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  • Title: The Inner Development of Man
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    • worlds surrounding him, namely, the actual physical world, the soul
    • his own concerning the statements proclaimed by an anthroposophical
    • and feeling and acknowledging them as truth within certain limits, and
    • himself inner abilities, soul forces and spiritual perception by his
    • Another important point is that the main part of this schooling does
    • completely intimate development of the human soul, and all the
    • mystic trains himself to acquire understanding of soul and spirit
    • worlds. It cannot be emphasized enough that nobody devoting himself to
    • take time away from them. On the contrary, he who is of the opinion
    • that a special amount of time must be spent on his inner training and
    • only one of eliminating the obstacles blocking the path to
    • members or experiences, he does need to acquire an intimate knowledge
    • One of the great laws of man that must be intimately tried out on his
    • realize that a quality that he develops within himself, a thought that
    • he imprints in himself by constantly holding it in his mind, becomes
    • objectively as a chemical might be tested in an experiment. A person
    • decade, will never determine anything within himself about these
    • Such is the intimate path the soul must tread. It must be able to
    • have the ability to emerge in due time with brand new habits acquired
    • concerning himself, the better his comprehension in the area of truth.
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  • Title: Lecture: Woman and Society (Die Frauenfrage)
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    • the interests of immediate life. People believe — some as a
    • to be something unpractical. But if, in our time, Spiritual Science
    • to say about those questions which are a part of our times. For how
    • question regarding women. Of course, no one must imagine that
    • himself to be truly practical is the one who can see beyond the
    • immediate present. And who was the practical individual when in the
    • time from someone not engaged in practical things. The Englishman,
    • have judged in a similar way.
    • our culture, for today this is simply a fact. There are opponents to
    • times that are not so far behind us, we find that even the leading
    • a truly significant man, who twenty five years ago, pitted himself
    • impossible for women to get into the educated professions or ever be
    • hand, has exposed not so much himself but the science of Physiology
    • personalities of world-historic development of recent times —
    • naturalist who tried some time ago to attribute the ‘inferior
    • the methods of this learned professor were applied to himself. After
    • years ago, had imagined in theory.
    • every woman who looks dispassionately at a man sees him as a big
    • the intellect belongs primarily to Woman, and feelings and passion to
    • fundamental characteristics of woman immediately start contradicting
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  • Title: Lecture: Problems of Nutrition
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    • Ernährungsfragen im Lichte der Geisteswissenschaft,
    • Although the animals, too, derive their nourishment from plants,
    • Steiner speaks in this pamphlet. He makes no special claim for
    • who finds himself disgusted enough with meat will surely survive
    • simply one involving the nutritional shortcomings of plants
    • important as that problem may be. It is rather one in which an
    • following way. “What man eats and drinks is unimportant. It
    • material dimension by the strength of one's spirit.” Even a
    • Well, at a time when these questions are being
    • ingested by him and his actions are influenced by the food absorbed
    • however, and similarly our bodies are of no use to our higher
    • handicapped and intentions impeded.
    • for the execution of the intentions, aspirations and impulses of
    • instrument for the impulses of our spiritual life? Will we lose our
    • animalistic organism, and then simply see to it that the organism
    • applicable only to him, since spiritual science does not consider
    • man to be so closely connected with the animals as does natural
    • science. Otherwise, one could simply state that the human organism
    • external aspects and expressions of spiritual processes. Similarly,
    • simply ask in a materialistic fashion what happens to the chemical
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  • Title: Lecture: The Etherisation of the Blood
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    • anthroposophists sometimes among them. The anthroposophist should be
    • begin by regarding it as something simple and elementary. We shall
    • and impressive natural phenomenon. We see how still he is standing,
    • spectacle presented to him, and we are aware that inwardly he is
    • has insulted him. Without thinking, he is roused to anger and gives
    • vent to it by striking the person who insulted him. We are there
    • manifestation of impulses of will, and it is easy to imagine that if
    • ideation, and immediate expression is given to an impulse of will.
    • which the will has no part; the second pole is the impelling force of
    • will without thought. These facts are revealed simply by observation
    • contemplation, thinking — and about the will and its impulses on
    • sleep as regards the outer physical world; daytime consciousness at
    • the present time is sleep as regards the spiritual world.
    • impulses. The will is very detached from daily life. Only consider how
    • present in his will-impulses at all. We may evolve better and better
    • with, therefore, this stimulus shall be given for further
    • and the impulses of will; and man is related in entirely opposite ways
    • are only ideas and thoughts!” This is intended to imply
    • shadow-image is to the actual thing. The shadow-image of a flower
    • head thus — it is not absolutely correct but simply
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  • Title: Lecture: Overcoming Nervousness
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    • Nervous Conditions in Our Time
    • has not should concern himself with such ideas. It should be emphasized,
    • many people who complain of nervousness and all that this implies, and
    • that may finally be expressed in various forms of disease that simulate
    • time does not know of them? We need only mention the “political
    • alcoholism” that has pervaded the important events of public life. This
    • improvement in the near future. The prospects of change are by no means
    • It is extremely harmful for our time that many of the men who hold high
    • his time and energy really thinking through what he has heard from his
    • harmoniously in him.
    • Often in anthroposophy, even a simple experiment repeated with
    • avoided if people would only be less forgetful. And who can claim to be
    • being, in this way with a pictorial image, sharpens memory. Such an
    • know that the physical and etheric bodies are intimately connected. Now
    • the etheric body and try to strengthen it. Imagine someone so dissipated
    • certainly would do well to advise him to write less and take a good
    • a different handwriting. Tell him to stop writing automatically and try
    • the letters he writes. Tell him to try to shape his handwriting differently
    • doubtless be a long time before leading educators will consider it
    • of immense importance because in our time weakness of the etheric body
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  • Title: Jesus and Christ
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    • is completely false. In one sense, spiritual science aims to develop
    • many in our time the most important question in the spiritual life of
    • I would like to make a few preliminary observations before moving on
    • This is the problem of the limits to knowledge. Spiritual science in
    • certain limits of knowledge. The soul, however, may take itself in
    • knowledge in immediate spiritual vision while living separated from
    • particular it is most important to come to terms with present-day
    • laws invisibly animating them. These laws we perceive when we relate
    • phenomena with each other, or when we immerse ourselves in them. In
    • either. What I sought to show was that the Christ impulse, the
    • are mystical while at the same time having occurred on earth.
    • less important parts. This arrangement can be recognized when facts
    • those of the lower animals such as the fishes. This is a law
    • that is of great importance in mankind's development. Because it is
    • epochs known to history were preceded by primeval ones. At this point
    • those of our time. In those ancient epochs man's soul lived in
    • still exercise an immediate influence upon our physical existence and
    • important moment in our life, when the fresh forces of our youth start
    • industrial achievements to show that man has now severed himself from
    • become severed from the direct impulses of humanity. An earlier
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  • Title: Lecture: Newborn Might and Strength Everlasting
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    • impair that simple joy, so full of love, that filled many hundreds of
    • was performed for them. It really seems as if that simple, loving joy could
    • be impaired by our teachings concerning Jesus Christ that encompass such a
    • strive to understand them in accordance with the impulses streaming through
    • simple country life, whether they came from large cities or the loneliest
    • hamlets, felt themselves drawn to the Heavenly Child. In him they felt the
    • approaching the miracle of Bethlehem with our understanding impairs the
    • complicated age needs another kind of soul impulse that will enable us to
    • impulses into man's evolution.
    • 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
    • he who had remained behind with all the primal qualities man possessed
    • these qualities. In him, we can see mankind as a whole as it was in its
    • childhood. We must bear this in mind if we wish to understand what simple
    • images of such a play proceed from a knowledge based on feeling.
    • Throughout the Middle Ages city people and simple folk of mountain and
    • feelings, which could also give rise to something as simple as this play.
    • observed the swinging lamp that led him to discover the laws without which
    • first time in 1705 as "The Triumph of Death" (see reproduction:
    • deepest way how the medieval mind imagined the relationship between man's
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  • Title: Lecture: Pre-Earthly Deeds of Christ
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    • Pforzheim, March 7th, 1914
    • IN our age it has become of ever increasing importance that those
    • time in our Earth-evolution there took place the union of the
    • It is important for the whole future of human evolution that through a
    • life of the latter the Ego of Zarathustra passed over into him from
    • the child of the line of Solomon, and from that time until his
    • himself ready to receive the Christ-Being. This event is indicated
    • the Christ-Being. At His death the Christ-Being poured Himself out
    • pointed out, had already been accomplished three times before for the
    • Atlantean, and once again at the end of Atlantean times. That is,
    • three times and then a fourth time in the post-Atlantean epoch at the
    • Gospel of St. Luke as the Jesus-child. Three times had this Angelic
    • being, who later sacrificed himself as Man, offered himself for
    • permeation by the Christ-Impulse. As in Christ Jesus we have a Man
    • permeated with the Christ-Impulse, so it may be said that three times
    • previously we have an Angel permeated with that Impulse. And as that
    • Christ Jesus; there are no means whereby we can make him understand
    • what He is. We may show him a picture such as the Sistine Madonna with
    • first begins to lisp, accustom him to pronounce the name of Christ,
    • and we can surround him with ideas about Christ, but we find that the
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  • Title: Lecture: The Four Sacrifices of Christ
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    • animating every unselfish inclination within us, arousing it from passive
    • Christ did for earthly evolution was included in the fundamental impulse
    • Himself once in a human body, in the body of Jesus of Nazareth. But this
    • act was preceded by three preparatory steps. Three times earlier
    • something of a similar nature occurred, not as yet on earth but in the
    • and because our eyes would use up the color immediately within
    • seeking, all our impressions would give us sucking or stabbing pains. We
    • impression — and it would have been the same with the other senses
    • blue, but would have simply felt the suction. This danger to humanity was
    • however, He ensouled Himself — I cannot say incarnated — in one
    • the world order, we shall say, looking back to these ancient times, that
    • Himself in an archangel He brought forth the power to avert the danger of
    • the animal, mineral and vegetable kingdoms. He will learn to say, “That
    • Golgotha.” In perspective we see before us a time in which all
    • men, refreshing themselves in an invigorating springtime, in the warmth
    • time through Lucifer and Ahriman — to take possession of another part
    • stomach or other organs, and the time comes when man knows that he
    • On some other occasion and at some other time we shall consider the
    • Lucifer and Ahriman, quite a different state would have existed as early
    • Lucifer and Ahriman could have carried out their designs during the
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  • Title: Lecture: Anthroposophy and Christianity
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    • science should play a similar role in the present and near future in
    • being of man himself. Granted, in spiritual science man must examine
    • disposal — himself. The premise of spiritual science is that in
    • 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
    • aspects of what confronts him outwardly as a human being. He is
    • on it. Imagine waking up some morning with no idea of where we've been
    • long past enter our soul as images. Although the events themselves may
    • contrast to the images provided by our sensory perceptions memories
    • to them and forms mental images about them. As a rule he does nothing
    • further with these images. But methods of spiritual science, based
    • We must choose mental images which we ourselves can form for ourselves
    • preferably be symbolic images that do not need to correspond with the
    • external world. We must place these images, taken from the practice of
    • single image. Whereas we usually move on from one mental image to
    • them on one chosen image, and devote ourselves totally to this image.
    • Just before we fall asleep, we feel how the will forces in our limbs
    • as in sleep, our senses must be wholly shut off from all impressions
    • a single mental image. This is what makes concentration radically
    • them on the chosen image. The point here is not that we observe the
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  • Title: Lecture: Christ in Relation to Lucifer and Ahriman
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    • German by Peter Mollenhauer, Ph.D. It is included in Das Geheimnis des
    • took him to Vienna, Prague and Linz. In all three cities he stressed
    • and Ahriman and that this being was symbol of, and model for, man's
    • relates the significance of the Lucifer-Christ-Ahriman configuration
    • in World War I. He implies that Germany's and Austria's militarism and
    • and ahrimanic forces in the West, and it was Central Europe's destiny
    • England, could have prevented the war, Steiner simply deals with
    • circumstances and considering the political immaturity of the German
    • victim of an attack. On the other hand, England's foreign secretary,
    • who had legitimate authority to make decisions. Eventually, the
    • nationalistic sentiment and strove for absolute expression and
    • Materialism was there, as was Ahriman. Steiner admonished the Central
    • CHRIST IN RELATION TOLUCIFER AND AHRIMAN
    • would call the most sublime human principle ever to unfold on earth.
    • will be to make two ideas visible. Firstly, it will be important to
    • wings. It must not appear, however, as if the Christ Himself were
    • When this being comes into proximity with the Christ being, he feels
    • wings and cause his imminent plunge into the abyss. To make this
    • visible will be a particularly important artistic task and you will
    • Imagine, for example, an artistic portrayal of the Christ suggesting
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  • Title: Lecture: Preparing for the Sixth Epoch
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    • Das Geheimnis des Todes. Wesen und Bedeutung
    • Das Geheimnis des Todes. Wesen und Bedeutung
    • unwilling to enter deeply into more intimate truths connected with the
    • spiritual science without forming ourselves into groups, but simply by
    • human beings who want to cultivate the more intimate side of spiritual
    • spiritual life primarily concerned with the external and visible
    • world. But each epoch must at the same time prepare, bear within it in
    • single human limb depends upon the health of the whole body, and when
    • the whole body is not healthy the single limb is not up to doing its
    • the then civilized humanity and in a far higher degree than a limb
    • holds the view that no limb ought to be separated from his body at
    • death because this would make it impossible for him to enter the
    • immortality with pure materialism, with the belief that an impress of
    • materialistically but believes in immortality. We, today, knowing from
    • regard such materialistic beliefs in immortality as superstition.
    • Similarly, in the sixth epoch all materialistic beliefs including
    • must be no dogmatic beliefs or any tendency to accept teaching simply
    • describe what, in contrast to the external culture of the time, was
    • of men. The work achieved on earth by men in intimate assemblies
    • Movement. It is therefore of great importance to grasp this fact in
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  • Title: Lecture: Outlooks for the Future
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    • evolution which lie far back in time, for instance, to the Atlantean epoch,
    • the animal world and upon the world of man which now surround us? During
    • time of ancient Atlantis the human souls came down to the earth after their
    • pilgrimage through the starry world. The first thing which they had to do,
    • marked one. At the present time, a man may be extremely evil-minded, yet
    • 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
    • In the animals, this
    • and they could only transform it gradually. The animals could transform
    • and hard. The animal forms are however quite hardened, so that their
    • in such a marked degree, even among the animals.
    • present time, man's physical body is extremely rigid, but his etheric body
    • serious and important results. During the sixth epoch of the post-Atlantean
    • aspect. Particularly those animals which now supply meat for human
    • eat meat. Not all the animals shall then have died out, but only certain
    • species; particularly those animals shall have disappeared from the earth
    • constitute an almost fatal destiny, a real fate, which will be impressed
    • against this fate, against this destiny. Imagine the tragedy of such a
    • believed that a man is a criminal if his posterior occipital lobe does
    • moulded at the present time, shall then have grown rigid. The tendency
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  • Title: Lecture: Human Life in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • continually to strive to present the actual methods and aims of Spiritual
    • to spend their time in hard work for the service of mankind. Yet this
    • requirements of earlier times. New discoveries have been made relating to
    • 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
    • and immortal life of the soul.
    • affecting life in a way which must extend beyond the limits of generalities.
    • through them we adopt viewpoints and receive impressions which are
    • quite different from those of earlier times, inasmuch as they are based upon
    • the great advances made during the recent centuries and the immediate
    • conditions of life should change completely during definite periods of time,
    • Consequently it is not until the present time that the human soul is beset
    • Only today are those questions taking on tangible form. Prime evidence of
    • Spiritual Science certainly does not underestimate the great progress made
    • doubts its claims. Only a little while ago it was possible to hold the belief
    • powers of soul, and familiarizing himself with the more recent
    • increasingly aware that, so far as the ultimate problems of human existence
    • of necessity, presented by the life in which the human being finds himself
    • enmeshed at the present time. These questions become especially evident
    • who takes an all-round interest in modern life. If it were impossible to
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  • Title: Evil and the Future of Man
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    • EVEN within the limits in which it is permissible to
    • [Bewusstseinsseele, sometimes translated also as
    • immaturity of human facilities: the right powers of feeling for such
    • pictorial, imaginative descriptions have been taken very little in
    • important events of the present time. What I said then had also a
    • will to understand will come in time, and we must see that it does
    • wishing to pass criticism on the present time in one way or another.
    • considerably longer time) — even this may be regarded as mere
    • as a simple characterisation, so that human beings may see what kind
    • of forces and impulses have been holding sway. From a certain point of
    • us, kindling certain impulses in knowledge and in will — true
    • impulses towards the future.
    • certain limits) — two mysteries are of special importance for the
    • from this standpoint, whether it be in plant or animal or man.
    • also take hold of man — bring him physical death. In the great
    • Universe certain impulses hold sway. Man belongs to the Universe;
    • active within man, they bring him death. But we must now ask
    • It would be altogether wrong to imagine that the forces which bring
    • Nevertheless, the engine will spoil the rails in course of time;
    • see, therefore, how intimately the mystery of death is connected with
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  • Title: Lecture: Social and Anti-Social Forces in the Human Being
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    • The times themselves speak clearly enough, demanding that we should
    • apply to the conditions and activities of these times those feelings
    • accomplished by successive stages of which the most important and most
    • hold of the whole human being and making him entirely dependent on
    • himself, of lifting into the full light of consciousness much of that
    • lifted to the plane of Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition — only
    • Spiritual Science will easily perceive that the essential impulse in
    • people. Everything which the human being develops out of himself
    • naturally corresponds to certain impulses which are ultimately found
    • social impulses or to the social instincts, movements or forces
    • impulses, social drives; but we must keep in mind that they should not
    • impulses which seek to become reality. But in so doing we must
    • impulses of men be expressed by only one side. This is because the
    • social impulses are quite naturally opposed by anti-social impulses in
    • the human being. Precisely because one finds social impulses or drives
    • help forward the social impulse. It is an illusion to act in this way,
    • sleeping through the most important thing of all in life when they do
    • interchange between two people. The impression which one person makes
    • Why is this so? Well, we must see that this rests on a very important
    • call social impulses, fundamentally speaking are only present in
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  • Title: Lecture: Spiritual Emptiness and Social Life
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    • Impulses of the Past and of the Future in Social Occurrences.
    • Past and Future Impulses in Social Happenings, published in
    • German as Vergangenheits- und Zukunftsimpulse Im Sozialen
    • it necessary to speak at the present time of the threefold social
    • subjective views or aims. The purpose of the lecture yesterday was to
    • point to impulses deeply rooted in the life of the peoples of the
    • there awakened in Middle Europe an impulse leading to the growth of
    • that time. I spoke of this in the lecture yesterday.
    • really brilliant spiritual movement which lasted from the time of
    • strange phenomenon. I said that Hermann Grimm — for whom I have
    • upon so many aspects of art and general human interest of bygone times
    • Hermann Grimm while I was in personal contact with him, there was one
    • always stressed the fact that Hermann Grimm's only response to such
    • made at that moment. It was true inasmuch as Hermann Grimm, for all
    • simply did not know what spirit really is from the standpoint of a man
    • Hermann Grimm. He made a parrying gesture because he had no notion of
    • about Hermann Grimm — not thinking of him as a personality but as a
    • typical representative of the times — raises the question: how comes it
    • that makes Hermann Grimm the typical representative of Middle European
    • account — that it is impregnated in the best sense with soul but
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  • Title: Lecture: Social Understanding Through Spiritual Scientific Knowledge
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    • We shall then see what a great impact on a person's everyday life these
    • usually ask. That is why so little importance is attached to making
    • essential to man, just in our time. In that case it is vital to understand
    • realms is the force of Imagination, the second capacity is the force of
    • him. And they can be drawn forth from your being when you do the sort
    • knowledge are the same forces that you grow with at the time of life
    • and form the power of Inspiration. And the forces that in bygone times
    • their state of slumber and use for the acquisition of Imagination.
    • From this you will see that the forces of Imagination, Inspiration and
    • twenty-one. So the forces that live in Imagination, Inspiration and
    • similar, though, can be said about the forces of man's normal nature,
    • A very important force in ordinary life — and we have discussed it many
    • times — is the force of memory. The power of memory is active within
    • on the other hand for the assimilation of foodstuffs in the human body.
    • inner struggle going on the whole time in the unconscious between a soul
    • process and a bodily process every time you want to remember
    • and other people materialists. The assimilation of foodstuffs in the human
    • which is for the elect” — and the speaker usually includes himself
    • into, I would now like to bring something of very great importance.
    • somewhere behind or above this. If you imagine you simply have
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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
    • development of subjects we are studying at the present time. We have
    • more or less solid, or at most solid-fluid, substances found in him.
    • solid organism, we realize immediately that we cannot speak of this
    • impossible for our thought to come to a standstill within the limits
    • of the human organism itself. We can remain within these limits only
    • according at least to external evidence, to place spatial limits
    • the aeriform element all the time. We can really think of the air as
    • process within us. Similarly, a destructive, partially destructive,
    • itself is that spirit-organization which imbues with its own forces
    • directly upon the warmth. It is primarily the Ego in man which
    • activates the will, generates impulses of will. — How does the
    • Ego generate impulses of will? From a different point of view we have
    • spoken of how impulses of will are connected with the earthly sphere,
    • in contrast to the impulses of thought and ideation which are
    • does the Ego, which holds together the impulses of will, send these
    • impulses into the organism, into the whole being of man? This is
    • achieved through the fact that the will works primarily in the
    • warmth-organism. An impulse of will proceeding from the Ego works upon
    • to immediate expression. The solid organism itself is, in reality,
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  • Title: Lecture: The Moral as the Source of World-Creative Power
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    • remain in the physical but at the same time reach up to the spiritual.
    • with these perceptions, and we have our will-impulses. But we
    • further ado, to build a bridge from these imponderable, incorporeal
    • organic processes. Something is going on within us all the time, and
    • himself connected with his bodily nature. As an Ego he would feel no
    • between falling asleep and waking that he is able to feel himself
    • world view, this is a conglomeration from a primeval nebula, and
    • its own. Man receives the moral impulses into himself as impulses of
    • that is astir with life, and finally man himself came out of the
    • primeval nebula and the moral ideals well up in him. And when, as is
    • of the fact that man also has within him a fluid organism, an aeriform
    • stimulating, invigorating effect upon the warmth-organism.
    • for a moral ideal — stimulation of the warmth-organism. There is
    • inbreathing and outbreathing process the air is within him. It is of
    • warmth, stimulated by the warmth-organism, works upon the
    • air-organism, it imparts to it something that I can only call a
    • source of light. Sources of light, as it were, are imparted to
    • the air-organism, so that moral ideals which have a stimulating effect
    • him through the fact that he can be fired with enthusiasm for moral
    • ideals, for moral impulses.
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  • Title: Lecture: The Path to Freedom and Love and their Significance in World Events
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    • accompanied by impulses of feeling, and we shall see that feeling
    • this world and can contemplate it. To imagine that we cannot
    • it ever so, that things can simply be thought of intellectually side
    • Imagine that you are living for a time purely in reflection as usually
    • realize that the will is radiating all the time into his thoughts,
    • of us it is highly important to keep separate in our minds how, on the
    • progressively strengthening the impulse of will in our thinking we
    • "Moral Imagination." Moral Imagination rises
    • foundation, primarily, in these Moral Intuitions. Therefore
    • definite impulse of will when we sneeze! When we speak, we are doing
    • standing in the world, can bring to realization in himself in such a
    • way that, through him, the one unites with the other for the good of
    • thought as such is in truth not a reality of the immediate
    • had a dim inkling that we bring mathematics with us from our existence
    • connecting both has since ancient times been called Wisdom.
    • yielded by Imagination, Inspiration, Intuition.
    • very important to be clear about this. We carry about with us our
    • our head that which, from an earlier time when it was reality, comes
    • unfolds within him a new reality leading into the future. He is the
    • deeds detach themselves from him. Our deeds do not remain confined to
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  • Title: Lecture: Search for the New Isis, the Divine Sophia: The Quest for the Isis-Sophia
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    • of earthly humanity. We know how intimate the connection is between what takes
    • followers and representatives of the Christian impulse were not always so
    • movements are images of the divine-spiritual existence of the world.
    • view of the important tasks of the present age. I would like to remind you
    • world picture behind the Egyptian priest mysteries. Kepler himself
    • clouds, representing a multitude of children. We can imagine the Virgin
    • Typhon, who, expressed in Egyptian terms, is none other than Ahriman.
    • Ahriman kills Osiris, throws him into the Nile, and the Nile carries the
    • body away. Isis, the spouse of Osiris, sets out on her search and finds him
    • over in Asia. She brings him back to Egypt, where Ahriman, the enemy, cuts
    • simultaneously, the force that ripens everything that grows out of the
    • earth. The ancient Egyptian sage imagines in a spirit-filled way how the
    • Isis had to set out on her search for him, how she first brought him back
    • to the lofty being of the sun and they worship him. At the same time,
    • way they looked upon Osiris as the being of the sun, but they imagined this
    • imagine that our being of the sun, the Christ, who has passed through the
    • spiritual heights, united himself with the man Jesus of Nazareth, and from
    • Christmas carol proclaims each year anew: “Unto us a Saviour is born.”
    • time. We cannot lose the Christ and what he, in a higher form than Osiris,
    • renewed, then it must not simply follow the old form — Osiris, killed by
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    • this time of festival, with this season which yearly renews the memory
    • We really have three such times of festival in Christian tradition:
    • will-impulses into execution in the world is brought to human
    • Christmas-Thought from the most varied standpoints. This time let us
    • imagine this thinking and perceiving, in fact, all use of the inner
    • essentially the same — only more primitive — as it is
    • soul-constitution of man has changed with the passage of time; how
    • differently in ancient times — for instance, seven or eight
    • At the time when the Mystery of Golgotha took place on earth the
    • ancient instinctive clairvoyance was already greatly dimmed. Men's
    • as well as the old instinctive clairvoyance had grown very dim as the
    • from ancient times a capacity gained from a certain stream of wisdom,
    • space and time-relationships in so far as these may be represented
    • and time, taking place in the inner life of man. If we examine the
    • science of humanity in olden times, we find its content essentially
    • spiritualized way of looking at the universe. And man felt himself
    • schools, where the pupils were prepared in a careful, intimate and
    • this training), were trained in a knowledge which was very similar to
    • in later times. It may seem strange and paradoxical, but it is
    • different way in which at that time they were taught. It is quite a
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    • in modern times, drawing indeed, in a certain sense, the ultimate
    • within him, and on the other being brought face to face with deep doubts
    • In his knowledge man feels himself outside Nature. What would induce
    • him to undertake the labour of cognition, were it not the hope of
    • penetrating beyond the immediate region within which he stands in
    • being of Nature to allow him to gain some degree of satisfaction from
    • his search. We have at the same time the feeling that whatever in the
    • to human cognition since very early times. We have only to recall the
    • remind ourselves of conceptions that were intimately bound up, for the
    • men of olden times, on the one hand with the knowledge of the inner
    • In olden times, these two aims — knowledge of Nature and knowledge of
    • himself in the presence of deep uncertainties before he could come to
    • knowledge that the pupils of wisdom in early times had to tread.
    • of ultimate knowledge. To tread this path of knowledge unprepared
    • abyss. In ordinary life man is unaware of the abyss; he simply does
    • not see it. And that, they said, is for him a blessing. Man is
    • enveloped in a kind of blindness that protects him from being overcome
    • without fear the revelations that await him at the Threshold. Again, in
    • beyond it a time of darkness and uncertainty before ultimately attaining to
    • changing all the time, moving onward from state to state; consequently
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    • being able to claim that any conscious impulses are racing effect. In
    • this spirituality is active in him only during his waking hours or in
    • work in him during sleep too, within that part of his being where his
    • to activity from the time of waking until that of falling asleep.
    • and images of them. We do not know how the will-impulse works in us
    • mental images of the workings of our will and in this sense are
    • feeling is a dimly apprehended experience, that so far as actual
    • egotism, the more strongly is the element of antipathy working in him.
    • He wants to isolate himself, to feel enclosed within his own being.
    • steeped in the element of antipathy; antipathy streams out from him
    • indeed even to those he loved or knew intimately. These conditions can
    • hatred can assume incredible proportions. The aim of all education and
    • permeates our limbs, our entire organism. The most that can be said is
    • make him into a criminal.
    • anyone through spiritual training, it is for him as it was for earlier
    • the same time denuded qualitatively — it becomes abstract. In feeling
    • — we are, as it were, immobile, contemplative observers of the world.
    • with an Ahrimanic quality. — Thus did the ancient Persians experience
    • the sphere lying between judgment and feeling. At that time they did
    • experienced in light or darkness, but rather in the impact between
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  • Title: Lecture: The Alphabet
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    • Geistimpulse, published by the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung,
    • For some time we have been occupied with gaining a more accurate
    • development. I alluded to how, in very ancient times, speech was
    • something that Man formed out of himself as his most primal ability;
    • divine spiritual forces living within him. I also referred to how, in
    • the breath of life’. What at that time was done with the breath, to
    • make Man a Man of Earth, the being who had his Manhood imprinted on
    • him by becoming the experiencer, the feeler of his own breathing, by
    • receiving into himself consciousness of his breathing, is meant to be
    • expression to a concept, a meaning, a truth about Man simply by saying
    • go on to express how Man conducts himself in his temple and how he
    • back on a time in the evolution of humanity when Man, in repeating his
    • is no longer conscious that the original primordial sentence has been
    • being to him. He is no longer aware that the single words, the single
    • sentences uttered today, represent the mere shreds of that primordial
    • times when cosmic being still revealed itself in the inner organism of
    • or to himself, for instance, if with his own eye he sees another Man's
    • past, we must plunge beneath memory to perceive the primal source of
    • is given to him through physical inheritance by parents and ancestors.
    • death and a new birth, raises himself to the world of the higher
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    • indicated how the child behaves to a great extent as an imitative
    • we have a process imitating in a certain sense what is going on in the
    • is thus imitatively reproduced in his eyes, and thus he gains
    • senses. But this restriction of the imitative principle to the
    • in this imitative process, though to a lesser extent. At this stage
    • the main an imitative being. He follows the way in which outer things
    • work in upon him and he imitates them internally. Hence it is very
    • important to let nothing happen in the young child's environment, not
    • behave no longer like a sense organ but to assimilate something in the
    • to him. Previously he has taken as his guideline all that we did in
    • him. Language itself he will of course learn by imitation, but that
    • time of puberty. Not until then can the child begin to form real
    • So far I have been describing quite simply, from an external
    • I have often pointed out how the human etheric body lives in intimate
    • the birth of the astral body to the time of puberty. However, that
    • the tendency to descend into physical embodiment. We see him there as
    • soul and spirit; we will rather envisage him, to begin with, on his
    • descent, when he approaches the earth to imbue himself with a new
    • embryo, of it — man draws into himself the forces of the etheric
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    • Rudolf Steiner stated that the primary function of education is to
    • Rudolf Steiner stated that the primary function of education
    • sublime nature and lofty goal of all human endeavour. In epochs
    • always meet with the approval of the times. For in our age men love to
    • that is elaborated, in a certain sense, by man himself in pre-earthly
    • does not know what this implies. We speak of Truth, little realizing
    • physical body. When man is confronted by a simple fact, he may either
    • cut the thread that binds him to pre-earthly existence. Untruth severs
    • the threads that bind him with pre-earthly existence, this works right
    • the nervous system. The feeling he has of his physical body gives him
    • unconsciously. He is then led, unconsciously, to ascribe to himself a
    • or “Notary,” and then imagines he is of importance when convention
    • thus describes him. The essential thing, however, is that he shall be
    • feeling for truth and truthfulness. To feel himself in duty bound
    • in effect, an intimate kinship between the physical body and this
    • short time before the descent from pre-earthly to earthly existence.
    • without the many who live around him. Slender indeed are the roots
    • that bind man to physical existence, without the others around him.
    • a whole world, just as man contains the whole universe within himself
    • grimace! Ugliness cast a chill through the whole body of the Greek,
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    • Erdenwissen und Himmelserkenntnis.
    • Suppose that we observe an animal during the course of a year. We will find
    • 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
    • animal organizes its life according to its natural surroundings.
    • and the immediate setting or natural surroundings. That has to do with the
    • Returning to our example of a lower animal, in insect, where these matters
    • short space of time — a year. Then the cycle repeats itself.
    • earlier peoples. Their pictorial consciousness gradually diminished during
    • time, dating from the first third of the fifteenth century, is the time of
    • the developing Consciousness Soul. It is that time when man will step fully
    • will then bring him fully to free consciousness of the Self.
    • If we consider a longer space of time from this point of view, we begin to
    • during the course of a year. Now in ancient times people still
    • nowadays we live in a time in which conscious inner life must replace them.
    • What would happen nowadays if a man were to give himself up entirely to
    • or that he did not tell himself at a certain moment: ‘This is how you
    • ranged above the animals would sink because of the manner in which he
    • handled his soul-life, below the animal level.
    • that of the animals, but still instinctive. His life has taken on a newer,
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  • Title: Lecture: The Invisible Man Within Us
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    • called it — the metabolic-limb man — manifests itself in
    • the metabolic-limb organization, in the forces of our outer movement,
    • encounter him here on earth, we can say that the ego flows in the
    • formations. These foreign formations may not manifest immediately in
    • etheric body. The ego activity does assert itself, but may at times
    • other words, in such a case we simply need to help the etheric
    • not such a simple matter, for a totally foreign process cannot be
    • position. This immediately leads to a preponderance of the nerve
    • In this case it is important to strengthen the astral body in that
    • strengthened by the astral body), stimulates the blood activity. The
    • nerve-sense activity, which goes through the whole body, stimulates
    • stimulates a secretory process, leading to the formation of pus
    • destructive force, will be stronger. It will excite or stimulate what
    • impression, of course, that everything is as easy to comprehend in
    • reality as it seems when matters have to be simplified in a schematic
    • that simply have to be distinguished if we wish to comprehend what is
    • that is formed in outer nature similarly to the way in which our
    • poison of the Jimsonweed fruit, in hyoscyamus (henbane), etc.
    • about at the same time so that these things can really be applied.
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    • ideas of what is important. In addition, certain deliberations must be
    • medicine because today the claims for scientific validity are actually
    • himself, substances which are not merely passive, but which are actually
    • in nature; but he transforms it immediately in his organism —
    • of man nothing takes place which is not at the same time subject to the
    • how the outer chemical and physical processes continue to work in him:
    • It could indeed be said that the greatest progress imaginable in medicine
    • in more recent times has actually only been made in the area of surgery
    • One can get the impression that, if one doesn't know anything, there
    • arises “at the proper time,” a word, a label for our ignorance.
    • years ago. Although it is generally imagined that it is easy for spiritual
    • and then one finds out everything. It really isn't that simple. Thorough and
    • briefly indicate in principle stood before me approximately thirty-five
    • system of the physical being is the nerve-sense system which is primarily
    • interconnection between the movement system, the system of the limbs,
    • immediately evident to you if you think of the fact that the metabolism is
    • enhanced especially through the movement of the limbs and that
    • inwardly the limbs are organically connected with the metabolic organs.
    • continued inwardly into the metabolic organs and, similarly, how the
    • system, located primarily in the head; the rhythmic system, located
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    • in the physical body which is given to him upon Earth, and through
    • course fix our attention mainly on the times we spend in waking life.
    • during the times when he is fast asleep is still more important for
    • always exclude the times we spent asleep; we join the things we did
    • Even more important than the daily periods of sleep throughout our
    • life are the times we spent in sleep as very little children. We
    • of time when we were sleeping. It is as though you were looking at a
    • darkness when you look back on your own life. The times you spent
    • image of our true being.’ It is entirely true if we regard what is here
    • on Earth, not as the real man himself, but as the picture of the real
    • clearly. Let us imagine ourselves asleep. The Ego is away from the
    • Thus every time we go to sleep, with our astral body we forsake those
    • Archangels and higher spiritual Beings enter into us and animate our
    • Seraphim, Cherubim and Thrones — have to indwell
    • primeval times as the supreme Trinity — the Powers of the Father,
    • Hierarchy of Seraphim, Cherubim and Thrones. They have to help in
    • within the human being, proceeding not only from man himself. Only in
    • subtenant. For at the same time it is the Temple and the
    • animal kingdom — there works what we may call a lower spiritual realm.
    • man is related through his physical existence to plants and animals,
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    • Elijah. At one time, Elias was used in English Bibles, but was later
    • our anthroposophical understanding of times and seasons, if we are really
    • Michael Thoughts, of which today men have no more than a dim feeling, has
    • What we can do at present is to awaken, in this Michael time, the
    • worlds — through long periods of time, in preparation for all that can now
    • Let us now bring before our souls beings who are intimately connected,
    • and will always be intimately connected, with the Michael stream, in the
    • who in at least two successive incarnations made a powerful impression on
    • When we look back into olden times, we see rise up before us within the
    • destiny of their existence. And we have shown how in the course of time the
    • being who was present in Elijah appeared again at the very most important
    • moment of human evolution, appeared again so that Christ Jesus Himself could
    • give him the Initiation he was to receive for the evolution of mankind. For
    • how the deeply Christian impulse that lives in Raphael, as it were impelling
    • we saw how this impulse rose again in the poet Novalis. In the poet Novalis
    • one another in time, beings who are brought together into a unity when
    • worlds, the realm of spiritual evolution, taking with him the power of his
    • lived in earlier stages of Earth-evolution. We see how he unites himself
    • impregnated with the Divine. We behold Raphael as it were completely “at
    • Then we behold him wander through the Mercury sphere where, in
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    • The mystery of death taught by Jesus Christ to his disciples after his resurrection. Saul and the event at Damascus when he became the apostle Paul. The role of Ahriman, Satan, the World Prince, in the course of human evolution.
    • the form of moral impulses.
    • were able to understand him, was of the greatest importance in this
    • which the Christ appeared to him through the event at Damascus. This
    • gave him the sure knowledge that Christ had passed through death and
    • impiles, when it is said by a man like Paul. Why could Paul not be
    • at Damascus? We must bear in mind what it implied for Paul, initiated
    • convinced him of the truth of the Mystery of Golgotha. In spite of
    • death on the cross, something very deep and great is implied in this
    • the disciples that were around him, and that are not mentioned in the
    • apostles, are steeped in tradition and refer to simple souls who were
    • beings who descended to the earth from higher worlds could impart
    • found in Plato that this was indeed so in ancient times. Today we can
    • am comparing these ancient men with animals; for, although their
    • outer aspect resembled that of animals, these oldest of men had a
    • But just as an animal knows nothing of death when it sees another
    • animal which is dead, so did these ancient men know nothing of death,
    • great illusion, and it made no great impression on men, for they knew
    • oldest times to the Mystery of Golgotha, one may say: more and more,
    • more as something that made an impression on them. Their souls became
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    • they do not claim to be complete. Their 7 pages of typescript may
    • lecture. But important points emerge even from these incomplete notes.
    • view of the low estimation of literary activity at that time, borrowed
    • That Shakespeare himself did not publish his plays was simply in
    • keeping with the general custom at his time. Not one of his plays was
    • printed during his lifetime. They were anxiously kept away from the
    • plays there, not read them at home. Prints which arose at that time
    • powerful impression in spite of a thoroughly bad translation and poor
    • the higher estimation of the individual during the Renaissance. During
    • time. The Christian type of his days, not the individual personal
    • general conception. The Christian principles of that time did not
    • as offered by Shakespeare. Shakespeare's chief aim was to set forth
    • Shakespeare's plays. He simply allows the events to take their course
    • simply the definite characters of Othello, Macbeth, or Hamlet. Just
    • and this practical knowledge enabled him to develop his action in such
    • book-learning, gave him the possibility to face things more freely and
    • important part.
    • dramatist — and his conditions improved, so that in 1597 he was
    • expressive power, their purity and naturalness were moreover impaired
    • great character-plays which were to establish his fame for all times
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    • Mücke, who did not know shorthand, so they do not claim to
    • pages of the original text of the lecture. But important points
    • Bacon of Verulam, who in view of the low estimation of
    • literary activity at that time, borrowed the actor's name. These
    • Shakespeare himself did not publish his plays was simply in
    • keeping with the general custom at his time. Not one of his plays
    • was printed during his lifetime. They were carefully kept under
    • there, not read them at home. Prints which appeared at that time
    • partial omissions and mistakes led certain researchers to claim
    • not fail to produce a powerful impression in spite of an
    • result of the higher estimation of the individual during the
    • the Christian ideas of that time. The Christian type of his time,
    • as offered by Shakespeare. Shakespeare's chief aim was to
    • simply allows the events to take their course consistently,
    • Othello or ambition in Macbeth, no, simply the
    • stage, and this practical knowledge enabled him to develop his
    • him the possibility to face things more freely and in a far more
    • played his first important role.
    • — and his conditions improved, so that in 1597 he was able
    • were moreover impaired by a certain artificial note which was the
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    • spiritual streams with which it is connected. An even more important
    • themselves ‘Sons of the Widow.’ Manes designated himself
    • reincarnation of the same. The teachings he proclaimed were attacked
    • supposed to have originated from Manes himself. In the legend of
    • is also that of Theosophy, namely that Evil is only an untimely Good.
    • must have been, in its own time proper place, good. The guiding forces
    • designates himself as the Son, He it is who prepares the soul to
    • become independent. Everything that comes from him is a call to the
    • contrary, supports himself on the inner spiritual light of the soul.
    • itself. Life is everywhere. The limited form is the hindrance. There
    • pulsates in the Catholic Church is the Christian Life. (From the time
    • time. The Good of an earlier age unites with the Good of a newer age.
    • That gives at the same time the possibility of material manifestation,
    • in the Sixth Root Race glimmers in many men of genius. (Nietzsche's
  • Title: Mathematics and Occultism
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    • emancipate himself from all sense-perception?” He considered this
    • to be an all-important question for the education of the spiritual life.
    • Of course, it is only with difficulty that Man can emancipate himself
    • from material perceptions, as a simple experiment on one's own self
    • withdraw into himself and does not allow any material impressions of
    • the senses to work upon him, the residues of sensuous perception still
    • rejects the impressions which he has received from the physical world
    • of the senses, he simply faces nothingness — the absolute
    • “Let a man withdraw himself ever so much within the realm of pure
    • the undeveloped man. When he acquires for himself the faculty of
    • has built for him organs of sense), then his thought ceases to remain
    • experiences within himself to its full extent what Plato here implies,
    • mathematical images hover over the border-line between the material
    • perceive; but at the same time I do not think in terms of
    • the identical truths from any other sensible image. The essential
    • the all-important point for Plato. We must visualise the idea in a
    • impress upon his disciples.
    • The Gnostics desired something similar. They said, “Gnosis is
    • most elementary and simple, and such as Man can most easily
    • thyself an imperishable and eternal knowledge when thou learnest to
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    • put to direct application in everyday life, and we may sometimes be
    • the thoughts and conceptions imparted to us by that world. These
    • a simple narration of what is found by spiritual investigation. These
    • things can be understood if they are thought over and pondered time
    • if the soul will ponder them time and again. They will then be
    • kind takes place in the case of the animal kingdom and the human
    • single one of his limbs without pleasure or pain being caused by what
    • existence. — We must assimilate the thought that life between
    • is the animal kingdom. I do not of course mean the individual animals
    • that its effect and influence are as if animals were there. The
    • may be compared with the animal nature in this sense. The dead,
    • know the animal kingdom only from the outside. The most external
    • acquiring a more and more intimate and exact knowledge of the animal
    • physical body, bringing together in it the whole scope of animal
    • develops in an animal or in a human being, all science and all schools
    • fact, participating; what happens on Earth is merely the stimulus to
    • an imprint of cosmic forces and the hen herself is only a place, an
    • Spiritual. The animal kingdom is the first realm with which he makes
    • mistake, he immediately becomes aware of pain, of suffering, in the
    • It is the animal kingdom, then, with which acquaintance is first made.
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    • plant, and animal kingdoms was also touched upon, and this then led
    • 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
    • they have immediacy and life.
    • because in our time people are not very interested in celebrating
    • have celebrated sixty years later, was an important scientific
    • experiment; all we need to do is pay attention to how nature
    • experiments with people whenever they have any kind of illness. If we
    • an experiment for us and that we can gain insights from it.
    • impairments, he discovered that they had had an injury in the third
    • person suffering from speech impediments or. muteness, there is some
    • wrong place, into this convolution of the brain, it ultimately
    • substance, especially at the time before the child has learned to
    • infant simply cries, there is only brain mush in this area. When the
    • imitation. If you say L, you must move your tongue. Thus, you
    • imitation. The more the child moves beyond the vowels formed in mere
    • through imitation. They learn to speak, to move their lips, by
    • imitating out of their feelings the way other people move their lips.
    • All of this is imitation. This means that children take in, see,
    • imagine that a child prefers to do everything with the right hand.
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    • spiritual world. It is similar with the other senses; the senses of
    • are regarded as lower. At the present day it is impossible to speak
    • interesting and important have only to be said, and at once they are
    • misunderstood and in all sorts of ways attacked. For the time being I
    • important facts of life.
    • the situation in ancient times was more favourable, though knowledge
    • imaginative way of looking at things that was characteristic of Old
    • Moon time, when he lived only in such visions, had to be regarded as
    • organism cannot cope with the vision, is in a sense impregnated by
    • thing or process in the sense-world; that is the illusion imposed by
    • relate himself to the world in the same way as during the Old Moon
    • condition into life. Thus a man sees, but at the same time something
    • is living in his seeing; he hears and at the same time something is
    • sense-processes are brought into movement. Their life is stimulated.
    • life-organs. The life-organs are imbued with a strong activity of
    • nutrition, are brought together and imbued with heightened activity
    • when they are imbued with activity of soul, they form a unity. They
    • Similarly, the
    • separate as life-processes are on earth. A very intimate and delicate
    • and yet a form of comprehension arises which has a certain similarity
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    • Goetheanism as an Impulse for Transformation ...
    • Der Goetheanismus, Ein Umwandlungsimpuls und
    • the social life of our own time. The middle of the century brought a
    • present time, when so much — far more than people realise —
    • live on in humanity in a way quite different from the way imagined by
    • Grimm — the saying of an outstanding man who lived not very long
    • feeling for the culture of middle Europe. Herman Grimm once said that
    • Luther, Frederick the Great, Goethe and Bismarck. Grimm says that if a
    • according to Herman Grimm's remark — the time would have come
    • enlightened spirit — and today it is quite impossible. If
    • much more deeply. It can sometimes be heartbreaking how little the
    • eighteenth century, we can observe a significant impulse. It was the
    • impulse working in Schiller when he wrote his Letters on the
    • Aesthetic Education of Man; this was the time, too, when Goethe
    • the impulse which lay behind Schiller's “Aesthetic Letters”
    • self-education of man, which he regarded as a necessity of his time.
    • never have expected that men would be led to freedom simply by giving
    • rather that by work upon himself, by self-education, man should reach
    • influence of rational necessity. Man can commit himself to follow
    • this rational necessity, it is still something that compels him. And
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    • The Michael Impulse and the Mystery of Golgotha.
    • Geheimnisse des Menschenwesens
    • limbs. These are of course crude expressions that are only roughly
    • true. Under the name of limbs, for example, we have to include a good
    • the system and organisation of the limbs. Relatively speaking, these
    • Similarly, the life of ideas, the life of feeling and the life of will
    • are each self-dependent, although at the same time they work together.
    • is a dream-life. Even in daytime the life of feeling pervades our
    • Now it is very important to realise that each one of the three systems
    • ideas. Similarly, thoughts are present in the sphere of feeling, more
    • One thing is usually quite disregarded, my dear friends, in our time
    • within us and yet at the same time they represent objective
    • experience in yourself, but this experience is at the same time
    • these boundary lines are of course only approximate. Here then we have
    • Now let us go back to the event that makes a strong impression on our
    • days of crude observation is not generally noticed. The impression
    • impulse that works upon your life of soul from outside. I will not say
    • of time depends on the whole form and character of the individual
    • Who of you has not at one time had the experience that someone you
    • idea why, but a change has come over him “out of the blue”,
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  • Title: Lecture: Man, Offspring of the World of Stars
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    • Erkenntnisimpuls und die Aufgabe der Anthroposophie.
    • time a perception, just as we today have a perception of colours or
    • his ideas before him, that he perceived them objectively.
    • the colour of which the Greeks used a word which simply meant
    • seemed to him to be concentrated in the living Sun, and to withdraw
    • certain period of time, but then the most advanced representatives of
    • saw salvation in the Mystery of Golgotha, inasmuch as the impulse
    • particularly when he allows himself to be influenced by the claims of
    • been evolved by simply transferring earthly conditions to the world
    • of the Cosmos, and to him the Sun was a living being, related to the
    • ’ to himself, he experiences a force that is working within him,
    • to the Sun. The Greek said to himself: Sun and Ego are the outer and
    • springtime. There are people here and there who feel that the Ego is
    • imbued with a new vigour when the rays of the Sun begin to shine down
    • an image of the Ego. The forces which determine the human form from
    • forces. Metabolism is primarily an outcome of the working of Earth
    • are all in vain. Man is not primarily a creation of the Earth. He
    • Earth. These forces work outside the human being and also within him
    • physical body. His etheric body relates him to the whole environment
    • Its most important period of development is during embryonic life. The
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  • Title: Lecture: The Ear
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    • and conclusions of great importance to human life.
    • that man as he stands before himself in the physical world represents
    • — within this physical world — a true image of the
    • say that, such as it is, it is an immediate image of the
    • — this is a thing that man brings with him as a plan or tendency
    • of man, in communion with higher spiritual Beings, with the sublime
    • contracted it sufficiently (if we may use this image), he then sends
    • truly say, man is an image of processes and realities of Being in the
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    • The names of these minute ossicles immediately behind the drum —
    • — a transformed metamorphosed limb. You might also describe it
    • can imagine, there inside the ear there lies a human being, whose head
    • is immersed in your own brain. Indeed, we bear within us a whole
    • this human embryo as it develops in the mother's womb is the image of
    • gravity, implying weight — weighs upon that which tends to become
    • simple reason that through the whole position of the human embryo in
    • image of the spiritual worlds. Now what is there in the spiritual
    • dimensions of space. But the ear tears itself free from the three
    • dimensions of space and preserves its membership of the spiritual
    • — not immediately but after a certain time — transformed
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    • and in animals.]
    • arise primarily because people are far too concerned with themselves
    • and do not usually spend the larger part of their leisure time in
    • gives them pain ... And the least favorable time of life to be
    • The capacity for forming judgments is blossoming at this time and
    • world must become so all-engrossing to young people that they simply
    • gentle pain. And this kind of experience immediately makes us tend
    • 21, you simply must not expose your latent inadequacies and so make a
    • inwardly, the teacher must be capable of doing this himself, so that
    • world of sleep, into the sleeping condition, a body of detrimental,
    • of him.” Those are the latent inadequacies, the self-exposures
    • If we spend too much time pouring a mass of information over young
    • him as a pretty bright light who has plenty to say, but now he's
    • out of him!”
    • impart this to other young people, then the world speaks out of
    • age, verve which above all is directed towards imagination; for
    • judgment is actually borne out of the powers of imagination. And if
    • deal with the intellect with a certain imagination, then you have
    • Young people demand imaginative powers; you must approach them with
    • time between 14, 15 and 18 is one that implies in a pessimistically
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  • Title: Lecture: The Work of Secret Societies in the World
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    • prolongation of life, immortality. The universal law of the
    • subject next time. A week from now I shall speak about the meaning of the
    • the less important New Year's Festival and the extremely important Feast of
    • aims in world-evolution? To such a question my answer would be that they
    • is only one example. Men cannot reach what is usually known as immortality
    • themselves for the attainment of immortality in the real sense. But to
    • reach the knowledge of immortality in full consciousness, as a concretely
    • lived many times; but not all of you are conscious that you have lived
    • has never been the aim of occult science to inculcate into men a dim
    • feeling of survival but to impart a clear, fully conscious knowledge of
    • stages of life. It is this: Nothing that a human being does not himself
    • There is a maxim — on the face of it rather
    • 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
    • know well that the reasons are very seldom impersonal. There are many
    • carry this trace with it. Whether an atom has at some time been in a
    • who have been deeply imbued with this knowledge, have been so selfless that
    • personages known in history; they sometimes are embodied in historical
    • but it will now be clear to you why the aim of the Freemasons is to work in
    • immortality. In the outer world we see the reflex of such deeds. They need
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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
    • repeatedly inwardly assimilated and digested. External truths
    • observes the phenomena of life with a certain impartiality will
    • darker. An unknown impulse urges him to go farther; he has a
    • it has lasted until the time of waking.
