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  • Title: Book: Contemporary Civilization in the Mirror of the Science of the Spirit (1904)
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    • Contemporary Civilization in the
    • Contemporary Civilization in the Mirror of the
    • Science of the Spirit (1904)
    • THE OBSERVER of the course of scientific
    • development in the last decades cannot doubt that a great revolution
    • is in preparation. Today when a scientist talks about the so-called
    • Around the middle of the nineteenth century some
    • of the most daring spirits saw in scientific materialism the only
    • creed possible to one familiar with the then recent results of
    • research. The blunt saying of that time has become famous:
    • “Thoughts stand in about the same relationship to the brain as
    • gall to the liver.” This was stated by Karl Vogt, who in his
    • and in other writings, declared everything to be superannuated which
    • did not make spiritual activity and the life of the soul proceed from
    • the mechanism of the nervous system and of the brain in the same
    • manner in which the physicist explains that the movement of the hands
    • proceeds from the mechanism of the clock. That was the time when
    • sort of gospel among wide circles of the educated. One may well say
    • because of the powerful impression made by the successes of science
    • in those times. A short time before, the microscope had shown the
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  • Title: Book: From the Akasha Chronicle
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    • documents shed light on but a few millennia. What archaeology,
    • paleontology, and geology can teach us is very limited. Furthermore,
    • consider how the picture of an event or people, not so very remote
    • from us, has changed when new historical evidence has been
    • discovered. One need but compare the descriptions of one and the same
    • thing as given by different historians, and he will soon realize on
    • what uncertain ground he stands in these matters. Everything
    • belonging to the external world of the senses is subject to time. In
    • addition, time destroys what has originated in time. On the other
    • time. Nobody can say that the essential has been preserved, if he
    • origin in the eternal. But the eternal is not accessible to sensory
    • perception. Nevertheless, the ways to the perception of the eternal
    • are open for man. He can develop forces dormant in him so that he can
    • recognize the eternal. In the essays, Wie erlangt man Erkenntnisse
    • der hoheren Welten? (How Does One Attain Knowledge of Higher
    • development is referred to. These present essays will also show that
    • the eternal origins of the things which vanish with time. A man
    • broadens his power of cognition in this way if he is no longer
    • limited to external evidence where knowledge of the past is
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  • Title: Book: Our Atlantean Ancestors
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    • present-day man than he would imagine whose knowledge is confined
    • wholly to the world of the senses. This difference extended not only
    • to the external appearance but also to spiritual faculties. Their
    • knowledge, their technical arts, indeed their entire civilization
    • differed from what can be observed today. If we go back to the first
    • different from ours. Logical reason, the power of arithmetical
    • totally absent among the first Atlanteans. On the other hand, they
    • had a highly developed memory. This memory was one of their
    • most prominent mental faculties. For example, the Atlantean did not
    • calculate as we do, by learning certain rules which he then applied.
    • four is twelve. In the event that he had to perform such a
    • calculation he could manage because he remembered identical or
    • similar situations. He remembered how it had been on previous
    • The man of today is superior to the Atlantean in logical reasoning,
    • in the ability to combine. On the other hand, memory has
    • deteriorated. Nowadays man thinks in concepts; the Atlantean thought
    • in images. When an image appeared in his soul he remembered a great
    • many similar images which he had already experienced. He directed his
    • the child with rules, to sharpen his reason. Instead, life was
    • presented to him in vivid images, so that later he could remember as
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  • Title: Book: Transition of the Fourth into the Fifth Root Race
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    • Transition of the Fourth into the Fifth Root
    • IN THIS CHAPTER we shall learn about the
    • transition of the fourth, the Atlantean root race, into the fifth,
    • the Aryan, to which contemporary civilized mankind belongs. Only he
    • will understand it aright who can steep himself in the idea of
    • the use of thought, which is characteristic of the men of our
    • particular which slowly and gradually brings the faculty of thought
    • to maturity. In his thought, man decides upon something, and then
    • executes it as the consequence of his own thought. This ability was
    • only in preparation among the Atlanteans. It was not their own
    • thoughts, but those which flowed into them from entities of a higher
    • kind, that influenced their will. Thus, in a manner of speaking,
    • their will was directed from outside.
