Steiner Online Library Spiritual Science for Human Evolution

Easter as a Chapter in the Mystery Wisdom of Man
GA 233a

Table of Contents

  • Title Page
  • Colophon
  • Esoteric Studies
  • Lecture I
    • The evolution of our festivals from the ancient Mysteries. The Mysteries of Adonis. The survival of the old Mystery idea in a true comprehension of the Easter idea.
  • Lecture II
    • Moon-birth and Sun-birth. Bondage through the natural exigency of the Father-forces of the Moon; liberation through the melting impulses of the Sun forces. The Saturn forces that preserve the entity after death. Stages of the ancient Easter initiation. The resurrection of the soul and spirit of man from the physical body in the spiritual universe.
  • Lecture III
    • A consideration of cosmic conditions. The secret of the Moon. Planetary constellations and their effects on the human etheric body in the moonlight existence. Man as bearer of the light of the Sun. Moon initiation: the spring Mystery of descent. Sun initiation: the spiritual ascent after the death experience in the autumn Mysteries. The annual cycle of festivals.
  • Lecture IV
    • Decline of the Mystery system and development of freedom. Enlightenment the expression of experience. The Mysteries of Ephesus. The descent from the spirit realm in the light-ether body. J O A is man, sound in light. Reading the cosmic script. Aristotle's categories. The Easter spirit of anthroposophy that leads back to Mystery wisdom and to the conviction of the reality of spirit, ever and again resurrected through dying.

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"You can see from this, my dear friends, what mischief will be set on foot if the truths of Spiritual Science are withheld. For man will be exposed to the forces of evil, and he will only be protected from it by giving himself up to the spiritual life of the good. To withhold the spiritual life of goodness from men is to be no friend to humanity. Whoever does this, be he Freemason or Jesuit, is no friend to humanity. For it means handing men over to the forces of evil. And there may be a purpose in doing so. This purpose may be to confine goodness to a small circle, in order by the help of this goodness to dominate the helpless humanity who are thus led by evil into the follies of life."

—Rudolf Steiner,
Spiritual Science Notes On Goethe's Faust, Vol. II, No. 273-8.

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