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  • Title: The Inner Development of Man
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    • This translation has been authorized for the Western Hemisphere by
    • given at all in public, they will form the topic of a later
    • human soul and spirit must undergo for attainment of the understanding
    • The information that can be related here is but a scant outline of
    • himself inner abilities, soul forces and spiritual perception by his
    • own attempts, and it might seem unfortunate that in this vital area of
    • and honors the dignity of man and the respect for the individual more
    • the individual what task he sets before his soul and spirit; the
    • not express itself in any particular external formalities, nor does it
    • innermost depth of being. Precisely here a transformation takes place
    • that allows for success without compliance to these rules. This is the
    • former incarnation had already attained to a certain level of
    • clairvoyance. He who gives the corresponding rules for inner
    • Since the directions for the road to enlightenment vary with each
    • without personal guidance. He who sets forth the guide-lines must be
    • Inner development is connected with certain definite consequences for
    • those who resolve to call forth the will-power, endurance and patience
    • necessary for achieving certain definite conditions of soul and spirit
    • essential for this comprehension. The golden rule is this, “Live your
    • truths for you.” It appears as if this is to be achieved by a form of
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  • Title: Lecture: Woman and Society (Die Frauenfrage)
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    • to say about those questions which are a part of our times. For how
    • life. It will prove itself far more by building a real foundation for
    • everyday life, and which since then, has transformed the whole of our
    • Hill, did not work for the Post Office. But one who did, had the
    • — and also for our question today. For this reason anyone who
    • our culture, for today this is simply a fact. There are opponents to
    • impossible for women to get into the educated professions or ever be
    • all the opinions in this area that have been formed out of theory
    • fought for, and won — in spite of the opposition of the
    • abilities, they have for the most part overcome all the difficulties.
    • of women, if we want to understand the matter as a whole. For there
    • differing opinions people have tried to form a view concerning the
    • vary in all directions. Even more noticeable for us is the fact that
    • Before we look at the
    • The higher classes strive for exactly the opposite. They strive to
    • make it possible for the woman of the family to work in the world
    • which demands for them in the political and cultural context the same
    • mentioned that these rights should be the same for women as for men.
    • shortsightedness, for one must ask oneself: In other times, in all
    • profound influence women had, for example, on the whole intellectual
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  • Title: Lecture: Problems of Nutrition
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    • This translation has been authorized for the Western Hemisphere
    • and for presentation here, by agreement with the Rudolf Steiner
    • [ Foreword | Lecture ]
    • Foreword
    • on such food. For survival, salvation lies in a diet of meat.
    • fortunately the herbivores, so this dubious reasoning continues,
    • the capacity to extract nourishment where nourishment for men no
    • Steiner speaks in this pamphlet. He makes no special claim for
    • vegetarian for “righteous” reasons, nor is meat to be
    • condoned for its own sake. Although it is no doubt less damaging
    • to eat meat than to abstain and yet yearn for it, we are told
    • that vegetarianism can be a more practical diet for those engaged
    • should give up meat for a diet of vegetables.
    • “when you feel the same disgust for meat, you should stop
    • as a vegetarian along with the herbivores. For in the last
    • therefore, for me to touch upon a more prosaic theme from the
    • to be reformative. The spiritual scientist is obliged to state the
    • have to say, therefore, does not recommend one course as opposed to
    • understood me correctly if you realize that I am not speaking for
    • various functions the body has to perform, we see that man utilizes
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  • Title: Lecture: The Etherisation of the Blood
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    • communications and were not originally intended for print. It should
    • also be remembered that certain premises were taken for granted when
    • we, as human beings, have striven for knowledge, whether as mystics or
    • constantly aware of the hindrances he will encounter in his efforts.
    • Before we investigate the nature of self-knowledge, two aspects of the
    • witnessing a manifestation of forces springing from anger, a
    • which the will has no part; the second pole is the impelling force of
    • purely external way, for we know that we can wake in the occult sense
    • asleep in the normal way. It can therefore be said: ordinary sleep is
    • as life is concerned we can do nothing directly to it, for in
    • with, therefore, this stimulus shall be given for further
    • thoughts. Human thinking is the shadowing forth of ideas and beings
    • varied kinds are at work there in the form of teeming concepts and
    • and sympathy and those of displeasure and antipathy. The former are
    • from, the mere forming of concepts. We form concepts of things
    • ugly and evil. Just as everything that takes place in man in the form
    • into our breast, as feelings of sympathy or antipathy for what is
    • beautiful or ugly, for what is good or evil. So that in our feelings
    • for the moral-aesthetic element, we bear within our souls
    • must be strictly distinguished from the mere preference for good
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  • Title: Lecture: Overcoming Nervousness
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    • This translation has been authorized for the Western hemisphere by the
    • forces may be able to see these things but there is no reason why one who
    • even for those who are not particularly inclined to concern themselves
    • form of nervousness. Another is one in which people do not know what
    • loss for an answer. This condition can lead to more serious symptoms
    • that may finally be expressed in various forms of disease that simulate
    • It is extremely harmful for our time that many of the men who hold high
    • professors. As a result, when he is faced with an exam, he is forced to
    • cram for it. This cramming, however, is dreadful because it provides no
    • student often is one of wanting to forget as soon as possible what he has
    • the tenuous interest that may exist in the core of a person's soul for his
    • diligence can work wonders. Let me speak in detail, for example, of
    • forgetfulness, so common and such a nuisance, but also so significant in
    • avoided if people would only be less forgetful. And who can claim to be
    • exempt, since there is no one who is not forgetful to some degree. Just
    • There is a good exercise for gradually curing such forgetfulness.
    • Suppose, for example, a lady is forever putting her brooch down when
    • might think the best cure for her forgetfulness would be to remember to
    • thought in mind that I have put it in a particular spot. Then I will form a
    • succeed, but if I make a habit of it, I will find that my forgetfulness
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  • Title: Jesus and Christ
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    • requested by our friends here, a subject having great significance for
    • pertaining to the spiritual life of the soul must therefore be
    • considered from the standpoint of spiritual science. Undoubtedly for
    • I would like to make a few preliminary observations before moving on
    • the human soul. This fact accounts for the misunderstanding and
    • hand, transform itself and thereby acquire the possibility of
    • soul may bring about an infinite enhancement of its inherent forces of
    • for a certain way of speaking, because the investigator acquires his
    • dispute. This law, first formulated by
    • another, it has taken on various forms. We need only assume that the
    • forms in the various ages of life.
    • of these spiritual forces. Through spiritual science we are lead to
    • look back from this present life to former lives on earth. We see that
    • gained for ourselves in former lives.
    • former lives on earth and brought with us from the spiritual world
    • kernel forms itself within us. Up until our thirtieth to thirty-fifth
    • years we arrange our lives in accordance with the spiritual forces we
    • lives onward the forces of our soul-spiritual kernel begin to work.
    • work within us for the rest of our lives.
    • Even after a plant has faded away, the forces capable of producing a
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  • Title: Lecture: Newborn Might and Strength Everlasting
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    • prepared for this edition by Gilbert Church. Ph.D.
    • was performed for them. It really seems as if that simple, loving joy could
    • we have just seen, were performed for people who could experience them
    • humanity descended into earthly incarnations before the approach of the
    • until the time had come for his birth as that exceptional human being, the
    • Nathan Jesus. He appeared then for the first time as a human being in an
    • before the Temptation, and it was he who entered the world endowed with all
    • Among the paintings in the Campo Santo is one that was mentioned for the
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    • skeleton; in another, a corpse, already food for worms; in the third, a
    • body not long dead and just beginning to decay. The procession halts before
    • the connection between the human soul and the forms of the eternal. Further
    • hunting party, which is standing before the reminder of death, the three
    • flames as if from a crater we can see the forms of the flying devils.
    • striving to attain in spiritual science. The hunting party halts before
    • "Purgatory" (kamaloka) is the correct name for this painting, not "The
    • the holy things of heaven. So, for this reason, the sinful souls look like
    • the spiritual world keep their childish form.
    • with the forms of children borne by angels into the land of the blessed. In
    • the same way we must see in the form of the innocent child the Being that
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  • Title: Lecture: Pre-Earthly Deeds of Christ
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    • Pforzheim, March 7th, 1914
    • It is important for the whole future of human evolution that through a
    • reverence and loving and true heartfelt devotion for what occurred
    • through that event for the evolution of mankind.
    • preparation for the Mystery of Golgotha two Jesus-children were born.
    • Golgotha, can pour forth spiritual forces into the souls and hearts of
    • pointed out, had already been accomplished three times before for the
    • spiritual world; but the forces which were thus developed flowed down
    • into the earthly souls and bodies for the salvation of mankind. In all
    • It may be said, therefore, that there were three Archangel-lives in
    • being, who later sacrificed himself as Man, offered himself for
    • which was accomplished by the Mystery of Golgotha streamed forth into
    • before was in preparation for and pointed to this Event, which was the
    • happened is a gradual advance in the streaming of the forces of the
    • The human principle into which these forces stream, if it makes itself
    • for us to convey to him by our external education even the faintest
    • glimmerings of a feeling for Christ. Nor during the first few years
    • Christ in quite a different way from before. For just as the Mystery
    • his Ego awakens. What occurs before this? Three things, which I have
    • pointed out in former lectures, precede the awakening of the Ego in
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  • Title: Lecture: The Four Sacrifices of Christ
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    • from the original German by May Laird-Brown, and edited for this
    • have won for themselves an understanding of real, all-pervading
    • Christ did for earthly evolution was included in the fundamental impulse
    • of selflessness, and what He may become for the conscious development
    • Epistles. This greatest of earthly events was prepared for by three
    • understand the effect of these forces upon human evolution.
    • the greatest misfortune for earthly man if certain sections of his being
    • be a great misfortune because our senses now work in our bodies in a
    • would happen to men? We should approach the color blue, for example,
    • was thus permeated by the Christ. Through this means a force was
    • what makes it possible for us as sensory beings to enjoy without pain all
    • Himself in an archangel He brought forth the power to avert the danger of
    • instruments for the perception of its splendor rather than sources of pain,
    • I owe to Christ's first sacrifice in preparation for the Mystery of
    • Golgotha.” In perspective we see before us a time in which all
    • seeking, and the results most extraordinary. Assume, for example, that
    • Atlantean period, then, when we picked cherries, for example, the related
    • something harmful were present, for while certain things in the world are
    • for what satisfied one organ or another, or by terrible disgust for all that
    • like a rubber ball, a plaything for every agreeable odor that we would run
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  • Title: Lecture: Anthroposophy and Christianity
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    • I'd like to ask your forgiveness, first of all, for being unable to
    • progress is to be made. Natural science opened the modern age for
    • which always help it to victory against any hostile forces.
    • that research which is the basis for this spiritual science.
    • concerns man but which is most difficult to investigate for that very
    • has to undergo a transformation that enables him to look into the
    • As spiritual science shows, it is equally impossible for us to see the
    • something that can actually happen does happen — for instance,
    • power can be used not only for conjuring up past experiences but for
    • represent a boundless heightening of the attentiveness necessary for
    • to them and forms mental images about them. As a rule he does nothing
    • We must choose mental images which we ourselves can form for ourselves
    • the center of our full consciousness, so that for a longer period we
    • another, in this case we marshal all our soul forces, concentrate
    • resembling sleep (although it is in fact radically different). For if
    • Just before we fall asleep, we feel how the will forces in our limbs
    • forces together and channel them. That's the important thing, because
    • free from our bodily nature. Again I refer you to my books for the
    • to work for years on such concentration exercises; it is impossible to
    • keep at them for more than a few minutes at a time, or for more than a
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  • Title: Lecture: Christ in Relation to Lucifer and Ahriman
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    • portrayed as a being in equipoise between the polar forces of Lucifer
    • and Ahriman and that this being was symbol of, and model for, man's
    • earthly expression of a struggle between luciferic forces in the East
    • and ahrimanic forces in the West, and it was Central Europe's destiny
    • to mediate between these forces.
    • for it was Russia that, in 1914, mobilized its armed forces without
    • considering British proposals for peace negotiations. Under these
    • was already overheated by the forces of chauvinism and materialism so
    • the following historical facts. France, for thirty years an ally of
    • victim of an attack. On the other hand, England's foreign secretary,
    • nationalistic sentiment and strove for absolute expression and
    • equally irrelevant the question of who was to blame for materialism.
    • perception of life and by striving for an encounter with the Christ.
    • name for the figure that I have just sketched. This Christ figure is
    • with his wings broken, who for this reason begins to fall into the
    • for it is precisely this gesture that precipitates the breaking of the
    • for this being. Yet this being cannot bear the energy flowing upward
    • Imagine, for example, an artistic portrayal of the Christ suggesting
    • being that his wings would be broken, forcing the plunge into the
    • being must be portrayed as having caused his own fall, for what is to
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  • Title: Lecture: Preparing for the Sixth Epoch
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    • Preparing for the Sixth Epoch
    • for the Sixth Epoch, or
    • for the Sixth Epoch, or
    • PREPARING FOR THESIXTH EPOCH
    • come here today for the opening of the group founded by our friend,
    • forces.
    • spiritual science without forming ourselves into groups, but simply by
    • finding lecturers and providing opportunities for people who may not
    • only for the existence known to the senses and for the existence that
    • of significance for these invisible worlds, that we are actually
    • within these worlds. In the spiritual world, the work performed by
    • a different significance for the spiritual world than other work we
    • has, on the one side, to cultivate a particular form of culture and of
    • treasure for ourselves, for the eternal life of the soul, but to
    • which the form of external life belonging to the next epoch of culture
    • in our hearts for the sixth epoch of culture and that it is our task
    • to prepare them for this sixth epoch.
    • delicately organized for his soul to feel pain when he sees other
    • complete freedom of thought and a longing for it will so lay hold of
    • Collective beliefs that exist in so many forms today among the various
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  • Title: Lecture: Outlooks for the Future
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    • Outlooks for the Future
    • form of modern science. It wishes to draw our attention to epochs of human
    • evolution which lie far back in time, for instance, to the Atlantean epoch,
    • before our soul's eye — what can we discover if we then cast our gaze upon
    • the Atlantean epoch, everything was quite different. Let us therefore call
    • was to look out for suitable human bodies formed out of the material, the
    • from the heavenly worlds could still form and shape their bodies.
    • change of its form; there will be a change to some extent, but not a very
    • completely. At that time, it would therefore not have been incorrect to
    • was at that time able to transform his outward form and he possessed this
    • capacity of transformation was far less conspicuous, although they also
    • and they could only transform it gradually. The animals could transform
    • everything has therefore grown more and more hardened as far as man's
    • forms. To-day, we are still able to move our hands and our face can still
    • change expression, but in a certain way the bodily form has grown firm
    • and hard. The animal forms are however quite hardened, so that their
    • may therefore say, if we wish to characterize the human being: At the
    • forms in accordance with man's inner nature. In the case of an evil-minded
    • person, it is therefore significant — indeed, it is to some extent a
    • something which allows it to be transformed. But even the etheric body
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  • Title: Lecture: Human Life in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • FOREWORD
    • The following remarks formed the content of a lecture I delivered on
    • certain points therefore this has been done also in the present lecture.
    • Spiritual Science, stands directly before our eyes.
    • to spend their time in hard work for the service of mankind. Yet this
    • the operation of natural forces, and these discoveries have brought about a
    • environment in which the individual finds himself, and how the work, for
    • upon physical life is transformed for him into the portal to the everlasting
    • will, in the form of Spiritual Science or Anthroposophy, force its way
    • particular form to this life which compels us today to regard all questions
    • Only today are those questions taking on tangible form. Prime evidence of
    • Now the individuals who unite to form the Anthroposophical Society are in
    • which require the very conditions presented by modern times for their
    • paralysis of certain soul forces would gradually bring about a state of
    • devoted himself for awhile to the spiritual ideas advanced by Zschokke.
    • for information concerning any sort of spiritual world. He believed that the
    • world was fashioned from purely material substance and energy. For
    • veritable martyr to his convictions, for he spent much time in prison on
    • nor do we wish to hold it back, for its life consists in the conquests needed
    • not see how science gives birth to new questions for the living soul, but not
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  • Title: Evil and the Future of Man
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    • emotion to those things which concern the mystery of evil. For in so
    • immaturity of human facilities: the right powers of feeling for such
    • death — were attempted again and again in picture form. But these
    • deeper motive, for anyone who has knowledge will be well aware what
    • good-will there is even now for an understanding of such things. The
    • all that I bring forward here is intended not as mere criticism, but
    • of forces and impulses have been holding sway. From a certain point of
    • was necessary for the middle classes of the civilised world to sleep
    • through the period from the eighteen-forties to the end of the
    • certain limits) — two mysteries are of special importance for the
    • are the mystery of death and the mystery of evil. For the present
    • nowadays takes these things far too easily. Death, for the majority of
    • the stopping of a clock — the death of the clock. Death, for man, is,
    • its reality only when we see it against the background of the forces
    • these forces therefore permeate man, too, and inasmuch as they are
    • ourselves: These forces which are active in the great Universe — what
    • It would be altogether wrong to imagine that the forces which bring
    • death to man exist in the Universe for that express purpose. In
    • these forces.
    • It would be just as wrong for anyone to say that those forces in the
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  • Title: Lecture: Social and Anti-Social Forces in the Human Being
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    • This edition of: Social and Anti-Social Forces in the Human Being, is
    • German in the cycle: Die Sozialen Grundforderungen Unserer Zeit, 1963,
    • Social and Anti-Social Forces in the Human Being
    • Consciousness Soul. Other soul forces have been especially evolved in
    • average about 2000 years. Therefore much remains to be done in this
    • to achieve a conscious result one must make an inward effort, above
    • social impulses or to the social instincts, movements or forces
    • Now, if these things are to count for us, then we must find social
    • The social leaders and agitators, for example, live in the illusion
    • help forward the social impulse. It is an illusion to act in this way,
    • for in so doing one forgets that if social forces are working, then
    • anti-social forces are also present. What we must be able to do today
    • to social and anti-social forces? We need to see that the relationship
    • less than that a certain force works from one person to the other. The
    • meeting of one with another leads to the working of a certain force
    • relation to other people, or any communication with them, then a force
    • foundation for the social structure of humanity.
    • might say: a “latent tendency” is always there for one man
    • by social forces when you are asleep, and only that which continues to
    • Therefore in the relationship between people a tendency is shown for
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  • Title: Lecture: Spiritual Emptiness and Social Life
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    • eighteenth century. The demands for freedom, equality and fraternity,
    • strange phenomenon. I said that Hermann Grimm — for whom I have
    • but which can be deeply indicative for those who study life in its
    • made at that moment. It was true inasmuch as Hermann Grimm, for all
    • signify for men of the Fifth Post-Atlantean epoch of culture. He
    • — the majority of them at any rate. For it can truly be said that of
    • civilisation. For when we envisage this brilliant culture of the
    • personality, for the thinking of thousands and thousands of scholarly
    • not only for portraying individual men but for accurately discerning
    • hitting upon words for such characterisations. Take a simple example.
    • flair for apt characterisation. And other kindred minds, belonging to
    • He himself was not capable of this, for culture in his day could give
    • Therefore Hermann Grimm, too, firmly rooted as he was in the Goethean
    • or feeling for it? Men such as Troxler, and
    • essential for the life of the spirit. Here too there is something
    • conditions necessary for the life of the spirit, above all in the
    • social sphere; For the reason why the social life of Middle Europe has
    • uncommunicative. Then the soul rebels, gathers its forces and strives
    • which has no innate disposition towards spirituality. For if men are
    • — they will make it possible for the spirit itself to come alive in
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  • Title: Lecture: Social Understanding Through Spiritual Scientific Knowledge
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    • anthroposophical truths in particular that I would like to develop for you.
    • People very often do not ask the question as to which of man's forces are
    • super-sensible knowledge by means of certain forces in man. But what the
    • actual connections are between these forces and man's being, they do not
    • realms is the force of Imagination, the second capacity is the force of
    • Inspiration and the third capacity the force of Intuition. The question now
    • often mentioned, is connected with the development of forces that are not
    • It is obvious that the forces doing this work of developing the physical
    • in which they work. These super-sensible forces, active in the whole of
    • permanent teeth have appeared. At the age of seven these forces go to
    • him. And they can be drawn forth from your being when you do the sort
    • Intuition. For the forces that are applied in the acquisition of intuitive
    • knowledge are the same forces that you grow with at the time of life
    • forces that are active within the human body until the seventh year are the
    • forces you use in super-sensible knowledge to reach Intuition.
    • Now the forces that are active from the seventh year to the fourteenth
    • year and go to sleep at puberty in the depths of the body, are drawn forth
    • and form the power of Inspiration. And the forces that in bygone times
    • still happens today — the forces that create organs in the physical body
    • for these ideals of youth, are the same forces you can draw forth from
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  • Title: Lecture: Soul and Spirit in the Human Physical Constitution
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    • somewhat remote, but it will be of importance for the further
    • essential for a knowledge of man's being. On the one side, we are
    • today to consider certain matters which make for a better
    • It is, of course, acknowledged that the fluid and the aeriform
    • have shown by the example of the cerebral fluid, and the aeriform
    • uniform fluid, but as being differentiated and organized — though
    • In addition to the solid man, therefore, we must bear in mind the
    • ‘fluid man’ and also the ‘aeriform man.’ For
    • only it is gaseous, aeriform, and in motion. And finally, the warmth in us
    • is not a uniform warmth extending over the whole human being, but is also
    • which permeates this fluid organism and fills it with forces. The
    • physical organism exists for itself, as it were; it is the physical
    • Thirdly, there is the aeriform organism which again cannot be studied
    • unless we think of it as permeated with forces by the astral body.
    • differentiation. It is permeated by the forces of the Ego. — That
    • Aeriform organism         Astral body
    • Let us think, for example, of the blood. Inasmuch as it is mainly
    • in the blood the etheric body which permeates it with its forces. But
    • impossible for our thought to come to a standstill within the limits
    • obvious from the fact that the different solid substances have, for
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  • Title: Lecture: The Moral as the Source of World-Creative Power
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    • organism, an aeriform organism, and a warmth-organism must also be
    • recognized. This makes it possible for us also to perceive how those
    • in everything aeriform, the astral body is paramountly active, and in
    • heart, the snakes symbolized the intestines, and so forth. Dreams
    • for it again on waking. It is through the deprivation undergone
    • are therefore led to the body. And we are led to the body even more
    • constitution, comprising as it does the fluid organism, the aeriform
    • The great question with which we have been concerning ourselves for
    • — which relies entirely upon natural science for knowledge of the
    • soul, for in modern psychology there really is no longer any such
    • of the fact that man also has within him a fluid organism, an aeriform
    • nerve-fibres and so forth, you also have a fluid organism and an
    • aeriform organism — though these are of course fluctuating and
    • Think of a person whose soul is fired with enthusiasm for a high moral
    • ideal, for the ideal of generosity, of freedom, of goodness, of love,
    • or whatever it may be. He may also feel enthusiasm for examples of the
    • conceive that when one has enthusiasm for a high moral ideal, this
    • for a moral ideal — stimulation of the warmth-organism. There is
    • effect upon the air-organism is not that of warming only, for when the
    • To external perception and for ordinary consciousness these sources of
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  • Title: Lecture: The Path to Freedom and Love and their Significance in World Events
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    • contemplate the world would entail forfeiting our essential manhood.
    • forces of the world interpenetrate, flow into each other. Mentally, we
    • again, when we are performing deeds, thought is active in us. It is
    • Imagine that you are living for a time purely in reflection as usually
    • at work in your inner being, raying out its forces into the realm of
    • If we review all the thoughts we have formulated, we shall find in
    • elaborate these thoughts. — Fundamentally speaking, therefore, in
    • inherently our own. For the fulfillment of what self-knowledge demands
    • and how, on the other, the force of the will, coming from within our
    • world, for these thoughts merely reproduce in pictures this outer
    • strong effort of will. And the greater the strength and intensity of
    • thoughts — we become, as you can easily realize, unfree; for we
    • element of will which streams through our thoughts when we form
    • prepare ourselves for what I have called in the
    • prevailing in the material world, permeate ourselves with the force
    • that is inherently our own, and prepare for Moral Intuition. And
    • foundation, primarily, in these Moral Intuitions. Therefore
    • mightier and mightier force in our thinking.
    • and in such a way that you are no longer obliged to formulate each
    • single word by dint of an effort of will; an element of instinct
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  • Title: Lecture: Search for the New Isis, the Divine Sophia: The Quest for the Isis-Sophia
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    • step toward what took place for the sake of humankind at the Mystery of
    • superstition, for example the kind of superstition that believes that
    • that Christ went through the Mystery of Golgotha. It is appropriate for us
    • which we have been concerned for many years — namely, the relationship of
    • of something which I have repeatedly brought forward in various ways in the
    • center of the view found in the cultic rituals performed by the priests in
    • order to call up before our minds the spiritual connection between the
    • that belongs to it as a mere metamorphosis, a transformation, of ancient
    • search for the dead Osiris. We know that Osiris, the representative of the
    • locations, so that they belong to the earth for ever after.
    • simultaneously, the force that ripens everything that grows out of the
    • Isis had to set out on her search for him, how she first brought him back
    • to Egypt and how he then became active in another form, namely, from out of
    • express in this pyramid that the forces which shine down from the sun are
    • buried from spring to fall in the earth where they develop the forces of
    • different form during our fifth post-Atlantean age. Humankind must
    • the mysteries of the Egyptian priests in a form appropriate to our own age,
    • in a Christian sense. For the Egyptians, Osiris was a kind of
    • Mystery of Golgotha could be lost to humankind, for he came down from
    • what he means for us, cannot be lost.
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    • festivals also differ as regards the human soul-forces. Christmas
    • feeling-life, and because it is the most readily approachable for the
    • Thus what we may call the secret of Christianity is given form in
    • touches man can be brought before our consciousness in the most
    • do with the perception of this event through inner soul-forces,
    • soul-forces which, in the case of these shepherds in the vicinity
    • annunciation is set forth in the Gospels, the annunciation to the
    • soul-forces, to have been in all past centuries and millenia
    • differently in ancient times — for instance, seven or eight
    • underwent many changes before it became that reasoning analytical
    • differing, modes of knowledge. Let us turn our attention for the
    • one of this wisdom of the stars. Men sought in the stars for a deeper
    • understanding of earthly happenings. For to them the starry world was
    • not the abstract mechanical thing it has become for modern humanity.
    • For them the starry world was something full of life. They felt the
    • Of what nature were these preparations? These preparations for a
    • one normal for us to-day. In ancient periods of human evolution people
    • 2000 years, or even 1000 years, before the Mystery of Golgotha (such
    • for thousands of years as something communicated only to the most
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    • and to-day I will ask your attention for one such specific question.
    • The subject before us is concerned with two ideas that man can never
    • whether it be possible for men to enter sufficiently deeply into the
    • Apollonian saying: “Know thyself.” This saying sets forth
    • remind ourselves of conceptions that were intimately bound up, for the
    • then look for a little at some of these conceptions, even though they
    • say terrifying, conceptions. It was indeed not thought possible for
    • the path to knowledge; for on that path he would inevitably find
    • himself in the presence of deep uncertainties before he could come to
    • order of our life; it leaves us free to go forward in everyday life as
    • before. And one must admit that the knowledge offered to us in our
    • succumb to giddiness of soul can he go forward at all into the field
    • and conscientious preparation was necessary before he dare bridge the
    • not see it. And that, they said, is for him a blessing. Man is
    • beyond it a time of darkness and uncertainty before ultimately attaining to
    • processes in the life of soul, cannot bear the same meaning for
    • resolves to go forward from ordinary knowledge to super-sensible
    • for which the pupil in the School of Wisdom had to be prepared by
    • four centuries. Let me illustrate this for you in a particular case.
    • through space, together with the earth, at a terrific speed. As for
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    • WE HAVE BEEN studying how the living form of man, his soul and his
    • life; everything experienced by the soul in the form of pricks of
    • respects it is a highly indeterminate force; there is in it an
    • Spirit is therefore also present and at work in the sleeping human
    • rise into our consciousness inasmuch as we can form mental concepts
    • when we are walking; but we can see ourselves stepping forward. We form
    • for then inner processes are taking place, processes that are also
    • to expression in the form of feeling, surge upwards. We know that
    • therefore leads man into the external world, manifests in all those
    • sympathies and antipathies aroused by different forms of life, by
    • forms of art or of nature, or in sympathies and antipathies connected
    • through a sense of well-being or comfort — all this weaving activity
    • belongs to the soul. Will therefore reveals itself in organic
    • way. This happens when our breathing, for example, functions
    • give rise to persecution mania in all its forms. When feelings of
    • soul which forces its way upwards out of sleep. If this antipathy gets
    • and persecution mania in all forms is nothing but superabundant,
    • during sleep. What lives in this will lies — and rightly so for the
    • to know it, learns to know the force by which the human being can be
    • have the counterbalance of our organic activity in the very forces
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  • Title: Lecture: The Alphabet
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    • Anthroposophy has to say. Therefore, it was possible without
    • for granted as the prerequisite basis of this judgment. For most of
    • extent that their nature is set forth in Anthroposophy, and of what crisis
    • in the form of ‘anthroposophical history’ in the
    • For some time we have been occupied with gaining a more accurate
    • something that Man formed out of himself as his most primal ability;
    • divine spiritual forces living within him. I also referred to how, in
    • value as sounds. In Greek culture we still have a name for the first
    • just ‘A’, the letters conformed to outer convention, to the prosaic
    • Testament words: ‘And God formed Man ... and breathed into nostrils
    • to external objects, and forgotten was all that can be revealed to Man
    • forgotten; the sentence through which the divine revealed its own
    • the inner experience, the inner feeling, the inner formation of
    • or to himself, for instance, if with his own eye he sees another Man's
    • waking state. It remains unconscious and essentially forms the actual
    • It is indeed true that Man, as he goes forward in the life between
    • are cosmic music, they are consonants. And the forming of consonants
    • formations of the Zodiac, whereas the formation of vowels within the
    • subconscious. But as the child develops, forces press upwards within
    • the body and strengthen the speech organs; these are forces that, as
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  • Title: Lecture: The Human Heart
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    • for reprinting is gratefully acknowledged here.
    • The Formation of the Etheric and the Astral Heart.
    • although we are not conscious of this fact. In our eyes, for example,
    • information about the external world. It is the same with the other
    • even in the forming of our thoughts and feelings, which the child
    • With the change of teeth it begins to be possible for the child to
    • become a determining factor for the child only after the change of
    • time of puberty. Not until then can the child begin to form real
    • Therefore, as I have also said, we can describe the change of teeth as
    • Let us consider man in the spiritual world, long before he develops
    • all of us, before we descended to unite with what was prepared for us,
    • and death. Long before this, as I said, we were beings of soul and
    • must always have recourse for our descriptions. Today, however, we
    • Before he approaches his physical body — or rather the germ, the
    • embryo, of it — man draws into himself the forces of the etheric
    • permeated by the etheric world. And before man gets the inclination to
    • himself the forces of the etheric world, and, in so doing, he forms
    • The etheric body, as it forms and develops itself in the human being,
    • is a universe in itself — a universe, one might say, in picture form.
    • when we draw to ourselves the forces of the universal ether, we
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  • Title: Lecture: Truth Beauty and Goodness
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    • always meet with the approval of the times. For in our age men love to
    • As the human being stands before us we see, in the first place, his
    • How the single organs, the form and functions of the body have been
    • the spiritual prototype, the spirit-form of his physical body. The
    • that a feeling for truth is connected with our consciousness of the
    • form an idea that harmonizes strictly with it and thus is true, or,
    • forms an idea that is not in accordance with the fact, it is as if he
    • For the most part to-day, man regards his bodily health from a purely
    • create a substitute for his healthy sense of being — and he does so,
    • For this purely spiritual sense of being that we find existing with
    • feeling for truth and truthfulness. To feel himself in duty bound
    • We acquire the etheric body (or body of “formative forces”) only a
    • short time before the descent from pre-earthly to earthly existence.
    • We draw the forces of the etheric world together, as it were, to build
    • the etheric body of formative forces. Whereas Truth is connected with
    • manifested in art. If we have before us a human being of flesh and
    • in his etheric body. For he draws together the etheric forces from the
    • An intense feeling for beauty — as it was then conceived — existed
    • is so, indeed; for to possess a sense of beauty is to acknowledge the
    • was as though forces streamed into his being and into his different
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    • that its life follows the cycle of the seasons. Take for example an insect:
    • according to the time of year it will form a chrysalis (pupate), at another
    • season it will emerge and shed its chrysalis-form, at another time lay its
    • such an insect's life, and find a certain connection between them, for the
    • died out. Among more advanced humanity, therefore, we will not find that
    • history, and which will form a whole within the long planetary development
    • for instance, with the type of instinctive clairvoyance belonging to
    • We may say, therefore, that the insect has a certain direction in its life
    • more conscious form. Yet we find that man, in spite of his higher soul-life
    • forward, towering above the animals, one must still concede that he has
    • human race, of this or that century. And just as, for a lower form of life,
    • of Golgotha. And we have often considered what it meant to live before the
    • can reckon backwards and forwards. But to do justice to such reckoning we
    • step out again and move among the majority of mankind, giving guidance for
    • the details of daily life, for the strengthening of the soul's inner work
    • those preparing for initiation in the Mysteries.
    • people these days, did not exist among those working for initiation in the
    • or animal — of what grew there, took form, and unfolded within them. This
    • considered mere mythology. He could certainly say: ‘The animal before me
    • he learned to look at the nature of the mineral as it was spread before him
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  • Title: Lecture: The Invisible Man Within Us
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    • Thanks to Anna Quinn and Steven Decker: their collaborative effort
    • organization before the human being enters with his ego into earthly
    • growth-forces as well as in those hidden forces through which
    • restoration of forces through nutrition. And this work is the
    • becomes a body of forces that is active in us but does not come to
    • contained in our forces: growth and nutrition, as well as in our
    • reproductive forces.
    • organization, the etheric organization (and therefore the body of
    • formative forces), and the physical organization. Of course in the
    • the human organization. All currents, all effects of forces in this
    • the metabolic-limb organization, in the forces of our outer movement,
    • and also in the inner forces of movement that carry ingested food
    • however, there is a direct intervention of forces that enter the
    • for the course of food taken in by the mouth. Schematically, however,
    • forces through the astral organization and through the etheric and
    • senses, and therefore also into the skin, and encounters the other
    • itself with the astral forces, taking hold of oxygen and only then,
    • if we absorbed more oxygen. The more the carbonic acid formation
    • invisible forces. These forces can be clearly designated, however, if
    • If, for example, we look
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    • many cases the foundations for the actual comprehension of processes of
    • medicine because today the claims for scientific validity are actually
    • never proceed within the human organism in the same form in which they
    • in nature; but he transforms it immediately in his organism —
    • proceeds in the human being as intrinsically human. Even, for example,
    • exclusively to physical and chemical processes; for in the physical body
    • approach the human being. Therefore this natural science can not really
    • medicaments, of a remedy, if one has not acquired an understanding for
    • become conscious of all this). The reason for this confusion is that the
    • boundary in medicine if we ask only for the actual nature of illness. What
    • scientific knowledge. For, what, according to these natural scientific
    • arises “at the proper time,” a word, a label for our ignorance.
    • course, if one goes into the smallest parts and ignores all other forces, all
    • years ago. Although it is generally imagined that it is easy for spiritual
    • science to come to its results, this matter has occupied me for more than
    • responsible spiritual investigation demands more effort and above all more
    • briefly indicate in principle stood before me approximately thirty-five
    • digestive system, and so forth. The third system is represented in the
    • the construction of the other system. If, for example, we look at the
    • within the human abdomen, or the lower body, must call forth the polar
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  • Title: Lecture: Man As A Picture of The Living Spirit
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    • communications and were not originally intended for print. It should
    • also be remembered that certain premises were taken for granted when
    • I may remind you first of what I said in former lectures here
    • Yet as I said in those earlier lectures, that which goes on for man
    • during the times when he is fast asleep is still more important for
    • his whole existence — even for what he is and does in earthly life.
    • and underwent by day and while awake, as though they were to form a
    • so. For if we had to look back into a life uninterrupted by sleep, we
    • Earth, though he was no mere automaton even then, for he already had
    • spiritual world. Before we came down into earthly life it was in the
    • form of human consciousness — we call ourselves an ‘I,’ this
    • Thus every time we go to sleep, with our astral body we forsake those
    • forsake the pulsating forces of our blood. What then becomes of them
    • of the adjoining Hierarchy enter into the pulsating forces of the
    • which we have forsaken inasmuch as the astral body is outside by night,
    • Thus when we go to sleep at night, setting forth with our Ego and
    • Therefore in truth, throughout our earthly life our physical body is
    • caring for the organs which are assigned to the etheric body. As to
    • every night by the astral body, they are provided for by the second
    • forsaken during sleep by the human Ego have to be cared for in the
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    • It has not been possible for me to speak to you on the last two days. But
    • right human starting-point for such a festival.
    • prepare the way for a future Michael Festival. And such thoughts are
    • worlds — through long periods of time, in preparation for all that can now
    • be accomplished for human evolution in the course of this present century by
    • Let us now bring before our souls beings who are intimately connected,
    • When we look back into olden times, we see rise up before us within the
    • significance the prophet Elijah had for the people of the Old Testament, and
    • therewith for all mankind; we know how he set before them the goal and
    • give him the Initiation he was to receive for the evolution of mankind. For
    • into colour and form the very nature and being of Christianity itself —
    • stands revealed in wondrously beautiful words what Raphael had placed before
    • mankind in colours and forms of rarest loveliness. We see, thus following
    • We know [for I have often spoken with you of these things] how, when man
    • Bearing this in mind, let us look for a moment at Raphael and see how he
    • which first made it possible for man to be, and for the Earthly to be
    • set the goal for the life on this Earth.
    • association with the great Cosmic Healers, he transforms for his
    • canvas or as a fresco on the wall, for the help and comfort as well as for
    • And thus was he, who on Earth had unfolded so great a love for art,
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    • the form of moral impulses.
    • Anthroposophy has to say. Therefore, it was possible without
    • for granted as the prerequisite basis of this judgment. For most of
    • extent that their nature is set forth in Anthroposophy, and of what crisis
    • in the form of ‘anthroposophical history’ in the communications
    • throughout history (and there is, indeed, a deep justification for
    • contemplation, there has always been an esoteric Christianity for
    • those who were willing — as I have said before — to
    • prepare their hearts and minds in an adequate way for the reception
    • foreboding of something very special, that entered the evolution of
    • beyond such forebodings, without an esoteric knowledge.
    • utterances. Paul's words acquire a particular meaning, for he assures
    • convinced of the true existence of the Christ-being before the event
    • at Damascus? We must bear in mind what it implied for Paul, initiated
    • the most, in the form of outer historical records kept by some secret
    • Gospels? For, what the Gospels say of the apostles who met
    • unable to advance to an esoteric knowledge. For this reason we must
    • the initiation in the Mysteries, where for the most part, they were
    • dependent on the outer form of speech, or spoken words. They did not
    • concerning the abode of human souls in the divine world before
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    • other highly learned man, for example Lord Bacon of Verulam, who in
    • knowledge of the theatre and the deepest understanding for theatrical
    • were thefts, based on stenographic notes taken during a performance
    • form. One of these investigators is Eugen Reichel, who thinks to
    • that the plays, in the form in which they now exist, are able to
    • that have undoubtedly been mutilated, for example in
    • was proved by a performance of “HENRY V” at the
    • characters. The poet conjures up before us a human character and
    • essence of the human being, appeared in the foreground. This was the
    • with a certain understanding for the representation of the personality
    • as offered by Shakespeare. Shakespeare's chief aim was to set forth
    • ethical or moral idea. For example, the idea of a tragic guilt, as
    • not wish to set forth jealousy in Othello or ambition in Macbeth, but
    • this connection Rudolf Steiner's lectures given at Stratford on Avon.)
    • Shakespeare was born at Stratford in 1564; his father was in fairly
    • while they were enjoying the performance. He then became supervisor of
    • already able to buy a house at Stratford. As part-owner of the Globe
    • great character-plays which were to establish his fame for all times
    • may have been on certain difficult questions. For it is not
    • We should not forget that the modern stage is not favourable to the
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    • for example
    • the deepest understanding for theatrical effects.
    • performances, so that the texts did not completely correspond to
    • have existed in quite a different form. One of these researchers
    • opinions are contradicted by the fact that the plays, in the form
    • undoubtedly been mutilated, for example in Macbeth. The
    • performance of  Henry V under the direction of
    • conjures up before us a human character and unfolds his thoughts
    • not the individual human personality, appeared in the foreground.
    • certain understanding for the representation of the personality
    • presenting to his audience an ethical or moral idea. For example,
    • was born in Stratford in 1564. His father was in fairly good
    • flight of his fantasy, his sudden transformations in the action,
    • of the visitors while they were enjoying the performance. He then
    • to buy a house in Stratford. After he became part-owner of the
    • establish his fame for all time, followed: Othello,
    • have been on certain difficult questions. For it is not
    • not forget that the modern stage is not favourable to the effect
    • characters in the plays — for this remains the chief thing.
    • for the furniture of a royal palace, the effect produced by the
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    • Before one can understand Freemasonry, one must study the original
    • Manicheanism we have a starting point for this examination. It is the
    • borders for the attack. They were, however, able to achieve nothing.
    • only have been punished through good. Therefore the Spirits of the
    • For example, an excellent piano technique is good, but if the
    • must have been, in its own time proper place, good. The guiding forces
    • explain the confluence of Life and Form out of the cooperation of Good
    • and Evil. Life becomes form through finding opposition. It does not
    • all at once express itself in a form. Only consider how Life hurries
    • from form to form. Life has fashioned the lily, then Life overcomes
    • the Form and it passes over into the seed out of which a new form will
    • be born. Life is formless it could (not?) live out its own nature in
    • itself. Life is everywhere. The limited form is the hindrance. There
    • would be no forms if Life were not obstructed and arrested in its
    • forces which stream out in every direction. Form grows precisely out
    • Christianity. This pulsating Life emerges again and again. (As for
    • example in the Christian Mystics.) The form is nothing else than the
    • surrendered its Life to the Form. (The old offices of the state were
    • poured into the old Form. What was formerly Life, later becomes Form
    • for a new Life.
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    • present. The paramount question for Plato was, “How does Man
    • to be an all-important question for the education of the spiritual life.
    • sense-perceptions.” This statement holds good, however, only for
    • the undeveloped man. When he acquires for himself the faculty of
    • has built for him organs of sense), then his thought ceases to remain
    • Now Plato looked upon mathematical science as a means of training for
    • hover over innumerable, manifold sense-perceptible forms. When I think
    • and of which the concrete form is a mere representation. I could learn
    • sense-perceptible form leads me beyond itself; it can only be for me a
    • the all-important point for Plato. We must visualise the idea in a
    • steps in mathematical knowledge for this purpose, and understand
    • of geometrical forms and arithmetical relations of numbers, then he is
    • fairly on the path to spiritual knowledge. They did not strive for
    • Mathesis as such, but rather for super-sensible knowledge after the
    • considered. This will certainly mean, for many, a giddy height of
    • before his mind as if written in letters of gold. “Thou wilt
    • never find a Circle in the World, which will not confirm for thee in
    • contradict thy super-sensible perception. Thus dost thou gain for
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    • hour, at every moment, of vital and profound significance for our
    • actions are performed by us. (Spiritually considered, of course, the
    • exist for the dead, neither does our plant world. As you can gather
    • these kingdoms are present in quite a different form. They are not
    • present in the spiritual world in the form in which we know them here,
    • know on the physical plane, which has significance for the dead
    • therefore, starts his life two kingdoms higher. On the Earth we get to
    • world. For in this life between death and a new birth we must prepare
    • all those forces which, working in from the Cosmos, organise our own
    • body. In the physical world we know nothing of these forces. Between
    • particles, is formed out of the Cosmos. For we ourselves prepare this
    • to assert that the direction is brought about merely by forces
    • without further thought in the case of an egg forming within the hen.
    • But when the egg is forming within the hen the whole Cosmos is, in
    • the play of cosmic forces. Everything that takes shape in the egg is
    • an imprint of cosmic forces and the hen herself is only a place, an
    • Hierarchies, the human being is working at this whole system of forces
    • which permeates the Cosmos. For between death and a new birth he is
    • of joy, in the environment. He works on and on, calling forth pleasure
    • physical form.
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    • The lectures for
    • workers could also rightly be called dialogs, for upon Rudolf
    • workers asked for an introduction to spiritual science and for the
    • basic knowledge required for an understanding of the mystery of
    • after hours on the construction site for those interested in such
    • whether he himself could attend to them and quench their thirst for
    • time for this when they would still be fresh and receptive. Thus, the
    • hour after the midmorning break was set aside for the lectures.
    • matters were also discussed in these lectures, for example,
    • as a brochure for its members.
    • more people expressed the desire to read the lectures for workers.
    • However, these lectures had been intended for a particular audience;
    • lectures. Therefore, we have tried to leave them unchanged as far as
    • possible; these lectures may not conform to literary standards, but
    • an experiment for us and that we can gain insights from it.
    • The blood, which normally flows only through the vessels, is forced
    • we find that this portion constitutes a fairly uniform, mushlike
    • substance, especially at the time before the child has learned to
    • whorls develop here. They continue to form in an artful way. In other
    • just as wrong for me to say that the brain has formed these
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    • Logic and the Sense for Reality.
    • For another version of this lecture, see
    • sense-perceptible. For we have seen that here in the physical world
    • expressed in the form of the spiritual sympathies and antipathies we
    • into the physical world, we cannot look to the higher senses for
    • misunderstood and in all sorts of ways attacked. For the time being I
    • have therefore to abstain from pointing out many interesting
    • processes in the realms of the senses which are responsible for
    • much more freely about certain truths than is now possible, for such
    • likes and dislikes. You will find in the works of Aristotle, for
    • not be outlined today before a considerable gathering of people. They
    • materialistic. In the writings of Aristotle you can find, for
    • example, very beautiful descriptions of the outer forms of courageous
    • these things would cause some difficulties if they were set forth
    • here. For instance, we have said: the realms of the senses, as they
    • for if this were so, and if all that man experienced during the Old
    • organisation in a way that is inappropriate for them as Moon visions.
    • For if someone has a Moon vision, this is suited only to lead to a
    • before it, and contemplating it inwardly, he applies it in some way
    • the effect is to transform the sense-process in the sense-region into
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    • Goetheanism as an Impulse for Transformation ...
    • personalities who were not German, for example Shaftesbury and
    • ago. For this one need not be a German, but one needs to have some
    • feeling for the culture of middle Europe. Herman Grimm once said that
    • find, in a certain sense, the direction for his life. These four are
    • feeling of oppression. For one must admit: Luther does not live on
    • Looking back before the nineteenth century to the end of the
    • merely to write a literary essay, but to perform a political deed. At
    • revolutionaries hoped so much. He hoped much more for a thorough
    • the right form to the social institutions in which they lived. He asks
    • that man has first to become inwardly free before he can achieve
    • sensuality is a necessity for him, not a freedom. His reason is also a
    • For Schiller, man can be free only if he does not follow in a
    • Here Schiller, in comparison with Kant, whom unfortunately he
    • otherwise followed in many ways, is a much freer spirit. For Kant
    • willingly, and unfortunately I like to do it. And so it often worries
    • ideal for human beings. If a mutual permeation of rational necessity
    • in art a guide for the rest of human activity. The spirit of Goethe
    • rejects everything Philistine and seeks for an ideal condition which
    • is to be achieved in the likeness of genuine art. For the artist
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    • FOR a true understanding of the nature of the human being we have to
    • true. Under the name of limbs, for example, we have to include a good
    • what to look for. That which takes place in the soul and spirit of the
    • human being about the twenty-first year of life is, for one who can
    • for external physiology. The division into seven-year periods holds
    • true, in fact, for the whole course of human life.
    • infinite, but when it has spread itself out for a sufficient distance
    • that such an event always comes back seven years later, for the lapse
    • of time depends on the whole form and character of the individual
    • You will readily see how many opportunities there are for such things
    • connected with these beings. For even within this life we have a kind
    • that experience has a significance for our later life. And this in
    • his environment, and can see how spiritual forces are at work in the
    • often presented to you in a Eurythmy performance. Here you can see how
    • Come dance and join us for my sake.”
    • For Elf King's daughter did I see.”
    • feeling. For these always come back to us in a changed form. They
    • swim. Here then you may see how experiences can come back in the form
    • For the limb system, too, there is an interplay with the environment,
    • we call our destiny or Karma need not after all be so enigmatic for
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    • and enters into possession of its full, inner force during the age of
    • his ideas before him, that he perceived them objectively.
    • They regarded the substance of the ideas which thus lit up before them
    • And when they looked at the sky, which seems to us to be blue, but for
    • of soul. This faculty of inwardly living perception functioned for a
    • coming from the Mystery of Golgotha made it possible for them to
    • must never be forgotten when we are studying the course of evolution.
    • Post-Atlantean period of civilisation. And the task before us is to
    • fettered man to the Earth. He has eyes only for earthly things,
    • was connected with the development of his Ego, for the development of
    • the Ego is associated with the intelligence and the faculty of forming
    • ’ to himself, he experiences a force that is working within him,
    • and the Greek, as he felt the working of this inner force, related it
    • deeper feeling for Nature. The experience is not nearly as vivid as it
    • was in the days of Greece, but for all that it is still possible to
    • become aware of the spiritual forces indwelling the rays of the Sun in
    • civilised life today. The task before us is to begin once again to
    • the forces which stream down to the Earth from the Sun and from the
    • respect, Sun and Moon stand in polar antithesis. The forces streaming
    • owe to the rays of the Sun the power which moulds the human form into
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    • ONCE before I spoke to you of certain spiritual facts concerning the
    • life between death and a new birth. For seen from a human point of
    • Today we will continue this line of thought for certain other facts
    • that man as he stands before himself in the physical world represents
    • understand why, for example, salt assumes a cubical form. True, these
    • perceive. Nor can they arise within this domain. The form of the eye
    • or of the ear — both the inward form and the outer configuration
    • through birth. Nor does he even receive it through the forces that
    • True, it is customary to force all these things which are not
    • but give ourselves up to an illusion. For the truth is that the inner
    • form of the eye or of the ear is already planned and laid out as it
    • and a new birth builds up his own physical body in a spirit-form
    • form — the inner form for instance of an eye, or of an ear —
    • is formed and moulded by the work man does between death and a new
    • birth in co-operation with super-sensible, spiritual Beings. Therefore,
    • super-sensible world. We must realise that a human ear, for example, is
    • formed and created out of the super-sensible world; and only after it
    • has thus been formed can it undertake its task as a sense-organ —
    • Let us consider such a thing in detail. Observe the inner formation of
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    • Published in The Journal for Anthroposophy, Spring 1979. In a few cases the
    • repetitions appropriate for spoken style have been omitted and sentences
    • Translated by Clifford Bax
    • Published in The Journal for Anthroposophy, Spring 1979. In a few cases
    • the repetitions appropriate for spoken style have been omitted and
    • Education for Adolescents
    • Journal for Anthroposophy, Spring 1979
    • appropriate for spoken style have been omitted and sentences condensed.
    • piece of music, for instance. All this must be brought to them in such
    • becomes free at puberty, forces are freed which
    • can now be used for formulating these riddles. But when these riddles
    • souls, then these same forces are changed into something else.
    • When such forces become free, and it has not been possible to awaken
    • transform themselves into what they become in most young people today.
