New Age streams of various kinds....

From: Tarjei Straume
Date: Sun Nov 16, 2003 10:40 pm
Subject: New Age streams of various kinds....

I have a bunch of occult and New Age literature on my shelf after my mother, who passed away in 1997. She had been an anthroposophist since 1960, and in addition to Steiner, she read everything occult she came across. Aleister Crowley made her laugh out loud; she thought he was so funny with his wild ambitions to be the Beast and all that, and his weird rituals. (Well now, Ron Hubbard also read Crowley studiously, but because the office of the Beast was already taken by Crowley, Hubbard had to settle for something else that seemed to be available, so he tried to make people think of him as the Antichrist, but that's a different story.)

Anyway, my mother also had a heavy Dion Fortune period in her mature years. As the threshold was approaching, she felt that Steiner was too strict and tough with regard to demands upon the individual between death and rebirth; other occultists made it so much easier and more comfortable. So I also have collections of Alice Bailey, Emanuel Swedenborg, Max Heindel, Corine Heline (a pupil of Heindel), W. E. Butler, Mona Rolfe PhD, Dr. Carrington, a huge Dion Fortune collection (of course), plus some real oddballs like Rosemary Brown's book "Immortals at my Elbow," featuring automatic writing of compositions at the piano from celebrities like Liszt, Chopin, etc. And they have messages to the world as well, of course, plus pieces of wisdom from Shaw and Shakespeare. Makes me wish to join the Skeptics Society immediately. And then you have "Beyond the Horizon" by Grace Rosher. Automatic writing in sheer Spiritualist style.

Max Heindel (founder of the Rosicrucian Fellowship in Oceanside, California) is a chapter by himself. He was described by Rudolf Steiner in a lecture held in Christiania [Oslo] Oct 6, 1913 in the cycle, "The Fifth Gospel" (GA 148):

We have quite enough enemies today already and the way they act is really very curious. I do not propose to enlarge upon this, for you probably know about it from the News Sheets. You are certainly aware of another strange fact. There are people who have been saying for a long time that the teaching I give is tainted with every kind of bigoted Christian dogma, even by Jesuitism. This malicious allegation is made chiefly by certain devotees of 'Adyar Theosophy', as it is called, and they talk sheer, unscrupulous nonsense. But our teachings have also been immeasurably falsified from a quarter which had violently attacked the intolerance, the distortions and the allegations. A man from America, who spent weeks and months getting to know our teachings, transcribed and carried them off in a watered-down form to America, where he has given out a plagiarised 'Rosicrucian Theosophy.' True, he says he learnt a good deal from us over here, but that he was summoned to the Masters and learnt more from them. He says nothing, however, about having learnt from us the deeper things which he had drawn from the then unpublished lecture-courses. When something like this happens in America, one may of course emulate the aged Hillel and be lenient; nor need one stop being lenient when these things make their way across to Europe. In a quarter from which the most violent attacks on us were launched, a translation was made of what these circles in America had taken from us, and in an introduction to this translation it was said: True, a Rosicrucian conception of the world is making its appearance in Europe, too, but in a bigoted, Jesuital form; this kind of thinking can thrive only in the pure air of California. Well... here I will pause! Such are the methods of our opponents. We may regard these things with leniency and even with compassion, but we should not shut our eyes to them. When things like this happen, even those who for years have been remarkably forbearing with people who acted so unscrupulously, must be wary. Perhaps one day everyone will have their eyes opened. If the service of truth did not demand it, I should much prefer not to speak about these matters, but they must be faced fairly and squarely.

My 1971 edition of Max Heindel's major work, "The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, or Mystic Christianity," was first copyrighted in 1909, four years before RS held the lecture quoted above. Amazingly, whan I first bought this book in my youth, I bought the contents too, believing that Heindel was yet another initiate. I didn't notice that he made no mention of Ahriman whatsoever and that Rudolf Steiner was non-existent for him, although I did find it curious that his writing bore a distinct anti-Semitic coloring. It wouldn't have been surprising if Heinrich Himmler had a copy of "The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception" on his night table, especially when we take another work by Heindel into account, namely "Mysteries of the Great Operas." The Nazis chose precisely the opera as a tool to hypnotize and seduce the populace.

According to a friend of mine who happens to be a CC priest, Emanuel Swedenborg was the reincarnation of Ignatius Loyola, although as Swedenborg he refuted what he had done as Loyola. Does anybody have any more info about this?



Click to subscribe to anthroposophy_tomorrow

November/December 2003

The Uncle Taz "Anthroposophy Tomorrow" Files

Anthroposophy & Anarchism

Anthroposophy & Scientology

Anthroposophical Morsels

Anthroposophy, Critics, and Controversy

Search this site powered by FreeFind