Logos Gradualis in Relationship to Yoga and Eurythmy

As researched and written by Rudolf Steiner, Yoga is the third great spiritual stream, alongside Vedanta and Sankhya. All of which flow together and are then found in the Bhagavagita. Rudolf Steiner did not give a year or time in which these connections came to be, but he chose them as the starting point, the initiation, for the Anthroposophic Society.2

These three above mentioned schools of training, that summarize as World Laws {Veda}, as Hüllenlehre {Sankhya} and path of devotion {Yoga} must always find validity in observation of the world through Art, Science and Religion.

One can come close to the Eternal, from two directions, through thoughtful contemplation of the World and through Yoga. Both lead to that which the great teachers of Veda unified in Atman-Brahman, What lives both outside and in the innermost soul is the basis, the foundation of the World. A Teacher of the Spiritual Streams might have spoken to his students this way.

According to Rudolf Steiner, the three streams unite in the Christus Impulse.3 All three streams appear as metamorphosed in the Epistles of Paul. There-by Krishna and the Nathan soul, which dwells in the Nathan Jesus, are the Self of Mankind. Nowadays known as the Etheric Christ.

Into this Rudolf Steiner, who saw his work as Preparer, of Preparer, of Preparer a metamorphosis of the three Spiritual Streams, Law, Sheaths, Devotion, entered. Consequently he created the foundation, through which Mankind, from the east west north and south, can reconnect to the Mysteries. To this endeavor he recreates the Mystery culture so that all past, present and future, representatives of the Mysteries can now receive and take up the the work to find the way to the Etheric Christ. Rudolf Steiner describes this task to be the main undertaking of Anthropospophy. To prepare mankind for the encounter, meeting, of the Etheric Christ at the threshold.

In the Lecture cycles “The Mission of Michael” he describes the Etheric Christ as the Light Soul. In order for Michael to reside in the mans etheric, the task is for man to have consciously crossed the threshold toward the light soul, in one incarnation. Bernard Lievegoed’s book “Man on the Threshold” gives important insights towards this task. Rudolf Steiner describes in the Lecture cycle (CW 194), how in this age the eternal can no longer be found through the path of Yoga. That the power of creation is no longer in the Air but in the Light. In the Yoga practice it is the breathing exercises that allow man to absorb what existed in the air. The Light Soul, (the etheric Christ or the Nathan soul) we can only divine through a new Yoga, this being the Light ensouled Yoga. One arrives here through the 12 senses that Rudolf Steiner outlines.

In the 1990’s Jürgen Schriefer addressed the loss of the Logos in Eurythmy, in conversations with the Author. Thus arose the task to uncover the connection to the light soul through intensive training of the 12 senses. In new exercises, that open, the old principle of the Lotus Seat in which the legs were crossed to and on the earth.

The Sun Word, the Logos, has entered the earth. Where before Golgotha it was important to cross the legs against the Darkness of what lived in the earth, after the Mysteries of Golgotha this changed as the Sun Word penetrated the earth. This also applies to the resting positions in Yoga. Now it is important bring everything into motion. Movement arising through resurrection power, which as a wave will be recognized and realized. In order to reach this goal exercises are needed to change the symptoms of decline seen in man since the 20th century. It is now important to refashion the body so that it becomes more refined. The whole body of man must be intensively seized. To this end there are 7 main exercises in which the living substance of the 7 planets are able to be internalized by man.

These main exercises, not including the Sun, are a metamorphosis of a Eurythmy meditation that Rudolf Steiner worked on his entire life:

I: I think speech
II: I speak
III: I have spoken
IV: I seek myself in the spirit
V: I feel myself in me
VI: I am on the path to the spirit, to me.10

 

In 2011 he recognized the planetary relationship to the exercises, “I Think Speech” from R.S. All in all it is the transition, a renewal, from “Old Yoga” and its center based breathing, towards the

NEW YOGA - LOGOS-GRADUALIS

Through the 12 senses and the strenuous exercises, man is lead into the light-soul-process, where he can experience his self, and so be able to receive the sun-word. In this way Eurythmy will be re- enlivened, re-created and re-recognized as an Art.

 

1: Rudolf Steiner, GA 142, Die Bhagavadgita und die Paulusbriefe, 1. Vortrag, 28.12.1912
2: Vorträge Rudolf Steiners in Köln vom 28.12.1912-1.1.1913, GA 142, Die Bhagavadgita und die Paulusbriefe
3: Rudolf Steiner, GA 9, Theosophie
4: Rudolf Steiner, GA 13, Die Geheimwissenschaft im Umriss
5: Rudolf Steiner, GA 10, Wie erlangt man Erkenntnisse der höheren Welten
6: Rudolf Steiner, GA 130, Das esoterische Christentum und die geistige Führung der Menschheit, 2. Vortrag, Locarno, 19. September 1911,, "Der Christus-Impuls im historischen Werdegang"
7: Rudolf Steiner, GA 142, Die Bhagavadgita und die Paulusbriefe, 3. Vortrag, 30.12.1912
8: Rudolf Steiner, GA 194, Die Sendung Michaels
9: Bernard C.J. Lievegoed, Der Mensch an der Schwelle, Verlag Freies Geistesleben, Dornach, Schweiz
10: Rudolf Steiner - Eurythmy-exercise for the six positions of Agrippa von Nettesheim, CW 277,
creation and development of Eurythmy, drawing by Assja Turgeniff nach einer Tafelszeichnung von Rudolf Steiner
11: Agrippa von Nettesheim, *14. September 1486 in Köln; †18. Februar 1535 in Grenoble