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  • Title: The Inner Development of Man
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    • Lecture: The Inner Developmen
    • agreement with the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach,
    • inner development must progress if he desires to reach conclusions of
    • his own concerning the statements proclaimed by an anthroposophical
    • cognition and experience, and the inner development of the human soul
    • perceptions on his own. One has to distinguish between an elementary
    • level of development leading to comprehension of an experienced
    • spiritual teacher's statements, following them as it were in thought
    • soul and spirit realm. This elementary level shall be the subject
    • human soul and spirit must undergo for attainment of the understanding
    • mentioned above is an extensive one. It requires a long period of
    • anthroposophical development never gives anything but advice. Indeed,
    • suggest. It is left entirely to the judgment of the individual to what
    • completely intimate development of the human soul, and all the
    • significant degrees of development one must undergo take place in the
    • inner spiritual development needs to change his everyday occupation in
    • of such a path of inner development. The directions when followed do
    • development will soon be aware of this fact and his task will then be
    • enlightenment.
    • Since the directions for the road to enlightenment vary with each
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  • Title: Lecture: Woman and Society (Die Frauenfrage)
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    • reproach to the Theosophical movement, and others seeing this as one
    • — like the question concerning women which is to occupy us
    • question regarding women. Of course, no one must imagine that
    • more than fifty years ago. The idea of this arrangement — the
    • following ingenious comment to make; One could not believe that this
    • arrangement would cause such a great change in commercial or business
    • college of doctors: the learned gentlemen were asked, purely from a
    • it if railways were built. The learned gentlemen said it was
    • question regarding women is one of the greatest present questions of
    • certain views on the question of women, but the fact that this
    • scientific and other great minds have seen in the women's question
    • As an example, we can recall the statements of the anatomist, Albert,
    • with the greatest energy against the admission of women into the
    • impossible for women to get into the educated professions or ever be
    • be capable of judgment who, in relation to the natural-scientific
    • physiological feeble-mindedness of women). This booklet stems from a
    • personalities of world-historic development of recent times —
    • Nietzsche — as pathological phenomena. He has done
    • talent’ of women to the lighter weight of the female brain!
    • was dependent on the size of the brain, and that women, on average,
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  • Title: Lecture: Problems of Nutrition
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    • Der Kreislauf des Menschen innerhalb der Sinnes-,
    • and for presentation here, by agreement with the Rudolf Steiner
    • vegetarian. Today, so the argument goes, a diet of vegetables
    • Although the animals, too, derive their nourishment from plants,
    • the capacity to extract nourishment where nourishment for men no
    • development by the extent of one's disgust, but in this case, so
    • it is. Diet, through spiritual development, becomes the personal
    • comes to measure his nutritional requirements against the
    • consists in the statement that anthroposophists are entirely too
    • material dimension by the strength of one's spirit.” Even a
    • have to say, therefore, does not recommend one course as opposed to
    • statement, “A man is what he eats,” does not have a
    • it as a physical instrument. An instrument is useless if it is not
    • instrument for the impulses of our spiritual life? Will we lose our
    • the right nourishment for us? What must we eat so that we are not
    • replenish them with further nourishment. Men must concern
    • themselves with replenishment. What, then, could be more obvious
    • Now, you all know that men eat food derived from
    • all men. Men take their sustenance from the animal, vegetable and
    • antithesis of men, and the animals represent the mean between the
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  • Title: Lecture: The Etherisation of the Blood
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    • und die geistige Führung der Menschiheit.. (No. 130 in
    • Let us ask ourselves the question: Why is the achievement of
    • begin by regarding it as something simple and elementary. We shall
    • and impressive natural phenomenon. We see how still he is standing,
    • picturing his environment. That is one situation. Another is the
    • — that of sleeping and waking. From the elementary concepts of
    • element, works upon his body in order to restore what has been used up
    • activities which cast their shadow-images into men, and these
    • for the moral-aesthetic element, we bear within our souls
    • or displeasure in evil deeds the aesthetic element as against
    • the moral element that impels a man to perform some good deed.
    • The moral element is at a higher level than the purely aesthetic; mere
    • which dominates the waking life, the life in which man is mentally
    • What is already within us can bring about the further development of
    • to give ourselves up to the enjoyment art, of poetry, or of some other
    • element in which we are really awake brings us shadow-images of the
    • in colour. At the moment of waking or of going off to sleep a kind of
    • is awake the intellectual element streams upwards from below in the
    • streams downwards from above. At the moment of waking or of going off
    • revealed when a calm glow surrounds the pineal gland at these moments.
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  • Title: Lecture: Overcoming Nervousness
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    • outsiders. Scholars and laymen alike criticize the division of man into the
    • we are hardly surprised when the statement is made that there is none
    • this nervousness can be attributed, such a statement can be readily
    • example. Many other conditions might be mentioned, but who in our
    • time does not know of them? We need only mention the “political
    • 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
    • respects, men are no doubt receiving the training needed to take part in
    • Often in anthroposophy, even a simple experiment repeated with
    • Perhaps you have noticed the strange movements they make in the air
    • movements are not so extreme and they may only give a kind of jerk
    • undirected by the astral body, the physical body executes movements on
    • physical body has become dominant and makes movements on its own,
    • whereas in a healthy man all his movements are subordinated to the will
    • vacation, but better still you might also recommend that he try to acquire
    • of immense importance because in our time weakness of the etheric body
    • this case, for the improvement of memory. By thinking through events,
    • Another little exercise may be mentioned here. If it has not been
    • a clear picture of his movements and gestures. Few people actually know
    • to make this experiment, it should not be prolonged because it would
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  • Title: Jesus and Christ
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    • because it takes into consideration the development of the human soul.
    • Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment,
    • soul may bring about an infinite enhancement of its inherent forces of
    • human body like an instrument. Just as hydrogen is bound to oxygen in
    • the Christ Jesus Event. Statements of religious creeds concerning this
    • body. The statements of the spiritual investigator come from
    • scientist must proceed from a description of natural phenomena to the
    • phenomena with each other, or when we immerse ourselves in them. In
    • this way they reveal their inner laws. In the treatment of historical
    • entrance of Christianity into mankind's development, can be
    • development ordinarily described in history. As these facts are
    • The origin and development of Christianity can be understood only when
    • less important parts. This arrangement can be recognized when facts
    • has become fundamental
    • embryonic life, passes through stages of development that resemble
    • that is of great importance in mankind's development. Because it is
    • different aspect than the law just mentioned, but it is as true as any
    • that humanity has passed through many stages in its development, and
    • development must be the outcome of spiritual-scientific observation.
    • What he perceives is that mankind's development as a whole may be
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  • Title: Lecture: Newborn Might and Strength Everlasting
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    • because such a play can make us realize again how the souls of men, whether
    • spontaneous warmth of this elementary feeling. Let me repeat that it is
    • painting. In it we can admire fundamental elements expressing the loftiest
    • Among the paintings in the Campo Santo is one that was mentioned for the
    • evolution and the primal element in man's soul. Today much of it is damaged
    • conception that was prevalent in the Middle Ages. Men used to think that
    • sentiments throughout life, no matter how old they grew, and that there
    • men felt this close connection between what appears in childhood and the
    • possible that they could have done it. It expresses in a monumental and
    • All our knowledge has always lived deeply in the feelings of men. We see
    • that are active everywhere at the right moment; it belongs to the
    • elements of water, fire, air and earth, all active as demoniacal forces.
    • remember this as for those men who felt so happy when they could watch a
    • a play because we feel our relationship with those men of the past who
    • conception. Let this stand as a contrast to what men used to experience in
  • Title: Lecture: Pre-Earthly Deeds of Christ
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    • deeper understanding of this Mystery men should develop more and more
    • all men.
    • center-point of human development, and everything that has since
    • Mystery into the hearts and souls of men.
    • destined to work in the advancement of spiritual life on the physical
    • the child — three things of immense importance.
    • Ego-consciousness has awakened, is destined by means of the rudiments
    • about because, during the Earth development, the Spirits of Form
    • acquired a feeling for our environment which we could not possess
    • protectors and guardians of a child's growth and development and see
    • Speech came to man as a consequence of progressive development. The
    • to-day. We will restrict ourselves to the normal development of man by
    • called forth as an inner speech movement. But the power of so
    • representative of the external environment, thus enabling mankind to
    • development known to us as the Egyptian-Chaldean was to recapitulate
    • attainment of full consciousness, had to be led to revere what dwells
    • had to be said to mankind. In the forming of the word-movement lies
    • In the Word was the Life, and the Life was the Light of men.
    • “In the Word was the Life, and the Life was the Light of men.”
    • that men thought in pictures. I shall treat of this subject further in
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  • Title: Lecture: The Four Sacrifices of Christ
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    • human development that fall gently into our souls, warming and
    • Christ did for earthly evolution was included in the fundamental impulse
    • of selflessness, and what He may become for the conscious development
    • would happen to men? We should approach the color blue, for example,
    • not have perceived red in his environment. Or he would have said, “Oh,
    • instruments for the perception of its splendor rather than sources of pain,
    • observation and enjoyment of nature will be permeated by Christ; when
    • men, refreshing themselves in an invigorating springtime, in the warmth
    • element of the atmosphere is related to our organs. If we had become
    • come to learn so to regard all that makes us human, fundamentally and in the
    • were discerned in the attuning of men's passions under the power of the
    • We see also the meaning of the extraordinary pronouncement of Justin
    • ensoulment as an archangel and His human incarnation He had taken an
    • statements of spiritual science are fictitious, truly it is not so. You may
    • sorts of elemental forces that arise from wind, air or water. They would
    • those who felt the coming derangement of the ego, so that although all
    • different degrees of derangement in egos given over to elemental beings.
    • clever men who cannot distinguish hunger from a piece of bread. I know how
    • and myself. One of these, the person mentioned above, left us upon the
    • through a development after death. When we produced Schuré's
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  • Title: Lecture: Anthroposophy and Christianity
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    • containing the German texts is entitled, Christus und die menschliche
    • the steps we must now take in mankind's development if further
    • Now that we have mentioned the trust the spiritual scientist has in
    • fundamental modification of the natural scientific approach. The
    • becoming an instrument of investigation into the spiritual world, man
    • splitting water into two parts. It's no argument against monism when
    • statements, so I'll come right to the point. We are all familiar with
    • memory as such, but the power of summoning up a mental content from
    • Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment,
    • to them and forms mental images about them. As a rule he does nothing
    • mental activity leaves off. Anyone wanting to become a spiritual
    • We must choose mental images which we ourselves can form for ourselves
    • single image. Whereas we usually move on from one mental image to
    • a single mental image. This is what makes concentration radically
    • mental image; it rather gives us the opportunity to pull our soul
    • statement that previously meant nothing to him: “I know that I am
    • We are aware that we use the brain as an instrument for ordinary
    • learn to make sense of the statement, “You are experiencing yourself
    • in the soul-spiritual element.” We experience our head as though
    • soul-spiritual element from our external bodily nature. First we get to
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  • Title: Lecture: Christ in Relation to Lucifer and Ahriman
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    • The fundamental polarization of East and West that Rudolf Steiner saw
    • Steiner's statement from his Linz lecture that World War I was
    • Steiner's statement that World War I was destined by the European
    • In suggesting that the Russian government and possibly
    • nationalistic sentiment and strove for absolute expression and
    • of spiritual refinement, which descended with the Christ from cosmic
    • development here on earth. Man must oscillate to the one side
    • present, influencing human development on earth. Much could be said to
    • has come from spiritual heights and influenced man's development on
    • have influenced the development of the entire Western world.
    • the souls of men those conditions by which it can become effective in
    • Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment,
    • longer possible for the Christ impulse to penetrate the souls of men
    • profound connections beyond the external developments that we are
    • reconstructed from historical documents are of the least significance.
    • carrier of a luciferic element. A glance at the religious development
    • development, refusing to advance and thereby keeping something of the
    • luciferic element. In short, we can detect a luciferic remnant in the
    • achievements, but still, externals are usually expected to provide
    • development because such a phenomenon could certainly be found
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  • Title: Lecture: Preparing for the Sixth Epoch
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    • Three Fundamental Characteristics of the Future Civilization
    • Three Fundamental Characteristics of the Future Civilization
    • Movement. On such an occasion it is always good to remember why we
    • establishment of individual groups is connected with the whole
    • conception that we hold of our Movement if we understand its inmost
    • nature. We must all be conscious that our Movement is significant not
    • Movement our souls are seeking a real and genuine link with the
    • can be mentioned, of which we must realize that they should be carried
    • will be a characteristic of those men who reach the goal of that
    • significant characteristics of men living on the earth at the peak of
    • fundamental characteristic will be that everything we call the fruits
    • men that what a man likes to believe, what religious convictions he
    • is a fundamental right of the human being.
    • characteristic will be that men in the sixth epoch will only be
    • science, too, will be regarded as antiquated superstition. Men as a
    • days were connected with the mysteries, men cultivated what
    • peculiar to the first, the ancient Indian epoch, men were concerned
    • that when those men of the ancient Indian epoch came together in order
    • of men. The work achieved on earth by men in intimate assemblies
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  • Title: Lecture: Outlooks for the Future
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    • even the outward physiognomy of our environment will have a very changed
    • tremendously earnest thoughts. A good way of transforming the dreams of
    • the moment when the etheric shape of Christ shall appear to us, and so
    • will be an element to which we shall have to conform ourselves in the
    • discover the etheric. Even then, this etheric element will have the
    • appeared to me at a certain moment and it has told me this or that. I
    • am the instrument through which that spiritual Being can exercise an
    • fundamental laws, and when those people come along who say that we are
  • Title: Lecture: Human Life in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • Outsiders whose attention is drawn to the anthroposophical movement
    • life of the present day, why such a movement is necessary. And it is easy to
    • requirements of earlier times. New discoveries have been made relating to
    • fundamental change in human existence and in the conditions of daily life.
    • How different is the environment in which we find ourselves placed today
    • environment in which the individual finds himself, and how the work, for
    • tasks and daily life, it brings to the individual the element of religious
    • accomplishments in the way of scientific achievement, becomes
    • the men of learning, took far too little account of this. They believed they
    • development. Human soul life would then reach a condition comparable to
    • directly impressed by the astonishing achievements of science; but it would be
    • achievements of science during the 19th century. During his youth he
    • by the splendor of purely scientific achievements. Only those who lived
    • to new answers. His mental attitude would have to be adopted more generally,
    • In making this statement I am not just voicing my personal opinion, but
    • in an age which accords scientific achievements the admiration, which is
    • perform a simple experiment for the children in order to believe that the
    • understand; the experiment seems so illuminating. Yet there is one
    • factor which always escapes notice in the experiment. And while it is
    • good thing to do so in conducting a scientific experiment.
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  • Title: Evil and the Future of Man
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    • Concerning Death and Evil, or The Supersensible Element
    • Switzerland, and in agreement with the Rudolf Steiner Publishing
    • The Supersensible Element in the Study of History, Lecture V from Symptom to Reality in Modern History.
    • other creatures. But we can learn to know the phenomenon of death in
    • pronouncement of modern science on one subject or another are often
    • How often do we see men arising here or there, making this or that
    • then we may put this question: In what men do these evil inclinations
    • plainly visible in evil actions? Who are the men concerned?
    • tendencies to evil — are subconsciously present in all men.
    • behold and see his fellow-men in new and ever changing ways. To-day,
    • which as you know, will continue into the third millennium. To-day men
    • important; they have no real vision of their fellow-men. In this
    • respect men have yet to make full use of all that has been instilled
    • — that artistic creation and enjoyment are declining in almost all
    • as such is in a period of decay. The most important element of the
    • element tending towards a deeper and more real knowledge of man.
    • in painting or sculpture, or into the essence of the inner movements
    • the faculty to perceive men pictorially. You have already heard the
    • elements of this. Look at the human being — behold his head: it
    • altogether different from what the men of today are as yet inclined to
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  • Title: Lecture: Social and Anti-Social Forces in the Human Being
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    • ways of looking at the world, we have started from one fundamental
    • development, which began in the 15th century of our Christian era, is
    • period, which commenced in the 8th century B.C. and finished in the
    • deceived today. Men today think the following: Well, today we live in
    • the period of the development of thought. People are proud of the fact
    • only when this instinctive nature becomes instead an active element,
    • to mention the appearance of the so-called Social Question.
    • social impulses or to the social instincts, movements or forces
    • impulses of men be expressed by only one side. This is because the
    • between people is fundamentally a complicated matter. When one person
    • characteristics, we must clearly see the common elements in the
    • One sees this phenomenon most clearly when one thinks of the direct
    • arrangement of man's total being. It rests on the fact that what we
    • call social impulses, fundamentally speaking are only present in
    • meet social arrangements and structures in society, even if these
    • arrangements seem far-fetched from the seemingly wise consciousness of
    • development in this time, for consciousness to be present. It would
    • impulses must become, right on until the 30th century. For men to
    • In earlier periods the development of the anti-social forces was not
    • their development. Outwardly, in social life, structures must work so
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  • Title: Lecture: Spiritual Emptiness and Social Life
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    • Switzerland, and in agreement with the Rudolf Steiner Publishing
    • really brilliant spiritual movement which lasted from the time of
    • order in civilised humanity. Fundamentally speaking, the tendency
    • strange phenomenon. I said that Hermann Grimm — for whom I have
    • often mentioned an incident which listeners may have thought trivial,
    • mention of the spiritual was to make a warding-off gesture with his
    • made at that moment. It was true inasmuch as Hermann Grimm, for all
    • signify for men of the Fifth Post-Atlantean epoch of culture. He
    • most harmful in its effects. But a statement like the one I have made
    • men in Middle Europe was similar to his. Hermann Grimm wrote an
    • not only for portraying individual men but for accurately discerning
    • ideas and mental images in such a way that they have plasticity,
    • if out of a three-dimensional figure one were to make a
    • two-dimensional shadow-picture, thrown on the screen. Goethe seems to
    • Why is it that through the whole development of this brilliant phase
    • or feeling for it? Men such as Troxler, and
    • this, men were also ignorant of the needs, the conditions, that are
    • stream of culture: men were unable to perceive, to divine, the
    • felt the need to meet the fundamental requirement of the spiritual
    • the political sphere. Because men had no understanding of the spirit,
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  • Title: Lecture: Social Understanding Through Spiritual Scientific Knowledge
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    • nature of man's development is entirely different in the three different
    • often mentioned, is connected with the development of forces that are not
    • moment of his life to try and remember something that he cannot
    • how the forces of our own planet earth live within us. The moment we
    • the force of elemental memory, what he has received in his youth.
    • Everywhere, people are still working contrary to this requirement. For
    • education, and they attach great importance to getting down to the mental
    • extends beyond his mental capacity. They actually rig up calculating
    • counting balls. Nothing must go beyond the child's mental capacity.
    • anything beyond its own mental capacity. People who do this thoroughly
    • not because it is absolutely on his own mental level, but because his
    • You know, these are the most valuable moments in life, when your
    • mental life does not have to be restricted to what comes to meet you from
    • for the person's later development; for lessons taken in purely through
    • a clue about the rules. For the moment the child stands in front of him
    • anti-social with any sort of arrangement.
    • The essential thing is to make the sort of arrangements that allow for
    • In every department you find well-meaning people today, who want to
    • agreement that everything should be changed as long as nothing changes
    • improvement people long for today is of extremely abstract dimensions.
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  • Title: Lecture: Soul and Spirit in the Human Physical Constitution
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    • development of subjects we are studying at the present time. We have
    • In studying the human being, only those elements which can be pictured
    • elements pass into and out of the human being, but these are not in
    • The warmth within man which is greater than that of his environment is
    • canal, we can observe a regular up-and-down oscillatory movement
    • The other elements, the fluid element, as I
    • element, are not regarded by anatomy and physiology as belonging to
    • the solid element as the only organizing factor and do not realize
    • demarcated from the environment. Whatever is fluid in any area of
    • space adjoins the fluidic element in the environment. Although the
    • fluid element as such is present in the world outside us in a rarefied
    • element within man andr the fluid element outside man, as in the case
    • and the fluid element in the external world must therefore be left
    • The air within us at a certain moment was outside us a moment before,
    • the aeriform element all the time. We can really think of the air as
    • in this warmth, what sets it in flow, stirs it into movement, makes it
    • mental concepts. This process works upon the fluid organism.
    • sleep, from the moment of falling asleep to the moment of waking;
    • From the moment of falling asleep to the moment of waking, the astral
    • asleep man lives directly in an element that is transmitted to his
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  • Title: Lecture: The Moral as the Source of World-Creative Power
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    • to us in waking life from the moment of waking to the moment of
    • in an enhancement of warmth in the warmth-organism. Not only is man
    • easy to prove with physical instruments. Moral ideals, then, have a
    • course inwardly in movement, in fluctuation, but equally with the
    • power, and the source of this power is the moral element.
    • has its source in the moral stimuli, in the warmth-organisms of men.
    • the world's development only if we grasp how out of this ‘illusory’
    • the soul can be directly active in the rarefied physical element, as
    • terrible problem that weighed upon men in the nineteenth century and
    • men. Our world-view today is based upon Copernicanism. Until the year
    • principles, mathematical-mechanical principles. The rudiments of it
    • light into the universe. But for the men of ancient times the sun was
    • by stages into the physical, how in reality the two are united, men
    • these men pictured the sun, we must say: They pictured it first and
    • the earth, an age when millions and millions of men would perish
    • dozen men filled with moral enthusiasm, the earth would still
    • vested in the hands of groups of men, who, as they declared,
  • Title: Lecture: The Path to Freedom and Love and their Significance in World Events
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    • As doers, as men of action, we have our place in social life and
    • fundamentally speaking, everything we accomplish between birth and
    • forces of the world interpenetrate, flow into each other. Mentally, we
    • the element of thought is contained; and in everything that is of the
    • every case that they are linked with something in our environment,
    • arrive at judgments and draw conclusions, how we orientate
    • elaborate these thoughts. — Fundamentally speaking, therefore, in
    • inherently our own. For the fulfillment of what self-knowledge demands
    • element of will which streams through our thoughts when we form
    • judgments, draw conclusions and the like. Thereby, however, our
    • single word by dint of an effort of will; an element of instinct
    • moment. The life of thought rays in from our existence before birth,
    • something which, in its reality, is not understood! Men such as Kant
    • thoughts. In our ordinary consciousness we live in an element by means
    • have already shown from other points of view how these three elements
    • these three elements to which ancient instinctive knowledge pointed
    • this semblance with the element issuing from our metabolic processes,
    • we permeate it with the real element of the will. There we have
    • grow, so what is unfolded through freedom must find an element in
    • through Man, who stands before us as the supreme achievement of the
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  • Title: Lecture: Search for the New Isis, the Divine Sophia: The Quest for the Isis-Sophia
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    • Golgotha, we find that, although the achievements of the peoples in all the
    • various nations were so great, nevertheless, in reality all these achievements
    • involvement, and that such aid should come just where human beings consider
    • whom we have often mentioned, calls the sun God's monument, and in
    • movements are images of the divine-spiritual existence of the world.
    • world-conception that which existed in earlier stages of human development.
    • in their movements. This, my dear friends, is a purely luciferic world
    • the luciferic element holds sway in this world picture, just as the
    • typhonic-ahrimanic element held sway in the Egyptian world picture. Just as
    • them in the sunshine and in the light of the stars, in the movements of the
    • then appear as monuments to the spiritual powers that weave with power
    • This is the mystery of modern humanity: Fundamentally speaking, Mary-Isis
    • Menschen werkend, — Es wird Luzifer entreissen Und auf des Geisteswissens
    • Boten In Menschenseeten auferwecken Isis-Sophia Des Gottes Weisheit.
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    • In the Gospels we find a twofold announcement of the birth of Christ
    • Three Kings, the Three Wisemen from the Orient. We are told that
    • ancient instinctive clairvoyance was already greatly dimmed. Men's
    • science which enabled them, by the study of world-phenomena, the
    • moment to what was present as the last remnant of an ancient stream of
    • wisdom in the Three Wisemen from the Orient. We are shown clearly that
    • these Wisemen were able to read the riddles in the movements of the
    • these movements something of higher significance, remote from space
    • one of this wisdom of the stars. Men sought in the stars for a deeper
    • universal space in the movement of the stars. This was a living,
    • inner way to gain an understanding of the movements of the stars such
    • men as the Magi may be counted among the last remaining disciples of
    • content of geometry in an age in which, from the moment of awaking
    • developed just such a world-outlook as that possessed by the Wisemen
    • preserved in its last fragments to the Magi, made possible the one
    • took place in the world of men became direct imaginative perception,
    • His peace shall be with all men of good will.” Thus did the
    • to human wisdom at that time, to the Wisemen of the East. Thus the
    • What did these Wisemen of the East experience? What was the special
    • development brought about in the souls of these pupils through the
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  • Title: Lecture: The Threshold In Nature and In Man
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    • kind permission of Marie Steiner, and in agreement with the Rudolf
    • whether it be possible for men to enter sufficiently deeply into the
    • by no means easy of fulfillment.
    • men of olden times, on the one hand with the knowledge of the inner
    • What was it of which the men of olden times were afraid? What was it
    • survey the course of human evolution, that what men feared in those
    • men have had. In earlier times, quite another picture of the world
    • concerning the men of olden times, and how they thought about the
    • fixed stars, whose centre is also in the sun, is so immense that the
    • How was it that men of olden times feared knowledge which today is the
    • contemplate her inner being from without. And with this detachment of
    • set us upon the path. In all the development of natural science in
    • clearly. Study the development of natural science and you will be
    • experiment. And through the work he does in thinking, man develops an
    • enhanced self-consciousness; which means, that his detachment from the
    • did, fundamentally speaking, was to reduce to calculation the results
    • within his body — held there, as it were, by enchantment.
    • the development of thinking; and the consciousness of self has grown
    • senses, has contributed to the achievements of thought. In olden times
    • We see, then, what it was men feared in olden times for the pupil who
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  • Title: Lecture: The Sun-Mystery in the Course of Human History
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    • the will is the most mysterious and secret element in human nature. It
    • instinctive element over which we have little control and which drives
    • too, the will is an indeterminate, mysterious element.
    • his conscious mental life; the fact is that this spirituality is at
    • rise into our consciousness inasmuch as we can form mental concepts
    • mental images of the workings of our will and in this sense are
    • egotism, the more strongly is the element of antipathy working in him.
    • antipathetic element that derives from sleep also works in an abnormal
    • unfolds the element of antipathy in his life of feeling so strongly
    • steeped in the element of antipathy; antipathy streams out from him
    • life, the mental life. The sleeping will lights up in feeling, and
    • when it surge upwards into mental life, it becomes still clearer but at
    • this element of antipathetic feeling surges into the conceptual life,
    • it comes to expression in the form of negative judgments, judgments of
    • logician calls “negation”, negative judgment, is the uprush of
    • our judgments are affirmative. We have arrived at something which, as
    • Whereas in acts of judgment — which are a mental, conceptual activity
    • relation to the outer world — to the level of abstract judgment.
    • This, then, is a purely mental, concept-forming activity, which can be
    • judgment surges into the domain of the senses, what is the result? The
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  • Title: Lecture: The Alphabet
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    • “The right to a judgment about the content of such privately printed
    • for granted as the prerequisite basis of this judgment. For most of
    • to supplement our past studies. If we consider how Man lives in the
    • characteristic at this moment of the cosmic evolution of mankind. It
    • In the lectures last week, I mentioned that in the course of mankind's
    • development. I alluded to how, in very ancient times, speech was
    • experienced a certain amount of inspiration in it, but the moment he called it
    • to what is Roman-Latin — men of culture became estranged from the
    • like a cultural dream which men approach through their own revelations
    • jurisprudence, all outer compartmentalization, all the prose of life,
    • Testament words: ‘And God formed Man ... and breathed into nostrils
    • The poet, by avoiding the prose element in speech, and going back to
    • speech, attempts to return to its inspired archetypal element. One
    • Today we distinguish the consonant from the vowel element in speech. I
    • the external aspect of the physical body. As I have mentioned in the
    • the firmament of the fixed stars, represented in the signs of the
    • music of the spheres occurs through the movements of the planets in
    • movement, the circling around. And the single planets in their revolutions are
    • their movement through the connection with the star sign S. Thus if a
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    • Menschliches Seelenleben und Geistesstreben im Zusammenhange
    • This English edition is published in agreement with, and the kind
    • We have often explained how the development of man takes place during
    • on in his environment. Later on it is only in the sense organs that
    • important to let nothing happen in the young child's environment, not
    • his environment; now he begins to grasp what we say. Authority thus
    • teeth. And a true power of judgment, when the child or adolescent
    • begins to make his own faculty of judgment felt, comes only at the
    • judgments of his own.