    • Unfortunately pedagogy does not now consider this delight in power and
    • questions. A high value is put upon them for no other reason than that
    • concern for the world but busy themselves with how they feel and what
    • The capacity for forming judgments is blossoming at this time and
    • occupied with themselves. For, as everyone knows, as far as subjective
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    • against All. The significance of forms in connection with future
    • whole course of lectures to a close before we pass on to a different
    • the Epiphany. The lecture today, therefore, will be more in the nature of a
    • kinds of exercises are necessary for self-development, and such exercises
    • the manifesto of the Freemasons which I read to you a fortnight ago. That
    • themselves for the attainment of immortality in the real sense. But to
    • accomplish for the attainment of this consciousness, contributes towards
    • a house; he does not build this house for himself, but undertakes the task
    • of building it for reasons which he believes to be entirely impersonal. You
    • people who, to all appearances, are not working for themselves; and yet in
    • reality are. A lawyer, for example, is to all intents and purposes working
    • for his clients. Part of his work may well be selfless, but the real
    • for the sake of their own livelihood, to the extent that their business
    • the other hand, everything that is performed without regard to self, that
    • strengthen our consciousness in the future struggles for existence. —
    • survived of the good old Freemasonry takes the form nowadays of charitable
    • science well knows in what way the human being can perform selfless actions
    • from Frankfurt. He, therefore, was one who took care that his very name
    • to the objective world without asking for honour or for the preservation of
    • incompatible with work for themselves, and preservation of a name does,
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  • Title: Lecture: The Three Stages of Sleep
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    • assimilated, is enough for the rest of life. I have often
    • formulas, science of the spirit provides something with which
    • good memory, take in and then possess them once and for all.
    • formulated into concepts, whereas spiritual-scientific truths
    • not unveiled. If this waking consciousness, as it serves us for
    • coming to the point of definitely formulating questions as to
    • speculation and into the forming of all kinds of philosophies
    • them again and again, for Anthroposophy can only be understood
    • following example. A man may dream, for instance, that he is
    • or the like. He may then wake up in this feeling of terror, for
    • dream transforms things in this way. Anxiety becomes terror,
    • consciousness. Forces that increase in intensity are there
    • behind the dream and these forces clothe themselves in
    • pictures. The forces are not perceptible but they are the
    • multiply these two picture sequences many times, for the same
    • Imaginative consciousness within the forces of the soul which
    • before entering it penetrates more intensely into the etheric
    • body, then these pictures are formed out of life. For in
    • body. These dream pictures taken from ordinary life are formed
    • however, enables human beings to live in those forces of the
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    • once more: Spirit must be drawn forth from words.
    • body, astral body, Ego, and so on, is really very abstract. For this
    • form, so as to make use of his senses. The relation of the external
    • of response to the external world which are necessary for
    • For example, from the moment of falling asleep there is a particular
    • had stored up forces for an activity that develops only after sleep
    • stream of warmth. They stand out for inner reasons — which are
    • been repeated for the soul during sleep. But this is a more
    • complicated process than for the ordinary consciousness it appears to
    • music, which resounds in an individualised form in the human etheric
    • I have described as going on in the etheric body is blotted out for
    • activity is somewhat different from that I have described for sleep;
    • the senses and from the whole skin, is formed into a shell-like copy
    • then forms a kind of etheric organism which is compounded of the
    • influence one another mutually, and form an organism — the
    • bound to describe it as consisting simply of the forms of thoughts,
    • moment, one would draw of course lines, or coloured forms. But to
    • describe the substance of these lines or coloured forms one could only
    • individualised Logos. One cannot really say: this forming of
    • movements shining in from the senses, is only thought. For it
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    • external physical, but to spiritual forms, — agree with
    • Christ Being has of course assumed the forms which were suited to the
    • Christ. The Gnostic ideas were only able to prevail for a relatively
    • the Christ which later formed the content of the doctrines of the
    • concepts which Spiritual Science has to bring forward, coincide in
    • For this very reason it is perhaps all the more interesting to study
    • brought forward in Christendom during those times. The Christ of the
    • origin of man led us back to a form still hovering in spiritual
    • spiritual form, gradually descended to become the material being we
    • forms, whereas Spiritual Science leads us back to forms which more
    • before taking on a material existence, where he felt himself among
    • region the ancient Gnosis looked for the Christ Being. To understand
    • According to the Gnosis, therefore, humanity passed
    • humanity, for it was then that the Christ — having held back
    • Thus — for the Gnostics — when man was still living
    • lives, so that they can say: ‘In comparison to my former life
    • kind of renewal, an awakening of very definite forces in the life of
    • not merely be looked for as an outer individual man, but as an Inner
    • before, for the very reason that what Jesus of Nazareth bore within
    • him for the three years after the Baptism of John had not previously
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    • a greed for knowledge but to be a spiritual impulse penetrating deeply
    • we realise that its impulse has already made itself felt in the form
    • we do could raise it. I am not suggesting for a moment that the
    • impulse of which we shall speak lived in Richard Wagner in the form of
    • for he admitted that very much remains obscure and nebulous in the
    • Spheres is a reality, for there is a region of the spiritual world in
    • which he does not see. But if a successful operation is performed upon
    • his eyes, colour and light are revealed to him. It is possible for the
    • phraseology, for the physical sun does not ‘sing.’ It is unthinkable
    • never be defined in clear, hard-and-fast terms, for once again they
    • ceremonies were connected with the secrets of spiritual forces from
    • in the form of ritual to the eyes of the spectators. And what they saw
    • and art arose. Truth was expressed in the form of art, in
    • indissolubly united, they had been forced into divergence as a result
    • time had now come for a re-union of the arts, and with his great gifts
    • works of art are pervaded by a mood of sanctity and are therefore
    • is something at this point which had perforce to remain unexpressed,
    • for between this action and that action there is something in the
    • for art. Richard Wagner could not be a dramatist of everyday life, for
    • Mysteries, for the deepest and most sacred experiences to be expressed
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    • revelation, in its more scholastic form, was by no means a body of
    • preserved as it were by tradition. But it was not always so, for if we
    • School, for instance, that a distinction could be made between
    • before the Mystery of Golgotha had not been united with earthly
    • evolution of man. The nature of this Being, how He had worked before
    • all costs by true Christians. Moreover, efforts were made to
    • like Plotinus, for example, of whom very little was known but who was
    • The information contained in text-books on the history of philosophy
    • giving any idea of their significance. Naturally it is difficult for
    • four centuries of Christendom — for example, of the way in which
    • Idea of the Good stands above the others. — For what is expressed
    • to say about Indian wisdom. Nevertheless, if we ask for something
    • eyes of men was brought down in more ancient times merely in the form
    • Therefore the knowledge he possessed only amounted to the substance of
    • in the form of revelation. There is no fundamental difference between
    • already beginning to assume a more intellectual form. Now in those
    • ancient times it was still possible for individuals here and there to
    • We can form some idea of how such men were wont to speak, if we study
    • would understand the universe let us not pay heed to space, for space
    • us pay heed to time, for only the illusory images of cosmic reality
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  • Title: Lecture: The Crossing of the Threshold and the Social Organism
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    • out that the three soul-forces of man, which have a rather chaotic
    • themselves; the forces of thought, feeling and of the will become
    • independent. These forces become independent through the fact.
    • on a separate character and this will come to the fore in various
    • that we should extricate ourselves from this chaos. Indeed, for this
    • close our accounts with the old time. For the NEW time can only be
    • humanity has therefore the choice of advancing in a direction where
    • forces ray out that can give rise to a new social structure.
    • Everything which comes from other directions and seeks to transform
    • goal of transforming social life in a real and true way, and this can
    • connected with the present moment of evolution. In the past, before
    • following day, but so that it is not always necessary for him to
    • is a FORESIGHT, a prevision of the next day. But. you must not
    • consider this from the standpoint of human curiosity, for this would
    • should be conscious of it, for it has nothing to do with his
    • night, unfortunately did not exist. What a different course would the
    • soul-spiritual life before birth. We must speak of the fact that
    • ANGEL! They can still turn to their Angel, for this touches a
    • anything else, for the THOUGHT-material which gives rise to their
    • hierarchy, for to-day they feel averse to seek a connection with the
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  • Title: Lecture: The Weaving and Living Activity of the Human Etheric Bodies
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    • form of a plan with real ideas relating to those things which can at
    • Ego, etc. This is quite correct, to begin with, for it is necessary
    • everything which has thus been given in a schematic form. We already
    • apparently the case) about the physical body, for the physical body
    • recollect that man’s physical body, in the form in which it
    • underwent a constant transformation. It was gradually
    • transformed under the influence of the processes which were taking
    • place: it was transformed through the fact that the etheric body was
    • Saturn epoch to a new epoch, it had to change, for it became
    • body has been transformed through the fact that the etheric body
    • Spirits of the Will or the Thrones, so the transformation during
    • transformation during, the Moon-epoch through the Spirits of
    • Movement. The transformation during the Earth-epoch, that is to say,
    • Form, This is a most significant fact, which we must bear in mind.
    • form, the form which is most appropriate to it. During the Moon
    • adapted to it. The form which was most suited to it, is a gift of the
    • Spirits of Form, and is in keeping with the fact that an Ego had to
    • earthly body, which has a physical form, has been formed in such a
    • Spirits of Form gave the human physical body the form which it
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  • Title: Lecture: And The Temple Becomes Man
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    • the life of the human soul which express themselves in the forms of
    • sacred buildings and give birth to new forms as the evolution of
    • [ Foreward | Lecture ]
    • FOREWORD
    • motifs of the windows in the Goetheanum expressed in the form of
    • themselves in the forms of sacred buildings and give birth to new
    • forms as the evolution of humanity advances. The forms of
    • Architecture were created by the forces which ray down from the
    • Material through new forms which through metamorphoses from within,
    • great building of wood, with its hand-carved, weaving forms and
    • aspirant for spiritual knowledge — is called Johannes
    • rented in Munich for performances of these Mystery Plays had brought
    • from the spectators an urgently expressed wish for a building that
    • lectures, and would provide space for the rapidly increasing number
    • chosen by the Association formed for the purpose of carrying this
    • following lecture which opens up for us a vista of the
    • super-sensible foundation of the Art of Building and foreshadows its
    • IN the Building that is to be a home for Spiritual Science, full
    • creation of ancient works of art, was made easier than it is for us
    • forces stream into the unconscious or subconscious life of the soul;
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    • For this lecture, the date is unknown, the GA# is unknown, and the
    • site for a clearer understanding of the concept of race in
    • neither shall they say, Lo here, or Lo there, for behold the kingdom
    • only a preparation for this. It was what became the keynote of
    • brain, lungs, and so on. In the first three subraces, therefore, these
    • away. For even a Manu cannot direct destinies and happenings according
    • accordance with the great Laws of Nature. Two vistas lay before the
    • teaching of reincarnation was by no means of cardinal importance. For
    • In this first exodus, therefore, we have two branches: The Indo-Aryans
    • teaching exists in a very beautiful form. This was the result brought
    • teaching into a new form. A less definite doctrine of reincarnation
    • A strange mixture was the result. By dint of vigorous effort, this
    • racial stock was grafted upon the former Turanian people who in
    • revival, in a new form, of the ancient magical achievements.
    • in the first place — and these form what is known as the ancient
    • were no Lemurians. It was the Atlanteans who had prepared for the
    • for boys. That is a very important point. It is a preparation which
    • of Dodona, for example, and others. The physical place becomes sacred.
    • could be done. It was necessary for a new impulse to be given, and the
    • foreground. In this third migration a group of Initiates went to the
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  • Title: Lecture: The Mystery of Golgotha
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    • Oxford, on August 27th, 1922. Authorized translation from the German
    • Oxford, on August 27th, 1922. Authorized translation from the German
    • Oxford, on August 27th. 1922. Authorized translation from the German
    • all the forces of the human soul; to understand it not only from the
    • unite with it all the forces of man's being. But this will only
    • can never do justice to the full World-impulse of Christianity. For
    • must derive the sources of our Will (and these for Christianity are
    • by Leonardo da Vinci's picture of the Last Supper. For in this
    • souls of those who lived a little while before the Mystery of
    • undergone a tremendous evolution. In the times before the Mystery of
    • They had a memory of the time the human soul lives through, before he
    • was a soul before I descended to the Earth. Notably in still more
    • before I descended to the Earth, was in a world where the Sun is no
    • Sun not only pours forth light, but sends out radiant Wisdom into a
    • for the man of ancient time: the experience of Nature, and the
    • longer. Sin, for the man of modern time, lives in a world of abstract
    • really connect with the necessities or laws of Nature. For the
    • ill.” Sickness and Sin: for the man of olden time these two
    • appear upon the scene shortly before the Mystery of Golgotha such
    • humanity” was a widespread conception, forgotten as it is by
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    • difference it makes to man whether the words he speaks are formed in
    • history. What I want to bring forward does not refer to any one
    • therefore we shall not concern ourselves with the differences that
    • that the words he speaks are nearly all of them signs for things that
    • object. In our day however there is hardly any feeling left for this;
    • words are very little more than mere outward signs for the objects
    • a sign for the phenomenon of the flash of lightning. It was
    • was not then one of thought, where the word is for him a sign and a
    • sounds of his words and into the whole way the sounds were formed and
    • not even need to go back so far before we come to a time when the
    • forming of words. But in order to study the times when man's
    • must take our thoughts right back to Atlantis. For we have to reckon
    • dependent for its evolution on the decision of man. In language
    • the evolution of the Archangels themselves. For even when we are
    • sight, for example, of the blossoming of flowers or by changes in
    • again whether another object of perception were good or bad for his
    • interested him, and he formed his words accordingly. So that in those
    • expressions of will. How do we account for this? It was due to the
    • Later, these Archangels moved forward in their own evolution. In my
    • enabled them to put the speech-forming power into human life on
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  • Title: Lecture: Gnostic Doctrines and Supersensible Influences in Europe
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    • Spirit pervades all things physical, for this is to recognise one
    • and acting being. For many centuries it was justifiable to hold such
    • to-day, therefore, we will consider how certain happenings in the
    • the present state of affairs in the world. For long ages now, Western
    • world-evolution spoke of a primordial Being for the understanding of
    • required than for an understanding of the events described in the Old
    • must therefore think of the Demiurgos as a sublime Being, as the
    • Creator of the world who sends forth other Beings from Himself. The
    • Beings sent forth by the Demiurgos were ranked in successive stages,
    • to this Gnostic conception, therefore, Jehovah was a somewhat lower
    • which lives in men to reach the spiritual world again was therefore
    • of this mystery took many different forms but no essential purpose
    • died away. The time had come for man to pass into an entirely
    • respective merits of two epochs of time, or of forming an opinion of
    • it was man's task and function to activate the spiritual forces
    • of knowledge in the innermost recesses of the soul — the forces
    • revealed to him. The springing-forth of individual thoughts
    • phase, the coming of which was already foreshadowed by Aristotle.
    • any real sense before the second half of the fourth century of our
    • which humanity ought for their own sake to aspire. But it goes
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  • Title: Lecture: The Influence of the Dead on the Life of Man on Earth
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    • give the directions, as it were, for the way we are born with such
    • and such characteristics. For we are connected between death and a
    • before our souls the connection of man with the spiritual world from
    • elemental world is an unknown world for the human being as he now
    • worlds but it is no less fraught with significance for man than this
    • physical world of the senses. For as soon as our sense is awakened
    • for the elemental world — which happens when we are able to
    • perception for the elemental world cannot begin in man till he is
    • In general it is not even difficult for him to do this. True, it is
    • more difficult for the man of today than for the man of primeval
    • times. We have all heard of the primeval atavistic clairvoyance. For
    • all know, we are formed of solid matter only to a very small extent.
    • Let us now return to what I said before. Our relation to the
    • choice. We form our friendships for ourselves, likewise our other
    • beings. As an independent elemental being — for such we are by
    • of the patient. For what is called illness today is in truth only the
    • Of course, one might say forthwith: ‘Well, let the people who
    • understood. For people keep on imagining that they are Christian
    • law. Even today these truths can only be hinted at. For as a rule, if
    • for a law — quite unaware that whatever is not in order comes
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    • myths. They brought to expression in the form of a myth what they
    • the myth by Dupuis. In other places we have repeatedly for years
    • would be very useful for the man of today if he made himself
    • of thought found in the concepts of mythology. For the ideas which
    • are formed about the origin of myths, the creation of mythology,
    • ordinary modern concepts. It is therefore useful to recollect
    • sometimes how myths have been formed among neighbouring peoples of
    • them in the form of myth.
    • astronomical-astrological events, and had fabricated such a myth for
    • Osiris-Isis-Myth arose as the representative for profounder truths,
    • through the Gate of Death and in new form experiences new destinies
    • the Egyptians. For it is this eternal-imperishable element — I
    • have often already expressed it in another form — that is
    • institute new things in opposition to what had proved beneficial for
    • today: after the institution of Osiris had existed for hundreds of
    • a long time for the corpse. She found the body at last in Phoenicia,
    • being again which had the complete form of Osiris. She then gave to
    • hand, what the Egyptians in a certain sense formed as their highest
    • death. The race to which Zeus belongs is a race of Gods for the
    • — a race of Gods for the living: Zeus, Hera, Pallas-Athene,
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    • such things for this retrospection gives us orientation. Mankind
    • orientate oneself for what is to come by considering what has been.
    • already to the time in which it was natural for men to express in
    • begins with the 7th or 8th century before our era, there was a kind
    • Typhon — that is, by that force of the human soul, which to be
    • more. The forces active in the old clairvoyance are now amidst the
    • slain, she departed on a search for the dead body. She found it at
    • taken, not from animal or earthly forms, but from the
    • form, as signs — such signs then are images of Imaginations.
    • In such signs was cosmic wisdom contained for ancient times, this
    • find the corpse; that means to find the picture-script transformed
    • lock and key. That is not right for the present day, but it is a
    • for what is to develop as the new. If we have knowledge of what once
    • Osiris was dead for the outer world — almost a physical
    • the young boy before the age of puberty had certain Imaginations; it
    • puberty entered — not only for the voice, but the life of
    • fact that which shot up out of the forces which are usually called in
    • physiology the sex forces), felt something in him of which he said:
    • himself out of the atmosphere. Formerly he had seen it outside; now
    • For woman too, in those
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    • to the things of the senses. We have seen that for this old atavistic
    • the day before yesterday, as I spoke of the important difference
    • this was it possible for the Old Testament doctrine to insert at the
    • This is important for
    • an understanding of the present-day world conception. For the world
    • uniform source; they have very different origins, and we bear much
    • essentials standing spiritually before mankind up to the new
    • speak in common have formed the individually sounding languages,
    • the watchfulness of his consort Isis. Then Isis sought everywhere for
    • different perception in humanity. This remembrance was thenceforward
    • ancient Egyptian myths standing there at the side of Osiris. And for
    • all the deepest thoughts the Egyptians were able to form about the
    • archetypal forces working in nature and in man. If the Egyptian was
    • For an understanding of
    • there is to stand before our soul's gaze that which once sounded over
    • precisely for the better understanding of the Mystery of
    • Golgotha. There must stand before our soul's gaze all the mystery
    • For, my dear friends, we will set opposite this Osiris-Isis myth
    • ‘open secret’. For the Building was closed to none, it
    • Goethe's words again — before an ‘open secret’, a
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    • bring before your spiritual eyes in showing how one can look towards
    • where I quoted the often harsh-sounding expressions of Plato for the
    • who therefore (in the Egyptian sense, today it sounds rather
    • quite a wrong interpretation. As the priests transformed the
    • expression then came to an end for men living on the physical plane;
    • made of things that have simply got to be seen through, whether for
    • their emptiness or for their harmfulness. In fact one is fully
    • the human soul, nor even be blazoned forth as universal human love.
    • harbours within it immense possibilities for the evolution and
    • very great, greater from a certain aspect than they were in former
    • something we have often brought forward from various viewpoints.
    • this World-Clock shall now be set before your soul. We will use it as
    • that the force which flowed through earthly life was the one which
    • say: it took its course when man for his knowledge, perception and
    • view of the world stood under the influence of those forces which are
    • relation with the world through the forces that are in our ‘crab’.
    • We have no possibilities of this today. If man can develop the forces
    • forces of his thorax he is sensitive to all that goes on in nature
    • man naturally breathes differently. For in every man's neighbourhood
    • the spring, the autumn, and he formed his concepts accordingly. And
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    • essential for a right understanding of the two coming lectures.
    • years go on becomes older. In a certain respect one can say that for
    • In so doing the man's physical forces undergo manifold changes and
    • transformations. Now we have already described in what sense I a
    • through our nature, our physical forces. We have stated that in the
    • capable of development for a much longer time. He remained so into
    • growing older was connected with a transformation of the soul and
    • spirit nature after our twenties, we must seek for this development
    • life-forces, the fruit of these declining life-forces as a kind of
    • catastrophe, which again lasted for approximately 2,160 years, and
    • development up to the end of his forties. Then in the next epoch, the
    • Egypto-Chaldean, he could develop up to the time of his forty-second
    • year through his natural forces. It becomes more and more pressing,
    • and from our time onward quite specially significant. For as regards
    • in early youth through natural forces, if they do nothing of their
    • to be of a definite age before he could take any part in public
    • younger is at the same time a challenge to mankind to draw for
    • is again something of which external history gives no tidings, for
    • There must come an entirely new knowledge of the being of man. For
    • necessary it is to seek for fresh and different impulses for the
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    • those who sought for spiritual things. Nor was this inscription on
    • time, as we know from our various studies. For even in this Grecian
    • also a challenge to us to strive again for a real knowledge of man,
    • for a knowledge of what man on the earth actually is.
    • fact that they sound as if they were difficult. They are only so for
    • for a right understanding of something of this nature. The point is,
    • abstract concepts; one requires something different for the
    • so indolent, so theoretic in our thinking as we now prefer. For you
    • physical form that wanders about before our eyes as man — far,
    • before our eyes as man, and all that belongs to it, is none the less
    • an expression for the whole comprehensive being of man. And one can
    • say: Not only can one recognize in the human form, in the physical
    • of soul. One must only develop a feeling that this human form is a
    • reach everyone, is not fitted to call forth a feeling of what a
    • we look at a human being, as, let us say, head-man, and for the rest
    • spherical form. If one desires to express in a diagram what the human
    • head is, we can say: man is ruled by the spherical form (see
    • diagrammatic picture for the rest of man, we should naturally have to
    • as a sphere, so one can picture the rest of man in such a form as
    • this (see diagram: moon form), only, of course, the two circles must
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    • two-fold form something of the solution of the world-riddle. In
    • more deeply of the formula: The world as totality is a riddle, and
    • solution of the world-riddle. So this is a very serviceable formula:
    • we regard man's external physical form, we can distinguish in it the
    • its spherical form as an image of the whole cosmos, not only as a
    • starry heaven is at work to bring about the form, the shaping, the
    • inner forces of the human head. Of course, it is also true —
    • certainly has that. For as you know, the configuration of the starry
    • North and the other pole to the South, but that cosmic forces are at
    • case of man, it is with the formation of his head that the whole
    • heredity, from father, mother, grandparents, etc. but forces from the
    • limbs and members that the configuration of cosmic forces acts upon
    • forces of soul and spirit are expressed for clairvoyance in a
    • made experiments in Vienna with persons who have a gift for using the
    • he made experiments in a dark chamber with those gifted for using the
    • Since water was needed for the soldiers, persons able to use the
    • springs of water for the men. This went on very largely in the
    • ancestors is not the form of the head nor its inner forces, and that
    • the head in fact is produced by forces of the cosmos. We should never
    • alone. The head is not in the least adapted to be nationalistic, for
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    • One. No person is held qualified to form a judgment on the contents
    • to take them as a basis for discussion.
    • beginning, although only for a short time, the etheric body also.
    • appears before his soul like a panorama. This period ends when the
    • you know, considerable time elapses before the astral body is also
    • into the cosmos of those forces which the human being has within
    • is an aggregate of what I would call form structures. This aggregate
    • of form structures, becoming ever more widely diffused, actually
    • work within the cosmos as forces. We commit to the cosmos the nature
    • without moment for the entire universe. It is precisely through the
    • human beings who have lived in former times. That which through our
    • impulses; and with the form it has acquired as the result of these
    • takes place a kind of union between the metamorphosed, transformed
    • being approaches the time for his return to earth, he acquires
    • follow this up in the outer human form, if we look at the being of
    • For
    • on earth, is really formed from two directions. I have described to
    • Figuratively speaking, it approaches in the form of a hollow sphere,
    • another kind of longing. Although it has a longing for the astral
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  • Title: Lecture: The Forming of Destiny in Sleeping and Waking
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    • The Forming of Destiny in Sleeping and Waking.
    • THE FORMING OF DESTINY IN SLEEPING AND WAKING
    • is not possible for him to have direct consciousness of what the Ego
    • We can most easily form an accurate conception of the way in which
    • the child's consciousness does not take a form which can be
    • some considerable time before one can truly say that a child thinks.
    • totally inadequate, for in reality something else of tremendous
    • and where modifications occur there is a sound explanation for them —
    • animals make uniform use of their four limbs, whereas in the human
    • being there is differentiation. For the purposes of equilibrium and
    • wonderful instruments for the expression of his life of soul,
    • for the most important activities of life; in left-handed people the
    • the search for equilibrium. Then, out of speaking, thinking
    • that this astral body contains within it the forces that are
    • learning to speak for the first time, to observe the intensity with
    • which the astral body participates in the process. For when the human
    • If you can perceive how a human being speaks, how he forms his words,
    • he pours into words the force of his inner convictions, the
    • qualities of speech. The forming of the words, the nuances of tone,
    • the force of conviction which a man is able to bring into his words —
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    • accustomed, their first reaction will be one of astonishment and, for
    • thought, therefore, could not comprise any such period. From this the
    • This is obviously a very convenient point of view. For if in the
    • must make our ideas plastic and form quite a different conception of
    • former epochs of history from that to which we are accustomed to-day.
    • contemporaries and who was forced to make such a change in his whole
    • Leipzig, Strassburg and Frankfurt, and for the first period of his
    • as he says later — for at seven years he would not, of course,
    • before his soul the whole way in which the Greeks worked. He says: “I
    • in Italy Goethe begins to see the transformation of leaf into petal
    • and outlook, will never understand him. For an inner change of mental
    • “... heavenly forces rising and descending,
    • of heavenly forces ascending and descending with their golden urns,
    • read in the same sense. Take, for instance, that wonderful treatise
    • have to admit that before his journey to Italy Goethe could never
    • contemporary scientific education. He was always striving for a
    • partiality for mathematics, for geometry, for mechanics.
    • search for objectivity than he is to-day. We can see quite clearly
    • world of absolutely different conceptions, and it was precisely for
    • an external symptom only, it is significant that the physics, for
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    • To begin with, I want to express my heart-felt thanks for the cordial
    • sincerely grateful for the opportunity given me by the students here
    • easily misunderstandings arise. For these reasons I want to express
    • of the reality of the higher worlds. As all my writings for many,
    • will realise that one brief lecture is foredoomed to be both
    • bring before you anything in the nature of convincing proof; all that
    • and disciplined thought with which natural science has for so long
    • widest sense, therefore, as the problem of the higher worlds —
    • spirit before the tribunal of science, who are not content to resign
    • again because this is necessary for a healthy life of soul. But deep
    • in later life in a different form. Many a man believes that in
    • different form.
    • form of mysticism which simply calls up memories in a different garb
    • present in any healthy life of soul and which forms a boundary
    • Anthroposophical Spiritual Science therefore sets out to awaken
    • it takes its start from faculties of ordinary life, but transforms
    • here and tries by deliberate efforts of will to bring ideas,
    • fundamental guiding-lines for a study which will have to be pursued
    • for many years. The point of importance is that the faculty of
    • in the same way with respect to the forces of the soul. He places
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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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    • The Dual Form of Cognition During the Middle Ages and
    • During my recent lectures I have brought forward a few things with
    • possibilities of development for the future. I have said that we
    • Europe in the form of an ancient wisdom, from what could still be
    • super-sensible vision. This older form of wisdom, the last echoes of
    • world-conception did not work with intellectual forces; essentially
    • intellectual elaboration is needed, for the human being already
    • evinced that the older form of spirituality had ceased to exist and
    • traditional form. Aristotle is aware of this older form of wisdom; he
    • have now become mere words for him. But on the other hand, he is
    • longer be experienced. What the Gnostics set forth, contains, as it
    • super-sensible form. This stage, of not being able to connect any
    • depths of the human soul, but it is impossible for him to reach a
    • accepts what the Catholic Church presents to him in the form of
    • the form of dogmas, that is to say, of intellectual forms of thought.
    • in the form of memories. It was no longer possible to gain an insight
    • significance of these super-sensible contents. For this reason, the
    • their capacity of forming concepts by studying the conceptual
    • are indispensable for the attainment of a world-conception (for
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    • The Remedy for Our Diseased Civilisation.
    • attitude towards those, for instance, who opposed him in the last
    • one hand, we have before us what people thought to win through a
    • comparison with what was contained, for instance, in the medieval
    • yesterday, was Czolbe, the sensualists therefore spoke of something
    • namely, the fact that Haeckel came to the fore, with his conception
    • conveyed, in this comprehensive form, a picture of the world. You
    • characterised, for instance, by the celebration of Haeckel's sixtieth
    • Haeckel had formed a world-conception; he was one of those who
    • know anything about the possibility of forming a conception of the
    • colleague, therefore, had implicitly within him quite a number of
    • similar “colleagues” for whom he stood up. He was, as it
    • neck-ties for quite a long time, and not at all stupidly ... and this
    • was what philosophy could bring forward at that time! This was
    • most characteristic ... for even otherwise, philosophy could not say
    • this, I do not in any way pass judgment or appraise, for we may allow
    • comes to the fore symptomatically, we may gather that materialism
    • unfolded in its most perfect form before the natural-scientific
    • fear and tremble for the future of humanity. I have described this to
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  • Title: Lecture: The Etheric Body as a Reflexion of the Universe
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    • hope that these times also bear within them forces for the unfolding
    • particular are well suited to awaken in us forces of confidence and
    • of hope. Let me therefore unfold a few thoughts before your souls.
    • forces never go lost, but transform themselves. Natural science
    • life; it admits that forces do not go lost, but merely transform
    • maintained that man's life on the physical plane for many decades.
    • to enable it to provide the life-forces required by a human being
    • possesses the forces that might have enabled it to preserve physical
    • year. These forces live in the etheric body; they do not go lost.
    • external physical body (we know this, for it is a trivial truth)
    • death after having reached a normal age. We should therefore say to
    • must have happened, for a large furniture van had arrived in the late
    • furniture van had been seen for a long time, or perhaps never at all,
    • intended to lift it the following day for it had fallen most
    • awkwardly and was moreover a very heavy van), sparing no effort in
    • effect. We should therefore say to ourselves: When we have before us
    • consider the whole case from a higher standpoint — that for
    • encounter its death. The van therefore merely provided the external
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    • before he descends to earthly life. And yet we find in Jacob Boehme’s
    • he places before us would have had to die as a being of
    • soul-and-spirit in the spiritual world before he could have come down
    • the external aspect of human nature before us. If they are inwardly
    • existence after death, for a true clairvoyant perception of man’s
    • his powers were inadequate for he did not intensify the pictures into
    • therefore say: Jacob Boehme still shows signs of possessing a
    • must seek with the powers of free human cognition for the spark of
    • Think for
    • lifeless nature are all, to begin with, given form. That which exists
    • on earth without form, in lifeless nature, is really cloven asunder.
    • which we do not find in crystallised form, but formless, in dust and
    • builds them up into that form which is peculiar to its own nature.
    • say: Out there in nature, everything has its form, its configuration.
    • When man takes in these forms, he dissolves them. This is one form of
    • the process which goes on in man’s organism. The forms, as they
    • the substances have been absorbed and transmuted into fluid, forms
    • then give it form again. When we eat substances drawn from plants,
    • they are dissolved and then inwardly reformed, not, this time, in the
    • think of what happened in ancient times, when, for example, a man ate
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  • Title: Lecture: It is a Necessity of Our Earnest Times to Find Again the Path Leading to the Spirit
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    • Man's Responsibility for World Evolution through
    • Man's Responsibility for World Evolution through
    • FOR
    • for the contents of the articles in the “Anthroposophic News
    • briefly my heartfelt thanks to your esteemed president for her kind
    • words and then to pass on to what I believe I must tell you, for it
    • conditions of human evolution and can therefore have an insight into
    • never there before. This wave of a special course of development then
    • human nature have been engaged for a long time in a special process
    • of transformation, in a special course of development. We know that
    • do with a particular forming of man's etheric body, during a very old
    • time of development in India; a particular forming of the astral body
    • before the Mystery of Golgotha, began that phase of human evolution
    • not yet reached its climax. For such points are always in a certain
    • way times of probation for the evolution of humanity. For the sake of
    • comprehension for that which lived in Roman culture know: There the
    • existed in the ancient East, for instance in Hammurabi, and so forth.
    • although it is extraordinarily important and significant for those
    • which we can draw attention as being specially significant for
    • man sways either towards the longing for an extensive knowledge of
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  • Title: Lecture: Some Conditions for Understanding Supersensible Experiences
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    • Spiritual and Social Transformations in Human Evolution
    • Spiritual and Social Transformations in Human Evolution
    • fulfil his mission on earth. ... It represents a force given to man
    • whereby he can act upon and transform external nature.”
    • Some Conditions for Understanding Supersensible Experiences
    • FROM the present time onwards it will be impossible for man to
    • approaching the science of Initiation, for the forces out of which
    • is able to know and experience in the material world. To form an idea
    • by no means without significance for what we do during our earthly
    • significance for what happens on earth as a whole. For only part —
    • dead are perpetually working into our physical world. The forces of
    • is fashioned and permeated not only by the forces emanating from the
    • forces proceeding from the dead also penetrate into what surrounds
    • The existence of such forces is in the end the one and only thing
    • Something else, for example, might come about. The Ahrimanic Powers,
    • for men — by no means for their good — to be held in the
    • same form of physical life beyond this time in the sixth or seventh
    • However, if men really take hold of the best possibilities for their
    • evolution, then in the sixth millennium they will enter for a further
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  • Title: Lecture: The Relation of the Movement for Religious Renewal to the Anthroposophical Movement
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    • The Relation of the Movement for Religious Renewal to the
    • The Relation of the Movement for Religious Renewal to the
    • evolution of humanity, science, art, and religion formed a harmonious
    • picture form, in the way that was possible in those times. That way
    • not merely by being communicated in words, but through forms which
    • formative activity in tones and in words — an art which also
    • will have to take many steps in spiritual development before such an
    • say in the first place that already for a long time now the
    • be different for the Anthroposophical Movement from what it was when
    • I will therefore narrate briefly the manner in which a certain
    • calls itself ‘Movement for Religious Renewal,’ [This
    • has since been called.] for the renewal of Christianity. The
    • Movement will become clear if we take our start from the forms in
    • which this Movement for Religious Renewal has developed.
    • ground under his feet for the practical work of a minister that is
    • before him. The theology and religion of our time has gradually
    • assumed forms that do not really enable it to instil into its
    • ministers for their practical work and their care of souls the
    • Golgotha, from the consciousness that the Christ Being Who formerly
    • otherwise Christianity cannot be the really vital force for our whole
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  • Title: Lecture: The Ego-consciousness of the So-called Dead
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    • for these serious events with their life, body and soul:
    • passed through the Mystery of Golgotha for the welfare of the earth
    • and for mankind's freedom and progress, may He be with you and
    • death. For only in the light of spiritual science, death becomes
    • science shows us the eternal forces that are active within us, that
    • pass through births and deaths and take on a special form of
    • existence between birth and death, in order to assume another form of
    • result of the present historical events, but also for other reasons,
    • light upon them from many points of view. To-day I shall therefore
    • human being such as he stands before us, here, in the physical world
    • physical world, and for this reason, I have frequently pointed out
    • the senses. We then proceed, by studying that form of organisation
    • super-sensible character and cannot, therefore, be contemplated with
    • complicated structure, formed during long periods of development that
    • our time. A complicated process of development therefore built
    • That form of
    • contemplation and ordinary science, in the form in which it now lives
    • descriptions contained in our spiritual science — were formed
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  • Title: Lecture: Concerning the Origin and Nature of the Finnish Nation
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    • “Kalevala”. What is set forth in “Kalevala”,
    • express the fact that this form of consciousness once existed in a
    • were, a special member of the soul, that receives its forging
    • impulses — or that which forges within the soul and builds it
    • between Ilmarinen and what is being forged there. I have already
    • pointed out that in “Kalevala” the human being is forged
    • this Being, forged, as it were, out of all the atoms of Nature, the
    • Being that is pulverised, and then forged together, is described in a
    • marvellous picture as the forging of Sampo. The fact that once upon a
    • time the human being was really formed out of these three soul-parts
    • mentioned to you: a uniform character of the soul, a soul-element
    • expressing this uniform character in the qualities of its character,
    • Scythianos, who lived in the remote past for some time in the
    • Graeco-Byzantine culture into Slavism, a particular form of the
    • you like, as Constantinople on the map of Europe, for it is, after
    • Thus we have before us souls
    • of Golgotha, to a uniform soul-essence and may thus prepare these
    • souls having a uniform character for Christianity, and on the other
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    • organizational and developmental aspects of the Society, for I see it
    • as my task to work for pure anthroposophy, and I gladly leave
    • others who have assumed responsibility for it at the various places.
    • for presentation today. In view of the need evidenced by the way the
    • self-knowledge and thus prove a good preparation for the delegates'
    • Society. For those who became anthroposophists were the first people
    • indeed in a not too distant future, that older forms have come down
    • Those who have come honestly to anthroposophy therefore feel the need
    • world presently is to satisfy a longing for full humanness. People
    • consistent with full human stature for a person to couple his life of
    • inconsiderable item for a person who seeks to bring a religious
    • the fact that the factors accounting for the development of the
    • ones responsible for the direction and whole nuance of the modern
    • impulses and from the religious forms in which man's moral life finds
    • its highest expression, he cannot help asking at the same time for a
    • will impulses inward, he must, in other words, strive for the kind of
    • he longs to flee received their present form from the fact that man
    • physical observations. Seekers therefore turn to the invisible
    • super-sensible realm as the basis of knowledge. Externalized forms of
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    • we thus remember a man and our former meeting with him?
    • part that we are considering today; I will speak of it therefore as the
    • light-body. Our etheric body, then, experienced certain movements, for the
    • yourselves. While you stood before the man and spoke to him, your etheric
    • days before, when you met the man and exchanged thoughts with him. Very well,
    • for example, that you see two men meet each other. Perhaps the one merely
    • make the same movements which it made when he saw the other's face before.
    • before. That is: consciousness perceives the inner movements of the
    • physical body, and therefore the movements of the light-ether impinge
    • of the etheric body are transformed into memory pictures. These light
    • Therefore the dead see everything that they have experienced, which the
    • it, throws off and allows to pass before it. During the first few days after
    • death man sees everything pass before him; for the etheric has the tendency
    • man's whole life passes before him, set in motion by the vibrations of the
    • possible for us always so to control the physical body as we could make
    • Miss A meets Mr. B, for example, and recognises him; she remembers him
    • body is brought about by Ahriman. We can therefore say [and I shall write
    • this sentence on the blackboard, for it is of great importance]:
    • forces which otherwise obscure what takes place therein.”
    • a soul wishing to attain this long and pray for? It might thus address
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    • insights into the spiritual nature of everyday matters such as forgetting,
    • own efforts, "co-creators" in evolution.
    • FORGETTING
    • word that contains many such problems is the word ‘forgetting’.
    • conveyed by the word forgetting. You will all know the annoying
    • thing as forgetting has to belong to the phenomena of life.
    • opposite of memory, namely forgetting, will have something to do with
    • some time in his life of thought can also be forgotten? Or do we have
    • to be satisfied with characterising forgetting in a purely negative
    • only throw light on forgetting by turning our attention to its
    • a living entity repeat again and again, for it is the etheric body
    • has such a thing as so-called propagation, the bringing forth of its
    • own kind, for this is due fundamentally to an activity of the etheric
    • question of memory in the plant. For to assert that the plant has a
    • scientific literature, for to speak of memory in the plant is
    • were just as enclosed within the limits of a certain form of growth
    • in embryonic form as with a bean. The bean grows from the seed in any
    • Besides the part that is used for growth, which is that part of his
    • his organic nature. Man keeps this part of the etheric body for his
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    • insights into the spiritual nature of everyday matters such as forgetting,
    • own efforts, "co-creators" in evolution.
    • been attending these group lectures for years will perhaps have
    • this has not been immediately apparent. Therefore it will obviously
    • intended for the purpose of bringing newer members up to the level,
    • as it were, of these group lectures; for various things said here
    • incumbent upon men to form each lecture so that it is part of a
    • whole. Therefore it is not possible to say the things that can be
    • such a way that they are equally suitable for newcomers. We could
    • and reporting of lectures from one group to another. For with regard
    • take this into account at all. One lecture might get read before the
    • for a wider public.
    • responsibility for the “how”. Most of our contemporaries
    • medicine, irrespective of its various forms, still makes itself felt
    • future. Laymen are in no way to blame for the fact that this can and
    • will be like this. For they do not think about these matters or care
    • egoistic desire for recovery; in fact there has to be knowledge of
    • sick human being. For health and sickness, have a relationship to man
    • himself to be, he is nevertheless a materialist. For it does not
    • living motion the forces behind the external world of the senses. Nor
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    • own efforts, "co-creators" in evolution.
    • connected with the preceding or following talks, for they are a
    • movement for some time have long been familiar with it; the others
    • know that before this we cannot speak of such a division of the sexes
    • shape was formed differently, and both sexes were in a way contained
    • within it undifferentiated. We can form an external picture of the
    • This was still a long time before the sexes separated, when there was
    • can enquire into such a meaning, for physical evolution receives its
    • fructification appeared for the first time at the moment when the
    • fructifying forces with their food. This food was still of course of
    • bringing forth another being of like kind. You must realise, however,
    • individualities, which expresses itself in the multiformity of life
    • before the arising of the sexes. A great uniformity was there then.
    • forefathers. All these beings that were still undivided into two
    • coincide nowadays with puberty, it became possible for him to let
    • say the earthy nature of the earth intensified, this uniformity
    • became harmful. For this gradually reduced mans capacity to change.
    • about any basic changes in their character. The reason for this is
    • not have noticed before but which is nevertheless true.
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    • insights into the spiritual nature of everyday matters such as forgetting,
    • own efforts, "co-creators" in evolution.
    • the courses running parallel with the group lectures. Therefore I
    • cannot be carried further in a public lecture because, for a deeper
    • certain illnesses like, for instance, pneumonia, there is a crisis on
    • manifold ways. Each member influences the other, and therefore they
    • very complicated. It takes a very long time for man to get to know
    • certain forces, processes and beings in the cosmos as a whole. For
    • but also with the cosmos, the whole world about us. For what we have
    • this is only roughly speaking. A rough idea is sufficient for a
    • cosmic ego during the night and foregoes its own activity. And
    • cosmic ego it is possible for the night ego to be active in an
    • the great ego at night. For sixteen hours on average it is outside
    • the night ego and for eight hours it is within it.
    • quite literally, namely that your ego never stays the same for the
    • whole sixteen hours — assuming that to be the normal time for
    • course for seven days, and on the eighth day the rhythm begins again.
    • astral body for part of the time that man undergoes this rhythm. For
    • This can give you a picture of how significant for man's life the
    • a circling. The rhythms man would carry out in his physical body, for
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    • insights into the spiritual nature of everyday matters such as forgetting,
    • own efforts, "co-creators" in evolution.
    • up to form a deeper understanding of the being of man and various
    • would like to remind you of the group lecture the time before last
    • of twenty-four hours. If we look in the same way for the astral
    • mind what was said the time before last. With the physical body it is
    • rotation’ for the four members of man's being. This is of
    • course speaking figuratively, for they are not really rotations but
    • repetitions of the same conditions; rhythm ratios. A fortnight ago I
    • attempts to pull itself together and develop the forces within itself
    • gather its forces because there is no enemy to fight. The expressing
    • of this massing of forces in the organism is the temperature.
    • body’ is the most complicated matter imaginable, for the human
    • twelve it can no longer coincide with the hour hand, for this has
    • before the two hands can coincide, so the minute hand does not point
    • not coincide again with the etheric body, for, after seven days, the
    • power to produce a temperature, for in that case, once it had really
    • into the unfortunate position in which the etheric body has the
    • like this for all kinds of phenomena in human life. And just through
    • definitely hope for recovery. All these things are connected with
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    • insights into the spiritual nature of everyday matters such as forgetting,
    • own efforts, "co-creators" in evolution.
    • possible for the human being to be ill, and we indicated that
    • explained before that the division of man's being into four members,
    • therefore have their physical manifestation in irregularities in the
    • have to look for those illnesses that primarily have external causes.
    • composition of karmic connections before we can understand anything
    • is very interesting for people to know, namely, how illnesses are
    • effects in the next. Therefore we shall have to say a few words about
    • astral body and etheric body exists only after death, and then for a
    • past life standing before him as a great tableau. Then, after a
    • certain way for use in the future. Nevertheless an extract of the
    • still has all those forces in his astral body which were there at the
    • moment of death. For he has laid aside only the physical body, the
    • instincts and desires. He still hankers for the same things —
    • out of habit you might say — that he hankered for in life. Now
    • satisfaction. This is felt as a kind of thirst for physical life
    • man's life flows backwards. This is something that is difficult for
    • his fortieth year, he will pass through all the experiences he has
    • It requires considerable effort to get used to this, but it will
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    • insights into the spiritual nature of everyday matters such as forgetting,
    • own efforts, "co-creators" in evolution.
    • for the very reason that we start from something really commonplace,
    • we see into the depths of the world. For the things of the spirit,
    • distances, for it reveals itself in the most ordinary things of life.
    • greatest wisdom, if we can only understand this. Therefore let us
    • fellow creatures. Therefore only a knowledge and understanding that
    • weeping deserve to be properly observed and appreciated, for they
    • spiritual scientist, for he knows that when the animal does something
    • make the concept of the group soul convincing for external
    • thing should be noticed, for it is accessible to any kind of external
    • to know what laughing and weeping really imply, and therefore ascribe
    • from his forefathers, the other part he brings with him from earlier
    • already united with his physical bodily nature before birth, so you
    • normal conditions for his individuality to be exchanged. The
    • individuality is already united with the human body before birth.
    • at what moment this kernel of individuality can start its formative
    • in the child, as we said, when the child is born. But before birth as
    • lives. It must wait until after birth. So we can say that before
    • to transform man's organism, assuming that circumstances are normal,
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    • own efforts, "co-creators" in evolution.
    • man takes on a different form in different regions of the earth.
    • considered from another point of view. For we shall really get to
    • begun to acquire a form that is anything like our present-day one. We
    • conditions necessary for man to develop into what he is today? It was
    • essential that the sun's force should not work from inside but from
    • forces, like the sun sends its light, from outside on to the earth.
    • Man could only acquire his present-day form because the sun shone on
    • himself with a body as airy as it was before, and he would have to be
    • shine on him from outside. We will disregard all the other forces
    • Lemurian times, in the great increase of forces raying in from
    • importance for the whole of earth evolution. For the reasons we have
    • given it was in the area of the North Pole least possible for man to
    • descend, as it were, and to incarnate in a physical human form in
    • such a way that he could come to best expression within it. Therefore
    • consisted of transparent forms that were therefore not actually
    • physical form they showed a lower form of humanity. They lived in an
    • only used them as sheaths to the very smallest extent. If, therefore,
    • bodies, but this must point to something special, for as a people
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    • own efforts, "co-creators" in evolution.
    • and hold one idea before you, and you will soon notice the difference
    • are foreign to its natural instincts and inborn way of life. But only
    • for this apparently superficial fact.
    • today, for you already know it. According to spiritual science man
    • If you watch a very young child for several weeks or months, you will
    • forces. However, these currents and forces gradually become less
    • bell, for instance, but the impression of the sound and the sight of
    • the bell do not immediately combine to form the thought that the bell
    • the brain that is the instrument for the perception of sound and the
    • part that is the instrument for visual perception become connected
    • possible for the child to reach the conclusion: ‘What I see is
    • this are developed in the brain, and the forces that develop these
    • were it not protected by the various sheaths. For when that which has
    • then slipped inside, is active for the first time independently of
    • within it. The plant emerges from the seed, forms its physical body,
    • body, for it has none. Therefore the plant has nothing further to
    • its astral body for the most part outside it, and therefore it has
    • Therefore after puberty certain possibilities of development remain
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    • All the forces of the soul must be activated if the essence of
    • attitudes of soul in earthly life. For karmic adjustments, return
    • is not enough to form a simple concept or give an ordinary definition
    • should embark upon all your anthroposophical efforts in this spirit
    • briefly propounded, let alone a programme. The forces of the whole
    • faced with a demand for self-development and told that he can only
    • Anthroposophy; he may ask how he can decide to join something for
    • before a human being can reach the highest stage of development he
    • led mankind as a whole to strive for such development, and he need
    • will for truth which lies in the depths of his soul unless prejudices
    • Honest criticism is therefore always possible, even if someone is
    • divert men from the natural feeling for truth that is present in
    • affords an opportunity to view the Mystery of Golgotha from a
    • the content of which was first given in the form of lectures, before the
    • furthermore been possible to open up new ways for contemplating the
    • direct experience of the spiritual facts for concepts, theories and
    • have always assumed that you would have patience and wait for matters
    • however, be dealt with in the forthcoming lectures, the reason being
    • allow it to deter us from the earnestness and respect for truth that
    • dint of earnest, intimate efforts we shall learn to be receptive to
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    • remain in his astral, etheric and physical bodies; the forces able to
    • creed necessary for Initiation as it is in the Sun sphere. The
    • faiths. The Mystery of Golgotha was fulfilled for all men, not only
    • for those who call themselves Christians. "Ye shall be as Gods"
    • Lucifer or Christ. Forces needed for renewal of the etheric body in
    • the next incarnation must be drawn from the Sun sphere, for renewal
    • of lectures has been given. It must be taken for granted that a great
    • study that everyone can undertake for himself.
    • long before the child has any ‘I’-consciousness, when in
    • individuals, marks the limit before which, in later life, a human
    • thus a dividing line in the life of a human being: before it there is
    • become ‘I’-conscious. You can discover for yourselves how
    • child must therefore keep it alive and alert. The only possibility of
    • observation, for instance, of the moment of waking will, however,
    • some capacity for observing what the soul experiences — we
    • is continually colliding with them. We can therefore say that we owe
    • Our conclusion must therefore be that we owe the preservation of our
    • Our ‘I’ is something — never mind for
    • even though we do not always manage to do it. Before we pass through
    • the gate of death we can make compensation in some form for
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    • Anthroposophy in the upper consciousness may take the form of longing
    • for it in the subconsciousness. Necessity of mediation between the
    • become reality on the physical plane exist as forces and effects in
    • first, the same as was formed during our existence on Earth and we
    • cannot, for the time being, change it at all. Thus if in the
    • again the relationship that existed before death because of the lack
    • over and over again the circumstances created during the life before
    • our death. For instance, if at some particular time, say ten years
    • before the death of the person in question, or before our own death,
    • to be established, we shall have to live through the relationship for
    • a position to expunge or change relationships for which we had been
    • knows that it must be so and that it would be detrimental for his
    • the experience resulting from such suffering. For through
    • what has been determined by his life before death, but to begin with
    • many respects. Here we can also consider the life in Kamaloka, for
    • Without realising it he may even be longing for Anthroposophy. In
    • the form of longing in the subconsciousness. It does not necessarily
    • passes through the gate of death. The longing for Anthroposophy,
    • now asserts itself and becomes an intense wish for Anthroposophy.
