At the same time when the 1st and the 2nd post-Atlantean Cultural Ages were unfolding in the East, the goal behind the establishment of these three initiation centers was to continuously and peacefully develop for thousands of years the three faculties of the human Soul within the European population. At a certain point, this process had to change the focus of the human evolution from the three human bodies in the direction of developing the human Soul. This transition was accomplished by the fourth Bodhisattva around the period between 3,500 and 3,450 BC in the Rila Mountain, where, according to Beinsa Douno, one of the most ancient spiritual Schools on Earth existed. In the ancient times, the mountains of Rila, Pirin and Olympus were parts of a single mountain range with a height of about 9,000 meters. Gradually, this mountain range lost its height and was subdivided into several separate mountains, but the highest parts of the Rila Mountain had never sunk under water. Right there - at the spiritual School of the Rila mountain, six centuries before the start of the 3rd Cultural Age, the Bodhisattva performed in his astral body a synthesis of the intellectual, emotional and volitional accomplishments of the three above-mentioned initiation centers of the “European spiritual triangle” by uniting their accomplishments through the “Principle of Wisdom” acting as a center of the equilateral spiritual center triangle. - In this way, the Bodhisattva paved the way for mankind’s evolution from the astral body towards the Sentient Soul. Ultimately, the Bodhisattva’s astral body became completely harmonious and resembled a Sentient Soul that was thoroughly united with the Wisdom of God. Then, he became a Buddha! With the help of the Cosmic Wisdom, the synthesis inside his astral body was performed in the Rila Mountain, which - as mentioned by the current Bodhisattva Beinsa Douno, is indeed “the mountain of Wisdom”. Instead of being initiated by the Divine Principle of Love, the fourth Bodhisattva became a Buddha by becoming one with the Cosmic Wisdom inside “the mountain of Wisdom” because before the Golgotha events, Love could not freely access the human astral body. – Only after Pentecost, Love did receive free access to the human astral body through the first Christian virtue of Faith. At this earlier stage, the mission of the Cosmic Wisdom was to harmonize our three Soul faculties that were manifesting themselves mainly through our astral body. - Why was that then? Well, because our intelligence was acting as a ’’ravenous vulture” (being egotistic), the emotions were acting as a ’’roaring lion” (being unstable and out of control) and the willpower was acting as a ’’furious bull” (being aggressive). - These human weaknesses were the main reasons why mankind had lost access to the Heavenly Sophia, and these flaws had to be rectified. The way of “taming” these animalistic impulses living inside the human astral body was demonstrated by the fifth Bodhisattva in a magnificent way, but their true harmonization, with Love as their main center, would be demonstrated by the seventh Bodhisattva during the 6th Cultural Age, when he would manifest his “Body of Glory” (spiritualized astral body) that would be completely transformed by the Spirit-Self. Before the “Body of Glory” could be created though, a different plan would have to be executed around 1,000 years earlier and we know about this plan from the current Bodhisattva Beinsa Douno.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Beinsa Douno clarified that there was a spiritual plan for the Bulgarian nation dating back to 5,400 years ago, and this spiritual plan has been unfolding itself throughout the ages in order for its results to be manifested during the contemporary fateful times. The beginning of this Plan amazingly coincides with the rise of the Fourth Bodhisattva to the rank of a ”Buddha” inside the mountain of Rila, when he not only accomplished the transition from the astral body to the Sentient Soul, but at the same time also gave a mighty impetus to the evolution of the “Self”. In its turn, the evolution of the “Self” led to the formation of multiple nations on Earth, and the human beings began to perceive themselves as members of the respective nations they were born in. However, it is important to note that during the 1st and the 2nd post-Atlantean Cultural Ages, we cannot talk about any sense of national belonging since the human clairvoyance still existed, and the intervention of the spiritual world inside people's evolution was so visible that people perceived what was happening inside the physical world more as an illusion rather than as an objective reality. We can clearly conclude though that the ascension of the fourth Bodhisattva to the rank of a Buddha inside the Rila Mountain was the turning point when the sense of “national belonging” was formed for the very first time among our forefathers on the Balkan Peninsula. Later on, our Bulgarian predecessors started spreading the idea of “national identity” all over the world. It is for a reason that Beinsa Douno clearly stated that the ’’Bulgarians are the most ancient nation on Earth”. First, the human Soul had to start perceiving itself as a part of a nation in order for it to later acquire an individual “Self”-consciousness, since only the individualized human “Self” could “welcome” the Cosmic Self of the Christ! One of the main contributors to the formation of the human nations in the vast Eurasian area was the mysterious Scythianos, who used the Bulgarian nation as a main civilizational tool in his monumental deeds. Later on, we would again talk about the Bulgarians and Scythianos. The name of “Scythianos” comes from the Bulgarian verb ’’skitam se” (roam, frequent different places). Now, let us have a look at the 3rd Cultural Age when the Sentient Soul that was developed by the fourth Bodhisattva became the main factor for mankind’s cultural development.
