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  • Title: Book: Contemporary Civilization in the Mirror of the Science of the Spirit (1904)
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    • research. The blunt saying of that time has become famous:
    • Geology, the science of the formation of the earth, had come to the
    • scientific questions. A work has just appeared which bears the title,
    • movements of atoms illustrates its efficiency very clearly. As long
    • the years of the high tide of materialism. The explanation of mental
    • and the impressions of extinct plants were to bear witness to the
    • fact that at his first appearance on earth man was distinguished only
    • the point where I accept everything calmly, bear the inevitable
    • need something which contradicts my reason? The fear of death, which
    • the strength which I possessed. I depart from earth in the firm
    • clear: they represented a rejection of the materialistic
    • studied in earlier times and up to the beginning of the nineteenth
    • the origin of species. One learned to understand that in following
    • Moreover, in the last years de Vries was able to show experimentally
    • built for decades simply disappeared beneath one's feet. Even
    • earlier, thinking scientists had realized that they had to abandon
    • the soul. They have the greatest fear of “mysticism”, or
    • “gnosis” or “theosophy.” This appears
    • clearly, for example, in the work of Verworn quoted above. He says:
    • “There is a ferment in science. Things which seemed clear and
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  • Title: Book: From the Akasha Chronicle
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    • BY MEANS OF ordinary history man can learn only a
    • Worlds?), which appear in this periodical*, this
    • his own experience, the initiate easily appears to be a visionary, if
    • history, but appear in full life. In a certain sense, what has
    • earth's surface was once land. Today this forms the floor of the
    • continent, that for about a million years it was the scene of a
    • in imagination to a period which lies almost ten thousand years
    • in these regions later, developed from this earlier
  • Title: Book: Our Atlantean Ancestors
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    • to the external appearance but also to spiritual faculties. Their
    • calculate as we do, by learning certain rules which he then applied.
    • in images. When an image appeared in his soul he remembered a great
    • who had learned much, but rather he who had experienced much and
    • among the Atlanteans (especially the earlier ones), in their highly
    • conditions on our earth have changed very much. Today, the
    • which envelops the earth was much denser than at present.
    • more at that time the water on the whole earth was much
    • it must be sufficiently clear that the civilization of the Atlantean
    • described, will also understand that in still earlier times mankind
    • Plant and animal forms have become different. All of earthly nature
    • earth have been destroyed; others have come into existence.
    • which has disappeared, the main part of which lay south of
    • men, whose descendants still inhabit certain parts of the earth today
    • immediately disappears when a new one develops. Each one may maintain
    • development living beside each other on earth.
    • potential. The faculty of memory appeared only in its rudiments among
    • eye had seen, sounds which the ear had heard, had a long after-effect
    • the first beginnings of memory appeared, at that time it was also
    • possible for the faculty of naming what had been seen and heard to
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  • Title: Book: Transition of the Fourth into the Fifth Root Race
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    • IN THIS CHAPTER we shall learn about the
    • of this development of the human being and learns to admit that man
    • — as earthly man — was a being of a quite different kind
    • not to be attained by any earthly education. They had been imparted
    • to them by higher beings which did not belong directly to earth.
    • upon earth, not what was revealed from higher worlds for the welfare
    • of earth. Therefore the teachings of the leaders had to be expressed
    • in a form unlike communications about earthly events. The language
    • earthly, and neither were the shapes in which these gods revealed
    • themselves. The higher spirits appeared to their messengers “in
    • Only man can appear in human form; entities whose capacities tower
    • found on earth.
    • receive these revelations. In earlier stages they had already gone
    • order to help mankind forward on their earthly path. The real home of
    • these beings was not on earth.
    • clearly thought out.
    • of the selected ones in a certain place on earth — in inner
    • sensed, but not clearly recognized by them. Men were to
    • learn to consider themselves as the implementing organs of
    • anything of it clearly.
