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THE ORDER OF THE UNIVERSE.
'Mindless drifter on the road.. Why do I...I
Carry such an easy load...Why do I...I
It's how you look and how you feel...Why do I...I
You must have a heart of steel...Why do I...I
Oh, why do I...I...I...I....Keep f*!#in' up!'
"F*!#in' Up" by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, ('Ragged
Glory' CD., 1990).
I mentioned in the discussion of Lucifer that he incarnated
as a being of flesh and blood in the Far East over 2000 years
before the incarnation of Christ, in the middle of the 3rd Millennium
BC. Now, Ahriman is making preparations for his own incarnation
in the near future, in the West. As Steiner remarks, when an incarnation
such as this is about to happen, preparation for it is made in
advance, so as to make the circumstances in which the incarnation
occurs, as ideal as possible, from, in this case, Ahriman's point
of view. At present, we are 2000 years after the incarnation of
It is important then for us to recognize what Ahriman is doing,
that is, what corrupting influences he is pouring into the human
soul in preparation of his forthcoming incarnation. It is also
as well to note that it would suit his purposes most admirably
if these corrupting influences were perceived as beneficial and
for the good of humanity, or at least as being inconsequential.
It would suit Ahriman's purposes most admirably if the vast majority
of humanity "sleeps through" these signs of the preparation
of his impending incarnation in our midst. Each and everyone of
us will meet with Ahriman face to face sooner or later so it as
well to be prepared for this encounter, for how well we prepare
ourselves will determine how we fare. And evil will result if
we sleep through these preparations in a state of drowsiness.
I must point out that we are dealing here with fundamental
spiritual realities, Lucifer-Christ-Ahriman, and the fact is that
if we are unaware of the activities of Lucifer and Ahriman and
Christ in our souls, then we NECESSARILY become allies of Lucifer
and/or Ahriman. Thus the question is, do we see that these activities
of Lucifer and Ahriman are played out at all in our culture and
in our daily lives? In so many words, is it evident to the unprejudiced,
open-minded person that we can 'see' the activities of Lucifer
and Ahriman in the actions of human beings?
The difference with Christ is that we have to come to a personal
relationship with Christ (and this means everybody on earth, with
no exclusions) out of voluntary action - in other words, we have
to want to have this relationship, consciously, willingly and
in freedom. Whereas with Lucifer and Ahriman it suits their purposes
most admirably if their presence is ignored, or dismissed as the
fantasies of idle dreamers.
Steiner, in 1919, with respect to Ahriman, gave several indications
of the preparation of the pending incarnation of Ahriman. These
tendencies and machinations of Ahriman he gave as follows:
The mechanistic explanation of life so thoroughly permeating
every aspect of modern scientific knowledge and explanation of
life and the cosmos, from the mathematical calculation of the
planets and stars in the heavens and deducing from this the origin
of life in the "Big Bang Theory" to the "Genetic
Code" explaining the growth and development of human, animal
and plant organisms. These mechanistic explanations, in addition
to explaining nothing, have in common the complete absence of
any understanding of soul and spirit. The interesting fact here
is not merely that people have no interest in soul and spirit,
there is a general feeling of hostility toward the very notion
that the human being and the cosmos is constituted primarily of
soul and spirit. People seem generally transfixed by the delusion
that we are material beings only, this appears to be very comforting
to them. So, when it is pointed out that nothing of life can be
understood when viewing its outer shell or external physical appearance
as if this were reality itself, people become very agitated, almost
as if the idea itself is a personal insult.
Another important indication of Ahriman's preparations is
the widespread tendency to believe that it is enough to guarantee
the welfare and general good of the populace if their material
and economic needs are taken care of (and I will leave for another
discussion the reality that for the majority of the world's population,
the world economic system is awash in an ocean of debt and is
singularly inept at meeting their material and economic needs!).
This is so widespread now that it appears that the ONLY marker
or barometer of a culture is the strength or weakness of its economy.
Today every aspect of culture is literally held hostage to the
merely economic - from politics to law to education to agriculture
to the arts and religious life. This is somewhat puzzling as it
is clear that no amount of money can guarantee anyones' welfare.
