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Universal Forces and Beings of Fire and Light

“The Sons of Fire act upon the etheric body in so far as the independent formation of the human being becomes imprinted upon it. …

“The Sons of Life act on the physical body in such a way that it is able to become the expression of the astral body which has now become independent. They thus make it possible for the physical body to become a physiognomic copy of its astral body. On the other hand, higher spiritual beings, in particular the Lords of Form and of Motion, reach down into the physical and etheric bodies, as far as these are developed during the Sun periods, regardless of the independent astral body. Their intervention comes from the Sun, in the manner described above.

“Under the influence of such facts, the human being gradually matures to a point where it can develop within itself the germ of the Spirit-Self just as during the second half of the Saturn evolution it developed the germ of the Spirit-Man and on the Sun that of the Life-Spirit. Thereby all the Moon conditions are changes.” ~Rudolf Steiner

Sons of Fire and Life as Universal Forces

It is not clear what Steiner means by the Sons of Fire and the Sons of Life. Yet it seems from the rest of the quote that they have something to do with man becoming physical. The physiognomy of a thing is it’s outward appearance. So I think he is saying that these “beings” give us physical form.

I put beings in quotes because I don’t think that these Sons of Fire and Sons of Life are actual beings in the normal sense. I think it is a personification of the universal forces that tend to pull beings further and further into matter.

They can also be the beings we call demons and devils, or simply dark beings. How exactly the Sons of Fire and the Sons of Life differ, I don’t know, but I don’t think it matters. The point is, these two types of forces or beings are encouraging us to become more of matter and less of spirit. If they succeed in making us pure matter, we will be lost forever.

Higher Spiritual Beings

On the other side of the coin, there are spiritual forces and spiritual beings that try to pull us back into the realm of spirit where we belong. The spiritual beings include those called Angels and Beings of Light. They are also universal forces.

Where things are a little confusing is that sometimes beings that are not physical are not easily distinguishable from universal forces. The may be different, or they may be just different views of the same thing. But it really doesn’t matter.

Solar Intervention

Steiner says the intervention of these spirit beings comes from the Sun. This should not be a surprise to anyone. Most forces and energies that control us here on Earth do come through the sun. Even those that originate with God and spiritual beings come to us through the spiritual sun. The sun is a source of universal forces and beings as well. It may even be considered a living being as well as a universal force.

Steiner says that under their influence, human beings “gradually mature”. This does not mean aging in the physical sense. Nor does it mean mental maturity, although that generally comes along with it. It is a spiritual maturity that Steiner is talking about. But even on that level, it doesn’t mean aging. What it really means is returning to the spiritual state we existed in before the fallen world of matter existed. And we can channel those universal forces through ourselves to benefit others.

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Powers and Princes of Darkness and Light

“I will take you eagerly, and we’ll soar on wings high over dark powers and recalcitrant princes. I will take you into the primeval calm of new land, the new paradise, and will show you the design of the father’s being. You will know joy and praise, go beyond pain, and in luminous dress you will gird on light. On your head is your diadem of authority. Spirit spoke and built on that structure the vast fortress of the noble emperor. The primeval firstborn merits a palace as his dominion. The first human clothes himself in gladness and binds on the diadem of sovereignty. On his friends he binds the diadem and clothes their bodies in the garment of gladness. And those faithful elect he clothes in praise, binds the diadem on them. They reign happily as once they were in shackles just for their name and were horribly punished by enemies. Their victory was their return from hell. Their enemies are subdued, and before them cliffs! On that day when the father reveals his form, the caring father, lord of the aeons of light, he will show his illuminated shape. It’s a glorious bright form to all the gods who will live there.” ~Parthian Songs

Soar on Wings

It isn’t clear at the beginning of this song who the speaker is. Who is going to help us soar? Who is bringing us high above darkness? I think the answer is an awakened soul. When our soul is awakened it does, in a sense, soar on wings. Not that we literally grow wings. But the soul, being unlimited by time and space, can be anywhere it wants to be instantly. And return so fast you don’t even know it left. When you exist outside of time and space, as the soul does, you don’t really move at all. You simply shift your focus to a new location. The soul is already there. It always was.

Dark Powers and Princes

We do need to soar high above dark powers and princes. But who are the dark forces or powers? Who are the princes? It is difficult to comprehend that in the spiritual worlds, forces and beings may be the same thing. We don’t think of gravity or inertia as beings. Many of us do, however, think of darkness, or evil, as beings. The devil, demons, these are beings of darkness. But they are also powers. These powers and princes are not much different than the force of gravity, but they have been personified as a matter of convenience. Think of demons or devils if you prefer, or think in terms of forces. The result is the same either way. The darkness is not our friend. The dark princes want to keep us trapped in the realm of matter where they have most of their power. They will do almost anything to keep us from awakening and developing our spiritual faculties that allow us to escape from them. Fortunately, there are light powers and princes that are at least as powerful as the dark ones. The princes of light are on our side.

Diadem of Authority

I have not read this particular term in any spiritual books before. But it is reasonable to assume it is symbolic, like most other odd references found in spiritual writings. Diadem is a type of crown. Specifically, it is a band that circles the top of the head. They are often made of gold. Some have diamonds on them, but that isn’t what the name means.

Since this is a spiritual song, specifically Gnostic, we can assume the diadem is not a literal, physical crown. It is a reference to the light that is often seen—or at least imagined in artworks—around the heads of holy or enlightened persons. It is a halo. It is the Dove of Light above the head of Jesus. Ancient traditional diadems are usually made of gold. Like other gold crows, therefore, they also represent a person who is “One with the Sun”. That is to say, they represent one who has been awakened and enlightened by the light of the spiritual sun that is symbolized by gold. This is backed by the previous line of the song, which says the awakened soul will be clothed in light. So the soul, or awakened spirit, is clothed in light and wears a crown of light. Are we getting the picture that light is important yet?

