People say the soul,
on hearing the song of creation,
entered the body;
but in reality
the soul itself was the song.
|‘The moment a dragon is slain’ Puppet Show (Paris 1963)|
You are what your deep, driving desire is.
As your desire is, so is your will.
As your will is, so is your deed.
As your deed is, so is your destiny.
— Brihadaranyaka Upanishad IV.4.5
|"Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour." |
Rudolf Steiner to the Esoteric Youth Group:
When earlier, in ancient times, there sounded forth to human beings out of stone and spring, out of tree and flower, the exhortation 'O human being, know yourself,' the answer was then the sacred OM. The human being went into the sacred stillness to receive the Word of the gods. However, now that the world has entered the age in which human deeds are expected in the cosmos, when human beings are called to their own activity, this sacred OM is no longer the answer that should resound. What should now sound forth to the spirits that want to become the spirits of your souls is the answer:
"If, during our life after death, we look back at our death, above all we have the feeling and the ideational impression that where we died, from then on, there is nothing, not even space. As I said, it is difficult to describe, but it is so: nothing is there. And expressed in an outer way: the whole thing from its foundations appears splendid, exalted, because everywhere other than that place a new world arises for us. The flooding spiritual world surges in from all sides, but nothing is there of the place where we died.
To describe these things theoretically in this way might seem grim, but there is nothing grim after death about this perception. A deep fulfillment wells up in the soul from this perception after death. One learns to expand into the whole world and to look back upon something in the world that is as if empty. And from this arises the feeling: that is my place in the world; the place that is made of all the far expanses, and that is mine. And one has the perception that precisely from this emptiness one gains a sense of the meaning of the whole world; that every single human existence ~ one has it of course first as an explanation for oneself ~ must be there. "This place would always be empty if I were not there" ~ so each soul tells itself. The perception is that each one is given a place as a person in the universe. This perception, which is incredibly warming internally, arises from this observation: the whole world is there and the whole world has sent forth, as out of a symphony, the single note that is the person. And this note must be there, or there would be no world. This feeling is what arises from looking back on our experience of death. It remains because it primarily gives self-awareness to the I-consciousness between death and rebirth."
Source: pages 29-30 of 2/18/16 in https://steiner.presswarehouse.com/Books/BookDetail.aspx?productID=512576
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