    • impulse — or something that approached the soul in the
    • place of an impulse — how this passed over into feelings
    • point of rousing himself out of sleep and returning to ordinary
    • multiply these two picture sequences many times, for the same
    • when, through what I have often described as Imaginative
    • Imaginative consciousness within the forces of the soul which
    • does not immediately penetrate into the physical body, but
    • only in the intermediate conditions. Imaginative consciousness,
    • the waters bear him to the surface and make him free again. The
    • does not enter the body immediately, but becomes aware of the
    • during sleep. Imaginative consciousness is only able to behold
    • thoughts; just as man is immersed when he jumps into water, so
    • is everyone immersed, in sleep, in the formative forces of the
    • swimming through the cosmos from one end to the other, floating
    • surging, weaving thought-pictures, the cosmic Imaginations
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    • only approximate, and only by developing these approximate
    • pass during this time.
    • move his limbs — unable also to pour his will through his bodily
    • phosphorescent, glimmering light. It is not surprising that this
    • which could immediately perceive this phosphorescent glow.
    • outside the physical and etheric body, receive strong impressions from
    • at the same time radiant with light. But the impression made upon the
    • is an immensely beautiful and impressive living and streaming activity
    • rooted in the very existence and being of man himself. They belong to
    • be. In reality the soul is emerging from the impressions of the cosmic
    • some time.
    • of man, but within him, extending to a certain depth. From the
    • bound to describe it as consisting simply of the forms of thoughts,
    • Logos brings to expression at the same time — writing, as it
    • were, into the time-sequence of the etheric, in that gleaming, gently
    • sleep, even during a daytime nap, but in a more fragmentary way.)
    • — seeking the ultimate reality, behind what is fundamentally
    • real being behind the words — we find the ultimate reality of
    • The result is an exceptionally beautiful and impressive etheric organ.
    • ultimate reality. It is a working and flowing and weaving together of
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    • Present Time, in German, Antworten der Geisteswissenschaft
    • culture of the present time will be able to deny that the theme of
    • perception which hold sway at that particular time. We have also seen
    • short time against the so-called ‘popular’ conceptions of
    • by people whose immaturity in the realm of Spiritual Science makes
    • Science has to say at the present time.
    • brought forward in Christendom during those times. The Christ of the
    • not only immanent in the whole evolution of humanity, but also in
    • man’s being back through the ages, leads to external, animal
    • before taking on a material existence, where he felt himself among
    • him into the material world.
    • Gnostics to be a highly important moment in the evolution of earthly
    • world, in order to work on in that world as an ‘Impulse.’
    • through primordial evolutionary epochs, he was a spiritual being
    • had reached such maturity that at a certain point of time his soul
    • point of time when the soul of a chosen human being was able to feel
    • Being within him a life which gave a new orientation to all
    • Essence within an outer man — a new Impulse had broken in upon
    • humanity, an Impulse towards something that had not been there
    • him for the three years after the Baptism of John had not previously
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    • It is not the aim of Spiritual Science merely to satisfy curiosity or
    • a greed for knowledge but to be a spiritual impulse penetrating deeply
    • into the culture of the present and immediate future. It will begin to
    • we realise that its impulse has already made itself felt in the form
    • life. To-day we shall consider how an impulse akin to that of
    • Spiritual Science lived in one of the greatest artists of our time. In
    • speaking of Richard Wagner, I certainly do not mean to imply
    • that he was fully conscious of this impulse. It is so meaningless when
    • himself.’ Such an objection is so patent that even those who think as
    • impulse of which we shall speak lived in Richard Wagner in the form of
    • this the very thing that helps him to understand its nature? And will
    • anyone deny him the right to speak about the plant from this aspect
    • consciously realised by him any more than the laws of growth are
    • this simply means that they have never taken the trouble to understand
    • Wagner himself ever express this conviction? Most certainly he did!
    • point of view, indicating thereby that to him music or art was far
    • Curiously enough it is invariably characterised by an image —
    • which is, however, more than an image. Those who really know what they
    • his eyes, colour and light are revealed to him. It is possible for the
    •  Still sings the primal song of wonder, ...”
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    • I HAVE said on many occasions that at the time when medieval culture
    • had reached its prime, two streams of spiritual life were flowing
    • Church. The Church, by virtue of its continuity, claimed the right to
    • Thus when medieval culture was at its prime, it was realised that
    • unthinkable to him that if knowledge concerning super-sensible worlds
    • him.
    • evolution, had passed into an earthly body and linked Himself with the
    • the time of the Mystery of Golgotha men were trying to answer by means
    • Brentano had allowed himself to be influenced by this hatred and
    • by the time of the fourth century A.D. and which in the later
    • us in modern times to have any true conception of the first three or
    • the impulses living in Plato and Aristotle were working on and of
    • acknowledge God as a Being because the Ideas are primary and
    • the Good above the other Ideas, but he did not thereby imply that the
    • difficult to imagine that anyone capable of writing such absurdities
    • Initiation. But in more ancient times there was no such thing as
    • thinking are making their appearance. In Plato's time, thoughts
    • times gave their message in pictures and imaginations, Plato was one
    • of the first to change these imaginations into abstract concepts and
    • eyes of men was brought down in more ancient times merely in the form
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  • Title: Lecture: The Crossing of the Threshold and the Social Organism
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    • spheres. We are just passing through a time in which humanity is
    • spheres of thought, feeling and will become separated. This imposes
    • the present time.
    • most intimate knowledge of human evolution, out of the knowledge of
    • not like to acknowledge such things. The present time likes to turn
    • needs most. Yet it is impossible to abide by the thought which has
    • just been expressed. We may say: every kind of pessimism is wrong.
    • But this does not imply that every kind of optimism is right. Right
    • time has come to an end and that we must close our accounts with it.
    • close our accounts with the old time. For the NEW time can only be
    • ourselves that we can carry over into the new time the things which
    • spirit. In more recent times, the spirit has become very mechanical,
    • important events. The most important events of the past years have
    • literally been ‘slept away!’ Even to-day, most important
    • gaze to the East. There we can see that the animalization of the
    • represents an animalization of the bodies. Emotions lead people to
    • At the present time,
    • vegetalization of the souls and the animalization of the bodies, or
    • OF THE SPIRIT, discover this awakening of the spirit in the impulses
    • only be the outcome of SPIRITUAL IMPULSES!
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  • Title: Lecture: The Weaving and Living Activity of the Human Etheric Bodies
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    • with the intellect, with experiments and observations. We know that
    • envelops him here upon the. earth, could only arise during the
    • be Implanted in it.
    • have received their forms later. If you read the more intimate
    • their forms at that time. They are described with a certain mobility.
    • animal kingdom. Also the animal kingdom has its definite forms. It
    • the great difference between the forms of the animal kingdom and of
    • animal species, you will have to admit: The various species of
    • animals differ far more from one another than the human beings. In
    • comparison to the various animal species we can speak of an
    • borne in mind is that the animals show infinitely greater differences
    • are only right within certain limits, if we consider them from the
    • etheric body to man’s physical body and imagine that a certain
    • experiment is to be made; in reality, of course, this experiment
    • cannot be made. Imagine the following experiment and that you see it
    • being enacted; imagine that the whole physical body of man can be
    • separated from him, detached from him scientifically, piece by piece
    • the glass, it will bound back into its own form. In a similar way,
    • eliminate the forces to which the etheric body had to adapt itself;
    • however, it would not immediately take on its own form, owing to the
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  • Title: Lecture: And The Temple Becomes Man
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    • words which echo in our ears when the Dornach Speech Chorus declaims
    • the future, too, the super-sensible will impress itself into the
    • flowing colour-effects, was ultimately destroyed by fire. Those who
    • of mankind as a whole. And unless this demand is fulfilled, the aim
    • judgment which future times will pass upon us. In the present cycle
    • from what it was in times gone by.
    • tell us. In a beautiful and impressive lecture this morning,* you
    • times.
    • to-day. In ancient times, human beings had at their disposal means of
    • were responsible for the impulses and aims expressed in the
    • forms, the colours and so on. For in those times the Gods themselves
    • first period of time in which the Gods put man's own free,
    • those in operation in bygone times. We have to create out of the
    • spiritual impulses our work must be grounded, only if what we do is
    • original form can only be dimly pictured or reconstructed from the
    • depended upon the facade, upon the impression made by the
    • these temples — the character of which can only be dimly
    • have before us the expression of an altogether new impulse, whereby
    • wonderful impression is that the multi-coloured windows provide such
    • Could any enclosed space make a more majestic impression than
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  • Title: Lecture: The Migrations of the Races
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    • translator is unknown! It was given in Berlin, at sometime during
    • the branches of the Fifth Root Race (Aryan) were implanted.
    • small root-stock had arisen out of the Fifth Subrace (the Primal
    • Primal Semites was allotted the special mission laid down in the law
    • which had been of great importance in earlier times, now glimmered
    • away and gradually disappeared. The aim of the Manu of the Fifth Root
    • Manu said to himself: peoples who know nothing of reincarnation will
    • then come into contact with others who have intimate knowledge of it
    • teaching of reincarnation was by no means of cardinal importance. For
    • and the Hamites (in Africa). In India, the immigrant Indo-Aryans who
    • definite. The Egyptians attached greater importance to preservation of
    • earlier times had practiced magic. From here came the teachings of the
    • the service of civilization. The result is an imposing development of
    • of the Atlantean Primal Semites — those who had been chosen out
    • importance to begin with among the Medes and Persians. These
    • for boys. That is a very important point. It is a preparation which
    • Primal Semites and also decadent Acadians. Thus the Manu founded a new
    • branch by amalgamating his immigrants with the decadent Primal Semites
    • — those who during the time of their prime in Atlantean
    • the calendar, and principles of measure and weight. The immigrants who
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  • Title: Lecture: The Mystery of Golgotha
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    • Das Geheimnis der Trinitat. Der Mensch und sein
    • Verhaeltnis zur Geistwelt im Wandel der Zeiten.
    • Das Geheimnis der Trinitat. Der Mensch und sein
    • Verhaeltnis zur Geistwelt im Wandel der Zeiten.
    • limited standpoint of present-day civilisation, but so as to
    • can never do justice to the full World-impulse of Christianity. For
    • the most important) from our instinctive life, and cannot realise
    • time once more to this the greatest question of mankind, inasmuch as
    • however strangely seeming. Imagine some Being descending from another
    • are apt to imagine the past history of mankind far too similar to the
    • undergone a tremendous evolution. In the times before the Mystery of
    • Golgotha all human beings — even those who were primitive, more
    • They had a memory of the time the human soul lives through, before he
    • soul in ancient time a memory of pre-existence in the world of soul
    • transparent to himself. He knew with certainty: I am a soul, and I
    • ancient times, he even knew of certain details of the life of soul
    • himself in cosmic pictures. Looking up to the stars, he saw them not
    • in dreamlike Imaginations. In a dreamlike way he saw the whole
    • Universe filled with spiritual pictures or Imaginations, and as he
    • saw it thus he could exclaim: “This is the last reflected glory
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    • unfolds a certain idealism, so that every time he utters a word, the
    • feeling is present in him that he belongs to a spiritual world and
    • gradually loses the connection, which is so essential to him, with
    • language in particular. The periods of time we have to take into view
    • that even primitive languages show the same character as civilised
    • are round about him. As you will know, we have in the course of our
    • studies alluded to a more intimate relationship between word and
    • was not then one of thought, where the word is for him a sign and a
    • symbol. The man of olden time entered with heart and soul into the
    • not even need to go back so far before we come to a time when the
    • similar to the feeling he had when he heard the word which in those
    • forming of words. But in order to study the times when man's
    • with long epochs of time when we are considering the evolution of
    • The evolution of language on Earth has thus a deep and intimate
    • impossible in the course of that very study to come to a knowledge of
    • Now in those far-off times when an element of will came to expression
    • Hierarchy who lived in his language as in more recent times. The
    • whole relationship moreover was different. In those remote times man
    • was not yet so interested in the feelings aroused in him at the
    • weather. These feelings interested him, it is true, in another
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    • IN a time of great and
    • physical world are connected with impulses emanating from the
    • begin with, we will study the character of certain spiritual impulses
    • certain point of view this was quite right. In times when the Old
    • in still earlier times the intervention of Jehovah was regarded not
    • world-evolution spoke of a primordial Being for the understanding of
    • must therefore think of the Demiurgos as a sublime Being, as the
    • Creator of the world who sends forth other Beings from Himself. The
    • centuries — and the hearts of many men in those times were
    • between birth and death and at best there dawns upon him the
    • with the Pleroma which was once a matter of immediate experience and
    • By that time the minds of men were no longer capable of rising to the
    • Mysticism at its prime, an epoch when the language of the mind bore
    • 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
    • world known as the Pleroma was a matter of immediate experience, and
    • of spiritual aspiration. But as time went on, darkness crept over the
    • to him through illumination, through inspiration and through an
    • revealed to him. The springing-forth of individual thoughts
    • era. By the time of the Middle Ages the energies of the human mind
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  • Title: Lecture: The Influence of the Dead on the Life of Man on Earth
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    • by the lecturer. Also known as: Luciferic and Ahrimanic
    • by the lecturer. Also known as: Luciferic and Ahrimanic
    • perceive Imaginatively — we realise that this world is peopled
    • by many beings, no less abundantly than is the physical. Man himself,
    • able entirely to free himself from that which makes him earthly man.
    • 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
    • himself from that which makes him earthly man. As earthly men, as you
    • ourselves only in our liquid part, Imaginative experiences can
    • our knowing by Imaginative perception all that surrounds us as the
    • elemental world. Imaginative perception will surely return to mankind
    • even as it has been lost. Only the old Imaginative clairvoyance which
    • fully conscious Imaginative seership. By a perfectly normal and
    • etheric body. In future time there will be a kind of medicine which
    • planetary system, and the illness is but an image of this
    • materialism which has simply confiscated the science of medicine.
    • This state of affairs cannot be improved by one individual or another
    • doing this or that it can only be improved by the common will of a
    • One thing it is important to perceive. St. Paul did not speak in vain
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    • through Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition.
    • which prevails among the men of our time and has taken root in human
    • ideas are not fitted to take hold of the impulses which must be
    • active in the social life. I stated that in earlier times men were
    • would be very useful for the man of today if he made himself
    • sometimes how myths have been formed among neighbouring peoples of
    • the Egyptians. For it is this eternal-imperishable element — I
    • most important aspects, let us just consider it, as it has been
    • related of Osiris that at one time he ruled in Egypt. It is related
    • that above all the Egyptians owed to him the suppression of
    • cannibalism, that they owed to him the plough, agriculture, the
    • into other lands and there too spread similar useful arts. And in
    • Typhon slew him and made away with the dead body. Isis had to search
    • a long time for the corpse. She found the body at last in Phoenicia,
    • himself with the instruction of Horus, the son whom Isis had borne
    • imprudence to release Typhon whom she had succeeded in imprisoning.
    • ancient times there was a certain common consciousness concerning
    • similar. What was concealed behind the name Osiris was not unfamiliar
    • to him.
    • a certain community of soul! One could sometimes wish that there
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    • through Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition.
    • in mankind, we know that we have to look back to earlier times of
    • things take place in later times in connection with events of earlier
    • times. We look back from our Fifth Post-Atlantean epoch, in the
    • already to the time in which it was natural for men to express in
    • certain mythical pictures and imaginations what they thought and felt
    • that in the time of the Greco-Latin evolution, in the time that
    • consciousness in fact expressed in imaginative myths facts about
    • that in Grecian times, and even much later, people saw
    • come about in modern times. But at that time there was indeed a
    • super-sensible worlds and have still preserved life in the imaginative
    • Imaginations was the age when Osiris wandered upon Earth. They meant
    • been a time in which men on earth lived in Imaginations. And this
    • type of human soul which was able to live in Imaginations was
    • this life-in-Imaginations. Osiris has been killed by his brother
    • evolve the Imaginative faculties. The ancient clairvoyance exists no
    • him when he has passed through the portal of death. The figures of
    • point of time has also been specified in which according to the
    • Imaginations vanished when the setting sun in autumn stood in
    • up to recent centuries with Imaginative clairvoyance, but the
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    • through Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition.
    • the day before yesterday, as I spoke of the important difference
    • beginning of the Old Testament, the Elohim, Jahve, can only be
    • according to the fundamental deed of the Elohim, of Jahve. I said
    • looked back into ancient times and said to themselves: the Gods
    • Egyptian and the Greek mythology traced man back to older times in
    • in their own times. Thus men in Egypt and Greece ascribed to
    • important and significant fact this conception points. In the
    • time the Gods who created the human race. Only because the Old
    • same time the moral element, moral impulse, into the divine
    • This is important for
    • the immediate present bears much in it, that points back to the Old
    • impulse that proceeds from the Mystery of Golgotha. This all
    • time we are still vouchsafed to be together.
    • important that we can lay one thing as a foundation; I have
    • and in a certain connection, I said, certain impulses of the
    • fifth, just as in the sixth Post-Atlantean epoch, certain impulses of
    • as in the last Post-Atlantean epoch, the seventh, certain impulses of
    • part what immense depth of human consciousness in ancient times
    • his atavistic imaginations. That was the age in which Osiris ruled.
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    • through Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition.
    • impulses of human life must enter especially into the consciousness
    • science or in general life? This extraordinarily important
    • immortal’ one spoke actually of man himself. In the
    • acquainted with his civilization knew that what lives as ‘immortal’
    • immortality, who had consciously grasped the spiritual world. You can
    • difference between men who seek to grasp in the soul the impulse of
    • the immortal, the spiritual impulse, and those men who disdain this,
    • different) as ‘mortal’ makes himself ‘immortal’.
    • lift the veil of Isis, but only that one who binds himself
    • immortal element, cannot lift the veil. Later on when the
    • the priests, were the ‘immortals’ and those who were not
    • moreover called themselves the ‘immortals’ in that
    • the Egyptian priest principle, specially important persons are made
    • immortals’. (One is reminded of it at this time because
    • raised to the rank of Immortal by the French Academy. Such things are
    • times where the words, concepts and ideas are far removed from their
    • easily be thought that their purpose is merely to blame our times. I
    • said to characterize the times not to criticize them. Where, however,
    • made of things that have simply got to be seen through, whether for
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  • Title: Lecture V: Ancient Myths
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    • through Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition.
    • It is our aim in these lectures to speak of important questions of
    • was possible later. This is that ancient time which followed
    • immediately upon the great flooding of the earth — called in
    • present time we are capable of development up to a certain age
    • capable of development for a much longer time. He remained so into
    • time something that determines our progress of soul and spirit.
    • externally considered — we shall see immediately how matters
    • relatively not such a very long time.
    • Then again came a time
    • catastrophe, which again lasted for approximately 2,160 years, and
    • Egypto-Chaldean, he could develop up to the time of his forty-second
    • and from our time onward quite specially significant. For as regards
    • receding further, so that I, if no spiritual impulse grips mankind,
    • times can come in which only the views and opinions of youth
    • affairs. Today we see the claim made by great circles of mankind to
    • younger is at the same time a challenge to mankind to draw for
    • called your attention last time to the immense incision in the
    • the impulse really be found which mankind needs if it is to take in
    • necessary it is to seek for fresh and different impulses for the
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  • Title: Lecture VI: Ancient Myths
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    • through Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition.
    • has in reality no true understanding of himself. One could say that
    • this statement applies particularly to our own time. We know that
    • time, as we know from our various studies. For even in this Grecian
    • than is possible at the present time. This present time, however, is
    • recognize in the human being what he is as immortal, as eternal being
    • meets us in its globular form, an image of the whole cosmos, as the
    • their appearance in many heads. The human head is an image of the
    • macrocosm, an image of the whole world. And only the prejudice of our
    • time — I have indicated this in another connection —
    • no apparatus for comprehending the being of man himself. We have been
    • ‘there are limits to human knowledge, one cannot get beyond
    • these limits!’ But this is only because they merely reckon with
    • not get beyond certain limits. This wisdom of the head, my dear
    • for itself an image in the head. In the rest of man that is not the
    • arise: does it ever come before us in life? That is the important
    • our immediate wisdom is connected with its development. But even
    • of our organism slowly. At our present time the head develops
    • can in fact only experience in a whole lifetime what the head
    • acquires in a relatively short time. This is connected with many
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  • Title: Lecture VII: Ancient Myths
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    • through Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition.
    • of mankind when we begin to observe man himself, seeing in his
    • man himself, again as totality, is its solution. We must not expect,
    • its spherical form as an image of the whole cosmos, not only as a
    • special time at which one observes the stars. So that by taking the
    • place and at the time in which the person is born, this must result
    • which houses and other things are constructed, so in the time between
    • limbs and members that the configuration of cosmic forces acts upon
    • colour aura that sparkles round him. Now Professor Moritz Benedict,
    • made experiments in Vienna with persons who have a gift for using the
    • experiments; as he is very unwilling to acknowledge clairvoyance, but
    • he made experiments in a dark chamber with those gifted for using the
    • showed under treatment in the camera obscura, an immense aura, so
    • with regard to what I have just touched upon. At no distant time, and
    • establish that what a man bears within him as inherited from
    • organism, it is another matter. And therefore it is very important
    • He finds in the out-streaming substance, forces which take him into
    • the earth and remain there for a time. The substance that in a
    • instreaming forces and then they cease to influence him, at least
    • this is so in our time-cycle. It was not always so on earth — I
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  • Title: Lecture: The Souls Progress through Repeated Earth Lives
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    • requisite preliminary knowledge. Other opinions will be in so far
    • beginning, although only for a short time, the etheric body also.
    • you know, considerable time elapses before the astral body is also
    • cannot simply speak sweepingly of dissolution of the etheric and the
    • himself. The etheric body bears within itself, as it were, the
    • imprints of all that the human being has gone through in life. This
    • what has imprinted itself upon the etheric body actually continues to
    • by means of his morality, is imparted to the whole cosmos. In the
    • human beings who have lived in former times. That which through our
    • in the cosmos. This is not the case. The astral body also imparts
    • and in a similar manner the ego takes its own course. We cannot,
    • interrelationship with the universe, it continues to evolve simply as
    • a result of our having implanted into it the effects of certain moral
    • impulses; and with the form it has acquired as the result of these
    • moral impulses, it imparts itself to the cosmos, — it inserts
    • certain limit in this expansion; and when it can expand no further,
    • astral body imparts itself to the universe; if I may use the
    • expression, it strikes against the outer limits of our spiritual-soul
    • being approaches the time for his return to earth, he acquires
    • we must imagine that the human being, as he appears when he is born
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  • Title: Lecture: The Forming of Destiny in Sleeping and Waking
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    • must realise that from the time of falling asleep to the moment of
    • is not possible for him to have direct consciousness of what the Ego
    • immersed during sleep is that, at the present stage of the Earth's
    • times when a child is actually and obviously asleep, but of the whole
    • impression of being awake during this period, but what is going on in
    • his pre-earthly life and proceeds to weave, in the dim consciousness
    • which the human being has to acquire, differently from the animals.
    • Animals either do not have them at all, or already possess them —
    • some considerable time before one can truly say that a child thinks.
    • learns to control his muscles and limbs in such a way that the centre
    • animals make uniform use of their four limbs, whereas in the human
    • imitation; the little child tries to imitate — just as he does
    • for the most important activities of life; in left-handed people the
    • during the time when, as a child, he is learning to speak; and it is
    • learning to speak for the first time, to observe the intensity with
    • how he imparts to the words his own characteristic tone of voice, how
    • child, or even a grown-up, is exerting himself to learn to speak a
    • related, as it were, by nature to the limb-system. Just as the astral
    • the Ego involved in what the human being performs with his limbs,
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  • Title: Lecture: Goethe and the Evolution of Consciousness
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    • Teil. Der Mensch als geistiges Wesen im historischen
    • Teil. Der Mensch als geistiges Wesen im historischen
    • time. They declare that, so far as his mental attitude is concerned,
    • in their life of soul, it would be impossible to understand them. One
    • and spiritually impossible to share in the mental attitude of his
    • But at the same time there is something else in Goethe — a kind
    • conveying much more than the opinions of those around him could
    • life at Weimar.
    • Think of him as a child with all the religious convictions of his
    • contemporaries around him. He himself relates — and I have
    • a music-stand and laying upon it specimens of minerals from his
    • We see him growing beyond what those around him have to say, coming
    • longing to go to Italy seizes him and his whole outlook changes in a
    • overwhelming change that came upon him in Italy. In letters to
    • friends at Weimar he speaks of the works of art which conjure up
    • around him in his youth. And we see how in the course of his Italian
    • Nature flashes up within him.
    • feels at home. And, if we study all that he produced after that time,
    • and outlook, will never understand him. For an inner change of mental
    • ‘nearer’ to him; he then describes the macrocosm, in the
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  • Title: Lecture: On the Reality of Higher Worlds
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    • issued. I attach great importance to the fact that here too, as in
    • If, however, the aim is to reach the super-sensible worlds with the
    • world, through experiment, through the reasoned deliberation of what
    • is yielded by sense-observation and experiment. While going beyond
    • This ‘going beyond’ is founded primarily upon the
    • usually known as the problem of immortality, of destiny, in the
    • material world of sense and that at a certain point an impassable
    • one possessed of real knowledge they may be merely impressions made
    • him, whereas what he has drawn up from the depths of his soul is
    • nothing else than stimuli received during childhood, appearing in a
    • form of mysticism which simply calls up memories in a different garb
    • The aim of anthroposophical research is to avoid both these pitfalls
    • within those boundaries and limits of which mention has been made.
    • since a point of time shortly after birth. Unlike ordinary
    • psychology, Anthroposophy takes full account of all the implications
    • for many years. The point of importance is that the faculty of
    • time. Some people will require more time, others less, according to
    • Please note — for it is a very important point — that I
    • many unconscious impressions received from life which would have
    • conscious deliberation. Therefore the demand is sometimes made, and
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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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    • and the Development of Knowledge in Modern Times.
    • als geistiges Wesen im historischen Werdegang. Der Mensch in seinem
    • als geistiges Wesen im historischen Werdegang. Der Mensch in seinem
    • the Development of Knowledge in Modern Times.*
    • contradict the fact that in our times the essential character of a
    • of human evolution during the time comprised within the 300
    • world-conception, which began to ebb at that time, in the course of
    • reached in these later times, in accordance with the faculties of
    • even if this was instinctive. At the same time, this super-sensible
    • preeminently leading spirit, who at that time already made use of the
    • have now become mere words for him. But on the other hand, he is
    • gnosis of that time, with its still ample store of wisdom, which
    • meaning with the old spiritual wisdom, reaches its climax in the
    • 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
    • century, with all the experiences connected with that time —
    • time, arouse our interest not so much in view of the contents which
    • climax. We may say, on the one hand, that intellectualism was fully
    • direction, up to the time of high Scholasticism, is truly admirable.
    • Idealism”. Of course, at the present time we cannot agree
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  • Title: Lecture: The Remedy for Our Diseased Civilisation
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    • als geistiges Wesen im historischen Werdegang. Der Mensch in seinem
    • als geistiges Wesen im historischen Werdegang. Der Mensch in seinem
    • attitude towards those, for instance, who opposed him in the last
    • so-called refutations. Let us simply observe the fact that, on the
    • written, with the aim of stating that it was still possible to make
    • be present. At that time, it was not necessary to expect anything new
    • repeating himself.
    • and to consider him a little from a spiritual standpoint. Many people
    • from his standpoint, he praised Haeckel, he praised him exceedingly,
    • colleague, therefore, had implicitly within him quite a number of
    • similar “colleagues” for whom he stood up. He was, as it
    • Haeckel's relatives when they spoke more intimately of “papa”,
    • 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
    • gradually came to the surface in more recent times, and that it was
    • time. We should not think that philosophy has anything to say in
    • have paled, cannot be anything else. But at the same time he felt —
    • same time he felt that the human being can only grow in regard to his
    • impulses of feeling throughout the civilised international world.
    • might say: These impulses of feeling appear in the most
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  • Title: Lecture: The Etheric Body as a Reflexion of the Universe
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    • Das Geheimnis des Todes. Wesen und Bedeutung
    • Das Geheimnis des Todes. Wesen und Bedeutung
    • comparatively short time, death that has always been looked upon by
    • our spiritual science as a riddle which must be solved. The times in
    • hope that these times also bear within them forces for the unfolding
    • sorrowful times.
    • feel in the manifold events of the present time, is the fact that
    • comparatively short time the etheric body becomes severed from the
    • during the time between death and a new birth, also the etheric body
    • or 30th year, the etheric body that abandons him still
    • at a time such as the present one, in which so many etheric bodies
    • real event of recent times, experienced by quite a number of our
    • furniture van had been seen for a long time, or perhaps never at all,
    • of him. This child (he was only seven years old) was an exceptionally
    • river; you see him fall into the river and try to reach him. Where he
    • investigation may show us that his destiny in no way led him to the
    • would simply say that the cause of his death was the fact that he
    • furniture van arrived and overturned, and that the child simply
    • the child's death. In a similar case, we think correctly and
    • our time, will find that this is quite an insane idea. Spiritual
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  • Title: Lecture: Salt, Mercury, Sulphur
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    • you of the three figures whose outstanding importance has lasted from
    • own times, namely, Giordano Bruno, Lord Bacon of Verulam and Jacob
    • attain their goal. In the time in which they lived, ancient knowledge
    • universe and of the being of man something glimmers which, to deeper
    • to the earth. Jacob Boehme describes a rudiment only of pre-earthly
    • we find in him a knowledge of the universe which he expresses in
    • not actually reach this knowledge. Giordano Bruno’s imagery is
    • perception and from the Mysteries, there is no trace in him whatever.
    • human soul into that world in which the soul is immersed during
    • of the universe which might have led him to a knowledge of earthly
    • which, as presented by him, shrinks into an animated ‘monad.’
    • imbued with content Bacon would have been pointing to post-earthly
    • been possible to create from the inner being, had by that time been
    • himself, together with his inner life of knowledge, and what remained
    • to him was the vista of the outer world, of outer nature, of that
    • When man to-day speaks of himself, of his soul-nature, he gives voice
    • which take place within the limits of man’s skin, a kind of
    • reflections of processes in outer nature. At the time of Bacon there
    • absorbs nutriment; he takes into himself the external substances of
    • nature but at the same time he tastes them, so that a
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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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    • IT IS A NECESSITY OF OUR EARNEST TIMES TO FIND AGAIN
    • The times in which we
    • is a long time since we saw one another in Holland.
    • The times in which we
    • these conditions of our times from those standpoints which result
    • human nature have been engaged for a long time in a special process
    • when we go back to very ancient times of human evolution we have to
    • time of development in India; a particular forming of the astral body
    • years of the 15th century. That time was the beginning of that epoch
    • at that very time the intellectual or understanding soul was in an
    • 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
    • as the contents of other documents of that time, were, after all,
    • climax during a period in the civilisation of Europe which has really
    • although it is extraordinarily important and significant for those
    • fourth post-Atlantean epoch. It is that point of time when a
    • fluctuating knowledge of the universe lived in Europe simultaneously
    • implies the finest possible elaboration of EGOISM.
    • himself a real feeling of freedom. This feeling of freedom is
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  • Title: Lecture: Some Conditions for Understanding Supersensible Experiences
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    • The aim of this Annual is to publish writings which
    • activities relevant to the present time.
    • FROM the present time onwards it will be impossible for man to
    • evolution on the earth. A time will come in the physical evolution of
    • Something else, for example, might come about. The Ahrimanic Powers,
    • which under the influence of the impulses working in men to-day are
    • same form of physical life beyond this time in the sixth or seventh
    • millennium. They would become much more like animals, while
    • endeavours of the Ahrimanic Powers is to keep humanity fettered too
    • longer incarnates physically, there is nevertheless a similarity. If
    • we understand how to imbue earth-evolution with its true meaning and
    • necessary efforts are made. It is a primary task for the Initiate,
    • also, to translate what he is able to proclaim out of the spiritual
    • real evil of our time is not that men have no super-sensible
    • at the present time it is not super-sensible experience that is in the
    • themselves. They know nothing about the impulses that are at work to
    • Leaving aside trifling matters, we need only observe the impulses
    • times when procedures such as I characterised at the end of the
    • newspapers in Germany about the alleged political aims, methods and
    • activities of the Threefold Commonwealth Movement at the time it was
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  • Title: Lecture: The Relation of the Movement for Religious Renewal to the Anthroposophical Movement
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    • I HAVE often said in this place that in more ancient times in the
    • picture form, in the way that was possible in those times. That way
    • whole man felt himself uplifted to the divine-spiritual ground
    • inmost impulses of the will surrendered themselves in reverent
    • impulse within it, is its true being understood. Obviously humanity
    • speak from one particular aspect on this impulse in the
    • say in the first place that already for a long time now the
    • its task, must really carry the whole impulse of the Anthroposophical
    • Some time ago a few enthusiastic young theological students came to
    • me was to the following effect: When at the present time a student
    • to him at the universities, he feels at last as if he had no firm
    • before him. The theology and religion of our time has gradually
    • impulse that must proceed as a living power from the Mystery of
    • lived in spiritual worlds, has since united Himself with human life
    • theological impulse and of the entire religious impulse is necessary;
    • spiritual life. And it is indeed clear that the religious impulse
    • a question of gathering together, as it were, similar strivings in
    • persons out of whose hearts springs the impulse to strive for that
    • who were dissatisfied with the present theological and religious aims
    • and they are very numerous — who possess more or less dimly in
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  • Title: Lecture: The Ego-consciousness of the So-called Dead
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    • The time in which we
    • the manner in which the human being presents himself to us in the
    • contemplate him so that we first take, as a foundation, his physical
    • Immanuel Hermann Fichte, son of the great thinker Johann Gottlieb
    • grasped through imaginative knowledge owing to its super-sensible
    • character, but as far as imaginative knowledge is concerned, it can
    • our time. A complicated process of development therefore built
    • our body, as we generally say at the present time. The more our
    • possess was still formed from outside. Since that time, we have
    • important. The time through which the human being now passes, the
    • first days after his death, are particularly important as far as the
    • processes lies in the length of time that they take up) the physical
    • that the physical body simply ceases to exist for those who have
    • everything you can at all imagine in the environment of the earth,
    • including the planets and the fixed stars, if you imagine this in the
    • physical body, from out [of] all the super-sensible forces. Imagine that
    • ever since the time of Saturn, were to stretch themselves into
    • importance for the whole subsequent life between death and a new
    • Whereas, during our physical life, the immediate contemplation of our
    • death. Throughout the time between death and a new birth, we have an
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  • Title: Lecture: Concerning the Origin and Nature of the Finnish Nation
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    • Europe and it left behind an important monument of culture,
    • receives its impulses from there.” This nation, or these
    • impulses — or that which forges within the soul and builds it
    • consciousness-soul was, at that time, experienced as something that
    • time the human being was really formed out of these three soul-parts
    • Let us now imagine that in the
    • nation, one that developed in ancient times the soul-qualities
    • Scythianos, who lived in the remote past for some time in the
    • impregnated with a fundamentally Slav type, souls that are, on the
    • at that time — expressed in an entirely different way and on an
    • nature, striving after the unity of the Ego. At this still primitive
    • may, thus, gain an impression of all that had to occur inwardly, in
    • throws his impulse into Finnish life, Wainamoinen abandons the
    • spiritual character is, at the same time, indicated outwardly, even
    • Last time I told you that
    • clairvoyance, in their immediate daytime experience, something like a
    • spirits of the earth influence him from below, through the Maya of
    • the solid earth, as it were, and in our time these spirits of the
    • existence is intimately connected with the spirit of the earth —
    • time is the earthly element, the Ego-forming element. When another
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    • intention to use lecture time to go into such matters as
    • presently developing that the times themselves demand the deepening
    • would not feel so urgently impelled to seek anthroposophy if the
    • be called a reversing of human will impulses. A person is born into a
    • certain period and educated to be a man of his time. The result is
    • that his will impulses simply coincide with those of all the rest of
    • the human world around him. He grows up, and as he does so he grows
    • against these habitual will impulses that he has adopted from the
    • does so, this reversing of the direction of his will causes him to
    • notice the longing, experienced so keenly in our time, that wells up
    • as though from eternal wellsprings, impelling him to seek a different
    • impulse that drives a person into the Anthroposophical Society is
    • impulse. Since this ethical impulse that has brought him into the
    • Anthroposophical Society stirs him in his innermost holy of holies as
    • it carries him to the eternal wellsprings of his soul life, it goes
    • on to develop into a religious impulse. What otherwise lives itself
    • out simply as a matter of response to externally imposed laws and
    • certainly receiving as inner soul training by the time we are six,
    • with the life about him, as indeed he must, his real desire is to
    • religious and will impulses of recent centuries are the very same
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  • Title: Lecture: Perceiving and Remembering
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    • The Spiritual Union of Humanity through the Christ Impulse.
    • Die Geistige Vereinigung der Menschheit Durch Den Christus-Impuls.
    • The Spiritual Union of Humanity through the Christ Impulse.
    • Die Geistige Vereinigung der Menschheit Durch Den Christus-Impuls.
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    • actually within them with his ego and soul being. It is in the daytime, when
    • we saw him five days ago, that we spoke with him, that he told us his name.
    • we thus remember a man and our former meeting with him?
    • our having perceived the man with our senses, we received impressions [not
    • yourselves. While you stood before the man and spoke to him, your etheric
    • light-body was in continual movement. What you said to him, what you felt and
    • thought regarding him, is all disclosed in the movements of your light-body.
    • When, several days after, you see this man again, the fresh sight of him
    • days before, when you met the man and exchanged thoughts with him. Very well,
    • physical body, and therefore the movements of the light-ether impinge
    • everywhere on the physical body. Through these impacts, the light movements
    • ether. The inner light-ether is then no longer stirred by impacts on the
    • death man sees everything pass before him; for the etheric has the tendency
    • which the experiences of the physical body had at one time aroused in it. The
    • man's whole life passes before him, set in motion by the vibrations of the
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  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 1: Forgetting
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    • includes the time between death and a new birth.
    • far more deeply illuminating than people usually imagine.
    • the retaining of a mental image or a thought or impression. Certainly
    • experience you often have if one or another idea or impression has,
    • some time in his life of thought can also be forgotten? Or do we have
    • soul not to be able to remember everything all the time? We shall
    • this task of retaining the impressions and thoughts in man, when the
    • body. Everything depending on repetition in man or animal is
    • between a plant and a human being. Imagine planting a seed in the
    • alter and improve the plant by means of all sorts of horticultural
    • that his development is also enclosed within certain limits. Negroes
    • like the plant's, is also enclosed within certain limits. This limit,
    • temperamental nature of a child that show similarities with the
    • were just as enclosed within the limits of a certain form of growth
    • the development of soul and spiritual qualities. If you imagine two
    • children who have different parents but who are very similar with
    • regard to ability and external characteristics, and then imagine that
    • something on to the human being and put something into him, whereas
    • being that is also enclosed within certain limits like the plant,
    • that man receives impressions. Man always has to receive impressions,
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    • this has not been immediately apparent. Therefore it will obviously
    • be of the utmost importance to follow up the various courses that are
    • cannot be immediately understood by every newcomer. But there is
    • immaterial whether you hear the one on one Monday and the next the
    • following Monday. It may not be immediately apparent to the audience
    • why the one lecture succeeds the other, yet it is important
    • and next Monday we will talk about the origin, historic importance
    • recovery. How this cure is effected is sometimes a matter of complete
    • job have been appointed to do so by the authorities. In our time
    • medicine assumes greater and greater dimensions and insinuates itself
    • life of the schools, and claiming its right to a particular therapy.
    • credit to this or that method, merely criticising what is trimmed
    • suchlike, and fall victim in this way to all manner of one-sidedness.
    • as a whole and not to one part of him only, namely the physical body.
    • limited to the sense world but have an existence in the spiritual
    • himself to be, he is nevertheless a materialist. For it does not
    • and in the sick human being and what their interrelationship implies.
    • impossible. And you would never be able to say anything of any value
    • advanced anthroposophists, yet it is important that it is said.
    • and can be examined by some method similar to X-ray, you are no
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    • last time we attempted to portray the text of The Ten Commandments.
    • will start today by looking at an important moment in man's earthly
    • movement for some time have long been familiar with it; the others
    • we go back through post-Atlantean times and then through Atlantean
    • times as far as ancient Lemuria we come to that moment when the
    • divide into two sexes until Lemurian times. Prior to that the human
    • This was still a long time before the sexes separated, when there was
    • progressive development in one direction or the other, at a time when
    • have focused our attention on this moment in time to start with,
    • missing the main point at issue. This view would be similar to
    • the clockmaker. And similarly, when we want to understand purpose in
    • fructification appeared for the first time at the moment when the
    • must picture to ourselves that in the times preceding bisexuality
    • vision can see that there was a time in mankind's earthly evolution
    • and those beings which in those early times were male-female received
    • nourishment in those times there was something else contained in
    • only at quite definite times. This depended on the changes that took
    • place, comparable to today's seasonal changes, changes of climate,
    • and so on. The nourishing foods imbibed from the surroundings by
    • at quite definite times.
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    • understanding of it, certain preliminary concepts would have to be
    • of this kind brings us ultimately to the point where things that
    • foundation of things. First of all I will simply present you with the
    • innumerable times we have referred to it that man can only be
    • very complicated. It takes a very long time for man to get to know
    • important — but which is also variable. What we know as the
    • imagine the ego as it is nowadays, in the waking state, we have to
    • is awake, and because of its activity during this time it deprives a
    • larger ego of its sphere of influence. What does our own limited ego
    • this ego that has freed itself in the daytime from the large cosmic
    • all-embracing way. If you want to imagine it pictorially, you can
    • whole sixteen hours — assuming that to be the normal time for
    • climax is reached, and then the ego becomes slowly more conscious
    • symbol of which we can imagine as a circle, as a hand of a clock
    • describing a circle and disappearing from time to time into the large
    • human astral body goes through changes in a very similar way. This
    • changes too in such a way that we can imagine it symbolically as
    • the cosmic astral body any more, whilst in earlier times man was very
    • at one particular time alternating as it were with quite different
    • feelings at another time. At one time he felt more alive in the world
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    • would like to remind you of the group lecture the time before last
    • similar way to our astral body is the number seven. Whereas the ego
    • body, on the other hand, takes four times seven days; after four
    • times seven days it returns to the same point. And now please bear in
    • mind what was said the time before last. With the physical body it is
    • cycle in about ten times twenty-eight days, and then returns to its
    • body’ is the most complicated matter imaginable, for the human
    • existence at quite different times. The rudimentary beginnings of
    • Earth, ancient Moon, and how at that time the astral body was as it
    • began at the same time as the development of the astral body and the
    • etheric body, which completes its cycle in four times seven days,
    • in the same span of time, goes round twelve times. There you have the
    • and just over five minutes later. Now you have a similar relationship
    • etheric body. Imagine that your astral body, that is connected the
    • whole time with the etheric body, were to be in a certain position in
    • the cycle behind the original one. Now imagine you have a case of the
    • tendency to bring the temperature down. It is important to pay good
    • expresses itself in four times seven. In the case of other illnesses
    • you will notice that the fourteenth day is of special importance;
    • that is, two times seven. And we can definitely say that with certain
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    • have to look for those illnesses that primarily have external causes.
    • connected with the span of one human lifetime. Now anyone who is able
    • connected with causes made by man himself in earlier lives. In order
    • immediately after death have also been mentioned; man's feeling of
    • past life standing before him as a great tableau. Then, after a
    • except in those cases we mentioned whilst discussing intimate
    • the period of breaking himself of his habits, or Kamaloca.
    • then onwards. This is difficult to imagine, as we are so very
    • accustomed to time being absolute, like it is on the physical plane.
    • can visualise first of all what use man makes of this time in
    • Kamaloca for his future by imagining that the man who died at forty
    • in his development. This is what the pilgrimage of life means for me,
    • that the primary force of the soul, as it goes from incarnation to
    • obstacles in his own path. If this primary force were the only thing
    • time on earth. But in that case the whole of earth evolution would
    • if he put no obstacles in his own way. It is only by setting himself
    • make him the strong being he must become by the end of earth
    • beginning, that man should have the possibility of setting himself
    • of the world allowed man to become evil and gave him the possibility
    • the pain himself, and resolves to recompense A in a future life, that
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    • close to that of animals. The way of thinking that would so dearly
    • like to reduce man as near as possible to animal level, emphasises as
    • in the various accomplishments of animals, an intelligence often far
    • spiritual scientist, for he knows that when the animal does something
    • animal but out of the group soul. It is very difficult, of course, to
    • observation, even though it is not absolutely impossible. But one
    • observation if it is extensive enough: the animal, neither weeps nor
    • laughs. Certainly there will be people who maintain that animals also
    • to know what laughing and weeping really imply, and therefore ascribe
    • it to animals as well. A person who really observes the soul knows
    • that the animal cannot weep but at the most howl, nor can it laugh
    • from his forefathers, the other part he brings with him from earlier
    • should not imagine that when a man is born it is possible under
    • animal nature, and these are just those qualities that find their
    • which gives man his superiority over the animal, that in the case of
    • animals we cannot say that an individual soul passes from incarnation
    • to incarnation. The basis of animal nature is the group soul, and we
    • cannot say that what is individual in the animal is reincarnated. It
    • the animal group soul. It is only in man that the fruits of his
    • whose ego is not a group ego as it is with the animals. For laughing
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    • in both our immediate and more distant surroundings upon which this
    • at these relatively superficially you would realise immediately that
    • have often described it by saying that this was actually the time
    • was already in a physical body at the time when the sun was still
    • joined with the earth, it was not like today's body. At that time he
    • had the kind of physical body like you can imagine if you picture man
    • today not standing with his feet on the earth, but raising himself
    • into the air, as though he had no bony elements within him, but still
    • belonged to the regions of air and water, whereby we must imagine the
    • surroundings, because they look so similar. You can imagine such a
    • sun and the moon did man become like we know him today. What were the
    • him not from below, from the centre of the planet, but from the side.
    • Just imagine, if you care to assume such a hypothesis, that the moon
    • 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
    • it works at the Equator. We get the impression of tremendous
    • times were the closest to those conditions existing on the earth when
    • Lemurian times, in the great increase of forces raying in from
    • and this was already so in Lemurian times. In the Kashic Record we
    • importance for the whole of earth evolution. For the reasons we have
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    • evolution of the animal and that of man. You need only say one word
    • between the concept of animal and human evolution. Think of the word
    • ‘education’. Actual education is impossible in the animal
    • world. To a certain extent you can train the animal to do things that
    • can be undertaken with animals. We need merely bear one particular
    • physical world when he leaves his mother's body and frees himself of
    • twenty-second year, which is the time when strictly speaking the
    • say. Immediately after the birth of a human being his brain is not
    • instrument capable of connecting external impressions in a definite
    • 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
    • then slipped inside, is active for the first time independently of
    • withers. You can even observe something similar in certain lower
    • animals. In these lower animals the astral body has quite evidently
    • higher animals. Lower animals are characterised by the very fact that
    • respect man, animal and plant develop in a similar way until puberty.
    • so it dies. The animal still has an astral body, but no ego.
    • in the animal. The astral body becomes free, and as long as it
    • development continues in the higher animal after puberty. But the
    • astral body of the animal has no ego within it in the physical world.
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    • great deal has been said previously about the Luciferic and Ahrimanic
    • beings. The aim of The Guardian of the Threshold was to
    • is not enough to form a simple concept or give an ordinary definition
    • emphasised all the more strongly at the present time because there is
    • cannot be grasped with the help of a few simple concepts or a theory
    • ally himself with an Anthroposophical Movement if he is immediately
    • only devote himself open-mindedly to this sense of truth, with the
    • have led him astray. He must avoid empty theories and high-sounding
    • does not preclude him from attributing supreme importance to
    • inevitable on the physical plane, namely, the time factor. Hence I
    • dint of earnest, intimate efforts we shall learn to be receptive to
    • physical body in a way that enables him to participate in the
    • founding the Order came to him, Norbert was a loose-living man, full
    • of sensuality and worldly impulses. One day something very unusual
    • happened to him; he was struck by lightning. This did not prove
    • and although, as in so many other cases, it failed to fulfil the aims
    • of its founder, in many respects it did good at the time. Such
    • importance and to make this possible, particular bodily conditions
    • — that when he wishes to call a human soul to himself, it is
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    • study that everyone can undertake for himself.
    • The most important and most outstanding fact revealed by
    • consciousness. It must be clear to everyone that from the time a
    • the language he uses he speaks of himself as if he were another
    • have some consciousness of himself and to speak of himself in the
    • individuals, marks the limit before which, in later life, a human
    • no possibility of any clear and distinct experience of himself as
    • ‘I’. After that point he can experience himself as an
    • Ego, as ‘I’; he finds himself so at home in his ‘I’
    • experience comes to him? A clear observation of life can teach us
    • their effect is similar — to some extent at least. When a child
    • consists in learning to distinguish himself from the world outside
    • and thus becoming aware of the self, the ‘I’, within him.
    • of himself. Once ‘I’-consciousness has been acquired the
    • of himself, and there is nothing further to be learnt by this means
    • impersonal character. We can observe too that this impersonal
    • participating in them with our immediate ‘I’-consciousness.
    • is implanted in the physical body, etheric body and astral body and
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    • relationships he himself prepared during his existence on Earth. It
    • cannot, for the time being, change it at all. Thus if in the
    • life withheld that love from him, we shall now have to experience
    • our death. For instance, if at some particular time, say ten years
    • a corresponding length of time after death and only after that period
    • between us. It is important to realise that after death we are not in
    • impossible.
    • would be judging from the standpoint of our limited earthly
    • knows that it must be so and that it would be detrimental for his
    • that the dead himself can change them. Above all during the first
    • period after death, during the time in Kamaloka, an individual sees
    • greater influence on the dead than the dead has on himself or others
    • who have also died have upon him. And this is tremendously important.
    • certain time in his life and becomes an anthroposophist. It may
    • find Anthroposophy he might himself have become a very good adherent.
    • happen that after death he himself would have an opportunity of
    • way to do this is to picture him vividly there in front of us; we
    • picture his features and go through with him in thought the content,
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    • happens to him during sleep, i.e. the restoration of forces used up
    • remembrance of what had formerly been direct vision. By the time of
    • is illumined for us from a certain time onwards during life after
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    • earlier lectures we have heard that the imperishable part of the
    • is making use of his senses, as long as he lets himself be guided and
    • the simple fact that during sleep the human being has no
    • what happens to him during sleep. During sleep the forces used up
    • withheld from him. That is the passage in the Bible where it is
    • consciousness is still dim and the whole restorative process is
    • that is really very similar to life between death and rebirth,
    • very simply, although people who are not accustomed to these ideas
    • will not be able to make much of it. Put simply, the condition of
    • that our condition in sleep is objectively far more similar to the
    • condition between death and rebirth than is usually imagined.
    • Objectively, the two conditions are very similar. The only difference
    • death and the new birth he is conscious of what is happening to him.
