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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
    • Contemporary Civilization in the Mirror of the
    • 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
    • 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
    • Köhlerglauben und Wissenschaft (Blind Faith and Science)
    • and in other writings, declared everything to be superannuated which
    • 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
    • that excellent, independently thinking minds came to such convictions
    • in those times. A short time before, the microscope had shown the
    • synthesis of living beings out of their smallest parts, the cells.
    • point of explaining the development of the planets in terms of the
    • same laws which still operate today. Darwinism promised to explain
    • the origin of man in a completely natural way and began its
    • who adhere to these opinions can still be found in men like Ladenburg
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  • Title: Book: From the Akasha Chronicle
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    • BY MEANS OF ordinary history man can learn only a
    • small part of what humanity experienced in prehistory. Historical
    • everything built on external evidence is unreliable. One need only
    • 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
    • hand, external history is dependent on what has been preserved in
    • remains content with external evidence.
    • Everything which comes into being in time has its
    • origin in the eternal. But the eternal is not accessible to sensory
    • 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
    • Worlds?), which appear in this periodical*, this
    • at a certain high level of his cognitive power, man can penetrate to
    • 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
    • concerned. Then he can see in events what is not perceptible
    • history is written in other characters than is ordinary history. In
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  • Title: Book: Our Atlantean Ancestors
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    • present-day man than he would imagine whose knowledge is confined
    • knowledge, their technical arts, indeed their entire civilization
    • periods of Atlantean humanity we find a mental capacity quite
    • combining, on which everything rests that is produced today, were
    • most prominent mental faculties. For example, the Atlantean did not
    • calculate as we do, by learning certain rules which he then applied.
    • A “multiplication table” was something totally unknown in
    • Atlantean times. Nobody impressed upon his intellect that three times
    • four is twelve. In the event that he had to perform such a
    • develops in an organism, an old faculty loses power and acuteness.
    • 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
    • judgment accordingly. For this reason all teaching at that time was
    • the child with rules, to sharpen his reason. Instead, life was
    • presented to him in vivid images, so that later he could remember as
    • the child had grown and had gone out into life, for everything he had
    • to do he could remember something similar which had been presented to
    • him in the course of his education. He could manage best when the new
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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
    • development to its full extent and meaning. Everything which
    • man perceives around him is in process of development. In this sense,
    • fifth root race, had first to develop. It is this root race in
    • particular which slowly and gradually brings the faculty of thought
    • to maturity. In his thought, man decides upon something, and then
    • 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,
    • of this development of the human being and learns to admit that man
    • — as earthly man — was a being of a quite different kind
    • in prehistory, will also be able to rise to a conception of the
    • root race, the Atlanteans, refers to the great bulk of mankind. But
    • not to be attained by any earthly education. They had been imparted
    • to them by higher beings which did not belong directly to earth.
    • leaders to be beings of a higher kind, to be “messengers”
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  • Title: Book: The Lemurian Race
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    • 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
    • books this continent was situated south of Asia, and extended
    • While all possible care has been taken in the
    • deciphering of the Akasha Chronicle it must be emphasized that
    • communications. If, to begin with, the reading of things and events
    • been seen and deciphered into the language of today presents almost
    • insuperable obstacles.
    • 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
    • careful examination.
    • by the so-called Lemurian. During its development, events of
    • to men. Here, however, something will first be said of the character
    • things and events, these ideas did not remain in the memory.
    • Therefore they did not yet have a language in the true sense. Rather
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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
    • basic form in which human beings were neither the one nor the other,
    • The times into which we now look back lie somewhat
    • before the middle of the epoch which in the preceding passages was
    • condition, earth was still in a welling, more fluid one. As the human
    • soul at that time embodied itself in matter, it could adapt this
    • matter to itself in a much greater degree than later. That the soul
    • instead gave it qualities which embraced both at the same time. For
    • natures in itself. Its male element is related to what is
    • imagination.
    • The external formation of earth resulted in that
    • other hand, bears the stamp of imagination. Thus it comes about that
    • the two-sexed, male-female soul inhabits a single-sexed, male or
    • female body. In the course of development the body had taken a form
    • determined by the external terrestrial forces, so that it was no
    • longer possible for the soul to pour its whole inner energy into this
    • body. The soul had to retain something of this energy within itself
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  • Title: Book: The Last Periods before the Division into Sexes
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    • The Last Periods before the Division into
    • division into male and female. At that time the body consisted of a
    • a truly articulated organism, but as an incomplete one. The further
    • of what later matured inside the mother organism was at that time
    • brought to completion outside of it by a force which was akin to our
    • 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.
