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  • Title: The Inner Development of Man
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    • inner development must progress if he desires to reach conclusions of
    • rules or directions are being given here but rather the descriptions
    • that will eventually lead anybody to the desired comprehension This
    • chemist can give descriptions of processes taking place in a
    • These are the two prerequisites for a person desirous of spiritual
    • however, have to give himself up to these thought attitudes as if they
    • a chemical compound. A description of the rules that can be made
    • to himself and cannot suppress the desire to pass it on, his soul will
    • the loftiest and grandest truths come to us in the most intimate way.
    • other than the path described above. They found these truths because
    • Theosophy: an Introduction to the Super-sensible Knowledge of the World and the Destination of Man
  • Title: Lecture: Woman and Society (Die Frauenfrage)
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    • Physiollogischen Schachsinn des Weibes’ (Concerning the
    • includes far more than that of admitting women into the learned
    • discuss this question from all sides, then we must look more deeply
    • Lombroso. He describes Woman by saying that at the centre of
    • that the trend of our age has generated this desire for academic
    • designated by St. Paul as the spiritual body. We speak of the
    • have what we call urges, desires, passions. A plant has no inner
    • begins, where pleasure, pain, urges, desires and passions begin, one
    • the bearer of desires and passions, we must say: the astral body of
    • to himself of certain passions and desires, ‘you cannot pursue
    • and desires. Thus one can say of a human being who has worked on
    • of the human nature, that guides us into the physical body, the
    • The indescribable —
  • Title: Lecture: Problems of Nutrition
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    • Der Kreislauf des Menschen innerhalb der Sinnes-,
    • indeed a continuous dissolution and destruction of the proteins and
    • built up and again destroyed.
    • Actions, activities are called forth by the process of destruction.
    • by comparing men with the multitudes of animals, find distributed
    • If a man desires to gain an increasing mastery
  • Title: Lecture: The Etherisation of the Blood
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    • that have been described in their more external aspect can also be
    • him are a brownish red in colour — various shades tending toward
    • described today as the result of the most scrupulously careful occult
    • to what has been described in connection with the Microcosm also takes
    • have been as previously described. But since the Mystery of Golgotha
    • John, and were baptised by him according to the rite described in the
    • that the most powerful Impulse in Earth evolution was about to descend
    • Christ draws near to them. In only a few decades from now it will
    • now described will take real effect in the evolution of mankind.
    • destruction.
    • Light itself is being destroyed in this post-Atlantean age of the
    • know as electricity is light that is being destroyed in matter. And
    • Forces have to be applied for the purpose of destruction, in order
    • no such destruction took place, for the great achievements of
    • shall also learn that it is necessary for the Earth to be destroyed,
    • process. Those who desire evolution to succeed must acquire
    • modesty and humility towards the Macrocosm and its Gods.
  • Title: Lecture: Overcoming Nervousness
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    • cram for it. This cramming, however, is dreadful because it provides no
    • of undesirable habits, this exercise also tends to consolidate the etheric
    • to know what they should do. They do not know their desires, or even
    • what they should desire. This may be regarded as a weakness of the will
    • unfulfilled. Just examine your life and you will find countless desires it
    • Let me emphasize that it is not easy to apply what has just been described
    • were, to see both sides of a problem. Generally, people see only one side,
    • body is greatly strengthened. Try to carry out what I have just described
  • Title: Jesus and Christ
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    • widespread that anthroposophy might undermine this or that religious
    • through the exercises described in
    • turning his attention to the things of this world. His description,
    • In natural science it is admitted that a mere descriptive enumeration
    • scientist must proceed from a description of natural phenomena to the
    • development ordinarily described in history. As these facts are
    • facts is easily described, but the fact that the way of contemplating
    • acknowledged by all, despite this or that detail of it being open to
    • father that belongs to his being. We can say that man descends from a
    • the course our destiny takes depend[s] upon what we have elaborated and
    • destiny. Our soul, being connected with the external world, progresses
    • surplus of vital forces in his body to live beyond the descending
    • within his soul its life of sadness and desolation. He had to share in
    • worlds. Ancient civilizations always revealed one of these two sides:
    • consciousness, he could feel how God descended upon his soul, how his
    • designate the other, in which man took up the spirit of the cosmos,
    • human evolution entered upon its descent, the human soul can revive
    • light. It may be of interest to describe what he can actually
    • descended to the earth from the cosmos, poured out his essence into
    • essence by descending into egotism or by rising into pride.”
  • Title: Lecture: Newborn Might and Strength Everlasting
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    • portraying the Heavenly Child and His earthly destiny
    • humanity descended into earthly incarnations before the approach of the
    • expression in the painting I have just described. Ever and again will we
    • something else besides the holy order of these events that take place
    • influences of weather triumph over what descends, full of blessings, from
    • human soul before it descended into its earthly incarnations.
    • expressed, for instance, in the painting I have described, although we must
    • destiny of the soul to remain young even though the body may grow old.
    • Man's higher destiny is to preserve this spiritual youth in relation to the
  • Title: Lecture: Pre-Earthly Deeds of Christ
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    • The one was the Jesus who descended from the line of Solomon and bore
    • same as he who was later incarnated as man and is described in the
    • destined to work in the advancement of spiritual life on the physical
    • Ego-consciousness has awakened, is destined by means of the rudiments
    • destruction which must have overtaken him had not the Formative Force,
    • You will have seen from my descriptions of Atlantean times taken from
    • expressing his own selfish joy or pain, desire or bliss, in poor
    • describing outer things in words, in order that the words should
    • described to-day from a certain standpoint in their influence on human
  • Title: Lecture: The Four Sacrifices of Christ
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    • supramundane sphere, their power descended to the earth; we shall try to
    • Lucifer and Ahriman could have carried out their designs during the
    • resources, we should have been chased about the world by animal desires
    • event? As if by furies, he would have been seized by his unruly desires,
    • thinking were harmonized at this period by forces that descended from
    • that Christ did not descend from hierarchy to hierarchy and only
    • descended from superphysical worlds through the Mystery of Golgotha
  • Title: Lecture: Anthroposophy and Christianity
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    • I'd like to describe this experience to you in detail. We notice first
    • were striking like lightning and destroying my body, and I
    • happens as described. This further need, however, can again be
    • soul-spiritual core in such a way that we can describe it with
    • concerning the nature of man and his destiny. Both are questions which
    • together in the Christian faith. It is not the desire of spiritual
    • methods I have described, it was possible for certain individuals to
    • describing — namely, withdrawing from the physical body and
    • was in pre-Christian times. What I have been describing tonight about
    • find the ways described in the books mentioned earlier. But it is also
    • resides in the human soul. Not everybody may be able to achieve the
    • spiritual science has no desire to found a religion of any kind;
    • spiritual science could destroy his religious awareness resembles a
    • described as fearing the discovery of a new continent because he thinks
  • Title: Lecture: Christ in Relation to Lucifer and Ahriman
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    • German by Peter Mollenhauer, Ph.D. It is included in Das Geheimnis des
    • Todes (Vol. 159-60 in the Bibliographic Survey 1961).
    • and ahrimanic forces in the West, and it was Central Europe's destiny
    • emerging more than six decades ago is now a political reality. While
    • destined by the European karma” or, to state it more
    • Steiner's statement that World War I was destined by the European
    • central position. When Hitler was finally destroyed, Central Europe
    • of spiritual refinement, which descended with the Christ from cosmic
    • being, as it were, with hatred, and thereby caused his descent. Such
    • hand of the Christ exudes. This radiance from Christ's hand causes the
    • I described the way in which the
    • describe. Geologists conceive the earth's components as being similar
    • This Norwegian legend does in fact describe the experiences that one
    • sides in the conflict, is in reality the subject of their own
    • situation. Of course, war had been desired by the East for decades,
    • was, of course, destined by the European karma.
    • time, in many cases for decades. Those ether bodies entering the
    • To my knowledge, no van as huge had reached that spot in decades.
    • body, which could have supported his life for decades. This ether body
    • than what has taken place in the last few decades. Let us ask what has
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  • Title: Lecture: Preparing for the Sixth Epoch
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    • Das Geheimnis des Todes. Wesen und Bedeutung
    • Das Geheimnis des Todes. Wesen und Bedeutung
    • followed by the ancient Persian epoch — the designation is only
    • suffering that is so widespread in the world, but this can only be
    • when they know that the spiritual pervades the world and that human
    • describe what, in contrast to the external culture of the time, was
    • truth so. In the first epoch of culture, what was to descend from the
    • Persian epoch. The forces that descended at a later stage of maturity
    • will gradually become more widespread, until by the end of the fifth
    • which, besides cultivating spiritual science, are based on freedom of
    • will follow in the sixth and seventh epochs will be a descending line
    • of evolution. Nevertheless, this descending evolution in the sixth
    • inasmuch as the term includes a word that glaringly contradicts the
    • feels that spirit self is to descend, but that it can only descend
    • bring about the descent of spirit self. Just as it is being striven
    • form of existence. We describe the life of a man within his body and
    • the existence of evil in the world, and to desire to understand death
    • direction? It is our desire and aim to recognize out of knowledge that
    • desire to comprehend the living Christ, accepting all these things, of
    • But grantest, that in her profoundest breast
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  • Title: Lecture: Outlooks for the Future
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    • substance of the earth. From descriptions which have already been given in
    • constitute an almost fatal destiny, a real fate, which will be impressed
    • against this fate, against this destiny. Imagine the tragedy of such a
    • measures are taken, then the conditions which the materialists describe
    • We may find a description
    • which contain so much suffering. They describe a time, the coming of
    • describes.
    • which I have described to you would have to arise. The materialistic
    • world-conception describes in connection with man, would become true
    • materialistic world-conception may be designated as the great conspiracy
  • Title: Lecture: Human Life in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • My endeavor in both lectures was to designate, as briefly
    • “Spiritual Science.” I also tried to give a short description,
    • my desire to answer certain questions which must arise in this particular
    • queries which may arise. Besides outer experiences, in connection with daily
    • admired by many who desire to find an adequate concept of the world in
    • now, deserves our careful attention. For it points to the presence of a
    • these answers which Spiritual Science or Anthroposophy desires to give.
    • world the point of view which disregards the ear will describe a symphony
    • must emphasize the fact that by no means everyone desiring to make
    • as descend into the plant life growing up out of the ground. And it is not
    • spring until autumn. You might describe it as super-sensible living plants
    • do not allow me to show that the experiences I have described are not
    • environment of the earth, and that these beings descend to earth during the
    • (Fechner, for instance), but does give imaginative descriptions of real
    • forces, similar in kind to those which have been described in connection
    • body by the ego earlier than was destined by the being of the essential
    • I have now described to you some of the things contained in the cosmic
    • conception of Anthroposophy. Of course this description has been a very
    • the employment of especially developed modes of cognition, and which in
    • and contains answers desired by the individuals who feel, in the manner
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  • Title: Evil and the Future of Man
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    • pictorial, imaginative descriptions have been taken very little in
    • earnest, especially during the last decades — since the last third of
    • The forces which we must describe as the forces of death took hold of
    • destined to come in the near future, are like the signs of an
    • decades reveals very clearly, to anyone who has true feeling, that Art
    • during the present age the following development will occur: Besides
    • described. It is the mission of the age of the Spiritual Soul to
  • Title: Lecture: Social and Anti-Social Forces in the Human Being
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    • and modes of thinking which we have acquired from our studies of
    • the one which we can designate as the period of the Spiritual or
    • Now we need not give a full description of these cultural stages, but
    • quite concretely in the way described. People in some of the most
    • the least comprehending each other. The desire to understand the other
    • what has now borne fruit, after the recent destruction of opposing
    • Consciousness Soul coincides with the special qualities of the British
    • intellect toward the Consciousness Soul, and the desire to be free
    • they desire to be political, they are disposed to lose contact with
    • other hand becomes ill or actually suffers a death if he desires to be
    • balance. Everything has two sides. One is regarded as a Philistine in
    • humanity with sickness and death in the broadest sense, as injurious,
    • destructive and degrading for humanity. The Neophyte of the East,
    • how selfishness may be cured, and egotism destroyed because of its
    • Pessimism and despair must not be created by such contemplations as
    • give rise to a nebulous longing and a desire for soul-warming,
    • desire to acquire insight at once. The rest would follow. It is not so
    • This is what I have desired to communicate to you today regarding the
    • Steiner appears to be referring to the political attitudes and
  • Title: Lecture: Spiritual Emptiness and Social Life
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    • soul-life of the widespread middle-class, and that of the descendants
    • non-political, a-political. If one desires to be a spiritual scientist
    • describes Macaulay's picture of Frederick the Great in the very apt
    • year 1832. What is described is a spectral Goethe — not what Goethe
    • was, what he thought, what he desired.
    • relationships described, for example, by Tacitus, as prevailing in the
    • brain. This is the actual experience — I am simply describing it
    • to-day invades the customary ways of thought with such devastating
    • above downwards, inasmuch as the souls simply descended from the
    • above, were predestined entirely from above, and took very deep root
    • such migration. But in respect of physical heredity, the descendants
    • sympathy existed between the souls descending from the spiritual world
    • descendants of the Angles and Saxons, now living in the British Isles,
    • paramount importance for human life, are concretely described. Men who
    • shall I say, geographical predestination and the racial element
    • enable him to describe how the human being breathes, and how the life
  • Title: Lecture: Social Understanding Through Spiritual Scientific Knowledge
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    • of exercises I describe in Knowledge of the Higher Worlds as leading to
    • which is for the elect” — and the speaker usually includes himself
    • understood and not despised. That is the fallacy of many religious
    • denominations, that they despise material existence instead of understanding
    • system in the way we have described. We build up our constitution with
  • Title: Lecture: Soul and Spirit in the Human Physical Constitution
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    • process within us. Similarly, a destructive, partially destructive,
    • possible for what I shall now describe to you to be there as a
    • the physical body still intrudes and tones down the pictures into
    • only that which provides support for the other organisms. The solid
    • pervades it. This Light-Ether that is borne, as it were, by the air
    • dreamless sleep. Descending even farther
  • Title: Lecture: The Moral as the Source of World-Creative Power
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    • as described by modern physiology or anatomy. If you really take
    • pervades the whole human organism, pervades every part of it. The
    • You will now begin to have an inkling of what the life that pervades
    • world-order. But today it is desired to keep this truth concealed and
    • existence of an incandescent globe of gas, there is merely the
    • desired that the connection of Christ, the spiritual Sun, with the
  • Title: Lecture: The Path to Freedom and Love and their Significance in World Events
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    • destiny — to a certain extent. But within this life of thought
    • experiences brought to us by our birth, by our destiny. But through
    • ourselves the force which can only be designated by the words:
    • the outer world, which pervades our actions with thoughts, is nothing
    • bear in ourselves that which destroys matter, where we can see how
    • matter is destroyed: our limb-and-metabolic organism.
  • Title: Lecture: Search for the New Isis, the Divine Sophia: The Quest for the Isis-Sophia
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    • German by James H. Hindes.
    • receiving the child Jesus descending through the clouds, through a
    • it provides the basis for the creation of worlds yet to come.) But Lucifer
    • Isis-Sophia Des Gottes Weisheit Sie hat Luzifer getötet Und auf der
    • Menschen werkend, — Es wird Luzifer entreissen Und auf des Geisteswissens
    • Boten In Menschenseeten auferwecken Isis-Sophia Des Gottes Weisheit.
  • Title: Lecture: The Two Christmas Annunciations
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    • differing, modes of knowledge. Let us turn our attention for the
    • stars. In the existing descriptions we are made aware of an ancient
    • world was fostered in schools, in what may be described as Mystery
    • literature describing Varuna as appearing in the air, as wafting like
    • from the East, as they are described to us.
    • great mystery of earthly life was imparted from two different sides.
    • This knowledge of the world in which man lives before he descends to
    • world must be described from within; but we must first get into the
    • untouched by earth, was descending to it, and this descent had to make
    • something heavenly was descending.
    • into its weaving life as it perceived the descent of the heavenly
    • likewise are in direct line of descent from the Eastern Wisemen. The
    • heavens only in designs. It has become an inner thing. But inwardness
  • Title: Lecture: The Threshold In Nature and In Man
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    • of his own being. They described how man feels the ground sink away
    • the expressions which in olden times could be used to describe intimate
    • Plutarch is speaking of Aristarchus of Samos, and he describes the way
    • circumference of the circle described by the earth is to the distance
    • I have described the changes that have come about in
    • desires, or with sympathies and antipathies, but solely with pure,
    • desires, by what rises up out of our organism, out of the life of
    • authority in the widest circles and tend more and more to become the
    • from being overcome by faintness of soul. And their description of the
    • of exercises described in my book,
    • might pass him, we in our day must desire earnestly to pass the
  • Title: Lecture: The Sun-Mystery in the Course of Human History
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    • itself out in the antipathies — taking the word in the widest sense
    • the ancient Persians as described in my
    • first time in the days of Constantine, had destroyed. Countless
    • treasures were destroyed, countless works of art, countless scripts
    • destroyed.
    • and destiny. But in a spiritual sense it had become known to those
  • Title: Lecture: The Alphabet
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    • suggest descent from the Roman-Latin people.
    • the Alpha — Aleph in Hebrew — leads us to recognize in it the desire
    • called a universal tragedy of mankind. This can also be described in
    • birth, during his descent out of the divine spiritual world into what
    • a new birth he descends once more to earthly life. And we have also
    • Zodiac; then, as he descends further, he takes with him the influence
    • fixed stars. Man is exposed to their influence on descending from the
    • designated in accordance with their actual being we must say that they
    • during his descent out of the divine spiritual world. All the single
    • he voiced how he had descended through Saturn or Jupiter in their
    • descended through the A or the I in their relation to the M or the L.
    • experienced as he descended to earth, when with his being he created
    • persisted however, was a kind of desperate holding on to what this
  • Title: Lecture: The Human Heart
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    • So far I have been describing quite simply, from an external
    • Therefore, as I have also said, we can describe the change of teeth as
    • the tendency to descend into physical embodiment. We see him there as
    • all of us, before we descended to unite with what was prepared for us,
    • it is hard to describe the experiences between death and a new birth;
    • must always have recourse for our descriptions. Today, however, we
    • descent, when he approaches the earth to imbue himself with a new
    • This is of great significance. On our descent into the earthly world,
    • being bears within him. One may describe it by saying: not until
    • gradually into the organs. It slides into the organs. This way of
    • He undergoes what I described in my book,
    • Thus we have now described in a quite concrete form how the human
    • this connection, I am once more describing something absolutely real.)
    • the physical heart, the ego takes a different path. It slides into the
    • destroyed chiefly by extraneous conditions — including, of course,
  • Title: Lecture: Truth Beauty and Goodness
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    • thus describes him. The essential thing, however, is that he shall be
    • short time before the descent from pre-earthly to earthly existence.
    • the world he left because he has descended to the earth from
    • descent to earthly existence. If he is truly good, he links this
    • divides history into epochs and calls our present epoch, that
  • Title: Lecture: Self Knowledge and the Christ Experience
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    • of the soul. I can only describe the nature of the crisis by saying that when
    • I have described in my
    • undone; today destruction follows. Then, not to become a candidate for life
    • was an omission; today a man destroys, through his own humanity, something
    • world-order than the animals — despite the Gods having determined us for
  • Title: Lecture: The Invisible Man Within Us
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    • conscious manifestation. Today I would like to describe to you the
    • destructive effect on the organism. There the spirit enters directly
    • directly a destructive process occurs, so that along the nerve
    • weakened process of destruction, a weakened death process. The actual
    • destruction, a weakened death process, is the breathing process.
    • certain extent a destructive process. Our life would be much shorter
    • invisible forces. These forces can be clearly designated, however, if
    • healthy. Only when breakdown predominates will destructive processes
    • constructive force opposes the excessively destructive force. Thus we
    • inborn consumption, as I have just described. In such cases, the day
    • thus bring destructive and death-bringing breakdown processes into
    • this encapsulation our body has actually made use of the destructive
    • forces, separating out these destructive forces in a small section of
    • tracts in their destructive activity. The splinter comes out and the
    • destructive force, will be stronger. It will excite or stimulate what
    • complete unconsciousness occurs with the destruction of the human
    • gatherings with schemes they can argue about, schemes describing how
    • civilization, even in the face of the destructive processes
  • Title: Lecture: Polarities in Health, Illness and Therapy
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    • medical-therapeutic endeavor is certainly not based upon our desire as
    • contemporary natural science actually excludes from its realm what
    • has about natural science, one actually excludes the human being from
    • other. What the one creates destroys the other. What destroys the other is
    • a harmony can always exist between the destruction of the one system and
    • which behave as I have just described experience a kind of continuation
    • process which I have described to you before in principle, and which lies
    • take recourse to that which I have described to you from the most varied
    • obtained from the calcium excretions of animals — provides remedies
    • to person, — which I naturally cannot describe in detail any more
    • this in the Clinical Therapeutic Institute in Arlesheim-Dornach. Besides
  • Title: Lecture: Man As A Picture of The Living Spirit
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    • those physical and etheric organs on the other hand which are deserted
    • form. I do not look at it truly if I describe it as a reality — as a
    • which fulfilled its human destinies more than 15,000 years ago, and,
    • with the spiritual guides of humanity, withdrew thereafter to the
    • it knows nothing at all about the destiny of Karma with which this
    • conscious that his true Ego never descends from the spiritual world;
    • Lebendes Licht.
    • Diese Wirklichkeit des Ich
    • Durch des Todes Pforte gegangen.
  • Title: The Individuality of Elias, John, Raphael, Novalis
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    • able to say today what I desire particularly to say to you on the occasion
    • sense in which we have described it here. Let us direct our gaze to beings
    • destiny of their existence. And we have shown how in the course of time the
    • different — a description of what Raphael became on Earth after his
    • Ye are predestined by Thought Divine.
  • Title: Lecture: Exoteric and Esoteric Christianity
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    • beings who descended to the earth from higher worlds could impart
    • were taught by the divine beings themselves, who descended to the
    • descending into an earthly body. During that state of consciousness
    • which I have just described, the gods taught human beings what the
    • souls experienced before their descent into an earthly body through
    • who were in the frame of mind just described, a wisdom received
    • it is so: the oldest inhabitants of the earth knew nothing of death,
    • outer aspect resembled that of animals, these oldest of men had a
    • oldest times to the Mystery of Golgotha, one may say: more and more,
    • something which they could not learn in their godly abodes which were
    • we can have a foreboding of this in the Temptation described in the
    • designate that which existed in the form of an esoteric Christianity,
    • one: The Christ who is teaching us, has descended from worlds which
    • such as the one described above, could only have continued by saying:
    • historical description. But, essentially, it goes back to what I have
    • past, in the spiritual form which I have described. Then, this was
    • have tried to attune your souls by describing the inner processes of
  • Title: William Shakespeare
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    • (a modern writer generally gives a detailed description of the stage
    • They will act through the power which lies in the description of the
  • Title: William Shakespeare
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    • Georg Brandes,
    • describe individual characters,  and he was far from
    • the playwright usually gives a detailed description of the
  • Title: The Manicheans
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    • themselves ‘Sons of the Widow.’ Manes designated himself
    • of its own destruction. There then arose from the Kingdom of Light the
    • designated by Manes, the Divine Fructifier, as the Widow. Then Manes
    • designates himself as the Son, He it is who prepares the soul to
  • Title: Mathematics and Occultism
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    • The Gnostics desired something similar. They said, “Gnosis is
    • mathematical formulae only what can be described and constructed
    • it eludes sense-perception. In the Differential, sense-perception is
    • perceptible by the senses through that which eludes sense-perception.
    • magnitudes, an inner life awakens in the dead “side-by-side.”
    • differential magnitudes that we grasp the full range of what is
    • magnitudes has become in recent years a powerful educational means for
  • Title: The Dead Are With Us
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    • described as nonsense in the case of the magnetic needle is accepted
    • or pain, until, finally, the soul-nature is such that it can descend
    • being of soul could never descend if it had not itself worked at the
    • described in the book
    • described. That is one form of knowledge of the spiritual world. The
    • this intercourse the spiritual world can be described as it really is;
    • Thus abstractly described, the nature of the process is easy to grasp;
    • have described to you are going on all the time. All of you sitting
    • describe only what has happened in your waking life. Life is thus
    • spiritual world. For besides waking life and sleeping life there is a
    • him, and then turn this into a desire to speak to him, to say
    • spiritual world describes this difference in the following way. The
    • Catholic service includes no funeral oration but consists in ceremony,
    • thoughts as have been described to-day, that we let our mind dwell on
  • Title: Lecture: The Origin of Speech and Language
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    • Die Erkenntnis des Menschenwesens Nach Leib, Seele und Geist.
    • more people expressed the desire to read the lectures for workers.
    • “mush,” as I described it. The more the child learns not
    • a brain stroke damages the left cerebral convolution, thus destroying
    • children to write with their right hand, I will destroy the
    • cerebral convolution. Yes, this development will be destroyed.
    • a widespread tendency of teaching people to do everything with both
    • the left and the right sides, we would develop each convolution into
    • education, even in the lower grades, we need an understanding of the
    • few people have both sides of the brain fully developed. Usually the
  • Title: Lecture: The Sense-Organs and Aesthetic Experience
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    • they think they should despise everything that is called material or
    • example, very beautiful descriptions of the outer forms of courageous
    • that has a certain justification he describes what sort of hair, what
    • if one has, under some circumstances, to describe the truth.
    • if we ask the right questions about what has been recently described
    • Take the crudest
    • body in a way it should not do. There you have the crudest example.
    • described. But in some cases a man can shape himself in this other
    • senses I have described.
    • in a deeper sense in his soul. And the shades of colour are smelt by
    • description which is intended to inform us about the appearance of
    • be intended — into the crudest materialism, because it will be
    • catharsis, by which he wished to describe the underlying purpose of
    • desires simply what his body desires, for sensuous enjoyment is
    • you set out to describe it. You can describe it quite correctly, and
    • because you have described it in exact accordance with external
    • reality. But in fact you have described an untruth; what you have
    • described has no real existence. It is a tree-trunk from which the
    • sciences; not so geology. What geology describes is as much an
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    • is tending towards the destruction of all that springs from middle
    • decades ago something could be taken as a matter of course by an
    • natural necessity. It includes everything produced by the sense-nature
    • of man in the way he desires and so on. And he says: If a man obeys
    • Schiller felt when he described this middle condition as the real
    • describing Goethe and himself.
    • described, not in concepts, but in pictorial forms, open to various
    • very little. What we now call the social question, in the widest sense
    • spiritual descriptions of the best self-education could be written
    • The Bible describes this quite truly. The spirits called the Elohim,
    • Schiller describes the middle condition that lies for man between the
  • Title: Lecture: Elemental Beings and Human Destinies
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    • ELEMENTAL BEINGS AND HUMAN DESTINIES
    • is a dream-life. Even in daytime the life of feeling pervades our
    • moving experience. The whole thing is a process which, besides being
    • outside us, including such elemental beings as I described to you
    • destiny that works itself out within the course of life is
    • of fulfillment of our destiny. If we have some experience today, then
    • fact is how our destiny is moulded. Elemental beings who feel
    • destiny. There they attain to a feeling of themselves: there they work
    • things that happen to Man in the way of destiny. An insight into these
    • brought to expression in poems of earlier ages, where a destiny that
    • elemental beings from the Elf King's realm intervene in the destiny of
    • Sir Olaf rides from house and hall
    • There you have the elemental world interweaving in the destiny of Man,
    • at the very moment when his destiny strikes in upon him with the shock
    • hour of destiny. It is in fact always going on around Man, but it
    • enter into our destiny only after they have passed through whatever
    • destiny as can be shaped in the course of life between birth and
    • of destiny even within the ordinary course of life, when they are
    • we call our destiny or Karma need not after all be so enigmatic for
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    • Now because the Ego of man was destined from a certain point of view
    • incandescent gas, and this picture is then transferred to the Sun in
    • necessary to go into more precise detail if we were describing the
    • predestine him to be a thinker in the earthly life upon which he is
    • entering. He prepares for his descent to the Earth and — since
    • realise that the forces of heredity described by modern science are
  • Title: Lecture: The Ear
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    • des Menschlichen Organismus
    • — a transformed metamorphosed limb. You might also describe it
    • direction I have described, but in the opposite direction too. With
    • we can at most describe and register precisely how his legs were
    • heavenly activities, as I described just now, there lives what you
    • science describe the ear to you; your heart is left cold, it is not
    • I describe it to you as I have done just now, if I show how your
    • description. True, the description has been given imperfectly today;
    • at such a description one did not feel wonder and reverence for the
    • anthroposophical Spiritual Science. It describes things no less
    • mingled with it, when I describe how the ear is formed and shaped out
    • the memory. But let us suppose that by such exercises as are described
    • native talent and predisposition of your life, as I described it in my
    • describe it, of the Non-spatial. For the spatial is outside of us; it
    • though in the subsequent ‘present’ it fades away, it
    • clairvoyance, but the activity of knowledge — which provides us
    • explaining this point in a public lecture. Someone then described it
    • required! But such wisdom, unhappily, is widespread nowadays. You see
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    • [A term used to designate all that is sentient in man
    • interest in the world, the world in the widest sense ...
    • ninth to the tenth grades, for it is just with the entire
    • life in an extraordinarily devastating way. It works destructively,
    • understood in its broadest sense: that, for instance, a teacher calls
  • Title: Lecture: The Work of Secret Societies in the World
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    • The destruction of the fifth Root Race through the War of All
    • enable humanity to be kept from the brink of destruction. The downfall of
    • was destroyed by fire, the Atlantean by water; our epoch and its
    • civilisation will be destroyed by the War of All against All, by evil.
    • Human beings will destroy each other in mutual strife. And the terrible
    • thing — more desperately tragic than other catastrophes — will
  • Title: Lecture: The Three Stages of Sleep
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    • formulas, science of the spirit provides something with which
    • when, through what I have often described as Imaginative
    • as you will find in the description of world-evolution in my
    • descriptions as those given in
    • there would be consciousness of what is described in
    • conscious of this cosmology, of what I have described in
    • described may be called the formative forces of the cosmos,
    • — as I have described in
    • Besides
    • described in
    • course, described something of what sounds forth from
    • For what I have described in
    • ellipsoid, and then recedes again. But if you could dream in
    • world in which we lived before we descended into our physical
    • Intuition awakes, then we experience our destiny — our
    • we learn to know our destiny, our karma. We can learn to know
    • this destiny — and I speak now from another point of view
    • but we must feel fully within it, in the way I have described
    • understand why this or that blow of destiny has befallen us in
    • are in that world in which we can understand our destiny. We
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    • mean can be described, quite in accordance with the intentions of the
    • reason we have tried on many occasions to describe what is really
    • further in such descriptions, and so to approach nearer to spiritual
    • reality. To-day we shall consider the human etheric body, describing
    • conveyed by describing how the etheric body is related to the physical
    • body, how it differs in substance, and so on. Such descriptions are
    • descriptions very much further do we penetrate to reality.
    • — as we have always described it — the astral body and the
    • during sleep can be described in this way. Into this there flows a
    • as warmth, light, and sound, and is thus difficult to describe —
    • I have described as going on in the etheric body is blotted out for
    • of cosmic beings. All that I have described is the external clothing,
    • activity is somewhat different from that I have described for sleep;
    • something I will describe in a moment. The streaming warmth goes
    • bound to describe it as consisting simply of the forms of thoughts,
    • describe the substance of these lines or coloured forms one could only
    • what I once described as a kind of opposite vertebral column.
    • Perhaps some of you remember how I described the human etheric body
    • described how the streams that compose the etheric body as a whole
    • together of what I have just described, into a kind of opposite
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    • Auf Den Grossen Fragen des Daseins. It is from GA# 60.
    • spiritual form, gradually descended to become the material being we
    • — as man’s Divine Companion, but Who did not descend with
    • designate as the starting-point of Christianity was recognised by the
    • His own development while man had long since descended into the
    • beginning of our era, the Christ descended into the sphere which had
    • conception of this descent of a purely spiritual Being into human
    • described by historical research as ‘Jesus of Nazareth,’
    • We have now approximately described the ancient Gnostic
    • Naturally it is not possible to describe in a few words
    • It would be interesting to describe how, from the 16th
    • “Das Wesen des Christentums” by Adolf Harnack, and other
    • ordinary external historical research can describe, or documents
    • everything described by outer history there is something
    • [A more exact description is to be found in
    • in these Gospels, the reconstructed descriptions of the old
    • far-reaching correspondence between the descriptions of ancient
    • soul and continued in possession for three years. In the descriptions
    • consciousness. This was what actually happened in the event described
    • course of the world, and is therefore designated as ‘evil.’
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    • again we find Mystics describing the nature and mode of their
    • world is designated as that of the ‘Music of the Spheres.’ It is a
    • destined place in evolution and he looked back to a far remote past
    • course of later evolution were destined to separate into three
    • is aware of desires and passions which rise up and die down again
    • destined to be thrust down. There is a law of which we learn in
    • maintained. Every ascent involves a descent and this implies that at a
    • is created by the ascent of the one and the descent of the other. Such
    • among the descendants of the Atlanteans was possessed in abundance by
    •  All that pervades the hills and vales,
    • to-day by having permeated the pure plant-body with desires, with the
    • permeating pure plant-substance with desire.
    • filled with the element of desire but as chaste and pure as the calyx
    • (religion, science, art) converge into one another and he desired to
  • Title: Lecture: Spiritual Wisdom in the Early Christian Centuries
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    • I have described as knowledge through revelation and knowledge
    • His descent to the earth — such were the questions which even at
    • also tried to understand the descent of the Christ into Jesus of
    • to posterity. Just as in those times there was a widespread impulse to
    • destroy the ancient temples and altars — in short to obliterate
    • because strenuous efforts were made to destroy any teaching that
    • been preserved. Altars were destroyed, temples burnt to the ground and
    • doctrines of Rome, if his desire to restore the Initiation-training
    • destroy the heathen temples. Indeed he would have been willing to
    • restore the temple of the Jews at Jerusalem. His desire was to restore
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    • From the description contained in my book
    • which we designate as the “crossing of the threshold”. In
    • my book I have described this crossing of the threshold by pointing
    • we designate as a spiritual-scientific movement oriented towards
    • we designate as “history”. We must say to ourselves:
    • spiritual world between death and a new birth. Read my descriptions of the
    • are described in concepts that arise altogether from a living
  • Title: Lecture: The Weaving and Living Activity of the Human Etheric Bodies
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    • acquisition of that science which we designate as spiritual science,
    • to a certain number of people! This would be most desirable. To begin
    • with, we say: We designate as man’s physical body his external
    • descriptions of the Moon-epoch, [See
    • you will find that they describe all the other beings in such a
    • their forms at that time. They are described with a certain mobility.
    • Bear in mind, for instance, the description contained in my
    • described to you would not take place, if in addition to the fact
    • describe these things by drawing in a comparison. Here upon the earth
    • descriptions, but this is only due to the fact that they ignore the
    • and even the Spirits of the Will. When after years or decades we have
    • that differs from the process described above.
    • we can really designate as obtuse) think to cope with so easily by
    • moment designated by me as the world’s midnight hour —
    • way that Lucifer is portrayed as described, exactly in accordance
    • that has often been described: namely, the, consciousness-soul had to
    • chaotic descriptions of the Karamasov brothers. For this book
    • contains many things that may indeed be designated as fine
    • eldest brother is the son of another mother and has an entirely
    • this is so, for a Central-European writer would not describe things
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    • Translated from Die Ziele des Johannes-Bauvereins
    • Ziele des Johannes-Bauvereins
    • flowing colour-effects, was ultimately destroyed by fire. Those who
    • frontages and facades covered with strange figures of winged animals
    • to the winged wheels and the original forms of all such designs. The
    • the temples of Egypt and of Greece. Man can be described not only as
    • the descriptions of his travels — and they mention matters of
    • the Future. The physical human being can be described by
    • described by Psychosophy; and as Spirit, the human being can be
    • described by Pneumatosophy. Can we not then picture man spiritually
    • See the lecture: “Die okkulte Gesichtspunkte des Stuttgarter
    • itself freely to the spiritual infinitudes.
    • A series of episodes
    • young Prince Diocletian, how the Emperor desired to hang his son on
    • first wife has given him a son who is destined to receive teaching
    • from Seven Wise Masters and whose soul has descended from times when
    • and drag glorious works of art into the desert of abstract concepts,
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    • difficult to see clearly in this chaos. Descendants of many earlier
    • was itself mixed with descendants of other races. The peoples of
    • descendants are still to be found in the interior of Australia.
    • deserts. It was an eminently priestly culture, preparing a race of
    • mankind over the widest possible area, what is expressed in the words
    • Christianity: the hallowing of the personality, the full descent to
    • away. For even a Manu cannot direct destinies and happenings according
    • of the life between birth and death. (In the very oldest Vedas nothing
    • into contact with the descendants of the Atlanteans, among whom the
    • Medes and Persians, and then the racial stock which made its way
    • Medes and Bactrians. Here labored the first Initiates of Zarathustra,
    • importance to begin with among the Medes and Persians. These
    • Medes who are not, and the tree indicates that the agricultural
    • represented symbolically by the descent of the Dove. Only the most
    • who assimilate Greek culture, destroy Jerusalem, go to Asia, and
    • Hence Christianity began to spread only after the destruction of
    • about by the Crusades. The really important outcome of this was (the
    • the destinies of men are a result of the stellar constellations and
    • Crusades, cives, Cyrus, Dionysius the Areopagite, Druid, Erigena,
    • Judaism, Kingdom of God, Knights Templar, Lemurian, Manu, Medes,
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    • however strangely seeming. Imagine some Being descending from another
    • something of the essence of the soul, which might be thus described:
    • descends into an earthly body. As we in ordinary life remember our
    • was a soul before I descended to the Earth. Notably in still more
    • and spirit which had preceded his descent to Earth. He experienced
    • of the spiritual World from which I am come down. Descending as a
    • before I descended to the Earth, was in a world where the Sun is no
    • will. From yonder world I descended.”
    • “I had to descend out of the divinely
    • compared to the World from which I am descended — I am sick and
    • humanity” was a widespread conception, forgotten as it is by
    • realm of shades” — bears witness, how deeply humanity had
    • when they descended to this life through birth. In the light of the
    • descendants of primæval humanity, which was by no means animal-like
    • they dwelt before their descent to Earth, Christ had been the centre
    • before their descent to Earth. For by this time Christ was already a
    • descent to Earth. Now that the souls of men on Earth were less and
    • known in yonder spiritual World, had descended and walked in
    • problem was not the earthly biography of Jesus. It was the descent of
    • Christ. They looked up into the higher Worlds and saw the descent of
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    • days designated the plough. When anyone was listening to or speaking
    • Read the descriptions I have given in my books of the nature of
    • I spoke about the evolution of the Leaders and Guides of humanity who
    • relation to language may be described in the following way. In the
    • we cannot claim to understand Pericles or Alcibiades. We understand
    • The way the Greeks are described in the schools to-day is really
    • altogether. We need to look round for quite other methods to describe
    • is, through Death, uniting Himself so deeply with the destiny of
    • And so, if we are speaking of the Hierarchies as described in
    • We can describe the evolution that goes on above in the Heavens at
    • describe its copy or reflection on Earth, — the progress from
    • Archangels are ascending — or shall we rather say descending
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    • Spirit pervades all things physical, for this is to recognise one
    • as it is described in the Bible and as it is ordinarily understood.
    • required than for an understanding of the events described in the Old
    • descendant of the more lofty Aeons who had proceeded from the
    • in humanity taken as one whole, a Being who remembers its descent
    • the human soul in the spiritual worlds has descended to the material
    • beings, the element of earthly craving and desire crept into the
    • presented to super-sensible sight may be described in the following
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    • us. He works — if I may so describe it — as though he
    • To describe where this mediate influence comes to expression, I may
    • should chiefly speak of the Monism which I have just described —
    • is a bad man, following evil desires’, but he sees through the
    • dead are working as I have now described. And there is a constant
    • work down upon us in the way I have described, is, of course,
    • connected with our karma in the widest sense.
    • described today as analytical psychology or psychoanalysis. People
    • stream of life was an instinctive expression of the desire to make it
    • decades, for we experience things much slower in the spiritual world
    • influence which enters, as above described, into our habits, works
    • what I wrote when I first began my work, decades ago, will see that
    • it is always difficult to describe these things correctly, and one
    • I will describe it somewhat crudely: suppose a man had passed through
    • I made it my chief task today to describe to some extent how the
    • of such communion as I have just described. In this sense we will be
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    • shows how humanity has been deserted by the Gods and made independent.
    • But it is only in our thinking that the Gods have deserted us. They are
    • is so widespread.
    • generations of Gods. The oldest God-generation was linked with Gaia
    • foundations of the human soul. The Egyptians desired in this way to
    • through the Gate of Death and in new form experiences new destinies
    • Tacitus; there Tacitus also describes the Gods that he finds in the
    • describes them with Roman names. He thus gives Roman names to the
    • you know, the oldest generation of Gods was around Uranus and Gaea or
    • this divine pair were descended the Titans, to whom also Chronos and
    • Tartarus, had prevailed on the Goddess Metis, the Goddess of cunning,
    • descendants of these earlier men. We must say then that the Greeks
    • descend from other forefathers who were not yet ruled over by Zeus.
    • itself, had lived upon the earth, by once descending into a human
    • point, as it were, from the fact that Zeus had descended, had lived
    • thinking, so they have not descended to the earth, but kept to their
    • The eldest Gods, Gaea and Uranus, were Beings whose whole inner
    • Prometheus myth, the Greek already desired to find some kind of
    • Uranus were. Rhea and Chronos are described as Titans — What
    • is that which can be described as the Rhea-Chronos-process. The
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    • shows how humanity has been deserted by the Gods and made independent.
    • But it is only in our thinking that the Gods have deserted us. They are
    • the ruling spiritual beings, as we described yesterday. Men in the
    • described by saying: Osiris lived upon earth. Lost and slain had been
    • the full moon rose in Taurus or in the Pleiades. This constellation
    • spirit-dog and the spirit-bull; he describes what he feels about
    • us all the time. The air is not only what physical science describes,
    • think nowadays in an abstract way, inasmuch as they desire to know
    • described. And as in those old times people connected the ordinary
    • ancient peoples — and we could speak of others besides the
    • experience in its concrete form I have described for you with
    • relation of male and female is described by the word ‘Geschlecht’
    • One had to struggle desperately over the Universals, as to
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    • shows how humanity has been deserted by the Gods and made independent.
    • But it is only in our thinking that the Gods have deserted us. They are
    • the guidance of human destiny, they have arisen from other
    • of Egypt. And then as Osiris returned he was slain by Typhon despite
    • of Scorpio, and opposite in Taurus the moon appears in the Pleiades
    • that gave the description of Isis: ‘I am the All, I am the
    • as the age could reach, of that which is described in St. John's
    • flees from Pallas Athene, that is, from the Goddess of Wisdom, and
    • elements which people still enjoy describing today. This new
    • physical beings of the line of descent. Fundamentally the so-called
    • but a conception placing the doctrine of physical descent in the
    • Imaginative life drew out of the spirit, as we described yesterday.
    • just as it means a descent from physical beings, that one is born and
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    • shows how humanity has been deserted by the Gods and made independent.
    • But it is only in our thinking that the Gods have deserted us. They are
    • justified in saying: ought it then to deserve censure if one follows
    • the Bull. The forces which descend from the universe when the Sun at
    • were developed which one can describe as a Mars-civilization. The
    • alchemical and other writings so much despised today, you would see
    • intervening in destiny, while the others are less active. Thus the
    • people to say: Well let's leave ourselves to World-destiny,
    • only be desired by un-Russian crafty comrades like Lenin with foreign
    • form judgments in the way I have described: If I have one coin, then
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    • shows how humanity has been deserted by the Gods and made independent.
    • But it is only in our thinking that the Gods have deserted us. They are
    • transformations. Now we have already described in what sense I a
    • hand of its own freewill what nature no longer provides. We dare not
    • deserved so well of Central European culture. Friedrich Schlegel
    • so many decades ago. The question is whether one could also be
    • to what desires in the only possible way — not in the way of
    • members of these meetings and what they say to him, concludes
    • person decides that he will really read something! So it is no proof
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    • shows how humanity has been deserted by the Gods and made independent.
    • But it is only in our thinking that the Gods have deserted us. They are
    • spherical form. If one desires to express in a diagram what the human
    • friends, has also made what a few days ago we described as the Greek
    • brought to your attention that besides this external mythology the
    • slowly, is destined to transform the head-knowledge gradually into
    • super-sensible Christ and desires to know nothing of that cosmic power
    • desires and instincts, through Chauvinism and nationalism, but solely
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    • shows how humanity has been deserted by the Gods and made independent.
    • But it is only in our thinking that the Gods have deserted us. They are
    • that she looked like a giant. He could even describe the right side
    • heredity, however, and that the part of man which excludes the head
    • (see diagram), from all sides universal matter continuously streams
    • just described. Thus we come into our bodily nature with what I have
    • in the way I have described in my
    • and desires, merely that, not the spiritual element of which we have
    • decades the habit has already been lost, but when I was young —
    • purely life of instinct and desire; it is not spiritual. And so the
    • life of instinct and desire is irritated with the mere head-life.
    • by the instinct and desire life. Hence thoughts come forth in a very
    • described it in these studies, was also experienced by the Lemurian
    • outlined, to be described. Can the men of today do this? Above all,
    • really clear description?
    • It then unites with blind desires and instincts. Then there results
    • spiritual, and the blindest instincts and desires. That is what they
    • future, in the way we described yesterday.
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    • Die Bruecke Zwischen der Weltgeistigkeit und dem Physichen des
    • Die Bruecke Zwischen der Weltgeistigkeit und dem Physichen des
    • we call the ego. Besides this he has his astral body, and at the
    • however, speak of the destruction of the astral body; on the
    • on earth, is really formed from two directions. I have described to
    • in the maternal body provides only the opportunity for these two
    • bodily nature, descends from its ancestors; but the souls that
    • what outwardly represents the destiny of these ancestors; this the
    • feeling-life of these people, these souls were predestined to go
    • between them and the destiny they suffered in being exterminated was
    • bodies of the old American Indians, although they certainly descend
    • lineal descent, and which we take up with the first feelings of love
    • inheritance; also through education, but education in its broadest
    • descent, if we are not able to take into consideration what the souls
    • were predestined through the entire configuration of their souls,
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    • The Forming of Destiny in Sleeping and Waking.
    • THE FORMING OF DESTINY IN SLEEPING AND WAKING
    • connected with his destiny, with what we are accustomed to call
    • Karma. How does the shaping of destiny proceed? In order to answer
    • Now, the characteristic development I have just described is not
    • body of man is destined to come into inner contact between sleeping
    • and waking with the Beings described in the book
    • firstly, so to permeate the physical body that we do not only desire
    • karma or destiny is shaped. A verdict is passed: ‘I am
    • destiny aright, so that true balance and adjustment are brought about
    • connection between the Ego and the karma, or destiny. Just as the
    • and work at the texture of destiny. Karma is elaborated in
    • next descent to the earthly world, possess already a power which in
    • altogether within the realm of the physical. It describes how the
    • These connections are as I have just described them.
    • will not do to generalise, saying merely that destiny and karma
    • would befall us that we desired for ourselves — but in the
    • unless the unhoped-for, the undesired came upon us. But if the right
    • to descend into a physical body. The Archangeloi cannot bestow upon
    • work, namely, the Beings designated in Occult Science the Exusiai and
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    • ‘nearer’ to him; he then describes the macrocosm, in the
    • of heavenly forces ascending and descending with their golden urns,
    • Imaginative element which precedes the word. And when he possesses
  • Title: Lecture: On the Reality of Higher Worlds
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    • this reality, and there is no desire whatever to set these paths in
    • usually known as the problem of immortality, of destiny, in the
    • widest sense, therefore, as the problem of the higher worlds —
    • observe all the details of the exercises described in my books, there
    • To describe as pathological the methods of anthroposophical research
    • but who has made it free of the body through the efforts described
    • here described, when we are trying to develop deep, inward thinking.
    • In the books mentioned I have described in detail many exercises for
    • faculties in the way I have described loses nothing at all of his
    • describes these higher worlds with normal reasoning powers and
    • are used purely in connection with what I have been describing. I
    • instinctively, unconsciously, whereas what I have been describing is
    • which I have here described in the form in which it is suitable for
    • from which the human being descends when through birth or conception,
    • world of Spirit, specific description is given of a world of
    • soul-and-spirit whence man has descended into physical existence
    • are described as I have described them, for example, in my
    • comparison how it is actually possible to describe these worlds.
    • sphere. And when, in the way described, he beholds himself in his own
    • they find descriptions of how the human being, in his primeval forms, was
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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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    • utmost to destroy, with but a few exceptions, every gnostic document.
    • vision supplied what may be designated as an inner logical system. If
    • alludes to it whenever he speaks of his predecessors, but he can no
    • descriptions appear to us?
    • higher destinies of man's soul-life. The conceptions of that time
    • almost cramped and desperate manner to maintain a survey of the
    • sensualism implies a cognitive striving which excludes the
    • sensualism and to describe it in such a way that an explanation
    • just described, in such a way that he said: It is only possible to
  • Title: Lecture: The Remedy for Our Diseased Civilisation
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    • personalities. Although many sides deny this, the materialistic
    • in the external symptoms, in what may be designated as Haeckel's
    • so and so many thousands of microscopic slides, so and so many
    • thousands of microscopic slides were available in this or in that
    • the nineteenth century. Recently, I have described to you from
    • fear and tremble for the future of humanity. I have described this to
    • you in connection with a conversation which I had several decades ago
    • development, the human being (he described this concretely) shall be
    • to describe their epoch, you may read that the philosophy of
    • be like. Even what exists to-day as a world-destructive element, has
    • described from the aspect of spiritual science in the
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    • Das Geheimnis des Todes. Wesen und Bedeutung
    • maintained that man's life on the physical plane for many decades.
    • investigation may show us that his destiny in no way led him to the
    • we consider the facts which I have described to you just now, we can
    • of the physical body cannot be recognised if we merely describe a
    • description of a sleeping human being, of this physical and etheric
    • such a way that it provides us with life-forces, because the
    • I have described to you. Quite apart from what takes place with the
    • inspiring influence that I have described to you.
    • destined to play a part in the spiritual progress of humanity —
    • enthusiasm for spiritual science and faces a world, desirous that
    • lower part of the physiognomy recedes in a marked way. One might say
    • that the mighty skull dominates the face, that recedes. (I can only
    • forehead of this second Being recedes and is quite undeveloped.
