The Acceleration of Karma through Online life.

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You know what I’ve been thinking lately? You know what thought struck me like a week ago that has stayed with me?

I THINK that this whole Internet Phenomenon serves to Accelerate Karma between individuals.

I am the only Anthroposophist (that I know of) in my country, and yet here I am, having discussions and conversations with other Anthroposophists (or people interested in the philosophy) from around the world. Perhaps if the Internet had not existed during my lifetime I would not have had contact with any of you. Nay, not perhaps. I am sure we would not have had contact, save for some miscellaneous stroke of fate. If it weren’t for these Facebook Groups whose existence is facilitated by the World Wide Web none of these human interactions would have taken place.

Maybe we were all originally destined to meet in a Future Life, when Anthroposophists and other philosophers will have a role to play in the destiny of the world. In a Future Life circumstances will be different. We will need each other in the coming dark times, we will need the knowledge and wisdom that we are cultivating (or trying to cultivate) right now.

But we met in this life thanks to the Internet, and thus we are accelerating events that would have happened in the Future. We are having soul-to-soul interactions that would not have occurred were it not for the internet.

We, all of us, are starting our relationship with each other EARLY.

We are drawing the Future towards us when it comes to these relationships, we are inter-mingling the future with the present.

We are Accelerating Karma.

The Esoteric Tradition and the Reality of Spiritual Worlds

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Before I read Steiner, I read a-lot of Blavatsky. Before I read Blavatsky, I read a-lot of Plato. Before I read Plato, I read a bunch of myths, thousand-year-old myths. All of this information that I read and assimilated pointed to one particular fact:

The existence of a Spiritual World that cannot be perceived by the senses. This Spiritual World is superimposed into the Material World, the world of Matter, and the reason we can’t see it in our daily lives is because the Senses are so powerful that they overwhelm us.

On a side note, I would like to state that I am learning that we can enter these spiritual worlds specifically through dreams. When we dream, our senses shut down. Our patterns of thoughts and feelings then emerge in symbolic form. Because most people (including me) have muddled thought-patterns, dreams are also usually muddled and incoherent. The degree to which we train our thoughts and feelings in a single direction is the same degree that our dreams become organized and meaningful.

Coming back to my main point. The Esoteric Tradition is a Millenary Tradition–it has existed for thousands of years. This Tradition includes the findings and wisdom of ancient masters such as Buddha, Zoroaster, Manú, and the 7 Holy Rishis of Ancient India, and many, many more. The wisdom that was communicated by these masters is–essentially–the same wisdom communicated by Steiner in his ‘Spiritual Science’.

In reality, nothing Steiner proposes is new. A-lot of it is his own construction, his own phenomenological explanations and such. On some level, it is subjective. But on another level, it is inspired by and connected to this ancient Millenary Wisdom which The Esoteric Tradition has guarded and maintained throughout the Ages.

Let’s take the concept Guardian of the Threshold as an example.

Chinese mystics speak of Guardians between the physical realm and the etheric realm, between the etheric and the astral, between the astral and the ego.

It’s not a new concept.

When Buddha speaks of Nirvana, he is talking of a state that is reachable by surpassing the Greater Guardian of the Threshold–a state of consciousness where it is no longer necessary to reincarnate because all Karma has been cleansed.

As another example, the 7 Holy Rishis of ancient India speak of the Godhead (the Trinity), a symbol that is repeated throughout many cultures and religions.

Plato speaks of the Logos (extensively), the Disciple John speaks of the ‘Word’–which would be the same.

What all of these Masters of Wisdom are pointing to is an actual Spiritual Reality–independent of us, yet also IN us, because in the spiritual world we become what we think and what we feel.

There is subjectivity. There is bias. The Guardian of the Threshold is a psychological phenomenon that may manifest differently to different individuals (hence the 3 lower guardians as described by Steiner in ‘Esoteric Lessons for the First Class’, as opposed to the single lower Guardian also described by Steiner in ‘Higher Worlds’)–that much is true.

But it is also the manifestation of an actual spiritual reality, more specifically; the reality of an individual confronting their own Karma.

Steiner–for all his possible spiritual scientific subjectivity, and Blavatsky (who also spoke of the Guardian), for all her theosophical bias, and Buddha, for all his eastern modes of expression–were all looking at the same reality, ONE spiritual reality, through their different lens.

We become what we think. That is true! But what we THINK is already real, already there, and what we are doing is merely assimilating it and getting to know it through our own personal individualities and colorings. The Esoteric Tradition, although very colorful, points to a single reality… the reality of the Spiritual Worlds.

Good vs. Evil in Harry Potter

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The most perverse and ugly type of evil arises from a lust for power. There is no greater example in modern literature of this than Lord Voldemort. He sacrificed his soul in order to become immortal and severed the ties to his humanity by becoming a merciless killer. And yet a boy with no extraordinary magical talent defeated him. How, and why?

