Eternal And Universal In The Present

volume 34 nr 3

May/June 2012

Eternal And Universal In The Present

Introduction

This issue attempts to shed some light on the many aspects that characterise the way of life of the human being as a seeker for truth, beauty and Light. Also, the two-and-a-half-thousand year old fresco on the cover of this issue draws our attention in that direction. We see a deceased person, bidding farewell. He has been represented here as the conquering hero on his horse, found in a tomb in Paestum, Italy, from around 400 BC. Of old, the noble horse is a symbol of the spirit-soul. In his Phaedo, Plato even speaks of two horses and a charioteer. The horses represent the powers of the soul and the charioteer the seeking consciousness. One horse has a straight figure, well-built, and raises its head proudly. It knows what respect is and also possesses moderation and modesty. It loves the truth. It does not need a whip; exhortation and common sense suffice for it. The other horse hardly obeys the whip and the prods, is recalcitrant and is inclined to overconfidence and licentiousness. ‘If the charioteer beholds the love-inspiring countenance of the truth, and his whole soul becomes warm at this sight and he is filled with fervent desire, one of the horses will, as always, remain obedient to the charioteer, and is held in check by self-control. It does not jump at the beloved as the other horse does that violently jumps ahead, and causes the greatest trouble for its teammate and the charioteer.’

Articles in this issue...

02
Why there is a Modern Rosycross? - Jan van Rijckenborgh
07
The energy of light: healing with biophotons
10
The World looks like an overexposed photo
15
Light in the colours of the rainbow
18
Per aspera ad fontes: the foundations of our modern identity will be revised
28
Light from light: a mediaeval treatise about the genesis of our world - Robert Grosseteste
35
From the darkness to the light: from dark lead to luminous gold
38
Change as impulse: climate change in the inner human being
46
Books: I bow my head to love - Arjo Klamer