first appeared in 1942/43 in the German news sheet ‘Was
in der anthroposophischen Gesellschaft vorgeht’ compiled
from the notes of Mathilde Scholl. The text of the present
edition has been improved by a comparison with the notes of
Marie Steiner, with the exception of lectures 25 and 26 for
which her notes are missing.
Some of the Rudolf
Steiner lectures quoted only exist in English translations in
the form of typescripts. These may be consulted for reference
at the Rudolf Steiner Library, 35 Park Road, London. N.W.l.
fire. See glossary of theosophical terms.
Ymir. In the old Nordic germanic myth dealing with the
beginning of the world the different parts of the world
were created out of the body of the primaeval giant: from
the flesh the earth, from the blood the water, from the
bones the rocks, from the hair the forests, from the skull
the sky, from the brain the clouds.
there are altogether twelve stages of consciousness.
See: Cosmic Memory, chapter on
Saturn, also lecture 27.1.1908, The Influence of
Spiritual Beings upon Man. Lec. 2.
Nine Lectures on Bees.
the Feet. See: The Gospel of John in Relation to the
other Three Gospels, Lecture 14. The Gospel of St. John. Notes on 3
lectures, Lecture 2. also: Festivals of the
Seasons, second lecture on Easter.
Good and Kingdom of Evil. See: The Apocalypse, lecture
Fish in the
dark caves of Kentucky. Often quoted by Rudolf Steiner.
See: Darwin, Origin of Species, Chapter
the Threshold. See: Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and the
Third Mystery Play.
book ‘On Doing Nothing’ Published 1893. A
detailed description of Tolstoi's ideas in contrast to
Western ideas is to be found in Rudolf Steiner's lecture
3.11.1904. Theosophy and Tolstoy.
lecture 3. This is not complete and is somewhat obscure
significance of the symbol of the cross. This is
described in more detail in a lecture 22.11.1907.
‘The plant is drawn with its direction vertically
towards the earth, the human being also vertically directed
away from the earth, the animal horizontal.’ St.
John, Notes on 8 lectures. Lecture 7.
World-Soul is stretched on the cross of the World-Body.
Plato, Timaeus, Chapter 8.
of Prevost. Notes published by Justinus Kerner.
of consciousness sinks down from the head. This is more
clearly dealt with in lecture 4.
consciousness, Kama-pranic consciousness, Kama-manasic
consciousness. Described by H.P. Blavatsky in The
Secret Doctrine, Vol. 3.
See further in lecture 4.
The Saga of
the Sphinx. The Sphinx (daughter of Chimaera and her
son the hound Orthus) — a monster with the body of a
hound, a woman's head, lion's claws, dragon's tail and
wings — was sent to Thebes where she dealt out death
and destruction by means of a riddle. She asked the
unfortunate ones who confronted her: What creature goes on
four legs in the morning, on two at midday and on three in
the evening? Oedipus was the fortunate one who found the
answer — man. Upon which she threw herself down from
her rock. In the painting in the large cupola of the first
Goetheanum the motif representing Greece also includes this
limped. (In Latin Vulcanus, in Greek Hephaistos.) The
god of fire and the forger of metals. He limped because
twice Zeus, in anger, threw him out of Olympus. According
to the original myth his smithy was in Olympus, but in
later versions in volcanic regions.
Jobsiade. A comic epic poem by Karl Arnold Kortum,
published in 1754.
Process. See more details in The Study of Man, lecture
of Thinking, Feeling and Willing. See: Knowledge of the Higher
Light on the Path by Mabel Collins.
Goethe's Fairy Tale of the Green Snake
and the Beautiful Lily, was first published in
1795. See: Rudolf Steiner's ‘Goethe's Standard of the
Bodhisattvas. See: The Christ Impulse and the Development
of the Ego Consciousness, lecture 1, 25.10.1909 and
From Buddha to Christ 21.9.1911.
speaks of the etheric part of the heart: Here Rudolf
Steiner is presumably referring to the minor scientific
writings (Parva naturalia) ‘On Youth and Age,
Life and Death’.