    • the tendency to descend into physical embodiment. We see him there as
    • cosmos. If we could extract the etheric body of a man at the moment
    • So we have this strange phenomenon of the star-ether-body drawing
    • into the astral body from these childish movements, but they impinge
    • We then see how his movements — intelligent movements, now, walking
    • you are forty-five years old, almost all your movements are inscribed
    • inscribed — the movements of our arms and leg, and not only these,
    • This is a phenomenon of untold importance. For, my dear friends, we
    • speaking, begins only at the moment when the astral heart takes hold
  • Title: Lecture: Truth Beauty and Goodness
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    • always meet with the approval of the times. For in our age men love to
    • affecting even the very pores of his skin. In ancient times men were
    • by beautiful semblance, and hence lasts only until the moment we pass
    • — the goodness that flows to other men and is not confined to
    • human being elements with which he was wholly permeated only in
    • When this true morality develops into momentous impulses of will which
    • is not to experience it. The moment we experience beauty, however, the
    • A man may do good because of some convention, or because punishment is
    • Forces that endure beyond the gate of death are present in men's
  • Title: Lecture: Self Knowledge and the Christ Experience
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    • fact that humanity itself is undergoing a development, which constitutes its
    • history, and which will form a whole within the long planetary development
    • With regard to mankind, a certain law of development is found to run like a
    • an intermediate period of human development, eventually giving place to
    • find certain observable laws in the development of humanity. We can compare
    • these developmental laws with those which, say, an insect experiences
    • or that he did not tell himself at a certain moment: ‘This is how you
    • as chance directed. Man who by virtue of his higher soul development is
    • through spring, summer, autumn and winter. It does not give its development
    • this or that century take its place in the whole development of our planet.
    • further into the development of the Consciousness Soul. A man should be
    • account of what the historical development of humanity asks from my
    • fulcrum in historical development, from which vital, historical deed one
    • whole regular historical development of our planet — in the whole regular
    • of maturity. There they undergo further development, which is to lead them
    • development. But in progressing from his kind of imaginative, natural
    • man found fulfillment in his soul-life. He bore in himself the effects of
    • arbitrary figment. It was achieved through a crisis of the soul — after
    • crossing the threshold of death the moment would come when he would not
    • stages of human development that, between birth and death, man developed an
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  • Title: Lecture: The Invisible Man Within Us
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    • membranes that envelop the human embryo during its development
    • nourishment occurs. It is contained in everything in which the human
    • the metabolic-limb organization, in the forces of our outer movement,
    • and also in the inner forces of movement that carry ingested food
    • environment.
    • The spiritual element's
    • fragment within. If the blood-formation process confronts them in the
    • about healing directly through human activity, because the moment
    • environmental processes are “stuffed” into man so that
    • — in that moment the other system, which runs along the blood
    • an appropriate treatment.
    • carry in us, in incipient form, in the moment of coming into being,
    • the human being there will be febrile phenomena. These are
    • the breakdown forces are working strongly, cooling phenomena occur.
    • The presence of these phenomena is not as easy to substantiate as the
    • febrile phenomena, but these two types of phenomena alternate so that
    • from ordinary substances that we find in our environment and use for
    • have this cosmic astral element dripping down into the plant in the
    • human being. The moment there is too much of this poison, however, we
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  • Title: Lecture: Polarities in Health, Illness and Therapy
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    • Pennmenmawr, August 28, 1923
    • This is a lecture given by Rudolf Steiner in Pennmenmawr, August 28, 1923.
    • Anthroposophische Menschenerkenntnis und Medizin,
    • The fact that within our anthroposophical movement there is also a
    • anthroposophical movement sought to make its way through the world,
    • physicians too found their way to this movement. They are seriously
    • medicaments, of a remedy, if one has not acquired an understanding for
    • (this is not my judgment, but the judgment of those physicians who have
    • concerning the treatment of illnesses with various natural substances.
    • Fundamentally speaking, we are already confronting today a kind of
    • endeavor within our anthroposophical movement.
    • interconnection between the movement system, the system of the limbs,
    • enhanced especially through the movement of the limbs and that
    • wanted to ridicule the anthroposophical movement. He did not attempt to
    • rump consisting of chest and abdomen, and limbs. Of course, in this
    • within the human abdomen, or the lower body, must call forth the polar
    • Thus we can see how a fundamental understanding of this three-fold
    • development of the so-called centrosomes — you can read about that in
    • place in every movement, in all that man does, and also in what is active
    • anything against official medicine, except that it needs to be augmented and
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  • Title: Lecture: Man As A Picture of The Living Spirit
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    • our life; in a sense, we only supplement them by what accrues to us
    • Ego which works in the blood of man and in his movements. In sleep the
    • movements cease, inasmuch as the Ego is away; the blood however goes
    • is a maya — the true reality is behind it. Yet such a statement does
    • are growing in the meadow. Just as this statement will only be of use
    • and visible environment on Earth but to a world of higher spiritual
    • point which interests us now. What does concern us at this moment is
    • — Beings who did not put on physical human bodies as do the men of
    • today. They lived rather in etheric bodies, yet for the men who lived
    • but that is all. Only the most external and physical element remained
    • one colony, one settlement among many. Others are no less important,
    • down to Earth or give to men from Saturn anything that can be found in
    • Say for example there was an incisive moment, an all-important event
    • relation to other men — within narrow limits. But if he takes into
    • the mutual relations between men. There between death and new birth,
  • Title: The Individuality of Elias, John, Raphael, Novalis
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    • Michael Thoughts, of which today men have no more than a dim feeling, has
    • honestly incline to the Anthroposophical Movement, belong to these souls
    • great numbers of their fellow-men, beings who, however, only show themselves
    • significance the prophet Elijah had for the people of the Old Testament, and
    • moment of human evolution, appeared again so that Christ Jesus Himself could
    • Bearing this in mind, let us look for a moment at Raphael and see how he
    • death, in the respect and recognition of his fellow men. Hermann Grimm relates
    • the hearts and minds of men, what lives of him still in their reverence and
    • soul, sent down by the Michael stream as messenger to men on Earth.
    • again in Novalis in poetry that stirs and enraptures the hearts of men. All
    • When we read the “Fragments” of Novalis, and give ourselves up to
    • this Michael garment, this garment of Light, shall become the Words of the
    • For Michael's garment of rays
  • Title: Lecture: Exoteric and Esoteric Christianity
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    • This English edition is published in agreement with, and the kind
    • “The right to a judgment about the content of such privately printed
    • for granted as the prerequisite basis of this judgment. For most of
    • mankind is recorded in documents that have been preserved as
    • religious records, or as other documents relating to
    • us that he was able to believe in Christ only from the moment in
    • the disciples that were around him, and that are not mentioned in the
    • of mind in which men of past ages took up the real Mystery of
    • modern man finds it very difficult to understand that the first men
    • “knowledge” by us. The first men who lived on the earth
    • past of human evolution on earth, it was a well-known fact that men
    • one, could be attained especially by those men who had passed through
    • conception. Then men felt as if they were being reminded of
    • look back on a divine spiritual wisdom received here on earth by men
    • am comparing these ancient men with animals; for, although their
    • outer aspect resembled that of animals, these oldest of men had a
    • 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
    • Men gradually came out
    • feeling. Men on earth had to come to this feeling, for it was
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    • lecture on Shakespeare given by Dr. Steiner in 1902 at the Workmen's
    • written on each one of his works. Men of learning have given many
    • statement that Shakespeare's plays are not works of art of any special
    • world-conception. But such statements are contradicted by the fact
    • action, as in the wonderful exposition and development of the single
    • This development in art which culminated in Shakespeare is determined
    • by the preceding phase of cultural development; the Renaissance
    • consistently, uninfluenced by the idea of guilt and atonement. It
    • and daring, all bear witness to a life full of movement and colour.
    • Some of Shakespeare's biographers and commentators wish to deduce from
    • when a table and a chair sufficed for the equipment of a royal palace,
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    • Dr. Steiner in 1902 at the Workmen's School in Berlin expressed
    • schiller and the development of German literature in general
    • wonderful development of the individual characters. The poet
    • artistic development, which culminated in Shakespeare, was made
    • possible by the preceding phase of cultural development: the
    • uninfluenced by the idea of guilt and atonement. It would be
    • movement and color.
    • theatrical career in the most menial way, by holding the horses
    • Shakespeare's biographers and commentators wish to deduce from
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    • redeemed, but not through punishment. The conception underlying this
    • have men matured to the stage where they have, as brothers, human
    • The fructification of Manes is today the Life of men. The Form is what
    • evolution was the Life of men. Now this is its outer shell, its form.
    • will prepare for that epoch in which the men of the Sixth Root Race
    • spring from a handful of men whom Manes prepares. This is the
    • especially in the Spiritual. There will be men who are mighty in Love
    • in the Sixth Root Race glimmers in many men of genius. (Nietzsche's
    • need not be mentioned. It must express itself in the forming of a
    • the movement is conscious of it. Thus they are pitted against each
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    • from material perceptions, as a simple experiment on one's own self
    • sense-perceptions.” This statement holds good, however, only for
    • most elementary and simple, and such as Man can most easily
    • understand. He must learn through the elementary mathematical
    • phenomena, a science is obtained transcending sense-perception —
    • mentioned here, but rather by realising in true
    • continually at the moment of the genesis of something
    • space beyond the three-dimensional compass; that they reckon in terms
    • effect a strict mental self-education where sense-perceptions are no
    • statement about four-dimensional space, our statement must be such
    • that when we leave the fourth dimension out and restrict the result to
    • three dimensions, our truth will still hold good as the special case
    • elementary plane we have an Arupa reality before us in the
    • Here, of course, it is at first only in an elementary manner that one
    • super-sensible with the same enlightened clearness as the elementary
    • of the word any statement which cannot be expressed in numbers or
    • bound and fettered by a purely mathematical method of treatment.
    • The point is that by the self-training above-mentioned, Man should
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    • hour, at every moment, of vital and profound significance for our
    • essential that we ourselves think through and make mental pictures of
    • environment we know that only a small proportion of the beings around
    • these actions of ours to beings in our environment. Reaction of-this
    • point.) In the environment of the dead all this is changed. In the
    • environment of the so-called dead conditions are such that everything
    • either pleasure or pain in the whole environment. — The dead can
    • an echo in the environment. During the whole period between death and
    • speaking, without awakening pleasure or pain in our environment. The
    • because it can be compared with what the dead has in his environment,
    • that are here on the physical plane, but the whole environment is such
    • reaction of the environment is such that pleasure or pain proceeds
    • the dead stands upon a ‘soil’, lives in an environment which
    • mentality. Modern man knows quite well that when a magnetic needle
    • not without employment; he works perpetually. He works in the
    • environment; if he does something right, he becomes aware of pleasure,
    • of joy, in the environment. He works on and on, calling forth pleasure
    • pain in his environment, so we can say concerning everything
    • In what I have now told you, you have as it were the fundamental form
    • if men would take a little more trouble to grow acquainted with the
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    • Die Erkenntnis des Menschenwesens Nach Leib, Seele und Geist.
    • objections. Far-reaching, momentous issues as well as matters closer
    • lived in the soul of the answerer. A pedantic rearrangement of the
    • gentlemen. Today we will add to what we have heard on previous
    • transmitted into the blood. There this living nourishment encounters
    • 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
    • Now, gentlemen,
    • progress to regular movements, carried out by the speech organs in
    • perceive what happens around them. And this perceiving, this mental
    • a sculptor works on marble and bronze, so the child's movements
    • their movements right into the brain.
    • The movements of
    • brain. This activity begins the very moment we are born and even
    • repeat this movement. At this moment not only the bloodstream goes up
    • observe and perceive. The child's movements in uttering consonants
    • gentlemen, when you dissect a corpse, you will find that the right
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  • Title: Lecture: The Sense-Organs and Aesthetic Experience
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    • the Life Processes. Aesthetic Enjoyment and Aesthetic Creativity.
    • Das Raetsel des Menschen. Die Geistigen Hintergruende
    • der Menschlichen Geschichte. Kosmische und
    • menschliche Geschichte.
    • way; the sense of Movement, the sense of Balance, the sense of Smell,
    • emphasised that through the sense of Movement we move in the
    • men, of cowards, of hot-tempered people, of sleepyheads. In a way
    • sort of complexion, what kind of wrinkles brave or cowardly men have,
    • sense-processes are brought into movement. Their life is stimulated.
    • the ordinary development of warmth it is just warmth, and so on. Now
    • way, and then, if his development tends more towards the will, it
    • development of the earth; he has to give it a wide general
    • ensouled sense of movement; but they must be truly ensouled. Here
    • abandonment of everything concrete in favour of abstractions, and
    • says: Man as he lives here on earth has two fundamental impulses, the
    • allow our inner impulses to work in shaping our mental images, as in
    • desires simply what his body desires, for sensuous enjoyment is
    • expression in nutrition, in the development of warmth and in
    • ideas; he could not reach the higher stage of development, attainable
    • thought today that when anyone makes a logical statement that can be
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  • Title: Lecture: A Turning-Point in Modern History
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    • Auferstehungsgedanke. Menschenwissenschaft
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    • present-day men were not so superficial, many things would be felt
    • never have expected that men would be led to freedom simply by giving
    • me to find that I am not virtuous.” That is his satirical comment
    • fuses spiritual and perceptible into one creation. When all that men
    • quite different man from Schiller. Schiller had tremendous inner
    • beautiful essay on “Naive and Sentimental Poetry,” you
    • is the naive poet, Schiller the sentimental poet. He is simply
    • copy of Kant's Critique of Judgement; he underlined important
    • was clear to him that to understand the human being in his development
    • present-day men. An intimate older friend of mine, Karl Julius
    • of writing an element of soul and spirit is at work which is not
    • present-day men and can really speak only through the medium of
    • spirituality, was present in men, before it finally faded away in the
    • conditions. Schiller says: If men become what they can become at the
    • men could bring about a right social structure if they had not been
    • justified instincts. What men wish for, without knowing what they
    • At the same time there must be a development also in the study of man.
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  • Title: Lecture: Elemental Beings and Human Destinies
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    • Geheimnisse des Menschenwesens
    • ELEMENTAL BEINGS AND HUMAN DESTINIES
    • The turning-points in the development of the human being which we
    • to go on outside us! They come about through our instrumentality, but
    • become involved in all that is going on among the elemental beings
    • outside us, including such elemental beings as I described to you
    • are thus thrown up, elemental beings plunge; they mix themselves up,
    • in the meantime elemental beings have concerned themselves with it,
    • outside you of which the elemental beings took hold, you receive also
    • the influences and workings of these elemental beings. Man spreads out
    • elemental beings — he and they mutually affect one another. All
    • of fulfillment of our destiny. If we have some experience today, then
    • fact is how our destiny is moulded. Elemental beings who feel
    • his environment, and can see how spiritual forces are at work in the
    • environment. By following this interplay, we can throw a light on many
    • elemental stages of consciousness and had more direct connection with
    • befalls a human being is referred to the intervention of elemental
    • elemental beings from the Elf King's realm intervene in the destiny of
    • There you have the elemental world interweaving in the destiny of Man,
    • at the very moment when his destiny strikes in upon him with the shock
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  • Title: Lecture: Man, Offspring of the World of Stars
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    • Perspectives on Humanity's Development.
    • Perspektiven der Menschheitsentwickelung. Der materialistische
    • Der Mensch in seinem Zusammenhang mit der Kosmos,
    • of the development of the Mind Soul in humanity — was directed
    • inner experience which arose when men looked at the world around them.
    • passed away again with the setting Sun. Men have now quite lost the
    • around them. When the Sun rises they see only the phenomena of light
    • during the night into the spaces of the dark firmament. Without some
    • We who have been living in the era of the development of the
    • was connected with the development of his Ego, for the development of
    • And so on the one hand the development and evolution of the Ego of man
    • physical body. His etheric body relates him to the whole environment
    • Its most important period of development is during embryonic life. The
    • The development of the faculty of thinking takes place essentially
    • the development of the forces which finally express themselves in
    • We see, then, that the development of faculties situated primarily in
    • with his whole cosmic environment through the etheric body. The cosmic
    • choose a moment for his birth when the rays of Jupiter pour directly
    • explained by a science which deals merely with earthly phenomena.
    • cosmic environment of the Earth. The crystallised forms of the metals
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    • Geistiger Zusammenhaenge in der Gestaltung
    • des Menschlichen Organismus
    • a metamorphosis of a human thigh-bone with its attachment to the hip.
    • realise the following. In the first stages of development in embryonic
    • development he already comes into the domain of the earthly force of
    • dimensions of space. But the ear tears itself free from the three
    • dimensions of space and preserves its membership of the spiritual
    • are a living monument to what we did in unison with higher Beings
    • to worse. Now as to the movements of your legs, on Earth, to begin
    • moving. But the evil deed clings to the movements of the legs when he
    • movements of the legs is transformed into a harsh discord in the
    • Nevertheless, in this human speech the earthly element is clearly
    • feeling of wonder or astonishment. Likewise in the O there is
    • an inner quality. Every vowel expresses some element of the inner
    • act of adaptation: we adapt ourselves to our environment in the
    • one of the three is a living monument of what was planned in us in a
    • with an outward apparatus. We look through the spatial movement of the
    • would not walk, but would assume another kind of movement; for he
    • legs ... well, you can study the mechanism of the movements in the
    • mechanism of the movements of the legs be explained to you. One thing
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    • Aus Menschenerkenntnis, (Vol. 302a in the Bibliographic Survey, 1961).
    • Erziehung und Unterricht Aus Menschenerkenntnis,
    • laws, its course, causes and effects, into men's intentions and goals
    • elements in the human organism at puberty. If young people are rightly
    • The capacity for forming judgments is blossoming at this time and
    • world of sleep, into the sleeping condition, a body of detrimental,
    • although the students are developing the capacity to make judgments,
    • judgment is actually borne out of the powers of imagination. And if
    • first half of this life-period. The most damaging judgment for the
    • tremendously significant it is to take the education of these young
    • relationships they will be just such men and women as those of our
    • people make such an outcry about social matters is because men are
    • must build in the most careful way upon the fundamentally basic moral
    • much acknowledgement to this deflection toward subjectivity and one's
    • are immensely fond of their lower selves, produce in children of just
    • detrimental feelings out into the country and are really permeated by
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    • development of consciousness. The task of our epoch to permeate
    • stages of development. Their correspondence with the Higher
    • kinds of exercises are necessary for self-development, and such exercises
    • 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
    • has never been the aim of occult science to inculcate into men a dim
    • which governs the progressive development of consciousness in all future
    • accomplish for the attainment of this consciousness, contributes towards
    • its development.
    • perplexing — that whatever is achieved in the way of development of
    • worked at the development of his own consciousness.
    • question is one of earning his living. Whatever men do in business merely
    • Freemasons. When they were true to their original, fundamental principles,
    • and how greatly his consciousness will be enhanced by them. Certain men,
    • moment should be preserved.
    • animal world and with men, that too, we shall surely become. If you found a
    • to an age when, as I indicated recently, men will understand what the atom
    • setting up a wave-movement here and causing it to take a particular form at
    • then, reached selflessness. The attainment of selflessness alone will
    • A tiny handful of men
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    • observes the phenomena of life with a certain impartiality will
    • different with regard to the dramatic element of the dream, to
    • other man comes still nearer and the harmless instrument which
    • actual sleep. The dream pictures arise only at the moment when
    • etheric body, or at the moment of falling asleep when, on
    • movement, in perpetual activity. At a definite moment, however,
    • spiritual cosmic beings is the second element of sleep, as
    • feeling is the second element of waking consciousness. Thus
    • common both to the body and to the soul. Some element connected
    • imagine that the following experiment may be made. You lie down
    • element of great significance for the human being.
    • but, just as Christ descended into the world of men and took
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    • development, that they are not capable of conscious experience between
    • organs of perception his will is not active in the delicate movements
    • after the moment of falling asleep, a more and more lively activity of
    • For example, from the moment of falling asleep there is a particular
    • is an immensely beautiful and impressive living and streaming activity
    • sense the clothing assumed by the cosmic music at the moment of
    • the real experience behind the phenomenon most of you may have met at
    • something I will describe in a moment. The streaming warmth goes
    • with spiritual vision, and begins to understand its phenomena, one is
    • moment, one would draw of course lines, or coloured forms. But to
    • movements shining in from the senses, is only thought. For it
    • the ears of our fellow men, is as if transformed, turned inwards
    • sleep, even during a daytime nap, but in a more fragmentary way.)
    • — seeking the ultimate reality, behind what is fundamentally
    • speech in man's organism. But in the development of this
    • everything. Men must understand this again, in order not to speak of
    • organism, like the hair upon our own organism. Men knew that all these
    • attribute to the word: the Monads of the Exusiai, the Monads of men,
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    • interprets such fundamental problems as that of the origin of man and
    • a development of grand and mighty conceptions of the Being named
    • development of the wonderful Gnostic ideas concerning the Christ
    • them wholly incapable of real judgment in matters of the spiritual
    • heights, not as yet incarnate in an outer garment of matter. We saw
    • Gnostics to be a highly important moment in the evolution of earthly
    • His own development while man had long since descended into the
    • following trend of thought. If we truly observe the lives of many men
    • that there are indeed moments when epoch-making events occur —
    • moments when such men feel themselves at a turning-point of their
    • because, as we have seen, its elementary principles are to be found
    • for the whole evolution of humanity — of fundamental historic
    • development. It is not to be wondered at that this Gnostic conception
    • men even in his childhood, and then came forward as the Saviour of
    • feelings that have arisen among men towards this loving Saviour,
    • the life of Jesus of Nazareth men have nevertheless looked up to a
    • approached men felt themselves more and more incapable of
    • Science venturing no further than the making of statements in
    • material phenomena, and what lies behind things perceptible to the
    • their attention to the lower phenomena of the World Order.
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    • we do could raise it. I am not suggesting for a moment that the
    • which help us to understand the achievements of an artist need not be
    • to clear away the above-mentioned objection.
    • mathematical concepts. Men must have patience to find their bearings
    • And now let us speak of what is really the fundamental conviction of
    • element of life. He speaks in a wonderful way about symphonic music.
    • judgment can prevail against them. Such words as these were not
    • knowledge is much more reliable than any intellectual judgment.
    • connection with instrumental music (Eine Pilgerfahrt zu
    • represented in the instruments. What these instruments express can
    • to them through colour, light and sound and to such men the laws of
    • such a way that men's hearts and souls were attuned to piety and
    • place in human nature in the course of the development of art?’ Man's
    • Wagner was striving to synthesise the achievement of Shakespeare on
    • revelation of an unknown world, that the instruments represent primal
    • human being to another? To outer eyes, men stand there, side by side;
    • to soul, and when we study the fundamental features of his works we
    • plants and omitted all mention of human beings, but Spiritual Science
    • actual expression of Nature's wisdom. Wisdom streamed into the men of
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    • men. And indeed there were many who applied their Initiation-wisdom
    • the time of the Mystery of Golgotha men were trying to answer by means
    • which is present in all the Ideas. — Such is Deussen's argument.
    • bring about agreement in the terrible quarrels between the adherents
    • century A.D.) only the first, elementary traces of this kind of
    • eyes of men was brought down in more ancient times merely in the form
    • in the form of revelation. There is no fundamental difference between
    • rise to very high levels of spiritual perception. The lives of men
    • Naturally one could not have spoken to such men of outer Nature in the
    • We can form some idea of how such men were wont to speak, if we study
    • is not enough merely to observe this phenomenon, for three hundred and
    • four centuries after the Mystery of Golgotha. With this wisdom men
    • different religions, not as the outcome of vague sentiment but of the
    • It was a fundamental tenet of this Roman School that the teaching
    • savoured of the ancient wisdom, little more than the names of men like
    • found its way to men who were interested in these matters and who
    • first centuries of Christendom there were a number of men who were
    • The less men understood Christianity, the more they spoke of the
    • absorbed a very great deal from pupils of men like Iamblichus and who
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    • whole course of mankind's development resembles the life-course of
    • foundation upon which the will can reach its particular development.
    • are connected. And the human beings who unite in that movement which
    • we designate as a spiritual-scientific movement oriented towards
    • connected with the present moment of evolution. In the past, before
    • agreement with the arrangements which you have made with your
    • asleep to the moment of waking up!”
    • years and one could say: Something which has the nature of elemental
    • development of humanity. We are not facing an end — for to
    • possibility whatever for the development of a spiritual life, if
  • 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
    • Movement. The transformation during the Earth-epoch, that is to say,
    • epoch, it has merely received the inner movement which was most
    • earth, we may indeed find certain differences among men, but these
    • experiment is to be made; in reality, of course, this experiment
    • cannot be made. Imagine the following experiment and that you see it
    • fundamental types the forms of the whole animal kingdom. In other
    • statement: “The animal kingdom is the human being,
    • horizon, and this same statement can also be found in Schelling’s
    • foundation of this statement ... but just imagine what the learned
    • Philistines thought about it! If we wish to grasp the development of
    • evidence the fundamental types, subdividing the human being in
    • accordance with the four fundamental animal types: Lion, eagle, angel
    • of wood or of iron. Wood and iron are our fundamental materials. We
    • our life we think; we think, from the moment that we attain the
    • capacity of thinking up to the moment of death. Our thinking consists
    • Beings of the three, above-mentioned hierarchies.
    • our astral body, also the Spirits of Movement, the Spirits of Wisdom,
    • the Spirits of Form, the Spirits of Movement, the Spirits of Wisdom
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    • Und der Bau wird Mensch
    • ‘Und der Bau wird Mensch’.
    • wird Mensch’.
    • “Und der Bau wird Mensch”
    • Heavens to the Earth and work in the aspiring souls of men. And in
    • plan to fulfilment, and at the first General Meeting of the
    • judgment which future times will pass upon us. In the present cycle
    • brains or souls of the men who built the Pyramids of Egypt, the
    • Temples of Greece and other great monuments, human thoughts alone
    • were working through the hands, the heads and the hearts of men.
    • developed in the soul through a number of incarnations, men make
    • task ahead of us. Only if we know upon what laws and fundamental
    • as a whole — only then will achievement be within our reach ...
    • And now let us turn to certain fundamental ideas which can make our
    • Buildings erected to enshrine what men have held most sacred have
    • Documentary records
    • now turn to the temples, the pyramids or other sacred monuments of
    • the hearts and souls of men were led to the God who dwelt in deep
    • concealment within the temple. The building enshrines the most
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    • This English edition is published in agreement with, and the permission
    • high spiritual development to penetrate into the chaos of the peoples,
    • Race was to lead men right down to the physical plane in order that
    • whereas this teaching had reached a very high stage of development
    • intent upon employing the outer accomplishments of the age of magic in
    • the service of civilization. The result is an imposing development of
    • revival, in a new form, of the ancient magical achievements.
    • We can see from the organization and development of the Persian
    • development of personality. Among the Persians, emphasis was laid
    • We now come to the region where the original Semitic element
    • element, and in the south, the Atlantean. In the distant past the
    • That was a new development.
    • Atlanteans as their attitude to social life and their attachment to
    • originally was an Atlantean-Hyperborean element with which little
    • Atlantean and the Lemurian. Because the Celtic element had the
    • wherever in the traditions, [are] men of great strength and are in the
    • west and once again fructified the Primal Semitic element that had
    • element, into the great idea of the organization of States. The
    • Testament. A further branch of it went across to Asia Minor and there
    • in its settlements, one of which is that of Alba Longa. (south of
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    • Das Geheimnis der Trinitat. Der Mensch und sein
    • Das Geheimnis der Trinitat. Der Mensch und sein
    • We men of to-day little know how far we have gone in
    • Golgotha. They were very different from the souls of men to-day. We
    • events and movements of our day. In reality the souls of men have
    • undergone a tremendous evolution. In the times before the Mystery of
    • It was by turning their gaze into the past that the men
    • learned to feel the estrangement of their being from the world of
    • Men had increasingly forgotten their past life of soul
    • to the physical world around them. The physical environment was now
    • into their physical environment, had seen in all the stars the
    • mankind felt their estrangement from the Father God, — when
    • half-forgotten notion in the souls of men on Earth. But in the
    • Being who implanted in the souls of men what afterwards sprang forth
    • descent to Earth. Now that the souls of men on Earth were less and
    • Men of the East — the three Kings or Magi — we see the
    • to the Spiritual that transcends the world of sense? The men of
    • For those who were the educated men according to the
    • And the simple men who surrounded Jesus Christ as His
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    • Die Menschliche Seele in Ihrem Zusammenhang Mit Goettlich-Geistligen
    • a sign for the phenomenon of the flash of lightning. It was
    • atmosphere of speech and language is the element of the
    • relate particular facts and phenomena to particular higher spiritual
    • Now in those far-off times when an element of will came to expression
    • continuous stream back from our own day to Rome. A certain element of
    • a trace! And yet people are immensely pleased, quite enchanted with
    • detect in the speech-forming power of man the element of Inspiration,
    • region, men still feel how the word pulsates in them as the blood
    • element. This is a fact of incalculable significance. And what the
    • development in all its tremendous significance, we shall come to see
    • Hierarchies. It enters into their experience in the moment when the
    • Gods. The actual event that took place in that moment on Earth, and
    • and minds of men — all this is an image of the infinitely more
    • that as men gradually receive into themselves more and more of the
    • an element of death, how they tend to become mere empty husks. In
    • quickened into life, — and that is through men coming to realise
    • Christ first made Himself known to men, during all this time while He
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    • Cultural Phenomena — Three Perspectives of Anthroposophy
    • Drei Perspektiven der Anthroposophie. Kulturphaenomene,
    • Cultural Phenomena — Three Perspectives of Anthroposophy
    • Drei Perspektiven der Anthroposophie. Kulturphaenomene,
    • momentous decisions like the present it is all the more necessary
    • that in their study of contemporary events and happenings, men's
    • fragment only of the world in which man lives and moves as a thinking
    • civilisation and its offshoots have paid attention to one fragment
    • Testament became the authoritative record, it was proper to regard
    • men in Greece who meditated upon the earliest stages of
    • Testament. These men spoke of the Being whom they held to be the
    • world devoid of every element of that material existence with which
    • basis in the phenomena of the world of sense. This conception was
    • which lives in men to reach the spiritual world again was therefore
    • centuries — and the hearts of many men in those times were
    • in the man Jesus. The kind of ideas which in those days men brought
    • By that time the minds of men were no longer capable of rising to the
    • Christendom. Men's minds were now directed to the physical
    • different phase of development. It is not a question here of the
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    • ethereal or elemental. Whether or not the expression is really
    • elemental world is an unknown world for the human being as he now
    • for the elemental world — which happens when we are able to
    • inasmuch as he has an etheric body, belongs to the elemental world.
