Re: Steiner Explores the Celtic World
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "kmlightseeker"
>This seems to me to be a much more lively recording of the piece:
> And on the piece of music that the lecture is partially based on:
> -> Audio clip:
> --- In email@example.com, "kmlightseeker"
> <kmlightseeker@> wrote:
> > Hi everyone,
> > Something for St Patrick's Day:
> > http://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/MenHeb_index.html
> > Excerpt:
> > ""Mendelssohn's `Overture of the Hebrides'"
> > Address by Dr. Rudolf Steiner
> > 3 March, 1911
> > (This Address was given following a Concert at the Berlin Group of
> > the Anthroposophical Society, at which Mendelssohn's "Overture of the
> > Hebrides" had been played)
> > Through the tones and harmonies of this Overture we have been led in
> > spirit to the shores of Scotland, and in our souls, we have thus
> > followed again a path of travel which, during the course of human
> > evolution, has been deeply influenced by the secrets of karma. For,
> > from entirely different parts of the western hemisphere of our earth,
> > as if through a karmic current of migration, various peoples were once
> > transplanted into that region, and its vicinity, to which these tones
> > now lead us. And many strange destinies are made known to us. We are
> > told, both by what Occultism relates as well as by outer historical
> > documents, of what these peoples experienced in very ancient times on
> > this particular part of the earth.
> > A memory of the mysterious destinies of these peoples arose again, as
> > if newly awakened, when about 1772 the cave on the Island of Staffa
> > belonging to the Hebrides, known as Fingal's Cave, was rediscovered.
> > Those who beheld it were reminded of mysterious ancient destinies when
> > they saw how Nature herself seemed to have constructed something which
> > may be likened to a wonderful cathedral. It is constructed with great
> > symmetry in long aisles of countless pillars towering aloft: above
> > there arches a ceiling of the same stonework, while below the bases of
> > the pillars are washed by the inrushing foaming waves of the sea which
> > ceaselessly beat and resound with a music which is like thunder within
> > this mighty temple. Dropping water drips steadily from strange stone
> > formations upon the stalactites beneath, making melodious magical
> > A spectacle of this kind actually exists there. And those who, upon
> > discovering it, had a sense for the mysterious things which once took
> > place in this region, must have been reminded of the hero who once
> > upon a time, as one of the most famous individualities of the West,
> > guided destiny here in such a strange way, and whose fame was sung by
> > his son, the blind Ossian, who is like a western Homer a blind
> > If we look back and see how deeply people were impressed by what they
> > heard about this place, we shall be able to understand how it was that
> > Macpherson's revival of this ancient song in the 18th Century made
> > such a mighty impression upon Europe. There is nothing which may be
> > compared with the impression made by this poem. Goethe, Herder,
> > Napoleon harkened to it and all believed to discern in its rhythms
> > and sounds something of the magic of primeval days. Here we must
> > understand that a spiritual world such as still existed at that time,
> > arose within their hearts, and felt itself drawn to what sounded forth
> > out of this song! And what was it that thus sounded forth?
> > We must now turn our gaze to those times which fall together with the
> > first impulses of Christianity and the few centuries which followed.
> > What happened up there in the vicinity of the Hebrides, in Ireland and
> > Scotland in ancient Erin, which included all the neighboring islands
> > between Ireland and Scotland, as well as the northern part of Scotland
> > itself. Here we must seek for the kernel of those peoples, of Celtic
> > origin, who had most of all preserved the ancient Atlantian
> > clairvoyance in its full purity."
> > Regards,
> > Keith