    • The one who familiarizes himself with the thought
    • of this development of the human being and learns to admit that man
    • in prehistory, will also be able to rise to a conception of the
    • totally different entities which are spoken of here. The development
    • What has previously been said about the fourth
    • root race, the Atlanteans, refers to the great bulk of mankind. But
    • they followed leaders whose abilities towered far above theirs. The
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  • Title: Book: The Lemurian Race
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    • The Lemurian Race
    • A PASSAGE from the Akasha Chronicle referring to a
    • very distant prehistoric period in the development of mankind, will
    • be set forth in this chapter. This period precedes the one depicted
    • in the descriptions given above. We are here concerned with the
    • third human root race, of which it is said in theosophical
    • books that it inhabited the Lemurian Continent. According to these
    • approximately from Ceylon to Madagascar. What is today southern Asia
    • While all possible care has been taken in the
    • deciphering of the Akasha Chronicle it must be emphasized that
    • nowhere is a dogmatic character to be claimed for these
    • communications. If, to begin with, the reading of things and events
    • so remote from the present is not easy, the translation of what has
    • been seen and deciphered into the language of today presents almost
    • Dates will be given later. They will be
    • better understood when the whole Lemurian period and also the period
    • of our fifth root race up to the present, have been discussed.
    • The things which are communicated here are
    • surprising even for the occultist who reads them for the first time
    • — although the word “surprising” is not quite
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  • Title: Book: The Division into Sexes
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    • The Division into Sexes
    • MUCH AS THE HUMAN FORM in those ancient times
    • described in the preceding chapters differed from the form of
    • goes even further back in the history of mankind. For only in the
    • course of time did the forms of man and woman develop from an older,
    • basic form in which human beings were neither the one nor the other,
    • but rather were both at once. He who wants to form an idea of these
    • enormously distant periods of the past must however liberate himself
    • completely from the habitual conceptions taken from what man sees
    • The times into which we now look back lie somewhat
    • before the middle of the epoch which in the preceding passages was
    • designated as the Lemurian. At that time the human body still
    • consisted of soft and malleable materials. The other forms of earth
    • condition, earth was still in a welling, more fluid one. As the human
    • matter to itself in a much greater degree than later. That the soul
    • takes on a male or a female body is due to the fact that the
    • development of external terrestrial nature forces the one or the
    • other upon it. While the material substances had not yet become
    • rigid, the soul could force these substances to obey its own laws. It
    • made of the body an impression of its own nature. But when [it] became
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  • Title: Book: The Last Periods before the Division into Sexes
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    • WE SHALL NOW DESCRIBE the state of man before his
    • division into male and female. At that time the body consisted of a
    • soft malleable mass. The will had a much greater power over this mass
    • than later. When man separated from his parent entity he appeared as
    • a truly articulated organism, but as an incomplete one. The further
    • development of the organs took place outside the parent entity. Much
    • of what later matured inside the mother organism was at that time
    • will power. In order to bring about such an external maturation the
    • care of the parent being was necessary. Man brought certain organs
    • into the world which he later cast off. Others, which were quite
    • incomplete at his first appearance, developed more fully. The whole
    • process had something which can be compared with the emergence from
    • an egg-form and the casting off of an eggshell, but here one must not
    • think of a firm eggshell.
    • The body of man was warm-blooded. This must be
    • will be shown later. The maturation which took place outside the
    • mother organism occurred under the influence of an increased warmth
    • which also was supplied from the outside. But one must by no means
    • think that the egg-man — as he will be called for the sake of
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  • Title: Book: The Hyperborean and the Polarean Epoch
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    • THE FOLLOWING passages from the Akasha Chronicle
    • go back to the periods which precede what was described in the last
    • chapters. In view of the materialistic ideas of our time, the risk we
    • undertake with these communications is perhaps even greater
    • than that connected with what has been described in the preceding
    • passages. Today such things are readily met with the accusation of
    • fantasy and baseless speculation. When one knows how far from even
    • taking these things seriously someone can be who has been trained
    • scientifically in the contemporary sense, then only the consciousness
    • experience can lead one to write about them. Nothing is said here
    • which has not been carefully examined with the means provided by the
    • science of the spirit. The scientist need only be as tolerant toward
    • the science of the spirit as the latter is toward the scientific way
    • neunzehnten Jahrhundert (Conceptions of the World and of Life in
    • the Nineteenth Century), where I think I have shown that I am able to
    • appreciate the materialistic-scientific view.*]
    • For those however who incline toward these matters of the science of
    • the spirit, I would like to make a special remark concerning the
    • passages reproduced here. Especially important matters will be
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  • Title: Book: Beginning of the Present Earth  Extrusion of the Sun
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    • Beginning of the Present Earth — Extrusion
    • of the Sun
    • WE SHALL now follow the Akasha Chronicle back into
    • in their form of today. For this condition was preceded by others in
    • which the natural realms just mentioned existed in considerably
    • changes before it could become the carrier of our present mineral,
    • under the preceding conditions, but they looked quite different from
    • those of today. These past conditions will be discussed further
    • below. Now we shall only call attention to the manner in which the
    • immediately preceding condition changed into the present one.