    • destiny, is able to give us:
    • Aus des Volkes Opfertaten —
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    • before he descends to earthly life. And yet we find in Jacob Boehme’s
    • works no clear definition or description of man as a pre-earthly
    • describes in halting words the being of pre-earthly man but the man
    • to the earth. Jacob Boehme describes a rudiment only of pre-earthly
    • infinitudes and on the other into depths of the human soul, but it
    • says reveals a striving to describe the man of the present in the
    • tradition, but inadequate. Giordano Bruno embarks upon a description
    • adequate description either of the cosmos or of the life of soul
    • and listen spiritually to the description which an Initiate would
    • able to describe this out of their visionary, dream-like knowledge of
    • hovers into infinitudes but is nevertheless abstract. And that which
    • have described to you was real knowledge among the sages of old; it
    • described. Nor did he speak in an abstract way of the ‘will’
    • processes I have described above — the salt process, the
    • era). They tell us that they are the descendants of ancestors who were
    • people who did not desire the upward progress, but rather the
    • desire that the new faculty of insight — which was exactly the
    • universe and the universe in man, not by means of a recrudescence of
  • Title: Lecture: It is a Necessity of Our Earnest Times to Find Again the Path Leading to the Spirit
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    • (Verstandes und Gemütsseele) unfolded. Everything that humanity
    • descending line of development and decadent. Those who have a deeper
    • personalities described in the Gospels as the Apostles, or the
    • rise beyond the description of the man, Jesus of Nazareth, they do
    • passing through such a tragic destiny, was able — among other
    • has since then made the endeavour to descend to the physical world.
    • All those decades, that make us so much older than this little newly
    • waking up, we pass through events that are connected with the descent
    • described in my “OCCULT SCIENCE”, the Angels, Archangels,
    • not die (read the description of their life's course in my books),
    • we should have the great modesty of recognising that the experiences
    • The Christ descended
    • he has deserved it. This interpretation of the idea of Karma
    • the debit and credit sides of destiny and strike the balance, I
  • Title: Lecture: Some Conditions for Understanding Supersensible Experiences
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    • prides itself particularly on the exercise of this very reason. But
    • What must be realised is that when a man desires to approach the
    • If it is desired to approach the super-sensible world in the right
    • such as many desire, but that something is truly striving to activate
    • think in your sciences, you will condemn humanity to destruction.
  • Title: Lecture: The Relation of the Movement for Religious Renewal to the Anthroposophical Movement
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    • Die Verhaeltnis der Sternenwelt zum Menschen und des Menschen
    • zur Sternenwelt. Die Geistige Kommunion des Menschheit.
    • Die Verhaeltnis der Sternenwelt zum Menschen und des Menschen
    • zur Sternenwelt. Die Geistige Kommunion des Menschheit.
    • man so deeply that it pervades everything he brings forth out of his
    • ruin and destruction of the Anthroposophical Society; secondly, to
    • for the destruction of the Anthroposophical Movement and for the
    • doing something that would inevitably lead to the destruction of both
    • is earnestly desired by me. In order that no misunderstanding should
    • (The following night the first Goetheanum was destroyed by fire.)
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    • which we designate as our etheric body: this already possesses a
    • us that what we designate as man's physical body is a very
    • descriptions contained in our spiritual science — were formed
    • really designate the skin of our face as our interior, and the
    • The descriptions
    • descriptions of spiritual science, you will no doubt remember what it
    • the place where the spiritual part of our physical body abides after
    • constitutes a great deal of what we generally designate as our life
    • elementary forms of description only enable us to explain
    • days. But this retrospective memory is inappropriately designated
    • in the manner described and bear it along in the form of memories,
    • overwhelming thought. Every one of our strides is the external
    • these, our human destinies. Our human destinies are, at the same
    • which you will find described in one of the Mystery Plays, in “The
    • after all these descriptions, we would live on indifferently and
    • weave in the manner described, and what all the Hierarchies of the
    • described just now. That picture can be seen there. But other
    • without any pride, we should realise modestly and humbly the great
    • decades, have provided for the physical body, become spiritual
    • Aus des Volkes Opfertaten,
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    • Der Zusammenhang des Menschen mit der Elementarischen Welt.
    • Der Zusammenhang des Menschen mit der Elementarischen Welt.
    • and all the destinies of Wainamoinen, described in “Kalevala”,
    • Being that is pulverised, and then forged together, is described in a
    • order to emerge again later on, all this is described in “Kalevala”
    • And so a race descends, that bears within its soul, in a natural
    • stage, it has a destructive effect upon the three soul-members.
    • and for this reason it called the descending nations the “RUTSI”
    • external events described in history had to take place. The fact that
    • name from which the name “Russians” descends, for it has
    • arisen in the way described just now.
    • were, so that his soul may find from various sides what it requires,
    • described to you?
    • one another. But if he describes it in this way, it will be difficult
    • Ilmarinen and Lemminkainen, and are to-day designated so prosaically
  • Title: Lecture: Awakening to Community - I
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    • conditions in the Anthroposophical Society makes it seem desirable to
    • destiny in what I am about to describe.
    • consider something else. What I have been describing thus far might
    • with the life about him, as indeed he must, his real desire is to
    • that this desire exists only as an instinct in many of those who seek
    • belief in the external and material and what the mind concludes about
    • itself. Everything that the will thus experiences as its destiny,
    • lastly, in participating in the destiny of one's time to a point
    • where it becomes one's personal destiny. One feels oneself sharing
    • destiny, should all aim at giving the soul a certain direction of
    • describing here are the factors that brought the Anthroposophical
    • knowledge, to the participation in the time's destiny that I have
    • the special nuance of soul experience that I have been describing and
    • afflicts modern human wills, despite their seeming activity, which is
    • close to it, and it can be stated in all modesty that no reason
    • intent on destroying anthroposophy resort to slander, and samples of
    • be here; there are always two sides to everything. I was needed in
  • Title: Lecture: Perceiving and Remembering
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    • connected with the process described in my book “Knowledge of Higher
    • extol thee, O Light, for I desire to come to thee.’
    • me my light. Take theirs rather than mine. They have desired to take away all
    • modesty as regards the things contained in it, so that we feel constrained to
    • extol Thee, O Light! for I desire to draw near unto Thee. I will extol Thee,
    • it’ — but one must have such humility, such modesty, that one
    • will not desire to understand it until one has called forth in one's self the
    • the least endowed with this modesty. They either explain what they find in
    • at present those who do not desire to understand, spread scorn and derision
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    • qualified anthroposophy is to throw light on life in the widest
    • includes the time between death and a new birth.
    • is due to the astrality of the earth descending from without into the
    • Besides the part that is used for growth, which is that part of his
    • have been describing works in particular instances.
    • forgetting that man is capable of developing. Besides, no mental
    • cannot forget the inclinations, desires and pleasures he had in life.
    • the mighty memory tableau I have often described stands before his
    • bearer of all the instincts, desires, passions, feelings, sensations
    • enjoyed and desired in life. And the breaking of habit is really
    • he has succeeded in forgetting all his wishes and desires for things
    • absolutely valid for life in its broadest sense.
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    • egoistic desire for recovery; in fact there has to be knowledge of
    • with materialistic theories, despite the fact that it arises out of a
    • can define and describe them in a certain way. The essential thing is
    • that can be examined in all the known ways. And blood is described
    • heart and his brain which can be described in a somewhat pictorial
    • occult medicine these things are also described by applying the
    • the gall is described as mars, its effect would be similar to the
    • psychological method in the widest sense. Then, if the therapist is
    • described in third place are actually the first in which we are
    • whole sphere includes a knowledge of the higher members of man's
  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 3: Original Sin
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    • this came about at the expense of something else, and when I describe
    • their descendants what they themselves experienced in the sense
    • passes worse qualities on to his descendants than another person who
    • who is descending from the astral world. When a human being
    • their impulses, passions and desires — combines with this
    • forefathers. What descends through the generations in this way, what
    • is indeed a result of these processes I have just described, and you
    • of desires that have a harmful effect on the physical body, even
    • astral body for decades. And so we have to admit that because of all
    • body and the latter on the physical body and gradually destroy it.
  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 4: Rhythm in the Bodies of Man
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    • understand this fact and many others besides. You know from the
    • ego and that has a free hand in the human body, descends into the
    • because the day ego descends into the cosmic ego, the cosmic ego can
    • the day ego described a circle, passing through the greater part of
    • this circle outside the realm of the great ego and descending into
    • describes part of a circle and then sinks down, passing through more
    • describing a circle and disappearing from time to time into the large
    • describing a circle. With the astral body too the changes are such
    • astral body. Only present-day man does not notice this descent into
    • feelings. You could perceive quite different shades of feeling in the
    • which would have worked destructively in earlier times but which is
    • not so destructive these days because in our times human life has
    • etheric body seven days earlier coincides with its next quarter, the
    • experienced quite different shades of mood in the course of seven
  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 5: Rhythms in the Being of Man
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    • includes the lungs in the rhythm of the astral body, that rhythm that
    • described and just these quarters of the moon. Just think, there
    • that at the nodal points no longer coincides with cosmic occurrences
  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 6: Illness and Karma
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    • describe it, too, as the period of learning to do without the
    • instincts and desires. He still hankers for the same things —
    • body that man satisfied his desires. After death he no longer has
    • have already described the remarkable way in which this period of
    • described. Thus we see the relationship between what the soul takes
    • destroys it. When the organ that should have been instrumental in
    • carrying out the deed externally has been destroyed by these soul
    • restore the organ. This organ, which was destroyed because it was
    • organ in the way it needs, the unsuitable organ has to be destroyed
    • human life that has to be described somewhat as follows: Man has to
    • conscious of the incapacity, destroying the mid-brain and rebuilding
    • process of destroying and rebuilding. This has been felt to be true
    • very exalted being with this process of destroying and rebuilding. In
    • the ruling powers that destroy and then restore things to life again.
    • destroyed and rebuilt afresh. And by means of this rebuilding of the
    • destroyed, and a severe illness can result. Then comes the
    • Lemurian epoch. Man gradually descended from divine-spiritual
    • is a being of the kind that existed before man descended in Lemurian
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    • we shall see that life's riddles really encounter us on all sides,
    • weeping deserve to be properly observed and appreciated, for they
    • there are two streams in human life. One stream includes all the
    • other ancestors, and which can be passed on to our descendants, and
    • expressed in the desire to defend himself and restore the balance.
    • these qualities we have been describing are expressed in bodily
    • influence of the phenomena we have been describing. And you only need
    • has been described today. That which sustains the breathing process
    • already predestined to have an ego working within them when man
    • mad. Man had to be predestined for such an activity. For that to be
    • man is that of laughing and weeping, despite the fact that laughing
    • cried!’ This is a wonderful way of describing something normal
  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 8: The Manifestation of the Ego in the Different Races of Men
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    • Saturn, Sun and Moon evolution. We have described various details of
    • this. What we are going to describe today, however, shall be
    • have often described it by saying that this was actually the time
    • when man descended from higher regions on to the earth. Although man
    • descend, as it were, and to incarnate in a physical human form in
    • human being did not descend on to the earth's surface. That is why
    • Lemurian times the people of these regions descended deepest into
    • each of these beings that did not descend but was still ethereal
    • which, in Lemurian times, descended into physical bodies in the
    • paradise, and who had not yet descended as far as the earth. What we
    • once the teachers of mankind descended from the cold North! We have
    • who entered more into physical bodies, then they had to descend
    • spiritual being, and another kind that had already descended into
    • would not have been able to descend at all into physical bodies. And
    • died out. Having descended too soon into a physical body, they fell
    • paramount importance in their Atlantean descendants was that the germ
    • North would not have descended to earth at all, for they would not
    • comprehensible through the fact that all these possible shades of
    • have described, and they led an independent existence up till much
    • with various shades of dark skin, and mixed with them, acquired every
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    • two, for they have done nothing that deserves the pleasure their
    • karmically destined to pay off something together, but at the same
    • continuous stream, and provides the substance in which, in their
    • facts of the world around him, which is in the widest sense the Holy
    • esotericism is connected with the profoundest thought in the whole of
    • This, however, is part of what we can describe by saying that the
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    • constantly new sides. Since the last third of the nineteenth century
    • attitudes of soul in earthly life. For karmic adjustments, return
    • was to show from as many different sides as possible, the part played
    • study things again and again from constantly new sides. One example
    • of existence must be approached from different sides. Each Gospel
    • because we have deserved it as the fruit of inner tranquillity.
    • What I have just described to you as an incisive point
    • Movement it would be especially desirable for its adherents to
    • world, we must be uninterruptedly active if we really desire
    • contemplate everything from many sides. Mental pictures and concepts
    • First of all it is important to describe the general
    • ‘realm of the Shades in which no change is possible’.
    • of the Medici tombs in the Chapel designed and built in Florence by
    • lead to the destruction of works of art but on the contrary to a much
    • Shades in which there can be no change or alteration. But when we
    • is to be righted. In the lectures this winter I shall be describing
    • before us, not only in all its ugliness but with all the destructive
    • a thought signifies a destructive reality they would soon turn away
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    • causing suffering to others. Effects of the destruction thus caused
    • perpetually colliding with our bodily make-up and thereby destroying
    • destruction that ultimately brings about death in the physical world.
    • ‘I’-consciousness to our own destructive activity, to the
    • circumstance that we are able to destroy our organism perpetually.
    • In this way we are destroyers of our astral, etheric and
    • life itself makes it obvious that we can also work destructively upon
    • bringing about his own destruction. However, as long as we remain
    • life to annul the destruction we have caused. We are capable of this
    • undeserved suffering caused to another person. If you think about it
    • make good the destruction that has been brought about.
    • of his being. The destruction for which a man is continually
    • imparted by those destined for this mission. These religious
    • whereas nowadays men on Earth are divided by race, descent and so
    • magnificently in the Old Testament in the passage describing the
    • Those who understand this passage know that Abraham, who was destined
    • descent, race, and whatever separates human beings from one another.
    • Golgotha has been established in the way described. It is a
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    • in the way described in the last lecture, beholding and experiencing
    • death, his longings and desires remain. Nor need these longings and
    • desires be only those of which he was actually aware. The longings
    • and desires that were in his sub-consciousness, they too remain,
    • those hidden wishes, desires and passions which are present in the
    • ideas, we can bring them to him after death in the way described.
    • eludes them only because they pay no heed to it.
    • do so, and when the soul abides firmly by this feeling, experiences
    • head above provides the most convenient means, in the conditions of
    • and draws them in when the light fades. That which streams to the
    • desirable suitors for her if she would let him share her wealth. She
    • been described, from the Old Saturn period, through the periods of
    • consequence, a host of individual human souls, as described in detail
    • particular destinies while separated from the Earth, returning only
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    • catabolic processes, processes of destruction. Evidence for this is
    • destruction, of wear and tear. During waking life nothing in man's
    • the human being describes a circle which passes through the whole
    • simple; and that is quite comprehensible because usually we describe
    • and learn to view things from all sides. We generally characterise
    • form of an oval (A) but during sleep divides into two parts (B), one
    • as a very dark area tinged with dark red shades. The other, upper
    • infinitudes of the world of stars. The Ego-aura is thus divided —
    • evolution — which you will find described in the book
    • This is the opposite description of sleep. And especially in certain
    • sight is no longer possible. Why is the process described in this way
    • Pleiades was an actual experience within them and the experience
    • constellation of the Pleiades, for example, across the heavens
    • what we today describe in connection with perception in the
    • Old Moon described in the book
    • describing and remembrance of it alone remained. In the
    • describes today. A great deal in this connection was presented
    • attitudes to the world, between that of a human soul incarnated in
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    • Jesus Child described in that Gospel. [See the Lecture Course entitled
    • Those who desire to understand from occult knowledge the
    • descending from divine-spiritual heights to a certain nadir. The
    • bodies also pass through descending and ascending phases of
    • the Earth there was a descending phase of evolution until the time of
    • Impulse is necessary. Similarly, there were phases of descent and
    • from the spiritual worlds was undergoing a phase of descent, just as
    • ascent, for the consequences of the phase of descent had become all
    • Here, then, we face a deed of a Being whose destiny it
    • if all the impulses work together in harmony. The Christ descended
    • the urge for reincarnation, was not destined to work in the sphere of
    • physical incarnation. But in accordance with the great Plan designed
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    • horizontal position and consciously desire to stand upright, to learn
    • into the form destined for him. Which part of him is most completely
    • in a kind of prison, it could then expand outwards on all sides. All
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    • eludes this division into cyclic periods. It is the point of time
    • in these earlier, often despised centuries. In earlier centuries
    • that is to say, the bodies of men descend from Adam. Hence it can be
    • evolution of souls! The physical bodies which have descended from
    • Adam are the habitations of living souls. These souls had descended
    • Shades.’ We know that this saying was true when applied to the
    • the conditions just described. The individuals baptised by John were
    • descend from Adam, so will the content of their souls in greater and
    • greater measure ‘descend’ from the Christ who is the
    • the physical body or to live on Earth with no other wishes or desires
    • described, he must experience the counterweight in his life between
    • the desire to flee from the conditions of terrestrial existence —
    • of this or that standpoint but by applying the modes of knowledge
    • is appropriate when the opposing sides are also present and are
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    • we behold what is hidden from waking life. Results of destructive
    • destruction in the organism are the precondition of the life of soul.
    • process of decay, of destruction. Every night during sleep the forces
    • of destruction are ever and again subjugated by the forces of growth;
    • what is destroyed by day is repaired during the night, but the forces
    • of destruction are always in excess. And the consequence of this fact
    • surplus of destructive forces is always present. This surplus
    • destructive forces eclipse the upbuilding forces.
    • of sleep we are actually witnessing a process of destruction —
    • life about this process of destruction are absent when we see it from
    • not destroy his body in some measure would be capable of thinking or
    • processes of destruction. We therefore regard these processes of
    • destruction in the human organism as the precondition of man's life
    • is extremely difficult to describe these conditions and it can really
    • process of continual destruction, and what is seen when our own inner
    • outer world, but otherwise what we see is a process of destruction.
    • In the other case — although it is impossible to describe
    • something that Laplace already described, the expression
    • ourselves desire; for it is particularly in regard to colours that
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    • forces needed by man in order to mould his body and also his destiny
    • last decades of the nineteenth century, when the writings of Buchner
    • own bodily constitution, indeed of his whole destiny in the life on
    • also his destiny are received by him from the Beings of the higher
    • what has been described. Before they began to display their dry,
    • this inadequate, pseudo-thinking is very widespread. If with the help
    • accounts of the present kind, parts only can be described.) Among the
    • the seer enquires into why such souls have deserved this destiny, he
    • more and more widespread; nor will things improve in the future. The
    • incarnated in a physical body. Men are predestined for this and if
    • between death and the new birth. We need not despair about them for
    • despondency is still out of place, but that should not lead anyone to
    • that those who do what has been described with genuine devotion will
    • his etheric body as I have described [See Lectures Three, Five and
    • then ceases to appear as a destroyer of human and personal
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    • Spiritland after Death. These descriptions are more closely related
    • lecture-course the descriptions are of great cosmic conditions and
    • Theosophy: An Introduction to the Supersensible Knowledge of the World and the Destination of Man
    • descriptions contained in the books
    • there is a description of the passage of
    • divided into a region of ‘Burning Desires’
    • was described. Thereafter the soul has to pass through what is
    • described as the Spiritland and this sphere, too, with its successive
    • regions, is described in the book
    • In the course of these lectures descriptions have been
    • the description was given in
    • soul. In the lectures given here during the Winter the descriptions
    • the two descriptions.
    • life after death is the region of Burning Desires. He would
    • them is life in the region of Burning Desires. It is a life
    • the instrumentality of the brain. In the region of Burning Desires
    • man is passing through these regions, of Burning Desires, of Flowing
    • region of Burning Desires the soul still longs to be able to see
    • desire to wish with a heart as on Earth. Finally, the human being
    • encounters conditions described in the book
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    • that which includes Christmas and the New Year. When we take these
    • what I have just described; that for the causes of what happened in
    • world resides in that cosmic Being who is beyond all concepts, not to
    • desire. And this desire, being no longer present in the Divine
    • space. Desire does not live only in sense perception, but also in
    • this desire, Achamod, thrown out into the world and permeating it.
    • spiritual worlds, you look into the desire-filled world of Achamod.
    • Because this world is filled with desire, it cannot disclose within
    • is embodied Achamod, the desire that pervades space.
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    • described, let me evoke a picture.
    • This divine-spiritual line of descent from spheres beyond the earthly
    • destruction, according to the witness of David and of the Sibyl.
    • prophecies, especially those that bore on doom and destruction and
    • Earth's aura with His Being; thus He destroyed the Sibylline
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    • accordingly, resides in what was said about the difficulty of
    • Let us recall what is described in
    • planetary abodes and assume bodies on Earth, and that after that
    • influences, the souls descending from the planets would have found no
    • in order that this destructive activity should not enter into human
    • who now for the third time descended upon him, permeating him. So in
    • rather differently from the way in which I described the other two.
    • planets, together with much else that I have described.
    • influence and power of the Being I have described, he became the
    • spring. A deep wisdom resides in this idea of Apollo going north. The
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    • in human souls of all that I described yesterday. These
    • if we reckon in their antipodes — they rule over the Izeds, who
    • Yesterday I described it as the epoch in which knowledge was kindled
    • hillsides like a dragon — the dragon killed by the Greek St.
    • post-Atlantean epoch, is something I must again designate with a dry,
    • in his offspring, in his living breath, in Adam and his descendants;
    • of the Hebrew people come from the desert, where the Earth-forces
    • prevail. Geology dominates the destiny of the Hebrews. Geology,
    • desert and caused water to flow from the rock. And if we were to go
    • Michelangelo which I described, the prophets are always depicted
    • Nathan Jesus-child. It was the destiny of the Nathan Jesus-child that
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    • fight against Constantine outside the gates of Rome, you will destroy
    • Croesus, so was Maxentius guided by this one. He destroyed the enemy
    • Then Chrestien de Troyes tells us how Parsifal rides on
    • debt he had incurred by his having deserted his own mother. This was
    • often described. It became clearer and clearer to me — as the
    • “Der Ihr des Trostes waltet,
    • Ich sah den Speer, auf dessen Stahl
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    • descriptions, it will bring forward all possible — or rather
    • festival, the Host descends from Heaven into the Grail and is
    • events of the greatest importance for the destiny of Europe in the
    • history one can indeed learn that the destiny of Europe would have
    • describing her achievements, he writes:
    • happened than I can write of or describe to you in words. While I
    • you and fulfil your desires. Written at Biteromis, the 21st day of
    • Anyone reading it will feel how we have here a description of a
    • such stories are despised, the rarer they become. For these spirits
    • cannot bear being despised, as according to the law of God and
    • Christian teaching, they certainly deserve to be: they prefer to fly
    • Christ came to destroy the work of the Devil, and imposed silence on
    • above. But presently, after the Christ had descended into the body of
    • us follow him as he rides on — as I emphasised yesterday —
    • Holy Grail often before him at night; how he rides on, having before
    • destiny with the Christ Impulse works together in his soul with the
    • worlds, the Jesus who then descended and accomplished the Mystery of
    • to the secret of the Holy Grail, as we have tried to describe it,
    • reached by the Crusaders. In the time of the Crusades the kingdom of
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    • stream of destiny cannot be investigated by the official Natural
    • Aries, Taurus, Gemini etc., made his destiny would be living under
    • Taurus, or Gemini, bring about destiny. Yet one can read from the
    • star-script the connection between the cosmos and human destiny. And
    • them in the laws of our personal destiny, that is to say, quite
    • personal destiny.” How this invisible human destiny is
    • to super-sensible laws determining man's destiny. If we look
    • perception. Whereas what we call karma, personal destiny, or, one
    • comes the actual thought-life. And in the epoch described here the
    • these thinkers had an intense desire to prove that what they created
    • descriptions given of the separate epochs you will, if you are proper
    • super-sensible regions as when we investigate human destiny. It is in
    • expression is our personal destiny, how we bear this through still
    • Spirits regulating our outer destiny and their life is of still
    • to it as a Goddess who descends from divine cloud-heights, whom we
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    • when, at the cosmic hour of destiny in the life of a human being, a
    • flash into human destiny those wonderful moments of illumination when
    • Mars has his good and his less good sides — he has his Genius
    • approach her. She has no desire for the universe and rejects every
    • because the circumstances and conditions have to be described in
    • Earth and she listens always to Mars — but without any desire
    • life that weaves between Venus and Mars. When destiny wills it, the
    • existence, it is the Moon impulse that provides the forces for his
    • physical existence. Venus provides the forces for the basic qualities
    • of heart and temperament. But Mercury provides the forces for
    • wrest man away from what is determined by destiny and make him into a
    • destiny-determining planets.
    • liberating and the destiny-determining planets. The Sun is the
    • individuality in whom the element of necessity in destiny and the
    • the Sun unless he is able to behold this interweaving life of destiny
    • warmth the element of necessity in destiny, resolves destiny into
    • misused freedom is moulded into destiny — until destiny itself
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    • The Problem of Destiny.
    • arising from human desires, human wishes. Although this is so
    • desires and human wishes, for instance, objections of the following
    • correspond with these descriptions, I shall never adapt myself to such
    • kinds of negative attitudes toward spiritual science. Although, on
    • as I have frequently described to you. They develop in such a way
    • form of destiny, between birth and death — everything we
    • experience in the form of destiny. This word contains many,
    • certain amount of light can be thrown upon the question of destiny if
    • before our spiritual eye which must constitute a problem of destiny
    • destiny. Undoubtedly, every case has its individual aspect. But just
    • may have been destroyed. These experiences form part of life; but
    • course of many years and decades. I do not mean that it comprises
    • in the described manner. During a particular life upon the earth the
    • the spiritual world except those which have so far descended upon it.
    • spiritual life is concerned it is so that when we describe the path
    • the power allowing spiritual forces to descend upon the earth. This
    • beings who live upon the earth may receive the forces descending from
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    • We have often described this process of the passage through the Gate
    • imaginations it provides. For the impressions we receive immediately
    • related in any way during our life. We might describe it thus: a kind
    • from the elemental world as here described. Indeed, just as we are
    • I am now describing. It is only the immediate, straightforward
    • world if I describe once more in a few words how it appears to one
    • described is not without its results, for it means that an
    • spiritual world. That will be decades after his death, as we know.
    • no longer merely through Inspiration as I described it just now. Not
    • into the etheric body of man. But one who has been dead for decades
    • he can still work through the other vehicles, as described above. It
    • practising spiritual scientist cannot possibly desire to do. Now I
  • Title: Lecture: The Elemental World and the Future of Mankind
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    • forces to form his etheric body as he descends to earthly life. We
    • when a change has come about in the last few decades, when a young person
    • originally a natural endowment which mankind was predestined to
    • multitudes. When one is in a position to find out how many of these
    • course. The earth would not continue what is described in my
    • in fact an admission that reason no longer resides in the head. It
    • becoming multitudes. The ones who strive the most to become
    • multitudes are the beings of the earth element. The beings of the
    • from both sides — on the one hand, the danger that those
    • The significance of spiritual knowledge for man's earthly destiny
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    • proceed by studying that form of organization which we designate as
    • Past lectures showed us that what we designate as man's
    • you know this from other descriptions contained in our spiritual
    • wrong. We should really designate the skin of our face as our
    • The descriptions that were given so far in our spiritual
    • carefully remember the descriptions of spiritual science, you will no
    • spiritual part of our physical body abides after death. Only a
    • what we generally designate as our life beyond. It is the feeling
    • our physical body. The more elementary forms of description only
    • memory is inappropriately designated (but nevertheless with a
    • earth, when we experience something in the manner described and bear
    • strides is the external expression of an event connected with the
    • incorporate with the universe these, our human, destinies. Our human
    • destinies are, at the same time, the deeds of Gods, and the form in
    • approaches the Midnight, which you will find described in one of the
    • weaves through the world — if, after all these descriptions,
    • we ourselves are able to weave in the manner described, and what all
    • correctly, as described just now. That picture can be seen there.
    • realize without any pride, we should realize modestly and humbly,
    • for decades, have provided for the physical body, become spiritual
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    • For particularly at such a gathering it may, indeed, be our desire to
    • life, in the life-picture which has often been described to you. Our
    • If soul-exercises are carried on in the way described here and in our
    • but I am describing them to you, in order that you may see how the
    • the colour arises. He does not notice what precedes the
    • as we find it described in the Bible. Let us think about this picture
    • of soul-life. Now, if you try to investigate in the descriptions
    • belongs, in every case, the soul-apparatus. And then they describe
    • the brain. But they do not speak of shades of feeling or will. At the
    • most, they speak of shades of feeling — in other words, a
    • goes as far as certain shades of feeling; but he does not reach to
    • the way that I have described, through the fact that what spreads
    • instance, the journalistic descriptions of today — and how many
    • descriptions should correspond to the Truth grows weaker and weaker.
    • carefully, you will find that there is a very widespread lack of any
    • destruction of human life. External science enables man to construct
    • both good and destructive things, and to prove all sorts of facts.
    • body alive for decades. It exists in the etheric world, as
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    • is called a ‘homeless man.’ This designation is a
    • humanity as a whole, without the various shades of the particular
    • which, in contradistinction to individual human life, we describe as
    • We shall therefore describe what we may call the
    • described as the character of homelessness, they would meet with
    • That besides these millions of people who are crowded together in
    • Swiss nation-spirit? He would describe in abstract expressions a few
    • the being of man. If we wish to describe man anthroposophically, we
    • sketchily described him, has evolved; that we can look back into a
    • the East or that which is more customary in the West, to describe
    • went through their human stage there whom we designate as Spirits of
    • their existence which have just been described; so truly are they
    • outside’; but besides this they are also able to work upon
    • the Baptist, indicated the Spirit we may describe as Zeitgeist in the
    • the activity of the Folk-spirits, into that which we have described
    • described as the actual inspirers — or we should here say, if
    • of Personality, of their describing cycles, as it were, and returning
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    • or Archangelic beings. Besides that, these beings must in a certain
    • which may be designated as the etheric body of these Archangelic
    • spiritual cloudlike formation which we must designate as the etheric
    • So that those who wish to follow the destinies of our human race in
    • the time which we designate as the period of the migrations of the
    • its depths, holds good in the widest sense; everything seen outside
    • besides this the affairs of their own ‘ I ’
    • temperaments of man, is something they do besides their calling.
    • belongs much besides this. Why? If the Archangel, the guiding
    • besides the Archangelic Beings already described, other mysterious
    • we spoke of yesterday — and you will also find it described in
    • Beings such as the Folk-spirits we have described to-day. That was
    • described, not only therefore with the Spirits of Form who are at the
    • the normal and abnormal Archangels worked together and when, besides
    • described. Hence it is so infinitely fascinating to follow up these
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    • sentient-soul, therefore, he is thus far given up to all his desires
    • we designate as Folk-spirits their actual inner part, or that which
    • From an external description, therefore, we now press on
    • inwardly with what has just been described. Thus far can the
    • can in the manner described think of the world as continued beyond.
    • world which includes the ‘ I ’ as objective
    • leading. just as a human being has an ascending and a descending
    • period in his life, an ascending time of youth, and a descending time
    • which he dwells. The descending period of a people's life he
    • life. In a certain respect the Archangel-nature, the one which guides
    • a correct picture of it, if you take what I have been describing not
    • Spirits of Language, as I yesterday described. We have also described
    • many different shades of folk character can find their expression.
    • described by historians is only outer maya, which hides the actual
    • a race? The Beings whom we describe as normal Spirits of Form or
    • the whole earth and divides the whole of humanity into races, is
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    • normal Spirits of Form, — in that a descending course, a
    • ascending third, a middle third and a descending third. Man really
    • descended to the present material densification only at that period
    • had proceeded in that way, man would really have descended to the
    • state. Through the abnormal Beings man was compelled to descend here
    • he descends earlier to the earth, — against the intentions of
    • which is not designed for him. If he had only set foot on the earth
    • is spent in the way we have described, he becomes earthbound, he
    • race before the Lemurian epoch, for then only did man descend to the
    • descended to the earth and the racial characteristics were handed
    • ever in the same way, as Mr. Sinnett wrongly describes in his
    • describe as race. But if we picture this evolution as always rolling
    • In the manner just described a deviation from the laws
    • post-Atlantean civilization; this we have to describe as
    • revealed in what has already been described, namely, that
    • understand that Plato was a descendant of Solon, an Ionian, a Greek,
    • Beings intervene of whom we have already spoken in describing the
    • Thus we had to describe in general to-day the
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    • to a person from what we must now describe quite objectively. As long
    • as one has the smallest tendency to take an objective description of
    • describe as the first Hierarchy above man. The second Hierarchy is as
    • there is substance spread out,’ and he will describe this
    • that other forces stream in from all sides from universal space. The
    • solid rocky ground of the Alps divides the Italian Peninsula in the
    • forms; so that we have to describe the co-operative workings of three
    • schools speak. It is that too, which Goethe describes when he speaks
    • necessary. And those Beings whom we have described as belonging to
    • three sides equal, the three angles equal, each angle is equidistant
    • abstract description.
    • to describe as the special task of the Spirits of Form, the
    • co-operation was necessary, of all that we have described as the work
    • We have already begun to describe in our preceding
    • depends upon, that element which we have described as earth-bound,
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    • what we described in our last lecture as the third hierarchy, the
    • Spirits of Form so co-operate that what we have described in one of
    • normal Spirits of Form are active, those Beings who, as described in
    • stemmed there and ray up again from Earth, as was described at the
    • from an occult standpoint, quite correct in describing what appears
    • destiny. What may we now consider a man of the Mercury race, of the
    • man is originally destined and organized by the Elohim to express in
    • a similar manner something we might describe as Venus forces, as an
    • But besides this co-operation of the Mars-spirits with
    • God Jahve describes Himself in the Semitic people as the God Who
    • generations. By describing Himself as ‘I am the God of Abraham,
    • Mongolian race, on the other that which we may describe as belonging
    • describe as Jupiter Spirits, working upon the senses. The Caucasians
    • incarnation, and that great leader of humanity whom we describe by
    • Finally, what we may describe as the abnormal Spirits of
    • all that we must describe as the Saturn-race, in everything to which
    • glandular system. It separates out the hardest parts of man, and we
    • the process above described is palpable in the decline of this race.
    • is in existence a description of a beautiful scene, in which a leader
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    • the Folk-souls whom we designate as Archangels ascend to a higher
    • mission in the manner already described. This Spirit of the Age
    • At the time which we designate as the Old Persian age,
    • Hence, besides the ordinary, evolving Spirits of the Age of the Old
    • must be called, if we wish to designate it rightly, that which
    • describe as the reception by humanity of the Christ-impulse. The
    • destined to come gradually under the guidance of many different
    • a higher stage. But that includes the materialistic tendency and
    • civilization, — streamed into our culture; and besides this,
    • colors and shades in his activity. The Archangels, who received their
    • Mythology; and, in doing so, the description of the very interesting
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    • the spiritual impulses therein described, it will be necessary first
    • certain longing, a certain desire, simply to compare the religions of
    • and of all the Spirits of Wisdom, to that which was later described
    • to them has been preserved in a wonderful way It was described as a
    • described Odin, before he had acquired this capacity, had gone
    • place when the sun and moon were still united, are described to us.
    • The going forth of the moon is described, and how evolution then
    • described to us as a continuation of what had happened formerly and
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    • comprehend why Europe was the ground destined to bring this ‘ I ’
    • was destined to bring the ‘ I ’ into relation
    • was destined gradually to acquire his ‘ I ’.
    • man by slipping into his desires, impulses and passions. Through this
    • into evil through his passions, emotions and desires. Lucifer's
    • followers of the Persian religion to descend into that world to which
    • because he was destined to develop the ‘ I ’,
    • behind the figure of Loki, who possesses a remarkably iridescent
    • that which again and again drags man down through his desires and
    • of the Luciferic influence has brought about the deeper descent of
    • have been as described, and yet death would have come about from an
    • belongs to what is grandest, yea, even to that grandeur which
    • clairvoyance, which we may describe as a dreamy clairvoyance,
    • symbolical description, but he sees real entities, Beings.
    • having a God offered him, who had descended to the physical plane in
    • kingdom of the heavens has descended even here to the physical plane,
    • That which man will then see, they describe to him as
    • world, when he will see what the destiny of the old figures of the
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    • investigation describe it more minutely. We must see how in Europe
    • Christ-impulse had been given to the earth, Tacitus could describe
    • culture. That part of man which we describe as the Sentient Soul was
    • then able to perceive, and we must therefore describe this
    • shades of the Sentient Soul, the Intellectual Soul or Soul of the
    • All the several shades of culture and the missions of
    • folk-characters in their light and shadow sides, you will find that
    • Thus many shades were necessary, for the several peoples
    • are other civilizations besides, which have preserved the old
    • on all sides that which came from the primal ages and developed in
    • Scandinavian Folk-spirit, to the description of what follows it. What
    • the destiny of man is woven into the creation, into the Earth,
    • Folk-Souls, which are as I have just described, but also in a
    • Eastern Europe strides with giant steps beyond that of Hegel and
    • essential point is, that which provides the knowledge for the
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    • the evolution of the earth an event occurred which we may describe as
    • the descent of those human souls who, in primeval times, before the
    • Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus, and Mercury souls then descended; as
    • the form of clouds; that was the condition when the descent of those
    • flexible, pliable bodies of that time, when they descended so to say
    • expression of souls descending out of the spiritual surroundings, out
    • made the observations which he described in his Germania. No one who
    • Tacitus relates about the goddess Nerthus. The chariot of the goddess
    • goddess represented that which can be presented to the human bodies
    • man. Njordr, who is inwardly related to the goddess Nerthus, is her
    • descent of the psychic-spiritual human beings, who had once upon a
    • epoch, descended again to unite themselves with physical human
    • Folk-spirits have played a great rôle. The vision of that descent has
    • Vanen you can still find one of the very oldest recollections of it.
    • descended from planetary heights with that which proceeded from the
    • was directly descended from those divine spiritual Beings, those
    • descent of the divine-spiritual into the physical.
    • receive impressions of which I should like to describe one to you. A
    • Christ. Those who are destined to point out from the signs of the
    • may describe as the greatest Being in the evolution of humanity, by
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    • human order,” who since the seventies of the last century have been descending
    • afterwards descended once more to earth-existence. I spoke of how the Mars-men,
    • the Jupiter-men and the others descended again to earth. Now an event of great
    • event that can be described only in the light of facts which are revealed to us
    • descending to the earth for the purposes of their further development. From
    • Science. Their desire is that Spiritual Science shall be translated into social
    • They desire nothing else than to be the advance-guards of what will happen to
    • existence will be united not with the Beings who have been trying to descend
    • This is a destiny that is very
    • ourselves to be shocked by descriptions of this kind. Such facts are the
    • It is a hard destiny that power should lie in the hands of men who regard the truest
    • From pre-earthly existence man has descended to this earthly life. His birth from
    • replaced by another. It is the phase which was destined to bring to man the
    • vast majority live in complete unawareness of the terrible destiny that awaits
    • Ahriman, leading man on towards earthly destruction and preventing him from
    • will happen if men continue to cultivate shadowy thoughts. For their destiny
    • would be served by keeping these things secret today, as many people desire? To
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    • other hand desires to rise to insight into spiritual worlds.
    • independent. This is not put forward from want of modesty, but merely
    • is an expression of what it is desired to accomplish. At first it was
    • “This spiritual science, this Anthroposophy, desires to know the
    • world in a spiritual way. The Gnostics also desired to know the world
    • desires to be nothing else than something for the life of soul and
    • details; these are described in the books I have named. When thinking,
    • besides the physical body which is visible to bodily eyes, by this is
    • also to be found described in the above-named books. Through this
    • from what comes through the development of thinking. If we desire to do
    • surroundings, through developing the will in the manner described we
    • man consists of different gradations, different shades of human nature.
    • experience which has been described there is formed a comprehensive
    • if he desires such a connection with us. This also is shown by
    • the world's evolution. But spiritual science can never desire to create
    • profoundest peace, and in complete harmony within the circle of the
    • science, as such, is a religious belief. It desires neither to create a
    • desires to include the whole world in its survey; it desires to survey
    • is so designated in the pantheism of the Monists or Naturalists, this
    • believe that, but more besides!” This he will not allow. He is
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    • Das Verhaeltnis Der Sternenwelt zum Menschen und des Menschen
    • human being descends into his physical body on the Earth. Every human
    • thoughts. On all sides we see a wisdom composed of thoughts emerging
    • divine Being from a higher world has descended into me. I partake of
    • which the soul desired to send upwards to the Gods as an offering for
    • universe, descending into his inner life, he now began to feel the
    • here and there, for example in the figure described by Goethe in his
    • no longer something that has descended from above. It is something
    • descended from those far spaces and united Himself with the earth.
    • different!) the starting-point of the descriptions would have been
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    • like this cannot be given with lantern slides or other visual aids,
    • for yourselves in actual detail, what I am describing. When Herman
    • Grimm's descriptions in his “Life” could not give.
    • how he was descended from a family that belonged to citizens of noble
    • have been trying to describe, and what we can see in other ways as
    • to describe it, interests us much more than the content, the story
    • that is described and that could be expounded in various ways.
    • ancestors of Mary, shown despite their number in majestic variation,
    • called the destiny of the Blessed and the Damned, can be seen in
    • reveals to us the hidden destiny of the human soul growing forth from
    • Spiritual Science describes him as being — we know that he
    • can really be destroyed which has been so significantly granted to the
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    • injurious or even destructive effect upon the divine-spiritual
    • must guard against exposing my own body to these destructive forces;
    • this effect. All desire to withdraw, to protect oneself from the
    • takes place in two stages. The first stage consists in destroying
    • destruction, the demolition, of Nature as a coherent whole. At the
    • destructive element when in his Ego and astral body he comes down
    • able to descend so far into the depths of his soul that he there
    • It is only by descending into the depths of his own
    • killed, destroyed. And he becomes aware that this destruction makes
    • Spiritual Science must necessarily desire that men
    • “must necessarily desire” — not “desires”
    • would say: Spiritual Science “desires” or “wants”
    • necessarily desire. And I say: this is how I am bound to
    • verbal sequence, too; but the nuances and shades of meaning are
    • relation between man and his mechanised environment, as I described
    • future, too, great strides will be taken in the same direction. We
    • belonging to the Rhine is quite adequately designated by the
    • an example, I will single out the Crusades as an experience in the
    • a new principle of art which can be designated by saying: When
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    • freedom, the destiny of a human being has its origin in a previous
    • regions of the earth. And when we try to follow up the destiny of
    • investigation into reality. The widespread confusion, and innumerable
    • destiny of the souls once incarnated in the Indian peoples of
    • America, one is led to enquire into the destiny of those souls who
    • before they brought themselves to descend again into new bodies. It
    • astuteness in the practical and material sides of life, is due to the
    • spiritual contemplation of the universe, but that they then descended
    • impossible to find a point of contact with modern modes of thinking.
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    • Goethe expressed this in a very fine way by saying: The desires of
    • both to good and bad desires.
    • encounter this forgiving attitude in the widest measure. Under the
    • incarnation they must descend right down into the physical organism.
    • which we do not deserve (we speak of undeserved good) and we can see
    • deserve them, appear as goodness which we earned back from him. If
  • Title: Lecture: The Inexpressible Name, Spirits of Space and Time.
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    • described in Anthroposophy. That is to say, we first have before us
    • being recognize with the aid of that knowledge which he designates as
    • which the Ego was designated by a name, and if this name was uttered,
    • lifeless body, our intelligence now follows the path described to you
    • many other things besides. Now I come to a point which clearly shows
    • the general destinies of humanity? Oh, in a certain sense it is very
    • painful today to speak to people of general human destinies! People
    • is a consequence of the fact that the Occident designates as a Maya
    • or as an ideology what the Orient designates as reality, and that the
    • Orient designates the ideology of the Occident as a reality. Today we
    • indifference in regard to the great destinies of human existence.
    • together in parliaments, but the destinies of humanity do not breathe
    • destinies. They are filled with the breath of egoistic interests.
    • large, they become majorities. In that case it is not human destinies
    • acquired a form which transcends the purely personal destiny and
    • ascends to the destiny of mankind as such, when people will once more
    • formulated questions, something about the great destiny-goals of
    • information concerning the great destiny aims of humanity, not
    • human destinies, something which is connected with the destiny of
    • these destinies of mankind in the whole world, if we take a deep
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    • Destinies of Individuals and Nations.
    • have so often described even in public lectures, we arrive at a
    • appears before us, might be described as follows: We ourselves
    • manner described and become part of the whole earthly organism,
    • describe this, to meditate over such things, for then we progress
    • I am describing to
    • What I described
    • described to you when speaking of the Impulse of Golgotha. We
    • described as peel.
    • that lives in memory is the oldest, the old man among our soul
    • now connect these things with other facts described in my
    • consider separately the activity which we designate as memory.
    • of memory is one of human nature's oldest components, so the
    • something which we may designate as having been formed upon the
    • himself some apples. He went to his room and sat down at his desk
    • lives something which we may designate as man's etheric body.
    • described before, when that which used to be our world loses its
    • into a world which very much resembles the one described just
    • aus des Volkes Opfertaten —
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    • Die Neue Geistigkeit und Das Christus-erlebnis des Zwangzigsten
    • I tried to describe to you something of how European
    • withstanding men's demand for the Gospels, their desire to be
    • invaded the general consciousness with giant strides. Just think how
    • rapidly, especially in the last decades, ideas which have become
    • strong sense of something which I should now like to describe.
    • then that he descended from spiritual heights, that before he entered
    • this feeling will increase very fast. In the decades ahead, it will
    • sides that the conception of the human being has become lost to
    • I have so far described simply as a feeling that is surging up.
    • man has to experience his present destiny, is the re-embodiment of
    • we know from the descriptions in my
    • descriptions I gave in the
    • they will provide only so many more seeds of destruction, and it is
    • civilisation that the feeling I have just described from another
    • next decades eagerly man will ask, “Who will decipher for me my
    • souls. In the next decades, even before we reach the middle of the
    • riddle, that man is despite all a cosmic being; from this conviction
    • stated, by sensing the incongruity I have described, by feeling the
    • to destruction, to chaos. For all other solutions are based on the
  • Title: Lecture: Spiritual Knowledge: A Way of Life
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    • the whole of knowledge. For we must needs regard as desirable what is
    • Now we shall find that the experience I have described
    • world in which we lived before we descended to Earth, even as we look
    • Destiny, we say, is hard to bear. So little good seems
    • body; and in forming it we build, from within, our own destiny. For
    • And now this inner destiny becomes our outer destiny. For it is clear
    • our inner destiny. In all our intercourse with the world outside, we
    • applied to human destiny.
    • from the descriptions of the spiritual world.
    • which we were before we descended through birth to physical life on
    • earth. An indescribable pain is involved in leaving, on the path of
    • think, to describe at this point what is, on the face of it, an
    • evades us like a dream; its great and far-reaching conceptions slip
    • Do not think I speak out of a desire to attach
    • etc. — described in my book,
  • Title: Lecture: How Can the Destitution of Soul in Modern Times Be Overcome?
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    • How Can the Destitution of Soul in Modern Times ..., or
    • CAN THE DESTITUTION OF SOUL IN MODERN TIMES BE OVERCOME? —
    • destiny of mankind for our entire fifth post-Atlantean period. In
    • all sides we find it confirmed that our age stands for the
    • develop — and its development is destined to take place in our
    • What I have now described for the fifth post-Atlantean
    • sympathy and antipathy will be widespread, and it is only by
    • individual an attempt should be made for anyone to describe his inner
    • post-Atlantean period at the point I have described, so is liberty of
    • described in detail. It is actually brought to life in order that the
    • described above, the moment has come when parents and children,
    • epoch, is the danger of DESTITUTION OF SOUL — destitution of
    • the particular “shade” described in today's lecture. Many
    • intelligent circulation of as many positive descriptions as possible
    • describe how the human beings A, B and C have developed and enter
    • described it rightly when I said that men on earth in their physical
    • he is in search of, under what impressions he grows up; it describes
    • way of living in former times — all this is described with a
    • kind of fervour and delight. But then follows a description of the
    • quote: “It is strange that a description of our modern
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    • phases to become what may be described as modern man's consciousness of the
    • and other writings is described how man at present, when he
    • who lived during the period described in my
    • described. He carried out certain exercises of which I shall speak. These
    • what I am now describing was a method for the attainment of higher worlds
    • before he descended to the earth, that is, to the time when he was a
    • In the Bhagavadgita we read wonderful descriptions of how the human
    • itself in the mysteries of the world. These descriptions are all
    • experiences were revealed through speech. What I have described was
    • world. In this way we behold directly what we were before we descended
    • descended to earth (blue). He went back on the stream of memory.
    • directly, as an external object (red), what he was before he descended to
    • in thinking as I have described. They separate thinking from breathing and
    • described, which lead man into higher worlds are mainly exercises in the
    • Despite all that has been said, the way of the ascetic
    • I have tried today, my dear friends, to describe to you how it is possible
    • know about such things as those described yesterday
    • again today by describing how they were trodden in former times and how
  • Title: Lecture: The Meaning of Easter: St. Paul and the Christ Impulse
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    • accompanied by a loss of this vision; man has to find himself deserted by
    • [4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desGal. 4:3,9]
    • often unconscious but no less destructive on that account, has taken hold
    • the Easter festival that we set out to gain a clear idea of the destiny
    • evidence of a desire not to take seriously the fact of the Resurrection
    • Christ descended thence when He entered into the personality of Jesus.
    • descended from a once ‘divine’ height, as his opponent, who
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    • Count desired us to come to Koberwitz.
    • that is here said. You must not forget: though the desire for it has
    • up, in all directions, with the widest spheres of life. Indeed there
    • very destructive form especially as regards the economic realm,
    • though its destructiveness is scarcely yet divined by many.
    • practised nowadays in the widest circles. For it should go without
    • from the point of view of Anthroposophical Science, do not desire to
    • everywhere throughout the Earth, albeit it is not so widespread as
    • in their inherent food-values, notably during the last decades.
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    • say, thanks be to God that silica is very widespread on the Earth
    • However else clay may be described, however, else we may have to
    • Saturn. For the plant, we may describe the one kind as
    • that which afterwards arises as the descendant plant or animal. That
    • from the great Universe from all sides (Diagram
    • to consider? How must we look at a plant when we desire the cosmic
    • Universe during the last decades and in the decades that are now
    • healthy inasmuch as it provides its own manure from its own stock.
    • said at the beginning of this lecture — describing that which
    • relation between the manure, for example, which this animal provides,
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    • include another substance, of the profoundest importance for protein,
    • destroy the form as soon as it arises; for he excretes the carbon,
    • other than nitrogen. Nitrogen guides the life into the
    • describe as the astral. It is the astral spirituality in the
    • delicate design, must eventually be able to vanish again. It is not
    • We may describe the
    • of the Universe once more, as we described above. It is hydrogen
    • fine and delicate. We cannot sense it — it eludes our
    • effect, all that the limestone desires to have, lives in the
    • so? By the most aristocratic principle — that which desires
    • limestone as the kernel-of-desire. Limestone is the fellow who would
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    • Passage through the organism — Excretion in the widest sense.”
    • earthly matter — permeated, as I have now described it, by humus-substances
    • the inner life of an organic entity also includes currents of forces
    • plant-organism — is predestined not to give off smell,
    • reasons which we may yet be able to describe, and it is this which works
    • despised. In compost we have a means of kindling the life within the
    • despised, for they preserve something not only of the ethereal
    • already described to you from several standpoints, and that is the chalky
    • mobility if we treat it as I have now described. We then prepare the
    • if we just leave the pile of compost as I described it hitherto, it
    • sides. The point will be for us to develop the necessary personal relationship
    • to further development. For the method I have just described can be
    • 500 and 501. The Preparations described in Lecture 5 are referred
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    • much time describing how you should prepare manure — whether from
    • or limestone or phosphoric acid. Heaven provides silicic acid, lead,
    • mercury, and arsenic — provides them freely with the rain. On
    • a regular “Jack-of-all-trades.” It can do very, very much.