    • consciousness. This is a matter of importance because as long as the
    • simple; and that is quite comprehensible because usually we describe
    • or less normal time. Objectively speaking, an afternoon nap is a
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    • with whose name we ourselves connect the spiritual impulses of
    • propagation of the impulse given by Christ's appearance on the Earth
    • of particular significance because it linked with the Christ Impulse
    • an achievement of supreme importance in the history of human
    • evolution — an achievement before the time of the Mystery of
    • on Earth for the last time as Gautama Buddha has since then been
    • and sending impulses and forces from those spheres to further the
    • shepherds who had gathered together at the time of the birth of the
    • time of the birth of Jesus, and the song of Angels heard by the
    • shepherds was the message from ancient, pre-Christian times, of peace
    • had revealed himself at the time of the birth of Jesus; and he
    • human beings but also with those sublime Leaders and Teachers who
    • the Mystery of Golgotha this Being had a notable pupil. At that time
    • evolution. He had taken the Christ Impulse into the very depths of
    • the general tone and character of what the Buddha imparted in the
    • his soul the teaching which the Buddha gave at that time but which
    • implied absolute surrender to what is super-sensible in human nature,
    • Assisi, especially what is so impressive about him because of its
    • Buddha's activity would have been in all subsequent times if nothing
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    • and rebirth, and a short time ago an account was given of the
    • was done because since the time indicated then, the Buddha has been
    • be an ever deepening understanding of the Christ Impulse. Everything
    • Impulse is comprised for the West in what may be called the Mystery
    • of the Holy Grail can impart to men of the modern age knowledge that
    • the way that is right for our time. This understanding depends upon
    • resolute efforts to answer a question of vital importance, and unless
    • proclaimed in its deeper aspect, certain teachings were left in the
    • until our own time, Rosicrucianism did not contain the teachings of
    • leaves behind him, first of all, his physical body; then, after a
    • certain time, most of the etheric body dissolves into the cosmic
    • ether and only a kind of extract of it remains with him. The astral
    • body accompanies him for a considerable time but again a kind of
    • greater part of the time between death and rebirth — it is the
    • philosophers speak is refuted by the simple fact that during the
    • philosophers is extinguished, is simply not there. And if during the
    • as if it were something external. In the question of immortality it
    • cannot be a matter of the ‘I’ simply being there, but it
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    • Progressive dimness of man's life of soul after death
    • until the Mystery of Golgotha when the new impulse was given to
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    • eludes this division into cyclic periods. It is the point of time
    • he begins to feel and know himself as an ‘I’, when
    • Ego-consciousness dawns in him. This experience does not by any means
    • occur at exactly the same point of time, but in most cases it may be
    • point between birth and the seventh year. And something similar can
    • same point of time, that is to say who experienced the flashing up of
    • development is connected primarily with the physical body, then for
    • occurs comparatively late in life, and study its implications.
    • until the seventh year of his life, does everything they do for him
    • principles of form still have an effect upon him. They have already
    • been drawing near to him but now they unite in the fullest sense with
    • principles approach him; their nature is such that they capture and
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    • human being can grow only to the limit indicated by the line b–b.
    • of time he is given one that is not elastic; he is obliged to put it
    • on, and thenceforth cannot grow beyond its limits.
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    • himself. The thoughts conceived by divine-spiritual Beings in the
    • past live on in the present mineral, plant and animal kingdoms, just
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    • with man himself. In other words, what a man can observe if he is not
    • But if and when in the course of development the time comes when
    • begin with is connected with him as a human being but remains
    • found in the outside world but within man himself. Let us recall what
    • evolution. Mineral kingdom, plant kingdom, animal kingdom are,
    • period. When a man looks at the mineral, plant or animal kingdoms, he
    • immediate present when he concerns himself only with his memory. The
    • applies to the mineral, plant and animal kingdoms in outer nature.
    • have in the world around us, not the thoughts of the immediately
    • mineral, plant and animal kingdoms or in the external aspects of the
    • on man himself. It is actually as if everything else were blotted out
    • it is then, for the first time, that knowledge dawns in us of the
    • plant and animal existence.
    • human body as seen during sleep show a certain similarity 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
    • time to which I have just referred, between death and the new birth,
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    • are received by him from the Beings of the Hierarchies whom he
    • Luciferic or Ahrimanic beings according to their attitude to
    • spiritual knowledge while on Earth. The power exercised by Ahrimanic
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    • the time when materialism — mainly theoretical materialism —
    • was in its prime, in the middle and still to some extent during the
    • made a deep impression upon people who considered themselves
    • anything of importance. For if the life after death has anything to
    • As I said, this way of speaking could be heard time and
    • time again and this is still the case in wide circles today; in the
    • not only find himself living amid a multitude of super-sensible facts
    • Earth. Within certain limits the human being builds and fashions his
    • brought with him from the spiritual worlds when he enters again into
    • also his destiny are received by him from the Beings of the higher
    • during the time that has preceded our birth since the last death.
    • that may enlighten him about the super-sensible world — such a
    • realise how impossible it is to say that we can wait until death
    • during the present cycle of time has rejected all spiritual ideas,
    • to bring with him the forces wherewith to build his body efficiently
    • and mould his organs; he can fashion them in an imperfect form only
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    • been possible to make important additions to the more general
    • earthly images: the ‘continental’ region of Spiritland,
    • sense-impressions. If you ‘think away’ everything that
    • sense-impressions bring into the soul and then try to realise how
    • be memories of earlier sense-impressions. If, therefore, you think
    • about how much of what is yielded by sense-impressions is left in the
    • these impressions after death. Recall any sense-impressions
    • idea of how little of what the sense-impressions have conveyed is
    • significance of the sense-impressions falls away as well. But because
    • the human being still clings to his sense-impressions and retains a
    • like still to have sense-impressions for a long time after death, but
    • this is impossible because he has discarded the sense-organs. The
    • 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
    • sense-impressions in a world for the experience of which the
    • sense-impressions but still longs to think in the way that is
    • this stage, when the human being has weaned himself from fostering
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    • memories seriously, then it becomes clear to us that at the same time
    • knowledge of the Christ; knowledge of the fundamentally important
    • impulse — we have called it the Christ Impulse — which
    • evolution, in order to understand the Christ Impulse, than those who
    • lived at the time of the Mystery of Golgotha were able to do. Was it
    • us, at this great distance in time? That might be a troublesome
    • similar feeling — to enter into the psychic disposition of man at that
    • time, we can make a most peculiar discovery. We can say to ourselves
    • way by its own efforts, not in response to any impulse from without,
    • limited sense and had spread widely over Southern Europe and other
    • An impartial history of philosophy would have to pay
    • special attention to this triumph of human thinking at that time.
    • that age, an immense wrestling of thought with that Mystery occurred.
    • important to let this struggle work upon us. For we then come to
    • deepest thought of that time, the first thing that strikes one is
    • feeling: Yes, that was the time when thought underwent an
    • living back into the thought-world of that time and recreating it in
    • full activity within oneself, the impression is received that neither
    • explanation of the deepening of thought at that time be found. Only
    • account and ask simply: No matter what happened over there in
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    • centre of an imposing world-picture. But if on the other hand we look
    • spiritual chronicle of the time, then we must say that no real truth
    • remain for only a limited time in a human body, as was the body of
    • have been in a position to understand Him? If as a spiritual
    • clairvoyant vision, of the holy Indian Rishis of that ancient time.
    • mysteries which were lost to the wisdom-knowledge of later times. And
    • Earth among the holy Rishis at that time, their wisdom would have
    • no body at that period; the bodies of that time would not have been
    • suitable for Him. So He could not appear — the reasons for this
    • were three men of exceptional wisdom who even at the time of the
    • least adapted to understanding Him. And when we look at all the
    • knowledge and faith — which implies a complete abandonment of
    • modern times, which up to the present have remained powerless in face
    • the very epoch that was least adapted to understanding Him. And if in
    • course of time I have tried to come near it through the most varied
    • ways of spiritual research. Obviously there is not time to speak of
    • telling mainly of awful things to come, but sometimes also of good
    • appear first in Ionia, for Ionia was at the same time the birthplace
    • until we come to the time of the Mystery of Golgotha. Then we see how
    • importance was attached to these sayings is shown by the so-called
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    • evolution the Old Sun period was especially important. I will not go
    • further into that just now. We will simply look up to the Christ
    • who at that time founded the Zarathustrian spiritual stream and then
    • Jesus-child and in him, up to his twelfth year, underwent the
    • child we cannot say that in him there lived an ordinary human ego
    • we will now call simply Jesus of Nazareth, have any previous
    • lecture given by Dr. Steiner at Pforzheim (7–3, 1914):
    • walked the Earth as man. We must look for him not in the history of
    • Atlantean times. We must accordingly think of Earth-evolution as
    • surroundings and at various points of time took up again their
    • those of Ahriman. Thus the souls of men had to enter into bodies
    • Luciferic and Ahrimanic influences — then something else would
    • something I did not intimate in
    • quite simple matter for these human souls to come down from their
    • everything went on normally. Because the Luciferic and Ahrimanic
    • fact they did pursue. If these souls had simply gone on using the
    • For example, the eye would have been so impressed and
    • painful antipathy. And so, because of the Luciferic and Ahrimanic
    • of Lucifer and Ahriman. Hence the following took place.
    • dwelt from primal ages in the spiritual worlds — this Being
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    • end of the Atlantean time, as a far distant prefiguring of the
    • pictures which appeared in post-Atlantean times as the echoes, or
    • Zarathustrian impulse. Now I must here remark in parenthesis that I
    • signify for the and scholarship of the present time.
    • It looks beyond the two Beings, Ahura Mazdao and Ahriman, to the
    • workings of Time — Zervan Akarana. Not, however, the abstract
    • Time we think of today, but Time viewed as a living, super-personal
    • Being. From this Being proceed the rulers of Time; first of all the
    • of a lower kind, servants of the high Time Beings; they regulate the
    • sees in “Time” something living and super-personal —
    • god Kronos, the Regent of Time.
    • relations between the Rulers of Time in the super-sensible, for these
    • he had been at the end of the Atlantean time. It was out of the
    • Delphi. Through the Pythia, in summer, he spoke the most important
    • some extent regulated the times of the day. In Apollo the Greeks saw
    • Elohim, or upon the Jahve-god? [On
    • other six Elohim, see
    • August, 1910.] We meet him first when he wishes to
    • has come down from earlier times, from Saturn, Sun, Moon. Jahve is
    • substance a living soul into man. So Jahve unites himself through his
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    • ancient times, and even in the third post-Atlantean epoch, had some
    • employed to produce, at times, sheer nonsense, were good, legitimate
    • appeared in the souls of the Sibyls were good and legitimate, but
    • Impulse. When the Christ Impulse entered into the evolution of
    • forces of the Sibyls were thrust back for a time, as when a stream
    • Impulse, after the Christ Impulse had entered into the aura of the
    • necessary that the Sibylline forces, legitimate as they had been
    • The forces — legitimate human forces — which
    • the Christ Impulse, but then they sank below the surface of the soul.
    • drama to watch this impact of the Christ Impulse; to see how, from
    • important for Christianity takes its course in the subconscious
    • depths of the soul. The Christ Impulse does not work where there is
    • Christ Impulse working below the surface. Then we shall understand
    • highest importance for the configuration of Christianity throughout
    • Rome, Maxentius had a dream which said to him: “Do not remain
    • with an army four times the size of Constantine's — not
    • of Rome — himself.
    • Constantine had a different dream. It said to him:
    • sayings! There we gain a glimpse of what was going on below the
    • the Christ Impulse works on below the surface — works, at
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    • the most impossible — objections. And I am well aware of all
    • of laws and associations of ideas and subconscious images. In spite
    • as anthroposophists, it should be important to be clear that the
    • I wanted to make these preliminary remarks because the
    • appear presumptuous — that because of our Movement a time has
    • in the heavens, I must draw your attention to an important law, an
    • important fact. The gold-gleaming sickle becomes apparent because the
    • important symbol will be manifest. Because the moon reflects the
    • as having arisen from the working of the Christ Impulse in the depths
    • Impulse; and in this moderated form it had to reappear, so that it
    • might become the bearer of spiritual culture in later times. Now let
    • us ask: Was Parsifal — as Chrestien de Troyes calls him
    • able to perceive in himself something of the Christ Impulse at work
    • If we look back once more at the primal character of the
    • derive from the stars and served to stimulate spiritually the power
    • constrained to say to himself: “Let us guard ourselves against
    • the Christ Impulse having poured itself out into the Earth's
    • revelation of the spirit. He had vowed himself to the Jahve-god who
    • symbol — go no further! The time has not yet come for drawing
    • will perhaps indicate how, under the influence of the Christ Impulse,
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    • something that was first implanted in us during the Saturn period,
    • namely, the first rudiments of our physical bodily nature. What we
    • nowhere today in the external world. In primeval ages the Saturn
    • uncover the forces which at that time worked upon our physical body.
    • you are aware that there was an active co-operation at that time
    • to our own time, contains laws which have nothing to do with the
    • were personalities in ancient Roman times are present again today.
    • to the zodiacal signs, we are then living approximately in the sphere
    • and believed that it had sent him to gaol. Just as little as a legal
    • outside space and time. When we observe human life as a whole
    • externally and observe his form it is solely this embodiment of the
    • O Man, as you confront me as material man are an embodiment of the
    • earthly laws of the embodiment of the Ego, we look towards the
    • in the human being towards what still prevails in him from the Old
    • towards that which rules in the astral body and finds its embodiment
    • to the time of John Scotus Erigena. Then came a third period which I
    • the forth period up to our own time; we are just in this period.
    • intention was to give everything that could stimulate the mind and
    • difference, for instance, between the thought life of our own time
    • Anaxagoras, Anaximenes, etc. It has been pointed out, for instance,
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    • originated in some kind of rotating, primeval nebula, from which the
    • the Moon and Saturn? It is of course true that very important
    • this amounts to no more than making an image of — let us say —
    • Moon in all directions would have the whole universe before him in
    • human heart, succeeds in relating himself to the Sun's light in such
    • Vedanta philosophy; we press on to the primal revelations hidden
    • we come to all that was once taught to primeval humanity on Earth by
    • 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
    • nature of animals; these forces also sustain the animal element in
    • being from a pasteboard image of him displayed in some exhibition.
    • Such an image would tell us nothing whatever about the man's
    • We turn now to Saturn. In earlier times Saturn was regarded as the
    • The nature of Saturn is such that he receives many diverse impulses
    • us nothing at all about the impulses he receives from the universe.
    • He speaks only of himself, tells us only what he himself is. And what
    • Saturn presents himself to us as the heavenly individuality who has
    • of the cosmic Present into himself and works upon them in his life of
    • he holds its secrets of this kind within himself.
    • intimate acquaintance with what he says can be dangerous. For the
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    • time. To-day I wish to draw attention to a few other things, which
    • considerably long stretch of life upon the earth without him. We can
    • see immediately that if we face a similar thought, something rises up
    • from his sight at a time when he never thought of losing him.
    • impressions of grief and sorrow are added to what we have experienced
    • day by day. All the impressions and feelings which we experience in
    • left behind will not diminish through the fact that he has gone into
    • connection with the souls who have remained behind, a more intimate
    • Frequently we see that this more intimate connection arises in order
    • world for a longer time, the connection arising from the
    • intimately connected with him still dwell upon the earth, and through
    • behind, if we see him passing through the portal of death some time
    • died before him, we shall discover another thing. We shall see that
    • many things change in accordance with the difference of time between
    • certain period of time in the spiritual world and that the
    • And even though grief and sorrow cannot diminish through the
    • but on the whole we may observe certain important points which throw
    • portal of death the conditions of time have a different influence
    • of months and even of years. Many people can remember some important
    • world in a very short time, yet this event may have given them a
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    • It is one of the aims of
    • world to which we direct our will-impulses for which the physical
    • body mediates — that is to say, our actions. Immediately behind
    • as ‘imaginations.’ Hence we may also call it the
    • imaginative world.’ In ordinary human life, under
    • imaginative perceptions — his perceptions of the elemental
    • world. Not that the imaginations are not there, or that in any given
    • elemental world, receiving imaginations from it. On the contrary,
    • imaginations are perpetually ebbing and flowing in us. Though we are
    • unaware of it, we constantly receive impressions from the elemental
    • so do we receive continual impressions from the elemental world,
    • giving rise to imaginations — in this case, in our etheric
    • body. Imaginations differ from ordinary thought in this respect. In
    • instrument of conscious assimilation and experience. In our
    • imaginations, on the other hand, we partake with almost the whole of
    • refer to them as unconscious imaginations, since it is only for an
    • for our life as a whole they are far more important than our
    • intimately with our imaginations than with our sense-perceptions.
    • kingdom, as physical human beings, we receive few imaginations. We
    • plant-world and with the animal. But the greater part, by far, of
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    • spiritual. The most important task for mankind in the era of
    • In this direction great and impressive results have been accomplished
    • The most creative period was from the time of Copernicus, Galileo and
    • nothing new of real importance to the fore. This is particularly
    • the yogi had first to develop in himself.
    • one's own human effort or whether one simply has it. When, as was
    • processes. This is not the case when one is simply placed into the
    • and breath. In so doing he identified himself with what his
    • go through the mineral, plant, animal and human worlds right up to
    • by the intellect, sees the world. But the time has come when mankind
    • use; nor is any other form of calculation, for they immediately play
    • eight, making out that two times two makes eight, or something like
    • that the intellect developed by man in recent times is very
    • impressive. But these super-intelligent beings show a mastery
    • participate in the redness of the blossoms. In an intimate way they
    • further analysed or else how chloride of lime is analysed, and so
    • air. But now we live at a time when the intellect has begun to
    • mankind does not become receptive to what streams towards him from
    • intellectual power: Ahriman.
    • guidance of Ahriman with the clear intention of opposing human
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    • presents himself to us in the physical world; and for this reason, I
    • view of man's whole being if we contemplate him so that we first
    • was already known to men such as Immanuel Hermann Fichte, son of the
    • man's etheric body can only be grasped through imaginative knowledge
    • owing to its super-sensible character; but as far as imaginative
    • beginning of earthly existence up to our time. A complicated process
    • send it into our body, as we generally say at the present time. The
    • which we now possess was still formed from outside. Since that time,
    • portal of death, it becomes all the more important. The time through
    • particularly important as far as the etheric body is concerned. But
    • difference between these two processes lies in the length of time
    • of the earth. Now we might think that the physical body simply ceases
    • If you now think of everything you can at all imagine in
    • stars, if you imagine this in the most spiritual form, this
    • super-sensible forces. Imagine that all the constructive forces that
    • have worked upon your physical body, ever since the time of Old
    • something that is of the utmost importance for the whole subsequent
    • immediate contemplation of our birth can never rise up before our
    • time between death and a new birth we have an ego-consciousness that
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    • for these tremendous happenings of the present time.
    • same time livingly, in so far as this is possible, into those worlds
    • learn something more important and more essential about what has just
    • death. Also, since the beginning of this hard war time, friends have
    • here on the physical plane are sometimes so strong in opposition to
    • becomes especially difficult for him to penetrate into the spiritual
    • himself of four parts, which are well known to us: physical body,
    • after all, only in regard to the time which they require.
    • time, a spiritual significance. In this case, then, the physical
    • time separated into its parts, into its molecules, into its atoms,
    • its grip already for a long time, that the human body, as we carry it
    • death, that this human body simply falls into the smallest possible
    • long time, into warmth.
    • reality, intimately connected with what human beings leave behind.
    • Man does not transform himself into air, water, etc. These are only
    • transitional stages through which he passes. Those parts of him which
    • be after a long time, even though the last remnants of matter may
    • of ancient men who lived upon earth in bygone ages, yet the time will
    • great, an essential, importance for the one who has passed through
    • But now imagine such a small experience increased into a
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    • somewhat at length for the third time to our friends here in Norway,
    • that we should not make progress in our work, if we did not from time
    • to time take a mighty leap, make a vigorous move forward into regions
    • From this point of view it will sometimes be necessary
    • require a much longer time. We should not advance in our knowledge of
    • province which we touch upon here, is one which up to our own times
    • is one who is able to identify himself with the great mission of
    • certain respect free himself. Now the ‘homeless’ men of
    • all times, from primeval ages down to our own day, have always known,
    • that just as the present time, that which we call the Mission of the
    • impartially. Just as it was right that, to a certain extent, silence
    • should be maintained regarding their mission until the present time,
    • mission. It is especially important, because the fate of humanity in
    • present time to acknowledge that a man, as he stands before us in the
    • the Alps and Jura, and it would be quite clear to him, that this does
    • different, a being, in fact, just as man himself is a being; only man
    • us a sensibly perceptible outer side. A human being presents himself
    • himself in an external form that can be perceived or felt by the
    • distinguish in him the physical body, the etheric or life-body, the
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    • of impression, a kind of reflection of this work of the Folk-spirits
    • say that the climate, the vegetation, or perhaps the water of a
    • be wondered at that one whose consciousness is limited to the things
    • a living human being, we find that his etheric aura is united to him
    • during his lifetime goes through a development, when he rises higher
    • the time which we designate as the period of the migrations of the
    • matter dependent, they are compelled at certain times to wander over
    • that three parts in him are affected by it. Through the mingling of
    • It acts on the temperaments which are themselves immersed in the
    • Naturally man himself also advances through their work; it reacts
    • upon him. Hence human work reacts upon the Folk-spirit. Later on we
    • Folk-spirit. That is important. But the essential thing is that we
    • embodies himself in the world, lives again for a time in the
    • spiritual world, and then embodies himself again somewhere else. When
    • etheric body and folk's etheric body and imagine further that
    • possess the secret of how the Folk-spirit shows himself to us in his
    • exhausted the most important work of the true Archangel or
    • intimate way upon the several human souls in this interweaving into
    • through their human stage in the old Sun period. At that time those
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    • able to interest himself in them intensely and directly. But as the
    • bodies, who are now at the present time engaged in transforming their
    • works and imprints itself, is represented by these three
    • these three angles or only imagine them, if you experience from
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    • need not go outside yourself. You may imagine for one moment, that
    • there is no such thing as the so-called world of impressions, or what
    • enters into man through the outer senses. Imagine the external world
    • I have had to make use of this example, for it is the simplest and
    • these perceptions, it is never possible for him to touch a thing and
    • thus receive impressions. But what he does experience may be thus
    • mathematical concepts only; it is man who is so imperfect that he is
    • bring before him, does not affect the Archangels at all. In that form
    • impressions of it by means of his senses, it does not exist at all to
    • the Archangels. If, therefore, you eliminate from your picture of the
    • you have then eliminated just what does not concern the Archangels.
    • concerns these Beings at all. Therefore eliminate the whole contents
    • sentient-soul, is of no importance to the Archangels, they do not
    • stimulated by outer impressions. That too, which is aroused
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    • take into consideration that man, such as we know him, is in reality
    • become capable of taking into himself an ‘ I ’.
    • the Spirits of Will or Thrones, the Cherubim and Seraphim, —
    • man in a way that would have been impossible in the normal course of
    • the present-day man, is the one who has given him the possibility of
    • saying ‘ I ’ to himself, of gradually coming to
    • what would happen to him if these Beings alone — and of these
    • active in him, we should find that these are the donors of the
    • last time in a particular way. Then comes the time from the seventh
    • twenty-first or twenty-second year. During this time the astral body,
    • is developed in man before that time, is in reality to those Spirits
    • fact is a very dim state of consciousness such as is possessed by the
    • mineral world. In the second stage, in the time between his seventh
    • followed a normal development he would only then come out of himself
    • acquired up to the time of the Earth-evolution if they had not stood
    • consequences. Just imagine for a moment that this had not occurred.
    • first third of his life — the time up to his twentieth year —
    • twenty-first year of his life, when he finds himself bound to the
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    • impartially into the facts under consideration, it will certainly be
    • present time must come before our mental eyes as the secrets of Race
    • will be so very important, that in the second
    • folk-characters of our times, in which we ourselves live with our own
    • ourselves with the character of nations, which as regards time are
    • man. (Below him are the three kingdoms of Nature, the animal,
    • vegetable and mineral kingdoms.) Above him come the Angels, then the
    • Archangels, then the Primal Forces or Archai. That is what we may
    • 2. Cherubim,
    • 3. Seraphim.
    • external surface of our earth is simply a delusion. The truth is,
    • would hurl him with lightning rapidity out into space. The fact that
    • really come into existence? There was a time, which lies far back in
    • the primeval past, when the Alps were not yet there, but to the North
    • and West there were older elevations, which at that time had already
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    • mighty wave in primeval ages formed the solid Alps. This conclusion
    • produced at the time when the primeval mass of the earth was still in
    • may therefore imagine that these Spirits of Form, dancing as it were
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    • As you may imagine, it is a very complicated matter, when the Spirits of
    • evolution, and that the whole presentation is immediately altered if
    • Spirits of Will, the Cherubim and Seraphim, as being something which,
    • of the very intimate processes which here take place, if you compare
    • simple, and, to make the mission of the earth comprehensible, it is
    • must be continually extended, that there must be no limit to it, as
    • point of view, we are immediately compelled to pass on to another,
    • spiritual Beings who in Genesis are called the Elohim, and we can
    • There are seven Spirits of Form or seven Elohim. If we
    • essential ‘ I ’-man would express himself. But
    • of the Spirits of Form should detach Himself from the community; so
    • Elohim in the direction of the Sun, one of these Spirits had to
    • isolate Himself, in order that through
    • the simultaneous activity of the abnormal Spirits of
    • that in which Moon for the time being is to be found. This is also
    • place in the separation of Moon, were the preliminary conditions
    • the Elohim, Jahve, going forth with Moon, while the other six Spirits
    • imagine that a certain sun-force, which streams towards us in the
    • which a certain activity is exercised from the Sun by the Elohim or
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    • of fact, look back very far indeed, back to early Atlantean times, if
    • back to early Atlantean times. But later on other streams were sent
    • with a stream which came in later Atlantean times. If we wish to
    • Spirit of the Age guided the primal sacred culture of India and made
    • long time under the guidance merely of Archangels.
    • of Archangels for a long time after the Archangel of India had risen
    • by this exalted and important Spirit were able to fulfill their high
    • worked on for a long time, whilst the people lying to the north of
    • At the time which we designate as the Old Persian age,
    • Zarathustra of ancient times. This again is an example of how an
    • our lecture to-day, we are experiencing in our own time, that the
    • the Age who had gradually evolved himself up from the rank of the
    • Egyptian Archangel. But that was also the age when another important
    • that in ancient times the gradually growing Semitic people had an
    • importance and significance for the post-Atlantean epoch, and which
    • existence as consisting primarily of a number of Beings and forces.
    • Monism. The actual inspirers, the impulse-givers of all Monotheism
    • 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 spiritual impulses therein described, it will be necessary first
    • of similarity to other mythologies and concepts of the gods, is
    • the South, a uniform view of mythology, and on the whole a similar
    • time have been a similar understanding of the unique character of the
    • nothing of the Egyptian; so that all that is similar in the Germanic
    • mythology is interrelated, and is at the same time widely divided
    • certain longing, a certain desire, simply to compare the religions of
    • the various peoples with one another. There is at the present time
    • everywhere only the mere externals are compared. The impression made
    • that uniform at those different times; and the essential thing is to
    • takes Adonis and compares him with Christ. That is comparing merely
    • various legends may be very similar, or even alike, but the point is
    • can at the present time bring to light. The point is rather, that one
    • the sacred primeval Indian civilization. Later, nearer our own age,
    • Among the Indians this came comparatively late, at a time when the
    • of dim clairvoyance, during which time he developed a richer soul
    • this fact prevented the Easterner from interesting himself at the
    • time of Christ in the Angels and individual Spirit, the Christ. The
    • dim clairvoyance. With this old dim clairvoyance they saw into the
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    • heard from former presentations given on similar themes, that the
    • impartially, but out of a philosophical way of thinking such as this,
    • known. Whether that which is known is a man, an animal, a tree or a
    • The important thing is, that in human evolution, in human development
    • time before man also acquires the power to see the ‘ I ’
    • of their own ‘ I ’, the imaginative picture of
    • time seen the ‘ I ’ objectively, among the
    • before he perceived it, these relations were regulated for him by the
    • higher Beings, and he himself could do nothing in the matter. The
    • impersonal, and above all one is required to become impersonal in
    • oneself. The chief requirement there is to be impersonal.
    • imprinted themselves in the inner being of man, in his astral body.
    • man by slipping into his desires, impulses and passions. Through this
    • himself in the human organism. Man would see the world differently if
    • to approach him after he had made it possible for the Luciferic power
    • to enter into him. Ahriman approached from outside and stole into the
    • great world of Nature surrounding man; so that the Ahrimanic
    • of that he is attacked by that which works from outside, by Ahriman.
    • speaks of both Luciferic and of Ahrimanic powers.
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    • Scandinavian people, the ‘ I ’ was in primal
    • Thor. We have seen that each single individual felt himself to be
    • ‘ I ’-less, impersonal;
    • to him the ‘ I ’
    • was a gift, presented to him from the spiritual world. Naturally in
    • not feel the ‘ I ’ as something foreign to him,
    • still felt himself attached to a group-soul, belonging to a whole
    • Christ-impulse had been given to the earth, Tacitus could describe
    • of the organism. At that time each individual still felt himself to
    • God who really presented him with the individual ‘ I ’.
    • Sif and Thor as the Beings who gave him his ‘ I ’.
    • The Northman still felt thus about them, at a time when to the
    • time when these Folk-spirits of Europe had to direct men to work from
    • secret depths. At the time of the old Celts there was, through the
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    • this again occurred at a time when man could perceive by means of the
    • was again different at the time of the Egyptian-Babylonian-Chaldæan
    • of the Higher Feelings, and worked in that. He himself was only able
    • image of the reality, which, as I have said, was like a memory of
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    • will not be the last time we shall speak together here on similar
    • be without its difficulties at the present time.
    • imaginative form is wonderfully connected with everything we can
    • own time. Now that is also one of the reasons why we may hope that
    • which I was able to give here, will remember that once upon a time in
    • the descent of those human souls who, in primeval times, before the
    • epoch. Every time new beings were born in the soft, plastic,
    • flexible, pliable bodies of that time, when they descended so to say
    • in a conception implanted in the Scandinavian Germanic mythology. The
    • consciousness of this was preserved so long that even Tacitus himself
    • still found it among the South Germanic peoples at the time when he
    • masculine counterpart. He represents to us the primal memory of the
    • time ascended to planetary heights, and who during the Atlantean
    • times developed in these Northern parts. Hence in the Sagas of the
    • earthly body itself, and which Northern tradition knows as Riesenheim
    • belonged to Riesenheim.
    • always felt the impulse coming from this side; that he felt within
    • the North were once upon a time specially beloved gods, were thought
    • the physical world, that world limited by the outer senses, Freyr was
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    • This is a time when a great deal of attention, ranging
    • understand man in his real being only when we relate him to the whole
    • is a capacity of which our own time particularly stands in need. The human
    • This unmistakably indicates that it is high time for man to discover how he can
    • receive new impulses into his life of soul, and we will turn our attention
    • this separation of the moon from the earth. We must go far back in time, before
    • connection with the being of man, and with the kingdoms of Nature around him,
    • time during the Earth period. Mineral substance, therefore, became part of
    • Sun and old Moon, man had nothing mineral within him at all. Nor was his
    • possible for him to become an earthly being. Through this event — through the
    • went on. Man did not remain fettered to the earth. He received an impulse for
    • evolution in the other direction — an impulse which actually reached its climax
    • first time that the human intellect began to grow shadowy. This process has
    • which reached its climax during the nineteenth century. And today man is
    • element, but is at the same time a materialist. His thoughts — which are spiritual
    • the spiritual substance once derived from matter no longer ensouls him. His
    • proceed only up to a certain age in life. At the time of the death of Christ,
    • possible until the 27th year. In the fourth millennium a time will come when
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    • exist with reference to the aims of the Anthroposophical Society. I
    • Zimmermann, whose lectures I heard in my youth, called his chief work
    • it is true that what we aim at within our Anthroposophical Society
    • placed itself for a time within the framework of the general
    • stress on the fact that at the time when I was invited to speak to a
    • time endeavoured, purely out of what I had discovered for myself, to
    • time was particularly flourishing in England; and from this quarter I
    • was urged to enter the Theosophical Society. At no time had I any idea,
    • important truths concerning spiritual worlds, but mixed with so much
    • succeed in separating what is important from what is erroneous. Hence
    • our Anthroposophical movement must claim to be considered wholly
    • Then came the time when
    • We began doing this in 1909 at Munich. From that time onward to the
    • this proved impossible, or, at any rate, extremely difficult, the
    • misunderstandings. Opinions such as, “It is mere imagination; it
    • first time. Moreover, it may very easily appear as if this spiritual
    • exactly popular at the present time. If the objects of spiritual
    • distinguishing features be eliminated. It may, for instance, be said,
    • In a similar manner may
    • complete misunderstanding of the real aims of this spiritual science or
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    • arose from conceptions of the spiritual world that had primarily to
    • the founding of Christianity and in which many sublime cosmic
    • times, in Middle, Northern and Western Europe, we are struck by the
    • time of Summer. To understand the essential meaning of these
    • Looking back into very ancient times
    • being in those times could speak and think about the spiritual
    • men of those olden times beheld of the spiritual-super-sensible world
    • mirror reality, through the very nature of the Imaginations of the
    • But it must not be imagined that
    • man of the modern age is to have thoughts, he must exert himself
    • similar kind of activity was, it is true, exercised by the men of old
    • colleges, so in those times there were Mysteries-institutions in
    • comparatively late, indeed after Goethe's time. Goethe was still
    • creates and of which I am on the track.” In Weimar, before
    • 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
    • themselves the product of his own thinking. The man of olden times
    • between thoughts should be formulated, for they came to him as
    • ourselves, and we regard them as our property. The man of olden time
    • they had come to him together with the pictures. And this gave rise
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    • art, and my purpose is to show you how Spiritual Science aims to
    • notable book recently published disputes the claim of history to be
    • particular form, a second or third time. The author argues as
    • rose above the animal. If we look a little more deeply into earlier
    • Science we look at pre-Christian times, we shall find that the whole
    • artist like Michelangelo in the Sixteenth Century and study him in
    • look beneath the surface we shall see the immense difference there is
    • Grimm set about writing his wonderful book on Michelangelo in the
    • Grimm's descriptions in his “Life” could not give.
    • them immediately through their physical senses. They bore within
    • contributed to this but it was also important that the Greeks lived
    • related. They had an immediately-felt knowledge of their own organism
    • impression is of a leader of his people who fills his people with his
    • remains their leader far beyond his own lifetime. So completely does
    • completely penetrated with force of will that he can put upon him
    • to the statue of David; and let us look at him in relation to what we
    • when in his heart he becomes fully aware of what lies before him; he
    • him with Goliath's head beneath his feet. Michelangelo chooses
    • that is by no means all, there is something else equally important.
    • him also. These two statues are removed beyond what is a mere element
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    • Kunst Im Lichte der Mysterienweisheit
    • HE essential aim of the lectures given here recently has been to build a
    • makes a strong impact upon those who have been torn away from any
    • The important thing now is that the impulses we feel
    • civilisation to work upon himself, he has experiences which inform
    • him more deeply about what this modern life signifies for the human
    • person realises what actually happens to him when he spends a night
    • certain restrictions inevitably imposed upon us by cosmic laws, the
    • Ego and astral body are generally in the immediate neighbourhood of
    • environment, and even if only the preliminary steps have been taken
    • with him a frightful pandemonium and tumult — a rattling,
    • machine. This is of course a crude simile, but you will not
    • misunderstand it. These things are a quite inevitable accompaniment
    • implication, either general or specific, for in speaking of such a
    • thing one immediately opens the way for the passing of judgments.
    • What I mean by this arrogance is that someone may say to himself: “I
    • impulses that come from Spiritual Science and spiritual research, so
    • way through the tumult and din of the Ahrimanic beings into the
    • dimmed, and because in soul he lives in his thoughts he is naturally
    • more aware of the dimming of the life of thought during nightly
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    • urgent task before us at the present time is to apply the knowledge
    • and impulses contained in Spiritual Science to life, but to apply
    • of the present time. Men are utterly lacking in that understanding of
    • suppose he wants to inform himself about things that are actually
    • in Middle Europe, of whom he himself is one. He reads the story of
    • and so on, through the generations. He goes backwards in time,
    • perhaps to the Middle Ages, and imagines that he is following the
    • explain what is happening to mankind at the present time by what
    • generations, and the only idea that is really clear to him is that of
    • their forefathers. It is only a matter of going back in time from the
    • of investigation which may seem highly improbable to a great many
    • improbable, because they can only be discovered by real knowledge and
    • I have said before that many souls living at the present time were
    • souls incarnated at the time of these conquests in bodies of the
    • preconceived notion that these Indian peoples were the half animal
    • cannot accept what seems so strange and improbable a statement. These
    • proportion of Europeans today had not received the impulse of
    • that has been acquired from outside, assimilated as it were with the
    • realize that, broadly speaking, it was not a Christian impulse at all
    • pantheistic impulse, connected with the worship of one great
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    • One of the most important lectures on the etheric appearance of
    • truth implied by the spiritual-scientific doctrines, in the real
    • said that he felt himself capable of every kind of sin, but that he
    • feeling of envy. Consequently the souls of the simplest people and
    • against the feeling of compassion. Compassion does not only imply
    • sharing another's grief and pain, but it also implies
    • Lucifer and Ahriman, crept into the human soul. In what form do
    • Lucifer and Ahriman live within us today? This is not easy to
    • him. From the standpoint of modern natural science it is easy to say
    • that Mephistopheles does not exist; nevertheless, Lucifer and Ahriman
    • live in human nature. Ahriman lives in the etheric body and Lucifer
    • Ahriman, on the other hand, is the spirit of falsehood and error and
    • Both Lucifer and Ahriman are powers which are hostile to human
    • case? He simply hands over the matter to Ahriman, and Ahriman darkens
    • When we fight against Lucifer in the astral body, Ahriman can easily
    • insinuate himself into the etheric body, darkening our judgments on
    • other people. This is falsehood and falsehood is an Ahrimanic
    • Ahriman hands over the scepter to Lucifer, so that a quality creeps
    • the way in which Lucifer and Ahriman work within the human soul.
    • characteristic: a certain timidity. There are people who cannot look
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  • Title: Lecture: The Inexpressible Name, Spirits of Space and Time.
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    • The Unutterable Name. Spirits of Space and of Time.
    • INEXPRESSIBLE NAME. SPIRITS OF SPACE AND OF TIME.
    • we always have before us these four members, implies that the
    • space what you imagine to be your physical body. You would have a far
    • At the present time it is more and more important to gain
    • have been for some time past. What I am telling you now cannot, of
    • that of today. The human bodies of olden times, the mummies which you
    • were, so to speak, far more similar to the plant nature, whereas the
    • illness simply consists in the fact that the human body in part goes
    • In the present time we find ulcerous growths in the human body, which
    • are simply due to the fact that in the one or in the other person a
    • they continue experimenting, they will one day be able to understand
    • which he does now. You see, each one of you, from a certain time of
    • uttered so carelessly. There were older times in the evolution of
    • humanity — though even in ancient Egypt these olden times had
    • to a great extent already waned — there were older times in
    • been pronounced in the presence of people in the times immediately
    • feel their relationship with the universe. In the present time, we
    • retrace the path in a right way; in the present time, in the 5th
    • animal kingdom, and only during the 7th epoch the real kingdom of
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    • An important thing
    • which makes him grow together with his earthly life. When we
    • being expands and becomes a world. Man himself actually grows to
    • the size of a whole world, when we thus look back upon him.
    • reality, now becomes an immense world, whereas the physical world
    • self, the human world expands into an immense world, and we
    • These similes are
    • touch the essential. I have therefore told you many times that a
    • of events upon the earth during a whole year. The simile will
    • waking condition. This is daytime for the Spirit of the Earth, in
    • pervaded by the growing life of plants. Imaginative knowledge
    • the view is that at the same time we have the impression that the
    • of sleep. The animals consume, eat up what summer produces upon
    • behaves like the animal world, except that it gnaws at the roots.
    • the Earth we gradually learn to recognize the Impulse which I
    • described to you when speaking of the Impulse of Golgotha. We
    • organism. In the present time, occult immersion in the world
    • cannot help taking on the character of religious immersion in the
    • of the true aspect of things when one enters the image world of
    • inner kernel — but I must immediately add that this
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    • comfortably through the coming times. I do not say that the
    • fulfilled to the letter. But what must be regarded as imminent is a
    • time. The course of human evolution has brought it about that ever
    • into complete decadence. We saw, too, that the impossibility of
    • Christ, just as at the time of the Mystery of Golgotha remnants of
    • souls has become quite different from what it was before that time.
    • what an immense gulf really exists between those who are old today
    • And if sufficient preparation has been made, if the aims of spiritual
    • science are fulfilled — so that children are given a stimulus
    • simplest to the most perfect, and lays down the view that man also
    • into consideration only so much of man as is animal. It considers man
    • man, derives from the corresponding organ or structure in the animal
    • line. Science ignores how far the form in which the animal appears in
    • man is modified; the extent to which the animal nature of man differs
    • from that of the animal world. The ability to keep man himself in
    • himself becomes comprehensible. There is no place for man in the
    • riddle to himself. Only a very few people are aware of this, and
    • the dominant impulse of recent centuries, completely hollows man out,
    • basis of what he is in himself. This stands out clearly as a
    • fundamental social demand. Side by side with the impotence of science
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    • possible in our time to travel on this road, but there is in the man
    • knowledge without its affecting him in his innermost soul. Here we
    • observation or on experiment. Where, to begin with, is this
    • accept — and is often glad to accept — the limits marked
    • acquired, he is, of course, ready to be himself — to be man —
    • matters will immediately reply: But that does not tally with what is
    • man when knowledge is in this way brought into immediate connection
    • rather does it imply a change in the whole way of experiencing
    • relation to the scientific findings of our lime as regards their
    • Let me take a simple, practical example. When we satisfy
    • the implication is, we have arrived at a conclusion, but in doing so
    • become changed when we begin to have immediate experience of the
    • times, anything to which man felt he owed acknowledgement and assent
    • completely impersonal relation to knowledge.
    • whether ideas enrich life or impoverish it, strengthen and aid life,
    • or render it sick and feeble, we begin to realise how intimate is the
    • and with all that they contain; we feel impelled to unite our very
    • this, when it has undergone change inside him, enables him to replace
    • body; he begins, so to say, to devour himself. Certain illnesses are
    • immortal soul, finding our way to what we shall experience in the
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    • The Event of Death and Facts about the Time.
    • How Can the Destitution of Soul in Modern Times ..., or
    • CAN THE DESTITUTION OF SOUL IN MODERN TIMES BE OVERCOME? —
    • alive, and is something which in the course of time can and must
    • culture epoch, during which the most important peoples were the
    • impulses preceding from that epoch; and that since the fifteenth
    • All the conditions and circumstances of life proclaim this truth; on
    • true that two people meeting for the first time knew how to tune in
    • time. People, then, did not pass each other by with the complete
    • and make immediate contact with heart-and-feeling in the other. Up to
    • will do more and more in the future, to establish impersonal
    • people can only approach one another on far more impersonal grounds.
    • reactions, nor of a penetrating intellect, but impelled by the
    • [a] more and more pronounced characteristic of our time. The hallmark
    • time — when less importance is attached to what takes place at
    • Graeco-Roman period two persons meeting for the first time made an
    • impression upon each other which worked with the immediacy of a blow.
    • sight; it implies the gradual coming to the surface, little by little
    • immediate contact.
    • already in this present time for people drawn together by karma to
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    • Menschliches Seelenleben und Geistesstreben im Zusammenhange
    • The paths by which in very remote times men acquired super-sensible knowledge
    • attention to the fact that in ancient times man possessed a faculty of
    • understands his own times, can attain higher knowledge.
    • our imagination. It was different in the remote past for then, as we know,
    • kingdoms of nature, the men of those times beheld spirit and soul. They
    • known as animism.
    • that of man in ancient times, if we believe that the spiritual beings
    • man did not, as it were, distinguish himself from the external world. He
    • being as separate from the surrounding world. Suppose a man of that time
    • downstream, as was natural for him to do, he was conscious of the
    • direction. Just as a swimmer today feels himself carried along by the
    • himself guided downstream by something spiritual. That is only an example
    • himself to be supported and impelled by gods of wind, river and all
    • surrounding nature. He felt the elements of nature within himself. Today
    • exercises were good and suitable for the nature of humanity in ancient times;
    • conscious inner experience. This he did by timing the inhaling,
    • process became conscious. The yogi projected himself, as it were, into
    • his breathing. He felt himself one with the indrawn breath, with the
    • something from the external world into himself which he then let flow with
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    • that the Christmas festival has been made immovable, having been fixed at
    • a point of time a few days after the 21st of December, the
    • the rays of the springtime sun, for since the 21st of March
    • is the first after the full moon of spring, then is the time to keep the
    • the time of the Easter festival, note must be taken each year of the
    • these were laid down at a time when traditions of wisdom were still
    • the earth. They always point to something of supreme importance for the
    • time fixed for the Christmas festival indicates how closely that festival
    • the time of the Easter festival must not be determined by ordinary
    • earthly conditions; it is a time that can be ascertained only when man
    • meaning still in this plan of a movable time for the Easter festival. It
    • indicates how through the Christ Impulse man is to be set free from the
    • forces of earth-evolution pure and simple. For through knowledge of that
    • festival. It contains a call to man to lift himself up to the worlds
    • world-history it shall be possible for him, through the working of the
    • Christ Impulse, to become free of earthly conditions.
    • that is implied in this manner of dating the Easter festival, it will be
    • in the evolution of the Christ Impulse within the whole history of mankind.
    • Paul had had abundant opportunity to inform himself, by external observation,
    • Impulse by evidence of the physical senses, but who could be convinced
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    • thanks which in these hard times are due to all who share in
    • Koberwitz. All this impels me to express our deeply felt thanks to
    • intimate Union with Agriculture, was prevalent in all that we were
    • been cherished in many quarters for a long time past, this is the
    • first time I have been able to undertake such a Course out of the
    • will show us how intimately the interests of Agriculture are bound
    • in our time are all too numerous, preventing one from calling forth a
    • points with one end approximately to the North, and with the other to
    • within its narrow limits, is nonsense if in reality its growth
    • with narrow, limited objects, not with effects and influences from
    • instinct still remains over from the times when men were used to work
    • to eat! At least there is still this instinct to tell him so.
    • and animal, and of the Earth itself. We must extend our view to the
    • time when orthodox science already wanted to overlook such matters,
    • time the water they needed for washing clothes was not easy to
    • room enough to put out their barrels in the yard at the same time. So
    • introduction, I will indicate what is most important for Agriculture
    • importance to the physical and chemical constituents. To-day,
    • constituents and is nevertheless of great importance for the life of
    • plant and animal.
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    • can only be realised in the immediate application and are only
    • individuality. Every farm should approximate to this condition. This
    • intimate effects) is different in summer and in winter. Here we are
    • coming to a realm of knowledge, immensely significant for practical
    • life, which is not even thought of in our time.
    • we, with all the animals, are living in the creature's belly!
    • only regard it rightly if we imagine it, compared to man, as standing
    • on its head. With respect to the animal, as we shall presently see,
    • reason. Take everything there is in the immediate neighbourhood of
    • above the Earth are immediately dependent on Moon, Mercury and Venus
    • Earth's immediate cosmic environment above the Earth's
    • afterwards extend it to the animals).
    • substances impermeable to water, which, in the common phrase,
    • important than any other factors. They are most important for the
    • improbable as it appears at first sight — it is through the
    • For those plants in which the root-nature as such is important, we
    • important in the second place, but the fast thing is to know that
    • down into the soil by the greater or lesser limestone content
    • of the soil. The limestone content of the soil itself, and the
    • distribution of limestone substances in homeopathic dilution
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    • important questions in agriculture is that of the significance of
    • Nevertheless, to understand plant-life it is of the first importance
    • working we must learn to know at the same time if we would understand
    • united with her in plant and animal protein, in a way that is not yet
    • include another substance, of the profoundest importance for protein,
    • nevertheless it is of great importance; for it is along the paths of
    • olden time they recognised in the out-spreading, sun-filled light,
    • a man of whose outer form we caught a glimpse as we passed by him in
    • the street — or maybe we took a snapshot of him, and with the
    • help of the photograph we can now call him to mind. We must learn to
    • presently emerge). Carbon indeed has fallen in our time from a highly
    • significance in the Universe. The time is not so very long ago
    • with an idea from olden time, a point we need to understand again in
    • our time when speaking about carbon. It is quite true, carbon occurs
    • its living activity, passing through the human or animal body, or
    • persisting for a comparatively short time, or the eternally changing
    • configuration of the animal body — carbon is everywhere the
    • pictures — the sublime cosmic Imaginations, out of which all
    • that is formed in Nature must ultimately proceed.
    • man is not plant, but man. He has the faculty, time and again to
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    • — and indeed, if one concentrated on the limited aspects which
    • Science has corrected itself in the meantime. To-day as everybody knows,
    • produce, often do not emerge for a long time. Spiritual Science will
    • is impressed by those substances and forces which go out eventually
    • a man daily consumes. Undoubtedly, our daily food is important. But
    • into himself is cast out again.
    • the important question in the metabolic process is not the proportion
    • On the other hand, what we receive through our stomach is important
    • is important inasmuch as it introduces the necessary forces for the
    • the simple result of spiritual research.
    • this truth, it is heart-rending to see the ideas of modern science proclaiming
    • it is simply incapable of understanding certain matters even when they
    • speaking of the experiments. What science says of the experiments is
    • generally true. The experiments are very useful. It is the theorising
    • which science claims to give for various branches of life generally
    • merely bite into it, treating it in an impossible and style-less fashion.
    • We too shall treat things in an impossible and style-less fashion, so
    • more or less in process of decomposition, and perhaps of animal decomposition-products
    • living substance. Now this is the important point: Earthly matter, which
    • conceive it thus (although in Nature it does not go so far): Imagine
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    • yesterday for the improvement of manure was intended, of course, simply
    • as an improvement, as an enhancement. Needless to say, you will go on
    • I even showed how we can imagine the transition from a thrown-up hillock
    • tree from the outside. Naturally enough, in modern time, when all insight
    • into these things had to be lost, increasingly as time went on.
    • and revolutionary spirit, interfering with all that our time has achieved
    • much time describing how you should prepare manure — whether from
    • 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,
    • times, many false judgments have arisen from the materialistic outlook
    • 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
    • to increase the number of flies (imagining that they will eat the dirt
    • up more quickly) or even to diminish them, or anything of that kind.
    • So it is when we use animal
    • positive ways and means at the same time. No doubt, what I have now
    • been saying is emphasized in many quarters. But it is not only important
    • well in modern times to treat the manure in various ways with inorganic
    • fact be clear on this: So long as we try to ennoble or improve the manure
    • with this kind of quickening or stimulus, is precisely the object of
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    • gained into plant-growth, and into animal Formations too. Aphoristically
    • ideas that relate to harmful plants and animals and to what are commonly
    • taken as the starting-point for your experiments — will lead you
    • not want to have there. You know, one sometimes has strange harkings-back
    • as such — for the simple reason that in Nature's judgment
    • The simple question is, how can we rid a certain field or area of what
    • near planets are influenced by the chalk-or limestone-workings
    • all the resources that were once upon a time applied. They had exhausted
    • all that had been done since ancient times by an old instinctive science.
    • were exhausted, though sometimes simple peasant folk would lend a helping
    • and they were at a loss. For by that time the plague had grown acute.
    • show it diagrammatically (Diagram 11). Imagine
    • remains within the limits of the single entity. What we commonly call
    • and Venus too. As I said, people commonly imagine that the Moon merely
    • important results if we only tried to see what progress we could make
    • Moon twelve times a year, and that is adequate for a sufficiency of
    • not at the full Moon but at the new, it will simply wait in the Earth
    • those that work directly. Then we shall set a Limit to the propagation
    • Now light a flame — a simple wood flame is best — and burn
    • where you want them, and at the same time keep the fields, thus treated
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    • time at our disposal, I wish to say something about farm animals,
    • orchards and vegetable gardening. We have not much time left; but in
    • afield from present-day points of view. Time was, indeed, when they
    • occurring in Nature (minerals, plants, animals — we will leave
    • or digested by another, or when the dung of the animals comes on to
    • these more intimate relationships of Nature when we are dealing with
    • the life, together on the farm, of plant and animal. Here again, we
    • must not only consider those animals which are undoubtedly very near
    • is simply that the root is invisible to crude external observation.
    • a regular mush of roots, merging one into another. As you can well imagine,
    • warmth than that which grows in air and warmth immediately on the soil,
    • For it is far more intimately related to the surrounding astrality.
