Re: Manas and the Astral Body of Christ
- Thank you again, Bradford, for a rich and generous post, and for
calling us to thoughtful courageousness in these urgent matters of
bio-technology/engineering, as they are euphemistically called in the
media. Indeed, as you say, these are acts where scientists are
engaged in abuse of children, the future children (plant, animal,
human species), an abuse as egregious as that of any abusing Catholic
Priest. Interesting how the mainstream news calls our attention over
and over to the scandals in the Catholic Church, while the scandals
of science, and our complicity when we are silent, hardly receive a
Thanks for pointing again to St. Elizabeth and Wartburg Castle. I'll
look this up.
Also, thanks for the illustration of your own marriage and union of
the etheric and astral forces.
More later. Meantime, courage and blessing!
- --- In anthroposophy@y..., "Bradford Riley" <holderlin66@h...> wrote:
> From: "elaineupton2001" <elaineupton@h...>mind
> >Subject: [anthroposophy] Re: Manas and the Astral Body of Christ
> >Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2002 21:05:46 -0000
> Dear Elaine raised great issues;
> You mention St. FRancis and the stigmate, in reference to his
> >attainment of the astral body of Christ. But St. Elizabeth? I know
> >virtually nothing of her. What was her Christ experience?--And
> >Wartburg Castle? What is it you are busy with here, if you don't
> Bradford writes;
> Positive and negative currents of charge in sexual relations
> astral contacts. Sex is a magnetic force and sometimes notkarmically as
> clear as Heathcliff and Cathy. Yes you are lucky to understandHealthcliff
> and Cathy in "Wuthering Heights" others who wander around here failto take
> heed when looking into the question of how the realm of soul matesmight
> Soul mates might be indicated by how Lazarus and John the Baptist
> joined it always reminded me of Cain and Abel. Cain the enormousinitiate
> reminded me of Rosenkreuz stream. Abel reminded me of Baptist a bit.Joksu writes:
This Bradford's text reminds me of a lecture named "Cain", held by an
eminent occultist in the year 1931. I want to share some insights,
which have stemmed mainly from this lecture.
Cain was originally a farmer and we can connect (agri)culture to
him. Abel was a shephard and when Cain slayed Abel, this can be
interpreted so that Cain slayed in himself the "trait of tending the
animal passions". But in some other sense, it was also a question of
a Fall, which had karmic consiquencies. I will consider this aspect
later on. It was also from the beginning the question about
brotherhood (Am I my brothers' keeper?).
There's a beautiful old legend about King Solomon. (This is a short
version based on my memory.) Solomon had to build a temple for the
glory of God. But every time when the work proceeded there came an
earthqueke that destroyed the building (He made three attemps in
different sites). The King become desperate, but then he heard a
voice which explained, that those places were not worthy enough for
Solomon went for a walk and in a sad mood sat down near a field
under a tree. The wise king could understand e.g. all animals and a
bird in the tree spoke to Salomon: "Your search is over, here is the
place where you can build your temple". The wise king wondered why
this cornfield was holier than the earlier places, which were part
of "pure nature". The bird told more:
The field was owned by two brothers; the other was married and had
a family, the other was single. The "family man" waked up in the
night and said to his wife: this has been a good year to us.; God
have been merciful to us. But my brother lives all alone. I'll go and
transfer some sheafs to his side of the field. The other brother had
also waked up and thought: I don't need much, but my brother has a
wife and children. I'll go and put some sheafs from my side to his
side. He doesn't have to know about it. Along the next day they both
wondered, why was there equal amount of cornsheafs in both sides of
the field. They both repeated the process during the next night
takin a greater amount of sheafs with them. And in the coming day
they were more astonished.
But wait here, said the bird to Solomon, in this night they will come
third time, because their love is invincible. And the King sat down
and waited. The night came and when it started dawning a man came to
the field, and the bird said: it is the older brother. And that man
took from his side a large amount of sheafs. Then Solomon regocnized
that there was a man also in the younger man's field, who took "full
load" of sheafs. When the brothers came near each other, they were
frightened in the beginning to see a man carrying sheafs. But then
they recognized each other, dropped the sheafs and run to embrace
each other: "My brother, my brother!". King Solomon stepped in all
his glory in front of the brothers and said: O you worthy men, sell
me this field, I want to pay you a tenfold price. So King Solomo got
the soil, where he could finally build his temple, which would
endure. In this legend we can see an ideal relationship between
a "Cain-type" and an "Abel-type".
In Abel and Cain we can really see two different types: Abel is more
of the "feeling-type", conservative, supporter of the status quo.
This type easily "believes" in religios dogmas, they love churches
and priests, who takes care of their relationship to God. This
temperament is also humble and can give birth to beautiful characters
Cain is more impulsive, "thinking-type", always seeking new
approaches. This temperament wants to study, understand and "risk
all" to reach the thruth. They don't need priests, they want to
understand and know. But when we think the spiritual side of things,
then it can be said, that Cain is occultist and Abel is a magician
(this aspect is also linked to seremonies).
