Since antiquity, the human biography was distinguished by several cycles (rhythms), like the septennial (seven-year rhythm) and the moon node (18 years and 7 months). After the Mystery of Golgotha, a three-year rhythm and a thirty-three year rhythm was added, so to speak. The three-year rhythm is correlated to the development of one’s ego. The thirty-three year rhythm is correlated to the most inner experience of death and re-birth (overcoming death).
What happened at the moment of the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist can only be understood if one realizes that at that moment the Christ incarnated into the body of Jesus, and “became Man; he became a human being and lived among us.” The double nature of Jesus-Christ can only so be understood. The Christ lived among us for three years: between the baptism and the crucifixion. Since The Resurrection, the earth became his body. Eons before, the Body of Christ was the sun: through time and mankind development, the moment came that “God become Man and lived among us” And the three-year and thirty-three year cycles will become more and more significant in mankind development.
Rudolf Steiner: “Where knowledge exists, knowledge is imparted and there is no particular desire for discussion. Where there is desire for discussion, however, there is as a rule no knowledge of the truth. Discussion begins only when there is a lack of knowledge, and it is always and everywhere the sign of a decline regarding the seriousness of a subject when it is discussed. Disintegration of a particular trend is always proclaimed by discussions. It is important that in spiritual science, we come increasingly to understand that the wish for discussion may really be taken as a sign of ignorance. On the other hand, the opposite of discussion, the will to learn, the will gradually to comprehend what is in question, what should be cultivated.”
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