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Excerpts from
The Crisis of Civilization
by Gennady Bondarev
(Gennadij Bondarew)




The best books are those that tell you what you already know. -- George Orwell

To be a spiritual scientist is more a matter of courage than of intellect. -- Rudolf Steiner

"The one thing necessary, in life as in art, is to tell the truth." -- Leo Tolstoy

"The entire strength of ahrimanic spirits, their existence itself, is based on human ignorance, and so these spirits will not tolerate a consciousness that is audacious enough to wish to examine their nature more closely. Whoever does this all the same will experience in his soul an incredibly refreshing, liberating effect surging in great waves over the world of all that is true." -- Gennady Bondarev [p. 144]




Introductory Remarks by Robert Mason

The Russian Anthroposophist Gennady Bondarev's The Crisis of Civilization (Anthroposophie auf der Kreuzung der okkult-politischen Bewegungen der Gegenwart; ANTROPOSOFIYA na skryeshchyenii okkultno-politichyeskikh tyechyeniy sovryemyennosti) is an important book, and, like most really important books, it is a controversial one. Unhappily, it has not yet (July 2006) been fully published in English, and the German edition is currently out of print. These Web postings are an attempt to give readers in the English-speaking world some awareness of this book's ideas and, hopefully, to generate enough interest in it so that, at the least, the whole book will become available to the public.

The first edition of this book appeared in Russian and German in 1995, published in Moscow and Basel. The German-language (Swiss) publisher (Moskau-Basel-Verlag, Lochmann Verlag) omitted a few short passages concerning the so-called "Holocaust" of Jews under the Nazi regime. Bondarev was expelled from the General Anthroposophical Society in 1998, the given reason being the alleged "anti-Semitism" expressed in this book and the omitted passages. (There is reason to suspect that this given reason was not the real reason.) A second edition was prepared in 1997-8 and appeared in German in 1999. This Web page is based on Graham Rickett's revision of Helga Schulte-Schröer's English translation from the second German edition. (The Rickett translation is available in a proofreader's spiral-bound edition, without illustrations, from Nelson Willby at the Wellspring Bookshop in London.) All page references here, given in [brackets], refer to this Willby edition. (This edition contains two loose supplemental pages by an unnamed translator.)

Thus, the reader should bear in mind that this text of the book is the result of translation from Russian to German and then from German to English, and that almost inevitably some nuances and shades of meaning have been lost in this double-translation.

Bondarev addressed the first edition as "only for mature, unprejudiced bearers of the Anthroposophical Movement", meaning those who understand the Anthroposophical method of cognition, i.e. specifically in this case the Goethean grasping of the archetypes behind outer phenomena: and more specifically, this method as applied to the social realm in the manner of Rudolf Steiner's "historical symptomatology". But in the second edition he noted that the first had been positively received by many non-Anthroposophists, that they were able to "understand the allegorical language of meta-history". [p. 7] So, while the reader's acquaintance with at least the basics of Steiner's Anthroposophy or "spiritual science" would be very helpful, it is not out of the question that those who do not yet have this acquaintance will understand much of what is important here.

But in order to grasp the underlying realities of the socio-political realm, one must break free of the "black magic" of mass mind-control, especially of that exerted by the mass-media. It is a commonplace that in politics, as in religion, deep emotions and prejudices are aroused in the human soul. These emotions are shaped in the "mass-man" by influences arising from deceptive, deliberately evil intentions of the hidden powers that control the "opinion-making" organs of society. This fact is no less true in "free" Western, "democratic" societies than in the plainly "totalitarian" ones. And these influences tend to shape the mind of the would-be "Anthroposophist" no less than the mind of the ordinary "man in the street". -- Bondarev calls upon his readers, especially the Anthroposophists, to free themselves from this mass mind-control, and he argues throughout against those who, in his estimation, do not achieve this inner freedom.

Thus, this book is somewhat polemical, and Bondarev is a "polemicist" in the best sense of the word. He seems to this reviewer to be somewhat like the early Christian polemicist Tertullian, who, as Rudolf Steiner remarked, wrote in a holy passion. Bondarev does not mince words; he confronts head-on those he sees as supporting falsehood. So it is not very surprising that Bondarev has his enemies, especially within the Anthroposophical Movement: not surprising, that is, if one assumes that Anthroposophists behave like ordinary partisans and not like philosophers.

Unhappily, the controversy over the deleted passages and the accusations of "anti-Semitism" seem to have largely overshadowed the real substance of the book. Those deleted passages amounted to only a few, inconclusive, almost parenthetical remarks in a big book, of which the central theme is not the "Holocaust" as such, but, as the title suggests, occult politics.

(And this big book is but one of Bondarev's many big books. His output is prodigious, and still growing. His German-language editions are available here:
http://www.lochmann-verlag.com/bondarew%20info%20a.htm )

Bondarev's treatment of this theme of occult politics is unusually deep and wide, even by contemporary Anthroposophical standards. Thus, the purpose of these present Web pages is, in part, to attempt to overcome this "overshadowing" and to bring forth something of the book's real and important substance.

To that end I am presenting four complete chapters from the book, linked here:

Chapter Two: "On the Question of Christian Ethics"
Chapter Twelve: "Middle Europe"
Chapter Sixteen: "The Spiritual Configuration of Europe"
Chapter Nineteen: "Good and Evil; The 'Inexpressible' Mystery of Evil"

I also include below some excerpts that I typed out from the Willby edition. (Please be aware that the text here may contain my typographical errors or omissions.) These excerpts follow a few remarks (from a few years ago) by the translator Graham Rickett.

(NOTE: The fact that I am trying to promote awareness of Bondarev's work should not be taken to imply that I necessarily agree with every word he wrote. In fact, a few of his statements seem questionable to me, and I think I have spotted a few small but definite errors. But I do believe that these shortcomings are very minor in the context of the overall achievement of this book. Thus, I am trying to bring this significant and vital book to a wider readership.)


Remarks by Graham Rickett

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Notes on the Russian Author Gennadi Bondarev -

G.Bondarev (b. 1936) began to be active in Anthroposophical work in Moscow during the Soviet period. In those days exceptional courage was needed to engage in, and especially to lead, activities of this kind which were declared illegal. Despite the interrogations by the KGB to which Bondarev was periodically subjected it was possible for him to carry through with his group a study of Rudolf Steiner's lectures on the occult background of political events in modern times. His major publication Crisis of Civilization can be seen as a fruit of this intensive work. This book is so far the only [work] to have been translated into English. . . .

Bondarev has also written The Awaiting Culture (available in Russian and German) which is a history of the development of the "Russian soul", as illustrated in the great works of Russian artists, beginning with the icon-painters. And he has published (in German) a four-volume work Triune Man of Body, Soul and Spirit in the Light of Anthroposophy . . . .

Readers . . . may be interested to obtain short translated excerpts from books mentioned above: 1. a critique (6 pages A4) of the work of Carlos Castaneda (from Triune Man ...... Vol. 1); and 2. a study (10 pages A4) of the mythology of J.R.R.Tolkien's works The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings (from The Awaiting Culture). Anyone wishing to receive a copy of either of these articles should send their details plus a contribution for photocopying, postage, to me at address given below.

Bondarev's work is extraordinarily rich and many-sided. His greatest strength, and that in which, in my opinion, he surpasses all living Anthroposophical authors, is his creative, philosophically and methodically grounded interpretation of Rudolf Steiner's spiritual science, as in, for example, Triune Man .... and The Archangel Michael ......

Graham Rickett
5 West Tynings
Nailsworth, Stroud
Glos. UK
GL60EH


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Robert Mason may be reached at:
robertsmason_99@yahoo.com.
Please make the subject line relevant to the topic, so that your message does not get thrown out with the spam.

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I do have this address for Bondarev himself. I think that he is fluent in German; I don't know whether he understands English. --

G. Bondarew
Froburgstrasse 11
CH-4052 Basel
Schweiz (Switzerland)
[Note Oct. 2013: I don't know whether this address is still valid.]


Here follow some excerpts that I made from Crisis; the text within {braces} are my remarks or paraphrases.

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{METHODOLOGY}

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"The method of spiritual science allows us at all times and in all situations to advance to the archetypal ('Ur') phenomena underlying everything; it allows the phenomena to speak for themselves without being marked with the stamp of our pre-formed conceptions. It is obvious that the phenomena will then reveal themselves in their fullness: as a sensible-supersensible reality.

"Where objects of nature, the cognition of nature-phenomena is concerned, many Anthroposophists are well able to cultivate knowledge in this way. But soon as the life of society is under consideration, hardly anyone can think Goetheanistically. A tangle of preconceived opinions and passions arises straight away and trivial fanaticism rears its head. If this happens while this book is being read, the author will not, for the rest of his life, be able to free himself from the labels that will be attached to him." [p. 11]

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"Through self-knowledge objectified in history a man can ascend to the consciousness-soul. This is why the forces standing in opposition to the development of the consciousness-soul epoch try to falsify the history of nations in every conceivable manner. In this way the emergence of the personality can be distorted with great effectiveness. A special but populous class is created -- we would call it the 'junk-intelligentsia' -- that is influenced by the suggestive working of the mass-media and historical lies. This social class, to which the majority of young people already belong, represents a huge threat to the spiritual development of the whole of humanity." [p. 100]

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". . . Rudolf Steiner said . . . The battle against the spirit has always been, and will in future remain, in the background of all outer events. And from the other side of the ocean, from the opposite pole, echo the words of F.D. Roosevelt: Nothing happens by chance in politics! And when an event takes place, we can be certain it was planned. It only remains to add that all events in our time are politicized through and through." [p. 108]

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"The very emergence of Anglo-American imperialism, occult-political in its innermost nature, is itself a consequence of the spiritual crisis of civilization, the crisis of knowledge. Therefore the path to its resolution lies solely in true knowledge; but only spiritual science is in a position to remedy the lack of knowledge." [p. 115]

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". . . we believe that people who have already fallen victim to the 'black magic' of the press should not have access to this book at all. All that the author still dares to hope for at present is that there may exist a small circle of people whose sense for truth is not extinguished, and who are willing to make every effort to ascertain what are the methods of spiritual science and the nature of its fruits of knowledge. Such people should, on a purely ideal basis, unite together in the world. They should create and oasis . . . ." [p. 143]

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"The violent madman . . . . His mental disorder is of a special kind -- it is the logic of the ahrimanic intellect which is altogether inappropriately applied to the social life of human beings." [p. 205]

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"One of the most important requirements of the spiritual-scientific method of cognition is that all phenomena should be observed in the development." [p. 241]

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"Because of its method of cognition, Anthroposophy cannot be reconciled with any form of old occultism. Its method is such that it undergoes qualitative changes in accordance with the object of cognition; whether it (the object) is organic or inorganic, whether it is human society or the human being. In one of his earliest works Outlines of a the {sic} Theory of Knowledge of the Goethean World-view Rudolf Steiner writes: In the organic world the type plays the same role as a natural law in the inorganic world. Just as this gives us the possibility to perceive each event as a member within a larger whole, the type allows us to perceive the individual organism as a special instance of the archetypal form (GA2, p. 104-105).

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"When we study the manifestations of the inorganic world we seek for a possibility to trace them back in their particular quality to the working of the universal law. In the science of organic nature the investigator seeks to derive the variety of forms from the archetype, the phenomenon from the archetypal phenomenon. The law governs the manifestation, which as type merges with the individual living beings, identifies with them.

"The human being cognizes the laws with the help of his understanding, with abstract thinking, within whose sphere the theory of knowledge can be equated with the science of the inorganic. The type is cognized by means of the power of perceptive judgment (anschauende Urteilschaft), i.e. with the help of a thinking capacity that differs qualitatively from the power of understanding.

"The humanities, social and political research also rest on the foundation of the primal (Ur-) phenomenon. In other words, anthroposophical spiritual science has a complex methodology of its own. For this reason the same evolutionary discrepancy exists between it and the present level of both materialistic science, and the esoteric science of old occultism." [p. 294]

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{THE HIDDEN CAUSES OF THE CRISIS}

{The I-development of the Consciousness-Soul Epoch is opposed by occult-political conspiracies, which themselves derive form the "conspiracies" of the spiritual adversary-beings Lucifer, Ahriman, the Asuras, and Sorat. The social, economic, and political disasters of the 20th Century were not natural, blind developments but were planned, and these plans were coordinated by an inner core, a hidden center of occult-political conspirators. The world crisis is at base a crisis of consciousness, since the driving force of social evolution is the evolution of human consciousness.}

"The deepening world-crisis is not the consequence of a natural necessity but of a crisis of the human spirit, of cognition and of consciousness. The solution must therefore be sought in this realm." [p. 7]

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"Every human being is engaged in this {spiritual, occult, political, social} battle, on the outcome of which both our Earthly and cosmic destiny depends. . . . We must be quite clear about what we have to do, how we must behave in order truly to serve God and not Mammon. In other words: continuous research into the nature of those forces that lie behind all human relations is of crucial importance.

