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  • Kim Graae Munch
    Sep 19 10:07 PM
    I have appended a bigger view of the tablet, but I don't recognize the figure.
    I am not sure if Pythagoras is Aristotle (RS) or the later Alexander (CRC).
    By the way there were also a book about the Golgotha mystery by Edouard Schuré

    --- Den lør 19/9/09 skrev dottie zold <dottie_z@...>:

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    Dato: lørdag 19. september 2009 22.51


    Oh Kim! thank you. You know I wanted to find that Pythagoras so I could see what the tablet is that is at his foot. I think its upside down...can you see what it is?
    Thank you so much for the link...I was wanting to type out the pages of the third initiation but just couldn't make the time and now here it is for everyone to read...thank you so much.
    All good things,

    "If there is something more powerful than destiny, this must be the human being who bears destiny unshaken." Rudolf Steiner

    --- On Sat, 9/19/09, Kim Graae Munch <kimgm@yahoo. co.uk> wrote:

    From: Kim Graae Munch <kimgm@yahoo. co.uk>
    Subject: RE: [anthroposophy_ tomorrow] Pythagoras and the Feminine
    To: anthroposophy_ tomorrow@ yahoogroups. com
    Date: Saturday, September 19, 2009, 11:21 AM

    The text is here:
    Pythagoras, detail of The School of Athens, by Raffaello Sanzio  [1509] (Public Domain Image)
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    Subject: [anthroposophy_ tomorrow] Pythagoras and the Feminine

    Pythagoras' work also included a separate initiation for women and I thought the way women were seen, the feminine understood then was good towards our looking at Lucifer and Ahriman. I am so touched by this book, this rendering of Pythagoras' life I can't tell you what it has come to mean. And from now on when someone wants to know what book they should start out with or that I might reccommend, it will be this one by this most beautiful man Edoard Schure: Pythagoras and the Delphic Mysteries
    " The women he intiated received from him, along with rites and precepts, the final principles of their functions. In this way he bestowed the consciousness of their role on such as were deserving of it. He revealed to them the transfiguration of love in perfect marriage, which is the blending of two souls as the very center of life and truth. It is not man in his strength the representative of the creative spirit and principle? And does not woman in the totality of her power  personify nature in its plastic force, its wonderful realizations, at once terrestrial and divine? Then if these two beings succeed in a complete mingling of body soul and spirit, they will form between them an epitome of the universe.
    " Up to the age of seven, the children remained in the gynaeceum - which the husband never entered - under the  mother's exclusive control. The wisdom behind of antiquity looked upon the child as being a delicate plant, which, if it is to be kept from wasting away, needs the warm, cheering atmosphere of a mother's love. The father would stunt its growth, a mother's kiss and embrace are needed to enable it to blossom forth; a woman's mighty encircling love to protect from outside attack this soul which a new life fills with terror and dismay. It is because a woman consciously fulfilled these lofty functions which antiquity regarded as divine, that she was in very truth the priestess of the family, the guardian of the sacred fire of life, the Vesta of the hearth. Feminine initiation may accordingly be regarded as the veritable reason of the beauty of the race, its robust descendants and the length of duration of the family in Greek and Roman antiquity.
    (...) For if man creates through desire and will, woman, both physically and spiritually, brings into being through love.
    (...) In her role as lover or wife or mother or being inspired, she is no less great and is even more divine than man. For love is self forgettfulness.
    (...) Oftener than not both sexes wage war in love itself. There is the revolt of the woman against man's egoism and brutality; the scorn of man at woman's deceit and vanity...
    (...) One might say that tired man, finding God neither in religion nor in science, in despair seeks for him in woman. And he does well, but it is only through the initiation of the great truths that he will find Him in Her and Her in Him.
    (...) By the side of of these exceptional roles the Greek woman exercised her veritable priesthood at the fireside and in the gynaeceum. Indeed, she created those heroes, artists, adn poets whose sublime deeds, sculptures and songs we so greatly admire. It was she who concieved them in the mystery of love, who formed them in her womb with the desire and love of beauty, who brought them to birth after protecting them beneath her motherly wings.

    "If there is something more powerful than destiny, this must be the human being who bears destiny unshaken." Rudolf Steiner

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