    • that the air and warmth may become mineral for the Bake of man and animal.
    • times he has male less use of this than in the time of the old clairvoyance.
    • and the sub-terrestrial animal world. From the tree we can best learn
    • whole animal kingdom. Take, for example, the insect larvae: truly, they
    • in times gone by, such larvae have also evolved into other kinds of
    • animals, similar to them, but undergoing the whole of their animal life
    • animals see to it that the over-intense vitality is released. Thus they
    • and similar creatures distantly reminiscent of the larva. Indeed, in
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    • short time, I want to add a few more explanations to complete what I
    • little insight there is nowadays in this most important question: the
    • feeding of farm animals. Such a state of affairs cannot be much improved
    • it will be much improved when our agricultural training tends more to
    • already told you, the significance of nutrition for the animal, and
    • the organism, is altogether wrong. That is what they imagine nowadays,
    • a crude way they imagine, somewhere inside there are the foodstuffs.
    • The animal absorbs the food — deposits inside it whatever it can
    • not — or it only seems to work for a limited time, and is then
    • or tradition. After a time, however, the same loosely worded phrase
    • from what actually occurs when you have animals to look after. It is
    • astral in the animal and human body.
    • entity, whether or no it is fit to support some process in the animal
    • most important point; I have already touched upon it, but now that we
    • concerned with the feeding problem, let us begin with the animal.
    • animal there is no such sharply outlined three-folding of the organism
    • as there is in man. True, in the animal also, the nerves-and-senses
    • organism and the organism of metabolism, and the limbs are well marked
    • organism more or less melts away — at least, in many animals it
    • describe the animal rather differently from man. For man, we speak quite
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  • Title: Lecture: The Significance of the Mass
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    • plants and animals, etc. Man is a fusion of everything
    • lower animal forms are decadent products of man. What is
    • expressed in the savage passions of the animal was brought
    • occult pupil before us. He had to arouse within himself the
    • lower within himself. That was Katharsis, the purification
    • himself in a similar way. First of all he experienced a
    • picture which was made clear to him by the sure conviction:
    • “This is what thou wast at the time when thou wast
    • thine own.” He saw the picture of himself in our
    • past, an image of man at the higher stage. Secondly he saw
    • how this image of man brought forth a masculine human image
    • himself within his aura, having forsaken the physical body.
    • resolve to be embodied a second time.” The soul must
    • himself.
    • felt he could bear for all time. Every one of us has such a
    • of man one spoke of Atma, Buddhi, Manas; at that time
    • was quite permeated by this thought. At the same time he
    • much importance to it.
    • is the symbol of impersonal
    • water into wine; out of an impersonal religion He
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  • Title: Lecture: The Universe
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    • being is in reality an image of the sphere, of the cosmic
    • the same time a self-contained being, by bearing in mind
    • during the time when he was not enclosed within a body.
    • into ourselves. We recognize the laws of geometry simply
    • head, he takes back, as it were, into himself, what is
    • spread out in the universe. Let us therefore imagine this
    • first stage of fitting himself into the cosmos by saying:
    • the second place how the human being activates within him
    • himself, but he also looks out into the environing world.
    • He sees the world that surrounds him. We may therefore say:
    • into the universe around him (see Table) and takes in the
    • the left one. Animals have less inner life, because they
    • but we are still outside. Then the imitation of the
    • imitate the universe. If we touch ourselves, we reach
    • not only fill out the human being inwardly, but makes him
    • Imagine
    • he fits himself into the inorganic world. We might also
    • say: He fits himself into the external forces of
    • form part of him. There are many erroneous conceptions in
    • the human being forms himself (at
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  • Title: Lecture: The Templars
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    • The Inner Human Impulse for Improvement,
    • Innere Entwicklungsimpulse der Menschheit. Goethe und
    • The Inner Human Impulse for Improvement,
    • Innere Entwicklungsimpulse der Menschheit. Goethe und
    • 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
    • modern spiritual striving, we will consider, once again, an important
    • but which is one of the most, important and essential of all. When we inquire
    • recognize the importance and significance of this event in history. I refer
    • of men of our own times.
    • It was, so to speak, an important accompanying phenomenon to that great event
    • impulses that are connected with the Mystery of Golgotha.
    • practice what they had spiritually resolved. Words are impotent to describe
    • who, even if a three times stronger power confronted them on the physical
    • impulse which went forth from the Mystery of Golgotha. It was an intense life
    • it comes about that an experience of the soul is not simply there for the
    • hands or with implements, he places some external material thing into the
    • souls of the Templars had however at the same time achieved something else.
    • addition to the immensely powerful influence that it possessed spiritually
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  • Title: Paths to Knowledge of Higher Worlds
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    • lecture some of the more important things explained yesterday.
    • fully judge the achievement of our modern times, resulting from
    • not imply the development of one-sided intellectual forces of
    • been enhanced by the use of scientific experimental research, where
    • mentality of modern times.
    • space of time which must not be too long, we try to concentrate
    • free from sense impressions, acquires an inner activity which
    • completely claims the attention of our soul, in the same way in which
    • this attention is ordinarily claimed only by an external sense
    • connection with an external sense impression, we should learn to
    • led to hallucinations or to similar results, he may be led into all
    • systematic way. (One person will need longer time for the attainment
    • of results, and another person a shorter time). These thoughts,
    • Activity called forth many misunderstandings, because people simply
    • Yet it is at the same time a first step leading to a knowledge of the
    • spatially. Consider that even time is led back to space! For time is
    • This way of thinking is not limited to space; it lives within the
    • medium of time, in the same way thinking lives within the medium of
    • medium of time, not of space. But it is inwardly so mobile that it
    • books as imaginative knowledge.
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  • Title: Errors in Spiritual Investigation
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    • and Ahriman, the role of fear, and the polar tendencies toward
    • eliminated to a certain extent through judgment and reasoning but
    • him, particularly at dusk, causing him to see things unclearly and,
    • him to see someone approaching and wishing to assault him; he even
    • pulled out a weapon to defend himself. He therefore was not in a
    • condition, despite complete knowledge of his organ impairment, to
    • many false ways. This is, as it were, the first important point in
    • important as sound logic and intelligence, for if unsound logic, if
    • cowardly (schwachmuetig) or immoral mood at the beginning of the
    • spiritual investigator dims his higher consciousness. The matter can
    • be presented in the following way. Dimming of consciousness,
    • impairment of the ordinary behavior of soul in everyday life, is like
    • kind of immoral or weak moral mood, any kind of moral untruthfulness,
    • impartiality, a loving penetration of things and worlds, an attentive
    • images called into consciousness by his free will, tries to draw
    • with energy. This quality that is intensified at the same time as the
    • appears is nothing other than a projection, a shadow image, of his
    • life appear to him first in a mirror image. This is the reason that
    • its own essence as in a mirror image, takes its own reflections for a
    • real world and is not in a position to eliminate these reflections
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  • Title: The Supersensible Being of Man and the Evolution of Mankind
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    • vegetation of the soul, and animalisation of the body will
    • vegetation of the soul, and animalisation of the body will
    • circles today. For we should imagine, in fact, we should be
    • search for knowledge and ‘simple faith’ based on the
    • has found the inner strength of this ‘simple faith’ does
    • ‘simple faith,’ it would certainly consider it was
    • failing to do justice to the deepest aspirations of the times. It
    • many people nowadays have the most detrimental illusions. Today,
    • obstinate attitude of ‘simple faith’ that wants to rely
    • attracted by this so-called ‘faith’ shut him off from
    • ‘simple faith,’ which they and others find so convenient.
    • between the unrest of today and this harping on ‘simple
    • Insofar as the so-called believers in a simple faith point to the
    • not find they accord with the ‘simple faith’ they think
    • whole men of present times have very little desire to know about what
    • of life or of external nature to work on him in such a way that he
    • active as you are when you use your limbs, even though this is an
    • in the natural scientific method, thus training himself not to think
    • also has to free himself from this mere looking at nature. His newly
    • back to the dreamlike mental images of early childhood and compare
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  • Title: The Year as a Symbol of the Great Cosmic Year
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    • The Spiritual Union of Humanity through the Christ Impulse.
    • Die Geistige Vereinigung der Menschheit Durch Den Christus-Impuls.
    • The Spiritual Union of Humanity through the Christ Impulse.
    • Die Geistige Vereinigung der Menschheit Durch Den Christus-Impuls.
    • would have to speak at very great length. Each one of you can himself
    • time to another. This may at first appear simply a matter of
    • convenience; but it is not so. The men who had to separate time into
    • the course of time. The festival of the passing of one year into
    • speak of our part of the world) at the time when all plants have
    • time regard as a childish superstition; we realise it as a true and
    • into consideration. To simplify our subject, we say: In the daytime
    • asleep. But it wakes to full consciousness during the time when
    • winter it is awake. At this season, however, during the time at which
    • so that at the present time of year, the one interpenetrates the
    • other. At the time when one year is passing over into the other, the
    • wakes during winter time and sleeps in summer? What is the peculiar
    • The man who is limited in his physical senses, and
    • limited to the understanding that he considers appertains to
    • think of plants, animals, air, rivers, mountains, etc. Just as with
    • simply passing through the air; I am moving through the thoughts of
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  • Title: On the Duty of Clear, Sound Thinking
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    • The Spiritual Union of Humanity through the Christ Impulse.
    • Die Geistige Vereinigung der Menschheit Durch Den Christus-Impuls.
    • The Spiritual Union of Humanity through the Christ Impulse.
    • Die Geistige Vereinigung der Menschheit Durch Den Christus-Impuls.
    • at the beginning of a New Year, it may perhaps be important to let a
    • few at least of our great and important duties be brought before our
    • time, at the opening of a New Year.
    • much to do at the present time, that we cannot believe that with our
    • to be done. One thing at least is important, that we should connect
    • more and more interest in those things of which humanity in our time
    • insight into those forces which in the evolution of time have a
    • course in accordance with the progress of the time.
    • time, has been accomplished with a falling off in the power of
    • thinking and at the same time it is an age of the blindest trust in
    • authority. People live to-day entirely under the impression that they
    • learn the simplest thing about the illness. Why should he? We have
    • Any one following up this line of thought for himself,
    • will find that on numberless points he himself is sunk in blindest
    • authority in himself, the larger the dose he must have
    • impoverishing mode of thought has slipped even into the finest domain
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  • Title: Lecture: The Peoples of the Earth in the Light of Anthroposophy
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    • his life of feeling, at any rate, no one can blind himself to the
    • more intimately bound up with the whole being of man, with his
    • ideas, feelings and impulses of will in human beings. Inner strength
    • as regards the future it must be said that vague sentimentality alone
    • Earth economy. The leading minds of the times are forever
    • understanding another or assimilating its spiritual riches, it is not
    • enough simply to travel among other peoples or to be led there by
    • fundamental, for one can then receive from him what his own inner
    • sense-perception of him; but for sense-perception a nation
    • revealed to him as a spiritual being, a super-sensible reality, which
    • senses. Similarly, the life of will is connected with the
    • metabolic system (digestion and assimilation) in man. The
    • over. Another great error in modern thought is to imagine that one
    • In the short time at our disposal it is
    • impossible to characterise all the individual peoples. All that can
    • may impress us, if we study the racial characteristics of the
    • very ancient times. Around him are the trees and fruits, everything
    • unites this with the metabolic processes within him in such a way
    • himself to his environment — this does not enter very vividly
    • spiritual ‘mirror-image,’ however, it appears as
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  • Title: Lecture: The Christmas Mystery, Novalis, the Seer
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    • Individuals appear in the world from time
    • to time who are able to see in direct vision what has been
    • spiritual sphere of the Earth. Other men are impressed by the
    • power of the impulse proceeding from the Mystery of Golgotha
    • which made him aware, as if by a stroke of magic, of the
    • and Cosmos, the Christ Being Himself appeared before him. He
    • was able to say of himself that he was one who with the eyes
    • Initiation conferred upon him as it were through Grace,
    • brought to life within him his achievements and experiences
    • in his life was comparable in importance with the experience
    • Him the Sun-Power has united with the Earth.
    • revelation that came to him as ‘unique’ and he maintains
    • He rightly says that the ancient Indian, with his sublime
    • spirituality, would have allied himself with Christ had he
    • but known Him. Not out of any dim inkling or blind faith, but
    • of ancient times is still contained, transformed into the
    • made one; he sees the Earth in future time as a great
    • primeval Gods, yearning to be united with them in death,
    • Novalis recognises the God who in time to come will have as
    • his body all that is best in us and that we can offer to Him.
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  • Title: Lecture: Some Characteristics of To-day
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    • Heidenheim, June 12th, 1919
    • This is the 5th of 10 lectures given by Rudolf Steiner at Heidenheim,
    • Luziferische Vergangenheit und ahrimanische Zukunft.
    • The Problems of Our Times.
    • E are living at a time when one
    • the fiery signs of the times can be regarded as proving the necessity
    • insignificant and unimportant, but it is an actual fact for one who,
    • Many people, it is true, do not notice this, for the most important
    • man undergoes an important experience in the spiritual world before
    • of what they have immediately experienced in earthly life. Now such
    • world through the gate of birth is an important event. Its effect is
    • It is from this meeting that the “impulse” is derived
    • ruffled by what mankind, immersed in materialistic thoughts and
    • beside throw a strong light on our whole age. The present times can
    • they imagine they have laid the blame at somebody's door, repeat
    • he made his most important decisions, he said: I must have lost my
    • the infinitely important juncture in human evolution where, on the
    • himself from his greatest entanglement in what is material and come
    • work his way in freedom to the spirit which is approaching him of
    • itself, if he does not shut himself off from it. The time is past
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  • Title: Lecture: Anthroposophy's Contribution to the Most Urgent Needs of Our Time
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    • needs of our time
    • in the spiritual life of our time, which casts its shadow over the whole
    • super-sensible cognition by means of Imagination, Inspiration and
    • Intuition. Each soul must ask himself this significant question,
    • because we live in that period of time when what is ethical is at the
    • same time social, and today every man experience the urgency of the
    • uniform explanation of the world, simply out of a desire for
    • really given empirically in immediate human experience, and that
    • necessity to include the most intimate experiences of the human
    • into the most intimate details of the human being, as well as to the
    • that which seems to be an ethical, moral impulse. We feel that it is
    • must include man himself, to that other order, which is moral, and
    • In most recent times, to be
    • as a moral light, and says to himself. “No scientific knowledge
    • man must find within himself a certainty of belief. He must recognise
    • well find reassurance if they discriminate clearly between what man can
    • moral realm simply shows nowhere the power to be a match for the
    • causality, other than to say to himself: of this earth which has
    • takes from him the certainty of a moral world order, and above all
    • leaves him in a situation where he must see the world as split
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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
    • our time.
    • reborn on the Earth. In incarnations immediately following the
    • that in the times directly after the Atlantean catastrophe, souls were
    • regarding what is moral and what is immoral will arise in the
    • actions. Nobody living at the present time can have the faintest
    • pleasure will be a moral impulse, that is to say there will be
    • At the present time only
    • by certain actions, to moral impulses — all these are related
    • sphere of Lower Devachan; and the domain of moral impulses in the
    • time immoral, or vice versa — to be deeply moral and anything
    • breastplate. The symbol for morality was called Urim, the
    • symbol of wisdom, Thummim. [According to the footnote
    • in the German text of this lecture, Urim = Glanz (Radiance
    • or Lustre) and Thummim = Wahrheit (Truth). Most
    • unanimity as to whether the objects in question can be reliably
    • 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. \
    • 8:8 And he put the breastplate upon himLeviticus 8, 8.)
    • “In ancient times the
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  • Title: Lecture: Nervous Conditions in Our Time
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    • ‘nervousness’ and all that this word implies; and we can
    • manifold forms of disease, even imitating organic diseases —
    • things in our time? We need not go so far as to speak of a
    • 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
    • a man makes a very simple experiment but repeats it with diligence,
    • avoided if people were less forgetful. And who can claim to be
    • the pictorial image, can most effectively sharpen one's memory. And
    • nature, as you know, the physical body and the ethereal body are immediately
    • connected. Now there is one thing observable in our time, which moves
    • holiday, write less for a time, and you will get over it!’ But
    • doubtless it will not be followed for a long time yet. Suppose that
    • of immense importance, for numerous morbid states are due to the weakness
    • the improvement of memory. It may already have been mentioned; let me
    • could well be spared; then it would not be impossible to gain the
    • time for these strengthening and health-giving exercises. Moreover,
    • behind — it is a good exercise at the same time to look
    • in writing. I am quite sure, many a person would soon wean himself of
    • walking. It is good to make this experiment; only it must not always
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  • Title: Lecture: The Position of Anthroposophy among the Sciences
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    • der Anthroposophie im Geistesleben der Gegenwart.
    • impulses also, it encounters many persons who feel drawn towards such
    • the fields of the various sciences. That is the particular aim of
    • science, and, at the same time, when organic and spiritual fields are
    • scientific criteria that one feels entitled to impose to-day.
    • to-day imagine that Anthroposophy starts somehow from the nebulous
    • respect to its scientific character and importance. I admit,
    • accustomed to speak of three-dimensional space; we picture it so
    • constituted that its three dimensions, as they are called, stand at
    • And because man as an individual being orientates himself in accordance
    • himself. He can certainly say that he is at this or that distance
    • from any selected point; thus he inserts himself into space, as a
    • part of space. And by regarding himself as an earthly being and
    • assigning to himself certain distances from this and that star, he
    • inserts himself into cosmic space. In a word, man regards space as
    • experience. He cannot ask how he comes to have space; he must simply
    • accept it as something given; he must fit himself into it when he has
    • time of life when we do not think about our own activities in the way
    • dimensions.
    • position. We learn this dimension from the way in which we build it.
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  • Title: Lecture: Anthroposophy and the Visual Arts
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    • der Anthroposophie im Geistesleben der Gegenwart.
    • the Anthroposophical Movement had been active for some time, a number
    • spiritual movement of our time had decided to erect its own building,
    • erected, our aim was to create an architectural, plastic, pictorial
    • or that and then simply giving them external expression in symbolic
    • not expressing what has come to birth with this building. Our aim is
    • if I had to build the Dornach building a second time, much that now
    • appears to me imperfect, often indeed wrong, would be different. But
    • element in our world and, at the same time, proceeds from our human being.
    • I said that the three spatial dimensions, by which we determine all the
    • when one has space in its three dimensions so concretely before
    • Imagine that
    • But man is capable of relating himself to the cosmos — as we,
    • the three dimensions — as we can determine him in relation to
    • these three dimensions, saying: his body extends linearly in one of
    • the dimensions; in the second is the plane of the extended arms and
    • third dimension is all that extends forwards and backwards, backwards
    • extended in an arbitrary way in three dimensions. We have before us
    • when we do so? Well: imagine yourself standing in a field on a clear,
    • dimensions — where space itself is concrete, something
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  • Title: Lecture: Evil and the Power of Thought
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    • "Fundamental Impulses in the Mysteries of Ancient and Modern Times."
    • an oriental sage of early times, who had been
    • the most important moments of life. And since fear is closely
    • own ancient time. And he would make it plain that in his time and his
    • what were from his point of view supremely important constituent
    • factors and impulses of modern civilisation. And if we knew how to
    • listen to him in the right way, we should gain much that we need to
    • the Asiatic culture, the penetration of this primeval element of joy
    • times there was in the Orient little of what was afterwards required of man
    • cultivating self-knowledge and a true inner vision. And simply
    • lying behind the outer world — simply by the strength of this
    • realise when an impression was produced by this self-knowledge on the
    • Time and again
    • Yet even in our own time this word is used as a kind of motto in the
    • aware that in the course of time many men in Western countries (I am not
    • wisdom. It is received without understanding, although as an impulse
    • make it impossible to see these things in their original form; they
    • sometimes adopted strange forms of outer life, as for instance Bulwer
    • ways of life. Precisely in him one can observe what a man's attitude
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  • Title: Lecture: The Seeds of Future Worlds
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    • we remain within the limits of ordinary consciousness, we retain
    • memories of the impressions made upon us by the world, but that this
    • is as far as we can go. We receive our impressions from the world; we
    • reflects in quite another way. It reflects the sense-impressions we
    • receive, and reflects them in the course of time. Something or other
    • — at some later moment — causes this or that impression
    • it were cease for a time — for how long a time depends upon
    • into the outer world; the good man keeps it inside him. If it is
    • do so, if instead of instincts and impulses, which are bound to work
    • anti-moral impulses, out of what works as evil from his egoism. Hence
    • world every time we go to sleep. When we fall asleep, the Ego is dulled,
    • to the great contradiction between East and West. In times past the Oriental
    • truth for him; it is not a truth for him to-day. We can see this
    • indeed modern times may be said to have any idea of Christ at all.
    • round about him on the world, and uses the combining faculty of his
    • coming into existence of man himself as a physical being, and then I
    • limbs, we find that we must look for their source beyond birth and
    • symptomatic of our times when a theologian of such standing as Adolf
    • implied in this. First, the belief that the message of the Father God cannot
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  • Title: Lecture: Exoteric and Esoteric Christianity
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    • The mystery of death taught by Jesus Christ to his disciples after his resurrection. Saul and the event at Damascus when he became the apostle Paul. The role of Ahriman, Satan, the World Prince, in the course of human evolution.
    • the form of moral impulses.
    • able to understand Him. The Gospels, as you know, make only brief
    • import to earthly evolution came to pass through the
    • Paul, of course, is of the greatest importance, for Paul
    • appeared to him at Damascus. Paul knew then, with absolute
    • upon the significance of the testimony which came from Paul when,
    • was revealed to him.
    • crucifixion. It was, at first, impossible for Paul to conceive
    • revelation came to him at Damascus, the fact that Jesus of
    • immeasurable significance that Paul should have proclaimed his
    • teaching given by Him to those disciples with whom He was in
    • clothed in a form of tradition adapted for naive and simple minds
    • it was in very ancient times and of the change brought about by
    • A most important
    • realm of the higher Hierarchies and who then imparted spiritual
    • Beings, receiving the wisdom imparted by these Beings. This
    • — such was the substance of the teaching imparted to human
    • and would in time pass out of these bodies. They regarded this as
    • figuratively, we should say: In those times man saw how the human
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  • Title: Lecture: Realism and Nominalism
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    • caged wolf, which is fed exclusively on lamb's flesh for a long time.
    • After a certain time the wolf has changed his old substance; this
    • things contain something very important. Let us take the Realists who
    • they had grown more dim, and for the medieval scholastic philosophers
    • stones, in the plants, in animals and in physical man, was still
    • modern man (he does not know this, because he does not concern himself
    • in the stone, in the plant, in the animals, and in physical man —
    • vegetable world and into the animal world; I form thoughts on quartz,
    • into the stones and plants and animals, then my thoughts follow the
    • as a forlorn human being, and perhaps imitate to some extent the lion's
    • with the divine spiritual creator of the beings. This implies that
    • European civilization. For it was impossible to speak of atheism as
    • the thought which we shall form now. Imagine that someone tells you
    • him is that he is the son of Miller. You wish to know more about him
    • this that more importance was given to the fact that people wished to
    • However, the time for a
    • Christ himself, in his divine spiritual being, the spiritual
    • still looks at Nature spiritually (for he brings the spirit with him
    • really educate him to be a complete human being. A child will grow into
    • a full human being only if we teach him to look for something in the
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  • Title: Lecture: Spiritual Science, a Necessity for the Present Time
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    • a Necessity for the Present Time
    • strong and also suited for times as important as our present epoch,
    • repeat, frequently — kept within narrow limits by materialism.
    • from mere thought, thus transcending the narrower limits of our own
    • great impulses, the great manifestations of forces which pervade the
    • all necessary in the present time with its tempestuous waves beating
    • why we have in recent years spoken in these circles of times to which
    • we must look ahead with special attention, times which will break in
    • important and at the same time tragic and painful events, and those
    • than can be imagined in the ordinary life of to-day, so that they may
    • possible to see that they are forces aiming at the destruction, at
    • realise that a long time will have to go by in the evolution of the
    • post-Atlantean epoch of culture. The impulse of the Mystery of
    • important event in the whole development of the earth. During the
    • significant, important task of the fifth post-Atlantean epoch of
    • in which the Christ-Impulse has influenced mankind since the Mystery
    • of Golgotha. If its influence were limited to what people have
    • the centuries which have elapsed since that time, the Christ-Impulse
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  • Title: Lecture: Fundamentals of the Science of Initiation
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    • always speak of them from the standpoint of our present time, in the
    • 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
    • sciences. The tragic element of our time consists, for instance, in
    • human life is born for him out of two roots which are completely
    • consider the tasks of our present time, must eagerly ask themselves:
    • here, that in past times man's soul-constitution was essentially
    • different from that of a later time. The origin of Christianity
    • The more we go back into time, the more we shall find that this pagan
    • times a wisdom extended over the earth, which was far nearer to
    • our modern natural sciences. This ancient, this primeval knowledge,
    • characteristic times of the ancient pagan wisdom. A historical
    • times when the human beings who looked up to the stars really
    • of the stars. In those ancient times there was no astronomy such as
    • the cosmos which was at the same time moral knowledge, ethics.
    • complete whole if the laws discovered in it are at the same time
    • evolution, the essence of that primeval science was lost. This lies
    • century it was very clearly felt that in ancient times men
    • possessed a spiritual wisdom which they obtained simultaneously with
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  • Title: Lecture: Cosmogony, Freedom, Altruism
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    • Social Impulses for the Healing of Modern Civilization.
    • beyond our own immediate civilisation—beyond what has
    • taken place in our own times merely, or during the last three
    • within the limits of the everyday world, but where spiritual
    • compared with what man of old felt pulsing through him from
    • a cosmogony; he knew himself a member of the whole vast
    • stars, they were not to him strange worlds; for he knew
    • himself, in his own deepest nature, akin to the sun and moon
    • there is no true impulse for Freedom. Our
    • have any real impulse for it. And so it comes that our
    • strength which comes from the impulse of Freedom and
    • how to foster the impulse of Freedom weakens men and dooms
    • impulse for Freedom.
    • purpose. Our civilisation, in truth, aims at nothing more
    • But to bring new religious impulses into life, for
    • view of life. Only when a man comes to recognise himself
    • tremendously interested in himself that the whole world
    • revolves round him. When he does, then indeed egoistic motives
    • like impulses dropped from on high that the teaching of
    • civilisation. But how were these impulses interpreted? At
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  • Title: Lecture: Brunetto Latini
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    • — made imperceptible to the vast majority of men
    • imagination. Dante, they say, was filled with
    • artistic imagination. They are content to leave it at that.
    • Needless to say, I shall not deny that artistic imagination
    • according to the conditions of his time, which we, in the
    • any rate was known to that time. They knew that man, to reach
    • absolutely living in that time: the recognition that the path
    • today. Who does not think himself able to know about himself?
    • the present time. At the very beginning of his book on the
    • went along the street, his karma led him past a shop where
    • two mirrors were so inclined that he could see himself. He
    • saw the face, highly distasteful to him, and then discovered
    • journey, I got into an omnibus. Simultaneously another man
    • was himself. A pretty example of the often very deficient
    • with, on the Earth, is for himself the only example —
    • his own being. He must go through himself. This was always
    • the spiritual world to be opened to him sooner or later, as
    • Brunetto Latini himself relates, he had been sent as
    • This message brought him into confusion. Such confusion of
    • came to himself, he had a strange and unwanted impression. He
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  • Title: Lecture: The Shaping of the Human Form out of Cosmic and Earthly Forces
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    • limb-organisation, extending it — naturally to cover
    • the organs associated with the limbs, then we have something
    • time, however, the human form points to man's connection with
    • metamorphosis of his previous limb-formation. But the fact of
    • the limb-man is a starting-point for the Jupiter, Venus and
    • planetary embodiments of the Earth; and the starting-point
    • for its subsequent embodiments is all that underlies man's
    • limbs today. As a man goes through life between death and
    • organism, Moon organism. Similarly; his limb-organism, as
    • will go through reorganisation, during the embodiments of
    • Let us imagine
    • on this side is, as it were, left to himself. Less demand is
    • made upon him by the stimulation of the light from outside;
    • these two directions less stimulation is exercised by the
    • Now imagine
    • development: imagine, that is, that through some course of
    • development between death and rebirth. During this time the
    • certain of those gifts bestowed upon him which depend upon
    • from the other previous embodiments of the Earth. You see
    • encirclement of the head by the Moon, which occurs ten times
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  • Title: Lecture: Yuletide and the Christmas Festival
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    • Lebensfragen im Lichte der Geisteswissenschaft.
    • time, when we go out into the streets of a great city and
    • warmth of feeling that pervaded the human soul at the times
    • become aware at certain times of the connection with the
    • readily enter into what for long ages was felt at the time of
    • any hope of something similar emerging from the atmosphere of
    • anthroposophical way, we cannot limit ourselves to what the
    • Christmas Festival was once upon a time or is now. Wherever
    • introduction of Christianity at the time of the year when our
    • Europe, when in regions subject to relatively harsh climatic
    • were intimately connected with the manifestations of the
    • in his whole being he felt intimately connected with whatever
    • was radiated to him from Nature; with his whole heart he
    • echoed from the hearts of men. Intimate community was also
    • felt with the animal world as being under man's
    • I am thinking now of times when winter swept through the land
    • This was a time when, with the exception of what it was
    • were times when the unique manifestations of climate and of
    • full of joy and merriment, as though Nature herself were
    • become inwardly quiescent during the time of approaching
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  • Title: Lecture: Buddha
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    • Present Time.
    • Goethe — I refer to Schopenhauer. Since his time, interest in
    • earthly lives, indeed its aim is rather to reduce their number.
    • lives. “Is not all Eternity mine?” he exclaims, feeling
    • and wisdom as will free him from all desire for rebirth. Only
    • when in one such earthly life he can liberate himself from this
    • of man's consciousness in those early times was very different indeed
    • man. In those early times the nature of the soul was such that in a
    • consciousness gradually evolved. A kind of primeval clairvoyance
    • existing among the most primitive peoples to-day. It is becoming more
    • and more evident that sublime conceptions of a spiritual world were
    • primal wisdom which was altogether different in its nature from the
    • yet with the view that primitive peoples to-day are not typical of
    • an earlier time. Neither is it generally admitted that
    • clairvoyant powers. But facts will in time compel thinking people to
    • of primeval wisdom, but also to primeval feelings and perceptions in
    • man whose clairvoyant powers gave him knowledge of his
    • preserved this dim remembrance of ancient clairvoyant powers, there
    • enters our consciousness for the first time.” These men
    • contrary, they felt impelled to seek and acquire all the powers that
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  • Title: Lecture: Hygiene - a Social Problem
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    • fruitful impulses for the future — all these matters are
    • regarded and the way in which they are handled at the present time,
    • age. For these problems are indeed so often limited by the angle of
    • the human being himself. Human beings are treated just as if
    • sentiments playing between man and man. This lack of social
    • — as indeed it is the concern of everyone — accept simply
    • representatives. True, it may be impossible to apply essentially
    • sphere like that of public health which so intimately concerns both
    • spiritualistic superstitions of earlier times, or with the
    • only convenient units of calculation (and here what is implied is
    • overcome, is to-day in its prime? The essence of this materialism is
    • an immortal soul.” It is far from being characteristic of a
    • up all manner of abstract, mystical theories about this immortal soul
    • We must be able to perceive the immediate unity of the body and the
    • been happening to the body all the time, as a result of the working
    • the exception of the time of sleep), the being of soul and Spirit is
    • we perceive him with all his organs and structures has been created
    • philosophical sense to the effect that man bears an immortal soul
    • within him, and then working in the different branches of science
    • simply because they need a specialised technique. The point I would
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  • Title: Lecture: Speech and Song
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    • Das Wesen des Musikalischen und das Tonerlebnis im Menschen.
    • adapt himself to these earthly conditions as he learns to stand
    • with him. He must acquire it during his earthly life.
    • It is similar in the case
    • through and through an image of the spiritual. Everything here
    • — not only what man bears in himself, but also what surrounds
    • him in external nature — is an image of the spiritual. Now when
    • man expresses himself in speech or in song, he is really manifesting
    • so often referred to as the primeval language of man was such that we
    • might as well speak of it as a primeval song.
    • are always variations of twelve primary consonants, and indeed in the
    • each of them can at the same time be conceived as a form), these
    • expressed by the twelve primeval consonants.
    • the spinal canal right up into the head, and the impact of the
    • impulses. He makes more use of his nervous system when he speaks; he
    • nervous system; he lived in the breathing system. Hence the primeval
    • feeling that in every vowel there is something of the soul, immediate
    • When I was a little boy, I simply could not conceive that the word
    • the time it is shaped out of the spiritual world. This matter can be
    • we first attain Imagination or Imaginative Cognition, as I have often
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  • Title: Lecture: Three Epochs in the Religious Education of Man
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    • everlasting impulse entered into human evolution; and so too, there
    • imparted to man by his natural development, intelligence, reason,
    • though it be — that the soul of man has evolved from the animal
    • times, when we must learn to understand this Mystery of Golgotha if
    • ancient times passed through a much more dreamlike, spiritual
    • wholly given up to sense impressions, to all that the intellect can
    • derive from these sense impressions and the substance flowing into
    • In those ancient times man
    • experienced his own being in a kind of waking dream. He knew himself
    • conviction that before a physical body clothed him on Earth, he had
    • perception revealed to him this life of soul and Spirit, and, as a
    • bodily life as was the case in earlier times. He looks upon birth as
    • So living and intimate was
    • been necessary for man's immediate experience to be widened and
    • Initiation Science that tells him more than can arise within his
    • inner being or is imparted to him in ordinary life by earthly
    • in immediate experience. But there was a great riddle and it arose in
    • the man of very ancient times, as he gazed into his innermost being,
    • Nature. And it arose before him as he sensed the full inner
    • the same forces which enabled him to gaze into the life of soul and
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  • Title: Lecture: Concerning Electricity
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    • 19th century. Think of the immense contrast between the present time
    • and that time when a certain physicist prepared a frog's leg which
    • then they calculated the results of these collisions. At that time,
    • that time to imagine, at least abstractly, the spiritual in Nature.
    • out of the immediate present.
    • different aspect to the imaginative vision than that of the other
    • in a stone, a plant, or an animal, either as colours in the sphere of
    • unable to discover a reality in the world of moral impulses, we are,
    • sphere which is now considered to be the most important constituent
    • impulses, if we were to say that they contain a force enabling them
    • if someone were to come along today and ascribe moral impulses to the
    • merely a current but that electricity in Nature is, at the same time,
    • penetrate simultaneously into a moral sphere. If you connect your
    • knuckle at any point with a closed current, you will immediately feel
    • than that sphere which is also the source of the moral impulses.
    • at the same time the moral element in Nature. Modern physicists have
    • the least suspicion. They imagine the atom as something electric, and
    • through the general state of consciousness of the present time, they
    • they must ascribe a moral impulse to this atom, indeed, to every
    • atom. At the same time, they must raise it to the rank of a moral
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  • Title: Lecture: The Problem of Jesus and Christ in Earlier Times
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    • The Spiritual Union of Humanity through the Christ Impulse.
    • Die geistige Vereinigung der Menschheit durch den Christus-Impuls,
    • TIMES
    • MY LECTURE YESTERDAY, I tried to indicate an important fact related to the
    • that it is possible to imagine that everything we publish today and
    • time. It must have happened that people lost the capacity to
    • imagine to ourselves that, based on the broad foundation, so to
    • its purpose in the form of a primitive clairvoyance that then
    • gradually grew dim and faded away — a higher form of knowledge
    • must imagine further that it was because of the gradual paralysis of
    • just forgotten, but it eventually disappeared. People simply no
    • say that, when we look back at the time just before the period
    • very time when the Christ united with earthly evolution, humankind
    • being. This is a very important fact. Furthermore, I have already
    • indicated, several times, something very significant. I stated that
    • proclaimed the coming of Christ. One viewed the Christ being, of
    • conceive of the Christ Mystery out of a fresh, new impulse.
    • spiritual and suprasensory impulses. This Christ descends from cosmic
    • spiritual being and tried to comprehend him in spiritual realms. But
    • him were those who had developed, through the Mysteries, forces that
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  • Title: Lecture: On the Dimensions of Space
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    • the Dimensions of Space.
    • foundation on which we shall afterwards have to build in our more intimate
    • given to him through the senses. It comes out to meet him, as it
    • do very much for it himself — at any rate so far as his
    • imaginable difficulties. They know that the physical and bodily is
    • its three dimensions gives to him, in forming his ideas about things
    • people, who imagine they are not materialistically minded — though
    • recent times, it is true, men have sought refuge in the conception,
    • a spatial, a physical-bodily process. Simultaneously, while this is taking
    • time, the process of soul and spirit also takes place. But we have no
    • course simultaneously with the bodily process. But we still do
    • immortal, for all the spaces of the world would already have been
    • filled with their immortal souls.
    • cannot possibly impinge at any point upon the physical. ...
    • of time. We must now begin again from an altogether different angle
    • and those too which take place within him in the fulfilment of his
    • the physical world-are in the three dimensions of space. Hence the
    • will must also go everywhere, wherever the three dimensions extend.
    • spirit — is three-dimensional. It has a three-dimensional
    • movement of a limb takes place. Thus after all we must speak of the
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  • Title: Lecture: What Has Geology to Say About the Origin of the World?
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    • Present Time.
    • tremendous strides and achieved results of real importance, even
    • time. We know, if, for instance during railway-construction or work
    • have been washed up as it were by the waters in times long past. We
    • same way, in far distant times, successive layers of deposits were
    • imagine another covering it which, on examination, proves to be
    • latest, superimposed by the most recent occurrences on the earth. As
    • deposits from earlier and ever earlier times, successively overlaid
    • of the animal kingdom, from plants which, carried away by the waters
    • animals and plants within it. But we must not imagine that the
    • evidence that sometimes older strata — recognisable by
    • the earth at the time when the present top layer had not yet been
    • which our earth must have presented in times gone by.
    • contain fossils of more highly developed forms of animal- and
    • count among the lower species and genera of the animal- and
    • find there only fossil remains of animals which did not yet possess a
    • spinal column. We find other animals with a spinal column in the
    • from quite primitive to more perfect forms. When we now examine
    • the Cambrian bed, namely, the lowest layer, and imagine that all the
    • that in the most ancient times there existed only the lowest animal
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  • Title: Lecture: Thinking and Willing as Two Poles of the Human Soul-Life
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    • impulses to be permeated by thoughts. Thoughts always interpenetrate
    • if we limit our observation to the affairs of everyday life we shall
    • delight us, repel us. Feeling imbues our will impulses with life, and
    • of thought which man develops in himself is already present in
    • during the first seven years of his life, up to the time of the
    • him in the building up of his physical body. From then on these
    • first won for himself the power of making these sprawling,
    • gradually develop from the time of conception and birth lie the
    • existence. Watch and see how, to begin with, the child moves his limbs
    • these movements so that they become imbued with meaning. Thus there
    • with him when he descends from the spiritual world. He incorporates
    • his willing life into the bodily substance which is given to him by
    • time proceed from persons who are more than fifty years old! As a rule the
    • These thoughts have gone on automatically; they were once imprinted
    • of a spiritual nature, which are similar to those thought-forces in
    • actual fact that the time is rapidly approaching when old people will
    • from thoughts given to him by Spiritual Science, such thinking is
    • somewhere else, these atoms call up the impression of colour, sound,
    • simple. Because at the back of this tapestry something is to be found
    • that which becomes visible to us in the present. Imagine a meadow
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  • Title: Vortrage: Denken, Fühlen, Wollen - Das Muspilhgedicht
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    • Schweiz im Juni und Juli angesichts von 1921. Die Vortragsreihe
    • beiden das Gefühlselement, dasjenige, was wir im
    • und so weiter nennen. Im wirklichen seelischen Leben, so wie es sich
    • sind immer in Verbindung miteinander, sie spielen ineinander. Nehmen
    • wir an, wir verhalten uns im Leben ganz ruhig, so daß wir etwa
    • Willensimpulse von Gedanken durchströmen zu lassen. Gedanken
    • durchziehen immer unsere Willensbetätigung, so daß wir also
    • sagen können: Auch der Wille ist niemals im Seelenleben
    • werden wir ja finden, wie das Denken eigentlich sich immer auf etwas
    • schon da ist. Da würde er ja selbstverständlich immer zu
    • bezieht sich auch schon im gewöhnlichen Leben mehr auf die
    • Aus unserem Gefühl heraus führen wir unsere Willensimpulse
    • wie es schon im gewöhnlichen Leben, wenn auch nur
    • Es ist im Grunde genommen in dem kleinen Kinde, das uns
    • entgegentritt, schon im Keime all die Gedankenfähigkeit
    • Aufbau seines Leibes als Richtkräfte. Dann kommen sie immer mehr
    • eben als Gedankenkräfte durchaus veranlagt im Menschen, wenn er
    • Beobachtung ergibt das ohne weiteres —, das ist beim Kinde
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    • in die geistige Welt hinübergehen. Da sind sie aber im
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  • Title: Evolution/Aspect: Lecture 1: Introductory Lecture
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    • wise without significance to the life limited to Central Europe. You
    • know that from the time we were last assembled here, before
    • representations. Some time ago we began by having one such dramatic
    • and this year we have been able to make the experiment of having
    • indeed find its continuance as an important impulse of theosophical
    • external existence. It appears to us very important to carry out in
    • teaching, but that it can be carried out into our immediate life,
    • certain intimacy; and just as little as it would be possible to give
    • The Architectural Hall in Berlin appears to me the maximum size; and
    • room. These things are so related to the inner, more intimate nature
    • lectures given there. The immediate future will prove what fortune
    • — for the simple reason that the next few years will be the
    • best time possible for carrying out our work in the desired manner,
    • who were present at its opening were amply convinced of how important
    • the limitations of space and so on, as regards the cultivation of
    • books accumulated as time goes on, on our table here, —
    • (sometimes quite appalling to me to see what has been brought
    • belonging to our movement must make himself intimately acquainted or
    • became immediately evident how necessary it was to spend this time
    • elsewhere; so that the Lodge lectures were held at the time of the
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  • Title: Evolution/Aspect: Lecture 2: The Inner Aspects of the Saturn-embodiment of the Earth
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    • SATURN-EMBODIMENT OF THE EARTH.
    • just as the Earth-existence comprises an immense number of details,
    • it is quite obvious that the former embodiments are equally detailed,
    • in time, belonging to the Earth or the Moon evolutions can be more
    • us in time take on more or less indistinct outlines — as for
    • such primeval subjects for discussion at the present day? In the
    • continuously even at the present day. What occurred in the time of
    • the present day an absolutely super-sensible and imponderable entity.
    • impossible to think of greater nonsense, yet the psychology of the
    • a cosmic tableau, which even to-day is, as it were, imprinted upon
    • our environment and is invisibly within it, similar to the
    • to learn to know the ego in its own world must represent to himself a
    • of the Threshold Who conceals it from him. And it requires a certain
    • feel dread and fear of the infinite emptiness yawning around him. He
    • and at the same time he must be able to overcome this fear by inner
    • existence and the overcoming of this fear it is impossible to have
    • of time endeavour to seek the origin of things by means of
    • consciousness of this dread of the immeasurable emptiness might be
    • awe-inspiring impressions; it will not be easy to find anything of
    • writer on Hegel, in which he sometimes describes intimate feelings
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  • Title: Evolution/Aspect: Lecture 3: The Inner Aspect of the Sun-embodiment of the Earth
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    • SUN-EMBODIMENT OF THE EARTH.
    • following embodiments of our Earth is not only not exhaustive, but
    • deeply immersed in Maya and Illusion; and we must first work our way
    • this is quite correct within certain limits) as a heavenly body whose
    • for, as we saw in the last lecture, ‘time’ itself did not
    • pictorially. Of space there was none in our sense. And time first
    • that even the clairvoyant, when he transports himself back to the
    • time of Saturn, receives the impression of being in spaceless ebb and
    • to the concrete occurrences on Saturn, we have the Cherubim and the
    • Thrones to the Cherubim. And it is these sacrificial deeds seen from
    • from this sacrificial deed offered by the Thrones to the Cherubim is
    • brought to birth that which we call time: though I have already
    • modern term and does not quite apply. For time was not then that
    • abstraction man now accepts as time, but a totality of beings, the
    • ‘Time-Spirits.’ The Time-Spirits are the true ancient
    • time — and they are the children of the Thrones and the
    • Cherubim. The condition by means of which the Beings of Time
    • but also what he himself is. The sacrifice of the individual being,
    • is hardly thinkable that anyone sacrificing himself with
    • gain something by so doing, but because he feels within him the
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  • Title: Evolution/Aspect: Lecture 4: The Inner Aspect of the Moon-embodiment of the Earth (Part 1)
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    • MOON-EMBODIMENT OF THE EARTH.
    • present time, or of which he can have knowledge — that we had
    • Cherubim. And yet in truth we must say that a sacrifice such as
    • the same relation to the real world as does the reflected image of a
    • man seen in a mirror to the person himself. For, just as the mirror
    • cosmic embodiment of our earth, we find something which brings us a
    • life a man does something, accomplishes something, the impulse of his
    • movement of a hand or the greatest of deeds, the impulse of the
    • healing and blessing, must proceed from a stronger impulse of will,
    • while a less important act comes from a weaker impulse. And in
    • strength of the impulse of the will. But only in a certain degree is
    • depend upon the strengthening of our impulses of will. In the
    • deeds certainly does depend upon the strength of our impulses of
    • necessitate any strengthening of the positive impulses of will,
    • spiritual workings. To do this he would have to prepare himself by
    • the spiritual world, when we wish to attain something important we
    • renunciation of wishes, desires, and impulses of will which may
    • support life, who is determined to accept what destiny brings him
    • with equanimity, will gradually notice that his words have great
    • renunciation, the creative resignation. It is indeed of immense
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  • Title: Evolution/Aspect: Lecture 5: The Inner Aspect of the Moon-embodiment of the Earth (Part 2)
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    • MOON-EMBODIMENT OF THE EARTH.
    • — everyone knows it — as uncertainty and at the same time
    • holds sway in the secret depth of our Soul-life, and sometimes pushes
    • of those around him to throw the blame on the child, so as to have an
    • experience had not occurred he would simply have gone home, perhaps
    • The most important of all the forces ruling below in these depths one
    • every one. Sometimes it takes one form and sometimes another. One
    • working within him. All these diverse characteristics we include in
    • a will towards an inclination which in its immediate form cannot be
    • Soul-life is a heritage coming to us from those primeval times of
    • longings, all kinds of repressed wishes impossible to fulfil. It is
    • universe. It must be clearly understood that it is impossible to
    • Being, and does so for all time. One not allowed to made sacrifice
    • sacrifices they offer Him, these people live in that Being as a
    • in a sense they guide the Beings who would have simply been driven
    • one particular form of change. In this connection let us imagine a
    • Beings, which lives in him like a dream-picture. This is the origin
    • earthly ego-consciousness, we must think of ourselves at that time
    • Soul-form, came at that time into our being and that of other
    • nature. And this is so imbedded in the subsoil of our Soul, that, as
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  • Title: Evolution/Aspect: Lecture 6: The Inner Aspect of the Earth-embodiment of the Earth
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    • EARTH-EMBODIMENT OF THE EARTH.
    • senses and our physically limited view.
    • the qualities we primarily perceive in our souls. For instance if we
    • existence, showing that which in the external world is similar to
    • intimate, we might almost say more common soul-experience than those
    • still more intimate experience of the soul, one indeed to which
    • described as bringing sublimity and life into anything, however dry.
    • arises from wonder, in that alone constitutes the sublimity and vital
    • perception goes, considers himself in no wise related. That however
    • depends on himself, or at least it need only do so. And he should not
    • adopt a challenging attitude towards what appears to him as ‘a
    • wonder’ unless he can in a certain way make claim to explain it
    • because it is related to him. Why else should people who start from
    • impossible logically to prove by the existence of one class of
    • knowledge is already established in him. He demands that what he has
    • been told should find an echo in himself. He wishes it to become its
    • that, and it is not related to him, he challenges it. Even if we
    • philosophy, is aroused by a man finding himself confronted with
    • something strange to him, but to which at the same time he
    • adjusted, through the wealth of impressions received from the Higher
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 1: The Driving Force Behind Europe's War
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    • knowledge is intimately bound up with the most inward aspect
    • world. We may say to ourselves that it appears as if time
    • impression, they will feel more or the less the way one does
    • seem to have happened an infinitely long time ago.
    • view and consider much longer time-spans if we are to do
    • a time may well come, sooner than we may expect, when people
    • always possible to give plain and simple answers in
    • anthroposophy is to fulfil its purpose, its prime task must
    • than it is at this time. Up to the present time this
    • and take account of the element of the spirit is ultimately
    • one realizes that people's perfectly justifiable aims,
    • to achieve their aims.
    • have to reflect for a long time to come on the events in
    • chaos of the present time until a sufficiently large number
    • may feel in your hearts that it will be a long time before
    • such order comes; you may think it will be a long time before
    • long time before order arises from the chaos. For it will not
    • impunity. You may think it is enough to live with thoughts
    • humanity has ever had is — to put it simply —
    • present time is to say that the present human chaos is the
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 2: Humanity's Struggle for Morality
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    • to an image which I finally hope to present in its entirety
    • at a time — yesterday's lecture will have given you an
    • Our inner aims will have to change. It is especially with
    • feeling develop. This is what our time demands. I think it
    • simply, that there can only be one of two things: destructive
    • human souls are still very much asleep at the present time,
    • place. Sometimes, however, some of this comes through at an
    • Now, in these times of war, it can be seen again and again
    • that this imbalance between intellectual and moral life in
    • asks at the present time that issues like these should be
    • the point where it is fully evident that modern people simply
    • physical body go back to the time of ancient Saturn. That
    • our human intellect is intimately bound up with the physical
    • is far from simple. It is based on principles that go back to
    • element in the physical body exercises powers very similar to
    • over such a long time. Yet, on the other hand, the process I
    • world to bear in the present time. As a result, human beings
    • moral. When we wake up, the impulses we bring from this world
    • them in any moral sense. This is quite impossible, for the
    • tremendously important and significant, for it explains why
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 3: The Search for a Perfect World
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    • lectures which will enable you to understand the present time
    • and the immediate future in some aspects at least. It should
    • be a coherent whole, but it may sometimes be necessary to go
    • context of the whole. I will sometimes go far and wide to
    • collect the material we need to understand the present time,
    • ‘the present time’ I mean quite a long period of
    • time, going back several decades and also looking decades
    • ahead. It is important to realize that it will be necessary
    • immediate future, people will feel more strongly than ever
    • react to truths today and in the immediate future. People
    • live in illusion concerning some important and essential
    • world, nations and, indeed, the whole earth. It is important
    • him to establish the best possible educational system, the
    • absolute sense they really are the best, one cannot imagine
    • things are today, people simply must consider anyone who does
    • people will simply have to face such a truth boldly and not
    • unconscious impulses, lives something different — the
    • the illusion that, however imperfect this physical world may
    • end to imperfection and let perfection take its place.
    • this world: to let impulses enter into their souls which are
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 4: The Elemental Spirits of Birth and Death
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    • As I said in my earlier lectures, the time
    • terrible events that will happen as time goes on.
    • may arise as to why now is the time for humanity to learn
    • have of course existed for a long time, but humanity in
    • it is, people have grown tense and fearful in recent times,
    • will need to know about in the time which lies just ahead.
    • powers which are inimical to life in the physical world.
    • looking at a world that is immediately next to our own, a
    • entities were present around them all the time, they would
    • connected with a great, important cosmic law. I could give
    • actual form it is taking now and in the immediate future to
    • growing numbers of impulses came into human evolution which
    • times not very long ago. You will find times when there were
    • as we do now; times perhaps when only thinkers like Leonardo da Vinci
    • were able to have the idea, theoretically and on the basis of experiments,
    • time. Just consider how much depends on the use of steam, of
    • human evolution in recent times. Think of the destructive
    • powers of dynamite, etc., and you can easily imagine, seeing
    • people do not know about it. Modern materialists imagine that
    • spirits who have given impulses to our civilization from the
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 5: Changes in Humanity's Spiritual Make-up
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    • ourselves in all seriousness and dignity with the impulses
    • they would then think. This created an intimate relationship
    • something that is growing, as it was in early times. Before
    • himself entirely on scientific facts, Suess comes to the
    • existed in the Atlantean age. Up until the time of ancient
    • know to have come from quite different impulses than the art
    • able to say that until the time of ancient Greece, the living
    • human body was determined and maintained by the immediate
    • environment. Human beings were intimately bound up with the
    • space immediately around them.
