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  • Title: The Inner Development of Man
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    • the heavenly bodies in general. Thus, the overall outlook on the
    • soul and spirit realm. This elementary level shall be the subject
    • given at all in public, they will form the topic of a later
    • of anthroposophical truths shall occupy us today.
    • what would be conveyed in personal instructions. Thus it must initially
    • extent, if at all, he intends to follow such advice. It is left up to
    • completely intimate development of the human soul, and all the
    • will generally achieve nothing at all. There is one rare exception
    • that allows for success without compliance to these rules. This is the
    • birth of soul and spirit, not in a figurative, allegorical sense, but
    • deal with them. All this had to be mentioned in advance.
    • that will eventually lead anybody to the desired comprehension This
    • has been the common experience of all who have earnestly subjected
    • those who resolve to call forth the will-power, endurance and patience
    • Therefore, a person seeking mystical development must first of all
    • and small matters. The clearer the issues that a person perceives
    • was a fact. If a disaster or a sorrow befall you, try keeping in mind
    • view of karma would be able to actually perceive the cause of a joyful
    • He who permeates himself with this mood and looks at his life and all
    • health remain unchanged, so it is equally certain that you will
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  • Title: Lecture: Woman and Society (Die Frauenfrage)
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    • ‘done thing’ since the days of yore, these are the really
    • something absurd, something to be suppressed by all possible means.
    • As an example, we can recall the statements of the anatomist, Albert,
    • Möbius, who indeed, is not at all an insignificant
    • to ridicule by presenting, little by little, all the various great
    • lie?’ Goethe, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche — all are dealt
    • deeply into these things, they all fall into only one category
    • have a smaller brain than men. And quite truly it then happened that
    • abnormally small brain, a much smaller brain than those women whom he
    • all the opinions in this area that have been formed out of theory
    • normal educational preparation this is really not to difficult, but
    • abilities, they have for the most part overcome all the difficulties.
    • discuss this question from all sides, then we must look more deeply
    • generally in present day literature: ‘Zur Kritik der
    • domination comes, which is so totally inherent in a woman that it
    • equally high standing in these matters, says that the fundamental
    • Thus we could say a great deal and, on the one side, could list all
    • the views which ascribe to woman all the passive, the weak qualities,
    • and on the other side all those which maintain the opposite. But
    • man is the really creative active one, and woman more the companion,
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  • Title: Lecture: Problems of Nutrition
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    • called idealists in that they believe they view the common aspects
    • Feuerbach that what man produces is basically the result of foods
    • to believe that man is indeed physically nothing more than what he
    • eats. Now, we shall have several things to say on this point.
    • certain justification after all. We must continually bear in mind
    • problem of nutrition from another perspective. You all know, and I
    • only need allude to this generally familiar fact, that speaking
    • purely materialistically, people continuously use up the substances
    • task of a man's food is and in what way it is actually utilized in
    • be purely physical, but as material processes they are really the
    • Now, you all know that men eat food derived from
    • striving to develop themselves spiritually in particular, but to
    • all men. Men take their sustenance from the animal, vegetable and
    • carbon that is finally exhaled as carbon dioxide, while in plants,
    • physically invisible and in this it can be seen that it is the
    • can gradually become master over what takes place within him.
    • Let us consider how the ego can gradually take a
    • Actions, activities are called forth by the process of destruction.
    • possible imagination and calls forth thinking. It is this activity
    • that can be called the physical expression of the invisible light
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  • Title: Lecture: The Etherisation of the Blood
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    • communications and were not originally intended for print. It should
    • what may be called ‘anthroposophical history’, told as an
    • realists or in any way at all, the acquisition of
    • mean to speak truly of his inner life, his life of soul, we shall not
    • begin by regarding it as something simple and elementary. We shall
    • only ideation, a process in the life of thought from which all
    • are organically and actively interwoven, but that in sleep the
    • little of all you do from morning to evening is really the outcome of
    • at the door and you say “Come in!”, that cannot be called
    • yourself at a table, that cannot be called a decision made by the
    • man actually sleeps by day, that is to say he is not in the real sense
    • present in his will-impulses at all. We may evolve better and better
    • activity of the will becomes comprehensible when we remember that all
    • with, therefore, this stimulus shall be given for further
    • between these two poles, and we shall come nearer to understanding it
    • thought is something which seems unreal to materialistically minded
    • calls his thoughts are related to what thoughts really are as a
    • belonging to a higher world, the world we call the Astral plane. And
    • life of feeling. Feelings fall into two categories: those of pleasure
    • sympathy or antipathy points to the realm we call Lower Devachan.
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  • Title: Lecture: Overcoming Nervousness
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    • meant to be taken pragmatically, gradually comes to carry conviction
    • many people who complain of nervousness and all that this implies, and
    • who is not afflicted. Considering present social conditions to which all
    • When called upon to make a decision in a given situation, they are at a
    • that may finally be expressed in various forms of disease that simulate
    • his time and energy really thinking through what he has heard from his
    • professional pursuits, his etheric body is gradually weakened. Precisely
    • etc., all of which seems trivial but such things do, after all, occur often
    • There is a good exercise for gradually curing such forgetfulness.
    • means of remembering where it is. This does not, of course, apply to all
    • clear picture in my mind of all the surroundings. Having done this, I will
    • gradually disappears.”
    • whenever they are about to write. Actually, with some of them the
    • physical body is normally the servant of the etheric body. When,
    • whereas in a healthy man all his movements are subordinated to the will
    • a different handwriting. Tell him to stop writing automatically and try
    • It would not be a bad idea to introduce such exercises systematically into
    • example, which are usually learned in chronological sequence, can be
    • body. The restless daily bustle of modern life does not allow them the
    • the evening after the day's work they are generally too tired to be
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  • Title: Jesus and Christ
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    • Today I would like to address myself to a subject specifically
    • modern spiritual life. It shall be considered from the standpoint I
    • of our day. Misunderstandings can easily arise especially with a
    • To ensure that we shall understand each other at least to some extent,
    • penetrating into spheres of existence radically unlike those usually
    • What the spiritual investigator thereby learns of Christ Jesus calls
    • external life is not meant to be taken metaphorically. It is intended
    • accessible only to spiritual vision, they can be called mystical. They
    • acknowledged by all, despite this or that detail of it being open to
    • capacities from incapacities, all bear witness to the sculpting power
    • body. History, science, philosophy and religion all show that mankind
    • especially bears out this fact. Modern pedagogy differs markedly from
    • schools took different forms in different countries, but at all
    • There were basically two kinds of center[s] where pupils were trained to
    • the first kind, under the guidance of the centers' leaders, especially
    • their senses away from the external world and thus eventually to enter
    • the condition man ordinarily falls into unawares when he is overcome
    • with the world of the senses, I do not really live within my full
    • is usually the case. The men in these mysteries who, by strengthening
    • of all human nature, that is, Dionysos.
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  • Title: Lecture: Newborn Might and Strength Everlasting
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    • was performed for them. It really seems as if that simple, loving joy could
    • Actually, today we face another world, a world that will become
    • look up again to the Heavenly Child who brought the greatest of all
    • understood today, it will be gradually realized how necessary it is to look
    • he who had remained behind with all the primal qualities man possessed
    • before the Temptation, and it was he who entered the world endowed with all
    • What appeals to us most of all in this play is the Child's divine innocence
    • of the human soul with all that lives in it as the eternally divine. So now
    • famous churchyard, the Campo Santo, enclosed by high walls. It contains a
    • divine secrets and man's relation to them. The walls of the cemetery were
    • considered to be specially sacred.
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    • found depicted on these walls. This Purgatory painting expresses in the
    • "Behold in this reminder of death what you really are as human beings.
    • on, we see numerous invalids and all kinds of suffering. They adjoin the
    • When one looks at all this more closely and deeply, it offers an insight
    • were others who grew old not only physically but also in their souls. This
    • is brought before the world so magically, uniting himself in his thirtieth
    • So this Campo Santo painting of the Middle Ages expresses all that is
    • thirtieth. Medieval man, however, did not need all the knowledge that is
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  • Title: Lecture: Pre-Earthly Deeds of Christ
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    • Science, should acquire a deep understanding of that which we call
    • all men.
    • into the earthly souls and bodies for the salvation of mankind. In all
    • memory, and his Ego-consciousness has awakened, is it at all possible
    • understanding. Nevertheless all that we can give him in the way of
    • ideas about Christ without dogma, and all we can convey by means of
    • in that position which, above all, distinguishes man from the animals.
    • the line of direction of his spine was practically horizontal,
    • parallel with the Moon's surface. During the old Lemurian time he
    • religious background. We should often call to mind why the child walks
    • Atlantean man was actually the first to learn to speak, and the
    • Man has made himself independent of those forces which spiritually flow
    • all his bodily organs: larynx, tongue, throat, etc., and indeed
    • interjections to a few words, the human art of speech with all its
    • called forth as an inner speech movement. But the power of so
    • if we remember, when we see a child beginning to speak and gradually
    • brought to higher consciousness how the Christ-Impulse gradually
    • It was there where all things came into being,
    • reverence for the upright position was recalled in the Egyptian epoch,
    • so now the reverence for the Word was recalled. Thus do the
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  • Title: Lecture: The Four Sacrifices of Christ
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    • In our present civilization we need, above all, a new knowledge of Christ.
    • have won for themselves an understanding of real, all-pervading
    • unselfishness, and to become acquainted with all those incentives to
    • human development that fall gently into our souls, warming and
    • knowledge of it with all our feeling, we may acquire again, with our
    • of the human soul is the school of unselfishness. We shall best realize this
    • supramundane sphere, their power descended to the earth; we shall try to
    • relation to all the activities of our consciousness soul, we must first
    • right living, and of all the deeds of love possible to earthly humanity. Our
    • seeking, all our impressions would give us sucking or stabbing pains. We
    • eyes shall be opened,” made it necessary to transfer man to a sphere of
    • the world order, we shall say, looking back to these ancient times, that
    • what makes it possible for us as sensory beings to enjoy without pain all
    • The human being will gradually learn to develop this deep, significant
    • when he looks up at the starry heavens and at all that the sun illumines in
    • Golgotha.” In perspective we see before us a time in which all
    • themselves, “In taking up all this beauty into ourselves, we must
    • On some other occasion and at some other time we shall consider the
    • be the subject of genuine scientific study. If the other sciences allow
    • not the self-seeking organ only, but all the other organs also, striving
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  • Title: Lecture: Anthroposophy and Christianity
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    • I'd like to ask your forgiveness, first of all, for being unable to
    • this week have assured me that it would be all right to speak to you
    • — or anthroposophy, as it may also be called — to Christianity. In
    • view from which I shall be speaking.
    • tasks required spiritually of our contemporary culture.
    • them to ethical, social, and all other aspects of cultural life.
    • as the natural scientific method is conceived one-sidedly, as all too
    • As you all know, water doesn't burn. The chemist takes hydrogen out of
    • totally different properties from water.
    • As spiritual science shows, it is equally impossible for us to see the
    • interested initially in examining, from the spiritual scientific
    • adhered to at all costs.” Well, monism can't keep even chemists from
    • something that can actually happen does happen — for instance,
    • I don't want to beat around the bush with all kinds of general
    • statements, so I'll come right to the point. We are all familiar with
    • may refer to an activity of soul in this way) is superficially bound
    • the body at all. I am just calling this to your attention. Even the
    • How do memory and the power of recall actually confront us? Events
    • world. But memory is built upon the power to recall, through which the
    • What activity does a person usually engage in when he confronts his
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  • Title: Lecture: Christ in Relation to Lucifer and Ahriman
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    • that was later to be installed in the Goetheanum.. As the work on the
    • took him to Vienna, Prague and Linz. In all three cities he stressed
    • to the events surrounding World War I. Steiner sees a parallel between
    • were cousins, frantically exchanged telegrams in which one beseeched
    • the following historical facts. France, for thirty years an ally of
    • the English Constitution, this was probably not possible. Finally, the
    • who had legitimate authority to make decisions. Eventually, the
    • not the attacker, but the attacked. Thus, theoretically, any one of
    • equally irrelevant the question of who was to blame for materialism.
    • in 1915 was disregarded and the challenge passed by. After World War I
    • central position. When Hitler was finally destroyed, Central Europe
    • As it stands today, Rudolf Steiner's call to instate the Christ in His
    • would call the most sublime human principle ever to unfold on earth.
    • with his wings broken, who for this reason begins to fall into the
    • figures must be portrayed artistically to show how the Christ, by the
    • This feeling dominates so essentially as to break this upper beings
    • being must be portrayed as having caused his own fall, for what is to
    • figure in the depression has bat-like wings. This figure virtually
    • the comprehension of the Christ impulse will be to make man finally
    • generally admitted that there is a Lucifer or an Ahriman, but in so
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  • Title: Lecture: Preparing for the Sixth Epoch
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    • Group II, on June 15, 1915. It was originally published in
    • Group II, on June 15, 1915. It was originally published in
    • But as long as it is at all possible to establish, in the wider and
    • nature. We must all be conscious that our Movement is significant not
    • of significance for these invisible worlds, that we are actually
    • epoch, and have not fallen short of it. It is a quality that will not,
    • fundamental characteristic will be that everything we call the fruits
    • materialistically but believes in immortality. We, today, knowing from
    • Similarly, in the sixth epoch all materialistic beliefs including
    • spiritual science calls freedom of thought. By coming together in
    • not yet attained, nor have we in us, what we shall have when our souls
    • will gradually become more widespread, until by the end of the fifth
    • can understand what we are really doing in respect of our connection
    • brothers. What matters most of all is to become conscious of the true
    • culture, is that men shall develop an individual culture, individual
    • particularly striking form, especially among the civilized Greeks, a
    • strive above all else to be man in our innermost being, man and
    • fighting against one another on the earth, but this, after all, is
    • another in hostility, it is all the more necessary to develop, as
    • resistance to this, the force that allows human beings to be men in
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  • Title: Lecture: Outlooks for the Future
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    • a little more than what we are able to see through the generally accepted
    • being is really involved.
    • in connection with the ancient continent of Atlantis are allowed to pass
    • the Atlantean epoch, everything was quite different. Let us therefore call
    • to-day who grows angry, really angry, and has evil thoughts in respect to
    • say: That man resembles a cat. If he was a hypocrite, he really resembled
    • and they could only transform it gradually. The animals could transform
    • Generally speaking, we
    • something which allows it to be transformed. But even the etheric body
    • specially marked bodies, which will express their inner moral qualities.
    • We shall then be meeting someone and we shall know what his moral
    • constitution is like, for his outward appearance shall reveal it. In
    • all those marks which now characterize the human physiognomy will be far
    • marked. When we encounter somebody, we shall then know exactly: This
    • this is an Italian and that a Frenchman etc., so we shall know in future
    • consumption, shall then have died out. In future, a great hymn of praise
    • eat meat. Not all the animals shall then have died out, but only certain
    • species; particularly those animals shall have disappeared from the earth
    • in future we shall be so firmly bound to a rigid physiognomy, will
    • upon our whole being. And we shall be unable to do anything whatever
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  • Title: Lecture: Human Life in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • soul and matters connected therewith. I have also alluded, in this lecture,
    • opposite, which we never had in mind. This type of opposition usually has
    • no serious intention of really learning to understand what it condemns. In
    • continually to strive to present the actual methods and aims of Spiritual
    • gather together in order to occupy themselves with all sorts of things which
    • three or four centuries, and especially during the nineteenth century right
    • up to our present day. Just cast an eye over all the changes which have
    • justifiable answer can be made, viz: that the world really satisfies all human
    • This answer is perfectly correct, generally speaking. Accordingly it
    • recent centuries, and more especially our modern era, have given a
    • particular form to this life which compels us today to regard all questions
    • enmeshed at the present time. These questions become especially evident
    • who takes an all-round interest in modern life. If it were impossible to
    • a visionary. But he will only seem so to those who allow themselves to be
    • paralysis of certain soul forces would gradually bring about a state of
    • extinguished eventually. And then, save in the case of those directly
    • Deubler was his name. Deubler was enthralled by the successful
    • Buechner and others weaned him away. He allowed himself to be
    • and finally came to believe that it was pure folly
    • led astray by the currents of his century came to reject all spiritual sources
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  • Title: Evil and the Future of Man
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    • earnest, especially during the last decades — since the last third of
    • strivings within the bourgeoisie or middle class, especially since the
    • criticism by those who wish to take it superficially. Nevertheless,
    • all that I bring forward here is intended not as mere criticism, but
    • view, they were after all inevitable. One could even prove that it
    • As I said again only the other day, that which calls itself Science
    • Spiritual Science cannot take things so easily, treating all things in
    • the same standardised way. After all, we might even conceive as death
    • in effect, something altogether different from the so-called death of
    • After all, in speaking of the railway system it will occur to no-one to
    • generally unveiled. For the proper function of the very forces which —
    • one) altogether slovenly. And this applies especially to what goes by
    • constructive proposals for the social life without calling in the aid
    • founded on Spiritual Science. Only he who realises this, in all its
    • who still pay heed to all manner of professorial wisdom on social
    • pass the so-called Guardian of the Threshold and learn truly to know
    • tendencies to evil — are subconsciously present in all men.
    • himself the tendencies to evil. Radically, but none the less truly, spoken,
    • will undergo the following experience: There is no crime in all the
    • develop the conscious Spiritual Soul, their function is to call forth
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  • Title: Lecture: Social and Anti-Social Forces in the Human Being
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    • way, especially in what we have to say today. In many if our basic
    • Consciousness Soul. Other soul forces have been especially evolved in
    • humanity must gradually develop the Spiritual Soul. The preceding
    • all, to begin to think truly with one's whole being. Man tries to
    • then will that gradually emerge which seeks to emerge in the Fifth
    • to mention the appearance of the so-called Social Question.
    • But he who has earnestly studied our anthroposophically oriented
    • naturally corresponds to certain impulses which are ultimately found
    • is able to ask: Must attention not then be directed above all to the
    • emerging in human nature? We can, if you like, call these social
    • social impulses are quite naturally opposed by anti-social impulses in
    • in human nature, one also finds the opposite. This fact must above all
    • sleeping through the most important thing of all in life when they do
    • between people is fundamentally a complicated matter. When one person
    • meets another, I would say we must look into the situation radically.
    • ask ourselves: What really happens then, not merely in that which
    • basis of social life and which, when broadened, is really the
    • call social impulses, fundamentally speaking are only present in
    • far as you have not yet attained clairvoyance, really only penetrated
    • evident to one who studies the realities of life. Above all things,
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  • Title: Lecture: Spiritual Emptiness and Social Life
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    • what may be called the civic social order, but that this civic social
    • latter were the people who really created the political life of
    • difference of soul-life between the so-called educated bourgeoisie and
    • all those who held any kind of ruling positions in Middle Europe at
    • really brilliant spiritual movement which lasted from the time of
    • Goethe, with all his power to unfold great, all-embracing ideas in
    • many domains of life, was really only able to give a few indications
    • order in civilised humanity. Fundamentally speaking, the tendency
    • did it never really come to the surface?
    • — succumbed to the extraordinary fallacy of admiring such an
    • made at that moment. It was true inasmuch as Hermann Grimm, for all
    • his penetration into many things connected with the so-called
    • simply did not know what spirit really is from the standpoint of a man
    • all the vapid nonsense that has been uttered of late, the theosophical
    • into the period of Goetheanism, we shall certainly perceive as its
    • empty of anything that can be called spirit. That is the fact we have
    • Taking it all in all, what Hermann Grimm said about Goethe is really
    • about Frederick the Great, naturally from the English point of view.
    • yesterday, were endowed with the same gift. But if, with all the
    • an extraordinarily good, a really splendid piece of writing — only it
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  • Title: Lecture: Social Understanding Through Spiritual Scientific Knowledge
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    • We shall then see what a great impact on a person's everyday life these
    • usually ask. That is why so little importance is attached to making
    • knowledge of super-sensible worlds really fruitful in ordinary life. It can
    • is whether these capacities need concern us at all except in their
    • regard man purely superficially, you will be struck by the fact that the
    • as you all know, there is something peculiar about the power of memory.
    • And you actually always have to oscillate a bit between your soul and
    • it is basically, from a higher point of view, for some people to be idealists
    • which is for the elect” — and the speaker usually includes himself
    • among these — but the essential quality of a really spiritual world
    • understood and not despised. That is the fallacy of many religious
    • The crux of the matter is really to go into these things, and not, as is still
    • After having as it were shown you how these things can really be gone
    • they usually speak of them as though material existence were spread out
    • of really grasping man if you look at things from the point of view of the
    • The world of the senses and the world in which we work and live socially
    • are spread out around us. Let us represent diagrammatically by means of
    • drawing). You will only have a complete picture of what is actually there
    • But there are forces under this line as well. If we actually want to
    • super-sensible and which are subsensible? All the forces connected with
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  • Title: Lecture: Soul and Spirit in the Human Physical Constitution
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    • gradually discovering man's place in the life of the cosmos, and on
    • member of his constitution. We shall presently see what I mean by
    • study the rising and falling of the cerebral fluid through the spinal
    • only it is gaseous, aeriform, and in motion. And finally, the warmth in us
    • Fourthly, there is the warmth-organism with all its inner
    • in the blood there is also present what is generally called the warmth
    • apparently so. The solid structure is generally regarded as if it were
    • This is even more emphatically the case when we come to consider the
    • the aeriform element all the time. We can really think of the air as
    • becomes an integral part of us. In our aeriform organism we actually
    • process within us. Similarly, a destructive, partially destructive,
    • not only externally but also inwardly. We cannot understand the life
    • possible for what I shall now describe to you to be there as a
    • is essentially present in man. It can be envisaged if we disregard the
    • only the transmitter of the tone, which actually weaves in the air.
    • air is essentially an etheric reality. And the tone we hear by
    • we call the tone.
    • This Tone Ether or Chemical Ether is essentially active in our fluid
    • to thoughts in our fluid organism. But what may be called the Chemical
    • Ether continually streams in and out of our fluid organism. Thus we
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  • Title: Lecture: The Moral as the Source of World-Creative Power
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    • of man, and at the end it was possible to show that a really
    • penetrate into this delicately organized constitution. Naturally, up
    • falling asleep. We perceive the objects around us, reason about these
    • yesterday that dreams are essentially pictures or symbols of inner
    • organic processes. Something is going on within us all the time, and
    • this experience of the void is necessary in order that man shall feel
    • between falling asleep and waking that he is able to feel himself
    • really nothing to do with our own essential being beyond the fact that
    • world that can really satisfy us.
    • soul, for in modern psychology there really is no longer any such
    • everything will eventually become a kind of slag-heap in the universe.
    • science of today, and it is the one and only picture in which a really
    • that is astir with life, and finally man himself came out of the
    • alleged, the world becomes a slag-heap, this will also be the
    • graveyard of all moral ideals. They will have vanished. — No
    • The root of all this is that the only kind of anatomy in existence is
    • will more easily understand what I shall now have to say on the basis
    • as described by modern physiology or anatomy. If you really take
    • but he becomes organically warmer as well — though this is not so
    • course inwardly in movement, in fluctuation, but equally with the
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  • Title: Lecture: The Path to Freedom and Love and their Significance in World Events
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    • success or lack of success of our deeds, how in truth all action is
    • accompanied by impulses of feeling, and we shall see that feeling
    • fundamentally speaking, everything we accomplish between birth and
    • it ever so, that things can simply be thought of intellectually side
    • forces of the world interpenetrate, flow into each other. Mentally, we
    • outer world is completely stilled, the will is continually active. And
    • Imagine that you are living for a time purely in reflection as usually
    • all, but are wholly engrossed in thought. You must realize, however,
    • realize that the will is radiating all the time into his thoughts,
    • If we review all the thoughts we have formulated, we shall find in
    • ourselves in the life of thought — all this is inherently our
    • If we study this life of thought in careful self-examination we shall
    • elaborate these thoughts. — Fundamentally speaking, therefore, in
    • thinking becomes what I have called in my Philosophy of Spiritual
    • sphere of thinking. But pure thinking may equally be called pure
    • prepare ourselves for what I have called in the
    • emphatically so in the case of those who do not strive for
    • life; speaking is largely connected with organic life; walking really
    • we gradually perfect our actions we finally succeed in sending
    • before birth, and therefore they called the findings of mathematics
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  • Title: Lecture: Search for the New Isis, the Divine Sophia: The Quest for the Isis-Sophia
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    • directs the thoughts of all circles of Christian people straight to the
    • evolution, to penetrate the meaning of human evolution on earth — in all
    • Golgotha, we find that, although the achievements of the peoples in all the
    • various nations were so great, nevertheless, in reality all these achievements
    • it — from a point of view which can reveal, as it were, the meaning of all
    • whom we have often mentioned, calls the sun God's monument, and in
    • Augustine we continually find such allusions. Even in Scholasticism we find
    • context, if we wish to understand what should concern us most of all in
    • expressed this in a certain sense very radically when he said that he had
    • order to call up before our minds the spiritual connection between the
    • entirely Christian spirit, this picture is, after all, nothing more than a
    • right up to our own days — namely, to see the story of Christ Jesus and all
    • buried from spring to fall in the earth where they develop the forces of
    • The Egyptian was permeated by luciferic powers, as were all human beings
    • popular for modern times and has taken hold of all circles of people who
    • He wants to give permanence to what existed in earlier periods. All that
    • strives to separate morality as such, all moral forces, from our world
    • picture. He allows the laws of natural necessity alone to appear in our
    • a new way. They must realize that they must first of all seek Isis, in
    • are so necessary, then this community, which calls itself the
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  • Title: Lecture: The Two Christmas Annunciations
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    • We really have three such times of festival in Christian tradition:
    • tradition sees the meaning of all earth-evolution. These three
    • most challenging to the human powers of understanding. It is a
    • which, although it is also generally celebrated, cannot however be
    • Thus what we may call the secret of Christianity is given form in
    • call to mind something which can become clear to any one who considers
    • — in a dream, or however one may wish to call it. Here we have to
    • we may call its higher knowledge. This is another example of something
    • which is never properly grasped in the present age. To-day we usually
    • imagine this thinking and perceiving, in fact, all use of the inner
    • soul-forces, to have been in all past centuries and millenia
    • essentially the same — only more primitive — as it is
    • mathematically, whereas the ancient wisdom of, the stars perceived in
    • science of humanity in olden times, we find its content essentially
    • pupil was led to develop a more wide-awake life than normally. The
    • were considered specially endowed and so accepted in the Mysteries.
    • supposedly taught in the Mysteries. Actually, in their purely abstract
    • different matter to call upon the reasoning of children through the
    • until falling asleep again man lives in a wide-awake consciousness,
    • than it was to present these matters to specially selected human
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  • Title: Lecture: The Threshold In Nature and In Man
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    • It embraces a very wide realm, and all I can do here is to give a few
    • indications towards its solution. I shall try to give these in such a
    • after all, a fact of the life of soul, and one that becomes more and
    • being of Nature to allow him to gain some degree of satisfaction from
    • also connected with what we may call the being of man's soul.
    • to human cognition since very early times. We have only to recall the
    • We shall perhaps be able to come to a clearer idea of the tasks of the
    • succumb to giddiness of soul can he go forward at all into the field
    • by giddiness and falling headlong into the abyss. They spoke too of
    • ordinary life man is protected from crossing the Threshold. Call it
    • It is inevitable that in our day all manner of confused and hazy
    • changing all the time, moving onward from state to state; consequently
    • what I shall have to say regarding these latter that I bring in a
    • times was actually none other than the condition of soul which mankind
    • coming all unprepared to the condition of mind and soul to which we
    • We all accept to-day the so-called Copernican view of the universe.
    • how it all looks to the eye, that, we are told, is a mere illusion,
    • new way about what one may call the “Threshold of the Spiritual
    • common property of all mankind? In my book
    • that comes from the comprehension of self. Only quite gradually has
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    • The Palladium
    • of all the will which — unless we are out-and-out idlers — spurs us
    • to activity from the time of waking until that of falling asleep.
    • place in us. These processes are essentially connected with the will.
    • consciousness is concerned it has really only the intensity of a
    • therefore leads man into the external world, manifests in all those
    • through a sense of well-being or comfort — all this weaving activity
    • with the surrounding world. Our antipathies really come from more
    • give rise to persecution mania in all its forms. When feelings of
    • hatred can assume incredible proportions. The aim of all education and
    • all social endeavor should be to prevent human beings from becoming
    • and persecution mania in all forms is nothing but superabundant,
    • excessive egotism — if all this is possible, what is there to be said
    • means of sleep? We have no knowledge at all of how this inner will
    • good. What is radically evil when it breaks into our conscious life,
    • logician calls “negation”, negative judgment, is the uprush of
    • called spiritual activity. But will, feeling and conceptual activity
    • To all the twelve senses it would be correct to apply what has here
    • the world was an especially vivid experience in the wisdom of the
    • pictorial or other records of the Egypto-Chaldean epoch shall we
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    • material can naturally be conceded only to one who knows what is taken
    • development. I alluded to how, in very ancient times, speech was
    • as Man called the first letter of the alphabet ‘Alpha’, he
    • experienced a certain amount of inspiration in it, but the moment he called it
    • It might be said that all poetry has in it something which makes it
    • appear to Europeans as a daughter of Greece, whereas all
    • jurisprudence, all outer compartmentalization, all the prose of life,
    • I have previously called your attention to how a real understanding of
    • talked about, there is no recognition that it is actually contained in the
    • to external objects, and forgotten was all that can be revealed to Man
    • what is experienced between birth and death. Normally we do not
    • called a universal tragedy of mankind. This can also be described in
    • waking state. It remains unconscious and essentially forms the actual
    • never recognized at all by ordinary consciousness; it recognizes only
    • normally lies beneath the threshold of consciousness, we will hear
    • the etheric body. (This is naturally not a material process but has to
    • Manifestation what we might call an echo of the experience Man goes
    • during his descent out of the divine spiritual world. All the single
    • letters of the alphabet are actually formed as images of what lives in
    • H is not actually a letter like the others, H imitates the rotational
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    • instinctively — and intensively — he experiences all that is going
    • work in upon him and he imitates them internally. Hence it is very
    • to him. Previously he has taken as his guideline all that we did in
    • The child will quite naturally follow and be guided by what is said to
    • all of us, before we descended to unite with what was prepared for us,
    • characterized by all that we see with the senses and understand with
    • actually take with us in our etheric body a kind of image of the
    • All this goes on gradually throughout the period of life between the
    • in the center becomes especially living. And in the midst of this
    • it gradually decays. (This may not be a very beautiful expression, by
    • that which falls out in the etheric process of decay, there comes the
    • provisionally by external forces.
    • All the etheric forces that are working in man until puberty tend to
    • But now there is another process running parallel with this. When we
    • Originally it is an entity of which we can say it comes from another
    • etheric universe. By the time of puberty, all that is living in this
    • through the arteries that they eventually spread into the abdominal
    • gradually into the organs. It slides into the organs. This way of
    • putting it is quite true to reality, though naturally it sounds
    • permeated gradually, through and through, with that which man brings
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  • Title: Lecture: Truth Beauty and Goodness
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    • True, the Beautiful, the Good — through all the ages of man's
    • sublime nature and lofty goal of all human endeavour. In epochs
    • down into his physical body, and especially into the constitution of
    • sense of being “out of the common.” But even here he has fallen
    • thus describes him. The essential thing, however, is that he shall be
    • able to realize his existence inwardly, apart from all externalities.
    • first to “prove all things” he utters, to set due restraint on all
    • Of this modern man is all unconscious. When the Greek approached his
    • evolution a part of human nature has, indeed, been lost. All these
    • alas, is only really present in pre-earthly existence. Here in this
    • these forces are of such a nature that they actually instill into the
    • can bear his own soul over into the soul of another. Upon this all
    • all-pervading impulse in the soul, inasmuch as a man can then be moved
    • relate to the actual being of man all that is expressed instinctively
    • divides history into epochs and calls our present epoch, that
  • Title: Lecture: Self Knowledge and the Christ Experience
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    • earlier peoples. Their pictorial consciousness gradually diminished during
    • an intermediate period of human development, eventually giving place to
    • the dying away of his instincts he has fallen, in a certain way, below the
    • historically in a particular epoch.
    • life on earth, we shall have to look at human life from ever-differing
    • If we look back to ancient times in human history we shall find, scattered
    • best place in which to study such guidelines is actually the training of
    • importantly, they learned to know the so-called three kingdoms of nature
    • and all that lives in them. In the lowest classes of our schools we learn,
    • by way of all sorts of concepts and pictures, how we stand within the three
    • exercise their souls inwardly, so as to arrive eventually at inner pictures
    • pictures, actually yielded him something that lived in the mineral, plant
    • has been an ideal in all civilizations, in all ages of human cultural
    • all these together: mineral, plant and animal. Looking back from the
    • civilization was based. It meant that really enlightened people in those
    • earth. The minerals, plants and animals all achieve their end here on
    • them.’ This is at the root of all ancient civilizations: this living
    • home lies essentially in the super-sensible world. And this belief was no
    • as he lived on earth was still called, in the language of ancient Mystery
    • about, his shape — in all this they beheld with reverence, the
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  • Title: Lecture: The Invisible Man Within Us
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    • being, two beings can be clearly distinguished. You will recall that
    • organization of the human being is spiritually prepared during the
    • essentially during the entire physical life on earth, but it does not
    • is essentially cast off at birth, consisting of the embryonic
    • — the chorion, the allantois, the amnion, the yolk sac —
    • character of this invisible man, which we all carry within us,
    • Proceeding schematically,
    • Drawn schematically it
    • organization (red), then the etheric organization (blue), and finally
    • called it — the metabolic-limb man — manifests itself in
    • the human organization. All currents, all effects of forces in this
    • embryo, what we call here the physical organization of the invisible
    • the chorion, the allantois, the amnion, and the yolk sac. In the
    • directly. Naturally this penetration is strongest in the head, where
    • most of the sense organs are concentrated, but I should actually draw
    • for the course of food taken in by the mouth. Schematically, however,
    • first runs along the pathways of the nerves. This has an essentially
    • from below upward (speaking schematically), pours itself into the
    • Actually, however, this
    • within the organism, and in order really to understand what is going
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  • Title: Lecture: Polarities in Health, Illness and Therapy
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    • meet this request. However, it is difficult to be brief, especially about this
    • generally think about. Nevertheless, this evening I will attempt to present
    • the relevant issues in as generally comprehensive a manner as possible.
    • the views of contemporary, official medicine actually are, of how in
    • medicine because today the claims for scientific validity are actually
    • based exclusively upon generally accepted natural science. This natural
    • concentration, a microcosmic concentration of all world processes within
    • himself, substances which are not merely passive, but which are actually
    • this living and weaving activity, proceeding chemically and physically
    • contemporary natural science actually excludes from its realm what
    • proceeds in the human being as intrinsically human. Even, for example,
    • what proceeds as intrinsically human in the physical body is attributed
    • as natural science totally ignores these ego processes, these astral
    • processes, this etheric living and weaving, it actually does not at all
    • approach the human being. Therefore this natural science can not really
    • How shall it then be possible to properly judge the effects of
    • in more recent times has actually only been made in the area of surgery
    • become conscious of all this). The reason for this confusion is that the
    • has about natural science, one actually excludes the human being from
    • Fundamentally speaking, we are already confronting today a kind of
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  • Title: Lecture: Man As A Picture of The Living Spirit
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    • communications and were not originally intended for print. It should
    • what may be called ‘anthroposophical history’, told as an
    • which he is physically linked with all earthly life. So long as we
    • Earth, including that which we ourselves contribute to if, we shall of
    • intervening periods of sleep. Above all, if we want to know the true
    • retain the good effects of those early periods of sleep all through
    • spiritually night by night during the rest of life. If we came into
    • unable to do anything consciously at all. We should not even recognize
    • We may believe we have no memory at all of what transpires during
    • white wall where at one place the white paint was lacking; you see a
    • life truly, we shall not say that we owe our consciousness of self to the
    • spiritual world, and it is there again between our falling asleep and
    • form of human consciousness — we call ourselves an ‘I,’ this
    • world at all; it only has its picture in this world.
    • Lastly the physical body; if we ourselves had to achieve all the great
    • very badly; we could not set about it at all. Here we are utterly
    • not our own. If it depended on us, it could not go on at all. It is,
    • Bearing all this in mind, we only see this outer form of man aright if
    • we admit: It is a picture — a picture of the working-together of all
    • the Hierarchies. They are within it. Look at this human head in all
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    • into all our hearts, I did not want to let pass without speaking to you at
    • our anthroposophical understanding of times and seasons, if we are really
    • especially stirred to activity within us when we turn our gaze upon all that
    • worlds — through long periods of time, in preparation for all that can now
    • last weeks and especially also in the lectures where I spoke to you directly
    • therewith for all mankind; we know how he set before them the goal and
    • we are accustomed to call “stars” in the external, physical sense
    • upon us and take their share and part in all the deeds of the evolution of
    • meets these Moon Beings, and he meets too all the souls with whom he has
    • spiritually with the spiritual origin of the Earth, with that World of Being
    • whole and healthy in colour and line. All that he has painted, whether on
    • canvas or as a fresco on the wall, for the help and comfort as well as for
    • the unending inspiration of such as can understand — all his work that
    • Sun, to that Sun existence which lived in all his incarnations so far as
    • And all that he has painted in shining light for the followers of Christ
    • Jesus, — he now beholds all this pour its rays into the cosmic
    • partakes in all that was living there in Swedenborg.
    • Raphael's earthly life that gave him satisfaction. In his own view all he
    • told by Vasari! No biography of Raphael at all, but something altogether
    • After Hermann Grimm has made the attempt four times over, he says: all
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  • Title: Lecture: Exoteric and Esoteric Christianity
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    • material can naturally be conceded only to one who knows what is taken
    • Christianity, too, especially as far as its central point, the
    • contemplation of Christianity, accessible to all the world, is
    • All that could be
    • resurrection to the disciples who were really initiated?
    • one, could be attained especially by those men who had passed through
    • took place spiritually, and where they received what these beings
    • consisted of communications (if I may call them thus) of the gods
    • draw this schematically we might say that people saw the human soul
    • Men gradually came out
    • the approach of the Mystery of Golgotha people really felt that death
    • death were all non-intellectualistic. Men received their ideas
    • because man is able to die and carries within him all the time the
    • had remained the same as in the past, where they did not really know
    • that have formed Saturn, the Sun, the Moon and finally the Earth. If
    • we tolerate Ahriman in the evolution of the Earth, if we allow him a
    • of the intellect. Ahriman has not lost all hope today that he will
    • imply? If Ahriman would succeed in convincing men against all other
    • other expressions should really be found — that special joy
    • of Ahriman, without allowing them to be of harm to man, but to be of
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    • an uneducated actor could not have produced all the thoughts which
    • value and that originally they must have existed in quite a different
    • Shakespeare's dramas are above all character-dramas. The great
    • Shakespeare's plays. He simply allows the events to take their course
    • and daring, all bear witness to a life full of movement and colour.
    • great character-plays which were to establish his fame for all times
    • thoughts, but they all think and act in accordance with their own
    • churchgoer or a freethinker, is not the essential point at all, he
    • (a modern writer generally gives a detailed description of the stage
    • we shall have learned to lay more stress on their essential character.
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    • century, especially through Lessing, we must agree with that
    • remark – especially in view of the excellent translations
    • interpretations of his plays, and finally a number of writers
    • have decided that an uneducated actor could not have produced all
    • works of art of any special value and that originally they must
    • plays are above all character dramas. The great interest which
    • Only gradually did a new interest in the individual arise by
    • justify his downfall, does not exist in Shakespeare's plays. He
    • simply allows the events to take their course consistently,
    • his passion and daring, all bear witness to a life full of
    • establish his fame for all time, followed: Othello,
    • voice his thoughts, but they all think and act in
    • churchgoer or a freethinker, is not the point at all:  He
    • the playwright usually gives a detailed description of the
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    • relationships, Freemasonry. Freemasonry really belongs here, in spite
    • called ‘the Son of the Widow.’ His followers called
    • teaching, making a personality whom he calls ‘Faustus’ the
    • advocate of Manicheanism. It is usually thought that the different
    • Temple Legend. All these Spiritual Streams came to expression
    • esoterically through legends. The Legend of Manes is a legend dealing
    • executant wanted to hammer it out on the piano in the concert hall,
    • In ancient epochs, in Atlantis and Lemuria, all knowledge was in part
    • beings who have passed through all stages since the middle of the
    • soul was called the Mother or Isis. The Father was the Instructor or
    • become independent. Everything that comes from him is a call to the
    • freedom.” That is presented exoterically in the Faust Saga.
    • all at once express itself in a form. Only consider how Life hurries
    • Christianity and lives in all forms and confessions. Whoever seeks the
    • especially in the Spiritual. There will be men who are mighty in Love
    • spiritual stream. It appears in forms which many can call to mind, and
    • community which has to spread above all things: Peace, Love, and
    • Those who lead the conflict on the one side are all conscious that
    • other side, are not all of them conscious of this. Only the head of
  • Title: Mathematics and Occultism
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    • after he has purged his thought of all that sensuous perception can
    • emancipate himself from all sense-perception?” He considered this
    • to be an all-important question for the education of the spiritual life.
    • withdraw into himself and does not allow any material impressions of
    • spiritually full, which Plato demanded from those who would understand
    • case of all mathematical pictures. They relate to the
    • mathematically, I do indeed think about something my senses can
    • the all-important point for Plato. We must visualise the idea in a
    • purely spiritual manner if we would really know it in its true aspect.
    • clearly what it is that we really gain from a mathematical figure.
    • sense-perception in the same way as he is able to think mathematically
    • — this is what everyone who really seeks after Truth should keep
    • Gnostics and all Occultists conceive mathematical science as an
    • than that by reducing to mathematical formulae all natural
    • in this sense, which may be thus mathematically expressed. As
    • Science as there is Mathematics in It, so it is true that on all the
    • added to that which we call “Euclidian.” Euclid expresses by
    • us to reckon. The Differential still possesses all the properties that
    • sensible. The “finite” is mathematically referred back to
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    • inclined to feel it all rather remote from everyday life. But this is
    • souls; what seems to be remote from us personally is often what the
    • environment we know that only a small proportion of the beings around
    • world of plants are insensitive to what we call pleasure or pain when
    • actions are performed by us. (Spiritually considered, of course, the
    • point.) In the environment of the dead all this is changed. In the
    • environment of the so-called dead conditions are such that everything
    • do no single thing, he cannot, if I may speak pictorially, move a
    • a new birth we can do nothing, we cannot even move, pictorially
    • all those forces which, working in from the Cosmos, organise our own
    • death and a new birth we know that our body, down to its smallest
    • develops in an animal or in a human being, all science and all schools
    • not without employment; he works perpetually. He works in the
    • of joy, in the environment. He works on and on, calling forth pleasure
    • or pain, until, finally, the soul-nature is such that it can descend
    • imagine that their number is small, for individual human beings have
    • which then, in the spiritual world, extends over all the souls whom
    • souls in the spiritual world. The links are made karmically on Earth
    • see into that world perceive how the dead gradually makes more and
    • more links — all of which are the outcome of karmic connections
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    • workers could also rightly be called dialogs, for upon Rudolf
    • outward again, to the cosmos, the origin of all life. Finally, the
    • spiritual work grew out of a course originally held by Dr. Roman Boos
    • knowledge. They also asked to be allowed to use an hour of their work
    • that it is essentially a process of taking in substances that are
    • actually originates between the processes in the intestines and those
    • matter can really be talked about. I remember it because it is just
    • experiment; all we need to do is pay attention to how nature
    • This brain has convolutions. We call one of them the temple
    • when someone has a so-called brain stroke. What happens in that case?
    • The blood, which normally flows only through the vessels, is forced
    • out through their walls and enters the tissue surrounding the
    • this same area of the brain in small children who have passed away,
    • substance, especially at the time before the child has learned to
    • speak. As the infant gradually learns to speak, more and more small
    • convolutions by itself. Instead, I must think about what has actually
    • that children initially make A sounds; later on they add those
    • (“bee”). Gradually, as you know, they also learn to utter
    • out of their crying children gradually manage to form words by adding
    • form these consonants? All you need to do is to pay attention to how
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    • consequences of the fact which underlies such knowledge. Above all,
    • many people who like to regard themselves as spiritually minded, when
    • they think they should despise everything that is called material or
    • misunderstood and in all sorts of ways attacked. For the time being I
    • become so personal and really want to let personal feelings cloud
    • once natural; a falling back, in this case into the Old Moon period.
    • Moon. Such an atavistic falling back into Moon-visions must today be
    • for if this were so, and if all that man experienced during the Old
    • The vision should remain within the region to which it naturally
    • powers of sympathy and antipathy, normally developed by the
    • activity of soul than they normally possess for life on earth. It
    • all the life-processes then work together, but that, having entered
    • thinking, feeling and willing as they normally are on earth, but
    • through his senses and his life-organs being normally such as we have
    • really be a work of art. The alterations made by the artist in what
    • is actually present form a way back towards that reanimation of the
    • colours, the red or blue or violet; he really tastes the colours, not
    • the process of seeing, so that the painter really tastes the colour
    • him, not with the nose, but with all that goes on deeper in the
    • realm of the senses passes over into the realm of life. All this must
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    • much greater change in ways of thinking than is generally appreciated.
    • is tending towards the destruction of all that springs from middle
    • In the nineties many people had no doubt at all that this remark was
    • Letters” and Goethe's fairy-tale in my recent small book on
    • coming from physical nature; this Schiller calls the influence of
    • regarded absolute obedience to what he calls duty — that is,
    • fuses spiritual and perceptible into one creation. When all that men
    • and when all that comes from the senses is permeated by spirit, then
    • For Goethe, the man of instinct, all this was not so simple. Any kind
    • hidden significance in it after all. I have had in my hands Goethe's
    • In conversation about Kant, Goethe would not let himself become really
    • all the complications of the soul of man to these three categories:
    • them all. Everything else, too, indicates soul-forces; you can read
    • very little. What we now call the social question, in the widest sense
    • represented pictorially by Goethe in his
    • present-day men and can really speak only through the medium of
    • enter into earlier conditions in man's history. It would really be
    • spirituality, was present in men, before it finally faded away in the
    • the middle of the nineteenth century, one cannot really grasp what is
    • able to feel in man himself the universally human qualities that
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    • sphere of feeling; and finally the sphere of the will, which
    • represents the essentially spiritual part of Man, goes together with
    • only in his head system — in all that has to do with the life of
    • A recognition of these distinctions allows us to indicate more exactly
    • than is usually done the character and extent of the subconscious
    • One thing is usually quite disregarded, my dear friends, in our time
    • the third to the beginning of the twenty-first year, and so on. All
    • days of crude observation is not generally noticed. The impression
    • made upon your feeling is there, and then gradually the vibrations of
    • life, but it falls into the course of the next seven-year period,
    • Yes, my dear friends, we continually undergo experiences which strike
    • not usually remark such things, but anyone who takes a little trouble
    • can learn to observe them, even externally.
    • become involved in all that is going on among the elemental beings
    • we are led to the inevitable conclusion that Man is continually
    • it out all around you. When it comes back to you, it is not unchanged;
    • elemental beings — he and they mutually affect one another. All
    • befalls a human being is referred to the intervention of elemental
    • Sir Olaf rides from house and hall
    • Till late, his wedding guests to call.
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    • ideas, and to this Goethe retorted that he actually saw
    • really come to pass in the life of humanity through the ages. A great
    • shadow-intellect that is characteristic of all modern culture has
    • particularly when he allows himself to be influenced by the claims of
    • that is what we need above all to make our own.
    • Sun has grown up which is really modelled wholly upon earthly
    • Earth, but the Sun is not physical at all. It is spiritual in its
    • was in the days of Greece, but for all that it is still possible to
    • anthroposophical literature, we shall be able to understand the way in
    • which the Sun is related to the Ego, and we shall also realise that
    • Modern science is of the opinion that the forces all originate from
    • work above all in the inner, metabolic processes. We may therefore
    • to the Earth at all, but to the Moon. The human being is shaped from
    • but for all that they are still working from outside.
    • are all in vain. Man is not primarily a creation of the Earth. He
    • world of the stars, above all of Sun and Moon. From the Earth are
    • from the Earth but from all directions of cosmic space. The products
    • the forces of Sun and Moon. But forces streaming in from all
    • that is organically connected with the head. The formation of this
    • all in the part of the astral body which corresponds to the
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    • equally well express it, the relation of man's earthly life to his
    • Through anthroposophical Spiritual Science we become aware, above all,
    • respects he cannot be understood at all on the basis of what we see
    • True, it is customary to force all these things which are not
    • the task of physically hearing the sounds and notes within the
    • the so-called tympanum or drum. Behind this you find a number of
    • minute bones, or ossicles. External science calls them
    • (malleus, incus, stapes). Behind these again, you come to the
    • inner ear, of the configuration of which I shall not speak in detail.
    • already show that this science is quite unaware of what they really
    • the inward portion of the inner ear, and which science calls the
    • And the little bone which science calls the incus or anvil,
    • appears as a transformed knee-cap. Finally, that which passes from the
    • the drum of the ear. Within your ear you actually have a human member
    • Let us now go farther back, within the ear. We come to the so-called
    • What does all this signify? If you study the origin and growth of man
    • life, it is above all the head that is planned and formed. The other
    • organs are comparatively small appendages. Now — if it only
    • afterwards become the legs and feet, could equally become a kind of
    • ear. They actually have the inner tendency, the potentiality to become
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    • must be led to look out into the world around them and into all its
    • piece of music, for instance. All this must be brought to them in such
    • [A term used to designate all that is sentient in man
    • in things that, until the age of 20 or 21, really ought to go in an
    • are thrown back into ourselves. Taken all in all, we have to say that
    • and do not usually spend the larger part of their leisure time in
    • world must become so all-engrossing to young people that they simply
    • astral body from the physical is really a continual experience of
    • concerned, this does not really make such a very great difference. By
    • comes to expression. For if he does not do this, then when all that is
    • really to be broken down and transformed instead of created. Poisons
    • to class, and gradually everything in them stagnates, becomes
    • really hasn't answered us at all. We can't get a satisfying answer out
    • and through with all this when he deals with the transition from the
    • age, verve which above all is directed towards imagination; for
    • judgment is actually borne out of the powers of imagination. And if
    • you deal with the intellect intellectually, if you are not able to
    • time between 14, 15 and 18 is one that implies in a pessimistically
    • during class, especially in secondary matters. It should be — and
    • they are so gripped by what they hear that their attention will really
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    • The destruction of the fifth Root Race through the War of All
    • against All. The significance of forms in connection with future
    • subject next time. A week from now I shall speak about the meaning of the
    • are actually available. You have heard of Hatha-Yoga, Rajah-Yoga, and other
    • say: All this, surely, could be attained without these secret societies.
    • is only one example. Men cannot reach what is usually known as immortality
    • religions and all those who participate deeply and sincerely in the life of
    • spiritual world — that is a very different matter. All of you have
    • lived many times; but not all of you are conscious that you have lived
    • through these many lives. This consciousness, however, will gradually arise
    • which governs the progressive development of consciousness in all future
    • consciousness of every single being, even if such a being has not actually
    • of an example of really objective human action. — An architect builds
    • people who, to all appearances, are not working for themselves; and yet in
    • reality are. A lawyer, for example, is to all intents and purposes working
    • contribute nothing at all to your own means of subsistence. What has still
    • the epoch of evolution that may be called the mineral epoch; and our task
    • after all, involve this. It is difficult thoroughly to understand this rule
    • dinner — that, after all, is egoism. In the Middle Ages it would have
    • altogether as personalities, and to allow what they did to produce its own
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    • good memory, take in and then possess them once and for all.
