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  • Title: The Inner Development of Man
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    • to be said because in this present age so much of this sort of thing
    • those guide lines are disclosed that cannot do damage to a person,
    • in a person engaged in inner training. They are perceived in his aura
    • are called chakrams in esoteric language. These are the sense organs
    • who combats rage, anger, curiosity and other negative qualities, is
    • three levels toward spiritual awakening. The three stages of occult
    • initiation. During the first stage or level, man's being is prepared
    • The greatest sages of mankind did not discover the great truths by any
    • teaching; today we have reached a stage in evolution of humanity in
  • Title: Lecture: Woman and Society (Die Frauenfrage)
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    • of its advantages — that Spiritual Science concerns itself only
    • last century the postage stamp had to be invented and introduced into
    • time from someone not engaged in practical things. The Englishman,
    • damage to the nervous system.
    • disparaged idealists who do not remain attached to what has been the
    • was dependent on the size of the brain, and that women, on average,
    • We can look at the age
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    • Rahel Varnhagen, she would have been astonished that such a theme
    • woman, Rahel Varnhagen. Anyone who studies the intellectual
    • (Männerkultur). The age of the machine is a product of the male
    • she is engaged in the farmyard, in the house or in the old
    • craft-industries as manageress, contractor or co-worker. Also, as
    • any time — even as a woman. Only because the materialistic age
    • that the trend of our age has generated this desire for academic
    • to everything that this new age has brought, in contrast to
    • Science will proclaim that which gives certainty, strength, courage
    • have a similar relation to the average person in the street as does a
    • range of the language one name which differs from all others.
    • from this point of view. Compare a savage with an average European,
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  • Title: Lecture: Problems of Nutrition
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    • Ernährungsfragen im Lichte der Geisteswissenschaft,
    • that vegetarianism can be a more practical diet for those engaged
    • be seen, however, that particularly in our age spiritual science
    • advantageous for a man to store up as much fat as possible without
    • stamina, courage and even aggressiveness. To be able to do [so],
    • Faculties, however, that enable him to be actively engaged in
    • that externally has raised the specific plant process up a stage.
  • Title: Lecture: The Etherisation of the Blood
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    • shadow-image is to the actual thing. The shadow-image of a flower
    • activities which cast their shadow-images into men, and these
    • expression to moral impulses, these impulses are the shadow-images of
    • It is easy to picture these three stages of activity of the human soul
    • or bad deeds) — as microcosmic images of the three realms
    • Thoughts: Shadow-images of Beings of the Astral Plane (Waking)
    • Sympathy and Antipathy: Shadow-images of Beings of Lower Devachan (Dreaming)
    • Moral Impulses: Shadow-images of Beings of Higher Devachan (Sleeping)
    • element in which we are really awake brings us shadow-images of the
    • our life of sleep and shadow-images from Lower Devachan are reflected
    • significance for all future ages of the Earth's evolution — and
    • it could take place only once. What came of this blood in the ages
    • our present age what matters is that people should recognise the need
    • Light itself is being destroyed in this post-Atlantean age of the
    • presence of a Bodhisattva in such a human being between the ages of
    • proclaim the great secrets of existence. He will speak in a language
    • with all the higher Worlds and Beings. We have within us shadow-images
    • Man is the complex being he is because he is a mirror-image of the
    • images of the spiritual world we nevertheless fall far short of what
    • sub-material — that is to say, a stage deeper than the material
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  • Title: Lecture: Overcoming Nervousness
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    • being, in this way with a pictorial image, sharpens memory. Such an
    • people do not know what they want and, if they do, they never manage to
  • Title: Jesus and Christ
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    • embryonic life, passes through stages of development that resemble
    • that humanity has passed through many stages in its development, and
    • External facts must be used as a language, as a means of
    • youth or old age, so in these cultures mankind's experiences were not
    • forms in the various ages of life.
    • The following question now arises. What stage in the individual life
    • Can our present age be compared with the first part of human life,
    • Spiritual-scientific observation of the present age reveals that our
    • whole reached that age corresponding to the thirtieth to thirty-fifth
    • pupil reached a certain stage in his inner life when he could say to
    • unfolding fresh forces and lived in the stage of childhood, as it
    • exhausted. The whole human race reached an age corresponding to the
    • When did this happen? It happened in that age when the forces that
    • Jesus had reached the age humanity as a whole had then attained. It
    • since humanity had already reached a definite age.
  • Title: Lecture: Newborn Might and Strength Everlasting
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    • hearts throughout the ages whenever one of the old plays, such as the one
    • complicated age needs another kind of soul impulse that will enable us to
    • spiritual world, remaining, as it were, in the childhood stage of mankind
    • earthly body, and soon after birth addressed his mother in a language that
    • images of such a play proceed from a knowledge based on feeling.
    • Throughout the Middle Ages city people and simple folk of mountain and
    • evolution and the primal element in man's soul. Today much of it is damaged
    • found in the work of the Middle Ages. We ask why the people come out of the
    • in the painting. Thus we find in a painting of the Middle Ages the mystery
    • conception that was prevalent in the Middle Ages. Men used to think that
    • In the Middle Ages
    • So this Campo Santo painting of the Middle Ages expresses all that is
    • age. Even in the past the attitude toward the Jesus child was not a simple
    • sublime imagery of the human soul such as that, for instance, that came to
    • earth. Then he was filled with strength and courage and could feel that
    • earth's evolution occurred in the ages before the Mystery of Golgotha. Then
    • wildly and chaotically the winter storms may rage in us, there is one hope
    • strength and courage in all our joys. It is just as necessary for us to
    • increasingly sure that no matter how wildly the winter storms may rage
  • Title: Lecture: Pre-Earthly Deeds of Christ
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    • IN our age it has become of ever increasing importance that those
    • the Archangels; and in the spiritual worlds, in the preparatory stages
    • of the Mystery of Golgotha, in the Lemurian age and twice in Atlantis,
    • approached in these first stages of his life by means of our external
    • child's mind: only when he has reached an age when he can look back in
    • advantage throughout the whole of his later life. After the awakening
    • in the course of the ages. This power to stand and to walk in an
    • upright position was acquired by slow stages in the old Lemurian
    • incomplete. Man, in the early stages of his life and before his
    • This was a first stage of the Mystery of Golgotha. The consequence was
    • thereby he became able to speak a language, to live his earth life on
    • subtleties would have developed at that time only as far as a language
    • create language as a means of communication between the different
    • mission of the peoples belonging chiefly to that stage of man's
    • prehistoric ages. It was the Christ-Impulse which enabled him to stand
    • to understand the language which must be spoken when it would be
    • post-Atlantean age; when man, prepared by the Greco-Latin
    • civilization, had reached the stage when he was to recapitulate in the
    • fourth post-Atlantean age what had taken place before. Just as the
    • and, indeed, for the humanity of the fourth age in that epoch. Before
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  • Title: Lecture: The Four Sacrifices of Christ
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    • conditions of the present age only those can go through this school who
    • this unselfishness if Lucifer, even in the old Lemurian age, had been left
    • averted in the Lemurian age by a Being Who later, through the Mystery of
    • Golgotha, incarnated in the body of Jesus of Nazareth. In this earlier age,
    • While the earth was working through the Lemurian age, a Being living in
    • at the end of the Atlantean age, revered the Sun Spirit as the harmonizer
    • which might otherwise rage through us in confusion, into order with Thy
    • then thought, feeling and will would rage madly within him. The Greeks
    • Christ at the stage of His third sacrifice, and the results of Christ's deed
    • martyrs still knew that the old Greek sages, although they did not use the
    • human ego or I. In the Lemurian age the sense organs would have
    • possible wisdom might come forth, human beings could neither manage
    • the stage there may be considered good or bad; that is not the present
    • The world will recognize that the message of the science of the spirit is the
    • world.” The mission of the science of the spirit in our age is to open
    • passage from heaven to earthly activities, unite with the understanding of
    • the message, telling how Christ may find that dwelling in human souls. If
  • Title: Lecture: Anthroposophy and Christianity
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    • speak to you tonight in your native language. But friends who have
    • Several hundred years ago, the dawning of the modern scientific age
    • progress is to be made. Natural science opened the modern age for
    • of the modern age. Natural scientists, too, had to face prejudices
    • long past enter our soul as images. Although the events themselves may
    • contrast to the images provided by our sensory perceptions memories
    • What activity does a person usually engage in when he confronts his
    • to them and forms mental images about them. As a rule he does nothing
    • further with these images. But methods of spiritual science, based
    • We must choose mental images which we ourselves can form for ourselves
    • preferably be symbolic images that do not need to correspond with the
    • external world. We must place these images, taken from the practice of
    • single image. Whereas we usually move on from one mental image to
    • them on one chosen image, and devote ourselves totally to this image.
    • A person observed in this activity seems to be engaged in something
    • a single mental image. This is what makes concentration radically
    • them on the chosen image. The point here is not that we observe the
    • mental image; it rather gives us the opportunity to pull our soul
    • what seers throughout the ages have always pictured as “reaching the
    • gates of death.” This image brings home to us the true soul-spiritual
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  • Title: Lecture: Christ in Relation to Lucifer and Ahriman
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    • that even from this vantage point Steiner was correct in maintaining
    • measures to discourage Germany's militarists from asserting
    • political decisions were made by generals who managed to spread the
    • goals. In this war of attrition, materialism camouflaged itself with
    • that Rudolf Steiner's message to Central Europeans must be read. In
    • ages, but they take us back to those heathen times in which an
    • days from Christmas to the Epiphany. In ancient ages when, as you know
    • spiritual understanding of the world, in those ages the most favorable
    • was in ancient ages the most propitious time to raise the soul to the
    • like the spirit world, but with everything being expressed as images,
    • We are living in an age when natural initiations are
    • Christianity has remained stationary at an earlier stage of Christian
    • appropriate age, and so on.” In this fashion the most extreme souls
    • age, that is, finding the equilibrant relationship between Lucifer
    • free from a one-sided attitude that may characterize the age. It is
    • One who is carrying the Parcival principle into the new age and who,
    • send some to heaven and others to hell. In future, such an image will
    • steeped in the heritage of his people depends to a large degree on the
    • passes through stages similar to those experienced by Christ, at least
    • we call the Archangel Michael had reached a special stage of
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  • Title: Lecture: Preparing for the Sixth Epoch
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    • evolution in the post-Atlantean age was sustained in the beginning by
    • a preparatory stage, what is to come in the ensuing period of
    • entirely different from those of our age. Three characteristic traits
    • remained at the stage of savages or barbarians. One of the most
    • remained behind at the stage of the superseded fifth post-Atlantean
    • epoch. Today we regard it as superstition when, let us say, a savage
    • Persian epoch. The forces that descended at a later stage of maturity
    • consciousness. This is the task of the present age. Compare this epoch
    • expresses itself in language when, instead of saying as we do in the
    • their village communities there is still something of the nature of
    • remained at an earlier stage, whereas the form of group soul life that
    • retained in the forces of old age, but in his later years the human
    • a community of souls is what we develop, in its childhood stage, in
    • different languages. The mobilization order in Austria had to be
    • issued in thirteen languages because Austria encompasses thirteen
    • different lineages. The most highly composite state in Europe stands
    • realization that death is the passage from one form of life to
  • Title: Lecture: Outlooks for the Future
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    • pilgrimage through the starry world. The first thing which they had to do,
    • physiognomies are rigid. But in the Atlantean age this was not the case
    • sixth epoch and on into the second post-Atlantean age. As a result — and
    • We are now living in the fifth epoch of the first post-Atlantean age;
    • be many intermediary stages of good and evil. The human countenance will
    • against this fate, against this destiny. Imagine the tragedy of such a
    • her to do so ... and so she sees an image: She sees what the world
    • There is a stage in the
    • it completes its fore-ordained voyage with a thunder-step ...”
  • Title: Lecture: Human Life in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • when compared to that of a not very distant past! If we envisage human life
    • today, from infancy to old age, we obtain a very different picture from the
    • and that not until after such change has reached a certain stage does the
    • in our own age.
    • due to his living during the age in which it was still possible to be dazzled
    • characteristic of our modern age. Many such examples might be cited.
    • in an age which accords scientific achievements the admiration, which is
    • through all the stages of evolution, becoming the habitation of the human
    • The feeling thus expressed by Herman Grimm, in an age when it was not
    • different message from these vibrations. A spiritual researcher is a man
    • be laid on the point that even at the stage Spiritual Science has reached
    • that which takes place in us up to the age of about seven is comprehensible
    • From about the age of twenty-one a further super-sensible member lays hold
    • fourth stage of life, since it is evident that we must be indebted to this
    • develop until the fourth life stage. But on the other hand, the ego carries
    • have to wait until the fourth stage of bodily life made the unfolding of the
    • spoken, develop earlier than the fourth life stage. The same circumstance
    • prevent damage to the health of the people past whom the train would have to
    • it was being clutched eagerly in circles where previously it had been
  • Title: Evil and the Future of Man
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    • the fifth Post-Atlantean age, and how important it is that in this
    • fifth Post-Atlantean age the mystery of death should be quite
    • into his own being. In the course of the present age they will work in
    • the course of the fifth Post-Atlantean age, that is to say, by the
    • Nay, the very entry of man into the fifth Post-Atlantean age — which
    • is the age of modern civilisation — consists in his receiving into
    • the fifth Post-Atlantean age, has in his subconsciousness the
    • contrary, they exist in order that man, when he reaches the stage of
    • stage often show the very reverse of what is coming. These things are
    • said, not to encourage pessimism, but as a call to awakening, an
    • evolution during the age of the Spiritual Soul must be the growth of
    • although he has passed through rather more than a fifth of the age of
    • This must come to humanity in the present age of the Spiritual Soul:
    • as pictures — images of something spiritual. We must learn to see
    • feel in the other man the image of his eternal and spiritual being.
    • the end of the fifth Post-Atlantean age, this, above all, will happen
    • now refer to will continue into the sixth Post-Atlantean age — but
    • during the present age the following development will occur: Besides
    • language, compared with how it was in earlier times.
    • The evolution of language has already passed its zenith. Language has
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  • Title: Lecture: Social and Anti-Social Forces in the Human Being
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    • accomplished by successive stages of which the most important and most
    • Now we need not give a full description of these cultural stages, but
    • we will particularly look at what is a peculiarity of our age — this
    • age which has comparatively few centuries behind it. Each age lasts on
    • average about 2000 years. Therefore much remains to be done in this
    • humanity in this age of the Spiritual Soul — will be that of laying
    • the age of the Consciousness Soul and that these drives seek to press
    • recognize the terrible one-sidedness of our age, which should not of
    • demands arise in our time? Well, we live in the age of the Spiritual
    • In earlier periods there were tribes and classes. Our age strives
    • against this. Our age is no longer able to divide people into classes
    • is one of the differences between us and others, who believe that at the age
    • disappeared so pitiably in our age, the age of the Spiritual Soul? In
    • our age true chasms have already been created between people. Men have
    • Suppose you are 30 or 40 years of age. You think, “How was it with me
    • of courage, studying those things in social life which can only be
    • save the soul treasure of intellectuality of the present age for the
    • the age. In my lectures on the European folk souls, you will find what
    • member of the European peoples. It is only from the English heritage
    • hand they correspond with a need, and on the other with a tragedy.
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  • Title: Lecture: Spiritual Emptiness and Social Life
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    • Die geistigan Hintergrande der sozialen Frage, or
    • civilisation. For when we envisage this brilliant culture of the
    • to grasp, with a due sense of the tragedy of it: this brilliant
    • vantage-point of a rich life of soul, Hermann Grimm derived his gift
    • ideas and mental images in such a way that they have plasticity,
    • which may well up as a feeling of tragedy from contemplation of this
    • this modern age, he must not only have smelt the fumes of prussic acid
    • times; it is also one of the testings which men of the modern age must
    • thinking, seeped into the economic usages and methods originally
    • a sharp cleavage between the economic sphere and the political sphere.
    • jurisprudence current in the modern age. The book written by Ihering on the
    • We must be courageous enough to face these things fairly and squarely,
    • when not only certain established usages and institutions, but men's
    • the modern age. It comes to expression in the absence of will from the
    • experience, of the spirit appropriate for the modern age? It is
    • age: for the loss of this harmony is due to the conditions of
    • former ages and modern times as regards the living side-by-side of
    • When the man of the present age, whose attention is directed only to
  • Title: Lecture: Social Understanding Through Spiritual Scientific Knowledge
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    • three stages: from birth to the change of teeth, from the change of teeth to
    • seven-year stages. The pushing through of our permanent teeth, as I have
    • permanent teeth have appeared. At the age of seven these forces go to
    • but are the same forces as those we grow with from our birth to the age of
    • considerable difference in this respect in the first, second and third stage
    • age of seven, it is the force of the earth's depths that are active. If you
    • then make a study of everything going on in the child up till the age of
    • the most important stage of all, from fourteen to twenty-one. At this stage
    • first year. Not until the age of twenty-one does man tear himself away, as
    • the earth's help. Then, after we have reached the age of twenty-one, we
    • release the planetary forces himself, after the age of twenty-one. And yet
    • age of thirty the grownup will remember what the child took in, perhaps,
    • at the age of ten. He re-experiences it. He has become mature now, and he
    • education, and shown how the education of children under the age of
    • an education only up to the age of twenty-one, though, for education
    • This too was done by the blood in earlier ages of history. When people
    • natural scientific, materialistic way of thinking has done more damage in
  • Title: Lecture: Soul and Spirit in the Human Physical Constitution
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    • concrete reality. Nevertheless it can be envisaged as something that
    • is essentially present in man. It can be envisaged if we disregard the
    • obscurely. Thus we have already considered three stages of knowledge:
    • Inspiration, Intuition. These are the stages which lie above
  • Title: Lecture: The Moral as the Source of World-Creative Power
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    • is nothing but an illusion, a mirage. We can understand the course of
    • are theoretical ideas. No matter with what exactitude we envisage a
    • must think of an age which came to an end long before the time of the
    • stages into what is of the soul, how what is of the soul passes over
    • by stages into the physical, how in reality the two are united, men
    • Then came the age when the heavenly bodies were regarded as physical
    • present age this instinctive knowledge no longer suffices; what in
    • from the earth into the universe. If a grievous age were to dawn over
    • the earth, an age when millions and millions of men would perish
    • present time. But we are living in an age when either earthly
    • the physical sun is only the mirror-image!’ In his own way he wished
    • to communicate the Christ-Secret to the world. But in our age it is
    • rage most violently of all when we speak of the Christ Mystery in
    • importance in the present age, and those alone who regard it as such
  • Title: Lecture: The Path to Freedom and Love and their Significance in World Events
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    • in haphazard thoughts but in holding certain easily envisaged thoughts
    • You will be able to envisage what it must be if you take a picture as
  • Title: Lecture: Search for the New Isis, the Divine Sophia: The Quest for the Isis-Sophia
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    • movements are images of the divine-spiritual existence of the world.
    • view of the important tasks of the present age. I would like to remind you
    • post-Atlantean age, which was filled with the deeds and experiences of the
    • way appropriate to the fifth post-Atlantean age, what had lived as the
    • carry them over into the new age.
    • earth. The ancient Egyptian sage imagines in a spirit-filled way how the
    • different form during our fifth post-Atlantean age. Humankind must
    • the mysteries of the Egyptian priests in a form appropriate to our own age,
    • stage. Lucifer is the power trying to bring into the modern
    • world-conception that which existed in earlier stages of human development.
    • was moral in earlier stages also exists of course today. (The significance
    • everything which has become mere phrases in the present age, and if these
    • community should understand the terrible significance for our age that such
    • courage needed to do this, then we share in the lie which keeps up the
    • and misfortune of our time are due to this — we cannot find the courage to
    • lift ourselves above the empty phrases of our age. But it must happen, a
    • human beings find the power represented by the holy Sophia. The modern age
    • of human beings. We should learn to say to ourselves: If we can manage to
    • understand Christmas. If we cannot manage this, we do not understand
    • Weltenkräfte Schwingen In Raumesweiten fortgetragen. Christus-Wollen In
  • Title: Lecture: The Two Christmas Annunciations
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    • which is never properly grasped in the present age. To-day we usually
    • soul-constitution of man has changed with the passage of time; how
    • planet. By means of an inner soul-language, in a certain sense, they
    • character that, even then, in the age of instinctive clairvoyance, the
    • content of geometry in an age in which, from the moment of awaking
    • beings, whose consciousness was more mature, during the age of ancient
    • precious in an age when the nature of substance was somewhat
    • as the one and only God in an age when his people felt themselves to
    • expectation of some day filling the entire earth. In our age people
    • should look for what must be born anew in this our age. For truly,
  • Title: Lecture: The Threshold In Nature and In Man
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    • present day in this connection if we go back to earlier ages and
    • ages. Plutarch is a writer from whom we can learn a great deal
    • world. Let me read you a passage translated from his writings.
    • Ages, and before Copernicus. In the opinion of Aristarchus, says
    • for the deed that has been envisaged in pure thinking.
    • feeling of life and vitality within him. Although in our age we have
    • training. And yet in our age everyone penetrates into this region
    • Nature. You have frequently heard me speak of the successive stages of
    • effect, at this further stage man comes to know his own eternal being
  • Title: Lecture: The Sun-Mystery in the Course of Human History
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    • and images of them. We do not know how the will-impulse works in us
    • mental images of the workings of our will and in this sense are
    • work during sleep, when the bodily part of our being is engaged in
    • I have shown that although in that age man
    • men to pass through the stage of believing that a globe of gas is
    • the ancient heritage brought from Troy to Rome, from Rome to
    • constrained to ignore the age in which the light of freedom could
  • Title: Lecture: The Alphabet
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    • evolution, language, speech as a whole, has also undergone a
    • language lose their names and, as in contemporary usage, merely have
    • ‘Alpha, Beta,’ into modern language we could say: ‘Man in his
    • called a universal tragedy of mankind. This can also be described in
    • letters of the alphabet are actually formed as images of what lives in
    • indefinite words. If we want to speak in a real language, which can be
    • the image, of what goes on in the life of the planets. We think we
    • with the fact that, in the Middle Ages, those who were highly educated
    • language was for a long time the language of the cultural elite. What
    • Latin language had actually already discarded. And what had been
  • Title: Lecture: The Human Heart
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    • periphery of the human organism occurs only at a later stage in life.
    • in this imitative process, though to a lesser extent. At this stage
    • him. Language itself he will of course learn by imitation, but that
    • which is expressed and communicated through language — this can
    • soul and spirit; we will rather envisage him, to begin with, on his
    • image of the earth. It even has in it a kind of image of the sun
    • actually take with us in our etheric body a kind of image of the
    • received as a heritage through the inherent forces of the embryo. When
    • faithful image of the cosmos, when we proceeded through conception and
    • himself an etheric heart, which is an image of the outer universe. In
    • his astral body, however, he brings with him an image of the
    • slowly, then with full regularity and increasingly from the age of
    • of the stars, out of the images of the cosmos.
    • birth an image of the universe in his etheric body, and the entire
    • images of the cosmos.
    • as the passage through the world of souls and then through spirit land.
  • Title: Lecture: Truth Beauty and Goodness
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    • True, the Beautiful, the Good — through all the ages of man's
    • more concrete reality than they have in our age of abstraction.
    • always meet with the approval of the times. For in our age men love to
    • where, in communion with higher Beings, he is engaged in building up
    • early stages of the epoch of the Spiritual Soul
    • in earlier ages. Nothing of the same kind is present in modern
    • truth is a heritage from pre-earthly existence. The sense of beauty
    • will create an image, at least, of pre-earthly connection with spirit.
    • age that can bestow concrete reality upon them.
  • Title: Lecture: Self Knowledge and the Christ Experience
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    • eggs, and so on. We can follow the course of nature, follow the stages of
    • larger human communities during earlier stages of the earth's evolution
    • thread through long ages of our earth's planetary evolution, as we have
    • succeeding phase of its life. Mankind, however, has left behind the age of
    • historical age. The kind of presentation of the past which is customary
    • cannot lead to such an understanding of each particular age. We may be told
    • concept of what we need to arouse in our own soul-life in this age, we have
    • had to consider the various ages of history from many points of view. Life
    • and of their will, their actual deeds. With regard to past ages of man, the
    • has been an ideal in all civilizations, in all ages of human cultural
    • vantage point of the world around him into his own inwardness, he had, in
    • stages of human development that, between birth and death, man developed an
    • past ages of human development, whereas today after death we have the
    • as he lived on earth was still called, in the language of ancient Mystery
    • A first stage in the reception of this stream consists in man noticing that
    • be free after death to reach higher stages of development than in previous
    • ages of man. Then one was wholly man only after death. In those ancient
    • fully man after death. In this, our own age, it is man's task to realize
    • himself here in earth, that after death he may rise to higher stages of
    • development than he could in former ages.
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    • conditions, in the Venus and Vulcan stages of evolution. This is why
    • engaged in conflict about all sorts of other sectarian things. The
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  • Title: Lecture: Polarities in Health, Illness and Therapy
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    • right dosage with the phosphorus. When dealing with a pulmonary tuberculosis,
    • way, for example in massage, then one can count upon this method of
    • courage to heal.” It is evident that this courage to heal is necessary,
    • courage in order to heal.
  • Title: Lecture: Man As A Picture of The Living Spirit
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    • image of our true being.’ It is entirely true if we regard what is here
    • Saturn preserving through the ages the memory, the cosmic past
    • the image.
    • in effect: Since the Middle Ages your knowledge of the Christ has died
    • of the Middle Ages you have lost your knowledge of the Christ.
    • to summon courage to look into the spiritual worlds from which the
    • himself as a picture — an image of the spiritual Beings, spiritual
  • Title: The Individuality of Elias, John, Raphael, Novalis
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    • lived in earlier stages of Earth-evolution. We see how he unites himself
    • In cosmic age of Spirit-Man.
  • Title: Lecture: Exoteric and Esoteric Christianity
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    • of mind in which men of past ages took up the real Mystery of
    • distant ages people never contemplated death as an end. Their problem
    • acquainted with death. The old ages in which man knew nothing of
    • Earth. He is an initiate, a sage of death, and for this reason he is
    • In past ages, people
    • Ahriman uses every opportunity to encourage men in the exclusive use
    • we might say that in past ages of the evolution of the earth people
    • are known from the past. Gods were known in past ages, but they were
    • certain extent, men forgot for a whole age everything that had an
    • content of these records — in our age, certainly not. These
    • their knowledge of the divine worlds in the form of images and inner
    • to experience the living activity contained in the lifeless images
    • aspect, something concerning an esoteric Christianity. This age,
    • man in the form of images, in order to form a thread leading from the
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    • they do not claim to be complete. Their 7 pages of typescript may
    • correspond to about 25 typescript pages of the original text of the
    • upon a notebook discovered in a London library with single passages in
    • it which are supposed to correspond with certain passages in
    • the early Middle Ages we find, even in Dante and in spite of
    • create such great ones. He was thoroughly acquainted with the stage,
    • last admitted to the stage. In 1592, he recited his first more
    • We should not forget that the modern stage is not favourable to the
    • (a modern writer generally gives a detailed description of the stage
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    • be complete. The 7 pages of typescript may correspond to about 25
    • pages of the original text of the lecture. But important points
    • passages in it which are supposed to correspond with certain
    • passages in Shakespeare's plays. But Shakespeare's own works bear
    • Renaissance. During the early middle ages we find, even in Dante
    • stage, and this practical knowledge enabled him to develop his
    • horses' reins, and was at last admitted to the stage. In 1592 he
    • stage so as to produce a strong effect upon the audience? The
    • not forget that the modern stage is not favourable to the effect
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    • Several passages in the German are very obscure.
    • Several passages in the German are very obscure.
    • have men matured to the stage where they have, as brothers, human
    • beings who have passed through all stages since the middle of the
    • of that which at higher stages appears as fetters. The Life that
    • time. The Good of an earlier age unites with the Good of a newer age.
  • Title: Mathematics and Occultism
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    • mathematical images hover over the border-line between the material
    • the identical truths from any other sensible image. The essential
    • stages in the spiritual education of Man are constituted by what is
    • super-sensible in mathematical thought. When a man reaches the stage of
    • true Occultists have in every age demanded from their disciples the
    • courage to make this giddy height their goal: — “Learn to
    • simple manner at the stage where man emancipates himself most easily
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    • We interpret them as messages from the dead, whereas they are nothing
    • — hence the echo in the dream seems as if it were a message from
    • who died in old age live, through being able to enter more easily into
  • Title: Lecture: The Origin of Speech and Language
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    • encouraged them to raise questions, to express their opinions and
    • damage in this left convolution of the brain. This injury happens
    • vessels, where it should not be. Such a hemorrhage produces the
    • out of their crying children gradually manage to form words by adding
    • a brain stroke damages the left cerebral convolution, thus destroying
    • some more about speech. You see, there are languages that have many
    • and so forth. In some languages people squeeze out the sounds, like
    • languages differ in different regions of the earth. What does it mean
    • is given a language rich in vowels and another one a language rich in
    • that the language people speak there is richer in vowels. Wherever
    • there are steep mountains, the local language tends to be richer in
    • consonants. We see now that the differences between languages are
    • the reasons why the languages on earth differ.
    • at the various languages on earth, as in a sort of language map, then
    • Southern Hemisphere and the languages there and then turn the chair
    • the stars and language we would then be able to tell which language
    • answer; you can think about why languages are different as long as
    • the soil below. If a region grows mainly cabbages, you will
    • metabolism the heads of cabbage pulled out of the soil. In other
  • Title: Lecture: The Sense-Organs and Aesthetic Experience
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    • example, very beautiful descriptions of the outer forms of courageous
    • specialisation in which it lives today, at the present stage in the
    • tragedy. Aristotle says: Tragedy is a connected account of
    • has been written about this in the age of materialism, because the
    • soul-processes, the aesthetic experience of a tragedy carries right
    • accompany fear and compassion. Through tragedy these processes are
    • allow our inner impulses to work in shaping our mental images, as in
    • ideas; he could not reach the higher stage of development, attainable
    • are living at a stage of evolution when the faculty for grasping even
    • out into the world and investigate how scuffles and scrimmages and
  • Title: Lecture: A Turning-Point in Modern History
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    • engage in it, because he was open to everything human and because he
    • passages. But the underlinings became fewer well before the middle,
    • children between the ages of ten and eighteen. They staged a regular
    • social life requires. In every human being they saw an image of human
    • one can see man within it. Man is a threefold being. In every age
    • in this age of consciousness, and people feel that everything proceeds
    • what is achieved in later life is taken as a guide, when age is held
    • leads for example to the change of teeth about the age of seven.
    • undertaking concerned with production is unhealthy when managed by the
  • Title: Lecture: Elemental Beings and Human Destinies
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    • from birth to the change of teeth, the second to the age of puberty,
    • again into our life of soul during the next stage of life. People do
    • elemental stages of consciousness and had more direct connection with
    • brought to expression in poems of earlier ages, where a destiny that
    • ego-consciousness unfolds, as you know, in the first seven-year stage
    • of life, from about 2 – 2 ½ years of age. What happens is
    • return of the ego-consciousness at about the ninth year of age. It
    • age to age; and today we stand at the starting point of a time when
    • said: No-one will be able in old age to bestow blessing upon others,
    • outrage. Thus you can see how little readiness there is on the part of
    • nature of Christianity. His book is page for page a description of the
    • the soul that were present in earlier ages, when Man had a closer
    • within us, enabling humanity to pass over into future stages of
    • stages of evolution when our body dies away and we go through the gate
    • dying stage of its evolution. The individual human being gets wrinkles
    • the Earth bears upon her today the unmistakable signs of old age; she
    • is dying away beneath our feet. The spiritual quest we are engaged
    • upon today is working counter to the ageing of the Earth. Awareness of
    • Earlier ages spoke from a different point of view of the close
    • That is the very thing required of us in the present Michael Age. It
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  • Title: Lecture: Man, Offspring of the World of Stars
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    • and enters into possession of its full, inner force during the age of
    • to be awakened during the age of the culture of the mind or intellect,
    • it was quite natural that the Mysteries of that age should have been
    • really come to pass in the life of humanity through the ages. A great
    • modern science. In our age it never occurs to man that his being
    • an image of the Ego. The forces which determine the human form from
    • Mystery of Golgotha, the Teachers and Sages of the Mysteries judged a
    • revealed by the date and time of his birth. For these Sages knew quite
    • evolution is denoted precisely by the fact that in our age, which, as
    • shadowy intellectualism of our age. If we do that, the Saturn forces
    • complaints of our age must be recognised in their cosmic aspect, for
    • In the age of the Consciousness Soul, of course, it is the task of man
  • Title: Lecture: The Ear
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    • — within this physical world — a true image of the
    • say that, such as it is, it is an immediate image of the
    • contracted it sufficiently (if we may use this image), he then sends
    • truly say, man is an image of processes and realities of Being in the
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    • this human embryo as it develops in the mother's womb is the image of
    • realise the following. In the first stages of development in embryonic
    • organs are comparatively small appendages. Now — if it only
    • mother's womb — these appendages, these little stumps which
    • downward too. Why does he not? Because at a certain stage of embryonic
    • image of the spiritual worlds. Now what is there in the spiritual
    • image of what was formed in the pre-earthly life in spiritual worlds.
    • permeated with spiritual science. It will be found that in languages
    • their deeds, than in those languages where vowels predominate. For the
    • world of consonants is earthly; and if we could imagine a language
    • containing only consonants, an initiate would say of such a language:
    • written out fully, the vowels only indicated. In our language in
    • image, the little bone in the ear, moves on the waves of the drum.
    • after-image of Heavenly activities: I should like to know the soul
    • a question of reading it afterwards; the point is only to be engaged
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    • When children come to the age of puberty, it is necessary to awaken
    • in things that, until the age of 20 or 21, really ought to go in an
    • power and eroticism to them at this age. If such things have to be
    • in the age of a materialistic world-conception — to inspire true
    • if we look at the chief damages created by modern civilization, they
    • self-occupied in this way is during the ages between 14, 15 and 21
    • about it. It is not the objective damage but the pain of it that
    • with children of this age ...
    • much sooner than certain injustices are forgotten at this age. On the
    • people at this age, or if we teach in such a way that they never come
    • age, verve which above all is directed towards imagination; for
    • something that you may not bring to them at this age, that is in the
    • if, just at this age, young people feel cleverer than the teacher
    • school. For what you do at this earlier age works into their later
    • this age a faithful mirror picture, or if they do not, kindle a
  • Title: Lecture: The Work of Secret Societies in the World
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    • stages of development. Their correspondence with the Higher
    • stages of life. It is this: Nothing that a human being does not himself
    • personages known in history; they sometimes are embodied in historical
    • dinner — that, after all, is egoism. In the Middle Ages it would have
    • spirit are called upon to climb one day to the highest stages of
    • of every age.
    • to an age when, as I indicated recently, men will understand what the atom
    • of culture, science will have reached the stage where man will be able to
    • stages in the development of human nature and of the human soul. Just think
    • periods of the seventh great epoch. This makes sixteen stages of evolution
    • in the future. Humanity has still to climb these sixteen stages. A man who
    • definite stages for the investigation of the secrets of future phases of
    • purpose than to be an expression, each one of them, of a future stage of
    • culture is a purely intellectual age, an age of egoism. The intellect is
  • Title: Lecture: The Three Stages of Sleep
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    • passage through the etheric body, there arise the pictures of
    • the dream. But when we reach a stage where the appearance of
    • spiritual world. In this third stage of sleep we live with the
    • second stage of sleep, as I have said, we find in the surging
    • Middle Ages? It passed into the interior of the crystal, thence
    • things belong to World Mysteries which now, in this age when
  • Title: The Cosmic Word and Individual Man
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    • body and Ego is still so weak, at the present stage of their cosmic
    • speaks. It speaks indeed a silent language, but one that can be
    • morning. In a silent language we repeat all that we have said from
    • its resounding and its manifold effects of warmth, its inner language.
    • as the passage of man through the Soul-World. And then man has
    • according to their various stages of existence. We can go back from
    • achieve the passage from the beholding of the spiritual realities in
  • Title: Christ and the Twentieth Century
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    • Auf Den Grossen Fragen des Daseins. It is from GA# 60.
    • this lecture is a problem that has engaged the attention of a great
    • have pointed out in other lectures that every age, including our own,
    • between the general habits of thought of the present age and the
    • man’s being back through the ages, leads to external, animal
    • in the world of Matter. Hence even in historical ages the Christ
    • tragedy or deep trial in life. Nobody can deny that in the lives of
    • age. If this were not the case man would cease to aspire, in the
    • was spoken, of as the ‘Christ.’ As the modern age
    • Gnostic Christ, if you will; so that by the Middle Ages we find
    • achievements of the modern age will realise that it has been attempted
    • and you will see that our age, after much painstaking research into
    • extraordinary anomaly in our age for we are told by
    • Surely this is most extraordinary? Our age has
    • this is the same age and the same kind of research that can see no
    • research? He has become a poetical image, a figure that has only
    • Ages. In those ancient times the human soul was not yet ripe enough
    • great stage of world history through the founding of Christianity.
    • shroud of the Mysteries and enters upon the great stage of world
    • as the Mystery of Golgotha. Then began the age when men could know:
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  • Title: Lecture: Richard Wagner and Mysticism
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    • Die okkulte Wahrheiten alter Mythen und Sagen.
    • Curiously enough it is invariably characterised by an image
    • which is, however, more than an image. Those who really know what they
    • that a poet with Goethe's deep insight would use such an image without
    • spiritual sound and he retains the image.
    • Tragedy. We shall not, however, go into what Nietzsche says,
    • The study of Mysticism carries us back to very early stages in the
    • higher worlds living in the minerals and plants, reaching a stage of
    • dramatist who, with marvellous inner certainty, staged human action as
    • passages in Shakespeare's plays which gave him the impression: There
    • be. It is quite natural that Wagner's stage characters should be
    • sacrifice of a virgin? Such images as these are the expressions of
    • the image of one human being sacrificing himself for another.
    • Spiritual Science, namely, that every stage of higher evolution is
    • later stage, the powers of the being who has ascended in evolution
    • Atlanteans. The old Germanic peoples looked back to the ages when
    • influences down into a later age, that they were ‘Spirits’ because
    • of egoism was entirely absent. Now the age-old symbol of a wisdom that
    • in an age when his consciousness was not confined within the
    • we find it set forth in the Lohengrin myth. It is an age when the new
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    • knowledge no longer accessible to mankind in that age must be
    • go back through the Middle Ages to the first Christian centuries we
    • sense in which the latter was understood in the Middle Ages), he would
    • age when very much of the old Initiation-wisdom was still living in
    • Philosophy, and the passage where he speaks of the place assigned by
    • My only object in saying this is to show that in the present age there
    • in writing. Now the reason why the eminent teachers of that age wrote
    • times gave their message in pictures and imaginations, Plato was one
    • us pay heed to time, for only the illusory images of cosmic reality
    • — who had reached the age of twenty-eight before he listened to
    • passed on to those whose faculties of knowledge had reached the stage
  • Title: Lecture: The Weaving and Living Activity of the Human Etheric Bodies
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    • human being really consist of animal forms. He even had the courage
    • to express this, but this courage very much annoyed the learned
    • the Moon-stage of development, is connected with the Luciferic
    • member; the four brothers therefore appear like the drawn-out image
    • From the courage of the fighters,
  • Title: Lecture: And The Temple Becomes Man
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    • finally come to expression in accordance with the stage of culture
    • initiated such a courageous plan, had chosen the name because the
    • creations of art and of culture through the ages have many things to
    • Post-Atlantean epoch already lies in the far past and our age is the
    • free activity of our own human souls. The hallmark of our age is
    • frontage of the temple upon those who approached its portals. A man
    • mysterious language. In the interior of the temple I find everything
    • itself indicates a further stage. In its wonderful expression of
    • frontages and facades covered with strange figures of winged animals
    • stage of temple-architecture? These frontages tell us something very
    • image will give you an inkling of the inspiration from which the
    • man, into the microcosm that is an image of the macrocosm, we
    • way as the facade or frontage of a temple of Asia Minor was related
    • Temple Is — Man! rings to us across the ages like a clarion
    • in the following way: — We envisage a human being lying on the
    • Spirit has been received. The mission of our age is to initiate an
    • interior, with its language of colours and forms, in its whole living
    • re-echo the proclamation and message of the Spirit. This interior
    • and higher stages of perfection in the same domain.
    • modern age become mature enough to understand the nature of such a
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  • Title: Lecture: The Migrations of the Races
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    • whereas this teaching had reached a very high stage of development
    • subrace, the Turanian (?Iranian?) population — which had engaged
    • intent upon employing the outer accomplishments of the age of magic in
    • (Wahrheitsagen). This, as well as gymnastics, was a compulsory subject
    • stage of perfection. The Greek had foreshadowed how the perfected
    • The Patriarchal Age (the Age of Heroes).
    • sublime imagery could be used to express the truths which apply here.
    • We have now reached the stage of preparation for the Fifth subrace,
    • rapidly, and one who has gone through every stage of human evolution.
  • Title: Lecture: The Mystery of Golgotha
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    • experiences since the age of three or four or five, so had the human
    • lived in the age when the Mystery of Golgotha was drawing near, the
    • culture of that age, the question was. How did Christ enter into
    • In primæval ages men had not known Death. Since ever they came to
    • time (which are the glory and triumph of the age, and in the study of
    • things in this age, which bring us knowledge of external Nature) —
    • the soul's knowledge is active and courageous. It is not what
    • tragedy of Worlds that we experience these thoughts as the dead
    • possesses Thought as its heritage from spiritual worlds, and Thought
    • shall we know that in this age, when through the dead thoughts human
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    • language in particular. The periods of time we have to take into view
    • that even primitive languages show the same character as civilised
    • exist between the several languages, but rather with those
    • metamorphoses which human language in general has undergone in the
    • If we consider the relationship man has to-day to language, we find
    • the Greek civilisation, we find that man's relation to language
    • arranged. And in the case of the languages of Northern Europe we do
    • If now we go back into more remote ages, we find something different
    • language.
    • Within language lives the Genius of language. Language is not
    • dependent for its evolution on the decision of man. In language
    • 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
    • Hierarchy who lived in his language as in more recent times. The
    • The most ancient language of all consisted almost entirely of
    • fact that the Archangels came to language by way of Intuition.
    • they bestowed upon man the language of will.
    • of speech and language. The advance made by the Archangels in their
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    • a view, but in our age this justification has ceased. In the lecture
    • the present state of affairs in the world. For long ages now, Western
    • occurred after the passage of an earlier phase of the evolutionary
    • men in Greece who meditated upon the earliest stages of
    • Beings sent forth by the Demiurgos were ranked in successive stages,
    • each stage being lower than the last. (Such expressions are, of
    • individualised Beings. And at the lowest level, at the lowest stage
    • existence. At this same stage, another Being appears, a Being
    • sphere known as the Pleroma, and the dawn of another age had broken.
    • This was the age of thinkers like Augustine and Scotus Erigena who
    • were among the first. It was the age of Scholasticism, of European
    • Mysticism at its prime, an epoch when the language of the mind bore
    • little resemblance to the language used in the early days of
    • during the different epochs. In an earlier age, kinship with the
    • rationalistic thought began. In the ages when there had been direct
    • era. By the time of the Middle Ages the energies of the human mind
    • activity is lacking in our present age, whereas in Scholasticism it
    • Middle Ages, then, were the period during which man was meant to
    • the fore during the Middle Ages and from which sprang the new
    • Middle Ages. Under the influences of a Giordano Bruno, a Copernicus,
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    • planetary system, and the illness is but an image of this
    • anything is not in order, our materialistic age will always cry aloud
    • are Christians. For such a passage as this one by St. Paul, though it
    • especially in our materialistic age — is aware only of the
    • period after their passage through the gate of death, are able to
    • age has a real longing for what Spiritual Science brings to men; and
    • average human life; you get the same number of years — purely
    • normal age of 70 or 80 was attained) can enter not merely into the
    • understand. Our language after all is created for the physical; hence
    • only owe it to the right passage through the gate of death —
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    • the pre-Christian ages. Neighbours to one another and much
    • basis today. Of the Egyptians one must say that in the age when the
    • I have said that the Egyptians — in the age when the Greeks
    • ancient ruler of a long-past age. Please note that I have not said
    • lived in long gone-by ages. For the kind of connection for Zeus and
    • at the Imagination stage — this developed in the Greek
    • Beings who remained at the Inspiration stage. Hera and Zeus remained
    • intuitive consciousness. They wanted to remain at the stage of
    • Intuition; and those at the stage of Inspiration set themselves
    • Middle Ages one said:
    • in the Middle Ages — make use consciously of the salt that
    • upon earth was in hoary primeval ages, but at that time man could
    • but in the actual sense as the Alchemists of the Middle Ages still
    • had ceased to exist, but that in earlier ages were also perceptible
    • be traced back to a common type? If the Greeks refer to earlier ages
    • Egyptians also point to an older age when Osiris or Osirises —
    • look back in this way to earlier ages when the Gods walked among
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    • return presently — is connected with changes in the stages of
    • said to themselves: that age in which men still lived directly with
    • Imaginations was the age when Osiris wandered upon Earth. They meant
    • of the East knew as the constellation in which the new cosmic age was
    • ages when Imaginative clairvoyance prevailed on earth conditions
    • during the age of Osiris was a picture-writing and this was
    • form, as signs — such signs then are images of Imaginations.
    • ancients knew: this imaginative way of writing existed in the age of
    • boys who develop to the age of puberty a change of voice. It is as we
    • process. It was not merely a physical process in the ages when Osiris
    • the young boy before the age of puberty had certain Imaginations; it
    • years of age had Imaginations — Imaginations of spiritual
    • this in almost every child of tender age, it is only that people pay
    • image that the woman perceived within her again and again in
    • human life between birth and death. To the age of puberty he
    • age was once in existence.
    • known to those ancient peoples of the ages of which one must speak
    • in the place of actual experience. The Egyptian of the Osiris-age,
    • especially of the earlier Osiris-age, said as follows: ‘The
    • is an outrage if one says such things. I know it is an outrage, but
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    • is expressed in the fact that these ancient ages evolved the
    • Osiris-myth. We have seen that this early age meant to say: there
    • his atavistic imaginations. That was the age in which Osiris ruled.
    • perceptions which from the primeval sacred language which men used to
    • speak in common have formed the individually sounding languages,
    • ages, who also traveled from Egypt into other lands, and not by the
    • mysteries of the ancient Osiris age. And in connection with Isis,
    • following contents. ‘It was in the age of scientific
    • the language of Goethe one could say that the Building represented an
    • in the age of scientific profundity in the land Philisterium that the
    • Isis, the Isis of a new age.
    • connection between what was visible and what, as Isis-image, was
    • as the age could reach, of that which is described in St. John's
    • age, deeply justified in what this age is meant to become and must
    • a spring. We have seen how we live in the age of abstractions, where
    • Poland, even reached Rome and in Rome even had a wager with the
    • actual Till Eulenspiegel, who was only the representative of his age,
    • the strong language — a perfect fool, he only went by the sound
    • precisely the representative of the present age. Eulenspiegelism is a
    • coming age.
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    • realize that in the age when that saying arose in the Egyptian
    • might say that in the decadent age of Egyptian culture this was the
    • age of decadence.
    • left over from ages in which they were understood, and flow into
    • facts, must be censured if the age is to progress. The sentimentality
    • are now living in the materialistic age, to which is added
    • from reality; furthermore, all that must break into our age
    • greatest age, one that brings most of all to humanity, one that
    • specially in this age as shadow-side of the spiritual life, he takes
    • friends, in many respects to its advantage, modern mankind knows
    • then existed which in later, corrupt ages was no longer there.
    • post-Atlantean age the close connection with the direct
    • this was the age when the sun at the Vernal Equinox entered Taurus,
    • one in the third post-Atlantean time. Today in the age of
    • significance for this age that Mars has its house in Aries.
    • earth arose in this age essentially through a Mars-culture, a warlike
    • instrument for physical thoughts, is an image of the starry heavens.
    • of the material, the materialistic age. Thoughts lose their power,
    • this world in the fourth post-Atlantean age. In the fifth he is not
    • But in this fifth post-Atlantean age he has the greatest possibility
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    • grows up and attains the age known to us as the average age of life.
    • geology the Ice Age, in religious tradition, the Flood — from
    • present time we are capable of development up to a certain age
    • element far into old age, but he had also the joy of this dependence.
    • age, into the fifties. In the second epoch after the great Atlantean
    • from it. This consequence was not so pressing in the Greco-Latin age;
    • to be of a definite age before he could take any part in public
    • reduce this age as much as possible, since people think that they
    • thoughts and ideas which the modern age has brought and of which it
    • often remarked, that our time is a transition age — for in
    • reality each age is a transition. But it is a different thing to know
    • what is changing in a definite age. Every age is assuredly an age of
    • transition, but in each age one should also look about and see what
    • evolution of the 19th Century and the coming age.
    • Napoleonic age. And he finds that the deeper reason of the disorder
    • warmth, and his great personal impulse was to serve his age, to
    • age and the general revival. And as motto for the lecture, which is
    • by the age of materialistic science — which had become stronger
    • than it was in Friedrich Schlegel's time — preceded by the age
    • that the Christ-Impulse must be grasped in a new way in a new age,
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    • age it was still possible to bring about a deeper knowledge of man
    • meets us in its globular form, an image of the whole cosmos, as the
    • their appearance in many heads. The human head is an image of the
    • macrocosm, an image of the whole world. And only the prejudice of our
    • for itself an image in the head. In the rest of man that is not the
    • perfected and goes slowly through its stages. This is connected with
    • yourselves: this same man who has been killed at the age of thirty
    • half-a-minute, if he is killed at the age of thirty. When it is a
    • rapidly, one can know a tremendous amount precisely in our age,
    • humanity were to understand how to become old, or younger in old age
    • passes through world space — the science of the Middle Ages saw
    • a sphere, is an image of the heavens, must also participate in what
    • years would be the average life of man. For in fact our head is
    • head, man would die at the age of twenty-seven. Only because the rest
    • the human head it is seen to be an image of the whole star-strewn
    • instruction so that man knows that he is an image of the universe in
    • the head and will see there an image of the whole starry heavens. The
    • between children and their elders, which is entirely lost in our age
    • — if man knows that age offers something that is to be awaited.
    • only take seriously what there is up to the age of twenty-seven, and
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    • its spherical form as an image of the whole cosmos, not only as a
    • course even in the embryonic stage) and then the features and so on
    • one's interest in them through every age of life. I only beg of you,
    • things. The monastic schools of the Middle Ages had still many
    • sorrow and doubt if from the stage he wished to win disciples.
    • nowadays one manages to make it a serious fault for anyone with a
    • human nature. For what is necessary for the present age does not lie
    • and Peace’ is even boldly and courageously written in face of
    • the Ice Age. We know that changes took place in mankind at that time,
    • on earth were quite different during the age of this Atlantean
    • of the Lemurian age came to an end on earth. However remarkable it
    • diverse kinds. We have found a close similarity between our age and
    • the end of the Lemurian age there were conditions similar to ours.
    • times, from the epoch that preceded the Lemurian Pisces-age, from the
    • Lemurian Aries-age.
