The Humble Man of Nazareth

There is a tendency within Anthroposophy to see the Nathan Jesus as the humble man of Nazareth, and not as Adam Cadmon or Krishna.

From Gospel of John (Basle 1907): Lecture I

It is repugnant to materialistic thinking to accept a Being who towers above all men; it is much more acceptable to them to see in Jesus a noble human being only, “the humble man of Nazareth.”

According to St. John's Gospel is quite inadmissible to see in Jesus only that which also lives in any other man. The Christ-soul in the Jesus-body is something quite different.

St. John's Gospel represents Christ to us not only as a very great man, but as a Being who embraces the whole earth.

The Path of Krishna

From The Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita (Helsingfors 1913)

Krishna — that is, the spirit who worked through Krishna — appeared again in the Jesus child of the Nathan line of the House of David, described in St. Luke's Gospel.

Hence the all-embracing Christ Impulse entered the higher synthesis of the two one-sided tendencies [Krishna and Lucifer.]

It was this that was brought home to the men who received the baptism of John in the Jordan, so that they understood the Baptist when he said to them, “Change your disposition; walk no longer in the path of Krishna” — though he did not use this word. The path on which mankind had then entered we may call the Jesus-path if we would speak in an occult sense.

To understand the Christ means not merely to strive toward perfection, but to receive in oneself something expressed by St. Paul, “Not I, but Christ in me.” “I” is the Krishna word. “Not I, but Christ in me,” is the Christian word.

Krishna and Sct. Paul

From The Bhagavad Gita and the Epistles of St. Paul

The only time this sister-soul of Adam was compelled to appear and to become physically visible, it was incorporated, so to speak, in Krishna; and then it was incorporated again in the Luke Jesus.

Hence that perfection that came about when the most significant world-conceptions of Asia, the ego of Zarathustra and the spirit of Krishna, were united in the twelve-year-old Jesus described by St. Luke.

The halo of light in which Christ was enveloped was Krishna. And because Christ has taken Krishna for His own soul-covering through which He then works on further, therefore in the light which shone there, in Christ Himself, there is all that was once upon a time contained in the sublime Gita.

From GA 146, p. 115ff , google translated from German I think.

The same Jesus, whom the Gospel of Luke relates, Is the incarnation of this same soul which has never before lived in a human body but is nevertheless a human soul because it was a human soul during the ancient Lemurian period in which our actual evolution began.

It is the same soul that has revealed itself as Krishna. Thus we have what is the Krishna impulse, the impulse to human self-consciousness, embodied in the body of Luke-Jesus-Boy.

Krishna and Arjuna

From The union of the three streams in the Christ Impulse, the Teaching of Krishna (Cologne 1912), Lecture III

Thus when a man looks up to Krishna he is both looking up to his own highest self and also at another: who can appear before him as another man in whom he honours that which he himself has the predisposition to become, yet who is a separate being from himself and bears the same relationship to him as a God does to man.

in everything spoken from the mouths of Krishna and his pupil, Arjuna, we feel something which lifts us above everyday human experiences, above all passions, above everything emotional which may disturb the soul.

Now who exactly is Krishna? This question must, above all, be of interest to us. One cannot understand who Krishna is if one does not make oneself acquainted with a point which I have already taken the opportunity of mentioning in various places; that is, that in earlier ages the whole system of giving names and descriptions was quite different from what it is now.

Now if you think of what may live in a man of our present cycle of humanity as the deepest part of his being, which every man can dimly sense as those secret forces within him which can raise him up to soul-heights; if we think of this, which in most men exists only in rudiment, becoming in a very rare case the essential principle of a human being-a being who only appears from time to time to become a leader of other men, who is higher than all the Manus, who dwells as an essence in every man, but who' as an actual external personality only appears once in a cosmic epoch [Christ Jesus]; if we can form such a conception as this, we are getting nearer to the being of Krishna.

He is man as a whole; he is — one might almost say — humanity as such, thought of as a single being [Adam Kadmon.]