From everything that was mentioned so far, it could be noticed that the Bodhisattvas are always way ahead of the general course of human evolution, since they cultivate in advance all the new human physical and Soul “elements”, which are being developed by the rest of mankind during the next cultural age. Moreover, these new “elements” developed by the Bodhisattvas would be “mirrored” upon mankind not only during the next cultural age, but also much later in future, when the “mirroring” of the further evolving Bodhisattvic faculties would be done with the intention of turning the three human bodies into pure Spirit!
So, what happened then during the 3rd Cultural Age of the post-Atlantean epoch? The method of analogy leads us to the 14th year of the human life when the young adolescent discards the mother’s astral body and starts developing his own astral body until the age of twenty-one. During the 3rd post-Atlantean Cultural Age, we were supposed to develop and use the abilities of the Sentient Soul, which actually corresponds to the period between the 21st and the 28th year of age, but mankind essentially was still quite immature and its evolution stage back then corresponded to the preceding period between the 14th and the 21st year when the astral body needs to be developed instead. Therefore, someone had to tame the animalistic impulses rioting inside our astral bodies and simultaneously with that also work on our Sentient Soul.
The human Sentient Soul started developing itself during the Lemurian period, but it became a main evolutionary factor barely during the 3rd Cultural Age. After the separation of the Moon from the Earth in Lemuria, the triad Sun-Moon-Earth mirrored itself then in the triad of Osiris-Isis-Horus. The physical separation in the Divine unity of our previously “triadic” planet during the Lemurian epoch, as exemplified by the departing Moon, caused the emergence of many human groups on Earth, which perceived themselves as distinct nations speaking different languages. Whether there was a single common language for all humans on Earth in those days, we cannot yet say for sure, but the ‘’destruction of the Tower of Babel” occurred after the emergence of multiple different nations and languages. Next, Lucifer incarnated at the start of Kali Yuga, and then the myth of Prometheus was born. Regarding Lucifer, we need to mention the occult law which states that each Luciferic effort and creation inevitably leads with itself Ahriman’s destructive and sobering Karma. As a result of Lucifer’s incarnation and influence on mankind, Ahriman turned mankind’s ’’original common language” into multiple different languages, destroyed the “Tower of Babel” and, as a result, the formation of separate national identity was triggered inside the human astral body. Consequently, the humankind irreversibly focused its attention on the outer physical world. During the 3rd Cultural Age, the fifth Bodhisattva rose to the rank of a Buddha again among the Bulgarians, just as the fourth Bodhisattva did, so that the human evolution could take the direction preordained by God's Providence. The already mentioned spiritual plan from around 5500 years ago that concerns the Bulgarian nation is of course part of God’s Providence. This fifth Bodhisattva, who rose to the rank of a Buddha, was Orpheus himself and he was incarnated in a “Bulgarian” body. Now then, what did he manage to accomplish during his tenure on Earth?
Using his music as a main instrument of influence, Orpheus was not just “taming” the animalistic impulses inside the astral bodies of the Bulgarians, but he also stirred something within their Sentient Soul that didn’t exist in any man on Earth. Although his music was being physically heard by the listeners, their Sentient Souls subconsciously felt that it was coming from the higher realms where Light is born. This Source of Light was the “Sun” and it was rising and shining inside the Sentient Soul of the listeners. This “Sun” was Christ, Who was about to incarnate in a physical body in order to be physically heard and seen by mankind, but our human ability to truly understand Him with our minds became available to us barely in our present age thanks to Anthroposophy. Back then, Orpheus was preparing us with the help of music by stimulating the forces in our Sentient Soul that were about to rise with time from our subconsciousness all the way up to our consciousness in order for them to be transformed by the Consciousness Soul and give birth to what we define nowadays as “logical thinking”. Orpheus planted the potential for logical thinking inside the Sentient Soul because our consciousness back then could perceive the Sentient Soul as something real and also because through the Sentient Soul we could observe the surrounding physical world in a far more spiritual way as compared to our current materialistic attitude towards the so-called “surrounding environment”. Back then, our ability to remember our previous lives also existed. It should be also mentioned that during the 3rd Cultural Age (also called “Egyptian”) we had no personal thoughts yet, but our spiritualized perception of the surrounding world and the comparisons we were making between the material world and the spiritual worlds led after all to the gradual emergence of human concepts. As a result of these newly acquired concepts, geometry, astrology and many other new sciences appeared for the very first time. During the 3rd Cultural Age, everything that had been experienced and learnt so far through the Universal Cosmic New Year event as well as from Zarathustra and the Holy Rishis had to be applied inside the physical world. As a result of this gained and applied knowledge, the cultures of Sumer, Babylon, Egypt, Chaldea, etc. flourished. The newly emerged “human sciences” were not yet completely materialistic and not purely developed by the humans themselves because the newly acquired spiritual-scientific concepts were actually being obtained by the leading priests in a supersensible way only. Although the priests were not in a state of waking consciousness when receiving this knowledge from the spiritual world, according to Steiner, the doctors of today, for example, are “unworthy of even serving a glass of water to the Initiates of those past times”. It is enough to consider the hundreds of thousands of Bulgarian proverbs, traditions, legends and myths or even the contemporary Bulgarian herbalists, who have been inheriting their healing knowledge from one generation to another, in order to be able to recognize the great erudition and skills that were possessed by the Initiates of the 3rd Cultural Age. This, actually, is the time when the ancient Gnosis originally emerged. The new gnostic concepts could not really help Orpheus in the future implementation of the logical thought process though. By playing godlike music on his lyre, he not only became the leader of all the ancient bards, who were wandering from town to town, but also turned out to be one of the main contributors towards mankind’s ability to understand the Christ. It is actually the “Bulgarian” Bodhisattva Orpheus (and allegedly much later the Greek national Heraklit) who said: “The humans are mortal Gods and the Gods are immortal humans! And blessed is each one who understands these words!” Only after we truly understand these words, we could then comprehend the core of his mission as a “Great Preparer” of the physical coming of the Christ. Only after reading these words, it would become clear why some images of Orpheus show him as being nailed on a cross or even crucified on his lyre!