    • and does not deserve the contempt with which we often Look down on it
    • generally of little use for the doctor to be able to describe an illness
    • that the scientists generally have to-day in their description of diseases.
    • We can attain the greatest perfection in the description of disease,
    • such as I have here described.
    • as I have now described, and the plant will be prepared to draw things
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    • a weed is, described it thus: “Everything that grows at a place
    • in widespread regions of civilisation. (It may be of no concern to you,
    • And there remain, in what is thus destroyed by the fire, the corresponding
    • way we come again to what was formerly described as “Wisdom of the
    • on the other hand, fire is an absolute destroyer of fertility. Fire
    • the plant-world, you will bring about destruction — annihilation
    • have seen, from my descriptions, how the whole earth in the plant's
    • as I have now described it. What, then, should we do?
    • when you transform it as described, into a kind of liquid manure, and
    • process to the one I described.
    • not only out of what the Earth provides. Nature is a great totality;
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    • on the tree — and which is therefore describable as a parasitic
    • which I described for the special case of the tree. But that is not
    • as between the insects and the birds. I will describe it in a picture.
    • take certain surfaces of wooded land away: In districts which are predestined
    • creatures. In addition to the methods I have indicated for the destruction
    • take delight; you may even study them in the way I have described. Theo
    • and tradition; he felt that this proverb describes something very true
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    • thought in a fixed direction, scientists bring about widespread confusion
    • describe the animal rather differently from man. For man, we speak quite
    • exactly when we describe this threefold nature of the body; for the
    • out into its manger — what the wisdom of man provides. Such an
    • it will presently beget descendants which have the cosmic forces in
    • which we desire to have will like to eat instinctively — what
    • the desired end if we proceed as follows. Assume I am feeding a milk
    • are two sides to every question, and we must realise how all these things
  • Title: Lecture: The Significance of the Mass
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    • brought into the world the lower desires and passions; the
    • precious stones have no longings, no desires, no wishes;
    • of desire and passion; and this corresponds with the
    • Descent of God into the world,
    • free from desires and passions, having as yet no wish of
    • descend again into the physical body of its own free will.
    • thence gradually descended into matter. The second part is
    • Unconsciously he descended from the Sun heights; he must
    • Sun heroes. They have attained the six grades of
    • were the grades of initiation with the Persians:
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    • Die Gestaltung des Menschen als Ergebnis kosmischer Wirkungen.
    • Die Gestaltung des Menschen als Ergebnis kosmischer Wirkungen.
    • depends in the widest sense on the whole life of man, we
    • and down, so as to describe a surface. This surface is
    • have once described to you that
    • take a real poison, it destroys us, because we are unable
    • symbol of trade. So that by designating a ship as a
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    • die Krisis des Neunzehnten Jahrhunderts. Kosmische
    • die Krisis des Neunzehnten Jahrhunderts. Kosmische
    • to the whole destiny and development of the Order of the Knights
    • that the Order of the Templars was founded in connection with the Crusades.
    • Crusades. Leaving on one side all that is known externally about the founding
    • devoted work such as the Crusades demanded, the Templars lived out in
    • practice what they had spiritually resolved. Words are impotent to describe
    • described in our books, but in this case it was attained in the following
    • it acquired great wealth. And I have already described how the time came for
    • consecration at the Transubstantiation, nay, even of desecrating the Cross.
    • able to work in the impulses and desires and passions, and especially in
    • in the evolution and destiny of the Templars we see an impulse that is
    • the destiny of the Templars flowed also into the soul of Goethe. It was not
    • cosmos. And when a human soul descends from the spiritual worlds to enter
    • their descendants. You will accordingly understand that this mystery of how
    • in the manner described. And the ether body is the means or medium whereby
    • further life — it is the ether body that provides for
    • prepared to receive the inspirations that I have described as coming out of
    • described in such a way that they may be rightly understood — that is,
    • Revolution as the historians have described them. But in addition to the
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    • external world provides a firm support, enabling us to connect our
    • consider the way in which Anthroposophy describes the path leading to
    • might describe this new way of thinking which is added to the old way
    • to the objective part of my descriptions. In the early nineties of
    • have described, is one which I might call morphological thinking, one
    • meditation which are described in principle in some of my books.
    • knowledge of super-sensible worlds, namely the stage described in my
    • The imaginative knowledge described to you just now, leads, as
    • that even in the first decades of the 19th century people should have
    • the soul and the body. The soul is described as if it were the
    • described.
    • grows stronger if we do these exercises which are described in
    • described, which are called up in our consciousness for the sake of
    • have now described to you two ways of thinking: the ordinary way of
    • described to you in principle (details can be found in the books I
    • have now described to you in the first place a path of knowledge. But
    • this is incompletely described if it is merely described as a path of
    • besides a mere activity of thought. Though it may be difficult to
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    • described in his biographical sketch how this eye condition misled
    • described, for example, how he often walked through darkness and, due
    • condition, despite complete knowledge of his organ impairment, to
    • In the recent lectures it was described how the human being,
    • in previous lectures: the significance of what one can designate as
    • faces the higher world in a state of what one must designate as a
    • pointed out already, he who engages in the exercises described in
    • that he would believe himself destroyed if he could not look at what
    • appears as described. This means to be in the position of allowing
    • the way I described, the spiritual world that appears, the will must
    • not only have the described faculties but must be able, after the
    • exercises for the soul, described in
    • what has just been described; one feels oneself as if over an abyss.
    • have described, fear, terror, and horror will approach us, but we
    • spiritual world is designated ordinarily as the experience with the
    • Guardian of the Threshold. I tried to describe something concrete
    • described before entering — and yet be aware of nothing
    • something that is terribly widespread in ordinary life: the love of
    • ease is closely related to fear. We have already described the basis
    • in the widest circles, even among those who fully recognize a
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    • Neuegestaltung des Sozialen Organismus.
    • Neuegestaltung des Sozialen Organismus.
    • whole men of present times have very little desire to know about what
    • methods described in my book
    • preparation for the spiritual investigator if he precedes his
    • anyone who develops his thinking in the way we have described
    • head organisation teaches us something that eludes ordinary
    • find that this imprinting that I have just described as a conscious
    • fact that eludes external sense observation. We discover that
    • described how man changes from one week to the next, from one hour to
    • the super-sensible being of man, as I have just described it, does the
    • human evolution. Lessing described this very beautifully, whichever
    • of the epoch I described as the era of the evolution of intelligence
    • science, there is also a widespread materialistic faith.
    • spirit. And the path I described to you today and the day before
    • occasion today to include a description of the whole of earthly
    • into the spirit of human evolution in the way I have described,
    • have tried to describe. If you become aware of what is living deep
    • do not wish to be so immodest as to suggest or maintain that the
    • sense of the word, as an attempt (we mean this modestly) to bring
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    • I desire to bring before your souls to-day for further meditation,
    • Oesteson, the description and explanation of which entered into and
    • The Forming of Destiny and Life after Death (Lecture 6.)
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    • thinking and at the same time it is an age of the blindest trust in
    • the sanction of outside powers. They desire a warrant for this or
    • If information on any subject be desired, people go to
    • will find that on numberless points he himself is sunk in blindest
    • described the whole wretched business in that chapter in my book
    • base of what I have just described, it presents itself thus: It is
    • into such matters, if they have not the desire to recognise the
    • described. This kind of thought is ‘trumps’ and rules
    • recognised, as I have often remarked) but they desired to hold to
    • We must search deeply, within the profoundest depths
    • Natural Science to-day by no means excludes the most superficial
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    • Der Weg zu gesundern Denken un die Lebenslage des Gegenwartsmenschen.
    • Der Weg zu gesundern Denken un die Lebenslage des
    • root cause of these disasters and destructive tendencies, we
    • destiny. Mere knowledge of everyday dealings between man and man will
    • — if I may use a somewhat crude expression — pervades and
    • of the very oldest — to the oriental, as expressed in many
    • strong will-impulses of this wonderful man into a description of
    • it is a question of describing characteristics, sympathy and
    • love and array it in opposition to the destructive elements that have
  • Title: Lecture: The Christmas Mystery, Novalis, the Seer
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    • eighteenth century, dying at the age of 29, describe the
    • find it in constantly new forms among the widespread masses
    • descended to the Earth, the more closely he united with material
    • why man was destined to descend into the vale of Earth, they said
    • or Typhon, resolved to destroy Osiris. To this end he built a
    • they bring the God to destruction. The physical world is not
    • when they had so descended, nevertheless the Gods were there,
    • king in the realm of the Shades! (Homer: Odyssey,
    • the Shades! The Initiates who could bring such treasures to
    • descended into material existence — how can this be
    • Goddess, still wholly spiritual, belonging to the age when
    • descended to the physical plane proclaimed the union between
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    • Der Innere Aspekt des Sozialen Raetsels.
    • souls meet those who are about to descend into a physical body. (This
    • give the descending souls some idea of what they will encounter here.
    • not want to come to new modes of conception. The anthroposophic view
    • of the world wanted to prepare mankind for such new modes.
    • remedy for the evils of our age, complaints are heard on all sides,
    • not a kind of dessert supplementing life's external, physical
    • wanted to describe, from a certain point of view, the present
    • and find a cultural life that despises the West and us too, for the
    • lost in the last decades. What has our spiritual life become? An
    • has destroyed the spiritual life. The economic life on which we
    • depend for our daily bread has further destroyed us. We require a
    • spiritual life must descend! But it will never reveal itself
    • decades. For their programme was: rejection of the spiritual life,
    • destiny of the German people and have to represent it before the
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    • uniform explanation of the world, simply out of a desire for
    • active in us which we describe as ‘moral’, which streams
    • division as I have described to you does not appear only on the
    • yet give full weight to what I have described today. But the consequences
    • described is that knowledge of the world which may be striven for
    • in the way I have attempted to describe in my book
    • something, the experience of which is a kind of destiny of
    • now occupies the place where matter is destroyed, that is, thinking,
    • we perceive thinking in its reality, we see the destruction of
    • unprejudiced way to the place where matter destroys itself, if one
    • what lives within the human being as rhythm. This will not destroy matter,
    • mechanical breathing rhythm provides an inner rhythmic basis
    • destroyed. Man becomes inwardly creative, inwardly up-building. In
    • must arise which destroys its validity. This is the moral world,
    • can be destroyed, sets itself there within him as a means of
    • destroying causality. It is of prime significance for the world
    • described in my
    • how this love of duty can become in the widest sense love for mankind
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    • in the human soul and it can be said that all these aptitudes or
    • predispositions in man — intellectual aptitudes,
    • with the higher worlds. Our intellectual aptitudes have a
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    • incarnations man has descended more and more deeply into the physical
    • impulses belonging to the descending phase of evolution work upon a soul,
    • epoch the Christ Being who descended from cosmic heights had first to
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    • What I have just described is closely connected with the quick
    • knowledge became more widespread, the superiors of such an unfortunate
    • they shall desire, or even what they want to desire. They
    • carry out what I am now describing. But there is also the
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    • way I have just described. The reverse, however, does not occur; at
    • am here describing is the ascent to so-called “imaginative
    • and research. I must describe what one has to do in order to attain to
    • the genesis of our idea of space, as I have described it, will detect
    • now describing is not formal mathematics, but the reality of spiritual
    • to describe, come thereby to a comprehensive survey of the spiritual
    • described the extent to which Anthroposophy can be sure that it proceeds
    • gains a correct idea of what lived later in Parmenides and Anaxagoras
    • separate sciences (as described yesterday). And precisely as man in
    • path to clairvoyant research which I had to describe in my books
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    • prevailed with us when designing this building. If any other
    • human evolution in the way I have ventured to describe in the two
    • that I have just described. It is of this that I wish to speak.
    • co-ordinates. So long as I describe it to you only in this way, you
    • all sides and reaching man.
    • into those forms. In the oldest works of sculpture it is the cosmos
    • sides, to avoid imitating the human physical form when one approaches
    • instinct for such things as I have just described was fundamental
    • just described is, at the same time, a way out of the theoretical view
    • nonsense. He includes the whole earth in his explanation of the
    • cosmos if I want to apprehend what guides my hand, what guides my
    • from the same spirit; we have in them only two sides of one and the
    • from all sides and build his form; we design Eurhythmy
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    • and truly desired to look into his innermost being, then he would be
    • ancient times — if one desired to direct one's glance to the
    • completely destroyed. This is why modern philosophy and science speak
    • matter is destroyed. It is precisely upon this fact that our human
    • destroy matter utterly, within that sphere which lies deeper than
    • something that works destructively, and without it you would not have
    • a way as to throw its matter into chaos and to destroy it.”
    • realm where the being of man has an impulse to destroy, to blot out,
    • the memory-mirror, a fury of destruction, a fury of dissolution, in
    • destruction in the inner being of man must take an interest in the
    • him he has a fiery centre of destruction, and in truth the forces of
    • destructive forces appearing to-day — in the East of Europe,
    • for instance. It is a fury of destruction thrust out of the inner
    • destruction within — a centre, however, which must be
    • etheric body thus permeated by thought works destructively upon the
    • physical body. This centre of destruction within modern Western man
    • of destruction is there without any awareness of it, this is much
    • feared to descend into the depths of man.
    • centre of destruction. And this centre must be reckoned with, so that
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    • within man a kind of centre of destruction. I showed how as long as
    • described as a kind of centre and heart of destruction meets our gaze.
    • science we speak of the conservation of matter, the indestructibility
    • of matter. But in this centre of destruction it really happens that
    • matter is destroyed. Matter is thrown back into nothingness, and we
    • centre of destruction. Then, in this very centre of destruction, the
    • being formed to-day in man within this centre of destruction. It is
    • and strengthening to take place within the centre of destruction
    • which we have described.
    • ordinary rational observation of the world includes knowledge
    • egohood as a result of the influences I have described.
    • world at large to-day in the way I have described them to you here,
    • destruction, and how in the world outside there is something wherein
    • destruction of which I have been speaking the laws of nature are
    • into it. As we have said, this centre of destruction is below our
    • to become conscious of how into this evil, where matter is destroyed and
    • been describing exists to-day in every human being. Only, he has no
    • provides us with our intellectual concepts, we really come to
    • but that matter persists, matter is the indestructible thing. The
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  • Title: Lecture: Exoteric and Esoteric Christianity
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    • Divine Beings who descended spiritually to the Earth from the
    • before the descent into an earthly body. The experiences of the
    • soul before descent into a physical body through conception
    • beings in the state of consciousness I have described. And the
    • Using words of human language to describe the will of a God, it
    • Resurrection. In describing this early, esoteric Christianity it
    • to the service of man have averted his destruction.
    • what I have just described. The inculcation of intellectualism
  • Title: Lecture: Realism and Nominalism
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    • reality indeed descended from earlier quite real beings, but people
    • were then still aware of this descendancy or progeny. In the same way
    • with Being than the medieval scholastic ideas) were the descendants
    • any more about such ideas) is a Nominalist in the widest meaning.
    • — The old Miller is such and such a person, and he describes
    • all kinds of qualities and concludes by saying — and the young
    • description of his deeds and the communication of the words of
    • this book a modern theologian again describes the Christ very much
    • by the description of the Christ, as being merely the Son of God, and wish
    • destiny and not illness, because it is an experience to find
    • born into Time. People thought about his descent from the Father.
    • greatest value is placed on the question of Christ's descent. When
    • what is connected with descent, and can be comprised in the
    • scholastic Nominalism, these old ideas of the Spirit's descent from
    • and finds in history a descending evolution. It finds the Mystery of
    • is the spirit. Now they begin to describe man according to the spirit:
  • Title: Lecture: Spiritual Science, a Necessity for the Present Time
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    • Das Geheimnis des Todes. Wesen und Bedeutung
    • these children. In the 20th century our descendants will need strong
    • storms will also have to be experienced by the descendants of the
    • possible to see that they are forces aiming at the destruction, at
    • many things described in old legends and fairy-tales, for example
    • what we call Kamaloka, also what we designate as the Soul-World, and
    • describe what he had experienced and what souls he had met in the
    • the legend describes the forces of the Christ-Impulse which strongly
    • destiny and by the way in which death occurred in it.
    • had settled down as gardeners near the Building. Their eldest child,
    • effect. Once I described to you the following case: In the distance
    • sustained the physical body and physical life for many decades. These
    • examples. It is for this reason that I am describing them to you.
    • [The description of the other concrete cases is
    • With this description,
    • concealed within our times so heavily fraught with destiny.
    • might still have worked for many years and decades within physical
    • Aus des Volkes Opfertaten,
  • Title: Lecture: Fundamentals of the Science of Initiation
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    • severed from one another, which he describes in his two chief
    • which have remained like oases in a desert, re-echo a great,
    • have just described to you in regard to the primeval knowledge, was
    • have also explained that the divine principle which descended to the
    • after Christ. Try to read the description of Occidental wisdom up to
    • development contains nothing of what may be designated as knowledge,
    • results described, for instance, in my
    • knowledge. We observe how a person describes something, how he rises
    • spiritual science. You know that the things described in my
    • traditionally, a mysticism which despises to penetrate into positive
    • To-day you will find this in many books, and it is described in a
    • this immediately, in the many forms in which it exists on all sides.
  • Title: Lecture: Cosmogony, Freedom, Altruism
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    • character, which is best described by saying: In those days
    • faiths — a fatalism that deliberately precludes
    • in some life or other everyone has deserved what he gets.
    • if a man is poor, it is what he deserved in his previous
    • what, he deserved in a previous one. Even the ideas of
    • have been describing it — I mean, if it were like that
    • Despite the fact that these civilisations have already fallen
    • into decadence, and despite the fact that external,
    • it outwardly, would turn her into an appalling desert of
    • out, so to speak, by destiny for that particular work. If the
    • American to-day, besides a cosmogony, wants also to evolve
    • besides founding the impulse for freedom, wants to supply
    • a citizen besides, that is a fiction. His citizenship is
    • Register, or something of the kind. That besides being a
  • Title: Lecture: Brunetto Latini
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    • to perceive the spiritual note that pervades what Dante has
    • described as an Initiate in the true sense of the word. It is
    • the widespread environment which we can see on the physical
    • inwardly till you have descended through the temperaments
    • descent into yourself you come into the region of your eyes
    • happened in his paternal city, he rides into a forest. He
    • which we have here described. Then, however, the moment
    • provides. Then only do we understand the physical
    • Nature. Initiates of old describe her living and creative
    • this into our reckoning. What man today describes — and
    • for some time past has described as spiritual or
    • means that they describe as foolishness and as absurdity all
    • will be destined to create, out of the primitive beginnings
  • Title: Lecture: The Shaping of the Human Form out of Cosmic and Earthly Forces
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    • des Menschen. Die Suche Nach der Neuen Isis, der Goettlichen
    • Physischen des Menschen. (Bibl. No. 202).
    • passed through by the human being before he descended to his
    • embryo destined to become the face, the human being will have
    • happens here? As a being of soul and spirit a man descends to
    • without any desire to come to a definite inner decision. They
    • looks condescendingly on everything and merely nibbles at one
  • Title: Lecture: Yuletide and the Christmas Festival
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    • Wege and Ziele des gelstigen Menschen.
    • and Ziele des gelstigen Menschen (Bibl. No. 125).
    • that pervades a man when, unmindful of the outer world, he
    • European peoples to descend from life in the external world
    • near this descent into death and darkness was felt for weeks
    • origin, but that he has descended farther and farther away
    • incarnated in a physical body, it has descended from
    • describing — all these feelings were awakened by the
    • Plays. And as we turn from the description of the old
    • beings had descended from a divine-spiritual existence to the
    • mother of humanity, from whom men had descended into the vale
    • was another rule. Further, nobody should desire anything more
  • Title: Lecture: Buddha
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    • Fragen des Daseins.
    • age many people feel an inherent desire to understand what really
    • found among those peoples who set about destroying them at the
    • concludes with a confession of belief in repeated earthly
    • and wisdom as will free him from all desire for rebirth. Only
    • man was once united with the spiritual world but has descended into
    • to find again the spiritual realms whence he had descended. Reunion
    • centuries before the Christ Impulse was destined to dominate Western
    • world in the throes of decline, of a descent from Spirit into maya
    • closely interwoven, he should have evolved the idea that this descent
    • age when man was united with the spiritual world; he then descended
    • but in such a way that each descent was deeper than the last.
    • appeared during the time of man's gradual descent from the spiritual
    • descending path of evolution man loses hold of this wisdom and when
    • symbolically described as “sitting under the Bodhi tree.”
    • with Bodhisattvic consciousness. Thus he learned that the destructive
    • image of destruction, of corruption, and within his soul the feeling
    • world, what do we behold? Forces of destruction, sickness, old age,
    • death and many other destructive elements. Here was a mystery
    • existence and no desire for rebirth, passes into Nirvana. What is the
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  • Title: Lecture: Hygiene - a Social Problem
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    • of taking any particular side. I have no desire to uphold ancient
    • principles the body as such is gradually destroyed. The body
    • body, and are able to say: The soul and Spirit descend into concrete
    • heart, brain and so forth. In short, when we are describing the
    • various branches of science. Now I have no desire whatever to deliver
    • processes which are then described according to the abstract concepts
    • have knowledge of the kind I have described, the doctor will be a
    • in the soul and is described as a “complex” — a
    • from external observation. On all sides to-day people form entirely
    • In the very widest sense,
    • [The three higher modes of cognition as described by
  • Title: Lecture: Speech and Song
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    • Das Wesen des Musikalischen und das Tonerlebnis im Menschen.
    • sense when he descends on to the earth. In the mother's womb he is
    • descend on to the earth. We lose the life within the cosmic language,
    • soul provides the vowel nature. Thus when you embody in speech the
    • the spiritual world, in the way I have described in my book
    • longer appeal to us. To describe what we have in that world
    • with man's entry into the spiritual world in the widest sense. Think
    • When we describe such a
    • spiritual Beings. On all sides it is a world of spiritual Beings.
    • “’Tis human destiny — and rightly so that man as he
    • we may now describe it. When we place a lung on the dissection table
    • Beings join their activity together. The one provides the instrument,
    • understand that when we describe such things as these we must depart
    • have described them, albeit to describe them we must sometimes bring
  • Title: Lecture: Three Epochs in the Religious Education of Man
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    • What I have there described is the Initiation Science of the present
    • his destiny. And always this riddle has assumed a different form
    • yore. Man read his destiny in the stars. He felt himself united with
    • earlier Greek age, the “Logos” — descended upon
    • Earth, descended in His Substance as a Spiritual Being and took flesh
    • stars, has descended into a human body and has vanquished death in a
    • Being Who descended into Jesus of Nazareth, Who in the man Jesus of
    • despair of the human body in death. About six hundred years
    • descended upon Earth and passed through life, death and resurrection
    • the Mystery of Golgotha, in the certainty that Christ had descended
    • they read their destiny. External calculations, geometry and
    • read in the stars, and which had descended in Christ into the body of
    • the Christ Who had descended from these cosmic spheres to Earth.
    • Who descended from the stars, because they do not know that the stars
    • cosmos, this feeling of oneness with the Christ Who descended to
    • race have felt this. Descartes felt it, for he finally began to doubt
  • Title: Lecture: The Problem of Jesus and Christ in Earlier Times
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    • Mysteries, yet it was a widespread knowledge nevertheless. And we
    • lofty spirits, both of them. If we want to describe them from one
    • spiritual and suprasensory impulses. This Christ descends from cosmic
    • something in his teachings that we may describe in this way: The
    • not use it. But Clemens designated what entered human capacity
    • Then there were numerous other Aeons besides. Moreover, the Gnostics
    • descended to earth, however, the wisdom had disappeared. The real
    • fades away and disappears, and its influence weakens. And in one
    • spiritual part, which has descended again from spiritual worlds.
    • when describing this individual as a divine being, they are not at
    • what it was destined to be before luciferic temptation. How does this
    • described in the first pages of my little book on the progress of the
    • spiritualism is wonderfully described in the characters of the
    • be innkeepers. The innkeeper nature is widespread in the world today;
    • all, don't innkeepers surround us on all sides? Wherever we go,
  • Title: Lecture: On the Dimensions of Space
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    • were, from his environment on all sides, without his having to
    • Men have always received into their language designations,
    • sides. He does not simply feel his way into space. Through his
    • body-only it is for ever being painted from both sides. Thus if
    • crudest and most external aspect. Of the finer aspect —
    • sides, in all dimensions, just like the sponge is saturated by water.
    • related to the picture which divides us into the left- and right-hand
  • Title: Lecture: What Has Geology to Say About the Origin of the World?
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    • des Daseins.
    • tremendous strides and achieved results of real importance, even
    • imagine that these beings have had descendants, that the latter may
    • lower animals of the Cambrian period have had descendants, some of which
    • in the tone applied in the present description), the events in the
    • of this oldest and lowest stratum of the earth's crust shows us that,
    • fire-process the oldest rock-formations and minerals
    • described in detail.
    • in this way we look back into those oldest times of our earth when a
    • on the earth for a very long time. When we consider those oldest
    • indicated in the descriptions given here by Rudolf Steiner. Today, the
    • the upper layers are open, and granite protrudes and forms mountains,
    • so to speak, as a witness of the oldest times of our earth.
    • Goethe, who besides being a great poet was also a great student of Nature
    • and of natural philosophy, found this oldest rock-formation of the earth
    • when face to face with this “oldest son of the earth” as
    • see some modestly growing moss far away on the river bank, such
    • to the oldest, the first and deepest sense of truth.”
    • planet, that even the oldest strata are alluvial deposits from water
    • of which animal beings have been entombed, whose descendants are
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  • Title: Lecture: Thinking and Willing as Two Poles of the Human Soul-Life
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    • with him when he descends from the spiritual world. He incorporates
    • of this before, — thoroughly despises material life and says: I am
    • to the will in ordinary life, you know that it arises out of desire.
    • take the crudest form of desire. What is it? Hunger. It follows,
    • therefore, that what arises out of desire is also in a certain sense
    • and a condition which is diametrically opposed to desire. We can say:
    • If we place desire at the back of the willing, then we must place
    •  Will, Desire
    • been bored in the manner described.
    • sides. These must also be filled in with matter. So that we can say:
    • delve into us from without, for they destroy in us everything
    • light, in the moment of hearing a tone or a sound, we destroy our
    • earthly existence. We re-act to this destructive process
    • curves of Lucifer, as though desirous of turning him inside
    • Ahriman. When we form ideas with regard to our desires and wishes:
    • contained a purely Christian element. It describes the battle of
    • with Antichrist is described, the whole way in which the story is
    • longer coincides with the thinking of earlier times. Those people who
    • very greatly confused, and this confusion pervades all thinking. It
  • Title: Vortrage: Denken, Fühlen, Wollen - Das Muspilhgedicht
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    • gewöhnlichen Leben das Fühlen, den Inhalt des Gemütes
    • wenig über das Innere des Gedankens, des Denkens und über
    • das Innere des Willens nachdenken, Sie werden finden, das Denken
    • die Möglichkeit des Gedankens in uns ist, das verdanken wir dem
    • es besteht ja die Entwickelung des kindlichen Lebens darinnen,
    • zunächst ganz sinnlos, wie es eben aus der Regsamkeit des
    • Hineinpressen, ein Hineinstoßen des Denkens in das Willensleben,
    • durch die Todespforte in das geistige Leben. Die Gedankenkräfte,
    • Erdenleben, die verlieren wir eigentlich im Verlauf des
    • und sich eben die Richtungskräfte des Willens bewahrt, die dann
    • betreten, wenn wir durch des Todes Pforte gehen.
    • automatisch fort. Er ist ja ein Bild des Gedankenlebens, und der
    • daß man auch während des Lebens solche Gedanken aufnimmt,
    • Bedeutung aber gewinnt die Sache, wenn wir jetzt des Menschen
    • vorzulegen auf Grundlage dessen, was wir nun gerade wiederum
    • nächsten Augenblick, wenn die Richtung des Sonnenstrahls eine
    • anders als durch Bilder erfassen, das ist ein Fluktuierendes. Wenn
    • aus unserem Inneren in Form des Gedankenlebens hervorholen und in die
    • Außenwelt zählt uns gar nichts vor; die Gesetze des
    • Verhältnis des Menschen zur Umwelt in der richtigen Weise sich
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    • Die Evolution vom Gesichtspunkkte des Wahrhaftigen.
    • best time possible for carrying out our work in the desired manner,
    • that for some years we have designated as the Christ is the result of
    • described in the Gospel of St. John; — the consciousness of
    • understands includes the fact that the being in question, the being
    • who has become Buddha, no longer descends into physical life, can
    • yet to come, he will descend again and again to the earth, but will
    • who therefore was not crucified. This Jesus she now described as if
    • will find an individuality described there who lived 105 years before
    • our era; the only mistake is that he is described as the Christ.
    • described in Esoteric Christianity appeared in human fleshly
    • desired. On this account we may say that we need oppose no one. We
    • be both humble and modest. This made it necessary last year to show
    • Rosicrucian as a designation. We must make allowance for these
  • Title: Evolution/Aspect: Lecture 2: The Inner Aspects of the Saturn-embodiment of the Earth
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    • system, which we describe as the incorporation of our planet itself,
    • necessary for us to describe evolution from yet another
    • official psychology respecting what we designate as the central point
    • in themselves. Hence in literature we find but few descriptions
    • writer on Hegel, in which he sometimes describes intimate feelings
    • described as the dreadful emptiness into which flows fear. But all
    • description for it) of flowing courage, flowing energy. This is not
    • designate as Saturn-existence what the Spirits of Will, consisting of
    • is not a sea in which one would come to any surface, but on all sides
    • shall describe how we do not at once come to this: for the present I
    • Saturn. I am now describing the other way round, but it is of no
    • after another. This again can only be described by a feeling that
    • rather foolish for anyone to say: ‘you describe the Saturn
    • as we must understand these things in various ways and we desire to
    • experience, to say such wise things’ ... Besides this feeling,
    • surrounded by nothing but what I have described. I have already said,
    • We have also described them as Time-Spirits, as Spirits who rule
    • giving birth to time. Hence I have always said, in describing the
    • begun by describing the more external condition of ancient Saturn.
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    • Die Evolution vom Gesichtspunkkte des Wahrhaftigen.
    • from our last lecture how extremely difficult it is to describe the
    • attention to the fact that the description in my Occult
    • description given there is in no respect incorrect, but it is very
    • the matter. For instance, the old Saturn period is described (and
    • ‘space,’ that also is merely a pictorial description;
    • sacrificial acts of beings. Thus in describing heat we must say
    • described in no other way than by saying that the one making the
    • We can describe it in
    • picture to himself what we described in the last lecture as the
    • this experience did not arouse in the soul a passionate desire
    • in the form of prejudice, and prejudices always destroy the higher
    • to him from the Cosmos, and which can only be designated by the word
    • desires have aroused in me, etc. For there can never be any question
    • meet us from the spiritual world. If we wish to describe what thus
    • described, so as to say of him: he is a bestower, a giver, an
    • what we have described as the sacrifice by the Thrones to the
    • describing those beings spoken of in Occult Science as Spirits
    • is as described in Occult Science. Besides heat, the Sun
    • no one learns the real nature of air who only describes it according
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    • Die Evolution vom Gesichtspunkkte des Wahrhaftigen.
    • something spiritual is to be sought. We endeavoured to describe the
    • had to glance into our own soul-life to describe the spiritual
    • means of which anything is described must necessarily be drawn from
    • effects by bringing strong desires into play, or by bestirring
    • attain certain results by controlling our wishes and desires, and
    • learning above all to suppress his own wishes and desires. For
    • means, we repress and control our wishes and desires; (this is only a
    • renunciation of wishes, desires, and impulses of will which may
    • support life, who is determined to accept what destiny brings him
    • things usually desired by man.
    • obtain great results, or from some other source of desire for
    • fact that he has in his astral body passions, emotions, and desires
    • language to describe it. But when we advance to the ancient
    • Sun-existence, we are able to describe it quite distinctly if
    • described at the beginning of this lecture. For what lies beneath all
    • now besides this, something altogether different seems to appear in
    • descends, Sacrifice accepted and Sacrifice rejected. The encounter of
    • Now if all conditions remained as they were, as we described them in
    • smoke. And to these properties belongs above all Time, which includes
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    • have been designated “Spirits” may be looked upon as
    • such a way that we picture certain Beings desirous of offering the
    • Beings desirous of sacrificing; who were prevented from doing so.
    • resignation. In the soul described in the last lecture there is
    • described as longing is an unattainable wish.
    • beings whom we may designate as: Beings with wishes which are
    • and would otherwise have been desolate--for boredom is also a kind of
    • desolation — the change which is brought about by movement, a
    • during this evolution, besides the Spirits of Movement, of
    • balm of the pictures was slowly poured in, filling the desolate void
    • fact that it was necessary, as has just been described, that pictures
    • should continually arise to assuage the feeling of desolation, we
    • ‘Who would desire to be happy in this world! I could almost
    • intuition than thoughts can grasp or words describe. Come, let us do
    • in the grandest of words, and finally poured it forth in the most
    • Kleist described in the most significant manner what may live within
    • a man (a description of which you will find at the very beginning of
    • describe her at all, did we not take for granted that her Soul was
    • sides, and can lay hold in a delicate and subtle way of spiritual
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    • Die Evolution vom Gesichtspunkkte des Wahrhaftigen.
    • In order to describe
    • pierce through to such qualities of the reality as those described as
    • described as bringing sublimity and life into anything, however dry.
    • designate as a ‘wonder’, when they have no direct proof
    • disprove, what must at first be described as a ‘miracle’,
    • into the Beings who had desired to offer it up. We also saw that much
    • spiritual atmosphere, may be described in many respects by saying
    • that Beings were present there who desired to offer sacrifice, but
    • longing thereby arising within the Beings who desired to offer and
    • them from many different sides. That which remains in them as the
    • sacrificial substance, excludes it at first from the rest of the
    • really flowing virtue; if (3) we may describe flowing water or the
    • we describe the element of Earth, (4) which alone can be the bearer
    • trim it off. The destruction of a mineral is no death for the mineral
    • his individuality so far that it descends into his physical body, in
    • never descended to the physical plane, he would know nothing of
    • Would Christ undergo death He must descend to the physical plane!
    • event which — since it includes death--is confined to the
    • death at all without descent into the physical world in order to
  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 1: The Driving Force Behind Europe's War
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    • the next decades to demonstrate the difference between maya
    • between human consciousness and the destructive powers of
    • have meant that the powers of destruction were paid off! If
    • people had been more awake and not asleep in the last decades
    • awareness and therefore no need for destruction in the first
    • decades of the twentieth century. Spiritual awareness simply
    • If this had been the case during the last decades of the
    • nineteenth century, the powers of destruction would not have
    • had to intervene in the early decades of the twentieth
    • the last decades of the nineteenth or the first decades of
    • knows the history of ideas of the last decades of the
    • nineteenth and the first decades of the twentieth century
    • term ‘spirit’. It has been used to describe all
    • They are thirsting for destructive powers in the physical
    • Terrible as it may be, it was necessary that destruction
    • death were longing for the destructive powers in which they
    • but we must have the real, honest desire to make people
    • decades and studying diplomatic records in order to write
    • when the only way of describing them is by confessing that
    • little of what it says in those records in recent decades
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    • simply, that there can only be one of two things: destructive
    • taken up spiritual life in recent decades is small, and the
    • destructive processes here on the physical plane because
    • from those destructive forces. It has to be clearly
    • the turbulent and destructive events of today, some
    • many people call the realm of science today; it provides the
    • destructive. Many people are beginning to notice that the
    • have just described can bring the influence of the spiritual
    • the scheme of things, and his desire to do so fills such
    • become so much more destructive. By the standards of those
  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 3: The Search for a Perfect World
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    • time, going back several decades and also looking decades
    • illusions come in all shades of meaning; they are coloured by
    • he made up for this lack of desire to establish paradise in
    • this kind dominate the human race today in the widest
    • with reference to what in its widest sense may be defined as
    • really deserves to be made the universal saviour of general
    • includes Hermann Bahr as someone who is promoting Judaism
    • despite the fact that modern people do not believe in
    • themselves, this will often corrupt their mind and attitudes
    • understood, people's attitudes would in many respects be very
    • phenomena which go hand in hand with the will to destroy this
    • this is tremendously widespread. In many respects it is due
    • excitements or sensations some group or set may be desiring.
    • set in circulation. And this despite the fact that the people
  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 4: The Elemental Spirits of Birth and Death
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    • — ‘sight’ here includes anything conveyed
    • destinies have to use elemental spirits who actually are the
    • enemies of everything human beings seek and desire for their
    • the urge to destroy and lay waste to everything which
    • provides for the welfare of human beings here in the physical
    • and desires are destructive for ordinary physical human life.
    • drives, with their passions, had known that destructive
    • have used the powers of those destructive entities. They
    • people had felt the desire to be destructive in some sphere
    • destructive elemental spirits of birth and death.
    • human evolution in recent times. Think of the destructive
    • You will remember some of the descriptions I have given of
    • age it was possible for individuals who desired to harm their
    • destruction. Our own civilization was saved and brought
    • across from Atlantis, as I have described elsewhere, and you
    • will recall my descriptions of what happened in the Atlantean
    • want to destroy it. We have to see things straight and not
    • physical world; it can only prove destructive to the human
    • destruction in Atlantis. The commercial, industrial and
    • for themselves but only to be selfless and desire the good of
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    • between major epochs, a general description of which is given in
    • today. You find an excellent description of the breaking up,
    • giving Dessoir
    • ascendant. In future, bodies will be in the descendant and
    • genius provides an excellent demonstration of the break which
    • Calvin, that some people were destined to be blessed, others
    • might say: this one is destined for good, and that one for
    • their own destinies. No impulses come to them from
    • predestination. But they dwell in bodies destined for good or
    • body, the whole constitution of which destines it for evil?
    • widespread in Atlantean times and — as I mentioned
    • destined to fill them at another time. Nothing is ever
    • be filled with demonic powers. Humanity is facing a destiny
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    • of the elemental world in the widest sense of the word, they
    • is due to Lucifer's influence, was actually destined to be
    • have described.
    • dream I have described is quite typical of that kind of
    • Des erreurs et de la vrit,
    • Des erreurs et de la vrit
    • Des erreurs et de la vrit
    • the destinies of the world would feel their stomachs turn.
    • be best if it were to come right now and be as widespread as
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    • descriptions which are given — for a time. But when you
    • they generally think they are describing such a reality.
    • described by our contemporaries is like the image we have of
    • descriptions given of historical figures like Luther may be
    • things really point to something which is very widespread
    • objects therefore provides you with nothing at all.
    • the boys' backsides as hard as he could. Herder's
    • or destiny, is taken into account, especially with regard to
    • desire to imitate come from, this tendency to imitate after
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    • relatively limited. The desire for limited concepts, or
    • present-day desire for ideologies. This has given rise to the
    • saying such things, but the philosopher hides the brutality
    • to experiment, in the desire to understand the present time.
    • Die Einsichtslosigkeit des Herrn Schaeffle
    • some people experience as a harsh destiny in the days of
    • conclusion destroys the real world!
    • to concentrate on the real situation. Some of the tirades to
    • cannot even do Mr Wilson the honour of calling his tirades
    • Wilson's more recent tirades may be found in those pages.
    • which is so widespread. This was very much to the fore in the
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    • decades in the spiritual worlds, from the 1840s until the
    • outer and inner destiny experienced by these individuals, and
    • battle similar to the one I have just described. As already
    • are taken as a matter of course. Great Wilsoniades are
    • the anthroposophical movement on the destiny and true nature
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    • present age demands this. And so it happens that the oddest
    • development of the last decades. I asked you to take into
    • friends, know of the spiritual situation I have described and
    • have spoken; they knew that the events I have described as
    • determined people's attitudes to others. People do not know
    • have been forced to descend from the spiritual world into the
    • people nurture the elements which they desire to spread among
    • has two sides. Modern people are so clever, are they not?
    • fully into the Spirit and attitudes of scientific thinking
    • and acquire scientific attitudes and thinking; their
  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 11: Recognizing the Inner Human Being
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    • 11a) where material events and material attitudes and
    • 1879 ahrimanic powers of a special kind descended from the
    • special conditions of life described to give the children a
    • fruitful with the descriptions which are given in our
    • described, especially for the minds of children. Without the
  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 12: The Spirits of Light and the Spirits of Darkness
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    • means to say that a battle raged for decades in the spiritual
    • in the spiritual world during those decades, were vanquished
    • symbolically described in the expulsion from Paradise. In
    • they would physically descend from others. In this way they
    • from the time of the significant events I have described to
    • way I have just described, have been among human beings from
    • descended to join them below. The power of the old rebels, of
    • characteristics and inculcate human beings with the attitudes
    • Nothing is more designed to take humanity into its
    • stream of evolution. It has always been the destiny of
    • in the ascendant and also in the descendant. It is important,
    • sought to see such things as the theory of descent in the
  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 13: The Fallen Spirits' Influence in the World
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    • of materialism as during those decades. All the thinking I
    • who wanted to describe human evolution would have reason to
    • decades.’ It really was clever. If you study the
    • world, missions designed to make the blood bonds —
    • descend had certain impulses which, among other things, were
    • have described. As I have said before, mere speculation does
    • were often closely bound up with human destinies. They were
    • live in a world of indescribable acumen which would apply to
    • interesting to consider the decades from the 1840s onwards,
    • the dragon. For decades before this he would speak only of
    • that nation, despite the fact that something said about
    • 1880s, 1890s, and the first two decades of the twentieth
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    • battle developed in the way I have described and, if we
    • blood which I have described. It is because they are at work
    • in the human blood that all the things I have described as
    • life of the soul coincides with the outer life of the
    • includes the
    • teleology, the theory of design and purpose, which mattered,
    • spiritual entities and their designs and purposes.
    • say you have lived several decades, or two or three decades
    • at least. In the last decades we have seen a wide variety of
    • view of the spiritual world and know that in recent decades
    • live on into the decades of which I am now speaking. Their
    • memorable events were described. You see, writing your family
    • decades of that century, which really came to life in the
    • forties. All we have to do is to describe things in such a
    • democracy and encourage it, for it provides a screen behind
    • Press, is designed to point not to the realities but to
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    • concepts are already instilled into our children in the early grades,
    • the gods. Man must turn his descent into an ascent. Out of the purely
    • that Christ, as a heavenly being, descended to earth; he therefore
    • that coincides with our spiritual raising of man. For why was
    • spoken about Christianity and described the history of Christianity,
    • natural scientists, these dreams were delivered in croaking tirades
    • one knows, with what difficulty — sometimes over decades
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    • "Die drei geistigen Vorstufen des Mysteriums
    • forberedte seg til den begivenhet som antydes ved
    • dypere forståelse forberedes ikke i den første tid av
    • gryende bevissthet. Da ser barnet f eks. ganske anderledes enn
    • formkraft som helt og holdent skyldes den første
    • elementer river således mennesket seg løs fra de
    • skyldes det utelukkende disse to Kristusbegivenheter i den
    • oppreist stilling kunne skue ut i kosmos, skyldes
    • mot full bevissthet - ledes frem til å få
    • igrunnen til den fjerde efteratlantiske periodes mennesker.
    • reddes fra denne fare (å la sin tenkning beherskes av de
    • et fjerde element, å forberede dette at den ledes lnn i en
    • på! - Det som Kristusimpulsen ennu ikke kan ledes inn i,
    • gjennem hver eneste forestilling. Og hvis vi således
    • und das Leben des Gedankens ist das Licht des Ich.
    • und dieses Leben ist das Ich des Menschen,
    • und als strahlendes Erinnerungsleben
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    • pre-earthly existence, before we descended to a physical incarnation
    • mammals, fish. (Of course, I am omitting details.) Thus we descend
    • For instance, we may describe something as beautiful. But if we ask a
    • imagined man in his beauty, as if he had just descended from heaven,
    • just descended from heaven. Their form shows everywhere the
    • super-sensible knowledge. Here the method described in my
  • Title: Lecture: Calendar of the Soul
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    • Erfahrungen des Uebersinnlichen. Die wege der Seele zu Christus.
    • forms of destiny.
    • Nature — hence it can only be described in the form of a parable.
    • desolation resembling that of Nature during winter, when the Earth's
    • descent of the physical light and this withdrawal of the Spirit
    • will. During that third epoch men were destined to unfold and
    • of stars and human destiny.
    • to those mysterious connections through which human destiny can become
    • mentality of to-day and the attitude of a modern man who prides himself
    • law itself, describing spirals as, for instance, is the case in the
    • work down from the planets; and because the planets describe certain
    • described by Venus. Other plants mirror the movement described by
    • movement described by Jupiter, others again that described by
    • minerals, plants and animals and even human destiny, are connected
    • Our desire
    • will find something that might be described as the finding of the path
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    • des Daseins,
    • being wants to make comprehensible what resides in the objects, were
    • will always enter a labyrinth such as happened to Fechner despite his
    • be a mere analogy; spiritual science, however, provides the evidence
    • however, which is a part of our entire earth organism, provides the
    • In the tides of life, in action's storm,
    • Des eignen Wesens tiefsten Grund.
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    • the orthodox historian describes as ‘historic
    • is able to think and feel. In his important work, Des
    • suspicious; therefore he destroyed his machines, and the
    • constellations. The myths are only veiled descriptions of the
    • so we may justly describe it. After all, the Philistine
    • constellations, and to describe the so-called
    • cosmic poem with its 48 cantos — is only a description
    • radical destruction of all religious ideas is contained in
    • what we may describe — in a certain aspect — as a
    • described the general world-situation of to-day as proceeding
    • evil must be checked and balanced by the widest possible
    • have just described. It was one of the cardinal impulses of
    • now described.
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    • the last lecture I tried to describe the course which was
    • a descending life. It sleeps in Summer-time; its deepest
    • Certain impulses — we may describe them here as
    • age only desires, wherever possible, to understand the
    • things during my recent lectures, when I described the
    • wanted to have the sense-perceived facts simply described
    • Physics itself Goethe was pointing to that which I desired to
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    • descends through birth from spiritual heights to grow and
    • Moon was shining from the region of the Pleiades, or from
    • the Easter Mystery in one; to see them as the two sides of
    • = Taurus; the two sides of man in their lateral symmetry =
    • when the Moon is shining from the Pleiades. They felt the
    • when the Moon is shining from the region of the Pleiades,
    • he carries a planetary system within him. Thus in the oldest
    • secrets. Take the length of the four basic sides, forming the
    • chiefly with problems of descent — with all that
    • the path described in
    • arise as I described in these lectures, — errors of
    • summary description of what goes on in the great Universe
    • culture were destroyed while Christianity was being spread
    • Ancient Wisdom had been handed down, were destroyed. People
    • destruction which culminated in the third and fourth
    • extent to stem this work of destruction; but the time was
    • well aware how many things were destroyed and lost and ruined
    • gone on its way through the world as an appalling destroyer.
    • this form to-day: it wants to destroy — this time, in
    • credulity and superstition which is so widespread in the
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  • Title: Lecture: The World Development in the Light of Anthroposophy
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    • the two sides of human nature which are usually incorrectly
    • designated as man's inner and outer being should be distinctly
    • designated vaguely in ordinary consciousness as man's outer and
    • abandons what we designated man's physical and etheric body, or
    • lived before descending into our physical being through birth or
    • conception, as described the day before yesterday, a world in
    • to be said differently, the descriptions will have to be
    • described, in the universal cosmic ether. But what we learned to
    • way connected through our destiny, through our Karma. The people
    • which I described to you. Those who pass through the portal of
    • emerges everything with which we were connected by destiny, or
    • described, the path leading into the spiritual worlds, can lead
    • Anthroposophy does not translate the truths which it includes in
    • behind, and in addition to what has been described to you, in
    • dissolution, this destruction of physical substances constitutes
    • continually destroyed. We now learn to recognize how our ordinary
    • the manner described, we learn to know the gradual course of
    • destiny in love or in hate, gradually come up, when the spiritual
    • Beings who live in the spiritual world and do not descend to the
    • you the picture, enabling you — as I once designated it
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    • connected illness, indeed death, with what was designated as sin.
    • they are not the oldest, but they were particularly connected
    • destroy it. In the past, when man still possessed a moral and
    • themselves: How did man descend to the earth from the spiritual
    • of man's descent from divine-spiritual worlds into his physical
    • face them consciously must turn towards that which is described
    • could be permeated through exercises in the manner described, did
    • knowledge of the kind described to you. But a modern human being
    • super-sensible worlds, are described in my books; for instance, in
    • attending to the exercises described in the above-mentioned
    • what we may designate as the connection of man's super-sensible
    • Anyone who pays a little attention to what I have described in my
    • as a spiritual investigator, deserves our trust. Where this
    • the stars, so, too, the world of the senses fades away, as it
    • exact clairvoyance, in the manner described. The will was also
    • these exercises of the past. But through the exercises described
    • accordance with the exercises described in the above-named books,
    • rendering our body transparent in the described manner and by
    • body is taken up by the physical world and is predestined to
    • looked up to that Event which had been described to them as
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    • personally well known to me, is the following: He describes a
    • influence the body. He wishes to describe, as it were, the
    • described by a far more conspicuous scientist, by Sir Oliver
    • describe a scene enacted on the Belgian-German frontier shortly
    • photograph taken and described this act in detail. In was
    • photographs were carefully described and attention was drawn to
    • Lodge describes it so that one can really see — I emphasize
    • really arrived in London. They corresponded with the description
    • description given by the soul of his son. Even a scientist could
    • description was correct even in regard to the fact that two
    • described exactly. A conscientious scientist could not find the
    • cases described to you just now, show that the longing, the great
    • desire of unquestionably serious modern scientists leads them to
    • undoubtedly exist and are critically described in books, so that
    • designated as nervousness and restlessness. One does all manner
    • go to the point of giving a description as in the case of Sir
    • Oliver Lodge's son, a description which may be characterized as
    • exercises, such as those recently described to you, strengthen
    • exercises, such as those recently described to you, strengthen
    • designating things which ordinarily surround us, words which
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    • to designate this physical-sensory world as MAYA, the great
    • which I have described to you just now. We modern people have
    • designated as Maya. In the same way in which we speak of
  • Title: Lecture: Man and Cosmos
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    • perceptions can approximately be described as
    • consciousness which exhaust themselves in what I have described
    • and in the streams descending from the planetary movements and
    • direction, but exists in form of forces which descend from above,
    • possible to stimulate perceptions descending from above. They
    • he now perceives, descending from above, something which again
    • descending from above, something which really gives the world its
    • not need to eat it. This is not a very desirable condition. It
    • destructive for man's whole organization.