Those who speak of Krishna as of man in general, do not mean the abstract idea one has in one's mind today. “No,” they say, “true, this Being lives in germ in every man, but he only appears as an individual man, and speaks with the mouth of a man once in every cosmic age [The Jesus incarnation.]

This means that when one has worked oneself up to the highest, one is face to face with Krishna, the pupil with his great Teacher, Arjuna with Krishna himself: who lives in all things that exist and who can truly say of himself: “I am not a solitary mountain, if I am among the mountains I am the largest of them all; if I appear upon the earth I am not a single man, but the greatest human manifestation, one that only appears once [Christ Jesus] in a cosmic age as a leader of mankind, and so on; the unity in all forms, that am I, Krishna.” [Adam Cadmon.]

Arjuna about Krishna:

I am fain to know Thee, Thou Primal Beginning [The creator, "In the beginning..."] of existence. I cannot comprehend that which appears to me, which reveals itself to me.”

... Truly we are confronting a great cosmic mystery; for what says Arjuna when he sees his own self before him in bodily form? He addresses this own Being of his as though it appeared to him higher than Brahma Himself.

Krishna and Arjuna

The Reborn Adam Self

From The Gospel of St. John, Lecture I (1909), The Christians of St. John. The rebirth of the higher 'I' in man and in humanity.

 ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a God.
The same was in the beginning with God.

All things were made by Him and without Him was no thing made.
[this should be taken seriously in a degree that is nearly unfathomable. How would that be possible if we don't count magic in as possibility?]

In Him was the Life and the Life was the Light of men.
And the Light shone in the darkness and the darkness comprehended it not.
Only a few, in whom something lived that was not born of the flesh, comprehended the Light that shone in the Darkness.
Then the Light became flesh and dwelt among men in the likeness of Jesus of Nazareth.’

‘And in Christ who dwelt in Jesus of Nazareth we see none but the higher, divine self of all mankind, the God who came down to earth in Adam and was born again. This reborn human self was continued as a sacred mystery; it was preserved under the symbol of the Rosy Cross and is annunciated today as the mystery of the Holy Grail and the Rosy Cross.

Adam Kadmon

From An Esoteric Cosmology - The Apocalypse (Paris 1906), Lecture XVIII

Thus there are seven great epochs of Aryan civilisation in which the laws of evolution slowly come to expression.

At first, man has within him what he later sees around him. All that is actually around us now, passed out from us in a preceding epoch when our being was still mingled with the Earth, Moon and Sun.

This cosmic being from whom the man of today and all the kingdoms of nature have issued, is referred to in the Cabala as Adam-Cadmon. Adam-Cadmon embraced all the manifold aspects of man as we know him today in the various races and peoples.

From Foundations of Esotericism (Berlin 1906), Lecture 6

Thus to begin with we have the pure man who up to the Lemurian Age actually led a super-sensible existence and brought forth out of himself everything that lived and was part of him.

They are decadent animals which are descended from those which the pure man made use of in order to incarnate in them, so that he might have a body for what is kamic (astral).

Thus in the case of the lion man must say to himself: That art thou. We have therefore in the kingdom of the warm-blooded animals spread out before us the kama-rupic human being. Previously there only existed the pure man: Adam Cadmon.

 The Moon God

From Gospel of John (Basle): Lecture III

Through the separation of the forces of the Sun and Moon from the Earth there was brought about the balance between life and form [Christ principle, Center Pillar,] which was necessary for the evolution of humanity.

It was only because these forces could from this time forth work upon man from outside that he could continue to develop in the right way. The forces coming from the Sun create and fertilise life; the forces coming from the Moon pour this life into firm forms.

The form of the physical body we now possess we owe to the Moon; but the life which sinks into this body comes from the Sun.

It was through one of the Sun-Beings uniting himself with the Moon that these two streams from the Sun and Moon work in the right way. The Beings standing at the stage of the Gods separated with the Sun; that one of these Beings separated himself from the rest and made the present Moon his dwelling place [Krishna.]