After all, the truly valuable qualities of a life fully lived
cannot be purchased at any price, no matter how much money a person
possesses. One cannot buy love, vitality, health, peace of mind,
joy, security, clear thinking, sound memory, compassion etc.,
and yet without these qualities one is entirely poverty stricken
even if one is in possession of vast amounts of material wealth.
Yet the whole of cultural life is geared toward this one end
- the acquisition of material wealth and goods. From the moment
we are born all anyone can think of is to get a good education
so that one can acquire the necessary piece of paper to get a
good job. In essence modern education is a conveyor belt on which
the individual is placed to go through the grade schools and on
to university to gain a degree while all the rough edges and unique
qualities of an individual are moulded into the perfect "cog"
('bent out of shape by society's pliers")to become suitable
fodder for the corporate church.
It does not escape one's notice that on every US currency
bill is the phrase "In God We Trust" and one is pressed
to ask, what God is being referred to here? It is the god of money,
whose name is Mammon. And Mammon is an ahrimanic being. So, this
means that the modern culture, with its relentless emphasis on
the "bottom line", is a Cult of Ahriman and the Pope
of this cult is the Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Well, I could
take this thread for a long spin, but I am sure you get the drift.
And to what end, finally, is all this gaining of knowledge
for the sake of material acquisition really about? It is all geared
toward the stomach! The daily ritual of getting up, going to the
office or factory is only considered worthwhile because it satisfies
the animal appetite. Any path of knowledge that is not deemed
useful in this sense is dismissed because it is "not something
which one can eat", in Steiner's phrase.
And here Steiner makes an interesting observation. "In
this connection today people have succumbed to a strange fallacy.
They do not believe the spirit can be eaten, and yet the very
ones who say this, DO eat the spirit! Although they may refuse
to accept anything spiritual, nevertheless with every morsel that
passes through the mouth into the stomach they are devouring the
spiritual, but dispatching it along a path other than the path
which leads to the real well-being of mankind. These Europeans
and their American affinities are...devourers of soul and spirit.
The soulless devouring of food leads to a side-tracking of the
spirit... To keep people in the state of devourers of soul and
spirit is one of Ahriman's impulses in preparation for his incarnation."(my
emphasis in italics).
Now, in the year 2002, some 83 years after these words were
spoken by Rudolf Steiner, the soulless devouring of food epitomizes
Another of the corrupting influences poured into people's
souls by Ahriman is in the realm of politics - the two main thrusts
of this corruption are manifested in nationalism and political
party differences. There can be no question that the ideal so
widespread today of "freedom of the people" based as
it is on blood relationships is simply antiquated and outmoded.
This outmoded tendency is everywhere evident with the political
map having to be redrawn every year as various ethnic groups claim
their "homeland" and then attempt to purge their borders
of anyone who is not of the same blood, as the massive atrocities
happening everywhere on earth given the the quaint phrase "ethnic
And when it comes to political parties who want to gain control
of government, the interesting quality of their opinions of which
they pride themselves as being "correct"for the country
to "move forward" is that when you examine the policies
put forth by different party opinions they can be both seen to
be valid from their own narrow perspectives and yet at the same
time none can possibly hope to move the country forward at all!
It is hard to imagine any more rigorously hardened an impediment
toward social progress than today's conventional forms of government.
In terms of Lucifer and Ahriman, the so-called liberals (in the
United Sates, the Democratic Party) are mainly influenced by Lucifer,
and the so-called conservatives (The Republican Party), are thoroughly
In fact, modern government, in every country of the world
today, is NOT modern at all. They are outmoded, antiquated and
retrogressive in extremis. In the West, they are fundamentally
a combination of Roman imperialism and medieval feudalism, with
the State as it is to-day being an instrument which is intended
to curtail human freedom. It is clear that we need to create a
radically different form of government than the narrow-minded,
pusillanimous and misanthropic institutions of government we have
today if humanity is to make any progress. To put it another way,
if we want to have our freedoms and allow them to flourish, then
we have to get rid of the state. If we want the state to take
care of us ( which it cannot do, for only the individual can do
that, and the individual is far greater than any state, anyway)
then we necessarily have to give up our freedoms. In other words,
it is an oxymoron to expect the state to "guarantee our freedoms".