In JK Rowling’s famous fantasy novels, the main villain is driven by an insatiable lust for power; a desire to have it all; to rule over everyone and to become master of everything, even death.

What can we do against such ruthlessness? How to fight against someone with such an enormously fierce desire for power that it towers over everyone and crushes everything on its way?

In reality, there is nothing different between the fictional Voldemort and the people that control the masses in our ‘muggle’ world. Politicians, corporations, pharmaceuticals, newspapers, the military-industrial complex, the food industry, bankers, and others with obscene amounts of money at their disposition. They seek to control and desire power, even at the cost of the lives and wellbeing of others.

In a sense, the people running these organizations have also sacrificed their humanity. They have stepped over and hurt others in order to benefit themselves. And to continue benefiting, they have also sought to control. They are the real-life characterization of the greatest Dark Wizard in the wizarding world.

I ask again–What can we do? By we I mean us ordinary folk, the people who wake up every day and fight for our dreams and for a better world? What can we–the people with no power and no desire for it–do in the face of such odds?

In Rowling’s story, there was a prophecy that stated that a boy named Harry Potter would either defeat Lord Voldemort or be killed by his hand. This boy happened to be just an ordinary wizard. Granted, one who survived great personal tragedy, but ordinary nonetheless.

He was quick on his feet and thought fast, which made him outstanding in Defense Against the Dark Arts, but even with this he was no match against Voldemort.

Nevertheless, he won.

There were a couple of things that made Harry different. He was noble. He was selfless. He was brave. He thought of the well being of others before his own. He cared about people, which made him kind. He was determined. He never gave up, even when it seemed there was no hope and nothing to be done.

In the end, he faced death, and he faced it alone. He sacrificed himself in the hope, and only the hope, that it would save others even if it meant he would be destroyed.

All of these qualities stem from one ruling principle, and that is Love.

Love is what enabled Harry to finally take out Voldemort (with the help of a hundred others who stood by his side). How can this help us fight against our very own Dark Lords? The truth is, there is no easy answer. There wasn’t an easy answer in Rowling’s books, either, and they had a prophecy going for them, at least.

Before he died, Dumbledore had speculated Harry would survive his confrontation with Voldemort, but it was only speculation. He wasn’t sure. In these types of battles, one can never be sure.

But in the end, what nurtured Voldemort’s power was fear. What nurtured Harry’s power, on the other hand, was Love. And if there is one certain thing in this world is that Love is greater than Fear.

So what can we do in the face of such overwhelming evil?

Well, we can Love. We can think of others, act for others, seek to understand people and help them rather than judge and condemn. We can be noble. We can be selfless. We can be brave.

If we all started acting this way, the world would be a different place. It may not solve all problems, not right away at least. But it’s a good place to start.

In the Words of Rudolf Steiner

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“As many worlds exist, as there are organs able to perceive them, and this is an infinite number of worlds! We are unable to perceive them to-day, because we still lack the organs of perception. These worlds are still inaccessible to us, yet they exist!

They exist, where we ourselves exist.

The only thing needed is that our EYES should be opened, for these worlds are in our very midst. The words of Christ: ‘Do not seek the Kingdom of God, for the Kingdom of God is in your midst’, should be taken literally.

Also spiritual science speaks in this sense of the spiritual worlds. There have always been INITIATES who knew how to enter these kingdoms of heaven.

Every RELIGION speaks of these kingdoms. Spiritual science is but the means of disclosing anew this fundamental TRUTH contained in every RELIGION:

‘Whatever we see and perceive round about us, is but the result and the effect of what takes place in the spiritual worlds…

Whatever manifests itself upon the earth is but the development of that which works and lives in the spiritual worlds.’

– GA 100

Anthroposophy as a Religion?

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Many anthroposophists mistakenly believe spiritual science is a religion, and they don’t even realize that they hold this belief.

Anthroposophy would be a religion if everyone could create their own mystical spiritual reality out of its teachings. The Doctor, however, stated that anthroposophy was a method to discover objective spiritual realities, that it was a science in the sense that it gives the student methods to discover the truth about the already existing spiritual worlds and its factual characteristics.

Claiming anthroposophy is a religion is like saying that I have read a bunch of books about forests, and now that I am walking into a real forest, I expect this real forest to transform itself suddenly to reflect everything I have read about forests. But what if I am entering a rainforest, and my perspective is that I have only studied coniferous forests? The rainforest will not transform itself into a coniferous forest just because of my perspective.

What’s really going to happen is that I am going to enter the forest and observe the trees as they are, and try to relate what I see to the concepts I have already learned in order to get some understanding of the environment.

Why must it be so? Because the Forest is an objective physical reality, and my perception must mold itself to this reality, not reality to my perception.

It’s the same thing with the spiritual worlds.

