"Manifold are the interpretations of the legends which
exist about the Holy Grail. The most serious scholars and investigators
have occupied themselves with this mystery. Much of their work has high
moral value, but it all shows one great fault - that they have only
built from the earth upwards, while the essential thing, the ray of
light from above, which alone could bring animation and enlightenment,
All who strive from below upwards must come to a halt
at the boundary line of the material sphere, even if they are granted to
conceive the greatest possible heights! In most cases, however, even
under the most favourable conditions, barely half this road can be
covered. And how great is the distance from there to the real
understanding of the Holy Grail!
This feeling that it is so unattainable finally grows
upon the investigators, with the result that they try to regard the
Grail purely as the symbolic expression of an idea, so as to give it the
high place they rightly feel is its proper due. But in so doing they
actually go backwards, not forwards; downwards instead of upwards. They
deviate from the right way, which is already indicated to some extent in
These legends faintly reflect the truth, but only very
faintly, because the lofty inspirations and visionary pictures of the
poets were pressed into far too material a concept through the
intervention of the intellect during the transmission. In their
reproductions they portrayed what they received spiritually in pictures
conforming to their own worldly surroundings, with the object of making
the meaning of the legends more readily understandable to men. In this,
however, they failed because they themselves could not arrive at the
essence of the truth.
Thus from the very outset the subsequent research and
investigation was founded upon an uncertain basis, and any success was
bound to be very limited! Therefore it is not surprising that finally
only the thought of something purely symbolic remained, and redemption
through the Grail was transferred to every man's inmost self.
The existing interpretations are not without great
ethical value, but they cannot claim to be an explanation of the
legends, much less to approach the truth about the Holy Grail.
Nor is the Holy Grail meant to be the cup which the Son
of God used during His last meal with His Disciples at the end of His
Ministry on earth, and in which His blood was afterwards caught when He
was on the cross! This vessel is a sacred memento of the Son of God's
sublime work of redemption, but it is not the Holy Grail of which the
poets of the legends were mercifully granted to sing praises. These
legends have been misinterpreted by mankind!
They were meant to be promises from the Highest
Heights, the fulfilment of which mankind is to await! Had they been
interpreted as such, surely another way would have long since been found
to take the investigations a little further. As it was, however, all
their interpretations had finally to come to a dead stop because a full
and complete solution could never be reached; owing to the false
conceptions of the past, all the investigations started on a wrong basis
from the very beginning!-
No human spirit, even if it has finally attained its
greatest perfection and immortality, will ever be able to face the Holy
Grail Itself! It is for this reason that, unless a Messenger is sent
from there, no detailed tidings about It can ever reach the World
"At the summit of the eternal Sphere of Spiritual
Substantiality stands the Castle of the Grail, spiritually visible and
tangible, because it is still of the same species of spiritual
substantiality. This Castle of the Grail contains a Sanctuary which lies
on the outermost border adjacent to the Divine Sphere, and is thus of
still finer consistency than the rest of spiritual substantiality. In
this Sanctuary, as a pledge of the eternal Goodness of God the Father,
as a symbol of His Purest Divine Love, and the point from which Divine
Power issues, stands the Holy Grail!
This is a chalice in which it bubbles and surges
unceasingly like red blood without overflowing. Enveloped as it is in
the most Luminous Light, it is granted only to the purest of all spirits
in the Realm of Spiritual Substantiality to look into this Light!
These are the Guardians of the Holy Grail! If it is said in the
legends that the purest of men are destined to become Guardians of the
Grail, this is a point about which the blessed poet has drawn all too
earthly a picture, because he was unable to express himself
No human spirit can enter this holy Sanctuary! Even in
its most perfect state of spiritual substantiality, after having
returned from its wanderings through the World of Matter, it is still
not so fine that it could cross this threshold, i. e., the boundary
line! Even in its highest state of perfection it is still too dense to
A still further etherisation would be equivalent to its
complete disintegration or combustion, because the origin of its nature
does not lend itself to assuming even greater radiance and luminosity,
thus becoming still more etherised. It cannot bear it!
