"Some consider the control of breathing of prime importance,regarding breath as the king of the senses ... It is also well-known that control of breathing is essential to some forms of meditation,and in demonstrations of levitation." 80 p. 35
"Cool currents of air combined with a drop of temperature is a well-known phenomenon in physical seances,although the reason for it is unknown. Apparitions are notoriously chilly." 73 p. 34
In mainstream history,a period between the Stone Age and the Iron Age,when bronze came into widespread use: late fourth century to early third millennium BCE. In Hinduism and Theosophy,the "bronze age" is the third major age in each recurring cycle of ages: Dvapara Yuga.
Associations of individuals having similar interests. In Anthroposophical belief,there are secret spiritual brotherhoods working for both good and ill.
"An enlightened and wise person who has attained perfect wisdom. 'The Buddha' refers to Gotama [founder of Buddhism]...560-480 B.C." 73 p. 36 [The term "Buddha" is a title,not a name. Traditionally,the title is applied to the human being named Siddartha Gautama: He is the original Buddha of Buddhism. However,Steiner also applied the title "Buddha" to the Norse god Odin,suggesting that Gautama and Odin are one and the same.]
"Vasra symbolically means 'thunderbolt
According to Steiner: an elevated part of our spiritual nature — the portion of the ether body elevated by the "I"; it does not die but accompanies the "I" when it travels to the spirit realm in preparation for the next incarnation. It is also called the life spirit.
A Hindu term used in Theosophy: the realm of living warmth; the level of foreseeing.
"The religion based on the teachings of Gotama ... [These] may be summed up as seeking the self (Atman),removal of passion,moderation,abandonment of asceticism and the Hindu caste system." 73 p. 36
One of four group souls shared by humans at an early state of evolution,according to Steiner; the soul of those especially attracted to the physical plane of existence.