    • Ages still saw angelic Intelligences. Modern Astronomy does not of
    • it that has as much reality as an image that we see of ourselves in a
    • the mirror image as a final reality, one is a fool. And if one even
    • age has become so abstract, has been formed so purely by the head, it
    • by our whole age, which does not believe in itself. Only because
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    • skin-sense organization is, so to speak, only an appendage of the
    • flourished, it was natural to seek a higher stage of human
    • age is very reluctant in giving heed to such things. That is why our
    • centuries, back to the Middle Ages, and, I might say, we follow the
    • earlier age lived in another part of the earth; but in doing all this
    • is, however, more to it. In this present age we have before us a
    • from physical forbears in the Middle Ages as far as their blood is
    • people, in a certain way, continue to pay homage to the old, but once
    • courage, we do not really understand what Anthroposophy means for the
    • connected with mental image and will. Having no regard for these
  • Title: Lecture: The Forming of Destiny in Sleeping and Waking
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    • At the present stage of evolution reached by man in earthly life, it
    • immersed during sleep is that, at the present stage of the Earth's
    • language. But through the whole of life, the element of spirit and
    • folk-languages. This is connected with what has now been given. The
    • Archangeloi are the Guiding Spirits of folk-languages because they
    • refer to such as engage in spiritualistic experiments with the object
    • matter. We are living in an age when words, as they emerge from the
    • daily speech he produces no words to express ideals, so that language
    • principles which have their images in the words of speech; we can
    • this is by no means a mere naming of particular stages, but we are
    • because, to begin with, at his present stage of Earth evolution, he
  • Title: Lecture: Goethe and the Evolution of Consciousness
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    • back to an age when human beings were quite differently constituted
    • would never have been able to write the passage where Faust turns
    • younger days he had turned away. When he speaks in suitable language
    • Earth can I understand Man. — And many other passages can be
    • have had at his command a language which seems to converse with the
    • how all that unfolded in Greek culture since the age of Pythagoras
    • Everything was different in an age when it would have been considered
    • large majority of our boys and girls between the ages of ten and
    • eighteen are engaged in absorbing Latin and Greek — dead
    • languages. Can you imagine a young Greek being expected to learn the
    • Egyptian or Chaldean languages in the same way? Such a thing is
    • hypotheses, these hypotheses are an image of what we have measured,
    • are more interested to-day. In our age, men live in the intellect
    • weighed. But this age of ours was preceded by another, when the
    • itself. The poet of modern times has to give language artistic form
    • before true poetry can come into being. But there was an age in the
    • beginning with Galileo, in the fifteenth century is an age of inner
    • after his Italian journey. This was the age when word and concept
    • Vedanta philosophy. Moreover we know that this age, too, was preceded
    • past age when it was an experience of infinitely greater intensity,
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    • in your own language. As this is not possible, I must ask to be
    • attention away from these outer sense-impressions, we engage in the
    • When a man has reached this stage, when he actually feels: now I no
    • But as at this first stage we are simply surveying a tableau of our
    • When the consciousness is focused upon certain images and the forces
    • of this mental presentation are strengthened, the images are loathe
    • elimination of images which want to remain.
    • strengthening the power of eliminating mental images. When these
    • images. Nevertheless this must be practised. Thereby we succeed
    • little by little in suppressing not only single images, in emptying
    • stage of Imaginative Thinking, through which, to begin with, the
    • at the further stage of knowledge of which I have just spoken and
    • at every stage, due moral preparation. And there is really no better
    • around. I have already explained that thinking, even at the stage of
    • in spiritual reality. At this stage, the fact of man’s repeated
    • This too is revealed to Intuition, the third stage of
    • makes us unfree than does a change of the stage on which our life
    • engaged in the practical application of the contributions which
  • Title: Lecture: The Dual Form of Cognition During the Middle Ages and the Development of Knowledge in Modern Times
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    • The Dual Form of Cognition During the Middle Ages
    • The Dual Form of Cognition During the Middle Ages and
    • super-sensible form. This stage, of not being able to connect any
    • In the Middle Ages it
    • this dual character of cognition during the Middle Ages. New
    • not overlook this stage in the development of human knowledge.
    • schools of the Middle Ages, so the structure of modern scientific
    • towards Anthroposophy, sees in the sensory world an image of the
    • really contains the images of the super-sensible world. If we consider
    • image of the super-sensible world, and consequently the study of this
    • image can, in a certain way, lead us into the super-sensible world far
    • images of the super-sensible world, without being aware of the fact
    • that it is dealing with images of the super-sensible world, this
    • nineteenth century we may then observe a strange stage in these
    • standpoint. The things which appear in material life are an image of
    • between birth and death, is an image of what he has experienced
    • They remained at a standstill by the image, they thought that this
    • image was the reality. This is the essence, of materialism.
  • Title: Lecture: The Remedy for Our Diseased Civilisation
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    • popular world-conception even in the most distant country villages.
    • world, which is an image of the spiritual world. We may be
    • head is skillfully engaged in elaborating material things and
    • much people may talk of the fact that a new age must arise out of an
  • Title: Lecture: The Etheric Body as a Reflexion of the Universe
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    • many people abandon the physical plane, at a comparatively early age
    • after having reached, so to speak, a normal age. We know that
    • portal of death at an early age, that etheric body might still have
    • until he reaches an advanced age. But when a human being passes
    • older, until it reaches, as it were, a certain childlike stage of
    • death after having reached a normal age. We should therefore say to
    • childhood stage, when we pass through the portal of death. We might
    • age. What does this really mean? — A concrete example, already
    • closed this existence at an early age. It is important to note
    • cannot apply to every war that was waged in the evolution of humanity
    • the life of men who die at a normal age. This is a very significant
    • From the courage of the fighters
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    • not actually reach this knowledge. Giordano Bruno’s imagery is
    • language from the significance attaching to them in modern chemistry.
    • age dawned when this faculty to experience in the etheric body these
    • Boehme expressed in halting language that which in olden times was an
    • course of the Middle Ages this wisdom was gradually superseded by a
    • no more than express it in halting language.
    • have described to you was real knowledge among the sages of old; it
    • sages of the Mysteries were able, by their own dream-veiled vision,
    • these ancient sages enter into relation with spiritual Beings. And
    • spiritual Beings with whom the ancient sages could have real
    • up which appears in outer nature at a different stage, when something
    • writings of the Middle Ages which date back to the thirteenth,
    • But precisely in our age it is possible to attain to what in olden
    • taking place in his image being. In outer nature there transpires
    • the Middle Ages and that it originated in Central Europe. There is
    • old German poem originated, a consciousness still existed of ages
    • Philistine age. For our civilisation is really a Philistine
    • age had not yet dawned when the inner experiencing of knowledge was
    • poetic language the somewhat indefinite views which he was able to
  • Title: Lecture: It is a Necessity of Our Earnest Times to Find Again the Path Leading to the Spirit
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    • human nature have been engaged for a long time in a special process
    • humanity nothing but its language; it left behind its more or less
    • external danger, we should recognise this age of egoism as the one in
    • we had to take in something in order to climb over an important stage
    • in human evolution: the stage leading to the DEVELOPMENT OF FREEDOM.
    • we have just passed through the age of the great egoism.
    • we pass with them through the fifth post-Atlantean age and through
    • the past and adhere to them obstinately even in our language, in our
    • speech. Languages contain a great store of ancient crystallized
    • mentality seek to prepare the next stage: they also wish to eliminate
    • a preliminary stage of what they really aim at. The child is no
  • Title: Lecture: Some Conditions for Understanding Supersensible Experiences
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    • which man is unwilling to speak to-day in the age of materialism are
    • present age is, shall I say, rather more essentially spiritual than
    • world into a language intelligible to human reason. Much more depends
    • translated into the language that human reason can understand. The
    • empty verbiage if the strictest conscientiousness is not present in
    • calls this mirror-image his ego. It is a faithful mirror-image of the
    • real ego, but it is a mirror-image, a picture only, a
    • If another anchorage were not now available, man would have no ego at
    • materialistic age darkens the space in which the super-sensible worlds
    • world these vital truths of the age? People may not realise why it
    • acts as a mirror, reflecting the image of our ego to us —
    • you the image of the ego. The ego itself is here (= = =), but the
    • image of the ego is reflected back to you by the body. You know of
    • this ego-image when you look at the body with that centre of
    • ego-image is the body, and man calls these mirrored images his soul;
    • kingdoms of nature, is behind the ego that is an image only. We must
    • mirror-image of our ego is brought into being for us out of the body
    • social thinking. When the ego is allowed to remain a mirror-image,
    • curriculum of modern universities. It is a relic, a heritage from an
  • Title: Lecture: The Relation of the Movement for Religious Renewal to the Anthroposophical Movement
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    • can no longer be ours, although in this age we must again advance to
    • and word in the arts of music and speech. But this second stage was
    • followed by the third stage, that of the revelation of the nature of
    • in an age when, simply through the world’s evolution, a number
    • stage.
    • to the present stage of human evolution, was given in all love and
    • arrogant sense, but as one who reckons with the tasks of the age
    • cannot flourish if it in any way damages the Anthroposophical
  • Title: Lecture: The Ego-consciousness of the So-called Dead
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    • in human life, it reminds us of man's passage through the portal of
    • existence after their passage through the portal of death. In
    • passed through the stages of Saturn, the Sun and the Moon
    • says in regard to the Moon stage of development, namely, that
    • something split off during the Moon stage of development, and that
    • into the world's spaces from the Saturn, Sun and Moon stages of
    • Of course, this was only the case during the early stages of
    • way all that we encounter after our passage through the portal of
    • really requires to be explained in the form of images. In order to
    • reality of the spiritual world, we must first have those images.
    • made in the form of images; in its image-character it is, however,
    • for instance the infirmities of old age. Our life consists therein
    • process that tires the stomach, an image of wisdom from out the
    • cosmos is woven into us, and this image shows us how the stomach is
    • us in the form of an image. But this image only comes to life when we
    • up, in the form of an image, our inner being; we give it the shape
    • are engaged in a work that consists therein that we now participate
    • IN THE WORK, WE PARTICIPATE IN THE WEAVING OF THE GODS' IMAGES. We
    • human head is such a lofty image of the universe, that the human
    • transformed sphere, is a real microcosm, a true image of the great
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    • should also be able to find in evolution a stage that reveals this
    • outwardly; that is to say, a stage in which the soul really feels its
    • Finnish nation. This stage of culture is expressed in the epic poem
    • entirely different stage in “Faust”, in Goethe's “Faust”,
    • stage, it has a destructive effect upon the three soul-members.
    • because it was experienced as something which in occult language is
    • the nations that were settled down here, below, called in the Warager
    • a preparatory stage for Christianity and took up Christianity like a
    • message from outside.
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    • Society. A cleavage of this sort can be a painful and even tragic
    • tragedy, contains the most precious seeds of the new, constructive
    • could take place only in our age, the age of the consciousness soul,
    • consciousness soul age, and in that case will have no understanding
    • tragedy. Soul experience of this kind played a particularly weighty
    • developed in succession. Furthermore, in their aspect as past stages
    • doctrinaire. This does serious damage to a thing as alive as an
    • office manager, who did what he had to do in that capacity. He poured
    • in every single thing one does as an office manager or whatever. If
    • manager and is therefore more involved in thinking, that thinking
    • strongly into a will engaged in some external, material activity that
    • third phase of development. There was no shortage of fine
    • Anthroposophical Society. There is even the advantage there that
    • manager in the outer world, though with an Anthroposophical Society
    • inevitable if the Society wanted to go farther and engage in actual
    • do instead is to achieve the stage of inner development that
    • this talk, the Society itself is also eager to deal.
  • Title: Lecture: Perceiving and Remembering
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    • possibility of understanding it. It is precisely in our age that such
    • explorers who discover such writings among ruins and wreckage are frequently
    • ‘Those who wrote this long ago were at a childish stage of human
    • wisdom, were but at a childish stage.’ It is not so much a question in
    • saying: This is demanded by the age of liberty and freedom! What people call
    • freedom in the age of materialism is the very opposite of all freedom; but
    • insight into how things are do no more than combat this bondage by that which
    • yet we can do nothing in our age to stem the course of the unfree
    • bondage. Here it is that a beginning must be made. We must not be taken by
  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 1: Forgetting
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    • the retaining of a mental image or a thought or impression. Certainly
    • perception, but to have an idea, a mental image, you need the etheric
    • remember one single mental image. For all retaining of mental images
    • mental image that has gone from your memory, that you have
    • there is a tremendous difference between a mental image whilst it is
    • What does this so-called forgotten image do? It has a very important
    • As long as a mental image remains in your memory you connect it with
    • an object. If you observe a rose and carry the mental image of it in
    • your memory, you connect the image of the rose with the outer object.
    • The image is thus chained to the external object and has to send it
    • its inner force. The moment you forget the image, however, you set it
    • this image to him and let it stream outwards. But if we could manage
    • image is completely lost to man. This is seen best in that mighty
    • images remain stuck in our memory, we introduce something hard and
    • images that he is always thinking about. This is something quite
    • images just disappear. A melancholic temperament works detrimentally
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    • personally affected and cannot manage with ordinary materialistic
    • our age of materialism it appears to anyone who can see to the bottom
    • longer examining blood but something that is the external image of
    • that comes to expression in the nervous system, the external image of
    • images of the planets to the constellation of man's organs. Thus the
    • you study the mutual relationships of the planets you have an image
    • always couched in the best language. Whilst discoursing on the nature
  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 3: Original Sin
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    • disadvantage in those times that it would have at the present time.
    • beings hovering round them in their environment; images of the gods
    • are full of health, and in those days they made men in their image.
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    • the great ego at night. For sixteen hours on average it is outside
    • long ages before the physical constellation existed. Thus the spatial
    • lungs in particular that have suffered some damage, the astral body
    • time transfer his rhythms to the world, when he has reached the stage
    • today, has these rhythms within him as a heritage of this spiritual
    • to manage all their agriculture by observing the rules in such
    • and sixteenth centuries an age of abstraction, of external science,
  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 5: Rhythms in the Being of Man
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    • some damage in the organism, in the lungs, say. When the human being
    • these organs were developed further at a later stage of evolution.
    • an ancient heritage of rhythmic knowledge. As the rhythm of the body
    • true image of the great world relationships, for he is created out of
    • angels, and we know that they went through their human stage on
    • went through their human stage on the old Sun condition of the earth,
    • stage on ancient Saturn. These beings are in advance of man in their
    • not imagine though, that all this is being said to encourage a world
    • characteristic of our age that it has lost the old, external rhythm
    • spiritualised form at the fifth stage as Jupiter, the Sun at the
    • sixth stage as Venus, and ancient Saturn at the seventh stage as
    • understand why just in an age when men have reached the greatest
  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 6: Illness and Karma
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    • life runs its course, and we know that at this stage of his existence
    • in his development. This is what the pilgrimage of life means for me,
    • happen: There is a person who, at the age of twenty, feels the urge
    • could be that a person would have been able to reach a certain stage
    • overcome the blockage, and the awaited enlightenment ensues. The
    • feeling of release that the blockage has really gone and the organ
    • blockages, of course, and they cannot all be overcome at once. We
    • second stage, which arises in order to produce creative strength and
    • it does at the start of man's earthly pilgrimage. The myths, in
  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 7: Laughing and Weeping
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    • is actively engaged in choosing his parents. But this, too, is
  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 8: The Manifestation of the Ego in the Different Races of Men
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    • course of ages. All this gives you an idea of how external conditions
    • all the various stages of evolution leave so-called stragglers behind
    • rage. They are absolutely connected, these two phenomena: the red
    • extreme cases there were obviously innumerable intermediary stages of
    • countries have kept a certain similarity right down the ages. Let us
    • God was that of a unity, but at a previous stage, it could assert
    • we see it meeting with understanding, when envisaged as the idea of a
    • image of God throughout Europe and also as far as Asia, which
    • the lower. When we look back over the ages we can learn from the fact
    • attain our higher ego by evolving upwards from stage to stage. Our
  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 9: Evolution, Involution and Creation out of Nothingness
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    • is stripped off, and not until now, at the age of seven, is the
    • Therefore when the animal has just reached the stage when man attains
    • for animals do not all live to be twenty-one. But up to the age of
    • conclusion that human development up to the age of twenty-one is
    • something within man from the beginning that becomes free at the age
    • anything with him, he would be at exactly the same stage in the
    • evolving appears at a higher stage. Where does this new element
    • innate capacities. Although not an animal, he was then at the stage
    • will develop in his own way through the subsequent ages. We know that
    • ancient causes, from the Saturn, Sun and Moon stages, will have less
    • analogy. Imagine you are sitting in a carriage that has been given or
    • bequeathed to you. You are taking a ride in this carriage when a
    • the old carriage but a new wheel. Suppose that after a while a second
    • carriage and two new wheels. Similarly you replace the third and
    • you will actually have nothing left of the old carriage, but will
    • analogy the single parts of the carriage were discarded. And he will
    • as vehicles, and how they built up these vehicles stage by stage, and
    • then endowed us with the capacity to surmount them again stage by
    • stage. We can understand how we may throw away the parts, piece by
    • image, so that we may say: The rudiments of what I am to become were
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    • process of humanity and in the spiritual content of our present age.
    • before a human being can reach the highest stage of development he
    • In our present age there are many influences which
    • age is a cause of offence to numbers of individuals. But we must not
    • are living in an age when the soul need only be receptive and duly
    • and, being aware of their task in the present age, they will find
    • to envisage it. For just as man on the physical plane needs a brain
    • Among the various activities in which man is engaged on
    • character of that life. The first stage of higher knowledge is what
    • sense, are not the imagery of dream but realities. Let us take a
    • passage. Homer, by the way, was called by the Greeks the ‘blind’
    • The spiritual investigation on which I was engaged at
    • the life after death in a kind of formula, although as our language
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    • repair the damage to these sheaths cannot be drawn from the Earth but
    • the language he uses he speaks of himself as if he were another
    • children in whom this happens at an earlier age, the child begins to
    • about the reason why the child gradually passes from the stage when
    • he has no experience of his ‘I’ to the stage when this
    • function once the child has reached the stage where he says ‘I’
    • consequence which always results from collisions, namely that damage
    • even though we do not always manage to do it. Before we pass through
    • present stage of man's evolution. He is unable to work consciously on
    • external observation — it is possible for man to damage these
    • magnificently in the Old Testament in the passage describing the
    • Those who understand this passage know that Abraham, who was destined
    • The passage which tells of the meeting of Abraham with Melchizedek
    • folk-religions. Do not take this as disparagement but simply as
    • same stage and the element of religious egoism would be in evidence
    • on Earth are inadequate and that one is obliged to resort to imagery
    • back to those primeval ages when the Holy Rishis were the first
  • Title: Between Death and Rebirth: Lecture Three
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    • happen that because of this, his friend rages against Anthroposophy.
    • rages against Anthroposophy because his friend has become an adherent
    • as he is in the stage of Kamaloka, language is no hindrance; it
    • question as to whether the dead understands language need not be
    • raised. During the period of Kamaloka a feeling for language is
    • constitute its infinite value in life. Only a very elementary stage
    • because human beings of the present age are by no means particularly
    • Suppose, for instance, you had bought a ticket for a voyage in the
    • for him in the present age to picture the right relationship between
    • use of a differently formed body, just as the message from Berlin to
    • sending messages, given the conditions of our present existence, and
    • Wherever and whenever in the course of the ages a
    • customary in the Middle Ages, dealt chiefly in perfumes and other
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    • radiating from the worlds of the stars. In man of the present age,
    • passages in the Bible which, as is the case with all occult
    • withheld from him. That is the passage in the Bible where it is
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    • very great. Our present age, however, has a definite advantage over
    • Astronomy of the kind that is available for men of the present age.
    • they observed. For example, the passage of the Great Bear or of the
    • spiritual reality connected with the passage of a constellation such
    • cognisant of the reality. A man of the modern age does not know that
    • the passage of the Great Bear across the heavens at night they saw
    • a physical animal on the Earth. This experience of the passage of the
    • Evolution leading into our modern scientific age with
    • contemplation of the heavens. As the age of Copernicanism approached
    • The nearer we come to the modern age the more is
    • Hence for souls of the present age the right procedure is to raise
    • great. Conditions today have reached the stage when between death and
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    • shepherds was the message from ancient, pre-Christian times, of peace
    • passage of the human soul through the various regions of the Cosmos
    • Mystery and so, later on, rise again to the stage they had reached
    • inaugurator of the dawn of the modern age, had been previously
    • Christian Rosenkreutz at the time when the approaching modern age was
    • Christmas tree and as an encouragement can remain a living force
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    • rest of the physical body. At a certain stage of development,
    • present age, though not, of course, for the age when the
    • of the Holy Grail can impart to men of the modern age knowledge that
    • the planetary stages of Old Saturn, Old Sun and Old Moon.
    • Spirits of Movement but have remained at an earlier stage. We see the
    • suppress this consciousness, the human being at this stage of his
    • and the etheric hand move together. But when a certain stage in the
    • stages, whereas to indulge in any way in unconscious, convulsive
    • brain of an average human being is permanently in the condition of a
    • Moon the brain was still at the stage of the hands at the present
    • ancient Lemurian epoch, when man had reached the stage of evolution
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    • character when they have reached a certain age. This is the result of
    • consciousness of ‘I’ at the same age. Nor does the change
    • of teeth occur at precisely the same age in different individuals.
    • grow larger, provision must be made for the stoppage of growth by the
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    • have had a normal development; having evolved through the stages of
    • the human being reached the stage where through the Spirits of Form
    • checked at a later age, as a final act. Thus we perceive two
    • without inwards and, when the human being has reached a certain age,
    • Paul spoke in simple language but the actual way in which he spoke
    • spiritual heritage, a spiritual endowment. But in the course of time
    • of Golgotha. The spiritual heritage which once came to the Earth with
    • spiritual heritage. If we go back to the epoch long before the
    • advanced peoples then on the Earth, and their sages had every reason
    • to say, in view of the stage reached in evolution: ‘Better it
    • the spiritual life had reached the stage of its greatest darkness.
    • the Mystery of Golgotha as an ancient heritage? The difference is
    • rebirth during his passage through the Mars sphere. Among other
    • and independence needed in the present age. Whereas nowadays men have
    • stages.
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    • who have reached the stage of human existence during the Earth
    • fugitive stage of created existence. But when we waken spiritually
    • of a grown-up person, however, or of a child from a certain age
    • accumulates and the natural death of old age ensues when the
    • being has been prepared in past ages without any physical connection
    • such as these, that have been revealed through the ages and grasped
    • the stage of coming into being this body is actually part of the
    • existence. At that stage between death and rebirth what is otherwise
    • human evolution on the Earth. Let us look back to an age, for example
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    • Between death and the next birth we must approach, stage by stage,
    • raise their status in the world, although to their own advantage
    • Anthroposophy on the Earth for them to acquire it. In the present age
    • connection with the Earth and our passage through the life on Earth
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    • earthly life. Passage through the planetary spheres. Quotation from
    • images of happenings in the Heavens. The fruits of the soul's
    • there is a description of the passage of
    • earthly images: the ‘continental’ region of Spiritland,
    • during which the soul feels bound to disengage itself gradually from
    • this stage, when the human being has weaned himself from fostering
    • differ in youth, in middle life and in old age, a particular form of
    • exactly with the passage of the expanding soul into the region called
    • the passage of the soul through this region and you will see from
    • the passage through the Venus sphere. It has been said that if the
    • on Earth the forces are engaged in perpetual conflict among
    • Spiritland you will find the following passage. [See
    • thoughts of ancient Indian Vedanta wisdom. The sage acquires, even
    • this passage it is clear that when, during the life between death and
    • age the Buddha was transferred to this same region, the Mars region.
    • ample sense an image of happenings in the Heavens.
    • understand the others is not enough. For during the passage through
    • These are three stages experienced by the soul between
    • death and rebirth, culture on Earth would still be at the stage
    • germinal state from which, at a later stage, everything in existence
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    • Anthroposophy in our present age will find it necessary to clear away
    • and how much had been attained by men called “sages” in
    • that age, an immense wrestling of thought with that Mystery occurred.
    • physical plane. We are persuaded that in no previous age and among no
    • and again others — and so on through thirty stages. And only at
    • the thirtieth stage did the Gnostic posit a condition prior to our
    • thirty-first stage, for thirty of these existences, which can be
    • Aeon-world only by saying to oneself: To the thirty-first stage there
    • the thirty Aeons, who can be looked up to through the stages of
    • evolved in a spiritual way through the twenty-nine stages, and in the
    • image, but as an image of the Divine Sophia cast out from her, lives
    • that seeks its way up into that which rises through thirty stages
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    • appearance of Christ on Earth is connected with the passage through
    • finally in the Middle Ages a sharp distinction is drawn between
    • say from which language the word ‘Sibyl’ comes. As soon
    • at the very beginning of the Sibylline age. From about the eighth century
    • *Day of Wrath, O Day which leads this World-Age into
    • to impose with imperious gesture her message on all mankind. Then we
    • soul-forces the message that is to be instilled with all the power of
    • Much was entrusted to images of this kind in the days
    • stage of Sibyllism. Imagine this developing on its own lines in the
    • waged by Christ, who had permeated the Earth-aura, against Sibyllism
    • Christ and the Sibyls had been waged. We must pierce the veil that
    • nature of the struggle waged by the Christ against the Sibyls —
    • peculiar facts as this — the fact that Paul carries his message
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    • how from the Lemurian Age onwards souls gradually came down from
    • evolution on Earth. We know that before the Lemurian Age they had
    • dwelt from primal ages in the spiritual worlds — this Being
    • event, far back in the Lemurian Age, had not taken place in the
    • Later on came a time, in the Atlantean Age, when it once
    • sought to experience completely in his own inner being this tragedy
    • That which took place through these successive stages of spiritual
    • reflected if we allow ourselves to compare the reflected images with
    • need was to drive out something which would have raged chaotically in
    • have raged within them as a dragon and brought them into chaos.
    • people, rose through the stages for which their souls had been
    • stayed behind, atavistically, at an earlier stage.
    • three stages of evolution, and then the Healer, whom Apollo
    • language means “He who heals through God”. He is the
    • Now, at this fourth stage, this Being made himself ripe
    • cosmic ages had not given embodiment to the Christ — then in
    • Ego had been brought to its highest stage in Zarathustra. The souls
    • We have now seen the four stages of harmonisation: the
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    • seen, reached a certain conclusion at the end of the Atlantean Age.
    • but, search as one may through the language; there are no other words
    • them over to higher stages — because the Zarathustrian outlook
    • engaged in the forming of man. Athene lends her aid and causes a
    • Thus the stirring message that sounds forth to us from
    • god was primarily an image, a picture; and in fact it was a picture
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    • message received from the Sibylline Books ran thus: “If you
    • Maxentius obeyed it and with faith and courage went outside the
    • slowly and by stages, if at last our research is to bring to light
    • aware also of the deep significance of a passage such as that in St.
    • for the management of her property and withdrew into solitude. She
    • also that from an early age the child began to notice everything
    • room a page carrying a spear; the spear is bleeding and the blood
    • runs down over the page's hand; and then a maiden with the Holy
    • which the Fisher-King's aged father is nourished in a separate
    • the Fisher-King's aged father, whose only nourishment comes
    • Und unterliess die Frage.
    • Was dieses Blut besage,
    • “So sage mir, wie man dich nennt.”
    • Die Sage vom Heiligen Gral
    • Yet halts where hermitage has stood.
    • Then sighs the aged man with groan,
    • clearly, did not know what to make of the message of the stars, for
    • also to the image of the woman holding her dead bridegroom on her
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    • of laws and associations of ideas and subconscious images. In spite
    • in such a way that anyone who understood the spirit of the age,
    • entourage of the King whom the Maid of Orleans liberated. After
    • is no propagation. A certain image of the Zodiac and of the whole
    • pulsed, as the new age came in, the Christ-filled Astrology which
    • advise them to consider carefully, just for once, this passage in
    • influences flowing from unconscious sources to meet the new age. He
    • Thus we see how the new age declares itself; how the
    • by degrees into a new and more conscious language! Let us try to
    • propagation. A certain image of the Zodiac and of the whole firmament
    • assuaged by the out-flowings and revelations of the true Christ
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    • nowhere today in the external world. In primeval ages the Saturn
    • passage and then conceived a special hatred of this paragraph in the law
    • paragraph printed on the white page can sentence a man, can Aries,
    • laws, and exist in succeeding ages solely as last remains. Now you
    • Christ, i.e. into the age of the origin of Christianity. A second
    • have called “the World-conception of the Middle Ages”,
    • one can call the life of thought in ancient Greece. Our age has not
    • speak of a beginning, of a birth of thought-life in this age of
    • universal symphony of thoughts, that is only due to a childish stage
    • in ancient Greece — in spite of the fact that it was the age of
    • must lose its configuration with death. Hegel's tragedy lies in
    • characteristics of the age that goes back beyond the 12th – 14th
    • has then just reached the stage of development which corresponds in
    • and 21st year; that is the age of Greek philosophy, Greek
    • age of 21 to 28; the Christ Impulse enters the development of
    • age. This Being develops in the following 700 – 800 years what man
    • develops between the ages of 28 and 35 years. And now we are living
    • the stage of its self-consciousness and since the 16th
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    • this amounts to no more than making an image of — let us say —
    • London.] that there was once a cosmic age — relatively
    • being from a pasteboard image of him displayed in some exhibition.
    • Such an image would tell us nothing whatever about the man's
    • terms of earthly language. On the other hand, Venus is highly
    • significance in the development of the speech or language of a
    • people. A language is deepened, imbued with the quality of soul,
    • language tends to become superficial, poor in qualities of soul, when
    • heredity. From a deeper insight, and in terms of cosmic language, it
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    • form of violent death, and a man who attains a great age before he
    • attained a great age.
    • soul had not reached its present stage of development. For the
    • contains the same forces as in ages long past.
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    • At the present stage
    • Now in the time immediately following our passage through the Gate of
    • We have often described this process of the passage through the Gate
    • after the passage of a human being through the Gate of Death always
    • etheric body is taken from us by our own cosmic prototype or image
    • counter-image — and the other elemental beings who accompanied
    • spiritual world. For when the coherence is broken by our passage
    • for his fellow human beings does not cease with his passage through
    • passage through the Gate of Death.
    • way the educational ideas which are propounded in any given age by
    • age’ (I mean now, spiritually speaking, not in the legal sense)
    • is at this stage that the human individuality grows ripe to enter no
    • that they arise anew in every age. They grow from the soil in which
    • needs, according to the character and sense of our age and of the
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    • begun to lose its creativity, though we still live with its heritage.
    • achieved something; one was eager to hear what they had to say, and
    • rose or feel enchanted when trees unfold their foliage. But these
    • certain age know that formerly one gained insight into another human
    • this age of a declining intellect there are already people who
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    • man's passage through the portal of death. For only in the light of
    • to assume another form of existence after their passage through the
    • periods of development, that passed through the stages of Saturn, the
    • doubt remember what it says in regard to the Moon stage of
    • development, namely, that something split off during the Moon stage
    • Saturn, Sun and Moon stages of development. A very strange thing
    • early stages of development; but even during a part of the Moon
    • after our passage through the portal of death.
    • images. In order to rise gradually to those concepts which penetrate
    • have those images.
    • with, a spiritual one; it is made in the form of images; in its
    • image-character it is, however, the prototype of what we shall one
    • age. Our life consists in that we gradually begin to feel and to
    • tires the stomach, an image of wisdom from out of the cosmos is
    • woven into us, and this image shows us how the stomach is built up.
    • great work of art, arises within us in the form of an image. But
    • this image only comes to life when we cast off that part of our
    • the other, and we then build up, in the form of an image, our inner
    • the World-Midnight we are engaged in a work that consists in that we
    • Gods' images. We have the privilege of sharing in a divine task, in
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    • transitional stages through which he passes. Those parts of him which
    • of ancient men who lived upon earth in bygone ages, yet the time will
    • in any way excited through these exercises, he will damage himself.
    • being does not take part in them, then they can never damage a human
    • being in the very least — they cannot even damage his soul. Yet
    • in the physical world — especially our modern materialistic age
    • arise, even in this modern Age, as if through an act of grace —
    • clothed in that language, in that language of concepts which is
    • common both to the living and to the dead — in the language
    • stage of human evolution on earth — of man's life in Paradise,
    • viewed externally, in the form of an image, assumes the aspect of a
    • together with the image of the human head. If the woman Eve, sees it
    • of Master Bertram, you will see there, that in the Middle Ages this
    • a painter living in the very heart of the Middle Ages could paint
    • this modern materialistic Age of ours “What is a true concept?”
    • this materialistic age, from the world in which man lives between
    • early age, before the ordinary span of life on the physical plane has
    • From the courage of fighters,
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    • remember, that at a certain stage of mystic or occult development one
    • all times, from primeval ages down to our own day, have always known,
    • Now in our age it will be peculiarly difficult to
    • must appear very unreasonable to our age, to be told about beings,
    • man at this stage of his work.
    • other beings went through the stage we are now going through upon the
    • were at the stage which man is now passing through, and who are the
    • Christian esotericism, Angeloi or Angels. These are one stage higher
    • than man, because they completed their human stage one epoch earlier,
    • stage, but they did not dwell in flesh as man does now. It was only
    • that their stage of evolution corresponded to the human stage which
    • higher than man, who went through their human stage two epochs
    • earth-existence, back to the Saturn stage, we find that those beings
    • went through their human stage there whom we designate as Spirits of
    • down to our own period, we have the stages of evolution of various
    • formerly passed through the human stage, should now be already at the
    • stage at which they are transforming their astral body into
    • during our earth-stage, — a process we shall have to go through
    • in these Archangels we have beings who are two stages above us, they
    • are at the stage which we shall some day reach when we, from within
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    • as Folk-spirits, are at the stage at which they in their present
    • they have something which continues throughout long ages. But in
    • through their human stage in the old Sun period. At that time those
    • Beings whom we call Spirits of Form or Powers, who are now two stages
    • higher than the Archangels, were at the Archangel stage; they were
    • then their normal stage of evolution. There is, however, a remarkable
    • Beings, the law which brings it about that at every stage certain
    • Beings remain behind, so that at the following stage they have not
    • should have had at the earlier stages. Now throughout the evolution
    • stage, they cannot, however, as yet do this completely, because they
    • behind that they did not go through their Archangel stage upon the
    • they are Beings who are now at the stage of Folk-spirits, but possess
    • life in an intimate way because they are only two stages higher up
    • these Spirits of Form, tower four stages above the human stage. They
    • world. Those who imagine that in the higher worlds they can manage
    • the Archangel stage, or those who ought to have attained that stage
    • only at the stage of the Archangels. They enter upon a sort of trial
    • who as Beings two stages above man, imprint their configuration upon
    • a people. The Beings who give language have great strength, they are
    • Language we must admit that man particularly likes just that part of
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    • them outwardly: that they are Beings who are two stages higher than
    • bodies, who are now at the present time engaged in transforming their
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    • stages higher, so that the Archangel is through his ‘ I ’
    • of old age, so does the Archangel experience in the rise and fall of
    • the culture of a people, his youth and his old age.
    • old age. Man experiences his youth in feeling the members of his body
    • age these members become relaxed, they refuse to work; that is
    • several souls, and by means of this agency is brought about what a
    • think of him as being a higher Being, one standing two stages higher
    • age, so that his impulses should have the right effect.
    • Spirits of Language, as I yesterday described. We have also described
    • who expresses himself in the Spirit of the Age becomes, so to speak,
    • the Archangel as its first power. Then the Spirit of the Age comes
    • most important. It may, however, occur that the Spirit of the Age has
    • age, the mission of the Spirit of the Age may be fulfilled. In such a
    • The Spirit of the Age then visibly gains the upper hand
    • of the Age severed off a portion at a given time, and then passed on
    • modern Spirit of the Age. All you may read in Dutch history —
    • inner kernel is, that the Spirit of the Age required an instrument
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    • about in the life of present-day man at a certain age; it can only
    • appear at a certain age.
    • to the fourteenth year, i.e., up to puberty. That too is a stage in
    • third age, which runs its course between the fifteenth and
    • three ages of man which precede the actual birth of his ‘ I ’,
    • mineral world. In the second stage, in the time between his seventh
    • who remained at the stage of the Spirits of Form and are now active
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    • all that appertains to the preceding age, of all that happens in the
    • the ages of twenty-one to forty-three but at a different time —
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    • youth to later age. Man is in this way seized by the forces which,
    • European has the advantage over the black and the yellow races, we
    • age the racial character is gradually being overcome.
    • repetition is not now the movement of races, it is a higher stage of
    • see how the attributes of a riper age of civilization are imprinted.
    • that the civilization in our own age is also determined in this way
    • old age. Hence in the West they will still be able to accomplish much
    • certain stage; then only does his spiritual part really blossom
    • civilization, and which at a yet later age when man returns again to
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    • in successive ages in many different races and peoples. We may
    • understand these Hierarchies, that we say, at the lowest stage stands
    • of the senses, where may we seek for them in the lowest stage of
    • manifestation, at the stage of illusion? Man with his ordinary view
    • sees it, and call it in his ordinary language ‘hard, stony
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    • mighty wave in primeval ages formed the solid Alps. This conclusion
    • Archai, who act as Spirits of the Age. These Spirits of the Age weave
    • ages were each in turn the ruling power. We shall have more to say
    • element at the lowest stage, it begins so to speak with the lowest
    • the normal and abnormal Spirits of the Age weave into it the
    • evolution, the several peoples and languages; and lastly those Beings
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    • being, which produces the average general human nature. Now into
    • families, etc. That is the great map, which is an image of the
    • imaged in certain parts of the physical body, so that we may say, the
    • ‘ I ’ images itself in the blood; the astral
    • system, and only the physical body stands for itself, it is an image
    • images of the higher parts in the physical body. They cannot as yet
    • three members, in that which is the image of the ‘ I ’,
    • the blood; in the image of the astral body, the nervous system; and
    • in that which is the image of the etheric body, the glandular system.
    • the West, in their stages of higher cognition, in imagination,
    • the earliest ages, when the races were divided, went over to the
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    • to speak, progressing a stage further in their own development. Since
    • began, we are living in an age in which certain Archangels, certain
    • Hierarchy of the Archai, or Spirits of the Age. It is extremely
    • were sent out, were at different stages of development, in other
    • of the Age.
    • Spirit of the Age. It was that stream of peoples who formed the
    • Spirit of the Age, after he had been promoted to the first Spirit of
    • the Age or Archai of the post-Atlantean age of civilization. Now this
    • Spirit of the Age guided the primal sacred culture of India and made
    • it the leading one in the first post-Atlantean age of civilization.
    • mission in the manner already described. This Spirit of the Age
    • the Spirit of the Age of India had fulfilled his mission, he was
    • At the time which we designate as the Old Persian age,
    • we have that Spirit of Personality, the Spirit of the Age, who was
    • Archangel, a Folk-soul, rises to the rank of a Spirit of the Age,
    • to the rank of guiding and ruling Spirits of the Age.
    • of the Age, and undertook, so to speak, the guidance of that which
    • the Chaldæan-Egyptian age became the third mighty guiding Spirit of
    • the Age who had gradually evolved himself up from the rank of the
    • Egyptian Archangel. But that was also the age when another important
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    • the five successive ages of civilization in the post-Atlantean epoch.
    • These five ages of civilization were brought about by the migrations
    • the sacred primeval Indian civilization. Later, nearer our own age,
    • Age were all quite different from one another in the ages that are
    • age of civilization of the post-Atlantean epoch. In what way did they
    • higher stage of development while their ‘ I ’
    • was still in a dull state. They went through various stages of
    • at such a late stage of development. They had already gone through what the
    • and because their ‘ I ’ awoke at a lower stage,
    • Persian communities awoke one stage lower than did the Indians, but
    • it was a stage which the peoples of the West had still to reach,
    • directing Spirits of the Age. They were aware of the Beings who
    • In another way again the peoples of the Græco-Latin age
    • ‘ I ’ awoke at a higher stage than it did in
    • were already at a high stage at a time when there was as yet no
    • age of civilization. That is an event which could no longer be
    • concern. Their ‘ I ’ had wakened at the stage
    • stage higher than this standpoint, so that they experienced in the
    • awoke at its lowest stage; those Beings were placed at the head of
    • Europe beginning from the lowest stage; they had to be consciously
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    • whole of our post-Atlantean epoch, and in fact even the later ages of
    • first post-Atlantean age of civilization there came the feeling, that
    • The spiritual science of all ages, that really knows the facts,
    • post-Atlantean age of civilization the human capacities of perception
    • consciousness, and you will find this image made use of in this
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    • Kali Yuga, the Dark Age, had already lasted for three thousand years,
    • himself as receiving all that comes from former ages as the origin
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    • about in mankind, beginning from the earliest ages and proceeding
    • through our present age on into the future.
    • different stages of the human being, to form it and gradually to
    • ages still clairvoyantly shown to man from the spiritual world. It was
    • subjectively to such a high stage of human perfection, that he did
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    • Roman Empire and its various stages of culture. We have already
    • successive stages of post-Atlantean civilization, we may say that the
    • image of the reality, which, as I have said, was like a memory of
    • for the development, stage by stage, of the Spiritual Soul. Hence the
    • One people there was, which, at its later stage no
    • had to be guided through many stages of the ‘ I ’.
    • more inward clairvoyant experience gone through in a former age. The
    • The Græco-Latin age had to develop the Intellectual Soul
    • directly connected with the highest stages of the evolution of the
    • on all sides that which came from the primal ages and developed in
    • task of the sixth stage of civilization, must be prepared for
    • European the impression of being in a preparatory stage, and they put
    • Spiritual-Soul shall ascend to Spirit-Self, in the sixth age of
    • comprehended as such, although at a higher stage they again form
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    • marriage of Freyr with Gerda, the giantess; she is taken from the
    • higher in a manifestation of Christ at a higher stage, and then will
    • Christ. He made a great stir. Pilgrimages were made to him not only
    • I should not care to relate the human tragedy connected with the
    • personality of Sabbatai. In the seventeenth century the tragedy was
    • can again be understood. Now if a people experiences the new age with
    • satisfied with what the old astral clairvoyance of primal ages could
    • the several Christian dogmas of a particular age. But we have before
    • all the ages, and that we shall find Him in all places,
    • before a man has reached the stage of clairvoyance, to test what is
    • stage of it, you can test that which has been said out of the sources
    • fifth post-Atlantean age of civilization but which may still play its
    • the fifth post-Atlantean age of civilization had to be passed
  • Title: Lecture: A Picture of Earth-Evolution in the Future
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    • man's being only during this Earth period. During the stages of Saturn, old
    • the separation of the moon has proceeded through many different stages. And we
    • the moon. He still envisaged the world in pictures, and if nothing else had
    • Even when long ages ago the human being, as ‘metabolic
    • proceed only up to a certain age in life. At the time of the death of Christ,
    • but a cosmic event. You will remember the passage in the book
    • that Beings from beyond the earth are bringing the messages from the spiritual
    • language we ought to understand. And this is possible only if we try to grasp
    • applying tortures in the Middle Ages. Students learn about the human being as
    • tragedy that men will be brought to the point of resolving, each in his own
    • death.’ It is a tragic and moving passage. Nietzsche, of course, had no
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    • the Middle Ages. But this is all due to a complete misapprehension, a
    • something lifeless in it. When we think logically, we have images in
    • our conceptions and ideas. But these images are only inner
    • transformed that it no longer leads merely to images, but becomes
    • actions. This is no mere image, no merely pictorial expression, but it
    • the passage through repeated earth-lives, but is also enlightening
    • through the floor and committed ravages. So would harm result if an
    • means of the passage in which Nathanael is spoken of. It has been
    • being mentioned within its pages”? Is there anything in the Bible
    • science of the Middle Ages, its art too must be something new and
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    • man of the modern age is to have thoughts, he must exert himself
    • was like a confession on the part of those sages of olden times. When
    • thoughts as had the sages of old, who with their thoughts lived
    • who were in possession of the heritage of the ancient wisdom at the
    • future evolution of the earth. Having passed to the stage of
    • course of the earth's evolution the Being who in pre-Christian ages
    • about that in the course of the ages the Midsummer festivals in the
    • understood the nature of the human heart. In the modern age we learn
    • years ago the idea occurred that it would be advantageous to have a
  • Title: Lecture: Michelangelo
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    • have at the age in which they lived but which they can now experience
    • relation to artists of earlier ages who worked within the same field.
    • development of art through the ages.
    • message from another world. This creation of form was possible to the
    • Michelangelo sets before us his Moses as representative of his age so
    • image of what is spiritual.” I don't know how many people
    • have given much thought to the fact that between the age of the
    • Greeks and the age of Michelangelo there came one in which it really
    • was a fact that no image was to be made. The earliest Christians did
    • Commandments, “Thou shalt not make any image of the Lord Thy
    • shalt not make any graven image.” Then, however, there follows
    • shall see that it could have been created only in an age when the
    • the modern age, the age that is of materialism. Man's senses
    • the block and at first made it a sort of image of his thoughts. This
    • stands at the opening of the modern age in the same relation to art
    • incorporation of his age; he was, and seemed to himself to be, the
    • direct the times. The very stone was to carry to later ages the
    • living message so that generations to come might look at this
    • for Michelangelo's Adam, Eve is brought forth from past ages by
    • leave the page — in all this we can see how they seize upon the
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    • stages of initiation is in a position to allow the effects of modern
    • railway carriage we are right inside all the hubbub, the turbulent
    • life, or to engage in a sort of hothouse cultivation of the spiritual
    • One result of this is the controversy waged among
    • says, in effect: Through the whole of antiquity and the Middle Ages,
    • in our modern age. Then at last — so it is said — men
    • achievements of our modern age.
    • in such terms are speaking the language of Ahriman. We will try to
    • translate this language of Ahriman into the true language we
    • takes place in two stages. The first stage consists in destroying
    • second stage, what has thus been extracted from Nature and shattered
    • that have been recognised as natural laws. These are the two stages
    • part of the first stage. We demolish physical Nature and thereby
    • The first stage can therefore also be called: Eviction
    • of the nature-spirits. The second stage is when we put together,
    • belong to the hierarchy of Ahrimanic spirits. In the first stage,
    • evolving, and drive them forth; in the second stage we unite the
    • But this procedure in the modern age, when we live in a
    • day. No wonder that when someone who has reached the first stage of
    • Ahrimanic elemental spirits. In this third stage, the cultural stage,
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    • that in face of the burning needs of the age, theoretical knowledge
    • existence which is demanded of them at their present age of
    • perhaps to the Middle Ages, and imagines that he is following the
    • understand either the human beings or the events of the present age
    • say to ourselves that in the men of the present age souls are
    • courage to apply these truths neither in practical life nor even in
    • savages which they are generally supposed to have been.
    • sounds of language and speech. Before we can understand the way in
    • age, what their aspirations are and in what way they think. We shall
    • generations, say to the age of Charles the Great and even earlier,
    • culture which have remained in the language and other forms of
    • deep understanding of the spiritual world which they envisaged in
    • into being, passing through different stages of spiritual evolution
    • characteristic is to be traced back to an age when the attention of
    • courageous enough to get out of the groove of physical, sense
    • is current in our present age. But on the other hand it is urgently
    • Everything depends upon our having the courage to approach these
    • matters. But when once the courage is there we shall get beyond
  • Title: Lecture: Morality and Karma
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    • capacity of appraising another person's value. We damage our
    • arise in old age, when envy appeared during youth. This is a faint
    • our youth are fully realized in our old age. This applies, of course,
  • Title: Lecture: The Inexpressible Name, Spirits of Space and Time.
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    • Die Erziehungsfrage Als Soziale Frage.
    • they are now, at the present stage of human development, and as they
    • post-Atlantean age, he was as yet unable to do many of the things
    • representative of the 5th post-Atlantean age, in its first
    • should be sought in the 5th post-Atlantean age.
    • today we may tell people that the war which has been waged on earth
    • spiritual battle ever waged, a battle which will spread over the
    • in a Graeco-Latin style, even though we write in our own language.
    • trouble to envisage this fact, if we realize that past and future, or
    • element in the hierarchic order. It is good to envisage these three
    • a stage of inner activity, so that we look up to a world to which we
    • must envisage the facts explained today — the metamorphosis of
    • and for our striving in the present time; we should have the courage
    • thing of all is that modern people lack the courage to push through
    • You see, my dear friends, learn to stand courageously by the fact
    • corresponding way. The essential thing is the courage to push through
    • for an inner courage which we must have. Let this courage fill our
  • Title: Lecture: The Etheric Being in the Physical Human Being
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    • of the true aspect of things when one enters the image world of
    • during the Saturn stage of evolution; the first basis of man's
    • etheric body arose during the Sun stage of evolution; during the
    • Moon stage of development arose the first foundation of the
    • astral body, and the Ego began to unfold during the earthly stage
    • existed upon a higher stage, it lived in man instinctively, in
    • that the difficulties of our age are a warning, induce us to
    • (From the courage of the fighters,
  • Title: Lecture: The Coming Experience of Christ
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    • the age of fourteen is what it should be, children on leaving school
    • to a higher stage, that life-spirit is the transmutation of the ether
    • body to a higher stage, and spirit-man the transmutation of the
    • physical body to a higher stage. But this transmutation of the
    • next decades eagerly man will ask, “Who will decipher for me my
  • Title: Lecture: Spiritual Knowledge: A Way of Life
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    • kind, although it must be admitted that these are, in the present age
    • trace back the word “true” in the various languages, we
    • not willed. In many languages the word “true” still
    • to-day, useful though it be, and by no means to be disparaged. From a
    • This is how it is with all stages of higher, spiritual
    • body in a clumsy and awkward fashion, from embryo up to adult age.
  • Title: Lecture: How Can the Destitution of Soul in Modern Times Be Overcome?
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    • Human Relations in the Age of the Spiritual Soul.
    • present age was preceded by the so-called fourth post-Atlantean
    • all sides we find it confirmed that our age stands for the
    • Graeco-Roman period when, according to the stage of development
    • tendency of their stage of development; there was no need to
    • feeling-and-heart connection was well adapted to that age, but a very
    • due weight to the spiritual-scientific truth that in the present age
    • epoch is only in its initial stage. And as the epoch continues it
    • because we are living in the age of the consciousness soul, as
    • the species, and a matter of course. But this represents a stage of
    • individual, and particularly in our modern age of the consciousness
    • start from this age must consist in making it clear that in the first
    • In this very age of the consciousness soul, the ahrimanic powers are
    • And in the age which prompted by modern life feels the
    • a disadvantage, and in many respects stupefying themselves.
    • initial stage.
