4546Re: [anthroposophy] reasons for hope?
- Aug 13, 2002Aug 13
To Carol, who wrote:
>>#1... There are increasingly good books in the'new age'
section of most book stores. By good books I mean
are attempting to create bridges between the
mysteries and the daily lives of the readers. Many
new books are less egotistical and more objective.
side of this shiny coin is that in the science
bookstores we are beginning to see more and more
to address mysterious phenomena; there will always
absolute denials and refutation of spiritual
many of the books from the science section are
the edge of the razor blade and acknowledging the
I take a bit of hope from these trends. An example
former type of book is "The After-Life
example of the later is "Who's afraid of
I've been turning this over in my mind for a while,
asking: Is this "New Age" stuff a good thing, or
not? -- I've been having some trouble coming up
with an answer.
Perhaps a move away from crude materialism in the
mass culture is a step in the right direction, but
not necessarily altogether good. The New Age
trends can be turned to evil, as is being attempted
by Creme's "Maitreya". New Agism *could* be
manipulated into black magic. On the other hand,
besides the obvious benefits that can follow in
culture from an increased awareness of soul-spirit
realities, there might also be the benefit that
human beings after death might be less susceptible
to evil influences keeping them earth-bound and
using them for harmful ends. But this is a
speculation on my part.
Such efforts as *The Afterlife Experiments* might
be good up to a point, but there is a fallacy
inherent in investigating soul-spiritual matters by
using the methods of "natural science":
-- from *Theosophy*, Addendum #13:
"It is, indeed, natural to demand, for instance,
that the statements of the seer in this domain
should be proved by experiments corresponding to
the scientific mode of thinking. . . . The
spiritual world, however, will not allow itself to
be dictated to."
As for quantum physics: This was well underway in
Steiner's day, and there was much talk that the
crude materialism of 19th Century science had been
superseded. Steiner wasn't buying it; he remarked
that this "new physics" was at base still very much
materialistic. That's my recollection, anyway;
unhappily, I don't have the direct quote.
A world-view that encompasses reincarnation, karma,
invisible beings, etc. is not necessarily proof
against materialism. Indeed, Der Doktor often
remarked on the materialism in the old Theosophical
Society, with her doctrine of the "permanent atom",
the talk of "vibrations", etc. -- One can find the
classic statement of "occult materialism" in the
infamous "Mahatma Letter on God", by one of the
The more virulent forms of occult materialism are
deeply evil, seeking to divert earth-evolution into
some cosmic anti-world -- as outlined in Bondarev's
"Good and Evil".
-- If one is inclined toward optimism, I suppose
one could find reason for hope in the change in
mass-consciousness as shown in the New Age
movement. If one is inclined toward pessimism, one
can find in this plenty of cause for worry,
especially given the impending incarnation of
Ahriman. Steiner warned us that
Ahriman-in-the-flesh will make a mighty effort to
turn the new clairvoyance and magic to his
purposes. The outcome of this struggle is not
settled in advance, as far as I know.
Thanks for your comments,
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