Thursday, September 6, 2012

Foreword to the Sixth Edition (2001)

This new edition has been revised and updated in Montreal after my public talk and slide show in the staid Atwater Library on September 6, where the second edition of Werner Greub’s How The Grail Sites Were Found was presented – to a small but attentive audience consisting largely of anthroposophists – and a talk on September 10 at the first, joined member’s meeting of the English and French branches of the new (Fall) season of the Anthroposophical Society in Montreal.

The topic on which I was asked to speak for the members meeting was Social Organics as a Grail Impulse for the 21st Century. I began by saying that it is not we – the handful assembled in these quarters on Rue St Jacques near the corner of St Laurent, or the 50.000 or so anthroposophists around the world in general, who are in any position to change the world for the better – but that it is anthroposophy, or the science of the Grail, that can certainly do that. As a point of departure I then quoted Walter Johannes Stein, author of The Ninth Century – World History in the Light of The Holy Grail, referring to the three historic grades of chivalry: the first and second being the grades of faith (related to Peter), hope (James), while the third is charity or love (John).  In his (not translated) work Temple and Grail, the Dutch anthroposophist Willem Frederik Veltman writes: “This grade of John can only be realized today and has to do with a world economy based on a truly Christian love. But for the time being, the world economy as a world power is still developing in an opposite direction.”[1]

I then offered a series of steps to try to not only better understand this third grade of love, but also to implement it as social organics: in the Anthroposophical Society as well as in the world at large [through the reformation of the world economy based on Rudolf Steiner’s Course by the same title). In order to show that this is part of the on-going task of a [modern] Grail knight I then referred to the first slide during my public lecture showing the Grail poet-knight Wolfram von Eschenbach with his coat-of-arms: the two opposing P’s (the Hebrew letter ‘diresh’) symbolizing two divine principles of good and evil, light and darkness that need to be kept in balance through a middle, third force separating them [the Christ principle] and putting and keeping them in their proper place. It is thus not a question of the one destroying the other; without the darkness we would have no color; without opposites we would have no development. I ended by listing a series of steps leading in that direction, in which each and everyone could make his or her contribution.

Robert J. Kelder
Montreal, September 2001

[1] Quoted from “Instead of a Foreword – A Challenge to Joint Research” to Werner Greub’s From Grail Christianity to Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophy, Willehalm Institute Press, Amsterdam, 2001, p. 8.

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