"Some might respond that this task of cognition is too difficult for many people. Very well, but the responsibility borne by those able to grasp historical symptomatology is all the greater. . . .

". . . it is rather a lack of will than of ability if someone does not know the background of events." [p. 27]

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". . . Only knowledge of both world-forces mentioned above {i.e. Jesuitism and Freemasonry} can bring understanding of the origins of the crisis of civilization . . ." [p. 29]

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"The hierarchies take upon themselves the battle with the forces of evil. They have the power to do so. We aid them through recognition of the continuously growing manifestations of luciferic-ahrimanic activity in the ever-changing world. Without our cognition these forms and techniques remain an unconquerable power. -- Knowledge is power.

If only enough people would have the impulse today to say: we have first of all to gain insight into these things, the rest would follow! (Dec. 12, 1918, GA 186)." [p. 29]

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* * *      

"Anthroposophy is the last hope for the world, so long as the capacity for the renewal of life still lies in it, the power to understand events and find a sure orientation within them. Because the first thing that one can do is to try to understand things, to penetrate them. Then thoughts will be there that are forces and will have their effect. (Jan. 15, 1917, GA 174). . . .

". . . And especially if one wants to have insight into social matters, it is essential for waking life that above all we have the will to acquire insight. . . . A great deal can be accomplished if only we have the earnest will first of all to gain insight. All else will then come. . . . it is unspeakably tragic if people cannot decide at least to get to know the social laws spiritual-scientifically, to study them. The rest will come, if they are studied. (Dec. 12, 1918, GA 186).

". . . . the question: to know or not to know? is identical with another: To be or not to be?" [p. 62]

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"Only what is able to appeal to the Holy Chalice, the Mystery of Golgatha, can withstand the world-wide unity of Ahriman. But, for this, spiritual freedom is necessary, the ability to penetrate the secrets of the world right down to their archetypal phenomena, as well as the ability to bring life to moral intuitions." [p. 82]

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". . . . the destiny of mankind depends upon the destiny of Anthroposophy. . . . every incorrect idea, particularly in the soul of a human being who has 'crammed' into himself a great quantity of occult knowledge, brings about destruction in the world of the spirit, of the hierarchies. . . .

". . . .

". . . all others {who do not consciously destroy Anthroposophy} are called to save the world through understanding." [p. 110]

". . . 20th century mankind has been condemned to the immeasurable sacrifices of human beings for the sake of one goal: to allow criminal politicians in their pact with the infernal forces to rule over this humanity with complete arbitrariness. And so long as one celebrates the victory of 'Bolshevism' or 'American democracy' over 'Fascism' . . . of 'Humanism' over the 'Forces of Darkness', etc., so long as human beings do not recognize the true origins of their sufferings -- then these sufferings and the dark occult-political stratagems of war will never cease." [p. 131-2]

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". . . the quest for truth {about occult politics} is growing, because it is the wish of the Gods themselves." [p. 143]

* * *      

"In our time it is extremely dangerous to ignore the fact that the culture of humanity is in the stage of transition from group to individual consciousness. . . .

"The modern human being, if he wishes to participate in cultural evolution, takes on an entirely individual task. But to begin with, this bears the seal and the specific quality of the national culture and, correspondingly also (by way of karma) of the entire soul-spiritual constellation of the individuality." [p. 188]

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". . . all demons of evil let loose to destroy Germany, to spiritually lame Russia, to prevent Europe from fulfilling its spiritual task." [p. 195]

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"For an understanding of all that is happening in the world today it is of fundamental importance to know that we live in the epoch of a twofold coming: the decisive coming of Christ in the world of the etheric forces and the imminent coming of Ahriman in the physical body. The first takes place in full freedom for the human beings who confess to it; the second works by means of lies and violence." [p. 203]

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"It is given to us {Anthroposophists} to transform the powerful thoughts of social threefolding into the real, healthy sense of history, which is none other than a form of human existence in which man determines the meaning, the tasks and goals of his development. This is the reason why the forces of evil have brought history to a standstill -- in order to abolish the autonomy of the human personality. This is also why it is most important to help the human spirit to come to its rightful existence again. Social threefolding creates the ultimate conditions for the fulfilling of this most urgent task in our century." [p. 238]

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". . . to know something about the foundations of morality. In this knowledge humanity receives the . . . divine gift {through Anthroposophy} , the knowledge of reincarnation and karma. . . .

"Without this concrete spiritual-scientific knowledge (which should not be confused with popular, extremely fashionable mystical babble), modern man seems to have arrived at a certain dead, 'latent' point in evolution, from where we can move backwards, to the animal-state, and also forwards, to wisdom and love. To enable man to find the strength to overcome such 'dead' points of existence, Anthroposophy sheds light on its great universal connections. Then knowledge becomes force in us. We learn to know what really stirs human optimism, what works within us, long before we begin to grasp the secrets of existence, as instinctive wisdom, as an inborn inclination to the good." [p. 275-6]

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{Steiner:} "Decline is so rapid that there is but little time left to us." (Oct. 17, 1920, GA 200).

{Steiner:} "Humanity does not know that it is dancing on top of a volcano. (Jan, 2, 1906, GA 93). (And how it is dancing today!)

{Steiner:} "The world stands today not only before the danger of drowning in the ahrimanic, but the world stands before the danger that the earth mission will fail. (July 18, 1920, GA 198).

". . . .

"Rudolf Steiner said all this in the first quarter of our century. But at that time he thought that civilization had a chance of survival if people turn to the spiritualization of culture based on spiritual science, if they would accept social threefolding. Since then, countless steps in the opposite direction have been taken. Nevertheless, no-one has the right to give up in despair." [p. 287]

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". . . it must be stressed that when we speak of the dark occult-political forces we must in no way equate them with the nations in whose sphere they prey for a time and in whose name they speak.

"The material culture of Europe and America appears by now like a hard shell. But this is only one side; the other is its hidden kernal. If this could be brought to the light of day, then something would emerge that is born of a healthy spirit. . . ." [p. 288]

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"What is to be said of those who falsify this spirituality, who prevent its free access to humanity?

"One can observe that those who have, for reasons of fate that are unknown to us, taken up this terrible task live in a state of half-instinctive fear. The power they have gained in our midst is built solely on our weakness; but they live constantly with the thought: 'If they move but one finger we are lost.' -- But we do not move our finger, indeed -- we voluntarily submit to the power of sssuch people!

"'Where are they? I cannot see any', one or another sleeper will ask. Of course, nothing can be seen if you keep your eyes closed. One must first learn to recognize the symptoms, to become a Goetheanist in the broadest sense. People who are deformed in the Lodges and Orders bear the mark of it in their countenance. Everything that is employed as a gesture, a movement, a word in the occult brotherhoods of the West has an effect on the human etheric body, on the subconscious (cf. Apr. 4, 1916, GA 167). And soon this effect finds its specific expression in the entire human being. Even a simple ideology alters the appearance of its bearer." [p. 288-9]

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{MASS MIND-CONTROL}

"The ordinary person of today -- as a product of school education and of mass-culture -- is implicitly the total destroyer in every sphere of activity. For this reason civilization in its present form is doomed to ruin and Anthroposophy bears within it the only hope for the salvation of the world, for it alone provides the means for the transformation of man himself." [p. 90]

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"At every news-stand today, every meeting of atheists, monists, politicians, we encounter ritual black magic. And often we find it in anthroposophical gatherings too. It is even delivered to people's homes free of charge, and this continues until a man him self consciously says: 'It is enough!' And if anyone thinks thinks that he has to keep silent for the sake of balance and harmony, which are in any case non-existent, then this advice can only be followed by one who has neither reason nor heart." [p. 114]

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"The lie has already 'struck' the ether-body of the human being. When a true word is spoken, irregular 'beats' occur in the interplay of nervous system and circulation, resulting in hysteria. The spirit-being of the lie causes a mutiny in the astral body, and cannot be exorcised by arguments or explanations since it is already rooted in the ether-body, into which it enters by way of the rational soul which has been suggestively influenced by the press. A person of this sort, when confronted with truth, experiences fits of suffocation and a rush of blood to the head. A discussion with him is therefore senseless, foolish and dangerous. To stick to his old prejudice -- to the lie -- is for him a question of being and not only of consciousness." [p. 122]

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"It must not be forgotten that, since the First World War, no people of the earth can resist any {occult-political} manipulation whatever that is undertaken against it." [p. 126]

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". . . Western conditions. It turned out that censorship exists there -- albeit not in the same form {as in the USSR} -- just as it does with us. In the West the individual is so trained, that of himself he will not pick up a book if the opinion-shaping organs 'advise against it'. In Russia most people behaved in this way for the simple reason that one was severely punished for reading forbidden literature. But the Western intellectual already fears the theoretical possibility of not just punishment, but even the tiniest possible disadvantage to his career. Even minimal contact with a way of thinking and viewing things, that deviates from the official (propagandistic) one, he experiences as a lessening of his comfort in life, and he therefore avoids it completely. That it could have consequences for the world and ultimately for his own destiny too -- this thought he pushes aside, he does not want to face it. In short: the security forces in the West do not need to persecute the representative of the intellectual life -- they have tamed him socially. . . . The few individuals who take up the struggle for truth nevertheless, risk everything, just as we do in Russia: their freedom as well as their life.

"We already spoke of disturbances and arrhythmia in the nervous system and blood circulation suffered by a Western intellectual if he inadvertently stumbles upon the truth. This phenomenon appears particularly repellent in people who claim to be socially awake, or who have even freely taken upon themselves the obligation to stand consciously in their time." [p. 165]

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"Yes, cruel indeed is the image of the Orwellian boots that trample on the human countenance, but still more cruel is the filthy shoe of the intellectuals, which is planted on the face of culture.

"It is worth looking at the faces of the station's broadcasters, as they constantly appear on the post-Soviet television screen: inflated, haughty, but -- most important -- ominous, pervaded by the dark spirit of the occult political background, and demonstrating with their whole being what the 'black magic' of journalism is." [p. 219]

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"An especially effective means whereby direct magical influence is exercised in the world by the ahrimanic brotherhoods is the spreading of lies that are virtually identical with the truth. Most anthroposophists, too, are powerless against this. People are very willing to swim with the stream of propaganda that has been thoroughly instilled into them by the mass-media, and of opinions, ideas and judgments that have become habitual. Because these have already found entrance into the ether-body, people are indignant, furious even, when facts are presented, which expose lies that have already become a part of themselves.

"We will now speak of the press and the mass-media. Rudolf Steiner describes them as *black magic and tells of the existence of a whole range of editorial offices (the overwhelming majority today), which have 'two doors': the usual one and the 'sliding door', through which one has access to the occult brotherhoods. . . ." [p. 95]

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{THE BASIS OF OCCULT-POLITICS, THE 'CENTER'}

"By passing on the setting of aims to men, the divine world has withdrawn somewhat from human affairs in order to provide each one of us with the possibility to realize the free spirit within. But every advance also contains a lagging behind. What is old and outlived is not willing to give way, and tries to prolong its anachronistic existence by various illegitimate means. Thus destructive forces arise within civilization and culture; forces of decline and disintegration. They are rooted in the individual man as well as in certain spheres of the spirit and are today directed in particular against the strengthening of human individuality. They seek to destroy the human 'I' in one way or another and to bring about a retrogression to group-consciousness. If these forces are not held in check they will destroy everything. They bear with them a danger for the entirety of human existence and it is therefore futile to seek a compromise with them." [p. 26]

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{Old Romanism, Jesuitism, captured the Catholic bureaucracy and is opposed by Anglo-Saxonism/Freemasonry, which itself becomes an Imperium and opposes the emerging 'I' consciousness of the German peoples and the transition to the next, German-Slavic epoch}

"Known concepts such as Jesuitism and Freemasonry do not by any means encompass the entire range of those forces today, but serve on the contrary to veil the deeper content of the forces in the background. These terms must be treated carefully. It is more important to understand the forces themselves than to rely on conceptual labels -- whose content ever changes -- thereby risking being hypnotized by them. The opposing forces often attach these labels to each other in order to confuse the mass of ignorant 'lay people' and pull them to the one side or the other. But it would also be wrong to think such concepts to be entirely without content.

