Unbornness

Unbornness--the other side of eternity--allows us to experience the fact that birth is just as great a mystery as is death. In a new and striking way, unbornness poses the mystery of our human task on Earth.

Unbornness

"Not only do we pass through the gate of death as immortal beings, we also enter through the gate of birth as unborn beings. We need the term unbornness, as well as the term immortality, to encompass the whole human being." (Rudolf Steiner) As anyone who has had a child knows, newborns enter the earthly world as beings different from their parents. They arrive with their own individuality, being, and history. From the beginning, they manifest an essential dignity and a unique "I," which they clearly brought with them from the spiritual world. This unborn life of a person's higher individuality guides the whole process of incarnation. It frames our lives, but we fail to recognize this because of a single-minded focus on immortality, or life-after-death, which makes us forget the reality of our "unbornness." This unbornness extends not only from conception to birth, but also includes the whole existence and history of one's "I" in its long journey from the spiritual world to Earth. Unbornness-the other side of eternity-allows us to experience the fact that birth is just as great a mystery as is death. In a new and striking way, unbornness poses the mystery of our human task on Earth. It was one of Rudolf Steiner's great gifts that he returned the concept of unbornness to human consciousness and language. In this brief, stunning, and moving, almost poetic work, Peter Selg gathers the key elements and images needed to begin an understanding of-and wonder at-the vast scope of our unbornness. Drawing on and expanding on Steiner's work, as well as Raphael's Sistine Madonna and the poems of Nelly Sachs and Rainer Maria Rilke, Selg unveils this deepest mystery of human existence. After reading it, one will never look at a child or another human being in the same way again. Life after death life before birth; only by knowing both do we know eternity. (Rudolf Steiner) Unbornness is a translation of Ungeborenheit: Die Praexistenz des Menschen und der Weg zur Geburt (Verlag Ita Wegman Institut, 2009).

Genesis and Apocalypse

And if that unbornness is the absolutely unconditioned, it is not thereby the true or
actual opposite of the conditioned, for its realization ends the possibility of
opposition of any kind, and with that ending origination or beginning also ends, ...

Genesis and Apocalypse

Thomas Altizer's Genesis and Apocalypse" engages a theological history of Western culture through the works of Augustine, Luther, Barth, and other important figures in theology, as well as critical theorists such as Hegel and Nietzsche, to ultimately offer a Christology for our modern times.

Zen and Comparative Studies

Unbornness. The highest death is to die without having thought about it in
advance,' writes Montaigne (Essais). It might be possible for some to ignore
death by not thinking of it and not questioning its meaning. Again, even if one
knows that ...

Zen and Comparative Studies

This volume concludes the two-volume sequel to Masao Abe's Zen and Western Thought. Like its companion, Buddhism and Interfaith Dialogue, this work contains many previously published essays and papers by Abe. Here he clarifies the true meaning of Buddhist emptiness in comparison with the Aristotelian notion of substance and the Whiteheadean notion of process.

The Evolution of Consciousness

Certainly this aspect is as important as the other (we shall have a great deal to
say about this), but the aspect we first come to know in the way I have briefly
indicated is not immortalityÐthe negation of deathÐbut `unbornness', as the
negation ...

The Evolution of Consciousness

According to the initiate-research of Rudolf Steiner, humanity is in a continual process of transformation and evolution. Modern-day consciousness, based as it is on sense perception and abstract logic, differs considerably from the consciousness of ancient humanity. At that time, says Steiner, the human being was seen to be a microcosm, a concentration of the laws and activities of the cosmos. The loss of such knowledge today has led to the existential quest for meaning, and even the cul-de-sac of atheism. In these comprehensive lectures, delivered to an English audience, Rudolf Steiner indicates how it is possible for people to rediscover their connection to the cosmos. He describes how one develops higher faculties of consciousness - what he calls Imagination, Inspiration and Intuition - and gives a vivid description of life after death and the individual's progress through the planetary spheres. It is in these spheres, he explains, where tasks and goals for future incarnations are prepared in cooperation with the spiritual beings of the heavenly hierarchies. The lectures culminate in a call for mankind to take its own destiny in hand through conscious and free development of spiritual capacities. The edition of this fundamental work features a revised translation as well as previously-unavailable addresses and question-and-answer sessions.

The Collected Works of Chogyam Trungpa Volume Six

unoriginated one, I suppose. It is not production of some kind—but the question
of unbornness is putting further embellishment on unborn. [Long pause] What
were we talking about? [Laughter] Unbornness becomes more unborn if you
begin ...