    • stated explicitly, for in even earlier times it was different, as
    • mother organism occurred under the influence of an increased warmth
    • think that the egg-man — as he will be called for the sake of
    • By means of his powers man could confine fire, or respectively, heat,
    • to a certain space. He could, so to speak, contract, (concentrate)
    • heat. He was thus in a position to supply the young organism with the
    • hearing and of perception of cold and hot, the sense of touch; the
    • perception of light lagged far behind. Man came into the world with
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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
    • than that connected with what has been described in the preceding
    • passages. Today such things are readily met with the accusation of
    • taking these things seriously someone can be who has been trained
    • scientifically in the contemporary sense, then only the consciousness
    • that one is reporting faithfully in accordance with spiritual
    • experience can lead one to write about them. Nothing is said here
    • which has not been carefully examined with the means provided by the
    • of thinking. [Compare my Welt-und Lebensanschauungen im
    • neunzehnten Jahrhundert (Conceptions of the World and of Life in
    • the Nineteenth Century), where I think I have shown that I am able to
    • For those however who incline toward these matters of the science of
    • the spirit, I would like to make a special remark concerning the
    • discussed in what follows. And all this belongs to periods which are
    • long past. The deciphering of the Akasha Chronicle is not exactly
    • easy in this area. The author of this present book in no way claims
    • that he should be believed blindly. He merely wishes to report what
    • communicate these events concerning the development of mankind
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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
    • WE SHALL now follow the Akasha Chronicle back into
    • that remote past in which our present earth had its beginning. By
    • by virtue of which it can support minerals, plants, animals, and men
    • 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,
    • plant, animal, and human worlds. Minerals for instance also existed
    • under the preceding conditions, but they looked quite different from
    • 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
    • stage. Imagine a plant with root, stalk, leaves, blossom, and fruit.
    • It takes in substances from its environment and secretes others. But
    • everything in it which is substance, form, and process disappears,
    • 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
    • which existed on our earth in its preceding condition has
    • disappeared, only to arise again in its present condition. What for
    • the preceding condition one might call mineral, plant, animal has
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  • Title: Book: Extrusion of the Moon
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    • corporeality on the level of development which is being discussed,
    • one can best do this by imagining it as similar to water vapor or to
    • a cloud suspended in the air. But of course this idea approaches
    • reality in a completely external way. For the fire cloud
    • “man” is internally alive and organized. In comparison to
    • what man became later, however, one must imagine him at this stage as
    • in a state of soul slumber, and as only very dimly conscious.
    • Everything which can be called intelligence, understanding, reason is
    • lacking in this being. Floating rather than striding, it moves
    • organs. For the rest, something has already been said about the soul
    • of this being.
    • One must not think however that the movements or
    • vital activities of these beings occurred in an irrational or
    • 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.
    • level of their existence which we have characterized, human beings
    • could embody themselves in it, but that at the same time higher
    • beings also could take on a body in it and could enter into a fully
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  • Title: Book: Some Necessary Points of View
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    • Some Necessary Points of View
    • of the entities connected with him in the time which preceded the
    • “earthly period.” For when man began to unite his destiny
    • through a series of developmental steps in the course of which he had
    • distinguish three such steps, which are designated as three
    • planetary developmental stages. The names used in mystery science
    • 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
    • One will sometimes say that man inhabited other
    • 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
    • planet than the previous physical incarnations of a human being
    • continue to exist alongside his present one.
    • and of the other beings belonging to earth will form the subject of
    • the following discussions “From the Akasha Chronicle.” By
    • preceded by others. But everything which precedes these three is lost
    • in a darkness which for the present the research of mystery science
    • cannot illuminate. For this research is not based on speculation, on
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  • Title: Book: On the Origin of the Earth
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    • On the Origin of the Earth
    • As INDIVIDUAL man has to pass through different
    • stages after his birth, as he must ascend from infancy through
    • mankind as a whole go through a similar process. Humanity has
    • developed to its present condition by passing through other stages.