"The 'Ghosts of the Old Testament' . . . as relics of the Roman Imperium on one hand, and the occult-political forces of the Anglo-Saxon world frozen into group-egoism on the other, constitute in their bitter mutual struggle the primary phenomenon of all disaster in the social, political, economic and spiritual life of the epoch of consciousness-soul. A second -- the great East-West polarity -- suprerimposes itself upon this archetypal phenomenon." [p. 27]

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"Jesuitism, Pan-Americanism (Britannicism), bolshevism -- harbour within them mighty destructive forces that are able to send the whole of civilization to the grave, rob the entire earth-development of its meaning; indeed, destroy the whole planet." [p. 49]

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"If in addition we consider that something {develops} that tends towards the absorption of Britannicism into 'Pan-Anglo-Americanism (May 21, 1918, GA 181), and that Jesuitism and Americanism ... are two very, very related things (Aug. 18, 1918, GA 183), then a certain 'Doppelgaenger' aspect of the dialectic law of unity and conflict of opposites will be revealed as a law of the development of the human spirit which leads to infernal sociality and thereby prevails as a law of the total destruction of civilization.

"In all institutions of Society Latinism (Jesuitism) and Americanism (Freemasonry) are antipodes -- an expression of the polarity of luciferic and ahrimanic forces. But both are ruled by a pronounced tendency to materialism and are furthermore united in the intention to find an impulse through which one could put oneself in a position to lead people away from an understanding of the Christ (Aug. 19, 1918, GA 183).

* * *      

"Therefore we may rightfully speak of a certain 'inverted dialectic' contained in the luciferic-ahrimanic opposition to Christ. In its highest aspect this dialectic leads to the creative synthesis of opposites, just as it was described with genius by Hegel and divined by Socrates. In its negative aspect Marx used dialectics for his sociology. Nowadays it is called a 'conspiracy theory' and is also discussed in the anthroposophical press. It is disputed whether forces exist that are striving for world-domination, or whether economic conflict or the desire for total control over the spiritual activity of people are the possible motives. . . .

"If reality exists for us as a complicated sense-supersensible interweaving, the concept of the 'natural' must be regarded as synonymous with the concept of lawfulness, which is rooted in both spheres of reality. The laws of dialectics as an organic part of the totality of the laws governing world-development inevitably lose their natural character in their 'inverted' sense, in their reversed application. Thus that which dialectics brings, in the one case, as a revelation of the divine creative intention, is in the other case expressed by it in the usurpation of the divine goal of development, which is the nascent self-conscious, free individuality. 'Conspiracy theory' is therefore immanent in the falsification of the spiritual laws of development of 'I'-consciousness. This is, as it were, its methodological foundation.

"All earthly events that testify to the existence of a 'conspiracy' are merely a consequence of the meta-historical-cosmic-transcendental 'conspiracy' of the luciferic-ahrimanic forces against the divine hierarchies." [p. 52]

* * *      

"We are approaching the year 1998, where the number of the ahrimmanic rhythm -- 666 -- will be repeated for the third time. In the period of time around his 'jubilees' Ahriman intensifies his striving to anticipate future developments, and prevent their occurrence at the right time. In the surrounding world active preparation is taking place for the second impulse of the Academy of Gondishapur, this time almost on the scale of mankind as a whole." [p. 55]

* * *      

"The exercise of power in an ahrimanic form hindered and lamed the development of the consciousness-soul in a large number of socialistically-oriented countries. In the rest of the world the impulse of the consciousness-soul was stifled in the chaos of immorality, of 'everything is allowed' . . . . The personality is emancipated because the present time demands it and at the same time it is everywhere weakened, only to be hardened in the next moment in an even more rigidly ahrimanized social structure. The next step on this path will be to disconnect people from the leadership of the folk-spirits, the archangeloi, through a mixing of the nations and races, through abolition of a differentiated approach to the question of emancipation. . . . Under the pretence of liberating the personality they {the Marxists} subjected it to a form of unified slavery. Today this method appears to have fulfilled its purpose. In its place another is used to create globally and on a unified basis the semblance of the emancipated personality, where in reality emancipated cripples of soul and spirit already now appear. But this means that the new impulse of Gondishapur allows the so-called evil race to arise in humanity before its time. This race is supposed to appear only in the distant future. They would be people who consciously reject the principle of the emancipation that takes place with the help of the Christ-power. They would develop an extreme egocentricity leading to the 'war of each against all'. In that race all that is national would also have been overcome, but in a different way than in the 'good race', which would then bear the name 'Michaelic' (after the archangel Michael). Human beings would be led to this race by the folk-spirits, by way of the cultural process. And on this path Social Threefolding should become the form of the life of society in our time." [p. 56]

* * *      

"This {"conflict management" by a "unified center" at the high degrees} , one may say is the main methodological principle behind the activity of all secret societies in the world today. Without knowledge of it we keep coming up against contradictions in the, at times, relentless struggle waged by representatives of one order against another. In this conflict the physical elimination of members of the opposing Lodge, of those on the profane level, is permitted, not to mention the masses living in the territory governed by the warring Lodges. But at the same time we can observe in the first place a certain unity of goals in the superior of bitterly antagonistic Orders. And secondly, against all those who are knowingly or unknowingly caught up in this battle one uses the tactic of 'two daggers'. Whoever draws back in fear from the one must himself dash into the other." [p. 73]

* * *      

{Steiner:} "For there certainly are people in higher places who are Freemasons as well as Jesuits. . . ."

{Steiner:} ". . . Superiors of the Freemasons and superiors of the Jesuit community belong to the higher degrees of a special brotherhood, form a state within a state encompassing the others."

". . . we must not forget that it is only those of high degrees who lead the destinies of the occult Orders and of world politics." [p. 77]

* * *      

"At the end of the 20th century the existence of a unified centre of power invisibly guiding the affairs of the world is no longer a secret." [p. 78]

* * *      

"If one wanted, with the help of commonly-used terminology, to formulate a conclusion that might serve as {a} guideline for those who strive to be awake in the present it would have to sound something like this: Through the Inquisition the Catholic form of Christianity was compromised absolutely and irrevocably. Regardless of whether there are still truly faithful Christians in the Catholic Church, whether honest people dedicated to a spiritual quest still exist in the Lodges -- both directions have been usurped in their essential being through the hierarchy of power by the forces of evil. The Masonic elite plays with hell; the Catholic (the Jesuits, the 'Opus Dei') consciously wages war against heaven. The first -- proclaiming internationalism -- sets naaations under the power of the ahrimanic double of the folk spirits. The second, proclaiming political nationalism, battles against the archangelic leaders of the peoples in order to subject them to the leadership of the luciferic double -- the demons of nationalism.

"Both directions come to a synthesis in the asuric spirit of the time, which stands in total opposition to the legitimate time-spirit -- the Archangel Michael -- in that it strives to disconnect culture, the spiritual life, spiritual creativity, from the inspirations of the folk spirits and the genius of language (since it is internationalist); and in that it attempts to subject socio-political, inter-state relations to the narrow-minded egoism of nations, the nationalistic striving for isolation, which was intended to play an increasingly subordinate role.

"It is the Janus-headed, asuric character of the distortion of Christian civilization in its entirety that confuses those people who try to understand events." [p. 79]

* * *      

"The secret occult societies who are preparing the incarnation of Ahriman intend to subject the entire earth to the rulership of materialism." [p. 90]

* * *      

{Steiner:} "In our time there are already people whose materialistic drive is so strong that they strive to acquire the means that will enable them to exert an influence in the material world after death ... these are centres of a certain ceremonial magic.

". . . . when we {living members of the "brotherhoods"} come face to face with other, weaker people from outside such societies, we will be able to exercise a certain heightened magical power over them. When we utter a word, when we deliver a speech, then these dead souls will be working through us, because we are prepared through having been entwined in the rituals of ceremonial magic.

"There is a great difference whether a person, let us say, is standing honestly, simply in the cultural processes of our time and ... holds a parliamentary speech ... or whether a person is involved in circles of ceremonial magic, is thereby strengthened with the power-impulses of certain dead souls and now with these impulses holds the parliamentary speech or writes the newspaper article (Jan. 20, 1917, GA 174)." [p. 92]

* * *      

"A very special kind of human being is created with the help of ceremonial magic, because it has nothing to do with either bribery or the striving for power. No, an answer is offered to the question of the meaning of existence as a whole. Hope for ahrimanic immortality, Rudolf Steiner tells us, lives today in more people than you might think. . . .in the same measure as one grows in immortal mortality ... in ahrimanic immortality, so does one lose consciousness of the other, the true, genuine immortality. . . . Such societies are, as a rule, so organized that the ceremonial magic is intended to work particularly on the unsuspecting . . . . a small number gather together, who actually only ... make use of the others as their instruments (Jan. 20, 1917, GA 174)." [p. 93]

* * *      

"Catholicism, National Bolshevism, Britannicism, Socialism-Bolshevism, materialism, secret societies -- they represent that gigantic association of atavistic forces, where the ghosts of the Old Testament hold sway. And only in a true affirmation of the Christ, to which Anthroposophy leads, are contained the new forces of development that are able to overcome the crisis." {Of course, in speaking of such "atavistic" movements, Bondarev is not saying that the majority of their adherents are necessarily aware of the true nature of the movements. Such consciousness is usually found only in the very few who guide these movements from the esoteric core.} [p. 152]

* * *      

"We need only to consider the 'Jahveizing' of the entire civilization, the unity of the highest leadership of the Orders and Lodges, where Rabbis and Monsignori sit together most amicably. It is there that National Socialism (or Fascism) was 'invented'." [p. 166]

* * *      

"Occult-political forces of any kind, that become a tool of ahrimanic or luciferic spirits -- or of their new manifestations, the Asuuuras -- are willing to use any means available to attain their goal. In one of his lectures Rudolf Steiner speaks of the occult foundations of terrorism. He speaks of how, through prepared mediums, secrets of the spiritual world are gained with the help of the souls who are violently forced out of their bodies; how one gains knowledge of what wants lawfully to take place in the world, in order then by means of expert knowledge to falsify the healthy impulses of development. The same purpose is served by the binding of the souls of the dead to the earthly plane through mummification of their bodies." [p. 212]

* * *      

{Steiner:} "There is throughout the Middle Ages . . . a grandiose preparation for the engendering within the man, of the other sex in a spiritual way. . . . This is why throughout the middle Ages the Mary-cult arose in preparation. . . . an Order appeared which . . . wants to win back female wisdom. The aim is rulership of the world, which is to be conquered. If someone wants to leave ancient wisdom as it is, then he has to conquer the world for the sake of old forces. Such an Order exists: it is the Jesuit Order. It has consciously set itself this task." {"Female" Jesuitism opposes "male" Freemasonry.} [p. 263]

* * *      

"Their {the Orders', Brotherhoods', and Lodges'} high-degree Masters know no less than we that Christ is God and that everything written in the gospels is true. But they say to themselves: We no longer want as our leader the Christ, who is the leader through this normal world; we want a different leader, we want to be in opposition to this normal world. Such people, trained by means of ceremonial magic, receive *the idea that this world of ahrimanic forces is actually a much stronger spiritual world (than the world of Christ). That, above all, they can continue what they have acquired here in physical life, that they can make immortal the material experiences of physical life (Jan. 22, 1917, GA 174)." [p. 94] {They will call Ahriman "Christ".}

* * *      

". . . .in the place of the old hereditary aristocracy a new one -- the aristocracy of the Lodges -- enters the world today. Under the veil of the process of democratization since the 16th century -- says Rudolf Steiner -- there has grown increasingly the striving of a few to acquire rulership over entire peoples. . . .

". . . . already in our age the conditions are being created for the division of humanity into two races: the evil and the good race. All those who cannot overcome materialism, the magic of materialism, will in time belong to the evil race." [p. 102]

* * *      

"It is not our business, as anthroposophists, to show how the Jesuits deride the Freemason and vice-versa, how the bolsheviks insult both groups and are abused in turn by them. All this is the well-organized wrangling on the lower levels of the occult societies. But why should we not pay attention to the facts they occasionally divulge in the excitement of their world-wide 'game of dialectics'? We have our own methods of cognition." [p. 112-3]

* * *      

"Rudolf Steiner speaks of countless young people who lost their lives in the war and laid aside their ether-bodies still filled with great life forces. These return again to the world and work for its good if human beings will turn their thoughts to the spiritual world. . . . but if everything remains unchanged, the sacrifices of the war will have been for naught!

