‘Atlantis’ by Rudolf Steiner Book Review

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Throughout mankind’s history there have been repeated myths about the flooding of the world. Noah’s ark from the Bible is probably the most archetypical, but we also have the native american myths where it is said people tied ropes from their canoes to the top of the highest trees so as to survive the massive drowning by letting their canoes float on top of the waters which overcame the earth.

These myths are all representative of a great natural event that changed the world forever, and also extinguished the continent of Atlantis, which now lies beneath the waters between the american and african continent. Perhaps the most reputable historical source confirming the existence of the once great continent of Atlantis is Plato, the ancient greek philosopher.

In his famous dialogue the Timaeus, Plato describes how a massive continental land was destroyed by flooding, rendering these seas unnavigable for many years. Rudolf Steiner, a 19th century philosopher, studied the lost continent of Atlantis through active spiritual research and gave several lectures about it during his lifetime. The book I am about to review is a result of the transcriptions by members of the audience who attended those lectures.

Steiner starts by giving us an account of the physical conditions of Atlantis. It was a land enveloped in mist, to the point where you could not speak of there being either sunny or cloudy days, but rather a dense vapor surrounded it all. Back then, it would have been impossible to see a rainbow. It could not exist. Also back then, humanity had power over life-force energy, to the point where they could control the growth of plants and the levitation of objects through their will-power, and such.

However, the Atlantean man was different from modern man in many ways. First of all, he didn’t think the same way we did. That is, he thought in memories. He had great overarching memories of his whole life, and even preserved the memories of his ancestors which had shared these with him. It was another state of consciousness. He also dreamed differently. At night he walked among great spiritual beings, awake, as it were, to different spiritual realities, and during the day he crawled into his body and rested, observing the physical world around him and perceiving auras and impressions, but not necessarily seeing the physical world with the same definition and accuracy as we do nowadays.

Also, man’s body was different. The biological explanations provided in this book can get quite eerie, and sometimes difficult to picture. However, one interesting principle that I gathered from this portion of the book is that physical form condenses from densified currents of energy, which in turn are condensations of densified currents of Astrality, which come from the world of ideas. That is, the spirit is the creator of matter.

Steiner speaks of different ages in the history of Atlantis: the early age, and the late age. During all of the ages, there existed a group of people set apart from the collective of humanity. Superior beings, purified beings, beings who understood the spirit and had great dominion over topics over which the general populace had no inkling of. These people were called Initiates, and it was their duty to guide mankind as much as they possibly could in the right spiritual direction.

At the late age of Atlantis, man’s consciousness began to shift. He became aware of himself, aware of his I. With this awareness, his memory-filled consciousness started transforming into an ego-centered consciousness, and thoughts started to arise within. This was the result of the impression that the physical world had left within him.

Not all of humanity was evolving this way, but the ones who did were taken under the wing of the initiates, who taught them wisdom and how to develop their intellect. However, with this evolution, a corresponding faculty was lost: To be able to see into the spiritual worlds, whether during dreams or during the day.

In Atlantis, there were different Oracles that guarded certain mysteries. There was the Mercury Oracle, the Venus Oracle, the Mars Oracle, the Moon Oracle, The Jupiter Oracle, the Saturn Oracle, and the Sun Oracle. Out of all of these, the greatest one was the Sun Oracle.

The greatest initiate of the Sun Oracle was called Manu. Manu had seen the decadence that the general populace of Atlantis had submerged themselves into. They had given way to their own selfishness and sought to manipulate the life-force powers that had previously been used to build a harmonious society to benefit only themselves. This caused a great disturbance in the water and air forces, and the entire mist that pervaded it all turned into massive amounts of water that drowned the continent.

After the flooding, the earth’s environment changed completely, into one more similar to today’s environment. We can see this represented symbolically in the Noah’s ark story: After the flood, a rainbow graces the heavens. Where before there was only mist, now there is light, shadow and rainbows.

Manu had foreseen all this. Manu was prepared. He took his seven most distinguished pupils and fled the continent before the catastrophe, going into India. These seven pupils became the 7 Holy Rishis, the secret keepers of the ancient wisdom and the 7 most wise men in ancient India.

