How the Grail Sites Were Found

How the Grail Sites Were Found

Werner Greub (Author),
Robert J. Kelder – Willehalm Institute Press – Amsterdam (Translator) Buy This Book!

The 13th century German poet-knight Wolfram von Eschenbach assures us that his famous Grail romance Parzival contains descriptions of historical events that took place eleven generations before his time, i.e. in the 9th century, exactly in the way he narrates them. The source for his material he describes as a certain “well-known master Kyot the Provençal”, thus not, as still generally is assumed, Perceval by the French poet Chrétien de Troyes that appeared some 20 years earlier. But because this enigmatic figure Kyot could, until now, not historically be identified, his existence has long been cast in doubt, and so it is widely assumed that Wolfram based Parzival on poetic justice. With respect to his Willehalm, an unfinished epic poem on the heroic exploits of the Franconian William of Orange, it is still generally believed that Wolfram’s source was the semi-historical folklore of the Aliscans, one of the many so-called Chansons de geste of the roving  troubadours of the south of France. At that time the troubadours were extolling the rather fantastic and pious deeds of this paladin of Emperor Charlemagne. One of the last protectors of Celtic or Grail Christianity, the paladin was declared in 1066 a patron saint of the knights by Pope Alexander II.

In one of his lectures on Christ and the Spiritual World: The Search for the Holy Grail , the Austrian-born founder of the science of the Grail, also known as Anthroposophy, Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), stated on January 1, 1914, that Kyot is no mere figment of a poet’s vivid imagination, but definitely a historical figure, who lived not in the 12th, as is still generally believed, but in the 9th century. In private conversations, moreover, he described the Arlesheim Hermitage – an old Celtic sacred landscape near the site of the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland – as the actual Grail area where Parzival had his eventful meetings with Trevrizent and Sigune, both of whom lived in seclusion as hermits not far from Wolfram’s Grail Castle Munsalvaesche, often mistakenly thought to be Montségur on the French side of the Pyrenees.

The above indications by Wolfram von Eschenbach and Rudolf Steiner motivated the Swiss-born anthroposophist and Grail researcher Werner Greub (1909-1997) to take Wolfram von Eschenbach’s words seriously, thereby succeeding, as it were, in bringing the Grail down to earth. Carefully following all of Wolfram’s manifold indications from the original Middle High German texts to the letter, and reading the landscape as a largely unspoiled script, he not only found Kyot to be none other than the medieval William of Orange, but also discovered, or rather decoded, most of the historic scenes of actions where – in the first half of the ninth century – most of the actual events in Parzival as well as Willehalm must have taken place in an area of what now is now called Alsace, Switzerland, Germany and France. This led Werner Greub to formulate his novel and controversial theory that Wolfram von Eschenbach is not only to be regarded as a great poet, but also as an exact chronicler of Parzival’s revolutionary inauguration as Grail king at Whitsun Saturday, May 12, 848 in the Grail castle Munsalvaesche located halfway up a hill on an ancient Roman quarry in the Arlesheim Hermitage. Wolfram’s references to various planetary constellations also turned out to be so exact that by means of extensive astronomical calculations the whole chronology of Parzival and, indirectly, that of Willehalm could be established.

As the title of this voluminous research report suggests, the emphasis lies not so much on the where but on the how. Werner Greub managed to depict his discovery of the Grail sites on various maps and in the geographical reality itself in such a manner that every scene of action can be represented and experienced step by step within the mind of the attentive reader. The reader is invited to make the next step of visiting the Parzival and Wilhelm geography in person in order to make an experiential assessment on the merits of this unique book that purports to be the hitherto considered legendary Grail tradition in a completely new light.

How The Grail Sites Were Found was first published under the title Wolfram von Eschenbach und die Wirklichkeit des Grals in 1974 by the Goetheanum, School for Spiritual Science founded by Rudolf Steiner in 1923 as the research and development center of the General Anthroposophical Society. It elicited such controversy that the second and third volumes of this projected Grail trilogy were never officially published. Due to these and other extenuating circumstances, it took 27 years for this book to be translated and first published as a ring-bound manuscript in English in 2001 and another 12 years before this first book edition could finally see the light of day. (A French edition was published as La Quête du Gral in 2002 and a Dutch translation Willem van Oranje, Parzival en de Graal by the Willehalm Institute Press in 2009.) Read more…

A Secret History of Consciousness

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By Gary Lachman (Author), Colin Wilson (Foreword)

Published by Lindisfarne Books (May 1, 2003) Buy this Book!

