The Christ Impulse and the Development of the Ego-Consciousness. Lecture 5. Given at Berlin, 9th March, 1910. “... at one time it was possible for men to travel to a land where the Spiritual flowed into the Physical. It is the land from which at certain times the initiates — and at all times the Bodhisattvas — draw fresh forces. The Eastern writings refer with deep sorrow to this land, asking: Where is it? We are told the names of places, paths are named; but the land itself is concealed, even from those most initiated among the Lamas of Tibet. Only to the highest initiates is it accessible. But it is always stated that some day this land will return to Earth ...”
Lecture given at Munich, 15th March, 1910. The Sermon on the Mount. The Land of Shamballa.
See also: H. P. Blavatsky: The Secret Doctrine, Vol. II, pp. 333 and 418 (3rd and revised edition, reprinted 1905).
2. Halley's Comet. The following passages are from the lecture to which Dr. Steiner is referring: Mysteries of Cosmic Existence. Comets and the Moon. “... Halley's Comet has a quite definite task and everything else that it brings with it is definitely related to this task. Halley's Comet — we are speaking of its spiritual aspect — has the task of impressing human nature as a whole in such a way that human nature and the human being always take a further step in respect of the development of the Ego when the Comet comes near to the Earth. It is the step in development which leads out the Ego to concepts connected with the physical plane. ... When it is said that Halley's Comet may be an omen, that its influence, working alone, might make men superficial and lead out the Ego more and more on to the physical plane, and that precisely in our days this must be resisted — it is not said for the purpose of reviving an old superstition. The resistance can come about only by a spiritual view of the world like that of Anthroposophy taking the place of the trend of evolution brought about by Halley's Comet ...”