Let's return to the story of human evolution, as described by Rudolf Steiner. Life on Earth, in a manner of speaking, began with the Polarian Epoch, which was followed by the Hyperborean Epoch. First we dwelled on Lemuria, then on Atlantis. On Lemuria, we became more distinctly physical than ever before although not as physical as we would become later on. Descending into physicality is the Anthroposophical vision of the Fall of Man — the "expulsion from paradise. The development of separate races and sexes can be traced to the Lemurian period, as can variations in karma.
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Let's return to the story of human evolution, as described by Rudolf Steiner. Life on Earth, in a manner of speaking, began with the Polarian Epoch, which was followed by the Hyperborean Epoch.
First we dwelled on Lemuria, then on Atlantis. On Lemuria, we became more distinctly physical than ever before although not as physical as we would become later on. Descending into physicality is the Anthroposophical vision of the Fall of Man — the "expulsion from paradise. The development of separate races and sexes can be traced to the Lemurian period, as can variations in karma.
Women, playing the mythic role of Eve, contributed to our premature knowledge of good and evil. And then we blew up Lemuria , destroying it utterly. As you can see, it was an action-packed period. The Lemurians passed through several stages of evolution, but eventually most of them were unable to evolve further, so they declined. Some of the "lower" racial strains found on Earth today can be traced back to Lemuria, Steiner indicated.
After they had passed through various stages of development the greatest part of them declined. These became stunted men, whose descendants still inhabit certain parts of the earth today as so-called savage tribes.
Only a small part of Lemurian humanity was capable of further development. It flowed to him from the energy of growth of plants, [and] from the life force of animals. In this manner he understood plants and animals in their inner action and life For example, he could lift enormous loads merely by using his will He was — the expression should not be misinterpreted — a born magician in all fields of lower human activities.
The early Lemurians were nomadic, roaming around the continent, but eventually they settled down in colonies.
The bodies of the Lemurians were pliant and changeable, but in one colony a higher human race developed. The bodies of the members of this race began to reflect the people's soul lives. These bodies started to resemble the form that we recognize today as human, but they were not yet densely physical. Nothing on Lemuria or even Atlantis was as firmly, densely physical as the objects found in our world today.
The more nomadic life of former times was abandoned, and fixed settlements became more and more numerous. Only in [one] colony Moreover, this colony had an advanced, externally more nobly formed race of men This physical human body in fact received a fairly unchanging form only [later] with the development of the faculty of reason and with the hardening of the rock, mineral, and metal formations of earth For in the Lemurian and even in the Atlantean period, stones and metals were much softer than later.
Females looked inward, more than males did, and they fostered the development of imagination. There one began to love some of the things which had made a special impression on the imagination, and to abhor others.
While the control which the male element exercised was directed more toward the external action of the powers of the will, toward the manipulation of the forces of nature, beside it in the female element there developed an action through the soul, through the inner, personal forces of man One must imagine this manner of the women to have been also a kind of clairvoyance, although it differed from the magic of the will of the men.
In her soul woman was accessible to another kind of spiritual powers. The latter spoke more to the feeling element of the soul, less to the spiritual, to which man was subject.
Thus there emanated from men an effect which was more natural-divine, from women one which was more soul-divine. Steiner identified the divine female principle — the feminine side of God, as it were — as Sophia, or Wisdom. Thus, the feminine aspect of God is the Spirit that delivers the Word to humanity. Steiner traced Sophia through ancient goddesses, such as Artemis, and he sought future embodiments. Thus, in Steiner's teachings, woman is associated with the lures of Lucifer, which can enable human freedom the power to choose between good and evil but which may also lead us to destruction if we choose evil.
Root races are central, primary racial forms from which sub-races develop — subcategories of humans standing at different levels of development:. They now isolated a small group out of Lemurian mankind and designated these to be the ancestors of the coming Atlantean race [i. The preeminence of the feminine soul, which has been described, was especially strong in the last Lemurian period and continued into the Atlantean times, during which the fourth subrace was preparing itself.
But one must not imagine that this was the case among all of mankind. It was true, however, for that part of the population of earth from which the truly advanced races later emerged. We may say that as a result of the luciferic influence, man descended more deeply on to the earth in the Lemurian epoch [i. It enabled him to become a free being, able to act in accordance with his own impulses [i.