As we are already witness to, states, in both the East and
West, have become instruments of controlling the population by
a very small and wealthy elite. The fact is we do NOT have a democratic
form of government, and a democracy has not yet existed on the
face of the earth.
It has to be evident to anyone paying attention to life in
the in the past 50 years that absolutely no progress has been
made in any but the most narrow of fields - that of technology.
Every other domain - health, ecology, economics, business, art,
religion, philosophy, spiritual life, politics, education - is,
for the most part, in decline, stagnant or retrogressing, built
on ideas and concepts that are rehashed or recycled from long
Steiner recognized this fact and put forward concepts and
ideas for a radically different form of governance, one that is
thoroughly modern and inspired by the ideal of human freedom being
allowed to flourish without government control and interference.
I will be discussing these elsewhere in The Alchemycal Pages.
Another trend which is evidence of Ahriman's impulses working
in the souls of humanity is the reading of the Gospels of the
New Testament as if they can be understood with our modern, habitual
mode of thought. It is clear to me that both Lucifer and Ahriman
have wormed their way into and become deeply entrenched in the
various so-called Christian churches and sects for what we have
here are groups of people who have at best merely a fantasy of
Christ, a faintly adumbrated and insipid cartoon character. The
fact is that in actual practise the exoteric Christian church
has to be seen as opposing Christ every step of the way, since
its founding as an institution, beginning with the Holy Roman
Empire. It is clear that the history of the Christianity, starting
with the Catholic Church, is one of an organization bent on secular
power and control. That is, it has, and all the Christian churches,
for the most part, have this trait, the overweaning desire to
control people. It has succumbed to the "Judas Temptation".
It has this trait in common with modern government, and it is
thus not surprising that the Church has worked hand in glove with
governments when it has suited its purpose.
What is the "Judas Temptation"? It may have occurred
to us to wonder why it was that the "Pharisees" wanted
Judas to identify Christ. After all, why could they not readily
recognize Him when they saw Him? This was because when Christ
had the disciples go out and preach the Gospel in various different
places at the same time, when they were preaching, He would be
the one preaching, using them as His willing instruments. Furthermore,
fantastic as it may sound (though not to anyone who has seen a
medium in trance at work), the disciples, as Christ was preaching
through them, took on the visage of Christ.
Thus, the "Pharisees" actually did not know who
the real Christ was among the 13 (Christ and the 12 Disciples);
they thus paid Judas to betray Christ to them; that is, identify
Him at the time they wanted to make the arrest. The "Judas
Temptation" consists in that Judas, for 30 pieces of silver,
was willing to do this. He "knew" who Christ is, and
wished to 'force his hand' and "set everything in the world
right' by His spiritual powers, which He is certainly capable
of doing. However, Christ refused this and acceded to being arrested.
The spiritual truth is that the modern church does not worship
Christ at all. No, it worships either Ahriman or Lucifer depending
on the nature of the Church in question. It is necessary to point
out that just because one says one is a worshiper of Christ, this
does not make it so, for "the name of a thing is not necessarily
the thing named". So, this reading of the Gospels as "the
word of God", and insistently iterating it is "the word
of God", and saying "if you only accept Christ as your
Saviour, all will be well", simply plays right into Ahriman's
hands. The Gospels cannot be understood with our habitual modes
And I am not even discussing the fact that we do not have
the true gospels with us anyway! Either through deliberate editing
out of passages for the purpose of furthering the Church's aim
of secular power or due to poor translators, the gospels we have
to-day are poor versions of the real thing.
For example, we have the passage from the Gospel of St. Luke,
"and on earth, peace and good will unto men" which is
not an accurate translation. It should read. " and on earth
peace to men of good will" which has profoundly different
It is also important to realize that Ahriman works in co-operation
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