    • will descending from the sun; that is to say, when you recognize
    • and finally the life-giving forces descending from above as star
    • where we find the description of a woman who is able to
    • forth, but which includes the single branches of science in the
    • in which I was asked to describe the history of scientific
  • Title: Lecture: Human Freedom and Its Connection with the Mystery of Golgotha
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    • Anthroposophie als Kosmosophie. Erster Teil. Wesenzuege des Menschens im
    • Wesenzuege des Menschens im irdischen und kosmischen
    • something which we may designate as the connection with the
    • connected with the beginning of the world, and they are described
    • freedom by an activity which I have recently designated in
    • development. The sequence of many episodes which constitutes
    • history as it is generally described and accepted today, obtains
    • forces of descent and enter the ascending forces. This should be
  • Title: Lecture: Knowledge Pervaded with the Experience of Love
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    • particularly during the time which history describes in a rather
    • historical description — it is possible to recognize, even
    • Century formed and described his ideas, shows us that he believed
    • not yet described in such a pale, cold way as is so frequently
    • nevertheless gave man — as I have frequently described
    • describe to you this change of human feeling in connection with
    • the universe — let me describe it to you quite objectively.
    • I wish to describe how this change of feeling in human souls
    • conditions which I have just described to you. The ancient Greek
    • development. It was deemed impossible to describe this secret of
    • the first chapter of Nietzsche's description of Greek philosophy,
    • which he himself designates as “The Tragic Age of the
    • Greeks.” Nietzsche describes the philosophers before
    • deeply moving to read Nietzsche's description of how at a certain
    • example Parmenides, speaks of the abstract idea of the
    • modern culture, as described to you the day before yesterday,
    • thought, described in my
    • modern life — which should not be despised, for, from
    • as to attract as many predestined souls as possible, for these
    • for the time when no destructive, but constructive work will have
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    • may designate these powers as the Ahrimanic powers.
  • Title: Lecture: The Golden Legend and a German Christmas Play
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    • was originally destined for them before the approach of Lucifer. The
    • tree descends to the generations to which Abraham and David belong.
    • originally destined for him, which would have been his if he had not
    • that originally destined for us. That however allows us to recognise
    • time the Christ descended from those worlds to which mankind belongs,
    • out of the spiritual worlds Christ descended, and in the body of
    • behind in descending to Earth, but which has now again come to him.
    • immediately taken up in the manner just described; the people did not
    • what attracted the people was rather the desire to take part in what
    • that felt a passion for movement and a desire to experience the
    • desired to prepare their lives with this moral intensity.
    • described was the conception of Christmas gradually developed. For
    • observance of Christmas grew into a popular custom as described, and
    • instruments of murder. Its progress serves the cause of destruction
    • may serve both destruction and construction. And if it depended on
    • fearful instruments of destruction. Science itself has no direct
    • to the vision of the Divine Child that is destined to take up the
    • to make of these guides to the spiritual. For what could one make of
    • destined from the beginning of all things.
    • spiritual time of awakening coincides with Christmas and with this
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    • Der Weihnachtsgedanke und das Gehiemnis des Ich.
    • Der Baum des Kreuzes und die goldene Legende.
    • word peace in a time when peace is utterly absent in the widest circles
    • it was described how, out of the depths of the cosmos, the universal
    • bit by bit. It was described how Lucifer approached the human being
    • in a way different from what was originally destined. The entire story
    • originally predestined. This makes it appear that something different
    • descended out of those worlds to which the human being belongs, out
    • himself on descending to the earth but that now has returned
    • was not immediately taken up in the way I have just described it,
    • approached with a certain kind of sacred modesty, with great
    • technique, but then it was desired to bring more life to the
    • described it has the Christmas thought gradually been added. What
    • described, which shows in a truly grand way how the thought of the
    • that anything like this weaves through and guides the world.
    • pointing out that countless bullets are destroying human lives, if
    • progress serves destruction just as well as construction.
    • great things can serve either construction or destruction. Arid if
    • horrible and frightful works of destruction out of the same
    • dispute resides in human souls. The thought can be expressed this
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    • Antworten der Geisteswissenschaft auf den Grossen Fragen des Daseins.
    • Antworten der Geisteswissenschaft auf den Grossen Fragen des
    • consciousness described above dates back to a prehistoric age of
    • grow stronger and stronger, we can descend mystically into the
    • with all the desires, passions and inner experiences of soul (which
    • the mysterious being who was to be found when a man descended more
    • battle against his lower passions, desires, and the delusive images
    • were taught that passions and desires, lying and deceit within the
    • at the same point along both sides. Why should we not assume that the
    • same result obtains when the sides of the circle are flat and its
    • may imagine a line continuing indefinitely on both sides — in
    • describing an apparent circle in the heavens, in the sense of our
    • Time, the circle described by Ormuzd, the Spirit of Light, is what
    • his rays is not the same as when he is descending. His rays differ in
    • revealed to Zarathustra the many sides of the activity of Ormuzd, and
    • of which the teaching of Zarathustra distinguished twenty-eight grades.
    • learn besides this, for it will be found that all the moving and
    • sexes. In most old religious systems, Goddesses and Gods are
    • of a mystic descent into the inner being. Before man can penetrate to
    • innermost core of your own soul; descend into the realm of the Devas,
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    • Antworten der Geisteswissenschaft auf den Grossen Fragen des Daseins.
    • Antworten der Geisteswissenschaft auf den Grossen Fragen des
    • experience of another mode of vision besides that of ordinary daily
    • bases, with their triangular sides! Strange indeed are the Sphinxes
    • of external Nature. The Egyptian legend of the God and Goddess,
    • descended upon Isis from Osiris, who had meanwhile passed into
    • descended. The forces from which I came forth are still living within
    • Although we would not describe a clock as
    • have descended from this spiritual world and we are now placed in a
    • destiny or his happiness may be quite unaffected. Abstract and
    • with problems of destiny. Now the feeling of kinship with Osiris and
    • destiny, happiness and moral impulses. For the ancient Egyptian said
    • forces which are subject to destruction in the realm of human nature.
    • Egypt: Man must descend into his own innermost being; there he first
    • to follow this path of descent into his own inner being, to learn
    • and the instrument of the Ego is the blood. If a man would descend
    • must descend into his physical-etheric sheaths, into the etheric
    • experience which may be described as an approach to
    • described as follows: The pupil was led through the tests of Fire,
    • to the oldest traditions, had given the original script of the Cosmic
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    • Mensch und Welt. Das Wirken des Geistes in der Natur. Ueber das
    • Mensch und Welt. Das Wirken des Geistes in der Natur. Ueber das
    • time in summer when man walks in the open and sees the lovely iridescent
    • filling the space between the reading desk and the point where I am
    • to push on towards the desk, pressing the down together. But I am unable
    • to reach the desk, I have to stop half-way, because I cannot compress
    • the down any further. I cannot reach the desk but can feel pressure when
    • impulses of the will. He described it all quite clearly. They then came
    • instance matter must first be destroyed and vanish, thus enabling the
    • Fertilisation signifies that matter has first been destroyed. A minute
    • quantity of this destroyed matter remains, and here spirit and light
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    • destroyed by fire. In this lecture he speaks of the heritage brought
    • destroyed by fire. In this lecture he speaks of the heritage brought
    • Geistiger Zusammenhaenge in der Gestaltung des
    • spiritual beings described in anthroposophical literature, and a damping
    • may be compared with what I have been describing. But with the processes
    • were it not an echo of what we have described as a feeling of
    • have described as the experience of loneliness in the spiritual
    • descending to earth, we lose the capacity for living together with
    • world fades out, and we feel how through the forces of the moon we
    • I described
    • people are saying: “Last time he described man's experience
    • the soul world. And the intuitive and inspired consciousness described
    • When we die. for a few days — I have often described this —
    • earth, memory fades out. And out of this memory there unwinds what the
    • science of physiology has not reached the point when it can describe in
    • the right idea of this if we say: Before descending to earth you were in
    • the spiritual world and lived there in the way described. The great
    • today — the smoke of the incense was formed into the desired image of the
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    • Das Verhaeltnis Der Sternenwelt zum Menschen und des Menschen
    • conciencia entre el dormir profundo y el completo despertar, en estados
    • los mundos espirituales desde donde el ser humano desciende a su cuerpo
    • aprendido en la escuela. Como ustedes saben, he dicho a menudo que lo
    • sueños se tejen desde nuestras reminiscencias, que surgen desde el
    • tarde, de hecho después del tiempo de Goethe. Goethe era
    • divino-espiritual. Él también trató de descubrir las
    • pensamientos que surge en los Misterios desde la visión
    • trabajando en el desarrollo de una sabiduría compuesta de
    • alma, han surgido desde nosotros mismos, y los consideramos como nuestra
    • pensamiento: "Un ser divino de un mundo superior ha descendido en
    • a fin de hacer una ofrenda de sacrificio, desde sus sentimientos
    • destinado únicamente a significar que la ofrenda más
    • alma deseaba enviar hacia arriba a los Dioses como ofrenda por los
    • estos pensamientos que eran revelados desde lo alto se tornaron oscuros,
    • y cada vez más se despierta en el hombre la facultad de adquirir
    • fueran de los lejanos espacios del universo, descendiendo a su vida
    • que se desarrollaba dentro de sí mismo, de su propiedad, como la
    • desarrollaban los ritos de sacrificio se despojaban de los símbolos
    • después de haber dejado a un lado los símbolos de la
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  • Title: Lecture: The Experiences of Sleep and their Spiritual Background
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    • Geistiger Zusammenhaenge in der Gestaltung des Menschlichen Organismus.
    • Geistiger Zusammenhaenge in der Gestaltung des
    • setting out to describe what is the essential nature of human knowledge,
    • attained; they have often been explained and described here Imaginative,
    • between going to sleep and waking. I have already described this region
    • to describe it.
    • experienced consciously. I shall have to describe to you the experiences
    • consciousness. They are not; nevertheless, what I describe is truly
    • sleep, you feel — I say you ‘feel,’ I describe it all
    • divine-spiritual reality. Please observe the way I am describing all
    • this. To repeat once more, I am describing it to you as if the soul
    • notwithstanding, a fact. And it is the same here too. What I describe as
    • describe as a need of God — there is a reality in the life of soul
    • answering to each one of these descriptions. And Imaginative Knowledge
    • have described. Nor would there rise up from the depths of our will
    • described; nor would he ever in the waking state come to a feeling of
    • fear. After the soul has passed through what we have described as a
    • strength to hold their own against the anxiety described above. The
    • is not satisfied to describe the single objects of the world in their
    • God has granted me refreshment. We should have to despair of science if
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  • Title: Lecture: Reincarnation and Karma
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    • verified in a corresponding form if you descend to the region
    • described above.
    • the description of the whole species in the case of the animal.
    • description of the lion species interests me, so in the
    • not exhausted the description of Goethe and Schiller and Heine
    • when I describe them as members of the human species, as I would
    • have when I have described a lion as a specimen of his kind. The
    • our human destiny, to our highest aims, the gaining of this
    • that which has been described above works out in detail, yet
    • on. And there is no heir for them but to be modest and to
    • has destroyed the sense of sight. In those eyes the physical and
    • the same dark superstition, these, whom they despise so deeply,
    • from his biography, as I recognise a lion from the description
  • Title: Lecture: Life and Death
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    • des Daseins.
    • phrase: “the indestructibility of Matter,” there
    • for instance, the idea of the indestructibility of matter has
    • themselves by fission; one divides itself into two, two into
    • suppose that one might just as well describe the
    • remembrance, besides the coming into contact, as it were,
    • again; but in the experience we have something else besides.
    • developed that which has now been described as passing on
    • way. Thus we must learn: — to be free from desire and
    • be purchased by desirelessness, equanimity and passivity
    • of soul such as has been described. Should it be aroused by
    • of desires and appetites permeated by egotism, then his soul
  • Title: Lecture: The Elementary Kingdoms
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    • the generally designated as the Elementary Kingdoms,
    • descended as far as the physical plane. This is true,
    • Ego craves for wine, beer, etc., whichever destructive
    • body with stands these attacks for decades! Let us now try to
    • mineral world streaming into him from all sides. They do not,
    • descended as far as the physical plane. The blood would be
    • spirits which have never descended as far as the physical
    • described first, did not descend even as far as the astral
    • human Ego has descended as far as the mineral kingdom, and
    • same capacities as a human Ego, which has descended as far as
    • with impulses, desires, and passions. If we have before us an
    • toward the plant from all sides, like butterflies. The
    • desires — from the Beings belonging to the third
    • besides this mineral kingdom itself, also the first
    • point. And we must be modest enough to say that everything
  • Title: Lecture: 'Goethe's Faust' from the Point of View of Spiritual Science
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    • facts shall have been named and described, a feeling, quite
    • destiny and the secrets of it.
    • repeated earth lives; that that, which resides in us
    • descends from the spiritual world to exist in a physical
    • demonstrating that an immortal germ resides in man, a germ
    • globe which is described by natural science, but has within it
    • The oldest tag-and-rag
    • world; so Faust must descend into the spiritual world.
    • there himself. He can describe it reasonably; he can say: you
    • will descend, or we may say — ascend; and he then actually
    • describes the world into which Faust is to submerge in order
    • sounded — a wonderful word —: Faust shall descend
    • descends into the realm of the Mothers — the spiritual
    • soul. Hence the scene where desire stirs in Faust, where he
    • Euphorion, the spiritual child of the mystic, and despite all
    • Euphorion who has descended and calls from out of the depths:
    • personal desire. Quite impersonally must we merge into the
    • hut is destroyed by fire. Now he sees what anyone sees who
    • premonitory striving, the time when he despaired of science
    • entrance into the spiritual kingdom coincides with the
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  • Title: Lecture: Birth of the Light
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    • Erfahrungen des Uebersinnlichen. Die wege der Seele zu Christus.
    • description. To-day we only bring forward a few extracts,
    • And ambuscades deceitful. Some of them anon
    • I saw the ranks of Goddesses and Gods;
    • Then to descend to earth with thousand ills
    • Science of all that bides upon the earth,
    • Destruction brews — what ferments in the herb,
    • mysteries. Oh! he describes them exactly — those powers
    • longer held good; his description of them and of all their
    • then it goes on to describe how the temptation approaches him,
    • child as it is described in St. John's Gospel. How shall we
    • the Child Jesus, as St. Luke's Gospel describes it —
  • Title: Lecture: Galileo, Giordano Bruno, and Goethe
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    • Antworten der Geisteswissenschaft auf den Grossen Fragen des Daseins.
    • des Daseins.
    • heart. The description given by Aristotle of these currents
    • had usually been designated by the title of nerves. By those
    • desires to learn all that has as yet been learnt by mankind
    • described the most complicated movements — circles
    • as Idea, as the Thought that precedes the Word.” In
    • Plantea, Lapides quae univena ut
    • Specierum numeros singula deslingunlui.
    • at the age of seven, he took the music desk belonging to his
    • situation which we have described above, Goethe saw the
    • Wie sie das Feste ladesst zu Geist verrinnen,
  • Title: Lecture: On the Occasion of Goethe's Birthday
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    • We find here, besides a few notes on the first and second
    • — he desired to bring Faust to a conclusion with the
    • nothingness; on the other hand the descent into the turbid
    • step by step, and to experience all vicissitudes in his own
    • accomplish the closing of the circle described yesterday.
    • branches of science in the course of the last few decades,
    • impacts are continually being exercised from all sides by
    • that these bodies impinge upon one another from all sides?
    • say that the higher animals might not be descended from the
    • applied to the descent of man, by following up all the
    • any animal form whatever now extant. All shades of opinion
    • the latter, but, following the descent of man is not
    • these man is descended on the one hand, while the mammals
    • systems of psychology confine themselves to a description of
    • decades, should tend towards spiritual science. This is
    • that an honest desire existed to try to understand what we
    • during the last few decades, spiritual life has been breaking
  • Title: Lecture: The Errors of Spiritual Investigation
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    • description of the CONTENTS — but far more
    • opposite of what has been described. The comparison has been
    • One describes
    • self-knowledge is designated as the meeting with the Dweller
    • you will have seen that one can look, in the way described,
    • will describe it all distortedly. In all sincerity, it is a
    • distorted form and describe them correspondingly. The moral
    • all that is destined, according to his nature, to flow into
  • Title: Lecture: Factors of Karma, Deficiencies in Psychoanalysis
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    • Das Karma des Befurs des Menschen in Anknuepfung an Goethes Leben.
    • introduced into our life through the law of Destiny or Karma
    • nature of human life is due. In describing certain human
    • aspects of our life's destiny by the word ‘calling’ or
    • We ought not to confuse what we may describe as man's calling
    • position in the widest sense of the term. For it goes without
    • Goethe's manner of description in this act especially, we see
    • there are many other things besides, which they believe are
    • — which, it appears, a theologian recently described
    • resides and you will find it. Gnosis is a demonic teaching,
    • aspects of his life, which, by a true working of destiny, have
    • in the soul's depths, is not merely destined to make the man
    • next life on Earth it assumes its predestined form, which, on
    • in it is generally destined to work on through the gate of
    • the surface experience of consciousness provides. So do the men
    • Nevertheless, the desire to pursue the continuous thread of
    • destiny into its finer and more intimate ramifications is
    • together. Therefore it is so difficult if we desire to speak
    • another (to describe the radical contrasts) — in short,
  • Title: Lecture: Matter Incidental to the Question of Destiny
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    • Das Karma des Befurs des Menschen in Anknuepfung an Goethes Leben.
    • of destiny in human life. The fact is brought home to us when we attempt
    • describes the life of the distinguished Swabian with genuine
    • consider, as to the problems of human destiny. We might equally
    • Theodor Vischer, descending from the spiritual worlds,
    • impulse to ‘cut’ with one's ideas, one would describe with
    • is far more widespread in the foundations of human souls
    • novels on this subject, he describes how the pyramids are built
    • of life and fate. He describes an engineer — a builder of
    • bridges. Magnificently he describes the faculties he has,
    • magnificently described. He himself is in the first train to
    • approaches these great questions of destiny. Here we have a
    • we have described a case which shows us the fulfilment of
    • acceleration, as in the case Max Eyth describes, or on
    • All this is hidden in Max Eyth's descriptions. For he was in
    • this man has written an excellent description of all that
    • fairy tale. I will describe the subject matter, which
    • course, be described. We describe how he goes through the
    • can describe how some exotic maid arrives, accompanied by her
    • into dire conflict. In the end you can describe, quite
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  • Title: Lecture: Hereditary Impulses and Impulses from Previous Earth Lives
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    • Das Karma des Befurs des Menschen in Anknuepfung an Goethes Leben.
    • human being becomes ripe to bring descendants into life. The
    • descendants. He cannot wait until a later time for the
    • transmitted to the descendants; but speaking in the sense of
    • place which I have so often described in outline in a certain
    • is destined to place himself into this cyclic evolution
    • thing worked differently. While the Western thinker describes
    • strength to overcome this Bourgeoisie, — Europe despite
    • intimately the destinies of these two coincide! See how great a
    • that destiny should choose the year 1916! But if we had
    • purposes which they pursued in the way I recently described to
    • whatever it may be that one desires to attain. For things in
    • which, destined for the year 1913, must have been printed in
    • Stuart Mill describes as conglomerated mediocrity, into
    • Hung Ming describes the Chinese life and culture, and from his
    • graphic descriptions we can gain a vivid idea of what it is.
    • — how right were they when they described the doctrines
    • outlines what the Chinese spirit is. Mill and Herzen described
    • realism. There you have it from both sides at once: from the
    • such lengths as I described: While they possess the occult
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  • Title: Lecture: The Relation of Man to the Hierarchies
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    • Das Karma des Befurs des Menschen in Anknuepfung an Goethes Leben.
    • from below, just as the kingdoms of Nature descend from above.
    • what do these ideas describe? None other than the being
    • all their descriptions — however sublime they sound
    • — and you will find they are describing no more than an
    • we have often described before. We know that the Archai or
    • are the guides and leaders of the Folks and Nations. And the
    • the Angel guides the human individuality through his repeated
    • Archangel who guides the communities of men.
    • say, in place of the Angel whom he first desired to worship
    • — though they would often describe it as humility —
    • we might also wish to describe what it is that goes
    • describe today. Similarly, men are led into false paths
    • these self-centred notions by describing the successive epochs
    • describe at length what we have here been hinting at, if we
    • present time — most tellingly described. Such
    • by-ways as are there described are connected with the false
    • evolution of the Earth destructive forces, the effects of which
    • its significance. But we must go on describing ever more
    • certain people nowadays would fain describe them. They are very
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  • Title: Lecture: The Birth of Christ in the Human Soul
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    • century. Let us recall today, as we desire to enter deeply into
    • multitudes who hunger for food, — in this time surely
    • which cannot be described otherwise than by saying that man in
    • down in sleep into that realm in which Jahve guides his soul
    • you begin to notice that these thoughts kill egoism, destroy
    • have desired to enter more deeply, my dear friends, into the
    • desired to bring in brief outline before our minds. We can feel
    • our destiny comes to fulfilment. Even this thought, which
    • descending dove — out of the Spirit was He begotten; in
    • desire to take this Christ into ourselves in His new language.
    • path to the Kingdom where He abides to give us strength, where
    • He abides to give us light amid our darkness and helplessness
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    • see with his eyes, hear with his ears, but comprises, besides,
    • develops its strongest physical power. But they are widest
    • see that all forms of life which desire to unfold their
    • just described. Goethe first invites us to follow the
    • But no one will, despite profound reflection,
    • given in the three lower bodies: deaden it, not out of a desire
    • at a place where the profoundest meaning of Christianity is
    • That has destroyed the bitter powers of death,
    • spirit of deepest Christianity which pervades this dwelling is
    • even now; he desires to rise to higher regions, where he no
    • describes with the words: “In every religion there is the
    • Thirteenth, but instead of destroying it spreads peace
    • As though descended from another sphere.
    • By nature destined for repose and rest:
    • Desired to fly from wordly joy and zest.
    • Each one has met with life's vicissitudes,
    • Fulfilment is denied to my desire.
    • A star with brilliant lustre was descried,
    • How as a child a viper he destroyed,
    • The greatest triumph, stood the hardest test,
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 1. Angels, Folk Spirits, Time Spirits: their part in the Evolution of Mankind.
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    • of human evolution without allowing the particular shades of feeling
    • individual human life, we describe as the mission of the individual
    • propose therefore to describe this heritage from which the ‘homeless
    • always known that if they were to describe in detail the state of
    • this mission. It is particularly important because the destiny of
    • Swiss Folk Spirit, we would describe in abstract terms a few
    • description bears no relation to anything that might be known through
    • of the West in order to describe these Beings. Those Beings who
    • described as Zeitgeist, in these words: “Repent, change
    • activity we have already described as the activity of the Archangels.
    • the Beings who might be described as the inspirers — or if we
    • this coming epoch certain aptitudes which had been implanted in
    • represents our immediate destiny in the world.
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    • The Spirits of Language and of Modes of Thought.
    • The Spirits of Language and of Modes of Thought.
    • Spirits, invades the life of man, then there must be on the other
    • therefore, who wish to follow how the destinies of our human race are
    • effect, described the full scope of the most important work of the
    • find, strange to relate, besides the Archangelic Beings already
    • described, other mysterious Beings who are related to the Archangels
    • detailed description in the information contained in my books
    • were Beings such as the Folk Spirits we have described today. That
    • destined to appear; we feel certain that their activities were
    • predestined. There are also others, however, in whom are active those
    • sentiment and temperament and those just described — i.e. not
    • description of the situation accords with an important fact in the
  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 3. The inner Life of the Folk Spirits. Formation of the Races.
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    • have already described them in their external aspect as Beings two
    • is the victim of his passions and desires. The ‘I’ stirs
    • from an external description to look more closely into the inner life
    • externally, but which pervades and illumines his inner being so that
    • inwardly permeated with what I have just described, to that extent
    • an descending curve, the springtime of youth and the winter of old
    • concerned with his personal destiny, which he has to fulfil in order
    • to cultivate them. Such is his individual destiny by virtue of which
    • in the proper perspective if we take what I have been describing not
    • described yesterday. We have also described how the abnormal Spirits
    • the designs of the Archangels, groups with specially appointed tasks
    • of individuality. In some ways this is good, for a variety of shades
    • in history. What the historians describe is only Maya; it conceals
    • the concept of race? Those Beings whom we describe as normal Spirits
    • Spirits of Form. That which divides the whole of mankind into races
    • we shall understand the designs they entertain for the races of
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    • and a descending third. It is only in the middle third that man is a
    • Beings man was forced to descend upon the Earth at A and begin his
    • his physical environment in a condition which is not designed for
    • described, he becomes Earth-bound, he becomes closely associated
    • descendants. Thus racial homogeneity is reflected not only in the
    • lives. I have already described how man departed from the laws of the
    • relationships in more detail later on. I now propose to describe them
    • line which in reality describes a curve obeys a cosmic law and does
    • destined to succumb to those forces which hastened their extinction.
    • deshalb, weil es den Europäern gefallen hat, ist die
    • The destiny of the races and the changes wrought by the forces which
    • process. The curve of development which we have already described
    • impoverishment is illustrated in what I have already described,
    • the remote past man descended to Earth under the guidance of the
    • realization that Plato was a descendant of Solon, an Ionian, a Greek,
    • Beings intervene of whom we have already spoken when describing the
  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 5. Manifestation of the Hierarchies in the Elements of Nature.
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    • describe objectively. So long as one has the slightest tendency to
    • take personally an objective description of a particular race or
    • When we contemplate the destiny of our integral Self we may be sure
    • spread out before him. He will describe this solid rock formation in
    • the circumstance that other forces stream in from all sides from
    • that the solid barrier of the Alpine Massif divides the Italian
    • which on our Earth determines creation and destruction, all the
    • occult schools speak. That too is what Goethe describes when he
    • Moves his predestin'd course along.
    • those Beings whom we have described as belonging to the Hierarchies
    • which resides in our physical body, and of inner Will, a special
    • sides are equal, the three angles equal, the vertices are equidistant
    • therefore is called to high destiny on Earth to bring about from
    • mission is exactly as I have described it. The secret of this mission
    • For the moment you must accept it as a general description.
    • creative element in earthly existence. We must therefore describe the
    • considering Earth-existence in this way we first described thinking,
    • and we described as the special task of the Spirits of Form the
    • despite the fact that they are vitally necessary for the
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    • Spirits of Will, the Cherubim and Seraphim, which we described
    • Form cooperate in such a way that what we described in Lecture Four
    • Spirits of Form — those Beings who, as I described yesterday,
    • described at the close of the last lecture.
    • standpoint we are perfectly correct in describing the Negro race as
    • accordance with these determining factors the grand design is drawn
    • and determine man's destiny.
    • predestined by the Elohim to express the quintessence of the
    • the Semitic-Hebrew people and why Jahve describes Himself as the God
    • the senses of the abnormal Spirits whom we may describe as Jupiter
    • glandular system which secretes the hardest parts of man. This slow
    • old American Indians the process of ossification described above is
    • exists a description of a beautiful scene in which a chieftain of
    • the nineteenth century. The descendant of the brown race did not
    • been preserved to us and it is noteworthy because it provides
    • our conquerors allowed to desecrate the graves of my brothers?
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    • high mission in the manner already described. This Time Spirit worked
    • destined in the course of the following centuries and millennia to
    • descent of Christ upon Earth, the Greek Time Spirit renounced for our
    • esoteric Christianity which was destined to live on further in the
    • destined to be furthered through the medium of the different Time
    • a single Archangel-being and were destined to come gradually under
    • describe an arc to include the towns of Detmold and Paderborn, you
    • mythology, and a special section will be devoted to a description of
  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 8. The Five Post-Atlantean Civilizations.
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    • that this Teutonic mythology, despite its many points of similarity
    • evolution they had made great strides. Behind them lay a very long
    • evolution at a time when Christ Jesus had not yet descended upon
    • remarkable way. It was described as a Divine Initiation. The means by
    • Teutonic peoples is described as follows: before acquiring this
    • thunder and lightning. The gift of speech precedes the birth of the
    • described in the Teutonic mythology where it says that the ‘I’
    • which we in our anthroposophical teachings describe in more
    • Anthroposophy we are given a description of the events which took
    • Atlantean epoch is described as a continuation of earlier epochs and
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    • then, was the destiny of these Indian peoples meanwhile? For the
    • development of the individual, these two modes of cognition are
    • distinguish carefully between these modes of perception your
    • was destined to associate this ‘I’ of man with the other
    • you bear this in mind you will realize that Europe was destined to
    • development of terrestrial man who was destined gradually to acquire
    • the focal point of attack by infiltrating into his desires, impulses
    • of falling into evil through his passions, emotions and desires.
    • important difference between these descriptions in the Gospel of St.
    • he was destined to develop the ‘I’, to achieve
    • remarkably iridescent form. Because Nordic man could perceive the
    • his desires and actions and causes him to suffer a greater
    • same as the one described before, but death would have supervened
    • which describes the wolf in pursuit of the Sun. That an eclipse
    • therefore is the destructive power, like Lucifer who drove man into
    • descended to the physical plane in order that the children of men who
    • man will then see, the Initiates described to him as a vision of the
    • been the destiny of the old Gods and what was their relation to other
    • powers. They described to him this vision of the future as seen by
  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 10. The Mission of Individual Peoples and Cultures in the Past, Present and Future.
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    • results of our investigation describe it in greater detail. We shall
    • hundred years after Christ, Tacitus could describe the Teutons of
    • the individual shades of culture, all the particular missions of the
    • us now describe the further progress of the Germanic and Nordic Folk
    • destiny of man is woven into creation, into the Earth, through the
    • is of no importance; what is of importance are the subtle shades and
    • described them, but we find it remarkably anticipated in the diverse
    • feeling, thinking and willing descends. The European man will only
    • hand, provides the seed in the Spiritual Soul for the philosophy of
    • Christ incorporated in the Roman idea of the State. What provides the
    • which is destined to evolve gradually into the Folk Soul, was not
  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 11. Nerthus, Freyja and Gerda.
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    • directs and guides this country (Norway) will imbue modern philosophy
    • describe as the descent of those human souls who, in primeval times
    • Jupiter-, Mars-, Venus-, and Mercury-souls then descended upon Earth
    • and this descent can still be verified today in the Akashic Records.
    • old Atlantean clairvoyance the descent of these souls out of the
    • Cosmos. Whenever new beings descended from spiritual heights into the
    • understood to be the external manifestation of souls descending out
    • will understand the account Tacitus gives of the Goddess Nerthus
    • Christmas at a Time of Grievous Destiny.
    • He relates that the chariot of the Goddess Nerthus was driven over the
    • been a matter of actual vision. This Goddess offered the human bodies
    • that were suitable to the human souls descending from the planetary
    • who is intimately related to the Goddess Nerthus is her masculine
    • descent of the psycho-spiritual beings who in olden time had risen to
    • Folk Spirits have played a decisive part. The vision of that descent
    • Vanir you can still find one of the oldest recollections of this
    • descent. Especially here in the North, the Finnish tradition still
    • descended from planetary spheres with that which springs out of the
    • within him some spark of a God who was directly descended from those
    • itself. The descent of the divinespiritual into the physical is still
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    • that ancient clairvoyance. He looked up to that goddess called
    • and more widespread, a civilisation directed by men themselves and
    • climax in the description of the Mystery of Eleusis, one again feels
    • traced the cult of its intellectuality in its widest sense, with the
    • as a fortunate destiny that our work should have been completed by
    • which anyone who has no desire to feel in a spiritual way may regard
    • conditions of our whole life — then the modest effort which we
    • Lucifer, Die Kinder des Lucifer.
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    • take their course in complete independence. Despite their apparent
    • nature of this act, and only one — a goddess — partook of
    • a shoulder-blade. That goddess was Demeter. In this remarkable touch
    • vision which belongs to the very oldest endowment of wisdom of
    • Demeter, the fecundating goddess of the whole world, the clairvoyant
    • to do with the ether body itself. Besides being the source
    • medicine). The #8224 represents the external destructive influences
    • The forces which you find described in my little book
    • are the Hecate forces. When Spiritual Science describes for you how
    • Science. Today we are again beginning in the way I have described in
    • The power of the Christ provides all the impulses to
    • thousand years the Maitreya Buddha will descend, and will speak to
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    • present interpretation. Putting aside all finer shades of difference,
    • To continue: Besides
    • of our happiness, of our destiny. The man of fiery temperament, of
    • bear in our habits our passions, our enduring emotive attitudes. And
    • being, and I can describe to you the difference between external
    • rather like what I have just described as regards the physical world.
    • Knowledge of one's own astral body has to be described in quite
    • the relative magnitudes of physical, etheric and astral bodies? Is
    • pentagram if you look at the triangles based on the sides of the
    • forces of physical, etheric and astral bodies, you need only describe
    • is an occult sign; one can meditate on such signs; I have described
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    • in the world around us our whole destiny, our happiness or
    • forces of Pluto around us in space. Just as the destiny of the ego is
    • so to say, one whose destiny, whose whole life, seems in a way quite
    • on the earth, determining its own destiny, little by little shaping
    • the human physical body. Thus they could not descend into incarnation
    • be wrong if one were to apply what I have just described for the
    • spirituality because the other Angels whom I have described are
    • individualities of the hierarchies we have described — an
    • only one characteristic of the Christ — that He once descended
    • retained absolutely nothing which could arouse in Him a desire to
    • There would have been a tremendous difference in the destiny of
    • I have described in the book
    • as do our modern astronomers, describing Venus as a purely physical
    • difference. The physical body of man is destined to disintegrate,
    • whereas the body of a Lucifer is destined, when it falls away from
    • I have just said about Venus, I have at the same time described what
    • be able to descend to fleshly embodiment.
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    • have already tried to describe in considerable detail such figures as
    • the chemical forces described in the text-books, all the forces at
    • pervades all space, and exercises its influence from the whole of
    • the monologue word by word, line by line, you find a true description
    • described. From this monologue you can get an idea of what really
    • realise that it describes quite realistically, in all detail, actual
    • was already intellectual. Only the oldest times still bear evidence
    • consciousness, the individualising goddess Hera — a function
    • with which we grasp it, was represented by the goddess Pallas
    • ‘world-wonders’ to which Spiritual Science provides the
    • besides teaching them science, the art of writing and such things,
    • of followers, described in mythology as sileni, fauns and other like
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    • upon it. If man had not descended into his physical body, had not
    • the old Dionysos Zagreus had to be destroyed.
    • moment clairvoyant. She was destroyed by flame because she saw Zeus
    • that Greek mythology really provides a serious answer to questions
    • the whole story in all its ramifications, besides knowing the true
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    • figure of Dionysos; Dionysos had to do with the deepest vicissitudes
    • place which we designate as ideation, as mental representation, and
    • what I am about to describe as a first tremendous challenge to the
    • takes the very first step in describing spiritual truths —
    • way from the way one sets about describing scientific or other
    • ordinary science is accustomed; here things are so described that
    • light is thrown upon them from several sides, and in a certain way
    • of presentation has to be used in the description of spiritual
    • descriptions of the higher worlds. When we speak of the spiritual
    • quite trivial but is nevertheless important. If one wants to describe
    • endure today. You could describe it like this. As long as it is only
    • were clairvoyant were inspired by teachers who did not descend to
    • know also. But Silenus is described to us as a wise individual. We
    • platitudes, if it is to enter into the reality. Things which are true
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    • the figure there described, the figure we know as Capesius. We know
    • be described in the following way. When the human being cultivates
    • a mask, one hides this fact from oneself by saying, ‘I want
    • truth by throwing light on the facts from all sides. The paths of
    • We have been describing a particular organic system which from the
    • You will find an even more detailed description of this from a
    • with desires, longings, sympathies and antipathies, emotions and
    • must come to know more closely what it is that I have just described
    • from two sides. Our organisation as a whole, with all that is
    • described could enter into human life. It streamed into human
    • consciousness from outside, so to say, without man's descending
    • could describe it as the culmination of a long process. The upper
    • designate these two generations of gods working side by side by
    • reflected form, which we can describe as related to reality as
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    • matter described by the geologists or the mineralogists or the
    • physicists. To describe the Earth as the physicists and the
    • mineralogists do is as if in describing man one were to confine
    • oneself to the skeleton. What physical science describes is only a
    • directions. Actually it is quite wrong to describe the animals which
    • the feather from all sides; and every hair has the tendency to become
    • to describe man, who really distorts the several streams which flow
    • shadow-form, designated in esotericism as Man, came over as
    • to describe this instreaming in its purest form from above? We know
    • prepared through the two Jesus children, as is described in my little book
    • Jordan descended to Earth, out of the most profound wisdom took with
    • designated yesterday as one stream of the divine world. But if you
    • whom I spoke yesterday, the Being who descended to Earth with the
    • remarkable description of that ‘wonder of the world’, the
    • human being. You would find a description of how extremely fine
    • even in the works of Descartes. But according to historians of
    • philosophy ‘Descartes has some fantastic tale about the vital
    • of the instincts, desires, passions and emotions of human nature
    • part protrudes beyond as a kind of corona, we see that the ego-part
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    • descendants to be as much a mythology as that of the Greeks, unless
    • these descendants of ours are enabled through a wider outlook on the
    • yesterday that our brain is a kind of apparatus which impedes our
    • described gives rise to an attempt to penetrate along the esoteric
    • out on all sides when we try to penetrate the widths of space with
    • open to the soul. It can descend into its own depths in such a way
    • knowledge, through esoteric training, we descend into these regions
    • the generations he himself has experienced as impulses, desires,
    • danger of finally encountering the void; if we descend into ourselves
    • we ourselves have condensed through our impulses, desires and
    • this. It is not only that our impulses, desires and passions, which
    • this or the other instinct, as soon as we descend a little way into
    • poles between which lie all vicissitudes of soul — fear of the
    • of this science during the last decades provides, in general, proof
    • which we have closely described in the last two lectures as the
    • our own impulses, desires, passions, through all that imprisons us,
    • advance. There is still a widespread desire to explain the whole
    • working as a solvent, as a destructive influence upon our egotism. We
    • notice that the deeper we descend with the Christ Impulse into
    • descend. Will-filled thoughts, willing thoughts! Thereby we are no
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    • gods who were described so gloriously by Homer nearly 1000 years before
    • tradition and legend, had not been added to the Biblical description.
    • to the other what is destined to be implanted in the spiritual evolution
    • culture coincides in a certain sense with the founding of Christianity and
    • destined to withdraw into itself and experience its struggles and conquests
    • We feel the desire to
    • historian describes a remarkable scene, and indeed all the descriptions
    • in order to avenge his relatives. He is described to us as he rides
    • in a work by Raphael, we feel the scene as described by the historian
    • upon his words, but who had now deserted him and were looking with apparent
    • to tell of her. I say this not for the sake of giving any dry description,
    • described, it held converse with the eternal mysteries of the genesis
    • How shall we describe
    • I have already described
    • this inward deepening — despite all the materiality that must needs
    • in which Raphael is a product of all the ages. Grimm's formal descriptions
    • been their fate as they have lived on.” This desire for
    • the success of lives of the spirit of man, destroying ever mightier
    • to a twofold continuation of life, one aspect of which has been described
    • in previous lectures here, and will be still further described, and
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    • now tell you must be described absolutely as a hypothesis, just because
    • its consciousness the horse knows nothing of all this. Besides, owing
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    • Der Zusammenhang des Menschen mit der Elementarischen Welt.
    • lectures. Hence I must crave your pardon if many of the names and designations
    • which in the profoundest sense of the word belongs to the most interesting
    • uncertain and dim from the historical point of view are the descriptions
    • the question of the personality of Homer; When he describes anything
    • were an expert in that handicraft, in that art. If he describes a battle,
    • description of battles in Homer; and he was a man who without doubt
    • does he describe to us? He tells us even at the beginning what he is
    • describing. Much is known from other descriptions not contained in the
    • Iliad. Homer wishes only to describe to us that which he states so pregnantly
    • only produced the special episodes which are described in the Iliad
    • when we consider this description of the wrath of Achilles with all
    • alone woo Brunnhilde. And in what a remarkable way are described such
    • figures as Brunnhilde of Iceland, and Siegfried: Siegfried is described
    • into spiritual science as I shall permit myself to describe it in the
    • that we have to describe its powers as much more instinctive. Not indeed
    • to describe it as we designate a soul-force to-day when we speak of
    • and feeling. Those soul-forces which we have to describe as clairvoyant
    • just been described. Such a consciousness which could survey the past,
    • wrath is described as the wrath of Achilles is described in the Iliad.
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    • These lectures contain profound descriptions of the experience of
    • Archangels are described: Michael in autumn at Michaelmas, Gabriel in
    • described in pictorial terms. One has to speak in this way of these
    • decades now, but particularly at this time of hard trials for mankind
    • highest level. And then, when autumn comes, it withers and fades
    • the usual descriptions of sense-perceptible events — we can
    • men are shining like glow-worms in the way I have described, then the
    • described, the majestic image of Michael and the Dragon will arise
    • something in which the whole destiny — perhaps indeed the
    • locomotives, our factories, on all sides we see how we
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    • These lectures contain profound descriptions of the experience of
    • Archangels are described: Michael in autumn at Michaelmas, Gabriel in
    • because the cosmos extends round it as a sphere on all sides. And
    • added the mercurial process, as I have described it in connection
    • salt-formations — in the widest sense of the term — which
    • the internal tendency to salt-formation; besides this we have the
    • describing the skeleton as a whole; he would hack out a tiny piece
    • piece and would then describe it from his own flea-standpoint,
    • just as a man describes the Earth when somewhere — let us say
    • limestone. Then he describes this bit, and works up his findings into
    • taking this in the widest sense to connote a physical deposit,
    • everything I have just described is impregnated with ash, something
    • just been describing no longer holds good to-day, for in a certain
    • To-morrow I will describe how man has emancipated himself from all
    • either to let it grow up or to destroy it; for it was not yet a
    • longer had the right to destroy it. It would then have to remain an
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    • These lectures contain profound descriptions of the experience of
    • Archangels are described: Michael in autumn at Michaelmas, Gabriel in
    • before you all that I am going to begin by describing to-day.
    • the Intuition described in my book,
    • contentment on all sides. It expresses itself as an inner permeation
    • but the remarkable thing is that it becomes full of eager desire. It
    • through the life and desire that fill the limestone in spring.
    • a sort of enlarged larynx; at the sides they would concentrate
    • these two extremes. The desire of both the Luciferic and the
    • have described, and births could therefore take place only towards
    • Christmas at a Time of Grievous Destiny,
    • in the way I have described, at a time when man himself had as yet
    • I have described exists in architectural and sculptured form, and when
    • Goetheanum was designed for all of it — then at Easter there
    • in describing the powerful
    • the Ahrimanic and Luciferic forces which could destroy the human
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    • These lectures contain profound descriptions of the experience of
    • Archangels are described: Michael in autumn at Michaelmas, Gabriel in
    • formative power in a wonderful plastic design, but a design that
    • design, and feels every silver-gleaming line down there to be within
    • there comes before us — to describe it in human terms, which
    • described must come in: the elemental spirits of the Earth must soar
    • described. I told you what the sword of Michael is made of, and
    • goes on in the Earth during winter, as I have described. The
    • described. And against this background a living picture of the
    • described should find artistic expression, on the one hand, in
    • Earth, as I have described it. All this would have to be not in any
    • Lebe irdisch Erhaltendes
    • Als wesenhaft Waltendes
    • Lebe irdisch Erhaltendes
    • Als wesenhaft Waltendes
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    • These lectures contain profound descriptions of the experience of
    • Archangels are described: Michael in autumn at Michaelmas, Gabriel in
    • See heavenly forces rising and descending,
    • four great cosmic Imaginations, as I described them to you —
    • medical textbooks always describe how man breathes in oxygen from the
    • Being who has to be described in this way — and can be
    • described in no other way — there proceed forces which
    • Uriel descends (yellow arrow) and while his forces are thus coming to
    • us from a descending line, summer with us passes over into
    • say: Uriel makes his descent as summer passes through autumn into
    • descending and ascending power of Uriel we get the inner forces of
    • the forces of nature in spring, as I have described. I had to show
    • body. A secret activity of healing resides in the breathing system,
    • Gabriel has descended from his cosmic activity during the winter to
    • reached his cosmic culmination. Then he begins his descent; in spring
    • See heavenly forces rising and descending,
    • rising and descending! And then the lines that follow:
    • descend, work together in such a way that Gabriel passes up into the
    • picture: Uriel, Raphael, Gabriel, Michael, ascending and descending;
    • Powers rise and descend, passing to one another golden vessels
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    • described are Jesus in the Essene community, the conversation between
    • concepts and thoughts must be summoned to his aid if he desires
    • the time when Christ worked in the way I have described, is
    • described to us, somewhat unintelligibly to begin with, as the
    • descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles? When with clairvoyant
    • From the event of Pentecost pours the stream that has been described.
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    • described are Jesus in the Essene community, the conversation between
    • descended upon them from the Cosmos, something which could only
    • experience which may be described by saying: one learns to read
    • happenings. I cannot describe them in any other way. Let those
    • as I have described it. And if anyone were to say: it is
    • that they were as I have described them. For in the
    • consciousness of Peter, what I have now described was, in very
    • from the Fifth Gospel. What I have now been describing begins
    • describe, shone forth. Peter, John and James were inevitably
    • body, before the Mystery of Golgotha? This can be described in
    • which I will designate as the mysteries of the Fifth Gospel.
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    • described are Jesus in the Essene community, the conversation between
    • to the Christ Being, we must conceive the event described as
    • describing. The soul must leave the earth and rise up into the
    • undeserved suffering, the suffering of guiltlessness! The Fifth
    • the effrontery to describe the Raising of Lazarus as having
    • to put it at its mildest — recoil from descriptions of a
    • life been as Renan describes it! But in times to come it will
    • be recognised that such a description becomes null and void in
    • feel anguish like a man. This is also described in the other
    • question was put: “Hast thou said that thou wilt destroy
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    • described are Jesus in the Essene community, the conversation between
    • — the child who is described at the beginning of
    • descended upon the Prophets, that the word of God Himself had
    • who once descended, for example, upon Elias, speaks no
    • cult was very widespread in Western Asia and the regions round
    • worship of Mithras and of Attis were numerous and widespread.
    • the sacrificial offering do not descend upon us and we are
    • the occasion I have described. When Jesus of Nazareth had come
    • It was a strict, rigorous Order. One who desired to enter it
    • of grades through which he had to pass, leading to that
    • Jesus of Nazareth in the way that has been described.
    • Jesus of Nazareth to undergo the testings of the lower grades,
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    • described are Jesus in the Essene community, the conversation between
    • life of a human soul so deeply bound up with the destiny of
    • so having turned our minds yesterday to the period described,
    • this soul, from the description of a scene which took place
    • to the infinitudes. Then his thoughts went back to what his
    • the Jewish wisdom-teachings and codes of the law. She spoke of
    • oldest and most important Jewish laws.] has disappeared
    • mother ... Hillel is described as a man of gentle and mild
    • desert makes their eyes small; the eyes get small because they
    • are always gazing at the great desert. The man who had laid the
    • Hillel was a descendant of the House of David, was connected
    • of Nazareth and his kinsmen also traced their descent. And
    • telling her of the experience I described in the lecture
    • then there took place the event I have often described —
    • believe that the following description of the Temptation scene
    • other Gods and acknowledge me! And Lucifer described all the
    • Lucifer is, knew how souls on earth must act if they desire to
    • desired to goad His pride; the other, Ahriman, to play upon His
    • descended from the spiritual worlds. Then Ahriman said: Thou
    • acts, the Spirit who descends from the heights; thou hast not
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    • This lecture, Das Geheimnis des Todes, was given in Zürich,
    • Here, the four Platonic Virtues (described in The Republic)
    • description in 1917, and which is summed up in the Foundation Stone
    • Das Geheimnis des Todes, Rudolf Steiner
    • like to speak of the destiny of those who have gone from us in the
    • describe in ordinary language. There is one virtue, as we shall
    • sense be learned. It is not easy to describe what its meaning for us
    • been worthless for us if we pass through decades and still judge
    • harmony with itself. Much else could be described, in order gradually
    • virtue can be called — though it is difficult to describe it
    • form. Here the soul is absorbed into bodily desire, and we live
    • entirely through our body. But if we take our desire in hand, if we
    • carried away by their desires, who give themselves up to the life of
    • have indicated, the desire to learn all through life will arise. It
    • that while otherwise the ethical life only provides laws concerned
    • forces within the earthly forces. Countless legends describe this. The
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    • which must retire in wisdom and modesty when we are
    • extended in the directions I shall be describing.
    • up some attitude towards human thinlting; yet it excludes that
    • thinking and freedom that I have described. It is no longer
    • introduce, simply as aids to understanding, descriptions of
    • When I describe these paths, I do so, of course, with the aid
    • documents, may take exception to my description. Anyone who
    • want to emphasize that I am not describing these older paths of
    • knowledge that I shall choose two earlier ways, describe them,
    • harmful state. What I shall be describing, the historian
    • practice of yoga I am describing.
    • have today existed then. Besides perceiving something spiritual
    • self-awareness; it describes wonderfully, out of the deepest
    • I want to describe the principles underlying a way that was
    • to show, it hides from us the spiritual world. It was, quite
    • that many people believe that what I am now going to describe
    • find the systematic exercises described in greater detail
    • up ordinary thinking in the way described. By doing so, we
    • being descended from animals through an actual physical
    • axis coincides with the North-South direction of the earth's
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    • spirit descends into our bodily existence. At such times we
    • physiological. We feel the spiritual element descending further
    • descending when it flows down into our own body. We are forced
    • mind's experience. Everywhere there obtrudes a sense of the
    • The Whole of Philosophy and its End, which is designed
    • concludes: it is impossible, with the soul-powers that manifest
    • people today. I would call it intellectual modesty. There must
    • Anyone looking back, with intellectual modesty, on his
    • intellectual modesty. I call it intellectual modesty because
    • these preparatory ones, and which are designed to draw
    • as I have described, you need not be in any way dependent
    • describe — and you will find that everything that is
    • completely controlled, conscious wakefulness, despite the fact
    • shows us. This will be described more fully in the next few
    • its own soul before this descended from spiritual worlds to an
    • descended to clothe ourselves, through conception, foetal
    • remains dark down there in the region into which we descend,
    • we descend into this physical existence on earth.
    • spiritual sphere from which we descended into this bodily
    • “mind's eye” is opened in the way I have described
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    • manifest. What I have described to you, the awakening of
    • on the day before yesterday in describing yoga exercises.
    • Looking at these ancient Oriental attitudes, as they were
    • have now described to you many of the features that the modern
    • described as those gained from modern science — not just
    • approaches us in the way I have been describing. For each
    • decades for certain kinds of knowledge. Again, it is
    • find the way into the spiritual world which I described two
    • you try, in the manner I have described, to rise to a spiritual
    • unstable, so the living structure increasingly evades
    • organism from within, as I described the day before
    • you study the now much-despised scholasticism of the Middle
    • temporal in the way I have described. But if by
    • described to you as a harmonious unity of religion, art
    • scientific thinking I have described today. In Soloviev,
    • he found in Kant or Comte; he has complete command of the modes
    • expresses by the use of these modes, our awareness of him
    • that will have lively imaginal thinking as I have described it
    • course, this does not describe an actual state of affairs. It
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    • describe the features of the earth in accordance with the principles
    • can be described by a kind of spiritual geography —
    • detailed description.
    • descendants in a partially decadent condition), the East
    • what he was before he descended into the physical and sensuous
    • spiritual science, which I have been describing in the last few
    • he descends into his physical existence from a spiritual world;
    • were before we descended into our earthly existence.
