Steiner Online Library Spiritual Science for Human Evolution

Christian Rosenkreutz
GA 130

Table of Contents

  • Title Page
  • Colophon
  • Foreword
  • Lecture I
    • Spiritual Science in historical evolution and its pivot in Rosicrucianism — Mention of 3rd April, 33 A.D. — The period of darkness in the thirteenth century and its ending — The occult mission of the Twelve Wise Men and their work in connection with the youth who in Initiation became Christian Rosenkreutz — The crisis in the world of the demons — Salvation through cultivation of the powers of the “I.”
  • Lecture II
    • Three categories of experiences in the life of soul — Chance and Necessity — Blows of fate and intimate occurrences in life — Fading memories in the life of thought and ideation; permanent memories in the life of feeling; these are transformed into impulses of will — through such impulses of will we can recognise the beckoning sign given by Christian Rosenkreutz to those chosen by him.
  • Lecture III
    • The nature of karma as destiny — The “wiser being” within us — Study of karma and how karma is experienced in the world — Happiness and joy are experiences bestowed by Grace.
  • Lecture IV
    • Exercises for the development of memory belonging to the life of feeling — The consequences of experiences in the spiritual world — The condition of darkness in the twelfth-thirteenth century — The resurrection of the ancient forms of sacred wisdom in the souls of the Twelve in the thirteenth century A.D. — Into this “College” of the Twelve, a Thirteenth is taken.
  • Lecture V
    • The work of the Bodhisattvas — The office and rank of Buddha-hood — The successor of Gautama Buddha — Prophetic anticipation of the Christ Mystery in the Schools of the Essenes — The Christ Mystery presented in the form of pictorial enactment's in the ancient rituals — Jeshu ben Pandira and Matthew — The Matthew Gospel describes the stages of the old Initiation up to the point where Jesus becomes the bearer of Christ — The content and substance of the Mysteries are enacted on the physical plane as a reality of world-history — During the middle years of life a great transformation takes place in the soul of one who is destined to receive the Bodhisattva into himself — In about 3,000 years from now the Bodhisattva will become the Maitreya Buddha, the Bringer of the Good through the power of the word — Vision in the astral sphere of the Christ in His Ether-Form; later on, this Form is revealed in the aesthetic and then in the moral spheres — The sources of Christianity and the spiritual preparations made by the twelve wise men in the thirteenth century — The manuscript of the Matthew Gospel translated by Jerome.
  • Lecture VI
    • The Akasha Chronicle of the Sun — Journey through the heavens of the fixed stars; thence the return through the planetary spheres to the next birth.
  • Lecture VII
    • Copernicanism and the revolutionary change in human thinking — The illusory character of this new form of knowledge — The relation of Christian Rosenkreutz to Gautama Buddha — The Mystery-Centre by the Black Sea where Buddha taught, in his spirit-form — His work is subsequently continued by his pupil, St. Francis of Assisi — The anxiety among occultists as to the threatened separation of men into two categories — Christian Rosenkreutz sends Buddha, his closest pupil, to Mars — The purification of Mars through Buddha's deed of sacrifice — The Mars-forces, now radiating peace, work into the souls of men between death and a new birth.

      A potent and effective Meditation is to picture the deeds of Christian Rosenkreutz in the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries — Christian Rosenkreutz in the midst of the Twelve — Buddha is sent by him to perform a cosmic deed of sacrifice on Mars — Reference to the Sermon at Benares.
  • A Concluding Indication

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Quotes

"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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