    • speculation and into the forming of all kinds of philosophies
    • which eventually prove to be unsatisfying. But anyone who
    • are all the same taken from ordinary consciousness.
    • a state of terror, let us say, of falling into some inner chasm
    • weapon — all these are borrowed from life. The pictures
    • etheric body, or at the moment of falling asleep when, on
    • falling asleep and awaking. Between falling asleep and awaking
    • and there, losing all consciousness, can only regain it when
    • such dream pictures is no longer allowed and, existing wholly
    • Occult Science. All such
    • soul. Nothing is known of all this because in sleep the person
    • described may be called the formative forces of the cosmos,
    • falling asleep and awaking people are not always in the same
    • consciousness and knowledge of them. In sleep we all live
    • which they live consciously from awakening to falling asleep.
    • appears which can be called the harmony of the spheres, cosmic
    • Inspiration, the second world. Let me call it the revelations
    • usually know that they can sleep lightly, and they know also
    • are in the lightest sleep human beings are still actually
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    • they meant something very much more significant than is generally meant
    • body, astral body, Ego, and so on, is really very abstract. For this
    • reason we have tried on many occasions to describe what is really
    • reality. To-day we shall consider the human etheric body, describing
    • falling asleep and awakening. We have often discussed, up to a point,
    • But to-day we shall look back at what is left behind in bed when a
    • way we shall treat the term “etheric body” so as to draw
    • we shall consider its real nature, as it is beheld super-sensibly,
    • inwardly still. Just as externally his arms and legs are still, in his
    • body becomes all the more active and inwardly mobile between falling
    • after the moment of falling asleep, a more and more lively activity of
    • For example, from the moment of falling asleep there is a particular
    • interior of man during sleep. From falling asleep to awakening, this
    • body. But when the human being returns into the etheric body, all that
    • human soul translates what is really individualised cosmic
    • of cosmic beings. All that I have described is the external clothing,
    • all these become an organically coherent etheric system. (When
    • Now one sees how all that streams and flows and shines inwards, from
    • with one another. All these, and much else, flow through one another,
    • influence one another mutually, and form an organism — the
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    • number of people, and especially of those who have approached it from
    • thought, really contradict the genuine results of scientific
    • short time against the so-called ‘popular’ conceptions of
    • to sketch this evening, is in many respects an advance upon all that
    • For this very reason it is perhaps all the more interesting to study
    • more profound conception of the Christ than all the other doctrines
    • spiritual form, gradually descended to become the material being we
    • and more reveal the nature of soul and spirit, and finally point to a
    • evolution? It was that a specially developed human individual,
    • event — whether or not we call it to-day a ‘symbolical’
    • Being within him a life which gave a new orientation to all
    • subsequent culture — the Gnosis called the ‘Christ.’
    • at all events to present a mighty and powerful picture —
    • spiritually by means of the inner faculties of soul.
    • Naturally it is not possible to describe in a few words
    • there has lived, through all the centuries, an echo of the ‘Christ’
    • called upon to enter into those factors which have laid hold of human
    • and that all questions of spiritual origins and spiritual evolution
    • unique and specially chosen personality, one who had possessed the
    • them fundamentally in his own being — yet none the less a
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    • life. To-day we shall consider how an impulse akin to that of
    • people say: ‘You tell us all kinds of things about Richard Wagner, but
    • impulse of which we shall speak lived in Richard Wagner in the form of
    • somebody used the word among a small group of people, whereupon a
    • would-be learned gentleman remarked: “Goethe was really a Mystic,
    • associated ‘Mysticism’ with all ideas about which there is something
    • And now let us speak of what is really the fundamental conviction of
    • which is, however, more than an image. Those who really know what they
    • Goethe, albeit they are generally thought to be mere fantasy. Indeed
    • to live into their mood and atmosphere and then we shall begin to
    • Tragedy. We shall not, however, go into what Nietzsche says,
    • Among all the ancient peoples there were Mystery-centres. These
    • greater perfection in the animal and finally to self-consciousness in
    • an “all-comprehensive work of art.” He felt that all true
    • expressed dramatically, must be contained in the music. That which the
    • underlying all his work — an idea that had arisen from profound
    • insight into the mysteries of human nature. Herein he felt his call.
    • all. The deep laws which underlie the soul are spun from the
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    • Steiner. All rights reserved by the
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    • shall find that the characteristics of this knowledge through
    • Now a change took place in Western culture between all that lived in
    • all costs by true Christians. Moreover, efforts were made to
    • obliterate all that had previously been known of these individuals.
    • from medieval tradition a hatred of all that lived in personalities
    • Brentano had allowed himself to be influenced by this hatred and
    • vented it on Plotinus. He actually wrote a polemical thesis entitled
    • is usually not only scanty in the extreme but quite incapable of
    • giving any idea of their significance. Naturally it is difficult for
    • in the Idea of the Good is, after all, only a kind of family-likeness
    • which is present in all the Ideas. — Such is Deussen's argument.
    • cannot be said to rule or direct the other Ideas. All Ideas bear a
    • family-likeness but this family-likeness is actually expressed through
    • authoritative on the subject of Indian wisdom to-day we shall
    • the tradition which exists in regard to Plotinus — the so-called
    • of Aristotle and of Plato, by showing that there was really no
    • Naturally one could not have spoken to such men of outer Nature in the
    • of a spiritual world, and Nature — generally regarded nowadays as
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    • lecturer.) All rights reserved. Lecture given in Berlin. GA# 193.
    • From a lecture dated 12.IX.1919. (Stenographic notes unrevised by the lecturer.) All rights reserved.
    • and justified is, however, the APPEAL TO THE WILL. It is not at all a
    • literally been ‘slept away!’ Even to-day, most important
    • discover it in the three-partition of social life! All these things
    • the night in common with that Being whom we call our “angel”,
    • arranged between you and your angel from the time of your falling
    • To WHAT do they really refer? They merely refer to something which at
    • of superficiality, we shall soon lose interest in this empty talk of
    • from the spiritual world forces that constitute, above all, our
  • Title: Lecture: The Weaving and Living Activity of the Human Etheric Bodies
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    • first of all, cast our spiritual eye upon these two members of human
    • such, needs to say least of all (of course, this is at first only
    • underwent a constant transformation. It was gradually
    • astral body during the. Moon-epoch, whereas the Ego is gradually
    • develops first of all within the astral body, then within the etheric
    • made possible through the outpouring, as we may call it, of the
    • you will find that they describe all the other beings in such a
    • certain differences in the external human form. All the interesting
    • separated from him, detached from him scientifically, piece by piece
    • words: etherically, the human being carries about within him the
    • human being really consist of animal forms. He even had the courage
    • After all, it was merely the exact repetition of a truth which
    • jump out elastically into the world when the astral body and the Ego
    • allow it to reach the point of splitting up into the animal kingdom.
    • What does really take place? — You see, I would like to
    • they must fulfil. What do they really do? They, too, must use a
    • have such thought at all!) that we carry about within us our etheric
    • As human beings, it is not at all unnecessary that we should
    • body, that has arisen essentially through our manner of thinking.
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    • the so-called “Fensterworte” — that is to say, the
    • finally come to expression in accordance with the stage of culture
    • was to call the first Goetheanum, the “Johannesbau.” This
    • aspirant for spiritual knowledge — is called Johannes
    • have a certain knowledge; and above all we must be mindful of the
    • What we ourselves have to create is essentially new — in
    • free activity of our own human souls. The hallmark of our age is
    • work fruitful — for what we have to create must be basically,
    • Babylonian-Assyrian architecture and above all into the temples of
    • complete, intrinsically perfect — an Infinitude in itself. The
    • as an expression of all that is most precious to man, is embodied in
    • originally over a grave, indeed over the Grave of the Redeemer,
    • nature, a temple dedicated to Pallas Athene, to Apollo or to Zeus
    • dwelling-place of the God. And it is really the case that the farther
    • different. The call of a Christian church goes out to the hearts and
    • those within the walls; there is everywhere a kind of urge to break
    • through the enclosing walls and mingle with the universe. The Gothic
    • element; but there is something in all Gothic forms which seems to
    • and the all-pervading light. Could there be any sight in the world
    • this — where even the enclosing walls seem to lead out beyond,
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    • on the one side, and the Atlantean-Aryan on the other. But all these
    • This cultural civilizing process spread out radially from a point in
    • small root-stock had arisen out of the Fifth Subrace (the Primal
    • Primal Semites was allotted the special mission laid down in the law
    • neither shall they say, Lo here, or Lo there, for behold the kingdom
    • Christianity: the hallowing of the personality, the full descent to
    • away and gradually disappeared. The aim of the Manu of the Fifth Root
    • with the remains of Atlantean civilization — actually the fourth
    • new versions and which we finally encounter in the figure of
    • above all on personal qualities and virtues. A noteworthy
    • practically nothing left of the Hyperborean strain. On the soil of
    • originally was an Atlantean-Hyperborean element with which little
    • bringing together everything that had originally been poured into this
    • establishing what is called Etruscan-Roman Civilization, with the
    • themselves above all as men of wisdom, as artists. When they set about
    • never had a strong footing in Galilee, had never really penetrated
    • allege that he was a “mothers child.”
    • Initiate for all that was to be fulfilled on the physical plane. This
    • represented symbolically by the descent of the Dove. Only the most
    • all earlier impulses and endow it with the Spirit of the whole Fifth
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    • all the forces of the human soul; to understand it not only from the
    • unite with it all the forces of man's being. But this will only
    • in all likelihood find the things on Earth quite unintelligible. Yet
    • distant world could then begin to understand all other things on
    • Golgotha all human beings — even those who were primitive, more
    • really connect with the necessities or laws of Nature. For the
    • hand, and moral on the other. All moral necessities were at the same
    • time natural, likewise all natural [necessities] were moral.
    • Greece all spiritual life was somehow related to the healing of
    • presence once more as the Cosmic Physician, shall we also realise His
    • appeared as sickness. All humanity was suffering as it were the
    • into their physical environment, had seen in all the stars the
    • God; he will see this consciousness gradually weakened and paralysed,
    • unconscious depths of the soul. Strongest of all, in the unconscious
    • was afterwards called and which we now call the Christ. For this
    • learned to know the Christ, with whom indeed all human beings lived
    • in super-sensible worlds who was afterwards called the Christ,
    • called Christ appeared to the initiates as One who had lost His
    • called Christ, as of Him who would in future time come down to Earth
    • shall we find the spiritual World again?” But in the Mysteries
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    • recent lectures, you will, I think, be able to call up a picture of
    • other is true, so does man come, between falling asleep and
    • allows idealism to disappear altogether from his speaking, then he
    • gradually loses the connection, which is so essential to him, with
    • ones in respect of such matters as we shall be considering. To-day
    • therefore we shall not concern ourselves with the differences that
    • that the words he speaks are nearly all of them signs for things that
    • studies alluded to a more intimate relationship between word and
    • when lightning actually flashes through space? To-day we are inclined
    • peoples — the Folk Spirits as we call them. You will know of
    • The most ancient language of all consisted almost entirely of
    • very being of higher Hierarchies than themselves. So long as it all
    • metamorphosed. Words become an expression before all else of sympathy
    • have come to a stage where this feeling, which is called forth in man
    • although it must be said that the understanding generally brought to
    • schools. Generally speaking, however, it is possible to trace a
    • pedantry, which has gradually been creeping into man's life and
    • The way the Greeks are described in the schools to-day is really
    • not so at all, their whole life of soul was of a different character
    • to say nothing of the Orient. It is really no more than a ridiculous
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    • From a shorthand report unrevised by the lecturer. All
    • July, 1923. From a shorthand report unrevised by the lecturer. All
    • momentous decisions like the present it is all the more necessary
    • Spirit pervades all things physical, for this is to recognise one
    • in the Bible story the humanity created by Jehovah is naturally
    • the teachings of the Gnostics, as they were called, in the early
    • concerned with all that surrounds and is connected with his life
    • referred to as naturally as we refer to-day to man's connection
    • This later phase of evolution cannot really be said to have begun in
    • this connection, medieval culture and, above all, Scholasticism
    • really learn a lesson from the technique of Scholastic thought, but
    • mathematics and its kindred sciences, all of which are the legacy of
    • though a precipitous wall arose from Earth to Heaven, a wall whose
    • picture to yourselves this great wall which grew up in Europe in
    • was an impenetrable wall, concealing from men all traces even of
    • though its achievements were, men's eyes were blinded to all
    • that lay concealed behind the wall stretching from the Ural and Volga
    • was incapable of piercing this wall and though men hankered after the
    • a Galileo, men felt the call to set about understanding the Earth
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    • in our so-called physical life between birth and death. We ourselves
    • among other things, with the stream of inheritance which eventually
    • which we studied yesterday more externally. We will try to bring
    • of our connection with this physical world. All that gives us this
    • connection through the sense organs with the physical world, falls
    • Now we are not only members of the physical world, but equally of the
    • physical, is the world which we have grown accustomed to call the
    • ethereal or elemental. Whether or not the expression is really
    • times. We have all heard of the primeval atavistic clairvoyance. For
    • all know, we are formed of solid matter only to a very small extent.
    • our knowing by Imaginative perception all that surrounds us as the
    • will gradually arise in our Fifth post-Atlantean epoch will be a
    • being, and is actually accompanied by a number of elemental beings
    • will reckon especially with what I have now said; there will be a
    • of the patient. For what is called illness today is in truth only the
    • call nature-spirits, but not only these. In it are also all those
    • human beings who have just passed physically through the gate of
    • for a few days. Then what we call the etheric body is given over to
    • imagine that this, the second body which we lay aside, is at all
    • especially in our materialistic age — is aware only of the
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    • aided through older, what we call atavistic, knowledge, through
    • microcosm with the macrocosm. Especially can one realize — and
    • this I shall deal with today and tomorrow — when one has in
    • actually how little deeply, one is concerned with reality in
    • belonging to the Egyptian culture. I have already called your
    • Titans, and all that is related to them, and the third generation of
    • circle. We shall see how the construction of such God-myths springs
    • all, as we shall shortly see, a deep relationship as regards other
    • standpoints, as well as in reference to the one I shall take as a
    • that above all the Egyptians owed to him the suppression of
    • Typhon wanted to inaugurate all sorts of novelties. We should say
    • the innovations to be really sweeping. That, however, had the effect
    • piece, by means of spices and all sorts of other arts she made a
    • worship all the more fostered.[See Egyptian Myths and Mysteries.]
    • one can call it thinking! The Greeks related that Chronos had
    • Chronos and Rhea — we shall see immediately how they fit into
    • grasps this externally in the first place — we shall have to
    • above all to the human soul after death. This lay far from the Greek
    • but inasmuch as they spoke of their Gods, they did not really speak
    • — a race of Gods for the living: Zeus, Hera, Pallas-Athene,
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    • could really say: we see them. Entirely abstract thinking has only
    • been elaborated there actually lies all that I have been stating. The
    • longer there. These things naturally come about in such a way as to
    • considered sacred. And how actually was the picture-script brought
    • is really a reproduction of Imaginations only belonged to
    • mysteries, but gradually, since it has become abstract, only serves
    • All these things lie in
    • fact, expressed in the myths. Thinking gradually passed over to
    • with whom one generally begins the history of philosophy. (You can
    • a different sphere, so to say, and though externally it only comes to
    • expression physically in the change of voice.
    • was a living process and all knew that the child up to nine or ten
    • us all the time. The air is not only what physical science describes,
    • essentially events of the etheric world, were perceived by
    • fact that which shot up out of the forces which are usually called in
    • only in different ways, experienced the fact that they actually
    • etherically, by having perceived it formerly as it were, outside, and
    • a pernicious sense today is found in all old religious rites: the
    • sex-symbols, the so-called sex-symbols, point thus to this connection
    • — we can call it the connection between the atmosphere with its
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    • All that had arisen as
    • them as producing through their deeds what we call earthly humanity.
    • Osiris, Isis, Zeus, Apollo, Mars, Pallas, who are now connected with
    • the course of these studies we shall see to what an infinitely
    • is directly rooted in Greek ideas. We bear much within us, especially
    • impulse that proceeds from the Mystery of Golgotha. This all
    • lies as yet in our programme and we shall have to build it up in the
    • It is above all
    • essentials standing spiritually before mankind up to the new
    • speak in common have formed the individually sounding languages,
    • to be preserved and all sorts of secrets surrounded it. The time in
    • all the deepest thoughts the Egyptians were able to form about the
    • All, I am the Past, the Present and the Future; no mortal has yet
    • Especially in the later
    • he let the words work upon him: ‘I am the All, I am the Past,
    • nature all about him.
    • Golgotha. There must stand before our soul's gaze all the mystery
    • that gave the description of Isis: ‘I am the All, I am the
    • place left to each one — though that can only be provisionally
    • way that I can only relate today approximately, superficially, even
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    • We will try to go more fundamentally into those matters connected
    • impulses of human life must enter especially into the consciousness
    • question, however, can only be approached slowly and gradually. It
    • the old Egyptian inscription of Isis: ‘I am the All. I am
    • Now above all one must
    • ‘immortal’ one spoke actually of man himself. In the
    • the sense of Plato, really only considered a man to be a partaker of
    • that the saying on the Statue at Sais actually meant: He who will
    • Mystery-principle into a power-principle, they actually sought to
    • priests were the ‘mortals’. That is to say, all those
    • interpretation: ‘I am the All; I am the Past, the Present, the
    • moreover called themselves the ‘immortals’ in that
    • the Egyptian priest principle, specially important persons are made
    • a certain example — naturally at a great distance — an
    • overthrew the tables and so on! In order really to promote what must
    • from reality; furthermore, all that must break into our age
    • catastrophically is connected with this divorce from reality. On the
    • 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
    • The clever ones in Philisterium, to be sure, call it ‘superstition’
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    • mankind's evolution, and you have already seen that all sorts of
    • I shall remind you today of various things that have been said from
    • immediately upon the great flooding of the earth — called in
    • which there actually proceeded a kind of glacial state.
    • by our power of will. We become physically different in our twenties
    • and in this becoming different physically there lives at the same
    • externally considered — we shall see immediately how matters
    • which we call the Old Persian, man remained still capable of
    • is all something of which external history tells us nothing,
    • younger and younger — if we call this change in development a
    • and from our time onward quite specially significant. For as regards
    • contain in themselves all that a man can compass.
    • younger is at the same time a challenge to mankind to draw for
    • called your attention last time to the immense incision in the
    • the impulse really be found which mankind needs if it is to take in
    • one hand he looked back at the 18th Century, how it had gradually
    • someone who speaks enthusiastically in this way of the French
    • Revolution is really altogether sincere in his inmost heart. One
    • say to it then? One should really put oneself this question when
    • so-called Enlightenment, the atheistic Enlightenment of the 18th
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    • ‘Know thyself’ stood on Apollo's temple as a challenge to
    • also a challenge to us to strive again for a real knowledge of man,
    • for a knowledge of what man on the earth actually is.
    • that what we call understanding at the present day is actually the
    • concepts. Above all one cannot understand the human being through
    • human being is a riddle that wants to be solved. We shall not,
    • before our eyes as man, and all that belongs to it, is none the less
    • reach everyone, is not fitted to call forth a feeling of what a
    • miraculous structure this human being actually is, who wanders about
    • You have assuredly all
    • is actually twofold, if one disregards everything else. One
    • could speak much more exactly, but if one disregards all the rest,
    • skeleton; it is really only set upon it, and then the rest of the
    • as absolute, develop them metaphysically — that we will not do.
    • And so it is very natural, since it actually corresponds to what we
    • see, to say: man in respect of his head is above all ruled by the
    • diagrammatic picture for the rest of man, we should naturally have to
    • complications, just as schematically one can picture the human head
    • really conceive of man so — as spherical form and as moon-form.
    • this, but only think of the fact that the human being falls into
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    • meditating over all these things one can gain great help by thinking
    • again between death and a new birth — that is actually the
    • it ourselves. Between death and a new birth we come to know all the
    • spiritually, the wide universe is our home between death and a new
    • whole universe are at work within it. It is principally from man's
    • what is in his head. On the other hand, we actually receive the rest
    • the case of a woman who was quite small, he discovered that she
    • as bluish, the left side as yellowish-red. This can all be read today
    • nationalistic. All the dividing of men into groups that finds a place
    • can often be asked — whom does the child really resemble? And
    • things, one can see for oneself externally the truth that lies in
    • schematically, one can say: if the earth is here in universal space
    • (see diagram), from all sides universal matter continuously streams
    • surface. So that this continually takes place — substances from
    • physical substance, not a chemical element, but actually spiritual,
    • continually perceive a sort of inbreathing of ether or auric
    • one has once realized that the earth actually inhales and exhales
    • all circumstances and, above all, to human life in the way I have
    • is a hard globe. It is indeed a hard globe, and among all the organs
    • the etheric body, and which, while we are growing old physically,
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    • we call the ego. Besides this he has his astral body, and at the
    • still find the after-effects of the etheric body, that is to say, all
    • imprints of all that the human being has gone through in life. This
    • is an aggregate of what I would call form structures. This aggregate
    • of form structures, becoming ever more widely diffused, actually
    • what has imprinted itself upon the etheric body actually continues to
    • expands or contracts depends essentially upon what has been
    • on earth, is really formed from two directions. I have described to
    • — a sort of hollow sphere that grows ever smaller and smaller.
    • for us from out of the cosmos. But what is brought forth organically
    • the human being is really born out of the universe. And his sojourn
    • to these extra-earthly forces. What we call our mental faculty, our
    • essentially the product of the macrocosm acting upon the great
    • he gradually acquired the possibility of following the process that
    • upward during inhalation, falling again during exhalation), it is
    • today, when everything is thought out materialistically. Today it is
    • actually a constant striking of the brain fluid against the nerve
    • processes which had formed his brain really point back to former
    • see, in this respect those people especially who are living within
    • the realm of western civilization are often really like a blind man
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    • connected with his destiny, with what we are accustomed to call
    • this question, not theoretically, but concretely in a vital and
    • assumes that the activity of consciousness ceases when a man falls
    • must realise that from the time of falling asleep to the moment of
    • consciousness of all the complicated circumstances in which they are
    • times when a child is actually and obviously asleep, but of the whole
    • remembered in later life. When we speak of all that is experienced by
    • to understand the workings of all that the human being brings from
    • Animals either do not have them at all, or already possess them —
    • Of the development of these three faculties people have usually quite
    • is expressed in words develops, gradually, out of speaking. It is
    • falling over. Thus he learns to place his body into the world; he
    • totally inadequate, for in reality something else of tremendous
    • with walking, — above all, with the use of the hand in its
    • by artificial means; in all those who are not born dumb, thinking is
    • really to be understood until we can follow how, in later life, the
    • interesting to watch the human being falling asleep and waking,
    • when he falls asleep, the astral body carries this element of soul
    • all this can be perceived in the astral body during the sleeping
    • communicated to the physical air, and thus naturally no physical tone
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    • that in order really to know something about the nature of man, quite
    • the moment, the shock will make them put aside all such knowledge.
    • man has not fundamentally changed throughout history and that if this
    • were otherwise there could really be no history at all. They argue
    • fundamentally the same frame of mind, the same mental outlook as they
    • and spiritually impossible to share in the mental attitude of his
    • the affairs of human beings. But he really did not feel at home in
    • at the poems he composed in his youth and we shall find that there
    • Think of him as a child with all the religious convictions of his
    • into a closer union with Nature, in whose arms he first of all seeks
    • We shall never understand Goethe unless we bear in mind the
    • It is only now that Goethe finds a world in which his soul really
    • feels at home. And, if we study all that he produced after that time,
    • outlook is essential if we are to realise what Goethe really had in
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  • Title: Lecture: On the Reality of Higher Worlds
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    • Let me first of all express regret that I am unable to speak to you
    • allowed to deliver the lecture in German.
    • and friendly words of greeting. I only hope that I shall be able, in
    • students in Christiania. It was held in the largest hall — the
    • of the reality of the higher worlds. As all my writings for many,
    • Obviously I shall be unable to-day — it may be possible to
    • bring before you anything in the nature of convincing proof; all that
    • the methods of investigation, to go beyond what is universally
    • usually known as the problem of immortality, of destiny, in the
    • knowledge itself, have all been evolved from investigation of the
    • inadequacies of such conjectures are betrayed above all in that they
    • But with this kind of mysticism no really profound science of the
    • soul can concur, cognisant as it is of all the hidden paths of the
    • has, of course, its stores of memories which it calls up again and
    • These are the two pitfalls lying ahead of us when, in our longing to
    • form of mysticism which simply calls up memories in a different garb
    • The aim of anthroposophical research is to avoid both these pitfalls
    • worlds. Hence in all honesty and frankness it asserts that the
    • them, makes them essentially different.
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  • Title: Lecture: The Dual Form of Cognition During the Middle Ages and the Development of Knowledge in Modern Times
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    • spirit. By departing from various standpoints, we have gradually
    • years prior to the Mystery of Golgotha, and then it has gradually
    • those six centuries. External documents (I have already called
    • world-conception did not work with intellectual forces; essentially
    • who works in a truly intellectual way. In Aristotle, we continually
    • alludes to it whenever he speaks of his predecessors, but he can no
    • longer connect his statements with any contents which are really
    • that humanity gradually loses altogether the possibility of
    • world-conception which is based on spirituality, so that he finally
    • study) obtained its contents above all during the centuries which
    • traditionally from a Christian direction and had gradually acquired
    • education of humanity took on an essentially intellectual character
    • century, with all the experiences connected with that time —
    • those centuries and all the experiences connected with that
    • at all able to grasp this intellectual element, is a fact which took
    • really learn a great deal in this connection, if they would train
    • direction, we shall realise that the ordinary modern life of the
    • Essentially speaking,
    • Albertus Magnus and Thomas Aquinas had dogmatically preserved truths
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  • Title: Lecture: The Remedy for Our Diseased Civilisation
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    • This document was literally crumbling in your hand when it was found ...
    • world-conception was gradually approaching a certain culminating
    • so-called refutations. Let us simply observe the fact that, on the
    • world, a philosophy had finally been reached, which saw its chief
    • call it, Haeckelism. The whole problem may be considered, as it were,
    • from Haeckel. Essentially, he had already declared what he could
    • younger men (nearly all of them were unsalaried lecturers, but in
    • salary, but they had the right to call themselves professors) spoke
    • neck-ties for quite a long time, and not at all stupidly ... and this
    • this, I do not in any way pass judgment or appraise, for we may allow
    • comes to the fore symptomatically, we may gather that materialism
    • gradually came to the surface in more recent times, and that it was
    • able to give something. Philosophy really had nothing more to
    • us now consider the positive fact which is contained in all that
    • human being, we must say: Such a world-conception grasps above all
    • nerve-sensory part of the human being above all has developed during
    • gradually come about that the arms, feet and legs of the human being
    • shall grow smaller and smaller, and the head shall grow larger and
    • larger (he tried to picture the approaching danger spatially),
    • and then ... when the earth shall have continued for a while in this
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  • Title: Lecture: The Etheric Body as a Reflexion of the Universe
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    • is that they call away many young lives from the physical plane.
    • question, it will be a good thing to become acquainted first of all
    • age. What does this really mean? — A concrete example, already
    • concrete example is really connected with a child, with the little
    • furniture van had been seen for a long time, or perhaps never at all,
    • intended to lift it the following day for it had fallen most
    • of him. This child (he was only seven years old) was an exceptionally
    • lovable child, with exceptionally beautiful qualities.
    • river; you see him fall into the river and try to reach him. Where he
    • think that he had stumbled over the stone, thus falling into the
    • water and drowning? But this need not be true at all; a physical
    • really arrived at that particular spot because the child had to
    • its Karma. Trivially speaking, we might say: The child's Higher Self,
    • insane by the materialistically minded people of the present time,
    • really correspond to the truth.
    • body and the significant fact is that all those who had any
    • really to come down. Ever since the death of little Theodor Faiss, we
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    • A Living Knowledge of Nature, the Fall of the Intellect into Sin,
    • Lebendiges Naturerkennen, Intellektueller Suendenfall
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    • A Living Knowledge of Nature, the Fall of the Intellect into Sin,
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    • not actually reach this knowledge. Giordano Bruno’s imagery is
    • all remains indefinite, even nebulous. Everything that Giordano Bruno
    • while Jacob Boehme harks back ineffectually to pre-earthly man,
    • experienced, however, they gradually become vision of man’s
    • does not actually attain to this knowledge.
    • All the
    • object of finding knowledge of the universe. He had really ‘lost’
    • principles — salt, mercury, sulphur, as he calls them. These
    • filled with so-called inner experiences which are, in reality, mere
    • lifeless nature are all, to begin with, given form. That which exists
    • on earth without form, in lifeless nature, is really cloven asunder.
    • Crystals are at the basis of all substances. And those substances
    • which we do not find in crystallised form, but formless, in dust and
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  • Title: Lecture: It is a Necessity of Our Earnest Times to Find Again the Path Leading to the Spirit
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    • to think of personal matters. Allow me, first of all, to express
    • century indicates a specially low point of human evolution in the
    • characterised as the rise of a particular inthrust of egoism in all
    • trivially of what one generally defines as egoism, but I speak of
    • egoism in a special sense, into which we shall penetrate a little in
    • in which the so-called intellectual and understanding soul
    • culture was unfolding, that which we call intellectual or
    • their development, the Greeks had to pass through what one might call
    • world very superficially and we translate our thoughts on “Jus”,
    • as the contents of other documents of that time, were, after all,
    • climax during a period in the civilisation of Europe which has really
    • which we can draw attention as being specially significant for
    • soul enabling man to really permeate, really grasp his ego, first
    • rebuke this epoch of egoism, we should not only fall upon it with
    • soul-spiritually and bodily. A knowledge going in the direction of
    • from the moment of falling asleep to the moment of waking up. That is
    • being awake, the time from the moment of falling asleep to the moment
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    • called Ahura Mazdao, a golden dagger, by means of which he was to
    • human nature actually takes shape are nowhere contained in what man
    • dead are perpetually working into our physical world. The forces of
    • However, if men really take hold of the best possibilities for their
    • longer incarnates physically, there is nevertheless a similarity. If
    • purpose, we shall enter permanently into the same kind of
    • present age is, shall I say, rather more essentially spiritual than
    • amass all kinds of spiritual experiences, but not by the path that is
    • Naturally, if one has no such experiences, there is nothing to
    • being applied to their interpretation are really worthless, and have
    • worst plight; it is healthy logic, really sound thinking, and above
    • all, too, the force of truthfulness that are worst off. The moment
    • speaking the truth at all about certain things, because of national
    • in which truth must be conceived to-day. Hence the truth is virtually
    • newspapers in Germany about the alleged political aims, methods and
    • those who wallow in such swamps of untruthfulness as were disclosed
    • course, but actually they are so little matters of course that
    • can there gradually be achieved what is necessary in this domain. As
    • indicated. This must be taken in all earnestness. In very many
    • personal feeling. It must at all times be realised that the
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  • Title: Lecture: The Relation of the Movement for Religious Renewal to the Anthroposophical Movement
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    • knowledge of the Spiritual lay at the foundation of all ancient
    • have gradually become those of our arts — bodily, plastic
    • or allegorical art, but true art — which means creative,
    • will understand what is really the deeper cause of my words. Let me
    • its task, must really carry the whole impulse of the Anthroposophical
    • the Anthroposophical Movement was essentially contained within the
    • Now in order not to speak merely theoretically but to make what I
    • have just said really intelligible, I must tell you a little about
    • calls itself ‘Movement for Religious Renewal,’ [This
    • has since been called.] for the renewal of Christianity. The
    • receives with a really devoted Christian heart the theology offered
    • before him. The theology and religion of our time has gradually
    • assumed forms that do not really enable it to instil into its
    • otherwise Christianity cannot be the really vital force for our whole
    • thinking, feeling, and will. I remarked first of all to those who
    • I said: It is quite obvious first of all that it is not only a
    • teach and perform the duties of pastors, but above all those —
    • their hearts a strong religious impulse, a specifically Christian
    • is really sound.
    • important above all is that the spiritual truths now accessible to
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  • Title: Lecture: The Ego-consciousness of the So-called Dead
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    • EGO-CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE SO-CALLED DEAD.
    • gradually be acquired by speaking of things repeatedly and throwing
    • light upon them from many points of view. To-day I shall therefore
    • as an expression of his whole being. We must depart first of all from
    • body, which we learn to know externally in the physical world through
    • be contemplated externally, just as the physical-sensory body can be
    • contemplated externally through our ordinary sensory knowledge.
    • our body. Spatially speaking, they are outside. Nevertheless,
    • formed our stomach, or everything that exists, spatially speaking,
    • point out that we really speak of ourselves in an entirely
    • really designate the skin of our face as our interior, and the
    • food into our stomach, we really send it out, we do not send it into
    • our body, as we generally say at the present time. The more our
    • towards the outer world, was really turned towards our inner being.
    • really been turned inside out, like an overcoat that can be turned.
    • the etheric body, we shall find that it is neither visible nor
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  • Title: Lecture: Concerning the Origin and Nature of the Finnish Nation
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    • soul that really constitutes a kind of triad, which, in the case of
    • outwardly; that is to say, a stage in which the soul really feels its
    • was, after all, felt within the soul far less than the
    • Such a nation really existed in
    • almost as a human-divine, or a human-heroic essence, and they called
    • and all the destinies of Wainamoinen, described in “Kalevala”,
    • up — from another Being, called Ilmarinen. Just as in the
    • on “Kalevala”, you will find in it all these
    • this Being, forged, as it were, out of all the atoms of Nature, the
    • time the human being was really formed out of these three soul-parts
    • order to emerge again later on, all this is described in “Kalevala”
    • in the neighbourhood of a centre of initiation need not at all be a
    • all, Constantinople.
    • impregnated with a fundamentally Slav type, souls that are, on the
    • its own nature. If we study the Finnish nation, we shall find that it
    • best of all expressed in the letters, or in the sound “UUO”,
    • inducing one to say, it comes along, and one should really be afraid
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    • touch on at least a few of them again tonight. It was never really my
    • held, to discuss at greater length the subject originally intended
    • Society's current concerns are going, you will perhaps allow me to
    • out those aspects of the three phases that all three share in common;
    • which, when considered factually and not critically, might even be
    • called its better days, something was taking place that almost
    • really open mind about these things and has come to anthroposophy in
    • the surface of his soul from the eternal sources of all humanness.
    • concern of their hearts, something they cannot really do without if
    • be called a reversing of human will impulses. A person is born into a
    • that his will impulses simply coincide with those of all the rest of
    • has to do with the will is intrinsically ethical and moral. The
    • out simply as a matter of response to externally imposed laws and
    • and go on receiving — all these things that our minds in their
    • our sixth year onward is the product of externally influenced will
    • of the externalizing of all life in the civilized world in the past
    • the consequences this implies for an anthroposophically oriented
    • experiencing the super-sensible nature of all truth. Sharing the
    • “Anthroposophy” should really be understood as synonymous
    • destiny, should all aim at giving the soul a certain direction of
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    • the human etheric body as it is connected with the physical body. We shall
    • sketch it thus: representing it entirely diagrammatically, and we shall
    • the whole system of man, his astral body and ego. Let us now recall that the
    • etheric body of man naturally consists of the different kinds of ether which
    • kinds of ether, but we shall only consider today that part of the ether body
    • etheric body which we call the light-ether, we have sketched it above.
    • often said that man really only gains consciousness of things from being
    • actually within them with his ego and soul being. It is in the daytime, when
    • shall inquire today: How does memory come about? How is it that we have
    • We say: we recognize this man. What is it that really takes place in us when
    • our light-body experiencing all kinds of movements. Picture this vividly to
    • thought regarding him, is all disclosed in the movements of your light-body.
    • of what he experienced previously. We have really to picture to ourselves,
    • gates of death, the ego and astral body are naturally at first far more
    • it, throws off and allows to pass before it. During the first few days after
    • continually to repeat and to reproduce from within itself all those movements
    • all the etheric movements reflect, as in a panorama, the life just passed on
    • — that is, she recalls the memory-picture of him, but she does not in
    • cannot behold them. Demons continually keep the light-body of man in
    • body is brought about by Ahriman. We can therefore say [and I shall write
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    • far more deeply illuminating than people usually imagine.
    • You all know it as the word indicating the opposite of what we call
    • you will all have had some distressing experiences with what is
    • conveyed by the word forgetting. You will all know the annoying
    • with what we call man's etheric body. So we can also assume that the
    • soul not to be able to remember everything all the time? We shall
    • etheric body is present in plants where it has an essentially
    • has such a thing as so-called propagation, the bringing forth of its
    • own kind, for this is due fundamentally to an activity of the etheric
    • principle and all repetition to the etheric principle. The plant has
    • memory. We could almost call this bringing nonsense into natural
    • actually sheer dilettantism on a higher level.
    • we shall have to become clear about the fundamental difference
    • alter and improve the plant by means of all sorts of horticultural
    • methods. But that is really an exception to the rule, and is only of
    • all kinds of things through his education, and things are thereby put
    • there is actually a part of man's etheric body that is not used by
    • remember one single mental image. For all retaining of mental images
    • development, we have put all sorts of things into this free etheric
    • has any significance at all for a person's growth and development.
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    • something else we should note as well, which will gradually have to
    • such a way that they are equally suitable for newcomers. We could
    • take this into account at all. One lecture might get read before the
    • this winter's lectures and all the preparatory material will
    • eventually be directed towards a definite culmination with which the
    • course will then close. Last week's lecture was a small beginning,
    • continue like a newspaper serial, where the thirty-eighth installment
    • eventually see that it all has an inner connection, and that these lectures
    • themselves fall sick with it, and even then their interest does not
    • in the least about them unless it affects them personally and they
    • into things in all manner of ways, like the way it is now speaking
    • People do not care about the deeper significance that is actually
    • behind all this. They look on whilst one or another law is
    • personally affected and cannot manage with ordinary materialistic
    • taken seriously enough except when people are personally affected.
    • However it is just the task of a really spiritual movement to awaken
    • scientific basis and is useful in many respects, we shall be making
    • suchlike, and fall victim in this way to all manner of one-sidedness.
    • Present-day mankind must, above all, realise more and more that man
    • body, it cannot possibly work beneficially with the healthy or the
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    • towards which we will gradually work our way. In the first lecture of
    • All that goes beyond this text will follow in the course of the
    • will gradually accustom themselves to this way of thinking.
    • moment in human evolution we want to recall lies a long way back. If
    • bisexuality occur earlier. But what we call the human kingdom did not
    • visualise how the earlier dual sexed human being gradually developed
    • if we consider it let us say philosophically, it is somewhat childish
    • meaning behind the two sexes gradually developing and then
    • meaning will become clear to you when you see what we call
    • forefathers. All these beings that were still undivided into two
    • and how little could actually happen in human life, as everybody
    • at birth and on into childhood human beings were really very similar
    • times, they were in a certain way all fundamentally alike. Each
    • long as they had a body of soft material they could actually become
    • gradually individualised in the course of life. Then this possibility
    • became harmful. For this gradually reduced mans capacity to change.
    • impressionable. Then he would really be able to take into his
    • contact with his environment, especially his human environment. To
    • to someone who is specially deeply schooled in occultism. Two people
    • generally imagined that the one who is listening is doing nothing.
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    • the courses running parallel with the group lectures. Therefore I
    • would like to ask you to give these courses all your support. It is
    • foundation of things. First of all I will simply present you with the
    • actually do during sleep? We can in truth say fairly accurately that
    • work unhindered and get rid of all the exhaustion that has
    • all-embracing way. If you want to imagine it pictorially, you can
    • quite literally, namely that your ego never stays the same for the
    • being awake — and that the ego is changing all this while. It
    • changes too in such a way that we can imagine it symbolically as
    • that we really have to speak of a kind of sinking down into a cosmic
    • The astral body actually does sink down into a universal cosmic
    • asleep. This I into which he plunges when he falls asleep and which
    • days, man's astral body actually goes into the same part of the
    • etheric body, symbolically speaking, revolves on its own axis, and
    • have to speak in great detail if you are to understand it all. You
    • processes are rhythmically repeated in the physical body too, however
    • laws inherent in the rhythms. At one time it was really like this,
    • round the sun. Anyone who only looks at it superficially will think
    • it is subject, and the human ego actually took the earth with it and
    • powers. But this is really what it was like originally. Thus you can
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    • gather together all the threads as it were that will eventually link
    • we shall have to link up two things apparently very far removed from
    • one, we shall have to say that the number that corresponds in a
    • regularity of the astral body is really there, then the astral body
    • course speaking figuratively, for they are not really rotations but
    • because it is an indisputable fact. It is something that really ought
    • pulled through this seventh day. The temperature suddenly falls, and
    • all on the seventh day?
    • why phenomena like a temperature arise. What actually is a
    • On the contrary, the temperature is something that the organism calls
    • is healthy and all his inner activities are working harmoniously,
    • these inner activities are bound to fall into disorder if one
    • to counterbalance the local upset. There is really a revolution going
    • scientific point of view is called ‘the study of the human
    • higher Organisation of the higher members. What we call the lungs
    • extent connected with it. We will eventually come to talk about what
    • the various parts always runs parallel. The construction of the lungs
    • rhythm, but in what way? We shall have to be clear about the
    • power to produce a temperature, for in that case, once it had really
    • patient's disorder has been overcome in seven days, then all is well.
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    • system, the etheric body in all that comes under the heading of the
    • All this, however, only points to that aspect of illness that is
    • the law of karma works in human life. We shall be referring to some
    • effects in the next. Therefore we shall have to say a few words about
    • what actually happens to man spiritually in the period after death.
    • know that on passing through the portal of death man first of all has
    • until he encompasses all things. We have mentioned the picture of his
    • number of days that varies individually, the second corpse, the
    • period we call Kamaloca in anthroposophical literature, and often
    • still has all those forces in his astral body which were there at the
    • Until man has learnt to do this, he continues living in what we call
    • his fortieth year, he will pass through all the experiences he has
    • thirty-sixth, and so on. He really does go through his whole life
    • become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of
    • we must picture to ourselves what man actually does in Kamaloca. We
    • could say a great deal about it, of course. Today, however, we shall
    • can visualise first of all what use man makes of this time in
    • at all. Then the world would be the poorer. We must altogether
    • of the world allowed man to become evil and gave him the possibility
    • when he was twenty, so that it really hurt. In his reverse journey
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    • for the very reason that we start from something really commonplace,
    • we shall see that life's riddles really encounter us on all sides,
    • In the smallest most insignificant things of life we can find the
    • reaches the spirit will really fathom man's real nature. Laughing and
    • to know what laughing and weeping really imply, and therefore ascribe
    • it to animals as well. A person who really observes the soul knows
    • there are two streams in human life. One stream includes all the
    • is essentially a twofold being: one part of his nature he inherits
    • birth there are active in man the causes of all those characteristics
    • basically done from without. All the work that is done before birth
    • because this is so, the really human part can only start, little by
    • weeks after birth the child really cannot either laugh or weep in the
    • gradually transforms the organism, so that it becomes not only the
    • it is just the activity of the ego in the organism that calls forth
    • the ego only gradually begins to be active in the child, and at birth
    • it is not yet actually active, and has as it were not yet taken hold
    • essentially it has to keep it. Man has a form, which, as we have
    • stressed many a time, contains as it were all the other animal forms
    • the fundamentally immobile face of the animal, how rigid it is, and
    • certainly be so, but not individually, because with dogs, parrots,
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    • at these relatively superficially you would realise immediately that
    • originally connected with certain regions of the earth. You will also
    • actually the human body too, developed in the different epochs of
    • various capacities that mankind has today, developed gradually in the
    • course of ages. All this gives you an idea of how external conditions
    • this. What we are going to describe today, however, shall be
    • considered from another point of view. For we shall really get to
    • know human conditions if we continually consider them from different
    • one with the sun; and how greatly he had to change as first of all
    • also the so-called Lemurian evolution, in which man had only just
    • have often described it by saying that this was actually the time
    • were to fall back on to the earth, and the sun to reunite with it; if
    • shine on him from outside. We will disregard all the other forces
    • outside, has had the least influence of all at the North Pole, so the
    • consisted of transparent forms that were therefore not actually
    • dependent on the earth, and these spiritually more advanced beings
    • only used them as sheaths to the very smallest extent. If, therefore,
    • are really very little developed with regard to their physical
    • grasp all the wisdom of the world with their etheric bodies, as
    • interlaced and warmed through by the rays of the sun. All the
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    • anthroposophical insight in mind, and we shall understand the basis
    • forces. However, these currents and forces gradually become less
    • distinct and vanish after a while. What is really taking place there?
    • You can actually discover what is happening, even without clairvoyant
    • is ringing. The child learns this only gradually, because the part of
    • and then the etheric body gradually develops. And this etheric body
    • is all that the plant has in addition. Now we have seen that man's
    • that man's astral body is not actually born until then. But the
    • his twenty-first year, its possibilities of development are all used
    • for animals do not all live to be twenty-one. But up to the age of
    • it is essentially this ego that can be educated. For it is this ego,
    • let us ask what actually happens when man adds to his store from
    • taking a fully developed plant, for instance a lily of the valley.
    • Here you have the plant before you in another form, as a small seed.
    • lay it in front of you, you can say: Everything that I shall see
    • been produced by a previous lily of the valley. The case is different
    • observes the fully grown lily of the valley, it sees the physical
    • light permeating it from top to bottom. In the lily of the valley,
    • if you take the small seed of the lily of the valley you will find
    • that although the physical seed is small it is permeated by a
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    • All the forces of the soul must be activated if the essence of
    • by studying them very gradually and from many different aspects. It
    • seriousness when speaking of the spiritual worlds. This, after all,
    • emphasised all the more strongly at the present time because there is
    • should embark upon all your anthroposophical efforts in this spirit
    • ally himself with an Anthroposophical Movement if he is immediately
    • hope to penetrate slowly and gradually to the essence of
    • different angle, and indeed we cannot begin really to know anything
    • the Mystery of Golgotha. All the lectures given since the book
    • abstract speculations. And if, in spite of it all, a feeling of a
    • to develop gradually. This is also an indication of how what I have
    • this realm. In addition to all other demands to which only very brief
    • allow it to deter us from the earnestness and respect for truth that
    • dint of earnest, intimate efforts we shall learn to be receptive to
    • demand is made that anthroposophists shall not turn deaf ears to what
    • world, the calmer our soul can become, the more all inner
    • restlessness can be avoided, the more we shall be able to achieve. It
    • 5,000 years in human history, the so-called Lesser Kali Yuga. Since
    • that year it has become necessary to allow the spiritual to come to
    • ‘chance’ events, as they are called nowadays, have been
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    • faiths. The Mystery of Golgotha was fulfilled for all men, not only
    • for those who call themselves Christians. "Ye shall be as Gods"
    • being is unable to recall what his soul has experienced. There is
    • about the reason why the child gradually passes from the stage when
    • when a child opens his eyes and light falls upon them. It is actually
    • this, however, is that collisions shall continue to take place. These
    • together with all the other experiences, including those of the
    • own depths. If we investigate all this with exactitude — and
    • shall find that what rises up into consciousness has a certain
    • and when memory recalls them we may feel that we have as little
    • preserved in our memory tends continually to break loose from our
    • is continually colliding with them. We can therefore say that we owe
    • perpetually colliding with our bodily make-up and thereby destroying
    • circumstance that we are able to destroy our organism perpetually.
    • do harm to someone to whom we owe a debt of love, we shall actually
    • is really occupied throughout his life in reducing his own value, in
    • of his being. The destruction for which a man is continually
    • continually damaging our bodily sheath. With the forces that are
    • human being expands, quite literally expands, into all the planetary
    • of Venus, Sun, Mars, Jupiter and finally Saturn. The being who has
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    • with the Macrocosm. A twelfth century allegory. Reference to
    • birth you will recall that during that period a human being
    • cannot, for the time being, change it at all. Thus if in the
    • life withheld that love from him, we shall now have to experience
    • we allowed the relationship caused by our self-incurred debt of love
    • to be established, we shall have to live through the relationship for
    • has elapsed shall we be able to experience once again, during our
    • new birth the individual concerned must undergo all the suffering
    • that the dead himself can change them. Above all during the first
    • It is really only an individual who has remained on the physical
    • desires be only those of which he was actually aware. The longings
    • experience in our upper consciousness is less significant than all
    • We realise from this that when Anthroposophy actually
    • Anthroposophy takes hold of our very life. We shall then no longer
    • the gate of death but shall establish active contact with them and be
    • of how men will gradually develop consciousness of what surrounds
    • humanity, this will eventually come about. Simply through paying
    • I want to make you aware of how little a man really knows about the
    • these happenings, calls the one ‘cause’ and the other
    • street punctually at eight o'clock we might have been run over by a
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    • death and the condition of sleep is fundamentally one of
    • passages in the Bible which, as is the case with all occult
    • not as things are on Earth, when man does not really know his own
    • being. What, after all, does he know about the processes working in
    • stars work upon his being, how they gradually rebuild it. From this
    • were outspread and what he perceives is really the centre. He looks
    • actually how things are during the life between death and the new
    • that is really very similar to life between death and rebirth,
    • world of stars, he too is actually in that world. And it is a fact
    • condition between death and rebirth than is usually imagined.
