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Twelve Virtues (Months of the Year)

The Twelve Virtues (Months of the Year)

GA 267(245) – Guidance in Esoteric Training

The Twelve Virtues, Monthly virtues to be meditated upon and observed in one’s life. These exercises should always be begun on the 21st of the preceding month, e.g., April from 21.3-21.4

April Devotion becomes the power of sacrifice May Equilibrium becomes progress June Perseverance becomes faithfulness July Unselfishness becomes catharsis August Compassion becomes freedom September Courtesy becomes steadiness in feeling October Contentment becomes self-composure November Patience becomes understanding December Control of speech and thinking (minding one’s tongue) becomes a feeling for the truth January Courage becomes the power of redemption February Discretion becomes the power of meditation March Magnanimity becomes love

In the German edition there appear the following notes:

The assignment of the virtues to the zodiac comes from H.P. Blavatsky. The translation of the English expressions – with the variants which have been handed down in parentheses – and the addition of “becomes …” are from Rudolf Steiner. See: “Notes” page 528 Notes: There is no original document available for this. A precise dating is also not possible. Ilona Schubert concerning this exercise reported […]

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Incarnation of Ahriman

Incarnation of Ahriman

In the (published) complete works (GA) there are only 5 lectures containing direct indications as to the nature of the Incarnation of Ahriman.

 

GA 193 – Zurich, 27 Oct 1919.

In addressing a public audience today on the most important question of our time, it makes a great difference if one speaks from a knowledge of the deeper forces of world-historical evolution, that is, from initiation-science, or if one speaks without such knowledge. It is relatively easy to speak about modern questions if one relies upon data of external knowledge which are considered scientific, practical, and so on. It is, however, extraordinarily difficult to speak about these questions from the standpoint of initiation-science — from which indeed everything is derived with which we have to deal at such gatherings as ours today. For he who speaks from that standpoint about problems of the time knows that he is opposed not only by the casual, subjective opinions of those to whom he speaks. He knows too that a great part of mankind today is already under the control, from one side or […]

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Eight Exercises (Days of the Week)

Eight Exercises (Days of the Week)

GA 10 – Knowledge of the Higher Worlds – Chapter V.

In this fundamental work, eight exercises are described in connection with the development of the sixteen-petaled lotus flower, the organ situated in the throat/larynx region of the astral body. Here the exercises’ correlation to the qualities found in the “Eight Fold Path” of Gautama Buddha, but also the fact that they stand on their own, universal ground, is mentioned. (Rudolf Steiner never referred to the practice of these exercises as “the eight-fold path,” just as he never referred to the practice of the six basic exercises associated with the twelve-petaled lotus flower as the six-fold path, or the Virtues as the “twelve…”, etc.)

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Thanks to the spiritual organ situated in the vicinity of the larynx, it becomes possible to survey clairvoyantly the thoughts and mentality of other beings, and to obtain a deeper insight into the true laws of natural phenomena. […]

The organ in the vicinity of the larynx has sixteen petals or spokes;[…]

The organ in the vicinity of the larynx has sixteen petals or spokes; the one in the […]

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Sorat

Sorat

GA 96 – Berlin, 27 April 1907.

Now a few comments on the things I was referring to in my public lectures on the Book of Revelation. You know that the sun once separated from the earth, and that it will mite again with the earth in the far distant future. The quality which makes it possible for human beings to become so spiritual that they are able to reunite with the sun is in occult terms called ‘the sun’s intelligence’. This good spirit in the sun has an adversary, the demon in the sun. The two are not only active in the sun but also send their influences down to the earth. The powers of the good sun spirit enter into plant, animal and human being; they bring forth life on earth. The adversary principle of the sun demon, the power which opposes the union of earth and sun, is active in man’s evil powers.

Occult symbols of this have existed through the ages. A seven-cornered sign is the symbol of the good sun spirit. The seven comers symbolize the seven planets. The pentagram is the symbol for […]

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Six Basic (Subsidiary) Exercises

Six Basic (Subsidiary) Exercises

The six ‘subsidiary’, or ‘basic’, exercises are part of a system of exercises in the initiation science of Anthroposophy which develop the ‘lotus flowers’ or chakrams of the astral body. They are at the same time the development of moral qualities – an integral feature of the esotericism that Anthroposophy promotes. The six exercises correspond to the development of half of the 12 petaled lotus flower located in the heart region of the astral body. It is these six, this half, that we are called upon to develop in our time with our conscious activity. In other techniques, Rudolf Steiner in places makes clear, the lotus flower is awakened by illicit means, uncontrolled by the neophyte and thus often leading to moral ruin. It is described that as the six ‘petals’ corresponding to the six subsidiary exercises are developed in full consciousness, the remaining six are awakened properly and of their own accord, i.e. indirectly. In like manner, there are eight exercises for the 16 petaled lotus flower and so on, although Steiner’s most explicit instructions are confined to these two. The six exercises also feature […]

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Kaspar Hauser

Kaspar Hauser

In the complete works of Rudolf Steiner (GA) there are only two lectures that include direct reference to the individuality and mystery of Kaspar Hauser:

GA 104 – Nuremberg, 17 June 1908.

In an earlier age memory was far more developed than it is now. With the growth of the intellect in mankind, memory has stepped essentially into the background. If one uses some measure of practical observation one can recognize that what Spiritual Science relates is not said without foundation. People might assert that if that were true about memory, then a person remaining backward in development by some accident, should be backward least of all in memory. It could also be claimed that if intellectuality were fostered in a person artificially kept back, then his memory would suffer. Here in this city a characteristic case of this very nature is to be found.

Professor Daumer, whom one must hold in the highest esteem, observed this case very thoroughly. It was the case of that human being, so enigmatic for many people, who was once placed into this city in a mysterious way, and […]

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Asuras, asuric beings

Asuras, asuric beings (Ger: ‘Asuras’, ‘asurisch’)

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In Chronological Order (where possible):

GA 11 – Cosmic Memory – Chapter 14; Chapter 15; Chapter 16. (date: numbers 14-35 of the periodical ‘Lucifer-Gnosis’, 1904-1908).

Here ‘Asuras’ is used simply as a synonym, in reference to antecedent theosophical literature, for the “Primal Beginnings” or Archai. In the same chapter(s) Rudolf Steiner also terms them “Spirits of Personality”, “Spirits of Darkness” and even spirits of “‘Self-hood’ (Egoism)”.

Then follows the activity of the “Spirits of Darkness.” which are also called “Spirits of Personality” or of “Self-hood” (Egoism). […]Without them man would never have become a self-enclosed entity, a “personality.” Christian esoteric teaching uses the expression “Primal Beginnings” (Archai) for them, and in theosophical literature they are designated as Asuras.

Chapter Fourteen: The Life of Saturn

In the same way the “Spirits of Form” (Exusiai), those of “Darkness” (in Christianity, Archai, in theosophy, Asuras), then the “Sons of Fire” (Archangels), and finally the “Spirits of Twilight” (Angels, Lunar Pitris) successively repeat their labors. […]Through a similar process the “Spirits of Darkness” (in Christianity, Archai, in theosophy, Asuras) have at this time attained the level […]

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