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  • Title: The Inner Development of Man
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    • Switzerland.
    • Recently I have endeavored to sketch the being of man and the three
    • world and the spirit world. Later on, I plan to speak about the main
    • anthroposophical concepts regarding the origin of man, the earth and
    • difference between arriving at an understanding of the concepts
    • cognition and experience, and the inner development of the human soul
    • and spirit that enables a person to attain to such cognition and
    • and feeling and acknowledging them as truth within certain limits, and
    • soul and spirit realm. This elementary level shall be the subject
    • here. The advanced level concerns actual clairvoyance and to the
    • human soul and spirit must undergo for attainment of the understanding
    • inner study and the many necessary details involved in such training
    • be noted that most people require the aid of a personal teacher in
    • himself inner abilities, soul forces and spiritual perception by his
    • own attempts, and it might seem unfortunate that in this vital area of
    • and honors the dignity of man and the respect for the individual more
    • highly than the occult teacher. The instructor of mystical and
    • the greatest teachers in this field never did more than advise and
    • the individual what task he sets before his soul and spirit; the
    • teacher to do more than advise and guide. Everything that can be
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  • Title: Lecture: Woman and Society (Die Frauenfrage)
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    • Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • world-view of Spiritual Science, from a view of life and the world
    • such circles as have heard something of the spirit in this
    • reproach to the Theosophical movement, and others seeing this as one
    • everyday events. People consider it, in both a good and a bad sense,
    • the heart, it must be able to take up a position with regard to those
    • questions which play into our day-to-day thinking and into our
    • day-to-day striving and hope.
    • existence. And it is just this that is often and rightly said against
    • to be led increasingly into asceticism, into a direction hostile to
    • the practice of life. It must not float in Cloud-cuckoo land or lose
    • cultural standpoint, from a spiritual-scientific standpoint, of the
    • question regarding women. Of course, no one must imagine that
    • immediate present. And who was the practical individual when in the
    • last century the postage stamp had to be invented and introduced into
    • everyday life, and which since then, has transformed the whole of our
    • not be large enough to cope with the postal demands!
    • the Post Office, Nagler said, ‘Well, if people want to throw
    • send two post-coaches and nobody travels in them.’ And of
    • practical, medical point of view, if the nervous system could stand
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  • Title: Lecture: Problems of Nutrition
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    • was given by Rudolf Steiner in Munich, January 8, 1909, and was
    • Human Circulation through the Worlds of Sensation, Soul, and
    • and for presentation here, by agreement with the Rudolf Steiner
    • Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • has been said recently that it is no longer possible to be a
    • vegetarian. Today, so the argument goes, a diet of vegetables
    • agricultural methods, artificial fertilizers and lengthy delays
    • on such food. For survival, salvation lies in a diet of meat.
    • to eat meat than to abstain and yet yearn for it, we are told
    • in intellectual and spiritual work. This is so, however, only
    • should give up meat for a diet of vegetables.
    • “But you do not eat cats and dogs,” observed the
    • “Well,” said the doctor,
    • become an individual and absolute necessity. In spite of the
    • standpoint of spiritual science. Problems of nutrition undoubtedly
    • offer a more mundane subject than many we have heard here. It will
    • On the one hand, spiritual science stands
    • its feet. On the other hand, the opposite can perhaps also be heard
    • concerned with, and talk too much about, questions of what they
    • should eat and drink. In some respects these critics might well be
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  • Title: Lecture: The Etherisation of the Blood
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    • Translated from a shorthand report unrevised by the lecturer.
    • Switzerland.
    • The following lecture was given by Rudolf Steiner to an audience
    • written works and reports of lectures which were given as oral
    • communications and were not originally intended for print. It should
    • knowledge of Man and of the Cosmos in its spiritual essence; also of
    • self-knowledge has been demanded of us. But as has been
    • are to reach a worthy goal in world-existence and if our actions are
    • begin by regarding it as something simple and elementary. We shall
    • rather have the patience and perseverance, the will, to penetrate more
    • magnet has North and South poles, just as light and darkness are
    • and impressive natural phenomenon. We see how still he is standing,
    • moving neither hand nor foot, never turning his eyes away from the
    • spectacle presented to him, and we are aware that inwardly he is
    • following: a man is walking along the street and feels that someone
    • has insulted him. Without thinking, he is roused to anger and gives
    • manifestation of impulses of will, and it is easy to imagine that if
    • ideation, and immediate expression is given to an impulse of will.
    • We can go into these things more deeply and we come then into spheres
    • occult investigation to our aid. Here another polarity confronts us
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  • Title: Lecture: Overcoming Nervousness
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    • January 11, 1912, and is included in Volume 143 of the Bibliographic
    • R. M. Querido and Gilbert Church.
    • Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • let us try to add something to what is already familiar to us. What I
    • exact idea of the nature of man and his relationship to the cosmos.
    • outsiders. Scholars and laymen alike criticize the division of man into the
    • four members of physical body, etheric body, astral body and ego
    • many people who complain of nervousness and all that this implies, and
    • we are hardly surprised when the statement is made that there is none
    • say, someone who constantly jumps from one thought to another and is
    • to do with themselves and are unable to make anything of themselves.
    • When called upon to make a decision in a given situation, they are at a
    • that pass like an epidemic from person to person and thus those who are
    • and responsible positions in public life have had to study as one does
    • his time and energy really thinking through what he has heard from his
    • public life. But, as a result of their schooling, they are not inwardly
    • physical body, etheric body, astral body and ego. He will also come to
    • behave in such a way that these members unfold strongly and
    • forgetfulness, so common and such a nuisance, but also so significant in
    • to health, and that many upsets bordering on severe illness can be
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  • Title: Jesus and Christ
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    • Today I would like to address myself to a subject specifically
    • modern spiritual life. It shall be considered from the standpoint I
    • is difficult to speak of such a unique and deeply significant subject
    • unless it be assumed that the audience keep in mind various things
    • fact, it is a most unpopular and much misunderstood spiritual stream
    • of our day. Misunderstandings can easily arise especially with a
    • considered from the standpoint of spiritual science. Undoubtedly for
    • To ensure that we shall understand each other at least to some extent,
    • continuation of natural science, makes entirely different demands on
    • the human soul. This fact accounts for the misunderstanding and
    • ascertain the extent of human thought and knowledge. Thinkers who
    • easily conclude that human knowledge can go so far and no farther. It
    • is commonly said, “This fact can be known; that other cannot.”
    • On this issue spiritual science takes a completely different stand
    • Granted, in ordinary life and science the soul does indeed confront
    • hand, transform itself and thereby acquire the possibility of
    • Here I can only indicate what in earlier lectures and in such books as
    • and
    • Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment,
    • attention and devotion. Ordinarily, the soul-spiritual life uses the
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  • Title: Lecture: Newborn Might and Strength Everlasting
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    • portraying the Heavenly Child and His earthly destiny
    • wealth of things and that are apparently so complicated. Yet, we must
    • strive to understand them in accordance with the impulses streaming through
    • our world conception. Indeed, every heart and soul will be filled with joy
    • strength that had once entered the evolution of mankind, and that had saved
    • approaching the miracle of Bethlehem with our understanding impairs the
    • Our teachings concerning the two Jesus boys, the Solomon child and the
    • earthly body, and soon after birth addressed his mother in a language that
    • before the Temptation, and it was he who entered the world endowed with all
    • childhood. We must bear this in mind if we wish to understand what simple
    • led astray and carried off by the devil, and the Child of Humanity, who
    • safeguards man's principle of innocence, is deeply moving, even though the
    • Throughout the Middle Ages city people and simple folk of mountain and
    • approached these secrets in another way, however, and not as we would when
    • thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, which present with the
    • highest art the mystery of human evolution on earth and the relationship
    • famous churchyard, the Campo Santo, enclosed by high walls. It contains a
    • wealth of medieval art and other material concerning medieval notions of
    • divine secrets and man's relation to them. The walls of the cemetery were
    • covered with paintings that expressed this, and the earth had been brought
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  • Title: Lecture: Pre-Earthly Deeds of Christ
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    • Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • Science, should acquire a deep understanding of that which we call
    • recent Group meetings have already heard much concerning this Mystery:
    • that it had a spiritual pre-history and that it was, as it were, the
    • Christ-Being with the body of Jesus of Nazareth, and that thereby a
    • Being walked upon the Earth of whom it may be said, “By virtue of this
    • deeper understanding of this Mystery men should develop more and more
    • reverence and loving and true heartfelt devotion for what occurred
    • It has been said repeatedly, and is well known to you, that in
    • The one was the Jesus who descended from the line of Solomon and bore
    • the child of the line of Solomon, and from that time until his
    • into the spiritual Earth-sphere, so that mankind may become more and
    • Golgotha, can pour forth spiritual forces into the souls and hearts of
    • Atlantean, and once again at the end of Atlantean times. That is,
    • three times and then a fourth time in the post-Atlantean epoch at the
    • into the earthly souls and bodies for the salvation of mankind. In all
    • born later as the Nathan-Jesus and who was permeated by the
    • the Archangels; and in the spiritual worlds, in the preparatory stages
    • of the Mystery of Golgotha, in the Lemurian age and twice in Atlantis,
    • It may be said, therefore, that there were three Archangel-lives in
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  • Title: Lecture: The Four Sacrifices of Christ
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    • from the original German by May Laird-Brown, and edited for this
    • present culture. A renewing of responsibility, a deepening of man's moral
    • life, can come only through a training in unselfishness, and under the
    • have won for themselves an understanding of real, all-pervading
    • deeper understanding of selflessness than that offered by Christ's
    • unselfishness, and to become acquainted with all those incentives to
    • human development that fall gently into our souls, warming and
    • of selflessness, and what He may become for the conscious development
    • spiritual world, and we have in a sense, three Mysteries of Golgotha that
    • place in the physical realm, as related in the Gospels and in the Pauline
    • supramundane acts, one taking place in the old Lemurian period and two
    • understand the effect of these forces upon human evolution.
    • In relation to our moral life, our understanding of the world, and in
    • become selfless. This is a duty of our present culture to the future.
    • Mankind must become more and more selfless; therein lies the future of
    • right living, and of all the deeds of love possible to earthly humanity. Our
    • conscious life is and must be on its way to unselfishness. In a certain
    • connection, essential unselfishness already exists in us, and it would be
    • were as self-seeking as he still is in his moral, intellectual and emotional
    • they are selfless and we do not feel them. We see things through them,
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  • Title: Lecture: Anthroposophy and Christianity
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    • Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • ANTHROPOSOPHY AND CHRISTIANITY
    • order to do so, I must first say something about the nature and
    • science should play a similar role in the present and near future in
    • recognizing the laws of the realms of soul and spirit and applying
    • them to ethical, social, and all other aspects of cultural life.
    • Although it is still misunderstood and misrepresented — and
    • understandably so — it can trust the power and effectiveness of its
    • hundreds and even thousands of years old. But truth possesses powers
    • the truth and effectiveness of his work, let us turn to the nature of
    • along comes the chemist and applies his methods to the water, breaking
    • it down into hydrogen and oxygen. Well, what is he doing to the water?
    • the water, and hydrogen is a gas that burns. No one just looking at
    • water can tell that it contains hydrogen and oxygen, which have
    • into hydrogen and oxygen, the spiritual scientist, by means of an
    • able to distinguish between the external physical and soul-spiritual
    • aspects of what confronts him outwardly as a human being. He is
    • the soul capacity known as memory, and are aware of how much depends
    • and who we are. We would lose everything that makes us human. Our
    • How do memory and the power of recall actually confront us? Events
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  • Title: Lecture: Christ in Relation to Lucifer and Ahriman
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    • The decision to construct the first Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland
    • site. Construction began within a few weeks and the exterior of the
    • at a slower pace and lasted through World War I (1914-1918). In 1914,
    • took him to Vienna, Prague and Linz. In all three cities he stressed
    • and Ahriman and that this being was symbol of, and model for, man's
    • translated, presents the group in a world-historical context and
    • Christ's central, but equalizing position and Central Europe's mission
    • in World War I. He implies that Germany's and Austria's militarism and
    • powers in the East (Russia) and the West (France, England and, since
    • and ahrimanic forces in the West, and it was Central Europe's destiny
    • The fundamental polarization of East and West that Rudolf Steiner saw
    • In suggesting that the Russian government and possibly
    • England, could have prevented the war, Steiner simply deals with
    • the Hague (1899 and 1907) was indeed self-serving and hypocritical,
    • circumstances and considering the political immaturity of the German
    • leadership, it was not surprising that the German Kaiser and his
    • generals over-reacted to the Russian mobilization and interpreted it
    • as a declaration of war. Kaiser Wilhelm II and Czar Nicholas II, who
    • was already overheated by the forces of chauvinism and materialism so
    • Regarding the possibility of preventing the war, a glance at the major
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  • Title: Lecture: Preparing for the Sixth Epoch
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    • life of the present and future in the way that is customary in our
    • associate in groups and to ask ourselves why we found working groups
    • and cultivate in them the spiritual treasure to which we dedicate our
    • group like this and our other work in the world. Those who are
    • finding lecturers and providing opportunities for people who may not
    • know each other to come together and have access to the spiritual
    • But as long as it is at all possible to establish, in the wider and
    • another and who come together in friendship and brotherliness within
    • consciousness of the attitude of soul that is part and parcel of
    • knowledge and who sincerely intend to work together in brotherliness
    • and harmony. Not only are relationships and intercourse affected by
    • conception that we hold of our Movement if we understand its inmost
    • only for the existence known to the senses and for the existence that
    • is grasped by the outward turned mind of man, but that through this
    • Movement our souls are seeking a real and genuine link with the
    • spiritual worlds. Again and again, in full consciousness, we should
    • work carried on outside such a group and dispersed about the world.
    • a different significance for the spiritual world than other work we
    • may undertake. To understand this fully we must remind ourselves of
    • the Egypto-Chaldean-Babylonian period of culture, then the
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  • Title: Lecture: Outlooks for the Future
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    • Dornach, October 31st, November 1st and 7th, 1915
    • Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • enlarge our horizon in regard to the true nature of man and to make us see
    • and to show us what man was like upon Atlantis; then it also seeks to point
    • the animal world and upon the world of man which now surround us? During
    • “ATLANTIS AND LEMURIA”,
    • human body was soft, pliable and plastic, so that the souls that came down
    • from the heavenly worlds could still form and shape their bodies.
    • to-day who grows angry, really angry, and has evil thoughts in respect to
    • a cat, or a hyaena. In that remote past, man's countenance and his outward
    • was at that time able to transform his outward form and he possessed this
    • possessed it. Their physical body was far more hardened than that of man
    • and they could only transform it gradually. The animals could transform
    • themselves particularly as a species and the various qualities were not
    • everything has therefore grown more and more hardened as far as man's
    • physical body is concerned, and it has, I might say, been cast into solid
    • forms. To-day, we are still able to move our hands and our face can still
    • and hard. The animal forms are however quite hardened, so that their
    • reality — that outwardly his face may only have a slight resemblance with
    • has taken on rigid forms from the Atlantean epoch onwards, up to our
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  • Title: Lecture: Human Life in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • and
    • “The Task of Spiritual Science and its Building at Dornach.”
    • soul and matters connected therewith. I have also alluded, in this lecture,
    • first considering what Spiritual Science asserts, and then attacking it, but
    • to say, and then attacking that. In this way we are frequently assailed, not
    • no serious intention of really learning to understand what it condemns. In
    • the face of such attacks as these, there is hardly anything to do save
    • continually to strive to present the actual methods and aims of Spiritual
    • “propaganda,” than it was the object of my lecture delivered
    • Spiritual Science, stands directly before our eyes.
    • life of the present day, why such a movement is necessary. And it is easy to
    • understand why such outsiders come to a negative conclusion at the outset.
    • are of no use in real life, and which are no concern of those who are obliged
    • to spend their time in hard work for the service of mankind. Yet this
    • three or four centuries, and especially during the nineteenth century right
    • the operation of natural forces, and these discoveries have brought about a
    • fundamental change in human existence and in the conditions of daily life.
    • environment in which the individual finds himself, and how the work, for
    • which preparation has been made during childhood and youth, has to be
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  • Title: Evil and the Future of Man
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    • A part of Steiner's Lectures on Spiritual Essence and its Working,
    • Concerning Death and Evil, or The Supersensible Element
    • From a shorthand report, unrevised by the lecturer. Published by
    • Switzerland, and in agreement with the Rudolf Steiner Publishing
    • Post-Atlantean period, and any discussion of it comes up against the
    • and of that other mystery which is connected with it — the mystery of
    • death — were attempted again and again in picture form. But these
    • important events of the present time. What I said then had also a
    • good-will there is even now for an understanding of such things. The
    • will to understand will come in time, and we must see that it does
    • Even what I lately said about the configuration of philosophical
    • considerably longer time) — even this may be regarded as mere
    • all that I bring forward here is intended not as mere criticism, but
    • of forces and impulses have been holding sway. From a certain point of
    • candid recognition of the fact should have some positive effect upon
    • us, kindling certain impulses in knowledge and in will — true
    • impulses towards the future.
    • Two mysteries (as I said, we can speak of these things only within
    • are the mystery of death and the mystery of evil. For the present
    • we may ask this very significant question: How stands it with death
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  • Title: Lecture: Social and Anti-Social Forces in the Human Being
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    • This edition of: Social and Anti-Social Forces in the Human Being, is
    • by the Rudolf Steiner – Nachlassverwaltung in Dornach, Switzerland.
    • No. 2 and No. 3, 1979.
    • Social and Anti-Social Forces in the Human Being
    • The times themselves speak clearly enough, demanding that we should
    • apply to the conditions and activities of these times those feelings
    • and modes of thinking which we have acquired from our studies of
    • Spiritual Science. Not only do outward circumstances speak clearly,
    • accomplished by successive stages of which the most important and most
    • period, which commenced in the 8th century B.C. and finished in the
    • 15th century A.D., was pre-eminently the period in which humanity
    • hold of the whole human being and making him entirely dependent on
    • which in earlier periods man felt instinctively and judged
    • Many present difficulties and much that is chaotic around us in our
    • to achieve a conscious result one must make an inward effort, above
    • the evolution of humanity and which so proudly speaks of thought —
    • from the whole man, when it is separated from rationalism and is
    • lifted to the plane of Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition — only
    • meets man today and which is clearly indicated even in the worldly
    • in our soul and spirit life. If one looks at the matter this way, one
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  • Title: Lecture: Spiritual Emptiness and Social Life
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    • A part of Steiner's Lectures on Spiritual Essence and its Working,
    • Die geistigan Hintergrande der sozialen Frage, or
    • Impulses of the Past and of the Future in Social Occurrences.
    • Past and Future Impulses in Social Happenings, published in
    • From a shorthand report, unrevised by the lecturer. Published by kind
    • Switzerland, and in agreement with the Rudolf Steiner Publishing
    • Epoch. I tried to show how, from about the year 1200 A.D. onwards,
    • I laid special stress upon the existence of a radical contrast in
    • soul-life of the widespread middle-class, and that of the descendants
    • difference of soul-life between the so-called educated bourgeoisie and
    • Walter von der Vogelweide until that of Goetheanism, and then abruptly
    • towards the threefold membering of a healthy social organism was
    • eighteenth century. The demands for freedom, equality and fraternity,
    • strange phenomenon. I said that Hermann Grimm — for whom I have
    • always had such high regard and whose ideas were able to shed light
    • upon so many aspects of art and general human interest of bygone times
    • out-and-out phrasemonger as Wildenbruch! In the course of years I have
    • mention of the spiritual was to make a warding-off gesture with his
    • hand, indicating that this was a realm he was not willing to enter. A
    • supremely true utterance, consisting of a gesture of the hand, was
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  • Title: Lecture: Social Understanding Through Spiritual Scientific Knowledge
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    • This lecture was given in Dornach, Switzerland on October 4, 1919. In the
    • particular truths have, and that is what we will talk about tomorrow.
    • actual connections are between these forces and man's being, they do not
    • be said that super-sensible knowledge is becoming more and more
    • essential to man, just in our time. In that case it is vital to understand
    • Inspiration and the third capacity the force of Intuition. The question now
    • puberty, and from puberty till about the twenty-first year. If you do not
    • regard man purely superficially, you will be struck by the fact that the
    • physical body between birth and the seventh year, and this work comes to
    • were, suspended when their purpose has been achieved and the
    • him. And they can be drawn forth from your being when you do the sort
    • year and go to sleep at puberty in the depths of the body, are drawn forth
    • and form the power of Inspiration. And the forces that in bygone times
    • used to be the source of youthful ideals between the fourteenth and the
    • their state of slumber and use for the acquisition of Imagination.
    • From this you will see that the forces of Imagination, Inspiration and
    • twenty-one. So the forces that live in Imagination, Inspiration and
    • for his healthy growth and that go to sleep within his body when the
    • super-sensible knowledge and man's everyday existence. Something
    • similar, though, can be said about the forces of man's normal nature,
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  • Title: Lecture: Soul and Spirit in the Human Physical Constitution
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    • gradually discovering man's place in the life of the cosmos, and on
    • understanding of man's being and nature.
    • the fact that in addition to his physical body, man also has higher
    • members. But we will leave this aside today and think about something
    • that is more or less recognized in science and has also made its way
    • as solid, or solid-fluidic, are regarded as belonging to his organism.
    • It is, of course, acknowledged that the fluid and the aeriform
    • elements pass into and out of the human being, but these are not in
    • regarded as a state or condition of his organism, but not as an actual
    • study the rising and falling of the cerebral fluid through the spinal
    • canal, we can observe a regular up-and-down oscillatory movement
    • caused by inhalation and exhalation; when we breathe in, the cerebral
    • fluid is driven upwards and strikes, as it were, against the
    • not considered to be part and parcel of the organism itself. The
    • have shown by the example of the cerebral fluid, and the aeriform
    • element, are not regarded by anatomy and physiology as belonging to
    • the human organism as such. It is said: Yes, the human being draws in
    • the air which follows certain paths in his body and also has certain
    • speak of the warmth condition of the body, but in reality they regard
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  • Title: Lecture: The Moral as the Source of World-Creative Power
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    • of man, and at the end it was possible to show that a really
    • man's external constitution and what it unfolds, through
    • bridge we must know how man's constitution is to be regarded. We saw
    • of study today and is alone recognized by modern science as organic in
    • the real sense — we saw that this must be regarded as only one of
    • organism, an aeriform organism, and a warmth-organism must also be
    • members of man's nature which we are accustomed to regard as such,
    • in everything aeriform, the astral body is paramountly active, and in
    • We also studied consciousness at its different levels. As I said
    • with these perceptions, and we have our will-impulses. But we
    • perception studied in physiology or physical anatomy. But in regard to
    • consciousness too, we know from ordinary life that in addition to the
    • waking consciousness, there is dream-consciousness, and we heard
    • organic processes. Something is going on within us all the time, and
    • in our dreams it comes to expression in pictures. I said that we may
    • may dream of an excessively hot stove and wake up with palpitations of
    • heart, the snakes symbolized the intestines, and so forth. Dreams
    • connection with his body if he did not leave it during sleep and seek
    • between falling asleep and waking that he is able to feel himself
    • it enables us to have perceptions and ideas, we are led to the
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  • Title: Lecture: The Path to Freedom and Love and their Significance in World Events
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    • Man stands in the world as thinking, contemplative being on the one
    • hand, and as a doer, a being of action, on the other; with his
    • accompanied by impulses of feeling, and we shall see that feeling
    • links the two poles of our being: the pole of thinking and the pole of
    • the fact that we can inwardly picture the world around us; we live in
    • this world and can contemplate it. To imagine that we cannot
    • As doers, as men of action, we have our place in social life and
    • fundamentally speaking, everything we accomplish between birth and
    • outer world is completely stilled, the will is continually active. And
    • the element of thought is contained; and in everything that is of the
    • between the moral-spiritual world-order and natural-physical
    • understood, that you are engaging in no kind of outward activity at
    • something will certainly strike us concerning life and its realities.
    • something that we ourselves have experienced. Between birth and death
    • own is how we connect thoughts with one another and dissociate
    • them again, how we elaborate them inwardly, how we
    • arrive at judgments and draw conclusions, how we orientate
    • inherently our own. For the fulfillment of what self-knowledge demands
    • and how, on the other, the force of the will, coming from within our
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  • Title: Lecture: Search for the New Isis, the Divine Sophia: The Quest for the Isis-Sophia
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    • Regard the evolution of history from whatever point of view you will, take
    • into consideration historical events in order to understand human
    • history you will find no thought as widely understandable or having as much
    • When we look back upon the beginning of human evolution on earth, and
    • follow it through the thousands of years that preceded the Mystery of
    • step toward what took place for the sake of humankind at the Mystery of
    • Golgotha. Furthermore, we find we can only understand what has happened
    • unknown gods should come to the aid of human beings without their active
    • involvement, and that such aid should come just where human beings consider
    • and meaning that the evolution of the earth has acquired through the fact
    • to study this Mystery of Golgotha — and the mystery of Christmas belongs to
    • place in the moral-spiritual sphere of human evolution and what takes place
    • in nature. And with a certain understanding of this link between nature and
    • followers and representatives of the Christian impulse were not always so
    • hostile toward the recognition of this connection between the mystery of
    • the sun and the mystery of Christ as the decadent present-day
    • whom we have often mentioned, calls the sun God's monument, and in
    • such references to the fact that the outwardly visible stars and their
    • However, we must understand the mystery of Christmas in a far wider
    • context, if we wish to understand what should concern us most of all in
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  • Title: Lecture: The Two Christmas Annunciations
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    • The Proclamations to the Magi and the Shepherds
    • of the Mystery of Golgotha, renews also a direct experience of it in
    • the Christmas, the Easter and the Whitsuntide festivals. And we may
    • say that, each in a different way, these three festivals bring man
    • festivals also differ as regards the human soul-forces. Christmas
    • appeals more to the feeling and in a certain sense is the most popular
    • festival, because to understand it requires a deepening of the
    • feeling-life, and because it is the most readily approachable for the
    • raise ourselves to an understanding of the real Mystery of Golgotha,
    • most challenging to the human powers of understanding. It is a
    • festival which lifts human understanding to the highest level, and
    • particularly between the human will and the super-sensible world, the
    • consciousness through a right understanding of the Whitsun festival.
    • manifold ways; and with the recurrence of the Christmas festival
    • Christmas-Thought from the most varied standpoints. This time let us
    • — in a dream, or however one may wish to call it. Here we have to
    • where Christ Jesus was born, were in a special condition. And a second
    • conceive of human beings as possessing thought and perception, and we
    • imagine this thinking and perceiving, in fact, all use of the inner
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  • Title: Lecture: The Threshold In Nature and In Man
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    • kind permission of Marie Steiner, and in agreement with the Rudolf
    • The Human Soul and the World of Nature.
    • Rudolf Stiener Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • T will be clear, I think, from what has been said on earlier
    • necessary consequences of the whole trend and spirit of modern
    • questions concerning our inner life and our knowledge of the world;
    • and to-day I will ask your attention for one such specific question.
    • It embraces a very wide realm, and all I can do here is to give a few
    • indications towards its solution. I shall try to give these in such a
    • contemplate without on the one hand feeling an intense longing awaken
    • within him, and on the other being brought face to face with deep doubts
    • and riddles. These two ideas are: the inner being of Nature and the
    • penetrating beyond the immediate region within which he stands in
    • herself in her external aspect to his senses and his intellect? It is,
    • after all, a fact of the life of soul, and one that becomes more and
    • And there remains always the question — to which one or another will
    • have a different answer according to his outlook on the world —
    • a demand which the conscientious seeker after knowledge will feel is
    • present day in this connection if we go back to earlier ages and
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  • Title: Lecture: The Sun-Mystery in the Course of Human History
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    • WE HAVE BEEN studying how the living form of man, his soul and his
    • the will is the most mysterious and secret element in human nature. It
    • The reason why the will is so mysterious and secret is that in many
    • instinctive element over which we have little control and which drives
    • us hither and thither on the turbulent waves of life often without our
    • operations of the will, it has again and again been emphasized that
    • will lies and which, like the experiences of deep sleep, is wrapt in
    • Spirit is therefore also present and at work in the sleeping human
    • of all the will which — unless we are out-and-out idlers — spurs us
    • and images of them. We do not know how the will-impulse works in us
    • when we are walking; but we can see ourselves stepping forward. We form
    • mental images of the workings of our will and in this sense are
    • Thus two kinds of will can be distinguished: an inner will and an
    • afterwards, as having been part of the condition of sleep.
    • upwards in waves. But just because we must admit that the will is at
    • to expression in the form of feeling, surge upwards. We know that
    • feeling is a dimly apprehended experience, that so far as actual
    • consciousness and in it both the inner will and the outer will are
    • state. One kind of feeling surges upwards from the will that is
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  • Title: Lecture: The Alphabet
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    • Dornach, Switzerland, 1968.
    • 35 and
    • “Nothing has ever been said that is not in utmost degree the purest
    • anthroposophical knowledge of the human being and of the cosmos to the
    • extent that their nature is set forth in Anthroposophy, and of what crisis
    • knowledge of Man's relation to the universe, and today we would like
    • language lose their names and, as in contemporary usage, merely have
    • eminently concrete changes into abstraction. It might be said: as long
    • aspects of life, replacing inspiration and inner experience. This
    • spiritual world of poetry and entered into the prose of life.
    • brought prose and jurisprudence into the culture of later years. What
    • when they have inner experiences and wish to give expression to them.
    • It might be said that all poetry has in it something which makes it
    • appear to Europeans as a daughter of Greece, whereas all
    • I have previously called your attention to how a real understanding of
    • his own breathing’. In this name we have a direct reference to the Old
    • Testament words: ‘And God formed Man ... and breathed into nostrils
    • And the name ‘Beta’ considered with an open mind, turning here to
    • house’. And we could go through the whole alphabet in this way, giving
    • go on to express how Man conducts himself in his temple and how he
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  • Title: Lecture: The Human Heart
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    • The Formation of the Etheric and the Astral Heart.
    • This English edition is published in agreement with, and the kind
    • Switzerland.
    • the first periods of life, and it is many years since I first
    • instinctively — and intensively — he experiences all that is going
    • is thus imitatively reproduced in his eyes, and thus he gains
    • work in upon him and he imitates them internally. Hence it is very
    • even in the forming of our thoughts and feelings, which the child
    • cannot rightly absorb and make his own.
    • becomes the decisive factor between the change of teeth and puberty.
    • The child will quite naturally follow and be guided by what is said to
    • which is expressed and communicated through language — this can
    • become a determining factor for the child only after the change of
    • teeth. And a true power of judgment, when the child or adolescent
    • connected with highly significant inner processes, and it is of these
    • Therefore, as I have also said, we can describe the change of teeth as
    • rather more inward characterization of these processes.
    • a being of soul and spirit in a world of soul and spirit. So were we,
    • and death. Long before this, as I said, we were beings of soul and
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  • Title: Lecture: Truth Beauty and Goodness
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    • exercise the students' faculties of thinking, feeling and willing.
    • verities" of truth, beauty and goodness, and these in turn in science,
    • art and religion.
    • and willing. These basic human qualities manifest in civilization
    • as the “eternal verities” of truth, beauty and goodness,
    • and these in turn in science, art and religion.
    • Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • sublime nature and lofty goal of all human endeavour. In epochs
    • earlier than our own there was a deeper knowledge of man's being and
    • his connection with the universe, when Truth, Beauty and Goodness had
    • be vague and nebulous whenever it is a question of getting beyond the
    • Let us try to understand how Truth, Beauty and Goodness are related,
    • As the human being stands before us we see, in the first place, his
    • How the single organs, the form and functions of the body have been
    • form an idea that harmonizes strictly with it and thus is true, or,
    • and pre-earthly existence. If out of laziness or untruthfulness he
    • this thread. In pre-earthly existence a delicate spiritual wool is
    • spun, and this is concentrated into an after-copy — the physical
    • existence, and they are severed by untruthfulness. The purely
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  • Title: Lecture: Self Knowledge and the Christ Experience
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    • Earthly Knowledge and Heavenly Wisdom.
    • This translation is based on shorthand notes not revised by
    • Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • KNOWLEDGE AND THE CHRISTEXPERIENCE
    • season it will emerge and shed its chrysalis-form, at another time lay its
    • eggs, and so on. We can follow the course of nature, follow the stages of
    • such an insect's life, and find a certain connection between them, for the
    • and the immediate setting or natural surroundings. That has to do with the
    • fact that humanity itself is undergoing a development, which constitutes its
    • history, and which will form a whole within the long planetary development
    • With regard to mankind, a certain law of development is found to run like a
    • instinctively lived together with their natural surroundings and with the
    • cycle of nature but these instincts have more or less died away, and
    • handled his soul-life, below the animal level.
    • through spring, summer, autumn and winter. It does not give its development
    • and capacity to think, has given himself over to a more chaotic life. With
    • forward, towering above the animals, one must still concede that he has
    • human race, of this or that century. And just as, for a lower form of life,
    • And man needs to be conscious of how his own soul-life should he placed
    • change as far as my consciousness is concerned would be simply to abandon
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  • Title: Lecture: The Invisible Man Within Us
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    • express itself during physical earthly life as something outwardly
    • visible. The outwardly visible aspect of this spiritual organization
    • earthly life. And this is what I would like to speak about today.
    • restoration of forces through nutrition. And this work is the
    • contained in our forces: growth and nutrition, as well as in our
    • organization, the etheric organization (and therefore the body of
    • formative forces), and the physical organization. Of course in the
    • the course of today's considerations you will begin to understand how
    • organization (red), then the etheric organization (blue), and finally
    • of the invisible man penetrates only into the nutrition and growth
    • into the etheric, and on into the physical organization (see arrow).
    • the chorion, the allantois, the amnion, and the yolk sac. In the
    • invisible man is contained in the nourishing and restorative
    • in addition to this invisible man we have the visible human being
    • interpenetration of the physical and superphysical human being would
    • and also in the inner forces of movement that carry ingested food
    • In addition to this,
    • however, there is a direct intervention of forces that enter the
    • organization without first passing through the astral body and
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  • Title: Lecture: Polarities in Health, Illness and Therapy
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    • Polarities in Health, Illness and Therapy
    • lecture, which can only be aphoristic, one can hardly develop correct
    • ideas of what is important. In addition, certain deliberations must be
    • anthroposophists to participate in everything and to stick our noses, so to
    • striving physicians; and a relatively large number of such physicians had
    • illness and healing are lacking. These foundations are lacking in official
    • nature. It then applies the discoveries made through physics and
    • understanding of the human being. But even if there is a kind of
    • the human being, nevertheless, the outer physical and chemical processes
    • always permeated by nature processes. A substance only appears outwardly
    • as if it were resting within itself. In reality, everything lives and weaves
    • this living and weaving activity, proceeding chemically and physically
    • exclusively to physical and chemical processes; for in the physical body
    • processes, this etheric living and weaving, it actually does not at all
    • how the outer chemical and physical processes continue to work in him:
    • how they continue to work when he is healthy, and how they continue to
    • medicaments, of a remedy, if one has not acquired an understanding for
    • It could indeed be said that the greatest progress imaginable in medicine
    • connection between any object of nature and its effect upon illness
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  • Title: Lecture: Man As A Picture of The Living Spirit
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    • Steiner in different places between 27th July and 16th September, 1923.
    • Switzerland.
    • The following lecture was given by Rudolf Steiner to an audience
    • written works and reports of lectures which were given as oral
    • communications and were not originally intended for print. It should
    • knowledge of Man and of the Cosmos in its spiritual essence; also of
    • After the excellent conference at Ilkley and summer school at
    • I may remind you first of what I said in former lectures here
    • Man, in accomplishing his work from day to day and from year to year, works
    • in the physical body which is given to him upon Earth, and through
    • Yet as I said in those earlier lectures, that which goes on for man
    • his whole existence — even for what he is and does in earthly life.
    • and underwent by day and while awake, as though they were to form a
    • the world as little children wide-awake and never slept, we should,
    • seeing the things we experienced while awake and omitting the periods
    • asleep appear as darkness in the midst of life. And in reality it is to
    • the night which males us real human being and no mere automata.
    • certain differences between his waking and sleeping states, yet
    • ordinary waking life, man's earthly life and action was far more
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  • Title: The Individuality of Elias, John, Raphael, Novalis
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    • It is Rudolf Steiner's last address.
    • Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • Note: The names Elias and
    • countries refer to Elias, and English speaking countries refer to
    • RUDOLF STEINER'S LAST ADDRESS
    • least a few words. That I am able to do so is due entirely to the loving and
    • devoted care of our friend Dr. Ita Wegman. And so I hope that I will still be
    • earth. And it will be one of the more beautiful results that can follow from
    • our anthroposophical understanding of times and seasons, if we are really
    • able to add to the other festivals of the year a rightly ordered Michael
    • Festival. That however will only be possible when the might and power of the
    • Michael Thoughts, of which today men have no more than a dim feeling, has
    • prepare the way for a future Michael Festival. And such thoughts are
    • That you yourselves, my dear friends, in so far as you truly and
    • last weeks and especially also in the lectures where I spoke to you directly
    • considerations a little further, and that is what I want to do today.
    • and will always be intimately connected, with the Michael stream, in the
    • and the same being.
    • significance the prophet Elijah had for the people of the Old Testament, and
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  • Title: Lecture: Exoteric and Esoteric Christianity
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    • The mystery of death taught by Jesus Christ to his disciples after his resurrection. Saul and the event at Damascus when he became the apostle Paul. The role of Ahriman, Satan, the World Prince, in the course of human evolution.
    • Exoteric Christianity is to be found in the Gospels and as they have
    • Translated from shorthand report unrevised by the lecturer.
    • This English edition is published in agreement with, and the kind
    • Switzerland.
    • Exoteric and Esoteric Christianity (pub. 1948).
    • and
    • “Nothing has ever been said that is not in utmost degree the purest
    • anthroposophical knowledge of the human being and of the cosmos to the
    • extent that their nature is set forth in Anthroposophy, and of what crisis
    • EXOTERIC and ESOTERIC CHRISTIANITY
    • world-conceptions. But it must be emphasized over and over again
    • that, in addition to these records that have influenced mankind
    • throughout history (and there is, indeed, a deep justification for
    • deeper sense of a knowledge of man and of man's conception of the
    • world, they always made a distinction between an exoteric teaching,
    • that gives a more exterior knowledge of things, and an esoteric
    • teaching; only those who had trained their hearts and minds
    • Mystery of Golgotha, is concerned, we must make a distinction between
    • exoteric conceptions and esoteric knowledge. An exoteric
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    • entitled, Philosophy, History, and Literature, published in German as,
    • Philosophy, History, and Literature,
    • of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • ACCOMPANYING NOTE: Friends who heard that there existed notes of a
    • taken down by Frl. Johanna Mücke, who did not know shorthand, so that
    • A whole legend has arisen on Shakespeare and whole libraries have been
    • interpretations of his plays, and a number of writers considered that
    • they discovered in Shakespeare's works, and they established the
    • knowledge of the theatre and the deepest understanding for theatrical
    • printing press, the people were to come to the theatre and see the
    • (shorthand had just begun to exist), so that their text did not
    • correspond to the original version, but was full of errors and
    • These partial omissions and mistakes led certain investigators to the
    • value and that originally they must have existed in quite a different
    • recognise in the author of Shakespeare's plays a man with a definite
    • “MACBETH”. The hold of Shakespeare's plays on his audience
    • powerful impression in spite of a thoroughly bad translation and poor
    • action, as in the wonderful exposition and development of the single
    • characters. The poet conjures up before us a human character and
    • unfolds its thoughts and feelings.
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    • Philosophy, History, and Literature,
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    • who heard that notes existed of a lecture on Shakespeare given by
    • Mücke, who did not know shorthand, so they do not claim to
    • Georg Brandes,
    • we should include Shakespeare in the German classics. And if we
    • schiller and the development of German literature in general
    • and Tieck.  
    • has arisen about Shakespeare and whole libraries have been
    • interpretations of his plays, and finally a number of writers
    • the thoughts which they discovered in Shakespeare's works, and
    • they became addicted to the hypothesis that not William
    • Shakespeare's hand have ever been found; they are also
    • written by a man who had a thorough knowledge of the theatre and
    • the deepest understanding for theatrical effects.
    • wraps; people were to come to the theatre and see the plays
    • the original versions, but were full of errors and
    • partial omissions and mistakes led certain researchers to claim
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    • Before one can understand Freemasonry, one must study the original
    • founded by Manes about the third century after Christ and its great
    • Albigensians, Waldensians, and Cathari also belonged, and later the
    • Order of the Templars and through an extraordinary concatenation of
    • Mysteries, (2) The Letters, (3) The Gospel, and (4) The Thesaurus.
    • was a Persian. She had once redeemed a slave named Manes and he was
    • evil is eternal, like the good, that there is no resurrection and that
    • evil has no end, that it has the same origin as the good and is
    • without beginning and hence without end.
    • Kingdom of Light took a portion of their own kingdom and mingled it
    • the Kingdom of Darkness and a kind of vortex arose. Death came into
    • Darkness and overcome it.
    • The deep and profound thought here contained is the following: the
    • In ancient epochs, in Atlantis and Lemuria, all knowledge was in part
    • influenced by that which stands above man. Not until our own epoch
    • explain the confluence of Life and Form out of the cooperation of Good
    • and Evil. Life becomes form through finding opposition. It does not
    • the Form and it passes over into the seed out of which a new form will
    • would be no forms if Life were not obstructed and arrested in its
    • Christianity. This pulsating Life emerges again and again. (As for
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  • Title: Mathematics and Occultism
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    • An address delivered to the First Annual Congress of the Federation
    • Britain, 46, Gloucester Place, London, W.I, England. Subscriptions:
    • Great Britain and Dominions, 15s. yearly, 3s. 9d. quarterly. Single
    • Mathematics and Occultism
    • based upon the correct understanding of the place that Plato assigned
    • senses transmit. He demanded that thought should be emancipated from
    • withdraw into himself and does not allow any material impressions of
    • precisely such a mind emancipated from sense-perception and yet
    • spiritually full, which Plato demanded from those who would understand
    • his Doctrine of Ideas. In demanding this, however, he demanded no more
    • and the purely spiritual World. Let us think about the
    • which perhaps has been drawn on paper, but we think of any and every
    • and of which the concrete form is a mere representation. I could learn
    • steps in mathematical knowledge for this purpose, and understand
    • The Gnostics desired something similar. They said, “Gnosis is
    • of geometrical forms and arithmetical relations of numbers, then he is
    • pattern of Mathesis. They regarded Mathesis as a model or a
    • most elementary and simple, and such as Man can most easily
    • understand. He must learn through the elementary mathematical
    • true Occultists have in every age demanded from their disciples the
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    • put to direct application in everyday life, and we may sometimes be
    • hour, at every moment, of vital and profound significance for our
    • soul inwardly needs, In order to know the physical world we must make
    • essential that we ourselves think through and make mental pictures of
    • the thoughts and conceptions imparted to us by that world. These
    • And so we will study again to-day the life that takes its course
    • between death and a new birth — that life that seems so far
    • things can be understood if they are thought over and pondered time
    • and again; through their own power they make themselves comprehensible
    • to the soul. Anyone who does not understand them should realise that
    • if the soul will ponder them time and again. They will then be
    • that consideration of the life between death and a new birth is
    • kind takes place in the case of the animal kingdom and the human
    • (including what is in air and water) and also, in essentials, the
    • death and a new birth is so constituted that everything we do awakens
    • an echo in the environment. During the whole period between death and
    • these kingdoms are present in quite a different form. They are not
    • that its effect and influence are as if animals were there. The
    • from what is done. On the physical plane we stand upon mineral soil;
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  • Title: Lecture: The Origin of Speech and Language
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    • Soul, and Spirit. In the collected edition of Rudolf Steiner's
    • encouraged them to raise questions, to express their opinions and
    • questions of therapy and hygiene; this proved how much such problems
    • plant, and animal kingdoms was also touched upon, and this then led
    • outward again, to the cosmos, the origin of all life. Finally, the
    • workers asked for an introduction to spiritual science and for the
    • basic knowledge required for an understanding of the mystery of
    • whether he himself could attend to them and quench their thirst for
    • time for this when they would still be fresh and receptive. Thus, the
    • Now more and
    • However, these lectures had been intended for a particular audience;
    • by the mood and circumstances of the listening workers —
    • definitely not with a view to publication. The tone and style of
    • these lectures have a certain freshness and directness one would not
    • encounter between what lived in the souls of the questioners and what
    • possible; these lectures may not conform to literary standards, but
    • they have immediacy and life.
    • gentlemen. Today we will add to what we have heard on previous
    • occasions so that we will be better able to understand the full
    • roughly how nutrition and breathing work in human beings. We also
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  • Title: Lecture: The Sense-Organs and Aesthetic Experience
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    • Topics included are: Enlivening the Sense Processes and Ensouling
    • the Life Processes. Aesthetic Enjoyment and Aesthetic Creativity.
    • Logic and the Sense for Reality.
    • AND AESTHETIC EXPERIENCE
    • the world through the realm of his senses and the organs of his
    • life-processes, and we have attempted to consider some of the
    • many people who like to regard themselves as spiritually minded, when
    • man has been given in his lower organs and his lower activities a
    • reaction of higher activities and higher connections. The sense of
    • touch and the Life-sense, as they are now, we have had to regard as
    • the Ego-sense, the Thought-sense and the Speech-sense.
    • have had to accustom ourselves to regard these senses as a shadowy
    • reflection of something which becomes great and significant in the
    • expressed in the form of the spiritual sympathies and antipathies we
    • moral balance towards the beings and influences found in the
    • Taste, Smell and Sight. And just where the hidden spiritual plays
    • are regarded as lower. At the present day it is impossible to speak
    • interesting and important have only to be said, and at once they are
    • misunderstood and in all sorts of ways attacked. For the time being I
    • truths are at once taken in too personal a way and awaken personal
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    • Human Science and Social Science.
    • Der Goetheanismus, Ein Umwandlungsimpuls und
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    • Dornach, and the Rudolf Steiner Press.
    • personalities who were not German, for example Shaftesbury and
    • Hemsterhuis. But these examples from England or Holland would not lead
    • is tending towards the destruction of all that springs from middle
    • If one looks at the present situation honestly and without prejudice,
    • Grimm — the saying of an outstanding man who lived not very long
    • feeling for the culture of middle Europe. Herman Grimm once said that
    • Luther, Frederick the Great, Goethe and Bismarck. Grimm says that if a
    • he feels unsupported and alone among the nations of the world.
    • influence, as we have often had to emphasise, and Frederick the Great
    • and Bismarck belong to conditions which no longer exist. Thus —
    • already in which a German would have to feel unsupported and alone
    • enlightened spirit — and today it is quite impossible. If
    • “The Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily.”
    • Letters” and Goethe's fairy-tale in my recent small book on
    • Revolution and tries in his own way to say what may be thought about
    • the will behind it, and behind the whole revolution at the end of the
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  • Title: Lecture: Elemental Beings and Human Destinies
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    • ELEMENTAL BEINGS AND HUMAN DESTINIES
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    • FOR a true understanding of the nature of the human being we have to
    • the head, the organs of the breast system, and the organs of the
    • there is a connection between the head of Man and his life
    • of thought and ideation; the whole rhythmic activity in Man —
    • sphere of feeling; and finally the sphere of the will, which
    • the system and organisation of the limbs. Relatively speaking, these
    • Similarly, the life of ideas, the life of feeling and the life of will
    • thinking and ideas. Everything connected with the life of feeling
    • is a dream-life. Even in daytime the life of feeling pervades our
    • than is usually done the character and extent of the subconscious
    • lie beneath the life of feeling; and still more deeply unconscious
    • contains within it thinking, feeling and willing. In the head system
    • or the system of thought, a life of feeling and a life of will are
    • feebly than in the sphere of the head and only coming to consciousness
    • in a dreamlike manner.
    • One thing is usually quite disregarded, my dear friends, in our time
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  • Title: Lecture: Man, Offspring of the World of Stars
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    • The Ego and the Sun, or Atomism.
    • Mystery-Sanctuaries which existed here and there in Asia Minor and
    • and enters into possession of its full, inner force during the age of
    • concerned with the secrets of the Sun and their connection with the
    • it is said that the Greek's life of thought consisted in an actual
    • sounds. The thoughts and conceptions of the Greek were not brought
    • ideas, and to this Goethe retorted that he actually saw
    • They regarded the substance of the ideas which thus lit up before them
    • appearance in space of the life of ideas, and this life of ideas
    • faculty of perceiving and experiencing spirituality in the world
    • and colour which there appear. And it is the same when the Sun sets in
    • to them at sunrise and passed away from them at sunset. They felt that
    • And when they looked at the sky, which seems to us to be blue, but for
    • seemed to him to be concentrated in the living Sun, and to withdraw
    • insight into this entirely different world of perception and
    • experience, we cannot understand the further evolution of man's life
    • of soul. This faculty of inwardly living perception functioned for a
    • radiations from the living Sun in cosmic space was waning, and they
    • rekindle the light within their own being. And they tried now to
    • and far-reaching metamorphosis took place in man's life of soul and
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    • English version by George and Mary Adams.
    • life between death and a new birth. For seen from a human point of
    • view man's life between birth and death — interwoven as it is
    • death and a new birth, when he is altogether interwoven within the
    • standpoint once more — the super-sensible world as such.
    • and conclusions of great importance to human life.
    • that man as he stands before himself in the physical world represents
    • Supersensible. Consider on the other hand a mineral object. We cannot
    • understand why, for example, salt assumes a cubical form. True, these
    • already clear it can be said that a crystal of common salt is
    • hand are not intelligible on the basis of what the physical senses can
    • or of the ear — both the inward form and the outer configuration
    • form of the eye or of the ear is already planned and laid out as it
    • and a new birth builds up his own physical body in a spirit-form
    • filled with physical, sense-perceptible material, and so becomes the
    • is formed and moulded by the work man does between death and a new
    • we say: To understand a human eye or human ear we must have recourse
    • formed and created out of the super-sensible world; and only after it
    • the task of physically hearing the sounds and notes within the
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    • condensed. It is the fifth of nine lectures in the volume Education and
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    • Education and Instruction ....