A secret traditoin tells: Cain was a human being, who later
incarnated as Hiram Abif. King Solomon was an Abel-character, in all
his wisdom serving and humble; he was a magician. But Cain, who
was "greater in skills", was born as Hiram Abif, and without him King
Solomon could not build his temple. Solomon had to be allied with
Hiram Abif, Abel with Cain. And Hiram Abif incarnated later as
Lazarus, whom Jesus Christ "raised from the dead" and who was also
apostle John (here we can also remember what Bradford have written
about John the Babtist.) And St.John incarnated later as Christian
Rosenkreutz, that great Master, who is immensly near Jesus Christ and
is behind all occult and mystical organisations in the "west". He is
a wonderful example to us all, how to rise from a fall to great
Rosenkreutz is also linked to St.Germain. I definetly see them as
separate individuals. Dr. Steiner says in his lecture at Neuchatel
27.9.1919, that St.Germain was the exoteric incarnation of Christian
Rosenkreutz. St.Germain (an Abel-type magician) has earned
his "citizenship" in "the White Brotherhood of Christ" after
Christian Rosenkreutz and in some sense He is the Gate to this
Brotherhood and in this sense I see Him as "the exoteric incarnation
of C.R.". (If I had to speculate about his (St.G.) earlier
incarnations, I could vote for e.g. Franciscus of Assisi. Yes I
know, usually more occult methods are used in these matters, but I
can always blame the effects of this "democratic age"!)
Now Dr. Steiner is directly linked to this Rosenkreutz stream and he
is really a clear Cain-type. We can think about all the cultural
impulses (education, even (biodynamic) acgriculture etc.) in
anthroposophy. But the question about brotherhood and tolerating
different "types" is also vital, when one is building a Mystery-
Temple. In the original T.S. there was a strong rosicrucian impulse
and brotherhood was an essential theme. But this brotherhood should
have been "active practice", as in the old legend, not something to
Then there is still the karmic aspect. When Cain had killed Abel,
Cain said to God that now anyone can kill him. Cain is told that if
he is killed, there will be sevenfold revenge. I link this event to a
certain "karmic start", where the karma is wielded by the planetary
spirit. And now it is clearly the karma and "dharma" (spiritual duty)
of this Rosenkreutz stream to see, that this karma is "redeemed"
and "transferred to the hand of Christ". It has a lot to do with the
new Mystery School, which Dr. Steiner worked for (but he could only
open the first from the three "degrees"). It has also tight links to
the "second coming of Christ" and the karmic changes attached to it.
I am sorry if this writing seems a bit "confused", I can't write
clearer text now about this very deep subject.
Still one bit of information: Eliphas Levi writes in
his "Trancendental Magic" that the Prodigal Son in the Bible is a
decription about Cain. Hmm, why not?
- From: "joksu57" <jouko.sorvali@...>
>Subject: [anthroposophy] Re: Manas and the Astral Body of ChristMagnificent work on the Cain Abel question Joksu.. Here I continue more with
>Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2002 21:52:20 -0000
the Cain Stream of Science.
Steiner on Manas;
****** �. Man has evolved from a state of existence when he had only
physical body, etheric body and astral body, and he evolves further through
transforming his astral body into Manas (Spirit-Self).
In these last few posts on Manas I have brought a position of the Second
Fall infecting kingdoms below Man through the activity of Man. I placed
Science in an unconscious position of infecting the Animal Group Soul
Integrity; Plant Group Identity and already implanting forces in the Mineral
Silicon realm that begin shaping and distorting their developments. Science
at this phase of human evolution has taken over what was formerly a
Religious domain. Presently the activity of Scientists in genetic
manipulations, egg, embryo and cellular impregnations and transplantations
are bringing arbitrary astral
accelerations and intercourse into the innocence of the lower kingdoms below
our Ego or their Ego development. I indicated that Luciferic elements of the
Fall of Man could be infecting the unfolding of the lower Kingdoms of
mineral, plant and Animal realms. I felt that we might be allowing,
unobserved, Science to spread the illness of our own Fall into the
neighboring Kingdoms that share our human realm.
In Steiner�s �The Concepts of Original Sin and Grace� I find some support
for my view.
********* �But already then he was involved in the process of the evolution
of the ego; he lived within this evolutionary process, waiting, as it were,
for the later bestowal of his ego. Rightly understood, this enables us to
conceive that certain things must have happened to man and to the whole
process of his development before he actually received his ego. These
happenings belong to an epoch preceding that of the development of the ego.