    • ancient Greek times. Then, human bodies were as perfect as
    • they can be during time spent on earth. It will not be until
    • year, a very important person died in Zurich — Franz Brentano.
    • number of short chapters in the new book because the times
    • things which are written in this manner for the present time,
    • genius has the same inner qualities and impulses as anyone
    • through heredity or education, to send impulses into the
    • Imaginations of a genius to arise unconsciously. The power of
    • world which is all around them. Thus the impulses will not
    • beings of the present time really and truly have become more
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 6: The New Spirituality
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    • nor the kind of nebulous ether people sometimes like to
    • imagine. No, this thought-substance is actually what we call
    • unaccustomed idea. Imagine you are lying in bed and it is
    • you are following impulses given by the Spirits of Form, the
    • Elohim, when they created human beings as dwellers on earth
    • purely subjective thought, you'd be following ahrimanic
    • therefore Ahriman. As I said, the distinction is not made in
    • begin with let us simply consider it to be this elemental,
    • from the time of Saturn emerged against the background of the
    • human beings would be an outward manifestation of the Elohim
    • manifestation of the Elohim has condensed to become
    • strange has arisen as a result, an important secret to which
    • I have referred a number of times. What has happened is that
    • the human being has become the image of the gods in the very
    • nature. This image of the gods has been debased in human
    • an important secret of human nature. Our lower nature, which
    • to the luciferic element, made the part of him that should be
    • facetiousness, because they cannot even imagine that there is
    • Copernicus, for example, or Galileo, at a particular time
    • could not be reached by mere reflection before that time. You
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 7: Working from Spiritual Reality
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    • comments today. You probably know the amusing experiment so
    • been imitated to give the impression that those are real
    • experiment will frequently come to mind for anyone who has a
    • descriptions which are given — for a time. But when you
    • nevertheless leave me with this impression. I have enormous
    • respect for the historian Herman Grimm,
    • were but darting shadows. The whole of Grimm's Goethe, the
    • time do not have a real idea of the true reality, even though
    • described by our contemporaries is like the image we have of
    • create a sophisticated image, but the image does not
    • point of view; we must know he lived a short time after the
    • impulses of the fourth post-Atlantean age were alive in his
    • him belonged to the fifth postAtlantean age which then was
    • individual whose inner impulses really came from all the
    • humanity in post-Atlantean times and would gradually
    • when it came to the impulses in his heart and mind and
    • of no concern to him, because his feelings were those of the
    • the street. Luther really had the devil appear to him; he
    • knew full well the nature of this ahrimanic spirit. To some
    • fifth post-Atlantean age. The ahrimanic powers were
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 8: Abstraction and Reality
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    • time we must come to realize the distinction between abstract
    • defect and deficiency in our time is that people are
    • the brick wall of reality. And they are sometimes just as
    • a particular age and the outer physical events of a time
    • has penetrated into reality if we look at the present time
    • — as I have said so many times — and they want
    • however, makes them rather limited. Now, limited concepts do
    • discoveries have been made in recent times about physical
    • relatively limited. The desire for limited concepts, or
    • concepts of limited content, has also crept into all
    • today who are literally craving such limited concepts. The
    • most limited concepts, with practically no content, are
    • to have an opinion regarding the length of time for which this
    • war continues for any length of time, for this will the only
    • an ideology which in his opinion deals with the most sublime
    • — which in our time means the most abstract —
    • would be impossible to do any building, for instance, if we
    • time applying them elsewhere, and the problem is that no one
    • brutally, although it would seem to him that he put it in a
    • very superior way. Others simply feel embarrassed about
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 9: The Battle between Michael and 'The Dragon'
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    • events of our time, at least to some extent. We have
    • time when the materialistic point of view came to its peak,
    • an influence for a long time to come — must be sought
    • call Michael fought with certain ahrimanic powers. Please
    • followers against certain ahrimanic powers. A good way of
    • fruitful for your life in the present time, is to have it in
    • in this battle between Michael's followers and the ahrimanic
    • victory over certain ahrimanic powers.
    • always call on an image which humanity has known throughout
    • dragon. This image has come up again and again in the course
    • battle between Michael and the dragon is similar to the one
    • crowd of ahrimanic spirits seek over and over again to bring
    • ahrimanic spirits, are driven down into the human realms,
    • time when human souls became subject to ahrimanic powers with
    • enquire into the nature of the ahrimanic powers which entered
    • spirit, the answer is, the ahrimanic materialistic view with
    • days its impulses were more instinctive in humans, for the
    • crowd of ahrimanic spirits still sent their impulses from the
    • onwards, these ahrimanic impulses — powers of
    • these ahrimanic powers from 1879 onwards, personal ambitions
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 10: The Influence of the Backward Angels
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    • however, are not viable. Why is this so? Well, imagine
    • — please forgive the somewhat bizarre image, but it
    • said a number of times in these lectures.
    • been in preparation for some time in the spiritual world. I
    • immediately above our own. This was a metamorphosis of the
    • is the ahrimanic powers, were cast down into the human
    • this carefully — the powers from the school of Ahriman
    • thinking, the inner responses and the will impulses of human
    • today are full of ahrimanic powers, as are their will
    • impulses and inner responses. Events like these which play
    • abstract as: ‘Human beings must fight Ahriman.’ Such an
    • abstract formula will get us nowhere. At the present time
    • present time, which is so full of riddles, so much open to
    • of other, similar ones, whilst many other people do not know
    • pursue certain aims which were in their own interests and to
    • work towards certain impulses. This was done quite
    • earlier times.’ You will recall all the things people tend to
    • going on in modern times. Who would believe, for example
    • appeared at that time which was more epoch-making and of more
    • radical importance than all the well-known authors taken
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 11: Recognizing the Inner Human Being
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    • The aim of these talks has been, and must
    • effect especially in the present time and which will
    • confusion than completely wrong ideas. They assume simple
    • continues for some time in the outside world, an inner stream
    • In the time
    • immediately ahead of us, outer life will very much follow the
    • important for the future. Remember we said yesterday that in
    • 1879 ahrimanic powers of a special kind descended from the
    • immediate future. It is therefore particularly important that
    • things. If it is not given attention, those ahrimanic powers
    • reality against the influences of ahrimanic powers.
    • issues will be particularly significant in the immediate
    • Perhaps it is difficult to believe this today, but the time
    • lest they surrender it to the ahrimanic powers. Education and
    • way that the child can immediately understand; children
    • circumstances I have spoken of in recent times, people of our
    • imagined by modern mineralogists, geologists and physicists.
    • all the time. They move around it in all kinds of directions.
    • going into more detail as time goes on; for today I merely
    • want to make some preliminary statements. If you read my
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 12: The Spirits of Light and the Spirits of Darkness
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    • importance. We have to reflect again and again what it really
    • effect of this is that they send their impulses into our view
    • but also into our inner feelings, our will impulses and even
    • present time and the immediate future, unless they are
    • account of important events like this as they do of natural
    • phenomena. At the present time people generally give validity
    • to this important event it is quite easy to establish how
    • Ahriman, what is Lucifer, what are the particular spirits in
    • feathers. The next time the pupil came to school he brought a
    • times; they had specific tasks to perform during the whole of
    • the Atlantean age and right into Graeco-Latin times.
    • Graeco-Latin times. It has to be kept in mind that the great
    • from Lucifer's specific aims — and from Atlantean times
    • onwards Lucifer was in league with Ahriman. These aims gave
    • rise to counter-aims of, let us call them ‘good
    • those early times, they wanted human beings to have the
    • this at the time. They wanted to provide humanity with
    • impulses which would make every human being an independent
    • hereditary traits. Lucifer and the ahrimanic powers wanted
    • rapidly while still immature, but it was not to happen. Human
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 13: The Fallen Spirits' Influence in the World
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    • customarily represented by the image of Michael or St George
    • time the spirits of darkness who worked against the Michaelic
    • impulses were cast down from the spiritual realm into the
    • human realms. As I said, from that time onwards they have
    • been active in the feeling, will and mind impulses of human
    • which brought the full impulse for the development of
    • impulses to be instilled into humanity. If we consider how
    • 70s, much more so than people imagine today — future
    • — you will find that at no other time were ideas so
    • mirror-reflection develop in human souls of the aims certain
    • descend had certain impulses which, among other things, were
    • particular families, tribes, nations and races each time they
    • spirits of light who sent their impulses into human souls
    • had certain impulses to follow the ancient human karma on
    • drive the impulses of the spirits of light from those human
    • souls and bring in their own impulses. If the spirits of
    • gets its impulses not only from the earth, but is also
    • important to be very clear that this is not a matter of
    • arose from impulses which came from the spiritual world and
    • point in time. It would have been the means by which people's
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 14: Into the Future
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    • world by considering their reflection or mirror-image in the
    • to gain an image of this: angelic spirits pursued their tasks
    • are in the image of the spirit. Looking for the indirect
    • spirits which are at work in them. People tend to imagine
    • characterize the events of the time more or less as follows.
    • growing less and less; beyond that time it would grow less
    • own again — exactly at that time? Because at the time
    • because, within certain limits, that was the time when the
    • important fact to which I have already drawn your attention
    • 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
    • other impulses for the seventh post-Atlantean period of
    • civilization, in which procreation will be guided by impulses
    • during the Persian epoch less so, in Egypto-Chaldean times
    • even less, until into Graeco-Latin times people were only
    • Later a time will come when this only goes to the
    • to someone who is at the hub of things at the present time
    • important as a basis for the concerted action of Archangels
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  • Title: Lecture: Fall and Redemption
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    • time about a consciousness that must be attained if we are to
    • of the divine spiritual powers that guided him.
    • lectures about this point in time. But basically the whole human
    • determinative in what humanity did in very early times — with
    • matter in this way: With respect to his moral impulses the human
    • being has placed himself in a certain opposition to his guiding
    • were active in him and that now he himself was active.
    • to his overall moral view of himself, man felt that he was sinful and
    • earlier had felt himself to be sinful in his moral life —
    • morally sinful, now in his Scholastic wisdom felt himself to
    • be intellectually sinful, as it were. He attributed to himself
    • sense-perceptible world. He said to himself: As a human being I am
    • one states that man has limits to his knowledge, that he must be
    • example, and others state that the human being has limits to what he
    • can investigate, has limits to his whole thinking, in fact.
    • Scholasticism believed that because the human intellect is limited,
    • But at the time of
    • together of himself with the sense-perceptible world when he employed
    • animals. But something always went wrong when he tried to take up the
    • come as far as grasping the evolution of animals up to the apes, and
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  • Title: Foredrag: Kristusimpulsen i tidens utvikling og dens virke i mennesket
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    • Foredrag holdt 7. mars 1914 i Pforzheim.
    • Qversatt av MIMI GRIEG BING
    • Pforzheim, 7 mars 1914
    • åndelige verden tre ganger forat Kristusimpulsen kunne
    • som er gjennemtrengt av Kristusimpulsen, så kan vi si at
    • Kristusimpulsen. Som Golgatamysteriets virkninger er
    • forestillinger som fra da av er besjelet av Kristusimpulsen,
    • vertikale, kosmiske himmelsretning. Det lærer å innta
    • inn fra kosmos, fra det overjordiske. Lucifer og Ahriman ville
    • gå, minne oss om at det har vi Kristusimpulsen å
    • ahrimanske innflydelse hadde all tale mättet bli
    • gjennem den luciferiske og ahrimanske innflydelse fare for at
    • hvordan Kristusimpulsen ubevisst virker med i det, hvordan
    • Kristusimpulsen i seg. I den efteratlantiske tid skulle
    • Kristusimpulsen. I den lemuriske tid levet mennesket slik som
    • jorden opp i himmelrummet. Ennu den dag idag må vi beundre
    • taleevnen, kunne imidlertid egypterne ikke komme til selv en
    • bevissthet om hvordan Kristusimpulsen litt efter litt
    • det skulle senere bli sagt til menneskeheten. Kristusimpulsen
    • være forbundet med Kristusimpulsen, - forat tenkningen som
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  • Title: Lecture: Man's Fall and Redemption
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    • man, as it appears in the present time, by showing how the fall of
    • limitations of our knowledge of Nature, really arises from the view
    • that man has no inner strength enabling him to reach the spiritual,
    • and that he must therefore renounce all efforts that might lift him
    • the limits of knowledge, this is only the modern intellectual
    • older times and particularly during the Middle Ages. To-day I should
    • civilisation of the present time changes, there is no hope of
    • air-like, evanescent, imponderable parts of the body. Thus thinking became
    • towards an inner contemplation of man, of himself. Any other theory
    • chain of animal evolution. It could not reach a pre-earthly,
    • individual life, because the animal has no pre-earthly, individual
    • pre-existence. Then science arose as the immediate offspring of this
    • implies that the earth cannot reach the goal of its evolution as long
    • present-day talk of the limitations of knowledge is not only a theoretical
    • time — a last remnant of which can be seen in Faust, when he says
    • material aspect of the question. The view that there are limits to a
    • primordial plant (Urpflanze). Then he approached the human being and
    • of a sheep which he found on the Lido in Venice, showed him that the
    • staying at Weimar. In these notes Goethe says that the entire human brain is
    • than one is inclined to imagine to-day.
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    • importance of Anthroposophy for present and future mankind will only
    • really mean? Which are the most important parables in which Christ Jesus
    • of Nature around him on the physical plane, he takes to be reality.
    • He looks at an animal or a plant, and pictures to himself that these
    • be seen in the kingdoms of mineral, plant, animal, and also in the
    • physical human kingdom, everything that makes an impression upon the
    • reality. When the spirit is being spoken of in images taken from Nature,
    • 4:5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: \
    • 4:9 And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. \
    • death, that within Him is a Christ-power, a Christ-impulse that must pass
    • given to all men through all time to come — then He is speaking
    • to reappear in the spring. It might come naturally to him to compare
    • and the Ego are outside, he believes that there is nothing within him
    • where it is spring and summer ... Similarly, a vegetative life
    • penetrate into the Earth in wintertime, not in summertime.
    • wintertime; the warmth and light of the Sun decrease, and with the approach
    • sublime Beings, to the divine Powers who have been allied to man from
    • the primal beginning.
    • what we reacquire to-day was once primordial wisdom revealed to
    • of the summer was chosen as the right time for festivals that were
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    • Present Time.
    • ‘Der Geist im Pflanzenreich,’ in
    • the principle that the knowing human being should understand himself
    • ‘The Human Soul and the Animal Soul’
    • ‘The Human Spirit and the Animal Spirit’
    • It was said that the person knowing himself could never
    • ideas, concepts, and mental images of things and beings if these
    • and animal realms, etc. To enter into the means by which the spirit
    • existence, how it is active in the animal and human existence. Our
    • at the same time — as it must be on the healthy ground of
    • us in the gigantic trees of the primeval forest, or those growing on
    • such a contemplation a person may feel himself in a rather difficult
    • century have been absorbed. Yes, a person feels himself in a rather
    • century. It must simply be understood that even the greatest
    • say about plants out of his intimate contemplations.
    • who penetrates into the science of our time, working through the
    • doubts if he is able to work himself out of the frequently quite
    • time armed with the botanical concepts of the nineteenth century, can
    • affect him like suggestion, with a tremendous power; they do not let
    • him loose but whisper in his ears again and again, ‘You are
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    • Mystery Truths and the Christmas Impulse. Published in German as,
    • Mysterienwahrheiten und Weihnachtsimpulse. Alle Mythen und ihre Bedeutung.
    • impulses of our time?” With open mind we must observe
    • modern time. We must not be influenced, in so doing, by what
    • important transformations that have taken place in the new
    • — not only owing to himself but owing to the prevailing
    • impulse of the time during that century.
    • radically it differs from all that our own time, for example,
    • is able to think and feel. In his important work, Des
    • period. But the prevailing consciousness of the time, during
    • any such impulses as occur in his writings. The open outlook,
    • of those impulses, whereby the humanity of the 19th century
    • the deep importance and influence of the Mysteries.
    • important work, whereby the death-blow, so to speak, was
    • impressed on nearly all human activities. I mean, what we
    • limitation was the essential characteristic of 18th century
    • century, we must look for this impulse of Philistinism
    • middle-class limitations. His was in a sense a heavenly
    • telegraph was thoroughly carried out by him.
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    • Mystery Truths and the Christmas Impulse. Published in German as,
    • Mysterienwahrheiten und Weihnachtsimpulse. Alle Mythen und ihre Bedeutung.
    • taken during the 19th century and on into our time; I showed
    • how the knowledge and awareness of super-sensible impulses working
    • Mysteries. This was possible for him, inasmuch as he was
    • himself, in a certain sense, a pupil and successor of Jacob
    • influence at that time, we found the declining aspect of the
    • and restricts himself to a science purely and simply founded
    • and reaching on into our time — stood under the
    • ineffective in this sense; for it implies the fundamental
    • with the real impulses that are connected with the Mystery of
    • a seed which has thus been planted has had time, as it were,
    • an impulse planted by man in the stream of history can truly
    • significant way. Christmas is a so-called immovable Feast,
    • coinciding approximately with the Winter Solstice. Easter is
    • a descending life. It sleeps in Summer-time; its deepest
    • sleep is at the time when the Summer Solstice has occurred,
    • that is, at the time when — for us — the days are
    • determined by time; the sleep of the Earth is also determined
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    • Mystery Truths and the Christmas Impulse. Published in German as,
    • Mysterienwahrheiten und Weihnachtsimpulse. Alle Mythen und ihre Bedeutung.
    • referring now to post-Atlantean time) were connected with the
    • understand. It is essentially Man himself — the
    • clothe himself with a sensely garment. This is the type of
    • speaks to man at night-time when the star-lit sky sends him
    • time were in reality Mysteries of Light, — in the
    • times, I mean, before the arrival of the Mystery of Golgotha,
    • observe the mineral-physical world of stars above him; in
    • those most ancient times, he had an organ with which to
    • a customary art in certain Mysteries of olden time, to
    • time the souls of the dead perceive it from the other side.
    • himself up with devotion to the language of the stars, he
    • birth as on a Question, in those ancient times; and the old
    • wont to do. No! in the times of the old Mysteries — the
    • earliest times man had an exact super-sensible vision of the
    • are the image of what the old atavistic clairvoyance actually
    • — finding one another once more. In ancient times they
    • In our time it must be possible to unite the Christmas and
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  • Title: Lecture: The World Development in the Light of Anthroposophy
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    • will, simply cannot attain consciousness, because it has no
    • us and which is not limited by birth and death.
    • ideas, really leaves him cold. We must learn to know this in
    • during the waking daytime condition with our thoughts and with
    • we simply must begin to speak of the world in a different way
    • loneliness which sometimes arises in the physical world, but only
    • for many people, becomes immensely intensified when we thus
    • imaginative vision here in the physical world, through everything
    • form of old presentiments handed over traditionally in the
    • environing world appears simultaneously with our own self, so in
    • sustain his whole life. We absorb substances from the animal and
    • the animal and vegetable kingdoms also contain mineral
    • to glimmer and to shine within the physical body. Now we can
    • there is no time now to explain more fully its full harmony with
    • purely mineral in man, what he bears within him as purely mineral
    • substances, must be within him because his thoughts must dissolve
    • sciences of earlier times, based more on feeling. This
    • hand to dissolve physical substances, to eliminate them from the
    • elimination of mineral-physical substances throughout the whole
    • body. This elimination gives rise to that thought activity which
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  • Title: Lecture: The Supersensible in the Human Being and in the Universe
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    • person who experiences the life of the present time with a
    • wakeful mind and heart feels that we are now living in a time
    • our life and existence. The times have become difficult. It
    • difficulties of the present time should be sought exclusively in
    • actions, has its ultimate root in the depths of the human soul.
    • outside, ultimately depend on the soul life that surges and
    • not a question of single, limited spheres) we should once more
    • present time, we find that it faces us in the way in which it
    • knowledge and impressions resulting from the natural-scientific
    • triumphs and transformed the whole life of modern times.
    • in past times the human being derived everything that he believed
    • divine spiritual guidance and direction continued within him, and
    • Beings that were active within him.
    • great and imposing as it is today. Many details clearly show
    • this. Consider, for instance, how intimately human thought
    • Particularly in more remote times, they believed that death had
    • to feel himself within the everlasting, spiritual kernel of his
    • Nature. And at the present time our moral and religious world
    • ancient times, when a moral-religious aspect of the world alone
    • gradually evolved from lower animal forms. The Nineteenth Century
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  • Title: Lecture: Foundations of Anthroposophy
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    • universe and man are undoubtedly the two most important problems,
    • every problem of greatest and smallest importance.
    • limit myself to the anthroposophical horizon; that is to say, to
    • own nature. It must be said that at all times people sought to
    • In recent times we
    • lectures really exist, but which prove at the same time how very
    • proceed immediately from a few concrete examples.
    • patient, who came to him in a great state of excitement, because
    • with an inky nib had given him a blood poisoning and that he
    • only tell him to be calm; that he would be quite well again in a
    • responsible doctor he had to tell him this and could not, of
    • was not satisfied. He went to another doctor who told him exactly
    • not reveal any trace of blood poisoning, or similar symptoms.
    • sensations and will impulses, and that the soul can really
    • made such a deep impression on the world.
    • book, we immediately feel that it is written by a man who does
    • might say, rightly produced such a deep impression upon all those
    • precaution), at the time when these experiments were made, no one
    • come from his son, from the departed son himself.
    • “experimentum crucis.” Nobody in London could
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  • Title: Lecture: East and West in the Light of the Christmas Idea
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    • European Spiritual Impulses. It appears in the original German in
    • Nordische und Mitteleuropaeische Geisimpulse. Das Fest der Erscheinung
    • Norse and Middle European Spiritual Impulses.
    • Nordische und Mitteleuropaeische Geisimpulse. Das
    • things than those which held good for such a long time. We live
    • distressing times in which we live, and untouched by what is
    • a crime.
    • the events of the time must appear full of problems which touch
    • and intimately unite ourselves with the Spirit of Christ. We see
    • present time we perceive above all through symptomatic phenomena
    • be traced back thousands of years. Immense respect can be felt
    • present state of decadence to the primeval wisdom of humanity
    • contained in the primeval wisdom of the Orient. The spiritual
    • thousands of years. We then look back into a time which lies 3000
    • indicate an approximate epoch, we may say: Only at the turn of
    • of this immense change in the life attitude of the East? The
    • we consider the primeval wisdom of the East, the poetical form
    • we find that once upon a time the essence of this Eastern
    • For these primeval
    • immensely living way in which man experienced the world in this
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  • Title: Lecture: Man and Cosmos
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    • we do not yet grasp man's structure if we simply enumerate these
    • boundary, what is outside him. From other anthroposophical
    • certain impressions from outside. How matters really stand in
    • impressions coming from outside.
    • determines the influences enabling him to have sensory
    • perceptions can approximately be described as
    • eye, I obtain an impression from outside, and my thinking power
    • comes from inside. When I look at the table, its impression comes
    • within. We may therefore say: If we imagine a human being
    • you to form, even approximately and vaguely, a picture of what
    • into the depths of his soul life; yet they are just as important,
    • and frequently far more important in human life than the facts of
    • surface of the earth are just as important as those which exist
    • consider the inside of the earth. Simple reflection will show you
    • earthly man is the living human being walking around, and to him
    • belong the bones, muscles, etc. which exist in him. The bone
    • lies before us; it must dissolve. It is not a reality. Similarly
    • — even as you see animals, plants, minerals, artistic
    • perceptions, but imaginations. And these imaginations continually
    • impressions come, as it were, from the horizontal direction, so
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  • Title: Lecture: Human Freedom and Its Connection with the Mystery of Golgotha
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    • Anthroposophie als Kosmosophie. Erster Teil. Wesenzuege des Menschens im
    • Wesenzuege des Menschens im irdischen und kosmischen
    • everything on earth which he fulfils out of the impulse of
    • observing man's lifeless parts, indeed sometimes by studying only
    • images that look out at us from a mirror. These pictures cannot
    • force us, for they are only pictures, only a semblance. Similarly
    • the world which we experience may be compared with the images
    • us, for they are only pictures, only a semblance. Similarly the
    • impulses, instincts, passions and temperament, and everything
    • death, man lives in a real world unknown to him, one which cannot
    • ever give him freedom. It may implant in him instincts which
    • deprive him of freedom; it may call forth inner necessities, but
    • never can it enable him to experience freedom. Freedom can only
    • ancient times, which have so often been envisaged in our
    • lectures, to times when people still had a certain instinctive
    • the illusion, but differently; to him it was an expression, a
    • older times the semblance was viewed as the manifestation of a
    • perceives the human being himself, man's inner being. Man's world
    • illusion. When he passes through death, necessity imprisons him,
    • of him violently, as it were. It is just as if he perceived as he
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  • Title: Lecture: Knowledge Pervaded with the Experience of Love
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    • und Himmelserkenntnis, Bibliographic Nr. 221, Dornach 1978. It is also
    • Erdenwissen und Himmelserkenntnis,
    • A.D. Since that time we must take into account the
    • which can only be fully grasped if we immerse ourselves with a
    • particularly during the time which history describes in a rather
    • time of Socrates and Plato until the end of the Greek era.
    • this gave him pleasure, or at least a sense of satisfaction, and
    • learning of that time, he believed that he had risen to a higher
    • to a time which does not lie so very far back, by considering,
    • connected with an important law of human development. It is
    • connected with the fact that man himself adopted an entirely
    • past epochs. In earlier times, the world of ideas was linked up
    • whole extent of the mineral kingdom, was to him ashes falling out
    • character, demands from him to be just as living and mobile in
    • himself, as it were, from the living world, he became estranged
    • from it. But at the same time we should also grasp the following:
    • world, but wishes to take into his soul the impulse of life, he
    • into ancient times, we find that each cloud formation, the
    • in an immediate way within the world's living essence. He only
    • present stage of development, which only enables him to grasp
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  • Title: Lecture: The End of the Dark Age
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    • into himself and that he must say to himself: When I am
    • time my intellect, which is pure spirit, cannot absorb in a
    • may designate these powers as the Ahrimanic powers.
    • to the Ahrimanic powers. During the past centuries, when the
    • of an old spiritual life, these Ahrimanic powers did not have
    • apparent: for Ahriman lives in Nature. And by absorbing Nature,
    • aware of this; we absorb Ahrimanic spiritual powers, who took
    • of the Ahrimanic beings is the following: To prevent the earth
    • Jupiter and Venus phases of evolution: The aim of the Ahrimanic
    • Their aim
    • definite aims, which undoubtedly appear as part of their own
    • could not reach its goal if the Ahrimanic powers were to gain the
    • powers who supported him at the beginning of his evolution.
    • disposition, which must lead him beyond the earth.
    • Ahrimanic powers could not touch man while the intellect was
    • of Kali-Yuga. Thus it had an intimation of a new age. This new
  • 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
    • The imploring love of our souls
    • consequence of the severe duties demanded of them in these times, we
    • The imploring love of our souls
    • at a time when peace keeps away from a very large part of our earth.
    • How should we think of these Christmas words at such a time?
    • at any other time — one thought. Nations are facing each other
    • countless dead around us at this time. The atmosphere of sensation
    • their hearts are united in their connection with Him Who entered the
    • penetrate the human soul at this time: out of the blood and hatred
    • may spring the thought of an inner union with One, with Him Who has
    • thought of immeasurable depth of feeling, a thought of infinite
    • we shall want to comprehend it still more deeply at the present time.
    • he who really feels himself united with Christ Jesus solemnly vows
    • anew at Christmas time.
    • in later times and for centuries became a custom in certain Christian
    • regions. In olden times representations of the Christian Mysteries
    • many different regions. And in the remotest times these
    • was first shown just at Christmas time, how the Cosmic Word sounded
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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
    • word peace in a time when peace is utterly absent in the widest circles
    • of humanity. How do we think of these Christmas words in this time?
    • other times. One thought! Nations confront one another full of
    • animosity. Blood, so much blood saturates our earth. We have
    • time. Infinite suffering weaves around our inner atmosphere of
    • easily show how far human beings in our time still are from that love
    • Him who entered the world on the day we celebrate at Christmas.
    • through all animosity, through all antipathy, through all hate, a
    • feeling can impress itself into all human souls everywhere in these
    • times, can impress itself in the midst of blood and hate: the thought
    • of the innermost link with the One, with Him who thereby united
    • intensely, especially in our time. Then we will have an intimation of
    • way at this time could be achieved in another way by human hearts, by
    • later times and was a custom in certain Christian regions over many
    • centuries. Already in far distant times in various regions, mostly
    • ancient times, the presentation of the mystery of Christmas night
    • began with a reading, yes, at times even with a presentation of the
    • the beginning of the Bible. Especially around the time of Christmas
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    • Translated by Walter F. Knox and published for the first time
    • Spiritual Science's Answer to the Large Questions of the Present Time,
    • Translated by Walter F. Knox and published for the first time
    • Present Time,
    • that the human individuality passes, not only once, but many times
    • possibilities which it offers have to be assimilated over and over
    • Ones, new qualities, new impulses for the progressive evolution of
    • be considering important questions connected with such leaders of
    • in dim prehistoric ages, of whom no documentary records exist. I refer to
    • course of human evolution. Human consciousness in olden times was of
    • infinitely long period of time. It is true that certain modern
    • consciousness in ancient times was bound up with certain dream
    • states, or rather clairvoyant states, in normal human life. Primeval
    • which man of those primeval times took his environment into his
    • images appear and disappear, how they emerge and fade away. To our
    • people of our time. Images, ever-changing pictures, symbols — of
    • it is, this dream state represents the remnant of a primeval
    • consciousness of man. Man then lived in a world of images —
    • images not vague or empty but proceeding from a real external world.
    • the case in olden times; for he then entered into those intermediate
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    • Spiritual Science's Answer to the Large Questions of the Present Time,
    • Translated by Walter F. Knox and published for the first time
    • Present Time,
    • vital importance in Spiritual Science to study the whole spiritual
    • order to explain the culture of later Egyptian times of which certain
    • the prime of Egyptian culture must be dated at least seven thousand
    • civilisation and his own aims and purposes. It is not without
    • Science up to that time and his own contributions to knowledge, in
    • did one of the greatest minds of modern times feel himself related to
    • regarded by the civilised world in general in olden times. An
    • times, in the place of our present intellectual consciousness, men
    • as materialistic consciousness imagines to-day. On the contrary,
    • consciousness of modern man. The ancient clairvoyance grew dim and
    • consciousness was limited to the physical world around and to ideas
    • All that we know from olden times, even what
    • to look back to still earlier times when their leading
    • relatively late times. The later Egyptians — down to the last
    • only knew the lowest images of the realm of which this vision made
    • them aware, and they looked back to olden times when their
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  • Title: Lecture: On the Nature of Butterflies
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    • Translated by A. Innes and published for the first time in
    • Translated by A. Innes and published for the first time
    • time in summer when man walks in the open and sees the lovely iridescent
    • that were we to attempt new experiments in the field of aeronautics,
    • when based on materialistic science. Experiments are continually being
    • experimenting along the lines of butterfly flight has never been
    • on a large scale base its experiments on the butterfly flight. But
    • approaches the time is now ripe for the butterfly to lay an egg. Thus
    • for a certain length of time, after which an opening appears in some
    • or other such means. The matter, however, is not so simple. One has to
    • has the urge to follow the light. This is impossible, so what does it
    • Just imagine
    • short time the insect takes to hurl itself into the flame, could it but
    • spin such a cocoon modelled on light, a new animal would arise from the
    • interesting to learn the real impulse of the insect which flutters
    • The caterpillar, however, has the time to create this sheath, to hang it
    • up, so the sun forces, imprisoned inside, can now create the butterfly
    • implied in what I have told you. One might think that the insect by
    • and be turned into threads inside the chrysalis. All animal entities are
    • butterfly arises from light which has first been imprisoned.
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    • image of those experiences. Human life on earth is understood only when
    • imagine, for example, that thinking is a purely spiritual act, and that
    • here on similar occasions. When a man is walking, the ground he walks on
    • conception of the spirituality as well as of the physical limitations of
    • perceive them only when they are ill, and then in a very imperfect way.
    • — at times we each of us feel ourselves to be the whole world. And
    • at the most important moments of our spiritual existence between death
    • matter of recognising life on earth as an image of the super-earthly.
    • these things, knows that immoral men, as a result of their preceding
    • able to experience ourselves, then on earth it would be impossible for
    • gather from what I said here last time that the forces holding us
    • independent. In the spiritual world, an appreciable time before
    • this state of sleep from a certain aspect last time I was here. I now
    • people are saying: “Last time he described man's experience
    • tell you about him in the bosom of his family. The two things go
    • is not simply that between going to sleep and waking — the sleep
    • is not simply that between going to sleep and waking man has a
    • what he has experienced since the last time he woke. If he sleeps
    • has done by day. The last event takes place immediately on going to
    • years before refers to that past time, so does anyone who clairvoyantly
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  • Title: Conferencia: La Comunión Espiritual de la Humanidad
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    • dirigimos nuestra atención a los Misterios que se celebraban en
    • sublimes, o cuando comparamos el Festival de Navidad con Misterios que
    • debemos pensar, en primer lugar, de esa parte de la evolución de la
    • hombre de hoy puede hablar sobre el conocimiento ordinario que ha
    • espiritual-suprasensible se presentaba a ellos en imágenes —
    • no las imágenes de los sueños, pero algo parecido a ellas.
    • Considerando que sabemos muy bien que las imágenes de nuestros
    • realidad; a través de la naturaleza misma de las Imaginaciones de
    • imágenes.
    • imaginarse que aquellos hombres de una época anterior no
    • interna. Un tipo similar de actividad era, es cierto, ejercida por los
    • hombres de la antigüedad en relación con las imágenes que
    • pensamientos llegaban con las imágenes. Uno bien puede sorprenderse
    • hacía distinción entre la creencia y el conocimiento. El
    • conocimiento llegaba en la forma de imágenes; pero la creencia se
    • basaba firmemente en el conocimiento. Tampoco se hacía ninguna
    • realmente el último sobreviviente de los que no tenían este
    • en la pista”. En Weimar, antes de ir a Italia, él y Herder
    • los seres en el entorno del hombre están impregnados por lo
    • construyó para sí mismo una imagen de la forma de la planta y
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  • Title: Lecture: The Experiences of Sleep and their Spiritual Background
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    • external world by means of observation and experiment, aided by the
    • manner of manifestations — thoughts, feelings, impulses of will,
    • and working with experiment, observation and the combining power of
    • but while we do so, at the same time we renounce all claim to be able to
    • impulses of will-expressions, that is, of the inner nature and being of
    • up with the external bodily nature, and it is quite impossible to
    • do no other than refer simply to an ‘unconscious.’ We do not
    • with the ordinary means of attaining knowledge, it is impossible to
    • region, and that what happens during sleep is simply that the purely
    • organic life predominates as such and during such time allows no ideas
    • to be simply remembered in the waking life. From the way the dream plays
    • attained; they have often been explained and described here Imaginative,
    • like to give you a picture of a very important region of the
    • to you many times from various standpoints. Today I will do so again
    • begin by picturing to you quite simply the condition of sleep as seen by
    • Imaginative, Inspired and Intuitive Knowledge. For ordinary
    • content first of all grows dim, is then gradually extinguished and a
    • condition of unconsciousness ensues. During the consciousness of daytime
    • during the time between going to sleep and waking. If the soul has any
    • any experience at all in sleep. But now, with the advent of Imaginative
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  • Title: Lecture: Reincarnation and Karma
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    • Theosophy and the Scientific Spirit of the Present Time.
    • he asserted that the lower animals reproduced themselves. He
    • insects and even fish originated from inanimate mud. Redi did
    • inanimate matter escaped observation. Pasteur, however, tried an
    • experiment preventing the entrance of such germs into substances
    • Anthroposophist of to-day finds himself in a position similar to
    • it has followed since the 17th century the time will come when
    • ground; they comfort themselves with the knowledge that the time
    • will come when some Virchow perhaps will say: There was a time
    • — we are glad that time is past — when people
    • time journalism is not reckoned as pure childishness —
    • unlettered alike; how the perfect animals evolve from the
    • imperfect and what deep-rooted relation exist between man and
    • impressing upon their readers what they ought to believe about
    • brilliant results in the domain of animal life because he has
    • time applied to the soul. If he did not share with them that
    • conviction himself, it does not matter; he does not know the
    • the importance of the results acquired in his domain.
    • Anthroposophist when he connects himself with modern scientific
    • conceive that certain animals lose their eye sight when they
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  • Title: Lecture: Life and Death
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    • Spiritual Science's Answer to the Large Questions of the Present Time,
    • Present Time,
    • Imperious Caesar, dead, and turned to clay,
    • conceptions of the times which are acquired in the field of
    • natural science, and who, might feel himself moved to follow
    • which compose the human body. He might feel himself justified
    • are, again, others who entirely lose the ability of imagining
    • animal as of a man. To what extent this is the case shall be
    • to form a conception of what is around him or of what is
    • taking place within him, and if life could be maintained
    • — even a human one — the life of man himself,
    • wished to speak of the immortality of unicellular beings have
    • animals and man, because an important phenomenon is not taken
    • lower animals, for example, in the ephemera; and consists in
    • the fact that most plants and lower animals have the
    • simple reflections one could convince oneself that this is
    • be adequately observed both in the animal and in man.
    • course, I am speaking here with the limitation which this
    • embark on the question of primeval generation for instance,
    • “fashions of the time” alter, we can judge of the
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    • since the earliest times, is not so easy to understand as we
    • are apt to imagine after a superficial examination. For these
    • forces itself immediately upon our senses.
    • vegetable kingdom, the animal kingdom, and the kingdom of
    • something distinct and limited. If, however, we send to the
    • astral plane, that world which is immediately beyond our own,
    • which floats around him as his aura and is the expression of
    • although — at the same time — they are
    • of this, you must say to yourselves: I will try to imagine a
    • we usually imagine this. A mineral's sensation of pain is not
    • like that of an animal; we must not think that a mineral
    • and in the animal kingdom. On the Devachanic plane, it is not
    • just as, imaginatively speaking your fingernails do not each
    • possessed a separate soul. If someone were to imagine that
    • lower Devachan. Let us now go a step further, to the animal.
    • The animal has, in the physical sense-world, a physical body,
    • animals, as complete, self-contained personalities, upon the
    • All groups of animals which have a similar form, have also a
    • common Ego. Man, therefore, distinguishes himself from the
    • animals, owing to the fact that every human being has an
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  • Title: Lecture: 'Goethe's Faust' from the Point of View of Spiritual Science
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    • Spiritual Science claims to be nothing new and thereby
    • existence upon their claim of being in a position to bring
    • life. But this Spiritual Science aims at emphasizing that the
    • times when humanity has thought and striven after a solution
    • of the sublime questions and problems of existence.
    • him here if he possesses only his normal powers of
    • successful operation upon a blind person, there comes to him
    • what previously did not exist for him — color and light, now
    • flows into him. A new world is now perceptible to him. In a
    • similar manner a higher awakening is possible on the
    • powers, something happens within us similar to the new power
    • opened; a new world surrounds him — a world that was
    • always present, but remained invisible to him before his
    • illuminate life, give him power and security for his work and
    • not crazy, at best chimerical — shall now be dealt
    • revival of a primeval process of perception, it's
    • scientists believed that from riverslime lower animals, even
    • from riverslime unless a worm or fish germ has first been
    • lifeless slime can evolve life in the shape of fish or worm;
    • observation that claims the genesis of a man being dependent
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    • truthfully say at all times: we must really be ashamed,
    • and the relation of Christmas night to the whole Christ-Impulse
    • this Christ Impulse stands before us, we may say, in a
    • threefold figure of the Christ-Impulse can have great
    • do we see Him in the spirit, in His majestic and magic glory.
    • And before our soul there arises the marvellous image of the
    • yet another figure the Christ-Impulse can come before our
    • cosmic Christ-Impulse, which expresses how man is eternally
    • impulse. As something yet infinitely more great and mighty than
    • will take hold of the vehicle of that man who is himself the
    • be shown how, in times which were still nearer to the
    • earthly evolution in pre-Christian times. For instance,
    • itself quite immersed in the old Pagan spiritual
    • knowledge, then approached the Christ-Impulse simply and
    • time the possibility of deepest guilt. It may be said, apart
    • touched by the Christ-Impulse, and who is given up to those
    • old Pagan impulses with the Christ-Impulse. Apart from the
    • the Christian world. In Cyprian we see a man who feels himself
    • him speak: (‘Confession of Cyprian.’)
    • To idol images, pay heed, ye too, to that
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    • Present Time,
    • lecture to-day, and the gulf of time which, in our
    • imagination, we are called upon to span is wide indeed. It is
    • a gulf which stretches from a time thousands of years ago,
    • long before our Christian Era. A time which we can only
    • standpoint of time, we pass to the 16th and 17th centuries of
    • our own era, to the time when that spirit was first kindled
    • our own times as that of Goethe.
    • Spiritual Science has reached to-day. The same great impulse
    • the immediate future. Hence the importance of a comprehensive
    • the 17th centuries — the time of Galileo and of
    • retrospective glance over the centuries immediately preceding
    • which prevailed in later times and from those which prevail
    • those times, of obtaining a correct picture of the scientific
    • In the times
    • impulse towards Science, but it was an impulse which is very
    • understand it by placing ourselves, in imagination, in an
    • his time is unspeakably important. But, for the moment, the
    • season, as a rule, understood nothing at all about him.
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    • poem was left behind by him, sealed, as his literary
    • testament. The composition of certain important passages of
    • was Goethe's intention at one time not to honour his Faust by
    • Epilogue in Chaos on the Way to Hell. At that time Goethe
    • entertained thoughts which led him to believe that knowledge
    • which overstepped certain limits could only end in chaos. We
    • indeed one which compelled him to vanquish all difficulties,
    • such an impression of sincerity and truthfulness on us,
    • — sometimes indeed the effect is so powerful that we
    • cannot immediately keep pace with him; because it is
    • impossible for us, unprepared, to transport ourselves into
    • “Wer immer strebend sick bemüht, den können
    • [Approximately: “He who is ever striving,
    • toils onward, him we can deliver.”]
    • yesterday was alive within him, coupled with that inner
    • himself. Goethe's personality is a striking example of the
    • most important to study Goethe precisely from this point of
    • view, in his life-time, and also to measure by our own time
    • the importance of that which he was by reason of the
    • of the time in which we live, — to our present epoch
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    • also in immediate life. In many cases, the spiritual
    • worlds. In this way the soul first comes to Imaginative
    • soul, feeling herself capable of letting Imaginations arise
    • Images objectively — as if they were existing outside
    • these Imaginations merely as mirror-images, shadow-pictures
    • and lead back this imaginative world arising, into his own
    • super-sensible Beings, standing before him.
    • itself as the counterpart of Imaginative cognition. Once
    • Imaginative cognition, consciousness is strengthened and
    • a position to reveal himself, i.e. spiritual beings can now
    • has worked into him. Accordingly, one will strive to hold the
    • forces itself into the diminished consciousness. Everything
    • if one can get beyond their unusual impression, one will
    • be cognised and excluded from those which the medium himself
    • does not know, although they reveal themselves through him.
    • former feels spiritual beings as he is accustomed to imagine
    • speech — experiments, in which the individual
    • look through him into the spiritual being, in order to
    • recognise the latter. Imaginative cognition is the complete
    • in reasonable fashion without making himself a partisan of
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    •  ROM our Studies of such an impulse in human
    • living in a time which is slowly undergoing a certain transformation.
    • Nevertheless, in our time, the aspects we are here
    • the prejudices of himself and other people, and many other
    • vocation as extraneous factors, make it possible for Ahrimanic
    • not even that. Nor must you imagine that the position then
    • remains unoccupied. That is just the peculiarity of our time.
    • need not be that of the pessimist who adversely judges his own
    • time and constantly refers back to the ‘good old days.’
    • We simply take our stand on the real facts.) While on the one hand
    • the most important. Bitter as it may be for our time to hear
    • our time is impressed with a far-reaching belief in authority,
    • much impressed by the public opinions with which we are fed
    • Ahriman-Mephistopheles. And you may well see from the further
    • for Faust to free himself from Mephistopheles. Faust comes to
    • the imperial court. He even makes an invention — most
    • important for the last few centuries. He invents
    • Homunculus. Homunculus himself, once more, is brought into
    • very end do we see Faust gradually free himself from
    • what the soul itself has preserved in the immediate
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    • the present time to enter rightly into these questions, and
    • thus to lead him to a fruitful grasp, a really practical hold
    • product of the thinking of the present time. So many of us
    • spirit — diligent and productive withal. I give him
    • which he thus received was limited and narrow-minded. The boys
    • reached a certain age was indeed not without importance;
    • 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
    • the schools which made him what he was.
    • in question. Forming ideas like that, one simply cuts as with a
    • impulse to ‘cut’ with one's ideas, one would describe with
    • time, and that is cruelty. Only it is rooted in the
    • Because the people of our time have no courage to practise
    • concepts and ideas. In many a work of our time we can
    • much that is done and said in our time we can perceive it. It
    • than we imagine.
    • the living flesh of animals. Certain qualities of the
    • present time; but many a one finds satisfaction for
    • civilization of our time. Let us make no mistake about it. Much
    • in our time is permeated with this quality. Only by observing
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    •  T is my task at this time to explain
    • Spiritual Science in our time must above all possess —
    • that of immediate relation to real life. We shall presently
    • inner life of man. All in all, this is the focus and aim of our
    • intimately, even with the farthest cosmic future of
    • Karma impels him to some particular calling. While we are
    • callings, a recognition of simple and straightforward
    • of our Time — each in his place. Therefore, our Truths
    • often pointed to an important fact of life; and if those whose
    • it may well be that this fact will play an important part in
    • its course in this way: There is a first section, approximately
    • change of teeth, the etheric from then onward to the time of
    • us to-day consider this time of puberty, which takes its course
    • you know, with climate, nationality, etc.) At this time the
    • study of this period is therefore immensely important
    • For up to this time the human being must have developed all
    • those qualities which make him able — out of
    • himself — to convey such qualities to his
    • descendants. He cannot wait until a later time for the
    • which enter into his development after this time of life
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    • Worlds just as we speak of the animal kingdom, the plant
    • human kingdom, the animal kingdom, the plant kingdom, the
    • Nowadays, as I said, there are those who imagine — though
    • nothing between himself and the Godhead. Man shall live in this
    • this is especially sublime: to stand face to face with one's
    • spiritual needs of our time. For it is really not the question
    • whether a man imagines that he of himself can find the way to
    • do so. The question is, not whether he imagines that he is
    • conceiving, who imagine that they are thinking of their
    • all their descriptions — however sublime they sound
    • more than that. For the point is not whether one imagines that
    • Angelos — that is important.
    • man, then the animal kingdom, the plant kingdom, the mineral
    • Animal
    • Spirits of Personality are also the Time-Spirits. We to-day are
    • Greeks or Romans. We are under a different Time-Spirit. Such a
    • Spirit of the Time is a sublime Being. Then again we have those
    • Angeloi — the Beings immediately above man —
    • him on and on, so that in a sense he has his Angelos beside him
    • from death to a new birth. Then they lead him again into a new
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    • with all other physical events — do not immediately
    • earliest times of the evolution of Christianity, when the Event
    • formed for themselves the great and powerful imagination of the
    • Christ dying on the cross. But in the later times, especially
    • in which the Christian sentiment of Europe has turned during
    • of these more serious times.
    • him — and he himself related this — that, before
    • escape the impression that it points in a way to the mystery of
    • into the Kingdom of Heaven” — impels us to look
    • upward to mighty impulses surging through the stream of human
    • evolution. And in our own present time, when all that is taking
    • multitudes who hunger for food, — in this time surely
    • within world history which impel humanity in its onward course,
    • “Ex deo nascimur,” he meant the human
    • being, which renders him a physical totality here on the
    • nascimur. If we look at the centre of the human
    • thinking, declares in its simplicity that the human being
    • the earth, he gradually loses himself in his body, to find
    • himself again in the spirit after death. So does one who knows
    • the facts express himself. But one who is ignorant of the facts
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    • time after they had become bishops and died their bones had
    • had once come to Cologne, bringing with him three crowns for
    • dream; in his dream the three kings appeared to him and offered
    • him three chalices: the first chalice contained gold, the
    • remained; they stood before him; the three gifts which he had
    • miniature being, a miniature world, a microcosm, an image of
    • earliest times regarded the world. All he saw in the firmament
    • this was for him a gesture, something like a mimicry, an
    • different limbs: the head, arms, hands, and so on. When he
    • etc., these are for him the expression of the inner spiritual
    • the human limbs, and their movements, into that which is
    • phenomena were to him deeds of the gods, gestures of the gods,
    • expressions in mime of those divine-spiritual Beings, as also
    • implements, indeed, they make with the help of the
    • esoteric Christian did not confine himself to such general
    • parts of the physiognomy of the universe, of the mimes of the
    • Christ was for him the sun's soul, and the esoteric Christian
    • the sun's light itself; and he said to himself: “If I look
    • of the ancient mysteries that which at times disguised, and
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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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    • Angels, Folk Spirits, Time Spirits: their part in the Evolution of Mankind.
    • Time Spirits: their part in the Evolution of Mankind.
    • pleasure to speak at greater length for the third time to our friends
    • and, at the same time, something that, as yet, is rather remote from
    • field of investigation if, from time to time, we did not repeatedly
    • this point of view it will sometimes be necessary to ask you to
    • in the forthcoming lectures would demand more time than I have at my
    • the implications of this will be best understood if you recall that
    • man’ is one who is able to identify himself with the great laws
    • and sentiment associated with his native country to colour his
    • inestimable boon and which, on the other hand, in relation to the
    • man’ must liberate himself to some extent. Now the ‘homeless
    • men’ of all times, from primeval ages down to our own day, have
    • other hand, we have every reason, especially at the present time, to
    • speak quite impartially about the mission of the individual, Folk
    • this mission. It is particularly important because the destiny of
    • important part in the Apollonian Mysteries of ancient Greece. In the
    • maxim will have a certain significance for the activity of mankind in
    • from time to time? At best it is something that is acknowledged to be
    • the existence of real Beings who are not immediately perceptible to
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 2. Normal and abnormal Archangels and Time Spirits.
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    • Normal and abnormal Archangels and Time Spirits.
    • Archangels and Time Spirits.
    • not immediately perceptible to the senses or to external observation
    • impression or reflection of this work of the Folk Spirits or
    • peoples. The materialist believes that climate, vegetation, or
    • surprising, for his consciousness is limited to the phenomenal world.
    • him as long as he lives. It is united to his physical body and only
    • his lifetime and lifts himself to a higher moral and intellectual
    • fundamental tone or quality which persists over long periods of time.
    • But, at the same time, these etheric auras are prone to rapid
    • considerable change at the time of the migrations of the peoples.
    • in its fullest implications. Though often repeated, its implications
    • free agents, they are compelled at certain times to wander over the
    • which is dimly sensed by one who is not clairvoyant, but which a
    • a volitional act, a necessary part of their mission. At the same time
    • importance. Naturally, man himself also benefits through their work;
    • it reacts upon him. And equally, the activity of man reacts upon the
    • individual human beings for the Folk Spirit. This is important. But
    • for a time in the spiritual world and then incarnates again
    • effect, described the full scope of the most important work of the
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    • responsive chord in all of you because they will stimulate your
    • immediate and lively interest. But since the picture would otherwise
    • stages beyond man, Beings who, at the present time, are engaged in
    • is the victim of his passions and desires. The ‘I’ stirs
    • the first time in the Intellectual Soul and only becomes fully
    • whether you construct a triangle or merely imagine it, you will know
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    • there is no need to go outside yourself. You can imagine for a moment
    • that the world of sensation and the world of sense-impressions no
    • longer exist. Imagine the external world as non-existent and space a
    • selected this example because it is the simplest and most practical
    • within, without the stimulus of external motivation.