This Spirit who is united with the Moon is known as Jehovah, the God of Form or the Moon-Deity. This God Jehovah or Jahve so moulded the three bodies of man that they became capable of receiving the drop of the I [This is the three deeds of Christ, of Krishna.] Jehovah formed the human body in his image, “in the Image of God created He him:” (Genesis 1:27.)

We have now arrived at the point touched upon by the Evangelist John in the first verse of his Gospel: “In the very beginning was the Word.” The highest Spirit united with the Sun, He who sent the I's to the Earth, is called in the occult teaching: “Christ.” But the I's, as parts of the Sun-Logos, only streamed gradually into the forms.

The “Light” streamed forth from the Sun-Logos, but few received it in those old times; those, however, who received it became different from their fellow-men. They were called children of God or Sons of God (St. John, 1:13). They possessed four principles, physical body, etheric body, astral body, and I, although the fourth, the youngest principle, was still weak and dim [pioneers, the old souls.]

The “light,” however, is to come to all men, but for this time is needed. This is indicated in verses eight to fourteen.

But there were a few men who had already received the light to a high degree so that they knew about it and could bear witness to it, and these taught others.

Those who bore witness to the “light” from their own experience, those who were able to point out that One was coming Who for the first time would offer the light to all, were in the occult teaching called “John” (Chapter 1:6-7).

The writer is one of these “Johns.” In verse eighteen we read: “No man has ever seen God.” That is to say, no one before “Johns,” for He only became personified in Christ Jesus.

The Night Belong to the Moon

From Gospel of John (Hamburg 1908), Lecture III: The Mission of the Earth

Therefore, Jahve [Krishna] is called the Ruler of the Night who prepared humanity for the love that was later to manifest during full waking-consciousness. See Krishna as Teacher of Love.

It was because mankind had developed to a condition of perceiving by means of outer senses that God, the Logos, had Himself to become a sense-being. He had to appear in a physical body. This was fulfilled in Christ-Jesus, and the historical appearance of Christ Jesus means that the forces of the six Elohim, or of the Logos, were incarnated in Jesus of Nazareth at the beginning of our Christian era and were actually present in Him in the visible world. That is the important thing.


From The Bible and Wisdom (1908)

When God appeared to Moses in the Burning Bush, Moses asked: ‘Who shall I say to the people hath sent me?’ God said: ‘Tell them that One Who can say “I am” hath sent thee.’

 Jehovah is Christ, Prophetically Announced

From The Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature, Lecture 10 - 1912

According to this the moon, so to speak, is designated as the starting-point of the forces working upon humanity as the opponents of Lucifer. Jahveh, or Jehovah, is the opponent of Lucifer.

One of these Spirits of Wisdom separated and sacrificed himself, and has taken up his abode upon the moon in order through his activity there to curb the light and also to counteract the spiritual work of Lucifer.

Just as in space sunlight is reflected from the moon, so Jehovah is revealed as a reflection of the principle of the great Sun-Spirit Whom you may designate by whatever name you will — Vishvakarma, as the ancient Indians called him; Ahura Mazdao, as He was called by Zarathustra, Osiris by the ancient Egyptians, or as the Christ, as He is known to the fourth post-Atlantean period of civilisation — that is, the esoteric comprehension of Jehovah.

He is Christ reflected by the moon-principle and because reflected in time, Christ announced prophetically. Hence in St. John's Gospel we come across a passage which otherwise can never be understood, in which it is said that Moses spoke of Christ.

Actually, he spoke of Jehovah, but it is Christ, prophetically announced. This passage, in which Jehovah is mentioned is referred to because the bearer of the Christ wishes to point out that in antiquity Jehovah is but Christ foretold.