This is of great significance, for if man had passed through a phase of
evolution before receiving his ego, what happened during that phase cannot
be attributed to him in the same sense as what has happened since the
bestowal of the ego is to be attributed to him. �
The lower kingdoms of mineral, plant, and animal have not achieved the Ego
evolution yet. Therefore things cannot be faulted, except for the general
infection of the Luciferic Fall which infected our human Astral Group Nature
prior to the development and achieving our individual Ego�s. Some may wonder
what this is all about. The Mineral has only achieved physical manifestation
and no etheric or astral body has yet fully appeared for them. However just
as there are species of Plants, Monocots, Dicots and the like, Minerals have
geometric families, their various group soul fields at present only
indicated by Platonic Solids and crystalline structures in their forms.
The Plants already have physical and etheric bodies but their blossom is the
close proximity of the Astral, feeling life and the Insect community would
be the nerve sense and spinal system that, when attached to the plant, would
bestow on the species in that community the first phases of animal
development. How should men Initiate the Plant Community into its higher
The Animals vehicles have physical bony system, etheric life system and
Astral feeling intelligence still linked to the Group Soul of the breed.
House pets and House plants and garden plants associated with human activity
and human consumption have been adopted and come under the influence taming,
splicing, grafting and breeding, which required a kind of mingling and
intercourse that crossed species boundaries.
In the warehouse of all of nature�s substance are cross breeding, and
genetic families and species that can give untold benefit to humanity.
However the deeds that we do by this manipulation, ethically or arbitrarily
will have influence, IMO on affecting the etheric, astral and future Ego
development of these innocent Kingdoms, in the same manner as Luciferic
Beings affected and infected our own Human development and created for us a
route in evolution Marked by the Fall.
********* �There are beings who obviously have no ego in the human sense,
namely, the animals. They consist of physical body, etheric body and astral
body only. Everyone who thinks rationally recognizes something about the
animals. Whatever fury may be exhibited by a lion, for example, we shall not
say of a lion as we might say of a human being: he can be evil, he can sin,
he can commit immoral deeds. We shall never speak of immorality in
connection with the actions of an animal. This in itself is significant
because even if we give no thought to it, we are thereby recognizing that
the difference between man and animal consists in the fact that the animal
has physical body, etheric body and astral body only, whereas man has the
ego in addition. Man passed through a phase of evolution when the astral
body was the highest member of his being. Did something happen to him during
that stage which must be regarded in a different light from that in which
the actions of animals are to be regarded? Yes indeed! For it must be
clearly understood that although man was once a being consisting of physical
body, etheric body and astral body, his nature was never the same as that of
the animals as we know them today. Man was never an animal, but in other
epochs he passed through a stage of evolution when he had these three bodies
only � epochs when there were as yet no animals in their present form and
when the conditions of existence on the earth were quite different.
What was it that actually happened to man at that time? As he had not
received his ego, we cannot attribute to him what we now do in
distinguishing him from the animals. What arose through him cannot be judged
as it is to be judged today, when he has an ego. In the last stage of
transition, when man was on the point of receiving his ego, there came the
Luciferic influence. In that epoch of his evolution man was not the being he
is today, but neither is he to be identified with the animals. Lucifer
approached him. At that time man could not � acting as it were with full
moral responsibility � choose whether he would or would not follow Lucifer;
nevertheless he could be drawn into Lucifer's toils in a way other than that
which applies to the animals today. This temptation by Lucifer occurred at
the time when man was actually at the point of receiving his ego. This
temptation was a deed to which man yielded before the period of
ego-development but which has cast its shadows into the whole of this
IMO we find the trend of actions that the biological Sciences focuses on now
as beginning to venture into, a repeat, of the kind of Luciferic activity
that brought the chain of events that had called forth the Luciferic Fall
that Milton describes. Meaning that the Astral body received premature
influences that have brought us to the point of Freedom but they also
required that the Christ come into Earthly Evolution and entered into our
human historical situation, enter the realm of Religion and Science and
request that humanity do right by the lower kingdoms.. Instead of and eye
for an eye, rather do unto others as you would have done unto you� and this
above all, �That which you do to the least of these you do to me!�
Which creates, IMO, a new scientific mandate since we appear to be already
entering into intercourse with realms innocent and below us that are
unconscious and bear in their arbitrary interfacing and mere corporate moral
assessments, both Luciferic and consequentially Ahrimanic results for the
unfolding innocent kingdoms below Humanity. I compare the Science standpoint
today with the Priestly crisis of the Pedophile. In that the abuse of those
which appear to be least, and most helpless and easily manipulated should be
given higher ethical protection and priority by humanity, society and
In Nicanor Perlas Bio-Technology & Anthroposophy, Nicanor researched along
�Contemporary civilization is in a desperate struggle with the imperatives
of technology. There are cries for a reintegration of religion with science
to help stem the tide of technological imperialism. There are pleas for a
more �empathetic knowledge,� a knowledge of participation rather than of
instrumental control. There are serious calls for a � predictive ecology� to
provide future knowledge of the impacts of technologies in the environment
in advance of their execution. There are even articulations of a � deep
ecology� perspective that hopes to radically arrest man�s domination over
nature. In addition, efforts have been undertaken to regulate, and even
stop, some of the more menacing features of humanities drive to create a
bio-engineered Garden of Eden.�
We are in a new chapter of the unfolding of human responsibility and destiny
from the Garden of Eden. It is past the mid-point of Earth evolution.
