Saturday, October 06, 2007

Masters of Wisdom & Harmony of Feelings

"In the same way that a higher animal excels a worm, do the Rishis, the Masters, excel humanity... What is highly esteemed in the West - knowing for the sake of knowing - is not what the adepts, the great Masters, of the East strive after. They aspire to knowledge which can help humanity, which can conduct it to the point where the destiny of humanity and the harmony of the world are in agreement with each other."

-Rudolf Steiner
Remember, the Masters are incarnate and speaking to mankind continually; it's just that most aren't listening.

“Today the Mahatmas will have something to say to us today....The three duties of the esoteric pupil are named: overcome pride and vanity, live theosophy practically, represent theosophy to the world.

"Now the Master Morya will speak....The Masters can be regarded by us as Ideal. They have attained what we must attain in the future. We can therefore question them about our future development.
There lie within us, but as yet in the form of a germ, the forces which have reached perfection in a Master."

 - Rudolf Steiner, Berlin, July 14, 1904, stenographic notes by Franz Seiler

"Morya - real name is communicated only to the more advanced pupils."

- Rudolf Steiner,
The History and Contents of the Esoteric Section

"When in the world outside the modern leaders of men go about in human garb, they are unrecognized in the world. When from the standpoint of Spiritual Science we talk about 'The Masters of Wisdom and Harmony of Feelings' people would often be surprised to in what simple, unassuming human form these Masters are to be found in all countries. They are present on the physical plane."

- page 128, Wonders of the World, Ordeals of the Soul, Revelations of the Spirit, Rudolf Steiner.

"The Philosopher's Stone has a specific purpose, which was stated by Cagliostro; it is meant to prolong human life to a span of 5,527 years....In fact, however, it is possible, by means of special training, to prolong life indefinitely by learning to live outside the physical body."

"Physical death is only an apparent occurrence for him who has understood the Philosopher's Stone for himself, and has learnt to separate it."

"He lays aside the physical body in the same way that one takes of a raincoat, and he puts on a new body just as one puts a new raincoat on."

- Rudolf Steiner, pages 103-104 Temple Legend,

Dr. Steiner teaches that as we refine the astral body (establish peace) it "gradually approaches immortality", "an astral form arises which survives, remains living."

"When someone has become a Chela he begins to establish peace in the etheric body. Then the etheric body too survives. The Masters establish peace in the physical body; thus in their case the physical body also survives."
- Rudolf Steiner, Foundations of Esotericism, page 171

Let's make it clear to ourselves what's really brought about by meditation. Streams of spiritual life are always flowing through the world. These streams can't flow into us when we're thinking about everyday things. But our meditation words are like portals that are to lead us into the spiritual world. They have the strength to open up our soul so that the thoughts of our great leaders, the Masters of Wisdom and of the Harmony of Feelings can stream into us.

For this to happen the deepest quiet must reign in us. We must realize that meditation is a very intimate soul activity. So we should let the meditation words given to us by our teacher live in our soul right after we wake up and before other thoughts have gone through our soul.

But we shouldn't look upon them as stuff to speculate on and philosophize about; we should think as little as possible about their meaning and significance. We have enough time for reflection the rest of the day. We should hold that off completely while meditating. We shouldn't repeat the words meaninglessly but should be clear that the words open our soul to the instreaming of divine beings, just as a flower opens and lets in sunlight. High spiritual beings whom we call Masters stream down to us. We should realize that it's mainly they who guide us and are near to us in meditation.

We should also know that they walk on earth incarnated in a physical body. Thus we should let the meditation words live in our soul without pondering about them; rather we should try to grasp the words' spiritual content with our feelings and to permeate ourselves completely with it. The power of these words doesn't just lie in the thoughts, but also in their rhythm and sound.

-Rudolf Steiner, Esoteric Lesson

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