    • the many advantages of modern times which make life easy and
    • the peculiarities of the age itself and its demand that the
    • the experience of our age. An abundance of culture beyond compare, a
    • soul should be developed. And the highest stage of the consciousness
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  • Title: Lecture: Modern and Ancient Spiritual Exercises
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    • suited to that age, inner forces which led them upwards into super-sensible
    • this path. In those remote ages of mankind's evolution, human consciousness
    • in general was very different from what it is today. In the present age
    • Thus, it can be said that those sages of old rose
    • naturally many intermediate stages; I chose these two extremes. The yogi
    • indeed demand an inner courage of soul which enables it to say to itself:
    • to discourage anyone, but because it is the truth. It may be discouraging
    • and how they run their course. This knowledge is a demand of our age. These
  • Title: Lecture: The Meaning of Easter: St. Paul and the Christ Impulse
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    • physical development until an advanced age. The parallelism between the
    • an advanced age; it is a parallelism that we can recognise now only in
    • the three stages marked by the change of teeth, puberty and the
    • He passed through the gate of death.What this passage through the gate
    • into super-sensible worlds. For the passage through the gate of death is
    • was of about the same age as Christ Jesus Himself. The time that Christ
    • so hard to bring to mankind. Let us try in the language of the present
    • to translate what he said into the language of this materialistic age. So
    • the content of his message. And yet it is absolutely true.
    • [4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondageGal. 4:3,9]
    • proclaimed, and in a language which at the time had quite another
    • also to have the courage to say: Away with Christianity! For Christianity
    • it — first of all, seriously, and secondly, with courage. As a
    • soul-and-spirit sickness of our age comes to clearest expression; for a
    • there is no doubt we live in an age of severe testing. Through man's
    • unhappiness to mankind in the modern age? Should it not go together with
    • from the ape stage to his present height as man, than that he had
    • possible for the true Easter message to rise up from the depths of our
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    • cabbage (some of them even have a balance beside them at the table
    • this stage out of Anthroposophical Science will satisfy you in all
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    • exposed to the most distant cosmic forces. And in our cosmic age they
    • No. 4). So in the seed we get an image of the Universe.
    • That which is imaged
    • in the single plant, is always the image of some cosmic
    • later stages also — over against the cosmic form which is
    • chaotic state — life that has not yet gone forward to the stage
    • the plant is growing. Thus if you can read Nature's language of
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    • establish the right percentage-relationship between our whole inner
    • in its image, as the Spirit or the Ego — living in a physical
    • — in the transient stage at any rate. If it is then to present
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    • was scientifically proven that a human being of average weight (eleven
    • age is largely due to the toxic effect of superfluous protein. In this
    • wrong to set up the formula: “Food received — Passage through
    • Passage through the organism — Excretion in the widest sense.”
    • remains at the merely herbaccous stage. A tree surrounds itself with
    • process, but is content to stop, as it were, at the stage of leaf- and
    • lumpy, with tiny appendages for feet, as indeed they are in the early
    • embryonic stages. They would remain so; they would look quite grotesque.
    • is not so in reality. (I shall go into the matter at a later stage.
    • Moreover, I can well image that — at any rate in the early stages
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    • tillage we can gradually impoverish the soil. We are, of course, constantly
    • an image of the Cosmos. We thereby give the yarrow the power quite essentially
    • tubes as they are commonly used for making sausages, make them into
    • another kind of sausage — fill them with the stuffing which you
    • precious little sausages — for they are truly precious —
    • work down into the soil where your precious little sausages are buried.
    • will almost go without saying at this stage — we must expose the
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    • have been subjected to the ravages of the grape-louse,[1]
    • nor can we put it to any other use. It was not so in former ages. Time
    • occur in the seed-formation will occur at an earlier stage. Precisely
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    • materialistic age, scientists only follow up the coarser effects of
    • plantations — even if only in the blossoming stage — and
    • you must clearly envisage. Now whatever arises in this way will always
    • even if we reduce to some extent the surface available for tillage.
    • by increasing your tilled acreage at the cost of these other things.
    • You cannot truly engage in a pursuit so intimately connected with Nature
    • did not fully understand it any longer, but he revived it from old usage
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    • a wonderful interplay, but we must understand it stage by stage, progressively,
    • the flower and the root that is, to the green foliage: all that unfolds
    • in leaf and vegetable foliage (Diagram 21).
    • leaves or foliage or the like. Now I want to increase the milk production.
    • takes place in flower and fertilisation — down into the foliage,
    • foliage.
    • carry all her processes to the final stage.
    • process, where Nature has not yet carried it to the final stage, can
    • and foliage but tend at once to develop flower and fruit. All that in
    • the plant-world, which does not care to become leaf and foliage, but
    • the real advantage of the vegetarian mode of life. It makes us stronger
    • to the metabolic and limb-system, and leaf or foliage in relation to
    • made of the tomato-plant itself — stem, foliage and all —
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    • expressed in the savage passions of the animal was brought
    • first part is the Revelation or Gospel, when the Message of
    • past, an image of man at the higher stage. Secondly he saw
    • how this image of man brought forth a masculine human image
    • astral form was the third stage of the Mysteries. The pupil
    • north side; here he reads the Message. This signifies that
    • image of the Godhead. The Godhead is represented in the
    • Sixteenth Centuries the new age led everything spiritual
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    • deepen what we have recently considered. If we envisage, to
    • being is in reality an image of the sphere, of the cosmic
    • first stage of fitting himself into the cosmos by saying:
    • with the eyes. When we envisage any point outside, the axis
    • let us now envisage the boundary
    • ourselves from outside. Only in the fourth stage we
    • the fifth stage, we must seek
    • comes the sixth stage: Through
    • At this stage, we do not only
    • world. In a preceding stage, we merely developed within us
    • forces which already existed within us; this stage of
    • we may say: The ninth stage represents one of man's
    • He becomes a breeder of animals. This is the next stage.
    • that is the next stage of perfection. And finally, Twelve:
    • condition in which the fruit reaches the stage of
    • the stage of maturity, we find
    • in the age of Pisces. During this age developed everything
    • third, second, first post-Atlantean ages, to the last
    • yet come down to the physical world. In the age of Pisces
    • stage, but in an abstract way. In the past, he grew
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    • world. And inasmuch as this took place, humanity was actually brought a stage
    • Mystery of Golgotha was understood, and also experienced, at a higher stage
    • the tragedy broke out in the Order of the Templars — a whole century
    • upward direction. But this lies in our own choice. In our age of time it is
    • especially true in our materialistic age. In this materialistic age, parents
    • of this in a passage in my
    • higher stage of morality. For today, this mystery of the in-drawing of the
    • same age.
    • much deeper determining influence on the karma of our age than is generally
    • materialistic age of ours, we naturally never stop to think about such a
    • rhythms. At the middle of the materialistic age which had been developing
    • like this must be clearly envisaged again, for it is only with truths like
    • in this direction. For to the materialistic age that has found the enduring
    • modern evolution, to this materialistic age must be added what can be
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    • stage of dilettantism, must in the first place observe a rule which
    • confront a sense-perception, for it can be envisaged at any moment
    • forms and pictures, enables us to reach the first stage in the
    • knowledge of super-sensible worlds, namely the stage described in my
    • to ascend to a higher stage of super-sensible knowledge. We need this
    • kind of thinking when we rise to a stage which is higher than that in
    • rise up to the next stage of super-sensible knowledge. Let me use an
    • only envisage a transformation, but something very different. Let us
    • it is possible to ascend to that stage of knowledge of the
    • super-sensible worlds which follows the stage of imaginative
    • look behind birth into that stage of existence through which we
    • the development of the body, from the embryonic stage onwards, gives
    • images of our sense-perceptions which arise in the soul; we set our
    • moral courage, or courage in general; this should be intensified in
    • forces of courage within us may be intensified if the retrospective
    • discover a higher kind of courage in our own life; when diving down
    • into this tableau we discover inner forces of courage which are
    • is more or less passive. This courage should be intensified.
    • courage is generally connected with the life of feeling and resembles
    • moment. If a higher form of courage unfolds within our soul, if we
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    • qualities of the soul life in a higher stage come to be of even
    • be noted, however, that in the stage of soul development referred to
    • damage in this striving is everything that overcomes man in ordinary
    • courage, a standing up for what one recognizes as true, are proper
    • images called into consciousness by his free will, tries to draw
    • pointed out already, he who engages in the exercises described in
    • appears is nothing other than a projection, a shadow image, of his
    • life appear to him first in a mirror image. This is the reason that
    • its own essence as in a mirror image, takes its own reflections for a
    • observation and extinguish what presents itself as image to his
    • “You are able to extinguish your image,” overcoming
    • himself in this extinguishing; if the image returns, so that he can
    • certain power over our mental images. Any person is aware of this
    • images when it recognizes their error. We are in a different
    • an image of its own being, perceived as a real outer world. From this
    • stage of spiritual development through a strict self-observation will
    • The spiritual investigator at an appropriate stage of his development
    • ordinary life if we have not struggled through to a certain courage,
    • courage, however, we can endure it. In the region of the soul life we
    • Here it only need be mentioned that at a certain stage of
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    • however, we are living in an age that has a long way to go before
    • the present stage of human evolution. If those people who speak
    • back to the dreamlike mental images of early childhood and compare
    • forming mental images of it via our sense perception, this force
    • activity or mental imagery is not something that comes from forces of
    • super-sensible sight, which at this stage we can call an
    • engaged in self-education and become at the same time independent of
    • to further stages, however, we must then ascend from the level of
    • present times? If we ignore what men believed in early stages of
    • consciousness soul has been developing, and this stage of
    • beginning of the age of the consciousness soul, the age of the
    • belonging to spiritual science. And as we are in the age of
    • perception of the spirit, and depriving him of the courage to
    • present day cannot muster sufficient inner courage for this as yet.
    • evolution into the age of great and outstanding perceptions of an
    • this reproach we have to say that we have also entered the age of
    • which had its beginnings in the Great Age of Germany. Then what is
    • spirit has the courage to face the world.
    • continue with the kind of thing the materialistic age has brought
    • want to keep our spirit free, even if our bodies are in bondage. Out
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    • about us with their green foliage, but that in the background of
    • many lectures — this present age is the high tide of
    • consciousness, but at a higher stage. Man will once more experience a
    • message from spiritual worlds approaches, and unveils for us the
    • thousands of years. The year is an image of the aeons, and the aeons
    • are the realities of those images which we encounter in the course of
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    • It is true, that in view of this material age and all
    • realms of popular thought. We live in an age of the most careless
    • thinking and at the same time it is an age of the blindest trust in
    • in the mirror is the image of the one man and also of the other. What
    • is seen in the mirror is without doubt images — merely images.
    • images: for the object must first make an impression on us and our
    • consciousness. We can quite correctly compare this with the images
    • images.
    • quite correct assertion — that man is concerned with images and
    • further — it is really frozen in. Just consider: The images
    • that we see in the mirror are true images, but suppose the other
    • box on the ear, would I then say (as these are but images I see in
    • on the ear? The action points to something real behind the images!
    • images; but when the images come in touch with living
    • thinker — Mauthner, the great critic of language. Kant occupies
    • critic of language — but as I said I wish in no way to raise
    • Critique of Language. For example it is stated there: Human
    • stimulate us to intensive, courageous thinking; that is what matters:
    • images leads further than to the mere image-character. This method is
    • what Spiritual Science tells on page a,b,c, are facts of Spiritual
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  • Title: Lecture: The Peoples of the Earth in the Light of Anthroposophy
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    • Der Weg zu gesundern Denken un die Lebenslage des Gegenwartsmenschen.
    • Der Weg zu gesundern Denken un die Lebenslage des
    • in matters of economic advantage. Unreal points of view thus arise
    • peoples and nations? It cannot inhere merely in speech or language or
    • spiritual ‘mirror-image,’ however, it appears as
    • oriental sages was somewhat as follows: ‘You must
    • be different. The ideal of the European lies one stage higher; it is
    • Winckelmann could arise only in Middle Europe. I refer to the passage
    • The internationalism prevailing in the age of
    • internationalism is not the first stage of an ascent but the last
    • stage of a decline, because it is devoid of all endeavours to reach
    • possible. But we are living in an age when all that is
    • accomplished. The evolution of the age, with all the terrible
  • Title: Lecture: The Christmas Mystery, Novalis, the Seer
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    • Die Beantwortung von Welt- und Lebensfragen Durch
    • age only those who are familiar with the findings of
    • opened and as well as a great vista of past ages of the Earth
    • And because he looked back through the ages with his own
    • eighteenth century, dying at the age of 29, describe the
    • way. However far we look back into past ages, as long as one
    • Science we can send our thoughts back to ages in the far, far past, to
    • perception had not yet developed to the stage where external
    • whence man had come forth in the age of Lemuria. Our souls
    • In later ages he lived more and more on the physical plane,
    • waited through the ages in order to appear in humanity at the
    • experienced among Gods in the age of old Atlantis. This
    • pilgrimage he had forgotten it!
    • human soul has not reached the stage where it can unfold the
    • fashioned, and forward into the future. And to men engaged in
    • There was no age when
    • pupils had reached a very advanced stage, they were permitted, at
    • Then came the age
    • achieved that marriage between spirit and matter which bore such
    • Goddess, still wholly spiritual, belonging to the age when
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  • Title: Lecture: Some Characteristics of To-day
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    • how, in a sense, their “spiritual plumage” will be
    • beside throw a strong light on our whole age. The present times can
    • materialistically-minded age to grasp, namely: that just since
    • It is this that is characteristic of our age. Since the beginning of
    • important problems of our age, people grew uncomfortable. Then
    • great problems of the age find partial expression. But they did not
    • a phenomenon that is characteristic of the psychology of the age.
    • mere mirror-images.
    • age. Naturally it was not understood because of the philistine
    • represents a stage that man must attain in order to receive the
    • remedy for the evils of our age, complaints are heard on all sides,
    • early stages of what is trying to come to healthy expression in the
    • made upon us by our present age. Let us consider in all earnestness
    • mirror-image. Now we know from Spiritual Science that in addition to
    • an “image” or “picture” which, we know, is
    • age. Now for the materialistically-minded man of to-day that is the
    • factors. Of course, in a materialistic age men do not reckon with
    • judge with the thoughts of the age, to condemn as mere foolishness
    • appendage to the political life and to the economic life. The state
    • the spirit. Our age requires the life of the spirit to be set free
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  • Title: Lecture: Anthroposophy's Contribution to the Most Urgent Needs of Our Time
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    • stage, then by means of all these practices we are able to strengthen
    • pursuing this way of knowledge to the next stage. This we reach in that
    • but we go yet a stage further. When a man reaches the Imaginative
    • we have reached the stage not of weakening our Ego, but, just through
    • us at different stages. Then, if we have developed the capacity to
    • forget this Ego in its present stage, that means, to thrust out its
    • imaginative content, we reach the stage of perceiving the
    • that one can summon up the courage to contradict them when this is
    • the way of anthroposophical knowledge he reaches the stage
    • investigators we take with us through all these stages of
  • Title: Lecture: Buddha and Christ: The Sphere of the Bodhisattvas
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    • our own age.
    • In our present age it is mainly the forces of the astral world that
    • incarnations. To-day, in our intellectual age, intellectuality and
    • Middle Ages and in recent years it has been confirmed by very
    • century and well known throughout Europe in the Middle Ages. It is
    • that when a man of the present age who unites himself more and more deeply
    • Our earlier stages of
    • In the age when Christ works
    • be the Spirit of the Earth who then rises to even higher stages
    • certain age, his ego is taken out of his bodily sheaths and a
    • there is evidence that at the age of 30 or 31, another individuality
    • quarters to be revealing himself in a human being under the age of
    • made pilgrimages to him in Smyrna.
    • more confirmation you will find. In this age of intellectualism, I do
    • of the Christ Impulse will in all ages be the successor of that
  • Title: Lecture: Nervous Conditions in Our Time
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    • core of the man's soul and the activity that he engages in.
    • the pictorial image, can most effectively sharpen one's memory. And
  • Title: Lecture: The Position of Anthroposophy among the Sciences
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    • you that one who is engaged in anthroposophical research fully
    • is, when actively engaged in mathematical thinking. His attitude of
    • reality that engages our higher interests) as a whole. When we are
    • stage of super-sensible perception. Sense-perception may be compared
    • For mathematics is simply the first stage of super-sensible
    • first stage in this research, is only a perception that penetrates
    • confronts us in the culture of our age? This — that its thinking has
    • to draw your attention to three stages only — of which the
    • — even the history of language can support this — man did
    • this feeling of himself. (As I have said, the history of language can
    • reach higher stages of cognition, we find something striking. Those
    • a later age — the Graeco-Roman, for example — was
    • if one says to oneself: What was given to men in this age as something
    • knowledge required by their own age. Thus in the perception of the
    • again men sought to attain a higher stage of cognition in all domains
    • in which they were seeking higher knowledge. This stage was also gained
    • Middle Ages and their spiritual life. A mediæval student did not learn so
    • Grammar meant the practical use of language. Rhetoric
    • meant more: the artistic use of language. Dialectic was the
    • use of language as a tool of thought. And when the student had
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  • Title: Lecture: Anthroposophy and the Visual Arts
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    • language of thought from the rostrum in Dornach about what is
    • stage — should speak also through the artistically plastic
    • cosmos. One receives the counter-image of what I showed you yesterday
    • the physical human being, reveals itself in images and brings us a
    • of the man as a man of courage — as a man who sets his inner
    • self, in so far as it is courageous, in opposition to the external
    • being (Wesenheit), and how a courageous or cowardly, a
  • Title: Lecture: Evil and the Power of Thought
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    • an oriental sage of early times, who had been
    • this quite clear. I mean a sage of the ancient Eastern civilisation would
    • civilisation is in decline, and when the ancient oriental sage
    • have this harp-music in between the passages of his talk. Here and
    • but appeared only as a tradition in the modern intellectual age.
    • of which I have spoken. The average man to-day is aware of the world
    • a special message from the divine eternal world. But this is not so.
    • obliged — I have often used this image — to break the
    • stage of the ancient way of Eastern wisdom so that the teachers and
    • When the age
    • The age
    • the ancient Oriental sage would have wished to express from out of his
    • utterance from the lips of an Oriental sage. It will perhaps be
    • he cannot penetrate through the sense-images.
    • stranger to this world beyond the outer sense-images. Every night between
    • sense-images is not the atomistic world conjectured by the
    • senses was in fact experienced by the ancient Oriental sage in his
    • sense-perceptions. Hence to the ancient oriental sage it was clear
    • that would be pointed out to you by such an ancient sage as I placed
    • us and their message is: Until now only a limited trust has been
  • Title: Lecture: The Seeds of Future Worlds
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    • also in other parts of the world, is living in the decadent stages of
    • The truth is that we are living in a stage of evolution when man
    • Gospels; that the Gospels are the message of the Father, and that
    • the message of the Father God. Here you may see quite clearly how
    • Gospels themselves as containing no more than the message and tidings
    • implied in this. First, the belief that the message of the Father God cannot
    • engaged attention in the early Christian centuries have long ceased
    • the stage whereon speaks the world.
    • understand how this really is, we must envisage it in the following way.
  • Title: Lecture: Exoteric and Esoteric Christianity
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    • and good influence upon mankind through the ages, there exists
    • Using words of human language to describe the will of a God, it
    • may be said: Ahriman has waited eagerly for the opportunity to
    • ordinary language here, although for such themes others should
    • again, the battle waged by Christ against Ahriman is possible. An
    • had remained at that stage, we could never have known anything of
    • death. We should have passed over into an age when all knowledge
    • clothing them in the abstract words of modern language. That is
  • Title: Lecture: Realism and Nominalism
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    • Middle Ages, from which the modern one derives, is essentially contained
    • At the height of the scholastic age two directions can be
    • caged wolf, which is fed exclusively on lamb's flesh for a long time.
    • In earlier ages, people did
    • this real being of an earlier age into the abstract idea.
    • they had grown abstract. This was the last stage of the old
    • was very thin indeed. When the age of abstraction or of
    • significance. One might say that the very passage from Realism to
    • concerned. The passage from Realism to Nominalism expresses the
    • later stage of human evolution. The actual theoretical atheism only
    • through the knowledge of an older age. For this reason, those who
    • during the passage from medieval life to modern life. A chief quality
    • significance for mankind in the age when spiritual feelings were
    • background during the age of modern narrow-mindedness. Are modern
    • term the age of Nominalism the narrow-minded age of European
    • images, we must realize that we cannot contemplate these in the same way
    • as we contemplate physical images; a new way of thinking must be found.
    • translating it into a “spiritual” language.
  • Title: Lecture: Spiritual Science, a Necessity for the Present Time
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    • being and its environment; we may then envisage to some extent the
    • not to envisage the question: What has spiritual knowledge —
    • repetition upon a higher stage, of what once existed upon Atlantis.
    • stir in her whole village; there was something undefined in its
    • aura. This is a historical fact. The villagers did not know what had
    • death. In a materialistic age this chasm widens. We shall more and
    • incarnation the boy was not to live beyond his seventh year of age. I
    • body put aside at such a tender age contains forces which might have
    • epoch of culture we should envisage the 6th and 7th epochs. It is
    • encouragement inducing us to fill ourselves with the great truths of
    • (From the courage of the, fighters,
  • Title: Lecture: Fundamentals of the Science of Initiation
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    • erkenntnis. Die geistigen Hinterfruende der sozialen Frage.
    • consider the tasks of our present time, must eagerly ask themselves:
    • modern astrology, which does not go beyond the stage of dilettantism,
    • little about them), we shall find again and again that the passages
    • fragmentary passages. The few passages of Thales, Anaxagoras, of the
    • seven Greek sages, etc., which have been handed down to us
    • his statements. Like all the other people of the Middle Ages who
    • altogether in an elementary stage, and we can only hope that by
    • When the old pagan sage, or
    • a good thing if this bible passage were to be considered a little by
    • biology, etc. He may study diligently and eagerly the Theory of
    • reason they wage war to the knife where they encounter honest
  • Title: Lecture: Cosmogony, Freedom, Altruism
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    • Die geistigen Hinterfruende der sozialen Frage.
    • symptoms of a vast process that is going on in our age, and
    • ages had a groundwork for their civilisation, a groundwork
    • are replaced by those of Altruism. Our age, however,
    • become in our age, insofar as it is not merely a utilitarian
    • age. When they ask, “What is good?” — they
    • realised. For thousands of years, the Asiatics have managed
    • of freedom through the direct agency of the European peoples.
    • necessary in order really to bring forth a new age. It is
    • treating this cosmogony as an ornamental appendage, for
    • than this. Rome managed to take all that results from the
    • occasion to refer to the language of “Wilsonism.”
    • to which men to-day do homage. They do not believe in the
    • in its present form would be to work against one's age, not
    • has will and courage for one that shall be really
    • the man in the initial stage of the coming incarnation. Real
    • verbiage of freedom. He needs that freedom should actually
    • totally unable to perceive how the actual impulses of the age
    • then only can that come about which the age really
  • Title: Lecture: Brunetto Latini
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    • does indeed ray out over the ages — the
    • This message brought him into confusion. Such confusion of
    • with, we rise into the soul-forces. At the next stage, we
    • is maya. What you envisage when you are within your ears or
    • this stage that you feel really within them — within
    • Wisdom, Courage, Balance or Moderation, and Justice. And the
    • Every age has
    • centuries preceding Dante's age, we find again and again with
    • must realise that coming ages will penetrate more and more
    • 6 January 1412, the villagers ran hither and thither, feeling
  • Title: Lecture: The Shaping of the Human Form out of Cosmic and Earthly Forces
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    • the ages of Saturn, Sun, Moon. He takes his organism back
    • stage the human limbs are developed with a continually
    • evident during the final seven years as it is up to the age
    • an image of those forces that stream from the Earth and have
    • apparently no task for the superficiality of the age, which
  • Title: Lecture: Yuletide and the Christmas Festival
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    • Lebensfragen im Lichte der Geisteswissenschaft.
    • develops to ever further stages in the course of cosmic
    • readily enter into what for long ages was felt at the time of
    • investigators and for collectors. During the Middle Ages,
    • He also admired the charming customs and the language of the
    • early Christmas Plays were still performed in a village near
    • Julius Schröer — went to the village in an attempt
    • village — Oberrufer was its name — there lived an
    • Christmas came near, to gather together those in the village
    • during certain periods of the Middle Ages at the approach of
    • conception of this in our age of materialism when truth
    • observe the ancient rules. Anyone who has lived among village
    • actors might visit a brothel. In the village this was a
    • highly instructive for the present age when the realisation
    • Three Holy Kings walked through the villages, but at no other
    • seeing the Three Kings going through the villages from house
    • of soul that will be utterly incomprehensible to our age
    • transcend the normal standards of the present age. Such Plays
    • sense we are already deeply rooted in an age when materialism
    • different from the simple methods employed in the Middle Ages
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    • Fragen des Daseins.
    • age many people feel an inherent desire to understand what really
    • beginning of the Middle Ages! Grotesque as this may sound, it is
    • In the course of the ages
    • stages and conditions. The events of which outer history and
    • go back to prehistoric ages, we find that the nature of the soul and
    • we have a last remnant — an atavistic heritage — of
    • ages the general condition of humanity was such as we find still
    • from Spirit into the world of maya had proceeded stage by stage, as
    • age when man was united with the spiritual world; he then descended
    • He saw an old man tottering wearily along his way — age creeps
    • image of destruction, of corruption, and within his soul the feeling
    • world, what do we behold? Forces of destruction, sickness, old age,
    • death. Knowledge and wisdom cannot surely have brought old age,
    • innumerable lives will never solve the great riddles of old age, of
    • element void of wisdom as the cause of old age, sickness and
    • my reasoning faculties.” But in an older age the constitution
    • an event which happened untold ages ago, the subconscious workings of
    • into his inner being — the Spirit in the image of the Dove.
    • for his followers the message: “Quench the thirst for
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    • Physiologisch-Therapeutisches auf Grundlage der
    • looming largest in the thought of the present age. Wherever there is
    • age. For these problems are indeed so often limited by the angle of
    • whole culture of our age, especially in so far as this culture is
  • Title: Lecture: Speech and Song
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    • of speech. The language which we speak here on earth is, of course,
    • speech or language is adapted during our life on earth. But in the
    • different language — one which does not go from within
    • existence, man's language is a living with the cosmic Logos; it is a
    • living within the cosmic Word — the cosmic language from out of
    • descend on to the earth. We lose the life within the cosmic language,
    • and acquire here on earth the language which serves us in the first
    • earthly language serves our mutual understanding —
    • speech and language, with the metamorphosis of speech and language
    • through and through an image of the spiritual. Everything here
    • him in external nature — is an image of the spiritual. Now when
    • back into pre-historic ages, the more does speech become recitative
    • and eventually song. In distant ages of human evolution upon earth,
    • so often referred to as the primeval language of man was such that we
    • follows. We take all the consonants there are in any language. They
    • Finnish language you still find these twelve preserved very nearly in
    • nerves. In earlier ages of human evolution, this was not the case to
    • In earlier ages of human
    • language was more like song. Now when the man of to-day sings, he
    • takes back his now prosaic language into the poetic and artistic
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  • Title: Lecture: Three Epochs in the Religious Education of Man
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    • age, and it leads us from a mere knowledge of Nature to a knowledge of
    • soul in the several epochs. It is only in the modern age of
    • unchanged through the ages.
    • consider the nature of the human soul in the ancient East, in an age
    • stars — He Whom a later age called “Christ” and an
    • earlier Greek age, the “Logos” — descended upon
    • Initiates of the age of the Mystery of Golgotha. The Initiates could
    • the Nature-forces in man from death. This was in the age of Ex Deo
    • approach of our present age. The science of the stars, of animals and
    • the age of the Mystery of Golgotha no longer find Christ as a Cosmic
    • but Who dwelt in, the man Jesus of Nazareth in the age of the
    • who in our age penetrate more deeply into the knowledge of Nature
    • hearts. The Initiates of our age say to themselves: “We are
    • the age of the Mystery of Golgotha the Initiates sought to solve the
    • Initiation Science in this our age and in the following centuries,
  • Title: Lecture: Concerning Electricity
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    • of my age were young fellows, not one of them dreamt of speaking of
    • now observe the connections that existed before the present age of
    • Evil. Those strange people at the end of the Middle Ages, who were so
    • images of a past moral reality that have turned into something
    • this, for the essential thing is CONSCIOUSNESS: we live in the age of
  • Title: Lecture: The Problem of Jesus and Christ in Earlier Times
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    • certain passages to you yesterday from the beginning of the Book of Jeû.
    • the message of the angel, they were capable of standing as
    • ancient Gnostics indicated thirty different stages, and named them
    • In a lecture once, I explained how many groups, or stages, containing
    • it is infinitely important for an understanding of our own age to
    • gradually. This was the outer aspect: People came to know in images
    • human hearts. Around the middle of the Middle Ages, we find that
    • it happened that only after the middle of the Middle Ages could such
    • before us out in the villages. There, among the simple folk, Jesus is
    • villagers and what they see in the Christmas plays and the deep
    • gentleman a post card the next day, stating that the passage could be
    • found on such and such a page. This are the sort of thing that leads
    • Gospels, but they do not interpret certain passages in the Gospels,
    • certain Gospel passages, that it is impossible to view the one who
    • pronounced such words as an ordinary human being. There are passages
    • described in the first pages of my little book on the progress of the
    • Our age has much to
    • learn — especially this age. It must find its way back to
    • age — in other words, the Christ being. In a twofold way, through
    • play shows us symbolically. This is sorely needed in our age, when
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    • Menschenfragen und Weltantworten.
    • Men have always received into their language designations,
    • have often said, it is the tragedy of materialism that it fails to
    • three-dimensional object and the two-dimensional image on the screen.
  • Title: Lecture: What Has Geology to Say About the Origin of the World?
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    • remain open. Our main purpose today will be to envisage the
    • — a conception which takes us back, so to speak, to an age of
    • life possible. One has to envisage all this as being accompanied by
    • we envisage our globe in a form which, according to modern geology,
    • the present and earlier evolutionary stages of the earth, more detailed
    • suppositions in regard to what precedes the granite-age; likewise geology
    • the earth, and if we then go on to our present age, this segregation
    • animal organism. There we see, how a man lives to a certain age, how he
    • said that this work, on which Suess has been engaged not merely for
    • through processes of destruction. I need quote only a short passage
    • Suess, “Das Antlitz der Erde,” Vol. 1, page 778.)
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    • one of us, although indeed when a man has passed the age of fifty he has
    • the age of materialism dawned, man was in great danger of falling
    • than those of a later age, for later on things took a strange turn,
    • stage we cannot arrive at a real understanding of the world. You
  • Title: Vortrage: Denken, Fühlen, Wollen - Das Muspilhgedicht
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    • ins Auge fassen, so können wir sagen, daß nach dem einen
    • sagen können, unser Wille sei nach außen hin nicht
    • sagen können: Auch der Wille ist niemals im Seelenleben
    • Welt. Und da müssen wir sagen: Dasjenige, was unsere Denkkraft
    • dannwerden Sie sich schon sagen: Dieses Zappelnde, dieses chaotisch
    • nach, ich möchte sagen, der Gedanke hineinschlägt in diese
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    • höchsten Maße geordnet. Da tragen wir sie hinüber
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    • der gegenwärtigen Weltanschauung sagen: Dahinter sind Atome und
    • militärischer Denkweise angeordnet wird, sagen wir zum Beispiel,
    • Daß diese von Wesen getragen werden, darüber werden wir
    • ich eben angeschlagen habe, versuchen Sie sich die Frage ordentlich
    • vorzulegen auf Grundlage dessen, was wir nun gerade wiederum
    • Hingabe an das Bild eruiert werden. So daß man sagen kann: Schon
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    • all, why do we set value on following up an age so far behind our own
    • super-sensible world. At the present stage of his evolution man could
    • upon a remarkable passage, which is simply expressed and noted in his
    • given point and fills emptiness with something similar to courage. It
    • is a feeling of courage, of protection through being united with that
    • sea of courage becomes a true objective reality for us.
    • description for it) of flowing courage, flowing energy. This is not
    • courage. We become acquainted with beings who consist of courage, but
    • it is not as though they consisted of courage alone, they are really
    • of flesh but consist of courage. Yet such is the case. Of such a
    • courage, represent, — and nothing else. Saturn is this to
    • and in all directions are to be found Spirits of Courage or
    • these first ages of the Saturn existence even time ceases, there is
    • extend so far. By way of a comparison and expressing it in image, we
    • timeless character of the infinite sea of courage with its Beings
    • We can say that it is within the whole infinite sea of courage. We
    • Worlds and elsewhere it is frequently said that the second stage
    • of sacrifice underlying their strength and courage, kneeling before
  • Title: Evolution/Aspect: Lecture 3: The Inner Aspect of the Sun-embodiment of the Earth
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    • reflect it, just as a mirror reflects an image. Thus the task of the
    • at an earlier age could be reflected again at the present time. We
    • living in the fifth post-Atlantean age of civilisation, when the
    • events of the third, the ancient Egyptian-Chaldean age are being
    • by the Archangels who preserve for later ages what took place at the
    • to preserve into later ages what belongs to the earlier, and so
  • Title: Evolution/Aspect: Lecture 4: The Inner Aspect of the Moon-embodiment of the Earth (Part 1)
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    • necessary to turn back to the very early ages of our evolution, we
    • the same relation to the real world as does the reflected image of a
    • reach the stage they ought to have attained. A commonplace comparison
    • who, remaining behind in the stages of their own evolution,
    • subsequently interfere with the evolutionary stages of other beings,
    • language to describe it. But when we advance to the ancient
    • back into the Akashic Record of the Sun-age we can quite distinctly
    • we wish to compare the Sun in that bygone age with any external
    • image, we can only compare it with the form of our present Saturn
    • that this was prepared even during the Saturn-age; so that Eternity
    • does not actually begin during the Sun age. This can however, only be
    • expressed in concepts, in the Sun-age: on Saturn the division between
    • that of ancient Sun, that at the close of the Sun-age all the
    • is to he seen, we must see in Him an image of those Beings with whom,
    • at a certain stage of evolution, we have just become acquainted,
    • just as once upon a time, during the Sun-age, the gods themselves
    • represents in painting an image of the cosmic purpose. The artist [is
    • the cosmic order. In earlier ages artists in dim consciousness were
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    • some other age may have experienced some injustice, to which children
    • Soul-life is a heritage coming to us from those primeval times of
    • from that ancient stage of evolution, so do we inherit all kinds of
    • words, we observe that at this stage something new enters the
    • thus that we must look upon what lives on in the Beings as a heritage
    • what was attained in the Cosmos at this stage if we once more reflect
    • consciousness, for that has stretched over to the earth-stage of our
    • should continually arise to assuage the feeling of desolation, we
    • — which belongs to this particular age of ours — are
    • longing. Suppose that he, through living in an earlier age, in which
    • continuity! Myriads of ages, each having its own life, and to each a
    • consciousness; otherwise the whole tragedy could not be
    • subconsciousness. But it must be done to-day. And the tragedy of a
    • a man as heritage of the old Moon consciousness cannot be brought to
    • satisfy what was yearned for in the age preceding our own, when men
    • longed for what cannot be given until our age. We feel a kind of
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    • from Renunciation — which we encounter at the third stage of
    • them, is just as wise as it would be to say cabbages could grow in a
    • made use of the example of the little boy in a village whose duty it
    • was to fetch rolls for the family breakfast. Now in that village each
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    • the terrible tragedy of these last years. This is something
    • you will find the passage where I spoke of the social cancer
    • average individual; being anthroposophists, you are not
    • ordinary, average people of today — the present age is
    • more than any other age demanding the one thing people least
    • spirit. Strange as it may sound to the ordinary, average
    • image of the region into which human beings enter when they
    • when Ahriman and his cohorts enter the stage. The things that
    • spirits gained access to the stage of human events.
    • establishing even the initial stages of apparent order. The
    • papered-over chaos would be no better than the carnage we
    • wise and who say to the whole world: Carnage must continue
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    • to an image which I finally hope to present in its entirety
    • means we are challenged to do everything we can to encourage
    • when the fact that an age of materialism must inevitably
    • summon up an age of wars and devastation did not hold true to
    • great riddles of the age. However, many are not fully active
    • early body progressed through four stages — Saturn,
    • stages, the astral body through two stages. The ego has only
    • entirely different cosmic age. The apparatus or instrument of
    • play such a significant role in the present age.
    • encourage such an attempt at further development in the
    • living in an age when one year of war is equal to more than
    • remember, the Graeco-Latin age began in the eighth century
    • The age of humanity then matched the age at which Christ went
    • the fifth post-Atlantean age, in the fifteenth century,
    • humanity was only able to develop up to the age of 28, with
    • a point where people only reach the age of 27, if this is
    • capable of development into a ripe old age. Today people must
    • tied to the physical body by the age of 27, unless they take
    • and a social life that is 27 years of age. We do not grow
    • beyond the age of 27 in our outer social life. This age now
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    • bound up with the materialistic trends of the age. It is the
    • socialist illusion of the present age.
    • into a perfect image of philistine, or bourgeois, ideals.
    • more than personal interest. Nevertheless, the present age
    • about the courage which people are showing today. To assert
    • of, will need quite a different kind of courage — inner
    • courage. But the place where this courage should be in the
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    • post-Atlantean age.
    • post-Atlantean age, right up to the present moment? It is
    • developed in the post-Atlantean age. We might also use
    • the Atlantean age, when human beings were still flexible in
    • gods for the whole of human life. When the Atlantean age had
    • age it was possible for individuals who desired to harm their
    • hands in the middle of the Atlantean age. You know, for I
    • led to serious mischief in the Atlantean age, so that over
    • age.
    • fifth stage of earth evolution, work now done by the gods
    • the early stages of the technological, industrial and
    • the civilization of our own and future ages has to be such
    • authority.’ They will then, of course, eagerly follow
    • a strong visual image of one thing or another. Thus we may
    • someone who has eagerly fought for the truth, a young fellow
    • eagerly fought for his own truth. Each of them believes that
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    • — first and second age,
    • Lemurian age, Atlantean age, our own post-Atlantean age and
    • age both the earth and humanity had reached their midpoint.
    • respect this has not been the case since the Atlantean age.
    • and until the middle of the Atlantean age the earth was much
    • been so, essentially, from the middle of the Atlantean age.
    • existed in the Atlantean age. Up until the time of ancient
    • in the middle of the Atlantean age, but it was recapitulated
    • with the beginning of the fifth post-Atlantean age. Strange
    • evolved until the middle of the Atlantean age, or until
    • candidates for the Jupiter age. This will only happen
    • stages. Human beings therefore have to find a different way
    • of relating to earthly existence. The final stages of earth
    • and the dawn of the fifth, post-Atlantean age. Things were
    • said then which relate to developments in our own age. They
    • way people appear on the outside today we get one image.
    • outside we get another image. Today the two images are no
    • so inadequate. We are living in an age when programmes like
    • the age demands world programmes created out of other depths.
    • post-Atlantean age for a long time, but they still want to
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    • the human being has become the image of the gods in the very
    • nature. This image of the gods has been debased in human
    • can understand. In certain ages, particular thoughts just
    • being, which is the image of the hierarchies.
    • tell you great deal. In the present age, from the fifth
    • post-Atlantean age, we are living much more inwardly than
    • the fourth post-Atlantean age, the relationship between human
    • belongs to the present age. It corresponds to the essential
    • Greece and Rome and after, right into the Middle Ages, people
    • this did continue well into the Middle Ages. Some people
    • A modern sage
    • was, in a way, based more on images. Dreams still had the
    • quality of images which pointed to the future. Just as memory
    • relates to the past, so the images pointed to the future,
    • Blurred dream images came into everyday sensory perception,
    • images which nevertheless related to real happenings in the
    • the fourth post-Atlantean age. This will give them the
    • He would be given an image; this would be the right answer,
    • image is worth much, much more than the highest distinction
    • study well, perhaps be good bank managers one day, or good
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    • described by our contemporaries is like the image we have of
    • create a sophisticated image, but the image does not
    • dawn of the fifth post-Atlantean age, but that all the
    • impulses of the fourth post-Atlantean age were alive in his
    • post-Atlantean age, for he felt, thought and reacted like
    • someone from the fourth post-Atlantean age; the task facing
    • him belonged to the fifth postAtlantean age which then was
    • post-Atlantean age, the horizon of that age, sees an
    • qualities of the fourth post-Atlantean age. The prospect of
    • what was to come in the fifth post-Atlantean age lived in
    • That age was
    • Luther was entirely rooted in the fourth post-Atlantean age
    • fifth post-Atlantean age. He certainly had an instinctive,
    • age and the outside world, of how they would act in that
    • people who had lived in the fourth postAtlantean age. Hence
    • post-Atlantean age, and it lay open specifically for the
    • fifth post-Atlantean age. The ahrimanic powers were
    • pre-eminent in the fifth post-Atlantean age, and Luther saw
    • them. People of the fifth post-Atlantean age are
    • the fourth post-Atlantean age displaced into the fifth, and
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    • a particular age and the outer physical events of a time
    • in the world of art today. In other words, our age must once
    • And we must have the courage to make a complete break with
    • without inner life do, however, have the disadvantage that
    • page by page, in the
    • Wilson's more recent tirades may be found in those pages.
    • those pages were then included in their
  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 9: The Battle between Michael and 'The Dragon'
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    • always call on an image which humanity has known throughout
    • dragon. This image has come up again and again in the course
    • world, using them essentially as symbolic images. What
    • way of thinking, and carrying this on into ages when,
    • in the sixth post-Atlantean age when the only thing to please
    • between the ages of seven and nine.
    • guided. But we are now in an age when such things must be
    • surprised how great is the percentage of direct influences
    • in the physical world in 1913 are the mirror-image of the
    • nineteenth century. 1917 is its mirror-image. If one realizes
    • way we shall only manage to deal with the deeper sources of
  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 10: The Influence of the Backward Angels
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    • It cannot be said that our present age has
    • — please forgive the somewhat bizarre image, but it
    • present age demands this. And so it happens that the oddest
    • stages of becoming what it is today. A new literary work
    • together, people like Spielhagen,
    • radical ideas are presented in beautiful, poetic language in
    • animal species. The Age of
    • Press, managed to turn it into a joke and say, ‘Once again,
    • the following: In the fourth post-Atlantean age, in the time
    • conditions were such in the fourth post-Atlantean age
    • look at is merely the image of a ‘corpse, of something
    • The ideas evolved in the fourth post-Atlantean age seem like
    • present age; yet that particular way of thinking has provided
    • evolve today will in turn provide the basis for the next age.
    • great deal of trouble to encourage them to build bridges.
    • doing well if people believe that science gives a true image
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    • present age have lost awareness of the close connection
    • travelling in a railway carriage. They will not always admit
    • insights of a spiritual science in which courage is taken
    • postAtlantean age, for example. To let those living human
    • and the special fields in which people are engaged in
    • which is on page 51 of Adolf Keller's essay:
    • the message of Jesus Christ with Jesus Christ himself. This
  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 12: The Spirits of Light and the Spirits of Darkness
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    • means to say that a battle raged for decades in the spiritual
    • the Atlantean age and right into Graeco-Latin times.
    • millennia, through the whole Atlantean age and on into
    • in preparation during the Atlantean age and was to be
    • Lemurian and Atlantean ages, account was taken of race,
    • from the Mysteries of the third and fourth post-Atlantean ages
    • based on blood relationship in those ages, and of all
    • inspired by the spirits of darkness. Those ages extended as
    • post-Atlantean ages, the old ways did not stop immediately.
    • sense by the progressive spirits. In the three ages of human
    • have passed the fourth post-Atlantean age and are now in the
    • age in the present stage of world evolution. To think that
    • post-Atlantean age onwards — for human beings are
    • sixth and seventh post-Atlantean ages in terms of Darwin's
    • enter into a physical body, but this is a transitional stage.
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    • customarily represented by the image of Michael or St George
    • which raged in the spiritual regions between the 1840s and
    • that I recently told you how the present age is dependent on
    • believe. Our age may be materialistic and want to become even
    • given images which may serve to demonstrate the intentions of
    • less and we lived in an age when usefulness counted more than
    • exposition would mostly be on Part 2. The age of acumen and
    • technology to learn the secrets of the age felt drawn to
    • things which Goethe was only able to present in images, and
    • clearer light on the impressive images Goethe has given in
    • translated into European languages. It will be a long time
    • present age, practical minds will not be able to understand
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    • world by considering their reflection or mirror-image in the
    • to gain an image of this: angelic spirits pursued their tasks
    • History, human life in the fourth post-Atlantean age,
    • This changed with the coming of the fifth post-Atlantean age,
    • during the fourth post-Atlantean age and will be under direct
    • guidance from the Angels during the fifth age — that is
    • throughout our present fifth age, until the fourth
    • are in the image of the spirit. Looking for the indirect
    • the Angels during the fourth post-Atlantean age, we can say:
    • fourth post-Atlantean age, therefore, the blood was the
    • with the fifth post-Atlantean age, for the Angels — I
    • during the fifth post-Atlantean age the Archangels are
    • age. However, it will go on beyond this, into the seventh
    • that now, in the fifth postAtlantean age, Archangels and
    • capable of physical development well into ripe old age;
    • age of 27 plays such a special role in life today — and
    • in our fifth post-Atlantean age people are naturally capable
    • into action when individuals have reached the age of 28, when
    • or other, for instance, the request is made to bring the age
    • way. This is the age when human beings must take affairs into
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    • then arose most strongly in the Middle Ages. And then human
    • Middle Ages, there evolved, to begin with, an ‘unobserved’
    • the Middle Ages said to itself: No matter how effectively one may
    • middle of the Middle Ages, the same attitude of soul was not present
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    • Whereas in earlier ages one
    • the courage to add to the fall of man, through the power of our
    • courage to work out a way to raise ourselves out of sin, using what
    • raising of man can only go forth out of the age of the consciousness
    • did not speak to man in an earthly language, but in a heavenly
    • an effort to speak a cosmic, extraterrestrial language. That
    • Then we draw near to the language that Christ spoke.
    • cage. Certainly there is no consciousness present in our civilized
    • The courage to speak again
    • actually more a matter of courage than of intellectuality.
    • must in fact first learn the language of Christ, the language
    • ton ouranon, the language of the heavens, in Greek terms. We must
    • relearn this language in order to make sense out of what Christ
    • must positively develop the courage to raise ourselves again into the
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    • tildragelser har helt og holdent foregått i den
    • inn i barnesjelen, oppdage at vi i den første
    • verdens ytre oppdragelsesmidler, Fra barnet begynner å si
    • at med ytre oppdragelsesmidler når man ikke frem til noen
    • rettet mot. Undtagelsene her er bare tilsynelatende. Barnet
    • åndsvidenskapen oppdager vi barnets beskyttere, de ledende
    • gydt den inn i oss. Det er grunnlaget for vår betraktning,
    • dager kan menneskeheten ennu ikke oppta Kristusimpulsen på
    • slik at forståelsen for de sanne tildragelser trenger inn
    • verdenstildragelsenes midtpunkt. Da vil mennesket fa en skuende
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    • spoke of this ascent as something that must arise in the present age from
    • older times and particularly during the Middle Ages. To-day I should
    • if the views acquired in a more recent age — especially in the
    • can say: When the intellectual age began to dawn, the old conception of
    • the early Middle Ages there were all kinds of traditions consisting
    • in his earliest embryonic stages, we find that the form of the
    • our age, when we have forgotten man's connection with a pre-earthly,
    • age), and the formalist Robert Zimmermann, who wrote another book on
    • are really all like the famous personage who drew himself up into the air
    • (excellent, in the meaning of our present age) — they write of
    • into an entirely different age, if they really wish to understand
    • the world and in the remotest villages, contains something that can
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    • to innumerable passages in books on occultism or also in
    • shall mention only this well-known and very significant passage in
    • significance of such a passage is generally overlooked. What does it
    • reality. When the spirit is being spoken of in images taken from Nature,
    • through death as a force by which courage and consolation can be
    • the spring and autumn. Man sees the green foliage appearing, the
    • far past ages men knew well that in the summer season the lower elemental
    • realise what intimate messages the festivals have for us, we feel united
    • require this, is absolutely characteristic of our age. It
    • recollection of what they had achieved in ages of the distant past,
    • been an astrologer! Enlightened men of the present age see fit to
    • regarded as a mirror image in miniature of the movement
    • attitude resulting from the stage of occult development
    • appropriate for the modern age — regarding everything in
    • indicates the year 1879 as the beginning of the Michael Age.];
    • of the present age to regard the year of the Event of Golgotha as the
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    • Antworten der Geisteswissenschaft auf die Grossen Fragen
    • ideas, concepts, and mental images of things and beings if these
    • certain mental image, for otherwise he will always succumb to error,
    • not think of how all feelings, sensations, and mental images are
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    • — a celestial materialism; he still had the courage to
    • connection between the passage of Hercules through his twelve
    • Earth depends on the Sun's passage through the twelve Signs
    • of the Zodiac, or on the passage of the Moon through the
    • for the purpose of clothing in suitable language, for the
    • is the Moon; what is narrated of her is the passage of the
    • of the Sun in its passage through the Signs of the Zodiacs.
    • the courage to rise to the clear-cut conclusions of Dupuis.
    • the Middle Ages, they endeavoured to withhold a certain
    • received quite special forces when he reached the age of 14
    • not perceiving how the opposing powers of the age have
    • above all, for the fact that before their passage through the
    • that is, with language. To the human beings of that moment
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    • one on the first page of which [in German- speaking
    • page of which — so far, at least, as my experience goes
    • age only desires, wherever possible, to understand the
    • nonsense to the natural-scientific age. Spiritual Science, on
    • Age passes on to the Son of the Virgin Wisdom — to the
    • language. For human speech may truly be regarded from the
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    • its language of Light. All astrological Mysteries in ancient
    • saw the expression, as it were, of a language which he who
    • himself up with devotion to the language of the stars, he
    • perception of the language of the stars. As I have often
    • are the image of what the old atavistic clairvoyance actually
    • age of Aries, precisely in the Mystery of Golgotha. For at
    • is an image of the whole heaven of the fixed stars. You may
    • day of stars. That is why the average — as I have often
    • the case may be; but on the average, the span of human life
    • belongs. Definite stages in the evolution of man are
    • Astronomy is only in its initial stages; it has experienced
    • in the age of a lost science. The first beginnings of a
    • apostolic age, there were Revelations. To-day no such thing
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    • this past event rises up before your soul as an image. You know
    • in the human head that upon a higher stage it reveals everything
    • of his limbs or of his thorax in those early ages, for these
    • former stage of development. He then added his limbs, which
    • at the same time we can envisage from the anthroposophical
    • over into a spiritual world. This is how we envisage the end of
    • spiritual-scientific deepening many passages in the Gospels will
    • upon a natural-scientific foundation, we must envisage the
    • courageously recognize that certainty should be gained also in
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    • with the environing world, he rises from the stage of a being
    • only in the course of the Middle Ages man began to discuss
    • Observe the postures, the bodily postures which the Oriental sage
    • sage wished to give his pupil the possibility of allowing the
    • within it. When the pupil of the Oriental sage crossed his legs
    • — this the pupil of the oriental sage poured into his own
    • sage could feel in the words vibrating through his body —
    • develops thought from its speech, so the Oriental sage
    • word, the mantric verse — developed, as a third stage, a
    • Oriental sage. Then he did not commune with other human beings,
    • listen to the messages of these teachers in order to draw out of
    • Oriental sage sought to reach, through a reverberation of speech,
    • ancient sage was able to turn his mantric speech inward, so that
    • mere images depicting the external world — the form of
    • thinking he feels that he has reached the first stage enabling
    • but we see a number of spiritual Beings, whose external image is
    • raised to the imaginative stage, and if we also learn to apply
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    • to the conclusion that if this message were true, it could only
    • this is not to their advantage) those who are acquainted with
    • can have before us, in imaginative thought, images which are just
    • that the images which rise up before us are not empty phantasms
    • know that only by IMAGINATION we reach the stage of being able to
    • pedagogical impulses at a maturer age, our wishes and desires
    • consciousness only as reflected images. They, too, have a
    • once more appear as mere images, asserting themselves within the
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    • in another age and today it must seem frivolous to maintain old
    • European region which has for many centuries been the stage of
    • When we envisage
    • meant to express in the language of the East the characteristic
    • language of the everlasting Cosmic Word, of a soul-spiritual
    • sought in the language of the stars. Here on earth – people
    • stars, they tell us in their language that reality is poured down
    • the language spoken by the stars Maya seems to obtain a true
    • was investigated in the stars and in their language. This was the
    • announced to humanity by the sages of the mysteries, for people
    • maturing to the stage of thought, an ideology, or Maya. The
    • Christ Jesus. On the one hand there are the three sages, the Magi
    • connections sought by the ancient sages in the writing of the
    • the same message: Christ is coming. Highest wisdom and greatest
    • man's inner being. We cannot yet raise it to the stage of
    • which has to be sure advanced to the stage of being filled with
    • which came to an end in more remote ages and led to the
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    • envisage, to begin with, his physical organization and his
    • envisage, is connected with the perceptions of the earthly human
    • earth, and so forth, my heart really perceives an image which
    • perceived, in its corresponding image. The same applies to the
    • other organs, for the kidneys perceive in a definite image all
    • present stage of natural science man learns to know essentially
    • stage of natural science leads us everywhere to the grave of the
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    • images that look out at us from a mirror. These pictures cannot
    • the world which we experience may be compared with the images
    • ancient times, which have so often been envisaged in our
    • applies to our age — is a world of semblance, of illusion.