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    • must be led to look out into the world around them and into all its
    • laws, its course, causes and effects, into men's intentions and goals
    • a way that it can resound on and on within them — so that
    • questions about nature, about the cosmos and the entire world, about
    • and in animals.]
    • of the world and its manifestations do not arise in young
    • When such forces become free, and it has not been possible to awaken
    • into delight in power, and second into eroticism.
    • Unfortunately pedagogy does not now consider this delight in power and
    • power and eroticism to them at this age. If such things have to be
    • smacks of illness. Our entire pedagogical art and science is becoming
    • ill because again and again the highest value is attributed to these
    • people are powerless today — have grown more and more powerless
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  • Title: Lecture: The Work of Secret Societies in the World
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    • The lecture presented here is also known as: Evolution and
    • evolution and involution. Future penetration of man's spirit
    • into the atom. Relationship of the atom, thought and electricity.
    • intellect, as epoch of egoism and its necessary defeat.
    • schools and their ramifications and I think it right today to bring this
    • whole course of lectures to a close before we pass on to a different
    • the less important New Year's Festival and the extremely important Feast of
    • asked: What is the deeper significance of secret societies and of their
    • have a real connection with the way in which beings in the world evolve and
    • kinds of exercises are necessary for self-development, and such exercises
    • are actually available. You have heard of Hatha-Yoga, Rajah-Yoga, and other
    • exercises of different kinds, by means of which societies and brotherhoods
    • But I can tell you — and in the course of the lecture you will
    • religions and all those who participate deeply and sincerely in the life of
    • a religious community have some share in this knowledge and are preparing
    • and without it man's life is lived out with incomplete consciousness. It
    • has never been the aim of occult science to inculcate into men a dim
    • accomplish for the attainment of this consciousness, contributes towards
    • And now try to think
    • people who, to all appearances, are not working for themselves; and yet in
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  • Title: Lecture: The Three Stages of Sleep
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    • Mystery of Golgotha and its Relation to the Sleep of Man.
    • Spiritual Science cannot hand people something which, once
    • which can be kept at hand in one's pocket. In place of ready
    • repeatedly inwardly assimilated and digested. External truths
    • good memory, take in and then possess them once and for all.
    • ordinary life and knowledge, could solve the problems of life
    • about the deeper foundations of life and, while not perhaps
    • speculation and into the forming of all kinds of philosophies
    • waking condition of consciousness, something is concealed, and
    • that an understanding of life may result from an understanding
    • them again and again, for Anthroposophy can only be understood
    • dream life consists of pictures, and if one pays attention to
    • are related to ordinary life and consciousness. Even if it can
    • often be said that things are dreamed of in a way in which the
    • different with regard to the dramatic element of the dream, to
    • human nature, and we can understand this when we consider the
    • walking along a road and comes to a mountain. He passes into a
    • cave in the mountain. At first it is dusk, and then it gets
    • sense of uneasiness and this increases till he stands there in
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  • Title: The Cosmic Word and Individual Man
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    • Rudolf Steiner-Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland, and in
    • THE COSMIC WORD AND INDIVIDUAL MAN
    • and yet possessed in their customs, and in their whole way of conducting
    • affairs, a great deal that has been lost, and must be renewed. The art I
    • to-day. We have to learn to find again a deeper and deeper meaning in
    • the objects and processes of the world — and in this sentence,
    • body, astral body, Ego, and so on, is really very abstract. For this
    • further in such descriptions, and so to approach nearer to spiritual
    • body, how it differs in substance, and so on. Such descriptions are
    • only approximate, and only by developing these approximate
    • sleep, the etheric body remains within the physical body, and that
    • — as we have always described it — the astral body and the
    • Ego leave this physical body and etheric body. The life of the astral
    • body and Ego is still so weak, at the present stage of their cosmic
    • falling asleep and awakening. We have often discussed, up to a point,
    • the subconscious experiences through which the astral body and the Ego
    • human being is asleep, and in particular at the etheric body. In this
    • out the Spirit from it, by that art of which I said just now that it
    • inwardly still. Just as externally his arms and legs are still, in his
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  • Title: Christ and the Twentieth Century
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    • CHRIST AND THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
    • Authorised translation from a shorthand report, unrevised by the lecturer.
    • number of people, and especially of those who have approached it from
    • the ‘Scientific’ standpoint. On the other hand, it seems
    • name of Christ has no real place, is gaining ground more and more. I
    • interprets such fundamental problems as that of the origin of man and
    • the like, in the light of those habits of thought, feeling and
    • theoretical ideas and conceptions which arise out of these habits of
    • the genuine concepts of Natural Science and are in perfect harmony
    • with them. Perhaps in no problem — and this may well be due to
    • between the general habits of thought of the present age and the
    • a development of grand and mighty conceptions of the Being named
    • concepts which Spiritual Science has to bring forward, coincide in
    • significant and in the most complete accord with what Spiritual
    • The early Christian Gnosis possessed a far deeper and
    • brought forward in Christendom during those times. The Christ of the
    • and more reveal the nature of soul and spirit, and finally point to a
    • other purely spiritual beings and spiritual processes — in that
    • region the ancient Gnosis looked for the Christ Being. To understand
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  • Title: Lecture: Richard Wagner and Mysticism
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    • Philosophisch-Anthroposophischer Verlag, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • Richard Wagner and Mysticism
    • shorthand report unrevised by the lecturer and published by kind
    • Philosophisch-Anthroposophischer Verlag, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • into the culture of the present and immediate future. It will begin to
    • speaking of Richard Wagner, I certainly do not mean to imply
    • people say: ‘You tell us all kinds of things about Richard Wagner, but
    • impulse of which we shall speak lived in Richard Wagner in the form of
    • and try to discover the laws underlying its growth and life? Is not
    • this the very thing that helps him to understand its nature? And will
    • which help us to understand the achievements of an artist need not be
    • Another stumbling-block which may crop up now-a-days, is connected
    • for he admitted that very much remains obscure and nebulous in the
    • nebulous and vague. But true Mystics have never done this. Precisely
    • to-day we hear it said in academic circles: ‘To such and such a point
    • clear cognition can attain; from that point onwards, however, we grope
    • blindly among the secrets of Nature with vague feelings, and Mysticism
    • the depths of existence with a light as radiant and clear as that of
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  • Title: Lecture: Spiritual Wisdom in the Early Christian Centuries
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    • Philosophisch-Anthroposophischer Verlag, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • A lecture given at Dornach, July 16th, 1922. From a shorthand report
    • Philosophisch-Anthroposophischer Verlag, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • I HAVE said on many occasions that at the time when medieval culture
    • I have described as knowledge through revelation and knowledge
    • cognition and must in every case be accepted as traditions of the
    • be the guardian of this kind of knowledge.
    • research and investigation, albeit those who stood wholly within the
    • reason could not in any sense be regarded as knowledge emanating from
    • School, for instance, that a distinction could be made between
    • knowledge acquired by reason and knowledge through revelation (in the
    • knew too that by dint of spiritual training and through Initiation, a
    • man could unfold higher faculties of knowledge and that by these means
    • the centuries when Greek philosophy came to flower in Plato and
    • Aristotle, and the kind of knowledge that made its appearance about
    • the end of the fourth century A.D. I have often referred to one aspect
    • men. And indeed there were many who applied their Initiation-wisdom
    • and were thus able, with super-sensible knowledge, to realise the
    • strained every nerve to understand how a Being like the Christ, Who
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  • Title: Lecture: The Crossing of the Threshold and the Social Organism
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    • THE CROSSING OF THE THRESHOLD AND
    • and intermingling activity during his physical life begin to organise
    • themselves; the forces of thought, feeling and of the will become
    • no choice in regard to this; it must experience this unconsciously —
    • not the individual human being, but HUMANITY, and the individual
    • activity of thought, feeling and will within man, will in future take
    • on a separate character and this will come to the fore in various
    • spheres of thought, feeling and will become separated. This imposes
    • must build up a foundation upon which the activity and influence of
    • upon which feeling can develop independently, and also a
    • What has hitherto exercised a chaotic and intermingling activity in
    • LIFE and CULTURAL or SPIRITUAL LIFE. This need of a three-partition
    • existed in recognising a goal of a spiritual character, and because
    • people withdrew themselves more and more even from the mere act of
    • ourselves from this chaos. The very course of human evolution demands
    • anthroposophical feelings and from a knowledge of the events which
    • to tasks connected with the things which lie closest at hand, and it
    • and justified is, however, the APPEAL TO THE WILL. It is not at all a
    • human evolution. We should realise over and over again that the old
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  • Title: Lecture: The Weaving and Living Activity of the Human Etheric Bodies
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    • THE WEAVING AND LIVING ACTIVITY OF THE HUMAN ETHERIC BODIES.
    • thoughts and thought-connections which are indicated almost in the
    • that we should orient ourselves with the aid of encompassing
    • appearance, which can be perceived through the physical senses and
    • which can be observed with the aid of that science that is linked up
    • with the intellect, with experiments and observations. We know that
    • physical world, is willing to contemplate with the aid of its
    • natural science considers, it to be, its true significance and its
    • Saturn-epoch. During the Sun, Moon and Earth epochs, it then
    • permeated with the etheric body. And it also had to change when it
    • has the astral body been added to the physical body, but the physical
    • penetrated into it, as it were, during the Sun-epoch and the
    • the Sun-epoch became possible through the Spirits of Wisdom, and the
    • think of it as being endowed with an Ego, and since it is endowed
    • Spirits of Form, and is in keeping with the fact that an Ego had to
    • now has and which is in keeping with the fact that it is the bearer
    • the great difference between the forms of the animal kingdom and of
    • Central Europe of course present a different aspect from the European
    • gaze over the surface of the earth and study the form of various
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  • Title: Lecture: And The Temple Becomes Man
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    • Art and Architecture that Reveal the Underlying Wholeness of Creation
    • This lecture of 12th, December, 1911, contains the fullest and most
    • detailed account of what Rudolf Steiner said on so many occasions about
    • the evolution of the Art of Building and its changing styles. He gives
    • us pictures of happenings in the spiritual life of the Cosmos and in
    • sacred buildings and give birth to new forms as the evolution of
    • or Art and Architecture that Reveal the Underlying Wholeness of Creation,
    • [ Foreward | Lecture ]
    • AND
    • And the Building becomes Man”
    • the fullest and most detailed account of what Rudolf Steiner said on
    • so many occasions about the evolution of the Art of Building and its
    • life of the Cosmos and in the life of the human soul which express
    • themselves in the forms of sacred buildings and give birth to new
    • Heavens to the Earth and work in the aspiring souls of men. And in
    • great building of wood, with its hand-carved, weaving forms and
    • Thomasius. The bareness and inadequate accommodation of the theatre
    • would be worthy of the spiritual grandeur of the Plays and the
    • lectures, and would provide space for the rapidly increasing number
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  • Title: Lecture: The Migrations of the Races
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    • This English edition is published in agreement with, and the permission
    • of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • Waldorf Answers
    • site for a clearer understanding of the concept of race in
    • races have continued to exist among us, and even in the Fourth Root
    • Race (Atlantean) there was a population which spread out like rays and
    • and Northern Asia and in Southern Europe. That is the soil into which
    • on the one side, and the Atlantean-Aryan on the other. But all these
    • civilization. In Siberia, Scandinavia, Northern Russia, and China
    • Central Asia somewhere in the neighborhood of the Gobi and Shamo
    • Primal Semites was allotted the special mission laid down in the law
    • human being which extends beyond birth and death. Such teachings,
    • away and gradually disappeared. The aim of the Manu of the Fifth Root
    • they should be able to understand the physical heart, the physical
    • brain, lungs, and so on. In the first three subraces, therefore, these
    • teachings concerning what extends beyond birth and death, slowly faded
    • away. For even a Manu cannot direct destinies and happenings according
    • Lemurians and was still present in Southern Asia, and the remains of
    • of the life between birth and death. (In the very oldest Vedas nothing
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  • Title: Lecture: The Mystery of Golgotha
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    • Also known as: The Mystery of Golgotha and the Mystery of the Trinity
    • The Mystery of the Trinity and the Mission of the Spirit
    • Verhaeltnis zur Geistwelt im Wandel der Zeiten.
    • Also known as: The Mystery of Golgotha and the Mystery of the Trinity
    • The Mystery of the Trinity and the Mission of the Spirit
    • Verhaeltnis zur Geistwelt im Wandel der Zeiten.
    • all the forces of the human soul; to understand it not only from the
    • limited standpoint of present-day civilisation, but so as to
    • must derive the sources of our Will (and these for Christianity are
    • the most important) from our instinctive life, and cannot realise
    • the essence and meaning of the whole evolution of the Earth lies in
    • by Leonardo da Vinci's picture of the Last Supper. For in this
    • distant world could then begin to understand all other things on
    • events and movements of our day. In reality the souls of men have
    • and spirit. In a deeper psychological sense, man was as if
    • transparent to himself. He knew with certainty: I am a soul, and I
    • and spirit which had preceded his descent to Earth. He experienced
    • in dreamlike Imaginations. In a dreamlike way he saw the whole
    • Universe filled with spiritual pictures or Imaginations, and as he
    • in this respect? It was such that he might have said: “I,
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  • Title: Lecture: The Recovery of the Living Source of Speech
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    • Also known as: Archangels and the Living Source of Speech
    • If you will remind yourselves of some of the things I have said in
    • feeling is present in him that he belongs to a spiritual world and
    • other is true, so does man come, between falling asleep and
    • history. What I want to bring forward does not refer to any one
    • studies alluded to a more intimate relationship between word and
    • object. In our day however there is hardly any feeling left for this;
    • words are very little more than mere outward signs for the objects
    • was not then one of thought, where the word is for him a sign and a
    • symbol. The man of olden time entered with heart and soul into the
    • sounds of his words and into the whole way the sounds were formed and
    • arranged. And in the case of the languages of Northern Europe we do
    • the activity of ploughing. This has been lost, and the word has
    • similar to the feeling he had when he heard the word which in those
    • again; the will takes an intense and active part in the
    • lives the Genius of language. And the Genius of Language belongs
    • atmosphere of speech and language is the element of the
    • The evolution of language on Earth has thus a deep and intimate
    • to say that in the evolution of speech and language we are beholding
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  • Title: Lecture: Gnostic Doctrines and Supersensible Influences in Europe
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    • Dornach, Switzerland. English translation published by permission
    • Influence in Europe and Asia Today.
    • From a shorthand report unrevised by the lecturer. All
    • Dornach, Switzerland. English translation published by permission
    • Influence in Europe and Asia Today.
    • Doctrines and Supersensible Influences in Europe
    • July, 1923. From a shorthand report unrevised by the lecturer. All
    • Dornach, Switzerland. English translation published by permission
    • IN a time of great and
    • that in their study of contemporary events and happenings, men's
    • abstraction but a reality which transcends and works into the
    • fragment only of the world in which man lives and moves as a thinking
    • and acting being. For many centuries it was justifiable to hold such
    • which have been at work in the course of evolution and have led on to
    • civilisation and its offshoots have paid attention to one fragment
    • only of the whole story of the evolution of the world, and from a
    • Testament became the authoritative record, it was proper to regard
    • in still earlier times the intervention of Jehovah was regarded not
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    • The Relation between the Living and the Dead
    • by the lecturer. Also known as: Luciferic and Ahrimanic
    • The Relation between the Living and the Dead
    • between death and a new birth, and the physical world interpenetrate.
    • Not only so; the spiritual world and the physical interpenetrate even
    • in our so-called physical life between birth and death. We ourselves
    • and such characteristics. For we are connected between death and a
    • new birth with what is taking place here in the physical world, and,
    • We may now consider in a more inward way the whole line of evolution
    • a certain special aspect. Between birth and death we are living here
    • in the physical world, and the physical world is known to us through
    • our sense perceptions. It is a trite saying and we need scarcely
    • even say: It is our specific task between birth and death to make
    • times. We have all heard of the primeval atavistic clairvoyance. For
    • To a large extent we consist of liquid; and the moment we can
    • is lost was in a way unconscious and dream-like, while that which
    • fully conscious Imaginative seership. By a perfectly normal and
    • Let us now return to what I said before. Our relation to the
    • other elemental beings, who accompany us throughout our life, and we
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  • Title: Lecture I: Ancient Myths
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    • Starting with the myths of Osiris and Isis and the Greek gods, Steiner
    • shows how humanity has been deserted by the Gods and made independent.
    • still present and active in other realms; and we can have access to them
    • through Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition.
    • In the course of the public lectures lately given in Switzerland I
    • which prevails among the men of our time and has taken root in human
    • give what lives in the soul a direct link with reality.
    • I said that what
    • aided through older, what we call atavistic, knowledge, through
    • viewed in the most manifold ways, and in fact I pointed in these
    • points of view and when something has been said about it, its content
    • is far from being exhausted. Again and again from different
    • standpoints different things may be asserted in regard to a myth. It
    • are to be found in the myths, and the origin of what they express
    • microcosm with the macrocosm. Especially can one realize — and
    • this I shall deal with today and tomorrow — when one has in
    • the pre-Christian ages. Neighbours to one another and much
    • and the Israelites. Moreover, one can say that a great part of the
    • knowledge of the Egyptians, Greeks and Israelites as expressed by
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    • Starting with the myths of Osiris and Isis and the Greek gods, Steiner
    • shows how humanity has been deserted by the Gods and made independent.
    • still present and active in other realms; and we can have access to them
    • through Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition.
    • such mythologies as the Osiris Myth, the Greek mythology — and
    • matter where he stands in the world, can be helped by the will to
    • development of which we are standing, to the Fourth Post-Atlantean
    • epoch, the Greco-Latin, and to the Third, the Egyptian; we come then
    • certain mythical pictures and imaginations what they thought and felt
    • Egypto-Chaldean epoch, so that it emerges again differently. The
    • ‘The Spiritual Guidance of Man and Mankind’,
    • of looking back of mankind, and this looking back to other states of
    • attentively what is said in my book
    • that in Grecian times, and even much later, people saw
    • Ideas — as it were — as Goethe still did, and that they
    • people remembered that it had been so earlier. They said — and
    • super-sensible worlds and have still preserved life in the imaginative
    • said to themselves: that age in which men still lived directly with
    • Imaginations was the age when Osiris wandered upon Earth. They meant
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    • Starting with the myths of Osiris and Isis and the Greek gods, Steiner
    • shows how humanity has been deserted by the Gods and made independent.
    • still present and active in other realms; and we can have access to them
    • through Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition.
    • We have been endeavouring in these lectures to understand something
    • expression, but which underlie the poetic myths of Egypt and Greece,
    • and have sought to study, at any rate to indicate, the connection
    • between the basis of these myths and the Old Testament doctrines.
    • These Old Testament doctrines have sprung from a different spirit
    • from that of the mythology of the Egyptians and the Greeks. We have
    • seen that the Egyptian and Grecian mythologies in the manner of their
    • possessed atavistic clairvoyance, and through the atavistic
    • pervading Nature, as later on man is related between birth and death
    • pictures in the Egyptian and the Greek mythology, or better to say,
    • between the mythology of Egypt and Greece and the Old Testament, I
    • told you that the divine spiritual Beings who stand at the
    • according to the fundamental deed of the Elohim, of Jahve. I said
    • looked back into ancient times and said to themselves: the Gods
    • Egyptian and the Greek mythology traced man back to older times in
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    • Ancient Myths: Their Meaning and Connection with Evolution
    • Starting with the myths of Osiris and Isis and the Greek gods, Steiner
    • shows how humanity has been deserted by the Gods and made independent.
    • still present and active in other realms; and we can have access to them
    • through Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition.
    • question, however, can only be approached slowly and gradually. It
    • bring before your spiritual eyes in showing how one can look towards
    • and how on the other hand one can take into one's
    • culture, it was still plain and clear that when one spoke of
    • Mysteries, was a deeply rooted principle. The Egyptian who was
    • the immortal, the spiritual impulse, and those men who disdain this,
    • the priests, were the ‘immortals’ and those who were not
    • standing outside the priesthood cannot raise the veil of Isis. One
    • Future; only a priest can lift my veil.’ And the priests
    • Bergson, the Schelling and Schopenhauer plagiarist, is about to be
    • left over from ages in which they were understood, and flow into
    • times where the words, concepts and ideas are far removed from their
    • that must be said in the course of these observations and it might
    • have often emphasized that that is not the case. What is said here is
    • said to characterize the times not to criticize them. Where, however,
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    • shows how humanity has been deserted by the Gods and made independent.
    • still present and active in other realms; and we can have access to them
    • through Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition.
    • mankind's evolution, and you have already seen that all sorts of
    • I shall remind you today of various things that have been said from
    • one or another standpoint during my present stay here, but which are
    • essential for a right understanding of the two coming lectures.
    • you that in that evolutionary course of mankind which can be regarded
    • grows up and attains the age known to us as the average age of life.
    • In so doing the man's physical forces undergo manifold changes and
    • that followed the great Atlantean catastrophe mankind can be said to
    • the fifth decade of his life, and he always knew that the process of
    • growing older was connected with a transformation of the soul and
    • spirit nature. If today we wish to have a development of the soul and
    • and in this becoming different physically there lives at the same
    • time something that determines our progress of soul and spirit.
    • speak, our physical nature hands over nothing more, and through our
    • stand inwardly.
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    • shows how humanity has been deserted by the Gods and made independent.
    • still present and active in other realms; and we can have access to them
    • through Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition.
    • that sounds strange at first hearing but which corresponds to a deep
    • and significant truth — namely, man wanders over the earth but
    • has in reality no true understanding of himself. One could say that
    • once in ancient Greece the great and significant inscription
    • age it was still possible to bring about a deeper knowledge of man
    • things that must be said in connection with this question are
    • difficult to understand. In reality they are not, in spite of the
    • thinking and feeling flow into such currents as are necessary
    • for a right understanding of something of this nature. The point is,
    • that what we call understanding at the present day is actually the
    • result of our always seeking to understand through abstract
    • concepts. But one cannot understand everything through abstract
    • concepts. Above all one cannot understand the human being through
    • understanding of man. One must put oneself in the position of taking
    • man as he wanders about over the earth, as a picture, as a picture
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    • shows how humanity has been deserted by the Gods and made independent.
    • still present and active in other realms; and we can have access to them
    • through Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition.
    • We have seen that we approach certain riddles of the universe I and
    • more deeply of the formula: The world as totality is a riddle, and
    • its completeness, what we experience between birth and death and
    • again between death and a new birth — that is actually the
    • The world is a riddle and Man is its solution.
    • we regard man's external physical form, we can distinguish in it the
    • head-part and the remaining part. We can consider the head-part in
    • heaven always differs, according to the special spot on earth and the
    • place and at the time in which the person is born, this must result
    • configuration. And from the various studies we have pursued we
    • can realize that a considerable part of man's task between death and
    • it ourselves. Between death and a new birth we come to know all the
    • spiritually, the wide universe is our home between death and a new
    • birth. And just as here on the earth we learn to know the laws by
    • which houses and other things are constructed, so in the time between
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    • The Bridge between Cosmic Spirituality and the Physical
    • Switzerland.
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    • The Bridge between Cosmic Spirituality and the Physical
    • Switzerland.
    • disregarded, as the authors of the works in question are not willing
    • we call the ego. Besides this he has his astral body, and at the
    • etheric body is, one might say, pushed upward into cosmic space, just
    • as the physical body is pushed downward towards the earth.
    • earth life with the etheric body, and also with the physical body. As
    • cannot simply speak sweepingly of dissolution of the etheric and the
    • stamps itself upon the cosmos; what has thus happened in our life and
    • and mode of our behavior towards the etheric body. Our life is not
    • world! And we must develop this sense of responsibility that makes us
    • And
    • universe, — only now the ego and the astral body take separate
    • and in a similar manner the ego takes its own course. We cannot,
    • impulses; and with the form it has acquired as the result of these
    • the facts): the astral body expands more and more, but it reaches a
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    • Switzerland.
    • Translated from a shorthand report unrevised by the lecturer.
    • Switzerland.
    • THE FORMING OF DESTINY IN SLEEPING AND WAKING
    • Aim of the Goetheanum and the Task of Anthroposophy, Berne, 5th
    • this question, not theoretically, but concretely in a vital and
    • Human life is often said to be divided into two different states of
    • consciousness: waking life and sleep. The conception of sleep in most
    • asleep and begins again when he wakes; in other words, so far as the
    • waking, both the astral body and the Ego are present outside the
    • physical and etheric bodies as active realities.
    • and astral body are doing during sleep; none the less their
    • life. The reason why the Ego and astral body cannot unfold
    • evolution, Ego and astral body have no organs wherewith to become
    • these experiences are undergone by the Ego and astral body during
    • sleep and they work on into the life of day, into man's
    • the experiences of Ego and astral body work into the life of day, by
    • times when a child is actually and obviously asleep, but of the whole
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    • A lecture given at Dornach, 19th August, 1921. From a shorthand
    • Switzerland. English translation published by permission of
    • lecture 4 of 5, or Pythagoras, Galileo and Goethe.
    • A lecture given at Dornach, 19th August, 1921. From a shorthand
    • Switzerland. English translation published by permission of
    • lecture 4 of 5, and Pythagoras, Galileo and Goethe.
    • and the Evolution of Consciousness
    • 19th August, 1921. From a shorthand report unrevised by the lecturer.
    • Dornach, Switzerland. English translation published by permission of
    • Science in order to comprehend man and the world are more easily
    • a different outlook is necessary from that to which they are
    • accustomed, their first reaction will be one of astonishment and, for
    • man has not fundamentally changed throughout history and that if this
    • in their life of soul, it would be impossible to understand them. One
    • would not understand how they spoke or what they did. Historical
    • must make our ideas plastic and form quite a different conception of
    • There is a very significant example of a man who found it inwardly
    • and spiritually impossible to share in the mental attitude of his
    • contemporaries and who was forced to make such a change in his whole
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    • translated from a shorthand report unrevised by the lecturer.
    • Switzerland.
    • and in agreement with Rudolf Steiner Publishing Co.
    • translated from a shorthand report unrevised by the lecturer.
    • Switzerland.
    • and in agreement with Rudolf Steiner Publishing Co.
    • Translation by permission of Marie Steiner and in agreement with
    • and friendly words of greeting. I only hope that I shall be able, in
    • intelligible to modern civilisation and culture, and I know, too, how
    • easily misunderstandings arise. For these reasons I want to express
    • inadequate and incomplete. My endeavour must be to indicate by
    • I can do is to indicate the lines and directions along which proof
    • this reality, and there is no desire whatever to set these paths in
    • of its research are based entirely upon misunderstanding.
    • and disciplined thought with which natural science has for so long
    • results, it is necessary both in regard to the results themselves and
    • is yielded by sense-observation and experiment. While going beyond
    • the results as well as the actual modus operandi of authentic
    • to proceed hand-in-hand with everything that can be learnt from
    • material world of sense and that at a certain point an impassable
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  • Title: Lecture: The Dual Form of Cognition During the Middle Ages and the Development of Knowledge in Modern Times
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    • Switzerland.
    • Switzerland.
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    • The Dual Form of Cognition During the Middle Ages and
    • During my recent lectures I have brought forward a few things with
    • the view of explaining the modern life of the spirit and its
    • possibilities of development for the future. I have said that we
    • spirit. By departing from various standpoints, we have gradually
    • understanding attitude towards the world and man. This does not
    • world-conception is sought in the observation and elaboration of
    • years prior to the Mystery of Golgotha, and then it has gradually
    • attention to this fact) hardly enable us to study the ebb of this
    • particular element which has, on the one hand, taken up something
    • from older traditions, from what existed in Asia, Africa and southern
    • which may still be found in the pre-Socratic philosophers and which
    • up and the intellectual element has remained.
    • intellect (in Plato, this was not evident as yet) and who clearly
    • evinced that the older form of spirituality had ceased to exist and
    • have now become mere words for him. But on the other hand, he is
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  • Title: Lecture: The Remedy for Our Diseased Civilisation
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    • Switzerland.
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    • nineteenth century onwards, the sensualistic or materialistic
    • point, and that this culminating point had been reached towards the
    • scientific convictions and scientific results of investigation of the
    • nineteenth and early twentieth century have become great. It was
    • were prepared in the fifteenth century and they reached a certain
    • they were able to educate mankind. And again, upon the foundation of
    • this attitude towards science, nothing else could develop, except a
    • attitude towards those, for instance, who opposed him in the last
    • decade of the nineteenth century and in the early twentieth century.
    • What occurred there, and what had such an extraordinarily deep
    • Haeckel gave to his world-conception, and even without considering
    • one hand, we have before us what people thought to win through a
    • stand upon a firm ground. It was something completely new in
    • been gained in regard to a knowledge of Nature, and nothing had been
    • gained in regard to the spiritual world. In regard to the spiritual
    • philosophical statements, at least in regard to some distant
    • point, and that perhaps it could be stated that a super-sensible
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    • the deepest and most significant way. We live in the midst of events
    • which we live send pain and suffering to many human souls, but let us
    • of man's future development. Many things are born out of pain and
    • suffering, and in these fateful days spiritual-scientific thoughts in
    • particular are well suited to awaken in us forces of confidence and
    • connected with feelings that come to the surface in these stormy and
    • What we can see and
    • many people abandon the physical plane, at a comparatively early age
    • etheric body, his astral body and his ego. And we know that after a
    • between death and a new birth; he passes through the after-death
    • experiences with his ego and his astral body and together with those
    • spiritual world. Afterwards, however, as he continues along his path
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    • January 13th, 1923. Published by kind permission from a shorthand
    • you of the three figures whose outstanding importance has lasted from
    • the turn of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries right on into our
    • own times, namely, Giordano Bruno, Lord Bacon of Verulam and Jacob
    • Boehme. We feel how they wrestled within themselves to understand
    • of the being of man had been lost and the genuine strivings of the
    • said that out of the strange and incoherent utterances of Jacob
    • and man in the universe. Out of the sum-total of his knowledge of the
    • universe and of the being of man something glimmers which, to deeper
    • before he descends to earthly life. And yet we find in Jacob Boehme’s
    • expressed this more or less as follows. I said that Jacob Boehme
    • soul-and-spirit in the spiritual world before he could have come down
    • man. And so he is incapable of understanding the reality of the
    • universe in man and man in the universe.
    • consider Giordano Bruno — semi-poet and semi-scientist —
    • within this majestic picture of the universe and he too is trying to
    • recognise the universe in man and man in the universe. But he does
    • full of beauty and grandeur. On the one side it soars into
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  • Title: Lecture: It is a Necessity of Our Earnest Times to Find Again the Path Leading to the Spirit
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    • From: Lectures on Spiritual Essence and Its Working
    • and with the Stars Above.
    • and The Science of the Spirit, Education, and the Practical Life.
    • From: Lectures on Spiritual Essence and Its Working
    • and with the Stars Above.
    • Dornach, Switzerland.
    • These documents, literally crumbling in your hand when they were found,
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    • words and then to pass on to what I believe I must tell you, for it
    • is a long time since we saw one another in Holland.
    • live and its conditions are much more earnest than most people of the
    • these conditions of our times from those standpoints which result
    • conditions of human evolution and can therefore have an insight into
    • modern and particularly in European culture. This low point may be
    • sent its ramifications into the 20th century, and now these
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    • One of his lectures on Spiritual Essence and its Working,
    • Spiritual and Social Transformations in Human Evolution
    • Geistige und Soziale Wandlungen in der Menschheitsenticklungen.
    • Switzerland.
    • One of his lectures on Spiritual Essence and its Working,
    • Spiritual and Social Transformations in Human Evolution
    • Geistige und Soziale Wandlungen in der Menschheitsenticklungen.
    • by the lecturer, and is presented here with the kind permission of the
    • Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • and teaching of Rudolf Steiner (1861 – 1925). He spoke of it as
    • bring the outlook of Anthroposophy to bear on questions and
    • from the north towards Iran, and who received from the God, whom he
    • called Ahura Mazdao, a golden dagger, by means of which he was to
    • whereby he can act upon and transform external nature.”
    • Some Conditions for Understanding Supersensible Experiences
    • Steiner at Dornach on January 18, 1920 From a shorthand report,
    • Steiner-Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • FROM the present time onwards it will be impossible for man to
    • is able to know and experience in the material world. To form an idea
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    • A lecture delivered in Dornach, Switzerland, on December 30th, 1922.
    • The Relationship of the Starry World to Humans and of
    • also known as: Man and the World of Stars, and
    • A lecture delivered in Dornach, Switzerland, on December 30th, 1922.
    • The Relationship of the Starry World to Humans and of
    • also known as: Man and the World of Stars, and
    • Published in Man and the World of the Stars 1963
    • I HAVE often said in this place that in more ancient times in the
    • evolution of humanity, science, art, and religion formed a harmonious
    • presentation in the plastic arts and presentation by means of tone
    • and word in the arts of music and speech. But this second stage was
    • through art, but in such a way that thoughts, feelings and also the
    • devotion to this divine-spiritual principle. And the sacred acts and
    • (as it was then conceived), art, and religion. The ideal of the
    • formative activity in tones and in words — an art which also
    • will understand what is really the deeper cause of my words. Let me
    • Movement. The Anthroposophical Movement has laid hold of wider
    • have just said really intelligible, I must tell you a little about
    • did not do this, misunderstanding might easily arise.
    • me. They were about to conclude their theological studies and enter
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    • The Moment of Death and the Period Thereafter.
    • Switzerland.
    • The Relation between the Living and the Dead, from Steiner's
    • The Moment of Death and the Period Thereafter.
    • Switzerland.
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    • The Moment of Death and the Period Thereafter.]
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    • great events of the present are taking place, to those who must stand
    • for these serious events with their life, body and soul:
    • Spirits of their Souls, working Guardians!
    • And let us remember those who have already passed through the portal of
    • Spirits of their Souls, working Guardians!
    • And the Spirit Whom
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    • with the Elemental Worlds. Finland and the ‘Kalevala’”,
    • 9th, 14th and 15th of November, 1914.
    • Switzerland.
    • November, 1914, and part of Steiner's Lectures to Members. From
    • with the Elemental Worlds. Finland and the ‘Kalevala’”,
    • 9th, 14th and 15th of November, 1914.
    • Switzerland.
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    • ORIGIN AND NATURE OF THE FINNISH NATION.
    • Finland and the ‘Kalevala’”, 9th, 14th and 15th of
    • outwardly; that is to say, a stage in which the soul really feels its
    • threefold nature and in which the three members of the soul appear
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    • Switzerland.
    • organizational and developmental aspects of the Society, for I see it
    • as my task to work for pure anthroposophy, and I gladly leave
    • everything related to the life and development of the Society to
    • make a few comments complementing what I said a week ago about the
    • self-knowledge and thus prove a good preparation for the delegates'
    • to anybody who keeps up with the way civilization and culture are
    • presently developing that the times themselves demand the deepening
    • anthroposophy has to offer. On the other hand, however, a society
    • such as ours has to act as a vanguard in an ever wider disseminating
    • How is such a vanguard
    • spiritual, psychological and practical conditions they find
    • which, when considered factually and not critically, might even be
    • amounted to flight from the life of the present into a different kind
    • as human beings. This alienation from the spiritual, psychic and
    • to feel what millions and millions of others will be feeling keenly
    • longer provide what modern man's inner life requires and the dignity
    • of full humanness demands.
    • really open mind about these things and has come to anthroposophy in
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    • Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
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    • sketch it thus: representing it entirely diagrammatically, and we shall
    • etheric and physical body, and there, belonging to them, as is understood, in
    • the whole system of man, his astral body and ego. Let us now recall that the
    • and life-ether.
    • consists of an inner blend — an inwardly organised blend of the four
    • which is light-ether; and in order to fix our attention on that part of the
    • often said that man really only gains consciousness of things from being
    • actually within them with his ego and soul being. It is in the daytime, when
    • we are awake, that the astral body and ego are within the physical and
    • etheric bodies; one may add, as regards that part of them which is not within
    • of this is that the human ego and astral body first receive a revelation of
    • things, and this revelation which remains unconscious, is then reflected on
    • the instruments of the senses and their nerve extensions in the physical
    • remembrance of many things, of objects and experiences that we have passed
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    • open up to address these questions. These lectures offer fascinating
    • laughing and weeping, different types of illnesses, and rhythms in the
    • sense. Not only does this knowledge help us understand everyday life,
    • includes the time between death and a new birth.
    • concerned; it can help us solve many problems and show us how to cope
    • fail to understand many things they are encountering every moment of
    • experience mount up, and, being unanswered, remain problems that have
    • a disturbing effect on life, breeding discontent. Being discontented
    • way, as so often happens, and say that it is a defect of the human
    • opposite and considering the nature and significance of memory.
    • this task of retaining the impressions and thoughts in man, when the
    • etheric body. And this etheric body in the plant is the principle of
    • life in a restricted sense, and also the principle of repetition. If
    • a living entity repeat again and again, for it is the etheric body
    • at the top, and the gathering up of its whole growth in the blossom
    • widen and become the hollow bones of the cranium arises through the
    • principle and all repetition to the etheric principle. The plant has
    • this etheric body, and man has it too. Of course there can be no
    • produced was like, grows a little further and then produces the next
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    • open up to address these questions. These lectures offer fascinating
    • laughing and weeping, different types of illnesses, and rhythms in the
    • noticed that the themes have not been haphazardly chosen but have a
    • being held here alongside the actual group evenings, and which are
    • as it were, of these group lectures; for various things said here
    • and reporting of lectures from one group to another. For with regard
    • to these lectures I give in the groups it is becoming less and less
    • immaterial whether you hear the one on one Monday and the next the
    • following Monday. It may not be immediately apparent to the audience
    • nevertheless; and when you lend lectures to one another you cannot
    • other, and then it unavoidably gets misunderstood and causes
    • come of this duplicating and publishing of lectures.
    • this winter's lectures and all the preparatory material will
    • eventually be directed towards a definite culmination with which the
    • and today's lecture will be a kind of continuation. But it will not
    • connection, even though the subject matter will appear to differ, and
    • and next Monday we will talk about the origin, historic importance
    • and meaning of the
    • “Ten Commandments”.
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    • open up to address these questions. These lectures offer fascinating
    • laughing and weeping, different types of illnesses, and rhythms in the
    • programme, and in the group meetings this winter we will work through
    • a series of apparently widely divergent aspects of human health and
    • illness. And later on these various aspects will group themselves
    • into a whole and culminate in an understanding of certain things
    • towards which we will gradually work our way. In the first lecture of
    • this series we made a kind of classification of illness types, and
    • last time we attempted to portray the text of The Ten Commandments.
    • with the content and the actual trend of the Commandments. Today we
    • we go back through post-Atlantean times and then through Atlantean
    • know that before this we cannot speak of such a division of the sexes
    • shape was formed differently, and both sexes were in a way contained
    • to talk of purposes. And Goethe and others were right to make fun of
    • This is a childish way of looking at things and can only lead to our
    • enough to make the hands go round. In actual fact if we want to know
    • the clockmaker. And similarly, when we want to understand purpose in
    • our world, we must step beyond the physical world and enter the
    • spiritual. Thus purpose, meaning and goal are words that we can apply
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    • laughing and weeping, different types of illnesses, and rhythms in the
    • the possibility of progressing to more and more advanced studies in
    • cannot be carried further in a public lecture because, for a deeper
    • understanding of it, certain preliminary concepts would have to be
    • presupposed that are less related to an intellectual understanding
    • than to an understanding that lies in our whole soul constitution,
    • and that we can only acquire after years of group work. Patient work
    • would have seemed absurd appear possible and probable, and we can see
    • that it is an ordinary fact and no superstition that in the case of
    • the seventh day when the patient can easily die, and the doctor has
    • understand this fact and many others besides. You know from the
    • body, etheric body, astral body and ego. These four members of man's
    • being are connected with and dependent on one another in the most
    • manifold ways. Each member influences the other, and therefore they
    • certain forces, processes and beings in the cosmos as a whole. For
    • connection which is continuous — and this again is very
    • physical body, etheric body and so on are connected with one another
    • within us is also to a certain extent outside us, and so we could say
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    • laughing and weeping, different types of illnesses, and rhythms in the
    • up to form a deeper understanding of the being of man and various
    • other things connected with man's whole life and evolution that will
    • lead us deeper and deeper into the secrets of the world. Today I
    • (21st December 1908) and take our start from there. You will remember
    • man's being. We want to start there today and find an answer to the
    • question: How can a knowledge of these things help us understand in a
    • deeper way both the necessity and the object of the anthroposophical
    • between man's ego, astral body, etheric body and physical body. What
    • with its twenty-four hours, during which the ego experiences day and
    • night, sleeping and waking, will be seen as a kind of unity. So when
    • we say that what the ego goes through in a day is based on the number
    • twenty-four hours or a day, our astral body does the same thing in
    • of unconsciousness, as people say incorrectly in ordinary life, and
    • experience this in the morning and again twenty-four hours later,
    • and we can say that our ego returns to its starting-point after a day
    • through its cycle in a day, the astral body goes considerably slower,
    • and carries out its cycle in seven days. The cycle of the etheric
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    • laughing and weeping, different types of illnesses, and rhythms in the
    • ILLNESS AND KARMA
    • our studies which are to bring us closer and closer to a deeper
    • understanding of man's being and task in the world. You will remember
    • possible for the human being to be ill, and we indicated that
    • the physical body, etheric body, astral body and ego, enables us to
    • of these members comes to expression in certain organs and organ
    • glandular system, and the physical body represents itself. Then we
    • presented the illnesses arising out of the ego as such, and which
    • nervous system, and what originates in the etheric body manifests in
    • the glandular system, and that it is in the physical body that we
    • are very intricate and manifold, and we must study the more detailed
    • composition of karmic connections before we can understand anything
    • and astral body are connected with the etheric body, but without the
    • physical body being there. He has, as it were, laid that aside. This
    • astral body and etheric body exists only after death, and then for a
    • growing larger and larger beyond the space he previously occupied,
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    • laughing and weeping, different types of illnesses, and rhythms in the
    • LAUGHING AND WEEPING
    • something that is absolutely a part of everyday life. And perhaps,
    • and that we ought to take hold of them, so that in understanding them
    • and altogether that which is greatest, is not to be sought in unknown
    • greatest wisdom, if we can only understand this. Therefore let us
    • theme of laughing and weeping from the spiritual scientific point of
    • and weeping are certainly very common things in human life. But only
    • spiritual science can bring a deeper understanding of these
    • greatest and most powerful share of divinity, he towers above his
    • fellow creatures. Therefore only a knowledge and understanding that
    • reaches the spirit will really fathom man's real nature. Laughing and
    • weeping deserve to be properly observed and appreciated, for they
    • laugh and weep. But you cannot help such people if they do not want
    • to know what laughing and weeping really imply, and therefore ascribe
    • but only grin. We must be alive to the difference between howling and
    • weeping, grinning and laughing. We must go back to some very
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  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 8: The Manifestation of the Ego in the Different Races of Men
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    • laughing and weeping, different types of illnesses, and rhythms in the
    • namely laughing and weeping, and today we will explore the conditions
    • in both our immediate and more distant surroundings upon which this
    • working at in these group lectures this winter, and we will go on
    • man takes on a different form in different regions of the earth.
    • the black, red, yellow and white race, and that these races were
    • Looking back into the ancient past, we see how the human soul and
    • back into ancient India, Persia, Egypt, and so on. And we saw how the
    • Saturn, Sun and Moon evolution. We have described various details of
    • the beginning of earth evolution, earth, sun and moon were, as you
    • one with the sun; and how greatly he had to change as first of all
    • the sun and then the moon separated from the earth! Now we know that
    • the epoch after the sun and the moon had separated from the earth is
    • today not standing with his feet on the earth, but raising himself
    • belonged to the regions of air and water, whereby we must imagine the
    • sun and the moon did man become like we know him today. What were the
    • both sun and moon, that these two cosmic bodies should send their
    • were to fall back on to the earth, and the sun to reunite with it; if
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    • open up to address these questions. These lectures offer fascinating
    • laughing and weeping, different types of illnesses, and rhythms in the
    • AND CREATION OUT OF NOTHINGNESS
    • Today we intend adding
    • something to round off the many facts and views we have been studying
    • science should take hold of human life, and how it can become life,
    • action and deed. Today, however, we want to give a few concluding
    • cosmos, as these are expressed in man. And to start with I should
    • evolution of the animal and that of man. You need only say one word
    • and hold one idea before you, and you will soon notice the difference
    • between the concept of animal and human evolution. Think of the word
    • are foreign to its natural instincts and inborn way of life. But only
    • a radical difference between the education of a human being and what
    • anthroposophical insight in mind, and we shall understand the basis
    • know that man's development is a gradual and very complicated
    • different way from the later period up to fourteen, and again from
    • physical world when he leaves his mother's body and frees himself of
    • is stripped off, and not until now, at the age of seven, is the
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    • the soul need only be duly prepared and revelations will flow from
    • inwardly instead of being occasioned by outer events. These lectures
    • they were during life on Earth. Homer's seership. Michelangelo and
    • the planetary spheres after death depend upon moral and religious
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    • from shorthand reports unrevised by the lecturer. The original
    • entitled Life between Death and a New Birth in Relation to Cosmic
    • Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • Initiation, Eternity and the Passing Moment.
    • On Spiritual Light and Darkness of Life.]
    • or have heard something about my Mystery Play,
    • The Guardian of the Threshold,
    • great deal has been said previously about the Luciferic and Ahrimanic
    • beings. The aim of The Guardian of the Threshold was to
    • by studying them very gradually and from many different aspects. It
    • you to realise that there must be complete truthfulness and deep
    • so little recognition of the seriousness and value of genuine
    • of truthfulness and earnestness, and become thoroughly conscious of
    • process of humanity and in the spiritual content of our present age.
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    • result of contacts and collisions with the external world and with
    • the body when waking from sleep. Between birth and death a human
    • remain in his astral, etheric and physical bodies; the forces able to
    • after death. Understanding of every human soul without distinction of
    • meeting between Abraham and Melchizedek contains a deep secret of the
    • evolution of humanity. The distinction between Christianity and other
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    • during the winter are to be concerned with the life between death and
    • the new birth. Obviously, what will be said from a comparatively new
    • that understanding can become more complete. Let us, however, begin
    • with a brief consideration of man's nature and constitution — a
    • The most important and most outstanding fact revealed by
    • the human Ego, the ‘I’. A distinction must however be
    • made between the ‘I’ itself and the ‘I’
    • have some consciousness of himself and to speak of himself in the
    • thus a dividing line in the life of a human being: before it there is
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    • physical world and the spiritual world. Possibilities which do not
    • become reality on the physical plane exist as forces and effects in
    • creation of an actual link between the physical and spiritual worlds.
    • The relation of the soul to the body. Analogy of the plant and its
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    • has already been indicated about the life between death and the new
    • continues, to begin with, to live in conditions and with
    • was said that when we again encounter some personality in the
    • first, the same as was formed during our existence on Earth and we
    • who has predeceased us, and to whom we owed a debt of love but during
    • in the way described in the last lecture, beholding and experiencing
    • over and over again the circumstances created during the life before
    • a corresponding length of time after death and only after that period
    • painful experience and can only be regarded as suffering. But that
    • would be judging from the standpoint of our limited earthly
    • in many respects. It is true that in the life between death and the
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    • stellar world to the extent to which he developed moral and religious
    • expulsion from Paradise. The purpose of life between death and
    • death and the condition of sleep is fundamentally one of
    • is illumined for us from a certain time onwards during life after
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    • earlier lectures we have heard that the imperishable part of the
    • human being which at death leaves the physical body and, to a
    • between death and the new birth, and that during this period its
    • forces are drawn from the world of the stars. We have also heard how
    • to the extent to which he developed moral and religious qualities
    • during his life on Earth. It was said that, for example, from the
    • is making use of his senses, as long as he lets himself be guided and
    • between death and a new birth he is connected with the forces
    • the forces of the Earth during his physical life and his connection
    • with the forces of the stars between death and the new birth. The
    • up-building and vitalising of his own being; for they give rise to
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    • on the subject of Christian Rosenkreutz and Gautama Buddha:
    • their missions and achievements in the spiritual history of mankind.
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    • be the subject of lengthy reflection and meditation. At this
    • With this individuality and his activity since the
    • and the fulfilment of the Mystery of Golgotha. On one occasion I also
    • Rosenkreutz in the thirteenth century. Today I shall speak of a deed
    • he performed towards the end of the sixteenth century. This deed is
    • Earth is the deed of Gautama Buddha, the founder of a different
    • what that ascent means and also of the world-wide significance of the
    • not differ from that of Western occultism in regard to this event —
    • of Buddhahood, he need not henceforward incarnate on the Earth in a
    • And so we recognise as a valid truth that the individuality who lived
    • and sending impulses and forces from those spheres to further the
    • development and stature of mankind.
    • have also spoken of a significant deed of the Buddha, a deed that was
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    • in the souls of men by increasing understanding of the Christ Impulse
    • and of the Mystery of the Holy Grail. The latter is connected with
    • existence between birth and death and death and rebirth. But this 'I'
    • learning to walk, to speak and to think. There is a natural
    • correspondence between the true form of man and those faculties. The
    • by backward Luciferic Spirits who suppress the consciousness proper
    • quite differently in each case. Contrast between the head and the
    • corresponding etheric organs is maintained. Between death and rebirth
    • during earthly life between birth and death.
