anthroposophical movement is not an earthly
service, this anthroposophical movement in its entirety, in all its
details, is a service of the gods, a divine service.
AT CHRISTMAS, one year after the burning of the
first Goetheanum, in the wooden carpentry shop overlooking its
charred ruins, Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) founded the General
Anthroposophical Society and joined his destiny to it. This
remarkable volume documents that occasion.
In it, for the first time, English
readers will find the complete proceedings of the Founding Meeting,
as well as Rudolf Steiner's in-depth description of the
structure and organization of the new Society. The discussions
concerning the statutes are recorded in detail.
The Laying of the Foundation Stone
in the hearts of the members forms the center of the book. The
Foundation Stone Verse (Mantra) is reproduced in the different forms
in which Steiner gave it on each day of the Conference, together with
his comments on its various rhythms.
Also included are Steiner's
lecture on the plans for the second Goetheanum, illuminating the
spiritual significance of its architecture, and a talk on the burning
of the Temple at Ephesus.
The text is complemented by a list
of members mentioned, with biographical data, as well as by facsimile
reproductions of Steiner’s handwritten notes and blackboard
as Henry Barnes wrote, “we have
the ‘footprints’ of the process by means of which a
spiritual archetype enters as a living reality into the human, social
sphere, remaining true to its origins in the super-sensible realm, yet
leaving each human individual free to unite him- or herself out of
insight with the spiritual reality.”