    • As an ether-being, man too is a citizen of the elemental world; only
    • the conditions in the elemental world are somewhat different from the
    • perception for the elemental world cannot begin in man till he is
    • himself from that which makes him earthly man. As earthly men, as you
    • To a large extent we consist of liquid; and the moment we can
    • emancipate ourselves from what is solid in us, the moment we feel
    • emerge. It is only our existence in the solid element which prevents
    • elemental world. Imaginative perception will surely return to mankind
    • elemental world is different from our relation to the ordinary,
    • relations to the beings that surround us. In the elemental world, in
    • the same direct way. Through our whole life in the elemental world we
    • are in a more or less close relationship to certain other elemental
    • beings. As an independent elemental being — for such we are by
    • other elemental beings, who accompany us throughout our life, and we
    • encircling planets. Our own etheric body is a kind of Sun elemental
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    • which prevails among the men of our time and has taken root in human
    • conditions can only be brought to a healthy state if men are able to
    • active in the social life. I stated that in earlier times men were
    • belong indeed to the realm of the modern superficial judgment which
    • turn their gaze to that element in the human soul which lives not
    • turned the eye of the soul to that element in the soul which passes
    • the Egyptians. For it is this eternal-imperishable element — I
    • remarkable statement was then added to this myth, that Osiris now
    • that he knew that in the North men had a God, that was the same God
    • might be as much common understanding among modern men as, let us
    • of the World and passes judgment when man has gone through the gate
    • same time, however, the Egyptian knew: the same God who judges men
    • star-events. These Dupuis judgments have much that is captivating,
    • of the Osiris-nature of such Gods as primarily give judgment after
    • there were already men upon the earth, according to the view of the
    • descendants of these earlier men. We must say then that the Greeks
    • calls ‘created’, but that men were there much earlier
    • according to the Old Testament men were pointed to ancestors who had
    • was absolutely impossible within the Old Testament conception.
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    • in a certain sense even the Old Testament teachings to which we will
    • human consciousness. We know of the development of consciousness
    • development of which we are standing, to the Fourth Post-Atlantean
    • already to the time in which it was natural for men to express in
    • the ruling spiritual beings, as we described yesterday. Men in the
    • said to themselves: that age in which men still lived directly with
    • been a time in which men on earth lived in Imaginations. And this
    • connection with the Scorpio position of the Sun, this moment of
    • as a normal faculty of the human soul. And men were aware that in the
    • inasmuch as men read the cosmic mysteries in the star-script, as the
    • of an alteration in their mental life, in the case of the woman was
    • get an idea of it if you seek it in the following way. You see, men
    • old times men were clear that in this way, merely through head
    • what we now crowd together in a few moments as regards the outer
    • The Old Testament
    • man.’ In the doctrine of the Old Testament this was transformed
    • the meaning of the Old Testament — be led from that living in
    • doctrine as that of the Old Testament.
    • environment the Light-Imaginations in the air up to the time of
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    • between the basis of these myths and the Old Testament doctrines.
    • These Old Testament doctrines have sprung from a different spirit
    • contemplation of the Gods, is to be found in the Old Testament
    • between the mythology of Egypt and Greece and the Old Testament, I
    • beginning of the Old Testament, the Elohim, Jahve, can only be
    • according to the fundamental deed of the Elohim, of Jahve. I said
    • that that is not the case in Egyptian or Greek mythology. There men
    • generations of Gods, but men were already in existence. The
    • in their own times. Thus men in Egypt and Greece ascribed to
    • This is so fundamental
    • Old Testament doctrine the Gods who were revered were at the same
    • Testament doctrine makes the Divine the creator of man, only through
    • this was it possible for the Old Testament doctrine to insert at the
    • same time the moral element, moral impulse, into the divine
    • within us in which we believe, which we profess as modern men, that
    • Testament. The search of many human beings to find their right way
    • part what immense depth of human consciousness in ancient times
    • once lived a perception among men through which man could still
    • perceptions which from the primeval sacred language which men used to
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    • We will try to go more fundamentally into those matters connected
    • must be the complementary saying: ‘I am Man. I am the Past, I
    • difference between men who seek to grasp in the soul the impulse of
    • the immortal, the spiritual impulse, and those men who disdain this,
    • exclusively to the mortal element, one who will not approach the
    • immortal element, cannot lift the veil. Later on when the
    • expression then came to an end for men living on the physical plane;
    • truth is to be spoken it cannot be expected that no mention will be
    • facts, must be censured if the age is to progress. The sentimentality
    • abstraction in the sense we have come to know it, namely estrangement
    • harbours within it immense possibilities for the evolution and
    • immense significance occurred with the entry of this fifth
    • envelopment of his chest, in his chest-cuirass. As physical human
    • the outer world, with all that approaches him as elemental world.
    • one shares the air out-breathed by the other. Modern men have become
    • be aware of its own movements.
    • we can perhaps mention presently but which are indeed known to most
    • in Cancer, its forces are there, and there they come to development
    • elemental surroundings of earth withdraws, there appears the
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    • have been capable of development in a way quite different from what
    • present time we are capable of development up to a certain age
    • independently of our own action; we are capable of development
    • capable of development for a much longer time. He remained so into
    • spirit nature. If today we wish to have a development of the soul and
    • spirit nature after our twenties, we must seek for this development
    • element far into old age, but he had also the joy of this dependence.
    • in which man no more remained capable of development to such a great
    • development up to the end of his forties. Then in the next epoch, the
    • period where man carries his development only into his twenties. This
    • younger and younger — if we call this change in development a
    • a man then remained capable of development up to his thirty-fifth
    • year, are entering the twenty-sixth and so on. So that men are
    • condemned to carry right through life the development they acquired
    • own freewill to take their further development in hand. And the
    • historical development with more sharpened senses can see it —
    • in any kind of parliamentary business in the world, but the
    • called your attention last time to the immense incision in the
    • what the development of the time required, and how these requirements
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    • this statement applies particularly to our own time. We know that
    • committed to use the head alone as an instrument of our spiritual
    • case; the remaining part is only a fragment as physical man, and it
    • is not enough for the rest of man if one takes this bodily fragment
    • thing: it appears in life quite clearly. The head is the instrument
    • of our wisdom; it is so strongly the instrument of our wisdom, that
    • our immediate wisdom is connected with its development. But even
    • through a quite different development from the rest of the organism.
    • moment when from outside, from any external cause, a man suddenly
    • meets with death, an immense amount rapidly takes place. Think to
    • what the head can provide with its short development, and what the
    • rest of the human being can furnish with its long development in the
    • rapidly, one can know a tremendous amount precisely in our age,
    • young in growing old. Because men do not keep the inner livingness
    • organism. The miracle will be accomplished when men also learn to
    • men. For it is a deep demand of the time that if man is to be a
    • do men work on there? It is not conveyed to the human soul so as to
    • as in a great world machine. But for the modern clever men what has
    • element. It was essential that for a certain time in humanity's
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    • however, to solve the world-riddle in a moment; human life itself in
    • whom I have often mentioned in other connections, has recently
    • 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
    • springs of water for the men. This went on very largely in the
    • showed under treatment in the camera obscura, an immense aura, so
    • mentioned on earlier occasions. It is not the aura of which we speak;
    • we mean much more spiritual elements in man than this lowest, almost
    • nationalistic. All the dividing of men into groups that finds a place
    • element through which we are connected with the hereditary
    • their development will perhaps know that in the very early days it
    • it does not belong to the chemical elements, streams in continuously
    • physical substance, not a chemical element, but actually spiritual,
    • the instreaming forces. Hence its formation and development are
    • space, in order to form its spiritual element. And whilst our
    • our birth. We give our spiritual element to the universe by reason of
    • universe our physical element. By giving our spiritual part to the
    • mobility, its power of inner development.
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    • Menschen. Die Suche Nach der Neuen Isis, der Goettlichen Sophia.
    • Der Mensch in seinem Zusammenhang mit dem Kosmos..
    • Menschen. Die Suche Nach der Neuen Isis, der Goettlichen Sophia.
    • Der Mensch in seinem Zusammenhang mit dem Kosmos..
    • One. No person is held qualified to form a judgment on the contents
    • translation, printed in agreement with Harry Collison, M.A. (Oxon.)
    • with the outer phenomena connected with this as a result of your
    • without moment for the entire universe. It is precisely through the
    • to these extra-earthly forces. What we call our mental faculty, our
    • intellect, our power of forming mental pictures, is deeply akin and
    • of forming mental pictures points in fact to our previous earth life.
    • We acquire this power of forming mental pictures by virtue of the
    • development by making breathing a conscious process, and thereby also
    • this impact that causes mental pictures to arise. The production of
    • mental pictures is something much more complicated than is imagined
    • of mental pictures. This is nonsense. The real fact is that there is
    • today should proceed from a quiet dwelling on mental pictures: thus
    • with his physical body. But by dwelling quietly on a mental picture,
    • can see, my dear friends, the statements made in Anthroposophy are
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    • Die Menschliche Seele in Ihrem Zusammenhang Mit
    • must realise that from the time of falling asleep to the moment of
    • in greater or lesser degree of development — when they come
    • Of the development of these three faculties people have usually quite
    • totally inadequate, for in reality something else of tremendous
    • wonderful instruments for the expression of his life of soul,
    • specific development of an organ situated at the left side of the
    • Now, the characteristic development I have just described is not
    • physical and etheric bodies, the element of soul and spirit that is
    • when he falls asleep, the astral body carries this element of soul
    • of voice is produced. The element of spirit and soul however, that
    • language. But through the whole of life, the element of spirit and
    • bound up with every movement we make as we go about the world
    • in waking consciousness. The Ego is involved in every movement of the
    • soul-element that pours into speech (speech being in itself so
    • In every movement of the fingers that we make during the day, in
    • our limbs and our movements is taken by the Ego out of our physical
    • in the process inheres a psycho-spiritual element of a very special
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    • Menschenwerden, Weltenseele und Wetlgeist. Zweiter
    • Teil. Der Mensch als geistiges Wesen im historischen
    • Werdegang. Der Mensch in seinem Zusammenhang mit dem Kosmos.
    • Menschenwerden, Weltenseele und Wetlgeist. Zweiter
    • Teil. Der Mensch als geistiges Wesen im historischen
    • Werdegang. Der Mensch in seinem Zusammenhang mit dem Kosmos.
    • mental outlook of man through the centuries. If we tell people to-day
    • accustomed, their first reaction will be one of astonishment and, for
    • the moment, the shock will make them put aside all such knowledge.
    • spiritual or mental attitude to the things of the world. This is very
    • time. They declare that, so far as his mental attitude is concerned,
    • man has not fundamentally changed throughout history and that if this
    • mental attitude as the starting-point; if one were obliged to look
    • fundamentally the same frame of mind, the same mental outlook as they
    • and spiritually impossible to share in the mental attitude of his
    • outlook. This significant example — and I mention his name
    • a music-stand and laying upon it specimens of minerals from his
    • At last Goethe is satisfied with an environment, an artistic
    • environment enfilled with ideas much closer to Nature than those
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  • Title: Lecture: On the Reality of Higher Worlds
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    • Spiritual Science is founded upon the same fundamental principles
    • world, through experiment, through the reasoned deliberation of what
    • is yielded by sense-observation and experiment. While going beyond
    • Men of deep feeling, who try to justify their needs of soul and
    • transcending the temporal — such men are very often apt today
    • development. This kind of investigation into the things of the Spirit
    • within those boundaries and limits of which mention has been made.
    • mental pictures, concepts, thought-content, into the centre of the
    • sets out to develop a first, elementary faculty of higher knowledge
    • Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment,
    • fundamental guiding-lines for a study which will have to be pursued
    • some mental picture, idea or set of ideas of which he can maintain a
    • investigators to recommend certain exercises. When such exercises are
    • suggestion or auto-suggestion; every moment of the exercise will be
    • I have called this development ‘Imaginative Thinking’
    • arise in moments when we are caught up in the outer reality of the
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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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    • Menschenwerden, Weltenseele und Wetlgeist. Zweiter Teil. Der Mensch
    • als geistiges Wesen im historischen Werdegang. Der Mensch in seinem
    • Zusammenhang mit dem Kosmos.
    • Menschenwerden, Weltenseele und Wetlgeist. Zweiter Teil. Der Mensch
    • als geistiges Wesen im historischen Werdegang. Der Mensch in seinem
    • Zusammenhang mit dem Kosmos.
    • This document was literally crumbling in your hand when it was found ...
    • SUPPLEMENT No. 1
    • the Development of Knowledge in Modern Times.*
    • possibilities of development for the future. I have said that we
    • struggled through to the conclusion that the fundamental note of this
    • external phenomena which can be observed through the senses. This, in
    • those six centuries. External documents (I have already called
    • utmost to destroy, with but a few exceptions, every gnostic document.
    • human world-conceptions, these gnostic documents represent that
    • particular element which has, on the one hand, taken up something
    • contains last, pale gleams of Plato's arguments, this
    • up and the intellectual element has remained.
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  • Title: Lecture: The Remedy for Our Diseased Civilisation
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    • Menschenwerden, Weltenseele und Wetlgeist. Zweiter Teil. Der Mensch
    • als geistiges Wesen im historischen Werdegang. Der Mensch in seinem
    • Zusammenhang mit dem Kosmos.
    • Menschenwerden, Weltenseele und Wetlgeist. Zweiter Teil. Der Mensch
    • als geistiges Wesen im historischen Werdegang. Der Mensch in seinem
    • Zusammenhang mit dem Kosmos.
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    • SUPPLEMENTS No. 2 – 3
    • philosophical statements, at least in regard to some distant
    • things, spoke of something which vanished the moment one wished to
    • peculiar phenomenon then appeared in the history of civilisation;
    • from an aesthetic standpoint. We can bear in mind the monumental
    • younger men (nearly all of them were unsalaried lecturers, but in
    • by indicating that, apart from Haeckel's statements concerning the
    • this, I do not in any way pass judgment or appraise, for we may allow
    • yesterday, we have within the human being, as an inner development,
    • we bear in mind this phenomenon and its connection with the
    • development, the human being (he described this concretely) shall be
    • thinks within his innermost depths in regard to his environment and
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  • Title: Lecture: The Etheric Body as a Reflexion of the Universe
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    • of man's future development. Many things are born out of pain and
    • physical body to the elements of the earth. When he passes through
    • stone or anything else, but that at the very moment when he reached
    • occur. Of course, those who think in accordance with the mentality of
    • itself off from the existence of a human being at a moment when death
    • something within the process of development of the world that is
    • the evolution of humanity in which the souls of men will be able to
    • Indeed, I might mention striking cases, yet they would all be merely
    • spiritual-scientific mentality and having a deep life in common with
    • the souls of men who are filled with enthusiasm for spiritual science
    • receive what it should receive: a spiritual-scientific mentality. If
    • the life of men who die at a normal age. This is a very significant
    • from the ordinary course of development. Yet this very freedom
    • the tremendous importance of this fact! It means, that it will depend
    • development on earth rises up before us. And only then shall we
    • may be rightly used for the progress of human development, it is
    • science is something tremendously great and sacred. The new
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  • Title: Lecture: Salt, Mercury, Sulphur
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    • to the earth. Jacob Boehme describes a rudiment only of pre-earthly
    • and assigns to human intelligence the task of combining the phenomena
    • see the existence of processes and phenomena and then in the
    • absorbs nutriment; he takes into himself the external substances of
    • a moment of the process of nutrition being accompanied by the
    • From this again the animal derives its nourishment. So that we may
    • The radical change to this condition wherein men no longer
    • embodiments of the single parts of the cosmic Word. Now the sense of
    • men. The universe is recognised in man and man in the universe. With
    • in the element of air, by the process of breathing, again gradually
    • ‘astral’ man lives in the airy element, just as the
    • this airy element and by the breaking up of the etheric thoughts, by
    • process. The astral lays hold of the airy element and spreads over
    • times men did not use the abstract word think to express
    • but of the astral forces laying hold of the airy element in man, of
    • process of concrete reality and it was said that the adjustment
    • made the wise men of old feel like frogs exhausted by lack of air.
    • development, and anthroposophical Spiritual Science tries to be such
    • different world. The moment we really understand these salt-and
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  • Title: Lecture: It is a Necessity of Our Earnest Times to Find Again the Path Leading to the Spirit
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    • Also known as: The Present Crisis in Man's Development,
    • Also known as: The Present Crisis in Man's Development,
    • Der Verantwortung des Menschen Fuer die Weltentwickelung
    • Durch Seinen Geistigen Zusammenhang Mit dem
    • Erdplaneten und der Sternenwelt. Der Mensch in
    • seinem Zusammenhang mit dem Kosmos.
    • These documents, literally crumbling in your hand when they were found,
    • subscriptions, communications, notices, advertisements, etc. should
    • this course of development, know that the second half of the 19th
    • never there before. This wave of a special course of development then
    • of transformation, in a special course of development. We know that
    • time of development in India; a particular forming of the astral body
    • then began, and a certain intermediate course of development took
    • place during that epoch of European development which began about the
    • ascending line of development. However, while the wonderful Greek
    • understanding soul was in an ascending line of development. It had
    • their development, the Greeks had to pass through what one might call
    • descending line of development and decadent. Those who have a deeper
    • But that is not the case. The Decalogue, the Ten Commandments as well
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  • Title: Lecture: Some Conditions for Understanding Supersensible Experiences
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    • Geistige und Soziale Wandlungen in der Menschheitsenticklungen.
    • Geistige und Soziale Wandlungen in der Menschheitsenticklungen.
    • experiences through the instrumentality of our body, we also have
    • nevertheless at work in the physical world. Our physical environment
    • women will be barren; children will no longer be born in the manner
    • which under the influence of the impulses working in men to-day are
    • for men — by no means for their good — to be held in the
    • However, if men really take hold of the best possibilities for their
    • To speak of any such matters to-day is possible only when men have
    • real evil of our time is not that men have no super-sensible
    • all, too, the force of truthfulness that are worst off. The moment
    • The first requirement for understanding the super-sensible world is
    • which arise from ordinary human connections in life and prompt men to
    • scurrilous statements based on deliberate falsification published in
    • activities of the Threefold Commonwealth Movement at the time it was
    • time ago how a friend of our Movement, shortly before he died from
    • rigidified.”] Think only of the most elementary
    • myself at the moment to the example of the sunlight, directly the
    • the moment our thinking is received into the light, it is no longer
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  • Title: Lecture: The Relation of the Movement for Religious Renewal to the Anthroposophical Movement
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    • Anthroposophical Movement.
    • Die Verhaeltnis der Sternenwelt zum Menschen und des Menschen
    • zur Sternenwelt. Die Geistige Kommunion des Menschheit.
    • Die Verhaeltnis der Sternenwelt zum Menschen und des Menschen
    • zur Sternenwelt. Die Geistige Kommunion des Menschheit.
    • The Relation of the Movement for Religious Renewal to the
    • Anthroposophical Movement.
    • were to be filled with spirit. Men felt the living unity in science
    • will have to take many steps in spiritual development before such an
    • Anthroposophical Movement.
    • Anthroposophical Movement to which reference has just been made.
    • Anthroposophical Movement has not coincided with the Anthroposophical
    • Movement. The Anthroposophical Movement has laid hold of wider
    • be different for the Anthroposophical Movement from what it was when
    • the Anthroposophical Movement was essentially contained within the
    • Anthroposophical Movement.
    • something that has recently taken place in connection with a Movement
    • that is distinct from the Anthroposophical Movement, because, if I
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  • Title: Lecture: The Ego-consciousness of the So-called Dead
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    • The Moment of Death and the Period Thereafter.
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    • The Moment of Death and the Period Thereafter.]
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    • Eurer Hut vertrauten Erdenmenschen,
    • Eurer Hut vertrauten Sphärenmenschen,
    • concerning which we may say that it was already known to men such as
    • complicated structure, formed during long periods of development that
    • also the evolution of the earth contributed to this development of
    • our time. A complicated process of development therefore built
    • says in regard to the Moon stage of development, namely, that
    • something split off during the Moon stage of development, and that
    • something also split off during the Earth-development; it went out
    • development. A very strange thing is connected with this
    • development; but even during a part of the Moon period, during the
    • body is handed over to the elements of the earth. Now we might think
    • everything you can at all imagine in the environment of the earth,
    • the element of heat, separates and remains with the earth. But every
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    • with the Elemental Worlds. Finland and the ‘Kalevala’”,
    • The Human's Connection with the Elemental World
    • Der Zusammenhang des Menschen mit der Elementarischen Welt.
    • with the Elemental Worlds. Finland and the ‘Kalevala’”,
    • The Human's Connection with the Elemental World
    • Der Zusammenhang des Menschen mit der Elementarischen Welt.
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    • Lectures entitled: “Man's Connection with the Elemental Worlds.
    • Europe and it left behind an important monument of culture,
    • is based, felt: “The world contains an inspiring element and
    • ancient seers, experienced the inspiring element of the sentient soul
    • element of the sentient soul, inspiring it from out [of] the cosmos,
    • of the physical plane, an elemental, heroic Being, the inspirator of
    • out of the various elements of Nature. In “Kalevala”,
    • mentioned to you: a uniform character of the soul, a soul-element
    • feeling and temperament. This nation is a Slav nation, influenced by
    • environment of the ancient Scythian nation. However, a nation living
    • impregnated with a fundamentally Slav type, souls that are, on the
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  • Title: Lecture: Awakening to Community - I
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    • organizational and developmental aspects of the Society, for I see it
    • everything related to the life and development of the Society to
    • make a few comments complementing what I said a week ago about the
    • three phases of anthroposophical development.
    • of those elements that are so needed under the conditions that
    • the twenty-one or twenty-two years of the Society's development, we
    • to be a special phenomenon of the present moment working its way to
    • belonging to the community of men than lay in the previous direction
    • elements in us as their polar opposite, though one perfectly
    • out the Anthroposophical Movement, but it is definitely present.
    • the fact that the factors accounting for the development of the
    • consciousness soul cannot understand this development. An example was
    • provided by a university don who made the curious statement that
    • the developmental level of the consciousness soul period. But one can
    • reckon with this common element, which is so deeply rooted in its
    • the Movement should find themselves in the first phase with their
    • Movement's first phase. This is a capacity one must work to develop.
    • conflict arose during the third phase of the Movement. It began in
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  • Title: Lecture: Perceiving and Remembering
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    • Die Geistige Vereinigung der Menschheit Durch Den Christus-Impuls.
    • the instruments of the senses and their nerve extensions in the physical
    • movements. It is the light part of the etheric body that we are now
    • light-body. Our etheric body, then, experienced certain movements, for the
    • light-body as movements — as inner light-movements; so that apart from
    • communicated through the senses] that gave rise to movements in our
    • our light-body experiencing all kinds of movements. Picture this vividly to
    • 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.
    • stirs your soul, and this movement causes your etheric body, purely because
    • of its laws of continuity, to reproduce the movements it experienced five
    • by this meeting, experiences again the same movements which it did at the
    • in the outer ether, he feels the movements which stir the outer ether, and
    • movements; the perception from the outer light-ether of movements in the
    • for example, that you see two men meet each other. Perhaps the one merely
    • sees the face of the other, but because of this certain movements arise in
    • to repeat these movements if stirred to do so. Five days later these two men
    • make the same movements which it made when he saw the other's face before.
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  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 1: Forgetting
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    • fail to understand many things they are encountering every moment of
    • the retaining of a mental image or a thought or impression. Certainly
    • thing as forgetting has to belong to the phenomena of life.
    • own kind, for this is due fundamentally to an activity of the etheric
    • we shall have to become clear about the fundamental difference
    • bean plant. You will have to admit that the plant's development is in
    • that his development is also enclosed within certain limits. Negroes
    • could add various other examples to show that human development, just
    • temperamental nature of a child that show similarities with the
    • temperament and instincts of his ancestors. But if the human being
    • the development of soul and spiritual qualities. If you imagine two
    • say that this development of the child's capacities was already there
    • development, but keeps it as a free organ with which he can take in
    • perception, but to have an idea, a mental image, you need the etheric
    • inclinations, changes of temperament and so on, you still need the
    • remember one single mental image. For all retaining of mental images
    • development, we have put all sorts of things into this free etheric
    • has any significance at all for a person's growth and development.
    • world with your eyes open and notice how mentally lazy and mentally
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  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 2: Different Types of Illness
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    • incumbent upon men to form each lecture so that it is part of a
    • speak about the same theme in a very elementary way, of course, but
    • depends on the whole development of the life of the group. Only when
    • continue like a newspaper serial, where the thirty-eighth installment
    • “Ten Commandments”.
    • future. Laymen are in no way to blame for the fact that this can and
    • suffer from an acute case that requires treatment. Thus a large
    • medicine assumes greater and greater dimensions and insinuates itself
    • However it is just the task of a really spiritual movement to awaken
    • drop. For the moment blood comes out of the body it changes to such
    • cannot be looked at physically, for the moment it is exposed to view
    • like madmen or philosophers.
    • are certain ailments in man's organism which can only be
    • ego, and these ailments also appear in a way — but in a limited
    • certain ailments in man's organism that point to an illness of the
    • astral body, the nervous system. Now whilst mentioning this second
    • kind of person is he fundamentally? You have to know what basic
    • have just mentioned, in fact most of them. For it is sheer
    • right treatment is to deal directly with the symptom. The essential
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  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 3: Original Sin
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    • last time we attempted to portray the text of The Ten Commandments.
    • with the content and the actual trend of the Commandments. Today we
    • 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
    • moment in human evolution we want to recall lies a long way back. If
    • times as far as ancient Lemuria we come to that moment when the
    • kingdoms that are around us. Phenomena that doubtlessly belong to
    • progressive development in one direction or the other, at a time when
    • have focused our attention on this moment in time to start with,
    • fructification appeared for the first time at the moment when the
    • nourishment in those times there was something else contained in
    • less the same too. That men were so much alike did not have the
    • times, they were in a certain way all fundamentally alike. Each
    • to the permanent influences coming from the environment, so that in
    • those ancient times these influences brought about tremendous changes
    • everything that happened in his environment work upon him. The
    • He became as it were very dense at birth. This is the reason why men
    • Schopenhauer to think that men were absolutely incapable of bringing
    • that men are embodied in such dense substance. They cannot easily
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  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 4: Rhythm in the Bodies of Man
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    • this group is solely due to the arrangements we have made concerning
    • often mentioned here last winter. The establishing of the rhythm of
    • create the outer physical movement in accordance with their own inner
    • expression in the movement of the moon. The changing illumination of
    • still in a different condition, this movement did not as yet exist.
    • The first stimulus to movement did not occur in the earth but in man.
    • can see, then, that spiritual science helps us to form a judgment of
    • psychologically or mentally ill.
    • development. Just as there were once beings who, out of their own
    • will, however, to pass from external phenomena to the causes behind
  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 5: Rhythms in the Being of Man
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    • movement?