    • it provides an external garment for the revelation of
    • Against what I have thus described as the spiritual geography
    • am about to describe.
    • This economic materialism, which is far more widespread than
    • from true reality, which resides in material struggles and
    • spiritual world, as I have described; that we can see by means
    • features of life and of human attitudes. As a Central European
    • prevails here; Burckhardt describes how men feel, what their
    • opinion here — by saying that Buckle describes man as he
    • eats and drinks, whilst Burckhardt describes man as he thinks
    • respects even the East European) describes man as he preaches
    • in the West, man is described as he eats and drinks (I say this
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    • to describe a real cosmology, a science of the origin and
    • such a suggestion, implicit in the specific descriptions in
    • research methods. On the one hand, it desires to preserve
    • those who follow in their wake, are dangerous guides to the
    • of the higher modes of existence — the realms of soul and
    • can be described by saying: any view of life and the world that
    • there can in turn arise that other endeavour I have described
    • provides a means of systematizing external phenomena, our
    • empty consciousness as I have described, advance further and
    • obtain by repeating the experience of the profoundest
    • the ego is repulsed. We feel surrounded on all sides by
    • shades. From the image-content our soul has absorbed from the
    • have tried to describe it in the last few days. In learning to
    • further towards what I have just been describing: an inner
    • our individual existence on earth, so too, in thus descending
    • avoid the danger of a general description of spirit
    • forgotten in the experiment I have described. Elsewhere in
    • variations. By descending into the coarser material sphere and
    • the world and of life I am here describing: as self-knowledge
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    • sides. All the claims normally made by political parties
    • seem like photographs of life from different sides. Yet people
    • powers are specially adapted to the purposes I have described,
    • inanimate nature, and that a man who desires only
    • times, there could exist attitudes that were more imaginal and
    • imaginal attitudes if we are to take our place within the
    • development of the soul such as I have described. Immediately,
    • was originally instinctive to man is to be restored, despite
    • imitator. This imitation, which pervades the life of the
    • into the depths of the soul. Decades later it reappears. We
    • as a human whole, in the way I have described. As a result, he
    • What does this achieve? Well, it is difficult to describe life
    • even if the widest range of physical, mental and spiritual
    • the pedagogic and psychological sides. And when we do evolve
    • Europe, the most terrible forces of destruction. And for men
    • formulations, they can arrive at anything but destructive
    • these ideals incandescent; something that impels our will to
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    • ideas that I have just been describing. Then, however, he went
    • described here in the last few days. A similar approach will be
    • include — we can see in the modes of thought and
    • social attitudes of people today definite survivals of ancient
    • old instinctive spiritual vision, as I have described in the
    • today describe the priestly hierarchies as ruling by teaching
    • described.
    • ancient Oriental impulses I have described still operate in an
    • impulses that inform them. For the description often given
    • hundred years ago, over a period of three decades, until the
    • persisted whose features, if we described them without
    • this stage, the legal element invades economic
    • configurations. What I am now describing can be traced in
    • the impulses I have described; Western economic systems have
    • — associations of metalworkers, printing trades
    • have described. The ideas appropriate to the third current are
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    • attracted comment on many sides and has led a large part of
    • is regarded as desirable, for the attainment of a higher stage
    • description of the preparations that such a student of the
    • and emotions, desires and appetites, notions that are of this
    • its spiritual life, Aristotle produced a description that is
    • that the hordes which, mainly from Northern and Central Europe,
    • descended from the North during the Middle Ages brought with
    • When we describe Oriental-Greek man, with the dignity that gave
    • him his authority, we are describing something that was in fact
    • emphasized as significant when we come to describe the source
    • trivial no longer when it provides the motive power for
    • Well, up to a certain point it would indeed be desirable if
    • every side in the way I have described in the last few days.
    • the centre of something that pervades man's soul and brings
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    • quite a lot of social systems advocated by the various shades
    • you can build the other things that are socially desirable and
    • a long time, the view has been widespread that the man who is a
    • certainly deserves full recognition. With the major problems of
    • illustrated by lantern slides, or if we take people to
    • reflections, human essence and human destiny ultimately
    • basis of the various trades — there are metal workers'
    • widest possible circles, that even people whose work is
    • have described as the specific force of modern times. Our
    • descendants of Oriental humanity in this respect too, we
    • frequently happens — that people have described to the
    • creature of instinct. They describe to the working-man how
    • of time is spent in describing the living conditions of these
    • does, it is true, accept these descriptions; to some extent,
    • want to preserve their souls from desiccation, if you want to
    • England. This has always been recognized and described.
    • been described in the last few days, and what has emerged in
    • confidence between men. Today, even though the Asiatic trades
    • life, on foundations such as I have described, combining the
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    • reality which — in all modesty we can say this —
    • that is correct, but rather: This or that is secretly desired
    • men today desire in the depths of their hearts.
    • widespread in life and results in a great deal of
    • decades, we become aware that in fact the essentials of the
    • organization of society that multitudes of people have
    • obtrudes itself particularly on those who observe life
    • put into practice the wisest designs and establish, in a given
    • become increasingly apparent in recent decades. It is the
    • underground, the democratic attitude I have described was
    • exclusively from the reality of what men desire from one
    • has developed in recent times, and which I need not describe,
    • since it has been accurately described by many people. We can
    • feed into social life also contains its own destructive forces.
    • describing. If now you consider the functioning of society, you
    • or other. Despite the fact that it has been regarded as a step
    • precisely political life which provides the basis for the
    • abstractions — and rightly so — includes a
    • out something that is designed to produce a cure. But now you
    • about, even if men do not consciously desire it; unconsciously,
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    • as regards our powers of desire, for instance and the feeling-impulses
    • to the senses; and we only learn to know those inspirations destined
    • I have just described, the life within ones own sense-organs and blood
    • described in
    • from the seventies, and compare it with one of to-day, we see what strides
    • Perceptions become dim because desire for the physical body pervades
    • our inward life of perception, if the mist of our desire over spreads
    • this life of desire becomes so strong during sleep, that man not merely
    • develops this desire when outside his physical and etheric body, but
    • his desire to the furthest limits of his blood and nerve-paths, he sinks
    • described.
    • Century in the life of mankind. As the first clairvoyance described
    • even if it cannot be described with the exactitude and precision of
    • modern spiritual science — yet you still find descriptions of
    • a laying hold involving desire of the physical body from without, nor
    • all desire at bottom, and which is so easily confused with what is far
    • compassion; right in the profoundest depths of their souls; one finds
    • that the shadow-sides also make themselves felt there, and that what
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    • regards our powers of desire and the feeling impulses connected
    • Inspirations destined to up-build us when we live within the nerves
    • have just described, the life within ones own sense organs and
    • concentration described in
    • today, and we see what strides life has made in refined enjoyment,
    • because desire for the physical body pervades the ego and astral
    • inward life of perception if the mist of our desire spreads over it.
    • desire becomes so strong during sleep that man not merely develops
    • this desire when outside his physical and etheric body, but he
    • his desire to the furthest limits of his blood and nerve paths, he
    • described.
    • the life of mankind. As the first clairvoyance described here was
    • first half of the 19th Century — even if it cannot be described
    • still find descriptions of pythic and prophetic clairvoyance. The
    • third kind of clairvoyance that does not involve desire for laying
    • all desire at bottom, and which is so easily confused with what is
    • esteem, harmony and compassion, at the profoundest depths of their
    • the shadow-sides also make themselves felt, and that what
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    • Descartes again took up that point; he lived from 1596 to 1650,
    • nor Descartes took into consideration. I hare spoken of this
    • where I discuss Descartes, in my hook “The Riddles of
    • than Descartes later, (who, after all, only merely repeated St.
    • way in which these ideas have developed in the widest circles
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    • mentioned, and that a reading of it, despite a number of
    • universal law of world destiny and world events occupy
    • There is also something here that is universal and widespread
    • enough to handle at your desk.”
    • are gray theory suitable for being dealt with at the desk, but
    • those who busy themselves would care to descend into practical
    • Steiner most likely described how every person lives
    • in Eastern Europe call for bread. It is simply two sides of the
    • stages occurs also in that being which includes them all,
    • in one life is either deserved or will be compensated for
    • descent into the physical world. More and more the human being
    • matter to people who will later have to admit that at the desk
    • Théorie des quatre mouvements et des destinées
    • (Theory of Four Movements and General Destinies),
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    • thoughts — destined to be kept in mind; we did not think
    • descended upon human life in Europe. There still lay in the
    • despair, who lacks that power of inner recovery which springs
    • movement and the spirit that pervades it. And from this arose
    • pervades and spiritualises, from above, all that man effects on
    • enter into great detail were I to describe all the impulses
    • it desires to restrict everything that aspires to freedom
    • architectural function, which originate in human design and are
    • elementary power has vanished. Here we go along colonnades
    • how this later period desires to live itself out in its own
    • mysteries, however close at hand, but is only desiring to
    • by the impulse just described. Study such a wonderful revival
    • conception of the cosmos, and as desire realisation in our
    • their desires with deep devotion in order to participate in the
    • transformation of their plans destined by Karma. Whether the
    • rightly be described as disappointed.
    • desires everywhere to crush underfoot any glimmering of
    • paths of conscious design.
    • design. This principle is not yet found.” This is how the
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    • provides a psychological document of the first importance, where he
    • look up to Goethe in the same way. He thus provides something which
    • consider how far Goethe coincides with the deepest feelings of
    • shall choose a feeling many of you know, which can be described by
    • of it at a time when it still had a certain freshness. He describes
    • describe the external as the exoteric and the other as the esoteric.
    • knowledge — we merely describe them
    • descending again into the earth, she notices that where she had
    • into Precious Stones, but Metals are destroyed. He finds his Wife
    • this has happened. The Youth had conceived the active desire to
    • decides to sacrifice herself, the Youth becomes alive again, though
    • The Snake divides up into numerous wonderful precious stones, which
    • the Snake's body. We see also that not only pedestrians, but carts,
    • according to inclination and his destiny, a pure, ideal person, to
    • the slavery of impulses, desires and instincts; he is unfree. But
    • he also is not free who struggles with his desires, impulses and
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    • To-day one can hear in the widest circles those people who
    • where should we be if he were to consider his desire as a source of
    • desire it or not, is entirely the same to the thing. As true as it is
    • or beautiful, that you desire it or not. That it appears to you red
    • has an objective reason; that you do not desire it has no objective
    • point of view just described. It is not my task here to speak for or
    • sides of the soul than mere intellectualism, can be purified of the
    • the Shadow into the kingdom of spirit. Goethe includes in the forces
    • describes in his ‘Westöstlichen
    • thing itself, where the essence of it, and what one cannot describe
    • become accomplished fact. And that which one cannot describe, that
    • indescribable.’ When man has completed the threefold road
    •  The Indescribable,
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    • the despair of knowledge, as they went with him through the
    • despair that an upright honourable man can go through, and all this
    • on his whole life, and once more sat down and described Faust's
    • description of a striving soul. Everything that meets us in the
    • but at Leipzig at that time he stood full of despair before all
    • age of seven he took a writing desk, placed on it some minerals and
    • Frankfort in a frame of mind which can be described in the
    • to despair!
    • through similar moods and who in times of desperation had often
    • and desires and whom he had all the same to forsake later. All this
    • by Albertus Magnus, we find it begins with a description of the lowest
    • periods of transition. But of all these periods, none deserves the
    • life's striving and his urgent desire for knowledge. So we find him
    • desire for knowledge which remained unsatisfied. And when we look
    • was described at the beginning of to-day's lecture. We see a man
    • state of despair which threatened to shatter his life completely.
    • ‘Like heavenly forces rising and descending,
    • and then added to these words a description of feeling, a kind of
    • soul, that he could truthfully describe them. When he stood before
    • ‘In the tides of Life, in Action's storm,
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    • the mask, descend from the Kothurni and deliver a kind of Epilogue.
    • really does grow into that world which is described as the
    •  His path predestined through Creation
    • from far or near, desire to listen: Mark well, for He will be
    • revealed. No more shall the False Teacher destroy the world —
    • must bathe in the dawn which precedes it. Hence the words of the
    •  And evermore the showers of dew descending!
    • is to descend into the spiritual realm. The introduction already
    • initiation, described yesterday, was opened by a particular event.
    • He read a passage in Plutarch, where is described how the
    • must descend into this kingdom in order to bring to pass what has
    • says, describing this realm as it appears to all who step into it:
    • from old Indian or Egyptian descriptions; he was able to put down
    • connected with narrow personality so that no wishes or desires,
    • all personal wishes and desires, there lies not only one human
    • Faust is not yet worthy. Desire awakes in him; he wants to embrace
    • Helena from a personal desire. Whereupon the whole thing collapses
    • from life to life, which descends from the spiritual world to be
    • how these parts of human nature combine. The spirit descends from
    • is described in the subsequent scenes shows him to be really the
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    • descendants: that is, let us go back really thousands of years.
    • shut in above, on two sides and behind. But it has certain
    • describe by saying: I walk, the ancient Oriental would have
    • described by saying: Mercury was working in that person.
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    • descendants of the races of Atlantis were finding their way
    • describing are the ordinary states of consciousness of this
    • described, a high spiritual conception of things, their
    • described to you, man stood in an altogether different relation
    • death forces, the forces of destruction, which are also
    • young people, such as I have described, suffered from its own
    • Mysteries, we find we have to describe it in the following way.
    • than a king in the realm of the shades. Neither to death
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    • described, five great successive epochs of civilisation,
    • is but an echo of what we should have to describe, if we wanted
    • direct our thoughts to the period which I have often designated
    • then, as we have described in an earlier lecture, a memory that
    • to-day I will set before you the events that I described
    • spirit-and-soul nature into which the Gods descend, and on the
    • human existence which I have just described, we find him at
    • city. Then there appeared, because destiny had led him thither,
    • — a personality who had descended
    • described in my
    • know how during the Atlantean epoch souls descended, some
    • city in Asia Minor. Peace and happiness descended upon the city
    • There was in that city a Mystery, the Mystery of a Goddess, and
    • that modern physics describes. The Moon is, before all, the
    • man desired to learn something concerning the spiritual world,
    • that I described, but instead in a somewhat uncertain way, he
    • described and who together bring to expression the mental and
    • the first to experience the descent of the Ego-consciousness,
    • the descent of the Ego into the physical and etheric nature in
    • incarnation that we have described they were unable just
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  • Title: World History: Lecture IV: Atlantean Wisdom in the Mysteries of Hibernia, Gilgamish and Eabani at Ephesus, Logos Mysteries of Artemis at Ephesus
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    • as it were in desperation, with the illusion. They came into an
    • attitude of despair: the illusory character, they felt, is so
    • come thus to a time in his life when he despairs of Being and
    • must describe what happened in the picture-language that can
    • — and again he was exhorted to do so — he destroyed
    • Once more, I can only describe these things in bare outline.
    • fluid element — which I described yesterday as a
    • designated as ‘Asia.’
    • description is given after the following style. When
    • this description of Lamprecht the Priest we can perceive
    • beginning of the 13th century wishing to describe the campaigns
    • of Alexander, permeates them everywhere with descriptions of
    • consciousness: ‘To describe what took place once upon a
    • describe the prosaic Earth as the environment of these events;
    • no, to describe them worthily we must include with the prosaic
    • described — the entry of the Nature-elemental kingdoms,
    • start from the campaigns of Alexander in order to describe what
    • the ‘Song of Alexander’ could arise, describing as it does with
    • shall have yet to describe, with the radiation of the Hibernian
    • now all that I have been describing to you was no more than the
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  • Title: World History: Lecture V: Mysteries of the East, West, and of Ephesus
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    • with Artemis, with the Goddess of the Mystery of Ephesus, still
    • described him for you as he was in the Gilgamesh time; and now
    • from Edessa it was one academy in particular, that of
    • Mysteries in the Gilgamesh time, as I have described to you. We
    • medieval and modern, or however else they may be designated
  • Title: World History: Lecture VI: Mysteries of the Ancient Near East Enter Europe
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    • I had to describe the different worlds that come under consideration
    • for man. I described them as the physical world; a transition world
    • Herodotus describes the facts of history in an external way, he
    • the very first lectures of this course, when I described the
    • rise of what we designated ‘memory in time.’ This memory in
    • given you a brief description, were two Statues that worked
    • have often described as the Age of Michael. To-day I want to
    • during the later decades of the 19th century, know well, if we
    • right up to the last decades of the 19th century. So that it
    • wide among the common people. In the later decades of the 19th
    • events we have been describing.
    • forth that destroyed the Goetheanum. Let the world think what
    • it will of the destruction by fire of the Goetheanum, in the
  • Title: World History: Lecture VII: The Fifteenth Century and the Transition from Mind-Soul to Spiritual-Soul
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    • to-day, if we are really desirous of going forward in our
    • being can therefore be described as that which is subject to
    • there are other forces on the Earth besides. These other forces
    • destroyed and reduced to chaos. The albumen that is otherwise
    • split up and destroyed, it comes under the influence of the
    • split up, destroyed and reduced to chaos — converted,
    • streaming in on all sides from the periphery. You can even show
    • that is subject to the forces streaming in from all sides, from
    • from all sides of the periphery.
    • forces besides these two. The astral body receives its forces
    • that stream in from all sides. You may imagine albumen to begin
    • the gall-fly would be doomed to destruction, for it cannot be
    • period from the 15th century until now may be described as an
    • forces that stream in from all sides, the etheric forces. Look
    • is broken down and destroyed. All life is driven out of it. It
    • is destroyed within you. At the walls of the intestines the
  • Title: World History: Lecture VIII: The Burning of the Ephesian Temple and the Goetheanum
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    • descriptions of Nature, of relationships that can be observed
    • olden times the Spiritual Guides of the Universe spoke of the
    • describe how thought and influence streamed down from the
    • the manner I have described, — among all the words in
    • after the Spirit falls victim to a tragic destiny. In olden
    • the Jealousy of the Gods pervades the spiritual atmosphere over
    • below in the physical life of men. We can already describe how
    • the Gods, it was said: When we descend into the Mysteries, we
    • difficult than the access to the Holy Graal, as described in
    • body cannot do that. When your soul leaves it, it is destroyed,
    • physical body of yours belong. The Earth can destroy it, but
    • for its destruction. Then will your etheric body dissolve in
    • belong to the Spirits whom we designated as those of the second
    • a civilisation as I have just described to you. We stand here
    • have described, although the memory can only be created in the
    • forms of the Goetheanum that was destroyed by fire a year ago.
    • dear friends, our pain was deep and indescribable. But we made
    • beheld the destroying flames. The red glow rose to Heaven.
    • manner I have described to you.
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    • same for years now — destructive elements on a colossal
    • things are not, after all, as I have described.
    • existence of a desire for Anthroposophy became obvious to
    • recent decades, and observing them spiritually experience
    • bitter feelings regarding the future destiny of humanity on
    • bodies. During recent decades, explorations connected with the
    • destinies of Egos and astral bodies during the sleep of human
    • current education provides, then the souls of men would pass
    • glimpse into the spiritual world such as I have described may
    • the spiritual world can be described. Here there must be a
    • scientific thoughts of to-day which, as I have described, lead
    • There must be no dialectical tirades from here on the subject
    • scene that I have described to you — the scene that is so
    • destroying the old Goetheanum, but just as we did not allow
    • Which leads thee through the rhythmic tides of Time
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    • destruction by fire of the Goetheanum, which will remain
    • decades to Goethe's world-conception, and to his whole
    • from them what can be gained — after so many decades have
    • developing his conclusions, in a modest way.
    • presentation of these Mystery Plays, besides the cultivation of
    • despondency, that with regard to the spiritual there are
    • the instruction of the primary grades of school. And we might
    • decades in the past. Something experienced in our
    • it. And this passive self-surrender, assisted besides by all
    • have minutely described what I might call the technique of such
    • may be described as follows: When we call to mind only
    • way I have described, we finally come to the point where we
    • from the one described before. You see, in ordinary
    • content of the tableau, as I have described it, attained by
    • the desire, or the love, he had. While mere recollection gives
    • all, he does not yet know of another spirit-soul world besides
    • describe for you must be done in the same way that the
    • spirit-knowledge; and I can describe it somewhat as follows:
    • just designated as silence of the soul, I will for once use a
    • all that we know of the sense-world. We use this to describe
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    • inner being. We must be quite clear that what is described as the
    • through those exercises which you can find described in my various
    • life he stands in intimate connection with what we must designate
    • conservation of matter, but that which in Nature destroys itself,
    • which fails to recognise the destruction of what is sensible, can
    • described as a delusion of life; after the Mystery of Golgotha it
    • describe the views of Bentham as Utilitarianism even in a deeper
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    • call destruction, or perhaps dissolution. And he
    • destruction, to dissolution; so that it seems quite natural
    • to him to describe what thus goes outside reality, when he
    • concept of destruction or dissolution. Were there only
    • destruction, by processes of dissolution. On this basis we
    • bound up with the fact that processes of destruction are
    • When we look at conscious life we look at destruction; and we
    • observing, that is, the processes of death and destruction.
    • what we have destroyed during our waking life of thought may
    • destroys what mere nature creates in the human organism; and
    • that the moment of time when man is destined to unite himself
    • processes of growth that are now broken down and destroyed. A
    • soul life induces processes of destruction in this budding,
    • sprouting life. The destructive processes I indicate here by
    • awake, therefore, our soul-life destroys the physical
    • nothing of this destruction. Clairvoyant vision alone
    • if you wish to have ideas you must destroy something in
    • experience is that we perceive this destruction, that we know
    • to perceive the being truly, we must first destroy something
    • anything is actually destroyed by initiation, but through
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    • body, so that desire for the body spreads like a cloud in our
    • occult bases of his own destiny, of his personal worth and
    • the way described and in the beings in them. We send our
    • desire especially to bring their light to man. The darkness
    • science which strove for clarity on all sides.
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    • the two sides of a balance, of which first one side and then
    • cases something is always destroyed. Every evil or immoral
    • act is a process of destruction, and the moment man sees that
    • when he has done wrong he cannot do otherwise than destroy
    • destructive process, that it takes away from the world
    • what may be described by the word interest, or
    • described as apathy and which, if it alone were to hold sway,
    • to describe truth as a characteristic of our times.
    • truth. A man is described, who gave freely of his
    • described as human love accompanied by human understanding.
    • descended into earthly evolution; His impulses, His
    • descend to this earth? In order that through what He has to
    • destroy something, then we take away a portion of the world
    • Christ-impulse is now here, we directly destroy something of
    • true that through evil, which is destructive, we withdraw
    • often described by saying: There are people in Berlin who eat
    • instinctive condition, and that which we desire to express is
    • anthroposophists, who see clearly that Anthroposophy provides
    • this direction, then will appear what I can only describe in
    • was often described by the Greeks in the words: “All
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    • He shows how destiny works into our routine vocational activity and how
    • but of all ages in human history. He concludes that although it
    • question of destiny, if we study the questions of karma, we
    • stored up in human karma. His stern father guides the boy in a
    • united with them. He always keeps a certain isolated pedestal
    • the comprehensive intellectual horizons he desired. Therefore,
    • occult aspects of the life of the soul and knew how to describe
    • them thoroughly. His life history, his description of what he
    • the earth, belongs among the finest descriptions of occult
    • and with every human destiny.
    • forced by the events; but what holds these disparate episodes
    • designate it,
    • isolated pedestal, but as life touched him, he became one with
    • most widespread circles. Goethe, however, was cured.
    • personally convinces himself — as I may say with all modesty
    • isolated pedestal, he was nevertheless touched by everything
    • desire to establish materialism. The thought, however, that the
    • the "archetypal plant" over the broadest area and was able to
    • For Schiller the question was how man guides his soul above
    • in this fairy tale. This he attached to a description of
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    • He shows how destiny works into our routine vocational activity and how
    • destiny. This fact will, perhaps, explain to you the detour I
    • destiny of each human life is far removed from the destined
    • description of this life shining above ordinary humanity, that
    • course of spiritual life through the decades preceding the time
    • individuality of Goethe and his age when taken in the broadest
    • special complication of karmic impulses, of destiny, that
    • Leipzig? We may describe it as a complete loosening of the
    • subtle interrelationships exist in his stream of destiny. But,
    • with which he described his life to us, to find fault with it
    • isolation that I have described in reference to Goethe, those
    • Greece, through Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides! Suppose men
    • be attributed to the peculiar course of Goethe's destiny which
    • his mind when he describes his life in Weimar, where he engages
    • can describe perfectly well, and even in pretty verses, how a
    • I have occupied myself for a number of decades with Goethe's
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    • are summoned by cosmic destiny to do something of such
    • the description we generally give in spiritual science is that
    • the full reality in this description. We can never encompass
    • the full reality in just one description, and thus we exhaust
    • only part of anything we describe. We always need to seek light
    • reality already described. Here it must be stated that,
    • possibility is offered to man to descend into his ganglionic
    • just suppose that what I have described regarding Goethe
    • isolated pedestal. But such an effect can never come about
    • external world occurs as has been described, it makes itself
    • destined to enter a life of scholarship and knowledge
    • have descended somewhat from the specially lofty positions they
    • boyhood. We can see this from his description of what became
    • this he also needed what I described yesterday as the time of
    • have an even more exact description which might tempt you to
    • with human life; it may be described somewhat as follows. We
    • also be able to describe them. But this would have a grave
    • were so conscious that they could describe everything in their
    • environment, if they would really describe experiences, for
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    • He shows how destiny works into our routine vocational activity and how
    • of freedom now given to man toward forging his external destiny
    • about as described and was disappearing during the fourth
    • connected with evolving human destiny.
    • take a radical example, a man is placed by his destiny in a
    • an individual creates in his vocation, as I have described, was
    • elemental spirits both destructive and helpful to the world
    • accessible to the kind of influence that I have just described.
    • described.
    • possible to describe truly what many people are today
    • external sphere as we have described it. To follow this line of
    • age will emerge from what we may describe as our own time's
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    • is brought into a life through the laws of destiny, of karma,
    • subsume individual human elements from a life's destiny. In
    • not be confused with what we designate, in the broadest sense,
    • subconscious and, as a matter of destiny, have actually
    • plan in the depths of the soul is destined, not simply to cause
    • predestined for it in the next earthly life; this it could not
    • the bottom. This is often predestined to exert its influence
    • reaching into the future destiny of a human being. What takes
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    • He shows how destiny works into our routine vocational activity and how
    • have seen how involved the more profound questions of destiny
    • Aesthetics, and describes with loving devotion the life
    • things that we desire to consider in connection with the
    • question of human destiny; we could just as well select another
    • shall say that the soul of Vischer descended from the spiritual
    • least two and, under some circumstances, many sides. What do we
    • widespread in the thought system of the present and is rooted
    • cruelty in descriptions and representations. We observe it in
    • life, a riddle of destiny. It contains a splendid description
    • After he has built a bridge, which is again described in a
    • approaches the profound question of destiny. Here we have a man
    • life. Now we have described a case that shows us how karma is
    • it may be accelerated as in the case described by Eyth, or it
    • questions of destiny and the very conditions of life in this
    • happened; I only wish to describe it to you. So, the most
    • this man described in a remarkable way what he had observed in
    • previously described. For a number of years he belonged to the
    • can describe this. He can show how this character passed
    • similar to those I have just described. But the defendent in
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    • He shows how destiny works into our routine vocational activity and how
    • something destined not only to have significance for our earth,
    • the vocations a person is destined to have also mention
    • descendants. He cannot develop these capacities later, so this
    • over to descendants, but human beings are so constructed from
    • transmitting traits to their descendants. It cannot be said,
    • time lie those processes I have often described in mere
    • birth naturally has an influence on a human being and includes
    • is destined to be placed in a certain fashion in the cyclic
    • differently. The Western thinker describes this perspective of
    • characteristic life of our day. The utmost desire is felt,
    • have described, to prevent human beings from attaining clarity
    • desire to keep their esoteric knowledge to themselves, applying
    • in opposition to it in the public press, designating it as a
    • destinies of these two individuals are intimately connected.
    • significant that destiny chooses 1916. Had we calculated for
    • There was a desire to introduce into the practice of spiritual
    • China. From Ku Hung Ming's remarkably vivid descriptions, it is
    • era. Ku Hung Ming describes it clearly. Mill and Herzen
    • described the way that will be taken by a European culture
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    • He shows how destiny works into our routine vocational activity and how
    • through repeated earthly lives, the destiny of man, which is
    • through a book that was published containing a description of a
    • relationships in which it would be my desire to pass the years
    • the contrary, I would earnestly desire this and strive for it,
    • question of human destiny, which cuts so deeply into life. It
    • conducive to producing the greatest number of descendants may
    • constitutes favorable conditions for having descendants was
    • Bach, the entire family had died out; not a single descendant
    • lowest point — or, as the materialists might designate it, the
    • things on earth, created gods). ... Besides, the sectarians
    • science. Young Steffen describes a little of what can be
    • The True Lover of Destiny
    • (Der rechte Liebhaber des Schicksals),
    • it describes much of what pulses today in life. So this Arthur
    • describes a fragment from that part of his life when
    • perceived that the only reason that people did not despair was
    • did I then despair? I must confess that I greedily sucked up
    • in the certainty that everything was on the way to destruction.
    • me, evoked in me a sort of ecstatic impulse to self-destruction
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    • During this life, or by reason of this life, man descends from
    • other kingdoms descend from above downward. The individual
    • descriptions given by such people, no matter how lofty they may
    • seem, you will find that they describe nothing but an angel,
    • certain sense, the leaders and guides of peoples. The angels,
    • angel. He does not even ascend to the archangel who guides
    • unconscious desire to overlook the cooperation among the
    • we might well desire to describe what arises in connection with
    • way I have indicated. But if they at least desire to establish
    • to false paths that I will not, cannot, describe today, but
    • to oppose this egoistic representation when we describe the
    • suggested would have to be described if we should wish to
    • a dark picture, described in a remarkable fashion, of our immediate
    • present. Such false paths as are there described are connected
    • destructive forces in earthly evolution whose influences extend
    • described. In later times this power was no longer present. But
    • superstition, and it is most widespread. Superstition is the
    • is, while the cosmos has descended with its spiritual element
    • electricity is used — and much else besides — there is far
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    • He shows how destiny works into our routine vocational activity and how
    • for a person to turn away from this general human destiny to
    • recognized if we desire to remove it for our own souls. You
    • be a time in which human beings gradually descended from a
    • the successive descending stages of human evolution down to the
    • then descended further and began to worship those gods who are
    • human beings descend still further to the period in which the
    • his or her own angel, rather than an archangel. They descend
    • has been described.
    • would have descended from worshipping angels to worshipping the
    • this is often described even among theosophists, generally
    • descended all the way to being human. The superhuman element
    • over by Lucifer if he desires to rise still higher into the
    • guide; Lucifer, who constitutes the light that guides him
    • find described in my
    • described as something actually hostile to man. The truth is
    • estimate how materialistic it was to designate the moon as the
    • the lower nature. Thus did those cosmic powers who desired to
    • for on the part of Lucifer. Christ descended for all human
    • human being and if we desire to keep our connection with such
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    • Die Wissenschaft vom Werden des Menschen.
    • because the Mystery of Golgotha did not descend purely into
    • destined to be spread over the deep, the significant and
    • meet on all sides with the strongest opposition. But no one
    • of indestructible matter that is continuously being submitted
    • descended to earth. In those olden times Christ was seen to
    • eternity. Because all that I have described to you is so,
    • Christ descended from the cosmos in order henceforth to be
    • descended and united Himself with human nature — with the
    • descent of Christ from cosmic heights to the seed in man, the
    • its forces besides. The ladies have vanished and have been as
    • hardest part of human nature. Its prototype has just nothing
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    • so simple that we can describe what can thus easily be lifted
    • are to understand the important things now to be described,
    • was describing here recently.
    • the place where he is destined to meet his death. The meaning
    • secondly, everything described in
    • described. (see below on left of diagram.) That would
    • desire whenever possible to push what has actual content into
    • Philostratus. And Philostratus describes him in such a way
    • Vespasian and Titus; and Philostratus describes him. Bauer
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    • that point of time described in these lectures, the time at
    • if the physical man is described this is done by saying that
    • physiology. But you can do the same when describing the man
    • can describe this in the same way — only then you must
    • (diagram 7), and here would be the region of burning desire
    • as the region of burning desire. Thus
    • something taken from burning desire and introduced into man
    • describing this in detail what I have here colored lilac I
    • here call burning desire, mobile susceptibility, and wishes.
    • with the spirit-land as you will find it described in
    • what I have been describing. This stroke of luck, however,
    • I was describing as the normal aura, if you understand what I
    • was describing only a few days ago as the aura revealed when
    • something of the greatest and can serve to describe man's
    • abstract concepts I have been describing, they are concrete
    • have often described this — that in ancient days men had
    • of man, and when he said, that is Alcibiades, that is
    • there in Alcibiades, Socrates or Plato ware rising up, within
    • middle ages and descended to modern times, remaining as
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    • with over the decades since that time and have proved to be just as
    • political economists, who would have liked to describe
    • the first building specially erected and designed for anthroposophical
    • who owned 30 banks and over 30 long lines of rail, besides a
    • apparent necessity — of a definite number of suicides
    • here, certainly, there is something besides, which comes into
    • all sides. I don't mean a kind of spiritual science that
    • An abstract, lifeless unity bears no fruits, and destroys
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    • with over the decades since that time and have proved to be just as
    • with remarkably few people of this description. I have met
    • is going on amongst these broad masses, the first description
    • destruction of everything we possess in the form of human
    • civilisation: — ideas that destroy everything,
    • descend to a lower level when it comes to writing, —
    • to the comprehension of the very broadest masses of the
    • (At the close of a desultory discussion Dr.
    • different things besides. And if you go through the whole
    • "Dreigliederung des sozialen Organismus," of which the
  • Title: Reincarnation and Immortality: Lecture I: Free Will, Immortality
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    • Wesenheit des Menschen Bewirkt Werden? (The Supersensible Being
    • arrives at his results. He has constantly to describe the path
    • learned to dance decades before as a very young man. At that
    • Such examples he describes in great numbers, and others have
    • develop logic in our thinking, — logic that is designed
    • described, that these imaginations no longer arise out of the
    • spiritual world as I have described. Irresponsible statements
    • despises matter. The important thing is not to talk about
    • significant material. However, despite this, science has really
    • important, that provides the bridge from natural to scientific
    • itself we learn that the human being descends from out of a
    • — and the whole life of our limb organism provides proof
    • through the gate of death, that provides the foundation for the
    • science of spirit a lot of nonsense. It is described there from
    • what is described there as moral fantasy is a part of what
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    • shortsighted. And yet, despite this — was this conclusion
    • from all sides, even in the primitive art that has come down to
    • significant for human evolution. Lamprecht describes various
    • From this brief description I have given you can see how an
    • lectures to his detailed description of history, we cannot help
    • describes the quite wrong attitude taken by those living in the
    • the forests. And then he describes how the three most important
    • because he himself described it to me on many occasions.
    • Wilson provides a brilliant characterization of his people, one
    • Wilson could offer no greater proof of what he described as
    • history, but he described all the forces, which he did
    • have previously described this as imaginative knowledge,
    • describing the findings of the science of spirit quite
    • proceed to a description of concrete events.
    • rather big leap because I have still to describe further
    • different to today's. Allow me for once to risk describing in
    • describe, and which reaches back thousands of years. At that
    • contained the desire to enter a human life again after the soul
    • insufficient time for a more detailed description. But when we
    • naturally takes part in the various epochs I have described. He
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    • even contemporary witnesses have described the scene —
    • position. Despite this, anyone beginning to investigate the
    • I have often described the main essentials that have to be
    • detailed description of how the thinking is handled in my book,
    • and concentration are described in the books mentioned above),
    • What I have described here about ordinary life, where it
    • of such exercises as have been described brings about a quite
    • provides us with a lever for what has to be produced rather
    • unites and divides them. Whereas the statue is unable to take
    • to because it describes something that has a shattering effect
    • of spirit works, as I have been describing it here, can come
    • to train the powers of the soul in the way I have described.
    • everything. And they described the moment when the soul can
    • that it has been transformed in the way I have described, we
    • death, when death really divides the spirit-soul nature from
    • described as leading to this significant experience. Only in
    • following the exercises described in my book Knowledge of
    • order to describe this I must refer to our experience in
    • no purpose to describe this further here — and that even
    • paradoxical and unreal. Despite this, it is a real process,
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    • strength in action, and for faith in mankind and its destiny.
    • religious endeavors in the way that I will describe this
    • descend into its own depths, and to discover there what cannot
    • error which can arise. For I will now describe the ways
    • supersensory worlds. I will have to describe much that is
    • which I would like to call intellectual modesty.
    • point that life provides, just as the powers of the child have
    • Attainment,” and in other books as well, I have described
    • these methods and exercises. Today I will describe the
    • following way. What I have to describe will appear simple,
    • here describing in principle in a simple way demands in
    • achieved through practice; I have described particular
    • carried out in the way I have described. If a man really
    • anthroposophical knowledge is described. And then, when in this
    • what is meant by the great picture of our lives described here,
    • and that too which from within guides the powers of our growth
    • have described as an enhanced power of thought, which is
    • been described. It is necessary to observe that although one
    • life, which I have described, after it has been present to the
    • in a life picture, as I have described. One must be entirely
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    • do not think that anyone who despises the modern scientific
    • chemistry during the past decades can only be filled with
    • from a frog. — In descending to the simplest living
    • Trained self-observation provides the answer: It is solely the
    • with our ordinary consciousness. It is this that provides us
    • destiny led me to immerse myself in it and to take from it what
    • Colors.” Here he describes so beautifully what the human
    • and worthiness in its darker and thicker shades, of devotion
    • and grace in its lighter and thinner shades. — So we see
    • kind of meditation normally described and which is nothing more
    • and described in my books for the cultivation of the mind, we
    • describe it, because I do not want to speak about the
    • be described here. We have a mood or feeling of expectancy; we
    • such as I have just described, we know that we do not have only
    • described. We now know that we have something in ourselves in
    • does not have only a physical body, which provides the basis
    • use of sight, and which includes the whole life of the sense
    • community, we can notice our reaction when a desire or impulse
    • awakens when we say: Conditions allow this impulse, this desire
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    • these, if one so desires, that short episode which one calls
    • previous development. You find this evolution described In my
    • from this pure Spiritual existence, he has descended to
    • descent of man into earthly existence, there has been taken
    • for the whole of humanity. You will find such things described
    • life of civilisation from three sides, and it is extremely
    • interesting to fix one's mind on these three sides of this
    • thoroughly despises the European and American nature, because
    • himself the desire to do what was of moral value. Therefore
    • one might say, as a personal description of Goethe. Schiller
    • biography, a Spiritual description of Goethe, his letters
    • although from a far distance.” And now he described
    • dear friends, when through one's karma one is destined to
    • I have just described. Books are written, form instance, much
    • I take sides with any Party. Neither Lloyd George nor Wilson
    • Just think how on all sides to-day human beings tend to shut
    • is impossible simply to impart what is now desirable from a
    • differentiations as I have described. Therefore it is
    • things had gone according to the desires of many, we should
    • had to design such a building a second time, I would do so
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    • Der Verantwortung des Menschen Fuer Die Weltentwickelung Durch Seinen
    • says: that man descends out of the starry worlds to physical
    • possibilities depend on the fact that besides those powers
    • Science of these who are in their right Cosmic age, besides
    • as a desire, which has remained, to give ourselves utterly up
    • the most desirable future, which they always describe as a
    • a kind bliss not to desire to appear again on the Earth.
    • desire to conclude their life on Earth in a particular
    • soul, (which Lucifer desires to bring about), but will follow
    • everything which the intellect can accumulate, to despise
    • these are simply two sides of one and the same thing); or, on
    • stone. Our modern humanity is tending not to desire equilibrium,
    • described from a certain point of view in the last lecture as
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    • and frequently enough described by me.
    • speaks from one's writing desk to present-day men, in a real
    • is a desire merely to develop the physical body nothing comes
    • that decades ago caused me to place the science of morals on
    • can only describe what is in my heart by saying that,
    • modest extent, to carry mankind on into the future.
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    • which I have often described.
    • At once the desire for attack, for aggression, which is
    • Priests. And the tone of the things said by both sides is not
    • heart which I could describe by saying that, this Waldorf
    • other sides, and so I had to add that which I have said to
    • years that facts which have been described should have been
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    • picture includes all that there is to be said about that
    • perceptions in mind, and on the other our desires, our
    • territorial consciousness already described.
    • given us by the senses, and on the other side, by our desires
    • have described is a reality, even if men to-day know nothing
    • “mystical” training as they describe it. Now that
    • are today — which there is no need for me to describe any
    • interferes in a most destructive way in the process of
    • of no benefit at all. What is desirable is to forget
    • is by no means rare in our modern days, and it deserves to be
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    • himself more and more akin to the material, is descending so
    • Mainländer whose philosophy of self-destruction was born
    • to his own life. It is often the destiny of human beings to
    • inevitable consequence is that this destiny itself becomes
    • me to the speaker's desk and left a great many still outside
    • say that this is the time when we descended to physical life
    • children have just descended to the physical world, whereas
    • declared again and again that Being in itself eludes the
    • super-sensible worlds. From super-sensible worlds he descends
    • has descended to earthly existence. It is the attractive
    • are received into the extreme pole of gravity when we descend
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    • desire for the embodiment of an idea, for the artistic
    • of art we are about to describe are in a certain sense
    • describe is experienced in advance by the artist; he
    • nor do they come to know that irresistible desire for that is
    • its desire to have what is visionary as a spontaneous
    • there is also what we call death, destruction, what is
    • constantly destroying and overcoming one life by another.
    • the shoulder-blades, but aims at becoming wings, at spreading
    • these two sides of the human being, so balances them, that we
    • sides being formed alike. But when this has been given
    • shoulder-blades, what unconsciously is in a man's very
    • desires, takes actual shape — whereas otherwise it is
    • light in its variety of shades, and to discover how,
    • recognise that a design might be called the work of colour
    • use of colour so that, in a mysterious way, the design
    • obliged to use and bring into movement various shades of
    • into being, the design able to make its appearance, definite
    • see this in certain attempts made in recent decades and
    • feel the desire to paint a pretty woman. There must then take
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    • designated as ‘clairvoyance’, are connected with
    • desires to penetrate into the spiritual world as an
    • of the seer in connection with art can be described
    • created by the sculptor. Thus, it is possible to describe the
    • just described. To begin with, as we have heard, this new
    • produced by human caprice simply out of a desire to write
    • different sides. That is the way in which the seer comes into
    • who desires to clothe spiritual truths in speech, must have a
    • existing in space, but this evades the faculties with which
    • reality and, on the other, the external reality which evades
    • of seership I have been describing to-day by explaining its
    • ceases to be the object that evades and resists the inner
    • a widespread science.
    • taken by the breathing, what I have been describing. The aim
    • the processes described above. When the balance is very
    • is the result of inner destiny) produces musical talent or
    • not in any way a destructive factor.
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    • tú vives en las extremidades
    • generando ser en las profundidades del cosmos.
    • haced resonar desde las alturas
    • lo que eco encuentra en las profundidades.
    • haced que desde el oriente se encienda
    • que desde los fundamentos eternos
    • permitid que desde las profundidades los ruegos
    • Hoy, 81 ańos después, y habiendo sido ambas versiones publicadas en
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    • Das Raetsel des Menschen.
    • Das Raetsel des Menschen.
    • On all sides we hear people
    • and a great deal more besides. In those first three years we learn very
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    • des Lebens. Theosophische Moral. Anthroposophie und Christentum,
    • the two sides of a balance, of which first one side and then
    • cases something is always destroyed. Every evil or immoral
    • act is a process of destruction, and the moment man sees that
    • when he has done wrong he cannot do otherwise than destroy
    • destructive process, that it takes away from the world
    • what may be described by the word interest, or
    • described as apathy and which, if it alone were to hold sway,
    • to describe truth as a characteristic of our times.
    • truth. A man is described, who gave freely of his
    • described as human love accompanied by human understanding.
    • descended into earthly evolution; His impulses, His
    • descend to this earth? In order that through what He has to
    • destroy something, then we take away a portion of the world
    • Christ-impulse is now here, we directly destroy something of
    • true that through evil, which is destructive, we withdraw
    • often described by saying: There are people in Berlin who eat
    • instinctive condition, and that which we desire to express is
    • anthroposophists, who see clearly that Anthroposophy provides
    • this direction, then will appear what I can only describe in
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    • and from other descriptions
    • regions descended in a spiritual manner to the human earth
    • — in the sense in which I have described it here —
    • what had remained within his inner being after he had descended
    • and not so desperately important in human life as it is today,
    • these ancient, divine teachers of mankind had descended. Had
    • includes all the beings who were connected with the
    • being whom we call the Christ had to descend by degrees into
    • divine worlds He chose a different destiny from the other
    • experiences, the same destiny as the human being.
    • described had happened, nevertheless at the time of the Mystery
    • the historical traditions of the oldest, so-called church
    • the Apostles themselves in the oldest times, or the pupils of
    • historical documents are for the most part destroyed, and only
    • knowledge that the Christ has descended to the earth from
    • teaching that a God had experienced human destiny —
    • with the destiny of the earth through human destinies. And this
    • desirable. Very few people know, for instance, that the
    • described in
    • Supper as it is described in the Bible — has naturally no
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    • have merely advanced more rapidly. Besides these leading
    • longer needed to descend so deeply into physical embodiment as
    • other men, as all the beings who have just been described
    • descend into bodies of flesh. It is nevertheless possible for
    • evolution, to descend vicariously, so to speak, into just such
    • it is only because the being in question is able to descend
    • human body. A spiritual being who descends thus into a human
    • Christ — that Being Whom we designate as the Christ, Who
    • destined to be the ancestor of an entire tribe, care must be
    • for all the descendants in the following generations; so that
    • the etheric bodies of all the descendants who belong to the
    • descended into his etheric body. This being was not
    • copies could be woven into all the descendants of the
    • descent to earth of an Avatar-being has the significance,
    • into Shem, so that it could then descend in many copies to all
    • individuality who was compelled to condescend, as it
    • you find so beautifully described in the Bible. And so,
    • especially significant: namely, that through the descent of an
    • described as the history of Christian development is a
    • pointed out and described where those personalities had sat who
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  • Title: Eternal Soul of Man in the Light of Anthroposophy
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    • life, and from which arise colorful iridescent dreams. If we
    • immodesty if one really wants to ascend to true knowledge of
    • do. Events that we may have gone through decades ago are
    • describe to us on the basis of your active guidance.
    • moves as in the described example into the center of his
    • reveals, but in that which I can only describe as the deep
    • described, and from the deep silence of the soul he meets the
    • stage of his super-sensible cognition, as I have described it,
    • was before he descended to take on the physical body that had
    • soul being, what he was before he descended to this earthly
    • through conception — and the descent to this earthly
    • pull it out even from the time-body. And then it fades so to
    • described earlier, where you feel that the time-body is already
    • are described in detail in the books mentioned — you
    • before you descended into physical existence on earth then you
    • can describe higher knowledge as being born out of desire! It
    • he will have what I have described as a higher knowledge
    • yes — we have lost along the way, as I have described.
    • as entirely foreign. We have not desired to see this ego as it
    • before we descended to earth life, and look back to the previous
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture I: The Significance of Supersensible Knowledge Today
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    • and destiny, the mystery of birth and death, the origin of evil and
    • evolution and destination, the riddle of birth and death, the
    • only be fully understood when illumined from different sides.
    • that exist against Theosophy are strong and widespread. Some
    • destination, birth and death, infinity and eternity; (b)
    • provides, discover only disappointment. By contrast,
    • Lourdes where she can indulge in the old ways and customs,
    • ignored. Human beings are destined to absorb into their heart
    • explains human destiny. By assuming spiritual scientific
    • was often described. Up to the
    • experienced it herself, she described the beauty of creation
    • been described to her; she had gained inner strength and
    • description of someone with spiritual sight and hearing.
    • from all sides in various forms, we must acknowledge the need
    • healthy progress of mankind, and also what provides the
  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture II: Blood is a Very Special Fluid
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    • and destiny, the mystery of birth and death, the origin of evil and
    • Faust. The oldest version of the Faust legend
    • clearly describes how Faust makes a slight cut in his left
    • described in exact terms by means of modern spiritual
    • is not known whether it is on an ascending or descending line
    • destroyer within the organism. This blue-red blood, by
    • ” What is here described is of immense significance,
    • nervous system. In humans it extends along both sides of the
    • kind of sentient life just described. But a person's
    • As explained, it is extremely dull, but provides a dim
    • describe these complicated processes. The pictures of the
    • outer world. We have seen that the origin of blood coincides
    • generations, designating what they had in common with one and
    • nation the world over describes a significant moment in
    • different lines of descent are mingled. Our modern
    • is a destructive process that gave rise to the modern human
    • resulted from intermarriage has been destroyed in the course
    • of evolution; while the very thing that destroyed it, that
    • racial character can be destroyed through colonization, when
  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture III: The Origin of Suffering
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    • and destiny, the mystery of birth and death, the origin of evil and
    • appears like an unwelcome intruder; it destroys, in the midst
    • shows, or is meant to show, that undeserved suffering can
    • that divides our reckoning of time into two parts — the
    • magnitude, the profoundest hope takes root in human hearts.
    • the other. Nothing provides greater understanding than
    • destroyed. Substance disintegrates unless held together by
    • destructive elements back to the heart and lungs. What
    • returns to the lungs is poisonous, destructive to life.
    • can only arise from the inner destruction of life. Unless a
    • partial destruction of the inner substances and forces. It is
    • begins to appear. A delicate form of destruction occurs that
    • process of destruction occurs; if great enough, the outcome
    • complete destruction had it gained the upper hand. But it
    • partial destruction, partial death created the possibility
    • being in whom consciousness arises from destruction creates
    • creates from destruction something higher than life, namely,
    • destruction has set in. This illustrates that consciousness
    • lower level, that of hunger which can result in destruction
    • is created on the basis of pain. Suffering precedes pleasure.
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture IV: The Origin of Evil
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    • selfless purposes. During the last decades the elementary
    • higher stage of evolution, they become the leaders and guides
    • human beings will have advanced to be leaders and guides.
    • who have developed the urge for love are destroyed in the
    • carbonic acid that would destroy the air were it not inhaled
    • physical bodies. They are designated as Luciferian beings, or
  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture VI: Education in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • and destiny, the mystery of birth and death, the origin of evil and
    • and is best described as a sum of forces or currents of
    • ether body coincides with the physical body except for the
    • about this description of the ether body, just as it is not
    • fantastic for a person who can see to describe colors to a
    • joys and sorrows, pleasure and pair, cravings and desires.
    • it and condition a person's destiny and character were given
    • divine spark. The designations of everything else we share
    • bluish shades have an invigorating effect, while in the
    • lively child the yellow-reddish shades call up the opposite
    • descriptions of heroes are a true blessing.
