I accept that "there are elements of Western and Eastern
philosophical traditions which are mutually exclusive", but I feel
that we should try our very best to find common ground.
I would like to quote from one of Steiner's lectures,
on "The Ahrimanic Deception" (October 17,1919):
"The Ahrimanic powers use all that is derived from old
circumstances of heredity in order to set men against each other in
conflicting groups. All that comes from old differences of family,
race, tribe, peoples, is used by Ahriman to create confusion." This
rings very true to me when I think of my beloved Sri Lanka, which is
being torn apart by the war between the Sinhalese who are Buddhist
and the Tamils whose religion is Hinduism. I know that Steiner does
not in this passage mention the divisions caused by religious
conflict, but I feel that his remarkable insight and foresight does
apply to that situation as well.
I don't want to give the impression that I am defending
Buddhism against Anthroposophy.
I feel that I have moved on from Buddhism, and that Steiner
has given me an understanding of the Christ which I never had before.
I agree with you that Steiner's ideas on reincarnation and
karma are a great advance from the Buddhist viewpoint. It has always
seemed to me that the Buddhist view of Rebirth defies common sense as
it is combined with denial of the existence of an Ego or Soul.
I hope that whatever disagreements we have in this forum will
only help us to clarify our thoughts and increase understanding, and
not play into the hands of Ahriman! I have found your messages very
helpful indeed in clarifying my thoughts.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Jarvi <ljarvi@p...> wrote:
> Dear Sena and Steiner group,
> It is of course true that Steiner "incorporated the ideas of
> reincarnation and karma into his system". I certainly didn't mean to
> imply that anthroposophy has not stood on the shoulders of the
> traditions which came before it. Anthroposophy is unique, however,
> that it acknowledges the value and importance of all of the major
> religious and philosophical impulses within an encompassing