    • you can imagine that which can only be arrived at externally through
    • is impossible for him to receive tactile impressions of objects. Such
    • experiences are foreign to him. But his experiences can be expressed
    • the Archangels are not Beings who are limited to mathematical
    • limitations that he can only conceive of the activity of the
    • Beings. Eliminate therefore the entire contents of the Sentient Soul
    • the Sentient Soul is of no importance to the Archangels; they cannot
    • one part of the Intellectual Soul that is stimulated by external
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    • that man as we know him today is a highly complex being and that his
    • evolution of man we know that in prehistoric times our Earth, before
    • Angels — and above the Thrones, the Cherubim and Seraphim —
    • in a way that would have been impossible in the normal course of
    • of these Beings. The chief Being who is of importance for
    • predominantly active in him, we shall find that they are the donors
    • of the ego-organization. And this implies that their chief interest
    • 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
    • approximately, have no immediate appeal. The Spirits of Form only
    • intervene on their own initiative at the age of twenty approximately.
    • pertaining to the physical body, namely, the very dim consciousness
    • evolution. Not until the age of twenty-one approximately would he
    • time of the Earth-evolution, so that they could intervene in man's
    • acquire only in his twentieth year approximately. These are spiritual
    • in the condition which is natural to him at the age of twenty
    • approximately and would have to go through a totally different
    • He would have experienced up to this time purely spiritual conditions
    • when he would find himself Earth-bound. We learn from Spiritual
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    • the last lecture that if we wish to make an impartial study of the
    • different times.
    • to accept what is revealed to us at the present time concerning the
    • importance — how the particular influences of the missions of
    • our own times. On the other hand, we shall perhaps have to deal with
    • Hierarchical ladder. Below him are the three kingdoms of nature, the
    • animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms. Above him are the Angels, the
    • immediately above man — the third Hierarchy. The second
    • Cherubim
    • Seraphim
    • landscape of Norway. His first impression will be of a rocky expanse
    • spread out before him. He will describe this solid rock formation in
    • terms of his first impression, namely as hard “rocky
    • under his feet, for of themselves they would project him with maximum
    • wholly unreal; it is simply illusion. In reality it is the product of
    • for this alpine chain? There was a time in the far distant past when
    • there were already older eminencies which at that time had already
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    • at A we have the Bohemian Plateau. Now imagine a huge wave thrown up
    • left (to the West). In primeval times this mighty wave formed the
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    • complicated matter, as you may well imagine, when the Spirits of the
    • that the mission of the Earth can be fulfilled and ultimately a state
    • the whole picture changes immediately one depicts evolution at
    • Spirits of Will, the Cherubim and Seraphim, which we described
    • intimate processes which here take place if you compare what was said
    • Hierarchies. These things are by no means so simple, and in order to
    • continually enlarged, that it is unlimited, since things are so
    • complicated that when we imagine we have grasped one point of view we
    • immediately reject it in favour of another which throws light on the
    • population of the Earth should not be limited to a single homogeneous
    • in Genesis are called the Elohim. In the whole Universe which
    • therefore seven Spirits of Form or seven Elohim. If we wish to form a
    • conception of these seven Elohim with their various missions and
    • their task of establishing Harmony or Love as the ultimate mission of
    • disharmony amongst mankind, one of the Spirits had to detach Himself
    • or Elohim work from the Sun; one of these Spirits had to detach Himself
    • lest the simultaneous activity of the abnormal Spirits of Form, who
    • preliminary conditions were first established for the further
    • Elohim, Jahve, accompanied the separation of the Moon — while
    • imagine that a certain Sun-force, which streams towards us in the
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    • Advance of Folk Spirits to the Rank of Time Spirits.
    • Spirits to the Rank of Time Spirits.
    • post-Atlantean times we are conscious that in the course of their
    • advance to the rank of the Archai or Time Spirits. This is a most
    • connected with the fact that in late Atlantis and for some time
    • back into early Atlantean times. If we wish to ascertain when those
    • times. Later on, other migrations followed upon these early
    • later Atlantean times. If we wish to understand the pattern and
    • the time of the gradual submergence of Atlantis, and the later great
    • to the rank of a Time Spirit or Spirit of the Age. We have to look to
    • first to attain the rank of a Time Spirit. This was the stream which
    • to be the first Time Spirit or Archai-being of the post-Atlantean
    • civilization. Now this Time Spirit directed the sacred culture of
    • gradually developing, were for a long time simply under the direction
    • exalted and important Spirit the Rishis were able to fulfil their
    • high mission in the manner already described. This Time Spirit worked
    • on for a long time, whilst the people lying to the North of ancient
    • India were still under the guidance of the Archangel. After the Time
    • the Time Spirit, from whom the great Zarathustra or Zoroaster, the
    • Time Spirit. As we stated at the beginning of this lecture, we are
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 8. The Five Post-Atlantean Civilizations.
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    • development of Germanic-Nordic history and the spiritual impulses
    • that this Teutonic mythology, despite its many points of similarity
    • a uniform view of mythology to exist and, on the whole, a similar
    • At one time there must have been identical understanding of the
    • present time it is not easy to understand this essential element
    • the practice to compare externals. The impression created by the
    • comparable to the impression made by someone who declares: “Thirty
    • times. The essential thing is to know what sort of man is concealed
    • similar or even alike, but the point is to know what is the nature of
    • founded there the sacred primeval Indian civilization. The next
    • including also the Angels, the Folk Spirits or Archangels and Time
    • period of development, but they had lived through it in a kind of dim
    • came comparatively late, at a time when the people was already to a
    • inhabitants of ancient India had passed through in a dim state of
    • in the post-Atlantean epoch? In the old Atlantean times human beings
    • were still endowed with a high degree of the old dim clairvoyance
    • insight into the hidden workings of that world. Now imagine
    • that time he found the spiritual content of the world seemingly
    • diffused around him like a spiritual aura. Thus he possessed a
    • development when their ego was still in a dim state of consciousness.
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    • talks on similar themes that the purpose of our entire post-Atlantean
    • that time were in some respects the very first who experienced an
    • immediate transition from this clairvoyant state to a consciousness
    • whether that which is known is human being, animal, tree or stone.
    • same. It is important to realize that in human evolution, in the
    • ‘I’ within the human soul may exist for a long time
    • Clairvoyantly they saw the dawning of their ego in an imaginative
    • it, these relationships were determined for him by the higher Beings
    • and he himself remained a passive instrument. His relationship to the
    • In the East everything is impersonal, and, above all one is required
    • the East, therefore, the primary objective is to lose one's
    • have imprinted themselves upon the inner being of man, upon his
    • the focal point of attack by infiltrating into his desires, impulses
    • precious boon to man, namely, freedom, and, at the same time a
    • after he had opened himself to the invasion of a Luciferic power.
    • Ahriman approached from outside and penetrated into the vast arena of
    • the phenomenal world surrounding man, so that the Ahrimanic influence
    • the victim of Ahriman who works from without.
    • speaks of both Luciferic and Ahrimanic powers. It will seem very
    • the form of mythology are not always aware of Lucifer and Ahriman to
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    • image of the Twilight of the Gods, it will be well to establish a
    • Christian cultures of Europe in particular. In primitive times, as we
    • Soul. We have seen that the individual still felt himself to be
    • At the time when man became ego-conscious in the East, Eastern
    • The Germanic-Scandinavian man still felt himself attached to a Group
    • Thus each individual still felt himself at that time to be a member
    • really endowed him with his individual ‘I’. But at the
    • same time he felt that this God was still united with the collective
    • perceives Sif and Thor as the Beings who endowed him with his ‘I’.
    • It was in this way that Nordic man experienced them at a time when
    • culture of mankind as it unfolds. But at the time when these European
    • withdrawal of the Mysteries into more secret places. At the time of
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    • again at a time when man could perceive by means of the forces of the
    • was limited to the sentient body or astral body. The
    • Mind-Soul in which he was active. He himself was only able to work
    • presented a blurred, pale, lifeless image of reality; as I have
    • that in this culture what is important in external experience is that
    • important gift of the old clairvoyance which enabled them to see into
    • the spiritual world and to incorporate the primeval spiritual
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    • will not be the last time that we shall speak together here on
    • that Teutonic mythology contains something which, in imaginative
    • from the spiritual research of our time. Now this is also one of the
    • directs and guides this country (Norway) will imbue modern philosophy
    • time in the course of Earth-evolution an event occurred which we may
    • describe as the descent of those human souls who, in primeval times
    • still soft, plastic and pliant bodies of that time, this was
    • imaginative conceptions of Teutonic mythology and has persisted so
    • at the time when Tacitus wrote his “Germania”. No one
    • Christmas at a Time of Grievous Destiny.
    • legends which give intimations of the birth of physical man. Njordr
    • who is intimately related to the Goddess Nerthus is her masculine
    • counterpart. He is said to represent the primeval memory of the
    • descent of the psycho-spiritual beings who in olden time had risen to
    • in former times in these Northern regions. Hence in the Sagas of the
    • body of the Earth and which Northern tradition knows as Riesenheim
    • Earth belongs to Riesenheim. We realize, therefore, that Nordic man
    • was always aware of spiritual impulses, that he felt within his
    • which was still natural to man here when, in those ancient times, the
    • within him some spark of a God who was directly descended from those
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    • due to the incarnation of Christ at the time of the Greek culture.
    • development, to times when a unified culture, born directly out of
    • intensity which imbued those who took part in the ancient Mysteries
    • religion and its daughter, art, were at the same time so purified, so
    • imbue every aspect of human culture with that singleness of vision
    • existence, while. at the same time it permeates the most commonplace
    • feeling, which simply must enliven us if the truths of Spiritual
    • incident which may throw light upon our aims, for day-to-day
    • hovers before our minds. When some time ago we were beginning to
    • spiritual-scientifie development. When I myself judged that the time
    • their own will, their own sentiment; thus one person may regard this,
    • according as their sentiments and feelings incline them this way or
    • own peculiar sentiment and the make-up of his intellect causes him to
    • taken shape in recent centuries, and what are its immediate needs. If
    • question to ourselves, then all the signs of the times show us that
    • connected with it if we were merely to immerse ourselves in ancient
    • the times make it equally clear that what we call modern science,
    • passed its prime and will bear little fruit in future. When I say
    • is a withering branch of civilisation, is an extremely important
    • important beginning which has already been made by that book for all
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    • due to the incarnation of Christ at the time of the Greek culture.
    • that in primeval times the soul had been gifted with clairvoyance,
    • the finest feelings and sentiments of which the human soul is
    • Greece. We draw attention to the fact that in primeval times the soul
    • reality in the spiritual world which was familiar to men in primeval
    • times, the same living Beings who lay hid behind the figures of Greek
    • to the gods as food. We know too that the gods recognised the impious
    • Nature changes in course of time. Our natural science is proud of its
    • draws attention to an important
    • of Eleusis thus express to the nature of man himself? What in terms
    • from the earliest times right up to our own day; the old clairvoyant
    • clairvoyant forces have gone. Whereas in primeval times they worked
    • firmer. Whereas in primeval times these forces were dedicated to the
    • world, he saw Demeter; she really came to meet him. When, out of this
    • fruitful forces of Nature appeared to him, what did he say? He said
    • to himself, not in full consciousness, but as it were in the
    • special development to produce breathing, so at that time he did not
    • him by the powers of Nature, by divine Beings. When man turned his
    • attention to what was outside him, to what existed all around him,
    • The man of that time was not so hopelessly limited in his outlook as
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    • due to the incarnation of Christ at the time of the Greek culture.
    • important truths of Spiritual Science from one particular aspect. It is
    • glimpse, how it throws light upon those great figures and images and
    • the immediate future. To evoke a feeling that we must change our very
    • ‘nature’ simply did not exist for Greek thought. You have
    • to eliminate altogether what you mean today by the term
    • of the hand and our will, as an impulse of movement, constitute a
    • laws, a nature which is not simply the physiognomy of
    • times Spirit and Nature were in full harmony with one another.
    • not use the term ‘miraculous’ in this sense, for to him
    • effected by Spirit; he did not discriminate between the daily
    • occurred only rarely, the other kind was habitual, but for him
    • regarded as miraculous is essentially a feature of our own time. It
    • Spirit, and at the same time the longing to resolve it, is discharged
    • hence brushed aside as impossibilities and not recognised for what
    • this we must start with man himself, who so emphatically demands not
    • human organism. He no longer experiences the important fact that what
    • work in himself, and the forces active outside in the macrocosm;
    • that he felt working within him the forces which caused thought to
    • rainbow without. That is what he experienced. And he said to himself:
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    • due to the incarnation of Christ at the time of the Greek culture.
    • feeling associated with the name Zeus. Similarly, if we think of the
    • being?’ For in our time we have of course to regard the whole
    • the central power of Pluto; similarly the forces of the ether body
    • our egos from all this! How intimately we are bound up with the
    • we may expect him to think of the divinity who represented to him the
    • I gave a short time ago in Copenhagen. It is called
    • at the time when our present Earth was passing through its previous
    • embodiment. At that time these Angel Beings, who today take part in
    • gods’. In the language of olden time ‘the gods’
    • instructed in such things said quite seriously that at that time
    • it is impossible for them to clothe themselves in such a sheath as
    • what he said and did and what he taught was spoken and enacted in him
    • and through him as the instrument of a higher Being, one who had
    • Chaldea and Egypt, but among all the peoples of that time; they tell
    • advance have legitimate tasks; if man were only subject to the
    • during the Moon evolution have the task of imparting weight to
    • that time intervened far more directly than they did later.
    • conditions prevailed. At that time the leaders of humanity were the
    • themselves, so that those leaders of the Greco-Latin time gave men
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    • due to the incarnation of Christ at the time of the Greek culture.
    • Pluto, Poseidon and Zeus himself. In view of what I said yesterday as
    • have to strive to make progress, the gods immediately above them do
    • proclaim it loudly enough—we have to put them all without
    • that all their gods were imbued with the Luciferic principle.
    • I then said about the Elohim, about the culmination of the Elohim in
    • Elohim, that Jahve, belonged to the gods who could not be directly
    • Moon, how must this have affected its attitude towards man himself?
    • Jahve, as the extract of the Elohim, means life itself to the ancient
    • Hebrew people. Union with the hierarchy of the Elohim is life, and
    • substance of the Elohim, or of Jahve, meant to die.
    • truly human element in earthly life, tries to assimilate into its
    • entirely to the principle of the Elohim, is completely given up to
    • Greeks were certainly aware that in their own time the Beings of
    • and that happened in the time of Atlantis! Just as in the Greek
    • well, but another time you tell us that Zeus is outside in space as
    • to terms with the proper concepts. It is difficult to imagine that
    • what works outside in space as natural law can at the same time walk
    • all these laws at some time concentrated in a human body, walking
    • imagine that the macrocosmic counterpart of the forces at work in our
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    • due to the incarnation of Christ at the time of the Greek culture.
    • which is intimately bound up with the aim we have set before us in this
    • should we have spent so much time talking about the world of the
    • have followed up in the last few lectures, and which we sometimes
    • four-fold man, as we are accustomed to treat of him in the light of
    • study him physically, with purely physical instruments, if we do not
    • is utterly deceiving himself. With physical faculties for acquiring
    • what a man's normal faculties find within him as his ego ever
    • something very different from what man finds within him in normal
    • we know of the physical body, of which we see so many specimens in
    • illusionary stamp, and it is this counterfeit image that we see when
    • extremely important fact. Let me put it in another way, half
    • taken into himself the denser matter, he would not have been able to
    • acquired his present ego-consciousness it was normal for him to have
    • yesterday the impressive picture of how this came about—of how
    • come about in human evolution as the achievement of time. But in
    • built up Greek mythology did know it—said to himself:
    • ‘Once upon a time the human soul was endowed with a clairvoyant
    • a fellow-citizen. But in course of time man has withdrawn from this
    • training, suddenly, in a moment, there were to stand before him,
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    • due to the incarnation of Christ at the time of the Greek culture.
    • We have been trying to bring to light again in the impressive pictures
    • own time we can come to know through Spiritual, or Occult Science; and
    • limited time at our disposal I can of course only briefly refer to
    • undertake work within himself, he has to allow ideas to pass through
    • it cannot and should not be denied, but it is relatively unimportant.
    • for the man who sees himself in it. When you with your personality
    • A man who claims that the brain thinks, a man who professes that the
    • this activity may become evident to the human being himself, in order
    • reflecting bodily organism, primarily the brain, he would still think
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    • again into etheric body, astral body and ego. And it is these images
    • visible to us by the brain — it is these mirrored images which
    • ourselves is simple, but the brain is tremendously complicated and of
    • therefore he said to himself: ‘There is concealed in this
    • resounds towards us out of primeval times. Self-knowledge, as the
    • cardinal maxim upon which all other true knowledge turns, shines
    • us, we experience in the form of mirrored image. The process does not
    • is obliged to say: ‘Then it is quite impossible to learn to
    • impossible to penetrate further, we can only reach as far as the
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    • due to the incarnation of Christ at the time of the Greek culture.
    • respect than our abstract ideas, which are too impoverished to be
    • alienated him from the kind of scholarship he had hitherto pursued,
    • gives him premonitions of it but no more. He begins to suspect that
    • them full play, that he inevitably becomes impressed by the exoteric
    • literary discourse. Whereas the other simply appeals to our
    • upon him rightly if he is stirred to the inmost depths of his soul,
    • himself as a result of his premonitions, and then plunged deeply into
    • that not only causes him to ponder, to rack his brains to try to get
    • reading, but he feels the spiritual world break in upon him in a way
    • he does not understand. It has yet another effect upon him. It would
    • torn in two, because it makes him recognise doubt, persistence in
    • man there lies something which once upon a time the gods implanted in
    • him out of their own body, their own substance. We come to feel:
    • of our own egotism, we are simply carrying back into the higher
    • attitude here. On the contrary, Capesius says to himself: ‘You
    • are like this. From this fear, this feeling of impotence, we at first
    • important occult experiences, how he has been permitted a glimpse
    • of one life lays obligations upon us for many lives, not simply for
    • of all courage; we recognise: ‘It is quite impossible for you
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    • due to the incarnation of Christ at the time of the Greek culture.
    • time from our system of heart-and-blood circulation, with the result
    • that the finest elements of the blood are passing over all the time
    • which we also have, in the physical body today, were at that time
    • pre-Lemurian era. At that time man had only a kind of shadowy form,
    • of the higher hierarchies were working within it. At that time man
    • wrought upon man poured into him in all kinds of currents, but while
    • directions. Actually it is quite wrong to describe the animals which
    • simplest mammals to the most complicated. In two different species of
    • — mainly domestic animals as you know — have in the
    • animals. We have to think of the spiritual forces as working
    • specifically upon the group-souls of the animals and through the
    • approach of the Atlantean time and during that time, and these
    • Lemurian time — and which also worked upon the human being
    • of the bull. All this began at that time to exercise an
    • influence upon man himself, working into his formation as if from the
    • worked upon man their effect would have been to make him like a bull.
    • idea of why the animals resembling the bull remained bull-like, and
    • influences to work upon him.
    • have to think of forces entering into man and fashioning him from
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    • due to the incarnation of Christ at the time of the Greek culture.
    • concepts, by acquiring definite sentiments and feelings about what
    • relates him fitly to things, either because it throws light for him
    • upon the mysteries of the world, or because it satisfies him in some
    • has an impulse to struggle for a knowledge beyond what is evident to
    • his senses, or even to his clairvoyant knowledge; he aims at a
    • hidden from him, so that he may achieve true harmony with the world.
    • world, that the world presents itself to him as a riddle, and that
    • his ultimate relationship to it is not limited to the one he started
    • In ancient times this
    • of the world in pictorial images. In our time this would be regarded
    • as a result of the varied sentiments which have perhaps been evoked
    • all time, then we must tell him that he is very short-sighted. For
    • demands of our time, so it will reach beyond this intellectual,
    • universe, will be overthrown, and it will be seen that our own time,
    • many others which have been addressed to you from time to time, you
    • shadow-like images as intellectual ideas wherewith to explain the
    • world. The old interpretations in times which were more or less
    • yesterday that our brain is a kind of apparatus which impedes our
    • astral body, brings it to a standstill, and lets the images of this
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    • life of mankind, like a limb in a great organism. This is especially
    • Hermann Grimm, the eminent
    • the ages down to the present day. Grimm has been able to show that
    • onwards from the life of Raphael to our own time. Grimm has shown how the
    • preceding ages too give the impression as if they were themselves pointing
    • to the Raphael who was later to appear in world evolution like a limb
    • about the world of Space and apply it to the world of Time. Goethe once
    • not at some time reflected in the human soul, celebrating its own higher
    • existence for the first time in the experiences of this human soul?”
    • again in the soul of Raphael, finding their consummation in the sublime
    • first time what it means that the being of man should appear again and
    • to the other what is destined to be implanted in the spiritual evolution
    • It will be impossible,
    • before the audience. The general impression of the creative power of Raphael
    • an epoch to which Raphael stands in a relationship to when we allow him
    • that the soul and spirit of man are much more intimately bound up with the
    • corporeal, with the outer corporeality than is the case in later times.
    • exist to the same degree in Grecian times. When man used his bodily
    • organs in those days, the spirituaul mysteries of existence simultaneously
    • his senses, and with his sense impressions he simultaneously perceived the
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    • similar to those of Elberfeld which caused such a sensation in Berlin
    • for a long time.
    • to see that while the whole of Berlin was at that time really interested
    • is a very characteristic feature of the present time.
    • heard of such things for the first time were quite skeptical, until
    • we may say that gradually it became impossible to deny that something
    • experts, trainers, tamers of wild animals, etc. He also invited a commission
    • who set him a task, influence him in some way.” And these influences
    • imperceptible gesture, which influences the animal. For instance, the
    • animal may be set the task of finding out the square root of 16. Very
    • is entirely realistic. Herr von Osten then called in animal experts. These
    • professors, might influence the animal. These people who were really able
    • to understand how an animal obeys at a glance, could not discover such
    • gestures, so that we must say: These almost imperceptible gestures
    • influence, and to assert that a horse knows immediately when a professor
    • we generally imagine. For mathematical conclusions are formed, as it
    • of mathematics that we really feel impelled to develop it as it were
    • which really thinks in him is, after all, the earth. The earth thinks
    • following impression! On the one hand is Herr von Osten, who does not
    • set him the task of raising a number of four digits to square. The professor
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    • Die Geistige Wesenheiten in den Himmelskoerpern und Naturreichen.
    • Die Geistige Wesenheiten in den Himmelskoerpern und Naturreichen.
    • of making it possible within that time of adding the two announced public
    • immediately the fact shines forth, that by means of these national epics
    • the soul of humanity and the striving of humanity that ancient times
    • are brought powerfully before our souls, as vividly as the present time,
    • but in such a way that they affect us in the immediate present just
    • uncertain and dim from the historical point of view are the descriptions
    • years ago, — I mean Hermann Grimm, the nephew of the great philologist
    • of German myths and legends, Jacob Grimm. By letting the figures and
    • facts of the Iliad work upon him, Hermann Grimm is again and again obliged
    • of war. And rightly does Hermann Grimm point out that a stern judge
    • are presented to our soul by Homer as if they were immediately in front
    • dispassionately will not receive the impression that human artific or
    • the whole of the Iliad and consider it impartially, we have to say to
    • simply with facts, he does not even begin with any personal opinion,
    • but he begins with something which in modern times would perhaps be
    • for artistic spirits like Hermann Grimm, there was a question in those
    • a personality who feels himself unable to discuss his inner life with
    • self-centred! A being in whose soul divine-spiritual impulses are at
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    • the year in four Cosmic Imaginations. The activities of four mighty
    • at St. John's Tide. These Imaginations provide material for endless
    • MICHAEL IMAGINATION
    • sense-perceptible events, we are living in a time of hard tests for
    • I have often said — arouse any kind of optimistic hopes. But a
    • And so at this time — indeed for some
    • decades now, but particularly at this time of hard trials for mankind
    • important spiritual signpost in the astral light. Time and time
    • of this saying — really a simple saying, but important for
    • earlier times, when a more instinctive consciousness prevailed, was
    • is imposed upon them by the stars and the movements of the stars.
    • To-day — and it has been so for some time past — a man
    • normally experiences, and then but dimly, half-consciously,
    • like a sensational novel but so that what it imparts becomes the
    • time of high summer, he will go out of himself to share in the life
    • the same time his summer experience leads him out — in a cosmic
    • of spring growth only if we can enter also into the time when summer
    • waning of nature, just as we do in nature's growing time, we can do
    • and dying; but he must not, as he does in summer, give himself over
    • himself to self-consciousness. In the time when external nature is
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    • the year in four Cosmic Imaginations. The activities of four mighty
    • at St. John's Tide. These Imaginations provide material for endless
    • CHRISTMAS IMAGINATION
    • in the depths of winter they are united most intimately with the Earth.
    • Earth is more earthly, more truly itself, than at any other time. And
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    • bringing Imagination and Inspiration to bear on it, one comes to
    • oxygen: that is only a first approximation. All water, wherever
    • atmosphere, we can never speak simply of air, for the air always has
    • imparted to it from the cosmos. And to the sulphur-process is
    • salt-process is all-important for
    • springtime life and growth. For the roots of plants, in forming
    • season is sulphurised. Then we come at Michaelmas to the time when
    • reasserts itself — imaged in winter by the snow-mantle that
    • October onwards the Earth is quite impregnated with this form of ash.
    • do with phosphoric lime in an amorphous condition, with carbonic
    • acid, lime and so forth. But our flea anatomist would never come to
    • the tiny piece of bone he would never get beyond it. Similarly, it
    • carbonate of lime, phosphate of lime and so on, would reveal to
    • limestone. Then he describes this bit, and works up his findings into
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    • the year in four Cosmic Imaginations. The activities of four mighty
    • at St. John's Tide. These Imaginations provide material for endless
    • EASTER IMAGINATION
    • at the salt-deposits which we have had to treat as the most important
    • factor in winter-time. We will study this first in the limestone
    • deposits, which are indeed a phenomenon of the utmost importance for
    • are surrounded everywhere by the Jura limestone, and you will have
    • Ordinary observation is so superficial that for most people limestone
    • is simply limestone, and outwardly there really is no perceptible
    • difference between winter-limestone and spring-limestone. But this
    • limestone appear only when we look further out into the cosmos, as it
    • were. Then we find a subtle difference between winter-limestone and
    • spring-limestone, and it is precisely this which makes limestone the
    • most important of all deposits in the soil. After all the various
    • say that winter-limestone is a being content within itself.
    • we enter into the being of winter-limestone with Intuition —
    • elemental beings who dwell in the Earth. But the limestone is
    • important problem and feels happy to have the thoughts which point to
    • the limestone formations during the winter season.
    • we were to swim under water, we should
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    • the year in four Cosmic Imaginations. The activities of four mighty
    • at St. John's Tide. These Imaginations provide material for endless
    • ST. JOHN IMAGINATION
    • which earthly mineral limestone is gradually transformed, and
    • we carried this thought over to the time of Easter. In general, we
    • in him. Then, since in autumn Nature dies away and thus bears death
    • time of Michaelmas — means for Nature, must experience in
    • himself this dying away; but with his own self he must not take part
    • in it. He must raise himself above it. In place precisely of a
    • bring the spiritual to meet him.
    • objective spirituality comes towards him from out of Nature's
    • the St. John's time, at midsummer, we must turn to the objective
    • animates and weaves through everything in Nature is revealed.
    • towards us more vividly than at any other time of the year. If we
    • look with Imaginative perception into the depths of the Earth at St.
    • John's-tide, we really have the impression that down there are the
    • into lines, angles and surfaces. If we are to have an impression of
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    • So we can say: On looking downwards, we have an impression of
    • impression one has is of out-spreading cosmic Intelligence.
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    • the year in four Cosmic Imaginations. The activities of four mighty
    • at St. John's Tide. These Imaginations provide material for endless
    • before you the four cosmic Imaginations which can be called up
    • through an intimate human experience of the seasons of the year. If
    • the Beings who appear in conjunction with these imaginative pictures.
    • we open our souls to the impressions
    • same time there will come to us much that has been experienced
    • clairvoyance; to-day this is sometimes treated historically, but
    • Wie Himmelskräfte auf- und niedersteigen
    • Und sich die goldnen Eimer reichen,
    • Vom Himmel durch die Erde dringen,
    • knows Goethe one must say that it is real to him only through his
    • four great cosmic Imaginations, as I described them to you —
    • the Autumn Imagination of Michael, the Christmas Imagination of
    • Gabriel. the Easter Imagination of Raphael, and the Midsummer,
    • St. John's Day, Imagination of Uriel. You must really picture to
    • air and how the carbon within him takes up the oxygen; this process
    • pair of stones suspended inside him.” That is more or less how
    • immediately. And the forces which make it different proceed in a
    • the four Imaginations.
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    • of peculiar importance in view of present conditions. At the very
    • particular importance to us in the present age, it is possible to
    • been written down, in future times of humanity it will
    • say, to begin with, that the time is certainly not very far
    • it — that in times to come the concept or idea of Christ
    • will play quite a different and much more important part
    • paradoxical, but let us remember that there were times by no
    • Christ with feelings of immeasurably greater fervour than is to
    • West. In earlier times these feelings of devotion were
    • the impression that enthusiasm and warmth of feeling for the
    • Christ Idea are on the wane, especially so in those who claim
    • much more important part than hitherto in the study of human
    • be found. Anyone who assimilates w hat has been said in
    • to reach some comprehension of Christ and of the Christ Impulse
    • by the existence of much profound and detailed knowledge aiming
    • understanding. But is this, in fact, the case? Quite simple
    • all the impulses within men which through the centuries have
    • impulses which have turned men towards the Christ will sink. It
    • scholarship concerning Him has contributed least of all to this
    • impulse. Truly it would have boded ill for Christianity if, in
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    • living for a long time in an unusual state of
    • time a man carries out all the affairs of everyday life and
    • time, for many, many days, in a kind of dream from which they
    • woke at this time of Pentecost; and the awakening itself was a
    • been wakened to life by the primal force of Love pervading and
    • warming the Cosmos, as if this primal force of Love had come
    • until now had lived in extraordinary simplicity, a few of whom
    • consolation to every single individual, to say to him exactly
    • to pass in intimate connection with their own souls, but which
    • into the soul of him who is called Peter in the other Gospels,
    • were slept through since that time arose before his soul like a
    • things in our time, while realising that in ages other than our
    • it, quite inevitably, by the culture of the times.
    • Golgotha. And one has the impression, which vision
    • looks quite different during the time of an eclipse. I shall
    • other times only to be reached after very difficult meditation,
    • plant-life, all animal life, every butterfly, take on
    • very deepest sense brings the conviction of how intimately a
    • group-souls of the plants and of the animals lighting up ...
    • all the physical embodiments of the animals and plants seem to
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    • experienced a kind of awakening at the time commemorated by the
    • so-called Feast of Pentecost, this does not in any way imply
    • that the Apostles were at that time immediately or fully
    • and minds of the Apostles themselves at that time, these things
    • words which captivated even the Greeks and gave the impetus for
    • Power which Christ Himself had now come to be. And here we have
    • known as Kamaloka, the time of purification, the human being
    • experiences which signified, for Him, what the transition into
    • stages through the Impulse thus bestowed.
    • Himself the form in which alone it would be possible for Him to
    • the Form which enabled Him to live in communion with human
    • earlier times there were Mysteries, Initiations, that the human
    • people to which he belonged was conferred upon him. In the
    • he was ready for an extension of consciousness, giving him the
    • name was therefore conferred upon him. An Initiate of the fifth
    • degree in those times participated in a very special way in the
    • times? It could not be attained if the soul of the human being
    • experiences which imparted to it the content I have just been
    • out of his body and, during this time of absence, actually have
    • planets of the solar system around the Sun-Hero during the time
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    • with narratives of the life of Jesus of Nazareth approximately
    • from that time in his life of which indications have been given
    • in one of the two Jesus children born at that time, had passed
    • him to give these astounding answers. It was because everything
    • time to give those astounding answers. We know too that after
    • Those in the immediate environment of the young Jesus of
    • Nazareth held him in highest repute because of the astounding
    • answers he had given in the temple. They saw in him the future
    • entertained the highest hopes of him. They began to drink in
    • displeasure to those around him. Between the twelfth and
    • going on within him. It was as though deep-lying treasures of
    • radiant sun of Zarathustrian wisdom had flashed up within him
    • and who regarded him as a wonder-child. Then, however, he
    • were saying without himself speaking a word. But while this was
    • going on, great and sublime thoughts, ethical truths, and above
    • all powerful moral impulses came to life in his soul during
    • in the house made a certain impression upon him —
    • but one that caused him bitter sorrow, because he felt —
    • soul when he heard that in ancient times the Spirit had
    • descended upon the Prophets, that the word of God Himself had
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    • Jesus of Nazareth from about his twelfth year to approximately
    • interconnected, and that an event of such importance in the
    • mankind is also of importance for the whole of evolution.
    • may perhaps begin to glimpse something of what was living in
    • intimate understanding between Jesus and this mother, a far
    • closer understanding than prevailed between him and the
    • other members of the family in the house. Jesus himself could
    • know what to make of him. Even in earlier years he had spoken
    • with his mother about many of the impressions that had
    • gradually taken shape within him. But in this particular period
    • which he had passed had brought him increasing wisdom; infinite
    • come over him. The first fruit of this wisdom had been
    • around him brought him deep sorrow. Added to this, in hours of
    • Zarathustra-Ego within him. At the end of his twenties he
    • him, but he knew well that in his twelfth year a tremendous
    • change had come about in him. And now he often felt: Ah! how
    • wisdom, human learning. Scholarship as such interested him
    • little. It would be a complete mistake to imagine that up to
    • twelfth year, he had lived in the most intimate communion with
    • life had been since his twelfth year, how he had found himself
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    • This lecture, Das Geheimnis des Todes, was given in Zürich,
    • metabolic and limb system — of which Steiner gave the first full
    • Das Geheimnis des Todes, Rudolf Steiner
    • spends the time between birth and death, and the spiritual world in
    • time between death and a new birth.
    • the grave events of war we have lost within quite a short time a
    • compared with man's birth. Immediately after death man passes through
    • world from his mother's body finds himself able to receive the
    • limits of the physical body, now flows from me out into the universe.
    • closer one than it could otherwise be in our materialistic times,
    • intimate love to our spiritual movement, in order to help with
    • For him who can look into the spiritual world all those who have gone
    • time in which this movement is necessary.
    • chapter. A time like ours, in which external civilisation, in spite
    • materialistic consciousness, can only develop the impulses of the
    • philosophers and much better than our times, in which knowledge of
    • so that when something meets us a second time in a comparable way we
    • that we learn from it, not simply accumulating knowledge, but growing
    • experience what our time could bring us as revelations from the
    • wisdom detaches us from narrow and limited vision and brings us into
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  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 1: Natural Science
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    • research is a transformation of human thinking. Any impartial
    • subjective to what was given by experiment and the observation
    • was approached in former times — how human thinking as a
    • face of the scientific attitude of recent times, this has
    • ceased. Today, we are virtually obliged simply to accept the
    • data given us by observation and experiment, and to work them
    • the human organism? And to this, if we stand impartially and
    • combination of mirror-images. Images before me cannot compel
    • thought of as existing outside me or inside me; images
    • impulses within that pure thinking which science itself fosters
    • in us by its methods; if I can so shape moral impulses within
    • educates me, then in these moral impulses conceived by
    • him to semblance thinking it educates the man of our culture to
    • distinguishing them, however, we indicate at the same time how
    • development, it can achieve this extension only imperfectly.
    • introduce, simply as aids to understanding, descriptions of
    • matters of knowledge suited to their time, by certain
    • examines impartially even the outward historical documents, and
    • a misapprehension, he applies them to himself. It is simply so
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    • only, but one he must carry for a time through life, so that by this
    • important questions about it and about its spiritual essence do
    • element within him. It is precisely because he is certain of
    • question of the fate of his soul becomes for him a
    • tremendous riddle. To deny the mind in man himself does not, of
    • theory but simply from his deepest emotional needs, queries the
    • fate of this soul of his, will find himself confronted by a
    • riddles to him just because he is fully conscious of the mental
    • spirit descends into our bodily existence. At such times we
    • functions. A glance at the simplest bodily function
    • impenetrable, so that for psychology much the same is true of
    • impartial observer of humanity with factual evidence of the
    • impossibility for ordinary consciousness of approaching the
    • spring from them. In this way, experimental psychology has come
    • deny that experimental psychology is completely justified,
    • in experimental psychology, the fact remains: everything that
    • whether experimentally or non-experimentally, I might add
    • renounce all claim to understand the fate of the human soul
    • modern times. Yet he it was who presented the riddle of the
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    • who gave simple expression to so much that men find great and
    • part of himself he can and will influence his time!”
    • consistent with a simple causal interpretation. And at this
    • point we are struck by an image that can symbolize history: the
    • image of a flowing river. We cannot simply derive its features
    • resemble a surface on which countless forces impinge from
    • particularly fitted to reveal how, even in one's most intimate
    • earlier times. Not only this: when we do develop
    • have permanence in the soul; and we are simply unhealthy in
    • that he found himself increasingly absorbed into a lasting
    • Once inside the divine and spiritual world, he knew himself to
    • them; but they cannot possibly become memories for him in the
    • although they do gain glimpses of this spiritual world, these
    • simply call up the experience from our recollection. What we
    • This is one of the most important factors that authenticate
    • thirty times, no lecture will be an exact repetition of the one
    • tomorrow or the day after; similarly, no one can say of modern
    • mind.” The spiritual visionary of ancient Oriental times
    • could take his time. What he achieved was a permanent
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    • of physical geography. In the same way, the spiritual impulses at
    • especially the interplay of Eastern and Western impulses in
    • but it is more important to find a specific point of view for
    • civilization in general — receives the impression of a
    • these images, ideas and concepts. When an Oriental idea, such
    • immerse ourselves lovingly in shifting concepts that are more
    • concepts. We may say: in immersing itself in these
    • concepts, our soul inevitably sees before it a nature similar
    • in its life, diversity and imaginative working to the soul's
    • in immediate revelation, as they appear to the human senses and
    • the time when the Oriental was developing the finest part of
    • ideas, concepts and images and in them we perceive love. The
    • considered objectively, especially at a time when we need to
    • senses observe directly, what extends in space and time, and to
    • secret, for position, motion, dimensions and weight. What
    • us imagine for a moment that we are in the laboratory: how
    • retune our soul before we can recapture a love of the immediate
    • scientific concept of the structure of animal and man,
    • observation of the animal's shape and actions, and to enjoy the
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    • such a suggestion, implicit in the specific descriptions in
    • to do with someone who makes claims of this kind. He will think
    • is naturally impossible, in a single lecture, to present any
    • knowledge of the spiritual impulses underlying the
    • the view of the world I am advocating aims at in its
    • of life certanly does not wish to exceed the limits of natural
    • carefully where the limits of purely natural knowledge are
    • located. The existence of such limits is much discussed today,
    • and has been for a long time. We can say that the opinions of
    • discernment of the limits of natural knowledge, because these
    • take him as a whole and consider him in his entire being.
    • question: Assuming that the limits of our knowledge of nature,
    • observations and the results of experiments in order to arrive
    • at all times not only to approach the outside of life, but also
    • being: if there were thus no limit of knowledge, what sort of
    • ordinary everyday consciousness was unlimited would
    • whole being, we can conclude: man definitely needs limits
    • him to be a creature of love has its obverse side in his
    • ordinary knowledge, which has to stop at the limit that is set
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    • expounded here could, if transformed into impulses of the whole
    • immediate concrete reality. Today, however, I want to establish
    • far will agree that what has been expounded has not implied a
    • the limits beyond which their assertions cannot hold. On the
    • sides. All the claims normally made by political parties
    • of very recent times alone. And when we try to discover why it
    • such strong anti-social impulses as ours.
    • social impulses. But when people speak of social needs, they
    • he is not simply a separate being, but that he must move among
    • instincts and social impulses that were present, if in a
    • form no longer appropriate to the present time, in earlier
    • to speak, of very recent times, is also suited, as it stands,
    • clear view of this problem can, ultimately, throw light for us
    • on the social needs of recent times. These needs, as they are
    • conclude: the dominant forces in them are ultimately not
    • to be particularly important in the observation of
    • inanimate nature, and that a man who desires only
    • an outlook on things in accord with spirit, finds himself
    • inanimate to the animate. It is not surprising that what is of
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    • the second half gives the impulse to right action.
    • its immediate colonial dependencies. A world-wide view has yet
    • do not want to claim that what they say is absolutely correct,
    • impulse: men therefore feel that what they do on earth is
    • entities, the impulses from which are absorbed into their
    • great importance, which affects all the social structures of
    • practical detail. He has an immediate personal relationship
    • imposes itself upon them.
    • phenomenon that has become particularly important in very
    • recent times. For millions upon millions of people, the name of
    • development of recent times. What he studied were concrete
    • can create. And this system took root, not primarily in the
    • an impartial attitude, quite free of preconceptions, is capable
    • they are affected by philosophical impulses, in the way I have
    • described here in the last few days. A similar approach will be
    • that its origin is only dimly visible. What originated long ago
    • When we look across at the East — which, at some time in
    • institutions and ancient impulses from which these arose.
    • still be observed today points back to times when the Orient
    • and appropriate to the culture of the time, their leaders
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  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 8: The Problem (Asia-Europe)
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    • mankind into a mood of extraordinary pessimism and
    • art-historian Herman Grimm, who did not live to experience the
    • Grimm — since his philosophy of life was in itself a
    • impact on us of such a statement.
    • at the same time it can never be the business of mankind to get
    • appear unfit for life should simply be abandoned, so that they
    • slavery appears quite natural to him, he would also grant those
    • primary. The man who is to live in it is regarded as secondary.
    • community is the primary one, and that Plato simply took
    • this civilization increased not simply in an arithmetical
    • spirits in a simple formula — the Apolline dictum:
    • ultimate intention of Oriental self-less civilization, of that
    • who was the teacher and the leader was at the same time, in the
    • spiritual sphere, the priest, but also at the same time the
    • healer. We find in the East an intimate connection between all
    • made him. Education to a higher spirituality was also healing,
    • impulses combined, the development of the individual to a
    • that is, something that set him apart from life in the ordinary
    • man can so experience in the world as to arouse in him passions
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    • kinds of social institutions in which they claim that mankind,
    • today, not simply as raw material for sociological theories,
    • most important thing at this stage is not the excogitation of
    • including him in the social institutions we inhabit. And
    • a long time, the view has been widespread that the man who is a
    • impressively presented through works of art and literature,
    • the present, however, the most important point is not really
    • a long time now there have been laudable attempts to establish
    • For example, if you start with quite simple scientific facts,
    • reflections, human essence and human destiny ultimately
    • founded, and at the same time that it is not fragmentary
    • like: the people will gradually assimilate these concepts, and
    • party dogma; at the same time, I never encountered any
    • something in which spiritual forces and spiritual impulses are
    • simply to observe that even this point was understood. It was
    • my kind of popular instruction impossible, but the fact that
    • the most important thing they can be offered. There exists
    • production. They are primarily concerned with the element
    • what confronts a man when he is alone with himself after work
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  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 10: From Monolithic to Threefold Unity
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    • the immediate result, from my
    • formulae and recommending their indiscriminate
    • point today in simply advocating some particular Utopian
    • impelled, though for the most part unconsciously.
    • time, therefore, I believe we must reckon with the democratic
    • social sphere only if it aims, not at saying democratic things,
    • bridged simply by having a theory of how to bridge them; they
    • the obstacles which, in recent times, with their
    • alongside the prejudices, feelings and impulses of class
    • speaking, have other limitations — limitations that
    • While many men cannot escape from economic limitations and
    • limitations of class, many others cannot rise above their
    • conceptual and intellectual limitations. All this is already
    • for that matter, the animal or plant — will display only
    • have given this simply by way of illustration, but it really
    • does illustrate what the impartial observer will
    • conditions as they really are, it will after a time reveal
    • noticed that this upward movement contained at the same time
    • spheres simply because someone or other has made some
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  • Title: Lecture: Pythic, Prophetic and Spiritual-Scientific Clairvoyance
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    • Kunst im Lichte der Mysterienweisheit.
    • Kunst im Lichte der Mysterienweisheit.
    • To the impulses necessary
    • those regions which open to Imaginative, Inspired and Intuitive observation.
    • but the time for this clairvoyance is past, and only atavistic echoes
    • something we all know, from the fact that during daytime
    • daily life, is really only a dream of tale Will-impulses. When they will,
    • while man is awake is similarly performed in a half-sleeping condition.
    • as regards our powers of desire, for instance and the feeling-impulses
    • we fulfilled as will-impulse, we would follow what was inward —
    • the lifting of a piece of chalk with reference to the will-impulse, you
    • can keep in mind which can be of essential importance for you in these
    • senses; it is as it were thrown back, and from this, sense-impressions
    • For what is reflected back for us are but images, finely filtrated images,
    • learn to know ourselves when we learn to know the imaginations which
    • thus built up. This inner world can consist of a sum of imaginations.
    • earth evolution we perceive reflections and reflected images of what
    • then experiences the imaginative world so that he seems as it were to
    • swim in the blood as a fish in water. But this imaginative world is
    • thus arises, and which does not lead man beyond himself, but leads him
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    • Kunst im Lichte der Mysterienweisheit.
    • To the impulses necessary for the
    • those regions which open to Imaginative, Inspired and Intuitive
    • warming-up of an earlier clairvoyance, but the time for this
    • we all know, from the fact that, during daytime waking
    • impulses. When they will, and represent something to themselves
    • similarly performed in a half-sleeping condition.
    • regards our powers of desire and the feeling impulses connected
    • fulfilled as will impulse we would follow inwardly — into our
    • impulse, you would be able to follow what takes place in your hand,
    • mind which can be of essential importance for you: we are unable to
    • thrown back, and from this, sense impressions arise. And that which
    • back for us are but images, finely filtrated images, as it were, of
    • learn to know ourselves when we learn to know the Imaginations
    • This inner world can consist of a sum of Imaginations, whereas in
    • evolution we perceive reflections and reflected images of what
    • then experiences the Imaginative world so that he seems as it were
    • to swim in the blood as a fish in water. But this Imaginative world
    • which does not lead man beyond himself, but leads him rather deeper
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    • Die Polaritaet von Dauer und Entwicklung Im Menschenleben. Die kosmische
    • Die Polaritaet von Dauer und Entwicklung Im Menschenleben.
    • him, and his outlook! and we can then consider other
    • pass through the impressions of the most diverse World-Views.
    • those impulses into his soul which one gets if on the one hand,
    • one knows that in ancient times the Spiritual world was
    • their very content, similar to the impressions made by the
    • impression of materialising the spirit, as though it presented
    • reasons which made him break with Manichaeism,
    • and thereby obtained the strongest impulses.
    • if one wishes to see what led St. Augustine to place himself in
    • him, and which was also the apex of the view of the world which
    • impressions on our other Sense-organs, are really so
    • regardless as to how he experiences it there, he himself
    • knows himself to be living in his own inner experiences. And
    • he gives himself over to no possibility of deception. One can
    • simply takes the standpoint of St. Augustine.
    • particular point of time in human evolution acquires certain
    • the person who has to utter them at a certain period of time in
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    • of the community will be the greater, the less the individual claims for
    • himself the proceeds of the work he has himself done, i.e., the more of
    • Social Question” in Reincarnation and Immortality
    • the less the individual claims for himself the proceeds of the
    • work he has himself done, i.e., the more of these proceeds he
    • immediately become clear for everyone, arise out of a mere idea
    • is at times still playing itself out under the surface of our
    • the work stoppage at Crimmitschau, to the miners' strike on the
    • questions of the time, where one wants to linger in leisurely
    • time. The Theosophist should be setting this right again and
    • lose himself in some cloudy utopia, but rather must stand
    • the present. That also is otherwise. To be sure, it is claimed
    • capacity really to see into the life of the immediate present.
    • We are sort of like an engineer who absorbs himself for years
    • has occupied himself with it knows that what I am about to say
    • is correct in practice. One that has applied himself to how, in
    • situations immediately surrounding us. Our culture, with
    • has come up with theories that are impotent regarding life. The
    • Theosophical world-view will not produce such impotent
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    • of culture there shall break those spiritual impulses which
    • necessity because only from those impulses can we hope for that
    • mankind, and because from these impulses alone can we hope for
    • development which, some of us for a long time already, and some
    • power of our lives. At that time there passed through our minds
    • then of that time of suffering and pain which has since
    • suffering that has befallen people on this earth in our time.
    • no time for joyful celebrations. We should be untrue, in
    • the festive mood. We must leave this for another time, and we
    • thoughts in building, like all fruitful artistic impulses, have
    • himself placed harmoniously on the earth? If, creating the
    • the Mystery of Golgotha and from the impulses which led a part
    • earth. And as an external embodiment of this gift of the Spirit
    • impulses from the Spirit of Earth, we see the rise of mediaeval
    • enter into great detail were I to describe all the impulses
    • times. And at this point the human spirit is, in a sense,
    • the influence of this impulse, ostensibly cultivating the
    • within the limits of a rigid, blind obedience. We see the
    • impossibility of realising the spiritual life directly in
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  • Title: Goethe's Secret Revelation: Lecture I
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    • Society at Jena by a very important Botanist of the day called
    • lead to knowledge, has, as its aim, the unifying element, namely
    • There spoke in him the consciousness that one does not only grasp
    • external sense, and furnished by a limited understanding from
    • the finest testimony of man's capacity to scale the heights as
    • revealed to him by Goethe. From that moment we see Schiller's ever
    • provides a psychological document of the first importance, where he
    • says: ‘For a long time, although from a distance, I have
    • ascend from the simple organism, step by step to the more complex,
    • seek to penetrate into his hidden technique, by re-creating him in
    • Thus we may regard as a testimony to the objectivity of Goethe's
    • thought has become so important for a large part of our modern
    • history. Fichte reveals himself as a thinker, wandering on remote heights,
    • peculiarity, it is difficult to penetrate to him, although everyone
    • discipline from him to an extraordinary degree. But it is not for
    • abusing Fichte. To him he is a windbag, thinking and writing empty ideas.
    • a time he experimented together with Goethe in order to learn the
    • and even in his chief work is derived from the impression Goethe
    • made on him. If you know Schopenhauer, you know also with what
    • and demands that man should lift himself to a stage where he grasps
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    • made to similar explanations which I have given: ‘We are not
    • have before us a poetic work, a work of comprehensive imaginative
    • his imagination, the right to do it? Can one object: the plant knows
    • idea-conception and as if he who, as it were, feels himself called
    • be a good thing if, in a preliminary study, we make the spirit of his
    • further, even as man has developed himself from an imperfect
    • on those men whom one reckons as belonging to primitive races in the
    • the two are entirely dissimilar.
    • is able to increase the capabilities in him and to discover by means
    • reaches ever higher knowledge by developing himself, and what he
    • and powers that lie in him? One may say that Spiritual Science is as
    • old as human thought. It always took the view that man has before him
    • the world around him. Goethe stood completely and all his life long,
    • never human feeling, never what we know as will-impulses, for
    • which the power of thought might achieve by being kept impersonal,
    • that he who believes himself able to stand on the firm ground of
    • science can confine himself only to externals, so true it is that the
    • thing itself compels you to say it is red, and that the impression
    • say that this shows how impossible the demand is that the power of
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    • gathered from the words he uttered at the time, ‘I am now
    • thought of Goethe's life at this point of time — for he lived
    • at that time a frame of mind regulating Goethe's ideas in a new way
    • In 1831 Goethe finished the work which had occupied him
    • important moments of his
    • Notably he took the first part of Faust with him when he
    • went to Weimar and owing to his position there entered the great
    • of the Weimar Court ladies, Fräulein von Göchhausen, preserved a copy of the Faust which Goethe took with him to
    • Weimar, we to-day possess the form in which it was when he took it
    • the first time and published in 1790, and further we know the
    • important document which Goethe left as his testament, shows
    • of Goethe's life-endeavour. What Goethe took with him to
    • Weimar is a literary work of a quite personal character into
    • the despair of knowledge, as they went with him through the
    • Frankfort time into the Strassburg time and also into the first
    • Weimar period. It is the work of a man hotly striving after
    • knowledge, striving to feel himself into life, experiencing every
    • Then came the time of Goethe's friendship with Schiller.