    • had to point out that phenomena of daily life are comprehensible only
    • to make people think, namely that in pneumonia a special phenomena
    • pneumonia on the seventh day. Why does a special phenomenon occur at
    • sense phenomena into the spiritual world, knows of these rhythms, and
    • why phenomena like a temperature arise. What actually is a
    • existence at quite different times. The rudimentary beginnings of
    • the nervous system. But man is complicated, and the development of
    • began at the same time as the development of the astral body and the
    • is governed by the number seven. The phenomenon of a rising
    • between the movement of the astral body and the movement of the
    • moment, with the co-operation of these two positions working
    • like this for all kinds of phenomena in human life. And just through
    • phenomena the paroxysm has to be especially strong after four times
    • experiment with the blob of fat. A cardboard disc is inserted through
    • well. Thus the experimenter shows how a planetary system in miniature
    • to do such experiments, and they are very useful, but you should not
    • movements of the planetary spheres that form a correlated system —
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  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 6: Illness and Karma
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    • have a kind of survey of the phenomena of illness in so far as each
    • mentioned. During life, when man is asleep, he lays his etheric body
    • immediately after death have also been mentioned; man's feeling of
    • until he encompasses all things. We have mentioned the picture of his
    • except in those cases we mentioned whilst discussing intimate
    • moment of death. For he has laid aside only the physical body, the
    • instrument of enjoyment and action. This he has no longer, but the
    • whilst he was alive it was through the instrument of the physical
    • this instrument, thus he is deprived of the possibility of
    • backwards, right to the moment of birth. This is what is behind the
    • first moments and being absolved of everything, he can then enter
    • in his development. This is what the pilgrimage of life means for me,
    • incarnation, is set for further development. And this development
    • he can become stronger in the course of karmic development than he
    • development. This has to be cleared away, otherwise you cannot get
    • beyond it. This is the moment you form the intention of getting rid
    • closest to our requirements. They never, however, entirely
    • instrument of our life of concepts and ideas is inherited externally
    • not suit it and bring its instrument into harmony with its own
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  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 7: Laughing and Weeping
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    • phenomena, because spiritual science is the only thing that can
    • in the various accomplishments of animals, an intelligence often far
    • intelligent it does not arise out of an individual element in the
    • the one about the nature of the temperaments, you will remember that
    • at what moment this kernel of individuality can start its formative
    • brain and the other organs so that they may become its instruments.
    • the moment when the kernel from previous lives first enters the body
    • relation to what faces it in the environment. If the ego is not in
    • relationship to the environment. And this feeling of disharmony is
    • environment, and it tries to restore the balance by contracting the
    • relationship of the ego to the environment if what we have lost were
    • the fundamentally immobile face of the animal, how rigid it is, and
    • we shall see much more in the phenomena of laughing and weeping if we
    • influence of the phenomena we have been describing. And you only need
    • the phenomena of weeping the astral body is compressed by the ego.
    • phenomenon of laughing there is a slackening of the astral body. That
    • universal significance of this phenomenon.
    • Old Testament ‘Nephesh’. This is really what we call the
    • animal soul, into man, it does not mean He created it at that moment,
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  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 8: The Manifestation of the Ego in the Different Races of Men
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    • EGO IN THE DIFFERENT RACES OF MEN
    • present-day earth conditions bring about such differences among men,
    • what tremendous human differences must have come about since the very
    • into the air, as though he had no bony elements within him, but still
    • able to distinguish this human being from his environment, just as a
    • able to waft through the environment he is familiar with today. Thus
    • it works at the Equator. We get the impression of tremendous
    • contrasts that acquired a meaning the moment the sun began to shine
    • definite consequence. Something arose which was of fundamental
    • phenomena taking place in the region of the air became dependent on
    • the sun had least influence men developed in such a way that over
    • a progressive development on the earth. If mankind had not to a large
    • extent migrated to Atlantis, the active development of the ego would
    • intelligence, and a race of large men are all stupid! Where human
    • was a great contrast between men who were good as to their qualities
    • of soul, and were a race of little men, and the giant forms who were
    • And these were the men that the Atlantean initiates could do most
    • with. On the other hand there were other men who had developed a
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  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 9: Evolution, Involution and Creation out of Nothingness
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    • know that man's development is a gradual and very complicated
    • instrument capable of connecting external impressions in a definite
    • the brain that is the instrument for the perception of sound and the
    • part that is the instrument for visual perception become connected
    • the child's development as an extra covering round the brain. But
    • outside during the first weeks of the child's development could not
    • go on working at the whole development of the growing human being
    • let us consider the gradual development of the human being and
    • Therefore after puberty certain possibilities of development remain
    • develops freely and possibilities of development remain, further
    • development continues in the higher animal after puberty. But the
    • development are quite different from those of the single animal here
    • limited possibility of development, and the animal already has this
    • his twenty-first year, its possibilities of development are all used
    • twenty-one, when the ego is born in man, his development is
    • conclusion that human development up to the age of twenty-one is
    • you see man going through a development in life, and acquiring what
    • development do not go beyond its inborn capacities, man is constantly
    • acquires new factors of development and is constantly adding to his
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    • attitudes of soul in earthly life. For karmic adjustments, return
    • Initiation, Eternity and the Passing Moment.
    • by these beings in the lives of men. The Play will also have helped
    • development. Someone might argue that he can hardly be expected to
    • ally himself with an Anthroposophical Movement if he is immediately
    • faced with a demand for self-development and told that he can only
    • before a human being can reach the highest stage of development he
    • led mankind as a whole to strive for such development, and he need
    • only at the very beginning of the path of attainment. This, however,
    • divert men from the natural feeling for truth that is present in
    • are due to our Movement. The demand will continue to be made that by
    • the last third of that century men had little access to the spiritual
    • men in a way differing from what was previously usual. I will give
    • the year 1899 such influences on the souls of men must be purely
    • exerted on the souls of men must more and more take effect inwardly.
    • become more and more dependent upon inner exertions, and men will
    • Thus the world of men is also necessary for the spiritual world; it
    • to participate effectively in a spiritual Movement, to be able to
    • Movement it would be especially desirable for its adherents to
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    • faiths. The Mystery of Golgotha was fulfilled for all men, not only
    • as far as the development of consciousness is concerned. Unbiased
    • observation, for instance, of the moment of waking will, however,
    • preserved rises again into his consciousness: mental pictures,
    • the moment exactly what — that has a certain value in the
    • at that moment have reduced the value of our ‘I’. This is
    • and experience in that sphere. Let us consider for a moment the fact
    • whereas nowadays men on Earth are divided by race, descent and so
    • matter of racial relationships. All the same, it is not the element
    • are on Earth. On the Earth men may live side by side without any
    • of evolution did not require men unconditionally to acquire this
    • magnificently in the Old Testament in the passage describing the
    • realisation of the Divine element that can flow into all human souls.
    • men had gradually to be prepared to become more and more qualified
    • Old Testament — about which there will be more to say. It is
    • not essential at the moment to deal with the question as to whether
    • Christianity in its development hitherto has achieved all its goals
    • however, is its potentiality of development, what enrichment it can
    • development. There is infinitely much to be said, but one matter only
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    • knows that it must be so and that it would be detrimental for his
    • further development if it were otherwise, if he could not learn from
    • who have also died have upon him. And this is tremendously important.
    • In the case mentioned, let us suppose that the man who
    • finds its way into the hearts of men it will in very truth bridge the
    • constitute its infinite value in life. Only a very elementary stage
    • in anthroposophical development has been reached when it is thought
    • of how men will gradually develop consciousness of what surrounds
    • attention to the teachings of Anthroposophy men will find the ways
    • only through slight displacement do not meet, we should have a
    • within the physical life of men. The truth is that the spiritual life
    • When Anthroposophy wakens in men a feeling for
    • strange moments of transition from waking life to sleep or from sleep
    • other means makes his thinking more mobile, will have moments in his
    • tremendous widening of human life and we shall see the purpose of
    • of men as a living force and when by its means we not only comprehend
    • in the same sense the body with its possibility of movement and the
    • devise an instrument quite different from our watches for measuring
    • of man on the Earth and in its elements after death belongs to the
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    • death and the condition of sleep is fundamentally one of
    • Copernicus men had eyes only for physical globes in space. Kepler's
    • from men's own souls. This is the mission of the Earth.
    • instrument, he is connected with the forces of the Earth; in the life
    • reproductions. Comments made in connection with the drawings have
    • of this fact is the best equipment for understanding certain
    • standpoint the statement is quite correct — that man leaves his
    • study Eastern writings, you will find a statement that is exactly the
    • hence the differing statements in the different epochs. Although the
    • statements seem to differ they are not for that reason false; they
    • development during incarnations, let us say in the Egypto-Chaldean
    • development. What holds good for the soul now would have been utterly
    • earlier periods. In those days men's insight into the heavens was
    • — was quite beyond the men of that earlier epoch. They lived
    • thinking such as is general today; the activities of men during
    • Astronomy of the kind that is available for men of the present age.
    • were more skilful draftsmen than others, but they drew what they had
    • its power of rationalistic judgement consists in the fact that direct
    • in the Egypto-Chaldean epoch men spoke of the spiritual Beings in
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    • their missions and achievements in the spiritual history of mankind.
    • and the fulfilment of the Mystery of Golgotha. On one occasion I also
    • an achievement of supreme importance in the history of human
    • evolution — an achievement before the time of the Mystery of
    • Sermon at Benares, the first great accomplishment of the Buddha who
    • development and stature of mankind.
    • shall be peace on Earth among men who are of good will.’ It is
    • hearts of men who are of good will. We have heard that the song of
    • mention must be made of his further activity. The Buddha was no
    • come to men in purely spiritual bodies.
    • co-operated from the spiritual world in the development of
    • the abandonment of any direct bond with the physical and earthly,
    • with the fundamental laws of evolution, whenever we return to the
    • movements and interrelationships of the heavenly bodies. How was it
    • the souls of men that they led to triumph after triumph in the domain
    • the souls of men. But this would have led to the formation of a class
    • and the advancement of external culture, and the other class, due to
    • the sphere of occult development in the West is not to rise into
    • decline. And because there could not be within the souls of men the
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    • in the souls of men by increasing understanding of the Christ Impulse
    • rest of the physical body. At a certain stage of development,
    • Gautama Buddha. Genuine enlightenment about the being of man and his
    • is already slowly being prepared in the souls of men. The preparation
    • of the Holy Grail can impart to men of the modern age knowledge that
    • soul during that period would be meaningless. Fundamentally speaking,
    • talk is connected fundamentally with the vertical position. Animals
    • have become Dynamis, Spirits of Movement, but fell behind in their
    • Spirits of Movement but have remained at an earlier stage. We see the
    • development of clairvoyance has been reached, the clairvoyant can
    • movements is a resurgence of Dervish practices which are already
    • obsolete. Repose of the physical body is the requirement of modern
    • clairvoyance; convulsive movements of every kind were characteristic
    • of epochs now past. It would be a very noteworthy achievement if a
    • indication of very marked development, coming to expression in
    • is, in fact, a Medusa head. This is a very real phenomenon. The
    • down to the finer, invisible movements of the nerves. The more
    • including the more delicate movements of the nerves, the subtler,
    • Moon epoch, when man was still living in the fluid or watery element
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    • the life of soul men were under the leadership of the Third Hierarchy
    • on Earth that a fundamental change takes place in their whole
    • clear that this systematic arrangement into periods of seven years is
    • back to which a man's memory extends in later life, the moment when
    • we study the cyclic periods already referred to and mentioned in my
    • development is connected primarily with the physical body, then for
    • of Ego-consciousness. If we observe human life with discernment we
    • were given an elastic garment
    • of Form whose development has been retarded and who have acquired a
    • have had a normal development; having evolved through the stages of
    • further development. Thus the process of growth in the human being is
    • astral body from the Spirits of Movement, and the germinal foundation
    • which is the line of individual development, it is impossible to make
    • education is possible and where it is not, is of fundamental
    • and backward Spirits of Movement.
    • lectures is to acquire a really fundamental understanding of man's
    • Attention shall first of all be drawn to a phenomenon
    • trends of judgement and feeling force themselves into our life! These
    • to be aware that public opinions exert tremendous power upon the life
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    • this is an experience of the moment of the last death in reverse.
    • course of evolution. Men are now beginning to be interested only in
    • from then until the moment of waking he really sees nothing at all.
    • But if and when in the course of development the time comes when
    • why this is so, for the brain is an instrument of judgement, of
    • everyday life we want to think or form judgements, but for that very
    • fundamentally speaking, entities attributable to the fact that
    • memory with all its mental pictures represents something that has
    • in the soul are not the direct, basic elements of its life. The same
    • life. This accounts for the element of strangeness that is present in
    • precondition of man's true spiritual development. No being who did
    • of soul and feel the whole development to be beneficial. Looked at
    • moment when we begin to take special interest in the human body. It
    • development.
    • prepared from the above-mentioned point of time onwards between death
    • From the above-mentioned time onwards between death and rebirth our
    • inhabit it on the Earth. At the moment it interests us only as the
    • the seer, the most significant moment between death and the new birth
    • soul itself at this moment experiences a severe shock. The only
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    • we study life on Earth with discernment, we see many human beings —
    • mentality was caused, the seer often finds that this type of human
    • environment. Very often they were intolerable hypochondriacs in their
    • tasks that men will have to carry out will become increasingly
    • complicated in so far as they are connected with outer life and men
    • or done as an outer achievement merely from a sense of duty, or has
    • and betterment of conditions on the Earth.
    • makes efforts to adapt himself to his environment and its demands.
    • example, there are individuals who notice an announcement that here
    • In such cases the soul cannot adapt itself to the environment is not
    • attuned to it. I have known men who cannot even sew on a button to
    • These symptoms are very significant, as I have said. At the moment,
    • effects. A man who makes efforts to adapt himself to his environment,
    • environment and its conditions. To be rightly and thoroughly
    • have an identical mission. The characteristic phenomena and
    • development leading to the present cycle of evolution, the human
    • incarnated in a physical body. Men are predestined for this and if
    • When our German Theosophical Movement was still very
    • and beautiful examples in our Movement of how it has been possible in
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    • firmament itself. The soul or, let us say, the actual spiritual
    • and in the lectures was fundamentally the same, and your attention has
    • entirely with earthly conditions. Kamaloka is fundamentally a period
    • the instrumentality of the brain. In the region of Burning Desires
    • thoughts that are dependent upon the physical instrument of the
    • is generally called the unpleasant element of Kamaloka already comes
    • on Earth. But when the human being assumes embodiment on Earth he can
    • “The development of the spirit in Spiritland takes
    • “Our own embodiments dissolve here into a unity
    • thee, thou art that.’ And that is one of the fundamental
    • starry firmament itself. From the descriptions that were given from
    • Therefore the soul passes into the starry firmament,
    • through the Sun region it has finished with every element of
    • itself entirely from the element of personality. In the Mars region,
    • attachment but something into which it was born and was shared in
    • men have entered into these stellar spheres between death and
    • of any philosophical argument or reflective thinking, but of occult
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    • spiritual development in its search for the meaning of existence. He
    • knowledge of the Christ; knowledge of the fundamentally important
    • hold of essential elements in the evolution of humanity. Let us
    • were made by men, say two hundred years before the Mystery of
    • the souls of men with regard to the life of thought. We find that a
    • and how much had been attained by men called “sages” in
    • have been made, and with which men have tried to discern the secrets
    • that age, an immense wrestling of thought with that Mystery occurred.
    • that are fundamental to human evolution, and with what physical and
    • beyond what can be reached by the development of thinking. And the
    • those men of Greece and Rome; one can call up before one's soul
    • what else we are — is to be found. In the very moment when one
    • to know through clairvoyance, there is fundamentally nothing to
    • with what they have imparted to the souls of men — you feel
    • And then, perhaps, one turns to the men of that time who
    • documents one can still get an impression of its endless depth. We
    • developments of the last few centuries. In tracing back the evolution
    • present mentality — a condition so delightfully explained by
    • Darwinism in terms of that mentality. Or, strictly speaking, at the
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    • spiritual development in its search for the meaning of existence. He
    • manner of the birth of Christ, the most tremendous mystery in human
    • investigator one enters into the souls of men at different periods of
    • abstract words such significant phenomena as those I have just
    • were three men of exceptional wisdom who even at the time of the
    • were the three Wise Men later on? What came of their wisdom in the
    • the Christ manifestation by way of these three Wise Men? This must be
    • there. In this fourth epoch, however, men lack the possibility of
    • knowledge and faith — which implies a complete abandonment of
    • A truly remarkable phenomenon! The Christ was born in
    • Now, fundamentally speaking, it is certainly not easy to
    • like to mention. It is the way that leads round at the beginning of
    • These Sibyls were indeed a remarkable phenomenon, with a
    • that external documents provide, we come upon something quite extraordinary,
    • prophecies about the future development of this or that people,
    • forth, the people assemble, and her utterances about men and peoples
    • And so, right into the time of the development of
    • Sibyllism is a remarkable, enigmatic phenomenon, occurring as it did
    • depicted not only the development of Earth and Humanity, but also the
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    • spiritual development in its search for the meaning of existence. He
    • development appropriate for so lofty an Ego in that period. We know
    • have always emphasised that of the soul-element which has come forth
    • those of Ahriman. Thus the souls of men had to enter into bodies
    • planets into physical bodies, the development of their senses would
    • tormented by sympathy and antipathy; on seeing one colour or
    • which flowed from the cosmic environment into the Earth and had built
    • to go through a development which would enable him to be permeated
    • a suitable instrument for the further course of evolution. The human
    • interfered with willing, and so on. Men would have been condemned as
    • early in the evolution of humanity: the development of the human
    • drive out from thinking, feeling and willing the element which would
    • bewildered men, the primal wisdom of the post-Atlantean time came
    • lived in the dragon's blood and filled men with wisdom from the
    • difficult moments in their lives, with their souls well prepared, and
    • through the Earth-elements.
    • which demands less of the elements than wind instruments do; which
    • he had asses ears, and that was why he preferred wind instruments to
    • string instruments. And when once a child was born who so to speak
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    • spiritual development in its search for the meaning of existence. He
    • Let us try to look more deeply into the fundamental
    • instruments sound harmoniously together in these numerical
    • courses of the stars, in the signature of their movements in cosmic
    • space, men could now perceive how harmony and melody in cosmic
    • George. The sun works in all the elements, and after it has worked
    • human beings, through the servants whom we call elemental spirits. In
    • the elements the Sun-Spirit is actively alive, and this is the
    • mention many, but we need point only to Wotan with his wild host,
    • element, running as though parallel to the Meteorology of the fourth
    • The development of the ancient Hebrew civilisation will
    • of the forces and elements of the Earth. Therefore the ancient Hebrew
    • the spiritual world. For the Jews, the most important element in man
    • fundamentally, to bring a particular soul-force into the forefront of
    • Michelangelo places the Sibyls, who are open to the elemental powers
    • fire, the earthly element. We could look again at these Sibyls one by
    • which play into their souls from the elemental surroundings of the
    • souls the spirit of the elements and bring it to expression —
    • spiritual counterpart of the geological element. How the Eternal
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    • spiritual development in its search for the meaning of existence. He
    • and the wisdom of the stars worked into the souls of men, harmonising
    • The fulfilment of this task given to the Hebrew prophets
    • that essential developments in the historical configuration of
    • men were aware only of these dreamlike apprehensions and could not
    • discern what was going on in the depths. I will mention only one
    • alignment with the course of Western history.
    • orders, or by the conscious acumen of the leaders, but by dreams and
    • Sibylline omens! We are told — and this is the significant
    • further occult development of Christianity in the West — then
    • for the management of her property and withdrew into solitude. She
    • garments and sent him forth. He met with many adventures, and later
    • on — people may call this sentimental but it is of the deepest
    • occasions I have mentioned that the best literary account of
    • Parsifal comes to a lonely place and finds two men: one is steering a
    • the Fisher-King's aged father, whose only nourishment comes
    • Cross, at the moment when He said, ‘From this hour on, there is
    • his Parsifal poem, he had — according to his own statement —
    • Den frommen Mann. In seiner Pein
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    • spiritual development in its search for the meaning of existence. He
    • outside our Movement, who then make the most senseless remarks about
    • appear presumptuous — that because of our Movement a time has
    • something is the spiritual element that lives in the sun's
    • renewed; it sinks into the Grail like a rejuvenating nourishment —
    • developments that have taken their course below the surface of
    • Hebrew endeavour was to keep at bay the elemental activities that
    • retained so much of the old ancestral spirituality that when men
    • devoted their souls to the elements, they absorbed a good influence
    • stars receded in face of the elements which surround the Earth in the
    • atmosphere and everywhere else. The influx of the elements was felt
    • the influence that plays into the elements from the stars: it
    • out of the elements anything more than is expressed in the moon
    • astronomy and their human forces in the female element in human life.
    • describing her achievements, he writes:
    • well-accoutered and noble men. To be obliged to meet and converse
    • respected and powerful Duke and greatly honoured master! I commend
    • And in fact this was done; men did look up to the stars. Although
    • “These and countless other changes and phenomena
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    • namely, the first rudiments of our physical bodily nature. What we
    • there is still remaining an invisible element which may be
    • Moon have also drawn back into concealment, but they have not yet
    • 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
    • and dies away during the embryonic development, in what is lost with
    • and cares for its nourishment before it is born, in all that
    • to say, as a dying away in human development, as something that is
    • towards that which rules in the astral body and finds its embodiment
    • will have found that four periods in the development
    • Anaxagoras, Anaximenes, etc. It has been pointed out, for instance,
    • temperament. They were not based on speculation, but Thales
    • a watery temperament; Heraclitus founded the fire-philosophy because
    • he was of a fiery temperament and so on. You find that shown in
    • proceeding from Christianity began to be seized by men themselves. In
    • the thoughts were outside. Now, in the third period men became aware:
    • tree? Doubt first began in the third period when men became aware
    • but there is no longer the same attachment to the Christ-Impulse as
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    • Mensch in Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft vom
    • fundamental differences between these heavenly bodies, and this is
    • twofold aspect. It reveals itself in the environment of the Earth and
    • is radiated back by the Moon. The Sun's rays work with tremendous
    • glorious wisdom was once possessed by men who received it without
    • peoples of a remote past — to men whose nature was quite
    • nature of animals; these forces also sustain the animal element in
    • A stimulus to the whole development of the human being is given also
    • know that as far as his apparent movement is concerned, Saturn moves
    • moves faster, taking about 12 years. Because of this quicker movement
    • flash into human destiny those wonderful moments of illumination when
    • early state of development, the progress of humanity was in truth
    • Jupiter separately in the course of his spiritual development.
    • manifold ways to make statements about the mysteries of the cosmos.
    • and his Demon. His Genius works in such a way that men receive from
    • is a world of dream. The secrets of men in their earthly existence
    • significance in the development of the speech or language of a
    • of heart and temperament. But Mercury provides the forces for
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    • development of certain faculties to which we must draw attention and
    • certain statements of spiritual science, objections based upon human
    • never be based upon the argument that the world has a meaning only if
    • mentality for the evolution of present-day humanity, and particularly
    • its significance in the face of the demands and requirements of our
    • development rendering us more and more capable. For our capabilities
    • through the portal of death. A true fulfilment of karma is often
    • and interweave (I have often mentioned this), we must, nevertheless
    • Another concrete case which I should like to mention
    • I have mentioned
    • definite moment of our physical life, so the contemplation of death
    • it may even be a moment — comprises, during the life between
    • we may even say in the space of a single moment.
    • violent death has developed up to the moment of his accident in
    • I have often emphasized that men do not consider
    • development of the human soul. Most people, particularly those who
    • so very long ago the souls of men possessed a more atavistic and
    • soul had not reached its present stage of development. For the
    • Let us corroborate this statement with certain concrete
    • facts. To-day there is only a small number of men who accept
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    • it, as you know, there is the elemental world. That is the next world
    • worlds that are spread out around us. We call the ‘elemental
    • imaginative perceptions — his perceptions of the elemental
    • moment of our sleeping or waking life we are not in relation to the
    • elemental world, receiving imaginations from it. On the contrary,
    • unaware of it, we constantly receive impressions from the elemental
    • so do we receive continual impressions from the elemental world,
    • instrument of conscious assimilation and experience. In our
    • is fundamentally based on imaginations. Imaginations always result
    • felt in this way. It belongs especially to the elemental world, and
    • moment between one human being and another is due to definite
    • this to the elemental world, for it is out of the elemental world
    • that we have our own etheric body. Our etheric body is our instrument
    • of communication with the elemental world. With it, however, we do
    • to spiritual beings of an elemental character. The ‘beings of
    • an elemental character’ are precisely those who are able to
    • are perpetually related to a multitude of elemental beings. It is in
    • several relationships — one person to a given set of elemental
    • beings, another to another set of elemental beings. Moreover, the
    • relations of the one human being to certain elemental beings may
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    • I have often mentioned that a new stream of spirituality is now ready
    • mankind's evolution between an era of mainly intellectual development
    • intellectuality was the development of reason through the
    • investigation of external nature and the development of technology.
    • western civilization the greatest intellectual achievements have been
    • has no longer the same enthusiasm for intellectual accomplishments.
    • originally a natural endowment which mankind was predestined to
    • the four elements of earth, water, air and fire, then it makes no
    • earthen nature has as its foundation an elemental spirituality.
    • the world rhythm, then we shall rediscover the elemental beings
    • characteristic of these elemental begins dwelling in solid earth is
    • Thus, in the solid earth element live spiritual beings of an
    • elemental kind who are very much more clever than human beings. Even
    • The elemental beings dwelling in the fluid element — i.e., in
    • The elemental beings of air have developed to a high degree what
    • on. But elemental spiritual beings are active behind all this, and
    • intellect — as already mentioned, this was from the first
    • — these elemental beings were pushed to one side, as it were.
    • there was not much they could do, and because the elemental beings
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    • was already known to men such as Immanuel Hermann Fichte, son of the
    • periods of development, that passed through the stages of Saturn, the
    • contributed to this development of the physical body, from the very
    • of development therefore built up our physical body.
    • development, namely, that something split off during the Moon stage
    • of development, and that something also split off during the
    • Earth-development; it went out into the world's spaces from the
    • Saturn, Sun and Moon stages of development. A very strange thing
    • early stages of development; but even during a part of the Moon
    • that they take up) the physical body is handed over to the elements
    • the environment of the earth, including the planets and the fixed
    • portion of this spiritual part, a portion contained in the element of
    • life between death and a new birth. I have often mentioned this. This
    • soul, the moment of death stands before our soul throughout our life
    • We must realize that we then look upon the moment of death from the
    • we look back upon the moment of death from the other side, from the
    • from the other side, from the spiritual side — that moment in
    • contemplate the moment of death, beyond the portal of death, then our
    • constantly have before us the moment of death. It stands before
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    • for these tremendous happenings of the present time.
    • to the Earth-men committed to your charge.
    • To the Men of the Spheres committed to your charge,
    • eyes and could speak to us by means of the instrument of the physical
    • in this moment, as we draw nearer to the souls of the so-called dead,
    • into the fundamental conditions of existence, when he knows that
    • man's development.
    • body falls away from the whole being of man in the moment of death
    • of ancient men who lived upon earth in bygone ages, yet the time will
    • Consider now, for a moment, what this means. When we
    • existence, the etheric body. We find, with the help of the elementary
    • that spiritual element which I have just mentioned. Just as we are
    • This finer element may be experienced if we take notice
    • also experience other sense-impressions; but, for the moment, we are
    • But there is another parallel phenomenon which arises,
    • You may read, even in ordinary books, how experiments
    • is the experimental rabbit. He must register, by means of another
    • the small fraction of time which elapses between the moment an
    • impression strikes our sense-organs, and the moment we grow conscious
    • soul-element of the colour is active in us before anything else.
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    • remember, that at a certain stage of mystic or occult development one
    • occult development is necessary, in order to have a liberal point of
    • certain respect free himself. Now the ‘homeless’ men of
    • prejudice would be brought against these homeless men, which would be
    • the near future will bring men together much more than has hitherto
    • moment of his evolution. We can see the ‘ I ’
    • these beings, who were men in the primeval past, during the old
    • Beginnings, the Archai, were men on old Saturn; Archangels, or
    • Arch-Angeloi, were men on the old Sun; Angels or Angeloi were men on
    • the old Moon; men are men on our earth.
    • beings who were men in the Moon-period, finished the transforming of
    • further back, to the beings who were men during the old
    • speak, from what those beings do whom to-day we call men. There is
    • able from outside to direct their movements. That is not yet possible
    • Such phenomena are already here. Man could perceive them
    • soon. Just as man, if he waits for the proper moment, will reach the
    • these Archangels. If we can make a clear mental picture of how in the
    • individual man may be an instrument in the mission of his people,
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    • during his lifetime goes through a development, when he rises higher
    • Certainly these preserve throughout long periods a fundamental tone,
    • is often mentioned among theosophists, but is seldom observed in such
    • fundamentally only maya or external illusion; it is a condensation,
    • does this affect? It acts on a threefold nature in the temperaments.
    • It acts on the temperaments which are themselves immersed in the
    • but not on the so-called melancholic temperament. The etheric aura of
    • temperaments; on the whole, therefore, the power of the etheric aura
    • of the folk flows into these three temperaments. Now these three may
    • which works into the temperaments constitutes the national character of
    • temperaments are therefore mingled according to the interpenetration
    • into the temperaments is not to them the essential thing for their
    • temperaments of man, is something they do besides their calling.