This book is essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand human consciousness. It is astounding to think that we explore the depths of the ocean and the outer reaches of space without putting a similar effort into exploring the true nature of the human mind. Perhaps I am expecting too much of those who have the resources for such exploration.

Machines may assist in identifying left and right brain, the activity of neurons and so forth, but they will never enlighten our understanding of perception, cognition and other facets of consciousness. Gary Lachman clearly explains how consciousness itself can unravel its mystery. He traces the ideas of many great minds and pulls them together in a way that makes it clear that human consciousness evolves and in particular, self-consciousness. Here lies the key; have we developed our own self-consciousness or do we still rely on group consciousness. Perhaps this idea holds a clue for our scientists.

Who better than Gary Lachman, the Science Writer, to scope human consciousness in the way he has in this book? The evolution of self-consciousness is in our face every day. How many young people die as they challenge themselves in extreme sports? How many people create unnecessary difficulties for themselves and what about the bizarre practice of self-harm.

Lachman makes this point when he writes: “[Colin] Wilson recognised that the attraction of inconvenience and living dangerously is not in the actual problems or challenges they present, but in the focus and concentration we bring to bear on meeting them. Heidegger and Gurdjieff hit the nail on the head when they said that the thought of one’s death can lead to an experience of “being” – the thought, not the actual confrontation.”

I will be referring back to this book often as I seek to understand the development of my own consciousness as well as the challenges that we face as a human race living in today’s world. – Review by Kristina Kaine

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The Pendle Zodiac

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By Thomas Sharpe
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Thomas Sharpe (b. 1970) was born and lives in the area of Pendle, in the Rose County of Lancashire, in northern England. This area is well-known from the 1652 visit made by George Fox, a founder of the Quakers or Friends, during which, at a well on Pendle side, he had a mystical or Christic vision. As a result of this vision, Pendle has been strongly linked with the Quakers, and the well is called George Fox’s Well. A 2002 publication, The Lancashire Witches, Histories and Stories, edited by Robert Poole, is described as “the first major study of England’s biggest and best-known witch trial, which took place in 1612.”

The author first became open to clairvoyant perception in 1989, using a book by Carl Rider, Your Psychic Power: A Practical Guide to Developing Your Natural Clairvoyant Abilities. Rider’s book was based on exercises taken from Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment, by Rudolf Steiner. In response to a question, he wrote that the Carl Rider book “guided my clairvoyant imaginations, though without an adequate background of interpretation which a broader study of Anthroposophy would have provided.” He had been inspired by the work of Walter J. Stein and books on projective geometry, attended some lectures related to the work of Rudolf Steiner, studied Goethe’s spiritual science, and in 2008 began a study of Anthroposophy, partly to acquire a fundamental basis for his natural clairvoyance in relation to the geomantic work in Pendle. He made several valuable contributions to the 2011 publication of the Brunnen von Christus Group, The Writing of the Heart, Book II.

From the Preface: “The supposition of giant zodiacal effigies set around the Pendle landscape was originally illustrated through the unostentatious ‘Terrestrial Zodiacs in Britain: Nuthampstead and Pendle Zodiac’ (1976), by N. Pennick and R. Lord, Institute of Geomantic Research, Cambridge.” The author’s revision “is somewhat in the spirit of [William] Blake — a documented lifetime’s journey exploring the Pendle landscape, charting my cumulative visions and experiential encounters with the super-sensory world. The panorama that unfolds will genially inaugurate the reader into a mythical landscape, complete with landscape zodiac, sacred geometry and geomantic alignments.” From the beginning of the first chapter: “My background is local to Pendle, having been born under the presence of Pendle Hill, as viewed from the west-facing windows of the house in which I grew up. My early interests included art, with a leaning towards the natural sciences, particularly ornithology and conchology. Therefore, along with a comprehensive knowledge of the genera of flora and fauna, I can identify most native bird species. Then of course, I spent my time illustrating these through artistic media.” This authentic and priceless little book — 65 pages in length, including 15 illustrations and an extensive “Bibliography & References” section — transports us to the serenity and mystical green beauty of the English countryside, and wastes no words at all. The chapters are short, yet the content is profound, and repeated readings bring further understanding. The first chapter is titled “Etheric Clairvoyance,” and, in addition to offering essential biographical information, it describes subtle awakenings within the spiritual world, especially the Elemental world. The second chapter describes an encounter, in a lucid dream, with “The Lady of the Well,” who is perceived inside a hollow Faery mound. “Her disposition was both generous and kind and also somewhat homely and house-proud. Bearing no sign of old age she was not young either, rather ageless.” Read more…