Humanity has received the Ego. The Gods themselves have entered to lift
mankind from a downward spiral. In the course of evolution from Saturn to
Vulcan, humanity is past the mid-point of Earth evolution and headed for the
In this symphonic sweep The Michael School and the gigantic gifts of how to
understand the Cosmic Christ Event has rocked the world of mankind.. We know
this because the counter forces have been given enormous latitude because
enormous amounts of wisdom have poured into humanities lap. These recent
historical events call forth a response. Not only the response of Christ and
Zarathustra having given copies of Astral Bodies and Etheric Bodies to
humans on their evolutionary track: but now intense mass Luciferic thinking
in our science communities in regards to cloning and copies of human beings,
animals and plants. Reincarnation and the reality of that which comes into
fill a human Form is deliberately being side tracked by the forces of
thinking in the scientific and religious community that have refused to
grasp what both Nietzsche and Hitler added to off set the balance of in
streaming wisdom focused through the work of Steiner and others.
Laws of Science in the Atom have become new gateways for Beings of Miltonian
and Tolkienian status.. Matter with specific laws now sound like codes to a
riddle that humanity has not caught up with. Humanity has not held deep
moral considerations with the shattering import and timing that recent
events in twentieth century history were delivered to us with. This is no
game. However the tendencies and who holds the power of laws that manipulate
man and Nature is beginning to sound like this.
"Three rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
--Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
--One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadow lie.
--One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
--One Ring to bring the all in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadow lie."
(from The Lord of the Rings)
��- the epic The Lord of the Rings has a depth that fascinate adult readers.
The title of the book refers to Sauron, the embodiment of evil in
Middle-Earth. Sauron created the Rings of Power, and the One Ring, which
rules the other rings and thus makes him the Lord of the Rings. Actually the
story depicts different reactions of its characters, from men to hobbits,
elves and other beings, to evil forces. This is why the work is not an
fantasy version of WW II, the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, but more
related to Milton's Paradise Lost. Sauron manifests himself in the form of a
lidless Eye, which sees nearly everything.
"'The Lord of the Rings' is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic
work; unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision. That is
why I have not put in, or have cut out practically all references to
anything like 'religion,' to cults or practices, in the imaginary world. For
the religious element is absorbed into the story and symbolism." (from a
letter in 1953 to Robert Murray, a Jesuit priest, in The Letters of J.R.R.
Milton observes the moment of Astral body error in his epic.
"So spake the fervent Angel; but his zeal
None seconded, as out of season judged
Or 30 singular and rash. Whereat rejoiced
The Apostate 31, and, more haughty, thus replied:&emdash;
"'That we were formed, then, say'st thou? and the work
Of secondary hands, by task transferred
From Father to his Son? Strange point and new!
Doctrine which we would know whence learned! Who saw
When this creation was? Rememberst thou
Thy making, while the Maker gave thee being?
We know no time when we were not as now;
Know none before us, self-begot, self-raised
By our own quickening power when fatal course
Had circled his full orb, the birth mature
Of this our native Heaven, Ethereal Sons. 32
Our puissance is our own; our own right hand
Shall teach us highest deeds, by proof to try
Who is our equal. Then thou shalt behold
Whether by supplication we intend
Address, and to begirt the Almighty Throne
Beseeching or besieging. This report,
These tidings, carry to the Anointed King
And fly, ere evil intercept thy flight.'
"He said- and, as the sound of waters deep
Hoarse murmur echoed to his words applause
Through the infinite host. Nor less for that
The flaming Seraph, fearless, though alone,
Encompassed round with foes, thus answered bold.&emdash;
"'O alienate from God, O Spirit accursed
Forsaken of all good! I see thy fall
Determined and thy hapless crew involved
In this perfidious fraud, contagion spread
Both of thy crime and punishment. Henceforth
No more be troubled how to quit the yoke
Of God's Messiah. Those indulgent laws
Will not be now vouchsafed- other decrees
Against thee are gone forth without recall;
That golden sceptre which thou didst reject
Is now an iron rod to bruise and break
Thy disobedience. Well thou didst advise;
Yet not for thy advice or threats I fly
These wicked tents devoted, lest the wrath
Impendent, raging into sudden flame
Distinguish not: for soon expect to feel
His thunder on thy head, devouring fire.
Then who created thee lamenting learn
When who can uncreate thee thou shalt know.'
