Studies in "Mysteries of the Great Operas"
|Gamuret weds Herzleide.___||A. As a result of suffering,
one forsakes worldly
attitudes and becomes a
fool from the worldly
point of view.
|Gamuret dies and
Parsifal is born. ____
|B. The aspiring soul flees
from worldly things and
leaves worldly sorrows behind.
|Parsifal leaves Herzleide,
and she dies. ____
|C. The dense body must
respond to the commands
given it, whether they
come from the lower or
|Parsifal is told it is wrong
to kill a swan, and he breaks
|D. The harmless life is an
prerequisite to the
|The wound in Amfortas' side
begins to bleed afresh at
the sight of the Grail.____
|E. The man of the world is
tied to sorrow and suffering.
|Kundry is forced to serve
whoever wakes her, whether
it be Klingsor or the Grail
|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?
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.
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
waters of the Rhine.____
|A. Ancient humanity was
guided and cared for by
|The Rhine maidens spent their
time in frolic and play.____
|B. Ancient humanity was
united in spirit. All
felt themselves to be
part of one great family.
|There was one lump of Gold in
the Rhine which all danced
|C. Humans began to make a
distinction between mine
and not mine, and to work
to further their own
|Alberich stole the gold and
swam to the surface.____
|D. Humanity emigrated to the
highlands and began to see
themselves as individuals.
|By forswearing love, Alberich
was able to form the gold into
|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
universally true, and thus
may become outdated when
|The Sun and Moon were part of
the payment given to the builders
|B. Creeds and dogmas prevent
one from seeing the
universal light and
|Freya, who fed the gods on her
golden apples to preserve their
youth, was given as part of the
payment to the builders of
|C. Religion loses some of its
spiritual power when it
tries to make itself
understandable to the
|To bind the bargains with the
builders, magic characters
were cut in the spear of
|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 conventionality?
10-5] Which of the following is not one
of the factors which influence our lives (according to the symbolism of the
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 Siegmund?
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,
is able to forge the sword,
|A. Intuition leads the truth
|Siegfried recognizes that he
does not look like Mime and that
Mime is therefore not his
|B. Neither conventions nor
illusions can waylay the
|Fafner, the dragon, possesses
the Ring of the Niebelung.____
|C. Only the fearless can use
the courage of despair to
|Mime hopes Siegfried can slay
the dragon so Mime can get
|D. The desire nature has the
Ego enmeshed in its snares.
|When Siegfried slays the
dragon he also slays Mime.____
|E. The higher self recognizes
that it is separate from
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
material wealth and
|Siegfried breaks Wotan's spear
and passes through Loge's
flames to reach and awaken
|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
body invulnerable except at one
point on his back between his
|A. One who is married to
truth is able to make
|Siegfried gives Brunhilde the
Ring of the Niebelung.____
|B. We can stand the
antagonism we will
encounter as we live
he truth provided we
meet it directly and
do not turn our backs.
|Brunhilde gives her horse,
Grane, to Siegfried.____
|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 sentence.
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.
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?
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 Venus?
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 "true love".
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 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?
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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