WORKBOOK FOR "MYSTERIES OF THE GREAT OPERAS":
1-1] Lucifer pointed out to God that man might have fared better if God
had withheld a certain power from man. a) What was that power?
b) Why (according to Lucifer) might man have been better off
without that power?
1-2] When Lucifer describes Faust, what problem does he point out?
1-A] Is discord needed in the universe? Why?
2-1] Why do people need to experience temptation?
2-2] Why is Faust dissatisfied with his "book learning"?
2-3] How can one, in general, open one's consciousness to that of some
3-1] Where is it possible to meet the Spirit of the Earth face to face?
3-2] What is the path by which one may obtain entrance to this location?
3-2] On whom is the aspirant in the Western Mystery School taught to
depend for spiritual direction and for obtaining of a soul body?
3-4] Choose the word of phrase in each parentheses which correctly
completes the sentence.
In the ordinary process of Nature the human Spirit enters its dense
body during antenatal life by way of the (head, feet), and
withdraws at death by way of the (head, feet). The Invisible
Helpers who have learned to transmute their sex force to soul power
in the pituitary body, leave the dense body by way of the (head,
feet) and enter by way of the (head, feet). Christ entered the
Earth through (the north pole, the vital body of Jesus, the moon)
and when He
leaves He will go through (the south pole, the vital body of Jesus,
4-1] Why was Faust not able to retain communion with the Earth Spirit?
4-2] If Lucifer served Faust here on Earth, then when would Faust be
required to serve Lucifer in return?
4-3] Faust says that it will be time for him to die when he takes on
4-4] Lucifer required Faust to sign their contract in blood. Why?
4-5] From where do adherents of the Western Wisdom Teachings get the
life energy to obtain knowledge and use it creatively?
5-1] Which of the following is not a reason why Faust made a pact with
a) Faust felt that Lucifer was a being of great virtue who could
help him to learn also to be virtuous.
b) Faust had failed at getting knowledge directly from Nature, and
thus was seeking elsewhere.
c) Faust wanted to experience various emotions, including the
depths of sorrows of the human soul as well as its most ecstatic
5-2] What types of feelings have the Lucifer Spirits helped mankind to
5-3] What caused the present-day apes to degenerate, instead of
5-4] What moral choice was Faust faced with when he met Marguerite?
What was Faust's choice?
5-5] What moral choice was the priest faced with when Marguerite's
mother brought him the jewels which came from Lucifer? What was
the priest's choice?
5-6] Why do the Lucifer Spirits incite people to war and murder?
6-1] a) What sin did Marguerite commit?
b) Consequently, what punishment was inflicted on Marguerite?
c) What caused Marguerite to turn to Christ?
6-2] a) Whom did Faust blame for the disaster which befell Marguerite?
b) What effect did this have on Faust's aims in life?
6-3] Why did Faust, after his death, not have to serve Lucifer?
6-4] Goethe states, "All that is perishable is but a likeness."
a) Where are th perishable things?
b) What are the perishable things likenesses of?
6-5] When Goethe states, "The unattainable, here is accomplished."
Where is he referring to?
7-1] Of the arts (sculpture, painting, and music), which has the
greatest power to soothe sorrows, calm passions, stir to bravery
and otherwise influence humanity?
7-2] In our material existence what do we tend to forget which music is
able to remind us of?
7-3] Next to each item on the left put the letter of the item on the
right which is most closely related (in the symbolism of Parsifal).
Gamuret weds Herzleide.___ A. As a result of suffering,
one forsakes worldly
Gamuret dies and Parsifal is attitudes and becomes a
born. ____ fool from the worldly
point of view.
Parsifal leaves Herzleide, B. The aspiring soul flees
and she dies. ____ from worldly things and
leaves worldly sorrows
Parsifal is told it is wrong behind.
to kill a swan, and he breaks
his bow.____ C. The dense body must
respond to the commands
The wound in Amfortas' side given it, whether they
begins to bleed afresh at come from the lower or
the sight of the Grail.____ higher self.