When I read a bunch of books about spiritual science and then enter the spiritual worlds, these worlds won’t adjust themselves to what I have read. Rather, they are what they are, and I must observe the phenomena within this spiritual world and relate it to what I have studied in my books, in order to gain a healthy understanding of what I am seeing.

The spiritual worlds, however, will not mold themselves to fit my perspective of them, at least not the real ones. Rather, my perspective must mold itself in order to understand the reality of these worlds.

This is the fundamental difference between treating anthroposophy as a religion or a science.

Christian Rosenkreuz

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Christian Rosenkreuz is the name given to one of the greatest initiates of the West. An initiate is a person who has established a relationship with the Higher Powers of the world. This relationship is based on the initiate’s proven understanding of the world’s spiritual laws (obscurely referenced to in the past as ‘The Mysteries’).

An initiate establishes a relationship with these Higher Powers not for the sake of his or her own spiritual development, or to gain power, or to access boundless knowledge. Rather, he becomes an initiate in order to better serve the Higher Powers and become an instrument towards the fulfillment of their mission—which is the spiritual development (salvation) of all humanity.

Rosenkreuz is the name given to the personality that has been in the service of these Higher Powers since the 13th century. It is said that he grew up in a european estate surrounded by nature, under the tutelage of twelve wise men:

– seven who were adepts in the wisdom taught by the ancient 7 Holy Rishis of India,

– four who were adepts in the wisdom of man’s 4 causal bodies (physical, energetical, emotional, mental),

– and one whose scientific and rational intellect was highly developed.

During his childhood, he was influenced by the teachings of these twelve wise men, absorbed their wisdom into himself and transformed it into one unified philosophy, where it is said both eastern and western currents of thought merge and become one. After the boy’s powers of cognition underwent this monumental task, his physical body was spent. So he received his initiation, and shortly afterwards he died…

Only to reincarnate in the 14th century as the personality who became known under the name of Christian Rosenkreuz and who founded the Rosicrucians, or the Order of the Rosy Cross. This secret fraternity has no affiliation with any of the groups that currently and publicly call themselves Rosicrucians. To truly become a Rosicrucian, you must be initiated into the spiritual world, not pay a membership fee.

In his 14th century incarnation, Christian Rosenkreuz lived for more than 100 years. It is said that this personality has been in almost constant incarnation since then, sacrificing his stay in the Higher Worlds and remaining on Earth to be of service to humanity and to the mission of the Higher Powers.

Two of his most popular incarnations were in the personalities of Francis Bacon and the Count of St. Germain. It is said he is incarnated right now, althouth this is only speculation.

Plato, Aristotle, and Christian Rosenkreuz

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Platonic thought holds that knowledge can be accessed when we first approach the ideal, that is to say; the general before the specific; the cosmic before the earthly; the godly before the human. Aristotelic thought, on the other hand, holds that knowledge can be accessed when we approach the human before the godly, the earthly before the cosmic, the specific before the general, and the idea before the ideal.

The reason Aristotle (who was only 25 when Plato died) had this discrepancy with his teacher (inarguably the greatest of the ancient Greek philosophers), was because Aristotle believed, through his observation of human nature, that the human ‘I’, its ‘Ego’, or its Mind, was the best tool for human development. Cosmic wisdom, he stated, was veiled from our senses. Humans could no longer access universal truth as they did before.

For humanity, the individual spirit, the personal ‘I’, was beginning to flourish, while its intuitive connection to the spiritual worlds was beginning to recede. We must focus on the specific—this being the personal development of each and every human Mind—in order to spiritually evolve.

So here was Plato, the last initiate of ancient times in incarnation, an eminence in every sense, and he had to deal with a pupil who was questioning the entire basis of his approach to knowledge.

This debate is famously reproduced in ‘The School of Athens’, by Renaissance man Raphael. It is said that the argument got so serious, Plato refused entry of Aristotle into his academy, which may mean Aristotle never got initiated.

On his deathbed, Plato summoned Aristotle, who went and sat with him. It is said Plato announced to his ex-pupil his decision to retire into the spiritual worlds, which meant he would not incarnate on earth again for some time. It is also said the two philosophers reconciled in the end, and that Aristotle departed Plato‘s house on friendly terms before Plato died.

How much of this actually happened is not important. What is important is that these two distinct streams of wisdom were finally synthesized into one philosophy by Christian Rosenkreuz, who is so great an initiate that he is an active participant of both earthly and cosmic events.

According to Rosicrucian wisdom, it is true we are earthly beings, but there will come a time when we will once again be reunited with the greater realities of the cosmos, and also become participants in universal affairs.

Therefore, humanity must first learn to connect with what is spiritual within its own self, transmute its lower nature into a higher expression by purifying the Ego, and then establish the right relationship to the cosmos by understanding its laws.

Both the Aristotelic and the Platonic streams of wisdom are necessary for this task.