Who Is The Anti-Christ?.....The Superman?
- Who Is The Anti-Christ?
These.....are the names given to this terrifying figure: a
horn, a beast (even 'the beast'), the man of sin or perdition,
and Antichrist. We must not think, however, just because these
names are used, that Antichrist when he appears will be
repulsive. Some commentators have taken the word "Antichrist"
in this sense, that is, as one who is 'the opposite' of Christ,
and have therefore made the mistake of identifying him with
some of the worst tyrants of history - Nero, Hitler, Mussolini.
It is true that the prefix "anti" can mean "against" or
"opposite to." But it can also mean "instead of," and this is
the meaning here. Antichrist will be a substitute for Christ,
as much like Christ as is possible for a tool of Satan. He will
talk about justice and love, peace and prosperity. He will be
brilliant and eloquent. In short, he will appear as an angel of
light, as Satan himself often does, and will be hailed by
millions as a superman who will save mankind.
To make this precise we may say that the Antichrist is
far more likely to appear as someone like Dr. Albert
Schweitzer - who did not believe in the full divinity of Jesus
Christ or accept the authority of Scripture and yet went as an
angel of light to Africa - than as someone like Adolf Hitler,
who rose to power in Germany at the same time.
(Arthur D. Katterjohn and Mark Fackler)
- The Superman...The Self-Overcomer
The Superman is one: whose self-mastery yields an abundance
of the power to create; who exercises the master privilege
of the free spirit---living experimentally; who bids farewell
to the reverences of youth and who stands apart from the
views and values of the herd; who reverences enemies as
allies; who knows how to forget and recuperate from the blows
of life; who shakes off with a single shrug the vermin that
eat deeply into others; whose overflowing plentitude and
gratitude cleanse both body and spirit of all guilt and all
resentiment; who perceives that 'body' and 'spirit' are two
names for a single mystery; who calls humankind to return in
love to its true home, the Earth; whose every muscle quivers
with a proud consciousness of truly free will and a sovereign
individuality that 'no longer flows out into a God'; who
realizes that creative individuallity is indeed the Earth's
goal and humanity's hope; who without metaphysical
consolations, affirms life not only in its joy but in all its
horror and who, thereby, conquers nihilism....This
'anti-nihilist; this victor over God and nothingness---he
must come one day.'
The Superman is shaped in the school of self-overcoming whose
curriculum requires both courage and discipline, and above
all, the ability to distinguish between asceticism that denies
life and one that stands in it service. The school of
self-overcoming gives birth to the creative will.
Philip Novak---'The Vision of Nietzsche'
Copied from---'The Inner Life of Krishnamurti' by Aryel Sanat
- On the Coming of a New World, a New Spiritual Age.....
The need of the True, the New, the Real, of Something
Different, lives in the breasts of so many. The seed
of the New World has been strewn out and the attentive
eye sees the signs of its germination everywhere.
Jacques Lacarriere, for instance, ends his remarkable
book on Les Gnostiques (The Gnostics) as follows: 'The
Gnostic of today can no longer be a preacher of
salvation, a magus in seclusion on his mountain, or
some illuminatus in the big city with his nose glued
to old texts. He must be a sentient man, turned towards
the present and the future, with the intuitive certitude
that above all else he holds within himself the keys of
the future. This certitude he has to oppose to all
reassuring myths, so-called religions of salvation, and
alienating ideologies, which do nothing but screen off
his true presence to reality. For what is important
today is not so much to discover new stars as to break
down the new barriers which unceasingly rise up around
us or within ourselves, in order to go through them,
like through death, with the eyes wide open.'
'The coming of the spiritual age must be preceded by the
appearance of an increasing number of individuals who
are no longer satisfied with the normal intellectual,
vital, and physical existence of man,' Sri Aurobindo
wrote eight decades ago. These individuals are the ones
who can no longer stand the lies and the almost
unrealistic improbability of the whole mess of life
because something inside them knows that it can be
otherwise and that the moment of the other way has
arrived. They have inside them a lacuna which the Mother
called a 'Need' - the pressing need of Reality which is
a hunger for sustenance of the soul. This Need is the
sign of the mature psychic being. It is inevitably
guided towards its very own place and contribution in
the construction of the New World, often by an
improbable coincidence - a word, an encounter, a book,
an article in a newspaper wrapped around a pair of
shoes. For it is for this specific contribution that it
has come into the world again, and it will find the
like-minded psychic beings, even though most of them
are still moving incognito among the mass or within a
religious or spiritual community. For it belongs to the
planetary group of those who have been sent. And in the
ear-shattering din of a world in travail it will discern
the pure call which fills the eyes with tears of Joy
because the call will tell that That is present in this
world and that life will no longer be a crawling act but
a boundless flight with wide and light and colorful
The world is coming apart at the seams, 'till that day
that it will be the Sun forever, the total Victory,'
as the Mother put it. Those who feel the unquenchable
thirst for Something Different will be protected in a
cacoon of light, she said, to traverse all perils of the
convulsions of the old and dying world, for in part of
their being they already belong to that light, to the
New World. And 'all one has dreamed to be the most
beautiful, the most marvellous, the most fantastic is
nothing compared with what will be realized.
'The absoluteness of the Victory is in-dis-put-able,' she
stressed staccato - she who possessed the certitude 'like
a sword of Light, intangible.' And like Joan of Arc to
her standard which had been with her in so many battles,
she said to those then and now who dedicate themselves
to the advent of Tomorrow: 'You have shared in the
hardship, you will share in the honor.'
For: 'It is not a crucified but a glorified body that
will save the world.'
Georges Van Vrekhem ('Beyond Man') on the vision of
Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. (Auroville 1/6/96)
- Is a Man-made Utopia Possible?
Do men possess the capacity to design and build a utopia?
Considering the world's rapidly deteriorating condition, the
question seems ridiculous. Understand. A man-made utopia
is not in the making. Man's efforts to bring about such
utopias have always failed. But we should still ask the
questionand consider one such effort.
An English reformer, Robert Owen was internationally
renowned for his amazing success in efficiently managing
textile mills. In 1826, he came to the United States to
conduct a social experiment in New Harmony, Indiana. He
felt that by providing all able-bodied workers with
challenging, fulfilling and enjoyable work, a utopian society
would emerge. His community was carefully balanced
between his textile mill, agriculture and various services.
He attempted to cover all bases in this costly experiment.
Since Owen was hostile toward religion, he based his utopia
solely on secular principles. He was also familiar with the
ideas of Plato and others philosophers, and incorporated
some into his own theory.
Owen's formula for utopia only considered physical
requirements. It ignored spiritual and moral guidelines. As
always, human nature appeared. Rivalries, friction and poor
cooperation with associates plagued the experiment, forcing
its abandonment within two years. Owen returned to
England, concluding that human natureand contentious
human relationsblocked any hope of cooperation. While
Owen recognized that human nature stood in the way,
neither he nor any philosopher could find a formula to modify
Human philosophers may talk about utopia, but they cannot
make it a reality. It is not within the power of men to bring
peace, happiness, prosperity and all the good things of life.