The myth of Apollo playing his lyre was created by the Greek culture during the next 4th Cultural Age and it was successfully preserved until our present times. This actually is a Bulgarian myth and it leads us back to the mission of the Bodhisattva called Orpheus. The Greek image of “Apollo” only symbolizes the “Nathan Soul”, while, on the other hand, it is the historical figure of Orpheus, who, through his godlike music flowing inside in the astral bodies of the Bulgarian people, was the one who “mirrored” upon mankind the salvation of our Soul’s three faculties as well as the redemption of our astral body that were both successfully conducted by the Christ with the help of the Nathan Soul (Apollo) at the end of the Atlantean epoch. Orpheus could be likened to the “incarnated” Nathan Soul (Apollo), as he is “the physical son of Apollo” and he had lived in the times when the long-gone strong etheric clairvoyance was called with the female name of “Eurydice”, since the etheric body of man is actually “female” in its nature. In those days, Orpheus was initially able to clairvoyantly reach the spiritual world by means of suppressing his “Self”-consciousness, but his clairvoyance was beginning to fade away because in symbolic terms “Eurydice” was “bitten” by “the snake”. The image of “the snake” represents the already Luciferized spiritual Wisdom. As a result of the “snake’s bite”, the etheric clairvoyance (Eurydice) “died” and Apollo (Orpheus) “pleased” the Gods with his lyre and music in order to be allowed to go down to “the underworld” (the past) and rediscover his lost clairvoyance (Eurydice). On his way back though, he was forbidden by the Gods to look back at “Eurydice” (the old etheric clairvoyance) and was obliged to look only ahead of himself towards “the Sun”, i.e. towards the new clairvoyance that is achieved not as a gift through the powers of the three human bodies, but with the active help of the Soul and the Self. “Apollo” (Nathan Soul), however, reverted to his old etheric clairvoyance instead of looking forward towards the “Sun” (Christ) and, as a result, lost his “Eurydice” forever and turned himself into “Orpheus”. Orpheus became a Buddha, but at the cost of destroying the connection between his own individual Self and his Higher Self (perhaps the author means Spirit-Self). He was the first human being, who suffered in advance the tragedy of the Self, which was descending deeper and deeper into the physical matter, by being “crucified” between “his lyre”, symbolizing the “thought process potential”, and the earthly evolutionary Cross. This “tragedy” though was the only way Orpheus could develop his Intellectual Soul before all the other humans could do so. The loss of his etheric clairvoyance happened in order for Orpheus to be able to subsequently offer the newly acquired gift of the Intellectual Soul to the rest of the mankind, so that this new fundamental Soul element could be experienced by humanity on a worldwide scale during the next cultural age. If the “Self” living inside the “Sentient Soul” was able to originally perceive itself as a member of a specific nation in the sense of: “The Forefather Abraham and I are one”, then the “Self” acting within the “Intellectual Soul” was identifying itself as a “separate person”, and this new development had become possible through the process of logical thinking! Therefore, Orpheus became the “Great Preparer” of humanity for the individualized personal welcoming of the physically incarnated Christ. Christ had performed the triple salvation - having saved our 12 senses and the physical body at the end of Lemuria, our 7 main vital organs and the etheric body at the beginning of Atlantis and our three Soul faculties and the astral body at the end of Atlantis. Al this was performed through the Nathan Soul in the supersensible worlds and Christ was about to now save mankind’s body of the “Self” inside the physical world.
From what has been already mentioned, it is clear that the Buddha by the name of Orpheus and the previous Bodhisattva, who became a Buddha in the Bulgarian mountain of Rila, have both risen to the Nirvana state of consciousness after they have lived in the lands of the Bulgarians. Whether in 5,505 BC the third Bodhisattva rose to the rank of a Buddha precisely in the Rila Mountain or not, we cannot confirm yet, but, according to Steiner, all the post-Atlantean Cultural Ages have their own representatives in the Mystery Centers of the Black Sea region. As already pointed out, our ancient Bulgarian predecessors have performed various colonization conquests in order to civilize other nations and to lay down the foundations of new cultures in all parts of the world. This statement has been already proven by a large amount of interdisciplinary evidence. The Bulgarians had always been present in those lands where something unique and significant was about to emerge, and what could be more significant and unique than the rise of a particular Bodhisattva to the rank of a Buddha!
