The Reappearance of Christ in the Etheric

Selected Lectures

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 9780880105194

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 233

View: 2012

The first chapter of the Acts of the Apostles describes Christ's Ascension: "And a cloud received him out of their sight." As the disciples looked up, two angels appeared and told them, "This same Jesus, taken up from you into heaven, shall come again in the same way as you have seen him go." In 1910, Rudolf Steiner began a series of lectures announcing the advent of Christ's appearance in the sphere of the earth's etheric or life body. At first, he said, only a few will be aware of it, but in time more and more people--regardless of religious affiliation--will be strengthened, comforted and infused by the Christ's living presence. Such "Damascus experiences," bespeaking a new natural clairvoyance, Steiner argues, will become increasingly common. "The Christ will become a living comforter," he writes. "However strange it may seem, it is nevertheless true that often when people, even in considerable numbers, are sitting together not knowing what to do and waiting, they will see the etheric Christ. He will be there, will confer with them, and will cast his word in such gatherings. We are now approaching these times..." This collection contains Steiner's lectures on this theme, as well as on important related questions, such spiritual science and etheric vision, the etheric vision of the future, "the etherization of the blood," the Sermon on the Mount and the land of Shambhala, the mysteries of comets and the Moon, Buddhism and Pauline Christianity, spirit beings and the ground of the world, and the three realms between death and rebirth. The Reappearance of Christ in the Etheric collects much of Rudolf Steiner's most important discussions of esoteric Christianity, especially as it relates to the central place of the Christ being in world and human evolution.

Gautama Buddha's Successor

Author: Robert Powell,Estelle Isaacson

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 1584201622

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 158

View: 8095

The year 2014 has a special significance that is addressed in this book by Robert Powell and Estelle Isaacson. Dr. Robert Powell is a spiritual researcher who in this short work—and in many other books—brings the results of his own research investigations. Estelle Isaacson is a contemporary seer who is gifted with a remarkable ability to perceive new streams of revelation. Both have been blessed in an extraordinary way by virtue of accessing the realm wherein Christ is presently to be found.

Powell makes the critical point that the year 2014 not only denotes the beginning of a new 600-year cultural wave in history but also that there is an ancient prophecy applying to this very same year, 2014, which can be interpreted as pointing to the onset of the twenty-first-century incarnation of the Bodhisattva who will become the future Maitreya Buddha, the successor to Gautama Buddha. Powell also makes the crucial point that the Maitreya Buddha awaited in Buddhism is the same as the Kalki Avatar expected in Hinduism.

Powell’s contribution serves as an introduction to Isaacson’s offering, comprising a series of six visions relating to the future Maitreya Buddha. The visions are highly inspirational, communicating something of the profound spirituality, peace, radiance, and, above all, goodness of this Bodhisattva who is Gautama Buddha’s successor. His title, Maitreya, means “bearer of the good,” and in Isaacson’s visions he emerges as a remarkable force for good in our time.

Also included in this book are two appendices: A Survey of Rudolf Steiner’s Indications Concerning the Maitreya Buddha and the Kalki Avatar and Valentin Tomberg’s Indications Concerning the Coming Buddha-Avatar, Maitreya-Kalki. A third appendix discusses the significance of Rudolf Steiner’s Foundation Stone of Love meditation as a heralding of Christ’s Second Coming.

Time of Decision with Rudolf Steiner

Author: Friedrich Hiebel

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 1621511529


Page: 390

View: 8343

This fascinating recollection of the early days of the Anthroposophical Society offers a unique perspective on Rudolf Steiner's work and his relationship to his students. Of particular interest to our readers will be the chapters on the Christmas Conference of 1923 for the foundation of the Anthroposophical Society. Hiebel attended the meeting, and his lively descriptions and warm style let those solemn events rise up again in our souls. He recreates the solemn, sacred mood of the laying of the Foundation Stone, and provides insights into the structure and meaning of the Foundation Stone verses.

