Rudolf Steiner – The Foundation Stone Meditation

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Sandro Parise

The Foundation Stone Meditation was given by Rudolf Steiner for the refounding of the Anthroposophical Society on Christmas Day 1923 in Dornach, Switzerland, where the Universal Anthroposophical Society has its headquarters.

English translation byFrank Thomas Smith.

Soul of man!
You live in the limbs
That carry you through the world of space
Into the sea of spirit-being:
Practice spirit remembrance
In the depths of soul,
Where in the reigning
Cosmic creator-being
Your own I
In God’s I
Is begotten;
And you will truly live
In the cosmic human being.
For the Father Spirit of the heights reigns
Creating being in the cosmic depths:
Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones
Let resound from the heights
What in the depths its echo finds;
This speaks:
Ex deo nascimur.
The elemental spirits
In East, West, North, South hear this:
May men hear it too.

Soul of man!
You live in the heart-lung-beat
That guides you through the rhythm of times
To the sensing of your own soul’s being:
Practice spirit contemplation
In equanimity of soul,
Where the surging
Cosmic creative deeds
Unite
Your own I
To the cosmic I;
And you will truly feel
In deeds of the human soul.
For the will of Christ reigns in the earthly sphere
Granting grace to souls in cosmic rhythms:
Kyriotetes, Dynamis, Exusiai
Let from the east inflame
What through the west takes form;
This speaks:
In Christo morimur.
The elemental spirits
In East, West, North, South hear this:
May men hear it too.

Soul of man!
You live in the reposing head
Which opens cosmic thoughts
from eternal founts to you:
Practice spirit-seeing
In peace of mind,
Where the eternal goals of the gods
Confer
The cosmic being’s light
On your own I
For its free will;
And you will truly think
From founts of human spirit.
For the cosmic thoughts of spirit,
light imploring, reign in cosmic being;
Archai, Archangeloi, Angeloi
Let from the depths demand
What will be heard in the heights;
This speaks:
Per spiritum sanctum reviviscimus
The elemental spirits
In East, West, North, South hear this:
May men hear it too.

At the turning point of time
The cosmic spirit-light stepped
Into earthly evolution;
Night darkness
Had ended its reign;
The bright light of day
Streamed into human souls;
Light
That warms
The poor shepherd hearts
Light
That enlightens
The wise kings’ heads.
Light divine,
Sun of Christ,
Warm
Our hearts —
Enlighten
Our heads,

So that good results
From what
Our hearts beget,
What we
By thinking
Forcefully will to do.

The whole meditation sums up all Anthroposophy in itself, being at the same time the Philosopher’s Stone and the Holy Grail, in super-sensitive form. Steiner also called it the Foundation Stone of Love, where the ancient cosmos, formed by the Ancient Saturn, the Ancient Sun, the Ancient Moon, and the Earth-Mars will have to become what will bring the present Earth-Mercury to the Future Jupiter. From the Cosmos of Wisdom inherited from the Ancient Moon, we will finally reach the Cosmos of Love which will be brought to completion in the Future Jupiter. But such a Cosmos of Love must first of all be received in the heart of each individual who will carry the cosmic thoughts of Michael and the renewed wisdom of Sophia.

We can see how the entire cosmic evolution and occult constitution of man is unfolded in the Foundation Stone:

Ancient Saturn

Physical Body – Will – Metabolic System – Limbs – Space

Soul of man!
You live in the limbs
That carry you through the world of space
Into the sea of spirit-being:
Practice spirit remembrance
In the depths of soul,
Where in the reigning
Cosmic creator-being
Your own I
In God’s I
Is begotten;
And you will truly live
In the cosmic human being.

Future Vulcan

Man-Spirit – Father – First Hierarchy – Birth

For the Father Spirit of the heights reigns
Creating being in the cosmic depths:
Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones
Let resound from the heights
What in the depths its echo finds;
This speaks:
Ex deo nascimur.
The elemental spirits
In East, West, North, South hear this:
May men hear it too.

Ancient Sun

Ethereal Body – Feeling – Rhythmic System – Heart and Lungs – Time

Soul of man!
You live in the heart-lung-beat
That guides you through the rhythm of times
To the sensing of your own soul’s being:
Practice spirit contemplation
In equanimity of soul,
Where the surging
Cosmic creative deeds
Unite
Your own I
To the cosmic I;
And you will truly feel
In deeds of the human soul.

Future Venus

Vital Spirit – Son – Second Hierarchy – Death

For the will of Christ reigns in the earthly sphere
Granting grace to souls in cosmic rhythms:
Kyriotetes, Dynamis, Exusiai
Let from the east inflame
What through the west takes form;
This speaks:
In Christo morimur.
The elemental spirits
In East, West, North, South hear this:
May men hear it too.

Ancient Moon

Astral Body – Thinking – Head System – Mind – Eternity

Soul of man!
You live in the reposing head
Which opens cosmic thoughts
from eternal founts to you:
Practice spirit-seeing
In peace of mind,
Where the eternal goals of the gods
Confer
The cosmic being’s light
On your own I
For its free will;
And you will truly think
From founts of human spirit.

Future Jupiter

Spiritual Self – Holy Spirit – Third Hierarchy – Resurrection

For the cosmic thoughts of spirit,
light imploring, reign in cosmic being;
Archai, Archangeloi, Angeloi
Let from the depths demand
What will be heard in the heights;
This speaks:
Per spiritum sanctum reviviscimus
The elemental spirits
In East, West, North, South hear this:
May men hear it too.

Present Earth

I – Christ – Shepherds – Three Kings – Mystery of Golgotha

At the turning point of time
The cosmic spirit-light stepped
Into earthly evolution;
Night darkness
Had ended its reign;
The bright light of day
Streamed into human souls;
Light
That warms
The poor shepherd hearts
Light
That enlightens
The wise kings’ heads.

Holy Spirit

Sentient Soul

Light divine,
Sun of Christ,
Warm
Our hearts —

Son

Rational Soul

Enlighten
Our heads,

So that good results
From what
Our hearts beget,

Father

Consciousness Soul

What we
By thinking
Forcefully will to do.

 


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