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    • and rebirth, and a short time ago an account was given of the
    • relationship between Christian Rosenkreutz and Buddha. This
    • connected with the planetary sphere of Mars and because the human
    • death and rebirth, passes into the Mars sphere and there undergoes an
    • Gautama Buddha. Genuine enlightenment about the being of man and his
    • understanding keeps abreast of that evolution.
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    • Hierarchies and of the Luciferic Beings belonging to those
    • in life on Earth and after death. 'Public Opinion' and
    • his teaching of the 'first Adam' and the 'second Adam'.
    • spiritual life. The Baptism by John the Baptist and its effects. In
    • Golgotha. The power and influence of the Luciferic beings have no
    • death and rebirth. Rosicrucianism has always recognised this.
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    • understand with greater exactitude than has hitherto been possible
    • man's life between birth and death in the physical world on the one
    • side and on the other between death and rebirth in the spiritual
    • world. And there will be still more to say about this subject in the
    • contribute towards a thorough understanding of this subject and throw
    • new light upon many topics we have already studied from a different
    • also been said in my book
    • and of how it progresses in
    • puberty at about the fourteenth year; then a third cycle, and so on
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    • past live on in the present mineral, plant and animal kingdoms, just
    • Experiences during the life between death and the new birth. At a
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    • real light upon his essential nature and being. For when we look
    • contain the deepest and most significant secrets of existence. This
    • even to a comparatively small extent, the capacity to view life and
    • But if and when in the course of development the time comes when
    • entirely hidden from ordinary observation. It is easy to understand
    • it is actually observing something, and the same holds good of the
    • nature around us owe their existence to a certain retardation in
    • something remained backward in the evolutionary process. Normal
    • has taken place in the past and still enjoys a certain existence. But
    • applies to the mineral, plant and animal kingdoms in outer nature.
    • in these kingdoms and they continue into present existence, just as
    • mineral, plant and animal kingdoms or in the external aspects of the
    • and as if the Earth, observed from the viewpoint of sleep, contained
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    • forces needed by man in order to mould his body and also his destiny
    • contacts between death and rebirth. Rejection of spiritual ideas in
    • earthly life means loneliness and darkness in the spiritual world
    • established during the life between death and rebirth even if there
    • Earth. Words of Leonardo da Vinci. Anthroposophy can bridge the gulf
    • between the living and the dead.
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    • was in its prime, in the middle and still to some extent during the
    • and Vogt (‘bulky Vogt’ as he used to be called) had
    • made a deep impression upon people who considered themselves
    • occasionally also heard today, because stragglers from that epoch of
    • or even here and there admit it, they are wont to say: Well, there
    • there is indeed a future life, and meanwhile if here on Earth we
    • concern ourselves only with the affairs of earthly existence and take
    • no account of what is alleged to come afterwards, we cannot miss
    • As I said, this way of speaking could be heard time and
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    • in the Soul World after Death, the Spiritland, the Spirit in the
    • Spiritland after Death. These descriptions are more closely related
    • lecture-course the descriptions are of great cosmic conditions and
    • death in Kamaloka and final discarding of longings connected with
    • the Mars region and the mission of Buddha (Lecture Five). At the
    • experiences beyond the Saturn sphere between death and rebirth make
    • Old Sun. The death on Golgotha was only seemingly a death; in reality
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    • Theosophy: An Introduction to the Supersensible Knowledge of the World and the Destination of Man
    • have undertaken to study the life between death and rebirth from
    • certain points of view and the lectures given during the Winter
    • been possible to make important additions to the more general
    • and
    • on the subject of the life between death and rebirth
    • related to what has been said in the course of the lectures given
    • there is a description of the passage of
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  • Title: Christ and the Spiritual World: Lecture One
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    • Steiner examines the historical pattern of humanity's thoughts and
    • discusses the Sibyls, Zarathustra, astrology in Egypt, the poets and
    • philosophers in Greece and Rome, and the Hebrew prophets. These
    • and the Holy Grail, and a discussion of how to behold the picture of
    • that which includes Christmas and the New Year. When we take these
    • history of mankind if we are to understand rightly our own spiritual
    • evolution. We need only take a certain thought, and we shall find it
    • on the one hand full of light, while on the other it makes us
    • anthroposophical knowledge concerning man and the evolution of the
    • came in at the beginning of our era. And we are bound often to ask
    • evolution, in order to understand the Christ Impulse, than those who
    • question for persons who want to seek an understanding of Christ in
    • contradictions which have a depressing effect just when we want to
    • Golgotha and a hundred and fifty years after it, to deepen their
    • thinking in order to understand the secrets, the riddles, of the
    • world. Then we realise that during the centuries before and after the
    • the souls of men with regard to the life of thought. We find that a
    • which Greek culture and other deepened forms of thinking had achieved
    • and how much had been attained by men called “sages” in
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    • discusses the Sibyls, Zarathustra, astrology in Egypt, the poets and
    • philosophers in Greece and Rome, and the Hebrew prophets. These
    • and the Holy Grail, and a discussion of how to behold the picture of
    • beginning of our era took all possible pains to understand the
    • Mystery of Golgotha out of the treasure of its wisdom, and that this
    • misunderstanding of what came about through the Mystery of Golgotha,
    • When we recall the beginning of our era and look at its
    • look, that is, at the Gnostics — then on the one hand we can
    • see, in the light of yesterday's lecture, how grandly original
    • centre of an imposing world-picture. But if on the other hand we look
    • can be had from the concepts and ideas of the Gnostics. And this is
    • Gnostics who said: “Yes, the Christ is a Being who transcends
    • everything earthly and comes from spiritual realms; such a Being can
    • which today we must emphasise again and again: that in truth the
    • The Spiritual Guidance of Man and of Mankind;
    • the mother of Jesus into relation with the birth of Christ. And those
    • Earth before and after the death on Golgotha: it had appeared here
    • and there, but it was not a physical body. Because of the difficulty
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    • philosophers in Greece and Rome, and the Hebrew prophets. These
    • and the Holy Grail, and a discussion of how to behold the picture of
    • be introduced, and then I shall bring in considerations which will
    • lead towards the themes and throw light upon them. One theme,
    • accordingly, resides in what was said about the difficulty of
    • understanding the Being of Christ Jesus. Then we came to the
    • Paul and the olive tree.
    • (Rudolf Steiner Press, London.)] And on various occasions, in
    • Being as a high spiritual Being. But for understanding human
    • evolution something else is necessary, and we have seen how necessary
    • it is, for in relation to a certain fact the concepts and ideas which
    • in the fourth post-Atlantean epoch aspired to understand the Being of
    • Again and again, especially during the early centuries
    • among the Gnostics, among the Apostolic Fathers and among the persons
    • The Spiritual Guidance of Man and of Mankind;
    • who at that time founded the Zarathustrian spiritual stream and then
    • Jesus-child and in him, up to his twelfth year, underwent the
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    • discusses the Sibyls, Zarathustra, astrology in Egypt, the poets and
    • philosophers in Greece and Rome, and the Hebrew prophets. These
    • and the Holy Grail, and a discussion of how to behold the picture of
    • the higher Hierarchies by the Christ, and in the wonderful emergence
    • of the holy Rishis and their disciples received from it was less
    • The first post-Atlantean world-picture to show a direct
    • are used today — have a dry, abstract, even pedantic sound;
    • available. And so I shall want to appeal to your souls to understand
    • signify for the and scholarship of the present time.
    • It looks beyond the two Beings, Ahura Mazdao and Ahriman, to the
    • Amshaspands, the spiritual Beings who are symbolised in cosmic space
    • rank below them and are 28–31 in number. The Izeds are spirits
    • harmony which works through forces and is symbolised numerically by
    • all the relations and combinations which result from the interweaving
    • and resounds through it, because in the great world-orchestra the
    • the ordering and harmonising principle in the cosmic order. I want to
    • give only a hint of these relationships. And because in that which
    • creates, and nourishes itself in creating, in that which takes the
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    • discusses the Sibyls, Zarathustra, astrology in Egypt, the poets and
    • philosophers in Greece and Rome, and the Hebrew prophets. These
    • and the Holy Grail, and a discussion of how to behold the picture of
    • deep wisdom and sheer spiritual chaos, and they exerted much more
    • influence on the spiritual life of Southern Europe and its
    • ancient times, and even in the third post-Atlantean epoch, had some
    • and the wisdom of the stars worked into the souls of men, harmonising
    • themselves; it depends on when and where they appear. The forces that
    • appeared in the souls of the Sibyls were good and legitimate, but
    • soul through the clarity of the Ego. Yesterday we heard how the
    • Hebrew prophets strove to suppress the Sibylline forces and to bring
    • — to press back the chaotic Sibylline forces and to bring out
    • disappears below ground and reappears later on. These forces were
    • From the standpoint of Spiritual Science, it is a superb
    • the Council of Nicaea onwards, human beings in their normal
    • consciousness quarrel ardently about dogmas, while what was most
    • strife, but below the surface, and human wisdom will have to uncover
    • Christ Impulse working below the surface. Then we shall understand
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    • and the Holy Grail, and a discussion of how to behold the picture of
    • to tell you about the Mystery of the Grail and its connections in
    • descriptions, it will bring forward all possible — or rather
    • the most impossible — objections. And I am well aware of all
    • of laws and associations of ideas and subconscious images. In spite
    • of all this — and precisely in full consciousness of it —
    • yesterday, stand in the way. And the final result of spiritual
    • final result and have nothing to do with the result itself.
    • latest publications show what happens again and again when these
    • them and of course take pleasure in quoting from them out of context
    • and so on. And let me also say — without the least wish to
    • come when someone or other may think it profitable to attack us. And
    • I have said that the stellar script is to be found in
    • the heavens, but it is not in any sense the Grail and it does not
    • yield us the Grail. I have expressly emphasised — and I beg you
    • part of the moon emerges and is as though marked off from the bright
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    • Ways of Spiritual Cognition and the Rejuvenation of the
    • Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • Ways of Spiritual Cognition and the Rejuvenation of the
    • matters actually stand in regard to what we call man's Saturn
    • evolution arose and again passed away; it possessed characteristics,
    • and then the Moon evolution and today we are living in the Earth
    • evolution. Three evolutionary periods have gone by. And all that
    • formed their peculiar characteristics has passed away with them and
    • between the Spirits of Will and the Spirits of Personality.
    • connected as cause and effect. The forces active in our personal
    • forth the connection of cause and effect that comes to expression in
    • continuous stream and no one considers to what extent historical
    • The fact that they participate in current events and that the way in
    • we learn to read what is in the surrounding cosmos and not
    • ordering and outstreaming of the twelve Signs of the Zodiac as a
    • cosmic script, and consider what radiating forces pour into human
    • sense of forces which were Saturn forces. And if we try to bring
    • nothing visible has remained, nothing that may be perceived, and yet
    • passage and then conceived a special hatred of this paragraph in the law
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    • Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • From the classification Lectures on Spiritual Essence and its
    • Planets and their Characteristics. It is
    • The Science of Initiation and Knowledge of the Stars.
    • Authorized translation from the German of a shorthand report unrevised
    • Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • From the classification Lectures on Spiritual Essence and its
    • Planets and their Characteristics. It is
    • The Science of Initiation and Knowledge of the Stars.
    • a shorthand report, unrevised by the lecturer.]
    • I want to add to what has previously been said some explanation of
    • fundamental differences between these heavenly bodies, and this is
    • the prevailing attitude towards them.
    • the Moon and Saturn? It is of course true that very important
    • bodies, and have worked out a certain kind of physics and chemistry
    • specific details about Venus, Saturn, the Moon, and so on. But all
    • fact that he is a being of soul and spirit. With the help of
    • system, too, is permeated with soul and spirit. And today I want to
    • speak of the “individualities” and the individual
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    • Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • What spiritual science has to say about life and the
    • development of certain faculties to which we must draw attention and
    • and we shall then proceed by explaining that these faculties enable
    • desires and human wishes, for instance, objections of the following
    • absurd and easily detectable form, but also under the mask of all
    • kinds of negative attitudes toward spiritual science. Although, on
    • the one hand, the knowledge gained through spiritual science could
    • aspect of these things), and although this hypothesis, namely, that
    • upon the foundation of real knowledge,) it is, on the other hand,
    • whole life of man, seeing that spiritual science and its results
    • mentality for the evolution of present-day humanity, and particularly
    • its significance in the face of the demands and requirements of our
    • science for humanity, and in particular for modern man. And in order
    • civilization, and what kind of opposition we must encounter. The
    • with the repeated lives on earth, with the life between death and a
    • new birth, and so forth. But it is quite possible to speak, not only
    • certain particular truths. If we grow more and more acquainted with
    • greater value for the individual and concrete life of a human being.
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    • and perceptions — with the physical world.
    • named it differently. To gain clear and living ideas of these
    • beings. For in truth our whole life between birth and death —
    • and also our subsequent life which takes its course between death and
    • imaginations are perpetually ebbing and flowing in us. Though we are
    • world we have sensations of colour and light, perceptions of sound,
    • instrument of conscious assimilation and experience. In our
    • imaginations, on the other hand, we partake with almost the whole of
    • sense-perceptions, for we are united far more intensely and
    • plant-world and with the animal. But the greater part, by far, of
    • relations to our fellow human beings, and all that these relations
    • fellow human beings — our whole attitude towards them —
    • from the way we meet another human being, and though, as I said, to
    • nevertheless they make themselves felt in the sympathies and
    • greater or lesser degree, we develop sympathies and antipathies with
    • Sometimes our sympathies grow into friendship and love — love
    • and which we go on receiving all the time. We bear them within us,
    • and they constitute a goodly portion of what we call our inner life.
    • and feeling and outlook — our outlook on the world itself, or
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    • I want to bring forward certain matters which concern mankind's
    • consists of etheric forces and beings. Man draws together these
    • which began in the first third of the fifteenth century and has
    • now practically run its course — and a future devoted to the
    • investigation of external nature and the development of technology.
    • In this direction great and impressive results have been accomplished
    • in recent centuries. However, it must be said that the intellect has
    • The most creative period was from the time of Copernicus, Galileo and
    • achieved something; one was eager to hear what they had to say, and
    • develop predominantly between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries.
    • upon man opening his heart and soul to what thus seeks entry, through
    • moving cloud, in thunder and lightning — spirit and soul. On
    • yogi. It makes a difference whether something is achieved through
    • You will realize from what was said yesterday that mankind must
    • gradually acquire knowledge in a different way, — he must set
    • and breath. In so doing he identified himself with what his
    • go through the mineral, plant, animal and human worlds right up to
    • the realm of the Hierarchies. We must enter into, and live within,
    • The sciences of physics, chemistry and biology which are pursued
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    • in which we live reminds us daily and hourly
    • that are active within us, that pass through births and deaths and
    • take on a special form of existence between birth and death, in order
    • life); it becomes a deep and serious event within the whole compass
    • and so it may perhaps be particularly appropriate just now to say a
    • few things on death, on this great event, and on the facts of human
    • spiritual-scientific lectures on the life between death and a
    • particularly in regard to this subject. The course which spiritual
    • single case it can only speak of things from one definite standpoint,
    • speaking of things repeatedly and throwing light upon them from many
    • points of view. Today I shall therefore add to the facts that you
    • (and that is a good thing), the human being such as he stands before
    • presents himself to us in the physical world; and for this reason, I
    • externally in the physical world through our senses and the
    • and cannot, therefore, be contemplated with the aid of the ordinary
    • intellect, which is bound to the brain, and is consequently also
    • great thinker Johann Gottlieb Fichte, to Troxler and others. Indeed,
    • is something that can only be experienced inwardly. We must
    • experience it inwardly, and in order to experience it we must be
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    • stand out there upon the battlefields, where historic events are
    • being enacted, and who must be answerable with body, soul and spirit
    • Spirits ever watchful. Guardians of their souls,
    • And for those who, in consequence of these events, have
    • Spirits ever watchful. Guardians of their souls,
    • And that Spirit whom we seek to know through our
    • salvation of the earth, for the progress and freedom of mankind —
    • may He be with you and your difficult duties.
    • It is our striving to penetrate, knowingly and at the
    • physical body, he stands in a world, as we have become accustomed to
    • intervals, and by what means they are established — this we
    • must assume to be known from other meetings and through our books.
    • learn something more important and more essential about what has just
    • the physical and the spiritual world.
    • death. Also, since the beginning of this hard war time, friends have
    • eyes and could speak to us by means of the instrument of the physical
    • soul. And you will perhaps understand that many of the words spoken
    • those who have passed through the portal of death and who were
    • who have won an understanding of our work, because they were already
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    • In connection with Germanic and Scandinavian Mythology.
    • and I should like briefly to reply, in answer to our dear friend Mr.
    • are responded to by me in an equally deep and heartfelt manner.
    • begin, may add somewhat to the knowledge of what we may call the
    • to time take a mighty leap, make a vigorous move forward into regions
    • human thought, feeling and perception.
    • I to bring forward all that might be adduced in the way of evidence
    • and proof of what will be said here in the next few days, it would
    • your goodwill and sympathetic spiritual understanding. For indeed the
    • has been more or less avoided by occultists, mystics and
    • is necessary, in order to accept the things that are to be said,
    • without a certain degree of opposition that might now and then be
    • Perhaps you will better understand what we mean if you
    • technical one, and if we wish to characterize without further ado —
    • knowledge and grasp of the great laws of humanity, he cannot be
    • feelings belonging to this or the other home-land playing any part.
    • view regarding something which we otherwise rightly consider great,
    • very, very little understanding. In the first place a certain
    • nation from which you have sprung; you have no understanding for that
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    • Now of course it might be said: It must certainly be
    • part in human life, then on the other hand we must be able to point
    • expressed in some form or other. And this physical form in which the
    • beings, and with the work which they accomplish in it. Here we must
    • beings, of these Archangels? and how are we to understand this work?
    • different parts, and that in the different parts of our earth there
    • country and other things determine the characteristics and
    • different over the land of Switzerland from what it is over the land
    • of Italy, and again different over the lands of Norway, Denmark or
    • Germany. It is true that every man has his own etheric body, and it
    • the surface of our earth. This etheric aura differs very considerably
    • united to his physical body, and only alters in so far as the man
    • during his lifetime goes through a development, when he rises higher
    • as regards intelligence, morals, etc. But then we always see that
    • and these distinguish them from human auras which alter slowly and
    • gradually, and when they do alter, the alteration only takes place
    • dwelling place and takes possession of another part of the earth.
    • which may indeed change suddenly, and that this change may even be
    • ground and of what has been brought there by the migrations of the
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    • able to interest himself in them intensely and directly. But as the
    • reflections which are necessary for the sake of completeness and of
    • comprehension, and which will be a little more difficult than that
    • We have already said what was necessary to characterize
    • them outwardly: that they are Beings who are two stages higher than
    • and
    • sentient-soul as well as in the intellectual-soul or mind-soul, and
    • active in such a way that man is hardly aware of his ego. In the
    • and passions. The ‘ I ’ broods dully in what we
    • call the sentient-soul. It first works itself out and begins to
    • appear in the intellectual-soul or mind-soul, and only becomes quite
    • etheric body and of the physical body. But these transformations are
    • instruments, and these express themselves in such a way, that in the
    • body the intellectual-soul or mind-soul, and in the physical body the
    • works and imprints itself, is represented by these three
    • that the three angles of a triangle are 180 deg., and you know
    • away, and space as being constructed in thought, then in this space
    • I have had to make use of this example, for it is the simplest and
    • such as appears to external man, a world of external colors and
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    • and at the foundations from which the several peoples spring, we must
    • a very complicated being and that only by the co-operative activity
    • and being come about. We know from the study of Akashic Records and
    • parts of man, the physical body, the etheric or life-body and the
    • astral body, were gradually established and brought to their present
    • as Saturn, Sun, Moon, and through our Earth period itself in so far
    • Personality, the Archangels, down to the Angels, — and above
    • the Spirits of Will or Thrones, the Cherubim and Seraphim, —
    • and forces of Nature to work together in the cosmos, but that it was
    • evolution and remain behind, in order to affect the organization of
    • Therefore if we want to understand man, such as he
    • woven out of many and various forms. It must be quite clear to us,
    • that only when we, in a sense, draw this tissue apart and observe the
    • activity of the several Beings, do we learn to understand how through
    • the consciousness of the ‘ I ’, and we know
    • these particular Beings which they direct to man and ask ourselves
    • what would happen to him if these Beings alone — and of these
    • If you remember what has been said about the education
    • of the child from the standpoint of spiritual science, you will admit
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    • so long will it be difficult to obtain an unprejudiced understanding
    • about the character of this or that people, and however our feelings
    • and so on may be affected because we belong to a certain race or
    • to lay on the opposite scale, viz., the teaching of Karma and
    • in successive ages in many different races and peoples. We may
    • the shadow-side of all races and peoples, but we may be sure that in
    • of all races and peoples through being incarnated first in one place
    • and then in another.
    • comprehensive, through these ideas of karma and reincarnation.
    • and Nationality. So that what is being spoken of in this series of
    • objective survey of the character of the peoples, nations and races
    • as this, will nevertheless produce discontent and disharmony in
    • Anthroposophist will learn, through the teaching of karma and
    • its share towards the whole evolution of humanity. That is just what
    • of humanity, and how even separate peoples that were split off and
    • are now scattered here and there among the greater peoples, have
    • Now in order to acquire a complete understanding of the
    • civilization; and on the other hand we shall perhaps have to occupy
    • ourselves with the character of nations, which as regards time are
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    • understand also, that statements such as those made in our last
    • evolution, and that the whole presentation is immediately altered if
    • arrive at a complete understanding of these very complicated matters
    • I shall here draw attention to one point, and it should
    • Spirits of Will, the Cherubim and Seraphim, as being something which,
    • as regards this state of equilibrium, works from within the earth.
    • unfolding its powers from out of the universe towards the centre of
    • the earth, and that the way in which man becomes aware of these
    • what was said in the last lecture with much that was said in my
    • simple, and, to make the mission of the earth comprehensible, it is
    • be called the cooperation of the abnormal and the normal Spirits of
    • spiritual Beings who in Genesis are called the Elohim, and we can
    • universe which surrounds our earth and together with it makes one
    • and their vocation of establishing equilibrium or Love in the whole
    • mission of the earth, we must clearly understand that these seven
    • as other spiritual Beings co-operate with them, and vary this uniform
    • our last lecture, in our present cosmos shine towards us in the
    • of Form, for they stand higher in the rank of the hierarchies —
    • obtain an idea of the abnormal Spirits of Form, and of how they act
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    • guiding and directing of the events on our Earth and above all in
    • human evolution takes place through the Beings and forces of the
    • hierarchy intervene and guide, how for instance the Spirits of Form
    • in normal and abnormal development organize the races.
    • own development? As regards certain spiritual Beings we can during
    • foundations of these races, others were sent afterwards to those
    • comprehend what was thus accomplished in Europe, Africa and America,
    • crumbling away, and what was then sent later on, towards the end of
    • the Atlantean epoch, and part of which was only sent during the
    • post-Atlantean evolution, — then we must clearly understand
    • forward into Asia, into Indian territory, and that, as has often been
    • which then the various peoples of Asia, Africa and Europe arose. We
    • have to deal therefore with an earlier division and a later advance,
    • ruling class of that land and laid the foundations of the first
    • Spirit of the Age guided the primal sacred culture of India and made
    • to the rank of an Archai and then acted through intuition upon those
    • great Teachers of India, the Holy Rishis, who because they were aided
    • by this exalted and important Spirit were able to fulfill their high
    • to the rank of guiding and ruling Spirits of the Age.
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    • If we wish to study the development of Germanic Scandinavian history and
    • and your attention was drawn in the last Lecture to the fact that
    • this Germanic Scandinavian mythology, notwithstanding its many points
    • of similarity to other mythologies and concepts of the gods, is
    • all the Germanic peoples and tribes in Europe so that, even far to
    • the South, a uniform view of mythology, and on the whole a similar
    • understanding of those relationships is possible. There must at one
    • time have been a similar understanding of the unique character of the
    • Germanic Scandinavian mythology throughout all the countries in which
    • mythologies of the Germanic Scandinavian peoples have in common, is
    • mythology is interrelated, and is at the same time widely divided
    • from what is the essential in the Greek and Roman mythology. But it
    • is not at the present day easy to understand this essential element,
    • great enthusiasm for comparative religion and comparative mythology,
    • but it is a domain in which it is possible to do most foolish things.
    • What happens as a rule when a person compares the mythologies and
    • external details in the stories of the gods and tries to prove that
    • the figure of one particular god appears in one mythology, and it
    • appears in a like manner in another, and so on. To one who really
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    • apparent difficulties, and indeed for the reason that they will have
    • heard from former presentations given on similar themes, that the
    • whole of our post-Atlantean epoch, and in fact even the later ages of
    • the human ‘ I ’ as such, and bringing it more
    • and more to consciousness. In connection with this it has been said,
    • development, and it was said that they had gained this while their
    • completely different manner from the European, and especially the
    • whilst they were gradually evolving capacities, and who looked on and
    • said, if you were to think philosophically about yesterday's
    • I must add something in parenthesis, by way of explanation.
    • reflect that, as regards the ‘ I ’ and the
    • from what he is with regard to every other object. If you ‘know’
    • things, with the knower, the power of knowing, and that which is
    • it is a different matter as regards the ‘ I ’.
    • There that which knows and that which is known is one and the same.
    • subjectively as a knower, and this subjective raising of the ‘ I ’
    • objectively as an entity. On the other hand the peoples of Europe
    • will be able to understand it philosophically also, as you will all
    • long before they became conscious of the real inner striving towards
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    • of the Germanic Scandinavian Folk-soul, and from the results of our
    • about in mankind, beginning from the earliest ages and proceeding
    • collective picture; and you will perceive from what has been said,
    • that in a certain respect it was just to the pre-Christian and
    • different stages of the human being, to form it and gradually to
    • Scandinavian people, the ‘ I ’ was in primal
    • Angelic Being, who stands between man and the Folk-soul, by Donar or
    • gradually developing that delicately spun speculation, logic and
    • higher spiritual world, with the assistance of a divine spiritual
    • individuality such as Thor. This was experienced in Europe, and hence the
    • as the emerging from a kind of group-soul. The Germanic Scandinavian
    • tribes, and yet as members of one organism and belonging to the unity
    • the tribal ‘ I ’, and in the God Thor he
    • relationship, — and this connection really exists, although
    • veiled and hidden. Occultly, however, Sif signifies the group-soul of
    • Sif and Thor as the Beings who gave him his ‘ I ’.
    • education and instruction which was communicated directly from the
    • strength, and which they then had to hand on further to the other
    • spiritual Beings and the people, because the ‘ I ’
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    • deal more to be discussed, and that on the whole we have only been
    • matters, and it must suffice as a beginning, if only indications have
    • Scandinavian mythology or teaching of the gods, which in an
    • the Folk-spirit, the Archangel who extends his educative and
    • may be called modern philosophy, modern spiritual research, and that
    • Germanic Scandinavian mythology, the more we shall see how
    • or have heard other lectures
    • various planets of our system, and who at the end of the Lemurian and
    • developed and perfected in the way of capacities, and which had been
    • Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus, and Mercury souls then descended; as
    • in a conception implanted in the Scandinavian Germanic mythology. The
    • does not know that this event really did occur, will understand what
    • myth and it has been preserved in all that has come down to us in the
    • older Sagas and legends which indicate the development of physical
    • man. Njordr, who is inwardly related to the goddess Nerthus, is her
    • time ascended to planetary heights, and who during the Atlantean
    • you will see what a significant rôle the interminglings and relationships
    • interminglings and relationships which were expressed in the mixture
    • of blood, but also the psychic and spiritual requirements of the
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    • Switzerland.
    • [From a shorthand report, unrevised by the lecturer.
    • Switzerland.]
    • Easter, 1933, and long out of print) in which Rudolf Steiner spoke, briefly and
    • enigmatically, of the need to recognise and welcome certain beings, “not of the
    • substance and content of Spiritual Science.” — The Editors.
    • understand man in his real being only when we relate him to the whole
    • we must learn to look upwards from the Earth to what is beyond the Earth. This
    • is a capacity of which our own time particularly stands in need. The human
    • intellect has become more and more shadowy, and as a result of the developments
    • receive new impulses into his life of soul, and we will turn our attention
    • and will have realised that one of the great events in earthly
    • today, shining towards us from cosmic space, was once united with the earth. It
    • then separated from the earth and now circles around it as its satellite. We
    • connection with the being of man, and with the kingdoms of Nature around him,
    • Saturn, Sun and Moon periods of evolution, during which no mineral kingdom
    • Sun and old Moon, man had nothing mineral within him at all. Nor was his
    • being of the cosmos. Before the separation of the moon, and before the mineral
    • beyond the earth? It can be said with truth that the separation of the moon,
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    • and published with the Author's permission. It is reproduced here
    • Dornach, Switzerland.
    • Science and of
    • F I try to put forward this evening
    • acquainted, and about that building itself, it is in no wise my
    • intention to propagandise or arouse feeling either for Spiritual
    • view the consideration of certain misunderstandings, which are known to
    • when it makes its appearance anywhere. It is very easy to understand
    • means of which he thinks he can understand it. Anthroposophy and the
    • Zimmermann, whose lectures I heard in my youth, called his chief work
    • can learn about the universe through his senses and through the
    • and that knowledge is not confined to man, but is a knowledge of
    • Science.” And this name is even less new than the name
    • Anthroposophy. That is to say, it is not even unusual, and it would be
    • a complete misunderstanding if anyone were to think that I, as has been
    • said, or anyone closely connected with me, had coined the name
    • political economy, aesthetics, and the philosophy of religion spiritual
    • in the sense that spirit is to us something real and actual, whereas
    • said that our Anthroposophical Society is only a kind of development
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    • and Midwinter Mysteries.
    • do with the link established between man and the scene of his life on
    • the founding of Christianity and in which many sublime cosmic
    • times, in Middle, Northern and Western Europe, we are struck by the
    • union between man and all that takes place in earthly life during the
    • time of Summer. To understand the essential meaning of these
    • consciousness between those of full sleep and waking, in states where
    • being in those times could speak and think about the spiritual
    • has learnt at school. I have, as you know, often said that what the
    • they rise up from the organism and, unlike our thoughts, do not
    • inwardly; he must elaborate his thoughts by dint of inner effort. A
    • well be amazed at the power and brilliance of the thoughts of that
    • Now just as we today have schools and
    • which science art and religion were undivided. No distinction was
    • made between belief and knowledge. Knowledge came in the form of
    • what men fashioned out of various materials into works of art, and
    • of those who did not hold this view. He regarded as truth both what
    • he embodied in his materials as an artist and what he took to be
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    • translator by E. Goddard. London reference Z-339.
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    • lecture is to deal with a subject taken from the study of culture and
    • art, and my purpose is to show you how Spiritual Science aims to
    • penetrate to the essence of historical evolution and of the human
    • to be regarded as a science among the sciences. Nevertheless a very
    • single events and achievements which cannot recur, at least in that
    • and this we can also do in the world which does in some way repeat
    • itself. Historical facts on the other hand are unique; we can recount
    • science. — Now if we accept the ideas and concepts which are
    • nowadays regarded as scientific, we shall have to admit that our
    • of the Human Race”; as an evolution, an upward movement of the
    • epoch to another, are the souls of human beings. Sense and meaning
    • series of events occurring in some sort of sequence and never
    • repeating themselves, and begin to believe that the souls of human
    • beings continue their existence in successive earth lives, and that
    • world and there made fruitful in the period between death and a new
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    • Art is one of the healthiest, most direct ways to arm and
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    • demanded by present conditions, and I should like now to say a little
    • direct connection with Nature by life in cities and towns. And it is
    • leading to initiation and one who has no connection whatever with it
    • If we are to understand what is really meant by these
    • Spiritual Science: during sleep the Ego and astral body are outside
    • the physical and etheric bodies. In such circumstances, owing to
    • Ego and astral body are generally in the immediate neighbourhood of
    • our physical and etheric bodies, so that while we are asleep in a
    • creakings and rumblings of the wheels and machinery of the train. It
    • environment, and even if only the preliminary steps have been taken
    • towards initiation, one can notice on waking from sleep how the Ego
    • and astral body, as they return into the physical body, bring with
    • them the effects of the strain and pressure caused by the mechanical
    • contrivances in which they were actually involved and which they
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    • and impulses contained in Spiritual Science to life, but to apply
    • them in a really effective way. Again and again it must be emphasized
    • of the truths underlying human life and cosmic existence is by no
    • means sufficient. Everything depends upon understanding conditions as
    • understand life itself in the light of the principles of Spiritual
    • one fragment of reality. And the inevitable consequence of this was
    • of the present time. Men are utterly lacking in that understanding of
    • existence which is demanded of them at their present age of
    • been customary during the last few centuries and which is utterly
    • that has remained farthest of all in the rear of the actual demands
    • of life today, and yet science exercises a very powerful influence
    • outer circumstances to be qualified to judge of such things. And then
    • understanding of human life. The teachings of Spiritual Science must
    • of knowledge which form the basis for a true understanding of life.
    • When a man comes to Spiritual Science today he begins to understand
    • capable of explaining the things and phenomena of Nature, and nothing
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  • Title: Lecture: Morality and Karma
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    • ANTHROPOSOPHIC SOCIETY, DORNACH, SWITZERLAND
    • should be addressed to Miss DORA BAKER,
    • “Anthroposophic News Sheet” Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland.
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    • AND KARMA
    • “THE WISDOM CONTAINED IN ANCIENT DOCUMENTS AND IN THE GOSPELS.
    • November contains many valuable details on the effects and influences
    • of Karma. And it should meet an objective and historical interest to
    • Today I must tell you a few things on morality and karma and tomorrow
    • I shall speak on the appearance of Christ and reveal a few facts
    • our own life and if it becomes living substance within us.
    • tested by the human intellect and recognized through logic; but if we
    • being able to test them. Among our audience many people prefer to
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  • Title: Lecture: The Inexpressible Name, Spirits of Space and Time.
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    • The Unutterable Name. Spirits of Space and of Time.
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    • ANTHROPOSOPHIC SOCIETY, DORNACH, SWITZERLAND
    • should be addressed to Miss DORA BAKER,
    • “Anthroposophic News Sheet” Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland.
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    • INEXPRESSIBLE NAME. SPIRITS OF SPACE AND OF TIME.
    • Volume 12, No. 3/4 and 5/6)
    • practically when the human being stands before you, he is that being
    • and the physical body. The fact that whenever we face a human being
    • to know the true essence of the person who stands before us. We
    • fills out space with his physical body and that we see his physical
    • body, by the astral body and by the Ego. It may sound strange to you
    • existence between birth and death. When we see a human corpse, we
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    • Destinies of Individuals and Nations.
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    • SWITZERLAND
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    • the physical world gradually transforms itself and assumes the
    • characteristics of the physical-sensory world vanish and on the
    • horizon of our consciousness appear forms, beings, and events
    • ourselves change, and even the surrounding world which exists in
    • his earthly existence he does not abandon his habitual attitude,
    • physical body) and look back upon our body, upon our whole
    • that we grow richer and richer; our content grows, our whole
    • being expands and becomes a world. Man himself actually grows to
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  • Title: Lecture: The Coming Experience of Christ
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    • Switzerland in October of 1920. The title of this series of
    • The New Spirituality and the Christ Experience of the
    • Switzerland. From GA# 200.
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    • conditions are bound to develop in the near future, and we saw that
    • disappearance of much that is still greatly to men's taste and
    • external things as the differences between Japan and America must be
    • fulfilled to the letter. But what must be regarded as imminent is a
    • great spiritual battle between East and West, in which the true
    • since the Mystery of Golgotha, and particularly in recent centuries,
    • withstanding men's demand for the Gospels, their desire to be
    • hindrance to the development of a Christ-Experience. And we have
    • come in an unexpected way. And it will have a clearly definable
    • period between the middle of the nineteenth century and our own day,
    • what has been inculcated, and this comes out very clearly if one
    • observes closely the outlook on life of the younger generation and
    • of this difference. And if men did not box themselves up within their
    • and those who are young.
    • the other hand there is today a terrible reactionary, conservative
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  • Title: Lecture: Spiritual Knowledge: A Way of Life
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    • and published in English as: Supersensible Man, and
    • Science as a Human and Personal Way of Life.
    • Switzerland. From GA# 231.
    • From a shorthand report,
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    • road that leads to a knowledge and understanding of the spiritual
    • of the present day a deep need — yes, a hunger — for
    • slumbering: consciousness of the spiritual world and of the eternal
    • acquire to-day by the activity of the intellect — and all
    • knowledge is in consequence well-defined, and man has continually to
    • accept — and is often glad to accept — the limits marked
    • has been scientifically proved. ... When anyone brings forward
    • already known and proved, with what has been established as
    • experience, so much so indeed that it is regarded as genuine only if
    • acquired and experienced quite apart from any relation to what
    • the spiritual world and of the eternal in the human being has quite
    • much as take one step upon it without heart and soul being directly
    • concerned. And I want to-day to speak of the results for the life of
    • Let us look a little more closely at a distinctive
    • feature of the knowledge that has made such advances in our day and
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    • The Event of Death and Facts about the Time.
    • Switzerland. From GA# 168.
    • SOCIAL UNDERSTANDING —
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    • be dead facts, but should bring with them understanding of such a
    • vital kind that it finds entrance into life in all circumstances and
    • present, spiritual science may seem to offer a diluted and
    • unproductive kind of knowledge, and it is natural that people who
    • is the use of learning that man consists of such and such parts; that
    • humanity has developed, and will develop further, through different
    • epochs of culture, and so on? Those who feel that a realistic
    • attitude is demanded by modern life find spiritual science
    • unprofitable. And it is often applied in an unprofitable way,
    • alive, and is something which in the course of time can and must
    • Greeks and Romans; that the following centuries down to the
    • fourteenth and fifteenth centuries continued to be influenced by
    • impulses preceding from that epoch; and that since the fifteenth
    • into which we ourselves in our present incarnation have been born and
    • culture and work and that cultivation of the consciousness soul is
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    • The lecture presented here was given in Dornach on May 27, 1922, and
    • Ancient Yoga and Modern Initiation. The translator is
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    • and
    • and other writings is described how man at present, when he
    • understands his own times, can attain higher knowledge.
    • suited to that age, inner forces which led them upwards into super-sensible
    • we look out into the world and through our senses perceive colours,
    • sounds and so on. We seek for laws of nature prevailing in the
    • physical world and we are conscious that if we attempt to experience a
    • spirit-soul content in the external world then we add something to it in
    • lightning and thunder, in every star, in the beings of the different
    • kingdoms of nature, the men of those times beheld spirit and soul. They
    • spiritual and psychical qualities into the world around them. This is
    • We little understand the nature of man, especially
    • manifesting in lightning and thunder, in springs and rivers, in wind and
    • means the case. Just as we perceive red or blue and hear C sharp or G,
    • so those men of old beheld realities of spirit and soul in external
    • for us to see colours and so on. However, there was another aspect to this
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  • Title: Lecture: The Meaning of Easter: St. Paul and the Christ Impulse
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    • Dorothy S. Osmond, Alan P. Shepherd, and Charles Davy. Edited
    • by, and with additional commentary by Frank Thomas Smith.
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    • The Event at Damascus and the new
    • Lecture - April 2, 1920, Dornach, Switzerland
    • to draw a distinction between the festivals of Christmas and of Easter in
    • which unites earth and man with the worlds beyond the earth. To-morrow
    • will be the first full moon of spring and upon this full moon will fall
    • celebrate a Sunday — a day, that is, which should remind them of
    • these were laid down at a time when traditions of wisdom were still
    • clairvoyant faculties and gave man a knowledge far surpassing the
    • knowledge that present-day science can offer. And such traditions were a
    • birth of the man into whom the Christ Being afterwards entered.
    • Easter festival, on the other hand, is intended to remind us of an event
    • turns his thoughts to the worlds beyond the earth. And there is deeper
    • forces of earth-evolution pure and simple. For through knowledge of that
    • earth, and this truth is indicated in the manner of dating the Easter
    • To understand all
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    • With these talks, Steiner created and launched 'biodynamic' farming -
    • a specific form of agriculture which has come to be regarded as 'premium
    • more than organic, and involves working with the cosmos, earth, and
    • from his profound understanding of the material as well as spiritual
    • relationships at work in nature and gives basic indications of the
    • thanks which in these hard times are due to all who share in
    • and Countess Keyserlingk. I know from my former visits what a
    • spiritual atmosphere. I know that the atmosphere of soul and spirit
    • said during this Course.
    • visitors from a distance. Yet on the other hand, considering the
    • excellent and so exemplary.
    • with our feelings — in the necessary atmosphere. And for our
    • Count Keyserlingk and to his house. In this I am sure Frau Doctor
    • Keyserlingk who helped us from the very outset with his advice and
    • under the Kommende Tag Company? His spirit, trained by his deep and
    • able to do in this direction. And I would say, forces were there
    • prevailing which came from the innermost heart of our Movement and
    • as deeply and sincerely, that your House has been ready to receive us
    • felt most deeply, and I beg Count Keyserlingk and his whole house to
    • hospitality to so many visitors and for so many days, in the way in
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    • a specific form of agriculture which has come to be regarded as 'premium
    • more than organic, and involves working with the cosmos, earth, and
    • from his profound understanding of the material as well as spiritual
    • relationships at work in nature and gives basic indications of the
    • can only be realised in the immediate application and are only
    • farm from outside should be regarded rather as a remedy for a sick
    • regard things in their true essence but only in their outer material
    • things in a proper and natural way, we need to have this ideal
    • hand, from which our farm springs forth, and on the other hand, that
    • doubt, that the Sun's light and warmth, and all the meteorological
    • processes connected with it, are in a way related to the form and
    • have to consider the matter from various standpoints. Let us to-day
    • regarded as mere mineral matter — including some organic
    • is added. In reality, however, the earthly soil as such not
    • this inner life of the earthly soil (I am speaking of fine and
    • intimate effects) is different in summer and in winter. Here we are
    • — notably the head and the processes of breathing and
    • farm, and the plants themselves grow upward in the belly of the farm.
    • Indeed, we have to do with an individuality standing on its head. We
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    • more than organic, and involves working with the cosmos, earth, and
    • from his profound understanding of the material as well as spiritual
    • relationships at work in nature and gives basic indications of the
    • The earthly and
    • spaces, into the wider aspects of Nature, and study the activities of
    • nitrogen in the Universe as a whole. We might even say — and
    • not play the first and foremost part in the life of plants.
    • Nevertheless, to understand plant-life it is of the first importance
    • working we must learn to know at the same time if we would understand
    • the functions and significance of nitrogen herself in Nature's
    • united with her in plant and animal protein, in a way that is not yet
    • carbon, oxygen, hydrogen and sulphur.
    • main ingredients hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and carbon. We must
    • and that is sulphur. Sulphur in protein is the very element which
    • Universe — the formative power of the Spiritual — and the
    • the Spiritual itself as it spreads far and wide. Therefore they named
    • “light-bearers” these substances — like sulphur and
    • activity in the economy of Nature is so very fine and delicate, we
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    • more than organic, and involves working with the cosmos, earth, and
    • from his profound understanding of the material as well as spiritual
    • relationships at work in nature and gives basic indications of the
    • and the working of the Spirit throughout Nature must be recognised on
    • tended more and more to the investigation of minute, restricted spheres.
    • which they feel able to draw from the investigation of narrow and restricted
    • spheres. But the world in which man and the other earthly creatures
    • man, starting from the little finger or from the lobe of the ear and
    • and indeed, if one concentrated on the limited aspects which
    • were brought forward, one could not make objection to the proofs. It
    • to twelve stone) requires about four-and-one-quarter of protein a day
    • science. And yet, to-day no man of science believes in this proposition.
    • four-and-one-quarter oz. of albuminous food are not only unnecessary
    • but positively harmful, and a man will remain most healthy if he only
    • eats one-and-three-quarter oz. a day.
    • instance, science has corrected itself, and it is well-known that if
    • the human being, and you recognise that the arterial sclerosis of old
    • moment. A normal human life lasts longer than ten years, and the harmful
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    • more than organic, and involves working with the cosmos, earth, and
    • from his profound understanding of the material as well as spiritual
    • relationships at work in nature and gives basic indications of the
    • still further, in view of our necessary standpoint that whatever is
    • out of which the plant grows and which surrounds the roots, is in itself
    • this common life — common to the Earth and all plant-growth—nor
    • as I said in yesterday's discussion, must not come in in a turbulent
    • and revolutionary spirit, interfering with all that our time has achieved
    • the due preparation of manure and liquid manure — much has already
    • we are really exploiting the land is quite correct. Indeed,
    • so as to quicken and vitalise it sufficiently.
    • creatures the virtue of preparing the right conditions and relationships
    • of substance in the manure. They reckon first and foremost on all that
    • the bacteria do for the manure. Brilliant, highly logical experiments
    • excretion-products as manure. We must regard the minute living entities
    • therefore be an extremely useful symptom of the prevalence of such and
    • and even to these minutest of creatures we should apply as little as
    • positive ways and means at the same time. No doubt, what I have now
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    • more than organic, and involves working with the cosmos, earth, and
    • from his profound understanding of the material as well as spiritual
    • relationships at work in nature and gives basic indications of the
    • gained into plant-growth, and into animal Formations too. Aphoristically
    • ideas that relate to harmful plants and animals and to what are commonly
    • detail. Very little can be said in general terms; they must all be specifically
    • me deal with weeds and harmful plants in general. We are not so much
    • where you do not want it is a weed” — a definition which
    • earth and then work from the earth upon plant-growth. As I said, the
    • Venus and Moon (though they do not work directly from
    • daughter-plant after the mother-plant and so on in succession. While
    • on the other hand, in all that the plant derives from the surrounding
    • and potentialities which the more distant planets transmit to the air,
    • originally from Jupiter, Mars and Saturn
    • — not what proceeds from Moon, Venus and Mercury. Nowadays, people
    • civilised world a heavy penalty has been paid for this ignorance of
    • of the ground, and of the cosmic influence when it works from below
    • hand. So it has come about: far and wide, the vine plantations
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    • more than organic, and involves working with the cosmos, earth, and
    • from his profound understanding of the material as well as spiritual
    • relationships at work in nature and gives basic indications of the
    • orchards and vegetable gardening. We have not much time left; but in
    • facts and conditions. We shall do this to-day, and pass on to-morrow
    • to the more practical hints and applications.
    • to-day they are to all intents and purposes terra incognita. The entities
    • plant, one proceeds to consider a plant-species by itself; and other
    • and genera, and all the rest that we are then supposed to know. Yet
    • in Nature it is not so at all. In Nature — and, indeed, throughout
    • the fields. Only these coarse interactions are traced. But in addition
    • place — effects transmitted by finer forces and finer substances
    • working in the atmosphere, and by the life-ether.
    • the life, together on the farm, of plant and animal. Here again, we
    • to us—like cattle, horses, sheep and so on. We must also observe
    • we must learn to look with understanding at the birds.
    • humanity has no idea how greatly farming and forestry
    • Outwardly Seen, to begin with, it is quite different from a herbaceous
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    • more than organic, and involves working with the cosmos, earth, and
    • from his profound understanding of the material as well as spiritual
    • relationships at work in nature and gives basic indications of the
    • short time, I want to add a few more explanations to complete what I
    • have said, and to give a few more practical hints. These practical matters
    • already told you, the significance of nutrition for the animal, and
    • that the foodstuffs are received from outside and then deposited in
    • process, and yet, fundamentally speaking, that is how they think. In
    • use, and excretes what it has no use for. Accordingly, they argue, we
    • provide for such and such essential constituents. We must see to it
    • of the term, and those which — as they say — assist the
    • upshot always is that some of it works and some of it decidedly does
    • not — or it only seems to work for a limited time, and is then
    • And how
    • by expressing themselves in this way, and thus leading people's
    • theory — I really mean it, brilliant. And when people begin to
    • a characteristic phenomenon of to-day. They set to work and do something
    • a physical body and an ether-body, while up above it is hovered-around,
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    • the higher wisdom was taught and acquired, but where the
    • Persia and Egypt; and in these originated the Mass. Before
    • world and man came into being; he had to learn concerning
    • the origin of the world and the significance of man within
    • plants and animals, etc. Man is a fusion of everything
    • which is in the world. Paracelsus once said that all the
    • beings in the world are letters of the alphabet, and MAN is
    • Being split up into many single ones and united again in
    • division of the Divine Spirit and its return in man. Man
    • brought into the world the lower desires and passions; the
    • they are chaste and unassuming. If we think of beings with
    • this chaste and unassuming nature we have the ideal of the
    • from the hand of the Creator.” He sacrificed all the
    • of desire and passion; and this corresponds with the
    • communicated, the reasonable understanding of how the world
    • three days alone in an enclosed space, and was transported
    • and the Divine Division, he then experienced in the soul
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    • Dornach, Switzerland.
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    • in regard to his form, and from this standpoint widen and
    • the whole universe, of the whole cosmos. And if you bear in
    • mind that in regard to the formation of the head, the human
    • universe, you will find, as it were, that as regards the
    • understand the way in which he is placed into it, and is at
    • connected with the head, man turns towards the whole
    • cosmos, and by bringing his head through birth, from the
    • occupy ourselves with arithmetic and geometry, we look back
    • out of our own being. But on the other hand, we know that
    • into the universe around him (see Table) and takes in the
    • mobility of the universe. He grows inwardly mobile.
