Thursday, April 22, 2010
13 ways of looking at Anthroposophia: In des Geistes Weltgedanken erwachet die Seele
"The moment at which Christ rises forth from the grave in His radiant Resurrection body is the all-important moment for the future evolution of mankind. But it is not just a decisive moment for humanity but is also an act of intervention of unique significance in the world of the Gods. That which the council of the Gods had once decided was implemented fully at this moment. The Gods planned a preliminary catharsis--the plan was to create for humans a balance to the influences coming from Lucifer and Ahriman--by Jesus Christ dying a human death. The Gods did not know this death on the Earth. This preliminary catharsis is expressed in the words of Jesus Christ on the Cross: 'It is finished' (John 19:30). But then the spiritual Sun had also penetrated into Ahriman's depths and by itself restored the spiritual body of the human being. This God appeared as a shining conqueror, a victor in the name of love. Whoever sees Him in this form can never doubt anymore, and this experience of His presence is not just for the one incarnation but also for all following incarnations--a sense of certainty, clearer, purer, and stronger than all the physically provable things of the earthly world of the senses, which anyway disintegrate at death, like the material body itself, along with the earthly thoughts based on the physical brain. Spiritual thoughts, however, never disintegrate: 'spirit memory'--'spirit thought'--'spirit vision' (words from The Foundation Stone Meditation). They are drawn into the eternal nature of the human Higher Self and are active at the side of the hierarchies in the development of the new man.
The best way to create a mental image of this moment of the Resurrection is to meditate on the painting by Matthias Grünewald. A meditation on this picture has such a strong effect because it contains details that could only have been painted by an initiate. Even if someone does not intellectually understand everything, his soul, his divinity, of which he is unconscious, is aware of the moving truth in this work of art."
--Judith von Halle, And If He Has Not Been Raised . . ., pp. 130-31