moments, over long periods of living,
    • whose permanent effect on the soul is therefore weaker — such
    • mankind, with as much interest as we usually feel in our own destiny,
    • over the historical epochs and races of mankind — let them
    • of mankind, of the earth, of the whole planetary system become his
    • many who have such interests for the whole of mankind. More often
    • appear to lead quite simple lives. Yes, there are many today who have
    • interest in the whole of mankind. That is why anthroposophy is in
    • will everything be imperiled — man himself, the law, the whole
    • world. The whole significance of mankind will be in the balance.”
    • Arjuna was a man who
    • had received into his feeling something that the man of today no
    • generation in mankind is bound up with the woman nature; while
    • the individual, personal qualities whereby a man stands out from his
    • blood connections and his family line are bound up with the man
    • nature. What a man inherits as common, generic qualities is
    • handed on to the descendants by the woman, whereas what forms him
    • not then have an evil effect on the laws that rule woman's nature,”
    • well-being of human evolution depends. He feels that the forefathers
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  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 3 of 9
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    • thinking enters man's soul in exactly the same way as the revelations
    • or less recently, or perhaps even many years ago, has reappeared in
    • the higher revelations many people claim to have are pictures
    • grossest illusions, will be misled by such imaginings. After all, man
    • by many different people, and for many different reasons, and one's
    • to explain to them how easily one can understand that. In many cases
    • because man would never have developed this self if he did not feel
    • Thus, when man wants to enter the real world he feels he must leave
    • has acquired in ordinary life, and thus he becomes a different man
    • our ancestors — events that must corrupt our womankind, and
  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 4 of 9
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    • HAVE seen that if man would enter into the realm to which,
    • Man instinctively feels
    • man has passed through many different stages. Thus, in the period of the
    • human soul to intensify its self-consciousness by such occult
    • clairvoyance. This is also a faculty man does not really need for his
    • originated. If such a man were to
    • tells me that man belongs to other realms, that my human nature
    • power to surcharge the soul with selfhood. Today man can again
    • present-day man to want to undertake occult exercises at all? Why
    • soul in the present cycle of evolution. If man did not reach out to
    • man were really the being that materialistic thinking considers him,
    • and passes before its senses. Why isn't this the case with man?
    • speaking of present-day man, for even in ancient Greece the human
    • soul, something that has no purpose or sense for physical life. Many
    • intellectuals among mankind. The philosophers are honored just
    • That depends upon the standards by which we value human life.
    • but when man today observes life through the senses and considers it
    • treated in such books, the thought slips in that either man exists
    • soul life is meaningless if life really ends with death; if man has
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  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 5 of 9
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    • WE WOULD penetrate into the mysteries of human life we must
    • man. As you know, definitions are intended to provide concepts
    • define man as a featherless biped. While this particular definition
    • man in certain respects. The next day one of the members of this
    • to your definition this is a man.” A silly way to show the
    • activity of man's waking life brings about a continual destruction of
    • forces are at work in us that do not otherwise manifest themselves,
    • health to go without proper sleep. Certainly man's life is so
    • brain that has the potentiality for development. If man were not an
    • to say, if man did not have a much healthier brain through heredity
    • human life we perceive not only these smaller cycles but larger ones
    • spiritual life of mankind in the period from the fourteenth,
    • so in its time. During this period man's gaze had to be directed
    • taught mankind to look out into the infinite distances of cosmic
    • the age now beginning. Mankind, imagining life to be enclosed between
    • only boundaries set by the human soul itself. Just as in earlier
    • will lie before man's gaze in the infinite sea of time all the
    • changes in the kernel of man's being as he follows it through its
    • shall we see the cause of this change in human thought? It is not
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  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 6 of 9
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    • historical impulses in mankind's evolution. How often, for instance,
    • a truly fundamental knowledge of human evolution. People's thinking
    • one of the greatest creations of the human spirit, a creation that has never
    • that may be regarded as giving the impulse to the human ego, so that
    • it may take its place in the evolution of man?” That
    • burning words to quicken the consciousness of self in man. In the
    • that kindled the self of man more mightily than the living force of
    • firmly realize how the human soul, under certain conditions, can
    • sense world though in a refined form. In our world here man is
    • the profoundest secret for the human soul.” Here indeed is a
    • creator of man’s inmost being, of his consciousness of self.