    • extent by comparing it to the passage of a plant through the seed
    • It takes in substances from its environment and secretes others. But
    • except for the small seed. Life develops by passing through it, and
    • in the new year it rises again in the same form. Thus everything
    • the preceding condition one might call mineral, plant, animal has
    • passed away, as in the plant, root, stalk, and so forth, pass away.
    • There as well as here, a germinal stage has remained, from which the
    • old form develops anew. The forces which will cause the new form to
    • emerge lie hidden in the seed.
    • At the period discussed here we are dealing with a
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  • Title: Book: Extrusion of the Moon
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    • ONE MUST be quite clear about the fact that only
    • later did man assume the dense substantiality which he has today, and
    • that he did this very gradually. If one wants to form an idea of his
    • corporeality on the level of development which is being discussed,
    • a cloud suspended in the air. But of course this idea approaches
    • reality in a completely external way. For the fire cloud
    • lacking in this being. Floating rather than striding, it moves
    • organs. For the rest, something has already been said about the soul
    • One must not think however that the movements or
    • vital activities of these beings occurred in an irrational or
    • irregular fashion. On the contrary, they were completely regular.
    • Everything which happened had sense and significance. But the
    • directing force of understanding was not in the beings themselves.
    • They were directed by an understanding which was outside of them.
    • Higher, more mature beings than they, surrounded and directed them.
    • For the important, basic quality of the fire mist was that on the
    • level of their existence which we have characterized, human beings
    • could embody themselves in it, but that at the same time higher
    • instincts, and passions to the point where they could be formed in
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  • Title: Book: Some Necessary Points of View
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    • WE SHALL NEXT consider the development of man and
    • of the entities connected with him in the time which preceded the
    • “earthly period.” For when man began to unite his destiny
    • with the planet one calls “earth,” he had already passed
    • through a series of developmental steps in the course of which he had
    • planetary developmental stages. The names used in mystery science
    • for these stages are the Saturn, Sun and Moon periods. It will become
    • apparent that these designations at first have nothing to do
    • with the heavenly bodies of today which bear these names in physical
    • astronomy, although in a broader sense a relationship to them
    • exists, which is known to the advanced mystic.
    • One will sometimes say that man inhabited other
    • planets before he appeared upon earth. But under these “other
    • conditions of the earth itself and of its inhabitants. Before it
    • became “earth,” the earth with all the beings which
    • belong to it passed through the three conditions of the Saturn, Sun,
    • and Moon existence. Saturn Sun, and Moon are, as it were, the three
    • incarnations of the earth in primeval times. What in this connection
    • planet than the previous physical incarnations of a human being
    • and of the other beings belonging to earth will form the subject of
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  • Title: Book: On the Origin of the Earth
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    • stages after his birth, as he must ascend from infancy through
    • childhood and so on to the age of the mature adult, so too must
    • developed to its present condition by passing through other stages.
    • With the methods of the clairvoyant one can discern three principal
    • the formation of the earth took place and before this sphere became
    • the scene of that development. Therefore at present we are concerned
    • with the fourth stage in the great universal life of man. For now we
    • shall relate the relevant facts here. The deeper explanation will
    • appear in the course of the description, insofar as is possible in
    • the words of ordinary language, that is, without having recourse to
    • the form of expression of mystery science.