    • in the present age man cannot live in a world of illusion after
    • development. They reach back to ages when earthly life was still
    • is that at the same time in which man entered the stage of
    • courage to admit that history has no meaning; it is meaningless,
    • had to envisage the beginning of the earth, he could not refrain
    • for the human soul to envisage the Mystery of Golgotha in this
    • before his soul in the form of concepts and become images —
    • might have a message of the Mystery of Golgotha for the time when
    • this in the right way and also used appropriate images for this.
    • therefore envisage a future in which hypotheses concerning the
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    • age, as the Graeco-Roman age, was a preparation for the present
    • Graeco-Roman age from the Eighth Century
    • universe, after having passed through the different stages of
    • stage of human development. When he could grasp the world
    • sense. During the fourth post-Atlantean age, there existed in
    • I have already mentioned the following: During the Middle Ages,
    • because mankind has left behind the stages of childhood.
    • present stage of development, which only enables him to grasp
    • Anthroposophy traces back as far as the Atlantean age, that is to
    • we go back into ancient times, to the men of the pre-Grecian age,
    • different stages. The first stage or degree was one of
    • And by rising to the higher stages, the fifth and sixth degree,
    • who had attained this stage realized in their external life and
    • Greek Age. The Greek is the most perfect representative of that
    • stage of human development coming out of those older soul
    • the disciple of the Mysteries at a definite stage of his
    • stages to the human stage and that he could only look up to a
    • might say, and this is more than a poetical image: The Greeks had
    • which he himself designates as “The Tragic Age of the
    • scornful language. But just the misfortune which deprived us of
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    • The End of the Dark Age
    • The End of the Dark Age
    • tragedy, the modern tragedy of the world, is that man may look
    • and constitutes the fundamental evil and the fundamental tragedy
    • of our age.
    • substance and continues to live in the future ages of the world
    • 19th century as the end of the “Dark Age,”
    • of Kali-Yuga. Thus it had an intimation of a new age. This new
    • age was to indicate that from the beginning of the
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    • task of the age; and let us say:
    • nature. We ask a man we meet how old he is, and he gives as his age
    • which I shall now merely refer. What a man gives as his age at a
    • of the villages and were regarded as something especially sacred.
    • all the simplicity of the villagers, but profound seriousness
    • European villages in which they arose and gradually evolved, shows us
    • in the least holy. Precisely in the Middle Ages the holy story of
    • represents on the stage of history clearly for all mankind, the story
    • age, he retained more than most people of the child-nature. There is
    • Life, which through the ages,
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    • to understand it. Definite mental images are required if we wish to
    • you?” He gives his age as the years that have passed since his
    • with you. What a person gives as his age at a definite time of his
    • remained in the hands of certain families in the villages and were
    • the Christmas season for the people of the village. Then the best
    • beverages, nor were they permitted — which could well happen
    • transition to presenting portions of it in the local language
    • holy. Especially in the Middle Ages, the holy story of Christmas
    • Golgotha, perceptible for all human beings on the stage of history,
    • many great human beings, that right into their oldest age they are
  • Title: Lecture: Zarathustra
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    • Antworten der Geisteswissenschaft auf den Grossen Fragen des Daseins.
    • Antworten der Geisteswissenschaft auf den Grossen Fragen des
    • through earthly life. Every epoch and every age has its special
    • in dim prehistoric ages, of whom no documentary records exist. I refer to
    • age, makes us realise what great differences arise in the sum total
    • future, other stages of consciousness will be reached, again very
    • images appear and disappear, how they emerge and fade away. To our
    • people of our time. Images, ever-changing pictures, symbols — of
    • consciousness of man. Man then lived in a world of images —
    • images not vague or empty but proceeding from a real external world.
    • before him in dreamlike images. In these dreamlike images he
    • consciousness described above dates back to a prehistoric age of
    • to this age of which, as yet, no historical traditions have reached
    • far transcending the normal consciousness of the age. In that part of
    • Zarathustra's message to the world was fundamentally
    • remarkable how these two paths converge in the Greek age, where the
    • time. This understanding was expressed in symbolical imagery, in
    • of Tragedy from the Spirit of Music,” he shows that the
    • to condense into simple language the doctrines which Zarathustra
    • battle against his lower passions, desires, and the delusive images
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    • Antworten der Geisteswissenschaft auf den Grossen Fragen des Daseins.
    • Antworten der Geisteswissenschaft auf den Grossen Fragen des
    • The echoes sounding to us across the ages seem
    • recently been compelled to go back to ages more and more remote in
    • modern age. I have felt then that the significance of my message to
    • Egyptian sage once said to Solon: “You Greeks are still
    • vision; you have no ancient traditions, no wisdom hoary with age, and
    • Wisdom hoary with age
    • only retained atavistically as a waning heritage, in the picture
    • discipline in this age, works in pictures and not in the concepts and
    • stages between the old clairvoyant consciousness and the objective
    • doors until only the lowest stages of spiritual activity were
    • only knew the lowest images of the realm of which this vision made
    • Priest-Sages were able, in the golden prime of Egyptian civilisation,
    • that there had once been an age when their predecessors had gazed
    • old Wisdom-teaching — of which the Egyptian Sage spoke to Solon
    • forth with a message which was to renew the ancient wisdom, he also
    • (according to the custom of Egyptian sages) called himself
    • have been severely punished. It is said too, that in the age when
    • leads men to believe that the legend only contains symbolical images
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  • Title: Lecture: On the Nature of Butterflies
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    • here in our Goetheanum precincts, they would not be staged as they are
    • to reach the stage of hatching out a caterpillar, it above all requires
    • learn. Up to the age of twenty-seven or twenty-eight they keep on
  • Title: Memory and Love
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    • destroyed by fire. In this lecture he speaks of the heritage brought
    • destroyed by fire. In this lecture he speaks of the heritage brought
    • image of those experiences. Human life on earth is understood only when
    • matter of recognising life on earth as an image of the super-earthly.
    • sleep what man has to go through during the first stage after death.
    • the force of memory is the heritage we receive from our pre-earthly
    • we can recognise an image of
    • When we give out a sound or a note, to begin with the head is engaged.
    • is real truth in what is expressed in the more ancient languages by
    • religious life. In primitive ages of mankind it was woven into religious
    • cults. The images men formed of their gods was the source of plastic
    • today — the smoke of the incense was formed into the desired image of the
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  • Title: Lecture: The Experiences of Sleep and their Spiritual Background
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    • now, on the basis of these three stages of higher knowledge, I should
    • is experienced by the soul during, at any rate, the early stages of
    • the soul goes through at this stage. One might say, the soul feels as if
    • experience consciously this first stage of sleep without right
    • is a direct result of this first stage of sleep.
    • first stage of sleep. We owe to sleep something that has untold
    • continues asleep, he comes into other stages which are not accessible to
    • anxiety of this stage of sleep has to be somehow met and overcome. In
    • that we live in an age when the ordinary consciousness has no
    • the connection between day and night. Night brings, at a certain stage
    • we can show how the anxiety which occurs in the second stage of sleep,
    • with Inspired Consciousness, we follow up further the stages of sleep
    • and pass from the first to the second stage, the inner experience of the
    • namely that in the second stage of sleep he lives a cosmic life. I have
    • onward from the stage of sleep just described, man enters upon a stage
    • stage of sleep in the copy of the planetary movements, he now lives in
    • the third stage of the life of man by night. He begins then also to
    • sense as a fixed star. During the second stage of sleep the Sun has
    • of man on Earth. In the third stage we learn to know the Sun in its
    • was the case in the previous stage of sleep. We have this experience of
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  • Title: Lecture: Reincarnation and Karma
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    • the “Spirit” in the age of the great
    • In this age it
    • with the same attitude of mind as the other. Our age is under
    • particular stage of reasoning power to which they have attained
    • “New Believers.” On page 489, Vol II of the 4th
    • these “new believers” have not the courage to
    • “new believers.” But they have at least the courage
    • Rehmke has the courage to believe in miracle; he cannot have the
    • courage to admit the Anthroposophical view of the reappearance
    • and in this way can go through all the stages of human
    • the courage to believe the full scientific creed of the present
    • courage. Courage, extraordinary courage, is necessary to
    • Jahrhundert.”) But this courage is somewhat different from
  • Title: Lecture: Life and Death
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    • Antworten der Geisteswissenschaft auf den Grossen Fragen des Daseins.
    • Antworten der Geisteswissenschaft auf den Grossen Fragen
    • man goes a stage further than the mere species, in the
    • to a certain age, but only showed itself later as a feeling
  • Title: Lecture: The Elementary Kingdoms
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    • for this is by no means clear to the average person. And for
    • passed through four successive stages of evolution —
    • etheric body has reached its third stage of perfection, for
    • future, it will indeed rise to a higher stage
    • the Moon, hence it has reached only the second stage of
    • first stage of evolution for the precursor of our present
    • you will see in it a retarded stage of existence; it has
    • remained behind at the same stage which the physical body had
    • consider the relation between the various stages of matter.
    • already attained to the stage of a plant, and this part is at
    • the stage of a mineral: nevertheless, these two parts
    • mineral stage.
    • fourth part remains at the mineral stage. It has the same
    • value as has a mineral, and is still on the stage of the
    • reached merely the stage of the mineral. They follow exactly
    • in their work upon themselves, as far as the first stage of
    • system. When the human being has reached the next stage of
    • the various stages of a higher clairvoyant consciousness.
    • present time, a stage where the Ego permits the laws of the
    • stages of evolution, three other powers must now step in with
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  • Title: Lecture: 'Goethe's Faust' from the Point of View of Spiritual Science
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    • cannot see color or light, so man of our age cannot, as a
    • psycho-spiritual condition already present in earlier stages
    • message of Spiritual Science today in relation to repeated
    • And in advanced age he remembers how he, as a boy, sends his
    • comes to expression, at a more mature age, after he arrives
    • higher stage than in his life's work — “Faust”.
    • that filled his longing and feeling soul; and as aged man, in
    • marriage took place in his soul between his inner perception
    • Of bygone ages hover, and assuage
    • see how he, encouraged by Schiller, he tries to go still
    • the second part is a product of Goethe's advanced age,
    • "Faust" and inferior work of age. He says of them:
    • To their advantage tells.
    • us, has had him experiencing that wonderful Gretchen-tragedy,
    • stage; and the illustrations presented are, exteriorly,
    • the child of a marriage with the spiritual world. Then the
    • Faust's blindness in advanced age; his physical site has
    • ages pursued by Faust from the beginning, this secret to which
  • Title: Lecture: Birth of the Light
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    • pay homage to the kingly Being who is entering man's evolution.
    • pay homage to the great spiritual King Who appears in the high
    • once was, passed through his stages of development in
    • And before our soul there arises the marvellous image of the
    • To idol images, pay heed, ye too, to that
    • fruits which were no longer suitable to that age is
    • summit of human evolution and paying homage to him there come
    • and pay homage to heavenly wisdom; but it knows that it cannot
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    • Antworten der Geisteswissenschaft auf den Grossen Fragen des Daseins.
    • Antworten der Geisteswissenschaft auf den Grossen Fragen
    • Divinity. He had collected various passages from Aristotle in
    • which he preached with such noble courage, thus proving
    • himself a child of his age. The feelings which possessed
    • passages in his works, as may be verified, ”through
    • which give rise to similar language to-day. Galileo would not
    • stars, all this appeared to him as a marvelous image of what
    • of delight in the spirit of the new age which had just begun.
    • This new age had been preceded by a time during which man had
    • had existed for Aristotle or the men of the Middle Ages. He
    • are the images we construct in our imagination when the
    • Giordano Bruno, the fourth stage is Reason. Reason to him is
    • system of Giordano Bruno comprises four stages of knowledge.
    • Spirit of the age, all its delight in the discovery of the
    • they sound as if Nature herself had a direct message for men
    • language which rang out at that time, such the convictions
    • reproduce this language to-day, so that it will speak
    • at the age of seven, he took the music desk belonging to his
    • from the clairvoyant stages of perception to a material form
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  • Title: Lecture: On the Occasion of Goethe's Birthday
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    • testament. The composition of certain important passages of
    • the poem, brought to an end in his extreme old age; but that,
    • his old age differed from that of his youth. But this was
    • Goethe's whole life and contemplate its successive stages, we
    • theosophists to consider attentively the spirit of our age.
    • It is often said that we live in an age of specialists, in
    • to the common spiritual living organism of our age; —
    • disaster for our age, were it impossible to find, at least to
    • the passage of time, as least as to their nature and purpose,
    • not combine them in thought. A considerable amount of courage
    • Stettin in the year 1863 Ernst Haeckel, with rare courage,
    • find a passage very distinctly underlined, to the following
    • intellectuality to merge into spirituality. A passage from
    • quoted, our materialistic age has but a meagre understanding
  • Title: Lecture: The Errors of Spiritual Investigation
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    • Images objectively — as if they were existing outside
    • these Imaginations merely as mirror-images, shadow-pictures
    • soul. He must say: — What you see in wonderful images,
    • before us, whereas they are only mirror-image of our own
    • self, our own being. That stage by which the spiritual
    • idea of this. Assuming it is possible at a definite age in
    • unsympathetic appearances, with images of other beings
    • among other beings, as in the image of Dionysus, whose being
    • images together. For he can exclude now his entire
    • far as one looks away from the images and the scaffolding
    • to the opposition on introducing postage stamps, as the
    • messages. The truth has often been repelled thus, but from
  • Title: Lecture: Factors of Karma, Deficiencies in Psychoanalysis
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    • the people of this age pride themselves on the ‘Selection of
    • the Fittest,’ this age in its reality is dominated by the
    • age needs above all to be educated to a more intense grasp of
    • instance — it is a woman in her 30th year. At the age of
    • in this case too, to rummage in the forgotten though not vanished
    • at work, for it may well be animal cravings which are only camouflaged
    • at a different stage of maturity than that which comes from the
    • such investigation. Therefore they rummage about in the most
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  • Title: Lecture: Matter Incidental to the Question of Destiny
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    • is often very difficult to discuss these matters, for language
    • to the Greek authors too. But at a late age they were still
    • reached a certain age was indeed not without importance;
    • Because the people of our time have no courage to practise
    • post-Atlantean age. We cannot understand this age if we merely
    • absolute necessity to the 5th post-Atlantean age. Merely to
    • criticise and denounce the mechanical qualities of our age, is
    • inspires the fifth post-Atlantean age already now, and will do
    • post-Atlantean age. Moreover, people are too little inclined to
    • the conditions of the age. They will have to be studied; and in
    • post-Atlantean age, whose poems are truly vibrant with the life
    • of the age. I refer to Max Eyth — a man who ought to be
    • well known. He is a true poet of our age. He, too, was a
    • intention, and at an early age Max Eyth turned to a
    • age. Strange things are interwoven in his heart. On the one
    • and materialistic concepts of the fifth post-Atlantean age. For
    • comparatively early age even through his profession —
    • will the fifth post-Atlantean age engender great and
    • life. The very conditions of life in this age will bring it
    • genius,’ but whom the fifth post-Atlantean age — with its
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  • Title: Lecture: Hereditary Impulses and Impulses from Previous Earth Lives
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    • age of fourteen to sixteen he becomes completely ripe for
    • bodily nature between birth and the age of fourteen to
    • goes into our bodily organisation, making it the image of our
    • course of ages? He asked himself this question, and he replied,
    • outlines a human future for this fifth post-Atlantean age.
    • regard what has arisen in China as a stage already attained,
    • tragedy, and he expressed it thus: We are not the
    • of former ages has been replaced by the yard-rule, the bible by
    • post-Atlantean age. It must be so. It is according to an
    • confirm them by the facts? Our age is assuming a certain
    • want to see. We cannot give to our age any character we like;
    • obedient to the spiritual message of the time,
    • being made public according to the true spirit of our age,
    • appeared at the very moment when the conflict raged most
    • presented it on the stage. One need have absolutely no national
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    • rises to the higher kingdoms which tower upward stage by stage
    • language, but with the one word every one conceives something
    • as the spirit of their own particular age. You need only call
    • the next stage there can be the aberration of whole nations.
    • words by virtue of what the words have become through language.
    • modern age, and man himself began to rarefy the air; to get rid
    • age) had long been accepted. And in real truth, Watt had the
    • future (for it is only now in the initial stages): how by the
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    • authors of the writings in question will engage in no
    • since the modern age began, Christian feeling — adapting
    • heart. And we can truly say that our age of new spiritual
    • the sense-consciousness of our age, enmeshed in external
    • sanctifying in the modern age while he is awake, in a
    • new annunciation of the spirit must speak a new language,
    • of the spirit which speaks to us in this deeply serious age in
    • to humanity in this very age. The full gravity of the
    • forthwith and tempestuously. And in different ages it
    • age, truly enters into him on the wings of these thoughts. And
    • as is appropriate to our age, to take into yourselves the
    • appears so clearly in human hearts in our age of the
    • science, but when you have reached the stage where the thoughts
    • bears within him an ancient heritage. It is a mere lack of
    • power of the spirit. Yet, even though our ancient heritage
    • heritage. But are you able to say what illnesses would have
    • by Anthroposophy and who dies at the age of 45 years, can you
    • 42 or 40 years of age? Human beings tend always to think from
    • modern age. Weakness will overcome us if we have no faith in
    • the end of the world, in His contemporary language as He
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  • Title: Lecture: The Mysteries (Die Geheimnisse)
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    • saw in the three kings and their homage a union of the
    • the merely human that prevails in this present age. They saw in
    • miniature being, a miniature world, a microcosm, an image of
    • Christian — until far into the Middle Ages — saw in the
    • Mystery-pupils from the earliest times into the newer age.
    • Goethe expresses in another beautiful passage when he says:
    • At last an aged brother cries: Oh welcome,
    • Thou seest us grey and aged ev'ry one,
    • We hark and heed, for after-ages hoarding
    • The aged brother would have spoken on.
    • The aged brother speaks unto his guest:
    • retains this image when, after long wanderings, Faust is
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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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    • at a certain stage of mystic or occult development one is called a
    • towards our heritage that we justifiably consider to be an
    • propose therefore to describe this heritage from which the ‘homeless
    • men’ of all times, from primeval ages down to our own day, have
    • heritage. This is not so, however. In reality, homelessness is, or
    • in our age it is particularly difficult to admit the existence of
    • asking a great deal of our present age to believe in the existence of
    • living reality is the frank admission that it is possible to envisage
    • can envisage at present is the spiritualisation of the physical body,
    • further development in the future there lies an intermediate stage.
    • present stage of his evolution. We clearly see the ego fashioning the
    • in this stage of his development.
    • stage, that of the Old Sun, and the physical body during ancient
    • living through the stage of self-consciousness which other Beings
    • under-went during the earlier stages of our Earth-evolution, the
    • stages of Old Moon, Old Sun and Old Saturn. It is immaterial whether
    • underwent their human stage on Old Moon and who therefore are one
    • stage above Man were called in Christian esoteric terminology,
    • Angeloi or Angels. They are one stage higher than man because they
    • completed their stage of human evolution one epoch earlier. Their
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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 Spirits of Language and of Modes of Thought.
    • stage of development when they work from within the ‘I’
    • free agents, they are compelled at certain times to wander over the
    • of the same language-stock.
    • stage upon which the Archangels meet with yet other Beings who
    • Archangels who underwent their human stage on Old Sun. At that time
    • stages higher than the Archangels, were at the Archangel stage; they
    • was their normal stage of evolution.
    • remain behind at each stage of evolution, so that in the succeeding
    • stage they have not reached their normal rank. They retain the
    • characteristics which belong to earlier stages. Throughout the
    • bestowed the ego upon man at the Earth-stage, they cannot, as yet,
    • not undergo their Archangelic stage on the Old Sun, but are now
    • experiencing it in the Earth-stage. Hence they are Beings who are now
    • at the stage of the Folk Spirits, but endowed with quite different
    • life of man because they are two stages above him and are
    • stages above the human stage. They possess, therefore, a vast array
    • Archangel stage in the normal way and those who ought to have reached
    • that stage during the Old Sun condition of the Earth. Thus, other
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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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    • stages beyond man, Beings who, at the present time, are engaged in
    • modifications can manifest themselves only through the agency of the
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    • The ‘I’ of the Archangel is, in fact, two stages higher,
    • age, so the Archangel experiences his youth and old age in, the rise
    • youth and age upon man. In youth man feels his limbs to be young and
    • supple, to be growing) and developing. In old age they become flaccid
    • Angels. These are Beings who are engaged in transmuting their astral
    • task. At the present time man stands at the initial stage of this
    • Being, two stages higher than man in evolution, hovering over the
    • by a people during the period of transition from youth to age in
    • influence of the abnormal Archangels, the Spirits of language, as I
    • in the Spirit of the Age, assumes for a certain time greater
    • Then follows the influence of the Spirit of the Age who gives his
    • the Spirit of the Age has to issue more important, more momentous
    • the people in order that the task of the Age, the mission of the
    • Spirit of the Age may be fulfilled. In such a case national groups
    • split off from the rest; the Spirit of the Age visibly gains the
    • the Age detached a portion of the people at a given moment and then
    • the modern Spirit of the Age. Dutch history is simply a reflection of
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 4. The Evolution of Races and Civilization.
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    • in the man of today at a certain age.
    • been repeated) and which from the last physical birth up to the age
    • ages of seven to fourteen, the age of puberty) is also a period which
    • then, that precede the actual birth of the ego at the age of twenty
    • intervene on their own initiative at the age of twenty approximately.
    • the normal developmental stage of twenty or thereabouts.
    • of the mineral kingdom. In the second seven years, between the ages
    • evolution. Not until the age of twenty-one approximately would he
    • that age and perceive the external world in the form that is familiar
    • normally up to the stage of their Earth-evolution Beings who might
    • remained at the stage of the Spirits of Form and are now active in
    • the ego-consciousness that would normally be his only around the age
    • in the condition which is natural to him at the age of twenty
    • man's development from birth to the age of twenty, that is, for
    • the age of twenty. To compensate for this man must spend the first
    • third of his life (up to the age of twenty) under the powerful
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    • Spirits of Form that man should incarnate only at B (the age of
    • twenty to twenty-one). Having come down to Earth at this age he would
    • the ages of twenty-one and twenty-three but at some other time —
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 5. Manifestation of the Hierarchies in the Elements of Nature.
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    • Self is incarnated in successive ages in different races and peoples.
    • lowest stage of manifestation, at the stage of illusion. In his
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    • lie before it, represent, and have represented, a particular stage in
    • ego, we can envisage him as a tapestry consisting of the physical,
    • begins with its fourth element at the lowest stage, with the most
    • languages; and finally the Angels who determine man's rightful
    • subordinate spirits. They are the spirits who are actively engaged in
  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 6. The Five Root Races of Mankind.
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    • note: the original German language edition of this lecture
    • cooperation of the Hierarchies is involved and we must envisage the
    • We must envisage these Beings as originally working inward from the
    • etc. It is an image of cosmic activity and reflects the planetary
    • stages of higher cognition, in Imagination, Inspiration and
    • in the earliest ages, at the time of the separation of the races,
  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 7. Advance of Folk Spirits to the Rank of Time Spirits.
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    • post-Atlantean evolution, we are living in an Age when certain
    • stages of development; in other words, some were nearer than others
    • to the rank of a Time Spirit or Spirit of the Age. We have to look to
    • guiding and ruling Spirits of the Age.
    • leader in the Egypto-Chaldean age thus became the third mighty,
    • world. Nevertheless, in the post-Atlantean age the current of
    • language of objective fact often leads to quite different conclusions
    • through that stage of development which qualified him for a specially
    • prominent position as Spirit of the Age (Time Spirit). Something
    • age so admirably, he could now advance in evolution towards a higher
    • Archangel stage and to subordinate himself in future to the different
    • remained at the Archangel stage and in consequence was able to guide
    • whilst we, on the other hand, are witnessing in our age especially
    • Time Spirit who was the Folk Spirit in the Graeco-Latin age became,
    • time — and even in the Middle Ages — the leadership in
    • elementary stage.
    • was the source of the many cleavages and divisions of our time. In
    • to a higher stage. But this does not exclude a tendency or
    • who inclines the Spirit of the Age more in the direction of
    • Spirit of the Age more towards idealism.
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    • mythology unless we review once more the five successive ages of
    • civilization in the post-Atlantean epoch. These five ages of
    • civilization, and nearer to our own age, was the Persian which was
    • if one realizes that in past ages those who participated in them,
    • The peoples of ancient India had reached a high stage of evolution
    • of these migrations man underwent many different stages of spiritual
    • old clairvoyance and had already reached a higher stage of
    • They went through various stages of development, but their ‘I’
    • which no longer showed any traces of that elementary stage in soul
    • stage a long time before. They awoke to self-consciousness when they
    • very high stage of development. The most advanced among them were
    • people became ego conscious at such a late stage of development. They
    • at a lower stage of evolution, they looked to the Powers or Spirits
    • ego-consciousness one stage lower than the Indians, but it was a
    • stage which the peoples of the West still had to reach. Hence the
    • Personality. Now the peoples of the Graeco-Latin age also had a
    • at a higher stage than the Germanic-Nordic peoples. The working of
    • whole they had no clear recollection of this stage for they were
    • less closed to them. They had already reached a high stage of
    • more personally. Their ego had awakened at the stage of existence
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    • epoch and even of the later stages of Atlantean evolution was to
    • that the whole of this post-Atlantean age was pervaded by the feeling
    • agent, and the known. In the formal act of cognition it is irrelevant
    • the knower, a cognizing agent, and this subjective enhancement of the
    • spiritual science of all ages that is familiar with the real facts,
    • find that this image is used in this sense even in relation to
    • they chose the image of a wolf pursuing the Sun and who, the moment
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    • clairvoyance. In the East, the Kali Yuga, the Dark Age, had already
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    • image of the Twilight of the Gods, it will be well to establish a
    • through the evolutionary stages of the human being, of shaping it and
    • various stages of culture. We have already mentioned that the several
    • stages of post-Atlantean civilization we may summarize them as
    • etheric body. We may envisage the ancient Indian Culture somewhat as
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    • presented a blurred, pale, lifeless image of reality; as I have
    • was one people who, at its later stage, no longer possessed this
    • to be guided through the many stages of ego development. If we had
    • experienced in a former age. The task of the Southern Germanic
    • Graeco-Latin age had to develop the Intellectual Soul (or Mind-Soul).
    • culture. This culture was directly connected with the highest stages
    • stage and in a curious way, through the medium of their outposts,
    • which permeates another world. It is a world that is envisaged as a
    • age which is to succeed our own. We meet with this in a unique manner
    • and the union of both at a higher stage. As long as we have not
    • assimilate this completely when he has risen to the sixth stage of
    • State is envisaged as a concrete personality so that it will act as a
    • at the same time has remained so long in the germinal stage.
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    • This is reflected in the marriage of Freyr with Gerda, the Giant's
    • account of their message to mankind. It is possible for mankind to
    • environment made pilgrimages to visit him, but also people from
    • I do not propose to relate the human tragedy that befell the
    • done. At that time man was not really a free agent, although he could
    • given to man again. Vidar who is part of the heritage of Northern and
    • future mission. Only vague intimations of his image have been given.
    • same objectivity we also accept the cultural heritage of Europe. We
    • stages of the Christ principle were only imperfectly understood. We
    • the people to the particular Christian dogmas of the age. But we
    • ages and that we shall find Him where so ever we go, that the
    • have said or shall say. Even before one has reached the stage of
    • it by the facts of life itself. For in life too, at every stage of
    • peoples. This preparatory stage lasted for the first half of the
    • fifth post-Atlantean age. At first, all that could be achieved by way
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    • a spiritual-scientific festival, for it takes us back into ages of
    • disparage it.
    • already lights up the present with its challenge, the present age,
    • the Age — has had to realise anew the two impulses just
    • which points to an age when the old clairvoyant culture was still
    • glimmering darkness of the age a growing recognition that the old
    • Demeter stands before us on the stage, with the stern admonition of a
    • Demeter which speaks throughout all ages of time as an impulse of
    • human nature. When Demeter is on the stage we feel it streaming
    • and does not venture upon the stage; it is only a voice from without.
    • ordinary modern stage. Those today who already have some inkling of
    • ordinary stage performances. We do not dream of such a thing, and it
    • say what he will about other stage performances, he is a mere amateur
    • it to be a particular mark of good fortune that the stage effects
    • refinement of stage diction.
    • is something quite different from the customary stage technique. We
    • each of those who stand on the stage his heart should speak out of
    • passages. You will calmly accept all the long passages necessitated
    • never shrink from putting long passages which may seem tedious on the
    • stage, if dramatic truth calls for it. Dramatic truth is the
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    • Copenhagen, you can read that the human soul encompasses far more
    • no inner development, as later ages will do, in order to see into the
    • to use the language of Greek mythology, through the rape of
    • gods! When in old age Eros begins to withdraw from the human body,
    • development, when we speak of old age, when we speak of the
    • course of evolution from the age of Atlantis up to our own time. What
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    • environment. Thus, to use the language of Greek mythology, because of
    • him a world of images. Of course it was the forces of the astral body
    • which called forth these images, but the astral body would not have
    • astral body does not of itself see images. Just as a man does not see
    • would not see the images it produces if its activity were not so to
    • brings to the point of vision, to perception, the images called forth
    • passages of the two Mystery Plays
    • may call the threads which connect the single images of our
    • an image, is kindled in the astral body; we have these in us because
    • we have astral bodies. But these thoughts and images become conscious
    • from youth to age by leading over the forces of Eros into those of
    • profoundly meaningful figure is regarded in our materialistic age is
    • about the age of twenty. And when we understand such teaching, then
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    • glimpse, how it throws light upon those great figures and images and
    • vocabulary of all languages, but which has also tended to take on a
    • and flow of the ocean, in the storms and hurricanes which rage over
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    • from the ether body that all the forces, the ageing and the
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    • I gave a short time ago in Copenhagen. It is called
    • passages in this little book which have a bearing upon our purpose in
    • stage; thus at the commencement of the present evolution of the Earth
    • they had got so far that today they stand one stage higher than
    • gods’. In the language of olden time ‘the gods’
    • stage during the Moon evolution. But these leaders of humanity in the
    • body. Because the Angels went through their human stage on the Moon,
    • stage on the Moon, inspired the loftiest seers of the Egypto-Chaldean
    • stage of Luciferic development, Angel Beings who had not completed
    • just because they had not fully completed their human stage, they
    • development of their own. Just as man today is at another stage than
    • EgyptoChaldean epoch raised them to a higher stage of evolution. If
    • made it possible for them to reach a higher stage of evolution? It
    • permeated by Christ that they now appear at a higher stage of
    • development. Thus if at the time when the Greco-Latin age begins we
    • Greco-Latin age the most highly developed of them, those who were the
    • abandoned, having progressed to other stages of evolution. But in
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    • it, knew that they had to take advantage of Earth evolution just as
    • — as is said in a passage of my Mystery Play
    • of it; it would be a mistake as regards other passages too, but
    • ourselves might express this stage of human evolution thus. —
    • civilisation, however steeped in imagery and fantasy. Thus actually
    • the still clairvoyant ego. The Greek had a sense of tragedy when he
    • whereas Zeus had remained behind at an earlier stage. Whereas Zeus
    • had remained at the stage of the Moon evolution, had persisted in the
    • Moon stage of development, Hera had gone further and had taken into
    • looked back with a sense of tragedy to that old clairvoyant
    • clairvoyant but intellectual, is able to form an image of the world
    • power behind this world-picture, behind the thoughts and imagery
    • was the intellectual image of the world, the wisdom of the intellect,
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    • illusionary stamp, and it is this counterfeit image that we see when
    • in the language of Greek mythology the elder Dionysos was dismembered
    • tragedy, a tragedy which would immediately come about if man,
    • intuition has elaborated pictures of the average Atlantean. Under
    • Greeks represented in this train of Dionysos the forms of average
    • average, Atlantean man, just as in the geological strata of the earth
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    • again into etheric body, astral body and ego. And it is these images
    • visible to us by the brain — it is these mirrored images which
    • us, we experience in the form of mirrored image. The process does not
    • back again, as a man's image is thrown back in a mirror.’
    • language is taken seriously again. If one takes language seriously,
    • one reaches what one might call the genius of language. In one of the
    • words in the light of present-day usage will believe that they are
    • to the original genius of language, words which draw out of the
    • language something that has not yet passed through the conscious
    • human ego-life of ideation. And language has many instances of
    • birth, but the genius of language, in which Dionysos plays a part,
    • genius of language knew that, when the human being goes through the
    • young. The language of the Middle Ages hinted at this
    • Ages; it means no more than to have been born in Germany, but in this
    • expression there lies an awareness of the genius of language, thus of
    • of today, because it will enter into the living genius of language,
    • ideation. Much has to be elicited from this genius of language if one
    • intellectuals will say you have no proper command of language. They
    • all ages there have been great teachers of mankind who have remained unseen,
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    • things with this treasure, this divine heritage. We can out of a
    • noble heritage which the gods have given us, so that they may share
    • the world-process. We are allowing our divine heritage to go to
    • needed, strength to confront them both with fortitude and courage.
    • of all courage; we recognise: ‘It is quite impossible for you
    • incarnation.’ But courage to admit freely and frankly,
    • courage to face the moment when the Guardian stands before us and
    • his present stage. We know that in order to reach his present form he
    • already reached a high stage of development on the Moon, we must
    • know that we are now in the postAtlantean age, and that this was
    • preceded by the Atlantean and the Lemurian ages. Beyond the Lemurian
    • age we come to still earlier periods of Earth evolution. But at the
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    • others who encircle this cosmic globe in its successive stages.
    • at a relatively subordinate stage of world-organisation, but the
    • streams, are at a far higher stage. Imagine for a moment that man was
    • ages of the Saturn, Sun and Moon evolutions, had entered our normal
    • other gods have acted throughout the ages — the gods who
    • Him in reflection; that was a stage on the way.
    • that He first revealed Himself to man in a mirrored image, so to say
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    • space, which brings to expression the feathers, the plumage. The
    • plumage is formed from without, and a feather can only come into
    • constitute the bird's plumage.
    • pictorial image, one of the great symbols which have come down to us
    • superficial, and it often takes age-old truths to be age-old errors.
    • to be found until far on into the Middle Ages, right on into the
    • but it is only an image, a shadow. As he progresses further a deeper,
    • who has advanced to what for him is the next higher stage of
    • image; it must become more solid.’ Because we are all the time
    • comes to us there will be a fresh test to surmount. At every stage of
    • attained at any one stage as the final goal. For example, we should
    • seeing images in the higher worlds and yet realise one day that he
    • has only seen images and not realities. Then he is faced by the
    • seen is image, that he has not come to know reality sufficiently even
    • the strength to impart content to what is at first merely image. We
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    • The soul cannot remain at the stage of mere wonder, for in that way
    • of the world in pictorial images. In our time this would be regarded
    • as ridiculous. Our age seeks an answer to the world-enigma which
    • in the struggle to assuage our wonder at the marvels of the world.
    • Greek enlightenment to a stage suited to the prosaic intellectual
    • turn. The great arrogance of our age which maintains that mythology
    • shadow-like images as intellectual ideas wherewith to explain the
    • astral body, brings it to a standstill, and lets the images of this
    • clairvoyant times it was not only the images of the astral body that
    • the stuff of his own soul, into the images of his knowledge.
    • than was to be found in the earlier images. So that what the
    • reached the stage of clairvoyance, then is the Christ-filled soul
    • Impulse. Anyone who does not believe this has only to turn the pages
    • sympathy with all beings. In the marriage, the union, of
    • Greek tragedy, Greek drama. The first dramas of Aeschylus, and in a
    • stage is intended to arouse both fear and pity, and through them to
    • tragedy as a representation of connected events calculated to arouse
    • Spiritual Science must never discourage us. Even when it has to be
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    • the ages down to the present day. Grimm has been able to show that
    • preceding ages too give the impression as if they were themselves pointing
    • Applying these words to the evolution of the ages, we may say that in
    • figures of his pictures. What Homer created long ages before the appearance
    • ages. Most ages indeed already pointed to one in whom they should find
    • again and again over the course of the ages, must have ever new experiences.
    • ages. Studying humanity in the Pre-Grecian age of civilization we find
    • In Post-Grecian ages the
    • and weaving in all things. These are the ages when the human soul was
    • the evolution of humanity. And in the spirits of the Post-Grecian ages
    • Science we must realize that we are living in an age which represents
    • Spiritual. More and more we are dancing into an age of inner deepening.
    • from the most marvelous creations. Raphael dies at an early age, at 37.
    • stages, let us turn our attention for the moment away from all that
    • of Raphael. Grimm speaks of the picture called “The Marriage of
    • agree with the following passage of Hermann Grimm: “We now see
    • a higher stage of his soul's development. Four years after the picture
    • The Marriage of the Virgin comes The Entombment; four
    • in the Vatican, — and so on, by four year stages up to The
    • the inner nature of the soul of Raphael, let us allow the age in which
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    • to you that I cannot give my lecture in the language of this country.
    • pronounced by me who have no language. Only in the lecture of next Friday
    • man and could say more to him at the beginning of the ages which we
    • faithful servant Hagen to kill Siegfried. That again shows us a feature
    • before us as a tragedy. The powers which Siegfried possesses through
    • in such a way as one can understand them if one does not speak the language
    • fineness of the epic which can only appear when one has mastered the language
    • figures utter a remarkable language when we compare them in character
    • with one another; a language in which we recognise that the things which
    • He who lets the peculiar spiritual language work upon him which speaks
    • still carries within his soul an echo of the ancient ages, does not
    • present age stand in relation to what is still active in Siegfried?
    • later, the treasure of the Niebelungen is taken from her by Hagen. We
    • unconscious, so that man as he lives in the present day in the age of
    • an age in which from the depths of the human soul hidden forces which
    • stage of clairvoyance leads us so much the more to a view of our own
    • copy or image, in his active moulding of the etheric body, from out
    • antiquity of which we have to say; that was not the age when one could
    • “Falsches sagen die gewisslich and befinden
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    • wages war there on anxiety, fear and hate. The processes which are
    • their meteors wage war on the spirit who would like to radiate fear
    • initiative and free, strong, courageous will.” The Festival of
    • described, the majestic image of Michael and the Dragon will arise
    • tragedy — of our epoch is being played out.
    • produced by mankind in a materialistic age. In our
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    • reasserts itself — imaged in winter by the snow-mantle that
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    • but the remarkable thing is that it becomes full of eager desire. It
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    • reality as an image both of what these beings are in their astral
    • in Christian terminology and in Christian usage should carry the
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    • much value at its present stage. But the heavens at midsummer give
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    • actually cause an image of the cosmos to arise in our heads,
    • between the ages of seven and fourteen. There are great
    • let us take the words which have come down through the ages like
    • understands the first stage of healing. If he knows what salt should
    • lay hold directly on the earthly in man; but the lower stage of the
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    • particular importance to us in the present age, it is possible to
    • that as this age of ours advances, the Christ Idea will play a
    • learned dissertations of the Middle Ages, of the Schoolmen, of
    • language is concerned, may almost be said to have re-created
    • talking to them in the most homely, everyday language but
    • remarkable fact that up to the Middle Ages the peoples among
    • in modern times the fervour which in the Middle Ages
    • or erudition in its adherents; in the Middle Ages it spreads in
    • our age was preceded by that other age when it was possible for
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    • things in our time, while realising that in ages other than our
    • scientific views by which the present age is entirely
    • art-forsaken, technical science, requires great courage and the
    • for all higher stages of human cognition this knowledge has
    • of the fact that human evolution had reached a stage where the
    • message of the sun.
    • were in a mighty language of signs, a symbol of something
    • like Renan not believe, let us say, in the Ice Age, although
    • to reconstruct the conditions prevailing in the Ice Age and yet
    • Jesus. Try to envisage in all reality that as the
    • we are all of us children of the age. But a time will come in
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    • successive stages and conditions of human life must be
    • stages through the Impulse thus bestowed.
    • there were seven stages.
    • is sufficient, now, to say that in them a man was led by stages
    • many meaningless passages in this book there is also the
    • everyone likes to hear, and you were driven from one stage to
    • far as to depict Christ Jesus in the grip of frenzied rage and
    • without creating karma. This is the message of the Fifth
    • — that at the beginning of Christ's earthly pilgrimage,
    • microcosm in relation to the macrocosm, he is an image of the
    • self-assimilation to the body of Jesus of Nazareth. Stage by
    • stage the God became a Man. Like someone who in the throes of
    • Being — had upon His brow the sweat of anguish. Stage by
    • stage the Christ had become Man, had become human, had
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    • this concluding passage is to the effect that the events which
    • people were, in reality, images not of the good spiritual
    • demons for gods, even of having in their idols the images of
    • wild, demonic powers which, attracted by these images and
    • Round about the age of twenty-four, a new and heavy experience
    • language — be rendered in words which I was able to
    • no other way can I render in the German language what Jesus of
    • But just as it is the case that certain stages of higher
    • through any gateway that was either painted or had images in
    • almost the same age as himself. This man's association
    • the Essenes, that is to say, gates without images or pictures.
    • in reality, images of Lucifer and Ahriman. Jesus of Nazareth
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    • teacher. Jesus knew well what the aged Hillel had meant for
    • everyone who came to him. Two men once laid a wager about the
    • that nobody could ever make him angry. Having laid a wager, one
    • angry. In this way he sought to win his wager. Just at the time
    • wager now grew very uneasy. Hillel returned to his tasks. But
    • now he had nothing to ask — he had laid a wager that he
    • thy wager than Hillel his temper ...
    • looking for contradictory passages in the other four
    • had visited their houses and villages. And the following
    • one may of course emulate the aged Hillel and be lenient; nor
    • waged by people — and such there are — who find
    • stand opposed to the whole present age, above all to the kind
    • of learning by which the age is dominated. Of this too we have
    • Foundation Stone of our Building was laid, tried to envisage
    • Spirit rings through the age but that men are either too
    • nowadays. For all that, it will be difficult in the modern age
    • Pages and pages follow one another merely
    • learn how to read ... On one of the pages we find the sentence:
    • Humanity to-day has passed beyond the stage of believing
    • having spoken, on another page of the same book, the words I
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    • describe in ordinary language. There is one virtue, as we shall
    • at a later stage of life we do not judge harshly, but with
    • Saturn, Sun and Moon and have come into our lives as a heritage,
    • through more stages of evolution. The hands are on the way to become
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    • exactly — the virtue of Courage. It contains the mood which
    • consider a human heart-beat. If we have the virtue of courage, of
    • forces concerned. If we are not courageous, if we let ourselves go
    • accompany the use of the quality of courage in life.
    • of courage. We come into the world with defective, underdeveloped
    • We have thus three virtues: Wisdom, Courage, and Temperance.
    • instruments for Courage. Here our Ego remains more or less outside,
    • Courage as the virtue active where man is only free with his Ego,
    • other virtues, Courage and Temperance, which guide us towards later
    • give to Lucifer. We have seen how what is of the nature of courage
    • Courage and Temperance shine out over the incarnations to come.
    • humanity. Courage and temperance make us in a sense members of the
    • whole organism of humanity; only through experiencing courage and
    • old age. If people read Goethe's Iphigenia or Schiller's Tell, they
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    • determines whether we stride courageously through life, so that
    • combination of mirror-images. Images before me cannot compel
    • thought of as existing outside me or inside me; images
    • riddles of this kind. Even the remotest villages, to which no
    • of history back into age-old epochs of humanity. There, it
    • attitude of our age. Although the path of asceticism certainly
    • if one no longer suited to our age.
    • images only to begin with, but images that show us life
    • ourselves an internal image of how the organs of the animal are
    • processes flow into one another. We make a mental image of the
    • again make a mental image of him — the configuration of
    • comparison between the two images obtained. If we tend
    • a mental image of the animal — out of the inner life
    • of thinking itself to pass over from that into the image of
    • images, from the sensory realities, and then to compare these
    • advanced to vital thinking, we do indeed form a mental image
    • still, but now it is a living mental image, of the
    • pass over in the thought itself to the image of man. I
    • about the way in which mental images gained from external
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    • the soul, making us courageous and vigorous in life or making
    • have already suggested how, as modern man, we manage by certain
    • us. If at this moment we surrender ourselves to the images we
    • Only by having the courage to continue the exercises to the
    • next stage do we attain true spiritual perception. This next
    • stage not only involves developing the capacity to focus our
    • that embraces in a single image all we have encountered in this
    • these energized concepts, we also manage to eliminate from our
    • than the simple elimination of images, but one does eventually
    • don't even have a word in our modern languages for this part of
    • the image of death, in such a way that we now know the nature
    • we gain an image of our passage through the gate of death; we
    • words: If at an advanced age one looks back on the course of
    • forces of decline present in our age.
    • harmony with what the souls in our serious age, if in
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    • with the spirit of the age in which they live, is more or less
    • within the age of natural science, attempted increasingly to
    • point we are struck by an image that can symbolize history: the
    • image of a flowing river. We cannot simply derive its features
    • quite considerably from that which we find in earlier ages of
    • actually developed from the handling of language. Anyone with a
    • sense of what is operative in a people's language — of
    • language — and with enough psychological awareness to
    • actually derives from what language makes of our soul's
    • potentialities. I would say: from language we gradually
    • that has come of age in human civilization since the days of
    • language as part of our common heritage until it becomes a
    • characteristic of our age that modern man demands a
    • end of the Hellenic age — in philosophy, for instance,
    • language and later develop via scholasticism into scientific
    • thought. Only at the end of the Hellenic age is thought sifted
    • which was carried over into the thought living in the language,
    • being one with what the spirit of the Greek language made
    • humanity developed through Roman times into the Middle Ages,
    • in the scientific age, the main concern was to
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    • these images, ideas and concepts. When an Oriental idea, such
    • ideas, concepts and images and in them we perceive love. The
    • experiences. From them, we retain thought-images, which become
    • bearing within us faded, shadowy and, in fact, mental images of
    • This life is made up of images that are the remains of our
    • this stage, we need no longer be frightened even by
    • actuality, the life of man's soul becomes an image of it. The
    • gradually becomes a mere image, to be recognized as a
    • have already suggested that, by having images within us, we can
    • be free. Mirror-images do not determine our actions. If we wish
    • to conform to mirror-images, which in themselves are powerless,
    • reach the first stage at which we can recognize once more that
    • is still stranded at the previous stage, can a new and
    • stage of development at which, looking at only one side of the
    • conviction, power and courage to infuse into this
    • standpoint also was needed at a certain stage in human
    • will try to sum up in a single image the two attitudes I have
    • look at this body, at the image of it; just as countless men,
    • looking at the image of the dead body, however, did not simply
    • we do understand this, it is a summons to have the courage to
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    • carry away with us psychic memory-images. Indeed, our soul is
    • made up of these images. We can say therefore: what is physical
    • shades. From the image-content our soul has absorbed from the
    • then envisage man as if he were a creature of solid
    • present back into earlier ages can only properly be completed
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    • conception of life for the hermitage, for contemplative
    • ideas, and can say: This is our age! These are its needs! But
    • activity, earlier ages added something that resulted simply
    • existence of earlier stages in the country's economic life,
    • in an age that is specifically educated to intellectualism
    • instincts in the earlier stages of human development.
    • important social needs of our age is opened up:
    • nor the child of primary school age, nor even the adolescent
    • below the age of twenty, lives fully within the
    • whole being is engaged in perceiving its environment, and it
    • Next, the child enters an age — say from second dentition
    • throughout life if, at this age, he was able to look up to this
    • People continue to insist that, at this primary school age, a
    • way, only this one stage in the child's development is catered
    • another point, too. We may reach the age of thirty, forty,
    • — one that seeks to give the child of this age, not
    • Next, there follows an age when, essentially, all we can do is
    • damage to our humanity as a whole, into the intellectual phase.
    • later age. It is no accident, therefore, that young people
    • from today. Hence the social gulf that has opened between age
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    • affairs he has to manage. This comes out most clearly when we
    • priest-scholars sought to return to primeval ages in the
    • throughout the Middle Ages and can be detected when we study
    • Middle Ages and much that persists in those of today. When we
    • where these go back to the Middle Ages, we perceive how, in the
    • Throughout the Middle Ages, the legal element also
    • this stage, the legal element invades economic
    • stage in their development). You will realize the
    • distinctly reminiscent of the tutelage of industrial
    • appendage to the patriarchal administration of human affairs.
    • side, which became the dominant one in the Middle Ages; and
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    • since we cannot envisage where all these things that bring men
    • social organism. He also manages to regard as an ideal social
    • Obviously, in an age when human individuality had not yet
    • is regarded as desirable, for the attainment of a higher stage
    • not usually emphasized. In his study of Greek tragedy, from
    • aim of tragedy is to arouse fear and pity, so that the
    • effect that tragedy should produce. Armed for the
    • that the spectator is brought by tragedy to mental
    • really means that, in looking at tragedy, man enters a world of
    • tragedy, Aristotle, we perceive quite clearly, is really
    • demonstrating that tragedy also educates man towards a
    • Greek view of art: that the Greeks saw in tragedy, side by side
    • sphere, tragedy was certainly intended to make its contribution
    • the Middle Ages and even survived here for a long period. The
    • descended from the North during the Middle Ages brought with
    • their discussion of the ideal image of man.
    • doing the work. The masses merely formed an appendage to the
    • different ages.