Blavatsky calls Jehovah a Moon God. Secret Doctrine.
the Moon is called the Cosmos of Wisdom. In notes of a
lecture in Berlin in 1903 there appears the following:
‘In the overall picture of world evolution the
Earthly Cosmos is called the Cosmos of Divine Love, the
previous cosmos the Cosmos of Wisdom and the future one the
Cosmos of Divine Fire ... the Cosmos preceeding the Moon
Cosmos (is called) the Cosmos of Divine Omnipotcncc; this
was preceeded by the Cosmos of Being’.
While on the
Old Moon ... The notes of the text here are inadequate
said ... Elias has come again. Matthew, Chapter
17. 12 – 13
years. Later Rudolf Steiner indicated these epochs more
precisely. According to this the point at which the sun
rises on the vernal equinox moves backwards through the 12
constellations of the Zodiac in 12 x 2160 = 25,920 years
— the Platonic World Year — generally speaking,
re-embodiments are connected with these epochs of 2160
years (though there are exceptions). See: Theosophy of
the Rosicrucian, Rhythms in the Cosmos and in the Human
Being (Typescript) 188.8.131.52.1923
Masters. According to Rudolf Steiner these are beings
of great significance for the evolution of mankind.
‘These lofty beings have already left behind them the
path that the rest of mankind has yet to tread. They work
now as the great Teachers of Wisdom and of the Harmony of
Feeling.’ (Letter to a member 2.1.1905.) See also
Trappists. Order founded in 1140 in the Cistercian
monastery of La Trappe in France. The reform in 1665
imposed strict ascetic practices and silence.
teaching of predestination. The teaching of God's
eternal decree which results in only a part of humanity
being chosen for salvation while the other part is doomed
to perdition. Compare lecture 7.10.1917 ‘The
Crumbling of the Earth and the Souls and Bodies of
Men’ Anthroposophical Quarterly Volume 19 No.
Senses. See The Wisdom of man of the Soul and of the
Spirit. The Twelve Senses and the Seven Life Processes
(Golden Blade 1975).
... and ascending curves. Theosophy teaches that all
development proceeds in cycles, first on a descending curve
from spiritual to material and then back on an ascending
curve from material to spiritual. In a lecture to the same
audience in Berlin 17.10.1904 Rudolf Steiner says
‘Theosophical writings have described certain
evolutionary developments as ascending and descending ...
during the descent development is slowed down while during
the ascent it becomes ever faster. This accelerated
development does not apply to the whole physical plane but
only to individual beings.’ In a lecture in Berlin
27.1.1908 there is a further clarification: ‘... so
that when we are at a particular moment of our development
we can always say: Yes, there are certain forces there that
draw into man and pass out of him, forces that descend and
forces that rise. For every such force there is always a
moment when it changes from a descending to an ascending
force. All forces that become ascending forces have been at
first descending. They descend down to man, so to speak,
and in man they achieve the strength to rise’.
In this sense ‘when the body is on the ascending
curve the senses are on the descending curve’ should
be understood as meaning that the physical body in general
is on the rising curve because it has passed the deepest
point of its material densification, while the senses are
on the descending curve since there are two senses which
still have to develop as physical senses.
As now when
man speaks ... Influence. For further clarification of
this passage see lecture 12.6.1907 Occult Seals and
The Myth of
Lohengrin. The Lohengrin figure first appears in
Eschenbach's ‘Parzifal’ as a knight of the
Grail and son of Parzifal. The saga was further developed
in a poem in middle high German dating from the end of the
13th century. A simpler form is Conrad von Würzburg's
Schwanenritter. See also Rudolf Steiner's lecture
29.3.1906 on Parzifal and Lohengrin
Rosenkreutz. See: The Mission of Christian
Rosenkreutz lecture 1912-13.
Kundalini Light in out streaming feeling of warmth see
lecture 18.10.1904 in History of the Middle Ages
Undifferentiated mass like a jelly or a soft
crystal. In Marie Steiner's notes: ‘formed out of
an undifferentiated gelatinous mass like a mineral
The fish has
remained half-way. Fish have a heart with two
compartments consisting of atrium and
the Areopagite. In the Acts of the Apostles Chapter 17
v.34 he is mentioned as a pupil of St. Paul. At the end of
the 5th century there appeared in Syria under his name the
following writings: The Celestial Hierarchies and
On the Hierarchy of the Church which in the 9th
century were translated from the Greek into Latin by Scotus
teachings however could not find general understanding.