    • the folk's etheric body is reflected in the folk temperament in
    • the mingling of the temperaments of the single individuals. You then
    • the temperaments; but there are yet other Beings who act upon them in
    • to those Beings who work so intimately into the folk temperament, and
    • instrument of speech that it should produce a physical manifestation,
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    • instruments, and these express themselves in such a way, that in the
    • astral body the sentient-soul is a sort of instrument, in the etheric
    • measure with an instrument what the three angles together amount to,
    • need not go outside yourself. You may imagine for one moment, that
    • element of any significance to the Archangels, in so far as it is
    • transform it into our instruments, so are we the objects in so far as
    • inner experiences of men are woven, in so far as these experiences
    • human individualities. He meets with some men whose souls have more
    • Folk-spirit, he perceives it as being a fresh, flowing element in
    • the fresh youth of the people; he knows what are the achievements to
    • inner kernel is, that the Spirit of the Age required an instrument
    • temperament of the people expressed in the several personalities, we
    • higher than man. The Hierarchies we mentioned yesterday do not end
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    • in the development of this physical body, for this is, on the whole,
    • followed a normal development he would only then come out of himself
    • renounced the development of certain capacities which they could have
    • intervene in a particular way in the development of man. Because they
    • consequences. Just imagine for a moment that this had not occurred.
    • If these Spirits with an abnormal development were not to interfere,
    • corresponding installment. If man had indeed been exclusively given
    • development of man in the first of his three epochs of life is, on
    • of his development which he goes through in the twentieth, or
    • earth. Spiritual Science therefore tells us, that if his development
    • development through child and youth. You can see, if we take this
    • produced by the place in which men were born. That was the case in
    • therefore mention certain parts of the earth that are connected with
    • the historical development of the human being. We shall go into these
    • find the very first starting-points of racial development in the
    • regions of present-day Africa and Asia. Then later we see a movement
    • repetition is not now the movement of races, it is a higher stage of
    • racial development, as it were, the development of the various
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    • present time must come before our mental eyes as the secrets of Race
    • however, can only come gradually before our mental eyes.
    • and as it were an agreement between the Spirits of Will and the
    • not be an element forming and throwing up waves so easily as water,
    • element, not however our present-day water, but the old fluidic
    • element, which was brought to rest by the Spirits of Form, —
    • Spirits of Will or Thrones. But another element always mingles itself
    • element of air, in everything which permeates the apparent earthy
    • their name was given them, because they bring the thick fluid element
    • element again is intermingled what we call the Spirits of Wisdom. So
    • Form, who permeate the air and heat with their element, up to the
    • everything there in the way of nature-forces and phenomena is
    • In which of the elements of
    • Nature — we have said that the three elements of Nature, water,
    • the sun. Light, therefore, is the element in which in the first place
    • real, it approaches all men as an astral effect, coming from without.
    • training and development. Whereas the light streams towards us during
    • the earth are the Beings of the first hierarchy who for the moment
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    • understand also, that statements such as those made in our last
    • the elements of earth-existence.
    • humanity, a quite special arrangement was necessary in the cosmos. If
    • for the establishing of the earthly equilibrium, for the fulfillment
    • separation of Sun, but that only in the special arrangement that took
    • our recent statements we placed in Africa, by saying, that through
    • character, in their racial character, the Jupiter men. If we cross
    • evolution. It holds good for the epoch when, at a definite moment of
    • what we call the four fundamental parts of man, are projected and
    • abnormal development of the Spirits of Form. These Venus forces
    • this part which in our sense does not yet belong to the higher mental
    • You will now perceive the special element contained in
    • shall have to trace much that is of immense importance back to this
    • preordained in the map of the Earth already mentioned.
    • evening twilight of humanity, whose development brings humanity in a
    • Imagine what is felt in the heart when two such men
    • confront each other, men who came across from Europe, and men who in
    • begun, in which men could look up to the Sun and perceive the Spirits
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    • themselves go through a sort of evolution, a sort of development. In
    • in normal and abnormal development organize the races.
    • own development? As regards certain spiritual Beings we can during
    • to speak, progressing a stage further in their own development. Since
    • the Atlantean catastrophe, ever since the post-Atlantean development
    • those men came to that particular spot in Africa where they then
    • were sent out, were at different stages of development, in other
    • development took place, which ran parallel with the Egyptian-Chaldæan
    • special guidance, that so to say, special arrangements were made for
    • the guidance of this people. Through these special arrangements this
    • all-comprising movement which proceeded strictly from the Monon,
    • the impulse, the ferment for this Monotheism. This task was given to
    • phenomena. The Semitic people has the task of ignoring all plurality
    • As a result of all the development which the Archangel of the Greeks
    • event, that — at a definite moment of time, which practically
    • various folk-elements should take place in Europe. This was only
    • an intermingling of the Roman, Celtic and Frank folk-elements, and on
    • their office when the various elements intermingled. Thus in fact for
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    • If we wish to study the development of Germanic Scandinavian history and
    • of all to keep in mind the fundamental character of its mythology;
    • far-reaching fundamental kernel of mythological ideas extends over
    • is not at the present day easy to understand this essential element,
    • because the men with whom he became acquainted thirty, twenty, and
    • We can scarcely understand the fundamental character of
    • only be understood when one knows, that the men who played a part in
    • another. For instance, the men who in old India founded the ancient
    • the Vedas and the later Indian literature — were fundamentally
    • progress. A long, long human development lay behind them, but they had
    • Now what was the nature of the development which
    • soul-developments took place. There were peoples who, during their
    • higher stage of development while their ‘ I ’
    • development, and yet their ‘ I ’ was still in a
    • going through a slight development, already read again in the Akashic
    • these men. The most advanced among those who led the Indian people
    • development sprang forth, so to speak, from the Spirits of Form or
    • at such a late stage of development. They had already gone through what the
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    • development, and it was said that they had gained this while their
    • soul development had already been acquired.
    • say, have passed through the whole of this soul development in a
    • The important thing is, that in human evolution, in human development
    • one. The essential thing in the development of the ‘ I ’
    • into relation with the outer world, with other men, and with the
    • Hence the completely different fundamental tone in the
    • oneself. The chief requirement there is to be impersonal.
    • everything that had taken part in this development of the ‘ I ’
    • directions have taken part in the development of the earthly man, who
    • set forth in the Old Testament. Only a certain consciousness of the
    • account given in the Old Testament of the Serpent, which is nothing
    • body in order to bring it to freedom and independence, the element of
    • freedom; he felt, one might say, the rebellious element revealing
    • itself in these forces. The Luciferic element was felt in that power
    • persons cannot comprehend that one external phenomenon may look like
    • make the statement, as being the result of scientific spiritual
    • agreement with the outer world. There it is that which is not true.
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    • time when these Folk-spirits of Europe had to direct men to work from
    • begin to withdraw. Hence with the withdrawal of the Celtic element
    • was still united to the group-soul nature, and yet the Celtic element
    • reached a culminating point in the fulfillment of its special
    • mentioned that the several post-Atlantean civilizations follow one
    • because — after the development of the special human capacities
    • development of the inner soul forces, without his ‘ I ’
    • for the development, stage by stage, of the Spiritual Soul. Hence the
    • founding of the parliamentary forms of government at once becomes
    • preserved in themselves the direct elementary remembrance of the
    • premature development that was endowed with clairvoyant experience.
    • statement so characteristic of him, when, in answer to the question,
    • culture which for its foundation and development works out the other
    • which, within certain limits, is capable of development; and the
    • the elements for what is to follow.
    • air and fire, in all the elements in and above the earth, meets us as
    • and its light. The Slav element also has this Being, — although
    • spiritual. The Eastern European element feels the spiritual world as
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    • older Sagas and legends which indicate the development of physical
    • of blood, but also the psychic and spiritual requirements of the
    • instruments existing in the human body itself for the use of these
    • development of his ‘ I ’. A remarkable,
    • sleep and until the moment of waking is spread out in the macrocosm,
    • which, in its development on the physical plane, connects itself on
    • to a clairvoyant development.
    • his actions in the etheric world. Thus gradually the first elements
    • when the Mystery of Golgotha took place men were to comprehend
    • mankind is intended to progress, it is organized for the development
    • of humanity, so that men may also miss what is for their salvation.
    • oriental materialism may cause men to fail to recognize what is
    • real progress of the human development of higher spiritual forces.
    • be a proof as to the further development of Anthroposophy, whether by
    • body. The Anthroposophical Movement will yet have to undergo this
    • after man has gone through his development on the physical plane.
    • the human soul will have gone through a new development. All the
    • fearful vengeance, by confusing the vision of men with all sorts of
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    • Perspectives on Humanity's Development.
    • Perspektiven der Menschheitsentwickelung. Der materialistische
    • Erkenntnisimpuls und die Aufgabe der Anthroposophie. Der Mensch in
    • seinem Zusammenhang mit der Kosmos.
    • A Picture of the Earth's Future Development
    • Perspectives on Humanity's Development.
    • Perspektiven der Menschheitsentwickelung. Der materialistische
    • Erkenntnisimpuls und die Aufgabe der Anthroposophie. Der Mensch in
    • seinem Zusammenhang mit der Kosmos.
    • intellect has become more and more shadowy, and as a result of the developments
    • element, but is at the same time a materialist. His thoughts — which are spiritual
    • Human beings are coming to a point when their development of body and soul will
    • of the Event of Golgotha, human beings in general were capable of development
    • in body and in soul until the 33rd year of life. Today this development is
    • men will be capable of development only until the 21st year. In the seventh
    • millennium the bodily nature will be capable of development only until the 14th
    • year of life. Women will then become barren. An entirely different form of
    • more spectral than it is already, if men never resolve to receive into their
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    • something about the development of our Anthroposophical Society,
    • said that our Anthroposophical Society is only a kind of development
    • great, momentous achievements of the physical sciences, and on the
    • already mentioned, I did not depend in any way upon the works of the
    • our Anthroposophical movement must claim to be considered wholly
    • development of humanity as a new thing-. And thus the necessity arose
    • Spiritual development of mankind, will not be surprised at such
    • and others taught at that time, the ground under men's feet was made
    • movable. Now, when the movement of the earth is looked upon as a matter
    • soul at the present time. In its fundamental nature, spiritual science
    • something new entered the mental evolution of mankind, and that as a
    • result of this new element, spiritual science is to be something
    • are, far and wide, confused with all manner of diseased phenomena in
    • investigator in natural science is correct in making such a statement,
    • influence over that which he spiritually perceives. I mention by the
    • conceptions. He becomes permeated by this living, ruling element. And
    • of the spiritual human being may arise, just as the outer experiments
    • development of the will, something of quite a different kind results
    • from what comes through the development of thinking. If we desire to do
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    • zur Sternenwelt. Die Geistige Kommunion der Menschheit.
    • we find that the Mysteries were institutions of men still possessed
    • dreams were expressions of reality, the men belonging to that ancient
    • men of those olden times beheld of the spiritual-super-sensible world
    • old clairvoyance men knew that they were the expressions — not,
    • world. Thus the spiritual world was revealed to men in pictures.
    • those men of an earlier epoch had no thoughts. They had thoughts, but
    • similar kind of activity was, it is true, exercised by the men of old
    • what men fashioned out of various materials into works of art, and
    • beings in man's environment are permeated by the divine-spiritual He
    • particular thoughts from those that were revealed to men with their
    • in the Mysteries from clairvoyant vision. Whereas the majority of men
    • the leaders of the Mysteries were working at the development of a
    • up to its own environment, to the atmosphere surrounding it. It has
    • not contracted because of the cold or enveloped itself in a raiment
    • environment. Hence man too is given up to the wide cosmic expanse. In
    • connection in Summer with the whole etheric environment, in order out
    • back again, as it were, to the Gods.” In this way the men of
    • Midsummer festivals had meaning only as long as men received their
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    • single events and achievements which cannot recur, at least in that
    • scientific statement because other raindrops follow the same laws;
    • of the Human Race”; as an evolution, an upward movement of the
    • development is possible in the succession of historical events. In
    • any abstract argument. But if we seriously observe life and try by
    • achievement side by side with that of the Greeks. But as soon as we
    • look beneath the surface we shall see the immense difference there is
    • development of art through the ages.
    • movement of the hand they felt the particular angle the hand made
    • have seen to be true of Greek sculpture. He is shown at that moment
    • is shown grasping his sling at the very moment before he accomplishes
    • the moment when the soul becomes aware of its task, and that moment
    • him also. These two statues are removed beyond what is a mere element
    • beings among men. Once we have accepted the fact that in the
    • spiritual development of humanity a special task was laid upon
    • show us how the development of the human soul moves on, how what was
    • how the highest achievement is possible at different times with
    • how in the progressive development of humanity since the days of the
    • Commandments, “Thou shalt not make any image of the Lord Thy
    • state, to appear again later in strengthened form. The achievements
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    • common knowledge that ever since the onset of this modern life, men
    • necessary counter-balance for elements in modern life that have an
    • environment, and even if only the preliminary steps have been taken
    • misunderstand it. These things are a quite inevitable accompaniment
    • thing one immediately opens the way for the passing of judgments.
    • life, should never find favour in the sphere of our movement. In a
    • modern life. How does external culture speak of this phenomenon?
    • men were not capable of studying Nature in a way that could have led
    • in our modern age. Then at last — so it is said — men
    • That is modern technical science; it arises because men have come to
    • mechanical arts and thus create the technical environment
    • achievements of our modern age.
    • into application. What happens is, fundamentally, a performance that
    • feeling of pleasure experienced by the elemental spirits within
    • important thing is that we drive out of Nature the elemental spirits,
    • coherence of Nature is maintained. Elemental spiritual beings are
    • Ahrimanic environment for what is asleep in us alike by night and by
    • destructive element when in his Ego and astral body he comes down
    • Ahrimanic elemental spirits. In this third stage, the cultural stage,
    • Jahve-Hierarchy. In those times the souls of men — Ego and
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    • Durch Seinen Geistigen Zusammenhang mit dem
    • Erdplaneten und der Sternenwelt. Der Mensch in
    • seinem Zusammenhang mit dem Kosmos..
    • Science. For many centuries men have grown accustomed to look at only
    • one fragment of reality. And the inevitable consequence of this was
    • of the present time. Men are utterly lacking in that understanding of
    • kind of thinking can explain certain phenomena of nature, it is
    • life, swallow what is told them by men who appear by the force of
    • the fragmentary history that forms part of popular education. But
    • capable of explaining the things and phenomena of Nature, and nothing
    • set about learning his history? He thinks of the men who have lived
    • so long as we have eyes only for a fragment of the reality. We must
    • say to ourselves that in the men of the present age souls are
    • if men are afraid to face the whole reality.
    • correct statement but it applies only to a certain number of souls.
    • Universal behind the world of nature and the deeds of men. We must
    • peoples are incarnated today in the men of Western Europe, Middle
    • cannot accept what seems so strange and improbable a statement. These
    • is to observe how the souls of men express themselves in our present
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    • “THE WISDOM CONTAINED IN ANCIENT DOCUMENTS AND IN THE GOSPELS.
    • works in the experiences of life and in the development of character.
    • falsehood. This feeling may be found in great men and in
    • the souls of highly developed men have an instinctive repugnance
    • against a fundamental element of social life: they are an offence
    • developed among men. It still contains a great amount of egoism. Of
    • Compassion is a fundamental element in the soul life which we share
    • definite judgments which we pass on other people. No envy is
    • contained in these judgments, yet we criticize people and find
    • critical judgment. We say: This person has done this or that, and our
    • statement may seem perfectly correct; nevertheless it contains envy
    • there was a moment in the development of mankind when the tempters,
    • he falsifies our judgments.
    • the human judgment.
    • insinuate himself into the etheric body, darkening our judgments on
    • In reality, Karma works in such a way that a faint fulfillment of its
    • fundamental character which expresses itself in the three bodies: the
    • has been a fundamental quality during one incarnation, it will
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    • they are now, at the present stage of human development, and as they
    • development. There, human bodies had a different constitution from
    • What I told you now, essentially depends on the development of
    • they continue experimenting, they will one day be able to understand
    • This is because the human corpse is, today, the true instrument of
    • cognition, and because a lifeless instrument can only be used to
    • Ego in man are not instruments of cognition, but they remain, as it
    • lay judgment it may often appear amateurish to draw in Egyptian
    • corpse which we use as an instrument of cognition, and that this
    • But in the course of human development this word was not always
    • Goetheanism therefore strikes the fundamental note for what we should
    • concepts unless we take the trouble to unite the elements which form
    • it is today, if we were to observe a child's development, the
    • leading up to the present time, the egoistic element chiefly
    • I have already mentioned this before. What kind of Being do they
    • People may now have democracies or parliaments — they may come
    • together in parliaments, but the destinies of humanity do not breathe
    • through these parliaments, for the men who are elected into
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    • the spiritual world. When the soul progresses in its development,
    • spiritual development we identify ourselves with the world. We
    • reality, now becomes an immense world, whereas the physical world
    • self, the human world expands into an immense world, and we
    • The moment of waking up in the morning has often been compared
    • waking life from the moment of waking up to the moment of falling
    • the first moments of sleep are like the beginning of a vegetative
    • unity. — A second element is what we call thinking, our
    • explained that man did not begin his development upon the earth,
    • earth; its development is not complete and it is altogether a
    • Moon stage of development arose the first foundation of the
    • of development.
    • organism to its own elemental forces, without maltreating it. We
    • may thus be of immense importance in pedagogical life.
    • were impressed on our soul's being in the course of development.
    • arose during the development of the Earth. Upon the Moon, higher
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    • disappearance of much that is still greatly to men's taste and
    • withstanding men's demand for the Gospels, their desire to be
    • hindrance to the development of a Christ-Experience. And we have
    • the middle of the fifteenth century, the disposition of men's
    • mankind in general has undergone a fundamental change in its frame of
    • of this difference. And if men did not box themselves up within their
    • what an immense gulf really exists between those who are old today
    • element in human evolution. It is the belief in the authority of
    • familiar through nineteenth-century scientific development have taken
    • for the right kind of development — then out of this mood, out
    • is no general feeling for it. Properly conducted elementary
    • intellect, the development of which has been and still is of course
    • fundamental social demand. Side by side with the impotence of science
    • characteristics. To a dispassionate view this is quite clear; men
    • grandparents and so on. Unlike men of old, they no longer feel that
    • men are as Czechs, Slovaks, Magyars, Frenchmen, Englishmen, Poles and
    • need scarcely say that to many men to-day this truth is unacceptable.
    • man has to experience his present destiny, is the re-embodiment of
    • subsequent embodiments, so that our earth is in a midway state. Now
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    • Steiner-Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland, and in agreement
    • Consider for a moment the scientific knowledge we
    • observation or on experiment. Where, to begin with, is this
    • to see that some scientific statement is true or untrue, then it
    • times, anything to which man felt he owed acknowledgement and assent
    • intellect took command in the field of knowledge, men forgot the
    • a familiar everyday experience. Normally, man takes nourishment, and
    • means of nourishment man has a feeling of well-being. Conditions,
    • nourishment, driven to feed on our own body.
    • is true of all the scientific knowledge that men respect and revere
    • allowing ourselves to concede the presence of a moral element only
    • it does to an intensive development of the experience of
    • undergo in himself a development wherein the body acts as a
    • life up to the moment of meeting him was a search for that person.
    • not-withstanding that we have taken for ourselves a fragment of it to
    • form, as it were, a garment for our souls, has in it no moral
    • make use of the body as an instrument, and according as we use it
    • things are, men have not this spiritual knowledge of which you speak;
    • and ideas, and impart these to his fellow men. It might even be
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    • mean? This abstract statement, rightly understood, contains the
    • development of the consciousness soul.
    • Graeco-Roman period when, according to the stage of development
    • tendency of their stage of development; there was no need to
    • terms of intercourse are such that, fundamentally speaking,
    • karmic developments to a culminating point. Think how much less
    • develop — and its development is destined to take place in our
    • development of the consciousness soul, the moving factor between
    • relationship with others, because this demands inner development,
    • This must take place. Men will have to undergo this test.
    • development at which the animal remains stationary, but which man
    • group-soul element. We find its peoples making part of a social
    • element in the fourth post-Atlantean epoch has no longer any meaning
    • special gifts for teaching others about the different temperaments
    • temperament should be taken in such a way, whereas that other person
    • with the same temperament but with a different trend of character
    • requires different treatment. These specially gifted men will say to
    • and out of this true social understanding for human development will
    • really on the point of being put into practice, is the acknowledgment
    • but to spread the knowledge of men, notably such knowledge of human
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    • Menschliches Seelenleben und Geistesstreben im Zusammenhange
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    • The paths by which in very remote times men acquired super-sensible knowledge
    • On previous occasions I have mentioned that, from the masses of human beings
    • kingdoms of nature, the men of those times beheld spirit and soul. They
    • that these men of old, through their fantasy, dreamed all kinds of
    • so those men of old beheld realities of spirit and soul in external
    • but an integral part of the organism. Men felt themselves to be members
    • surrounding nature. He felt the elements of nature within himself. Today
    • what I am now describing was a method for the attainment of higher worlds
    • depend only on our senses and nervous system as instruments of thinking.
    • element in his thinking within the rhythm of breathing.
    • soul, immersed in the phenomena of nature, partakes of every secret, steeping
    • mental picture into another. While the yogi in ancient India passed from
    • form concepts of our natural environment is not only connected with nerves
    • the rhythm pervading the external world. The moment thinking really
    • becomes free of the bodily functions, the moment it has torn itself away
    • remember what he was, within a soul-spiritual environment, before he
    • in hand one's development which is otherwise left to education and the
    • training of the will is undertaken for the sake of self-improvement, is
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    • by, and with additional commentary by Frank Thomas Smith.
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    • the sun has been in the sign of spring. When, therefore, men on earth
    • that from that moment he became another man. Nay, more: he became an
    • often drawn attention to the great difference in the development of the
    • physical development until an advanced age. The parallelism between the
    • development of the soul and the development of the body continued until
    • ancient Indian times, however, men experienced a parallelism between
    • the development of soul and of body up to the fiftieth year of life, in
    • entered into the evolution of mankind at a time when men — especially
    • super-sensible experience of what men at that time could no longer receive
    • parallelism between soul-and-spirit development and physical development
    • illumination, the understanding once possessed by men in an atavistic
    • be the one to arouse in men a realisation of what had happened for
    • supreme importance to make clear to men how through the Christ Impulse an
    • outlook of men in those days. Not that a complete change took place in a
    • single moment; nevertheless the Event of Golgotha did bring about an
    • during which men beheld, together with the world of the senses, also the
    • pre-Christian times men saw, together with the sense-perceptible, a
    • wanted to reveal. He told how in ancient times, when men were
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    • united with the Anthroposophical Movement. Was it not Count
    • under the Kommende Tag Company? His spirit, trained by his deep and
    • prevailing which came from the innermost heart of our Movement and
    • which drew us hither, quite as a matter of course, the moment the
    • Anthroposophical Movement, were meant to counteract these things.
    • These undertakings were created by industrialists, business men, but
    • the most original and fundamental aspects of these industrial and
    • Movement, have been realised. Nay, they have not even reached the
    • statement seems absurd to those who have heard University lectures on
    • does not derive his judgment from field and forest and the breeding
    • needle) is considered good sense by the men of to-day when applied to
    • whole, but of the cosmic environment. The men of to-day say and do
    • instinct still remains over from the times when men were used to work
    • underlay all that men had to do before a “science” of
    • emancipation grows. In human and animal life we find phenomena
    • other influences of the Earth's immediate environment. Moreover, this
    • phenomena of human life take their course in such a way that in their
    • phenomena of all, that of female menstruation. The periods, in their
    • are many other, less evident phenomena, both in the male and in the
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    • the justice of this statement if you consider the Earth on the one
    • development of the vegetation that covers the soil. But present-day
    • elements, at most, inasmuch as there is formation of humus, or manure
    • coming to a realm of knowledge, immensely significant for practical
    • once more, all that element in the neighbourhood of the Earth in
    • supplementing and modifying the influences of the Sun. The so-called
    • Earth's immediate cosmic environment above the Earth's
    • chemically influential elements of the soil. These influences
    • dead warmth brought to our body. But the moment the warmth is
    • other substantialities within the Earth — the moment any outer
    • is that the air too is permeated by a delicate vitality the moment it
    • water and of the solid earthy element itself. They become still more
    • point of passing over into the crystalline element of form and shape
    • otherwise be experimenting in the dark.
    • have often mentioned it among anthroposophists. It is this. We must
    • astonishment they stand before what they imagine as the complicated
    • receives its special form. Now, the moment it is planted in the
    • strongly, and it is permeated every moment with a longing to deny the
    • element into the plant. We must bring the plant nearer to the Earth
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    • Wherever nitrogen is active, men only recognise, as it were, the last
    • and that is sulphur. Sulphur in protein is the very element which
    • again the very moment it comes into being.
    • movement, man creates an underlying framework in his limestone-bony
    • involved in more or less fluctuating movement. In either case, the
    • mobility into the midst of the framework? This physical element which
    • bearer of life the moment it escapes from the sphere of those tasks
    • becomes living oxygen the moment it passes, from the atmosphere we
    • carbon-framework, which in the human being is in perpetual movement.
    • environment. For as you know, there too the astral is working —
    • immense power of attraction for the carbon-framework. Wherever the
    • hand it flows perpetually into the element of life.
    • albeit in everlasting change and movement. Thither the nitrogen
    • this oxygen in our environment. But we pay far less attention,
    • relation to us. You might undertake the following experiment.
    • the experiment could be done carefully enough, you would convince
    • in the air. But the moment it comes into the Earth, it is alive
    • We shall find the Treatment of nitrogen, above all, infinitely
    • our environment. As my little finger belongs to me, so do the things
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    • ago in the science of human nutrition, for example. The Statements were
    • for adequate nourishment. It was, so to speak, an established fact of
    • moment. A normal human life lasts longer than ten years, and the harmful
    • nourishment of man — not without reason. I wanted to show you
    • speaking of the experiments. What science says of the experiments is
    • generally true. The experiments are very useful. It is the theorising
    • living substance, is always on the way to become plant-integument. It
    • only does not go far enough in the process to become such plant-integument
    • and living element. It does not happen so in Nature, but instead of
    • if it is immersed from the outset in an element of life. Fundamentally,
    • scatter its scent abroad is held together, so that the aromatic elements
    • get at the real earthy element; you will penetrate at most to the watery
    • element of the earth. With mineral manures you can influence
    • to bring to life the earth-element itself. Plants, therefore, which
    • and living elements and also astral. Living ethereal and astral elements
    • thriving ethereal element. Hypertrophy of the ethereal in the heap of
    • or limestone element. Bring some of this perhaps in the form
    • the earthy element with the astral, without going by the roundabout
    • via the ethereal, penetrates strongly into the earthy element. Thereby
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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
    • spheres of life, we must try to supplement genuine modern achievement
    • 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
    • that such a statement ought never to be made unless we are able to show
    • substances — compounds or elements. Here too, however, people
    • element — the water. Now for a firm and sound plant-structure
    • earthy element itself. To endow the mass of manure, or the liquid manure,
    • but that is all.” In this very statement, the men of to-day betray
    • it to a further treatment. And the point is not merely to add substances
    • The men of our time are
    • more as a general indication — I shall mention a few more things
    • I shall mention various
    • of our Agricultural Circle should make experiments; they will soon see
    • but to the Earth's environment, i.e. to the Cosmic in
    • the Earth's environment. Therefore the stag has antlers, the functions
    • yarrow treatment we have an absolutely fundamental method of improving
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    • taken as the starting-point for your experiments — will lead you
    • as such — for the simple reason that in Nature's judgment
    • thick or bulky — i.e. what we can take away as nourishment,
    • sufficient for men to make use of the Moon all unawares. But that is
    • prevailing judgment — I will not call it prejudice that all things
    • verify them. If you do the experiments rightly, you will soon see them
    • first put it to the test. Let us suppose you make the experiment. You
    • worker. Your premiss is wrong; your experiment has proved the opposite.
    • instance, whereon you can make your experiments and see how these things
    • Such things have also been done — at least, they have been recommended.
    • are mere external rulings and experiments at random, and one has an
    • underlying feeling: the experimenters themselves are not quite happy
    • if you wish to make this experiment). But you must obtain this skin
    • upon thin ice and mention the nematode of the root crops as
    • working down here below. This is the real phenomenon. Certain cosmic
    • the cosmic element which normally makes itself felt only in the Earth's
    • environment has an inherent life of its own. With all this life in the
    • itself — the solid, mineral element — which must be made
    • will find it an excellent remedy. Strictly speaking, it is not a medicament,
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    • man out for the moment) are frequently studied as though they stood
    • realm it is easiest of all for one to attain to a certain higher development.
    • environment of the free than it would be in the environment of a herbaceous
    • of the astral richness in the tree's environment above, and the etheric
    • tendency to become tree-like. In every plant, the root with its environment
    • world in general, of which we shall speak in a moment.
