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Re: [steiner] CHRISTIAN ROSENKREUTZ by Rudolf Steiner

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  • DRStarman2001@aol.com
    Thanks so much for posting this. It s a marvelous lecture.
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 11, 2002
      Thanks so much for posting this. It's a marvelous lecture.

      hercullesrj@... writes:

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      > Its Character and Purpose
      > Friends have expressed the wish that I should speak today on the
      > subject of the lecture here a year ago, when it was said that the
      > Initiation of Christian Rosenkreutz took place in very special
      > circumstances in the thirteenth century and that since then this
      > Individuality has worked unceasingly in the spiritual life. Today we
      > shall hear still more of Christian Rosenkreutz as we study the great
      > task which devolved upon him at the dawn of the age of intellect in
      > order that provision might be made for the future of humanity.
      > A being like Christian Rosenkreutz, who is present in the world as a
      > great and eminent occultist has to reckon with the conditions
      > peculiar to his epoch. The intrinsic character of spiritual life as
      > it is in the present age, arose for the first time when modern
      > natural science came upon the scene with men like Copernicus,
      > Giordano Bruno, Galileo and others. Human beings today are taught
      > about Copernicus in their early schooldays and the impressions then
      > received remain with them their whole life long. In earlier times it
      > was quite different. - Try to picture what a contrast there is
      > between a man of the modern age and one who lived centuries ago.
      > Before the days of Copernicus, everyone believed that the Earth
      > remains at rest in cosmic space with the sun and the stars revolving
      > around it. The very ground slipped from under men's feet when
      > Copernicus came forward with the doctrine that the Earth is moving
      > with tremendous speed through the universe! We should not
      > underestimate the effects of such a revolution in thinking,
      > accompanied as it was by a corresponding change in the life of
      > feeling. All the thoughts and ideas of men were suddenly different
      > from what they had been before the days of' Copernicus! And now let
      > us ask: What has occultism to say about this revolution in thinking?
      > One who asks from the standpoint of occultism, what kind of world-
      > conception can be derived from the Copernican tenets, will have to
      > admit that although these ideas can lead to great achievements in the
      > realm of natural science and in external life, they are incapable of
      > promoting any understanding of the spiritual foundations of the world
      > and the things of the world - for truth to tell there has never been
      > a worse instrument for understanding the spiritual foundations of the
      > world than the ideas of Copernicus - never in the evolution of the
      > human mind! The reason for this is that all these Copernican concepts
      > are inspired by Lucifer. Copernicanism is one of the last attacks,
      > one of the last great attacks made by Lucifer upon the evolution of
      > man. In earlier, pre-Copernican thought, the external world was,
      > indeed, maya: but much traditional wisdom, much truth concerning the
      > world and the things of the world still survived. Since Copernicus,
      > however, man has maya around him not only in his material perceptions
      > but his concepts and ideas in themselves are maya. Today men regard
      > it as self-evident that the sun stands firmly at the centre with the
      > planets revolving around it in elliptics. In no far distant future,
      > however, it will be realised that the view of the world of stars held
      > by Copernicus is much less correct than the earlier, Ptolemaic view.
      > The view of the world held by the school of Copernicus and Kepler is,
      > in many respects, convenient, but as an explanation of the macrocosm
      > it is not the truth.
      > And so Christian Rosenkreutz, confronted by a world conception which
      > is itself a maya, an illusion, was obliged to take a stand with
      > regard to it. It devolved upon him to rescue occultism in an age when
      > all the concepts of science were themselves maya - for with its
      > material globes in cosmic space the Copernican world system was maya,
      > even as concept. Thus towards the end of the sixteenth century, there
      > took place one of those Conferences of which we heard here a year ago
      > in connection with the Initiation of Christian Rosenkreutz himself in
      > the thirteenth century. - In this later occult Conference of leading
      > Individualities, [footnote: See East in the Light of the West,
      > Chapter VI, etc.] Christian Rosenkreutz was associated with certain
      > other great Individualities concerned with the leadership of
      > humanity. There were present not only personalities in incarnation on
      > the physical plane but entelechies operating in the spiritual worlds;
      > and the Individuality who in the sixth century before Christ had been
      > incarnated as Gautama Buddha also participated.