    • only need to clasp your left hand
    • yourself. You do something with your right hand, but you
    • and touch an external object. Every perception of the Ego,
    • way in which our hands cross, when the right hand clasps
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    • certain impulses, certain forces which work in the souls of men and thence
    • out how these impulses and forces developed at the dawn of modern spiritual
    • but which is one of the most, important and essential of all. When we inquire
    • recognize the importance and significance of this event in history. I refer
    • to the whole destiny and development of the Order of the Knights
    • worked on in broad streams which flow even into the feelings and perceptions
    • of the Order and the further course of its activity — you can easily
    • Templar, inwardly considered, expresses a specially deep approach to the
    • number of souls who were faithful and devoted followers of Christianity
    • in Jerusalem and established there a kind of spiritual order. As we have
    • already said, we will not consider now the more external side of the event,
    • but will look at it from a spiritual point of view and turn our attention to
    • in their I, but also in all their feeling and thinking, in their very being
    • and existence, these souls were, in a sense, to forget their connection with
    • the Mystery of Golgotha, and fight for the continuance of the strongest
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    • The spiritual science of Anthroposophy strives above all towards a
    • the contrary, those who honestly and earnestly stand within our
    • with the aid of the generally accepted science, and in regard to this
    • regard to natural science they speak of boundaries to human
    • these boundaries with the ordinary forces of human understanding.
    • consciousness and ordinary knowledge, but it strives not only as
    • regards the results of scientific investigation to begin where
    • science must come to a final point in regard to a knowledge of
    • external Nature and also of the physical nature of the human
    • but it must also speak in a different way. Nevertheless it is in full
    • harmony with scientific conscientiousness and scientific discipline.
    • Anthroposophy does not say that special qualities and capacities are
    • those which we inherit, as it were, from childhood onwards and which
    • where he stands in ordinary life and in ordinary science; from there
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  • Title: Errors in Spiritual Investigation
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    • and Ahriman, the role of fear, and the polar tendencies toward
    • phenomenology and mysticism.
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    • SPIRITUAL INVESTIGATION:Meeting the Guardian of the Threshold
    • SPIRITUAL INVESTIGATION:Meeting the Guardian of the Threshold
    • great significance in every realm of human endeavor and investigation
    • eliminated to a certain extent through judgment and reasoning but
    • in their character as error will it be possible to guard oneself
    • second thing one needs, in addition to the organ of perception, is a
    • clearly oversee and judge the observations. Even in ordinary sense
    • comparison from ordinary sense observation will help us to understand
    • He will not be in a position to observe objects in as accurate and
    • willingly to any delusion, had a certain eye condition, and he
    • him, particularly at dusk, causing him to see things unclearly and,
    • described, for example, how he often walked through darkness and, due
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    • at stake and suggests that a mechanisation of the spirit,
    • vegetation of the soul, and animalisation of the body will
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    • questions at stake and suggests that a mechanisation of the spirit,
    • vegetation of the soul, and animalisation of the body will
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    • and Results of Spiritual Science
    • by Pauline Wehrle and is published in agreement with the Rudolf
    • whatever function it has within his soul. And
    • being and to knowledge of the super-sensible world altogether. But
    • understand. They say that anthroposophy obtains its knowledge from
    • search for knowledge and ‘simple faith’ based on the
    • creed and the Bible, and they keep on stressing that anyone who
    • less difficult to understand than anthroposophy, this point of
    • present-day mankind. I wanted this to be said because it is just from
    • confusion and chaos are over. We are entering a difficult period of
    • of mankind and seeing the amount of elemental unrest felt today
    • solely on the creed and the Bible. The parts of man's being that are
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  • Title: The Year as a Symbol of the Great Cosmic Year
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    • like to say regarding the spiritual world has to be hinted at
    • taken in a real and active sense.
    • and ponders over it to a certain extent within his soul.
    • suspended their growth, their blossoming and fruit-bearing. Only
    • We know that in all events and occurrences that take
    • existence spiritual and psychic beings are everywhere active. We are
    • time regard as a childish superstition; we realise it as a true and
    • which our senses perceive — are spiritual activities, and
    • but with soul and spirit, so that we speak also of a
    • soul-and-spirit part of our so-called lifeless inorganic,
    • substance that which may be compared to a man's muscles and blood,
    • corresponding to the muscles, blood, and so on.
    • consciousness. Let us now turn from the mineral Earth, and
    • direct our attention to all that springs forth and sprouts on Earth,
    • must regard the plant world, in the first place, as an independent
    • independent entity as regards the Earth only comes clearly before us
    • of plant consciousness, we must always speak of it as regards certain
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    • The Festivals of the Seasons (1928), and
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    • and of the great cosmic New Year's Eve and New Year. It
    • few at least of our great and important duties be brought before our
    • humanity must travel as it advances towards its future. A man cannot
    • keep an open view in many directions. We have again and again
    • It is true, that in view of this material age and all
    • more and more interest in those things of which humanity in our time
    • be interested in that of which humanity has need, and gain a clear
    • downward tendency, those that are harmful forces. At the opening of a
    • somewhat from our own personal concerns and to direct them to the
    • To do this requires, as I have said, clear insight
    • into that which is moving along the downward path in the human
    • Gnostics perished; and how it is now necessary to work, so that an
    • understanding of spiritual things may again be established, though of
    • nineteenth century, and I have again and again emphasised that the
    • view of Spiritual Science in regard to this flood of materialism, in
    • no way tends to a lack of appreciation, or want of understanding of
    • natural science during the nineteenth century and on into the present
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  • Title: Lecture: The Peoples of the Earth in the Light of Anthroposophy
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    • The Way to Healthier Thinking and Exigencies.
    • edited by Adam Bittleston and Jonathon Westphal. It is presented here
    • Dornach, Switzerland. From Bn/GA number 335.
    • Adam Bittleston and Jonathon Westphal, Rudolf Steiner Press, London,
    • last few years have shown what intense feelings of hatred and antipathy
    • paths. And so it may be useful today to speak of elements
    • Knowledge and feeling, of course, are two very
    • ideas, feelings and impulses of will in human beings. Inner strength
    • uniting the different peoples of the Earth and this also intensifies
    • feelings of sympathy and mutual love.
    • evolution man has progressed from an instinctive and unconscious to a
    • conscious life, to a full and free understanding of his mission, so,
    • as regards the future it must be said that vague sentimentality alone
    • will not suffice to unite the peoples of the Earth. A conscious and
    • mutual understanding of what the one may expect of the other —
    • root cause of these disasters and destructive tendencies, we
    • the other hand, the peoples of the Earth have not yet reached the
    • have existed right up to the twentieth century, and it is this
    • understanding another or assimilating its spiritual riches, it is not
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  • Title: Lecture: The Christmas Mystery, Novalis, the Seer
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    • The Christ Being, Past, Present, and Future.
    • Dornach, Switzerland. From GA# 108.
    • 1908. Translated by D. S. Osmond from shorthand notes
    • unrevised by the lecturer and published by permission of
    • given in Berlin and one in Cologne, during the years
    • 1908, 1909 and 1912. Introductory prefaces by Marie
    • Steiner. (See also Nos. 108, 117 and 143 in the
    • realised through Feeling by thousands upon thousands of souls
    • and hearts in the course of the centuries. But in the modern
    • And ever since then, if the eye of the soul has been opened
    • and the great truths connected with that Event; they realise,
    • divine-spiritual Powers. Through a deeply shattering event
    • connection between life and death, his eyes of spirit were
    • opened and as well as a great vista of past ages of the Earth
    • and Cosmos, the Christ Being Himself appeared before him. He
    • stone is lifted’ and the Being who has furnished
    • brought to life within him his achievements and experiences
    • intuitions and insights that had been his in a previous life.
    • And because he looked back through the ages with his own
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    • the fiery signs of the times can be regarded as proving the necessity
    • that led to the birth of this movement and has kept it before the
    • world for some years now. And perhaps the best result of our
    • the hearts and souls of those taking part. Though this or that event
    • the manifold stormy events of to-day. It is regarded as something
    • insignificant and unimportant, but it is an actual fact for one who,
    • observe quite a different expression on the faces of new-born babies.
    • from the first days of life, from the first week onwards, something
    • different can be seen in the physiognomy of these children. And if we
    • within them from before conception and birth that which gives their
    • entering through birth to-day feel a kind of hindrance, a difficulty,
    • entering the physical world through conception and birth, and the
    • their physical bodies and taking their souls into the spiritual
    • the gate of death and those who are just about to enter the physical
    • ruffled by what mankind, immersed in materialistic thoughts and
    • feelings, views and deeds, is experiencing on the earth
    • naturally, can only be established spiritually) and other things
    • only be understood on such a basis, and we ought to strive for
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  • Title: Lecture: Anthroposophy's Contribution to the Most Urgent Needs of Our Time
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    • Anthroposophy, Root and Fruit.
    • Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland. From GA# 78.
    • Anthropososophie ihre Erkenntniswurzeln and Lebensfriichte, Blbl. No.
    • super-sensible cognition by means of Imagination, Inspiration and
    • same time social, and today every man experience the urgency of the
    • Today, in so far as we wish to understand man by means of natural
    • appearances outside man, and we then attempt to extend in more or
    • less audacious hypotheses, what natural science has learnt from
    • world facts and world beings. We construct hypotheses about the
    • beginning and the end of the world, out of our natural scientific
    • uniform explanation of the world, simply out of a desire for
    • consistency, and has to decide between assuming a freedom which is
    • really given empirically in immediate human experience, and that
    • mankind has learned through established ways of thinking and knowing,
    • of freedom to be an illusion, and will extend the area of natural
    • necessity. And in the same way he will assess in the light of this
    • hypothetical world conception the nature of the beginning and the end
    • of the earth. He takes those laws and interconnections produced
    • by physics and chemistry etc., and builds out of them such hypotheses
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  • Title: Lecture: Buddha and Christ: The Sphere of the Bodhisattvas
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    • This lecture is one of twenty-three, given in the years 1911 and 1912,
    • Das esoterische Christentum and die geistige Führung der Menschheit
    • (Esoteric Christianity and the Spiritual Guidance of Mankind).
    • It is also known as: Moses and Christ, or The Coming of Christ.
    • Esoteric Christianity and the Mission of Christian Rosenkreutz
    • Translated by D. S. Osmond and published for the first time in
    • This lecture is one of twenty-three, given in the years 1911 and 1912,
    • Das esoterische Christentum and die geistige Führung
    • (Esoteric Christianity and the Spiritual Guidance of Mankind).
    • Moses and Christ, or
    • Esoteric Christianity and the Mission of Christian Rosenkreutz
    • BUDDHA AND CHRIST
    • speak of certain facts which belong essentially to the ethical and moral
    • domain and help us to understand the mission of Spiritual Science in
    • of the great truth of reincarnation, of repeated earthly lives, and we must
    • different from those undergone in later pre-Christian epochs and in
    • on the physical plane and during the course of the present
    • the ancient Persian the second, the Babylonian-Chaldean the third,
    • the Græco-Roman the fourth; the sixth and seventh epochs will
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  • Title: Lecture: Nervous Conditions in Our Time
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    • The lecture has been authorized for the Western hemisphere by, and
    • Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
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    • ‘nervousness’ and all that this word implies; and we can
    • nowadays who is not nervous. We can well understand even this
    • ‘political alcoholism’ with regard to the great events of
    • and abuses, strongly influencing our present life, and passing like
    • who come into high and responsible positions have studied in the way
    • way: For a whole year, the college student will spend his time and
    • examination, he will set to work and ‘cram’ for it during
    • a few weeks; and the worst feature is that there is no real
    • take a hand in public life. But they are not inwardly united with the
    • becomes more and more enfeebled under such pursuits, precisely
    • core of the man's soul and the activity that he engages in.
    • body, ethereal body, astral body and Ego;’ he will behave in
    • such a way that the several members unfold strongly and healthily. If
    • forgetfulness of many people. It is often said that such
    • avoided if people were less forgetful. And who can claim to be
    • of these things, but after all, they do occur in life; and there is a
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  • Title: Lecture: The Position of Anthroposophy among the Sciences
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    • This lecture was given at The Hague in April of 1922, and is
    • and published here by kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner
    • Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
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    • where men usually seek their religious and, maybe, their moral
    • impulses also, it encounters many persons who feel drawn towards such
    • respects, shaken old, traditional beliefs, and although many people
    • an inclination towards it. But it is correct to say that, in one
    • this course, and it will be my task to present here, in the main, the
    • general, more comprehensive principles and results of our
    • understands how difficult it is for a man involved in scientific work
    • science, and, at the same time, when organic and spiritual fields are
    • included, very much to add to the present material for research, it
    • accepts the justified results of science and deals with them in the
    • least, not yet — as one may well understand. Anthroposophy is
    • rejected; its results are not regarded as satisfying the strictly
    • can itself bring forward to serve as an effective foundation for its
    • characterise the position of Anthroposophy among the sciences, and to
    • do this in a way that will enable you to understand that
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  • Title: Lecture: Anthroposophy and the Visual Arts
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    • and published here by kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner
    • Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • Anthroposophy and the
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    • help to elucidate what I said on the preceding days and what I
    • Switzerland. Here the Goetheanum, the Free High School for
    • and work can be done.
    • more architects, and a building would have been erected in one or
    • decorate the building with paintings and plastic
    • contradicted the whole intention and innermost character of the
    • something born from man as a whole and to serve his whole
    • being. It would be, on the one hand, something that can very well be
    • world that is propounded. On the other hand, the anthroposophical
    • religious, a social, an ethical spirit; and to do all this in
    • comparison. If we think of a nut with its kernel inside and the shell
    • around, we cannot think that the grooves and twists of the shell
    • anthroposophical view of the world. And just as one can speak in the
    • or that and then simply giving them external expression in symbolic
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  • Title: Lecture: Evil and the Power of Thought
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    • Kosmos. Band VII.
    • "Fundamental Impulses in the Mysteries of Ancient and Modern Times."
    • and published here by kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner
    • Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • Evil and the Power of
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    • Switzerland.
    • glance towards modern Western civilisation, he might perhaps say to
    • all that you feel, is saturated with fear and its reverberations in
    • the most important moments of life. And since fear is closely
    • same standard of education, the same mood of soul, as those of his
    • own ancient time. And he would make it plain that in his time and his
    • life. Whenever we were concerned to promulgate a world-conception and
    • let action and social life spring from it, the main thing was joy
    • and in so doing he would indicate (if he were rightly understood)
    • factors and impulses of modern civilisation. And if we knew how to
    • æsthetic, scientific and social life. This ancient
    • civilisation is in decline, and when the ancient oriental sage
    • — delight in the world and love for the world.
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  • Title: Lecture: The Seeds of Future Worlds
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    • Kosmos. Band VII.
    • "Natural Law and Moral Law."
    • and published here by kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner
    • Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
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    • Switzerland.
    • turn them into experience through our senses and through our
    • understanding, through all the manifold effects they have upon our
    • soul; and later we are able to call up again pictures of what we have
    • receive, and reflects them in the course of time. Something or other
    • to be reflected back again into consciousness, and so we have a
    • ourselves — and we can look more deeply into our inner being.
    • described as a kind of centre and heart of destruction meets our gaze.
    • of man establish itself. It is a centre for the strengthening and
    • hardening of the Ego. But, as I said, if this hardening of the Ego,
    • evil in the life and actions of men.
    • Here you have something which has its good use and purpose within
    • carried outside, it becomes evil and wrong. If it is kept within, it
    • is the very thing we need to give the Ego its right and proper strength.
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    • The mystery of death taught by Jesus Christ to his disciples after his resurrection. Saul and the event at Damascus when he became the apostle Paul. The role of Ahriman, Satan, the World Prince, in the course of human evolution.
    • Exoteric Christianity is to be found in the Gospels and as they have
    • Translated from shorthand report unrevised by the lecturer.
    • This English edition is published in agreement with, and the kind
    • Switzerland.
    • Exoteric and Esoteric Christianity (pub. 1985).
    • Lovingly typed and donated by an anonymous donor, this lecture has been made available to everyone.
    • and
    • in Dornach, Switzerland
    • permission of Marie Steiner and in
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    • EXOTERIC AND
    • emphasised that as well as these records which have had a deep
    • and good influence upon mankind through the ages, there exists
    • deeper aspects of human knowledge and human thought have been
    • studied, a distinction has always been made between exoteric
    • teaching (concerned with the more external side of things) and
    • undergone the necessary inner preparation. And so in the case of
    • distinction must also be made between exoteric and esoteric
    • knowledge. The exoteric teaching is contained in the Gospels and
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  • Title: Lecture: Realism and Nominalism
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    • and published here by kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner
    • Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • Realism and Nominalism.
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    • distinguished: Realism and Nominalism.
    • Realism because it approved only of the outer sense-reality and
    • ideas on the things and processes of the world as something
    • able to understand what takes place, for instance, in the case of a
    • would consist entirely of lamb's flesh and in reality the wolf should
    • which consists of the same substance in the lamb's case and in the
    • wolf's case. We discover the difference between lamb and wolf because
    • we gain a conception of the lamb and a conception of the wolf. But
    • when someone says that ideas and conceptions are nothing at all, and
    • there should be no difference between lamb and wolf as far as the
    • Also the medieval scholastic Realists were of this opinion. They said
    • that ideas and concepts were something real, and that is why
    • and that ideas and concepts are mere names through which we grasp the
    • argument: — Let us take Nominalism and then Realism, such as we
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  • Title: Lecture: Spiritual Science, a Necessity for the Present Time
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    • This lecture was given at Nuremberg in March of 1915, and is
    • and published here by kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner
    • Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • ANTHROPOSOPHIC SOCIETY, DORNACH, SWITZERLAND
    • should be addressed to Miss DORA BAKER,
    • Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • Copyright and all other Rights
    • of reproduction and translation reserved by General Anthroposophic
    • Society, Dornach, Switzerland. Responsibility for the contents of the
    • strong and also suited for times as important as our present epoch,
    • being and its environment; we may then envisage to some extent the
    • of all that remains externally invisible in the events, and still
    • so painfully against our soul, but raising it, on the other hand, to
    • upon us daring the 20th century. The children and grand children of
    • those who are now living will have to pass through great and
    • important and at the same time tragic and painful events, and those
    • children and grandchildren forces which enable them to hold out in
    • accumulated throughout the centuries of human development. And other
    • present inhabitants of the earth! I have said that people may wonder
    • midst of the greatest and most terrible war-events which have ever
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  • Title: Lecture: Fundamentals of the Science of Initiation
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    • This lecture was given at Dornach in October of 1919, and is
    • Social Questions and their Spiritual Background,
    • Spiritual Scientific Knowledge and Social Understanding,
    • and published here by kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner
    • Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • ANTHROPOSOPHIC SOCIETY, DORNACH, SWITZERLAND
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    • of reproduction and translation reserved by General Anthroposophic
    • Society, Dornach, Switzerland. Responsibility for the contents of the
    • should be addressed to Miss DORA BAKER,
    • Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • that which we shall consider to-morrow and the day after to-morrow.
    • always speak of them from the standpoint of our present time, in the
    • sense and meaning which I have often explained to you: namely, that
    • knowledge is not in any way valid for all time and for every place,
    • for a definite region of the earth. Thus, certain standpoints of
    • civilisation, and other standpoints would be valid — let us say
    • that, on the one hand, we have the knowledge gained through our
    • his senses, and is even able to sum up what he sees and hears, and,
    • there is also another kind of knowledge, and that it is not possible
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    • in October and November of 1919. This lecture is also known as:
    • Social Questions and their Spiritual Background.
    • The lecture was transcribed from a typescript version, and the
    • Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • understanding and action in the world to-day. It is not very
    • within our civilisation, and that it contains within itself
    • are present in it three main downward forces — three
    • forces which gradually and inevitably must bring about its
    • symptoms of a vast process that is going on in our age, and
    • that, taken as a whole, presents a phenomenon of decline and
    • for the habits and thoughts of everyday life, such as we
    • bounds of everyday existence, of a world of Gods and Spirits
    • civilisations and a spiritual world to which they were no
    • forces. And thus, in the heathen civilisations especially, we
    • find, when we look back on them, a dominant scientific
    • astray and were wandering over the face of the green earth
    • like lost sheep, but that they were part and parcel of the
    • whole wide universe, and had their own function within this
    • tabulated isolated facts, and we have constructed a logical
    • practical link between us and the spiritual world. How paltry
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    • Ways of Spiritual Cognition and the Rejuvenation of the Artistic
    • This lecture was translated from a shorthand report, unrevised by
    • Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • George Adams from a shorthand report unrevised by the
    • Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • spoken of this fact, and we have indicated many examples.
    • Great epochs of Art, when artistic deeds raying far and wide
    • and again from Initiation. This shows how Art brings
    • friend and teacher Brunetto Latini, who, as I think
    • this connection between Dante and a man who was initiated
    • through his own re-birth. This above all was fully and
    • of the physical and the psychical, the following remark
    • saw the face, highly distasteful to him, and then discovered
    • pedant, I said to myself, and presently discovered that I had
    • schoolmaster. Not until afterwards did he discover that it
    • self-knowledge of men, even as regards their outer form. As
    • difficult. Nevertheless, personal and individual
    • When we regard
    • his astral body and his Ego.
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  • Title: Lecture: The Shaping of the Human Form out of Cosmic and Earthly Forces
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    • The Bridge between Cosmic Spirituality and the Physical
    • This lecture was translated from a shorthand report, unrevised by
    • the lecturer, and revised by Charles Davy.
    • Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • The Shaping of theHuman Form out ofCosmic andEarthly Forces
    • Translation revised by C. D. from a shorthand
    • Brücke zwischen der Weltgeistigkeit and dem
    • Dornach, Switzerland.
    • Anyone who understands the human head in the right way can
    • present life on Earth. And when we consider the
    • the Cosmos. As the human being stands before us today, we can
    • is an outcome of the Saturn, Sun and Moon evolutions; whereas
    • the limb-man is a starting-point for the Jupiter, Venus and
    • planetary embodiments of the Earth; and the starting-point
    • limbs today. As a man goes through life between death and
    • have, therefore, a human earthly aspect and also a cosmic
    • Cosmos. Now what came about during the Saturn-evolution and
    • of man; and so we are less able to form an opinion of it from
    • our earthly point of view. On the other hand we can form a
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    • Method and Purpose Among Spiritual Persons
    • Wege and Ziele des gelstigen Menschen.
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    • the lecturer, and revised by D. S. Osmond.
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    • Yuletide and theChristmas Festival
    • and Ziele des gelstigen Menschen (Bibl. No. 125).
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    • takes effect, how it manifests in what man can feel, love and
    • in this way of the Spirit and its progressive manifestation
    • in the course of man's existence, the Eternal and the
    • Transitory are revealed to our eyes of soul. And in
    • particular manifestations of life here and there, we can
    • expression in the Transitory and then vanishes again,
    • And today too
    • time, when we go out into the streets of a great city and
    • and Christmas symbols whiz past — motor cars, electric
    • tramcars and the like. These phenomena, as experienced today,
    • become for many of those who want to be regarded in the great
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    • THAT Buddhism and the
    • understanding of the essential nature of Buddhism — or rather
    • the longing for such an understanding — has only made itself
    • at the turn of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. When we
    • examine Goethe's life and writings we find no trace of the influence
    • of Buddhism; yet shortly afterwards there are distinct traces of
    • Buddhist influence in one who was in a certain sense a disciple of
    • age many people feel an inherent desire to understand what really
    • Yet with regard to its essentials one cannot do so — at all
    • that the deepest understanding of ancient works of art is to be
    • nevertheless true, and its truth is brought home to us by the
    • reincarnation is not really essential to the understanding of
    • Buddhism — and vice versa. For within our Western
    • of reincarnation and yet was quite uninfluenced by Buddhistic
    • earthly life and we may look forward to an ever fuller life wherein
    • the fruits of past lives may ripen. The prospect of a rich and
    • these are the essentials of Lessing's thought. On the other hand, the
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    • any understanding at all of the events that occur in the course of
    • be said that the point of view from which these social problems are
    • regarded and the way in which they are handled at the present time,
    • and moral life — I mean the intellectualism obtaining in our
    • paid to the personal and distinctive qualities of individual human
    • beings. And this is why our whole conception of the social question
    • has become abstract, so seldom grasping the social feelings and
    • sentiments playing between man and man. This lack of social
    • domain like that of hygiene — a domain which possibly is more
    • advice on the subject of hygiene, no lack of treatises and writings
    • these injunctions and regulations about hygiene? And the answer is,
    • centuries a longing has arisen among mankind for a democratic
    • that is demanded in the sphere of hygiene. In short, this
    • just said may seem paradoxical, for people do not place the
    • health side by side with the democratic demand that affairs of public
    • interest concerning every mature man and woman shall be arbitrated by
    • things depend on the judgment of specialists. But on the other hand
    • the individual and the community?
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    • Human Expression through Tone and Word.
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    • The Inner Nature of Music and the Experience of Tone: Lecture IV.
    • Speech and
    • and the Life in Spiritual
    • metamorphosis of activities which belong to man between death and a
    • conditions of equilibrium. We see the child slowly and gradually
    • adapt himself to these earthly conditions as he learns to stand
    • and walk. Thus the adaptation of the body to the position of
    • with Beings of the Higher Worlds between death and a new birth. Yet
    • that which man forms and creates in this activity — we may call
    • gait and posture. This faculty is only incorporated in man's nature
    • earth, where it signifies the power to walk and stand. In the
    • pre-earthly life, balance and equilibrium signify the relation
    • man has to the Angeloi, Archangeloi and so forth — to the
    • Beings of the Hierarchies — a relation manifold and
    • differentiated according as one feels oneself drawn more towards one
    • Being or more towards another. This constitutes the state of
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    • one great whole, we see it — in spite of the many valleys and
    • lowlands breaking the heights of the ascending development of man
    • whereby a religious, a divine consciousness penetrates ever and again
    • Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and its Attainment.
    • age, and it leads us from a mere knowledge of Nature to a knowledge of
    • everlasting impulse entered into human evolution; and so too, there
    • can arise in our vision a third epoch, an epoch in which we stand
    • to-day and which, by a new Initiation Science, we have to bring to a
    • Now over and above what is
    • will, feeling and by his earthly education, each of these three
    • his destiny. And always this riddle has assumed a different form
    • Those whom a deeper science
    • the Mystery of Golgotha. Again there is a difference in our own
    • times, when we must learn to understand this Mystery of Golgotha if
    • which produced the wisdom contained in the Vedas and the Vedanta
    • philosophy. Everywhere to-day men are turning back, and often with
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    • Switzerland.
    • Moral Influences of Light and Unmoral Influences of Electricity.
    • Switzerland.
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    • of reproduction and translation reserved by General Anthroposophic
    • Society, Dornach, Switzerland. Responsibility for the contents of the
    • should be addressed to Miss DORA BAKER,
    • Switzerland.
    • civilization began to rise to the surface at the turn of the 18th and
    • and that time when a certain physicist prepared a frog's leg which
    • quivered, and so he discovered electricity! How long ago was that?
    • or even elastic spheres colliding with one another, and so forth, and
    • thought has spun itself altogether into electricity, and this
    • so closely connects itself with a definite manner of thinking. If
    • tended towards the spiritual.
    • and brought into the ill repute of resembling electricity! When we
    • the world of sound, that is to say, in the spheres of optics and
    • though it was, of the reality of concepts and ideas. Electricity,
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    • Switzerland in December of 1915 and January of 1916. The series
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    • great store of wisdom has in fact disappeared, and it is known today
    • completely. In other words, can the reasons for such a disappearance
    • be completely external? You will recall the analogy I used: I said
    • that it is possible to imagine that everything we publish today and
    • writings of our opponents remain, and posterity can be reconstructed
    • only from those records and not from what we have said. This is quite
    • sustained as-is and without qualification. Even if all the writings
    • could assume this possibility — and we know the content of those
    • writings and would be able to communicate those truths without the
    • would continue to grow and spread, in spite of everything.
    • to a certain extent, the capacity to understand our writings, the
    • ability to preserve them, and the possibility of communicating them
    • understand such teachings as the Gnosis of Valentinus, for example,
    • Jeû, and so on. In fact, this is what happened.
    • gradually grew dim and faded away — a higher form of knowledge
    • Mysteries, yet it was a widespread knowledge nevertheless. And we
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  • Title: Lecture: On the Dimensions of Space
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    • Switzerland in June and July of 1922. The series of lectures is
    • (Human Questions and Cosmic Answers).
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    • Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • foundation on which we shall afterwards have to build in our more intimate
    • a certain inherent difficulty for our human power of knowledge and
    • understanding when we speak of the physical bodily nature of man on
    • the one hand, and the soul-and-spirit on the other. Man can gain
    • ideas about the physical and bodily with comparative ease, for it is
    • come to speak of the soul-and-spirit. True, if he is open-minded
    • words and phrases referring to the soul-and-spirit. The very
    • existence of such words and phrases shews after all, for an open-minded
    • reality of soul-and-spirit.
    • things physical and bodily with the world of soul and spirit. Indeed for
    • imaginable difficulties. They know that the physical and bodily is
    • physical and bodily. But the spiritual as such is nowhere to be found
    • the soul and spirit in the world of space. Thus they are led to the
    • materialistic, for they are an effort to bring the soul and spirit perforce
    • own soul-and-spirit. He is well aware of how it works, for he is aware
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  • Title: Lecture: What Has Geology to Say About the Origin of the World?
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    • science if in all earnestness and truthfulness it were obliged to come
    • the last centuries, and especially during the nineteenth century,
    • have accomplished such great things and brought such blessings on
    • science were compelled to take a stand in opposition to a branch of
    • which by virtue of its nature and its special tasks is able not only
    • as well as into the origin and evolving forms of the creatures
    • tremendous strides and achieved results of real importance, even
    • relationship in which spiritual science must stand to geology —
    • and to answer the question, how much from the point of view of
    • question concerning the origin, the gradual emergence and evolution,
    • of the earth and its living organisms?
    • the solid ground of our earth itself, and that out of what it finds there
    • come into existence and the changes it has undergone in the course of
    • regard to their rock formations or other contents, that these layers
    • present a different appearance from that of the ground on which we
    • investigate the ground as to the nature of its rock-formations and
    • mineral character. And it is perhaps also known that some of the most
    • material far away and deposit them in other parts. We see the ground
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  • Title: Lecture: Thinking and Willing as Two Poles of the Human Soul-Life
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    • Switzerland in June and July of 1921. The series of lectures is
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    • the lecturer, by an unknown translator, and first published in
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    • and Willing as Two Poles of the Human Soul-Life
    • [Shorthand
    • be of use to us again later, and which will help us in the course of
    • the next few days to pursue our ideas further and to develop them in
    • a definite direction. When we turn our attention to the life of the
    • thought element, at the other pole the will element, and
    • ordinary life we call feeling, qualities of the heart, and so on.
    • mutual relationship and interplay between them. Let us suppose
    • that we maintain a completely passive attitude towards life, so
    • that we can say that our will does not function outwardly at all. We
    • certain will element prevails, at any rate inwardly. On the other
    • hand, unless we are actually raving, or given to walking in our
    • existence, may nevertheless be traced back to a different
    • origin. And in this case the one pole of our soul-life, thinking, has
    • were, when we decide to undertake something which we afterwards
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  • Title: Vortrage: Denken, Fühlen, Wollen - Das Muspilhgedicht
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    • in uns abspielt in unserem Wachzustande, ist natürlich niemals
    • einseitig bloß das Denken vorhanden oder der Wille, sondern sie
    • sind immer in Verbindung miteinander, sie spielen ineinander. Nehmen
    • uns nicht gerade tobsüchtig verhalten oder nachtwandeln,
    • abgesondert für sich vorhanden. Aber was so abgesondert für
    • sich nicht vorhanden ist, das kann doch verschiedenen Ursprunges
    • andeutungsweise der Fall ist, so steht es auch in der großen
    • vorhanden, die der Mensch überhaupt in sich entwickelt. Das Kind
    • es besteht ja die Entwickelung des kindlichen Lebens darinnen,
    • schematisch etwa den Menschen so zeichnen können, daß wir
    • aus der geistigen Welt. Ich will das schematisch so andeuten (siehe
    • Menschenwesen, die früh sterben, ist es etwas anders, wir wollen
    • diesem Fortlaufen im alten Gedankentrott anders bewahren, als
    • Sinnesteppich ist ausgebreitet, da draußen sind die
    • der physischen Welt haben, ist nichts anderes da als Gedanken.
    • als verwandt mit dem, was von Ihnen selber aus der Vergangenheit
    • andere ist, glänzt es nach einer ändern Richtung. Das Bild
    • haben, so ist das eine vergangene Handlung; Sie können sie nicht
    • ungeschehen machen, weil sie eine vergangene Handlung ist. Wenn aber
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    • and in particular as to what it has brought to us, which is in no
    • at Munich, which generally begins with a dramatic representation
    • carried out in the spirit of our theosophical movement; and in the
    • and this year we have been able to make the experiment of having
    • thanks to the self-sacrifice and willingness of those able to take
    • beginning in this direction. For this should not be regarded as
    • activity, and above all it is necessary that those who take part in
    • to look into the matter both from without and from within. The first
    • theosophical life should be carried into all branches of life and
    • Art the fact that Theosophy is not a merely abstract theory and
    • to bring this about externally by all sorts of clever thoughts and
    • devotion and growing comprehension shewn by those of our theosophists
    • and that this year, in spite of great difficulty we were able to
    • the lectures this lack of space was felt externally by the audience,
    • certain intimacy; and just as little as it would be possible to give
    • a lack of all understanding for Art could make it acceptable in
    • larger circles; on the other hand it is not to be wondered at when we
    • The Architectural Hall in Berlin appears to me the maximum size; and
    • Now as regards our
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  • Title: Evolution/Aspect: Lecture 2: The Inner Aspects of the Saturn-embodiment of the Earth
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    • it will be necessary to acquire still other concepts and views than
    • about the Gospels and other spiritual documents of humanity would not
    • Science about Saturn, Sun and Moon evolution, to that of the
    • and that it would never be possible to give more than a merely rough
    • be read as though registered in a delicate spiritual substance, the
    • or less clearly, and that the further away they are the less clear do
    • minutely observed; while on the other hand those further removed from
    • only it is covered over and made invisible by what to-day surrounds
    • man on the physical plane. And the ancient Saturn existence which
    • old Saturn-existence. And in order that we may form a conception of
    • the present day an absolutely super-sensible and imponderable entity.
    • regarding the soul, so-called official psychologies which no longer
    • 19th century and well on into the 20th it was possible that such a
    • clear grasp of the ego and place it before us like the external
    • what is seen by the eyes and perceived by the senses, — if we
    • our environment and is invisibly within it, similar to the
    • not possibly bear the perception of it. It is veiled by the Guardian
    • of the Threshold Who conceals it from him. And it requires a certain
    • a vision to which we have to become accustomed. — And above all
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    • and ideas through which we may reach those strange and distant
    • pictures taken from what is near at hand and familiar. The
    • deeply immersed in Maya and Illusion; and we must first work our way
    • the matter. For instance, the old Saturn period is described (and
    • essential parts did not consist of what we know as earth, water and
    • pictorially. Of space there was none in our sense. And time first
    • When, therefore, something is said to call up a picture before our
    • substance dense enough to be called gas, nothing but heat and
    • sensation of passing through warmer and colder conditions; so
    • time of Saturn, receives the impression of being in spaceless ebb and
    • being; and we have seen that spiritual achievements formed in truth
    • the very existence of ancient Saturn; and we have formed a picture of
    • the spiritual deeds then existing. We have said that the Spirits of
    • to the concrete occurrences on Saturn, we have the Cherubim and the
    • Thrones to the Cherubim. And it is these sacrificial deeds seen from
    • sense — the external physical expression of sacrifice, and
    • modern term and does not quite apply. For time was not then that
    • time — and they are the children of the Thrones and the
    • an actual comprehension of what lies behind, when it is said:
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    • spiritual to be found behind the phenomenon of heat, and then that
    • conditions of heat and fire must be sought very far away from what we
    • Cherubim. And yet in truth we must say that a sacrifice such as
    • reality mere illusion, nothing but maya; and only when we progress
    • conception of fire and heat; for in fact fire, heat and light bear
    • fire, heat and air are illusions; and the realities behind these bear
    • and the virtue of bestowal.
    • of bestowal added to that of sacrifice we ascend from the life of
    • actual conditions of development we must acquire a definite idea from
    • movement of a hand or the greatest of deeds, the impulse of the
    • healing and blessing, must proceed from a stronger impulse of will,
    • while a less important act comes from a weaker impulse. And in
    • greatest deeds or better said, the greatest results do not
    • attain certain results by controlling our wishes and desires, and
    • learning above all to suppress his own wishes and desires. For
    • we are well nourished and acquire greater strength thereby, so, in
    • means, we repress and control our wishes and desires; (this is only a
    • statement, and not given by way of advice). The greatest spiritual,
    • renunciation of wishes, desires, and impulses of will which may
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    • world we have now carried a difficult aspect of it far enough to
    • external sense-world. Concerning such phenomena, at first outwardly
    • peculiar form stands behind them, as we experience this spiritual in
    • recognised that nevertheless spiritual qualities and properties
    • do stand behind them. For example, in ordinary life we recognise the
    • properties of heat or fire, and we have learnt to see in these the
    • expression of sacrifice. In what meets us as air and at any rate, to
    • recognised the bestowing virtue of certain Spiritual Beings. And we
    • material element, and the fact that specially volatile substances
    • and indeed in the outer world it may often occur that people use this
    • occasion (as some here present are aware) a letter was addressed to a
    • spiritualist union at Munich, and so little did the postman know what
    • Central Committee of Wine and Spirit merchants!
    • ancient Moon, we must bear in mind a different kind of development of
    • must understand by this is symbolically expressed in the world's
    • sacrifice to his God. But it was not pleasing unto God and He would
    • the regions referred to, both conceptions and ideas slip into use
    • regarding them which only have meaning in our ordinary life. It will
    • greatness and significance to be found in resignation. None the less
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    • LECTURE 6 (AND LAST).
    • senses and our physically limited view.
    • the nearest external phenomena away from our field of vision and
    • the willingness to sacrifice, and the virtue of bestowal or
    • acquainted by looking into our own souls, and which we can only fully
    • fundamentally, as regards its qualities, can only be compared with
    • have to characterise that which is outwardly expressed in the
    • lake or even of the ocean are concealed in the body of water, and
    • substantiality of the water and the configuration of its force. So
    • with the inner experience of our soul; and indeed, as we have moved
    • forward spiritually through the Saturn, Sun and Moon-existence, and
    • we felt longing arising within it, and we saw how the longing works
    • words: all philosophy, and all striving for a certain kind of human
    • who has devoted a little reflection and thought to the whole sequence
    • described as bringing sublimity and life into anything, however dry.
    • in prosiness and pedantry. That process in the soul which leads from
    • arises from wonder, in that alone constitutes the sublimity and vital
    • actually to feel the dryness and withering of any knowledge not
    • framed in wonder and the bliss of solved riddles: Any other kind of
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 1: The Driving Force Behind Europe's War
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    • of our intentions and of the will to come closer and closer
    • to a true knowledge of the spirit in our studies and in our
    • knowledge is intimately bound up with the most inward aspect
    • of the human being, and every now and then we must therefore
    • enquire into the essential nature of our will and intent. In
    • with, for we are all aware of it and feel it deeply. The
    • Again and
    • development we wish to see taken up by humanity, and today we
    • we may call to mind again and again when we give deep and
    • were drawn out and had become elastic, as if the things we
    • — who may be said to sleep through the events of the
    • through their minds four or five years ago and left an
    • almost routine answer I gave to questions asked over and over
    • to be: It does look as if the statisticians are right and the
    • view and consider much longer time-spans if we are to do
    • justice to the question. And I would always go on to say that
    • always possible to give plain and simple answers in
    • they are able to take truths in the right way and some things
    • Vienna not long before this catastrophe came on our world and
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    • to change in the way people think, feel and use their will.
    • regard to our innermost being that old, inherited and
    • acquired habits will have to go and a new way of thinking and
    • feeling develop. This is what our time demands. I think it
    • can have a profound and truly significant effect on people to
    • deep pain, and it is right this should be so; on the other
    • hand, we should not forget that the number of people who have
    • taken up spiritual life in recent decades is small, and the
    • soul and spirit which comes after death. In practice this
    • summon up an age of wars and devastation did not hold true to
    • and fail to notice many of the tremendous changes now taking
    • instinctive level, and individuals are then aware of the
    • inwardly and therefore not yet able to experience these
    • the turbulent and destructive events of today, some
    • intellectual and moral development in human evolution.
    • Now, in these times of war, it can be seen again and again
    • that this imbalance between intellectual and moral life in
    • penetrated, studied and finally used to build all kinds of
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    • lectures which will enable you to understand the present time
    • and the immediate future in some aspects at least. It should
    • context of the whole. I will sometimes go far and wide to
    • collect the material we need to understand the present time,
    • and some of it may seem remote.
    • time, going back several decades and also looking decades
    • many respects go utterly against current and generally
    • to be incredible, warped and downright foolish.
    • which differed from generally accepted views had to be said
    • difference between those truths and common opinion was
    • today and less able to accept views which differ from their
    • before that the new and different views presented to them are
    • fanciful and absurd. Nevertheless, truths that until now were
    • closely guarded by small groups of people, with strict
    • silence demanded of anyone to whom they were made known, must
    • opinion and those who hold it react to these truths; nor do
    • the prejudices and counter-currents matter that are provoked
    • react to truths today and in the immediate future. People
    • believe they have long since outgrown the illusions and
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    • The Elemental Spirits of Birth and Death
    • As I said in my earlier lectures, the time
    • general was protected and did not have to accept them. Many
    • of these truths were carefully guarded in the ancient
    • truths. Now, we have often said that it is fear of the great
    • have this fear today — and there are indeed many of
    • it is, people have grown tense and fearful in recent times,
    • and why should they be exposed to those great and fearsome
    • know certain entities, and above all things of a special
    • in insights and ideas.
    • have a specific function in the whole universe and especially
    • with human birth and death. You should never believe that
    • human birth and death are actually as they present themselves
    • being enters this physical world from the non-physical, and
    • a name, let us call them the 'elemental spirits of birth and
    • elemental spirits of birth and death. If one were to speak of
    • them, and of the whole way in which these elemental spirits
    • essential nature of these elemental spirits of birth and
    • death and do so in full consciousness, they come to know
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    • that we are getting to know grave and significant truths and
    • ourselves in all seriousness and dignity with the impulses
    • Mystery of Golgotha and ended in the fifteenth century after
    • seriously. Souls change much more than we believe, and it is
    • will say: The Greeks and the Romans perceived the world
    • around them and we, too, perceive the world around us; there
    • senses, in quite a different way from the ancient Greeks, for
    • example. The Greeks also saw colours and heard sounds; but
    • them. Instead of merely being blue or red, the blue and the
    • the fourth postAtlantean period, and perceptions were
    • — first and second age,
    • Lemurian age, Atlantean age, our own post-Atlantean age and
    • age both the earth and humanity had reached their midpoint.
    • Up to then everything was growth and development. In some
    • and until the middle of the Atlantean age the earth was much
    • develop cracks and fissures, we might say; and it was only
    • then that the rocks of today, with their cracks and fissures,
    • shattering, of our present-day earth in Eduard Suess's
    • outstanding scientific work
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    • being and how human beings are part of historical evolution.
    • And we also feel, for instance, that when we walk, stand or
    • thought as such, the matter is really quite different. And we
    • shall not understand how human beings really relate to their
    • are always, wherever we are — whether sitting, standing
    • or lying down — not only in the world of air and light
    • and so on, but also in a world of surging thoughts. You will
    • space filled with air. And in more or less the same way you
    • is, however, a difference between the thoughts flitting
    • around out there, which really are living entities, and the
    • published shortly, and which I mentioned yesterday,
    • there in thought-space and if I, too, have thoughts in my
    • when someone has died and a living person who is walking
    • the senses and drag around with us when in waking
    • us, and this makes our thoughts abstract. We have abstract
    • thought corpses which we call our thoughts and ideas. This is
    • unaccustomed idea. Imagine you are lying in bed and it is
    • are not in the habit of making the distinction, and anyway
    • themselves up out of sheer habit, and yet there is just a
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 7: Working from Spiritual Reality
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    • often done by conjurers: they show the audience some heavy
    • weights and the effort required to lift them. To make the
    • written on them — so and so many hundredweight, or
    • kilogram or whatever. Having made enormous efforts and slowly
    • lifted the weights, so that the audience can admire his
    • cardboard. It is merely that the shape and the figures have
    • little bit of spiritual science and who learns what people,
    • biographers and historians who, according to current opinion,
    • child might as well come and run off swinging all this
    • one gets today. The whole of Roman history, and particularly
    • heading. And I am forced to say that historians dealing with
    • us and gives spiritual, if not exactly physical, weight to
    • being presented in hundreds, if not thousands, of ways during
    • the weight made of cardboard, for the element which lends
    • on a chair and watching the man lifting weights, it looks
    • exactly the same whether the weights are made of cardboard or
    • the weights lifted by the model were made of cardboard. The
    • eminently true, and the individuals who are so proud of their
    • details, numerous characteristic and significant things to
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 8: Abstraction and Reality
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    • Abstraction and Reality
    • gathered, from what I said yesterday, that at the present
    • and purely intellectual thinking, and thinking which is based
    • it. But the world is full of contradictions, and if we really
    • want to grasp reality, we cannot throw a general, standard
    • understand it. We have to consider everything on an
    • defect and deficiency in our time is that people are
    • or four centuries, and the fact that as such it has become
    • doing alright, one might say, with regard to the physical and
    • material world, for the physical world ignores them, and they
    • the brick wall of reality. And they are sometimes just as
    • is different, however, when it comes to social and political
    • that will not yield; in this case we create the reality. And
    • a particular age and the outer physical events of a time
    • in the spirit, and this also applies where humanity is
    • concerned, with things living first in human thoughts and
    • then in human actions. And we can see how abstract thinking
    • yesterday and the weights which have no weight, with the
    • — as I have said so many times — and they want
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 9: The Battle between Michael and 'The Dragon'
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    • The Battle between Michael and
    • knowledge and the like, for this will allow you to penetrate
    • the spiritual development of the peoples of Europe and
    • America in the middle of the nineteenth century, and
    • sources of such events — and today we are very much
    • in the world of the spirit. And if we investigate the
    • a struggle, a real war in that world, which began then and
    • moment relates to this battle fought by Michael and his
    • in this battle between Michael's followers and the ahrimanic
    • this, it will give you a great deal of understanding of the
    • outer and inner destiny experienced by these individuals, and
    • place in the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s and came to a conclusion
    • in the autumn of 1879, when Michael and his followers won a
    • its evolution — the fight between Michael and the
    • dragon. This image has come up again and again in the course
    • battle between Michael and the dragon is similar to the one
    • harmful and damaging things. We may say that a particular
    • crowd of ahrimanic spirits seek over and over again to bring
    • And so they also lost the battle in the autumn of 1879, and,
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    • The Influence of the BackwardAngels
    • It cannot be said that our present age has
    • and we take the egg away and hatch it out in a warm place,
    • air pump and therefore in a vacuum, do you think the chick
    • present age demands this. And so it happens that the oddest
    • kinds of societies may evolve, representing and demanding all
    • kinds of ideals, and yet nothing comes of it. There were
    • the twentieth century, but it cannot be said that the last
    • said a number of times in these lectures.
    • October) I sketched a diagram to show the spiritual
    • that this battle continued until November 1879, and after
    • this Michael gained the victory — and the dragon, that
    • which fought a decisive battle in the spiritual world between
    • 1841 and 1879 were cast down into the human realm in 1879.
    • thinking, the inner responses and the will impulses of human
    • beings, and this is specifically the case in the epoch in
    • impulses and inner responses. Events like these which play
    • between the spiritual and the physical worlds are part of the
    • abstractions over and over again and to say something as
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 11: Recognizing the Inner Human Being
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    • The aim of these talks has been, and must
    • how people today and in the near future are moving into a
    • period of civilization which will make special demands in
    • effect especially in the present time and which will
    • influence the whole of human life, the whole of culture and
    • become more inward.
    • said that human soul nature will become more inward we must
    • not fail to realize that this growing inwardness will, in
    • many instances, go hand in hand with people becoming more
    • superficial in their intellect, for instance with regard to
    • already considered and others which are still to be
    • evolution of humanity and also of the world outside the human
    • being, a more outward stream is always complemented by an
    • outside, whilst inwardly it is more spiritual or
    • the surface and the materialistic or material stream goes
    • down into the hidden depths of human nature. And then the
    • inward and the material or materialistic one comes to the
    • 11a) where material events and material attitudes and
    • considerations are concerned, and the depth of the human soul
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 12: The Spirits of Light and the Spirits of Darkness
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    • The Spirits of Light and the Spirits
    • darkness were cast out of the spiritual realm and down into
    • importance. We have to reflect again and again what it really
    • realms. The battle started in the early 1840s and ended when
    • in the autumn of 1879 and cast down as dark spirits into the
    • realm of human evolution. They are now among us and the
    • but also into our inner feelings, our will impulses and even
    • partial understanding of the significant events of the
    • present time and the immediate future, unless they are
    • the physical world and the spiritual world and take as much
    • perceived with the aid of spiritual science, for only then
    • concepts and definitions when considering the world and not
    • one hierarchy or another? Those are the questions we ask, and
    • being is a creature who walks on two legs and does not have
    • plucked cockerel: a creature who walked on two legs and had
    • no feathers. This is a human being, he said, according to the
    • definitions of this kind are generally accepted, and many of
    • does not get us far in understanding the real issue. The
    • the Atlantean age and right into Graeco-Latin times.
