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Each of the four Gospels presents a different aspect of the Christ-event and its significance in earthly and cosmic evolution. According to Rudolf Steiner's spiritual research, St. Matthew's Gospel is, above all, the human gospel. Going back to ancient Atlantis, Steiner speaks of the missions of the different peoples-Turanians, Iranians, and Hebrews-showing how they contributed to Christ's Incarnation. Steiner then turns to Zoroastrianism and follows the individuality of Zoroaster, whose pupils reincarnated as Hermes and Moses.

Through them, Zoroaster's influence continued to evolve, while he, too, continued to incarnate, finally as the Jesus of the Matthew Gospel. Initiation enables a person to see, understand and communicate what may be observed with spiritual eyes. John's text arises from such an initiation. It addresses the fundamental questions of existence that every human being asks: Where are we?

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Where have we come from? Where are we going? And because it arises from esoteric Christian vision, it emphasizes the task of the individual: What am I and what is my purpose now in this era of cosmic and human evolution. The ground for Anthroposophy as we know it today was established. In Background to the Gospel of St. Mark , Steiner shows the relevance of this Gospel especially to our present age, the fifth post-Atlantean epoch.

He describes how each of the four Gospels was written to the time and circumstances of successive cultural periods: the Matthew Gospel is most relevant to the age when Christ incarnated and enacted the Mystery of Golgotha, the fourth post-Atlantean epoch; Mark speaks to the fifth; Luke, the sixth; and the Gospel of St John addresses the consciousness of the seventh epoch. This combination of two volumes in Rudolf Steiner's Collected Works presents Steiner's profound engagement with Hindu thought and, above all, Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita.

In the first course, 'The Bhagavad Gita and the Epistles of Paul', Steiner's main purpose is to integrate the flower of Hindu spirituality into his view of the evolution of consciousness and the pivotal role played in it by the Mystery of Golgotha - the incarnation, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Steiner views Krishna as a great spiritual teacher and the Bhagavad Gita as a preparation, though still abstract, for the coming of Christ.

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For him, the Bhagavad Gita represents the 'fully ripened fruit' of Hinduism, whereas Paul is related but represents 'the seed of something entirely new'. John's Book of Revelation - the Apocalypse - has been subjected to countless interpretations by theologians over the years, mostly based on theory and speculation. In contrast, Rudolf Steiner spoke from his own direct experience and knowledge of the spiritual truths contained in St John's mysterious pictures. The only way is by changing all these words into feeling, by becoming able to feel in the Grail the sum of all that is holy Inscribe in your hearts what anthroposophy should be: a preparation for the great epoch of humanity which lies ahead of us.

The Language of Truth in the Gospels - Lucifer and Christ - Ancient Esoteric teachings and Rosicrucianism - Insights and life fruits gained in the science of the spirit. This previously untranslated volume presents notes from 31 lectures and 6 question-and-answer sessions on topics as diverse as The Lord's Prayer and precious stones and metals. Rudolf Steiner affirms the reality of esoteric Christianity and unveils many of its secret teachings in this major collection.

During the fall and winter of - , Steiner gave a series of lectures called "Christianity As Mystical Fact" to members of the Theosophical Society. The lectures were rewritten and issued as a book later that year. They mark a watershed in the development of Western esotericism.

Stiener wrote of the idea behind his book:. In addition to the outer manifestation of Christianity as we know it from history, there exists a second, hidden stream of Christian thought and development, sometimes referred to as 'esoteric Christianity' or 'Rosicrucian Christianity'. Displaying an intimate knowledge of his subject, Rudolf Steiner throws light on this once secret, spiritual movement.

But rather than relying on historical tradition or teaching, he presents wisdom and insight directly from the original metaphysical sources of esoteric Christianity. From his clairvoyant reading of the supersensible Akashic Record - the cosmic memory of all events, actions and thoughts - Rudolf Steiner was able to speak of aspects of the life of Jesus Christ which are not contained in the four biblical Gospels.

Such research, in that it is not based on historical records or extant documents, can be spoken of as a 'Fifth Gospel'. The lectures and discussions presented here make up the first of the so-called five Priest Courses.

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They record the first steps of the remarkable journey taken in by a small group of dedicated souls who, out of their own inner needs and guided by Rudolf Steiner, sought a path to Christian religious renewal. Once experienced intuitively by early gnostic thinkers, knowledge of the cosmic significance of Christ and his mission has faded over the centuries. As theologians and historians of the Church critically scrutinized the Gospel records, their focus shifted from Christ to the human figure of Jesus of Nazareth.