Ghost On The Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the War for Crown and Empire

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By James Romm
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James Romm is the pen name of James H. Ottaway, Jr., a Professor of Classics at Bard College, New York. “The story of Alexander’s conquests is known to many readers,” writes the author in the Preface, “but the dramatic and consequential sequel to that story is much less well-known. It is a tale of loss that begins with the greatest loss of all, the death of the king who gave the empire its center … The era that followed came to be defined by the absence of one towering individual, just as the previous era had been defined by his presence. It was as though the sun had disappeared from the solar system… The brightest celestial bodies in this new, sunless cosmos were Alexander’s top military officers, who were also in some cases his closest friends. Modern historians often refer to them as ‘the Successors’ (or ‘Diadochs,’ a Greek word meaning virtually the same thing). But that term is anachronistic for the first seven years after Alexander’s death, when none of these men tried to succeed the king; they vied for his power but not his throne.” Members of the Macedonian royal family, the Argeads, could only have assumed the throne, although by 308 B.C. the era of the Argead dynasty was well and truly over.

Ghost on the Throne is a clear and accurate historical account that chronologically details the deadly conflicts among both the military generals who had been appointed by Alexander as satraps of huge regional areas (as well as Perdiccas, in charge in Babylon), and the members of the Macedonian royal family, which included Olympias, Alexander’s mother, and Rhoxane and her son, Alexander IV. Rhoxane and her son died around 313 B.C., probably from poisoning. On page 205 of the book the author summarizes the extent of the tragic account: “The pattern of mitosis that had beset the empire since Alexander’s death seemed to be recurring without end. First the royal family had split into two factions and designated two kings to take Alexander’s place; then the designs of Perdiccas had brought a split between two wives; finally all of Asia had been split by the falling-out of Perdiccas and Antipater, and by the war those two had handed down to their surrogates, Eumenes and Antigonus…”

For this history of the wars for Alexander’s crown and empire, author James Romm lists his most important sources in the Preface, beginning with the 2002 publication by Brian Bosworth, a “masterly study,” The Legacy of Alexander: Politics, Warfare, and Propoganda Under the Successors. The sources include the firsthand account of Hieronymous of Cardia (a Greek soldier of fortune) that was lost but “mined for information” by Arrian of Nicomedia in the second century A.D.; the first century B.C. account of Diodorus Siculus; the account of Pompeius Trogus, a Roman writer; the Lives of Plutarch from the late first and early second century A.D.; and the Notes of Photius, the ninth century A.D. patriarch of Constantinople. There is an extensive Bibliography, maps, illustrations, and 31 pages of Notes that will leave the reader confident in the accuracy of the outer or objective history. The author also writes that he has examined more unconventional or subjective accounts, such as those by “Athenaeus, collector of gossip and anecdotes, and the anonymous author of The Lives of the Ten Orators.” The Introduction that follows the Preface describes the great archaeological discovery by Manolis Andronikos in Vergina (Northern Greece) in 1977-79, a discovery that has been confirmed to be a Great Tumulus contemporary with Alexander, containing the remains of his relatives and close companions and possibly artifacts that belonged to Alexander himself. Read more…

The Secret of Light, by Walter Russell

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By Walter Russell
Published by The University of Science and Philosophy, Waynesboro, VA, 1974. 1994. Buy this Book!