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  • Title: Book: The Lemurian Race
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    • the very greatest importance occurred with respect to the earth and
    • weight of a stone; he could see how much the tree trunk could bear,
    • strongest manner. They had to learn to undergo dangers, to overcome
    • pain, to accomplish daring deeds. Those who could not bear tortures,
    • boldest imaginings — The bearing of heat, even of a searing
    • had to witness the combats of the men fearlessly, filled only with a
    • earliest times they originated in the desire to give to the things of
    • deepest secret. Here one learned to know and to control the forces of
    • nature through direct contemplation of them. But the learning was
    • true conception of all these conditions. For everything on earth has
    • crust of our earth today was not yet as hard as it later became. The
    • appearance and in their way of life these animal men were quite
    • the Lemurian period had the result that at the appearance of the next
    • — the Atlantean — root race on earth, an important role
    • devolved upon her. This appearance took place under the influence of
    • win the most diverse treasures from the earth. They could cultivate
    • had been subjected. Their souls and hearts were developed only in
    • absorbed in the soul the power of what was heard. The whole process
    • near a mighty tree. The sun has just risen in the east. The palmlike
    • what they hear.
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  • Title: Book: The Division into Sexes
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    • consisted of soft and malleable materials. The other forms of earth
    • condition, earth was still in a welling, more fluid one. As the human
    • The external formation of earth resulted in that
    • other hand, bears the stamp of imagination. Thus it comes about that
    • following becomes apparent. In an ancient period, human forms appear
    • become denser; the human body appears in two forms, one of which
    • woman. When this difference had not yet appeared, every human being
    • The division into sexes takes place when the earth
    • retain a portion of its earlier energy within itself, in man as well
    • mankind appears. Previously that which is called spirit, the faculty
    • female forms appear beside the old double-sexed ones.
    • possessed cognition had been in contact with the earth before then.
    • When one follows the Akasha Chronicle it does indeed appear that in
    • Because of a different earlier development, the
    • was not dreamlike, but inwardly clear. Their acquisition of knowledge
    • were the bearers of a “primeval wisdom,” toward the
    • longing for knowledge. In its earlier stages the human soul
    • knowledge first appears.
    • will be combined with completely clear consciousness.
    • earlier stage of development. For the soul had already gone through
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  • Title: Book: The Last Periods before the Division into Sexes
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    • than later. When man separated from his parent entity he appeared as
    • incomplete at his first appearance, developed more fully. The whole
    • stated explicitly, for in even earlier times it was different, as
    • on the earth of that time were different from those of later times.
    • hearing and of perception of cold and hot, the sense of touch; the
    • the senses of hearing and touch; the perception of light developed
    • on the sense of hearing especially. Every disturbance of the air,
    • every movement was “heard.” In their movements wind and
    • through the world, and through his hearing and touch participated in
    • living images. Light, clear, beautiful images lived in him when he
    • instinctive character. Through their senses of hearing and touch they
    • For example, the average man experienced fear, and an ugly, dark
    • the world. The processes of nature did not appear to him as dependent
    • impressions of the spiritual world, the effects of the sensible earth
    • received from the spirit. The half-superhuman beings learned
    • will be said concerning the environment of man on earth. In addition
    • live only in those regions of the earth which had not yet passed over
    • remained human. Meanwhile, the conditions of life on earth had
    • stop at an earlier stage of human development. They have not retained
  • Title: Book: The Hyperborean and the Polarean Epoch
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    • permitted. Therefore the reader is requested to bear with much that
    • spoken of which will make the discussion concerning man appear in a
    • clearer light. On the other hand, one cannot speak of the development
    • If one traces the development of the earth even
    • earlier, in a vaporous and steam-like, and in an even more remote
    • earthly dwelling place. Man first entered upon the earth in this
    • transported to the refined or etheric earth. So to speak, they sucked
    • number of human souls which entered upon the earthly scene, but
    • innumerable seeds, so the soul life appeared in the countless shoots
    • With the entering upon the earth, something
    • an effect on the soul, which now appeared in material garb. At first
    • Such a being was basically a single organ of hearing. This sense
    • hearing developed only later.
    • daughter being appeared as a considerably smaller form than the
    • appearance.
    • theosophical literature. Thus the bodily ancestor of man now appears
    • of perception. This perception at first appears as a kind of sense of
    • of a perception of heat and cold also appear.