Continuing with our main topic on the Bodhisattvas, we would like to also mention yet another Bulgarian who played a major role in the evolution of mankind. – His name is Dionysus! Here, we would talk not about the “earlier Dionysus”, who indeed acted as a supersensible being, but about the physically incarnated “later Dionysus”, who, according to Steiner, set out on an illustrious conquest to India about one hundred years before Orpheus appeared on the scene and turned the local dark-skinned Dravidian race from primitive human beings into a nation with magnificent cultural achievements. This second “later Dionysus” and the “Scythian prince Rama” were two different names for the same person, but it remains an open question whether there was another “earlier Rama” in the Indian epos as well. Nonetheless, from Anthroposophy we know for sure that Dionysus was “the first Teacher of the Self” and that “after his death his Soul poured itself inside the intellectual culture of humanity and it is still present in there”. After the incarnation of Lucifer, Dionysus turned out to be the most prominent physically incarnated representative of the Luciferic principle. Moreover, thanks to his conquests in India, a few centuries later the sixth Bodhisattva managed to rise to the rank of a Buddha precisely in India again. In contrast, according to the famous myth, the fifth Bodhisattva Orpheus was killed by the “bacchantes.” The “bacchantes” symbolize the degraded Dionysian Sun cult, which was turned into passions and earthly cravings. This is how the Dionysian (Luciferic) principle and the Apollonian (Christ) principle both met inside the being of Orpheus. The Luciferic principle was individualizing “the Self” and was simultaneously turning the astral body into a combat arena for the three “rampant” Soul faculties, while the Christ Principle was trying to harmonize them through the usage of music. Orpheus could not reconcile the uncontrolled and “battling” faculties of the human Soul and was, figuratively speaking, “torn apart” by the “bacchantes” because these three Soul faculties could have been harmoniously unified only by a different Being utilizing a totally different approach. During the Turnaround of Times, the Dionysian and the Apollonian cults again manifested themselves through the Biblical images of the “Shepherds” and the “Magi”. Afterwards, they were successfully united by the Christ, but in the subsequent course of human development they were once more divided because of mankind’s unpreparedness. In Bulgaria, we could nowadays find a lot of atavistic relics from the Dionysian Mysteries in the traditions of the “kukers”, the “nestinari”, “Trifon Zarezan”, etc., while the Apollonian Mysteries would be rather found in the music, dance, art etc. What both Orpheus and Dionysus had laid inside the Souls of our ancient Bulgarian predecessors back then, has now, in the age of the Consciousness Soul, explicitly manifested itself in their descendants through our natural intelligence that makes us capable of literally inventing new things “out of nothing”, also through our flexibility when dealing with all kinds of situations, and finally through our adaptability allowing us to easily blend into any other different nation and culture. And how about our schoolchildren who always win so many international competitions in the fields of mathematics, informatics, chemistry, physics etc. despite the current terrible state of the Bulgarian political, social and educational system?!
Orpheus, nonetheless, completed only a part of the Bodhisattvas’ overall mission that is related to the human “Consciousness Soul”. The remaining part had to be accomplished by the sixth Bodhisattva during the 4th post-Atlantean Cultural Age. He was meant to lay the foundations of a new capacity (element) inside the life of the human Soul. As a result of all the intensive work that had been done since the times of the Atlantean flood, the human beings reached a considerable level of individualization, but this happened at the expense of the lost ability to remember their past lives. In the previous cultural age, the act of remembering one’s past incarnation on Earth was done via the much more “spiritual” and objective Sentient Soul, but now the humans could not use the newly gained “principle” of the Intellectual Soul as a tool for recalling their past lives, since the “Intellectual Soul” was much more overextended in the “realm of the abstract” and also very vague in its inner self-perception. Mankind’s ever-increasing affection towards the Earth and the physical matter, which started during the 3rd post-Atlantean Cultural Age, turned itself into a cult of the human physical body, and the earthly existence became literally “priceless” during the 4th Cultural Age (called Greco-Roman). If during the Atlantean epoch mankind used to communicate with countless numbers of spiritual beings at night, the humans of 4th Cultural Age were experiencing the Gods in a far more abstract and anthropomorphic way. Dionysus was reborn as Plato and was still in possession of a correct “living perception” with respect to the spiritual world. With regards to the physical world, Plato was utilizing the old original concepts that were obtained by the priests from the supersensible worlds during the 3rd Cultural Age, but then, his disciple Aristotle came to the forefront and he asked himself the question whether he was able to come up with his own concepts about the spiritual worlds in order for these new concepts to separate mankind from the spiritual world and thus create a completely new and “purely human” Earthly Science. Despite its rather vague nature, the idea of reincarnation still existed within Plato’s philosophy, but Aristotle abandoned the notion of rebirth, then invented his ten new purely earthly philosophical categories and finally “sent” Alexander the Great to spread his scientific achievements all around the world because only through the usage of such new earthly concepts it could have been noticed that the Earth’s evolution was penetrated by Another Spiritual Impulse that was markedly different from the entire post-Atlantean Wisdom, which had its origins in the previous Atlantean epoch. - This new Christ Impulse had to be comprehended by our consciousness, so that through Its Power, mankind could change the direction of its evolution and start ascending from the physical world back towards the world of the Spirit.