The Guardians of the Grail are Eternal Primordial
Spiritual Beings, who never were human beings. They are the highest of
all in the Realm of Spiritual Substantiality. However, they are in need
of Divine Unsubstantiate Power, are dependent upon It, as all else is
dependent on Divine Unsubstantiality, the Source of all Power, God the
From time to time on the Day of the Holy Dove, the Dove
appears above the Chalice as a renewed token of the unalterable Divine
Love of the Father. It is the hour of communion which brings about the
renewal of power. The Guardians of the Grail receive it in humble
devotion and can then transmit this magic power.
On this depends the existence of the whole
It is the moment in which the Love of the Creator
radiantly flows forth in the Temple of the Holy Grail, bringing new life
and a new urge to create, pulsating downwards and diffusing itself
through all the Universe. A trembling and a holy awe, with forebodings
of joy and great happiness, vibrate through all the spheres. Only the
spirit of earthman still stands aside, without intuitively sensing what
is happening particularly to him at that moment; or in what a
dull-witted manner he accepts such an immeasurable gift, because the
limitations he imposed upon himself through his intellect no longer
permit him to grasp such greatness!
It is the moment when a new supply of vital energy is sent
out into the entire Creation!
It is the necessary, ever-recurring ratification of the
Covenant between the Creator and His Work! Should this supply ever be
cut off, should it ever fail to come, inevitably all that exists would
slowly dry up, grow old and disintegrate. The end of all days would then
come, and only God Himself would remain, as it was in the very
beginning, because He alone is Life!
This process is related in the legend. How everything
must grow old and decay if the Day of the Holy Dove, the 'uncovering' of
the Grail, does not recur is even hinted at in the description of the
growing old of the Knights of the Grail, during the time in which
Amfortas no longer uncovers the Grail till the hour in which Parsifal
appears as King of the Grail.
Man should cease to regard the Holy Grail as only
something intangible, for It really exists! The human spirit, however,
owing to its nature, can never behold It. But the blessing radiating
forth from It, which can be and is being passed on by the Guardians of
the Grail, can be absorbed and enjoyed by those human spirits who open
themselves to it.
In this sense some of the interpretations cannot be
called wrong, as long as they do not try to draw the Holy Grail Itself
into their explanations. They are correct, and yet again they are also
The appearance of the Dove on the special Day of the
Holy Dove indicates the sending of the Holy Spirit on each occasion, for
this Dove stands in very close connection with the Holy Spirit.
But this is something which the human spirit is only
able to grasp figuratively, because by the very nature of things, even
if he has attained the highest perfection, he can really only think,
know and perceive intuitively up to the point from which he himself
came, i. e., to the species homogeneous to the purest nature of
his origin. This is the eternal Realm of Spiritual Substantiality.
Even in his thoughts he will never be able to cross
this boundary! Nor can he ever grasp anything beyond it. This is so
self-evident, so logical and simple, that every human being can follow
this train of thought!
Whatever goes beyond this boundary will and must, for this
reason, remain a perpetual mystery to mankind!
Every man, therefore, who imagines that he bears God
within himself or that he is himself Divine, or can become so, lives
under a foolish delusion. He bears spirituality within himself,
but not Divinity! And therein lies an unbridgeable difference. He
is a creature, not part of the Creator, as so many try to make
themselves believe. Man is and remains a work and can never
become a master!
Thus it is also wrong to say that the human spirit
issues from God the Father Himself and returns to Him. The origin of man
lies in the Realm of Spiritual Substantiality, not in Divinity
Unsubstantiate. Therefore, even if he has attained perfection, he can
only return to the Sphere of Spiritual Substantiality. It is right to
say that the human spirit originates from the Kingdom of God and
therefore can, when it becomes perfect, return to the Kingdom of
God, but not to God Himself.
Later there will follow detailed lectures about the individual
divisions of Creation, which are totally different in their fundamental
At the summit of each of these planes of Creation stands a Castle of
the Grail as the necessary transition and power transmitting stage.
Fashioned according to the nature of the sphere of
Creation concerned, this is always a reflection of the real highest
Castle of the Grail situated at the summit of the whole of Creation
which, through the radiations of Parsifal, constitutes the starting
point of the entire Creation.
Amfortas was priest and king in the lowest of these
reflections of the Grail Castle, standing at the summit of the sphere of
the human spirits who have developed from spirit-germs. It is the one
closest to man on earth." (Abd-ru-shin,
"IN THE LIGHT
OF TRUTH: THE GRAIL MESSAGE", chapter "The Holy Grail" - Read the entire chapter
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