Jehova is a Hierarchy

From Foundations of Esotericism (Berlin1905), Lecture 7

The same law is also to be found on a larger scale. The beings whom we meet with on the Old Moon had not as yet incorporated their power of thinking in a physical brain. The power of thinking in the case of the Moon-Nirmana-kayas, Bodhisattvas, Pitris and pure human beings did not yet work in a physical brain but in the ether masses surrounding them. [This goes for man through first half of the Earth-development, the period named Mars.]

When the Old Moon evolution came to an end the beings who were wise, but did not possess wisdom in a brain, had progressed so far that they could completely relinquish these lower bodies.

These beings who had now become Pitris and who no longer needed to enter into such physical, etheric and astral bodies, were the hosts of the Elohim in different stages.

The name Jehovah does not designate a single being, but a rank in the order of the hierarchies. [The hierarchy of the Angels. This goes for many such spiritual beings, they are both a personality, a Logoi, and a hierarchy.]

The first human beings to receive teaching on the Earth received it from Jehovah in pictures. That is why Genesis is a sum of great pictures, pictures which Jehovah had experienced on the Old Moon. [Dream symbols, the language before Kali Yuga, before the Tower of Babel.]

What came over on to the Earth from the Old Moon as physical, etheric and astral bodies, are the grotesque animals in which Atma, Buddhi and Manas gradually incorporated themselves.

But because two beings are united who are only partially suited to one another we have birth and death, and every period of time between birth and death is a continual attempt to make these two beings fit together better — a swinging to and fro of the pendulum until eventually a rhythmical condition is brought about.

And Karma is nothing else than the measure of balance which the human being has already brought about. In each single incarnation one attains a certain degree of adaptation. After each incarnation man must ascend again to Devachan in order to survey what has still to be done. Only when the balance is achieved is Karma overcome and the human being can take up something new, the true Wisdom, Buddhi, which until that time must be fostered and cherished.

The God of Love

From Gospel of John (Basle): Lecture IV

In Christian occult science the Old Moon is called the Cosmos of Wisdom and the Earth the Cosmos of Love.

The God of Form, Jehovah [Krishna,] now played a specially important role. He took possession of the newly developed organ, the blood, permeated it with His forces, transformed the aggressive qualities of the courageous soul into the forces of love and made the blood into the physical vehicle of the I.

In the beginning each human individual did not possess his own I. The same Jehovah-force, the I-force, the same I worked in all who were related by blood, who preserved the same blood through endogamy (near marriage). A small group of this kind had a common I.

Air is the body of Jehovah just as flesh is the body of man. The remembrance of this is expressed in the German legend of Wotan [Krishna] who rides in the Wind. What was breathed in and out on the Old Moon was also spirit.

Between Man and these highly developed Sun-Spirits there are the spiritual Beings, who, it is true, developed very much further than man upon the Moon, but not as fast as the Sun-Spirits and Jehovah. They were unable as yet to influence man through his breathing, nevertheless they endeavoured to influence him.
They were the Fire-Spirits [Luciferic Spirits, Shiva] who had not completed their task. They worked in the element of warmth and this existed in man his blood. They lived in this warmth.

Jehovah [Krishna]  placed men in the Paradise of Love; then there appeared the Fire-spirit [Shiva, Lucifer], the Serpent, in the form which man once possessed when he still breathed fire, and opened men's eyes to what still remained from the Old Moon.

It's quite interesting with Jehova as the god of Love, I have never seen him as a god of love, but when I understood that Krishna and Jahve was the same, it was understandable as Krishna was the god of love. See Krishna as Teacher of Love.

The Raising of Lazarus

From Gospel of John (Basle): Lecture V

This is also very concrete, and not the least abstract, but what does it mean?

Thus all the pre-Christian initiates had undergone the experiences of initiation outside the physical body; they had then descended again into the physical body and could from that time forward, out of their own experience, announce what had taken place in the spiritual world. Buddha, Moses and others were initiates of this kind.

In Jesus there had come to the Earth for the first time a Being who, while still remaining in the physical body, could see the life of the higher worlds.