"So spake the Seraph Abdiel, faithful found
Among the faithless, faithful only he;
Among innumerable false unmoved,
Unshaken, unseduced, unterrified,
His loyalty he kept, his love, his zeal;
Nor number nor example with him wrought
To swerve from truth, or change his constant mind,
Though single. From amidst them forth he passed,
Long way through hostile scorn, which he sustained
Superior, nor of violence feared aught
And with retorted scorn his back he turned
On those proud towers, to swift destruction doomed"
The Poetical Works of John Milton (New York: Macmillan, 1917) by pages
136-143; footnotes by Richard Hooker
Who then, in the real sense, was the sinner? Not man as an ego-endowed
being. Through Lucifer, man became a sinner with one part of his being � the
part with which, properly speaking, he can no longer be a sinner today, for
now he has his ego. At that time, therefore, he sinned with his astral body.
That is the radical difference between the sin we now incur as men and the
sin which at that time crept into our human nature. When man succumbed to
the temptation of Lucifer, he succumbed with his astral body. This,
therefore, is a deed which belongs to the period prior to that of
ego-development and is entirely different in character from any deed of
which man has been capable since his ego entered into him � even in its very
earliest rudiments. It was therefore a deed of man which preceded the entry
of the ego, but it cast its shadows into all subsequent ages of time. Man's
nature was such that before receiving his ego, he was able to perform the
�deed� of lending himself to the Luciferic temptation but through all later
time he has been under the influence resulting from this deed. In what sense
under its influence? The consequence of the astral body having incurred
guilt before man became an ego-endowed being has been that in each
successive incarnation he sank more deeply into the physical world. The
impetus for this descent was this action, this deed, which was enacted then
in the astral body. Man found himself on a steep downward gradient, and with
his ego he now lends himself to forces in his nature deriving from the stage
of his evolution preceding that of the development of his ego.
In Egypt various astral entities behind the Astral World where the future
moral forces of the Ego shone through reveal Hawk headed men and Crocodile
features of higher astral Initiation. Today in our labs we are taking these
same Beings and sexually manipulating them and cross breeding various
features and astral qualities. Recently we talked about the combination of
the Goat and the Spider for military research. (fact) The Geep combination
of Sheep and Goat; Pig and human genetic combinations for organ transplants
and blood transfusions; Each day we delve deeper into the worlds of Astral
Beings and former Egyptian mysteries that now appear under the sterile guise
of the scientist in a lab coat. Sex and Astral Intercourse are really what
we are looking at when we see the experiments of a little magnified cell
image and needle impregnating the cell with another form of gene combination
or chromosome structure.
Procreating and having sex and mingling forces in the lower innocent
Kingdoms who shared with humanity the fall, and have become in themselves
entangled fallen fragments of animal, plant, and mineral worlds that fell
with humanity and sacrificed themselves from out of our astral, etheric and
mineral forces from the planet and solar system development of ours and
their future destinies. These are a lot of so called Astral and Etheric TOYS
to play with. And behind that stands the unfallen Ego forces of these
various communities. Certainly what is actually here on Earth can now be
carried forward and upward by Human Spiritual Intelligence in the Scientific
community or continue to be infected with arbitrary influences from
unconscious human errors. Our, I think, is to indicate we are in somewhat of
a unique position if we intend to give birth to new phase shifts in Beings.
That which we sow on Earth is sown in Heaven.
*********** "How did these forces take effect in the evolution of humanity?
They took effect in the following way. We know that until approximately the
seventh year of life the physical body of the human being develops, from the
seventh to the fourteenth years the etheric body, from the fourteenth to the
twenty-first years the astral body, and so on. When the development of the
etheric body has been completed, man reaches the stage when he is able to
propagate his kind. (We will not now consider what form this takes in the
animal kingdom.) When the etheric body has fully developed, the human being
is able to reproduce his kind. Anyone who gives a little thought to this �
he need not be clairvoyant but only reflect a little � will say: when the
development of the etheric body is complete it is possible for a human being
to bring forth another of his kind in the fullest sense. This means that as
he grows on into the twenties he can develop no new procreative powers. It
cannot be said that a man of 30 adds anything to this capacity to propagate
his kind; he possesses it to the full as soon as the development of his
etheric body is complete. What factor is added later? Nothing that he
himself subsequently acquires is added, for he already possesses the power
of propagation to the full when the etheric body is completely developed.
What, then, is added? As far as the full power to propagate his kind is
concerned, the one and only capacity subsequently added by the human being
is that of being in a position to vitiate, to weaken it. What he can still
acquire after the full development of his etheric body cannot enrich the
actual power to propagate his kind, but can only impoverish it. The fact is
that qualities acquired after the onset of puberty contribute nothing to the
improvement of the human race but only make for its deterioration. This is
due to the influence of the impulse which proceeds from the guilt incurred
by the astral body.