". . . . The secret occult societies see their principle task in the battle for humanity not only in the use of developmental crises to instigate wars, but also in not allowing the power of sacrifice to be transformed into a noble service for humanity. It is for this reason that the true history of the wars is falsified in every imaginable way. . . . " [p. 113]

* * *      

"In the overall scenario the phase of preparation will flow into the phase of realization when Ahriman himself will intervene. The method is simplicity itself: First of all the horrors of socialism are 'staged' in order to instill in people a phobia for the word Socialism, thus putting an end, once and for all, to the idea of Social threefolding. Then one works with the horrors of racism, chauvinism and nationalism in order to create a phobia for what is national, thus abolishing the nations. Americanism hypertrophies individualism to the point of 'narcissism', thus weakening the personality before it can consolidate the individual 'I'. The lax, indifferent ideology of 'anything goes' serves this goal. And all this together serves as a tool to mix the nations and estrange them from the folk-spirits. In this we recognize the *Gondishapur of the 20th century." [p. 167]

* * *      

"All modern occult-political forces that hinder development through their activity behind the scenes are based ultimately on the partial justification of their strivings. It is of extreme importance to understand this peculiarity of the world-wide struggle in our time. This partial justification proves in reality to be worse than complete error, because it is rooted in the laws of development but stands in their way." [p. 193]

* * *      

". . . {good evolutionary impulses} are to a greater or lesser degree opposed by the unified forces of the anti-spiritual and anti-historic impulses . . . . The period of their emergence as separate entities has come to an end, as shown by the appearance of the Asuras in the political and cultural life of humanity. The unity of these forces is clearly manifest in the 20th century. Events like the wars of Germany with the USA and Russia may outwardly represent a contradiction, but they are at the same time merely episodes in the advance of these forces towards their one and only goal: to turn back the universal development of mankind. To this end the paralysis and oppression of Middle and Eastern Europe is essential. On the one hand wars further the attainment of this goal, and on the other, unions -- the mixing of all the peoples of Europe, and later the races, into a grey mass. But other methods are also projected." [p. 194]

* * *      

"Have patience, the time will come when Germany will fulfill its cultural-historical task, and then retire into the background and make way for others. But God grant that the latter does not happen today. For this would mean that the secret societies of the West would have succeeding {sic} in diverting the cultural impulse before its meeting with the Spirit Self, in forcing it further westwards. In this case one would have succeeded in making the fifth cultural epoch, in which the Anglo-Saxon race -- with full justification -- plays a leading role, eternal in a certain sense, in endowing it with a peculiar ahrimanic immortality. If this were to happen -- says Rudolf Steiner -- the sixth cultural epoch would indeed begin, but it would be transposed to South America and take effect only in a modified form. It would then come into contradiction with the spiritual laws of earth and cosmos. . . . The emergence of the evil race, as prophesied in the Apocalypse, would move forward at an accelerated pace. The black-magical Mysteries of Taotl would come to life with renewed force." [p. 195]

* * *      

"In the task of setting up the 'New World Order', the Jesuits and the secret societies of the West, one could also say Rome and Washington (and, in a more hidden form Moscow) work together, and at the same time each pulls in its own direction. . . . All these things together will then serve the new principles of the world rule. However, it does not promise social harmony, either at the end of this century or at the beginning of the next." [p. 234]

* * *      

"It is a purely Asuric idea to want to build an earthly paradise where man is not exposed to any risks.

"The majority of people will be led in the new epoch to a certain degree of individualization. Intellectualism will increasingly become a possession of the broader masses, but for the sole purpose of harnessing these masses completely to mechanized culture, to the extent that the human being will be incorporated as an element into the various mechanical-cybernetic systems of the future, and also, in part, of the present. The 'Highest' to which man can look up will be, instead of the Spirit Self, ahrimanic immortality, while the most varied cybernetic-parapsychological refinements will spread over the earth. . . . " [p. 279]

* * *      

"The entire social structure of the world assumes ever more distinctly the traits of a social anti-threefolding. In place of the equality of all human beings in the sphere of rights, we see emerging the world-wide rulership of a new, occult aristocracy. The spiritual life is shaped by means of magical hocus-pocus, of anti-aestheticism, and through the synthesis of pop-art and parapsychology.

"Economically one divides the world into the caste of rulers and the helots who work for them. It will not be long before, instead of the associations of free producers (communes, communities), we will see the proletarians of the future: pious beings living on the level of group-consciousness, and bound to machines through the use of occult forces." [p. 279-80]

* * *      

{LODGES, FREEMASONRY, ANGLO-AMERICANISM}

"Rudolf Steiner confirms the Freemasons' claim that their movement is a continuation of the secret societies and brotherhoods of the Greco-Latin epoch (Oct. 23, 1905, GA 93). We could add, of the Third, the Egyptian epoch too, if by this we mean the period of the decline of the Mysteries that continued into the Fourth cultural epoch.

"The phenomenon of Freemasonry, as a whole is many-layered. In earlier times it had, through a peculiar linkage of conditions, a relation to Manichaeism. The Masonic tradition of naming themselves 'Sons of the widow' originated here. A certain connection between Freemasonry and Rosicrucianism exists also (Nov. 11, 1904, GA 93). It began to devote itself to the entirely inadmissible conservation of old rituals and now lays claim to the leadership of humanity as a whole." [p. 32]

* * *      

"Not too long ago, however, it was not only mummified rites and 'cultural coquetry' that made up the content of Freemasonry. At least into the first half of the 19th century, there still existed very serious connections of Orders in which more was imparted than, for example, the average Freemason receives from his order today. They were able to transmit more because a certain longing in the hierarchy of angels exists to grasp the world of sense that is not immediately accessible to spiritual beings. And so the angels sent human souls, before they started on their path to earthly incarnation, so to speak as a test to still-serious occult Orders (Sept. 24, 1922, GA 216)." [p. 33]

* * *      
{The French Revolution was prepared in the Lodges. Saint-Germain held the highest degree, but he opposed the Revolution, because he believed humanity should develop slowly, not through revolutions.} [p. 35-6] {In 1905 Steiner took the highest degree and offered Freemasonry assistance; the offer was rejected.} [p. 36]

"The situation in the world is now such, that the other two spiritual streams, the 'people of the church' and 'the Lodges', lead the great tasks of humanity in a continuous battle over world history behind the scenes, and will continue to do so. But to find a solution -- is no longer given to them! From now on these tasks can only be fulfilled within the stream of esoteric Christianity that in the 20th century has taken the form of Anthroposophy." [p. 37]

{Steiner:} "What Christian Rosenkreutz with his Temple Legend had carried by the brotherhoods into the world is what the Rosicrucians (the Anthroposophists -- we can now rightly say) have taken up as their task: to teach not only religious piety but also science to the world and to gain knowledge not only of the outer world but of the spiritual powers also, and to enter the Sixth Round from both sides (Nov. 4, 1904, GA 93). [p. 38]

* * *      

"The positive task carried within a nation or race is anchored in its instincts. For this reason, in the sphere of English-speaking nations the intellect, the substance of the thinking spirit, is given as instinct. The economic impulse and the spiritually productive impulse -- explains Rudolf Steiner -- stand entirely in the shadow of what comes out of the instinctive impulse that tends towards the development of the consciousness-soul ( Dec. 8, 1918, GA 186). For this reason everything spiritual has to be materialized to a certain degree in these nations. . . .

"But these Anglo-Saxon peoples differ from one another in their inner dispositions. Those who settled in North America owe their existence to the retarded spirit of personality, who does not lead them to a development appropriate to the nature of today's cultural epoch (cf. June 8, 1910, GA 121). This is a fact of utmost importance for understanding American geo-politics and 'Americanism' as a cultural phenomenon." [p. 51-2]

* * *      

{Many American souls reincarnated from Asia; they do not enter their bodies quite rightly; they do not understand it; they view it in crude materialism.} [p. 52]

* * *      

{The Lodges, Scottish, York Freemasonry, bring the content of the third epoch, but devoid of the spirit, into the fifth epoch.} [p. 54]

* * *      

{The Anglo-Saxon world works for commercial-industrial world domination. The occultists use occult means illegitimately to further material interests. Steiner:} "Thus one works with occult means, no longer for the benefit of general humanity, but only for the benefit of a group" [p. 59]

* * *      

"The occult schools of England were founded, but their members were not able to advance to supersensible cognition, since the ether-body of modern man has become very inert. . . .

"The following dogma was fixed in these schools: The fourth cultural epoch, in which the Greco-Roman element was dominant, was succeeded by the fifth cultural epoch in which the Anglo-Saxon element prevails. The role of Britain was described as being that of a nurse to the child-like Slavic nations." [p. 60]

* * *      

". . . in truth it has long been the case that in the Lodges there are only a few individuals who remain faithful to the purely spiritual interests. The leadership, however, is without exception entangled in the most varied affairs going on behind the scenes." [p. 62]

* * *      

"Freemasonry is one of the most significant spiritual streams of humanity, but in its present form it is truly the grave-digger of culture as well as of civilization." [p. 63]

* * *      

{Many members of the Anglo-Saxon secret societies are possessed or ensouled illegitimately by elemental beings, who strive toward economic power, suppress self-consciousness, and suppress individual spiritual capacities.} "Empty phrases, lies, hostility to social threefolding, refined egoism, false mysticism- all these are attributes that these . . . beings cause to arise in us. . . . They infect civilization powerfully through the secret societies of the Anglo-Saxon race, which are responsible for every kind of spiritual, cultural and political mischief we meet in the world today." [p. 65-6]

* * *      

". . . one should not believe that the moral disintegration of humanity is a natural occurrence. The destruction is taking place deliberately and according to plan. And the actual purpose to which everything is directed is already apparent: the creation of favorable conditions for the incarnation of Ahriman." [p. 66]

* * *      
{Anglo-American imperialism:} "When the effect of the elemental beings of the kind mentioned above was added to the conservation of old cults in the Anglo-American secret societies, the 'priesthood' of the Lodges was seized with the fanciful ambition to assume a leading role in the guidance of humanity with the help of the mummified ceremonies (cf. Sept. 24, 1922, GA 216). [p. 68]

* * *      

{In the 1890s control of British politics finally passed completely into the hands of the manipulators behind the scenes.} [p. 69]

* * *      

{Steiner:} "As a parallel stream to the democratic one there arose the use of occult motifs in the various Orders ... They are not spiritual, because of their purposes and goals, but, let us say, there developed a spiritual aristocracy parallel to the democracy that was at work in the French Revolution, the aristocracy of the Lodge developed. If one wants as a person of modern times to see clearly in order to meet the world openly and understand it, then one should not let oneself be blinded by democratic logic, which is justified only in its own sphere, or by phrases concerning democratic progress etc. One would have also to point to the interposing of something that reveals itself in the attempt to give rulership to the few through the means available within the Lodges -- namely, ritual and its suggestive effect." [p. 71]

* * *      

"It must be admitted that Freemasonry did not surrender its positions at once. A struggle took place in which the healthy forces were finally overcome." {The good forces made the mistaken attempt to counter the increasing materialism of the 19th century through the use of "spirit mediums".} [p. 72]

* * *      

"The brotherhoods are at present thinking through in a comprehensive way the results as well as the miscalculations of the {Soviet} experiment so that a universal net can now be woven, whose meshes will be so tight that not even the smallest 'fish' will slip through. Once the net is complete, the whole of humanity will be enclosed in it. . . . The greater part of humanity will continue to be influenced by America, but not the America we know today. It will not be long after the year 2000 has come round, that not a direct, but a kind of prohibition on all thinking will issue from America, a law whose purpose will be the suppression of all individual thinking (Apr. 4, 1916, GA 167). [p. 83]

* * *      

"The initiates and the plutocratic principle . . . if it is not overthrown, it will not only destroy culture but also cause a global ecological catastrophe similar to that which befell Atlantis when a number of initiates had betrayed the Mysteries. The spiritual and ethical world of man is closely linked to the elementary spirits of nature. If we destroy this world, we also destroy the physical basis of the earthly existence of human beings.

"Above all the Anglo-Saxon nations must gain clarity in all these matters because Rudolf Steiner has already raised his voice in warning. I wanted to differentiate between this British people and those whom I call, to use a trivial expression, 'wire-pullers', who stand behind what happens . . . . it is his {the wire-puller's} will to rule the world (Jan. 6, 1917, GA 174). [p. 83]

* * *      

{The Brotherhoods have sought since James I that the Anglo-Saxons were to rule the world in the Fifth epoch, through sea-power and commerce.}

"And one is now on the way to the establishment of not only a commercial, but a spiritual world dictatorship."

