Re: [steiner] Mea Culpa, you may kiss the ring
- tma4cbt@... writes:
The electorate may have elected Kerry president. If so, America will
witness how a Democrat fights the war on terror--and he will have to
fight. America will demand it...
*******I doubt the Democratic candidate will win the Presidency (and neither will the Democratic Party win the Senate or the House back). But whichever one does, the reality of the Third World War is not going away, as you say. People who think as the poster on this list today, that the many attacks by Al Qaeda on America and Western Europe are just some sort of conspiracy by the CIA or some shadowy group of the political party he doesn't like, need to read a bit about Islam and specifically "Wahhabi Islam", Bin Laden's religious fanaticism. I recommend the books "What Went Wrong?" by Bernard Lewis, about the stagnation of Islamic culture and how it bred fundamentalism, and "Hatred's Kingdom" by Dore Gold, who did his PhD thesis on Saudi Arabia at Columbia. These are real people, groups of the "Sorathic" human beings Steiner warned us would arise starting about 1998, which warnings I reprint again below.
From one basic way of considering this matter, there are two realms: the realm of NATURE which is the realm of the Father (the source of the created world both spiritually and physically)
and the realm of the SPIRIT.
The Mohammedan teachings do not know the structure of the world I have just been speaking about. They know--- and can ONLY know---the Father. They know only the rigid doctrine: "There is one God, Allah, and none beside him, and Mohammed is his Prophet."
From this angle, the teachings of Mohammed are the strongest
polarity to Christianity.
Indeed, resident in a hidden manner within the Islamic worldview is the will to do away with all freedom forever, the will to bring about a purely deterministic spiritual and social order
that would dominate every aspect of human life, for nothing else is possible if you imagine the world solely in the sense of a Father God alone.
A foreboding of this gave the apocalypse-writer (John) the feeling: The human being cannot be found, or find himself, in this. The human being cannot become filled through and through with Christ if he remains connected with the doctrine of the Father (alone). Restricted to this, the human being cannot take hold of his own humanness. He fails to become fully human if he is only able to conceive the Father God. In the end, the human being only becomes human by making Christ alive within himself and thereby gaining protection from the material conviction that spiritual realities are illusionary and vaporous epi-phenomena of purely material causes.
Entertainment of the doctrine of the Father (alone) inescapably arrives at a conceptual materialism such as represented, for example, by Darwinism, the view that the human being arises from purely material causes.
And if we regard Christianity primarily as that which accords with the Sun forces spiritually speaking, and such as is reflected / mirrored / mediated / manifested by the nine ranks of angelic Hierarchies, then we may identify that which OPPOSES these spiritual/sun forces as "anti-sun" forces or as a "sun demon."
This "sun demon" works COUNTER to the Christian principle in such a way that if a human being were to succumb to the lures of the sun demon and his inspiration, then that same human
being would by his own free choice surrender all inward connection to the divinity of Christ for an inward connection with the sub-human spiritual realms.
The apocalyptist saw this. He felt and saw the mighty (future) counter-principle of Arabism bursting in on Christianity. It was clear to him that, from this Arabism, everything arises that
brings the human being close to the purely animal nature, first of all in his views, but gradually also in his combined impulses of will and action.
And what the apocalyptist saw BEHIND the future scenes of the looming Mohammdan historical impulse was the sun demon at work, working against the sun forces, against the spiritual
sun-intelligence. If asked, the apocalyptist would have called the representatives of Arabism in Europe "human beings who have willingly dedicated themselves to the sun demon in their souls' nature."
Dear friends, the number 666 represented both the NAME and the TIME when Arabism would flow into Christianity in order to impress the seal of materialism upon western culture.
The apocalyptist portrays everything that works as a counter-principle to Christianity such as Arabism and its deterministic conceptual constructs as direct outflow from the counter-spirituality represented by the sun-demon Surat. And, in the final analysis, everything flowing from Arabism was directed ultimately against a spiritual Christian understanding of transubstantiation.
External facts certainly do not look as if this
were the case but by allotting validity only to the Father principle to the natural world-order, the sun demon forces indeed intended to sweep away from human view an immediate feeling for that which is active in the very deepest way in a sacrament such as transubstantiation.Only two-thirds of the 20th century will have still to run before Surat/Sorat once again raises his head most mightily. Before this (twentieth) century is out, he will show himself through his appearance in many human beings as the one by whom many are "possessed." Human beings will appear of whom it will be impossible to
(The great revolutions that came about in Europe as a result of the Crusades belong under the sign of the SECOND occurrence of the number 666.)
During the first 666, dear friends, Surat was still hidden but actively at work within the external process of outward events; he was not seen in clear outward manifestation.
Now before us [in 1924] lies the time of the third number 666: 1998 A.D.
At the end of this (the twentieth) century, the time will come when Surat will ONCE AGAIN raise his head most strongly out of the waves of history.
believe that they are really human beings. These Surat-inspired human beings will be recognizable by their external appearance; in a terrible way they will not only scoff at everything, but will also oppose, and want to destroy, and to push into the abyss anything that is spiritual. Outwardly, they will have intense and strong dispositions, with savage countenances, and with furious destructiveness in their emotions.
The intention to sweep-away anything spiritual will be deep-seated in large numbers of earthly souls, just as the apocalyptist has foreseen in the beast-like countenance, and the beast-like strength, that will underlie the deeds of the adversary over against the spiritual.
Even today, hidden rage against spiritual things is already immense, yet it is still in its very early infancy in contrast to what is to come.- - - - - - - - - -
Source: The Book of Revelation and the Work of the Priest (GA 346)
Rudolf Steiner 18 Lectures plus conversations
Dornach, September 1924