After the resurrection

From Anthroposophy

Central in the study of the Christ is a focus on the Mystery of Golgotha and the Resurrection, placed in context of the gospels. Here we look at lesser-studied aspects of:

  • Ascension,
  • Pentecost and the entry into the sphere of the Earth
  • Christ becoming the spirit of the Earth

Illustrations

Schema FMC00.083 presents the earthly phases of the Christ being mapping with the life of a human being:

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Lecture coverage and references

Notes about Master Jesus (Zarathustra-I) and the resurrection Christ-Jesus after MoG

A remarkable quote from 1904-06-10-GA093 (see commentary below, as well as a longer extract on the topic page of Rakshasas.

You know that Jesus Christ remained on the earth for ten years after His death. The Pistis Sophia contains the profoundest theosophical teachings, it is much more profound than Sinnett's Esoteric Buddhism. Jesus incarnated again and again. His task was to renew the mystery wisdom. This is no mere fact of cultural or historical interest, but it is the fact I have described to you, which is well known to all occultists, namely, the struggle against the Rakshasas. You see there is a deep and important occult secret lying hidden therein.

On the first sentence, the note to the lecture says Rudolf Steiner assumed his audience was familiar with the work of theosophist G.R.S. Mead 'Pistis Sophia, A Gnostic Gospel' (1896), which begins with the words:

It came to pass, when Jesus had risen from the dead, that he passed eleven years speaking with his disciples ...

What happened the Zarathustra-I after he left the physical body at the Baptism? The following quote can be found in 1911-01-21or23-GA264:

He himself took up incarnation very soon after leaving the three sheaths of the Nathan Jesus. His I united with the etheric body of the Solomon Jesus, which, at the latter's death, has been taken up into the spiritual world by the mother of the Nathan Jesus.

This is not the only reference more explicit quote from 1916-01-02-GA165 is on the page of the Lord's Prayer.

Discussion

On the 1904-06-10-GA093 quote on Jesus and Christ-Jesus


Commentaries on contemporary theosophical works

This is 1904, and Steiner has just started lecturing and that year got appointed by A. Besant as the leader for Germany and Austria. In these early lectures Steiner often commented on works of Blavatsky, Besant, Sinnett's Esoteric Buddhism, Mabel Collins Light on the path, etc. In these comments he did give a personal qualification as their thruthfullness or value, and this comments fully fits into that line of other comments. Examples are lectures on Sinnetts book 1903-11-17-GA090A or Besants 1904-01-26-GA090A and 1904-02-02-GA090A, or Blavatsky and Sinnett in 1904-05-26-GA089. Also later on he commented on Blavatsky's works in 1923-06-11-GA258 and 1923-06-11-GA258

Mead's Pistis Sophia

G.R.S. Mead (1863-1933) was very close to Blavatsky as her secretary and joint secretary of the Esoteric Section of the Theosophical Society. In the theosophical congress of 1902 seemingly Steiner met G.R.S. Mead (1863-1933) (see eg 'Rudolf Steiner Herald of a New Epoch' by Stewart Easton).

Steiner refers to the Pistis Sophia also in 1916-01-02-GA165 (with an fragment that he puts in context), reference in 1915-12-29-GA165, and in GA211 (where he makes the link with the spiritual breathing process). Sease and Schmidt-Brabant, in 'Paths of the Christian Mysteries' expand on the importance of the Pistis Sophia for Steiner.


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