    • death and the new birth. The difference is actually only a state of
    • simple; and that is quite comprehensible because usually we describe
    • and learn to view things from all sides. We generally characterise
    • be indicated if I make sketches to show how the so-called aura of the
    • The important point is that what may be called the auric
    • picture of the Ego when a human being is asleep, actually becomes
    • in appearance at all events; we cannot, however, speak of an actual
    • wards is luminous and radiant — all this lower part is
    • particularly the lower parts of the trunk. Actually, during sleep,
    • our Earth and all the forces that have played their part in that
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    • shall not be speaking today about the Christmas Festival as in
    • to think of what I shall say as a gift placed under the Christmas
    • spoke of what may be called the last Initiation of Christian
    • Rosenkreutz in the thirteenth century. Today I shall speak of a deed
    • religion. Eastern tradition tells us that in the life usually spoken
    • had previously been a Bodhisattva. Of all this we are deeply
    • conscious. Today we will think especially of one aspect only, namely,
    • ‘Revelations shall tell of the Divine in the Heights and there
    • shall be peace on Earth among men who are of good will.’ It is
    • and all-embracing human love which were also to be integrated into
    • were Teachers of great significance. What actually took place there
    • metaphorically. Among the Teachers present in the School in physical
    • his being, had actually co-operated in its inception. What had still
    • could not become the common possession of all mankind. It was
    • it meant withdrawal from all the externalities of life and absolute
    • Assisi, especially what is so impressive about him because of its
    • Buddha's activity would have been in all subsequent times if nothing
    • the new birth we actually become inhabitants, in succession, of Moon,
    • ascent, for the consequences of the phase of descent had become all
    • is known to all occultists that the same soul which appeared on Earth
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    • Ego which, basically speaking, passes through all the periods of
    • Impulse is comprised for the West in what may be called the Mystery
    • been possible, we shall be unable to make further progress in our
    • leaves behind him, first of all, his physical body; then, after a
    • ‘I’ or Ego which, basically speaking, passes through all
    • soul during that period would be meaningless. Fundamentally speaking,
    • there at all or merely continuing to live knowing nothing of itself,
    • To begin with, the human being crawls about on all fours
    • to acquire these capacities gradually. In the earliest period of his
    • is still under the sway of gravity and crawls on all fours, while his
    • talk is connected fundamentally with the vertical position. Animals
    • human form actually stems; it is the form in which the human ‘I’
    • him down, causing him to move about on all fours and to be incapable
    • him, to begin with, a perverted form. These Spirits ought really to
    • to speak and to think! All this is beyond his power because he is
    • what we shall gradually come to recognise as the true ‘I’,
    • earliest periods of his life the human being is only gradually
    • head is the most fully developed of all the physical organs, even in
    • Hierarchies, the Spirits of Form, pervade and weave through all the
    • etheric parts is a specially important exercise. If this is achieved,
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    • point of view. Today, then, I will ask you to think, above all, of
    • invalidate the regular seven-year cycle. We shall, however, always
    • But why this is so in the latter case, we shall still have to
    • we shall notice that
    • nature of man. That is essentially characteristic of the seven-year
    • emphatically inner event. For the sake of clarity, here let us
    • shall find that the cessation of growth may be compared with some
    • will therefore think about the cessation of growth which after all
    • act of what may be called the formative principle. The last
    • there is no more remodelling of the brain. All that happens is growth
    • that the principle of form unfolds its activity specifically in the
    • principles that are active until the seventh year of life allow the
    • It is really as if until the seventh year of his life the human being
    • regular Spirits of Form, put a stop to his growth. This is actually
    • especially for education. The other evolution — which is a much
    • it was right to call
    • unless we take account of all the factors which have an effect upon
    • lectures is to acquire a really fundamental understanding of man's
    • Attention shall first of all be drawn to a phenomenon
    • intellectually, but superficially, about life today may readily
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    • the spiritual world that which bears a new life germinally within it,
    • Vision of spiritual realities gradually lost by human souls in the
    • observing only the smallest part of world-existence that is connected
    • fact will strike us most strongly of all if we succeed in developing,
    • even to a comparatively small extent, the capacity to view life and
    • from then until the moment of waking he really sees nothing at all.
    • reason we cannot see it. After all, the eye cannot see itself while
    • it is actually observing something, and the same holds good of the
    • found in the outside world but within man himself. Let us recall what
    • fundamentally speaking, entities attributable to the fact that
    • is really observing in the world that which amounts in his own
    • memory with all its mental pictures represents something that has
    • been deposited in our living soul-existence, is fixed there. All this
    • is, of course, to be taken metaphorically, but the memories embedded
    • fugitive stage of created existence. But when we waken spiritually
    • on man himself. It is actually as if everything else were blotted out
    • spiritually during sleep.
    • of sleep we are actually witnessing a process of destruction —
    • from the other side of life, the fact that man's body can gradually
    • different when viewed from the other side of life but all our
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    • and Vogt (‘bulky Vogt’ as he used to be called) had
    • occasionally also heard today, because stragglers from that epoch of
    • life on Earth? When death has taken place we shall discover whether
    • no account of what is alleged to come afterwards, we cannot miss
    • offer we shall then discover what it is!
    • to build a body able to cope with this world and all its demands. The
    • to receive what they can give us and what we shall need in the
    • what is being offered us and what we shall subsequently need. But we
    • Earth was unresponsive and antagonistic to all thoughts and ideas
    • into the spiritual life no relevant ideas and concepts, we shall pass
    • itself occurs because we shall then discover what the facts are —
    • whether indeed we shall encounter any reality at all after death. Our
    • in all circumstances, to enter into communion with the Beings of the
    • during the present cycle of time has rejected all spiritual ideas,
    • the light means that all the gifts have a particular colouring and
    • because what comes later will be revealed in all good time. But the
    • cleric, an honourable man in all his endeavours, wrote in the first
    • nature. If children are allowed to grow up without having any ideas
    • logically have to say that human beings should not have to learn to
    • can be applied to a small area only, and he does not notice that his
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    • Today we shall occupy ourselves chiefly with the
    • may be called the region of the Moon, then that of Mercury, of Venus,
    • individuality of the human being concerned, continually expands,
    • spaces and then begins to contract, becoming smaller and smaller, in
    • order finally to unite with the seed which comes to it from the
    • and in the lectures was fundamentally the same, and your attention has
    • been called to this. In
    • experienced on Earth. The period of Kamaloka, or call it what you
    • entirely with earthly conditions. Kamaloka is fundamentally a period
    • during which the soul feels bound to disengage itself gradually from
    • these impressions after death. Recall any sense-impressions
    • left to the soul as remembrance. This shows you that basically all
    • the soul's life in the world of the senses is specifically earthly
    • experience. When the sense-organs fall away at death, all
    • significance of the sense-impressions falls away as well. But because
    • that does actually burn within the soul and is part of the existence
    • the soul gradually realises that it is nonsense to wish for
    • of Flowing Susceptibility. There the human being gradually
    • through what is contained in his Wishes. After all, wishes are
    • And then finally, in the region of Attraction and Repulsion, man
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    • Many people who are naturally fitted to receive
    • evolution. We need only take a certain thought, and we shall find it
    • knowledge of the Christ; knowledge of the fundamentally important
    • impulse — we have called it the Christ Impulse — which
    • is specially bound up with the evolution of humanity, than it is for
    • knowledge. This contradiction can be cleared away only when we call
    • therefore try to enter quite historically into the endeavours that
    • and how much had been attained by men called “sages” in
    • of existence in external, spatial terms, have really developed very
    • little since the beginning of our era. They were all present — even
    • evolution — in the souls of that period. What might be called an
    • We see how the philosophies of the period, especially the Gnostic
    • philosophy in its much profounder form, struggled to bring all the
    • or convictions. We shall be concerned purely with objective facts
    • spiritual observation can bring to light. I shall leave aside
    • Mystery of Golgotha and shall look only at what has happened in the
    • course of human evolution. I shall have to say many things which will
    • those men of Greece and Rome; one can call up before one's soul
    • We have already called attention to the fact that behind
    • you may shut out all physical impressions — with thoughts you can live
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    • If we call to mind once more the thoughts of yesterday's
    • beginning of our era took all possible pains to understand the
    • we shall not be able to comprehend an essential fact of later
    • centuries: the advent of the Grail idea, concerning which we shall
    • When we recall the beginning of our era and look at its
    • Christ Being dwelt in the body of Jesus. First of all, the mystery of
    • what we should call an astral body — which had gone about on,
    • their ideas were inadequate, powerless in face of what had actually
    • the past, one certainly comes to a strange result. First of all, one
    • known what it was all about. And since one cannot properly express in
    • will be given later — in the epoch when all the means of
    • speak pictorially again: the disciples of Zarathustra would have
    • significant than all the pedantic Bible-criticism of the nineteenth
    • is actually this: the Christ appeared on Earth in an epoch that was
    • least adapted to understanding Him. And when we look at all the
    • finally in the Middle Ages a sharp distinction is drawn between
    • One might perhaps call that putting it very strongly; but in order
    • understanding. That is radically expressed, but anyone ready to enter
    • Now, fundamentally speaking, it is certainly not easy to
    • out of chaotic psychic depths the Sibyls utter all kinds of
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    • be introduced, and then I shall bring in considerations which will
    • of human soul life during the fourth post-Atlantean epoch. Finally,
    • centre. What is really meant by the themes will then gradually
    • such. We shall then see how in Paul the Christ Being is reflected in
    • evolution the Old Sun period was especially important. I will not go
    • Again and again, especially during the early centuries
    • we will now call simply Jesus of Nazareth, have any previous
    • Let us recall what is described in
    • how from the Lemurian Age onwards souls gradually came down from
    • First of all, when the human beings came down from the
    • everything went on normally. Because the Luciferic and Ahrimanic
    • really human.
    • pain, all through their lives. That was how evolution was going;
    • cosmic forces, especially those from the Sun, would have worked on
    • resolved (if we may use this expression, for of course all these
    • could look with wisdom at all the nuances of sense-perception. Very
    • such a way that the human sense organs, which derive essentially from
    • the realm of the human senses, and evolution could go on normally for
    • for a time had developed in a suitably useful way, had fallen into
    • seven planets, as they used to be called. The planetary forces worked
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    • in human souls of all that I described yesterday. These
    • shall have to introduce words which — because of the way they
    • available. And so I shall want to appeal to your souls to understand
    • Being. From this Being proceed the rulers of Time; first of all the
    • harmony which works through forces and is symbolised numerically by
    • all the relations and combinations which result from the interweaving
    • of 28 to 31 with 12. It looked into all that streams into the world
    • world-pictures into itself, absorbing them spiritually and carrying
    • so, while spiritualising the term, we may call this world-picture
    • to call Astrology. So Chronology is followed by Astrology. And
    • Egyptian and Chaldean Mysteries — all this was activated by the
    • Roman cultures, but also to all the other regions of Europe.
    • holds good, one might say, for all the West. Let us recall how the
    • George. The sun works in all the elements, and after it has worked
    • human beings, through the servants whom we call elemental spirits. In
    • addressed as Apollo when they addressed it spiritually. And so it was
    • But while all this was breaking in over the Western
    • element, running as though parallel to the Meteorology of the fourth
    • And now to carry this further, let us try to call up before our souls
    • least as volcanic. It is not the Sinai generally imagined; the Earth
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    • the forces which later emerged chaotically as Sibyllism.
    • souls of the Sibyls — should never be called good or bad in
    • — we could call it a task of bringing the Sibylline forces into
    • shall hear.
    • emerged so chaotically in the Sibyls were cleansed, so to speak, by
    • superficially. Much will have to be revealed as a symptom of the
    • Christ Impulse working below the surface. Then we shall understand
    • committed the greatest folly — looked at externally —
    • within the protection of the walls of Rome, but outside them. For the
    • My dear friends, allow me at this point to confess to
    • especially in the older ones, that what I have said in connection
    • I had quite understood something you all know from the Parsifal saga
    • they appeared in the course of really a good many years, during which
    • are told that the Lord often spoke in parables and only gradually
    • gradually, step by step, and very often only in connection with
    • (Christ is often called the Bridegroom), the picture had a meaning,
    • to be there, as the saga itself tells us; and now we need to recall
    • glorious in Nature; from his mother's teaching he really learnt
    • on — people may call this sentimental but it is of the deepest
    • that all the lights in the hall are outshone by the light of the Holy
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    • gradually to the seeker's soul. I have not withheld the various
    • called the result of research is given to the soul from out of the
    • descriptions, it will bring forward all possible — or rather
    • the most impossible — objections. And I am well aware of all
    • the doubts that can be raised, the curious assertions about all sorts
    • of all this — and precisely in full consciousness of it —
    • reached only after overcoming all the things which, as I told you
    • physical rays of the sun fall on the moon. The illuminated part of
    • dark Host: physically, this is the dark part not reached by the sun's
    • rays; spiritually, there is something else. When the rays of the sun
    • fall on part of the moon and are reflected in gleaming light,
    • golden vessel is actually the spiritual power of the sun. So we can
    • recollect all that we have ever said about this Sun-spirit in
    • relation to the Christ, then in what the moon does physically an
    • Now let us recall how in accordance with an old
    • us ask: Was Parsifal — as Chrestien de Troyes calls him —
    • shall grasp the spirit of this ancient Hebrew Geology only if we
    • realise that the whole of Hebrew antiquity tried with all its might
    • derive from the stars and served to stimulate spiritually the power
    • especially as the fourth epoch advanced further and further, was
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    • matters actually stand in regard to what we call man's Saturn
    • evolution. Three evolutionary periods have gone by. And all that
    • externally. We find it if we look into what we call our personal
    • woven in such a way that what befalls us in successive earth lives is
    • field of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physiology etc., which calls
    • pursued today by the so-called cultural-scientist of a materialistic
    • modern materialistically coloured history.
    • externally and observe his form it is solely this embodiment of the
    • outwardly active. Now if we encounter a man we shall say: “You,
    • the birth and perishes. In all that envelops the earthly human being
    • and cares for its nourishment before it is born, in all that
    • ensheaths the growing human being and then falls away from it —
    • purely physiologically and not clairvoyantly, the only way to do so
    • diagram. We have seen that through all complications that appear
    • All that is above the dividing
    • line is really the hidden part of human nature. If we wish to study
    • into the super-sensible. For the part that falls away from the human
    • human being approaches birth the more it dissolves materially and
    • the spiritualising of those parts of the embryonic sheaths which fall
    • perception. Whereas what we call karma, personal destiny, or, one
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    • civilisation all knowledge has been lost. To realise the loss we need
    • rotating nebula, out of which the heavenly bodies gradually
    • specific details about Venus, Saturn, the Moon, and so on. But all
    • Now, as you all know, we see what is outside or in front of a mirror
    • light being, of course, by far the strongest. All the heavenly bodies
    • Moon in all directions would have the whole universe before him in
    • the Moon, is significant above all in its spiritual aspect.
    • intellectual effort as grace from the spiritual worlds. And finally
    • we come to all that was once taught to primeval humanity on Earth by
    • If we succeed in fathoming this mystery — I will call it the
    • great Teachers of earthly humanity; but all consciousness of the
    • only what the outer surface, the walls, as it were, of the Moon
    • the Earth, especially the forces that are connected with the sexual
    • In this way one comes gradually to a knowledge of the “individuality”
    • of the Moon, to knowledge of what the Moon is in reality, whereas all
    • individuality. Equally it is not possible for a science that
    • from the universe but allows none of them to stream back — at
    • all events not to the Earth. Saturn too, of course, is irradiated by
    • us nothing at all about the impulses he receives from the universe.
    • he is reveals itself gradually as a kind of memory of the planetary
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    • shall, therefore, have to base our justifications only upon the
    • and we shall then proceed by explaining that these faculties enable
    • spiritual science; for, if the things in the spiritual world really
    • correspond with these descriptions, I shall never adapt myself to such
    • absurd and easily detectable form, but also under the mask of all
    • definite aspect (it is, after all, possible to know the real
    • actually exist.
    • to present the other side as well, I shall also point out the
    • an insight into the facts of the spiritual world develop gradually,
    • riddles gives us strength, gradually makes us more perfect also as
    • riddles, and when we enter the spiritual world we shall discover new
    • science is really in a position to throw light upon such problems of
    • gaze upon these connections, we shall discover in many cases that the
    • they also form part of all the experiences in common which we are
    • day by day. All the impressions and feelings which we experience in
    • the spiritual world. Indeed, those who are really able to investigate
    • things in a really positive way we shall often make the following
    • discovery: We shall see how human beings come together here, in the
    • died before him, we shall discover another thing. We shall see that
    • we view things from this angle we shall be able to draw knowledge out
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    • worlds that are spread out around us. We call the ‘elemental
    • as ‘imaginations.’ Hence we may also call it the
    • imaginations are perpetually ebbing and flowing in us. Though we are
    • receive more through all that we develop by living with the
    • relations to our fellow human beings, and all that these relations
    • is fundamentally based on imaginations. Imaginations always result
    • all that approaches us as human beings in this world. We have our
    • this or that human being. All this is due to the imaginations which
    • are perpetually called forth, in our etheric body, by our life with
    • something that cannot quite be called memory — for it is far
    • more real than memory. We bear within us — shall we say —
    • all the impressions of the human beings with who we have ever been,
    • and which we go on receiving all the time. We bear them within us,
    • and they constitute a goodly portion of what we call our inner life.
    • felt in this way. It belongs especially to the elemental world, and
    • notably to our own etheric body. It is, above all, inherent in the
    • obtusely, we often fail to observe them at all.
    • We belong with all
    • call forth in us imaginations — conscious or unconscious. We
    • are perpetually related to a multitude of elemental beings. It is in
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    • now practically run its course — and a future devoted to the
    • Giordano Bruno right up to the nineteenth century. Especially in
    • comes out automatically; it is as if the brain itself has lost its
    • originally a natural endowment which mankind was predestined to
    • more of the spiritual in all nature, but able to perceive it.
    • — in all the kingdoms of nature, in every star, in every
    • gradually acquire knowledge in a different way, — he must set
    • the world in order to participate in all the various rhythms which
    • What they actually do is explain how sense observation, interpreted
    • they are referred to today, all one has in mind is how the physical
    • the world rhythm, then we shall rediscover the elemental beings
    • a person of extreme astuteness intellectually is no match for these
    • of feeling and sensitivity. In this respect we humans are really
    • on. But elemental spiritual beings are active behind all this, and
    • evolution. The earth can only become what it was originally intended
    • Superficially judged, there is no point in objecting to all the good
    • powers. In order for the earth to become what it was originally
    • will all disappear along with earth existence itself. In the last
    • earth. When the evolution of the earth comes to an end, all mineral
    • Jupiter existence. Therefore, all the magnificent achievements of
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    • The Ego-consciousness of the So-called Dead.
    • so that a more accurate knowledge can gradually be acquired by
    • points of view. Today I shall therefore add to the facts that you
    • We must depart first of all from the manner in which the human being
    • externally in the physical world through our senses and the
    • knowledge is concerned, it can be contemplated externally,
    • just as the physical-sensory body can be contemplated externally
    • them on the surface of our body. Spatially speaking, they are
    • exists, spatially speaking, inside our body. What is inside our body
    • sound, I must nevertheless point out that we really speak of
    • wrong. We should really designate the skin of our face as our
    • when we send food into our stomach, we really send it out, we do not
    • send it into our body, as we generally say at the present time. The
    • which is now turned towards the outer world, was really turned
    • we have really been turned inside out, like an overcoat that can be
    • If we now come to the etheric body, we shall find that
    • portal of death, it becomes all the more important. The time through
    • body, if we wish to grasp in the right way all that we encounter
    • aside our physical body, as we generally say. We lay aside our
    • If you now think of everything you can at all imagine in
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    • Let us, first of all, turn our thoughts to those who
    • think during the course of years, which is only a part, a small part,
    • in this moment, as we draw nearer to the souls of the so-called dead,
    • we learn to know all those shattering experiences which must heap
    • the right confidence can be gained only gradually, by one who sees
    • approaches the world in which the so-called dead are — we can
    • becomes especially difficult for him to penetrate into the spiritual
    • the life of the so-called dead.
    • after all, only in regard to the time which they require.
    • body falls away from the whole being of man in the moment of death
    • plane, we shall have considered it, in reality, in a very inadequate
    • persons of all manner of spiritual-scientific tendencies, who allow
    • themselves still to be led astray by all sorts of moral conceptions,
    • All physical events have also their spiritual
    • event is that our physical body falls away from us and is at the same
    • death, that this human body simply falls into the smallest possible
    • conception is, after all, nothing but nonsense, in view of spiritual
    • smallest parts of our bodies finally become, under all circumstances,
    • earth, is warmth. Our whole physical organism finally
    • after thousands of years, it is transformed finally into warmth.
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    • are responded to by me in an equally deep and heartfelt manner.
    • begin, may add somewhat to the knowledge of what we may call the
    • entire picture of our view of the world. I should like to call your
    • of spiritual knowledge that are really somewhat remote from modern
    • I to bring forward all that might be adduced in the way of evidence
    • is called a ‘homeless man.’ This designation is a
    • briefly say, that a man is called ‘homeless’ when, in his
    • influenced by all that usually arises in a person through living in
    • We shall therefore describe what we may call the
    • all times, from primeval ages down to our own day, have always known,
    • that if they were to characterize in all its fullness that which is
    • voiced in the reproach: ‘You have lost all connection with the
    • which is usually most dear to a man’. This, however, is not
    • really the case.
    • that just as the present time, that which we call the Mission of the
    • impartially. Just as it was right that, to a certain extent, silence
    • mission. It is especially important, because the fate of humanity in
    • they have, first of all, an understanding of the folk to which they
    • belong, an understanding of what we might call ‘The
    • man may perhaps admit more easily the view, that beings, who at all
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    • out something which is to a certain extent visible externally, a kind
    • all, the human body must also be concerned in the work of these
    • You all know that the features of the surface of the earth vary in
    • gradually, and when they do alter, the alteration only takes place
    • Theosophy, but which is never really understood, at least not in all
    • fundamentally only maya or external illusion; it is a condensation,
    • all cases where that which determined the great changes of the people
    • Now how does what may be called the work of the
    • but not on the so-called melancholic temperament. The etheric aura of
    • Thus we find the Folk-spirits at work all over the
    • mutually affect one another. They do it first of all as their own
    • temperaments of man, is something they do besides their calling.
    • Naturally man himself also advances through their work; it reacts
    • shall see the significance of the individual human beings to the
    • all. Man is the scene of action for the meeting between the
    • in other respects are completely different from them, above all, in
    • The Folk-spirit acts in an exceptionally delicate and
    • a much stronger, more powerful manner. We must once for all be quite
    • Hierarchies; we shall then, so to speak, find the names of these
    • Beings whom we call Spirits of Form or Powers, who are now two stages
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    • In the course of these lectures we shall study matters which will, so to
    • etheric bodies into that which is called Life-spirit or Buddhi. Man
    • is first actually brought to a state of consciousness.
    • called human self-consciousness. Nevertheless the ‘ I ’
    • of man is active in all three parts of his inner life, in the
    • sentient-soul, therefore, he is thus far given up to all his desires
    • call the sentient-soul. It first works itself out and begins to
    • quite different, essentially different from the three modifications
    • with me the following considerations. You have all learnt at school
    • figure in thought, without externally drawing it. You thus perform an
    • there is no such thing as the so-called world of impressions, or what
    • the sum-total of the angles of all triangles will give 180 deg.
    • If you think of that which externally in the world is
    • tones, they do not perceive at all. A Being of this kind never has
    • bring before him, does not affect the Archangels at all. In that form
    • impressions of it by means of his senses, it does not exist at all to
    • world all that is merely physical sensation, if you take away
    • We shall therefore inquire, ‘What then still remains for the
    • Archangels out of all that can also become human consciousness? What
    • brought about by the external world, all colors, sounds, in fact all
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    • three other conditions, in the course of which the three so-called
    • astral body, were gradually established and brought to their present
    • These four parts of his being show us all that has happened during
    • mind all the Beings who have thus worked together, the Spirits of
    • saying ‘ I ’ to himself, of gradually coming to
    • Beings whom we call Powers, Exusiai. If we listen to the activity of
    • these Beings have really to accomplish in man, only actually comes
    • of the teeth, that is up to his seventh year, principally develops
    • which normally belongs to the Moon-evolution, evolves in man as a
    • normally still have no interest in man. So that we must say: the
    • which he is to be found somewhere about his twentieth year. All that
    • if I may be allowed to speak somewhat metaphorically I might say,
    • that these Spirits of Form who have developed themselves normally
    • one-and-twentieth year, would man really wake up. Then only would he
    • their evolution normally up to the Earth-evolution, spiritual Beings
    • receive about his twentieth year. All this has very significant
    • ascending third, a middle third and a descending third. Man really
    • corresponding installment. If man had indeed been exclusively given
    • up to the influences of the normal Spirits of Form, all that happens
    • quite differently, so that all that is connected with the present
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    • impartially into the facts under consideration, it will certainly be
    • necessary for one to rise above all the feelings that may easily come
    • as one has the smallest tendency to take an objective description of
    • that, with the inmost kernel of our being, we shall be reincarnated
    • we shall take part with it, not only in the sunny or perhaps also in
    • the shadow-side of all races and peoples, but we may be sure that in
    • our inmost being we shall receive share after share of the blessings
    • of all races and peoples through being incarnated first in one place
    • reincarnation, how every nation, even the smallest, has to contribute
    • however, can only come gradually before our mental eyes.
    • characters of the several Folk-souls, we shall have to make use of
    • civilization; and on the other hand we shall perhaps have to occupy
    • Now let us ask: As all spiritual Beings manifest
    • sees it, and call it in his ordinary language ‘hard, stony
    • really upon which we stand and which offers us resistance? What man
    • believes to be there, is not there at all, it is a delusion. The most
    • that other forces stream in from all sides from universal space. The
    • is essentially the same as what we must call the activities of the
    • universal space is essentially what we may call the radiating influx
    • is nothing but illusion. What really is there is a balance of forces,
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    • work that finally a state of equilibrium comes about. Hence you will
    • I shall here draw attention to one point, and it should
    • You must naturally picture to yourselves this hierarchy as originally
    • the reflections of the Spirits of these hierarchies in what we call
    • must be continually extended, that there must be no limit to it, as
    • the indications given in the last lecture, especially at the close,
    • be called the cooperation of the abnormal and the normal Spirits of
    • spiritual Beings who in Genesis are called the Elohim, and we can
    • really recognize seven of these normal Spirits of Form in the entire
    • would actually be brought about. Thus if all these seven Spirits of
    • Form, who are really Spirits of Motion, the equilibrium should not be
    • completely upset. He it was Who in the Bible, in Genesis, is called
    • Now it may be asked: Why was Sun split off at all? That
    • from the abnormal Spirits of Form, who are really Spirits of Motion.
    • centre of the Earth, really produce what we know as the five
    • always investigated, and originally man was entirely guided by them.
    • crystallized into the Ethiopian race, we have to look for an impulse
    • man is originally destined and organized by the Elohim to express in
    • that which really makes him into man; and when he looks up to what is
    • forces first of all when they reach the physical body. You know that
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    • guiding and directing of the events on our Earth and above all in
    • rank, then only do we obtain a correct conception of what is actually
    • in the way of the division of races, whilst Atlantis was gradually
    • The other peoples of Asia who were gradually developing, were for a
    • the Age who had gradually evolved himself up from the rank of the
    • development took place, which ran parallel with the Egyptian-Chaldæan
    • people, He employed at first, while this race was gradually growing
    • that in ancient times the gradually growing Semitic people had an
    • call the Semitic Folk-spirit. His was a very special task. This will
    • be comprehensible to you if you call to mind that in reality this
    • people had received a mission which was really of quite special
    • was distinguished from the missions of all other peoples. One can
    • must be called, if we wish to designate it rightly, that which
    • all-comprising movement which proceeded strictly from the Monon,
    • Monism. The actual inspirers, the impulse-givers of all Monotheism
    • abstract relentlessness, and how all the other peoples, in so far as
    • world-principle can only be unity. Therefore we might say: All the
    • Christianity is divided into Three Persons. All the other peoples
    • phenomena. The Semitic people has the task of ignoring all plurality
    • and synthetically devoting itself to the unity; hence, for example,
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    • of all to keep in mind the fundamental character of its mythology;
    • all the Germanic peoples and tribes in Europe so that, even far to
    • Germanic Scandinavian mythology throughout all the countries in which
    • nothing of the Egyptian; so that all that is similar in the Germanic
    • appears in a like manner in another, and so on. To one who really
    • Age were all quite different from one another in the ages that are
    • past. To-day we shall pay special attention to the way in which the
    • the Vedas and the later Indian literature — were fundamentally
    • the Persian, from the Egyptian-Chaldæan, and most of all from those
    • inhabitants of all the countries lying further West. If we wish to
    • could penetrate to a high degree into the spiritual worlds. Hence all
    • directly observed the work of the Archangels and Angels and of all
    • All that had been accomplished in their souls, their astral and
    • Record all that had formerly taken place in the evolution of
    • awoke, they actually no longer needed to observe how human
    • Powers, but they were more intimate with the Beings we call the
    • Spirits of Wisdom. They were especially interested in these. The
    • what later on they called the sum-total of all the Spirits of Motion
    • and of all the Spirits of Wisdom, to that which was later described
    • these and called them ‘Mula-Prakriti’, i.e., the
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    • lecture philosophically they might perhaps meet with difficulties,
    • Atlantean evolution existed for the purpose of gradually developing
    • completely different manner from the European, and especially the
    • whilst they were gradually evolving capacities, and who looked on and
    • said, if you were to think philosophically about yesterday's
    • impartially, but out of a philosophical way of thinking such as this,
    • possibility of knowing it, man is in a totally different position
    • you are then, in the act of cognition, always really dealing with two
    • will be able to understand it philosophically also, as you will all
    • of this antithesis in a purely formal manner, then we shall also
    • It was essentially the task of the European nations to
    • impersonal, and above all one is required to become impersonal in
    • tendencies from the beginning and as it has gradually developed in
    • Now you all know that two forces coming from different
    • was destined gradually to acquire his ‘ I ’.
    • Ever since the Lemurian epoch those forces we call Luciferic have
    • powers man had to take into the bargain the possibility of falling
    • he had not fallen under the influence of Lucifer and of those who
    • were his followers, if he had not been obliged to allow another power
    • The spiritual science of all ages, that really knows the facts,
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    • Before we can develop all that can be extracted from the significant picture
    • foundation, a basis, to work from. For we shall deal with the nature
    • Each individual people, yea, even all the smaller
    • different stages of the human being, to form it and gradually to
    • was a gift, presented to him from the spiritual world. Naturally in
    • the East, when the ‘ I ’ actually awoke, they
    • gradually developing that delicately spun speculation, logic and
    • individual ‘ I ’ being gradually born out of
    • God who really presented him with the individual ‘ I ’.
    • Thor. Sif must linguistically be connected with the word Sippe-tribal
    • relationship, — and this connection really exists, although
    • all we find that people, that collection of peoples, that community
    • Mysteries. This mystery-education allowed just so much to come to the
    • which has worked its way up out of the foundations of all that lies
    • refined condition in the Vedantic philosophy. All this was only
    • people we have to deal principally with the use of the physical body
    • Therefore all the mixtures of races of which external history
    • was the great mission of those peoples which gradually developed in
    • All the several shades of culture and the missions of
    • the peoples of Western Europe can finally be explained by the fact
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    • able in this course of lectures to deal with the very smallest part
    • will not be the last time we shall speak together here on similar
    • may be called modern philosophy, modern spiritual research, and that
    • Germanic Scandinavian mythology, the more we shall see how
    • such as really is the case in no other mythology. Thus perhaps some
    • does not know that this event really did occur, will understand what
    • myth and it has been preserved in all that has come down to us in the
    • Especially here in the North, in the Finnish traditions, was the
    • his gradually evolving soul the workings of this old divine vision,
    • the North were once upon a time specially beloved gods, were thought
    • of and felt as having originally been those angelic Beings who had
    • poured into the human souls all that those souls required to enable
    • the one who continued all that had been formerly received in
    • contained in the smallest box. Now what is this miraculous ship? If
    • away in the smallest of boxes — the human skull. You will find
    • all this wonderfully expressed in the pictures of this Germanic
    • will be gradually convinced that this is no fantasy; but that what
    • northern people by means of these pictures, really comes from the
    • especially well and to transform it in the manner corresponding to
    • single individuals, in a few especially gifted ones only. It will
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    • Behind it all there may be an instinctive feeling — true in itself though often
    • enigmatically, of the need to recognise and welcome certain beings, “not of the
    • mineral substances — actually derive their different hues from this
    • Sun and old Moon, man had nothing mineral within him at all. Nor was his
    • evolution in the other direction — an impulse which actually reached its climax
    • rooted in reality at all. More and more they move about in a shadowy existence
    • shall still be inhabiting the earth, although birth will no longer take place
    • in the ordinary way. We shall be connected with the earth by other means than
    • through birth. We shall, however, have evolved in a certain respect by that
    • grasp the real nature of plant or animal, and least of all that of the human
    • so now Vulcan Beings are actually coming into the realm of earthly existence.
    • connected body of Spiritual Science at all today is due to the circumstance
    • But, speaking generally, what is the
    • Science. Their desire is that Spiritual Science shall be translated into social
    • catastrophe must ensue, and earthly life will fall at length into social chaos,
    • earth. These Beings of whom I have spoken will gradually come down to the
    • towards them in earth-existence. And all those Beings of whom men have such an
    • even in the human kingdom itself — all these thoughts which have no reality
    • will be all interlocked with one another, and in their outward movements they
    • has not allowed itself to be quickened by the new form of Imaginative Knowledge
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    • something about so-called spiritual science, about the way in which it
    • I have especially in
    • Zimmermann, whose lectures I heard in my youth, called his chief work
    • intellect which relies upon sense-observation may be called
    • can know may be called “Anthroposophy.”
    • the knowledge which he acquires may be called “Spiritual
    • contemporaries call history a spiritual science, call sociology,
    • out of what is called the “Theosophical Society.” Although
    • years ago that I was invited by a small circle of people to give
    • small circle in Germany on the subject connected with spiritual science
    • prosecution of our spiritual science generally and the art which
    • first Christian centuries. But one who really learns what our spiritual
    • all possible things, if only a sufficient number of their
    • the Middle Ages. But this is all due to a complete misapprehension, a
    • is generally considered, from the outset, as something unknown, indeed,
    • are, far and wide, confused with all manner of diseased phenomena in
    • called “clairvoyance,” in a superficial way. Neither should
    • way — all such assertions would be utterly inaccurate. That which
    • influence over that which he spiritually perceives. I mention by the
    • the world taken by natural science for what I would call a logic which
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    • union between man and all that takes place in earthly life during the
    • Mysteries we must think, first of all, of that part of the evolution
    • Goethe was really the last survivor
    • together. Goethe had striven to deepen his realization that all the
    • and culture, art, science and religion were one. It was actually the
    • leaders in these Mysteries who began gradually to separate out
    • thoughts. On all sides we see a wisdom composed of thoughts emerging
    • received the thoughts. He paid no heed at all to how the connections
    • done it is all too easy for the Luciferic powers to invade man's
    • The leaders of the Mysteries called together those who were in a
    • that is received from the surrounding atmosphere and continually
    • (Torheit) before becoming wise again — this was actually felt
    • needed all the year round, and who for this reason could not act or
    • for that too was part of the Mysteries. Naturally it would not do for
    • use the present names of the months — so these men were allowed
    • All these things are evidence that
    • But these purely human thoughts are in danger of falling prey to the
    • We can continually be made aware of
    • growth begins. So when we see a plant growing this year it is actually
    • in egotistic seclusion, he shall unite these thoughts of his with
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    • called a science on the grounds that it is only the concatenation of
    • them but we cannot base on them anything that could be truly called a
    • nowadays regarded as scientific, we shall have to admit that our
    • study the great epochs of art and the great artists. We shall never
    • every means to understand the secrets of our existence, we shall find
    • ourselves becoming gradually more and more convinced of the fact of
    • light of this conception of repeated earth lives we shall soon come
    • periods of history and especially if with the help of Spiritual
    • Science we look at pre-Christian times, we shall find that the whole
    • has been perpetually changing in the successive epochs of human
    • history. We shall see this particularly significantly if we take an
    • look beneath the surface we shall see the immense difference there is
    • 1850's, he could not give any illustrations at all
    • especially Greek sculpture work on us, we shall certainly feel that
    • space, the same world, in which we normally move and hold converse;
    • shall feel compelled to say that no sculptor has ever given
    • we all know has two horns; but it is by no means sufficient just to
    • them. What matters is not what is actually represented but rather
    • that we should believe in all the details of what is represented,
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    • “Modern life” — as we call it —
    • When a man who has reached, shall we say, the first
    • stages of initiation is in a position to allow the effects of modern
    • or in a steamer — especially if the night has been slept
    • person realises what actually happens to him when he spends a night
    • in a steamer or a railway train — especially if he has been
    • Naturally, the influences that play on the human
    • If we are to understand what is really meant by these
    • Ego and astral body are generally in the immediate neighbourhood of
    • railway carriage we are right inside all the hubbub, the turbulent
    • is the same in a steamer. We are within all this turmoil; we are
    • contrivances in which they were actually involved and which they
    • The effects of all the discordant hubbub, the jerking
    • order prevailing in the physical and etheric bodies. He really brings
    • Naturally I say this without making the slightest
    • I must strictly protect myself from all the influences of modern
    • life, retire into a sanctum with the right surroundings and walls
    • this effect. All desire to withdraw, to protect oneself from the
    • own in spite of all the surrounding hubbub, and be able to find its
    • actually sleep by day as well, only the day-sleep is less noticeable
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    • them in a really effective way. Again and again it must be emphasized
    • they actually are in practical life — in other words, to
    • that has remained farthest of all in the rear of the actual demands
    • life, swallow what is told them by men who appear by the force of
    • be applied in every branch of existence, above all in those branches
    • suppose he wants to inform himself about things that are actually
    • this is all written from the point of view of thought that is merely
    • is more or less obliged to fall back on what happened in the last
    • generations, and the only idea that is really clear to him is that of
    • not fall into the error of thinking that it will ever be possible to
    • at all. In other words, we cannot understand what is happening on the
    • outer life with all its traditions, and what we regard as the
    • recognized as spiritually true. And it is for this reason, my dear
    • people, but for all that must be made known today. It is right
    • truths of Spiritual Science in all seriousness. These truths seem so
    • the point of really coming to grips with it. They have not the
    • really to make any headway in spiritual research must be on their
    • what presents itself to the mind is usually the opposite of the
    • truth, or at all events diverges very widely from the truth. It is
    • And so in all seriousness we will ask ourselves this question: Why
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    • I shall speak on the appearance of Christ and reveal a few facts
    • Theosophy becomes really fruitful if we can observe its influence on
    • but theoretically it is difficult to gain a real conviction of the
    • meaning of the word. Of course, all theosophical facts discovered
    • I shall take two widely-spread qualities as a starting point in this
    • said, first of all, that envy and falsehood are visibly an offence
    • with others because all human soul experiences are connected with
    • of them, gradually insinuate themselves into the etheric body. There
    • morally and by leading it away from its origin. He casts us into the
    • towards such a physically weak person in our environment, a good
    • ourselves, but not to HIM — we shall act accordingly and await
    • the result, and we shall see him gaining health and strength. Simply
    • us at all! The fulfillment of Karma will come of its own accord; our
    • same incarnation, so that a person withdraws into himself. All the
    • will also fall a prey to certain pathological conditions of fear. The
    • be exercised upon him by anyone, but just by those who are karmically
    • we shall have a rejuvenating influence upon such people.
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    • practically when the human being stands before you, he is that being
    • have before us the Ego, the so-called astral body, the etheric body
    • ordinary way of looking at the world today does not really enable us
    • really do not know it. We think that the person we see before us
    • body. Yet we could not see this physical part as we generally see it
    • generally appears to us, only because it is permeated by the etheric
    • really have before us man's physical body. The corpse is the
    • all be ill. They would bring us illness. We would bear within our
    • What I told you now, essentially depends on the development of
    • is really done by the corpse which we carry about with us? It goes
    • furthest of all along the path of mathematical-geometrical knowledge.
    • things, it would first of all recognize the living essence of the
    • of great value. You know that many so-called lodges, which have not a
    • right foundation, call themselves “Egyptian Lodges.” This
    • way, may once more attain to this. We should bear I mind all that we
    • have dazed the whole congregation; all the people would have fallen
    • may pronounce the word “I,” we may pronounce all manner
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    • the physical world gradually transforms itself and assumes the
    • Man really knows
    • being expands and becomes a world. Man himself actually grows to
    • or what we are accustomed to see physically — mountains,
    • rivers, etc. This vanishes and we gradually begin to experience
    • comparison really in keeping with the facts must differ from the
    • processes of waking up and falling asleep which take place within
    • waking life from the moment of waking up to the moment of falling
    • Man falls asleep; i.e., he
    • falls; it then begins to think and lives through its thinking,
    • upon the sleeping human being, we see that when he falls asleep
    • astral body thus appropriates, is what we really take with us
    • to you as the Spirit of the Earth, is really a personality, like
    • the Earth we gradually learn to recognize the Impulse which I
    • Golgotha. We grow aware of this when we really penetrate into
    • whereas the spiritual is something which may spatially be
    • everything that lives in him participates in all the worlds which
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    • prophecies of those who see the writing on the wall only in such
    • called the Christ-Experience yet to come. We learnt yesterday
    • how little experience of the Christ there really is at the present
    • all that can properly be called experience of the Christ has fallen
    • always keeps to the surface of things. But, especially during the
    • mind. That also has been too little noticed, because people usually
    • youth. The poets, especially, furnish us with repeated illustrations
    • what an immense gulf really exists between those who are old today
    • rapidly, especially in the last decades, ideas which have become
    • we shall see this materialistic mood becoming stronger and stronger.
    • understand man. Actually man, as such, is entirely excluded from the
    • derives his origin from this line of evolution. But actually it takes
    • these few are probably clear about it theoretically, but as yet there
    • to account for the human being, we have claims of all kinds coming
    • aware theoretically that one has passed through such a spiritual life
    • both in the individual and more especially in social life, this
    • feeling has actually given way to another. More and more man is
    • oppressive and dreadful will it gradually become. And the strength of
    • certain feeling of the worthlessness of human existence. We shall see
    • blood and in his other organs by his physically inherited
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    • The Supersensible Human, Anthroposophically Comprehended,
    • acquire to-day by the activity of the intellect — and all
    • knowledge is in consequence well-defined, and man has continually to
    • shall we say, for it sounds a little better, will seek the requisite
    • has been scientifically proved. ... When anyone brings forward
    • matters will immediately reply: But that does not tally with what is
    • another character. It calls upon the personal in man; he cannot so
    • personally involved; the satisfied hunger cannot be said to stand
    • we have not essentially changed in our personal being. If, on the
    • truths of spiritual science. As we gradually find our way on this new
    • which are really valid only for the physical world, are replaced by
    • and with all that they contain; we feel impelled to unite our very
    • naturally reject and cast behind us views that we cannot help seeing
    • a familiar everyday experience. Normally, man takes nourishment, and
    • us in the pursuit of knowledge. As we gradually acquire knowledge of
    • immortal soul, finding our way to what we shall experience in the
    • Now we shall find that the experience I have described
    • impulse, it drives him — spiritually speaking — to feed
    • is true of all the scientific knowledge that men respect and revere
    • therefore quite naturally and inevitably to morality. As regards
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    • Steiner-Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland, by whom all rights
    • vital kind that it finds entrance into life in all circumstances and
    • know very little about it should be induced to ask: What, after all,
    • present age was preceded by the so-called fourth post-Atlantean
    • pre-eminently the so-called intellectual soul through external
    • All the conditions and circumstances of life proclaim this truth; on
    • all sides we find it confirmed that our age stands for the
    • after long acquaintance — if at all — in former
    • Heart-and-feeling in the one could still reach out more spiritually
    • terms of intercourse are such that, fundamentally speaking,
    • [a] more and more pronounced characteristic of our time. The hallmark
    • know one another, especially of establishing confidence, without
    • The significance of all this becomes clearer if we give
    • people had to meet under totally new conditions, with the possibility
    • have gradually reached a point at which, as a general rule, we do not
    • connections they have not the force instinctively to conjure up all
    • to free what is karmically imprisoned within us, and to let it rise
    • thing and it will be plain to all of us how the remedy is to be
    • exist to at all the same extent. Anyone able accurately to study the
    • requires different treatment. These specially gifted men will say to
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    • perceived spiritual beings even if of a lower kind, in all solid matter,
    • that these men of old, through their fantasy, dreamed all kinds of
    • We little understand the nature of man, especially
    • chosen at random. In all his experiences of the external world man felt
    • himself to be supported and impelled by gods of wind, river and all
    • described. He carried out certain exercises of which I shall speak. These
    • they have later fallen into decadence and have mainly been used for harmful
    • we are normally unaware because the breathing remains
    • thinking, which he had hardly felt as a function of the head at all, streamed
    • which he had artificially induced.
    • perhaps; he distinctly remembers all the details, the whole mood and
    • itself in the mysteries of the world. These descriptions are all
    • reproductions of memories, called up by means of yoga breathing, of the
    • gradually felt less intensely within the breath; it no longer remained
    • very long time) and really experience the inner qualitative change,
    • While we think, the breath continually pulsates through the nerves and
    • All modern exercises in meditation aim at entirely separating
    • breath it is gradually linked to an external rhythm. By setting thinking
    • the rhythm pervading the external world. The moment thinking really
    • from breathing and gradually united with the external rhythm, it dives
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    • will be the first full moon of spring and upon this full moon will fall
    • festival. It contains a call to man to lift himself up to the worlds
    • world-history it shall be possible for him, through the working of the
    • To understand all
    • first of all to consider the part played by the figure of St. Paul
    • of Jesus. All that came to his notice in this way in the physical world
    • weak reflection of all that he experienced inwardly. But even so, when he
    • even externally, we compare the life of Paul with the earthly
    • physical development until an advanced age. The parallelism between the
    • an advanced age; it is a parallelism that we can recognise now only in
    • ancient Indian times, however, men experienced a parallelism between
    • experience a like parallelism only up to the twenty-seventh year and it
    • entered into the evolution of mankind at a time when men — especially
    • those of the Greek and Latin races — experienced this parallelism as
    • life which ran in a parallelism between the physical organisation and
    • parallelism between soul-and-spirit development and physical development
    • teaching of Christianity into earth-evolution. The parallelism between
    • kind of hallucination, then it is only a proof that in our day even
    • should confess today, in all sincerity, how difficult it is to find our
    • — ideas that are so totally different from those to which we are
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    • deeply what I may call the thanks of Anthroposophia itself —
    • thanks which in these hard times are due to all who share in
    • us. He was speaking especially of the eurhythmists; though it may be
    • Koberwitz. All this impels me to express our deeply felt thanks to
    • intimate Union with Agriculture, was prevalent in all that we were
    • receive them especially from me. I know what it means to give
    • away equally satisfied with the Lecture-Course itself, is doubtless a
    • during the succeeding days, to come to a right understanding on all
    • up, in all directions, with the widest spheres of life. Indeed there
    • From one aspect or another, all interests of human life belong to
    • special subject. Nevertheless, we shall have to build upon what is
    • Agriculture especially is sadly hit by the whole trend of modern
    • very destructive form especially as regards the economic realm,
    • they were unable to realise in all directions what lay in their
    • in our time are all too numerous, preventing one from calling forth a
    • We have all manner of
    • farming job itself. That is to say, unless one really knows what it
    • not by all manner of theoretic considerations.
    • of cattle. All talk of Economics which is not derived from the job
    • itself should really cease. So long as people do not recognise that
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    • We shall spend the
    • depends. Thereafter we shall draw the practical conclusions, which
    • observe how all agricultural products arise; how Agriculture lives in
    • produce within itself all that it needs.
    • We shall see
    • doubt, that the Sun's light and warmth, and all the meteorological
    • because they do not penetrate to the realities involved. We shall
    • Earth which is the foundation of all Agriculture.
    • surface of the Earth diagramatically by this line
    • (Diagram 2). The surface of the Earth is generally
    • we, with all the animals, are living in the creature's belly!
    • on its head. With respect to the animal, as we shall presently see,
    • once more, all that element in the neighbourhood of the Earth in
    • water. All this actually corresponds to that which would represent,
    • supplementing and modifying the influences of the Sun. The so-called
    • “planets near the Earth” extend their influences to all
    • Sun — work upon all that is beneath the Earth's surface,
    • Once more: all that
    • growth of plants. (We shall take plant-growth to begin with, and
    • commonly called sand and rock and stone. Sand and rock —
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    • shall pass on to various practical aspects, but before we can do so
    • lecture we shall consider Nature's activity quite generally
    • nitrogen — its influence in all farm-production. This is
    • generally recognised; nevertheless the question, what is the essence
    • of nitrogen's activity, has fallen into great confusion nowadays.
    • so-called household. The four sisters of nitrogen are those that are
    • Sulphur is actually the carrier of the Spiritual. Hence the ancient
    • shall, however, best approach it by first considering the four other
    • learn to understand; we shall see what they signify in the whole
    • laboratory, but he knows practically nothing of their inner
    • help of the photograph we can now call him to mind. We must learn to
    • scarcely more than to take snapshots of them with a camera. All that
    • presently emerge). Carbon indeed has fallen in our time from a highly
    • was so highly esteemed as to be called by a very noble name. They
    • called it the Stone of the Wise — the Philosopher's
    • the bearer of all the creatively formative processes in Nature.
    • persisting for a comparatively short time, or the eternally changing
    • pictures — the sublime cosmic Imaginations, out of which all
    • which we call the Ego of man moves through the blood. And as the
    • following idea. Underlying all living things is a carbon-like
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    • a large scale, in an all-embracing sphere. Materialistic science has
    • go on at once to the very minute — the microscopically small,
    • “absolutely scientific” — “scientifically proven”
    • was scientifically proven that a human being of average weight (eleven
    • not fall so easily into such errors.
    • is impressed by those substances and forces which go out eventually
    • the manuring question, shows how little idea they really have of what
    • substantially. By far the greater part is there to give the body the
    • forces which it contains, and so to call forth in the body
    • very difficult to come to terms at all with this science of to-day,
    • lead into an absolute blind alley. While it pursues its present path
    • generally true. The experiments are very useful. It is the theorising
    • which science claims to give for various branches of life generally
    • For all
    • all, a baby — so long as it does not know what a comb is for will
    • We too shall treat things in an impossible and style-less fashion, so
    • growing what leads eventually to the formation of the tree as a whole.
    • in process of decomposition — such earthly matter contains etherically
    • by its special constitution reveals the presence in it of etherically
    • separating what is above the earth from the interior, all that is raised
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    • manuring as before. To-day we shall have to consider the manuring problem
    • tree from the outside. Naturally enough, in modern time, when all insight
    • this common life — common to the Earth and all plant-growth—nor
    • Science no longer knows the working of this all-embracing life. Insight
    • and revolutionary spirit, interfering with all that our time has achieved
    • has really been achieved. We must oppose or fight those things alone
    • of the materialistic world conception. Meanwhile, in all the different
    • we are really exploiting the land is quite correct. Indeed,
    • we cannot help doing so. With all that we send out into the world from
    • manure substance whose inner value is so deeply connected with all that
    • — the smallest of living entities. They ascribe to these minute
    • of substance in the manure. They reckon first and foremost on all that
    • are done from a point of view for which the following is a just parallel:
    • We shall attain far more by tackling the dirt itself, directly.
    • negative it generally helps us little; we must have positive principles
    • by mineralising methods, we shall only succeed in quickening the liquid
    • potash, chlorine, etc., even iron — all these are essential in
    • but that is all.” In this very statement, the men of to-day betray
    • the fact that they are really groping about in the dark. It is a very
    • do not treat the plants as madly as they would do if they really followed
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    • gained into plant-growth, and into animal Formations too. Aphoristically
    • called plant diseases. These things can only be studied in concrete
    • detail. Very little can be said in general terms; they must all be specifically
    • we shall have little good fortune in considering the essence of “weeds”
    • will naturally grow there through the prevailing conditions of Nature,
    • on the other hand, in all that the plant derives from the surrounding
    • wider sense we may say: All the forces that work into the earth from the
    • originally from Jupiter, Mars and Saturn
    • when it works through the air through all that lies above the level
    • all the resources that were once upon a time applied. They had exhausted
    • all that had been done since ancient times by an old instinctive science.
    • all that can be known along the lines which we have indicated here.
    • show it diagrammatically (Diagram 11). Imagine
    • this as the level of the earth's surface. Here we have all the influences
    • other hand there is all that which comes by another way — above
    • the level of the earth — all that which comes from the forces
    • of the distant planets. Diagrammatically we can draw it thus: it represents
    • all that is transformed in the plant so that it spreads out and expands
    • which we consume. All this is due to the influences of the distant
    • so-called, we often find the strongest curative herbs.
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    • facts and conditions. We shall do this to-day, and pass on to-morrow
    • to-day they are to all intents and purposes terra incognita. The entities
    • there all alone.