Kundry is forced to serve D.The harmless life is an
whoever wakes her, whether absolute essential
it be Klingsor or the Grail prerequisite to the
Knights.____ helpful life.
E. The man of the world is
tied to sorrow and
F. When we have sinned, we
feel remorse when we
compare our actions
with the ideal.
7-4] When Kundry tempts Parsifal to engage in "love", how does Parsifal
describe Kundry's "love"?
7-5] What did Parsifal discover (in his encounter with Kundry) was the
means by which the world is stirred, tossed, convulsed and often
lost in shame?
7-6] In the third act when Parsifal is questioned as to how he came to
Mount Salvat, what is his answer?
7-7] a) Parsifal obtains the spear subsequent to having withstood what
b) In what way would Parsifal not use the spear?
c) In what way did he use it?
8-1] Choose the word or phrase from each parentheses which correctly
completes each sentence.
The (desire, vital) body can be powerfully stirred by one
particular event, but the effect does not last very long. The
(desire, vital) body requires repeated impacts upon it to receive any
significant impression, but then the effects last for some time.
8-2] Next to each item on the left put the letter of the item on the
right which is most closely related.
The Rhine maidens lived under the A. Ancient humanity was
waters of the Rhine.____ guided and cared for by
The Rhine maidens spent their
time in frolic and play.____ B. Ancient humanity was
united in spirit. All
There was one lump of Gold in felt themselves to be
the Rhine which all danced part of one great family.
C. Humans began to make a
Alberich stole the gold and distinction between mine
swam to the surface.____ and not mine, and to work
to further their own
By forswearing love, Alberich interests.
was able to form the gold into
a ring.____ D. Humanity emigrated to the
highlands and began to see
themselves as individuals.
E. Primitive humanity dwelt
at the bottom of the ocean
in the dense, foggy
atmosphere of Atlantis.
8-A] Do we view ourselves differently than we view other people? Do we
apply the same standards of morality to ourselves as we do to
others? Do we consider the needs or wants of others as important
as our own needs or wants.?
9-1] Next to each item on the left put the letter of the item on the
right which is most closely related.
The gods built a walled fortress, A. Creeds and dogmas are not
Valhal.____ universally true, and thus
may become outdated when
The Sun and Moon were part of situations change.
the payment given to the builders
of Valhal.____ B. Creeds and dogmas prevent
one from seeing the
Freya, who fed the gods on her universal light and
golden apples to preserve their knowledge.
youth, was given as part of the
payment to the builders of C. Religion loses some of its
Valhal.____ spiritual power when it
tries to make itself
To bind the bargains with the understandable to the
builders, magic characters masses.
were cut in the spear of
Wotan.____ D. Religion, to make itself
comprehensible to the
masses, develops creeds
9-2] According to the teaching of the Norsemen, those only who died in
battle were entitled to be taken to Valhal. What lesson does this
contain for the aspirant?
10-1] What did the Walsungs seek? Why?
10-2] Why did Siegmund leave Valhal?
10-3] Why did Sieglinda (initially) stay in Valhal?
10-4] When Siegmund and Sieglinda flee from Hunding, they know they will
have to do battle with Hunding. What will fortify them in this
battle? In Life, what will fortify us in our battles against
10-5] Which of the following is not one of the factors which influence
our lives (according to the symbolism of the Yggdrasil tree)?
a) The elements (fire, air, water)
b) Fate, as determined by primordial law
c) The caprice of the gods
d) The nature forces
10-6] What spiritual truth is portrayed by the myth when Brunhilde
refuses to obey Wotan's order to help Hunding as he fights
10-A] Think of a convention or creed or dogma in the world today which is
not in complete agreement with truth? Is this convention or creed
or dogma (in spite of its untruth) of some value to those who hold
it? What will be needed before its tenants will be able to seek
and find the truth?
11-1] How does fear prevent people from finding truth and living it?
11-2] What did Wotan fear would happen if he did not put Brunhilde
(truth) to sleep?
11-3] Next to each item on the left put the letter of the item on the
right which is most closely related.