The Reappearance of the Christ

Author: Alice Bailey,Djwhal Khul

Publisher: Lucis Publishing Companies

ISBN: 0853304149

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: N.A

View: 8166

Many religions today expect the coming of an Avatar or Saviour. The second coming of the Christ, as the world Teacher for the age of Aquarius, is presented in this book as an imminent event, a continuity of divine revelation throughout the ages. The Christ belongs to all mankind, and can be known and understood as, the same great Identity in all the world religions.

The Bodhisattva Question

Krishnamurti, Rudolf Steiner, Valentin Tomberg, and the Mystery of the Twentieth-century Master

Author: T. H. Meyer,Elisabeth Vreede

Publisher: Temple Lodge Publishing

ISBN: 1906999198

Category: Religion

Page: 200

View: 1764

According to Rudolf Steiner, the future Maitreya Buddha incarnated in a human body in the 20th century. Presuming this to be so, then who was this person? Adolf Arenson and Elisabeth Vreede, both students of Rudolf Steiner, made independent examinations of this question in relation to Steiner's personal mission.

The Figure of Christ

Rudolf Steiner and the Spiritual Intention Behind the Goetheanum's Central Work of Art

Author: Peter Selg

Publisher: Temple Lodge Publishing

ISBN: 1906999015

Category: Religion

Page: 71

View: 1950

Rudolf Steiner referred to the wooden 'group' sculpture of the figure of Christ surrounded by adversary spiritual beings as the centre of the first Goetheanum. Steiner even told the architect of the second Goetheanum that the sculpture he made with Edith Maryon should occupy the same central position 'as in the first building'. What was Rudolf Steiner's essential aim for the sculptural group within the Mystery building he conceived, and why did he regard it as the crown of the building? What were Steiner's intentions - and, specifically, what were the spiritual aims behind this remarkable depiction of Christ? Rudolf Steiner described the core task of anthroposophical spiritual science as preparing for Christ's reappearance in the etheric realm. The Christ he sculpted was not the possession of a specific community with a religious world view, but rather a being active throughout humanity, and thus 'a figure of the future'. In this focused and powerful short book, Peter Selg engages with these highly-contemporary issues, providing thoughtful insights and answers that point to mysteries of the future involving humanity's further development and the transforming of evil.

Spiritual Resistance

Ita Wegman 1933-1935

Author: Peter Selg

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 1621480666

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 290

View: 5891

From 1933 to 1935, Ita Wegman was confronted by both Nazi fascism and internal crises in the General Anthroposophical Society. During those years, she traveled to Palestine in the fall of 1934 following a grave illness that nearly ended with her death. Her correspondence during this period, as well as her notes on the trip, reveal the great biographical importance to her of these travels and indeed the whole scope of her spiritual experiences in 1934. Ita Wegman had unambiguous perspectives and a uniquely clear view of both the political threat and her social-spiritual task during this period. There was, however, a radical change in her inner stance toward the opposition, aggression, and defamation she encountered within anthroposophic contexts in reaction to her intense, purely motivated efforts. She tried to live and work in true accord with her inner impulses and, ultimately, with Rudolf Steiner’s legacy, especially within the anthroposophic movement. Doing so, she increasingly found her way to her own distinctive and uncompromising path. The author reveals the general nature of those three years—a period whose distinctive spiritual and Christological task and dramatic dangers Rudolf Steiner had foreseen in 1923: “If these men [the Nazis] gain government power, I will no longer be able to set foot on German soil.” Ita Wegman’s efforts in 1933 to confront the dark powers of National Socialism and the convulsions in Dornach, which she experienced firsthand, as well as her subsequent illness and the clarity of her “Christological conversion” in 1934 to ’35, reveal a very specific, intrinsically comprehensible and forward-looking quality whose spiritual signature is clearly prefigured in Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual-scientific predictions. In this book, Peter Selg focuses exclusively on Ita Wegman, her development, and her words, simply presenting the processes she went through and, implicitly, their extraordinary spiritual nature, without any attempt at interpretation. This focus arises from the governing premise that the mysteries of a great life such as that of Ita Wegman reveal themselves in the details. Tracing the subtle steps in her life allow us deeper insight into Ita Wegman’s being. She herself wrote, “In general meetings or gatherings, people always understood me poorly because I lacked a smooth way of expressing myself. But people of goodwill always understood what I meant.” This book was originally published in German as Geistiger Widerstand und Überwindung. Ita Wegman 1933–1935 by Verlag am Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland, 2005.