How was the world created? Battle lines are currently drawn between two dogmatic camps: the fundamentalist 'Creationists' who believe that creation took place in six days, and the scientific reductionists who expound theories of 'big bangs' and so on. From a direct spiritual perception of the facts, Rudolf Steiner presents a new perspective which transcends these bipolar arguments.

He affirms that clairvoyant research accords with the biblical descriptions, but he emphasizes that the text of Genesis has to be interpreted in a special way. The Gospel of St Mark reveals Christ as a cosmic spirit, giving us a sense of His greatness and power. Steiner teaches that the incarnation, death, and resurrection of the Divine Word, or Logos, reveals the mission of the Earth: Love.

We learn of the mysteries behind Lazarus' resurrection, the 'I AM' sayings, and the seven degrees of initiation. We come to understand that the Gospel of St. John is a continuing spiritual presence - to be recalled, meditated, and permeated with one's own life. Steiner offers his profound insights into the essential truths behind the Christ event. He shows that the ancient mysteries of the East, the Persians, the Egyptians, the Greeks, and the streams behind those impulses - going back to Atlantis and Lemuria - all lead to the event of Christ's incarnation and the Mystery of Golgotha, through which the Earth became the body of Christ.

Before we can gain access to the Christ Impulse we must plumb the depths of our own feelings of insignificance, and this can only happen when we view our strengths and capacities without any pride. How does one find the Christ today? Rudolf Steiner emphasizes the importance of striving for self-knowledge, the significance of experiencing powerlessness, and the eventual resurrection from powerlessness. In this important lecture he also speaks about the ancient Academy of Gondishapur, the significance of the year , the mission of Islam, as well as the crucial consequences of the Ecumenical Council of The Lord's Prayer stands at the heart of Christianity.

Over the past two millennia it has been spoken millions of times by millions of people around the world. Rudolf Steiner affirms the power of this prayer, given by Jesus Christ himself, and encourages us to begin to understand it at deeper levels. Such an understanding, he explains, is now necessary for humanity's further development. The time is now ripe for the awakening of new forces of spiritual perception with which humanity will perceive the working of Christ in the etheric world. The first chapter of the Acts of the Apostles describes Christ's Ascension: "and a cloud received him out of their sight".

As the disciples were looking up, two angels appeared and told them that "this same Jesus, taken up from you into heaven shall come again in same way as you have seen him go". Mysticism and beyond: the importance of prayer; The meaning of sin and grace; Rediscovering the Bible; What is true communion? He will never again return in a physical body, for that was a unique event and will not be repeated. But He will come again in an etheric form in the period I have mentioned. People will learn to perceive Christ by virtue of growing towards him through this etheric perception.

Many contemporaries were unaware of Christ's incarnation on earth at the beginning of the modern era.

And today, says Rudolf Steiner, many remain ignorant of the most important event of our time: the appearance of Christ in the etheric - or life - realm of the earth. Fundamentalist and millennial groups await a second physical incarnation, while atheists and materialists deny spirit altogether. Nevertheless, an incisive transformation is taking place in the human soul that will lead to an emerging clairvoyance.

Just as Paul perceived Christ at Damascus, so may every human being experience Him today. For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him. When they are disturbed, they will marvel, and will reign over all. Jesus said, "If your leaders say to you, 'Look, the Father's kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the Father's kingdom is within you and it is outside you. When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living Father.

But if you do not know yourselves, then you live in poverty, and you are the poverty. Jesus said, "The person old in days won't hesitate to ask a little child seven days old about the place of life, and that person will live. Jesus said, "Know what is in front of your face, and what is hidden from you will be disclosed to you. For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. His disciples asked him and said to him, "Do you want us to fast?

How should we pray? Should we give to charity? What diet should we observe? Jesus said, "Don't lie, and don't do what you hate, because all things are disclosed before heaven. After all, there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed, and there is nothing covered up that will remain undisclosed. Jesus said, "Lucky is the lion that the human will eat, so that the lion becomes human. And foul is the human that the lion will eat, and the lion still will become human.