    • a later age already had this sense of self, and needed to
    • registrar of births, marriages and deaths. Underlying his
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    • most important thing at this stage is not the excogitation of
    • senior civil servants who, after reaching the retiring age and
    • language to express it, then eyes light up and hearts unfold.
    • chemistry and physics, in language that we should not use if
    • to really see inside himself. He thereby reaches the stage of
    • are speaking a language that is not for the people. You already
    • leave behind an age in which, for doing this, a man can be
    • between the language of physiologists in Europe and that of
    • early Oriental heritage they sought to take hold of the
    • contrasts with an earlier age when forces existed to uphold the
    • perfectly clear public image of the consolidation of the social
    • Orient, this image which is apprehended by the head and only
    • and instead have the courage to regard as expendable the
    • “decay” is not quite accurate here, but the image
    • age, have social hopes for the future.
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    • envisaged as a sort of nostrum against the chaotic social
    • capable of ageing and of dying off. Anyone who studies the
    • way. But in this age of intellectualism, people do not go
    • expanding, wages rose. As the process advanced further
    • increasing freedom, you could see that wages and opportunities
    • rising wages, for instance, conditions of life would be
    • such that the rising wages themselves would gradually create a
    • they failed to see that, under the influence of the age of
    • sphere has to be created among men. This is a different stage
    • formalized thought. But humanity, on its way down the ages,
    • in the Middle Ages. As a result, however, there was imported
    • our age, where common sense is so commonplace, men can come
    • — in the age of planning. There is certainly no shortage
    • They will link together those engaged in production and
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    • for the transformation of the present age, belongs an ever wider and
    • of it can appear in certain individuals. But the stages of human existence
    • For what is reflected back for us are but images, finely filtrated images,
    • earth evolution we perceive reflections and reflected images of what
    • the whole a falling-back to an earlier stage of evolution. For what
    • materialistic age.
    • lives in a cyclic, rhythmic movement. And the materialistic age, because
    • that portion of mankind to which our body belongs. Both are stages of
  • Title: Lecture: Pythic, Prophetic and Spiritual-Scientific Clairvoyance
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    • transformation of the present age belongs an ever wider and more
    • certain individuals. However, the stages of human existence that we
    • back for us are but images, finely filtrated images, as it were, of
    • evolution we perceive reflections and reflected images of what
    • whole a falling back to an earlier stage of evolution. For what I
    • been developed to a certain high degree in this materialistic age.
    • rhythmic movement. And the materialistic age, because it has
    • body belongs. The earlier forms are stages of development which
  • Title: St. Augustine
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    • all ages those who have been initiated into the Mysteries, have
    • has been recorded by the Mystery Initiates of all ages as the
    • has a certain courage. One would not perhaps need to mention so
    • present age that it lacks courage, the lack of courage I refer
    • your inner being, then the other pole of this courage should he
    • there which is not there in our present age. One must also have
    • the courage to admit that this true Certainty concerning
    • requires real inner courage in one's thought to deny external
    • hand, it requires courage to admit that true certainty only
    • and there are those who demand this two-fold courage of their
    • our age to-day, who experiences his inner being in a different
    • way from that of the 4th Post Atlantean age, even from that of
    • the twilight of the age of St. Augustine, has to admit:
    • Augustine in another age) — with what right St.
    • Atlantean epoch, and even through the age of St. Augustine,
    • Post Atlantean age who, from their personal experiences knew
    • And in the 4th Post Atlantean age — it was different in
    • age they beheld it chiefly because it played into their life of
    • a dim, but conscious life of sleep. In that age one still knew
    • still absolutely possible in the age of St. Augustine.
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    • world will know what a distinct language these facts speak. It
    • language of the facts will find out in the not too distant
    • the work stoppage at Crimmitschau, to the miners' strike on the
    • in his technical studies, but not in order to engage in
    • Look at statistics. They speak a distinct language. But what
    • starvation wages wears clothes that have been produced in turn
    • for a starvation wage. Compare the paragraphs written in the
    • been produced for a starvation wage, then we are looking deep
    • stages of its existence, even in its germinal state,
    • stages occurs also in that being which includes them all,
    • see, for example, his essays from 1905, The Stages of Higher
    • age. One who steeps himself in this knows the last time in
    • another stage of their existence, in an earlier incarnation.
    • spiritual life. Christianity brought the message of equality
    • third stage, [The German “drei Stadien” translates to “three
    • stages.” We suggest this represents a stenographic error and
    • Heritage Dictionary, 1992. Social Democrat (with capitals)
    • own hearts into the world. Then the world will be an image of
    • the soul, and in this soul there will be an image of the world.
    • All that happens is that the worker gets higher wages [...].
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    • in the building, compared with the cold life of the present age
    • bibliography of our movement in many languages in the educated
    • age at all finds many signs of the times; but they are all
    • shoot up within them; but the stultifying culture of the age
    • age. But he understands from history that he lives in a time
    • satisfied by the message of our building. When people
    • the midst of an age in which quite a different impulse is
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    • you the purest representative at the present stage of humanity of
    • homage he spoke of Goethe. Schopenhauer
    • and demands that man should lift himself to a stage where he grasps
    • expression of the contemporary age. I refer to the picture:
    • not only value for this age, but for all ages, that it is there
    • eternally and cannot pass away and that every age has the right to
    • And he demands three Onions, three Artichokes and three Cabbages.
    • ‘considering your age, no doubt they were decently
    • pay their debt to the Ferryman, namely, three Cabbages, three
    • Cabbages, Onions and Artichokes alone weigh down the basket. On the
    • seizes one Cabbage, one Artichoke and one Onion out of the basket
    • image of most perfect Beauty, but her touch possesses the power of
    • the higher stages of human existence.
    • Temples of Initiation. He shows also that humanity in the newer age
    • initiation up to the highest stages, to the point where the soul is
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    • average European with some ideas of science can know of the world, we
    • absorbed a number of the scientific ideas of the present age:
    • world-picture corresponds to a stage in human evolution, and that man
    • but only a wisdom and truth belonging to a given stage of evolution.
    • other than increasing the powers of man to ever higher stages of
    • given the average feeling and will in man to-day, they cannot be
    • human soul, and considered the first stage on the way to initiation,
    • for us the representative of that stage of human development in
    • chaotically mixed, that stage of knowledge is represented which does
    • a certain stage of perfection. So that we shall also now find it easy
    • wanted to climb to higher stages of knowledge and had not this
    • him. Goethe shows the advantages equally with the drawbacks of this
    • represents a higher stage of man's evolution. Goethe nowadays
    • must be developed, if a higher stage is to be reached; she says that
    • which for hundreds and thousands of years have brought the message of
    • him: man's soul-powers here still want to examine what sort of stages
    • bring the Ferryman his pay: three heads of cabbage, three onions and
    • three artichokes. Such a stage of development has not passed beyond
    • spiritual knowledge he stands in agreement in extreme old age with
    • But such a saying can become a ladder leading to high stages of
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    • us the different stages of Goethe's growth. It is endlessly
    • interesting to observe how these four stages of Goethe's
    • essentially higher stage and a higher
    • passage through the great world, but in such a way that the second
    • of a spiritual kind by means of which man climbs the stages of
    • age of seven he took a writing desk, placed on it some minerals and
    • This was a representation of nature the Mystics in the Middle Ages
    • he saw on the first page a symbol which had a deep
    • stiffening itself, and when he read the words on the first page,
    • remnants of magic and similar things from the Middle Ages; and
    • rapture that passed through him at the sight of this page.
    • which it develops through age, knows that in spite of such battles,
    • gazing at certain symbols and images these forces could be
    • stage of existence. But all know what comes to pass: Faust does not
    • the exact image of the Divinity, and now he had to say to himself,
    • over into the West in the Middle Ages in the form of
    • forms of Lucifer and of Mephistopheles. In the age following
    • It was in what we may call the tragedy of Gretchen that Goethe
    • a higher stage of perfection. Art is man's continuation and
    • reached an advanced age, was he able to give a true form to what
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    • The idea, as the now meaningless stage instruction tells us, was that
    •  Than on the British stage, where a small child
    • symbolic explanation is discouraged. The demand is that the
    • ‘What says the Sage, now first I recognize:
    • the ‘music of the spheres’ is not a poetic image, nor a
    • poet's images, created by right of poetic licence’ —
    • passage, again, we hear the sounds of thousands of years
    • passage of some great words spoken thousands of years ago; words
    • appears at the turn of the modern age as that being which prompts
    • stage of clairvoyance — the stage completed by the
    • The first stage of clairvoyance is something which can
    • gives rise to the sense-world. He arrives at the stage where the
    • death. The images, indeed, will take on other, fixed shapes, when
    • Now if the images of Helena and Paris are to be brought up,
    • He read a passage in Plutarch, where is described how the
    • city of Engyium seeks an alliance with Carthage. Nicias, the friend
    • image of bathing the earthly breast in the morning-red: the sun
    • this scene is meant to be: Faust's penetration to the first stages
    • the scenes of the stage of the physical world, so that he really
    • body. When he brings back the merely imaginative image from the
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  • Title: World History: Lecture I: Evolution of the Soul and of Memory
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    • prepared and strengthened the founding assembly for his courageous,
    • present age is however one that is peculiarly prejudiced in its
    • my own image of the Earth-planet.’ Exactly as our modern man
    • inner configuration of the head as an image of the Earth, so he
    • image of how the Earth opens to the Cosmos. It was a mighty
    • place between head, chest and heart is an image of what is
    • the image of the Sun.’ In this way did the man of olden times
    • ‘willing’ human being — to use the language of to-day,
    • investigate the ancient languages in respect of their finer
    • the image of the Earth, and he felt this or that part of the
    • quadrigemina — as the image of a certain, physical
    • second stage is reached when man passes from localised to
    • again a heritage come down from the time when rhythmic memory
    • Only in the third stage does that develop which we still know
    • memory of ours is the third stage in the evolution of
    • the image of the Earth, so for the man of localised memory the
    • memorial in the Earth evoked its own image in the head. Man
    • Gospels contain a passage that recalls this kind of memory,
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    • prepared and strengthened the founding assembly for his courageous,
    • later and decadent period) was an age of men altogether
    • the language that has become current with us in
    • worked as a stimulating and quickening agent on what already
    • in truth but faint shadows of what went on in earlier ages.
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    • prepared and strengthened the founding assembly for his courageous,
    • Age. It was the last Act in the downfall of the Atlantean
    • him, penetrate him and become part of him. In that earlier age,
    • passing through a transition into a later stage of human
    • which was earthly and etheric in them. Such was the stage of
    • age of transition.
    • withdrawn thither from the Earth at a very early stage of Earth
    • the immortality of the soul. Later on, in the Middle Ages, when
    • This Mystery had in the very middle of its sanctuary the image
    • was this image of the Goddess Artemis. When the pupil was led
    • up to the centre, he became one with such an image. As he stood
    • before the image, he lost the consciousness that he was there
    • consciousness that he himself is what the image is. He
    • identified himself with the image. This identification of
    • himself in consciousness with the divine image at Ephesus had
    • but when he felt himself one with the image, when he entered as
    • it were into the image of Artemis, he received an inner vision
    • divine image; they beheld and understood how formerly
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    • prepared and strengthened the founding assembly for his courageous,
    • tragedy that men of that time suffered in their preparation for
    • must describe what happened in the picture-language that can
    • from the human image, that is, of the Cosmic Logos, from the
    • humanly-imaged Logos, it was shown to the pupil how the Cosmic
    • turning it into images that man felt more human and more near
    • indeed that held great tragedy for them. The fact is, Alexander
    • Mysteries. And right on into the Middle Ages there were those
    • altogether false ideas of the Middle Ages: they do not realise
    • that was composed by a certain priest in the early Middle Ages
    • Take for instance a passage in the poem where a wonderful
    • average of culture; the civilised Greeks, the Hellenes, the
    • as it is into the Christian language of his time, this
    • priest, still feels something of the tragedy of Alexander's
    • Ages. Not only so; it was present in so concrete a form that
    • something of a world-tragedy hangs over all that has to do with
    • Aristotle and Alexander. Even externally the tragedy comes to
    • passage.
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    • prepared and strengthened the founding assembly for his courageous,
    • earlier stage of our evolution; and the Earth has received
    • Greek Mysteries appeared rather the images of the Gods, the
    • Mysteries of the Greeks had a pictorial or image-character.
    • a man had reached a certain stage of sacrifice and of personal
    • still with powerful echoes of the Atlantean age. And now all
    • Ages. In Greece, a light was there. Of the shadow-pictures,
    • there of the heritage from the old knowledge of the Oriental
    • attained a certain age, before he could receive the revelations
    • world, the world of the Middle Ages, the world that continues
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    • prepared and strengthened the founding assembly for his courageous,
    • grown up through the centuries of the Middle Ages and developed
    • longing of man to partake, even in that late age, in the
    • that he is living in that age. When to-day a man recollects,
    • Universe. The human soul had memory of the far-past ages of the
    • memory of past ages in the Cosmos, we must speak of a
    • moment we will pass by this period. Then follows the age that
    • gave birth to the western civilisation of the Middle Ages and
    • evolving in his inner being. For every age has its own mission,
    • every age its own task.
    • grew up through the Roman culture into the Middle Ages and on
    • by the way of tradition. But in the moment when the tragedy of
    • humanity from the spiritual heights. Then began the age that I
    • have often described as the Age of Michael. To-day I want to
    • characterise it as the age when man, if he wishes to remain at
    • being. Aristotle himself is a stage higher than all the pedants
    • that were still touched with the spirit of the Ephesian age,
    • Europe. In the Cloisters of the Middle Ages lived a true
    • third stage appears only in modern times and that is the stage of the
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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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    • prepared and strengthened the founding assembly for his courageous,
    • Spiritual Soul. For we live in an age when the evolution of the
    • Spiritual Soul is taking place, and it is an age that is
    • image of the entire Cosmos, because albumen substance has been
    • comes into being as an image of the whole Universe.
    • that is capable of reproduction comes to birth a minute image
    • ego-organisation. Think how, when you eat cabbage
    • outside you it was cabbage, inside you the astral body receives
    • the cabbage into itself and transforms it into something new.
    • evolutionary stage removed from the metabolisms that we have,
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  • Title: World History: Lecture VIII: The Burning of the Ephesian Temple and the Goetheanum
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    • prepared and strengthened the founding assembly for his courageous,
    • the surface of the Earth. But it was done with courage and
    • when we come to our own time, then that which in earlier ages
    • man trod physical paths. In the Middle Ages it is
    • action. And any man who was able to perceive the language of
    • attain the faculty to perceive the language of Heaven in the
    • form that belongs to a more modern age — how the Wisdom
    • eyes of the master out of which spoke the language of the Gods,
    • the gentle light of whose eyes the pupil discerned the language
    • whence the language of Heaven can speak. And so we find in
    • and comprehensive. Such a language, my dear friends, such
    • language of the heart with these words: Unite yourself with the
    • these forms spoke a language that was a continuation of the
    • language which was spoken in words from the platform, where it
    • the resolve to go forward, unhindered by this tragedy that had
    • of those who in the Middle Ages taught their pupils in the
    • physical form and in physical image in the Goetheanum, and
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    • prepared and strengthened the founding assembly for his courageous,
    • Guardian of the Threshold through all the ages of human
    • grow up from about the age of six to basically the end of his
    • of the modern age but allow them to enter the spiritual world,
    • can then apply in the activity that is needed in this age so
    • accordance with the genius of the age he wants to apply
    • must have the courage to realise that such procedure is
    • greater the courage with which to conduct the affairs of
    • warning is necessary: You must develop the resolute courage to
    • spiritual world, for you have begun to wake. Courage will keep
    • you wakeful; lack of courage — that and that alone could
    • voice of exhortation to unfold courage and wakefulness
    • tested in respect only of your courage to avow adherence to the
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    • what can be gained from Goethe, an act of homage to the
    • from an act of homage, an act of gratitude, then no one, as I
    • attained at earlier stages, and that' these are still contained
    • This may give courage, to begin with, to seek certain
    • may say: There are images in the memory which portray
    • reached only the first stage of super-sensible knowledge.
    • develop in us the strength to disperse the images again, just
    • quite special. It represents the second stage, as it were, of
    • spiritual world begins to speak; but it is a language to which
    • we must first become accustomed, a language utterly different
    • from the language of words, a language formed in such a way
    • silence of the soul there is a new language. While we have
    • what you see only now, for which you only now have a language,
    • soul-silence the language of the world of spirit, as I have
    • has a special language in movement, in which the
    • stage-picture consists of moving persons or moving groups? and
    • on the stage of the Goetheanum an expressive art of movement.
    • description today, is the sense-image and the material effect
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    • would experience not a mirror-image, as by day, but the true form
    • our astral body and ego, forming the mirror-image which, while we
    • bound to the image before me.” If man could have this
    • images, and then he could also recognise his ideals as real forces,
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    • Church that it should be an image of the Divine Ordering! and the
    • relation of the Deacon to the Archdeacon was to be an image of the
    • thought to create an image of the Divine Cosmos in the human social
    • structure, so in the metaphysical age which followed, it was simply
    • prevailed throughout the middle ages. The Roman consciousness
    • And then came the modern age. This newer age
    • truth at the present day, in the case of war. We should not wage
    • of Truth in our modern age. But, my dear friends, with the concept
    • Nationalism, as was possible in the pre-Christian age; because in
    • the pre-Christian age it was not only a human view — that a
    • “Nations” are relics of the pre-Christian Age,
    • because he himself became altogether mystical in his old age. We
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    • Kunst- und Lebensfragen Im Lichte der Geisteswissenschaft.
    • has been able to say EX DEO NASCIMUR at every stage of earth
    • evolutionary stages
    • stage a consciousness develops — so we have to destroy
    • we must calmly and courageously acknowledge what is thus
    • we live in an age in which we must be clear that what
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    • of cabbage — we are mostly vegetarians here — and
    • thoughts of the everyday are only images, shadows of
    • becomes the stage for the activities of the higher
    • to resist any longer, but to have the courage to accept
    • the spiritual world, that a spiritual age would come after a
    • materialistic age, and it is for humanity now to open its
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    • evolution, in man's passage from incarnation to incarnation
    • courage, but also in every other respect in such a way that
    • or Egyptian epoch, the third post-Atlantean age. The people
    • one can reach little further back than to the Egyptian age.
    • fourth or Graeco-Latin age, and that now in our age we are
    • The spirit-self will only come into prominence in the sixth age of
    • concerning the evolutionary stages through Saturn, Sun and
    • post-Atlantean age of civilisation, that is, in the
    • Chaldaic-Egyptian age, there still existed in a large part of
    • moral impulses, we may call the third post-Atlantean age, the
    • age of instinctive wisdom. You will perceive the truth of
    • in the Copenhagen lectures on
    • post-Atlantean age, mankind was closer to the divine
    • fourth age of post-humanity which came about the the fourth
    • age of post-Atlantean development through the migrations of
    • Egypto-Chaldaic age, the wise and happy mean was easily
    • even in the fourth post-Atlantean age, the Graeco-Latin age,
    • the fifth post-Atlantean age. We are still far from the time
    • our age people are liable to err in both the directions we
    • in an age when materialism has advanced so far that one may
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    • Goethe, one might almost say in every civilized language? Do
    • not his works continue to be produced on stage? Is not his
    • presents it as being the most brilliant, not only of our age,
    • but of all ages in human history. He concludes that although it
    • good bit of the honesty of our age because this person speaks
    • early age. This did not happen to young Goethe; he developed
    • he entered in 1765 at a relatively early age. We must not
    • thrown stones at an inn, until his present age. In 1873 he was
    • his mode of being relates to the age in which he lives. This
    • age, as it was expressed in his immediate, and also in his more
    • sentimental mood was a characteristic of the age. Life, as it
    • tears to fall upon the pages that were being read. To be
    • he wrote himself free of this whole temper of the age, which we
    • the influence of the Werther, Werther fever raged in the
    • profound contrast between the aspirations of his age in what he
    • the present age. Many people do nothing more than “trade in
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    • the age. Lessing, indeed, is the typical spirit who wished to
    • Faust, it was demanded by the age. With respect to the
    • have said that, if we observe the age into which Goethe was
    • individuality of Goethe and his age when taken in the broadest
    • of them. They truly harmonize with their age. In the case of
    • he lived to an advanced age. What enabled him to live so long?
    • Goethe in a way that would have consumed him at an early age.
    • Faust in a strange manner. Call to mind the passage you
    • us, my friend, the ages that are passed
    • his relatives of his greatness in his advanced old age of
    • feeble-minded and could no longer manage his property. He had
    • thus proving that he was not yet in his dotage.
    • tragedy of the ninety-one year old Sophocles, however, will be
    • his mind when he describes his life in Weimar, where he engages
    • earlier age, when he had rebelled against them. It is peculiar
    • follows is at a higher stage; it must follow at a higher stage
    • gradually without difficulty, one page at a time; he can do
    • this. Faust experiences the Gretchen tragedy. In the midst of
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    • been added later, and is an appendage of the fully developed
    • man has passed through longer or shorter stages beginning with
    • the muddle-headed behavior by some people in our age, including
    • passage from
    • they are not here, I will read the passage to you. Carus
    • with the sensory image of this person that the dog has often
    • moved thereby to rage and revenge; all this occurs without any
    • one sensory image after another.
    • certainly true that for the dog sensory image follows sensory
    • image; however, intelligence and wisdom are at the bottom of
    • together, separating and again joining together of the images
    • become the conceptions, the mental images, that Goethe poured
    • active in him: not only what ordinarily engages people, say in
    • stage of dreaming. If we were able to awaken only to the stage
    • to an extensive patronage, had been appointed “professor of
    • flows through these ages and finally comes to expression in
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    • freedom, bring more with him than in earlier ages when his
    • in a way, the fourth stage of Saturn; likewise, Vulcan is the
    • fourth stage of the earth. The earth is, in a sense, the Saturn
    • attain a fourth stage of development, just as certain processes
    • on Saturn have reached a fourth stage of development of earth.
    • and what it will develop into from our age onward because from
    • stage, these spiritual beings are, to be sure, still of an
    • present for humanity in its earlier evolutionary stages.
    • increasingly become disengaged from man's emotional life and
    • people today if we present them with the great advantage of
    • one another, seek only their own advantage, and have only
    • religions, so this new stage requires a more concrete spiritual
    • age will emerge from what we may describe as our own time's
    • the experience of working people these days. In the new age,
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    • interpretation by pointing out that this age of ours which has
    • ages. We are not simply deprecating our own times in a
    • present age were not entirely under the influence of the most
    • understand that our age has to be educated to a stronger grasp
    • of earlier stages of the evolution of the earth and is
    • possess a different stage of maturity from what comes from the
    • also be disadvantaged in some way.” In short, the father would
    • body, as one's carriage, is derived from the etheric body. The
    • situation, and those that tend to disengage him from it.
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    • often difficult to discuss these things because language is
    • age into what main river the Neckar empties, nor had they even
    • that he had never seen a map before a particular age has
    • in the subconscious. Since people lack the courage to practice
    • whose poetic works the life of the age pulses. This is Max Eyth,
    • early age through his connection with a work that he created. I
    • are those who are engaged in practical vocations. From this
    • to the taste of the age. There must be nothing spiritual in it
    • through the stages of his career as a jurist, how he had this
    • and how, because a theme of espionage is introduced and he has
    • and share in all that flows from the karma of the age into the
    • another and offers certain advantages to them.
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    • place in accordance with the spirit of our age, with the arché
    • post-Atlantean age: the Indian, ancient Persian,
    • growing within us. In earlier ages men could face life without
    • present age advance? Where does what has forced itself as a
    • Europe is aiming as a later stage; that is, toward a new
    • have mentioned with only the deepest feeling of tragedy, which
    • feeling of tragedy, saying that a time will come in Europe when
    • significant fact that the age is taking on a certain character
    • a question of attributing a certain character to the age in
    • the spiritual message for our time and communicates that
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    • stage. It does not require a national background to present
    • wage a deadly war with the Church but also certainly possess
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    • dealing with what we call karma, the passage of the human being
    • after we have heard that passage from Faust.
    • contemporaries say, in a common-law marriage with a certain
    • his age. For this reason I should like to read to you, in a
    • advantage for their discoverer, and it had always been my
    • although I rather discourage than seek to give many such
    • these four princes appeared in the entourage. It was an altogether
    • unusual, festive pageantry.
    • common-law marriage; it happened as I related it so I need not
    • that of the human being. Then comes a passage that is quoted
    • agreement. I shall read this passage, and I beg you to excuse
    • the fact that the language is a bit off-color, but this is not
    • philosophy today worthy of the human being. The passage
    • theologians and metaphysicians of our age pretend that man is
    • absent among certain savage peoples. Among a great proportion
    • very mark of our age — a poster in favor of anti-alcoholism
    • is another brief passage to which I should like to call
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    • the same language, but each individual conceives something
    • is lacking in our age for a real view of the world, capable of
    • what they have become through language. Indeed, in words we
    • something especially characteristic of our age. We must learn
    • age and similar to much else that dominates our external life;
    • the age.
    • in a cosmic connection. Then came the modern age when man
    • living, of course, in an age in which the Copernican view of
    • something suitable for the spirit of our age alone. It actually
    • modern age as the movement of the heavenly bodies.
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    • expressed in a magnificent image at the beginning of the Old
    • Testament. In the so-called “Fall of Man,” the image of Lucifer
    • over from earlier planetary stages in which the spiritual
    • the successive descending stages of human evolution down to the
    • have remained at a more or less early stage of evolution. What
    • earlier stages of human evolution, a person who looked up to an
    • merely in a dream, but in a dream-like image that signified
    • few stages as far as to the archai, but he must then be taken
    • found the way yet to really engage himself more deeply.
    • had a play of his staged which is entitled
    • can be considered psychics — are able to receive messages from
    • various stages of our connection with the dead. Yet, the people
    • are many kinds of occultism in our age.
    • Oliver received a message from an American medium, a Mrs.
    • Piper, which was dated August 15. This message from America had
    • However, this message was couched in the classical form of a
    • his protection. Please bear in mind that this message mentions
    • 1915, Sir Oliver at first related the message which had
    • delivered quite a few messages. Little by little, it turned out
    • that all these messages had the following basic content: “Myers
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    • anyone wish to understand the age in which he is actually living,
    • this age lies in man refusing, out of these wider
    • the Sun. To this Greek sage it would have seemed crass
    • the threefold Sun-mystery of the sages with the Christ
    • clearer to mankind, for the age must begin that is in the
    • something most unfortunate is a feature of our age — a
    • the Venus age. We know that after the Earth evolution there
    • when this is no longer there — when the Venus age has
    • beyond the Venus age; it will then disappear. And everything
    • beyond the Venus age. Everything through which the spiritual
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    • be done only when man finds the courage really to penetrate
    • same courage he will never be able to discover reason where
    • merely a picture, an image, having no meaning in itself, in
    • fact an image. I shall draw it like this — in a simple
    • form that is the image of something else, but through being
    • an image has entirely consumed that something, of which it is
    • the image. It sounds strange when I say the following but
    • disappear, pass over into their image and cease to exist.
    • the coming into existence of their images they are no longer
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    • the old Sun — the second stage of earth-evolution. Our
    • reached its Venus stage, or till the Jupiter age is passing
    • over into the Venus age. By the time the Venus age has come
    • post-Atlantean age. Even in ordinary consciousness very
    • before the Mystery of Golgotha. And the cry of our age is for
    • are not yet fully developed. Not until the Venus age will
    • zodiac. The passage of man through his senses is a perfect
    • of the ideals of the age of enlightenment to that of the
    • they relegate them to aesthetics. A perfectly average
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    • everyday life; certain men die young, others in old age,
    • to old age and then die — concerning this fact questions
    • image. We could forget ourselves ... We see ourselves in
    • it; what he experiences is actually its reflected image. All
    • images. It is something like this — a man through some
    • only differ because they are at different stages of
    • fact that two equal physical things at different stages of
    • metamorphoses, the same thing at a different stage, man's
    • beings die as mere children, many in old age, others in
    • middle age?
    • all these abstractions lasted on as a heritage throughout the
    • middle ages and descended to modern times, remaining as
    • heritage down to the nineteenth century — abstract
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    • advantage of the situation, — whose interest it is to
    • take advantage of these habits of life, — can then do
    • take place in this present age; — such a thing would
    • comes then to be a question of Capital and Wages, and how
    • the people actually engaged in the various businesses and the
    • or Wages really fade into the background, then one has a
    • for it all, because the usage is artificially provided for!
    • life too can only be abstract. And so we are in an age of
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    • such questions as wages, and the like, are not the primary
    • the endless screw, of adjusting the rate of wages to suit the
    • to suit the wages; if prices rise, then wages rise, and so on
    • a limited number of pages. For one can't write a whole
    • onto a page or two. That is what these people want! They want
    • to have everything laid before them in a couple of pages,
    • what does the trouble lie in our present age? I can only
    • shall shortly summarise in a couple of pages the contents
    • can learn from still fewer pages what it is necessary to
    • going on in our present age; for the simple reason, that he
    • who talk a very different language: namely the broad masses
    • we cannot find a sufficient number of people with the courage
    • the cat! We are not living to-day in an age when anything
    • living in an age when it is an urgent necessity, that a
    • language and the same ideas, should be capable of throwing
    • years past it should have been, to hold such a language in
    • everywhere you see towns and villages, and in all these towns
    • and villages churches: churches, that have been built. These
    • age of man, less given to sleep. And these small Few it was,
    • find its carriers in men, who really have courage to
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    • his true being. For this we have to advance a stage further.
    • there is a continual movement of mental images which are gained
    • with this interplay of our mental images. But there is one
    • allow our mental images to come and go as they please. On the
    • and images are right, others are wrong. — We begin to
    • it be the normal interplay of our mental images that is at work
    • the normal interplay, for now right and wrong ideas or images
    • called the first stage that the soul reaches in investigating
    • mental image, a mental image that we have put together
    • self-directed mental images by means of meditation, results in
    • longer need only to use pictures and mental images that we
    • the soul to get beyond the stage of imagination and enter the
    • In my writings I have called this third stage of spiritual
    • stage — and we do not have to call it a higher stage than
    • not simply follow the haphazard way of our mental images, but
    • our fluctuating mental images or ideas, but out of insight
    • his body, out of the interplay of mental images rising up out
    • experience of the spirit. For courage is necessary for such
    • investigation, courage to believe that we do not immediately
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    • symbols and images. Even revered figures and personalities are
    • often presented to the people in images and revered in images.
    • in place of a living in images that always sees images for the
    • What then follows we should call a higher stage of
    • period by saying that the age of subjectivism then begins in
    • age of subjectivism.
    • is something our age has got to learn, but finds so difficult
    • to learn. For however much our age imagines it lives in
    • and mental images. For, in fact, we are only really awake in
    • want comes about, how your mental images lead to movement in
    • Karl Lamprecht quite rightly observed that a new age began in
    • only begins in this age. At first it is studied according to
    • necessary, especially in this intellectual age, in order
    • mentioned — that a new age arose out of the old around
    • Central Europe. If we go back to the time before this age we
    • when we recognize that a whole age can be understood only
    • and proceeding purely intellectually. It is in this age that we
    • Spanish who still have much that belongs to an older heritage,
    • only in the age that will follow this present age of the
    • Now people usually believe that we master a mental image of
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    • said he managed to lead a sane and wise life because he avoided
    • the real nature of life wherever his soul was engaged and he
    • consist in taking particular mental images into the
    • By means of it the soul now manages to experience itself in the
    • the spirit-man possesses a higher stage of memory, not the kind
    • arise in the age of science as we now know it, which has been a
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    • courage, their confidence, and their hope for the future, then
    • prepared for a higher stage of knowledge than that acquired in
    • memory. In memory, all sorts of experiences are engaged in
    • soul. A second stage of higher knowledge is achieved if
    • have called the first stage by the name “Imaginative
    • clear that through this first stage of supersensory
    • After this stage of inspired knowledge has been achieved, and
    • and the third stage of knowledge begins, that of true
    • as in old age, within the process of assimilation, side by side
    • does Anthroposophy engage in any unjustified opposition against
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    • solution. In this age that has been with us for three or four
    • conditions, in this age there are also questions about the
    • self-observation properly we realize that our mental images
    • they do in the night in the chaotic mental images of our
    • asleep and our ideas and images, even in waking life, are like
    • they are images of an outer world, that brings it about that
    • manages to evolve beyond purely physical considerations
    • of his naturally sound outlook — a stage further. And it
    • the inner life of our mental images and can undergo further
    • scientist of spirit gradually manages to free his mental
    • images from their normal task by a particular kind of
    • function of our mental images is that they enable us to have
    • inner effects of the picture, the image. And he does this in
    • done in the laboratory or observatory, we arrive at a stage
    • mental images that we have formed at an earlier time. First of
    • resulting image is like a shadow of the original experience.
    • continues. — We carry the image of the experience
    • and body as a memory image is a shadow-like copy of what was
    • scientist of spirit experiences that a mental image is brought
    • constantly to bear upon this image he gets to the point where
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    • and makes use of an artistic language whose forms are
    • how Eurhythmy in this somewhat inartistic age may be able to
    • language used. In that way we shall get back to the
    • so that the visible but unaccompanied language of Eurhythmy
    • can also be displayed to advantage by itself.
    • compared with that of children between the ages of seven to
    • at its most elementary stage; but while we realise that we
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    • Die geistigen Hinterfruende der sozialen Frage. Band III.
    • humanity in our present age has to come right away. From
    • of our present age tends absolutely towards making this
    • Revolution partially raged and partially bore its
    • present age makes great demands on man's capacity for
    • necessary it is that the present age should be permeated by
    • say the present age must be permeated Spiritually; but, my
    • not notice that one must gain an understanding of the age
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    • Science of these who are in their right Cosmic age, besides
    • revealed cells in an earlier Cosmic age; and the Ahrimanic
    • to-day, they appear at an earlier stage of existence.
    • wait for a later age to become that which they were intended
    • because it has remained behind at an earlier stage of its
    • the stage which they ought to show at a later stage of their
    • beings can hold us back at the childhood stage. They can
    • development on Earth will reach such a stage that human
    • beings will remain children, and will not we able to age. The
    • certain stage in the future, there shall be no old people on
    • in this life get the images intellectually, pictures which
    • beings would then reach such a stage of Ahrimanic evolution
    • stage, to abandon the community of Earth, to wish to have
    • in this Cosmic age. Just consider that we must really speak
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    • over the page he launches into a perfect sermon about it
    • recognition of the ruling spirit of the age. And as to the
    • conditions should flow into our present materialistic age.
    • through the Middle Ages. Nothing scared the learned ones of
    • matters stand. We have entered an age of human evolution in
    • had to wait until they had brought men to the stage of
    • only when they had succeeded in bringing him to the stage
    • stage. Now they are no longer interested in him from this
    • has to give the higher beings new materiel to engage upon, by
    • the true sense. We ought to have the courage to say: What we
    • same courage that in the fifteenth century where the old
    • concerned man cannot all at once go through all the stages of
    • age and, then, not to see that even if the words are there
    • men have only arrived at the stage of saying: I agree with
    • of the higher hierarchies, nor of man's image being perfected
    • pages can be read without any realisation that the writer is
  • Title: Necessity for Spiritual Knowledge: Lecture 1 (alternate translation)
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    • knowledge which are accessible to men of the present age,and
    • page he finds a great deal to grumble at because the tone of
    • a soul. This was so, through all the Middle Ages, and there
    • was nothing which learned Catholics of the Middle Ages
    • Of course Man, at some stage of development, was always to be
    • they had brought him to a point where a figure or image of
    • middle of the 15th century, had they the image or figure
    • But the image of man is completed, and out of his own
    • courage to take hold of the spiritual with the same kind of
    • stages, but the transition of the leaf into the coloured
    • this special task in that we have had the courage to be
    • higher Hierarchies had in completing a perfect image of man,
    • the present time; they will read pages and pages without
    • sway Untruth holds in the world to-day among men of our age.
    • way and thereby often to do more damage than occurs through
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    • with the mission of our epoch, attain with earlier stages of
    • because the consciousness of language is not adapted to
    • the window of the carriage and gets accustomed to the idea
    • life at the ages of, say, 30, 40, or 50 years. If he thinks
    • The abstract mystic may talk from the age of 25 years, right
    • to learn after the age of fifteen. That would be one way of
    • rightly developed between the ages of seven and fifteen would
    • abstract image of this concrete, spiritual space, in
    • young people between the ages of 15 and 21 absorb things that
    • again later at an age when people used to have ideals as
    • young men and girls of 20 years of age — you will attain
    • present at the age of fifteen will not be paralysed, and a
    • transition of the Middle Ages to modern times — when
    • when we reach a certain age; we have no longer the round
    • age and childhood have a wrong relationship to each other.
    • in the case of a middle aged man. Men of today have no
    • in old age, one must have learnt in childhood how to fold the
    • age arises out of the folding of the hands in prayer in
    • little talent, to become at that age, a Feuilletonist.
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    • that in the pr sent age he must find a link with all that
    • stages of evolution.) As we look into our inner being, we
    • skin lives over to the Jupiter stage of evolution, bearing
    • present age it is our task once again to raise these truths
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    • Kunst und Kunsterkenntnis. Grundlagen einer neuen Aesthetik.
    • age fitted for giving clearer expression to this artistic
    • to be united with another, higher stage; then it is necessary
    • times, still very much in an elementary stage, which call
    • Because this longing, this need of the age, prevails, the
    • being striven for in this age of “plain air”
    • stages of life. Inside those barriers of the soul of which we
    • just when in his subconscious this cleavage, this analysing,
    • shape in his soul some kind of image of her. Anyone, however,
    • this fixed image of her, he has inwardly, spiritually,
    • him and that he must awaken fresh life in this stiff image by
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    • Kunst und Kunsterkenntnis. Grundlagen einer neuen Aesthetik.
    • world. In his artistic creation there remains the image of
    • with, a cardinal experience. It is not possible to engage in
    • the next stages penetration into the spiritual world would be
    • through language or other instruments of his art, what comes
    • image, is obliged by means of compasses and lines to
    • envisage this, we should read the last chapters of Goethe's
    • language.
    • forces that were working at the evolution of man at the stage
    • envisage this by thinking of the art of music,. While a man
    • is unfolding musical or other mental images, and while in his
    • ordinary consciousness he is engaged in acts of perception,
    • structure, is an image of the macrocosm. Hence the body is
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    • In das Geistesmeereswesen tragen:
    • Du lebest in dem Herzens-Lungen-Schlage,
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    • In the present age above
    • of the being of man. They can manage now without this knowledge but
    • ourselves are still living in an age when it is not as yet left entirely
    • civilisation for that age in the future when the human being will have
    • age is, in a sense, exactly the opposite in this respect. Nowadays a
    • Indians. In our age, when practically the whole Earth has been explored,
    • are content with simply turning over the pages of Baedeker or some other
    • for the first time in the modern age. Among the Egyptians it was nearly
    • of the Divine, by the coming of Christ with His message to the Earth.
    • age during which they have grown into materialism. But they must heal
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    • evolution, in man's passage from incarnation to incarnation
    • courage, but also in every other respect in such a way that
    • or Egyptian epoch, the third post-Atlantean age. The people
    • one can reach little further back than to the Egyptian age.
    • fourth or Graeco-Latin age, and that now in our age we are
    • The spirit-self will only come into prominence in the sixth age of
    • concerning the evolutionary stages through Saturn, Sun and
    • post-Atlantean age of civilisation, that is, in the
    • Chaldaic-Egyptian age, there still existed in a large part of
    • moral impulses, we may call the third post-Atlantean age, the
    • age of instinctive wisdom. You will perceive the truth of
    • in the Copenhagen lectures on
    • post-Atlantean age, mankind was closer to the divine
    • fourth age of post-humanity which came about the the fourth
    • age of post-Atlantean development through the migrations of
    • Egypto-Chaldaic age, the wise and happy mean was easily
    • even in the fourth post-Atlantean age, the Graeco-Latin age,
    • the fifth post-Atlantean age. We are still far from the time
    • our age people are liable to err in both the directions we
    • in an age when materialism has advanced so far that one may
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    • primeval earth language could only be comprehended by spiritual
    • because it is in the middle evolutionary stage of existence. If
    • able to tell them in divine language that He had experienced
    • stammering words, for our languages do not offer greater
    • age it may be found in abnormal cases, although this is not
    • message there still existed the knowledge that in ancient times
    • or through putrefaction. Then in future ages, at the end of the
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    • the most varied stages of development. All the souls embodied
    • to better advantage, and are therefore at a stage of
    • humanity, only at a higher stage, there are also in the course
    • of course be compelled to learn the language of this tribe; but
    • no one should maintain on this account that the language is
    • language. In the same way a lofty individuality had to make the
    • of the Middle Ages from the astral body of Jesus of Nazareth
    • Nazareth; and they worked on in the following age and brought
    • without the Christian natural science of the Middle Ages. It is
    • of the Middle Ages. Those people do not live in reality, but in
    • abstractions, who look up passages in the books of the
    • Christian scholastic science of the Middle ages had not
    • Christianized science of the scholastics of the Middle Ages.
    • scholasticism of the Middle Ages. Everything by means of which
    • from the Christian scholastic science of the Middle Ages.
    • Middle Ages. This, indeed, would mean to observe world history
    • science. Carefully prepared through the three stages of
    • and throughout the Middle Ages with his astral capacity for
    • Being into itself, and can gradually rise to ever higher stages
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    • This previously unpublished lecture in the German language was provided
    • This previously unpublished lecture in the German language was provided
    • language was provided by James Gillen in 2013, who converted it
    • for apologies, as I cannot give the lecture in the language of
    • attempt to be understood in my customary language. Secondly, I
    • merely engage in philosophical speculations about it. That is
    • power of memory. I do not want to engage in wide-meshed
    • this an ordinary memory image? Imagine how people have
    • This can perhaps also provide us with a memory image that
    • it is the correct reverse image. And whoever simply makes this
    • This is the first stage where one feels that he is this higher
    • human being, into this first stage of the supernatural
    • However, this is only the first stage of a
    • the eternity of the human soul. The following higher stage
    • first stage we have reached nothing other than the
    • stage of his super-sensible cognition, as I have described it,
    • deep silence of the soul to a higher stage and clarify what
    • stage of spiritual knowledge by which we can climb to the
    • A third stage is scaled through the fact that something is now
    • In the stage of knowledge that is gained in
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture I: The Significance of Supersensible Knowledge Today
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    • great variety of age groups are represented in the audience,
    • been badly presented, usually through overeagerness and lack
    • irreconcilable with modern science. People who are engaged in
    • a bygone age; they must have their roots where the human soul
    • right and good in one age is not necessarily so in another.
    • on education and marriage.
    • can come about only through cooperation. The age one lives in
    • hampers progress. The impulses of one's age must not be
    • age of seven, she was like a little wild animal. Then there
    • above average. She had never heard sound or seen color and
    • language of the Greeks and Romans. Although she had never
    • individual with inner strength, courage, and joy in life.
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    • today's lecture no doubt reminds you of a passage in Goethe's
    • commentators usually provide curious interpretations of this passage.
    • passage, but it all amounts more or less to what is said by a
    • of the passage is that Goethe, as well as earlier writers of
    • power over him. The reason behind this passage is a strange
    • people to assimilate a strange culture? Can a savage become
    • When tracing the stages of development in a human embryo, one
    • that forces already in existence had first to reach a stage
    • embryos human beings repeat once more the earlier stages of
    • and animal, although transitional stages between them do
    • is the case, an image arises within the creature in response
    • evolutionary stages that will arise out of the blood. They
    • seed to reach perfection in a far-off future; a stage to
    • are to attain the capacity to create inner mirror images of
    • stage becomes a developed nervous system.
    • macrocosm. As the crystal is an image of cosmic form, so is
    • sentient life an image of cosmic life. The dullness of
    • when evolution had reached the stage of the cosmos being
    • reached this stage, humans were no longer obliged to be
    • image itself now entered into relationship with the
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture III: The Origin of Suffering
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    • satyrs. He was a personage in Greek mythology.
    • understand the birth of tragedy out of the Spirit of ancient
    • ages, one recognizes that this view is not without
    • the sense of Job's tragedy, suffering need not originate from
    • portrays more sublimely than the tragedy the greatest human
    • forces. On the stage we can often witness the conquest of
    • of a tragedy. The poet can only create such a work of art if
    • the living form. Thus, we speak of the three stages: physical
    • corresponding stages: form, life and consciousness. Not until
    • the stage of consciousness is reached can self-consciousness
    • gain insight into this next higher stage of evolution, we
    • must be repeated at a higher stage. The soul forces that
    • willing are in harmony. This is right at certain stages of
  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture IV: The Origin of Evil
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    • individuals called the “initiates.” In every age
    • could reach higher stages of development. Such exercises lead
    • The whole of humanity will reach this stage, but only after
    • higher stage of evolution, they become the leaders and guides
    • stage we have reached on the earth. On the future planet
    • develop from the most elementary stage to the loftiest.
    • higher stage; it is the bon viveur that continually
    • long ages to become as perfect and as wise as the physical
    • interdependence applies to all stages and kingdoms. Just as
  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture VI: Education in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • childhood till old age. That is why, if we are to understand
    • when a certain stage of maturity is reached. During further
    • embryonic stage must be enveloped by the maternal organism,
    • At this age
    • at this age would be synonymous with undermining its healthy
    • prejudice that maintains that at this age such things should
    • educators knew better. At the ages between one and seven all
    • This is the age
    • of all is religious instruction. Images of things
    • he forms out of the lifeless. Our materialistic age
    • has reached this age he is capable of forming independent
    • life. A young person under the age of twenty has an as yet
    • student's eagerness for learning and his desire for
  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture V: Illness and Death
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    • words of Saint Paul: “The wages of sin are
    • person's “I” has reached a stage of independence
    • and what Paul defines as: “The wages of sin are
    • ages, thinkers searching for a world conception have
    • maternal organism work on the embryo. From the age of seven
    • begins to influence the human organism. Then at the age of
    • age of seven the physical principle is at work unfettered,
    • Up to the age
    • astral body is freed. At this stage the forces of the ether
    • ideals. When we compare a person with a savage, we realize
    • or indeed the average civilized person has purified and transformed,
    • manages to purify and transform in his inner nature sustains
    • sting. The savages living by the Sambesi River have found a
  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture VII: Education and Spiritual Science
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    • nurse before the age of seven. Why then must we have schools
    • protection of the maternal body. Not until a certain stage of
    • earlier epochs. Even the embryo repeats all primordial stages
    • describes the stages through which a human being evolves from
    • the third year, he calls the "golden, gentle, harmonious age"
    • the Greek heroic age, as well as the time of the North
    • American savage. The third epoch, up to the ninth year,
    • to the Middle Ages. The sixth epoch, up to the eighteenth
    • As every age
    • child when the capacity for imagery is fostered. Plants
    • materialistic age too little is expected of memory. The child
  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture VIII: Insanity in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • of German lyric poets. His images were usually derived from
    • about suddenly, but is gradually prepared from the age of
    • imaginative, pictorial ideas and images are more akin to
    • spirit, and are capable of driving out the distorted images
    • that cause the condition. Such counter-images must be
    • counter-images will be effective. For example, the power of
    • detailed research so that the counter-images applicable in
  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture IX: Wisdom and Health
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    • plant-image that can come to life within us; from it
    • but could exist. In someone who has become a sage laws are
    • not abstract but creative images. Abstract concepts and ideas
    • at the conceptual stage, he would never have discovered the
    • without it resembling any particular plant. Such an image is
    • them into colored images and mental pictures. Anyone who
    • pictures, and images within itself, the spiritual world
    • are corrected by that which guides us. Paracelsus was a sage
    • possibility to evolve, to reach higher stages; the knowledge
    • imaginative wisdom. The plant then discerns its own image in
    • images. Hypnotism relies on this fact. The hypnotist excludes
    • is built up from such spiritual images. These eternal ideas,
    • these spiritual images, human beings are able to absorb and
  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture X: Stages in Man's Development in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • Stages in Man's Development in the Light of
    • has resounded to mankind down the ages like a summons to
    • former lives. He has as it were added many pages to the
    • yet not purified that was left behind at different stages
    • example. At this age the child Imitates everything that goes
    • the doll lacks. This encourages the development of the inner
    • at every age. Thus, we must be clear that as the physical
    • able at this age to look up to someone with feelings of
    • earlier age. Now a person matures; the time has come when
    • Those with spiritual insight have always regarded this age as
    • offers him — now at the age of thirty-five he begins to
    • until about the age of thirty-five. From now on the astral
    • to expression as cultural interest and courage. One could
    • “childishness of old age.” People who in their
    • begin in old age to dry up. It is especially important to
    • why the age of about thirty-five is the most favorable time
    • What they inwardly develop at an older age becomes in the
  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture XI: Who are the Rosicrucians?
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    • to justify it, do so with an air of patronage, though they
    • Middle Ages.
    • been explained that the early stages of initiation can be
    • prerequisite for the higher stages is the very highest
    • deals only with the elementary stages of the whole system of
    • Rosicrucian training consists of seven stages that need not
    • which the student passes through these preliminary stages of
    • The first stage
    • stages if the student has no aptitude for what this first
    • stage demands. It requires the student to develop a thinking
    • higher stages. From the start it must be made clear that,
    • make accessible the elementary stages of Rosicrucianism, it
    • Without this kind of thinking the higher stages of
    • necessary in order to absolve the first stage of Rosicrucian
    • stage is the acquisition of imaginative thinking.
    • This should only be attempted when the stage of study has
    • fertilizing sacred lance of love. This stage will be reached
    • the second stage of training.
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    • many deluding images that come to block his path and slow his
    • and one of the founders of Greek tragedy.
    • physical agent. Hidden influences stream from soul to soul,
    • the Middle Ages that to modern humans is just a legend.
    • onwards to ever greater heights and more perfect stages of
    • where he is; human beings must ascend stage by stage if they
    • physical, would have the courage to take on a cultural
    • playwright and actor-manager of the Globe Theatre.
    • on the stage cannot be conveyed by the dramatist.
    • wanted to present on the stage both aspects of dramatic art:
    • the stage.
    • some action taking place on the stage, we should become aware
    • this constitutes a necessary stage in man's evolution.
    • witness, dramatized on the stage and echoing through his
    • feminine. What is depicted as a marriage is a person's union
    • courageously and died on the battlefield is regarded by
    • Middle Ages the old social structure was being replaced with
    • great individuality, in the anonymous sage who continued to
    • city-dweller of the Middle Ages. He who mediates between the
    • stage of higher spiritual development. The Swan mediates
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    • more religious age. Nor can a person have any idea of the
    • with any understanding of a certain passage from the Sermon
    • attitude. The passage, when rightly translated reads:
    • and disposition of the spiritual scientist than this passage
    • only have human beings developed to their present stage from
    • from stage to stage. In striving for perfection, a human
    • achieving something we could not manage before. If we remain
    • higher stages of development and we become aware that our
    • true that a human being who has reached a certain stage in spiritual
    • is followed through, the higher stages are seen to continue
    • stages from the most imperfect to the most perfect.