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    • human mind, events in which humanity is now caught up and
    • 1840s and the autumn of 1879. This was one of the battles
    • which occur repeatedly in world and human evolution and are
    • human realms. As I said, from that time onwards they have
    • been active in the feeling, will and mind impulses of human
    • which raged in the spiritual regions between the 1840s and
    • the 1870s, and of the activity of the spirits of darkness
    • and gradually. Today we shall first of all consider some ways
    • in a downward direction and gradually caused materialistic
    • that the purely physical intellect and a culture based on
    • this showed a tremendous upsurge in the 1840s, 50s, 60s and
    • that anyone who studies the evolution of humanity and has an
    • conception, acumen and critical faculties for the adherents
    • inventions, to criticism and to brilliant definitions, is
    • physical thinking and is bound to the brain. A materialist
    • well defined and critical thinking so well developed as in
    • those years, and this was in all kinds of areas. We see a
    • 60s and 70s of the last century, always hoping for
    • tribes, nations and races, uniting those who belonged
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    • the things which have to be said with regard to the spiritual
    • but let me add today that spiritual guidance of earthly
    • The Spiritual Guidance of Man and of Humanity.
    • As I said, they were mainly involved. Try with all intensity
    • and in the spiritual realm, hardly touching on human life.
    • during the fourth post-Atlantean age and will be under direct
    • This was done via the human blood. And the social structure
    • relationship, on blood bonds. Both the Archangels and the
    • dwelling place of Archangels and Angels. This is changing
    • — will take possession more of the blood, and the
    • essentially more at work in the brain and the Angels in the
    • people do and achieve here on earth are connected with the
    • — not always correctly — that Angels and
    • Archangels are somewhere in Cloud-cuckoo-land. If we were to
    • take the whole of human neurological life as a place, and the
    • whole of the blood life as another place, and add what
    • death and rebirth, we would have the realms of the Archangels
    • and Angels.
    • century marked a specific period in earth evolution and in
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  • Title: Lecture: Fall and Redemption
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    • and Redemption
    • And to begin with today, let me point to the fact that this
    • consciousness can only be acquired if the whole task of culture and
    • of mankind; and in various ways through the years we have seen how
    • the fifteenth century. We have spoken again and again in recent
    • evolution depicted in myths and history is a kind of preparation for
    • this significant moment of growing awareness of our freedom and
    • powers. And so the religions point to a cosmic-earthly event that
    • just this kind of human decision making. As I said, we do not want to
    • therefore, we can present the matter as though, from a definite point
    • were active in him and that now he himself was active.
    • to his overall moral view of himself, man felt that he was sinful and
    • spiritual powers. And then there arose in humanity this
    • decide for myself is sinful per se, and I can attain a sinless state
    • then arose most strongly in the Middle Ages. And then human
    • faculty, began to develop. And so, in a certain way, what man
    • third or fourth century A.D., was also now
    • the Middle Ages said to itself: No matter how effectively one may
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    • at da det nathanske Jesusbarn var tolv år gammelt,
    • fullbyrdet seg på det fysiske plan. De andre, forberedende
    • er. Hvis vi ville la det lille barns øyne hvile på et
    • nemlig da dets jeg-bevissthet våkner. Selv i de
    • forestillinger som fra da av er besjelet av Kristusimpulsen,
    • alder. Efterat jeg-bevisstheten er våknet, kan vi jo
    • gryende bevissthet. Da ser barnet f eks. ganske anderledes enn
    • reise seg fra den horisontale jordretning opp til den
    • opp, å rette blikket oppad, fra det jordiske, som
    • dyreblikket - ut fra dyrets form - stadig må være
    • nu i barnealderen før vårt Jeg våkner til
    • tidspunkt da det ennu ikke avhenger av vår bevissthet, da
    • så mange andre områder ville en sammenligning
    • innta en vertikal stilling. Med andre ord å heve seg opp
    • fra den stilling som det ennu var i under den gamle
    • lemuriske tid lærer mennesket å forvandle
    • inn fra kosmos, fra det overjordiske. Lucifer og Ahriman ville
    • form-kraften hadde kunnet stråle inn fra kosmos og levende
    • det til et virkelig oppreist, vertikalt vesen. Der hadde
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  • Title: Lecture: Man's Fall and Redemption
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    • Man's Fall and Redemption
    • lectures, I spoke of man's fall into sin and of an ascent from sin. I
    • and willing. I have pointed out the more formal aspect of the fall of
    • and that he must therefore renounce all efforts that might lift him
    • above earthly contemplation. I said that when people speak to-day of
    • older times and particularly during the Middle Ages. To-day I should
    • intellectualism already bears the marks of this fall and decay;
    • consciousness of our civilisation arose, on the one hand, from a
    • particular conception of the thinking human being, and, on the other
    • hand, from a particular conception of the willing human being. To-day
    • the outer kingdoms of Nature, and to grasp human life with the methods
    • natural science teaches us to think, and we consider social life, too,
    • observes Nature and thinks, is an unprejudiced conception. All kinds of
    • things are mentioned that science is unprejudiced, and so on. But
    • thinking is ignored altogether and there is no philosophy leading to
    • the process of thought and of its inner living force.
    • this lies in the considerations that I have already set forth. Once I said
    • thoughts that we form to-day on the kingdoms of Nature and on the
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  • Title: Lecture: Calendar of the Soul
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    • Dornach, Switzerland. It was translated by D. S. Osmond.
    • A lecture given by Rudolf Steiner in Cologne, 7th May, 1912, and
    • Dornach, Switzerland. It was translated by D. S. Osmond.
    • The Mysteries of the Kingdoms of Heaven in Parables and in
    • in Cologne, 7th May, 1912, and published by permission of the
    • Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • importance of Anthroposophy for present and future mankind will only
    • gradually be realised, but insight will come when understanding has
    • shall mention only this well-known and very significant passage in
    • are revealed in parables, that seeing they may see and not
    • understand. But unto you’ — so says Christ Jesus —
    • He looks at an animal or a plant, and pictures to himself that these
    • world — that and that alone. And not until we nave recognised the
    • be seen in the kingdoms of mineral, plant, animal, and also in the
    • sense-organs, upon intellect and intelligence — all these
    • things are nothing but symbols of the Spirit; and only one who learns
    • And so
    • as men pass through the world, observing its beings and its happenings,
    • addresses man in parables, in symbols. In the Spirit alone there is
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    • Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • It was originally translated by Gerald Karnow, with revisions by
    • Dornach, Switzerland, 1959.
    • were given by Rudolf Steiner to audiences familiar with the general
    • the distinction between his written works and reports of lectures that
    • were given as oral communications and were not originally intended for
    • very least the anthroposophical knowledge of man and of the cosmos in
    • and weaving spirit in all beings surrounding us by proceeding from
    • the principle that the knowing human being should understand himself
    • ‘The Human Soul and the Animal Soul’
    • and
    • ‘The Human Spirit and the Animal Spirit’
    • [Berlin, November 10 and 17, 1910]
    • It was said that the person knowing himself could never
    • ideas, concepts, and mental images of things and beings if these
    • concepts and ideas, this spiritual content through which the human
    • drawing forth of the spiritual from things and beings would be pure
    • that wherever we gaze and are able to discover the spirit, there this
    • and animal realms, etc. To enter into the means by which the spirit
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    • Dornach in the Winter of 1917 and 1918.
    • Mystery Truths and the Christmas Impulse. Published in German as,
    • Geistige Wesen und ihre Wirkungen. Band IV.
    • Shorthand report unrevised by the lecturer. All rights reserved by
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    • thought will probably lie near at hand for all of you; it may
    • that can explain and illumine what is actually
    • humanity finally lost the last vestiges of an understanding
    • existed such a mode of thought as that of Louis Claude de
    • century, on the other hand, Saint Martin's ideas and ways of
    • of his mode of thought, and we shall observe at once how
    • is able to think and feel. In his important work, Des
    • Man. Looking backward as it were, he speaks of a deeply
    • Claude de Saint Martin had a few disciples, it is true,
    • the 19th century, cannot be said to have been influenced by
    • above all, into the Spiritual World, which we find here and
    • an ancient Mystery-wisdom. To understand, however, even in an
    • To understand
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    • Mystery Truths and the Christmas Impulse. Published in German as,
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    • taken during the 19th century and on into our time; I showed
    • how the knowledge and awareness of super-sensible impulses working
    • in World-evolution was more and more exterminated, I tried to
    • for us, namely, the complete misunderstanding of the
    • 18th century a clear and distinct consciousness of the fact
    • Louis Claude de Saint Martin, and of Dupuis. In Saint Martin
    • himself, in a certain sense, a pupil and successor of Jacob
    • hand, we found the other aspect — the rise of the way
    • deceit ; and that no man is truly enlightened unless he does
    • and restricts himself to a science purely and simply founded
    • on the world of the senses, and on the intellect which
    • freshness and freedom.
    • and reaching on into our time — stood under the
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    • poles to which I refer are the Christmas secret and the
    • them outwardly — it will strike you at once that the
    • the birth of Christ Jesus, and therewithal attaches itself to
    • and death are the two boundaries of human life, as it runs
    • say: over against what stands before man as the visible part
    • of his being, birth and death veil from his sight the
    • festivals of Christmas and Easter, two gateways to the
    • year; and inasmuch as this is so, the Christian
    • and in the must varied regions of the Earth, we find
    • patently at hand in every case; the inner connections are not
    • understand. It is essentially Man himself — the
    • descends through birth from spiritual heights to grow and
    • Mystery which afterwards passed over into the secret of
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    • Foundations of Anthroposophy, and a 10 lecture series entitled,
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    • and a 10 lecture series entitled,
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    • all, with the aid of the exercises already characterized, that
    • designated as man's inner and outer being should be distinctly
    • one does not carefully distinguish man's inner and outer being,
    • of man's sentient and volitional being during sleep and the
    • designated vaguely in ordinary consciousness as man's outer and
    • by this separation man's inner world becomes his outer world, and
    • in that case? During sleep, man's sentient and volitional being
    • abandons what we designated man's physical and etheric body, or
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    • Spiritual Research, Methods and Results, and the 1st of 4 lectures
    • in the series entitled: Supersensible in Man and World.
    • and is the 4th of 5 lectures in the series entitled:
    • Spiritual Research, Methods and Results, and
    • Supersensible in Man and World.
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    • the Human Being and in the Universe
    • wakeful mind and heart feels that we are now living in a time
    • that obstructs our path with obstacles that seriously handicap
    • our life and existence. The times have become difficult. It
    • and capacity, and, above all, our survey of life, unless we form
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    • and a 10 lecture series entitled,
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    • concerning the human being and his relation to the universe. The
    • universe and man are undoubtedly the two most important problems,
    • for they embrace every question dealing with science and life and
    • every problem of greatest and smallest importance.
    • nature of these problems that in regard to these things I must
    • perception and which lie beyond the sphere of ordinary
    • In regard to the
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    • Christi. Der Mensch in seinem Zusammenhang mit dem Kosmos. Band IX,
    • typescript series entitled: Christmas and Christ.
    • and is the 8th of 11 lectures in the series entitled:
    • Norse and Middle European Spiritual Impulses.
    • Zusammenhang mit dem Kosmos. Band IX,
    • Christmas and Christ. The translator is unknown.
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    • EAST AND WEST IN
    • festivals of the year work should stop and that Christmas in
    • Nevertheless a deeper insight into present conditions should not
    • in another age and today it must seem frivolous to maintain old
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    • MAN AND COSMOS
    • science drawn from a deeper source and show how the human being
    • envisage, to begin with, his physical organization and his
    • etheric or vital body revealed to spiritual investigation; and
    • then we speak of the astral body and of the Ego organization. But
    • things in sequence, for each of these members has a different
    • cosmos only if we understand how these different members are
    • human being, as he stands before us, we find that these four
    • activity, and in order to understand them we must first study
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  • Title: Lecture: Human Freedom and Its Connection with the Mystery of Golgotha
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    • and is the 11th of 11 lectures in the series entitled:
    • dem Kosmos. Band VII, Bibliographic Nr. 207, Dornach 1978. It is also in
    • the volume entitled: Cosmosophy, Vol. I, and in the 5 lecture series
    • and Michael Klein.
    • and is the 11th of 11 lectures in the series entitled:
    • Kosmos. Band VII,
    • and in the 5 lecture series entitled,
    • Alice Wulsin and Michael Klein.
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    • Switzerland.
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    • HUMAN FREEDOM AND
    • “Anthroposophic News Sheet,” Dornach, Switzerland
    • here, from birth to death, and in the spiritual world, from death
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  • Title: Lecture: Knowledge Pervaded with the Experience of Love
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    • and is the 9th of 9 lectures in the series entitled: Earthly Knowledge
    • and Heavenly Wisdom. It appears in the original German in Erdenwissen
    • series entitled: Earthly Knowledge and Heavenly Wisdom.
    • and is the 9th of 9 lectures in the series entitled:
    • Earthly Knowledge and Heavenly Wisdom.
    • Earthly Knowledge and Heavenly Wisdom.
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    • epoch. And you also know, from certain soul characteristics of
    • A.D. Since that time we must take into account the
    • western humanity must unfold, and which we look upon as the
    • the Fourth Century A.D. the human soul had
    • a certain inclination towards the intellectual life which existed
    • in ancient Greece and was about to set; nevertheless we find in
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  • Title: Lecture: The End of the Dark Age
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    • and is the 12th of 12 lectures in the series entitled:
    • a Striving for Spiritual Understanding of Nature Permeated by Christ.
    • and is the 12th of 12 lectures in the series entitled:
    • Anthroposophy, a Striving for Spiritual Understanding of Nature
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    • into himself and that he must say to himself: When I am
    • what devastates and rends the human soul to-day. Even though we
    • do not wish to admit this torn and devastated condition, it
    • and constitutes the fundamental evil and the fundamental tragedy
    • because we fill our own spirit with the life of Nature, and we
    • intellect was still unfolding and still possessed the inheritance
    • apparent: for Ahriman lives in Nature. And by absorbing Nature,
    • ordinary understanding; but when it is a question of grasping in
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  • Title: Lecture: The Golden Legend and a German Christmas Play
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    • Edited by Harry Collison and published for the first time in
    • lecture is also known as, The Christmas Thought and the Mystery
    • of the Ego. Contained in Volume No. 157a and 165 of the Complete
    • Bn/GA 157a and 165
    • Edited by Harry Collison and published for the first time in
    • The Christmas Thought and the Mystery of the Ego.
    • Contained in Volume No. 157a and 165 of the Complete
    • The Christmas Thought and the Secret of the Ego.
    • action, and who have to devote their lives and souls to the great
    • task of the age; and let us say:
    • their souls, active Guardians,
    • And for
    • consequence of the severe duties demanded of them in these times, we
    • their souls, active Guardians,
    • And may
    • went through the Mystery of Golgotha for the sake of the freedom and
    • ‘Revelation of the Divine in the heights of existence and peace
    • to men on earth who are permeated by good will.’ And as
    • saying and its deep cosmic meaning?’ That deep cosmic meaning
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  • Title: Lecture: The Christmas Thought and the Secret of the Ego
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    • aka: The Golden Legend and a German Christmas Play
    • Edited by Harry Collison and published for the first time in
    • lecture is also known as, The Christmas Thought and the Mystery
    • of the Ego. Contained in Volume No. 157a and 165 of the Complete
    • Bn/GA 157a and 165
    • Edited by Harry Collison and published for the first time in
    • The Tree of the Cross and the Golden Legend, and
    • Contained in Volume No. 157a and 165 of the Complete
    • Thought and the Secret of the Ego
    • The Tree of the Cross and the Golden Legend
    • translated from the original German by G. Karnow and A. Wulsin.
    • and peace to those on earth
    • that unite us with these words and their deep and universal meaning
    • witnessed and must feel countless deaths around us in this
    • feeling. Hate and antipathy race through spiritual space and can
    • thought, however, is especially predominant. We think how enemy stands
    • death to each other and how they then can go through the same portal
    • Jesus. We think of how, all over the earth, where there is war and
    • pain and discord, those who are otherwise in such discord can be
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  • Title: Lecture: Zarathustra
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    • and published in German as,
    • Translated by Walter F. Knox and published for the first time
    • and published in German as,
    • Berlin. From a shorthand report unrevised by the lecturer. Published
    • individuality has to manifest over and over again in a single
    • Earth is at present but little understood, and, moreover, it is
    • generally unpopular. As we have seen and shall still see, many
    • through earthly life. Every epoch and every age has its special
    • content, its special characteristics, and all the varied
    • possibilities which it offers have to be assimilated over and over
    • man, with all that composes his being, is connected not once and for
    • all, but over and over again with the living stream of evolution.
    • significance of those Great Ones who have been the leading and
    • humanity have emanated and in the course of these lectures we shall
    • state that ever since man has been man, he has thought, felt and
    • Science shows us that the life of the human soul and the nature of
    • man's thought, feeling and will, have undergone great changes in the
    • quite a different nature and we have reason to believe that, in the
    • lived about five or six thousand years before the Trojan War. We are
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  • Title: Lecture: Hermes
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    • and published in German as,
    • Hermes and the Mysteries of Ancient Egypt,
    • Translated by Walter F. Knox and published for the first time
    • and published in German as,
    • Hermes and the Mysteries of Ancient Egypt,
    • Berlin, February 16th, 1911, and published
    • by kind permission of Frau Marie Steiner from a shorthand report
    • greater significance to study the culture and civilisation of ancient
    • at first to be as full of mystery as the Sphinx itself, standing
    • recently been compelled to go back to ages more and more remote in
    • the prime of Egyptian culture must be dated at least seven thousand
    • civilisation and his own aims and purposes. It is not without
    • Science up to that time and his own contributions to knowledge, in
    • tried to peer into the secrets of cosmic space. And it has often
    • sanctuaries of the Egyptians and brought their holy vessels into our
    • the disciples in the secret sanctuaries and places of learning in
    • words. It must therefore be of great interest to us to understand how
    • regarded by the civilised world in general in olden times. An
    • Egyptian sage once said to Solon: “You Greeks are still
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  • Title: Lecture: On the Nature of Butterflies
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    • Translated by A. Innes and published for the first time in
    • The Functioning of Spirit in Nature and in Man - The Being of Bees,
    • and published in German as,
    • Translated by A. Innes and published for the first time
    • The Functioning of Spirit in Nature and in Man –
    • and published in German as,
    • Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland, by whom all
    • to be aroused regarding the actual working of this Spirit, we cannot
    • help becoming curious about it. In the case of the beavers' lodge and
    • time in summer when man walks in the open and sees the lovely iridescent
    • made based on the flight of birds, dragon-flies, and so forth, but
    • the true facts. Even in regard to the practical side of life these
    • am going to point out something regarding butterflies which does not
    • sting (drawing), and it crawls around lazily. Outwardly it appears to be
    • a sluggard. Inwardly however, it is far from sluggish, for from its own
    • body it spins threads out of which it forms a hard covering. Gradually
    • the caterpillar completely disappears into this covering, and
    • where it hangs. It first attaches the threads and then vanishes into the
    • cocoon. So we first have the egg, then the caterpillar and now the
    • part of it and the butterfly emerges.
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  • Title: Memory and Love
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    • loving work as architect, sculptor, and painter, was completely
    • over from the life before birth, and of the quality in the human soul
    • which is a seed for the life after death, the quality of love; and of
    • loving work as architect, sculptor, and painter, was completely
    • over from the life before birth, and of the quality in the human soul
    • which is a seed for the life after death, the quality of love; and of
    • and published in German as,
    • MEMORY AND LOVE
    • on passing through Stuttgart, and I should like to make this an
    • without our being conscious of them, and by the illumination that
    • spiritual world between death and a new birth.
    • that the experiences of the human soul between death and rebirth differ
    • essentially from those between birth and death. Here on earth a man's
    • imagine, for example, that thinking is a purely spiritual act, and that
    • earth existence were it unable to have the support of the body and its
    • body we carry our organs — lung, heart, brain, and so on. In
    • perceive them only when they are ill, and then in a very imperfect way.
    • at it, unless we are studying anatomy, and then we are not studying a
    • knowledge proves most unpleasant — headache and all that goes with
    • spiritual life between death and a new birth the exact opposite
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  • Title: Conferencia: La Comunión Espiritual de la Humanidad
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    • en la Edición Completa del Centenario que contiene el original
    • Thanks to a donation by Noelle Durandin, this lecture has been made
    • — cuando se concibe como un misterio — pertenece
    • vínculo establecido entre el hombre y la escena de su vida en la
    • Cuando
    • sublimes, o cuando comparamos el Festival de Navidad con Misterios que
    • Mirando
    • Considerando que sabemos muy bien que las imágenes de nuestros
    • organismo y, a diferencia de nuestros pensamientos, no reflejan la
    • realidad; a través de la naturaleza misma de las Imaginaciones de
    • exigirse internamente, debe elaborar sus ideas a fuerza de volutad
    • hacía distinción entre la creencia y el conocimiento. El
    • conocimiento llegaba en la forma de imágenes; pero la creencia se
    • materiales en obras de arte, y lo que adquirían en forma de
    • sabiduría. Hoy en día la distinción se hace diciendo: Lo
    • que el hombre adquiere en forma de sabiduría debe ser verdad; pero
    • ciencia. La filistéica expresión en la distinción entre
    • tarde, de hecho después del tiempo de Goethe. Goethe era
    • todavía capaz, cuando vio las obras de arte en Italia, de
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  • Title: Lecture: The Experiences of Sleep and their Spiritual Background
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    • and dates from the Fall and Winter of 1922. The title of this
    • This lecture was translated from a shorthand report, unrevised by
    • and dates from the Fall and Winter of 1922. The title of this
    • This lecture was translated from a shorthand report, unrevised by
    • Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • The Experiencesof Sleepand theirSpiritualBackground
    • between October and December 1922, eventually to be collected and
    • ‘unconscious.’ On the one hand it admits that in respect
    • play into the ordinary consciousness; but on the other hand, by the very
    • external world by means of observation and experiment, aided by the
    • understanding with its power of combination. But then we can go on to
    • and working with experiment, observation and the combining power of
    • self-observation enable us to penetrate to the nature and being of what
    • impulses of will-expressions, that is, of the inner nature and being of
    • up with the external bodily nature, and it is quite impossible to
    • even need to consider birth and death — the two boundaries of
    • sleep as it occurs every day of a man's life, and we shall be obliged to
    • knowledge, that all thinking, feeling and willing, as they are present
    • in consciousness in ordinary day-to-day life, show so great a dependence
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  • Title: Lecture: Reincarnation and Karma
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    • Theosophy and the Further Development of Religion, Babel, Bible,
    • Theosophy and Its Main Doctrines or
    • Reincarnation and Karma, and
    • Theosophy and the Scientific Spirit of the Present Time.
    • This lecture was translated from a shorthand report, unrevised by
    • Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • Reincarnation and Karma
    • by the leading scientific circles as a dangerous heretic because
    • barely escaped the martyr's death of Giordano Bruno and Galileo.
    • insects and even fish originated from inanimate mud. Redi did
    • in which generally small living beings originate — and not
    • soul. And should natural science proceed along the lines which
    • and this must be emphasised again and again — at
    • scientific statement that worms, insects and fish do not
    • Now-a-days our
    • them harmless by declaring them to be visionaries and
    • generation, when certain complicated chemical and physical
    • And the chorus of “enlightened journalists,”
    • and has completely routed the superstition of a mechanical
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  • Title: Lecture: Life and Death
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    • from December 14th 1911 and January 25th 1912.
    • from December 14th 1911 and
    • This lecture was translated from a shorthand report, unrevised by
    • Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • Life and Death
    • man to Life and Death to-day, we may be reminded of a
    • “Imperious Caesar, dead, and turned to clay,
    • natural science, and who, might feel himself moved to follow
    • and its operations.
    • establishes the idea of an antithesis between life and death,
    • establishing conceptions and ideas in the most exact manner
    • possible. It happens again and again that no account is taken
    • of the fact that “death” and “life”
    • which it refers, and that, one who makes a closer observation
    • explained in this lecture. How little we understand the
    • instance, the following is to be found. It is there said,
    • that we must distinguish between the local death and the
    • death of the tissue in an organism, and it is expressly
    • stated that the life of man depends on the brain, lungs and
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  • Title: Lecture: The Elementary Kingdoms
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    • The Working of Natural Substance and Spiritual Essence in the
    • This lecture was translated from shorthand reports,
    • Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland. From Bn/GA 98.
    • THEIR ACTIVITIES, AND INFLUENCE.
    • since the earliest times, is not so easy to understand as we
    • understand such things in the best way, if we proceed from
    • vegetable kingdom, the animal kingdom, and the kingdom of
    • for this is by no means clear to the average person. And for
    • into the first, second and third elementary kingdoms. It is
    • stand one beside another; there is a division between them,
    • distinct and separate from one another. It is possible, in
    • something distinct and limited. If, however, we send to the
    • and permeates it, as the one nearest to it, we find that this
    • which floats around him as his aura and is the expression of
    • is in a continual movement — it is an ebb and flow, a
    • rise and fall of colors and forms, which change at every
    • moment, for new colors shine forth and others disappear, at
    • should be able to use a concept, once in this way, and once
    • consider the world from a higher standpoint, we find that
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  • Title: Lecture: 'Goethe's Faust' from the Point of View of Spiritual Science
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    • handwritten transcription of a lecture, the 1st of 15, in the
    • Band I Faust, der strebende Mensch.
    • handwritten transcription of a lecture, the 1st of 15, in the
    • Band I Faust, der strebende Mensch.
    • This lecture was translated from shorthand reports, unrevised by
    • the lecturer, by an unknown translator. This handwritten version
    • Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • From the Standpoint of Spiritual Science
    • Spiritual Science claims to be nothing new and thereby
    • differs from various current world conceptions and other
    • something new regarding this or that question of spiritual
    • fountains of its knowledge and its life were available at all
    • times when humanity has thought and striven after a solution
    • of the sublime questions and problems of existence.
    • point of view, the many and various religious beliefs and
    • nucleus of this truth must be present and discoverable in all
    • those personalities who honestly and energetically strove
    • are expressed from one side to the other, and anyone who has
    • certainly judge it from his own standpoint, as the fantasy or
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  • Title: Lecture: Birth of the Light
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    • to celebrate the festival of love and peace outside in the
    • which we stand, least of all excluded from taking part in the
    • festival of love and peace. What should be more beautifully
    • spiritual air of mutual love and peace that radiates through
    • our hearts than an anthroposophical movement? And we may also
    • regard it as a happy chance of fate that it is just in this
    • year that we are able to be together on this Christmas Eve, and
    • stand before the birth of that which, if we rightly understand
    • the Anthroposophical Society, and if we are accordingly
    • love and peace. On this night — spiritually, or in our
    • born out of the darkness of the Night of Initiation, and which
    • is to be radiant for human hearts and human souls, for all that
    • they need in order to find their way upwards to those spiritual
    • feeling that says: compared with all other forces and powers
    • and treasures of the world, the treasures and the power and the
    • yet greater. And this feeling of the power and force and
    • the days and the hours of the year to pass in such a way that
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  • Title: Lecture: Galileo, Giordano Bruno, and Goethe
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    • Galileo, Giordano Bruno, and Goethe
    • lecture to-day, and the gulf of time which, in our
    • a gulf which stretches from a time thousands of years ago,
    • understand by attributing to the human beings existing then a
    • standpoint of time, we pass to the 16th and 17th centuries of
    • which, ever since, has been the source and inspiration of all
    • vital and progressive culture from then to the present day.
    • 16th and 17th centuries in individuals such as Galileo and
    • Galileo and
    • survey of the lines of thought and feeling of the men of that
    • day, viz.: during the end of the 16th and the beginning of
    • the 17th centuries — the time of Galileo and of
    • Giordano Bruno — so that we may be able to understand
    • must try and realize what at first sight appears to be the
    • peculiar conception of the Science current in those days, and
    • viewed from an entirely different standpoint from that from
    • which prevailed in later times and from those which prevail
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  • Title: Lecture: On the Occasion of Goethe's Birthday
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    • from Bn/GA 129. It was given on, and dedicated to, the anniversary
    • of Goethe's birthday, and in connection with the lecture series,
    • Wonders of the World, Ordeals of the Soul and Revelations of the Spirit,
    • from Bn/GA 129. It was given on, and dedicated to, the anniversary
    • of Goethe's birthday, and in connection with the lecture series,
    • Wonders of the World, Ordeals of the Soul and Revelations of
    • lecture series, and was presumably translated from shorthand
    • Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • Wonders of the World, Ordeals of the Souland
    • ideas continually altered regarding the course of development
    • of his poem, when he returned again and again to this labour
    • of his life. There is an interesting memorandum extant on the
    • We find here, besides a few notes on the first and second
    • with that which was said yesterday regarding the ordeals of
    • the soul; on the one hand the losing of itself in
    • nothingness; on the other hand the descent into the turbid
    • inner nature of the human being and the failure, in spite of
    • step by step, and to experience all vicissitudes in his own
    • such an impression of sincerity and truthfulness on us,
    • the way to hell, and that other period in which he brings his
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  • Title: Lecture: The Errors of Spiritual Investigation
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    • certainly necessary in every sphere of thought and life to
    • learn to know, in addition to the characteristics of truth,
    • through a knowledge of error, it is possible for us to guard
    • investigation that error lurks in every nook and corner,
    • investigator can only push forward to truth, when he really
    • knowledge, and the super-sensible worlds. External science
    • cognition, and here already an error lurks, as soon as the
    • error with strong, inner power of WILL and regard
    • and lead back this imaginative world arising, into his own
    • super-sensible Beings, standing before him.
    • attention is drawn to its many questionable elements, and one
    • Imaginative cognition, consciousness is strengthened and
    • that the usual life of thought and feeling ceases. A
    • and the latter works directly into the former, thus being in
    • And, from
    • their standpoint they are fully justified, because the
    • knowledge of spiritual science, with its concepts and ideas
    • cutting deeply into the soul, makes strong demands on the
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  • Title: Lecture: Factors of Karma, Deficiencies in Psychoanalysis
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    • Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland. From Bn/GA number 172.
    • London, W.1, England. Subscriptions: Great Britain and Dominions,
    • Shorthand Report unrevised by the Lecturer. For the
    • Vol. IV, Nos. 37, 38, 41, 44 and 46.
    • life as is contained in man's calling or vocation and in all
    • position, and many an extraneous factor comes into play at this
    • the prejudices of himself and other people, and many other
    • are well enough known, and need not be gone into here) —
    • He can occupy a high position and yet his vocation may only be
    • so vehemently by Haeckel's pupil, Oskar Hertwig. (Our standpoint
    • time and constantly refers back to the ‘good old days.’
    • We simply take our stand on the real facts.) While on the one hand
    • combined with the greatest possible opportunism and slackness.
    • with adulation by the aforesaid ‘public opinion.’
    • Ahriman-Mephistopheles. And you may well see from the further
    • paper-money. Mephistopheles is the real inventor. Afterwards,
    • becomes a military commander and conducts wars. But from
    • stands at his side is not unlike the way the Mephistophelean
    • are truly there in the subconscious, and surge up into
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  • Title: Lecture: Matter Incidental to the Question of Destiny
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    • Shorthand Report unrevised by the Lecturer. For the
    • Vol. IV, Nos. 37, 38, 41, 44, 46 and 49.
    • the present time to enter rightly into these questions, and
    • side-track so as to understand the difficulties which confront
    • always well to be unsparing in self-knowledge and
    • self-criticism, and most of all with respect to the virtue of
    • appear to lead in quite a different direction from what is
    • really meant. In this way many a misunderstanding can
    • life, of great or outstanding personalities. Let me give one
    • example. A booklet has just been published here in Switzerland
    • and of a large treatise of Æsthetics, of whom we
    • spoke the other day in a different connection. This book
    • interest and real devotion. ‘Vischer with a V’ as he is
    • nicknamed was indeed a man of sterling qualities and of a good
    • spirit — diligent and productive withal. I give him
    • ‘Vischer with a V’ was a true Swabian, living and thriving in
    • charity school at Tübingen, and so on. And at the
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  • Title: Lecture: Hereditary Impulses and Impulses from Previous Earth Lives
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    • and is also known as,
    • Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland. From Bn/GA 172. The London
    • London, W.1, England. Subscriptions: Great Britain and Dominions,
    • Shorthand Report unrevised by the Lecturer. For the
    • Vol. IV, Nos. 37, 38, 41, 44, 46, 49 and 51.
    • certain matters directly related to practical life and to the outer
    • inner life of man. All in all, this is the focus and aim of our
    • will go on and on evolving when the Earth passes through the
    • Jupiter, Venus and Vulcan states. A living grasp of our several
    • callings, a recognition of simple and straightforward
    • to be judged and understood through them. We will not just
    • receive ideas which can carry and sustain us throughout
    • often pointed to an important fact of life; and if those whose
    • emphasis on Heredity and all that is connected with it in man's
    • characteristics from their parents or earlier ancestors. And in
    • understand the content of the booklet on
    • twenty-first; and so on. (For instance, there is another
    • out once more, from another standpoint, these truths of human
    • evolution between birth and death and its division into
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    • Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland. From Bn/GA 172. The London
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    • London, W.1, England. Subscriptions: Great Britain and Dominions,
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    • Vol. IV, Nos. 37, 38, 41, 44, 46, 49 and 51.
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    • levelled at our Spiritual Science by theologians and others who
    • are standing on the true ground of Christianity. This Spiritual
    • and so on. We speak of these kingdoms of the super-sensible
    • kingdom, the mineral kingdom, the elemental kingdom, and
    • into two halves. One of them takes its course between birth and
    • mineral kingdom and so on. And when he passes through the
    • rises to the higher kingdoms which tower upward stage by stage
    • Nowadays, as I said, there are those who imagine — though
    • themselves are standing on the ground of Christianity.
    • And they direct their attacks especially against this idea of
    • spiritual Beings between man and the Godhead — Beings who
    • occupy the super-sensible spaces between the human being and the
    • above the Angeloi, Archangeloi and the rest. Those above all
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    • Opinions expressed by other persons will be disregarded; the
    • discussion regarding them.
    • This lecture was given at Basel in December of 1918, and is
    • by Frau Marie Steiner, and published here by kind permission
    • of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • festivals, the festivals of Christmas and Easter, been set by
    • say that in the conception of Christmas and the conception of
    • Easter there stand before the human soul those two
    • judgments, through the content of feeling and will. But this
    • Pentecost. In the Christmas conception, however, and that of
    • the events of birth and death. And in the life of
    • Christ Jesus stand these two events of man's physical life
    • and likewise in the Christmas and Easter
    • the thought of Christmas and the thought of Easter, the soul of
    • man wills to look upon the two great mysteries. And, as it thus
    • pillars of the spirit — the thought of Christmas and the
    • Christmas thought and the great Easter thought. During the
    • hanging on the cross the thought of Redemption, and gradually
    • formed for themselves the great and powerful imagination of the
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    • The Working of Natural Substance and Spiritual Essence in
    • by Frau Marie Steiner, and published here by kind permission
    • of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • A Christmas and Easter Poem by Goethe
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    • ENGLAND
    • and
    • time after they had become bishops and died their bones had
    • been brought here. Another legend relates that a Danish king
    • dream; in his dream the three kings appeared to him and offered
    • second frankincense, and the third one myrrh. When the Danish
    • understand that the king in his dream attained a certain
    • the East who brought offerings of gold, frankincense and myrrh
    • at the birth of Christ Jesus. And from this realisation he
    • are symbolised in the gold, the frankincense and the myrrh:
    • — in the frankincense; and in the myrrh self-consummation
    • and self-development, or the preservation of the eternal in the self.
    • towards understanding the Christ-principle, and what it is to
    • Adoration and the Presentation by the three Magi, the three
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 1. Angels, Folk Spirits, Time Spirits: their part in the Evolution of Mankind.
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    • various folk-souls, their influences, and their meaning in the modern
    • in Norway and I should like to say briefly, in response to the
    • in an equally cordial and heartfelt manner.
    • contribute in some degree to the general understanding of
    • and, at the same time, something that, as yet, is rather remote from
    • take a great leap forward into those regions of spiritual knowledge
    • which are really somewhat remote from the thinking, feeling and
    • since to provide the necessary evidence and proof for my statements
    • in the forthcoming lectures would demand more time than I have at my
    • appeal to a modicum of good will in you and to your sympathetic
    • spiritual understanding. Indeed the province we touch upon here is
    • occultists, mystics and theosophists, and has been eschewed for the
    • ‘homeless man’. This is a technical expression. And if we
    • discussing the path of knowledge — what we understand by the
    • man’ is one whose understanding and grasp of the great laws of
    • and sentiment associated with his native country to colour his
    • mystical and occult development demands an unprejudiced attitude
    • towards our heritage that we justifiably consider to be an
    • inestimable boon and which, on the other hand, in relation to the
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 2. Normal and abnormal Archangels and Time Spirits.
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    • The Spirits of Language and of Modes of Thought.
    • The lectures in this volume explore the nature and working of the
    • various folk-souls, their influences, and their meaning in the modern
    • Normal and abnormal
    • Archangels and Time Spirits.
    • The Spirits of Language and of Modes of Thought.
    • it will be said, of course, that the work upon the etheric body is
    • but only to clairvoyant consciousness, and this must be admitted.
    • hand some visible indication, some tangible evidence, some kind of
    • express their corporeality in some form or other. And these Beings
    • us begin with the etheric body of these Beings and their work in the
    • Archangelic Beings? And how are we to understand this work? You all
    • know that the surface of the Earth shows different configurations and
    • perhaps water availability and other
    • Clairvoyant consciousness presents a different picture. Whoever is
    • endowed with clairvoyant consciousness and visits the various
    • aroma and aura associated with a certain region is, in the eyes of
    • region. This etheric aura varies according to the landscape: in
    • Switzerland it is different from Italy and again different in Norway,
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 3. The inner Life of the Folk Spirits. Formation of the Races.
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    • various folk-souls, their influences, and their meaning in the modern
    • immediate and lively interest. But since the picture would otherwise
    • necessary in order to ensure a full and complete understanding and
    • the Intellectual Soul or Mind-Soul, the central member, and
    • Sentient Soul, in the Intellectual or Mind-Soul and in the Spiritual
    • the Sentient Soul man is hardly aware of his ego and in consequence
    • is the victim of his passions and desires. The ‘I’ stirs
    • the first time in the Intellectual Soul and only becomes fully
    • must regard them as three modifications, as three members of the
    • astral body itself, of the etheric body and of the physical body.
    • Intellectual Soul through the etheric body and the Spiritual Soul
    • etheric body and since these three modifications are situated not in
    • conceptions are few and far between; man's consciousness has
    • towards an understanding of the consciousness of the Folk Spirits if
    • measure the three angles of a triangle with the aid of a protractor
    • to two right angles. You need only visualize this figure and it will
    • that the world of sensation and the world of sense-impressions no
    • longer exist. Imagine the external world as non-existent and space a
    • geometrical and mathematical knowledge sense-data are superfluous;
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 4. The Evolution of Races and Civilization.
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    • various folk-souls, their influences, and their meaning in the modern
    • Races and Civilization.
    • understand the relationship of the races of mankind to one another
    • and the origins of the individual folk communities, we must realize
    • that man as we know him today is a highly complex being and that his
    • present form and inner being could only have arisen through the
    • the ‘Akashic Record’ and other observations on the
    • man, the physical body, the etheric body and the astral body were
    • prefigured, gradually realized and developed until they reached their
    • Old Moon and the Earth period itself up to the present moment. If you
    • Angels — and above the Thrones, the Cherubim and Seraphim —
    • seen that not only was the cooperation of many Beings and
    • should renounce the normal course of their evolution and remain
    • And
    • so when we seek to understand man as he is today, we find a richly
    • varied and much patterned fabric. Only when we examine this fabric
    • closely and watch the activity of the several Beings do we begin to
    • understand how man first came into existence through the cooperation
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    • various folk-souls, their influences, and their meaning in the modern
    • Old Sun, Old Moon and Earth.
    • people, it will be difficult to reach an unprejudiced understanding
    • teaching of karma and reincarnation, when rightly understood. This
    • teaching opens a vista into the future and reveals that our integral
    • Self is incarnated in successive ages in different races and peoples.
    • negative aspects of all races and peoples; but we may be sure that in
    • races and all peoples since we are incarnated in different races at
    • and reincarnation. Only through these teachings therefore do we learn
    • mysterious relations of race and nation. If we rightly understand the
    • national and racial characteristics may, nonetheless, provoke
    • dissension and disharmony unless it is accepted in the spirit I have
    • through the teachings of karma and reincarnation how every nation,
    • even the smallest nation, has to contribute its share towards the
    • lecture-course I propose to show — and herein lies its real
    • the several peoples are merged in the whole of humanity and how even
    • isolated ethnic groups which are scattered here and there amongst
    • order to acquire a full understanding of the characteristics of the
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 6. The Five Root Races of Mankind.
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    • various folk-souls, their influences, and their meaning in the modern
    • series uses the term Hauptrasse, and Hauptrassen in this lecture and
    • translates this as “Root race,” and “Root races.”
    • The correct translation should be “Main Race,” and “Main
    • The Mission of Folk-Souls, Lecture 6, and the German
    • that the mission of the Earth can be fulfilled and ultimately a state
    • of balance or equilibrium be achieved. You will understand therefore
    • in so far as they refer to a definite period in evolution and that
    • another period. Hence in order to arrive at a fuller understanding of
    • shall here draw attention to one point only and what I am about to
    • say is to be taken as footnote or addendum to the lectures on the
    • lecture-course was given in Dusseldorf, in April 1909, and was
    • Spiritual Hierarchies and their Reflection in the physical World. Zodiac, Planets, Cosmos.]
    • cooperation of the Hierarchies is involved and we must envisage the
    • Spirits of Will, the Cherubim and Seraphim, which we described
    • yesterday as the highest Hierarchy, as raying outward from the Earth.
    • We must envisage these Beings as originally working inward from the
    • Universe towards the centre of the Earth. Man does not become aware
    • intimate processes which here take place if you compare what was said
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    • Exoteric and Esoteric Christianity.
    • The lectures in this volume explore the nature and working of the
    • various folk-souls, their influences, and their meaning in the modern
    • Monotheism and Pluralism.
    • Exoteric and Esoteric Christianity.
    • able to accept the idea that not only do the Beings and forces of the
    • various Hierarchies guide and direct events upon our Earth and
    • normal and abnormal Spirits of Form they cooperate to organize the
    • have a true understanding of cosmic events. This advance in rank is
    • connected with the fact that in late Atlantis and for some time
    • understand the period when the division of mankind into the five root
    • later Atlantean times. If we wish to understand the pattern and
    • extent of the distribution of races in Europe, Africa, and America at
    • the time of the gradual submergence of Atlantis, and the later great
    • migration towards the end of the Atlantean epoch, when a small band
    • which pushed forward into Asia, into Indian territory, and that, as
    • behind at different points and from these nuclei were developed the
    • various peoples of Asia, Africa and Europe. We are here concerned
    • therefore with an earlier distribution and a later expansion, with a
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 8. The Five Post-Atlantean Civilizations.
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    • The lectures in this volume explore the nature and working of the
    • various folk-souls, their influences, and their meaning in the modern
    • Greek and Teutonic Mythology.
    • development of Germanic-Nordic history and the spiritual impulses
    • true, however, that among the Germanic peoples and tribes of Europe
    • a uniform view of mythology to exist and, on the whole, a similar
    • understanding of the kindred relationships between those mythologies.
    • At one time there must have been identical understanding of the
    • Egyptian. Everything in Teutonic mythology is interrelated and
    • present time it is not easy to understand this essential element
    • the mythologies and religions of various peoples with one another? He
    • compares the superficial aspects of the stories of the gods and
    • mythology, and so on. To anyone who knows the real facts this
    • consisting of blue trousers, red coat, and some kind of head-gear,
    • and so on.” Then he rapidly adds: “Twenty years ago I
    • became acquainted with a man who wore the same uniform and ten years
    • became acquainted thirty, twenty and ten years ago wore the same
    • One is merely comparing externals. The apparel and the
    • different Beings are present in Adonis and in Christ, then we are
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 9. Loki - Hodur and Baldur - Twilight of the Gods.
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    • various folk-souls, their influences, and their meaning in the modern
    • and Baldur — Twilight of the Gods.
    • audience who wish to analyse from a philosophical point of view my
    • difficulties, because they will have heard in the course of earlier
    • epoch and even of the later stages of Atlantean evolution was to
    • develop gradually the human ego and bring it to fuller consciousness.
    • our last lecture — and the facts confirm this — that the
    • undergone a rich soul-development and that they had achieved this
    • a wholly different manner from the European and especially the
    • gradually evolving and who were conscious of the divine-spiritual
    • analyse that lecture, not from a disinterested point of view, but
    • from a philosophical angle, I must add something in parenthesis by
    • agent, and the known. In the formal act of cognition it is irrelevant
    • But it is a different matter when the ego knows itself, for then the
    • knower and the known are one, subject and object of cognition are the
    • the knower, a cognizing agent, and this subjective enhancement of the
    • as an entity. On the other hand, the European peoples developed
    • philosophical problems will be solved and those of Spiritual Science
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 10. The Mission of Individual Peoples and Cultures in the Past, Present and Future.
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    • Present and Future.
    • The lectures in this volume explore the nature and working of the
    • various folk-souls, their influences, and their meaning in the modern
    • individual Peoples and Cultures in the Past, Present and Future.
    • nature of the Germanic and Scandinavian Folk Soul, and from the
    • development of mankind in the remote past, in the present and will
    • great collective task. You will realize from what has been said that,
    • through the evolutionary stages of the human being, of shaping it and
    • of gradually developing it, devolved upon the Christian and post
    • have shown in the case of the Scandinavian and Germanic peoples, the
    • Being, Donar or Thor, who stands midway between man and the Folk
    • developing that finely-spun speculation, logic and wisdom which is
    • The Germanic-Scandinavian man still felt himself attached to a Group
    • Central Europe as apparently belonging to separate tribes and yet as
    • members of an organism, and belonging to the unity of the organism.
    • gradually emerging from the tribal ‘I’ and be recognized
    • perceives Sif and Thor as the Beings who endowed him with his ‘I’.
    • necessary that the Celts themselves should receive an education and
    • received from higher worlds and which they could not have acquired of
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 11. Nerthus, Freyja and Gerda.
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    • Vidar and the new Revelation of Christ.
    • The lectures in this volume explore the nature and working of the
    • various folk-souls, their influences, and their meaning in the modern
    • Nerthus, Freyja and Gerda.
    • Vidar and the new Revelation of Christ.
    • and that in this course of lectures we have touched only the fringe
    • kindred subjects, and it must suffice if I have introduced this
    • directs and guides this country (Norway) will imbue modern philosophy
    • and modern spiritual research with the capacities he has developed
    • over the centuries and that henceforth modern spiritual research will
    • we shall realize — and this applies to no other mythology —
    • or have heard other
    • planets, to Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Mercury, and that these
    • souls in the late Lemurian epoch and throughout the Atlantean epoch,
    • after the hardening forces of the Moon had left the Earth endeavoured
    • developed and perfected under Earth conditions. These Saturn-,
    • Jupiter-, Mars-, Venus-, and Mercury-souls then descended upon Earth
    • and this descent can still be verified today in the Akashic Records.
    • watery mists and through these mists those on Earth beheld with the
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    • the messenger of the gods, and in view of what our
    • spark which could kindle in men the strength to ascend thither. And
    • to add to what has resounded during the last few days out of the
    • festival; they should be regarded as deeply integral part of the
    • annual celebration which has been held here for many years, and as
    • the origin of all western dramatic art, a drama which we can only
    • human mind and soul which today we find separated as science, art and
    • with religious life, indeed it may be said that it was
    • have. But this archetypal religion was inwardly very strong, very
    • overflowed into bold forms, and religion was one with art. Art was
    • the daughter of religion, and still lived in the closest ties of
    • and saw religious life pouring itself into the forms of art.
    • religion and its daughter, art, were at the same time so purified, so
    • have a faint reflection, an abstract reflection, in our science and
    • knowledge of the gods and of divine things, knowledge of
    • spirit-land, was kindled in the soul. Thus knowledge was the other
    • daughter of religion, and she too lived in close family relationship
    • unification, a harmony, between art and science. For only thus can
    • organised this year is meant to be a direct expression of this
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    • relationship between the human soul and our Earth evolution, laying
    • special emphasis upon two things. I said the Greeks were conscious
    • and they regarded Persephone, the daughter of Demeter, as the ruler
    • the cosmos. On the other hand I showed how the entire intellectual
    • with the names of Odysseus, Menelaus and Agamemnon. I tried to make
    • the finest feelings and sentiments of which the human soul is
    • and the sacrifice of Iphigenia expresses this thought for us. Such
    • views enable us to realise that the tradition, and to a certain
    • world and how cosmic forces appeared to them as actual forms or
    • thing. I said yesterday that Greek mythology draws attention to two
    • with the names of Menelaus, Agamemnon and Odysseus, and so
    • beautifully exemplified in the sacrifice of Iphigenia, and to the
    • other culture associated with Persephone and her mother Demeter. Now
    • nature of this act, and only one — a goddess — partook of
    • of Agamemnon, Menelaus and Odysseus. Thus every item of Greek
    • call attention now and again to such deeply significant features. It
    • what does it mean, when we apply what Greek mythology and the Mystery
    • now on the verge of publication, and
    • development and formation of the ego principle, making it firmer and
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    • perhaps only towards the end of the course that you will be able to see
    • a good deal upon the Mystery of Eleusis and upon Greek mythology, and
    • towards that mighty archetypal wisdom of which we have caught a
    • glimpse, how it throws light upon those great figures and images and
    • Science today we shall have to recognise that many concepts and ideas
    • completely different view of the world and of life, and of the
    • all this the Greek attitude of heart and soul was very different from
    • Greece. The contrast between nature and spirit which we today
    • to the processes which took place in wood and meadow, in sun and
    • of our hand is an expression of our own soul-activity. When we move
    • our hand from left to right, we know that a mental activity lies
    • behind this movement, and we do not talk of an opposition between the
    • mere movement of the hand and our will, but we know that the movement
    • of the hand and our will, as an impulse of movement, constitute a
    • directs. But when we direct our gaze upon the course of sun and moon,
    • the moving hand so to say, of divine-spiritual Beings, but we see
    • times Spirit and Nature were in full harmony with one another.
