The 12 Holy Nights
- I've just read my own error on my last message...it should read
Sergei Prokofieff's book "The Twelve Holy Nights & The Spiritual
Hierarchies", the other book - The Festivals & Their Meaning is
entirely a collection of Rudolf Steiner's lectures and addresses
concerning the five Christian Festivals.
The reason why I've suggested Prokofieff's book is that he not only
draws upon his incredibly extensive knowledge of Steiner's sources,
but the entire book becomes a meditation upon each of the Holy Nights
as we proceed through them, linking Man's consciousness to each of
the hierarchies, culminating on the 13th Night in the principle of
Man as symphony of the creative word.
Just a thought concerning time, resulting from where we are placed on
the Earth physically; whenever we meditate or pray, all our spiritual
work 'meets up' as it were through the agency of our individual
angels - outside mathematical, that is, spacial time, so perhaps we
should not worry about any 'time' difference of sundown. (However,
it is different concerning the two hemispheres where the seasons are
reversed, as they manifest on Earth.)
Do you have the ISBN# for the book you mentioned?
I would like to have a copy whether we use it or not.
Perhaps there are some verses in it we could use?
- Hello Morgan,
The book is in Dorset at the moment, but I will get another copy
tomorrow from Steiner House and post the ISBN # here when I get
back. Yes, I am sure there are some relevant verses we can use. I'm
so looking forward to this.
--- In email@example.com, Morgan Vierheller <mrgnsms@e...> wrote:
> Do you have the ISBN# for the book you mentioned?
> I would like to have a copy whether we use it or not.
> Perhaps there are some verses in it we could use?
- Here's a Chrisrtmas verse we could use (the English translation is by George
Adams, but I have the original German also, and it's actually a little bit
Deep in the ground of the human soul,
Of victory asssured,
The Spirit-Sun is living.
All through the winter of the inner life
The faithful heart divines it.
Now the heart's spring of hope beholds
The Sun, His coming glory
In Christmas' light of blessing---
Token of highest life
In winter's deepest night.
There's also this verse Steiner gave for group meetings:
From the luminous heights of the Spirit
may God's clear light ray forth
Into those human souls
Who are intent on seeking
The grace of the Spirit,
the light of the Spirit.
The life of the Spirit.
May He live
In the hearts,
In the inmost souls
Of those of us
Who feel ourselves gathered together here
In His Name.
I'm afraid I let excitement get the better of me; I went to the Anthro
press site and ordered it online. They're giving a discount for the
Looking forward to reading it.
- No one has been posting anything on this list, nor specifically about
taking a book for the 12 Holy Nights together. A few people on the
anthroposophy list have expressed interest in taking up The Philosophy of
Freedom. What do you all think about that? It's in 14 sections.
Christmas Eve is Monday night and that's when we're supposed to start a
study. Who wants to participate? Any perferences with what?
I want to.. I want to.. I will beed very quietly though coz i don't knowed a lot of this. I will just peeped fron behind the trees mmmm.Yes. and study the notes by my little fire. Elf rubbed her hands very pleased, Then I will beed very good on Zen and gettin a learn on thinkin with ma bones. Very nice
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* M A N T R A # 3 7 (WINTER) *
Zu tragen Geisteslicht in Weltenwinternacht
Erstrebet selig meines Herzens Trieb
Dass leuchtend Seelenkeime
In Weltengrunden wurzeln
Und Gotteswort im Sinnesdunkel
Verklarend alles Sein durchtont.
"To carry Spirit-Light in World-Winter-Night,
Strives joyfully my Heart's Drive
That light-filled Soul-Seeds
In World-Ground take root
And God's Word in Senses' Darkness
Makes clear all Being it resounds through."
*******A good Winter meditation. Well, tonight we finish the first week of Advent, in which we try to turn our hearts to the One who came to rectify all Earth-Evolution. (One way to use Advent to connect with the Christ is the old method of an "advent table", where the Christmas Nativity scene of a manger, Joseph and Mary and all is gradually built up over the four weeks; the first week, you put on crystals, in memory of the mineral kingdom's creation; the second week, things from the plant kingdom, the third week animal products (and images of the Ox and Ass), and then in the final week the human figures. This is a way of re-experiencing how the world came into existence in four stages, and its whole purpose for doing so was for the life, death and resurrection of the Christ, which alone the makes human life on earth something able to rise up to its higher purposes.)
That makes three weeks before Christmas, and as most of you may know it's an anthroposophical tradition to take some book and study it together over the 12 Holy Nights, which Rudolf Steiner pointed to as a time when the spiritual world is close to our human world. Such things are never more needed than during times of war and the nearness of wars, as our time is. We've done a study together here on the Internet the past two Christmases, and talked about doing another, but haven't chosen a book yet, much less talked about how to do it. How about hearing from some people who would like to participate, including ideas of what to study?