The teachings of Buddha, Moses, etc., were quite independent of the personality of their agent. Those who accept the teachings of Buddha or Moses are Buddhists or followers of Moses, for these founders of religion only passed on what they had experienced in the higher worlds.

This means that by reading and letting the words work on our sub-consciousness it develop our inner visdom.

It was only through the writer of St. John's Gospel being initiated by the Lord Himself that the most secret connections between Christ and the evolution of the world could be revealed.

Interesting text on initiation and for von Halle readers:

While the body of Lazarus lay as if dead in the grave, his etheric body was lifted out in order to undergo the initiation, and to receive the same force that is in Christ.

Here the etherbody is recreated without karma, only with our own developed etheric stuff.

What is a personality?

Christ Jesus appeared as the great Personality Who brought to humanity the power which would enable it later to rise to the Spirit. All the former ages of civilisation can also be looked upon as a preparation for Christianity.

He is the archetypal man, walking the path before mankind walks the path.

Christ appears as the firstborn, the man who is far ahead of his time, who has already reached the stage which the rest of humanity will only reach in the sixth age. The fifth is the most material age in the evolution of humanity.

The Spirit of Earth

From Gospel of John (Basle): Lecture VII

The Beings who, at the very beginning of the evolution of the Earth, had already the state of perfection which humanity will only achieve at the end of earthly evolution, have their seat in the Sun. Christ belongs to these Beings as a cosmic- force.

He accomplished this union upon Golgotha, and the Mystery of Golgotha is the symbol of what took place at that time for the evolution of the Earth.


From Gospel of John (Hamburg 1908), Lecture I: The Doctrine of the Logos

What stands here with few words is packed with information, worth contemplating:

The Word, which sounds forth from the soul, the Logos, was there in the beginning and so guided evolution that at last a being came into existence, in whom it also could manifest.

Who Was in the Beginning

From Gospel of John (Kassel 1909), Lecture I: The Johannine Christians

The Gospel writers had set themselves the task of showing, first of all, that Christ Jesus had His origin in the primordial World Spirit, in the God Himself.

The God that had dwelt unseen in all mankind is specifically manifested in Christ Jesus; and that is the same God of Whom the John Gospel tells us that He was in the beginning.

Here Steiner have not yet found a clear terminology, here he says that the Jesus of Nazareth is the Zarathustra I and Christ is Krishna, what we will se a few other places too:

Now, we who have made contact with spiritual science know that there is reincarnation, so we must realize that Jesus of Nazareth — not the Christ — had experienced many incarnations and that He had passed through the most manifold stages in His previous incarnations before He could become Jesus of Nazareth [The Zarathustra Soul.]

Personally I think this is nearer the truth, that he had to hide the truth as it would be to difficult or dangerous to tell the full truth. This is also why the Anthroposophists have so big a problem understanding the Nathan Jesus.

I Was There

From Gospel of John (Kassel 1909), Lecture II: Living Spiritual History

 “Many might ask, Were you then present when Adam walked the earth?” And Jacob Boehme answers unequivocally: “Yes, I was present.”

He was!

The Word was a God

From The Gospel of St. John (Kassel 1909), Lecture II: The living spiritual history. The leaders of humanity. The creative Word.

Among the descendants of the divine Spirit there is an individual so highly advanced that he can receive into himself this Spirit that moved upon the waters. [What does 'an individual' mean here?]

We must be clear on the point that, up to the Baptism by John, the life of Jesus of Nazareth, as related to us in the Gospels, presents nothing but a sum of experiences demonstrating his ascent to higher worlds in former incarnations, and showing how he prepared his entire being — his astral, etheric, and physical bodies — for the final reception of the Christ.

I really love this piece, it's also something that can create discussions:

Even in the Gospel of St. Luke it is pointed out that the father of Jesus is the Holy Spirit. This must be taken literally and those theologians who do not recognize it cannot really read the Gospel.