After the etheric body has fully developed, that is to say, at about the
fourteenth year, the astral body develops further. Yes, but the influence of
Lucifer is implanted in the astral body! What works back again from there
into the functioning of the etheric body can only have the effect of
weakening the forces of the etheric body which enable man to propagate his
kind. In other words: what the astral body has become as the result of the
temptation of Lucifer is a perpetual cause of degeneration and deterioration
of the human race. And this has actually happened. �
The Sentient teenage astral forces with zits and chaotic emotional lives are
being tracked upwards from the time of the Egyptian Cultural period and
mainlined into the American Folk development. The Founding Fathers connected
our karma to the Egyptian stream. At that time in history the Adolescent
phase of human evolution was under way. This stream of the Astral body into
the Etheric body of humanity and the investigation of animal Archetypes and
Animal Group Soul entities represented a high phase of Egyptian Initiation
and research. The Science of the West is now walking unconsciously into the
higher Astral phases research of merging various patterns and Beings of
animal and human and animal and plant into new arbitrary combinations. Look
at the Scorpio King of Egypt and the Mummy film developments and they form
patterns of research that are equal to �The Sixth Day� and Spielberg�s �
********* "A note on animal iconography. The Egyptian divinities are
well-known for being portrayed with the heads and visages of various beasts.
The relationship between the divinities and such creatures is complex, and
beyond the scope of this article. Nevertheless, it should be noted that
these creatures were not necessarily the only animals sacred to the God or
Goddess they are connected with, or that they were the exclusive figure used
to image the divinity - in some cases the God or Goddess claimed more than
one animal, and in some cases the God or Goddess was portrayed with any of
several different creatures faces. Even so, in most cases a particular
creature was almost always used to image a divinity, and I have provided a
note indicating what beast icon was utilized commonly or exclusively. "
"The ancient Egyptians didn't worship animals. They had sacred animals, but
what they worship was the Divine Principle made manifest in that animal.
Hence, the Serapis bull symbolized the Divine Principle of Strength. The
Baboon of Thoth for two things: Society (baboons have, among the animals,
one of the most complex societies), and of Contemplation (Baboons will sit
and watch the Sun rise, among other
things). Horus with the Hawk, one who sees or watches the earth from
above, and sees it extremely well (hawks and birds of prey have a binocular
vision of about 7x power); Hence the celestial Horus eyes were the Sun and
the Moon. The attributes of Bast and of the Cat is very close.
And so, to the Egyptian, while man is an example of ALL the powers of all
the god/desses; certain animals manifest specific powers, and manifest them
more than man. Hence they worship the power behind the animals. Observe
outside, observe inside, you begin to see the relations between things. An
animal does not reason, it experiences directly. Man is deceived by the
incomplete testimony of his senses and his reason and has allowed the
instinctive consciousness to atrophy without having learned to use his
intuitive faculties which to the Egyptians, is the wisdom of the heart.
Therefore there are ancient rituals to strengthen the heart."
(note example of Astral Projection in the film �The Emerald Forest� rent it.
******* �I have already pointed out that the older representations of Isis
were as follows: Isis is suckling Horus; but behind her stands a second Isis
with vulture wings, who holds out the Ankh to Horus to indicate that man
stems from a time when these types were still separate and that later the
other astral being also sank down into man. This second Isis points to how
the astral element predominated at one time. What was later united with the
human form is here portrayed behind the mother, as the astral form that
would have had vulture wings if it had followed only the astrality. But the
time when the etheric body predominated is portrayed in a third Isis,
lion-headed, behind the others. This threefold Isis is thus presented out of
a deep vision.�
******* �There has been continuous deterioration in man through the course
of the incarnations. The farther we go back towards the Atlantean epoch, the
more do we find in the physical endowments of man, higher forces than were
working in later times. Where, then, was the impulse activated in the astral
body through the temptation of Lucifer, implanted? It was implanted in
heredity, causing increasing deterioration in that process. Sin that man
incurs with his ego may work back upon the astral body and can only take
effect in karma; but the sin incurred by man before he had an ego,
contributes to a continual degeneration and deterioration of the human race
as a whole. This sin became an inheritance.
And just as it is true that no human being can inherit anything from his
ancestors in the higher, spiritual sense � for nobody is clever because he
has a clever father but because he learns things that make for cleverness
(nobody has yet inherited the principles of mathematics or other such
concepts from his ancestors) � just as we cannot inherit these capacities
but acquire them through education, it is equally true that what works back
into the etheric body from the astral body, contributes only to the
undermining of the faculties of the human race. There we have the true
meaning of the concept of �Original Sin�. The Original Sin which still
persisted in the human astral body was handed down by gradual transmission
and imparted itself to the hereditary qualities � which were themselves
involved in the process of physical degeneration � as a factor in man's
descent from spiritual heights into physical degeneration.