    • one generally considers a single plant by itself. Then, from the single
    • plant-species beside it. So it is all prettily pigeonholed into species
    • and genera, and all the rest that we are then supposed to know. Yet
    • in Nature it is not so at all. In Nature — and, indeed, throughout
    • the Universal being — all things are in mutual interaction; the
    • take these finer interactions into account. Otherwise we shall make
    • is pursuing — for we may truly call it macrocosmic. Here we can
    • apply some of the ideal we have already let work upon us; we shall thus
    • is different; otherwise we shall never understand the function of fruit
    • green leaf-bearing stalks — and in the flowers and fruit. All
    • earth. The tree is really “earth” for that which grows upon
    • the boughs and branches still belong to this). Out of all this the real
    • growth, more or less — is it actually rooted? An actual root is
    • another — the one root winding round the other, until it all become
    • such a complex of roots would not allow itself to remain a mere tangle;
    • all my plants. Down there, all the roots coalesce, until they form a
    • very thing I have here sketched as an hypothesis is actually present
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    • like. They, most of all, are subject to individualisation — to
    • a kind of personal treatment. To-day especially, we shall therefore
    • more or less. True, they conceive all kinds of transformations in the
    • process, and yet, fundamentally speaking, that is how they think. In
    • such distinctions also). On this distinction they found all manner of
    • the fact that a living organism is essentially different from a crystal
    • of quartz, what is commonly called combustion in the body is not the
    • as I have often called it. They — the professors — transform,
    • theory — I really mean it, brilliant. And when people begin to
    • from what actually occurs when you have animals to look after. It is
    • utterly different — something that does not fit in at all with
    • what is actually taking place in Nature. In this domain especially,
    • and in the limbs generally, yet also permeating the whole Body. And
    • really speak of a two-foldness of the organism — such, however,
    • Now all
    • other hand, all that we have as substantiality in the organisation of
    • bones, etc. — comes not from the Earth at all. It is cosmic substantiality.
    • true at all. In actual fact, cosmic matter is absorbed through the senses
    • of earthly gravity, and in like manner, all that we do with our limbs
    • smell, going after the food, choosing for itself, unfolding all its
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    • Catholic Mass, we must trace it back historically to the
    • which is in the world. Paracelsus once said that all the
    • the word in which all these letters are to be found. He is
    • pure, passionless creation which came in all its purity
    • from the hand of the Creator.” He sacrificed all the
    • When he was ready for this he was allowed to enter the
    • himself in a similar way. First of all he experienced a
    • present-day man, when asleep, there is first of all the
    • felt he could bear for all time. Every one of us has such a
    • name, which is ours through all our incarnations. This
    • consciously all that he formerly did unconsciously. This
    • union with the body was called “Communion,” the
    • through the Mysteries; now all that was experienced in the
    • thence gradually descended into matter. The second part is
    • very reluctant to allow the Name to be uttered —
    • the Mass is the Transubstantiation. All this represents
    • transmuted substances we actually have at the altar —
    • a real priestly garment. The priest wears first of all an
    • to material circumstances. After Galileo and Copernicus all
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    • we shall study the human being
    • should then consider first of all man's life as a
    • arranged geometrically, also the eyes, which are focused
    • geometrically. We may therefore say: insofar as man faces
    • of one's inner being, is really based upon this: To
    • a very small measure, we cease to become human beings.
    • development consisted essentially of this. Then comes our
    • world. When we reach this moment, we should, above all,
    • in from outside, is like something which should not really
    • nourishment and our not allowing it to become completely
    • one with us: we offer resistance, and life really consists
    • must therefore try to grasp what I really mean.
    • taking his place culturally in the external life on earth.
    • that is the next stage of perfection. And finally, Twelve:
    • traveling as trading vessels over the sea, are really the
    • past epochs, people really
    • things really mean. For it is necessary to consider them in
    • sign of Cancer materialistically, naturalistically. But to
    • is the encompassing element. It is really the symbol of the
    • is really a goat ending in
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    • into all that these souls bring to expression in earthly life. I have pointed
    • life. Today, because I want to call your attention to a particular kind of
    • but which is one of the most, important and essential of all. When we inquire
    • Crusades. Leaving on one side all that is known externally about the founding
    • Templar, inwardly considered, expresses a specially deep approach to the
    • Mystery of Golgotha on the part of modern humanity. First of all, a small
    • what gradually began to live in the souls of the Templars.
    • in their I, but also in all their feeling and thinking, in their very being
    • practice what they had spiritually resolved. Words are impotent to describe
    • inwardly, mystically, and with a certain rhythm into all that goes on in the
    • so-called Spiritual Order, an Order which on this very account could
    • way a life that is lived mystically is also in connection with the life going
    • on in the surrounding world, then what is experienced mystically streams into
    • world. And inasmuch as this took place, humanity was actually brought a stage
    • had gained the power actually to attain Christian initiation by means of the
    • alone but for all humanity.
    • addition to the immensely powerful influence that it possessed spiritually
    • ineffective the Templar Movement in the form it had first of all
    • outwardly visible events, if into these streams had been allowed to flow what
    • developed must therefore be torn away from the normally progressive
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    • higher, that is to super-sensible knowledge. As not all of you were
    • The spiritual science of Anthroposophy strives above all towards a
    • anthroposophical movement appreciate most of all such men as can
    • with the aid of the generally accepted science, and in regard to this
    • officially recognised scientists.
    • Anthroposophy also strives to begin where the generally accepted
    • should be developed first of all are the forces of thinking. This is
    • a first step in such a development, and we shall see that this does
    • Anthroposophy must above all strengthen and intensify thought within
    • mathematics above all as an excellent example for the scientific
    • The spiritual science of Anthroposophy is naturally not mathematics.
    • shall be particularly successful in concentrating upon concepts which
    • the whole life of our soul, with all our power of concentration. Our
    • The same applies to that which we now allow to fill our consciousness
    • with the exclusion of all sense-perceptions and to which we yield
    • visions or hallucinations. Spiritual-scientific knowledge, in our
    • say: By his exercises, a spiritual investigator might after all be
    • led to hallucinations or to similar results, he may be led into all
    • reveals most clearly of all the true nature of illusions,
    • hallucinations or mediumistic phenomena. It rejects all this
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    • Pitfalls await those on the path of spiritual knowledge. Dr. Steiner's
    • poignant depiction of self-love can be especially helpful. This love
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    • it is especially the case in the realm dealt with by our lectures
    • soul, man can fall into untruth on the path of spiritual
    • this. Suppose someone has an abnormally developed eye, for example.
    • that was nothing other than something called forth by his abnormal
    • judge the situation correctly, to recognize that what his eye called
    • forth was not there at all. Errors can occur in this way in all our
    • observation, which can be compared to abnormally developed sense
    • of the spiritual world as distorted or, as we shall see today, in
    • all development toward spiritual investigation. Spiritual scientific
    • certain fogginess, a “stupor”, we could call it. One thus
    • here, that which is called losing consciousness, a stupor, cannot be
    • fogging; it means the saturation of consciousness with all that can
    • interest in everything life offers, but especially a certain moral
    • said in preceding lectures, it should be clear that all spiritual
    • the soul, forces that are weak or not at all developed in ordinary
    • life, are really brought into consciousness.
    • images called into consciousness by his free will, tries to draw
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    • mankind. However, there are still all manner of prejudices against
    • anthroposophy were to speak along the lines that people nowadays call
    • this direction that objections are continually being raised against
    • attracted by this so-called ‘faith’ shut him off from
    • somewhat, they would have to see all that is bringing mankind into
    • their determination not to go beyond their so-called
    • Insofar as the so-called believers in a simple faith point to the
    • heights. But they have no wish at all to ascend to these
    • be said first of all, because today, in particular, what I will have
    • facts that people on the one hand find really incomprehensible
    • actually thinks best in ordinary life when he allows his experiences
    • thinking and whole activity of mental picturing really takes on quite
    • seeing in which the human body appears in quite a new way. Above all,
    • organisation. Inner perception shows us how thinking, especially this
    • head. We learn to know in a new way what the human body really is.
    • to bring what is acquired in a really super-sensible way, through
    • in the physical body, the taking in of it, that normally takes place
    • processes. This teaches us how the bodily head organisation actually
    • functions in man. We discover something that is normally not known
    • process which must be carried out by active thinking, cannot actually
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  • Title: The Year as a Symbol of the Great Cosmic Year
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    • pictorially, or rather half pictorially for the pictures must be
    • It is necessary to indicate pictorially such things as
    • because if one were not to speak symbolically but in ideas, one
    • reach the depths of that of which I shall speak to-day, if he holds
    • another takes place with us in the depths of winter (naturally, I
    • speak of our part of the world) at the time when all plants have
    • certain forest trees remain what is called evergreen through winter.
    • We know that in all events and occurrences that take
    • It is absolutely clear to us that behind all the
    • Now let us, to begin with, consider what people call
    • soul-and-spirit part of our so-called lifeless inorganic,
    • belonging to the mineral kingdom. We shall not occupy ourselves with
    • regions during the course of the year, but we shall endeavour to
    • direct our attention to all that springs forth and sprouts on Earth,
    • can equally speak of a consciousness of the whole plant world which
    • As men we are not aware that there really is a certain
    • parallel between our consciousness and the consciousness of the whole
    • A parallel thing happens on the Earth, when on one
    • consciousness, for us practically no consciousness at all; while day
    • physically, externally, it is going through no development; then the
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    • These duties are connected above all with that which
    • endeavoured to do this in the course of our studies. To call up a few
    • It is true, that in view of this material age and all
    • progress of mankind. It is true, that all that seems to us necessary
    • As a beginning, a group of people, however small, must
    • New Year it is specially good to turn the interest of our circle
    • far-reaching wisdom was actually lost to man; how this wisdom of the
    • been recognised by us. But what we must keep specially before us is
    • time, has been accomplished with a falling off in the power of
    • more especially in the domain of science. There — however much
    • regards the certainty of thinking has spread widely through all the
    • individual concern, that they will eventually have to take up the
    • swallowed!
    • of spiritual life, all the world over — without distinction of
    • which is called ‘The World of
    • impressions of things, are called forth by our senses? Certainly it
    • From this point of view all our sense perceptions are in fact mere
    • further — it is really frozen in. Just consider: The images
    • are blind, especially when these are journalists! And thus this
    • ‘so are they all honourable men’ — but just let us
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    • at all events the whole of civilised mankind.
    • easy today to see the necessity for this unification of men all
    • values they individually create. One nation tries to outdo the other
    • among the peoples, whereas the new instincts of mankind call out for
    • and understanding another man. We are really faced with a difficulty
    • lie slumbering in his daily life, will gradually begin to see a
    • strives to gain a really profound knowledge of the relationships
    • among the peoples of the Earth. And here it is above all necessary to
    • place, all that is related to and centralised in the head system
    • — the so-called system of nerves and senses. By means of
    • science that the life of Spirit and soul runs parallel with the life
    • really understand their fellow-beings must develop love for the
    • impossible to characterise all the individual peoples. All that can
    • races. This oriental type reveals one common element, especially in
    • oriental, we shall find that the lofty spirituality we so justly
    • peoples, and especially of the ancient Indian, is something that
    • that the metabolism becomes a kind of continuation of all that is
    • oriental — especially of the most characteristic type —
    • the Indian — there streams something that to all appearance is
    • Thus when we enter into all that has come
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  • Title: Lecture: The Christmas Mystery, Novalis, the Seer
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    • of spirit has actually seen what is revealed when ‘the
    • cannot really speak of a self-contained life in the ordinary sense,
    • spirituality, would have allied himself with Christ had he
    • has seen with eyes of spirit is a Power pervading all beings.
    • Event of Golgotha the Being we call Christ has been the
    • body will gradually be transformed. A wonderful vista of the
    • Flesh. He sees the body of the Earth gradually becoming the
    • his body all that is best in us and that we can offer to Him.
    • All these experiences
    • We shall find no poem on the Christmas Tree among, let us
    • rudiments of that form, we shall everywhere find an
    • institution that is akin to our Christmas Festival; we shall
    • This Christ-Festival and all the feelings and experiences it
    • because much of Atlantis was actually covered with mist and
    • world without falling into the oblivion and unconsciousness
    • Europe; the names of Zeus, Pallas Athene, Ares, and so forth,
    • These same divine Beings sent forth the cosmic orbs and all
    • animals and whose sense-organs are the crystals. All the
    • warmth that streams to us, all the forces in play around us
    • all this constitutes the body of divine-spiritual
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    • by whom all rights are reserved.
    • can see what anthroposophic Spiritual Science — as it is called
    • — has really been striving after for years. To a certain extent
    • usual among us. Such events are only really perceptible when we study
    • actually is.
    • all their smiles, it is nevertheless there in the faces of
    • world. These souls still bear within them the effects of all they
    • is actually the case. I can only tell you of it, for these things can
    • naturally, can only be established spiritually) and other things
    • can study the course of this catastrophe and, finally, the events
    • must be clear to every soul that is really awake. Consider the
    • Central Europe, for example, actually without anyone knowing
    • how it all came about. This was indeed the case. People ask how it
    • social catastrophe. Yet all the thoughts they form about it are only
    • all this — especially now when all kinds of memoirs are being
    • ourselves: Were these people really “within” the
    • events of four or five years ago? Did they really know what they were
    • those concerned. And one who is really in a position to see through
    • much moral failure, but all the more intellectual
    • question is presented here. What really lies at the base of all
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  • Title: Lecture: Anthroposophy's Contribution to the Most Urgent Needs of Our Time
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    • really given empirically in immediate human experience, and that
    • all-powerful natural necessity which must be deduced from what
    • boundaries of the world-all, the contemporary explanation of
    • not call ourselves fully human if we did not think that motive was
    • what we call the Divine in the world order. But for a modern man who
    • in all honesty adopts the viewpoint from which he surveys mechanical
    • all that thought can experience if it unites itself with the full
    • once all the remaining earth forces have changed into heat, this heat
    • earth as such will succumb to what is called ‘the heat
    • only including all men but with them all moral ideals. They must
    • takes from him the certainty of a moral world order, and above all
    • cannot be acknowledged as having real existence. How shall I
    • connections could say to himself: What is called up in such an
    • century, like a devastating wave, proceeds when all is said and done
    • all that the individual has experienced about himself. For our
    • frightful catastrophic time is born finally out of the
    • centuries, and especially in very recent times, and see to what moral
    • Inspiration and Intuition. We shall see how anthroposophical
    • stage, then by means of all these practices we are able to strengthen
    • which we have lived through before birth and conception and shall
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  • Title: Lecture: Buddha and Christ: The Sphere of the Bodhisattvas
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    • speak of certain facts which belong essentially to the ethical and moral
    • We are all deeply convinced
    • man, was gradually lost, mainly as a result of the conditions
    • post-Atlantean epoch clairvoyance will gradually be
    • follow our own. And then another great catastrophe will befall the
    • in the human soul and it can be said that all these aptitudes or
    • by certain actions, to moral impulses — all these are related
    • epoch were therefore especially suitable for men to experience the
    • gradually become able, from the twentieth century onwards, to
    • morality are practically separate spheres in the life of soul. It is
    • juxtaposition of morality and intellectuality was prophetically
    • breastplate. The symbol for morality was called Urim, the
    • 28:12 And thou shalt put the two stones upon the shoulders of the ephod for stones of memorial unto the children of Israel: and Aaron shall bear their names before the LORD upon his two shoulders for a memorial. \
    • 28:16 Foursquare it shall be being doubled; a span shall be the length thereof, and a span shall be the breadth thereof. \
    • 28:17 And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, even four rows of stones: the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this shall be the first row. \
    • 28:18 And the second row shall be an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond. \
    • 28:20 And the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper: they shall be set in gold in their enclosings. \
    • 28:21 And the stones shall be with the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet; every one with his name shall they be according to the twelve tribes. \
    • 28:28 And they shall bind the breastplate by the rings thereof unto the rings of the ephod with a lace of blue, that it may be above the curious girdle of the ephod, and that the breastplate be not loosed from the ephod. \
    • 28:29 And Aaron shall bear the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart, when he goeth in unto the holy place, for a memorial before the LORD continually. \
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    • ‘nervousness’ and all that this word implies; and we can
    • call a ‘psychological fidget’ — that is to say, a
    • when they are called upon to make some decision, they never know what
    • they shall do in the given situation. This latter nervousness can
    • health generally, but who are weak, are as if infected by them. Among
    • energy quite otherwise than really thinking what the professors are
    • of these things, but after all, they do occur in life; and there is a
    • very good exercise for gradually curing such forgetfulness. Suppose,
    • effective cure. She should say to herself: ‘Now, all the more,
    • surroundings well. And now I quietly go away; and I shall see, if I
    • only do this once, I shall not always succeed in finding it again
    • quickly; but if I do it often, I shall see that my forgetfulness
    • is a very good cure; he will gradually put aside certain so-called
    • convulsion. In all such conditions, the physical body is dominant and
    • performs all manner of movements on its own. Here again —
    • has got into such a condition that his fingers continually shake when he
    • that you have to attend, and not write mechanically, as in the past.
    • The course they actually take is due to the weakened ethereal body, which
    • the evening, people are generally too tired to harbour such thoughts.
    • his hideous handwriting if he really contemplated the
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    • where men usually seek their religious and, maybe, their moral
    • a spiritual stream. The modern spirit, which yesterday I allowed
    • myself to call “the scientific spirit”, has, in many
    • approach the anthroposophical line of research somewhat sceptically,
    • such an arrangement must arouse all the antipathies — I use this
    • lecture I shall not, of course, be able to go into all that Anthroposophy
    • science with its own precise technique. For this, however, I shall
    • which in ordinary life may be called difficult but which are
    • necessary in order to provide a certain basis for what I shall have
    • attitude of soul to be found in present-day movements that are really
    • mistake. Only one who knows Anthroposophy only superficially,
    • branch of present-day science which is least of all attacked in
    • which is usually called geometry and, at least in those parts of it
    • constituted that its three dimensions, as they are called, stand at
    • led Kant to call space an a priori intuition (eine
    • not so in reality. We human beings do actually build space out of our
    • dimension of space — standing vertically, so to speak, upon the
    • know the second dimension of space in an equally unconscious manner. You
    • to right, from right to left. One need only recall that we have our
    • organised speech centre in a certain area of the brain, the so-called
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  • Title: Lecture: Anthroposophy and the Visual Arts
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    • shall try, from the scientific point of view, to glance at the field
    • will show that this interlude is really a contribution which will
    • shall have to say in the days that follow.
    • Various circumstances (which I need not mention here) led finally to
    • the various branches of art, craftsmen would have been called in to
    • world-view would be essentially more comprehensive; it strives to be
    • religious, a social, an ethical spirit; and to do all this in
    • or insipidly allegorical form. (This is frequently done when
    • world-views are given external representation: symbols or allegories
    • really artistic sense.) It must be clearly understood, above all,
    • symbolic or allegorical negations of art
    • so rich that it can express itself, not allegorically or symbolically,
    • Dornach there is not a single symbol, not a single allegory to be
    • nothing to do with what is usually expressed when people come and
    • symbolic or allegorical is to be seen there, are just
    • stage — should speak also through the artistically plastic
    • previous lectures, then, naturally, what had been in the world before
    • sense, we need, before all else, to understand thoroughly the human
    • form. For, after all, everything in visual art points to, and
    • way that really enables us to create it.
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    • whole mood of soul is governed by fear. All that you do, as well as
    • all that you feel, is saturated with fear and its reverberations in
    • man's inner glance was captured by all that he experienced in the
    • infer this from all you have been hearing for many years — in
    • all that lived in the Mysteries of the East there was no fulfilment
    • of the challenge, “Know thyself!” On the contrary —
    • fact, they were now able to penetrate deeply into all that exists in
    • in Asia all this could not have been observed and studied at all. The
    • But by means of all that the men of the East brought to the Western
    • the West which, externally, still have a great influence. But it is
    • weight, for those who use it do not really know what it signifies.
    • could be understood only intellectually. Ideas about them could be
    • has made such increasing inroads, above all since the middle of
    • is “done.” But things in life are all interconnected, and
    • all that is reflected into consciousness as memories — here we
    • false kind of mysticism to ask: “What is there really in my
    • to tell how feeling and will are actually working. For this reason he
    • If man really
    • convey that one must be well prepared — above all in those
    • body which forms the basis of growth, but which is equally the source
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    • understanding, through all the manifold effects they have upon our
    • soul; and later we are able to call up again pictures of what we have
    • something which must never be allowed outside. The bad man carries in
    • After all,
    • there is really nothing in the world that would not bring blessing to man,
    • of matter. But in this centre of destruction it really happens that
    • will one day suffer dissolution, and of how out of all manner of
    • eventually be evolved, then we have to see it in this way. The
    • call the laws of nature. But with ordinary consciousness we never get
    • world every time we go to sleep. When we fall asleep, the Ego is dulled,
    • existence, has no place at all. Hence it is that the ancient Oriental,
    • the man of the West has developed his Ego, has allowed that hardening
    • 15th century were to continue, mankind would fall into decline; for
    • indeed modern times may be said to have any idea of Christ at all.
    • up the laws of nature I am bound eventually to apply them to the
    • be ill, pathologically ill, if like the atheistic materialist one is
    • born as little babies, we are really for external perception not unlike
    • virtually in a kind of sleep condition, spiritual inner faculties
    • gradually develop. If we learn to trace back these emerging spiritual
    • words, to an affirmation of what we may call the Father God.
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    • what we may call esoteric knowledge.
    • Christianity itself, especially in respect of the spiritual
    • is there for all the world; but side by side with this exoteric
    • means that it was actually possible for humanity to be taught by
    • Divine Beings who descended spiritually to the Earth from the
    • death, that earthly life has indeed an ending. Naturally, this
    • The ancient epochs, when men knew nothing of death, were all
    • perpetually the forces of death. In a physical sense we may say:
    • completion. So that all the time the brain has the tendency
    • and finally the Earth. If the higher Hierarchies had, as it were,
    • intellect in man. For this purpose we must allow another Being to
    • If we tolerate Ahriman, if we allow him to participate in the
    • the Earth will fall away from us; Ahriman, whose only interest is
    • originally ordained for it by the Gods.
    • Gods indeed allowed Ahriman to become part of earthly evolution
    • conviction — to the exclusion of all others — that he
    • really be found). — A measure of success in this direction
    • Theology can no longer truly be called Christian. In this domain,
    • Ahriman really exists to-day only in such teachings as are
    • must be recalled that in ancient times human beings were aware of
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    • A Living Knowledge of Nature, the Fall of the Intellect into
    • Lebendiges Naturerkennen, Intellektueller Suendenfall
    • Middle Ages, from which the modern one derives, is essentially contained
    • — as far as Europe is concerned — in what we call
    • what was meant by medieval scholastic Realism. It was not called
    • the case — it was called Realism because it considered man's
    • when someone says that ideas and conceptions are nothing at all, and
    • lamb into the wolf! If an idea really means nothing at all, the wolf
    • they called themselves Realists.
    • called these abstractions a reality, because they were the result of
    • the ideas of Plato (which were far more alive and essentially endowed
    • traditionally, as its real ideas and conceptions, living in the
    • powerless in regard to the grasping of the spiritual. For, naturally,
    • person standing before us, who is somehow called “Smith”,
    • senses. If these thoughts are something which a god originally placed
    • in all things a creative productive principle, which was looked upon
    • from what his senses could perceive to the super-sensible, he really
    • — I have often spoken of this — could really be grasped only
    • the thought which we shall form now. Imagine that someone tells you
    • something concerning a person called Miller; you are only told that
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  • Title: Lecture: Spiritual Science, a Necessity for the Present Time
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    • All that has been cultivated for so many years in our
    • of all that remains externally invisible in the events, and still
    • more, all that the ordinary intellect is unable to see. This is above
    • all necessary in the present time with its tempestuous waves beating
    • things. We should be able to face above all the following question:
    • the midst of the events which will befall mankind in the 20th century
    • superficially, is it possible to ignore the storm which has arisen
    • it is essentially, but in an entirely different form, an echo, a
    • earth before the hearts and souls of men can bring forth all that
    • Golgotha little by little with full spiritual understanding, with all
    • forces based merely upon feeling, but with all the forces of the
    • soul. Little by little all the truths and forces of knowledge which
    • a reality in a new way. After all, everything we develop
    • Christ with all the soul's inner forces of knowledge. This is a
    • fifth epoch of culture is called upon to bring into human
    • — for she actually achieved this — really implied that
    • the map of Europe took on the aspect which it afterwards gradually
    • such a natural initiation, as one might call it, is contained in a
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  • Title: Lecture: Fundamentals of the Science of Initiation
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    • that which we shall consider to-morrow and the day after to-morrow.
    • To-day we shall first speak of something which lies in the
    • knowledge is not in any way valid for all time and for every place,
    • in general, what he perceives through his senses. After all, that
    • We feel that they are the motives of our actions, and that we allow
    • written a Critique of Theoretical Reason, of Pure Reason, as he calls
    • it, where he grapples with natural science, and where he says all
    • To-day we shall adopt the
    • here, that in past times man's soul-constitution was essentially
    • really forms a deep incision in the whole evolution of humanity. And
    • only if we understand what has really arisen in the evolution
    • of humanity through the birth of Christianity we shall understand
    • the whole extent of pagan culture. Jewish culture was, after all, a
    • culture is essentially different from our modern Christian culture.
    • The more we go back into time, the more we shall find that this pagan
    • culture had a uniform character. It was principally based upon
    • times when the human beings who looked up to the stars really
    • Metaphorically speaking, (yet it is not entirely metaphorical, but
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  • Title: Lecture: Cosmogony, Freedom, Altruism
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    • forces that make for its downfall. Recognising these forces
    • we survey our present civilisation, we shall see that there
    • forces which gradually and inevitably must bring about its
    • overthrow. All the distressing phenomena we have hitherto
    • experienced in the course of man's evolution — all
    • fall.
    • civilisations — especially the heathen civilisations
    • behind the world of sense. One has but to recall how
    • strangers. In all their daily transactions, these men of old
    • forces. And thus, in the heathen civilisations especially, we
    • the forces of the spiritual world! In all his actions he had
    • That is one thing that is bringing about the downfall of our
    • element leading to the downfall of our civilisation is that
    • conception of what freedom really is — and fewer still
    • civilisation is gradually sinking into something where it can
    • are seen in the way people have come to regard all events
    • nature, that is, to all intents and purposes,
    • guided; they would really prefer fatalism to be true. How
    • that set of people? There must, after all, be a divine
    • itself to downfall.
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    • recently pursued have shown that all true Art eventually
    • today for those who call themselves civilised mankind.
    • Needless to say, I shall not deny that artistic imagination
    • you will recognise from what we shall presently say, may be
    • light of our ideas, must fundamentally point out.
    • through his own re-birth. This above all was fully and
    • for what can truly be called self-knowledge!
    • the world externally, here in the physical world we have
    • unaware of all that in his environment which resembles his
    • Initiation, as we may call it, was eventually brought about.
    • occurs. Fundamentally speaking, every one who sets his foot
    • normally confronts the physical world. He came to
    • which was physically there around him. There was an immense
    • in the forms of Imagination. All Nature's laws — the
    • gave her orders for all these things to arise and pass away
    • proceeded all that was subsequently felt as abstract Laws of
    • — enhancing our being, or making it smaller; making us
    • called the five senses — in the occult sense. For in
    • into this hall through this door, and perceived the objects
    • idea at all.
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  • Title: Lecture: The Shaping of the Human Form out of Cosmic and Earthly Forces
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    • limb-organisation, extending it — naturally to cover
    • Vulcan evolutions. It is only the breast-man, embracing all
    • for its subsequent embodiments is all that underlies man's
    • rebirth, he is repeating spiritually his experiences during
    • fashioned on Earth, will be further organised physically,
    • we draw the human head diagrammatically we can say: As the
    • Naturally this is expressed diagrammatically and not in the
    • naturally with other cosmic bodies — the configuration
    • this is not unconditionally so. In essentials, however, the
    • the head. He will have different gifts, physically, if the
    • here how the head is cosmically connected with the external
    • is given essentially by the Moon and its activity. This comes
    • is formed rhythmically out of the Cosmos. Thus the human
    • Now what really
    • incomplete, and after birth all that works in out of the
    • body — though it actually begins during the embryonic
    • inwardly are essentially earthly, telluric. Into arms and
    • to do essentially with the course of the day. Where the
    • stage the human limbs are developed with a continually
    • decreasing rapidity. A man needs actually twenty-eight years
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    • series were given at places all over Europe. The title of this
    • thereafter to assert its reality in perpetually new
    • sense must be pained by displays of so-called Christmas
    • when all morality, all love, all philanthropy could be
    • to be slaughtered. All outer life was stilled; it was
    • actually as though a kind of death made its way into the
    • dawn of what was called the Yuletide Festival. This mood was
    • clairvoyant faculties had persisted among all the peoples of
    • approach of the season we now call spring was felt by them
    • as if the spiritual horizon were filled with all kinds of
    • Impulse. To these peoples living all over Europe it was only
    • also be aware that through the mighty Impulse which we call
    • Egohood at all. The Ego looks into the surrounding world, is
    • simplest people all over Europe when they contemplated the
    • characteristic style during the Christmas period. All the
    • emotions, all the vitality kindled in souls living in the
    • describing — all these feelings were awakened by the
    • who were suitable to be alloted parts in a Play in which the
    • lily-ofthe-valley and for the violet particular seasons
    • it really gives one pain to see a violet flowering at a time
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    • age many people feel an inherent desire to understand what really
    • entered human evolution through all that is connected with the name
    • Yet with regard to its essentials one cannot do so — at all
    • reincarnation is not really essential to the understanding of
    • lives. “Is not all Eternity mine?” he exclaims, feeling
    • and wisdom as will free him from all desire for rebirth. Only
    • called “Eternity.”
    • outer documents tell are really a comparatively late phase in the
    • our practical wisdom and science (in effect our essentially
    • condition midway between waking and sleeping, man gazed into all that
    • in more ancient days pictures continually arose and passed
    • from these flowing pictures, our present so-called intellectual
    • consciousness gradually evolved. A kind of primeval clairvoyance
    • substances which also exist externally in physical space, indeed that
    • his whole organism is built up materially. With equal certainty,
    • an earlier time. Neither is it generally admitted that
    • originally all peoples possessed a lofty wisdom, derived from
    • admit, hypothetically at all events, some of the truths investigated
    • the world of the senses. This feeling gradually extended into a
    • environment and all that can be apprehended by the intellect.
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    • any understanding at all of the events that occur in the course of
    • fruitful impulses for the future — all these matters are
    • cannot help asking: What is the real attitude of social life to all
    • on authority all that finds its way on the subject of hygiene, from
    • interest concerning every mature man and woman shall be arbitrated by
    • representatives. True, it may be impossible to apply essentially
    • consider to-day whether we are really faced with the results of the
    • whole culture of our age, especially in so far as this culture is
    • pass muster with those who really know the nature of materialism and
    • materialism has been overcome, for it is equally true that when it is
    • the theory of smallest entities. The point is not whether
    • verbally or mentally a man is convinced that there is
    • diseases and so-called psychical or mental diseases. The concrete
    • essence of the materialism that has gradually come to be the
    • up all manner of abstract, mystical theories about this immortal soul
    • principles the body as such is gradually destroyed. The body
    • been happening to the body all the time, as a result of the working
    • point. The other is that such a conception guards man against all the
    • we perceive him with all his organs and structures has been created
    • all manner of high-sounding theories about a spirituality that is
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    • conditions of equilibrium. We see the child slowly and gradually
    • physical body of man in all its form is the result of a mighty
    • that which man forms and creates in this activity — we may call
    • when, after his birth, he gradually finds his way into the conditions
    • essentially adapted to earthly conditions. In the first place it is
    • earthly information and earthly knowledge; and to all this our
    • which all things of the world are made.
    • understanding as between human beings, all of whom are living on the
    • thinking is gradually adapted to the earthly conditions. In
    • lies a most essential element of all earthly culture and
    • Werbeck-Svärdstrom and her sisters.] Allow me therefore
    • man expresses himself in speech or in song, he is really manifesting
    • outwardly but inwardly. In all that he brings forth by way of sound
    • proceeded from something which originally was song. The farther we go
    • and eventually song. In distant ages of human evolution upon earth,
    • the expression of the human being through sound was not really
    • find in it two essential elements — consonant and vowel, All
    • song or an articulate sound in speech, his whole body really takes
    • its plastic form and structure, may really be conceived as
    • follows. We take all the consonants there are in any language. They
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    • one great whole, we see it — in spite of the many valleys and
    • wholly given up to sense impressions, to all that the intellect can
    • the human memory from them. What really constitutes the substance of
    • there also thou art born of God.” And all that the old Father
    • his earthly existence hallowed, although in his waking life he still
    • being — faded gradually into the background. He began more and
    • What we to-day call “Nature” appeared before men as an
    • thousands of years before the Mystery of Golgotha that man really
    • the chains that bind me to this earthly existence fall away, I shall
    • I shall once again live in the super-earthly kingdom, I shall be
    • spiritually in the living, instinctive existence of days of
    • Spirit in the stars — I shall return, when I pass through the
    • But now all this became a
    • later tongue. But now, all consciousness of the pre-earthly existence
    • whither man would return after he had passed the gate of death, all
    • stars — He Whom a later age called “Christ” and an
    • inasmuch as the mystery was revealed in the so-called Gnosis by the
    • Nazareth passed, as all men pass, through the gate of death, but Who
    • awakened in your dealings with all your fellow-men, you live in
    • of full wakefulness in the cosmos. Gradually this waking life in the
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    • A Living Knowledge of Nature, the Fall of the Intellect into Sin,
    • Lebendiges Naturerkennen, Intellektueller Suendenfall und Spirituelle
    • A Living Knowledge of Nature, the Fall of the Intellect into Sin,
    • Lebendiges Naturerkennen, Intellektueller Suendenfall und
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    • accidentally came into contact with the window … the frog's leg
    • were small suns, centres around which electricity accumulates; we
    • electricity, we may say that they allowed the natural scientist of
    • light that surges through the world's spaces, was gradually defamed
    • acoustics, it was not necessary to judge morally that which appeared
    • judge these things morally, because he still possessed an echo, weak
    • you have ever allowed an electric current to pass through your
    • explanation of Nature set out along a path that really unites it with
    • really consists of little demons of Evil! And if we acknowledge
    • electric tramcar! So that all their thundering against Ahriman, no
    • say, we must not allow him to have the upper hand.
    • even the light is conceived of electrically, as has been done in a
    • the divinity of Good. It is really terrifying to see to what a great
  • Title: Lecture: The Problem of Jesus and Christ in Earlier Times
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    • be completely external? You will recall the analogy I used: I said
    • that all our existing writings have been burned, so that only the
    • sustained as-is and without qualification. Even if all the writings
    • gradually grew dim and faded away — a higher form of knowledge
    • just forgotten, but it eventually disappeared. People simply no
    • had gradually degenerated, so that, when the Christ did come, people
    • This is evident not only from all that I have just explained, but
    • Clemens of Alexandria looked up, first of all, to the Christ as a
    • went so far as to say that, especially at two particular points in
    • within an ordinary physical human body; a specially prepared soul,
    • the primal Father, the so-called Stillness, or primal Spirit. These
    • Sophia as the two principal Aeons, and as the source of all being.
    • These all united and formed humankind. It is possible to form such an
    • Gnostic ideas may be expressed spatially; the role of time as an idea
    • indeed call it progress from the Gnosis to Clemens of Alexandria.
    • right way. This is what is so important, so radically
    • Later, however, he appears as Son; he imbues all things.
    • could say. When the Gnosis gradually disappeared altogether, it was
    • gradually disappeared. Contained in this spiritual
    • within him. The Christ is thus multiplied in them. All of this
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    • things I shall have to explain to-day may be apparently a little far
    • foundation on which we shall afterwards have to build in our more intimate
    • were, from his environment on all sides, without his having to
    • existence of such words and phrases shews after all, for an open-minded
    • those who try to grapple with such questions philosophically, shall we
    • extended in space. They can even represent it spatially. Man forms
    • his ideas of it comparatively easily. He can use all that space with
    • people, who imagine they are not materialistically minded — though
    • in reality they are all the more so — try to conceive the things of
    • quite apart from all that, the fact is that man is conscious of his
    • difficulties have arisen, especially for philosophic
    • How can something essentially unspatial work upon something spatial?
    • theories have arisen on this point, but they all of them labour more
    • other hand the processes which are called forth by the physical world
    • parallelism.’ It really amounts to a confession that we can say
    • of thought, feeling and will. All that we know is
    • psycho-physical parallelism: a psychical process takes its
    • expressed — that the two processes run parallel to one
    • of space for all these souls to find a place of abode! This absurd
    • line of thought actually arose more than once during the
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    • science if in all earnestness and truthfulness it were obliged to come
    • the last centuries, and especially during the nineteenth century,
    • science which, especially since the second third of the nineteenth
    • though the great questions about which we shall have to speak still
    • methods employed in the specific study of geology really work. It is, of
    • covers the ground must originally have been dissolved in water or
    • covered by such alluvial deposits and we must conceive that in the
    • strata of the earth all kinds of forms have been embedded,
    • and the alluvial layers, have met with their death, as it were, and
    • it is an interesting and generally known fact that the upper layers —
    • so-called “Cambrian” layer of our earth's development and
    • the Cambrian bed, namely, the lowest layer, and imagine that all the
    • other layers had not yet come into existence, we shall have to assume
    • primitive and simple forms of animal- and plant-life gradually
    • today as alluvial deposits washed up by river-action or the like in
    • taken of all the layers we have had under review — provided
    • really sometimes rather pronounced and amount to many billions of
    • we contemplate all this we have, after all, only a picture of the course
    • Moreover, geology compels us to presume that all these happenings
    • have been preceded by others. For all these layers which contain
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  • Title: Lecture: Thinking and Willing as Two Poles of the Human Soul-Life
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    • ordinary life we call feeling, qualities of the heart, and so on.
    • Naturally, however, what actually takes place in the life of the soul
    • that we can say that our will does not function outwardly at all. We
    • hand, unless we are actually raving, or given to walking in our
    • sleep, we cannot be active in our will without allowing our will
    • if we limit our observation to the affairs of everyday life we shall
    • creates in us the possibility of thought, all that we owe to our life
    • before birth, before conception. Fundamentally speaking, the faculty
    • forces gradually emerge as actual thought-forces; but they are present
    • gradually develop from the time of conception and birth lie the
    • really in this, that gradually the will is taken hold of by the
    • his parents. The forces of will which express themselves chaotically
    • usually lost his power of thinking.
    • suggest that you should one day really start from this point and make a
    • record of how many fundamentally original thoughts and ideas at the present
    • These thoughts have gone on automatically; they were once imprinted
    • into the body, and the body has gone on automatically in its
    • receiving thought-forces coming from the spiritual worlds. Naturally
    • appear as though they really were thinking. In reality, however,
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    • wenn wir nur die alltäglichen Lebenserscheinungen betrachten,
    • spät kommen. Der Wille kann sich einzig und allein richten auf
    • andeutungsweise der Fall ist, so steht es auch in der großen
    • entgegentritt, schon im Keime all die Gedankenfähigkeit
    • daß allmählich der Wille gewissermaßen eingefangen
    • Geistiges interessieren, durchaus der Fall. Ich möchte nur
    • jetzt unter Natur all das, was uns umgibt für unsere Sinne, dem
    • will es schematisch so aufzeichnen. Hinter allem, was man sieht,
    • verrichten in bezug auf alles, was Naturerscheinungen sind, denn die
    • sind alle Hereinragungen aus dem Vergangenen. Und alles, was wir mit
    • Fall. Wenn Sie — na, ich will sogar eine Unterhaltung unter
    • uns, wie das im gewöhnlichen Leben der Fall ist, von selber
    • allerdings die Art und Weise, wie unser Leben eigentlich
    • Materie selbst in ihrer Wirksamkeit als Geist begreift, der alles
    • Materielle als ein Geistiges und alles Geistige, auch in seiner
    • Der Hunger. Daher ist auch alles, was aus dem Begehren hervorgeht, im
    • überall Löcher, hineinlegen die Materie. Der Mensch
    • wirkt es von innen. Wenn wir wollen, entstehen überall in uns
    • alles, was materielle Wirkung ist, ist zu gleicher Zeit geistig. Wir
    • haben es überall mit Geistigem zu tun. Und wir durchschauen die
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    • at Munich, which generally begins with a dramatic representation
    • three. Naturally in many respects a risk is connected with this, but
    • activity, and above all it is necessary that those who take part in
    • theosophical life should be carried into all branches of life and
    • that it can, so to say, act practically. It is particularly
    • to bring this about externally by all sorts of clever thoughts and
    • the lectures this lack of space was felt externally by the audience,
    • would be quite easy to say, why not take a larger hall? But there is
    • difficulty even in this. Theosophy requires, as you all know, a
    • a lack of all understanding for Art could make it acceptable in
    • in an ancient Greek theatre, but not in an enormous circus-like hall.
    • The Architectural Hall in Berlin appears to me the maximum size; and
    • work in Munich, it is inevitable — if by means of all that may
    • be done in a small hall anything of a theosophical nature can be
    • constructing a large building in Munich which would really admit of
    • results if we are able to construct a Hall for ourselves, we have
    • seen, not only in small beginnings but in Stuttgart, where they have
    • that current of theosophical life we call our own, we do not make
    • (sometimes quite appalling to me to see what has been brought
    • call itself by the name of a great spiritual individuality, after the
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    • necessary they are for all occult observations of human evolution. If
    • it is quite obvious that the former embodiments are equally detailed,
    • arise all the accounts given here, we know that they arise from the
    • so-called register of the Akashic Record. We know that what has once
    • all, why do we set value on following up an age so far behind our own
    • world we really do not need to trouble ourselves about these ancient
    • innermost core of our being meets us in what we call our Ego. This
    • regarding the soul, so-called official psychologies which no longer
    • have the slightest inkling that such an ego is to be alluded to. I
    • soul-being into consideration, that all the qualities of the soul are
    • a vision to which we have to become accustomed. — And above all
    • all the concepts you have within you. Thus you must remove from the
    • external world all that the senses can perceive, and from the inner
    • world all the workings of the mind, all conceptions. And now, if you
    • if he really holds the thought that everything is taken away and man
    • of this condition. It is naturally only known to those who in course
    • the sort in their writings. Now I shall not speak of those in which I
    • have found nothing. But I once found one small echo of these
    • Hegel as the ox understands of Sunday, when he has eaten grass all
    • described as the dreadful emptiness into which flows fear. But all
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    • being. For we have seen that we must first of all build up concepts
    • conditions of the evolution of our world. I have already called
    • pictorially. Of space there was none in our sense. And time first
    • When, therefore, something is said to call up a picture before our
    • substance dense enough to be called gas, nothing but heat and
    • For this ‘heat’ or ‘fire’ as it is called in
    • brought to birth that which we call time: though I have already
    • called attention to the fact that ‘brought to birth’ is a
    • living idea permeating our soul, it will gradually lead to the
    • sacrifice in the outer Cosmic heat. He alone understands what really
    • warmth through the special bliss. He who can feel all this about the
    • warmth will gradually arrive at the reality of what is concealed
    • beautiful experience that can be called forth in our souls, the
    • contemplation of active practical devotion may call forth the
    • really attain to what the higher knowledge gives. He who is unable to
    • two great opposites. Personal will fatally opposes the permeation of
    • insight. But we must imagine what is here called self-surrender as
    • must be completely free of all self-seeking and must wait what comes
    • by the leading-strings of their prejudices. All this must be done
    • the feeling of one enraptured by what we call
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    • lectures an endeavour was made to call attention to the fact that
    • behind all the material phenomena of the substance of our earth
    • means universal. We have seen that the deepest being of all
    • as the essence of all conditions of heat: a sacrifice made by very
    • us — although in maya or illusion — in all external
    • that behind all that we may call flowing air or flowing gas, there is
    • something very far away, which we have called ‘the virtue of
    • their own being. This is to be found in every breath of wind, in all
    • flowing air. Thus what is perceived externally, physically, is in
    • smallest purely spiritual facts. We do not attain any spiritual
    • renouncing all idea of satisfying them. Suppose a man has made up his
    • learning above all to suppress his own wishes and desires. For
    • will allow life to flow over us, not longing for this or that, but
    • ready to renounce all that we should otherwise wish to choose for
    • this life, the more forceful shall we become as regards the activity
    • of our thinking. In the case of a teacher or tutor who is above all
    • with equanimity, will gradually notice that his words have great
    • that thought will pass over to the pupil. It all depends on the
    • things usually desired by man.
    • renunciation, do not lead to the right results. We are all acquainted
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    • have learnt to perceive in water what might be called resignation. It
    • there was naturally a greater sense of the spiritual behind the outer
    • material element, and the fact that specially volatile substances
    • essentially in the refusal of Beings of exalted Spiritual rank to
    • must understand by this is symbolically expressed in the world's
    • nothing of guilt or omission; on the contrary, it contains all the
    • mood is different in degree. We only really become acquainted with
    • depths of Soul-life. This feeling with which we are all acquainted
    • recall the words of the poet: ‘He alone who longing knows,
    • ourselves into what went on spiritually in the evolutionary
    • trickling in, and which has its origin in what may be called:
    • something which he really had not done, but it suited to convenience
    • end of the matter. Now children are very specially sensitive to
    • The most important of all the forces ruling below in these depths one
    • which governs every Soul and occasionally emerges in, its original
    • thus do not enter a man's consciousness at all.
    • phenomenon with which we are all well acquainted; perhaps a man who
    • of home-sickness you will find it differs fundamentally in
    • working within him. All these diverse characteristics we include in
    • from that ancient stage of evolution, so do we inherit all kinds of
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    • lectures the fact has now been brought home to us that behind all
    • that we call Maya or the great illusion, there is the Spiritual. Let
    • senses and our physically limited view.
    • comprehend by means of our own souls. Now if we are really to
    • fundamentally, as regards its qualities, can only be compared with
    • following. Does all that we have in this world of Maya or illusion
    • really vanish into a sort of nothingness? Is everything around us in
    • us appears as the real or part of the real — is all this
    • actually nothing?
    • lecture we shall follow the same system as in the last. We shall
    • forward spiritually through the Saturn, Sun and Moon-existence, and
    • have now approached that of the earth, we shall start from more
    • in the nature of man, actually leading the life of the soul to find
    • ascribed to the Spirits of Movement. To-day we shall begin with a
    • words: all philosophy, and all striving for a certain kind of human
    • knowledge, must come from Wonder. This is really the case. Any man
    • actually to feel the dryness and withering of any knowledge not
    • knowledge may be acquired externally and established by man through
    • feelings, does not spring from the soul of man in real earnest. All
    • adopt a challenging attitude towards what appears to him as ‘a
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    • Fall of the Spirits of Darkness
    • with, for we are all aware of it and feel it deeply. The
    • we may call to mind again and again when we give deep and
    • full consideration to the events now raging all over the
    • and to challenge people to reflect. For we need to reflect on
    • these things if we are really and truly to wake up. We need
    • be to rouse people and make them really wake up. Merely
    • all around us, just as air and water, the stars, the sun and
    • the moon are all around us. When we are physically asleep we
    • idea of the world of the spirit that is all around us.
    • think and pretend to want? It is that, fundamentally
    • bloodshed are really not necessary as a means of helping them
    • said in these very rooms, especially in the last few years,
    • term and not at all in a moral sense.
    • actually taking shape. Later generations will be able to use
    • is what people generally think today, though this does not
    • decline and fall in the universe. Each can, or indeed must,
    • found its be-all and end-all in people enriching themselves
    • also knows that people actually no longer knew how to use the
    • term ‘spirit’. It has been used to describe all
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    • to an image which I finally hope to present in its entirety
    • Our inner aims will have to change. It is especially with
    • that, knowing this truth, we shall be compelled to feel
    • socially at one with the dead, the departed. Our inner
    • taken up spiritual life in recent decades is small, and the
    • means we are challenged to do everything we can to encourage
    • humanity. I think it is fair to say that, generally speaking,
    • many people call the realm of science today; it provides the
    • penetrated, studied and finally used to build all kinds of
    • instruments — most recently especially the instruments
    • universe are all mixed up in people's minds.
    • with the astral body and the ego we enter a totally different
    • world every night, and initially this has extraordinarily
    • day. The two worlds really only work together in so far as
    • ego. The physical body thus really has four elements to it.
    • elements — let us call them the astral physical body
    • between birth and death we are really leaving something
    • which are generally read today. The old knowledge was still
    • it becomes salty — well, I think it is not at all
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    • all, but I would ask you to see the parts always in the
    • many respects go utterly against current and generally
    • which differed from generally accepted views had to be said
    • closely guarded by small groups of people, with strict
    • the science of the spirit is called the physical plane. And
    • materialistically have the illusion that perfection can be
    • other illusions, and particularly and characteristically the
    • illusions come in all shades of meaning; they are coloured by
    • physical world and believe that if they realize this we shall
    • have paradise on earth. All that the socialists are able to
    • absolute sense they really are the best, one cannot imagine
    • inclination to think materialistically. However much people
    • that the world makes no sense at all, they can only live in
    • terms, with all kinds of political, social and other
    • steam engine that needed just a very small amount of coal to
    • explain it all to me and then told him: You know, that is
    • really clever; but if one looks at the whole thing it is no
    • they apply the same amount of energy. This is what it all
    • extremely logical and clever, developed by applying all kinds
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    • this question, first of all considering why from now on
    • know certain entities, and above all things of a special
    • have a specific function in the whole universe and especially
    • human birth and death are actually as they present themselves
    • a name, let us call them the 'elemental spirits of birth and
    • destinies have to use elemental spirits who actually are the
    • work — if all spirits were of a kind to see to it that
    • really like it to be and that there exists the element which
    • entities were present around them all the time, they would
    • were able to have the idea, theoretically and on the basis of experiments,
    • fly. All this has come to realization in a relatively short
    • more and more Edisons. This really is the ideal of modern
    • do, of course, believe that all this — the telegraph,
    • guided. In laboratories, workshops, really everywhere where
    • essentially served the divine spirits who guided the world;
    • with all its power and intensity.
    • depending on their inner nature. Please call this to mind again.
    • fellow human beings to use all kinds of creative powers on
    • the laws of world history, something which initially was the
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 5: Changes in Humanity's Spiritual Make-up
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    • ourselves in all seriousness and dignity with the impulses
    • which really have to be given for the further evolution of
    • the Mystery of Golgotha when human beings essentially related
    • difference. It is actually true to say that today, at the
    • The nature of the human constitution was totally different in
    • is also true for all physical creatures which inhabit the
    • been so, essentially, from the middle of the Atlantean age.
    • especially in our characterization of Greek art, which we
    • really are no longer in this world to take care of our own
    • physical perfection. Now, we are really here to be part of a
    • and experience all manner of things by the very fact that we
    • will be all kinds of changes in development.