And he said, "The person is like a wise fisherman who cast his net into the sea and drew it up from the sea full of little fish. Among them the wise fisherman discovered a fine large fish. He threw all the little fish back into the sea, and easily chose the large fish. Anyone here with two good ears had better listen! Jesus said, "Look, the sower went out, took a handful of seeds , and scattered them. Some fell on the road, and the birds came and gathered them.

Others fell on rock, and they didn't take root in the soil and didn't produce heads of grain. Others fell on thorns, and they choked the seeds and worms ate them. And others fell on good soil, and it produced a good crop: it yielded sixty per measure and one hundred twenty per measure. Jesus said, "I have cast fire upon the world, and look, I'm guarding it until it blazes. The dead are not alive, and the living will not die. During the days when you ate what is dead, you made it come alive. When you are in the light, what will you do?

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On the day when you were one, you became two. But when you become two, what will you do? The disciples said to Jesus, "We know that you are going to leave us. Who will be our leader? Jesus said to them, "No matter where you are you are to go to James the Just, for whose sake heaven and earth came into being. Jesus said to his disciples, "Compare me to something and tell me what I am like. Thomas said to him, "Teacher, my mouth is utterly unable to say what you are like. Jesus said, "I am not your teacher. Because you have drunk, you have become intoxicated from the bubbling spring that I have tended.

And he took him, and withdrew, and spoke three sayings to him. When Thomas came back to his friends they asked him, "What did Jesus say to you? Thomas said to them, "If I tell you one of the sayings he spoke to me, you will pick up rocks and stone me, and fire will come from the rocks and devour you. Jesus said to them, "If you fast, you will bring sin upon yourselves, and if you pray, you will be condemned, and if you give to charity, you will harm your spirits. When you go into any region and walk about in the countryside, when people take you in, eat what they serve you and heal the sick among them.

After all, what goes into your mouth will not defile you; rather, it's what comes out of your mouth that will defile you. Jesus said, "When you see one who was not born of woman, fall on your faces and worship. That one is your Father. Jesus said, "Perhaps people think that I have come to cast peace upon the world. They do not know that I have come to cast conflicts upon the earth: fire, sword, war. For there will be five in a house: there'll be three against two and two against three, father against son and son against father, and they will stand alone.

Jesus said, "I will give you what no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, what no hand has touched, what has not arisen in the human heart. Jesus said, "Have you found the beginning, then, that you are looking for the end? You see, the end will be where the beginning is. Congratulations to the one who stands at the beginning: that one will know the end and will not taste death. Jesus said, "Congratulations to the one who came into being before coming into being. If you become my disciples and pay attention to my sayings, these stones will serve you. For there are five trees in Paradise for you; they do not change, summer or winter, and their leaves do not fall.

Whoever knows them will not taste death. He said to them, "It's like a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds, but when it falls on prepared soil, it produces a large plant and becomes a shelter for birds of the sky. He said, "They are like little children living in a field that is not theirs. When the owners of the field come, they will say, 'Give us back our field.

For this reason I say, if the owners of a house know that a thief is coming, they will be on guard before the thief arrives and will not let the thief break into their house their domain and steal their possessions. As for you, then, be on guard against the world. Prepare yourselves with great strength, so the robbers can't find a way to get to you, for the trouble you expect will come. When the crop ripened, he came quickly carrying a sickle and harvested it. Jesus saw some babies nursing. He said to his disciples, "These nursing babies are like those who enter the Father's kingdom.

Jesus said to them, "When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female, when you make eyes in place of an eye, a hand in place of a hand, a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then you will enter [the kingdom]. Jesus said, "I shall choose you, one from a thousand and two from ten thousand, and they will stand as a single one.

His disciples said, "Show us the place where you are, for we must seek it. He said to them, "Anyone here with two ears had better listen! There is light within a person of light, and it shines on the whole world. If it does not shine, it is dark. Jesus said, "Love your friends like your own soul, protect them like the pupil of your eye.

Jesus said, "You see the sliver in your friend's eye, but you don't see the timber in your own eye. When you take the timber out of your own eye, then you will see well enough to remove the sliver from your friend's eye. If you do not observe the sabbath as a sabbath you will not see the Father.

Jesus said, "I took my stand in the midst of the world, and in flesh I appeared to them. I found them all drunk, and I did not find any of them thirsty. My soul ached for the children of humanity, because they are blind in their hearts and do not see, for they came into the world empty, and they also seek to depart from the world empty.

