Re: [anthroposophy] pralaya??
Anthroposophy has some significant differences from other depth spiritual Ways. For example, it should be seen as being basically something out of esoteric Christianity, in a certain sense. Just as Hinduism has Yoga, and conventional Buddhism (as a religion) has Tibetan and Zen Buddhism, and Judaism has Kaballah, and Islam has Sufism, so Christianity has its depth practices, of which Anthroposophy is one.
Another way that Anthroposophy is quite unique is due to its emphasis on those practices leading to a metamorphosis of thinking. Here is a link to an essay I wrote which, while written mostly for anthroposophists, will give a bit of an idea: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/lrsew.html
Another way to appreciate what lies distinctively in Anthroposophy is to understand that it seeks to bring the practioner to a practical understanding of "monism". Science, for example, is based upon a "dualism", and sees mind as something subjective and disconnected from the sense world.
The monism to which Anthroposophy leads recognizes that thought and experience are united (that is their Reality), while it is only human consciousness (in the way it is presently configured) that separates thought and experience. We can then, out of our own activity, overcome this given and assumed separation, learning to appreciate that outer experience appears not only to the senses, but the "inside" of experience arises in human consciousness in the form of thoughts.
Here is Steiner from his book A Theory of Knowledge Implicit in Goethe's World Conception: "What takes place in human consciousness is the interpretation of Nature to itself. Thought is the last member in the series of processes whereby Nature is formed."
An understanding echoed by Emerson in his essay, Nature: "Nature is a thought incarnate and turns to a thought again as ice becomes water and gas. The world is mind precipitated and the volatile essence is forever escaping into the state of free thought."
When this monism is understood, then the nature of mediation practice acquires a quite different meaning.
- Hi Sunny,
Welcome to the list and I hope this is a good place for you. As you'll see there is not much traffic lately.
On Mon, Dec 12, 2005 at 06:14:37AM -0000 or thereabouts, sunmoonchild wrote:
> Hello all,
> I am brand new here, and relatively new to Rudolph Steiner. ...
> I'll be looking forward to learning more about why I was drawn here.
> And looking forward to finding out why all I've heard of
> Anthroposophy so far just seems to resonate for me.