Before the beginning of the 4th post-Atlantean Cultural Age, humans were unable to offer anything coming out of their own spirituality in return for what the Bodhisattvas have already done for them. Even the so important human perception about what was good and evil was literally “brought down” to mankind directly from the spiritual world. Moreover, whenever any person did something morally wrong (evil) before the 4th Cultural Age, he would immediately witness in an “astral way” the appearance of the vengeful “Erinyes” and “Furies” in order for him to realize that he had caused an actual harm. The idiomatic expression “fuming like a Fury” still exists in the Bulgarian language, thereby proving that the names of the spiritual beings in the Greek and some of the later mythologies indeed originate from within the Bulgarian culture.
During the 4th Cultural Age came the right moment for something new to appear inside of mankind, something new that we could finally present as a gift to the Lodge of the Bodhisattvas before the sixth one of them was about to “dress” in human flesh in order to experience this new unfamiliar human feeling that didn’t really exist in the spiritual worlds. Until the 6th century BC, none of the Bodhisattvas reached the state of true physical incarnation. At some point in the period between the duration of Aeschylus’s (6th century BC) and Euripides’s lives (5th century BC), the humans started “hearing” their “inner voice” called “conscience” (morality), and consequently the sixth Bodhisattva fully incarnated himself within the physical body of the 29-year-old son of the Indian king Śuddhodana, attained later on his enlightenment under the “Bodhi” tree (fig tree) and turned into a Buddha because the power of expressing compassion and love had already been born inside of his heart. The 6th Bodhisattva had become Gautama Buddha and eventually passed his knowledge onto his disciples as “The Teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path”, and in doing so, he highlighted the correct path of the future human evolution. Only one single physical incarnation was enough for the 6th Bodhisattva to cover the entire distance on the path of inner spiritual development that was about to be traversed by the whole of mankind throughout the consecutive 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th post-Atlantean Cultural Ages! The particular “instrument” for his transformation into a Buddha was the “conscience” that was already born by mankind and existed in its inner spiritual life, and he was able to fully radiate out in the surrounding world this new Principle of the “Conscience” (Morality) as his own internally experienced spiritual impulse. In order to do that, the 6th Bodhisattva first developed his Consciousness Soul and only then truly experienced the “Teaching of Equanimity, Love, Compassion, and Joy” inside his Consciousness Soul, which indeed represents the most advanced part within the triad of the human Soul. Back then, mankind was at the stage of developing the Intellectual Soul, and that is why Gautama Buddha aimed his teaching precisely at the core of the human Intellectual Soul in order for his spiritual impulse to work inside of it, before the Consciousness Soul could gradually take over from the Intellectual Soul as the next main factor for the human cultural development and gradually reveal to mankind the essence of Gautama Buddha’s “Noble Eightfold Path”. In order for the 6th Bodhisattva to be able to penetrate the human Intellectual Soul with his Consciousness Soul, he needed a softer physical brain that was less bound by the parameters of logical materialistic thinking, since during the 4th Cultural Age the development of the Intellectual Soul had made the human brain way “too stiff” and insensitive to the new type of spiritual knowledge. In India, the Bodhisattva found this exact type of softer and more perceptive physical brain, which was actually typical for the previous 3rd Cultural Age. As a result, he incarnated precisely in the region where the second “later Dionysus” had created a civilization based on the principle of Synarchy (caste system). The son of king Śuddhodana was born in the clan of “Śākya” (Shakya) and Śākya were the actual “Saka” (Scythians), i.e. the Bulgarians from “Scythia”. Although it may sound as a complete novelty to some people, it is important to mention that beside the popular images of Gautama Buddha, there are also images that show him as being fair-skinned and blue-eyed. The Bulgarians had blue or brown eyes and also blond, ginger or brown hair. They were not the mongoloids with their typical yellowish skin and small dark slanted eyes. For example, the world-famous ruler Attila (known as Attila the Hun) from the Bulgarian Dulo clan was described by one of his antagonists by the name of “Priscus of Panium” as a man with ginger hair and blue eyes, who knew Latin and Greek and was a very well-mannered and a noble ruler who never attacked any places inhabited purely by civilians. After all the fake theories in the so-called science of “historiography”, why should it be surprising then if it turns out that the “Bulgarian trace” could be potentially leading us towards the Gautama Buddha who physically incarnated himself in the body of the so-called “Indian prince” Siddhartha?!
For the purposes of this study though, the more important fact is that in India, during the age of the Intellectual Soul, the 6th Bodhisattva succeeded in reliving the experience of the older part of the human Soul as represented by the Sentient Soul and the softer human brain associated with it. Gautama Buddha went again through this particular “Soul experience of the past” (Sentient Soul and softer brain) in order to implant inside the Intellectual Soul the new human archetypal “element” of the “The Eightfold Path” that would develop itself within the future human Consciousness Soul. Previously, Orpheus had also acted in a similar way by utilizing the capacity of the Sentient Soul during the earlier 3rd Cultural Age, so that mankind could develop the contemporary logical thinking process, since during the 3rd Cultural Age the Intellectual Soul had no actual power to develop our current mental ability for logical thinking. If we also add Dionysus’s contribution to what was created and mirrored upon humanity by both Orpheus and Gautama Buddha, then we see that exactly these three pre-Christian individuals are the ones who did most for the development of the modern human thinking process.
