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The Temple and the Grail

The Mysteries of the Order of the Templars and the Grail and their Significance for Our Time

July 2021
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  • Publisher
    Temple Lodge Publications
  • Published
    15th July 2021
  • ISBN 9781912230761
  • Language English
  • Pages 234 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"

In the popular imagination, the Holy Grail—which played a central role in the legend of King Arthur—belongs in the realm of myth. The Knights Templar also play an enigmatic role in popular legends. Despite the immense volume of historical research available, plausible explanations to the “mystery” at the core of their practices have yet to be revealed.

By studying these two themes side by side and showing their interrelationship, Willem Veltman reveals significant new perspectives. On the one hand, he demonstrates that the “poetic imagination” of the Grail mystery originated in actual historical events. On the other hand, he shows that the true history of the Knights Templar is essentially esoteric.

Combining historical research with insights gained from the work of Rudolf Steiner, Veltman presents an impressive survey of the subject, beginning with pre-Christian mysteries and ending with his vision of Michaelic Christianity. Veltman analyzes the significance of the holy city of Jerusalem, the Temple of Solomon, the Temple Legend, the Grail Temple, the Rosicrucians, the Templars’ gold, and the charged issue of evil. 

In addition, Willem Veltman sketches the continuation and metamorphosis of the Grail and Temple impulses in the future, including the critical role of Europe in “balancing” East and West. To become effective, this important European task—which, according to Veltman, is being continuously thwarted—must be correctly understood in the realm of human consciousness.

C O N T E N T S:

1. Introduction
2. The Mysteries
3. The Temple and the Grail
4. Occult History
5.The Order of the Templars
6. World Future


Willem Frederik Veltman

Willem Frederik Veltman was born in The Hague, Netherlands, in 1923. During World War II, he encountered the work of Rudolf Steiner. He was later asked to become a teacher at the Waldorf School in The Hague, which had been closed by the Nazis and reopened immediately after the war. He remained at the school for forty years, teaching French and art history and organizing numerous theatrical performances.