    • This wish would have to remain unfulfilled, for it could hardly
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    • After death the human being draws forces from the
    • happens to him during sleep, i.e. the restoration of forces used up
    • rebirth is that forces may be drawn from the stellar world for
    • remembrance of what had formerly been direct vision. By the time of
    • Copernicus men had eyes only for physical globes in space. Kepler's
    • is illumined for us from a certain time onwards during life after
    • death. Forces once drawn from the stellar worlds must now be drawn
    • forces are drawn from the world of the stars. We have also heard how
    • the human being is able to draw these forces from the world of stars
    • during his life on Earth. It was said that, for example, from the
    • region which receives forces radiated from the planet known in occult
    • science as Mercury, a man will be able to draw the requisite forces
    • if, during his life on Earth before death, he developed a genuinely
    • moral disposition; from the Venus region he can draw the forces he
    • needs for his further life in the spiritual worlds, also for his
    • before his death. To sum up, we may say that as long as a human being
    • instrument, he is connected with the forces of the Earth; in the life
    • between death and a new birth he is connected with the forces
    • the forces of the Earth during his physical life and his connection
    • with the forces of the stars between death and the new birth. The
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    • previous years, for I propose to do that on Tuesday. I would ask you
    • tree in the form of an anthroposophical Christmas study — a
    • he performed towards the end of the sixteenth century. This deed is
    • evolution — an achievement before the time of the Mystery of
    • of Buddhahood, he need not henceforward incarnate on the Earth in a
    • on Earth for the last time as Gautama Buddha has since then been
    • and sending impulses and forces from those spheres to further the
    • the song which tells of the revelation of the divine-spiritual forces
    • in the spiritual worlds and the reflection of these forces in the
    • continued to work, perceptible to those who through some form of
    • could therefore be contacted only by pupils and neophytes able to
    • propagating Buddhism in its old form, for he too had advanced with
    • to be transmitted of the old form of Buddhism came to expression in
    • Christian form. It may truly be said that when the Buddha had become
    • preparing Francis of Assisi for his mission in the world. Numbers and
    • Through birth we bring into our existence on Earth the forces we have
    • before the temptation of Lucifer. Let us realise that, in accordance
    • bring back different forces into each incarnation.
    • latent for the sole reason that a deeper understanding of the Christ
    • ascent, for the consequences of the phase of descent had become all
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    • correspondence between the true form of man and those faculties. The
    • human form stems from the Spirits of Form. These Spirits are opposed
    • to the Ego. The bodily organs are pervaded by the Spirits of Form
    • experience connected with Buddha in the form that is right for the
    • present age, though not, of course, for the age when the
    • spreading in the world in the form of occult teachings, of Spiritual
    • that is necessary for the future be promulgated but there will also
    • Impulse is comprised for the West in what may be called the Mystery
    • matters such as the one spoken of recently, namely, the mission for
    • the way that is right for our time. This understanding depends upon
    • resolute efforts to answer a question of vital importance, and unless
    • presentation of Christianity in its more advanced form?
    • body accompanies him for a considerable time but again a kind of
    • to the further transformation undergone by the human being between
    • astral body, or through the period of Devachan which lasts for the
    • think they understand. They say, for instance, that the ‘I’
    • night the human being sleeps, for then the ‘I’ of the
    • refuted by every sleep at night, for then this ‘I’ is
    • much, much deeper! How can we form an idea of this real ‘I’,
    • We can form a valid idea if we say to ourselves: the ‘I’
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    • teeth marks the culmination of the formative process which works from
    • forces working from outside (see diagram). The work of the 'regular'
    • Efforts
    • development is connected primarily with the physical body, then for
    • seven years with the etheric body, then for seven years with the
    • emphatically inner event. For the sake of clarity, here let us
    • will therefore think about the cessation of growth which after all
    • act of what may be called the formative principle. The last
    • contribution made by the forces that give the human being his form is
    • formative process, for the principle which builds up the human form
    • is no longer in action. With the seventh year the formative principle
    • of what has already been established as form. After the seventh year
    • of what is already established as basic form. Therefore we can say
    • that the principle of form unfolds its activity specifically in the
    • first seven years of the life of a human being. The principle of form
    • stems from the Spirits of Form; thus these Spirits of Form are active
    • therefore be said that when the human being enters into life through
    • birth, his actual form is not complete. What happens is that the
    • Spirits of Form continue their active intervention during the first
    • his form merely needs to grow. The basis for the form has been
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    • forces. The mission of Anthroposophy is to counter the withering of
    • real light upon his essential nature and being. For when we look
    • thinking, we have before us only that which does not in any way
    • can be seen during sleep is for the most part concealed from man's
    • why this is so, for the brain is an instrument of judgement, of
    • everyday life we want to think or form judgements, but for that very
    • it is then, for the first time, that knowledge dawns in us of the
    • life. This accounts for the element of strangeness that is present in
    • 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
    • is that we die. The forces that are renewed during the night are
    • surplus of destructive forces is always present. This surplus
    • destructive forces eclipse the upbuilding forces.
    • but without sadness. For the feelings we might have in our waking
    • processes of destruction. We therefore regard these processes of
    • always before it the spectacle of the body in decline — and
    • affords a different spectacle. A certain connection with the
    • preceding life is experienced for a time after death. All of you are
    • life continues for a time. But then, at a certain point during the
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    • forces needed by man in order to mould his body and also his destiny
    • for the next incarnation. Individuals after death are approached by
    • beings who send down to the physical world forces that promote
    • anything of importance. For if the life after death has anything to
    • contact with many and infinitely varied forces and beings. He does
    • but he comes into contact with definite forces and Beings —
    • ourselves what this contact signifies for one who is passing through
    • body, even the very convolutions of his brain, by means of the forces
    • appropriately formed brain which, on passing through birth we formed
    • for ourselves out of the forces of the super-sensible world, we remain
    • are fitted for life in the physical world only when we bring with us
    • from the spiritual world forces by means of which we have been able
    • super-sensible forces which man needs in order to fashion his body and
    • birth. What we need for the shaping of our life must be acquired
    • the Beings who can endow us with the forces we need for our physical
    • In the life between death and rebirth we can pass before
    • might also pass before these Beings in such a way that, figuratively
    • through a world of darkness. For the light, the spiritual light we
    • what gifts we may receive from them for our next life on Earth —
    • the light of understanding for what is here coming to pass cannot be
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    • question: How is the information given, for example, in the book
    • Soul-Force’ (tatige Seelenkraft), and the true
    • the ‘oceanic’ region, and so forth.
    • expands, lives through regions which for reasons that were explained
    • be memories of earlier sense-impressions. If, therefore, you think
    • soul, it will be easy for you to form an idea of what remains of
    • experienced, for example, yesterday, while they are still
    • become compared with their former vividness; that will give you some
    • longing for them, the first region through which he passes in the
    • like still to have sense-impressions for a long time after death, but
    • life spent in longing for sense-impressions and being unable to enjoy
    • in Kamaloka; the soul longs for sense-impressions to which it was
    • already ceased to long for sense-impressions but still longs for
    • thoughts, for thoughts which in life on Earth are acquired through
    • the soul gradually realises that it is nonsense to wish for
    • sense-impressions in a world for the experience of which the
    • can possibly have sense-organs formed entirely of substance of the
    • Earth. The soul may long since have ceased to yearn for
    • recognises that thoughts such as are formed on Earth have
    • differ in youth, in middle life and in old age, a particular form of
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    • spiritual development in its search for the meaning of existence. He
    • before the soul of anyone who wants to accept in the right sense our
    • Among the varied forms of knowledge that we try to reach
    • not much easier for them to penetrate into this Mystery, whose secret
    • is specially bound up with the evolution of humanity, than it is for
    • question for persons who want to seek an understanding of Christ in
    • up before our souls the whole spiritual situation of humanity at the
    • therefore try to enter quite historically into the endeavours that
    • were made by men, say two hundred years before the Mystery of
    • world. Then we realise that during the centuries before and after the
    • which Greek culture and other deepened forms of thinking had achieved
    • way by its own efforts, not in response to any impulse from without,
    • philosophy in its much profounder form, struggled to bring all the
    • important to let this struggle work upon us. For we then come to
    • to bring livingly before one's soul what thinking meant for
    • those men of Greece and Rome; one can call up before one's soul
    • its own, should really prefer to prohibit it. For if the natural
    • thing remains for him; but it does remain. Something comes towards
    • For clairvoyant souls in our time it could be a powerful experience
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    • spiritual development in its search for the meaning of existence. He
    • to consider this, for unless we are clear about this inevitable
    • remain for only a limited time in a human body, as was the body of
    • Christ Being dwelt for three years only in the body of Jesus of
    • essence of humanity which had never before been incarnated in the
    • evolution. They knew well enough that the necessary reason for the
    • bodily form. They formed the idea that it was only a phantom body —
    • Earth before and after the death on Golgotha: it had appeared here
    • apparent to us in — one might say — an abstract form.
    • For example, we can ask: If the epoch of Christ Jesus
    • as we have often emphasised, we stand with deepest admiration before
    • that if it had been possible for the Christ Being to have appeared on
    • suitable for Him. So He could not appear — the reasons for this
    • with regard to the three Magi. For does it not wish to say that here
    • Indeed a strange paradox, is it not? For the fact that confronts us
    • the evolution of humanity the essential thing had been for Christ to
    • of understanding the Christ Being. For theological erudition seems to
    • the form handed down by external tradition, show that they arose from
    • force upon people what she has to say. She does not wait to be
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    • spiritual development in its search for the meaning of existence. He
    • that is the term we will use for the present — for whose own
    • Being as a high spiritual Being. But for understanding human
    • it is, for in relation to a certain fact the concepts and ideas which
    • for he can be readily understood from previous
    • development appropriate for so lofty an Ego in that period. We know
    • have always emphasised that of the soul-element which has come forth
    • lecture given by Dr. Steiner at Pforzheim (7–3, 1914):
    • Hierarchies. If therefore we say that something of the substance
    • walked the Earth as man. We must look for him not in the history of
    • for the kind of observation I have often spoken about —
    • evolution on Earth. We know that before the Lemurian Age they had
    • for at the present day one cannot say everything in public.
    • quite simple matter for these human souls to come down from their
    • forces which governed the sense-organs of these bodies, they would
    • For example, the eye would have been so impressed and
    • glowed with pleasure; for another colour it would have felt intense,
    • cosmic forces, especially those from the Sun, would have worked on
    • been ruled out. So a change had to be brought about in the forces
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    • spiritual development in its search for the meaning of existence. He
    • Yesterday we spoke of how preparation was made for that
    • which had to come about for the evolution of humanity through the
    • after effects, of the threefold Christ-event, for this, as we have
    • signify for the and scholarship of the present time.
    • harmony which works through forces and is symbolised numerically by
    • relationships. For the Zarathustrian world-picture this appears as
    • in human souls by the forces which shone out from the stars; when the
    • relations between the Rulers of Time in the super-sensible, for these
    • Christ-event before the Atlantean catastrophe.
    • holds good, one might say, for all the West. Let us recall how the
    • sense. For a god symbolised by the external sun the Greeks had
    • Thus for the Greeks Apollo was a sun god, but not the
    • rushing through the storm. What form then did the world-picture —
    • the subject of the creative work performed by Jahve together with the
    • form into man something taken from the Earth itself. He wishes to
    • precisely the god who forms man out of the Earth — that is, out
    • of the forces and elements of the Earth. Therefore the ancient Hebrew
    • this teaching about man, that he is formed out of the forces of the
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    • Christ and the Spiritual World: The Search for the Holy Grail
    • spiritual development in its search for the meaning of existence. He
    • course of human history, changes occur. The forces which the Sibyls
    • forces in the third post-Atlantean epoch, when Astrology was studied
    • the forces which later emerged chaotically as Sibyllism.
    • You can gather from this that forces which prevail
    • themselves; it depends on when and where they appear. The forces that
    • they were not adapted to the fourth post-Atlantean epoch; for the
    • forces that were then intended to prevail in human souls were not
    • Hebrew prophets strove to suppress the Sibylline forces and to bring
    • out the forces that speak through the clarity of the Ego. This indeed
    • — to press back the chaotic Sibylline forces and to bring out
    • — we could call it a task of bringing the Sibylline forces into
    • forces of the Sibyls were thrust back for a time, as when a stream
    • disappears below ground and reappears later on. These forces were
    • indeed to reappear in another form, a form purified by the Christ
    • soul-forces throughout the day, we have to let them sink into nightly
    • necessary that the Sibylline forces, legitimate as they had been
    • during the third post-Atlantean epoch, should flow for a while below
    • The forces — legitimate human forces — which
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    • spiritual development in its search for the meaning of existence. He
    • difficulties that must be gone through before that which may be
    • descriptions, it will bring forward all possible — or rather
    • I have for once given you this unvarnished account, because for you,
    • might be supposed. For these ideas are like messengers leading to the
    • we can be sure that for such a purpose any means would serve.
    • Now before we go further and try to interpret this sign
    • vessel, it appears to us as the bearer of the Sun-spirit, for the
    • Sun-spirit appears within the moon's vessel in the form of the
    • Grail by the hermit; at the Easter festival, whose significance for
    • Which is the day appointed for the Easter festival? The day when the
    • our symbol for the Christ — reaches the first Sunday after the
    • therefore, everyone can see this picture of the Holy Grail. According
    • soul-life. Yesterday we said that the force which emerged in the
    • Impulse; and in this moderated form it had to reappear, so that it
    • shown how these revelations must be looked for, and can everywhere be
    • Astrology of the third post-Atlantean epoch, for humanity then
    • produces something like the unlawful Sibylline forces.” Through
    • aura, the Sibylline forces were to be harmonised and rendered capable
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    • forces, which seek in vain if we look around us today. For even if we
    • formed their peculiar characteristics has passed away with them and
    • uncover the forces which at that time worked upon our physical body.
    • connected as cause and effect. The forces active in our personal
    • Scientist. He will find nothing among the forces disclosed in the
    • forth the connection of cause and effect that comes to expression in
    • forces active in our karma. Thus the historian, the modern
    • evolution depends on the fact that human souls, for instance, who
    • we seek therefore for forces having something of the nature-forces of
    • cosmic script, and consider what radiating forces pour into human
    • sense of forces which were Saturn forces. And if we try to bring
    • of that world-conception which must be employed for the laws of the
    • nature contains in the first place in the main no forces which
    • resemble those of the Old Moon evolution. These forces of the Old
    • externally and observe his form it is solely this embodiment of the
    • for itself and embodies itself. The laws of the Moon evolution, the
    • ancient Saturn laws. If, however, we look from what stands before us
    • directly under the active forces of Earth-existence.
    • then must we seek for what has remained behind from the ancient Moon
    • Earthly existence. For it is active in the period before man enters
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    • separated, what essential difference is there between, for example,
    • for them. This has made it possible for ordinary text-books to give
    • First and foremost, then, the Moon is a mirror of the Sun's light.
    • The Moon is not the mirror of the Sun's light only, for it reflects
    • It can be said, therefore, that the universe is before us in a
    • Moon in all directions would have the whole universe before him in
    • the universe. They live in their Moon “fortress”. And
    • for such a man does the Moon become as it were inwardly transparent
    • and he can penetrate into this Moon fortress of the universe. He then
    • this Moon fortress, certain secrets can be revealed that were once in
    • intellectual effort as grace from the spiritual worlds. And finally
    • the Beings who have now withdrawn into the Moon fortress in the
    • have now entrenched themselves in the Moon fortress were once the
    • realities, of spirit and soul hidden in this fortress has been lost.
    • fortress radiate back from the rest of the universe.
    • Mysteries, for it is the primal wisdom that the Moon enshrines within
    • forms the sum-total of the forces which sustain the animal world of
    • the Earth, especially the forces that are connected with the sexual
    • nature of animals; these forces also sustain the animal element in
    • concealed within the Moon fortress.
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    • shall, therefore, have to base our justifications only upon the
    • desires and human wishes, for instance, objections of the following
    • spiritual science; for, if the things in the spiritual world really
    • absurd and easily detectable form, but also under the mask of all
    • configuration of the spiritual worlds, (for this can only be done
    • possible to point out the significance of spiritual science for the
    • A fortnight ago, I have explained to you from a
    • mentality for the evolution of present-day humanity, and particularly
    • science for humanity, and in particular for modern man. And in order
    • new birth, and so forth. But it is quite possible to speak, not only
    • greater value for the individual and concrete life of a human being.
    • Seen from outside, human life is, to begin with, a riddle, for if it
    • development rendering us more and more capable. For our capabilities
    • aspect, for the effort which we must make in order to solve these
    • form of destiny, between birth and death — everything we
    • experience in the form of destiny. This word contains many,
    • concrete connections. Let us assume, for instance, that a person has
    • before our spiritual eye which must constitute a problem of destiny
    • for many people. We must now bear in mind the fact that spiritual
    • We can, for instance, make the following experience:
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    • our spiritual-scientific endeavour to form concrete ideas of how we,
    • to us — what has already come before our souls during these
    • years. Here, for instance, is the world of our sense-perceptions, the
    • world to which we direct our will-impulses for which the physical
    • peculiarities. We must try to recognize what they are for us as human
    • beings. For in truth our whole life between birth and death —
    • refer to them as unconscious imaginations, since it is only for an
    • every-day life, they are by no means without significance for us. No,
    • for our life as a whole they are far more important than our
    • sense-perceptions, for we are united far more intensely and
    • entail for our life as a whole. In fact, our whole relation to our
    • are perpetually called forth, in our etheric body, by our life with
    • something that cannot quite be called memory — for it is far
    • forces of our etheric body, and it makes itself felt in this way.
    • this to the elemental world, for it is out of the elemental world
    • call forth in us imaginations — conscious or unconscious. We
    • ‘etherization,’ so to speak, for their densest
    • Death, when for a few days we still bear our etheric body with us, we
    • imaginations it provides. For the impressions we receive immediately
    • in, as it were — by this etheric counterpart. Henceforth it
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    • I want to bring forward certain matters which concern mankind's
    • consists of etheric forces and beings. Man draws together these
    • forces to form his etheric body as he descends to earthly life. We
    • see also that with this entity, consisting of forces from the
    • to pour into man's earthly existence. The present forms a link in
    • spiritual. The most important task for mankind in the era of
    • has no longer the same enthusiasm for intellectual accomplishments.
    • nothing new of real importance to the fore. This is particularly
    • world. It will be necessary for man not only to become conscious once
    • today is taken for granted because we are born with it:
    • one's own human effort or whether one simply has it. When, as was
    • consciousness of self, then, through the inner effort, one was
    • nowadays provide mankind with a vast amount of popular information.
    • ones of solid, liquid, aeriform bodies and conditions of heat. When
    • a person of extreme astuteness intellectually is no match for these
    • use; nor is any other form of calculation, for they immediately play
    • in order to say that twice two makes four. One would be wrong, for
    • that these elemental beings will gather together to form a kind of
    • certain age know that formerly one gained insight into another human
    • conversation and exchange of ideas. One took it for granted that a
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    • man's passage through the portal of death. For only in the light of
    • of the word, because spiritual science shows us the eternal forces
    • take on a special form of existence between birth and death, in order
    • to assume another form of existence after their passage through the
    • result of the present historical events, but also for other reasons,
    • points of view. Today I shall therefore add to the facts that you
    • (and that is a good thing), the human being such as he stands before
    • presents himself to us in the physical world; and for this reason, I
    • proceed by studying that form of organization which we designate as
    • and cannot, therefore, be contemplated with the aid of the ordinary
    • physical body is a very complicated structure, formed during long
    • of development therefore built up our physical body.
    • That form of contemplation which is, to begin with,
    • ordinary physical contemplation and ordinary science, in the form in
    • science were formed already during the Saturn period and we carry
    • outside. Nevertheless, they were built by forces that are far more
    • spiritual than those that formed our stomach or everything that
    • is built up by the least spiritual of forces. Strange though it may
    • more our organs lie on the surface, the more spiritual are the forces
    • spiritual are the forces that gave rise to them.
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    • for these tremendous happenings of the present time.
    • And for those who, in consequence of these events, have
    • Spiritual Science, who passed through the Mystery of Golgotha for the
    • salvation of the earth, for the progress and freedom of mankind —
    • For, in the life in which man is enclosed in his
    • For particularly at such a gathering it may, indeed, be our desire to
    • Spiritual Science that, for us, the souls who have left the physical
    • united with us here before they passed through the portal of death.
    • understanding of the whole significance of our work for the course of
    • reality, the concepts, the percepts and ideas which we form
    • concerning the world, since we form them as we do because we are in a
    • perception of his surroundings, and thus he also forms concepts
    • according to a purely material perception. For this reason, it
    • becomes especially difficult for him to penetrate into the spiritual
    • we must consider and notice carefully how the human being forms
    • even this fact only with regard to its meaning for the physical
    • its grip already for a long time, that the human body, as we carry it
    • science. It is nonsense. For, in reality, there are no such things as
    • transforms itself, in reality, in one way or another, in a short or a
    • For this reason, we often speak, as you know, in
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    • It affords me great satisfaction to be able to speak
    • somewhat at length for the third time to our friends here in Norway,
    • profound truths of spiritual science. I therefore request those of
    • to time take a mighty leap, make a vigorous move forward into regions
    • to meet our explanations with a certain amount of good-will; for were
    • I to bring forward all that might be adduced in the way of evidence
    • your goodwill and sympathetic spiritual understanding. For indeed the
    • theosophists, for the reason, that a higher degree of open-mindedness
    • We shall therefore describe what we may call the
    • nation from which you have sprung; you have no understanding for that
    • several Folk-souls of humanity, should for once be spoken of quite
    • been the case, to fulfill a common mission for humanity. But the
    • This saying will have a certain significance for the future work of
    • do not exist, so to speak. It may perhaps not be so difficult for our
    • present time to acknowledge that a man, as he stands before us in the
    • who to the ordinary view, are not there at all. For what after all is
    • openly and honestly to form the thought, that there are beings who do
    • that we may therefore speak of a Swiss Folk-spirit as we do of the
    • spirit of a man from what we see before us in his ten fingers, as we
    • himself in an external form that can be perceived or felt by the
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    • their etheric or life-body, that therefore they are fashioning this
    • expressed in some form or other. And this physical form in which the
    • way or other be indicated in the world in which man lives, for after
    • are very different conditions for the unfolding of the
    • of the physical world should speak thus, for he only knows what he
    • countries in various parts of the earth knows that the peculiar form of
    • certain part of our earth, it is comprehensible that for a
    • spiritual cloudlike formation which we must designate as the etheric
    • from other etheric auras, for example from that of man. If we observe
    • their true form on earth, endeavor to follow the interpenetration of
    • an abstract form, but if concrete connections are sought for, it is
    • forgotten and only material consciousness comes into play. In truth
    • cannot intervene in the physical laws. Where, therefore, only the
    • therefore, which is ruled by physical laws. The etheric body of the
    • and organize it. Therefore the ground is sought out, if it proves to
    • worked through by spiritual soul-forces, and the physical piece of
    • temperaments; on the whole, therefore, the power of the etheric aura
    • ways in which the three forces co-operate, when one influences
    • temperaments are therefore mingled according to the interpenetration
    • earth. But they also have their own paths to follow; for this working
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    • reflections which are necessary for the sake of completeness and of
    • which is, so to say, the central theme of our lectures. To-day, for
    • man, Beings who are working at the transformation of their etheric
    • bodies, who are now at the present time engaged in transforming their
    • sentient-soul, therefore, he is thus far given up to all his desires
    • body, prepare the transformation of the astral body itself, of the
    • etheric body and of the physical body. But these transformations are
    • that which is the human envelope or covering; so that therefore the
    • in the soul-life of man. Hence also you must think of the form of
    • From an external description, therefore, we now press on
    • You may nevertheless form an idea of it if you will patiently follow
    • this external experience can never inform you that these three angles
    • make 180 deg., but you will at once be informed, whether you draw
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    • figure in thought, without externally drawing it. You thus perform an
    • need not go outside yourself. You may imagine for one moment, that
    • necessary for an outer object to approach your senses, it only needs
    • I have had to make use of this example, for it is the simplest and
    • would find much with which you are unacquainted, for Hegel's
    • logic is unknown to most people. By this you may therefore see how a
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    • of many, many of the Beings in the universe could his present form
    • other observations on the evolution of man, that formerly our earth
    • itself, before it attained its present condition, had to go through
    • as that has run its course hitherto. If you will bring before your
    • Will or Thrones, the Spirits of Wisdom, of Motion, of Form, of
    • seen that it was not only necessary for so large a number of Beings
    • and forces of Nature to work together in the cosmos, but that it was
    • Therefore if we want to understand man, such as he
    • appears before our eyes to-day, we must look at a wonderful tissue,
    • woven out of many and various forms. It must be quite clear to us,
    • able to say, that the chief Being who comes into consideration for
    • that this possibility was first given by the Spirits of Form, those
    • his physical body. These Spirits of Form have no particular interest
    • in the development of this physical body, for this is, on the whole,
    • and up to the seventh year, has for the present been repeated up to
    • which the Spirits of Form take no particular interest; for that is a
    • repetition of the old Sun-period, and the Spirits of Form wished to
    • repetition. There too, those Spirits of Form who are evolving
    • for the Spirits of Form. They only intervene, out of their own
    • strange, that so far as the actual intentions of the Spirits of Form
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    • necessary for one to rise above all the feelings that may easily come
    • other ground than that of Spiritual Science; for whatever we may hear
    • therefore be sure, when we contemplate this kernel of our being, that
    • Therefore, through them only do we learn to bear that which at the
    • present time must come before our mental eyes as the secrets of Race
    • however, can only come gradually before our mental eyes.
    • namely, that in a race a normal and abnormal Spirit of Form must so
    • Archangels, then the Primal Forces or Archai. That is what we may
    • 1. Spirits of Form or Powers,
    • of the senses, where may we seek for them in the lowest stage of
    • A person goes on foot, for instance, over the rocky land
    • that forces from below work upwards, they again are none other than
    • forces streaming out from certain Beings; we may therefore say, in
    • that piece of ground we see before us what in the first place
    • presents itself as forces which come out of the earth and radiate
    • upon the earth if only these forces were there. These forces alone
    • that other forces stream in from all sides from universal space. The
    • sphere of the instreaming forces meets incessantly that of the
    • outstreaming forces; and where they come together they form as one
    • outward streaming forces, acting in such a way that they stop each
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    • the different hierarchies have so to work together with their forces
    • forces does not correspond to their first direction, but the reverse
    • You will therefore only be able to form a complete idea
    • harmony of the forces of the universe, in the forces of the cosmos.
    • Form, which brings about in our life on earth that there should be
    • races. For that uniform humanity, which man can only attain to again
    • normal Spirits of Form would have been necessary. These are the same
    • really recognize seven of these normal Spirits of Form in the entire
    • There are seven Spirits of Form or seven Elohim. If we
    • wish to form a conception of these seven with their various missions,
    • Spirits of Form so co-operate that what we have described in one of
    • Form could work in the way they have proposed among themselves, the
    • as other spiritual Beings co-operate with them, and vary this uniform
    • normal Spirits of Form are active, those Beings who, as described in
    • light, then you must seek for them in the Sun. You must always seek
    • in the direction of the Sun for that Cosmic Lodge, that community in
    • the universe, in which these Spirits of Form take counsel together
    • for the establishing of the earthly equilibrium, for the fulfillment
    • abnormal Spirits of Form should not by their activity produce too
    • of the Spirits of Form should detach Himself from the community; so
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    • human evolution takes place through the Beings and forces of the
    • hierarchy intervene and guide, how for instance the Spirits of Form
    • interesting to notice this, for when we observe how the Folk-spirits,
    • formed the black or Ethiopian race; when those other peoples came to
    • While therefore the Earth was already colonized with the
    • forward into Asia, into Indian territory, and that, as has often been
    • have to deal therefore with an earlier division and a later advance,
    • We have to look in the Far East for that stream of
    • Spirit of the Age. It was that stream of peoples who formed the
    • The other peoples of Asia who were gradually developing, were for a
    • of Archangels for a long time after the Archangel of India had risen
    • worked on for a long time, whilst the people lying to the north of
    • formerly devolved upon the Chaldean Archangel; so that the leader in
    • special guidance, that so to say, special arrangements were made for
    • importance and significance for the post-Atlantean epoch, and which
    • Monadology, which therefore conceives the origin and source of
    • existence as consisting primarily of a number of Beings and forces.
    • has acquired its manifold representations and forms.
    • the impulse, the ferment for this Monotheism. This task was given to
    • impulse for this from them. The Monistic impulse has always come from
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    • the South, a uniform view of mythology, and on the whole a similar
    • this mythology, in one form or another, was outspread. That which the
    • great enthusiasm for comparative religion and comparative mythology,
    • acquaintance of a man; he wore a uniform made in such and such a way,
    • uniform, and ten years ago I met another who also wore the same
    • uniform.’ Now if the person in question were to believe that
    • ten years ago wore the same uniform, they could be compared with one
    • mistake, for a person of quite different character might be wearing
    • that uniform at those different times; and the essential thing is to
    • know what sort of man is in the uniform. This comparison may seem
    • the outer uniform. The apparel and the qualities of the Beings in the
    • comparison has only the value of a comparing of the uniform.
    • Therefore in many cases it is not of the least consequence what the
    • another. For instance, the men who in old India founded the ancient
    • Indian civilization — which then acquired a literary form in
    • peoples who were growing up in Europe in preparation for the fifth
    • form an idea of what this difference consisted in we must realize
    • evolution before they received the ‘ I ’. As
    • life, and therefore awoke at a higher state than the Westerner, but
    • Indian obtained the subjective Ego long before the objective Ego. See
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    • apparent difficulties, and indeed for the reason that they will have
    • heard from former presentations given on similar themes, that the
    • Atlantean evolution existed for the purpose of gradually developing
    • Indian peoples in the interval? For the Indian peoples must, so to
    • lecture. For those who wish to analyze the lecture not altogether
    • stone, makes no difference to the purely formal act of cognition. But
    • to a certain height within the human soul-power may exist for a long
    • time before man also acquires the power to see the ‘ I ’
    • like philosophical formulas, we might express it thus: The Indian
    • subjective ‘ I ’, long before it was able to
    • long before they became conscious of the real inner striving towards
    • it. In the astral world which was around them they had for a long
    • of this antithesis in a purely formal manner, then we shall also
    • relations to the outer world. Formerly, before man saw his ‘ I ’,
    • before he perceived it, these relations were regulated for him by the
    • the course of evolution. Therefore here in Europe special attention
    • Now you all know that two forces coming from different
    • Ever since the Lemurian epoch those forces we call Luciferic have
    • Regarding these forces you know that they made their chief attack on
    • independent free being to glow with enthusiasm for what he thinks,
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    • Before we can develop all that can be extracted from the significant picture
    • of the ‘Twilight of the Gods’, it will be well to form a
    • foundation, a basis, to work from. For we shall deal with the nature
    • different stages of the human being, to form it and gradually to
    • not feel the ‘ I ’ as something foreign to him,
    • wisdom, which we have before us in the Eastern Wisdom.
    • Therefore the East did not experience the whole process
    • forth. Sif is the being who unites herself with the God of the
    • Celts — of whom from former lectures we know that later he
    • Europe. For this it was necessary that the Celts should receive an
    • part of the population. We might therefore say, that before the
    • surface as was necessary to form a foundation for the whole culture
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    • development of the inner soul forces, without his ‘ I ’
    • Indian, with completely developed soul-forces, with soul-forces
    • before the ‘ I ’ was seen and realized, and
    • forces of the etheric body itself.
    • then able to perceive, and we must therefore describe this
    • body. But this form of world-conception which now appeared in Greece
    • for the development, stage by stage, of the Spiritual Soul. Hence the
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    • imaginative form is wonderfully connected with everything we can
    • the descent of those human souls who, in primeval times, before the
    • old Lemurian epoch, for particular reasons had ascended to the
    • the form of clouds; that was the condition when the descent of those
    • the bodies being formed upon earth.
    • rite, a ceremony; formerly it was a matter of observation. This
    • been preserved in the greatest purity in the Sagas which in former
    • We understand, therefore, that the Germanic Scandinavian
    • them to develop further, upon the physical plane, those old forces
    • the one who continued all that had been formerly received in
    • received forces. He had therefore to unite himself with the physical
    • instruments existing in the human body itself for the use of these
    • soul-forces, which then can carry into the physical plane what had
    • physical forces of earthly evolution. These pictures represent the
    • makes it possible for man to manifest on the physical plane that for
    • Freyr is the power which carries clairvoyant forces into the spheres
    • especially well and to transform it in the manner corresponding to
    • in the Germanic North the best conditions are to be found for the
    • lasted for five thousand years
    • come about, for instance, that persons will be able, through the
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    • final; that man is not alone in the universe. We are therefore reprinting here
    • a lecture (first published in English in the quarterly, “Anthroposophy,” for
    • This unmistakably indicates that it is high time for man to discover how he can
    • this separation of the moon from the earth. We must go far back in time, before
    • existed. The mineral kingdom as we know it today came into being for the first
    • time during the Earth period. Mineral substance, therefore, became part of
    • constitution adapted for existence upon the earth. By his very nature he was a
    • being of the cosmos. Before the separation of the moon, and before the mineral
    • substances with their many colours came into being, man was not adapted for
    • Let me put it in this way. It was a very real question for
    • possible for him to become an earthly being. Through this event — through the
    • freedom. Before the separation of the moon he was not, in the real sense a
    • of the forces that were to build his body. And this concentration of forces was
    • henceforward placed within his reach.
    • from the earth, it would still have been possible for man to draw out of his
    • went on. Man did not remain fettered to the earth. He received an impulse for
    • man,’ became subject to the force of earthly gravity, he was adapted as ‘head
    • man’ for a cosmic existence. In effect, the intellect began to evolve. The old
    • clairvoyant pictures densified into the forms of intellectual consciousness, as
    • it was until the epoch of the fourth century after Christ. It was then for the
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    • intention to propagandise or arouse feeling either for Spiritual
    • Science or for the Building.
    • than they formerly were, through the building at Dornach.
    • still earlier. The name, therefore, is an old one; we are applying it
    • to something new. For us it does not mean, “Knowledge of human
    • therefore the knowledge of the spiritual human being, or spirit-man,
    • because errors have been circulated on the subject. For instance, it is
    • placed itself for a time within the framework of the general
    • prevent this, I must bring forward something apparently personal, about
    • time endeavoured, purely out of what I had discovered for myself, to
    • Society, of bringing forward anything else but what was built up on the
    • That which now forms the
    • Besant. It is true that Blavatsky has in her books put forward
    • independent. This is not put forward from want of modesty, but merely
    • it became necessary to represent in an artistic, dramatic form that
    • acknowledge is living in the world as spiritual forces, as spiritual
    • performances were at first given in an ordinary theatre. But it soon
    • for that which, in a certain way, was to enter the spiritual
    • for having a building of our own for such representations, and for the
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    • occasion for comparing the Mystery upon which it is based with
    • Mysteries that were celebrated in certain parts of Asia long before
    • inwardly; he must elaborate his thoughts by dint of inner effort. A
    • in connection with the pictures which mirrored for them a spiritual
    • form of existence; but the thoughts came with the pictures. One may
    • old humanity; but the thoughts were not formulated by dint of effort;
    • made between belief and knowledge. Knowledge came in the form of
    • saying: What man acquires in the form of wisdom must be true; but
    • creates and of which I am on the track.” In Weimar, before
    • details, for example in the leaf and flower of the plant. And the way
    • in which he built up for himself a picture of the plant-form and
    • animal-form in his botanical and zoological studies was identical as
    • revelation of this spiritual vision presented to them in the form of
    • ascribes it to his own activity of thinking. He forms chains of
    • between thoughts should be formulated, for they came to him as
    • who give me these thoughts. I can therefore only regard the thoughts
    • ancient times man waited for the Midsummer season — the time
    • gratitude for the thoughts they vouchsafe to man. For if this is not
    • done it is all too easy for the Luciferic powers to invade man's
    • medium — the rising smoke — through form-creating words.
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    • particular form, a second or third time. The author argues as
    • to see a real significance in such an evolution of man, for each
    • though fortunately you can easily get access to first-rate
    • for yourselves in actual detail, what I am describing. When Herman
    • though the second edition published forty years later was illustrated
    • into the basic ideas and forms which are to be found in the
    • the forms in which it appeared, must have spoken to the Greeks like a
    • message from another world. This creation of form was possible to the
    • organism is formed. The whole of a Greek's general education
    • interwoven with man's whole organism; for instance, in the
    • models in order to create his forms. An inner knowledge gave them the
    • a statue of Zeus, for instance, his soul was permeated with a sort of
    • appropriate form. He put his soul into matter. It is natural that at
    • the present day we should have no feeling for the very different mode
    • Michelangelo sets before us his Moses as representative of his age so
    • completely penetrated with force of will that he can put upon him
    • when in his heart he becomes fully aware of what lies before him; he
    • is shown grasping his sling at the very moment before he accomplishes
    • Moses might quite easily get up and proceed further: for he exists
    • earliest youth he displayed the faculties necessary for this task,
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    • life. Steiner depicts here the transforming power of art as
    • necessary counter-balance for elements in modern life that have an
    • life-forces of man.
    • civilisation to work upon himself, he has experiences which inform
    • him more deeply about what this modern life signifies for the human
    • being than external observation can ever do. For example, anyone who
    • is that in the former case the experiences become conscious; the
    • passed just before waking.
    • waking consciousness — is fully aware how little it conforms
    • implication, either general or specific, for in speaking of such a
    • thing one immediately opens the way for the passing of judgments.
    • must guard against exposing my own body to these destructive forces;
    • painted in colours suitable for spiritual sensitivity, so that none
    • vigorous enough to develop the force which arms and strengthens us in
    • will they do it as day-sleepers, and being for this reason unable to
    • During waking life, therefore, we are also entangled in
    • to an actual science of Nature; this has been done for the first time
    • in achieving an ‘unprecedented’ mastery of the forces of
    • science and the mastery of Nature and her forces are therefore
    • into application. What happens is, fundamentally, a performance that
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    • Man's Responsibility for World Evolution through
    • urgent task before us at the present time is to apply the knowledge
    • Science. For many centuries men have grown accustomed to look at only
    • not be difficult for us to be convinced of the truth of repeated
    • life, swallow what is told them by men who appear by the force of
    • of knowledge which form the basis for a true understanding of life.
    • suppose he wants to inform himself about things that are actually
    • the fragmentary history that forms part of popular education. But
    • what happened to them, what happened to their fathers, forefathers
    • to the migrations of the peoples and so forth. And so he tries to
    • from their forefathers or are benefiting by what was instituted by
    • their forefathers. It is only a matter of going back in time from the
    • conditions? The forces which these souls bring over with them from
    • work no less effectively than the forces of the blood that has been
    • transmitted by heredity through the generations. These forces are
    • so long as we have eyes only for a fragment of the reality. We must
    • nowadays, for to do that would be to make a sharp distinction between
    • recognized as spiritually true. And it is for this reason, my dear
    • people, but for all that must be made known today. It is right
    • At this point, before we proceed any further, let me repeat something
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  • Title: Lecture: Morality and Karma
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    • authority of a teacher. This is far more comfortable. On the other
    • hand, however, there is hardly any other alternative for the great
    • majority of people, for the independent testing of
    • hold good, life itself must take on a form which shows us how Karma
    • Herder it is said, for instance (he intended to study medicine) that
    • Envy does not always take on the form of conscious green envy. Of
    • know that feelings, passions, etc. should be looked for in the astral
    • everything in them bad. This is a secret form of envy which creeps
    • into our etheric body. There it takes on the form of an opinion, of a
    • in a masked form. What has taken place? A very significant process
    • Lucifer and Ahriman, crept into the human soul. In what form do
    • People also feel a strong dislike for falsehood and they try to fight
    • into the astral body which appears in the form of an extremely
    • perhaps lost the habit of telling lies — for life itself is a
    • throughout kamaloka, etc., and it will be contained in the forces
    • weak constitution, we may take for granted that envy played a certain
    • Karma led us together with him for a definite purpose: perhaps we
    • were the object of his former envy. What can we now do for him? If
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  • Title: Lecture: The Inexpressible Name, Spirits of Space and Time.
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    • practically when the human being stands before you, he is that being
    • described in Anthroposophy. That is to say, we first have before us
    • have before us the Ego, the so-called astral body, the etheric body
    • we always have before us these four members, implies that the
    • to know the true essence of the person who stands before us. We
    • really do not know it. We think that the person we see before us
    • with our ordinary power of vision, if it only stood before us as a
    • really have before us man's physical body. The corpse is the
    • have been for some time past. What I am telling you now cannot, of
    • with the external physical world, for they are facts revealed by
    • humanity. We modern people therefore carry about with us a corpse.
    • atoms, molecules and their alternating forces. This will never arise.
    • forces, is nevertheless the physical body; that is, the corpse. What
    • Egyptian culture through an instinctive form of cognition. Even
    • it dazed people. One therefore avoided pronouncing it. If the name
    • unutterable name may therefore be seen in the facts explained to you
    • deep influence proceeding form the astral body; during the third
    • body, but one which people could bear, for, as I explained to you
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    • the physical world gradually transforms itself and assumes the
    • horizon of our consciousness appear forms, beings, and events
    • appears before us, might be described as follows: We ourselves
    • for example, feel that it belongs to our organism — if the
    • need to sleep which appears in the form of fatigue.
    • Nature. Nevertheless they are not worth much, for they do not
    • touch the essential. I have therefore told you many times that a
    • asleep with the summer season, for man's waking condition
    • are drawn in, we should therefore say:
    • waking condition. This is daytime for the Spirit of the Earth, in
    • describe this, to meditate over such things, for then we progress
    • into man; their flowers should therefore be sought in man.
    • you facts which rise up before the clairvoyant consciousness. And
    • before the Mystery of Golgotha, and within it we feel in the
    • that condition in which the earth becomes for us a Being to whom
    • it. Real knowledge of the spiritual world cannot therefore take
    • spiritual reality; for what we appear to our own sight, in our
    • expression is not quite appropriate, for it is difficult to coin
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    • awakening is in store for many who would have preferred to sleep
    • comfortably through the coming times. I do not say that the
    • natural science, that will arouse the deepest need for what I have
    • withstanding men's demand for the Gospels, their desire to be
    • souls has become quite different from what it was before that time.
    • has been a marked departure from this clinging by force of habit to
    • modern scientific thought. But for the most part a terrible
    • for the right kind of development — then out of this mood, out
    • of scientific learning when we held our course for scientists, and we
    • line. Science ignores how far the form in which the animal appears in
    • himself becomes comprehensible. There is no place for man in the
    • is no general feeling for it. Properly conducted elementary
    • to account for the human being, we have claims of all kinds coming
    • then that he descended from spiritual heights, that before he entered
    • before one's life on earth has no very great value, but a
    • lively feeling for it is worth a great deal; it is something
    • their life before birth, On the contrary, they feel in themselves
    • become unbearable, for it is associated with another feeling, a
    • this is very forcibly manifest in social life. You have only to think
    • so on, then we are forgetting all spirituality, we are excluding all
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    • of the present day a deep need — yes, a hunger — for
    • in his own being. Man cannot, therefore, follow this path of
    • Consider for a moment the scientific knowledge we
    • knowledge? For the most part, in books, in writing. The path of
    • out for recognised knowledge. How readily, when entering into some
    • shall we say, for it sounds a little better, will seek the requisite
    • has been scientifically proved. ... When anyone brings forward
    • concerned. And I want to-day to speak of the results for the life of
    • stands there before us in its truth or untruth and our personality
    • — be filled with enthusiasm for the truth, and turn with
    • before us as something objective to ourselves. Whereas when we come
    • other hand, we have eaten something we never tasted before, and have
    • criterion holds good for the material world; there we can rightly let
    • divided for man into what the Gods have willed and what the Gods have
    • intellect took command in the field of knowledge, men forgot the
    • which are really valid only for the physical world, are replaced by
    • the whole of knowledge. For we must needs regard as desirable what is
    • perhaps because his organism is not in a state to digest it, or for
    • what we experienced there before we came down to earth. It is almost
    • to apprehend ourselves for the first time in our full human
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  • Title: Lecture: How Can the Destitution of Soul in Modern Times Be Overcome?
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    • For
    • The truths we look for in spiritual science should not
    • in which humanity will be living for many hundreds of years to come.
    • destiny of mankind for our entire fifth post-Atlantean period. In
    • all sides we find it confirmed that our age stands for the
    • true that two people meeting for the first time knew how to tune in
    • to make friends. We must know a great deal about each other before
    • after long acquaintance — if at all — in former
    • made, in so far as it might be good for the two persons concerned, or
    • necessary to a group of people forming themselves into a community.
    • accurately distinguish the colours, and so forth, of plants; but it
    • connections formed at a stroke are no longer even beneficial, and
    • the transition period of formal acquaintanceship.
    • others depends upon the working out of individual karma. For we have
    • of forming fresh connections. But through repeated earth-lives we
    • meet anyone with whom in former incarnations we have not shared
    • appear by chance but in reality because in former incarnations we had
    • solitude as the result of former incarnations. In the
    • Graeco-Roman period two persons meeting for the first time made an
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    • suited to that age, inner forces which led them upwards into super-sensible
    • sounds and so on. We seek for laws of nature prevailing in the
    • our imagination. It was different in the remote past for then, as we know,
    • in everything fluid or aeriform. Today's intellectual outlook declares
    • objects. For them it was as natural to see spirit-soul entities as it is
    • for us to see colours and so on. However, there was another aspect to this
    • downstream, as was natural for him to do, he was conscious of the
    • exercises were good and suitable for the nature of humanity in ancient times;
    • they have later fallen into decadence and have mainly been used for harmful
    • ends. I have often referred to these yoga breathing exercises. Therefore,
    • what I am now describing was a method for the attainment of higher worlds
    • that was suitable and right only for man in a very ancient oriental
    • remains for the most part an unconscious process. But during certain
    • periods of his exercises the yogi transformed his breathing into a
    • the system of nerves and senses. Therefore, when we think, we by no means
    • as such. His senses inform him about the external world and when he looks
    • before he descended to the earth, that is, to the time when he was a
    • today man can reawaken experiences of the past. He may, for instance, have
    • This came about, not for any egotistical reason, but as a result of the
    • transformed breathing his thoughts were submerged in the currents of
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    • the rays of the springtime sun, for since the 21st of March
    • the sun has been in the sign of spring. When, therefore, men on earth
    • their connection with the sun-forces — when the Sunday comes that
    • means for bringing to expression man's connection with the worlds beyond
    • the earth. They always point to something of supreme importance for the
    • time fixed for the Christmas festival indicates how closely that festival
    • is bound up with the earthly, for its purpose is to remind us of the
    • but within the whole world-order into which man has been placed. Therefore
    • meaning still in this plan of a movable time for the Easter festival. It
    • forces of earth-evolution pure and simple. For through knowledge of that
    • world-history it shall be possible for him, through the working of the
    • Paul had had abundant opportunity to inform himself, by external observation,
    • prepared for such an experience. He was thoroughly acquainted with the
    • Persian and Egyptian times up to the fortieth year, and in Greco-Latin
    • is not easy to detect even for so long as that. Now the Christ Impulse
    • physical earthly life for just so long as the duration of the span of
    • into super-sensible worlds. For the passage through the gate of death is
    • of Golgotha came before Paul in such a way that he received, by direct
    • be the one to arouse in men a realisation of what had happened for
    • For
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    • a specific form of agriculture which has come to be regarded as 'premium
    • 'preparations' for the soil, as well as other distinct methods born
    • practical measures which are necessary for bringing them into full play.
    • I look back on the words which Count Keyserlingk has just spoken. For
    • Anthroposophia, therefore, I would thank you most heartily for the
    • and Countess Keyserlingk. I know from my former visits what a
    • which is living here is the best possible premiss for what must be
    • told us that there may be some discomforts for one or another among
    • the “discomforts” are shared by some of our other
    • accommodated better for this Lecture Course than here, in a farm so
    • with our feelings — in the necessary atmosphere. And for our
    • able to do in this direction. And I would say, forces were there
    • believe that every single one of us has come here gladly for this
    • with our intentions for these days. For my part, these thanks are
    • hospitality to so many visitors and for so many days, in the way in
    • which I feel it will be done here. Therefore I think I can also give
    • Office” but the “Foreign Office” — whatever
    • that is here said. You must not forget: though the desire for it has
    • been cherished in many quarters for a long time past, this is the
    • for the very reason that what is here said will grow out of the soil
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    • a specific form of agriculture which has come to be regarded as 'premium
    • 'preparations' for the soil, as well as other distinct methods born
    • practical measures which are necessary for bringing them into full play.
    • as possible. Whatever you need for agricultural production, you
    • farm from outside should be regarded rather as a remedy for a sick
    • hand, from which our farm springs forth, and on the other hand, that
    • processes connected with it, are in a way related to the form and
    • ideas can give no real information as to the exact relationships,
    • elements, at most, inasmuch as there is formation of humus, or manure
    • coming to a realm of knowledge, immensely significant for practical
    • diaphragm. (Though it is not quite exact, it will suffice us for
    • agricultural individuality is standing on its head? For the following
    • Earth. Thus, so far as plant-growth is concerned, we must look for
    • upward from the earthly soil — beneficial or harmful for the
    • account for earthly processes. These effects are found in what is
    • important than any other factors. They are most important for the
    • influences of the most distant cosmic forces. And above all —
    • well be at a considerable depth beneath the surface. Therefore,
    • For those plants in which the root-nature as such is important, we
    • should never forget that a silicious ground — even if it be
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    • a specific form of agriculture which has come to be regarded as 'premium
    • 'preparations' for the soil, as well as other distinct methods born
    • practical measures which are necessary for bringing them into full play.
    • cosmic forces, of which I have spoken, work in the farm through the
    • shall pass on to various practical aspects, but before we can do so
    • forces work through the substances of the Earth? In the present
    • not play the first and foremost part in the life of plants.
    • for us to learn to know the part which nitrogen does play.
    • include another substance, of the profoundest importance for protein,
    • Universe — the formative power of the Spiritual — and the
    • nevertheless it is of great importance; for it is along the paths of
    • the Spiritual itself as it spreads far and wide. Therefore they named
    • a man of whose outer form we caught a glimpse as we passed by him in
    • ovens! That which we use, as graphite, for our writing. True, we
    • for we can no longer afford to buy it!
    • so, anyone and everyone would have possessed it — for it was
    • to-day in Nature in a broken, crumbled form, as coal or even graphite
    • amorphous, formless substance which we see as coal or carbon proves
    • the bearer of all the creatively formative processes in Nature.
    • Whatever in Nature is formed and shaped be it the form of the plant
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    • a specific form of agriculture which has come to be regarded as 'premium
    • 'preparations' for the soil, as well as other distinct methods born
    • practical measures which are necessary for bringing them into full play.
    • methods for Agriculture, as it is for other spheres of life. Nature
    • ago in the science of human nutrition, for example. The Statements were
    • were brought forward, one could not make objection to the proofs. It
    • for adequate nourishment. It was, so to speak, an established fact of
    • to man, for instance — inasmuch as they only deal with the given
    • produce, often do not emerge for a long time. Spiritual Science will
    • connections. For in these larger relationships of life, Spiritual Science
    • is impressed by those substances and forces which go out eventually
    • forces and substantialities.
    • phrase: “Manure contains the necessary foodstuffs for the plants.”
    • be angry with me for saying these things so openly and clearly. The
    • forces which it contains, and so to call forth in the body
    • Therefore
    • proper living quality of forces? We need these living forces, for example,
    • — this, for the most part, is received through the sense-organs,
    • nails and pair for instance it has to be cut off.
    • wrong to set up the formula: “Food received — Passage through
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    • a specific form of agriculture which has come to be regarded as 'premium
    • 'preparations' for the soil, as well as other distinct methods born
    • practical measures which are necessary for bringing them into full play.