    • Hence, the value of gymnastics. However, the desired effect
    • about religious faith, but that he receives descriptions of
    • student's eagerness for learning and his desire for
    • spiritual scientific world conception provides an abundance
    • both physically and spiritually. It provides effective truth
  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture V: Illness and Death
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    • new space. But as you can see, he provides nothing of
    • principle produces the second teeth, which are the hardest
    • more light an that of death. Every illness destroys life to
    • might be designated as the inner architect, but the external
    • just where a descending line passes over into an ascending
    • processes similar to the one described, we have become immune
  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture VII: Education and Spiritual Science
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    • and destiny, the mystery of birth and death, the origin of evil and
    • describes the stages through which a human being evolves from
    • include the whole of a human being's evolutionary descent. A
    • sea. Plato describes it in the Timaeus and Critias,
    • degenerate descendants of the Atlanteans.
    • first descended into physical bodies during Lemurian time. A
    • time, having descended into a physical body, a person begins
    • that of the child. Processes of nature must be described in
    • external aspects are described. But a seed contains not only
    • should not merely be shown and described, the child should
  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture VIII: Insanity in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • and destiny, the mystery of birth and death, the origin of evil and
    • being ill. Furthermore, there is widespread confusion among
    • descriptions are thought of as the reality. Megalomania,
    • artistic nature. Under this influence the astral body divides
    • “kamaloca” or the region of desire, where
    • in the left eye that impaired his sight. He describes his own
  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture IX: Wisdom and Health
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    • and destiny, the mystery of birth and death, the origin of evil and
    • the one least understood. Spiritual knowledge guides the
    • human soul away from narrow attitudes and egoistical aims; it
    • made to serve egoism despite the fact that its very nature is
    • are corrected by that which guides us. Paracelsus was a sage
    • images. Hypnotism relies on this fact. The hypnotist excludes
  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture X: Stages in Man's Development in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • and destiny, the mystery of birth and death, the origin of evil and
    • the objects of its desires are not there, but because the
    • destination ever more clearly, the working of these laws must
    • described as the essence or extract of the former physical
    • line of descent develop and become established during the
    • character are brought before the child. From descriptions of
    • descriptions of individuals where ancestry no longer plays a
    • described cannot unfold. We find instead what is called the
  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture XI: Who are the Rosicrucians?
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    • and destiny, the mystery of birth and death, the origin of evil and
    • than further historical description, I shall give a factual
    • Nature retains her veil, despite our clamors,
    • scientific movement is a path that guides human beings to the
    • Bringing rhythm into life, this is also described as
    • describing the ideal. Do not think that these things can be
    • learn the description of what today may seem a far distant
    • decades is only the rudiments of an immeasurable,
    • In the tides of life, in action's
    • shall describe as a conversation which, however, never took
    • desires permeate the lower organs, a person will become as
    • stone. A peculiar description of what the philosopher's stone
    • the ordinary breath, just described, shows how necessary the
    • is that an inspired genius describes in the Old Testament. An
  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture XII: Richard Wagner and Mysticism
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    • and destiny, the mystery of birth and death, the origin of evil and
    • Euripides
    • Euripides (c. 480 B.C.–406
    • descended from spiritual heights and let their essence stream
    • itself in its own creation. This descent and resurrection of
    • onlooker watched the gods descend into matter, to slumber in
    • awe, the onlooker experienced a mood described once by Goethe
    • destiny is caused by the fact that he cannot believe in a
    • beings a higher being resides, a higher self that was only
    • that it must approached from as many sides as possible. His
    • country, and given descriptive names such as
    • told in sagas and myths wherein is described how conditions
    • egoism, provides it with power. As they went eastward, the
    • described than in the words:
    • Though described in prosaic terms, these phenomena hide
    • Leaders and rulers, were always descended from priestly and
    • as regards descent, and it would be regarded as irreverent to
    • descent, but because of what he was. He was a free individual
    • wife represents the consciousness described as that of
    • Lofty Being that guides mankind and the people is always
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture XIII: The Bible and Wisdom
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    • and destiny, the mystery of birth and death, the origin of evil and
    • beings as having descended from the ape. The famous natural
    • up into spiritual realms where what is described by spiritual
    • existed a typical or standard description of the life of an
    • can understand why the descriptions of different initiates of
    • understand why descriptions of the life of Hermes, Zarathustra,
    • describes what He is in words that refer back to the word
    • the Father are One." He describes Himself as identical with
    • What descended from the bosom of the Godhead sank into the
    • they give a description of the life of the highest God
    • incarnated? What description would be worthy of Hirn? Only
    • describing the rules of initiation. There was described the
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    • in chaos with its jumbled whirlpool of rummaging forces provides the
    • describing it pictorially according to race and nation, the religions
    • with the hardest opposition from the outer world. A great pain can
    • spirit, must pass a trial. Such a self-desired trial always calls
    • desired.
    • describe a present condition, what he says is not true. The
    • designate by the name which he had for the outer world during two
    • described as the “Theosophical Way” is in a beginning
    • provides the required sanction. Within this working group a purely
    • think of it as something which appears immodestly in the world and
    • anyone except the one who desires to be a member. And the fact that
    • cannot be described. It is based on what happens, not on words, but
    • outside in the world as a founding what has been described here as a
    • is. For not one attribute described here today can pertain to the
    • he described his theories based on the “revelations” made
    • Descriptions about the case exist and constituted the basis for the
    • despite failures in individual cases. - That's what happened in the
    • practical work continued no less intensively despite the external
    • studies of this predestined [new] Keeper of the Seal, who left us so
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    • that has been described to you, how that during sleep the
    • view. Americans describe what lies immediately before them; even
    • passions, instincts and desires are ghostly spectres, which
    • his own belief in human desires, instincts and impulses. He too
    • There is a brief description in one of my “West-East
    • organisation, whereas impulses, instincts, desires and passions
    • External ghosts are now despised, but what is regarded as
    • gods descended deeper into the human physical form, and man is
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    • his Manas what we designate as Buddhi.
    • John the Evangelist designates it as the Divine Creative Word.
    • designated as the Mystical Supper. This image had the
    • John baptises Jesus in the river Jordan. A dove descends from
    • Jesus' father: the descending dove fructifies the Sophia that
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    • winter night we hear the message of the Sun-Spirit's descent to
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    • that man has a kidney system, — I design it here schematically
    • and even of the ego; it is an image of their descent from super earthly
    • that this encounter which I have described to you, that is, the surging
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    • as it is outside in nature, maybe just made ready in some way. Besides
    • Described externally the
    • I have described to you up to now. Namely we would have to be beings
    • today's physiology does not really describe at all, but which do exist.
    • continuously destroyed. Such an organ as the stomach is completely destroyed
    • the astral body of the human organism. These processes, as I have described
    • who designates the (Milz) as “spleen”. And that
    • is an extraordinarily favorable designation, because the spleen is connected
    • bowels. Therefore “spleen” is an extraordinarily good designation,
    • which I have already characterized from very different sides. It is
    • arises. It consists in the sudden desire, to now present how man has
    • nature. Even God did not despise the creation of lower matter —
    • who describes Parsifal and says: If one describes Parsifal, one must
    • such knowledge. You can follow that up in descriptions as that of “Armen
    • cognition presents a great unity. One can descend from what has to be
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    • wisdom of oldest time has always pointed to this important transition.
    • to speak,through his destiny, he had decided about the place on earth
    • as I described.
    • to describe to you in these lectures.
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    • and so on. When you reach a construction with a hundred sides,
    • a circle is a polygon with an infinite number of sides. If you
    • have a small circle there are an infinite number of sides in
    • infinite number of sides — and yet exactly twice as
    • take a small circle with an infinite number of sides and a
    • circle twice the size with an infinite number of sides, then
    • are, besides a state of equilibrium, pendulum swings to
    • despite the varying times of sunset the hand always showed
    • pointer showed on what day Easter fell, despite it being
    • you to read, with lots of descriptions — there is a
    • simple man. This whole description of the skill being an act of
    • of the party decides to stay behind, the person who has second
    • party had perished in the way I described.
    • for if we have a cause for every effect, this includes
    • describe their train of thought; it is obvious and can be
    • despite all the disillusionment it brings, our time will
  • Title: Necessity and Freedom: Lecture II: The Legend of the Prague Clock
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    • besides all that I have already told you of its artistic
    • things it had, there were figures on both sides of the clock,
    • there to be seen, and they were important guides for life. They
    • ... Among the multitudes who applaud, my voice may be
    • I've pass'd at this dreary desk awake!
    • into the mistake I have often described and say yet again
    • has become part of your whole thinking, resides in you, and
  • Title: Necessity and Freedom: Lecture III: Three Teachers with Different Attitudes
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    • people in my example. For what I have just described may have
    • will assume him to be younger so that I can describe what I
    • want to describe without your objecting too strongly to the way
    • mother, but our social position is also predestined through our
    • well, and thus he decides to go on doing what he has always
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    • dimmed consciousness. I have often described that. Human
    • ways. That is to say, when an angel decides to do something, he
    • hand to descend to the unconsciousness of animals. Whenever a
    • descend into these our impulses. Thus a relative, deep
  • Title: Necessity and Freedom: Lecture V: The "I" is Found on the Physical Plane in Acts of Will
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    • Yet the description we have to give of this composition
    • body. The will descends straight from the I into the
    • way I have described this here has actually been applicable to
    • plants. You all know the description in my book
    • minerals too, you will find descriptions in old writings
    • described was not invention, for to them gold really appeared
    • continues along the lines described, then in order to do
    • fully conscious of what I have just described. People must
    • out experiments and then describe them. But they do not venture
    • to fathom the mysteries of what they are describing. They do
    • something besides the physical body, otherwise it would
    • He endeavors here to describe
    • ideas, and the resultant movement we designate
    • only describe as drunken and intoxicating words. No sign of
    • one who desires only to prove his monism on the basis of
    • but that is how they act. Yet when other people besides
    • described. Yet that things can be different is a
    • give descriptions, and if we stick to descriptions, what does
    • describe nothing more than the dream of outer life and do not
    • soul that is more widespread in our time than one usually
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    • that the desire for a spiritual civilization in the hearts
    • left hand then he is clumsy. The basis of the description
    • their wills they can easily become ahrimanic, despotic,
    • easily become ahrimanic: despotic, tyrannical.
    • from different sides in this fifth post-Atlantean
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    • aroused in the widest circles for what are the impulses
    • characterize what is very difficult to describe. In regard to
    • describe the same things from different backgrounds is the
    • when one describes a foot by being sent on the ground, or by
    • describes something from this impulse, the other from that!
    • I described, comes to expression in what a child carried into
    • mankind. And for language for describing the economic
    • described yesterday.
    • destinies if these individual destinies could not be made
    • between the futility of personal destiny today, and they
  • Title: Goetheanism as an Impulse for Man's Transformation - Lecture I: The Difference Between Man and Animal
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    • of much that both deserves and needs to be improved?” What, however,
    • we come to a very remarkable passage. He says; “A fearful destiny
    • interest — “a fearful destiny beckons to the white races and
    • That is the tragedy, the fearful destiny, of our time, that men indeed
    • ideas which have driven mankind to the present fearful destiny. My dear
    • friends, we need only take this example of a widespread tendency in
    • I found highly descriptive of the situation.
    • fearful destiny is beckoning to the white man which seems to me absolutely
    • which we have often described by saying that, since the fifteenth century,
    • often described. Let us look at very important characteristic in the
    • has knowledge only of external processes — I have often described
    • is hindered in the way already described, he goes through the experience
    • described during these last days. (see Z-269) Then man will begin to
    • a timid outlook upon the world, is widespread among all the higher animals,
    • to fear men.” But there are other things besides men that animals
    • destiny beckons to the white races unless a period of the supreme dominion
    • destiny is beckoning to white men, then begin to observe the world and
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    • description of the world of the hierarchies, and the connection of the
    • they are connected with something besides. And now we will turn our
    • Now here I have described
    • the things I have just been describing to you, is a heretic. In giving
    • such a description it must alters be made clear that these things still
    • described. Now, naturally, I cannot read out to you for hours at a time
    • of which I have previously given you a description. John of the Cross
    • But, my dear friends, St. John of the Cross describes the possibility
    • it is beyond description.”
    • describes for that age the mystical path of Knowledge, the way into
    • description by St. John of the Cross of the union with the divine-spiritual:
    • perceiving that one no longer desired to employ the imaginative power
    • sign is becoming tired, the second is ceasing to have desire. The third
    • what St. John of the Cross describes as the first sign. This sign is
    • perceiving that he no longer desires to use the imaginative power of
    • to perceive that the desire has flown simply to observe in the outer
    • world what the senses reveal. For these reveal that man has descended
    • from the animals; one no longer has any desire in that direction. And
    • attention. There are those, particularly in the higher grades of these
    • rigid, they are merely the shadows of what they have been. Besides,
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    • from many sides today to the detriment of present knowledge as well
    • For you certainly know that taking earthly evolution as a whole it divides
    • be described by pointing to the way in which an on-rolling spiritual
    • the world is such that—to describe it broadly—he perceives
    • things cannot be appropriately described in any other way. For when
    • himself to what is described in Knowledge of the Higher Worlds,
    • should not have to shudder nor get gooseflesh at the description of
    • be described by saying: actually (you will forgive me, I know, for putting
    • matter stands. My explaining what I have just been describing one points
    • before us, which about describes the world of scientific concepts; this
    • is described by natural scientists or zoologists; just think of it being
    • imagine you were taken into a world described in books, where there
    • was nothing more than what is described in books; it would indeed be
    • appear very ghostly, not so much so as when described by the natural
    • world, which then after death we observe. For actually a circle is described
    • ever nearer the cosmic midnight, described in my mystery play, (see
    • out such things as are described in Knowledge of the Higher Worlds.
    • possible to do this—there is mingled a desire from the past, a
    • weary desire, to go on thinking incoherently. Just recently I have drawn
    • as described in my Occult Science, you can follow this evolution
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    • thankfully as a divine gift and I rejoice over the destiny that has
    • spiritual world that, in the sense in which I have described it, is
    • regard to what man hides intimately within him as his baling of soul
    • it is simply a description of them. Therefore you will also understand
    • since resulted in quite definite trends of feeling and attitudes of
    • speaks of human nature being fundamentally evil. And how widespread
  • Title: Goetheanism as an Impulse for Man's Transformation - Lecture 5: Paganism, Hebraism, and the Greek Spirit, Hellenism
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    • provides, which the logic of the world would do away with. For what
    • described and was then permeated by the spirit of the Christ; as Christ-Jesus
    • point, others are descending to the lowest depths. There are always
    • at this moment meet the tragic destiny that the forces given them at
    • be described as seeking a personal relation to Christ Jesus in contrast
    • once lay in Greece. He takes a reading desk, places on it all kinds
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    • of the earth period. One can best describe the change by saying that
    • absolute desire to exterminate what thus radiated out in all directions.
    • with the exception of the period during recent decades when other forces
    • established in the course of recent decades, since the year 1867; let
    • the next decades—for so it has been determined in the councils
    • shaping of what we described yesterday; there was within it the last
    • Europe all that during the last decades has certainly been very little
    • Goethe, he would have been ready at any moment to say: Goethe is predestined
    • to our soul when we fully surrender ourselves to the profoundest depths
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    • truth. We can describe this astral or soul-world as penetrating
    • blood. The distinction of these described beings is namely that
    • sensory desires and who can't lift themselves into an exchange
    • on descending into that part of the astral world where ugliness
    • radiated from all sides by the Group Ego of the plant, and
    • describe.
    • feelings from life in the physical and you desire and long for
    • desires but no longer the physical organs to satisfy them. Thus
    • While the feeling of the desire turns the astral world into one
    • thus you no longer sway between desire and denial. These are
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    • decades, I wish to apply it to Goethe with the eminent sense
    • towards despair in the power of his four faculties and so on;
    • than what resides in Wagner's soul. Whoever explores the
    • didn't desire world knowledge. He believed everything can be
    • before the soul, as Goethe describes later, calling it the
    • and of desire into this outer knowledge. We often believe we
    • the descending human existence.
    • during the descending development brings in an extraordinary
    • develop as human beings; these descending forces couldn't live
    • individuals to destruction and which is connected to the
    • we descend into our inner soul, we certainly reach into the
    • forces and desires living within us. As a result we can develop
    • originates in fact from the descending forces, out of which we
    • merger linking our wishes, feelings and desires within our
    • his life and had shared his own destiny, but in a higher form,
    • descend into his own soul, Faust again turned to Bible
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    • describe the question thus: How does the human being, how do
    • extraordinary which we call talents, aptitudes, particular
    • descent and inheritance, we will not get any further. Here only
    • the bearer of desire and pain, of suffering and so on. The
    • to within us, at any given moment. Karma excludes nothing which
    • here experience needs to be added. Experience provides, when
    • When you present to your soul exactly what is described in the
    • development of the earth is described, which can appear quite
    • described, at various things in the spiritual scientific fields
    • opinion doesn't provide much; I can give descriptions of
    • action, and these descriptions should be taken as instructions
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    • röviddel azelőtt halt meg az édesapja, rögtön az volt a
  • Title: The Building at Dornach (Bn/GA 289): Lecture I: The Goetheanum
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    • Note: the slides accompanying this lecture are not
    • If we wish to describe in
    • various motives that are to be found on the different sides of the Building
    • a way that they might really have grown forth; and besides that, they
    • On the line dividing the two will be the speaking-desk, on both sides
    • the mood which it would be desirable for you to have when you ascend
    • that feeling did the form arise. I might say that besides this, one
  • Title: The Building at Dornach (Bn/GA 289): Lecture II: Bau Lecture II
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    • might be described something in this way. When one approaches the Building
    • its own law from the form which precedes it. You see here how the second
    • were veritably a living metamorphosis from that which precedes it —
    • of the world with its dead element, with its destructive element containing
    • the super-consciousness, but which never descends to sub-consciousness.
    • really the satisfaction of a selfish desire for sleep. Well, here the
    • active life' But we must have a desire for this supremely active life.
    • If you were to ask me upon what principle this building is designed,
    • quite a different cause. In designing such a building as we have here
    • must be made, first, to demonstrate that a building which is designed
    • about the destruction of the ideas of this Movement by personal slander.
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    • slides from the photographs of the paintings of the larger dome — as
    • as such. To see blue means to feel an intense desire, longing, to go
    • colours is of course just what I cannot show you in lantern slides,
    • and therefore with lantern slides we do not get what is really essentially
    • slides of colour-pictures will regard there pictures as it were as crying
    • these lantern slides of colour-pictures somewhat as follows: “What
    • of these lantern slides, this will be a longing that will then arise
    • to produce even these lantern slides.
    • of which I have not been able to obtain lantern slides from the photographs.
    • understood, I might say, as a description of what is actually intended.
    • it is chiefly composed together with some other shades of colour. And
    • desire to see the thing, that the particular blue-grey glistening of
    • coming from the past, act as destructive forces. We have indeed submitted
    • to the destructive forces in Europe during the last 4 or 5 years; only
    • which has been described. We must painfully, really painfully, realise,
    • does not attack the failings but rather the good sides of Spiritual
    • understanding: But that is their own desire — to leave it only to
  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture I: The Problem of Faust
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    • and at the same time despondency over the falsity he is
    • Of that same desolating pest.
    • which, as described by Goethe, he has passed through up to
    • the deed. That is what Faust after long hesitation decides
    • peak of the animal world; in the very first design of
    • descends from the Ego to the astral body more deeply into
    • descending lower still, from the astral body to the dense,
    • Its modes of expression, however, continued for a
    • if thou desirest to work upon our bodies, take the Greedy
    • way chemical processes were described in olden days, the way
    • to which Faust alludes when he talks of how Red Lion is
    • condition of substances; and the whole paragraph describes a
    • was made and this is described: “And when he had
    • explain what he makes, we should have to describe these
    • (This describes the properties of what he
    • right quantity then what is here described will make its
    • Thus, by means of the art he describes
    • besides being materially deposited here and there, all these
    • controlling the evident flow of the tides, for a certain
    • would be no tides; this movement, peculiar to the earth, was
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture II: The Romantic Walpurgis-Night
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    • whether realities are spoken of, whether a poet's description
    • this was all described very exactly in the man continued: now
    • when she again appears, also glides along. Thus with Goethe
    • Through the wide and desert spaces.”
    • explain that all here described shows that the soul pictured
    • interested. Goethe also knew that Nikolai had described it,
    • despotism; it refuses to follow him and will not obey
    • it perfectly clear that with full knowledge he is describing
    • Switzerland, of which he had written a description where was
    • to tempt Faust to despise the reasonableness of the
  • 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
    • might be described as both philosophical and theosophical,
    • pamphlet — witty because it describes a type of young
    • describes what Faust — more or less under the influence
    • the Grecian world. In the description Homunculus we recognise
    • away by abstract thinking and the desire to live in abstract
    • of view, only what the anatomist makes of it by describing it
    • Faust has no desire, for example, to have ancient Greece
    • despises concepts of this nature; it will have nothing to do
    • many past decades, which have finally brought us to the
  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture IV: Faust and the "Mothers"
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    • possibility of descending to the Mothers. If we notice how,
    • priest. He has descended to the Mothers: he has gone through
    • described in materialistic natural science as the germ-cell
    • Plutarch describes as being separated by time from the
    • sides of the triangle and one at each angle makes 183. When,
    • This divides itself up for us so
    • mysterious, as very full of mystery. And our modern destiny
    • you will got the two sides of the matter, and you will
  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture V: Faust and the Problem of Evil
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    • they receive into themselves. Thus in the widest sense we can
    • and an epoch lasts 2166 years) We have to solve in the widest
    • information. That was not what Goethe wanted. Goethe desired
    • this from the wonderful way in which Goethe describes, in the
    • love — worship — mania. It could not be described
    • postAtlantean epoch is well described in Ricarda Huch's book,
    • three Goddesses, Paris was instigated to take Helena from
    • that the Dramatists — Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides
    • — condescended to betray something of the esoteric
    • Initiates — desired to express through the
    • Hans Sachs' beautiful description of the necromancer who
    • Helena comes from the stars; but she guides the impulses
  • 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
    • already described some aspects of this fact. Forces there
    • place these things before our consciousness. He who desires
    • connection; for in the widest spheres as yet, these details
    • are destructive. We have described, how since the last third
    • above all, it was in a sense the descendants of
    • working in a magical way, — it was the descendants of
    • taught to us to-day. But in the widest circles, human beings
    • concerning his descent, for his companions drew his attention
    • would serve in Troy's destruction. Whether for the one reason
    • how Paris was called upon by the Goddesses, Hera, Pallas and
    • Song of Homer describes how significantly Paris thereby
    • three Goddesses? The human being then appears as the mere
    • Goddesses with the conflict that is taking place among them.
    • because the three Goddesses above have had this conflict with
    • harmful and destructive. I will give you a little example of
    • not wish in any way or in the very least to take sides in one
    • course. I do not say it as a reproach or to take sides with
    • one or another party. I say it as a pure description of how
    • described. No age was ever so little enlightened about itself
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture VII: Some Spiritual-Scientific Observations
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    • luminous self-knowledge just described.
    • which his creators had destined hum, According to their
    • life I have mentioned, with what I have just been describing.
    • more deeply than modern superficiality generally desires to
    • them physical conditions describing them rather differently,
    • this you can gather from the description in my
    • Today, man has so to say descended, and has completely lost
    • weaving element I have described) so that he too could stand
    • time wove into man what can be described, pictured, as the
    • scientific nit-wits describe the world — as for
    • how aptly Goethe describes it when he brings in the ants, the
    • represents the waking from the dream by describing a struggle
    • that we are concerned with an awakening that he even alludes
    • first part of this scene in which he is describing things out
    • which the pygmies belong, Goethe is describing all that is
    • present time, describing it not as water-air, but as water,
    • a more or less spiritual fashion, or as I have described it,
  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture VIII: Spiritual Science Considered with the Classical Walpurgis-Night
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    • beneficent act of the Guardian of the Threshold that he hides
    • might even say the strong desire — not to listen to
    • thought-world of Anaxagoras fades when it meets other
    • Moon desolation falls upon the earth, and how all the life
    • still left there is destroyed by a phenomenon of the
    • Diana is generally said to be the goddess of the chase.
    • not only goddess of the chase, she is the working, creating
    • goddess of al half unconscious, half subconscious striving,
    • subconscious impulses arise of which Diana is the goddess.
    • and made obvious by his description of the middle one as
    • intimate relation with other beings (I have described this to
    • his descriptions from inside knowledge! In this scene we may
    • way. And this he describes as follows:
  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture IX: Goethe's Life of the Soul from the Standpoint of Spiritual Science
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    • give you a brief description of the primal phenomena and
    • and the desire for its return. Goethe put the things together
    • destroy their integrity by all kinds of theories and
    • sound nature turned against the destruction of the forms
    • feelings of the kind that Goethe described in his chapter on
    • sides and chose to photograph the one side only; and it is
    • them up on a reading desk he took of his father's, placed a
    • man's whole thinking. This has its good and bad sides. Above
    • opposed his science that I have described to you. And from
    • onsweeping tide of hatred and destruction. Indeed, during
    • perfectly correct — that on all sides the intentions of those
    • this man is justified in thus describing many of the
    • hate and destruction? And he then goes on: in August, 1914,
    • appearance of the Phorkyades; or what it was necessary to say
    • them besides something good about their subconscious. This is
    • desire that the knowledge carrying our souls in full
  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture X: Faust's Knowledge and Understanding of Himself
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    • decided to descend to these parents when coming to earth,
    • its strongest opponents is man's desire for abstraction, his
    • desire to label everything with a few concepts. Goethe's
    • daughters, the Dorides (or Nereides). In particular, he
    • the soul's desire today to reduce everything to abstractions.
    • being's descent to earth — from conception, throughout
    • describe these things, we must touch on many matters that,
    • Dorides. In these Imaginations we are led into a mysterious
    • him to his heart's desire — to fathoming the mystery of
    • appear the Telchines of Rhodes. They are such great
    • example, the passage where the Dorides bring in the
    • sailor-lads; read the works in which the world is described,
    • Dorides set beside the physical sailor boys. They have found
    • dream, and the dream immediately fades away. It is as though
  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture XI: The Vision of Reality in the Greek Myths
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    • desire was then to take refute in the Imaginations of the
    • Thus, if we wish to give a more exact description of the
    • Samothrace were above all destined to learn the secret of
    • immediately fades, but of which one knows that, although it
    • daughters, the Dorides, sisters of the Nereids, and among
    • Nereids, Tritons, Dorides, Nereus, Proteus, and so forth, in
    • oldest artists, as it were, of the earthly world during the
    • the island of Rhodes they erected statue after statue to
    • previously described shell-chariots of Galatea. The Psylli
    • being shown by means of the sailor boys, and the Dorides who
    • Dorides thus ushering in the sailor lads in this scene. The
    • Dorides are demonic beings of the sea, the sailors, human
    • destiny (we are distinctly told the sailor lads have been
    • saved by the Dorides) brings man into connection with the
    • shattered when the descent is made again into the external,
  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture XII: Goetheanism In Place of Homunculism and Mephistophelianism
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    • germinate men's desires arising out of the life of instinct.
    • Man is driven to willing in the crudest sense through hunger
    • initial stage. If we want to describe this development, we
    • be described by saying: The one boundary makes it clear that
    • then to petal, stamen, on to pistil; how he describes it as a
    • destined to develop the war of all against all. For in all
    • these aptitudes, good as they may be in animals, there lies
    • and not destroy. For men will really find the correct
    • us to destruction. We must find the balance between what
    • decades.
    • and not destruction.
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    • One describes, at least hypothetically, how once upon a time
    • deludes oneself about the deepest questions of civilization.
    • this different, often much desired way of knowledge of the
    • show anything besides what it takes out of the sense world,
    • described it in my book “Knowledge of Higher
    • we have to remember it, otherwise we are destroyed in our
    • the reality both sides in which the dream was masked flow
    • described. — Imagine that at a certain time of day you
    • which one sees in the described way like a great but concrete
    • spiritual world before one descended into this physical world
    • both sides — not-yet-being-born and immortality
    • will only understand eternity when he recognises both sides of
    • another way through destiny, but when the results of such an
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    • Despite that however they could be taught about the higher
    • not descend to the physical plane but were at home on the
    • descend lower. It is no longer possible for Osiris to step on
    • virtues, and while desires as well as virtues exist in the
    • the Christ, descended into the physical world - not like Osiris
    • builder and those were the temple priests, the spiritual guides
    • says: Observe your descendants as your ancestors; then you as a
    • descendent stand in contrast to them — a peaceful,
    • to destroy from outside the creation of a new culture, given as
    • intervene from the basis of your wants and desires into the
    • you rob him, but already through also desiring something of his,
    • not allowing yourself to desire what he has. Now the two last
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    • sensitive parts of plants are destroyed. Pain only starts for
    • cuts through the blades of grain. When the young animal sucks
    • observe clairvoyantly, this Being descended at a specific
    • from all sides it appears that we encounter the physical planet
    • human being gradually descended from the spiritual world into
    • the physical, and we must not imagine this descent as something
    • fire, and thus a large portion of the earth was destroyed in
    • that besides individual karma there exists earth karma for the
    • specific soul attitudes of mind and events enter into human
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    • not combative but rather conciliatory, desirous of
    • tendencies of scientific thought which have for several decades
    • (apes). At that time this could but mean that man was descended
    • adhered to his opinion that man is the descendant of those
    • genealogical tree — in fact, the lineal descent of all
    • their adherence to the theory of man's descent from the higher
    • the conclusion that a line of descent existed leading from the
    • “I would rather have descended from such ancestors,
    • asking him ‘as to his belief in being descended from an ape. Is
    • descriptive work, saying: “But, look here!
    • happened at all! These are all descriptions of pictures that
    • way the events described by the art historian are depicted by
    • to allow anyone to attempt to make us believe that besides the
    • his theory of the descent of man. In another lecture Du
    • His desire was to give
    • confused. (Should anyone desire more information on this
    • Those who desire to remain within the boundary of the senses
    • descent of man. It is obvious that in a single lecture like the
    • Natural science traces the descent of the physical living being
    • apes. But there can be no question of the descent of our
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    • special destiny; to bring to the West a knowledge of reincarnation and
    • explicitly and concretely revealed the destinies of various individuals
    • special destiny; to bring to the West a knowledge of reincarnation and
    • explicitly and concretely revealed the destinies of various individuals
    • outlook, even of the people who lived in the above described
    • said to themselves — and what I shall now describe was an
    • that case, my dear friends, that which was destined after all
    • people whom I have now described. For if they had done so, the
    • so, beginning in the time which I have now described, we
    • people whom I described above felt themselves intimately
    • have just described. That was a time when people could still
    • Averroes, or others of that stream of thought which I described
    • such as I have now described.
    • breathes in soul and spirit. The other stream desires above all
    • destructive as they often are, than the spreading of the truth
    • awakening an inner understanding, when we describe the people
    • Descartes! For many, even among those who had their place in
    • self-evident. To Descartes, as you know, is due the saying ‘I
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    • it essential — so he said — for those who desired to take
    • Precisely here in Norway destiny made it necessary to speak of the
    • disarmament, about the desirability of ending wars... a great war
    • nor of how the human being has descended from spiritual worlds
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    • them to be realities. But study any description of atoms, even the
    • described according to the pattern of what is experienced from the
    • never desires to rise above it, or to acquaint himself with moral
    • ideas extending beyond the merely utilitarian, who has no desire to
    • than was formerly the case. I have described the time through which
    • I will now describe certain other aspects.
    • experiences described. It is as though man were placed before the
    • consciously, by means of the experiences described, what takes place
    • receives from their realms the impulse to descend to the Earth once
    • sense described above) by the spiritual world, being drawn to it with
    • Archai, and then once again descends; and after the world of the
    • mother-tongue — the man descends in his forthcoming earthly
    • more superficially. So that on his descent a man is either permeated
    • destined for the language that will be his in the coming earthly life.
    • during the descent to his next earthly life, he will arrive on the
    • all the conditions described have been fulfilled by the achievements
    • I have described — either in such a way that they are inwardly
    • through birth in such a way that through the processes described he
  • Title: Cosmic Forces in Man: Lecture III: The Mission of the Scandanavian Peoples
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    • the nature and destiny of man. We heard that the human physical body
    • so to order his descent at the end of his life between death and a new
    • that Indians differ from Americans or Englishmen, but Swedes are often
    • a Guardian Angel’ and he feels no desire for detailed knowledge of how
    • Think of the peninsula which you, together with the Swedes, have as
    • had suddenly become frenzied with desire to tear one another to
    • regarded as an undesirable element in Christianity... There you have
    • have described — the old Athenian Schools of Philosophy were
    • it was the Divine-Spiritual itself which had descended and was
    • to the fore and supersedes the Divine. So it was in the decisive
    • remarkable and significant fact in the destiny of the peoples that the
    • the population of the West of your peninsula, whose descendants are
    • displayed by the Norwegians and the Swedes. The inhabitants of these
    • in Norway to-day will understand their destiny and task in the world
    • towards the East, therefore, were destined to lead a more
    • this connection between the tasks of the modern Norwegians and Swedes
    • described by anthropologists, historians, or even journalists. Their
    • I described in the last lecture, you develop a real connection with
    • olden times is as I have described it, a different mission is carried
    • Spiritual, was not badly described by a man who gave no thought at all
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    • predestined for the office of preacher. He had proved so capable of
    • secure entry to even the most modest profession which he had set
    • desperate temptation, the question arose: “Have I no
    • his mind that those were the ideas which deserved primary
    • Beiträge zur Berichtigung der Urteile des
    • duties of his new appointment. He desired to transmit to those who
    • when this man took his place at the lecturer's desk, then what he
    • needed, in calling Fichte into his service. This invitation was described
    • bluntness often offended the very people whom it was most desirable
    • and Karl August, against their will, had to take sides
    • Die Bestimmung des Menschen
    • (The Destiny of Man).
    • The Destiny of Man.”
    • tirades in which he demonstrated to people that, if they would not
    • Die Bestimmung des Gelehrten
    • should feel the German spirit which pervades his productions,
    • which attracted widespread notice. Power and energy combined
    • penetrating the souls of his hearers in the way described earlier, he
    • you have the power of opening their eyes, you will desist from
    • such a way that we desire to have his image as if plastically
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    • awareness of belonging to a spiritual Being, Who descended from
    • supported by the spiritual power just described, and that all men of
    • recently as a few decades ago. The souls had then a natural way of
    • physical sunlight descended during autumn. More outer physical
    • villages in recent decades. When the celebration of Christmas
    • see a few decades ago small groups of actors wandering from village to
    • *From “Deutsche Weihnachtspiele aus Ungarn”, described and
    • descent of man from spiritual heights to the physical world — and
    • greatness of the Pauline conception of man, who descended as Adam from
    • could only be carried by a mood such as we described. Therefore, we
    • be strong enough to extend its power even to the hardest, most down to
  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 1 of 9
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    • descended from the same ancestors as himself, men in whose veins
    • they suffice for describing such heights of the spiritual life of
    • descriptions to give expression to what shines out to us from such a
    • further descriptions. The one is taken from the book itself, the
    • overcome by the strong desire to see the form, the spiritual form of
    • shall return to this description) in his form — a form that
    • world to approach the glory of this description of how the sublime
    • descending again and re-entering the confused and devastating
    • battles of this our world. In truth, as we follow the description of
    • the spirit in the hour of his death, even as Plato describes him in
    • describe the scene of his dying teacher. But people in these days
    • same. But Socrates speaks in the hour that immediately precedes his
    • but as an event predetermined by destiny — and another thing
    • and on the other from that of the dying Socrates as described by Plato.
    • “How can we designate what Krishna says of himself and for
  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 2 of 9
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    • concerned. We must be able to feel with the destiny of all
    • mankind, with as much interest as we usually feel in our own destiny,
    • anthroposophist in looking out over world and planetary destinies,
    • but is placed into this moment by his destiny. He is placed into the
    • shaken and then the tribe itself will wither away and be destroyed,
    • in accordance with an eternal destiny place men into castes; and then
    • handed on to the descendants by the woman, whereas what forms him
    • brother that is actually about to take place. Destiny is hammering at
    • necessity out of Arjuna's destiny, instead of being given us merely
    • could be made from all metals, gold in any desired amount, but that
    • what is most individual of all. Krishna describes the path of Yoga to
    • Arjuna. We shall speak of this more in detail tomorrow. He describes
    • consciousness to a higher state of consciousness, which includes not
    • goes to sleep every night. The sense world fades out around him and
    • third stage to a description of the marvelous expansion of man's
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    • a long time — even perhaps for several decades — then an
    • been describing. For example, one which is mixed up with the
    • events that come to us in the course of our destiny. We meet these
    • describe to you what may be called the occult development of
    • this. Instead it seeks its destiny, and feels it as a process of
    • thing. If we really have the experience just described, if we do not
    • destined to expand it at a definite period in our life. Arjuna is in
    • through his destiny he has a more powerful self in that realm than he
    • everyday consciousness. By his destiny he was torn out of it. He must
  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 4 of 9
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    • take with him from the ordinary world something we designated as an
    • for other worlds besides, or else the physical world deceives us and
    • people in the world today who despair of life yet at the same time
    • hopelessness and despair.
    • I have described to re-awaken it. What then can Arjuna perceive
    • cannot be described as a reminiscence of ordinary life, because the
    • color and different shades of color, darker and lighter colors. We
    • begin to describe the world into which our soul enters, but the terms
    • of our description must remain meaningless for the physical world.
    • world will best describe that other world that has a far higher
    • made, for the very reason that the higher worlds are best described
    • physical plane. That is just what Lucifer desires, for then we do not
    • describes all manner of things acquired there as though they were
    • describing what may be called the general scenery of that realm.
    • the physical world. So it is yet more difficult to describe than the
    • Anyone who describes
    • One was descended from the so-called Nathan line of the House of
    • power to describe what we find or what arises in our consciousness.
    • Descriptions can be true or false. Truth and falsehood do not
    • the third realm just described, it is necessary that we go through
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    • the cyclic law. As a rule it is better to explain and describe than
    • realities we will proceed then to describe things in their essential
    • activity of man's waking life brings about a continual destruction of
    • the outside world, we are destroying delicate forms in our brain. In
    • effect that our waking life brings a kind of destructive process to
    • finer nerve structures of our brain. Now it is this very destruction
    • while we are awake a process of destruction, during sleep a repairing
    • process. Since it is to the destructive process that we owe our
    • not conscious because no destructive process is at work in us. The
    • and destruction with its consciousness in waking life, fundamentally
    • catastrophic force, indescribably impressive. There were always
    • process of the human organism. In this we see clairvoyance described
    • spiritual life such as are described in my book,
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    • actually meet the Being whom we tried to describe from a certain
    • To understand it as a real description of world history — of
    • important point. We have tried to describe their natures, speaking of
    • world carrying a mass of prejudices with them. They desire to be led
    • describing something to you, verbally. Then I feel impelled to
    • the profoundest secret for the human soul.” Here indeed is a
    • in Imaginations. This is where the majesty of description in this
    • soul can undergo, have almost nowhere else been described in such a
    • realize it the Imagination of Krishna as Arjuna now describes it will
    • narrator, and describes his Imagination in words so wonderful that
    • guardian, Thou! Spirit primeval and Eternal, Thou standest before my
    • Filled with wonder stand multitudes beholding Thee. Thy Form
    • directly in the period we have been describing. In all of earthly
    • been a rather preliminary description of the two impulses from the
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    • have described previously about the effects of thinking.
    • perpetual destruction of the nerve structures in the brain. This is
    • destructive process is taking place. The creative forces that bring
    • and the process that takes their place is perpetually destroying just
    • destroyed during waking life. They are not present at all, but during
    • destroyed. These creative forces that raise man above the animal can
    • real factor on all sides. We must imagine the world that surrounds
    • and another who destroys them.
    • after-effects of waking life, by the disturbing and destructive
    • present-day mankind's evolution. At that time, as is described in
    • there enters the soul of man as he was before he descended into the
    • the thirtieth year, in the moment the Bible describes as the Baptism
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    • different mood of soul, the different spirit that pervades it. Such
    • now dawning and which we have somewhat described, will be that
    • some reality by studying the judgments of the descendants of the race
    • in the widest circles has remained unknown as to its real nature,
    • the descendants of the
    • dissertation. He sent it to many other Europeans besides. In this he
    • of which men's souls were passing on in the descending line of
    • consciousness descended lower and lower.
    • If we would describe
    • sense of the ego; fully conscious Imagination as it is described in
    • an understanding of the world and its phenomena. If we would describe
    • yet lie in the widespread, fossilized thinking of the West. By
    • describing light. It is entirely correct to call the light colors —
    • creatures. If I would describe them as to their sattwa characters —
    • in lambs and lions — I would describe them very differently.
    • But if I would describe them in the condition of tamas the
    • he has to speak in words altogether permeated by those shades of
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    • is permeated by feelings and shades of meaning saturated with ideas of sattwa,
    • to describe them simply by verbal quotations from the poem because
    • to we would only be describing the unknown by the unknown.
    • calls mild, gentle food. Whereas rajas food, which we described
    • have been designated at that time as sour or sharp. For our
    • soul can be described in terms of these three conditions. Sattwa,
    • described how a kind of picture-consciousness, a living imagery,
    • the Jesus child of the Nathan line of the House of David, described
    • to wait for the incarnation of a Savior who is predestined, whom they
    • when those who had no other desire than to set forth what is true and
    • genuine in evolution, were described as Jesuits. This was a
    • Those who desire to
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    • described in this book can go very far in relation to the principle of
    • be described and pursued without exposing the soul to certain events
    • experience it, it is necessary for him — besides other things of
    • Initiation, which I shall have to describe later on, is reached, then
    • to the higher worlds. A mixing of the two attitudes may occur: one can
    • standest outside all physical life”, is not produced until
    • through in such manner that thou standest before the Higher Worlds,
    • has been designated in the Mysteries of all ages as “The Approach
    • out on all sides. He begins to penetrate into the whole world, to
    • described. Nothing makes an impression on him, but he is everything
    • case — you see that I am describing to-day from a different point
    • of view things I have often described., but we now need this other
    • just been described is reached, such a thing no longer happens. For
    • To-morrow we will go further, by describing first of all what the
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    • Love of ease a widespread attribute. Souls subject to it become
    • described in the course of our lectures on spiritual science —
    • turns his attention to a characteristic, the desire for ease and
    • comfort, that is very widespread among men — more widespread than
    • everyday life and one will find how widespread is the quality —
    • Love of ease is a general and widespread attribute of mankind. And if
    • the point described yesterday; and a man has to go through these
    • laughed loudest was the celebrated botanist, Schleiden, who voiced his
    • else besides. He can feel this something when he returns into the
    • Sun in the manner described. It was an experiencing of the Sun-element
    • and a new birth, and much else besides. Through these things the seer
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    • in order to descend into another world.
    • to such experiences as were described in the last two lectures, he
    • experiences which one cannot describe otherwise than by saying: A man
    • worlds, would finally bring about something like despair in his soul.
    • Initiation — which may be a protection from this despair, at
    • ascend into these higher worlds, you are met by forlorn-ness, despair.
    • sense-world; conditions are seen such as were described yesterday. But
    • higher worlds in the manner described. It was experienced. also by
    • those mysteries we have now described.
    • pupils. And the feelings that I have just described (I might say with
    • before the silent Goddess from whom Warmth and Light come forth for
    • Isis. That is the mute and silent Goddess whose countenance can be
    • described, so that they can see with those eyes which go from
    • impenetrable veil hides the form of Isis from mortal eyes.”
    • soul the feeling described, he understood what has been described. as
    • be designated as “The resounding through all space of the Music
    • do they appear before direct vision; for in the very oldest Egyptian
    • united itself with the silent Isis. But the Goddess remained dumb! In
    • the following; “Thus, 0 Goddess, do I look up in grief to thee,
    • existence.” And through her mourning countenance the Goddess
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    • described as characteristic of the nature of all Mysteries these four
    • Lower Gods in the widest sense of the word. We have to speak of the
    • In the preceding lectures I was able to describe the experiences of a
    • who was dying to the higher worlds and descending into the earthly
    • preparing to penetrate into other regions; he has descended into the
    • of the goddess called Iblis, the daughter of Eblis; and among all evil
    • superficial view the two sides can hardly be brought into harmony. On
    • attacks of the outer world. And because the forces described are able
    • Intellectual Soul, and the Intellectual Soul divides into those
    • conditions already described and because he is a man of modern times
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    • desire, and marriage a matter of free choice. This is indicated in
    • was never understood by the outer world. It is destined to change the
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    • qualities, one of which — the Good — must destroy the other
    • of earthly development which precedes our own. The men living at that
    • destroyed by a series of deluges, as a consequence of which the
    • races have not descended from the lower races; on the contrary, the
    • the intelligent brother descends from the idiot? That is the kind of
    • In the course of human and animal evolution the inferior descends from
    • him, constitute his karma, his destiny.
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    • have a common ancestor. Man has ascended, the animal has descended.
    • movement takes places in him. As a physical being, man has descended;
    • God who instills into man the desire for personal knowledge. This sets
    • descends.”
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    • evoked the impression of shades of green and blue, silvery, rippling
    • describe the astral world seen in symbolic visions.
    • Why is there a descending and an ascending process in evolution? What
    • body, the astral body — the seat of passions and desires — is
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    • Could we be said to understand the nature of a magnet if we described
    • always known that which all men were destined, in time, to know. That
    • passion has its astral colour. Besides this, the astral body is, in a
    • the intelligent, rational soul. It is the indestructible individuality
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    • before the divine soul comes forth from the desire-nature of man. The
    • succeed in separating them, the yellow will descend and the blue will
    • passions and desires. This often happens in the case of mediums. The
    • grown to a point where it includes the soul of his people.
    • On its predestined circle rolls
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    • As the era of Christianity drew near, man was destined to enter upon
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    • time when man had descended most deeply into matter. This descent was
    • you, for I have feeling, desires, the capacity for voluntary movement
    • marvelous discoveries which by themselves deserve to make his name
    • to brave the world morally and intellectually, to desist from anger
    • impulses of will, his desires and his thoughts, appears to the
    • terrible, for it is the offspring of his good and bad desires and of
    • Goethe has given a marvelous description of this stage at the
    • “In the tides of life, in Action's storm,
    • be despised. It must be borne as some exterior object, even as Christ
    • illusion. He is actually aware of death and of descending into the
    • world of shades, but then the darkness breaks and a new light —
    • impossible of description unless it be within the walls of the
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    • itself. We should try in vain to describe a man's character, but let
    • excited, and from the lightest breath to the wildest din, from the
    • “And thus as we descend the scale of being, Nature speaks to the
    • herself and to us in a thousand modes. To the attentive observer who
    • seeing the mirror images of their emotions and desires.
    • The astral body then contains all the desires generated by life and,
    • Man is impelled by desire when he is descending to earthly
    • incarnation. Not for nothing is desire for the Earth born in man. The
    • A lie in the physical world becomes an agent of destruction in the
    • destroyed. In the astral world, every feeling, every idea is a visible
    • field in which his egoistic desires may disport themselves. He needs
    • invasions of the Huns and hordes of Asiatic peoples. The Mongolians,
    • the descendants of the Atlanteans, bore within them the germs of
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    • not desire to convert but to quicken in others the sense that has
    • clairvoyant vision. The astral being of man includes the whole world
    • through our desires and the various movements of the soul.
    • ordinary life we feel from within. Feelings, desires and
    • is made up of desires. Every human aura has its own individual shades
    • sight. They are the spiritual Guides of mankind, and their precepts
    • Buddha and the Eight Beatitudes of Christ. The same underlying truth
    • personal effort. The eight new petals correspond to the Beatitudes of
    • two today, is destined subsequently to atrophy. The left hand will
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    • The whole of waking life is a process destructive of the physical
    • of the individual but upon his karma, his desires, passions and his
    • When the civilisation of Atlantis was destroyed and the age of the
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    • attempting to describe them, we must have recourse to allegories and
    • the descriptions given by Dionysius of this world are correct.
    • would descend to Earth as congealed air and we could recognise each
    • experiences in the devachanic world. All the exploits there described
    • the master into the world. The legend of Lohengrin is a description of
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    • the corresponding ether-form which extended beyond it on all sides. In
    • hands — free instruments for action. Besides this, he began
    • soul.” This passage describes the period when the gills once
    • could not descend to incarnation, for air is an element enfilled with
    • of descent; man and Earth have reached the greatest degree of
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    • desire as the mineral, — He then possesses an infallible power
    • descending curve of evolution. Originally he resembled the minerals,
    • One stage further and deep sleep becomes a conscious state. Description is impossible, for this condition passes beyond the limits of comparison. All that can be said is that it exists.
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    • his inner being. The initiate only precedes him along this path.
    • necessary in order that the Ego might descend into man.
    • materialisation of our globe to descend still one degree lower. The
    • will live as astral forms. Physical substance destroys itself by its
    • onset of a cosmic night. The cyanides on Earth are survivals from the
    • That is why they have a destructive effect on Earth, for the Earth is
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    • described around the ancient sun. These bodies, both at the beginnings
    • similarly it recognizes the earth as a planet destined to become the
    • layers which we shall now describe:
    • animal plunged into it, it would be destroyed immediately. It would be
    • two layers: the destruction of life in the second and the
    • just described, one would arrive at the condition in which our globe
    • through a trial which unleashed the fire catastrophe that destroyed
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    • the Earth, each of these lunar kingdoms makes a descent into
    • alludes to this in Faust, in the words: “Let us
    • garment.” These Fire-Spirits of the ancient Moon descended to the
    • air in the Earth period proper. They too have descended into
    • Now it is just because these Spirits have descended into the air that
    • Spirits of Fire who became Spirits of Air. The other group descended
    • The Gods of the nature of Jahve were able to descend into the human
    • astral body. The astral body is composed of instincts, desires,
    • being. If when he descended into matter, man had only received the
    • at a critical moment, when the descending arc of human evolution was
    • help we give freely to another opens up a new era in his destiny. Our
    • destinies are woven of these impulses, of these acts of grace. If we
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    • knowledge has descended to the physical world, to the world we know
    • This descent into materialism was necessary in order that the fifth
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    • described, without criticism; one takes the bread of
    • are realities pertaining to higher worlds, that besides our
    • briefly describe it. The supporting evidence I will not deal
    • initiated. It was an initiation, and the writer describes his
    • will describe — what today is achieved through long
    • experiences about to be described — though in a
    • third member is the astral body. It is the bearer of desires,
    • the life of Christ Jesus as John describes it from his own
    • experience in the astral world. Descriptions of this nature
    • into itself — I have often described it here. To reach
    • descend as it did in Him, who I followed. This is the deep
    • of it through the processes we have described.
    • writer of the John Gospel describes this process. His own
    • occult language one describes what this ego inhabits —
    • physical body and were laid hold of from all sides. This is
    • the occurrence which John wants to describe. He left his body
    • occurrence is described pictorially and symbolically in the
    • devachanic plane. It is possible then to describe the
    • describes the awakening of Lazarus. Previously he has shown
    • John means nothing more nor less than what is described in
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    • kingdom get access to the physical body to destroy it. Only
    • are these destructive processes made good.
    • utmost calm. This includes the avoidance of all stimulants,
    • initiation described in the John Gospel, the astral body,
    • Gospel is a description of this Christian path of initiation.
