Saturday, August 2, 2014

Anthroposophia: The Pure Temple

"The human being of the future will offer his entire pure and holy love to the Christ Being as a sacrificial offering. He will as a result be inwardly exalted. His soul will become beautiful, will receive the objective beauty of the cosmos. He will cultivate this love within himself as his highest aesthetic and ethical sensibility, as his most precious possession. He will never let this golden bud wither or go dry. He would not be able to do this anyway, as contact with the Saviour of the Sun and the Earth will be as natural to him as the present-day human breathes in the air. He will create an awareness for something which is anyway a fact without his being aware of it: Christ has united Himself with the Earth and as a result with mankind. Everything that goes to make up the external aspects of the human being in his physical existence can be traced back to the divine spirit which lives in the human being through the sacrifice of the Logos in descending onto and into the Earth. He will remodel his body from within out, turn it into a temple pure and beautiful enough to receive and consciously bear the holy of holies. But the light of the spirit must be experienced in a human body here on the Earth — in other words, while incarnated. To become human means developing awareness. Only in this way is it possible to offer up the sacrifice.

Only he who has received into his heart the appearance of Christ at the turning point of evolution and lives daily with this knowledge in his soul and spirit can develop a spirit organ for perceiving Him in the etheric world. Only he who stands in a valid relationship to the appearance of Christ at the turning-point of evolution 
 in other words, to the Logos in a human body  can develop a relationship to the etheric Christ. Otherwise it is of no help, however often someone goes to church or however many [anthroposophical] membership cards he carries around with him. He will never develop it. Whoever expects everything to be given him as a gift has not understood the Christ impulse. The gift is to give oneself actively and firmly, not half-heartedly and full of doubt but full of courage and devotion, without any expectation of gaining personal advantage from anyone as a result, but in order to help another person or all of mankind."

— Judith von Halle, "The Easter Event at the Time of Christ," in And If He Has Not Been Raised, pp. 143-44.

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