Inner Christianity

A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition

Author: Richard Smoley

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1570628106

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 292

View: 8255

An introduction to mystical and esoteric Christianity for the general reader, this book takes an in-depth look at the deeper, symbolic meanings behind the central concepts and practices of the Christian tradition including prayer, love, evil, forgiveness and salvation.

The Arcana of the Grail Angel

the spiritual science of the Holy Blood and of the Holy Grail : a study, developed out of the work of Rudolf Steiner, of the underground streams of esoteric Christianity which flowed from the Brotherhood of the Holy Grail to the Order of the Knights Templars, and the true Rosicrucian Order

Author: John Barnwell

Publisher: N.A


Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 640

View: 3519

Seldom in modern esoteric Christian scholarship do we find an author with the breadth of understanding to encompass the Eastern, Central and Western Grail traditions. John Barnwell, in The Arcana of the Grail Angel, synthesizes and illuminates the Grail tradition in the light of modern Spiritual Science and the works of its founder Rudolf Steiner. Steiner's Western esoteric stream of Christianity creates a backdrop of historical, philosophical, and religious archetypes that encompass the most comprehensive esoteric Christian Cosmology available. Add to this an extensive panoramic view of the historical, allegorical, and spiritual nature of the Grail, and together we find this refreshing work -- and immediately recognize a "must read" Anthroposophical classic like the works of Guenther Wachsmuth or Sergei O. Prokofieff. -- Douglas J. Gabriel, from the forward.

The New Experience of the Supersensible

The Anthroposophical Knowledge Drama of Our Time

Author: Jesaiah Ben-Aharon

Publisher: Temple Lodge Publishing

ISBN: 9781902636849

Category: Religion

Page: 244

View: 9067

According to Rudolf Steiner's spiritual science, the greatest spiritual event of our time is the renewal and reawakening of our human suprasensory relationship to the higher spiritual worlds. The force that leads to this development--called by various names in different cultural and religious traditions--is called the "Christ impulse" by Anthroposophy, in accordance with Christian terminology. Because of new, naturally endowed suprasensory faculties, human beings are increasingly able to experience and perceive, through an act of grace, the great spiritual force of the Christ impulse. This experience is said to be a naturally given initiation, and today we increasingly hear of such suprasensory experiences. Today, however, a healthy approach to these "natural" phenomena requires us to comprehend suprasensory experiences with full awareness and clear thinking. This book builds an all-important bridge between the naturally given suprasensory experience and its conscious cognition. As a result, empirical suprasensory research "can investigate the different aspects of Christ's etheric becoming and appearance in a way that, both methodically and experientially, fulfils the justified cognitive and scientific requirements of our age." This new paperback edition adds a new introductory chapter.

Christ and Antichrist

Understanding the Events of Our Time and Recognizing Our Tasks

Author: Peter Tradowsky

Publisher: Temple Lodge Publishing

ISBN: 1906999201

Category: Religion

Page: 108

View: 9902

The seer and scientist Rudolf Steiner taught that Christ would reappear in the 20th century in the etheric realm of the Earth. Intended for those with a close interest in anthroposophy, this book intends to give a background to the event of our time.

Astrology and Popular Religion in the Modern West

Prophecy, Cosmology and the New Age Movement

Author: Dr Nicholas Campion

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409461491

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 224

View: 9523

This book explores an area of contemporary religion, spirituality and popular culture which has not so far been investigated in depth, the phenomenon of astrology in the modern west. Locating modern astrology historically and sociologically in its religious, New Age and millenarian contexts, Nicholas Campion considers astrology's relation to modernity and draws on extensive fieldwork and interviews with leading modern astrologers to present an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the origins and nature of New Age ideology. This book challenges the notion that astrology is either 'marginal' or a feature of postmodernism. Concluding that astrology is more popular than the usual figures suggest, Campion argues that modern astrology is largely shaped by New Age thought, influenced by the European Millenarian tradition, that it can be seen as an heir to classical Gnosticism and is part of the vernacular religion of the modern west.