    • yesterday for the improvement of manure was intended, of course, simply
    • manuring as before. To-day we shall have to consider the manuring problem
    • growth. Hence it was of great value for us to recognise that the soil
    • Therefore I need not spend
    • stable manure, liquid manure or compost. In this respect — for
    • our farms, we are taking forces away from the earth — nay, even
    • from the air. These forces must somehow be restored. After a time, the
    • we need for the impoverished earth, must be subjected to a proper treatment,
    • of substance in the manure. They reckon first and foremost on all that
    • the bacteria do for the manure. Brilliant, highly logical experiments
    • but as a rule they have not stood the test of time, for they have proved
    • are done from a point of view for which the following is a just parallel:
    • therefore be an extremely useful symptom of the prevalence of such and
    • good by combating them). In effect, for the living life which is so
    • possible of atomistic forms of thought.
    • for it will only tend to annoy.
    • element — the water. Now for a firm and sound plant-structure
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    • a specific form of agriculture which has come to be regarded as 'premium
    • 'preparations' for the soil, as well as other distinct methods born
    • practical measures which are necessary for bringing them into full play.
    • gained into plant-growth, and into animal Formations too. Aphoristically
    • dealt with. Therefore, to begin with, I will give examples which —
    • taken as the starting-point for your experiments — will lead you
    • we shall have little good fortune in considering the essence of “weeds”
    • as such — for the simple reason that in Nature's judgment
    • between the forces that are there in the growth of plants — forces
    • forces which are mainly due to the cosmic influences of Mercury,
    • are the forces we must consider when we are tracing what produces the
    • wider sense we may say: All the forces that work into the earth from the
    • pay the penalty for their ignorance. Indeed, in many regions of the
    • civilised world a heavy penalty has been paid for this ignorance of
    • for this lack of insight.
    • but it is a very grave concern for many people). They had exhausted
    • and they were at a loss. For by that time the plague had grown acute.
    • in the earth in this way causes the plants to bring forth what grows
    • in a single year and culminates in seed-formation. From the seed a new
    • works from the Cosmos in this way flows out into the reproductive forces
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    • a specific form of agriculture which has come to be regarded as 'premium
    • 'preparations' for the soil, as well as other distinct methods born
    • practical measures which are necessary for bringing them into full play.
    • man out for the moment) are frequently studied as though they stood
    • one upon the other—as for instance when one creature is eaten
    • place — effects transmitted by finer forces and finer substances
    • too—by warmth, by the chemical-ether principle that is for ever
    • humanity has no idea how greatly farming and forestry
    • is pursuing — for we may truly call it macrocosmic. Here we can
    • earth. The tree is really “earth” for that which grows upon
    • out of which our herbaceous plants and cereals spring forth.
    • plant grows forth. Leaves, flowers and fruit grow out of this; they
    • on the tree — and which is therefore describable as a parasitic
    • is not whole if it has no roots. It must have a root. Therefore we must
    • what a root is. A true comparison will help us forward here. Suppose
    • for these plants (Diagram 15).
    • all my plants. Down there, all the roots coalesce, until they form a
    • growing layer, constantly forming new cells, so that the plant-life
    • is the free with its cambium layer, the growing formative layer, which
    • In the tree with its cambium or formative layer, the earth-realm itself
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    • a specific form of agriculture which has come to be regarded as 'premium
    • 'preparations' for the soil, as well as other distinct methods born
    • practical measures which are necessary for bringing them into full play.
    • are, however, extremely difficult to clothe in general formulae or the
    • a kind of personal treatment. To-day especially, we shall therefore
    • with, for this alone will enable you to act with individual intelligence
    • by however many detailed instructions for feeding. But I am convinced
    • already told you, the significance of nutrition for the animal, and
    • for man too, is to this day thoroughly misunderstood. The coarse idea
    • more or less. True, they conceive all kinds of transformations in the
    • use, and excretes what it has no use for. Accordingly, they argue, we
    • provide for such and such essential constituents. We must see to it
    • not — or it only seems to work for a limited time, and is then
    • as I have often called it. They — the professors — transform,
    • (as happens in the fruit-formation), something available as foodstuff
    • wish to create the foundations for an understanding of the feeding-process,
    • describe the animal rather differently from man. For man, we speak quite
    • exactly when we describe this threefold nature of the body; for the
    • of the two outermost poles (Diagram 18). Hence, for the animal we should
    • to the animal for the moment). Whatever matter there is in the head
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  • Title: Lecture: The Significance of the Mass
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    • Christopher Bamford.
    • Christopher Bamford.
    • popular form in the stream of civilization that came from
    • Persia and Egypt; and in these originated the Mass. Before
    • everywhere took form, how it could be seen in minerals,
    • lower animal forms are decadent products of man. What is
    • occult pupil before us. He had to arouse within himself the
    • the return journey to the original chaste created form.
    • When he was ready for this he was allowed to enter the
    • how this image of man brought forth a masculine human image
    • saw the coming forth of Osiris from Archetypal Man
    • developed into the present form, Horus, and the present man
    • himself within his aura, having forsaken the physical body.
    • then a transformed and consecrated being. One who is
    • transformed in this way can perceive the light bodies of
    • transformation of man in his
    • astral form was the third stage of the Mysteries. The pupil
    • When the pupil came forth from the Mysteries he was to
    • felt he could bear for all time. Every one of us has such a
    • matter. He then comes forth, being able to accomplish
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  • Title: Lecture: The Universe
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    • Forming of Man through Cosmic Influences - 1,
    • Forming of Man through Cosmic Influences - 1,
    • in regard to his form, and from this standpoint widen and
    • begin with, the fact that the human form, of course,
    • whole, in order to grasp the human form from within, in a
    • concrete way. To begin with, the human being forms part of
    • mind that in regard to the formation of the head, the human
    • us first consider the human form
    • looking back, as it were, into his own self. For when we
    • geometrically. We may therefore say: insofar as man faces
    • spread out in the universe. Let us therefore imagine this
    • to look back on the experiences which it had before birth.
    • He sees the world that surrounds him. We may therefore say:
    • touch themselves much less. We may therefore say that the
    • sheath we enclose our inner being. We may therefore say
    • through feeling into your form, insofar as it is enclosed
    • four things place before us the
    • gradual process of man's formation from outside
    • universe; but we have not yet reached our own being, for we
    • weaving through us. We may therefore say: Five: That which
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  • Title: Lecture: The Templars
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    • The Inner Human Impulse for Improvement,
    • The Inner Human Impulse for Improvement,
    • lectures given here for some time it has been my task to draw attention to
    • certain impulses, certain forces which work in the souls of men and thence
    • out how these impulses and forces developed at the dawn of modern spiritual
    • starting point for modern spiritual life, which we have already considered
    • into the forces that are at work in modern souls, we are compelled to
    • should like, then, to put before you once more, the picture of the Order of
    • and existence, these souls were, in a sense, to forget their connection with
    • the Mystery of Golgotha, and fight for the continuance of the strongest
    • impulse which went forth from the Mystery of Golgotha. It was an intense life
    • take its place in the whole stream of cosmic and earthly forces, then
    • of real significance. For when such a consciousness as this is placed
    • accomplish more for the world than other Spiritual Orders. For when in this
    • the invisible and super-sensible forces of the surrounding world of that human
    • it comes about that an experience of the soul is not simply there for the
    • single human being, but turns into objective forces which were formerly not
    • there in the spiritual stream that carried and upholds humanity. These forces
    • come to birth and are there. When a person performs his daily task with his
    • than before. Something was now present in the world, in regard to this
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  • Title: Paths to Knowledge of Higher Worlds
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    • against the efforts of natural science, as so many people believe; on
    • these boundaries with the ordinary forces of human understanding.
    • super-sensible knowledge by applying the forces of ordinary
    • forces, to rouse slumbering forces of knowledge enabling the human
    • needed for a knowledge of the super-sensible worlds, it does not
    • possessed by a few people, but it takes as its foundation forces
    • which can be drawn out of every human soul, forces which transcend
    • he must guide his development of his own accord. The forces which
    • should be developed first of all are the forces of thinking. This is
    • not imply the development of one-sided intellectual forces of
    • For the attainment of its task, the spiritual science of
    • that the same applies to the forces of the soul. When certain
    • This intensification of the forces of thinking must of course be
    • investigator in the anthroposophical sense, may therefore take
    • mathematics above all as an excellent example for the scientific
    • attention is turned away from everything else, and for a certain
    • confront a sense-perception, for it can be envisaged at any moment
    • to enter human consciousness in the form of suggestions, illusions,
    • systematic way. (One person will need longer time for the attainment
    • Activity called forth many misunderstandings, because people simply
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  • Title: Errors in Spiritual Investigation
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    • Ergebnisse der Geistesforschung,
    • rises like a force of nature in one who follows a spiritual path. He
    • Ergebnisse der Geistesforschung,
    • as healthy sense organs are needed for outer sense observation. The
    • this. Suppose someone has an abnormally developed eye, for example.
    • described, for example, how he often walked through darkness and, due
    • that was nothing other than something called forth by his abnormal
    • pulled out a weapon to defend himself. He therefore was not in a
    • forth was not there at all. Errors can occur in this way in all our
    • normal for everyday life and also for ordinary science. Only from
    • before the beginning of a spiritual training, the future spiritual
    • capacity for judgment proceeding from true conditions. Every starting
    • the soul life of the spiritual investigator before he begins his
    • development as a spiritual investigator, his training for spiritual
    • existence, even before the path to the super-sensible worlds is
    • the moral mood of soul. The moral ability, the moral force, is as
    • important as sound logic and intelligence, for if unsound logic, if
    • essential and most significant aspects of preparing for a spiritual
    • scientific training, therefore, is a corresponding moral development,
    • you will find special practices for the soul through
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  • Title: The Supersensible Being of Man and the Evolution of Mankind
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    • applying to what I have been presenting for many years — has
    • circles today. For we should imagine, in fact, we should be
    • people's present-day aspirations for knowledge, which are none the
    • search for knowledge and ‘simple faith’ based on the
    • view is nevertheless no longer appropriate for the real soul needs of
    • however, we are living in an age that has a long way to go before
    • those very forces that could bring order into chaos and confusion at
    • they now lack certain forces that they failed to develop because of
    • they ought to advocate. I attempted the day before yesterday to
    • indicated the day before yesterday shows that the life of the
    • forces beyond the level of ordinary life is the only thing that can
    • forms his mental pictures as a passive spectator. With the
    • preparation for the spiritual investigator if he precedes his
    • a tremendous difference is to be seen between the form of man's head
    • For as our soul development progresses by means of this active
    • experience back for ourselves, too. We would not have our whole
    • of memory means for the cohesion of the human personality in
    • ordinary life. But the force that enables us to keep memories alive,
    • forming mental images of it via our sense perception, this force
    • activity or mental imagery is not something that comes from forces of
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  • Title: The Year as a Symbol of the Great Cosmic Year
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    • pictorially, or rather half pictorially for the pictures must be
    • I desire to bring before your souls to-day for further meditation,
    • certain forest trees remain what is called evergreen through winter.
    • place before our senses, spiritual events are interwoven. We know
    • that when we walk through the forest, we have not only the trees
    • direct our attention to all that springs forth and sprouts on Earth,
    • independent entity as regards the Earth only comes clearly before us
    • plant world, for we are apt to look on our waking consciousness as
    • When the ego and astral body withdraw from our head, for instance,
    • consciousness, for us practically no consciousness at all; while day
    • these are not only two distinct Beings, for at one season they unite,
    • the cosmos, and can bring forth their blossoms and fruit. In this
    • plants bring forth their leaves, blossoms and fruit.
    • before which again we go back to the time of development of the
    • sentient body. This takes us back 6,000 years before our Christian
    • We can therefore say: Our condition at one time on
    • years before our era. When that consciousness came about man
    • we must realise that 6,000 years before our era a great, a mighty
    • field of wisdom six thousand years before our era, when his soul was
    • from which Zarathustra gave forth his teaching; the knowledge, whose
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  • Title: On the Duty of Clear, Sound Thinking
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    • few at least of our great and important duties be brought before our
    • only of such duties before our souls may perhaps be fitting at this
    • form the basis from which we can work in a higher way for the
    • insight into those forces which in the evolution of time have a
    • downward tendency, those that are harmful forces. At the opening of a
    • been recognised by us. But what we must keep specially before us is
    • the sanction of outside powers. They desire a warrant for this or
    • that. For the most part men do not consider to-day that it is an
    • matter for themselves! So, they go to whom ‘right and law is
    • without weighing how those conclusions were reached; for they
    • If information on any subject be desired, people go to
    • Any one following up this line of thought for himself,
    • form. Let us take a philosophical idea and watch how it has
    • It is, therefore, only the impressions of the outer
    • like, has now for a long time been extended to the whole thinking
    • impressions of things, are called forth by our senses? Certainly it
    • If someone stands before a mirror and another person
    • images: for the object must first make an impression on us and our
    • which we see in the mirror; for the impressions are also
    • that therefore, he cannot come into touch with anything real, with
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  • Title: Lecture: The Peoples of the Earth in the Light of Anthroposophy
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    • easy today to see the necessity for this unification of men all
    • over the Earth, for we have but to look at the disastrous things that
    • are happening in the world of economics. When we seek for the
    • among the peoples, whereas the new instincts of mankind call out for
    • Earth economy. The leading minds of the times are forever
    • laying stress upon this. There is indeed a striving for a uniform
    • understand his whole being. It is true that if one has a feeling for
    • fundamental, for one can then receive from him what his own inner
    • being wants to communicate. Is it then possible for something akin to
    • this transmission of inner force, of inner being, to arise between
    • in those things we observe in the daily life of the peoples, for this
    • sense-perception of him; but for sense-perception a nation
    • or a people is only a totality of so many individuals. Before we can
    • who develops those forces of super-sensible knowledge which otherwise
    • of course. When he perceives the spiritual, a foreign people is
    • before us in daily life, is not a unitary being, but that three
    • common social programme could be issued for the whole of the Earth
    • on the Earth must be able to develop love not only for an abstract,
    • universal humanity — for that would be merely an
    • really understand their fellow-beings must develop love for the
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  • Title: Lecture: The Christmas Mystery, Novalis, the Seer
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    • and Cosmos, the Christ Being Himself appeared before him. He
    • forever overcome death, becomes visible.
    • for his was like a remembrance of an earlier incarnation. The
    • of spirit are open can themselves behold this Event, for in
    • formed by the Christ-Power. The Christ-Power within the eye
    • body will gradually be transformed. A wonderful vista of the
    • future opens out before Novalis. He sees the Earth
    • of ancient times is still contained, transformed into the
    • not been the symbol of the Christmas Festival for any length of time.
    • Schiller's time the Christmas Tree in its now familiar form
    • can speak of human beings in their present form or having the
    • rudiments of that form, we shall everywhere find an
    • find it in constantly new forms among the widespread masses
    • reality from which new forms ever and again spring forth.
    • keeping with the times, as outward forms of expression for
    • year and her eternal forces bud forth in forms that are
    • forever new, so it is with the symbols of Christmas piety; in
    • hour we will bring a picture before our souls of what men on
    • the forms of objects in the kingdoms of Nature. Everything
    • Europe; the names of Zeus, Pallas Athene, Ares, and so forth,
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  • Title: Lecture: Some Characteristics of To-day
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    • — has really been striving after for years. To a certain extent
    • that led to the birth of this movement and has kept it before the
    • world for some years now. And perhaps the best result of our
    • insignificant and unimportant, but it is an actual fact for one who,
    • extraordinary statement, but it is nevertheless true, that for
    • Many people, it is true, do not notice this, for the most important
    • for such things knows that very many children born during the last
    • within them from before conception and birth that which gives their
    • these children, almost from birth. It was not there formerly. In
    • man undergoes an important experience in the spiritual world before
    • is actually the case. I can only tell you of it, for these things can
    • world of which they have learnt through this meeting. For they know
    • only be understood on such a basis, and we ought to strive for
    • Central Europe, for example, actually without anyone knowing
    • social catastrophe. Yet all the thoughts they form about it are only
    • thoughts that are powerless before the storm of events and quite
    • lies something which is extraordinarily difficult for our
    • especially high, the strongest spiritual force that has ever willed
    • only willing to use their physical bodies as instruments for
    • without grounds; they have good reason for this, namely: That man in
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  • Title: Lecture: Anthroposophy's Contribution to the Most Urgent Needs of Our Time
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    • when, in genuine concern for the being of man, he contrasts, with a
    • learns about existence in conformity with today's thinking as it is
    • science, we take it as a foregone conclusion that we apply that same
    • ‘We may not come to a halt before human freedom.’ I have
    • uniform explanation of the world, simply out of a desire for
    • will opt for natural necessity. He will declare the experience
    • what we call the Divine in the world order. But for a modern man who
    • separation gives a certain comfort, a feeling of security in life.
    • moral realm simply shows nowhere the power to be a match for the
    • once all the remaining earth forces have changed into heat, this heat
    • cannot change itself back into any other force, and that then the
    • death.’ Thus there is no possibility for an honest thinker who
    • For a man who faces the world
    • they vanish.” For, according to natural necessity, what is
    • say? Granted that one accepts a formal division between knowledge and
    • give no inner guarantee for the reality of what is moral.
    • which gives inner security, which makes it possible for a man to have
    • also through experience. And a man who has a feeling for such
    • all that the individual has experienced about himself. For our
    • discrepant feelings, disorder, producing a framework for what
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  • Title: Lecture: Buddha and Christ: The Sphere of the Bodhisattvas
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    • Translated by D. S. Osmond and published for the first time in
    • Translated by D. S. Osmond and published for the first time in
    • We can therefore say: our own epoch is the epoch of intellectualism;
    • antipathies for the good or the evil are connected with the
    • In our present age it is mainly the forces of the astral world that
    • it will be the forces of Lower Devachan that penetrate more deeply
    • into the soul; and in the seventh, the forces of Higher Devachan will
    • it was the forces of the physical plane that exercised the strongest
    • produce such wonderful sculptures, in which the human form was given
    • epoch were therefore especially suitable for men to experience the
    • experience the Christ Being in an etheric form on the astral plane,
    • in a physical form.
    • quite possible nowadays for a man to be very clever and at the same
    • foreseen by a certain people, namely the Hebrews. They endeavoured to
    • breastplate. The symbol for morality was called Urim, the
    • 28:12 And thou shalt put the two stones upon the shoulders of the ephod for stones of memorial unto the children of Israel: and Aaron shall bear their names before the LORD upon his two shoulders for a memorial. \
    • 28:25 And the other two ends of the two wreathen chains thou shalt fasten in the two ouches, and put them on the shoulder pieces of the ephod before it. \
    • 28:27 And two other rings of gold thou shalt make, and shalt put them on the two sides of the ephod underneath, toward the forepart thereof, over against the other coupling thereof, above the curious girdle of the ephod. \
    • 28:29 And Aaron shall bear the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart, when he goeth in unto the holy place, for a memorial before the LORD continually. \
    • 28:30 And thou shalt put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim; and they shall be upon Aaron\'s heart, when he goeth in before the LORD: and Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his heart before the LORD continually. \
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  • Title: Lecture: Nervous Conditions in Our Time
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    • the inner life is one of the easiest forms of nervousness. There is
    • also another form, where people do not know what to do with
    • manifold forms of disease, even imitating organic diseases —
    • gastric disturbances, for instance — in a most deceptive way.
    • coined for the way the political affairs in Europe were conducted
    • be no doubt that it will grow no better for mankind in the near future.
    • The prospects are by no means hopeful; for there are many harmful factors
    • other things, it is extremely harmful for our time that many people
    • way: For a whole year, the college student will spend his time and
    • giving in their lectures. Then, when he has to know something for his
    • examination, he will set to work and ‘cram’ for it during
    • soon forget what I have just had to learn!’ What is the
    • For one who
    • forgetfulness of many people. It is often said that such
    • forgetfulness is a great nuisance in life. Anthroposophy says more
    • avoided if people were less forgetful. And who can claim to be
    • exempt? Who has not to complain of forgetfulness in some respect?
    • Assume, for instance, that a man begins to notice he can never find
    • things where he put them. It may seem strange for us to be speaking
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  • Title: Lecture: The Position of Anthroposophy among the Sciences
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    • This lecture has been authorized for the Western hemisphere by,
    • (as part of a course for university graduates)
    • understands how difficult it is for a man involved in scientific work
    • included, very much to add to the present material for research, it
    • can itself bring forward to serve as an effective foundation for its
    • science with its own precise technique. For this, however, I shall
    • necessary in order to provide a certain basis for what I shall have
    • to offer in an easier and, perhaps, more agreeable form in the next
    • mathematics itself, with its value for the other sciences and in
    • right angles to one another. What we have before our mind's eye as space
    • with spatial laws, he pictures space before his eyes, independent of
    • born upright, but, in accord with the formative laws of our earthly
    • that form us — just as we experience our achievement of
    • have only two dimensions for us, into the third dimension. And with
    • unconsciously out of our own being and the laws that form us.
    • lifeless forms, though it can also be applied to the spatial and
    • formed geometrically within space; we feel thereby that we are on
    • formed so earnestly from out of ourselves. In these
    • experienced subjectively in ourselves, transforming it, in the case
    • is so. For when we move ourselves through space, we accomplish
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  • Title: Lecture: Anthroposophy and the Visual Arts
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    • This lecture has been authorized for the Western hemisphere by,
    • in a sense, an interlude within this course of lectures, for I
    • the Anthroposophical Movement had been active for some time, a number
    • of members became convinced that a building should be erected for it.
    • Switzerland. Here the Goetheanum, the Free High School for
    • long before his death in 1925, was opened in 1928.]
    • forms.
    • the Free High School for Spiritual Science; it would have
    • expressed in thought forms — as one expects of any view of the
    • therefore be able to speak, not only from the theoretical, scientific
    • shell for what would be done within it as an expression of the
    • let the architectural, plastic, pictorial frame for the
    • or insipidly allegorical form. (This is frequently done when
    • from artistic perception, came to birth in the moulding of forms, in
    • single form is intended to mean anything — in this sense. Every
    • form is intended to be
    • forms, through the architecture, through the paintings. The
    • previous lectures, then, naturally, what had been in the world before
    • pictorial forms — i.e. in the visual art of our building. No
    • this is not the essential thing. The essential thing, at least for
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  • Title: Lecture: Evil and the Power of Thought
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    • know in order to find a starting point for trying to get a grip on
    • says, “Love was the fundamental force of the ancient oriental
    • — delight in the world and love for the world.
    • surrounding world, and he had a special motive for giving over his
    • infer this from all you have been hearing for many years — in
    • for the pupil and as a reminder for every Initiate in regard to the
    • secrets in the presence of a non-Initiate is inadmissible; for
    • weight, for those who use it do not really know what it signifies.
    • secret societies; for otherwise the mouth uttering them is sinful,
    • make it impossible to see these things in their original form; they
    • sometimes adopted strange forms of outer life, as for instance Bulwer
    • who accompanied him played a harp-like instrument, for he needed to
    • quiet formal, conventional way. He would come on in his rather
    • transformed by impulses of feeling and of will, together with
    • have what forms the content of the soul, the content of life in which
    • transformed by feeling and will. One finds only the
    • impressions are transformed by feeling and will, man is still unable
    • to tell how feeling and will are actually working. For this reason he
    • transformed reflection of the outer world, and takes it, perhaps, as
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  • Title: Lecture: The Seeds of Future Worlds
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    • experienced. We bear these pictures within us; they are for us
    • the ordinary spatial mirror. For the ordinary mirror reflects what is in
    • it were cease for a time — for how long a time depends upon
    • needs be such a centre within us, for only in such a centre can the Ego
    • of man establish itself. It is a centre for the strengthening and
    • man, for otherwise he would not be able to develop his ego, but
    • unreflecting, if we lacked this centre within us. For this centre
    • intermediate states of transformation the Jupiter existence will
    • being formed to-day in man within this centre of destruction. It is
    • being formed out of man's moral ideals, but also out of his
    • Oriental wisdom penetrated it with a consciousness informed by
    • world where, to begin with, the ego-power, as it develops for human
    • was there in visible actuality for the perception of the ancient
    • consciousness, now and in the early future. For if the pure
    • 15th century were to continue, mankind would fall into decline; for
    • truth for him; it is not a truth for him to-day. We can see this
    • of forming a true idea of Christ.
    • is perfectly possible for the consciousness of the present day, he
    • with thought, for the laws of nature can be apprehended in
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  • Title: Lecture: Exoteric and Esoteric Christianity
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    • the form of moral impulses.
    • is there for all the world; but side by side with this exoteric
    • Paul, of course, is of the greatest importance, for Paul
    • before the vision at Damascus Paul or Saul as he then was —
    • crucifixion. It was, at first, impossible for Paul to conceive
    • Nazareth had suffered the shame of crucifixion was for Paul
    • in the form of fragments in the possession of a few isolated
    • clothed in a form of tradition adapted for naive and simple minds
    • Resurrection to his initiated disciples? Before we can begin to
    • humanity and one which it is exceeding difficult for the modern
    • the Earth had no knowledge or science in the form familiar to us
    • means that it was actually possible for humanity to be taught by
    • for the most part they were men who had been initiated in
    • before the descent into an earthly body. The experiences of the
    • soul before descent into a physical body through conception
    • themselves had experienced before birth, or rather, before
    • these early men with animals, for although their outward
    • death, for they could only conceive of an onflowing stream of
    • life only — not death, although it was there before their
    • they formed some other picture of the life of soul-and-spirit in
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  • Title: Lecture: Realism and Nominalism
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    • able to understand what takes place, for instance, in the case of a
    • caged wolf, which is fed exclusively on lamb's flesh for a long time.
    • does not happen, for the wolf remains a wolf — that is, the
    • material aspect does not matter; what matters is the form,
    • material substance is concerned, for this has passed over from the
    • who was a Realist in the medieval scholastic sense, to form the following
    • conception: — What matters, is the form in which the
    • find it, for instance, in Thomas Aquinas, or in other scholastic
    • argued that ideas and conceptions — that is, forms taken up by
    • the universe as Anschaspans. They were very real beings. For Plato
    • they had grown more dim, and for the medieval scholastic philosophers
    • not able to connect anything real with thoughts and ideas. For them
    • these were mere names, coined for the convenience of man.
    • modern world conception, for man no longer considers ideas and
    • an answer by placing the question somewhat differently. For instance,
    • he would surely feel very unreal after death! This was not so for the
    • realistic scholastic philosophers. For them, thoughts and ideas were
    • powerless in regard to the grasping of the spiritual. For, naturally,
    • person standing before us, who is somehow called “Smith”,
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  • Title: Lecture: Spiritual Science, a Necessity for the Present Time
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    • FOR MEMBERS ONLY
    • Society, Dornach, Switzerland. Responsibility for the contents of the
    • a Necessity for the Present Time
    • be, as it can be, a life-draught for our souls, it must prove to be
    • strong and also suited for times as important as our present epoch,
    • than our contemporaries, for their outlook is frequently — I
    • All that has been cultivated for so many years in our
    • great impulses, the great manifestations of forces which pervade the
    • increase, as it were, the tension of our feelings, then the forces
    • above our heads, does this have a prophetic meaning for the whole
    • children and grandchildren forces which enable them to hold out in
    • must realise that a strong inner spiritual force must be given to
    • inner forces as a support for their souls, to a far greater extent
    • easily have a feeling for such things because we are living in the
    • know that very strong and powerful forces live in the womb of the
    • possible to see that they are forces aiming at the destruction, at
    • it is essentially, but in an entirely different form, an echo, a
    • Although there it appeared in a different form, the fourth
    • now living is a new form; it is something quite new which has
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  • Title: Lecture: Fundamentals of the Science of Initiation
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    • FOR MEMBERS ONLY
    • Society, Dornach, Switzerland. Responsibility for the contents of the
    • initiation, which will then supply to us a kind of foundation for
    • knowledge is not in any way valid for all time and for every place,
    • but that it is only valid for a certain definite time, indeed, only
    • for a definite region of the earth. Thus, certain standpoints of
    • knowledge would be valid, for instance, for the European
    • for the knowledge of the East.
    • which science supplies to us, in the form in which science now exists
    • senses, with the resulting intellectual knowledge (for, the
    • there, but when we pursue, for instance, natural science, we cannot
    • sciences. The tragic element of our time consists, for instance, in
    • other hand, you may perhaps also know that for certain thinkers there
    • which he is unable to bridge completely. For this reason, Kant has
    • human life is born for him out of two roots which are completely
    • unfortunate for the human being if there were no connecting bridge
    • really forms a deep incision in the whole evolution of humanity. And
    • preparation for Christianity. This whole extent of pagan
    • culture had a uniform character. It was principally based upon
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  • Title: Lecture: Cosmogony, Freedom, Altruism
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    • Social Impulses for the Healing of Modern Civilization.
    • forces that make for its downfall. Recognising these forces
    • are present in it three main downward forces — three
    • forces which gradually and inevitably must bring about its
    • those we have still to go through, for in many respects we
    • ages had a groundwork for their civilisation, a groundwork
    • for the habits and thoughts of everyday life, such as we
    • form any sort of link between the people of those elder
    • were conscious of forming part of a creation not exhausted
    • forces. And thus, in the heathen civilisations especially, we
    • civilisation possesses no instinct for the creation of a
    • system of concepts; but we have no real science forming a
    • the forces of the spiritual world! In all his actions he had
    • stars, they were not to him strange worlds; for he knew
    • cosmogony; but for our civilisation this cosmogony is lost.
    • there is no true impulse for Freedom. Our
    • have any real impulse for it. And so it comes that our
    • which men yield themselves up to religious forces of some
    • kind or another, make these religious forces their master,
    • scope for free action on the part of man. And when men feel
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    • into the physical forms wherein it finds expression.
    • today for those who call themselves civilised mankind.
    • for what can truly be called self-knowledge!
    • most outer aspect, it is not quite easy for us to acquire the
    • only seen myself, for a looking-glass was hanging opposite
    • to me than my own special type.’ He had formed an idea
    • self-knowledge of men, even as regards their outer form. As
    • before us only that which belongs to the outermost nature of
    • with, on the Earth, is for himself the only example —
    • world. Therefore he must pass through this, the document of
    • on the path of spiritual science is waiting for the portal of
    • starting-point for an entry into the spiritual world.
    • instead of riding home, he rode into a neighbouring forest,
    • in the forms of Imagination. All Nature's laws — the
    • before him in an Imagination, in the figure of a woman who
    • gave her orders for all these things to arise and pass away
    • in the form of Imagination, as a woman, out of whose spirit
    • which stood before him in living Imagination.
    • relates, then bade him deepen the forces of his soul; so
    • interesting. Raying out over him her forces, as it were, she
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  • Title: Lecture: The Shaping of the Human Form out of Cosmic and Earthly Forces
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    • form is an expression of the course of his entire life.
    • recognise that the special moulding, the special formation of
    • the head is connected with former lives which have been
    • passed through by the human being before he descended to his
    • formation beyond death of the future human head. At the same
    • time, however, the human form points to man's connection with
    • the Cosmos. As the human being stands before us today, we can
    • certainly say that the particular formation of his head is a
    • metamorphosis of his previous limb-formation. But the fact of
    • his having any such formation of the head as the one he
    • carries around is the result of his cosmic experiences before
    • he set foot on the Earth. In essentials, the head-formation
    • the limb-man is a starting-point for the Jupiter, Venus and
    • real man of the Earth. Thus we can say: What we have before
    • us in the human head is formed out of the three preceding
    • for its subsequent embodiments is all that underlies man's
    • from its earthly form to what it was as Saturn organism, Sun
    • have, therefore, a human earthly aspect and also a cosmic
    • one. Hence we can study the formation of the human head while
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    • forms.
    • reminiscent of past forms in which the Eternal, manifesting
    • become for many of those who want to be regarded in the great
    • to understand once again how necessary it is for our souls to
    • intellectual, perceptive and also moral forces may be
    • readily enter into what for long ages was felt at the time of
    • the regions of Middle Europe might have had before the
    • conditions our forefathers in Europe were obliged to make
    • great world of Nature. They were full of thanksgiving for the
    • sun's rays, full of reverence for the great Universe —
    • fires when the spirit of Nature shouted for joy and was
    • said that Nature herself made it possible for these ancient
    • near this descent into death and darkness was felt for weeks
    • a foretaste of what they would subsequently experience in the
    • transformed in the soul in such a way that a man was, as it
    • intermediate state experienced by our forefathers at the
    • somewhat as the clairvoyant feels his astral body, before
    • animal forms. And those men tried to give expression to this.
    • For them it represented a transition from the profound,
    • symbols what the astral body reveals, imitated it in the form
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    • of special interest in the study of human evolution; for an
    • the longing for such an understanding — has only made itself
    • for a moment of Goethe, who so powerfully influenced Western culture
    • events in the form in which this truth is now often conceived. For to
    • Buddhism — and vice versa. For within our Western
    • repeated. We are not on this earth for nothing. We are active in
    • earthly life and we may look forward to an ever fuller life wherein
    • essence of Buddhism is that it urges man to strive for such knowledge
    • and wisdom as will free him from all desire for rebirth. Only
    • Buddhism, for the idea of reincarnation arises of necessity from an
    • It would therefore seem superficial to connect Buddhism directly with
    • the idea of repeated earthly lives, for to understand the essence of
    • we examine objects with our senses and form chains of thought with
    • away before the soul of man. These pictures were not as void of
    • concerned, he had come forth from the spiritual world into which he
    • I have said before, that
    • current among ancient peoples, though clothed in pictorial forms.
    • enters our consciousness for the first time.” These men
    • world, not to look back with regret, but to look forwards, to be
    • help forward the evolution of the world!” This conception is
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    • fruitful impulses for the future — all these matters are
    • age. For these problems are indeed so often limited by the angle of
    • centuries a longing has arisen among mankind for a democratic
    • undemocratic attitude confronts the longing for democracy which
    • contradictory form.
    • just said may seem paradoxical, for people do not place the
    • about the necessity for proper air, light, nourishment, sanitation,
    • and so forth, but the regulations laid down in regard to these things
    • in the form of disease, nor to support the modern superstitions that
    • materialism has been overcome, for it is equally true that when it is
    • materialistic, atomistic mode of thought. For what is the real
    • forces lying behind and within them. Now it is not typical of
    • which the soul and Spirit — which were there before birth, or
    • rather, before conception — are fashioning and moulding the
    • heart, brain and so forth. In short, when we are describing the
    • does not merely observe what is there before the eye or conjectured
    • for so far as the life between birth and death is concerned,
    • Spiritual Science, for we know in very truth that the human being as
    • content, and with them a Spiritual Science that may be fruitful for
    • a philippic against specialisation, for I am well aware of its
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  • Title: Lecture: Speech and Song
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    • equilibrium for earthly life is a faculty which man does not bring
    • physical body of man in all its form is the result of a mighty
    • spiritual activity — an activity which man performs in unison
    • that which man forms and creates in this activity — we may call
    • — is not so formed as already to contain the faculty of upright
    • of equilibrium, into the forces of earthly existence. For in the
    • man has to the Angeloi, Archangeloi and so forth — to the
    • earthly life. He has left the former and has not yet entered into the
    • earthly information and earthly knowledge; and to all this our
    • the connection of what man attains by great efforts here on earth, as
    • the cosmological studies we have pursued for some weeks, I can to-day
    • these days to be having so excellent a performance of song, here in
    • Werbeck-Svärdstrom and her sisters.] Allow me therefore
    • to-day, if I may say so, to express my personal gratitude for this
    • organism as it stands before us here on earth, we know that it is
    • outwardly but inwardly. In all that he brings forth by way of sound
    • that we bring forth in speech is composed of a consonantal and of a
    • fact that something or other in our body has a certain plastic form.
    • here meant. For when the human being brings forth a musical note in
    • place through the whole human being. Our human body therefore, as to
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  • Title: Lecture: Three Epochs in the Religious Education of Man
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    • fourteen lectures on Education will shortly be published in book form
    • epochs has striven for something else. In each of these epochs man
    • his destiny. And always this riddle has assumed a different form
    • the soul of man to-day, did not bear the same form in the souls of
    • moving through his body, forming part of his true manhood, but in
    • before a body clothed me in my earthly existence, is living within
    • a kind of sheath, merely an instrument for the purposes of earthly
    • conviction that before a physical body clothed him on Earth, he had
    • been necessary for man's immediate experience to be widened and
    • the soul in this form: Through conception and birth I pass into
    • outer Nature. I am clothed in something that is foreign to my being.
    • am born in a physical sense but this physical birth is foreign to my
    • The mighty riddle before
    • Nature. And it arose before him as he sensed the full inner
    • he was clothed in a physical body so foreign to his real being. It
    • the same forces which enabled him to gaze into the life of soul and
    • stars, to the courses of Sun and Moon, the forces which otherwise
    • Initiation placed before the soul of man was expressed, in after
    • assumed the form of Nature-religions because man felt the need for a
    • more to use the instruments afforded by his physical body. Let me
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  • Title: Lecture: Concerning Electricity
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    • or even elastic spheres colliding with one another, and so forth, and
    • now observe the connections that existed before the present age of
    • impulses, if we were to say that they contain a force enabling them
    • forces of Nature, he would be looked upon as a complete fool! But if
    • forget that whenever they think of an atom as an electric entity,
    • entity. …But I am not speaking correctly ... for, in reality,
    • when we transform an atom into an electron, we do not transform it
    • that through the electrification of the atoms we transform them into
    • carriers of evil; we do not only transform them into carriers of
    • the form of atoms, we transform these atoms into carriers of death;
    • For electric atoms are little demons of Evil. This, however, does not
    • tell us much. For it does not express the fact that the modern
    • have been wrong, their feelings were not altogether wrong. For, when
    • Nature in this form, we raise Evil to the rank of the ruling
    • electricity. Of course, this would be nonsense, for only
    • it!” — But this can only be done in an abstract way. For
    • The ahrimanic electricity can therefore overwhelm civilized man only
    • this, for the essential thing is CONSCIOUSNESS: we live in the age of
  • Title: Lecture: The Problem of Jesus and Christ in Earlier Times
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    • completely. In other words, can the reasons for such a disappearance
    • understand such teachings as the Gnosis of Valentinus, for example,
    • its purpose in the form of a primitive clairvoyance that then
    • gradually grew dim and faded away — a higher form of knowledge
    • just forgotten, but it eventually disappeared. People simply no
    • say that, when we look back at the time just before the period
    • entirely new and fresh forces. We may say without hesitation that, as
    • spiritual being. But this form of knowledge, as we said, had
    • such as Clemens of Alexandria, for example, and Origenes — very
    • they did in fact strive for this knowledge. They asked themselves:
    • they viewed Jesus as a historical personality. For them, the coming
    • For them, this was the great problem. They thought: During the course
    • Christ belongs, of course, to the forces that participated in the
    • often — that the Christ had, in fact, always existed for human
    • him were those who had developed, through the Mysteries, forces that
    • physical bodies through forces acquired in the Mysteries and ventured
    • of preparation for Christ's coming. He said, on the other hand,
    • the concept they had to form.
    • philosophers prepared humanity for the event that took place with the
    • can be grasped as a spiritual being with the aid of spiritual forces.
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  • Title: Lecture: On the Dimensions of Space
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    • a necessary foundation for many other perceptions which we need — a
    • a certain inherent difficulty for our human power of knowledge and
    • ideas about the physical and bodily with comparative ease, for it is
    • do very much for it himself — at any rate so far as his
    • existence of such words and phrases shews after all, for an open-minded
    • things physical and bodily with the world of soul and spirit. Indeed for
    • say, the search for this relationship gives rise to the greatest
    • extended in space. They can even represent it spatially. Man forms
    • its three dimensions gives to him, in forming his ideas about things
    • materialistic, for they are an effort to bring the soul and spirit perforce
    • own soul-and-spirit. He is well aware of how it works, for he is aware
    • difficulties have arisen, especially for philosophic
    • itself a kind of spiritual essence, manifests itself in outer forms
    • other hand the processes which are called forth by the physical world
    • and spirit, they are transformed into something non-spatial.
    • soul-and-spirit. It says, for example: The human being walks,
    • is invariably, when men try to form a conception of the existence of
    • of space for all these souls to find a place of abode! This absurd
    • immortal, for all the spaces of the world would already have been
    • crudely side by side. For the modern consciousness they stand
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  • Title: Lecture: What Has Geology to Say About the Origin of the World?
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    • as well as into the origin and evolving forms of the creatures
    • spiritual science — that knowledge which has always formed the
    • — within the earth's strata — it forms its
    • time. We know, if, for instance during railway-construction or work
    • regard to their rock formations or other contents, that these layers
    • investigate the ground as to the nature of its rock-formations and
    • have been subject to the force of water in some other way, must once
    • formed. Over one layer which originated in that way we have to
    • strata of the earth all kinds of forms have been embedded,
    • and so on. So that it is by no means an easy task for the geologist
    • this way it is possible to form some idea of the appearance
    • and therefore the youngest of our terrestrial material —
    • contain fossils of more highly developed forms of animal- and
    • of less developed forms of life, which today we are accustomed to
    • upper layers, which geology is therefore justified in regarding as
    • geology seems to be fully in conformity with what natural science
    • from quite primitive to more perfect forms. When we now examine
    • forms, which as yet had no skeleton and were the first predecessors
    • remained unchanged, while others developed towards vertebrate forms and
    • primitive and simple forms of animal- and plant-life gradually
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  • Title: Lecture: Thinking and Willing as Two Poles of the Human Soul-Life
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    • of the soul the forces of the will are never separated off; they
    • never exist for themselves alone. But the qualities that are never
    • there; it takes certain presuppositions for granted. Thinking
    • is for the most part reflection. Even when we think ahead, as it
    • before birth, before conception. Fundamentally speaking, the faculty
    • change of teeth, the child makes use of thought-forces to guide
    • forces gradually emerge as actual thought-forces; but they are present
    • which develops into the forces of will has, in the case of the young
    • first won for himself the power of making these sprawling,
    • forces of the will, and the development of child-life consists
    • thought-forces which we bring with us through birth into physical
    • is a pressing, a pushing of thinking into the forces of the will,
    • forces which live absolutely and complete in the physical covering
    • his parents. The forces of will which express themselves chaotically
    • are situated in the body. Here too are to be found the thought-forces
    • which to begin with serve as regulating forces whose function
    • become aware of these will forces when we pass through death and enter
    • death into the spiritual life. The thought-forces which we bring with
    • those for instance who live to be more than fifty years old, have as a rule
    • already lost the original thought-forces they brought with them from
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  • Title: Vortrage: Denken, Fühlen, Wollen - Das Muspilhgedicht
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    • durch die Todespforte in das geistige Leben. Die Gedankenkräfte,
    • betreten, wenn wir durch des Todes Pforte gehen.
    • automatisch sich fortbewegenden Gedanken der früheren Jahre, die
    • automatisch fort. Er ist ja ein Bild des Gedankenlebens, und der
    • in dem alten Gedankentrott weiter fort. Man kann sich heute kaum vor
    • diesem Fortlaufen im alten Gedankentrott anders bewahren, als
    • Aber es ist nur ein automatisches Fortbewegen der Organe, in die sich
    • fortdauert.
    • aus unserem Inneren in Form des Gedankenlebens hervorholen und in die
    • zum Gemüte führen will. Wir sind ja fortwährend in
    • Grunde genommen fortwährend träumen. Die Logik müssen
    • fortwährend umgibt, betrachten, so können wir uns sagen: Es
    • geht aus dem Begehren hervor. Nun, nehmen Sie die gröbste Form
    • des Begehrens. Die gröbste Form des Begehrens, welche ist sie?
    • fortwährend etwas in uns abgetragen. Es geht etwas von
    • wir fortwährend die Löcher, welche die Sinneswahrnehmungen
    • Kopforganisation ins Auge fassen, wie wir aus unserem übrigen
    • wie von innen und schieben fortwährend unsere Materie
    • fortwährend bestrebt, partiell aus uns ein Nichtmaterielles zu
    • wirkt so, daß fortwährend dasjenige, was Luzifer
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    • know that from the time we were last assembled here, before
    • separating for the summer, preparations were begun for the gathering
    • representation before a course of lectures at Munich, last year two,
    • beginning in this direction. For this should not be regarded as
    • into Art. For indeed it lies very near to our hearts that
    • arguments, but that from its own life fresh vigour can be drawn for
    • gatherings, which made the lack of room greatly felt both for the
    • artistic undertakings as well as for the theosophical lectures. In
    • through the very uncomfortable heat in the room. Now of course it
    • a lack of all understanding for Art could make it acceptable in
    • creating an inner chamber for ourselves. This led to the thought of
    • our possessing a house of our own for the requirements of the
    • lectures given there. The immediate future will prove what fortune
    • awaits us in this respect. For it is certain, if we are ever in a
    • for the simple reason that the next few years will be the
    • best time possible for carrying out our work in the desired manner,
    • results if we are able to construct a Hall for ourselves, we have
    • occult knowledge in such a room. We have seen that the deepening for
    • may truly say that we do not make it easy for anyone wishing to enter
    • reflect for instance that in Neuchatel a Lodge was formed wanting to
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  • Title: Evolution/Aspect: Lecture 2: The Inner Aspects of the Saturn-embodiment of the Earth
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    • the studies we have carried on in our Lodge evenings in former years,
    • necessary they are for all occult observations of human evolution. If
    • we now turn to the accounts given, for instance, in my Occult
    • more) nothing but a sketch from one side, from one point of view. For
    • it is quite obvious that the former embodiments are equally detailed,
    • necessary for us to describe evolution from yet another
    • us in time take on more or less indistinct outlines — as for
    • l It might well be objected: for what reason do theosophists bring up
    • such primeval subjects for discussion at the present day? In the
    • speak in this way. For what has once happened is fulfilling itself
    • old Saturn-existence. And in order that we may form a conception of
    • how it concerns us to-day, let us place the following before our
    • ego, the innermost core of our being, is, in reality, for people of
    • mentioned with great respect. This school was well known for the
    • clear grasp of the ego and place it before us like the external
    • physical body; if we could look for the environment upon which the
    • could look for the environment of the ego in the same way as we
    • do for that of the physical realm, in the clouds, mountains, etc.,
    • or, in the same way as the physical body does for its means of
    • you must form a conception of what is necessary, to be able to feel
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    • early condition of our evolution before our own Earth came into
    • being. For we have seen that we must first of all build up concepts
    • the matter. For instance, the old Saturn period is described (and
    • for, as we saw in the last lecture, ‘time’ itself did not
    • When, therefore, something is said to call up a picture before our
    • For this ‘heat’ or ‘fire’ as it is called in
    • being; and we have seen that spiritual achievements formed in truth
    • the very existence of ancient Saturn; and we have formed a picture of
    • sacrifice flowing forth from the Thrones. Sacrifice streamed from the
    • For we have seen that
    • modern term and does not quite apply. For time was not then that
    • Spirits of Personality, whom we have therefore come to recognise as
    • require external, physical concepts (for ‘heat’ is a
    • of the soul. No man can know what heat is who is not able to form a
    • wishing to keep back nothing of the beat for itself, but gladly to
    • The sacrifice that flows forth from a being as a matter of course is
    • he is forced to do so by any external motive, not because he hopes to
    • bliss. In this way it is possible for us to feel the glow of
    • Sun, we must again first form an idea by which we can imagine the
    • substance of the ancient Sun — not our present Sun. For when we
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    • conditions underlying matter. For it is obvious that the concepts by
    • bestowal,’ the devotional pouring forth by spiritual Beings of
    • conception of fire and heat; for in fact fire, heat and light bear
    • man seen in a mirror to the person himself. For, just as the mirror
    • as concerned with the world of illusion. But before passing to the
    • strong, forceful act, one for instance that is to bring about great
    • will, for the more we wish to accomplish, the greater are the
    • efforts we must make. But in the spiritual world this is not so,
    • learning above all to suppress his own wishes and desires. For
    • will allow life to flow over us, not longing for this or that, but
    • ready to renounce all that we should otherwise wish to choose for
    • this life, the more forceful shall we become as regards the activity
    • force; he will not even require to look at his pupils, but only to be
    • The right path for
    • spiritual self-indulgence, for a person may practise it in order to
    • obtain great results, or from some other source of desire for
    • a step deeper into the evolution of humanity. For in the
    • realm of the Beings of the higher worlds, for these Beings, as we
    • for why did they linger behind? Such a thought might occur to us. The
    • never have attained his freedom, or the capacity for individual
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    • peculiar form stands behind them, as we experience this spiritual in
    • do stand behind them. For example, in ordinary life we recognise the
    • proving this, for we make a peculiar use of the word
    • accept the sacrifice, which as we were told, consisted for the most
    • ourselves to the height necessary for the comprehension of what is
    • feeling is represented in an accentuated form. Hence we do not find
    • when the human soul begins to aspire and prepares for higher
    • are particularly sensitive. He perhaps may have been blamed for
    • is concerned the child forgot it. And indeed it may very well never
    • what he had formerly endured is rising to the surface, he may have
    • The most important of all the forces ruling below in these depths one
    • form, is — longing. We also know the names by which this force
    • indefinite, for they express very complicated connections and
    • every one. Sometimes it takes one form and sometimes another. One
    • person may long for the homely stories of the family circle; he does
    • not know that he is longing for home, he only feels an undefined
    • craving, an undefined want. Another longs for his mountain, or
    • for the river on whose banks he used to play, watching the movement
    • be active in a thousand forms, and would be more accurately defined
    • a will towards an inclination which in its immediate form cannot be
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    • the qualities we primarily perceive in our souls. For instance if we
    • Now before we carry
    • the world of reality, is at first concealed, as the inner forces of a
    • the waves on the surface. That would be a good comparison; for it
    • substantiality of the water and the configuration of its force. So
    • slowly approach what we wish to bring before our mind, by starting
    • forward spiritually through the Saturn, Sun and Moon-existence, and
    • words: all philosophy, and all striving for a certain kind of human
    • wonder, this astonishment, from which every form of learning must
    • astonishment. But we do not feel this for everything that is strange
    • to us; but only for that to which we feel ourselves in a sense
    • that a fabrication, a falsehood, is brought forward? Even
    • For all the reasons brought against it from the materialistic side
    • — as for instance, the statement that no man has yet been seen
    • and therefore wished to prove the non-existence of birds. It is
    • thereby contradict what we have said about the idea of wondering; for
    • between this idea and those brought before our minds in the last
    • the force of Longing. We have still, in all that we sacrifice in our
    • conveyed the impression of a presented sacrifice. We can form a
    • possible for them, hi place of the direct upward flow of their
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 1: The Driving Force Behind Europe's War
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    • as I think you know, to be with you again for a while, for
    • The quest for
    • of the human being, and every now and then we must therefore
    • the answer to this question must be a negative one. For more
    • with, for we are all aware of it and feel it deeply. The
    • remember from before this madness took hold of the world
    • something to us before this madness came on the world now
    • of course, able to appreciate what was coming even before
    • Vienna not long before this catastrophe came on our world and
    • and to challenge people to reflect. For we need to reflect on
    • to be awake and alive for the sake of humanity. If
    • unconscious and instinctive life was never more to the fore
    • centuries for anyone who is awake in them, as I have said
    • whichever form they may take in the minds of individual
    • such vehemence. It has burst forth as though it were a karmic
    • have to reflect for a long time to come on the events in
    • has been preparing for centuries. The new element wanting to
    • and reality. For you see, the generations of today are taking
    • what is happening now for the real thing, when this is in
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    • hand, we should not forget that the number of people who have
    • souls of those who have not done so are thirsting for
    • these will give them the powers they need for the life of
    • from those destructive forces. It has to be clearly
    • inwardly and therefore not yet able to experience these
    • basis for the modern materialistic view. Consider the
    • for murder! People will also begin to consider other things
    • foods for their constituents and manufacture chemical foods,
    • developed instrument we use for our intellectual
    • with the physical body for the moment. We find that during
    • continue, for the etheric body stays with the physical body.