    • presupposed a direct intervention of the spirit. If a man were to
    • perceive directly a spiritual event which he could not understand and
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    • lecture will have enabled you to see what I meant when I said at the
    • the position of the three great gods, Zeus, Poseidon and Pluto in
    • being?’ For in our time we have of course to regard the whole
    • man as consisting of physical, etheric, astral, and also of the ego
    • come into the sphere of Poseidon, and the forces of the astral body
    • environment! How different our ego feels if we raise our eyes and
    • way the Greek had of experiencing the world and its wonders directly,
    • outside, a divine figure with a certain affinity with human nature,
    • representing the forces of the ether body, and Zeus as representing
    • have to regard Dionysos as the macrocosmic representative of the
    • upon Dionysos, that figure which stands before our ego at last in
    • powers and spiritual beings in general work into our earthly
    • have just completed and which in essentials reproduces lectures that
    • The Spiritual Guidance of Man and of Mankind.
    • but to be found in the main in a super-sensible world, and attainable
    • Beings of the first category, and you know the relationship in which
    • they stand to us. We know that, under quite different conditions of
    • they had got so far that today they stand one stage higher than
    • another, and when we say that the Angels were the leaders nearest to
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    • the end of yesterday's lecture I introduced the name of Dionysos, and
    • knows, Dionysos is one of the Greek gods, and the question must have
    • Pluto, Poseidon and Zeus himself. In view of what I said yesterday as
    • the higher hierarchies the ancient Greeks regarded their gods as
    • We said yesterday
    • — in the Persian and the EgyptoChaldean epochs — during
    • somewhat freer relationship between the divine Spirits and men is
    • human passions, human sympathies and antipathies. From this we can
    • standing-upon-its-own-feet of Greek civilisation which is so truly
    • human. The bond between gods and men was looser than ever before. It
    • had failed to complete their Moon evolution and that the Greeks knew
    • towards their gods is in sharp contrast to that of another people. We
    • consciousness of being under a divine hierarchy which in its own
    • who heard the course of lectures I gave here a year ago with all that
    • I then said about the Elohim, about the culmination of the Elohim in
    • contrast between these two peoples, and the singularity of the
    • antiquity, and the profound meaning of which will only gradually be
    • Moon, how must this have affected its attitude towards man himself?
    • world with the whole strength of the soul will lead men upwards to
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    • year's Cycle. I am referring to the world of the Greek gods and
    • World, Ordeals of the Soul and Revelations of the Spirit’, why
    • concept of nature and natural existence which is generally accepted
    • the thought and feeling of ancient Greece was really like, we find
    • there no chemical, physical, biological laws as we understand them
    • we understand it, but the shaping forth of some group or other of
    • have followed up in the last few lectures, and which we sometimes
    • dry-as-dust, prosaic, abstract wisdom. And if we want to make real
    • possible to think and feel in an entirely different manner from the
    • was reflected in the soul of the Greek when he tried to understand
    • life, and we shall get no further unless we give some thought to this
    • trying to discover inconsistencies in higher world-conceptions, and
    • self-contradictory element in the state of things, and today's
    • contradiction and its overcoming. No one who sees things as they
    • nature, and thus have called forth a reality of our own inner being
    • addresses itself not only to our reason, to our philosophy, but to
    • that man as he stands before us consists of physical body, ether
    • body, astral body and ego. Our being consists of these four members.
    • regard as the youngest — or better call it ‘the ego-
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    • own time we can come to know through Spiritual, or Occult Science; and
    • realise this, especially when we discover that the deepest and most
    • what they hid in their Mysteries and associated with the figure of
    • Dionysos was still deeper and more significant than all that they
    • with Apollo, Mars and so on. For whereas they expressed pretty well
    • within the sanctity of the Mysteries, and only communicated it to
    • gods, and what was withdrawn into the sanctity of the Mysteries? What
    • about Zeus, Poseidon, Pluto, Apollo, Mars and so on, they expressed
    • everything of which one can become conscious through a deeper insight
    • into the wonders of the world, a deeper insight into what takes place
    • all around us and into the laws which govern it. But something
    • of the human soul struggling for knowledge and for entry into the
    • understand the figure of Dionysos and his connection with these
    • philosophy is accessible in all countries, and it is to this that we
    • about. But from the standpoint of Spiritual Science philosophy has
    • not been very successful in answering this question, and you can
    • astral body and ego, it can come to no viable theory of knowledge.
    • For knowledge is bound up with the whole being of man, and unless the
    • But we shall understand one another if we begin by asking how it is
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    • into human nature, and we also saw how the Greeks experienced these forces
    • and gave them pictorial expression in a mythology most of which is
    • this nature is indicated towards the end of the second of my
    • and this will perhaps help to make clear what such an inner ordeal
    • intellect, and perhaps indirectly through our intellect to our
    • himself as a result of his premonitions, and then plunged deeply into
    • the writings of Benedictus, into the ‘Book of Life’. And
    • he does not understand. It has yet another effect upon him. It would
    • into the meaning and the true significance of Spiritual Science, we
    • towards the macrocosmic forces not to allow the buried treasure in
    • have as it were torn away a fragment of their own flesh, and have
    • take. The alternative is that, recognising our highest duty towards
    • treasure out of the unconscious? We give it a different form from the
    • apparatus of his body to draw out these riches, and that is what
    • obligations towards the cosmic powers. This trust in the soul's
    • powers of endurance and its fruitfulness must uphold us when, as
    • feel afraid, not knowing what to do; when it seems: ‘You must,
    • and at this moment you cannot.’ All the soul's ordeals
    • shrink back, and it is only when we find the strength which arises
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    • the Greeks and the deeds of their gods, as well as the Eleusinian and
    • time from our system of heart-and-blood circulation, with the result
    • consists. And we have seen that these etheric elements stream upwards
    • from the heart in quite distinct currents and permeate the brain; we
    • preceded by the Saturn, Sun and Moon evolutions, and that these
    • entered upon his Lemurian development he was, even as regards his
    • and bones and so on, did not exist before Lemuria. All the forces
    • still in etheric form. This etheric human form was shadowy and
    • what was to crystallise out later as the denser man; and it has taken
    • the Lemurian, the Atlantean and the post-Atlantean epochs to complete
    • understand fully what is meant by ‘Wonders of the World,
    • physicists. To describe the Earth as the physicists and the
    • quite other substantial things connected with the Earth, and these
    • has pursued its evolution, and during the course of the Lemurian,
    • Atlantean and post-Atlantean evolutions other forces have streamed
    • continuously towards man out of the Earth itself. We will now examine
    • upon man (if we are to express it spatially) from the Earth upwards.
    • afterwards, streamed into man and co-operated in his formation
    • The zoologists and
    • of all that they represent by their abstract and tidy genealogical
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    • behind the world and its happenings. By forming stable ideas, stable
    • concepts, by acquiring definite sentiments and feelings about what
    • happens in the world, and about its Beings, man attains a certain
    • content to adopt a passive attitude towards the world, but that he
    • world, that the world presents itself to him as a riddle, and that
    • the most arresting Beings and facts of the world-process. It was said
    • and Beings and that from this feeling of wonder all philosophy, all
    • continue to stand in amazement before the wonders of the world, it
    • in the phenomena and Beings of the world.
    • them as the ancient clairvoyant consciousness and expressing what
    • spirit-forms were at work which were represented by the figures and
    • into a kind of harmony between his own soul and these
    • of the world in pictorial images. In our time this would be regarded
    • appeals to the understanding, one which we can call scientific. But
    • in these and other lectures you may well understand that the modern
    • scientific to the Greek way of explaining the world and calls it
    • childish, regarding it as derived purely from fantasy and as having
    • that he has found what will continue to be regarded as scientific for
    • demands of our time, so it will reach beyond this intellectual,
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  • Title: Lecture: The Mission of Raphael in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • typewritten transcription of a lecture that is from Bn/GA 62, and is
    • This lecture was translated from shorthand reports, unrevised
    • Dornach, Switzerland. From Bn 62.9; GA 62; CW 62.
    • Thanks to a donation from the Los Angeles Rudolf Steiner Library, this Lecture has been made available.
    • figures stand there, making us feel that they emerge suddenly out of the
    • depths of the spiritual evolution of humanity and then disappear, when
    • brightly and then disappears again, becomes a member of the whole spiritual
    • so in regard to Raphael.
    • thinker on Art, has tried to follow Raphael's influence and fame through
    • element, and that a uniform stream of spiritual development has flowed
    • onwards from the life of Raphael to our own time. Grimm has shown how the
    • evolution of humanity has proceeded since the creations of Raphael, and on
    • the other side of the spiritual conception of history it may be said that
    • about the world of Space and apply it to the world of Time. Goethe once
    • starry world and all that is spread out in Space amount to if it were
    • our gaze to the figures of the New Testament, and in the face of Raphael's
    • power in the Madonnas and other pictures which have sprung from Biblical
    • tradition and legend, had not been added to the Biblical description.
    • emphasized from the spiritual-scientific standpoint in connection with
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    • by the lecturer, by an unknown translator. And, it was transcribed
    • of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • About Horses That Can Count and Calculate
    • which are able to count and do sums, and also possess other kinds of
    • and do other tricks, for I have never been there, but I have made the
    • heard of such things for the first time were quite skeptical, until
    • he also found out the right card in a card trick, and so forth. In fact,
    • everything that the people who were present had said, the philologist
    • who set him a task, influence him in some way.” And these influences
    • what the square root of 16 is. The horse perceives these gestures and
    • experts, versed in every trick and gesture of the finest kind, were not
    • to understand how an animal obeys at a glance, could not discover such
    • influence, and to assert that a horse knows immediately when a professor
    • a most complicated thing, and we shall come across extraordinary phenomena.
    • and occult hypothesis concerning the whole question, as the result of
    • thought out by people. It has an extraordinarily fine structure and
    • situated in the ear and the whole nervous system constituting the spinal
    • were, by themselves, and particularly in the sphere of mathematics the
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  • Title: Lecture: The National Epics With Especial Attention to the Kalevala
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    • The Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature,
    • Bn/GA 136 and 158.
    • The Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the
    • This lecture was translated from shorthand reports, unrevised
    • by the lecturer, by an unknown translator. And, it was transcribed
    • of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • to give a series of lectures lasting a fortnight, and who had the idea
    • of making it possible within that time of adding the two announced public
    • lectures. Hence I must crave your pardon if many of the names and designations
    • of the Niebelungen in Central Europe; and finally of the Kalevala, and
    • we are led more deeply into the soul of humanity and the striving of
    • the soul of humanity and the striving of humanity that ancient times
    • as the fate aid life of the present day humanity living around us. How
    • uncertain and dim from the historical point of view are the descriptions
    • and how, when we let the contents of the Iliad — of the Odyssey
    • only point to one fact with regard to the Greek Epics, to a fact which
    • of German myths and legends, Jacob Grimm. By letting the figures and
    • facts of the Iliad work upon him, Hermann Grimm is again and again obliged
    • which is borrowed from a handicraft, from an art, it is as though he
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  • Title: Four Seasons/Archangels: Lecture I: The Michael Imagination
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    • winter at Christmas, Raphael in spring at Easter, and Uriel in summer
    • meditative study. Included are 5 color plates of Steiner's blackboard
    • With regard to
    • sense-perceptible events, we are living in a time of hard tests for
    • humanity, and these tests will become harder still. Many old forms of
    • the abyss, and there will be an insistent demand that man must find
    • I have often said — arouse any kind of optimistic hopes. But a
    • looks out attentively with his physical eyes and his other senses at his
    • surroundings, he perceives the physical environment of the earth, and
    • which comes to pass all that manifests as wind and weather in the
    • course of the year. When we direct our senses towards the external
    • kind of spiritual light or astral light, spiritual existence and
    • spiritual deeds shine out and run their course. And they are in truth
    • no less significant for the whole development of the world and of man
    • earth and on its surface.
    • these astral realms, wandering through them as one may wander among
    • woods and mountains and find signposts at cross roads, he may find
    • astral light. In the spiritual world and in its communications,
    • through inner investigation, through experiencing inwardly the riddle
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    • winter at Christmas, Raphael in spring at Easter, and Uriel in summer
    • meditative study. Included are 5 color plates of Steiner's blackboard
    • understanding of the course of the year. And art can really be
    • to the universe. Of course this is possible at various levels and
    • from various standpoints; but on the whole we can speak of a work of
    • the culminating picture of Michael and the Dragon, we will
    • in-breathing, occurs, and the elemental beings are drawn back into
    • and turned back at Michaelmas are drawn further and further in, until
    • Earth is more earthly, more truly itself, than at any other time. And
    • expanse. And we can picture the hydrosphere as extending up
    • sea and the river, but there is no definite boundary in the
    • picture (blue) and ask ourselves what it really represents? It is not
    • cosmos. The reason why this body of air and water is spherical is
    • because the cosmos extends round it as a sphere on all sides. And
    • us now consider this from a cosmic standpoint. What is this great
    • bringing Imagination and Inspiration to bear on it, one comes to
    • up to one part in a trillion, and in fact to establish precisely the
    • into details; the work has been published and these findings can now
    • water. We can draw water from a river or a well and use it as water.
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    • winter at Christmas, Raphael in spring at Easter, and Uriel in summer
    • meditative study. Included are 5 color plates of Steiner's blackboard
    • — to add this contrast for the sake of clarity — the
    • Earth is given over to the cosmos, lives with the cosmos. And in
    • between, during spring and autumn, there is always a balance between
    • are surrounded everywhere by the Jura limestone, and you will have
    • is simply limestone, and outwardly there really is no perceptible
    • difference between winter-limestone and spring-limestone. But this
    • failure to distinguish between them comes from the standpoint
    • which yesterday I called the flea-standpoint. The metamorphoses of
    • were. Then we find a subtle difference between winter-limestone and
    • spring-limestone, and it is precisely this which makes limestone the
    • considerations we have gone into here, and since we know that soul
    • and spirit are to be found everywhere, we can allow ourselves to
    • important problem and feels happy to have the thoughts which point to
    • perceive water everywhere; and similarly, if we move spiritually
    • spring approaches, however, and
    • and even more so towards summer, as the plants shoot up.
    • crude outward form, but in a subtle, intimate way they do occur. The
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  • Title: Four Seasons/Archangels: Lecture IV: The St. John Imagination
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    • winter at Christmas, Raphael in spring at Easter, and Uriel in summer
    • meditative study. Included are 5 color plates of Steiner's blackboard
    • now we go forward from Easter, the spring
    • which earthly mineral limestone is gradually transformed, and
    • up with the being of Nature. From spring onwards into summer, Nature
    • becomes constantly more active, more satisfied inwardly, and
    • Nature-consciousness. During spring, if he has the perception and
    • feeling for it, he becomes one with all that is growing and
    • fruits with the plant, enters into everything that lives and has its
    • over the being of Nature, and a kind of Nature-consciousness arises
    • in him. Then, since in autumn Nature dies away and thus bears death
    • with Nature, but, if he has the right feeling and perception for it,
    • objective spirituality comes towards him from out of Nature's
    • interweaving life. And so, to find the essential human being during
    • spirituality in the outer world, and this is present everywhere in
    • Nature. Only in outward appearance is Nature the sprouting, budding
    • animates and weaves through everything in Nature is revealed.
    • summer with deepened spiritual insight and with perceptive eyes, we
    • towards us more vividly than at any other time of the year. If we
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    • winter at Christmas, Raphael in spring at Easter, and Uriel in summer
    • meditative study. Included are 5 color plates of Steiner's blackboard
    • we are to arrive at an understanding of the whole place and situation
    • And here I would like first to say something by way of introduction.
    • fundamentally it is not understood. Real poets and spiritually
    • from the traditions of the past, and make use of them just when
    • they wish to express their highest and greatest conceptions. But even
    • Eins in dem andern wirkt und lebt!
    • each in the other works and lives!
    • See heavenly forces rising and descending,
    • Part One, by Bayard Taylor, revised and edited by Stuart Atkins.
    • of old traditions and his feeling for them — all this stands in
    • Gabriel. the Easter Imagination of Raphael, and the Midsummer,
    • Michael, forces stream out through the cosmos and as formative forces
    • stream again into man. In order to understand this, we must see how
    • man stands within the cosmos in — I might almost call it
    • understanding, unfortunately, for how things really are. For example,
    • air and how the carbon within him takes up the oxygen; this process
    • this is said because one essential fact
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    • the findings of spiritual research regarding the life of Jesus before the
    • Baptism and the life of Christ after the Baptism. Among the scenes
    • Jesus and Mary before the Baptism, Jesus discovering the reverse Lord's
    • Prayer, and the temptation of Christ after the Baptism.
    • For I hope to show that in a definite sense and one that is of
    • speak of such a Fifth Gospel and that in fact no title is more
    • which are essential to any real understanding of it. Let me
    • distant when even in the lowest grade schools and in the most
    • and these lectures should be a kind of confirmation of
    • will play quite a different and much more important part
    • and reflects on the main interests of people to-day will have
    • the impression that enthusiasm and warmth of feeling for the
    • an up-to-date education. In spite of this, I have just said
    • And
    • town about the significance and the content of the Christ
    • Idea; and in books and lecture-courses which are available
    • the secrets of the Christ Being and of the Christ Idea are to
    • be found. Anyone who assimilates w hat has been said in
    • lectures, lecture-courses and indeed in all our literature,
    • will realise that any real understanding of the Christ
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    • Jesus and Mary before the Baptism, Jesus discovering the reverse Lord's
    • Prayer, and the temptation of Christ after the Baptism.
    • Pentecost. I said in the first lecture that clairvoyant
    • clear and precise pictures of all these undoubtedly
    • strange phenomena. And if we want to think truly about the
    • time a man carries out all the affairs of everyday life and
    • woke at this time of Pentecost; and the awakening itself was a
    • all-prevailing Love and awakened from the condition of dream
    • been wakened to life by the primal force of Love pervading and
    • down into the soul of each one of them. And to others who could
    • observe them and hear how they were speaking now, they seemed
    • of heart, an all-embracing tolerance and a deep
    • understanding for everything that is human on the earth.
    • that everyone present could understand them. It was felt that
    • innermost secrets of the soul and so were able to bring
    • within them a new understanding of what had, it is true, come
    • dawned in their souls an understanding of what had actually
    • And
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    • Jesus and Mary before the Baptism, Jesus discovering the reverse Lord's
    • Prayer, and the temptation of Christ after the Baptism.
    • I said in the lecture yesterday that those personalities
    • and minds of the Apostles themselves at that time, these things
    • lived less as pictures and more — if I may put it so
    • of soul! And the words the Apostles were then able to speak,
    • words which captivated even the Greeks and gave the impetus for
    • within them as power of soul and of feeling — all this
    • the all-prevailing, Cosmic Love and under the influence of this
    • Power which Christ Himself had now come to be. And here we have
    • expression to concepts and ideas of the modern mind. But many
    • understand Christianity we must apply to the Christ Being
    • the case of a human being. And we understand the life of Christ
    • from then onwards until the Mystery of Golgotha when we compare
    • followed the real birth of the Christ Being. And with reference
    • the Ascension and the subsequent outpouring of the Spirit as
    • by the human soul in Devachan, in the Spirit-Land. And so we
    • all ideas and concepts otherwise acquired concerning the
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  • Title: Fifth Gospel (1950): Lecture IV
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    • Prayer, and the temptation of Christ after the Baptism.
    • and
    • of Nazareth from about his twelfth year onwards. As you know,
    • child of St. Luke's Gospel was lost and when he was found he
    • was sitting among the learned doctors and scribes, amazing them
    • the death of the mother in the one family and of the father in
    • the other, the two families amalgamated into one and that the
    • doctor of the law, one who would attain outstanding eminence
    • his every word. But in spite of this he became more and more
    • displeasure to those around him. Between the twelfth and
    • the greatest discernment and concentration and gave astounding
    • answers to everything said by the many learned doctors and
    • and who regarded him as a wonder-child. Then, however, he
    • became more and more silent, merely listening to what others
    • going on, great and sublime thoughts, ethical truths, and above
    • those years. What he heard from the learned scribes assembled
    • they said about the ancient traditions and the writings
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    • Jesus and Mary before the Baptism, Jesus discovering the reverse Lord's
    • Prayer, and the temptation of Christ after the Baptism.
    • interconnected, and that an event of such importance in the
    • to realise it by studying the actual life of Christ Jesus. And
    • we will turn once again to the soul of Jesus of Nazareth and
    • events had taken place which led up to his twenty-eighth and
    • between Jesus of Nazareth and his mother — she who since
    • his mother. For all these years there had been a very deep and
    • intimate understanding between Jesus and this mother, a far
    • closer understanding than prevailed between him and the
    • around him brought him deep sorrow. Added to this, in hours of
    • and more to one particular event in his life — to the
    • change had come about in him. And now he often felt: Ah! how
    • went back to the preceding years and to the infinite warmth of
    • nature, to the whole greatness and splendour of nature.
    • his twelfth year this Jesus child was, in the outward
    • profound understanding of human life, deep and sensitive
    • his soul. And now he was often mindful of how, before his
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  • Title: Lecture: The (Four) Great Virtues
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    • January 31, 1915, and is included in Volume 159 of the Bibliographic
    • threefold being — the head-system, the rhythmic system, and the
    • metabolic and limb system — of which Steiner gave the first full
    • description in 1917, and which is summed up in the Foundation Stone
    • The lecture has been authorized for the Western hemisphere by, and
    • Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • Dornach, Switzerland, and in agreement with the Rudolf Steiner
    • spends the time between birth and death, and the spiritual world in
    • time between death and a new birth.
    • saying is familiar, and even self-evident. But one may well say that
    • number of our dear friends and members, and are soon to accompany
    • shall have here in Zürich the cremation of a dear member, Frau
    • Dr Colazza, and we have just heard that our dear friend Fritz
    • science has shown us the way to understand in a much higher sense
    • through the gate of death since our work in this movement began. And
    • can be said that these souls have become faithful fellow-workers with
    • full responsibility, with which something can be said, which should
    • through the gate of death, working within our spiritual movement, and
    • between birth and death they have grown attached to the kind of
    • death and a new birth.
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    • problems by exploring historical and philosophical paradoxes found
    • in Eastern and Western ways of life. Steiner emphasizes the need to
    • develop new mental faculties to bridge the gulf between matter and
    • and the Sciences
    • has been announced as a Congress on the philosophy of life, and
    • natural science, and in particular the philosophical
    • science in the field of human knowledge, and the
    • achievements of scientific research. And it would be merely a
    • of educating the civilized world. And it is precisely in
    • development, thinking inevitably added something
    • subjective to what was given by experiment and the observation
    • knowledge, astrology and alchemy, to perceive how nature
    • matter of course added to what was there something that it
    • data given us by observation and experiment, and to work them
    • conformity to law. And we make it our duty not to add any of
    • indeed, as an ideal of the scientific attitude — and
    • into with the world. It has become a purely formal aid for
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    • problems by exploring historical and philosophical paradoxes found
    • in Eastern and Western ways of life. Steiner emphasizes the need to
    • develop new mental faculties to bridge the gulf between matter and
    • or sorrow of man's existence. And not a passing happiness or sorrow
    • important questions about it and about its spiritual essence do
    • not arise from any actual doubts he has regarding the spiritual
    • his spiritual substance and because he cannot help seeing in it
    • his human dignity and his true significance as a man, that the
    • acknowledges the mental as such, regarding it as a result of
    • plethora of phenomena and experiences. And these become
    • or spiritual life, and must accordingly ask: Is this spiritual
    • life a passing breath, rising from physical existence and
    • or unconscious, establish themselves there, and flow up into
    • the soul, making us courageous and vigorous in life or making
    • grips with life. As I have said, I want to pick out only two of
    • when we fall asleep, when the mental and psychic experiences
    • that have floated up and down during the day sink down into the
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    • problems by exploring historical and philosophical paradoxes found
    • in Eastern and Western ways of life. Steiner emphasizes the need to
    • develop new mental faculties to bridge the gulf between matter and
    • and West in History
    • who gave simple expression to so much that men find great and
    • part of himself he can and will influence his time!”
    • have passed through Goethe's mind as he said it — to
    • own particular standpoint, from which they can deploy
    • way of looking at human history as cause and effect does indeed
    • consistent with a simple causal interpretation. And at this
    • forces that may come to the surface at any point, and may throw
    • below. And human observation can scarcely presume to gain
    • come more and more to be what I would call symptomatological.
    • its health and ill-health by observing the symptoms through
    • precisely, and, by including more and more symptoms in our
    • view of the world and of life such as I have put before you is
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    • problems by exploring historical and philosophical paradoxes found
    • in Eastern and Western ways of life. Steiner emphasizes the need to
    • develop new mental faculties to bridge the gulf between matter and
    • work on earth (and already briefly characterized in these lectures)
    • especially the interplay of Eastern and Western impulses in
    • relationship of East and West is often expressed
    • shifting, fluctuating, less closely and less sharply linked to
    • data, that is analytically, but emerged from an inwardly
    • experienced and apprehended spiritual life.
    • When this dream-like spiritual life works on us, however, and
    • there. We cannot merely take over its concepts and ideas. In
    • these images, ideas and concepts. When an Oriental idea, such
    • as that of man's relation to the secrets and the mysterious
    • workings of nature and the world, affects us, it is often
    • fitted gently to touch external phenomena and surround them
    • with a mist, than to perceive them in sharp contours, and we
    • may enter their intertwining branches; and if we do, there will
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    • problems by exploring historical and philosophical paradoxes found
    • in Eastern and Western ways of life. Steiner emphasizes the need to
    • develop new mental faculties to bridge the gulf between matter and
    • in conjunction with the sensuous and physical world, you will
    • that takes the form of general concepts and ideas, a vague
    • to describe a real cosmology, a science of the origin and
    • spiritually in the world's development, and about the
    • a sensuous and physical phase, might lead back once more into a
    • I am advocating. Instead, I should like today to try and show
    • you how spiritual science can arrive at a cosmology and a
    • life and projecting them — in accordance with one's
    • contrary, this philosophy seeks its data about the world and
    • research methods. On the one hand, it desires to preserve
    • or four centuries in scientific conscientiousness and a sure
    • and careful method of seeking truth. In particular, this view
    • and has been for a long time. We can say that the opinions of
    • from Kant, and other minds, to whom a more popular treatment
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    • challenging lectures lift the veil from modern social and spiritual
    • problems by exploring historical and philosophical paradoxes found
    • in Eastern and Western ways of life. Steiner emphasizes the need to
    • develop new mental faculties to bridge the gulf between matter and
    • and Sociology
    • and Society
    • social reforms from first principles, in an abstract and
    • which we could understand social life and shape social forces.
    • philosophy of this kind, orientated towards the
    • spiritual, does not remain at the abstract and Utopian level,
    • a link between the lectures I have given already and those I
    • of spirit and soul that surrounds us directly in our
    • ideas, and can say: This is our age! These are its needs! But
    • other hand, I do not believe that any party is completely
    • the world, we can understand this mistakenness well enough. A
    • treat these various standpoints exactly as if someone were to
    • look at a photograph of a tree, taken from the right, and say:
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  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 7: The Individual Spirit and the Social Structure
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    • in Eastern and Western ways of life. Steiner emphasizes the need to
    • develop new mental faculties to bridge the gulf between matter and
    • Individual Spirit and the Social Structure
    • centre of gravity has shifted from the Baltic and Atlantic to the
    • course of centuries and have changed so significantly as
    • the fact that not only economic and social relationships, but
    • nineteenth century onwards) must also be followed by a profound
    • beings who must reach an understanding as men if they wish to
    • establish a relationship with one another. Understanding
    • between men, however, involves trust. And trust involves a kind
    • our horizons slightly, to include the Continent of Europe and
    • about understanding and attempts at understanding within
    • about Central Europe and in particular about Germany,
    • Central Europe, what they say — and write in their books
    • rests on a democratic basis. The individual very largely
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  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 8: The Problem (Asia-Europe)
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    • develop new mental faculties to bridge the gulf between matter and
    • attracted comment on many sides and has led a large part of
    • mankind into a mood of extraordinary pessimism and
    • the international situation today, and observe, with the
    • another, and how they hold within them the seeds of further
    • conflicts, then we feel ready to set a date for mass suicide,
    • and nations into conflict, strife and combat, are to lead, if
    • not to the utter collapse of civilization.” I regard this
    • the things that can elevate mankind and that exist in man
    • as creative and productive forces. It is striking, moreover,
    • historical forces, and to understand these we have to go back a
    • West, looked at historically, there stands a figure who still
    • appear unfit for life should simply be abandoned, so that they
    • may not occupy a place in the community and thus disturb the
    • social organism. He also manages to regard as an ideal social
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  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 9: Prospects of its Solution (Europe-America)
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    • develop new mental faculties to bridge the gulf between matter and
    • and deficiencies are only too evident; prospects, genuine ones at
    • about them; and yet, we do not expect anything very much from
    • but from the standpoint of a knowledge of man, can only talk of
    • institutions, but the possibility of discovering man and
    • including him in the social institutions we inhabit. And
    • marketing of the finished product and the means by which it
    • you can build the other things that are socially desirable and
    • leader in the social sphere must first and foremost establish
    • throughout the nineteenth century. And as the social
    • problem became more and more of a burning question, you
    • senior civil servants who, after reaching the retiring age and
    • working people and been astonished to discover what it is
    • get to know the common man, and in particular the proletariat.
    • We may say, too, that the achievements of our literature and
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    • develop new mental faculties to bridge the gulf between matter and
    • point of view, was the profound misunderstanding it met
    • for reflection about possible institutions, but as a direct
    • demonstrate how mankind could achieve social thinking and
    • feeling and a social will, I gave as an example the way the
    • about the price mechanism, the value of labour, and so on. All
    • formulae and recommending their indiscriminate
    • unconscious tendencies. They exist already in men's souls, and
    • That is what made me give in to my friends and write the book I
    • events and institutions, among all ranks and classes of
    • by the unconscious, and all that is required is for us to
    • part what mankind has worked out intellectually and embodied in
    • about relationships among and between men, however
    • unless it is something towards which they are themselves
    • mood which has emerged in the course of man's history, and
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  • Title: Lecture: Pythic, Prophetic and Spiritual-Scientific Clairvoyance
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    • by the lecturer, by an unknown translator. And, it was transcribed
    • of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • Pythic, Prophetic and Spiritual-Scientific Clairvoyance (edited),
    • and Spiritual-Scientific Clairvoyance
    • for the transformation of the present age, belongs an ever wider and
    • more comprehensive understanding of the process of the human soul into
    • those regions which open to Imaginative, Inspired and Intuitive observation.
    • For what first makes our world into a whole, raising us above Maya and
    • this observation. It must be emphasised ever again and again, that what
    • we are striving towards, as a new spiritual knowledge, cannot consist
    • but the time for this clairvoyance is past, and only atavistic echoes
    • waking-consciousness, man lives with his ego and astral body in his
    • physical and etheric body. But I have emphasised already during the last
    • pondering on the freedom of the Will, and on freedom in general, is vain,
    • daily life, is really only a dream of tale Will-impulses. When they will,
    • and represent something to themselves concerning it, they are of course
    • awake. But how the Will arises, and passes over into action, of this man
    • chalk, and think of this action, then you have of course an idea of
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    • of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • Pythic, Prophetic and Spiritual-Scientific Clairvoyance (original),
    • and Spiritual-Scientific
    • transformation of the present age belongs an ever wider and more
    • comprehensive understanding of the processes of the human soul in
    • those regions which open to Imaginative, Inspired and Intuitive
    • us above Maya and leading us into true reality, lies within those
    • and again that what we are striving towards as a new spiritual
    • clairvoyance is past, and only atavistic echoes of it can appear in
    • clairvoyance, and thus we will endeavor to consider once again that
    • spoken of the principle of this, and today we shall try to do this
    • consciousness, man lives with his ego and astral body in his
    • physical and etheric body. During the last few days I have
    • the freedom of the will, and on freedom in general, is in vain,
    • waking daily life is really only a dream or a tale of will
    • impulses. When they will, and represent something to themselves
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    • The Polarity of Continuity and Change in Human Life. The Cosmic Prehistory
    • The Bridge between the Ideal and the Real Part 1.
    • The Polarity of Continuity and Change in Human Life.
    • The Bridge between the Ideal and the Real Part 1.
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    • by the lecturer, by an unknown translator. And, it was transcribed
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    • considerations, and to go more deeply into then. To-day,
    • to-morrow, and the day after, I will therefore bring forward
    • certain historical, and also a few objective facts; and to-day
    • historical facts, and from these, and especially from the
    • always uttered, and correctly, a certain saying. It is this:
    • — Idealism and Materialism, — he either falls
    • through a trap-door into a kind of `cellar' as regards his view
    • trapdoor through which one may fall and which may very
    • Ideal,” — and the Materialistical, that concerned
    • with matter. And the blind alley into which one may stray along
    • balance between Idealism and Materialism, for those same
    • recent epoch clearly inclines on the one side to a dualistic
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  • Title: The Social Question and Theosophy
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    • “Anthroposophy and the Social Question” (Mercury Press,
    • Spring Valley, N.Y.), and “Spiritual Science and the Social
    • Question” in Reincarnation and Immortality (Rudolf Steiner
    • these proceeds he makes over to his fellow workers, and the more his own
    • “Anthroposophy and the Social Question” (Mercury
    • Press, Spring Valley, N.Y.), and “Spiritual Science and the
    • Social Question” in Reincarnation and Immortality
    • makes over to his fellow workers, and the more his own requirements
    • Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • Social Question and Theosophy
    • Spiritual Science and the Social Question,
    • Anthroposophy and the Social Question, and
    • The Science of Spirit and the Social Question.
    • Theosophical Society and founded the Anthroposophical Society.
    • endnotes are from the German editor, and footnotes are
    • Switzerland, 1985: “The wording is based on the original
    • stenographic report of Franz Seilerand his
    • inconsistencies and gaps, this lecture was not included in the
    • (Anthroposophy and the Riddle of the World), 1905/06, Bn/GA
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    • CONSIDERED AS THE THOUGHTS OF CULTURE AND WORLD-PERCEPTION
    • which is to stand as a promise that into the recent development
    • mankind, and because from these impulses alone can we hope for
    • that loving human understanding which is necessary for human
    • development which, some of us for a long time already, and some
    • then of that time of suffering and pain which has since
    • from a profound consciousness of the life and activity of the
    • the festive mood. We must leave this for another time, and we
    • re-echoing what we have already said on just this very spot
    • most vividly and forcefully in the soul of our unforgettable
    • Fräulein Sophie Stinde at Munich — and coincided
    • Plays and the ceremonies connected with them. In this way the
    • movement and the spirit that pervades it. And from this arose
    • life, but on all the essentials, and potential essentials, of
    • A deep question then arose: What building does modern culture
    • itself demand as a thought expressing modern culture? The
    • been bound up with contemporary spiritual movements, and
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  • Title: Goethe's Secret Revelation: Lecture I
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    • in the pursuit of Truth. The trials and tribulations of everyday life are
    • Two Addresses given 22nd and
    • in the usual documents and traditions, but goes rather deeper into
    • development, really point the way to the inner and therefore true
    • scene at the end of the eighteenth century. An address based on the
    • to this address, and it happened that they left the place together
    • and fell into conversation. The younger said to the elder:
    • ‘When one considers such an address, it shows once again how
    • sets one by the side of another, and scarcely takes into
    • work differently, and which in spite of being a study which must
    • senses.’ The man took a pencil and a piece of paper from his
    • pocket and at once drew a remarkable shape, a shape that
    • perceived by the outward physical senses, a shape which, as it
    • were, exists nowhere and of which he said that it existed indeed in
    • proto-plant type which existed in all plants and represented the
    • unifying element. The younger man looked at it and said:
    • that only the human spirit could form such ideas, and that such an
    • The elder man was unable to understand this objection
    • plant is visible to the external sense of sight, and is an
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    • in the pursuit of Truth. The trials and tribulations of everyday life are
    • The objection might easily be raised to an address such as
    • this to-day that symbolic and allegoric meanings are forced out
    • Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily,’ as it was then presented
    • ‘Oh, all sorts of symbols and meanings with profound
    • nothing whatever to do with the symbolic and allegoric
    • works. And because I know that again and again the objection has been
    • be said here must be taken in no other sense than the following. We
    • Tale of the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily.’ We may well be
    • particular point of view, and attempt to find the basic idea, the
    • We see the plant before us. Man goes to it and examines the
    • laws, the inner regularity, by which the plant grows and flourishes,
    • nothing of the laws you are discovering, the laws of its growth and
    • means this or that, there we have a Golden, a Silver, and a Brazen
    • King, who stand for this or that. I do not intend to expound the
    • unconscious, and as the botanist has the right to discover
    • consider the inevitability, and the true ideal content of the
    • sense and the spirit of Goethe's methods of thought and
    • idea-conception and as if he who, as it were, feels himself called
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    • Two Addresses given 11nth and
    • It was in August, 1831, that Goethe sealed up a packet and
    • handed it to his faithful secretary Eckermann and prepared his
    • rich, many-sided, far-reaching and deeply-penetrating life to human
    • existence, and the importance of this moment for him may be
    • finished my life's true work, anything I do further and
    • visited Ilmenau once more and there re-read the beautiful verse he had
    • when considered with reference to its literary and intellectual
    • standpoint.
    • disposition and that he began in 1774 to write down the first part
    • of Faust, returning again and again to this poem in the most
    • went to Weimar and owing to his position there entered the great
    • the first time and published in 1790, and further we know the
    • its inner nature, and how they represent a crescendo in the whole
    • which he had poured the feelings, the degrees of knowledge and also
    • Frankfort time into the Strassburg time and also into the first
    • despair that an upright honourable man can go through, and all this
    • recognized that Goethe had worked at it and transformed it out of a
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    • in the pursuit of Truth. The trials and tribulations of everyday life are
    • the mask, descend from the Kothurni and deliver a kind of Epilogue.
    • unhumorous way what attitude to adopt towards his Faust. These words
    • are worthy of notice, and in a certain respect to-day's study is to
    • born in some spirit fashion, and jumps and hops about immediately
    • after his birth and utters ‘a tender word.’
    •  Here it is madder still: for, scarce conceived,
    •  He leaps and dances, speaks a tender word.
    •  So straight and crudely, that there's more behind.
    •  Mystifications, Indian and may be
    •  And twist and turn in etymology.
    •  We say it also, and the true disciple
    • explanation is demanded drawn from the depths of spirit-life.
    • Therefore also Mephistopheles says: ‘We say it also, and the
    • is rich in word-construction in this poem, and that we must not
    • sentence is clearly expressed that the man who understands Faust
    • symbolic explanation is discouraged. The demand is that the
    • drawing direct from spirit-life; and Goethe no doubt here betrays
    • get away from old symbols and to coin new and independent symbols
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  • Title: World History: Lecture I: Evolution of the Soul and of Memory
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    • Humanity now stands in the presence of the guardian of the threshold
    • of the ancient mysteries and the spiritual guidance of humanity. This
    • prepared and strengthened the founding assembly for his courageous,
    • help us to become more intimately conscious of the nature and
    • comprehensible as we try to understand its origin in the
    • thought about the evolution of man and of mankind. It is
    • commonly believed that, as regards his life of soul and spirit,
    • fancies, and that man has only really become clever in the
    • the ancient Greek and by the ancient Oriental. Even though it
    • to-day. Then we go on to assume a prehistoric life of man, and
    • picture disappears in a kind of cloud, and before that again we
    • a.D. The difference goes
    • being of to-day and in a contemporary of the Mystery of
    • a kind of colony, we find there a disposition of soul utterly
    • ten thousand, or fifteen thousand years ago, and how different
    • he was in nature from the Greek, and how still more different
    • from it. We have a certain experience; and of this experience,
    • personality in some other way, we form an idea, a concept, and
    • perception of some ten years ago. Now try and understand
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    • of the ancient mysteries and the spiritual guidance of humanity. This
    • prepared and strengthened the founding assembly for his courageous,
    • conditions of mind and soul that prevailed during the
    • East, and we saw that we have to look back to the time when the
    • eastwards after the Atlantean catastrophe, moving from
    • west to east and gradually peopling Europe and Asia. All that
    • under the influence of a condition of soul accustomed and
    • have still a distant echo of what was present in all its
    • rhythmic memory, and I showed how with the Greek evolution that
    • later and decadent period) was an age of men altogether
    • differently constituted from the men of later times. And the
    • dependent than in later times on the character and constitution
    • of man's inner life. What lived in man's mind and soul lived
    • too in his entire being. A separated life of thought and
    • had in those times a thinking that was inwardly experienced as
    • the blood, and so on. Man experienced his whole being in
    • the Cosmos, to the spiritual and the physical in the Cosmic
    • in the country, and his experience varies accordingly. He is
    • surrounded by woods, rivers and mountains; or, if he lives in
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  • Title: World History: Lecture III: Asiatic Mysteries of Ephesus, Gilgamesh and Eabani
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    • Humanity now stands in the presence of the guardian of the threshold
    • of the ancient mysteries and the spiritual guidance of humanity. This
    • prepared and strengthened the founding assembly for his courageous,
    • Occult History. Historical Personalities and Events in the Light of Spiritual Science
    • that I gave in Stuttgart between Christmas and New Year, I spoke
    • of lectures. Only we shall have to alter the standpoint somewhat.
    • acquire an understanding for the radical change in man's life
    • of thought and feeling that has come about in the course of
    • back more than a few thousand years.
    • know that from the standpoint of Spiritual Science we have to
    • regard as of paramount importance in its consequences for
    • Atlantic Ocean; and following it we have as we have often
    • I have always spoken of them as the Ancient Indian and the Ancient
    • as the Egypto-Chaldean, the period preceding the Graeco-Latin.
    • the time between the Atlantean catastrophe and the Greek
    • period, great changes took place in regard to man's power of
    • memory and also in regard to the social life of humanity. A
    • was linked to rhythmic experience. And we have seen how this
    • relationship with the past; and not alone with his own personal
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    • of the ancient mysteries and the spiritual guidance of humanity. This
    • prepared and strengthened the founding assembly for his courageous,
    • and, be it noted, in all subsequent epochs man will again feel
    • laws than when attached to the human organism. And as a finger
    • Earth-life or in the life between death and a new birth, in
    • was present in earlier epochs and will again be present in a
    • hear, it was necessary for man that it should be darkened and
    • called Gilgamesh in the famous Epic and the other Eabani. I
    • Egypto-Chaldean epoch in accordance with what was possible to
    • men of that time, and how they afterwards experienced a
    • deepening through the Mysteries of Ephesus. And I told you at
    • as Aristotle and Alexander.
    • order now fully to understand the course of Earth evolution in
    • name of Gilgamesh undertook a journey to the West and went
    • we may the better understand what came later. We shall naturally
    • [See the 8th and 9th lectures in
    • Mystery Knowledge and Mystery Centres.
    • I then said before we can come to a clear and full
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  • Title: World History: Lecture V: Mysteries of the East, West, and of Ephesus
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    • of the ancient mysteries and the spiritual guidance of humanity. This
    • prepared and strengthened the founding assembly for his courageous,
    • remember that in considering the part played by Alexander
    • can only grasp the significance of the events of earlier and of
    • more recent times when we understand and appreciate the
    • and, in the first place, to Greece. This change was of the
    • able, from their own vision, to reveal great and important
    • guide the events and phenomena of Earth. The Gods were
    • Mysteries of Hibernia and also with the teachings that
    • Aristotle had still to give to Alexander the Great. An
    • outstanding characteristic of all ancient Oriental Mysteries
    • natural impulses. When Aristotle points Alexander to the
    • the North-West and so forth — but with the physical came
    • also moral impulses. The physical and the moral were one. This
    • man to Nature, that was still living and present in the time
    • that intervened between the life of Gilgamesh and the life of
    • Ephesus. There was still alive in men of that time a vision and
    • of the elementary spirits in Nature, and the working of the
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  • Title: World History: Lecture VI: Mysteries of the Ancient Near East Enter Europe
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    • of the ancient mysteries and the spiritual guidance of humanity. This
    • prepared and strengthened the founding assembly for his courageous,
    • importance for the understanding of the history of the
    • between three or four hundred years before, and three or four
    • that culminated in the rise of Aristotelianism and in the
    • expeditions of Alexander to Asia, is contained in the fact that
    • final end was put to the genuine and pure Mystery impulse of
    • only traditions of the Mysteries, traditions and
    • left over for Europe and especially for Greece, of the old
    • divinely-inspired civilisation. And four hundred years after
    • [Flavius Claudius Julianus, called the Apostate
    • the beginning of the period we are considering, stands the
    • burning of Ephesus; and the day of the burning of Ephesus is
    • also the day on which Alexander the Great was born. At the end
    • terrible and significant death — of Julian the Apostate
    • far away in Asia. Midway between these two days stands the
    • And
    • of vision and perception, a change that is very similar to one
    • bordering on it, namely, the Soul-world; and then the world
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  • Title: World History: Lecture VII: The Fifteenth Century and the Transition from Mind-Soul to Spiritual-Soul
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    • Humanity now stands in the presence of the guardian of the threshold
    • of the ancient mysteries and the spiritual guidance of humanity. This
    • prepared and strengthened the founding assembly for his courageous,
    • in the first third of the 15th century, and that marks the
    • Spiritual Soul is taking place, and it is an age that is
    • human being with the deeper impulses and forces of Nature, or
    • of man and his constitution as physical man, we speak,
    • something he eats contains carbon and nitrogen as it is for a
    • watch-mechanic to know that the watch he has in his hand
    • consists of glass and, shall we say, silver and some other
    • — hydrogen, oxygen and the like — affords no true
    • be understood by seeing in it a connected system of forces; and
    • similarly, if we would understand the nature and being of man,
    • Until the 14th or 15th century this vision and knowledge
    • or less degree, and instinctively gifted natures were able
    • Paracelsus, Jacob Boehme and others, the true insight into
    • and tries by some means or other to study these same chemical
    • — of the influence of the substances on the healthy and
    • results in a darkening of knowledge. The important thing
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  • Title: World History: Lecture VIII: The Burning of the Ephesian Temple and the Goetheanum
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    • of the ancient mysteries and the spiritual guidance of humanity. This
    • prepared and strengthened the founding assembly for his courageous,
    • e stand to-day
    • under the sign of a painful memory, and I want to place
    • in Nature on Earth, and led from these up to the spiritual
    • worlds and the revelations of the spiritual worlds in the
    • writing of the stars. And you will remember how we were able
    • then to bring the human heart, the human soul and spirit in
    • their whole nature and being into close connection with what is
    • writes its Cosmic Script. And the words that I then wrote upon
    • the blackboard, writing for the last time in the room that was
    • so soon to be taken from us, bore within them this impulse and
    • on that evening we were brought into direct and close touch
    • with that to which our Goetheanum in its whole intention and
    • character was devoted. And to-day you will allow me to speak to
    • understanding and feeling for them, they spoke of them somewhat
    • home and a dwelling place in the Mysteries. And when in those
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  • Title: World History: Lecture IX: World History in the Light of Anthroposophy
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    • of the ancient mysteries and the spiritual guidance of humanity. This
    • prepared and strengthened the founding assembly for his courageous,
    • should be a source of strength and of vital importance for the
    • When we look at the world to-day — and it has been the
    • those individuals who are outwardly the spiritual leaders in
    • that until the nineteenth century mankind was childish and
    • primitive in respect of understanding and conceptions of the
    • world. Then modern science appeared in its many branches and
    • arrogance, only they are not aware of it. On the other hand
    • attracted extraordinarily large audiences so that the
    • existence of a desire for Anthroposophy became obvious to
    • — not only earthly impulses — demand something from
    • Such utterances were constantly to be heard and were very
    • spiritual world. And if we are to achieve anything fruitful for
    • us think for a short time of the responsibility laid upon us by
    • recent decades, and observing them spiritually experience
    • bitter feelings regarding the future destiny of humanity on
    • way that is possible spiritually and observe these human beings
    • Ego and astral body, having left their physical and etheric
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    • A Challenge for the Goetheanum and for Anthroposophy,
    • The Goetheanum and Anthroposophy, and is presented here with the
    • Switzerland. The translator and transcriptionist are unknown.
    • and
    • anthroposophical knowledge and conception of the world with
    • that this Goetheanum in Dornach intended to do and all that was
    • done in it. It is said that the most frightful superstitions
    • inimical to religion were being practiced; and there is even
    • performances, and so on.
    • Many people were scandalized at the very name,
    • fundamental reason for this name, and how it is connected with
    • decades to Goethe's world-conception, and to his whole
    • and what he did by considering only what is actually written in
    • Goethe's works, and from that deduces logically, as it were,
    • thinking and a logic of life. And anyone who immerses himself
    • up actively his impulse-filled suggestions, and tries to gain
    • of life, by experiencing what is in Goethe, and by
    • should lead to the misunderstanding that it was meant for the
    • Hence, I often said, I think even here in this place, in the
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    • The Polarity of Continuity and Change in Human Life. The Cosmic Prehistory
    • The Bridge between the Ideal and the Real Part 2.
    • The Polarity of Continuity and Change in Human Life.
    • The Bridge between the Ideal and the Real Part 2.
    • Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland. The translator is
    • and waking up; that is, the sleeping condition. Of course,
    • which we call the astral body and Ego separate from the physical
    • and etheric bodies, But if we wish to go more deeply into the
    • in our last lecture, when we said that St Augustine sought in his
    • astral body and the ego, do not really come to the consciousness of
    • consciousness a copy, a mirror-picture of his ego and astral body.
    • of his Ego and Astral body. But we must quite clearly realise that
    • the true form of the Astral body and Ego appear in such a way to
    • Hierarchy of the Angels, Archangels and Archai.