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    • like to describe the seven stages of initiation as they were
    • ancient Palestine one designated as a “Lion”, he
    • principle, in different forms. We should not despise any
    • materials with which nature provides him. He creates works of
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    • The astral body is the seat of everything we know as desire, passion,
    • movement. Within this cloud or aura the Initiate sees every desire, every
    • upon the astral body and ennobled the desires. The higher the moral
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    • some beautiful words by a young contemporary whose destiny it has been
    • desires and passions, which live in what we call the astral body. Ordinary
    • they appear as mirror-images. You see the mirror-images of your desires
    • out a hostile force which destroys and may even kill him. In this way
    • Goes his predestined way along,
    • physical forms are concerned. This is the region which provides as it
    • It includes all man's original thoughts which enable him to bring something
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    • body extends a little beyond the physical body on all sides. The astral
    • the physical body, surrounds it like a cloud and fades away as you go
    • called Kamaloka, the place of desires. It is not some region set apart:
    • desire as a brownish-red thought-form in the upper part of his astral
    • body. Now suppose the man dies: what is left to him is his desire and
    • The pleasure and the desire belong to the soul, and they survive after
    • death. But the man no longer has any means of satisfying his desires,
    • of wishes and desires. He may want to look at some beautiful arrangements
    • all this after death? The soul is like a wanderer in the desert, suffering
    • but has to suffer the torment of the desires it still has but cannot
    • from these physical wishes and desires, so that the soul may free itself
    • deprivations. We can thus understand the terrible destiny and the horrible
    • much from life. Because it has ceased to satisfy his desire for pleasure,
    • In the Middle Ages no one would have ever dreamt of destroying life in
    • kind of man is permeated with all kinds of shapes and lower desires:
    • They denied themselves many things; they ennobled their desires and
    • is the third human corpse, consisting of the lower impulses and desires
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    • because their whole world was without light: the absence of light destroyed
    • friendship. To form such relationships on Earth provides experiences
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    • that pervades the activity of a being engaged in the creation of another
    • returns to a new birth, and he will then face a difficult destiny. It
    • Besides these astral forms,
    • the parents to the physical body. The clairvoyant can descry astral
    • the glimpse of the new circumstances and destiny now in prospect, and
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    • desires. Accordingly, when the etheric body is set free we must take
    • makes the etheric body supple and plastic and provides it with lasting
    • perhaps with few talents or abilities, and so apparently predestined
    • to live in caves. Thus an earlier experience shapes a later destiny,
    • the scale of nature towards man, the more individual does destiny become.
    • Animals have a group-soul, and the destiny of a group of animals is
    • Ego undergoes its destiny just as the group-soul of animals does. A
    • has its cause in a previous life, and what I do today shapes my destiny
    • present destiny.
    • lives. If it depresses me to think that I have deserved my present destiny,
    • it may equally cheer me to know that I can frame my future destiny myself.
    • debit and credit sides, and the balance can be drawn at any moment.
    • If I close the account and draw the balance, that will show my destiny.
    • alters the balance and each new action alters the destiny.
    • misunderstanding on both sides. Our critics do not realise that free-will
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    • our destiny come about and why are we born with talents and circumstances
    • destiny in a later life depends upon what we do in this physical life.
    • This external destiny is, as it were, the environment into which we are
    • former life determines our external destiny.
    • it; his interest quickly fades; he is continually changing his hobbies.
    • In the oldest civilisations, in India for example, the entire population
    • influences. But you will at least find some evidence for the descent
    • descended from the Atlanteans.
    • very widespread today, which was hardly known a hundred years ago —
    • materialism were to continue for a few decades more, it would have a
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    • Both attitudes depend on the etheric body and may even find expression
    • destiny; but what is the effect of any illnesses it may have had in
    • Book of Genesis, once used a beautiful simile, comparing destiny with
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    • and has been constructed with ineffable wisdom. I once described to
    • way in which the brain and heart have been designed. The heart makes
    • no mistakes, but the astral body makes many. The passions and desires
    • If a man eats the wrong sort of food, he is following the desires of
    • longest period of evolution and is the oldest part of the human being;
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    • forms. You must picture the spirit descending from above and enfolding each
    • is well described in the book of Genesis: “In the beginning God
    • environment. This period is described in Genesis with the words: “And
    • destined to be man's companions. The plants were of the lower types
    • in those primeval days, scarcely describable in our modern language.
    • whole Earth was riddled with volcanic activity which constantly destroyed
    • parts of the Earth with immense violence, so that elemental destruction
    • all-pervading air. Of course the event I have been describing must not be
    • spoken of in theosophical literature as the descent of Manas, or
    • more or less germinally. Genesis describes this moment and we can take it
    • the original seat of passions and desires — they took up their
    • and earthquakes. In the end, Lemuria was destroyed through these passionate
    • Europe, Africa and America. The descendants of the Lemurian race had
    • settled them in the district now known as the Gobi Desert. There a small
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    • — in whom we have to see the descendants of Atlanteans who had
    • the physical world. We have descended furthest into the physical plane
    • through his descent to the physical plane he has lost his connection
    • at the centre and the situation is as the ancients described it. We
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    • symbolic conditions such as those I described above, but, as I have
    • through symbolic images. Wisdom, for example, may be described as light:
    • unrhythmical, chaotic life: nature has deserted him.
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    • Eastern training calls for strict submission to the Guru. I will describe
    • 1. Yama includes
    • desire nothing.
    • even of a flea, impedes occult development. Whether someone is obliged
    • The injunction, Desire
    • must strive to have no needs, no desire for anything in the world, and
    • if he has to spend money, he must not think of his own wishes or desires
    • meet the needs of my spirit, as everyone else does. I do not desire it,
    • life-giving air; otherwise all life would long ago have been destroyed.
    • This state can be described as follows. You are thinking, for you are
    • inwardly absorbed in the condition of Dhyanam, as described above.
    • not despise it, any more than he does any other tool. The outer sign
    • descriptions can be given of these later stages of Christian Initiation.
    • the Descent into Hell. Then he experiences the tearing away of the curtain
    • of the Resurrection, cannot be described in words. Hence occultism teaches
    • be described. Hence we cannot do more than mention it here. The Christian
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    • Yesterday we described
    • occult schools came to higher knowledge. Today I will try to describe,
    • destroyed. For persons much occupied with science, the necessary path
    • training may be described in two words: true self-knowledge. The
    • Self-knowledge is one of the hardest things to acquire, and it is
    • were in the plant, as is described in the book,
    • contemplation that we described as Dhyanam. The pupil sinks
    • life of the soul. The widespread superficiality of our material epoch
    • I have described the
    • contact with something living, it strives to expel and destroy this life.
    • of salt, for example, would be destroyed, but its negative would arise.
    • and in this way they brought the whole Lemurian continent to destruction.
    • No other cause for this destruction could be found except in what they
    • How man's destiny and will
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    • must always hold — in the sense just described — toward
    • thoroughly understood by both sides. A great deal will depend upon
    • consider the subject from two sides.
    • connected with the ritual, and the ritual includes the sacraments.
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    • earthly body — as is described in my book
    • concretely to the real human being, it provides an explanation of how
    • if the rest of the organism is as just described.
    • people as I am describing are not in condition to travel along our
    • physician comes upon such a person destined to go through all these
    • condition has advanced to the next, as I described it with the sense
    • begin to describe by a wonderful terminology. They look back at their
    • what I have described from another point of view, is richer; it is
    • descriptions they give at this stage, from what — if we speak
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    • much more than I described if one makes a study of some of these
    • describe, because the words one has to use to characterize these
    • experience is remarkable. Their description of it is highly colored
    • very clear memory of it afterward), then they describe how a seraph
    • have described, the first stage consists of the ego organization
    • running parallel. In this experience I am describing, such people
    • body in every direction, to all sides. The physical body pushes back,
    • people as I am describing, the etheric body is seized directly in
    • vitalizing forces. With the individuals I am describing, the moment
    • descriptions, were given to the faithful, so that they could live
    • described, given to individuals simply through their karma, will in
    • such a form of karma as I have been describing. Perhaps it is
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    • seven years provides, in a certain sense, a kind of model from which
    • we can designate the light reflected from the stone as sunlight
    • streamed back to us, so we can designate what the child does in the
    • fade. From the moment when the world deserts us, we have to manage
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    • desire to tell everything. It is a memory in which, when one studies
    • puberty. That is how the condition that I have just been describing
    • astral body. Then the condition is present that I have described,
    • stage” as I described it, when she felt the presence of
    • clear consciousness. And now in such persons as I am describing we
    • life that discloses itself in the kind of speech I described, and in
    • — it takes hold of the upper organs, deserting the lower
    • that something quite different happens. I shall have to describe it
    • clearly the exact opposite of what we described as the third stage
    • in the way I am now describing do not come to “rest in
    • wanderlust, as I described, connected with a memory that lacks logic.
    • excessive cleverness, but rather an unusual desire to learn things
    • his or her karma — as you have seen from my descriptions.
    • related to the child's entire destiny. We will also speak about this
    • second stage I have described can progress to the third stage in the
    • of the pedagogy of former decades that a healthy pedagogy, such as
    • world. Think of a situation such as I described as the first
    • desire at a certain age to follow none but one's own ideas, not to
    • to the lifestyle of the last decades of the Kali Yuga.
    • you look, you will easily see tinges of what I have been describing.
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    • we, too, presumed to take such an attitude, our descendants would
    • materialistic medicine considers correct and Lourdes. In the latter a
    • Therefore I would like to describe a concrete case. It should reveal
    • seriously such examples as I have described.
    • cannot consist of talk, much less of religious tirades. Spiritual
    • foundations, for the two sides of a true divine service.
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    • described as the combining of some substance or other with oxygen;
    • the process within the human body, and combustion is still described
    • means that modern science provides it is not possible to gain an
    • I can only describe it as the greatest possible respect for modern
    • breathing out, in, out, in, out. The process I am now describing is
    • treasures from all sides, but it is like a man who has collected the
    • thinking is unsubstantial. Behind it lies all I have described to you
    • farther into the human being we find the process that provides a path
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    • sides: through the eyes, the sun essence — thought — that
    • desire nature — they want to capture and draw down the sun
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    • sides! On one side, in the sleep condition of the human physical and
    • talking about during the last few days. They descend into their
    • has often been described to the general public, and every initiate
    • describe their illnesses. They go down into their physical and
    • and the person can describe his or her own illness.
    • soul-spiritual entity (as the things I was just describing did not
    • describing and dips down with the spirit and soul into the
    • described. If the person is in the opposite condition, the
    • somnambulist alternates between two conditions, as I have described.
    • the level at which the sick person could describe the process of the
    • therapy. This was the manner of inquiry in the oldest mysteries; it
    • describe their sick organ, they will also describe the medicinal
    • when they descend into the physical body. From this, the priests
    • together!” Well, indeed, everything in these last decades has
    • materialism will not be describing sick inner organs; they have
    • broken free of their organism; they want to describe the external
    • to realize that in the widest sense sick life wants to sink down into
    • were designated in olden times as sin — cause illness in the
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    • in that way) is all destroyed for immediate use by meteorology. This
    • Lady, who hides behind meteorology — in wind and weather, moon
    • rationality is not alive. It describes only the traces, the
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    • to point out how the initiates in the old mysteries described their
    • able to form a physical human body. We have described how this
    • described their initiation they would say that after they had crossed
    • all. What was described as an element in olden times does not exist
    • the material substance. And so initiates described how they were led
    • The second description
    • already described that, but in a modern way. I told you that if the
    • pathological situation, that such people have descended more deeply
    • we descend too deeply, too intensely into physical corporeality, we
    • described their introduction to this state as meeting with the upper
    • be described in this way: I was led through the elements to the lower
    • and higher gods. The modern initiate would describe it as follows: I
    • Who guides the erring soul toward freedom.
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    • must always hold — in the sense just described — toward
    • thoroughly understood by both sides. A great deal will depend upon
    • consider the subject from two sides.
    • connected with the ritual, and the ritual includes the sacraments.
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    • earthly body — as is described in my book
    • concretely to the real human being, it provides an explanation of how
    • if the rest of the organism is as just described.
    • people as I am describing are not in condition to travel along our
    • physician comes upon such a person destined to go through all these
    • condition has advanced to the next, as I described it with the sense
    • begin to describe by a wonderful terminology. They look back at their
    • what I have described from another point of view, is richer; it is
    • descriptions they give at this stage, from what — if we speak
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    • much more than I described if one makes a study of some of these
    • describe, because the words one has to use to characterize these
    • experience is remarkable. Their description of it is highly colored
    • very clear memory of it afterward), then they describe how a seraph
    • have described, the first stage consists of the ego organization
    • running parallel. In this experience I am describing, such people
    • body in every direction, to all sides. The physical body pushes back,
    • people as I am describing, the etheric body is seized directly in
    • vitalizing forces. With the individuals I am describing, the moment
    • descriptions, were given to the faithful, so that they could live
    • described, given to individuals simply through their karma, will in
    • such a form of karma as I have been describing. Perhaps it is
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    • seven years provides, in a certain sense, a kind of model from which
    • we can designate the light reflected from the stone as sunlight
    • streamed back to us, so we can designate what the child does in the
    • fade. From the moment when the world deserts us, we have to manage
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    • desire to tell everything. It is a memory in which, when one studies
    • puberty. That is how the condition that I have just been describing
    • astral body. Then the condition is present that I have described,
    • stage” as I described it, when she felt the presence of
    • clear consciousness. And now in such persons as I am describing we
    • life that discloses itself in the kind of speech I described, and in
    • — it takes hold of the upper organs, deserting the lower
    • that something quite different happens. I shall have to describe it
    • clearly the exact opposite of what we described as the third stage
    • in the way I am now describing do not come to “rest in
    • wanderlust, as I described, connected with a memory that lacks logic.
    • excessive cleverness, but rather an unusual desire to learn things
    • his or her karma — as you have seen from my descriptions.
    • related to the child's entire destiny. We will also speak about this
    • second stage I have described can progress to the third stage in the
    • of the pedagogy of former decades that a healthy pedagogy, such as
    • world. Think of a situation such as I described as the first
    • desire at a certain age to follow none but one's own ideas, not to
    • to the lifestyle of the last decades of the Kali Yuga.
    • you look, you will easily see tinges of what I have been describing.
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    • we, too, presumed to take such an attitude, our descendants would
    • materialistic medicine considers correct and Lourdes. In the latter a
    • Therefore I would like to describe a concrete case. It should reveal
    • seriously such examples as I have described.
    • cannot consist of talk, much less of religious tirades. Spiritual
    • foundations, for the two sides of a true divine service.
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    • described as the combining of some substance or other with oxygen;
    • the process within the human body, and combustion is still described
    • means that modern science provides it is not possible to gain an
    • I can only describe it as the greatest possible respect for modern
    • breathing out, in, out, in, out. The process I am now describing is
    • treasures from all sides, but it is like a man who has collected the
    • thinking is unsubstantial. Behind it lies all I have described to you
    • farther into the human being we find the process that provides a path
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    • sides: through the eyes, the sun essence — thought — that
    • desire nature — they want to capture and draw down the sun
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    • sides! On one side, in the sleep condition of the human physical and
    • talking about during the last few days. They descend into their
    • has often been described to the general public, and every initiate
    • describe their illnesses. They go down into their physical and
    • and the person can describe his or her own illness.
    • soul-spiritual entity (as the things I was just describing did not
    • describing and dips down with the spirit and soul into the
    • described. If the person is in the opposite condition, the
    • somnambulist alternates between two conditions, as I have described.
    • the level at which the sick person could describe the process of the
    • therapy. This was the manner of inquiry in the oldest mysteries; it
    • describe their sick organ, they will also describe the medicinal
    • when they descend into the physical body. From this, the priests
    • together!” Well, indeed, everything in these last decades has
    • materialism will not be describing sick inner organs; they have
    • broken free of their organism; they want to describe the external
    • to realize that in the widest sense sick life wants to sink down into
    • were designated in olden times as sin — cause illness in the
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    • in that way) is all destroyed for immediate use by meteorology. This
    • Lady, who hides behind meteorology — in wind and weather, moon
    • rationality is not alive. It describes only the traces, the
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    • to point out how the initiates in the old mysteries described their
    • able to form a physical human body. We have described how this
    • described their initiation they would say that after they had crossed
    • all. What was described as an element in olden times does not exist
    • the material substance. And so initiates described how they were led
    • The second description
    • already described that, but in a modern way. I told you that if the
    • pathological situation, that such people have descended more deeply
    • we descend too deeply, too intensely into physical corporeality, we
    • described their introduction to this state as meeting with the upper
    • be described in this way: I was led through the elements to the lower
    • and higher gods. The modern initiate would describe it as follows: I
    • Who guides the erring soul toward freedom.
    • Der die Krankheit schickt zum Ausgleich des Karma
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    • Steiner describes the formative work of the Elohim, as well as other
    • the Genesis account with the anthroposophical description of the
    • record known as Genesis, the description of the creation of the world
    • a seer has described the pictures he experienced on looking into the
    • physical world, he can only do so in pictures, but if his descriptive
    • must not be mistaken for a description of things and events in the
    • our ideas, impressions and perceptions, yet in no way coincides with
    • description of anything perceptible by the senses, anything which the
    • obtaining light upon the world it describes except through Spiritual
    • to describe to some extent the origin and development of our earth
    • and of human existence. In my book Occult Science I tried to describe
    • in broad outline, what I described there. At what point then in the
    • peculiar characteristic. It divides into two parts. If we look back
    • creation story, begins. This is what it is describing. We should not
    • progressed, and at the time now being described has reached a certain
    • principle behind such a description is dawning upon us. And when we
    • it as vividly as possible. We shall have to admit that in describing
    • ideas which we use today to describe processes in the external
    • arises in this awakening man is a desire, something which the man's
    • have elements both of thought and of desire coming up in our souls
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    • Steiner describes the formative work of the Elohim, as well as other
    • the Genesis account with the anthroposophical description of the
    • your souls in picture form, there comes a description of one of the
    • of the nature of desire or will. The one complex contains all that
    • self-stimulating element was in a state which is designated as
    • when there happened what we were describing yesterday, when the
    • described. The character of the sound resembling our B, called forth
    • previously been left in my mind, I can describe it.” It was
    • gaseous element is a descending process, but on the other side there
    • act of recollection, would have described it. They could not have
    • warmth, air, water, such as I have described the tohu wabohu
    • descend from warmth into the denser, we come to the gaseous
    • sound, of chemical combination. And from water we can descend lower
    • describing. If you turn your spiritual ear in this direction, you do
    • Elohim, somewhat as our own desire lives in the lower part of our
    • to describe what is taking place? One cannot more fittingly express
    • describe as a pricking or penetrating. That is a thoroughly objective
    • way I have described. What is so remarkable about this ancient record
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    • Steiner describes the formative work of the Elohim, as well as other
    • the Genesis account with the anthroposophical description of the
    • the events there described really took place in the sphere of
    • and are familiar to us. In all our descriptions of the six days' work
    • this more closely described in my
    • one hand, and an element of sound on the other, such as I described
    • confusion which is described in the Bible by the words tohu wabohu.
    • out of the psychic or spiritual activity which I have described as
    • element was an ascending, the other a descending one There was a
    • that is only a comparison, for what I have been describing took place
    • have just described to you what the Elohim did. Within the
    • forms of energy which I have just described. You could also put it
    • reached what is described in Genesis as the second “day”;
    • become air, which of course includes watery vapour, from what tends
    • which I have hitherto described had already existed before, though in
    • on the Sun, it is what we have described as the sprouting plant
    • plant nature is wonderfully described in the Bible. I will deal later
    • of itself. That is very clearly described in the Bible, when it says
    • are today. You will not understand the description of the springing-up
    • possible as regards the animal nature. We have already described how
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    • Steiner describes the formative work of the Elohim, as well as other
    • the Genesis account with the anthroposophical description of the
    • describes a repetition within the developing earth of this ancient
    • — that is to say, with the descent of the elemental consistency
    • sound-ether. So we may describe the elementary existence of the earth
    • describe as “earth” or “solid” must not be
    • confused with what modern science calls earth. What is described here
    • direction, as I described to you yesterday. A force enters into the
    • such a way that first there happens what I am now describing, and
    • described yesterday.
    • after his kind. There we have a vivid description of the instreaming
    • description I gave in my Occult Science of the coming into existence
    • which could have been learnt from Genesis. I only described what I
    • finally to solid, to the earth element, in the way I have described.
    • [Wherever possible, the designations for the hierarchies
    • trinity, we usually make use of Christian designations, and speak of
    • abstract designation of time, but conveys the quality of being.
    • there too I called the Archai Time-Spirits, and described how they
    • activity was associated what can be described as an alternation of
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    • Steiner describes the formative work of the Elohim, as well as other
    • the Genesis account with the anthroposophical description of the
    • elementary existence described in the Bible account of the creation,
    • see something of the nature of Being behind what is described as
    • describing a kind of repetition of this coming into existence of the
    • nevertheless there, the Sun, which I have described as an inweaving
    • described in my
    • several decades. Anyone who treats of the subject knows that. And the
    • of this soul-spiritual entity) is described as weaving over the
    • same way what we designate as physical darkness, what surrounds us at
    • is a continuous consumption, or even a continuous destruction, of the
    • our physical and etheric bodies we have to distinguish destructive
    • processes and processes of renewal — destructive processes
    • not think of those processes of destruction, which take place in our
    • waking life of day we are connected with the destructive forces of
    • This destruction of
    • obviously one can build up nothing if one starts to destroy it. The
    • destructive process takes place in the daytime under the influence of
    • nothing but destruction. There has to be an alternation, a
    • Elohim employ not only the Beings designated by yom, day, but they
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    • Steiner describes the formative work of the Elohim, as well as other
    • the Genesis account with the anthroposophical description of the
    • themselves who have brought this about! We may describe their
    • described as a complex of existence. But in a certain way there
    • described as the cosmic meditation of the Elohim. When we are told
    • talking about. We have been describing what is in the supersensible
    • physicists take note of facts, describe facts — the real and
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    • Steiner describes the formative work of the Elohim, as well as other
    • the Genesis account with the anthroposophical description of the
    • described this earlier form as a kind of lower clairvoyant
    • consciousness I have just described was experienced on the Moon, only
    • seems to press inwards from without. But this description does not
    • have had to be omitted. Then the description would correspond with
    • wrote the Genesis account had, when describing the second
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    • Steiner describes the formative work of the Elohim, as well as other
    • the Genesis account with the anthroposophical description of the
    • the course of these lectures we have described
    • man that precedes the soul-spiritual, but vice versa. We have to
    • described as the first “day” of creation. Thus in the
    • describe their lot is to describe the lot of the rudimentary human
    • himself is in his astral body, which hides within it his ego.
    • point of fact that is an inadequate description. The astral body
    • Genesis gives a description of the clothing of man — man still
    • primarily to our earth. And this description agrees with what we
    • day of creation! If he had descended to the solid earth at that
    • Had he not delayed his descent to the earth, he would have had to
    • being, the group-soul, of these animal forms, descended when the
    • beings which became animals descended too soon for human incarnation.
    • descending into that condition. The animals, the group-souls of the
    • animals, who did descend into it became beings of the air, and beings
    • happened if man had descended into dense matter on the fifth day? His
    • period of development described in Genesis the Elohim had advanced so
    • end of the series of events described in the Genesis account of the
    • creation. Had man been permitted to descend into the finer element of
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    • Steiner describes the formative work of the Elohim, as well as other
    • the Genesis account with the anthroposophical description of the
    • the description of earth evolution in my
    • described in detail in my
    • for the seer to recognise whether a man's soul has descended from
    • earth. What we might describe as the toughest souls were able to go
    • about through their union with the descendants of that pair.
    • “days” of creation have been described, there comes what
    • with the first. I have often described how during the progress of
    • condition began to take on physical form. In the condition described
    • etheric-astral state. What was described on the third
    • fact say this. If you read on, after the description of the seven
    • individual physical form. And the Atlantean mist is described as in
    • document influenced the description given in my
    • description of the second “day.” And when one follows it
    • with those ancient times which are described in the second and on
    • the physical descendants of those who had remained with the earth
    • clouds of steam and smoke, after the moon had left it, the desire
    • descend to the earth grew more pressing in these souls. That is the
    • reality lying behind the words used in describing the fourth
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    • Steiner describes the formative work of the Elohim, as well as other
    • the Genesis account with the anthroposophical description of the
    • what is described in the opening verses takes place. The biblical
    • description of the creation then goes on to cover all that happens
    • moon. What has been described by Spiritual Science as coming after
    • upon the earth coincides with the imprinting of the earth-moon
    • describe the being of man? Wonderfully! The passage is a model of
    • who descended into earthly matter on the fifth “day”
    • creatures. Man did not descend at that time. The group-souls who
    • descend until later. And even on the sixth “day” it was
    • first. Thus man was not able to descend into solid matter even during
    • of the higher animals descended first and populated the earth, as
    • after the image I have described to you. This earth-man arose because
    • of life. The event which is described as the creation of man by
    • describe it (so far as representation is possible at all) by saying
    • same way as the other, lower beings, whose nature is described as
    • to the physical man. Physical man is the descendant, in a densified
    • form, of the etheric man. If one wanted to describe the Jahve-man who
    • descendants of the Elohim-men, and thus of what came into being
    • is in fact a descendant of the heavenly man, the man who was formed
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    • a loss of this vision; man has to find himself deserted by the divine
    • untruth, often unconscious but no less destructive on that account,
    • that we set out to gain a clear idea of the destiny that has befallen
    • throughout this work we find evidence of a desire not to take
    • worlds, and that the Christ descended thence when He entered into the
    • he had descended from a once ‘divine’ height, as his opponent, who
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    • world in order to counter the rapid strides now being taken in the
    • the destruction of the old without putting anything new in its place,
    • that on all sides — right and left — people are succumbing
    • emerge. But he adds two or three lines which deserve attention,
    • designated as Christians, a community to which man allies himself in
    • of external knowledge, man was destined to succumb to materialism.
    • receives his blood through descent, through birth, and when he is 25,
    • and spiritual, men still went on desiring to find in themselves the
    • spiritual to descent, to heredity, until in the 19th
    • destructive power to the fact that it is a product of the brain pure
    • and simple, of the material brain. I have often described how the
    • thinking unfolds only through processes of destruction,
    • social order, a destructive process is set in motion inevitably, for
    • foundation of destruction, namely, the Ahrimanic impulse. — That
    • Leninism are the spades with which the grave of Christianity is being
    • knowledge of the spirit, for this meets with opposition on all sides.
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    • harmonisation of all passions and desires, of all human, personal
    • descent, and then again an ascent. At the deepest point of descent the
    • beggar in the upper world than a king in the realm of the Shades.’
    • Spirituality has here descended to the deepest point.
    • through the Mystery of Golgotha. Paul says, in effect: The descending
    • The Mystery of Golgotha was concerned with the descending path
    • his hosts are superhuman beings. Nor did Lucifer desire that
    • gods: it was necessary that One from among them should descend and
    • He describes five such meetings of the Master with his pupils. The
    • first, after the destruction of Jerusalem; the second, after the
    • How does this poet, writing in the year 1835, describe this symbol
    • describes it as follows:
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    • in the real sense be born, descends from spiritual worlds and is
    • death by the indescribable suffering that was His lot.
    • destiny. Only gradually does the juristic concept of retribution,
    • their courses. Christ descended to humanity in order to unite the
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    • sides — where we to-day see only clouds and stars — earthly
    • his descent through birth from the spiritual world into the physical
    • had descended to the earthly realm at the time of the Mystery of
    • divine worlds, accepted for Himself a destiny different from that of
    • divine Being resolved to pass through human destiny on the earth in
    • change I have described was beginning to take place, vestiges of
    • greater part of the historical records have been destroyed, but those
    • god had lived through a human destiny and had thereby united Himself
    • with the destiny of the earth — an experience hitherto unknown to
    • Nothing of a material nature is at work in Intuition as described in
    • conceived merely as a continuation of the Lord's Supper described in
    • has really no desire to know anything about the reality of the Risen
    • Christian. He concedes that there may still be a great deal in the
    • the human destiny of birth and death, the earth received its meaning
    • strides in super-sensible knowledge, the Mystery of Golgotha, and
    • how a god shared the human destiny of birth and death. This revelation
    • Christ had not risen, the soul would be involved in the destiny of the
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    • shoulder-blades, his only vulnerable part. This is a prophetic
    • this same note of tragic destiny was implicit in the Nordic sagas, in
    • the life of knowledge, of art, of beauty, in the widest sense of the
    • Beings who never descend to physical incarnation, Beings whose names
    • including those who, as the descendants of the Atlanteans, had
    • still survived, as well as the old myths and legends describing the
    • inspiration, and the oldest inhabitants of the North were still
    • that the man of the Fifth Post-Atlantean epoch has descended still
    • As I have already said, the purpose of man's descent into a
    • same stages as on the descent, but now in a higher form. To-day man
    • A destiny in the very highest degree significant is approaching us,
    • We must realise that the etheric body, which has descended very
    • Let us assume that he descended so firmly and deeply into the physical
    • the point where man's descent into the physical body was countered by
    • Just as it was man's destiny to sink into the deepest depths of
    • Future, foreshadowing the destiny of those who free themselves more
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    • the past in order to be able to describe to-morrow what is felt about
    • Jesus of Nazareth. Christ, descending into a human form, was manifest
    • mankind through its great Prototype, through the Being Who descended
    • the earth, living in an earthly frame, has descended from spiritual
    • ‘I’. So they describe how the great spiritual Beings, the Avatars,
    • descend and incarnate in human bodies from time to time when men are
    • descend in order to help mankind. Thus when help was needed, the great
    • God Vishnu descended into earthly existence. One of the embodiments of
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    • Divine-Spiritual Powers who from epoch to epoch descended from
    • man could only find this way by the descent of a Divine
    • descended far more deeply than the other Guiding Spirits, cosmic and
    • after another might have descended from spiritual worlds, until
    • descended should be made fit, cleansed, purified and hallowed in such
    • stands before him with all the disintegration and destruction of life
    • human feelings and desires are so purified and sublimated through the
    • such a Being as the Christ in Jesus of Nazareth descends into earthly
    • A human individuality descending from spiritual heights into
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    • described in detail the work of Christ as lord of human destiny —
    • indication of the great mysteries of destiny that worked in these
    • of the Christian Community. For example, Rudolf Steiner describes in
    • men in their bodily nature only as descending through the generations
    • of death. (This is something that could not be described in books, but
    • which can be described in this way. Christ is becoming Lord of Karma
    • of His direct intervention in human destiny. This intervention is not
    • they are in the physical body, when this event becomes a widespread
    • We have now described the facts concerning the third revelation and
    • the soul incapable of faith become withered, dried-up as the desert.
    • table to-day without being sure it would not be destroyed in the
    • despondent about what he supposes the future may bring, will go
    • painted or described in words, something is represented which at the
    • to descend. Previously, the ego could come to men only by sinking into
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    • wishes and desires of the soul, its joys, sorrows, the particular
    • This desire, working as a force in the soul, lasted on for a long,
    • particularly keen desire that we may perhaps clothe in these words:
    • their number is modest compared with that of the rest of mankind. It
    • here in Nuremberg, you heard a description of this coming catastrophe,
    • which the ego descended among men. The Christ-event had also to happen
    • in that epoch, because, with Him, the ego made its descent in a
    • now, I would note that these gradual happenings have been described
    • things can be described from many different sides, we shall no longer
    • knowing that any description amounts only to an approximation of the
    • that we see in the various forms of monism is belief of the blindest
    • kind, believed by the monists to be knowledge. We cannot describe
    • been outlived and the stage reached that is described in Goethe's
    • must gradually become widespread in the sixth culture-epoch. Then in a
    • way, we have to consider it from two sides. One side has certainly not
    • and what has now been described for the sixth post-Atlantean epoch as
    • profoundest instruction concerning the nature of the Mystery of
    • age of man; in a certain sense we could designate it as a coming
    • point in full consciousness to what is destined to come about —
    • spiritual within them to confront their culture in utter desolation
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    • Science — the Spirit with whom we desire to unite, who descended
    • like riddles, like uneasy questions concerning the destiny of man and
    • destiny of the human soul, to which it is subject in that region of
    • earth-life, when we descend from the spiritual world and incarnate in
    • principles, is fashioned by the spiritual individuality which descends
    • are passed in the manner we have often described. Immediately after
    • world it certainly has many sad aspects, many painful sides. But we
    • sleep with another, a super-sensible life, and he decides to compare it
    • described, it follows in such a case that the etheric body —
    • that we continually labour at the destruction of the body. If we could
    • not destroy it we could never attain to perfection. For we purchase
    • the perfection, as it were, with the destruction of the outer physical
    • does not accomplish the long work of destruction, which he might have
    • again to descend to the earth. These are the souls who will soon
    • strong help to those others who must soon descend to the earth. Young
    • still connected with that spiritual world from which we descended. One
    • of coming back home into the world from which he descended. This is of
    • knowledge when they descend to earth again in their next incarnation.
    • who now go through the gate of death so early, descend again; but most
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    • destined for the very purpose of leading the human soul to inquire as
    • thereby created, into which the souls descending later were born. Thus
    • was a time which we can describe as follows: We see the old Roman
    • we have around us the spiritual world which we describe as the world
    • disembodied soul, to remove everything which destroys perfection by
    • the wish to become such that everything undesirable may be wiped out.
    • for he desires nothing more than to be able to evolve the forces
    • nearer to the world from which he descended at birth. This
    • as it were. The world out of which a man has descended then withdraws,
    • would be as if predestined. If, however, a man is especially active in
    • Things have always two sides. From this standpoint, ever seeking again
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    • From the descriptions which have been given, you will already have
    • shades of colour, as we see them to-day, because he was not so much
    • Here on earth, according to the normal course of life Man is destined
    • much of what has just been described is being carried up into the
    • the ‘nothingness,’ and that it is destined to disappear into
    • destined for a long life, and were forcibly cut off. So that there is
    • destined for existence, and which has not lived it out. Let us take
    • destined for existence, but which has not lived through it. It is
    • On entering the domain of spiritual life it is necessary that besides
    • number not of centuries but of decades, have come and gone in the
    • can only recognise these fruits if we bear in mind the two sides of
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    • relating to the enigmas of the spiritual world descend from the
    • would become barren and desolate. Man creates here in physical
    • Spiritual Science does not lead us to despise the earth, with all that
    • designate as ‘we,’ as ‘I,’ that which is most
    • with the outer world and live in it. I have often described this going
    • art That,’ described in my book
    • into the compass of what we can designate as the
    • or less degree within us, besides the self on which our freedom
    • something which they do not immediately desire, but they wish it so
    • then guides him to organise his life, and to create beforehand the
    • dangerous sides to the evolution of the human soul. And it is very
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    • varied sides, as must be done in Spiritual Science.
    • different sides which harmonise, a certain wisdom is created, and this
    • guides and conducts us, but the ordinary consciousness knows nothing
    • veil; it hides from us those events to which I am now referring, which
    • point already described. We must presuppose that we have been
    • he himself describes the manner in which Markus Freund behaved during
    • close to him. Anyhow he had the indescribable feeling of a strange
    • letters, wherein he describes himself in the third person), from that
    • better again. He decides to record this, and remembers what his state
    • A quite remarkable connection is described in this novel, and we must
    • means. If, as I have described in my public lectures, we strengthen
    • are immediately confronted with the process of destruction, with that
    • is, all that manifests as destruction in human life. And if we have
    • eternal process of growth. The psychic spiritual descends from the
    • that which descends from the spiritual world. While he was in the
    • desires can already be found in the older Theosophists. But Oetinger
    • scientific thought to an inner instrument in the way described, why is
    • experiments often described, just as the apprehension of the secrets
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    • usually designated as the “Approach to the Gate of Death”;
    • at the destruction of the human organism, a destruction which finally
    • nature, but is rather, in a sense, destructive. Through our power of
    • progress, especially in the last decades, so that anyone who really
    • gives himself up to what in our materialistic age is designated
    • which desires to be so free from belief in authority, we go to the
    • much inclined to despair, as was Faust, thus:
    • And saddest of all Theology!
    • things which perplexed Faust, but desires to know all the more of
    • Mauthner finally concludes that man has nothing but signs, signs,
    • senses. For instance, he might have another sense besides the eye. He
    • vain. The humility, the modesty, that results from such a path of
    • to-day to desire to be clever, to attain a definite standpoint of
    • to the above description, and not follow along those lines of thought,
    • in the old style, have described this Event. Paul also described this
    • Evangelists. As a result of these descriptions a number of men united
    • catacombs, concealed and despised, now fills the world. And the
    • the Gospels. They have studied them for decades, with earnest and
    • cleverness. There is no reason to despise lightly this critical
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    • We have a description of the human being based on the external
    • find man described in old mystical and occult works. These
    • descriptions, however, have arisen in quite another way than by
    • much more correct than what is described today by the anatomist, for
    • he only describes the corpse. The old descriptions were gained in such
    • There are seven grades of human consciousness: trance consciousness,
    • St. John in the description of the Washing of the Feet,
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    • joy and sorrow, desires, wishes, etc., one is speaking of the astral
    • Desire underlies all those things involving human activity or karma.
    • Man would have no reason to be active if he had no desires. He has
    • however the desire to take part in the world surrounding him. This is
    • why we also call his astral body his body of desires.
    • called Kamaloka. It is a condition in which there is still desire to
    • after death a person could say that he had no further desire to use
    • see within. He then soon comes back into physical life. His desires
    • the collective form of his earlier desires still exists in Kamaloka;
    • materialistic life becomes ever more widespread. Many people who now
    • All western nations have developed activity, passionate desires. An
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    • that it is the Philosopher's Stone. This is an apt description.
    • itself with the first. The second spinal column will descend in front
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    • matter which is described in Theosophy as Light Ether. The third kind
    • gradually distinguish them in this way. Our description tallies with
    • different grades of ether.
    • in the condition described as the dream world, and when one then seeks
    • from warmth: passions, impulses, instincts, desires, wishes and so on,
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    • within him. Desire first appeared after he had incorporated other
    • verified by science. They are decadent animals which are descended
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    • as they are today, but they then descend a further stage lower. This
    • three lower bodies descended more deeply. When the Old Moon evolution
    • above. The name Jehovah does not designate a single being, but a rank
    • that with the designations Jehovah, Archangeloi, Angeloi, we have to
    • over from the Old Moon. This provides a physical foundation. In
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    • Orders. The Augustinian teaching of predestination.
    • destruction; a new impulse broke in. In occultism this is called a
    • Augustine put forward the doctrine of predestination he was entirely
    • not to be taught, the Augustinian doctrine of predestination had to
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    • the descending line, the form of the etheric body is the reverse of
    • desires, joy, unhappiness, enthusiasm and so on. It manifests itself
    • in forms of every description. The surrounding part shows cloud
    • desires. What took place at that time corresponds to a combination of
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    • development of self-consciousness during the descent to the physical
    • physical senses. Previously he was on the higher planes. He descended
    • germinal condition. Man has descended from the Arupa Plane through the
    • with his desires. On the physical plane he must learn to renounce, to
    • was desire, craving: in no other way does one descend to a lower plane
    • except through desire. Previously the soul was in the Astral World;
    • the Arupa Plane. Then he descends again to the physical world. One who
    • descends. What he does not yet know, what he has not yet recognised,
    • descends, the way in which Karma takes hold becomes apparent. Avidja
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    • In occultism what we have now described is again called a spiral
    • body. Man enters into life filled with desires, impulses and passions.
    • In so far as he masters these impulses, desires and passions, he is
    • possibility, by way of his desires, to do what otherwise he would not
    • to it his wishes and desires. Without these he would have been unable
    • and morality. Only after a gradual transformation of his desires can
    • man, is etheric outside, just as what is desire within him, is astral
    • Here desires are cultivated by contact with external things. When a
    • them. The desire remains but the organs are lacking. In Kamaloka he
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    • and frees himself from his desires. It is actually only in its first
    • zone. The eastern zone coincides with the Slavonic peoples, the
    • in the earthly world, destiny too is prepared by man for himself, and
    • Pre-Lemurian Age had learned to know in pictures. Then desires and
    • person in a group acts instinctively. The Deva guides the Folk Soul;
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    • existence’ means, will now become clear to us. Before we descended to
    • Moon Isis, the Goddess of Fertility. Isis is the soul of the Moon, the
    • nature. The initiate describes the world as it is on the other side,
    • and reaches a still higher condition he again describes an
    • had his own knowledge; he describes three such stages of
    • destined to become later what the moon is today. This must be overcome
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    • various grades. The Rosicrucians were the messengers of the White
    • men were now to become masters of their destiny. For the first time,
    • descriptive expressions were frequently lacking. Such expressions for
    • today we must still describe many things with Indian words. But
    • Let us suppose that someone had given the design and the impulse for
    • Now there is a further descent into the earthly. The mental picture
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    • result of his deeds in the past. This is the case in the widest sense
    • beings who descended from the Nirvana plane. They are called Monads.
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    • enveloped on all sides by the body of a spiritual being, we can
    • therefore rightly called ‘the Word’, another designation is: The Son
    • world, which form our destiny, through tendencies which have their
    • the external destiny, all the bodily circumstances into which man is
    • actual destiny, that comes back to us karmically.
    • spiritual ideas. Those desires and wishes live in man which are
    • produced out of imagination. This is his desire-nature = Sanskara.
    • destiny as Rupa; the destiny of the nation into which he is born, as
    • addition, working with Sanskara, the desire nature, and Vijnana, the
    • Sanskara: Desire.
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    • child is descended from father and mother. That is to say we come to a
    • Just as a child is descended from his parents, so all those primitive
    • human beings are descended from others who had already attained a high
    • a bell which descended like a dome over the human being who went on
    • descendants of these animals. It is a fact that at that time the earth
    • earth and the other beings already described. The astral body with the
    • The moon actually provides shelter for astral
    • described in Egypt as the union of Osiris and Isis. From it came forth
    • One must conceive the descent of the ‘Sons of Manas’ in this pictorial
    • physical body, but the etheric body divides itself into two members.
    • is that it has desires. The upper part has instead of these, devotion,
    • Buddhi. The description here given of the human being is as seen in
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    • Beings — Jehovah as the God of the descending Kama-principle;
    • when he ennobles his passions and desires to an ever-greater degree.
    • This substance in which Jehovah seeks to incarnate provides, as such,
    • around themselves a powerful aura of desires. In this incarnate asuric
    • becomes the Second Logos. Through the descending Kama-Principle it was
    • person destroys life, this has for him a tremendous significance.
    • [Gap in text ...]. In no way can one so readily assimilate destructive
    • stronger killing, for it destroys the will. The occultist therefore
    • never intrudes into a person's freedom; he only relates facts.
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    • sink ourselves into our own ego organisation, to desire always more
    • the earth would be on the path leading to destruction.
    • have had with the earth. The satisfaction of desires must be put
    • aside. Such desires are a process in the astral body, but the astral
    • one can satisfy the desires of the astral body through the instrument
    • of the physical body. After death the desire for enjoyment is still
    • all such desires, Kamaloka is at an end and is followed by the time in
    • happens: the person has freed himself from desires, wishes, instincts,
    • desires when he is still a simple person, but it is a bad thing if
    • someone uses his highly evolved intellect to gratify those desires.
    • Then part of his manasic nature unites with these lower desires. In
    • automatic intellect. These shells are called shades. These shades
    • developing further. But with the dissolving of the shades, karma is
    • Innumerable errors can assail anyone who enters astral space. Besides
    • desirous of incarnation, whirl towards the life-ether and now form a
    • brings with him when he descends in order to incarnate. When he has
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    • there are no instincts and desires.
    • cannot make that silent, modest purity such an object of our
    • contemplation's as one can in this oldest kingdom.
    • this for decades — then what the plant has released in us as soul
    • seldom, for the thoughts are generally clouded by instincts, desires
    • counter-effect of action and feeling goes upwards; here it descends.
    • receive a shock which brings about idiocy. With a further descent the
    • Destiny is formed through yet other factors: feelings fashion the
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    • taken place. The Monad has descended from the highest regions of
    • Devachan into the astral region and in the course of this descent has
    • met by the Monad on its descent into the astral world. This was in the
    • This is how the descent of the soul takes place. But in order that it
    • enthusiasm in the place of desires, he creates harmony between the
    • itself and established peace in the face of the destructive forces.
    • one. If we are a destructive element in the world, what is reflected
    • must describe as the progress of man in his inner life. What is
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    • Earth-men of the pre-Lemurian Age are the actual descendants of the
    • most beautiful of the Moon Pitris descended to the Earth. The Polarian
    • descending Monads. Then it was that human beings divided into two
    • failed to satisfy the descending Monad; hence they poured only a part
    • describes the conflict between Jehovah and Lucifer
    • with this Principle one must first love the Earth, one must descend on
    • science and art, but he cannot descend altogether on to the Earth: for
    • Dragon; Ezekiel describes him as the Winged Bull.
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    • Root-Race is usually called the Aryan Race and includes as the First
    • When the first Earth Round emerged, everything that had descended from
    • to their lower nature. Present-day animals are Moon-men descended to a
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    • utterly destroyed. This was called the measure of things. Everything
    • The first Elementary Kingdom is difficult to describe. Let us assume
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    • other beings besides minerals, plants, animals and human beings. There
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    • light. That is the condition described in the Bible: ‘And darkness was
    • man who describes it. The builder, who actually constructed the
    • describes. The creative wisdom is exactly the same as the wisdom which
    • certain way man works destructively on the elemental forces of Nature.
    • fundamentally speaking, man works destructively where elemental beings
    • Lemurian Age; because of this Lemuria could meet its destruction
    • The Fifth Root-Race is descended from the original Semites, from the
    • a reality. The Sixth Sub-Race is destined to replace blood
    • itself is going towards its destruction. Within it is the seed of the
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    • hordes, of which the Mongolians are the last, placing oneself in the
    • mood of all these mediaeval peoples, one sees how the desperation of
    • hindrances, who places destructive, hindering things in the path of
    • destroy the people. The deep occult truths can therefore not be taught
    • descended so deeply as present-day animals, nor yet ascended so high
    • descending sons of Manas.
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    • connected with the desire for the ego. Man became independent through
    • who knew most about Christianity: St. John. He describes at the very
    • to be. The whole course of human evolution is a descent and a
    • re-ascent. Man had to descend to the lowest point. And it was in order
    • descended. This religion which led them downwards had to have an outer
    • beginning of St. John's Gospel in the description of the changing of
    • indeed the true ‘Son of Man’, who descended to the greatest depths in
    • certain culture is in process of destruction and a new one is being
    • contrary the Old is clear-cut, but has a critical, destructive
    • second part is negative and altogether destructive. This is a double
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    • the shoulder blades. This is his vulnerable spot, first made
    • descent to the deepest point and then the ascent.
    • personal had actually to come to expression in the way described in
    • who originated from the West were left-behind descendants of the
    • find Buddhism most widespread with what has remained over from the
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    • melancholic, and choleric. Steiner describes here how each person's
    • destroyed, it leaves nothing of its form that could be passed on to
    • passions, desires, and of the ever-changing content of sensation and
    • feeling of despondency. Pain continually wells up within him. This is
    • its entirety, which includes the spiritual, can knowledge bear
    • intensifies his despondency and inner suffering; instead, he must be
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    • deserted by the etheric or life body. Therefore the spiritual
    • in space and time, they designated as the “astral body”
    • himself to his descendants. Far too little attention is paid to this
    • the power to bequeath what it contains within it to the descendants.
    • his descendants faculties which still remain to be developed. That is
    • the animal. There is still something besides, which man can acquire
    • No one who desires clear concepts can deny the justification of this.
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    • soul — and we describe the soul life as the inner life, in
    • existence fully equipped, and bequeaths to its racial descendants its
    • course of nature this is transmitted through lineal descent, he
    • equilibrium. If we carefully study the design for the animal's
    • animals nearest him. But whereas in the design of the animal
    • period of life, in regard to the activity we have been describing,
    • described as an expression of the spirit that has become soul —
    • from lack of modesty, I should like to refer to the Rosicrucian
    • allowing the two sides of human nature to work on each other, so that
    • organization. Let the two sides in man come together without the
    • man we have what may be thus described — according to the
    • so on, which on both sides stands open to the working of the spirit.
    • are the same but formed from different sides. Hence his great joy
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    • world when we read the wonderfully beautiful description of the rising
    • description was, however, written more than a hundred years ago, and
    • described them; such were the practices in ancient times. Then the
    • Nowadays men describe the sun by saying that it sends its rays down
    • leading to initiation are described in my books, particularly in
    • following. If a man desires to penetrate into the great mysteries of
    • man of today, owing largely to his materialistic education, describes
    • cosmos, but who, on the contrary, are desirous of getting hold of
    • human beings who are desirous of being possessed by them. In matters
    • more, passing in their descent through the sphere of the moon, and
    • cosmos and tends to destroy inner activity of soul. This inner life of
    • say, with the men of old: “O sun, thou sendest towards me the
    • the earth. And it is not only the juices described by our modern
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    • be described approximately in the following way.
    • have here described would represent the Jupiter evolution. But within
    • the Old Moon-existence; and what I describe as the Spiritual is
    • If it was desired to address questions Jupiter, even the declamation
    • designated as those of Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Moon, Venus and
    • more, whereas the desire is to be fully qualified after these four or
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    • In the lecture yesterday I described the external aspect, as it were,
    • the description given of the conditions in which man lives between
    • birth. Naturally, in such descriptions, a few selected details only
    • what was described yesterday in its material-physical aspect —
    • the aspect of the cosmos viewed from within. I want now to describe
    • therefore only be a matter of describing the vista that reveals itself
    • impulses described in my
    • The Venus-nature has been amply described in traditions and manifests
    • process of Initiation — as I have described them in the book
    • them. He knows, firstly, what I described yesterday. And from a
    • after the intermediate condition during which he sees what I described
    • I have had to describe these matters with a certain subtlety because
    • crude theory of man's descent from animals is a fallacy) — but
    • see, it is also possible to describe the detailed, concrete facts of
    • conception sprang from the different modes of thinking, which were in
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    • I have lately been describing to you man's relationships to the
    • pervades the earth as slate-formation, we see that its external
    • is described in my
    • a more complicated description, but on the whole it remains
    • It is true that in their basic design some features of the animal form
    • graphite, as diamond. These bodies are then described according to
    • You see, everything I have been describing has to be re-established
    • described.
