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    Beatitudes – King James Version 1. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 2. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 4, 2004
      Beatitudes – King James Version

      1. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of
      heaven.
      2. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
      3. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
      4. Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness:
      for they shall be filled.
      5. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
      6. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
      7. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called sons
      of God.
      8. Blessed are they that have been persecuted for
      righteousness` sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

      Blessed are ye when [men] shall reproach you,
      and persecute you,
      and say all manner of evil against you falsely,
      for my sake.

      Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven:
      for so persecuted they the prophets that were before you.


      From an esoteric cosmology, by Dr Steiner. Tenth lecture.

      All the great Founders of religions have been possessed of
      clairvoyant sight. They are the spiritual Guides of mankind, and
      their precepts are precepts of the moral life based on astral and
      spiritual truths.
      This explains the similarities in all the religions. There is a
      certain similarity, for instance, between the Eight-fold Path of the
      Buddha and the Eight Beatitudes of Christ. The same underlying truth
      is that whenever man develops one of the virtues, he unfolds a new
      faculty of perception. Why are eight stages mentioned? Because the
      seer knows that the faculties which may be transmuted into organs of
      perception are eight in number. The astral organs of perception are
      called in occultism, the `lotus-flowers' (sacred wheels,
      chakra).
      The lotus-flower with sixteen petals lies in the region of the
      larynx.
      In very ancient times this lotus-flower turned from right to left
      —
      that is to say in the opposite direction to the hands of a clock. In
      the man of today, this lotus-flower has ceased to turn. In the
      clairvoyant seer it begins to move in the opposite direction —
      from
      left to right. In earlier times, eight of the sixteen petals were
      visible, the others undeveloped. In future ages they will all be
      visible, for the first eight are the result of the action of
      unconscious initiation, the other eight of the conscious initiation
      attained by dint of personal effort. The eight new petals correspond
      to the Beatitudes of Christ.


      From -The Sermon on the Mount. Lecture by Dr Steiner March 15, 1910

      Christ Jesus Himself expressed,
      in the most penetrating thoughts,
      the fulfillment of the times
      in the Sermon on the Mount,
      as it is called.
      This was by no means a sermon for the masses.
      The Gospels read,
      "When Christ saw the multitudes of people,
      He withdrew from them
      and revealed Himself to His disciples."

      To them He disclosed that man, in ancient times,
      could become God-imbued during states of ecstasy.
      While outside his ego,
      he was blissful and had direct experience with the spiritual world
      from which he could draw spiritual and health-giving forces.
      But now — so said Christ Jesus to His disciples —
      a man can become God-imbued who becomes permeated
      within himself with the God and Christ impulse,
      and can unite himself as an ego with this impulse.
      In the past, he alone could ascend to spiritual spheres
      who was filled with divine streamings from them.
      Only he, as possessor of the spirit, could be called blessed.
      Such a man was a seer in the old sense
      and he was a rare personality.
      The majority of the people had become beggars in the spirit.
      Now, however,
      those who sought the Kingdom of Heaven
      could find it through their own egos.
      What occurs in such an important epoch in world evolution
      always affects the whole of humanity.
      If only a single member of a man's being is affected,
      the others all respond.

      All the members of his being —
      the physical and etheric bodies,
      the sentient, rational and consciousness souls,
      the ego, and even the higher soul members —
      receive new life through the nearness of the Kingdom of Heaven. ..


      …Christ Jesus therefore said in regard to the physical body,
      "Blessed are the beggars, the poor in spirit,
      for if they develop their ego-ruled bodies in the right way,
      they will find the Kingdom of Heaven."

      Of the etheric body He said,
      "Formerly, men could be healed of illnesses of the body and soul
      by ascending into the spiritual world in a state of ecstasy.
      Now those who suffer and are filled with the spirit of God
      can be healed and comforted by finding the source,
      the comfort, within themselves."