    • life he stands in intimate connection with what we must designate
    • as the Angels, Archangels and Archai, he does not experience
    • this consciously during the waking condition; and that constitutes
    • an abstract Ego of those shadowy ideas and concepts which fill
    • man's soul, or perhaps of half-dreamy feelings and willings. This
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    • in himself and in nature both what we call growth and what we
    • call destruction, or perhaps dissolution. And he
    • said that if we want really to arrive at ideas concerning the
    • consciousness and the corresponding processes in our physical
    • physical world what is represented in growth, in budding and
    • united with his growth, with all the sprouting and budding
    • processes; and the younger the child whom we consider, the
    • more do these budding and sprouting processes meet our eye.
    • sufficient power to oppose the sprouting and budding, and can
    • bring into them processes of dissolution, does fuller and
    • grasped, and every conscious feeling that asserts itself, are
    • When we look at conscious life we look at destruction; and we
    • observing, that is, the processes of death and destruction.
    • the soul force when it wakes to consciousness wears out and
    • destroys what mere nature creates in the human organism; and
    • of sprouting and budding go forward. Hence it is not correct
    • in summertime, when the earth is budding and sprouting. No!
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    • Ways of Spiritual Cognition and the Rejuvenation of the Artistic Lifestyle,
    • Ways of Spiritual Cognition and the Rejuvenation
    • This lecture was translated from shorthand reports, unrevised
    • by the lecturer, by an unknown translator. And, it was transcribed
    • of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • Meditation and Concentration
    • time we were able to meet together here, we put forward
    • the Physical body, but by liberating the soul and spirit from
    • the physical instrument, so that, as soul and spirit they
    • with the spiritual worlds is broken in ordinary life and
    • enter into relationship with the world, and in the sleeping
    • soul and spirit during sleep, and hinders us in this state,
    • and in ordinary life - from experiencing anything in the
    • scientific activity as such, and its relation to the personal
    • strivings, which through meditation and concentration of
    • thought, feeling, and will-impulses, or in any other manner,
    • this above all for it is a deep and significant truth: that
    • people strive again and again after this, asking: What is the
    • whole, as a unified formation; and those people who to a
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    • Christmas Thoughts and Voices, “Bergkristall” by Stifter.
    • December 1915 and January 1916. They were given at various cites in
    • Switzerland. The lecture series is entitled,
    • and was published in German as,
    • Christmas Thoughts and Voices, “Bergkristall” by Stifter.
    • December 1915 and January 1916. They were given at various cites in
    • Switzerland. The lecture series is entitled,
    • and was published in German as,
    • Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • nature. From the facts adduced, we tried to prove that a
    • foundation of morality and goodness lies at the bottom of the
    • human soul, and that really it has only been in the course of
    • foundation and that thereby what is evil, wrong and immoral
    • ever originated, and the question as to how evil became
    • to full spiritual knowledge and experience were always
    • that life can only run its course truly and favourably when
    • the two sides of a balance, of which first one side and then
    • the other goes up and down. True balance only exists when the
    • this is right and that is wrong. It is only possible to gain
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  • Title: Karma of Vocation: Lecture I
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    • can be determined by rhythms and cycles that are a result of earlier lives.
    • He shows how destiny works into our routine vocational activity and how
    • various unclarified tasks of the present time, and the
    • post-Atlantean epoch, and much to which I have recently
    • life and personality of Goethe are comprehensive and decisive
    • to an extent that can hardly be ascribed to any other
    • individual. Still, it may also be said that, in spite of much
    • that has occurred, his life and personality have had the least
    • it can possibly be said that the life of Goethe has remained
    • thousand by the turn of the century, and today number almost
    • ten thousand? Is there not a wealth of literature concerning
    • major work, Faust, brought again and again before the
    • A dominant scientist, this scholar speaks of the significance
    • is hard to prove that we live in the best of all worlds, it is
    • in the best of all epochs, and we might exclaim in the words of
    • And what a glorious height we have achieved at last.’
    • presents this as his own innermost sentiment and believes that
    • for his knowledge of the world and of man. But he is really
    • should remember that Goethe was born in a city and under
    • established, and highly respected, so much so that from it the
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  • Title: Karma of Vocation: Lecture II
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    • can be determined by rhythms and cycles that are a result of earlier lives.
    • He shows how destiny works into our routine vocational activity and how
    • been said, is to lead the way to an understanding of the karma
    • of the individual and, in a broader sense, the collective karma
    • and we must follow many threads that link a man to the past and
    • present worlds if we wish to answer questions regarding his
    • history, and I will associate reflections with it that are
    • gradually approach, are here somewhat expanded.
    • men are in their tendency to link cause and effect.
    • he had this father and that mother and that he experienced
    • at a rather youthful period while Goethe was still a boy and
    • productions and employed painters there. Goethe thus came into
    • contact with painting and the art of the theater while scarcely
    • the way in which he unites his views of art, the world, and
    • nature and has always behind his artistic fantasy the
    • seven to assemble minerals and geological material that he
    • finds in his father's collections and place them on a music
    • stand to make of them an altar to the great God of Nature? He
    • then sets a candle on this altar made of natural objects and
    • magnifying glass to light the candle, kindling a flame to offer
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    • can be determined by rhythms and cycles that are a result of earlier lives.
    • He shows how destiny works into our routine vocational activity and how
    • sense, and approach it from various points and directions. When
    • on earth and include them in our deliberation of the molding of
    • through his Faust, and through this exert so important
    • certain individuals are separated from the rest of humanity and
    • significance? We compare such an important life and work with
    • that of each individual and ask ourselves: What conclusion can
    • be drawn from the difference between these individual lives and
    • time, is intended to conceal and disguise certain things and to
    • man consists of physical body, etheric body, astral body, and
    • ego. In explaining the alternation between waking and sleeping,
    • we say that in the waking state the ego and astral body are
    • within the physical and etheric bodies but, during sleep, the
    • ego and astral body are outside. This is adequate for a primary
    • understanding, and it corresponds exactly with the spiritual
    • the full reality in just one description, and thus we exhaust
    • speaking generally, sleeping and waking are really a sort of
    • cyclic movement. Strictly speaking, the ego and astral body are
    • outside the physical and etheric bodies in sleep only in being
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    • can be determined by rhythms and cycles that are a result of earlier lives.
    • He shows how destiny works into our routine vocational activity and how
    • we look back, for example, to the Egypto-Chaldean culture or to
    • of freedom now given to man toward forging his external destiny
    • and this freedom will constantly increase — was not given
    • him in earlier times. During the Egypto-Chaldean period, the
    • who guided the earth from extraterrestrial regions, and what
    • people, but that in its form and time of occurrence men knew
    • explained how the earth is awake during the winter and that
    • certain thoughts in it. In winter the earth is awake, and most
    • interpenetrated with thoughts, and it is possible to read the
    • that they became sensitive and receptive to what was alive in
    • of heaven, and from this they were able to determine who should
    • remain in a particularly worthy position and who should be
    • Humanity has now outgrown such things and is exposed to chaos
    • more chaotic conditions. Everything tends to be handed over
    • Egypto-Babylonian culture period something still lived and wove
    • about as described and was disappearing during the fourth
    • what is happening and stop offering a fable convenue in place
    • since the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. They would
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  • Title: Karma of Vocation: Lecture V
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    • can be determined by rhythms and cycles that are a result of earlier lives.
    • He shows how destiny works into our routine vocational activity and how
    • depends on many factors, and the very multiplicity of life
    • someone represents in his or her official position and subject
    • external factors to have a bearing on their lives, and other
    • entire ranks and classes of human beings. The ambition, vanity,
    • and prejudice of an individual, as well as the people around
    • them work into vocational karma from without and render it
    • through all sorts of means that are well-known and need not be
    • may be in themselves, has brought forward such a theory of life
    • produced such a doctrine clearly selects the least fit for the
    • most important positions, and this to an extent that is
    • pessimistic way and referring to the good old times that are
    • past, but we stand here in the presence of an actual fact. The
    • far-reaching faith in authority, stupor of opportunism, and
    • understand that our age has to be educated to a stronger grasp
    • come to pass in spite of so-called public opinion and its hero
    • and, as the Faust unfolds, you can see how
    • his life. He comes now to the King's palace and produces paper
    • becomes a commander-in-chief and conducts wars, but in the
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    • can be determined by rhythms and cycles that are a result of earlier lives.
    • He shows how destiny works into our routine vocational activity and how
    • understanding. We have all grown up, in a sense, in the
    • thinking of the present, and even though many of us suppose we
    • quite unsparing in testing ourselves and our self-knowledge,
    • worked out and is, as it were, obtained from the sum total of
    • occult science is directed toward an entirely different
    • misunderstandings arise. A certain observation may frequently
    • just been published in Switzerland. It deals with the person we
    • have mentioned in a different connection, Friedrich Theodor
    • Vischer, the author of Auch Einer and the great
    • Aesthetics, and describes with loving devotion the life
    • of this true-hearted and extraordinarily prolific Swabian.
    • Tubingen seminary, and so on. Now, the point that interested me
    • sure, the boys learned to get along in Latin and later in the
    • Vischer became, in a sense, a great and famous man who
    • accomplished something important. We must understand how he
    • if we view the matter from a more comprehensive standpoint, we
    • world and chose precisely his environment. It wanted to have
    • we study Vischer, we shall see that precisely all his whims and
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    • can be determined by rhythms and cycles that are a result of earlier lives.
    • He shows how destiny works into our routine vocational activity and how
    • is related directly to the practical and general outward life
    • understanding of the position of the individual human being in
    • a broader basis, and so I must explain in a more comprehensive
    • poetic than the other, and we know that what a person
    • Jupiter, Venus, and Vulcan. What may be called an understanding
    • role heredity plays in human life, and teachers who talk about
    • inherit certain characteristics from their parents and ancestry
    • its mind to a recognition of repeated earth lives and the
    • third to the twenty-first, and so on all the way to the
    • division of human development between birth and death into
    • develops inwardly between birth and the change of teeth, that
    • the etheric body develops up to puberty, and that the astral
    • and sixteenth years, accepting that it differs according to
    • as we know, and are able to beget children. Now, it will be
    • between the fourteenth and sixteenth years with respect to
    • transmitting traits to their descendants. It cannot be said,
    • between the last death and this birth. Within this stretch of
    • outline. All that takes place then between death and a new
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    • can be determined by rhythms and cycles that are a result of earlier lives.
    • He shows how destiny works into our routine vocational activity and how
    • present considerations will impress us with their deeper and
    • our feelings and sentiments that may enable us to look upon
    • facts of life, and then fortifying our point of view with this
    • viewed from the most varied standpoints. Thus, we can attain to
    • the truth only when we feel and realize how everything, every
    • single fact, can be viewed from many standpoints. I will relate
    • well-acquainted with music, played the lute and other string
    • instruments, was also familiar with geometry and mathematics,
    • and his profession was that of a merchant. His harshness may be
    • more readily understandable from the following. He had a
    • wrote a book on music, but this did not please his teacher and
    • became really quite angry and wrote another volume in which he
    • “ancient and rusty views” of his music teacher. Then he
    • pleasure more often. You obviously enjoy this sort of thing and
    • in those days, he at first pursued the study of Greek and Latin
    • and, in addition, learned drawing, perspective, and the like
    • mathematics and mechanics, he continued to excel in these
    • fields and became quite a versatile young man. Even as a boy he
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    • can be determined by rhythms and cycles that are a result of earlier lives.
    • He shows how destiny works into our routine vocational activity and how
    • many theologians and others who believe they stand on a
    • Christian foundation, but without understanding it correctly,
    • is that spiritual science affirms truths regarding a large
    • number of hierarchies that embrace beings standing above man in
    • and so forth; we speak of these kingdoms of the higher
    • mineral, and elemental kingdoms within the earthly world. It is
    • sections. One of them takes its course between birth and death.
    • the super-sensible world to the kingdoms of the human being, and
    • to those of the animal, plant, and mineral in his physical
    • to the higher kingdoms that tower upward from below just as the
    • other kingdoms descend from above downward. The individual
    • and so on. The person of the present day who believes, but
    • without understanding, that his own foundation is that of
    • beings who have their place between man and the real Godhead,
    • which is far above humanity and those beings who have their
    • and so forth. Especially the people who believe themselves to
    • declare that this knowledge of the spiritual hierarchies and
    • or, as it is said, into a kind of paganism. In their opinion it
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    • can be determined by rhythms and cycles that are a result of earlier lives.
    • He shows how destiny works into our routine vocational activity and how
    • with Him. I have spoken frequently about this objection, and we
    • events of our times and little needs to be added. The necessary
    • truth that He died and rose for all men — for all men alike —
    • and that, when man turns against man for the sake of external
    • Certainly, but then no attenion is paid to the fact that the
    • we seek to understand in a more profound sense what the Christ
    • Golgotha; that is, it actually occurred only once at a definite
    • point in space and time. When we fix this in our minds, we
    • argumentation since it is justifiable and must first be
    • see, provided the Mystery of Golgotha is an inner and genuine
    • in time and space belongs to the realm of maya, the great
    • illusion; that is, it does not belong to the real and eternal,
    • to maya, the great illusion, and we must place this
    • is that the human being has come over from earlier worlds and
    • that at a definite point of time, as we have set forth in my book,
    • spiritual scientific investigation shows it, and we know it was
    • less significant, but highly regarded, ancestor. That is to
    • had a direct vision of their ancestors at a certain time in
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  • Title: Mysteries of the Sun: Lecture I
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    • 1918 at Dornach, Switzerland. They are lectures four, five, and six of
    • Science, Knowledge and Human Evolution
    • anyone wish to understand the age in which he is actually living,
    • forces, working into the present time. And to understand what
    • presented it from the most various points of view, and have
    • seen how deeply and with what significance it has taken hold
    • We know how differently men perceived and experienced before
    • and after the Mystery of Golgotha. Naturally one condition
    • today. We know how men now look at the stars and say: other
    • planets are connected with our earth and with it revolve
    • around the sun, and there are innumerable other fixed stars
    • also having their planets. And if men notice what kind of
    • forces of this great world machinery is ruling and working;
    • regard the Sun, for example, quite differently from the way
    • in which the modern physicist regards it — roughly
    • Sun, at the basis of which lies what is of the soul and what
    • is of the spirit. And the Spiritual lying at the Sun's basis
    • expression of the Good and of Helios, the physical Sun. Thus,
    • And with this three foldness then seen in the Sun, the men
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    • 1918 at Dornach, Switzerland. They are lectures four, five, and six of
    • Science, Knowledge and Human Evolution
    • for the understanding of man's being as it must be grasped
    • from the standpoint of spiritual science. Nevertheless, we
    • must bestir ourselves to get a clearer understanding of man's
    • being. For it is out of the understanding bound up with
    • death and a new birth.
    • skeleton and how easily the head can be detached; it can be
    • And, as you saw, I had yesterday to draw not indeed three
    • second circle that overlapped the head, and a third circle
    • (see circle A in diagram 1; body (oval); and the
    • right. What with regard to the head, I have shown here as
    • When you are awake it is united with the head and then for
    • separated most easily from the physical head, going out and
    • thorax, by the breast cavity, enclosed by the ribs and the
    • backbone, is bound up with the spiritual, and when you sleep
    • And for the
    • is practically no real separation between the sleeping and
    • would be thus (yellow with circle a) And this would
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    • would prefer to keep them more or leas at a distance. There
    • are many such questions, and today I should like, out of all
    • one hand young children die and on the other hand people grow
    • to old age and then die — concerning this fact questions
    • questions; and surely anyone can feel that infinitely much in
    • right meaning with these questions and has no idea that there
    • time indicated, all conceptions related to spiritual and
    • nature, man between his birth and his death. I have drawn
    • soul-sun, according to the Greeks Helios, and behind this
    • shines upon us here between birth and death, there shines
    • between death and a new birth, the spiritual sun identified
    • by Plato with the Good. And during this time between death
    • and a new birth, to speak of a shining sphere in the way it
    • no meaning. Between death and a new birth there is only
    • the matter really stands with regard to the physical
    • conditions of human life and assume that absolute conditions
    • overpowering heat, this is how he would picture it. And when
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    • autonomous spheres: economic, political/rights, and cultural. For a
    • it soon became impossible to bring about a 'threefold social order' and
    • with over the decades since that time and have proved to be just as
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    • anything towards the betterment of social conditions. More
    • will follow, with an inevitability of cause and effect in
    • substance. And in the same way many people have the idea in
    • will of itself inevitably evolve a crisis, and that this will
    • then be succeeded for a while by a bad run of business and a
    • recovery sets in, and a rise takes place so to speak in
    • everything as part of a chain of external cause and effect,
    • economic crisis, which took place towards 1907 and during
    • individual; but this is not the case. And in particular any
    • inevitable chain of cause and effect. As you know, it is the
    • devotees indulge in this sort of ideas, and would like to
    • and its methods of thought as presenting a downright ideal;
    • and they look upon it as a great achievement, that this
    • [The Branch-House, No. 70 Landhausstr., in Stuttgart;
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    • autonomous spheres: economic, political/rights, and cultural. For a
    • it soon became impossible to bring about a 'threefold social order' and
    • with over the decades since that time and have proved to be just as
    • Address given by Dr. Steinerat a Study
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    • wide a discussion as possible of the particular subjects
    • which the different members of the audience may have more
    • especially at heart, and which may seem needful for the
    • that of propaganda; a how and through what means the
    • this question of propaganda was represented to me as being of
    • hardly very profitable, to-day, to discuss the ways and means
    • in which the propaganda of the Threefold Order should be
    • say. As regards our propaganda, — I spoke of it last
    • time at one of these very study-evenings, and called
    • attention to the fact, that with our propaganda we have met
    • with very interesting experiences. And the dominant note of
    • last time, how certain proposed plans had failed, and how we
    • Tag. We are quite well aware, that if our propaganda for
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  • Title: Reincarnation and Immortality: Lecture I: Free Will, Immortality
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    • are an updating and application of this tradition to the psychic and
    • of Man. Lecture given at Basel, Switzerland, January 12, 1916)
    • and that have constantly to be faced by each individual, those
    • concerning free will and immortality are among the most
    • intimately they belong together and how it is hardly possible
    • what we are concerned with in human and spiritual history will
    • scientifically and philosophically. Entirely on this basis of
    • penetrating and profound knowledge about the two problems.
    • scientists have disputed and acted in quite contradictory ways
    • when dealing with free will and immortality.
    • of the human soul, and which arise out of the deepest needs of
    • and death, and which one should be able to investigate
    • approach I have represented for many years now — and also
    • from its own viewpoint and it thinks it recognizes not only the
    • contradictory and unsatisfactory nature in other
    • makes pronouncements about its findings, and then reaches its
    • means of the ordinary senses, and which are far removed from
    • admirer of the magnificent and tremendous progress which
    • it also knows how far these scientific methods can go, and
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    • are an updating and application of this tradition to the psychic and
    • Goethe's observation of human beings and of humanity led
    • him to the following short but comprehensive and
    • insight into human life, and yet what he seems to be saying is
    • human history that is important, but rather the feelings and
    • and there were quite a few of them — believed
    • from their reading of history and especially their picture of
    • economic and other material causes in world history, that the
    • by the historical standards that humanity is accustomed to
    • shortsighted. And yet, despite this — was this conclusion
    • which he said that a study of the historical evolution of
    • reality of which can hardly be doubted, was made on the basis
    • Revolution and all that it brought with it. And if we
    • terrible way. We could add hundreds and hundreds of similar
    • normally call history and to see how far it really enables us
    • teach us to recognize what each day brings — and today
    • over the whole earth demand judgment from us. We must know what
    • to think of the American West and how it can evolve in the
    • future, and of the Asiatic East. How can we do this if history
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    • are an updating and application of this tradition to the psychic and
    • this essence can be comprehended by an understanding limited by
    • the senses and bound by the normal operation of the human
    • monism, then we find that our need for a deeper kind of
    • knowledge remains unsatisfied and we are left with the feeling
    • university and those who heard his lectures elsewhere,
    • man really is and come to a point where this is possible. This
    • is Johann Gottlieb Fichte. And he tried in what one might call
    • a paradoxical way to show his audience what kind of activity
    • sensible to the super-sensible. For instance, he said to
    • the audience at the beginning of his lectures, “Try to
    • audience tried to put itself into the position of thinking the
    • while he said, “Now try to think the person who has been
    • thinking the wall.” Fichte knew what he wanted, and
    • how the effect was immediate and convincing, how the audience
    • who had thought the wall, and how their thinking was in a way
    • most concerned with those things in life which bear fruit, and
    • Fichte's demand and the results it had, and this is that Goethe
    • said he managed to lead a sane and wise life because he avoided
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    • Being. Lecture given at Zurich, Switzerland, October 9, 1916)
    • is often said today that when man's spiritual life is in a
    • confused, chaotic condition and human souls have lost their
    • courage, their confidence, and their hope for the future, then
    • all kinds of occult and mystical endeavors are likely to spring
    • up. And in circles which are not inclined to make exact
    • starts from that scientific seriousness and conscientious
    • natural sciences in the course of recent centuries and
    • of the eternal in the human soul and of the relation of this
    • understanding of the simplest human heart, and the practical
    • needs of human souls and spirits at the present time, when
    • there is so much need for inner steadiness and certainty, for
    • strength in action, and for faith in mankind and its destiny.
    • Anthroposophy had to come to meet varied social and
    • believe that they are standing on the firm basis of present-day
    • attentiveness what are regarded by some careful thinkers today
    • sense world, experiment, and thought, which combines the
    • results of observation and experiment, and find in this way the
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    • Historical Evolution of Humanity and the Science of Spirit.
    • disregard hunger by the use of certain drugs and to believe
    • disregard the mystery of the human being, either because of
    • prey to a kind of soul hunger and to what happens as a
    • soul, an uncertainty and powerlessness, an inability to find
    • centuries, and particularly in the 19th century and our
    • by means of steam, electricity, modern economic and social
    • is a mistake to regard the science of spirit, or
    • picture of the science of spirit and then criticize this
    • further points can be added to what I have been saying about
    • natural science investigates and thinks, and in the way in
    • acquiring knowledge. The science of spirit must absorb this and
    • arises: How is it at all possible for modern science and the
    • present-day scientific development and its method of thought.
    • And so you will allow me to start with the course of scientific
    • thought and research in more recent times. This will be
    • regarded very much from the viewpoint of an admirer of
    • absolutely honest and genuine.
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    • itself “artistic” and would consequently be out
    • and makes use of an artistic language whose forms are
    • the Art of Movement in Space carried out by individuals and
    • groups of individuals in reciprocal relationships and
    • regarded as anything in the nature of dancing; it is a new
    • Art, having as its instrument Man himself, and its movements
    • are made in the larynx and the other organs of speech when a
    • and yet “super-sensible” — if I may use the
    • is the function of the larynx and the other organs of speech
    • to bring into expression, are arrested as they arise and are
    • the air carry the sound so that it can be heard. In
    • founded an Goetheanism, and Eurhythmic Art is just one detail
    • principle, an elaborated leaf, and each individual leaf is a
    • primitive plant. What Goethe worked out with regard to
    • organic metamorphosis — for he expanded the range of his
    • organic functions and development and then transformed into
    • Art. So that if we turn what exists in principle and as Idea
    • in a single group of organs — such as the larynx, and
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    • Social Questions and their Spiritual Background,
    • Die geistigen Hinterfruende der sozialen Frage. Band III.
    • Incarnation of Lucifer and Ahriman, and has the title,
    • Social Questions and their Spiritual Background,
    • Die geistigen Hinterfruende der sozialen Frage. Band III.
    • The Influences of Lucifer and Ahriman,
    • and has the title,
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    • inwardly dependent on humanity itself; and we can only gain a
    • true view of the world when we consider the earth and indeed
    • regard man as being part of the world — and visualise the
    • interchange, the inter-relation between man and the world.
    • of the mineral kingdom; at most understanding something of
    • the plant and animal worlds, which no longer play any strong
    • History, is added; but as a truth of quite a different
    • diverse points of view we have brought forward the reason why
    • humanity must abandon this view of things, a view which, as
    • more and more dependent on the physical body with its
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  • Title: The Real Being of Man
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    • Connection with the Planet Earth and with the Stars Above,
    • Der Mensch in seinem Zusammenhang mit dem Kosmos. Band III.
    • The Responsibility of Man for World Evolution, and is also known as,
    • Nachlassverwaltung, in Dornach, Switzerland.
    • Dornach, Switzerland in January through April of 1921. This lecture
    • Connection with the Planet Earth and with the Stars Above,
    • Der Mensch in seinem Zusammenhang mit dem Kosmos. Band III.
    • The Responsibility of Man for World Evolution, and is also known as,
    • Nachlassverwaltung, in Dornach, Switzerland.
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    • The Balance between Lucifer and Ahriman
    • different considerations we have brought forward, you can
    • time, and that cosmic body itself. From the most diverse
    • point of view this connection between man and the entire
    • view, and from that, form certain ideas concerning the real
    • far more inward connection with his own planet, as such than
    • do the epochs of time which lie between his death and
    • re-birth. The times which man passes between death and
    • re-birth are for him times of a more Spiritual existence, and
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  • Title: Necessity for Spiritual Knowledge: Lecture 1
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    • 1919 at Stuttgart. They are lectures 16 and 17 of 17 lectures in the
    • and published in German as,
    • Geisteswissenschaftliche Behandlung Socialer und Paedagogischer Fragen
    • from here, in regard to our present cultural movement. I
    • intentions go, can still lie in what has already happened and
    • and frequently enough described by me.
    • also been said ever and again — we shall never be able
    • to advance even in social matters if the understanding for
    • knowledge. And it has been pointed out. how completely,
    • only those have a real understanding of modern requirements
    • then be said that in our day men having the temerity to take
    • and through the spiritual. When, however, this real activity
    • in and through the spiritual is spoken of today, for many
    • hands and that he has caught at the idea of a threefold
    • valuable information and inspiration which he has repeatedly
    • acknowledged in public. In addition, however, he informed me
    • employees of the Daimler works. And now he talks about this
    • existing bourgeois culture has been adversely criticised, and
    • a man — and it is just as well there should be people
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    • 1919 at Stuttgart. They are lectures 16 and 17 of 17 lectures in the
    • and published in German as,
    • Geisteswissenschaftliche Behandlung Socialer und Paedagogischer Fragen
    • time; and especially about the basis of the work we are doing
    • here (Waldorf School, etc.) and of our aims. I shall possibly
    • knowledge which are accessible to men of the present age,and
    • We have said
    • again and again that men will not be able to make any further
    • progress in matters social, if understanding of the facts in
    • acquiring knowledge — and that only those have a true
    • understanding for the needs and demands of the present time,
    • towards spiritual deepening entails, and who, moreover, have
    • you think it could truthfully be said that in our time men
    • is to many people absolutely and utterly
    • illustration and so shall give no name. It says that this man
    • and that he entirely agreed with the idea of the
    • on the “Threefold Commonwealth” and that he had
    • Company, and although he says that he does not venture to
    • has existed up to now, ie spoken of in rather a derogatory
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    • 1919 at Stuttgart. They are lectures 16 and 17 of 17 lectures in the
    • and published in German as,
    • Geisteswissenschaftliche Behandlung Socialer und Paedagogischer Fragen
    • portion of Europe was comprised — namely his own land and
    • what bordered on it, a part of Asia and a portion of Africa,
    • and that beyond this definitely limited region, the world was
    • a kind of vague, indefinite quantity It might be said that
    • to his consciousness. And this consciousness of the ancient
    • rather rough and ready, as such expressions always are
    • possessed may be called a land, or territorial
    • about the consciousness of humanity in the forward evolution
    • may be said that simultaneously with the emergence of this
    • Earth consciousness as a development out of a territorial
    • consciousness, a panorama of what was outside and beyond the
    • panorama. The Copernican world-conception arose, and men have
    • conceived of that which is outside and beyond the Earth in
    • Space, in terms of mathematics, of geometry and of mechanics.
    • picture includes all that there is to be said about that
    • which is beyond the Earth and can be perceived b by men in
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  • Title: Man and Nature: Intellect in Man and Nature Bereft of the Gods
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    • Dornach, Switzerland. It is lecture number 17 of 17 from the lecture
    • Man's Inner Being and the Earth's Future.
    • Dornach, Switzerland. It is lecture number 17 of 17 from the lecture
    • Man's Inner Being and the Earth's Future.
    • Nachlassverwalting, Dornach, Switzerland. From Bn/GA 198.
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    • Man and Nature
    • Intellect in Man and Nature Bereft of the Gods
    • difference between merely abstract concepts and that which
    • also arises in the soul in the form of ideas and concepts but
    • all that with his materialistic frame of mind, and his
    • tendency to reject spiritual conceptions and occupy himself
    • himself more and more akin to the material, is descending so
    • universe, and as the result of his denial of the soul and
    • Spirit he is losing the soul and Spirit. I said before that
    • it because they cherish the belief that the soul-and-spirit
    • severs himself from the soul-and-spirit altogether, sinks
    • into the realm of the Ahrimanic Powers and passes with them
    • the world of Ahriman and can only find its true path of
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    • Art and the Experiencing of Art,
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    • certainly out of a profound understanding of the world in
    • general but above all out of a deep feeling for art, that
    • what he said by adding: “The man to whom art begins to
    • towards her least worthy exponent, the science of
    • art and the experiences we can have, and may frequently have
    • perceptive feeling for art and the creations of art it is
    • if both physical and super-physical are rejected. Yet the
    • hardly get beyond a refined form of illustration, imitation
    • become true art. And it can well be said that it reflects a
    • by one's own understanding and reason — when there is a
    • unreality and into it must play many of the illusions of
    • into life what for a certain understanding is unreal, that,
    • said that from a certain boundary of perceptive
    • senses, what is super-physical and occult somehow makes its
    • result of pure thought, what is feelingly perceived and
    • taken into a red room and am face to face with the man who
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  • Title: The Sources of Artistic Imagination and the Sources of Supersensible Knowledge
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    • Art and the Experiencing of Art,
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    • The Sources of Artistic Imagination and the
    • imagination, artistic creative power and appreciation, and
    • Spiritual Science. On the other hand it is also widely known
    • imagination and the conscious vision that can function in the
    • feel obliged to adduce against the spiritual-scientific point
    • essentials of the connection between artistic imagination and
    • connections of true artistic creation and appreciation with
    • bodily conditions and are not the expressions off,
    • to understand the real nature of the connection between
    • artistic imagination and seership it is necessary to realise
    • the difference between them and it is a considerable one.
    • not — as happens in ordinary sense-perception and
    • perceived — take in and reproduce inwardly the external
    • creation, perception of the external world remains alive and
    • the conceptions which are based upon external perception and
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    • at Christmas, 1923, in Dornach, Switzerland.
    • Englisch and
    • Englisch and
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    • durante la asamblea de refundación de la Sociedad Antroposófica en
    • Alemán and
    • generando ser en las profundidades del cosmos.
    • tú vives en la calma de la cabeza,
    • en la calma del pensar
    • implorando luz, obran en el ser cósmico.
    • resplandeció en las almas humanas;
    • Conferencia de Navidad durante la cual se refundó la Sociedad
    • la decisión de publicar los versos de la colocación de la Piedra
    • “atenuada”, y que, en cambio, debe ser puesta a disposición
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    • at Christmas, 1923, in Dornach, Switzerland.
    • German original and
    • And you will truly live
    • And you will truly feel
    • And you will truly think
    • Let from the depths demand
    • What will be heard in the heights;
    • German original and
    • meditation exist in the original German — a verbal and a
    • Switzerland. The
    • 1924, does not mention the spiritual hierarchies, and is entirely in
    • German, as opposed to the Greek and Latin phrases used here. Marie
    • circles too, for he said that there was a law attached to esoteric
    • equal to that with which they are sent out, and it is therefore
    • years later, and after both versions have been published in book
  • Title: Lecture: Human Knowledge and Its Significance for Man and the Cosmos
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    • Man and the Cosmos
    • have to be said on the subject of the connection of man's being with
    • the universe must necessarily seem difficult and complicated. People
    • may ask themselves: Whatever more is there to be said about the being
    • the cosmos is an exceedingly complicated process and must in some way
    • times will come when their souls will be incarnated again and when knowledge
    • truth is always simple and that what is not simple is not the real ‘truth.’
    • and have no inkling of the fact that when they speak of this ‘simplicity
    • of Truth’ they are clouding their minds and are altogether labouring
    • under a delusion. Times will come when knowledge, and knowledge alone
    • will enable man to hold together certain of the inner principles and
    • members of his being. But the future has always to be prepared and it
    • is the task of anthroposophical thought to prepare earthly culture and
    • And now let us think of
    • inasmuch as the structure and nature of his head differs essentially
    • from the structure and nature of the rest of his organism. The head
    • He has his head, and the other part of his organism. After death we
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    • and on the hope for each human soul that it can find its way back to the
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    • nature. From the facts adduced, we tried to prove that a
    • foundation of morality and goodness lies at the bottom of the
    • human soul, and that really it has only been in the course of
    • foundation and that thereby what is evil, wrong and immoral
    • ever originated, and the question as to how evil became
    • to full spiritual knowledge and experience were always
    • that life can only run its course truly and favourably when
    • the two sides of a balance, of which first one side and then
    • the other goes up and down. True balance only exists when the
    • this is right and that is wrong. It is only possible to gain
    • the true idea when the human being, standing in the centre of
    • to foolhardiness — that is, unbridled activity in the
    • world and the straining of the forces at one's disposal to
    • the utmost limit. Foolhardiness is one side; the opposite is
    • cowardice.
    • into foolhardiness he loses himself and lays aside his own
    • individuality and is crushed by the wheels of life. Life
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    • and was published in German as,
    • Exoteric and Esoteric Christianity
    • It was translated by Lisa Dreher and Henry B. Monges, and published
    • Translated by Lisa Dreher and Henry B. Monges
    • and was published in German as,
    • Exoteric and Esoteric Christianity
    • and was translated by Lisa Dreher and Henry B. Monges. Published in
    • the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, in Dornach, Switzerland.
    • Exoteric and Esoteric Christianity, Lecture V
    • and
    • Anthroposophical gatherings, yet all that can be said about it
    • is so extensive and belongs to a sphere of such importance and
    • preceded the Mystery of Golgotha, and second, that other part
    • dreamlike and imaginative in character, it was
    • nevertheless a certain sort of thinking; and when we
    • and from other descriptions
    • certainly was quite a different sort of relationship. What
    • organs. And these beings communicated the mighty secrets of
    • were poured out into the human mind of that time and they
    • us, where today we see only clouds and stars, the earthly life
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    • so far disregarded, as the authors of the works in question
    • AND
    • Leading Individualities and
    • gradually rise to higher and higher truths. Still it was right
    • to present the general cosmic truths at first in as simple and
    • namely, the possibility of understanding and penetrating the
    • shall be able to coordinate the spiritual lines and forces
    • has been said in recent lectures.
    • more understandable. Today we shall proceed a little farther in this
    • regard, and here also we shall speak again about more complicated
    • at that time have again and again experienced
    • Atlantean and our post-Atlantean periods. These souls have
    • incarnations, and still have long distances to travel in
    • to better advantage, and are therefore at a stage of
    • time and find it in a previous fleshly incarnation, trace it
    • farther back and find it again in another incarnation, and so
    • repeatedly, at intervals, and incarnate vicariously in a
    • Avatar. And this is the distinction
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    • It has never been translated into English, and never before published
    • beg to apologize as I've arrived here with a cold, and so perhaps
    • there will also be interruptions here and there throughout the lecture.
    • beliefs, within the same things said about these things as are
    • perception and feeling on the fingers. This is the familiar
    • view nowadays, and therefore everything that is put forward
    • perceived as somewhat strange. Yet all that is brought forward
    • stand on the same ground as the accustomed scientific views
    • natural sciences actually climbed and arrived at the point of
    • sought, as far as is possible for people regarding such matters
    • the ordinary consciousness as we apply it towards the phenomena
    • counting, arithmetic and so on, or whether a further glimpse
    • that we understand by such means this different cognitive
    • to make myself understandable so that what I want to add as
    • where we are from morning till night, and we know the state of
    • life, and from which arise colorful iridescent dreams. If we
    • the fact that we wake up, and by awakening we come to an
    • world through our organism. And by what we experience because
    • that we know only from our dreams. And one with such a problem
    • drive us to our actions, and in everything that we do from
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    • a mere theory, but an inherent necessity in modern life. He addresses the
    • and destiny, the mystery of birth and death, the origin of evil and
    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • audience with the kind of issues investigated by spiritual
    • evolution and destination, the riddle of birth and death, the
    • origin of life and that of evil, health and illness, and
    • and the tasks facing modern humans. The discourses will
    • great variety of age groups are represented in the audience,
    • “Who are the Rosicrucians?”; “Richard
    • Wagner and Mysticism”; “What Do Educated People
    • Know About Theosophy?”; and a lecture about religion,
    • “The Bible and Wisdom.”
    • audience who attended lectures last winter will hear about
    • things that are familiar, though presented from a different
    • As I said, today's lecture is to serve as an introduction to
    • by spiritual-scientific investigation, and the significance
    • of such research of the supersensible for humanity now and in
    • and soon spread world wide. Yet, after
    • reputation. Many people regard Theosophy as something
    • in a cloud-cuckoo-land. It cannot be denied that it has often
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    • a mere theory, but an inherent necessity in modern life. He addresses the
    • and destiny, the mystery of birth and death, the origin of evil and
    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • blood. At first he regards this as a joke, but Goethe
    • novelist, and playwright.
    • go into what every commentator has said about this particular
    • passage, but it all amounts more or less to what is said by a
    • Like others, he regards
    • Mephistopheles' remark to be ironic, but Minor adds a curious
    • things said about Goethe's Faust. Minor states:
    • point out that as blood invigorates and sustains human life,
    • when he further demonstrates that in sagas and legends blood
    • hand with a penknife, dips a quill in the blood in order to
    • sign the agreement, and as he does so, the blood, flowing
    • enemy of blood and for that reason demands the signature
    • Faust legends, wishes to show that the devil regards blood as
    • especially valuable, and that to him it is important that the
    • special power over Faust by possessing at least a drop of his
    • is that blood is a very special fluid and it is the real
    • issue in the fight for an individual's soul between good and
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    • a mere theory, but an inherent necessity in modern life. He addresses the
    • and destiny, the mystery of birth and death, the origin of evil and
    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • entitled, “The Origin of Evil”; and
    • “Illness and Death.” Yet each lecture is complete
    • and comprehensible by itself.
    • encounters at the outset, like an enigmatic figure standing
    • guard before life's portal, the problem of suffering.
    • closely bound up with evil, illness and death, often cuts
    • deeply into people's lives, and is seen as one of its
    • life, to assess its value, it is above all pain and suffering
    • of happiness, enjoyment and hope. People who feel pain and
    • and as full of enjoyment of life as the ancient Greeks had a
    • saying which hung like a dark cloud in the midst of the
    • Silenus was a drunken attendant of Bacchus and one of the
    • Dionysus was the god of wine and fertility.
    • “The best for man is not to be born, and if born the
    • classical scholar and critic of Christianity.
    • understand the birth of tragedy out of the Spirit of ancient
    • and philosophy, the significant role played by suffering
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    • a mere theory, but an inherent necessity in modern life. He addresses the
    • and destiny, the mystery of birth and death, the origin of evil and
    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • characteristic of today's literature that it hardly mentions
    • suffering, illness and death, but does not concern itself
    • and cruelty, but one cannot apply the concept of evil to
    • from investigations of animals, and as all differences are
    • strict tests. The guardian of the wisdom had to be convinced
    • connection between human beings' essential nature and evil?
    • legend of Ormuzd and Ahriman emphasizes this view more
    • understand evil one must enter deeply into the nature of
    • human beings, and indeed into that of the whole cosmos. To
    • evolved in the past and will evolve in the future, and
    • through exercises in meditation and concentration, a person
    • senses and the intellect. Inner meditative work enables the
    • blind and whose sight is restored. An inner process takes
    • place through which the spiritual eyes and ears are opened.
    • gathering honey, saying that the world of color and light
    • experiences and take them up to higher worlds.
    • a fundamental and significant law: Whenever beings reach a
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    • a mere theory, but an inherent necessity in modern life. He addresses the
    • and destiny, the mystery of birth and death, the origin of evil and
    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • to a wider public, and provide insight that will help to
    • It belongs to everyday life and must be of interest to
    • everyone. Knowledge of human nature and problems of education
    • nature. The physical, bodily aspect that we can see and touch
    • organism that is considerably more delicate and refined than
    • and is best described as a sum of forces or currents of
    • out of water. We must therefore regard everything that
    • the vegetable and animal kingdoms. In shape and size the
    • all kinds of passions, lower as well as higher, and also of
    • joys and sorrows, pleasure and pair, cravings and desires.
    • Our ordinary thoughts and will-impulses are also contained in
    • the physical and ether bodies and surrounds humans like a
    • it and condition a person's destiny and character were given
    • body to the vegetable kingdom and the astral body to the
    • childhood till old age. That is why, if we are to understand
    • beings; they develop within a certain environment, and can
    • to spiritual realms. The child is enveloped by an etheric and
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture V: Illness and Death
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    • a mere theory, but an inherent necessity in modern life. He addresses the
    • and destiny, the mystery of birth and death, the origin of evil and
    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • Illness and Death
    • must obviously concern everyone, for illness and death enters
    • the lives of all; usually it is unbidden and often in a way
    • that is upsetting and even frightening. Death is indeed
    • It is said that
    • understand.
    • dealing with a far-reaching and important subject, I ask you
    • to answer the specific question, How can illness and death be
    • illness and health; we must confine ourselves to the question
    • of how understanding can be reached concerning these two most
    • death,” were for centuries regarded as an answer, a
    • sphere of morality and is connected with human behavior, can
    • to anything extreme. The word sin was regarded as being
    • bear in mind that egoism and selfishness indicate that a
    • and self-consciousness. These are aspects that must be taken
    • into account if we are to understand the mind of a spirit
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture VII: Education and Spiritual Science
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    • a mere theory, but an inherent necessity in modern life. He addresses the
    • and destiny, the mystery of birth and death, the origin of evil and
    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • Education and Spiritual Science
    • understand the evolution of the individual, and guide the
    • school. We shall attempt to understand what is required of
    • education on the basis of human nature and a person's
    • physical body, ether or life body, astral body, and at the
    • such as memory, temperament, and so on, are, up to the change
    • physical senses of eyes and ears are protected before
    • of evolution up to the present. And after birth, the child
    • childhood onwards as follows: The first epoch, lasting up to
    • corresponding to the life of today's Indian and South Sea
    • Islander. The second epoch, up to the sixth year, reflects
    • the Asiatic wars and their repercussions in Europe, and also
    • poet who wrote the Iliad and Odyssey.
    • to Alexander the Great.
    • Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.) was king
    • of Macedonia and conqueror of the Persian Empire.
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture VIII: Insanity in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • a mere theory, but an inherent necessity in modern life. He addresses the
    • and destiny, the mystery of birth and death, the origin of evil and
    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • statements are put forward, for example that the discord
    • between old and modern world conceptions was the cause of
    • When a deeply
    • are hypotheses, doubt and conjecture. It is indeed difficult
    • this category are not regarded to do so by the medical
    • sectarianism and fanaticism. People of the latter kind are
    • the physical, etheric and astral bodies, and the
    • members, especially on the astral body, ennobling and
    • purifying it and by compelling it not to follow urges and
    • into two parts, one that is purified and one that is not.
    • This occurs also in the ether body, and gradually the
    • astral body and the “I” separate from the
    • physical body, and all cravings and sensations sink into dark
    • oblivion. Only the physical and etheric bodies remain on the
    • physical body, and in the hours that follow, while the human
    • from that individual and disperses into the general
    • remains with the astral body and the “I.” These
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture IX: Wisdom and Health
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    • a mere theory, but an inherent necessity in modern life. He addresses the
    • and destiny, the mystery of birth and death, the origin of evil and
    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • Wisdom and Health
    • source of strength and confidence. It is for people who wish
    • human soul away from narrow attitudes and egoistical aims; it
    • to lead human beings away from the personal; people demand
    • to life, and health follows.
    • all that person can do is talk glibly about reincarnation and
    • live it every hour of the day, and calmly be able to wait. In
    • understood if it is assimilated like a spiritual food, and
    • allowed to grow and mature within a person. It is rightly
    • and exaltation, or when life threatens to fall apart, a
    • person experiences the hope, strength and incentive to action
    • we recognize the look an a face, or the movement of a hand as
    • the expression of the soul and spirit in human beings, when
    • spirit, and you absorb health-giving forces! Not, however, in
    • enter with patience and love into every being, every event.
    • The spiritual world is there and should not be sought as if
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture X: Stages in Man's Development in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • a mere theory, but an inherent necessity in modern life. He addresses the
    • and destiny, the mystery of birth and death, the origin of evil and
    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • earnest self-introspection. And indeed it expresses one of
    • something powerful and universal. Originally it neither
    • comparison make clear where the higher self exists, and what
    • task all the better the more they forget themselves and
    • mission of the eyes is to forget their inner being and
    • regard to a person's ordinary self; that too is nothing but
    • an organ, a tool; and self-knowledge becomes ever greater the
    • more this self can forget itself and become aware of the
    • spiritual eyes and continually does so. Therefore,
    • This we must keep in mind and see as background to today's
    • look at the way he evolves during his life between birth and
    • what he has retained throughout the time between death and
    • new birth, and so brings with him into a new life.
    • the physical corpse. The main difference between death and
    • sleep is that the human being asleep possesses a physical and
    • an etheric body; only the astral body and what we call
    • together the physical matter and forces from birth to death.
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture XI: Who are the Rosicrucians?
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    • a mere theory, but an inherent necessity in modern life. He addresses the
    • and destiny, the mystery of birth and death, the origin of evil and
    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • to connect even remotely adequate ideas. And indeed, it is
    • behind the fraud and charlatanry associated with the name. On
    • the other hand, some learned books do proffer a variety of
    • boasting, pure fraud or worse. Even those who have attempted
    • philosopher's stone, the stone of the wise, and other
    • the obvious fact that a human being should be moral and
    • existed in the Occident since the fourteenth century, and
    • known — made journeys at the end of the fifteenth and the
    • and mystic, gained his knowledge. This account is true, but
    • what the book M — — — — actually is, and
    • so-called Fama Fraternitatis in 1614, and a year
    • controversy about books, that is, whether Valentin Andreae,
    • Valentin Andreae (1586–1654) theologian, wrote about
    • up the writings of Valentin Andreae, or indeed any other
    • still exists, and has done so since the fourteenth century.
    • fragments, lost through betrayal into public hands. Not only
    • of distortions through charlatanry, fraud, incomprehension
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture XII: Richard Wagner and Mysticism
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    • a mere theory, but an inherent necessity in modern life. He addresses the
    • and destiny, the mystery of birth and death, the origin of evil and
    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • Richard Wagner and Mysticism
    • To link Richard Wagner
    • Richard Wagner (1813–1883) was a major German opera composer.
    • look at Richard Wagner's relation to art on the one hand and
    • mind that when a cultural phenomenon such as Richard Wagner
    • Wagner spoke about. That would make a discussion on any issue
    • and other phenomena. When discussing issues, whether cultural
    • convey to the botanist the laws of its growth; and the
    • feelings and sentiments it aroused in the poet would be
    • Richard Wagner must be taken. Certainly a plant knows nothing
    • of the laws, however, it nevertheless grows and develops.
    • able to speak. The artist lives and creates according to
    • As regards
    • people, educated and uneducated alike, speak of mysticism as
    • anyone with understanding of mysticism. The Gnostics have
    • Richard Wagner
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture XIII: The Bible and Wisdom
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    • a mere theory, but an inherent necessity in modern life. He addresses the
    • and destiny, the mystery of birth and death, the origin of evil and
    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • The Bible and Wisdom
    • actual writing of the four Gospels and Scriptures in the Old
    • Testament. Today we shall look at more positive aspects and,
    • Gospel according to Matthew, to Mark, to Luke and to John,
    • was regarded as holy, as from divine inspiration only truth
    • questions, and they fastened onto every word, for it was
    • mood and attitude. They read the Gospel of Matthew and that
    • of Luke and find two different genealogies of Jesus of
    • differ, and ask, How is it possible that a document, which
    • and consequently doubt that they were in fact inspired. By
    • In regard to the fourth Gospel, the conclusion is drawn that
    • historical record at all. It is understandable that the
    • stupid people ever handled the Bible. Perhaps it could be
    • Bible arose only gradually. It is said that the Bible cannot
    • stand up to close historical investigation. Looking at events
    • formulated the Nicene Creed in A.D. 325.
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    • Steiner when endowing a Society for Theosophy and Theosophical Art in
    • December of 1911. No complete stenographic record exists of this address,
    • Reebstein-Lehmann were available. For the new printing in 1984 additions
    • and corrections could be included based of the notes by Meita Pyle-Waller
    • and Elisabeth Vreede. Mieta Pyle-Waller's notes were reviewed and corrected
    • This document is a previously untranslated Address given by Rudolf
    • Steiner when endowing a Society for Theosophy and Theosophical Art in
    • December of 1911. No complete stenographic record exists of this address,
    • Reebstein-Lehmann were available. For the new printing in 1984 additions
    • and corrections could be included based of the notes by Meita Pyle-Waller
    • and Elisabeth Vreede. Mieta Pyle-Waller's notes were reviewed and corrected
    • Be sure to compare this with another version of this Address,
    • Thanks to a donation by The e.Lib, Inc., this lecture has been
    • and what became of it
    • An Address by Rudolf Steiner
    • with an introduction and epilog by Marie Steiner - 1947
    • No complete stenographic record exists of this address, but only notes
    • the new printing in 1984 additions and corrections could be included
    • based of the notes by Meita Pyle-Waller and Elisabeth Vreede. Mieta
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    • the breath and the circulation of the blood. When he wills metabolism
    • physical occurrence within the sense-nerve nature; and metabolism is the
    • feeling lives and the waves of will pulsate.