    • The time when in his inner being he learned to know and experience
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    • born in some spirit fashion, and jumps and hops about immediately
    • In this way these words refer to him:
    • ‘Enough, ye see him, though it is much worse
    • that he has put something into it which made it possible for him to
    • knowledge — the outer influences on one who has dim ideas of
    • experiments. Part I contains this studied view of the supernatural
    • so dissimilar from Part I. What he had learnt in Part I, he
    • beings. We find him withdrawn from all physical vision, veiled in
    • the ‘music of the spheres’ is not a poetic image, nor a
    • poet's images, created by right of poetic licence’ —
    • physical which sounds in the ears of him who is entering the
    • After the spiritual beings which surrounded him had been
    • busy with him while his soul was for a time withdrawn from his
    • that he has a dim idea, or he bathes in the morning-red, of the
    •  The world unfolded lies in twilight glimmer,
    •  Vale in, vale out, the misty streaks grow dimmer;
    •  The boughs, refreshed, lift up their leafy shimmer
    • morning-red, in order to prepare himself to look straight at the
    • remarkable that Faust is now transplanted to the Imperial Court,
    • Such a man, steeping himself in the whole great course of human
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    • help us to become more intimately conscious of the nature and
    • being of present-day man. For at this time in man's history,
    • importance for the whole civilisation of humanity, every
    • throughout the whole of the time that we call history. True, in
    • respect of knowledge, it is imagined that in ancient times
    • scientific sense in modern times; but if we look away from the
    • back, we picture man in a kind of animal form. Thus, in the
    • first place, as we trace back in historical time, we see a
    • see man in his animal imperfection as a kind of higher
    • ape-being. Such is approximately the usual conception of
    • important differences that exist in the soul-constitution of a
    • man of the present-time, as compared even with that of a
    • we retain this idea in our thought. After a certain time the
    • or experience; it simply did not exist for him. His head was
    • memory-picture and the experience, similarly these men related
    • my own image of the Earth-planet.’ Exactly as our modern man
    • those ancient times, experienced the region of the Earth on
    • which he lived as of peculiar importance. An ancient Eastern
    • beneath him the earth, and above him the encircling atmosphere
    • he experienced the Indian soil as especially important for him;
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    • differently constituted from the men of later times. And the
    • dependent than in later times on the character and constitution
    • had in those times a thinking that was inwardly experienced as
    • experience man had of his relation to the world about him, to
    • stream of evolution. To an Oriental, the world around him which
    • of a Cosmos conceived as a unity. Man had around him what is
    • contained in the three kingdoms of nature, he had around him
    • the rivers, mountains, and so forth; but for him this
    • ancient time would say: I live with the mountains, I live with
    • realm. Man lived in it. But he pictured to himself that where
    • the highest realm, the First Hierarchy: Seraphim, Cherubim,
    • those times. It would be nonsense to suppose that it were in
    • any way possible for him to imagine such a thing as matter
    • would have been a sheer impossibility for the ancient Oriental.
    • To him oxygen was spirit, it was that spiritual thing which
    • worked as a stimulating and quickening agent on what already
    • spirit; for the present-day conceptions were unknown to him.
    • everyday consciousness a consciousness very similar to a
    • dream. He is asleep. Suddenly there appears before him a
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    • befell the Earth in the time commonly known as the later Ice
    • leading up to our own time. Of the two earliest of these we
    • the time between the Atlantean catastrophe and the Greek
    • means of which we can take ourselves back in time — was
    • localised memory, where man only bore within him a
    • which he found in the external world or which he himself set
    • there, as memorials by means of which he put himself into
    • were on the Earth; in those ancient times the
    • were in earlier times. Thus did heaven and earth work together
    • the man of long past times was different in the whole
    • constitution of his being from the man of a later time, and
    • still more so from the man of our own time. Man to-day, in his
    • waking condition, bears the Ego and astral body within him
    • more important organisation than itself, namely, the astral
    • Egypto-Chaldean. At that time man experienced himself as spirit
    • Before, they are outside; then they are within him. They enter
    • him, penetrate him and become part of him. In that earlier age,
    • — part of him. So that at every moment of life he was
    • substances, but as bestowed on him through grace from above, as
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    • man feel himself for reasons which we will discuss in the
    • himself as member of the whole Cosmos, as belonging to the
    • later time; it is only darkened to-day because, as we shall
    • ancient times, the more do we find man possessing this
    • men of that time, and how they afterwards experienced a
    • the times when all these things were taking place, we must look
    • remained on for a long time. This was the case with the
    • for a long time. They were still there at the time of the
    • the Mysteries was always in those times of extraordinary
    • strictness and rigour. The important thing in the Hibernian
    • yourselves have held for a long time; you know this quite well.
    • tragedy that men of that time suffered in their preparation for
    • similar experience regarding the search after Truth. They
    • hinder him from coming to truth, all the dark and
    • come thus to a time in his life when he despairs of Being and
    • of Truth means, in short, that he tears out of him his own
    • him earlier, but it was established and confirmed in full
    • received into him a feeling of inward numbness, of hard and
    • frozen numbness. This so worked in him that he saw his soul
    • filled with Imaginations. And these Imaginations were pictures
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    • ancient times Ephesus holds a unique position. You will
    • importance of this Mystery.
    • more recent times when we understand and appreciate the
    • everywhere the impression: The priests of the Mysteries are
    • able, from their own vision, to reveal great and important
    • truths to their pupils. The farther back we go in time, the
    • in the Mysteries the immediate presence of the Gods themselves,
    • in many different Mysteries in an equally sublime manner to
    • was that moral impulses were not sharply distinguished from
    • natural impulses. When Aristotle points Alexander to the
    • dominion, it was not only a physical impulse that came from
    • also moral impulses. The physical and the moral were one. This
    • perceived in the Mysteries — man felt himself one with
    • man to Nature, that was still living and present in the time
    • Ephesus. There was still alive in men of that time a vision and
    • on the country-side, that grow up in Spring-time and fade away
    • — once upon a time, I, as man, have borne it all within
    • out-breathed breath, upon the carbonic acid that was in him and
    • is now outside him. But just as we are able to-day to look upon
    • olden times look upon the whole plant-world. Those who had been
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    • importance for the understanding of the history of the
    • East which was still immersed in the impulses derived from the
    • final end was put to the genuine and pure Mystery impulse of
    • the East by the criminal burning of Ephesus. After that we find
    • now let us examine a little this period of time as it appears
    • of vision and perception, a change that is very similar to one
    • defined. We shall do wrong to imagine that we can understand
    • as man is united through breathing with the air outside him, so
    • the interim period, lasting from about 356
    • new, even as the humanity of olden times came forth from the
    • on into our own time, a civilisation that has been formed on
    • the basis of what the human being himself can produce with the
    • in this direction in Greece, from the time of Herodotus onward.
    • spiritual. And others after him go further in the same
    • begins the period to which man to-day may still feel himself
    • certain honesty in getting himself initiated into the
    • up. The individual of the East felt himself part of a
    • times to this end, — to bring Divine will and human
    • times of year. There the first sign of personality makes its
    • Alexander the Great had received the impulse towards
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    • human being with the deeper impulses and forces of Nature, or
    • similarly, if we would understand the nature and being of man,
    • we must recognise how the various impulses that are to be found
    • kingdoms of Nature. In modern times however there is no longer
    • the plant world or of the animal world to the human being? The
    • results in a darkening of knowledge. The important thing
    • the human being to the Nature that he finds around him.
    • Until the time of the last great revolution in men's
    • organism. The men of these earlier times said: Man is a
    • microcosm; whatever is present in the world outside him, in the
    • macrocosm, is present in some form or other in him. And this
    • whole of Nature, with all her impulses, with all the substances
    • that she contains. Then we have a picture, an imagination of
    • In those times, however, something else was known, namely, that
    • a part, perhaps not even the most important part, of all that
    • for breathing too is a form of assimilation. But it would not
    • occur to him to go any farther. The earlier student of Nature
    • went farther. It was clear to him that when man uses his eye to
    • student of Nature was fully aware of the very great importance
    • Lead is a metal that cannot immediately be demonstrated as
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    • the blackboard, writing for the last time in the room that was
    • so soon to be taken from us, bore within them this impulse and
    • olden times the Spiritual Guides of the Universe spoke of the
    • olden time, and that were in use in the life of olden times in
    • most awful: The Jealousy of the Gods. In those times the term
    • of time, the same Beings Whom we recognise in the majesty of
    • that ancient time the ‘Jealousy of the Gods’ was something very
    • led up to the time of Ephesus, we find that the more advanced
    • true to say that an intimate relationship exists between good
    • human hearts and the good Gods, and this intimate relationship
    • to pass that certain other divine Beings, Luciferic-Ahrimanic
    • after the Spirit falls victim to a tragic destiny. In olden
    • times such an event was spoken of as brought about by the
    • since a time that follows soon after the Persian War, the
    • Macedonian time had to be done in the full consciousness that
    • sank then the Deed of Him Who was capable of the greatest Love
    • hung in olden time over Greece, Macedonia, Asia Minor, Northern
    • when we come to our own time, then that which in earlier ages
    • it is being so played out. In olden times, when men thought of
    • — in a sublime manner, for example, in the Mysteries of
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    • together for the last time during this Christmas Meeting which
    • should be a source of strength and of vital importance for the
    • least most of them were still thinking only a short time ago,
    • primitive in respect of understanding and conceptions of the
    • there sometimes arises, even in men to-day, a premonition that
    • Some little time ago it was still possible for me to give
    • approximately — but in the whole Cosmos something is
    • — not only earthly impulses — demand something from
    • worthy of note. The fact of the matter is this: the impulse
    • during the Meeting itself — be an impulse originating in
    • develop the strength to follow impulses from the spiritual
    • Christmas Meeting, I spoke of manifold impulses at work in the
    • opened for the reception of the spiritual impulses which have
    • the earthly world, the impulses for it must be brought from the
    • This prompts the assertion that the impulses we ought rightly
    • us think for a short time of the responsibility laid upon us by
    • importance are preserved — many a legend tells of how, in
    • earlier times, this or that personality met the Guardian of the
    • Threshold and was instructed by him how to enter the spiritual
    • legitimate entry into the spiritual world must include the
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    • inimical to religion were being practiced; and there is even
    • thinking and a logic of life. And anyone who immerses himself
    • up actively his impulse-filled suggestions, and tries to gain
    • stimuli of Goetheanism, if I may use the expression, this very
    • start with, Anthroposophy claims to be a knowledge of the
    • magnificent natural science of our time. It aims to rank
    • well know, my dear friends, that today anything claiming
    • with the help of its methods of experiment and observation. But
    • belief are handed down from ancient times. It is not known that
    • the instruction of the primary grades of school. And we might
    • primitive, outermost human settlements. This brings it about
    • concepts about the spiritual world similar to those they have
    • Even when at times they are prophetic dreams, which is by no
    • us imagine for a moment, merely to develop the thought that is
    • the outer sense-reality give to him, certainly at some time the
    • question will appear: How is what he himself experiences within
    • him as his soul-spirit-being related to the transformations and
    • expands to questions of soul-immortality, of human freedom, and
    • and receiving sense-impressions, from that of looking inward
    • When a man is convinced that the imagination of the dream can
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    • Die Polaritaet von Dauer und Entwicklung Im Menschenleben. Die kosmische
    • Die Polaritaet von Dauer und Entwicklung Im Menschenleben.
    • would experience not a mirror-image, as by day, but the true form
    • the soul of man when he develops Imaginative Consciousness, that in
    • life he stands in intimate connection with what we must designate
    • time there is working into his Ego those Beings of the third
    • have external nature around him, but would immediately feel in
    • himself the Beings of the Angels, Archangels and the Time-Spirits.
    • Spirits of Time, pulsate in our nature, filling it with their
    • only feel it dimly, because we can only dimly sense the influence
    • of these Time-Spirits within us.
    • personalities; that we can only do when we attain the Imaginative
    • Imaginative Consciousness when we so experience our thinking that,
    • soul has altered in the various epochs of time, alterations brought
    • Spirits of Time. It is of this that we seek to create a
    • can alone give man the possibility of feeling himself an historical
    • placed in a definite point of time. How this permeation of the
    • enough to attain Imaginative Cognition.
    • know, Imaginative Cognition is not present. From the moment of
    • the fact that especially in our present cycle of time, man, when he
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    • Kunst- und Lebensfragen Im Lichte der Geisteswissenschaft.
    • Kunst- und Lebensfragen Im Lichte der Geisteswissenschaft.
    • in himself and in nature both what we call growth and what we
    • himself or in nature, he perceives building up —
    • to him to describe what thus goes outside reality, when he
    • especially important that we should form a concept which is
    • in summertime, when the earth is budding and sprouting. No!
    • that the moment of time when man is destined to unite himself
    • waking life — with the Christ Impulse — that this
    • have also called attention to how in more ancient times, when
    • into the sleeping Earth-soul in order to have Imagination,
    • the. dream-like Imagination of the old spiritual vision, then
    • process arises similar to what takes place when the budding
    • initiation we become conscious of what is all the time being
    • an animal, only in the usual course of life we are not aware
    • forms the content of conscious being. Every time we display
    • really is, all we need do is to imagine ourselves in the
    • miniature and imperceptibly in manes physical nature. We
    • should simply experience summer in man when we look at him
    • asleep, and winter when we look at him awake. If we wish to
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    • time we were able to meet together here, we put forward
    • time: that all spiritual-scientific observation is won by
    • essential that anyone occupying himself with spiritual
    • thought, feeling, and will-impulses, or in any other manner,
    • time for such talks. But people who are thus possessed by
    • this Unity-Demon, which is at the same time a kind of
    • lifted out, and is at the same time, joined to the forces of
    • and this can be a result of spiritual science in our time,
    • an imaginative character, tinged with feeling.
    • especially with What transpires in man himself. That which
    • takes place in man himself must naturally also be an object
    • of that which occurs impersonally in cosmic events; but that
    • it informs him essentially about what man is, of what goes on
    • relatively the most important. Hence I must ever speak of its
    • higher worlds, in an impersonal way, as indicated in my book
    • develop something impersonal in themselves, with reference to
    • head-clairvoyance speaks preferably of man himself,
    • notes what man himself is in the entirety of this cosmic
    • contain information which has importance — I beg you to
    • clairvoyant in question to occupy himself much with the
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    • The Spiritual Union of Humanity through the Christ Impulse,
    • Die Geistige Vereinigung der Menschheit Durch den Christus-Impuls.
    • The Spiritual Union of Humanity through the Christ Impulse,
    • Die Geistige Vereinigung der Menschheit Durch den Christus-Impuls.
    • lecture we found that moral impulses are fundamental in human
    • foundation and that thereby what is evil, wrong and immoral
    • times.
    • impossible to express the true attitude of man by saying;
    • one side, now to the other, but he himself holds the correct
    • the utmost limit. Foolhardiness is one side; the opposite is
    • into foolhardiness he loses himself and lays aside his own
    • tears him in pieces if he errs in this direction, but if, on
    • himself and tears himself away from his connection with
    • himself, who, as he cannot bring his deeds into harmony with
    • he hardens within himself. Thus at the head of the moral code
    • be lost to the world, the world lays hold on him, and crushes
    • him, as is the case in foolhardiness; or the world may be
    • lost to him, because he hardens himself in his egoism, as is
    • or the world is lost to him. Goodness consists in avoiding
    • compensation to be karmically made at a future time. What man
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    • the connection of the spiritual scientific impulses with
    • various unclarified tasks of the present time, and the
    • characterizes him especially as a personality of the fifth
    • important phenomena of the advancing post-Atlantean cultural
    • symptomatic of the character of our time than one might assume.
    • in the best of all epochs, and we might exclaim in the words of
    • To see in times before us how a wise man thought,
    • presents this as his own innermost sentiment and believes that
    • he is thereby associating himself with Goethe, who is renowned
    • associating himself with Wagner, whom Goethe sets up as a foil
    • we wish to study human life in connection with the important
    • respect enjoyed by the family at that time. Goethe's father was
    • man of his time, he also possessed a broad range of interests.
    • He had traveled in Italy and representations of important Roman
    • French culture of his time completely permeated the life of
    • Frankfurt and most intimately influenced Goethe's home. The
    • important world events were part of the life in his home, and
    • moreover, was a woman of the most spontaneous human sentiment,
    • say this without sentimentality — and acquire certain mystical
    • experienced in vital sentiments and emotions much that is
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    • of our time. But even when we consider human life as it
    • close to every person. Goethe's life was important in world
    • the Kamchadales believe that the water wagtails or similar
    • birds bring on springtime because spring follows their arrival.
    • that follows another in time must derive from it as the effect
    • in life, which made him so important for humanity, from these
    • youthful impressions according to the principle that, because
    • one thing follows something else in time, it must proceed from
    • traced to these youthful impressions. To be sure, in his case
    • to the great God of Nature. How impressive and beautiful is
    • When we consider the time into which Goethe was born, we shall
    • into existence simply because he produced them according to his
    • humanity to prove that they cannot be bound up in this simple
    • to another case. Can you imagine, for instance, the development
    • he was five, making him an imbecile. Anyone who traces the
    • course of spiritual life through the decades preceding the time
    • relationship similar to that between Columbus and the discovery
    • himself.
    • dissimilarities between Goethe and Schiller, there is,
    • nevertheless, something quite similar in them — not to mention
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    • through his Faust, and through this exert so important
    • significance? We compare such an important life and work with
    • time, is intended to conceal and disguise certain things and to
    • ego and astral body are outside. This is adequate for a primary
    • from without upon the human being, that everything in him that
    • perception, which is primarily connected with the head;
    • it is important to grasp correctly the connection of the
    • impossible to prove anatomically, to classify the nerves as
    • the important point is to know how they are related to the
    • distinguishes man from the animal. But such is not the case.
    • the brain and our etheric body are the primary, original ones.
    • intimate and important relationship with our etheric body. The
    • spinal cord system has its most intimate and primary
    • system is related with the actual ego. These are the primary
    • are more intimate during sleep, as are the relationships
    • then, that during sleep especially intimate relationships
    • another essential, important thought. Something significant for
    • place in him only during earthly existence and is, therefore,
    • experiences when it is in the head, which is primarily the
    • result of all those impulses that were at work during the Moon,
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    • freedom, bring more with him than in earlier ages when his
    • other cultures of earlier times, we shall find that the measure
    • him in earlier times. During the Egypto-Chaldean period, the
    • or she was forced similar to the way an animal is forced into
    • sure, there was a compensation for this limitation of freedom.
    • conditions in ancient times were such that those who were then
    • guiding human affairs did so with the same impulses as the
    • times whereby the guiding personalities acquainted themselves
    • outside the earth. I have told you that at certain times — we
    • course in earlier times. Suppose that today the Christmas
    • people, but that in its form and time of occurrence men knew
    • Christmas time is one of the most brilliant points of this
    • waking state. At that time the aura of the earth is permeated,
    • in this respect; we must simply recognize this fact. The
    • period, in which the individual freed himself from the will of
    • would require much time to make clear how in the third
    • post-Atlantean period which began, as we know, approximately in
    • grasp these deeper connections and impart to the intellectual
    • time, I called your attention to the fact that what constitutes
    • Jupiter, Venus, and Vulcan times. We may say that the earth is,
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    • him, have a bearing on the many factors that influence the way
    • possible for ahrimanic influences to mingle continually in
    • It is the peculiarity of our time that the materialistic
    • most important positions, and this to an extent that is
    • ages. We are not simply deprecating our own times in a
    • pessimistic way and referring to the good old times that are
    • seemingly most important places in life.
    • repeat, people would see what is of real importance here if it
    • were not for the immense influence of present public opinion
    • of life through learning to see that we are immersed in
    • Official positions are often filled by Ahriman-Mephistopheles
    • was able to free himself from Mephistopheles only at the end of
    • money — an invention of extraordinary importance for the last
    • see how Faust gradually frees himself from Mephistopheles. Even
    • previously held, simply roams about the world without having
    • stands beside him in the way in which the Mephistophelian force
    • second fact is equally important. It is extremely difficult to
    • appetites of an earlier time are said to agitate in the
    • in what it knows, this school of thought would claim, and in
    • indefinable tendency toward pessimism, a partial weariness of
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    • correctly put himself into the nature of those phenomena that
    • Permit me to mention him here simply as an example of some
    • how this compelled him to take the theological training in the
    • accomplished something important. We must understand how he
    • just the education that would keep it for a time from seeing a
    • we study Vischer, we shall see that precisely all his whims and
    • his biography and criticize the school that actually made him
    • slash into a personality with our concepts, we should simply
    • ideas. In many works of the present time we observe this
    • novitiate cut into the flesh of living animals. Certain
    • simply criticize it or surrender to an abstract idealism,
    • abroad to England. There he devoted himself especially to the
    • sentiment in this heart. On the one hand, he is a man fully
    • where the English company that employed him frequently sent him
    • you will find, up to the thirtieth decimal point at least, the
    • decimals and extending to infinity. It might easily be supposed
    • thirtieth or fortieth decimal point in primeval times because
    • technician, something was disclosed to him that is deeply
    • times in which people depended on a kind of knowledge that
    • insignificant it seems, this is extraordinarily important. One
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    • life that is essential to spiritual science in our time. I hope
    • I have been giving for some time. Thus, it is necessary to gain
    • intimately related with his remote cosmic future. Each person
    • integrates himself in a way into the social order of life.
    • Because of his karma he or she is impelled to a certain
    • of vocation, a knowledge of the significance of the immediate
    • of our time. Thus, our truths bear a character that is always strong
    • relatively short time, perhaps play a most important scientific
    • passes through a period of seven years, approximately to the
    • of my lecture delivered a short time ago in Liestal,
    • direct our attention today to the time between the fourteenth
    • climate, nationality, etc. At that time, humans become mature,
    • recognized that the consideration of this particular time is of
    • the greatest importance to the scientific theory of heredity
    • because the human being must by this time have developed all
    • those characteristics that enable him to impart traits to his
    • makes this an important period of life. To be sure, traits of
    • secondary importance that are developed later may be passed
    • characteristics. It is entirely different in animals because
    • time. It is this that we must carefully consider.
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    • present considerations will impress us with their deeper and
    • our feelings and sentiments that may enable us to look upon
    • merely about everyday matters but also about the most important
    • certain music teacher who, at that time in the sixteenth
    • dedicated the book to him, saying expressly in the dedication,
    • great importance to having him well-instructed. He studied the
    • that time. Today, you know, boys make only airplanes, but then
    • unsystematic way, one fact simply following after another with
    • money and tried to secure a scholarship for him. He did not
    • instruction for him with the money he earned with sweat and
    • university things got a little hot for him. This came about
    • difficulty in proving it would be impossible to carry out this
    • project. Much hostility was then aroused against him and,
    • himself through his accomplishments, he no longer felt entirely
    • contemporary to whom it was told by the man himself. Moreover,
    • had a dream in which he saw himself walking over burning coals
    • discoveries, for which others claimed part of the credit as was
    • without thanking him. He became fairly prosperous but not
    • drive himself so hard. He had to give many private lessons,
    • with his brain that — I simply repeat what was related — he
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    • super-sensible worlds just as we speak of the animal, plant,
    • to those of the animal, plant, and mineral in his physical
    • whatever between himself and the Godhead, but to live in the
    • consider it especially sublime to stand thus, without
    • our time really are, since it is not important if a man
    • imagines he can find the way to his god, but rather
    • whether he actually can. What is really important is not
    • at all the question of whether the human being imagines he has
    • speak of Him? When a man speaks of his god in a justifiable
    • nothing else whatever. The important fact is not whether a
    • person imagines that he or she is finding the way to the
    • is important.
    • archangels and angels — then comes man, the animal kingdom,
    • personality, are also time spirits.They are the controlling
    • Romans because we are controlled by a different time spirit,
    • who is, of course, a most sublime being. Then we have, in turn,
    • standing just above man, guide and lead him through the portals
    • new birth and is lead by him again into a new life. The mission
    • he has eliminated the angels' characteristic of guiding the
    • human relationships over long stretches of time. Then, if we
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    • with Him. I have spoken frequently about this objection, and we
    • events of our times and little needs to be added. The necessary
    • apply himself solely in egoistic fashion to his own creed.
    • primarily concerns human society. We will now have to mention
    • soul must find the way to Him for himself with those means that
    • are suitable for the present time.
    • point in space and time. When we fix this in our minds, we
    • held, even by us; we should not simply seek to remove it by
    • in time and space belongs to the realm of maya, the great
    • since this Mystery of Golgotha occurred during the time of the
    • that at a definite point of time, as we have set forth in my book,
    • expressed in a magnificent image at the beginning of the Old
    • Testament. In the so-called “Fall of Man,” the image of Lucifer
    • we survey the time through which humanity passed from the
    • be a time in which human beings gradually descended from a
    • primeval, atavistic clairvoyant, revelation that was brought
    • now a relatively short period of earthly time since we cannot
    • what men possessed at an earlier time as an atavistic wisdom,
    • this looking up to an ancestor in ancient times? In those most
    • ancient times to which history can still look back, in that
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    • connections, to enlighten himself about the impulses, the
    • forces, working into the present time. And to understand what
    • mankind's development passed at the time of the Mystery of
    • did not pass over immediately into the other. But when we
    • less self-evident. It was particularly natural for him to
    • speaking, simply as a kind of glowing ball in universal
    • seething through the universe. That was to him the spirit of
    • glowing ball is floating. To him this glowing, floating ball
    • who were thinking at the time of the Mystery of Golgotha,
    • existing at that time. But this constitution of soul
    • At the time of the Foundation of Rome the old possibility was
    • drew him on the blackboard for you a week ago, in what I
    • their thought structure, under the impression of these events
    • present time, are talking utter nonsense about their own
    • reflection that they are simply talking nonsense — pure
    • the time of testing has come, the time of trial, when we have
    • at last to see that it is not a matter simply of delivering
    • judgment that only has limited value by being right in a
    • between sound thinking and the thinking of the times.
    • felt himself obliged, it seems, to speak as he was accustomed
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  • Title: Mysteries of the Sun: Lecture II
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    • physical nature, we should have to show him thus: Head part
    • limb-system; really three balls even if these balls have to
    • breast man, shall we call him? What is enclosed by the
    • third man of the limb-system, to which sex man belongs, there
    • are to understand the important things now to be described,
    • more we go over head, breast man, man of the limb system, we
    • it is into whom the Elohim breathed the breath of life. He is
    • the breathing man. The division here is not so simple as in
    • through. It even has in it much that is ahrimanic. In effect,
    • had it not received its first form in those primeval days of
    • the old Sun-evolution. Thus they are actually old, primeval
    • and for this reason we must call them ahrimanic. Survivals of
    • point of view as either ahrimanic or luciferic. The
    • the man of the limb-system wholly man, but is permeated by
    • over into the Venus age. By the time the Venus age has come
    • we presuppose what will only be in existence at the time of
    • impression of the physiognomy of your head and consider it,
    • take an impression but must proceed differently. Think away
    • in man the head and the breast-system. But imagine all that
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    • that point of time described in these lectures, the time at
    • up to approximately the middle of the eighth pre-Christian
    • wisdom. In those olden times before the eighth pre-Christian
    • mind of those times, the solution to such questions as are
    • time indicated, all conceptions related to spiritual and
    • therefore to immortal man have actually been lost. Only these
    • into our ego, if I may say so, during the time we pass
    • by Plato with the Good. And during this time between death
    • west thinks to himself — especially when he is a hard and
    • to himself that if there is nothing in space then it is just
    • help of the simplest mathematical concept and when I say
    • ever diminishing fullness, we can come to empty space; and we
    • than empty, not in the whole of him but where there are
    • imagination and picture that everything materially filling
    • image. We could forget ourselves ... We see ourselves in
    • the mirror. In the same way man does not experience himself
    • it; what he experiences is actually its reflected image. All
    • brain and imagine we are looking at the soul-life of an
    • without, his soul-life stretches into him thus... so I will
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  • Title: Threefold Order II: Lecture 1: Influence of the human will upon the course of economic life
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    • short time he worked to bring his ideas into practical application but
    • it soon became impossible to bring about a 'threefold social order' and
    • with over the decades since that time and have proved to be just as
    • generally — in the way imagined by many people at the
    • latter times by the theoreticians of economic thought, by
    • has actually been asserted, for instance, that the important
    • person, who wants himself to embark on any sort of
    • undertaking, must each time pay good heed to the
    • views represented at all times in this place
    • thought in modern times, — which, on the contrary,
    • educates in a man something which leads him to look plainly
    • purely theoretic. The reason of this is simply, that the
    • simply cannot free themselves from it.
    • commonplace. But, once anyone has trained himself in the
    • delivery,’ and succeeded so well at that time as to get
    • again; and that, at the same time with the European
    • kind; but now, in the meantime, during the period which had
    • the bank discount at that time rose in England as high as 7
    • per cent, and in Germany at times as high as 8 per cent; and
    • theories, — why, they are simply swarming with data!
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    • short time he worked to bring his ideas into practical application but
    • it soon became impossible to bring about a 'threefold social order' and
    • with over the decades since that time and have proved to be just as
    • simply by offering a few remarks, which may lead on to as
    • intimated to me, that an important question at this moment is
    • particular importance.
    • time at one of these very study-evenings, and called
    • it is really today, even in these times of need, to approach
    • last time, how certain proposed plans had failed, and how we
    • above all, which is of importance to-day, — and it
    • by me not once but many times: and that was the question of
    • that the fact of the matter is simply, that in the economic
    • such questions as wages, and the like, are not the primary
    • simply dried up in this way. I am just picking out one
    • of our conversation it came out, that, simply from his own
    • view, that the most important thing to be dealt with is the
    • business people, and at the same time can think, one
    • all-important matter that one is ‘a practical
    • and at the same time can think, they arrive quite infallibly,
    • this impossible Reichstag (it will be a quite impossible
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  • Title: Reincarnation and Immortality: Lecture I: Free Will, Immortality
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    • concerning free will and immortality are among the most
    • important. I have planned today's lecture so that these two
    • intimately they belong together and how it is hardly possible
    • immediately be aware of two facts. Apart from approaching such
    • when dealing with free will and immortality.
    • investigate the things that are so important to it, it can set
    • upon which the source of his findings is revealed to him. For
    • concern to the human being himself, for they are pre-eminently
    • many times — that the science of spirit is definitely an
    • times. But it is precisely because it realizes how to value the
    • within the human being himself, to what surges to and fro in
    • thousands of similar examples — supposing I stand
    • dimly in the distance amid many other noises and hardly
    • time I attempted to learn the steps of the quadrille to this
    • that time I only noted the tune in a half-dreaming state. But
    • the book I knew nothing about a barrel organ playing, it simply
    • cited similar ones. But in following such learned dissertations
    • hardly perceptible impressions in the human self, such as those
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    • him to the following short but comprehensive and
    • about history is the enthusiasm it stimulates.”
    • human history that is important, but rather the feelings and
    • enthusiasm that history stimulates. However, the more we feel
    • impelled to go into what is called historical knowledge, the
    • person. It is true that it took place a long time ago, but it
    • impossible for the various peoples, the members of this
    • has the impression that Schiller believed he could arrive at
    • kind of prophecy. Immediately after Schiller had come to
    • terrible way. We could add hundreds and hundreds of similar
    • This makes it imperative to take a closer look at what we
    • times as ours this is particularly important. History should
    • nation. The other is Wilson, who at about the same time gave a
    • the time is too short. — For instance, I can only
    • spirit of Jesus. If the time allowed us to compare all three we
    • German nation at that time arose out of a kind of activity of
    • the imagination which felt itself stimulated to think in
    • symbols and images. Even revered figures and personalities are
    • often presented to the people in images and revered in images.
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  • Title: Reincarnation and Immortality: Lecture III: The Supersensible Being of Man
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    • this essence can be comprehended by an understanding limited by
    • how the effect was immediate and convincing, how the audience
    • to the ordinary means of thinking, into an impossible
    • him or what can be achieved by combining sense phenomena only
    • thinking he is within himself, and in employing the power of
    • expect to find something that will lead him to the real being
    • consist in taking particular mental images into the
    • particular path. It leads him to realize that memory, as it
    • long time, even if only for a very short period each day, and
    • leads him to perform the same action every day. This is the
    • can regard it as something most important and essential in our
    • meditation, when he immerses himself in a state of
    • moments which he himself controls, can immerse himself to such
    • Grillparzer, as far as his capacity enabled him, took the same
    • piece that he had played at the time he had conceived The
    • was the same both times he played, enabled him to find the same
    • those times when he is practicing spiritual investigation
    • the activity in which he has immersed himself. This activity
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  • Title: Reincarnation and Immortality: Lecture IV: Nature of Anthroposophy
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    • limits by natural science, up to what can be called the
    • understanding of the simplest human heart, and the practical
    • needs of human souls and spirits at the present time, when
    • as the limits of science.
    • sense world, experiment, and thought, which combines the
    • results of observation and experiment, and find in this way the
    • come to the conviction that this research has its limits. It
    • nature. It has to accept that it has limits as far as the real
    • Thus Anthroposophy recognizes the limits set to our knowledge
    • the senses; here we receive our impressions. We call up again
    • the pictures of such impressions from our memories, often years
    • impression has been received by our soul, perhaps half
    • outer impression has been received by all kinds of feelings and
    • impulses of will, received indeed by the organic, bodily
    • really only a transformed sense impression, which has
    • during mystical self-immersion, is the revelation of something
    • both at the limits of our knowledge of nature and at the limits
    • preliminary answer to this question. It can say: With the
    • possible to go further (because of the limits of our knowledge
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  • Title: Reincarnation and Immortality: Lecture V: Mystery of the Human Being
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    • that we can get away from it for a time, but in the long run
    • this cannot be done without injury to the body. Similarly, any
    • succeeding period of time. As our time is so short, it is not
    • different kind from those of earlier times. The science of
    • mystery of man out of the needs of modern times.
    • important to remember that the science of spirit does not take
    • reckon with it, if it is to keep abreast of the times.
    • thought and research in more recent times. This will be
    • be imagined as effective in the material world. — And how
    • today, an atom of iron must be imagined as being more
    • immediate surroundings of our ordinary consciousness. And
    • understandably so, in view of the condition of the times. Just
    • and animals, right up to man. It was thought possible to
    • species below him. And in following the transformation of
    • the different species, from the simplest living being right up
    • man had evolved, in the appropriate simplest living being, and
    • cell, which would be similar to what would be discovered as the
    • simplest animal form in the world. Once again the path was
    • taken to the smallest, this time the smallest living beings.
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    • Eine Fortbildung der Goetheschen Metamorphosenanschauung im Bereich
    • they miming. Eurhythmy as we here give it cannot therefore be
    • Art, having as its instrument Man himself, and its movements
    • man expresses himself in sound have been studied by a kind of
    • perception which is at the same time “sensible”
    • the simple way in which Goethe applied this teaching of the
    • primitive plant. What Goethe worked out with regard to
    • the individual, making him or a group of individuals into a
    • course of time. The gestures are not accidental in our
    • content of the poem which is considered specially important.
    • conducting music, showing that he attached more importance to
    • are trying to impart the essential content of a poem, for
    • artistically impartial than ours, there will be a quite
  • Title: Differentation of Primeval Wisdom into East, Middle, West
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    • Incarnation of Lucifer and Ahriman, and has the title,
    • Differentation of Primeval Wisdom into East, Middle, West.
    • The Influences of Lucifer and Ahriman,
    • Differentation of Primeval Wisdom into East, Middle, West.
    • Primeval Wisdom into East, Middle, West
    • the plant and animal worlds, which no longer play any strong
    • this:- either humanity will simply succumb to a view of the
    • to believe that, simply from being Born as human beings on
    • otherwise the earth simply faces its downfall.
    • it — an inherited Wisdom — a primeval Wisdom, which
    • primeval knowledge specialised itself in such a way that it
    • that this primeval or inherited wisdom became specialised,
    • forms the Indian civilisation and the climatic geographical
    • from humanity, and we can point almost exactly to the time in
    • preserved in all sorts of secret societies, which sometimes
    • still preserved a primeval wisdom even in the 19th century.
    • unless the impulses of Spiritual Science are spread abroad in
    • of the traditions of ancient times with what streams over
    • very seriously, that unless a Spiritual Scientific impulse
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    • time, and that cosmic body itself. From the most diverse
    • incarnations. These successive incarnations bring him to a
    • do the epochs of time which lie between his death and
    • re-birth. The times which man passes between death and
    • re-birth are for him times of a more Spiritual existence, and
    • during such times he is himself more withdrawn from the Earth
    • than at the times between birth and death.
    • withdrawn from the Earth of to stand in a more intimate
    • Geologists, in such a way that they regard it simply as a
    • simply an external illusion. What appears thus as this stony
    • mass is simply the body for certain Spiritual beings. And
    • death. Only we must not imagine that the reflection of the
    • which appears simply externally to us here on Earth as the
    • what, while we are on Earth, simply reveals its external
    • far as we are dealing with a sense impression we always have
    • impulse to become too much related to the earthly powers,
    • develop too strongly the impulse to become too closely
    • kingdoms of mature, or man himself, or the Hierarchies next
    • to him, when one speaks in the sense of true Spiritual
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    • methods of spiritual knowledge possible at the present time,
    • in its most intimate essentials, can never arrive at any
    • employees of the Daimler works. And now he talks about this
    • like him — who is theoretically in agreement with what is
    • lecture given by me to the employees of the Daimler works but
    • facts of the case He has no dis8rimination about the way in
    • employees of the Daimler works are sitting. As I am speaking
    • the spirit in which he is at the time embodied. This can be
    • that the lecture I then. gave to tile Daimler employees was
    • would have pleased the writer, these Daimler people would
    • have always to say — even if in the course of time our
    • out — I have to say: It is not important whether or not
    • particular importance, my dear friends, to understand this
    • does the harmfulness of the present materialistic impulse
    • his experiences to speak about the animal kingdom, assume
    • intelligible — in the animal world, in its development,
    • forces working in the world of the animals, he will perhaps
    • have to say things that immediately arouse the passions of
    • who criticise him up hill and down dale without going at all
    • into the content of what he asserts, simply because he has
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  • Title: Necessity for Spiritual Knowledge: Lecture 1 (alternate translation)
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    • time; and especially about the basis of the work we are doing
    • here (Waldorf School, etc.) and of our aims. I shall possibly
    • sort of thing that ie necessary at the present time.
    • at the present time — a spiritual deepening brought
    • understanding for the needs and demands of the present time,
    • you think it could truthfully be said that in our time men
    • of the Threefold Commonwealth League had sent him a copy of
    • the lecture which I gave to the workers at the Daimler
    • Daimler workers, but who criticies the “tone”
    • the present time. And again in the “Threefold
    • the workers of the Daimler Company are sitting. I know
    • assure jou that the lecture which I gave to the Daimler
    • question of outward similerity in the words and sentences is
    • not the point. What is of importance is this: from which
    • materialistic impulse of our time? It consists in this, that
    • statements about the animal kingdom; suppose be wished to
    • make comprehensible the fact that in the animal kingdom and
    • which work in the animal kingdom, he might nave to speak in
    • such a way which would immediately make some group of
    • him root and branch without once really examining what he
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    • and that beyond this definitely limited region, the world was
    • of modern times has been that this territorial consciousness
    • of the disclosures of modern history man has imagined the
    • may be said that simultaneously with the emergence of this
    • the case when the old Greek confined himself as it were
    • must arise as to whether the time is ripe for this
    • really human factor in this picture; it simply says something
    • of time when it is impossible for human evolution to advance
    • present time, but it must be extended; what is to be found in
    • himself makes with the train, is something that he forgets.
    • that is very limited in scope, and restricted, and it can be
    • increased every time he gets out of the train at some town
    • certain sense pulls himself up in the inner experiences of
    • experiences something which says to him; You, as man, are not
    • periods of time which are a guarantee of the fact that one
    • him”. But a man who knows how to understand inner
    • birth, then for the first time the world takes on a real
    • when we really see it and do not merely imagine it in an
    • the spiritual beings of the three Hierarchies immediately
    • Seraphim, Cherubim and Thrones. Through meditation then, we
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    • tendency to reject spiritual conceptions and occupy himself
    • himself more and more akin to the material, is descending so
    • give himself up to material life to such an extent that he
    • severs himself from the soul-and-spirit altogether, sinks
    • into the realm of the Ahrimanic Powers and passes with them
    • the world of Ahriman and can only find its true path of
    • the impulse of the Mystery of Golgotha and when he realises
    • convention to imagine that man's life of soul is
    • minerals, plants and animals, we ask: What is there, in
    • certain extent also, in the animal kingdom, but apart
    • impossible, but we will assume hypothetically a Nature
    • contemplation of the external world alone. Let us not imagine
    • no clouds, no minerals, no plants, even no animals. There
    • creative principle in our time — lives inside the bounds
    • universe. It enables him to understand the words of Christ:
    • And to what end has he been making himself empty? It is in
    • order to receive the Christ Impulse, the Divine Spiritual,
    • only become concrete and real when we receive the impulse of
    • the impulse of the Spirit with our inner life. Man has the
    • abstract intellectual concepts or to receive into himself the
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  • Title: The Physical-Superphysical: Its Realisation Through Art
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    • shadow-side of man's life — important as that side
    • hardly get beyond a refined form of illustration, imitation
    • desire for the embodiment of an idea, for the artistic
    • embodiment of what is purely spiritual. Interpreting a
    • is a certain limited sphere in our mood of soul in which our
    • within the limits of perception mentioned above.
    • only have made some attempt to get on intimate term with it,
    • trends in the art of recent times, whatever we may think
    • about impressionism, expressionism, and so on — the
    • all the talk about things such as impressionism and
    • actually living in art. In recent times, where the study of
    • vision. A healthy life of soul consists simply in confining
    • external impression, an external form — for example, a
    • only if we are able out of our legitimate striving for the
    • vision to divine what form, what plastic impression, we have
    • people. Yet there is something that precisely from our time
    • all the time being killed by a higher kind of life. It is the
    • often contains truths very important from the point of view
    • this theory of his is still very limited; it is capable of
    • the human head into the appearance of man himself, the result
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  • Title: The Sources of Artistic Imagination and the Sources of Supersensible Knowledge
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    • The Sources of Artistic Imagination and the
    • connection exists between the impulses inherent in artistic
    • imagination, artistic creative power and appreciation, and
    • the impulses inherent in super-sensible knowledge.
    • whence artistic imagination receives its impulses, such
    • imagination. Writers of fairy-tales or other artists who try
    • enables a man at any moment to wrest himself away from the
    • visions that come to him, it is legitimate to speak of
    • imagination and the conscious vision that can function in the
    • original impulses to be superseded by what is consciously
    • assimilated of the spiritual world. This attitude ignores the
    • essentials of the connection between artistic imagination and
    • artistic imagination and seership it is necessary to realise
    • creating out of artistic imagination or phantasy will
    • idealistically, or makes his an Impressionist or
    • Expressionist, is not the important point. A certain
    • transformation of what a man reproduces within himself from
    • world. In his artistic creation there remains the image of
    • will be of artistic imagination, based upon his personal
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    • Im Gottes-Ich
    • Im Menschen-Welten-Wesen.
    • Seraphim, Cherubim, Throne
    • Ex deo nascimur.
    • Im Seelengleichgewichte,
    • Im Menschen-Seelen-Wirken.
    • Denn es waltet der Christus-Wille im Umkreis
    • In Christus morimur.
    • Du lebest im ruhenden Haupte,
    • Im Weltenwesen Licht-erflehend;
    • Per spiritum sanctum reviviscimus.
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    • in Cristo morimur.
    • implorando luz, obran en el ser cósmico.
    • Per spiritum sanctum reviviscimus.
    • una verbal y otra impresa. La versión que aquí se traduce es la que
    • recitara Rudolf Steiner el último día (1ş de enero de 1924) de la
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    • You live in the limbs
    • Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones
    • Ex deo nascimur.
    • That guides you through the rhythm of times
    • In equanimity of soul,
    • In Christo morimur.
    • light imploring, reign in cosmic being;
    • Per spiritum sanctum reviviscimus
    • At the turning point of time
  • Title: Lecture: Human Knowledge and Its Significance for Man and the Cosmos
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    • time human beings are living through incarnations in which they can
    • times will come when their souls will be incarnated again and when knowledge
    • our time these members are held together without our intervention. Nowadays,
    • truth is always simple and that what is not simple is not the real ‘truth.’
    • and have no inkling of the fact that when they speak of this ‘simplicity
    • under a delusion. Times will come when knowledge, and knowledge alone
    • himself.
    • of a human being living at the present time is, in essentials, the product
    • In the ordinary way we imagine that the only purpose of the knowledge
    • probably say to himself: ‘I will use chemistry and investigate
    • are contained in the wheat. Anyone who imagines that it is possible
    • utilitarian standpoint and want to make this the essential aim of science
    • what its innermost and primary purpose is, it would not answer that
    • error here. The primary purpose of what lives within us in the form
    • altogether. It is there primarily in order that it may work and weave
    • wisdom, little by little. And at the same time we apply the wisdom thus
    • every time we use grains of wheat for food, we are depriving them of
    • are not primarily there for this purpose.
    • which the primary purpose of the grain of wheat is to bring a new plant
    • into being? The primary purpose of the forces of Knowledge within us,
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    • lecture we found that moral impulses are fundamental in human
    • foundation and that thereby what is evil, wrong and immoral
    • times.
    • impossible to express the true attitude of man by saying;
    • one side, now to the other, but he himself holds the correct
    • the utmost limit. Foolhardiness is one side; the opposite is
    • into foolhardiness he loses himself and lays aside his own
    • tears him in pieces if he errs in this direction, but if, on
    • himself and tears himself away from his connection with
    • himself, who, as he cannot bring his deeds into harmony with
    • he hardens within himself. Thus at the head of the moral code
    • be lost to the world, the world lays hold on him, and crushes
    • him, as is the case in foolhardiness; or the world may be
    • lost to him, because he hardens himself in his egoism, as is
    • or the world is lost to him. Goodness consists in avoiding
    • compensation to be karmically made at a future time. What man
    • Mysteries, it was possible for him to give the precise
    • being crushed, or when the world loses him? In each of these
    • cases something is always destroyed. Every evil or immoral
    • awakened within him. It is especially the task of Spiritual
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    • this school or in a manner it acknowledges to be similar, the
    • preliminary knowledge propounded by it. In as far as the author
    • about this Mystery on many occasions in our more intimate
    • is so extensive and belongs to a sphere of such importance and
    • richness that, in order to approach it even approximately from
    • primeval epochs of the earth evolution of humanity during which
    • dreamlike and imaginative in character, it was
    • the human beings of that time possessed faculties which enabled
    • course, be wrong to imagine that the meeting with such a being
    • of the higher hierarchies was of a similar nature to the
    • primeval earth language could only be comprehended by spiritual
    • existence to the human being of that time. Secrets of existence
    • were poured out into the human mind of that time and they
    • beings, what may be called primeval wisdom. Within these
    • one thing of special importance which, as a matter of fact, was
    • unnecessary for humanity of that time but which does contain
    • those ancient times. Much of this, however, you know already;
    • ancient times — also for a long time after for those who
    • compare the animal consciousness of today, even the higher
    • animal consciousness, with the human consciousness in ancient,
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    • requisite preliminary knowledge. Other opinions will be in
    • to present the general cosmic truths at first in as simple and
    • questions of reincarnation, of re-embodiment.
    • Lemurian time, we find among the human beings then incarnated
    • at that time have again and again experienced
    • reincarnations, re-embodiments, during the succeeding
    • time of the Lemurian evolution to which we have alluded who no
    • longer needed to descend so deeply into physical embodiment as
    • human bodies as ours. At any time therefore a being may
    • time and find it in a previous fleshly incarnation, trace it
    • such a being back through the course of time, perhaps we do not
    • without gaining anything from this embodiment for
    • himself, so to speak, without experiencing anything here
    • in the world of special significance for himself —
    • reaps no benefits for himself from his physical
    • embodiments, or from the one physical embodiment to which
    • he subjects himself, for he enters into a physical body for the
    • body just once, or several times in succession; and he is then
    • for three years in a body of flesh, and Who since that time has
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    • The Immortality of the Human Soul in the Light of Anthroposophy.
    • When one speaks in the present time of the
    • natural sciences actually climbed and arrived at the point of
    • which one can gain a glimpse into the supersensory world, from
    • of nature by measuring, by experiments in balance, through
    • counting, arithmetic and so on, or whether a further glimpse
    • present-day man says to himself: “Well, when I was a
    • immodesty if one really wants to ascend to true knowledge of
    • continue to develop himself when he becomes an adult. Now it
    • wants to dream further about the dream in order to give himself
    • second time. The soul force I refer to is indeed beyond the
    • philosophical arguments here — naturally there is no time
    • us imagine once that this popular consciousness actually works
    • as a perception, perhaps a long time ago, but is now no longer
    • but an Imagination where the memory is so far advanced that
    • the external impressions of his consciousness are taken into
    • impressions. However, through this second process the higher
    • time-body, the head is free: you have a human being in the
    • importance as the earthly human being — and it actually
    • call a time-body. One can also call this an etheric or formative
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    • meant as an introduction. The aim is to acquaint the
    • of knowledge; at times perhaps even charlatans helped to
    • scientific pursuits, or those that simply feel that solution
    • assume that Theosophy aims to establish a new religion or
    • aimed to transplant an ancient religious system into Europe,
    • civilization, are to receive the impulse for true spiritual
    • time. Such impulses cannot be derived from views and ideas of
    • science aims to awaken understanding for the views of the
    • the present time, will truly further mankind's progress in
    • held this winter will increasingly demonstrate that the time
    • longer be presented the way they were in former times.
    • recent times. Modern human beings feel that to hate and
    • continue for a time, but eventually it will prove too weak,
    • attitude, it was a blessing. At that time it was justified
    • faith of Muslims or of the Jewish people, and equally they do
    • encompass immortality. If we understand the human soul, then
    • answer is that times have changed. What satisfied our
    • obvious as time goes on. Religion does of course answer many
    • most important questions. Its enormous achievements in the
    • spanning the whole globe are indeed impressive. But when it
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    • written in blood? Can you imagine anyone wishing to possess
    • especially valuable, and that to him it is important that the
    • power over him. The reason behind this passage is a strange
    • times. We cannot go on regarding legends, fables and myths as
    • sagas and myths, allowing the mighty primordial pictures to
    • one naturally wonders how it was possible for primitive man,
    • containing naive views, are filled with primordial wisdom. A
    • insight than today's intellectual, experimental sciences.
    • about blood is important, because in earlier times an
    • individual's inherent wisdom made him aware of the true
    • wisdom came in ancient times is not our concern today; it
    • before pursuing our subject we remind ourselves of a maxim
    • where the priestly wisdom of Hermes held sway. This maxim,
    • maxim and runs as follows: As above, so below.
    • means that a person's soul impulses come to expression on the
    • suffering, the immediate experience will no doubt be inner
    • reading was published recently about the mimicry of thought.
    • assimilated pain.
    • confirmation of an ancient maxim that originated from
    • vegetation, the world of animals, is the physiognomic
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    • times, it features as one of the foremost questions.
    • next best for him is to die soon after.”
    • occupied himself with this saying in his effort to
    • would no doubt prefer to see eliminated, while seeing in the
    • From time
    • immemorial, the belief has existed that life on this planet
    • creation, where knowledge of good and evil is intimately
    • that right from ancient times, sin and suffering have always
    • ancient Judaism found it impossible to explain the origin of
    • climax the suffering ends with the death of the physical
    • portrays more sublimely than the tragedy the greatest human
    • that divides our reckoning of time into two parts — the
    • he has the capacity to go out of himself, to widen his soul
    • with ridicule and derision. Let us now imagine two persons,
    • simile when we say that the artist as tragic poet goes out of
    • himself, allowing his soul to become ever more encompassing.