    • earth. The first is called the Polarean, the second, the Hyperborean
    • separated: the sense of hearing and the sense of touch. Because of
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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
    • that remote past in which our present earth had its beginning. By
    • earth” is to be understood that condition of our planet
    • different forms. That which one now calls earth went through many
    • everything in it which is substance, form, and process disappears,
    • in the new year it rises again in the same form. Thus everything
    • which existed on our earth in its preceding condition has
    • disappeared, only to arise again in its present condition. What for
    • kind of earth germ. This contained within itself the forces which led
    • to the earth of today. These forces were acquired through earlier
    • conditions. This earth germ however must not be imagined as a
    • In this astral germ of earth there are only
    • earth he is a soul, an astral entity. As such he appears on earth.
    • refined ether. Whence this etheric earth originated will be
    • condition we are dealing with an ether earth which really consists
    • the scientist of the spirit, the earth appears approximately as
    • by an astral envelope just as the present earth is surrounded by an
    • produce a human ether life in them. Within the whole earth there
    • The further development of earth takes place in
    • substances within the physical earth. While the astral human beings
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  • Title: Book: Extrusion of the Moon
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    • ONE MUST be quite clear about the fact that only
    • these regions, but the actual effects of these decisions appeared in
    • the fire mist. Everything men did on earth resulted from the regular
    • way to bringing their creative powers to bear on increasingly dense
    • broader sense of the term. One must be quite clear on this point. It
    • substantiality than to control those less dense. In earlier periods
    • themselves at an earlier period, and now received magic power in
    • arrangements of the earth. In this way, forms which are images of the
    • rules of the understanding, come into existence on earth through
    • time. At that moment the moon split off from the earth. This event
    • change in form. For the condition of fire mist on earth has been
    • moon. With the moon all those forces disappeared from the earth
    • with the moon was then still combined with the earth, they now have
    • place these forces at the service of the development of the earth,
    • this upper half. In earlier stages of their development, these beings
    • has come. At an earlier time, the moon gods had attained an
    • could act externally on the things of earth. In earlier times, the
    • understanding in order to act on the things of earth by means of it.
    • toward the things of earth. Thereby for men they became the teachers
    • man. Thus there developed two directions of activity on earth.
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  • Title: Book: Some Necessary Points of View
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    • earthly period.” For when man began to unite his destiny
    • with the planet one calls “earth,” he had already passed
    • prepared himself for earthly existence, as it were. One must
    • with the heavenly bodies of today which bear these names in physical
    • planets before he appeared upon earth. But under these “other
    • planets” one must only understand earlier developmental
    • conditions of the earth itself and of its inhabitants. Before it
    • became “earth,” the earth with all the beings which
    • incarnations of the earth in primeval times. What in this connection
    • and of the other beings belonging to earth will form the subject of
    • in a darkness which for the present the research of mystery science
    • cannot illuminate. For this research is not based on speculation, on
    • consideration could make clear what is in question here. But such
    • this prediction in just this sense. For the one who forms a clear
    • However, one must be clear about one
    • be quite clear that all speculating, intellectual philosophizing, and
    • reflect about the appearance of a meadow; all intellect is powerless
    • sense, all great ideals of world history have proceeded from clear
    • world in earlier periods of its development, as that of man does now,
    • the common and wise influences which appear in the communal life of
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  • Title: Book: On the Origin of the Earth
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    • On the Origin of the Earth
    • the formation of the earth took place and before this sphere became
    • appear in the course of the description, insofar as is possible in
    • Man existed before there was an earth. But one
    • certain time migrated to earth. Rather, the earth has developed
    • of development, so has the earth, before becoming that which one now
    • calls “earth.” For the time being, as has been indicated
    • takes place became “earth,” it had had three other forms
    • mankind take place Moon, before that Sun, and yet earlier, Saturn.
    • One is justified, as will appear from the following communications,
    • to assume three further principal stages which the earth, or better
    • the heavenly body which developed into the present earth, still has
    • designations are also in common use. Saturn, Sun, Moon, earth, and so
    • will become sufficiently clear in the course of the following
    • life-course on earth will be called — in accordance with
    • European mystery science — the “clear consciousness of
    • then follows the Moon consciousness and finally that of earth.