    • conscious breath with conscious thinking, in this way, he laid hold in his
    • into man, and how man thus becomes a living soul. The man of the present
    • age must seek his super-sensible knowledge in a different way. He cannot
    • weaves in a spirit element or music and picture. It is released from the
    • breath and woven together with the spiritual in the world. The Self is now
    • world in himself, and in his spiritual life today he has the echo of this.
    • The Western man stands at the beginning of his experience, and is on the
    • unconscious sleep, and would have been psychically drowned.
    • The Eastern man had the spiritual experience as religion, art, and science
    • ceremony and the sacrificial place there was manifest to him also beauty,
    • through which the Divine-Spiritual lived in art. And out of the beautiful
    • Toward the West streamed the waves of wisdom that were the beautiful light
    • of the spirit and inspired piety in the artistically inspired man. There
    • religion developed its own being, and only beauty still continued united
    • with wisdom. Heracleitos and Anaxagoras were men wise in the world who
    • thought artistically; Aeschylos and Sophocles were artists who moulded the
    • striving in beauty toward artistic revelation. If the Western man beholds
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    • 24th of August and the 9th of September, 1941, this lecture was
    • given at Dornach on June 17th 1922, and is included in Volume 212
    • 24th of August and the 9th of September, 1941, this lecture was
    • given at Dornach on June 17th 1922, and is included in Volume 212
    • and published here by kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner
    • Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
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    • senses; we are connected with it — and this is clearly
    • our senses, and a certain soul-activity within us
    • which we can study our waking life and all that it
    • our body with our Ego and our soul, in an environment, which
    • being; that is, to man and the way in which he has developed
    • humanity — from the 15th century onwards. Yet we must ask
    • of humanity, and the fact that its soul-life has passed through
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    • 12th and 19th of May, 1946, this lecture was given at Cologne on
    • December 2nd 1906, and is included in Volume 97 of the Bibliographic
    • 12th and 19th of May, 1946, this lecture was given at Cologne on
    • December 2nd 1906, and is included in Volume 97 of the Bibliographic
    • and published here by kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner
    • Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
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    • evolution of the world. In order to understand it, we must shed
    • light upon the occult wisdom of thousands of years ago, an the
    • Mystery of Golgotha to say that the life and work of Christ
    • Mystery-wisdom in order to understand how an event such as the
    • the occultist this question is a double one: For we must
    • Palestine and reached the age of thirty, and what became of him
    • afterwards. In the 30th year of his life Jesus became
    • astral body, the etheric body and the physical body are
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  • Title: Year's Course as a Symbol for the Great Cosmic Year
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    • "Authorised Translation" and "Edited by Harry Collison".
    • December 31st 1915, and is included in Volume 165 of the Bibliographic
    • The publisher was jointly Anthroposophical Publishing, London and
    • “Authorised Translation” and
    • December 31st 1915, and is included in Volume 165 of the Bibliographic
    • and published here by kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner
    • Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
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    • Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • images are real and should be taken as realities. It is
    • be needed if one were to speak: in the form of concepts and not
    • shall explain to you to day and who meditate upon them, will
    • subdivision of time, but this is not the case. For a deeper
    • midst of winter, when the plants cease to grow, blossom and
    • soul-spiritual essence weaves and works in the mysterious
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  • Title: Spiritual Relations in the Configuration of the Human Organism: Lecture I
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    • organism penetrated by the etheric organism, and with this system which
    • is formed by physical and etheric organism we have joined the astral
    • organism and the ego. From the way that man goes into the sleeping state
    • and from there over again into the waking state, we see that on one
    • side the physical and etheric organism are connected more closely and
    • on the other side ego and astral organism. Though in waking state these
    • one side ego and astral body, so to speak, hold together, and on the
    • other side physical and etheric organism. So that the astral and etheric
    • organism do not unite as strongly as, for example, ego and astral organism,
    • or physical and etheric organism.
    • what happens first is a play of processes in the ego and the astral
    • and with this “red” as the astral organism. We have to be
    • seeing, are the processes in the ego and in the astral organism.
    • seeing somewhere a red color, distinguish yourself, in regard to your
    • and the ego have flown together. And it is the same with the astral
    • to look at, where we are seeing, are processes in the ego and the astral
    • physical organism of man and has in itself parts that are solid. You
    • it were, radiates from the kidney system into the whole organism and
    • also radiates into the eye, is by all means not a dead watery substance,
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    • So that tomorrow we can go onto understand something in this direction
    • from a different point of view.
    • as he stands in life from day to day and From the very ordinary side
    • animal, plant, and also partly from the mineral kingdom. But what man
    • and the air must undergo powerful changes inside our organism, so that
    • they can satisfy and become human, so to say, inside our organism.
    • with this now next — perhaps somewhat prepared already, as said
    • before. Next we inwardly digest particularly through the excretion of
    • the glands, through the other digestive apparatus. We take it into us,
    • by the salivary glands of the mouth. We then bring the food farther
    • ourselves and assimilating them, they will already be somewhat changed
    • in regard to what they are in our surrounding outside. The foodstuffs
    • stomach and from there into our digestive apparatus. There the foodstuffs
    • I would like to say — and through further digestion all that what
    • Where we add to our meals salt, which is already of an outer mineral
    • substance, if we add sugar, which through outer preparations —
    • also a sort of advance killing by subjecting the food to heat and so
    • gets to the glandular organs, which transmit the articles of food from
    • the bowel into the lymphatic glands and then into the vessels of the
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    • and just what is changing?
    • — if only out of dreamlike knowing — it was always said:
    • an end and a light-filled age would begin. If one now examines the words
    • of the old wise men and takes them seriously, one indeed comes to realize
    • occur around the turn of the 19th and 20th century — the time
    • to a renewal of the old dreamlike wisdom. I often have said that this
    • wisdom, but a present-day mode of cognition. But as regards the transition
    • Although one can hardly
    • regarding the passing over into the light age, and what we also must
    • think today, is nevertheless true. Only we must understand matters in
    • and a Dark Age.
    • and Light Ages, looked at this dark age as at the continuation of an
    • earlier Light Age, and they expressed the opinion that, after the Dark
    • be instructive to look back and see how — mainly in human affairs
    • clear by an example — as I said — through the example of
    • did not speak of illness, but said right out: Death exists and He
    • takes hold of man. One saw something like a struggle between life and
    • So in those olden times one did not speak of illness and health when
    • a person had become ill in the sense we understand, but one spoke about
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  • Title: Necessity and Freedom: Lecture I: The Past Shows Us a Picture of Necessity
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    • Rudolf Steiner illuminates the questions of freedom and necessity,
    • guilt and innocence. Into this theme Steiner weaves questions of
    • evolution, history, and culture, showing how and where human beings
    • human and world existence, and we shall certainly not be able
    • connect ourselves inwardly with the soul-stirring events of our
    • speak about, I would say “necessity in world events and
    • in human actions” and “human freedom in these two
    • There is hardly anyone who is not more or less intensely
    • concerned with these problems, and perhaps there are hardly any
    • overshadowing the peoples of Europe and reverberating in their
    • souls. If we look at world events and our own actions, feeling,
    • willing, and thinking within these events, considering them for
    • divine guidance is at work everywhere. And if we look at
    • something that has happened and that perhaps we ourselves have
    • been involved in, we can ask afterwards “Was the
    • to happen as it did, and we ourselves could not have acted
    • differently in it?” Or, looking more toward the future,
    • conditions? Can we resolve to use the ideas and skills we have
    • everything was inevitable and could not have happened
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  • Title: Necessity and Freedom: Lecture II: The Legend of the Prague Clock
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    • guilt and innocence. Into this theme Steiner weaves questions of
    • evolution, history, and culture, showing how and where human beings
    • aka: Lucifer and Ahriman in Human Freedom)
    • mystery of necessity and freedom in its two equally significant
    • aspects: world processes and human action. I began by
    • drawing your attention to the full significance and difficulty
    • of this mystery that is both cosmic and human, and today we
    • example demonstrating this difficulty in regard to world
    • events. I said, “Suppose a party of people had set out to
    • drive through a ravine where there is an overhanging rock, and
    • had arranged to go at a definite time. The chauffeur,
    • however, is negligent and delays the departure by five minutes.
    • to external judgment, and I say “external”
    • thinking and believe we can solve it that way. I showed that in
    • requirements only, and gets confused if we go a bit beyond
    • are, so to speak, lost in the woods and imagining we are making
    • return again and again to the same point. We will have more to
    • we call the ahrimanic and luciferic forces in world events and
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  • Title: Necessity and Freedom: Lecture III: Three Teachers with Different Attitudes
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    • guilt and innocence. Into this theme Steiner weaves questions of
    • evolution, history, and culture, showing how and where human beings
    • aka: Past, Present, and Future)
    • and to get close to reality is to give examples. My example
    • three teachers and a headmaster. These three teachers differ
    • tremendously in character and temperament. It is the
    • preparations he intends to make and what he thinks is the best
    • I had obviously not prepared well. And I have drawn up a new
    • were successful and got across to the children. All the work I
    • best last year and have proved successful.” A further
    • what work he would give the pupils to do in school and what
    • themes, both for schoolwork and homework, had been chosen from
    • satisfied and said “You are doubtless a conscientious
    • teacher, and I reckon you will achieve excellent results with
    • second teacher also said, “I have gone through the whole
    • curriculum I covered with my pupils last year and noted
    • avoiding all the mistakes I made before.” And he, too,
    • and homework in the course of the year, basing it on the
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  • Title: Necessity and Freedom: Lecture IV: The Roman World and the Teutonic Tribes
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    • Rudolf Steiner illuminates the questions of freedom and necessity,
    • guilt and innocence. Into this theme Steiner weaves questions of
    • evolution, history, and culture, showing how and where human beings
    • aka: Angels, Man and Animals in the Light of
    • necessity and freedom in the simplest possible concepts and
    • interrelationships are in the world, and that what takes place
    • if we want to understand it, than something quite similar in
    • here a short time ago in a different connection. When we
    • causes and to expect to find the consequences in what will
    • happen immediately afterward. With this kind of observation we
    • of the Middle Ages the Roman world and what is now Central
    • Central Europe. And we can look for the consequences in
    • differently in the clash between the might of Rome and the
    • Europe right up to modern times would have had a different
    • people, who owing to their particular quality and their
    • overly mature people, such as the Romans were, and a
    • up to Goethe's Faust and all that nineteenth century
    • through world events and spreading out over immense regions.
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  • Title: Necessity and Freedom: Lecture V: The "I" is Found on the Physical Plane in Acts of Will
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    • guilt and innocence. Into this theme Steiner weaves questions of
    • evolution, history, and culture, showing how and where human beings
    • aka: Science, Dreaming of Soul and the Intoxication
    • have a few things to add to the four lectures on freedom and
    • astral body and the I. If we confine ourselves to what
    • observe it externally with our senses, and everyone else
    • in the physical world can observe it in the same way and has to
    • physical observation, and the I even more so, for the
    • essence of the I, as we have often said, can be so
    • within. Thus we can say after all that while the etheric and
    • as things stand now, the I is not inaccessible. We refer
    • and that we come to the point of naming it actually tell us
    • firsthand that the I exists.” In fact, there
    • cannot be dissolved and therefore cannot fade away, it is
    • falling asleep and waking up.” Then of course we would no
    • Between falling asleep and awakening the I is not there,
    • and a person cannot say “I” to himself. If he
    • regard to our true I as though we were to strike against
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  • Title: Social Question as a Problem: Lecture I: The Inner Experience of Language
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    • Past and Future Impulses in Social Happenings,
    • and published in German as,
    • Die geistigen Hintergruende der sozialen Frage. Band II.
    • They were translated by an unknown translator, and transcribed by an
    • Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • world through the gate of death, and those souls preparing to
    • one way or another in true thought-forms and those
    • between these souls in the life after death, and this
    • materialistic thinking and feeling, on the earth became more
    • and more intensive. Those rising into the spiritual world,
    • earth with a deep spiritual antipathy to the civilization and
    • civilization, to sweep away this culture of capitalistic and
    • technical times. And he who is in a position to penetrate the
    • interrelationship between the physical and super-physical
    • worlds in the right way will not misunderstand when I say
    • and souls of our youngest fellow citizens has contributed
    • these things in their seeing, speaking and thinking. The
    • dead) by which one wishes to have a mutual understanding with
    • and above all interjections, are relatively easily understood
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  • Title: Social Question as a Problem: Lecture II: The Inner Experience of Language
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    • Past and Future Impulses in Social Happenings,
    • and published in German as,
    • Die geistigen Hintergruende der sozialen Frage. Band II.
    • They were translated by an unknown translator, and transcribed by an
    • Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • us — in addition to what is naturally of particular
    • Spiritual Science, and therefore those interested in
    • Spiritual Science have a special inducement to regard this
    • question from out of a Spiritual Scientific standpoint. For
    • you see it is urgently necessary that understanding should be
    • behind the social movement. On the other hand, however, these
    • movement, and for this it is necessary to make ourselves
    • There can be no doubt that the unconscious and subconscious
    • and feel, and, according to the impulses of their characters,
    • People become more and more different in their thinking,
    • feeling and willing: this is the task of the epoch of the
    • ago, has today reached a culmination and will spread farther
    • and farther afield making enormous demands of the people.
    • What emerges today are primarily chaotic demands. In place of
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  • Title: Goetheanism as an Impulse for Man's Transformation - Lecture I: The Difference Between Man and Animal
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    • Goetheanism as an Impulse for Transformation ... Human Science and
    • Der Goetheanismus, Ein Umwandlungsimpuls und Auferstehungsgedanke,
    • misunderstanding of the knowledge and conceptions of Spiritual Science.
    • on insufficient grounds, and so on. It is also extraordinarily easy
    • does so and so know that; where does he get his knowledge?” —
    • of facts they themselves often advance concerning it and form their
    • and then to declare in a high and mighty way: “What I do not know
    • Among the misunderstandings
    • misunderstanding. Spiritual scientists who seriously and adequately pay
    • of mind, the mood of soul, of their contemporaries, and will ask themselves
    • of much that both deserves and needs to be improved?” What, however,
    • world, which can appear to men as a reality and not merely as something
    • remain with their experiences altogether in the sense world, and at
    • concepts and ideas. They do not want to set out on an investigation
    • must be paid particularly by those of us who try to take our stand on
    • present world situation. For there are men who understand how to estimate
    • considerations today, I will take an example that may be said to have come
    • my way by chance; if the word is not misunderstood, and there is no need
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  • Title: Goetheanism as an Impulse for Man's Transformation - Lecture II: St. John of the Cross
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    • Goetheanism as an Impulse for Transformation ... Human Science and
    • Der Goetheanismus, Ein Umwandlungsimpuls und Auferstehungsgedanke,
    • and especially a propos where the kind of considerations now in point
    • world, making it necessary at present for man to take a new standpoint
    • in relation to the whole understanding of his connection with the world
    • and with the rest of mankind. Yesterday we pointed out how much must
    • here and there into the spiritual life of mankind. You must really be
    • against this seriousness and against these impulses generally, the opposition
    • of men and so on. Only a deep understanding of things can help to clear
    • is exposed. For this deep understanding is well adapted to strengthen
    • activity. And so we wish today to enlarge in many ways upon what was
    • said yesterday.
    • how man, just by standing on the ground of Spiritual Science, can be
    • absolutely objective towards other spiritual streams, how he certainly
    • has no need to misjudge other spiritual streams. From this standpoint
    • I said that on certain points, compared with many of the statements
    • made today by philosophers and theologians outside the Church, through
    • an understanding about these things. The different currents of world-conception
    • and the social currents of the present day both require this. Without
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  • Title: Goetheanism as an Impulse for Man's Transformation - Lecture III: Clairvoyant Vision Looks at Mineral, Plant, Animal, Man
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    • Der Goetheanismus, Ein Umwandlungsimpuls und Auferstehungsgedanke,
    • evolution can be misunderstood and how it is particularly misunderstood
    • of such a nature that they can throw light, it may be said, from another
    • this end no longer suffice, and also find his way to a new relation
    • today, in earthly existence between birth and death, he sees but the
    • outer manifestation of his own essential being and enters into actual
    • takes on a different form for the different epochs of mankind's evolution,
    • and we exert ourselves really to study these things just in their relation
    • for men on earth. Up to the fifteenth century, and, since things do
    • still actually more or less dominated by inherited concepts and impulses
    • Atlantean epoch and the fifth, our present one, the post-Atlantean.
    • The sixth and the seventh should then follow.
    • and Moon. During the Atlantean period there was a kind of crisis but
    • he had been in his different forms as man on Saturn, Sun and Moon. In
    • actually to become as man of the earth; then he continues on, and now
    • throughout the old Indian end old Persian development, and so on, ever
    • in the time since the fifteenth century, that man stands within his
    • perceives or is outwardly active in his willing is really surrounded
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  • Title: Goetheanism as an Impulse for Man's Transformation - Lecture 4: Human Qualities Which Oppose Antroposophy
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    • Der Goetheanismus, Ein Umwandlungsimpuls und Auferstehungsgedanke,
    • and two things have been indicated as having been the cause of this
    • recognition of the spirit is concerned, and lack of interest about the
    • said, suffices for understanding and receiving open-mindedly all things
    • understanding of the things of the spiritual world today, in a certain
    • sense through merely understanding, through open-minded acceptance,
    • from the spiritual world. And with the courage and interest to receive
    • of rising slowly and gradually, in accordance with what his own karma
    • permits, into the spiritual world. Already today it is necessary, and
    • will become increasingly so for all men, to learn to understand the
    • spiritual world, to learn to understand it with sound human intelligence
    • settle in the right way in his inmost soul when he seeks to understand
    • and not through intelligence prejudiced by natural science or any thing
    • their sound human intelligence active so that it may understand, or
    • be prepared to accept, what is derived from Spiritual Science? And something
    • can be learnt about this question by hearing what the things and beings
    • much also could be said of a similar nature to what can still be said
    • is the last thing to bother about if one wants to understand the spiritual
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  • Title: Goetheanism as an Impulse for Man's Transformation - Lecture 5: Paganism, Hebraism, and the Greek Spirit, Hellenism
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    • Works Volume 188. All lectures were given at Dornach in January 1919, and
    • Goetheanism as an Impulse for Transformation ... Human Science and
    • Der Goetheanismus, Ein Umwandlungsimpuls und Auferstehungsgedanke,
    • Paganism, Hebraism, and the Greek Spirit, Hellenism
    • here, will bring with it an essential increase in man's understanding
    • of the Mystery of Golgotha. And it may be said: whoever in his whole
    • soul, his whole heart and not just by ordinary intelligent reflection,
    • in rightly understanding in a similar way what has happened both in
    • the world and in mankind up to the present. Whereas human observation
    • understanding of the eatery of Golgotha. It is true that you may say
    • notes which, in addition to the Gospels, we have about the Mystery of
    • about Socrates or Alexander the Great, about Julius Caesar, the Emperor
    • Augustus and people of this kind. And I have often emphasised that just
    • of Golgotha must be understood spiritually as a spiritual event. And
    • it is only through spiritual understanding of the Mystery at Golgotha
    • true: “And if Christ be not risen then is our preaching vain and
    • Christianity, true, real Christianity, to have the possibility of understanding
    • that Christ Jesus went through death and overcame this death after a
    • We can gaze upon this human guilt and regard it in the way human guilt,
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  • Title: Goetheanism as an Impulse for Man's Transformation - Lecture 6: Goetheanism as an Impulse for Man's Transformation
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    • Der Goetheanismus, Ein Umwandlungsimpuls und Auferstehungsgedanke,
    • life on earth, in spite of severe illness that made it hard for her
    • to come up and down here—I believe that from the keenness with
    • to feel what a delightful and precious personality has left us if one
    • by her in friendship and devotion, have shown in every case of this
    • standing-by, in all the help given her, how fond they had become of
    • struggles, which came to such a grand conclusion that even on her last
    • with her in her intimate circle, and also those less intimately connected
    • with her (as I said, I need not labour this) will send their thoughts
    • towards the spiritual region
    • and will use every moment possible to be together in spirit with one
    • and more of the content of the Christ impulse will be imparted to mankind;
    • lo, I am with you away even unto the end of the world.” And Christ
    • connection with the Christ and feel themselves strong for their earthly
    • clear, as far as may be today, and as I have said the content will flow
    • forth in an ever clearer and richer stream for men. For this very reason
    • understanding on this point we must first be permeated by the knowledge
    • of man was more spiritual than it is today. And it was this bodily nature
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  • Title: Regarding Higher Worlds
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    • Answers to Universal Questions and Life Questions through Anthroposophy,
    • throughout Austria and Germany in the years 1908–1909.
    • Answers to Universal Questions and Life Questions through
    • throughout Austria and Germany in the years 1908–1909. Nine of the
    • Thanks to the Basil Gibaud Memorial Trust,
    • REGARDING
    • audience, and is, in a certain sense, aimed at advanced
    • had dared give a solution, and which will at least be partly
    • inwardly active in such circles, will think back to a time when
    • they had, for the first time, heard something about the
    • anthroposophic occult science of man, and they will remember
    • improbable, but perhaps confused and fantastic — perhaps even
    • worse could be said about them. However, with the passing time
    • world view comes ever closer, and the world of feeling makes it
    • legitimacy, that which is shared regarding Higher Worlds. Much
    • of what we can, from an imagination regarding the way we can
    • and cultivate the connection between these worlds and our
    • worlds exist beside our own; the so-called astral and
    • journey between death and a new birth. You know that after the
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  • Title: Goethe's Relationship to his 'Faust'
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    • throughout Austria, Germany and Switzerland in the years 1916–1919.
    • Geisteswissenschaftliche Erlaeuterungen zu Goethes 'Faust.' Band II.
    • throughout Austria, Germany and Switzerland in the years 1916–1919.
    • Switzerland. From Bn/GA 273.
    • Thanks to the Basil Gibaud Memorial Trust,
    • decade, return to and find within it ever again, something new.
    • order to fully absorb certain secrets and inner aspects found
    • may say a work of art must be grasped, as it stands,
    • aside some more or less pedantic tendencies and through the
    • more significant than each impression and suchlike. These are
    • regarding the relationship of the spiritual character of Goethe
    • mentioned about himself, regarding his life, his striving, his
    • manner and way, his attitude to knowledge and questions about
    • Yet as one enters deeper and deeper into Goethe's life, one
    • within the observation regarding Goethe's spiritual character.
    • On the other hand there is something which penetrates not only
    • which he expressed in his work and particularly in his
    • huge, so all-encompassing and with expansive enlightenment that
    • and such-like. I wish to restrict myself to the discussion
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    • throught Austria and Germany in the years 1908–1909.
    • Answers to Universal Questions and Life Questions through
    • throught Austria and Germany in the years 1908–1909. Eight of the
    • Switzerland. From Bn/GA 108.
    • Thanks to the Basil Gibaud Memorial Trust,
    • with which method and tasks are needed to reach the stage when
    • the slumbering soul's capabilities and powers can be awakened
    • particular way to both of these, and stand in a certain
    • “I” and how it is enclosed in World Knowledge. Not
    • theosophical literature and elsewhere, but is adhered to;
    • the most ordinary, everyday self-knowledge and rise up to this
    • anthroposophic sense; and to above all, relate each single
    • earlier rather than leading towards it. Goethe, with many
    • references to this familiar field, once said that he has a
    • physical body, which comprises the ether and astral body, and
    • between these members — the wakeful and dreamless
    • human being's physical and ether bodies are loosened from the
    • astral and I-bearer and the latter two are outside the body. We
    • aware when using physical organs, and make observations on the
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    • régi városban éppen a magasztos háttér szépíti majd az itt
    • hogy mi látogatók úgy érezzük majd, hogy még szorosabb, még
    • amit az ember szívesen bíz az odaadó antropozófus szívekre,
    • időnkben meg kell történnie annak, hogy ezeket a dolgokat
    • írás és a nyomtatás azokhoz a dolgokhoz tartozik, amelyeket a
    • a dolgok nemismerője számára igen meglepő lehet, hogy ti.
    • holtak között még sokkal elevenebb volt, majd egyre nehezebbé
    • fizikailag megfigyeljék, vagyis ezeket a dolgokat nem
    • (ideákat) terjesztünk, amelyek gazdag táplálékot adnak azoknak
    • épít az élők és holtak között, és ezáltal jelentünk majd
    • amikor még itt élt a Földön, majd a halála után rátalálunk a
    • után ne gyűlölje őt többé, hanem természetes módon maradandóvá
    • Tulajdonképpen csak azt próbáltam Önök előtt fejtegetni, ami a
    • könnyebben menjen a dolog, megpróbálunk emlékezve rágondolni,
    • állandóan őrá gondolva: a halott előttem áll. Ez a felolvasás a
    • lélek egy prédikátor volt. Az emberek előtt állandóan a saját
    • emberek, akik tulajdonképpen erősen vágyódnak a
    • halálon, ez tulajdonképpen csak az átélés megváltozása, de
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  • Title: The Building at Dornach (Bn/GA 289): Lecture I: The Goetheanum
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    • Der Baugedanke Des Goetheanum. Band I: Testband mit zehn
    • Lichtbildervortraegen in verschiedenen Staedten.
    • forwards a few things about our building, so that our friends may find
    • in what will be said, a sort of foundation for their own work. We shall
    • the age. So to-day, when I have said, I wish to provide a foundation
    • artistic forms and figures. Once again, I should like to repeat what
    • I have said before in other connections, that if any of the spiritual
    • own, some architect or other, and some artist or other would have been
    • approached, who would have built a house in such and such a style, in
    • and the building itself, which might be either of the Renaissance period,
    • to be given forth at Dornach and that which encloses its activities.
    • with the housing of our activities, every detail of form and figure
    • it has become so because for centuries modern humanity has hardly received
    • tenets connected with this was the command: “Thou shalt not make
    • the one stream of human development. And this still holds good up to
    • and of philosophy, many different sciences and popular conceptions of
    • our most recent times. Or, on the other hand, the element which is to
    • things have gone so far that, on the one hand those who wished to create
    • is quite reasonable to stand in some sort of fear of the modern world-conception,
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    • Der Baugedanke Des Goetheanum. Band I: Testband mit zehn
    • Lichtbildervortraegen in verschiedenen Staedten.
    • approach it from the inside and will try to bring before our mind the
    • a way is cut off from the rest of the world, and containing an idea
    • humanity. The outward forms point to this something that is new in the
    • terrace through the main entrance and step into the first Hall, turn
    • round and then towards the West side, we see this picture. We have before
    • to the left and the right. As we go a step further we see here the capital
    • of the first column to the right and left, and above that the architrave.
    • walls in which something arbitrary here and there is placed. No, everything
    • architecture, so that you have not the feeling that it has been added
    • you see the first pillar and I want to call your special attention to
    • out of the first and where also the architrave motive is transformed
    • in a developing metamorphosis, every succeeding form springing after
    • you take the forms which reach up from below and those which reach down
    • from above, and when you picture to yourself how
    • an understanding of what is meant, then you will of course be wrong
    • called Saturn, the second pillar Sun and so forth. Well, that is conceivable
    • and that nomenclature is from a certain standpoint justifiable. But
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    • position, and everyone will be in this position who wishes to present
    • in the painting entirely out of colour, so that, as regards the painting
    • and who would not willingly admit, in reference to the production
    • of Raphael, Leonardo, Michael Angelo and others? — that the greatest
    • in this way, and it must be admitted that the whole modern cosmic conception
    • colour, as a rule, establishes only a relationship between man and colour
    • one had to defend oneself against something, and so on with the other
    • and exchange of activity between the colours, an entirely new world
    • would come to expression. And we do not fully perceive this interchange
    • of speech and interplay of: colours, if me are not. able to perceive
    • colours as ocean-waves rising and falling, and at the same to perceive,
    • and how in spite of this the world is not willing to respond to the
    • in colours, in forms, just as we think in ideas and thoughts. We must
    • as in one living being, the spiritual, the psychic and the physical.
    • pillars, the architrave and the capitals, etc. In these is reflected
    • apprehended by the play of the psychic, and the physical, that shows
    • in the arrangement of the Building, which strives to give an understanding
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture I: The Problem of Faust
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    • and are published in German as,
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    • and to connect it in such a way that it may form a unity, as
    • that the transition from the fourteenth and fifteenth
    • centuries to the sixteenth and seventeenth forms a remarkably
    • significant and suggestive incision into the whole course of
    • out of which flow the impulses for all our knowledge and all
    • our action, and which will last until the third millennium.
    • Now, from all that you know of Goethe's Faust, and of
    • the connection between this Faust and the figure of
    • from a spiritual and from an external, material point of
    • Now for Goethe the problem of the rise of this new age and
    • powerful, and during the sixty years in which he was creating
    • question: What are the most important tasks and the most
    • now so little is known even to science. As I have often said,
    • and needs in former centuries, is indeed nothing but
    • epoch. And in his Faust Goethe has created a figure, a
    • the same time he looks forward to the tasks of the present
    • and those of the future.
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture II: The Romantic Walpurgis-Night
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    • and are published in German as,
    • Geisteswissenschaftliche Erlaeuterungen zu Goethes 'FAUST.' Band II.
    • and Gretchen — Faust should then flee, leaving Gretchen
    • completely in the lurch, and knowing nothing himself of what
    • will read you what was said on the subject by Schröer
    • drowned her child, and wandered around until she was
    • arrested and thrown into prison. Although Faust could not
    • the Brocken to bewilder him and make him forget Gretchen.
    • understand. The witch-apparitions did not attract him; in
    • all the more excessive by reason of the addition of the
    • he was all that older and had passed the great experiences,
    • Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily
    • that he now adds to his Faust. The Walpurgis-night
    • difficulty of understanding can never be overcome unless we
    • written out of understanding for what is spiritual. Anyone
    • is the result of spiritual understanding, or whether he is
    • just thinking out something about spiritual worlds and their
    • a gathering of theologians, historians, poets, and so on. In
    • about Freemasonry and its potential dangers). He now only
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture III: Goethe's Feeling for the Concrete.
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    • from 1916 through 1919. They are grouped and titled,
    • and are published in German as,
    • Geisteswissenschaftliche Erlaeuterungen zu Goethes 'FAUST.' Band II.
    • Shadowy concepts and Ideas filled with Reality
    • hoped that the scenes just witnessed may have effect and meet
    • can say that, in writing the scenes out of his long and
    • the second part of “Faust” stand before our souls
    • understanding in our approach to this deepest manifestation
    • of Goethe's his spirit we may now call to our aid the already
    • experiences of his time is formulated and brought to full
    • had absorbed from natural science, and by the deepening of
    • all the concepts through his studies and mysticism as well as
    • what he received from Grecian art. and, at the very time when
    • circle is the fact that a really intensive striving towards
    • itself. Both mystical striving and the deeper striving after
    • might be described as both philosophical and theosophical,
    • From the brief account given in my book, and from what is
    • said about Fichte both in the development of the
    • and in the more recent
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture IV: Faust and the "Mothers"
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    • from 1916 through 1919. They are grouped and titled,
    • and are published in German as,
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    • Faust and the “Mothers”
    • the scenes we have just witnessed. And what can be said in
    • this regard will fit in well with the whole course of our
    • in present day life. And if this ‘Mothers scene’
    • on Faust's reappearing and coming forth from the Mothers, the
    • Astrologer refers to him as ‘priest’, and that
    • Faust henceforward refers to himself as ‘priest’,
    • knows of the matter and what has been said by us in the
    • — Rhea, Demeter and Proserpina. These three Mothers,
    • said to be learnt through direct perception by those
    • scene, and also upon what takes place in the next, we shall
    • And now
    • sounds!” And this is all introduced by Mephistopheles'
    • ask, and are able to do so on the basis of what we have been
    • remember clearly how I have already said that the crossing of
    • approached in thought with great caution. As I said, this is
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture V: Faust and the Problem of Evil
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    • and are published in German as,
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    • Faust and the Problem of Evil
    • about the fourth — that is, the Graeco-Latin time; and
    • 1413. We shall add certain particulars to what we already
    • epoch may be said to have a special task. I beg you not to
    • to terms, — with which they have to wrestle, and out of
    • emotions, their loves and hates, and the will-impulse which
    • “Birth and Death” within the Universe. These
    • things have become rather vague and obliterated in our time.
    • theoretic sense, the great problems of Birth and Death stand
    • phenomena of Birth and Death entered the heart and mind of
    • and an epoch lasts 2166 years) We have to solve in the widest
    • sense, in a living and energetic way, what we may call the
    • Scientifically he will have to solve the nature and essence
    • of Evil. In his loving and in his hating, he will have to
    • will have to fight and wrestle with the resistances of Evil
    • in a still higher degree than did the problem of Birth and
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    • and are published in German as,
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    • The Helena Saga and the Riddle of Freedom
    • I said that
    • have to do with the great and significant life-question of
    • rouse and bring forth within itself in order partly to
    • do especially with the problem of Birth and Death, — a
    • Christ-Impulse to do with the great and important question
    • and Death in their supersensible significance? How much
    • discussion, how much thought and feeling has there not been
    • Birth and Death of Christ we see most pregnantly this
    • wrestling of the soul of man with the problem of Birth and
    • Atlantean time, and as an after-effect in the fifth period!
    • also, — forces connected with Birth and Death were
    • were in the Atlanteansforces that could be developed and that
    • had influence on Birth and Death in a far more than merely
    • natural degree. The good and evil forces in the human being
    • had a far-reaching influence upon the health and sickness of
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture VII: Some Spiritual-Scientific Observations
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    • from 1916 through 1919. They are grouped and titled,
    • and are published in German as,
    • Geisteswissenschaftliche Erlaeuterungen zu Goethes 'FAUST.' Band II.
    • taking place and the lecture can therefore be independent of
    • standpoint of art, but from quite another point of view. It
    • achievement I shall add some Spiritual-Scientific
    • has already been said here during the autumn.
    • Helen — specially shows how Goethe divined and felt the
    • understanding did not reach up to the truths of Spiritual
    • been known to Goethe in definite ideas. Nor can it be said
    • being. We only understand man by first becoming clear to what
    • much assailed by modern science — and that this
    • this way — (we wish our understanding of these things
    • circle backyards in the line of his emergence from his
    • orange. Were we to go back and examine now man has evolved
    • through Moon, Sun and Saturn ages and later through the Earth
    • of these hierarchies; and were we to look deeply enough into
    • how this is so in a conversation between Capesius and the
    • I have also pointed out there the hazardous side of such
    • physical development between birth and death if he were only
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture VIII: Spiritual Science Considered with the Classical Walpurgis-Night
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    • and are published in German as,
    • Geisteswissenschaftliche Erlaeuterungen zu Goethes 'FAUST.' Band II.
    • the understanding or by other forces of the human soul.
    • know, to a certain measure, the possible and the impossible,
    • science will be widened, it will press on over further and
    • further, and then we shall come increasingly near to the
    • short-sighted outlook and is untrue. Knowledge of man does
    • extends more and more widely, but to our having recourse to
    • forces and faculties for knowledge different from any of
    • Saturn, Sun and Moon, and within him is the germinal basis of
    • the Jupiter, Venus and Vulcan evolutions. Science can know
    • lying, as it were, both below and above the threshold of
    • experiences in waking, life, between waking and falling
    • more dreaming then they suppose. The fixed and solid boundary
    • between waking and sleeping is really only apparent. We might
    • they sleep too — sleep as regards a very great many
    • condition only as regards our ideas and part of our feelings,
    • while the greater part of our life of feeling, and above all
    • of our life of will, is wrapped in dreams and sleep.
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture IX: Goethe's Life of the Soul from the Standpoint of Spiritual Science
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    • from 1916 through 1919. They are grouped and titled,
    • and are published in German as,
    • Geisteswissenschaftliche Erlaeuterungen zu Goethes 'FAUST.' Band II.
    • from the Standpoint of Spiritual Science
    • considerations of yesterday and the day before, we have been
    • foreshadowed. And it is indeed very important that we should
    • soul the light of a deepened observation upon all that such a
    • add something here to all that has been said. I should like,
    • Goethe's spiritual life if this is done from the standpoint
    • unspiritual standpoint we can naturally never find in
    • Goethe's work all that yesterday and the previous day we were
    • special mind of natural science which Goethe cultivated. And
    • It is particularly important and significant that he should
    • have done so. It may be said that Goethe's individual way of
    • understanding. nevertheless, it appears to me of quite
    • spiritual life — and not least for the religious life — that
    • phenomena, and how he built up a botany on the basis of
    • give you a brief description of the primal phenomena and
    • Goethe's intention when he turned not to hypotheses and
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture X: Faust's Knowledge and Understanding of Himself
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    • from 1916 through 1919. They are grouped and titled,
    • and are published in German as,
    • Geisteswissenschaftliche Erlaeuterungen zu Goethes 'FAUST.' Band II.
    • Faust's Knowledge and Understanding of Himself
    • and of the
    • both universe and the mystery of man, in so far as the latter
    • should first be emphasised, on the one hand, that what Goethe
    • “Faust” there is much wisdom. On the other hand,
    • understand Goethe's Faust, particularly the second part, we
    • and aesthetic satisfaction in its series of pictures; the
    • great deal that is veiled, and is meant actually to introduce
    • self-knowledge and self-understanding in human evolution? It
    • senses and the understanding associated with them. True
    • perception. So that all the knowledge and perception of man
    • the senses and the physical understanding are directed, is no
    • human soul and spirit when free of the body.
    • nature of the sojourn of soul and spirit outside the body.
    • Imagination. And he does this first in the Romantic
    • Walpurgis-Night of Part I, and then again in the Classical
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture XI: The Vision of Reality in the Greek Myths
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    • from 1916 through 1919. They are grouped and titled,
    • and are published in German as,
    • Geisteswissenschaftliche Erlaeuterungen zu Goethes 'FAUST.' Band II.
    • Faust that had just been performed, and I should like
    • significant of Goethe's creation, with a scene he added to
    • form that, regarded merely from the theatrical standpoint,
    • the main points of what was said yesterday about all that is
    • thus concealed, and afterwards go on to what we could not
    • I said
    • something merely abstract and theoretical; to grasp the truth
    • fortune and misfortune, of joy and sorrow, of blows of fate
    • and opportunities of development. But, in addition to this,
    • makes on a man, as regards his behaviour towards society as a
    • whole, as regards what he does and creates. Faust is not
    • with all that life demands and brings. To this end, Goethe
    • ordinary knowledge, dependent on the senses and conditioned
    • by the understanding, cannot lead to this self-knowledge. For
    • external nature, the physical understanding was able to put
    • together out of natural forces and natural laws. All this
    • physical life, can never gain knowledge and comprehension of
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture XII: Goetheanism In Place of Homunculism and Mephistophelianism
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    • from 1916 through 1919. They are grouped and titled,
    • and are published in German as,
    • Geisteswissenschaftliche Erlaeuterungen zu Goethes 'FAUST.' Band II.
    • In Place of Homunculism and
    • creation neither the art not the wisdom falls short and, in
    • its own place, each of the spheres — of striving and
    • like you to think that in what has been said I have been
    • studies was to create the possibility for you to absorb and
    • written, and should not expound or interpret, for as a rule
    • that too often results in misconstruction and
    • towards spiritual experience. One of these feelings comes
    • his life between birth and death in the physical body. I
    • beings, were we not to think about things and about
    • the physical body, between birth and death, we have not only
    • to think but also to will. And feeling lies midway between
    • thinking and willing; sometimes it partakes more of thinking
    • and forming ideas, sometimes more of willing. Hence, for the
    • purpose of our proposed study, we may ignore feeling, and
    • consider the one pole of forming ideas, thinking, and then
    • an thinking and a willing being. But there are special
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  • Title: Anthroposophy as a Demand of the Times
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    • of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • ANTHROPOSOPHY AS A DEMAND OF THE TIMES
    • that has already passed, and one would have to leave some
    • above his ability to know about them; and that it is mainly the
    • supposed not to be able to perceive and for which he has to be
    • out of obscure feelings and such like. Particularly the
    • endeavours of the past centuries and of the present time, which
    • science and which have also brought about the greatest
    • observed by the senses, which can be proved by experiments and
    • between birth and death, or conception and death.
    • exploration of every aspect of the sense world and does not in
    • supersensible world. But on the other hand there is connected
    • to knowledge altogether, something inwardly immeasurably tragic
    • unsure and unable in outward actions, in relationships to their
    • fellow human beings and so on. For it is gradually felt more
    • and more that the limits at which one wants to stop in this way
    • are not only those of an outward supersensible world, but that
    • his true being which as man gives him his value and dignity
    • thereby one also undermines one's real inward self-confidence.
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  • Title: The Ten Commandments
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    • The Ten Commandments
    • Answers to Universal Questions and Life Questions through Anthroposophy,
    • Answers to Universal Questions and Life Questions through
    • supported by the Basil Gibaud Memorial Trust.
    • of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • Thanks to the Basil Gibaud Memorial Trust,
    • TEN COMMANDMENTS
    • Supported by the Basil Gibaud Memorial Trust
    • present line of study, yet nevertheless stands in an inner
    • relationship to it. It is the Ten Commandments, which we will
    • help clarify our understanding of this document.
    • these Ten Commandments concur with various laws and
    • commandments of other ancient folk and don't really depict
    • noteworthy as part of a collection in which laws and orders are
    • the post Atlantic time and having allowed this to work on our
    • understanding of the revelation regarding the greatness, the
    • enormity, which struck mankind, in the Ten Commandments given
    • Chaldean-Egyptian-Judaic, the Greek-Roman and Germanic cultural
    • mankind. Now we stand at the end of the third and at the
    • fact was particularly prevalent in the ancient Indian times and
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    • Answers to Universal Questions and Life Questions through Anthroposophy,
    • supported by the Basil Gibaud Memorial Trust.
    • of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • Thanks to the Basil Gibaud Memorial Trust,
    • Supported by the Basil Gibaud Memorial Trust
    • and will best fill our time by immediately entering into a
    • that we don't only absorb teaching and thoughts but that our
    • life of feeling and of experience is enriched, calmed and
    • protected. We do not dare imagine that teaching, imagining and
    • and science there is enough in the world and we only need to
    • take some or other book of instructions regarding the starry
    • encountered through popular lectures and publications, can
    • offer little for the heart and soul. We don't dare conclude
    • however that teaching, observation and knowledge are
    • impulses, as a way of thinking and in no other way can we
    • acquire courage, certainty and power than through the deepening
    • and know sense perceptible things and pioneering events, how
    • healthy and strong. We recognise the connections between us and
    • that which weaves throughout the entire world as spirit and
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  • Title: Haeckel, "The Riddle of the Universe," Theosophy
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    • UNIVERSE,” AND THEOSOPHY
    • The Riddle of the Universe, and Theosophy,”
    • life it is fraught with difficulties, and that the statements I
    • materialists and theosophists alike. And yet there seems to me
    • standpoint the “gospel” derived from Haeckel's
    • researches has been made accessible to thousands upon thousands
    • Ten thousand copies of this work were sold within
    • a very short time of its appearance, and it has been translated
    • comprehensively, and seek to express its attitude with regard
    • for I know well those feelings and perceptions which, partly by
    • reason of a scientific consciousness, and partly from the
    • general conditions of the world and the usual conceptions
    • towards such great and simple paths of thought as those from
    • And here I may say that I should hardly have dared to speak my
    • courage, has fought for the acceptance and the recognition of
    • having again and again to defend himself against the manifold
    • obstacles that impeded his progress. On the other hand, we must
    • gathering together the results of his researches and
    • opposed any such undertaking; and this very departure
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  • Title: Karmic Relationships, Volume III: Lecture I
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    • special destiny; to bring to the West a knowledge of reincarnation and
    • explicitly and concretely revealed the destinies of various individuals
    • constitute an immeasurable contribution to the understanding of
    • reincarnation and karma, and the tasks of the Anthroposophical Society
    • special destiny; to bring to the West a knowledge of reincarnation and
    • explicitly and concretely revealed the destinies of various individuals
    • constitute an immeasurable contribution to the understanding of
    • reincarnation and karma, and the tasks of the Anthroposophical Society
    • Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
    • Thanks to a donation from Frank Thomas Smith, this Lecture has been made available.
    • time. What I shall say today will serve to illustrate and
    • of what shall be thought and done among them.
    • to the surface of civilisation in the 14th and 15th centuries.
    • see in the present time back into the historic past, and they
    • and spirit before the present epoch. Even when they let the old
    • way of thought and outlook of the present.
    • personalities who were influenced on the one hand by Arabism,
    • the civilisation of Asia — influenced by what lived and
    • hand they were influenced by Aristotelianism. Let us consider
    • through Africa to Spain, and deeply influenced the thinkers of
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  • Title: Cosmic Forces in Man: Lecture I: Cosmic Forces in Man
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    • Three lectures given in Christiania, November 24th, 27th and
    • December 4th, 1921. Translated from shorthand reports unrevised by
    • the lecturer, by kind permission of Marie Steiner and in agreement
    • ONLY if it is regarded as a time of trial and testing can anything
    • lectures given in this very town many years ago, before the war, and
    • those of you who have studied what was then said, will have realised
    • — 17th June, 1910), and as a reminder of them — in order,
    • 1918, and in the course of our conversation he spoke of the need for a
    • it essential — so he said — for those who desired to take
    • the lead in public affairs to understand the forces at work in the
    • souls of the peoples of Europe. And he expressed deep regret that
    • lectures on this very subject and I afterwards sent the volume to him,
    • having added a foreword dealing with the situation as it then was
    • confusion and chaos. And it was for the same reason that I again made
    • of insight was required to understand the strength of the forces
    • leading to decay, and although this ripeness of insight would have
    • And it is the same to-day. People are still terribly afraid to
    • have nothing to do with this kind of thinking and who face the
    • relations between the European Folk-Souls, and indeed I have been
    • less in detail for many years. I have said more than once that a time
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  • Title: Cosmic Forces in Man: Lecture II: The Soul Life of Man ...
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    • December 4th, 1921. Translated from shorthand reports unrevised by
    • the lecturer, by kind permission of Marie Steiner and in agreement
    • We have heard how in accordance with anthroposophical knowledge, the
    • considered the human form and figure and its relation to the fixed
    • Zodiac. We heard how certain forces proceed from the constellations of
    • these stars when combined with the Sun forces, and how the shape and
    • structure of the human head and the organs connected with it, are
    • Finally the metabolic-and-limb system is connected with the lower
    • form and structure.
    • presentation, a damped-down, suppressed life, a declining life is
    • necessary; while a thriving life, vehement and intense, is necessary
    • towards self-extinction, and some in which strong, intense organic
    • shape from the fixed stars, not from anything earthly; and its stages
    • his life of soul-and-spirit. But here our mode of study must be
    • different. What is it that our physical and our ether-body provide for
    • and what we can work over in our thoughts. We are only really awake
    • in our acts of sense-perception and when we work over them in
    • On the other hand, consider the life of feeling. It is obvious,
    • awakeness as complete as that of thinking and sense-perception. When
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  • Title: Cosmic Forces in Man: Lecture III: The Mission of the Scandanavian Peoples
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    • Three lectures given in Christiania, November 24th, 27th and
    • December 4th, 1921. Translated from shorthand reports unrevised by
    • the lecturer, by kind permission of Marie Steiner and in agreement
    • THE MISSION OF THE SCANDINAVIAN PEOPLES
    • the nature and destiny of man. We heard that the human physical body
    • and ether-body are not connected merely with the external world
    • perceived by the senses and that this bodily nature of man can only be
    • And we then tried to understand how the heaven of the fixed stars and
    • man, shaping and imbuing it with life. In the last lecture we also
    • heard how the inner, spiritual core of man's being is related to the
    • and love for his fellow-men; in this way he enables his Guardian Angel
    • so to order his descent at the end of his life between death and a new
    • birth that he again acquires the full power of individuality and is
    • heard that if a man has not established this relation to the spiritual
    • of a purely external kind, and that this, in its extreme form, leads
    • stretching between death and a new birth. As soon as we come to study
    • the inner nature of man, this life between death and a new birth must
    • reflection of the life between death and a new birth. Life in matter
    • is the bodily life and what we have developed in the world of
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  • Title: Spirit of Fichte: Lecture I: The Spirit of Fichte Present in Our Midst
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    • Ladies and
    • great size stands beside a brook. The generations inhabiting this
    • Years' War. The standard of life prevailing at this time in the
    • sturdily built for his age, with red cheeks and expressive eyes,
    • this juncture his father appeared on the scene from the house and
    • hard-earned money to give you pleasure!” The father was very
    • books apart from the Bible and the hymn book. — Now what had
    • the Bible and hymn book, and he was a boy good at his lessons at
    • the result that he had to be scolded for his forgetfulness and
    • interest and sympathy. But on the other hand this thought was
    • seven-year-old boy. So he went off to the brook and forthwith flung
    • away from his parents' house, standing there from 4 o'clock onwards
    • and gazing into the distance, utterly absorbed in the view of the
    • solitary spaces surrounding him. And thus he was still standing at
    • five and at six o'clock and even when the bell sounded for
    • evensong. Then a shepherd came by, and seeing the boy standing
    • there, gave him a cuff and told him to come along home.
    • visiting the landowner in Rammenau. He had come over from his
    • neighbouring squires and enjoy their society; and before the
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    • Here he surveys the meaning of Christmas in past, present, and future.
    • piritual mood connected with advent and Christmas in earlier times,
    • Steiner goes on to outline the history and meaning of the traditional
    • Christmas Plays. Steiner then discusses the future development and
    • When we wander at this time of year through the streets of large
    • most powerful impulse in the evolution of mankind. And yet, if we
    • what is meant to flow through the souls and hearts of man?
    • preparations and celebrations of the Christmas festival which we see