    • Brentano, a man with a fine mind, was held in thrall by
    • Oddly enough, Brentano is actually showing that there is no such
    • all the stereotyped ideas people have today. In general terms
    • may also call geniuses, see more deeply into the spiritual
    • world which is all around them. Thus the impulses will not
    • behind it all? The fact that human beings now relate to their
    • beings of the present time really and truly have become more
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 6: The New Spirituality
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    • First of all we consider the fact that human beings have the
    • which exists first of all in the mind. Later on we shall
    • discuss if this really is the case. For the moment I merely
    • thought as such, the matter is really quite different. And we
    • shall not understand how human beings really relate to their
    • imagine. No, this thought-substance is actually what we call
    • around out there, which really are living entities, and the
    • thoughts are actually thought-corpses. This is the essential
    • thoughts because we kill living thoughts. It is really true
    • thought corpses which we call our thoughts and ideas. This is
    • thinking about it, or you can actually produce the thought: I
    • terribly lazy person who really did not want to get up at
    • all, if it really was not in your nature to get up and you
    • ordinary life. And everything else we do is really done in
    • have to be considered, otherwise we cannot really understand
    • transformed by earth; let us call it ‘a’. But
    • actual human being, for the human being is really a head with
    • the human being — let us call it ‘b’ and to
    • must think of it as all spirit, or at least all air —
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 7: Working from Spiritual Reality
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    • thing more credible, the pretend weights usually have figures
    • high, or may even bring on a small boy who'll trot off
    • go over it all in your mind again, it does seems as if a
    • child might as well come and run off swinging all this
    • they generally think they are describing such a reality.
    • All very erudite, of course, for today's writers generally are most
    • If we really
    • dawn of the fifth post-Atlantean age, but that all the
    • individual whose inner impulses really came from all the
    • to bring all the materialism which could only arise for
    • humanity in post-Atlantean times and would gradually
    • feelings, and this meant that he did not really understand
    • world and be caught up in its works. Yet all this was really
    • the street. Luther really had the devil appear to him; he
    • post-Atlantean age, and it lay open specifically for the
    • characteristically under the influence of these powers but
    • especially anything printed at a later time. Yet at the time
    • what really matters at the present time. We must labour to
    • with the help of anthroposophy. You can collect all the
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 8: Abstraction and Reality
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    • it. But the world is full of contradictions, and if we really
    • literally inclined to think in abstractions. This takes them
    • brick wall of reality with their horns in their insistence on
    • the brick wall of reality. And they are sometimes just as
    • consider, in spite of all the advances. Magnificent
    • concepts of limited content, has also crept into all
    • today who are literally craving such limited concepts. The
    • most limited concepts, with practically no content, are
    • see the living reality in anything and lose all feeling for
    • what reality really has to offer. Merely observe the present
    • you about something that is really worrying. A present-day
    • way of achieving ‘permanent peace’, as they call
    • no more crockery is broken in the home is to break all the
    • Fundamentally speaking, such ideas are part of the
    • apply only to the inorganic world, but people are all the
    • brutally, although it would seem to him that he put it in a
    • to develop here on this hill. For art, too, has gradually
    • therefore need different forms from those one generally sees
    • has gradually entered more and more into the lifeless sphere,
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 9: The Battle between Michael and 'The Dragon'
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    • have gained some material, as we may call it, by way of
    • knowledge and the like, for this will allow you to penetrate
    • have considered all kinds of ideas which may explain the
    • especially in the 1840s. I have pointed out that this was the
    • with a peak was reached in what we may call a way of grasping
    • called a battle which the spirits who are followers of the
    • call Michael fought with certain ahrimanic powers. Please
    • strengthening this idea, especially if you want to make it
    • the fifth decade of the nineteenth century actually took part
    • above all of their inner constitution. The battle thus took
    • always call on an image which humanity has known throughout
    • matter will perish as the war is allowed to
    • world, using them essentially as symbolic images. What
    • life-forms which the medical profession now calls bacilli.
    • the phases of the Moon, and all impulses which reach the
    • really do belong together, in a way, and it is extremely
    • with the fallen Ahriman. They gradually come to love the
    • tail of events. The danger inherent in all this must be
    • have to face them calmly. We shall only do so, however, if we
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 10: The Influence of the Backward Angels
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    • emerging from the egg would thrive? We would have all the
    • kinds of societies may evolve, representing and demanding all
    • beings, and this is specifically the case in the epoch in
    • to be considered in all its significance.
    • of people who have naturally come together and become
    • systematically.
    • else! This is totally different from the way it was in
    • earlier times.’ You will recall all the things people tend to
    • half of the nineteenth century, ‘the Press’, as we call it
    • radical importance than all the well-known authors taken
    • and it really was more widely read in the last third
    • mass of people to know nothing of radically new developments
    • called the devil then, and it was shown how the devil
    • and, of course, enlightenment still flourishes today. Really
    • human evolution — that really had an effect. For it was
    • had gradually evolved from animals. At the same time, large
    • devils. A strange accord was thus produced. As this really
    • all kinds of things, but the forces which are really at work
    • think how many people there are today who actually make
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 11: Recognizing the Inner Human Being
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    • continue to be, to show from all kinds of different aspects
    • happening today supersensibly, but all the same with powerful
    • effect especially in the present time and which will
    • these considerations that human soul nature will essentially
    • considered. It really has to be taken into account that, in
    • linear evolution from incomplete life-forms all the way to
    • will run parallel to it (see Fig. 11a).
    • If you really
    • specifically into the evolution of the human intellect and
    • seek above all to take possession of our heads, of anything
    • called, was a special feature of the eighteenth century.
    • is true nevertheless. Essentially this is connected with the
    • especially if we are educators, with the inner awareness, the
    • Later in life they can then recall these things from memory
    • recall things they were told in childhood, and then be able
    • are able to live with themselves in such a way as to recall
    • be recalled later on in life may be offered something from
    • all the time. They move around it in all kinds of directions.
    • consider the source and origin of these currents. We shall be
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 12: The Spirits of Light and the Spirits of Darkness
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    • importance. We have to reflect again and again what it really
    • phenomena. At the present time people generally give validity
    • can the events in which human beings are caught up be really
    • definitions of this kind are generally accepted, and many of
    • rise to counter-aims of, let us call them ‘good
    • spirits’, the spirits of light. Fundamentally speaking,
    • symbolically described in the expulsion from Paradise. In
    • they would physically descend from others. In this way they
    • specifically during epochs which were to recapitulate the
    • nation and tribal connections in all the ways in which human
    • based on this. We shall not be able to understand what issued
    • made for different regions of the earth. What really counted
    • They were the source of all rebellion against ordinances
    • based on blood relationship in those ages, and of all
    • the bonds of family and heredity. All this does not, of
    • gradually dying down as the powers of their brothers begin to
    • is gradually becoming the task of the spirits who are related
    • learn their letters. It would be equally unintelligent for
    • to share in the phraseologies in common use all over the
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 13: The Fallen Spirits' Influence in the World
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    • and gradually. Today we shall first of all consider some ways
    • in a downward direction and gradually caused materialistic
    • of materialism as during those decades. All the thinking I
    • decades.’ It really was clever. If you study the
    • those years, and this was in all kinds of areas. We see a
    • what it actually has become in people born after 1879.
    • approach will normally give the wrong result, because the
    • later. Certain groups, and they were far from small, sought
    • mediums, that is essentially by physical means. If this had
    • all kinds of different spheres in life. Speculations on the
    • consciousness on the other. Above all else, the spirits of
    • this was bound to come about gradually after their fall in
    • is only because of their fall that instead of merely
    • they will speak of what they call dreams, though this was
    • actually the transmission of impulses from the spiritual to
    • dream,’ the other person will call them idiots. This,
    • we know so little about what really goes on among people
    • today. The things which now happen sporadically in one place
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 14: Into the Future
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    • nature of it all is such that if one does not want to be
    • significance which lies behind all these things. As you know,
    • small volume entitled
    • As I said, they were mainly involved. Try with all intensity
    • presented at a more physical level, for all things physical
    • essentially more at work in the brain and the Angels in the
    • which can be traced all the way to the physical structure of
    • higher spirits to love earthly existence most of all during
    • everything we read about in so-called history happened
    • in the human blood that all the things I have described as
    • people have become as clever as I have said. All this
    • developed slowly and gradually, of course, and we are able to
    • of light for its impulses will gradually come to an end. The
    • which do not allow physical human reproduction to continue
    • will generally lead to error, for with this we tend to follow
    • a single line of thought which will finally led to the
    • from the human realm. You will recall something of which I
    • twenty-sixth year, and so on. You will recall that I referred
    • and who can only be really understood if we realize that the
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  • Title: Lecture: Fall and Redemption
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    • civilization is really understood today from the spiritual-scientific
    • from this point of view, to characterize what is meant by the fall of
    • man, to which all religions refer. The religions speak of this fall
    • this fall of man — which I do not need to characterize in
    • lectures about this point in time. But basically the whole human
    • to his overall moral view of himself, man felt that he was sinful and
    • that he would have been incapable of falling into sin if he had
    • morally sinful, now in his Scholastic wisdom felt himself to
    • be intellectually sinful, as it were. He attributed to himself
    • connected this intellectual fall of man is to his general moral fall.
    • continuation of his moral fall.
    • connection with the old moral fall of man is completely forgotten.
    • And, as I have often emphasized, the strong connection actually
    • Scholasticism, especially at the high point of Scholasticism in the
    • intellectually. But the fact remained unnoticed — and this is
    • For, at least in the Realist stream, the Schoolmen totally believed
    • gradually arrived at a point in our evolution where we have dropped
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    • kan gjennemstrømme alle sjeler og alle hjerter ut fra
    • forberedelse har dette mysterium allerede tre ganger fullbyrdet
    • Det som vi kaller Golgatamysteriet er det eneste som har
    • Ved alle disse begivenheter som forbereder
    • ofret seg selv som menneske, ofret seg allerede i den
    • menneskets barndomsliv. Og alle som evner å studere
    • tilstede. Men alle de Kristus-forestillinger som vi da kan gi
    • barnet, uten at det blir noe dogmatisk, - alle de ord og
    • Månetid: da var ryggradsretningen parallel med
    • ahrimanske innflydelse hadde all tale mättet bli
    • ville ha utviklet hele sin kultur her på jorden, alle sine
    • mediemanèr ville ha frembragt en uklar lallen som uttrykk
    • stråler fallt på dem, - ved dette syn utviklet der
    • alltid forberedt i de tidligere. Og mens vi ennu står midt
    • sentrale i den. All erindringsevne vil bli fyllt av og samtidig
    • allerede nærmer den seg erindringsevnen. La
    • i oss som går gjennem alle inkarnasjoner. Og la
    • Dort war es, wo alles entstanden ist,
    • Nicht er allein, der Christus in ihm.
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  • Title: Lecture: Man's Fall and Redemption
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    • lectures, I spoke of man's fall into sin and of an ascent from sin. I
    • and willing. I have pointed out the more formal aspect of the fall of
    • man, as it appears in the present time, by showing how the fall of
    • limitations of our knowledge of Nature, really arises from the view
    • and that he must therefore renounce all efforts that might lift him
    • if the views acquired in a more recent age — especially in the
    • a certain extent, suffered this very fall of man. Modern
    • intellectualism already bears the marks of this fall and decay;
    • observes Nature and thinks, is an unprejudiced conception. All kinds of
    • the contemplation of thinking itself. No notice at all is taken of
    • that a modern man's thoughts on Nature are really corpses, all our thoughts
    • fretful tempers, provided we have eyes to see. Then we shall
    • entire organism. When the organism gradually grows firmer and harder,
    • all four elements. The later development of a child consists in this,
    • something of the true nature of thinking only if he really advances
    • thinking, still possessing a certain amount of strength, was not allowed
    • to enter pre-earthly existence. Man's pre-existence was declared dogmatically
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    • gradually be realised, but insight will come when understanding has
    • shall mention only this well-known and very significant passage in
    • ‘the mysteries of the kingdoms of heaven shall be revealed in
    • significance of such a passage is generally overlooked. What does it
    • really mean? Which are the most important parables in which Christ Jesus
    • considered to be parables at all. What man sees in the kingdoms
    • not so, for what is actually present as a reality is the spiritual
    • sense-organs, upon intellect and intelligence — all these
    • the Father of all existence, that he has to live on the earth and suffer
    • given to all men through all time to come — then He is speaking
    • seed; then, during the winter, all this seems to be obliterated and
    • to reappear in the spring. It might come naturally to him to compare
    • would, however, be a fallacy, merely an external
    • that we actually experience when we go to sleep at night? Our astral body
    • look back spiritually upon the physical body and the etheric body we
    • shall perceive that their activity at night and by day is entirely
    • With clairvoyant sight we shall perceive that during sleep the
    • that thinks. In reality the lower half of his body is all the more
    • realise that we can actually speak of the Earth-spirits beginning to
    • which cause outer Nature to bud and blossom call forth the
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  • Title: Lecture: The Spirit in the Realm of Plants
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    • were given as oral communications and were not originally intended for
    • its spiritual essence; also of what may be called anthroposophical
    • and weaving spirit in all beings surrounding us by proceeding from
    • not first present in these objects, were not placed into them. All
    • spirit is actually present.
    • small circles, this general presupposition of the spiritual content
    • spirit in objects, however, usually remain with speaking about the
    • wider circles of our educated contemporaries. Offense is usually
    • taken to those who speak not only of the spirit generally but of its
    • Especially in this
    • Teneriffa thousands of years ago, as well as in the small, unassuming
    • violet hiding in the quiet woods or elsewhere — especially in
    • built up out of small — they are called ‘elementary
    • discovery had a powerful influence on all thinking and feeling in
    • blocks would arrive at the thought that by investigating these small
    • the middle of the nineteenth century, he actually tried to take into
    • explanations appear rather fantastic, but his thoughts were actually
    • resistance that can come especially through the thinking into which
    • microscope, the plant body revealed itself as a structure of small
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  • Title: On the Mysteries of Ancient and Modern Times: Lecture 1
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    • thought will probably lie near at hand for all of you; it may
    • form in which we observe it to-day, permeating all human
    • that can explain and illumine what is actually
    • Among all the
    • humanity finally lost the last vestiges of an understanding
    • of his mode of thought, and we shall observe at once how
    • radically it differs from all that our own time, for example,
    • event that took place, however, before Man became physically
    • significant cosmic transgression — if we may call it so
    • above all, into the Spiritual World, which we find here and
    • what was really happening, we must realise that by this last
    • conceive the outlook of men in the 19th century, we generally
    • impressed on nearly all human activities. I mean, what we
    • found most characteristically expressed in the ‘bon
    • conceive a more thorough-going materialistic theory than all
    • — In antiquity there were certain persons, so-called
    • existed; they knew that all that goes on the Earth is
    • were well aware of all these things. Far from believing that
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    • illustrate this by an example which is especially significant
    • latter way of thinking is convinced that all
    • Mystery-revelations are fundamentally based on error or
    • away with all that pertains to the truths of the Mysteries,
    • 19th century, which was fundamentally Philistine, the
    • influence of this rejection of all things super-sensible.
    • We shall see
    • which are arising from these quarters: All that the Mystery
    • this requires us to make ourselves acquainted in all detail
    • socially. No doubt an elementary process; and it is a long way
    • significant way. Christmas is a so-called immovable Feast,
    • that which we may call the intellect of the Earth is most
    • celestial Festival. Materialistically minded people, as I
    • adduced in favour of a fixed Easter. After all, you need but
    • naturally enough, is thrown into no little disorder by Easter
    • falling on a different date each year. It would be far easier
    • by no means all of equal intensity; some of them work more
    • may he. Thus, even this mobility of Easter calls our
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    • Christmas secret is really the secret of birth; it represents
    • all the World. Wherever we may look — among all peoples
    • the profane world calls the Sacred Fire; ‘Sacred
    • understand. It is essentially Man himself — the
    • Sacred Fire (or, as we might also call it, the Sacred
    • Christmas; it is essentially the Mystery of birth.
    • its language of Light. All astrological Mysteries in ancient
    • behold the secret of the constellations, It was, especially,
    • associated with the constellations, Hence we may truly call
    • ones which really underlie all that humanity possessed by way
    • Asia, especially among the so-called Iranian peoples and
    • said, when ancient charts depict all manner of Beings in the
    • are the image of what the old atavistic clairvoyance actually
    • did really see the human being in connection with the entire
    • epoch; and that, in all essentials, by the two streams
    • on, Man bears microcosmically within him the several regions
    • quite especially determined by his inner system of fixed
    • especially adapted to receive the forces of the Cosmos. With
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  • Title: Lecture: The World Development in the Light of Anthroposophy
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    • all, with the aid of the exercises already characterized, that
    • the two sides of human nature which are usually incorrectly
    • enables us to separate distinctly those parts which are usually
    • what we usually consider as his outer world becomes his inner
    • measure in which it is moulded plastically and acquires (if I may
    • which we shall live again when we pass through the portal of
    • death, for then we shall recognize it as a world which belongs to
    • ideas, really leaves him cold. We must learn to know this in
    • them out of compassion, all this demands the inclusion of our
    • when we rise up to spheres which are generally called the spheres
    • lives in a dull twilight state from the moment of falling asleep
    • theoretically, though they leave us inwardly cold, these should
    • we usually characterize it.
    • worlds with inner feelings, far stronger than those which usually
    • shall enlarge the explanations already given yesterday. It is
    • we see all that we experienced together with them.
    • form of old presentiments handed over traditionally in the
    • really do this. Only those people who tread the path already
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  • Title: Lecture: The Supersensible in the Human Being and in the Universe
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    • and capacity, and, above all, our survey of life, unless we form
    • conflict that is, after all, not noticed by so many people of the
    • human being did not really possess a conception of Nature as
    • gradually evolved from lower animal forms. The Nineteenth Century
    • that all this is the result of heredity. Our modern epoch places
    • — indeed, man's own physical development — all this,
    • ideals and religious feelings gradually seem to be hanging, as it
    • back to all sorts of old world conceptions. He warms them up,
    • This evening we shall speak of these possibilities.
    • can be experienced, in spite of all, as a super-sensible element
    • as it were — as a small child — his first battles
    • into which the human being gradually enters is speech: he learns
    • the form of thoughts — all this was experienced by an older
    • knowledge of the external world. I shall, however, look back upon
    • sage wished to give his pupil the possibility of allowing the
    • were called “mantras”; these were not uttered in
    • as natural, sensory gifts. Naturally, people endeavor to explain
    • capacities above all; namely, man's orientation in the universe,
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  • Title: Lecture: Foundations of Anthroposophy
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    • every problem of greatest and smallest importance.
    • appeal to us most of all. For in order to gain a foundation and a
    • own nature. It must be said that at all times people sought to
    • can observe above all that there are scientific investigators who
    • lectures really exist, but which prove at the same time how very
    • personally well known to me, is the following: He describes a
    • die; it was an extremely radical auto-suggestion, and he really
    • statement of an investigator well acquainted with all the
    • natural-scientific methods, with all the medical methods. He
    • sensations and will impulses, and that the soul can really
    • meetings are, and how amateurishly and unscientifically such
    • not approach the investigation of such things superficially, by a
    • might say, rightly produced such a deep impression upon all those
    • Lodge describes it so that one can really see — I emphasize
    • been taken. After examining all the facts, Sir Oliver Lodge came
    • really arrived in London. They corresponded with the description
    • photograph he had shifted his camera a little. All this had been
    • criticize such great scientists is perhaps called upon to judge
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  • Title: Lecture: East and West in the Light of the Christmas Idea
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    • of January), because people generally think that during the great
    • conceal the fact that this Christmas above all calls for other
    • Christianity consists in their calling out “Lord,
    • present time we perceive above all through symptomatic phenomena
    • more connected with it, also geographically and historically, and
    • must experience that this conception of Maya was not originally
    • science of Anthroposophy above all enables us to gain insight
    • men the trees did not exist as prosaically as they do for us: In
    • spiritual way in which man lived in his surroundings gradually
    • reality. We live by calling that which permeates us inwardly,
    • Buddha, who gradually became an object of veneration on the part
    • Mystery of Golgotha we should remember what was really the object
    • the 19th Century gradually changed Christ Jesus into a
    • of all we must reach Christ. A profound intimate deepening of the
    • understanding of the Christmas idea before we are really able to
    • work. And the festivals will be celebrated best of all if in the
    • faces us historically from Golgotha's place of skulls.
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    • man's inner life. But essentially speaking, also the senses which
    • certain impressions from outside. How matters really stand in
    • parallel to the surface of the earth. If I now draw this
    • schematically, I would therefore have to say: If this is the
    • parallel to the earth. All our perceptions follow this direction.
    • schematically, the direction of his perceptions goes from the
    • us externally in the present epoch of the earth's development.
    • But all the things
    • really an untruth, for it cannot exist in the form in which it
    • could really reach your consciousness, they would not be ordinary
    • perceptions, but imaginations. And these imaginations continually
    • the radiations of metals continually reach us from below; yet
    • imagine all the gold existing in some way in the caverns of the
    • earth, and so forth, my heart really perceives an image which
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  • Title: Lecture: Human Freedom and Its Connection with the Mystery of Golgotha
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    • preserving our own independent existence after death calls for
    • shall view the Mystery of Golgotha from a standpoint arising from
    • between birth and death, the human being really does not have in
    • waking concepts, then all this is not only a semblance or
    • deprive him of freedom; it may call forth inner necessities, but
    • and death, but between death and a new birth he essentially
    • in short, into everything which, symbolically speaking, lies
    • independence. I said that if we really develop freedom on earth;
    • conceptions, we shall realize, however, what is needed in
    • developed; i.e., not really, but people imagined that this was so
    • the past. In the Old Testament we find ideas which are above all
    • themselves, and then all the beings, rising as far as man. And
    • may add all that has still to come. But all this takes place on
    • He should really feel that mankind's historical development is
    • This will show you that Schopenhauer really felt this absence of
    • eliminate all the disturbing hypotheses connected with the
    • This is after all
    • phenomena; above all it is unable to penetrate into this world of
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  • Title: Lecture: Knowledge Pervaded with the Experience of Love
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    • From all that
    • Greek gained what we now call an intellectual world conception,
    • intellectually, he believed that he was a human being in a higher
    • dead, everything that was not alive, was really looked upon as
    • something which falls off from the world's living essence, and
    • fell off from it, like ashes fall off from burning substance.
    • whole extent of the mineral kingdom, was to him ashes falling out
    • paradoxically, we may say that modern man likes thoughts which
    • thoughts, which really ignore life in the external world,
    • grasped theoretically, through the intellect. It would be too
    • We shall then discover what a great change took place in all the
    • B.C. — we shall discover the great change which
    • culture, or even to the ancient Persian culture, we shall find
    • after-effect, all that the Gods had implanted into them during
    • he did not say — and this may be proved philologically
    • what really lived in his consciousness.
    • back we go into human evolution, the more frequently shall we
    • will also be able to feel what really constituted the true
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  • Title: Lecture: The End of the Dark Age
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    • This intellectual life gradually led it away from spirituality.
    • intellectually active, I am spiritually active, but at the same
    • just now, we must draw attention to all the spiritual powers that
    • intellect is thus exposed to the great danger of falling a prey
    • Nature, we really absorb spiritual powers, even though we are not
    • world admit these powers? — To this we must reply: All
    • soul. (You will find all these things mentioned in my
  • Title: Lecture: The Golden Legend and a German Christmas Play
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    • progress of humanity, the Spirit Whom we must specially bear in mind
    • call to mind the decree ringing forth from the depths of the Mystery
    • can face each other, enemy face enemy, how men can mutually bring
    • death to one another and how they can all pass through the same Gate
    • We recall how, in the whole earth, over which war, suffering and
    • world on the day we commemorate at Christmas. We see how through all
    • greatness uniting mankind, however disunited it may be as regards all
    • we shall want to comprehend it still more deeply at the present time.
    • We shall feel how much there is that can become strong and powerful
    • He may teach us all over the earth really to experience in the truest
    • transcends all that separates men from one another. This it is which
    • he who really feels himself united with Christ Jesus solemnly vows
    • representations began by reading, occasionally even by enacting, the
    • Creation gradually arose: how Lucifer appeared to man, and how men
    • was originally destined for them before the approach of Lucifer. The
    • countries of Central Europe (of which we have just seen one small
    • all the fruits of the garden, but not of the tree — not of the
    • even at the present day this is still the case, as we shall presently
    • heights to the Earth. If we unite this spiritually with that old
    • Earth. He is really united with the Earth as are those events which
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  • Title: Lecture: The Christmas Thought and the Secret of the Ego
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    • Especially this
    • thought, however, is especially predominant. We think how enemy stands
    • Jesus. We think of how, all over the earth, where there is war and
    • through all animosity, through all antipathy, through all hate, a
    • feeling can impress itself into all human souls everywhere in these
    • intensely, especially in our time. Then we will have an intimation of
    • teaches us all over the earth really to feel in the truest sense of
    • believers of the mystery of Christmas night. Especially in these most
    • the beginning of the Bible. Especially around the time of Christmas
    • Word resounded, how out of the universal Word creation arose gradually,
    • in a way different from what was originally destined. The entire story
    • have seen a small example just now.
    • festival, an infinitely great thought originally drew together the
    • our calendar, in which the day before Christmas Eve is called the day
    • human being, represented by Adam and Eve: “You may eat from all
    • which David belongs. And out of the wood of this tree, which actually
    • this spiritually in connection with the ancient picture of the tree,
    • rather it becomes clear that the human being through all his activity,
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  • Title: Lecture: Zarathustra
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    • generally unpopular. As we have seen and shall still see, many
    • content, its special characteristics, and all the varied
    • man, with all that composes his being, is connected not once and for
    • all, but over and over again with the living stream of evolution.
    • humanity have emanated and in the course of these lectures we shall
    • eventually be forced to admit that the Greek tradition is correct in
    • often pointed out, and I shall explain it further, that human
    • sense perceptions of to-day. We shall best understand the way in
    • with the spiritual world. The spiritual world actually entered into
    • faculty of intellectual logic. A rising and a falling can be traced
    • must always draw from the source which we may call Illumination,
    • personality of Zarathustra is all the more interesting to us in that
    • Zarathustra's message to the world was fundamentally
    • We shall
    • grow stronger and stronger, we can descend mystically into the
    • with all the desires, passions and inner experiences of soul (which
    • of the Christian era) did these two currents mingle and gradually
    • Vedic songs and in the Zarathustrian civilisation to the North. All
    • later on found expression in Buddhism — all this was attained
    • finally, with his inner powers of soul made strong, man attained to
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  • Title: Lecture: Hermes
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    • seemed to me as though I have actually penetrated to the mysterious
    • ancient Egypt, although it was clothed, naturally, in different
    • children. All you know is the outcome of your own contemplation and
    • only retained atavistically as a waning heritage, in the picture
    • spiritual world behind. In reality, all clairvoyant consciousness,
    • gradually faded away. Clairvoyant powers decreased little by little
    • less of spiritual force. The higher worlds gradually closed their
    • The old clairvoyant powers gradually faded as the development of
    • All that we know from olden times, even what
    • preserved, more especially by the earlier Egyptians, with great piety
    • more deeply into all that lies behind the physical world. And this
    • columns, bearing witness to deep and all-embracing clairvoyant powers
    • was called by the name of HERMES. And when in later times a man came
    • (according to the custom of Egyptian sages) called himself
    • revived the primeval wisdom of the old Hermes, called this first
    • (It was of course, only the Greeks who called him Hermes; among the
    • and everything that is being continually excavated and brought to our
    • acquire all these strange conceptions?
    • that all these Legends, especially the more significant, contained a
    • must not be analysed merely in the sense of allegory or symbol. It should
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  • Title: Lecture: On the Nature of Butterflies
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    • Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland, by whom all
    • when based on materialistic science. Experiments are continually being
    • really belong to aeronautics but which will shed light on the
    • an ordinary butterfly — the swallow-tail, for instance, which
    • looks like this (drawing) — but something which is commonly called
    • body it spins threads out of which it forms a hard covering. Gradually
    • the butterfly exists as such, four things are required. First of all the
    • and chrysalis live, and finally how the butterfly lives. If the egg is
    • to reach the stage of hatching out a caterpillar, it above all requires
    • has been lit that all sorts of insects flutter around in the room, feel
    • sun, very soon we should no longer have any caterpillars. They would all
    • them to the earth. So when we see a caterpillar we know that it really
    • called. The silkworm spins the silk according to the light, so when you
    • chrysalis you are really seeing pure sunlight spun around this earthly
    • where spun light surrounds the chrysalis, and naturally something
    • connection between all things in outer Nature. The butterfly you see is
    • and be turned into threads inside the chrysalis. All animal entities are
    • mother's body, so man is really created by this light. So the
    • what is known as ether — what I called ether-body in referring to
    • is outside. The ego is actually light and is responsible for the
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    • essentially from those between birth and death. Here on earth a man's
    • experiences are all mediated through his body, be it the physical body
    • do with existence in a body. In one sense this is so. But spiritually
    • ordinary consciousness. Least of all does a man know what he generally
    • knowledge proves most unpleasant — headache and all that goes with
    • prevails. There we do really know what is within us. It is as if here on
    • rebirth we feel ourselves actually to be the whole world — when I
    • experience all our physical experience is reversed. Gradually, through
    • higher world. And anyone who in a spiritually right sense sees into
    • our personality, which is fundamentally identical with the consciousness
    • earth; it all arises from the understanding with which we meet the soul
    • we can act morally, are essentially echoes from our life between death
    • after our experience of what one might call loneliness — for so it
    • we come down at all to the physical out of the spiritual world? You may
    • connection with spiritual beings. Above all, those forces weaken that
    • continually become less able to comprehend, to maintain, ourselves
    • that we have gradually to unlearn flying and learn to walk. You
    • between going to sleep and waking, actually experiences a kind of
    • view, for naturally it must be unconscious — no, when the soul
    • during sleep becomes really clairvoyant, or when the clairvoyant soul
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  • Title: Conferencia: La Comunión Espiritual de la Humanidad
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    • Reminiscencias de esto se han mantenido aquí y allá, por
    • durante el invierno y ponen sus papas en ellos. Allá abajo en la
    • verano aún está allí, debajo del suelo. Durante el
    • actualidad. Es allí que gran parte de la culpa real debe ser
  • Title: Lecture: The Experiences of Sleep and their Spiritual Background
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    • and dates from the Fall and Winter of 1922. The title of this
    • and dates from the Fall and Winter of 1922. The title of this
    • between October and December 1922, eventually to be collected and
    • show that when we investigate our consciousness, we find in it all
    • but while we do so, at the same time we renounce all claim to be able to
    • sleep as it occurs every day of a man's life, and we shall be obliged to
    • knowledge, that all thinking, feeling and willing, as they are present
    • organic life predominates as such and during such time allows no ideas
    • the soul than to say it exhibits phenomena which are to all appearances
    • Anthroposophical knowledge, however, just because it accepts in all
    • consciousness all that we can say is that whereas from waking to going
    • content first of all grows dim, is then gradually extinguished and a
    • all that the soul undergoes — assuming, that is, that it undergoes
    • any experience at all in sleep. But now, with the advent of Imaginative
    • indeed towards a knowledge of the life of the soul. For all we can know
    • experienced consciously. I shall have to describe to you the experiences
    • the physical organism of the human being, and it does so most of all
    • less true that all that goes on with our own selves depends very little
    • have gone to sleep, and the sense-perceptions have been gradually
    • experience a strong sense of time is present, but all feeling of space
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  • Title: Lecture: Reincarnation and Karma
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    • not assert anything that has not since been universally
    • accepted, for instance, such a statement as “All that is
    • in which generally small living beings originate — and not
    • as the scientist says: “All life originates in life.”
    • existence. To-day, most people who trouble at all about truth
    • that all the organic beings that have ever lived on earth are
    • soul life, which are more difficult to understand. When he calls
    • points of contention were at all important, Anthroposophists
    • and Natural Science. But that is not the point at all. The point
    • those points which, in spite of all contention, appear to them
    • All life originates from life” in the sense
    • of the same nurse. Occasionally it is mentioned that the
    • with respect to the higher qualities of the soul, the really
    • accord to a forge where they are usually shod; that even animals
    • out all difference between the lower characteristics of soul
    • faculties of the soul. And therefore it shall here be mentioned
    • that is, into the higher human. Naturally, it is very easy to
    • on this point has not yet been said, and that one may eventually
    • objection to the statement that all higher functions in the
    • pass by without specially thinking about them. Then someone
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  • Title: Lecture: Life and Death
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    • Should patch a wall to expel the winter's flaw!”
    • up all the movements after death of the separate substances
    • in asking first of all: “What becomes of the oxygen,
    • animal as of a man. To what extent this is the case shall be
    • really reduce into a twofold one; that, in fact, if we could
    • really speak of death, although no brain were there at all.
    • natural science is not at all applicable to man in this form.
    • For no one would be able to call the life of an organism
    • embarrassed in speaking of life at all, and when all life was
    • traced back to the life of the smallest living creatures.
    • This life in the smallest organisms was looked upon as a
    • could only speak of the smallest parts of life as living on,
    • independence, at least of the smallest living creatures. It
    • states that the smallest living creatures propagate
    • behind, they, therefore, cannot really die. Thus the
    • remains behind of life passes over gradually into lifeless
    • organism of the smallest, most complicated living creature.
    • with the necessity of continually mastering life within
    • all his energy. For before the appearance of this Naturalist
    • Redi called forth such a storm of passion that he only just
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  • Title: Lecture: The Elementary Kingdoms
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    • the generally designated as the Elementary Kingdoms,
    • which we generally perceive — behind the world which
    • rise and fall of colors and forms, which change at every
    • mineral kingdom. All apparently lifeless beings, all
    • to reach a clear conception of what actually takes place upon
    • becomes astrally clairvoyant, he is able to see the etheric
    • we usually imagine this. A mineral's sensation of pain is not
    • workmen in a quarry break stone, this actually gives rise to
    • shall find it in the astral world — and the Ego, in the
    • All groups of animals which have a similar form, have also a
    • physical body, etheric body, astral body and the Ego have all
    • be used. But we shall attain to a real penetration and
    • however, it is the most perfect of all — for it has
    • at the beginning of its evolution; it works continually in a
    • The first is what we call Earth — that is,
    • everything which today may be called a solid body iron,
    • physical body. The first part, which contains all four
    • interpenetrate. All the instruments of the senses, all organs
    • actually permeate the whole body. If a materialist declares
    • have to die every night — they would fall a prey to
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  • Title: Lecture: 'Goethe's Faust' from the Point of View of Spiritual Science
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    • fountains of its knowledge and its life were available at all
    • especially attractive for man not only to examine, from this
    • nucleus of this truth must be present and discoverable in all
    • those personalities who honestly and energetically strove
    • facts shall have been named and described, a feeling, quite
    • contemporaries to the effect that all this is a most curious
    • preconception that all that surrounds us in the world of
    • sense — all we can perceive through our senses and
    • — is not the whole world, but that behind it all lies
    • not crazy, at best chimerical — shall now be dealt
    • the highest state of development all that reside as life
    • quite scientifically that there are not only one, but
    • the heretic is not treated as he was formally. He is no
    • saying that all this is irreconcilable with true science,
    • truth. And all those who have trodden the path of this
    • him which urged him to seek a spiritual background behind all
    • altar by placing upon it all kinds of minerals and plants and
    • the Sun. All this develops further in Goethe. We see how it
    • in Weimar and is called as advisor to the grand Duke —
    • until we fall exhausted from her arms. Not we, but she has
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  • Title: Lecture: Birth of the Light
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    • which we stand, least of all excluded from taking part in the
    • then we can naturally let our thoughts sweep on from this our
    • love and peace. On this night — spiritually, or in our
    • souls — we really have before us that which may be called
    • is to be radiant for human hearts and human souls, for all that
    • What is it really that we should write in our hearts —
    • feeling that says: compared with all other forces and powers
    • from this Christmas night something may overflow into all our
    • truthfully say at all times: we must really be ashamed,
    • the all-power of love into our hearts. May it be possible for
    • such can be our feeling, then we are feeling together with all
    • which human wickedness feels itself challenged to battle. Thus
    • challenged in the figure of Herod; and the spiritual King must
    • cosmic Christ-Impulse, which expresses how man is eternally
    • really only the short-sightedness of present day mankind which
    • from all the artistic value given to this figure by the power
    • use of the old heathen magical methods. All this is played out
    • Which I shall tell of their deceit and falsehood.
    • So deeply versed in all the demon's arts.
    • I nourished Pallas' serpent in the castle's walls.
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    • imagination, we are called upon to span is wide indeed. It is
    • which, ever since, has been the source and inspiration of all
    • As we shall see, this spirit, which burnt so fiercely in the
    • lecturer would base all his deductions solely upon the
    • authority of ancient writings, especially upon those of
    • writings, especially upon those of Aristotle, which were the
    • foundation of all Science in those days.
    • originally given, but the traditional rendering gave the
    • literally after the lapse of so many centuries, still, on the
    • season, as a rule, understood nothing at all about him.
    • in the intellectual life of their time. I would call to mind
    • Aristotle, was dragged into all questions connected with
    • it is he really meant. Thus, when he speaks of nerves, we
    • really the builder and strength-giver of the physical
    • had usually been designated by the title of nerves. By those
    • allow this. Hence the great battle between Galileo and
    • the real Aristotle; Galileo and Giordano Bruno naturally did
    • book of Nature itself, which is available to each and all
    • Galileo, with his wonderful knowledge and grasp of all the
    • influences us all. And each one experiences something
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  • Title: Lecture: On the Occasion of Goethe's Birthday
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    • the 2nd part of Faust really belongs to the closing years of
    • ideas continually altered regarding the course of development
    • all efforts, to find the junction. Goethe's personality was
    • indeed one which compelled him to vanquish all difficulties,
    • step by step, and to experience all vicissitudes in his own
    • person. It is for this reason that all his creations leave
    • For when Goethe, wrote the present, universally-known conclusion
    • through all ordeals of the soul, we shall-inevitably
    • Goethe can above all things influence our own epoch by the
    • and its spiritual culture. It is especially important for
    • comprehensive enough to embrace all the various branches of
    • some extent, the spirit ruling in all specialisation. And our
    • various sciences in all the different domains of civilised
    • that great and wonderful discoveries have been made in all
    • applied to these discoveries up to the present day at all
    • ’seventies or ’eighties or earlier, the so-called
    • theories attributed all phenomena to particular kinds of
    • gradually came to light that the theory of motion, or
    • atomistic theory, was untenable. It may even be called a
    • in Lubeck, in place of the atomistic theory, the so-called
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  • Title: Lecture: The Errors of Spiritual Investigation
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    • investigation, it is especially in the sphere of spiritual
    • investigator can only push forward to truth, when he really
    • forces which are usually contained in the consciousness of
    • work objectively-spiritually, into the physical world. Let us
    • medium free from all influences of spiritual investigation,
    • discover, in all these declarations, truths of the cosmos and
    • world-evolution. In all these investigations, knowledge must
    • errors from this source. For the objective observer, in all
    • away from all the content, and heed only the processes in
    • the medium, coming to a special form in each. In all these
    • work disturbingly, he becomes all the more a capable
    • clear distinction to visions, hallucinations, and illusory
    • ideas, of all kinds. Let us now ask: — Do not errors
    • objectively, with its logically produced foundations. One may
    • reasonable and convincing for all standpoints and one will
    • agree with what is thus brought forward really positively.
    • Generally however one meets an extravagance to the point of
    • standpoint, held fanatically, contains the Truth. One might
    • one e.g. has not utterly fallen to materialism, but has
    • each other generally, becoming ever more fanatical; if
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    • life as is contained in man's calling or vocation and in all
    • are here involved. We must bear in mind that all that is
    • aspects of our life's destiny by the word ‘calling’ or
    • We ought not to confuse what we may describe as man's calling
    • one which we may call the ‘Karma of vocation.’ We are
    • official post. All these things, entering into the Karma of
    • were it not for the prevalence of what is called ‘public
    • age needs above all to be educated to a more intense grasp of
    • Goethe's manner of description in this act especially, we see
    • that it is really Mephistopheles who conducts them. Only at the
    • very end do we see Faust gradually free himself from
    • discover in human nature what it is that really works in Karmic
    • Cravings, above all, are burrowing in the subconsciousness
    • To put it tritely, she ‘swallowed it down’ in her soul's
    • all grow better.
    • not know why. He knows it least of all. One who busies himself
    • of life — not according to the one he cherished. In all
    • consciousness is a small circle and the soul's life a far
    • suppressed craving's, broken plans of life and finally the
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    • thus to lead him to a fruitful grasp, a really practical hold
    • us here especially. In a certain sense we are all of us a
    • self-criticism, and most of all with respect to the virtue of
    • really meant. In this way many a misunderstanding can
    • especially when people are discussing the biography, the human
    • consider, as to the problems of human destiny. We might equally
    • this book was equally necessary. Look at it from a larger
    • aspect and in the long run we shall say, The soul of Friedrich
    • see: All his queer cranks and eccentricities — and he had
    • after all excellent schools. No, that is not the point. Such a
    • the existing system, is it so bad after all?’ — one
    • generally got no answer. Let us make no mistake about it.
    • loving interest what the school was like, — in all its
    • widely spread, especially in the thought-system of the present
    • cruelty externally, they practise it in their
    • so-called ‘black magic,’ to acquire the black-magical qualities
    • such things as this can we gain a really unprejudiced
    • if we fail to bear in mind, for instance, how all that appears
    • many respects, these efforts especially will have to be followed
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    • Spiritual Science in our time must above all possess —
    • that of immediate relation to real life. We shall presently
    • inner life of man. All in all, this is the focus and aim of our
    • practical life, even in his calling or profession.
    • Karma impels him to some particular calling. While we are
    • speaking of this question, no calling need be thought
    • callings, a recognition of simple and straightforward
    • are always such as to be strong enough, for life itself really
    • emphasis on Heredity and all that is connected with it in man's
    • life. Repeating as they generally do, like parrots, the
    • speak of the choice of callings, will also tell us of the
    • that so frequently arise as to the future calling of a young
    • heredity is generally treated, nowadays, only in this
    • this connection they are generally thinking more or less
    • — especially for a natural-scientific theory of heredity.
    • For up to this time the human being must have developed all
    • Throughout its life, the animal does not essentially get beyond
    • this point of time. This is what we must really comprehend.
    • what really underlies this matter from the point of view of
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    • Science, they say, alleges truths concerning a whole number of
    • so on, in the earthly world. We know that the life of man falls
    • they really do not comprehend it — that they
    • And they direct their attacks especially against this idea of
    • above the Angeloi, Archangeloi and the rest. Those above all
    • who think themselves especially advanced in their Christian
    • nothing between himself and the Godhead. Man shall live in this
    • world, open his eyes to all that appears to his senses,
    • this is especially sublime: to stand face to face with one's
    • God without any intermediates at all.
    • spiritual needs of our time. For it is really not the question
    • thinking of his God, but whether he is really doing so. We from
    • our point of view must ask, what are they really
    • it really God whom they conceive when they think or speak of
    • all the ideas and conceptions such people have of their God:
    • of an Angel — an Angelos. All those who declare that they
    • all their descriptions — however sublime they sound
    • Angel. Really, what these people say amounts to the
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    • with all other physical events — do not immediately
    • human emotions, men gradually found their way to the view
    • hanging on the cross the thought of Redemption, and gradually
    • Christ dying on the cross. But in the later times, especially
    • that the Christmas thought will gradually come to be felt in a
    • the present world events the call to a renovation of many an
    • old conception, a call to a new revelation of the spirit. It
    • However we may view this narration, we shall not be able to
    • the story of Nicholas von der Flue we shall find the suggestion
    • humanity only by a very thin partition wall; by a wall which
    • startling allusion to the mystery of birth and of Christmas
    • century. Let us recall today, as we desire to enter deeply into
    • become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom
    • strip away all the mystery character of the Christmas
    • “Except ye become as little children, ye shall not enter
    • evolution. And in our own present time, when all that is taking
    • ye shall become as little children,” which we can
    • the name of Nicholas von der Flue are intended to allude. A
    • gradually develops his ego in the course of his life from
    • body, the true ego actually vanishes out of the physical form,
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    • all know, these letters represent the names of the so-called
    • the innermost self — which we can call self-surrender
    • the macrocosm, the great, all-embracing world. This macrocosm
    • comprises all that man can perceive with his external senses,
    • all that the spirit could perceive from the perceptions
    • earliest times regarded the world. All he saw in the firmament
    • or on our earth, all he saw as thunder and lightning, as storm
    • and sunset, as moonrise and the setting of the moon — all
    • divine-spiritual Beings pervading all space. All these natural
    • not to be found directly. All that was done in humanity, more
    • who are the rulers, the leaders of all earthly fate, the
    • leaders of all natural occurrences on the earth, but also of
    • all that happens in human, social life, in the relationship of
    • called forth from the earth all the budding and sprouting life,
    • spiritual vision, so that they could see inwardly, spiritually,
    • There are places where the churches, otherwise open all day,
    • see that all forms of life which desire to unfold their
    • are scattered all over the earth and there is no connecting
    • peace, of human brotherhood, connected cosmically and humanly
    • All
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    • in an equally cordial and heartfelt manner.
    • man's thinking today. I therefore beg especially those of our
    • which are really somewhat remote from the thinking, feeling and
    • accept what I shall have to say with a certain amount of good-will,
    • the information I propose to offer without occasionally arousing a
    • the implications of this will be best understood if you recall that
    • at a certain stage of mystic or occult development one is called a
    • of human evolution without allowing the particular shades of feeling
    • men’ of all times, from primeval ages down to our own day, have
    • other hand, we have every reason, especially at the present time, to
    • speak quite impartially about the mission of the individual, Folk
    • common to all mankind. But the members of the individual peoples will
    • if they have, above all, an understanding of their ethnic origin, an
    • understanding for what we might call “the self-knowledge of the
    • physically, may also have invisible, super-sensible members will be
    • we shall endeavour as far as possible to form an idea of such a
    • Life Spirit or Buddhi. Finally the highest achievement of man that we
    • then for the etheric body and finally for the astral body, and then
    • stage above Man were called in Christian esoteric terminology,
    • called the Spirits of Personality or Archai underwent their human
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    • transformation of this body. Here we must first of all refer to the
    • Archangelic Beings? And how are we to understand this work? You all
    • cloud-like formation that we call the etheric aura of that particular
    • change slowly and gradually, and only from within. These auras
    • life. It becomes virtually an empty phrase; in face of the stern
    • contours of the landscape and so on, in all cases where physical
    • rooted in his affective life, but not upon the so-called melancholic
    • importance. Naturally, man himself also benefits through their work;
    • it reacts upon him. And equally, the activity of man reacts upon the
    • Folk Spirits. We shall discuss later the significance of the
    • quite realistically the etheric body of the human being embedded in
    • characteristics of a people would not originate at all. Man is the
    • with them. From this cooperative endeavour something totally
    • in certain respects, but who are otherwise totally different from
    • must be quite clear about these Beings; we shall then be able to name
    • you recall what we spoke of yesterday — and you will find a
    • those Beings whom we call Spirits of Form or Powers, who are now two
    • such a way that these organs could manifest physically as speech.
    • the Earth-existence represent what is called the Zeitgeist, the
    • inevitably take on a quite definite pattern. You will recall that on
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    • lectures we shall undertake investigations that will readily strike a
    • responsive chord in all of you because they will stimulate your
    • theme of our lectures. Today, for instance, we shall be obliged to
    • of man is active in all three members of his inner life, in the
    • the astral, but in the etheric body, they differ fundamentally from
    • you have all learnt at school
    • metallic triangles in your box of geometrical instruments. If you
    • reconstruct mentally the following. (The diagram is intended only as
    • confirm this axiom for all triangles. You can hold this figure in
    • you can imagine that which can only be arrived at externally through
    • therefore, from your picture of the world all sensations and
    • the Folk Spirits? All experiences of the Sentient Soul, the normal
    • joys or sorrows of life, all colours and sounds, in fact all sensory
    • ideals into our Sentient Soul from outside; we must allow them to
    • externally, but which pervades and illumines his inner being so that
    • ideas have continually arisen and how new sources of hidden knowledge
    • will recall how man's ‘I’, his highest member,
    • the soul-life of this Archangelic Being may possess what we call
    • human beings call the Intellectual or Mind Soul. Think of these
    • and psychically empty. He feels them as warm or cold respectively,
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    • in the course of which the three so-called members or vehicles of
    • prefigured, gradually realized and developed until they reached their
    • will call to mind all the Beings who worked together during those
    • contemporary man is the one who has gradually made ego-consciousness
    • provided by the Spirits of Form, the Beings whom we call Powers or
    • predominantly active in him, we shall find that they are the donors
    • you recall the teachings of Spiritual Science on the subject of the
    • principally the physical body. The Spirits of Form have no particular
    • interest in the development of the physical body since this is really
    • body that normally belongs to the Old Moon epoch. And again the
    • the eyes of these Spirits of Form all that has been developed in man
    • say that the Spirits of Form who have developed normally would far
    • normally up to the stage of their Earth-evolution Beings who might
    • the ego-consciousness that would normally be his only around the age
    • approximately and would have to go through a totally different
    • Form all that he experiences today up to the twentieth year would
    • take on a different complexion, a totally different form. The
    • situation would have been totally different, so that everything
    • life-periods is fundamentally an anticipation of much that belongs to
    • these Beings who actually control us; the periods of our maturity and
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    • take personally an objective description of a particular race or
    • however deeply one may be involved emotionally in a particular people
    • that we shall share not only the positive or perhaps also the
    • negative aspects of all races and peoples; but we may be sure that in
    • our inmost being we shall also receive the countless blessings of all
    • races and all peoples since we are incarnated in different races at
    • theme of these lectures we shall harbour no regrets at having
    • even the smallest nation, has to contribute its share towards the
    • individual Folk Souls we shall have to select examples which are
    • our own times. On the other hand, we shall perhaps have to deal with
    • member. You will recall that we placed man on the lowest rung of the
    • all spiritual Beings manifest in some form or other and are to be
    • phenomena has a totally different conception of this “rocky
    • man believes to have a real existence does not exist at all, it is an
    • from the Earth and raying outward in all directions. But if these
    • the circumstance that other forces stream in from all sides from
    • forces raying outward in all directions are the forces of the
    • Universe are essentially the forces that proceed from the Spirits of
    • surface. What is seen externally as the Earth's surface is
    • sufficient for this; the resultant effect would be something totally
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    • shall here draw attention to one point only and what I am about to
    • We must envisage these Beings as originally working inward from the
    • continually enlarged, that it is unlimited, since things are so
    • lecture) especially at the close of that lecture, you will have a
    • in Genesis are called the Elohim. In the whole Universe which
    • reality. Thus, if all these seven Spirits of Form could work in
    • are really Spirits of Movement should disturb the balance or harmony.
    • It was the Spirit who in the Bible, in Genesis, is called Jahve or
    • from the abnormal Spirits of Form who are really Spirits of Movement.