". . . . {Steiner:} the doctrine, the conscious, strictly taught doctrine that all that is Roman, all that is Middle-European culture has to disappear from modern civilization, that the culture of the English-speaking peoples must prevail, must ascend to world-domination (Jan. 9, 1920, GA 196)." [p. 86]

* * *      

{The secret societies work especially through elements of the English-speaking peoples and through ceremonial magic.} [p. 90]

* * *      

". . . between February and October 1917. . . . The interim government, which consisted entirely of Lodge members, paralyzed all security functions of the state and handed over the power to the Bolsheviks, whose highest level also consisted of Lodge members, albeit of the more radical direction." [p. 198]

* * *      

"In hope of finding the lost word people of the past joined together in associations and brotherhoods to form spiritual communities. This is what Lodges of the Freemasons were originally. They would no doubt have recovered the word if they had not fallen a prey to political occultism . . . ." {They admitted only men, because the female larynx could not evolve into the new reproductive organ, and the male power would be lost by sharing the exoteric with women. But when the old, male Cain-wisdom was lost, women were admitted. But Anthroposophy unites male and female wisdom.} [p. 263]

* * *      

"Black-magical mysteries exist also in the West. Their leaders believe that they are already in complete control of the situation on our planet, and they do not wish the earth to be destroyed prematurely, which would be the aim of the Soviet 'red priests'. But to find an accommodation with 'red civilization' . . . is clearly impossible, as it has taken on an Asuric character." [p. 271]

* * *      

{ROMANISM, CATHOLICISM, JESUITISM, "OPUS DEI"}

"The Roman Caesars intended to resurrect the old Egyptian power structures with the priest-Pharaoh as Initiate at the head. Under threat of violence they had themselves initiated into the secrets of the mysteries, although inwardly they were entirely unprepared for it.

"During this time the first political occultism was born. The claim of Rome to world-domination now rested on supersensible knowledge. The aim arose to consciously prevent all world culture from developing the intellectual-soul . . . " [p. 39]

* * *      

{Steiner:} "It would not have worked (at all) {for Roman imperial purposes} if too many people had known of the Mystery interpretation of the Mystery of Golgatha. For it was felt instinctively that that which was to develop out of the Roman State was to contain nothing of the spirit. Church and the Roman State were wedded together. . . . Thus a form arose in which the old Roman Empire could make use of the power of Christianity and falsify its nature.

"This happened for the first time under Constantine, when the materialistic strivings of the Roman dignitaries, in harmony with the ahrimanized strivings of the Sadducees, united with the luciferic heritage of the Roman Empire in order to hold humanity at a distance from the consciousness-soul." [p. 40]

* * *      

"Rome is rigidly set on retaining only that which is of use for the intellectual soul and which prevents humanity from striving towards the consciousness-soul. But where this goal is achieved already, Rome tries in addition to restore the spiritual conditions of the epoch of the sentient soul, the Old Egyptian epoch with the priest-pharaoh." [p. 41]

* * *      

"Yes, the Church no longer destroys the sanctuaries of antiquity, but only because they are destroyed already. But it completely bars entry to the living culture of the epoch of the consciousness-soul. It does not oblige people to say that there is no God, but it clouds human consciousness, lets the place of God there, be taken by a luciferic Angel, who leads people to a materialism that is refined and consequently more difficult to eradicate (cf. Nov. 26, 1916, GA 172). [p. 42]

* * *      

"With the help of such {occult Jesuit} exercises a will is acquired that can work directly, violently, on the will of another human being (Oct. 5, 1911, GA 131). When this is grasped, it is easier to understand the success of the Jesuits in the world. . . . The Jesuits put Lucifer in the place of Christ; consequently Ahriman is in Lucifer's place. They sin against the Holy Spirit, says Rudolf Steiner." [p. 43]

* * *      

"Jesuitism lives by the power of the kind of authority that weakens human beings; and only among the weak can the Papacy consolidate its power in the epoch of the consciousness-soul. . . . This way of working is hypnotic in character." [p. 44]

* * *      

". . . it {the Jesuit polity in Paraguay} was black magic practised on the scale of an entire state, putting man into the condition of group-soul of that far distant epoch in which he was not yet man, but man-animal. The same experiment, we may add, is done in Russia." [p. 45]

* * *      

"The ideology developed by Catholicism in the fifth cultural epoch was brilliantly formulated by Count de Maistre (1754-1821). This Jesuit philosopher considered man to be a fallen creature. . . .

". . . . And it seems as though today the time has come in which de Maiste's ideas are the blueprint for a new movement that intends to lead Islam, the Eastern Church and Catholicism to synthesis in a unified Eurasian bloc and place it over against the decaying world of Pan-Americanism. This movement upholds tradition and the imperial form of organizing society, as a counter-weight to the process of Western emancipation that destroys the personality.

"The 'New Right' supports the restoration of the Middle Ages." [p. 57]

* * *      

"The greatest and at the same time most decisive damage done to Freemasonry came from the Jesuits." [p. 72]

* * *      

"Jesuitism, which draws support from Zionist racism, issuing it for the purpose of preparing a world-wide 'racial explosion'. And when this takes place it will not strike anyone as being a minor affair. In other words the world is moving towards, not a conservative, but a racist revolution." [p. 164]

{K. S. Mereshkovsky [p. 45-48] describes a future arch-Jesuitic "earthly Paradise" brought about by mass genocide and selective breeding, leading to a child-like remnant of humanity. Mereshkovsky's} ". . . thoughts serve once more as a confirmation of the fact that humanity sleeps, while Rome and the Jesuits, appearing today in the new form of the 'Opus Dei', are awake. Thanks to spiritual science we understand that political power cannot protect humanity from a reduction, a simplification of the human spirit. Only a spiritual battle can save us." [p. 48]

* * *      

"Within the machinations behind the scenes during the revolutionary events in Russia, parallel to the Bolshevik cadres, whose central core was prepared in the Lodges, the Jesuits were also active participants. We have already spoken of their method, first to let the Freemasons attain their original goals, in order then to appear as it were out of the background, infiltrate the ranks of the Freemasons and seize power for themselves by placing their own people in the leading positions without interfering with the power-structure as such." {This led to Stalinism.} [p. 198]

* * *      

{Usually the Freemasons tell the truth about the Jesuits, and vice versa.} [p. 212]

* * *      

{WORLD WAR II}

"If Hitler did not intend to fight against England in 1939, still less did he intend to invade the Soviet Union at this point, nor yet one year later, because scarcely a year lay between the elaboration of the 'Barbarossa' plan and the beginning of the war. What then did Hitler want? If one looks at the events occurring on the surface, which were greeted with enthusiasm even by those at the pinnacle of power -- half-amateurs as they were after all -- then the plans of National Socialism expended no further than the establishing of a kind of 'Holy Roman...' etc., but on a new -- socialistic -- basis. This was sufficient to completeeely paralyze a free spiritual development in the centre {Middle Europe}. . . . "But if we were to assume this intention to be the final truth of the matter, then this would mean to {overlook}. . . . the necessity of concentrating the global battle-concept in a unified centre {i.e. the occult-political center which controls and co- ordinates the various manifestations of Jesuitism, Anglo-Americanism, etc.}. This is exactly what happened in 1941, and it is vitally important to understand this above all else. In addition, world occurrences since 1914 must be recognized and grasped as a sequence of events linked together through a process of reciprocal determination {guided by the "unified center" according to the principles of infernal dialectics}. [p. 128]

* * *      

"The plan of the Second World War was as follows: The principle task always remained the same -- the greatest possible destruction of the population of Middle and Eastern Europe, because it is the bearer of spiritual renewal. These are, and we stress the fact yet again, the same goals, as those pursued in the First World War and the Thirty Years War, and also by Rome through the Crusades. . . .

". . . .

"{The ex-Soviet military analyst} Victor Suvorov {real name: Rezun} analyzed in precise detail and proved beyond a doubt that the Soviet Union put all its strength into preparing the war against Germany with the aim of spreading Bolshevism over the whole of Europe. . . . Could this correspond to the wishes of the Anglo-American world? Of course not. because since the 'eighties of the 19th century it had been inscribed in the plan that a desert was to arise in the place of Russia, a stage for socialistic experiments. Obviously the game of experimentation had gone somewhat too far. The outcome -- a dragon -- was becoming a threat to the shameless parents {i.e. the Anglo-American political occultists}. It had to be tamed by means of the forces of Middle Europe, and at the same time the opportunity would be taken to make these amenable once again.

"For the attainment of this goal Hitler was given the opportunity to subjugate the whole of Europe with comparative ease. . . .

"Preparations for the invasion of Germany were conducted in the USSR in such a way that everything possible was done behind the scenes to prevent the USSR from delivering the first stroke. In fact the successful attack of the German army was arranged in the USSR under the cloak of preparations for the war. This explains the mystery of the terrible defeats of the Soviet army in the first months of the war." [p. 129]

* * *      

"Hitler had thus been provided with all the conditions necessary for a successful 'first strike', and thereby the chances of both sides were somewhat balanced out. But everything was prepared for the subsequent defeat. Hitler began Operation 'Barbarossa' without no {sic} preparation! -- Suvorov writes. Why Hitler did this is likely forever to remain a mystery ... Hitler did nothing to prepare his army for war in Russia. There was no warm clothing for the soldiers; the weapon-grease was not frost-resistant. Where the lines of defence were concerned the German generals behaved similarly to the Russians." {i.e. neither side made use of its prepared fortifications} [p. 130-1]

* * *      

"{besides the Soviet abandonment of fortifications and the pre-war slaughter of much of the officer corps} Suvorov describes how many of the Soviet troops, who had assembled at the Western border on June 22, 1941, were left entirely without topographical maps. He lists a number of eyewitnesses." [p. 140]

* * *      

"The Soviet cadre army, consisting of millions of soldiers, was not only blind but bound hand and feet and transported to the Western frontier for one purpose: its destruction. For -- we repeat -- the main purpose of the Second World war was the greatest possible destruction of the population of Eastern- and Middle Europe. In order to prolong the war and 'balance' out somewhat the chances of Hitler and Stalin it was necessary to sacrifice the entire cadre army of the USSR and then put together an army of reservists. Therefore the theory that Stalin had prepared an attack on Hitler, but that the latter had forestalled him is also no more than a half-truth." [p. 141]

* * *      

{THE "HOLOCAUST"}

"There are people in Europe (one of them Irving, a prominent English historian) who suggested starting a lawsuit against them for their doubts, thereby enabling them to put forward the documentary foundation for their doubts {about the official version of the "Holocaust"}. They are not starting such a lawsuit. They simply get the label 'neo-Nazi' pinned to them, even if they are not Germans and are strongly opposed to National Socialism. I do not propose to judge either for or against these people. I simply state that all this looks rather strange, and no-one gives any explanation. Or to put it more accurately, they do give them, but in such a form: the position of such people is immoral; it is an outrage to the memory of the victims." [supplement #2]

* * *      

"It is known that poisoning by cyanide not only kills the body but, as it were, bursts apart the human soul, thereby extinguishing a part of the spiritual force of the sun and with it the physical existence of our planetary system. Even individual cases of death by cyanide shake the cosmos. 6 million such victims is a challenge to Heaven, to which there would be without fail a response, the minimum expression of which would be a global ecological catastrophe. Such an argument can only be understood if one studies spiritual science seriously and thoroughly." [p. 166 & supplement #3]

* * *      

"Acceptance of everything that official propaganda says about the Holocaust is prevented by knowledge of the links between, and the configuration of, the geo-political forces we have already dealt with in previous chapters. If one thinks about all this seriously, then the Holocaust was (I permit myself this expression) methodologically impossible. Of course for many people this is not an argument, but I address, not the many, but only those capable of understanding historical symptomatology." [supplement #4]

* * *      

"The Brothers and Monsignori of high degrees are no mean methodologists, even if in its reversed aspect. They understand that great historical processes cannot be guided if one pays attention to particulars and small details. It is enough to give the process the required direction, bring two forces into violent opposition with each other -- thereafter one needs only to keep general control over these forces. But below, where the 'dialectic' of the battle is played out, one even brings members of the Lodges and Orders to destroy one another. But this battle is always oriented towards a goal. Behind the intention to destroy the people of Russia is concealed the prevention of the sixth cultural epoch; a further aim is to procure a potential of cheap raw material and manpower; a third aim is to overcome the old schism of the Churches. -- The national-socialist experiment has as its aim the destruction of the centre, whose main task is the development of the 'I'. A second goal was the elimination of an economic competitor; and a third, the final eradication of the 'heresy' of the Reformation; the fourth the wiping out of the 'anthroposophical heresy'; and the fifth the prevention of an interrelationship between the German and Russian cultures.

