Ormuzd and Ahriman, of Light and Darkness by Rudolf Steiner

"June 19, 1917"

"Because of the soul and spirit's dependence on the body in the early post-Atlantean epochs, people grew wise as they grew old. The elders were therefore the natural lawgivers. People experienced the spirits of the elements. This meant that the earth was experienced as a living being whose physiognomy was reflected in the various cultures. In the Persian culture the teaching of Ormuzd and Ahriman, of Light and Darkness, arose as a consequence of man's experience of the spiritual world growing dark when, on awakening, he plunged into the body. In the Egyptian-Chaldean epoch arose the cult of the stars. In the Greek epoch, what had formerly been direct experience became philosophy, mainly through Aristotle. Christ's union with mankind's evolution was an inherent necessity. Modern theologians speak of Christ, but what they describe is God the Father. Thoughts become ever more abstract in the West, whereas in Eastern Europe an intellectuality is developing which expresses itself mystically. The manifesto sent out by Czar Peter III was formulated in concrete concepts and led to the ending of the Seven Years War. The ideas emerging in the West in regard to the 1914 world war are completely abstract, with no relation to the reality."

From "A collection of 8 Lectures by Rudolf Steiner given between May and July of 1917. (CW 176)"

(Titles of individual videos in general not titles given by Rudolf Steiner)


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