In the Foreword, after listing many factors by way of pointing out how little our present-day civilization has progressed toward spiritual understanding of the universe, Walter Russell offers the following: “Within the secret of Light is the answer to all of these heretofore unanswered questions, and many more, which the ages have not yet solved. This revelation of the nature of Light will be the inheritance of man in the coming New Age of greater comprehension. Its unfoldment will prove the existence of God by methods and standards acceptable to science and religion alike. It will lay a spiritual foundation under the present material one of science.” At the beginning of the Foreword (and also preceding each chapter) clarifications and extensions on the qualities of Light are offered with quotations from Russell’s great work, The Divine Iliad: “Man progresses in cycles of approximately twenty-five hundred years. At the beginning of each cycle of his growing awareness of the Light within him, God sends messages through prepared messengers to further his comprehension of the Light. Comprehension of these cosmic messages gradually exalts mankind into higher beings, and thus each cycle is one more step for man toward full awareness of the Light, and of his Oneness with God.” In Chapter One, “The Eternal Question,” the author emphasizes: “A new cycle of three thousand years duration is now in its birth throes.”

From “Concerning the Divine Iliad”: The Divine Iliad cannot be fully published for many years. As much of it as can now be published will appear in these pages. Further portions of it will be released as the world is ready to receive them.” The Divine Iliad is currently available in two volumes, and the second part of the first volume includes The Secret of Light.

Walter Bowman Russell, born in Boston, Mass., (May 19, 1871–May 19, 1963), published the first version of The Secret of Light in 1927 with the title The Universal One. However, he came to regard this first effort as a failure and twenty years later, in 1947, re-published this phenomenal work with its present title. According to the Biographical Information on Walter Russell online (address below), in 1921, at the age of 49, Walter Russell experienced his illumination into the “Light of Cosmic Consciousness” during a time period that lasted 39 days and nights. This was the longest period of his illumination but not the first. He first “left his body and felt the ecstasy of cosmic consciousness” at the age of seven, and after that time he had similar experiences every year during the month of May. Pentecost Sunday often falls around mid-May and it seems fitting to associate the significance of this observance with the life and work of Walter Russell. From the biography cited, Russell died on his 92nd birthday, “mentally awake and active right up until the end.” In 2013, Pentecost Sunday falls on May 19th.

Russell left conventional schooling at the age of nine to help support his family. He was “a musician from infancy,” and a blind neighbor, his first teacher, taught him to play the piano. At the age of 13 he became a church organist and also entered art school. From this time period onward he was entirely self-supporting and self-educated. There was first a crisis, however, when at the age of 14 he became seriously ill with “black diphtheria” and was declared dead by a physician. Yet during this severe illness he experienced his second great illumination wherein self-healing knowledge was revealed, and he was able to rise from the sickbed perfectly healed.

The Secret of Light is divided into three parts: Part I, Omniscience, The Universe of Knowing; Part II, Omnipotence, The Universe of Power; Part III, Omnipresence, The Universe of Being, Postulates and Diagrams.  There are 17 chapters in Part I and 16 chapters in Part II, although the chapters are generally only a few pages in length, enabling the reader to more easily assimilate such subjects as “Sensation and Consciousness,” “Knowledge Versus Thinking,” “Thinking Versus Sensing,” “Electrical Awareness,” “Motion Simulating Rest,” “Genesis,” “The Unfolding-Refolding Principle,” and “The Illusion of Attraction and Repulsion of Matter.” Part III, subtitled “This Magnetic-Electric Universe,” contains 77 pages of diagrams, beginning with the diagram representing “The Mystery of Gravitation and Radiation,” and ending with two complex diagrams described by the legends as “Opposite actions simultaneously void each other,” and “This universe of matter is composed of pairs of negations which never exceed zero.” Russell’s “Periodic Table of the Elements” is shown on page 262. (“In 1941, the American Academy of Sciences conferred a doctorate on him, after several laboratories had isolated the elements which he had foreseen: Deuterium, Tritium, Neptunium and Plutonium.”)

At the beginning of a study of this book the serious reader will ask: Who is the Being who is communicating with Russell and instructing him about the secrets of Light, the Being of the Divine Iliad? The source is identified as the One, God the Father, as still, magnetic center of the universe, as “the fulcrum,” and as the foundation of all material existence. God the Son, whom Russell refers to as Jesus or the Nazarene, can also be recognized: “I am the Light; I alone AM… All men will come to Me in due time, but theirs is the agony of awaiting.” “All power is from the One. All power returns to the One.” The Laws of the universe, of the One God, are accentuated throughout this work. “The Cause is real. The Effect is but a simulation of the reality.” “This material universe of many seemingly separate parts is electric.” “Whatever man desires, the God in him will create. Man must, however, co-create with God according to God’s universal law. If man breaks that law, the law will break him to an equal extent.”