Based on the everything that was mentioned so far, it is obvious that the closer the Word (Christ manifesting as the Son) was coming to an earthly physical incarnation, the smaller the distance between the Bodhisattvas and their respective earthly bodies became, as they were progressively “shrinking” in size in order to be able to deeper penetrate into the human bodies that were meant for them. By being able to “infiltrate” the three human bodies at an ever bigger scale, each time the Bodhisattvas could successfully develop a new part of the human Soul in order to recreate man's inner essence by implanting these newly developed Soul elements. We would need to immediately clarify that if the Bodhisattva typically creates an “archetype” of any new human soul/spirit element by the end of his earthly mission, then, after his death, this “archetype” always starts acting from within the spiritual world as a “Living Power”, thus giving each man the opportunity to develop within himself the same “Living Power” after a certain period time. If we ask ourselves how to use our method of analogy in Gautama Buddha’s case, the answer is as follows: First, the 6th Bodhisattva radiated the spiritual impulse of “conscience” (morality) towards the Sentient Soul, which symbolizes the “past” period of human evolution corresponding to the human age between the years of 21 to 28. Next, Gautama Buddha developed the Consciousness Soul as an archetypal element of the “future” that corresponds to the human age between the years of 35 to 42. Finally, he managed to develop the mankind’s Intellectual Soul from within by influencing it through his own newly developed Consciousness Soul, and back then this was done in the “present cultural age” when mankind was developing the Intellectual Soul, whose evolution corresponded to the human life between the years of 28 to 35. In this way, the Bodhisattva brilliantly demonstrated how he combined the “past” and the “future” in order to create a new human archetypal element in the “present”! Nonetheless, the Intellectual Soul needed to be additionally “embraced” from the outside by another Being acting in a completely different way, Which would not only teach it, but will also shape and define it. Until this moment, the Bodhisattvas were only re-creating “man's inner essence”, while the approaching Christ had to re-create the “whole human nature”. If initially the Bodhisattvas were transforming only their astral bodies into Spirit-Self, then after the Turnaround of Times, the Christ gave a mighty impulse for the transformation of the etheric body into Life-Spirit. Therefore, the first six Bodhisattvas were the ones who prepared humanity for the arrival of the Word (Christ as the Son), while the next remaining six Bodhisattvas were going to emulate the Christ and become true “Christ followers”. The transition to the new role of becoming a “Christ follower” was accomplished by the seventh Bodhisattva who is indeed the Bodhisattva of our times!
Steiner explicitly stated the current 7th Bodhisattva would rise to the rank of a Buddha 5,000 years after he had received “the heavenly tiara” from the previous Bodhisattva, i.e. during the next 6th post-Atlantean Cultural Age. Originally, the activities of the first few Bodhisattvas were evenly “distributed” in time, as each one of them acted independently in a separate cultural age, but later on the period between the arrivals of Orpheus and Gautama Buddha was significantly reduced to seven centuries only. - Why did such a major “timespan” change take place?
As previously indicated, along his sacrificial descent towards the Earth, the Macrocosmic Self of the Christ was revealing Himself in various ways among the different spiritual hierarchies encompassed by the collective Being of the Heavenly Sophia. For example, in the ancient times Zarathustra used to call Christ “The Great Spirit of the Sun”. The Sun realm is the original place where the Gods of the Second Hierarchy - Dominions, Mights and Powers – reside, and it also includes the spheres of Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. When the six pre-Christian Bodhisattvas were descending towards their earthly bodies, thereby bringing Wisdom to humanity, they drew this Wisdom from the Sun Logos not in a direct way, but with the help of the “Moon sphere”, which is represented by the Gods from the Third Hierarchy – Archai, Archangels and Angels and it also includes in itself the domains of Mercury and Venus. Up until the Turnaround of Times, the first six Bodhisattvas were presenting the Wisdom of the Sun Logos as the Wisdom of the Moon Logos. That is why, back then, they were “the messengers of the Moon.”
After the Macrocosmic Self of the Christ left the Sun and experienced Death and Resurrection on Earth, it became possible for the next six Bodhisattvas to obtain life forces directly from the Source of the Mystery of Golgotha in order to present to mankind the Sun Wisdom of Christ in an entirely new form, without having to resort to the intermediary forces of the Moon. After Pentecost, the Sun-Christ had entered every human Self, expecting to be found within the human Soul, so that with His Power we could unite the Earth and the Moon into one planetary body during the 7th Cultural Age, and in distant future to also unite into one the “new Earth” and the Sun within the higher spiritual worlds in order to restore the previous combined triad of Sun-Moon-Earth that was dissolved during the Hyperborean epoch. The execution of such an imposing plan could not be achieved through Wisdom only, even though it belonged to the Sun-Christ Himself! Instead, this feat could be achieved only by the Cosmic Wisdom that is newly born within the human Self and, as a result, would turn itself into Love which is also necessarily required. Christ was the first one who made this great transformation by transmuting the Macrocosmic Wisdom into Macrocosmic Love within His Self, and since then the last six Bodhisattvas turned from the old “Teachers of Wisdom” into the new “Teachers of Wisdom and Love”.