The Collected Works of Chogyam Trungpa  Volume Six

The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa brings together in eight volumes the writings of one of the first and most influential and inspirational Tibetan teachers to present Buddhism in the West. Organized by theme, the collection includes full-length books as well as articles, seminar transcripts, poems, plays, and interviews, many of which have never before been available in book form. From memoirs of his escape from Chinese-occupied Tibet to insightful discussions of psychology, mind, and meditation; from original verse and calligraphy to the esoteric lore of tantric Buddhism—the impressive range of Trungpa's vision, talents, and teachings is showcased in this landmark series. Volume Six contains advanced teachings on the nature of mind and tantric experiences. Chögyam Trungpa's commentary on the Tibetan Book of the Dead explains what this classic text teaches about human psychology. Transcending Madness presents a unique view of the Tibetan concept of bardo. Orderly Chaos explains the inner meaning of the mandala. Secret Beyond Thought presents teachings on the five chakras and the four karmas. Glimpses of Space consists of two seminars: "The Feminine Principle" and "Evam." In the article "Femininity," the author presents a playful look at the role of feminine energy in Buddhist teachings. "The Bardo," based on teachings given in England in the 1960s, has not been available in published form for many years.

The Mystery of the Trinity and the Mission of the Spirit

For eternity consists of both immortality and unbornness ; furthermore , initiation
knowledge discovers unbornness before it discovers immortality . A further stage
of development in the direction of the spiritual world can be reached if we strive ...

The Mystery of the Trinity and the Mission of the Spirit

The first four lectures deal with the development of theology from a spiritual scientific point of view. Starting with the early Christian "gnostic" understanding of the Christ event from within, Steiner shows how medieval theology came to an "outer" view of the spiritual world, which, coupled with the rise of abstract intellectuality, led to the separation of faith and knowledge. Using examples from Dionysius the Areopagite, Scotus Eriugena, Paracelsus, and Goethe, Steiner places the evolution of consciousness and the task of the Michaelean age within a Christian context. The last four lectures demonstrate the presence of theology in the anthroposophical world view.

Abysmal Games in the Novels of Samuel Beckett

27 But whereas this precipitated a movement toward death in the works through
Murphy , Watt and the subsequent novels posit an unbornness suggesting the
tentative possibility of a yet to be born time of otherness . Beckett , we learn from ...

Abysmal Games in the Novels of Samuel Beckett

Divided into two parts, the author's analytical text considers the games of Beckett's narrative repetition and thematic reduplication. The essay investigates how Beckett's novels undermine textual linearity and the myths of self-transparency, subverting the order of discourse through intricate strategies of wordplay and narrative technique.

North Carolina Studies in the Romance Languages and Literatures

27 But whereas this precipitated a movement toward death in the works through
Murphy , Watt and the subsequent novels posit an unbornness suggesting the
tentative possibility of a yet to be born time of otherness . Beckett , we learn from ...

North Carolina Studies in the Romance Languages and Literatures


The Festivals and Their Meaning

We have no expression for the other side of Eternity , because our language
does not include the word ' Unborn - ness . ' But if the conception of Eternity is to
be complete , the word • Unborn - ness ' must be there as well as the word ...

The Festivals and Their Meaning


Christmas Eight Lectures Given Between the Years 1904 and 1922

We have no expression for the other side of Eternity , because our language
does not include the word “ Unborn - ness . ' But if the conception of Eternity is to
be complete , the word • Unborn - ness ' must be there as well as the word ...

Christmas  Eight Lectures Given Between the Years 1904 and 1922

Includes bibliographical references.

The Imaginative Life Tableau

Rudolf Steiner describes that when the spiritual bodies separate from the physical body, the etheric body of the dying person is revealed, giving a panoramic overview of their earthly life.

The Imaginative Life Tableau

Many will be familiar with the notion that a person at the point of death sees their life flash before them. Rudolf Steiner describes that when the spiritual bodies separate from the physical body, the etheric body of the dying person is revealed, giving a panoramic overview of their earthly life. This etheric body contains everything we have experienced in our consciousness and kept in memory. The etheric not only generates and sustains all life, but encompasses the life forces out of which we shape our existence. Although the revelation of the life tableau belongs to the early period after death, it can also emerge as a result of meditation. Rudolf Steiner speaks of this – through the first level of spiritual experience known as ‘imagination’ – as a conscious self-perception of the soul, taking place in the world of images. Here we are confronted with the harrowing knowledge of our doppelgänger – but we also experience the cosmic forces of childhood that are present in all our life processes. These same forces are described in psychology as the ‘inner child’. In this highly-original anthology of Steiner’s work we are led to a therapeutic, meditative approach that – through working with the imaginative life tableau – can strengthen and heal body, soul and spirit. Chapters include: ‘Experiencing the Inner Child as the Starting Point for a New Philosophy’; ‘Experiencing Life before Birth’; ‘Pain and Sadness When Reliving the Life Tableau’; ‘Intensive Backward Thinking’; ‘Feelings of Happiness When Experiencing the Life Tableau’; ‘Re-experiencing the Inner Child’; ‘Through the Forces of Childhood to the Higher Self and the Christ Experience’.