      > The occultists of the East rightly believe - for they know it to be
      > the truth - that the Buddha who in his twenty-ninth year rose from
      > the rank of Bodhisattva to that of Buddha, had incarnated then for
      > the last time in a physical body. It is absolutely true that when the
      > individuality of a Bodhisattva becomes a Buddha, he no longer appears
      > on the Earth in physical incarnation. But this does not mean that he
      > ceases to he active in the affairs of the Earth. The Buddha continues
      > to work for the Earth, although he is never again present in a
      > physical body but sends down his influence from the spiritual world.
      > The "Gloria" heard by the Shepherds in the fields proclaimed from the
      > spiritual world that the forces of Buddha were streaming into the
      > astral body of the Child Jesus described in St. Luke's Gospel. The
      > words of the Gloria came from Buddha who was working in the astral
      > body of the Child Jesus. This wonderful message of Peace and Love is
      > an integral part of Buddha's contribution to Christianity. But later
      > on too, the Buddha works into the deeds of men - not physically but
      > from the spiritual world - and he has co-operated in measures that
      > have been necessary for the sake of progress in the evolution of
      > humanity.
      > In the seventh and eighth centuries, for example, there was a very
      > important centre of Initiation in the neighbourhood of the Black Sea,
      > in which the Buddha taught, in his spirit-body. In such Schools there
      > are teachers who live in the physical body; but it is also possible
      > for the more advanced pupils to receive instruction from one who
      > teaches in an ether-body only. Among the pupils of the Buddha at that
      > time was one who incarnated again a few centuries later. We are
      > speaking, therefore, of a physical personality who centuries later
      > lived again in a physical body and is known to us as St. Francis of
      > Assisi. The quality characteristic of Francis of Assisi and of the
      > life of his monks - which has so much similarity with that of the
      > disciples of Buddha - is due to the fact that Francis of Assisi
      > himself was a pupil of Buddha.
      > It is easy to perceive the contrast between the qualities
      > characteristic of men who like Francis of Assisi were striving
      > fervently for the Spirit and those engrossed in the world of
      > industry, technical life and discoveries of modern civilisation. Many
      > there were, including occultists, who suffered deeply at the thought
      > that in the future two separate classes of human beings would
      > inevitably arise. They foresaw the one class wholly given up to the
      > affairs of practical life, convinced that security depends entirely
      > upon the production of means of nourishment, the construction of
      > machines, and so forth; whereas the other class would be composed of
      > men who, like Francis of Assisi, withdraw altogether from the
      > practical affairs of the world for the sake of the spiritual life.
      > Left to itself, without intervention, history would inevitably have
      > taken this course. But in the wise counsels of the spiritual worlds,
      > steps were taken to avert the worst form of this evil on the Earth.
      > A Conference of the greatest and most advanced Individualities was
      > called together by Christian Rosenkreutz. His most intimate pupil and
      > friend, the great teacher Buddha, participated in these counsels and
      > in the decisions reached. At that spiritual Conference it was
      > resolved that henceforward Buddha would dwell on Mars and there
      > unfold his influence and activity. Buddha transferred his work to
      > Mars in the year 1604. And on Mars he performed a deed similar to
      > that performed by Christ on the Earth in the Mystery of Golgotha.