The Sun Logos

From Gospel of John (Hamburg 1908), Lecture XII: The Nature of the Virgin Sophia and of the Holy Spirit

The Sun Logos Who can shine into human beings through illumination, the Sun Logos Himself, the Holy Spirit, entered. The Universal-I, the Cosmic I entered and from then on during three years, the Sun Logos spoke through the body of Jesus. [Adam Kadmon.]

John becomes bearer of the Holy Spirit, Manas Bearer:

This means: “That force which was in My astral body and made it capable of becoming bearer of the Holy Spirit, I now give over to thee; thou shalt write down what this astral body has been able to acquire through its development.”

“And the Disciple took her unto himself,” that means he wrote the Gospel of St. John. And this Gospel of St. John is the Gospel in which the writer has concealed powers which develop the Virgin Sophia.

The woman who anointed the feet of Christ Jesus in Bethany had received through the Event of Palestine the powerful force needed for spiritual perception, and she is, for example, one of those who first understood that what had lived in Jesus was present after His death, that is, had been resurrected. She possessed this faculty. It may be asked: Whence came this possibility? It came through the development of her inner sense-organs. [Magdalene, one of the two Initiates.]

The Division of the Sexes

From Theosophy and Rosicrucianism (Kassel 1907), Lecture XII: The Stages of Christian Initiation

This is actually also a course of discussions, some believe we should be less individualized and sex-less:

But the human beings did not have these two sexes on the astral plane before descending like drops into the individualised human bodies, or they had not yet passed, as one might. say, through “the fall into sex”.

Had the sexlessness of man continued in the physical world, replacing the two sexes, man could not have become an individual being. The true meaning of human development is that man should become more and more individualised.

It also mean there wasn't a spiritual difference between man and woman in the start, they were fully alike, only a seed differentiated them. Only the physical bodies with their hormones made the difference, but with time the spiritual bodies got more and more gender characteristics.

‘And in Christ who dwelt in Jesus of Nazareth we see none but the higher, divine self of all mankind, the God who came down to earth in Adam and was born again. [Adam Kadmon.]

Pre-Earthly Deeds of Christ

From "Pre-Earthly Deeds of Christ (Pforzheim 1914)"

Steiner describes the three deeds of Christ many places, but only a few places are the connected as the deeds of Christ, other places he uses the Spirits of Form or the Archai as the force behind the changes, but it's different names for the same beings.

In all three of these preparatory events that same Being [known as Krishna in the Indian pantheon] was present who was born later as the Nathan-Jesus and who was permeated by the Christ-Being. This is the essential fact in the Mystery of Golgotha that the Jesus-Being who grew up as the Nathan boy was permeated by the Christ-Being.

In the super-earthly region Jesus of Nazareth [Krishna] is to be found as an etheric angel-form. Through permeation with the Christ he then assumed etheric human form.

The Spirits of Form poured themselves into man and permeated him, and thereby he became able to speak a language, to live his earth life on the physical plane. [Deed of Christ.]

From the Old to the New Templebuilder

From Gospel of John (Hamburg 1908), Lecture IV: The Raising of Lazarus

With this chapter the whole Gospel falls into two parts. At the end of the first part it is pointed out that the testimony of John the Baptist should be accepted for everything that is maintained and affirmed concerning Christ Jesus and at the very end of the Gospel it is pointed out that all that follows the chapter on the raising of Lazarus should be accepted on the testimony of the Disciple whom we have often heard designated as “the Disciple whom the Lord loved.”
And so we have in the first part of the Gospel, the testimony of the old John — in the second half, the testimony of the new John whom the Lord Himself had initiated, for this is the risen Lazarus.

Lazarus John and Christ

From Christianity As Mystical Fact (1902)

It is very easy to take this sentense lightly, as abstract symbolism, but it should be taken as it stands:

Through his initiation he had become capable of perceiving that the “Word” which had come to life within him had become a person in Christ Jesus, and thus there stood before him in the personality of his “awakener” the same which had been revealed within him spiritually. [Christ was in Lazarus, was his I.]