1. Introduction

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This book is one of the many attempts to deal with the issue, which interests every seeking the Truth anthroposophist since 1911, the issue in which personality Bodhisattva Maitreya appeared in the 20th century. For the last almost 100 years, this question has been given various interpretations but it has always remained topical as well as controversial. On the one hand the book is a survey of the most prominent research done so far but on the other hand it is an attempt to offer a completely new thesis on the issue.

The topicality of the above-mentioned issue is taken to heart by every anthro­posophist seeking and following the Michael impulse because the Bodhisattva, accor­ding to Rudolf Steiner, is that great spiritual Master who comes to teach humankind to recognize the so-called Etheric Appearance of Christ in the astral world; this is the Master bringing Christ Power and Life to humanity.

Having to deal with such a responsible and cardinal task in our time, determining the future of humankind, there comes the inevitable methodological question as to the way in which every person using his/her clear and rational consciousness, together with the rudiments of his/her imaginative perception, can recognize the hidden but active Bodhisattva among us, so that one does not deviate from the path of Truth and does not lose one’s common sense. The research methodology, set out in this book, is based on several distinct methods substantiated by the science of Anthroposophy and suggested by the Michael impulse of our time. All of them are intended to provide a methodology to recognize the appearance of the Bodhisattva Maitreya in the 20th century, which should be clear and specific, deprived of any atavistic clairvoyance. This methodology, described in detail in the notes in the first part of the present book, can be generally summarized in the following way: immense research in spiritual-scientific esoteric texts, accompanied by spiritual-scientific analysis and comparison of information; developing of a working hypotheses and theses by applying the correspondence and analogy principles in the environment of free imaginative meditation and imaginative inspiration revelations; comparative analysis of the newly formulated ideas on the grounds of the Christ-Lucifer-Ahriman model; critical analysis and verification of each hypothesis/thesis in a working group; cause-effect observations of the life realized through the spiritual environment constructed by each new idea.

The first impulses of the new thesis stated in this book date back to the spring and summer of 1994. Later on, during the following seven years, the idea was slowly and systematically investigated, while in 2001 it was publicized for the first time among wider anthroposophic circles. During this seven-year period of gaining maturity many sources were investigated both of material and spiritual nature. Only then did the authors of this book find themselves sufficiently ready to share this idea in public. Thus in December 2002 they delivered the first public lecture when they substantiated their new ideas. Certainly the difficulties and contradictions, always accompanying every innovative impulse, were not long to come up. Due to the spiritual and public scope of the idea, people in the Bulgarian circles connected to this issue, considered the impulse a personal possession, and embarked on an aggressive campaign to impose it among the audience. Rushing to achieve a fast and sensational effect they relied on atavistic mediumistic sources and tried to compromise the very essence of the idea. On the other hand, fierce and non-scientific comments of fundamentalist aspects generated from other circles did not take long to surface. This book represents an attempt to challenge the above mentioned tendencies by a clear methodology, firmly rooted in the Michael spiritual-scientific impulses, which can help clear away all the delusions thriving on rumors and fantasies. Led by their aspiration to immediate inspiration from the Bodhisattva Maitreya, the authors endeavor to put forward a new idea in a pure and spiritual-scientific style, where the freedom of personal opinion and will are sacred. Thus all anthroposophists, seeking Michael free spiritual-scientific impulse, could obtain more information on the issue and could make additional and more profound research on their own.

The historical personality, investigated in this book, is well known in the Bulgarian spiritual circles but due to the Cold War and the language barrier, existing during the past decades, has somewhat remained little known in the world anthroposophic society. Thanks to the spreading Michael impulse in the process of the so-called European integration, we find ourselves in a new epoch facing the spiritual world and us with new responsibilities. By this book the authors attempt to bridge the European East and West spiritually and culturally and thus to take the next Michael step towards a new spread of the esoteric Christianity in the world and among humankind.

Regardless of the personal conclusions to which every reader will arrive, the authors of the book are grateful for the time spared and for the pure aspiration to the Truth.

Varna, September 2006

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