    • lower stages of soul development and those attained by an
    • passage from the Sermon an the Mount is a truly wonderful
    • acquainted with old linguistic usage will not imagine that
    • stages of spiritual development: One person has forged ahead,
    • another remained at a lower stage. This indicates how in the
    • from the savage to the highly advanced individual who has
    • initiates always had insight into all the stages of human
    • stage something that belonged to the future. Already they saw
    • pass through many stages. Before the stage of initiation was
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    • have climbed to ever higher stages of knowledge, worldwide and
    • philosophical abstraction entered, and the old images and signs were
    • engulf us when we see how little we were able to take advantage of
    • objective of which is to raise human development to a higher stage.
    • had previously given. It was, so to speak, a direct message from the
    • stage, for the preparations must still be made in order to understand
    • marriage, for the fulfillment of which she had waited “seven
    • matter, was shattered; outside the war raged; in Dornach the
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    • rhythmic life of feeling than does the man of the present age. The Oriental
    • age must seek his super-sensible knowledge in a different way. He cannot
    • all, became the heritage of the East; art became the monument of the time
    • fellowmen. This consciousness was a heritage of the ancient Orient. With
    • the passage of the spiritual life toward the West, poetry became more and
    • a way that the Spirit may listen to him. The West must mould a language
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    • many stages.
    • encourage thought-efforts, they did not induce man to form
    • not the first stages of spiritual life of the East, for these
    • first stages were never recorded in writing. During the
    • Oriental life had already reached a decadent stage. What
    • morning the heritage of the gods, the results of what they had
    • kind of higher ape, and that from this stage he passed on to a
    • what might still remain in him as a heritage from the gods,
    • would not be able to perceive this heritage which comes to him
    • body and prematurely age his organism.
    • constituted a high stage of culture in the evolution of
    • stages of human development inspired and driven by the spirit.
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    • Palestine and reached the age of thirty, and what became of him
    • the Earth was Moon, it was Sun, and at a still earlier stage it
    • individualities passed through the human stage upon the Sun
    • through the stage of humanity, and they came down to the Earth
    • reached a higher stage than that of man upon the Earth. In
    • The Fire-Spirits have reached a very high stage of
    • passed through their human stage upon the Moon, the
    • Moon-Spirits, whose stage of development was one degree higher
    • Lemurian and in the Atlantean age the human beings were not
    • the words which are rendered as follows in the Hebrew language:
    • a rule, these future stages of human development were not
    • perceived abstractly in his vision.. Each stage was represented
    • represented twelve stages of soul-development. The soul-forces
    • individuality became transfigured — the stage which the whole
    • stage which he would reach when perfection will be attained; he
    • perceived St. John, the herald of the Christ-stage of
    • designated as the Mystical Supper. This image had the
    • stage. One of the disciples rested upon Jesus' bosom, he rested
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    • Anthroposophic Press, New York. The imprint page states
    • images are real and should be taken as realities. It is
    • necessary to use an imaginative language, as I mean to do
    • to-day, it is necessary to speak in the form of images which
    • evergreen foliage throughout the winter. The sun unfolds its
    • however, we shall not consider its different stages in the same
    • us now envisage something else — let us consider the
    • consciousness soul, the Spirit-Self, and still higher stages of
    • upon a higher stage. Our soul will again pass through our
    • one passage of the human soul through the astral world to a new
    • passage of the human soul through the astral world.
    • bringing us the following message:
    • winter night we hear the message of the Sun-Spirit's descent to
    • year is an image for the Aeons. And Aeons are the reality of
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    • 1) that the head is a plastic image of the forces which man had as a
    • and even of the ego; it is an image of their descent from super earthly
    • worlds into earthly existence. The head forms itself truly as an image
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    • place, then all kinds of images will form in there and the well-known
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    • us our own laws. We cannot, let us say, eat cabbage, cannot let it arrive
    • etheric forces would be present there, which the cabbage has, because
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    • be engaged. Everything we have in our organism must be occupied by the
    • not be engaged. In reality, the reverse is the case: if the astral body
    • condition and the astral body working too strong the kidney is not engaged
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    • where our present age, the real epoch of development of the consciousness
    • in civilization, such as that from the middle ages into recent time,
    • in the middle ages. One called it at that time “dullness”,
    • ancient times, and even up until the Middle Ages, still had traces of
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    • live in a time of transition”, because every age is a time of
    • after a certain time had passed, the so-called Dark Age will come to
    • an end and a light-filled age would begin. If one now examines the words
    • that they meant that the transition from the Dark to the Light Age would
    • from the Dark Age into the Light Age, present cognition has to completely
    • regarding the passing over into the light age, and what we also must
    • what the difference is between a Light Age — meant in this way
    • — 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
    • Age had lasted for some time, a Light Age would come again. It would
    • — the Light Age, which once existed (approximately in the 7th
    • or 8th millennium) was different from the later Dark Age, out of which
    • one can see much by it. Namely, during that Light, or illuminated age,
    • at all. Altogether, one did not speak during that old Light Age of illness
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    • literally: it was the Light Age, it was the age in which one really
    • a delicate age suffer from lack of light, will contract rickets or other
    • During that old light-filled age, which preceded our dark age, men were
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  • Title: Necessity and Freedom: Lecture I: The Past Shows Us a Picture of Necessity
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    • This time we will deal with our subject in very slow stages. I
    • and get it going. As a rule they only found people who damaged
    • plane. He may have progressed a stage higher in knowledge,
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    • Past ages show nothing that can compare with this Prologue for
    • glad if he had enriched our German language with a masterpiece.
    • atrocious language.
    • probable it seems to me that there must have been a wager to
    • von Goethe's intention, he has won the wager....
    • regarding all the karmic damage this person might have
    • at the age of thirteen, enters into your present judgments. It
    • free, so earth's present state was once free in earlier stages
    • evolution beyond their nature stage and became the higher
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    • take place. If we could manage to remove from the human soul
    • intended, and language has a subtle feeling for this. When an
    • were to remain at their stage of development in the sixth or
    • impulses from the spiritual world. In one passage it is
    • life of Siegfried, his marriage to Kriemhild, his wooing
    • what one might call a Parsifal of a later age. Goethe can
    • language, for they came about through primeval necessity. That
    • I will make up my own language!” And he sets about
    • nonexistent language, that with his freedom he would be
    • anything we please into an already “full” age.
    • human beings, the mental image of what is on the physical
    • educate. Now an average person has his educational principles.
    • normal old age, and die, our etheric body has become so
    • bondage, and the spiritual-soul part, bound in freedom,
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    • possession of our I, for what we have is a mental image
    • reflection, a mirror image of the I. Do we have nothing
    • gives us our mental image of the I. Therefore, on the
    • in the course of our passage through the Saturn, sun, moon, and
    • body. By the Middle Ages of course these were only the last
    • fact that painters believe they can no longer manage
    • After a much longer time has elapsed, a new age will arrive for
    • post-Atlantean epoch, i.e., in an age in which —
    • although the physicists already have the ideal of the sixth age
    • outer world except for his mental images of it. He will
    • beyond his own mental images of the outer world. What is
    • just discuss a few passages in the fifteenth lecture about the
    • memory pictures of previous sensations, mental images
    • to be able to pursue the psychic process to its final stage. At
    • say, what has to be aimed for in an age like this is that a
    • this is a fitting image — like wine does when a person is
    • live in an age when one has to renounce a really close
    • message of the testaments by showing that the Mystery of
    • statement Professor Ziehen makes on page 208 of these lectures,
    • images, and the psychic part” — that is, the soul
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    • Die geistigen Hintergruende der sozialen Frage. Band II.
    • Inner Experience of Language (vol. 190 in the Bibliographic Survey).
    • The Inner Experience of Language
    • appear again on the earthly stage. Whatever links with the
    • caused by the decadence of the materialistic age have been
    • willed by heaven, sent down as messages in the subconscious
    • incomprehensible language. Probing further into this
    • of the languages used. The dead never understand if one
    • any rate for all mid- and west-European languages—and
    • bean, exists as an image in the mind, especially if the talk
    • gradually into their language, into their speaking into their
    • purely from the point of view of language? We have in these
    • formative conceptions with the word. You see, such image
    • the fifteenth century. But this thinking in imagery has been
    • resounding in imagery—as is generally the case in
    • transformations into vivid imagery but now is the first to
    • our language and in all West European languages,, so that in
    • Geist in the German language. In Latin it has a
    • time, however, the fifth post-Atlantean age of civilization,
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    • Die geistigen Hintergruende der sozialen Frage. Band II.
    • Inner Experience of Language (vol. 190 in the Bibliographic Survey).
    • The Inner Experience of Language
    • what they will. But in the age of the development of the
    • man's life as language. Now just think what part, on the
    • other hand, language plays in men's international operation
    • feelings and will impulses depending upon languages. Consider
    • turning our attention to the development of language, till
    • with imagery such as we have for example in our group, the
    • acquired in the fifth but will reach its final stages only in
    • what I have been putting forward. in regard to language. You
    • see, language is apparently something homogeneous. You regard
    • language as something homogeneous and men feel it to be so.
    • But it is not so. Language is something quite different with
    • language think first of poetry. You have often heard the
    • indebted to language. Language is much more creative than is
    • believed. Language contains great and powerful mysteries; the
    • genius of language is something tremendously creative. That
    • is why within the sphere of language the purely humanly
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    • all the striving of the age, in so far as this striving proceeds from
    • of this article has a wider outlook than that of the village pump, he
    • we come to a very remarkable passage. He says; “A fearful destiny
    • delusion. For some time we have actually been living in an age very similar
    • rising lower classes of the people who both in blood and cultural heritage
    • That is the tragedy, the fearful destiny, of our time, that men indeed
    • the church, as it was, let us say, in the Middle Ages; they continue to
    • Catholic men you will find, in all passages where a certain point comes
    • We have that advantage over the animal. The sureness of instinct possessed
    • We are at present living in the age of the consciousness soul; and what
    • when only reflected images will be present in consciousness; for the
    • age of the consciousness soul is also the age of intellectuality. (see
    • Lecture IV) And in this intellectual age man actually first arrives
    • age of intellectualism and materialism the most abstract concepts are
    • he finds unpleasant. He must, however, actually Bays man in the age
    • may also come along and sort what is characteristic of man in this age
    • of this inner connection in the age of the consciousness soul. If he
    • for then man would come back to the earlier stages of his development,
    • images with the spiritual, by taking up the spiritual into our
    • stood at the animal stage He was distinguished from the animal not by
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    • telling you here the average—I should not like to say opinion
    • for opinion does not meet the case, but average utterance of an official
    • to these things that can be taken by man in this age of the consciousness
    • advantage without receiving anything from the senses. It can thus be
    • seen that in this state, God is the principal agent.
    • agent in the soul. He Himself instructs the soul and gives it suitable
    • perception are shut off and God is the chief agent, when, in his own
    • was Catholic doctrine at the time of John of the Cross before the age
    • to how the truth is 'managed'. in the final analysis it rests on man
    • St. John of the Cross wrote these things down, before the age of the
    • describes for that age the mystical path of Knowledge, the way into
    • is the continuation suited for the present age: it reckons with the
    • before the age of the consciousness soul was fully established. Than
    • when the age of the consciousness soul is established man turns his
    • to the last peasant in the last cottage, if he is not just an illiterate,
    • of mankind. Thus when man who lives in the scientific age feels this
    • age have absorbed only those concepts offered them by science.
    • to himself: Because we have entered upon the scientific age, the feeling
    • not reckon with the necessities of the age, they reckon with a narrow,
    • of every man today. In the age of the consciousness soul it is an absolute
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    • to men of the present time. For the present age is a very critical one
    • grown at a later stage of evolution. As you know, man's position in
    • not enter consciousness at all. You can see the passage of the book,
    • the whole tragedy of this not being immortal. The group souls outlast
    • in our age of consciousness, all that men perceive here in the physical
    • material mind, because men in arriving at the age of the consciousness
    • soul, which means the age of the intellect, lives as I have explained
    • only able to live in reflected images when he goes out beyond the perceptions
    • his soul, the reflected images of his conceptions of what the world
    • at all of immortal life can enter, and that since it lives in images
    • images of the age of the consciousness soul. This comes before him as
    • when I come to see that what I think are only reflected images, then
    • were I to believe these reflected images would still be there after
    • my death, including the images of my self, I should be just as stupid
    • what is living in the sphere of his will, then he starts to rage. This
    • the raging which indeed presents itself today as the next stage for
    • this age of the consciousness soul. For changes have even now entered
    • savage original peoples, primitive peoples, so as to understand how
    • What in this way man begins rightly today enlightens him up to the stage
    • saying, the venerable nature is certainly not to be disparaged, which,
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    • hindrance. These two things are leak of courage, lack of strength where
    • from the spiritual world. And with the courage and interest to receive
    • is an experience made in earlier ages by countless teachers of Spiritual
    • courage. We must have the courage not usually possessed when we do something
    • and then recoil because it is painful. We must have this courage, for
    • a painful experience. We are actually living in an age in which this
    • from the eyes of everyone, and the message of a divine spiritual being
    • stage not only of taking things materialistically in accordance with
    • men, must in this sphere, too, pass through the stage of materialism.
    • Men, however, who have remained behind at earlier stages of culture
    • have preserved a great deal of these former cultural stages in which
    • as little as they would have done had the war we are now engaged in
    • in the Chinese language for logic and science. Thus for what we Europeans
    • research suitable for the present age were totally unknown in that circle.
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    • into harmony with the working of the Jahve God. The whole tragedy of
    • of the Jahve God is expressed in the great and powerful tragedy of the
    • in man to the devil, as he was called in the Middle Ages. But it is
    • life, as this life developed in the course of ages, highest life brought
    • left as it did to the right. The agent towards the left comes about
    • men of old had received as mankind's heritage. Then anyone thus experiencing
    • of the way of initiation in the old pagen mysteries. The chief parts
    • so far disengaged. They could not think much. They could hunt, they
    • of a previous stage—what was highly developed in the
    • post-Atlantean, the Greco-Latin culture stage, in the north was still
    • the fourth post-Atlantean culture stage, the fifth post-Atlantean culture
    • stage; (cf. R XLVII.) we know that the fourth post-Atlantean culture
    • stage runs from 747 years before the event of Golgotha to the year 1413
    • culture epoch. Take any point of the fourth post-Atlantean culture stage,
    • stage, men were much later in arriving at the same point as was reached
    • it in the way it has to be sought by him as representative of his stage
    • stage of paganism, when on the one hand, in his morphology and his colour
    • holy secret. And language in our time ought to speak of this secret,
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    • encouragement, giving them strength; so that when these souls know what
    • But just in this age of
    • ours, this age of consciousness, it is necessary for all this to be
    • stages, depended upon a man becoming a different person through the
    • the Egyptian Mysteries) (cf. R LII.) it is not possible at the stage
    • thing that came was actually what at a certain stage man had experienced
    • age is pre-eminently development of the intellect—the more incomprehensible
    • overtake at a fifth stage what at a fourth stage had been accomplished
    • but absorbed into the Latin nature, still there in the language and
    • and actually merely appropriated again in its language and so on in
    • It goes without saying that the tragedy of this fact will bear its fruit.
    • Schröer, was studying the various dialects, the various languages
    • anything expressible in language, but rather in the feelings, in the
    • impression he made upon his age. There is nothing here, not even the
    • something completed in Goethe's advanced age, something, however, on
    • the passage over from the human to the superhuman. Thus we see Goethe
    • bear the last impression of the intellectual age of the old Hebrew approach
    • this path Goethe in a certain sense, at a certain stage in his life,
    • Science. Here you have, transformed for our age and its conditions,
    • to find the passage over to the pictorial for which Goethe strove, then
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    • Die Beantwortung von Welt- und Lebensfragen Durch Anthroposophie.
    • Die Beantwortung von Welt- und Lebensfragen Durch Anthroposophie.
    • the joyful message filled your soul with delight and pleasure
    • different the image will be when you receive news of a death in
    • the afternoon, or you are shaken in rage and fear. Consider how
    • took place in the soul, then you have an image of what happens
    • astral image world. Naturally everything that enfolds there
    • plane. You can imagine light images in the astral world which
    • mere light and different colour images but also all other
    • body completely matches its form and image to the soul life,
    • consciousness, knows which image speaks nobly and which doesn't
    • everything from these images. I have already mentioned that
    • images and forms taken up by the astral body can be seen
    • a counter image, a terrible counter image. Within this exists
    • understood the astral archetypal images.
    • fact which we discover in poetic images, which are
    • of images. When the human being ascends in his development, he
    • spiritual counter-image linked to the world of tone. What is
    • before the image. People pass one another, the one says of the
    • with renunciation, because the images and beings of the astral
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    • obtained on a previous occasion. Maturing with age this
    • life are needed, as are offered by approaching age, in
    • towards the revelation, and through the images of these signs,
    • ideas — was nothing other than a mirror-image of reality.
    • “Not you? Who then? I, replica of the image of God! Not
    • striving, spiritual idealist and Wagner hobbles in on the stage
    • connects to that which, from the age of thirty five, indicates
    • did not manage to make a clear distinction between the
    • magnificent, vivid tragedy of Margaret. It also makes it
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    • Die Beantwortung von Welt- und Lebensfragen Durch Anthroposophie.
    • with which method and tasks are needed to reach the stage when
    • most varied stages of human development. We will commence with
    • throw out all these images from your soul life. Try to ponder
    • these images, which from morning to night permeate the soul,
    • should, in order to get to know our “I,” encourage
    • mirror image of our Ego or “I.” This is an
    • When an anthroposophist builds an image for himself of what the
    • bring it to a certain stage of development. The Karma-idea is
    • have a fantasy image, whether it actually has the reality of a
    • answer to the question about freedom and bondage. Because
    • point of view because all observations are like images
    • the one side is the image of the materialistic standpoint, then
    • view in order to create images as to how each observation
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    • the age. So to-day, when I have said, I wish to provide a foundation
    • to thyself any graven image of the Lord, thy God”. The pictorial
    • day conception of the world. Our modern age is not concerned with creating
    • been a great disadvantage in another sense to the development of modern
    • humanity. This disadvantage itself is the sign of decadence of recent
    • it is this: The realisation that in this age a new spiritual life must
    • very smallest appendage in the different parts of the Building must
    • centres of support. (Kräfte-Lagen). For instance, if you
    • engaged in the representations, and their dressing-rooms and so on.
    • was a symbolical image of the human form. That is absolutely not the
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    • stage has been achieved there come; a return to the simple and the complicated
    • images man sought to understand the forces which work in human life.
    • And pictures and images were transformed into social impulses. All that
    • Eurhythmics should not be overcome in the struggle he has to wage continually
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    • at the initial stages. To allow form to appear as the creation of colour
    • different language”, and then we shall be led to see the Building
    • we are in the riddle Ages, just at the time when our fifth post-Atlantean
    • age begins and here you find the only word written in letters, the Ich
    • of humanity no image of the ego had been evolved. For, when man said
    • this figure expresses what the spirit of .the age in that very epoch
    • who in the fifth our post-Atlantean age actually seeks, which is the
    • characteristic of our age. Of the real fundamental character of this
    • if one sees any painting, one always has the image in one's mind. This
  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture I: The Problem of Faust
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    • human evolution — a transition from the Greco-Latin age
    • all the transitional impulses introduced by the new age, both
    • Now for Goethe the problem of the rise of this new age and
    • actually look back into the previous age, the age that came
    • centuries, even the centuries immediately preceding the age
    • times. In the age, however, in which lived the historic Faust
    • legacy of older ages, but it was no longer possible to find
    • were,all kinds of sound formulas from past ages and much real
    • historical Faust was placed into an age of decaying spiritual
    • that was right for an earlier age. The art of healing, as it
    • world, a wisdom adapted to the new age, as the ancients had
    • himself to be a product of the new age, in which the ancient
    • he refuses the people's homage. An old peasant comes forward
    • to express this homage, for the folk think that Faust, as son
    • Snatched from the fever's burning rage,
    • evil, Faust knows that he no longer lives in an age when the
    • marriage. Hence he says:
    • That is no mere poetical image:
    • contains the deepest wisdom of the new age — the John
    • put from one language into another, all the spirits of
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    • the midst of the frenzied confusion the image of Gretchen
    • Walpurgis-night as part of the tragedy.”
    • a small percentage of what is solid. Thus you need not
    • stage, and so have thought fit to introduce a line that does
    • occurred to no one to apportion the passages correctly. It
    • at this stage, and he directs his attention once more to the
    • elemental. The following is a wonderful passage:
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    • impressions of Spiritual Science. Hence his language has
    • dreaming — as ordinary language would have it. He knows
    • God's image as thou art, thou'lt rue the way thou'st
    • of the Christian middle-ages, in which is extinguished
    • “No! The North thy heritage is,
    • Thy birth was in the misty ages,
    • attention to the fact that here, in the passage of course
    • “No! The North thy heritage is,
    • Thy birth was in the misty ages,
    • “No! The North thy heritage is,
    • Thy birth was in the misty ages,”
    • By the ‘misty ages’ he means the Middle
    • Ages, but with a play upon the old German name
    • born,’ and is clear evidence that in language there was
    • Goethe wrote in his old age came out of a profound experience
    • phenomenon, however, of the materialistic age that it
    • natures, but they are the idealists of a materialistic age,
    • this passage it always makes me realise anew how it is taken
    • the actual, in our age that is dominated by dummy concepts.
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    • at war with Carthage. Nicias is in favour of the Romans and
    • space. Since we live in space, spatial images must be used
    • for what is nevertheless beyond image, time or space.
    • forces that are physical are but the shadow, the image, of
    • these things in the only way possible for him in that age. At
    • the same time, however, you have one of the passages from
    • what actually happeens on the stage. The devil sits in the
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    • problem of Evil. I beg you to envisage this most thoroughly.
    • What I have said in this moment need only be envisaged in a
    • Imagination. Here, then, you have the second stage
    • epoch. The human being of the fifth post-Atlantean age must
    • problem of the fifth postAtlantean age. For, as I told you,
    • this fifth post-Atlantean age has the task to go on into the
    • age, because the latter was in a sense a repetition of the
    • fourth post-Atlantean age had to live through the problem of
    • epoch. Now, in the fifth post-Atlantean age, an initial
    • mirror-images take place, — mirror-images, that is to
    • himself who wants to seize the image and falls a prey to it,
  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture VI: The Helena Saga and the Riddle of Freedom
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    • post-Atlantean age by associating him with Mephistopheles, an
    • down into the impulses of the fourth post-Atlantean age,
    • problem which it had received as heritage from Atlantean
    • developed. At an early age his soul was beset by doubts
    • nexus of the fourth post-Atlantean age. For in a certain
    • evolutionary riddles of the fourth post-Atlantean age are
    • beings here below is the reflected image of what happens in
    • reflected image of what happens in the Spiritual World above?
    • This is a typical feature; it signifies in the language of
    • it is an oracle that brings the message from the Spiritual
    • described. No age was ever so little enlightened about itself
    • as is the present. No other age stands in such dire need of
  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture VII: Some Spiritual-Scientific Observations
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    • through Moon, Sun and Saturn ages and later through the Earth
    • age, we should find the special characteristics of the
    • — the luciferic influence in the Lemurian age, the
    • ahrimanic in the Atlantean age.
    • one's soul life in such ideas as existed in an age that was
    • nearer nature — such as the Greek age. It, was Goethe's
    • into this sphere. Down there even language ceases to have its
    • called Ruach in the old Hebrew language, It does not
    • heard in the ordinary, common-place, philistine language of
    • the language that must have been used between falling asleep
    • unequal in their evolutionary stages are the beings who live
    • the new age is beginning. The history of the new philosophy,
    • parallelism that, in this second stage of his representation,
    • the Oread, who indicates very clearly in Goethe's language
    • impressive, heart-stirring language they speak! And yet,
  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture VIII: Spiritual Science Considered with the Classical Walpurgis-Night
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    • evoking all kinds of images as they come and go, ideas that
    • images evoked in man by certain wishes in his life not having
    • the people who maintain this just to consider how they manage
    • While passing through the earlier stages of our evolution we
    • learn during his earth-mission, nor be able to manage the
    • carry the ideas, the images, of waking life into our
    • these earth-lives, as men we passed through earlier stages of
    • previous age.
    • does not summon up sufficient courage, or at least he would
    • emmets. This is merely an image. Anaxagoras first turns to
    • advantage to Homunculus, he then turns to the higher world.
    • the ancient Mystery-wisdom. It is a wonderful passage in
    • O Thou, that agest not eternally,
    • image of every trinity, and image of Luna, Diana, Hecate, as
    • the product of all previous ages, can be brought into
    • wishes to show his science to better advantage than he did
    • confidence in what was planted there in previous ages. Hence
    • age has little external knowledge of it. This conflict will
    • pictures, caricatures, of the forms of the primeval age.
    • He must be able to rise to ideas in conformity with the age
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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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    • managed to procure the apparatus to see, through his own
    • today the heritage of the natural scientist is not primal
    • monistic garbage, where do you find any serious possibility
    • perfectly average man who is clever — nowadays the clever
    • man is average — thus, we are going to observe an average
    • man. The average man lives, does he not, from birth to
    • average man. Not so with Goethe, my dear friends. Goethe's
    • him, there did not work in him merely the abstract image
    • Thus, at the age of 42, when Goethe wished to reflect upon
    • Christianity to encourage the international impulse to prevent
    • the age. Thus,it can be seen that people are recognizing that
  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture X: Faust's Knowledge and Understanding of Himself
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    • when represented on the stage, this wisdom is able through
    • its imagery to make a great appeal to the senses.
    • simply the image of himself that a man can form with the help
    • this man-made image that is a homunculus provide a true
    • increasing, so that in old age it is possible for us to know
    • stages of knowledge he sails, through the Pillars of
    • life. For the Sirens are collecting wreckage for the
    • of different stages in the world, and on these stages, as I
    • the Sirens collect wreckage for the Nereids and Tritons who
    • age if atavistic clairvoyance, pictures of the divine forces
    • Greeks knew that, in an age relatively not very ancient,
    • green leaf of the foliage to the coloured petal of the
    • the re-moulding suited to the present age, and on into the
    • to a world giving you a view of this image of the mystery of
    • advanced age, man may have a premonition of these secrets of
    • true artist, he unites himself in marriage, as it were, with
    • example, the passage where the Dorides bring in the
    • other and remain strangers. In this passage, the relation of
  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture XI: The Vision of Reality in the Greek Myths
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    • solution. He thought to recognise that the foliage leaf
    • stages of the idea of metamorphosis which flows on into
    • Spiritual Science. He came nearer its further stages when
    • Helen in person. And when you turn the page from the mighty
    • When you turn the page, you come to the
    • in soul, for as a man outwardly ages, in his soul he grows
  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture XII: Goetheanism In Place of Homunculism and Mephistophelianism
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    • was created. Such studies should simply teach the language,
    • as it were, the spiritual language, in which such a work is
    • trivially-minded, average man looks upon what can be attained
    • initial stage. If we want to describe this development, we
    • will be seen if, to begin with, in this intellectual age, the
    • the age which must now belong to the past, the age that has
    • led to so terrible a human catastrophe, and the age that must
    • come. It is only when this coming age has passed over from a
    • the man of today thinks of the successive stages of evolution
    • cardboard box, the successive stages always proceeded out of
    • expansion. Goethe sensed this in its elementary stages. Read his
    • the particular formation from foliage leaf to foliage leaf,
    • into the vial that represents Homunculus on the stage, only a
    • passages in the second part of Goethe's Faust that you can
    • therefore essential in the age of the consciousness-soul now
    • most perfect stage of development. This natural science of
    • animals, to think of them as having advanced to the stage of
    • man of today is not very eager to enter — in a world
    • language of this sphere of consciousness, coming as it does
    • we enter into such profound scenes with a language that makes
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    • the moral world order. One does not have the courage to bring
    • capability of the soul life. That is the inner tragedy which
    • That is why in the Middle Ages, in the times when one
    • Those who at some stage have sought knowledge of soul through
    • kind of symbolic image. Who would not have dreamt of suffering
    • one or two poles are damaged and then we wake up with
    • to the waking person the conceptual images come through outer
    • is absolutely self-image, illusion. Therefore he comes to the
    • do not become conscious of an activity, the images of the dream
    • of a force which has its physical counter image in all sorts of
    • Older languages had the other side, the not-yet-being-born,
    • satisfied. For humanity will not be able to manage with all the
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    • Die Beantwortung von Welt- und Lebensfragen Durch Anthroposophie.
    • Die Beantwortung von Welt- und Lebensfragen Durch Anthroposophie.
    • upper parts of Devachan, images were given which could be seen
    • coming from Upper Devachan. Images and portraits could be given
    • you as it were images but because you see the outer world as an
    • illusion, as Maya, these images are nothing more to you than
    • images, reflections of the supersensible world. — In no
    • way was there a danger leading to worship of these images. How
    • later in the oriental culture symbols and images of God
    • talking of images, spiritual images, of the supersensible. They
    • referred to no sensory image. Above all they spoke amongst
    • sensory-supersensory image so to speak, to the people. They had
    • However, not a finished image, not a portrait should they
    • sensory image. Everything which appeared as sensory pictures or
    • worship a god in a sensory-supersensory image, just like in the
    • Persian culture in images of an astral presence, and in the
    • imagination of the “I” (Ich). All images,
    • mineral kingdom; they were images in distinct physical-mineral
    • the representative of the image of the “I” of God.
    • sensory, neither etheric nor an astral image can represent
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    • Die Beantwortung von Welt- und Lebensfragen Durch Anthroposophie.
    • Die Beantwortung von Welt- und Lebensfragen Durch Anthroposophie.
    • acquire courage, certainty and power than through the deepening
    • certainly, when the plant is partly damaged where it grows out
    • time it will become old and aged.
    • development certain extraordinary important stages were
    • reached. We will bring such important stages in our earth
    • of years, a spiritual and meaningful stages were reached. High
    • Sun Being, who had up to a specific moment in time his stage in
    • words, through the passage of Christ on earth, the spiritual
    • the mystery which lies in this important stage of earthly
    • and brought him into turmoil and rage. In the soul of man
    • what is going on, on earth. When the earth rages during an
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    • into many languages. Seldom, indeed, has a book of serious
    • courage, has fought for the acceptance and the recognition of
    • development, been passing through a materialistic stage of
    • education. The actual beginning of this stage is traceable far
    • education the age of enlightenment.
    • a specially important passage in the lecture Du Bois-Reymond
    • courage in matters concerning natural science, further progress
    • ordinary man, held in bondage by his senses, cannot possibly
    • stage will at length be reached where not only the curious
    • convey to the seer a new meaning. In the language of the
    • able to understand those passages, for instance, occurring in
    • primeval ages of which materialistic science speaks do not
    • behind on a lower stage of creation. To such as these belong
    • types, leaving behind at different stages those incapable of
    • the outgrown stages through which he has developed his bodily
    • that of their ancestors at those particular stages where they
    • deteriorated and degenerate forms occupying those lower stages
    • that each one sees God's image after his own likeness. The
    • Greek philosopher long ages ago.
    • passage: “We see God in the stone, in the plant, in the
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    • century or around the middle of the Middle Ages. It is the
    • Since the age of the intellect is with us today, we can
    • stood in the last stage of evolution of the Intellectual or
    • they were disquieted by what was really left as an heritage
    • the new age of consciousness. And they were such that we today
    • history. You will have seen how what lived in one historic age
    • age.
    • age, and through the constant attacks they suffered from the
    • statement in the age of evolution of consciousness (the age of
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    • there was really no possibility of basing the management of public
    • envisage, in their true form, the forces that are leading straight
    • words of human language that can give any adequate idea of the awful
    • equally materialistic mode of thinking must not be disparaged, yet it
    • animal kingdoms. In our age, people speak of what is beyond the Earth
    • This image was intended to indicate that the Aries forces
    • consciousness of olden times, man envisaged as working up from beneath
    • In the same way too, we may study man's stages or forms of life.
    • by Rudolf Steiner and Dr. Ita Wegman, Chapter I, pages 14 —
    • Moreover the three first-mentioned are the three stages of life which
  • Title: Cosmic Forces in Man: Lecture II: The Soul Life of Man ...
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    • The planetary spheres work upon man's stages or forms of life.
    • We have therefore among the various stages of life some which tend
    • These different stages of life are connected with the planetary
    • shape from the fixed stars, not from anything earthly; and its stages
    • life-stages of his ether-body. We can now proceed to consider
    • the tapestry of sense. And what we discover first, is the lowest stage
    • upon this. Upon it depends to what people, to what language
    • destined for the language that will be his in the coming earthly life.
    • He who before his earthly life, during his second passage through the
    • it is a love born of the soul; he grows into his language and race as
    • Earth loving his language merely out of instinct and lower impulses.
    • Lacking the true, inward love for his language and his people, he will
    • language with the tranquil, pure love of one who unites himself
    • inwardly with his folk and language, or whether we grow into them more
    • folk and our language. The former conditions never come to expression
    • true and inward love for race and language expresses itself naturally,
    • this inner love for a language and people. When, however, a man grows
    • into his language more automatically, when through his instincts and
    • language and people, false nationalism and chauvinism arise, with
    • come down into race and language through the stream of heredity,
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    • egotism. On the one side they encourage inertia by not spurring men on
    • From the vantage-point of your Northern peninsula you will be able to
    • eager for human doctrine.
    • South West, and as a result of their wanderings, their sea-voyages and
    • External wars and conflicts are ultimately only the material images of
    • times but something remains as a heritage in the present-day Norwegian
    • But this again has left a heritage which has set its stamp upon the
    • In the Eastern portion of this peninsula, where the heritage from
    • through ancient heritage, fundamentally fitted for the spiritual
    • them by men who in a decadent age hold leading positions: What have I
  • Title: Spirit of Fichte: Lecture I: The Spirit of Fichte Present in Our Midst
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    • house, as records show, had been engaged in the ribbon-weaving
    • sturdily built for his age, with red cheeks and expressive eyes,
    • Gottlieb at this stage of his life into other situations. For
    • made the suggestion: “Oh there is a boy in the village who
    • do so.” And so Gottlieb, now nine years of age, was fetched,
    • which he had been accustomed in the poor ribbon-weaver's cottage.
    • pastor. And when Gottlieb reached the age of thirteen he was able,
    • needs. Already aspiring, even at that age, towards the highest, he
    • lofty and valiant outlook, expressed in free and outspoken language.
    • passage in the Bible, and similarly while he was living with the
    • unpretentious cottage, he was allowed to preach there, for the
    • as a personification of the world's purpose in the age in which one
    • found himself altogether in harmony with the image reflected in his
    • was thirty years of age. Then a remarkable thing happened. Kant immediately
    • engaged in working out his ideas within himself, he received a
    • message from Jena. The impression made there by Fichte's
    • audience. But then he was not concerned to convey his message, but
    • as an image. And now think of a person thinking of the wall. Detach
    • to deliver his own message.” Fichte's aim was to produce, not
    • ourselves in reciting and listening inwardly to those passages
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    • German villages. When the Christmas season approached I could behold
    • could still be sensed quite distinctly in certain farming villages as
    • villages in recent decades. When the celebration of Christmas
    • done in a very primitive way. In some villages you would find such a
    • see a few decades ago small groups of actors wandering from village to
    • village — the last actors to present plays of “the Holy
    • villages. There were the “Three Holy Kings”, wearing strange
    • their heads. Thus would they move through the villages, seldom lacking
    • village would participate, and which enabled people to take in with
    • villages, stopping at various homes, to present their simple tales.
    • their simple poems as they wandered through the villages, and this is
    • The whole village would take part in such things. As certain lines
    • presentation of which entire villages took part. As regards our
    • regions. In certain “language islands” in Hungary the German
    • language had been kept alive both as a mother tongue and for
    • language was imposed. There one could still find many of the Christmas
    • preserved their ancient heritage of Christmas plays, and they renewed
    • always recruiting the players from among the villagers themselves. I
    • actually visiting these village people and witnessing how they have
    • Such art was actually performed by village lads who engaged in
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    • sprang from an age of which we have often spoken
    • sentiments, feelings and ideas it contains had their origin in an age
    • forth page by page as it speaks to us, will experence, page by page,
    • first acquaintance with this poem came in an age in which there was
    • approach such a thing we feel how little human language, philosophy,
    • passage through the gates of death. He gives out his teaching in a
    • marks the end of the age of the ancient clairvoyance. There
    • super-sensible. We now are at the beginning of an age wherein men's
    • who are engaged in fratricidal battle with the Pandavas. A blind
    • connection with divine existence. Then came another age, and just as
    • age of transition from primeval humanity to that of the present day.
    • around him. That is the reason why the battle that raged about him
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    • various ages and peoples, that is to say, into the truly occult
    • dramatic power the story is carried up stage by stage to a great
    • stages of occult development, to entering the spiritual worlds. It is
    • preparation in our age for a true occult development. Let those who
    • such harmony with the spirit of our age.
    • successive stages, each higher than the last, each one introducing
    • corresponds to a deep occult truth. The first stage is a teaching
    • mood of infinite sadness, of infinite tragedy, and at the same time
    • This is the next stage
    • for the evolving soul. It is the stage where man begins to be deeply
    • stage shows itself at once as a necessary consequence of the deeply
    • Now the next stage.
    • because it corresponds to the superficial nature of our age; and
    • there is no getting away from it, our age is superficial.
    • out of the book all the pages that precede the chapter on the Saturn
    • him the next stage, how every soul can reach that higher world if it
    • centuries had been most holy to the highest men of that age
    • In this second stage we
    • but Arjuna has to be guided to Yoga. This is the second stage.
    • The third stage shows
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    • is quite easy for the materialistic science of our age to reject the
    • characteristic of the age in which they live, pictures that could not
    • have been seen at all in any other age. So, for example, people today
    • often dream in images derived from inventions and discoveries only
    • images derived from external life steal their way into the
    • consciousness at a comparatively early stage. As if awaking from a
    • border of sleeping and waking and that is nourished by images of
    • the night. We must be able to exclude the recollections and images of
    • images from our everyday life thrust so insistently into this higher
    • means we are struggling against the very forces that allow the images
    • very language of their grumbling is still the same.
    • transform one's sympathies and antipathies. To quote a passage from
    • particular stage arises with tremendous force, and all sorts of
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    • In our age this excess of self-consciousness is drawn forth from our
    • man has passed through many different stages. Thus, in the period of the
    • forth those riddles only in their concluding pages. In effect, when
    • ancient age of primeval clairvoyance. Yet it also was a period of
    • that at the time of its origin men were entering an age in which this
    • consciousness till he wakes up again. In the age of primeval
  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 5 of 9
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    • age this should theoretically be impossible, for what constitutes the
    • the age now beginning. Mankind, imagining life to be enclosed between
    • repeated incarnations. Thus a new age is beginning, the age of
    • the occult basis of these transitions from one age to another, where
    • the people of the West. Now let us assume that this man had managed
    • post-Atlantean age, was not always there but had to be developed
    • from the materialist age that is passing.
    • dominant thought of their age; how in Newton's time, when everything
    • mechanical laws in an age when Newtonism drew all thought under its
    • himself allows Darwinism to speak through every page of his writing.
    • call the latter the age of self-consciousness.
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    • outrageously misused and tortured the
    • spirit of our age, just beginning, is as yet imperfectly understood.
    • Spirit who prepared the age of self-consciousness. This knowledge is
    • history and of the color and temper of a particular age in which
    • trying to throw light on the new age of self-consciousness, and
    • showing how a creative Spiritual Being preparing for a new age
    • Him Who inspired the age of self-consciousness. Our enthusiasm is
    • how Being works, the end of all the ages. Nought know I anywhere; no
    • the spiritual ear of Arjuna, but echoing down through all the ages
    • in the age to come; that into this center there were focused the
    • to us here. Even as an image it is so sublime and forceful that we
    • has first been brought to the ego through many different stages
    • following one another and developing from age to age; when we thus
    • sometime in the future. So that from the age of self-consciousness
    • Universe into the age of self-consciousness from outside. It came in
    • come together in the age of the mid-point of evolution, even though
  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 7 of 9
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    • propagation of the race. We know that up to a certain age man's
    • a certain age this consciousness awakens. From that time onward the
    • forces, sleeping during the most tender age of childhood, waken
    • what we call the Lemurian Age, the beginning, strictly speaking, of
    • the soul that had remained behind in the old Lemurian age when men
    • Lemurian age. This is the same that revealed itself as Krishna.
    • themselves and be active until the age of puberty when man ordinarily
    • age of man. At that time it was one with humanity, before ever the
    • realm in the age we are entering; how the fundamental impulses of
    • age that is dawning will in time make it possible to deepen points
    • to the coming spiritual age. We must learn to take a different
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    • nation, even though it might belong to a previous age. The population
    • So it has remained, in a certain sense, right up to our present age.
    • It is true that one of the characteristics of our age, which is only
    • certain facts, especially the case during the materialistic age. What
    • accessible to the understanding of only a few. What one age has
    • especially true of the age just passed, from the fourteenth and
    • this age that has just run its course, that it contained some
    • higher stage, our inability to feel our way into these concepts is
    • something like trying to read a book in a language that is not
    • work to learn the language. So here it is not a matter of
    • age. Suppose that he now brings the facts and phenomena of the
    • namely, the sattwa condition. Thus, in our present age everyday
    • knowledge is the sattwa condition. In the intermediate stage of
    • he presents himself as the founder of the age of self-consciousness,
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    • shall see the daybreak of the age of self-consciousness. Thou shalt
    • effort can today be found right at hand. This is the tragedy of
    • Thus do successive ages
    • change. Today we must say that we are at the end of the age that
    • described how a kind of picture-consciousness, a living imagery,
    • introduced the new age. The world around men did not call forth clear
    • stage of picture consciousness, which as a matter of fact certain
    • Easterners still are. What the men of the Gita age found in
    • the first stage of rising into Brahma. It is not the content,
    • Nevertheless, for our age we have to exert ourselves, to be alive and
    • active than it was in the age before the origin of the
    • Age — rising to Brahma with passive souls.
    • Intellectual Age (our present age) — actively working our way
    • say when he wishes to introduce that new age in which the active way
    • to the world — the new age would never have begun. Everything
    • child. In two stages he gave that teaching that from another side was
    • where in two stages another teaching is given them, of
    • more into the tragedy of estrangement from the divine in nature, from
    • reach something higher, and I will. Always it is only a certain stage
    • and in the following passages, to his break with the Theosophical
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    • the successive epochs. Attainment of Initiation in the present age is
    • courage and fearlessness. Certain experiences are common to all
    • Mysteries, whether Eastern or Western: contact with death, passage
    • completely changed when, after our passage through the spiritual
    • certain stage without any personal guidance; for it has been possible
    • stage, he must not simply experience blue or red or any other colours
    • but it is none the less true to say that from a certain stage of
    • certain stage of Initiation these opinions no longer have any meaning
    • it is very easy for misunderstandings to arise. When this stage of
    • he experiences in the higher worlds. This stage can be reached only
    • cannot enter the stage of Initiation referred to here, but only he who
    • certain stage on it, will take an attitude towards many things in
    • a folly which assuredly would assail anyone at a certain stage of
    • The person who is meditating, who has worked up to certain stages of
    • this connection I call courage and fearlessness moral qualities.
    • Without them, certain stages of Initiation cannot be reached.
    • have certain stages in common, Hence for all Mysteries certain
    • follows. Every soul that wishes to attain to a certain stage of
    • must be gone through by everyone who attains to a certain stage of
    • has been designated in the Mysteries of all ages as “The Approach
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    • Experience at a definite stage of the Mysteries is that in respect of
    • develops are what enable him to reach the stage we spoke of yesterday.
    • way, and gone through the stage of having stood over the abyss —
    • to law, when a man has in old age expended his life-forces. We will
    • having fulfilled our measure of life. Men die at all ages, and we must
    • deaths at different ages? We understand that a man must die when his
    • present age we are comparatively fortunate in regard to such things.
    • will mount upwards stage by stage. For him who wants to become an
    • indeed come stage by stage into the higher worlds, but from this
    • but also the village folk go to sleep at a certain time and wake at a
    • experienced. at a quite definite stage of the Mysteries. From this
    • stage we will go on to-morrow.
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    • since past. Then in those remote ages this soul would have been an
    • the human brain, poised above the human face. Engaged in this task are
    • birth continues from primordial ages up to the present. Only this
    • of our language, is that to which the Hermes Initiator led. his
    • that later age no Osiris could be born, no Cosmic Harmony resounded,
    • as feminine, lunar. And at a higher stage in the Zarathustrian
    • Egyptian Age he did not only feel forsaken and desolate, but, if he
    • world. And now, when the Initiate of the later Egyptian Age rose up
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    • of the modern age still under the influence of the Intellectual Soul.
    • step in the stages of Initiation, for in the first lecture we
    • physical world the Voice that in earlier ages had been heard only in
    • As in earlier ages, so also in this later age, that which was enacted
    • and Moon during their passage through the signs of the Zodiac. The
    • secrets of the Grail, the Middle Ages saw something related to a
    • When the Initiate of the Middle Ages wanted to present in picture form
    • transition stage leading towards the Sixth Epoch and these things are
    • no longer tied to particular localities, but in the Middle Ages it had
    • the Middle Ages as a legendary being, but is well known to anyone
    • quite real in the middle of the Middle Ages, Klingsor, the Duke of
    • In the middle of the Middle Ages, Calot bobot in Sicily was the seat
    • own evil arts, through which in the Middle Ages he worked against the
    • Goethe and pay homage only to the soul who was capable of such
    • are revealed in certain passages of the second part of Faust or
    • Table represent the repetition of the experiences of earlier ages in
    • Mysteries of the modern age.
    • through the same stages as did a person belonging either to the
    • with calculating debit and credit, let us say, or with the usages of
  • Title: Esoteric Cosmology: Lecture I: The Birth of the Intellect and the Mission of Christianity
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    • In the Middle Ages, occult truths were known in the Rosicrucian
    • and spiritual world. In the Middle Ages, when earthly existence was by
    • further than the Middle Ages. The epoch of the birth of human
    • logic. Before this age, truth presented itself in the form of
    • develop in successive stages.
    • These principles of man's being were laid down in remote ages of his
    • marriage. In olden times, marriages were made in the bosom of the
    • desire, and marriage a matter of free choice. This is indicated in
    • This change from patriarchial marriage to free marriage corresponds to
    • (pre-Christian), through intellectualism (the present age), to
  • Title: Esoteric Cosmology: Lecture II: The Mission of Manicheism
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    • is the country of the Atlanteans. In that age the Earth was hotter and
    • severe as that of the present age.
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    • stage of evolution. The mistletoe, for instance, is a token of
    • sexes. There was an age when the two sexes were united in the being of
    • image.
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    • A law known to occultism is that with every new stage of evolution, an
    • the consciousness which will be possessed by all men in future ages;
    • The Rosicrucians in the Middle Ages were wont to place a glass of
    • It is a false idea on the part of certain mystics to disparage the
  • Title: Esoteric Cosmology: Lecture V: Yoga In East and West
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    • Greek imagery compares the soul to a bee and this is much truer to the
    • has arrived at the stage of catharsis. Only then can he work at
    • against eating human flesh. Whereupon the savage burst into laughter,
    • The lower part of the astral body of man in our age is dark; the
    • The higher stages of Initiation consist in controlling all the
    • extent to which he achieves this; he becomes a sage and has power over
    • not his task to mould the soul of his pupil to his own image but to
  • Title: Esoteric Cosmology: Lecture VI: Yoga In East and West (conclusion)
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    • This, the first stage of training, has power to develop the etheric
    • heart. In remote ages of earthly evolution, man lived in the waters
    • What are the higher stages of Yoga?
    • everything is a symbolic image of reality is acquired. This astral
  • Title: Esoteric Cosmology: Lecture VII: The Gospel of St. John
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    • During the Middle Ages a number of Brotherhoods saw in this Gospel the
    • the Rosicrucians. All were engaged in practical occultism and looked
    • sun which in the course of ages has formed and built the eye in order
    • through which they passed was accomplished, in three stages: life,
    • passed through the stages of death and resurrection in initiation and
    • The marriage at Cana expresses one of the most profound mysteries of
    • Hermes: “The above is as the below.” In the marriage at
    • There were ages in the history of man when wine was not known. In the
    • days of the Vedas it was practically unknown. In the ages when there
    • the Marriage at Cana. Water served the purpose of the ancient
  • Title: Esoteric Cosmology: Lecture VIII: The Christian Mystery
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    • Through the Middle Ages and in our own time it has remained the same
    • The Christian initiation has always consisted of seven stages, four of
    • which correspond to four of the Stations of Calvary. The stages are:
    • Then he is ready to pass to the second stage of the Christian
    • The Scourging, — At this stage man learns to resist the
    • of soul and heroic courage. He must cease to know physical or moral
    • and love. It corresponds to the second stage of Christian initiation
    • The Crowning with Thorns, — At this stage man must learn
    • perfect equilibrium. If the disciple has not reached this stage, or if
    • In the course of the stage in the Christian initiation known as the
    • Goethe has given a marvelous description of this stage at the
    • hammer. At this stage the disciple is conscious of the occult powers
    • for the fifth stage, where, in sudden illumination, the Mystic
    • Such is the Mystic Death. When a man has passed this stage, the
    • sanctuary. The last stage of Christian initiation transcends all
    • words and all analogy fails. At this stage man acquires the power
  • Title: Esoteric Cosmology: Lecture IX: The Astral World
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    • scientific works there is a wonderful passage on the essence of the light
    • as the language of Nature:
    • is nowhere dead nor silent, she has even a secret agent in inflexible
    • learns true self knowledge in contemplating the images of his passions
    • seeing the mirror images of their emotions and desires.
    • the essence of the experience itself is retained. The passage through
    • A lie in the physical world becomes an agent of destruction in the
    • The epidemics which raged notably in the Middle Ages are one example
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    • faculty of perception. Why are eight stages mentioned? Because the
    • undeveloped. In future ages they will all be visible, for the first
    • stages: man the animal, man the human, man the God (the true Superman,
    • three super-sensible types as living images into the astral light,
    • The zenith of the earthly life of man is reached at about the age of
    • age of thirty-five, the middle point of human life? Before this
    • seer at the age of thirty-five. It is the age when the physical forces
    • a yet higher stage. Thus in the course of his evolution man has
    • age on two, in old age on three?’ Oedipus answers that this being
    • is man, who when, a baby crawls on all fours, and in old age leans on
  • Title: Esoteric Cosmology: Lecture XI: The Devachanic World (Heaven)
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    • In man's present stage of evolution, it is not possible for the astral
    • (in Sanscrit, Atma). At this stage the Initiate preserves the
    • rebirth, are themselves determined by the passage of the Sun through
    • When the civilisation of Atlantis was destroyed and the age of the
    • this symbol? It is an image of the soul passing through the kingdoms
    • The animal is at the intermediary stage, its organism lying, generally
    • In future ages there will be conscious participation on the part of
    • In future ages man will learn to mould all the kingdoms of Nature with
  • Title: Esoteric Cosmology: Lecture XII: The Devachanic World (continued)
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    • symbols. The words of human language are only adapted to express the
    • There are seven distinct stages or degrees of Devachan. The seven
    • stages are not definite ‘localities’ but conditions or
    • At the first stage of clairvoyance, greater order enters into dreams;
    • At the second stage of clairvoyance, dreams become precise and clear.
