5126Re: Jachin & Boaz- Fourth Seal
- Oct 2, 2002Thanks, dear Bruce, for this beautiful post with web sites. I have
studied this Fourth Apocalyptic Seal (somewhat) in Steiner's
lectures: The Apocalypse of St. John, but have not seen this seal in
such brilliant color (even through the illusion of a web page).
In your post I read this quote from Steiner on the two pillars of
Joachin (Red blood, oysgen, Mercy, Life, Magic) and Boaz (Blue
blood, carbon,Severity, Death/stability, Knowledge, correspondingly):
> "The Initiate foresees a future condition of mankind in which theand
> Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life .... will be intertwined
> united within man himself. At the present stage the aspirant topillars
> spiritual development should inscribe the message of the two
> in his heart. Separated though they still are, they summon us toto
> transcend the present state of mankind and to direct our footsteps
> the place where through our widened consciousness the two will beThose
> interwoven - a secret that is indicated in the J-B. The verses
> inscribed on either pillar will bring home to us their meaning.
> on the first pillar relate to Knowledge, those on the second toLife
> itself. Thus at the former stage the formative, creative powersare
> revealed to man; at the latter he himself reveals them, magically.power
> Progression from the mere faculty of cognition to that of magical
> activity in life is the significance of the transition from the
> latent in the first inscription to that which is latent in theGood news here! What come to mind and heart right now especially is
> Occult Seals and columns- Rudolf Steiner
the use of Knowledge in modern science, a science that is, often
still, though not always, one of Knowledge without Life forces.
Think of bio-technology, genetic engineering of shadow life forms,
and think of our nuclear capabilities, a pressing matter today.
Recently in the news we hear of how what appear as monstrous forms
have taken hold of babies born in Iraq, babies whose birth/life is
affected by the U.S.'s use of depleted uranium in the "Gulf War" in
the early 90's. What technology we have! What use we put it to!
Sometime after the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and the other on
Nagasaki, I believe Neils Bohr wrote a paper expressing the need for
caution in our use of these weapons of mass destruction. Still, the
U.S., along with perhaps Russia from the former Soviet Union, has
more weapons, apparently, of mass destruction than Iraq or any other
nation. Yet, it seems to me that it is up to us as individuals and
together in (Christened) groups, to bring the forces of Life to
counterbalance these forces of death. Our task, it seems to me, is
evident, but the particulars of how to fulfill this task is
something still to be learned on the path of Initiation.
Pray we walk firmly on the path!
With trembling and gratitude for the opportunities,
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