    • Man existed before there was an earth. But one
    • perhaps he had previously lived on other planets and then at a
    • certain time migrated to earth. Rather, the earth has developed
    • together with man. Just as man has passed through three main stages
    • of development, so has the earth, before becoming that which one now
    • calls “earth.” For the time being, as has been indicated
    • above, one must completely liberate oneself from the significance
    • which contemporary science connects with the names
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  • Title: Book: The Earth and Its Future
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    • THE FOURTH principal stage of human development is
    • finds himself at present. But before he attained it, he, and with him
    • the whole earth, first had to repeat successively the Saturn, Sun,
    • and Moon stages in three smaller cycles (the so-called
    • “rounds” of theosophical literature). Man now lives in
    • the fourth earth cycle. He has already advanced a little past the
    • perceives in a dreamlike manner the images which arise in his soul
    • through the influence of his environment only, but objects appear to
    • him “outside in space.” On the Moon and also during the
    • stages of repetition on earth, there arose for example, a colored
    • image in his soul when a particular object came near him. All of
    • flowed and ebbed in the soul. Only with the appearance of the fourth
    • condition of consciousness does color no longer appear merely in the
    • longer merely an inner reverberating of the soul, but the resounding
    • of an object in space. In mystery science therefore, one also calls
    • this fourth, the earthly condition of consciousness, the
    • gradually in the course of development in the way that the physical
    • organs of sense slowly arose and thus made perceptible the most
    • diverse sensory qualities in external objects. Apart from the senses
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  • Title: Book: The Life of Saturn
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    • IN ONE of the preceding descriptions, the great
    • development of humanity through the seven stages of consciousness
    • from Saturn to Vulcan has been compared with the progress through
    • to old age. One can extend this comparison further. As among
    • one another, but also exist side by side, so it is with the
    • development of the stages of consciousness, The aged man, the mature
    • man or the mature woman, the youth, travel through life side by
    • side. Thus the ancestors of man existed on Saturn not only as
    • beings with the dull Saturn consciousness, but also along with these
    • as beings which had already developed the higher stages of
    • consciousness. When the Saturn development began, there already
    • existed natures with Sun consciousness, others with image
    • to the present consciousness of man, then a fourth kind with
    • creative (spiritual) consciousness. This does not exhaust the series
    • of beings. After the Vulcan stage, man will develop yet further, and
    • will ascend to still higher levels of consciousness. As the external
    • eye looks into misty gray distances, so the inner eye of the seer
    • The Saturn man was surrounded by eleven other
    • kinds of beings. The four highest had had their tasks on levels of
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  • Title: Book: The Life of the Sun
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    • AFTER THE GREAT cosmic era of Saturn, which has
    • been described in the preceding pages, there follows that of the Sun.
    • Between them lies a period of rest (Pralaya). During this
    • character which stands in the same relation to the subsequently to be
    • developed Sun man as the seed to the plant which emerges from it.
    • consciousness on the Sun. It resembles that into which today man
    • were, a memory of the time of the Sun development. One can also
    • compare it with that dull state of consciousness in which the world
    • of plants exists today. As a matter of fact, in the plant one must
    • In order to understand the development of mankind,
    • one must realize that in this second great cycle the Sun was still a
    • planet, and that only later did it advance to the existence of a
    • fixed star. In the sense of mystery science, a fixed star is one
    • distance from it. During the second cycle this was not yet the case
    • with the Sun. At that time it was still united with the beings to
    • which it gave force. These beings — and also man at his level
    • earth, separated from Sun and Moon, did not exist. Everything in the
    • way of substances, forces, and beings which exists on and in the
    • earth today, and everything which now belongs to the Moon, was still
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  • Title: Book: Life on the Moon
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    • IN THE UNIVERSAL ERA of the Moon, which
    • follows that of the Sun, man develops the third of his seven states
    • of consciousness. The first had developed during the seven Saturn
    • cycles, the second during the Sun development; the fourth is that
    • which man is at present developing during the course of the earth;
    • three others will come into being on subsequent planets. The
    • that of dreamless sleep. The Sun consciousness, however, can be
    • compared to this condition of dreamless sleep, or to the present
    • consciousness of the sleeping plant world. But in all these instances
    • think that in the great universal eras anything repeats itself in a
    • It is to be understood in this way if the Moon
    • similarity, namely with that of dream-filled sleep. Man attains the
    • so-called image consciousness on the Moon. The similarity consists in
    • that in the Moon consciousness as well as in dream consciousness,
    • and beings of the outside world. But these images are not likenesses
    • of these objects and beings as in present-day man when he is awake.
    • The dream images are echoes of the experiences of the day, or
    • symbolical expressions for events in the dreamer's environment, or
    • for what is taking place in the interior of the dreaming person.
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  • Title: Book: The Life of Earth
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    • IN IN THE PRECEDING CHAPTERS has been shown how
    • the components were successively formed which make up the so-called
    • “lower nature of man” — the physical body, the
    • ether body and the astral body. It has also been described how, with
    • the appearance of a new body, the old ones must always be transformed
    • so that they can become carriers and instruments of the one formed
    • progress. As long as the lower man has only a physical body, he
    • even to that of dreamless sleep of the present, although for man of
    • “unconscious” one. In the time when the ether body
    • appears, man reaches the consciousness which is his today in
    • dreamless sleep. With the formation of the astral body a dim image
    • with the one man at present ascribes to himself while he is dreaming.