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    • to say, “A man like Alcibiades is a mere prince in a fairy story
    • writer, when desiring to give life and form to the personalities he is
    • has really succeeded in thus planting Lycurgus or Alcibiades on their
    • to do with the senses and is the most material. Demeter, the Goddess,
    • who brings forth the fruits of the earth and presides over the
    • needs to be given, though perhaps unconsciously, what it truly desires
    • movement that we are able to have among us one who provides all that
    • any prophet, of any description of super-sensible facts, if they are
    • what we desire, contrary to the demands of our ambition or our vanity,
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    • able to give us a view into the land of our desire, into eternity. We
    • necessarily follow that Faust should own that he deserves to fall
    • life, seems to descend ever lower, how it takes other forms, but how,
    • things I experienced of myself is that I have within me, besides my
    • In order to describe the corresponding facts, I must, as is often the
    • I am obliged to describe them. They are the etheric parts
    • destined to become spiritual leaders in the course of time develop
    • descended from his former spiritual heights. But the truth is simply
    • what he did.” When the difference I have described is understood,
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    • this with the concepts and modes of thought that are indispensable to
    • any true description of super-sensible worlds. It is comprehensible
    • more or less justifiably described as eternal. Surely it is also
    • and modes of thought to a certain change before we are able to form
    • particularly necessary for an actual description of the Christ event,
    • world order — must be kept distinct. If we are describing a
    • us suppose it is a poisonous plant. We do not confuse our description
    • of the senses, when describing the world of nature, to rid ourselves
    • describe and understand what comes to meet us in the super-sensible
    • Threshold, certain processes of the soul, feelings and desires,
    • knowledge belonging to the material world. This description of the
    • as we can give a description of the hand in physical life at all, we
    • were we confined to a description of nature in the world of the
    • in ordinary sensory life are reckoned as cravings or desires. We may
    • ask how cravings, desires and emotions appear to us in the life of the
    • the character of the man's desires. We know quite well, for instance,
    • feeling. We may thus say that man's world of desire is kindled within
    • foolish to say that one cannot speak of desires and so forth in
    • when wanting to discover his desires and cravings, but he has to
    • having desires, longings, emotions, he does not look at the being
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    • meets us in the outer world. Within our soul cravings and desires
    • forward nothing more than the whole of what has just been described.
    • impulses, desires and passions, in his feelings, ideas, and the
    • able to stand it but would be completely destroyed!
    • the means described in
    • That is only one side of what I have been describing to you. We must
    • about similar to what I described yesterday. One must practice
    • deadened, what has been described as a kind of fading out of the soul,
    • world in the way described. But in so doing one learns the reason why
    • this etheric world fades into a kind of unconsciousness. In simple
    • we experience as something strange. If we would describe this, we must
    • have just been describing. In his physical condition he is both a
    • that may be described as one in which we experience ourselves outside
    • experiences in coming down into the etheric body. I have described
    • away into infinity.” One cannot use the expression on all sides
    • because the super-sensible world has many more sides and quite
    • to say that through his astral body, which I have described as the
    • they become what is described as the world of the Higher Hierarchies,
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    • confronted with beings, and besides the beings of the other kingdoms
    • described it from other points of view. You learn to know the world of
    • left behind you, in the sense of the way we described this before,
    • What I have here been describing may not, however, only arise out of
    • ordinary life in the world of the senses, be described somewhat as
    • Now, something else is bound up with what has just been described as a
    • mood in the world we have just been describing. There, you cannot say,
    • Now I once made a search for certain states capable of description in
    • fully conscious sleep (that I have described as a being in the higher
    • describing. But there is certainly nothing to be found in European
    • describing is contained, not in the words, but in the echo of the mood
    • what you can only describe as a revolving, about which the words
    • time, but rather the feeling of making a round, of describing a
    • speaking, we feel ourselves in eternity with this one desire, “If
    • accept a real description of the higher worlds. If that is really what
    • we want on setting foot in them, all ordinary descriptions of the
    • world of the senses, and everything else besides, must be abandoned. I
    • describe it in another way to make it precise, and then to combine it
    • existence, we have to describe it — if we still wish to do so at
    • whole truth. When in the world of the senses some desire takes
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    • if we are to arrive at a right description of the various worlds of
    • which you will find described in
    • circumstances, each person should act whose soul is desirous of
    • experience of super-sensible life, into these descriptions that may be
    • that it is. In our time, in the widest circles, there is a strong
    • research. In this respect it is most desirable, particularly for
    • classification and description of everything that in our age can be
    • super-sensible worlds whom we call Lucifer. How did we describe this
    • Now a desire exists in every human soul as an echo from the spiritual
    • the cocoon of its selfhood, and only desires what is of service to
    • avoid fire, because in certain circumstances it destroys life. On the
    • in this way for the description of any being of the super-sensible
    • super-sensible beings can be described as good or bad; the beings
    • for the world of the senses can be described by saying that where our
    • desire to carry up the physical into the super-physical is both strong
    • done. I should like here to describe what I mean by a comparison. By
    • destined for the temporal and the passing moment. Because the urge is
    • Through this we can realise how easy it is for descriptions to be
    • like?” In the higher worlds where descriptions of these beings
    • with spiritual beings in the way we have just described. For this
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    • attitude of the individual toward what we may call the description of
    • super-sensible worlds, any man who will accept their descriptions,
    • unknown, distant landscape simply from a description. If you have a
    • a description, but it is still true to say that only he who can see
    • world. Understanding precedes seeing, is in no way influenced by it,
    • but the fact that he is in ordinary life precludes his having any
    • time, we see the Buddha descending from another planet of our solar
    • and dogmas. I wanted to represent and describe many things, not merely
    • the most varied shades of thought, but men of whose presence we are
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    • lectures will be to describe the inner life of man in relation to the
    • for these are made up of feeling, which wells up and again subsides.
    • our destiny and also through our inward life, which give us pain and
    • for the dead person and his destiny, in order to see what he desires
    • And so you can understand, that what is described by the clairvoyant
    • In this and the following lectures I shall describe what the
    • meet with what I shall now try to describe.
    • longer provides us with thoughts, but one feels as if poured out into
    • whose light shines out and fades, giving forth radiant light —
    • the beginning of the clairvoyant experience we have described. One
    • circulation, one might describe it as dark waves in the light-body,
    • go still further. If one were only to see what I have just described,
    • oneself seen previously, which we described as the outer world —
    • thou standest as an individuality in the world, that thou thyself
    • live outside our body in the manner described. When we live in these
    • thinking. For when a person accepts what has just been described as
    • How must we describe in a few words that which is enkindled within us
    • receive something like an impression of what is described concerning
    • vital feeling, we may describe it by saying that we now regard human
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    • on to where we were before we incarnated. We described in Lecture 1 a
    • means of leaving the body by going into Space. Lecture 2 describes
    • last lectures we tried to describe what the human soul first sees
    • considered from various sides. There is another way of leaving the
    • body. I might say that the way I described in the last lecture showed
    • as in a meadow flowers appear among the green blades of grass, so
    • thereby get out of our body in a different way from the one described
    • By the method we have just described we first go backwards through
    • different from the one described in the last lecture. Notice this
    • spiritual life, and it is difficult to describe these in fitting
    • the manner I have just described, he comes out of it quite
    • differently. When he leaves his body in the manner I described in the
    • described how he diffuses himself over external space and how he
    • man really goes through what we are describing to-day, he steps out
    • have just described is infinitely more important than the way we
    • described in the last lecture which does not get out of space; for
    • comprehended when one leaves the body in the manner described to-day.
    • he tries to gain a notion of his true destiny, through a life which
    • describe as religion that which draws man out of this physical world.
    • And with respect to what we have just described as the passing of the
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    • against the gods, serves their designs; because if he had his way,
    • consciousness pours forth something, pervades his whole being with
    • consciousness, as we are obliged to let it descend into the dark
    • described as a sort of corpse, a partial corpse. This corpse is the
    • enters into us pervades us in such a manner that again a battle takes
    • the way described, but in this case, in ‘time’, they are
    • above-described process. Thus whereas in our physical body a corpse
    • describe these things. Just as we must say perception and thought
    • does; it hides something that lives in our inner being, something
    • Guardian of the Threshold hides it from us because we can only judge
    • I have just described — in so far as it relates to feeling and
    • his evolution. What I have just described applies particularly to the
    • sense-perceptions had not only their destructive effect, but they
    • through the Saturn, Sun and Moon Periods, as described in my book
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    • I tried, as far as is possible in a public lecture, to describe in
    • describe; but it is so in important moments, during important
    • also, what I shall now describe is not continually necessary in the
    • towards him so abundantly that he cannot escape it. From all sides
    • two sides of life have to supplement and balance each other. We form
    • the instinctive desire really to introduce this balance into our
    • I shall now describe as the corresponding event in the spiritual
    • it, and this result may be described as follows: —
    • way described and it is in his karma that he may be cured. Naturally,
    • physical plane arrive at being a soul that guides itself. On the
    • widespread and is a form of dreamlike clairvoyant consciousness which
    • now reappears in the spiritual world, in the way have described. On
    • the whole, the description of what takes place in the spiritual world
    • provides in all cases a valuable clue to the understanding of myths,
    • we may speak of a Divine Being who pervades it. In the nineteenth
    • First Cause which pervades all and brings all into a certain harmony.
    • arrive at a Divine Being who pervades all; and when we consider this
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    • description of the world's midnight in the 'Soul's Awakening.'
    • only know about ourselves. In the physical world desire is passive,
    • Impulse brings us to the midnight of the world: our desire towards
    • description of what here takes place within the soul; for it is an
    • connected with what then takes place in the soul were to be described
    • describe the external process of ideas (now of course the spiritually
    • If we wished to describe the ideas which are then experienced in the
    • This, which we may describe as the fruit of the last life, we feel in
    • happens when the memory-tableau gradually fades away and grows dim,
    • decades. When we are in earthly life between birth and death, we
    • overcome we still have a connection of desire with our last earthly
    • overcoming takes decades to accomplish: but it is revealed
    • we really have a desire for our body. We absolutely long for our
    • decades to accomplish. This is the period in which we gradually
    • in the period which is occupied in the manner I have just described,
    • have been given, I am in a position to describe various conditions
    • condition which may be described thus: There is a period during which
    • must be born within our soul as I have described, something that is
    • respect, namely a force which I might describe as something like a
    • feeling-desire or a desiring-feeling. In respect of our feeling and
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    • than otherwise. (This does not refer to suicides). Intellectual powers
    • destroy itself. That which in one sphere works as nature works, may
    • speaking of what I described as the great ‘Midnight Hour of our
    • think that he would gain what has just been described by bringing
    • find described in my book
    • spiritual worlds is described, that when the ideas of the physical
    • world are directed to this description, it should at first be felt to
    • conditions which you describe as taking place after death are not at
    • greater until it destroys itself and when I say the following you
    • it enters the sphere of culture, as we have just described.
    • descends to earthly life he has constructed out of the spiritual
    • has just been described, humanity would gradually reach the point
    • in mind what the Spirit provides for earthly evolution in the future:
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    • essential it is to emphasise the need for human modesty — how
    • waver always between pride and modesty. We must certainly not give
    • way to pride, but neither must we surrender to modesty. It would be a
    • going through one of their hardest ordeals — the ordeal of
    • everything is destined to be brought into the light of consciousness.
    • in nearly 2,000 years is the simple fact that the Christ descended to
    • consciousness and human soul-development, in the broadest sense, are
    • and not only the first two or three decades of youth — bring
    • of our age you may see how a social impulse, in the broadest
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    • the connections we form through our individual destiny and karma, and
    • communities which point to a common destiny in earlier lives; but
    • includes only those things which belong wholly to the life between
    • for the reason that besides economic life we have a life of rights
    • derived from personal desires, comes to expression —
    • we receive according to our desires. In the sphere of rights we make
    • of the community of mankind, but on manifold sides a delirium of
    • man prides himself on his own dogmatic opinions and is interested
    • speak to our life of thought — the Christ Who desires to reveal
    • from inner development, from self-education. Besides the
    • intentions of the Christ, Who did not descend from worlds above the
    • idealism, that besides instinctive idealism they should achieve in
    • idealism, something unfolds. And this can be described only as a
    • reveals itself through the Being I have just described, that I wanted
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    • desires and the longings of our spirit are the deepest and final
    • say, established in the widest circles. Certainly, in some quarters
    • sense-perceptible reality includes objects which cease to be real, in
    • something more. You know from my writings the descriptions I have
    • frequently described: in fact to the political State. People who in
    • soul in the life after death (as I described it just now), then and
    • destined to flower in our souls during the life after death. And so,
    • capitalism. The human soul has indeed become a desert. But out of the
    • desert there struggles up whatever can proceed from the single
    • descendants for more than a certain period — thirty years after
    • destiny of the present. But, of course, we must attend to the clear
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    • and genus. He sub-divides and classifies the beings and phenomena of
    • colour, what we subjectively describe as the quality of colour is the
    • species, family and genus; what he desired was to observe the gradual
    • his contemplation, his whole outlook upon Nature. What he desires,
    • fundamentally, is a rational description of Nature. Only for him
    • there is a difference between the mere crude description of a
    • still and untransparent, and the description which emerges when one
    • all this, in order clearly to describe the point at which we pass,
    • the spherical circumference from all sides, forces which in their
    • works inward from all sides, from the infinitudes of space? In the
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    • deserves the name of “ether”.
    • designated m. Our consciousness is dimmed at once. If this
    • principle of Archimedes cannot fail to apply to the swimming of the
    • At the one pole is all that which we describe as yellow and the
    • we may describe as blue and kindred colours — indigo and violet
    • and even certain lesser shades of green. Why do I emphasise that the
    • us first hold to the phenomenon, simply describing the fact as it
    • shades of colour; downward, the light outdoes and overwhelms the
    • darkness and there arise the yellow shades of colour.
    • overwhelms and outdoes it. So there arise the lighter shades, —
    • arise where dark and light work together. This is what I desired to
    • organization of the eye. To describe it we must say: our astral body
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    • described.
    • into greenish shades. In the middle it stays white.
    • get the phenomenon described before, only in this instance the circle
    • the time. The prism only provides the occasion for them to line up
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    • light, and by this means the bluish and violet shades are here
    • reflected. It is to the light itself that we must look, if we desire
    • make a solid body glow with heat, — incandescent (
    • the Sun or from an incandescent body.
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    • of which we spoke last time. You will remember: when an incandescent
    • magnitudes — velocity, space and time, — velocity is the
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    • — so they describe the process.
    • when I describe it thus, is shifted upward too. In point of fact,
    • here, there and on all sides; — the ones between, as they fly
    • complete in mind if I describe the whole human body as a single
    • entity, — if I describe the different items so that they belong
    • together. My task is not merely to describe what I see; I have to
    • associated. Here, then, what is described as “electric
    • has taken place. First it is light and colour which they desire to
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    • to himself, and he went on to describe it somewhat as follows: When
    • you know there is all the physical apparatus we were describing a
    • descend from Light to Warmth. Warmth too we perceive as a condition
    • descends effectively into the airy element. Even as it enters into
    • description, I am forever living in a rhythm-of-life which both in
    • what may itself be described as an organism of vibrations, highly
    • being” is at long last referred to — described in some
    • kind of demonology — or rather, not described at all. We
    • will describe them as the stage of Light, the stage of Warmth, and
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    • description of modern Physics may be said to date back to the 15th
    • describing as ‘sound’ or ‘tone’. If I now
    • magnitudes — and also the number n. If on the other
    • dear Friends, for once deserve to be followed to their logical
    • case unless we bring it into connection with a more widespread
    • describe the human ear, and in a purely external sense we may aver:
    • rhythm of the ascending and descending cerebrospinal fluid and how
    • course in rhythm — and, as it were, includes the brain within
    • from outside, but the empty space — purely to describe the
    • way to describe it. The tone, the sound that will appear when as I
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    • the qualitative descriptions which these phenomena suggest, one
    • had discovered what Volta, a little later, was able to describe
    • may in some sense be described as “physiological
    • reversing the experiment which we have just described, warmth could
    • the tube is not to be described as a wave-movement, propagated
    • there from pole to pole, (or howsoever we may describe it;
    • — so to describe it — which can be dealt with in a
    • explosions of force, if we may so describe them, which can be
    • in what may be described as the electrical domain. Moreover, all of
    • described in former lectures. The same cannot be said so simply of
    • going in precisely the same direction when we descend from the
    • are crossing in ourselves when we descend from our thinking and
    • we are in fact descending into the very same realm into which we
    • must descend whenever we come up against the simple element of
    • is into matter itself that you are descending when you study
    • warmth of those of electricity, we are descending — in the
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    • last three decades have in fact been revolutionary. One can imagine
    • evades you. It will not answer the roll-call. In these experiments
    • besides the ordinary geometry handed down to us from Euclid other
    • University professor. (He prides himself in this very lecture that
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    • On two sides — the outer and the inner sides as we may call them
    • sorrow, of happiness and suffering, of passions, impulses, desires,
    • pain; I have these impulses, desires, or passions.’ But surely we
    • in this form should not be regarded as a desirable state; it is being
    • described here simply as a condition that is possible. The not unusual
    • experience I am describing, or at least are capable of having it.
    • desires, of our joys and sufferings, sorrows, and so on. This too is
    • Again I am describing a condition known and accessible to countless
    • deserved. — Such persons, if they deepen their different
    • I have not deserved these sufferings in my present life, then
    • of importance is that on two sides — outwards and inwards —
    • In what has been described a comparison has been made between the
    • certain respect, as we do in the abnormal state of ecstasy described
    • desires he has recently experienced. That is the first experience. The
    • we descend into the sheaths which have remained lying in bed.
    • a certain extent induce those conditions that were described at the
    • do not actually descend into these bodies in such a way that we become
    • from someone in ecstasy a description of his raptures and torments, we
    • And if, on the other hand, we were to hear the mystic describing his
    • actually to experience the world described by one in the state of
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    • described, and it was said that he draws from the latter the forces he
    • soul during sleep. We must now describe the aspect of soul-life that
    • should find that these designations were used originally for these
    • three forces; and if the designations are now used in other ways, they
    • his bodily sheaths and eventually into them again, was designated in
    • two different periods, was designated by the word “Jupiter.”
    • designated by the name “Saturn.”
    • presently understand the reason for these designations.
    • subject to the forces designated in Spiritual Science as those of
    • threefold life of soul by day is given over to the forces designated
    • in all epochs have chosen corresponding designations for the Great
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    • spiritual investigators of bygone times to designate by similar names
    • a whole, and the early lectures are in the widest sense intended to
    • knowledge of the two members of our being into which we descend on
    • descending into our etheric and physical bodies, to contemplate
    • within, eludes us. It is as though we had been led unknowingly across
    • What would happen to a man who were to descend unprepared into his own
    • if he were able, on waking from sleep, to descend into his own inner
    • passions or desires! All through his life he is engaged in ruining
    • this wonderful physical organism by yielding to his desires, urges,
    • passions and various forms of enjoyment. Activity destructive to the
    • he were to descend consciously into his etheric and physical bodies.
    • therefore protected from descending into them consciously and is
    • What has been described above cannot of course be exhausted by
    • soul of the mystic if he is to become fit to descend into his inner
    • beyond his power. What is being described here is simply a narration
    • the external world. That is what protects a man from descending into
    • first Being who must be passed by one who desires to penetrate into
    • something analogous to the State of the mystic when he descends into
    • descent into his own inner being, he was taught to live with the cycle
    • described, as a clock points to the time of occurrences in external
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    • descends consciously into his own inner being. We know that in
    • ordinary life this descent occurs every day and that at the moment of
    • etheric bodies, possessing the same aptitudes as at birth. Whereas,
    • if he were able to descend consciously into the physical and etheric
    • able to descend into our inner being. What must we do if this is to be
    • which hitherto we had no notion. The descriptions given in most
    • knowledge of these bodies into which we descend on waking is only
    • itself akin. The knowledge acquired on descending into the physical
    • of the fundamental forces of the soul, the force which guides us in
    • been described, having passed the Lesser Guardian of the Threshold, we
    • into us all night long what must descend with us into our inner being.
    • desires, impulses, urges, passions, and so on — are transformed
    • described as the good or light side.
    • who cling to the outer physical world alone, universal desolation
    • towards destruction. — Of our sins of omission in respect of
    • Threshold we feel our sins of omission to be the destroyers of our
    • There is only one means of counteracting this destruction, only one
    • descended into our own being, our attention was diverted to the outer
    • described by Spiritual Science-do not want to see what is happening,
    • descent into our inner being; we ourselves must work at our own
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    • descend consciously into this astral body; and we were able to form an
    • been experienced in the way described is the inner side of the astral
    • body, of the spiritual part of man. But it is possible to descend
    • world. The question is whether it is possible to descend even further,
    • bodies there is the etheric body, so that in descending to that level
    • to a deeper descent into the inner being without troubling about any
    • this desire into full account: it is the Rosicrucian path of
    • in ancient times. The path of descent into the inner self was followed
    • can experience by descending into his inner being, we will speak of
    • deepening described yesterday were undertaken under the guidance of a
    • When we descend in the morning into our bodily nature, our soul is
    • influence when he is descending into his inner being. A certain
    • himself in his conscious descent to the power known as that of Venus.
    • descend without danger into a deeper level of his own inner being.
    • The lecture yesterday described what is meant by acquiring knowledge
    • particular people or race? Why, on descending to birth, does he seek
    • These things are revealed when a man descends into his own etheric
    • themselves descended consciously into their bodily sheaths.
    • described, the experience undergone by one who was initiated in the
    • descending into our own inner self; we then come to know the two
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    • descending into his inner being, a man becomes almost entirely filled
    • here only in order that a man may know what is found when he descends
    • not by descending into his inner self at the moment of waking, but by
    • provided he retains a certain degree of consciousness, was described
    • Ecstasy, therefore, can by no means be considered a desirable way of
    • of ecstasy. Thereby they were also exposed to what might be described
    • description of what he had experienced in a condition that was not
    • is something that might be described as a kind of new veil over the
    • designations, the names, which since olden times have been used for
    • the Elements are applicable to it. We can describe what is there seen
    • scientist has to describe the higher worlds, he must borrow the words
    • might be described as follows: I have before me something —
    • Then too there are things and entities which may be described as
    • object. The second state is described in the Elementary World as
    • world. This is designated as ‘air’ in the Elementary World.
    • World is easier to describe than the other three states for these can
    • really only be described by saying that water, air and earth are
    • easier to describe because everyone has a conception of warmth of
    • flowing towards him that pervades him inwardly with warmth, while at
    • qualities, his desires and passions, his sense of truth or the reverse
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    • melancholic temperament describes the Elementary World in his own
    • possible to describe that world as it really is. If a man knows to
    • ordinary life. It is important to know about them when describing the
    • part in human life. There are experiences which it is desirable for us
    • minds that the Beings we designate as Seraphim, Cherubim, Spirits of
    • these Beings are more than their names designate, then we are
    • be thought of as designations of offices. If we speak of Spirits of
    • that time and the designation of the office of Buddha.
    • incarnation reached a stage from which he no longer needed to descend
    • the designation, “Buddha” and the Being who held the office
    • Images. Then we shall proceed to describe the worlds of Inspiration
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    • way in man's environment and coincides only partially with what is
    • is not to be looked for at any particular spot but it pervades man's
    • whole Ego-aura. In the morning the Ego approaches from all sides, from
    • destined to be a being who is independent of what is going on outside
    • Of what should we have to be capable if we desired to see more than
    • what has been described here? We should have to be able to hold back
    • If he desires to attain higher knowledge he must do something to
    • occur in everyday life. A typical experience of this kind is described
    • chastity of the plant in contrast to the impulses, desires and
    • to any external reality. Those who are desirous of having normal
    • We have now described a path of knowledge differing somewhat from the
    • Knowledge that these things can be described.
    • described. If he needs a teacher, he no longer needs him — as was
    • shall describe how man, if he works upon himself, grows step by step
    • have described what man has to do in order to apply the new methods
  • Title: Macrocosm/Microcosm: Lecture 9: Organs of Spiritual Perception. Contemplation of the Ego from Twelve Vantage-points. The Thinking of the Heart.
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    • humanity. We described how by adopting certain measures for his life
    • personal opinions, wishes, desires and passions from his higher life,
    • same circumstances have quite different experiences. The description
    • descends to a new birth through astral space with extreme rapidity
    • descend from those worlds to unite with the etheric and physical
    • We have described how it is possible to look back upon the Ego from
    • through the training described we enter the Imaginative world and see
    • This power of emerging from oneself in order to describe something
    • logical expositions. Whatever is described in Spiritual Science has
    • The training described above is particularly suitable for people of
    • In giving descriptions from the spiritual worlds, in translating our
    • Science must acquire this faculty if he desires to help in spreading
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    • books which may be accessible to you. My desire has been to illumine
    • made to describe the higher worlds, it is quite understandable that
    • worlds. I should now like to continue describing things more from the
    • those who already now have reached what was described yesterday as an
    • evidence of the faculties of soul that have been described. When he
    • kind of memory that has been described.
    • brain for the thinking of the head. Yet the physical heart provides us
    • similar to the higher kind of memory described above, only then it was
    • alter his bodily constitution. If a God descends he has to appear in a
    • mode of thinking if he desires to attain knowledge of higher worlds.
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    • Besides addressing himself to the reasoning mind, the spiritual
    • the shadow-sides of modern civilisation to be found chiefly in great
    • and desires, when it was still in its pristine purity.
    • the physical constitution. We must think of this warmth that pervades
    • itself provides the explanation.
    • describe, for example, what the Earth was like in the Old Sun-state.
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    • up by the widest circles of humanity in order to provide a
    • into the widest circles of people. It is to be found in those
    • described as spreading into the widest circles.
    • science, just as the body provides the physical basis for our
    • energetically. For it includes something which even earnest
    • preparation to achieve reciting a poem with all its shades of
    • describe how this is done, but you can read about it in my
    • produces the kind of modesty we are used to from normal life,
    • but it produces an inward, intellectual modesty and humility
    • decades may well be allowed to speak of his experience,
    • observation which I have described, we know that the
    • methods described in the above-mentioned books. We learn about
    • by spiritual observation with the methods I have described. The
    • sure to realize that everything I have described
    • Tomorrow we shall have to describe how something of the
    • of the soul to the spirit. This description, which is a
    • description of knowledge gained by the science of spirit,
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    • who, on the other hand, desire to penetrate the mysteries of
    • that abides, that can be reached only conceptually and grasped
    • described this more fully yesterday and named the books which
    • describe a hypothetical path from the sense world into
    • described yesterday — that by
    • another aspect he can descend from soul life to the physical by
    • human destiny, which will be considered from the viewpoint of
    • I would like first of all to describe one or two
    • far only just mentioned and which I shall describe later from
    • object that what the science of spirit describes is really only
    • describe one or two characteristic properties of this
    • the exercises described in my book How to Attain
    • example, that I describe how the sudden death of a person has
    • destroyed through an accident, as much as he would have been
    • thing as this is described, then it can be related only to a
    • kinds of descriptions that the scientist of spirit must give.
    • each time in a different way, describing the same things
    • makes a claim upon the spirit which we can describe as the
    • kind of attitude of soul I have just described in its
    • something iridescent and vacillating enters into the sphere of
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    • means of our enormous and widespread industrial life and world
    • from two sides we can now place what the present speaker calls
    • describe it as a world of small movements, small particles and
    • intellectual modesty. Indeed, we must have this intellectual
    • modesty to such a degree that the comparison which I am
    • modesty and to say to ourselves: as far as the secrets of
    • soul and the eternal destiny and goal of this soul.
    • which guides us in daily life and in ordinary science to
    • time Aristarchus of Samos had betrayed this in the widest
    • historical truth as what we learn in school about Alcibiades
    • through intellectual modesty.
    • interrupted, destroyed. But this faculty of memory can also be
    • described in my book, How to Attain Knowledge of
    • time; it simply depends on the inner destiny of the person, but
    • though despite this, the first is the right expression
    • described, to recognize how the spirit-soul part lived in a
    • purely spiritual world before it descended into the physical
    • following: A person who is sleeping has a desire which is both
    • to see how this soul descends from this spirit-soul world and
    • because he no longer has any desire for the body. Only after he
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    • which in its true, original form can be described in no human language but
    • epoch of Lemuria), he was already then destined by sublime spiritual
    • the study of Spiritual Science, which includes, among other things,
    • destroys something in the brain. Every thought means that a minute
    • process of destruction takes place in the cells of the brain. For
    • destruction may be made good; during sleep we restore what during the
    • day was destroyed in our nervous system by thinking. What we are
    • of destruction that is taking place in our nervous system.
    • process of destruction is evoked in our nervous system, this kind of
    • of meditation just described, which leads to the liberation of inner
    • meditation. All meditation as now described may also be permeated
    • it does not descend into the physical but remains in the soul only,
    • of the nose — these organs are described as
    • steps, the future destiny of Anthroposophy or Spiritual Science will
    • described by Dr. Steiner in Chapter IV of
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    • the Anthroposophical Movement we have endeavoured to describe the
    • it is desired to make a comparison between Jehovah and Christ it is well
    • of the Archangels. Knowledge of the Being described above as Jahve
    • was not confined to the ancient Hebrews, but was far more widespread.
    • Mystery of Golgotha can be described as the Age of Michael, and
    • years and continued for several decades afterwards, the leading form of
    • mankind what was destined to be imparted at that time. And then came other
    • to occult knowledge we have again, within the last few decades, entered
    • descended to the earth. And the fact of immeasurable significance in
    • will could never have experienced death, should have descended to the
    • this destiny with man. As I have already emphasised, that death was
    • Mystery of Golgotha, He descended out of the cosmos and was
    • the fact that a mighty, sublime Being descended from the spiritual worlds
    • and dwelt for three years in a human body also includes the fact that
    • the last few decades Michael has taken the place of this Inspirer of science,
    • to realise that within the last few decades a door has opened through
    • there is no death. Christ Himself, because He descended to our world,
    • Christ had descended from the spiritual worlds to live on the earth
    • nineteenth century, in the way described above. It could be said that
    • towards an understanding of Christ's life descending from
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    • what I described many years ago in my book
    • have often described as very significant in modern evolution; namely,
    • he made good this desire by upholding consolidation of the Papal
    • He was therefore, as a matter of course, destined to become a
    • European civilization. But then Cusanus sits down at his desk and
    • this man, with the furious activity that I have described, and then
    • the one side with the desire to rise through theological concepts to
    • It therefore became a matter of deep concern for Cusanus to designate
    • has significance for spiritual science, I described him in my book on
    • I would like to describe it as follows. Though living earlier than
    • can recognize Thomistic shades of thought in many of his lines. But
    • It was, alas, human destiny that the path that was still accessible
    • soul, Cusanus was almost as much of a mathematician as was Descartes
    • appeared to him in the manner he described in his Docta
    • This mood pervades Cusanus's Docta Ignorantia published
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    • describe and interpret. In any serious study of history, this must be
    • describing the waves that are flung up. They are symptoms of what is
    • scientific form of thinking and research I described two men, Meister
    • human development; this is why I give such descriptions. There are in
    • this, we can describe the basic nature of successive time periods.
    • When I described Cusanus yesterday, my intention was to suggest how
    • experience of the ancient sage was such that he designated the human
    • His utterances were based on the awareness of the contrast described
    • There came the time, described in the last lecture, of Meister
    • that I have just described.
    • ancient sage of Southern Europe whom I have described today. The
    • broadest sense possible. The third is mathematical. Considering the
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    • are accustomed today, but philosophers such as Descartes and Spinoza
    • The mathematics existing in the age of Descartes
    • and Copernicus can certainly be described more or less in the same terms
    • before one's consciousness in the manner described above
    • of the immediate inner experience described above.
    • The words designating numbers are often wonderfully characteristic.
    • the number two, zwei, is described by the word
    • method Descartes and Spinoza still had completely different feelings
    • external process into Descartes’ purely artificial space
    • understand all this if I apply Descartes’ space scheme, the
    • still to be described. When was it human? It was human when man did
    • square. Modern nebulous mystics describe great mysteries, but there
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    • Think back to the other worldview that I have previously described to
    • the way Giordano Bruno describes the modern conception of nature. Why
    • Therefore although he described them so wonderfully, he did not
    • inward experience, in the way I described yesterday. This it could
    • what I am thus describing in broad outlines, but this does not alter
    • want to describe Newton's abilities in a telling manner. One of
    • fruitlessly) about whether Descartes’ space if finite or
    • natural phenomena? We are pointing to something that eludes our
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    • One divides into two; each of these divides into two again, and so
    • on. There is never a corpse. Weismann therefore concludes that the
    • have the unicellular being; it divides itself into two. Somewhat
    • imprecisely, he might have said: It atomizes itself, it divides
    • All this is not clearly described in our histories of philosophy,
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    • This leads to a false description of external reality; namely, that
    • This description of the primary and secondary qualities shows quite
    • taking place outside us in time and space. Such enthusiasts describe
    • Anyone who reads such descriptions with an open mind will notice
    • describing something that turns man into a nervous wreck. The right
    • reply to such descriptions is that a man so dependent on every little
    • This is a description of the scientific view, not a criticism. Let us
    • description. The scientist of modern times needed a dehumanized
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    • the planets were thought to describe. In all this there was still a
    • so there was something alive in tracing the movement described by a
    • of a human element in his calculating the orbits described by the
    • there. In short, what could be described as inert mass,
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    • ordinary philosophers describe such topics in their historical
    • description. Even for him, though not to the same extent as with
    • Galileo, which I have described in the previous lectures.
    • Christian centuries, described the following fluids in man: black
    • I did not describe the Greek philosophers in the customary way. Read any
    • that it basically defies explanation why Thales happened to designate
    • was related to this inner activity; thus he described the external
    • “phlegm.” Therefore he described the world from the
    • He described the world the way he experienced it. Besides them, there
    • something that is mere description of an external nature and its
    • descriptions of the old traditions, but these are always less and
    • insight in his awkward descriptions, insights that have been handed
    • described.
    • In such books we find descriptions of the bones, the stomach, the
    • to be described by drawing a continuous stream of fluids (see Figure
    • etheric body. There was full awareness of it in what Galen described.
    • intimately we study this development, the better we see destiny at
    • But there was a strong desire somehow or other to work out a
    • You can see that I am not criticizing science. I am only describing
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    • physical body resides only in the small part of the human
    • organization that we can describe as solid and sharply defined. On
    • What is described today as the subject matter of external physics or
    • description of how the work should proceed, because a genuine
    • technology that surrounds him on all sides. He looks out on it and
    • that I have described in my
    • the spirit, desperately sounded out into the universe.
    • I did not want to describe the development of natural science in
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    • be designed to show why today such questions must be asked. From the
    • being of heat under the influence of certain ideas to be described
    • might be designated the higher branches of knowledge of the living
    • described. That I can do the following for instance, calls simply for
    • a description: here I have a ball which will pass through this
    • that I need only describe. Let us suppose, however, that I begin to
    • mechanics. Kinematics describes mere motion phenomena or phenomena as
    • related things they get certain notions about the sun. They describe
    • certain claims that the facts support the description. Now I have
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    • Solids were designated as earth because it was desired to convey this
    • The feeling was, thus, that only solid bodies, designated as earth,
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    • itself so far as heat relations are concerned. I will first describe
    • or vapor I can hold only in a vessel closed in on all sides, otherwise
    • desire to reach the points a, b, c, d, I can do so and remain
    • else is active besides what I can deduce from the curve. And the
    • hypotenuse equals the sum of the squares of the other two sides. These
    • all sides,
    • vessel closed on all sides. The solid body possesses a form simply by
    • will note that the solid and gaseous bodies may be described as
    • opposites. The solid body provides for itself that which I must add to
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    • left hand tubes. You can see that on both right and left hand sides
    • comfortable. I sit down at the desk and write something. Then
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    • description of the Saturn and Sun states. There you will find purely
    • theoretical materialists can describe about it. Therefore, the
    • only on the bottom and sides. On the upper side, the liquid forms its
    • solid therefore includes something which in the case of water resides
    • justified to put the matter in this way: The earthly resides within a
    • it determines its own form and relations, to something which includes
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    • the block proceeded so slowly that the result described in the
    • described so far are handled as physics usually handles them, we get
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    • tried to grasp the destiny, so to speak, of physical corporeality, by
    • vessel closed on all sides. In passing from the liquid to the gas we
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    • first part of the process. If I wish to describe the whole process, I
    • spiritualized, and on the other side to descend into what appears more
    • upper five colors (peach blossom and the two shades on each side)
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    • on both sides, and bring the two together. If now, we do a similar
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    • sides is placed at that point. And how does he take up what comes from
    • the two sides?
    • containing that which continually sucks up and destroys matter.
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    • peach blossom here, here violet and here red with the other shades
    • between. Twelve shades, clearly distinguishable from one another.
    • blossom disappears, violet shades off into infinity on one side and
    • red shades off on the other, with green in the middle.
    • striving with a motion which destroys the material state. It is no
    • writes the doubts down at once. This leads soon to a despairing
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    • thought of in the way I have described to you. This spreading of heat
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    • happens on it, but by the other effects from all sides. If this were
    • designated as the planets, to which we must add also the sun.
  • Title: Philosophy/Cosmology/Religion: Lecture I: The Three Steps of Anthroposophy
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    • which includes the whole human being.
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    • meditation which we have till now been describing. For instance, we
    • provides the possibility of feeling the connection of this faint
    • Besides that already described, the following soul-exercise helps
    • So man strides on; thought which was in ancient times completely bound
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    • an organization which for him excludes such Yoga-exercises. He
    • gained in the same way as has just been described for inspired
    • the exercises of the Will described last time — together with his
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    • surrendered, can destroy it well enough; but they cannot construct it.
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    • described in the foregoing considerations, can give such a definition.
    • I shall now have to describe what is revealed in this review. Because
    • it is hid from ordinary consciousness, such a description of this
    • that such a description is possible, and how it is to be taken.
    • described.
    • will be described in terms which refer to corresponding experience of
    • described as if they were conscious.
    • Dreams interweave themselves into the state of soul just described.
    • described in our previous studies. This consciousness perceives also
    • planet-stimulation, which by day influence them, as described, as the
    • the predestined course of earthly life. In fact, what older
    • the one just described. It goes through a copy or imitation of state
    • as physical projections of spirits, in the manner just described.
  • Title: Philosophy/Cosmology/Religion: Lecture VI: Transference from the Psycho-Spiritual to the Physical Sense-life in man's Development
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    • on. When we talk of a cell in this connection we designate something
    • fainter. It never disappears completely from view, but it fades by
    • to describe conditions of the supernatural world in terms of the
    • one's perception. The second is the reality of what, if described,
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    • meaning. Previously man knew, as I have described, of the central
    • life, had descended as the Christ upon the physical earth and taken
    • had descended from spiritual worlds to an earthly one. The teachers of
    • Christ a Being of the spiritual world before his descent to earth.
    • been reached again in which the new Initiation, as has been described
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    • Through the psychic exercises of the soul which have been described in
    • has been described in the previous studies. But the power of activity
    • achieved by the exercises of the will previously described. Then we
    • into human head-organization. We have not reached the destiny of the
    • here described as the one in which all remembered thought entirely
    • Augustine and Descartes have felt this, but have inefficiently
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    • Lecture IX: The Destination of the Ego-Consciousness in Conjunction
    • Steiner gives a description of philosophy based on Imagination, cosmology
    • THE DESTINATION OF THE EGO-CONSCIOUSNESS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE
    • tearing down, that is, one which destroys the physical organism. This
    • destruction takes place through the astral organism.
    • spiritual sun-guide. Therefore the sun-being has descended on earth as
  • Title: Philosophy/Cosmology/Religion: Lecture X: On Experiencing the Will-Part of the Soul
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    • thinking part of the soul is founded on a destructive activity of the
    • physical organism. During the making of thoughts this destruction
    • the destructive activity of metabolism and of the limb-organization
    • trunk and limbs, where a corresponding destructive activity of the
    • soul to oppose this destruction with a re-building and the dissolving
    • strengthen the desire which in ordinary human life is satisfied
    • described. If this desire becomes so strong that the physical organism
    • In the alternating processes of destruction and construction of the
    • perception of the effect of the destructive and constructive
    • between the constructive and destructive elements is disturbed
    • destruction in shifting forms of single organs or processes. What
    • life produces as a desirable objective, unattainable however by man in
    • forms predestined from former earth life, make it impossible.
    • permeated by the spiritual moon-activities already described. This
    • is the sun, comes to man's aid, and guides him into the sphere of pure
    • forth the divine. Once the spirit-cell has ripened, its descent to
    • psychic-spiritual being to make it the foundation of his destined
    • designer of his fate which he can thus experience in freedom in his
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    • to individuals who were destined not only to learn but to undertake
    • it takes, its wisdom is adapted exactly to what human beings desire
    • higher beings who has descended to our world in order to reveal to us
    • Ahura Mazdao, the great Aura of Ormuzd. But this Being had descended, had
    • radiance in the child's etheric body, a radiance that fades away in
    • resides. So we see that what takes place in the microcosm, the little
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    • it is its form alone that is destroyed. This can, however, be reconstructed
    • somewhere else, independently of the form that was destroyed. When a
    • every single part. The green pervading the plant is the substance described
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    • answer this question we must describe what clairvoyance is.
    • gleams and glitters in shades of rosy red, dark and light, becoming
    • This is the hardest task of all. Man has already worked continuously
    • something striking happens to man. In sleep at night he has descended
    • enters into it and provides for its maintenance. In the night, too, man is
    • the ego. We know that desires, urges and passions are rooted in the
    • body. The moment of death is therefore described by those who have
    • persists for as long as this. Then it fades away and a clairvoyant sees
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    • that for an occultist, urges and desires are realities. What is contained
    • been laid aside, but all the urges and desires are present. An individual
    • his desire for tasty foods, for desire clings to the astral body and
    • what it means to have desires that can be satisfied only through physical
    • instruments. This condition is called kamaloka, the realm of desires,
    • until a man has rid himself of all the desires that still link him with
    • and approach him in rays from all sides. Whoever becomes clairvoyant in
    • describe this spiritual world because our words are coined for the physical
    • world. Hence, it can be described only by using analogies. Here, in our
    • Just as warmth pervades
    • pervade the three regions of Devachan that have been named. What pervades
    • strength of desire for physical life. But the more the human being breaks
    • and promotes harmony among them; what divides us, what is alien to us here,
    • human being himself. It is not easy to describe this impulse so we will
  • Title: Lecture: Rosicrucian Esotericism: Lecture V: The Physical World as an Expression of Spiritual Forces and Beings
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    • archetype, the impulse comes to him to descend again to the physical plane.
    • induces the soul to descend again into the physical world, that gives
    • gives it the impulse to descend again to the earth in order to make
    • for the descent into a new existence on earth.
    • can say that before physical fertilization, what is descending from
    • world is taking place here. The being who is descending is, generally
    • conception, this spiritual individuality who is descending does not
    • descending from a higher world is then already working together with
    • the successor and his forefathers. The male element provides
    • descend, we must say that it is the individual who is in the process of
    • substances of the descending entity. So the astral substance coming from
    • which is itself influenced by the substance of the entity descending to
    • love as the reproduction of the child's love that precedes the
    • sides by the maternal sheath. At birth the human being thrusts away
    • is descending, work, where they take hold and how long they need for their
  • Title: Lecture: Rosicrucian Esotericism: Lecture VI: The Configuration and Metamorphoses of Man's Physical Body
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    • of human destiny, however, we will pass in review lengthy periods in
    • is less perfect; it is the bearer of joy and pain of urges, desires
    • is the oldest member of man's being, hence also the most perfect. A
    • I will describe it to you by means of an example of conditions that are
    • low form of consciousness to be described by saying that it bore within
    • describe all the pertinent details of this process I should need not
    • stages, a stage of physical warmth and three descending stages; each
    • the human kingdom, is the oldest kingdom in the evolutionary process;
  • Title: Lecture: Rosicrucian Esotericism: Lecture VII: Evolutionary Stages of our Earth before the Lemurian Epoch
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    • Mistletoe, for example, is a descendant, a straggler, of an Old Moon
    • did not, during the Old Moon period of evolution, allow itself to descend
    • existed on Old Moon, the descent of the astral body would have taken
    • place prematurely. The divine Guides have always chosen the right moment.
    • Even the more mature beings belonged to grades at every possible level.
    • respect its darkest, hardest era. While still united with the moon,
    • had left the earth, fearful desolation and hardening of all life took
    • it happened that when the being of soul and spirit desired, while the
    • for the descending souls. This is more or less a picture of the state
    • described is called in occultism the Lemurian epoch, the epoch of the
    • astral bodies could take place, everything that has now been described
  • Title: Lecture: Rosicrucian Esotericism: Lecture VIII: Stages in the Evolution of our Earth. Lemurian, Atlantean, Post-Atlantean Epochs.
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    • souls who had descended to the earth too soon drew this kind of densest
    • descended out of higher spheres, including the continents as they
    • Old Moon. As a result there were implanted into man urges, desires and
    • gone to Jupiter, Mars, and so on, during the period of desolation, came
    • have described the dwarfs as being clever and the giants as dull-witted,
    • from outside, deludes man to a certain extent, causing the external
    • seeds. Think of the life force that causes the blades of grass to sprout
    • forces that, in the wise hands of worthy guides, can be applied in the
    • described first took place and it is therefore comprehensible that ancient
    • has now been described up to the time when the forces of water were
    • were destined to found the culture belonging to the earth; they were
    • to descend to the earth in the real sense. Thus, at the end of Atlantis
    • influence. They were those “others,” the despised people,
    • are the despised people who still today want to work for the future. At
    • The great initiate of the Sun Oracle did not, however, despise these
    • directing his call to the simple, despised people, so today again, under
    • untrue and that the spiritual world from which he has descended is the
    • in the upper world than a king in the realm of the Shades.” The
    • descend and find a dwelling place.
    • After His death on the Cross He descended into the Underworld —
  • Title: Lecture: Rosicrucian Esotericism: Lecture IX: Man's Experience after Death
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    • that took place after the destruction of ancient Atlantis and, in
    • and more intensely. In every such epoch the human soul descended deeper
    • a king in the realm of Shades,” aptly indicates the conception
    • descended; it has also descended into everything in external nature,
    • in the burning thornbush, this Sun Being, descending from the heights
    • descent into Hell.
    • because maturity had not yet been fully reached; he had not descended
    • descend into these forms that harmonize so perfectly with his nature
    • and lofty spiritual life in the spiritual world but had no desire to love
    • so runs this saga, there appeared the power that guides our earth. An
    • Kashyapa's body into the spiritual world will have descended more deeply
    • of the desire for birth, for physical incarnation.
  • Title: Lecture: Rosicrucian Esotericism: Lecture X: On Karma, Reincarnation and Initiation
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    • descent of humanity during the post-Atlantean era through the different
    • descended far more deeply into the physical world than was the case during
    • James can only be designated as pseudo-spirituality, having a materialistic
    • descended into physical matter and will ascend again when its experiences
    • structure, reaching down like a strand from the group soul; it descends
    • that is designated by the now complete penetration of the ego into man's
    • or impulse, desire and ideation, emerges in the next life, or one of
    • destiny of an individual is, on the contrary, the result of his former
    • must be involved. Only then will the desired results be achieved.
  • Title: The Story of the Green Serpent and the Beautiful Lily: Lecture I
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    • If Theosophy were to assert that it has in the last few decades
    • civilisation, it has always described itself as possessing the old
    • one and the same. That is a truth, Theosophy teaches us to be modest
    • then, besides his Gospel, Goethe also produced a sort of secret
    • be too arid, too dry and cold to express the highest truths. Besides
    • world. It is an initiation of this kind which is described by Goethe,
    • they were only able to describe the transmutation of the human forces
    • by a disposition of the soul, which may be described by the symbol of
    • — this was from all time described as the “Lily.”
    • mind may also be described as the Lily, Spinoza describes it as the
    • Goethe has described that Love as the highest state of Freedom, as
    • the being free from all desires and wishes of our every-day life. He
    • grade, a man stood at the parting of the ways; he had then, besides
    • to the laws of passions and desires, wishes and instincts; he was now
    • described in Alchemy as “the mystery of human development.”
    • water which divides them. By water, Goethe describes that which the
    • Seele des Menschen
    • Schicksal des Menschen
    • passions and desires, is a land inserted between our Spirit and our
    • across the River of passions and desires — and when he goes
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    • reckoned among those who may be described as Anthroposophists.
    • Besides Herder, Jean Paul, Novalis and Lessing — Goethe steps
    • presentation the profoundest secrets are concealed. We can only
    • “Seele des Menschen
    • Schicksal des Menschen
    • bodies. But at the same time they throw it from them on all sides.
    • human instincts, desires and passions. When wisdom is introduced into
    • on it. Besides this the way is also passable when at the noonday hour
    • Indian allegory describes these sheaths as the petals of the lotus
    • principle. He who does not do this before he dies, is destroyed at
    • es nicht erblicken; wohnt nicht in uns des Gottes eigene Kraft, Wie
  • Title: Signs and Symbols: Lecture 1: The Birth of the Light
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    • their descendants, how the relationship of world and man and the great
    • who perished when Lemuria was destroyed by fire.
    • culture, precedes recorded history.
    • the astral world. I can only describe the lesser Mysteries of the
    • This description represents human life as it lived in the
    • and desires, and all evil will be consumed in the fire of love. Manas,
    • So the human race reached the point of perceiving its destiny,
    • he first had to experience the descent of the Trinity to the earth
    • the true sense of the word, he represented the destiny of his people.
    • nothing can throw the sun off its destined course. In the path of the
    • saw his own inner destiny. The sun of his inner life, the sun of his
    • human destiny and the course of the sun across the sky. They said that
    • descend into a personality, the festival celebrating the birth of the
    • literally as it is described in the Gospel of St. John, and it is also
    • indestructible ideal for man.
    • descended right down into the personality. Previously, Holiness was
    • descended still further. Today it has taken on a peculiar form, which
    • mystery. The personality of Christ is comprehensively described, for
    • of the fourth post-Atlantean period, the trinity descended into a
    • person on earth, and now this Personality has descended even further
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  • Title: Signs and Symbols: Lecture 2: The Christmas Festival as a Symbol of the Sun Victory
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    • trouble about individuals. Now she builds and now destroys, and her
    • Thou leadest past a series of the living
    • Then leadest thou me to the cavern safe,
    • guides our lives. As an important and decisive event is experienced in
    • the evolution of mankind arrived when the immortal soul descended from
    • him yet. The human soul descended to earth from a higher planet, and
    • descent of the Divine Sons of the Spirit.” Ever since Lemurian times
    • arose that made the descent of the souls possible. It was in that
    • today. It was a sun victory when the immortal soul descended into the
    • desires and passions.
    • fraction of a second and the unbelievable, indescribable disorder that
    • passions, instincts, desires and particularly in the human intellect.
    • desire for enjoyment trespass against the rhythms of the body! I have
    • experience and cognition of the spirit. Such a man was designated a
    • destination. The Christmas festival, rightly understood, is the
  • Title: Signs and Symbols: Lecture 3: Signs and Symbols of the Christmas Festival
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    • A clear and lavish glory has descended
    • und in des Todes Nacht
    • des Morgens junge Macht.
    • Only those who know nothing of the fact that, besides the chemical and
    • Mysteries were to experience that in death life resides, that out of
    • own but was designated by the name of his nation. Thus, people spoke
    • who descends from light into darkness and ascends from darkness into
    • life that fades in death and again sprouts forth anew into life.
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    • as in the description just given of the blue of the sky and the green
    • and desire, as they live in the human soul, is perceived in the tone
    • way described, has always been called the Elemental World; and those
    • possible to describe something of what gradually impresses itself upon
    • definite outline, of which we can say that they can be described
    • class of beings which we find there, we can only describe if we look
    • (starting from such conditions as have already been described), it
    • world to arouse a moral effect, such as has been described. We have
    • phenomena in the way already