Re: [steiner] Lecture 1 Pt. 2: Apollo, Orpheus, Christ. notes and fragments
A few notes and fragments
Re the first lecture
An obvious question perhaps, but what is known of the 12 bodhisattvas as mentioned in this lecture
(Apart from those named here)?
A good passage with western equivalents for eastern terms for worlds-it can get confusing with differing terminology being used in different places
In his journey through life,
man starts from birth, or even from conception,
and travels on till death;
from death to his next birth is another journey.
On his way from death to a new birth he first passes through the astral world
then through what we call the lower part of the Devachanic world,
and after that through the higher Devachanic world.
Or, using the European terms,
we call the physical world the little world or the world of mental powers, of intelligence;
the astral world is called the elemental world;
the lower Devachan the heavenly world,
and the Higher world is the world of reason, of discernment, of discretion.
The European mind is only gradually evolving to the point where the true expressions may be found in its language.
Therefore, what lie beyond the Devachanic world has been given a religious colouring and is called the ‘World of Providence’ — which is the same as the Buddhi-plane.
What is beyond that again could indeed be seen by the old clairvoyant vision, an ancient tradition tells of it; in the European languages no name could be formed for it.
— Only in our present day can the seer once more work his way up to that world which is above and beyond the World of Providence.
European languages cannot truly give a name to this world.
This world does indeed exist; but thought is not yet far enough advanced to be able to describe it.
For to that which Eastern Theosophy calls Nirvana and which lies above the ‘World of Providence,’ one cannot just give any name one pleases.
For comparison-Varying terminology employed for the supersensible worlds
(taken from the note on terminology in macrocosm and microcosm):
In Oriental Theosophy:
Rupa-Devachan or Lower Mental plane
Arupa-Devachan or Higher Mental plane
In Rosicrucian Theosophy:
World of Inspiration or of the Harmony of the Spheres
World of true Intuition
In the Movement that has associated itself with that of the Rosicrucians: [This fivefold division is based on a different approach.]
The Little World or the World of the Intellect
World of the Elements (Elementary World)
World of Spirit (or, occasionally, Heaven World)
World of Reason
World of Archetypal Images or World of Providence
The Astral World might also be called the Soul-World
and the Devachanic World the Spirit-Land.
(See the book, Theosophy)
European languages, “if they are honest with themselves”, have as yet no designations suitable for application to the Nirvana plane.
The Twelve Virtues. –from guidance in esoteric training
Monthly virtues to be meditated upon and observed in one’s life.
January Courage becomes the power of redemption
February Discretion becomes the power of meditation
March Magnanimity becomes love
April Devotion becomes the power of sacrifice
May Equilibrium becomes progress
June Perseverance becomes faithfulness
July Unselfishness becomes catharsis
August Compassion becomes freedom
September Courtesy becomes steadiness of feeling
October Contentment becomes self-composure
November Patience becomes understanding
December Control of speech and thinking (minding one’s tongue) becomes a feeling for the truth
These exercises should always be begun on the 21st of the preceding month, e.g., April from 21.3 — 21.4.
Dr Steiner said in a private conversation that H.P. Blavatsky was the one who pointed to the affinity between the virtues and the months in the order and designation as below:
= Control of Thinking
Dr Steiner confirmed this sequence but then added the following information. He said: `If one practises these virtues conscientiously, new forces and abilities will grow out of them.' Then he listed these in the following way:
Devotion Equilibrium Endurance
Selflessness Compassion Politeness
Contentment Patience Control of Thinking
Courage Discretion Magnanimity
Force of Sacrifice Progress Faithfulness
Catharsis Independence Tactfulness of Heart
Calmness Insight Feeling for Truth
Power of Redemption Meditative Power Love
To conclude, Dr Steiner said: `Always begin to practise a virtue on the 21st of the month preceding it and continue till the 1st of the month after it, i.e. Devotion from 21 March-May, etc. The fact that the time allotted to each exercise overlaps the dates given for the zodiac need not be considered in this case. One should just practise the virtue of Devotion during April always beginning, as stated, on the 21st of the preceding month.'
Regarding the beginning of the second lecture -
It is well, now and then, to recollect that
the point of importance in Anthroposophy
is not so much the learning of certain things as theory or doctrine,
but that we should continually enter in greater detail
into the questions and enigmas of life.
Early in the morning,
When day breaks,
When all is fresh,
In the dawn of one's strength—
To read a book at such a time is simply depraved!
Why I Am So Clever-Nietzsche
I loved his style;
I loved his keenness;
But , said STEINER,
love at all the way
in which he spoke of the most profound problems
without being immersed in these
with fully conscious thought
in spiritual experience.
"Anthroposophy does not want to impart knowledge.
It seeks to awaken life."
The beneficial effects of Anthroposophy do not lie in the spreading of this knowledge,
but are felt in the constant and repeated study of all the details connected with it,
and in allowing the teaching to work upon one's soul.