School for Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum
„When we look up at what the planets reveal by their movements, first the sun and moon, but also the planets which belong to the sun and moon, then just as the movements of the stars reveal the powerful, forceful cosmic word, so do these planetary movements reveal the heart and feeling content.
And through what we experience from the elements which surround us on the earth and in which we partake through our skin, through our senses, through everything in us, that enters into us and acts in our bodies – earth, water, fire, air – through them the will element pours into these words.
We can therefore let this cosmic word, which rings out to humanity, act on our souls through the mantric words:
O man, know thyself!
So resounds the cosmic-word.
You hear it strong in soul,
You feel it vast in spirit.
Who speaks so vastly cosmic?
Who speaks so deeply heartfelt?
Does it work through distant radiant space
Into your senses’ sense of being?
Does it ring through waves of time
Into your life’s evolving stream?
Is it you yourself who,
Feeling space, experiencing time
Create the Word, feeling foreign
In space’s psychic vacancy,
Because you lose the force of thought
In time’s destroying flow.
My dear friends, my dear sisters and brothers, there exists no knowledge which is not closely tied to the spiritual world. Everything we call knowledge which is neither investigated in the spiritual world nor imparted by those who are able to investigate in the spiritual world, is not real knowledge. We must be clear about the fact that when we look around in the world, in the kingdoms of nature, see the colors and the radiance manifested, see what lives above in the shining stars, in the warming sun, what springs up from the depths of the earth – it is all sublime, grand, beautiful, full of wisdom. And we would be very mistaken to ignore this beauty, sublimity, this wisdom. If one wishes to become an esotericist, if he strives for real knowledge, then he must have a sense for the world around him – an open, free sense. For during the time between birth and death, during his earthly existence, he is obliged to absorb his strength from the forces of the earth, and to return the results of his work to the forces of the earth.”
- Know Thyself (allanrufus.org)
- Mahmud Shabistari – The Difference Between Partial and Real Truth (disquietreservations.blogspot.com)
- „Know Thyself” (hiponaconsulting.wordpress.com)
- Man, Know Thyself! (purplerays.wordpress.com)
- Truth Beauty and Goodness (fiveblueapples.wordpress.com)
- Man and the Evolution of the World (fiveblueapples.wordpress.com)
- Rebirth/Rudolf Steiner (fiveblueapples.wordpress.com)