Re: [anthroposophy] Self & Selflessness
- Thanks, dear Bruce, for this beautiful message. It hits the spot, as we say!
>From: "888" <bhive@...>_________________________________________________________________________
>To: "Anthroposophy" <email@example.com>
>Subject: [anthroposophy] Self & Selflessness
>Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2000 09:38:56 +1000
>The development of Man up to this point has been to enhance the
>separateness of the individuality and selfishness is part of this. The
>mission of alcohol played a part in this.
>In ancient times we experienced our "I" most naturally in all that was
>around us- the spiritual world as well. The mystic sought to regain some
>of this consciousness - "I am this world". This was the old tribal
>consciousness which still persists in some of our Australian
>This sense of individuality has left us with a loneliness, which is very
>The development of this separate "I" will not end here, but in a
>voluntary co-operative society in the future- known as the Sixth Race,
>or Philadelphia in Revelations. (The Six Sub Race will be the seed of
>the Sixth Root Race.)
>"For selfless deeds are the real foundations of immortality: this is the
>reflex of selfless deeds in the outer world."
>Another paradox- we only get to keep what we give away.
>"To do something for the higher self is not selfish because it is not
>done only for the self. The higher self will be united with all other
>higher selves, so that is done for all at the same time."
>"A tiny handful of men will save themselves and pass over to the sixth
>epoch. This tiny handful will have developed complete selflessness."
>Compassioin for self is a caring for oneself, it is not egotism. So
>many times today we hear of people hating themselves and sometimes
>suiciding because of that hate. Compassion for self is right and
>correct, so is a strong I AM or ego-identity. Conceit is a different
>Vanity gives us a false view of ourselves in our relationship to the
>We may tempted to lie to ourselves about
>ourselves, because we are pained by some of our faults. Marcus Aurelius
>has some wonderful things to say in his Meditations about a healthy view
>of self- all the more
>important considering his status as the most powerful man in the world
>of his time.
>Our true enduring self is our higher self. Our personality will perish
>at the end of this life.
>There is a little here on the Cultural Epochs:
>The letters to the Churches relate to the seven Sub Races.
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