Re: [anthroposophy] Re: THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD
- Hello Bruce and all,
Thanks, Bruce, for this installment of your wonderful online
lecture-commentary-summary of "The Light of the World" (Owen Barfield). I
get chills in the (contextualized) hearing of the words to the Disciples (to
us): "Ye are the light of the world."
Thanks for the thoughts on the backwardness of eros in relationship to
procreation and Father-forces, and on the opportunity we have to move
forward, through that inner Light, to Death (as in the model/ideal of the
Christ being-within us).
Now, we have been given this opportunity to go forward through that
sentence, that declaration, that pronouncement: Ye are the light of the
So,on a related thread, if you will bear with me:
It just so happens that this morning in my college English class, we spoke
about what the word "sentence" really means, within and beyond the narrow
confines of grammar. We talked about how certain people are granted, or
endowed with, the authority to make declarations, pronouncements, sentences
(judges, clergy, the U.S. President to "declare" war, Thomas Jefferson and
U.S. Founding Fathers to declare "Independence" from Great Britain, and to
shape a nation by declaring that "All men are created equal" with certain
In Judeo-Christian Western cultures (where most of my students are members),
there is that "original" sentence of creation: "Let there be light". (In
Genesis, "God said, 'let there be light', and there was light.")
Here is the power to declare, to make sentence, to create. And light
And then, by the time of The New Testament, we hear the Christened One
saying, "Ye are the light of the world."
Quite a history in light of Light!
Even physicists today (the ones i am familiar with in my amateur way) speak
of all things as various degrees of vibrations of light (maybe that is the
outer light, but a mirror of that Inner Light).
I'll look forward to your next installment.
Meantime, a question to you or anyone moved to answer:
What is the meaning of "The Earth was without form and void, and darkness
was upon the face of the deep. And God said, 'let there be light', and there
was light." (I suppose this is not the best translation, and I am not at
home, where I might still have my copy of Steiner's Genesis lectures, so I
am remembering here only the "King James' version of that all important
>((...))The third of the three occasions_________________________________________________________________________
>on which these words occur - this time in the Gospel of St. Matthew - is
>during the Sermon on the Mount, immediately after the Beatitudes. But
>this time the sensing is different. This time Jesus is no longer
>addressing the multitude. He is alone with His own - with His disciples,
>who need no such instruction in discrimination. They have been "so long
>time with Him", as He once reminded Philip, and have so often seen the
>true Light of the world - the light from the source within - shining
>from His countenance, that they need no education in distinguishing that
>Light from any other light.
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