Holy Nights 2020-2021
Holy Night 10: January 2-3, 2021
“It is the night that comes from the service, the greatest sacrifice. Obey-Play.
We learn to hear the inner voice and the signs of the divine. Something mysterious cries in us through various incarnations, its clarity is enhanced by the sacrifice and the decision.”
~ From indications given by Rudolf Steiner to Herbert Hahn
“Do we hear our I Am calling to us? Do we strive to experience this I Am in our being, in our soul? Do we try to remember the agreement that we made with it before we incarnated? If we do, we will be undisturbed by success and failure, good and evil, joy and suffering, for we will see that these are important experiences necessary for our development.
Our I Am directs us to resolve our karma, to create harmony with all the people in our lives. Of course, we would rather keep away from some people in our lives; thinking that then our lives will be more enjoyable. We do not remove our difficulties in this way; they will be re-presented to us through other people. If we are honest with ourselves, we will admit that it is easier to hate those who make our lives difficult than to love them. Hate is considered to be a strong word, but we must admit that the polar opposite of love is hate. It is better to face the truth of this word than to gloss over it and give it a nicer name.
If we know anything at all about our I Am we realize that we are challenged to serve every single person in our life, not one single person is in our life by accident. The way we serve all those who are gathered around us is to love them, truly love them. Every human being is sacred, every human being has the potential to become a god. Do we want to be in the company of something that is sacred? Something that is becoming a god?” ~ Herbert Hahn
Christianity as Mystical Fact and the Mysteries of Antiquity (GA 8) is a series of 12 lectures given by Rudolf Steiner in the fall and winter 1901-1902 in the library of Count and Countess Brockdorff. These lectures were rewritten and issued in a book format in the summer of 1902.
Chapter 11: “The Nature of Christianity”
Read by Dale Brunsvold (from 1961 edition by Rudolf Steiner Publications, Inc.)
While listening to the recording you can also read the two chapters, available at Rudolf Steiner Archive, by clicking here.