      > Christian Rosenkreutz had known what the work of Buddha on Mars would
      > signify for the whole Cosmos, what his teachings of Nirvana, of
      > liberation from the Earth would signify on Mars. The teaching of
      > Nirvana was unsuited to a form of culture directed primarily to
      > practical life. Buddha's pupil, Francis of Assisi, was an example of
      > the fact that this teaching produces in its adepts complete
      > remoteness from the world and its affairs. But the content of
      > Buddhism which was not adapted to the practical life of man between
      > birth and death was of high importance for the soul between death and
      > a new birth. Christian Rosenkreutz realised that for a certain
      > purification needed on Mars, the teachings of Buddha were pre-
      > eminently suitable. The Christ Being, the Essence of Divine Love, had
      > once come down to the Earth to a people in many respects alien, and
      > in the seventeenth century, Buddha, the Prince of Peace, went to
      > Mars - the planet of war and conflict - to execute his mission there.
      > The souls on Mars were warlike, torn with strife. Thus Buddha
      > performed a deed of sacrifice similar to the deed performed in the
      > Mystery of Golgotha by the Bearer of the Essence of Divine Love. To
      > dwell on Mars as Buddha was a deed of sacrifice offered to the
      > Cosmos. He was as it were the lamb offered up in sacrifice on Mars
      > and to accept this environment of strife was for him a kind of
      > crucifixion. Buddha performed this deed on Mars in the service of
      > Christian Rosenkreutz. Thus do the great Beings who guide the world
      > work together, not only on the Earth but from one planet to another.
      > Since the Mystery of Mars was consummated by Gautama Buddha, human
      > beings have been able to receive different forces from Mars during
      > the corresponding period between death and a new birth. Not only does
      > a man bring with him into a new birth quite different forces from
      > Mars, but because of the influence exercised by the spiritual deed of
      > Buddha, forces also stream from Mars into men who practise meditation
      > as a means for reaching the spiritual world. When the modern pupil of
      > Spiritual Science meditates in the sense indicated by Christian
      > Rosenkreutz, forces sent to the Earth by Buddha as the Redeemer of
      > Mars, stream to him.
      > Christian Rosenkreutz is thus revealed to us as the great Servant of
      > Christ Jesus; but what Buddha, as the emissary of Christian
      > Rosenkreutz, was destined to contribute to the work of Christ Jesus -
      > this had also to come to the help of the work performed by Christian
      > Rosenkreutz in the service of Christ Jesus. The soul of Gautama
      > Buddha has not again been in physical incarnation on the Earth but is
      > utterly dedicated to the work of the Christ Impulse. What was the
      > word of Peace sent forth from the Buddha to the Child Jesus described
      > in the Gospel of St. Luke? "Glory in the Heights and on the Earth -
      > Peace!" And this word of Peace, issuing mysteriously from Buddha,
      > resounds from the planet of war and conflict to the soul of men on
      > the Earth.
      > Because all these things had transpired, it was possible to avert the
      > division of human beings into the two distinct classes - consisting
      > on the one hand of men of the type of Francis of Assisi and on the
      > other, men who live wholly in materialism. If Buddha had remained in
      > direct and immediate connection with the Earth he would not have been
      > able to concern himself with the "men of practical affairs"; and his
      > influence would have made the others into monks like Francis of
      > Assisi. Through the deed of Redemption performed by Gautama Buddha on
      > Mars, it is possible for us, when we are passing through the Mars-
      > period of existence between death and a new birth, to become
      > followers of Francis of Assisi without causing subsequent deprivation
      > to the Earth. Grotesque as it may seem, it is true nevertheless, that
      > since the seventeenth century, every human being in the Mars-
      > existence is, for a time, a Buddhist, a Franciscan, an immediate
      > follower of Francis of Assisi. Francis of Assisi has since made only
      > one brief incarnation on Earth as a child; he died in childhood and
      > has not again incarnated. He is intimately linked with the work of
      > Buddha on Mars and is one of his most eminent followers.