    • and the ego's physical body — are forsaken by the
    • physical body to which they belong. For as long as we live
    • difficult for people to discover this for themselves when
    • given for the things acquired in the world of the spirit to
    • is the instrument we use for intellectual activity and it is
    • them in any moral sense. This is quite impossible, for the
    • have been better for the gods to arrange things in such a way
    • are very much mistaken; for in that case people could never
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    • expected, therefore, that people will consider these truths
    • so, for people are tremendously intolerant in their hearts
    • before that the new and different views presented to them are
    • The reason for
    • to realize this, for illusory ideas are a major element in
    • growing tendency to form utterly wrong opinions about what in
    • life, the same for everybody, and so on. Their vision of the
    • examine the programmes put forward by people who see
    • parties and you will see for yourselves.
    • Teachers also do, for instance. Today, every educational
    • coming to the fore today in this respect — in general
    • the gospels to show that Christ intended to reform this outer
    • he made up for this lack of desire to establish paradise in
    • are free individuals and therefore free to live in illusion.
    • story is one I have told before. When I was a young fellow of
    • came back; he had been given an appointment for later on. So
    • heat it up; after that no more coal would be needed, for a
    • You can easily put forward ideas of exactly this kind; people
    • ‘Wilsonianism’. For Wilson's ideas are typical of
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    • has come for humanity to know certain truths concerning the
    • good will, they will be forced to learn them from the
    • may arise as to why now is the time for humanity to learn
    • have of course existed for a long time, but humanity in
    • then leaves it again for the non-physical world. To give them
    • death' for the moment. It is true that the individuals who
    • red-hot coals to people, for this is how humanity has
    • enemies of everything human beings seek and desire for their
    • — to be comfortable in this physical world, be fit and
    • we have such a comfortable life, birth and death could not
    • provides for the welfare of human beings here in the physical
    • about birth and death for human beings.
    • world, for the processes of birth and death happen every day
    • and desires are destructive for ordinary physical human life.
    • before now, if people had been given an idea of these
    • entities serve them, for it is easy to make them serve us.
    • possible, and for quite specific reasons, one of which is
    • you a general formula, but it will be better to use the
    • actual form it is taking now and in the immediate future to
    • did not exist before and which are quite characteristic of
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    • be adequate for the future. But we must know the reasons why
    • which really have to be given for the further evolution of
    • As you know, this began in the eighth century before the
    • senses, in quite a different way from the ancient Greeks, for
    • did not merely think spiritual entities, for there made
    • therefore different.
    • something that is growing, as it was in early times. Before
    • brush-strokes he presents the outer conformation of the earth
    • properties of minerals, rocks and the different formations to
    • of organic life forms in the realm of the earth. Basing
    • is also true for all physical creatures which inhabit the
    • Greece, therefore, it was not so clearly evident that
    • spoken of this before. That harmony was, of course, greatest
    • The Greeks still had an inner feeling for the etheric in the
    • human form; they did not need the models we need today,
    • because they felt the form inside themselves. We are thus
    • subject matter for several volumes. I have made it into a
    • things which are written in this manner for the present time,
    • future, for it will not be the same in the future.
    • genius was therefore available when the body was still in the
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    • means that we are able to form ideas. For the moment we need
    • And we also feel, for instance, that when we walk, stand or
    • discuss if this really is the case. For the moment I merely
    • you are following impulses given by the Spirits of Form, the
    • into it, but it is not your own thought. The form of movement
    • but those of the Spirits of Form.
    • therefore Ahriman. As I said, the distinction is not made in
    • with only the form of the head emerging somewhat more
    • transformed by earth; let us call it ‘a’. But
    • this inherited Moon existence transformed by earth is the
    • actual human being, for the human being is really a head with
    • hierarchies, from the Spirits of Form downwards. The right
    • become their lower nature. Please, do not forget that this is
    • Copernicus, for example, or Galileo, at a particular time
    • could not be reached by mere reflection before that time. You
    • have to be waited for and expected; then human beings are not
    • before — in ancient Greek times, for example, when the
    • altogether different from what it was before. When a human
    • much more intimate one, even today, than it was before.
    • sounds. They were also able to use the element which for us
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 7: Working from Spiritual Reality
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    • weights and the effort required to lift them. To make the
    • kilogram or whatever. Having made enormous efforts and slowly
    • swinging the weights — for the whole is made of
    • experiment will frequently come to mind for anyone who has a
    • descriptions which are given — for a time. But when you
    • heading. And I am forced to say that historians dealing with
    • respect for the historian Herman Grimm,
    • lantern, for these, too, have no weight.
    • reason for this? It is that people who are merely equipped
    • All very erudite, of course, for today's writers generally are most
    • the weight made of cardboard, for the element which lends
    • post-Atlantean age, for he felt, thought and reacted like
    • to bring all the materialism which could only arise for
    • before Luther's inner eye. His visions of the devil do not
    • excuses for his visions of the devil by saying that he did
    • extent the spiritual world still lay open before his mind's
    • eye as it had done for the people of the fourth
    • post-Atlantean age, and it lay open specifically for the
    • he saw those powers and therefore gave them such emphasis.
    • body and the blood, for there were definite ideas connected
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    • form of thinking like a net over everything in order to
    • for I have to apply unrealistic thinking to reality.
    • material world, for the physical world ignores them, and they
    • can therefore have as many wrong ideas as they like. This
    • makes them — forgive the paradoxical way of putting
    • if this goes on for a few hundred years the reality will be
    • where this shows itself in its true form — that is, in
    • this case in its untrue form, which is its true form. The
    • their concepts to be as straightforward as possible. This,
    • relatively limited. The desire for limited concepts, or
    • see the living reality in anything and lose all feeling for
    • to have an opinion regarding the length of time for which this
    • war continues for any length of time, for this will the only
    • philosopher therefore applied his ideology to the question,
    • satisfactory conditions for humanity, what does it matter if
    • how horrific this is, for they do not feel it on their own.
    • escape attention and fail to give much cause for thought.
    • present-day desire for ideologies. This has given rise to the
    • would be impossible to do any building, for instance, if we
    • temporality, the human being forever evolving, the transient,
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    • knowledge and the like, for this will allow you to penetrate
    • therefore acquired a number of ideas concerning present
    • an influence for a long time to come — must be sought
    • came to a certain conclusion for the world of the spirit by
    • things, you must visualize a battle which continued for
    • fruitful for your life in the present time, is to have it in
    • regard to certain powers of perception. Before this, these
    • powers were active in the spiritual realms and therefore left
    • days its impulses were more instinctive in humans, for the
    • of human beings. Before this they were more of a general
    • reasons and final impulses for events on earth can only be
    • such a view has its roots in ahrimanism, for its roots truly
    • forms taken by the ahrimanic way of thinking.
    • is therefore one which was cast down into the human realms;
    • before that, it lived as ahrimanic power in the world of the
    • spirit. It is helpful to look for other ways of strengthening
    • is also spiritual; it is merely a different form of
    • and again. After one of these battles, for example, the crowd
    • life-forms which the medical profession now calls bacilli.
    • Michael over the dragon. We are therefore also able to say
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    • — please forgive the somewhat bizarre image, but it
    • air pump and therefore in a vacuum, do you think the chick
    • developmental factors which evolution has given except for
    • one thing — somewhere to put the chick for it to have
    • the necessary conditions for life.
    • been in preparation for some time in the spiritual world. I
    • Since then their fortress, their field of activity, is in the
    • abstract formula will get us nowhere. At the present time
    • from such knowledge for a particular purpose, the group
    • going on in modern times. Who would believe, for example
    • of this to show that it is entirely possible today for the
    • human evolution — that really had an effect. For it was
    • all kinds of things, but the forces which are really at work
    • have been forced to descend from the spiritual world into the
    • powers by simply using the abstract formula: ‘Those powers
    • exist and we cannot dose our eyes to them, for they will be
    • gained their purpose, for people would then not know they
    • the perfect field for the work of these powers. It would suit
    • them very well if people did not know they existed, for they
    • way to help the ahrimanic powers, therefore, is to
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    • superficial in their intellect, for instance with regard to
    • linear evolution from incomplete life-forms all the way to
    • the human being. This is not how it is, however, for in the
    • continues for some time in the outside world, an inner stream
    • important for the future. Remember we said yesterday that in
    • immediate future. It is therefore particularly important that
    • has long since come for us to say: the children and young
    • providing for the life of a human being, for it takes us to a
    • if we make every effort to give children only such things as
    • can grasp, we do not give them anything for later life when
    • taken, so to speak, to ensure that for the whole of their
    • many of these things. Nothing will be better for the
    • soundness of human life in the future than for individuals to
    • from memory the things they could not understand before, this
    • will be the source for a healthy inner life. People will be
    • It is very much alive, and we can observe many forms of
    • existence in connection with the Earth. For the moment, let
    • going into more detail as time goes on; for today I merely
    • actuality pass through everything; they can therefore pass
    • back of the head to the forehead — it is the direction
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  • 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
    • perceived with the aid of spiritual science, for only then
    • following, which I have quoted before. It may not have been
    • our scientific definitions are therefore more or less in
    • times; they had specific tasks to perform during the whole of
    • task those spirits of darkness had to perform through
    • significance for human evolution. It did, of course, arise
    • the spirits of darkness also wanted the best for humanity in
    • capacity for absolute freedom; but humanity was not ready for
    • individual. It was not to be, however, for humanity was not
    • counter-force had to be set up by the spirits of light; this
    • development through the forces of the earth. This was
    • forebears. They were weighed down with earthly qualities
    • earthly sense, we must therefore see ourselves connected with
    • — which was to prepare the way for Christianity —
    • relationship as the signature for the way affairs were
    • the ancient Mysteries were mainly responsible for the
    • ordering of affairs — today we would say for affairs of
    • made for different regions of the earth. What really counted
    • course, for systems do not come to an abrupt end when there
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    • theme, as this will provide a background for the evaluation
    • spiritual world form the background to these events. I have
    • beings. Present-day events can therefore only be understood
    • which brought the full impulse for the development of
    • eye for more subtle elements in human life will note that
    • conception, acumen and critical faculties for the adherents
    • 60s and 70s of the last century, always hoping for
    • With their feeling for those blood bonds people then also had
    • a feeling for missions which went a very long way back in the
    • due to the fact that for millennia they had been bound to
    • to make the decision to enter into particular bodies. For the
    • have described. As I have said before, mere speculation does
    • worlds. This, then, was one way in which the battle for the
    • — this again is something I have mentioned before
    • spiritualism would have spread enormously. For spiritualism
    • spirits of darkness had been victorious, for they would then
    • experiences in the spiritual world. It is not for nothing
    • other areas, but people will not admit to it, for they think
    • would not exist for the physical world.
    • influences which are definitely present. For it makes no
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    • physical world, for events here in the physical world truly
    • Before going
    • for then the members of the hierarchy of the Angels became
    • millennium. We can therefore no longer say that the
    • presented at a more physical level, for all things physical
    • are in the image of the spirit. Looking for the indirect
    • was also created via the blood, for it was based on blood
    • Truly, the blood is not merely something for chemists to
    • fourth post-Atlantean age, therefore, the blood was the
    • with the fifth post-Atlantean age, for the Angels — I
    • heart. You see, therefore, that a major change has occurred
    • attraction for the regular Archangels who were seeking to
    • therefore guided partly the blood and partly the nervous
    • earth held the greatest power of attraction for the
    • are therefore able to say that in the 1840s a significant
    • even continue for as long as this; it would only continue
    • impulse for reproduction would not continue beyond this time
    • the impulses for reproduction.
    • of light for its impulses will gradually come to an end. The
    • may continue for a time. We know the seeds for the sixth
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    • evolution depicted in myths and history is a kind of preparation for
    • preparation for the fact that earthly humanity is meant to acquire a
    • therefore, we can present the matter as though, from a definite point
    • decide for myself is sinful per se, and I can attain a sinless state
    • connection with the old moral fall of man is completely forgotten.
    • sense-perceptible physical world. A Dubois-Reymond, for
    • concepts that they formed for themselves about nature, so that the
    • For, at least in the Realist stream, the Schoolmen totally believed
    • beginning for a real evolutionary teaching that extended as far as
    • is absolutely untrue to say, for example, that they even understand
    • proceeded formerly in such a way that we more and more viewed man as
    • torn him out of the divine spiritual element; the historical forces
    • I wanted to say: Just look for
    • wanted to say that this thinking can become the impulse for moral
    • action. And for this reason I spoke of the moral intuition
    • I therefore once expressed
    • and the same thing — only in a somewhat different form
    • man seriously. For, the fall of man should be taken seriously.
    • One could say, therefore:
    • raising of man can only go forth out of the age of the consciousness
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    • 7. foredrag av 14 fra bindet "Golgotha-mysteriets Bakgrunn"
    • Trykt som manuskript for elever
    • av første klasse ved den fri skole for
    • Enhver annen bedømmelse avvises, forsåvidt som
    • vedkommende skrifters forfatter ikke innlater seg i
    • Norsk Antroposofisk Forlag
    • i Golgatamysteriets åndelige forhistorie
    • Pforzheim, 7 mars 1914
    • For de sjeler som i vår tid gjennem sin
    • åndelig forhistorie, meget gikk forut for det og selv
    • begivenheter. Vi har i andre foredrag ofte talt om hvordan
    • Kristus her på jorden forenet seg med Jesu av Nasarets
    • Det er av stor betydning for hele
    • stadig større forståelse for detto mysterium. Denne
    • forståelse vil komme til å skape en stadig
    • hengivelse overfor det, som er foregått for
    • også at som forberedelse til Golgatamysteriet blev det
    • innforlivet det salomonske Jesusbarns Zarathustra-jeg seg i
    • forberedte seg til den begivenhet som antydes ved
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    • human consciousness in general, as a kind of ideal for man's striving
    • and willing. I have pointed out the more formal aspect of the fall of
    • and that he must therefore renounce all efforts that might lift him
    • necessary to know that in the depths of the human soul forces are
    • For, everything that a thinker applies when he is bent on his
    • of thought is contemplated only in the form in which it is applied in
    • the process of thought and of its inner living force.
    • The reason for
    • this lies in the considerations that I have already set forth. Once I said
    • thoughts that we form to-day on the kingdoms of Nature and on the
    • lifeless thoughts that we form here on earth in accordance with modern
    • pre-earthly existence, before we descended to a physical incarnation
    • are dead and for this reason they are abstract. But our thinking is
    • look into our own selves it appears to us as something living, for it
    • elaborate what existed during our pre-earthly life. The forces that
    • seize our organism when we incarnate on earth, are the forces of
    • these living thoughts. The force of these living, pre-earthly
    • thoughts makes us grow and forms our organs. Thus, when the
    • force of thinking, which becomes active when a human being is born or
    • inner activity of thought is the continuation of the living force of
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    • Real Form.
    • importance of Anthroposophy for present and future mankind will only
    • their true form.’
    • are realities in the forms in which they appear. But in truth it is
    • not so, for what is actually present as a reality is the spiritual
    • to a symbol for the spiritual world behind it. Everything to
    • forms of destiny.
    • 4:8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred. \
    • Nature — hence it can only be described in the form of a parable.
    • through death as a force by which courage and consolation can be
    • therefore, can only be genuine when man has succeeded in penetrating
    • blossoming, the ripening of the fruits, the forming of the
    • takes place within the human being. Man so easily forgets that he is
    • he is capable of feeling it: spring — and summer — forces
    • which cause outer Nature to bud and blossom call forth the
    • middle of the summer the lower elemental spirits, driven forth by the
    • power of the Sun, celebrate a kind of ecstasy of their lower forces.
    • of winter the highest divine forces unite with the part of the Earth on
    • may then feel reverence which takes the form of a prayer to these
    • although in the form of dreamlike, clairvoyant consciousness;
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    • were given as oral communications and were not originally intended for
    • for granted when the words were spoken. ‘These premises’
    • drawing forth of the spiritual from things and beings would be pure
    • individualizes itself for us, how it manifests itself particularly in
    • this or that form of existence, is not yet given much thought in the
    • particular forms, its particular ways, how it makes itself felt
    • us in the gigantic trees of the primeval forest, or those growing on
    • about the spirit in this area, for how could it be denied that great
    • first to place before humanity the truth that every plant body is
    • microscopic formations — the plant cells. No wonder such a
    • formations, these building blocks, the secret of the nature of plants
    • at the forms, the structures, of individual plants, he was led to
    • human spirit. It is therefore easy to understand that even the
    • epoch-making discovery for botany but who did away, in a
    • approaches matters with a healthy sense for truth and a serious
    • concern for solving life's riddles, however, and is at the same
    • Thus we can learn, for
    • with a healthy sense for truth reaches the point where these concepts
    • sense for truth, especially regarding the natural sciences — and
    • certain mental image, for otherwise he will always succumb to error,
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    • thought will probably lie near at hand for all of you; it may
    • form in which we observe it to-day, permeating all human
    • important transformations that have taken place in the new
    • sense, an echo or aftermath of earlier transformations. I
    • for the Mysteries. In recent lectures I have cursorily
    • radically it differs from all that our own time, for example,
    • event that took place, however, before Man became physically
    • on the part of mankind as a whole, before man ever entered
    • into physical heredity. This is significant, for we here see
    • it was possible for them to speak of such things, the
    • transformation, at the end of the 18th century, the
    • century, we must look for this impulse of Philistinism
    • interesting. We must not forget that he was a man of genius.
    • his own house, to a friend, Fortine, who lived at a
    • suspicious; therefore he destroyed his machines, and the
    • whole thing was forgotten. Of course, I do not say he had an
    • for us to realise that the Time itself was possessed with
    • truths of the Mysteries. Take, for example, the Hercules
    • order to rule and guide them easily. Therefore they told, to
    • certain of the people, the myth, for example, of a Hercules
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    • Mysteries. This was possible for him, inasmuch as he was
    • Martin, therefore, whose ways of thought still had great
    • Efforts were made, it is true, from one side and another, to
    • has still before it on the Earth.
    • it that which must compensate and balance the harmful forces
    • which proceeds from these forces. The latter cannot be
    • ineffective in this sense; for it implies the fundamental
    • when, as a thought, it springs forth from man, has — so
    • a stream by itself. But I manufacture the shoes for another
    • historic evolution for 66 years more. Thus the intensity of
    • bring before our souls too often. It is prejudice to suppose
    • that is, at the time when — for us — the days are
    • us — for the place where this is so — the Earth
    • is most wide-awake. So, then, it is, for one who truly
    • recognises the Christmas Festival: he should seek for the
    • therefore an immovable Feast. Easter, on the other hand, is
    • this mobility of Easter, for the simple reason that it brings
    • 19th century, and in a preparatory way even before that,
    • often been made in one form or another. It is in fact the
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    • say: over against what stands before man as the visible part
    • which belongs to the secret of death. While the former is
    • times, I mean, before the arrival of the Mystery of Golgotha,
    • of Mystery secrets, before Golgotha, in ancient India and
    • Egypt. Chaldea and Western Asia was more the soil for Easter
    • Mysteries — that is to say, for a Science of the
    • saw in the starry sky; for the old atavistic consciousness
    • aforesaid — the streams of Star-wisdom and of Mysticism
    • represented for example by the Zodiac, — that is to
    • man uses his larynx in speech, there sounds forth from him
    • starry heavens. Assume for a moment that a man is born to-day
    • age of Aries, precisely in the Mystery of Golgotha. For at
    • but with the Cosmos. Through the head, therefore, he is
    • especially adapted to receive the forces of the Cosmos. With
    • therefore be the most favourable one, of all that can exist
    • were well aware how much depended, even for earthly events,
    • secrets. Take the length of the four basic sides, forming the
    • calculated to make the civilisation of to-day blush for
    • And it is perfectly true the human head is formed by the
    • the head — is informed and filled with forces, within
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    • the body of formative forces, and then this sentient-volitional
    • with the physical body, as the etheric body's real forces. In
    • out during sleep and which remains unconscious for the ordinary
    • Ordinary consciousness is therefore based upon the fact that we
    • so to speak, of the etheric body's woof of formative forces. In
    • acquires plastic form, even as our physical body and our etheric
    • body acquire plastic form in the senses and in the organs of
    • thought. Man's real soul-spiritual being therefore obtains a
    • plastic form.
    • perception), thus acquires plastic form and enters in connection
    • lived before descending into our physical being through birth or
    • conception, as described the day before yesterday, a world in
    • death, for then we shall recognize it as a world which belongs to
    • thing which rises up before us when we enter the soul-spiritual
    • detail from single examples in life. We should note, for
    • that in order to have a living interest for the environing world,
    • world, the fact that we feel induced to do certain things for
    • not change; they do not become less objective, for they are
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  • Title: Lecture: The Supersensible in the Human Being and in the Universe
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    • would, however, be a mistake to think that the causes for the
    • and capacity, and, above all, our survey of life, unless we form
    • even our physical forces, which we apply to the physical world
    • matters that in the wide sphere of modern civilization (for it is
    • strengthening forces for our work, strengthening forces for an
    • understanding survey of life and strengthening forces in general,
    • antagonism derives from what we were able to gain in the form of
    • triumphs and transformed the whole life of modern times.
    • natural-scientific way of thinking, in the form in which it
    • this. Consider, for instance, how intimately human thought
    • had been included in this conception of Nature, for the
    • gradually evolved from lower animal forms. The Nineteenth Century
    • which modern science sets before us.
    • for a moral world order asserts itself in the human heart; the
    • Nature; an impulse comes to the fore that seeks to have religious
    • that rises up before his soul out of the laws of Nature, when he
    • cannot turn towards that which faces it merely in the form of
    • some kind of support for his moral and religious life, he turns
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  • Title: Lecture: Foundations of Anthroposophy
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    • for they embrace every question dealing with science and life and
    • appeal to us most of all. For in order to gain a foundation and a
    • gain a knowledge of the universe, for they knew that the
    • the universe of which the human being forms part.
    • of the universe modern people show a deep interest for everything
    • interest in the problems which will form the subject of my three
    • nevertheless nervous, for he was acquainted with soul moods, and
    • consider it seriously, for one knows how unscientific these
    • before his death, and the medium related that Raymond Lodge had a
    • or three weeks, the photographs which no one had seen before
    • group which included Raymond Lodge twice, and for the second
    • slightest reason for questioning the medium's communication.
    • such serious-minded scientists. For, in regard to a scientific
    • first bring forward the critical objections which can be raised
    • with these things, for in connection with today's subject my last
    • now present; allow me therefore to illumine the things already
    • certain undefined soul forces may be driven to a special climax
    • shall see how this is possible) becomes transformed and thus
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  • Title: Lecture: East and West in the Light of the Christmas Idea
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    • arranging a study course for the Christmas holidays (Christmas
    • Course for Teachers, 23rd December to 7th
    • conceal the fact that this Christmas above all calls for other
    • things than those which held good for such a long time. We live
    • of tradition, things which people have been accustomed to do for
    • lived for centuries, and they can only look with a certain
    • European region which has for many centuries been the stage of
    • for what lives in the East; although it is already decadent; the
    • greatest reverence can be felt for it when looking back from its
    • stated, this exists only in a decadent form) thus faces the
    • years before Christ, and by going back still further into a
    • we consider the primeval wisdom of the East, the poetical form
    • which it assumed later on in the Vedas, the philosophical form of
    • developed, if we notice, for example, the greatness and loftiness
    • For these primeval
    • men the trees did not exist as prosaically as they do for us: In
    • conveyed a soul-spiritual content. The forest did not only rustle
    • in an inarticulate way; the rustling forest spoke to them the
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  • Title: Lecture: Man and Cosmos
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    • things in sequence, for each of these members has a different
    • human being, as he stands before us, we find that these four
    • penetrate, as it were, below the surface of the human form, into
    • We may therefore say: Everything in man existing in the form of
    • senses should be looked for on the surface. It suffices to bear
    • in mind one of the more prominent senses; for example, the eye or
    • by a more profound research. This has already been done here for
    • for example, the eye or the ear — perceives things through
    • us that this statement is absolutely correct; for when
    • schematically, I would therefore have to say: If this is the
    • forming representations or thoughts.
    • within. We may therefore say: If we imagine a human being
    • consciousness differing from those which exist for the earthly
    • you to form, even approximately and vaguely, a picture of what
    • of heat, and so forth. You obtain contours of the things you
    • perceive, so that you perceive their shape, and so forth.
    • For the human
    • certain depth and in these holes — for example in mines
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  • Title: Lecture: Human Freedom and Its Connection with the Mystery of Golgotha
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    • is to say, if we do not take anything out of earthly life for our
    • preserving our own independent existence after death calls for
    • Mystery of Golgotha, for the Mystery of Golgotha may be viewed
    • the study of freedom and its significance for the human
    • Ego being. We may, for example, preserve it in our memory, and in
    • a certain sense make it our own. But insofar as it stands before
    • re-appearing in another form; that is to say, we then no longer
    • experience it within us, but before or around us.
    • force us, for they are only pictures, only a semblance. Similarly
    • that look out at us from a mirror. These pictures cannot force
    • us, for they are only pictures, only a semblance. Similarly the
    • grasp it in the form of clear concepts, at least in the form of
    • deprive him of freedom; it may call forth inner necessities, but
    • always exist in this form in mankind's historical evolution.
    • Man must therefore find freedom in a world of illusion; he does
    • find necessity. We may therefore say that the world which man
    • Man perceives the world, but in the form of semblance.
    • his perceptions, for he may turn his eyes to the things he wants
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  • Title: Lecture: Knowledge Pervaded with the Experience of Love
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    • age, as the Graeco-Roman age, was a preparation for the present
    • Before the
    • when by his intellectual power he could form a picture of the
    • observed in the historical characters of a subsequent epoch. For
    • Century formed and described his ideas, shows us that he believed
    • though later on a somewhat cooler form of discussion set in, we
    • for example, the intellectualistic world conception still
    • with the living essence of the universe, for the universe was
    • older forms of thinking can show us that in the past everything
    • great, living organism, and its lifeless part, for example, the
    • essential transformation. Scientific knowledge, for example, is
    • For they did not yet think of the universe as something lifeless,
    • are accustomed to form their ideas by assuming that their
    • boast of modern progress, the thoughts which they now form have
    • things, this is something quite passive. For he can form his
    • thoughts with the greatest ease and comfort; the lifeless world
    • does not change, and he forms his concepts of physics without
    • whole extent of facts and grasped in the form of ideas, then
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  • Title: Lecture: The End of the Dark Age
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    • a Striving for Spiritual Understanding of Nature Permeated by Christ.
    • Anthroposophy, a Striving for Spiritual Understanding of Nature
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    • apparent: for Ahriman lives in Nature. And by absorbing Nature,
    • therefore only say: These powers exist, they show themselves to
  • Title: Lecture: The Golden Legend and a German Christmas Play
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    • Edited by Harry Collison and published for the first time in
    • Edited by Harry Collison and published for the first time in
    • And for
    • will repeat the same words in a slightly altered form:
    • went through the Mystery of Golgotha for the sake of the freedom and
    • call to mind the decree ringing forth from the depths of the Mystery
    • in later times and for centuries became a custom in certain Christian
    • were organised chiefly by the Christian Churches for believers in
    • forth from the depths of the Cosmos and how out of the Cosmic Word
    • was originally destined for them before the approach of Lucifer. The
    • entire story of the temptation of Adam and Eve was brought forward,
    • was presented in more or less detail in the performances which
    • thing remains, that in our calendar, before the actual Christmas Day
    • thought. But in olden times, for those who through deeper thinking,
    • grew forth from Adam's grave, was made the Cross upon which Christ
    • union with the Luciferic principle. He forms part of the Earth. And
    • death. But we surrender our external form in some manner to the
    • the Earth-aura. There springs forth and blossoms from man's deeds and
    • activities not only that which was originally intended for man but
    • forsaking his original state, when he submitted to the Luciferic
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  • Title: Lecture: The Christmas Thought and the Secret of the Ego
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    • Edited by Harry Collison and published for the first time in
    • Edited by Harry Collison and published for the first time in
    • — that deep meaning for the world experienced by countless
    • were to happen, much that must still be fought for in such a bloody
    • emerging from Christian churches, there were presentations for
    • our calendar, in which the day before Christmas Eve is called the day
    • mystery of Golgotha. For them a great, encompassing symbolic thought
    • this meaning holds good for the present as well. It will become clear
    • to us that it still holds true for today.
    • indeed he forms a part of the earth. And when we lay his body into
    • that there is a termination for the human individuality of that which
    • unites him to the earth. Our outer form, however, which we surrender
    • grow out of what forms the physical body for the earth, which was
    • stamped in its earthly form by that which permits the human being to
    • accordance with the gods' original intention. We form an earthly existence
    • that is not as the gods originally intended for us; we mix something else
    • into it, and we must form very definite pictures of this if we wish
    • knowledge, however, it becomes something different for me, something
    • something that must become different. The tree grows forth, the
    • relationship. For the old relationship allows this tree to grow. The
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  • Title: Lecture: Zarathustra
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    • Translated by Walter F. Knox and published for the first time
    • Translated by Walter F. Knox and published for the first time
    • of Reincarnation occupies a foremost place. The idea that the human
    • man, with all that composes his being, is connected not once and for
    • Ones, new qualities, new impulses for the progressive evolution of
    • so far as they are preserved for us, seem so strange to the present
    • centuries before the Christian era. It is however significant that
    • religion, must be placed a great many centuries before Buddha. Greek
    • lived about five or six thousand years before the Trojan War. We are
    • eventually be forced to admit that the Greek tradition is correct in
    • and it is therefore reasonable to indicate that Zarathustra, living
    • as he did thousands of years before the birth of Christianity, was
    • present consciousness they are for the most part dream pictures,
    • a fire, for instance, is symbolised in a dream. Think of the
    • the case in olden times; for he then entered into those intermediate
    • before him in dreamlike images. In these dreamlike images he
    • us. He was one of those leading personalities who gave a stimulus for
    • great steps forward in the civilisation of mankind. Whatever the
    • Zarathustra lived at least eight thousand years before our
    • enlightened spirit shine forth clearly across the centuries. Those
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  • Title: Lecture: Hermes
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    • Translated by Walter F. Knox and published for the first time
    • unrevised by the lecturer. For the first lecture of the series on the
    • years before our era, perhaps even earlier still. This may be one
    • reason for the great interest evinced to-day in Egyptian culture, but
    • words. It must therefore be of great interest to us to understand how
    • In the successive epochs different forms of
    • world of form subject to these laws but man's qualities of soul and
    • materialistic consciousness of to-day, but with a true feeling for
    • picture-worlds represented, to the several peoples, the higher forces
    • underlying the purely external forces of Nature. We must also realise
    • in the different peoples and the pictures arising before the souls of
    • less of spiritual force. The higher worlds gradually closed their
    • millennia before the Christian era — knew from actual
    • and reverence for thousands of years. Those who lived in the later
    • forth with a message which was to renew the ancient wisdom, he also
    • in forms not wholly human; we often find human bodies and animals
    • heads, or an amalgamation of human and animal forms. Wonderful
    • of the cat and so forth. Certain animals were even recognised as
    • being sacred animals; deep veneration was paid to them for they were
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  • Title: Lecture: On the Nature of Butterflies
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    • Translated by A. Innes and published for the first time
    • For
    • made based on the flight of birds, dragon-flies, and so forth, but
    • considered. Aviation, however would only assume its right form could it
    • approaches the time is now ripe for the butterfly to lay an egg. Thus
    • an ordinary butterfly — the swallow-tail, for instance, which
    • a sluggard. Inwardly however, it is far from sluggish, for from its own
    • body it spins threads out of which it forms a hard covering. Gradually
    • Chrysalis — for that is its name. This chrysalis remains suspended
    • for a certain length of time, after which an opening appears in some
    • Thus before
    • flutters forth into the air. It can then lay another egg and the same
    • present. For this reason the butterfly's instinct must lead it to lay
    • also to bees. It is likewise necessary for bees to lay their eggs where
    • salt — even if very little — has penetrated. It suffices for
    • it has no eyes, so sees nothing and just lives for itself in a world of
    • has entirely transformed itself into a caterpillar. Inner sensation is
    • fly up and away to the sun. For that is their urge, gravity only binds
    • in the sunlight and rolls it up again at night. In this way it forms its
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    • before the first Goetheanum, the building to which he had given
    • over from the life before birth, and of the quality in the human soul
    • which is a seed for the life after death, the quality of love; and of
    • before the first Goetheanum, the building to which he had given
    • over from the life before birth, and of the quality in the human soul
    • which is a seed for the life after death, the quality of love; and of
    • opportunity for discussing several things connected with the last two
    • imagine, for example, that thinking is a purely spiritual act, and that
    • nothing in man that does not depend on the body for support. Within the
    • considers of most value for his bodily existence — the interior of
    • his head. For when he begins to know anything of it, as a rule the
    • I might add — for the satisfaction of spiritual curiosity; it is a
    • able to experience ourselves, then on earth it would be impossible for
    • of the spiritual world is the capacity for love. This capacity for love
    • is more deeply connected than people think with the moral life. For
    • without the capacity for love there would be no moral life here on
    • after our experience of what one might call loneliness — for so it
    • world. For we do then feel lonely when we, as it were, breathe out.
    • feeling lonely has its echo here on earth as our capacity for
    • possible for you to have anything of an inner life. Remembering makes us
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  • Title: Conferencia: La Comunión Espiritual de la Humanidad
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    • reflejaban para ellos una forma espiritual de existencia, pero los
    • antigua, pero esos pensamientos no se formularon mediante el esfuerzo,
    • conocimiento llegaba en la forma de imágenes; pero la creencia se
    • materiales en obras de arte, y lo que adquirían en forma de
    • que el hombre adquiere en forma de sabiduría debe ser verdad; pero
    • había esforzado por profundizar su comprensión de que todos
    • en la hoja y la flor de la planta. Y la forma en que él
    • construyó para sí mismo una imagen de la forma de la planta y
    • la forma del animal en sus estudios botánicos y zoológicos era
    • presentan en forma de mitos, cuentos de hadas y leyendas por aquellos
    • pensar. Él forma cadenas de pensamientos, en conformidad con las
    • conexiones entre los pensamientos debían ser formulados, porque
    • él no vivía en sus pensamientos de la forma en que nosotros
    • pensamiento en esta forma. Eran iluminaciones; habían venido a
    • en los Misterios hablaban a sus alumnos de una forma como la que sigue.
    • convocaban a los que eran de alguna forma sus alumnos y en su presencia
    • ahora, en forma de elevación de sus sentimientos.
    • ascendente que de esta forma se expandía en ondas. Este acto estaba
    • través de palabras que creaban formas. Las palabras de la
    • hacia sí mismo, pero siempre devuelve afuera; de la misma forma
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  • Title: Lecture: The Experiences of Sleep and their Spiritual Background
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    • of the soul we are obliged to speak of forces or the like which do not
    • word itself we confess our inability to say anything about these forces.
    • we have to say that man's search for knowledge has to be pursued in the
    • self-observation is carried out purely with the ordinary forces of
    • are in common acceptance today. For as a matter of fact, no one who
    • It is asserted, for example, from the point of view of ordinary
    • or feelings or acts of will to flow forth from it. When such a statement
    • — ways of knowing that by dint of strenuous effort have to be
    • Imaginative, Inspired and Intuitive Knowledge. For ordinary
    • ordinary consciousness. For ordinary consciousness darkness spreads over
    • opened for us to behold what the soul of man undergoes during sleep, and
    • indeed towards a knowledge of the life of the soul. For all we can know
    • going to place a picture of it before you arising from Imaginative,
    • limited to the time between going to sleep and waking. For it works into
    • if it is true that for the civilization in which we live what we do with
    • forsaken and alone. It is like sinking into an abyss. If a man were to
    • preparation, he would in truth be exposed to great risk, for he would
    • for the support of the spiritual makes itself felt in the soul, a great
    • is a simple fact. Let us say, for example, you feel joy. When you feel
    • For the very simplest people do so; and incidentally, I may say they do
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    • For the orthodox scholars of that day believed that worms,
    • accepted, for instance, such a statement as “All that is
    • sin of acknowledging a truth two centuries before science had
    • Pasteur's researches there can be no doubt that the former
    • out of its own perception it will represent the same view. For
    • execution by journalism has taken the place of the former
    • ground; they comfort themselves with the knowledge that the time
    • processes took place within the skull But to-day for every
    • form the erroneous opinion that Anthroposophy is trying to use
    • Anthroposophist explains that the laws which he advances for
    • of the newspapers set forth these laws for the cultured and
    • verified in a corresponding form if you descend to the region
    • applied to it those laws which psychologists have for a long
    • and it is therefore easy to demonstrate their laws. There is no
    • live in dark caves for some time. And by demonstrating those
    • in a corresponding form, and that Natural Science can be naught
    • “the struggle for existence,” a comprehensive
    • explanation for the evolution of organisms; others look on
    • “the struggle for existence” as if it were a nursery
    • could do nothing better than to take no notice of them for the
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    • form an antithesis which depends on the nature of that to
    • in the physiology of the great naturalist, Huxley, for
    • to form a conception of what is around him or of what is
    • — though he might not care for a life without a brain,
    • natural science is not at all applicable to man in this form.
    • For no one would be able to call the life of an organism
    • for instance, the idea of the indestructibility of matter has
    • four, and so on. There we could not admit of a death, for the
    • sought for a definition of death, and just this definition of
    • behind, they, therefore, cannot really die. Thus the
    • death has for life, we must not look at what is left, at what
    • lower animals, for example, in the ephemera; and consists in
    • forming a new plant. One can therefore say quite certainly of
    • plant-forms, like parasites, are, as it were, planted on to
    • will not give up — only giving up what is necessary for
    • beyond the bringing forth of a new creation, is confronted
    • what has often been said before, but which is never
    • account here is certainly very little recognised to-day, for
    • taken for granted to-day by the natural scientist, or by one
    • embark on the question of primeval generation for instance,
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    • are apt to imagine after a superficial examination. For these
    • forces itself immediately upon our senses.
    • are spread out before our senses: the mineral kingdom, the
    • man. This is common knowledge. Let us now try to form some
    • for this is by no means clear to the average person. And for
    • be possible within the physical sense-world, for here, things
    • this case, to apply a thought to a single object, for when we
    • have named something, we can be sure that we have before us
    • no longer holds true, for, in the astral world, there is
    • rise and fall of colors and forms, which change at every
    • moment, for new colors shine forth and others disappear, at
    • Their astral bodies do not form part of the physical body,
    • nonetheless changeable, for at every moment they have a
    • different shape, color, or luminous force. Everything on the
    • everything on the physical plane is an expression of forces
    • about us, such forces and beings lie concealed. It is
    • the beings of the physical world. Observe, for instance, the
    • upon the physical plane, only a physical body.” For, in
    • is directed by its Ego. If you wish to form a rough picture
    • earth. If we now look away for a moment, our clairvoyant gaze
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  • Title: Lecture: 'Goethe's Faust' from the Point of View of Spiritual Science
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    • especially attractive for man not only to examine, from this
    • but also to study personalities which have passed before us
    • in history. For, if Spiritual Science is true, at least the
    • not penetrated this field sufficiently or formed a merely
    • perception. But when we are lucky enough to perform a
    • what previously did not exist for him — color and light, now
    • always present, but remained invisible to him before his
    • illuminate life, give him power and security for his work and
    • comparatively recently has been attained for a lower plane.
    • Humanity as a whole has a very short memory for great events
    • environment the forces contained therein in order to bring to
    • humanity. What Redi did for natural science is to be done for
    • attracts from his physical ancestors the powers for his own
    • starting point for succeeding lives. The psycho-spiritual
    • psycho-spiritual which existed before birth and which
    • very different when we, for example, study a child from the
    • but issuing from a former life. We see how, from birth
    • the heretic is not treated as he was formally. He is no
    • explained by their earlier creation in former life
    • formed today do not cease to be when death passes over
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  • Title: Lecture: Birth of the Light
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    • festival. For though the vast majority of our friends are able
    • festival near to our hearts. For in this year we ourselves
    • stand before the birth of that which, if we rightly understand
    • inclined to dedicate our forces to this great ideal of mankind,
    • souls — we really have before us that which may be called
    • is to be radiant for human hearts and human souls, for all that
    • feeling that says: compared with all other forces and powers
    • force of love are the greatest, the most intense, the most
    • yet greater. And this feeling of the power and force and
    • the all-power of love into our hearts. May it be possible for
    • For
    • this Christ Impulse stands before us, we may say, in a
    • significance for us. The first figure meets us when we turn our
    • form that He has attained. For as high a being as Zarathustra
    • fount of mighty love, of that goodness and that love before
    • flee before that which is the enemy of spiritual kingship. So
    • And before our soul there arises the marvellous image of the
    • yet another figure the Christ-Impulse can come before our
    • related to the great cosmic forces. We have this connection
    • with the great cosmic forces when, through an understanding of
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    • cry from the great Zarathustra or Zoroaster, who formed the
    • long before our Christian Era. A time which we can only
    • mental outlook utterly foreign to our own. From this distant
    • to-day. For we are now speaking of the days before the
    • printing-press, of those days when, for the majority of the
    • difficult for the modern mind to understand. We can only
    • always have noted one thing. Let us take, for example, a
    • his time is unspeakably important. But, for the moment, the
    • interesting point for us is the fact that the books of
    • great deal. For the deeply illuminating teachings and
    • which I have often related before.
    • books of Aristotle for their final authority. Now at that
    • “is the teaching of Aristotle, therefore it must be
    • true.” Galileo, who based his information upon the
    • wished him to see for himself and be convinced. “Yes,
    • treatise on immortality. Let us consider for a moment the
    • no matter from which side of the question, whether for or
    • to their superiors before publication. In this case, the
    • he said, “It would be better not to attempt it, for
    • quotation, for one could quite well go on making
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    • the word, — till his death. For the second part of the
    • the kind of apotheosis which forms the present conclusion of
    • all efforts, to find the junction. Goethe's personality was
    • person. It is for this reason that all his creations leave
    • impossible for us, unprepared, to transport ourselves into
    • For when Goethe, wrote the present, universally-known conclusion
    • only because he was forced to conquer every truth for
    • events, is needful for us, in order that we may become human
    • for us, then, to devote a little study to the inner character
    • and its spiritual culture. It is especially important for
    • disaster for our age, were it impossible to find, at least to
    • much diligence and energy for the last forty or fifty years.
    • Taking, for example, chemistry and physics, we see how
    • chemist and natural scientist, brought forward at a congress
    • first and foremost the ether hypothesis with its artistic
    • forms of vibration, once cultivated with such extreme
    • differential calculus. The theory of motion was therefore
    • when we were young, when even the force of gravitation was
    • planets. — It has always been a difficulty for science
    • the effect of concussion. For instance, we represent to
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    • also those of the sources of error; for, without doubt,
    • through a knowledge of error, it is possible for us to guard
    • ourselves from the hindrances which meet the seeker for truth
    • the cloak of truth, in a form difficult to discern, not only
    • investigator can only push forward to truth, when he really
    • succeeds in meeting error as an enemy. The day before
    • the paths of spiritual investigation must transform his soul
    • develop out of the cognitive forces slumbering in the human
    • of ones own soul forces, which the soul produces solely out
    • super-sensible Beings, standing before him.
    • forces are drawn out of the soul, if one pursues another
    • forces which are usually contained in the consciousness of
    • and the latter works directly into the former, thus being in
    • extinguish it. Therefore the experience can easily be made
    • instead of objective spiritual forces which can appear
    • good for the utterances of the medium, if he has a strong
    • phantasy, for this works strongly on the individuality and
    • forces itself into the diminished consciousness. Everything
    • pronouncements are obtained concerning world-formations; and
    • Thus mediums are chosen for investigations who have nothing
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    • is to make these matters clear. For in effect, so many things
    • position in the widest sense of the term. For it goes without
    • living in a time which is slowly undergoing a certain transformation.
    • outlining for the ‘Karma of vocation’ are by no means
    • vocation as extraneous factors, make it possible for Ahrimanic
    • life — who has become a Cabinet Minister for instance,
    • un-fittest, for the very posts in life which one would think
    • the most important. Bitter as it may be for our time to hear
    • it, this truth would be admitted, were it not for the fact that
    • were it not for the prevalence of what is called ‘public
    • the un-fittest — must be recognised for
    • with adulation by the aforesaid ‘public opinion.’
    • for Faust to free himself from Mephistopheles. Faust comes to
    • important for the last few centuries. He invents
    • forces frequently play into the life of mankind to-day.
    • former lectures we have mentioned specific things which
    • — must be included for any true explanation. But as these
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    • is often very difficult to discuss these matters, for language
    • reality. A concept, elaborated — drawn forth, as it were,
    • quite ignorant of their home country — for
    • therefore, how he became what he was. How did he become the
    • for if he had, a certain trait in his character would have been
    • possible for him not to see a map for so and so long. He wanted
    • for a long time before him, and yet not know into what
    • retort would be unjust. But for ‘Vischer with a V’
    • a woman — sets to work and forms her ideas in such a way
    • in question. Forming ideas like that, one simply cuts as with a
    • narrowness — how it brought forth this individuality.
    • present time; but many a one finds satisfaction for
    • if we fail to bear in mind, for instance, how all that appears
    • many respects, these efforts especially will have to be followed
    • There is, for instance, a distinguished poet of the fifth
    • and materialistic concepts of the fifth post-Atlantean age. For
    • for the rest — he deals with the purely modern life of
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    • we have already seen, what man achieves for the world —
    • inherently prosaic or poetic. For we now know that what
    • something, which is not only of significance for our Earth, but
    • callings, a recognition of simple and straightforward
    • intensely through these spiritual studies. For it is the task
    • of our Time — each in his place. Therefore, our Truths
    • are always such as to be strong enough, for life itself really
    • enthuse in a multitude of pleasing, comforting ideas; we will
    • to our souls what is of real significance for life. I have
    • in the physical line. For the external scientists of
    • qualities from former incarnations.
    • twenty-first; and so on. (For instance, there is another
    • study of this period is therefore immensely important
    • — especially for a natural-scientific theory of heredity.
    • For up to this time the human being must have developed all
    • descendants. He cannot wait until a later time for the
    • age of fourteen to sixteen he becomes completely ripe for
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    • higher than man. For, as you know, we do speak of the spiritual
    • spiritual needs of our time. For it is really not the question
    • an Angel. For instance, what is called God in modern
    • more than that. For the point is not whether one imagines that
    • we have often described before. We know that the Archai or
    • The memory of the Angels goes much farther, for only so can
    • Angel, for at the very outset he omits this property whereby
    • This is of great practical significance. For it bears a
    • tendency of men to-day for every one to worship his own God.
    • remained. It sounds the same, for all who share a common
    • But it is of no little importance to realise the fact. For the
    • and this involves important consequences. For when a man
    • human evolution. For when the soul is benumbed the Ego is
    • at hand for him to deny God altogether, that is to say, to deny
    • blame for the materialism of our time?’ this answer must be
    • For they darken the consciousness of men, putting an Angel in
    • the place of God; and for this Angel the corresponding
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    • This lecture has been authorized for the Western hemisphere
    • Easter there stand before the human soul those two
    • such — for instance, when the Christian cosmic
    • light for man's thought, content filled with power for the
    • formed for themselves the great and powerful imagination of the
    • new form and in a glorious way. It will be our task to hear in
    • Christmas, for the strengthening and uplifting of the human
    • him — and he himself related this — that, before
    • his birth, before he could breathe the outer air, he had beheld
    • his own human form, that which he would wear after his birth
    • And he had beheld before his birth the ceremony of his own
    • before he beheld the light of the world.
    • place in the world surely does not give occasion for lapsing
    • multitudes who hunger for food, — in this time surely
    • nothing is fitting for us save to behold the mighty thoughts
    • the world as a child he withdraws from the world of spirit. For
    • For that which constitutes the sheaths around the human
    • looked down from the land of the spirit before his
    • child is of such a character, for those who possess insight, as
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    • special memories for Cologne. An old legend tells us that some
    • had once come to Cologne, bringing with him three crowns for
    • remained; they stood before him; the three gifts which he had
    • was possible for the king to receive these three virtues as
    • Later the idea was formed that the first king was the
    • legend received this form those who had penetrated into the
    • only a force which had affected the course of human
    • Nazareth a cosmic world-force — a force far transcending
    • the Christ-principle a force that indeed represents for mankind
    • this was for him a gesture, something like a mimicry, an
    • etc., these are for him the expression of the inner spiritual
    • regulate their dealings through laws, when from the forces of
    • nature they create instruments for themselves. These
    • forces of nature, but in a form in which they are
    • or less unconsciously, was for the esoteric Christian the
    • forms, he pointed to quite definite single gestures, single
    • Christ was for him the sun's soul, and the esoteric Christian
    • but men on earth and the earth itself were not yet matured for
    • from the sun. Men had, therefore, to be prepared for the
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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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    • It affords me great
    • pleasure to speak at greater length for the third time to our friends
    • man's thinking today. I therefore beg especially those of our
    • take a great leap forward into those regions of spiritual knowledge
    • since to provide the necessary evidence and proof for my statements
    • in the forthcoming lectures would demand more time than I have at my
    • occultists, mystics and theosophists, and has been eschewed for the
    • the information I propose to offer without occasionally arousing a
    • propose therefore to describe this heritage from which the ‘homeless
    • place the voice of prejudice would reproach them for having severed
    • their connection with their native soil, for having sacrificed their
    • understanding for what we might call “the self-knowledge of the
    • maxim will have a certain significance for the activity of mankind in
    • beings who, from the ordinary point of view, have no reality. For
    • fingers and hands. We may therefore speak of a Swiss Folk Spirit in
    • that man's external form is known through the medium of the
    • we shall endeavour as far as possible to form an idea of such a
    • Being. How do we proceed in Spiritual Science if we wish to form an
    • which we look upon as the highest member. We know therefore that the
    • that we look forward to an evolution of mankind in the future and
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    • express their corporeality in some form or other. And these Beings
    • whose activity is expressed in this physical form must give some
    • indication of their presence in the world of man, for in the final
    • transformation of this body. Here we must first of all refer to the
    • research find evidence for the existence of the etheric body of these
    • conditions for the unfolding of attributes peculiar to the various
    • surprising, for his consciousness is limited to the phenomenal world.
    • cloud-like formation that we call the etheric aura of that particular
    • of man, for example. The etheric aura of the human being is part of
    • be inwardly transformed, develops a certain inner light, a luminous
    • therefore, who wish to follow how the destinies of our human race are
    • to sudden transformations which may even have their source in
    • realities of life it is forgotten and people cling to their old
    • active principle in the etheric forces. Indeed only that aspect of
    • intervene in the physical laws. Where, therefore, only physical laws
    • domain, cannot, as yet, penetrate into it and organize it. Therefore
    • body now permeated with spiritual soul-forces, and the geographical
    • temperament. In general, therefore, the potent influence of the
    • temperaments are commingled. National temperaments, therefore, vary
    • is not vital for their own development; they only do so because they
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    • The inner Life of the Folk Spirits. Formation of the Races.
    • Folk Spirits. Formation of the Races.
    • theme of our lectures. Today, for instance, we shall be obliged to
    • feebly in the Sentient Soul, struggles to free itself, emerges for
    • astral body. These modifications prepare the transformation of the
    • These transformations, however, are not to be confused with the real
    • therefore consists of three modifications of the astral body.