    • the great religions are, properly speaking, the language of the
    • reflected in the microcosm, and so forth. At the second stage of
    • express the passage of the Sun through the Zodiacal constellations.
    • At this stage of his seership, the disciple is still at the threshold
    • leading from the astral world to the first stage of the devachanic
    • by the hands of men. At the first stage of Devachan, we are contemplating
    • reaches the second stage of Devachan. The moulds which represent
    • Devachan. At this stage the Initiate enters the well-spring of all
    • second stage of clairvoyant vision are called by Dionysius the
    • To attain the third stage of Devachan, thought must be freed from
    • bondage to the things of the physical world. Man can then live
    • At the fourth stage of Devachan, the archetypes of things
    • of this Record as in a sensitive plate. To understand the images which
    • sound, penetrating by the ears into the brains of others, where images
    • far remote ages of the past.
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  • Title: Esoteric Cosmology: Lecture XIII: The Logos and the Word
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    • We will endeavour in contemplation to retrace the stages of man's
    • Modern exoteric science goes back to the Stone Age — an epoch
    • Occult science leads us back beyond this Stone Age to the epoch of
    • the age when man began to walk upright, for speech and the expression
    • soul.” This passage describes the period when the gills once
    • etymology of the word ‘image’). The subjective, plastic
    • to envisage a life and power of manifestation infinitely more sublime
    • Let us try to envisage an all-embracing mind, a mind to which all
    • bliss in the work of creation exists at every stage of cosmic life,
    • In every age these three Divine principles have been represented in
  • Title: Esoteric Cosmology: Lecture XIV: The Logos and Man
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    • consciousness is quite different, inasmuch as in our age it is
    • followed the stage of imaginative consciousness? If such a
    • Ages taught their disciples to revere the chastity of the mineral,
    • A consciousness which repeats the third stage but retains the acquired quality of objectivity. Images have definite colours and are realised as being quite distinct from the perceiver. The subjective sense of attraction or repulsion vanishes. In this new imaginative consciousness, the faculty of reason that has been acquired in the physical world retains its own powers.
    • Sleep itself — not the dream — here becomes a conscious state. We do not only behold images but we enter into the living essence of beings and hear their inner tones. In the physical world we give names to things but the names are merely outer appellations. Only man can express his own being from within by saying ‘I’ — the ineffable name of conscious individuality. By this word we distinguish our own personality from the rest of the universe. But when we become conscious of the world of sound, each being, each thing communicates its own true name; in clairaudience we hear the sound which expresses its innermost being and rings forth as a tone in the universe that is distinct from all others.
    • One stage further and deep sleep becomes a conscious state. Description is impossible, for this condition passes beyond the limits of comparison. All that can be said is that it exists.
    • If we could envisage in one single tableau the 343 states of form, we
    • If we could envisage the 49 states of life, we should have a picture
    • If we could envisage the 7 states of consciousness, we should have a
  • Title: Esoteric Cosmology: Lecture XV: The Evolution of Planets and Earth
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    • We know that before developing to its present stage, our Earth passed
    • hand, says that in our age man lives in the mineral world.
    • face of the Earth anew. He is able to do this in our age with the help
    • of machines. If we go back to remote historic ages when as yet no
    • foresee an age when the whole face of the Earth — which at the
    • working upon plant-substance. At a still higher stage, he will give
    • have power over animal life. When he has reached the stage of being
    • he drew his first breath; consciousness will reach its stage of
    • creative power with which his thought is endowed today. In this age,
    • the stage of higher creative consciousness, he will be able to
    • communicate images to the air. The word will then be an Imagination
    • — wholly permeated with life. In giving body to these images, he
    • will be giving body to the word which bears and sustains the image.
    • instance when we make a watch, but give body to these images, they
    • ‘images’ will lead a real and actual existence, comparable
    • to animal existence. At the highest stage of evolution, man will thus
    • resound with the power of the Word. Thus man must evolve to a stage
    • where he will have the power to mould his environment in the image of
    • will be produced at the final stage of evolution. When that final
    • stage has come, these bodies will be a fit expression of the Logos.
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    • planets. We in fact can divide our present terrestrial stage into two
    • fluid forces emanating from the planet Mars. Before this passage of
    • that is a result of this passage; all substances containing iron such
    • language by indicating that the days of the week belong to the planets
    • 2) The second layer can only be understood if we envisage a substance
  • Title: Esoteric Cosmology: Lecture XVII: Redemption and Liberation
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    • spoken of outside the ranks of Occult Brotherhoods. Only in our age is
    • have remained at the lunar stage of evolution. On the Old Moon there
  • Title: Esoteric Cosmology: Lecture XVIII: The Apocalypse
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    • Christianity. What is written in the Gospels is the message, the good
    • public. But it was practised in the Middle Ages, in the occult schools
    • earlier stages of man's existence, but it looks forward through the
    • Let us try to envisage this future in the light of the cosmological
    • and of the invasions. The heritage of the Graeco-Roman civilisation
    • superiority of the scholar in our modern age lies in a knowledge
    • significance of Ptolemy's system will be recognised again in ages to
    • age man can to a certain extent hide the good or evil within him. But
    • or animals, in that future age we shall encounter beings who are
    • It was taught in Manicheism that from our age onwards the souls of men
    • Moon under her feet, refers to the age when the Earth will once again
  • Title: First Lecture: The Gospel of St. John
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    • stage of the “clever” ones, the second stage.
    • beautiful language. This was what Angelus Silesius meant when
    • occult language one describes what this ego inhabits —
    • occult language this union with the higher world is called
    • the marriage of the soul with the powers of the higher world.
    • marriage one can say this. One can look back on the former
    • stated: “And the third day there was a marriage in Cana
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    • What does it do? It makes good the damage suffered by the
    • disadvantages for people who sleep badly. Beings belonging to
    • possible outside of the body. At the first stage the pupil
    • feet, the first stage of a Christian initiation. Christ
    • sign that he has reached the first stage on the way to
    • signifies the first stage of initiation.
    • second stage of the Christian initiation is the
    • stage.
    • third stage is the crowning with thorns. At this stage
    • courage and strength except oneself — when one is
    • fourth stage is the crucifixion. Through this a person
    • on his back. With this the fourth stage is reached.
    • fourth stage. Such saints are bearers of the cross.
    • person has got as far as this he comes to the fifth stage.
    • the sixth stage, the burial and resurrection.
    • seventh stage is known as the ascension into heaven.
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    • followed the seven stages of spiritual ascent in the life of
    • the seven stages of initiation which existed at the time of
    • ascend to higher stages of human existence. Through
    • various peoples, the lower stages of initiation differed. In
    • the higher stages national peculiarities were of no account,
    • like to describe the seven stages of initiation as they were
    • possible to go through these stages even in the hidden cultic
    • particular stage of initiation that one really knows what
    • through these four stages of initiation extended further and
    • stage of initiation that he bore within himself the ego of
    • groups we meet with quite different stages of initiation. But
    • with, a stage of inner development even on higher planes, is
    • but the astral mirror image of the human nervous system. He
    • from an embryo to a stage at which one perceives the outer
    • embryonic stage one can never be ready to be born. Those who
    • know this stage also know that ordinary life is an embryonic
    • stage for the higher life. This leads us deep into the
    • must remember that he spoke in the language current at that
    • theosophically, this image carries a truly beautiful and
    • is the passage in the twelfth chapter, verse 28:
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  • Title: At the Gates: Lecture I: The Being of Man
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    • great treasure of occult knowledge of all ages to be made accessible
    • whole of language there is no other name which cannot be applied by all
    • in the less civilised peoples, most clearly of all in savages at the
    • these four members; but there is a difference between a primitive savage
    • to regulate the processes of thought. In theosophical language, a man who
    • has reached this stage is called an Adept; he will then have developed in
  • Title: At the Gates: Lecture II: The Three Worlds
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    • woman who gave her love, and now, at the age of twenty-six, Helen Keller
    • courage for living and takes delight in the beauty and splendour of
    • they appear as mirror-images. You see the mirror-images of your desires
    • in the same way as when looking into a mirror you see reflected images
    • All such images appear in the astral world reversed. Scholars attribute
    • give you some idea of these floating colours. But the astral colour-images
    • because he keeps the same image later, in the Second Part of Faust,
    • speak a confusing language, because the Akasha is alive. The Akasha
    • image of Caesar must not be compared with Caesar's individuality, which
    • because the image is alive and answers questions, and the answers are not
    • given. It is even possible that this Akasha image of Goethe might write a
  • Title: At the Gates: Lecture III: Life of the Soul in Kamaloka
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    • hover above the physical body, inactive, like a passive image; it works
    • finally a stage is reached when the etheric body dissolves no longer.
    • appropriate senses. If we can clearly envisage what will remain when
    • it offers him no satisfaction. And so he gradually learns to disengage
    • In the Middle Ages no one would have ever dreamt of destroying life in
    • on this as the height of madness. In the Middle Ages a number of people
    • part behind. With savages and uncultivated people, a large part of the
  • Title: At the Gates: Lecture IV: Devachan
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    • lived through many lives and so have added many pages to their Book
    • man and once as a woman, so that on average the interval between two
    • had the possibility and opportunity to add a new page to his Book of
    • At the first stage in
    • At the second stage in
    • had built up at the first stage.
    • At the third stage of
    • first stage.
    • Devachan. A man has to advance a stage further there, so he himself
    • prepares the image of his body for his next incarnation. That is one of
    • the astral body is engaged on its usual task of repairing and restoring
    • until light or sound brings them a message. Spiritual organs, on the
  • Title: At the Gates: Lecture V: Human Tasks in the Higher Worlds
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    • that pervades the activity of a being engaged in the creation of another
    • like a vast tableau, a man is under an obligation to create the image
    • words, for the spiritual cannot be rendered in physical language.
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    • can be engaged on is similar to that of the Egos of the animals —
    • he can spend at work in the higher regions of Devachan. A savage sees
    • For the next stage, help
    • all stages only in Initiates.
    • birth by stages, in the most varied ways; specially important for education
  • Title: At the Gates: Lecture VI: The Upbringing of Children. Karma.
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    • and in feeling is the best means of education at this stage. It is not
    • difficult after this age. It is at this time also that a feeling for
    • this is when we should do all we can to encourage it. This again is
    • faculties so early. Our age sins greatly in this respect. Care must
    • This, too, is the age when stories and fairy tales, which represent
    • him so many fairy stories at this age!
    • explanations but through examples and images. And how infinitely important
    • specially important for the child of this age is authority. It must
    • the third period of seven years, the age of puberty, the astral body
    • Theosophy seeks to lay hold of practical life through all its stages.
    • No, it gives us strength and confidence at every stage in life, and
    • only at the higher stages of clairvoyant knowledge. Much more important
  • Title: At the Gates: Lecture VII: Workings of the Law of Karma in Human Life
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    • strong will, is bold, courageous, with an urge to action. Alexander
    • himself with people in groups; human beings had not reached the stage
    • which wrought such devastation in the Middle Ages. It was the physical
    • of the Huns, is called in the Nordic language, Atli — meaning someone
    • way; and this meant that many passages were not expounded but undermined.
    • Then there was a third stage: that of the people who took everything
    • fourth stage: that of the occultist, who can once more understand
    • to moral courage. If a soul with that predisposition cannot find a suitable
  • Title: At the Gates: Lecture VIII: Good and Evil. Individual Karmic Questions.
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    • At our present stage of evolution conscience appears as a kind of inner
    • earliest times, language had no word for it. In Greek literature it
    • appears quite late, and in the language of the earlier Greeks no word
    • experienced. He was in fact a survival from an earlier stage of
    • thought emerged: Here is something one should not do. Similarly, a savage
    • at a primitive stage would eat everything indiscriminately, but when he
    • will age quickly in their next life; they seem to shrivel up. On the
    • man evolved to a higher stage and cast out the birds from himself. Then
    • in the most savage animals, for they will practise evil consciously,
  • Title: At the Gates: Lecture IX: Evolution of the Earth
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    • Earth. Similarly with Saturn, the first stage of the Earth's evolution.
    • passes through the various stages of his life, as child, young man or
    • stages into the darkness of Pralaya. A metamorphosis such as this, from
    • individualities, we find a remarkable passage. But the great Initiates
    • above all they leave some work for the human being to do. This passage,
    • the plant stage, and on Sun there were thus two kingdoms, the mineral
    • as Plato said in the language of the old Mysteries: the World-Soul is
    • in everything, but it has to work its way up through these three stages;
    • in fact reached the stage of the animal kingdom. He had raised himself
    • this in the image of the fire-breathing dragon; they knew that in ancient
    • This planetary stage will
    • These seven stages of the Earth, as recorded in occult science, are
    • days of the week reflect the occult doctrine of the passage of the Earth
    • through these various stages: a remarkable chronicle which makes it
  • Title: At the Gates: Lecture X: Progress of Mankind Up To Atlantean Times
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    • one huge body. This was the first stage of our planet.
    • germs of the Saturn stage, now emerging as a recapitulation of the forms
    • An important stage in human evolution is bound up with this occurrence.
    • by the fertilising astral force. Then came an important stage when the
    • in those primeval days, scarcely describable in our modern language.
    • with air. As soon as he had reached the stage where the breathing of
    • were Beings who were at a higher stage of evolution than the humanity
    • Angels and Archangels. They had once been at the human stage, but in
    • ascended higher when we reach the next planetary stage. Although they
  • Title: At the Gates: Lecture XI: The Post-Atlantean Culture-Epochs
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    • Brown-man hears the thunder and sees the lightning and this language
    • he can understand; his God speaks to him in this language. He hears
    • This was the first stage
    • is a stage which could not achieve much in terms of external civilisation.
    • reality was an image of the Divine, which must not be turned away from
    • reality, so that it may itself become an image of the eternal Spirit.
    • materialistic. In this age no Zeus could arise, but — the
    • reactionaries; they know that the age of materialism was necessary. Just
    • we need only make it clear to him that we value him at that stage of
  • Title: At the Gates: Lecture XII: Occult Develpment
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    • who has reached a certain stage of development. People work together,
    • Later comes a stage when
    • a stage is soon reached when the pupil not only sees what is physically
    • by all sorts of images, and you could never be sure that a given image
    • has a consistent meaning. But when you reach a certain stage, one image
    • the same image. The important thing is to learn how to read the images
    • through symbolic images. Wisdom, for example, may be described as light:
    • with a pupil who has reached the stage just mentioned. By day and by
    • by the fact that sounds and words are added to the images. The images
    • speak to him in an intelligible language. They tell him what they are,
    • of nature is rhythmical — the course of the Sun, the passage of
    • must first pass through the stage of spiritual sight and only then comes
    • to the stage of spiritual hearing. While he is still at the first stage
    • he has of course to learn how the images are related to their objects.
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    • indicate only the stages of the path. The instructions can be divided
    • formal customs. The ancient sages knew this, and hence they held firmly
    • the science of the breath. Our modern materialistic age places health
    • will consist of soft, transparent carbon. At that stage man will have
    • chapter, he has to experience the separate stages of Christian
    • The first stage is the
    • all stages of human existence up to Christ Jesus Himself, who bows down
    • himself with this humility, he will have experienced the first stage
    • The second stage is that
    • The third stage is that
    • The fourth stage is that
    • for having reached this stage is that during the pupil's meditation
    • The fifth stage is that
    • descriptions can be given of these later stages of Christian Initiation.
    • The sixth stage is that
    • of the Burial. Just as at the fourth stage the pupil learnt to regard
    • The seventh stage, that
    • that the seventh stage can be conceived only by a man whose soul has
    • this seventh stage, Christianity has become an inner experience of the
  • Title: At the Gates: Lecture XIV: Rosicrucian Training - The Interior of the Earth - Earthquakes and Volcanoes
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    • the various stages by which pupils of the Eastern and the Christian
    • in a similar way, the stages of Rosicrucian training.
    • the discord between faith and knowledge. In the Middle Ages the most
    • leads its pupils through the following stages, and these go hand in hand
    • 3. The third stage is
    • an evolutionary stage is the vortex. These vortices exist everywhere
    • stages and his various members have been formed in the course of evolution.
    • 7. The seventh stage
    • These stages of Rosicrucian
    • stage, he will have ennobled the Earth by his own creative power. Every
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    • our study. Yet out of the very foundation of this present age there
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    • evolution behind it, three preparatory stages before it became an
    • today is a true image of the etheric body, which is in its third
    • stage of development, and of the astral body, which is in its second
    • stage, and even to a certain degree of the ego organization that
    • humans first received on earth, which therefore is in its first stage
    • eye of a sculptor so that one obtains pictorial images of cosmic
    • forces, images that can then be recognized again in the form of the
    • being is also an image of the breathing and blood circulation. But
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    • who finds such a person in an early stage of life makes the
    • present stage of earth evolution, when all three members — ego
    • and one has to think how at this stage one can bring the other bodies
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    • four stages — the first very slightly abnormal, the others as I
    • touch with a priest, particularly when the fourth stage becomes
    • through these stages — it is connected with their karma, their
    • have gone through the stages in sequence, with the first stage almost
    • first stage and call what they perceive “the first dwelling
    • second dwelling place of God.” When the third stage is reached,
    • used. When they reach the fourth stage, they no longer want advice
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    • What appears at the threshold of perception is the first stage for
    • dwelling place of God.” In the first stage this is perceived
    • together with some spiritual being. As long as they are in this stage
    • reach a second stage. They tell of actual, shaped perceptions of the
    • usual second stage. It is a peculiar fact that those advancing from
    • the first to the second stage have only the vaguest feeling that
    • experiences in this second stage. Memory does not clearly connect the
    • two stages. These people live very intensely in the respective single
    • stages.
    • The third stage they
    • stage where they transform the pain within themselves. This is
    • highest stage of the experience. At this highest stage they no longer
    • themselves have risen into the spiritual world. At this stage the
    • stages follow in succession. We can understand them clearly through
    • have described, the first stage consists of the ego organization
    • part of oneself. That is the first stage: the experience of “a
    • second stage. First, these people have all kinds of feelings of being
    • same. Then they advance to actual visions. This is the stage where
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    • had to work in the physical body between the ages of seven and
    • fade. From the moment when the world deserts us, we have to manage
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    • scales, the law of leverage. You can carry the scales around; their
    • more toward age? A person is properly responsible if the point is
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    • individuals, we find that as a first stage the ego organization
    • who come to such final stages as St. Teresa or Mechthild of
    • first stage.
    • The children who are so excessively clever at this age are receiving
    • stage” as I described it, when she felt the presence of
    • second stage, the drawing down of the ego and astral organization by
    • of what we learned was the second stage for the individuals in whom
    • pathological mirror-picture of what we found in the second stage of
    • still a third stage. This is the stage at which for karmic reasons
    • clearly the exact opposite of what we described as the third stage
    • pathological mirror-picture of the third stage of the saint: the
    • spiritual beings to a third stage, being present in the spiritual
    • psychopathological impairment as the first stage. We can be
    • particularly aware of this stage when we encounter an abnormal
    • We see this progress to states of insanity, of which the early stage
    • life. Then we see this progress to the third stage — which
    • The second stage can
    • The third stage can
    • second stage I have described can progress to the third stage in the
    • puberty. This brings on the first stage of a pathological condition,
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    • in our age, in the first half of the nineteenth century, and in this
    • visionary images that come to him in a matter-of-fact way. His poetry
    • stage. On the stage he is an incomparable actor, full of humor; in
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    • to a meager intake of oxygen and a strong saturation of carbon
    • most talented things on the stage, the moment he withdraws from his
    • body develop, either suddenly or by stages, in such a way that they
    • body and become pathological cases, as I showed you, in three stages.
    • is a thorough philistine, that on every page you read commonplace
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    • go in thought from the inorganic fire processes of this present age
    • to similar processes in this age in the human organism, although
    • advances hypotheses that reach from the present age to a time lying
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    • sun and moon. We have, so to speak, to extract the simple image of a
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    • or in a higher stage of initiation. But in exchange for the blurring
    • is by no means a childish image to think of the sun as a receptacle
    • carrying images out of us into the macrocosm. But now think how it
    • could be if such an image, which the moon forces are continually
    • carry into the distances of the world, if such an image were held
    • back in the human body and kept there. And not merely an image, an
    • striving to pull and draw the human image out. How could this form be
    • moon forces are active in the lymph. Thereby the image that would
    • What otherwise is a mere image now takes on physical form. For this
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    • an intermediate stage between the sin and what can obviously be
    • diagnosed as the resulting illness. These intermediate stages may
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    • in this present age, something that has to
    • at their foundation has been completely forgotten in this age of
    • greater rhythms that extend from one Ice Age to another, and so
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    • to it through all the ages, for it moves slightly from year to year.
    • Let us see how the average human life of seventy-two years fits into
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    • can be engaged as in “-logy,” but the whole human being
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    • positive, active forces. For naturally in an age that has developed
    • substance is only a process suspended at a certain stage. Formerly
    • elemental beings, beings of higher hierarchies at various stages of
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    • this, we are able to bring into our own modern age what was present
    • earth has had earlier stages of evolution — Saturn, Sun, Moon
    • — of course, at a more advanced stage — what we received
    • agent into the human body. The physicians will learn how it is done
    • death. You will understand the passage of Christ from the Father to
    • be that the successive stages of theology are able to clarify the
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    • evolution behind it, three preparatory stages before it became an
    • today is a true image of the etheric body, which is in its third
    • stage of development, and of the astral body, which is in its second
    • stage, and even to a certain degree of the ego organization that
    • humans first received on earth, which therefore is in its first stage
    • eye of a sculptor so that one obtains pictorial images of cosmic
    • forces, images that can then be recognized again in the form of the
    • being is also an image of the breathing and blood circulation. But
    • who finds such a person in an early stage of life makes the
    • present stage of earth evolution, when all three members — ego
    • and one has to think how at this stage one can bring the other bodies
    • four stages — the first very slightly abnormal, the others as I
    • touch with a priest, particularly when the fourth stage becomes
    • through these stages — it is connected with their karma, their
    • have gone through the stages in sequence, with the first stage almost
    • first stage and call what they perceive “the first dwelling
    • second dwelling place of God.” When the third stage is reached,
    • used. When they reach the fourth stage, they no longer want advice
    • for recognizing when this stage passes over into the next. For now
    • descriptions they give at this stage, from what — if we speak
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    • What appears at the threshold of perception is the first stage for
    • dwelling place of God.” In the first stage this is perceived
    • together with some spiritual being. As long as they are in this stage
    • reach a second stage. They tell of actual, shaped perceptions of the
    • usual second stage. It is a peculiar fact that those advancing from
    • the first to the second stage have only the vaguest feeling that
    • experiences in this second stage. Memory does not clearly connect the
    • two stages. These people live very intensely in the respective single
    • stages.
    • The third stage they
    • stage where they transform the pain within themselves. This is
    • highest stage of the experience. At this highest stage they no longer
    • themselves have risen into the spiritual world. At this stage the
    • stages follow in succession. We can understand them clearly through
    • have described, the first stage consists of the ego organization
    • part of oneself. That is the first stage: the experience of “a
    • second stage. First, these people have all kinds of feelings of being
    • same. Then they advance to actual visions. This is the stage where
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    • one. That is what happens at the moment when the third stage is
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    • had to work in the physical body between the ages of seven and
    • fade. From the moment when the world deserts us, we have to manage
    • scales, the law of leverage. You can carry the scales around; their
    • more toward age? A person is properly responsible if the point is
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    • individuals, we find that as a first stage the ego organization
    • who come to such final stages as St. Teresa or Mechthild of
    • first stage.
    • The children who are so excessively clever at this age are receiving
    • stage” as I described it, when she felt the presence of
    • second stage, the drawing down of the ego and astral organization by
    • of what we learned was the second stage for the individuals in whom
    • pathological mirror-picture of what we found in the second stage of
    • still a third stage. This is the stage at which for karmic reasons
    • clearly the exact opposite of what we described as the third stage
    • pathological mirror-picture of the third stage of the saint: the
    • spiritual beings to a third stage, being present in the spiritual
    • psychopathological impairment as the first stage. We can be
    • particularly aware of this stage when we encounter an abnormal
    • We see this progress to states of insanity, of which the early stage
    • life. Then we see this progress to the third stage — which
    • The second stage can
    • The third stage can
    • second stage I have described can progress to the third stage in the
    • puberty. This brings on the first stage of a pathological condition,
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    • in our age, in the first half of the nineteenth century, and in this
    • visionary images that come to him in a matter-of-fact way. His poetry
    • stage. On the stage he is an incomparable actor, full of humor; in
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    • to a meager intake of oxygen and a strong saturation of carbon
    • most talented things on the stage, the moment he withdraws from his
    • body develop, either suddenly or by stages, in such a way that they
    • body and become pathological cases, as I showed you, in three stages.
    • is a thorough philistine, that on every page you read commonplace
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    • go in thought from the inorganic fire processes of this present age
    • to similar processes in this age in the human organism, although
    • advances hypotheses that reach from the present age to a time lying
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    • sun and moon. We have, so to speak, to extract the simple image of a
    • or in a higher stage of initiation. But in exchange for the blurring
    • is by no means a childish image to think of the sun as a receptacle
    • carrying images out of us into the macrocosm. But now think how it
    • could be if such an image, which the moon forces are continually
    • carry into the distances of the world, if such an image were held
    • back in the human body and kept there. And not merely an image, an
    • striving to pull and draw the human image out. How could this form be
    • moon forces are active in the lymph. Thereby the image that would
    • What otherwise is a mere image now takes on physical form. For this
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    • an intermediate stage between the sin and what can obviously be
    • diagnosed as the resulting illness. These intermediate stages may
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    • THAT IS ALWAYS OVERLOOKED in this present age, something that has to
    • at their foundation has been completely forgotten in this age of
    • greater rhythms that extend from one Ice Age to another, and so
    • to it through all the ages, for it moves slightly from year to year.
    • Let us see how the average human life of seventy-two years fits into
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    • can be engaged as in “-logy,” but the whole human being
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    • positive, active forces. For naturally in an age that has developed
    • substance is only a process suspended at a certain stage. Formerly
    • elemental beings, beings of higher hierarchies at various stages of
    •  Diagram 6Click image for large view 
    •  Diagram 7Click image for large view 
    • this, we are able to bring into our own modern age what was present
    • earth has had earlier stages of evolution — Saturn, Sun, Moon
    • — of course, at a more advanced stage — what we received
    • agent into the human body. The physicians will learn how it is done
    • death. You will understand the passage of Christ from the Father to
    • be that the successive stages of theology are able to clarify the
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    • soul, in any language familiar to him, the words In the beginning
    • wishes to translate what he sees there into the language of the
    • his hearers a mental image corresponding with what he himself sees in
    • visible one has not reached the stage to which the first part of the
    • Hebrew tongue, a language which works upon the soul quite differently
    • from any modern language. Although the Hebrew of these early chapters
    • rises from the sensible to the supersensible. The Hebrew language,
    • or, better said, the language of the first chapters of the Bible,
    • the pale and shadowy impressions which any modern language makes upon
    • gradually learn to comprehend what lived in the ancient Hebrew sage
    • and images of “heaven and earth,” of “Gods,”
    • existence, through the three preliminary stages of Saturn, Sun and Moon.
    • is only when we come to the fourth stage of our planetary evolution
    • Hebrew sage felt. If we would bring the sound B'reschit before our
    • only way it can do so, in mental images — all that happened
    • full of material images, we must also be conscious that the
    • course of the preceding Saturn, Sun and Moon stages has advanced, has
    • stage in its evolution.
    • ourselves through material images. Let us imagine that we have before
    • image of it, we may perhaps liken to a snail-shell, but a shell woven
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    • short course of lectures it is naturally not possible to engage in
    • Bible opens — words which are put before us in a language
    • For the language in which these powerful words of creation were
    • to refer to the character of this language; today, however, let us
    • scientific knowledge we call to mind what it was that, after its passage
    • at the stage to which they had evolved during the Saturn, Sun and
    • Thus the Elohim could say to themselves: “At the stage to which
    • human, but we must certainly envisage that there is already in their
    • nature a certain cleavage. When we speak of man today, we do not
    • the ancient Hebrew sage when he thought about this primeval
    • the outward expression, the expression made by its passage through
    • Hebrew sage as ha'arets, as haschamayim. When what
    • hovered before the Hebrew sage.
    • will feel as the Hebrew sage felt when the sounds of speech
    • language, a language which, if the soul is receptive, crystallises
    • lies the lofty discipline which led the sage to the pictures which
    • is that it has been preserved in a language the sounds of which
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    • earlier stage of evolution. I must keep on using the illustration of
    • it opens are supersensible events, even if they are only one stage
    • advanced during the Sun period to the stage of the plant. Again we
    • abstractions, notions. They were already so in the Middle Ages; and
    • cover our earth today with foliage and blossom, with trees and
    • condition. He was unable to awaken mental images within himself,
    • that happened during the third stage of our earth's evolution, during
    • of man — was then developed to the animal stage. You will find
    • the early stages of earth development it was impossible to
    • languages in words somewhat like this: “The Gods made a
    • what radiates out and tends to form clouds, has reached a stage which
    • unitary body at an earlier stage, the Elohim in their cosmic musing
    • recapitulation at a higher stage in a new form of what had gone
    • evolutions amounted to preparatory stages for the real human
    • recapitulating the earlier stages at a higher level throughout the
    • advance to the animal, to the astral stage. But because all the time,
    • begin to hear quite a different language in the Genesis account.
    • heritage has been entrusted to man, in order that he may develop it
    • the initiate passes a certain stage, and feels himself in the
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    • recapitulation of those earlier stages of evolution which today can
    • existence of the earth proper, a further stage of condensation and a
    • further stage of rarefaction are added — below, the earthy or
    • stages of densification — from warmth to air, then to water and
    • Archai, the Spirits of Personality, were at the human stage, the
    • stage at which we ourselves now stand. During the Sun evolution the
    • Archangeloi or Archangels had their human stage; and during earth
    • existence it is man who is at this stage. One grade above the Spirits
    • who had advanced beyond the human stage before the time of Saturn,
    • the hierarchies they stand four stages above the human. The
    • stages above the human stage. Spiritual Beings at this stage can
    • activity of the Elohim is four stages higher than human thinking, it
    • evolution had already risen above the human stage. They were active
    • way. There is a passage in the Genesis account which has been a
    • languages there is a connection between deus and
    • hierarchical Beings one stage lower than the Elohim, Beings whom the
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    • the passage in which the words ring forth And God (the
    • also? If you read the relevant passages in my
    • understanding of all development — the fact that at each stage
    • stage.
    • stage, just as the weaving light indicated the Beings who had
    • progressed regularly to the Sun stage. Thus, there was an
    • interweaving of Beings who were still at the Saturn stage of
    • development with Beings who had progressed normally to the Sun stage.
    • behind at the Saturn stage, darkness.
    • earlier stage of evolution, they will appear earlier than the light
    • earlier stage does not just go on for a time and then disappear.
    • we have co-existing the two stages of evolution which we can call
    • something akin to what is intended in Genesis in the passage where
    • by Beings at the stage of the Exusiai, the Spirits of Form, so that
    • at an earlier stage. Thus we can say that all that manifests itself
    • particular stage of development, it means something; it has
    • functions for which Beings are needed who remain at an earlier stage.
    • Archai, who at that time had not advanced to the Sun stage. And to
    • who in resignation had remained in darkness at the Saturn stage, in
    • the Elohim and who are at the stage of the Time-Spirits, the Spirits
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    • various ages and various peoples what we have first established
    • of reverence for what resounds in our hearts from far-off ages. We
    • lower stages of clairvoyant consciousness — and in Genesis we
    • Beings on Saturn who participated in the first stages of the work on
    • passed through their lower stages of evolution in a long distant
    • a specific stage. Although they performed their main task on Saturn,
    • who thinks in this way forgets that through countless ages high,
    • the next stage of rarefaction, then it is the next lower hierarchy,
    • everywhere within the other stages of elementary existence. Hence we
    • permeated all the lower stages of existence. Thus in the solid
    • existence of atoms, as envisaged today, to be real. So long as atoms
    • solid matter, but matter which is at no stage amorphous. The
    • the pages of Genesis, when you contemplate the mighty course of world
    • the previous stages of evolution, a recapitulation of what evolved
    • activity of the hierarchies is engaged in what is there taking place,
    • capacities which they had brought over from earlier stages they
    • greater ability than was theirs during the preliminary stages. To
    • grows to a higher stage through the bringing together of activities
    • this. During the preparatory stages of man's development they
    • something, has helped to raise them to a higher stage. They have now
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    • images of outer objects by means of external perception. But that
    • make a mental image of it. The mental image is within us, the rose is
    • the rose was outside, and that you were making a mental image of it,
    • but felt that while you were forming a mental image of the sun it was
    • directly as objects, but as images, just as today dreams often unfold
    • as imagery. For example, a dream can take its course in such a way
    • progresses by stages. There is a first stage which unfolds in various
    • stage of astral clairvoyance. Let me remind you of the scenes which
    • rise before his soul as he sits in meditation down-stage, and feels
    • the age of twenty-five or twenty-six, and not as he is at the moment
    • can only be represented in the play as happening on the stage. It
    • man has to pass through a stage in the course of his esoteric
    • real Strader as he will be in his old age. They are intended to be
    • The stage of
    • stages of clairvoyance. To begin with, the clairvoyant does not see
    • do these pictures signify? In the first stages of clairvoyance they
    • greater error if in these early stages by some means or other it were
    • distrust of them. The early stages of these imaginal representations
    • normal during the Moon evolution. The human being at that stage
    • so formed that it was merely a physical apparatus; at the Moon stage,
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    • Stages of Human Development up to the Sixth Day of Creation
    • Stages of Human Development up to the Sixth Day of Creation
    • how the earlier, preparatory stages of the Saturn, Sun and Moon
    • And God said, Let us make man in our imageCh. I, v.26,
    • and in the ancient Hebrew priestly language the word “Adam”
    • word called forth in the soul of the Hebrew sage a mental picture
    • “day” we have to think of man as advancing to the stage
    • stage of earth development, they alone are actual individualities! To
    • body” coined in the Middle Ages is correct. We speak of the
    • account confirms this. In the passage on the fourth day of creation,
    • higher stage as the fruit of their creative activity? In accordance
    • requisite strength, the power of the Elohim risen to the stage of
    • the Elohim had advanced to the stage of Jahve-Elohim, after
    • fact his condensation to the stage of the etheric body that took
    • species stage — he might have said to himself: “Strange! in
    • man. And the next stage of densification did not come until
    • passage of that book we come to a description of the Luciferic
    • occurred to anyone in the early centuries of the Middle Ages to think
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    • the first stage of earth existence, the course of human evolution
    • belonging to our solar system, each according to the stage of his
    • own terminology) the Lemurian age.
    • existence. This all happened during the Lemurian age.
    • earthly evolution from the Lemurian to the Atlantean age a kind of
    • Atlantis. During the Atlantean age the surface of the earth was still
    • age the surrounding atmosphere was still not water-free. The earth
    • fourth “day” of creation at a point in the Lemurian age,
    • These are the depths beneath that passage in the Bible which says
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    • until far on into the Lemurian age, right up to the separation of the
    • describe the being of man? Wonderfully! The passage is a model of
    • after the image I have described to you. This earth-man arose because
    • existence by the Elohim, still in the Lemurian age?
    • and that therefore the male-female is what was made in the image of
    • Elohim-creation we have man at a preparatory stage. All the processes
    • regards his external form, man belongs to the highest stage of the
    • body, otherwise it would have remained at the animal stage. The human
    • being had to wait; in him the lower, the animal stages, had to be
    • nature was thereby brought down a stage and became differentiated.
    • corresponds with the Lemurian age, in which we speak of the
    • speaks of the descendants of Noah. Thus this passage must be
    • other passages — tol'doth), and should assume a third
    • itself. The “days” of creation refer to spiritual stages
    • right up to our Lemurian age, man could not have been seen by the
    • the corresponding passages in the Bible. If one works
    • in our own language of the right way to conceive these things. But it
    • at every stage during these lectures — and that is the need for
    • may be engaged, this strength can warm and ripen our creative
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    • age, The parallelism between the development of the soul and the
    • development of the body continued until an advanced age of life; it is
    • a parallelism that we can recognise now only in the three stages
    • life, He passed through the gate of death. What this passage through
    • look into super-sensible worlds. For the passage through the gate of
    • As physical man, Paul was of about the same age as Christ Jesus
    • mankind. Let us try in the language of the present day to place
    • language of this materialistic age. So trivial is their interpretation
    • such a view as the following concerning the content of his message.
    • This is what Paul proclaimed, and in a language which at the time
    • we ought also to have the courage to say: Away with Christianity! For
    • secondly, with courage. As a matter of fact they do neither. They
    • sickness of our age comes to clearest expression; for a deep inner
    • such conclusions, for there is no doubt we live in an age of severe
    • the modern age? Should it not go together with the Easter festival
    • by little from the ape stage to his present height as man, than that
    • Paul. Not until then will it be possible for the true Easter message
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    • almost eagerly to illusions. The author of the article himself says:
    • old from the new age, although the transition is not noticed because
    • their own opinion about ancient usages, those usages would be far
    • This was a transitional stage. When Paul appeared with his
    • here — the danger that in the age now dawning, man would still be
    • befitting the present age would be to overcome nationalism, to
    • material image of these powers only. Vision of the soul has faded, and
    • in his physical being, man is only an image of the divine and
    • spiritual. This image can bring forth intellectualism, but not
    • known; direct knowledge alone can reveal these things. The age must be
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    • marriage of spirit with form. And in Roman culture, in Roman civic
    • hindrance, waged war against each other, and from the very beginning
    • wrought on the earth, became the heritage of humanity, and the
    • the strife waged among men in what is for them the distant past —
    • they alone know that this object is a sword. In that age of peace the
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    • counter-image of its own physical suffering, in order that this might
    • of the tragedy of it all, at the attempts made by art to portray the
    • fallen more and more into the background. In an age when it is
    • the modern age must be reached in a different, more conscious way
    • mere counter-image. We must gain something from what stands before us
    • they had completed the preparatory stages, had undergone all the
    • them in dramatic imagery, they were led at last before the figure of
    • which the earth is merely the stage. Thereby man was again united with
    • be lifted. Our age demands of us that we shall not only deepen our
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    • only when we envisage two streams of evolution in man's earthly
    • communicated to man in the original, primeval language of the earth
    • consciousness, even as it was in those ages of primitive antiquity.
    • tragedy. The knowledge received by men from their earliest, divine
    • increasing sense of tragedy, and how, in fact, none of the teaching
    • is inevitable that modern humanity should pass through the stage of
    • divine vantage-point He was able to explain to them the mystery of
    • words because human language has no others to offer, but I will try to
    • ready-made, but utterly nebulous. People do not muster the courage
    • real vision of the eternal essence of the human soul when he engages
    • But in the Mysteries into which Christ sent His message, it was
    • reproduction of the four stages of the Mysteries, stems from the
    • what is connected with death. This is the stage of early medieval
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    • Nordic sagas there is a note of deep tragedy, indicating that the
    • Cross. This is no mere poetic image, but something that has been drawn
    • than a poetic image — that in the very hearts of these people
    • higher vantage-point we think of the Christmas Festival on the one
    • envisage what the mid-Atlantean man saw and perceived, but you must
    • and images are preserved in the myths and sagas. Myths and sagas are
    • bodies became dimmer, less and less distinct; whereas the images of
    • sages of the Mysteries. Their eyes of spirit had penetrated into the
    • had been natural in remote ages had in the later times of the
    • form of atavistic remains of an earlier age. Later, during Greco-Roman
    • Zarathustra in Persia, and the sages of Chaldea, the successors of the
    • by the Chaldean sages in Western Asia, by Zarathustra in Persia, or by
    • stages of evolution. But at the present time, having plunged deeply
    • same stages as on the descent, but now in a higher form. To-day man
    • then for all ages of time he must dangle, as it were, in mid-air. He
    • age of 30, the Christ came down into his body. For the first and last
    • manner of his own life must be if, for all ages of time, he is to be
    • that which he himself will experience through the ages of time to
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    • GOETHE, one of the most inspired spirits of the modern age, has
    • strength which enables us to break free from bondage to matter and,
    • wait for long ages before being transported by the miraculous fire
    • stage of evolution. The first beacon is the burning thorn-bush, and
    • by pointing to the passages
    • Himself in the element of fire in nature. The message of the Old
    • ages of antiquity, and His divine Being is revealed in many diverse
    • and united Himself with the microcosmic images of the elements in a
    • rise to higher stages of existence when, through the activity of his
    • stage of evolution had been completed in an earlier world-cycle. They
    • up again into life in the Spirit when we understand the message of the
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    • riddle, the legend of Kashiapa, the great sage and enlightened pupil
    • profound sorrow that the Eastern sages looked into the future,
    • Buddha meets a man decrepit with the infirmities of old age. What is
    • limbs? Old age is suffering. And then the Buddha sees a corpse. Death
    • infirmities of age. The more the feebleness of our limbs: increases,
    • through the Christ Power indwelling us. Age is not suffering, for with
    • multiplication of the grain of corn we can perceive an image, a
    • their sorrow the Eastern sages feared: that the Enlightened One of the
    • the great sage of the East, will be purified in the miraculous fire,
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    • "Faith, love, hope constitute three stages in the essential being of
    • June he gave in Copenhagen the short but pregnant course on “The
    • stages in the child's development we may compare what mankind has gone
    • spiritual world whose image is here on earth — the Ego. This
    • each soul awaken the ego to a higher stage of existence. Speaking thus
    • Middle Ages they spoke of Moses “with his stern law”. And in
    • during the Atlantean Age, present-day men have become accustomed to
    • Gospels. The Gospels are the language, and, in relation to them,
    • Anthroposophy is the thought-content. As language is related to a
    • “The ages of faith are long past; they were fit for mankind in
    • their stage of childhood but men heave now progressed to knowledge.
    • stage of his existence. If a man could completely empty his being of
    • Faith, love, hope, constitute three stages in the essential being of
    • permeating the old language with thought-content. Are not these three
    • wisdom that ring through the ages — faith, love, hope? But little
    • thought-content of what the Gospels give them in language of the
    • so essential and of such consequence for our age: the new appearance
    • it is for our age that this revelation should come to men in such a
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    • "Faith, love, hope constitute three stages in the essential being of
    • life of what may be termed the super-sensible revelation of our age. We
    • feature of our age as something affecting us merely theoretically or
    • The souls incorporated to-day have only recently advanced to the stage
    • transformed into familiar images. Whereas, if they could have clearly
    • a physical body.” In fact, the dream-image clothed itself in
    • wide-spread. But, in our age, the law of reincarnation is such that
    • comparatively short time, will be eagerly turning to Anthroposophy. A
    • of our age in this way: The most active element in human beings to-day
    • We are living altogether in an age of intellectualism. It has been
    • now that the ruling force of the age is faith. We might admit this in
    • belonging to the childish stage of human evolution.” It may well
    • to mind lives of the great men of our age, Richard Wagner's for
    • Our age will be followed by one in which the need for love will cast
    • been outlived and the stage reached that is described in Goethe's
    • intelligence. In other words, we are approaching the age when morality
    • language through which verbal teaching could exert the magical effects
    • language he will use. No human language to-day can evoke any
    • age of man; in a certain sense we could designate it as a coming
    • Golden Age.
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    • world — and this stage may soon be reached — even if such an
    • — the preceding life; this we call the passage of the human soul
    • people who naturally sleep much more. But on an average we sleep away
    • death; one who dies at a later age has different experiences. This
    • early age. You see it is really the case that the separate sections
    • preparatory stage and built up our life on the basis of what has been
    • the building up of the physical body to the age of seven, and the
    • building up of the etheric body to the age of fourteen. From the
    • what we call the astral body; then the sentient soul to the age of
    • twenty-eight, the rational or intellectual soul to the age of
    • thirty-five, and the self-conscious or spiritual soul to the age of
    • death at that early age. In accordance with what I have already
    • of death at the age of eleven, twelve, or thirteen. They are placed
    • that age, for we all die at the age permitted by our Karma. Thus the
    • If a child dies at the age of thirteen, he has a retrospective
    • who dies before the age of thirty-five, experiences even in the first
    • young men who die in such numbers in our present age, will from this
    • From the fighters' courage,
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    • existence, and who, in spite of their passage through the gate of
    • every stage the great riddle of Life confronting him? And who does not
    • wars which were waged in the beginning of the Middle Ages between the
    • before the age of thirty-five — in order to have these very
    • are in a quite different position from those who die after the age of
    • thirty-five. One who dies before the age of thirty-five still stands
    • before the age of thirty-five. On reincarnating, those forces develop
    • if they had lived till fifty, sixty or seventy years of age. The
    • things are complex, and death before the age of thirty-five may also
    • at the age of fifty, sixty or seventy, he himself must do much more to
    • if an especially active man is summoned from life at an early age, it
    • one life and lives to a good old age, these forces are then
    • From the fighters' courage,
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    • Greco-Latin age, and it is again different in our time. We carried our
    • principles of the human nature. In a narrower sense, in our age we
    • All this is now forgotten, but man, while he lived in the Greek age,
    • relatively early age that which lies within the etheric body. But man
    • all its details, that would be of no advantage for our present life.
    • to reach old age and to use up his life slowly. To this end his
    • stage through an external happening, are to the spiritual world, when
    • through death so pass through the intervening stage, between death and
    • world in the flower of their age? Why cannot they complete their life
    • spirit. If all men reached old age normally, if there were no martyrs,
    • at the age of twenty-six sacrifices his whole future life, which he
    • is otherwise merely an abstract idea in our materialistic age, becomes
    • From the fighters' courage,
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    • solved if we have the courage to approach what may be called the
    • intermediate stage, between death and rebirth. I explained that souls
    • be some physical thing, an image of this physical thing, and there
    • nevertheless for the dead it is important to find their image in those
    • arises as an image in the souls left behind — the other
    • great cunning in doing something at an earlier stage of their life
    • at this present stage of his evolution. Thus we see that what must of
    • all that is enclosed in the human skin. When at a certain age we pass
    • it place in the Cosmos in proportion as the physical body ages.
    • wrinkled, the etheric body becomes chubby and again becomes an image
    • From the fighters' courage,
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    • and especially after his conviction. Let me read the passage:
    • passing a group of legal officials who were engaged in heated
    • One day when he went to the Court-house, he really lacked the courage
    • of an especially important trial of a case of espionage he was
    • he takes advantage of his position to write in the third person. He
    • years the Manager of the Hamburg Theatre, and who later became Manager
    • time which immediately follows the passage through the gates of death,
    • of espionage. But in the course of this very trial he is driven to
    • meditation we reach this stage we notice that we cannot penetrate the
    • which is connected with death. The Mystics of all ages have expressed
    • morally lack the courage to grasp them in reality.
    • really the courage to draw too near to the spiritual world lest it
    • beneath the threshold of consciousness. But in his courage, in the
    • From the fighters' courage,
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    • different images to those of the Saga, is of no consequence. The chief
    • gives us a mere papier-maché image of the earth. And he who
    • when the storm raged but of this in its deepest sense the present-day
    • gives himself up to what in our materialistic age is designated
    • his inner nature. In our present age those concepts and ideas are
    • important scientific training. Our age is very proud of itself. Of
    • supposed to be very highly evolved and is exalted above the dark age
    • One thing results: our age actually refuses to know anything of the
    • back pictures, the image of one man, the image of a second man, etc.,
    • and we behold them, we have then a world of images. Then come the
    • a mirror, in a reflected image, has a picture world of his own, and as
    • merely his image, so we really have only images of the whole external
    • of air strike our ear, we have only images. All are images! Our
    • critical epoch has resulted in this: that man forms nothing but images
    • in his soul, and can never through these images reach to the
    • merely has images and can never reach the ‘Thing in Itself.’
    • when we thus discover the image nature of our perception? Whence does
    • our epoch, of our enlightened age, is devoid of truth, and short
    • reflected image, the whole story of this image nature of our
    • man and throws up images in his soul. And it is well that humanity
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    • study of man with the help of the Kundalini fire. Twelve stages of
    • The Twelve apostles as the twelve Christ-permeated stages of
    • different stages of this observation. The exact, correct observation
    • this stage. The snake is the spinal column outwardly projected into
    • twelve stages of consciousness;
    • stages. They are those of the Creators, of the creative Gods. These
    • twelve stages are related to the twelve signs of the zodiac. The human
    • being must pass through the experiences of these twelve stages. He
    • the present clear day consciousness. In the succeeding stages of
    • planetary evolution he will reach still higher stages. All those which
    • and animals into the world, but also stages of consciousness. In a
    • become a higher being. This will also be so with his stages of
    • himself all twelve stages of consciousness. He himself is then present
    • separated off from myself these twelve stages of consciousness. The
    • twelve apostles represent the stages of consciousness through which
    • of the higher stages of consciousness: ‘Verily, Verily, I say unto
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    • of Ulfilas on the German language. The chaos of the activity of the
    • a product of activity. What is seemingly completed is really a stage
    • into it out of his ego. Since the middle of the Lemurian Age until the
    • activity, wisdom, will, are the three stages in which all being flows.
    • Lemurian Age, that is his karma. Only when man through his work has
    • transformed the whole of his astral body, has he reached the stage of
    • If we select some particular stage of development we always find a
    • three sheaths are engaged. To begin with he perceives red. In this the
    • physical body is engaged. In a camera obscura the rose makes the same
    • this the astral body is engaged. These are the three stages of human
    • the karma which he has still to pay back. When one reaches this stage
    • Many of the popes of the notorious papal age, as for example Alexander
    • also been embodied in language. The first Christian initiate in
    • Europe, Ulfilas, himself embodied it in the German language, in that
    • man found the ‘Ich’ within it. Other languages expressed this
    • the word ‘amo’, but the German language adds to it the Ich. ‘Ich’ is
    • into the German language. It is the initiates who have created
    • language. Just as in Sanskrit the AUM expresses the Trinity, so we
    • certain stage of development is called a Sun Hero, because his inner
    • being has become rhythmical. His life is an image of the sun which in
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    • Stages of Consciousness in the three kingdoms of Nature and of Man.
    • Physical Plane and its development to higher stages. The riddle of the
    • passage, then the tympanum, and in the inner ear the little auditory
    • carriage, which without the sense of direction or balance would not be
    • crust of the earth, so at that stage man also will build a planet. For
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    • completely illuminated. When a person has advanced to the stage of
    • normally have at the present stage of earthly evolution.