    • distinguished from the earthly one by two characteristics: by the
    • clearer than this consciousness. In abnormal, so-called deep states
    • by the “clear consciousness of day.” The
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  • Title: Book: The Earth and Its Future
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    • The Earth and Its Future
    • lived on earth. This is that condition of consciousness in which man
    • the whole earth, first had to repeat successively the Saturn, Sun,
    • the fourth earth cycle. He has already advanced a little past the
    • through the influence of his environment only, but objects appear to
    • 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
    • this fourth, the earthly condition of consciousness, the
    • which will become fully developed in the subsequent earth period, and
    • than is the case today. The gradual growth of this earth
    • forth, which earlier man had perceived within himself, confronts him
    • outside in space during his life on earth. But on the other hand, a
    • new world appears within him: the world of ideas or thoughts. One
    • described. Around the middle of the development of earth —
    • somewhat earlier time — there developed in man the capacity to
    • states of consciousness on the next planets into which the earth will
    • men in germinal states; and clairvoyant research has means for
    • the spiritual world today which in future will appear in man in a
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  • Title: Book: The Life of Saturn
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    • stage they have a consciousness similar to the present human earthly
    • in the human body in the course of the development of earth.
    • the present sensory instruments of man. Earth man could not perceive
    • its existence to the Moon development (All this will become clear in
    • external objects, as does man during his earthly development. In
    • the Moon. On earth they, as well as their predecessors, the Sons of
    • Fire, have already grown beyond the stage of humanity. On earth they
    • predisposition becomes clear to his own consciousness. This work is
  • Title: Book: The Life of the Sun
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    • earth, separated from Sun and Moon, did not exist. Everything in the
    • earth today, and everything which now belongs to the Moon, was still
    • earth, its previous embodiment (reincarnation), as it were. This Moon
    • became the earth, after it in turn had detached from its substance
    • earth, along with man and his companions, split off from the Sun. A
    • appearance, however, is not that of the plants of today. Rather in
    • which he will appear after his earthly existence. This is a
    • Saturn, appears again. It combines with the life-spirit
    • Moon) appears in man and in his fellow-beings.
    • it since earlier periods that from the fourth cycle
    • physical earth. It has only developed in this way because its
  • Title: Book: Life on the Moon
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    • which man is at present developing during the course of the earth;
    • correspondence of image and object. At present in the earth
    • arises in his soul; when something harmful or displeasing comes near
    • Only on the earth will man be so far advanced that, from the middle
    • development — on the earth — becomes that conceptualizing
    • (Atma) appear again, and these unite with the
    • his development on the earth planet.
    • experience for himself in his earth consciousness.
    • love and hate, rage, fear, horror, stormy passions, instincts,
    • nature, these emotions now appear with the character of selfhood, of
    • thinking object consciousness will make its appearance on the earth,
    • agitated than later on the earth. If one wishes to characterize it,
    • level than the present-day animals of earth. It possesses the
    • wild, unrestrained being. The development of earth represents a
    • these two earlier realms, plant realm and mineral realm, again emerge
    • thin, airy atmosphere like that of present-day earth, but its
    • the power which later on the earth was wholly transferred to the
    • preparation for the later condition of the earth.
    • the existence of earth.
    • second cycle (round) onward, these portions appear more and more as
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  • Title: Book: The Life of Earth
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    • The Life of Earth
    • the appearance of a new body, the old ones must always be transformed
    • appears, man reaches the consciousness which is his today in
    • consciousness makes its appearance, similar to, but not identical
    • The fourth, the current condition of consciousness of earth man, will
    • in the fourth great universal era, that of earth which follows the
    • for the then appearing astral body. Thus, on the Moon, man is a being
    • The earth development serves to bring the two
    • animal and plant natures of today, and the minerals only half bear
    • physical body during the second half of the third earth cycle. It is
    • the third earth cycle all the entities — including Sun and Moon
    • uniform mass (a chaos), and at the end of this stage the fourth earth
    • appear as an activity in a higher being. The animals exist only as
    • his earlier components. He consists of a formless thought core, a
    • One must therefore imagine the earth, when it
    • This earth is inhabited by the higher spiritual
    • spirit state, and their dwelling-place and workshop is the earth,
    • must be borne in mind that what today is separated from the earth as
    • Sun and Moon, is still entirely united with the earth. Only later do
    • both heavenly bodies separate from the earth.