    • The fourth, the current condition of consciousness of earth man, will
    • in the fourth great universal era, that of earth which follows the
    • On Saturn the physical body of man was developed
    • in several stages. At that time it could not have been the carrier of
    • an ether body. And the latter was added only during the course of the
    • Sun. Simultaneously, the physical body was so transformed in the
    • successive Sun cycles that it could become the carrier of this ether
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  • Title: Book: The Fourfold Man of Earth
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    • point of departure. As he lives on the earth, man at present consists
    • of the physical body, the ether or life body, the astral body and the
    • “I.” This fourfold human nature has in itself the
    • dispositions for a higher development. The “I” by its own
    • initiative transforms the “lower” bodies, and thereby
    • incorporates into them higher parts of human nature. The ennobling
    • and purifying of the astral body by the “I” causes the
    • development of the “spirit self” (Manas), the
    • transformation of the ether or life body creates the life spirit
    • (Buddhi), and the transformation of the physical body creates
    • the true “spirit man” (Atma). The transformation
    • of the astral body is in full progress in the present period of the
    • development of the earth; the conscious transformation of the ether
    • body and of the physical body belongs to later times; at present it
    • has begun only among the initiates — those trained in the
    • science of the spirit and their pupils.
    • the previous development of the earth. It is in this unconscious
    • transformation of astral body, ether body, and physical body that one
    • must seek the origin of the sentient soul, of the intellectual soul,
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  • Title: Book: Answers to Questions
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    • repeated incarnations in the successive races, if in addition nothing
    • of what the soul has acquired through experience is again to be lost
    • mankind of today absolutely nothing remains of the capacities of the
    • will, of the imagination, of the mastery of natural forces which were
    • It is a fact that of the capacities which the soul
    • nothing is lost. But when a new capacity is acquired, the one
    • previously gained assumes a different form. It then no longer
    • manifests itself in its own character, but as a basis for the
    • new capacity. Among the Atlanteans for instance, it was the faculty
    • very weak conception of what the memory of an Atlantean could
    • fifth root race, in Atlantis was only acquired through the memory.
    • The concepts of space, time, number, etc. would present difficulties
    • of a quite different order if contemporary man were obliged to be the
    • first to acquire them. For the faculty which this contemporary man is
    • to acquire is the combinatory understanding. Logic did not exist
    • among the Atlanteans. But each previously acquired power of the soul
    • must withdraw, in its own form, become submerged beneath the
    • example, if the beaver were suddenly to become a thinking being, it
    • The Atlanteans also had for example, the capacity
    • to control the life force in a certain way. They constructed their
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  • Title: Book: Prejudices Arising from Alleged Science (1904)
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    • IT IS CERTAINLY TRUE that much in the intellectual
    • life of the present makes it difficult for one who is seeking the
    • truth to accept spiritual scientific (theosophical) insights. And
    • what has been said in the essays on the Lebensfragen der
    • theosophischen Bewegung (Vital Questions of the (Theosophical
    • Movement) can be taken as an indication of the reasons which exist
    • especially for the conscientious seeker of truth in this respect.
    • Many statements of the scientist of the spirit must appear entirely
    • fantastic to him who tests them against the certain conclusions which
    • he feels obliged to draw from what he has encountered as the facts of
    • the research of natural science. To this is added the fact that this
    • research can point to the enormous blessings it has bestowed and
    • continues to bestow on human progress. What an overwhelming effect is
    • produced when a personality who wants to see a view of the world
    • built exclusively on the results of this research, can utter the
    • proud words: “For there lies an abyss between these two extreme
    • conceptions of life: one for this world alone, the other for heaven.
