Moreover, the short video itself is but a pointer to a much longer one (almost three hours long!) about to air on YouTube shortly. It is really a trailer then—albeit an odd one—assembling some clips from the longer episode to come.
That episode (number 38) will be titled: Steiner, Tomberg and the Heart of Christ.
And it is not the place, in this brief notice, to pre-empt the questions I attempt to tackle in this big new episode on Rudolf Steiner, Valentin Tomberg and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
There will be more soon enough. For now, we let this little video speak for itself . . . except inasmuch as it may help here to cite the remarkable passage from Valentin Tomberg which is referred to briefly in the video and which is far more fully explored in the big episode to debut very shortly.
Here it is:
There have been (and still are) times in Europe and elsewhere during which for whole nations the life of the soul as such has been (and still is) in grave danger, having been smothered and reduced to a minimum. This holds not only with respect to the tidal wave of materialism that has flooded across the world in this century, but also for the outpouring of ‘intellectual enlightenment’ during the age of rationalism in the eighteenth century which paved the way for materialism. At that time the danger facing the human soul was so great that, in order to avert it, a special intervention from heaven proved necessary as a preventive measure. This took place during the second half of the seventeenth century. It was then that the revelation of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus occurred. This led to the cult of devotion to the most sacred heart of Jesus which spread rapidly in Catholic countries and took root there. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was to save the soul of humanity. For, with the intellectual enlightenment the danger threatening to break in upon human beings was that of the centaur. Human beings would have been turned into a kind of centaur—a being consisting of head and limbs (intellect and will), but without heart—that is, a ‘clever beast’. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus had the task of rekindling the heart. Thereby the light, warmth, and life, streaming from the Heart of Jesus, was to counteract the will-to-power and the intellect serving this will.
Be that as it may, the soul – understood as the most refined and deepest life of the heart – is by no means certain of survival, not even within Christian, civilised mankind. All kinds of dangers threaten, and destruction is an ever-present danger. The life of the soul has to be cultivated and stimulated, as took place (and is still taking place) with the help of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. What deeply moving moral depth and beauty can be seen and experienced through devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus!Valentin Tomberg, Covenant of the Heart, p. 254
Foreword for Monarchy by Roger Buck
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