      > We have thus placed before our souls a picture of what came to pass
      > through that great Conference at the end of the sixteenth century,
      > resembling what had happened on Earth in the thirteenth century, when
      > Christian Rosenkreutz gathered his faithful around him. Nothing less
      > was accomplished than this. - It was possible to avert from humanity
      > the threatened separation into two classes, so that men might remain
      > inwardly united. And those who are intent upon esoteric development,
      > in spite of their absorption in practical life, can achieve their
      > goal because the Buddha is working from the sphere of Mars and not
      > from the sphere of the Earth. Those forces which help to promote a
      > healthy esoteric life are also attributable to the work and influence
      > of Buddha.
      > In my book, Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and its Attainment, I have
      > dealt with the methods that are appropriate for meditation today. The
      > essential point is that in Rosicrucian training, development is such
      > that the human being is not torn away from the earthly activities
      > demanded of him by karma. Rosicrucian esoteric development can
      > proceed without causing the slightest disturbance in any situation or
      > occupation. Because Christian Rosenkreutz was able to transfer the
      > work of Buddha from the Earth to Mars, it has become possible for the
      > influences of Buddha, from outside the Earth, to pour down to men.
      > Again, then, we have heard of one of the spiritual deeds of Christian
      > Rosenkreutz but to understand these deeds of the thirteenth and
      > sixteenth centuries we must find our way to their esoteric meaning
      > and significance. It would be good if people were to realise how
      > entirely consistent the progress of Theosophy in the West has been
      > since the founding of the Middle European Section of the Theosophical
      > Society. Here in Switzerland, lecture-courses have been given on the
      > four Gospels. The substance of all these lectures is contained in
      > germ in my book Christianity as Mystical Fact, written twelve years
      > ago. The book Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and its Attainment
      > describes the Western path of development that is compatible with
      > practical activities of every kind. Today I have indicated that a
      > basic factor in these matters is the mission assigned to Gautama
      > Buddha by Christian Rosenkreutz, for I have spoken of the significant
      > influence which the transference of Buddha to Mars made possible in
      > our solar system. And so stone after stone fits into its proper place
      > in our Western Theosophy, for it has been built up consistently and
      > in obedience to principle and everything that comes later harmonises
      > with what went before. Inner consistency is essential in any
      > conception of the world, if it is to stand upon the ground of truth.
      > And those who are able to draw near to Christian Rosenkreutz see with
      > wondering veneration by what consistent paths he has carried through
      > the great mission entrusted to him. In our time this is the
      > Rosicrucian-Christian path of development. That the great teacher of
      > Nirvana is now fulfilling a mission outside the Earth, on Mars - this
      > too is one of the wise and consistent deeds of Christian Rosenkreutz.
      > As a conclusion, the following brief indication may here be given for
      > those who aspire to become pupils of Christian Rosenkreutz.
      > A year ago we heard how the knowledge of a certain relationship to
      > Christian Rosenkreutz may come to man involuntarily. But it is also
      > possible to put a kind of question to one's own destiny: "Can I make
      > myself worthy to become a pupil of Christian Rosenkreutz?" ... Let
      > such a man try to place before his soul a picture of Christian
      > Rosenkreutz, the great Teacher of the modern age, in the midst of the
      > Twelve, sending forth Gautama Buddha into the Cosmos as his emissary
      > at the beginning of the seventeenth century, thus bringing about a
      > consummation of what came to pass in the sixth century before Christ
      > through the Sermon at Benares. If this picture, with its whole
      > import, stands vividly before the soul, if a man feels that something
      > streaming from this great and impressive picture wrings from his soul
      > the words: O Man, thou art not merely an earthly Being; thou art in
      > truth a Cosmic Being! ... then he may believe with quiet
      > confidence: "I can aspire to become a pupil of Christian
      > Rosenkreutz." This picture of the relationship of Christian
      > Rosenkreutz to Gautama Buddha is a potent and effective meditation.
      > Such is the aspiration I would fain bring to life in your souls ...
      > Study of the world must always interest us profoundly, but this study
      > must be the means whereby through our own development we
      > are led on
      > into the higher worlds.
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