For detailed descriptions of the spiritual hierarchies see
Rudolf Steiner: The Spiritual Hierarchies and their
Reflection in the Physical World, Zodiac, Planets,
Cosmos, and The Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly
Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature.
See The Christian Mystery, Novalis the Seer lecture
22.12.1908 in the Anthroposophical Quarterly
Dukhobors. Knights of the Spirit or Fighters for the
Spirit. They also called themselves ‘Christians of
the Spirit’ and believed essentially in inner
revelation. The sect arose in the middle of the 18th
century and was later dispatched to Trans-Caucasia. Towards
the end of the 19th century many of them emigrated to
Cyprus and Canada. Tolstoi, who had a strong inner link
with them, wrote about them in Followers of Christ in
Russia in the year 1895.
Manichaeans. Founded by Mani (215 or 216 – 276
A.D) originating in Asia Minor. ‘A powerful spiritual
stream to which belonged the Albigenses, Waldenses, and
Cathars of the Middle Ages. More distantly connected were
the Templars and, through a remarkable interweaving of
connections, the Freemasons. This is where the Freemasons
actually belong although they had allied themselves with
the Rosicrucians.’ Thus run the notes of a lecture by
Rudolf Steiner on the Manichacans given in Berlin 11.11.1904. See also Albert
Row. His teachings appeared published as Esoteric
666. See Rudolf Steiner The Apocalypse of St.
John lecture 11 (1908).
Sphere. More details in The Occult Movement in the
19th century and its relationship to World Culture
deutsch. Written by a priest at the Deutschenherrenhaus
at Sachsenhausen near Frankfurt am Main in 1497. Published
by Luther in 1518. See also Rudolf Steiner
Mysticism at the Dawn of the Modern
of Nothing. This spiritual-scientific concept of Rudolf
Steiner is also to be found in the lecture Evolution,
Involution and Creation out of Nothing 17.6.1909 (also
contained in The Being of Man and his Future
Evolution). See also lecture 15.9.1907 in Occult Signs and
Second Logos. Compare Rudolf Steiner's notes for
Edouard Schuré May 1906. Zeichnen und Entwicklung
der drei Logoi in der Menschheit published in No. 14 of
Nachrichten der Rudolf Steiner-Nachlassverwaltung
passions are related occultly to higher forces of spiritual
beings who have preceded us. See lecture 24.10.1915 in
The Occult Movement in the 19th Century
destroys life ... Compare with Rudolf Steiner's
comments on Mabel Collins novel Flita in
Luzifer-Gnosis (not translated).
Light on the Path by Mabel Collins.
in question refers to a booklet by Georg von
Langsdorff, Freiburg i. Br. known as a translator and
publiciser of spiritualistic material. Rudolf Steiner also
refers to the matter in the lecture 24.8.1906 in At the
Gates of Spiritual Science.
from outside what one knew inwardly ... Notes differ
and are not clear at this point.
— Metamorphoses Of Plants. See Rudolf Steiner's
comments in Goethe the Scientist.
Theosophical Principle. The first principle of the
Theosophical Society founded by H.P. Blavatsky in 1875
runs: ‘To form a nucleus of the universal brotherhood
of Humanity without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste
Text of this
portion is very incomplete and cannot be considered as
— Evolution. See note
Arhats ... given as explanation of the 7th Stanza of
Dyzan in Blavatsky's Secret Doctrine.
Prometheus Saga. See lecture 7.10.1904 in Greek and Germanic
The Bhagavad Gita. In 1912 – 13 Rudolf
Steiner gave two lecture cycles on this subject: ‘The Bhagavad Gita and the
Epistles of St. Paul’ and ‘The
Occult Significance of the Bhagavad
Zarathustra. This refers to the actual or first
Zarathustra. In the public lecture on
‘Zarathustra’ 19.1.1911 Turning Points in
Spiritual History, Rudolf Steiner says: ‘Greek
historians have frequently pointed out that the period
ascribed to Zarathustra must be placed very far back,
between 5000 to 6000 years before the Trojan
Lecture. There are no notes of Marie Steiner for this
lecture. The text of the second half is but fragmentary,
especially about the three elemental kingdoms. Compare with
lecture 4.12.1907. The Elemental Kingdoms.
(Typescript) Also in the Anthroposophic News Sheet
Vol. IV Nos. 13 – 16.