Siegfried, because he is fearless, A. Intuition leads the truth
is able to forge the sword, seeker forward.
B. Neither conventions nor
Siegfried recognizes that he illusions can waylay the
does not look like Mime and that fearless truthseeker.
Mime is therefore not his
father.____ C. Only the fearless can use
the courage of despair to
Fafner, the dragon, possesses seek truth.
the Ring of the Niebelung.____
D. The desire nature has the
Mime hopes Siegfried can slay Ego enmeshed in its
the dragon so Mime can get snares.
E. The higher self recognizes
When Siegfried slays the that it is separate from
dragon he also slays Mime.____ the dense body, and was
not produced by it.
Siegfried is led by a bird to
where Brunhilde lies sleeping. F. The lower nature may
____ scheme to use the power of
the spirit to obtain
Siegfried breaks Wotan's spear material wealth and
and passes through Loge's worldly power.
flames to reach and awaken
Brunhilde.____ G. When the soul has
conquered the desire
nature it also is freed
from the dense body.
12-1] What must the truth-seeker do with truth once he has found it?
12-2] Next to each item on the left put the letter of the item on the
right which is most closely related.
Brunhilde makes Siegfried's whole A. One who is married to
body invulnerable except at one truth is able to make
point on his back between his swift decisions.
B. We can stand the
Siegfried gives Brunhilde the antagonism we will
Ring of the Niebelung.____ encounter as we live
the truth provided we
Brunhilde gives her horse, meet it directly and
Grane, to Siegfried.____ do not turn our backs.
C. When the Spirit sees
Truth, it also sees that
all things are one.
13-1] What two advantages are there in feeling the warnings and urgings
of conscience (which is the extracted essence of experiences from
past lives), rather than remembering the individual incidences of
the past lives?
13-2] In one life we encounter certain experiences. After death we
retrospect the experiences and build into our consciences an
imprint of the lessons learned. Why must we then, in the next
life, encounter similar temptations?
13-A] Why is the person who is able to search the Memory of Nature warned
not to use this power to gratify his curiosity? What would be a
legitimate use of this power?
14-1] In each blank fill in a word or phrase which correctly completes
The Rhine maidens living in the Rhine correspond to the early ____
Epoch. Alberich forswearing love and forming the Ring, and
devoting his energies to amassing material wealth and fighting
others corresponds to the late ____ Epoch. The birth and work of
the Walsungs (truth seekers) corresponds to the early ____ Epoch.
The truth being opened to Siegfried and his taking the drink of
forgetfulness and his being tempted to see if he will remain
faithful corresponds to the later ____ Epoch.
14-2] Which of Loge's children was killed in the final battle between the
gods and the giants. What element will be lacking in the "New
14-3] When the earth undergoes the changes represented symbolically in
the battle on the plain Vigrid, man will no longer be able to
function in a dense body as he does now. What vehicle will he then
14-A] Give an example of a truth which the world knows (in its heart) but
to which, in the present day, it is generally not faithful to.
15-1] If an Ego takes a male body in one life, then in the next life it
generally will take on a body of what sex?
15-2] Should women be treated as equals with men? Why?
15-3] What type of "love" did Tannhauser experience in the company of
15-A] What are some of the effects of passionate, sensual love?
16-1] Does true love seek to give, or does it seek to receive?
16-A] Give an example of what one might do when he or she is filled with
17-1] What is the unpardonable sin?
17-2] How must the unpardonable sin be expiated?
18-1] What did the Lucifer Spirits lead humanity to do with the creative
18-2] What must humanity learn to do with the creative force?
18-3] Suppression of the sexual desire, by itself, is not celibacy. What
additionally is needed for celibacy?
19-1] In what ways is a swan comparable to an Initiate?
19-2] When a Teacher comes in response to the earnest prayers of an
aspirant, what does the Teacher do prior to expecting the aspirant
to believe in him?
19-3] What does the Teacher require of the Aspirant (in respect to his
attitude toward the Teacher)?
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