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    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
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      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:

      Physical Plane

      Astral plane

      Rupa-Devachan or Lower Mental plane

      Arupa-Devachan or Higher Mental plane

      In Rosicrucian Theosophy:

      Physical World.

      Imaginative World

      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:


      = April

      = Devotion


            = May

      = Equilibrium


            = June

      = Endurance


      = July

      = Selflessness


      = August

      = Compassion


      = September

      = Politeness


      = October

      = Contentment


      = November

      = Patience


      = December

      = Control of Thinking


      = January

      = Courage

      Water Carrier

      = February

      = Discretion


      = March

      = Magnanimity

      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


                         Nietzsche: -


       I loved                                his style;

                 I loved his keenness;

                            But ,                                     said STEINER,


                                   did not

                                         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."  
      --Rudolf Steiner



      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.

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