Primeval Firstborn

You might think this is a reference to Adam, the first human, but it isn’t. Not directly, anyway. It is more likely a reference to the hidden true and ancient self that is in each of us. It is spiritual man, before he descended into matter. This is the archetype of humanity. The song says that this firstborn rates a palace as his dominion. This is an allegorical way of saying that the awakened soul of man rates a space in heaven rather than being trapped in matter.

For His Friends

The song tells us that these Firstborn, these powers and princes of light, also gives the clothes of light and the diadem. He gives them to his friends and to the faithful. This is telling us that when we awaken, it is our duty to help others do the same. Of course, we cannot do it for them. But we can encourage others. We can teach them. Helping others is just as important as helping ourselves grow. The powers and princes of darkness can only be stopped by the powers and princes of light. Yes, God helps to. But He doesn’t do it directly. God can’t descend into the realm of matter. He might be contaminated for one thing. For another, his great spiritual energy might transform the matter into spirit instantly if he descended into it. That would be a very bad thing for those of us who are not yet prepared for that. So the powers and princes of light instead help teach others to join their ranks. They also help hold the powers and princes of darkness down so they cannot harm us as much as they would like to.

Even if we can’t truly say that we have reached this level of being a prince of light, we should still help others as much as we help ourselves. That is because Humanity is a single thing with many parts. The individual parts cannot be saved alone. All of humanity must be saved. All must become powers and princes of light.

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Boundless Light Before the Darkness

“There is no boundary for light. It was unknown when it began. Nothing was when light was not. Nothing was when radiance was not. Nothing was when life was not. There was never a boundary for light. Nothing was when water was not.

“Water is prior to darkness. Prior to darkness is water. Nothing is without an end. No number is before the uthras were. Light beings are prior to darkness. Prior to darkness are uthras and older than their inhabitants. Goodness is prior to the malice of the place of darkness. Gentleness is prior to the bitterness of the place of darkness. Living fire is prior to the consuming fires of the place of darkness. Praise is prior to the practice of sorcery and witchcraft. Hymns and books are prior to the sorcery of Hewath, the terrible woman.

“Water doesn’t mix with tar, and darkness can’t be measured by light. The house of gloom isn’t lighted. The house of gloom isn’t lighted, and turbid waters have no sparkle. Darkness grew and creatures formed. Darkness formed, and when it formed it tested its force. It harbored malice in its mind. It imprisoned its own kanna, the place of the soul. It imprisoned its own kanna, and everything it did was nothing. The children of darkness are nothing, but the children of life stay. The house of evil is nothing, and its consuming fires die. Its sorcery dies and ends, since it has no place in eternity. It comes to nothing. The generations of life stay forever. The living instruction rises and illuminates a perishable living place.” ~the Ginza

Boundless Light

Light has no bounds, no boundaries. It always was. It always will be. Nothing was created before the boundless light. Even the confused Book of Genesis in the Bible that mixes parts of the creation of the spiritual universe with the creation of the physical has that correct. Light is the true image of God. It may even be that God could be considered conscious light. The ultimate consciousness and the ultimate light. Light existed without any darkness whatsoever.

Light Beings

The quote says that water and light beings existed prior to darkness. Most interpreters agree that “water” here means the cosmos. More specifically, the spiritual universe or spiritual dimensions. They existed totally without darkness.

It also says the Light Beings that inhabit the spiritual realms of light also existed before darkness. The name Uthras, as used in the quote, seems to be a name used for these Light Beings. Some might think these beings are angels. That might be true. But I have read spiritual books that refer to the occupants of the worlds of Light as “Angels and Light Beings,” which indicate they are not the same. Exactly how they differ, I do not know. But we can be sure that angels and Light Beings existed before darkness and before dark beings. They are part of the boundless light. Continue reading “Boundless Light Before the Darkness”

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Higher Worlds and the Beings that Live There

“There are entities of the higher worlds in the hierarchy of Being so immeasurably high that to us, they must appear as gods, and collectively—God. But so we, mortal men, must appear to the ant, which reasons on the scale of its special capacities. The ant may also, for all we know, see the avenging finger of a personal God in the hand of the urchin who, in one moment, under the impulse of mischief, destroys its anthill, the labor of many weeks-long years in the chronology of insects. … Who knows and who can affirm or deny?

“The refusal to admit in the whole solar system of any other reasonable and intellectual beings on the human plane than ourselves is the greatest conceit of our age. All that science has a right to affirm is that there are no invisible intelligences living under the same conditions as we do. It cannot deny point-blank the possibility of there being worlds within worlds under totally different conditions to those that constitute the nature of our world; nor can it deny that there may be some limited communication between some of those worlds and our own.” ~H. P. Blavatsky

Higher Worlds

Higher worlds are of basically two types. There are those that are part of our physical universe, and those that are none-physical. The higher level physical “worlds” are giant gas planets, stars, and possibly others we have yet to discover. Our science and logic tells us no beings, or at least no higher-level beings can exist in such places. Only things like microbes and germs could live there. But that is because we think of life only as it exists on Earth. Living beings can exist in such places that are so different from us, we wouldn’t even recognize them s beings if one was standing right in front of us. This is particularly true of the stars. We think stars are so hot nothing can live on or in them, but we are wrong. Beings of a very different nature do live there. Live is found almost everywhere. The life force is every bit as powerful as gravity, and reaches just as many places. Continue reading “Higher Worlds and the Beings that Live There”