Re: The incarnation of Ahriman
- --- In anthroposophy@y..., "Br. Ron" <rlloyd@c...> wrote:
>Hi Br. Ron! And thanks for your comments.
> Thanks for that, Jouko. Do you consider true Christianity
> a call for universal acceptance? Or is there sometimes
> a righteous need for exclusivity?
> It seems to me that while the temptation of Ahriman is all
> about 'creating' boundaries, the temptation of Lucifer is
> all about 'destroying' them. It requires a focused awareness
> upon leaving the camp of one, to not inadvertently wander
> into the camp of the other.
> May these critical times be approached with great
> prayer and wisdom!
> Br. Ron
I'm not sure if the universal acceptance is the right word. I think
that there must be a larger view than only the dicothomy between
Lucifer and Ahriman. I mean that avoiding Lucifer we can run straight
to Asuras clutches (and there's allways behind the jesuitic
inspiration that doing evil in certain instances the result is good.
Well, it might be so, but only after serious suffering). So let's get
back to the beginning (of christianity).
In Jesus Christ there was the Cosmic Christ present and in terms of
human evolution it can be said that thinking (manas), feeling
(buddhi) and will-attributes (atma) were all present. But after Jesus
Christ this new achievement had to be "earthed" in three streams. It
is said that the cosmic "Jordan-babtism-experience" brings
new "force" to the whole solar system and three "Damascos-
experiences" can deliver this "Christ-force" to earth.
There were three remarkable "initiations" in those times we are now
studying. St.John's initiation (the waking of Lazarus) was not a
proper Damascos-experience (which happens in "waking conciousness"),
because that became possible only after the Mystery of Golgotha. But
anyway the Initiator was Jesus Christ himself, so the old Mysteries
in the invisible world were renewed; in some sense we can now talk
about rosicrusian mysteries. The thinking process and manas-aspect
are crucial in this stream. If we think the three words of St.Paul:
faith, hope and love, then it is love which can be linked to this
stream (remember the beloved disciple).
A central theme in "St.Paul's christianity" is faith and it can be
connected also to the "buddhi-aspect". This stream is sadly
misunderstood; theologians without the same experience St.Paul had
have made rigid doctrines (bare bones Ahriman) out of his words.
The danger in this stream lies in the possibility that faith turns to
blind faith (and superstition) as the danger in St.John's stream is
that love turns to "selflove" and (intellectual) pride.
The third stream is named after St.Peter, and there are some problems
in this connection. This stream deals with will (atma-aspect),
ethics, and everyday, practical living. If we think the three "lower
levels", then there's special significance in the physical level, as
in St.Paul's case "astral world" and in St.John's case mental world
In St.Peter's "parishes" poverty was an important thing, newcomers
had to give their "money" to the apostols. Jesus Christ's teachings
were important in this stream; it would be inappropriate in this
connection to stress that "it is only the Christ Event that matters,
the teachings of Jesus Christ are not important". The commandments
given in the Sermon on the Mount were taken seriously, also the talk
about poverty in the beautitudes etc. Disciples in this stream didn't
give oaths, didn't go to military service etc. (In a special instance
Jesus Christ had asked that the discliples should take a couple of
swords with them. Them He could give them a conrete lesson, when St.
Peter tried to defend Jesus with the sword: "Put away that sword,
When asked, St.Peter said that Jesus was Christ, Son of a living God.
Then Jesus said that on this rock (Petrus) He will build
his "eccleesia". We can clearly see the importance of this stream. By
the way, it is interesting to notice that soon after the above
mentioned incident Jesus told that he would die soon. Then St.Peter
said that this should not happen and Jesus answered: "Be off, satan "
It is Asura, who is the "main enemy" in this stream.
Jesus Christ didn't initiate St.Peter and he didn't have the Damascos-
experience later in that incarnation either. The real leader in this
stream is St.Stephan, who had his Initiation, when he was stoned to
death. St.Stephan's death was a major setback to the new religion.
The "rockbottom" was in some sense missing, the meaning of the ethics
declared from the "Mountain" became obscure. That was also the case
conserning the attitude againts the evil and the real status and
significance of Christ was not properly clarified. (In this case of
evil and also what is called a "manichean stream" S. Prokoffjev have
stated many important facts in his book about the spiritual
significance of forgiving.)
From St.Paul's "three words" we can link "hope" to this stream of
St.Peter. But that hope became soon a bit materialistic, they hoped
for the physical return of the Christ, which should occur soon. So
they didn't work properly to earn their daily living; they lived
using the "old property" and even St.Paul tried to help them. In the
course of time this stream died away, and when there formed
the "state-church", which waged war against the "heathens", not much
was left about the real significance of this stream.
It is said that Leo Tolstoy had the etheric vehicle of St.Peter in
his disposal, and Tolstoy really recovered from the "dustbin of
history" many important facts, which have close connection to this
stream of real christianity. Probably there were same kinds of
restrictions in life of Leo Tolstoy as there were in St.Peter's life,
but it is a grave mistake to think that Tolstoy was just
harbouring "Luciferic illusions" in his teachings.
It is necessary to see the "whole picture", half-thruths (or 1/3-
thruts) play only on the behalf of Ahriman. And I really believe (as
St.Paul put it) that our (=truthseekers) fight is not against flesh
and blood, but Nowadays it is possible to start straight from the
new Initiatory Path (Way of the Son, see the earlier post "New
look ") and it begins from the 4th initiation in the old scheme, the
Mars-initiation, "turning the sword to cross". This is helped by the
karmic changes which are connected to the "second, etheric coming of
the Christ", as Dr. Steiner puts it. E.g. Bailey, when preaching
the "old story", undestands only that aspirants must take the
initiations in sequence starting from the first and recommends
some "lame harmlessness". (This same doctrine was expounded by Besant
and Leadbeater, it is OK to kill your enemies in war, when you just
don't get angry and don't kill animals!)
The number of serious thruth-seekers is relatively small compared to
the amount of incarnating egos in the whole humanity, and I
sincerely believe that concentrating in Christ, in the Tree of Life,
we are more useful than taking part in the physical fights in this
(now lower) school of Good and Evil. If this attitude in
deemed "Luciferic", so be it.
Hey, this was supposed to be a short and simple answer, but somehow I
got "carried away" (I hope not "by the moonlight shadow", a luciferic
reference again!). There are no clear cut rules in these matters
(even though I'm in the habit of stating my opinions rather
strictly!), it's about individual undestanding and decisions.