Good restatement and my point exactly. I understood the first
quote but how many others scratched their heads or used a quick delete
-----Now, can you restate so that it is
comprehensible in direct English.
******* There's nothing so
incomprehensible there, I'd say. The first sort of knowing is what we all
have when we know what we perceive. The second is attained through thinking
about thinking, pure thinking in ideas rather than thinking about mere
appearances of the senses, as in mathematics, geometry, etc. It is a
consciousness that remains constantly operating once it is enkindled in a
man, Steiner is saying. But although a single operation of it is not
dependent on the body ("triangle" or "rational number" not being experienced
by the body), yet this continuous consciousness is only attained by being in
an organism. When in meditation one's consciousness is strengthened to the
point that it remains conscious of itself when leaving the body, then the
spiritual being is knowing spiritual content entirely free from the body.
The experience of one's own thinking, of the dream state, the dreamless
sleep state, etc., is completely transformed on a regular basis. Many
mathematicians and philosophers reach the second but do not proceed to the
third. Its cultivation is "initiation".
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