    • himself above it. The refusal to consider the other person's
    • wit, and power of observation and imagination, than we learn
    • and passions; animals also possess an astral body. In the
    • call himself “I.” This is the crown of his
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    • with evil. In the animal kingdom one can speak of ferocity
    • animals. Evil is confined to the human kingdom. But modern
    • from investigations of animals, and as all differences are
    • primordial human wisdom that penetrates beneath the surface
    • legend of Ormuzd and Ahriman emphasizes this view more
    • long periods of time. It is essential that those who seek
    • mission and passed over into another embodiment. A new
    • will pass over into a new embodiment, just as it has passed
    • connected with the past and the future. The Elohim, the
    • carry the maximum weight, or think of the wonderful forms of
    • plant, animal and human beings, from the lowest sexual love
    • inhaled by human beings and animals, who in turn exhale
    • humans and animals depend on the world of plants, so do the
    • with the result that what should remain impersonal becomes
    • themselves for the first time; previously they had seen only
    • divine. He is the Light-bearer; the Elohim are the Light
    • to say that the world is imperfect or incomplete because it
  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture VI: Education in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • years ago, its aim was not to satisfy curiosity about the
    • are intimately connected. No aspect of social life can
    • the vegetable and animal kingdoms. In shape and size the
    • animals the ether body extends far beyond the physical. For
    • Our ordinary thoughts and will-impulses are also contained in
    • kind of cloud. We have it in common with the animal kingdom;
    • member of a person's being, the power that enables him or her
    • creation. This name can only be applied to himself; it
    • expresses the fact that what speaks is the soul's primordial
    • animal kingdom. The “I” humans have in common
    • development, the child goes through more events of a similar
    • At the time of
    • child is born for a second time when the ether body is born.
    • invigorates it up to the time of puberty. Then that too
    • child is born for the third time.
    • must be considered separately. While it is impossible for
    • child, it is not impossible, but certainly highly damaging to
    • healthy development. This is so important because before the
    • years is the time when the faculty of the critical intellect
    • encompasses a great many things. It is a time when all the
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    • the words imply, nor of the fact that a solution to the
    • dealing with a far-reaching and important subject, I ask you
    • important riddles of existence.
    • materialistic sense. At the time of Saint Paul, the word was
    • in contrast to impartial, objective actions. Here we must
    • to the animal kingdom and saw how all striving is directed
    • endowed with its own inclinations, and its own impulses to
    • immortal body.” The two go together: self-conscious
    • personality with one-sidedly developed impulses, and a mortal
    • sometimes to the opposite. However, the modification must not
    • sentence will be acquainted with his pessimistic outlook:
    • is Schopenhauer's pessimistic view. He makes the Earth-Spirit
    • book Eduard von Hartmann concerns himself with the riddle of
    • humans and animals. In fact, if today's lecture is to be
    • animal or vegetable kingdom. This is because the beings of
    • similarities; each kingdom has its own specific
    • beings, it is important to bear in mind that, as spiritual
    • animal kingdom, is the bearer of the life of feelings,
    • muscles, that is, of those organs that support and make him a
    • happens spiritually that is similar to what happens
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    • influences from the external world. Not until the time of the
    • this time leave undisturbed what should develop naturally of
    • earlier epochs. Even the embryo repeats all primordial stages
    • the Greek heroic age, as well as the time of the North
    • corresponds to the time from Homer
    • up to the twelfth year, corresponds to the time of the Roman
    • person does not stem from the animal kingdom, though
    • science points back to a time when human beings inhabited
    • sea. Plato describes it in the Timaeus and Critias,
    • spiritual world. The will that flowed through their limbs was
    • immensely strong. The higher animals such as apes were
    • pictures of the Atlantean were animated, more vivid than
    • those of today's most fertile imagination. Furthermore, an
    • first descended into physical bodies during Lemurian time. A
    • time, having descended into a physical body, a person begins
    • sagas. It is therefore important that what is taught during
    • child to the time up to the twelfth century, the time when
    • leaders. The most important issue that concerns a school is
    • blessing. What is important is not pedagogical methods and
    • The study of psychology is the most important subject of a
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture VIII: Insanity in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • of German lyric poets. His images were usually derived from
    • have expressed himself differently.
    • impulses blindly. The “I” also works on the ether
    • body, particularly through higher impulses, especially of an
    • similar to what occurs at death. When we go to sleep the
    • Throughout future times an essence, like a memory-picture,
    • so above. A smiling face immediately conveys cheerfulness,
    • life with different eyes. To him a flower is seen as the
    • him this is not just a poetic notion, anymore than the soul
    • Moritz Benedict (1835–1920) was a criminologist.
    • the criminologist and anthropologist, though not written
    • in the left eye that impaired his sight. He describes his own
    • outwardly just as it does when the eye is impaired. It
    • on around him — belong to this category. The ether body
    • imprint themselves in the ether body and give rise to
    • delusions. These imprints are like scars from the wounds in
    • birth, first that of the physical body, then at the time of
    • noticeable at the time when the astral body is born, because
    • up to that time the astral covering that protected it
    • “weak-mindedness or imbecility.” It does not come
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    • science aims to be an influence in practical life, to be a
    • human soul away from narrow attitudes and egoistical aims; it
    • the proof will be seen when it is assimilated, then applied
    • understood if it is assimilated like a spiritual food, and
    • we look at the past we look at the same time up to the spirit
    • whose imprint in the physical is everywhere in evidence.
    • and capabilities must first be developed. In our time this is
    • about scientific laws is a scientist; someone who immediately
    • plant-image that can come to life within us; from it
    • entities. This is the realm of Imagination; of ideas that are
    • not abstract but creative images. Abstract concepts and ideas
    • without it resembling any particular plant. Such an image is
    • not a product of fantasy. Fantasy is related to imagination
    • raised to become imagination.
    • yet have access to the world of imagination, but it is a
    • them into colored images and mental pictures. Anyone who
    • pictures, and images within itself, the spiritual world
    • of this kind. He immersed himself in all aspects of nature
    • Every plant spoke to him, revealing the wisdom inherent in
    • Animals have
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture X: Stages in Man's Development in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • brings certain qualities with him. Repeated earth lives are
    • behind him, during which the fundamental character of his
    • he brings with him through birth. That existence will reveal
    • what he has retained throughout the time between death and
    • new birth, and so brings with him into a new life.
    • sentiments, that leaves, whereas in death the ether body also
    • “I” for a short time. This is an important moment
    • in a person's existence. During that short time there passes
    • time when the ether body withdraws and disperses into the
    • shorten his time kamaloca. On the other hand, those who only
    • will remain a long time in the region of burning thirst.
    • express himself properly in the physical world, the new body
    • that clothes him must be the right tool. This tends to give
    • provide him with the most suitable tool.
    • This is an important issue, and it is essential to recognize
    • but they envelop and protect him. At the change of teeth in
    • the greatest importance that everything in the environment of
    • can be summed up in two significant words: imitation and
    • example. At this age the child Imitates everything that goes
    • on or exists around him. It is this activity of imitation
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    • implies. For most people it remains extremely vague. If books
    • centuries of German culture. Some say that it is impossible
    • in that case Rosicrucianism is simply trivial. It is
    • such as the transformation of metals, simply to demonstrate
    • Rosicrucianism contains things of far greater import. Rather
    • a group of secret brotherhoods claiming esoteric wisdom in the late
    • In fact, right up to our own time, it has been impossible to
    • importance has found its way into public literature.
    • the secrets nature holds, but not as impenetrably deep as
    • initiation is revealed to him; to speak in Goethe's sense:
    • The great secret is revealed of what “ultimately holds
    • impart the holy secrets of existence to great masses of
    • say that the ultimate truth attainable takes different forms.
    • overlooked, that is, the immense differences in human nature.
    • this fact that we have preserved up to our own time a
    • him to investigate nature's secrets. Nothing of the knowledge
    • but work was done that furthered civilization and implanted
    • he rather strives wherever possible to improve aspects of the
    • loftier aims that link him with the central Rosicrucian
    • The preliminary
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    • spiritual-scientific viewpoint is impermissible. Other
    • is to be considered, one cannot be limited to say only what
    • from a higher point of view impossible.
    • or natural, one cannot be limited to say only what the
    • feelings and sentiments it aroused in the poet would be
    • Similarly, an artist need not be aware of the laws inherent
    • striven for a similar clarity in the ideas they derive from
    • being obscure or sentimental, is in its approach to the world
    • many deluding images that come to block his path and slow his
    • inner peace that is the result of intimate knowledge of the
    • knowledge. Art was to him something holy; he saw the source
    • basic feeling, an inner awareness, that guided him to the
    • him to spiritual science and to all genuine mysticism. He
    • and points back to a primordial time when not only the arts
    • everywhere we find primordial cultures where art and science
    • words will convey what took place in those times of which
    • everywhere. They depicted how primordial divine beings
    • the mineral, plant and animal kingdoms, and that of humans.
    • to be a great, beautiful, worthy and estimable unity; when
    • pleasure in the harmony gives him pure delight, then, had it
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    • impossible for them to believe that fault could be found in
    • that are impossible to explain away by even the most
    • learned or of simple faith.
    • himself a Christian by people with orthodox viewpoints. These
    • ancient; in fact, what was the true primordial religion is today
    • itself. It is also pretentious, for it proclaims an
    • who simply find it more comfortable to remain within views to
    • often based on deep seated hostility, though sometimes it is
    • simply too much effort to learn something new.
    • an inner impulse to strive to develop the deepest kernel of
    • that is all about him. However, for that to come about
    • something is needed — something which can be simply
    • rather with the fact that the human soul can climb upwards
    • being's soul is capable of improving from day to day. Today
    • the physical world, a relationship between animal forms and
    • a person has developed from the animal, even if natural
    • structure, there is greater similarity between the lowest
    • than the latter from the highest evolved animal.
    • animal form and continues up to that of man. Spiritual
    • stages from the most imperfect to the most perfect.
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    • The e.Lib presents the first translation of this important document here,
    • Ein durch Rudolf Steiner gegebener Zukunftsimpuls.
    • Impulse for the Future given by Rudolf Steiner
    • the difficulties of the times
    • possible to rescue of Dr. Steiner's impulses and words. To these also
    • belong many things said in intimate circles at certain decisive
    • light veil through which the impulses
    • guarantee for a later resurrection of the spiritual impact through
    • have climbed to ever higher stages of knowledge, worldwide and
    • according to the times shining light into hidden depths. When a
    • certain peak had been reached and at the same time the danger of
    • philosophical abstraction entered, and the old images and signs were
    • impulse took place along with the great turning point [of history].
    • gave art a new impulse, which at first appeared through the works of
    • concealed in the old names. Through him we are able to divine the
    • impulsing forces behind the names. Rescue planks for the unavoidable
    • fire-spirit of the helper sent in the time of need.
    • the impulse for freedom and responsibility to the spirit.
    • and impressive manner. This is perhaps the reason for the first part
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    • himself in the act of cognition. In cognition, man uses as an instrument
    • world in himself, and in his spiritual life today he has the echo of this.
    • way to find himself in the world. If the Western man should wish to become
    • given him the feeling of the Self. which the Oriental had only in a
    • dream-like way. If the Yogi had sought for himself in the world as the
    • gift of grace, there flowed to him from them that which lifted him to the
    • ceremony and the sacrificial place there was manifest to him also beauty,
    • all, became the heritage of the East; art became the monument of the time
    • discovered the world of spirit immersed In knowledge. But he longed to see
    • the truth of knowledge in the beauty of art. This drove him to the south.
    • Whoever follows him in the spirit may find a religiously Intimate knowledge
    • in his cold knowledge the spiritual-divine streaming forth below him and
    • was given as Copernicus and Galileo arose for him. He had to look into his
    • concealed from him, and he beheld only appetites and instincts. But these
    • the Eastern man comes to feel the rays of the sun in the shimmer of his
    • moon of wisdom, and the Western man experiences the shimmer of moon-wisdom
    • The ancient Oriental felt himself to be in a social order willed by the
    • consciousness by his Leader, gave him the conception as to how he should
    • integrate himself with this order. These leaders derived such conceptions
    • the side of the element of rights and the state, which for a time
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    • Menschliches Seelenleben und Geistesstreben im Zusammenhange
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    • his soul-life from the time which I have often indicated as an
    • we are asleep? When we ask this question, we immediately
    • development without any clear thoughts. At that time
    • Europe it is almost impossible at this time to imagine how
    • Orient. In those times, powerful Eastern teachings were
    • world. I might say, that at the present time, we have not yet
    • aims of education should be that of more and more perfecting in
    • Orient, and consequently the education there aimed only at a
    • ideas himself on the objects around him, if I may express this
    • rightly so, as one of the first who stimulated man to form
    • Orient, simply because in Europe man had to develop a
    • rich spiritual life existed in the East, even before the time
    • that his thoughts were gifts bestowed upon him. His whole
    • thoughts, he felt grateful to the gods who gave him these
    • were given to him, he felt uplifted as a human being, and a
    • him his thoughts with a kind of religious piety, and he
    • the fact that in these ancient times man's sleep was different
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    • Jesus should be accessible to the simplest mind. This is indeed
    • distinguish between the personality who lived at that time in
    • Palestine and reached the age of thirty, and what became of him
    • to sacrifice himself. In his 30th year, the Ego of Jesus left
    • filled out these bodies. And from that time onwards we speak
    • animals and less developed than present-day man. These
    • been fructified by higher Beings. Only at that time the
    • himself up from the earth and stand upright, he learned to
    • received the Spirit-Self and this enabled him to become an
    • could only be given to him by a still higher Being, common to
    • very strange took place at that time: The human beings
    • great teachers who had preceded him, by Buddha, by the last
    • signifies: Christ Jesus indicates the time when the drops
    • poured out by Him will all be absorbed, so that when one man
    • faces another, this drop of Christ within him will face the
    • Consequently mankind must appear to him like beings who walk
    • Jesus. Because he took upon himself the evolution of the
    • aside as evil; they must wait for a later time in order to
    • slumber. In ancient times, the consciousness always had to be
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    • Anthroposophic Press, New York. The imprint page states
    • The Spiritual Union of Humanity through the Christ Impulse,
    • Die Geistige Vereinigung der Menschheit Durch den Christus-Impuls.
    • Anthroposophic Press, New York. The imprint page states
    • The Spiritual Union of Humanity through the Christ Impulse,
    • Die Geistige Vereinigung der Menschheit Durch den Christus-Impuls.
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    • images are real and should be taken as realities. It is
    • necessary to use an imaginative language, as I mean to do
    • to-day, it is necessary to speak in the form of images which
    • About this time of year we always pass over from one period
    • subdivision of time, but this is not the case. For a deeper
    • time. The festival which marks the transition from an old year
    • because our daytime consciousness, not our night-consciousness,
    • is a fully conscious state. In order to simplify matters, let
    • us say that during our waning daytime consciousness our Ego and
    • practically no consciousness at all, and the daytime
    • at that time of the year when it does not pass through any
    • at this time of the year something else takes place. You see,
    • by the other during that time of the year in which we are now
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    • have to distinguish in him the physical organism. We have this physical
    • merely on the factual act, it means that something makes an impression
    • on him. But if we have the whole human being in mind, we must ask: on
    • what, in him, has the surrounding an effect?
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    • immediately, if you observe your seeing not superficially, but in a
    • more intimate way. You only have to call to your mind, if you can, while
    • red. You can realize this especially well, if you, let us say, imagine
    • But, while looking at the large red surface, during this time, the red
    • much of the solid, the mineral, in himself: 90% of him is a column of
    • water. Nevertheless, he has firm parts in himself. These solid parts
    • really swim continuously in a liquid; in something watery. Therefore
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    • the impression from outside, which had at first really been in the ego
    • under the impulse of the physical body and on the waves of the living
    • water, meets the astral body with all that which outer impressions are
    • under the impulse of the ego. On the ways and means, how these two currents
    • 1) that the head is a plastic image of the forces which man had as a
    • It is a faithful impression of the physical, etheric, even of the astral
    • and even of the ego; it is an image of their descent from super earthly
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    • about our present time. The day before yesterday, as you know, I spoke
    • about man himself in his constitution. I would like to do this today
    • Let us look at man simply,
    • this time. Man needs nourishment to sustain himself. He has to take
    • animal, plant, and also partly from the mineral kingdom. But what man
    • takes into himself from the outer environment undergoes a very powerful
    • basically are still more important, as for example light, which we also
    • ourselves and assimilating them, they will already be somewhat changed
    • outer surrounding, from the animal kingdom. But by eating it man drives
    • these substances present in the body of the animal. Also, all what the
    • organism from the animal or plant kingdom, has to be thoroughly killed,
    • being subjected to the astral body of the animal etc. Consequently it
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    • of life, which exists in the animal or the plant from which we take
    • so far as it receives its impulses from the kidney system is in turn
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    • a kind of radiation into the organism. It is approximately somewhat
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    • nitrogen that still retains a similarity with the outer nitrogen goes
    • them to you, take place also in the animal, though somewhat differently.
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    • live in a time of transition”, because every age is a time of
    • transition — a transition from the earlier time to the later one.
    • It is only a question of in how far a time is the time of transition
    • into the spiritual world, ours is indeed the time of an important transition.The
    • wisdom of oldest time has always pointed to this important transition.
    • after a certain time had passed, the so-called Dark Age will come to
    • occur around the turn of the 19th and 20th century — the time
    • one can acquire as knowledge in our time through spiritual research.
    • Age had lasted for some time, a Light Age would come again. It would
    • — the Light Age, which once existed (approximately in the 7th
    • no longer in the future. Of course one had in those olden times also
    • this or that direction, that he simple was not healthy. However, one
    • So in those olden times one did not speak of illness and health when
    • it in this way: in him death is fighting. And making well one regarded
    • a somewhat different type at that time, but one can nevertheless speak
    • in times when migrations of people, when the moving away from places,
    • earthly spot where he was born. In those olden times one knew very specifically:
    • 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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  • Title: Necessity and Freedom: Lecture I: The Past Shows Us a Picture of Necessity
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    • days to speak about important but rather difficult aspects of
    • tremendously important these very questions are if we are to
    • times. If I had to summarize in a few words what I am going to
    • we could also say “At some time in the future one or
    • we look back on the past, we tend to have the impression that
    • impression that it must be possible for us to intervene in the
    • Immanuel Kant, 1724-1804, German philosopher of the
    • regard to both space and time” or that “the world
    • beginning in time.”
    • questions that lie beyond the limits of human knowledge,
    • This time we will deal with our subject in very slow stages. I
    • this kind, we are certainly made aware of certain limits in
    • meet with this limitation of human logic in regard to
    • can show you this by means of a very simple example. As
    • their concepts. I will demonstrate this in a very simple way.
    • as on the left. Here you have the problem in its simplest
    • sense world. And do not imagine this to apply only to unlimited
    • infinity, for you cannot use your concepts where limited
    • you do not need to go as far as unlimited infinity, for if you
    • even in the realm of visible, limited infinity you can
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  • Title: Necessity and Freedom: Lecture II: The Legend of the Prague Clock
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    • had arranged to go at a definite time. The chauffeur,
    • Last time I wanted mainly to emphasize that we should not
    • also examine all the implications for human knowledge itself,
    • are, so to speak, lost in the woods and imagining we are making
    • have indicated that this important problem has to do with what
    • we call the ahrimanic and luciferic forces in world events and
    • Ahriman and Lucifer could also be seen in events of the world,
    • explained that a simple folk tale grew out of the feeling that
    • in an affair of this sort ahrimanic and luciferic forces
    • Prague town hall was made beautifully by a simple man who
    • 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
    • clock-maker's ruining of the clock was an ahrimanic deed. The
    • case — he is countered by Ahriman. It is not only in the
    • for Ahriman and Lucifer, we also see it in another aspect,
    • clockmaker, too, wanted to include ahrimanic and
    • in which he could see himself all the time.
    • who gives himself up to external values: the rich miser, the
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  • Title: Necessity and Freedom: Lecture III: Three Teachers with Different Attitudes
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    • us imagine we are in a school, a school of three classes, with
    • turn of the first teacher. The headmaster asks him what
    • impression on a headmaster.
    • they will be like next year. Only time will tell.”
    • the time for the report cards. From those of the first two
    • before, and the third, too. Things happened similarly, with the
    • prepared him to see, namely that the first two teachers were
    • secondary importance, isn't it?
    • Some time later the following thing happened. The headmaster
    • similar way as before. Then the headmaster said, “There
    • third.” But they could not very well emulate him, for
    • as that teacher did. They just could not imagine it.
    • the meantime the former headmaster, because of his insight into
    • proper school administration, had himself become a school
    • impossible to manage if you cannot anticipate a single
    • headmaster, “I actually agree with him entirely. You
    • way in much more important affairs. For at the beginning of the
    • Things continued in the same way for a time. There are few
    • example, aren't there? I could call him hypothetical to
    • time, for in all the yearbooks and personnel files it was
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  • Title: Necessity and Freedom: Lecture IV: The Roman World and the Teutonic Tribes
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    • necessity and freedom in the simplest possible concepts and
    • if we want to understand it, than something quite similar in
    • here a short time ago in a different connection. When we
    • happen immediately afterward. With this kind of observation we
    • all the points that should be considered. For just imagine, if
    • Europe right up to modern times would have had a different
    • the course of the centuries up to our time would have been
    • different if, at that time, the world of the ancient Roman
    • through world events and spreading out over immense regions.
    • How could anyone at that time possibly have even wanted to
    • face of it look very dissimilar to what takes place compressed
    • into a short time span. I only want to mention this so that you
    • are connected in the world. Imagine a Roman or a Teuton
    • possible consequences of the battles taking place in that time,
    • their possible results or immediate consequences but other
    • world, impulses about the particular effects of which we don't
    • the last lecture I showed how impossible it is to acquire a
    • the feeling of regret, we would be removing a moral impulse of
    • with it when we simply look at all that has happened completely
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  • Title: Necessity and Freedom: Lecture V: The "I" is Found on the Physical Plane in Acts of Will
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    • simple reflection can convince you that you cannot observe what
    • are philosophers who imagine they know merely from philosophy
    • that the I is a primary being, that it cannot be
    • immediately respond to this philosophical opinion by saying,
    • mistaken if they imagine there is any reality in the I
    • and a person cannot say “I” to himself. If he
    • dreams about his I, it sometimes even strikes him as
    • though he is encountering a picture of himself, that is to say,
    • he looks at himself. He does not call himself “I”
    • possession of our I, for what we have is a mental image
    • reflection, a mirror image of the I. Do we have nothing
    • us aware of being an I. Sleep happens to be a dimming of
    • our will during sleep. The will is then dimmed. We do not will
    • I is a reflection that arises when our will impinges on
    • our body. This impact is just like looking into the mirror and
    • gives us our mental image of the I. Therefore, on the
    • with us. If we look back to the middle of medieval times, it is
    • pure fancy to imagine that people lived then in exactly the
    • today when we simply see the physical eyes. When they looked at
    • saw it to a far greater extent than now in animals and also in
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  • Title: Social Question as a Problem: Lecture I: The Inner Experience of Language
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    • Past and Future Impulses in Social Happenings,
    • Vergangenheits- und Zukunftsimpulse Im Sozialen Geschehen.
    • less exist. Last time I concluded by showing why children
    • born in recent times, since 1912–13, say, come from
    • immediate forbears or ancestors of the last century. I told
    • special significance in our time. In our time if a faint
    • impulses that they can carry on only if they have consciously
    • that in the course of recent times, until well into the
    • through the gate of death have few impulses which, if I may
    • learning customary on the earth. This stream of impulses that
    • technical times. And he who is in a position to penetrate the
    • bright side of the sad, the terrible events of recent times.
    • impulse that must cause a powerful social movement to take
    • aims of Eurhythmy, not just superficially seeking sensation,
    • bean, exists as an image in the mind, especially if the talk
    • impulses coming from the dead must work more and more
    • concrete. It must again become an aim of mankind to think
    • imaginatively, pictorially, when they speak.
    • The right is originally simply what is performed as
    • could do something similar as a rule, when you have to
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  • Title: Social Question as a Problem: Lecture II: The Inner Experience of Language
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    • Past and Future Impulses in Social Happenings,
    • Vergangenheits- und Zukunftsimpulse Im Sozialen Geschehen.
    • disturbing our times, it is because the essential thing for
    • importance to our contemporaries as such in this problem
    • — is that really the ultimate practical solution of
    • this problem is intimately connected with the fundamentals of
    • aroused in the widest circles for what are the impulses
    • in the social life comes ultimately from what people think
    • and feel, and, according to the impulses of their characters,
    • What emerges today are primarily chaotic demands. In place of
    • will impulses must appear. It was because these clear
    • conceptions and good impulses of will did not exist that
    • catastrophe will become immeasurably greater. For one cannot
    • feelings and will impulses depending upon languages. Consider
    • prevails among men. Today let us spend a little time on
    • to abstract, unimaginative thinking. What must be evolved
    • imaginative conception, Imagination. It is mankind's special
    • of Imagination. I beg of you not to confuse what I am
    • cultivates imagination. Each one of us must seek his own
    • Imagination for esoteric development: but the fault genius
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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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    • Der Goetheanismus, Ein Umwandlungsimpuls und Auferstehungsgedanke,
    • from which, particularly at the present time, the knowledge Spiritual
    • contemporaries in the direction where we have to look for the improvement
    • of much that both deserves and needs to be improved?” What, however,
    • feature of our time; it it is a feature of our time to which attention
    • modern thought is taking, within the limits, that is to say, of what
    • is estimable in this thought. But the rejection of the really spiritual
    • that should arise in our time is nevertheless extraordinary. This rejection
    • 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
    • how to estimate it. Here too I beg you, my dear friends, not to consider
    • to suppose that Anthroposophy as such is claiming to judge the seriousness
    • of the times better than people outside the Anthroposophical Movement.
    • who in spite of the seriousness of the times have no mind to face up
    • 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
    • invaded the civilised lands of olden times from outside, are the rapidly
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  • Title: Goetheanism as an Impulse for Man's Transformation - Lecture II: St. John of the Cross
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    • It is perhaps important
    • are concerned, to look back on many things connected in former times
    • clear, my dear friends, that when impulses founded in this way are taken
    • seriously then, as life goes at the present time, opposition arises
    • against this seriousness and against these impulses generally, the opposition
    • Just at present we live at a time in which everyone wishing to take
    • be underrated. It is true that if men have sufficient power of discriminations
    • would be less exposed to this temptation. But such power of discrimination
    • faith. It is necessary to grasp such things at this time because in
    • objections made, for example, in the articles by the Jesuit, Zimmermann,
    • in the publication “Voices of the Time” is this—that
    • from “Voices of the Time”, namely, that in sir Spiritual
    • soul of man is itself a drop in the ocean of this divine. Such and similar
    • teaching that a divinity should live immediately in the soul is heretical
    • my dear friends, that is not important, that is not the question. But
    • attention from any particular attack that has been made. Let us imagine
    • knows that for himself he has no need to reflect about things but has
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  • Title: Goetheanism as an Impulse for Man's Transformation - Lecture III: Clairvoyant Vision Looks at Mineral, Plant, Animal, Man
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    • Der Goetheanismus, Ein Umwandlungsimpuls und Auferstehungsgedanke,
    • Clairvoyant Vision Looks at Mineral, Plant, Animal, Man
    • from many sides today to the detriment of present knowledge as well
    • to terms with this present time only if he makes up his mind to find
    • he sees what impulses are necessary for the modern social structure
    • to men of the present time. For the present age is a very critical one
    • not change in a flash, one might say on into the present time, man is
    • still actually more or less dominated by inherited concepts and impulses
    • there was a kind of crisis. For up to that time the whole of the earth's
    • of the earth. So that up to Atlantean times man was really only what
    • Atlantean times, however, he had only intimations of what he was supposed
    • more definite relations were arising. But the Greco-Latin time, the
    • in the time since the fifteenth century, that man stands within his
    • whole evolution in such a way that new impulses arise—impulses
    • are still only intimations of their presence. The terrible, catastrophic
    • events of our time, the consequences of which—one can already
    • the surrounding world in the mineral kingdom, plant kingdom, 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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    • these things with sound human intelligence, man has himself the possibility
    • far man can become ripe to look into the spiritual world himself is
    • the things of the spiritual world simply through his sound human intelligence,
    • by the spiritual investigator. In former times the Initiates were allowed
    • much also could be said of a similar nature to what can still be said
    • so happen that the man says to himself: What! Sound human Intelligence?—that
    • far less liking today for sound human understanding than people imagine,
    • by penetrating directly to the spiritual world in a way that they imagine
    • this in past times, and it continues to be repeated by Initiates today.
    • all too easily that after some time he ruins his whole endeavour, brings
    • himself or let the coal drop. This is an experience arising very often
    • excluded, it must be actively, diligently, applied. If for sometime
    • Science in the form this took in atavistic times; it is an experience
    • When the sleeping condition is unbroken by dreams which implies a certain
    • do not become aware of the infinite and important number of experiences
    • where we also are the rest of the time—an intense experience.
    • immediate perception of this life, this life developed when we as ego
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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
    • unites himself with the knowledge gained by anthroposophical research,
    • repeatedly to ask himself what attitude to the Mystery of Golgotha is
    • we have surveyed this most important of all events for mankind. Today
    • times. The fruitfulness of anthroposophical knowledge can be shown in
    • in rightly understanding in a similar way what has happened both in
    • of Golgotha we shall have our attention drawn above all to the impossibility
    • out to you that knowledge at the present time, when sincere, cannot
    • Golgotha as a reality at the very time when every other method of mankind,
    • certain time by livingly re-uniting Himself with earthly development.
    • only when he is willing to rise above logic to Imagination, Inspiration,
    • of time, in a little mentioned province of the world-wide Roman Empire,
    • be found in nature. Pagan religion is at the same time essentially the
    • that as man he feels himself related in his whole existence in his whole
    • ancient times by the way which man out of his own bodily nature becomes
    • tries to prepare a path for himself leading straight from the observation,
    • cannot bring us to a full understanding of the moral impulses in the
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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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    • Goetheanism as an Impulse for Man's Transformation
    • which she shared in our work you will have been able simply through
    • so well in her intimate circle, not only during her suffering of the
    • with her in her intimate circle, and also those less intimately connected
    • with in the spirit of our world conception, in times when the friend
    • who has gone could joyfully follow but also in times when she had to
    • content, of the Christ impulse that has come into the world through
    • the Mystery of Golgotha, has not been entirely imparted to mankind either
    • all at once nor during the relatively long time that there has been
    • and more of the content of the Christ impulse will be imparted to mankind;
    • revealing Himself actively, entering into their souls, giving souls
    • belongs to the revelation of the Christ impulse. To come to a right
    • when we look back into very ancient times on earth, times long before
    • the time when the Mystery of Golgotha was approaching there was indeed
    • time, from that critical point, there had to arise a strengthening of
    • body we have to count on our body as an instrument. Man would simply
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    • This important lecture is presented here, lovingly translated by
    • audience, and is, in a certain sense, aimed at advanced
    • impressions, our feeling-world, a certain inclination, we could
    • inwardly active in such circles, will think back to a time when
    • they had, for the first time, heard something about the
    • improbable, but perhaps confused and fantastic — perhaps even
    • worse could be said about them. However, with the passing time
    • you may get used to certain impressions as the anthroposophic
    • complete intimate transformation as experienced within the soul
    • presentiment, a premonition out of the correctness, from deep
    • legitimacy, that which is shared regarding Higher Worlds. Much
    • of what we can, from an imagination regarding the way we can
    • to a new birth, in order to descend again after a certain time
    • It's not enough to only imagine the astral and devachanic
    • we need to immediately make a note when we speak about these
    • nature. We are surrounded by minerals, plants, animals and
    • outer form has remained constant. Similarly with the animal,
    • different the image will be when you receive news of a death in
    • your outer expression changes each time as a result of what
    • took place in the soul, then you have an image of what happens
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    • one has the impression, that ever new experiences of
    • observation of Goethe's relation to his work hold him to it,
    • more significant than each impression and suchlike. These are
    • mentioned about himself, regarding his life, his striving, his
    • at the way Goethe considered himself, that one can't really get
    • Goethe himself, in his personal consciousness, within his
    • “Faust.” I can't allow myself, due to a time
    • as possible. Precisely out of Faust himself the insight is
    • himself through Faust. The part of Goethe's soul revealing
    • itself for the first time in “Faust,” encounters an
    • sign which brings him to conjuring up of the Earth Spirit. Here
    • It dawned on him in such a way, that he allowed Faust to strive
    • towards the revelation, and through the images of these signs,
    • During this time Goethe was not tempted to consider that
    • that everything within imagination — acquired through
    • ideas — was nothing other than a mirror-image of reality.
    • another sign, which directed him to reveal the Earth Spirit.
    • had a shyness, a respect for knowledge. He said to himself:
    • revealed to him, and allowed himself to turn to the sign which
    • Thus Goethe allows Faust to doubt that within the immense
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    • day before yesterday we considered one the most important
    • occult themes namely getting a glimpse into the Higher Worlds.
    • Self-knowledge is considered so much more important within the
    • anticipate the simplest, humblest type of self-knowledge, we
    • know at the same time that it is normal in the present human
    • well, you must improve,” it appears that he has developed a
    • measure with which to orientate himself. This measure becomes
    • himself and this is exactly what the Anthroposophist always
    • recites to himself: “Don't remain stuck, on the contrary,
    • in my imagination, my experiences and feelings if this
    • imaginations, thoughts and ideas would this individuality
    • imagination when you reflect about it, how you, from morning to
    • throw out all these images from your soul life. Try to ponder
    • what is left over and try to meditate primarily on how many of
    • these images, which from morning to night permeate the soul,
    • and time in your life between birth and death. As a result you
    • will see how important it is for the “I” to
    • tenor of our own time, let's try to clarify what, in the most
    • mirror image of our Ego or “I.” This is an
    • physical body's disintegration. Similarly, when it dives down
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    • Ez kiváltképpen érvényes az intimebb szellemi igazságokra. A mi
    • elmúlt évszázadok keresztény embere imájával irányította
    • imádkozó érzései sokkal erőteljesebben hatoltak a meghalt
    • szeretet melegsége hatja át, ha hozzátartozói imáikkal hozzá
    • megfigyeli. A szeretet azonban és a szimpátia is, amelyet a
    • Most kedves barátaim, a szellemi világokról kell elmondani
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    • be of great importance if the Goetheanum could also be made known to
    • building is put before the spiritual culture of the present time may,
    • before the world to-day, had at any time required a building of their
    • had to proceed from the impulses of this world-conception itself. If
    • position Spiritual Science or Anthroposophy claims in the whole development
    • of mankind. The life of modern humanity has become simply intellectual;
    • to thyself any graven image of the Lord, thy God”. The pictorial
    • our most recent times. Or, on the other hand, the element which is to
    • be found in the imaginative may be cultivated, the element of vision,
    • which is imaginative an intellectual. Put on the other side this has
    • times.
    • Some time ago in this very
    • What man is, that in him
    • which enables him to take his place in social life, can only be understood
    • if we rise to imaginative conception. Anyone who is acquainted with
    • possess the means of giving man an explanation as to himself. People
    • of the world at the present time and more especially what it must do
    • development of humanity. The very shape of the building impresses you
    • it. The very predominance of the two domes conveys an impression to
    • especially when he finds himself opposite the main door, that an attempt
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  • Title: The Building at Dornach (Bn/GA 289): Lecture II: Bau Lecture II
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    • the impression that one gets, is, that here is an enclosure that in
    • contemplation of the universe. They aim at a new style. If the Goetheanum
    • possible to receive this particular impression that I have to emphasise.
    • in its place by reason of an inner necessity, exactly as a limb of an
    • if you attach exaggerated importance to the nomenclature which as a
    • say that these pillars are symbolic of Saturn and Sun, I simply mean
    • the simple forms to the more complicated. You see here that the fourth
    • from the simple form which was there at the beginning to these very
    • you might be inclined to say that this is more simple than the previous
    • in the fact that beginning from the most simple forms it proceeds to
    • evolution has come into being in modern times owing to this mistake.
    • trend is reversed. and turns again towards the simple.
    • stage has been achieved there come; a return to the simple and the complicated
    • has to appear again in its most simple manifestations
    • say this here is a simple form (see drawing 1st form) Now we go a little
    • simple (the second form). The next still more complicated form could
    • form); that is if you are really immersed in that which in nature is
    • — that is, from the simple to the complicated, then again to the
    • simple. Put this simple form which one now achieves has a certain quality
    • It is indeed apparently simple but if you compare this simple form with
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    • is that which is aimed at here. If we follow the history of painting
    • expression, yet the time has come when a spiritualization of our cosmic
    • artistic feeling certainly will only be admitted by him who has a presentiment
    • in colour. Anyone able to sink himself into the world of colour is able
    • impulse which can only be explained through the anthroposophical interpretation
    • light with the engraving on the coloured sheets of glass may be dimly
    • follows naturally in contrast to what one generally imagines, i.e. the
    • in him who has artistic perception. Hence I do not think it quite superfluous
    • of the walls, a kind of flying child, immediately at the junction of
    • we are in the riddle Ages, just at the time when our fifth post-Atlantean
    • further into the time of Faust, in the 16th century, that which was
    • of humanity no image of the ego had been evolved. For, when man said
    • he who to-day is not himself dead, as most learned men are in soul,
    • he who to-day is not himself dead as regards his seeking, finds in the
    • is at the same time, I might say, the abyss or the dead. He has constantly
    • into proximity with death. Thus Death had to be brought into proximity
    • Hero you see the seeking man, who to-day is under the impress, under
    • the feeling of death, death which always accompanies the most important
    • as the Initiation of the fifth post-Atlantean time. The Initiation-wisdom
    • of the fifth-post Atlantean time is not to be won without one's having
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    • out of which flow the impulses for all our knowledge and all
    • what Goethe has made of him is most closely connected with
    • all the transitional impulses introduced by the new age, both
    • the further working of its impulses was something very
    • question: What are the most important tasks and the most
    • important trends of thought of the new man? Goethe could
    • centuries, even the centuries immediately preceding the age
    • the same time he looks forward to the tasks of the present
    • times. In the age, however, in which lived the historic Faust
    • foolish as modern science sometimes makes it out to be, but
    • to a great part lost in Faust's time and Goethe knew this
    • he makes his Faust a magician. Faust has given himself up to
    • still unsatisfied for the simple reason that the real wisdom
    • touching on such a question we come at the same time to one
    • done under the influence of the old wisdom. In such times of
    • himself to be a product of the new age, in which the ancient
    • Easter Festival out-of-doors in the meadows, until he himself
    • already in decline. Humility begins to glimmer in his soul,
    • and at the same time despondency over the falsity he is
    • Yet whimsical device, as was his fashion,
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture II: The Romantic Walpurgis-Night
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    • playing again tomorrow, because it seems to me important to
    • completely in the lurch, and knowing nothing himself of what
    • of this kind has naturally made no small impression on those
    • appear very unnatural to see him now, two days after,
    • the Brocken to bewilder him and make him forget Gretchen.
    • understand. The witch-apparitions did not attract him; in
    • the midst of the frenzied confusion the image of Gretchen
    • rises before him — this thought certainly does not
    • though since that time, I have not gone so deeply into what
    • Goethe was really not the commonplace, imperturbable Monist
    • you a simple story — I could tell you hundred of the
    • same time — to illustrate how it can be seen from
    • anything behind. It goes without saying that sometimes one
    • to him in particular. Now this Canon in his fanatical sermon
    • been taken there by a friend, and it seemed to him very
    • speaking thus to a large congregation, for he himself
    • sermon and discussed the matter with him. He, however,
    • reverence, that you should come with me at a fixed time next
    • he took the relics with him and was led to the place where he
    • before the other, but making himself glide forward. —
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture III: Goethe's Feeling for the Concrete.
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    • that Goethe's inner imagination develop out of the
    • experiences of his time is formulated and brought to full
    • of these two scenes, above all, we have an important account
    • what he received from Grecian art. and, at the very time when
    • he was giving form to the ideas thus living in him, the
    • Goethe's immediate circle a really important endeavor, that
    • was developing at the time when the scenes were living in
    • Fichte was teaching with an immense enthusiasm for knowledge.
    • they are about him how he strove an elemental way to
    • Science, the time was not yet ripe for this. we might say
    • impressions of Spiritual Science. Hence his language has
    • impression was needed that personalities such as his could
    • produce. He often expressed himself strangely and in paradox
    • Fichte, who had at that time to express the truth in abstract
    • hand, those who had been strongly impressed by Fichte might
    • Then came caricatures of him, caricatures of others as well
    • Jena at the time. Among these was Schelling who, striving
    • naturally taken at the time in various ways. Today,
    • knew everything, might sometimes flare up. Fichte often
    • magnitude raging at that time in Jena, and everything going
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture IV: Faust and the "Mothers"
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    • often spoken here before about the importance of the
    • to indicate. It comes indeed out of Goethe's immediate soul
    • in him if we are to have any notion at all of what is meant
    • Astrologer refers to him as ‘priest’, and that
    • Faust henceforward refers to himself as ‘priest’,
    • we have to realise that there is something of deep import in
    • import Goethe meaning is.
    • found necessary to impart to the world in connection with the
    • unveiled before him? Into what world is he led? The world,
    • spiritual world immediately bordering on our physical
    • this world so penetrated by movement — the imaginative world
    • who takes him over to the other world.
    • present time and necessity are concerned in the giving out of
    • he himself must undertake the action. But in what is meant to
    • changed. But at the same time he has to be given power to act
    • out of supersensible impulses.
    • ahrimanic force, belongs to our world of the senses, but as a
    • transplanted. They really do not exist for him. Faust has to
    • prepares himself beforehand in the female element. And we
    • to what goes on up to the moment when impregnation takes
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture V: Faust and the Problem of Evil
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    • to post-Atlantean time) we can select one item or another out
    • about the fourth — that is, the Graeco-Latin time; and
    • about the fifth, our own time, which began about the year
    • life itself. In actual life itself, impulses have to arise
    • emotions, their loves and hates, and the will-impulse which
    • things have become rather vague and obliterated in our time.
    • to the impulses of the Will. All this is essential to the
    • tasks of the fifth post-Atlantean time.
    • It was, in fact, the Atlantean time which had to solve the
    • with which the fifth post-Atlantean time will have to solve
    • the problem of Evil. In Atlantean time the phenomena of Birth
    • and from human feeling. Now the Graeco-Latin time,
    • Graeco-Latin time were, therefore, not so intense and vivid
    • time, which began in 1413, with all the powers of Evil,
    • himself will have to free himself from all this by means of
    • post-Atlantean time to wrestle with the life-problem of
    • placing him in conflict with Mephistopheles who is the
    • impulses can possibly arise from the foundations of the
    • Graeco-Latin epoch. The impulses that lived in the
    • Graeco-Latin epoch must also become impulses of human beings
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    • where he relates Faust to the impulse of the fifth
    • post-Atlantean age by associating him with Mephistopheles, an
    • Ahrimanic power. I then tried to show how Faust had to dive
    • down into the impulses of the fourth post-Atlantean age,
    • impulses of Good. All this has arisen on the foundation of
    • the impulses of the fourth post-Atlantean epoch, which had to
    • time. We need only turn our gaze to the Christ-Impulse
    • 747 years had to run their course before the main impulse
    • — the Christ-Impulsecould enter in, as indeed it did
    • Christ-Impulse to do with the great and important question
    • Atlantean time, and as an after-effect in the fifth period!
    • Atlantean time one saw an actual connection between the
    • post-Atlantean time — in the fourth civilisation-epoch
    • of post-Atlantean time — this problem of Birth and
    • with Birth and Death in Atlantean time. Notably through the
    • impulses of Evil will work into the world on a grand scale,
    • dimensions than hitherto. Even directly out of the force of
    • to receive the spiritual impulses will then find points of
    • impulses which must evolve by the very resistance of Evil. It
    • World-Karma; how they simply must take part in this thing or
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture VII: Some Spiritual-Scientific Observations
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    • yet come to him in clearly defined ideas. A poet whose
    • time. I shall only say enough to make it clear to you that
    • himself quite specially connected. If we separate man out in
    • to be exact) we can show him diagrammatically as follows:
    • to give him the opportunity to pursue this self-knowledge in
    • to self-knowledge at the time that the spirits of the
    • hierarchies concerned with him intended, at the end of his
    • the time being associated with him; we come to the Luciferic
    • there is another current which unites for a time with man
    • somewhat later; it is the Ahrimanic stream(blue). This stream
    • upon during the second half of his life, which is dimmed by
    • ahrimanic influences, Naturally we need not think that
    • ahrimanic influences only in the second half of life; they
    • influences are respectively concerned at the times in human
    • very important that no wrong conclusions should be drawn from
    • luciferic, in the second half, ahrimanic. That would be
    • is important that no one should be misled by them. That is
    • but have united themselves with it for a time. We can even
    • ahrimanic in the Atlantean age.
    • — that through impulses inherent in the world-order man
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture VIII: Spiritual Science Considered with the Classical Walpurgis-Night
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    • Goethe himself felt deeply that the spiritual forces,that can
    • know, to a certain measure, the possible and the impossible,
    • simply say: It is true that, with what science offers today,
    • one gains only a very limited knowledge of man. But this
    • alone. As earth-man he has behind him the evolutions of
    • Saturn, Sun and Moon, and within him is the germinal basis of
    • would find that, during this waking time, they do a great
    • evoking all kinds of images as they come and go, ideas that
    • abandons himself to the flow and the caprice of his ideas.
    • images evoked in man by certain wishes in his life not having
    • when consciousness is dimmed, these wishes appear before the
    • shall immediately see the profound difference if we are clear
    • experience in your soul during your sleep is imparted to you
    • in sleep is very intimate. It would be highly distressing if
    • know one another in sleep comparatively well, but with dimmed
    • consciousness, and it must be so, for the simple reason that
    • place they would impart significant knowledge concerning our
    • carry the ideas, the images, of waking life into our
    • personality who took it upon himself to impress upon you that
    • That happens sometimes. Others, too, might admonish us during
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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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    • sciencce — although this outlook may be but dimly
    • foreshadowed. And it is indeed very important that we should
    • It is particularly important and significant that he should
    • special importance For the various branches of present day
    • how he sought to establish for the inanimate world a natural
    • science founded on his own interpretation of the primal
    • give you a brief description of the primal phenomena and
    • theories but to the so-called primal phenomena for his
    • aspects, an idea of the true basic character of the primal
    • phenomenon. But it cannot be claimed that so far there has
    • primal phenomenon in inanimate nature when we consider how he
    • He tells of this himself. I know that what I now have to say
    • Goethe himself tells us that up to the beginning of the
    • theory declared that something imperceptible lay at the basis
    • is immaterial whether it is represented, as it was by Newton
    • himself; as currents of matter, or as oscillations, or as
    • some kind of electrical impulse. The arising of colors was
    • Goethe found himself obliged to abandon this conception that
    • naturally, must appear to modern physics both primitive and
    • incited him at least to look into what happens in the
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture X: Faust's Knowledge and Understanding of Himself
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    • Faust's Knowledge and Understanding of Himself and of the
    • Faust's Knowledge and Understanding of Himself
    • its imagery to make a great appeal to the senses.
    • the simple minded spectator of faust will experience pleasure
    • impossible for man ever to arrive at a true conception of his
    • knowledge of man can only be imparted through true spiritual
    • sought simply through the external physical world, to which
    • simply the image of himself that a man can form with the help
    • this man-made image that is a homunculus provide a true
    • conception man does not stop short at the simple homunculus
    • For it was clear to him that when a man grows old, he does
    • Imagination. And he does this first in the Romantic
    • Walpurgis-Night where he takes the Imaginations from ancient
    • Imaginations appearing to different people in different
    • Imaginations in some degree still approached spiritual
    • not wanting to invent an imaginative world himself, calls in
    • must first advance to the world of Imagination, Inspiration,
    • which Goethe himself went back in his representation of this
    • universally experienced in olden times, and much is connected
    • you, my dear friends, to remember what an important part in
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    • can with its pictorial quality impress even the simplest
    • comprehension of himself. For Goethe, knowledge was never
    • was for him a scientific urge. Also, for him — as it
    • be an impulse to experience life in all its fullness, to
    • the urge for knowledge must be related to all the claims life
    • apart from any superstition connected with him; but now let
    • world, can recognise in himself. Whoever makes use only of
    • the knowledge offered him by science, or by the study of
    • on various paths, and those paths that opened out to him he
    • Faust was to represent for him a man who at last arrives at a
    • Goethe's time Anthroposophy was not yet, and could not have
    • been, in existence. Hence Goethe tried to associate himself
    • desire was then to take refute in the Imaginations of the
    • as yet, to supersede these by his own Imaginations; therefore
    • no importance) by the idea of Homunculus, the only idea to be
    • him, all that surrounds him of a soul and spirit nature.
    • him into his sleep-knowledge the idea of Homunculus acquired
    • that, as a result of this superstition, it is claimed that
    • legends, traditions, myths, persisting among simple peoples,
    • fantasy plays in the creations of simple minds, not how
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture XII: Goetheanism In Place of Homunculism and Mephistophelianism
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    • at all my aim. For in this sphere I consider interpretation
    • was created. Such studies should simply teach the language,
    • thinking and willing; sometimes it partakes more of thinking
    • and forming ideas, sometimes more of willing. Hence, for the
    • darkness. he imagines it will only become clear when he
    • seems to seize from from behind, and to stop him going
    • these impulses, from grossest instincts up to spiritual
    • Goethe's aim in Faust was to establish Faust in life
    • the second feeling which, when experienced by man, leads him
    • — often imaginary and based on pure illusion —
    • Imaginations, in imaginative pictures.
    • straits where a man is unable to help himself. Think of the
    • certain time, the forgiveness of sins; anyone might sin as
    • help in time of need, to make good what men as a whole had no
    • suit himself, and then perhaps expecting that merely by
    • force, a going to meet Him, so that Christ does not do for a
    • man what the man does not want to do, but gives him power
    • through His being to do it himself. An active Christianity
    • to Him at the right moment.
    • friends, will at the same time mark the dividing line between
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    • ANTHROPOSOPHY AS A DEMAND OF THE TIMES
    • limits to human knowledge, not only temporary knowledge owing
    • to the fact that one had not achieved everything in the time
    • today of limits of perception, limits to knowledge for
    • endeavours of the past centuries and of the present time, which
    • observed by the senses, which can be proved by experiments and
    • successes to the fact that it has limited itself to the
    • with this, as one believes, fully proven acceptance of limits
    • to knowledge altogether, something inwardly immeasurably tragic
    • and more that the limits at which one wants to stop in this way
    • with these limits to knowledge, if rightly perceived, there is
    • his true being which as man gives him his value and dignity
    • the human being himself.
    • Whereby does man feel himself to be part of the natural world
    • bears this world of nature within himself in his outer physical
    • that that which we call our moral impulses, which we call the
    • out of the most intimate spiritual inner life as the content of
    • One describes, at least hypothetically, how once upon a time
    • One imagines this whole system which exists in time as somehow
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    • Today we will occupy ourselves with an important document of
    • the post Atlantic time and having allowed this to work on our
    • evolution of mankind during the post-Atlantic time. We saw how
    • successive time intervals. Yesterday we spoke about the Rishis,
    • the inspirational ones in the ancient Indian time. The Rishis
    • who became however at specific times an instrument, a mouth
    • fact was particularly prevalent in the ancient Indian times and
    • post-Atlantean time could speak of lofty spiritual truths. We
    • these ancient times, shortly after the Atlantic catastrophe,
    • astral plane in the old Egyptian time. A relatively large
    • worlds diminished ever more, and as a result, from the fourth
    • diminished in their numbers, who knew directly or indirectly
    • mankind had to fulfil in this time when the mission of Moses
    • ancient Indian times, when the holy Rishis spoke out of the
    • upper parts of Devachan, images were given which could be seen
    • coming from Upper Devachan. Images and portraits could be given
    • you as it were images but because you see the outer world as an
    • illusion, as Maya, these images are nothing more to you than
    • images, reflections of the supersensible world. — In no
    • way was there a danger leading to worship of these images. How
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