Tuesday, November 10, 2015

New wine in new bottles — Anthroposophy: the redemption, the resurrection, the rejuvenation of thinking

"Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved."  — Matthew 9:17

Rudolf Steiner:  "No one who strives for knowledge of true reality can attain it if he fails to realize that ordinary cognitional means are inadequate for this knowledge, and that the cognitional means necessary for it must first be developed. Man feels that there is more slumbering in him than is encompassed by the consciousness of ordinary life and science. Instinctively he longs for a knowledge which is not attainable by this consciousness. For the attainment of this knowledge he must not shrink back from transforming the forces which are directed toward the sense world in ordinary consciousness, so that they are able to grasp a supersensible world. Before one can grasp true reality, one has to produce a soul condition which can relate to the spiritual world. What is attainable by ordinary consciousness depends upon the human organization that disintegrates at death. Therefore it is comprehensible that the knowledge of this kind of consciousness can know nothing of the supersensible and of the eternal in human nature. Only transformed consciousness sees into that world in which man lives as supersensible being, and as a being that is untouched by the disintegration of the sense organization."

Source: "Philosophy and Anthroposophy," page 35

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