The process of transforming the Bodhisattvic astral bodies into Spirit-Self also changed dramatically. As per the Gospel of Luke, an Angel, who btw. is the former Gautama Buddha’s Guardian Angel by the name of Vidar, appeared before the eyes of the “Shepherds” in the field and announced the birth of the Savior in the City of David, after which the “Shepherds” saw “the Heavenly host” (the Angelic army). This “host” was indeed the “Nirmanakaya” of Gautama Buddha. - But why is this “Heavenly host” not a single clearly defined Angelic “body”, but displayed a multitude of Angelic Beings instead?! – The answer is that after rising to the rank of a Buddha, each of the first six Bodhisattvas would only partially transform his astral body into Spirit-Self, and this Spirit-Self would later on manifest among humanity as a “Living Power”. The closer the Turnaround of Times was approaching, the nearer the Bodhisattvas were to their metamorphosis into single individualized Angels (Sprit-Selves). When the “Shepherds” saw the original “Heavenly host”, it consisted of the six “elements” (Living Powers) of the first six Bodhisattvas, who had transformed themselves into unusual type of “beings”. Since the “Living Power” of Gautama Buddha was closest to the rank of an “Angel”, it accounted for the greatest part of the “Heavenly host” and that was why it was seen by the “Shepherds” as an angelic aura inside the etheric-astral world. “The Heavenly host” was formed six centuries earlier, when, under the Bodhi tree, the Bodhisattva reached enlightenment, so that the “Heavenly host” could eventually head towards the Jesus child (the Nathan Soul), who was born in the manger in order to enter into his etheric body. After anything between five to seven years had elapsed, the Jesus child discarded his mother’s etheric body, and Vidar absorbed into his Life-Spirit those discarded pure infant etheric forces and preserved them for future usage. These pure forces did not dissolve in the universal ether, but Vidar utilized them when he revived the etheric body of Jesus inside the Garden of Gethsemane, when Jesus’s etheric body had already been almost turned into a microcosmic Life-Spirit by the Christ Macrocosmic Self and, as a result, it was barely preventing the physical body of Jesus from completely falling apart. This was the moment when Jesus sweated drops of blood (Luke 22:44).
In its 12th year on Earth, the Nathan Soul of the Jesus child from Nazareth united itself with the Self of Zarathustra and abandoned the mother’s astral body. Next, it united itself with Buddha's “Nirmanakaya”, and Buddhism became so much rejuvenated that it later manifested itself through John the Baptist in a completely new way. Jesus himself learned about the three supersensible life-saving sacrifices of Christ that were conducted through the Nathan Soul as early as his 24th year, but he shared this revelation with his mother only after he reached the age of 30. After this particular conversation, his mother Mary turned into Virgin Sophia and Jesus left for the River Jordan, so that the miracle of turning the “Word” into an earthly man could begin before the Nathan Soul could experience subsequent Death as its own Fourth Sacrifice.
Based on what was said so far, we could conclude that the first Bodhisattva who would have the opportunity to completely transform his astral body into Spirit-Self would be the seventh one indeed because prior to the Mystery of Golgotha the powers for such a transformation were simply nonexistent on Earth. As we have already mentioned, the connection of the first few Bodhisattvas with their earthly bodies was only conducted at the level of the astral body. Later, the 5th Bodhisattva penetrated the etheric body of Orpheus, and finally Gautama Buddha almost fully penetrated “his” physical body, and this process was very much reminiscent of a full earthly physical incarnation. Since Gautama Buddha’s Bodhisattvic mission on Earth has already finished, we could expect that the next seventh Bodhisattva would be able to establish the same strong connection with all the three bodies of his physical “host” while he is continuously revisiting mankind every 100 years during his 5,000-year tenure on Earth. Rudolph Steiner mentions only one such earthly appearance of the current Bodhisattva 105 years before the Turnaround of Times, when the herald Jeshu ben Pandira came on the scene in order to let people know about the upcoming physical appearance of the Word on Earth, and because of that he was stoned to death by his adversaries. Already dead, he was later on crucified in a disgraceful act of madness. The early Bodhisattvas were unable to experience death and pain the way mankind does nowadays. Orpheus, but only if he was murdered in reality, should have experienced death in a much more distinctive way, while Gautama Buddha ascended to the Heavens after a natural death. In contrast, Yeshu ben Pandira experienced death in a dramatic way, thus showing mankind what was going to happen to the Christ after “the Word became flesh” (John 1:14, NKJV). With great certainty, we could claim that in his previous descents between the 6th and 2nd century BC the seventh Bodhisattva did not experience violent death, but in the year 105 BC he went through it and the power
to do so came from the “conscience” in his Sentient Soul. The foundations of “human conscience” were formed as a reflection of the three supersensible sacrifices of the Sun-Christ through the Nathan Soul, and the act of these sacrifices was the main secret that was being revealed to the disciples inside the pre-Christian mystery centers. Finding support in the impulse of “human conscience” that was radiated by Gautama Buddha and also finding support in the three sacrifices of the Macrocosmic Christ, Yeshu ben Pandira fulfilled his preparative and informative mission on Earth, but had to pay for this feat with his own life. After Pentecost, the Sun-Christ started living in the Self of man as the “Conscience–Christ”, and it was first manifesting itself through the Sentient Soul before it next permeated the Intellectual Soul in order to finally reach the Consciousness Soul and penetrate it to such an extent that mankind was gradually being enabled to make the Great Transition towards the Spirit-Self.