      Of the astral body He said,
      "In former times those whose astral bodies were beset
      by wild and tempestuous passions
      could only be subdued when equanimity, peace and purification
      streamed to them from divine spiritual beings."
      Now men should find the strength within their own egos,
      through the in-dwelling Christ, to purify the astral body on earth.
      Thus, the new influence in the astral body had to be presented by
      saying,
      "Blessed and God-imbued in their astral bodies
      are those who foster calmness and equanimity within themselves;
      all comfort and well-being on earth shall be their reward."

      The fourth beatitude refers to the sentient soul.
      The ego of him who purifies himself in his sentient soul
      and seeks a higher development,
      will become permeated with the Christ.
      In his heart he will thirst for righteousness;
      he will become pervaded with godliness
      and his ego will become sufficient unto itself.

      The next member is the rational soul.
      In the sentient soul the ego is in dull slumber;
      it only awakens in the rational soul.
      Because the ego sleeps in the sentient soul,
      we cannot find in another man the ego
      that truly makes him a human being.
      Before an individual has developed the ego within himself,
      he must allow his sentient soul to grow into higher worlds
      to be able to perceive something there.
      But when he has developed himself in his rational soul,
      he can perceive the person next to him.
      Where all those members previously referred to are concerned,
      we must bear in mind what was given them in earlier realms.
      It is only the rational soul that can fill itself
      with what flows from man to man.

      In the fifth beatitude the sentence structure
      will have to take on a special form.
      The subject and the predicate must be alike,
      since it concerns what the ego develops within itself.
      The fifth beatitude says,
      "He who develops compassion and mercy
      shall find compassion in others."

      The next sentence of the Beatitudes refers to the consciousness
      soul.
      Through it the ego comes into being as pure ego
      and becomes capable of receiving God into itself.
      If man can elevate himself to such a degree,
      he can perceive within himself
      that drop of the divine,
      his ego;
      through his purified consciousness soul
      he can see God.

      The sixth sentence of the Beatitudes
      must, therefore, refer to God.
      The external physical expression for the ego and the consciousness
      soul
      is the blood,
      and where it brings itself most clearly to expression is in the
      heart,
      as expression of the purified ego.
      Christ said, therefore,
      "Blessed are the pure in heart,
      for they shall see God."
      Thus, we are shown how in the most intimate sense
      the heart is the expression of the ego, the divine in man.

      Now let us advance to what is higher than the consciousness soul,
      to manas, buddhi and atman,
      or spirit self, life spirit and spirit man.
      Contemporary man may well develop the three members of the soul
      but not until the distant future will he be able to develop the
      higher members,
      spirit self, life spirit and spirit man.
      These cannot as yet live in themselves in man;
      for this to occur he must look up to higher beings.
      His spirit self is not yet in him;
      only in the future will it suffuse him.
      Man is not yet sufficiently evolved
      to take the spirit self completely into himself.
      In this respect he is still at the beginning of his development
      and is like a vessel that is gradually receiving it.
      This is indicated in the seventh sentence of the Beatitudes.
      At first, the spirit self can only weave into man and fill him with
      its warmth.
      Only through the deed of Christ is it brought down to earth
      as the power of love and harmony.
      Therefore, Christ says,
      "Blessed are those who draw the spirit self down into themselves,
      for they shall become the children of God."
      This points man upward to higher worlds.

      Further on, mention is made of what will be brought about in the
      future,
      but it will encounter in ever-increasing measure
      the opposition of the present time and be fiercely rejected.
      It is said in the eighth sentence of the Beatitudes,
      "God-imbued or blessed are they
      who are persecuted for righteousness sake,
      For they will be fulfilled in themselves
      with the Kingdom of Heaven,
      with life spirit or buddhi."
      Connected with this
      we find references also to the special mission of Christ Himself,
      in the sentence that reads,
      "Christ's intimate disciples may consider themselves blessed
      if they have to suffer persecution for His sake."
      This is a faint allusion to spirit man or atman,
      which will be imparted to us in the distant future.
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