    • grows out of the Earth into the air. Fundamentally, the one is unthinkable
    • becoming stunted, not merely to make experiments for the fields or on
    • men have become so intellectual, so clever. When they were less intellectual,
    • as are those which I have mentioned now. But it can readily be changed
    • go farther. The animals are not so foolish as men are; they very quickly
    • to rid ourselves of all the things I have here mentioned in the hope
    • what it is in the environment to which the animal is directly and intimately
    • related. What the animal receives from its environment and assimilates
    • in its environment — in the nerves-and-senses system and in a
    • itself thus directly to the earthy and watery elements. It cannot assimilate
    • way regulators to give the right form and development to the growth
    • we shall indicate the practical applications, enough for the good Experimental
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    • our last lecture, though we may still be able to supplement it a little
    • a kind of personal treatment. To-day especially, we shall therefore
    • the development of true insight on the fundamental question: What is
    • process, and yet, fundamentally speaking, that is how they think. In
    • a characteristic phenomenon of to-day. They set to work and do something
    • to the animal for the moment). Whatever matter there is in the head
    • developing its inner forces of movement, so that the cosmic principles
    • in this respect! Moreover, the head can only assimilate this nourishment
    • for Ego-development.
    • they will seek out for themselves. Naturally, here our experiments grow
    • treatment. Much will remain to be tried out. Then useful rules of conduct
    • therefore provide root-nourishment if we must assume that substance
    • i.e. a cosmic relationship, to its cosmic environment.” Will you
    • the moment you express such a piece of knowledge — if you are
    • its inner processes — setting it well on the way of its development.
    • by long and thin-stalked plants, left simply to their own development
    • of milk precisely this requirement is fulfilled.
    • to stimulate the development of milk, in an animal whose milk-production
    • manifold elements of a fruit-like quality develop just life leaf and
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    • corresponding phenomena were practiced.
    • The wine in the Chalice represents the personal element.
    • and wine, body and blood. The moment that consciousness is
    • Corporatio Embodiment
    • a real priestly garment. The priest wears first of all an
    • symbolic garment), then the stole which is crossed over the
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    • Die Gestaltung des Menschen als Ergebnis kosmischer Wirkungen.
    • Der Mensch in seinem Zusammenhang mit dem Kosmos. Band VII.
    • Die Gestaltung des Menschen als Ergebnis kosmischer Wirkungen.
    • Der Mensch in seinem Zusammenhang mit dem Kosmos. Band VII.
    • fruit's development to the point where it is just
    • development consisted essentially of this. Then comes our
    • world. When we reach this moment, we should, above all,
    • nourishment and our not allowing it to become completely
    • substances which we take in as nourishment are so slightly
    • real connection with his environment, in which he
    • formed from within. Let us leave this aside for the moment,
    • if we consider the moment when
    • is the encompassing element. It is really the symbol of the
    • case today, but we should set out from this development of
    • concretely into his human development. Since the middle of
    • eight members are still in a rudimentary stage. The head is
    • are rudimentary. The thorax, too, is a complete human
    • are rudimentary. Also the limbs form a complete human
    • rudimentary. Three human beings are thus contained in man.
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    • The Inner Human Impulse for Improvement,
    • Innere Entwicklungsimpulse der Menschheit. Goethe und
    • und menschliche Geschichte.
    • The Inner Human Impulse for Improvement,
    • Innere Entwicklungsimpulse der Menschheit. Goethe und
    • und menschliche Geschichte.
    • certain impulses, certain forces which work in the souls of men and thence
    • to the whole destiny and development of the Order of the Knights
    • of men of our own times.
    • It was, so to speak, an important accompanying phenomenon to that great event
    • Jesus. Every moment of their life was to be filled with the perpetual
    • what lived in the souls of these men, who might never waver in their duty,
    • hands or with implements, he places some external material thing into the
    • addition to the immensely powerful influence that it possessed spiritually
    • was chosen to be the instrument who should oppose the Templars. That is to
    • Bel knew more than most men in the world. Through what he had experienced he
    • Philippe le Bel could be a fitting instrument in the service of
    • ineffective the Templar Movement in the form it had first of all
    • Philippe le Bel was, as we have said, the instrument of
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    • Rudolf Steiner-Nachlassverwaltung and in agreement with the
    • Rudolf Steiner-Nachlassverwaltung and in agreement with the
    • agreement with Rudolf Steiner Publishing Co.
    • anthroposophical movement appreciate most of all such men as can
    • fully judge the achievement of our modern times, resulting from
    • he must guide his development of his own accord. The forces which
    • a first step in such a development, and we shall see that this does
    • not imply the development of one-sided intellectual forces of
    • been enhanced by the use of scientific experimental research, where
    • For the attainment of its task, the spiritual science of
    • mentality of modern times.
    • shows us how to transcend any illusionary or suggestive element, we
    • confront a sense-perception, for it can be envisaged at any moment
    • hallucinations or mediumistic phenomena. It rejects all this
    • severely, as pathological elements; in fact, the results obtained by
    • worthlessness of such phenomena.
    • systematic way. (One person will need longer time for the attainment
    • consciousness as an inner soul-development.
    • expressed by the movements of the clock. The same process in fact is
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    • phenomenology and mysticism.
    • eliminated to a certain extent through judgment and reasoning but
    • corresponding development of clarity of consciousness, which can
    • through this unclear seeing, to arrive at false judgments. He
    • condition, despite complete knowledge of his organ impairment, to
    • development of the higher spiritual organs, which can be brought
    • starting point from ordinary soul development, from what is right and
    • this starting point, by taking into the soul those mental processes
    • investigator must be in possession of a sound power of judgment, a
    • capacity for judgment proceeding from true conditions. Every starting
    • point that does not result from a sound power of judgment, that
    • organs. Here we are again at the point that we have often mentioned
    • development as a spiritual investigator, his training for spiritual
    • investigation. An unsound power of judgment, lacking ability to
    • all development toward spiritual investigation. Spiritual scientific
    • sound power of judgment, an interest in the true relationships of
    • in the soul a certain unsound logic, leads also to the development of
    • be noted, however, that in the stage of soul development referred to
    • By taking such elements along into the spiritual world, the
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    • people pass judgment on one or another aspect of anthroposophy you
    • many people nowadays have the most detrimental illusions. Today,
    • of mankind and seeing the amount of elemental unrest felt today
    • elemental restlessness being the result of this obdurate
    • whole men of present times have very little desire to know about what
    • ordinary consciousness but takes the development of his soul into his
    • into an object of self-education. Thus the development of soul
    • this development of thinking? It consists of making human thinking or
    • forms his mental pictures as a passive spectator. With the
    • the phenomena of the world. So it is a particularly good
    • arbitrarily but according to the phenomena of nature itself. But he
    • natural phenomena must now be developed as a thought activity
    • independent of physical phenomena. A spiritual scientific training of
    • thinking and whole activity of mental picturing really takes on quite
    • back to the dreamlike mental images of early childhood and compare
    • a tremendous difference is to be seen between the form of man's head
    • For as our soul development progresses by means of this active
    • forming mental images of it via our sense perception, this force
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    • Die Geistige Vereinigung der Menschheit Durch Den Christus-Impuls.
    • Die Geistige Vereinigung der Menschheit Durch Den Christus-Impuls.
    • convenience; but it is not so. The men who had to separate time into
    • As men we are not aware that there really is a certain
    • physically, externally, it is going through no development; then the
    • firmament of heaven nearest to the Earth. As we look with our eyes on
    • Thus fundamentally the mineral consciousness contains
    • the secret of the whole Cosmos. While we men move about on the Earth
    • unfoldment the whole mystery of the cosmos is contained, in the way
    • their further development; again intermingle, and so on. Only think
    • before which again we go back to the time of development of the
    • as an instrument. On this account — as you know already from
    • evolution when that body was the main element of
    • few fragments remain. It is the winter of the Earth, but the Earth's
    • ourselves through our Spiritual Science, so that there may be men
    • a normal elemental way flows into man as inhabitant of the Earth,
    • lesser Gods follow the secret development of plant and mineral
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    • Die Geistige Vereinigung der Menschheit Durch Den Christus-Impuls.
    • recognise the duties here mentioned, if he does not, in his own way,
    • actual, there to find many of the things of which the men of the
    • We have seen how at a certain moment of evolution, a
    • that. For the most part men do not consider to-day that it is an
    • nation, race or colour; that a certain element of cramped thinking is
    • phenomena, the impression on the senses, the impression made on the
    • the fundamental type of the thought of the nineteenth century. I have
    • gentlemen who have thus led thoughts astray, have started from a
    • ‘so are they all honourable men’ — but just let us
    • expressing what he had to say to men, than by the use of twenty-two
    • life in every department.
    • our movement to establish. When, however, we take the trouble really
    • to-day. The worst of it is, that this fundamental failing of
    • what a really tremendous duty springs from an insight into this fact,
    • experimental knowledge, — and it is power that such
    • present day, that they are great men, — to show that they
    • careless thinking of great men, which has been so greatly enhanced
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    • Der Weg zu gesundern Denken un die Lebenslage des Gegenwartsmenschen.
    • Gegenwartsmenschen.
    • paths. And so it may be useful today to speak of elements
    • develops from a spiritual-scientific knowledge of the elements
    • as regards the future it must be said that vague sentimentality alone
    • easy today to see the necessity for this unification of men all
    • observation of a man's gestures and movements enables us to
    • another man from his gestures and movements, but if circumstances are
    • fundamental, for one can then receive from him what his own inner
    • transcends the individual human element must be revealed by knowing
    • material phenomena — these are the three members or divisions
    • and that men could adjust themselves to it. Human beings are
    • races. This oriental type reveals one common element, especially in
    • of Nature in the environment of the oriental. Think of the Indian in
    • himself to his environment — this does not enter very vividly
    • into consciousness. A different element streams into the conscious
    • physical phenomena on the surface of the Earth and the external facts
    • sense-phenomena are the outcome. They are therefore less
    • are ‘metabolic-men.’ But the metabolic processes are
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    • spiritual sphere of the Earth. Other men are impressed by the
    • brought to life within him his achievements and experiences
    • relate themselves with this Event are men in the true sense.
    • the Son of Man. Just as in a certain sense men are the
    • future. And whereas the men of old looked back to the
    • earlier times men celebrated this festival in a different
    • rudiments of that form, we shall everywhere find an
    • of the peoples and as an enactment in the highest
    • is indicative of an element of eternity, of an eternal
    • hour we will bring a picture before our souls of what men on
    • humanity. Men looked out upon a different world, where there
    • objects appeared in clear outline. When men woke in the
    • When men went to sleep
    • whence men had come forth, proclaimed a truth which they
    • ‘You can look back to the seeds of the Gods whence men
    • fashioned, and forward into the future. And to men engaged in
    • human understanding. If in later times men have forgotten the
    • prophetic announcement of the Divine Fruit that is to be born
    • would come when men were ready to receive Him into their
    • legend of Osiris conveyed to men? The legend is that in olden times
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    • that led to the birth of this movement and has kept it before the
    • by mentioning one such phenomenon which almost escapes notice among
    • extraordinary statement, but it is nevertheless true, that for
    • earth men die; they pass through the gate of death, laying aside
    • that a great social movement has developed out of the
    • significant. They point to the wide-spread mental confusion among
    • the historical moment in which the wave of materialism rose
    • world — is willing to reveal itself to men in all strength; yet
    • men have gradually reached a point in their development when they are
    • only willing to use their physical bodies as instruments for
    • theoretical grounds that the physical body is the instrument of
    • thinking and, indeed, of feeling and willing too. Men have persuaded
    • themselves that the physical body is the instrument of all
    • body could be used as the instrument of spiritual
    • himself from his greatest entanglement in what is material and come
    • deed. All the confusion and want of clarity in which men are
    • living to-day come from the fact that men must receive
    • the leading statesmen in 1914 had come to a point at which nothing
    • The lamentable thing
    • Fundamentally, the anthroposophic view of the world had no real
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    • only including all men but with them all moral ideals. They must
    • Certainly, many men do not
    • prejudice the trend of human spiritual development in the last
    • in my books which I have often mentioned here. I have drawn attention
    • consciously not only in the moment, but in the whole of his life as
    • system in man. We recognise that here a complete annulment of matter
    • soul. And as we survey this second element in man, it will certainly
    • through working miracles, but through a course of development.
    • love, so that we can become men who act freely out of love springing
    • sink down, natural instinct must rise up in free men, who do out of
    • and therefore, as we will further consider, can become a true ferment
  • Title: Lecture: Buddha and Christ: The Sphere of the Bodhisattvas
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    • der Menschheit
    • I need only briefly mention
    • endowed with a certain elementary clairvoyance in the bodies
    • epoch is the development of intellect, of reason. The main
    • souls of men. Delicate feelings of sympathy will be aroused by
    • epoch were therefore especially suitable for men to experience the
    • nature of development in the sixth epoch of culture, it is well to consider
    • 28:15 And thou shalt make the breastplate of judgment with cunning work; after the work of the ephod thou shalt make it; of gold, of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine twined linen, shalt thou make it. \
    • 28:29 And Aaron shall bear the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart, when he goeth in unto the holy place, for a memorial before the LORD continually. \
    • 28:30 And thou shalt put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim; and they shall be upon Aaron\'s heart, when he goeth in before the LORD: and Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his heart before the LORD continually. \
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    • 14:22 Likewise all the men of Israel which had hid themselves in mount Ephraim, when they heard that the Philistines fled, even they also followed hard after them in the battle. \
    • 14:24 And the men of Israel were distressed that day: for Saul had adjured the people, saying, Cursed be the man that eateth any food until evening, that I may be avenged on mine enemies. So none of the people tasted any food. \
    • future incarnations through inner development of the soul the
    • aestheticism and morality will come to expression in men's life of
    • intellectuality. The mental powers of a man who is intellectual and
    • generally, of men belonging to modern civilisation, this experience
    • occult experience — is that the majority of men
    • understand that in the fourth post-Atlantean epoch men were only
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  • Title: Lecture: Nervous Conditions in Our Time
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    • by George Adams (1929) with some emendations.
    • scarcely be surprised at the statement that there is no man or woman
    • Many another condition might be mentioned. Who does not know of these
    • public life. Quite recently, there has been no little comment on
    • consequence? No doubt, in some respects, men are thus fitted to
    • a man makes a very simple experiment but repeats it with diligence,
    • movements whenever they are about to write? It need not go so far as
    • state of affairs if the physical body executes movements on its own
    • performs all manner of movements on its own. Here again —
    • of immense importance, for numerous morbid states are due to the weakness
    • the improvement of memory. It may already have been mentioned; let me
    • exercise may now be mentioned. With certain things we do — no
    • one tries to get a clear notion of one's own movements and gestures.
    • walking. It is good to make this experiment; only it must not always
    • suppress certain actions or movements of your own free will.
    • but equally possible to leave unsatisfied — when the fulfilment
    • so, you might say, it seems doubtful if the non-fulfilment of wishes
    • phenomenon, for the Yes or the No is brought about by the will of an
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  • Title: Lecture: The Position of Anthroposophy among the Sciences
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    • Damit der Mensch Ganz Mensch Werden. Die Bedeutung
    • where men usually seek their religious and, maybe, their moral
    • such an arrangement must arouse all the antipathies — I use this
    • attitude of soul to be found in present-day movements that are really
    • The fundamental
    • of mathematics among the sciences has already been mentioned. Kant's
    • pronouncement, that in every science there is only as much real
    • human life, but rather with the mental attitude a man assumes when
    • accustomed to speak of three-dimensional space; we picture it so
    • constituted that its three dimensions, as they are called, stand at
    • mental perception (Anschauung), of space from out of
    • dimensions.
    • position. We learn this dimension from the way in which we build it.
    • And what we learn to know is not just any dimension, set at right
    • dimension of space — standing vertically, so to speak, upon the
    • know the second dimension of space in an equally unconscious manner. You
    • will be well aware that man — to mention what pertains more to his
    • — that the development of the speech centre on the left side of
    • that form us — just as we experience our achievement of
    • second dimension of space.
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    • Damit der Mensch Ganz Mensch Werden. Die Bedeutung
    • the Anthroposophical Movement had been active for some time, a number
    • Various circumstances (which I need not mention here) led finally to
    • spiritual movement of our time had decided to erect its own building,
    • the various branches of art, craftsmen would have been called in to
    • projecting into our building their own prejudgements; they are
    • yesterday of one element, the spatial element, in so far as this is an
    • 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
    • hollow sphere is vague; I can form no mental picture when I try to
    • think it. Well, you would be right; one can form no mental picture.
    • 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
    • dimensions — where space itself is concrete, something
    • the cosmos, that is, of one's cosmic environment (Umkreis).
    • One looks into oneself to find, for example, the three dimensions.
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  • Title: Lecture: Evil and the Power of Thought
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    • Wesenzuege des Menschens im irdischen und kosmischen
    • Bereich. Der Mensch in seinem Zusammenhang mit dem
    • "Fundamental Impulses in the Mysteries of Ancient and Modern Times."
    • the most important moments of life. And since fear is closely
    • says, “Love was the fundamental force of the ancient oriental
    • to discern it can perceive even now, in the phenomena of decline of
    • the Asiatic culture, the penetration of this primeval element of joy
    • man is dependent on the circumstances prevailing in his environment. The
    • all that lived in the Mysteries of the East there was no fulfilment
    • phenomena!” — that is how the precept of the ancient
    • entirely different elemental configuration, with the necessity of
    • But by means of all that the men of the East brought to the Western
    • man's inner being that can be transmitted to men only within the
    • aware that in the course of time many men in Western countries (I am not
    • Such men have
    • who accompanied him played a harp-like instrument, for he needed to
    • Men have little
    • development of the last few centuries. The two things belong
    • development; one can quite well picture to oneself people of older
    • development of the spirit. With all intensity he must be able to say
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  • Title: Lecture: The Seeds of Future Worlds
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    • Wesenzuege des Menschens im irdischen und kosmischen
    • Bereich. Der Mensch in seinem Zusammenhang mit dem
    • — at some later moment — causes this or that impression
    • evil in the life and actions of men.
    • seeds of future worlds arise. Then we, as men, take part there in the
    • surrounded with sense-phenomena. We behold these phenomena spread
    • consciousness, however, we do come through it. Then men of ancient
    • who had a peculiar longing to live behind the phenomena of the senses,
    • developed a longing to see behind the sense-phenomena, and in so
    • this yearning to reach the world behind the sense phenomena; while
    • the memory-mirror, a spiritual element lives.” One must needs
    • not willing to recognise this spiritual element. We live in this
    • universal spiritual element.
    • with a certain inevitability this modern thinking leads men to
    • account only as having appeared in the world and brought to men the
    • there to speak of God the Son. That men can come forward with the
    • still a good deal of the Oriental wisdom in Christianity, men were
    • will feel that the moment you want to make a distinction between the
    • out even to modern men how they carry in them a centre of
    • fast — as in earlier times men were told about the Fall and
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  • Title: Lecture: Exoteric and Esoteric Christianity
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    • agreement with Rudolf Steiner Publishing Co.,
    • Christianity the teaching of greatest moment is that concerning
    • in the form of fragments in the possession of a few isolated
    • communion but of whom the Gospels make no mention? The Gospel
    • these early men were able to receive the wisdom of the Gods. This
    • teaching to the souls of men. Those who received such teaching
    • — for the most part they were men who had been initiated in
    • consciousness men were not dependent upon oral conversation or
    • feeling arose in these men that they were only being
    • can look back to a Divine-Spiritual wisdom once received by men
    • just as a child knows nothing of death. Those men who received
    • such men knew quite consciously that their souls had come down
    • these early men with animals, for although their outward
    • dead, as little did the men of those early times understand
    • men emerged from this state of consciousness. Following the
    • about the time of the Mystery of Golgotha, we may say: men were
    • earliest times, men were not faced with the question of death as
    • the epoch of the Mystery of Golgotha drew near that men began,
    • The ancient epochs, when men knew nothing of death, were all
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  • Title: Lecture: Realism and Nominalism
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    • using the arguments of my old friend, Vincenz Knauer. Vincenz Knauer
    • argument: — Let us take Nominalism and then Realism, such as we
    • which men still had an insight into the true nature of such things through
    • flashes of lightning, as if from an elementary human emotion,
    • and Comenius currents in German protestantism: — to consider
    • at first to take part in the movement for a religious renewal,
    • then we shall really be able to say what I have often mentioned:
    • the Christ becomes an independent being in the fulfillment of the
    • For this reason we have the peculiar phenomenon that in the monistic
  • Title: Lecture: Spiritual Science, a Necessity for the Present Time
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    • spiritual-scientific movement shows us that one of our goals is to
    • being and its environment; we may then envisage to some extent the
    • whole development of mankind on earth. When we have thus striven to
    • development of the earth?
    • accumulated throughout the centuries of human development. And other
    • occurred in the historical course of development upon the earth, in
    • strongly as possible with the significance of the present moment and
    • development of mankind? Even when considering things quite
    • been added to the course of development which mankind has followed so
    • earth before the hearts and souls of men can bring forth all that
    • important event in the whole development of the earth. During the
    • could only have exercised a weak influence upon men. Yet the
    • to exist up to the present time almost like elemental forces, and
    • spiritual enlightenment, — when the human soul lives in forces
    • through a state of development which is really a sleeping state of
    • fulfill its true mission in the development of humanity.
    • active forces and that we should learn to consider earthly phenomena
    • and outside our spiritual-scientific movement and related to it by
    • then, for brief moments. When his father had to enlist, to do his
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  • Title: Lecture: Fundamentals of the Science of Initiation
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    • Fundamentals of the Science
    • you of some fundamental pieces of knowledge of the science of
    • sciences. The tragic element of our time consists, for instance, in
    • rise of Christianity — not to mention Jewish history — is
    • instance, of such a kind that men could read the laws of Nature in
    • movements of the stars or of the earth, but there was a knowledge of
    • The doubtful element of
    • century it was very clearly felt that in ancient times men
    • Anaximenes, Anaxagoras, the philosophers of the tragic epoch, as
    • and Anaximenes, appear to us as if humanity had, as it were,
    • fragmentary passages. The few passages of Thales, Anaxagoras, of the
    • traditionally, appear to us like fragmentary recollections.
    • reached freedom in the course of his development, had the primeval
    • development contains nothing of what may be designated as knowledge,
    • his statements. Like all the other people of the Middle Ages who
    • statements, I prefer to believe in Aristotle, and not in
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  • Title: Lecture: Cosmogony, Freedom, Altruism
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    • overthrow. All the distressing phenomena we have hitherto
    • that, taken as a whole, presents a phenomenon of decline and
    • — a scientific character of a sort which made men
    • strangers. In all their daily transactions, these men of old
    • universe. The men of old possessed a Cosmogony.
    • Without a cosmogony in life, men cannot be strong.
    • element leading to the downfall of our civilisation is that
    • which men yield themselves up to religious forces of some
    • scope for free action on the part of man. And when men feel
    • little stress on men being redeemed by Christ, not by
    • how to foster the impulse of Freedom weakens men and dooms
    • tremendously interested in himself that the whole world
    • altruistic, not to egoistic actions and sentiments.
    • all-comprehensive universal truth; the various types of men
    • impulse exist for a communal life among men that is religious
    • conclusion, that the temperament, the mode of thought for an
    • enshrined in men's hearts those impulses of generous love
    • temperament for altruism, but they have not got the kind of
    • altruism into practice. They have merely got the temperament,
    • about the Asiatic civilisation, that the temperament is
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    • — made imperceptible to the vast majority of men
    • light of our ideas, must fundamentally point out.
    • elementary matters. How little a man is inclined to set out
    • most elementary self-knowledge. But Mach makes another remark
    • self-knowledge of men, even as regards their outer form. As
    • self-knowledge is none other than the first elementary
    • the widespread environment which we can see on the physical
    • unaware of all that in his environment which resembles his
    • the only document he has brought over from the spiritual
    • world. Therefore he must pass through this, the document of
    • occurs. Fundamentally speaking, every one who sets his foot
    • him, but something that looked like an immense mountain. He
    • which was physically there around him. There was an immense
    • thought was slowly entering. In later times, men spoke
    • experience the four temperaments. There it becomes clear to
    • have gone through the temperaments, we come to what may be
    • inwardly till you have descended through the temperaments
    • the realm of the four elements. We have already spoken of all
    • the properties of the several elements; but it is only at
    • the earthy, the watery, the airy, and the element of
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  • Title: Lecture: The Shaping of the Human Form out of Cosmic and Earthly Forces
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    • des Menschen. Die Suche Nach der Neuen Isis, der Goettlichen
    • Sophia. Der Mensch in seinem Zusammenhang mit dem Kosmos.
    • Physischen des Menschen. (Bibl. No. 202).
    • planetary embodiments of the Earth; and the starting-point
    • for its subsequent embodiments is all that underlies man's
    • will go through reorganisation, during the embodiments of
    • hence he is left more to his own inner development. And if
    • development: imagine, that is, that through some course of
    • development between death and rebirth. During this time the
    • on inner development and not on the external world, is always
    • development of the human being the chief influences
    • movement and activity remaining over from the old Moon and
    • from the other previous embodiments of the Earth. You see
    • world; how during the development of the embryo the human
    • about through the movement made by the Moon, through the
    • encirclement of the head by the Moon, which occurs ten times
    • during the human being's embryonic development. Thus the Moon
    • lunar months. Hence something of his development is left
    • When you move your arm or your leg the movement is not
    • development of the limb-man is concerned we have to do with
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  • Title: Lecture: Yuletide and the Christmas Festival
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    • Wege and Ziele des gelstigen Menschen.
    • and Ziele des gelstigen Menschen (Bibl. No. 125).
    • tramcars and the like. These phenomena, as experienced today,
    • but only to the feelings and experiences which men living in
    • echoed from the hearts of men. Intimate community was also
    • hearts of men, a kind of darkness, in contrast with the mood
    • full of joy and merriment, as though Nature herself were
    • February, men felt inwardly aware of the portents of renewed
    • animal forms. And those men tried to give expression to this.
    • repose to a state of exultant abandonment to great
    • directly transformed into that mood of unbridled abandonment
    • could be planted a knowledge to be imparted to men concerning
    • death, we come to the moment in our early years when
    • promoting growth and development could move the hearts of the
    • men.
    • authorities on Germanic mythology and sagas, men who with
    • fragments remained of the Christmas Plays that were performed
    • can be said about the people of earlier times. What men felt
    • mother of humanity, from whom men had descended into the vale
    • Sumens illud Ave
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    • for a moment of Goethe, who so powerfully influenced Western culture
    • outer documents tell are really a comparatively late phase in the
    • preceded the gradual development of our modern consciousness.
    • certain phenomena in human history, of which external facts also
    • entered the phenomenal world but this world is maya,
    • environment and all that can be apprehended by the intellect.
    • enters our consciousness for the first time.” These men
    • Ours [is] the task to unite with the good spiritual elements and so
    • regions lying north of the lands where men looked back with sorrow to
    • men's former union with the spiritual world. Consider the Sankhya
    • principles as the fundamental tendencies of Indian spiritual life can
    • world, and who, coming again and again into the world of men could
    • element of death enters life with its fruitfulness and power of
    • element of existence has its place in the wisdom-filled process of
    • arose that all attainment of knowledge and wisdom leads man to
    • death and many other destructive elements. Here was a mystery
    • element void of wisdom as the cause of old age, sickness and
    • From this moment onwards
    • somewhat abstract conception of Buddhism to its fundamentals, we find
    • than as an isolating of man from his whole environment, for his
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    • suffers from the basic evil inherent in so many spheres of our mental
    • sentiments playing between man and man. This lack of social
    • things depend on the judgment of specialists. But on the other hand
    • about the necessity for proper air, light, nourishment, sanitation,
    • nineteenth century has been overcome, but this statement does not
    • molecular in character. When we are explaining world-phenomena
    • verbally or mentally a man is convinced that there is
    • basis of phenomena. In short, the essential thing is not what
    • diseases and so-called psychical or mental diseases. The concrete
    • world-conception of so many modern men, and that far from being
    • undergoes a partial death with every moment that passes, but it is
    • with the physical elements of the body. This is Anthroposophical
    • Movement of ours it behoves us to work earnestly and sincerely to
    • No purpose is served by making statements in a religious or
    • possible to overcome elements which, on account of the materialistic
    • science is bound, by its very nature, to speak. If as men and women
    • way — succeeds in developing forms of knowledge relating to men
    • relation of human beings to each other than there is to-day when men
    • health and disease in our fellow-men would have in social life. Think
    • falls to the lot of our fellow-men when their mode of life is healthy
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  • Title: Lecture: Speech and Song
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    • Das Wesen des Musikalischen und das Tonerlebnis im Menschen.
    • lies a most essential element of all earthly culture and
    • constructed and organised out of the very element of spoken sound and
    • music. And it is a happy coincidence at the present moment that in
    • life in that element which corresponds to the Sound in speech and
    • removed from the pure element of song, and is steeped in the prosaic
    • find in it two essential elements — consonant and vowel, All
    • vowel element. Now, the consonantal element is in reality entirely
    • great musical instrument. Even the external musical instruments
    • — the violin or any other instrument of music — even
    • up out of the consonants. When we refer to the consonant element in
    • musical instruments; and the totality, the harmony of all consonants,
    • And the vowel element
    • — in this we have the soul which plays upon the instrument. The
    • consonant and vowel elements, you have in every manifestation
    • instrument — the human body.
