Man, Ideal of the Gods

When we observe these things a stupendous fact is revealed, viz, that man is the ideal and aim of Gods. But this vision cannot be for man the source of vanity and pride …The Divine Spiritual Beings confront one another in the Cosmos.  The visible expression of this fact is the form of the starry heavens.  They wished to create in a unity as Man all that they themselves are as a choir.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – Anthroposophical Leading Thoughts – What is Revealed When One Looks Back into Former Lives Between Death and a New Birth – I

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“Rudolf Steiner … said: ‘People on Earth have all kinds of religions, but all these religions have one thing in common: that man looks up to higher beings, the gods, and worships them. But these higher beings, the gods, also have a religion: they too look up to something in awe and reverence. What is this religion of the gods? What is it that the gods revere? It is man. Man is the religion of the gods.’

What did Rudolf Steiner mean with this strange statement which almost sounds like blasphemy? It does not mean that the higher beings, who are far superior to us in wisdom and power, look up in reverence to you or to me — or to any individual human soul. What the gods look up to is the ideal human being …

It is for the sake of this ultimate end, for the sake of this perfect man, that the whole universe and all there is in it has come into existence, it is for the sake of that perfect man at the end of time that the whole world has been created. In the Bhagavad Gita, the holy book of the Hindus, the hero Arjuna is given a vision of this ideal and is overwhelmed by it.

Every human soul is on a pilgrimage to this distant goal, to this ideal of human perfection. But there was a time in the evolution of mankind when there was the danger that souls would be turned away from the path to perfect man and lose all connection with the true aim of evolution. That is when Christ came into the physical world and lived in a human body, so as to keep mankind on the right path towards the ideal that is the religion of the gods. And so Christ has united himself with this great ideal of mankind, with the perfect human being. He has become one with the ideal to which all human souls strive.”

Source: Charles Kovacs – The Spiritual Background to Christian Festivals – “Christmas,” pp. 72-74

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