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    • sight, follow in sequence; the organ of sight is only at the stage of
    • The eye has only an image, the ear has the perception of innermost
    • the Epiphysis, the organ which will give reality to the images which
    • preliminary stage leading to a later power of creation. Now man has at
    • in the service of the human spirit. Our age has placed its highest
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    • with the Blavatskian sequence of seven stages of being, to which man
    • pre-Lemurian Age: Adam Cadmon and the development of the warm and
    • was not always as he is now. There are not only stages of development
    • stage of development. Today we will deal with seven ranks of beings,
    • different stages of beings. If we put together everything which
    • elements into himself. Thus there arose the second stage of humanity,
    • be seen as at a lower stage of this development. Without warm blood no
    • Thus to begin with we have the pure man who up to the Lemurian Age
    • again and again and in this way there was an ascent from stage to
    • stage. We see unsuccessful attempts for instance in the sloths, the
    • has two opposite aspects. For instance man has cast rage out of
    • higher stage. This purifying of passion, this leading upwards of its
    • had within him the rage of the lion and the cunning of the fox. Thus
    • stage of human development, before man separated off from himself the
    • Lemurian Age. The human being had developed his physical, etheric and
    • Kama, from Mercury Manas. The Nirmana-kayas are yet another stage
    • stage higher than the Nirmana-kayas, stand those beings who are called
    • position to become a Pitri. The next and even higher stage, the last
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    • as they are today, but they then descend a further stage lower. This
    • fact brings with it a certain tragedy. Certain men of academic
    • were the hosts of the Elohim in different stages. The lowest rank of
    • these Elohim is the Jehovah stage. Jehovah therefore is an actual Moon
    • What took place in the pre-Lemurian Age is a preparation. The human
    • the thought passes outwards through the larynx. The next stage will be
    • the pituitary gland (hypophysis) develops in the brain. The stage
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    • ‘vortex’ (wirbel). This is also why, in the age in which the sun stood
    • At that time in Babylon and Assyria the Sumerian language was the
    • language of wisdom. Then the Bull fell into decadence and the Ram came
    • highest point. It was prepared for in the Middle Ages and has now
    • Because in the age of materialism reincarnation was
    • dawning of the materialistic age. In order to bring about the
    • actual founder of the age of materialism. Already at the time of
    • In Judas was incarnated the entire materialistic age. This
    • materialistic age has obscured and darkened the spiritual. Through his
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    • the physical body evolved a stage further. The astral body was added
    • on the Old Moon and the physical body underwent a still further stage
    • body went through a fourth stage. So we may say that the physical body
    • Let us consider the senses in their successive stages. There are in
    • senses. To understand the successive stages of the senses we must make
    • assembled itself bit by bit, and then in the Lemurian Age entered into
    • stage, Atma, Buddhi, Manas, Kama-Manas. This descending curve is
    • are the seven stages of matter. In his descent man experienced these
    • stages from above downwards. At the beginning of evolution the first
    • corresponds to this stage as sense, is the sense of smell. Then man
    • As second stage we have the Chemical Ether. Here the sense of taste
    • The third stage is to be found in the Light Ether. There sight
    • itself as the spiritual in matter. At this stage the life of the
    • As the sixth stage we have the fluid element. The sense organ
    • As seventh stage we have the solid. The appropriate sense organ is the
    • example as crystals. At the next stage feeling will also be involved
    • together with thought. And the last stage will be achieved by man when
    • formed. When therefore today man uses evil, blasphemous language, then
    • materialistic age and this is the result of a preceding age. This
    • materialistic age has accomplished much, not only outwardly but also
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    • passages from H.P. Blavatsky, the ether. In this Ether-Earth
    • entered into the Lemurian Age. The ever densifying human being
    • Hyperboreans. This was followed by the Lemurian Age; it was then that
    • the development of the vertebrate animals entered its first stage, and
    • This is called a spiral (Wirbel). Until the Earth stage, the fourth
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    • has gained on the Physical Plane. In the case of the savage this is
    • Whoever carries his development to a still higher stage is surrounded
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    • stage. At that time the eyes were present only as little cameras. What
    • use of the apparatus. At that time they were at the human stage. They
    • from outside. This is the first stage of human existence.
    • The second stage of development was the permeation of this physical
    • present. That is the second stage.
    • But these stages are not final; evolution gradually progresses. Even
    • today the solar plexus is an active agent in certain animals which
    • forms from left behind stages of what was laid down earlier. It was
    • earlier stage whereas the crab has remained stationary. It is an
    • The third stage is that in which the whole is transformed by the
    • stage.
    • until he attained illumination in order to rise to higher stages, to
    • The second stage of development, which follows that of the cultural,
    • transformation of his etheric body. The stage of chelahood is
    • stage the Chela can renounce Devachan because the etheric body has
    • Until this stage is reached a duality is necessary for evolution, i.e.
    • them lies Kamaloka, a place of transition, a transitional stage, an
    • does not actually belong to normal development; it is only a stage
    • a terrible rage against those who have caused his death. Then in the
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    • structure of the Church, an outer image of the inner hierarchical
    • far above human beings, has disappeared in the course of the age of
    • materialism. Especially during the materialistic age, which developed
    • that we ourselves have ascended from lower stages of existence and
    • have yet to ascend to higher stages. We must realise that we have a
    • stands at this stage, created heaven and earth. It was one of the
    • certain stages of consciousness of the great universe, and the Beings
    • move from one stage to another. Eliphas Levi perceived this clearly
    • stages of development, with Hierarchies.
    • Hierarchy was to be an outer image of the inner Hierarchy of the
    • person in the average cultural environment of our time — meets
    • stages that the sojourn in Kamaloka is often frightening and terrible.
    • In Kamaloka man is actually engaged in collaborating with work on the
    • beings, by the Devas. We distinguish different stages of Devas:
    • clearly before him. On the next stage he consciously brings forth the
    • Thus there existed for instance in the Middle Ages the sect of the
    • Dhyan-Chohanic beings who earlier reached the stage which human beings
    • will only attain much later. They stand at the stage that will only be
    • engaged with others in creative work on certain aspects of planetary
    • Planetary Spirits during previous stages of evolution, during previous
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    • causes, Devachan as world of effects. Three stages of pupil-ship. The
    • responsible. Then at the next stage man said to himself: Now I have
    • Age as the sexual forces, is due to Isis, the soul of the Moon, which
    • being. Our present experiences in Devachan are the preparatory stages
    • The first stage of initiation consists in the pupil learning to
    • — a home. This is the first stage of initiation.
    • At the second stage of initiation something similar occurs, but on a
    • higher level. At this stage the initiate has a state of consciousness
    • The third stage of initiate-consciousness is that which corresponds to
    • into the third stage. He is then an initiate of the Third Degree. So
    • we can now understand why Jesus had to reach the third stage before he
    • had his own knowledge; he describes three such stages of
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    • language, to the way in which things were expressed. In the world of
    • on language in order to teach the outside world. The occult pupil
    • their disposal the language used by the world at large. At the time
    • language of symbols. No value was laid on the spoken word as a means
    • influenced by the materialistic age. The words which the Indians
    • created are still full of the magic of the sacred primaeval language.
    • also possessed by the Rosicrucians in the Middle Ages and the
    • When in the Middle Ages a Freemason master builder built a cathedral
    • Ages and all esotericists built and worked.
    • soul. As the fourth stage appears what comes towards the consciousness
    • Next comes what we form as mental image in connection with an external
    • object: for example, picturing a dog is merely making a mental image,
    • depends on the object stands at the stage of Nama-rupa; whoever forms
    • pictures stands at the stage of Shadayadana. The one however who
    • With this we have retraced the stages of the Nidanas up to individual
    • birth. The esotericist differentiates two further stages which go
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    • individual Karma. It was a very important stage of human development
    • At the next stage man learned to make use of speech. To begin with he
    • learned the use of his hands, later on, the use of language. Through
    • language can never be entirely selfish, whereas the deeds performed by
    • the Lemurian Age and for the first time created his own Karma, before
    • We thus differentiate three stages. The first consists in external
    • the spoken word. Thought is no longer, as with language, different
    • stages: deeds, words, thoughts.
    • effects of what is brought about through these three stages. An
    • still think? Just as little as a new race will speak the same language
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    • The three stages of thought-life: Abstract Thoughts, Imagination, and
    • also a group of human beings having the same language, and this
    • stages. Firstly: Human action is individual, with the exception of
    • negative, a counter-image of our foot. So is it too with our thoughts.
    • In the higher spiritual world there is a counter-image for every
    • thought. Image and counter-image are as interconnected as seal and
    • the mystics the counter-image is called Imagination. Thus we have
    • the stage on which the beings are incarnated who work with us when we
    • reached a higher stage. This is the pre-requisite for a quite new kind
    • must think in pictures, in images; that means ‘to imagine’. In this
    • have before him the counter-image, the Imago. This is the source of
    • far that he can create such pictures has attained the stage of the
    • Just as man develops himself to the stage when he can create pictures
    • Intuitions. Behind all language Beings of Imagination are working and
    • advanced beyond the stage of comprehending life with feeling. It is
    • consciously by reaching the stage of Imagination. Herein we find the
    • 14th centuries. It is important that the materialistic images of the
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    • The human beings of the Atlantean and Lemurian Ages. The two-fold
    • origin of human nature and their union in the Lemurian Age. The Eighth
    • stone. The natural scientist likes to compare this stage of humanity
    • with that of savages or of a clumsy child. Remains of such human
    • being has developed from this childish stage of existence up to the
    • present stage of human culture and that this primitive man has evolved
    • child has the predisposition to a later stage of perfection, whereas
    • the animal remains at the lower stage.
    • When the natural scientist has gone back to the stage at which man had
    • stage of intelligence and then to regain what he could do earlier. At
    • a stage in human development at which the union of the maternal and
    • In the Lemurian Epoch, however, man was still at a stage at which he
    • Lemurian Age, of the nature of reptiles; animals of grotesque shapes
    • formation is reminiscent of those which appeared in the Lemurian Age,
    • that serpent-like body which we meet with in the Lemurian Age. This
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    • way. When a person in the present stage of civilisation has come so
    • form, its own image in astral space.
    • this point of neutrality is finally past, he progresses to the stage
    • Old Moon, out of which the Moon has developed to a higher stage. Thus
    • that they reached their proper stage on the Old Moon will cause no
    • therefore they stand at a higher stage and on the other hand they
    • sexuality which made its appearance in the Lemurian Age, when we trace
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    • to them. Everything that exists as thoughts and mental images has an
    • etheric body, is engaged with the outer world. When man is in a
    • suited to becoming the pupil of those who are engaged in conflict with
    • the materialistic age this is extremely frequent. With such people
    • We take with us the cause of every counter-image that we have brought
    • evolve beyond a certain clearly defined stage of development. At the
    • earlier stage he held opinions which those he held later contradicted.
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    • artistic activity in theosophical life. The passage through the Astral
    • dwell much longer with our mental imagery on the plant, for we must
    • Feeling has its counter-image on the Lower Devachanic plane. Man has
    • worked upon and ennobled by the ego. With savages the greater part is
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    • forms of development until their unification in the Lemurian Age. The
    • definite stage of our development. We know that we live in three
    • stage of having his present day physical consciousness and of how he
    • did the Monad live? Both have gone through different stages of
    • Thus at a certain stage we find the human being in a form which is
    • comprehensive organism, which is an image of the entire environment.
    • mirrored images of the outer-world, microcosm in the macrocosm.
    • Lemurian Age. Thus they could mutually fructify each other. The Monad
    • assuaged.
    • were then reflected back, causing images to arise within it.
    • These reflected images became forces within the astral body and these
    • images the etheric body developed separate members. This etheric body
    • through their relationship; they are images of the whole of the rest
    • is an image of the beings which have been thrown off. In so far as
    • up the reflected images of its own actions.
    • formed in the Monad, arising out of the reflected image of deeds, the
    • We take up image forms and
    • up as image out of his environment. Man is immortal; he only needs to
    • has quickened the mirrored images in us. Now these images can work
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    • Fructification with the Spirit (Monad) in the Lemurian Age. The
    • previous stages of Earth evolution: Old Saturn, Sun and Moon. The Sun
    • The development of the Earth had three preliminary stages: (Old
    • Saturn, Sun and Moon). In the first three Earth Rounds these stages
    • somewhat higher stage than on the Old Moon. There he had not yet
    • was completed in the middle of the Lemurian Age.
    • Earth-men of the pre-Lemurian Age are the actual descendants of the
    • earlier stage of evolution, they were still more beautiful and nobler
    • During the Age which preceded the Lemurian Age, we have the
    • Hyperborean Age on the Earth, that of the Sun Men, of the Apollo-Men.
    • a higher stage.
    • later became a fixed star. The sequence of stages that the Earth has
    • remained at this stage, its roots are in the earth and it stretches
    • This Sun-man developed in seven different stages. His direction on the
    • longer able to reproduce themselves; thus in the Lemurian Age the two
    • increasing density and hence life in the Lemurian Age had to receive a
    • previously came the Lion, the symbol of courage, and before this the
    • In the middle of the Lemurian Age we find the first Sons of the Fire
    • Age did the Monads regret their previous refusal; they came down and
    • more highly developed. Jehovah and Lucifer are engaged in an unceasing
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    • Between the single material stages of these Globes there is no gradual
    • short sleeping condition. When man arrives at the last, seventh stage
    • again proceed on his way at a higher stage. For this reason he must
    • third stage of consciousness he becomes able to observe what goes on
    • together called the twelve stages of the Cosmic Year. Then the whole
    • thing is gone through again, but at a higher stage.
    • every Round. In each Round we have seven stage of development which
    • then have been raised half a stage higher and everything else with
    • There we have to do with a repetition at a higher stage where all our
    • graded in accordance with the stages of Karma, seven degrees of
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    • one is a stage of a particular condition of evolution, which has 7
    • all its stages. In the different esoteric religions these stages are
    • First Elementary Kingdom at the stage of physical form. In the
    • have reached the stage at which our Masters stand today. Then our ego
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    • Jehovah and Lucifer. Elemental beings in the Atlantean Age. The origin
    • evolution. Humanity entered into a dark age. This dark age is called
    • It was only in the middle of the Lemurian Age that warm blood made its
    • The days of the week are an image of planetary evolution. The sequence
    • preceded the Mars-Age. The Moon contains silver. Still earlier took
    • Golden Age; Moonlight and silver: the Silver Age; Mars and iron: the
    • Bronze Age.
    • of mental images and concepts. When we observe the civilised world
    • middle of the Lemurian Age the Ego was still empty; man could as yet
    • will be present as reflected image in our Ego. When at last we have
    • In the middle of the Lemurian Age the Ego was like a hole bored into
    • its Sixth Stage of development, corresponding to the Sixth Race, an
    • raised to the stage of Devachan, he will remain in the animal state.
    • consists in achieving a new stage of life. The purpose of the Seventh
    • Round is to lead over into a new stage of consciousness. Thus the
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    • Nothing) as three stages of evolution. Elemental Beings and the
    • In the Middle Ages the alchemist tried to make use of these spirits.
    • today in which ceremonial magic is still exercised. Such usages cause
    • worked in, is however gradually worked out again. In advanced age the
    • In childhood the foundation of what man will have in old age is
    • eliminate the damage in the astral body, otherwise he will break down
    • in old age under the weaknesses of his childhood. Only what man works
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    • microcosm and macrocosm. The development of different stages of
    • consciousness during the epochs of the Post-Atlantean Age.
    • We have therefore in our senses a sequence of stages in connection
    • surrounding world reflect itself in him. The next stage is that he
    • those stages of evolution through which he has been created.
    • oneself the surroundings as they were when in the Lemurian Age the
    • heart, one can conjure up the entire environment of the Lemurian Age
    • gradually during the Atlantean Age, one sees the Atlantean landscape
    • Lemurian Age. There was a uniform temperature over the whole Earth.
    • Lemurian Age; because of this Lemuria could meet its destruction
    • The next stage — during the Atlantean Age — was the creative
    • Age he worked upon solid earth, this brought forth fire; in the
    • Atlantean Age he worked upon the water; this brought about light. (it
    • Now in the Fifth Sub-Race man does not perceive the changing stages of
    • Manas, but this Race sees as the highest stage the psychic experience
    • preceding stages of evolution. Then for the first time Christianity
    • residue of the Atlantean Age, the Fourth Root-Race.
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    • Ages, when the Mongols came into conflict with the Europeans,
    • onslaught were to be met with courage and love, then the putrefying
    • Lemurian Age the breathing process began to take on the form it has
    • certain beings had evolved beyond the stage of the human evolution of
    • breathing. They pushed the plant kingdom a stage lower, in order that
    • Monad. Oxygen therefore in the Lemurian Age formed the body for the
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    • Age the original human element divided into an ascending humanity and
    • Moon. Man then stood at quite a different stage of development. He
    • Let us transfer ourselves into the pre-Lemurian Age. Then the
    • Age in which the Earth was still united with the Sun. There then
    • Thus when the Lemurian Age was approaching its end two human types
    • Now we come from the Lemurian to the Atlantean Age, to the peoples who
    • water into wine at the marriage in Cana, we are shown how Christ took
    • With Saturn we come into the Mineral Age. In the Atlantean Epoch,
    • stage of development. This means that we stand before a new so-called
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    • the Post-Atlantean Age. Development of the Post-Atlantean Age through
    • a much earlier stage. What had its start in Europe moved ever further
    • Edda, which was only written down at the end of the Middle Ages. We
    • tribes had also made the transition into the Fourth Stage so that in
    • North. So the older stages of civilisations progressed towards what
    • and can therefore also absorb them. In accordance with his parentage
    • which leads up to a new cultural stage is symbolised by Elsa of
    • throwback into the Atlantean Age. And this happens everywhere, over in
    • Buddhism appears as a throwback into the Atlantean Age. This is why we
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    • constant and varied flow of images, sensations, and ideas since in
    • blood's restraining influence is absent. Mental images fluctuate
    • particular image nor sustain their interest in an impression. Instead,
    • that he learns there are things other than himself that can engage his
    • situations where rage is of no use, but rather only makes them look
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    • Antworten der Geisteswissenschaft Auf Den Grossen Fragen des Daseins.
    • engaged in the process of digestion. While an animal is digesting its
    • that: men, too, but they have the advantage of being able to instruct
    • courageous or cowardly, rapacious or gentle, according to how the
    • birth to death a man is capable of learning new languages, and what
    • instructed by its organs, but man has the advantage of being able to
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    • Antworten der Geisteswissenschaft Auf Den Grossen Fragen des Daseins.
    • by man struggling to a definite stage of intelligence, are brought
    • relation to his language, his way of thinking and also to the extent
    • advantage over the animal, that he has to make the effort to acquire
    • at a certain age, however, the possibility ceases for the further
    • character of sound, or the soul in language. Language does not only
    • have the spirit expressed in the content of words; language also
    • possesses a soul. And much more than we think, a language works upon
    • us in the character of its sound. A language with many “ah”
    • sounds works upon us in one way; a language that in the character of
    • In all the most important passages in it, it is clear that what
    • language, in the vowel sounds. You will find that where you get the
    • I am coming now, it is true, to a language that obviously for many of
    • certain stage, but can be carried further by developing slumbering
    • too, is taught by his organs; however, he has the advantage of in
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    • Menschenfragen und Weltantworten.
    • longer passionately eager for knowledge; we are merely inquisitive and
    • In our present age only lovers like to dream in the moonlight! Men of
    • gradually reaches a stage in his development at which he no longer
    • in this present age thoughts rise up from within man's own being, it
    • their words into modern language, but this is the gist of what they
    • surrounding space is made free for the passage of those souls who must
    • can understand how the human head is actually moulded in the image of
    • nature. But I ask you: — What does the average man of today know
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    • Menschenfragen und Weltantworten.
    • point in the course of the ages would this nebula exist? When such
    • actually looking at something that is the product of an earlier stage
    • advance to further stages. The ancient initiates pursued this kind of
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    • Menschenfragen und Weltantworten.
    • language. But modern language cannot penetrate directly into the realm
    • contemplated from a vantage-point of spirit-and-soul on the path of
    • A vantage-point of vision lying outside the physical-material cosmos
    • is reached only by degrees. When a man has reached this vantage-point
    • infinite. The questions are resolved only when the vantage-point of
    • from outside it. In the middle stages at least of the life between
    • the vantage-point of his vision.
    • Now if this vantage-point is, in fact, changed, we experience it from
    • people are not willing to do, hence the battle that is waged against a
    • vantage-point outside the cosmos in which we live between birth and
    • fundamental disposition. Whether a man is courageous in his moral
    • When man is passing through these stages after death, or also in the
    • meaning for him. As long as the words of human language have to be
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    • Menschenfragen und Weltantworten.
    • This means that a constant struggle is waged in us between the forces
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    • that in our present age new forces, and particularly forces of
    • there is a link with what I myself experience, if I let the new age
    • various ages back into Roman times as of something they have grasped
    • age as far back as ancient Rome. In purely historical writings, even
    • soul. What would the Greek souls have said to the image, the old
    • all that later ages received as the Old Testament. This would have
    • instance in the Middle Ages and on even into modern times. Therefore,
    • can understand that age, so different from our own.
    • us in this age in order to absorb objectively and dispassionately what
    • was peculiar to souls of a different age. We need not set our
    • were spoken, such images awakened, as those of Demeter, Persephone,
    • from within the soul when these images are awakened.
    • before our inward vision as something that awakens an image of the
    • have actually seen on the stage that they are servants of the
    • spiritual world, and that it is necessary in our age that every effort
    • and this year Steglich of Copenhagen, as well. And many must remain
    • demands of the present age. A feeling for this ought to be awakened so
    • in the simplest language. Let us learn, with an honest and sincere
    • conviction of the needs of our age, to recognise what a deed it was to
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    • lectures. We have reached such a stage in our anthroposophical work
    • all ages become. It would take us too far afield today to refer in
    • of the human being and his various aspects throughout the ages.
    • worlds. We have pointed out how the heritage of Atlantean wisdom, now
    • post-Atlantean age will mankind again reach the point of drawing up
    • according to the needs of the age, great initiates give to men from
    • these worlds in the ordinary way. He must arrive at a stage in which,
    • important cultural impulses in the course of successive ages, had
    • student in the first stages of initiation to get to know the
    • our thoughts, how we form memory images within the etheric body, and
    • exert the physical body to bring up memory images from the depths of
    • tired. It would be able to gather up thought images to all eternity,
    • gives us a really faithful image of the functions and processes in the
    • build up the organism that, at the stage at which physical man now
    • ages go by. A man living primarily in the physical world, looking back
    • since it has not been possible for his image to be distorted by the
    • even further, until he comes to the stage when he will see better what
    • It may happen that some human individuality, who in bygone ages stood
    • cosmic law. The earth is the stage where, in accordance with cosmic
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    • that at every stage of its development the human soul should
    • enters the super-sensible worlds either through the first stages of
    • language of the super-sensible world, it will no longer seem natural
    • attained, and the preparation for this stage of clairvoyance must
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    • nature of records you will find allusions to how at a certain stage
    • disillusion, and so on. Were we to envisage the whole compass of what
    • in the first stages of initiation that man discovers that, of all that
    • clings; that is, what actually has to do with the stages of
    • future ages by the force of super-sensible memory.” If you feel
    • stages of initiation. These words all apply to the life of soul and
    • only the first stage of initiation. If we would review the next stage,
    • one will fail to have in the first stages of initiation, “Now you
    • while images keep rising up within you that need to be related to
    • that these images are related to beings, but you have never met these
    • realise you bear within you as pure image — this is the next
    • into relation with all the images that arise, that you can love and
    • of another. Not only a number of inner images are awakened, but also
    • stage this difference is strongly marked. You are either taken away or
    • image you have experienced. You learn to know it.
    • By this surging up within you of the images of unknown beings with
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    • your sensory existence, you do not have the image of your own physical
    • Threshold, the first memory images have nothing to do with the
    • stage of initiation it may also happen that something else is extended
    • Therefore, as a result of the exercises for the first stages of
    • certain stage of clairvoyance, or in the conscious experience of
    • because that belongs to the first stages on the path to initiation.
    • cleavage, and quite calmly says to himself: “Only now are you
    • senses.” At this stage one sees for the first time what man,
    • the first stages of initiation, he can raise himself clairvoyantly to
    • you still keep a memory image of the rest of humanity. On the one
    • hand, it is necessary to have the memory image; on the other, you can
    • worlds, has become acquainted or not with this image of the Christ.
    • completely miss this image of the Christ. If, then, anyone when still
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    • different language when representing the transition from one world to
    • call attention. Our present age has a certain peculiarity connected
    • of the first stages on the path of initiation. You cannot say of any
    • classification and description of everything that in our age can be
    • not merely maya. It exists as the stage for events that beings may
    • in the divine, since with overwhelming tragedy he permeates earth
    • tragedy! He would like to change all that has ever appeared in the
    • aside its skin like a kind of image of itself and progress in life
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    • attains to visions of the higher worlds bears images within him of his
    • own inner life and is at first guided by what is in those images. It
    • his ego or thought body. The essential thing at every stage of
    • This, of course, is not possible for everyone, especially in an age as
    • to the realisation that, in this age, there is need for the sifting
    • case. Say that someone wishing to pass through the stages of
    • without making Christ take part in it. In his old age it caused him
    • image back to you. Your face is there all the way along, but you only
    • here only present for us as physical image. Then he can understand
    • after Christ have had some special advantage over their
    • its hold. Because the message of this ray of spiritual light becomes
    • the need of our age for a spiritual movement, and in the fact that a
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    • in the physical. Now we let all this fade away, there comes an image
    • stage of consciousness is one where one sees this personified karma
    • images of the outer world in certain conditions, and every failing or
    • voluntarily and in the place of what has faded, comes an image of our
    • on going out of the body. At this fourth stage we also learn that
    • stage outside our body.
    • at the fourth stage. The divine spiritual Cosmos participates in our
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    • image of Divine Being in the form of man, as the highest divine work
    • image which the human being has formed from his earthly existence, is
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    • world occultly through Imaginations, through creative images. The
    • as we are now; we should want to become spiritual beings at the stage
    • very difficult to find words in ordinary language which exactly
    • ages, it was different. Of course man's perceptions arose in
    • something in our inmost soul which is a hidden language of the soul,
    • which enables it to find its way in the cosmos through all the ages
    • course of the evolution of humanity: it was completed in the age in
    • is the stage whereon the play of divine thoughts is carried out.’
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    • elementary the stages of mental development of some races still are,
    • age, can we prepare ourselves in the right way, so that —
    • be answered in a manner adapted to our present age. In the age when
    • from whence comes this soul-force in the present age?
    • or — as the age of faith is declining more and more — to
    • investigation, or through death. If in our present age we seek to
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    • future and disappeared in those future ages.
    • If, for example, we died at the age of sixty or eighty, we do not
    • age of twenty, because it is there as a living elemental being, it
    • example, at the age of forty the thought would only be twenty years
    • we may die in very old age, we still could have enjoyed more,
    • necessary in our present age. I have said that during the whole of
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    • been connected in some way in former stages of existence. It is not
    • age, there remains to him a surplus of force and when the Midnight
    • existence. One must not be discouraged when, in such circumstances,
    • able to do this in our age depends upon the fact that Christ brought
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    • Rudolf Steiner suggested new ways to organize society and engage with
    • carry this planetary evolution forward to the Earth stage, and you
    • living in the age of the Consciousness Soul — the age in which
    • pass?” Let us not forget that we are living in the age when the
    • devoid of the spirit, we must reach the stage of a spirit-filled
    • Even in his latest years Goethe was still eager to learn. His inward
    • brought by old age. Nowadays people very seldom think in that way
    • must learn, my dear friends — that all stages of life —
    • with people at other stages of life; and particularly with children,
    • consciousness belonging to our age. We can strive for clear insight,
    • childhood, or in maturity, or in old age, if we remain shut up in
    • can be understood by the soul of another person who in old age
    • age looks with real love on his youngest contemporaries.
    • of our age you may see how a social impulse, in the broadest
    • life becomes fruitful only when age seeks its highest goal through
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    • Rudolf Steiner suggested new ways to organize society and engage with
    • stage of development, before we are plunged again into earthly life.
    • before birth. Just as an image in a mirror indicates what is being
    • mirrored image, to super-sensible spiritual life before birth, so does
    • seeds (if I may use this image) of the experiences that will be his
    • against nation in savage struggle, and when even now, after events
    • inevitable result is that nation rages against nation! We are
    • the sense of the new Christ-language.
    • middle-class. Age and youth, too — how little they understand
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    • Rudolf Steiner suggested new ways to organize society and engage with
    • are the one great mirage in the world, while the substance of our
    • made to hear what the Christ is saying for our present age, then it
    • for long ages the crystal retains, quite of itself, its existing
    • suffering for human society, and sets the stage for convulsions and
    • not a reflection but a counter-image of super-sensible life. And we
    • finds it to his advantage to do so. Economic life springs from needs,
    • classes — were accustomed to praise the stage which our
    • such an advanced stage. But this culture, this civilisation, was
    • modern times labour-power has become a commodity. Ordinary wage
    • advantage of him! One need only look these circumstances straight in
    • advantage of the workers: then you will bring health into the social
    • stage when principles of justice can be derived only from the
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    • seeks to approach Nature from three vantage-points. In the first
    • even at this stage. In trying, as they put it, to go back to the
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    • do not envisage the distinction clearly. They always tend rather to
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    • in man's own constitution. Our brain, you see, weighs on the average
    • spoke, manages to filter through to the Intelligence. Hence our
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    • induced especially by the passage of a cylinder of light through a
    • a picture, — simply an image of this circular aperture. The
    • get an image of the circle of light as if there were two pushed
    • farther in. Again I should get an image. That is to say, there would
    • to get an image. You see then how the double prism treats the light.
    • Where I should otherwise merely get the image extending from red to
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    • So you have two stages. The one is Fluorescence: we make a body
    • illumination. And now there is a third stage: the body, as an outcome
    • But now we set to work and think. We no longer envisage the quick
    • through. This distance we envisage in the first place, and in the
    • second place we envisage the time it takes to do it. From the
    • ask: How do we manage to swim in light? We obviously cannot swim in
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    • on this passage.) He also recommended chemical and photographic
    • eye for a time to red, the colour or coloured after-image that is
    • called forth as an after-image by the eye, has no foundation in any
    • essential difference between the green image engendered spatially
    • by the red darkening of the light, and the green afterimage,
    • cerebrospinal fluid, which is quite clearly an image of my whole
    • we have three stages in man's relation to the outer world — I
    • will describe them as the stage of Light, the stage of Warmth, and
    • which the rhythmic play of our spinal fluid is but the image and
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    • ourselves when we are seeing. The eye is engaged in a monologue,
    • space along certain lines, of which an image was there. So have the
    • processes of sound or tone their external image in the observed
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    • which they riveted attention. They were encouraged to do this by
    • influences or agencies do in fact spread out in space in a way
    • second mirror, and an image arises here. We may then say, the light
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  • Title: Macrocosm/Microcosm: Lecture 1: The World Behind the Tapestry of Sense-perceptions. Ecstasy and Mystical Experience.
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    • reality will become evident at a later stage.
    • In this way the mystic reaches a stage where he gradually loses sight
    • revealed in ecstasy is mirage, reality or phantasy, neither will we
    • back to us an image of our life of soul. That is its peculiarity. The
    • than the mirrored image. By working his way into this part of the
  • Title: Macrocosm/Microcosm: Lecture 2: Sleeping and Waking Life in Relation to the Planets
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    • one of the ancient languages by a name that would correspond with the
    • beginning of this Course will be explained only at a later stage.
  • Title: Macrocosm/Microcosm: Lecture 3: The Inner Path Followed by the Mystic. Experience of the Cycle of the Year.
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    • passions or desires! All through his life he is engaged in ruining
    • say: I could not have attained this stage had not everything below me
    • endure in order to reach a certain stage of development. Only by
    • a mirror he sees an image, a picture, and not himself, so in waking
    • consciousness we do not see the Microcosm itself but a reflected image
    • of it. We see the Microcosm in its mirror image.
    • his own inner world? In the modern age there is little consciousness
    • a time when the Greeks had already reached a high stage of
  • Title: Macrocosm/Microcosm: Lecture 4: Faculties of the Human Soul and Their Development
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    • In the course of his life man develops from one stage to another. Even
    • leads him beyond the initial stages of life when his faculties and
    • Thus we develop from stage to stage, but there is a definite limit to
    • two bodies or to develop them to a higher stage. Admittedly, anyone
    • However, by developing his soul to the stage enabling him to
    • higher and higher stages within our own soul.
    • nothing to develop to these lofty stages? — Without them we could
    • stage of evolution men could draw adequate forces out of sleep; these
    • etheric body and reflected to us by the latter. An image of ourselves
    • appears to us in astral vision as a definite image, the image of a
    • otherwise produce harmony, reveal in the image of a distorted
    • omission in thinking, appears to us in the image of a distorted
    • eagle. These three images are permeated by the distorted image
    • how these three separate images or pictures are related to one another
    • self-knowledge, for there stands before us an image of what we have
    • and only help at this stage is self-knowledge. Hitherto the Cosmic
    • Powers were able to check the utter distortion of the image of our
    • We ourselves, in our image, are the Lesser Guardian of the
    • Body. The image or picture we behold shows us what we truly are. The
    • form we there behold is only an image but it is all that is needed.
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  • Title: Macrocosm/Microcosm: Lecture 5: The Egyptian Mysteries of Osiris and Isis
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    • age of civilisation. Then he finds that as an earlier personality he
    • physical body. So you see, when it is said in exoteric language that
    • Mysticism at the Dawn of the Modern Age,
    • From this we see how with the approach of the modern age the medieval
  • Title: Macrocosm/Microcosm: Lecture 6: Experiences of Initiation in the Northern Mysteries
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    • with the exception of the very deepest stage of all, our consciousness
    • to a stage where certain higher truths connected with the Macrocosm
    • he belongs, the first stage of the Macrocosm, the Elementary World, is
    • spiritual. Certainly, at this first stage of the World of the
    • physical world for which they are coined. Our language is after all a
    • from the language that was coined for the things of ordinary life. He
    • this stage of development. ‘Water’ is something that pours
    • World, he could be led a stage further to what is called the World
    • At this stage the candidate for the Initiation we have been describing
    • himself at his present stage of evolution. These names denote ten
    • ranks. Man, however, develops onwards and subsequently reaches stages
    • stages, for the Macrocosm has by no means been exhaustively portrayed
    • eyes. When animals have lived for long ages in dark caves they lose
    • that they say what is false — in many cages their assertions
    • the physical world in order that a shadow-image of the Spiritual may
    • Before the age of materialism no one would have used the word
    • there. In the German language “reason” is connected with
    • the World of Spirit. A faint image of this world exists in the shadowy
    • for it to develop. This is the World of Archetypal Images
    • reflection of the World of Archetypal Images.
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  • Title: Macrocosm/Microcosm: Lecture 7: The Four Spheres of the Higher Worlds
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    • adequate expressions for these worlds, for modern language has none
    • being overcome by awe or discouragement.
    • these things, yet they resist it. In this respect our present age is
    • were linked with the will for self-perfecting. Through the ages there
    • from the vantage-point of the Elementary World; cholerics appear as if
    • at the same stage and therefore cannot always be denoted by the same
    • different stages; hence they must be called now by one name, now by
    • another. The Beings develop from stage to stage. The names may roughly
    • Beings develop through stages, through various ranks. As long as we
    • To reach a certain stage of knowledge it is always necessary to
    • at a particular stage of their evolution. This must be done both in
    • the case of Beings at an advanced stage of development who appear on
    • evolved to further stages in such a way that for certain reasons it
    • incarnation reached a stage from which he no longer needed to descend
    • Images, just as the forces from the World of Reason are those
    • first stage of higher knowledge and the spiritual World of Archetypal
    • Images. Then we shall proceed to describe the worlds of Inspiration
  • Title: Macrocosm/Microcosm: Lecture 8: Mirror-images of the Macrocosm in Man. Rosicrucian Symbols.
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    • MIRROR-IMAGES OF THE MACROCOSM IN MAN.
    • as a mirror-image, a reflection, and this reflection is the blue
    • as if it were a mirror-image of the solar system out yonder in the
    • the passage of the Sun through the twelve constellations of the
    • him. Just as the Sun's passage through the constellations of the
    • survey the World of Spirit clairvoyantly can find exact images of the
    • of Archetypes, or Archetypal Images, streams right through us without
    • they are usually called are nothing else than a shadowy image, a faint
    • World of Archetypal Images we should have to be able to hold back this
    • in the true sense he wishes to develop to a higher stage. He must do
    • something to hold back the forces of the World of Archetypal Images
    • Archetypal Images and, to begin with, hold it back. He engenders the
    • A pupil who aspires to be led to higher stages of knowledge would be
    • respect man has reached a higher stage of development than the plant
    • respect of his consciousness, has developed to a higher stage than the
    • teacher would tell him that he must now attain what, at a lower stage,
    • elaborating mental images and conceptions which have a certain
    • picture this to ourselves in the image of the Rose-Cross. Then we
    • present stage to his purification; in the Staff of Mercury we have a
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  • Title: Macrocosm/Microcosm: Lecture 9: Organs of Spiritual Perception. Contemplation of the Ego from Twelve Vantage-points. The Thinking of the Heart.
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    • CONTEMPLATION OF THE EGO FROM TWELVE VANTAGE-POINTS.
    • ascent through these three stages would be as indicated yesterday.
    • fact, happened. Similarly, we may fly into a rage at the sight of some
    • stages. — The majority of people are at the stage where in their
    • That is the first stage of development.
    • At the second stage man begins to reflect. More and more people will
    • Thus there are these two stages in the development of the human soul.
    • In respect of what a man accepts as true he may be at the stage where
    • justifiable at one stage of development — incline towards this or
    • opinions for then we immediately have delusive images of truth before
    • the language in which, in Spiritual Science, the thinking of the heart
    • heritage of mankind. Only by realising this can we understand the
  • Title: Macrocosm/Microcosm: Lecture 10: Transformation of Soul-forces and Stages in the Evolution of Physical Organs. Reading in the Akasha Chronicle.
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    • may be found at two stages in the process of human evolution. Firstly,
    • it may be found at that stage of development where the thinking of the
    • a stage of evolution entirely devoid of intellect we should have to go
    • pre-historic stage. From what has been said, therefore, it follows
    • point forward to a future stage of evolution even now striven for by a
    • fruits of the intermediate stage of development, the stage of the
    • passing through the evolutionary stage of intellectual thinking in
    • Thus we can conceive of three stages of human evolution: one preceding
    • that to what has been acquired at an earlier stage something new is
    • a higher stage of cognition from the logic of the intellect to the
    • fluid of the heart is in its circulation an image of the mobility of
    • interesting fact that in our very blood we have an image of certain
    • stage of logic of the intellect and in the future he will regain a
    • absorbed and elaborated. But in the earlier stage of a logic of the
    • just as will be the case at the stage to be reached by mankind in the
    • earlier stages of evolution. All these things are explored in order
    • We are now looking back to an earlier stage of humanity when man had
    • Space. This gives us a clue to an earlier stage of the human soul when
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    • long periods of time and have been brought to a certain stage of
    • human soul as a fruit of the present stage of evolution, but intellect
    • rudimentary beginnings long ages ago, faculties belonging to the
    • So our attention is led back not only to ages when man's form was
    • different from the form that was his on the Old Moon, but also to ages
    • therefore turned to a much earlier age when man evolved out of the
    • Sun's light and warmth from long past ages are drawn forth from the
    • become possible in some past age for man's physical and etheric bodies
    • bodies developed out of a planetary existence as is the cage with the
    • only find one in an age when the Sun did not shine from outside; the
    • is red hot. But during the age of Old Saturn there was nothing solid
    • At our present stage we can see how the Sun was able to put forth what
    • man himself, the Microcosm, developed through the stages of Old
    • same time that man is still at an imperfect stage with respect to what
    • languages, different linguistic idioms. It is therefore clear that
    • group-soul which he cannot yet bring to the stage of
    • folk-language; we have as yet no individual control over what is
    • he will rise to higher and higher stages of spirituality. In Oriental
    • to raise man to a higher stage, and because he was not ready they were
    • that breathing exercise can be advantageous. But once it is realised
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  • Title: Man/Being/Spirit/Soul: Lecture I: Man as a Being of Spirit and Soul
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    • have seen how a scientist like Oskar Hertwig has managed
    • the means of a stringent science. On one page he says this
    • as this that our inner soul life can reach a stage beyond its
    • knowledge but they do not then have the courage to renounce or
    • in his sense perception and in the ideas and images derived
    • greater view of life. We guide the will into our life of images
    • life of images and ideas. We do not become acquainted with this
    • where our own will controls the ideas and images we
    • and images. This is not the case. Those who have acquainted
    • acquired according to our images of the sense world, that
    • Thus we can say that from the vantage point of the science of
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    • ideas and images we form through contact with the sense world
    • order to see it as it really is. The image or idea we keep in
    • images, for they can be remembered.
    • experience from the images and ideas which arise out of it,
    • recall the image or idea of it. For in this case it is clear
    • image of it.
    • dreams shows that we cease to join the sequence of dream images
    • that there is a succession of quite arbitrary images, but then
    • dreams in the same direction as the first stages of real
    • has not managed to be conscious of this eternal spirit-soul
    • — Naturally this is a message that
    • happened and, outwardly at least, the message could have been
    • interpret it in the light of the message, because the
    • mediums bring messages, either in speech or writing, which
    • following: The medium said: A message is now coming from the
    • is only a message from the ordinary physical world, only that
    • as a message brought into the sense world from a
    • of mind what he has experienced there into images and ideas, so
    • became messages of the super-sensible. The whole process which
    • what you recall as an image, but you were wholly present.
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    • to men of earlier ages. Earlier he would have received the
    • reached America. But what happens when we are engaged in true
    • to our age do not understand the purpose of human evolution.
    • For each age brings particular tasks for
    • definite images, and these filled the soul with deep feelings.
    • And there is one image in particular which made people shudder
    • who knew about it from the past. This is the image of the
    • the stars from the outlook of the Middle Ages and from the one
    • with the geocentric outlook of the Middle Ages and of the
    • courageous realization of what was literally for such
    • from under our feet), a courageous disposition of the soul and
    • for which they had first to acquire the courage to face. The
    • to acquire courage — but at
    • to be damaged and the memory will likewise be damaged,
    • What then is the peculiar characteristic of the images of
    • the memory? Normally our images and our thoughts are formed in
    • experienced years before. Images become permanent in us through
    • We form images which we can easily comprehend
    • — and these should be images which
    • they be reminiscences of life, but they should be images which
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    • which in its true, original form can be described in no human language but
    • only in the language of thought — I refer to the realm of occult
    • expressed in words of human language, all creatures, all things of
    • will discover in the first place that during our present age he has
    • in the normal language of human reason, they can be intelligible to
    • education of the soul in the virtue of moral courage, spiritual
    • courage. Therefore we may say that occult science must be explored by
    • soul will only liberate within itself all the moral courage at its
    • themselves: ‘I must endeavour to strengthen moral courage
    • of moral courage within the soul, is a victory over Ahriman, whose
    • indicated to strengthen their moral courage, these materialistic
    • evolution on earth advances in stages from one civilisation-epoch to
    • structure, quite different from one of the present age.
    • and further stages, we gradually gain the power — now actually
  • Title: Lecture: Christ at the Time of the Mystery of Golgotha and Christ in the Twentieth Century
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    • understand, even for those who have already reached an advanced stage
    • Golgotha in our own age.
    • man of the modern age brings his intellect to bear upon everything; he
    • possible vantage-point. Definitions are always one-sided and remind
    • even in the ancient Greek tragedies, during the five centuries before
    • Mystery of Golgotha can be described as the Age of Michael, and
    • Therefore an Age of Michael is always the most significant, or one of
    • For the Ages of the different Archangels are repeated; and a fact of
    • supreme importance is that every such Archangel gives to the Age its
    • particular epochs, and because they were also leaders in bygone Ages,
    • Vol. III, Lecture VII: The New Age of Michael.]
    • a further stage of development. This is of great importance, for according
    • an epoch inspired by the same Being who inspired the Age during which
    • during that time this Being Himself progressed a stage further in His
    • Christ-Jehovah. Christ has reached the stage where He reveals Himself
    • now, in our own age, is there again such an influence, a direct inspiration
    • important than the physical science which has advanced from stage to
    • stage since the sixteenth century. Just as his companion Archangel
    • new age that is now issuing from our own; we can be aware of the dawn
    • wills, to progress to the stage where this revelation may be
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  • Title: Origins of Natural Science: Lecture I
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    • Mysticism at the Dawn of the Modern Age,
    • Ages, was supplanted by the dawn of the present-day mode of thought.
    • As we look back into this dawn of the modern age, in which many
    • Only real insight that age can make him comprehensible but he must be
    • return voyage, when he was on the ship and looking at the stars,
    • Ages. He was well versed also in what the medieval schools of
    • find that in former ages it was possible, when the soul turned its
    • This was still a heritage of primeval pneumatology, of which we shall
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    • any given case only a couple of images cast up to the surface that we
    • recapitulation of what wise men of a much more ancient age had beheld
    • them. To the sages of old, the universe was not the machine, the
    • them in cosmic language. They experienced themselves within the
    • way, call “spirit” in our language. Spirit was
    • content for the earliest wise men of the Post-Atlantean age,
    • language, though weakened and abstract, those words would signify
    • was called spirit in those ages when he was known. This is the first
    • experience of the ancient sage was such that he designated the human
    • soul with a term that would translate in our language into
    • which realized the spirit's message in its own life. But the
    • an image of the spirit.
    • Body: Image
    • Physical World Image
    • thing or form of nature, they beheld an image of the spirit, because
    • Inasmuch as all other phenomena of nature were images of the spirit,
    • the body of man too was an image of the spirit. So when this ancient
    • of this body he felt himself to be an image of the spirit.
    • archetypal form; as soul, the messenger of god; as body, the image of
    • its archetypal form; the soul is none other than the message
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    • The mathematics existing in the age of Descartes
    • back into earlier ages with true psychological insight, one would
    • age had a real inner experience, for example, of the front-to-back
    • times? We can put it like this: It was obvious to a man in those ages
    • the self-experienced mathematics of a bygone age. Mathematics in
    • age in which numbers had already become an abstract ads they are
    • We arrive back at an age of rich spiritual vitality that still
    • to myself: Up in the head, in the nerve system, an illusory image
    • come about in recent times. In the age in which mathesis,
    • existence. But in the age when mathematics, mathesis, was still
    • blood experience at each stage, with the slow walking, then the
    • man who lived in the earlier age, when mathesis was still mysticism,
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    • it more graphically, I would say in a former age man perceived
    • you, when all corporeality was regarded as image of the spirit. One
    • looking at a body found in it the image of spirit. One then looked
    • recognized as the image of the artist's ideas, so one found in
    • corporeal nature the mathematical images of what one had experienced
    • were images of the divine spiritual. The instant that mathematics is
    • said as a matter of history. Imagine yourself back in the age when
    • It is interesting to see in Newton's time and in the age that
    • the particular quality of thinking in his age, he already has the
    • absolutely necessary. The time that we are speaking about was the age
    • Just because we must in the present age come to terms with the ideas
    • isolated us from the whole of nature, we must now somehow manage to
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    • We were able to look back into ages past, when what man had to
    • his age had to say concerning the scientific world perception. John Locke
    • In former ages, when what had become the content of knowledge was
    • Now, in the scientific age, the determination of place, movement,
    • lines of the scientific age perceived the impossibility of this
    • thinkers of earlier ages, whose ideas no longer receive proper
    • matters would have been judged in a former age based on living inner
    • It is hardly surprising that uncertainty should result from an age
    • have said: In an age when the leading thinkers think
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    • I have also pointed out how, in this scientific age, space became an
    • were concretely experienced within himself. In the scientific age, he
    • age experienced the three spatial dimensions in such a way that man
    • experienced qualities, the scientific age was really saying that it
    • anything but picture-images of the true realities of tone, color,
    • warmth, smell and taste. But these images correspond to soul-spirit
    • color, a degree of warmth, we experience an image of them. But we
    • as images into the outer world. If he only knows them in the outer
    • world, he has the primary qualities only in images (arrow in sketch).
    • These images are the mathematical geometrical, and arithmetical
    • and projects only the images into himself. Because the scientific age no
    • himself. But because they are only images in himself, man lost them
    • scientific age, gradually emerged as the official views. Aside from
    • produces only an image of what is really contained in sound or color.
    • occurred to the men of the scientific age. They had no inclination to
    • scientific age is still too deeply entangled in Locke's manner
    • sour or sweet. But the scientific age was unwilling to go into a true
    • Thus no correct opinion could be reached in this scientific age
    • during the scientific age were formulated without any true knowledge
    • age required. It then led this dehumanized science to the triumphs
  • Title: Origins of Natural Science: Lecture VII
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    • old age, we are apt to say that we feel the weight of our limbs. To
    • some extent this is connected with weight, because old age entails a
    • who throughout the Middle Ages had been considered
    • planets. In former ages people had a very clear idea of the epicycles
    • beneath him is moving in the opposite direction. Our present age has
  • Title: Origins of Natural Science: Lecture VIII
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    • in ancient times and survived feebly into the Middle Ages, being
    • that this ancient knowledge is handed down through the ages until the
    • the age of Galileo and Copernicus, together with the mathematics that
    • the ether body. Chemistry was tied to man in former ages. Later it
    • In those ages when men felt external nature in their physical and
    • In the age when man felt that his walking was a process that took
    • in later ages when they gradually evaporated into complete
    • that age was the subject of a psychology.
    • scientific age, man drove physics and chemistry out into the external
    • organization. This gradually became a very meager experience. The way
    • ego was for men of former ages something rich in content and fully
    • scientific age, man lost the inner physical and chemical experience,
    • body as the agent that moves, mixes, and separates the fluids. Air is
    • return to an earlier stage.
    • bygone age,) and if we look at the exoteric stream of human
    • man's inner being, and a very meager pneumatology. People have
    • etheric body is the driving agent that mixes or separates the fluids,
    • Nevertheless, mankind had to pass through an age that took its course
  • Title: Origins of Natural Science: Lecture IX
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    • from astronomy to the meager beginnings of modern chemistry. On the
    • finds himself in the age of the development of the consciousness
    • have seen that the scientific age has increasingly felt impelled to
    • know how far it has gone with these two sciences in the present age.
    • wall without realizing that he cannot move the carriage in this way.
    • past ages to our time, it continues on from the present. History can
    • tall; it is like a nice teenager, who at the moment is going through
    • I can imagine that these two images merge. On the one hand, man goes
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    • these things can realize this tragedy. For you see, if you investigate
    • the object of observation. This is the tragedy. We build explanation
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    • properly in pedagogy — and at this stage the matter is quite
    • in the average textbook of physics. It would be said:
    • these are very small fractions and can simply be dropped out. The average physics text says: we simply drop these last terms of the expansion formula and write
    • somewhat the following situation. On the one hand encouraged by all
    • the substances on the earth and with the passage to the solid
    • Now if we ask ourselves how it can come about that with the passage
    • properties that takes place in the passage from the solid through the
    • be translated into our language as follows:
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    • consider language, you may draw from it the summation of your
    • realm of the seen, and when you think of it, you have an image of
    • something seen. Such an immediately derived image you cannot create
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    • and other philosophers waged such controversy. You can distinguish the
    • feelings as human beings prevent us from reaching this stage of purely
    • imagine you recited a poem in an unknown language, then you have
    • have the opportunity to make this cleavage and see precisely how one
    • thus it is, when the more advanced stage is reached, that one comes to
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    • agency a body falls to the earth (we may at this stage speak of the
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    • 1902, Hermann Haake, p