    • old Atlantis specific Mystery Centres called the Atlantean Oracles
    • always investigated and originally man took his direction entirely
    • wave of peoples who swept across Africa and crystallized into the
    • race? We see him as one who was originally chosen, who was
    • all-human. But from the Mercury Centre the potent influences of the
    • specifically directed from the original centre; this is indicated by
    • to that which actually makes him into man. When he looks up to the
    • vehicles. They are active first of all in these reflections of the
    • Mercury, I include all the abnormal Spirits of Form to be found in
    • especially in the glandular system. He is active in the glandular (or
    • transferring their point of attack principally to what we call the
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    • especially the course of human evolution, but also that the Beings of
    • migration towards the end of the Atlantean epoch, when a small band
    • gradually developing, were for a long time simply under the direction
    • guiding Time Spirit who had gradually advanced beyond the rank of the
    • important development took place, a development which ran parallel
    • at first, whilst this race was gradually developing, a kind of
    • Nation Spirit, a Time Spirit whom we must call the Semitic Nation
    • all other peoples. One can best understand this mission of the
    • doctrine of pluralism which after all is expressed in Anthroposophy
    • are the Semitic peoples. It is natural to them, and if you recall
    • rigidity or inflexibility, whilst all the other peoples, in so far as
    • the world. The task of all other nations, peoples and Time Spirits
    • abstraction of the Unity underlying all things was divided into a
    • understanding’ The task of the Semitic people was to eschew all
    • about to touch upon something exceptionally interesting in the course
    • through that stage of development which qualified him for a specially
    • spread gradually over the whole Earth. Without this consummation of
    • an Archangel who worked in the Germanic and especially in the Celtic
    • became the inspirer of esoteric Christianity. All the underlying
    • teachings and impulses of esoteric Christianity, especially of the
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    • embodied therein, we must first of all bear in mind the fundamental
    • unique character of the Teutonic mythology throughout all the
    • of their essential being, he could be greatly mistaken, for a totally
    • behind the uniform. This parallel may seem farfetched, yet in
    • merely comparing externals and the parallel has only superficial
    • civilization and finally by our own.
    • Spirits, were all quite different from one another. Today we propose
    • Vedas and later Indian literature — were totally different from
    • the Egypto-Chaldean peoples and most of all from those peoples who
    • from that of the inhabitants of all the countries lying further West.
    • before they developed the ‘I’. In all other aspects of
    • Whence all the activity and positive influence of the various Angels
    • Archangels and Angels and all those spiritual Beings who were active,
    • particularly in the folk spirit. All the work of these higher Beings
    • all that had formerly taken place in the evolution of humanity, so
    • the Beings we call Spirits of Movement or Mights and those above them
    • they called the sum-total of the Spirits of Movement and of the
    • and called them “Mula-prakriti”, the sum-total of the
    • of Form. With these they were especially familiar; they could
    • specially fitted to perceive clairvoyantly.
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    • develop gradually the human ego and bring it to fuller consciousness.
    • a wholly different manner from the European and especially the
    • gradually evolving and who were conscious of the divine-spiritual
    • reflect upon that lecture philosophically. For those who wish to
    • apparent contradiction will resolve itself at once if you recall that
    • cognition of the ego is totally different from other forms of
    • really dealing with two factors, with the knower, the cognizing
    • formal manner; then we shall also comprehend why Europe in particular
    • its relationship to the external world. Substantially it was the task
    • In the East everything is impersonal, and, above all one is required
    • you all know that two opposing forces have participated in the
    • development of terrestrial man who was destined gradually to acquire
    • of falling into evil through his passions, emotions and desires.
    • had not fallen under the influence of Lucifer and his followers, if
    • spiritual science of all ages that is familiar with the real facts,
    • undeniably present in all traditions associated with the Bible. But
    • the temptation of Jesus, but of a devil tempting Him; but in all
    • Mark and that of St. Matthew? Exoterically these fine distinctions
    • are not heeded at all, nor is this difference noted in external
    • inward path. Where the Luciferic powers are lurking he will not allow
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    • firm foundation from which to proceed. For we shall deal with the
    • results of our investigation describe it in greater detail. We shall
    • of gradually developing it, devolved upon the Christian and post
    • the East, when the ‘I’ really awoke, it was not of course
    • culture was already so far advanced that it was capable of gradually
    • gradually emerging from the tribal ‘I’ and be recognized
    • really endowed him with his individual ‘I’. But at the
    • the spouse of Thor. Sif is related linguistically to the word Sippe,
    • was necessary that the Mysteries should gradually withdraw. Hence
    • Mysteries. These Mystery teachings allowed just so much to be
    • in the fulfillment of its special mission, we see a totally different
    • sequence. If we wish to have an overall picture of the successive
    • into the world. Therefore all the mingling of races which external
    • peoples who gradually developed in the most diverse ways in Western
    • All
    • the individual shades of culture, all the particular missions of the
    • peoples of Western Europe can finally be explained by the fact that
    • insight. All this was then poured into the Spiritual Soul of the
    • Germanic peoples to develop first of all what pertains to the inward
    • since all evolution is a continuous process we must ask ourselves
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    • will not be the last time that we shall speak together here on
    • we shall realize — and this applies to no other mythology —
    • lectures which I was able to give here will recall that once upon a
    • to incarnate in human bodies whose capacities had gradually been
    • unless he realizes that this event actually took place.
    • survived in all that has come down to us in the older sagas and
    • descent. Especially here in the North, the Finnish tradition still
    • gradually evolving soul the workings of this old vision of the Gods
    • a time specially favoured Gods of the North, had originally been
    • those angelic Beings who had poured into the human soul all that this
    • to the external senses, Freyr was the continuer of all that had
    • skull. You will find all this portrayed in a wonderful way in the
    • of you who probe more deeply into these matters will be gradually
    • or pictures is no flight of fancy, but actually stems from the
    • specially fitted to receive them. A time will come when individuals
    • capacities are gradually developed.
    • middle of the twentieth century on, gradually experience a renewal of
    • capacities develop naturally to the point when the Christ can be seen
    • Mankind is gradually growing into that world in order to be able to
    • be able to be seen etherically from the perspective of the physical
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    • taking my start from these words of Hermes, I may perhaps be allowed
    • the origin of all western dramatic art, a drama which we can only
    • really grasp by looking beyond the whole historical tradition of
    • with the archetypal mother of all culture.
    • actions of everyday life. Then what we call profane life will became
    • source of all existence has been forgotten.
    • What is generally
    • We already had all
    • we may call Anthroposophy or Spiritual Science, it was a discussion
    • opportunity I needed. Following upon that talk we allowed our
    • to follow, I may perhaps be allowed to link this thought with
    • our own personality. Ideals of this kind are really only what one or
    • — shown by all that is happening in the life of the mind today
    • not in any one of us, but in Europe as a whole. But we shall only be
    • question to ourselves, then all the signs of the times show us that
    • the times make it equally clear that what we call modern science,
    • may be allowed to say something which is as much a matter of feeling
    • needed all over Europe in the future. It is a most significant
    • important beginning which has already been made by that book for all
    • sympathetically just because of our own personal preferences for this
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    • you feel that this civilisation calls for a continual sacrifice. Thus
    • consciousness. Through Spiritual Science we are struggling gradually
    • a thoughtful person will naturally reflect that such movements do not
    • to a representative of human soul-forces whom we may call Tantalus.
    • call attention now and again to such deeply significant features. It
    • Science is allowed to penetrate into our civilisation. It can give a
    • natural wonder. What is really the crucial event of the drama?
    • culture has vanished. But nothing in the world ever really
    • disappears, things are really only transformed. Whither, then, has
    • which virtually reproduces the contents of my recent lectures in
    • — it is better to call it subconscious rather than
    • emerge into consciousness at all. In this subconscious life which is
    • really to be found. When an Atlantean man gazed into the spiritual
    • world, he saw Demeter; she really came to meet him. When, out of this
    • attention to what was outside him, to what existed all around him,
    • transformed into the faculty of clairvoyance.’ (We may call
    • its organisation of muscle and bone, is substantially denser, more
    • rape of Persephone and man's connection with Demeter are really
    • Demeter works without in the powerful forces of all that brings forth
    • modern man can scarcely believe it. Think of all that I have told you
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    • how the threads all hang together. In the two lectures just given I dwelt
    • I shall still often have occasion to refer to the performances we
    • Science today we shall have to recognise that many concepts and ideas
    • all this the Greek attitude of heart and soul was very different from
    • to you all, an idea which not only finds common expression in the
    • vocabulary of all languages, but which has also tended to take on a
    • divine-spiritual activity — was unknown to the Greeks. We shall
    • gradually came to birth.
    • Consequently what we today call a wonder, a miracle, did not bear its
    • present interpretation. Putting aside all finer shades of difference,
    • today we should call it a miracle if we were to perceive an event in
    • regarded as miraculous is essentially a feature of our own time. It
    • of the harmonising of two streams of culture which I may call the
    • again in what is all around us more than meets the eye of the
    • this we must start with man himself, who so emphatically demands not
    • all that is familiar in everyday life there stands before our eyes
    • the marvellous bow with its seven colours ... we will ignore all
    • ourselves: ‘Our gaze falls upon the rainbow which emerges as
    • in our microcosm call forth the outward rainbow from the bosom of the
    • Being who gave birth out of the universal ether to all these
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    • that it is closely bound up with all that is happening around us.
    • allow it to plunge into the star-strewn heavens, or to gaze, at dawn
    • our egos from all this! How intimately we are bound up with the
    • — whom he really thought of as quite remote from human nature.
    • I gave a short time ago in Copenhagen. It is called
    • I shall have to refer to certain
    • call super-human, Beings not accessible to human sense-perception,
    • find those who in eastern mysticism are called Dhyani, in Christian
    • there are all sorts of distinctions. As a matter of fact, there are
    • spiritual worlds. In moments when they were specially open to these
    • all to direct humanity along the straight line of evolution, to
    • be found among all peoples of such individualities, not only in
    • Chaldea and Egypt, but among all the peoples of that time; they tell
    • us of men who dwelt on Earth, but who were really in their inner
    • great leaders of civilisation were actually men (I am not now
    • speaking of the ones who only inspired men, but of those who really
    • spiritual guidance of those normally developed Beings, he would push
    • Egypto-Chaldean epoch to all the culture-epochs. Things were
    • teachers of India, who are called the Holy Rishis. The Holy Rishis
    • Beings who, of all superhuman Beings, had the greatest need
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    • proclaim it loudly enough—we have to put them all without
    • that all their gods were imbued with the Luciferic principle.
    • who heard the course of lectures I gave here a year ago with all that
    • powerful dramatic allegory which sheds its light upon us from remote
    • antiquity, and the profound meaning of which will only gradually be
    • humanity all that the Earth has to offer and is in consequence under
    • contradiction might occur to you. You might say: ‘All very
    • scientist of today naturally it would seem utter nonsense for anyone
    • to say, ‘Take all the forces known today to the chemist, all
    • the chemical forces described in the text-books, all the forces at
    • all these laws at some time concentrated in a human body, walking
    • regard that as sheer madness! Equally little would he be able to
    • which are also called laws. Try then to imagine to yourself a real
    • to be so. The truth is that this soul is the totality of all the
    • applied to the other Atlanteans who were really Greek gods. The world
    • pervades all space, and exercises its influence from the whole of
    • the cosmos. They actually dwelt on the physical plane, and were, in
    • gradually makes itself at home in the macrocosm. ... I tried to
    • of what he experienced. You find it all there, quite realistically
    • described. From this monologue you can get an idea of what really
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    • concept of nature and natural existence which is generally accepted
    • today was quite unknown to the ancient Greek. If we call to mind what
    • the thought and feeling of ancient Greece was really like, we find
    • structure, is actually the Greek reply to the question ‘What is
    • Greek has concealed what we might call the inherent contradiction of
    • life, and we shall get no further unless we give some thought to this
    • really are can say, ‘Falsehood is detected by proving
    • nature, and thus have called forth a reality of our own inner being
    • basis of all beings. Particularly when we study the entire man, the
    • regard as the youngest — or better call it ‘the ego-
    • intelligence. However widely we search, we shall never find this ego
    • study him physically, with purely physical instruments, if we do not
    • only, in ourselves. The egos of all other men are hidden from us
    • to the physically based powers of physical knowledge, the physical
    • at all in accordance with our inmost being; but the ego we see here
    • symbolically, and yet with all the seriousness which the reality
    • demands. Half symbolically ... yes, but this pictorial approach has
    • Half symbolically
    • Eve in Paradise before the Fall. We know that according to the Bible
    • before the Fall, and that when they did begin to see them they were
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    • realise this, especially when we discover that the deepest and most
    • Dionysos was still deeper and more significant than all that they
    • everything which had to do with the upper gods exoterically, by means
    • all around us and into the laws which govern it. But something
    • essentially different was involved in what was associated with the
    • the depths; they shed light upon all the testings which the soul had
    • become instructed as to what cognition really is. For the study of
    • philosophy is accessible in all countries, and it is to this that we
    • But we shall understand one another if we begin by asking how it is
    • You all know that the
    • undertake work within himself, he has to allow ideas to pass through
    • about, does not go as far as the physical body; that all takes place
    • ourselves what the brain has to do with all this that goes on
    • brief, I can only indicate it pictorially. As regards what really
    • epistemologically and scientifically substantiated in the strictest
    • would be at all understood. Experience indeed suggests the contrary.
    • external physical organism; it all takes place in the adjacent
    • all the thoughts which I have indicated diagrammatically by these
    • at all — it would be nonsense to think that they do —
    • we see when as earthly men we become aware of what actually goes on
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    • all been made with the object of interpreting it, but rather to throw
    • with what we can call the challenges or ordeals of the soul. What
    • actually is.
    • Let us call to mind
    • because he gives rein to these premonitions, it is because he allows
    • Science differ fundamentally from those of other scientific or
    • feeling, a man is only allowing Spiritual or Occult Science to work
    • it is however essentially different. The mood of
    • certain doubt, as to all knowledge, a man then has an inner urge to
    • towards the macrocosmic forces not to allow the buried treasure in
    • it with us. But if we neglect this treasure, if we allow it to
    • the world-process. We are allowing our divine heritage to go to
    • his duty to the cosmic powers to allow the treasure in his soul to go
    • greater, until it will at length really be able to fulfil its
    • and at this moment you cannot.’ All the soul's ordeals
    • gradually through our deepening in Spiritual Science, that we are
    • into his previous incarnation, how he has been allowed to know what
    • really not to be taken lightly. We come to the saying that knowledge
    • of all courage; we recognise: ‘It is quite impossible for you
    • all the reparation possible, but that springs from egotism. Most men
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    • the coarser physical substance of the blood which emanates all the
    • that the finest elements of the blood are passing over all the time
    • physical forces, a purely etheric form. A physically solid man such
    • and bones and so on, did not exist before Lemuria. All the forces
    • what was to crystallise out later as the denser man; and it has taken
    • gradually solidified out of that original shadow-form. Today let us
    • as yet in a more rarefied condition. All that the higher hierarchies
    • wrought upon man poured into him in all kinds of currents, but while
    • These forces actually stream into man from below, they are directed
    • upon man (if we are to express it spatially) from the Earth upwards.
    • complicated has really been the formation out of the spiritual world
    • of all that they represent by their abstract and tidy genealogical
    • directions. Actually it is quite wrong to describe the animals which
    • specifically upon the group-souls of the animals and through the
    • of the bull. All this began at that time to exercise an
    • of the lion, with all the characteristics of the leonine
    • allowed a variety of successive streams to work upon them one after
    • human being approached the Earth in such a way as to enable all these
    • upon all things that propagate themselves by laying eggs outside
    • their own bodies. In the case of all creatures in which reproduction
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    • widely different epochs men have formed conceptions of what really lies
    • and Beings and that from this feeling of wonder all philosophy, all
    • wonder, we are not at all inclined to find the answer to the riddle
    • appeals to the understanding, one which we can call scientific. But
    • For when the man of today looks back from the method which he calls
    • scientific to the Greek way of explaining the world and calls it
    • all time, then we must tell him that he is very short-sighted. For
    • explanation of the world, an explanation which is generally called
    • astral body, because they are not allowed to pass through our brain,
    • diagrammatically it is like this. The old clairvoyance, even the
    • thought was full of the living sap of reality. Admittedly this really
    • lauded as strictly scientific that is above all entangled in
    • true reality one feels by all the ideas of today, and what phantom
    • out on all sides when we try to penetrate the widths of space with
    • swallowed up with the best part of his being, with what constitutes
    • conditions of consciousness the soul really only experiences what has
    • the gods have created. For man has stamped into it all that through
    • danger of finally encountering the void; if we descend into ourselves
    • repulsed; we feel like a rubber ball resuming its shape after it has
    • of falling a prey to the worst possible egotism. Those are the two
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    • life of mankind, like a limb in a great organism. This is especially
    • in a whole organism. We may here recall an utterance once made by Goethe
    • wrote these significant words: “What would all the
    • starry world and all that is spread out in Space amount to if it were
    • centuries but his creations form one organic whole with all preceding
    • an education proceeding from all that is created and born from out of
    • after study and contemplation of his different works has crystallized
    • quite naturally into what I propose to say tonight.
    • evolution of humanity? The gaze falls upon a significant epoch, —
    • an epoch to which Raphael stands in a relationship to when we allow him
    • All that the Greeks not only created but experienced as the outcome of
    • all that preceded it seems to bear a different character from following
    • and weaving in all things. These are the ages when the human soul was
    • like Augustine, for instance, who in the Post-Christian epoch is really
    • world that we see in Augustine, — how impossible all this appears
    • on the other side there is the founding of Christianity. All the experiences
    • to all that the spirit might intuitively hold when giveing itself up
    • between all that is proceeding in the world in a more or less mechanical,
    • as a mighty spirit at a parting of the ways in human evolution. All that
    • the soul of Raphael we are struck, above all, by the way in which the soul
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    • wisdom. Let me say from the very outset that I am not personally acquainted
    • to see that while the whole of Berlin was at that time really interested
    • could be made in connection with this horse. To begin with, all who
    • we may say that gradually it became impossible to deny that something
    • extraordinary was taking place. The owner of the horse called in strangers,
    • of philosophers. Finally a pamphlet appeared, written by a philologist,
    • had to be explained as materialistically as possible. That an influence
    • can actually pass from soul to soul was something which modern professors
    • is entirely realistic. Herr von Osten then called in animal experts. These
    • professors, might influence the animal. These people who were really able
    • which I have reached. Nevertheless I must point out that what I shall
    • it. If we consider the whole matter, we shall find that it is really
    • a most complicated thing, and we shall come across extraordinary phenomena.
    • than one generally thinks. The whole mathematical thinking is something
    • that all mathematical concepts are contained in the structure of the
    • whole earth. The earth is not that undifferentiated body theoretically
    • mathematical ability is principally dependent on three channels situated
    • to observe that he is really a spectator to a far greater extent than
    • we generally imagine. For mathematical conclusions are formed, as it
    • of mathematics that we really feel impelled to develop it as it were
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    • First of all I must apologise
    • shall we touch upon Occult Science or Theosophy; the consideration of
    • of the Niebelungen in Central Europe; and finally of the Kalevala, and
    • a contest, he seems to be perfectly acquainted with all the strategic
    • From the general human standpoint we know how plastically the figures
    • pedagogic cult could have maintained all through the centuries up to
    • interest is self-evident and universally human. Yet these epics set
    • quite accurately in all their details. We at once feel that there is
    • the whole of the Iliad and consider it impartially, we have to say to
    • at all understand the sense, and spirit, and meaning of it all unless
    • to ask ourselves: — What do they actually mean?
    • how strange it is, that when we focus all our human feelings in the
    • because Achilles fought out for himself what he personally had to fight
    • out with Agamemnon. And we continually see superhuman powers taking
    • part; we see Zeus, Apollo, Athene imparting the impulses, allotting
    • Hermann Grimm with whom I had often the pleasure of personally discussing
    • we do not succeed in getting at what lives and creates there, especially
    • when we consider this description of the wrath of Achilles with all
    • rulers were preceded by other such races; this is literally what he
    • all the special form of the intervention of the Gods in Homer. Let us
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    • which comes to pass all that manifests as wind and weather in the
    • world, we have all this before us: these are the external facts. But
    • organs, as we may call them. Compared with the sense-world, this
    • spiritually in these realms, a remarkable saying. It sounds like a
    • of this saying — really a simple saying, but important for
    • us recall how in many of our
    • souls. A man first observes it quite externally: when spring comes he
    • come to flower, how life everywhere springs up out of the soil. All
    • but now, as spring advances and especially when summer comes on, they
    • normally experiences, and then but dimly, half-consciously,
    • the year; all that lives in the sprouting of the seed-forces, the
    • fruiting of the earth-forces — all this is no less significant and
    • content of his mind, then he gradually educates his heart and
    • soul to experience all that goes on outside in the course of the
    • then do we really understand the cycle of the year.
    • generally speaking, people feel they
    • they cannot fully experience all this, they have more sympathy and
    • then we ought equally to sink ourselves down under the frost and
    • stand majestically before him, revealing in picture-form the
    • beings, and he will become aware of what this really
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    • understanding of the course of the year. And art can really be
    • is above all self-contained, enclosed in itself. It has drawn back
    • everything of a spiritual nature which it had allowed to stream out
    • to show schematically what the Earth is like in this respect we shall
    • should really be no more prominent than the irregularities on the
    • part of the atmosphere all round the Earth. Let us look at this
    • picture (blue) and ask ourselves what it really represents? It is not
    • because the cosmos extends round it as a sphere on all sides. And
    • water-drop in the cosmos. There would be all sorts of
    • know what this water-drop really is. It is nothing other than a
    • smallest particles follow a rhythmical course. I will not go
    • which we can say, when we use it on a small scale — this is
    • oxygen: that is only a first approximation. All water, wherever
    • it appears, is permeated with something else. Essentially, the whole
    • the small quantities we use are water for us. For the universe, this
    • we can say, first of all, that in so
    • were in this drop of quicksilver, naturally, are metallic substances
    • — in brief, all the earthly substances. They represent the
    • metallic quicksilver, one might say, is only the symbol produced by
    • metallic crystals, with the manifold variety of their own distinctive
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    • All
    • the Earth's whole life. Naturally, what I shall be saying applies
    • before you all that I am going to begin by describing to-day.
    • is simply limestone, and outwardly there really is no perceptible
    • which yesterday I called the flea-standpoint. The metamorphoses of
    • most important of all deposits in the soil. After all the various
    • and spirit are to be found everywhere, we can allow ourselves to
    • speak of all such substance as vivified, ensouled beings. Thus we can
    • perceive water everywhere; and similarly, if we move spiritually
    • contentment on all sides. It expresses itself as an inner permeation
    • especially when March comes, the limestone becomes — we may say
    • things are naturally not apparent in a
    • are really able to pursue their activities only within human
    • spring-limestone makes on them gives them the idea that after all
    • beings strive with all their might to call down an astral rain, as it
    • Earth would feel pain at every footfall on its surface.
    • all the more to achieve their aim in man, who has a soul already.
    • Thus every spring man is in danger of falling a victim — in
    • is much more exposed to all the Ahrimanic workings in the
    • up into the region of vapour, air and warmth. And all that goes on up
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    • festival, we shall need to penetrate much more spiritually into the
    • which earthly mineral limestone is gradually transformed, and
    • the material realm. Now in summer, high summer, man is really bound
    • feeling for it, he becomes one with all that is growing and
    • is then at its height in man, it is all the more necessary for the
    • — one might say the sleeping — being which calls forth
    • John's-tide, we really have the impression that down there are the
    • crystalline forms in which the hard earth consolidates itself —
    • the very crystalline forms which gain their full beauty at the height
    • it as a whole, we must picture this crystallising process as an
    • within the silver-sparkling blue the crystallising process (white)
    • such a way that one really feels oneself dissolved into the plastic
    • lines. All this one feels as part of one's own being. And if one
    • — enters into the time of Christmas, we shall have more to say.
    • intelligence arises fundamentally from the working together of
    • beauty which appears spiritually out of the cosmic weaving at
    • course you must not take all this in a
    • human measure. Then you will come to feel that all this is a kind of
    • weaving around these silver-gleaming crystalline rays are shapes
    • — disturbing shapes, I might almost call them — which
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    • before you the four cosmic Imaginations which can be called up
    • clairvoyance; to-day this is sometimes treated historically, but
    • fundamentally it is not understood. Real poets and spiritually
    • there rings out a wonderful saying which is scarcely at all understood,
    • alles sich zum Ganzen webt,
    • Harmonisch all das All durchklingen
    • their golden urns reciprocally lending:
    • to fill the All with harmonies caressing.
    • of old traditions and his feeling for them — all this stands in
    • St. John's Day, Imagination of Uriel. You must really picture to
    • yourselves how from all these Beings, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel,
    • man stands within the cosmos in — I might almost call it
    • understanding, unfortunately, for how things really are. For example,
    • is then compared with external combustion, in which all sorts
    • called combustion.
    • All
    • is not known — the fact that all external substances and
    • need for a man to have two living lungs; he could equally well have a
    • that takes place externally in
    • nature. A flame that burns externally is dead fire; that which
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    • shall have, by way of introduction, to study certain matters
    • elementary education, the branch of knowledge commonly called
    • Christ Idea are on the wane, especially so in those who claim
    • lectures, lecture-courses and indeed in all our literature,
    • Christ. On the other scale let us lay all the deep feelings,
    • all the impulses within men which through the centuries have
    • caused their souls to turn to the Being called Christ. It will
    • be found that the scale upon which have been laid all the
    • science, all the learning, even all the theosophy that can be
    • the scale upon which have been laid all the deep feelings and
    • scholarship concerning Him has contributed least of all to this
    • order to cleave to Christ, men had had to resort to all the
    • ancient Greek dramas, especially in their earlier forms. When
    • how his great Epic is all inwoven with the workings of the
    • life that in a certain domain is supreme. If we leave all else
    • lectures. We will imagine that there were no Gospels at all to
    • Testament were simply not in existence. Leaving on one side all
    • will consider what has actually come to pass. This, of course,
    • is pure hypothesis, but what is it that has really
    • Turning our attention first of all to the South of Europe in a
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    • research may first of all be directed to this event, for as we
    • Whitsun Festival, by those who are generally known as the
    • clear and precise pictures of all these undoubtedly
    • matter we shall have to call up from deep down in our souls,
    • time a man carries out all the affairs of everyday life and
    • he comes into contact do not notice at all that he is in a
    • strange experience. The Apostles felt as if there had actually
    • be called the Substance of the all-prevailing Love. They felt
    • all-prevailing Love and awakened from the condition of dream
    • into which they had fallen. It seemed to them as if they had
    • souls had been made new; they seemed to have lost all
    • narrowness, all selfishness in life, to have acquired largeness
    • of heart, an all-embracing tolerance and a deep
    • what he needed. It was naturally amazing that such
    • dawned in their souls an understanding of what had actually
    • into the soul of him who is called Peter in the other Gospels,
    • evening. Thus did Peter remember the scene usually known as the
    • Spirit. And all that had happened, all that Peter had as it
    • vision. Above all he was now able to gaze at that event of
    • by the all-prevailing Cosmic Love was necessary. Now there came
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    • who are generally called the Apostles of Christ Jesus
    • so-called Feast of Pentecost, this does not in any way imply
    • within them as power of soul and of feeling — all this
    • the all-prevailing, Cosmic Love and under the influence of this
    • approach this greatest of all Earth-mysteries. If we want to
    • considering the event usually known as the Baptism by John in
    • all ideas and concepts otherwise acquired concerning the
    • feeling of what Christ's sacrifice really signified. It was the
    • unique and without parallel — as I have so often stated.
    • earth-sphere shall have been duly transformed. Since the days
    • form a really clear conception of the event of Pentecost
    • so-called Persian or Mithraic Mysteries. In these Mysteries
    • spiritual experience attained, first of all, the rank called
    • symbolically a “Raven.” Then he became a
    • out of his body and, during this time of absence, actually have
    • force for furthering the evolution and well-being of all
    • dwelling-place — for so we may truly call it — was
    • the Mystery of Golgotha was not fully upon the earth! All the
    • before I speak of this suffering, I must call your attention to
    • earthly karma in His soul. Because of this, all the experiences
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    • took place around Christ Jesus are not by any means all
    • made to record them all, the world itself could not have
    • actually been recorded, many other things may have
    • all powerful moral impulses came to life in his soul during
    • of the Fifth Gospel something that does not actually belong to
    • flow backwards; and thirdly he called upon a voice from heaven
    • he does call upon the Bath-Kol ... it stands written that the
    • us, let him not call upon the Bath-Kol but upon what the human
    • the boy Jesus listened to and pondered all these things, he
    • absorb all the knowledge possessed by the others around him.
    • that he discerned it with all certainty — that in times
    • though all the ground were swept from under his feet, and many
    • a day he said to himself: All the forces of soul which I
    • had in many respects actually come to the point of taking the
    • round about were in a state of dire misery, afflicted with all
    • had held to be the new priest sent from heaven, had fallen down
    • they had all fled. And letting his clairvoyant vision widen
    • beings, all of them connected with the people. That was the
    • human soul, he had gazed into souls in whom all the grief of
    • themselves can evoke all manner of demons! In very truth, no
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    • his mother. For all these years there had been a very deep and
    • gradually taken shape within him. But in this particular period
    • sense, especially gifted. He had an inner gentleness, a
    • twelfth year, it seemed as if all this had been driven out of
    • All
    • had often spoken with him about all the beauty and greatness of
    • which was really like a full confession, much was new to her;
    • yearnings for all that he had been before his twelfth year. And
    • so she tried to comfort him by speaking of all the noble and
    • all that had revealed itself through him. But his heart
    • were possible to-day to bring new life to all the spiritual
    • have for mankind? All this is, in reality, meaningless. If
    • prophets might proclaim to-day would fall upon deaf ears.
    • people like a kind of new Messiah. All this is narrated in the
    • called out gruffly: Hillel, come out, I have something to ask
    • such small eyes? Hillel answered gently: The vastness of the
    • desert makes their eyes small; the eyes get small because they
    • after a few minutes the man was back again and called out
    • Remembrance came to him of how he had fallen to the
    • experienced the reality of this mighty impulse. All the beauty
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    • shall have here in Zürich the cremation of a dear member, Frau
    • the first breath. This can be called the awakening in the spiritual
    • Hierarchies. Just as a human being physically entering the physical
    • external air, and as his senses gradually awaken — in the same
    • And this soul then feels how this will is really received through the
    • For him who can look into the spiritual world all those who have gone
    • movement. They carry their standards before us, and call to us
    • what has been said can be the deepest comfort, for they have here all
    • series of successive lives, we shall have a more comprehensive
    • describe in ordinary language. There is one virtue, as we shall
    • of which we should speak as little as possible as we shall see, for
    • reasons that are holy. All other virtues which exist in life, and
    • of the four virtues which we shall consider, four virtues of which
    • related to ethics, than is usually done. Wisdom is not something that
    • experience — then we grow in wisdom. If we preserve all through
    • we were materialists in our youth, but then allowed ourselves to
    • enriched in this way, and to achieve a wider horizon, we can call the
    • made by our ego. Fundamentally, a wise man cannot judge egoistically;
    • world, one allows one's judgment to be corrected by the world; thus
    • harmony with itself. Much else could be described, in order gradually
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    • repetition of what you all know already. Philosophically
    • like to call them. Let me begin with these paradoxes.
    • of nature. We need only recall those now outmoded branches of
    • ceased. Today, we are virtually obliged simply to accept the
    • up into natural laws, as they are called. Admittedly, to do so
    • has actually become the servant, the mere tool of research.
    • Thought as such has really nothing to contribute when it comes
    • can intervene only formally, in clarification, combination and
    • organization, it cannot also fall within the natural
    • the human organism? And to this, if we stand impartially and
    • Since it is methodologically excluded, thinking is also
    • really excluded from the natural processes. It is condemned to
    • and yet this, which really makes us into human beings,
    • — in the way I shall be demonstrating in detail in the
    • extended in the directions I shall be describing.
    • semblance nature of thinking and, by actually pursuing the
    • theoretically at freedom, the scientific attitude must be
    • conceptually. In order that we may be able to understand
    • tradition, leads the psychologically perceptive observer
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    • when we fall asleep, when the mental and psychic experiences
    • fantastically chaotic dream world not attuned to reality, our
    • it informs our muscles, and how finally there comes about what
    • again we know only through observation — what actually
    • many words to explain scientifically how these enigmas creep
    • into the subject; but we can put it, rather superficially
    • — believe that we must regard the mental as the really
    • must regard the physical as the really empowering element, and
    • psycho-physical parallelism, according to which one cannot say
    • corporeal processes are parallel to mental ones, and mental
    • so that we cannot see how it can penetrate dynamically the life
    • powerless, and cannot locate anything that would really be
    • basically incapable of saying anything about the problems of
    • psychology brought to light — all these collapse in face
    • discover something about what are usually called mental
    • acquired via the body. It all belongs to a sphere which, at
    • whether experimentally or non-experimentally, I might add
    • renounce all claim to understand the fate of the human soul
    • something scientifically unavoidable.
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    • When we allow such a saying — with all that we know may
    • really have very few points d'appui in the study of
    • after all. Its novelty is apparent, one might say, in the
    • the eighteenth century, however, history, falling as it did
    • historical attitude gradually became identified with the
    • must realize that in its depths there operate all kinds of
    • come more and more to be what I would call symptomatological.
    • gradually accustom ourselves to study historical
    • interpretation, contrive to allow the vital essence of
    • which in all kinds of indirect ways also affect our own soul
    • inner experiences, what is historically symptomatic is
    • were admitted all the insights into the spiritual world gained
    • simply call up the experience from our recollection. What we
    • of existence could be finally “solved” by a
    • it is revealed externally in nature, as opposed to what we
    • memory, and we know where we are with it once and for all.
    • demands above all what may be called “presence of
    • spiritual world, he must be spiritually quick-witted, if I may
    • meditate upon it. As modern men, we have really learnt
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    • especially the interplay of Eastern and Western impulses in
    • human life, with all their various differences. What I have to
    • symbolically by saying that light comes from the East.
    • data, that is analytically, but emerged from an inwardly
    • differs from our own, it has a curious effect. Once we allow
    • inevitably appear to us all the intertwining, branching
    • vegetation of the East and, with it, all that the human hand,
    • descendants in a partially decadent condition), the East
    • extended over all the earth, would be an unmixed blessing for
    • considered objectively, especially at a time when we need to
    • us into some of nature's shallows and solves some riddles, but
    • it does not take us to direct observation of nature. It is all
    • this is not what happens at all! The scientific view of life we
    • natural science, we shall have to retune our soul before we can
    • concepts in the atomistic manner of today, we shall have to
    • again we shall have to retune if we want to move on to direct
    • gaze upon us or looks at us confidingly. Equally, we
    • shall have to retune our soul to share in what the eye can see
    • called his science was shot through with love, it led him out
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    • generally meet with a sympathetic reception. At any rate, the
    • out that the only knowledge of a spiritual world allowed is one
    • with a rationalist is usually at an end. He reacts strongly to
    • spiritually in the world's development, and about the
    • is naturally impossible, in a single lecture, to present any
    • world's development. The reproach that is usually
    • notions that more philosophically inclined minds derive
    • it is probably true to say that Kant and Schopenhauer, and all
    • whole and to take into account all that can follow from man's
    • activity and inner experience, we shall also realize that a
    • at all times not only to approach the outside of life, but also
    • shall conclude: on this mortal earth we should not be men, in
    • shall be hearing more about them.
    • throw themselves into the arms of mysticism, especially the
    • popular way I could also present quite scientifically. But we
    • observation actually falls on something like a mirror within
    • simile. Impressions from outside cannot be allowed to
    • remember, we shall fall victim to pathological mental states.
    • with ordinary consciousness, we shall only reach the
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    • actually no party that is entirely mistaken in what it asserts.
    • The only thing is that the parties usually fail to recognize
    • sides. All the claims normally made by political parties
    • the view from the left. Thus, all the objections from a certain
    • and if I had to expound them all, it would not, given the
    • our door, we do meet the challenge to produce positive
    • really mean something different; they mean man's feeling that
    • respect, the men of earlier epochs were actually much closer to
    • man's nature, especially within the civilized world. These
    • powers are specially adapted to the purposes I have described,
    • stands out above all for a spiritually scientific approach.
    • epochs and indeed, fundamentally, still arise today —
    • slight viability. For, after all, it is not without
    • two of his strongest and socially most effective impulses
    • of freedom is really just as old as intellectual life. Only
    • does he become conscious of his freedom. To all mental
    • mathematically formulated laws; to comprehend something so
    • with all the terror that emptiness, or rather nothingness, does
    • was originally instinctive to man is to be restored, despite
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  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 7: The Individual Spirit and the Social Structure
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    • whole world. Only now, in fact, is the world gradually
    • date it has only been possible, generally speaking, to extend
    • which yet are directly reflected in man's life today, I shall
    • try this evening to indicate what is actually happening in this
    • direction. To do so, I shall first have to say something
    • — is usually something like this: With us, everything
    • actually ordained by spiritual, extra-terrestrial powers and
    • great importance, which affects all the social structures of
    • psychologically perceptive observer cannot help noticing,
    • the Englishman, from his standpoint, calls “academic
    • practice first of all; but he is always looking over his
    • on the concrete details of life, not on the overall system that
    • details — for that is all that exists in the British
    • extent, and even this little is gradually leading to absurdity.
    • just with a phenomenon like this, how fundamentally the mode of
    • What strikes us as diversity within the small sphere of Western
    • these have developed historically in East and West, just as
    • in the East exists side by side with what is specifically
    • the populace that all natural phenomena were inhabited by
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    • scarcely anyone who does not have something really significant to
    • however, is not to draw up a list of all the various deficiencies that
    • since we cannot envisage where all these things that bring men
    • joyous one; throughout his life, he kept his eyes fixed on all
    • extraordinarily difficult situation that has gradually
    • these causes can only be economic ones, we shall still have to
    • present temper of soul — together with all the
    • long way in human development. Specifically, I pointed out
    • West, looked at historically, there stands a figure who still
    • within his social system. All those who are not fixed within
    • development of Europe's spiritual life is like a small
    • Light comes from the East. What is most striking of all,
    • as it gradually passed over into Europe, was minted by European
    • of development in mankind, to penetrate to the self after all.
    • healer. We find in the East an intimate connection between all
    • socially organized rite, so that man's approach to the divine
    • was made principally through sacrifice and ritual act.
    • world — all these he was to experience within the
    • civilization, the aim was to cure man by knowledge and by all
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  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 9: Prospects of its Solution (Europe-America)
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    • challenging lectures lift the veil from modern social and spiritual
    • present seek salvation in this or that recipe; they devise all
    • of party opinion, wthout finding anything really bad
    • less. The fact is that mankind can prosper socially in all
    • his work-people, so that he comes close to them by really
    • you can build the other things that are socially desirable and
    • it is still not enough to talk to people technically, in this
    • really like there. In short, there have long been efforts to
    • the present, however, the most important point is not really
    • the masses in general. Fundamentally, very little depends on
    • that this really appeals to their souls or touches their
    • opinions. They consider that the masses are not really
    • call them. But they are! If you can only find the right
    • as they are called, and the leaders. It is possible today to
    • like: the people will gradually assimilate these concepts, and
    • provide men with systems in which they can participate with all
    • had to teach all kinds of subjects. I never kowtowed to any
    • members of my audiences, arrived at the view that is called
    • regards all spiritual phenomena as merely the effect of
    • really seem like — and in a sense even are — the
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  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 10: From Monolithic to Threefold Unity
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    • challenging lectures lift the veil from modern social and spiritual
    • development. My book was intended not as a call
    • about the price mechanism, the value of labour, and so on. All
    • other but with an open mind, it is clear above all that what is
    • all that is needed is to put them into words.
    • reality which — in all modesty we can say this —
    • events and institutions, among all ranks and classes of
    • by the unconscious, and all that is required is for us to
    • become conscious of the direction in which mankind is really
    • part what mankind has worked out intellectually and embodied in
    • we wish to reflect at all upon these things at the present
    • democratic feeling that something is really valuable in the
    • Under what conditions are men really in a position to give
    • conceptual and intellectual limitations. All this is already
    • are usually looked for.
    • realistically, as it has been observed here in the last
    • have given this simply by way of illustration, but it really
    • conditions as they really are, it will after a time reveal
    • other social factors, which move in a parallel direction and
    • such that the rising wages themselves would gradually create a
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    • of the principle of this. To-day we shall try to do this again, but
    • something we all know, from the fact that during daytime
    • few days that this waking state of man, from waking until falling asleep,
    • man. What we experience as our Will, is really only partially awake. Our
    • thoughts are awake, from waking until falling asleep, but the Will is
    • daily life, is really only a dream of tale Will-impulses. When they will,
    • how you swallow the morsel, this you do not even dream. For the most
    • our blood, into all the blood-vessels. This means, if you could follow
    • would follow what takes place in your hand, right into all the
    • do this. But something happens, especially when observing the world
    • the whole a falling-back to an earlier stage of evolution. For what
    • has now fallen from him what was outside him on the old Moon has become
    • of what a man experiences when he eats and drinks. When all is said
    • really the first half
    • from their point of view — and all understanding for these things,
    • they will not yearn for it, but say: Ah! I may not. All that is finished
    • and naturally, entirely different connections make their appearance.
    • following ones own blood and nerve paths was still called in accord
    • are then suppressed and weakened, but man lives continually from falling
    • consists essentially in this, that man, from the moment he begins to
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    • spoken of the principle of this, and today we shall try to do this
    • we all know, from the fact that, during daytime waking
    • emphasized that this waking state of man, from waking until falling
    • really only partially awake. Our thoughts are awake from waking
    • until falling asleep, but the will is something which we
    • waking daily life is really only a dream or a tale of will
    • of how you bite this morsel; but how you swallow the morsel, this
    • blood, and into all the blood vessels. This means that if you could
    • right into all the blood vessels. You would see from within the
    • especially when observing the world through our senses and our
    • whole a falling back to an earlier stage of evolution. For what I
    • not from within. This perception has now fallen from him, what was
    • experiences when he eats and drinks. When all is said such
    • literature, was really the first half of the 19th century. Then
    • when all understanding for these things and for the finer connections
    • of existence was lost. It may be added parenthetically that people
    • will not yearn for it, but will say: “Ah! I cannot. All that
    • naturally, entirely different connections make their appearance. I
    • through following ones own blood and nerve paths was still called,
    • suppressed and weakened, but man lives continually from falling
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    • historical facts, and from these, and especially from the
    • revelation of certain historical personalities, we shall
    • all ages those who have been initiated into the Mysteries, have
    • — Idealism and Materialism, — he either falls
    • trapdoor through which one may fall and which may very
    • has been recorded by the Mystery Initiates of all ages as the
    • one can also call it the “spiritually-coloured
    • with matter. And the blind alley into which one may stray along
    • Mystery Initiates this blind alley was Fatalism.
    • recall certain thoughts of St. Augustine because, as you will
    • We have often discussed these things. Above all, St. Augustine
    • passed through Manichaeism and Scepticism. He had taken all
    • good, all that is filled with Wisdom, and then on the other
    • hand, all that is ugly, bad and untrue. Now we know that
    • all, it unites certain ideas which can only be understood when
    • Augustine actually broke with Manichaeism because in the course
    • perceptions, from which radiated all the light which rules in
    • he finally developed. That is the point, my dear friends; and
    • impressions on our other Sense-organs, are really so
    • this externally perceptible world, as it lies before us, can
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    • Spring Valley, N.Y.), and “Spiritual Science and the Social
    • Press, Spring Valley, N.Y.), and “Spiritual Science and the
    • especially for people who have connected themselves and come to
    • In all this we will have to discern the social question being lived out.
    • touted as a universal cure for all the evils and injuries of
    • with all that must prepare itself in the present for a salutary
    • concerned about, and that all speculation and reforming must
    • which are active in the great world-all are also active in the
    • capacity really to see into the life of the immediate present.
    • all the scientific character which it has developed up to now,
    • A state councilman is normally
    • called upon to be active in human evolution. Taken in a higher
    • years previously had been called upon to deal with the human
    • is called upon to participate says that the theory which he had
    • to think at all, and just as no one can become a mathematician
    • at all by theoretical debate. No Theosophist worthy of the name
    • all these questions, set such people in professorial chairs of
    • actually all about.
    • live. We all have an idea of what food and clothing we need. A
    • few figures will tell us how much the majority has of all
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    • by whom all rights are reserved.
    • of culture there shall break those spiritual impulses which
    • all that the human heart can feel as the progress of mankind.
    • suffering that has befallen people on this earth in our time.
    • a way, to our own hearts, were we to allow even a suggestion of
    • shall do better, to-day, to dwell — in a few thoughts
    • year, while our movement gradually took shape within them. The
    • life, but on all the essentials, and potential essentials, of
    • answer depended on the knowledge that all truly fruitful
    • thoughts in building, like all fruitful artistic impulses, have
    • above all with new, advancing ones.
    • this culture crystallised, moulded, made to live in forms.
    • pervades and spiritualises, from above, all that man effects on
    • enter into great detail were I to describe all the impulses
    • been preceded by a wonderful exaltation of all hearts to
    • influx of a human perception — ”all too
    • Then there arose what one might call the ecclesiastic
    • thoughts with human reason, with human, all too human,
    • of support, all kinds of figures which have no
    • conception of the cosmos itself in all its spontaneous
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    • the proving ground for the Initiate. Eventually, we regain our innocence
    • development, really point the way to the inner and therefore true
    • Society at Jena by a very important Botanist of the day called
    • consideration the homogeneous spiritual bond existing in all the
    • proto-plant type which existed in all plants and represented the
    • idea had no significance for external, so-called objective nature.
    • at all, for he replied: ‘If that is an idea, then I see my
    • in all plants, the archetype in all individual plants. You know
    • What really prompted that reply of Goethe's to Schiller?
    • weaker power would draw back. You take all nature as one in order
    • of the individual in the “all” of its phenomena. You
    • in order finally to erect genetically from the materials of all
    • nature's structure the most complex of all, the human being. You
    • really a psychology — one of those phrases which are
    • thinking is a quite peculiar thinking, really inseparable from the
    • organism — as we shall to-day and the day after to-morrow,
    • when we shall try to penetrate still deeper into this question,
    • when we shall consider more inwardly what we are to have presented
    • shall see what unique results Goethe's spiritual standard has in
    • especially when he had finished his Foundation of Science at Jena
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    • this to-day that symbolic and allegoric meanings are forced out
    • ‘Oh, all sorts of symbols and meanings with profound
    • Therefore I want to say at once that what I shall say to-day has
    • nothing whatever to do with the symbolic and allegoric
    • allowed the question, whether we may approach the work from any
    • story in this symbolic, allegoric sense, but more in such a way
    • explanations which I shall give you. For it is as true that we must
    • So I ask you to take what I shall say as if it presented the
    • idea-conception and as if he who, as it were, feels himself called
    • stationary once for all. The view is widely held that man is as he is
    • to-day, and being what he is he can give unequivocal judgment on all
    • must be valid for all. On the other side — but only in a
    • what is to become our knowledge is continually dependent on our
    • trivially: if we leave out altogether a development of humanity
    • shall see there is a great difference between the two. Take, for
    • Thus it adheres to Goethe's saying: ‘Man has really always only
    • aspiration. The principle contained in this was always called the
    • the world around him. Goethe stood completely and all his life long,
    • We shall understand each other most easily if we proceed from
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    • whether I do it or not, is all the same!’ If we permit a fact
    • ‘Above all heights
    • from his earliest youth, having worked energetically from the
    • from the beginning of 1770 that he had what may be called the Faust
    • the first edition. All that we have of Faust, including that very
    • despair that an upright honourable man can go through, and all this
    • he had poured into this work. All this is in the first part of
    • seen as a man doubting all knowledge, he now comes before us as one
    • essentially higher stage and a higher
    • first part, especially in the beginning, is full of deep truths
    • self-dependence. All this is given in the second part of Faust as
    • to Eckermann on 29th Jan., 1827: ‘All in Faust is of the senses,
    • allegories in what is for the spiritual inquirer, who can
    • but at Leipzig at that time he stood full of despair before all
    • came in, he took the burning glass, let the sun rays fall through
    • from all such striving!
    • thoughtful, sensible men who possessed above all things through
    • came into touch with what one can call alchemistic, mystical and
    • Paracelsus, Valentinus and above all a work which from its whole
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    •  Than on the British stage, where a small child
    •  How to squeeze all together, brew it well
    • Thus all such explanations as rest on a basis of old
    • which is aware of the spiritual experience which we may call
    • reading all kinds of things and conducting all kinds of
    • beings. We find him withdrawn from all physical vision, veiled in
    • really does grow into that world which is described as the
    • would that they would cease to call these things realistic. The
    • called it ‘Ahura Mazdao,’ ‘The great
    • ‘I want to speak! Listen to me, all ye who
    • revealed. No more shall the False Teacher destroy the world —
    • he who has professed evil faiths with his tongue. I shall speak of
    •  And now beginnest, all thy gladness granting,
    •  And all around a Paradise appeareth.’
    • — but still, as we shall see in a moment, as a symbol.
    •  And yet a thousand, to the valleys shaded
    • when he is in the midst of all kinds of masques and revels. All the
    • wanted to throw light on everything. We shall say only this about
    • and real beings corresponding to what one ordinarily calls
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  • Title: World History: Lecture I: Evolution of the Soul and of Memory
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    • who challenges us to take a step into a new sphere of activity, into the
    • Allgemeinen Anthroposophischen Gesellschaft.
    • man has always been essentially the same as he is to-day
    • throughout the whole of the time that we call history. True, in
    • human beings were childlike, that they believed in all kinds of
    • fancies, and that man has only really become clever in the
    • actual sphere of knowledge, it is generally held that the
    • say that nothing is really known of this. Going still further
    • all this rests on an extraordinary prejudice, for in forming
    • us first call to mind our own soul-life. I will take an example
    • exactly what that really means. Ten years ago you experienced
    • to you, and what you did in common with them. All that, in the
    • descendants: that is, let us go back really thousands of years.
    • beings who did not have ideas, concepts, thoughts at all in
    • and right, in front and behind — all the rest of the
    • he experienced the Indian soil as especially important for him;
    • contact with cosmic space. All that goes to make up the Earth,
    • had to bring the environment of the Earth, all that is above
    • in our limbs. The ancient man of the East had an essentially
    • different experience. What we call ‘will’ was quite unknown to
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    • who challenges us to take a step into a new sphere of activity, into the
    • when one takes into consideration the totally different
    • west to east and gradually peopling Europe and Asia. All that
    • have still a distant echo of what was present in all its
    • evolution (we are now speaking of what may rightly be called
    • All
    • to be laid hold of, he cannot grasp it: even spiritually, he
    • we to-day call our physical environment, was the lowest portion
    • another; and finally the highest realm which it is possible to
    • for example, of oxygen and nitrogen. And he knew all the
    • dream-picture of a flaring fire. He hears the call of ‘Fire!’
    • conjure up! For the ancient Oriental, however, all his
    • the Third Hierarchy in the planetary existence, in all that
    • were present — were experienced by all men. And many,
    • it artificially in himself. He had to develop it out of the
    • present day, then for them you would all be initiates. The
    • It was another mankind that could call Asia the last or lowest
    • the man of the present time from regarding all he sees around
    • knowledge of any heaven at all!
    • entered deeply into Nature, into all natural existence. But now
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    • who challenges us to take a step into a new sphere of activity, into the
    • of the same events that we shall treat of in the present course
    • of lectures. Only we shall have to alter the standpoint somewhat.