The Bhagavad G t

But when attributed to the supreme Being ' anadi ( beginningless ) indicates that
God ' s unbornness is to be understood differently ; it cannot be predicated to it as
there is nothing opposed to it ( ataḥ ană dim iti anena tad anarhataya tat ...

The Bhagavad G  t

Hindu philosophical classic.

The Hindu Philosophy of Conduct

... with the duestion of the immortality of the individual soul that it is also unborn
and indestructible• Accordingly, we have to distinguish the unbornness and
indestructibility of God from the unbornness and indestructibility of the individual
soul, ...

The Hindu Philosophy of Conduct


Steiner Education in Theory and Practice

Equally lacking is a word approximating to “ unbornness ” ; if the concept of
immortality is to be taken seriously , " unbornness ” and “ birthlessness ” are
words fully deserving of validation . . Life - epochs in childhood Steiner divided
the ...

Steiner Education in Theory and Practice

This is a detailed account of Rudolf Steiner's view of children, and the role education must play in their successful development. Gilbert Childs examines and explains the curriculum of Steiner-Waldorf schools, showing how their unique teaching practices take a holistic view of the child. He looks particularly at issues such as creativity, imagination, and intellect, and how the schools try to produce rounded, responsible young adults. He concludes that our approach to the education of our children is an issue of the utmost urgency for the future of our society.

The Enlightened Mind

And therefore I am unborn, and according to my unbornness I can never die.
According to my unbornness, I have eternally existed and am now and will
eternally remain. What I am according to my bornness will die and turn into
nothing, for it is ...

The Enlightened Mind

A collection of prose--discourses, sermons, essays, and aphorisms--includes texts and authors such as the Hindu, Confucian, and Buddhist sciptures, Heraclitus and Plato, Chuang-tzu, Jesus, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Symeon the New Theologian, the Chine

Anthroposophy

For we should not speak only of immortality ; we should speak also of
Ungeborenheit - Unborn - ness — a word difficult to translate . Eternity has these
two aspects : immortality and unborn - ness . And Initiation - knowledge discovers
the latter ...

Anthroposophy


R m nuja s Commentary on the Bhagavadg t

The Ŝruti also declares the same , such as the following :“ Who is without blame ”
( Švet . U . 6 . 19 . ) 1 . I . e . the unborpness of Brahman is inherent , the
unbornness of the liberated soul ( muktā tman ) does not begin until it is liberated
.

R  m  nuja s Commentary on the Bhagavadg  t


Linguistic Approach to Buddhist Thought

... whatsoever is , therefore , possible , and all that we can designate of it is
voidness or unbornness in view of the ultimate truth . The sense of kşānt in this
respect should mean the positive mental disposition or a willing acceptance of
the truth .

Linguistic Approach to Buddhist Thought

Dr. Sisir Kumar Mitra's book, entitled The Early Rulers of Khajuraho constitutes a welcome addition to the existing literature on the history of the Candellas of Bundelkhand. He gives a comprehensive and fascinating account of the varied activities of this distinguished family of rulers, based on a minute and detailed study of the material which he collected with great industry and thoroughness from diverse sources, indigenous and foreign, literary and archaeological. Though most of his data have been compiled from epigraphic sources, he is not over-zealous in his estimate of the importance and reliability of inscriptional material which he examines as critically as any piece of literary gerated. he has discussed the controversial issues connected with his subject without any bias. His chapters on administrative, social, economic and religious history will be specially useful to those interested in the compilation of epigraphic material bearing on the evolution of ancient Indian culture.

The Art of Porosity

The gods' state of unbornness indicates a prior condition before existence. For
existence as consciousness apprehends it, there is a veil between what can be
imagined and the unbegotten unimaginable. At the heart of this veiling is the
cloak ...

The Art of Porosity

Radically diminished through abstractions and thoughtlessness that abandon the essence of what makes us whole, the meaning of experience nevertheless is readying for a rebirth. By an intimate attention to thinking, the powers of feeling, imagination, spirit, identity and will, The Art of Porosity invites us to see through the opacity of our intellect into a world of vital contact with the motives of cosmic unfolding. Despite the forces and tendencies inimical to healthy evolution, The Art of Porosity explores, weaves and assembles a profound potential for demonstrating Imagination, empowering experience to freely access a self-corrective process of play for creation and for our future.