The Gospel of Luke. Lecture 2 of 10.
Rudolf Steiner, Basel, September 16, 1909:
The Gospel of St. Luke: An Expression of the Principle of Love and Compassion. The Missions of the Bodhisattvas and of the Buddha.
Notes:1. These lectures-courses were given in April 1909, and August 1909, respectively. Both have been translated into English.2. See Buddhism in Translation, by Henry Clarke Warren (Harvard Oriental Series, Vol. III, second issue). This legend is given in great detail in the chapter entitled The Great Retirement, pp. 56–67. Difficult passages referring to "Kanthaka the king of horses" become intelligible in the light of what Dr. Steiner says here. According to the legend, Kanthaka came into existence “at the very time that the future Buddha was born” and died of a broken heart at the final parting from his master, thereupon to be reborn in heaven as the "God Kanthaka".