The last lectures of the book go deeper into Christianity and christian mysticism than the beginning and middle. Steiner explains that the Sun Oracle in Atlantis was none other than the great spiritual Sun being who descended to earth, incarnated in a human man, and died for humanity. That is, the Sun being which Manu venerated is none other than the Christ. He also says that since Atlantean times, there were prophecies concerning the incarnation of a God that would save mankind.

Steiner also describes how the blood of the Christ when he was crucified permeated the earth, and the etheric or energetic field of the earth then became utterly changed, transformed. The Christ’s fate became united with mankind’s fate, and his new abode became human hearts. The Apocalypse is a metaphorical interpretation of the permeation of Christ’s blood and the transmutation of the etheric field of the earth.

This was a very interesting read. The last lectures contained information that is more thoroughly explained in the book From Buddha to Christ, but the first lectures contain entirely new information about the Atlantean age that would be of interest to anyone drawn to mankind’s mysterious and hidden history.

2 thoughts on “‘Atlantis’ by Rudolf Steiner Book Review

  1. I know that in many cases it would seem that truth is stranger than fiction. For example, the truth of our current technological world would be totally far out science fiction to someone just a mere two hundred years ago — space travel, cell phones, wristwatch phones WITH VIDEO, automobiles (and now vehicles that don’t even require a driver to control them), computers, etc., etc.. Hence, I don’t think it is beyond the realm of possibility that there could have been advanced civilizations in ages past. Having said this, though, what you have shared with regard to this book isn’t really tenable to me, especially the part dealing with Jesus of Nazareth. To me, this is over-sensationalizing an historical event that was quite within the realm of *normal* human experiences. And yes, Jesus of Nazareth could still be a divine human, but certainly not in the way some fellow named Rudolf Steiner concocts a fantastical story without any corroborating, reasonably credible evidence(s) about him and his supposed fellow initiates, all of which is totally contrary to the Biblical account (which is far more verifiable). Fun read, though!

    • I want to thank you first of all for giving your sincere opinion, and I’m glad that at least you enjoyed the read 🙂 I understand that this type of knowledge may seem far-fetched and even fantastical, especially because it has not been handed down through history openly, in the regular way. I also want to let you know that the Gospel has a special place in my heart. For me, the chapters of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John in the Bible relating Jesus of Nazareth’s life are highly inspirational. However, I also concede that these Gospels may not provide the entire life-story about the figure of JesusChrist, but only that information which is most fitted, or more digestible (if you would allow for the use of this word) for humanity at the present moment.

      For what it’s worth, I want to let you know that I consider myself a Christian, that is, I truly believe that Jesus was God in the flesh who came to earth and died for our sins, this way offering humanity salvation. I think that what’s great about Christianity is that its message is simple. It’s a message about God’s love for us, and this message has the same profound effect on everybody’s soul who believes in it.

      The information in this book given by Rudolf Steiner is based on his own investigation into the Akashic Records. Steiner was originally part of a group called Theosophy, an oriental-based esoteric organization who rescued much information on spiritual realities back in the 19th century. However, Steiner broke off from this group precisely because they did not believe JesusChrist was God incarnated. Rather they thought him a spiritual master of sorts, like Buddha. He then proceeded to investigate spiritual realities from a western, or occidental, point of view, that is, a Christian point of view, and founded his own esoteric movement, called Anthroposophy. Steiner was also an author, educator, architect, farmer, and literary critic. He wrote hundreds of books that, in my humble point of view, offer a systematized and coherent perspective on the spiritual worlds.

      I say this not to convince you of my point of view, I am not really interested in that. Rather, I say this because I feel it’s necessary to explain that I wouldn’t be publicly blogging about these subjects if I hadn’t thoroughly researched the subject and the author at hand and felt confident enough about my grasp on the subject. I could be wrong on a number of points. Steiner could have also been wrong on a number of points, though it is far more likely that I make a mistake concerning this knowledge than him, given my level of understanding and spiritual development. Everyone is free to conduct their own spiritual research and come to their own conclusions, but there is only one truth, and the aim should always be to understand as much of it as we can and integrate it to our lives.

      I respect your point of view, and want to let you know that I’m always happy to converse with interesting people about interesting things, and that your opinion is always welcome here.

      Cheers!

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