    • the three modifications in the soul-life of man. Therefore, you must
    • think of the form of consciousness, of the entire soul-life of these
    • from external experience. Picture, for example, the wooden or
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    • confirm this axiom for all triangles. You can hold this figure in
    • your mind's eye without the need to draw it. You thus perform
    • there is no need to go outside yourself. You can imagine for a moment
    • is impossible for him to receive tactile impressions of objects. Such
    • experiences are foreign to him. But his experiences can be expressed
    • therefore, from your picture of the world all sensations and
    • Beings. Eliminate therefore the entire contents of the Sentient Soul
    • sensations has no significance for the Archangels. That which is
    • Archangels. We are fully aware of this when we see, for example, how
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    • present form and inner being could only have arisen through the
    • evolution of man we know that in prehistoric times our Earth, before
    • of Movement, of Form, of Personality, the Archangels down to the
    • been created through a complex interplay of spiritual forces. We have
    • nature-forces in the Cosmos a necessity, but that for the creation of
    • of these Beings. The chief Being who is of importance for
    • provided by the Spirits of Form, the Beings whom we call Powers or
    • principally the physical body. The Spirits of Form have no particular
    • of seven has for the time being been recapitulated in a particular
    • way for the last time. The second seven-years period of life from the
    • holds little interest for the Spirits of Form since it is a
    • Spirits of Form only wished to embark on their chief activity, the
    • normal Spirits of Form show no interest. The three life-periods,
    • approximately, have no immediate appeal. The Spirits of Form only
    • On reflection, therefore, you will not be surprised to learn that the
    • Spirits of Form intended, in fact, that man should incarnate only at
    • the eyes of these Spirits of Form all that has been developed in man
    • say that the Spirits of Form who have developed normally would far
    • Form had free rein until man's twentieth year, then in the
    • development therefore he would only awaken to ego-consciousness at
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    • of the facts presented in this lecture course. For this reason these
    • matters can only be discussed in the light of Spiritual Science. For
    • and reincarnation. Only through these teachings therefore do we learn
    • already suggested. The aspirant for spiritual knowledge will learn
    • to have a yardstick for determining the characteristics and tasks of
    • of Form, and a people the product of a normal and abnormal Archangel;
    • Spirits of Form — Powers (Exusiai)
    • all spiritual Beings manifest in some form or other and are to be
    • found therefore in the phenomenal world, the realm of Maya or
    • illusion, we must ask ourselves where we must look for them at the
    • spread out before him. He will describe this solid rock formation in
    • illusion. In reality spiritual forces are at work radiating from
    • in a particular locality we see a manifestation of forces emanating
    • forces alone were present, clearly man would not have solid ground
    • under his feet, for of themselves they would project him with maximum
    • the circumstance that other forces stream in from all sides from
    • universal space. Where the forces streaming in from the Universe
    • encounter the forces raying outward from within the Earth there
    • surface of the Earth. The surface one sees, therefore, is only an
    • outward streaming forces which neutralize each other at the apparent
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    • different Hierarchies have to coordinate their forces in such a way
    • of balance or equilibrium be achieved. You will understand therefore
    • of these forces in the former aspect but only in the latter aspect
    • will only be able, therefore, to form a complete picture of the very
    • in my last lecture with the more detailed information about the
    • abnormal Spirits of Form, a cooperation which ensures that the
    • Earth-evolution, it would have been necessary for the normal Spirits
    • of Form to act independently. These are the same spiritual Beings who
    • surrounds the Earth and together with the Earth forms a single whole,
    • we can distinguish seven of these normal Spirits of Form. There are
    • therefore seven Spirits of Form or seven Elohim. If we wish to form a
    • Form cooperate in such a way that what we described in Lecture Four
    • reality. Thus, if all these seven Spirits of Form could work in
    • cooperate with them and diversify this uniform humanity, it was found
    • Spirits of Form — those Beings who, as I described yesterday,
    • you must seek for them in the Sun. You must always look towards the
    • Sun sphere for that cosmic “Lodge”, that community in the
    • Universe, where these Spirits of Form plan to establish the earthly
    • activity of the abnormal Spirits of Form should provoke too great a
    • from the community. In reality, therefore, only six Spirits of Form
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    • able to accept the idea that not only do the Beings and forces of the
    • to direct the evolution of a particular race, how, for example, as
    • normal and abnormal Spirits of Form they cooperate to organize the
    • interesting phenomenon, for when we observe how the Folk Spirits, or
    • connected with the fact that in late Atlantis and for some time
    • therefore, the Earth was already colonized by the nuclei of these
    • which pushed forward into Asia, into Indian territory, and that, as
    • therefore with an earlier distribution and a later expansion, with a
    • the Far East for that movement of peoples whose Archangel was the
    • merged with the original inhabitants of India and formed the ruling
    • gradually developing, were for a long time simply under the direction
    • on for a long time, whilst the people lying to the North of ancient
    • of that which formerly devolved upon the Chaldean Archangel. The
    • Archangel to act as his vice-regent. In ancient times, therefore, the
    • peoples therefore, there was yet another Time Spirit who played his
    • people was singled out from the normal course of evolution for
    • entrusted with a mission which was of particular importance for the
    • of monads as formulated by Leibnitz. Monism: the doctrine that
    • Wherever you turn you will find that in some form or other the
    • Gods, but also to philosophies where we meet it again in the form of
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    • mythology so that in the regions far to the South it was possible for
    • a uniform view of mythology to exist and, on the whole, a similar
    • countries where this mythology, in one form or another, existed. The
    • years ago I made the acquaintance of a man; he wore a uniform
    • became acquainted with a man who wore the same uniform and ten years
    • ago I met another who also wore the same uniform.” Now if the
    • uniform, they could therefore be compared with one another in respect
    • of their essential being, he could be greatly mistaken, for a totally
    • different person might be wearing that uniform at those different
    • behind the uniform. This parallel may seem farfetched, yet in
    • the present day. Therefore the results of the extensive research in
    • advanced human beings pushed forward into Indian territory and
    • men who, in ancient India for example, founded the ancient Indian
    • were being prepared in Europe for the fifth post-Atlantean
    • before they developed the ‘I’. In all other aspects of
    • yourselves for a moment in old Atlantis before the migrations towards
    • achieved by the operation of the forces to whose influence human
    • development which still persisted for a long period of time in the
    • stage a long time before. They awoke to self-consciousness when they
    • their efforts to emerge from their old twilight conditions of
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    • then, was the destiny of these Indian peoples meanwhile? For the
    • reflect upon that lecture philosophically. For those who wish to
    • cognition of the ego is totally different from other forms of
    • agent, and the known. In the formal act of cognition it is irrelevant
    • But it is a different matter when the ego knows itself, for then the
    • ‘I’ within the human soul may exist for a long time
    • before man acquires the power to see the ‘I’ objectively
    • before the objective ‘I’ was developed. The Teutonic
    • peoples developed the perception of the ‘I’ long before
    • formal manner; then we shall also comprehend why Europe in particular
    • world. Formerly, before man was aware of his ego, before he perceived
    • it, these relationships were determined for him by the higher Beings
    • the East, therefore, the primary objective is to lose one's
    • the course of evolution. In Europe, therefore, particular attention
    • you all know that two opposing forces have participated in the
    • his ‘I’. Ever since the Lemurian epoch Luciferic forces
    • astral body. You know that these forces made man's inner life
    • for what he thinks, feels and wills, whereas in relation to his own
    • Lucifer, therefore, is omnipresent in our Earth-existence and finds
    • ego too has been permeated by the Luciferic power. When therefore we
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    • Before we enlarge upon
    • firm foundation from which to proceed. For we shall deal with the
    • reflected in Eastern wisdom. The East, therefore, no longer
    • belonged to an integrated community. For this reason, nearly a
    • revealed as was necessary in order to establish a basis for the whole
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    • Folk Spirit developed to the full his inner soul-forces without
    • within that body he developed those marvelously delicate forces the
    • still more refined form in the Vedanta philosophy. This was only
    • development before it was conscious of the ‘I’, and this
    • again at a time when man could perceive by means of the forces of the
    • form of cosmogony that now emerged in Greece was, to some extent,
    • the form of cognition in the ancient Indian culture was directly
    • with the use of the physical body for the progressive development of
    • incarnated suddenly on the physical plane before the birth of the
    • human ‘I’ and was only able therefore to attend to
    • physical plane, to whatsoever was necessary for its well-being there
    • Roman people. Everything that the Roman people had to accomplish for
    • Spirit was directed to winning recognition for the ‘I’ of
    • into the world. Therefore all the mingling of races which external
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    • form, is connected in a remarkable way with the knowledge derived
    • over the centuries and that henceforth modern spiritual research will
    • be fertilized by uniting with the life-forces of the entire people.
    • before the old Lemurian epoch, for very special reasons rose to other
    • after the hardening forces of the Moon had left the Earth endeavoured
    • waters. Later on this survived as a solemn ritual; formerly it had
    • foreign blood, but also the psychic and spiritual development of the
    • in former times in these Northern regions. Hence in the Sagas of the
    • Earth belongs to Riesenheim. We realize, therefore, that Nordic man
    • those old forces which they (the people) had received through their
    • hitherto been received in a clairvoyant form. He was the living
    • continuation of forces clairvoyantly received. He had therefore to
    • body itself for the use of these soul-forces, which then transmit to
    • daughter. She is born out of the physical forces of earthly evolution
    • manifest on the physical plane that for which he has been prepared
    • clairvoyant forces to the physical plane, then this magic ship is
    • Science and to transform it in the appropriate manner to satisfy the
    • inherent potentialities of the people. You will therefore appreciate
    • (which lasted for 5,000 years, approximately from 3,100 BC to AD
    • acquired through training. How are we to account for this? What will
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    • world can be reawakened today in a modern form through spiritual science
    • symbolic. For to us Spiritual Science is not just a source of
    • performances themselves some observations linking them with the
    • These performances
    • annual celebration which has been held here for many years, and as
    • a spiritual-scientific festival, for it takes us back into ages of
    • the deepest spiritual life, fired men with religious fervour for the
    • for religion shed its rays over every experience which man could
    • took forms which were none other than those of art. Religious life
    • overflowed into bold forms, and religion was one with art. Art was
    • and saw religious life pouring itself into the forms of art.
    • enthusiasm for what as religion overflowed into artistic form, then
    • unification, a harmony, between art and science. For only thus can
    • holy, for it is only profane because its connection with the divine
    • source of all existence has been forgotten.
    • incident which may throw light upon our aims, for day-to-day
    • hovers before our minds. When some time ago we were beginning to
    • prepare for the production of
    • had come for me to bring my spiritual work into connection with what
    • specific form. Today it is possible to think of Anthroposophy or
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    • world can be reawakened today in a modern form through spiritual science
    • you feel that this civilisation calls for a continual sacrifice. Thus
    • and the sacrifice of Iphigenia expresses this thought for us. Such
    • world and how cosmic forces appeared to them as actual forms or
    • figures; so that men did not then speak of abstract forces, but of
    • one's admiration, for the profound cosmic wisdom which lies
    • to a representative of human soul-forces whom we may call Tantalus.
    • connection between the two streams. It confirms that Demeter forces
    • again in the form of modern spiritual wisdom. It is worth while to
    • interpretation of Nature. There seems little ground for this pride
    • when we reflect that by representing the force hidden in the depths
    • Persephone, who represents the ancient clairvoyant forces of the
    • whole wondrous action comes alive for you in the Pluto scene of the
    • reconstructed drama; once more we have it before our very eyes ...
    • disappears, things are really only transformed. Whither, then, has
    • Persephone gone? What is the Regent of the old clairvoyant forces
    • clairvoyant forces have gone. Whereas in primeval times they worked
    • development and formation of the ego principle, making it firmer and
    • firmer. Whereas in primeval times these forces were dedicated to the
    • forces have been drawn down into the human subconscious, they have
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    • world can be reawakened today in a modern form through spiritual science
    • I shall still often have occasion to refer to the performances we
    • relation of man to the spiritual world, held by the Greeks. For in
    • ‘nature’ simply did not exist for Greek thought. You have
    • world was as much the deed of spiritual Beings as for us a movement
    • not use the term ‘miraculous’ in this sense, for to him
    • occurred only rarely, the other kind was habitual, but for him
    • natural event. You see how these concepts have changed. For the
    • cannot emphasise too strongly how necessary it is for humanity to
    • be quite clear that there are things which form part of a system of
    • hence brushed aside as impossibilities and not recognised for what
    • psychic and spiritual, which for anyone who will look attentively can
    • longer experiences what I have so far only been able to put before
    • you as the working of the Demeter or the Persephone forces in the
    • he experienced a truth, for example, of which modern theology will
    • all that is familiar in everyday life there stands before our eyes
    • the explanations of the physicist, for the physics of the future will
    • Spiritual Science. The same forces which cause thoughts to light up
    • in our microcosm call forth the outward rainbow from the bosom of the
    • universe. Just as the Demeter forces from without enter into man and
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    • world can be reawakened today in a modern form through spiritual science
    • forces found in man's astral body as transplanted into cosmic
    • forces of our ether bodies transplanted into cosmic space, we have
    • what the Greeks associated with Poseidon; if we think of the forces
    • being?’ For in our time we have of course to regard the whole
    • being, the forces of the universe corresponding to the ego must also
    • be in a peculiar position. One can say of the forces of the physical
    • the central power of Pluto; similarly the forces of the ether body
    • come into the sphere of Poseidon, and the forces of the astral body
    • to feel that the forces of our ego must be very different from the
    • forces of Pluto around us in space. Just as the destiny of the ego is
    • forces of this ego as also connected with the divine-spiritual
    • forces outside in space which are their counterpart, just as the
    • other divine-spiritual forces correspond to soul-forces within us.
    • ego-forces holding sway outside in space as far more closely related,
    • Hence we find, as the representative of the ego-forces in the world
    • representing the forces of the physical body, Poseidon as
    • representing the forces of the ether body, and Zeus as representing
    • the forces of the astral body, transplanted into the universe, so we
    • soul-forces which live in our ego. The way in which the Greeks looked
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    • world can be reawakened today in a modern form through spiritual science
    • human. The bond between gods and men was looser than ever before. It
    • understood once more as Spiritual Science prepares the ground for it.
    • the spiritual in the universe; union with any other forces, union
    • with forces which still belong to the material world, will inevitably
    • elements of earthly life for its own development, and which therefore
    • incarnated directly in human form! There seems here to be an
    • inconsistency. Such apparent inconsistencies are inevitable, for
    • the macrocosmic representative of the astral forces at work in man,
    • Poseidon as the macrocosmic representative of the forces working in
    • forces of the physical body ... so that one has to think of these
    • forces as outspread in the widths of space!’ The objection that
    • these forces are at work outside in space without being gathered
    • together into separate human forms could only be made by someone who
    • meaning. For a modern consciousness it is somewhat difficult to come
    • about the Earth in a human body. Nevertheless it can be so. For the
    • scientist of today naturally it would seem utter nonsense for anyone
    • to say, ‘Take all the forces known today to the chemist, all
    • the chemical forces described in the text-books, all the forces at
    • imagine that the macrocosmic counterpart of the forces at work in our
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    • of the dramatic performances which preceded them, but it is a subject
    • which is intimately bound up with the aim we have set before us in this
    • the form it took. Since our actual subject is ‘Wonders of the
    • well as much else — the basis we need for a
    • wisdom; but for us it is the marvellous structure of their world of
    • we understand it, but the shaping forth of some group or other of
    • divine beings or divine forces. Hence in these wonderful clues we
    • it cannot therefore be accepted as valid.’ The truth is,
    • nature of things. For why is the world different today from what it
    • contradiction’ ... for contradiction is inherent in reality.
    • nature, and thus have called forth a reality of our own inner being
    • that man as he stands before us consists of physical body, ether
    • plane, in the physical world. We will for the present ignore the
    • physical eyes, for the physical world. Let us begin with the
    • for knowledge of the physical world. It is not visible to our eyes,
    • nor in any way perceptible to any faculty for acquiring knowledge of
    • We go about among men, but with organs of perception for the outer
    • is utterly deceiving himself. With physical faculties for acquiring
    • go in investigating with the forces of physical knowledge, we only
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    • world can be reawakened today in a modern form through spiritual science
    • with Apollo, Mars and so on. For whereas they expressed pretty well
    • of the human soul struggling for knowledge and for entry into the
    • light upon the lot of the soul struggling for knowledge, living in
    • become instructed as to what cognition really is. For the study of
    • For knowledge is bound up with the whole being of man, and unless the
    • organisation in general, for knowledge, or let us say to begin with,
    • for the life of ideation?
    • happens in our souls in the forming of ideas and in thinking, the
    • for the man who sees himself in it. When you with your personality
    • do not want to go into these things. For in the outer world today
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    • to express in correct diagrammatic form the human process of
    • the instrument, not indeed for producing thought but for
    • reflecting it. In other words, before a single thought of a single
    • man on Earth was so formed that he could develop his physical brain
    • to become the reflecting apparatus for what the human being really
    • is, for the real man, who is at first only to be met with in the
    • therefore he said to himself: ‘There is concealed in this
    • materials and forces of the Earth, but there is something secreted
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    • world can be reawakened today in a modern form through spiritual science
    • the course of yesterday's lecture we saw how manifold cosmic forces play
    • into human nature, and we also saw how the Greeks experienced these forces
    • the light which it affords upon certain pristine truths. Pictures,
    • something which is associated with the deepest forces of our souls,
    • that a man has to make great efforts to endure certain pieces of
    • towards the macrocosmic forces not to allow the buried treasure in
    • will soon direct me to my goal!’ But they do not do so, for
    • treasure out of the unconscious? We give it a different form from the
    • we give it back again to the gods in the form which it has acquired
    • worlds, in the changed form which it has acquired through us, the
    • egotistic, for then this treasure in our souls is irrevocably lost to
    • little strength our customary life has placed at our disposal for
    • needed, strength to confront them both with fortitude and courage.
    • of one life lays obligations upon us for many lives, not simply for
    • one. When we look back into our former incarnation, when we see how
    • of all courage; we recognise: ‘It is quite impossible for you
    • ‘You have wickedness upon your soul’, calls for a high
    • courage to face the moment when the Guardian stands before us and
    • thought of myself, I don't want anything for myself,’ and
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    • world can be reawakened today in a modern form through spiritual science
    • I had to point out how a kind of reversal of the forces which led to a
    • have seen further that it is in fact because this newly-formed
    • preceding evolutions had resulted in the formation of an etheric man
    • in the period of Earth-development prior to Lemuria. Before man
    • physical forces, a purely etheric form. A physically solid man such
    • and bones and so on, did not exist before Lemuria. All the forces
    • still in etheric form. This etheric human form was shadowy and
    • somewhat closely into this formation of man, we must see just how man
    • gradually solidified out of that original shadow-form. Today let us
    • pre-Lemurian era. At that time man had only a kind of shadowy form,
    • man lived upon the Earth in this way in phantom-form, the Earth too
    • part of the Earth, it is its skeleton. There are yet other forces,
    • Atlantean and post-Atlantean evolutions other forces have streamed
    • these forces more closely. First we must pay attention to certain
    • forces which through the spiritual Beings of the higher hierarchies
    • These forces actually stream into man from below, they are directed
    • During the course of Earth evolution the forces of the higher
    • hierarchies penetrated into man from below; these forces which,
    • afterwards, streamed into man and co-operated in his formation
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    • world can be reawakened today in a modern form through spiritual science
    • widely different epochs men have formed conceptions of what really lies
    • behind the world and its happenings. By forming stable ideas, stable
    • relates him fitly to things, either because it throws light for him
    • has an impulse to struggle for a knowledge beyond what is evident to
    • In this way he shows that he is seeking for an explanation of the
    • men's efforts to reach enlightenment about the world spring.
    • The soul cannot remain at the stage of mere wonder, for in that way
    • continue to stand in amazement before the wonders of the world, it
    • We have seen for
    • spirit-forms were at work which were represented by the figures and
    • Beings of Greek mythology, his feeling of wonder transformed itself
    • For when the man of today looks back from the method which he calls
    • that he has found what will continue to be regarded as scientific for
    • all time, then we must tell him that he is very short-sighted. For
    • just as the progress of humanity has advanced beyond the form of
    • world, intellectual in form and idea, which is least able to enter
    • stronger, more powerful forces, forces emanating from the entire
    • that when a thought of Zeus or of Dionysos came before the soul, this
    • thought-forms of modern times. If I represent the thoughts of the
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    • Investigation, published in German as, Ergebnisse der Geistesforschung.
    • Ergebnisse der Geistesforschung.
    • by the lecturer, by Rick Mansell. It was edited for better clarity
    • For another version of this lecture, see:
    • element, and that a uniform stream of spiritual development has flowed
    • existence for the first time in the experiences of this human soul?”
    • gods who were described so gloriously by Homer nearly 1000 years before
    • figures of his pictures. What Homer created long ages before the appearance
    • pictures we feel that something would be lacking if the creative, formative
    • Therefore we may say: not only does Raphael live on through the following
    • centuries but his creations form one organic whole with all preceding
    • great significance when we thus see how a uniform spiritual essence
    • when we bear in mind what has just been said. We realized then for the
    • What will here be set forth
    • a philosophical survey of the spiritual life of humanity for the sake
    • before the audience. The general impression of the creative power of Raphael
    • forward to the Spirituality of the universe in ancient times it was
    • not necessary for man to withdraw from sense impressions or to give
    • in an inner life before pressing forward to the Spiritual. Spiritual
    • like Augustine, for instance, who in the Post-Christian epoch is really
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    • and do other tricks, for I have never been there, but I have made the
    • for a long time.
    • in “clever Hans” for quite a long while, this interest should
    • heard of such things for the first time were quite skeptical, until
    • they decided to observe these facts more closely, since the information
    • concerning the fine things performed by “clever Hans” seemed
    • he also found out the right card in a card trick, and so forth. In fact,
    • no longer admit, for philologists have already entirely forgotten the
    • as possible. They assume, for instance, that a person may make an almost
    • imperceptible gesture, which influences the animal. For instance, the
    • can only be perceived by someone who has worked for years in a physiological
    • or philological laboratory! For the deep explanation had been given
    • that only a professor who has worked for years in a laboratory can perceive
    • we generally imagine. For mathematical conclusions are formed, as it
    • man's, the horse participates in the life of the earth, and the force
    • Let me add, for the sake
    • for instance, to extract the root of a number consisting of six or seven
    • amount of affection for the man, no thinking will then be required in
    • the horse the programme; this will be enough, for the whole of mathematics
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    • The following lecture was given by Rudolf Steiner at Helsingfors
    • Helsingfors, April 9, 1912
    • The following lecture was given by Rudolf Steiner at Helsingfors
    • Helsingfors
    • to give a series of lectures lasting a fortnight, and who had the idea
    • immediately the fact shines forth, that by means of these national epics
    • are brought powerfully before our souls, as vividly as the present time,
    • view is presented before our souls in a directly expert and vivid way.
    • to manifest itself through the various periods? For truly, he who observes
    • our own days, interest in the Iliad and the Odyssey, — for this
    • Iliad, of events which form the connecting link with the facts of the
    • before our souls! For many, not only professional students, but even
    • for artistic spirits like Hermann Grimm, there was a question in those
    • or Agamennon? When Achilles appears before our souls, he appears to
    • Iliad continues, we very soon feel that in Achilles we have before us
    • the other heroes. Homer also brings before us how Achilles has to settle
    • form and manner of thinking and perceiving we have acquired in the process
    • work acts, absolutely from personal motives for a long time, so important
    • a war for the Greeks as the Trojan war of legend, was only carried on,
    • because Achilles fought out for himself what he personally had to fight
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  • Title: Four Seasons/Archangels: Lecture I: The Michael Imagination
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    • at St. John's Tide. These Imaginations provide material for endless
    • sense-perceptible events, we are living in a time of hard tests for
    • humanity, and these tests will become harder still. Many old forms of
    • be formed unless we consider also the determining, directing
    • world, we have all this before us: these are the external facts. But
    • no less significant for the whole development of the world and of man
    • explanation, even for someone who can “read” in the
    • And so at this time — indeed for some
    • decades now, but particularly at this time of hard trials for mankind
    • significant for man, are inscribed, as I have said, in the astral
    • solved, so that men may bring their soul-forces into activity.
    • of this saying — really a simple saying, but important for
    • studies here the course of the year has been brought before our
    • plant-roots that are preparing for new growth, and among the other
    • To-day — and it has been so for some time past — a man
    • the year; all that lives in the sprouting of the seed-forces, the
    • fruiting of the earth-forces — all this is no less significant and
    • decisive for the whole life of man, even though he is not
    • readiness for work in the morning, then the onset of hunger and of
    • activity of the forces and substances within our skin, so, by taking
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    • at St. John's Tide. These Imaginations provide material for endless
    • there stood before us the picture
    • while for our further studies we must keep firmly in view this winter
    • character of the Earth, we must of course not forget that when winter
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    • into the atmosphere, for the atmosphere is always permeated by a
    • up of the continents: they will have to be exaggerated, for they
    • this means that strong forces play in on the Earth as a whole.
    • hydrogen and oxygen. It would be absurd for anyone to suppose that
    • water-mass of the Earth is quicksilver for the universe. Only
    • the small quantities we use are water for us. For the universe, this
    • forms. Thus in the structure as a whole we observe [the general
    • spherical form of quick]silver. Ordinary
    • nature for the general activity of quicksilver, leading quite
    • definitely to a spherical form. Embedded in the whole sphere are the
    • forms. Hence we have before us this formation of warmth, water, air:
    • its tendency, as I have said, is to assume a spherical form, with
    • individual crystal forms within it
    • atmosphere, we can never speak simply of air, for the air always has
    • acid-formation process, and especially to the salt-process, for
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    • at St. John's Tide. These Imaginations provide material for endless
    • — to add this contrast for the sake of clarity — the
    • this has the deepest significance for
    • deposits, which are indeed a phenomenon of the utmost importance for
    • before you all that I am going to begin by describing to-day.
    • Ordinary observation is so superficial that for most people limestone
    • the solution. We perceive — for Intuition always embraces
    • the limestone formations during the winter season.
    • through the process of limestone formation, we perceive this winter
    • of the winter-limestone by mobile, ever-changing forms —
    • living, spiritual forms which appear as Imaginations.
    • for, as you know from previous accounts, the elemental beings now
    • crude outward form, but in a subtle, intimate way they do occur. The
    • soil. But this very loss signifies for the limestone an inner access
    • power of attraction for the Ahrimanic beings. Whenever spring
    • particular to hope for from the realm of outer nature, because they
    • would transform the Earth into an ensouled being — or at least
    • have new hope of being able to transform the Earth into an ensouled,
    • themselves with the cloud-formations and acquire an inner activity
    • beings, we find they are of etheric nature. And it is impossible for
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    • at St. John's Tide. These Imaginations provide material for endless
    • now we go forward from Easter, the spring
    • which earthly mineral limestone is gradually transformed, and
    • feeling for it, he becomes one with all that is growing and
    • time of Michaelmas — means for Nature, must experience in
    • is then at its height in man, it is all the more necessary for the
    • with Nature, but, if he has the right feeling and perception for it,
    • — one might say the sleeping — being which calls forth
    • from the powers of sleep the forces of vegetative growth, in which a
    • kind of sleeping Nature-life is given form. But in this sleeping
    • Nature, if only man has the perception for it, the spiritual which
    • that the minerals down there send their inner crystal-forming process
    • crystalline forms in which the hard earth consolidates itself —
    • the very crystalline forms which gain their full beauty at the height
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    • line-like forms, suffused with blue, and everywhere the blue is shot
    • formative power in a wonderful plastic design, but a design that
    • oneself, part of oneself. One feels that as a human form one has
    • oneself inwardly permeated with force by the silver-gleaming crystal
    • Intelligence shining forth (yellow) as the polaric opposite of the
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    • at St. John's Tide. These Imaginations provide material for endless
    • before you the four cosmic Imaginations which can be called up
    • See heavenly forces rising and descending,
    • feelings. For what Goethe has evidently drawn from his reading
    • of old traditions and his feeling for them — all this stands in
    • its full significance before our souls only if we have in mind the
    • Michael, forces stream out through the cosmos and as formative forces
    • understanding, unfortunately, for how things really are. For example,
    • need for a man to have two living lungs; he could equally well have a
    • immediately. And the forces which make it different proceed in a
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    • As I told you, we must picture him with grave, judicial eyes, for
    • for his gravely judging gaze, as he looks down and compares human
    • to transform their faults into virtues. For up above in the clouds
    • described in no other way — there proceed forces which
    • for when it is summer with us, it is winter in the opposite
    • Uriel descends (yellow arrow) and while his forces are thus coming to
    • does not hinder his forces from coming to us; they penetrate through
    • the forces which come to us directly from above
    • we bring before our
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    • the findings of spiritual research regarding the life of Jesus before the
    • Jesus and Mary before the Baptism, Jesus discovering the reverse Lord's
    • For I hope to show that in a definite sense and one that is of
    • suitable for what is intended.
    • certainly be put into definite form. In a certain sense,
    • been the case before. I know that such a statement seems highly
    • the impression that enthusiasm and warmth of feeling for the
    • of the whole of Theosophy or Anthroposophy is necessary before
    • at a comprehension of the Christ and His revelation. For
    • intellectual achievements of men would suffice for such
    • is no exaggeration to say that a force of untold strength and
    • greatness has gone forth from Christ and that erudite
    • impulse. Truly it would have boded ill for Christianity if, in
    • us turn our thought to the times before Christianity had come
    • ancient Greek dramas, especially in their earlier forms. When
    • Aristotle. These names bring before our mind's eye a spiritual
    • centuries before the founding of Christianity, we find there an
    • now for a moment we will take a strange hypothesis, but one
    • records presented to man to-day in the form of the New
    • Whom they so deeply loved; for this connection was as dear to
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    • the findings of spiritual research regarding the life of Jesus before the
    • Jesus and Mary before the Baptism, Jesus discovering the reverse Lord's
    • research may first of all be directed to this event, for as we
    • Apostles or Disciples of Christ Jesus. It is not easy to form
    • living for a long time in an unusual state of
    • seemed to the Apostles as if they had been living for a long
    • time, for many, many days, in a kind of dream from which they
    • been wakened to life by the primal force of Love pervading and
    • warming the Cosmos, as if this primal force of Love had come
    • people as if these men had been transformed, as if their very
    • understanding for everything that is human on the earth.
    • transformation could take place in a number of men. But these
    • men themselves in whom the transformation had come about,
    • Denial, the triple Denial before the cock had crowed twice. And
    • were slept through since that time arose before his soul like a
    • because for a full understanding of this event the quickening
    • before the eyes of Peter the pictures of the Mystery of
    • for such vision are induced.
    • revealed to the eyes of the soul. Nevertheless for
    • possible now. For in order to comprehend many a thing that will
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    • the findings of spiritual research regarding the life of Jesus before the
    • Jesus and Mary before the Baptism, Jesus discovering the reverse Lord's
    • words which captivated even the Greeks and gave the impetus for
    • blossomed forth from the living power of the Fifth Gospel. They
    • only in a somewhat different form.
    • therefore, the Christ Being passes through a kind of embryonic
    • completely transformed. After the brief intermediate period
    • prepare for the next earthly life. After his death, therefore,
    • experiences which signified, for Him, what the transition into
    • the Spirit-Land signifies for the human being: for Christ, this
    • dwelling-place for heaven. Christ left the heavens in order to
    • exchange this, His dwelling-place, for the earth. I beg you, my
    • forsaking of the sphere of Spirit in order that living
    • This already indicates that before the Baptism in the Jordan,
    • the heavenly Being, might be transformed into Christ, the
    • Being has been together with human souls on the earth; before
    • that His abode in the spiritual world might be exchanged for
    • Himself the form in which alone it would be possible for Him to
    • live, henceforward, in communion with the souls of men.
    • the Form which enabled Him to live in communion with human
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    • the findings of spiritual research regarding the life of Jesus before the
    • Jesus and Mary before the Baptism, Jesus discovering the reverse Lord's
    • John's Gospel afford me a certain consolation. As you know,
    • recorded in the Gospels, for if in those days attempts had been
    • produced books in sufficient numbers. On one point, therefore,
    • story that on a journey to Jerusalem for the feast, the Jesus
    • by his lofty answers. We, however, know why it was possible for
    • in the form of Hebrew learning. At first the boy listened with
    • who once descended, for example, upon Elias, speaks no
    • this Gospel, merely for the purpose of explaining the nature of
    • for the Bath-Kol had greatly diminished in certain Rabbinic
    • For the Bath-Kol revealed to him — and he was convinced
    • and terrible moment for Jesus of Nazareth when the Bath-Kol
    • a day he said to himself: All the forces of soul which I
    • us try for a moment to enter into the soul of the young Jesus
    • eighteenth years, when, partly for reasons connected with his
    • form of Mithraic worship. Temples and centres dedicated to the
    • It was a form of ancient heathen religion but comprised many
    • The fact, for example, that the Church of St. Peter in Rome
    • say that in its outward form the ceremonial practised in
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    • the findings of spiritual research regarding the life of Jesus before the
    • Jesus and Mary before the Baptism, Jesus discovering the reverse Lord's
    • things took place of profound significance not only for the
    • soul of Jesus of Nazareth but for the whole evolution of
    • mankind. For your theosophical studies will have brought you
    • mankind is also of importance for the whole of evolution.
    • what the Event of Golgotha signified for the evolution of
    • the amalgamation of the two families had for long years been
    • his mother. For all these years there had been a very deep and
    • different was my life before that change! His thoughts often
    • But he had little talent for the treasures amassed by human
    • his soul. And now he was often mindful of how, before his
    • achievements. And he often thought of what he had been before
    • and flowing into other forces of the human soul.
    • was great and beautiful. Therefore in this conversation
    • yearnings for all that he had been before his twelfth year. And
    • so she tried to comfort him by speaking of all the noble and
    • have for mankind? All this is, in reality, meaningless. If
    • believed had been bestowed upon me is valueless for the world
    • only lately ceased to be effective. For — so said Jesus
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    • The lecture has been authorized for the Western hemisphere by, and
    • UR spiritual science has the task of removing for our consciousness,
    • indeed for our whole inner life, the gulf that exists for our
    • For one
    • who look down upon it as something of which they know that it informs
    • physical world belongs already to the spiritual world. For those who
    • wonderfully clear feeling about the need for our spiritual movement.
    • For him who can look into the spiritual world all those who have gone
    • movement. They carry their standards before us, and call to us
    • feel more and more, when they have lost people dear to them. For them
    • what has been said can be the deepest comfort, for they have here all
    • life of humanity. For men will learn to regard the moral life from a
    • death, has passed through many lives, and can hope for other lives in
    • understanding for our existence, and a sounder and more comprehensive
    • of which we should speak as little as possible as we shall see, for
    • sense be learned. It is not easy to describe what its meaning for us
    • what we have experienced has not been worthless for the life of our souls.
    • been worthless for us if we pass through decades and still judge
    • used them well, supposing we formed harsh judgments in our youth, if
    • understanding and forgiveness; if we make the effort of wishing to
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    • for centuries — since the fifteenth or sixteenth century,
    • transformation of our whole life brought about by the
    • research is a transformation of human thinking. Any impartial
    • was approached in former times — how human thinking as a
    • conformity to law. And we make it our duty not to add any of
    • to investigating the conformity to law of external
    • into with the world. It has become a purely formal aid for
    • significance of this for man's inner life is extraordinarily
    • can intervene only formally, in clarification, combination and
    • many people today, I believe, are fully conscious of the force
    • any individual results, for a philosophy of life.
    • something negative for the life of the soul, yet —
    • For, with its conformity to law, science does easily lead, in
    • natural force, have a compelling effect. I may thus compare it
    • combination of mirror-images. Images before me cannot compel
    • me. Existent forces can compel me, whether they are
    • cannot compel me. If, therefore, I am able to conceive my moral
    • pure thinking I have, not compelling forces, but forces
    • possible for us today to believe that only those in some way
    • therefore not only scientific questions that are involved here,
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    • only, but one he must carry for a time through life, so that by this
    • experience of happiness or sorrow he becomes fit or unfit for life.
    • question of the fate of his soul becomes for him a
    • first appears before the “mind's eye” every evening
    • feel it informing our senses, feel too that our psychic
    • into our body; we inform our organs of will with it and become
    • it informs our muscles, and how finally there comes about what
    • hidden the spiritual element that informs this wonderful
    • descending when it flows down into our own body. We are forced
    • different form, to psychology itself. It would need a great
    • psychologists. They have therefore set up the curious theory of
    • impenetrable, so that for psychology much the same is true of
    • impossibility for ordinary consciousness of approaching the
    • may say: here for once ordinary consciousness is revealed as
    • philosophical standpoint that I do will never for one moment
    • may say: for psychology, also, the great riddle of the
    • This point, too, has been made by a modern psychologist who for
    • be forgotten by those who sat at his feet here, as I did. In
    • consciousness, entirely adequate as this is for science and for
    • ordinary life. And so, since for scientific reasons this fact
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    • to history. For most people, of course, the search for their
    • however humble his position. It is unfortunate that as yet we
    • efforts to reach this point of view.
    • take on the forms appropriate to that science. Thus the
    • forces that may come to the surface at any point, and may throw
    • before.
    • resemble a surface on which countless forces impinge from
    • For this reason, the study of history will doubtless have to
    • spiritual comprehension of the forces of human history —
    • view of the world and of life such as I have put before you is
    • quite different to the man of today from what it was, for
    • on the day before yesterday in describing yoga exercises.
    • for his soul.
    • them; but they cannot possibly become memories for him in the
    • physical being; for if thoughts are to gain some permanence as
    • sense. He always has to make a certain effort to attain again
    • to direct spiritual observation. For this reason, even if
    • before: each must be drawn direct from experience.
    • cannot speak of such a “solution,” for the reason
    • that has just been given: what is always being forgotten must
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    • but it is more important to find a specific point of view for
    • concepts of a comprehensive philosophy — Vedanta, for
    • (including such forms of these as have survived in the East
    • accompanied in our mind by something that symbolizes it for the
    • concepts, our soul inevitably sees before it a nature similar
    • There appears to be no objective reason for man to abandon this
    • to its nature, and conjures up before our soul the symbols that
    • extended over all the earth, would be an unmixed blessing for
    • quite different form, further West — and in this
    • secret, for position, motion, dimensions and weight. What
    • us imagine for a moment that we are in the laboratory: how
    • and sun! We may say: what we formulate in our sharply
    • natural science, we shall have to retune our soul before we can
    • microscope extensively and learnt about cell-life, and formed
    • retune our soul before we can recapture a love of the immediate
    • world of plants as it grows and flowers. If we have formed a
    • period for example, the Oriental averted his glance completely
    • what he was before he descended into the physical and sensuous
    • spiritual world unfolding before our “mind's eye”
    • just as the physical and sensuous world unfolds before our
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    • that takes the form of general concepts and ideas, a vague
    • necessary for me to do in my book
    • a spiritual origin of the world, about forces operating
    • spiritual form of existence. The reaction of the rationalist to
    • for example, is to avoid having anything
    • and has been for a long time. We can say that the opinions of
    • spirit. Assuming therefore that the ordinary consciousness we
    • if we reflect on the significance of this capacity for our
    • for us in order that we may be creatures capable of love.
    • This is just an outline that each individual can fill out for
    • consequences. It shows, for example, that we must go
    • forward from the premises of Kantian philosophy, and look at
    • Here is one of the two guiding principles for any view of life
    • older forms of humanity's mystical endeavour. Yet in face of
    • organic process, and then appears again in an altered form.
    • Anything observed can undergo a transformation or metamorphosis
    • of ordinary consciousness for independent revelations of the
    • essential for the well-ordered existence of our soul: a
    • For
    • terms. When we observe the outside world and inwardly transform
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    • social reforms from first principles, in an abstract and
    • expounded here could, if transformed into impulses of the whole
    • which we could understand social life and shape social forces.
    • conception of life for the hermitage, for contemplative
    • political party. Then, you have a platform, you have ready-made
    • standpoint to the views put forward here are familiar to me,
    • that we can form a life-like picture of them.
    • that this has been true for only a relatively short period of
    • formulated, almost as an abstract theory, however, is a feature
    • exists for his own satisfaction and the good of others. In this
    • form no longer appropriate to the present time, in earlier
    • clear view of this problem can, ultimately, throw light for us
    • ordinarily formulated, can only express a superficial outlook,
    • stands out above all for a spiritually scientific approach.
    • conclude: the dominant forces in them are ultimately not
    • slight viability. For, after all, it is not without
    • great importance, precisely because of its inner structure, for
    • develop into human social configurations informed by
    • can say, therefore: In certain subconscious regions of the
    • soul, the forces that have been formative in social
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    • transformation now taking place in the social structure of the
    • tending to transform themselves into a totality, a single
    • spiritual transformation throughout the world, of which perhaps
    • which has set the tone in certain respects for so long in
    • individual human relationships. There is — or was before
    • impulse: men therefore feel that what they do on earth is
    • administration by the state:” a tendency for certain
    • expected to shape laws and inform administrative principles,
    • and are set forth from the beginning in an administrative, a
    • recent times. For millions upon millions of people, the name of
    • dogmatic and formula-ridden Marxism that occupied the souls of
    • or so ago, has been modified in many ways. Yet for the broad
    • details — for that is all that exists in the British
    • so many of these, a great deal survives in a disguised form, so
    • world which was based on things that have no charms at all for
    • when for men natural laws were not as they are today —
    • guiding impulses for social life.
    • the one hand, therefore, there existed a complete
    • was natural, for the men who were striving for power, to take
    • For this reason, all the social configurations of the Orient
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    • a man, moreover, who belonged to a period for which such an
    • conflicts, then we feel ready to set a date for mass suicide,
    • as creative and productive forces. It is striking, moreover,
    • before the outbreak of the Great War, or during it. His
    • look-out for anything that can lead to revival, to
    • necessary for us to look more deeply into the causes of the
    • look to the spiritual life of modern civilization for the
    • historical forces, and to understand these we have to go back a
    • appear unfit for life should simply be abandoned, so that they
    • responsible for trade and commerce only a precarious position
    • personality — and it is a civilization suited for
    • individuals. In communal life, human capacities for absorbing
    • ideal that Oriental civilization had set before itself,
    • spirits in a simple formula — the Apolline dictum:
    • is regarded as desirable, for the attainment of a higher stage
    • on the one hand, and healing, on the other. For early Oriental
    • itself, and indeed every effort to reach a higher spirituality,
    • and science were combined: in performing the ritual actions,
    • religious elements gave to knowledge its original form.
    • represented a step forward in his development; he had also to
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    • are seeking, within the present social system, forces that inspire
    • it ever has before. It seems to me, however, that nowadays we
    • today, not simply as raw material for sociological theories,
    • What matters today is human beings, not just institutions. For
    • run a business, for instance, is able to bring his whole
    • worth striving for today.
    • For
    • leader in the social sphere must first and foremost establish
    • contact with the masses. Efforts in this direction were made
    • could see people working in factories for months on end, in an
    • really like there. In short, there have long been efforts to
    • For
    • institutions for adult education, up to university level. What
    • interest them for a while by virtue of the piquancy of many
    • For example, if you start with quite simple scientific facts,
    • but something a man can absorb as nourishment for his soul
    • the society we must hope for if the forces of advancement, and
    • and where the real obstacles and restrictions occur. I was for
    • I presented history, for example, in such a way as to
    • something in which spiritual forces and spiritual impulses are
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    • for reflection about possible institutions, but as a direct
    • many cases, for example, what I included solely to illustrate
    • circulation of capital might be transformed so that it
    • first, in order to derive from it the human remedies for its
    • formulae and recommending their indiscriminate
    • For
    • thirty or forty years, not with some preconceived attitude or
    • by the unconscious, and all that is required is for us to
    • trying to go. The reason for many of our social abuses today is
    • impelled, though for the most part unconsciously.
    • time, therefore, I believe we must reckon with the democratic
    • class or any other social grouping. And again, if you look for
    • men; for those who might perhaps, as leaders, be in a
    • are usually looked for.
    • for a particular period never remain valid beyond that period
    • for that matter, the animal or plant — will display only
    • at every moment. Forces of ascent, growth and maturation are
    • present continuously; but so too are the forces of
    • these forces of decomposition in the human organism. He must
    • perceiving, side by side with the forces of ascent,
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    • for the transformation of the present age, belongs an ever wider and
    • For what first makes our world into a whole, raising us above Maya and
    • but the time for this clairvoyance is past, and only atavistic echoes
    • You can clearly conceive how you put a morsel of food on a fork; you
    • how you swallow the morsel, this you do not even dream. For the most
    • while man is awake is similarly performed in a half-sleeping condition.
    • as regards our powers of desire, for instance and the feeling-impulses
    • would follow the actions we perform right into the body; with everything
    • the feelings attached to it, for example, you would see inwardly the
    • motive here touched on you will be able to find out further things for
    • can keep in mind which can be of essential importance for you in these
    • Just suppose for once
    • It is in this way those forms arise which belong to the old clairvoyance.
    • For what is reflected back for us are but images, finely filtrated images,
    • the whole a falling-back to an earlier stage of evolution. For what
    • — did not exist at that time in the form it does now although
    • the nervous system was already foreshadowed.
    • existed at that time as the tendencies to the formation of nerves a
    • breath, as the sun's rays come to us. Therefore what now on earth is
    • If therefore the nerve
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    • To the impulses necessary for the
    • transformation of the present age belongs an ever wider and more
    • observation. For what first makes our world into a whole, raising
    • warming-up of an earlier clairvoyance, but the time for this
    • morsel of food on a fork; you can also conceive to a certain extent
    • you do not even dream. For the most part you are quite unconscious
    • similarly performed in a half-sleeping condition.
    • For instance, if we were not asleep as
    • follow the actions we perform right into the body; everything we
    • activity of the blood and the feelings attached to it, for example,
    • be able to make further discoveries for yourselves. However,
    • mind which can be of essential importance for you: we are unable to
    • Just suppose for once that a man
    • parts of the blood and nerves. It was in this way that those forms
    • arose that belong to the old clairvoyance. For what is reflected
    • back for us are but images, finely filtrated images, as it were, of
    • whole a falling back to an earlier stage of evolution. For what I
    • blood, did not exist at that time in the form it does now, although
    • the nervous system was already foreshadowed.
    • time in the tendencies toward the formation of nerves, a man was
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    • Vorgeschichte der Menschheit. Another name for this lecture is,
    • Another name for this lecture is,
    • to-morrow, and the day after, I will therefore bring forward
    • balance between Idealism and Materialism, for those same
    • the spirit in a material form. That, of course, is a mistake
    • And, if one is of opinion that one cannot stand for the
    • this externally perceptible world, as it lies before us, can
    • is the truth; that is certain. That firm basis for the
    • admittance of an indisputable truth, formed one of the
    • assertion: — “I think, therefore I exist,”
    • say that it is always reserved for those who come
    • presented to them, not as the truths for one definite epoch of
    • historical position of St. Augustine is revealed for modern
    • reality of real experience forsakes you. And the man of
    • inner being, yet for man's life after death, there is no
    • certainty at all; for the simple reason that the reality of his
    • old atavistic clairvoyance. History to-day unfortunately
    • was not the case for human beings, (as it became later in the
    • forms. Their waking life of truth dived down, as it were, into
    • that from which it really became possible. Let us speak for a
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    • of the community will be the greater, the less the individual claims for
    • the less the individual claims for himself the proceeds of the
    • for example, the aspect of reincarnation and karma —
    • especially for people who have connected themselves and come to
    • immediately become clear for everyone, arise out of a mere idea
    • touted as a universal cure for all the evils and injuries of
    • with all that must prepare itself in the present for a salutary
    • concerned about, and that all speculation and reforming must
    • We are sort of like an engineer who absorbs himself for years
    • necessary for what can happen in the cosmos? Theosophy is no
    • what is here passed before the human soul has a very special
    • from what they were before. He learns to think in another way
    • powers through inner development. But for the near future we
    • forces in mankind that are not powerless regarding
    • conditions, then his theory is impotent. This man, who for
    • are gray theory suitable for being dealt with at the desk, but
    • themselves, for instance, at congresses. One just has to look
    • judge who merely looks at things, for nothing is done by that
    • will say to you: I have this program for the social question,
    • for the women's question, for the vivisection question, or
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    • Architectural Forms
    • Organic Forms in Architecture,
    • Stilformen des Organisch-Lebendigen
    • ARCHITECTURAL FORMS
    • have become for it an absolute necessity; they have become a
    • necessity because only from those impulses can we hope for that
    • insight into life which is necessary for the very existence of
    • mankind, and because from these impulses alone can we hope for
    • that loving human understanding which is necessary for human
    • development which, some of us for a long time already, and some
    • for a shorter period, we have had at heart as the persuasive
    • We did not think of what, although it was to be foreseen, still
    • Whatever pain they have had to suffer formerly, the experience
    • no time for joyful celebrations. We should be untrue, in
    • the festive mood. We must leave this for another time, and we
    • most vividly and forcefully in the soul of our unforgettable
    • later with our need for a place in which to hold our Mystery
    • thought was first conceived of building a sanctuary for our
    • form of this building; that is, of so building this place, that
    • in its form, in its very essence, it should be to the world a
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  • Title: Goethe's Secret Revelation: Lecture I
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    • initiation is followed by a loss of innocence and a struggle for survival
    • the proving ground for the Initiate. Eventually, we regain our innocence
    • development, really point the way to the inner and therefore true
    • forces of evolution, will find renewed significance in a memorable
    • that only the human spirit could form such ideas, and that such an
    • idea had no significance for external, so-called objective nature.
    • at all, for he replied: ‘If that is an idea, then I see my
    • sets in motion higher spiritual forces, which are not applied to
    • says: ‘For a long time, although from a distance, I have
    • idea-world that which in his consciousness brought forth such a reply,
    • the nineteenth century and is to-day forgotten, uttered a very
    • spiritual, the world of ideas. We see that for this reason Goethe's
    • thought has become so important for a large part of our modern
    • Let us consider for a moment the point at issue and we
    • who has succeeded must admit that he has gained food for spiritual
    • discipline from him to an extraordinary degree. But it is not for
    • the spirituality of feeling. To your feeling therefore, philosophy
    • standard for philosophy.’ Thus Fichte to Goethe.
    • these two. And Schopenhauer indeed went to Goethe to be taught. For
    • like the unifying force of each.
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    • initiation is followed by a loss of innocence and a struggle for survival
    • the proving ground for the Initiate. Eventually, we regain our innocence
    • this to-day that symbolic and allegoric meanings are forced out
    • imaginative fancy. The day before yesterday we set ourselves the task
    • applications are looked for in the figures of the work.’
    • Therefore I want to say at once that what I shall say to-day has
    • have before us a poetic work, a work of comprehensive imaginative
    • We see the plant before us. Man goes to it and examines the
    • King, who stand for this or that. I do not intend to expound the
    • explanations which I shall give you. For it is as true that we must
    • upon to put before you the ideal philosophy of Goethe, were
    • considers determinative for the nature of the soul, is illustrated in
    • stationary once for all. The view is widely held that man is as he is
    • must be valid for all. On the other side — but only in a
    • organs and our capacity for knowledge and that we ourselves are, as
    • shall see there is a great difference between the two. Take, for
    • not see before because he was not capable of seeing it. Spiritual
    • Science is therefore different from other one-sided
    • old as human thought. It always took the view that man has before him
    • formulating ideas. You will constantly hear it: that alone can be
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  • Title: Goethe's Secret Revelation: Lecture III
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    • initiation is followed by a loss of innocence and a struggle for survival
    • the proving ground for the Initiate. Eventually, we regain our innocence
    • testamentary directions for the editing of this sealed-up treasure.