In 1957, Walter Russell and his second wife, Lao Russell (1904–1988), published a little book called Atomic Suicide. Considering the span of Russell’s lifetime, and that of Lao, it is clear that perhaps the most important aspect of his mission and message was to communicate the direct response of God to the emergence of the so-called “atomic age,” to communicate God’s answer and warning regarding unlawful interferences with Nature — activities that continue to prevail in the name of science — as well as the abuses by humanity of the natural world. His lifetime also just preceded our electronic and computer age. Russell’s work in the secret of Light is undoubtedly at the highest and purist level of spiritual-scientific, geometric and mathematical thinking (it was not within his mission to describe the universe as consisting of hierarchical orders of living spiritual Beings as does Rudolf Steiner), yet his work can be easily understood by everyone. Everyone who has ever given any thought or serious study to the mysteries of the universe can increase his or her understanding to a degree that will prove very surprising, at many levels of endeavor and inquiry, with only one reading of The Secret of Light.

Walter Russell, from many of his later photographs, has an appearance that is often described as “everyone’s kindly grandfather” – a wise grandfather full of piety and humility who will remind us often that “God is Light. God is Love.”  He does not seem to quite fit the picture of the Initiate as presented by Rudolf Steiner in many lectures from many different sides within Anthroposophy. However, it may be that his lifework bears a relationship to Rudolf Steiner’s statements on the return of Vulcan (lecture referenced below).

If Russell could be compared with a well-known figure in the history of Christianity, it might be Saint Paul. Thomas Aquinas, who lived during a very dark period of the Middle Ages, frequently quoted Saint Paul: “For now we see in a glass dimly, but then face to face.” — Corinthians 1, 13:12. There can be no doubt that Walter Russell has had face-to-face meetings with God and, astonishingly, every year during the month of May. Face-to-face meetings with God or one of His divine messengers have been promised for all of us, by Saints Paul and Thomas Aquinas, at some point along the way on our individual spiritual journeys. – Review by Martha Keltz

References:

The University of Science and Philosophy

Biographical Information on Walter Russell

Rudolf Steiner regarding the return of Vulcan: A Picture of Earth Evolution in the Future

There are many very helpful YouTube videos online about Walter Russell and Lao Russell and their work; just enter their names, or The University of Science and Philosophy, on the YouTube search line.

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Franz Brentano

Franz Brentano

“Those who knew Franz Brentano, even if only through his work, saw him as representing modern man, struggling with the riddle of the universe … he was first and foremost a thinker, one who did not allow his thinking to wander at random … Franz Brentano himself estimated that his work on psychology would fill five volumes, but only the first volume was published. It is fully understandable to someone who knew him well why no subsequent volumes appeared … In order to find answers to the questions facing him after the completion of the first volume of Psychology he needed spiritual knowledge. But spiritual science he could not accept and, as he was above all an honest man, he abandoned writing the subsequent volumes. The venture came to a full stop and thus remains a fragment.” — Rudolf Steiner, from Aspects of Human Evolution, Lecture Five, 1917.

Introduction:

Now I See … is a page and an opportunity for Anthroposophists to present reviews of non-anthroposophical books in such categories as non-fiction, scholastic or academic, history, science, biography, autobiography, and the paranormal.  The books do not need to be current or recently published, and most should raise the disturbing question as to why Rudolf Steiner’s name — or Anthroposophy or Spiritual Science — is not included in the index and in the contents, and when the absence of these resources or answers is felt to be something of an acute or tragic loss, or at the very least as a serious omission. Another kind of book appropriate for review will be of interest to Anthroposophists due to its timely and relevant subject (such as Soul Survivor: The Reincarnation of a WWII Fighter Pilot, by Bruce and Andrea Leininger, about their son, James Leininger).

The reviews submitted should not be critical, but should be written with a thoughtful, deeply questioning and sympathetic point of view, similar to Rudolf Steiner’s quotation about the work of Franz Brentano, above.