So the legacy of Lucifer's influence has been a continuous impulse which in
the very truest sense must be designated as Original Sin; for what entered
into the human astral body through Lucifer is transmitted from generation to
generation. There is no more appropriate term for the real cause of man's
fall into the material-physical world than the expression: Original Sin,
But our conception of the Original Sin must differ from that of other sins
of ordinary life which are to be attributed entirely to ourselves: we must
think of Original Sin as a destiny of man, as something that had inevitably
to be imposed upon us by the World Order, because this World Order was
obliged to lead us downwards � not in order to worsen us but in order to
awaken in us the forces wherewith again to work our way upwards. We must
therefore conceive of this Fall as something that has been woven into human
destiny for the sake of the freeing of mankind. We could never have become
free beings had we not been thrust downwards; we should have been tied to
the strings of a World Order which we should have been obliged to follow
blindly. What we have to do is to work our own way upwards again. �
****** ��we are facing a future when these ideas must no longer grovel
before us as abstractions but approach us as living forces. True as it is
that men have passed through the transitional stage of forming abstract
ideals, it is equally true that they must advance to the stage where these
ideals come to personal fulfillment within them; they must advance to the
portal of the new Temple. That is the prospect before us. Men will be taught
that what works down from spiritual heights is not mere abstraction but
living reality. When the new faculty of vision that is to arise in the next
phase of evolution begins to function, when men give up thinking, �How well
I am getting on!
Our thoughts cannot carry us into the true spiritual worlds because they
have no life. Not until we cease to regard these thoughts as our own
creations but as testimonies of the Living Christ Who will appear to men,
shall we rightly understand these thoughts. Then, as truly as man became a
personality through descending with his ego into lower spheres, as truly
will he be a personality when he ascends to the heights of spirit.
This is beyond the comprehension of materialistic thinking. All that
materialism can understand, and readily understand, is that there are
abstract ideals, ideals of the Good, the Beautiful, and so forth. That there
are living Powers who draw us upwards through their Grace � this can be
realized only through spiritual development. That is what the renewed Christ
Impulse means. When we no longer regard our ideals simply as ideals but
through them find the way to Christ, then we help Christianity forward in
the sense of Spiritual Science; then Christianity will enter a new stage and
cease to be merely a preparation.
Christianity will itself make evident that it contains the greatest of all
impulses for all time to come. And then those who believe that to speak of
developing Christianity is only to endanger it will see how greatly they are
in error. These are the people of �little faith�, who are alarmed when it is
said that in Christianity there are glories still greater than have yet been
revealed. Those whose conception of Christianity bears the hallmark of
greatness are men who know that the words that Christ is with us to the end
of time are true � meaning that He is the constant Revealer of the New and
at the same time its origin and source.�
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far
And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
and mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
When we've been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we've first begun.
John Newton 1725-1807 (stanza 6 Anon)
>A secret traditoin tells: Cain was a human being, who later_________________________________________________________________
>incarnated as Hiram Abif. King Solomon was an Abel-character, in all
>his wisdom serving and humble; he was a magician. But Cain, who
>was "greater in skills", was born as Hiram Abif, and without him King
>Solomon could not build his temple. Solomon had to be allied with
>Hiram Abif, Abel with Cain. And Hiram Abif incarnated later as
>Lazarus, whom Jesus Christ "raised from the dead" and who was also
>apostle John (here we can also remember what Bradford have written
>about John the Babtist.) And St.John incarnated later as Christian
>Rosenkreutz, that great Master, who is immensly near Jesus Christ and
>is behind all occult and mystical organisations in the "west". He is
>a wonderful example to us all, how to rise from a fall to great
>Then there is still the karmic aspect. When Cain had killed Abel,
>Cain said to God that now anyone can kill him. Cain is told that if
>he is killed, there will be sevenfold revenge. I link this event to a
>certain "karmic start", where the karma is wielded by the planetary
>spirit. And now it is clearly the karma and "dharma" (spiritual duty)
>of this Rosenkreutz stream to see, that this karma is "redeemed"
>and "transferred to the hand of Christ". It has a lot to do with the
>new Mystery School, which Dr. Steiner worked for (but he could only
>open the first from the three "degrees"). It has also tight links to
>the "second coming of Christ" and the karmic changes attached to it.
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- Dear Jouko and Bradford and any of this thread,
Thanks for the wonderful contributions on Cain and Abel streams, with
Solomon--St. Germain on the one, Abel, side, and with Hiram Abif
through to Lazarus/John and Christian Rosenkreutz on the other -Cain--
side. This is food for thought. Your further speculations on St.
Francis (??), Jouko, I will let rest for now; yet I do appreciate
your willingness to come forward here.
Somewhere Steiner talks about the "St. Francis" soul having had an
earlier (medieval?) incarnation among Buddhists. I believe this is in
the lectures on Morality (can't remember the exact title of these
lectures on St. Francis).