"For the attainment of all these goals there was no need for the Jews to be destroyed. Of course there was an anti-Semitism in Germany. . . ." [p. 167]

* * *      

"I am not expressing a final judgement on whether the holocaust happened or not. I simply don't have such a judgement. And previously I had not the slightest doubt that the Holocaust happened. But now I very much want somebody to explain to me the meaning of these forged photographs and documents -- then the exponents of the existence of the Holocaust would gain in me another fellow-believer, and of course not only one. For now I remain deeply convinced that this question is in need of study." [supplement #8]

* * *      

{THE JEWS AND ZIONISM}

{About Bondarev's alleged "anti-Semitism": In their short notice on the expulsion of Bondarev the leaders of the Anthroposophical Society did not cite any particular statements of his; they only referred to the book in general and noted that some passages had been deleted. Of course, what is generally meant by the term anti-Semitism is not its literal meaning; the Jews are only a minority of the Semitic race; the majority are Arabs. My dictionary defines anti-Semitism as hostility to or discrimination against Jews. In English to discriminate literally means to perceive and distinguish differences, but in the USA the term has taken on a negative, political meaning; it is used as a pejorative connoting the making of illegitimate, invalid distinctions among people (usually) on a racial basis. -- Since in political discourse anti-Zionism is often equated with "anti-Semitism", I include in the following quotes some of Bondarev's remarks on Zionism. -- Bondarev foresaw that he would be charged with "anti-Semitism", and he accepted this as a price that had to be paid for his loyalty to truth,}

* * *      

"Now we have to touch on a question, at the risk of unleashing a whole avalanche of extremely emotional charges of anti-Semitism. Such charges will be fabrications, as we will attempt to demonstrate with the utmost thoroughness, though in most cases this proves to have no effect. This we simply have to, for what would be the meaning of a 'quest for truth' if, even in one case, we were to be untruthful? We will begin by stating a fact that is common knowledge in Russia, but whose mention is taboo. . . . In the years following upon the Bolshevik October Revolution of 1917 more than 90% of the upper echelon of government power in Russia - - the Russian Central Executive Committee,,, the ministries (commissariats), the Cheka -- consisted of Jewish personalities . . . . There is no reason whatever to consider this a mere coincidence. Nor can it be looked upon as natural." [p. 132]

* * *      

"At different times the various peoples are now an instrument, now a battlefield of the {occult-political} forces mentioned. Then the peoples are struck by misfortune. The Jewish nation is no exception. Those responsible for the afflictions do everything in their power to remain in the background, so that the peoples blame not them, but other peoples for their sufferings: The Jews blame the Germans, the Germans blame the Jews, Germans and Jews blame the Russians, the Russians the Germans and the Jews, etc." [p. 144]

* * *      

"The Jews prepared the body for God and thereby fulfilled a special task of development. This demanded of them an extraordinary expenditure of life-forces. At the moment when God finally became man these forces were well-nigh exhausted. . . . the Old Testament is not history in the usual sense of the word, but the story of a 'path of initiation', of trials of initiation on the path to the mystery, at the mid-point of which God Himself appears. With the event of the Mystery of Golgatha the end of this path had been reached.

". . . .

". . . .After the resurrection of the Lord it {the Jewish people} had the task of returning to the cradle of humanity in order to become the soil through which everything new that had been received through the greatest of all mysteries might be brought to humanity. . . . In other words: the Jews had to give something to the world, and they had to receive something from the world. Therefore they were scattered over the world; it became their task to adapt to other people, to be assimilated and to dissolve in them. The choseness was ended, the goal of initiation attained. . . . " [p. 147]

* * *      

"But after Christ's coming everything was new. One {of the Jews} had either to accept Christ, or one succumbed to luciferic-ahrimanic temptations without the support of Jahve, who at that time ceased to be the spirit of the Jewish people.

"In this constellation of forces is rooted the phenomenon of the human being who wished to be God - - Ahasuerus." [p. 147-8]

* * *      

"Jahve . . . as a result of his acceptance, as a folk-spirit {of the ancient Hebrews}, of the role of an Archangel, his negative karma formed -- Ahasuerus. The overcoming, the transformation of Ahasuerus frees Jahve from karma, which a Spirit of Form may not have.

"But Ahriman, the spirit of matter, made Ahasuerus his instrument . . . .

". . . .

". . . In the struggle for his {Ahriman's} goals of development, now immediately connected to his incarnation, he sets great store by Ahasuerus. Therefore Ahasuerus must be taken from him. The most important part to be played in the fulfillment of this task falls to the Jews. Thus anyone who rejects them on account of national traits drives them directly into the arms of Ahriman-Ahasuerus; Zionism does the same." [p. 151]

* * *      

"Just as Christian tradition -- Rudolf Steiner tell us -- points to Christ Jesus, the God who lawfully became man, so, in connection with Christ-Jesus one can also speak of Ahasuerus, the man who has unlawfully become God, and who has laid aside the mortality of human nature (in the astral) ... It exists, this Ahasuerus-figure ... the eternal Jew . . . .

"{Still Steiner:} That to the God is added the man who has become god ... who within earthly development also receives the principle that the godhead is not to descend to the physical plane: Judaism, the Old Testament world-conception (in the Christian era).

"We encounter a mystery here. Whoever has insight into these things knows that Ahasuerus is a real being ... Ahasuerus exists, and Ahasuerus is the protector of Judaism after the Mystery of Golgatha ... Ahasuerus, who goes through world-development as a being, but as a spirit-being, and who continuously hinders man from returning through the Christ -- the way that is appropriate to his development . . . .

"{Still Steiner:} . . . Thus we have the polar opposite to Christ Jesus in Ahasuerus. Ahasuerus wanders around over the earth ... wanders from nation ... sees to it for example that the Hebrew faith does not die out. . . . " [p. 153]

[Steiner again:} To set up a Jewish state means to be reactionary in the most appalling way, in the most shameful way to return to a reactionary attitude and in so doing one offends against everything that is necessary in this realm today (May 8, 1924, GA 353).

"In conversation with a Zionist Rudolf Steiner asked: Are you not again separating out a part from humanity as a whole? And in the lecture quoted above he explains further: Let an answer be given to the assertion that everything has to develop, not out of the universal-human, but out of the national. It was the wish to separate that led to the world war. Thus the greatest tragedy of the 20th century has arisen out of what the Jews also want. We can say: Since everything that the Jews have done could now be done in a conscious way by all people, for example, the Jews could actually do nothing better than to be assimilated with the rest of humanity, to mix with the rest of humanity, so that Judaism as a people would cease to exist. That would be the ideal. But it is opposed on the one hand by the habits of the Jews, and on the other hand by the antipathies of others. Both must be overcome."

". . . .

"Thus the Jahve-element is today an integral part of the nationalism of all peoples, including those who, unlike the Jews, should not as yet be assimilated. . . . The folk-spirits, the archangels, the spirits of language have a moderating influence on the materialistic and abstract spirit of the epoch. The Archangel Michael -- the countenance of the Lord -- leads the human beings who can take their development into their own hands, beyond the national, beyond the folk-element, to the level of the universal-human.

"This level has absolutely nothing in common with Internationalism in the socialist sense. . . . But the wish simply to break with the national on an ideological basis is just as dangerous as when everything is done only out of the national. Our task is simply to grow beyond it. . . . On the general exoteric cultural path we can rise to the universal-human only when the consciousness-soul is realized in us in the spirit of Michael, i.e. through the Christianizing of the soul, through laying aside our own ego in favour of the 'I' of Christ." [p. 154]

". . . the striving of the Jews to become a nation, or even a race, leads them unavoidably to the ruling influence of Ahasuerus. . . . Complete national tolerance must be guaranteed for those Jews who wish to assimilate with the nations in whose midst they were born and grew up, not to mention those who have long acted in this way. . . .

"This is one side of the problem. The other is the sting of Ahasuerus within the Jews themselves. Only they can overcome it. Ludwig Thieben writes: The tragic riddle of the Jewish people lies in the fact that the glory of the anticipation of Christianity became its shadow. This shadow took on the nature of a being, in Ahasuerus, the nurturer of post- Christian Judaism. To transform him from his sombre, stooping form into a being of light who joyfully serves the Christ is the mission of present and future Judaism.

"Thieben, himself a Jew and a European, was conscious of the fact that the destiny of Ahasuerus is a threat to the destiny of European humanity as a whole." [p. 155]

"Generally speaking, the world-wide official voice of the media -- including (as a rule) the anthroposophical press -- which is dedicated to the struggle against anti-Semitism, serves only to aggravate it. The opposing side openly propagates anti-Semitism.

"The assertion that the Germans, and now even the Russians too, are to blame is just as absurd as its opposite -- viz. that the Jews are to blame for everything." [p. 156]

* * *      

"It is also incomprehensible to us why no-one looks to the fact that the 'children of Ahasuerus' (we use this term in order not to generalize, and to make it clear that what we say is not applicable to all Jews) build their State on the atavistic principle of 'blood and soil', which is after all what the National Socialists attempted to do. Why are some allowed to do this, while it is forbidden to others in the most categorical way? Why is it not forbidden to everyone?" [p. 157]

* * *      

"The 'children of Ahasuerus' hold the Germans responsible for the genocide of the Jews. The peoples of Russia have no less reason to hold the 'children of Ahasuerus' responsible for the same crime {through Bolshevism}. But on this path we drive the crisis still further down a blind alley. It is vitally necessary that within all races and nations people can be found who are able boldly and without prejudice to lay open the history of modern times with all that works in the background, and to found a counter-movement that can lead us out of this blind alley.

"This can be achieved through knowledge and moral purification -- which are asked of the Jews as well as the Russians and Germans . . . . " [p. 160]

* * *      

". . . something . . . can be heard, something that is an accord with the real life of our times. It is the statement that speaks of social and historical understanding and of the will to solve, not to aggravate, the social problems:

"'Jews of the world, isolate yourselves no longer, no longer be cocooned up in your racial unity. Through living among other peoples, through speaking their languages, assimilating with their culture, you have received the inestimable gift of the autonomous personality, to which it is given to ascend to unbounded spiritual freedom. Treasure this gift. Treasure the cultures in which you were nurtured, make your contribution to their healthy development, because their destiny is also yours. Outside these cultures you will find no happiness, no higher purpose of existence. Use the conditions of today that have never been so favourable for assimilation with the peoples in whose midst you were born and educated, and with whom in truth you already form a unity. Lend all your forces so that all peoples of the world may live in dignity. Be happy in the measure possible in the place where karma has planted you. Do not carry the arbitrary will of dark politicians into the realm where cosmic laws of the eternal human spirit hold sway.'" [p. 162-3]

* * *      

"The 'foot' that is placed on the neck of the Anglo-Saxon peoples will be very heavy in the near future, heavier than it has ever been since the beginning of the world, and than it will ever be in future (cf. Matthew 24; 21). The Jews will be in a particularly dangerous situation; they are basically the only nation that is awaiting the first (physical) coming of the Messiah. Their guide, Ahasuerus, is related through an inner astral affinity to the retarded Time-Spirit that leads the American nation." [p. 177]

* * *      

"The Jewish incarnation is full of responsibility, and of dangers. Ahriman knows that if the Jews are divided, and the brothers of Christ help the 'children of Ahasuerus' to recognize their mistake, his incarnation will be greatly harmed." [p. 178]

* * *      

{ASURIC, RED OCCULTISM, BOLSHEVISM}

". . . the cultic-hierarchic principle of Romanism comes to life again in Bolshevik dictatorships. Though one is there forced to forsake Christianity entirely and turn instead to the 'religion' of atheism. But this should come as no surprise when we consider that the whole process boils down to no more and no less than the principle of ruling the masses with the aim of preventing the unfolding of the epoch of the consciousness-soul. For this reason the Roman-Jesuitic principle, in whatever form it appears in the world, will always proclaim the precedence of the group over what is individual. By this criterion one will be able to recognize it behind any mask.

"This principle that is actually luciferic in nature is everywhere opposed by the ahrimanic nature rooted Pan-Anglo-Americanism. It is the intention of the latter to prolong the present moment, to eternalize the epoch of the consciousness-soul in its material-instinctual aspect. Ahriman cannot fulfil this task alone. He needs the support of the retarded, ahrimanically retarded (the American folk-spirit is luciferically retarded) spirits of personality, i.e. the Asuras. This is a special problem that has still to be addressed. Suffice it to remark here that the 'socialistic experiment' in Russia is the child of thoroughly abhorrent parents -- ahrimanized Britannicism and luciferized Jesuitism. It has become, next to them, the third force in the world, and yet is their fruit. Hence its double nature -- on the one hand, constant dependence on the 'parents' and, on the other, the longing to devour them. This is in its innermost nature an asuric phenomenon. To understand it we have to be able to lift the veil from politics and ideology. This phenomenon can lead a parasitic existence in any ethnic group, not only the Slavs." [p. 58-9]

* * *      

"It was they {the Lodge "brothers of the Left"} who brought about the Bolshevik revolution in Russia and who stand behind all socialistic experiments throughout the world." [p. 72] {cf. Terry Boardman's essay "What was Hong Kong Really?" regarding the Western support of Chinese Communism.}

* * *      

". . . the meaning of the mummification of the corpses of the heads of state in the countries of the so-called 'socialist camp' Could it not be that these mummies indicate the scene of operation of the occult Lodges where ceremonial magic of the worst kind is practised? Let us ask the following question: what does the cemetery in Red Square in Moscow actually represent? . . . . Was it not perhaps the 'eternal' Politburo-Brotherhood with the 'eternal' General Secretary at its head, that assembled in Red Square . . . . this is the reason why even in the epoch of 'liberalization' the mummy is not removed from the Square. An especially infernal power is concealed within it, which is sorely needed by the forces of both the Left and the Right. They were no empty words that were instilled into us:

Lenin is still today
more alive than all the living!