26th Lecture — There are no notes of Marie
Steiner for this lecture either.
of the Masters. See note
The Atoms of
Jupiter. A few days before, on 21.10.1905 Rudolf
Steiner spoke on this subject but only very scanty notes
from Mars and Mercury. See further in lecture 15.2.1908
in The Influence of Spiritual Beings upon
on the head of the Serpent, Luke Chapter 10 verse
Saga. See lecture 7.10.1904 in Greek and Germanic
Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age
The Golden Age – Krita Yuga = about 20,000 years
The Silver Age – Treta Yuga = about 15,000 years
The Bronze Age – Dvapara Yuga = about 10,000 years
The Dark Age – Kali Yuga = about 5,000 years
Our Age comprises a future 2,500 years
Compare with the lectures The True Nature of the Second
Consciousness, Life and Form ... Creation out of Nothing
... Three Logoi. Rudolf Steiner had explained these
concepts to a part of his audience in lectures of
October/November 1904 especially 22.10.1904 in Notes on
13 Lectures (Typescript), and 25.10.1904 in History
of the Middle Ages (Typescript). Similar presentations
are to be found later in lectures 15.9.1907 Occult Signs and
Symbols and 17.6.1909 Evolution, Involution and
Creation out of Nothing (also contained in The Being
of Man and his Future Evolution).
Seventh sense. Compare with lecture 9 and the
development of the pineal and pituitary glands.
Work as a
commodity ... or as a gift. See Anthroposophy and
the Social Question which appeared at about the same
time in the periodical Luzifer-Gnosis.
between the hosts of Michael and the hosts of Mammon.
See later and more detailed presentations in for instance
The Fall of the Spirits of Darkness. October 1917.
As things in
the East are spreading like a fire. Refers probably to
the outbreak of the Russian revolution of 1905 following
the end of the Russo-Japanese war of 1904/05. See lecture
12.10.1905 The Present Situation of the World. War,
Peace and the Science of the Spirit (Anthroposophic
News Sheet Volume 1 3, Nos. 35 – 40).
Nutrition. Later Rudolf Steiner spoke on this
subject from many different angles especially to the
workmen engaged on the Goetheanum building. See Rudolf
Steiner on Nutrition and Health and
healing powers ... for mental illnesses. These are the
words according to Mathilde Scholl. Marie Steiner's notes,
on the contrary, report that the old healers ‘call up
in themselves psychic means of healing mainly for psychic
Abel. Rudolf Steiner interpreted this allegory in
different ways especially in lectures in 1904 and 1905 in
connection with the Temple Legend. Die Tempel legende
und die Goldene Legende. The only ones translated are
Concerning the Temple Lost and Found 15, 22, 29 May,
5 June 1905, (Typescript).
Riddle of the Universe. See lecture 5.10.1905
Three Essays on Haeckel and Karma.
Zarathustras. Re the original Zarathustra see note 65.
The historical Zarathustra lived in the 6th century BC and
according to Alexander Polyhistor and Plutarch, was the
teacher of Pythagoras. On the tradition in mystery schools
of transmitting the name of the teacher with the teaching,
compare Rudolf Steiner on Dionysius the Areopagite in
Siegfried's father, see lecture 22.3.1906,
Siegfried and the Twilight of the Gods
Achilles, Siegfried. Invulnerability denoted
initiation. (See lecture 7 in the cycle on The
Gospel of St Mark.)
Boniface. In the 8th century St Boniface (actually
Wynfrith) emissary from Rome, known as the apostle of the
Germans, spread Christianity in Thuringia, Friesland and
Hesse and was murdered in 754 by heathen
found much in the Germanic peoples that was related ...
His descriptions are to be found in Germany and its
‘the Mighty’, divine ancestor of the
Wodha-Bodha-Buddha. Rudolf Steiner has spoken in
greater detail of this connection, for instance in Universe, Earth and Man lecture
Rudolf Steiner here refers to Attila's penetration into
Italy in the year 452 when Aquileia was destroyed and the
Roman bishop Leo I went out with his followers against
Attila and was able to force him to retreat.
well-known traveler Peters. Traveled especially in
Africa where he founded the East African German colonies
and the German East African Company. Wrote among other
things Das Goldene Ophir Salomos (1895) and Im
Goldland des Altertums (1902).