    • With the methods of the clairvoyant one can discern three principal
    • stags of this development of mankind which were passed through before
    • with the fourth stage in the great universal life of man. For now we
    • appear in the course of the description, insofar as is possible in
    • the words of ordinary language, that is, without having recourse to
    • must not imagine — as has already been suggested — that
    • 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
    • one wants to see the explanations of the scientist of the spirit in
    • this area in their proper light. For the present one should connect
    • them in the following communications.
    • four planets on which the four principal stages of the development of
    • mankind take place Moon, before that Sun, and yet earlier, Saturn.
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  • Title: Book: The Earth and Its Future
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    • THE FOURTH principal stage of human development is
    • lived on earth. This is that condition of consciousness in which man
    • finds himself at present. But before he attained it, he, and with him
    • and Moon stages in three smaller cycles (the so-called
    • “rounds” of theosophical literature). Man now lives in
    • 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
    • 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
    • gradually in the course of development in the way that the physical
    • diverse sensory qualities in external objects. Apart from the senses
    • which are already developed, others exist in an as yet germinal state
    • which will become fully developed in the subsequent earth period, and
    • which will show the world of the senses in a diversity still greater
    • consciousness has been described in the preceding pages, and in the
    • and supplemented in essential points.
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  • Title: Book: The Life of Saturn
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    • IN ONE of the preceding descriptions, the great
    • life between birth and death, through infancy, childhood, and so on,
    • beings with the dull Saturn consciousness, but also along with these
    • as beings which had already developed the higher stages of
    • to the present consciousness of man, then a fourth kind with
    • of beings. After the Vulcan stage, man will develop yet further, and
    • eye looks into misty gray distances, so the inner eye of the seer
    • spirits, of which a description, however, is quite impossible. In
    • kinds of beings. The four highest had had their tasks on levels of
    • their further existence took place in worlds which lie beyond the
    • The other kinds of beings, however — seven
    • of them in addition to the Saturn man — are all concerned in
    • the human development. In this they act as creative powers,
    • performing their services in a way which will be described in the
    • following pages.
    • sublime of these beings already had attained a level of consciousness
    • However, the connection of these beings with the development of
    • mankind lasted until the middle of the life of Saturn. Because of
    • their sublime, delicate body of rays, in mystery science they are
    • called “Radiating Lives” or “Radiating
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  • Title: Book: The Life of the Sun
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    • been described in the preceding pages, there follows that of the Sun.
    • Between them lies a period of rest (Pralaya). During this
    • period, everything human which has developed on Saturn takes on a
    • character which stands in the same relation to the subsequently to be
    • Saturn man, as it were, has left behind his seed, which is sunk in a
    • kind of sleep, after which it will develop into Sun man.
    • consciousness on the Sun. It resembles that into which today man
    • sinks during a calm and dreamless sleep. This condition, which
    • interrupts man's state of wakefulness today, is a remainder, as it
    • 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
    • see a sleeping being.
    • In order to understand the development of mankind,
    • one must realize that in this second great cycle the Sun was still 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
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  • Title: Book: Life on the Moon
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    • IN THE UNIVERSAL ERA of the Moon, which
    • 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
    • consciousness of the sleeping plant world. But in all these instances
    • one is dealing only with similarities. It would be quite erroneous to
    • 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,
    • images arise within a being which have a certain relation to objects
    • 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.
    • symbolical expressions for events in the dreamer's environment, or
    • for what is taking place in the interior of the dreaming person.
    • First, everyone knows those dreams which are nothing but confused
    • second type would be if the dreamer thinks he perceives a passing
    • train and then, upon awakening, realizes that it was the ticking of
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  • Title: Book: The Life of Earth
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    • IN IN THE PRECEDING CHAPTERS has been shown how
    • so that they can become carriers and instruments of the one formed
    • today this latter state of consciousness is in fact an
    • “unconscious” one. In the time when the ether body
    • appears, man reaches the consciousness which is his today in
    • with the one man at present ascribes to himself while he is dreaming.
    • in the fourth great universal era, that of earth which follows the
    • preceding Saturn, Sun, and Moon eras.
    • 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
    • body, or in other words, that the ether body could work in the
    • physical body. During the Moon development the astral body was added,
    • and again the physical body and the ether body were transformed in
    • such a way that they could provide suitable carriers and instruments
    • for the then appearing astral body. Thus, on the Moon, man is a being
    • ether body he is enabled to feel joy and pain; through the astral
    • body he is a being with emotions, rage, hate, love and so forth.
