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Filename: RC4027.TXT [PAGE 477] WORKBOOK FOR "MYSTERIES OF THE GREAT OPERAS": CHAPTER 1 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? Thought question: 1-A] Is discord needed in the universe? Why? CHAPTER 2 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 Spirit? CHAPTER 3 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 [PAGE 478] leaves He will go through (the south pole, the vital body of Jesus, the moon). CHAPTER 4 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 what attitude? 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? CHAPTER 5 5-1] Which of the following is not a reason why Faust made a pact with Lucifer? 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 joys. 5-2] What types of feelings have the Lucifer Spirits helped mankind to develop? 5-3] What caused the present-day apes to degenerate, instead of progressing? 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 [PAGE 479] 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? CHAPTER 6 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? CHAPTER 7 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). [PAGE 480] 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 suffering. 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 temptation. b) In what way would Parsifal not use the spear? c) In what way did he use it? CHAPTER 8 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 [PAGE 481] (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 divine hierarchies. 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. around.____ 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. Thought question: 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.? CHAPTER 9 9-1] Next to each item on the left put the letter of the item on the right which is most closely related. [PAGE 482] 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 and dogmas. 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? CHAPTER 10 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 conventionality? 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 [PAGE 483] 10-6] What spiritual truth is portrayed by the myth when Brunhilde refuses to obey Wotan's order to help Hunding as he fights Siegmund? Thought question: 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? CHAPTER 11 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. Nothung.____ 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. the Ring.____ 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. [PAGE 484] CHAPTER 12 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. shoulders.____ 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. CHAPTER 13 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? Thought question: 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? CHAPTER 14 14-1] In each blank fill in a word or phrase which correctly completes the sentence. [PAGE 485] 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 Earth"? 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 function in? Thought question: 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. CHAPTER 15 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 Venus? Thought question: 15-A] What are some of the effects of passionate, sensual love? CHAPTER 16 16-1] Does true love seek to give, or does it seek to receive? Thought question: 16-A] Give an example of what one might do when he or she is filled with "true love". [PAGE 486] CHAPTER 17 17-1] What is the unpardonable sin? 17-2] How must the unpardonable sin be expiated? CHAPTER 18 18-1] What did the Lucifer Spirits lead humanity to do with the creative force? 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? CHAPTER 19 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)? Continued with file "RC4028.TXT" End of File

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