"Yes, so it was and so it is today: The power of the dead governs the actions of those who carry forward their cause on earth. . . . Indeed, something of . . . ritual murders, found its way into the ritual magic of the 'Bolsheviks' and this is what made this terrible phenomenon so unshakeable." [p. 92-3]

* * *      

". . . The Socialism of the Bolshevik kind and National Socialism are two caricatures, two hideously distorted images of the idea of social Threefolding. If the task of social threefolding was to create favourable conditions for a conscious awakening to the Second Coming of Christ, an event that has taken place in the world of ether-forces since 1933, then Bolshevism and National Socialism represent two forms of the ahrimanic-luciferic resistance against the Christ in His second appearance. These two monstrosities brought endless suffering upon mankind -- in order completely to divert man's attention away from the spirit." [p. 116-7]

* * *      

"Owing to the spiritual conditions in Russia the {Bolshevik} experiment soon starts to 'founder'. So antisocial is the condition that arises, that -- as Rudolf Steiner says -- neither the English, nor the North American, not to mention the French or any other government will find a means to counter it ... But one power can cope with it: and that is the power of Rome ... Rome is able to impose a system of domination, because Rome has the necessary instruments of power to do so (June 6, 1920, GA 198).

". . . . But then {1920} the decision had already been taken to part company with the 'Lenin Board'. Thus the seizure of power by Stalin and his clique was already predestined!" [p. 125-6]

* * *      

"The deception was only recognized between February and October 1917, but it was already too late. The interim government, which consisted entirely of Lodge members, paralyzed all security functions of the state and handed over the power to the Bolsheviks, whose highest level also consisted of Lodge members, albeit of the more radical direction" [p. 198]

* * *      

"And so at the centre where Rabbis and Monsignori sit very amicably together it was decided that the leadership of the experiment should be placed in the hands of the Jesuits. Their representatives were Stalin and his helpers. Stalin had already been recruited when he was being taught in a theological seminar. There, already, the Catholic 'lobby' in Orthodoxy had taken note of the, in their eyes, 'gifted' young man, and had smuggled him into the circle of Bolsheviks." [p. 198]

* * *      

". . . Leninism-Stalinism had been planned as one manifestation before the 'experiment' began -- in order to create an antithesis between America and Russia. . . .

". . . .

"After Stalin's death the Khrushchev era began. . . . The leadership was taken from the Jesuits and placed again in the hands of the representatives of the Western brotherhoods.

". . . .

"Under the cover of the 'Perestroika' we are as a national entity finally erased from world history." [p. 200]

* * *      

"Why can not one of the forces {the Lodge or Jesuit Bolsheviks} gain a decisive victory over the other? -- Because that third force, which strives to bring about a 'dialectical' collaboration of the two forces issuing from it, does not intend this to happen." [p. 201]

* * *      

"Three times the Soviet intention to 'radically change the world' has ripened and, in the process, built up extraordinary strength -- and three times it fell back into dust and ashes before a single practical step could be taken in that direction. . . .

". . . . The repeated, phenomenal growth of the Soviet power and its periodical destruction are a telling express of world politics, at whose centre stands a unified force, which on the lower levels divides into two or three parts, while these parts wage a devastating war with each other." [p. 210-1]

* * *      

". . . the only true outcome of political Romanism and of Britannicism {in Russia} is the 'red Inquisition' of Bolshevism, the black asuric Lodge that uses the mummies of their leader-magicians in ceremonial magic. . . .

". . . Soviet Bolshevism is a spiritual phenomenon that cannot be eliminated by political means, and there is no-one who could do this, because the initiators of the 'Perestroika' are themselves the godless 'parents' of their monster-offspring which is ready to devour them -- for their own good, so it believes." [p. 218]

* * *      

"What is one trying to achieve with Eastern Europe culture? {in 1920} asks Rudolf Steiner, and he gives the following answer: The attempt is being made to eliminate everything human, the entity which incarnates in the human bodily nature, and to harness together Lucifer and Ahriman in the quintessential being." [p. 221]

* * *      

"We not wish to categorically assert here that the retarded time-spirit -- the Asura -- is immediately active in Bolshevism, but we have no doubt that things are being guided in that direction. Bolshevism is just as much at home in the Vatican as it is in Washington." [p. 222]

* * *      

"Bolshevism will always be hostile towards Middle Europe, because the asuric beings harbour greater antipathy towards the culture of the 'I' than do the luciferic and ahrimanic beings.

"The accusation that Bolshevism is anti-Semitic is quite unfounded in many regards." [p. 224]

"Rudolf Steiner warned after the First World War that if what is now beginning in Russia were to come to realization, this would mean that the earth would lose its mission, would be robbed of its task, would be taken out of the cosmos and ahrimanized (Aug. 22, 1919, GA 294)." [p. 224]

* * *      

"Once in a while it comes about that the forces of evil neutralize each other in their struggle. This did happen once, when the unleashed luciferic passions within the legions destroyed the ahrimanic magic of the Roman senate. It is highly probable that Russia is facing something similar. The unleashed world-forces of evil will cancel each other out. But this path is terrible, so terrible that, as the saying goes, one would not wish it on one's own worst enemy." [p. 228]

* * *      

". . . Steiner indicate{d} in 1921 that one can experience the hordes of Sorat in that which {is forming} as a core in the realm of Bolshevist domination, and which {is striving} to incorporate itself into the entire development of mankind (Sep. 29, 1921, GA 343)." [p. 228n}

* * *      

{GERMANY, MID-EUROPE}

"Rudolf Steiner drew attention to the fantasies, the social utopias of left and right-wing radicalism threatening the peoples not only of Europe but of the entire world. He said One aspires to be able to say at some future time: Centuries ago there existed a legendary humanity in the middle of Europe; they were successfully eradicated. They had to be eradicated because they were terribly haughty. They saw themselves as descendants of the Gods and even called their major poet Goethe so as to indicate that they had received a spirit sent directly from the Gods (Dec. 30, 1917, GA 180)." [p. 48]

* * *      

". . . the main task of each cultural epoch is only taken up by a small number of its representatives. The general masses only catch up in the course of development of the following epochs. The same applies to the inhabitants of the new Europe. The greater part is only now developing an individual sentient soul (the task of the Egyptian epoch) and the intellectual soul. . . .

"To Middle Europe fell the task of developing the phenomenon of the 'I' as a centre, that draws into a synthesis the experience of the entire triune soul." [p. 51]

* * *      

{Steiner:} "Within the circles of . . . initiates ... those frightful, terrible things that have engulfed the civilized world (i.e. the First World War and its consequences) were forecast with great accuracy. All these things were by no means hidden from the initiates of the English-speaking people, and the following discrepancy goes through all the discussions: on one hand, lofty exoteric ideals, the ideal of humanity with the genuine belief in this ideal of humanity in the most varied forms on the part of the uninitiated. And on the other hand the doctrine, the conscious, strictly taught doctrine that all that is Roman, all that is Middle-European culture has to disappear from modern civilization, that the culture of the English-speaking peoples must prevail, must ascend to world-domination (Jan. 9, 1920, GA 196)." [p. 86]

* * *      

"The three most important spiritual streams flowing down from antiquity into the epoch of the consciousness-soul are brought gradually into a close and comprehensive connection to the geo-demographic structure of Europe. Catholicism erects its fortress in the Romanic world; the 'peoples of the Lodge' arise in the Anglo-Saxon world. Middle Europe, the German-speaking people, become guardians of the essential kernal of esoteric Christianity." [p. 98]

* * *      

". . . the relation to Middle Europe has become the yardstick by which hostility towards individual consciousness, towards the phenomenon of the 'I' itself, can be measured today. . . . If the will is there, we can grasp the essence of this problem, by penetrating, with the help of spiritual science, to the archetypal phenomena of . . . {this} hostility." [p. 98]

* * *      

"Aristocrats . . . the guardians of the suggestive rituals and cults of the third and fourth cultural epoch. For this aristocracy it is important to subjugate three nations in particular: the English, the German and the Russian." [p. 102]

* * *      

". . . through the destruction of Middle European culture -- whether by war or Americanization -- the most important element is lost, that can be gained in the development of the human 'I'. A dawning of the Slavic-Germanic cultural epoch is at the same time absolutely excluded, because without the fructifying influence of Goetheanism the Russian culture cannot mature sufficiently to undertake the entirely new task with which the following cultural epoch is to be inaugurated. If the Germans are robbed of their future, it is also taken from the Slavs and thus from civilization as a whole." [p. 105]

* * *      

"Rudolf Steiner warned that the situation might come where the Germans are driven out of their native land and scattered over the entire earth." [p. 105]

* * *      

". . . the one goal -- to 're-educate' the Germans so that they themselves loosen their connection to the folk-spirit. Only then can a nation be driven from its soil; otherwise we run the risk of receiving a strong counterblow from the spirit. People active in an occult way in politics know this and act accordingly, while taking historical experience into account.' [p. 106]

"Representatives of the secret societies which are active behind the scenes of world politics admit openly: Not in the year 1945 but forty years later we defeated the Germans through re-educating them." [p. 106]

". . . PEOPLE DO NOT WANT TO THINK, THEY DO NOT WANT TO BE CONSISTENT, THEY DO NOT WANT TO THINK THINGS THROUGH TO THE END. THEY DO NOT WANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT, WITH THIS KIND OF CONDUCT, THEY PLACE THEMSELVES ENTIRELY IN THE SERVICE OF EVIL." [p. 106]

* * *      

{Steiner:} "I [beg} you, [not} to lie on a bed of sloth as you quote the prophetic words of Ennemoser: {'}Germany will fulfil her mission or sink most shamefully into ruin, taking with her the whole of European culture'. ... Germany {will} fulfil her mission ... when people are found who have the strength to bring the German spirit to life within themselves, not chauvinistically, not nationalistically, but as a part of the world-spirit, in the sense of which we have to work between East and West (June 22, 1919, GA 192)." [p. 107-8]

* * *      

". . . Rudolf Steiner said to Count Ludwig Polzer-Hoditz shortly before his {Steiner's} death ( Mar. 30, 1925): THE BATTLE AGAINST THE SPIRIT HAS ALWAYS BEEN, AND WILL IN FUTURE REMAIN, IN THE BACKGROUND OF ALL OUTER EVENTS." [p. 108]

* * *      

"The history of Germany in the 20th century (already prepared in the 19th) is a unified whole. In it there works as an essential motif the relentless striving of occult Orders and brotherhoods to deprive Middle Europe of the possibility of fulfilling its spiritual and cultural mission -- to bear into the world the continuously-evolving phenomenon of 'I'-consciousness, of the self-cognitive 'I'. IF MIDDLE EUROPE SUFFERS DEFEAT IN THIS BATTLE, CIVILIZATION WILL LOSE ITS MEANING AND THIS WILL BRING ENDLESS GRIEF TO ALL NATIONS OF THE EARTH, THAT NO-ONE WILL BE ABLE TO AVOID. Humanity is a unity and just as an individual, however highly developed he may be, with the loss of his 'I' also loses his reason, so humanity, in view of the plight of Middle Europe, stand in danger of losing the centre of its self-consciousness. Knowledge of this fact does not make the cultural mission of other nations appear less significant, for the phenomenon of self-consciousness can only develop in the threefold soul, when its members are in harmony with each other. Mankind is a unity." [p. 109]

* * *      

". . . THANKS TO SPIRITUAL-SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE WE AIM TO DISPERSE THE PERNICIOUS EFFECT OF THE AHRIMANIC ASSAULT ON THE SPIRITUAL AND SOCIAL LIFE OF HUMANITY. WITH CALM ASSURANCE WE CAST ASIDE ALL 'TABOOS' OF KNOWLEDGE, WELL AWARE THAT AHRIMAN FLEES THOSE CENTRES WHERE HUMAN BEINGS RECOGNIZE A LIE AND KINDLE THE LIGHT OF SPIRIT KNOWLEDGE." [p. 114]

* * *      

". . . a true democracy is only possible under the conditions of social threefolding . . . . {Steiner:} This so-called democratism (of the English kind). . . is suited only to make the people of Middle Europe into a part of English-American world domination, and if in addition we were to become involved in the so-called inter-State organization of the present Internationalists, we would have, as Middle Europeans, the wonderful prospect of being always outvoted within this inter-State organization (GA 24, p. 340)." [p. 119-20]

* * *      

". . . Germany chose the lesser of two evils {Nazism over Bolshevism} . Thus Russia is experiencing today a wave of renewed pogrom-propaganda, behind which the outlines of a new dictatorship grow visible, whereas Germany is strengthened again and has been able to provide its citizens with decent living conditions! Germany did not have to pay so dearly for the consequences of National Socialism as Russia did for those of communism, which continues to this day and will, so it appears, finally bring us to the grave after all." [p. 121]

* * *      

". . . the impulse of social threefolding in Middle Europe was the only alternative to the slide into chaos. And it had the same significance for Russia. Those in the occult societies who prepared the world war were preparing mainly for war against social threefolding. Thus it was not so much the economic destruction of Germany and Russia that was the primary goal of these forces, but rather the falsification of social threefolding, which represents the greatest obstacle on the path to their far-reaching goals." [p. 124]

* * *      

"Through taking advantage of the natural aversion of the Germans to Bolshevism, Jesuitism created [in Nazism} a luciferized caricature of social threefolding. " [p. 125]

* * *      

"In their flight from the Golem of ahrimanized Bolshevism the Germans were unable to keep their balance and realize Rudolf Steiner's idea of *social threefolding*, but fell into the arms of the luciferic Golem of political Romanism. . . . {Steiner} says that the representatives of the principle of the Catholic Church were intending in the very near future to reconstruct the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation with the aim of eradicating the anthroposophical heresy with fire and sword. And National Socialism was this ludicrous attempt. . . ." [p. 126]

* * *      

". . . the Germans -- as also the Russians -- can find the way only 'vertically' out of the present situation, i.e. through an appeal to the spirit, which includes an appeal to the truth. And it is just for this reason that they are so mercilessly bent down towards the earth -- so that they cannot find this way out. . . .