    • lecture, at any rate to begin with, we shall not need to go
    • human evolution the so-called Atlantean catastrophe which
    • Age. It was the last Act in the downfall of the Atlantean
    • remaining in the East, even all that is contained in the
    • to recall these ancient epochs. In my
    • To-day we shall not have to go so far back as this; we will
    • consciousness of the present, but used all manner of things
    • especially in their recurrences and in the variations of these
    • I have as my spirit and soul, — we, of course, call it
    • this experience of twofold-ness. He did not call his physical
    • and his etheric body ‘I.’ He called ‘I’ only his soul and
    • grasped, we shall not understand the course of events in the
    • a certain town in Asia Minor — it is called
    • [Called Erech in the Bible
    • sprang so truly and naturally out of the whole mental and
    • social conditions of the time. The Epic calls him Gilgamesh. We
    • him habits belonging to the past; and especially the habit of
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    • who challenges us to take a step into a new sphere of activity, into the
    • the rest of the world. In all previous epochs man felt —
    • and, be it noted, in all subsequent epochs man will again feel
    • later time; it is only darkened to-day because, as we shall
    • called Gilgamesh in the famous Epic and the other Eabani. I
    • the times when all these things were taking place, we must look
    • we may the better understand what came later. We shall naturally
    • his environment, — in all the things, that is to say, to
    • sense-perception. Then he was made aware of all the
    • fundamentally, everything which surrounds us in the world of
    • But all the knowledge a man can have in the present-day
    • the Hibernian initiation. For when one says theoretically in
    • Men shrink in terror before what inner development actually
    • hinder him from coming to truth, all the dark and
    • All
    • experiencing the opposite of what he was finally to reach as
    • then, when they had gone through all this, when they had, as it
    • they were eventually to reach, the pupils were led (and here I
    • else too had taken place, of which I shall speak presently, he
    • left the place, and was only led back there again when all the
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  • Title: World History: Lecture V: Mysteries of the East, West, and of Ephesus
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    • who challenges us to take a step into a new sphere of activity, into the
    • (which were in reality the source whence all the older
    • more are these Wise Men or Priests in a position to call forth
    • actually there present.
    • in many different Mysteries in an equally sublime manner to
    • outstanding characteristic of all ancient Oriental Mysteries
    • these Mysteries — the Spirit of Nature was actually
    • Through all that the human being learned concerning the working
    • to this conclusion: All around me I see displayed on every side
    • their roots. But all that I see out there — the annual
    • — once upon a time, I, as man, have borne it all within
    • generally do so, but we could — so did the initiates of
    • — and you will by this imagination call up again in your
    • when they looked abroad upon the meadows and beheld all the
    • to the Earth from the World-All. The question of number does
    • were all and each within the other. That which afterwards
    • grand and sublime, but they are essentially different from the
    • the World-All. In Greece, on the other hand, the character of
    • Moon; no longer a living connection with what actually took
    • more reveal themselves in the Mysteries. All that related to
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    • who challenges us to take a step into a new sphere of activity, into the
    • left over for Europe and especially for Greece, of the old
    • we might call them — of the Mysteries.
    • [Flavius Claudius Julianus, called the Apostate
    • defined. We shall do wrong to imagine that we can understand
    • makes no allusion, or at most very slight allusion, to the
    • East of whom I spoke to you — all that they did was
    • when, as we say, he bethinks himself, what can he call to mind?
    • He can call to mind something that he himself experienced in
    • received, even in a small degree, the training that could be
    • Cosmic All; he saw how man depends on and is linked with the
    • Cosmos. And all this that lived in his soul was true, ‘own’
    • After the time of cosmic memory came what I have called the
    • happened. But all the while that man had to let his ancient
    • manner to write down the great events of the world, — all
    • after all, of no avail to let himself be initiated into the
    • we may call it a kind of soul-world in time. This is the world
    • although most men are not at all alive to the fact, another
    • not readily call any period a period of transition, for in
    • spirit. True and genuine materialism in all domains has only
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    • who challenges us to take a step into a new sphere of activity, into the
    • under the heading of what the chemist calls the elements.
    • consists of glass and, shall we say, silver and some other
    • substances. All this kind of knowledge that traces back the
    • working in all the kingdoms of Nature work in the human being;
    • What does the newer Natural Science, that has gradually grown
    • constituents of the plant as they appear in man. Finally
    • perhaps he tries to form an idea — generally he fails!
    • on the diseased human being. All this investigation however
    • to-day, if we are really desirous of going forward in our
    • whole of Nature, with all her impulses, with all the substances
    • a part, perhaps not even the most important part, of all that
    • World-All. And not through the eye alone, but through the ear
    • process of breathing. The human being is perpetually excreting
    • cut your nails, you continually throw off substances from your
    • some small idea of the truth. But if we want to make use of
    • this classification in practical life, especially if we want to
    • being; let us say, for instance, a stone. A stone falls to the
    • In short, when we look around in the world, we find all about
    • nevertheless essentially such an object, standing in subjection
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  • Title: World History: Lecture VIII: The Burning of the Ephesian Temple and the Goetheanum
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    • who challenges us to take a step into a new sphere of activity, into the
    • character was devoted. And to-day you will allow me to speak to
    • meet with men; they knew how all that carries and sustains the
    • of strange and unparalleled events, when we see it written with
    • the manner I have described, — among all the words in
    • God was applied to all beings of a super-sensible nature,
    • Nature and in her smallest manifestations, and Whom we discover
    • after the Spirit falls victim to a tragic destiny. In olden
    • is this that gives the peculiar colouring to all history that
    • Golgotha in a true light, when we add to all else we have
    • ritual at the very time when it was taking place physically
    • Spiritual paths above all were necessary from the 13th, 14th
    • and especially the 15th century onwards, if one wanted to
    • these masters were essentially objective and concrete. There in
    • this pupil would receive in all humility an instruction
    • substances into something utterly different from all that is
    • physically present in the environment of the physical body.
    • Your etheric body brings into movement all that is fluid within
    • you, all that is water within you. The saps and fluids in their
    • member of the human being, which we call the astral body. And
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    • who challenges us to take a step into a new sphere of activity, into the
    • Anthroposophical Movement, you will allow me to give this
    • various domains of life, we shall perceive that these men are
    • that must through all eternity be cultivated as the truth.
    • people who think this are really giving way to extreme
    • things are not, after all, as I have described.
    • recent decades, and observing them spiritually experience
    • way that is possible spiritually and observe these human beings
    • beings have resulted in knowledge calling for great
    • Fundamentally speaking, it was this that was demanded by the
    • Guardian of the Threshold through all the ages of human
    • it is historically incumbent upon the whole of mankind to
    • with what I have called the seed of great and essential
    • be admitted into the spiritual world, to be allowed to cross
    • allowed to enter the spiritual world. You must go back! —
    • 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,
    • experienced during sleep by more souls than is usually
    • has for so long been cultivated, but real life does not allow
    • and this would finally result in a race of men being born in
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    • A Challenge for the Goetheanum and for Anthroposophy,
    • A Challenge for the Goetheanum and for Anthroposophy,
    • this Goetheanum. But a connection is all I have in view; for
    • essentially different in kind from those I have been permitted
    • to give here in Basel, in this same hall, for many years past.
    • what fantastic notions there are in the world linked with all
    • that this Goetheanum in Dornach intended to do and all that was
    • were disseminated there, that all sorts of things
    • talk of all kinds of spiritistic seances, of nebulous mystic
    • respect to all this, I should like today to answer, at least
    • all that is cultivated there as Anthroposophy.
    • and what he did by considering only what is actually written in
    • Goethe's works, and from that deduces logically, as it were,
    • what may now be called Goethean, he will not find what gave
    • occasion to call the Dornach Building the
    • this Goetheanum was first called “Johannesbau” by
    • above all, this Goetheanum was to be dedicated to the
    • all the rest of the anthroposophical world-view. But of course
    • officially given to the Building by friends of the cause. I
    • that what was originally given by Goethe would be cultivated in
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    • diagrammatically, the sleeping condition is well-known to you. That
    • which we call the astral body and Ego separate from the physical
    • astral body and the ego, do not really come to the consciousness of
    • writings — (which are all at your disposal) —, if man
    • and Astral body; and that he cannot become conscious that all the
    • Hierarchy to which I have just referred. But if he were really to
    • we really feel ourselves as men.
    • This feeling of inner freedom is what comes clearest of all to man's
    • member of all humanity, we are generally speaking, already far more
    • Archai) that remains for most human beings something really quite
    • the fact that especially in our present cycle of time, man, when he
    • illegally, as we night say, absorb our Spiritual, Psychic nature.
    • They permeate themselves with our spirit and soul. Normally this
    • illegally, by the physical and etheric bodies. That simply rests in
    • of modern Science is subject to that deception, All modern
    • whereas all the physical and etheric bodies do, is to radiate back
    • consists, as I have just told you, in the delusion that all that we
    • by our body. Mankind is subject naturally to this delusion to-day.
    • consciousness; it is essentially a characteristic quality of
    • man really had a living consciousness of the Beings of the third
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    • in himself and in nature both what we call growth and what we
    • call destruction, or perhaps dissolution. And he
    • perceives it being dissolved, as gradually passing over into
    • the so-called nothingness of the physical world.
    • said that if we want really to arrive at ideas concerning the
    • at all with our thinking into the spiritual world. It is
    • especially important that we should form a concept which is
    • actually found everywhere in our study of spiritual science,
    • organism, We shall never grasp the working of consciousness
    • initiation gives us concerning man's so-called evolution
    • united with his growth, with all the sprouting and budding
    • with what in earth-evolution should call up the fullest
    • have also called attention to how in more ancient times, when
    • diagrammatically the sprouting, budding life of our nervous
    • system (see diagram). Clairvoyance actually sees the
    • especially of the brain, in this form of a fiery wave. Now
    • and sprouting plant gradually withers and decays; thus the
    • anything is actually destroyed by initiation, but through
    • initiation we become conscious of what is all the time being
    • call forth in yourself a process of destruction, You are,
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    • something which you have all known fundamentally for a long
    • time: that all spiritual-scientific observation is won by
    • state all our will is concentrated on our connection with the
    • this above all for it is a deep and significant truth: that
    • unity, arrive at all possible abstractions in thought, while
    • which he could explain all the phenomena in the world. He was
    • while ago, I was forced to recall this episode which occurred
    • mention that a really earnest spiritual movement can have no
    • Easy-going Demon, are especially numerous in our day.
    • spiritual world, we are really led into a threefold
    • experience. I have especially emphasised in this book, that
    • crossed, that we really enter with the whole of our being
    • ask: What significance has all this? It has a great
    • significance, for fundamentally speaking, in our present
    • that the spirit-soul part is here seen to be especially
    • Thus all the
    • connected with the evolution of the so-called Lotus-flowers.
    • from what takes place through what I might call
    • generally the case that with reference to these two kinds of
    • kind of clairvoyance is that which arises, when what we call
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    • Christmas Thoughts and Voices, “Bergkristall” by Stifter.
    • Christmas Thoughts and Voices, “Bergkristall” by Stifter.
    • human soul, and that really it has only been in the course of
    • so, we must really wonder that evil is possible, or that it
    • the Mysteries whose highest ideal was gradually to penetrate
    • to the pupils in respect to all that a man may do. He may
    • in all the Mysteries there were written the significant
    • two possible extremes into which man may fall. Either he may
    • obtained once for all; rather does goodness come only through
    • man being continually able to strike out in two directions
    • this all that will enable you to understand the freedom of
    • compensation to be karmically made at a future time. What man
    • the mean at once, he will attain gradually in the course of
    • man is really to be virtuous, if moral power is to pulsate
    • morals should exist at all. For what happens when there is no
    • awakened within him. It is especially the task of Spiritual
    • Science — which is really only just beginning its work
    • in the world — to show that all evil brings about a
    • the world ignorant of all the diversified objects it
    • comes into relationship with them. All this is brought about
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    • but all contributes to great cosmic processes.
    • Tomorrow I shall begin my discussion of the problems related to
    • especially scientific, problems. Then I should like to refer to
    • what I may call, in the sense of the fifth post-Atlantean
    • Today I shall take as my point of departure something that
    • an opportunity to connect various related matters. I shall
    • characterizes him especially as a personality of the fifth
    • illustrious contemporary scholar, which is really far more
    • but of all ages in human history. He concludes that although it
    • is hard to prove that we live in the best of all worlds, it is
    • in the best of all epochs, and we might exclaim in the words of
    • for his knowledge of the world and of man. But he is really
    • have Faust on their tongues, but really have an
    • creations, about which he liked to talk, hung on all the walls
    • but never harsh influence of his father and his poetically
    • endowed mother. In later years he could recall with inner
    • of the body, developed through all sorts of athletics and
    • especially from his austere father. Slipping away into the
    • narrow alleys, he would observe all sorts of things and also
    • of Roman art that represented what is essentially Roman, there
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    • but all contributes to great cosmic processes.
    • am taking, although I really wish to discuss something that is
    • connections with our special questions, which we shall
    • gradually approach, are here somewhat expanded.
    • youth. Is not an especially prominent trait in Goethe's life
    • potentiality, if we choose to call it that, and not from the
    • When we consider the time into which Goethe was born, we shall
    • fundamentally concerned with the truth. In my most recent book,
    • would have become entirely different human beings if only small
    • view, we must assume that nothing of all that they produced
    • all that has entered into the life of modern humanity through
    • summon those individualities who are especially fitted through
    • actually occurred and a tile had fallen on Goethe's head when
    • of Goethe will see that the Faust was really a demand of
    • create a Faust — in fact, actually wrote a fine scene.
    • sense of the term. Bear in mind that, in spite of all the
    • appear at once — we shall come back to this later — but, when
    • we look at Schiller, at Herder and Lessing, we shall say that
    • vision and disregard all other things, we find that it falls
    • this, as we shall see, would not be entirely accurate in a spiritual
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    • but all contributes to great cosmic processes.
    • significant out of their inner nature, as he did especially
    • To begin with, all that a person can know, especially in our
    • the description we generally give in spiritual science is that
    • speaking generally, sleeping and waking are really a sort of
    • reciprocally, it is night for the rest of our organism when it
    • unified organization, and it is really sheer nonsense,
    • impossible to prove anatomically, to classify the nerves as
    • sensory and motor. They are organized as a unity and all have
    • one function. The so-called motor nerves are distinguished from
    • the so-called sensory only to the extent that the sensory
    • nervous system of the brain is naturally the noblest because it
    • This nervous system of the brain is really connected with the
    • naturally related to the astral body or the ego. But these are
    • first formation, so that our brain system really has its most
    • Considering all this, we shall readily see that an especially
    • then, that during sleep especially intimate relationships
    • statement is made that, just because the ego is really so truly
    • that must really be developed during sleep. Well, when you
    • really the baby among his human members, it will not then seem
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    • but all contributes to great cosmic processes.
    • especially in our fifth post-Atlantean period, because in this
    • period all human relationships will be essentially modified in
    • other cultures of earlier times, we shall find that the measure
    • Students of the external history of culture who are generally
    • quite shortsighted in their thinking, usually assume that
    • specially qualified personalities was then inspired by beings
    • that our earth is especially fitted to receive ideas into its
    • more completely to man. Thus, it is all the more necessary that
    • the will of the cosmos shall penetrate earthly conditions in
    • emergence of what we might call the modern vocational life
    • who are at all able to observe human life. If they would submit
    • to the influence of all that it is possible to recognize, they
    • time, I called your attention to the fact that what constitutes
    • this we shall derive more clear-cut concepts than from today's
    • is by no means especially intelligent for people to criticize
    • sort of outlook is opened to us by this fact? Fundamentally, it
    • it. To place oneself rationally within the course of evolution
    • question: How shall I place my child into the evolution of
    • according to which children must be allowed to become what
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    • but all contributes to great cosmic processes.
    • other words, what is called the vocation of an individual must
    • as his official position. It is obvious that all sorts of
    • he or she occupies a position in life within a group. All of
    • possible for ahrimanic influences to mingle continually in
    • through all sorts of means that are well-known and need not be
    • unparalleled when compared to the total scope of life in other
    • dominated by what is called public opinion, which a philosopher
    • come to pass in spite of so-called public opinion and its hero
    • century. But it is Mephistopheles who really invents it. Faust
    • see how Faust gradually frees himself from Mephistopheles. Even
    • second fact is equally important. It is extremely difficult to
    • properly investigate what really works in man's nature in the
    • that really lie in the subconscious and rise up into
    • Especially the unsatisfied and subsequently suppressed
    • however, she suppressed it — swallowed it, to use a trivial
    • least of all he himself. Someone who deals with such a “science
    • consciousness represents only a small part of what comprises
    • the bottom of the soul's life is really some sort of soulless
    • sediment. A theologian recently called it somewhat coarsely —
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    • but all contributes to great cosmic processes.
    • understanding. We have all grown up, in a sense, in the
    • especially the unprejudiced character of our thinking. Before
    • objective than is really intended. In this way, various
    • personalities. I will give you an example. A small brochure has
    • is that at the very beginning attention is called to the fact
    • Greek writers, but they really did not know until a rather late
    • shall say that the soul of Vischer descended from the spiritual
    • we study Vischer, we shall see that precisely all his whims and
    • greatness. So it seems really out of order for someone to write
    • his biography and criticize the school that actually made him
    • do you find them so terribly bad,” they generally did not know
    • have really when a biographer sits down and so forms his
    • Vischer? It really contributes nothing whatever to an
    • such concepts, he actually slashes — spiritually, I mean —
    • in all its narrowness and how it brought forth this
    • have actually appeared, but few concepts that correspond with
    • abroad to England. There he devoted himself especially to the
    • so-called number,
    • able to point out that our culture really has two origins: the
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    • but all contributes to great cosmic processes.
    • now my task to explain, episodically in a sense, something that
    • we shall still come to the parts of our lectures that have more
    • Jupiter, Venus, and Vulcan. What may be called an understanding
    • we recall something I have frequently emphasized, we shall see
    • our souls with what is really meaningful for life. I have often
    • called your attention to a significant fact that may, in a
    • third to the twenty-first, and so on all the way to the
    • be found also in a small brochure that contains the substance
    • in which I wished to call attention
    • because the human being must by this time have developed all
    • out from the spiritual scientific view what really lies at the
    • outline. All that takes place then between death and a new
    • birth naturally has an influence on a human being and includes
    • especially many things that are related to what he works out in
    • processes between death and a new birth, all that results from
    • really possible to see in the human being during this period of
    • matters, but, if it is not to be completely divorced from all
    • were effective. But they are really unconsciously connected
    • Naturally, we are here looking out over wide perspectives, but
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    • but all contributes to great cosmic processes.
    • the truth that so easily befalls people. It is all too easy to
    • dealing with what we call karma, the passage of the human being
    • became really quite angry and wrote another volume in which he
    • included all possible contempt he could muster against the
    • had made all sorts of models of machines that were useful at
    • he say, “They're not so bad.” No, he really disliked studying
    • this dream, the cathedral had actually burned down.
    • sufficiently so in his own mind, especially since he had to
    • Thus, he never officially married but lived, as his
    • somewhat more carefully since he was really a sort of child of
    • renders him worthy of fame among all others and will ever
    • everybody, to share any small talent that had come into my
    • But now I would really wish to attain sufficient leisure and
    • man was then really summoned to this court. The only
    • held all kinds of festivities because they considered him a
    • kindness of the Prince, however, gradually subsided and after a
    • certain time he actually betrayed this man of learning. The
    • practiced medicine. We know that he actually did practice
    • told you. Thus, he was actually transferred from Padua back to
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    • but all contributes to great cosmic processes.
    • quite clear to us, moreover, that human life falls into two
    • Christianity is especially antagonistic to this view of the
    • and so forth. Especially the people who believe themselves to
    • be unusually advanced in their Christian conception will
    • consider it especially sublime to stand thus, without
    • our time really are, since it is not important if a man
    • whether he actually can. What is really important is not
    • at all the question of whether the human being imagines he has
    • a conception of his god, but whether he really does have such a
    • conception is that those individuals really hold when they say,
    • by such men? Do they really have a conception of God when they
    • different. When we review all the concepts such individuals
    • form of their god, what is really represented in such concepts?
    • Nothing other than the being of an angel, and all those who say
    • really looking only to an angel. If you examine all the
    • than an angel. For example, what is called God in modern
    • highest God, but to what such a person really does find the
    • those beings whom we call archangels whose mission is to
    • have come all the way down to man. In his earthly existence
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    • but all contributes to great cosmic processes.
    • truth that He died and rose for all men — for all men alike —
    • Golgotha; that is, it actually occurred only once at a definite
    • shall discover a contradiction of a view that is generally
    • what may be called a luciferic temptation, a seduction. We have
    • Testament. In the so-called “Fall of Man,” the image of Lucifer
    • be a time in which human beings gradually descended from a
    • go all the way back to the luciferic temptation, let us review
    • that we may call ancestral cults. Such cults in which men look
    • ancestral god really attained a condition of union with what he
    • really concealed behind this spirit form, we must realize that
    • made itself known through this ghost, as we may call it, of the
    • within the most ancient religions was really directed to the
    • known to us from the various mythologies, and whom we call
    • ego is gradually to be born in the individual. We now find that
    • superhuman was especially cultivated. Human beings were
    • next subordinate hierarchy, man himself. When we recall how the
    • really were “gods” to the people, we shall know that at the
    • this is often described even among theosophists, generally
    • but when we are most of all aware that the Christ belongs to
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    • anyone wish to understand the age in which he is actually living,
    • and after the Mystery of Golgotha. Naturally one condition
    • speaking, simply as a kind of glowing ball in universal
    • the wise men of Greece called the universal good of the
    • glowing ball is floating. To him this glowing, floating ball
    • nature there was united what was of a soul nature called by
    • To feel all
    • as Rome enters history, what we may call the ‘prosaic
    • allowing it to become known. Throughout the further course of
    • the development of Christianity (as it is called) a veil was
    • all-embracing wisdom of Christ's connection with Sun-Mystery.
    • its origin to Christianity having come down into all that was
    • the Church experienced through Romanism was especially suited
    • might call his normal aura, the concepts necessary for man's
    • as follows: you will allow it to be true that we have among
    • antiquity. It is the part of these men to take all this on
    • people and the relation of these to other folk: Do you really
    • Stewart Chamberlain is continually uttering rubbish about the
    • opportunity to verify the history. In these he will naturally
    • saying, all kinds of bourgeois folk who naturally were not
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    • showed you threefold man diagrammatically. It is indeed true
    • we saw how first of all we have to point to man's head. In a
    • certain sense this human head is really a kind of independent
    • lifted off like a ball. It is true that in reality the
    • off like a ball as the head part. Things are not so
    • definitely separated. We have gradually to work ourselves
    • threefold man diagrammatically in accordance with his
    • limb-system; really three balls even if these balls have to
    • is, as you saw yesterday, a young formation (see small yellow
    • breast man, shall we call him? What is enclosed by the
    • is practically no real separation between the sleeping and
    • soul-spiritual actually disconnects itself in sleep; it
    • not so easy, to show diagrammatically as one would wish.
    • through and through. It cannot be said that it is man all
    • head, in all its complicated formation, would not be as it is
    • the old Sun-evolution. Thus they are actually old, primeval
    • and for this reason we must call them ahrimanic. Survivals of
    • the matter stands when considered cosmically. To look
    • cosmically at our formation, in our heats-forces we are
    • really only related to our present incarnation; what we have
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    • obtrude themselves upon those who really think, even though
    • are many such questions, and today I should like, out of all
    • arise in man to which by the means today called scientific
    • life must receive enlightenment when we can really get down
    • here mentioned. What today we call science cannot connect the
    • possible answer. All this arises because since the point of
    • time indicated, all conceptions related to spiritual and
    • therefore to immortal man have actually been lost. Only these
    • attention to how in all the old world-conceptions they spoke
    • the matter really stands with regard to the physical
    • that our outlook on life is actually permeated by it, that in
    • all our physical representations of the world, in what is
    • fundamentally this kind of representation of the Sun that
    • astrophysics, whatever you like to call it. If he were able
    • physicist actually pictures — a ball of glowing gas or
    • possible, let alone what can actually be perceived
    • spiritually. Were it possible to get near the sun, to reach
    • should find first what we could only call empty space. Where
    • the physical sun is supposed to be there is nothing at all,
    • absolutely nothing. I will draw it diagrammatically (blue
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    • really went on in political life — or in public life
    • generally — in the way imagined by many people at the
    • present day, one could only give up all hope of any personal
    • to the exclusion of all intervention from the human will. It
    • has actually been asserted, for instance, that the important
    • Marxian school of social thought more especially, whose
    • views represented at all times in this place
    • the first building specially erected and designed for anthroposophical
    • more materialistically, — the only world-conception
    • materialist world-conception as in an infallible gospel, and
    • science allows of no bowing down to theories, and
    • — above all — of no tendency to phantasies of any
    • scientist to be at all fantastical, then everything one may
    • facts tell their own tale and to allow them their due weight.
    • mind with all sorts of nebulous notions, and becomes in the
    • They then, through all sorts of business manipulations,
    • generally, to buy stock of this kind ‘for future
    • they had all been bought up again in advance by the
    • speculation brought about by a small number of definite
    • individuals. — Those, who recall it, will remember that
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    • especially at heart, and which may seem needful for the
    • propose to do upon the experiences we have actually had up
    • till now. In discussing a subject of this kind, I must really
    • throughout the world to-day, it can really not be a question
    • concern, — especially not in the economic field. From
    • any measures on a small scale, one can truly no
    • longer hope for much to-day. To-day we should after all be
    • time at one of these very study-evenings, and called
    • it is really today, even in these times of need, to approach
    • men's souls at all with the very thing which in all respects,
    • were therefore obliged to fall back upon more or less
    • individual enterprises, which, as you know finally
    • above all, which is of importance to-day, — and it
    • of people who really understand this Threefold idea,
    • were practically discussed. There is one very definite
    • understanding completely dried up. The people gradually left
    • off coming. They produced all their old stock-in-trade of
    • they gradually stayed away; and one of the cardinal questions
    • all-important matter that one is ‘a practical
    • at headquarters; they must know all about it! — And so,
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    • all the problems related to the soul life of the human being
    • scientifically and philosophically. Entirely on this basis of
    • scientifically. It also tells itself that there must be
    • being bound to natural necessity as a falling stone is. But
    • spirit normally has to proceed differently, especially
    • naturally he is dealing with things that cannot be reached by
    • today, questions that concern human self-knowledge above all,
    • the unconscious ego. He speaks about all sorts of things that
    • falls on the most varied collection of books. It is a
    • beginning to laugh quietly. Now I am, after all, a serious
    • leads us to self-knowledge. But I want, first of all, to place
    • movement into which all sorts of things are incorporated, such
    • and will impulses — all these play a role when we hear
    • something like a barrel organ. But basically, the whole of our
    • allow our mental images to come and go as they please. On the
    • appear. All now depends on our being able to judge according to
    • really impossible to find out anything in this way. For we get
    • the other hand, there is the fact that among all the other
    • sought to establish what lives in the human soul, what really
    • that we do not allow the soul to investigate in its everyday
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    • knowledge, for Goethe was, after all, a person who had deep
    • impelled to go into what is called historical knowledge, the
    • from their reading of history and especially their picture of
    • that this conclusion was really not at all stupid. Nor, judging
    • really founded on what was actually happening?
    • form a more or less united family in which there could be all
    • Revolution and all that it brought with it. And if we
    • normally call history and to see how far it really enables us
    • how a view of history is attained from all the various things
    • normally call chance that two men made an historical, all
    • spirit of Jesus. If the time allowed us to compare all three we
    • shall begin with the rather odd views that Karl Lamprecht, the
    • from all sides, even in the primitive art that has come down to
    • as arising out of all the impulses that were at work when power
    • finally with the way knighthood and town life evolved.
    • conventions, agreements and a generally fixed way of doing
    • What then follows we should call a higher stage of
    • shall see in a moment, what Lamprecht put forward is intimately
    • instance, really see the inner reasons why the German people
    • have been particularly interested by this parallel phenomenon
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    • man really is and come to a point where this is possible. This
    • is Johann Gottlieb Fichte. And he tried in what one might call
    • think the wall.” Well, of course, this was easy. The
    • wall. Then after he had let the people think the wall for a
    • thinking the wall.” Fichte knew what he wanted, and
    • who had thought the wall, and how their thinking was in a way
    • we shall see later, be experienced, is by way of the thinking.
    • in the soul from what it was before, and so today I shall not
    • I shall just mention a few things to characterize what is
    • actually achieved when this comes about. You can find a more
    • the soul is really able to experience something within the
    • permeated by something that is not normally present. The
    • dependent upon the bodily instrument for all that it achieves,
    • when we stop all outward perception in meditation, when we
    • intentionally blot out the operation of our senses and bring to
    • a standstill all our inner feelings and sensations, devoting
    • in order to concentrate all the powers of our soul upon this
    • normally exists in the human being, is a power that is only
    • of the soul, but his spiritually-scientific analysis consists
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    • all kinds of occult and mystical endeavors are likely to spring
    • especially in the nineteenth century. Anthroposophy,
    • limits by natural science, up to what can be called the
    • concerned with these comprehensive problems which concern all
    • attempts to make all sorts of logical inferences which lead
    • cannot give them. They turn to what is called mysticism or
    • the illusions into which such mystics often fall. Anyone who
    • the senses; here we receive our impressions. We call up again
    • the soul, and it comes up again, intentionally or
    • unintentionally, years later. It may not reappear in its
    • soul's life. What was originally stirred in the soul by an
    • outer impression has been received by all kinds of feelings and
    • really only a transformed sense impression, which has
    • for their revelations in this way, fall into the most grievous
    • conscientiously Anthroposophy is alert to all the sources of
    • the life of his soul. If we are to reach further, we must call
    • today about all sorts of abnormal powers of the human soul, or
    • which I would like to call intellectual modesty.
    • anthroposophical research we shall be principally concerned in
    • some way transformed, as we shall see. To begin with, we are
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  • Title: Reincarnation and Immortality: Lecture V: Mystery of the Human Being
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    • their condition in life or a lack of interest, very easily fall
    • Although no really sensitive person would find it
    • viewpoint it happens to come, usually construct their own
    • picture, which actually has very little to do with what the
    • science of spirit really is. It is only a caricature of the
    • as we shall see later — but it arises out of the life of
    • arises: How is it at all possible for modern science and the
    • mysteries of the human being that really satisfies us deep
    • down? If we are really positive thinkers we cannot permit
    • And so you will allow me to start with the course of scientific
    • formulation of particular ideas about the world of the smallest
    • was possible to explain a process in terms of the smallest
    • investigating the nature of the smallest physical particle, the
    • that is possible to know about the smallest particles that can
    • admit that having penetrated this smallest of worlds, he finds
    • this process of division into the very smallest particles, the
    • the smallest particles. And honest scientific progress will
    • show more and more by penetrating into the smallest particles
    • taken to the smallest, this time the smallest living beings.
    • think that Naegeli, the great botanist, was really a one-sided
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    • perhaps allow me to say just a few short words before our
    • for the very reason that all that is of the nature of Art
    • words, because what we here call the Art of Eurhythmy is
    • conception to cover all organisms — can be applied to
    • unfamiliar, but this opposition will all disappear in the
    • content of the poem which is considered specially important.
    • care must be taken that they shall bring out the artistic
    • language used. In that way we shall get back to the
    • other is the pedagogic, didactic element, shall I call it.
    • in all the classes. It is true to say that in epochs more
    • artistically impartial than ours, there will be a quite
    • ordinary gymnastics were not a method of education at all,
    • child is allowed to carry out the movements of Eurhythmy, all
    • children have made this Eurhythmy Art their own. They really
    • joyfully as was the case with all the others; the number of
    • something that is really needed; and that is initiative of
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    • This lecture is really not a part of the English published series,
    • This lecture is really not a part of the English published series,
    • what are usually understood as the connections of nature are
    • these, if one so desires, that short episode which one calls
    • otherwise the earth simply faces its downfall.
    • just said, can also be observed geographically, when it
    • away from humanity, a comprehensive, one might call
    • in more detail in those lectures which I have called
    • that which is usually called knowledge in Science to-day, but
    • But even externally, if you just look at what we call the
    • man on his territory gradually, in the course of the 19th
    • civilisation and education, they were perhaps more physically
    • ancient wisdom. This wisdom has however gradually faded away
    • traditions of such treasures gradually faded away in the 19th
    • century. Artificially, as I might say, like plants in a
    • preserved in all sorts of secret societies, which sometimes
    • wisdom, men are really becoming all the more dependent upon
    • will be differentiated all over the earth according to their
    • once were essentially Spiritual truths; Asia,, even if in
    • would make itself specially felt in the uniting of something
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    • see — even though this may not be externally
    • earth life can be studied, with all that belongs to it. We
    • that which we call the external, sensible, perceptible sphere
    • of the Cosmos is finally, merely the expression of certain
    • stony mass surrounded by an atmosphere, that fundamentally is
    • external physical Earth, we develop especially our life
    • which appears simply externally to us here on Earth as the
    • looks up or down, I must therefore call it illusion; the
    • birth and death we may become too allied to the Earth; we
    • sharing all the time allotted them for their evolution; they
    • Ahrimanic beings, those beings who now reveal artificially
    • Now all this
    • certain stage in the future, there shall be no old people on
    • were, one body having a common soul, in which all the
    • mineral, plant, or animal kingdom. All those are simply
    • “windfalls” of evolution; they are not the
    • understand that what is finally to become of our Earth is not
    • above all through those forces which can draw our organism to
    • intellectually — one cannot do it with one's full
    • in this life get the images intellectually, pictures which
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    • connected with all that has happened here, has originated
    • should particularly like to speak of all that, as far as its
    • that I shall not have anything particularly out of the common
    • also been said ever and again — we shall never be able
    • who are able to take in earnest what is lying in this call to
    • spiritual deepening, those who, on the other hall, can
    • All attempted compromise will lead to a wrong path. Can it
    • how really to take seriously what today is meant by striving
    • shall just speak about it in that sense without giving names.
    • all this mean? Today I shall consider the matter entirely
    • like him — who is theoretically in agreement with what is
    • criticises its “tone” — calling it that of a
    • not just putting down something thought out theoretically but
    • and positive way. Then I go into a hall where the' principal
    • which superficially had the ring of much that I give
    • In all branches
    • materialistic spirit. Above all it is necessary today to
    • that, we shall never work our way out of it.
    • who criticise him up hill and down dale without going at all
    • we can come to a really new social form only by recognising
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    • time; and especially about the basis of the work we are doing
    • here (Waldorf School, etc.) and of our aims. I shall possibly
    • have nothing specially new to say to you to-day, but I am
    • really genuine spiritual deepening is necessary for mankind
    • who are able to take seriously to heart all that the call
    • really know what a serious striving after the Spirit is? Such
    • illustration and so shall give no name. It says that this man
    • it really is. Here is a man — and it after all a good
    • thing that such men exiets — who theoretically agrees
    • Theoretically, the man agrees with much of the lecture; but
    • it is no use at all to-day to agree with a thing
    • theoretically. This man really hast no perception of the true
    • eventually to be criticised by theorists. I write for
    • acccrdance with reality. Suppose, now,I go into a hall where
    • theoretically have as a rule no idea that anyone who wishes,
    • within that same Spirit in which he actually lives at
    • those men wculd certainly have laughed me out of the hall.
    • able personally to agree or disagree with something; it is
    • It is very specially necessary to know just what Spiritual
    • Science teaches with reference to social matters, shall flow
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    • (Naturally I mean the consciousness of Space in a wide
    • Greek can be called (although the expression is naturally
    • possessed may be called a land, or territorial
    • world. Now, for every really thinking man, the question must
    • naturally arise as to whether this mathematical-mechanical
    • picture includes all that there is to be said about that
    • Space? It obviously does not include it all,,any more than
    • have been invented about all kinds of gravitational forces
    • world picture of what is beyond the Earth, is really only
    • all that we have been considering, during the course of many
    • invented, devised, built up from a comparatively small number
    • really human factor in this picture; it simply says something
    • since the beginning of what is called the modern historical
    • place. This is all summed up, as it were, into the content of
    • such occasions mention is made of all kinds of illusions
    • knowledge in the course of his life, and especially in the
    • which is suggested by this parallelism, is the case. The
    • We shall afterwards see that this is all said by way of
    • comparison. We shall see too that the difference between the
    • quantitative element which is usually in the mind
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  • Title: Man and Nature: Intellect in Man and Nature Bereft of the Gods
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    • all that with his materialistic frame of mind, and his
    • his body which thinks, that his brain actually does the
    • will be saved to man for all eternity without any action
    • that in the pr sent age he must find a link with all that
    • have no connection with existence as it actually is. Neither
    • fundamentally involved in the forming of abstract thought.
    • that externally man perceives the material world and inwardly
    • of the fifteenth century and we shall presently see what
    • externally, nothing but the material world and, inwardly, to
    • century man's life of soul has gradually come to the point of
    • being out of the picture? In other words, we think of all
    • impossible, but we will assume hypothetically a Nature
    • hypothetically, a world without the human being, is something
    • man who felt most deeply of all that the Nature surrounding
    • from the gravity of this knowledge and who finally put an end
    • realised what has been put forward hypothetically in
    • will be nothing left of all that now lives in external Nature
    • the individual human being, namely all that lies inside the
    • All this is
    • all this mummifies him, makes him akin to matter, and leads
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    • general but above all out of a deep feeling for art, that
    • world-conception poetically, or through pictorial art, is not
    • realistic world-conception art must exhibit all manner of
    • lifeless allegories but as if it would itself take on life in
    • with red walls, I take something for granted about the red
    • walls which has to do with artistic perception. When I am
    • invited me there, I shall have the quite natural feeling that
    • he is about to tell me all kinds of interesting things. If he
    • does not do so I shall feel that my being invited into the
    • red room had something insincere about it and I shall go away
    • whole situation will make me uncomfortable and I shall
    • life. On meeting a woman in a red dress we shall feel that
    • not pert we shall feel disappointed. It goes without saying
    • Naturally,
    • It may really
    • disappointment, must call for a special sphere of life to be
    • difficulty in approaching art psychologically lies in people
    • actually evokes the need for art. Perhaps ours is the first
    • nothing to do with art — whatever we may think about all
    • all the talk about things such as impressionism and
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  • Title: The Sources of Artistic Imagination and the Sources of Supersensible Knowledge
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    • of view the argument that the artist ought not to allow his
    • all bodily influences, to live consciously in the spiritual
    • the tendency which makes a man think realistically or
    • idealistically, or makes his an Impressionist or
    • the reality takes place in all artistic activity. In artistic
    • tendency in so-called theosophical, mystical striving, to
    • yearn for cloudy, nebulous experience of all kinds; it is
    • seership differs fundamentally from the activity out of which
    • spiritual research all day long. Seership in the spiritual
    • senses. All impressions of colours, sounds and the like are
    • All such
    • external world and all that belongs to the power of
    • specifically. As he tries to penetrate inwardly into
    • is felt to be related with all that lives in the forms
    • those truly creative laws which govern all that Nature
    • Serious vision is always present in life, We are all of us
    • human being standing before him. There are actually people
    • themselves as they actually are in themselves. Surfaces,
    • ‘develops’ and is then able to see spiritually
    • all other human beings and material objects. The way into the
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  • Title: Lecture: Human Knowledge and Its Significance for Man and the Cosmos
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    • 170 in the collected works originally published in German as
    • is volume 170 in the collected works originally published in German as
    • all, light must be thrown on this fact, because otherwise it would be
    • get along without actually knowing very much about the complexities
    • On all sides we hear people
    • namely, that man's being is essentially twofold. Man is a twofold being
    • inasmuch as the structure and nature of his head differs essentially
    • all suffer from one common error. I can only make this error clear to
    • and purpose of what we call the True?—I mean, in the sense in
    • ‘Yes, but there are so many who acquire no knowledge at all, who
    • remain simpletons all their life, only a very few have really learnt
    • anything.’ And those who make this remark generally include themselves
    • the three years spent in later life at the university. This is literally
    • present epoch of civilisation, when knowledge is so universally applied
    • Greek people was relatively small. Moreover they had comparatively little
    • the Earth they knew absolutely nothing at all. Plato's knowledge concerning
    • Indians. In our age, when practically the whole Earth has been explored,
    • as he possibly can! If all this knowledge of the external world were
    • book of travel, and really do not take in very much! So you see, they
    • are not, after all, depriving themselves of very much inner power; If
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    • human soul, and that really it has only been in the course of
    • so, we must really wonder that evil is possible, or that it
    • the Mysteries whose highest ideal was gradually to penetrate
    • to the pupils in respect to all that a man may do. He may
    • in all the Mysteries there were written the significant
    • two possible extremes into which man may fall. Either he may
    • obtained once for all; rather does goodness come only through
    • man being continually able to strike out in two directions
    • this all that will enable you to understand the freedom of
    • compensation to be karmically made at a future time. What man
    • the mean at once, he will attain gradually in the course of
    • man is really to be virtuous, if moral power is to pulsate
    • morals should exist at all. For what happens when there is no
    • awakened within him. It is especially the task of Spiritual
    • Science — which is really only just beginning its work
    • in the world — to show that all evil brings about a
    • the world ignorant of all the diversified objects it
    • comes into relationship with them. All this is brought about
    • objective world? It is what may be called interest or
    • preaching of morals. Our inner powers are also called forth
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    • refuses to enter into any discussion of these writings, all
    • Anthroposophical gatherings, yet all that can be said about it
    • from ever new aspects this greatest of all secrets in
    • shall be able to value this Mystery of Golgotha in the right
    • way only when we allow our soul perception to contemplate two
    • called forth in man the consciousness that in the region above
    • beings, what may be called primeval wisdom. Within these
    • Naturally, I cannot today during this short hour speak of all
    • all these teachings there was nothing about birth and death.
    • view the animal of today with unbiased perception, we shall
    • not contemplate death at all.
    • especially vital; but it decreased continually. Perhaps I may
    • express it in the following way: Human beings became gradually
    • This increased more and more, especially for those who lived
    • they really done so, they would perhaps have been able to
    • content and extent of ancient divine wisdom which actually had
    • includes all the beings who were connected with the
    • Jahve-being, with the Bodhisattva-beings, with all the ancient
    • we can actually grasp it — the secret of death confronts
    • death to enter gradually into the understanding of mankind, the
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    • This lecture was originally given in Berlin on February 15, 1909. This version was translated by Frances E.
    • gradually rise to higher and higher truths. Still it was right
    • these higher truths will that gradually be attained which,
    • shall be able to coordinate the spiritual lines and forces
    • more understandable. Today we shall proceed a little farther in this
    • regard, and here also we shall speak again about more complicated
    • first of all that differences exist among the beings who occupy
    • the most varied stages of development. All the souls embodied
    • time of the Lemurian evolution to which we have alluded who no
    • other men, as all the beings who have just been described
    • find it at all in any former fleshly incarnation; but if we do,
    • such a being is called in oriental wisdom an
    • itself and one called an Avatar: namely, that an Avatar-being
    • gather from the spirit of all the lectures given here, is the
    • to flounder about in speculation, we shall at once give a
    • You all know from the story of which Noah
    • shall not go into what Noah and these three tribal ancestors
    • are intended to represent in another respect; we shall
    • receiving a quite specially prepared etheric body. We know that
    • for all the descendants in the following generations; so that
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    • cannot be spoken of scientifically at all, that one must be
    • perceived as somewhat strange. Yet all that is brought forward
    • natural sciences actually climbed and arrived at the point of
    • of knowledge that are allowed by science today, then a way
    • inner man can be won. One must initially want to succeed in the
    • acquisition of such knowledge so as to set the sights overall
    • perception, allow me next to make a comparison. I do not from
    • of this awakening? We switch our will on, especially in our
    • all, what we perceive through the awakened senses is also
    • essentially caused by the awakening of the will in the senses,
    • Let us allow ourselves, once, to take up a
    • certain correct, daring, paradoxical hypothesis. Allowing for
    • ourselves during our conscious life on earth with all the ideas
    • would not occur at all.
    • not allow ourselves to think that, if we can wake up out of the
    • I have put this before you first of all as
    • that it is actually possible for the human being to come to
    • at all, something is necessary that I always call, in this
    • small child, I dreamed in a certain way within life. Then I
    • immodesty if one really wants to ascend to true knowledge of
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture I: The Significance of Supersensible Knowledge Today
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    • been badly presented, usually through overeagerness and lack
    • who, because of their calling, feel they must protect
    • for its further evolution. If these seeds are allowed to lie
    • fallow, they become burning questions weighing on the human
    • own foundation, seeks to understand all religions. It wishes
    • to show that all the great world religions are based on the
    • apparent that spiritual science reflects an aspect of all of
    • is no need for new religions; the old ones contain all the
    • continue for a time, but eventually it will prove too weak,
    • in the twentieth century when other soul forces are called
    • faith of Muslims or of the Jewish people, and equally they do
    • A person's comprehension of Truth must encompass all other
    • rather Truth in all its forms should act as a unifying force.
    • spiritual science when through all the epochs of evolution,
    • longingly seek answers in modern science are especially those
    • happening all around them. Theosophy endeavors to be fully
    • any so-called modern ideas. Just consider how rigid was the
    • while in Spain the young king is obliged to allow new ideas
    • what usually happens in such cases. Many people expect to
    • advent of the microscope had transformed all research. Now it
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    • commentators usually provide curious interpretations of this passage.
    • Faust that it can fill libraries. I naturally cannot
    • passage, but it all amounts more or less to what is said by a
    • This is all
    • especially valuable, and that to him it is important that the
    • sagas and myths, allowing the mighty primordial pictures to
    • one naturally wonders how it was possible for primitive man,
    • came into existence, one ceases to be amazed, and all doubt
    • will be given at the close of this one. Today we shall look
    • All kinds of
    • called, according to the Hermetic axiom, the “world
    • above, or the upper world.” The sense world spread all
    • intellect, is called the “world below,” and is an
    • experience. For someone actually in the throes of pain and
    • like crystallized pain; pain transformed into its
    • frequently; you will find ancient wisdom gradually
    • the primordial beings from whom it all originated. Today we
    • shall turn our attention to that which creates on earth its
    • pressing — especially educational problems involving not
    • Demands causing anxiety are continually made, whether in the
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture III: The Origin of Suffering
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    • life, to assess its value, it is above all pain and suffering
    • that come under scrutiny. In all world views since ancient
    • today's subject. We shall consider in the sense of spiritual
    • himself, allowing his soul to become ever more encompassing.
    • can be perceived physically, spiritual science maintains is
    • inorganic nature, but we also know that it is called into
    • life by the so-called ether or life body. This ether body is
    • call himself “I.” This is the crown of his
    • individual's essential spirit being. This is all mentioned
    • the foundation of all existence. Consequently one cannot ask,
    • on the other hand material entities continually dissolve
    • substance which could well be called “living
    • to those of death; instead of causing substances to fall
    • apart, it continually holds them together. Thus, life becomes
    • just a verbal definition; what it points to happens all the
    • you will find that substances are perpetually being absorbed
    • must approach it gradually as we did the nature of life.
    • from substance, and where substance is continually being
    • Consciousness is the strongest of all forces. Death must of
    • conscious spirit, is the force that eternally wrenches life
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    • from investigations of animals, and as all differences are
    • evil. One must above all recognize that humanity constitutes
    • especially. Spiritual science is the first to show that to
    • individuals called the “initiates.” In every age
    • higher stage; it is the bon viveur that continually
    • even now it is to be found at all levels of existence, in
    • to the next planet, as wisdom was originally brought over
    • all realms are interlinked. If there were no plants, the air
    • interdependence applies to all stages and kingdoms. Just as
    • poetically, saying that from the mortals the gods receive
    • to the highest spiritual love, but all love, the highest as
    • Not all the
    • self-love has developed and widened to become love of all,
    • all, it must pass through the love of self In Faust, Goethe
  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture VI: Education in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • crystallized out of the ether body much as ice crystallizes
    • in common with all beings endowed with life, that is, with
    • all kinds of passions, lower as well as higher, and also of
    • it was called the “inexpressible name of God —
    • individually. A person's characteristics are indicated
    • thrive only when surrounded by all the beings of the
    • free in all directions. Up to then an entity of like nature
    • should, according to spiritual science, avoid all education
    • influenced by the external world; all training should
    • world is attained. All these things indicate that different
    • encompasses a great many things. It is a time when all the
    • essential physical organs are gradually developing and the
    • matters greatly what it sees and hears and generally absorbs.
    • are the most imitative of all animals. This is especially
    • the child should act beneficially.
    • research makes all these subtleties understandable and throws
    • objects and colors of clothing and wallpaper. The educator
    • nature the sense of sight calls up the opposite colors. The
    • lively child the yellow-reddish shades call up the opposite
    • approaches the seventh year and the milk teeth are gradually
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    • the lives of all; usually it is unbidden and often in a way
    • to bear especially in mind that all we can do is to attempt
    • by saying: All living creatures, in all realms of nature,
    • theory. Every living being, at all levels including that of
    • all living creatures: the attainment of individual
    • to the animal kingdom and saw how all striving is directed
    • “Life is a disagreeable affair; I shall spend mine
    • arrive at any other conclusion than: “Basically death
    • characteristic. In the main we shall speak only of human
    • these following four members: first, the externally visible,
    • contains the forces that call the physical substances to
    • first principle, whereas all the organs connected with
    • Finally, the "I" is the architect of the blood circulation.
    • externally visible aspect of a person's organism. The four
    • members of a person's being have different values. We shall
    • Today we shall
    • happens spiritually that is similar to what happens
    • physically at birth. The human being is truly born a second
    • physically on the embryo before birth; up to the change of
    • he will have transformed in his astral body all that is
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    • school. We shall attempt to understand what is required of
    • this time leave undisturbed what should develop naturally of
    • earlier epochs. Even the embryo repeats all primordial stages
    • the third year, he calls the "golden, gentle, harmonious age"
    • naturally must have — seem to the child like a
    • pictorially the teacher should not be thinking that it is
    • merely allegory. If the teacher fully participates in the
    • methods fall completely in this respect, because only the
    • is basically of a religious disposition, who has deep
  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture VIII: Insanity in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • something about so-called spiritual or mental illness. The
    • name is actually misleading; one cannot speak of the spirit
    • of German lyric poets. His images were usually derived from
    • religious person becomes mentally ill, his religious ideas
    • sought. All the medical professions can offer in this field
    • possessed by certain hallucinary ideas which, because they
    • members, especially on the astral body, ennobling and
    • body, particularly through higher impulses, especially of an
    • This occurs also in the ether body, and gradually the
    • physical body, and all cravings and sensations sink into dark
    • first of all pass over into the condition called
    • bear in mind above all, if we are to understand how insanity
    • physical laws, especially the sense organs. What builds a
    • and what is inherited. This usually happens through the fact
    • the rest of a person's organism. Normally we are only
    • “below,” one is not at all conscious of inner
    • Madness, querulousness, hysteria — all conditions in
    • human being can become what is called “demented”
    • This is true especially of delusions; they can arise from
    • hallucinations, and will often give one and the same answer
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    • all that person can do is talk glibly about reincarnation and
    • allowed to grow and mature within a person. It is rightly
    • and exaltation, or when life threatens to fall apart, a
    • moon in silent majesty, a person will see all these phenomena
    • notions while declaring that all one needs is to be in tune
    • spiritual: One evening in a small town, a strange light was
    • noticed to pass across the church wall. Soon it was a topic
    • of conversation all over the town. As no natural explanation
    • phenomenon. Actually, the fact that it was seen by many
    • darkness if the eyes did not transform the light falling upon
    • becomes such a picture, then this wisdom becomes in all
    • of this kind. He immersed himself in all aspects of nature
    • they do not individually possess a soul. Animals share a
    • outside. All animals whose blood can be mixed without ill
    • convinced they experienced a violent shock. All these effects
    • bread. The pills were supposed to cure all kinds of
    • illnesses, but were especially popular for curing
    • night she decided to take her own life and swallowed as many
    • all the signs of someone dying. One doctor remained calm, the
    • especially in the sense of preventing illness. This,
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    • is all too easily misunderstood. The real meaning points to
    • something powerful and universal. Originally it neither
    • everyday self, nor expect to find the sum total of all
    • knowledge within his own being. Rightly understood, the call
    • would not perceive light; it is, however, equally certain
    • that we would not have eyes had the light flooding all space
    • not first created them. Out of an originally lower organism
    • task all the better the more they forget themselves and
    • spiritual eyes and continually does so. Therefore,
    • Taking all
    • an etheric body; only the astral body and what we call
    • falling apart. But at death it leaves the physical body,
    • gradually adjusts to being without a physical environment. We
    • longing for the physical body. Gradually it frees itself of
    • Eventually what is not purified falls away like a kind of
    • three extracts, a person passes into the essentially
    • inherits do not determine his actions or his abilities; all
    • and enjoyment because it calls up in the child inner feelings
    • bond between mother and child, especially during the early
    • chemical components; spiritually it is related to the child.
