Don’t Forget the King

“The King of all reigns forever, and there is neither beginnings nor end to His kingdom. To those, then, who choose to serve Him and who for His sake strive to attain holiness, He grants a reward infinitely greater than that given by any earthly ruler. The honors of this present life, however splendid, come to an end when we die; but the honors bestowed by God on those He regards as worth are incorruptible and so endure forever.” ~The Philokalia

royal crown with angelic wings flight in dark skyIf back in the middle ages you lived in a villages controlled by a despotic lord, it would be understandable that you would try your best to please him rather than worry about a national king some distance away. Yet, at the same time, you would not want to do anything that might make the local lord happy, but would make the more powerful king very unhappy. There is also the possibility that the local lord or Earl might die, or be overthrown, and an enemy of his take power. This new Earl may be displeased with you for doing so much for his old enemy, so now you will have to work even harder to please the new guy and keep him off your back. And on and on it goes.

Sadly today, many of us have forgotten about the King completely, and just bust our butts trying to make some local lord in the form of a company boss, a local politician, or even a political party. Kids re know to misbehave in school when the regular teacher is out sick and they get a substitute for a day or two. In doing that, they are, in a way, being smarter than their parents because they realize that it is more important to please the permanent teacher rather than the substitute they will likely never see again. Continue reading “Don’t Forget the King”

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The Ultimate Aspiration

“The eyes that were deceived on Earth now see clearly. O what splendors are revealed! The music unheard by earthly ears now sounds sweet melodious music. O what joyous rapture it brings! The nostrils inhale perfumes too delicate for the earthly nose, O how the heat sings! All dumbness, all dullness and all sordidness, which are of the Earth, are left behind. … The unmoving, empty body remains here before our eyes; it is nothing, it sees nothing, it hears not, it speaks not, it smells not, its breath is stilled, it begins to fall apart. … We, who are here, stand blinded behind the veil of flesh; we cannot see beyond ourselves; we hope, we believe and we trust. … O grant us fulfillment, grant us that which is the ultimate desire and aspiration of men!” The Kolbrin Bible (SCL:1:20-21)

Awakening3JYour eye doctor may tell you that yo have excellent vision, or that you have such with the glasses you are wearing, but she is wrong! She is wrong because all that you can see with your physical eyes are the distorted illusions of matter. Likewise, even the most beautiful music you can hear from an orchestra pales in comparison to Divine Music. The most pleasant smells your nose can detect are no match for the scent of the worlds of spirit and those who dwell there. As the passage says, we are blinded by the flesh. It doesn’t help us see better, it helps us see distortion, trickery, falsehood. We may see that painting of an angel very sharply and clearly, but that is not at all the same as experiencing the actual presence of an angel, especially since they look nothing like the bird-man hybrids that are usually painted as angels. Continue reading “The Ultimate Aspiration”

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Regard Ourselves as We Do Others

“The student must set aside a small part of his daily life in which to concern himself with something quite different from the objects of his daily occupation. … We need only bear in mind how, in ordinary life, we regard the experiences and actions of others quite differently from our own. This cannot be otherwise, for we are interwoven with our own actions and experiences, whereas those of others we only contemplate. Our aim in these moments of seclusion must be to contemplate and judge our own actions and experiences as though they applied not to ourselves but to some other person. … The student must seek the power of confronting himself, at certain times, as a stranger.” ~Rudolf Steiner

Young Buddhist Monk meditating

Self-Contemplation

I have covered before the need for each of us to take a look at our own behavior on a regular basis if we are to make any improvements. Of course, if self-improvement, especially of the spiritual sort, does not interest you, you should probably leave now because that’s what this blog is all about. I haven’t previously mentioned this angle of it that Steiner describes so well. Continue reading “Regard Ourselves as We Do Others”

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