Christian Rosenkreutz & The Twelve World Initiators
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“The development of the child's soul proceeded harmoniously under the influences pouring from the twelve wise men. And so the child grew up, under the unceasing care of the Twelve. Then, at a certain time, when the child had grown into a young man of about 20, he was able to give expression to something that was a kind of reflex of the twelve streams of wisdom — but in a form altogether new, new even to the twelve wise men. The metamorphosis was accompanied by violent organic changes. Even physically the child had been quite unlike other human beings; he was often very ill and his body became transparent, as though filled with light. Then there came a time when for some days the soul departed altogether from the body. The young man lay as if dead ... And when the soul returned it was as though the twelve streams of wisdom were born anew. He spoke of new experiences. There had come to him, from the Mystery of Golgotha, an experience similar to that of Paul before Damascus. Thereby it was possible for all the twelve world-conceptions, religious and scientific — and fundamentally there are only twelve — to be gathered together, synthesised in one. The twelve basic world-conceptions were gathered together into one whole which could do justice to them all.” (1)There are two points of interest in the above excerpt which need to be addressed. One point is Rudolf Steiner's reference to 12 streams of wisdom. Throughout the lecture he addresses these twelve streams. He speaks of the streams of wisdom carried over by Seven Holy Rishis of Atlantis and all of the wisdom which they brought to bear in the 13th century initiation of Christian Rosenkreutz. He also speaks of the streams of wisdom of the 5 Post-Atlantean cultural epochs.
In addition to these 12 streams of wisdom which emanate from human souls are the twelve streams of cosmic forces which emanate from the Twelve World Initiators of the zodiacal constellations. Rudolf Steiner speaks of these Twelve World Initiators in lecture X of his cycle, Man in the Light of Occultism, Theosophy and Philosophy. These zodiacal cosmic forces permeated the souls of the twelve who were present at the time of the 13th century initiation of Christian Rosenkreutz. Each of the twelve individuals who were present functioned as a portal for one constellation apiece.
It is these zodiacal forces of the Twelve World Initiators which give form to the human body; most specifically to the phantom body. They were the forces which brought about the “violent organic changes” of which Rudolf Steiner mentions. These cosmic forces induced the physical changes which made it possible for Christian Rosenkreutz's body to become, “transparent, as though filled with light.”
In the same lecture, Rudolf Steiner made the following comment: “An Individuality of extraordinary spirituality was incarnated in this child. It was necessary, in this case, for a process to be enacted which will never be repeated in the same form.”
For a time throughout this process, Christian Rosenkreutz's physical body was transitioning from a mineral body to exclusively a phantom body. The mineral aspects of his physical body had temporarily dissipated to which the phantom body became translucent. Rudolf Steiner made it clear that this particular procedure, “will never be repeated again in the same form.” What transpired in this process was a human mineral body had transitioned into a phantom body within an unprecedented brief amount of time in comparison to the remaining course of human physical evolution. This was done at the human level. Similarly, the mineral body of Christ Jesus became translucent within a brief amount of time after the crucifixion. This was when the mineral body had been reduced to ashes and was taken into the earth by means of a fissure within the floor of the tomb. In this initiation, Christian Rosenkreutz was in some ways simulating what Christ had achieved soon after the crucifixion. All of this was made possible by the Twelve World Initiators streaming their forces through the twelve individuals who were encircled around Christian Rosenkreutz. What poured through them flowed into Christian Rosenkreutz. During the process of Christian Rosenkreutz's 13th century initiation, the future advancements of human evolution were exponentially condensed into this acutely short time frame. What transpired for Christian Rosenkreutz during this process will take humanity many lifetimes to ultimately achieve.
Rudolf Steiner also spoke of the following: “Then there came a time when for some days the soul departed altogether from the body. The young man lay as if dead ... And when the soul returned it was as though the twelve streams of wisdom were born anew.” The absence of his soul repeated his length of death as Lazarus; 3½ days. Prior to this Lazarus was in a coma for four days. In some ways, his 13th century initiation reenacted his initiation at the time of Christ.
In the 13th century initiation, however, Christian Rosenkreutz was assuming the phantom body which was previously present on Easter morning and was seen as the young man in the tomb. This same archetypal human phantom body was the entelechy which was assumed on Easter morning by the merging of John the Baptist and the Lukan Jesus; Jesus of Nazareth. This was the phantom body that had previously been in gestation for nine months prior to Easter morning. The Easter phantom body began its conception on the summer solstice of June 21, 32 C.E with the beginning stages of the initiation of Lazarus; the rich young ruler of whom we read in the gospels. Lazarus was resurrected from the dead on July 8, 32 C.E. However, this human archetypal phantom body was born on April 5. 33 C.E.; nine months after the summer solstice of 32 C.E. (Please see my article: Lazarus: The Rich, Young Ruler).
Over this nine month period, the Easter phantom body had passed through the planetary and celestial influences afforded to it during that time. It was a phantom body which Christ, John the Baptist, Lazarus and the Twelve World Initiators had formulated during this nine month period. It was this phantom body which John the Baptist and the Lukan Jesus, together as One, had assumed on Easter morning to which Mary Magdalene and the other women witnessed. This was the identical translucent body of light which Christian Rosenkreutz had assumed for a time during his initiation in the 13th century. The three events consisting of the initiation and raising of Lazarus, the young man in the tomb on Easter morning and the initiation of Christian Rosenkreutz in the 13th century are all linked together by means of this phantom body. The twelve primary cosmic forces which continue to flow into this archetypal phantom body originate from the Twelve World Initiators. According to Rudolf Steiner they are also known as the World-Word.
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