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Reuchlin, the Father of Reformation

 

Born on 22 February 1455, John Reuchlin
Paved the Way to Luther and Other Reformers
 
 
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A portrait of Reuchlin, and his statue at his hometown, Pforzheim, Germany
 
 
 
“…John Reuchlin (…), author of the
Mirific Word’, [was] the teacher and instructor
of Erasmus, Luther, and Melancthon”
 
(Helena P. Blavatsky)
 
 
 
German humanist and kabalist John Reuchlin was born under the sign of Pisces. He came into the physical world on 22nd February 1455 and died five centuries ago in 1522. [1]
 
Among the twelve zodiacal signs, Pisces is considered “the dreamer”. The right kind of dream prepares effective action. Reuchlin worked on the abstract level of mystic oneiric action as a pioneer of Martin Luther’s Reformation. H.P. Blavatsky calls him “the father of the Reformation”.[2] Reuchlin played the pioneering role of a mystic who paved the way to that change on a philosophical level. Helena Blavatsky quotes from the Royal Masonic Cyclopaedia’s entry on “Rosicrucianism”:
 
“The Kabalistic reveries of a John Reuchlin led to the fiery action of a Luther (…).”[3]
 
The episode indicates how social change is really made. It has to begin on the abstract levels of “reverie” or dream. A student of Jewish tradition, a scholar in the Hebrew language, Reuchlin was a pioneer of universal brotherhood.
 
Writing about the History of Christianity, H.P. Blavatsky says in “Isis Unveiled”:
 
“Magic, in all its aspects, was widely and nearly openly practiced by the clergy till the Reformation. And even he who was once called the ‘Father of the Reformation’, the famous John Reuchlin [4], author of the ‘Mirific Word’ and friend of Pico di Mirandola, the teacher and instructor of Erasmus, Luther, and Melancthon, was a kabalist and occultist.” [5]
 
Not all Reformation movement was Lutheran, of course. Unlike Martin Luther, the Amish and Hutterites do not adopt a top-down structure for their Churches, have no professional priests and do not believe in State-sponsored churches.
 
While the Lutheran churches (and some Mennonites) did the same as the Vatican in supporting Adolf Hitler in Germany, the Amish and Hutterites traditionally shun all violence and war and are radically nonviolent. [6]
 
They do not adhere to the cult of machines and reject the worship of technology, which, by the way, was central to Nazism - a fact that should not be forgotten in the present “technological civilization”. The Amish and the Hutterites refuse to participate in military conflicts of any kind. They try to live instead in the unbureaucratic spirit of the original Christian teachings.
 
NOTES:
 
[1] Source of date, “Collected Writings”, H. P. Blavatsky, volume XIV, and Encyclopaedia Britannica. Reuchlin is also known as “Johann”.
 
[2] “Collected Writings”, H. P. Blavatsky, TPH, USA, volume XIV, p. 169. 
 
[3] See her article “The Trial of the Sun Initiate” in “Collected Writings”, H. P. Blavatsky, TPH, USA, volume XIV, p. 266. 
 
[4] NOTE BY HPB: Vide the title-page on the English translation of Mayerhoff’s “Reuchlin und Seine Zeit”, Berlin, 1830. “The Life and Times of John Reuchlin, or Capnion, the Father of the German Reformation”, by F. Barham, London, 1843.
 
[5] “Isis Unveiled” Volume II, by Helena P. Blavatsky, p. 20.
 
[6] Regarding the Anabaptists, click to see the article “The Practical Philosophy of the Amish”.
 
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An initial version of the above article, with no indication as to the name of the author, is part of the February 2018 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”, pages 15-16.  
 
Reuchlin, the Father of Reformation” was published as an independent text in our associated websites on 22 February 2019.
 
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