    • the different members of his being. On the Moon the ether body
    • received the capacity for joy and pain through the Spirits of
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  • Title: Book: The Fourfold Man of Earth
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    • IN THIS DESCRIPTION, we shall take man as our
    • point of departure. As he lives on the earth, man at present consists
    • “I.” This fourfold human nature has in itself the
    • 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
    • of the astral body is in full progress in the present period of the
    • has begun only among the initiates — those trained in the
    • conscious one; it was preceded by one more or less unconscious during
    • the previous development of the earth. It is in this unconscious
    • must seek the origin of the sentient soul, of the intellectual soul,
    • body) is in its way most perfect. One can easily be tempted to
    • perfect. However, in this, one would be in error. It is true that the
    • astral body and the ether body will attain a high degree of
    • perfection in the future, but at present the physical body is more
    • perfect in its way than are they in theirs. Only because man
    • has this physical body in common with the lowest natural realm on
    • earth, the mineral realm, is it possible for the error we have
    • mentioned to arise. For man has the ether body in common with the
    • composed of the same substances and forces which exist in the wider
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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
    • from its storehouse, &$151; how is it to be explained that in
    • mankind of today absolutely nothing remains of the capacities of the
    • will, of the imagination, of the mastery of natural forces which were
    • so highly developed in those periods?
    • has acquired in its transition through a stage of development,
    • 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
    • of memory which was acquired. Contemporary man indeed can form only a
    • accomplish. But all that appears as innate concepts in our
    • fifth root race, in Atlantis was only acquired through the memory.
    • to acquire is the combinatory understanding. Logic did not exist
    • must withdraw, in its own form, become submerged beneath the
    • example, if the beaver were suddenly to become a thinking being, it
    • would have to change its capacity for intuitively erecting its artful
    • constructions into something else.
    • 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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    • Prejudices Arising from Alleged Science
    • 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
    • Movement) can be taken as an indication of the reasons which exist
    • especially for the conscientious seeker of truth in this respect.
    • fantastic to him who tests them against the certain conclusions which
    • research can point to the enormous blessings it has bestowed and
    • continues to bestow on human progress. What an overwhelming effect is
    • science, by that inexorable science which probes into and dissects
    • everything, which does not shrink back before any mystery, which
    • infinitely small atoms of living cells as well as of chemical bodies,
    • introduces navigation under the water and in the air, and opens new
    • which, after having shown the true relationship of all living beings
    • among themselves and their gradual changes in form, today draws the
    • organ of the human soul, the brain, into the sphere of its
    • penetrating research.” (Prof. August Forel, Leben und
    • Tod (Life and Death) Munich, 1908, page 3). The certainty with
    • which one thinks it possible to build on such a basis betrays itself
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  • Title: Book: Contents: Cosmic Memory
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    • Introduction
    • i. Contemporary Civilization in the Mirror
    • iv. Transition of the Fourth into
    • vi. The Division into Sexes
    • the Division into Sexes
    • ix. Beginning of the Present Earth —
    • xi. Some Necessary Points of View
    • xii. On the Origin of the Earth
    • xx. Prejudices Arising from
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    • Rudolf Steiner Archive Document:
    • ByRudolf Steiner
    • RUDOLF STEINER PUBLICATIONS, INC.
    • Copyright © 1959 by Rudolf Steiner Publications, Inc.
    • 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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    • Rudolf Steiner Archive Document:
    • 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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    • Introduction
    • RUDOLF STEINER: THE MAN AND HIS
    • RUDOLF STEINER is one of those figures who appear
    • at critical moments in human history, and whose contribution places
    • 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
    • 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
    • result of these activities was the writing of his Goethes
    • with his introductions and commentary on Goethe's scientific
    • writings, established Steiner as one of the outstanding exponents of
    • In these years Steiner came into the circle of
    • Ein Kampfer gegen seine Zeit (Friedrich Nietzsche, a Fighter
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  • Title: Book: Preface: Preface by the Editor of the German Edition (1939)
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    • These Essays of Dr. Rudolf Steiner which first
    • appeared in 1904 are now published in book form after thirty-five
    • 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
    • latter had become popular in Europe around the turn of the century
    • 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
    • continued because of the excessive demands made by lecturing
    • scientific research, it contained many essays in which Dr. Steiner
    • comes to grips with the scientific thinking of the present. Since
    • writings like these concerning the Akasha Chronicle cannot fail to
    • these two essays should furnish proof that the investigator of
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