Re: East and West - Critics and Old Paths
- Recently, waldorf critics cited Giovanni Colazza with reference to a lecture
held by Dr. Colazza at the Theosophical group 'Roma', in April 1910, entitled
"Breathing and Occultism." Colazza suggested that oriental forms of meditation
were not suitable for Western bodies, because of the different social
environment and inner constitution.
"The intent of exclusively applying Indian methods in our time and to our race,
means to disregard the evolution that has considerably modified the possibility
of our organism, and the new spiritual currents that are being introduced in the
Massimo Scaligero, in his "Yoga Meditation Magic," wrote: "One is a Western
person because has proceeded beyond the East, through a Spiritual activity about
which we are not yet spiritually conscious . The absence of such consciousness
is the evil of the Western soul, which, in fact, does not need the Oriental
metaphysics, but its own. The real problem of our civilization is that it
attains its own metaphysics, not that it exhumes the metaphysics from those
traditions that it already had the force to leave behind itself. One day it will
realize that by having left those traditions behind it operated through the
highest power of the Spirit. On the condition of becoming conscious of that. . .
. The most recent psychosomatic structure of Man, in fact, shows a change that
can be recognized as a transition from a sentient-rational consciousness to the
determinacy of the "consciousness soul," which characteristic is the
self-limitation to the position of what is real as the absolute sensorial
It would be unreasonable today to deny the millenary experience of the West,
from Greek philosophy, to the beginning of the scientific method, to modern
rationality, only to revert to past stages of consciousness that have been
overcome. Logically, Steiner was teaching that modern Western individuals should
not practice oriental disciplines. For many, however, the beginning of the
practice begins with those past methods, from which they eventually move on to
more contemporary paths.
It would be quite unreasonable to expect that the greatest teacher of the West
suggested to his disciples to follow the old paths of the East. The West has
gone beyond the East because the East paved the way to the birth of the concept
in Greece. Without the work of the original Yoga, brought to India by the
population that originally came from Europe, the West would have not have
discovered the concept.
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