The Gospel of St. John is a seer’s book

The Gospel of St. John is a book of life, and whoever lives it through will awaken within himself the power to see spiritually. It is a seer’s book, and was written for the training of spiritual vision. Whoever lives it through, sentence by sentence, will experience the great and mighty result, that he meets Christ spiritually face to face. It is not so easy to convince people; they must themselves work up to the stage at which the knowledge dawns upon them that the Christ is a reality.

St. John’s Gospel is the way that leads to Christ, and the writer desired to give everyone the opportunity to understand it. Whoever develops the Spirit Self will experience within himself the dawning of that wisdom through which he can understand what Christ is.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 100 – The Gospel of St. John – Lecture VIII – Basle, 25 November, 1907

Previously posted on February 14, 2020

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And so we see in Novalis a radiant and splendid forerunner of that Michael stream which is now to lead you all, my dear friends, while you live; and then, after you have gone through the gate of death, you will find in the spiritual super-sensible worlds all those others — among them also the being of whom I have been speaking to you today — all those with whom you are to prepare the work that shall be accomplished at the end of the century, and that shall lead mankind past the great crisis in which it is involved.

This work is: to let the Michael Power and the Michael Will penetrate the whole of life. The Michael Power and the Michael Will are none other than the Christ Will and the Christ Power, going before in order to implant in the right way into the Earth the Power of the Christ.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 238 – From The Individuality of Elias, John, Raphael, Novalis – The Last Address By Rudolf Steiner – Dornach, Michaelmas Eve, September 28, 1924

Translated by George Adams

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Novalis (May 2, 1772 – March 25, 1801)

Novalis – A Sketch – by Violet Plincke

“On Lady Day, 1801, when the wings of death approached Novalis, he begged his brother to play some music on the harpsichord. He passed over during sleep, his brother’s music accompanying his entrance into the spiritual world.

[…] Rudolf Steiner once said: “What is given now as anthroposophical spirituality lived in Novalis.”

[…] All his life was spent in reaching out for clearer and clearer visions of Anthropos — the TRUE MAN.

In very truth Anthroposophia weaves and lives in the work of Novalis.”

Novalis – A Sketch – by Violet Plincke

An essay first printed in the journal, Anthroposophy a Quarterly Review of Spiritual Science, Vol. 3, No. 3, Michaelmas, 1928

Violetta Elsa Plincke (17 June 1883 in St Petersburg Russia – 7 January 1968 London UK) was a Waldorf teacher and lecturer on education who contributed much to the establishment of Steiner education in Britain.

Contradictions in the gospels

It is actually true that the advanced theology of the nineteenth century, because it desired to be scientific in the modern sense, lost the Christ; that theology was happy to have at last instead “the simple man of Nazareth”. Christ was now “the loftiest human being on earth.” Of the Christ indwelling within Jesus no conception could any longer be formed.

Thus the evolution since the fourth Post-Christian century has consisted of a gradual loss of the connection of man with the Christ in that living form as it was conceived by many persons during the first centuries of Christianity. Thus it came about, moreover, that the content of the gospels was less and less understood. You see, the human beings who lived during the first centuries of Christianity would have considered it utterly astonishing to speak of contradictions in the gospels. It is as if someone was familiar with the picture of a human being taken from the front and that a photograph was brought to him taken in profile, and if he should say: “This cannot be a picture of the same person” — thus would it have appeared to persons of the first Christian centuries if one had spoken to them of contradictions in the Gospels. They knew very well that the four Gospels simply present a picture taken from four different points of view. The human being of the present time would say that these are exceptional presentations, that they are from all different sides. In the spiritual world everything is far richer; in the spiritual world photographs would have to be taken from various sides as one has four Gospels.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 224 – The Waking of the Human Soul and the Forming of Destiny/The Need for Understanding The Christ – II – Prague, 29th April 1923

Translated by Olin D. Wannamaker

Previously posted on April 12, 2019

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False assertion

As I have often said before, Christ did not come with the message, ‘Here I am. Quickly write down everything you can say about me so that humanity can believe in it until the last days of the Earth!’ That is what is taught by the short-sighted, narrow-minded theology of today. What it very often teaches implies that the Christ said, ‘Certain things have I done. Quickly write them down, for that is what is to be taught until the last days of the Earth, and nothing shall be added to it.’

This assertion sits falsely. It is so false that people hesitate to utter it at all. I refer to those who consistently act in accordance with this assumption without ever once stating it. But the assumption on which they act sits falsely, very falsely. For the Christ said, ‘I will be with you to the last days of the Earth.’ And this implies that it is always possible to receive Christ’s revelation! In the early days of Christianity it was the Gospels that came from this source; today it is spiritual science.

Those who wrote down what could be written down in those days did not say, ‘We have written this down, and there is nothing else in addition to what we have written that can be written.’ They said, rather, ‘And there are also many other things which Jesus did, that which, if they should be written down, every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.’

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 170 – The Riddle of Humanity: Lecture twelve – Dornach, 27 August 1916

Translated by John F. Logan

Previously posted on January 22, 2019

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What is really important is not the content of an utterance but from whom it comes

Christ Jesus declared with all power and intensity: “You are Gods!”  […] At the very beginning of man’s evolution, Lucifer proclaimed: “Ye shall be as Gods!” […] From Lucifer this utterance leads to a curse,  from Christ to the highest blessing. Is there not a wonderful mystery here? The words hurled into humanity by Lucifer, the Tempter — when uttered by Christ to men are supreme wisdom.
What is really important is not the content of an utterance but from whom it comes; this fact is inscribed in letters of power into the biblical record.


Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 141 – Between Death and Rebirth: Lecture II – 20th November 1912

Translated by E.H. Goddard & D.S. Osmond

Previously posted on November 16, 2018

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