But meanwhile they are drunk. When they shake off their wine, then they will change their ways. Jesus said, "If the flesh came into being because of spirit, that is a marvel, but if spirit came into being because of the body, that is a marvel of marvels. Jesus said, "Where there are three deities, they are divine. Where there are two or one, I am with that one. Jesus said, "No prophet is welcome on his home turf; doctors don't cure those who know them. Jesus said, "A city built on a high hill and fortified cannot fall, nor can it be hidden. Jesus said, "What you will hear in your ear, in the other ear proclaim from your rooftops.

After all, no one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, nor does one put it in a hidden place.


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Rather, one puts it on a lampstand so that all who come and go will see its light. Jesus said, "If a blind person leads a blind person, both of them will fall into a hole. Jesus said, "One can't enter a strong person's house and take it by force without tying his hands. Then one can loot his house. Jesus said, "Do not fret, from morning to evening and from evening to morning, [about your food--what you're going to eat, or about your clothing--] what you are going to wear. As for you, when you have no garment, what will you put on? Who might add to your stature? That very one will give you your garment.

His disciples said, "When will you appear to us, and when will we see you? Jesus said, "When you strip without being ashamed, and you take your clothes and put them under your feet like little children and trample them, then [you] will see the son of the living one and you will not be afraid. Jesus said, "Often you have desired to hear these sayings that I am speaking to you, and you have no one else from whom to hear them. There will be days when you will seek me and you will not find me. Jesus said, "The Pharisees and the scholars have taken the keys of knowledge and have hidden them.

They have not entered nor have they allowed those who want to enter to do so. Jesus said, "A grapevine has been planted apart from the Father. Since it is not strong, it will be pulled up by its root and will perish. Jesus said, "Whoever has something in hand will be given more, and whoever has nothing will be deprived of even the little they have. Rather, you have become like the Judeans, for they love the tree but hate its fruit, or they love the fruit but hate the tree.

Jesus said, "Whoever blasphemes against the Father will be forgiven, and whoever blasphemes against the son will be forgiven, but whoever blasphemes against the holy spirit will not be forgiven, either on earth or in heaven. Jesus said, "Grapes are not harvested from thorn trees, nor are figs gathered from thistles, for they yield no fruit.

Good persons produce good from what they've stored up; bad persons produce evil from the wickedness they've stored up in their hearts, and say evil things. For from the overflow of the heart they produce evil. Jesus said, "From Adam to John the Baptist, among those born of women, no one is so much greater than John the Baptist that his eyes should not be averted.

But I have said that whoever among you becomes a child will recognize the Father's kingdom and will become greater than John. And a slave cannot serve two masters, otherwise that slave will honor the one and offend the other. Nobody drinks aged wine and immediately wants to drink young wine.


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Young wine is not poured into old wineskins, or they might break, and aged wine is not poured into a new wineskin, or it might spoil. Jesus said, "If two make peace with each other in a single house, they will say to the mountain, 'Move from here! Jesus said, "Congratulations to those who are alone and chosen, for you will find the kingdom. For you have come from it, and you will return there again. Jesus said, "If they say to you, 'Where have you come from?

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If they say to you, 'Is it you? If they ask you, 'What is the evidence of your Father in you? His disciples said to him, "When will the rest for the dead take place, and when will the new world come? He said to them, "What you are looking forward to has come, but you don't know it. His disciples said to him, "Twenty-four prophets have spoken in Israel, and they all spoke of you.

He said to them, "You have disregarded the living one who is in your presence, and have spoken of the dead. He said to them, "If it were useful, their father would produce children already circumcised from their mother. Rather, the true circumcision in spirit has become profitable in every respect. Jesus said, "Congratulations to the poor, for to you belongs Heaven's kingdom. Jesus said, "Whoever does not hate father and mother cannot be my disciple, and whoever does not hate brothers and sisters, and carry the cross as I do, will not be worthy of me.

Jesus said, "Whoever has come to know the world has discovered a carcass, and whoever has discovered a carcass, of that person the world is not worthy. His enemy came during the night and sowed weeds among the good seed. The person did not let the workers pull up the weeds, but said to them, 'No, otherwise you might go to pull up the weeds and pull up the wheat along with them. Jesus said, "Congratulations to the person who has toiled and has found life. Jesus said, "Look to the living one as long as you live, otherwise you might die and then try to see the living one, and you will be unable to see.

He saw a Samaritan carrying a lamb and going to Judea. He said to his disciples, "that person