    • existence, and the importance of this moment for him may be
    • for a human life to become fruitful for the rest of humanity in a
    • thought of Goethe's life at this point of time — for he lived
    • Weimar, we to-day possess the form in which it was when he took it
    • there. We therefore know the form in which Faust was printed for
    • Frankfort time into the Strassburg time and also into the first
    • recognized that Goethe had worked at it and transformed it out of a
    • clear view of life before his
    • personality, now we see before us a great conflict carried on
    • the centre as the worthiest object for which the good and evil
    • seen as a man doubting all knowledge, he now comes before us as one
    • In the form in which Faust appears in 1808 it seems as if
    • went among men and stood up before God, and God said to him:
    • material, thought out in terms of the theatre to please everyone and I wished for nothing
    • most deeply into reality; for everything in the second part
    • necessary. It is for that reason that the second part of
    • allegories in what is for the spiritual inquirer, who can
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    • initiation is followed by a loss of innocence and a struggle for survival
    • the proving ground for the Initiate. Eventually, we regain our innocence
    • One idea Goethe had for his ‘Faust’ was that at
    •  Here it is madder still: for, scarce conceived,
    •  Egyptian; for the man is right who knows
    • Therefore also Mephistopheles says: ‘We say it also, and the
    • therefore cavil at what appears to be ungrammatical. Here in this
    • that he has put something into it which made it possible for him to
    • forcefully we are told what direction Faust's soul takes in order
    • comes. Therefore, in the scene where at the beginning of Part
    • from far or near, desire to listen: Mark well, for He will be
    • Before the spiritual sun rises in the soul, the learner
    • busy with him while his soul was for a time withdrawn from his
    • ‘Life's pulses now with fresher force awaken
    •  And now thou breathest new-refreshed before me,
    •  To see the highest life for which I'm panting. —
    •  For Life's pure torch we sought the shining traces,
    • Wherefore he sees at first the world of the spiritual
    • ‘Behind me, therefore, let the sun be glowing!
    • the general idea of these Masque scenes: For a man who surveys
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  • Title: World History: Lecture I: Evolution of the Soul and of Memory
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    • prepared and strengthened the founding assembly for his courageous,
    • being of present-day man. For at this time in man's history,
    • importance for the whole civilisation of humanity, every
    • For it cannot be denied that the present only becomes
    • back, we picture man in a kind of animal form. Thus, in the
    • picture disappears in a kind of cloud, and before that again we
    • all this rests on an extraordinary prejudice, for in forming
    • personality in some other way, we form an idea, a concept, and
    • men and women. You formed an idea of each one of these persons,
    • form of pictures, may arise before you to-day. It is an inner
    • of course, experienced by man to-day in an extremely weak form,
    • or experience; it simply did not exist for him. His head was
    • ideas in the head was something quite foreign to them, but they
    • Cosmic universe; the activities that come forth from herself
    • Thus if an ancient Oriental lived, for example, on Indian soil,
    • he experienced the Indian soil as especially important for him;
    • favourable or unfavourable conditions for breathing, but we are
    • no longer so conscious of the fact. For an ancient Oriental
    • for him a very deep experience, and so were many other things
    • it was of special importance for the man of olden time to feel
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    • prepared and strengthened the founding assembly for his courageous,
    • rom the foregoing
    • the Asiatic period, for what history refers to is in reality a
    • the rivers, mountains, and so forth; but for him this
    • There below was this realm that for us has become the earthly
    • other names for them, but that does not matter, we will name
    • them as they are for us — then we should have above, for
    • any way possible for him to imagine such a thing as matter
    • would have been a sheer impossibility for the ancient Oriental.
    • for example, of oxygen and nitrogen. And he knew all the
    • spirit; for the present-day conceptions were unknown to him.
    • dream. He is asleep. Suddenly there appears before him a
    • conception of the work of the fire-brigade that can be formed
    • conjure up! For the ancient Oriental, however, all his
    • Everything outside in the kingdoms of Nature was transformed in
    • experiences. Sleep for him was not that deep heavy sleep we
    • sleep man had still a dull form of consciousness. While on the
    • those of still older times, for example the time of Atlantis or
    • answer is astonishing; for the fact is, the Initiate of the
    • was different. Of course the abstract forms of letters which we
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  • Title: World History: Lecture III: Asiatic Mysteries of Ephesus, Gilgamesh and Eabani
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    • prepared and strengthened the founding assembly for his courageous,
    • acquire an understanding for the radical change in man's life
    • regard as of paramount importance in its consequences for
    • continent, which continent forms to-day the floor of the
    • have no trace in historical tradition, for the literature
    • to build for an ancient humanity the localised memory.
    • Before, they are outside; then they are within him. They enter
    • vehicle, in which he feels himself borne forward in the
    • the ruins of a palace of Assurbanipal written in cuneiform
    • to-day I will set before you the events that I described
    • the city is named Uruk in the cuneiform text.]
    • know the forces of death, because the death-forces can alone
    • incarnations on Earth and had now entered into the new form of
    • beginning to lose their validity for the Earth. And so the
    • he was not liked. He was regarded as a foreigner and indeed
    • [The cuneiform text has Enkidu or Engidu.]
    • which Earth-humanity led for a period, as you will find
    • this second individuality formed an intimate friendship
    • Cosmos beyond the Earth, and that was preserved for a few
    • to those Powers Who in former times were accessible to man in
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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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    • prepared and strengthened the founding assembly for his courageous,
    • themselves in the human being. For not until our own epoch does
    • man feel himself for reasons which we will discuss in the
    • can have no independent existence for itself, but can only
    • exist on a human being. For the moment a finger is separated
    • way is man only a being having some form or other, whether in
    • hear, it was necessary for man that it should be darkened and
    • us first form an idea of the nature of such an initiation, that
    • remained on for a long time. This was the case with the
    • I then said before we can come to a clear and full
    • for a long time. They were still there at the time of the
    • the Irish Mysteries in the Post-Atlantean epoch. Before he was
    • the preparation that had to be undergone before entering
    • yourselves have held for a long time; you know this quite well.
    • tragedy that men of that time suffered in their preparation for
    • the Hibernian initiation. For when one says theoretically in
    • to say to themselves: There is for man no possibility of
    • however: we must lose the very ground from under our feet. For
    • the ancient Mysteries, we to-day can scarcely form any idea.
    • Men shrink in terror before what inner development actually
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  • Title: World History: Lecture V: Mysteries of the East, West, and of Ephesus
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    • prepared and strengthened the founding assembly for his courageous,
    • more are these Wise Men or Priests in a position to call forth
    • that I pictured for you yesterday, in connection with the
    • the North-West and so forth — but with the physical came
    • again in Autumn. I see, too, the trees that go on growing for
    • hundreds of years, forming a bark on the outside, hardening to
    • have breathed it into space. We have therefore still to-day
    • that streamed forth from the Oriental Mysteries, were able to
    • afterwards I let them stream forth from me into the far circles
    • growing up, being changed, taking on different shapes and forms
    • the plants from ourselves, we have put them forth from us in an
    • relationship of this kind. For he knew that he could only work
    • overcoming the animal form, by leaving the animals behind him
    • into her bosom. For the plants he was upon Earth the Mediator
    • not come into consideration; for, as I said yesterday, they
    • and as though the Earth were thankful for this enfolding and
    • form in the right way. He thrust the animals from him; they
    • and fructified the Earth with it, doing this as Mediator for
    • love for the Earth inasmuch as the Earth had received into
    • indeed Gods, but for man it is only possible to have pictures
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  • Title: World History: Lecture VI: Mysteries of the Ancient Near East Enter Europe
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    • prepared and strengthened the founding assembly for his courageous,
    • importance for the understanding of the history of the
    • between three or four hundred years before, and three or four
    • they form, as it were, the last Act in that civilisation of the
    • left over for Europe and especially for Greece, of the old
    • serves to show what was still left of the ruins — for so
    • for man. I described them as the physical world; a transition world
    • feeling, before we can comprehend the Land of the Spirits. And
    • what came before the burning of Ephesus with the conceptions
    • and ideas that suffice for the world of to-day. We need to form
    • earthly Devachan, earthly Spirit-land, — for the physical
    • new, even as the humanity of olden times came forth from the
    • Setting aside for the moment what went on in the inner places
    • on into our own time, a civilisation that has been formed on
    • no longer the force of knowledge. And what is more, he belongs
    • Mysteries, as I have told you, had to be watchful for their own
    • personal life. With the man who belonged, for instance, to the
    • may therefore say that we are here dealing with a period when
    • interim time between Alexander and Julian the Apostate. For the
    • deeply enough, and what had happened would rise up before one
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    • prepared and strengthened the founding assembly for his courageous,
    • Spiritual Soul. For we live in an age when the evolution of the
    • human being with the deeper impulses and forces of Nature, or
    • for instance, of the chemical substances, enumerating them
    • But it is of about as much value for a man to know that
    • something he eats contains carbon and nitrogen as it is for a
    • — hydrogen, oxygen and the like — affords no true
    • be understood by seeing in it a connected system of forces; and
    • for there they work differently than in the other
    • still to make use of it. But later on, save for a few men like
    • perhaps he tries to form an idea — generally he fails!
    • to-day, if we are really desirous of going forward in our
    • certain metals show themselves in greater or less degree. For
    • present, and we could name many others. Before the 15th century
    • macrocosm, is present in some form or other in him. And this
    • was for them no mere general principle in the abstract: had
    • for breathing too is a form of assimilation. But it would not
    • human organism, such as, for example, lead, and which man
    • the substances and forces worked; for him it was a matter of
    • that they will one day begin to know again. For, if truth be
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  • Title: World History: Lecture VIII: The Burning of the Ephesian Temple and the Goetheanum
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    • prepared and strengthened the founding assembly for his courageous,
    • what we have to take for the theme of our lecture to-day into
    • the blackboard, writing for the last time in the room that was
    • understanding and feeling for them, they spoke of them somewhat
    • super-sensible into the sensible worlds — when, therefore,
    • For
    • peculiar force and earnestness when we see it shape itself out
    • be only visible for a moment in the spirit. I declare to you
    • — to every form of being that had no need to appear on
    • what the good Gods held out to them in the Mysteries. For it is
    • birth of Alexander. And it is essential for a right
    • disappearance of the Mysteries in their ancient form.
    • — in a sublime manner, for example, in the Mysteries of
    • the meeting places for Gods and men lost more and more of their
    • almost entirely gone. For whoever would find the way, for
    • paths. In the olden times, before the burning of Ephesus,
    • receive true Rosicrucian instruction. For the temples of the
    • were disciples who came to these old Rosicrucians; for in
    • reality, and a reality which was of cardinal importance for
    • form that belongs to a more modern age — how the Wisdom
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    • prepared and strengthened the founding assembly for his courageous,
    • together for the last time during this Christmas Meeting which
    • should be a source of strength and of vital importance for the
    • lecture as a supplement to the many vistas opened for us
    • same for years now — destructive elements on a colossal
    • scale are everywhere in evidence. Forces that are actively at
    • work enable us to have forebodings of the abysses into which
    • Some little time ago it was still possible for me to give
    • existence of a desire for Anthroposophy became obvious to
    • from what existed previously. Now, the forces of the Cosmos
    • result of which must be the striving for a new
    • opened for the reception of the spiritual impulses which have
    • from that world itself. Everything for which the earthly world
    • spiritual world. And if we are to achieve anything fruitful for
    • the earthly world, the impulses for it must be brought from the
    • to take with us from the Meeting for our further activity must
    • us think for a short time of the responsibility laid upon us by
    • beings have resulted in knowledge calling for great
    • Many a legend, many a saga — for it is in this form, not
    • in the form of historical tradition that things of the greatest
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    • A Challenge for the Goetheanum and for Anthroposophy,
    • A Challenge for the Goetheanum and for Anthroposophy,
    • as a painful memory for the many who loved it, may provide
    • this Goetheanum. But a connection is all I have in view; for
    • to give here in Basel, in this same hall, for many years past.
    • performances, and so on.
    • fundamental reason for this name, and how it is connected with
    • For
    • spontaneous result of my devotion for more than four
    • named — not by me but by others — for Johannes
    • should lead to the misunderstanding that it was meant for the
    • that for me this building is a Goetheanum; for I derived my
    • have always regarded this as a sort of token of gratitude for
    • gratitude for what has come into the world through Goethe.
    • believe, can take exception to it. For the rest, it is quite
    • forms without and within, and so forth. But this building
    • anthroposophical world-view. Therefore, I shall be able to form
    • the best connecting link with what the Building stood for, if I
    • one I have employed here for many years — to answer the
    • to build it up, must, before all else, have gone through
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    • Vorgeschichte der Menschheit. Another name for this lecture is,
    • Another name for this lecture is,
    • would experience not a mirror-image, as by day, but the true form
    • the true form of the Astral body and Ego appear in such a way to
    • would not have otherwise have had. For instance, if the
    • would never feel ourselves to be individuals. Therefore, just
    • into our psychic, Spiritual nature, inspiring it, therefore
    • Intuition, therefore we feel ourselves as earthly human beings
    • another. This experience of inner freedom for the developing of a
    • Archai) that remains for most human beings something really quite
    • feeling, of belonging to the entire earthly humanity, for it
    • should not be the case. It should be normal for a man to-day when
    • before a mirror, believes it produces him, because it radiates his
    • reflection. To say that this fleshly form we carry round with us is
    • ourselves, is no cleverer than to hold your hand before a mirror
    • our astral body and ego, forming the mirror-image which, while we
    • by reason of the forces working through our present epoch of time,
    • Golgotha. Before the Mystery of Golgotha this delusion did not
    • exist. Before the Mystery of Golgotha there existed another kind of
    • deception, Before Golgotha man did not believe that his
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    • instinctively forms his ideas in such a way that he is
    • growth: He forms ideas about what in a sense goes outside
    • especially important that we should form a concept which is
    • but which we cannot too often bring before our souls —
    • for reality wherever we see a process of sprouting, budding,
    • a process of growth, but we must rise to a feeling for the
    • It is for this reason that we have to alternate the conscious
    • be built up again by the unconscious forces of nature in our
    • the soul force when it wakes to consciousness wears out and
    • that from the moment the soul, in sleep, forsakes the natural
    • of sprouting and budding go forward. Hence it is not correct
    • for this alternation, whereas man sleeps and wakes in the
    • sprouting, budding life, for example, of the nervous system,
    • especially of the brain, in this form of a fiery wave. Now
    • would arise, flow does consciousness arise? For that, the
    • awake, therefore, our soul-life destroys the physical
    • soul. That is the change. Suppose, for examples you see a red
    • call forth in yourself a process of destruction, You are,
    • outside to get wood for it by a process of destruction, and
    • forms the content of conscious being. Every time we display
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    • time we were able to meet together here, we put forward
    • something which you have all known fundamentally for a long
    • body, so that desire for the body spreads like a cloud in our
    • this above all for it is a deep and significant truth: that
    • whole, as a unified formation; and those people who to a
    • certain degree are dominated by the ‘craze’ for
    • while ago, I was forced to recall this episode which occurred
    • who was able to bring forward another such completely
    • time for such talks. But people who are thus possessed by
    • makes it possible for one to believe in this Unity-demon,
    • this comfort-loving Unity-demon.
    • three worlds through the whole formation of our physical
    • necessary for this wonderful structure ‘man’
    • the formation of our head, the formation of everything that
    • of the physical head, be clear that the formative forces of
    • formative forces, belong to suite another world from that of
    • the formative forces of our breast, for instance, and the
    • formative forces of everything belonging to our heart,
    • if the formative forces of these material parts of man
    • belonged to quite another world than the formative forces of
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    • world and the straining of the forces at one's disposal to
    • that goodness cannot merely be striven for as goodness
    • obtained once for all; rather does goodness come only through
    • action. If it were fitting for man always to observe the
    • possibility of evil arises. For what is evil? It is that
    • not only a possibility, but an actuality; for as man
    • the balance at once, and it was necessary for the
    • Mysteries, it was possible for him to give the precise
    • morals should exist at all. For what happens when there is no
    • something, in that moment a mighty influence for good has
    • development was prior to that time, for in external history
    • possible for man to enter into relationship with the
    • suppose that we have a child before us. What is the condition
    • preaching of morals. Our inner powers are also called forth
    • understanding, calls forth from the soul the right moral
    • thing is for us to keep our eyes open, and be alive to all
    • spiritual science. Wisdom is the fuel for interest and we may
    • really do not get to know him, for they are quite shut up in
    • friends for a long time and then suddenly there comes a
    • very few people have the “hearing” ear for that
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    • this activity releases forces that will bring about future worlds. Through
    • seemingly has little to do with that theme, but it will afford
    • like to bring before your souls the very facts pertaining to
    • major work, Faust, brought again and again before the
    • To see in times before us how a wise man thought,
    • for his knowledge of the world and of man. But he is really
    • undisguised Wagner attitude of mind. As a basis for subsequent
    • reflections, let us, then, bring up before our mind's eye the
    • conditions clearly of much meaning for his life. The family of
    • a man with an extraordinarily strong sense of duty, but for a
    • was kindled in the boyish soul a certain aspiration for what
    • man in a fixed, pedantic way to those certain forms of one or
    • when considered objectively, we shall find a solution for
    • forget that when he joined this university life he was not
    • be suffered for an even longer period of time by young people
    • not above skipping lectures and using the time saved for
    • felt in Leipzig, but it was natural for Goethe to think that
    • for aesthetics, was slightly disillusioned when he first called
    • for which he longed.
    • the comprehensive intellectual horizons he desired. Therefore,
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    • this activity releases forces that will bring about future worlds. Through
    • possible for each of us to gain viewpoints from the
    • contemplation of it. Therefore, let us not be annoyed if the
    • therefore because of that thing” (post hoc, ergo propter
    • therefore, be an effect proceeding from its cause. This is
    • in life, which made him so important for humanity, from these
    • need to do so. It is explained quite nicely, for instance, that
    • we see his foreordained karma clearly at work from his earliest
    • incarnation worked with special force.
    • created — the Faust and other things that he did for
    • Now, this does apply in a certain sense for the things Erasmus
    • to another case. Can you imagine, for instance, the development
    • Erasmus if, for example, their mothers had suffered accidents
    • their karma for whatever is demanded of them. With reference to
    • for those whose vision penetrates more deeply, the same truth
    • to suppose that there would have been no necessity for the
    • other less important contemporaries. Consider, for example, how
    • after he had experienced his Roman transformation.
    • however, is spread over many things. For this reason, because
    • and youth finds in him a spiritual force of life, brought with him
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    • this activity releases forces that will bring about future worlds. Through
    • ego and astral body are outside. This is adequate for a primary
    • organism during sleep. We can, therefore, rightly compare the
    • the rest of our organism when it is night for our sensory
    • reciprocally, it is night for the rest of our organism when it
    • is day for our head; that is, the rest of our organism is more
    • whereas the motor nerves serve for the perception of our
    • hand to move, for example; this is sheer nonsense. It exists
    • for the purpose of perceiving my hand's movement from within.
    • first formation, so that our brain system really has its most
    • another essential, important thought. Something significant for
    • place in him only during earthly existence and is, therefore,
    • his head is in many ways a later formation of the Moon period,
    • and even of the earth. It is for this reason that the vivid
    • form of the body and unites with it when you inhale. It is only
    • world. It is a member of it and belongs to it. If, therefore,
    • to the fore all the more strongly through this process. As the
    • forces draw back from the head, the ganglionic and spinal cord
    • understanding for what really happens here is acquired only
    • these various animals performed feats of arithmetic. A great
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    • this activity releases forces that will bring about future worlds. Through
    • we look back, for example, to the Egypto-Chaldean culture or to
    • of freedom now given to man toward forging his external destiny
    • or she was forced similar to the way an animal is forced into
    • sure, there was a compensation for this limitation of freedom.
    • personalities in the temples who were suited for such purposes
    • festival was not more or less an external holiday for most
    • people, but that in its form and time of occurrence men knew
    • aura that cannot enter, for example, in summer. I have
    • will of the cosmos for our earthly events from them.
    • would find fault with themselves, in a way, for living in such
    • a somnolent state and for having no conception of what is
    • real vocational life is by no means so insignificant for the
    • evolution; they represent, therefore, what works and lives in
    • for Vulcan, just as the Saturn activity was the first
    • potentiality for our physical body.
    • undergone a tremendous transformation since the beginning of
    • objective aspects of vocational life can we form suitable
    • specialization of vocations. It is not too intelligent for
    • what he was producing and what this meant for the world. He
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    • this activity releases forces that will bring about future worlds. Through
    • these reflections on the segment of human life that is formed
    • transformed, but the things we must mention here relative to
    • possible for ahrimanic influences to mingle continually in
    • suppose that for this reason the position cannot be occupied.
    • may be in themselves, has brought forward such a theory of life
    • produced such a doctrine clearly selects the least fit for the
    • tendency of choosing the least qualified people for the
    • were not for the immense influence of present public opinion
    • that flows from such muddy sources. We must, therefore,
    • money — an invention of extraordinary importance for the last
    • stands beside him in the way in which the Mephistophelian force
    • say, then, that for a proper understanding of things some
    • in consciousness. The effort is made now to quiz the soul to
    • forgotten. What has been forgotten, however, has not
    • concerned, the matter is long forgotten; but what is forgotten
    • The effort is then made to introduce this kind of psychology
    • forgotten by the upper level of consciousness, and that they
    • Another example has to do with a man thirty-five or forty, who
    • forgotten subterranean soul life of this man and brings to
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    • this activity releases forces that will bring about future worlds. Through
    • approach them in ways made possible by spiritual science. For
    • especially the unprejudiced character of our thinking. Before
    • we proceed further, therefore, permit me to draw your attention
    • that he had never seen a map before a particular age has
    • just the education that would keep it for a time from seeing a
    • greatness. So it seems really out of order for someone to write
    • kind. But for Vischer it was entirely right and had to be so.
    • have really when a biographer sits down and so forms his
    • understanding of the personality concerned. When someone forms
    • in all its narrowness and how it brought forth this
    • acquiring the means for performing black magic by having the
    • without taking into consideration that what appears in the form
    • reality have yet been found for it and there is little
    • it. It will be necessary for us to deal with these people whose
    • endeavors will be a point of departure for true energetic,
    • thirtieth or fortieth decimal point in primeval times because
    • would probably have been imprisoned for a couple of years
    • brilliant intellects, we can observe that they seek today for
    • mere outward exposure much that it would be important for
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    • this activity releases forces that will bring about future worlds. Through
    • I have been giving for some time. Thus, it is necessary to gain
    • have made it clear that what the human being achieves for the
    • something destined not only to have significance for our earth,
    • enough to constitute the basis for a real judgment of life. We will
    • not revel in comforting conceptions, but will take in those that will
    • our souls with what is really meaningful for life. I have often
    • therefore, that what is essential in human development after
    • this point has significance for the question of heredity.
    • develop the bases for the transmission of hereditary
    • time of birth, a longer period of time stretches out before us
    • before you,
    • will see what infinitely fruitful thought for future education
    • knows how to properly judge previous conditions. If, for
    • come to light. It must become possible for a person to consider
    • vocation, but also in developing the right thoughts — for we
    • each other and, unless we realize the significance of this for
    • see, such things as I have explained to you in the form of the
    • life today because they force themselves upon us more and more.
    • something felt and to a certain extent known for a long time
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    • this activity releases forces that will bring about future worlds. Through
    • life. Rather, we must draw from them certain consequences for
    • get into the habit of forming opinions about this or that, not
    • facts of life, and then fortifying our point of view with this
    • with other teachers. Possessing an extraordinary capacity for
    • after his son had studied for a few years, he did not have much
    • money and tried to secure a scholarship for him. He did not
    • instruction for him with the money he earned with sweat and
    • studies, he had reason to feel most fortunate. He became a
    • university things got a little hot for him. This came about
    • comfortable in that particular city and university. The
    • discoveries, for which others claimed part of the credit as was
    • He was, therefore, quite clever but somewhat less lovable.
    • became the instructor of many famous people — for example, he
    • discoveries. It is interesting, therefore, to observe the man
    • his age. For this reason I should like to read to you, in a
    • great importance. For this service I remain always under
    • whatever for which I would not exchange my own state if I
    • Highness to form in regard to my person. But if, as we may
    • service to him every other satisfaction for me, I will then not
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    • and so forth; we speak of these kingdoms of the higher
    • and so forth. Especially the people who believe themselves to
    • mediation of angels, archangels, and so forth. Many people
    • form of their god, what is really represented in such concepts?
    • than an angel. For example, what is called God in modern
    • forces for the entire temporal epoch; they are what lives as
    • word god, which has a common sound for the peoples using
    • when the soul is stupefied, the consequences for human
    • the ego, and then other forces that ought not to work in the
    • to the question: Who is to blame for the materialism of our
    • performed more or less consciously, leads also more or less
    • the spirits of a time. People will embrace them in the forms in
    • substitutes his angel for God passes from his angel to a
    • profound investigations, but I would have to speak for months
    • if I wanted to place these investigations before you in
    • future humanity will be convinced that much that man performs
    • destructive forces in earthly evolution whose influences extend
    • compensation for all sorts of sins perpetrated against the time
    • is lacking in our age for a real view of the world, capable of
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    • this activity releases forces that will bring about future worlds. Through
    • truth that He died and rose for all men — for all men alike —
    • and that, when man turns against man for the sake of external
    • for a person to turn away from this general human destiny to
    • soul must find the way to Him for himself with those means that
    • are suitable for the present time.
    • Being signifies for the earth, we must first acquaint ourselves
    • recognized if we desire to remove it for our own souls. You
    • contradiction before our souls in its full validity.
    • that at a definite point of time, as we have set forth in my book,
    • worlds had a real existence before their souls. During the
    • centuries preceding the Mystery of Golgotha, therefore, they
    • had done before, but they now possessed only echoes of the
    • world conceptions of the religions as reverence for a more or
    • is the reason for this adoration? What is the reality behind
    • human form elevated to a lofty level, but something entirely
    • really concealed behind this spirit form, we must realize that
    • regarded personality who had wrought much good for a human
    • portal of death, he remains for a short time in his etheric
    • body before it is cast off. But the casting off of this body
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    • forces, working into the present time. And to understand what
    • We know how differently men perceived and experienced before
    • may be made for our further studies, there is one thing to
    • consider the mood, the condition of man's soul, before the
    • Before the Mystery of Golgotha it went without saying that
    • forces of this great world machinery is ruling and working;
    • but for man before the Mystery of Golgotha this was more or
    • less self-evident. It was particularly natural for him to
    • regard the Sun, for example, quite differently from the way
    • space. Before the Mystery of Golgotha men knew that the Sun
    • Mystery, with the Mystery of Golgotha itself. For those who
    • Christ; for them the Sun-wisdom was united with the
    • century, beginning in the year 747 before the Mystery of
    • element' comes into human evolution. The Greeks, for
    • Mystery of the Sun, making mankind forget this mystery, not
    • for holding back the mystery of Christ, an institution for
    • clearer to mankind, for the age must begin that is in the
    • outlines, the hard form of the corpse. The concepts that are
    • developed to grasp, for example, the truth about man, as I
    • drew him on the blackboard for you a week ago, in what I
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    • for the understanding of man's being as it must be grasped
    • being. For it is out of the understanding bound up with
    • form of being. You can picture to yourselves the human
    • circles lying next each other, but one circle for the head, a
    • is, as you saw yesterday, a young formation (see small yellow
    • formation whereas the head itself is an old physical
    • formation, a physical form-being. For the head, what is
    • right when applied thus in general but for the head it is
    • When you are awake it is united with the head and then for
    • the most part inside the physical head. It is therefore
    • the spiritual is not so pronouncedly outside; for this breast
    • And for the
    • this would be the actual drawing for the contrast between
    • head-man, as physical form, is something that is not man
    • it is organized as it is because certain formative principles
    • head, in all its complicated formation, would not be as it is
    • had it not received its first form in those primeval days of
    • formative principles today projected into the earth-sphere,
    • and for this reason we must call them ahrimanic. Survivals of
    • the luciferic; its formative principles are not yet complete
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    • questions belong those, for instance, raised in the course of
    • wisdom. In those olden times before the eighth pre-Christian
    • cultural life of the earth giving men, in conformity with the
    • is something in them for which men should be seeking a
    • therefore to immortal man have actually been lost. Only these
    • for example, with the Good. Modern men do not see any real
    • sense in speaking of Helios, the soul-Sun, or for that matter
    • representation we form of the world. It is not taken
    • spread out perceptibly before us, we have to see a kind of
    • only empty space for there is less than nothing there. And
    • for the modern western man to picture. Even today men of the
    • east take this as a matter of course; for them there is
    • which you would then enter most uncomfortable — that is
    • or fullness and not what is less than emptiness. For because
    • materialism. For in man also there is a place that is emptier
    • head has the power to make room for the spiritual. Now just
    • therefore is emptier than empty, that is the instrument of
    • need our physical brain for our life of soul; we need it only
    • image. We could forget ourselves ... We see ourselves in
    • another diagram. Take the following: forgive me if I am
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    • his ideas about reforming the basis of society in three fundamental,
    • autonomous spheres: economic, political/rights, and cultural. For a
    • business conjuncture’ has been evolved for a while,
    • then be succeeded for a while by a bad run of business and a
    • has actually been asserted, for instance, that the important
    • conjunctures cannot be of so much concern for the private
    • anything of this kind; for people look upon natural science
    • the first building specially erected and designed for anthroposophical
    • that these middle-classes stood for: that of
    • sort. For, if one has any latent tendency as a spiritual
    • world. The first, necessary foundation for spiritual science
    • who sit at their feet, when they want, for instance, to study
    • by studying the economic conditions that went before it, in
    • before, the origin of the economic collapse, that came after.
    • generally, to buy stock of this kind ‘for future
    • for future delivery.’ Now let us suppose that a
    • business undertaking concluded a purchase ‘for future
    • for future delivery’ in the same stock. Suppose
    • a rise in the bank discount is always a barometer for crises.
    • — This crisis, therefore, was really brought about by
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    • his ideas about reforming the basis of society in three fundamental,
    • autonomous spheres: economic, political/rights, and cultural. For a
    • especially at heart, and which may seem needful for the
    • longer hope for much to-day. To-day we should after all be
    • were therefore obliged to fall back upon more or less
    • Tag. We are quite well aware, that if our propaganda for
    • unsatisfying substitute in every respect. For the thing,
    • onward-bearing force, should make its way into as many heads
    • question of economic life for instance, which was discussed
    • definite price for any particular article is the only
    • obtainable for a definite price within any particular set of
    • I used to take for discussion a concrete question of this
    • attended for the greater part by working men only. The
    • middle-class circles held aloof, for they thought that we
    • institution — thinks for one: one can leave it
    • a limited number of pages. For one can't write a whole
    • direct our efforts to making people see, that it is really
    • not so easy to settle public affairs. I must say that for me
    • to have everything laid before them in a couple of pages,
    • single leaflet for distribution! If you ask me to-day: In
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    • get anywhere with questions which lie so close to the efforts
    • against it as for it.
    • approach I have represented for many years now — and also
    • upon which the source of his findings is revealed to him. For
    • the usual processes of knowledge. He therefore has to give an
    • findings appear set out before the eye of the spirit.
    • Such questions as we have before us today are of particular
    • concern to the human being himself, for they are pre-eminently
    • where they can obtain no information.
    • have to admit that for such questions as we are considering
    • than a help. Therefore by way of introduction let me give you
    • says, for instance — and anyone can think of hundreds of
    • audible, for it is a long way off, the sound of a barrel organ,
    • learned to dance decades before as a very young man. At that
    • tune. I did not give much attention to the tune then, for I was
    • quietly. Had I not closed my eyes — for when I looked at
    • his true being. For this we have to advance a stage further.
    • the two questions before you so that you see how they have to
    • of the barrel organ, for then we only arrive at what it is that
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  • Title: Reincarnation and Immortality: Lecture II: The Historical Evolution of Humanity
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    • knowledge, for Goethe was, after all, a person who had deep
    • form a more or less united family in which there could be all
    • impossible for the various peoples, the members of this
    • to form judgments about what is going on around us. In such
    • the time is too short. — For instance, I can only
    • pursued by Ranke and others, for he sets out to study the inner
    • course of human evolution. He seeks the motivating forces and
    • in place of a living in images that always sees images for the
    • conception of life, for at that time life was based on
    • things. For Lamprecht there is then an important break in the
    • individual personality that begins to break through for the
    • first time, for the conventional relationships between human
    • significant for human evolution. Lamprecht describes various
    • shows, for instance, how the more rudimentary impulses of
    • shall see in a moment, what Lamprecht put forward is intimately
    • available for reaching a reality which has soul-spirit factors,
    • for penetrating into the real nature of history. But if we then
    • views of history never convince us that the efforts he makes in
    • sort of convincing result. It is a struggle for a new view of
    • history, but nowhere would we stop and say: Now we can, for
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  • Title: Reincarnation and Immortality: Lecture III: The Supersensible Being of Man
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    • point the recognition that his being is spiritual. For it is
    • quite obvious to anyone, a philosopher, for example,
    • brain, as is more or less believed by the materialistic form of
    • monism, then we find that our need for a deeper kind of
    • effort in his own thinking, even told his students at the
    • sensible to the super-sensible. For instance, he said to
    • wall. Then after he had let the people think the wall for a
    • paralyzed when they were unable to reach the goal put before
    • outset, for he very soon sees that what the senses can teach
    • it is very odd that the further we get, the more effort we make
    • soul from what it was before. And this is the basis for
    • in the soul from what it was before, and so today I shall not
    • go into the things that the thinking has to perform to get, as
    • ordinary life and science is not suitable for the investigation
    • forces that lead us into the super-sensible worlds. And such
    • dependent upon the bodily instrument for all that it achieves,
    • the physical world, and we cannot use this thinking for
    • thinks he would not, for our ordinary physical world, be a
    • constantly dwelling on certain thoughts and pictures for a very
    • long time, even if only for a very short period each day, and
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  • Title: Reincarnation and Immortality: Lecture IV: Nature of Anthroposophy
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    • courage, their confidence, and their hope for the future, then
    • the human soul are concerned, the longing for the comprehension
    • there is so much need for inner steadiness and certainty, for
    • strength in action, and for faith in mankind and its destiny.
    • soul for a knowledge of the eternal through such logical
    • inferences will soon be dissatisfied, for he will recognize
    • more far-reaching minds look elsewhere for the help in
    • who takes the search for the eternal as seriously as the
    • original form, but changed in such a way that it will only be
    • really only a transformed sense impression, which has
    • for their revelations in this way, fall into the most grievous
    • error which can arise. For I will now describe the ways
    • starting point for genuine research. Having learned about the
    • further. For this one thing is indeed necessary from the first
    • beings, lies the whole realm of our feelings. For
    • than they possess in ordinary life. For knowledge about the
    • some way transformed, as we shall see. To begin with, we are
    • prepared for a higher stage of knowledge than that acquired in
    • refer you to these books for the details. For an
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    • that we can get away from it for a time, but in the long run
    • happens within the soul, which in its search for a solution to
    • to epoch in order to make it possible for man to find such a
    • solution. In this age that has been with us for three or four
    • this for many years now, even in this city. It is particularly
    • arises: How is it at all possible for modern science and the
    • one form of belief or another, but only from the facts of
    • century, for a solution to the great mysteries of man were
    • in terms of the physical body just as the working of the forces
    • and forms of nature can be explained in terms of the
    • such hopes for a while, and this progress led to the
    • formulation of particular ideas about the world of the smallest
    • to say about the atom and the molecule holds good for the whole
    • forces worked in terms of the constitution of the material
    • molecules and atoms, and of the forces and mutual relationships
    • particles, it would not be long before the way would be found
    • admiration for what has been achieved. I cannot go into
    • analysis. He formulated his views on the basis of everything
    • species below him. And in following the transformation of
    • can only be filled with admiration for the wonderful work
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    • performance of Eurhythmy, given at Dornach, December 12th, 1920.
    • Eurythmie, die Offenbarung der sprechenden Seele. Eine Fortbildung der
    • performance of Eurhythmy, given at Dornach, December 12th, 1920.
    • Eine Fortbildung der Goetheschen Metamorphosenanschauung im Bereich
    • at a performance of Eurhythmy,
    • perhaps allow me to say just a few short words before our
    • attempt to give a performance of Eurhythmy. It is not my
    • purpose to try to explain the content of this performance,
    • for the very reason that all that is of the nature of Art
    • must speak for itself. An explanation of any kind is not in
    • and makes use of an artistic language whose forms are
    • they miming. Eurhythmy as we here give it cannot therefore be
    • transformed into finer vibratory movements which by means of
    • forms the basis of this Art. Everything that we do here is
    • organic metamorphosis — for he expanded the range of his
    • organic functions and development and then transformed into
    • movement of the arms, for instance, and a certain emotion of
    • artistic medium, by a different form of speech. Hence, as you
    • will see, Eurhythmy can be accompanied by music, for that
    • declamation is to accompany Eurhythmy, therefore, special
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    • this Lecture has been made available for everyone.
    • diverse points of view we have brought forward the reason why
    • the production of a higher knowledge, through the very effort
    • acquires a quite special significance for the present.
    • not rooted in earthly existence itself; for before the
    • was of such a nature that it was one and the same, uniform,
    • for the whole of humanity. You will find such things described
    • uniform thing. When I naw speak of knowledge, I mean not merely
    • for each of the various European territories. Then we have an
    • these races were to blame for this. Indeed we find that there
    • forms the Indian civilisation and the climatic geographical
    • for certain treasures of wisdom ceases, and how even the
    • forcing house, certain of these treasures were still
    • can say: They are like plants in a forcing house. What have
    • the forcing house, compared with plants growing freely in
    • object of booty for the West; and man would regard this
    • course of development as the proper course laid down for
    • with a movement of his hand, for the simple reason that it is
    • externally uncomfortable for him to face the true reality. He
    • forth.
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    • Man's Responsibility for World Evolution through His Spiritual
    • The Responsibility of Man for World Evolution, and is also known as,
    • Man's Responsibility for World Evolution through His Spiritual
    • The Responsibility of Man for World Evolution, and is also known as,
    • The Responsibility of Man for World Evolution
    • different considerations we have brought forward, you can
    • view, and from that, form certain ideas concerning the real
    • re-birth are for him times of a more Spiritual existence, and
    • mass is simply the body for certain Spiritual beings. And
    • it forms the firm basis on which we develop our life between
    • a sort of illusion before us; and we only come to the truth
    • looks up or down, I must therefore call it illusion; the
    • and of whom you will already have formed the idea that the
    • sharing all the time allotted them for their evolution; they
    • wait for a later age to become that which they were intended
    • to become, they could not wait for the development of what
    • was laid down in them. They want to be that now. Therefore
    • themselves now in that form which they should rightly attain
    • instinct along into the time we pass before our physical
    • has a deeper significance for the entire evolution of a human
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    • The Necessity for New Ways of Spiritual Knowledge
    • The Necessity for a Spiritual Deepening through Freely Acquired Knowledge,
    • The Necessity for a Genuine Spiritual Deepening as the Result of Free
    • NECESSITY FOR A SPIRITUAL DEEPENING
    • The keynote for
    • that a real, genuine, spiritual deepening is necessary for
    • to advance even in social matters if the understanding for
    • profoundly serious should be this striving for man's
    • after the spirit? For in this such men ought to have a
    • feeling not for theorising about the spirit but they should
    • have a feeling for the real, living activity in the spiritual
    • in and through the spiritual is spoken of today, for many
    • the writer has to thank “The Threefold State” for
    • valuable information and inspiration which he has repeatedly
    • acknowledged in public. In addition, however, he informed me
    • different, for example, he feels aggrieved that the hitherto
    • so forth. I won't go into details.
    • with anything. It means that the man has no feeling for the
    • write an “Appeal to the Cultural World” having before
    • little printed letters for theorists to criticise, I write
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    • The Necessity for a Spiritual Deepening through Freely Acquired Knowledge,
    • The Necessity for a Genuine Spiritual Deepening as the Result of Free
    • NECESSITY FOR A GENUINE SPIRITUAL
    • really genuine spiritual deepening is necessary for mankind
    • understanding for the needs and demands of the present time,
    • men must not have a feeling merely for theories about the
    • Spirit, but for the real living power inherent in the Spirit;
    • say that he had got certain useful information from my book
    • have before my minds eye such men of the present day who can
    • eventually to be criticised by theorists. I write for
    • (for they are ancient now) theoretical customs in order to be
    • things. For there is a general belief among men to-day that
    • about present materialism, for if we do not realise how we
    • emphasised or brought forward as the result of living
    • experience of spiritual reality. For example, suppose
    • its evolution, spiritual forces are working. It is quite
    • possible that through his knowledge of the spiritual forces
    • again, one might speak. of the necessity for bringing
    • spiritual forces into the social life of humanity, because
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    • The Necessity for a Genuine Spiritual Deepening as the Result of Free
    • world,is to try to obtain information through comparison of
    • what formed the horizon of the Greek's consciousness was the
    • about the consciousness of humanity in the forward evolution
    • surface of the Earth to be of a spherical shape. Speaking for
    • world. Now, for every really thinking man, the question must
    • for being mathematical. The essential feature in the attitude
    • mechanical concepts, which for men who think very accurately,
    • have been invented about all kinds of gravitational forces
    • must arise as to whether the time is ripe for this
    • experienced. For this mathematical-mechanical concept of
    • of time when it is impossible for human evolution to advance
    • that which I am going to put before you today in a kind of
    • necessary for the general consciousness of humanity at the
    • that he sitting still an his seat. He forgets that the train
    • is itself moving forward. The forward movement which he
    • himself makes with the train, is something that he forgets.
    • makes, when he gets up, for instance, and in relation to
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    • also arises in the soul in the form of ideas and concepts but
    • is, nevertheless, reality. Let us realise once for
    • Spirit he is losing the soul and Spirit. I said before that
    • will be saved to man for all eternity without any action
    • thereby he loses his own Ego, for the Ego does not belong to
    • fundamentally involved in the forming of abstract thought.
    • are nothing but a series of pictures. We may say, therefore,
    • only in this way is it possible for man to attain his real
    • understand this let us consider the world as it lies before
    • for a moment that any element of the life of the
    • unfortunate German Philosopher, is an outstanding example of
    • realised what has been put forward hypothetically in
    • of the human skin, must be taken in deepest seriousness, for
    • Nature, for intellectual concepts are dead and by their means
    • by his own efforts. The assimilation of Spiritual
    • Science is not, therefore, the assimilation of a theory but
    • Past outwardly manifest before them. They will only admit the
    • living force. The driving force in the human organisation is
    • hood-winked mankind so far as striving for real knowledge is
    • culminating in a warning that it is not meet for man to know
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    • general but above all out of a deep feeling for art, that
    • to reveal her open secret feels an irresistible longing for
    • perceptive feeling for art and the creations of art it is
    • feeling: Anyone wishing in art for the physical alone can
    • hardly get beyond a refined form of illustration, imitation
    • desire for the embodiment of an idea, for the artistic
    • justification for existence. For in face of a purely
    • into life what for a certain understanding is unreal, that,
    • in the form of art itself this feeling arises when, in the
    • a physical form — lights up in a form that is perceptible
    • with red walls, I take something for granted about the red
    • whole situation will make me uncomfortable and I shall
    • and which so often in our existence affords us bitter
    • disappointment, must call for a special sphere of life to be
    • created for the satisfaction of these particular needs. This
    • For we need only to have lived a little with art, we need
    • actually evokes the need for art. Perhaps ours is the first
    • age fitted for giving clearer expression to this artistic
    • need. For whatever we may think about a great many of the
    • subconscious and formerly not drawn from thence, have now
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    • experience of the super-sensible world as is striven for in
    • spiritual figures, appear before their eyes, so that the feel
    • clairvoyant vision of the spiritual world. For what we mean
    • of the extant to which it is possible for the soul, free of
    • transformation of what a man reproduces within himself from
    • presentation and perception are suppressed. When, therefore,
    • the striving for super-sensible knowledge proceeds by true
    • yearn for cloudy, nebulous experience of all kinds; it is
    • easy to understand that this should be mistaken for what we
    • soul are quite different. Those, however, who strive for
    • But in moments of seership it is possible for him completely
    • a quite different form from that of ordinary life.
    • super-sensible knowledge, although it buds forth from feeling
    • architectonic forms and proportions, into what the architect
    • nothing so closely akin as to the forms in which the
    • forms — they are living thought-forms — he penetrates
    • that expresses itself in forms of the world of space. The
    • harmonies of proportion and form, willing and feeling are
    • working. He learns to recognise the forces of the universe in
    • these forms which weave through proportion and the relations
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    • during the meeting for the re-founding of the Anthroposophical Society
    • during the meeting for the re-founding of the Anthroposophical Society
    • Was durch den Westen sich formet;
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    • during the meeting for the re-founding of the Anthroposophical Society
    • during the meeting for the re-founding of the Anthroposophical Society
    • For the Father Spirit of the heights reigns
    • For the will of Christ reigns in the earthly sphere
    • What through the west takes form;
    • For its free will;
    • For the cosmic thoughts of spirit,
    • Forcefully will to do.
    • circles too, for he said that there was a law attached to esoteric
    • mantrams of such a cultic nature: The force with which they return is
    • equal to that with which they are sent out, and it is therefore
    • form, it seems to me that this new translation should not be
  • Title: Lecture: Human Knowledge and Its Significance for Man and the Cosmos
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    • Human Knowledge and Its Significancefor
    • for souls incarnated upon the earth to know in what sense the being
    • civilisation for that age in the future when the human being will have
    • We can therefore picture man's progress through incarnation as follows:
    • may say that the head disappears, and the rest of the body is then transformed
    • but when I say this, you must remember that it is the forces
    • The forces are the reality. The forces contained in the body
    • of man, with the exclusion of those of the head, are transformed during
    • the period between death and a new birth into the forces underlying
    • in our head, the forces that were connected with our body in the previous
    • ask ourselves: By what means are the forces contained in our present
    • body transformed in such a way that they can become a head in the next
    • transformed into a head. What is it, exactly, that makes this transformation
    • psychologists who are constantly bringing forward theories about the
    • I will try to find out the constituents that are required for man's
    • of wheat contains constituents of nutritive value for the human being,
    • make it possible for a new wheat plant to come into existence.
    • error here. The primary purpose of what lives within us in the form
    • of knowledge, idea, truth, wisdom, is not that of enabling us to form
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    • and on the hope for each human soul that it can find its way back to the
    • and on the hope for each human soul that it can find its way back to the
    • world and the straining of the forces at one's disposal to
    • that goodness cannot merely be striven for as goodness
    • obtained once for all; rather does goodness come only through
    • action. If it were fitting for man always to observe the
    • possibility of evil arises. For what is evil? It is that
    • not only a possibility, but an actuality; for as man
    • the balance at once, and it was necessary for the
    • Mysteries, it was possible for him to give the precise
    • morals should exist at all. For what happens when there is no
    • something, in that moment a mighty influence for good has
    • development was prior to that time, for in external history
    • possible for man to enter into relationship with the
    • suppose that we have a child before us. What is the condition
    • preaching of morals. Our inner powers are also called forth
    • understanding, calls forth from the soul the right moral
    • thing is for us to keep our eyes open, and be alive to all
    • spiritual science. Wisdom is the fuel for interest and we may
    • really do not get to know him, for they are quite shut up in
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    • Printed for the members of the University of Spiritual Science
    • called forth in man the consciousness that in the region above
    • unnecessary for humanity of that time but which does contain
    • most essential facts of knowledge for modern mankind. The
    • The reason for this is due to the fact that in the course of
    • human evolution there was no need for the human beings of those
    • ancient times — also for a long time after for those who
    • transformation of its existence without experiencing such a
    • he was therefore not interested in the transition which
    • for the human being still possessed a vital perception of the
    • and experienced his soul nature. And it was impossible for him
    • is necessary for our time.
    • likewise in the soul life, and, therefore, they had to turn
    • became ever increasingly significant for the earthly man; for
    • This increased more and more, especially for those who lived
    • Thus, before the Mystery of Golgotha, men ran the risk that
    • able to communicate, to prepared priests for the mysteries, the
    • had never experienced birth and death in their own worlds. For
    • birth and death in the form we experience them on earth, are
    • there is no birth, no death; there is only transformation,
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    • Dawson for the Antroposophic Press in 1944. It has since appeared as lecture 2 of 11 in GA109 Das Prinzip
    • Printed in Manuscript for the members only of the School of
    • qualified to form a judgment on the contents of these works
    • are not willing to take them as a basis for discussion.
    • elementary a form as possible. It is, however, necessary also
    • to the higher truths, for only through
    • sphere. Now it is true that we have a long way to go before we
    • shall be able to coordinate the spiritual lines and forces
    • to better advantage, and are therefore at a stage of
    • other words, did not need for their own further progress to
    • descend into bodies of flesh. It is nevertheless possible for
    • human bodies as ours. At any time therefore a being may
    • find it at all in any former fleshly incarnation; but if we do,
    • without gaining anything from this embodiment for
    • in the world of special significance for himself —
    • reaps no benefits for himself from his physical
    • he subjects himself, for he enters into a physical body for the
    • blessing and advancement of mankind. Therefore, as we
    • for three years in a body of flesh, and Who since that time has
    • once. They incarnate repeatedly, but they obtain for themselves
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    • It has never been translated into English, and never before published
    • for apologies, as I cannot give the lecture in the language of
    • this country. Since this is not possible for me, I must make the
    • question that has been announced for today's topic, a question
    • view nowadays, and therefore everything that is put forward
    • perceived as somewhat strange. Yet all that is brought forward
    • cannot be found into those areas for which answers must be
    • sought, as far as is possible for people regarding such matters
    • certain correct, daring, paradoxical hypothesis. Allowing for
    • could therefore definitely think that any force of nature
    • true reality. For that which occurs when we grasp things, when
    • I have put this before you first of all as
    • that it is actually possible for the human being to come to
    • point of view that I had won for myself I had not brought into
    • the world, for I had first developed it within myself out of
    • point of view that I once won for myself, I am the sovereign
    • to enter into true, exact spiritual research. For there is
    • develop further. Now there is a soul force that the more
    • that man will not develop even this soul force further; he will
    • second time. The soul force I refer to is indeed beyond the
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    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • science, for example, our relation to the spiritual world,
    • interest for everyone. Each lecture will be self-contained,
    • of such research of the supersensible for humanity now and in
    • civilization, are to receive the impulse for true spiritual
    • for its further evolution. If these seeds are allowed to lie
    • soul. The seeds for future development in the hidden recesses
    • science aims to awaken understanding for the views of the
    • past as well as for those which, because they are right for
    • is past for founding new religions. Spiritual truths can no
    • longer be presented the way they were in former times.
    • mind. Its foremost task is to contribute to the comprehension
    • is no need for new religions; the old ones contain all the
    • that wisdom in a new form. In so doing, the old forms will
    • purpose. In fact, the hatred and intolerance that formerly
    • continue for a time, but eventually it will prove too weak,
    • too insipid an attitude for progress. When in the nineteenth
    • in the twentieth century when other soul forces are called
    • and that Truth takes on different forms in different souls.
    • This is to be expected and should be no cause for division;
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    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • from the wound, forms the words: “Oh man,
    • enemy of blood and for that reason demands the signature
    • issue in the fight for an individual's soul between good and
    • one naturally wonders how it was possible for primitive man,
    • with his unsophisticated views, to depict in the form of
    • before pursuing our subject we remind ourselves of a maxim
    • world is therefore not complete to the spiritual researcher,
    • experience. For someone actually in the throes of pain and
    • and suffering, for to that people owe what wisdom they
    • like crystallized pain; pain transformed into its
    • fore, is that of race. The racial problem cannot be
    • was formerly the case. It arises when cultivated people are
    • the problem: To what extent is it possible for a primitive
    • absorbing the oxygen, is transformed into red, life-giving
    • having formed the blood, absorb into it oxygen from the air
    • compare its importance with that of fibre. What fibre is for
    • the lower organism. blood is for the human being as a
    • finds rudiments of bone and muscle long before there is any
    • indication of blood formation. Only late in embryonic
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    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • guard before life's portal, the problem of suffering.
    • times, it features as one of the foremost questions.
    • for the sake of enjoyment. It explains why a people as happy
    • retinue, answers the question, What is best for man? by saying:
    • “The best for man is not to be born, and if born the
    • next best for him is to die soon after.”