    • breathing beats in unison with the movements that are executed along
    • permeates with nerve, if we might put it so, the instrument which
    • note. But here in song man does not leave the element of breath; he
    • the body, by adding the consonantal element, does but provide the
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  • Title: Lecture: Three Epochs in the Religious Education of Man
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    • lowlands breaking the heights of the ascending development of man
    • Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and its Attainment.
    • imparted to man by his natural development, intelligence, reason,
    • philosophy. Everywhere to-day men are turning back, and often with
    • the souls of men in this ancient East, even at souls living in the
    • nature from the souls of men living to-day. The souls of men in those
    • existence than the souls of modern men, who in their waking life are
    • the ancients. These men possessed a much more instinctive wisdom of
    • the faculty of clear and conscious discernment, did not as yet exist.
    • a kind of sheath, merely an instrument for the purposes of earthly
    • souls of men. As I have said, these men knew of the soul' and Spirit
    • more to use the instruments afforded by his physical body. Let me
    • years before the Mystery of Golgotha, men learnt to make use of their
    • What we to-day call “Nature” appeared before men as an
    • now teach men: The Being Who erstwhile dwelt in Eternity, in the
    • Nazareth passed, as all men pass, through the gate of death, but Who
    • after the Mystery of Golgotha, men began to gaze at the dead
    • fragment of ancient thought, so now a humanity permeated with the
    • became a powerful argument (which formerly had not been
    • was later exterminated, and of which fragments only have been
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    • 19th century. Think of the immense contrast between the present time
    • ingredient. Indeed, it is far more than this! You see, when the men
    • a moral element. When we enter the sphere of electricity, we
    • the moral element comes to the surface, so that the electricity
    • at the same time the moral element in Nature. Modern physicists have
    • modern men who do not proceed in accordance with old traditional
    • that the electric element in Nature is endowed with morality in the
    • world. In the same way in which the moral element one day acquires
    • real shape in Nature, so the electric element once contained a moral
  • Title: Lecture: The Problem of Jesus and Christ in Earlier Times
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    • Die geistige Vereinigung der Menschheit durch den Christus-Impuls,
    • only through a few fragments. From one of these fragments, I cited
    • the announcement of Christ's coming was not itself a new
    • Mysteries, the Christ had already been mentioned as the “coming
    • such as Clemens of Alexandria, for example, and Origenes — very
    • perspective — Clemens, as well as Origenes, who came after the
    • two? Thus we see great spirits like Clemens of Alexandria and
    • consider Clemens of Alexandria, the head of the catechetical school
    • Clemens of Alexandria looked up, first of all, to the Christ as a
    • Clemens also knew something else, which we have emphasized
    • felt that he was the “coming one.” Clemens of Alexandria
    • Clemens of Alexandria
    • the world through Moses and the prophets, said Clemens, was a
    • So we see that Clemens
    • not use it. But Clemens designated what entered human capacity
    • is very significant), Clemens placed Greek philosophy — Plato
    • in the soul element and, within Jesus Christ, distinguished between
    • of completely new and fresh elements, and his efforts went toward
    • Clemens of Alexandria
    • physical bodies. Clemens of Alexandria expressed this clearly when he
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    • the Dimensions of Space.
    • were, from his environment on all sides, without his having to
    • Men have always received into their language designations,
    • its three dimensions gives to him, in forming his ideas about things
    • translated into movement through his will. The movement is in space,
    • of movement, in outer activities.
    • recent times, it is true, men have sought refuge in the conception,
    • is invariably, when men try to form a conception of the existence of
    • men were so thoroughly saturated with materialism, even this question
    • when they have left the body? There were even men who tried to refute
    • spiritualism by proving that when so and so many men are dying and so
    • will of man follows his movements everywhere. Moreover, the
    • movements man accomplishes externally in space when he moves about,
    • 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.
    • if we are speaking of the will as of an element of soul-and-spirit, there
    • spirit — is three-dimensional. It has a three-dimensional
    • movement through our will, the will adapts itself and enters
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  • Title: Lecture: What Has Geology to Say About the Origin of the World?
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    • tremendous strides and achieved results of real importance, even
    • the earth's development manifold disturbances have occurred through
    • layer. These are matters which can only be mentioned briefly here. In
    • so-called “Cambrian” layer of our earth's development and
    • of the gradual development of life and also of the other occurrences
    • of such a layer a certain measurement is obtained by which it can be
    • granite-formation. [The above statements refer in general to the actual
    • With such sentiments I approach you, you most ancient, most noble
    • monument of the time. Sitting on a high, bare summit with a free view
    • you and the firm basement of the primeval world; you do not walk, as
    • life. – At this moment, as the inner attracting and moving
    • out of nothing but a watery element, out of a watery form of the
    • saw the cause of all volcanic phenomena in processes which, through
    • in water,” as against the other contention that fundamentally
    • example — are more cautious in their pronouncements —
    • character of a living entity; in the environment of our earth we do
    • the heat is so great that life cannot develop; but in the environment
    • development the capability to discard these substances: it segregates
    • something which, if spoken of as part of the development of our
    • all day in our own body when through work, through mental effort, we
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  • Title: Lecture: Thinking and Willing as Two Poles of the Human Soul-Life
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    • Erster Teil: Der Mensch als leiblich-seelische
    • Der Mensch in seinem Zusammenhang mit dem Kosmos.
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    • thought element, at the other pole the will element, and
    • between these two the element of feeling, that which in
    • quiescence, we think, an element of will reigns in
    • certain will element prevails, at any rate inwardly. On the other
    • before birth, before conception. Fundamentally speaking, the faculty
    • in man from the moment he enters upon his physical, earthly life.
    • observation this is obvious. Watch the sprawling movements of a child during
    • chaotic movements through the fact that his soul and spirit are
    • forces of the will, and the development of child-life consists
    • these movements so that they become imbued with meaning. Thus there
    • which enwraps the human being when he is born, indeed from the moment
    • At the moment however we are speaking of normal human beings. Such people,
    • record of how many fundamentally original thoughts and ideas at the present
    • unless man is laid hold of by those youthful elements which proceed
    • only an automatic continuation of movement in those organs in which
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  • Title: Vortrage: Denken, Fühlen, Wollen - Das Muspilhgedicht
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    • Erster Teil: Der Mensch als leiblich-Seelische
    • Der Mensch in seinem Zusammenhang mit dem Kosmos.
    • heute einige Wahrheiten zusammenfassen, die uns dann wiederum dienen
    • Pol hin in diesem Seelenleben das gedankliche Element, das Denken
    • liegt, nach dem ändern Pol hin das Willenselement, zwischen
    • beiden das Gefühlselement, dasjenige, was wir im
    • sind immer in Verbindung miteinander, sie spielen ineinander. Nehmen
    • Willensimpulse von Gedanken durchströmen zu lassen. Gedanken
    • vornehmen, das wir durch den Willen dann ausführen, so liegen ja
    • spät kommen. Der Wille kann sich einzig und allein richten auf
    • das, was da kommen soll, auf das Zukünftige. Kurz, wenn Sie ein
    • Es ist im Grunde genommen in dem kleinen Kinde, das uns
    • vorhanden, die der Mensch überhaupt in sich entwickelt. Das Kind
    • seines Leibes. Namentlich in den ersten sieben Lebensjahren, bis zum
    • Aufbau seines Leibes als Richtkräfte. Dann kommen sie immer mehr
    • eben als Gedankenkräfte durchaus veranlagt im Menschen, wenn er
    • das ganz und gar in der Hülle, die den Menschen umgibt, lebt,
    • schematisch etwa den Menschen so zeichnen können, daß wir
    • Willenskräfte, sie nehmen wir dann wahr, wenn wir durch den Tod
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    • carried out in the spirit of our theosophical movement; and in the
    • and this year we have been able to make the experiment of having
    • of own section but also many friends of our movement, who come to the
    • arguments, but that from its own life fresh vigour can be drawn for
    • passes out into the different departments of life.
    • our possessing a house of our own for the requirements of the
    • belonging to our movement must make himself intimately acquainted or
    • theosophical movement we have to look upon the occult ideal as the
    • movement first arose, H. P. Blavatsky, as we all know, accomplished
    • three fundamental rules of our Society which are still on our card of
    • works they contain an immense number of truths. — Truths of
    • taken later by the theosophical movement is connected with this. It
    • laws of reincarnation. But he has a successor. At the moment the
    • occult vision was limited by her entanglement in Eastern Theosophy,
    • what the Christ-Being is. The moment we draw attention to such a
    • nomenclature. People are incorrect when they assert that what we
    • movement. But for this, goodwill is certainly necessary —
    • proof of how easy it is to see perfectly clearly into our movement if
    • and we should not have mentioned these subjects to-day at all, if our
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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.
    • about the Gospels and other spiritual documents of humanity would not
    • have had to start from these fundamental conceptions will know how
    • just as the Earth-existence comprises an immense number of details,
    • it is quite obvious that the former embodiments are equally detailed,
    • mentioned with great respect. This school was well known for the
    • psychological field. This is only mentioned to point out how vague is
    • physical body; if we could look for the environment upon which the
    • could look for the environment of the ego in the same way as we
    • nourishment we should come at last to an expression of the cosmos, to
    • our environment and is invisibly within it, similar to the
    • grade of spiritual development to support such a vision. It is indeed
    • must be able to feel, as it were, his environment tinged and
    • almost say, though of course this can only be mentioned in the most
    • has no longer any control. But that is only the most elementary of
    • in fact all spatial environment. And he can do no other than lose
    • commence with. It is a world of which we cannot say that it is
    • the person makes an impression upon you like a breath of enchantment.
    • Imagine this breath of enchantment enormously enhanced — and
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    • SUN-EMBODIMENT OF THE EARTH.
    • following embodiments of our Earth is not only not exhaustive, but
    • occultism, is concealed from us in the fundamental depths of its
    • being; and we have seen that spiritual achievements formed in truth
    • understanding of what lies behind the phenomenon of beat. If it
    • behind the illusion of warmth, behind the phenomenon of
    • external phenomenon. Just as behind the heat we must seek for the
    • self, to self-effacement. Imagine this spirit of disinterested
    • of the Spirits of Wisdom on the Sun, they endow their environment
    • of Wisdom, something streams out into their environment.
    • already there — the gifts offered to the environment on ancient
    • of Wisdom. They give at an earlier moment, and that which is
    • was guarded till a later moment and was then received. What then was
    • only two dimensions. There was as yet no above and below, no right or
  • 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.
    • behind all the material phenomena of the substance of our earth
    • spiritual to be found behind the phenomenon of heat, and then that
    • behind the phenomenon of flowing air. As, in order to do this, it was
    • cosmic embodiment of our earth, we find something which brings us a
    • step nearer to the real conditions of development. Yet another
    • actual conditions of development we must acquire a definite idea from
    • movement of a hand or the greatest of deeds, the impulse of the
    • an act, to an achievement. Now at first a man would say that a
    • statement, and not given by way of advice). The greatest spiritual,
    • renunciation, the creative resignation. It is indeed of immense
    • development. At this juncture let us once again call to mind the
    • beings are able to enter our astral body during the development
    • of which mention has already been made, must be brought into
    • then form an element in everything that happens in evolution. We
    • have mentioned — would be subject to Time, nothing would not be
    • during the Sun development. But we must take special care to note
    • the time of ancient Sun, and the attainment of immortality. What was
    • gathering like clouds during the old Sun development coagulated as
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    • MOON-EMBODIMENT OF THE EARTH.
    • discover to some extent the spiritual behind the phenomena of the
    • external sense-world. Concerning such phenomena, at first outwardly
    • our own soul-life — concerning such phenomena we have
    • may just be mentioned here, that in earlier conceptions of the world
    • material element, and the fact that specially volatile substances
    • ancient Moon, we must bear in mind a different kind of development of
    • the sacrifice. Guilt or atonement as we know it in our ordinary life,
    • as torment in the domain which can well be included in the hidden
    • its way up to the surface; and then perhaps its torment is least. We
    • tormenting nature of this mood with which is connected a certain
    • degree of pain. The longing to be found in the souls of men, is what
    • the surface of the Soul-life just as there may be movements beneath
    • phenomenon with which we are all well acquainted; perhaps a man who
    • of home-sickness you will find it differs fundamentally in
    • for the river on whose banks he used to play, watching the movement
    • certain respect have been condemned to a one-sided development, to
    • ancient Moon the Spirits of Movement make their appearance; we must
    • not, however, think of movement in space, but movement rather more
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    • the nearest external phenomena away from our field of vision and
    • fundamentally, as regards its qualities, can only be compared with
    • phenomena of heat, presenting it in its true character of sacrificial
    • that we must reduce the elements of heat back to the spiritual, to
    • causes the movement of the waves above, something that is the
    • been able to grasp as the inner movement of that life. We thus found
    • ascribed to the Spirits of Movement. To-day we shall begin with a
    • is always to start from wonder, from astonishment at something. This
    • wonder, this astonishment, from which every form of learning must
    • originating in these two movements of the mind. Sound knowledge is
    • of wonder itself? Why is it that wonder, astonishment at
    • This strangeness is the first element leading to wonder and
    • astonishment. But we do not feel this for everything that is strange
    • must grasp through wonder and astonishment, our inner
    • by any of the phenomena known to man, that the Christ incarnated in
    • — as for instance, the statement that no man has yet been seen
    • level as the argument of a man who had never seen anything but fish
    • his attitude shows clearly that this fundamental basis of all
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    • development we wish to see taken up by humanity, and today we
    • way when we are wholly given up to the physical environment,
    • achievements in the last few centuries and has been
    • instinctive and unconscious element has increasingly taken
    • and take account of the element of the spirit is ultimately
    • characteristic element to be found day by day, hour by hour,
    • think and pretend to want? It is that, fundamentally
    • perfectly clear statements, also with reference to the most
    • such vehemence. It has burst forth as though it were a karmic
    • has been preparing for centuries. The new element wanting to
    • ultimate triumph in the creation of instruments of murder and
    • present time, and you will realize the immense gravity of the
    • world the lamentable statement: ‘First one thing
    • happened, then another, and that was the moment when I went
    • Suchomlinov. What kind of moments are these in world events
    • one has gone out of one's mind? They are moments when Ahriman
    • ‘I have gone out of my mind’, that is the moment
    • cannot say that the judgments, ideas and notions to be found
    • statements take up so many lines, people accept they have a
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    • development of humanity. Just think what it means —
    • and fail to notice many of the tremendous changes now taking
    • intellectual and moral development in human evolution.
    • Strangely enough, recent developments in materialistic
    • conclusion. Haeckel, too, has commented to this effect in his
    • the rational mind, has made tremendous advances. This is what
    • tremendous advances made as the laws of nature have been
    • instruments — most recently especially the instruments
    • or we may also say scientific, development has shown an
    • upward trend. Moral development has not progressed to the
    • development had kept pace with intellectual development. It
    • would be right to say that because moral development has not
    • progressed, intellectual development has assumed something of
    • moral development has not been keeping pace with the
    • intellectual development of humanity today. However, no one
    • human actions, because elements which are separate and
    • entirely different cosmic age. The apparatus or instrument of
    • of development in the Saturn, Sun, Moon and Earth periods. We
    • developed instrument we use for our intellectual
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    • so, for people are tremendously intolerant in their hearts
    • to realize this, for illusory ideas are a major element in
    • the New Testament words that are fundamental in this respect:
    • went. Ratinger was not free at the moment and so the student
    • came back; he had been given an appointment for later on. So
    • Any attempt to implement them it would soon show them to be
    • implemented. If we were able to implement Wilsonian ideas,
    • embarrassment for the literary historian, but he would stick
    • of mind has to be such — and with reference to the phenomena
    • and further development of humanity. People who take these
    • development that is for the good.
    • justification to be part of such a movement use their
    • wide-awake judgement and take themselves to task. People who
    • The tragic situation of today makes tremendous demands on the
    • rightly belong to our movement will have come to it out of
    • are part of our movement they will also be aware of it.
    • next. Outer interest may have been lacking, but excitement
    • created their own excitements. This has now become difficult.
    • of opposition. Being unable to get the excitement of
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 4: The Elemental Spirits of Birth and Death
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    • post-Atlantean age, right up to the present moment? It is
    • a name, let us call them the 'elemental spirits of birth and
    • death' for the moment. It is true that the individuals who
    • elemental spirits of birth and death. If one were to speak of
    • them, and of the whole way in which these elemental spirits
    • essential nature of these elemental spirits of birth and
    • destinies have to use elemental spirits who actually are the
    • really like it to be and that there exists the element which
    • and every hour here on earth. The moment human beings cross
    • destructive elemental spirits of birth and death.
    • were able to have the idea, theoretically and on the basis of experiments,
    • the case, however. The development of human civilization
    • involves the participation of elemental spirits, even if
    • under the influence of elemental spirits. They are always
    • the spirit of invention is active, elemental spirits are
    • The elemental
    • particular sphere of elemental spirits and then human beings
    • enter into this same sphere and use the elemental spirits. In
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    • to the environment, the outside world, in a very different
    • connected with an environment which had spiritual qualities.
    • Up to then everything was growth and development. In some
    • mentioned this on a number of occasions — we are
    • complete harmony with physical development — I have
    • environment. Human beings were intimately bound up with the
    • will be all kinds of changes in development.
    • does not permit a more extensive treatment. With some of the
    • something of a testament. Those who are inwardly conscious of
    • developments like that of Brentano would be aware of this,
    • environment in a different way. The space around us no longer
    • of space, but it no longer yields up the spiritual element.
    • Colours no longer speak to us as elements filled with spirit,
    • our inner strength to become aware of the essential element
    • continue in what they receive from their environment. It
    • the ancient Greeks, the prospects for the further development
    • ahead, possibly as early as the seventh millennium, all women
    • do on earth. The fact is that women will no longer be able to
    • said then which relate to developments in our own age. They
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    • means that we are able to form ideas. For the moment we need
    • discuss if this really is the case. For the moment I merely
    • the elemental world. When we speak of entities which are part
    • of the elemental world in the widest sense of the word, they
    • published shortly, and which I mentioned yesterday,
    • ask yourself: If there is such an elemental principle out
    • the elemental world of thought in so far as we kill its
    • you do not pay attention to this particular moment of getting
    • into it, but it is not your own thought. The form of movement
    • extraordinarily significant instrument and much older than
    • be purely elemental by nature. In the head, everything would
    • only a very insignificant attachment.
    • begin with let us simply consider it to be this elemental,
    • evolution. The outcome was that this whole, more elemental,
    • our higher nature. This is the contradictory element in human
    • to the luciferic element, made the part of him that should be
    • Many historical phenomena will find their explanation if you
    • fact, is the luciferic element in our higher nature. Thus
    • elemental world come to us — they are living thoughts,
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    • comments today. You probably know the amusing experiment so
    • experiment will frequently come to mind for anyone who has a
    • because they do not know the element which is always around
    • the weight made of cardboard, for the element which lends
    • phenomena which were, in fact, to be of the essence in the
    • matter. So what did the sacrament of the transubstantiation
    • documents you want and scribble endless notes on Luther, you
    • already mentioned, we are living at a time when certain
    • the kind of confusion I have mentioned. And so there must be
    • statements people make today, however erudite, then you have
    • mentioned, in earlier ages, including the fourth
    • protection of the divine spirits at such a solemn moment,
    • the achievements of the individual.
    • achievements did not come from having his backside tanned; he
    • important. And a tremendous amount depends on it that in our
    • completely inept teachers may on occasion have a tremendous
    • enter fully into your soul, you will find it has tremendous
    • accept the intellect which is in the elemental environment of
    • make it the ideal to inculcate the elemental intellect which
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    • achievements of abstract thinking when it is addressing
    • We can only be in constant amazement at how these things
    • Fundamentally speaking, such ideas are part of the
    • brought to an end until the above-mentioned prospect is
    • not been able to work with the elements which live in the
    • to experiment, in the desire to understand the present time.
    • some of the things that belong to the past. Fundamentally
    • commented on them in a positive way. So I think it will be
    • important to have a tremendous sense of reality when creating
    • consequence, however, for we grow blind to any argument
    • tremendous break that exists between more recent life and
    • not see the most important element in it. Reality is also
    • here a few days ago: elemental life goes on out there, and it
    • reasons given by an enlightened group of medical men when the
    • single eccentric but a whole group of medical men — I
    • so the document says — high board fences should be put
    • such arguments. People laugh about it afterwards, but there
    • are some elemental spirits who laugh about human folly when
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 9: The Battle between Michael and 'The Dragon'
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    • It is necessary to let certain fundamental
    • truths of spiritual development come to mind whenever you
    • those fundamental truths more deeply. In the last days we
    • developments. We can put these together with fundamental
    • the spiritual development of the peoples of Europe and
    • moment relates to this battle fought by Michael and his
    • mentioned, these battles have recurred over and over again,
    • tremendously important. There always is the danger of people
    • necessary to pay real heed to some highly respected elements
    • these are always non-physical elements — drove them to
    • documents of our civilization in the same way as did
    • and other historians who went by the documents, they will
    • year preceding 1914. You see, the developments which started
    • development to say over and over again that there is need to
    • the anthroposophical movement on the destiny and true nature
    • would be a sign of being wide awake to make a fundamental
  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 10: The Influence of the Backward Angels
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    • development of the last decades. I asked you to take into
    • mass of people to know nothing of radically new developments
    • Enlightenment was at its height in the eighteenth century,
    • and, of course, enlightenment still flourishes today. Really
    • people nurture the elements which they desire to spread among
    • second statement should really follow the one I have just
    • made to render it complete. However, this second statement
    • only. However, the invisible element must be included if we
    • There are elemental spirits which observe these things from
    • myths. Something else, too, causes those elemental spirits to
    • and also when we perceive the element which gives us a
    • mentioned this again yesterday. When these things are said by
    • harmful ahrimanic element.
    • consciously give to boys and girls, or to young men and
    • women, are the things that enter unconsciously into their
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    • who cannot continue their development in the spiritual world
    • secret, hidden soul development is given due attention. As I
    • in the cosmic order. ‘Enlightenment’, as it was
    • existence in connection with the Earth. For the moment, let
    • want to make some preliminary statements. If you read my
    • tremendous. The cosmic current which passes through the
    • education will be particularly detrimental in the immediate
    • dishing up elementary zoology to children in the dreadful way
    • quite young, much to their detriment, we should have a
    • impoverishment of concepts and ideas have led to the
    • has written on the Collective Agreement.
    • contracts and agreements on the one hand and Germanic social
    • recommend that you read the new issue of
    • elements are not mixed together in this. Conscience takes
    • outwardly, historically or in the sacraments. It, too, can
    • issues in Swiss national policies — I do recommend it,
  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 12: The Spirits of Light and the Spirits of Darkness
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    • phenomena. At the present time people generally give validity
    • only to natural phenomena, phenomena of the physical world
    • spirits’, the spirits of light. Fundamentally speaking,
    • development through the forces of the earth. This was
    • have already made some mention of this. Angelic spirits,
    • their activities have done enough where the establishment of
    • of spiritual communion will bring a progressive element into
    • the entirely natural element of decline. Please note, the
    • element of decline is natural. Human beings cannot remain
    • downward curve of development. In the same way the whole of
    • humanity has entered into a downward trend of development. We
    • elements which follow the upward trend. The downward trend
    • For he saw the spiritual element in everything. Goethe thus
    • how much their development depended on the soil. This was
    • the physical and earthly element and be citizens of the
    • must be understood today when great, tremendous events happen
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    • have sought to show that momentous occurrences in the
    • which brought the full impulse for the development of
    • this showed a tremendous upsurge in the 1840s, 50s, 60s and
    • eye for more subtle elements in human life will note that
    • conception, acumen and critical faculties for the adherents
    • the particular acumen, critical faculty and so on, which I
    • physical intellect which I have mentioned are a reflection
    • — this again is something I have mentioned before
    • lost momentum and became so strangely corrupted after that
    • live in a world of indescribable acumen which would apply to
    • would have been made with incredible acumen. This is one
    • physical acumen on the one hand, and a way of seeking
    • into the rightful elements which are now spreading on earth,
    • where it is less harmful. As I have mentioned,
    • books on the abnormalities of certain men of genius. As you
    • mentally and psychologically abnormal; this individual went
    • important elements which will be the background to events now
    • seem to be a minor one. It is something I also mentioned last year.
    • commentaries have been written on Goethe's Faust. Oswald Marbach's
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    • women will grow infertile, and reproduction will no longer be
    • statement that human procreative life will be extinguished in
    • capable of physical development well into ripe old age;
    • capable of development until they reached the span extending
    • development up to their twenty-seventh year, as I told you.
    • of further development only until they reach their 20s, is
    • human beings are naturally capable of further development
    • the twenty-eighth and thirty-fifth years, the development
    • they become journeymen, and finally masters.
    • development.
    • a social phenomenon traced back to its spiritual foundations.
    • elements have their origin in this — when in some place
    • elements.
    • active in evolution. Much of the mendacity which exists in
    • interesting statement that it was not how Darwin overcame
    • effect; but they seek the cause for the movement of the cab
    • acumen, positively intervene in life. Go back to the slave
    • class struggle. A purely critical element, purely
    • intellectual movement generated agitation among the
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    • this significant moment of growing awareness of our freedom and
    • This moment is a
    • speaking in Old Testament terms. If we look at this interpretation,
    • Testament.
    • flowed into the concepts that the Schoolmen, set up about the sense
    • world. The concepts of the Schoolmen were not as unspiritual as ours
    • are today. The Schoolmen still approached the human being with the
    • For, at least in the Realist stream, the Schoolmen totally believed
    • torn him out of the divine spiritual element; the historical forces
    • fact, in its present development, is on the point of reversing the
    • pointed to the moral fall of man and thought about the development of
    • If we look back into the development of mankind, we see that human
    • development of mankind on earth. But the fall must be made right
    • soul. In our day, therefore, the historic moment has arrived
    • ourselves out of sin. Without this, the development of mankind
    • elements. We must learn to understand the movements of the
    • statements about the relation of man to the animals, we must already
    • the bird out of the air. As soon as one turns to the elements, one
    • but the fact is that one was awake in one's acknowledgment of
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    • menneskehehetsutviklingens fremtid at menneskene får
    • menneskehetsutviklingen ved at Golgatamysteriet har funnet
    • [Se "Menneskets og menneakehetens
    • åndelige Jordsfære, for at men for at menneskeheten
    • seg til menneskehetens frelse: en gang i den gamle lemuriske
    • menneskeheten.
    • nathanske Jesusbarn, er blitt gjennemtrengt av Kristus. Men
    • menneskelegeme, men levet som åridelig, som
    • blitt født som menneske og som I Lukasevangeliet skildres
    • ofret seg selv som menneske, ofret seg allerede i den
    • trenge inn i det. Slik som vi i Kristus Jesus har et menneske
    • menneskehetsutviklingens gang er Golgatamysteriet midtpunktet i
    • inn i menneskesjelen og menneskehjertet.
    • det er for et ledd i menneskets vesen som åpner seg for
    • det ledd i menneskenaturen som her på jorden kan utvikle
    • forestillinger som peker hen på Kristus. Men hjertets
    • menneskets barndomsliv. Og alle som evner å studere
    • tilstede. Men alle de Kristus-forestillinger som vi da kan gi
    • i den jordiske menneskehetsutvikling, er det ment å skulle
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    • course of an intellectual development — do not change. Through
    • things are mentioned that science is unprejudiced, and so on. But
    • I have shown repeatedly that these arguments are not of much value.
    • out already that even the arguments of the opponents of mediaeval
    • the observation of the outer phenomena of Nature. The process of
    • habits of thinking were alive, were living elementary beings during our
    • the thoughts, no longer seize the earthly and watery elements in the
    • organism, but only the air element and the fire or warmth element.
    • all four elements. The later development of a child consists in this,
    • that thought takes hold only of the elements of air and fire. When an
    • the independent element that it now is, and bears us through the life
    • directing their thoughts to a pre-earthly existence. If men had been
    • would have arisen. But men were no longer accustomed to consider
    • continue. He observed the plant in its development and found the
    • to-day, does not justify the statement that the skull-bones are
    • his form that men may see in it his heavenly origin.” The Greek
    • for ourselves a consciousness of the development of man's soul-disposition,
    • of little help to our anthroposophical movement, that such ideas are
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    • the New Testament: ‘Unto them that are without, the mysteries
    • as men pass through the world, observing its beings and its happenings,
    • given to all men through all time to come — then He is speaking
    • will be tremendously enriched when man is able to be aware of his
    • were to bud and blossom at the moment of going to sleep and within
    • happens in the spring, when everything buds and sprouts. The moment
    • within us, and as the moment of waking approaches it is autumn;
    • from the physical element of the plant world and the spiritual beings
    • movement is such that when the Earth-spirits depart from the north
    • physical Nature; everything buds and blossoms and lower elemental
    • lower elemental beings out of the Earth, whereas the highest Spirits
    • middle of the summer the lower elemental spirits, driven forth by the
    • understand what is living in our environment. And this it will
    • do, with all clarity. We know that men once possessed this knowledge,
    • far past ages men knew well that in the summer season the lower elemental
    • With their ancient clairvoyance men knew that the greatest
    • with the whole spiritual evolution of mankind. What men have established
    • arrangements but the very fact of the date of the Easter festival
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    • behind this or that phenomenon. Nevertheless, in our spiritual
    • built up out of small — they are called ‘elementary
    • element.
