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  • Mathew Morrell
    In Three Streams in Human Evolution , Steiner mentions the Spanish- Arabian scholar Averroes. This was a man influenced by the 7th century, Arabian mystery
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 24, 2004
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      In "Three Streams in Human Evolution", Steiner mentions the Spanish-
      Arabian scholar Averroes. This was a man influenced by the 7th
      century, Arabian mystery center, The Academy of Jundi Sabur. They
      taught a form of transcendence, although flawed, capable of exacting
      intense scientific knowledge from the universe.

      The way they sought to gain knowledge was through direct experience,
      or revelation—not through individual effort from the Conscious Mind
      Soul, which unfolds wisdom more slowly and deliberately but involves
      soulful self reflection in the process of enfoldment. Instead of
      receiving knowledge through the Conscious Soul, the initiate of
      Jundi Sabur received knowledge through a sort of inoculation process
      that deadens the ego. He became, in essence, a conduit for
      archetypal forces weaving through the universe, Ahrimanic in
      nature. Through sudden revelation—stunningly quick and violent—
      knowledge enters the entranced initiate without the impedances of
      conscious thinking. Instantly he gains what takes centuries to
      learn through normal channels of evolution.

      "They would have been able to see deeply into what was spiritual and
      supersensible in the earth," Steiner said in a lecture, adding: "but
      they would have been cut off precisely from the evolution intended
      for man by his creators—the evolution to Spirit-Self, Life-Spirit,
      Spirit-Man."

      Is not Hesse's "Russian Man" the fulfillment of Steiner's prophesy?
      Aren't they both—the Russian Man and the man of Jundi Sabur—
      essentially non-entities, non-humans? Neither are aware of having
      personal selves. In fact, Averroes wrote: "When a man dies, it is
      only the substance of his soul that flows into the universal
      spirituality. Man has no personal individuality; all that is soul
      in separate men is merely a reflection of the one universal soul."
      Here Averroes is articulating a concept of man that is at once
      universal and transcendent, but also, in the personal level,
      completely meaningless and non-essential, and therefore capable of
      achieving only carnal gratification.

      This is a very advanced form of evil. "Whoever has any inkling of
      the wisdom of Jundi Sabur will indeed regard it as in the highest
      sense dangerous for mankind, but also a phenomenon of great power,"
      Steiner said in Three Streams.
    • eyecueco@netscape.net
      ... Steiner tells us that the intellectual or mind soul epoch came to an end in 1413and that the consciousness soul epoch will last until around 3600 AD. At
      Message 2 of 2 , Nov 24, 2004
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        "Mathew Morrell" <tma4cbt@...> wrote:

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        >In "Three Streams in Human Evolution", Steiner mentions the Spanish-
        >Arabian scholar Averroes. This was a man influenced by the 7th
        >century, Arabian mystery center, The Academy of Jundi Sabur.  They
        >taught a form of transcendence, although flawed, capable of exacting
        >intense scientific knowledge from the universe.



        Steiner tells us that the intellectual or mind soul epoch came to an end in 1413and that the consciousness soul epoch will last until around 3600 AD.

        At the time of the culmination of the intellectual soul is when Michael decreed that Cosmic Intelligence was to be transferred to mankind. By the time of the Mystery of Golgotha individuals were functioning from the heritage of this Intellectual Soul, where head and heart forces mingle. Not so in Arabism.

        You quote Averroes :
        "When a man dies, it is only the substance of his soul that flows into the universal spirituality.  Man has no personal individuality; all that is soul in separate men is merely a reflection of the one universal soul." 
        Here Averroes is articulating a concept of man that is at once universal and transcendent, but also, in the personal level, completely meaningless and non-essential, and therefore capable of achieving only carnal gratification."

        Well, actually what Averroes was teaching is that thinking, "active intellect" decayed
        with the body after death. The belief that 'active intelligence" returned to the spiritual
        world where it was taken over by the Cosmic Intelligence which "remained cosmic" is most exactly what caused the great debate that arose between Thomas Aquinos and Averroes.
        Averroes did no understand that Cosmic Intelligence has been poured down from the cosmos and given to men, because he was stuck in the consequences of what occurred
        due to Harun al Raschid refusing to "relinquish Mohammedanism in the spirit world"
        after his death. The Christic Impulse that began, or at least, began to be made
        possible to work into the thinking of mankind, was circumvented in Islamic thought
        due to Harun al Raschild's rejection of christiainity in the spirit world after his death.
        The School of Chartres was established in order to help counter what Arabism was
        going to bring forth in the world during the 11th & 12th century.

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