The Creative Power of Anthroposophical Christology

Author: Sergei O. Prokofieff,Peter Selg

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 1621510964


Page: 189

View: 4236

From 2009 to 2010, Sergei Prokofiev and Peter Selg-two leading authorities and spiritual researchers into the life and work of Rudolf Steiner-gave a series of conferences on the Christological foundations of Anthroposophy. Their aim was to show the power of anthroposophic Christology. Consequently, they focused on key turning points in Rudolf Steiner's exposition: his major work, An Outline of Esoteric Science; the first Goetheanum; the Reappearance of Christ in the etheric realm and the relationship of this event to Rudolf Steiner's lectures on the Fifth Gospel; and the Christmas Conference (1923-24) and the founding of the New Mysteries. The lectures from the conferences (published as four booklets in German) are collected here in a single volume. The Creative Power of Anthroposophical Christology is essential reading for all those who are interested in the true meaning and depth of Rudolf Steiner's experience and understanding of Christ's deed on Golgotha and his continuing presence among us and within Anthroposophy.

From Bethlehem to Calvary

Initiations of Jesus

Author: Alice A. Bailey

Publisher: Lucis Publishing Companies

ISBN: 0853301077

Category: Religion

Page: 515

View: 856

The life experience of the Master Jesus, including the Crucifixion, the Great Renunciation, is reflected in the life experience of all human beings. We can know and consciously co‑operate in the journey which leads from the place of spiritual birth to the place of renunciation and resurrection.

Problems of Humanity

Author: Alice A Bailey,Djwhal Khul

Publisher: Lucis Publishing Cpmpanies

ISBN: 0853304130

Category: Reconstruction (1939-1951)

Page: 181

View: 3240

Six basic world problems, with many ramifications, continue to present humanity with opportunity for progress. A perspective on these problems is shown in this book. The spiritual factors and subjective causes are related to outer appearances and effects on the world scene.

Kaspar Hauser

The Struggle for the Spirit : a Contribution Towards an Understanding of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Author: Peter Tradowsky

Publisher: Temple Lodge Publishing


Category: Abused children

Page: 314

View: 8596

In 1828 a young boy was discovered on the streets of Nuremberg. In his hand he clutched a letter, directing him to some local stables where he was intended to work. This young man, Kaspar Hauser, who could barely write his name and could speak only a few words, was soon to become an international phenomenon -- the "Child of Europe." In this seminal work Peter Tradowsky addresses the mysteries surrounding Kaspar Hauser's life using the modern science of the spirit -- anthroposophy. His analysis delves deeply into the occult significance of the individuality incarnated as Kaspar Hauser.

Freedom of thought and societal forces

implementing the demands of modern society : six public lectures given in Ulm, Berlin and Stuttgart, May 26-December 30, 1919

Author: Rudolf Steiner,Christopher Bamford

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Pr

ISBN: 9780880105972

Category: History

Page: 154

View: 8029

Freedom of Thought and Societal Forces provides a broad, accessible overview of Rudolf Steiner's thinking during the first period of his activism on behalf of "Social Threefolding." Readers will be surprised at the freshness of his thought and his radical ability to face issues. He acknowledged that the demand for social change derived, most of all, from the working class, who, as a result of industrialization, had been forced into a virtually indentured life dominated exclusively by economic activity. But, from Steiner's point of view the underlying issue was not only economic, it was also spiritual or cultural. Culture and the cultured classes had become estranged from "real life." What was needed was a culture that included all classes-a free cultural life. At the same time, labor should be shifted to the sphere of rights, the only place where the freedom that workers seek was to be found. Capital, too, should be liberated from egotism and allowed-like goods-simply to circulate. Above all, Steiner understood that social realities could not be separated from the spiritual realities of human existence.