    • life. We are led on to the idea, so familiar to the man of India, of
    • were standing on a summit of mankind’s attainment, born
    • When man has risen to
    • experiences such as this, which only the innermost power of the human
    • Heaven. With many arms and with many bodies, with many mouths and
    • many eyes I see Thee, on every side endless in Thy Form. No end, no
    • stupendous with many mouths, arms, limbs, feet, many bodies, many
    • I with dread am filled. Radiant, Thou shakest Heaven. With many arms
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  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 7 of 9
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    • IS NATURAL, though it is usually ignored by science, that man
    • up to man. It goes without saying that man must assume some creative
    • kingdoms of nature. The point is, however, that man gains knowledge
    • kingdoms are outside him and he can observe them. As to all man has
    • man has within himself over and above the kingdoms of nature that
    • outwardly, can see itself, just so little can man gain knowledge of
    • impossible for those forces in man that are there to acquire outer
    • very forces that represent what it is in man that makes him something
    • human power of acquiring knowledge itself cannot be known by man's
    • man only insofar as he is still animal. You see on what the peculiar
    • fallacy, the illusion of materialistic Darwinism rests. Man cannot
    • for a man to confront another man and perceive in him the knowing
    • those that really distinguish man from the animal — cannot
    • waking life; that what raises man above the animal is at rest and a
    • in the organism of man. In our waking life the latter are inactive,
    • what in man transcends the animal. These very creative forces are
    • destroyed. These creative forces that raise man above the animal can
    • really be perceived in a sleeping man. So we should have to say that
    • whatever it is that repairs in sleeping man the forces he spends in
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  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 8 of 9
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    • souls to it, so to say; bring them into that manner of thought and
    • all times been concealed from the wide plain of human intelligence.
    • because it lay in the natural course of man's development that they
    • protected by a fundamental characteristic of mankind in olden times,
    • enter the general development of mankind will remain occult knowledge
    • but in a rather different one too, there is a peculiarity of human
    • evolution of man, which is full of wisdom though it may at first seem
    • one anecdote that like many others reveals a deep truth — how a
    • Fichte, to mention a few of many spiritualized thinkers. Many Indian
    • German Section in our movement an Indian thinker sent me a
    • dissertation. He sent it to many other Europeans besides. In this he
    • praise his effort, but the fact is, what this man produced could only
    • is it to comprehend all that the human soul can produce. We must make
    • it our ideal to truly understand all the masterpieces of the human
    • meaning. We can understand how the Eastern man looks up with
    • flowed. Let us imagine the man
    • content of man's soul, his everyday consciousness. His was a
    • been foolishness for that ancient time; it has sense only for mankind
    • lies something far more important, that if the man of today will only
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  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 9 of 9
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    • developed last time have shifted a little. What is true for man today
    • correctly for man today as mineral food (salt, for instance), would
    • tamas food because man's organism has changed, even as far as his
    • time the man who can give himself up to knowledge as penetrating as
    • our present knowledge of the mineral kingdom is a sattwa man. For the
    • with heart and head in the right place. A man who takes without
    • prejudice and bias the phenomena the world offers. A man who always
    • physical world is a sattwa man. In the inorganic world a sattwa
    • one where a man is in a certain way prevented by his own emotions,
    • Tamas is where a man is
    • human being. In this respect man, as a rule, is blunt and dull. He
    • But man must gradually become apathetic to the physical world in
    • surface would represent a tamas impression. Where man looks out into
    • somewhat as follows. Imagine a primitive country man who sees the
    • tamas man.” Thus is Krishna the great educator of the human
    • If a man raises his belief to the divine creators of the world he is
    • a sattwa man. Just in that time of the Gita, however, there
    • damp down this fear. Actually, Ahriman — the giver of fear —
    • a meeting to conjure up the devil Ahriman, to beckon him into their
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