In any case, I find it important to redeem the stream of Christian
Rosenkreutz from the unclarity (in my view) to which it appears at
least to have fallen in various Rosicrucian organizations today.
Steiner also somewhere (i forget the title under which his lectures
or published) speaks of three streams--1)Rosicrucian, and is the 2nd
Manicheean, and the 3rd? Can someone help me here???
The three also come together somehow, or is it two instead of three?
Who of us identifies with one or other of these various streams?
Of the Cain-Abel stream, I think both are important, but I definitely
identify more strongly with the Cain stream. Thinking, risk taking,
going beyond priestly authority, and also the idea of being
the "farmer/gardener", where one uses thinking, risk taking to
create, Co-create with God, rather than be a passive nomadic
shepherd, although this way also has it's place, but I am drawn to
the Cain --Rosenkreuz stream more than the other.
Thanks for re-minding me!
Please, anyone, if you can help with my questions above, I will
((I am less often on computer, but should return here by Thursday to
read and reply.))
- --- In anthroposophy@y..., "elaineupton2001" <elaineupton@h...> wrote:
> Dear Jouko and Bradford and any of this thread,with
> Thanks for the wonderful contributions on Cain and Abel streams,
> Solomon--St. Germain on the one, Abel, side, and with Hiram AbifCain--
> through to Lazarus/John and Christian Rosenkreutz on the other -
> side. This is food for thought. Your further speculations on St.in
> Francis (??), Jouko, I will let rest for now; yet I do appreciate
> your willingness to come forward here.
> Somewhere Steiner talks about the "St. Francis" soul having had an
> earlier (medieval?) incarnation among Buddhists. I believe this is
> the lectures on Morality (can't remember the exact title of these2nd
> lectures on St. Francis).
> In any case, I find it important to redeem the stream of Christian
> Rosenkreutz from the unclarity (in my view) to which it appears at
> least to have fallen in various Rosicrucian organizations today.
> Steiner also somewhere (i forget the title under which his lectures
> or published) speaks of three streams--1)Rosicrucian, and is the
> Manicheean, and the 3rd? Can someone help me here???definitely
> The three also come together somehow, or is it two instead of three?
> Who of us identifies with one or other of these various streams?
> Of the Cain-Abel stream, I think both are important, but I
> identify more strongly with the Cain stream. Thinking, risk taking,to
> going beyond priestly authority, and also the idea of being
> the "farmer/gardener", where one uses thinking, risk taking to
> create, Co-create with God, rather than be a passive nomadic
> shepherd, although this way also has it's place, but I am drawn to
> the Cain --Rosenkreuz stream more than the other.
> Thanks for re-minding me!
> Please, anyone, if you can help with my questions above, I will
> appreciate it.
> ((I am less often on computer, but should return here by Thursday
> read and reply.))joksu writes:
> Your servant,
Hello Elaine and any of this thread!
The occultist to whom I referred in my original message about the
lecture "Cain" (Mr. Ervast) has also said, that St. Francis have been
a "typical disciple of Buddha" in some previous incarnation (no
timescale indicated). As I said, I just speculated (which can be
stupid in these affairs) about a possible "line" from saint to a
About the manichean stream (which has a lot to do with the question,
how we approach and deal with the "evil") there are some good points
in S. Prokoffjef's book concerning the spiritual significance of
forgiving. (From this author that book is my favourite.) I think that
in some sense the manichean stream is considered "higher" than the
rosicrucian one in this book. Perhaps this "manicheanism" could be
added as the third factor, when we compare these lines to
the "trinity in man": Mani - Cain - Abel??
Well, I think that I have more questions than answers. I have also
pondered about the "pairs": Cain - Abel
Hiram Abif - Solomon
St. John - John the Babtist
Rosenkreutz- St. Germain
and then: Steiner - ???. Is something still
Then there is the old legend, which says that Abel was the first son
by Adam and Eve. Cain was older and according to this legend his
father was a "spritual being" called Samael. This in some way
explains the differences between Cain and Abel. This name "Samael"
can point to some earlier periods in the "Earth-evolution", possibly
to Saturn-period. (This connection always reminds me of
the "Wälsungen" in the Ring-cycle; they are "Cain-types". And when we
think that farmer is working with soil (=mineral kingdom), then in
the Saturn period the mankind was in a stage, which can be compared
to mineral kingdom.)
Oops, it just occured to me that this text is probably not exactly
what could be called "redeeming the stream of Rosenkreutz from
unclarity"! But sometimes questions can be at least as valuable as
About identification and the various streams: I also have a close
affinity to the Rosenkreutz stream (even though I can hardly manage
to keep alive a cactus in my apartment!), but this third stream is
also very interesting. Perhaps it has something to do with the
balance between thinking and feeling (Cain and Abel). Then the
real "will-function" is possible and also winning the evil without
fighting against it.