". . . . the moment when it is decided behind the scenes to make an end of Germany, he {Kohl} will be unable to avert. The Germans will then go into exile and the downfall of civilization will be imminent, for it is as impossible for civilization as it is for the human individual, to exist without an 'I'. But such a future can be forestalled if enough people can be found to direct their plea for the sake of humanity in spirit and truth to the divine hierarchies." [p. 137]

* * *      

"In the recent past the spirit of the German people was Michael -- an Archangel who stood already on the level of an Archai, a time-spirit (but not a Spirit of Form). Under his influence the Germans received the impulse for the development of the 'I' -not the 'I' that is identical with the rational-soul, nor yet the universal-human and highest 'I' that was bestowed by the Spirit of Form, but the 'I' as the mobile centre of self-consciousness, that is able to control and synthesize the activity of the threefold soul. This 'I' creates a bridge between the 'I' that is developed (horizontally) in the cultural-historical process, and the Christ-'I' that descends to us (vertically) from above." [p. 145]

* * *      

". . . what makes Europe into a unified, complex organism, not a 'Pan-Europe'. This organism cannot be understood if the racial and national differences are over-emphasized or denied. Either case leads to an absurdity. . . . " [p. 186]

* * *      

". . . {Middle Europe} one is working not only on the development of the individual 'I', i.e. on the all-embracing synthesis of cultural-historical development hitherto, but the strength must also be found to lead this development towards the East, in a qualitative sense, in that {the} cultural creativity formerly inspired from higher spheres has to become a thoroughly individual process, arising as the fruit of the realization of the lower 'I' in the highest 'I'. Classical German philosophy and Goetheanism are in part a transitional phase, but are also partially a product of creativity in this sense. . . . Goetheanism and Anthroposophy alone are new creations that have arisen wholly out of the forces of the fifth cultural epoch." [p. 187]

* * *      

". . . Middle Europe has to provide the seed of the fifth cultural epoch -- Goetheanism and Anthroposophy -- with enough strength to grow; so much strength, that from it an essentially different culture can arise than the one that is nourished with the 'juices' of antiquity and Hellenism (where it is not even doing this, everything is sinking into barbarism). Middle Europe also faces the task of turning the movement of culture eastwards again . . . ." [p. 189]

* * *      
{Steiner:} "The cultural historian of the future will certainly ascribe the same importance to the German spirit for the cultural education (Bildung) of modern times as one does today with the Greeks for that of antiquity (GA 30, p. 244)." [p. 190]

* * *      

". . . Germany is the 'third eye' of the world, that centre of modern civilization through which it can establish the conscious supersensible connection with the world of the spirit. . . . An oppression, a destruction of Germany and Middle Europe, the falsification of its spiritual nature, would mean to sever the connection of earthly civilization with the spiritual world, to cast it into the darkness of materialism. -- A distortion of the spiritual nature of Russia, the dissolving of its connection with Central Europe is tantamount to robbing the world of its future." [p. 191]

* * *      

{RUSSIA, EAST-EUROPE}

"The task of individually elaborating the Spirit-Self is set only in the next, the Slavic-German cultural epoch. The peoples of Russia therefore live in a mood of anticipation, an apocalyptic mood prevails in their midst. . . .

". . . . Much of what we find in the Russian character is grounded in the nature of the sentient soul, but differently from the Italians. Anticipating the future is only one side of our character; in their everyday life, the Russians live in the element of the sentient soul." [p. 51]

* * *      

"Rudolf Steiner told the anthroposophists of a map of Europe that had been drawn by the secret societies already in the 'Eighties of the 19th century. With the aid of this map the members of the societies were trained for special tasks -- preparation of the First World War. . ... .

"The map says desert in the area occupied by Russia. There it was decided to conduct socialist experiments." [p. 114]

* * *      

"It was known in the occult societies that the impulse of the new sociality streams from the Spirit, that the conditions for this had matured on earth {after the ascension of Michael as Time-Spirit in 1879} and that the developed self-consciousness of man is no longer willing to endure the last form of slavery -- the sale of human labour. It was becoming dangerous to ignore the decree of the spirit and it was impossible to do away with it entirely. Therefore the impulse was given free rein, but in an ahrimanic sheath. From the beginning both Russia and Germany were subject to attack." [p. 117]

* * *      
{The Russian Whites were betrayed from within by Lodge members.} [p. 120]

* * *      

". . . behind the February Revolution something different was hidden, and only a few knew of it. The designated interim government headed by Kerensky -- all of them Lodge members -- had the task of transferring power to the Bolsheviks." [p. 128]

* * *      

"The heavens, says Rudolf Steiner, speak in mysterious runes to the Russians through the mirroring on the earth. This causes an instinctive experience of the wisdom of the Spirit-Self to germinate in their souls, but it is in no way the fruit of individual striving. These inspirations have a certain influence on our threefold body, above all the astral, and prepare this for the future cultural epoch." [p. 146]

* * *      
{Steiner:} "You {Russian Anthroposophists} should come to know the yearning of the Russian Folk-soul for impersonal Anthroposophy ... Do not ... hesitate ... to seek the way ... to your own Folk-soul. . . . The Folk-soul has already taken on . . . [the sense of} responsibility towards mankind on your behalf. You only need to find it, this Folk-soul. You need merely let it speak through your thoughts, feelings and impulses of will, and if you feel the responsibility towards your Folk-soul, you will at the same time fulfil your obligation towards humanity (Apr. 11, 1912, GA 158).

"It should not be difficult to imagine how fateful and irreparable a mistake a Russian makes, who abstractly declares himself to be an Internationalist. We live in the epoch of the consciousness-soul. Next to the descending movement toward the individual, objectively thinking spirit, an ever stronger upward movement is taking place. Whoever is unable to distinguish between them will not be able to tell the difference between a justified feeling of nationality, and nationalism or even racism. Only spiritual science can give us the help we need. The doctrine elaborated within it concerning the races and nations promotes the understanding of a development that frees the human being from the tribal principle arising from blood relationships, and has nothing to do with incitement to nationalism . . . . " [p. 182]

* * *      

". . . the Old Germanic and the Slavic peoples carry within them the seeds for the overcoming of every racial principle." [p. 186]

* * *      

"Beginning with the European cultural epoch the impulse of spiritual development again moves from West to East. . . . This shift means that the astral aura of the earth is itself involved in man's learning to master the individual Spirit Self, in transition from pure to imaginative thinking." [p. 186]

* * *      

"The . . . {Siberian} part of Russia, larger than its European part, is absorbed in a mood of anticipation of the future Slavic-Germanic culture." [p. 189]

* * *      

"We are still today witnessing the turning of Russia into a desert, because this process has not yet been completed." [p. 197]

* * *      

"Under the cove of the 'Perestroika' we are as a national entity finally erased from world history." [p. 200]

* * *      

"'Perestroika' is designed to ensure that all the forces in power consciously further the destruction of all spheres of life." [p. 202]

* * *      

"More than 25 million Russians are becoming 'foreigners' in their own land . . . ." [p. 207]

* * *      

"Much truthful information exists indicating that the 'Perestroika', just like the revolution of 1917, was conceived and then 'imported' to Russia by the Western occult brotherhoods." [p. 212]

* * *      

". . . ever new ways are sought to destroy the greater part of humanity, in order then to pursue social Darwinism, artificial selection for the creation of the humanity of the future." [p. 216]

* * *      

"The 'New Right' favours an alliance with the communists. . . . At the present time the bolshevist ideology is only partially identical with the ideology of the 'New Right', but in spirit they are completely different." [p. 217]

* * *      

"And what do the 'liberators' from the bolshevik dictatorship in Russia represent? As an axiom we must state at the outset that they are, without exception, 'Atlantists'." [p. 218]

* * *      

". . . the deeds of the 'Left', which are turning Russia finally and irrevocably into an economic colony of the West. Why 'finally'? -- Because the bolsheviks have also worked in this direction, even if behind the mask of irreconcilable confrontation with the West." [p. 220]

* * *      

"The possibility exists that Russia will not be entirely destroyed, but that a certain reserve of forces will be retained. But will these not ultimately be used to let Russia play the role of a 'Kamikaze' in a future war between East and West?" [p. 220]

* * *      

". . . in Russia in the battle between 'Eurasians' and 'Atlantists' . . . . Despite the most stubborn contradictions the evil occult associations standing behind them ultimately bring them together. . . . . everywhere one seeks an alliance with Ahriman and Lucifer. . . ." [p. 221]

* * *      

"In no other country of the world have men in power ever contributed so much to their own downfall as those who occupy the Kremlin today. . . . the destructive forces which are provoking the country to rebellion." [p. 225]

* * *      

{Shamanic-Ahrimanic astral headless bear-goats, the degenerating satyrs and fauns of antiquity, in the regions between the Volga and Urals, seek to merge with Luciferic-intellectual astral head-beings from the West; together in the Volga-Urals they create a frightful, clammy astral atmosphere, again causing human beings to be possessed by them. From this symbiosis a third kind of astral being arises, elemental Asuric beings.} "The occult-political forces behave in the same way physically -- as changelings -- as in the creation of the symbiosis. The drawing down of humanity to the forms of group-consciousness of ancient times is accompanied by intensified intellectual activity. The intellectualism of material culture, where everything is determined by measure, number and weight, is engulfed by erotic licentiousness and criminality that refuse to accept restrictions of any kind." [p. 229-30]

* * *      
{A premature emergence of the 'evil race', before the emergence of the 'good race' that is to arise through Anthroposophy?} [p. 230]

* * *      

"When the brotherhoods gradually lost control over the 'socialistic experiment' in the '20's they handed it over to the Jesuits. The same is happening today. Then we would have to reckon with the setting up of an 'orthodox inquisition' in the medieval style, which would lead orthodox Christianity into the abyss. . . . 'Orthodox fundamentalism' awaits us under the banner of the 'Orthodox Monarchy', accompanied by a new wave of terror.

"Deeply religious Russians warned already before The 'Perestroika' period: 'Now the Communists forbid the people to go to church; the time will come when people will be forced to go to Church -- but one must not go then, because the Anti-Christ will be enthroned there.'" [p. 232]

* * *      

"At bottom it is only the methods that vary, through which Russia is destroyed; they are altered in view of what was 'not completed' in the past.' [p. 233]

* * *      

"No-one doubts that capitalism is an instrument of theft, a device for exploitation; but never before was it allowed to take on the form that it now has in Russia: consciously bereft of every creative principle. But the aim of this experiment is plain to see. After the peoples have been virtually deprived of the basis for existence, they will be 'gladdened' with the return to the original socialist experiment . . . ." [p. 238]

* * *      

"In this way {through Perestroika} the {Russian} land is being turned into a desert and the populace is dying under horrifying conditions. Historical experience shows that such conditions lead to the setting up of a dictatorship . . . . when it has come to power the five centers of force of the inverted pentagram will regroup and continue, under new conditions, to strive for the destruction of civilisation . . . ." [p. 268]




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