    • occupied himself with this saying in his effort to
    • another saying came to the fore in Greece that shows a
    • dawning understanding for the fact that the significance of
    • pain goes far beyond that of misfortune. We find in Aeschylus,
    • compassion for the tragic hero and sorrow that such suffering
    • No art form
    • forces. On the stage we can often witness the conquest of
    • pain and suffering. It is brought forcefully to our
    • that, as a human being comes before us in the physical world,
    • freezing so that ice has formed. This ice is nothing but
    • water in solid form. Spirit relates to matter as water to
    • only have to add the necessary heat for ice to turn back into
    • a certain form. We speak of material form, of life that
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    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • evil. Materialism may appear to have explanations for
    • that the one seeking entry would only use the knowledge for
    • just as good is an original force, so is evil. The Persian
    • spiritual vision, for the new clairvoyance is the fruit of
    • of the beings belonging to the forms of existence they have
    • that planet. The human bodily nature, forsaken by the spirit,
    • ever happens twice. Never before has there been an existence
    • nature as “lower,” for it is in reality the most
    • carry the maximum weight, or think of the wonderful forms of
    • attacks the wise form of the heart. The astral body will need
    • developed before love; as yet love is far from perfect, but
    • who have developed the urge for love are destroyed in the
    • struggle for existence. Where there is love there is
    • conflict, but love will overcome the conflict and transform
    • lower for the very breath of life.
    • existence through humans, and love is food for the gods. The
    • were formerly guided by instinctive wisdom; then it withdrew
    • themselves for the first time; previously they had seen only
    • not only selfless love for the surrounding world, but also
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture VI: Education in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • by the intellect is for spiritual science only part of their
    • and is best described as a sum of forces or currents of
    • out of water. We must therefore regard everything that
    • ether body coincides with the physical body except for the
    • animals the ether body extends far beyond the physical. For
    • fantastic for a person who can see to describe colors to a
    • connected with the world of stars. The forces that permeate
    • womb before birth.
    • maternal covering through the child before birth. Thus, the
    • child is born for a second time when the ether body is born.
    • child is born for the third time.
    • must be considered separately. While it is impossible for
    • the soul, if influences foreign to it are brought to bear on
    • the ether body before it has become completely independent.
    • The same applies to the astral body before puberty. We
    • and training before the change of teeth, except such that
    • child's physical body before it is born. However, just as the
    • mother must be cared for, because her health influences the
    • inviolability of the ether body for the sake of the child's
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    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • must obviously concern everyone, for illness and death enters
    • death,” were for centuries regarded as an answer, a
    • words have lost their meaning for most educated people.
    • connected with actions done for egoistic or selfish reasons,
    • realize that we are dealing with facts, not putting forward a
    • human beings, strives towards a specific target, a summit for
    • alter the original meaning; we must endeavor to transform the
    • ages, thinkers searching for a world conception have
    • Take for
    • is the consolation for life, and life the consolation for
    • death; for life is miserable; it can be endured only because
    • forever brings forth new life, the old must die to provide
    • beings; anything else will be brought up merely for the sake
    • For an
    • of the being. We must recognize that the forces and
    • contains the forces that call the physical substances to
    • “I” makes human beings the crown of creation, for
    • they are the architects and contain the formative forces. The
    • just as before birth the forces and substances of the
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    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • subjects such as that of today's lecture, we must keep before
    • physical senses of eyes and ears are protected before
    • nurse before the age of seven. Why then must we have schools
    • for children?
    • inner forces should be ennobled through religion, corresponds
    • to the twenty-first year, corresponds to the Reformation, and
    • sagas. It is therefore important that what is taught during
    • therefore the teacher. The teacher's authority must be
    • self-evident for the children, just as what was taught by the
    • presence that makes itself felt even before the teacher has
    • inwardly transformed. The day will come when a teacher will
    • be tested, not for knowledge or even for pedagogical
    • principles, but for what he or she is as a human being.
    • For the child
    • portrayed; former epochs must come to life. The school must
    • life of the child, forces will flow from his or her soul to
    • the future plant, it contains forces of the sun, indeed of
    • the whole cosmos. A feeling for nature will awaken in the
    • child when the capacity for imagery is fostered. Plants
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture VIII: Insanity in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • statements are put forward, for example that the discord
    • profession, for example, querulousness, religious
    • may be asked: How is it possible for insanity to establish
    • in mighty pictures before the soul, the whole of a person's
    • expression of the Earth-Spirit's sadness or cheerfulness. For
    • matter be transformed into spirit.
    • that the spiritual, by transforming itself, adapts to the
    • for example an astral body encounters a nervous system to
    • which it cannot adjust, and therefore cannot make use of?
    • for this kind of phenomenon is as follows: A healthy person
    • way that they appear as reflected forms, approaching from
    • outside. However, this is something that holds true also for
    • processes. But, if for instance, the brain is clumsy and
    • projected and appear as forms approaching from outside.
    • their true form, but if they become projected outwards due to
    • delirium itself. Glaucoma is often a forerunner of
    • becomes apparent. The form of mental illness that results
    • comes to expression, for the young person suffers from
    • their children for such illness, mistaking it for
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    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • source of strength and confidence. It is for people who wish
    • to be effective in life, not for the merely curious.
    • are capable of developing spiritual forces of greater
    • cosmos. Nevertheless, the higher forces it bestows often are
    • used as an incentive for egoistical striving. It is often
    • absorbed, healing forces are absorbed also. Spiritual science
    • spirit, and you absorb health-giving forces! Not, however, in
    • lazy comfort; there are people who entertain the most trivial
    • innermost being. It is not through some magical formula that
    • people who have no sense for music or paintings; likewise
    • there are people with no sense for what is spiritual. The
    • forthcoming: An elderly lady with a lantern was in the habit
    • become an inner force. Through his contemplation and exact
    • as shadow is to reality; however, it can be transformed and
    • soul forces that are objective, comparable to the forces
    • darkness if the eyes did not transform the light falling upon
    • believes we must just wait for some nebulous manifestation of
    • eyes are active transforming light. Unless the soul creates
    • wishes; when their content is spiritual, then healing forces
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture X: Stages in Man's Development in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • is for knowledge of the higher self.
    • the saying means: We know for certain that without eyes we
    • without sight, knowing only darkness, the light enticed forth
    • are created by the light for the light.” However, the
    • task all the better the more they forget themselves and
    • mission of the eyes is to forget their inner being and
    • more this self can forget itself and become aware of the
    • spiritual eyes and continually does so. Therefore,
    • death. In so doing, we must not forget that when a person
    • together of themselves, so do the physical forces need the
    • together the physical matter and forces from birth to death.
    • “I” for a short time. This is an important moment
    • before the human soul with lightning speed a mighty memory
    • before our past life as objective observer.
    • body its human form.
    • physical body is laid aside, but now the tool for obtaining
    • suffering thirst in a region for the length and breadth of
    • remains in kamaloca for as long as the astral body retains a
    • longing for the physical body. Gradually it frees itself of
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture XI: Who are the Rosicrucians?
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    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • implies. For most people it remains extremely vague. If books
    • are consulted, one is informed that the Rosicrucians are
    • information.
    • certain subjects. But what they have to say about it, for
    • feats were for the genuine Rosicrucian nothing but symbols
    • for the inner moral purification of the human soul. The
    • transformations represented symbolically how inner human
    • transforming base metals into gold, they meant that it was
    • possible to transform base vices into the gold of human
    • such as the transformation of metals, simply to demonstrate
    • information about Rosicrucianism stems from two writings that
    • by many others proffering all kinds of information about
    • can now be spoken of in public, for reasons which at the
    • seldom accurate information.
    • those maintain who are too comfortable to make the effort.
    • but through higher ones, attained when its hidden forces have
    • prerequisite for the higher stages is the very highest
    • say that the ultimate truth attainable takes different forms.
    • Truth, it is the same for all. It is comparable to the view
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture XII: Richard Wagner and Mysticism
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    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • would have thought of it before speaking. It must be borne in
    • subsequently discovered. Therefore, the objection should not
    • striven for a similar clarity in the ideas they derive from
    • art, or takes some other form. He is strongly aware of the
    • is neither easy nor straightforward — that truth is
    • forms was caused by what he called “their selfishness
    • and egoism. Instead of the various art forms going their
    • such an ideal form. He thought to recognize it in ancient
    • and others. Before the arts
    • separated, drama and dance, for example, had worked together
    • civilizations, art and science formed a unity that was looked
    • upon as a mystery. Mystery centers existed for the
    • cultivation of wisdom, beauty and religious piety before
    • performances. We can conjure up before our mind's eye the
    • these things. The performances were dramatic musical
    • formed into the various creature's of the kingdoms of nature:
    • In other words, divine essence streamed into and formed
    • knowledge combined to depict in dramatic form the creation of
    • its goal, would shout for joy, and admire the pinnacle of its
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    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • the Word of God. We must realize that for centuries the
    • questions, and they fastened onto every word, for it was
    • impossible for them to believe that fault could be found in
    • for centuries has been considered a source of Truth, can
    • must ask ourselves how it came about that no one for
    • centuries, for millennia, noticed these contradictions that
    • before the art of printing, the majority of the faithful did
    • about which they were not informed by the leading few who did
    • did these documents come to be appreciated. Reverence for the
    • formulated the Nicene Creed in A.D. 325.
    • From them we learn that, for example, in the year
    • collating the Gospels and bringing them to present a uniform
    • itself. It is also pretentious, for it proclaims an
    • who simply find it more comfortable to remain within views to
    • simply too much effort to learn something new.
    • "Blessed are those who are beggars of the spirit, for within
    • that is all about him. However, for that to come about
    • from stage to stage. In striving for perfection, a human
    • did not know before; through our will we become capable of
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    • Steiner when endowing a Society for Theosophy and Theosophical Art in
    • but only notes made by various attendees. For the manuscript version
    • Reebstein-Lehmann were available. For the new printing in 1984 additions
    • Steiner when endowing a Society for Theosophy and Theosophical Art in
    • but only notes made by various attendees. For the manuscript version
    • Reebstein-Lehmann were available. For the new printing in 1984 additions
    • Impulse for the Future given by Rudolf Steiner
    • made by various attendees. For the
    • stenographic notes by Bertha Reebstein-Lehmann were available. For
    • indications for later activity in our souls, seeds for the future
    • develop new forms of being. Passing through death and the submergence
    • in chaos with its jumbled whirlpool of rummaging forces provides the
    • guarantee for a later resurrection of the spiritual impact through
    • metamorphosing to higher forms of being. In the microcosm as in the
    • development to new forms of being rules.
    • danger of solidifying into dogma was present, and the vital forces
    • decisions; they were therefore persecuted as heretics. The contents
    • healthy way before reaching independence. But the education of
    • humanity to independence, in which the newly awoken I-force was to
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    • his sense-nerve nature. For feeling, he is served by the rhythm living in
    • experienced for this reason more of the rhythmic weaving in his life of
    • a Yogi, he would have to become a refined egoist, for Nature has already
    • dream-like way. If the Yogi had sought for himself in the world as the
    • in his cold knowledge the spiritual-divine streaming forth below him and
    • knowledge that makes man free, transforming itself in man into the power of
    • as an appearance where there lives in shadowy form what he experiences as
    • was given as Copernicus and Galileo arose for him. He had to look into his
    • own inner nature in order to seek for the spirit. There the spirit was still
    • are material ghosts, taking their place before the eyes of the soul because
    • that in such conceptions lay the main directions transmitted to them for
    • handling of the economic affairs were derived for them from the same
    • the side of the element of rights and the state, which for a time
    • controlled everything economic, there took form an independent economic
    • separation. At the same time, there arises for him the task to mould into a
    • this creation with understanding, for he will again discover what he once
    • between man and man. into this was woven the labor which one performs for
    • complicated forms, It drew labor into itself when the structure of rights
    • which this had hitherto taken on was not yet adequate for the demands of
    • the new forms. Disharmony arose between the conceptions of work and of
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    • make the greatest effort to form his ideas and concepts.
    • East, when it was not necessary for man to have the education
    • educated, for we must learn to form our thoughts on life. If we
    • progressed very far in the art of forming thoughts. One of the
    • us by our own effort this art of forming thoughts about the
    • This was prepared for in the Greek epoch. The Grecian life was
    • very elementary development of the thinking forces. Oriental
    • encourage thought-efforts, they did not induce man to form
    • rightly so, as one of the first who stimulated man to form
    • thought-life through his own effort. The Orientals had a
    • rich spiritual life existed in the East, even before the time
    • not the first stages of spiritual life of the East, for these
    • last two or three thousand years before Christ, this powerful
    • forgive the materialistic expression, which is only used as a
    • comparison) grow hot inwardly and perspire in our efforts to
    • For
    • own accord. He obtained his world-picture in the form of an
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    • For
    • the occultist this question is a double one: For we must
    • transformed into Manas, Buddhi and Atma, or into Spirit Self,
    • the third degree, and his bodies were therefore in a state of
    • as it were of their Ego, so that room was made for a higher
    • of Christ-Jesus who lived upon the earth for three years and
    • mankind. Before the earth became Earth, it was the old Moon,
    • and the present moon is only a fragment of the old Moon. Before
    • Before the Earth was EARTH, it existed as Saturn, Sun and
    • Australia. There, man took on his present form through the fact
    • physical beings formed a kind of shell, a dwelling-place
    • began to shape the Subsequent form of the human body. In the
    • could then transform his organism more and more. He could lift
    • There was a certain relationship between all these souls, for
    • then the members of a race or nation, for example, the whole
    • exercised their influence upon the Earth, for they were high
    • Spirit Self, but this only lived in them in a very weak form.
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    • YEAR'S COURSE AS A SYMBOL FOR THE GREAT COSMIC YEAR.
    • to-day, it is necessary to speak in the form of images which
    • be needed if one were to speak: in the form of concepts and not
    • subdivision of time, but this is not the case. For a deeper
    • bear fruit. Only certain forest trees keep their so-called
    • are therefore convinced that spiritual forces and influences
    • consciousness which forms part of the mineral kingdom. We
    • parallelism between our consciousness and, for instance, the
    • and nerve system, but not to the other systems. For when the
    • Parallel to this we have the fact that when, for instance,
    • the other side. This too is only a transformation of
    • also the case with the earth, for when it is winter on one
    • awake. We therefore speak of all the plants upon the earth as a
    • When we speak of this consciousness, which therefore
    • two beings, for they permeate each other, so that one is filled
    • the intellect which they think forms part of the physical
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    • the anthroposophical point of view, as we have done before, we first
    • is formed by physical and etheric organism we have joined the astral
    • organism do not unite as strongly as, for example, ego and astral organism,
    • things in detail, we have to put them before our soul once more in their
    • does it mean: man sees the surrounding world? If, for once, we look
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    • For a superficial observation
    • organism. With the eye, there comes into consideration (just see for
    • really swim continuously in a liquid; in something watery. Therefore
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    • liquid there are finely dissolved those solid parts, mentioned before,
    • which are carried forth as it were, on the waves of the watery, also
    • Therefore, there are coming
    • for the act of seeing, continuously occurs in the human organism. Continuously
    • 1) that the head is a plastic image of the forces which man had as a
    • soul-spiritual being in pre-earthly life. The head is formed by plastic
    • forces, it is also developed very early during embryonic life, and it
    • retains really only the power to give form. If the human head did not
    • have this power to give form (zu gestalten) it would be indeed
    • worlds into earthly existence. The head forms itself truly as an image
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    • about our present time. The day before yesterday, as you know, I spoke
    • basically are still more important, as for example light, which we also
    • before. Next we inwardly digest particularly through the excretion of
    • These underlie the least transformations in us; they really undergo
    • only a transformation, which one could accomplish already also in an
    • by being, for example subjected to the etheric body of the plants, by
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    • etheric forces would be present there, which the cabbage has, because
    • the ether body as foodstuffs oxygen of the air is taken up. Therefore,
    • the earthly state, what other wise by itself would form only as something
    • that had been formed up to the heart-lung activity, will be taken up
    • has now been revived, and saturated by oxygen — is forwarded into
    • heart, will be formed now into the special organs. We would not have
    • the kidneys are helped by what comes forth from the head.
    • to be formed during childhood, but continuously because our organs are
    • form — giving forces existent, which renew these organs. Still
    • form — giving forces are also there.
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    • (diagram 2). The kidney system, which radiates forth these forces on
    • for example, it would form one lobe of the lung in a way that it would
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    • Anthroposophy shall therefore not be the renewal of any kind of old
    • Age had lasted for some time, a Light Age would come again. It would
    • call pneumonia today. The form of illness in case of pneumonia was of
    • himself. Therefore one said to oneself if a person has been taken ill
    • before his 40th year or earlier by pneumonia, then he simply has not
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    • home before he came down to earth. He does not quite fit into the earthly
    • one has to give him relief — one has to bring super-earthly forces
    • forces are working. Therefore one prepared these or other plants by
    • upon the cosmic forces was investigated through a kind of horoscope.
    • lung is too much inclined towards the earth (blue) and because the forces
    • to overcome these forces (Yellow). In this way one imparted forces to
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    • ill — in the same way one formed an opinion about his state of health
    • For example — we sit down at the table and have plates and forks and
    • forks, but we don't eat them, they are just there. What we value as
    • “trimmings,” as it were. For us, the trimmings have become
    • the trees of the woods gave to him. For him that was a source of being
    • related with his trees, with all that was for him precisely the suitable
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    • carry responsibility for these developments.
    • willing, and thinking within these events, considering them for
    • reason for this event we were involved in so much a part of
    • wise cosmic guidance that we can say it was inevitable for it
    • impression that it must be possible for us to intervene in the
    • necessarily assuming that we are free on the other. For
    • the huge machine of existence, governed by the forces ruling
    • extreme form of determinism is fatalism, which clings so
    • Enlightenment. For his antinomian chart see his book
    • For example, on one side stood the assertion “In terms of
    • mystery. For it certainly is a mysterious question
    • find no basis at all for overcoming doubt in this sphere if you
    • and so on. Look at the left column for a moment; an
    • as on the left, namely an infinite number, for each number on
    • here also cannot be solved, for it is just as true that on the
    • form.
    • infinity, for you cannot use your concepts where limited
    • if you look at them from a distance. Therefore you can say that
    • you do not need to go as far as unlimited infinity, for if you
    • For people completely fail to notice that there is only a
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    • carry responsibility for these developments.
    • day before yesterday I endeavored to show you the universal
    • the first place we use our thinking only for the physical
    • plane, therefore it has become accustomed to dealing with those
    • whole problem. For we shall not be able to approach any
    • kind of solution in the lecture intended for Sunday, unless we
    • also examine all the implications for human knowledge itself,
    • we call the ahrimanic and luciferic forces in world events and
    • though this point is of no further interest to us, for those
    • in an affair of this sort ahrimanic and luciferic forces
    • governor wanted to keep this clock all for himself and would
    • had the clockmaker blinded and forced him to retire. Not until
    • soon as Lucifer appeared, he was joined by Ahriman, for the
    • for Ahriman and Lucifer, we also see it in another aspect,
    • namely in the form of the clock itself. We see that the
    • luciferic forces in the very construction of the clock, for
    • time for the ahrimanic and luciferic element.
    • must bring a feeling for this element to life again in a
    • model for their world outlook. This has gradually led to
    • apart from our own life situation, for instance, Goethe
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    • carry responsibility for these developments.
    • plan for next year containing all the things which I am sure
    • themes, both for schoolwork and homework, had been chosen from
    • avoiding all the mistakes I made before.” And he, too,
    • all the subjects he was going to give the pupils for schoolwork
    • and will have been able to draw up a schedule for the
    • “Well, are you not intending to plan subjects for
    • the time for the report cards. From those of the first two
    • before, and the third, too. Things happened similarly, with the
    • good teachers were nominated for decorations, and the
    • similar way as before. Then the headmaster said, “There
    • third.” But they could not very well emulate him, for
    • they could not see how anyone could possibly foresee what
    • the meantime the former headmaster, because of his insight into
    • the pupils are like, then I can form my schedule from week to
    • gentlemen always say 'I know for certain that on February
    • I can say in detail what will be happening, and I know for
    • Easter.' The third teacher says 'I do not know for certain what
    • way foresee that all will be well. And,” said the new
    • predetermine anything for the whole school year?” asked
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    • carry responsibility for these developments.
    • are very much inclined to look hastily for the most obvious
    • before, I drew your attention to the fact that at the beginning
    • Central Europe. And we can look for the consequences in
    • all the points that should be considered. For just imagine, if
    • actually enter forces we sense as coming from the spiritual
    • physical plane. And after having prepared the way for these
    • said, for such objections do exist. Consider for a moment
    • repentance for a deed we have done? Obviously people are
    • point for endless misunderstandings. We will have to go to the
    • Freedom is fundamentally a kind of illusion. For if a ball is
    • being conscious, for you would not be able to hurtle
    • unfortunately do not make in ordinary life with regard to
    • objectively as though it had been absolutely necessary. For as
    • something does not work out and we feel uncomfortable later on
    • bad deeds, for instance, the following one, to choose a
    • eat, or would like something for some other reason than
    • feeling remorse for his deed? No, it does not! And why not? For
    • forms of bad deeds. The bad deed as such is never really
    • intended, and language has a subtle feeling for this. When an
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    • carry responsibility for these developments.
    • necessity which more or less form a connected whole. Let
    • physical body for the very reason that we can obviously
    • agree with us that the physical body exists. Therefore, in the
    • physical observation, and the I even more so, for the
    • cannot be dissolved and therefore cannot fade away, it is
    • quite enough that after death, probably for eternity, the
    • our physical body. (Our astral body also does so, but for the
    • possession of our I, for what we have is a mental image
    • our will; for reasons we have often discussed we cannot exert
    • gives us our mental image of the I. Therefore, on the
    • is a further mystery. For you can become conscious of your
    • will, can't you. Therefore, Schopenhauer
    • picking up of the watch remains a mystery even for the physical
    • the greater part of humanity only for the past few centuries,
    • and this fact is usually overlooked. As for us, we have studied
    • today — for they were able to determine such things from
    • described was not invention, for to them gold really appeared
    • in a different way from silver, for instance. When they
    • feeling for how very different it was when the ancients spoke
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    • their spiritual life before birth with what one might call a
    • immediate forbears or ancestors of the last century. I told
    • spiritual world men have had before they die act forcibly
    • death into the world of spirit, man can therefore receive
    • one way or another in true thought-forms and those
    • that the desire for a spiritual civilization in the hearts
    • acquire the sense for the expression, the physiognomy, of
    • such a sense, it is quite essential. Much of the sense for
    • with the dead will readily notice that many thoughts (for it
    • of interchange of thought with the dead) as a foreign
    • the dead, for example, of the germ of something; the word
    • any rate for all mid- and west-European languages—and
    • feeling for the picture expressed by the noun has been so
    • verbs they are forced by an inner compulsion to think more
    • germinates,” because you have used the verbal form you
    • you. But, for reasons I have often explained here, because
    • in itself? For most people it remains quite a. shadowy
    • The right is originally simply what is performed as
    • skillfully for real life as what is done with the right, and
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    • disturbing our times, it is because the essential thing for
    • Spiritual Science, and therefore those interested in
    • question from out of a Spiritual Scientific standpoint. For
    • aroused in the widest circles for what are the impulses
    • movement, and for this it is necessary to make ourselves
    • development of the consciousness soul. Therefore much will
    • catastrophe will become immeasurably greater. For one cannot
    • morsel now and again, for fear that otherwise their mouths
    • superphysical worlds, cultivate a deeper understanding for
    • before the end of the fifth post-Atlantean epoch is the
    • Imagination for esoteric development: but the fault genius
    • with imagery such as we have for example in our group, the
    • gift for the life on earth. The life to be developed in the
    • that will no longer be possible; than the forces at work in
    • necessary for men to work towards what should be achieved in
    • things that are forced into overlapping in time. The life of
    • spirit which has as its prime task for the future to develop
    • what I have been putting forward. in regard to language. You
    • judgment rightly on what I am now meaning. We Germans, for
    • of meaning; but in so far as we use the uniform educated, we
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  • Title: Goetheanism as an Impulse for Man's Transformation - Lecture I: The Difference Between Man and Animal
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    • words it is very easy for them to be misunderstood in some direction.
    • I have spoken to you also of the very varied reasons for this ready
    • here or there, among those who have had little opportunity for acquiring
    • of facts they themselves often advance concerning it and form their
    • contemporaries in the direction where we have to look for the improvement
    • present world situation. For there are men who understand how to estimate
    • all the seriousness of the present time, who have for some time understood
    • For one could wish that many more inside the Anthroposophical
    • for any misunderstanding. It is an article which, it is true, is out of
    • impressive in other ways, for most of the things discussed are treated
    • delusion. For some time we have actually been living in an age very similar
    • based on the then existing thirst for war, they are now superannuated.
    • For us here, however, the first part of what I read out must be of special
    • wisdom succeeds that of passion and delusion.” For, as an abstract
    • opinion that the only salvation for mankind lies in turning to a supreme
    • At the same time, however, we may not forget that just those men who,
    • necessity for reshaping the ideas that were unable to save men from
    • is the need for a fresh impulse. This is only one example among many.
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    • are concerned, to look back on many things connected in former times
    • with some particular spiritual stream. For you have seen that it is
    • world, making it necessary at present for man to take a new standpoint
    • be differently understood which, apparently well founded, shines forth
    • is exposed. For this deep understanding is well adapted to strengthen
    • the soul, so that this soul is a match for much that always makes itself
    • wishes to join in with the world current accounts for many kinds of
    • attacks, including those, for example. from the standpoint of the Catholic
    • the chaos that is about to break upon us, unfortunately far too little
    • objections made, for example, in the articles by the Jesuit, Zimmermann,
    • partisanship, their efforts go much more in the direction of bringing
    • forward what has a definite suggestive or hypnotic effect. Pantheism
    • Pantheism that is forever talking of how behind the outspread world
    • There is no need for you to draw my attention to such foolishness. But,
    • knows that for himself he has no need to reflect about things but has
    • recognised creed. For once we will look at the kind of pronouncements
    • for opinion does not meet the case, but average utterance of an official
    • by Spiritual Science for gaining insight into the supereensible. For
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  • Title: Goetheanism as an Impulse for Man's Transformation - Lecture III: Clairvoyant Vision Looks at Mineral, Plant, Animal, Man
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    • for once call up before our souls some results of Spiritual Science
    • to look for a new relation to external nature since the old means to
    • he sees what impulses are necessary for the modern social structure
    • before our souls the following—that as man is placed in the world
    • takes on a different form for the different epochs of mankind's evolution,
    • to men of the present time. For the present age is a very critical one
    • for men on earth. Up to the fifteenth century, and, since things do
    • For you certainly know that taking earthly evolution as a whole it divides
    • there was a kind of crisis. For up to that time the whole of the earth's
    • he had been in his different forms as man on Saturn, Sun and Moon. In
    • form merely a kind of repetition of what existed on another level of
    • foresee—will be shattering to mankind, are the expression of how
    • from the will and what should find a certain ordering for the social
    • inadequate nonsense. For a true insight into what is really revealed
    • to a high degree today, a feeling for this change, even if it does not
    • things cannot be appropriately described in any other way. For when
    • looking at the mineral and plant kingdoms with this transformed power
    • On the contrary, When with transformed cognition we look at the animal
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  • Title: Goetheanism as an Impulse for Man's Transformation - Lecture 4: Human Qualities Which Oppose Antroposophy
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    • actual form of the spiritual life. Now today I should like to go into
    • said, suffices for understanding and receiving open-mindedly all things
    • sound human intelligence; when rightly directed, is sufficient for the
    • will become increasingly so for all men, to learn to understand the
    • by the spiritual investigator. In former times the Initiates were allowed
    • now. Thus, for example, it was always given out in a way that today
    • spiritual world before his soul is ripe to do so. Today this can indeed
    • world! People are not fond of the effort entailed; they would much rather
    • far less liking today for sound human understanding than people imagine,
    • and they would like to get round this need for sound human understanding
    • This preference for actually penetrating into the spiritual world without
    • prevail in the same measure as their zeal for the so-called exercises,
    • excluded, it must be actively, diligently, applied. If for sometime
    • Science in the form this took in atavistic times; it is an experience
    • and astral body force ourselves—if I may express it thus—through
    • You see, for our present
    • state of experience it would be a very bead thing were we henceforth
    • the weakened form which the weakened light of an object reflected back
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  • Title: Goetheanism as an Impulse for Man's Transformation - Lecture 5: Paganism, Hebraism, and the Greek Spirit, Hellenism
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    • the importance for the present time of penetrating into the world in
    • we have surveyed this most important of all events for mankind. Today
    • the Mystery of Golgotha is for all that like other historical events
    • to draw near to the Mystery of Golgotha as a reality. For the Mystery
    • your faith is also vain”. In other words, it is necessary for
    • not have been possible for Christianity to arise. This means, the greatest
    • human guilt was necessary for the greatest blessing to enter the evolution
    • of the earth, for the evolution of the earth to acquire its meaning.
    • provides, which the logic of the world would do away with. For what
    • is logic meant for? Logic is meant to do away with contradictions wherever
    • understanding when they want to give merely abstract, logical form to
    • transformed but entirely renewed. This is to begin with the external
    • Let us therefore first consider
    • idea that for human perception the divine-spiritual is in some way to
    • tries to prepare a path for himself leading straight from the observation,
    • human race. For however hard it is sought to recognise from nature the
    • in the inability for Judaism to arrive at an intelligent relation to
    • And yet this Jahve-God, this Jahve-impulse, what is it for those who
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  • Title: Goetheanism as an Impulse for Man's Transformation - Lecture 6: Goetheanism as an Impulse for Man's Transformation
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    • life on earth, in spite of severe illness that made it hard for her
    • where henceforth our good friend will be. They will be following her
    • in fact there is deep truth in the saying of Christ Jesus; “For,
    • connection with the Christ and feel themselves strong for their earthly
    • ours, this age of consciousness, it is necessary for all this to be
    • forth in an ever clearer and richer stream for men. For this very reason
    • when we look back into very ancient times on earth, times long before
    • this force, for making oneself acquainted with the spiritual world by
    • a crisis. This crisis showed that the force in connection with the revelation
    • necessary to meet the lowering of his bodily forces, had he net received
    • masses of our forefathers (which means of ourselves, for in our former
    • life we were indeed the very men we now call forefathers) these men
    • into a knowledge that is nevertheless necessary for man's good, for
    • his support, for his growing powers of consciousness. And certain personalities
    • experiences of soul, the man's nature really became so transformed that
    • a man's nature could no longer be straightway transformed in this manner
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    • world view with something which formerly has not been taken
    • Whoever has worked for many years within these circles, or are
    • they had, for the first time, heard something about the
    • proofs for scientific certainties. With such a line of argument
    • one can't do much. The line of argument which is available for
    • complete intimate transformation as experienced within the soul
    • life. Long before we can happily penetrate to perceiving the
    • the tools of our body, and for us this perception of the Higher
    • needed for their perception. As real as they are within our
    • different kingdoms we conclude that their form is firm,
    • outer form has remained constant. Similarly with the animal,
    • possess a continuously changing form, a shape which in many of
    • form which can be observed in the astral plane is the exact
    • continuously changing forms of the astral beings. Thus you have
    • don't cling to outer objects but flash with a definite form,
    • other than expressions for souls, we may call them, which live
    • that some kind of regularity of form is out of the question.
    • The astral body only appears in a kind of firm, steady form as
    • this is the case, it retains this form. Already at night, when
    • evil feelings during the day, appear in quite another form
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    • Before all else, it is necessary to enter into Faust as boldly
    • knowledge, against the drive for external knowledge. One sees
    • four faculties, gropes towards magic, and so forth. However,
    • itself for the first time in “Faust,” encounters an
    • quite unique form, the world riddle. What is this, however?
    • strive in this sense for knowledge, he strived for knowledge in
    • nervousness, a fear for that which is taken up by the soul in
    • the form of conceptual knowledge. By this is meant: whoever has
    • had a shyness, a respect for knowledge. He said to himself:
    • turns him to search for a revelation from the depths. Goethe's
    • Faust encounters the Earth Spirit in such a form as it appears
    • “Faust.” Before Goethe's Faust stands the direct
    • lies in the depths of his very own being. For most of humanity,
    • and reveals that he doesn't go searching for rain worms and
    • found within self knowledge acquired through striving for a
    • There exists for instance in human culture, and Goethe felt it,
    • Maya) ever accompanying us in life, insofar as it forces itself
    • are, in our search for a relationship to things, subject to
    • It can appear to one with the deepest discernment in this form
    • before the soul, as Goethe describes later, calling it the
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    • day before yesterday we considered one the most important
    • inner soul forces. The “Know Thyself” ancient human
    • expression means a great deal, even much more so for the
    • before us and need ask: what is the being of this
    • self-knowledge which could be cultivated and recommended. For
    • within and search for their worth, how efficient they appear in
    • and for this reason we must speak about these dangers. We
    • she was before, and therefore it is natural that various
    • because a comprehensive measure for judgement is missing.
    • so to speak the yard stick for all which the person will
    • you back at this point is basically a loss for the soul.
    • forward. Only if we want to reach the possibility to have
    • been if this individuality had not, for instance, been born at
    • Make an attempt to formulate a precise reckoning, drawing from
    • will see how important it is for the “I” to
    • a watchful eye, an open sense for the unusual in the world
    • future, something it already had, before it had been
    • for clarity regarding talents and abilities through
    • Anthroposophy demands an uncomfortable kind of self-knowledge
    • receptive sense, an “open eye” for the observation of our
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    • előfordulhat. Már ma is sok olyan ember van, aki azt hiszi,
    • gyakori fájdalmas élménye. És így előfordulhat, – szellemi
    • ifjú tanítványok szeretetét maguk felé fordítani. A tanítványok
    • felénk fordítják a figyelmét. Így hasznossá válhat, ha távol
    • gyakran fordul elő, hogy valaki elámítja magát arra
    • fordítottja. Tévedés ezen a területen azért van, mert létezik
    • (Fordította: Mesterházi Zsuzsa, 1996)
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    • forwards a few things about our building, so that our friends may find
    • in what will be said, a sort of foundation for their own work. We shall
    • for the benefit of the cause, so that the Dornach Building, the “Goetheanum”,
    • should be made the centre of the movement for Spiritual Science from
    • the point of view of Anthroposophy for which we intend to work. It would
    • building is put before the spiritual culture of the present time may,
    • work in the direction, which we consider is the needful direction for
    • for that which others will carry forth into the world, I will once more
    • conception of the whole may be formed.
    • conception of the world. The Building was able to grow forth from this
    • for the very reason that when this conception is rightly understood,
    • it will itself possess the inner force with which to create its own
    • artistic forms and figures. Once again, I should like to repeat what
    • I have said before in other connections, that if any of the spiritual
    • before the world to-day, had at any time required a building of their
    • which the movement it was built for could have been carried on. There
    • to be given forth at Dornach and that which encloses its activities.
    • with the housing of our activities, every detail of form and figure
    • it has become so because for centuries modern humanity has hardly received
    • any other education than that of thought. When forms have to be created,
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    • approach it from the inside and will try to bring before our mind the
    • humanity. The outward forms point to this something that is new in the
    • round and then towards the West side, we see this picture. We have before
    • is in vital in connection with the one that has gone before. This is
    • but that it is a part of the whole form, as if the organ had actually
    • that has gone before in a living metamorphosis. In order to do this
    • out of the first and where also the architrave motive is transformed
    • in a developing metamorphosis, every succeeding form springing after
    • its own law from the form which precedes it. You see here how the second
    • you take the forms which reach up from below and those which reach down
    • the foregoing leaf, then you will realise how the form of the second
    • pillar develops out of the form of the first pillar. The whole of it
    • called Saturn, the second pillar Sun and so forth. Well, that is conceivable
    • one form into another for it is just in this change from one form into
    • change from Saturn formation into the Sun formation. I do not mean to
    • here in the sequence of the form. (4) We will now see the second pillar
    • how the architrave motif progresses, each form building itself up out,
    • of the form that has gone before. Whenever you see a curve or a turn
    • own form but always in relation with the form that has gone before and
    • the simple forms to the more complicated. You see here that the fourth
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    • in my Mystery Play The Portal of Initiation, to evolve form
    • at the initial stages. To allow form to appear as the creation of colour
    • we see that this fundamental principle to draw forth all that is pictorial
    • heights of pictorial art have been reached in striving for expression
    • which is unspiritual can scarcely do otherwise than somehow strive for
    • a right sense for the world of colour we find something truly world-creative
    • inherent forces will develop into a world of beings. I might say: as
    • a world of beings in embryo if we have a right sense for the world of
    • that we should have merely a feeling for the single colour; the single
    • colour; to look at red calls forth a feeling of being attacked, as if
    • formed in colour, if we are able to draw the form out of the colour.
    • Blue, for instance will always help if we wish to express movement,
    • the elemental beings which develop their forms of themselves out from
    • nature of colour. For a greater part of that which is living, which
    • our vegetation has sprung forth from the ocean, so that which is living
    • feel that the old forms of art are bankrupt, that they can go no further,
    • in colours, in forms, just as we think in ideas and thoughts. We must
    • be able to live in colours, in forms. If our Building is to be what
    • The spiritual is essentially brought to expression in the forms of the
    • the spirit, out of itself creating form. The psychic finds its manifestation,
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    • and to connect it in such a way that it may form a unity, as
    • well as a starting point for more thorough deliberations
    • centuries to the sixteenth and seventeenth forms a remarkably
    • out of which flow the impulses for all our knowledge and all
    • Now for Goethe the problem of the rise of this new age and
    • and needs in former centuries, is indeed nothing but
    • soul in former centuries, in centuries long past, while at
    • the same time he looks forward to the tasks of the present
    • alchemy, and mysticism, all of which was the wisdom of former
    • were,all kinds of sound formulas from past ages and much real
    • that was right for an earlier age. The art of healing, as it
    • heart, with those soul forces that have specially to do with
    • course of human affairs had now to die out. For this reason
    • still unsatisfied for the simple reason that the real wisdom
    • he refuses the people's homage. An old peasant comes forward
    • to express this homage, for the folk think that Faust, as son
    • of a former adept in the art of healing, must be
    • When for the Plague a bound he set.
    • And corpse on corpse was carried forth,
    • ancient wisdom could be really helpful to humanity, for it is
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    • the Brocken to bewilder him and make him forget Gretchen.
    • rises before him — this thought certainly does not
    • man having a real love for Faust cannot explain to his
    • Faust, so for that we may go back to the beginning of
    • recorded, for instance, in the story of the
    • written before the Walpurgis-night
    • Walpurgis-night itself. We may therefore slows that Goethe
    • suppose that, two days after such a great misfortune, Faust
    • written out of understanding for what is spiritual. Anyone
    • connections — for instance, the world of witches. One
    • speaking thus to a large congregation, for he himself
    • believed that spiritual forces do work through such
    • societies. The two friends waited for the preacher after the
    • before the other, but making himself glide forward. —
    • priests there had taken an oath vouching for the Canon's
    • told is enough for me. For the way it was, was the important
    • shows that, for Goethe, the question was not whether it would
    • be natural for Faust, two days after the catastrophe, to be
    • going for a pleasant country ramble on the Brocken. No, what
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    • Goethe's Feeling for the Concrete.
    • today. For these scenes contain many germs of the evolution
    • varied experience, Goethe foreshadowed much that like a seed
    • the second part of “Faust” stand before our souls
    • familiar ideas of Spiritual Science. For, in these ideas, all
    • experiences of his time is formulated and brought to full
    • he was giving form to the ideas thus living in him, the
    • spirits of men were seeking with infinite enthusiasm for
    • Fichte was teaching with an immense enthusiasm for knowledge.
    • formulate the divine spiritual dwelling in man's innermost
    • Science, the time was not yet ripe for this. we might say
    • however, by living feeling and experience. And for what
    • Science, for, for those unaccustomed to it, what is true
    • form, was thought ridiculous.
    • formulate his philosophy. And all this had been going on
    • hearts, we are able to form a very clear idea of the frame of
    • about all that was so vividly before their spiritual I people
    • into any heart, any soul; for they all thought themselves
    • all given word-for-word in the pamphlet that is called
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    • often spoken here before about the importance of the
    • on Faust's reappearing and coming forth from the Mothers, the
    • Faust henceforward refers to himself as ‘priest’,
    • this conversion of what Faust has been before into the
    • some kind of transformation. Leaving aside what one otherwise
    • unveiled before him? Into what world is he led? The world,
    • there definite forms, definite outlines and boundaries. These
    • continual movement like petrified forms.
    • Mephistopheles, the force of evil working into the physical,
    • that nature, about the exercises for gaining admittance into
    • Helen; therefore he does not only have to look into the
    • ahrimanic force, belongs to our world of the senses, but as a
    • transplanted. They really do not exist for him. Faust has to
    • acquainted with the forces that are there below.
    • ‘Mothers’ is a name not without significance for
    • the mother-principle, before the union of the male and female
    • prepares himself beforehand in the female element. And we
    • place — all therefore that takes place before
    • biassed notion if one imagines that there lie already formed
    • inthe woman all the forces that lead to the physical human
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    • of spiritual science; we are thus gradually led to form real
    • before the human being of the fifth post-Atlantean epoch. He
    • less at the beginning of it, for it began in the year 1413;
    • post-Atlantean epoch in every conceivable form.
    • and Death stood before the human beings of that evolutionary
    • Graeco-Latin time were, therefore, not so intense and vivid
    • — with all that springs from Evil. For the human being
    • the very opposite forces, which to evolve is in effect. the
    • and realised in Italy. Therefore the longing for Italy lived
    • information. That was not what Goethe wanted. Goethe desired
    • remain only in the North, my soul will have a form of vision
    • that is not wide enough. I must live, for once, in the
    • atmosphere of the South in order to get other forms of
    • vision, — other forms of concept, other forms of
    • Faust, for example, with its decidedly Northern
    • transformed by the atmosphere that there prevailed. We must
    • Faust's consciousness. For this is what happens where Faust
    • all-embracing poem. It would be interesting, for example, to
    • where Helena herself appears. For these three scenes
    • emerges for the first time what is afterwards developed in
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture VI: The Helena Saga and the Riddle of Freedom
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    • rouse and bring forth within itself in order partly to
    • founding of Rome in the year 747 before the Birth of Christ.
    • 747 years had to run their course before the main impulse
    • more physical form in the great Atlan Lean epoch. Notably in
    • also, — forces connected with Birth and Death were
    • already described some aspects of this fact. Forces there
    • were in the Atlanteansforces that could be developed and that
    • natural degree. The good and evil forces in the human being
    • with the forces of Evil in an elemental way, just as they did
    • quite different mastery over the forces of Nature, the
    • have to summon forth from spiritual depths, the opposite
    • forces —the forces of Good — will have to grow.
    • possible for men to bring Evil over the Earth, by exploiting
    • the force of Electricity, which will assume far greater
    • dimensions than hitherto. Even directly out of the force of
    • place these things before our consciousness. He who desires
    • resistance; he will find the starting-points for those
    • connection; for in the widest spheres as yet, these details
    • that are going through the world, for it is often to their
    • quite other foundations than for example the bonds of blood,
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture VII: Some Spiritual-Scientific Observations
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    • “Faust” which were to have been performed today.
    • Since, however, on account of illness, the performance is not
    • taking place and the lecture can therefore be independent of
    • Before” to pass before his soul, has an opportunity to
    • to be able to give this scene the form it has. It is true
    • capacity for self-knowledge, From our studies during the past
    • twenties that man, through the forces he develops out of his
    • those beings with whom man, as man, must therefore feel
    • knowledge for those who are insufficiently prepared.
    • then be the being who only becomes ripe for self-knowledge in
    • the physical world at the end of his twenties. For these
    • creative beings set themselves the task of so forming man
    • interplay of earthly forces, I mean that these divine beings
    • preparation for self-knowledge and for the knowledge of the
    • we ask where the blame lies for this, we come to the other
    • actually belong to man's nature, but which is, so to say, for
    • makes it possible for man to have a certain self--knowledge
    • there is another current which unites for a time with man
    • what has been said. For instance, no one ought to say he has
    • way in which accurately given information about Spiritual
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture VIII: Spiritual Science Considered with the Classical Walpurgis-Night
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    • the understanding or by other forces of the human soul.
    • Goethe himself felt deeply that the spiritual forces,that can
    • forces and faculties for knowledge different from any of
    • nothing of the different planetary life-forms beyond the
    • earthly; for the laws of science apply only to what is
    • earthly. Man in his entirety, therefore, cannot be known by
    • asleep. For even en little reflection will show you that men
    • make an effort to know something about being awake, they
    • might easily be mistake for dreams, and those other ideas, in
    • recall things long forgotten. You begin with an idea which
    • has to do with the present, and this evokes long-forgotten
    • when consciousness is dimmed, these wishes appear before the
    • today forming the content of theories, are terribly
    • For in dreams we are aware of a bond uniting us with almost
    • wake, a force goes forth from you to innumerable people, and
    • from innumerable people forces come to you. I cannot say that
    • you speak, for speaking is only learnt in waking day life,
    • consciousness, and it must be so, for the simple reason that
    • by our waking life permeating us with forces so strongly that
    • arise. Suppose, for instance, you were to dream of some
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture IX: Goethe's Life of the Soul from the Standpoint of Spiritual Science
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    • considerations of yesterday and the day before, we have been
    • foreshadowed. And it is indeed very important that we should
    • Goethe's spiritual life. It is only by shedding before the
    • for ordinary human life, may perhaps seem — but only
    • special importance For the various branches of present day
    • spiritual life — and not least for the religious life — that
    • an insight should be gained into this particular form, this
    • how he sought to establish for the inanimate world a natural
    • theories but to the so-called primal phenomena for his
    • is an abomination and a heresy for the present day scientific
    • reality, present day physics is not yet ripe for Goethe's
    • prism or other devices, the colors were made to issue forth
    • for a materialistic physical representation, but is useless
    • investigations and experiements, what views he could form
    • was long before he made his investigations — not indeed
    • and the desire for its return. Goethe put the things together
    • for dispatch. However, he thought he would First have a quick
    • been reserved For referring to the primary polarity,
    • there appear the deep colors, blue, violet and so forth. If
    • over brightness, lightness any form of darkness is projeatd,
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture X: Faust's Knowledge and Understanding of Himself
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    • Forces Actually Slumbering in Man
    • Forces Actually Slumbering in Man
    • end of the second act of Part II, forms the bridge for
    • impossible for man ever to arrive at a true conception of his
    • gain such complete knowledge of combining the forces of
    • simply the image of himself that a man can form with the help
    • For it was clear to him that when a man grows old, he does
    • not live in vain, but that the forces of knowledge are always
    • increasing, so that in old age it is possible for us to know
    • Faust, knowledge in the form of pictures, that we call
    • forms. And, in the perception of the ancient Greeks, these
    • reality. Setting before the soul the demonic world of ancient
    • from whose womb he sprang. I might therefore say that Goethe,
    • special significance in foresaking the land and sailing out
    • these people when they forsook the level ground, the plain,
    • some tremendous change in their soul on leaving dry land for
    • any coast. For man today that has ceased to mean very much,
    • but for the Greek it meant entering a completely different
    • forces. In olden days, when everyday matters were still
    • out of his feeling for the cosmos, and when he speaks of all
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture XI: The Vision of Reality in the Greek Myths
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    • (After a Performance of the Classical Walpurgis-Night)
    • (After a Performance of the Classical Walpurgis-Night)
    • Faust that had just been performed, and I should like
    • For in this scene we are dealing with one of the most
    • Faust for about sixty years. Moreover, we have to do here
    • soul, in so far as it was dominated by the urge for knowledge
    • Faust we must never forget, however, that everything
    • prejudices the purely artistic force of its construction. I
    • have drawn your attention before to what Goethe stressed to
    • form that, regarded merely from the theatrical standpoint,
    • natured minds. Now let us bring again before our souls just
    • comprehension of himself. For Goethe, knowledge was never
    • was for him a scientific urge. Also, for him — as it
    • will increasingly be for future human evolution — what
    • fortune and misfortune, of joy and sorrow, of blows of fate
    • the urge for knowledge must be related to all the claims life
    • seeks knowledge for his Faust, that is, knowledge of man,
    • comprehension of the self, comprehension of the forces at
    • by the understanding, cannot lead to this self-knowledge. For
    • Homunculus, the product that was supposed to be, for
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture XII: Goetheanism In Place of Homunculism and Mephistophelianism
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    • lectures following the performance of the later
    • at all my aim. For in this sphere I consider interpretation
    • studies was to create the possibility for you to absorb and
    • written, and should not expound or interpret, for as a rule
    • base of all striving for knowledge of every kind of striving
    • from man having to think, having to form ideas, as he lives
    • and forming ideas, sometimes more of willing. Hence, for the
    • consider the one pole of forming ideas, thinking, and then
    • clearly and forcibly as possible, in his own opinion, at
    • farther. And he says: Thinking, the forming of ideas, drives
    • transform, to metamorphose, the whole human being in certain
    • moments of life, cannot press forward to knowledge of man, to
    • to an active Christianity. Just think how, for many people in
    • certain time, the forgiveness of sins; anyone might sin as
    • afterwards; he was forgiven. In short, Christ was there to
    • force, a going to meet Him, so that Christ does not do for a
    • in which actually (forgive the trivial mode of expression) a
    • reach ourselves. In willing we do this, for willing actually
    • proceeds form ourselves; in willing we lose ourselves; but
    • here another seizes us — another cosmic being is formed
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    • things for the future, but in quite a general sense one speaks
    • today of limits of perception, limits to knowledge for
    • supposed not to be able to perceive and for which he has to be
    • so forth, namely the sense perceptible real world. This is,
    • for the sensitive human being, something tragic which today
    • fellow human beings and so on. For it is gradually felt more
    • calls a halt to all knowledge before the supersensible, then
    • one calls a halt before human self-knowledge. Then one
    • within themselves the forces and substances of the spiritual,
    • content of our moral-spiritual forces, does not flow out of
    • if we have to call a halt before the supersensible with our
    • natural forces. One imagines physical man then emerging out of
    • a part of these forces at a certain time. Electricity,
    • spiritual elemental force, what now must also be in the world,
    • forces are just as valid as that which comes out of the brute
    • forces of physical nature.
    • For this is the very character of present civilization that one
    • longing in many people just for supersensible knowledge! One
    • hunger and thirst. One doesn't long for food and drink when one
    • is satisfied, but one longs for them when one is hungry. And
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    • to be found among various ancient peoples, as for example with
    • piece for the inspirations of higher, spiritual beings. This
    • up while higher forces lived within them, not only to the
    • in-between conditions of life, between waking and sleeping for
    • cultural epoch onwards, a particular form of proclamation was
    • Moses be formulated then? Just consider the necessity to
    • and it was relatively easy for people to understand: we give
    • appeared in some places. It was easy however for the holy
    • while the visible or physical is a symbol for something so high
    • to imagine him for themselves as a spiritual light Being.
    • precursor within fire, for example, and not as a stiff, outer,
    • in the Egyptian time. Here stands the form of Osiris, as we
    • kind of being is Osiris, mainly in his godly form? Consider
    • Typhon - Seth — and has been living for a time in the
    • descend lower. It is no longer possible for Osiris to step on
    • the physical plane. Therefore people can't meet Osiris in life.
    • the world in which Osiris stays. A person can therefore meet
    • you are related, should place before your soul nothing other
    • became considered the ideal human form, possessing all possible
    • For
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    • Pforzheim 17 January 1909
    • After the opening of the Pforzheim branch we are together again
    • offer little for the heart and soul. We don't dare conclude
    • work into us, it becomes transformed in us as feelings, as soul
    • see for instance the various plants, animals and minerals