In his essay "The Global Social Situation at
the end of the 20th Century" Jesaiah Ben-Aharon
". . . an important spiritual law that governs the natural
spiritual decline in the vitality and fertility of any spiritual
inheritance in the physical world.
"This law works in such a way that a spiritual impulse on the
physical plancan only maintain its- already declining- inner
vitality only in the course of three generations. After three
times 33- a century- the physical ability to transmit a
spiritual impulse ceases entirely. Then any spiritual movement
stands at a crossroads: It has only two possibilities before it.
Either it becomes purely traditional, carrying forward things
past in an old and hence increasingly irrelevant form, or is
able to breakthrough to the at present living supersensible
sources out of which its inspiration came in the first place."
Unhappily, JBA doesn't give his source for this
"important spiritual law". He doesn't say whether
he got it from Steiner, from some other occultist,
or whether he is speaking on his own authority as
a public Teacher of occultism. I do seem to have
a vague memory that I read something *similar*
to this alleged "law" somewhere in a Steiner text;
not quite the same, but similar. But, after
searching, I haven't found the relevant passage
Did I dream it? False Memory Syndrome? Could
anyone point me toward the relevant Steiner-said,
if it does exist?
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