The fixed time interval in our lives that is connected to our own individual experience of the Self within the Sentient, Intellectual and Consciousness Soul is called the “Sun period”. If we once more use the method of analogy with respect to the so-called “Sun period”, we would again witness its great accuracy. To illustrate, the seventh Bodhisattva started experiencing the element of “conscience” in his Sentient Soul first, then he had to raise it to the level of his Intellectual Soul, before finally perceiving it within his Consciousness Soul. - When the Bodhisattva would eventually complete the entire Sun period cycle of his Soul during the 5,000 years of his earthly missions, then, during the 6th Cultural Age, he would rise to the level of Spirit-Self in order to become the first of the Bodhisattvas who would have entirely transformed his astral body into an “Angel” with the help of the Power of Christ's Macrocosmic Self living within his own Self. Later on in the narrative, we would try to find out how the Bodhisattva had been coping with his mission of being the first one to completely transform his astral body into Spirit-Self. For the time being though, the most relevant questions would be if the 7th Bodhisattva had physically met with the Macrocosmic Self of Christ that resided in the body of Jesus during the last three years of his life, and if this meeting had actually happened, then what was its outcome?
The New Testament confirms about three different resurrections performed by the Savior. In comparison, Anthroposophy states that in the 3rd century AD a young man from the village of Nain incarnated himself as Mani and founded Manichaeism. On the other hand, it also mentions that Lazarus was the only human who was personally initiated by Christ, and because of that he could follow Him all the way to the Golgotha Cross in order to obtain from the crucified Word the profound Cosmic understanding of what actually happened on the Cross and then write the “The Gospel of John”, which is the greatest book of all times. John-Lazarus was also granted the unique privilege of looking back into the past and also foreseeing the future of mankind as described in his “Book of Revelation”. Next, in the 13th century AD he became the central figure in the Mystery conducted at the Bulgarian town of Arbanasi, and this Mystery eventually gave birth to Rosicrucianism during the 15th century.
Unfortunately, Steiner said nothing about the next incarnations of the daughter of Jairus who was the third person resurrected by the Christ. Since the “Self”-consciousness of the other two (Mani and Lazarus) who were also resurrected by the Christ evolved to such great spiritual heights, it would be simply obligatory for us to ask the question about the particular identity of the Self that dwelt in the young girl who was brought back to life with the Hierophant call of the Christ, Who pronounced the words “Talitha cumi“ (Mark 5:41, NKJV) in the ancient Bulgarian language of our forefathers. - This resurrected girl was actually the seventh Bodhisattva, and the Soul and the Self of the girl were the Soul and the Self of the Bodhisattva! The girl’s mother and father and the three most prominent of the twelve Christ disciples were the ones to witness this Sacred Mystery.
In my lecture “The Great Battle on Earth”, I have provided a detailed explanation on the meaning of this particular act of salvation (resurrection) conducted by the Christ, whereby the “powers of the future” (the Female Principle) were revived, and so, the way to the 6th Cultural Age was successfully paved! In this way, the Spirit-Self was enabled to descend towards the Consciousness Soul of those individuals who would be worthy of accepting his blessing. The most suitable human, in whom the “seed” of the future 6th Cultural Age could be “planted”, was in fact the future Buddha Maitreya (the current 7th Bodhisattva). The 12-year-old daughter of Jairus had already developed her own etheric body at the time when she met the Christ, but, for a reason, her puberty was not approaching yet. Both her developed etheric body and her immature astral body living in the astral sheath of her mother, as well as the Soul and the Self of the Bodhisattva were to be found outside of the girl’s physical body. The enlivening forces, which resurrected the young girl, poured out from the etheric body of Jesusthat was penetrated by the Christ Macrocosmic Self and was transformed to a great extent into Life-Spirit, and these forces flowed into the etheric body of this young “girl-altar”, and, as a result, she was physically brought back to life! The very moment the words “Talitha cumi” were said, the Self of the incarnated Logos embraced the undeveloped body of the Intellectual Soul residing within the girl’s etheric body and imprinted itself inside the etheric body in the form of “conscience”. As in the case of the other two resurrections, the physical revival and the imprinting of the “conscience” were done while the neophyte was rather unaware of the entire process. However, the influence of the Carrier of the Budhi Principle (Christ) on the girl’s etheric body as well as the influence of the Soul-Spirit nature of the Bodhisattva were both yet to manifest themselves in future, but this time consciously during all the upcoming incarnations of the Bodhisattva. The future accelerated evolution of the Bodhisattva and the purely physical stamina needed to withstand the forthcoming martyrdom trials wouldn’t have manifested themselves later on, if the Christ had not initiated the life-saving act of “etheric nourishment” in order to resurrect the daughter of Jairus.