Wonderful as are the achievements of men, what comes before us as a revelation of divine-spiritual Powers is far greater

A sunrise in all its glory can stir the soul infinitely more deeply than all the science, the learning and the art of the ages. Suppose we have been deeply moved by the works in the Italian Galleries of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and others, and later on climb some Swiss mountain and contemplate the spectacle there presented, we shall be vividly conscious of what nature can reveal. We shall ask: Who is the greater artist: Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, or the Powers who have painted the sunrise to be seen from the Rigi? — And the answer can only be that wonderful as are the achievements of men, what comes before us as a revelation of divine-spiritual Powers is far greater.

Source: Rudolf Steiner- GA 124 – BACKGROUND TO THE GOSPEL OF ST. MARK – VI. The Son of God and the Son of Man. The Sacrifice of Orpheus – Berlin, 16 January 1911

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

Wikipedia: The Rigi (or Mount Rigi; also known as Queen of the Mountains) is a mountain massif of the Alps, located in Central Switzerland.

The Rigi Kulm Hotel, established in 1816, is located on the summit.

The Rigi Kulm and other areas are served by Europe’s oldest mountain railways, the Rigi Railways.




Christianity – An ongoing revelation

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 12 – Dornach, 27 August 1916


Only through Grace

We must never believe that we can acquire any conception of clairvoyant knowledge except by creating a suitable frame of mind through which we may receive what may be offered to us as revelation or illumination, so that we can never expect anything to come to us except from the grace which approaches and brings gifts.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 132 –  Inner Realities of Evolution – The Inner Aspect of the Sun-Embodiment of the Earth – Lecture 2 – Berlin, 21st November, 1911