As you can well imagine, man would have been quite different if this descent into matter had not taken place till [the Atlantis period, as the gods intended]; his soul would have been more mature for the descent.
He would have descended into matter as a better, a riper, man Because man was already a being able to distinguish between good and evil from the Lemurian epoch to the middle of the Atlantean epoch, he made himself worse than he would otherwise have been; he entered a state of lesser perfection.
He would otherwise have spent all the intervening time in a much more spiritual way; but as it was, he passed through it more materially. The effect of this was that if he had received in the middle of the Atlantean epoch what the gods had intended him to have, he would have fallen utterly and completely.
Our redemption would have come to us in a mighty flash of the Sun God's power, immediately lifting us out of our fallen condition and into a new, higher, more spiritually august condition. For before that could come man had to go through the Earth-Karma due to him on account of the evil that had entered the earth through the luciferic impulse.
He had to wait, not only till that influence had rendered him able to distinguish between good and evil, but until, in the course of the earth's development, all the consequences of the luciferic influence had come.
Our redemption, in other words, would not occur — as intended — on Atlantis, but would be postponed until the Post-Atlantean Epoch. After all, the earth at that time did not yet have its later density. The thin ground was everywhere undermined by volcanic forces which broke forth in smaller or larger streams.
Mighty volcanos existed almost everywhere and developed a continuous destructive activity. Men were accustomed to reckoning with this fiery activity in everything they did.
They also used this fire in their labors and contrivances. Their occupations were often such that the fire of nature served as a basis for them in the same way as artificial fire does in human labor today. Such human beings could [use] the fiery spark of the I This led eventually to a stupendous Earth catastrophe.
A great portion of the then inhabited Earth was destroyed in these fire-storms, and with it perished also the human beings who had fallen into error. So there you have it.
That was Lemuria. I seem to have overlooked the minor matter of people fleeing to other planets. Use this link to go to " Steiner Static, Part I ",. For information about our lives on Atlantis, see " Atlantis ". To visit other pages related to this page,. The map of this ancient continent.
To orient you within the fantasy:. Lemuria nearly filled today's Indian Ocean. The southernmost part of today's India. Waldorf Watch. Search this site. Here's the Answer. Waldorf Turns What's What. What's Where. Waldorf Now. Advice for Parents. Waldorf Curriculum. I Went to Waldorf. He Went to Waldorf. Say What?
Steiner's Racism. Is It a Religion? Steiner's Blunders. What a Guy. Summing Up. Aid and Comfort. This page comprises one section of. These are the major periods of our life "on" Earth,. They are called Great Epochs. Having evolved through the Polarian and.
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Cosmic Memory: Atlantis and Lemuria
Lemuria was a human civilization that existed about thirty-four million years ago, according to The Secret Doctrine. It was the home of the Third Root-Race of humanity where great changes took place in human beings, both in their bodies and in their minds. Lemuria's main continent was south of what is now Asia in the Pacific Ocean on land masses long submerged due to powerful volcanic activity that eventually destroyed and submerged the civilization. Some of the lands that were part of Lemuria do still exist, like parts of the western United States, Australia, New Zealand, Madagascar, parts of Somaliland, the south of Africa, and the extreme southern portion of Patagonia. Existing thirty-four million years ago places Lemuria in the Jurassic period, meaning the Lemurians coexisted with the dinosaurs at least during part of the life of this world. Lemurian civilization lasted about thirty million years and predated Atlantis.
Austrian-born Rudolf Steiner was a noted Goethe see Vol. Blavatsky In he broke with the Theosophists because of what he regarded as their oriental bias and established a system of his own, which he called Anthroposophy anthro meaning "man"; sophia sophia meaning "wisdom" , a "spiritual science" he hoped would restore humanism to a materialistic world. Steiner believed that human beings had evolved to the point where material existence had obscured spiritual capacities and that Christ had come to reverse that trend and to inaugurate an age of spiritual reintegration. He advocated that education, art, agriculture, and science be based on spiritual principles and infused with the psychic powers he believed were latent in everyone. The world center of the Anhthroposophical Society today is in Dornach, Switzerland, in a building designed by Steiner.