The Spiritual Origins of Eastern Europe and the Future Mysteries of the Holy Grail

Temple Lodge Publishing, 1993 - 551 sivua
"And however paradoxical it may seem today, the 'Grail mood' is in the fullest sense to be found in Russia. And the future role that Russia will play in the sixth post-Atlantean epoch, a task of which I have so often had to speak, rests firmly upon this unconquerable 'Grail mood' in the Russian people." --Rudolf Steiner (Nov. 3, 1918)

Although Eastern Europe has been part of Christian humanity for more than a thousand years, its task and spiritual identity remain a mystery, the answer to which cannot be found unless we look behind outer historical events to the spiritual, meta-historical dimensions of history. This momentous work, breathtaking in its scope and detail, represents just such a penetrating, esoteric study of Eastern Europe in the light of Rudolf Steiner's spiritual research.

Prokofieff shows how, from the earliest times, the future "conscience of humanity" flowed from hidden mystery centers in Hibernia to the eastern Slavic peoples. As a result, qualities of "compassion, patience, and willingness for sacrifice" developed in their souls, creating a truly Christian "Grail mood." Despite incalculable suffering--from the persecutions by the Mogul hordes of the thirteenth century to the Bolshevik experiment of the twentieth century--this quality has become an unconquerable force in the depths of their being.

In illuminating the maya of outer history, Prokofieff reveals the forces that have been at work to hinder the progress and future intentions of humankind. Those adversarial forces have created a "karma of materialism" that the eastern Slavic peoples have taken upon themselves out of their exalted willingness for sacrifice.

Will we be able to use the present opportunity granted by this sacrifice to fulfill the primary purposes of the present cultural epoch? Serious study of this book--intended for students of spiritual science--can lead to a profound awakening to the challenges that face humankind today.


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Formulating the Question
Scythianos and the Mystery of Golgotha
Scythianos and the Grail Stream
Scythianos and the Christ People
The Hibernian Mysteries as a Wellspring of Human Conscience and their Relationship to the Grail Mysteries
The Impulse of Conscience amongst the EastSlavic People
The City of Kitezh and the Grail Castle
The Sophia Impulse and the Sixth Cultural Epoch
Regarding the Sources of the Grail Mood amongst the EastSlavic People
Towards a Symptomatology of Russian History
Historical Symptoms of Russia before the Mongols
Historical Symptoms of the Arising of the Muscovite State
Historical Symptoms of the Arising of the Russian Empire

Exoteric and Esoteric Aspects of the Historical Christianising of Russia
EastSlavic Mythology and its Occult Origin
The Legend of St Andrew and Early EastSlavic Christianity
The Spiritual Sources of Church Architecture in Old Russia
The Old Russian Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh
Historical and Occult Events around the Year 1250 in the Light of the Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh
Historical Symptoms of 20th Century Russia
Part Three
The Three Great Temptations in Russian History
Regarding the Occult Streams of the Present which oppose the Spiritual Evolution of Mankind

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Sergei O. Prokofieff (1954-2014) was born in Moscow, where he studied fine arts and painting at the Moscow School of Art. At an early age he encountered the work of Rudolf Steiner and quickly realized that his life would be dedicated to the Christian path of esoteric knowledge. He wrote his first book, Rudolf Steiner and the Founding of the New Mysteries, while living in Soviet Russia, and it was published in English in 1994. After the fall of Communism, he helped establish the Anthroposophical Society in Russia. In 2001, he became a member of the Executive Council of the General Anthroposophical Society at the Goetheanum in Switzerland. More than 30 of his books have been translated into English. Sergei Prokofieff passed away in Dornach, Switzerland.

Simon Blaxland de Lange has for many years worked as an educator for people with special needs. He is also a prolific writer and translator and an amateur musician and gardener. Blaxland de Lange helped establish Pericles Translations and Research, Pericles Training and Work (for adults with special needs), and the Pericles Theatre Company. Together with Dr Vivian Law, he cofounded the Humanities Research Group in 1997 and the British group of the Humanities Section of the School of Spiritual Science in 1998. He met Owen Barfield in 1979, and has been a student of his work for the past thirty years.

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