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    • transformations represented symbolically how inner human
    • difficult to see the need of all these alchemical inventions,
    • than further historical description, I shall give a factual
    • what the book M — — — — actually is, and
    • so-called Fama Fraternitatis in 1614, and a year
    • really the author. In this case it was also disputed whether
    • by many others proffering all kinds of information about
    • are these fragments inaccurate; they have undergone all kinds
    • We shall speak
    • is one of the methods whereby what is called "initiation" can
    • initiation, a method as exact and as scientifically worked
    • methods. A person who gradually prepares will eventually
    • through inner preparation, gradually to find their way to the
    • Truth, it is the same for all. It is comparable to the view
    • from the mountaintop, which is the same for all who reach it,
    • method was the so-called Christian-Gnostic path. The human
    • method of initiation is especially for modern people; it
    • its adherents — rules that are basically still valid, and
    • circles, its fruits should be available to all humanity. That
    • was revealed; no hint was given theoretically or otherwise,
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    • Today we shall
    • called it “mathesis,” mathematics, not because
    • by error and delusion is all too well-known to someone who
    • travels the path of knowledge will eventually reach that
    • substance, Wagner saw from the start an artistic calling as a
    • The artist, he felt, has a kind of priestly calling, and that
    • him to spiritual science and to all genuine mysticism. He
    • forms was caused by what he called “their selfishness
    • but also all spiritual and cultural streams within various
    • everything that surrounded us, and it finally celebrated a
    • the world. Deep feelings of religious piety were called up in
    • all beings, and resurrect within human beings. Filled with
    • operate as separate undertakings; they all functioned in
    • contribute all he could to bring forth harmony among the
    • all communication between them can only be of an external
    • He who thinks materialistically only knows that one can
    • physically reach and assist another person. He has no notion
    • namely, that purely spiritually one soul can influence
    • did not sense the spirit's call, became stuck in sameness, in
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    • in relation to religious records. Today we shall attempt to
    • instances. The Bible is after all a religious document that
    • Testament. Today we shall look at more positive aspects and,
    • seed of all the doubts aroused by disparities in the Gospels
    • historical record at all. It is understandable that the
    • have access to the Bible. But are we really to believe that
    • those few were all so stupid that they did not notice what is
    • Bible arose only gradually. It is said that the Bible cannot
    • Council of Nicaea was called by Emperor Constantine. It
    • so-called harmonizing of the Gospels took place. This meant
    • things are considered, all prejudice must be set aside. In
    • words of the Bible, of being an agnostic and unfit to call
    • called Christianity.”
    • themselves they shall find the Kingdom of Heaven." No words
    • from the spirit that lives, and always did live all about us.
    • spirit, is a drop from the sea of the all-encompassing
    • that is all about him. However, for that to come about
    • practically everything he wrote. However, those who recognize
    • than the latter to the lowest of its own species, it is equally
    • initiate is actually greater than the difference between the
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    • and corrections could be included based of the notes by Meita Pyle-Waller
    • and Elisabeth Vreede. Mieta Pyle-Waller's notes were reviewed and corrected
    • and corrections could be included based of the notes by Meita Pyle-Waller
    • and Elisabeth Vreede. Mieta Pyle-Waller's notes were reviewed and corrected
    • based of the notes by Meita Pyle-Waller and Elisabeth Vreede. Mieta
    • Pyle-Waller's notes were reviewed and corrected by Rudolf Steiner.
    • which point to the future can work through. He continually placed
    • falls, harden or become corrupt, others show that they are strong and
    • describing it pictorially according to race and nation, the religions
    • relation of dependence on the teacher would gradually develop into
    • spirit, must pass a trial. Such a self-desired trial always calls
    • tasks to a very small circle of his students, trying to guide their
    • began the talk in an especially solemn
    • the content of this lecture be completely independent of all those he
    • spiritual world. It was a call delivered to humanity – followed
    • Such a call
    • happens as a rule three times. If the call also remains unheard the
    • This call was already sent to humanity once, unfortunately it found
    • those who already know about it. But allow me to say a few words
    • is generally demanded when such a representation of ideals is brought
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    • of the soul upon his entire nature in all its life-manifestations. We
    • unconscious sleep, and would have been psychically drowned.
    • of the spirit and inspired piety in the artistically inspired man. There
    • thought artistically; Aeschylos and Sophocles were artists who moulded the
    • all, became the heritage of the East; art became the monument of the time
    • Western man discovers life in his reality of Nature, so that he shall see
    • in the rays of his sun of will, then shall the will of the West release the
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    • To-day I feel called upon to explain to you a few
    • falling asleep. We perceive the various spheres of life through
    • allude to this, in order to draw attention to the way in
    • which we can study our waking life and all that it
    • All
    • human being belonging to our so-called civilised world must
    • and we look back without really thinking about it into
    • Vedas and all that is contained in the wisdom of the East.
    • To-day all that arises through the spirit is judged in
    • trivially.
    • powerful life of thought, which we find all the more powerful,
    • moment of waking up to the moment of falling asleep, he felt
    • especially in the head by the Ego and the soul. The
    • before you schematically. In the waking human being, the Ego
    • we now return to those remoter times to which I have alluded,
    • the head — that is, principally the nervous-sensory
    • without speaking metaphorically, that in the most remote epochs
    • into his head, and there he found the results of all that had
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    • this lecture we shall penetrate into the depths of
    • two parts. We can grasp this best of all by seeking an answer
    • fulfilled all his great deeds within the body of Jesus.
    • us now transfer ourselves upon the Sun. There, the so-called
    • Christian esotericism they are called Angeloi = Angels. Only
    • There was a certain relationship between all these souls, for
    • they came from a common spiritual chorus. All those who had
    • all men, who had already completed its humanity upon the Sun: a
    • spirits. One of these Fire-Spirits was called upon to pour out
    • Zarathustra, by Pythagoras, who all lived about 600 years
    • all the different sparks that lived in the human beings. This
    • and as a result, all those who feel united with Christ Jesus
    • and the human beings were thus united into a family all over
    • prophecy: “When the Son of Man shall Come in his glory”
    • (he means by this: when the drops of Christ shall all have entered
    • into the human beings, when all shall have become brothers)
    • “he shall say unto them on his right hand:
    • poured out by Him will all be absorbed, so that when one man
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    • explained symbolically or half symbolically, although the
    • symbolically. But those who bear in mind the things which I
    • shall explain to you to day and who meditate upon them, will
    • bear fruit. Only certain forest trees keep their so-called
    • know that spiritual processes are interwoven with all the
    • through our senses. Let us now look upon the so-called lifeless
    • pertaining to our so-called lifeless, an-organic, purely
    • shall not speak of the change in the earth's consciousness
    • during the course of the year in a definite region, but shall
    • parallelism between our consciousness and, for instance, the
    • permeate all the more the remaining parts of our organism.
    • Parallel to this we have the fact that when, for instance,
    • not equally clear. They have different degrees of strength. The
    • practically no consciousness at all, and the daytime
    • awake. We therefore speak of all the plants upon the earth as a
    • plant-consciousness; we can really say that in our part of the
    • however, we shall not consider its different stages in the same
    • way in which we shall consider the consciousness of the
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  • Title: Spiritual Relations in the Configuration of the Human Organism: Lecture I
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    • diagram) as the ego (naturally, it then goes farther into the organism)
    • immediately, if you observe your seeing not superficially, but in a
    • more intimate way. You only have to call to your mind, if you can, while
    • red. You can realize this especially well, if you, let us say, imagine
    • that man has a kidney system, — I design it here schematically
    • (diagram, dark blue). This kidney system belongs first of all to the
    • really swim continuously in a liquid; in something watery. Therefore
    • also radiates into the eye, is by all means not a dead watery substance,
    • but a living water. You would get a totally wrong idea of what the water
    • living, all that is liquid in the human body is living. And in this
    • the impression from outside, which had at first really been in the ego
    • water, meets the astral body with all that which outer impressions are
    • retains really only the power to give form. If the human head did not
    • we see that all plastic formative forces start from the head. Man receives
    • entering there the eye wants to take shape inside of man. Most of all
    • This force wants to make man, as it were, into a statue. It is really
    • for human life, basically it really means the whole of human life.
    • to salt (to pickle) right away all impressions, then you will have a
    • call forth a sort of mineral salt-like formation. But it is good when
    • body; but one does not forget really after one day, not after the second
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    • up into his own organism what we call substances from nature, from the
    • basically are still more important, as for example light, which we also
    • Described externally the
    • wash it, saturated with a substance called ptyalin, which is excreted
    • I would like to say — and through further digestion all that what
    • these substances present in the body of the animal. Also, all what the
    • though originally it might come out of the organic has been driven so
    • These underlie the least transformations in us; they really undergo
    • organs — essentially all has been driven out what they are externally
    • all foodstuffs are dead.
    • world gradually have been lost (see drawing 1, red) but here they will
    • intestines and heart and then you see, all that would be taken up by
    • today's physiology does not really describe at all, but which do exist.
    • body can cooperate in the further configuration of all that, what is
    • that all which is liquid and dissolving through the activity of the
    • in itself, the same with the heart, the lung. All that could not be
    • as if I wanted to build something plastically. I take mortar, or any
    • which really radiate and are formed. It is in such a way that the organs
    • the kidneys and is worked through this really is a nitrogen changed
    • into all that which is being formed there. First we have the foodstuff
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    • after a certain time had passed, the so-called Dark Age will come to
    • Anthroposophy shall therefore not be the renewal of any kind of old
    • say that we as mankind, especially as civilized European mankind, enter
    • we as mankind shall now emerge.
    • at all. Altogether, one did not speak during that old Light Age of illness
    • call pneumonia today. The form of illness in case of pneumonia was of
    • people--mostly spent all their life at the same place. Nevertheless
    • earthly spot where he was born. In those olden times one knew very specifically:
    • literally: it was the Light Age, it was the age in which one really
    • from the sun. It is mineral light. The light that falls on the meadows
    • edible. We then eat the cake; naturally, we also appreciate knives and
    • light comes from the plant kingdom. This we do not take up at all any
    • about flowers, with all that, we have, basically, what I might call
    • in face of all that was living outside. The man of old felt himself
    • related with his trees, with all that was for him precisely the suitable
    • of man, of a black or light bile, of blood and of phlegm. This was really
    • thought about as remembrances of the old light age. Phlegm was essentially
    • were still there, and basically only at the time of Galen did one start
    • not know anything at all any more of the human ether body, not even
    • at least, of the earlier healing through the ether body. One really
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  • Title: Necessity and Freedom: Lecture I: The Past Shows Us a Picture of Necessity
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    • human and world existence, and we shall certainly not be able
    • the moment in conjunction with what we call divine cosmic
    • and all-pervading necessity on the one hand and
    • runs to some extent through all our intellectual endeavors.
    • There have always been philosophers called determinists
    • who supposed that all the events we are involved in through our
    • studies of the last few years will actually have more or less
    • find no basis at all for overcoming doubt in this sphere if you
    • look outside of what we call spiritual science. Only the
    • intellects, something occurs that can be called confusion in
    • contains all the numbers included in the right column. 2, 4, 6,
    • and so on are all there. I can continue underlining them. If
    • they are exactly half of all the numbers together because every
    • actually be used where infinity is concerned, where we go
    • be able to distinguish the small lines very clearly, especially
    • have a small circle there are an infinite number of sides in
    • take a small circle with an infinite number of sides and a
    • science, and thinking it might be especially effective, he
    • This quotation says roughly that human beings are really poor
    • the sense world — after all, had not Matthias Claudius
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    • mystery of necessity and freedom in its two equally significant
    • at the very moment when the rock falls down.” According
    • deliberately, one would have to say that all those people were
    • whole problem. For we shall not be able to approach any
    • also examine all the implications for human knowledge itself,
    • unless we fully examine why we get lost in blind alleys of
    • progress when we are really just going round in circles. We do
    • we call the ahrimanic and luciferic forces in world events and
    • apparently remote example of the clock in the old town hall of
    • Prague town hall was made beautifully by a simple man who
    • governor wanted to keep this clock all for himself and would
    • not allow anything like it to be made in any other town. So he
    • he felt death approaching was the clockmaker allowed to touch
    • gave the clock such a jolt that it could actually never be put
    • besides all that I have already told you of its artistic
    • from the clock face, the planetary dial, and all the other
    • in which he could see himself all the time.
    • These two figures are exceptionally good examples of the person
    • perpetually to have his vanity aroused, the man looking at
    • is Death, the balancer (we shall say more about this
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    • continue last week's study I shall begin with a kind of
    • coming year with his teachers. First of all it is the
    • “Well, during the holidays I noted down carefully all the
    • plan for next year containing all the things which I am sure
    • were successful and got across to the children. All the work I
    • would be set as homework in the course of the year. All his
    • avoiding all the mistakes I made before.” And he, too,
    • all the subjects he was going to give the pupils for schoolwork
    • “The teacher I have just spoken to noted all the
    • especially about whether I made any particular mistakes, or
    • really,” said the headmaster, “we would be
    • thoroughly at sea in that case. We can hardly allow such things
    • said, one never really knew what would happen the following
    • failed too, and others passed, but it all happened as expected.
    • allowances, and the headmaster was convinced that the
    • school inspector also coming occasionally, and, of
    • week.’ But that way you cannot look ahead at all! It is quite
    • “Yes, but look, I have actually asked my teachers about
    • way foresee that all will be well. And,” said the new
    • headmaster, “I actually agree with him entirely. You
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    • aspects as we can. We usually do not consider that problems of
    • would like first of all to remind you of something I mentioned
    • all the points that should be considered. For just imagine, if
    • appearance. All the various events we have seen taking place in
    • had not fused with the world of historically young peoples who
    • of the way this encounter came about between a culturally
    • historically young people, such as the Teutonic people
    • were in those days, all the later events have developed right
    • up to Goethe's Faust and all that nineteenth century
    • they really ought to happen are not our speculations about
    • actually enter forces we sense as coming from the spiritual
    • the highest order. But are we not actually doing away
    • with it when we simply look at all that has happened completely
    • at the world, we can really only speak of necessity.
    • Freedom is fundamentally a kind of illusion. For if a ball is
    • Spinoza is utterly and totally wrong. The matter is quite
    • different. If we really flew off somewhere like the ball that
    • “In all matters where we are absolutely conscious,
    • our actions cannot be other than free. If a ball that I struck
    • really had consciousness, it would only fly in a certain
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  • Title: Necessity and Freedom: Lecture V: The "I" is Found on the Physical Plane in Acts of Will
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    • observe it externally with our senses, and everyone else
    • we usually call the etheric body. It escapes ordinary physical
    • little observed externally that human beings cannot even name
    • it from outside. If someone were to call out the word
    • within. Thus we can say after all that while the etheric and
    • perceived at all by the senses.
    • and that we come to the point of naming it actually tell us
    • falling asleep and waking up.” Then of course we would no
    • they speak of. If we speak of something that really exists, we
    • Between falling asleep and awakening the I is not there,
    • he looks at himself. He does not call himself “I”
    • I. And throughout our waking day we are not really in
    • what we normally know of the I from philosophy is a
    • reflected. Thus on falling asleep our I would really
    • All we can do is will. The fact that we are able to will makes
    • will we actually become conscious of ourselves. But of
    • how this will enters into us we know nothing at all on the
    • etheric body into the physical body and actually turns into a
    • way I have described this here has actually been applicable to
    • and this fact is usually overlooked. As for us, we have studied
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    • their spiritual life before birth with what one might call a
    • call up the inclination on earth to wipe out this old
    • essentially to the events on the earth in recent years.
    • observation of actual life, people pass lightly over all
    • sound to many today) by allowing oneself to enter into the
    • aims of Eurhythmy, not just superficially seeking sensation,
    • (naturally you must take this in the right way, I am speaking
    • and above all interjections, are relatively easily understood
    • nouns hardly at all. These leave a kind of gap in their grasp
    • any rate for all mid- and west-European languages—and
    • concretely. To speak of a germ does not generally mean that a
    • bean, exists as an image in the mind, especially if the talk
    • gradually into their language, into their speaking into their
    • imaginatively, pictorially, when they speak.
    • and the root from which they all sprint.]
    • expressed in speech. What then is the right really, taken
    • days often said that the state should be above all a
    • heard, my dear friends, certain people called clumsy
    • (literally “left-handed”). What are clumsy
    • are not naturally left-handed we usually do awkwardly, not
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    • us — in addition to what is naturally of particular
    • — is that really the ultimate practical solution of
    • fundamentally, to concentrate their gaze on the fundamentals.
    • might water. But what must appear in a really deep social
    • of people on earth, really out of knowledge of human nature,
    • tell themselves, that what really has to do with spiritual
    • genius should be especially cultivated, out of which should
    • opposed to all life of the Spirit, indeed it is its opposite.
    • unhealthily, the principles of rights gradually accepted as
    • the later periods. All these things happen interconnectedly;
    • of Intuition. But externally man must distinguish between the
    • give the folk genius principally the conceptions of rights
    • incarnation menu usually remain bound only to a certain
    • all speak differently from what was customary in the 18th
    • this way. There you see the individually creative playing
    • of no distinction. What originally pulses from one's
    • surface, but actually only the superficial. What the
    • same. In regard to something I shall speak of next, it does
    • forth. What does this show? Recall the human head and the
    • roundness, it's spherical form. So he who as a German calls
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    • Works Volume 188. All lectures were given at Dornach in January 1919, and
    • originally published in German as,
    • It must frequently be repeated that naturally it is very easy to find
    • all the striving of the age, in so far as this striving proceeds from
    • must above all be borne in mind as a particularly striking fact at present
    • best they allow that a spiritual world can be disclosed by means of
    • the spiritual scientist is indeed able really to appreciate the direction
    • is estimable in this thought. But the rejection of the really spiritual
    • all the seriousness of the present time, who have for some time understood
    • date today since it was written when the so-called war was still in full
    • delusion. For some time we have actually been living in an age very similar
    • of peoples — it is better to refer to it thus than to call it
    • date. The danger has not diminished, but since all his arguments were
    • fall back on any kind of deluded ideas that have become mere fine words.
    • rid of, do you think that he would really be disposed to recognise the
    • years in which to practise their Roman Catholicism and yet have fallen
    • Particularly where this point is concerned it is above all necessary
    • in feeling and ask yourself: where does it come from historically? If you
    • really wish to get to the root of this, in the end you will be unable to
    • help saying that fundamentally it comes from the way in which Christianity
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    • Works Volume 188. All lectures were given at Dornach in January 1919, and
    • originally published in German as,
    • and especially a propos where the kind of considerations now in point
    • here and there into the spiritual life of mankind. You must really be
    • against this seriousness and against these impulses generally, the opposition
    • present. The temptation to fall in with the objections of scholarly
    • Spiritual Science speaks. It is naturally not intended, on the part
    • taking into account all the prejudice belonging to certain religious
    • of phenomena there is spirit, spirit, spirit. I have always called your
    • to make anything at all of the accusation of Pantheism, where such a
    • that where men would deceive themselves these things should play a really
    • only to judge the faithful according to the sense of the officially
    • all the Church Fathers and every exponent of Church doctrine—the
    • an aim at all. All that may be striven for by an orthodox Catholic is
    • vision. This 'legitimate vision' is that the present day hall-marked
    • so-called gratiae grate detae, what is given through grace,
    • The other gifts are those which may be called the universal human gifts.
    • special faculties for penetrating to the supersensible worlds all striving
    • the objections an orthodox, hallmarked, Roman Catholic cleric would
    • of thing today not only against our Sairitual Science but against all
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    • originally published in German as,
    • for once call up before our souls some results of Spiritual Science
    • and we exert ourselves really to study these things just in their relation
    • still actually more or less dominated by inherited concepts and impulses
    • of things that were actually to be developed in the following evolution
    • of the earth. So that up to Atlantean times man was really only what
    • actually to become as man of the earth; then he continues on, and now
    • perceives or is outwardly active in his willing is really surrounded
    • then supposed to speak to the world as philosophers, is really perfectly
    • inadequate nonsense. For a true insight into what is really revealed
    • unwilling to go into all the doubts which arise from observing the kingdoms
    • by the Guardian of the Threshold unconsciously. It is actually a certain
    • fear of the truth which always unconsciously holds men back from really
    • be described by saying: actually (you will forgive me, I know, for putting
    • this Imagination into words) actually so long as they are in a physical
    • it now is, we actually have to do with semblance alone. For the corpse-like
    • And the childishness of men does not allow us to confess its presence
    • this is what I meant were there beings who on being examined anatomically
    • corpses, then man in his whole attitude of soul would really belong
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  • Title: Goetheanism as an Impulse for Man's Transformation - Lecture 4: Human Qualities Which Oppose Antroposophy
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    • Works Volume 188. All lectures were given at Dornach in January 1919, and
    • originally published in German as,
    • said, suffices for understanding and receiving open-mindedly all things
    • everyone may have all that the investigating Anthroposophist receives
    • of rising slowly and gradually, in accordance with what his own karma
    • will become increasingly so for all men, to learn to understand the
    • arises above all about this is why so many people today avoid making
    • of the spiritual world actually look like when this world is entered
    • by the spiritual investigator. In former times the Initiates were allowed
    • from what has to be given out today. But naturally in those olden days
    • is still right, what actually happens when a man seeks to enter the
    • accept some particular thing through belief in authority. There is really
    • all manner of brooding and things of that kind, which they call meditation.
    • This preference for actually penetrating into the spiritual world without
    • all too easily that after some time he ruins his whole endeavour, brings
    • prevail in the same measure as their zeal for the so-called exercises,
    • which indeed in themselves naturally have their justification. It is
    • until then has actually not been acquired, this characteristic feature
    • will appear—that all this will be experienced as if someone were
    • this fact, we may be able to recall a basic truth of our Spiritual Science
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  • Title: Goetheanism as an Impulse for Man's Transformation - Lecture 5: Paganism, Hebraism, and the Greek Spirit, Hellenism
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    • Works Volume 188. All lectures were given at Dornach in January 1919, and
    • originally published in German as,
    • we have surveyed this most important of all events for mankind. Today
    • we will try to look at it in such a way that we shall be striving to
    • otherwise generally recoils in fear from having recent history permeated
    • of Golgotha we shall have our attention drawn above all to the impossibility
    • we try to grasp a spiritual event spiritually that we arrive at area
    • the Mystery of Golgotha is for all that like other historical events
    • all other paths of mankind, will be found to lead to nothing when trying
    • of Golgotha must be understood spiritually as a spiritual event. And
    • in the Mystery of Golgotha? In spite of all the so-called liberal theology
    • themselves the burden of that guilt, that greatest of all guilt, the
    • Looked at superficially,
    • heathen world. In its religious conception Judaism has something radically
    • that Judaism and paganism exclude each other as the two poles of all
    • paganism. All paganism—whether or no what I want to say is, in
    • paganism, more or less hidden—all paganism starts out with the
    • be found in nature. Pagan religion is at the same time essentially the
    • the essential being of all paganism—today I can only give an outline
    • morality as a content. In the culturally advanced pagan religion of
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  • Title: Goetheanism as an Impulse for Man's Transformation - Lecture 6: Goetheanism as an Impulse for Man's Transformation
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    • Works Volume 188. All lectures were given at Dornach in January 1919, and
    • originally published in German as,
    • standing-by, in all the help given her, how fond they had become of
    • this personality. I need not dwell at length on what we all feel in
    • last weeks but all through her spiritual striving, her wonderful spiritual
    • whom physically they have been permitted to be so closely connected
    • all at once nor during the relatively long time that there has been
    • ours, this age of consciousness, it is necessary for all this to be
    • it is already necessary today to make clear to ourselves what actually
    • that the human race has really developed, really changed, in the course
    • of man that allowed the visions to arise which in a certain way revealed
    • atavistic clairvoyance, became gradually lost to mankind. And just at
    • life we were indeed the very men we now call forefathers) these men
    • initiated into the Mysteries, whose Karma called them to do so could
    • that may be called the truths of salvation. This instruction, however,
    • Mysteries. Today, this can no longer really be pictured because through
    • experiences of soul, the man's nature really became so transformed that
    • a man could really perceive in the spiritual. The great experience undergone
    • thing that came was actually what at a certain stage man had experienced
    • on Golgotha. Now this had happened historically. A man, Jesus—for
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    • a result of a wish from your chairperson we shall speak today
    • you have become learned in theory. It doesn't really come to
    • say, which we gradually acquire when we repeatedly work within
    • are taken in. Whatever one can call proof of spiritual
    • all know by now through anthroposophical work that two other
    • worlds exist beside our own; the so-called astral and
    • devachanic worlds, called, as far as they are known in
    • the pure spiritual world, Devachan, where you are called again
    • behind it all, are made aware regarding beings and realities
    • are differentiated substantially from those existing beings on
    • people. When we determine a single characteristic of all these
    • the plant or mineral. This is not at all the situation with the
    • astral image world. Naturally everything that enfolds there
    • other than expressions for souls, we may call them, which live
    • mere light and different colour images but also all other
    • physically similar sense impressions, only these are not
    • a sense: “You live in this”. — This is really quite
    • astral truths and beings, but it feels as if it is all growing
    • All
    • in the physical world we have naturally the feeling that all
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    • Now, all of the lectures in this series have been translated!
    • benefit fundamentally ever more from the work than had been
    • notices this is actually not so. Here exactly lie difficulties
    • at the way Goethe considered himself, that one can't really get
    • huge, so all-encompassing and with expansive enlightenment that
    • knowledge, couldn't grasp what really was working in his soul.
    • gradually into our soul, that it becomes larger than all which
    • Goethe can utter about it prosaically.
    • “Faust.” I can't allow myself, due to a time
    • Before all else, it is necessary to enter into Faust as boldly
    • “Faust,” then one usually gets involved in the
    • it is noticeable then, how Faust, doubtful in the power of all
    • Goethe allows his Faust to open up a book on magic, called the
    • It dawned on him in such a way, that he allowed Faust to strive
    • the 18th century, from what was generally recognised
    • becoming, may result in crystallization. Goethe also belonged
    • really struggled once with conceptual knowledge, with an idea
    • revealed to him, and allowed himself to turn to the sign which
    • Thus Goethe allows Faust to doubt that within the immense
    • human soul as the case may be. Approaching the great All, we
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    • relationship to all anthroposophical striving. What is so often
    • expressed theoretically is that anthroposophic occult science
    • can be nothing other than an all-encompassing, universal
    • needs to run parallel with all real research into the areas of
    • the Higher Worlds, running parallel with development of all our
    • Anthroposophist. Today we want to explore that which we call in
    • self-knowledge which can be called World Knowledge in the
    • anthroposophic sense; and to above all, relate each single
    • element we discuss to what could be called “occult
    • means something which the human being represents basically as
    • the complexity of human nature when we remember what we all
    • what we call the actual Ego- or “I”-carrier
    • (Ich-Träger). When we look at that which we basically call
    • the Self, with all these members linked to human nature, we
    • conditions called unconscious sleep. We have to say that this
    • ourselves. Here we discover all possible kinds of
    • kind of self-knowledge which could rather be called the
    • so to speak the yard stick for all which the person will
    • you back at this point is basically a loss for the soul.
    • insight into what really matters, must we ask the following
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    • megfelelően be kell vallanom, hogy egyelőre úgy látszik, nincs
    • vagy talán csak azt kellett bevallania magának, hogy a másik
    • emberiség régi időszakaiban, amikor még bizonyos vallásos,
    • spirituális élet hatotta át a lelkeket, a vallásos közösség és
    • vallási álláspontját képviselte, a halál után azonban csak az
    • az ember, hogy a halott valóban oda tud hallgatni arra, amit
    • használunk neki, feltéve, hogy hall bennünket. Ha nem hall
    • talán elérjük, hogy mégis meghall bennünket; mindenképpen
  • Title: The Building at Dornach (Bn/GA 289): Lecture I: The Goetheanum
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    • in what will be said, a sort of foundation for their own work. We shall
    • actually brought this state of things about? You see, in everything
    • be traced back to what we may call the Old Testament outlook on the
    • succeeded in creating artistic forms. All that has been achieved is
    • But really there are two
    • case the thought element, the intellectual, is principally developed.
    • artistically had an actual fear of every kind of philosophy, for it
    • place, I drew attention to the fact that in all the present struggles
    • to show all that can be accomplished by a really creative conception
    • of the world at the present time and more especially what it must do
    • in the future. In a sense you see before you, in a picture, all that
    • circle complete, covered with hemispheres equally incomplete, expresses
    • then develop the right understanding for it. I shall have to speak further
    • It is first of all necessary
    • much of the original plan had to be altered, for it had originally been
    • the substructure and that, as we shall see, the staircase by which we
    • Hall. The Building stands rather above the level of the actual surface
    • especially when he finds himself opposite the main door, that an attempt
    • this introducing the forms of architecture into organic forms. All these
    • objections are known. But here we have actually dared to make the attempt.
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  • Title: The Building at Dornach (Bn/GA 289): Lecture II: Bau Lecture II
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    • as it appears at present from the outside, the idea called up through
    • terrace through the main entrance and step into the first Hall, turn
    • walls in which something arbitrary here and there is placed. No, everything
    • but that it is a part of the whole form, as if the organ had actually
    • you see the first pillar and I want to call your special attention to
    • If you would really get
    • called Saturn, the second pillar Sun and so forth. Well, that is conceivable
    • element. Now we shall see the third pillar by itself. (5A)
    • the third and fourth pillars together with their architraves. We shall
    • motif is really very complicated in relation to the one that has gone
    • before and especially the architrave motif is becoming more and more
    • be seen in their relation to all the rest. That is the essential thing
    • in all the ideas expressed in this Building. Whereas elsewhere one finds
    • repetition, here one has a progressive evolution. This is really the
    • branch out from one another, how the Mercury motif with its small top
    • the idea merely intellectually it may seem to you as if evolution consists
    • of what evolution really is. The marvellous and significant thing is
    • I should like very specially
    • form); that is if you are really immersed in that which in nature is
    • Then you would get a development which is really modelled from nature
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    • paintings in the smaller dome, it has not been possible to make lantern
    • we pass on to the paintings in the smaller dome, I am indeed in a peculiar
    • of the smaller dome, as far as possible, the influence of this point
    • of view is actually felt — even then of course everything is only
    • at the initial stages. To allow form to appear as the creation of colour
    • we see that this fundamental principle to draw forth all that is pictorial
    • from colour, can really only be at the very beginning of its development.
    • thinking, especially in the art of painting must make itself felt. This
    • colour; to look at red calls forth a feeling of being attacked, as if
    • colours as ocean-waves rising and falling, and at the same to perceive,
    • The spiritual is essentially brought to expression in the forms of the
    • follows naturally in contrast to what one generally imagines, i.e. the
    • and therefore with lantern slides we do not get what is really essentially
    • out for something else, as not really giving expression to that which
    • is really in these pictures, really wishes to speak to us in a totally
    • different language”, and then we shall be led to see the Building
    • here in the small dome, where as a beginning there is, on the surface
    • of the walls, a kind of flying child, immediately at the junction of
    • the large and small domes. You see this flying child, which in its composition
    • in the configuration of the small dome. You understand the whole figure
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture I: The Problem of Faust
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    • out of which flow the impulses for all our knowledge and all
    • Now, from all that you know of Goethe's Faust, and of
    • all the transitional impulses introduced by the new age, both
    • actually look back into the previous age, the age that came
    • actually only see the ruins of a culture, a spiritual culture
    • sixteenth century, the historical Faust who actually lived
    • alchemy, and mysticism, all of which was the wisdom of former
    • state of confusion. It all originated in tradition, the
    • were,all kinds of sound formulas from past ages and much real
    • heart, with those soul forces that have specially to do with
    • wanted to know how a man, continually advancing, could arrive
    • wisdom that the old art of healing sprang; all dispensing,
    • We shall shortly hear how completely in the ancient wisdom
    • moral conception of the world. And we shall also shortly see
    • how little what is called the new freedom in human evolution
    • would have been able to develop in those days. Actually this
    • the epoch following the Greco-Roman. We shall see what it
    • ancient wisdom could be really helpful to humanity, for it is
    • Nature and all her holy rounds to scan;
    • medicines had been manufactured from them. But all that no
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture II: The Romantic Walpurgis-Night
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    • Walpurgis-night performed yesterday, which we shall be
    • of this kind has naturally made no small impression on those
    • all this followed her confinement. She lost her reason,
    • all the more excessive by reason of the addition of the
    • he was all that older and had passed the great experiences,
    • dream was actually written a year earlier than the
    • bear in mind that Goethe's meaning was really of a spiritual
    • those that were later; but up to 1900 I know them almost all,
    • Goethe was really not the commonplace, imperturbable Monist
    • knowledge. To speak rather trivially, you can see that there
    • this assembly the following story was told. (This was all
    • concede that what the Church conceded. Above all he wished to
    • would not allow that there was anything spiritual and many of
    • fanatically persisted in his opinion that all this had
    • this was all described very exactly in the man continued: now
    • another priest alleged that he had heard in Rome that ten
    • naturally the physical body of those who make this journey
    • Mephistopheles, on the night of April 30, actually find
    • They have actually entered another realm,
    • souls. And we naturally find them within this world as they
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture III: Goethe's Feeling for the Concrete.
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    • with a really intelligent reception in the widest circles
    • of Goethe's his spirit we may now call to our aid the already
    • familiar ideas of Spiritual Science. For, in these ideas, all
    • of these two scenes, above all, we have an important account
    • of cultural history. Goethe had been deterred by all that he
    • all the concepts through his studies and mysticism as well as
    • circle is the fact that a really intensive striving towards
    • the spiritual world should actually promote caricatures of
    • Goethe's immediate circle a really important endeavor, that
    • you can see by all that is said the
    • spiritual thrust should meet with opposition. Naturally
    • that he tried by abstract, all-round concepts, to give life
    • Fichte had to say to be taken seriously at all, the strong
    • like Fichte, actually fought his way — as I have often
    • This conception gradually developed into a kind of Theosophy
    • lived especially in his splendid treatise on the Mysteries of
    • were such spirits as Friedrich Schlegel, who energetically
    • those more philosophically constituted natures sought to
    • formulate his philosophy. And all this had been going on
    • is relative in the world, beyond all that controls mankind in
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture IV: Faust and the "Mothers"
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    • way in which it is introduced into the poem, it really
    • contains a kind of culminating point of all that is spiritual
    • is allowed to work upon us, we shall well be able to soy that
    • it contains a very great deal of all that Goethe is wishing
    • in him if we are to have any notion at all of what is meant
    • their being, what they essentially are — all this was
    • scene, and also upon what takes place in the next, we shall
    • sounds!” And this is all introduced by Mephistopheles'
    • mystery.” Thus it is really a matter here of something
    • sphere where one may easily fall into deception and illusion
    • movement, and the world of the senses rises out of all this
    • come to the sphere that can be called the sphere of action in
    • case. Faust has actually to produce the departed Paris and
    • transplanted. They really do not exist for him. Faust has to
    • place — all therefore that takes place before
    • impregnation. One has a quite wrong and materialistically
    • inthe woman all the forces that lead to the physical human
    • dear friends, what Faust really has to experience, If it were
    • a different region. This naturally should be understood as a
    • possibility would be that all might go very badly and Faust's
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    • of spiritual science; we are thus gradually led to form real
    • conceptions of the several epochs. To-day we shall speak
    • 1413. We shall add certain particulars to what we already
    • sense, in a living and energetic way, what we may call the
    • Scientifically he will have to solve the nature and essence
    • grapple in the right way with all that springs from Evil; he
    • to the impulses of the Will. All this is essential to the
    • fundamentally speaking, was after all but a faint repetition
    • time, which began in 1413, with all the powers of Evil,
    • — with all that springs from Evil. For the human being
    • himself will have to free himself from all this by means of
    • be rightly judged by comparison. It is not really enough to
    • wanted, as it were, to guess its secret from all that he saw
    • in him like a kind of illness. But this was essentially due
    • all-embracing poem. It would be interesting, for example, to
    • the scene at the Emperor's Court, and finally appears in its
    • which we really experience. Behind all thoughts are Imaginations;
    • intimate connection of what happens here with all that Faust
    • encounter with Helena. All this is shaped with artistic
    • all things esoteric become exoteric by-and-by. The exoteric
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture VI: The Helena Saga and the Riddle of Freedom
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    • which I tried to describe in their real essence. All this is
    • Evil, — the mastery of Evil in all directions. Human
    • beings will have to learn to know all that the soul must
    • impulses of Good. All this has arisen on the foundation of
    • do especially with the problem of Birth and Death, — a
    • so-called “course of Nature,” as Birth and
    • that, and cannot become abstractly pious all at once. On the
    • rather not hear of what is really contained in the impusles
    • beings those Beings whom I characterised as fallen Spirits of
    • thereby in an Ahrimanic way — all that which is
    • the fourth postAtlantean epoch. For we shall then be more
    • thing to build all the social structure of humanity upon the
    • above all, it was in a sense the descendants of
    • that time, after all, there was still the wise guidance of
    • shepherd the boy became entrusted. The shepherd's wife called
    • his mother really were. He could not but think Corinth, where
    • his death, and he was buried in Attic soil. We need only call
    • really behind these Heroes! They could not tell them that
    • sixteenth century naturally had no more inkling of them than
    • even as Faust revered her. But with regard to Helena of all
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture VII: Some Spiritual-Scientific Observations
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    • it, I shall arrange matters rather differently. My lecture
    • wish to stress the fact that I shall not be speaking from the
    • achievement I shall add some Spiritual-Scientific
    • allowing this scene — “On the Upper Peneus as
    • Helen — specially shows how Goethe divined and felt the
    • time. I shall only say enough to make it clear to you that
    • we have to bear in mind that man is really a complicated
    • himself quite specially connected. If we separate man out in
    • to be exact) we can show him diagrammatically as follows:
    • organisation to go through a period of sound, all-round
    • with the radiance originally intended by his creators, Again,
    • actually belong to man's nature, but which is, so to say, for
    • much more enlightened state than the one he actually enters
    • ahrimanic influences, Naturally we need not think that
    • we shall strive to speak accurately. Much harm is done by the
    • stands in a threefold stream, to only one of which he really
    • belongs. The other two were not originally in human evolution
    • more deeply than modern superficiality generally desires to
    • gradually — the creation of Goethe's Faust-figure, and
    • it came to represent all that man knows about man, What can
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture VIII: Spiritual Science Considered with the Classical Walpurgis-Night
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    • today called science needs only to be extended in order to
    • further, and then we shall come increasingly near to the
    • All science,
    • my dear friends, all officially accepted science that deals
    • — what has being on the earth-planet. What is called
    • experiences in waking, life, between waking and falling
    • between waking and sleeping is really only apparent. We might
    • things. As we all know, we are in a genuinely waking
    • while the greater part of our life of feeling, and above all
    • evoking all kinds of images as they come and go, ideas that
    • which man is active with his whole will. Only in a small part
    • flow of your ideas, one idea calls up see another, how you
    • recall things long forgotten. You begin with an idea which
    • my dear friends, we know there are scientifically conceived
    • following. Freud's school and others, mostly, though not all
    • been fulfilled. A man goes throughout life wishing all kinds
    • to dream they have been beheaded. All such things, so often
    • certain extent we call back our past. Today with our brain
    • generally completely chaotic. But this chaotic character is
    • totally different, from the experiences of waking life. We
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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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    • soul the light of a deepened observation upon all that such a
    • add something here to all that has been said. I should like,
    • that is, to point out how really it is only possible rightly
    • unspiritual standpoint we can naturally never find in
    • Goethe's work all that yesterday and the previous day we were
    • able to discover by considering it anthroposiphically, but
    • connections I have called your attention to other
    • all-embracing Faust poem,that should indeed be of the
    • So far as all
    • theories but to the so-called primal phenomena for his
    • really been a very wide understanding of the matter. Perhaps
    • men, in the so-called Newtonian theory of colors — in that
    • naturally, must appear to modern physics both primitive and
    • that Professer Buttner promptly placed all the apparatus at
    • it at the white of the wall, so this white would then be
    • both foolish and primitive). But — nothing! The wall
    • thinking. He took a peep through the prism; the wall was
    • natural phenomena. It was an outlook that rejected all
    • colors does with painting. Naturally this could not be done
    • all theory where natural phenomena are concerned, and really
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture X: Faust's Knowledge and Understanding of Himself
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    • Forces Actually Slumbering in Man
    • Forces Actually Slumbering in Man
    • Part II of “Faust”, applies especially to this
    • great deal that is veiled, and is meant actually to introduce
    • perception. So that all the knowledge and perception of man
    • real knowledge of man at all. Goethe indicates this by
    • Wagner is capable of aspiring with ideally conceived physical
    • means, such ideally conceived means as would. naturally be
    • nature that a human being could be intellectually put
    • arises thus, even when all that can be attained in the
    • homunculus. Considered dramatically, this homunculus is
    • of the body. Goethe really wishes to show that it is possible
    • Faust, knowledge in the form of pictures, that we call
    • not wanting to invent an imaginative world himself, calls in
    • to the open sea. The Greeks, like all ancient peoples, still
    • universally experienced in olden times, and much is connected
    • all that bound him to earth, above all through his bodily
    • out of his feeling for the cosmos, and when he speaks of all
    • scene begins, we see the ‘alluring
    • externally in picture-form, might equally be one of everyday
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    • — dominated above all by the great seriousness of this
    • urge. While grasping all the knowledge in this poem of
    • Initiates, but that he had taken trouble to put it all into a
    • the main points of what was said yesterday about all that is
    • be an impulse to experience life in all its fullness, to
    • experience all that life can bring to man in the way of
    • the urge for knowledge must be related to all the claims life
    • with all that life demands and brings. To this end, Goethe
    • together out of natural forces and natural laws. All this
    • alone can lead to the knowledge of man, of Homo; while all
    • endeavoured to portray artistically in his Faust.
    • echoes of atavistic spiritual vision. And after showing all
    • him, all that surrounds him of a soul and spirit nature.
    • superstitious pedants have really no idea how small a part
    • Goethe first presented was the one in which all ancient
    • degree, soul and spirit actually free themselves from their
    • the Sirens. I spoke of this yesterday so today I shall not
    • brought about by the Sirens. Above all they practise their
    • Samothrace were above all destined to learn the secret of
    • Homunculus can never become Homo. Thus Goethe believes in all
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture XII: Goetheanism In Place of Homunculism and Mephistophelianism
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    • creation neither the art not the wisdom falls short and, in
    • at all my aim. For in this sphere I consider interpretation
    • to be utterly useless. All that was attempted in these
    • base of all striving for knowledge of every kind of striving
    • trivially-minded, average man looks upon what can be attained
    • distinguishes the man of learning who is fundamentally
    • honest, is that he finally admits, when he tries to advance
    • superficiality into a really deep comprehension of life.
    • scale from instinct up to the purest spiritual ideals. In all
    • into action, we again come to a boundary. Fundamentally,
    • all that makes life happy, all that shatters life, all that
    • gives freedom and all that is sinful. And if we try to take
    • goal over all hindrances, disappointments and disillusions.
    • different religious denominations is, usually, only at its
    • all this life will first pour in future through the
    • in which actually (forgive the trivial mode of expression) a
    • reach ourselves. In willing we do this, for willing actually
    • with all intensity, then he feels himself rightly as a man on
    • dear friends, I have often called your attention to the
    • after were always the result of what went before. Actually,
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  • Title: Anthroposophy as a Demand of the Times
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    • The Supersensible Human, Anthroposophically Comprehended,
    • The Supersensible Human, Anthroposophically Comprehended,
    • facts of the so-called supersensible world which man is
    • satisfied with what is called a belief, an assumption arising
    • which lives in many human souls in vague feelings, in all sorts
    • fellow human beings and so on. For it is gradually felt more
    • still something quite different involved. Man gradually feels
    • calls a halt to all knowledge before the supersensible, then
    • one calls a halt before human self-knowledge. Then one
    • all. But then we must lack the self-confidence towards that
    • which after all we feel to be our most precious, our most
    • dignified, that by which we actually are human beings, indeed
    • that that which we call our moral impulses, which we call the
    • if we have to call a halt before the supersensible with our
    • in this way present day humanity cannot really build a bridge
    • would like to call it — fact, and that which flows to it
    • able to say something, albeit hypothetically, about the present
    • One describes, at least hypothetically, how once upon a time
    • can actually be noticed in the depths of every soul, even of
    • shall speak to you of a method of perception which, although it
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    • commandments of other ancient folk and don't really depict
    • the post Atlantic time and having allowed this to work on our
    • souls, can become a specific connecting thread allowing an
    • beginning of the fourth epoch which we could call the
    • inspiration of the Initiates actually occurred in the
    • indigenous, they could usually rise to the astral plane and it
    • was not only a small circle which could still rise up to the
    • with all the occult arts of the Egyptian Initiates, was Moses;
    • referred to no sensory image. Above all they spoke amongst
    • called Ahura Mazdao, the being who had his outer corporeality
    • know, at the central point of all religious thought and
    • really fulfil your tasks in the physical world, when you have
    • became considered the ideal human form, possessing all possible
    • the Semites who gradually went through the Egyptian schools and
    • imagination of the “I” (Ich). All images,
    • originally given in ancient Indian times with which to imagine
    • the “I” we grasp something which only we can call
    • to allow the Mission of Moses to flow into them; he had to be
    • godhead. - As a result all activity amongst people should from
    • astral body. What is this called? Just think how one of the
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    • this: in our time we will gradually come to say: Of thoughts
    • of outer science. When we allow spiritual knowledge to really
    • things into the preceding spiritual events. When we allow
    • soul, the originators of all appearances. Consequently we want
    • being callous, painless and insensitive. — We need to
    • around us. Not only do animals equally give us joy and
    • related to the entire surrounding world, that all beings are
    • not only physically linked to us but that these beings link to
    • can gradually experience when on the so-called way or path of
    • These things only allow us to experience them in our own souls
    • relationship of plant suffering to plant joy then we really
    • need to think about this knowledge and should allow such
    • ripping off blossoms can naturally from a certain point of view
    • entire earth. Just as hair belongs to all human beings, so
    • think that, what we call the “I” (Ich) in spiritual
    • spirit and can penetrate all. So our earth becomes a living
    • things in our feelings by understanding them spiritually.
    • safe within the soul-spiritual. Gradually it becomes possible
    • warmth. Only gradually solidity developed from the fluid and
    • we apply all imaginings which we relate to ourselves, to the
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  • Title: Haeckel, "The Riddle of the Universe," Theosophy
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    • originally published by the Theosophical Society in one volume
    • am about to make may possibly give offence to so-called
    • to it. For after all, the theosophical conception of life is
    • were it not that I am intimately acquainted with all that can
    • comprehensive expression are balanced by equally
    • century a totally different spiritual attitude prevailed from
    • the new growth of so-called Darwinism to be subjected to
    • natural science, to reduce all discoveries in that domain of
    • life — a resignation, in short, with regard to all the
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    • bolder outline among the works of Oken. And yet all this was
    • behind and beyond all that our senses can perceive, all that
    • very much to the same effect. In alluding to this I only wish
    • will find that, in spite of all the careful and elaborate
    • heretofore, all those curious formations which serve to
    • fine web of the minutest animalcules, and that this actually
    • beyond what was actually visible.
    • Now, you must bear in mind that, side by side with all
    • reason makes a mistake: in all such matters the heart is
    • of which we are speaking. We call this epoch of materialistic
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    • time. What I shall say today will serve to illustrate and
    • of what shall be thought and done among them.
    • history nowadays generally project what they are accustomed to
    • are generally thought of today). The whole way of thought and
    • lead to action. Above all, man ascribes to himself the
    • said to themselves — and what I shall now describe was an
    • thoughts as my own possession. I cannot really say, I think.
    • a common atmosphere of thought with all others who had the same
    • impelled especially by those Aristotelians who came from Asia
    • suppose for a moment that it had really succeeded. What would
    • that case, my dear friends, that which was destined after all
    • all civilisation into intellectualism.
    • evolve out of the mere independent activity of all European
    • of all.
    • altogether different conception which emphasised above all
    • once more, but with an individually human colouring, into the
    • and that we must concentrate above all on his individuality
    • After all, it was the individually coloured thoughts which
    • were troubled and disquieted by what was really
    • not really come to an end until the 16th or 17th century.
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  • Title: Cosmic Forces in Man: Lecture I: Cosmic Forces in Man
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    • European peoples. The chaos into which humanity was falling would make
    • there was really no possibility of basing the management of public
    • all quite useless, in spite of the preface dealing with the
    • spin all kinds of fantastic notions, believing that if they take
    • must unfold, gradually, into fruit — into a true and quickened
    • catastrophes. One is tempted to use the word ‘senseless’ about it all,
    • convenience men brush aside all that is said with the intention of
    • East and the West. What is going on now, all unsuspectingly in
    • bring to light the spirituality that is indeed contained, but allowed
    • to lie fallow in the culture which has been developing since the
    • treasure in this culture, but it lies fallow.
    • surrounded on all hands by really marvellous technical achievements.
    • It is all splendid in its way, but it is dead — dead as compared
    • more brilliantly than all that was given to man by oriental wisdom
    • truth exist in all unprejudiced observers of life.
    • but mere reflections; and we are rightly filled with wonder by all
    • that was there revealed from heavenly heights. It has gradually fallen
    • equally materialistic mode of thinking must not be disparaged, yet it
    • is, after all, rather like a hard nutshell — a dying nutshell.
    • will outshine all the glory of oriental wisdom that once poured down
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    • Finally the metabolic-and-limb system is connected with the lower
    • operating. We have this child-like life continually within us; but
    • and what we can work over in our thoughts. We are only really awake
    • about the conditions prevailing from the time we fall asleep until we
    • and the astral body pass through from the time of falling asleep to
    • it. That is a fallacy, however, for if you cut a piece of wood, you
    • may be called the inner essence of things, for that lies beyond the
    • the time we wake up until we fall asleep. Our soul is filled with the
    • knows nothing of this and he dreams of all sorts of things lying
    • surface of things. It is all a tissue woven from the experiences of
    • But when we fall asleep, we emerge from the world of sense and
    • with our waking thoughts, in yonder worl