    • But up to the present day, traces of a paradise, of a life of the
    • deceased, of a personal God, have nowhere been found by human
    • explores heaven beyond the stars of the nebula, analyzes the
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  • Title: Book: Contents: Cosmic Memory
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    • Preface by the Editor of the
    • i. Contemporary Civilization in the Mirror
    • of the Science of the Spirit (1904)
    • ii. From the Akasha Chronicle (Preface)
    • iv. Transition of the Fourth into
    • the Fifth Root Race
    • v. The Lemurian Race
    • vi. The Division into Sexes
    • vii. The Last Periods before
    • the Division into Sexes
    • viii. The Hyperborean and the Polarean Epoch
    • ix. Beginning of the Present Earth —
    • Extrusion of the Sun
    • x. Extrusion of the Moon
    • xii. On the Origin of the Earth
    • xiii. The Earth and Its Future
    • xiv. The Life of Saturn
    • xv. The Life of the Sun
    • xvi. Life on the Moon
    • xvii. The Life of Earth
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    • Translated from the German by Karl E. Zimmer
    • The authorized translation in the Western Hemisphere by agreement with
    • the Rudolf Steiner-Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • This book is published in Switzerland under the title
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    • ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    • BORN IN AUSTRIA in 1861, Rudolf Steiner received recognition as a scholar when he was invited to edit the Kürschner edition of the natural scientific writings of Goethe. In 1891, Steiner received his Ph.D. at the University of Rostock. He then began his work as a lecturer. From the turn of the century to his death in 1925, he delivered well over 6000 lectures. His written works eventually included some fifty titles.
    • The philosophical outlook of Rudolf Steiner embraces such fundamental questions as the being of man, the nature and purpose of freedom, the meaning of evolution, the relation of man to nature, the life after death and before birth. Through a study of his writings, one can come to a dear, reasonable, comprehensive understanding of the human being and his place in the universe.
    • Among the activities springing from the work of Rudolf Steiner are the Bio-Dynamic Farming and Gardening Association which aims at improved nutrition resulting from methods of agriculture outlined by Rudolf Steiner; the art of Eurythmy, created and described by him as “visible speech and visible song;” the work of the Clinical and Therapeutical Institute of Arlesheim, Switzerland, with related institutions in other countries; the homes for the treatment of mentally retarded children; and new directions of work in such fields as Mathematics, Physics, Painting, Sculpture, Music Therapy, Drama, Speech Formation, Astronomy, Economics and Psychology.
    • The success of Rudolf Steiner Education (sometimes referred to as Waldorf Education) has proven the correctness of Steiner's concept of the way to prepare the child for his eventual adult role in and his contribution to modern society. Today there are some seventy Rudolf Steiner Schools in existence in seventeen countries including the United States, Canada, Mexico, and South America, with a total of 30,000 children enrolled.
  • Title: Book: Introduction: Cosmic Memory
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    • RUDOLF STEINER: THE MAN AND HIS
    • them in the vanguard of the progress of mankind.
    • Born in Austria in 1861, educated at the
    • Technische Hochschule in Vienna, where he specialized in the
    • study of mathematics and science, Steiner received recognition as a
    • scholar when he was invited to edit the well-known Kurschner edition
    • of the natural scientific writings of Goethe. Already in 1886 at the
    • age of twenty-five, he had shown his comprehensive grasp of the
    • deeper implications of Goethe's way of thinking by writing his
    • Grundlinien einer Erkenntnistheorie der Goetheschen
    • Weltanschauung (Theory of Knowledge Implicit in Goethe's
    • Conception of the World). Four years later he was called to join the
    • group of eminent scholars in residence at Weimar, where he worked
    • with them at the Goethe-Schiller Archives for some years. A further
    • result of these activities was the writing of his Goethes
    • Weltanschauung (Goethe's Conception of the World) which, together
    • with his introductions and commentary on Goethe's scientific
    • writings, established Steiner as one of the outstanding exponents of
    • Goethe's methodology.
    • In these years Steiner came into the circle of
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  • Title: Book: Preface: Preface by the Editor of the German Edition (1939)
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    • Preface by the Editor of the German Edition
    • These Essays of Dr. Rudolf Steiner which first
    • appeared in 1904 are now published in book form after thirty-five
    • years. They were written for the periodical Lucifer Gnosis,
    • which appeared at first as a monthly and then at longer intervals.
    • This explains the occasional repetition of what has been said
    • previously. But, after all, repetitions are especially useful in the
    • study of the science of the spirit. However, some may find it
    • confusing that beside the new terminology coined for the Occident one
    • is also mentioned which has been taken from oriental esoterica. The
    • latter had become popular in Europe around the turn of the century
    • through the literature of the Theosophical Society. The exotic names
    • had stayed in people's memories, but the finer nuances which the
    • Oriental associates with them remained closed to the European. The
    • picturing of even the extrasensory was something at which Dr. Steiner
    • worked unceasingly. In the description of the activity of the
    • Hierarchies he uses the Christian terminology customary for this
    • What is here presented in form of a brief survey,
    • finds its continuation in the books Theosophie and
    • Geheimwissenschaft im Umriss.
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