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  • Title: Book: The Fourfold Man of Earth
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    • The Fourfold Man of Earth
    • point of departure. As he lives on the earth, man at present consists
    • development of the earth; the conscious transformation of the ether
    • the previous development of the earth. It is in this unconscious
    • One must now make clear to oneself which one of
    • earth, the mineral realm, is it possible for the error we have
    • of the human brain or heart, or of the totality of the human physical
    • which man consumes are poisons for the heart. From this it can be
    • heart proceeds in a wiser manner than the activity of the astral
    • through all the developmental stages of Saturn, Sun, Moon, and earth,
    • The ether body, as it now appears in man, did not
    • namely, of Sun, Moon, and earth. Therefore only in a future period of
    • so only during the earth period.
    • time. It is the first rudiments of eyes, ears and so forth which have
    • such an early origin, rudiments which formed on Saturn in somewhat
    • the same way that “lifeless crystals” now form on earth;
    • otherwise unclear mirrorings of inner or outer events. The
    • this has become possible only in the earth consciousness of man; but
    • which contained all the forces and beings at present living on earth
    • and moon. Thus the earth still contained within itself the moon which
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  • Title: Book: Answers to Questions
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    • accomplish. But all that appears as innate concepts in our
    • among them. The life-mastering power of the Atlanteans first appeared
    • underwent certain tests could learn something of them. He was always
    • life with them. Only through such a permeating does one learn
  • Title: Book: Prejudices Arising from Alleged Science (1904)
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    • Many statements of the scientist of the spirit must appear entirely
    • the research of natural science. To this is added the fact that this
    • research can point to the enormous blessings it has bestowed and
    • built exclusively on the results of this research, can utter the
    • soon telegraph by wireless transmission from one end of the earth to
    • penetrating research.” (Prof. August Forel, Leben und
    • the spirit are nowhere in conflict with the factual research of
    • research is steering toward a goal which in a by no means distant
    • future, will bring it into full harmony with what spiritual research
    • In my lectures on the development of the earth and
    • was situated in that part of the surface of the earth which today is
    • oral presentations also has often been described how the earth
    • the air was completely clear. Sun and moon could not be seen as they
    • the rainbow did not exist at that time. It only appeared in the
    • observation, and it must even be said that the spiritual researcher
    • sense of spiritual research is easily misled. With such observations
    • certain period of its development the earth was enveloped in a cloud
    • on the earth in their time. I do not mean to regard such views as not
    • needing correction. They interest the spiritual researcher less
    • factual research finds itself forced. Even the periodical
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  • Title: Book: Contents: Cosmic Memory
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    • Prehistory of Earth and Man
    • ix. Beginning of the Present Earth —
    • xii. On the Origin of the Earth
    • xiii. The Earth and Its Future
    • xvii. The Life of Earth
    • xviii. The Fourfold Man of Earth
  • Title: Book: Cosmic Memory: Cover
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    • Prehistory of Earth and Man
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    • 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.
  • Title: Book: Introduction: Cosmic Memory
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    • RUDOLF STEINER is one of those figures who appear
    • Conception of the World). Four years later he was called to join the
    • with them at the Goethe-Schiller Archives for some years. A further
    • In these years Steiner came into the circle of
    • the modern world. In somewhat enlarged form, this thesis appeared
    • nearly twenty years, observations on current affairs, reviews of
    • the year of Goethe's death.
    • can come to a clear, reasonable, comprehensive understanding of the
    • It is noteworthy that in all his years of work,
    • or hearers. His scrupulous regard and deep respect for the freedom of
    • and hearers entirely free to reject or accept his words.
    • Just forty years ago, in response to an invitation
    • inherent in the nature of the growing child, the learning process,
    • initial years of activity of the first Rudolf Steiner Schools in
    • development of the educational movement over the past forty years
    • In 1913, at Dornach near Basel, Switzerland,
    • thousands come there each year to attend performances of Steiner's
    • institutions in other countries, where for the past thirty years the
    • first appear startling, even fantastic in their implications. Yet
    • conventional research. The challenge of the atomic age has made
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  • Title: Book: Preface: Preface by the Editor of the German Edition (1939)
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    • 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.
    • scientific research, it contained many essays in which Dr. Steiner
    • appear as wild phantasy to most unprepared readers of today, two
    • However, the one who wishes to obtain a clear idea of the manner in
    • Hören (Occult Reading and Occult Hearing), and the third
    • (Spiritual Beings and Their Effects) which has just appeared and



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