    • discoverer of the plant cell became the greatest and most vehement
    • enters into the achievements of natural science. He will have grave
    • affect him like suggestion, with a tremendous power; they do not let
    • certain mental image, for otherwise he will always succumb to error,
    • mineral element, of lifeless matter. Spiritual science may not speak
    • plant-life — must lie in the lifeless, the mineral element.
    • was that this inner element draws out of heavenly space, with which
    • says in his Fragments:
    • not think of how all feelings, sensations, and mental images are
    • human world is connected with its environment, and just as human
    • saying, ‘There the soul element is evident, manifesting in a
    • way analogous to the soul element of the animal!’
    • thinking that the entire arrangement of the plant is there in order
    • environment. For the serious seeker after truth, this puts a stop to
    • activity that consisted fundamentally of showing how the spirit is
    • out over the whole environment he is allowed to inhabit. And he must
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    • conceive the outlook of men in the 19th century, we generally
    • the learned and brilliant men of the 19th century.
    • myths, which, as we know, are only veiled statements of the
    • Sun of the New Testament, by contrast to Hercules, Dionysos
    • and Osiris, the Suns of the Old Testament.
    • — play their part in the dreams of men.
    • kind of symbolic treatment of the mathematical, and indeed,
    • should make one hesitate to pronounce such judgments. Having
    • is that in ancient times (to mention radical matters at once)
    • or 15 years old were simply there in his environment inasmuch
    • Spiritual Science., For in these olden times, the moment a man
    • moment he did so, he gave occasion for certain Luciferic
    • elemental beings to arise at the same time. At any rate, he
    • elemental beings were thoroughly effective; and, if
    • of men, if these things had not been kept secret.
    • evolution. The men of that time had not the vaguest notion.
    • gathered up in such statements as that Truth knows of no
    • necessary requirement of the time. But the times have now
    • those Luciferic elemental spirits of whom we may speak in
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    • Mystery-revelations are fundamentally based on error or
    • 19th century, which was fundamentally Philistine, the
    • ineffective in this sense; for it implies the fundamental
    • socially. No doubt an elementary process; and it is a long way
    • with the cosmic Book of the New Testament; it is at least in
    • accordance with the spirit of the New Testament. But in the
    • arrangement of Easter according to the heavenly
    • Undoubtedly the answer to such it question is immensely
    • pointed out during our recent lectures, the two fundamental
    • through our larynx and its movements, is wedded to the Wisdom
    • a meaning in it — important, significant, immense.
    • instruments for the associating or combining of sensory
    • indeed occasionally been pointed out by men who had a healthy
    • according to their own nature, as pure phenomena; he wanted
    • to refer the sense-perceived phenomena to their archetypal
    • phenomena, — the “Ur-phenomena.”
    • wanted men to seek. As to the intellect, he would only have
    • it used to put the phenomena together in such a way that they
    • to understand the fundamental point. Goethe wanted the
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    • clothe himself with a sensely garment. This is the type of
    • home to the consciousness of men. It was, however, a very
    • lives in that element which receives the human being when he
    • Heavens, such Beings are no mere figment of human fancy. They
    • which are also the fundamental places of the Heavens. This
    • which represent, as it were, the mobile element in man,
    • starry heavens. Assume for a moment that a man is born to-day
    • attunement or non-attunement of the human being is determined
    • fact. They studied Man in his whole being, in his attunement
    • on this attunement of Man with the macrocosm.
    • weight of the whole Earth. Certain measurements of the
    • measurements of the Pyramids that they can only be the result
    • century. Men like Carus declared that the pure study of the
    • important thing is not the mere fact that the Wise Men of
    • secret of the head — the Wise Men of the Mysteries
    • twofold nature; and this was well known to those Wise Men of
    • remaining behind as against the movement of the fixed stars.
    • stars seem to go a little quicker in their annual movement
    • fixed stars in their movement have sped on exactly a day
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  • Title: Lecture: The World Development in the Light of Anthroposophy
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    • DEVELOPMENT IN THE LIGHT OF ANTHROPOSOPHY
    • our physical and etheric bodies at the moment of waking up. By
    • use the instruments of our physical body, and that we make use,
    • spoken, we endow the soul itself with organs. This soul element,
    • lives in a dull twilight state from the moment of falling asleep
    • to the moment of waking up, must, as it were, connect itself
    • the contrary, we might say: The subjective element which now
    • for many people, becomes immensely intensified when we thus
    • etheric body, as the spiritual environment which we left behind.
    • to know this spiritual world as our environment. But we know that
    • elements of the earth and that the etheric body dissolves, as
    • element.
    • free, soul-spiritual life. Everything in our environment with
    • form of old presentiments handed over traditionally in the
    • nourishment we therefore build up our own body out of mineral
    • the end of life, as a moment in life, as an experience in itself.
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  • Title: Lecture: The Supersensible in the Human Being and in the Universe
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    • reach an ascending line of development, deriving from
    • enthusiastic human hearts, those men should concern themselves
    • world conception that has reached such a great development in the
    • everywhere, behind the phenomena of Nature, spiritual Beings that
    • thought that the origin of the stars and the stars' movements
    • sin. Wherever they looked, they did not see phenomena of Nature
    • being in any way connected with a moral element.
    • — indeed, man's own physical development — all this,
    • super-sensible element that corresponds to everything sensory in
    • because he is unable to find in his present environment knowledge
    • can be experienced, in spite of all, as a super-sensible element
    • that looked upon the moral and religious element in the world's
    • into consideration the exercises done by the men of ancient
    • between his own super-sensible element and the super-sensible in
    • them nourishment for their souls. For a certain time, man passed
    • within him, even his soul-spiritual development, had to be
    • birth, and in a later epoch, as well as for us, as modern men,
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  • Title: Lecture: Foundations of Anthroposophy
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    • and as an introduction let me mention a few striking conceptions
    • patient, who came to him in a great state of excitement, because
    • statement of an investigator well acquainted with all the
    • Schleich mentions
    • which I will not mention here, one can see that Sir Oliver Lodge
    • precaution), at the time when these experiments were made, no one
    • “experimentum crucis.” Nobody in London could
    • way of thinking and a scientific mentality the foundations of
    • above-mentioned examples.
    • an inner presentiment of his near death. Such a presentiment need
    • statement that he had a presentiment of his near death, but he
    • question had had a presentiment of his near death and all his
    • would have arisen in any case and the death presentiment was the
    • acquainted with the phenomenon known as “second
    • uses this “experimentum crucis” in order to prove
    • into the room where Sir Oliver Lodge was making his experiments.
    • I mention these
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  • Title: Lecture: East and West in the Light of the Christmas Idea
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    • Christi. Der Mensch in seinem Zusammenhang mit dem Kosmos. Band IX,
    • Fest der Erscheinung Christi. Der Mensch in seinem
    • Zusammenhang mit dem Kosmos. Band IX,
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    • the very elements of the whole life of man.
    • present time we perceive above all through symptomatic phenomena
    • beginning of its development. But from this young spiritual life
    • be traced back thousands of years. Immense respect can be felt
    • into a development of the Oriental civilization stretching over
    • of this immense change in the life attitude of the East? The
    • cause lies deeply rooted in the soul development of humanity. If
    • men the trees did not exist as prosaically as they do for us: In
    • immensely living way in which man experienced the world in this
    • if we transfer ourselves into the development of the times, we
    • humanity of the Orient, began to perceive the phenomena of the
    • external physical phenomena of the world as something not
    • that speaks to receptive souls in the movements and positions of
    • divine element in thought has not yet dawned for us. We are
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  • Title: Lecture: Man and Cosmos
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    • us that this statement is absolutely correct; for when
    • us externally in the present epoch of the earth's development.
    • The things mentioned above are facts evident to the ordinary
    • in our environment, with which we have thus united ourselves,
    • earth's environment.
    • environment is able to influence man's senses and it may be
    • environment through the ordinary senses. If we could perceive
    • what exists in the earth's environment, we would need a kind of
    • air, in order to look at it, we would see our environment in the
    • in your air-environment — if I may use this expression
    • say: The perceptions coming from the earth's environment follow a
    • environment.
    • we are influenced from above by the movements and forms of the
    • in our environment, and similarly we have a consciousness which
    • coming from every planetary movement and from every constellation
    • ordinary sense perceptions, so we send out to the movements of
    • and in the streams descending from the planetary movements and
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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
    • irdischen und kosmischen Bereich. Der Mensch in seinem Zusammenhang mit
    • Wesenzuege des Menschens im irdischen und kosmischen
    • Bereich. Der Mensch in seinem Zusammenhang mit dem
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    • showed the fundamental difference between man's whole conception
    • development of freedom is only possible in the world of illusion.
    • I have mentioned this in my book,
    • impulses, instincts, passions and temperament, and everything
    • The essential thing in the development of mankind is that in
    • of man's development since the middle of the Fifteenth Century.
    • development of the earth and of the human race. But man lost
    • say that he was able to survey a certain line of development; he
    • development of the earth. But when he went back still further, he
    • by heat — again, a hypothesis. A fragment was thus
    • for example, the Old Testament, or other religious teachings of
    • the past. In the Old Testament we find ideas which are above all
    • Judgment,” for example, we come across ideas connected with
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  • Title: Lecture: Knowledge Pervaded with the Experience of Love
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    • we have emphasized that the present historical moment of human
    • present moment in history.
    • stage of human development. When he could grasp the world
    • find this soul attitude in the men who sought to gain an
    • of the world. It was the course of development during the past
    • centuries which induced men to believe that by rising up to
    • morphology developed by Goethe, we may observe that these men
    • connected with an important law of human development. It is
    • I have already mentioned the following: During the Middle Ages,
    • element. When man turns his thoughts and ideas to lifeless
    • the feeling that when single phenomena had to be drawn out of the
    • magnificent, triumphal technical achievements, based on the
    • of mankind's modern development. We must grasp that man separated
    • present stage of development, which only enables him to grasp
    • we go back into ancient times, to the men of the pre-Grecian age,
    • that everywhere men had come down to the earth from a prenatal,
    • a divine element had come down with him to the earth. In reality,
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    • and constitutes the fundamental evil and the fundamental tragedy
    • soul. (You will find all these things mentioned in my
    • I have spoken of the future development of the earth, of the
    • powers is to prevent this course of development.
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    • To the Earth-men committed to your care,
    • To the sphere-men committed to your care,
    • to men on earth who are permeated by good will.’ And as
    • in which countless men feel the word ‘peace’ resounding,
    • easily testify how very far removed men still are in our day from
    • can face each other, enemy face enemy, how men can mutually bring
    • discord are spread abroad, these men can still be one at heart,
    • transcends all that separates men from one another. This it is which
    • Creation gradually arose: how Lucifer appeared to man, and how men
    • Testament history. Then as time went on there was added that which
    • the beginning of the Old Testament at this Christmas Eve festival
    • God Who is introduced to man in the Old Testament gives to man, as
    • represented by Adam and Eve, this commandment: ‘Ye may eat of
    • formatively upon us, up to the moment when we have a conscious
    • becomes an instrument capable of consciously grasping the Ego. A deep
    • people passed, each one took part by rocking the child for a moment.
    • but when the child was brought, they made a tremendous uproar,
    • that felt a passion for movement and a desire to experience the
    • development of Christianity from the very beginning. And that is the
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    • pre-testamental history.
    • beginning of the Old Testament with the mysterious story of the
    • presented to us in the Old Testament gives one commandment to the
    • Luciferic element mixed in with it. This then is in the aura of the
    • to understand it. Definite mental images are required if we wish to
    • definite moment in childhood. We gain a relationship to this
    • development of the physical body. The “I” stays
    • “I” remains there, the “I” fundamentally
    • on the earth. It looks only toward the further development of the
    • life, back to our childhood. Our spiritual element has remained
    • be reminded of the human-divine element from which he has distanced
    • element in him. He ought to be reminded of Him who brought back the
    • childlike element to him again. Though it was not easy, one can see
    • they knew only single fragments of the sacred story. The initial
    • mentioned because it corresponds to purely historical truth. Some
    • Child in it for a little while. Gradually similar moments of
    • development. Although in certain regions and during certain periods
    • development must enter into a new bond with that which united
    • of Christian development in Central Europe, only the Easter thought
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    • personality in the course of the development of mankind on the
    • in dim prehistoric ages, of whom no documentary records exist. I refer to
    • which man of those primeval times took his environment into his
    • purpose in man's development.
    • which there is no documentary evidence. Zarathustra himself belongs
    • consciousness of the men of that time.
    • Zarathustra's message to the world was fundamentally
    • physical phenomena — then our strengthened spiritual forces
    • the Greek and Christian eras these two methods of development were
    • physical phenomena, the reality of a spiritual power, active and
    • sub-human element which formerly he did not know, and from which he
    • evolved into full manhood. This element, still unpurified, still
    • partly animal, was known by the name of Dionysus. The other element,
    • in which the eyes of spirit beheld the phenomena of the physical
    • every physical phenomenon. The whole civilisation inspired by
    • every physical phenomenon” — but this is merely a
    • physical phenomena are different, so the spiritual essence behind
    • principle of perfection. Whatever their development might be at the
    • discover that all phenomena are part of
    • phenomena — heat, light, chemical forces and the
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    • significance that Kepler, at the very dawn of the development of
    • modern Natural Science should have spoken of the achievements of
    • times, in the place of our present intellectual consciousness, men
    • man's spiritual achievements — the strange stories related in
    • according to their own nature, temperament and race. These
    • and conceptions of physical phenomena. Thus arose our modern science.
    • The old clairvoyant powers gradually faded as the development of
    • external documents have told us in recent Egyptian research (if we
    • as the embodiment of the primal glory of that old clairvoyant wisdom,
    • regarded as the embodiment of higher beings. It is even said that
    • cries of lamentations were uttered at the death of cats. Again, we
    • found the fragments of his dismembered body, she buried them in
    • leads men to believe that the legend only contains symbolical images
    • me” — men reached out to the script placed by heavenly
    • movements of its stars and the relation of its moving stars to the
    • world of matter manifesting in physical phenomena, physical
    • the first place, how the blood, the physical instrument of the Ego,
    • instrument for the soul-activities of Feeling, Willing and Thinking
    • and the instrument of the Ego is the blood. If a man would descend
    • into his instruments — so thought the old Egyptians — he
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    • Mensch und Welt. Das Wirken des Geistes in der Natur. Ueber das
    • Mensch und Welt. Das Wirken des Geistes in der Natur. Ueber das
    • lecture given by Rudolf Steiner to the Workmen, Dornach, 8th October,
    • gentlemen, have you had any ideas? If not, I will talk to you about
    • the moment we begin to reflect about the things of Nature, so much
    • 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
    • total darkness. The moment the caterpillar is hatched it meets the light
    • phenomena. You have no doubt noticed the astonishing fact when a lamp
    • flying around. We men have our ego inside, whereas that of the butterfly
    • butterflies and insects in general. You see, men imagine everything to
    • gentlemen, how can this be explained? Just picture a large eiderdown
    • I lean against the eiderdown. In the same way, gentlemen, you have the
    • an animal which as it lived in the air-water element would have a blood
    • system suited to that element. If it lives for a time in the light it
    • and loses the watery element. New regions appear where it must have
    • the animal. In place of the tail we have feet and, as the movement of
    • taken by the frog in its elements of air and water. In this case,
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    • Menschlichen Organismus.
    • at the most important moments of our spiritual existence between death
    • these things, knows that immoral men, as a result of their preceding
    • our personality, which is fundamentally identical with the consciousness
    • want to add something about the processes mentioned then. I know that
    • elementary. The child has a certain memory, but it becomes an
    • is complete in its development when the child is ripe for school.
    • you have the two elements together — from above what lies at the
    • connection in his creation and enjoyment of art. Actually art never
    • cults. The images men formed of their gods was the source of plastic
    • all knowledge comes through art. Fundamentally, there is no knowledge that
    • the spirit in human civilisation and human development; when we take
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    • Das Verhaeltnis Der Sternenwelt zum Menschen und des Menschen
    • zur Sternenwelt. Die Geistige Kommunion der Menschheit.
    • intrínsecamente al invierno. Surgió a partir de concepciones
    • del mundo espiritual que tenían que ver principalmente con el
    • eminentemente Misterios de Verano, relacionados con la unión entre
    • aprendido en la escuela. Como ustedes saben, he dicho a menudo que lo
    • exigirse internamente, debe elaborar sus ideas a fuerza de volutad
    • basaba firmemente en el conocimiento. Tampoco se hacía ninguna
    • realmente el último sobreviviente de los que no tenían este
    • lo artístico y lo científico, no aparece hasta relativamente
    • Misterios que poco a poco comenzaron a separar pensamientos
    • pensamientos. Pero eran plenamente conscientes de que esta
    • destinado únicamente a significar que la ofrenda más
    • siglos inmediatamente anteriores al Misterio del Gólgota —
    • comenzando tan temprano como los siglos 8º y 9º AC —
    • él un estado de ánimo totalmente diferente. Mientras que antes
    • interior; ahora comenzaba a sentir que los pensamientos eran como algo
    • atmósfera circundante y es continuamente devuelta otra vez.
    • revelación y debía eternamente ser devuelto a los Dioses en el
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    • Geistiger Zusammenhaenge in der Gestaltung des
    • Menschlichen Organismus.
    • external world by means of observation and experiment, aided by the
    • and working with experiment, observation and the combining power of
    • or feelings or acts of will to flow forth from it. When such a statement
    • the soul than to say it exhibits phenomena which are to all appearances
    • man goes to sleep, you know how in the moment of doing so the
    • the instrumentality of consciousness is of great significance, it is no
    • a definite position in space. in the moment that follows the going to
    • a still further experience is united with this one. A tremendous need
    • this experience of movement in an undifferentiated world-substance
    • our whole organism is refreshed. The refreshment is due to the
    • feelings in the souls of men by giving them ideas and conceptions of God
    • in such a way as was right for those ancient times. Men were then so
    • over to him from his ancestors. In a similar way the men of an older
    • existence. It was accordingly easier for the men of olden times to be
    • God has granted me refreshment. We should have to despair of science if
    • general statement that a divine ordering lies at the foundation of the
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    • accepted, for instance, such a statement as “All that is
    • experiment preventing the entrance of such germs into substances
    • scientific statement that worms, insects and fish do not
    • soul-life apply adequately to external phenomena. He does that
    • truths come to man without his seeking; the literary supplements
    • itself, elementary Anthroposophy. Haeckel has only attained such
    • Great men have the faults of their virtues. It is our task to
    • but elementary Spiritual Science; and he has to make use of
    • ailment of modern scientific teachings and speak about the
    • any point which could be compared with these fundamental
    • of the same nurse. Occasionally it is mentioned that the
    • observation have not been brought to bear upon such phenomena,
    • higher qualities of the soul not only as a development but as a
    • as well as other people, will readily admit any development of
    • Schools of Ancient Wisdom the significant statement was made,
    • faculties of the soul. And therefore it shall here be mentioned
    • Secondly, it might be mentioned that the human brain, compared
    • at the moment is the highest possible, and into whose mind it
    • objection to the statement that all higher functions in the
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  • Title: Lecture: Life and Death
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    • up all the movements after death of the separate substances
    • animals and man, because an important phenomenon is not taken
    • the moment it has taken into itself the possibility of
    • which is mentioned there is also made use of in the world of
    • to proclaim such things as relate to Spiritual, development,
    • above-mentioned truth also consists in its having become a
    • environment of the developing organism, but should really
    • organism which was developing within this environment. This
    • enters into existence and his individual development, begun
    • speak more exactly of this development in a later lecture).
    • From what sort of environment was the man born?” That
    • approaches the spirit and soul-element as did the naturalists
    • have to distinguish that which comes from the environment from
    • that which can never be produced from that environment.
    • formation of the species. Every development, every advance in
    • development of the individuality.
    • a cultural development. Therefore, natural science speaks of
    • the development of the species, of a kind of evolution in the
    • development of every man we have to see a spirit and soul
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    • on the 4th of December, 1907. This document is lecture 4 of 18
    • ELEMENTARY KINGDOMS.THE NATURE OF THE ELEMENTARY BEINGS,
    • the generally designated as the Elementary Kingdoms,
    • Elementary Kingdoms belong to what lies behind the world
    • into the first, second and third elementary kingdoms. It is
    • eternal movement. If you observe the astral body of man,
    • is in a continual movement — it is an ebb and flow, a
    • moment, for new colors shine forth and others disappear, at
    • every moment. This is what we find in the case of man. But
    • nonetheless changeable, for at every moment they have a
    • a physical body.” This statement is exactly as false,
    • etheric body is to be found. The moment that a human being
    • Mental plane, is the Arupa-Mental plane, do we find the Ego
    • earth. If we now look away for a moment, our clairvoyant gaze
    • workmen in a quarry break stone, this actually gives rise to
    • natural to look for the astral element upon the astral plane
    • distinguished from the environment in which it lives. Just as
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  • Title: Lecture: 'Goethe's Faust' from the Point of View of Spiritual Science
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    • Band I Faust, der strebende Mensch.
    • Band I Faust, der strebende Mensch.
    • spiritual movements which base the justification of their
    • foundations. It must be admitted that such a judgment is
    • in exactly the same way as color and light phenomena surround
    • a person born blind. But in order to perceive our environment
    • the moment of and “awakening” of the eye, and
    • the ability to penetrate into the fundamentals of human
    • environment the forces contained therein in order to bring to
    • the highest state of development all that reside as life
    • development, as does the worm from his lifeless surroundings.
    • development of inner powers. At birth we are confronted by
    • universal among men as a result of earnest search for the
    • the phenomena of nature was an early predisposition. We see
    • absorbed quite ordinary ideas from his environment as any
    • second part lay there sealed, like the great testament to be
    • bestowed upon humanity. It is a significant document, which
    • needed for its development a great experience — one
    • moment and let him pass through. The exceptionally powerful
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    • our hearts than an anthroposophical movement? And we may also
    • fundamental human feeling of love — the fundamental
    • once was, passed through his stages of development in
    • prevents men from feeling the full greatness and power of this
    • that which was being prepared in the moment of human evolution
    • To vex the race of men.
    • Destruction brews — what ferments in the herb,
    • Eos white-raimented, Tithonos' spouse,
    • Of glittering stones; his raiment's like a flame,
    • Of hellish mystery and of enchantments' crafts.
    • With manifold enchantments' drudgery.
    • Wisdom can be small — it can be augmented. Power can be
    • small; it can be augmented. Therefore all-wisdom and all-power
    • of nature near to the earth when the elements are storming;
    • elements to be held away from a tiny spot in the world, in
    • child's body must be protected. Were it exposed for a moment to
    • through the world. But there is one moment in which we may
    • — then from the moment in which we experience it there
    • by touching what the world gives to men, but that which human
    • merriment the children were given ‘Saturnalia presents,’
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    • mental outlook utterly foreign to our own. From this distant
    • Giordano Bruno are the two names we must mention when we
    • survey of the lines of thought and feeling of the men of that
    • methods pursued by the educated men of that day.
    • entirely different mental atmosphere from that by which we
    • his time is unspeakably important. But, for the moment, the
    • revelations of religious documents and tradition and not to
    • nothing new, if men had studied Aristotle diligently, that is
    • but not of Aristotle himself. Galileo maintained that men
    • in Nature.” Such was the mental attitude which Galileo
    • treatise on immortality. Let us consider for a moment the
    • heart. The meaning of this statement is hidden. We can only
    • argumentative thought was to become dominant. Thus, Aristotle
    • earlier, men possessed a certain clairvoyance and that the
    • their misinterpretation of him as an argument against Natural
    • that distinguishes Galileo from all other men up to his time?
    • attitude of mind. “Here we stand as men upon the earth.
    • connected with the instrument of the brain through
    • Nature speaks the Divine Spiritual. We men approach Nature,
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    • testament. The composition of certain important passages of
    • ideas continually altered regarding the course of development
    • advance in Goethe between the moment at which he intended to
    • work to a close in the spirit of the monumental words
    • are the vital element in a progressive life reveals many
    • contradictions, and that Goethe's judgment of many matters in
    • comprehensiveness and many-sidedness of his mentality. It is
    • departments of science which are more or less unaffected by
    • supersensuous world to that science. But it must be mentioned
    • remarkable has been the tendency in the development of these
    • theories attributed all phenomena to particular kinds of
    • remarkable achievement (in the most limited sense of the
    • attributing external physical facts, such as the phenomena of
    • matter crumbles away, as it were, under the experiments of
    • connection, which I might mention, as it is my intention to
    • is a difference. The last-mentioned are fewer and have less
    • First Cause of all Phenomena.” In this book the theory
    • consequence of the achievements of physics and chemistry of
    • melts away under experiments, and that physics and chemistry,
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  • Title: Lecture: The Errors of Spiritual Investigation
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    • into an instrument, in order to mediate between human
    • employs external instruments, the spiritual investigator,
    • attention is drawn to its many questionable elements, and one
    • must not conclude, because they are not mentioned, that they
    • pronouncements are obtained concerning world-formations; and
    • be obtained as to how subjective pronouncements, as such, can
    • pronouncement in a speech unknown to the medium, it is to be
    • as they are led to pronouncements out of the spiritual world,
    • pronouncements are tinged with catholicism, and on another
    • speech — experiments, in which the individual
    • instrument.
    • cultivate this side of investigation, but the pronouncements
    • instrument can cognize in the surrounding spiritual world in
    • flowed into ones pronouncements. Nevertheless, in all the
    • person can fully understand the pronouncements of the
    • judgment, and instead of these troublesome intellectual
    • in judgment, throw everything together or else, if they
    • things for the followers to develop critical judgment instead
    • Franceseo Redi (who put forward the basic statement: Life can
  • Title: Lecture: Factors of Karma, Deficiencies in Psychoanalysis
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    • Kosmische und menschliche Geschichte.
    • Anthroposophical Movement
    • ‘Karma of Vocations,’ see Anthroposophical Movement,
    • so vehemently by Haeckel's pupil, Oskar Hertwig. (Our standpoint
    • evolution. Here, too, the development of natural science has
    • former lectures we have mentioned specific things which
    • disappointments of life which they have some time undergone and
    • catechising and bringing the disappointment to the surface,
    • at the bottom of the soul.’ Thus they find disappointments,
    • ‘demonic’ element which, they allege, arises from still more
    • in the subconscious in the human soul, so as to make men
    • Psycho-analysis. Psychoanalysis, according to these men
    • and women (for ladies, too, are taking part in these things)
    • prevented the fulfilment of his plan. And then we shall
    • the surface experience of consciousness provides. So do the men
    • Psychoanalysis begins to burrow in the elemental
    • judgments in such a superficial way, for it may well be
    • that one's judgment of what constitutes a ‘decent and proper
    • one's fellow-men. Or again, the man's career might somehow have
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  • Title: Lecture: Matter Incidental to the Question of Destiny
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    • Das Karma des Befurs des Menschen in Anknuepfung an Goethes Leben.
    • Kosmische und menschliche Geschichte.
    • Anthroposophical Movement
    • ‘Karma of Vocations,’ see Anthroposophical Movement,
    • asked these gentlemen, ‘Well, but you yourselves went through
    • up by a true and vigorous spiritual-scientific movement.
    • killed. There we have a tremendous Karmic question — not
    • we have described a case which shows us the fulfilment of
    • at his fireside. Well, he might have got two years imprisonment,
    • of the requirements of modern life.
    • sometimes, however, people who are not exactly ‘men of
    • report should be to recommend the transition to a kind of
    • was making the report, the Government policy had changed and
    • the job yourself? At the moment we are without a Director at
    • consignment of poppy-seed cakes.’ Sure enough, early the next
    • during his life. But shortly before his death (all these men
    • had reached a post from which no further advancement was
    • significant. For it shows us how the men of our time — if
    • striving of the men of our time to penetrate into the
    • has gradually become lost to men. Think only of this: in the
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  • Title: Lecture: Hereditary Impulses and Impulses from Previous Earth Lives
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    • Kosmische und menschliche Geschichte.
    • Anthroposophical Movement
    • ‘Karma of Vocations,’ see Anthroposophical Movement,
    • of our spiritual-scientific movement not only to provide
    • see how this spiritual-scientific movement tends to bring near
    • account if he wishes to pass judgment on the questions
    • study of this period is therefore immensely important
    • development of these faculties. In a subordinate sense, no
    • which enter into his development after this time of life
    • man ceases, from this moment onward, to develop in himself
    • Spiritual Science. Take now the moment of birth. Before it, we
    • birth contains much that is related to the development of the
    • reality but with a fragment of it — with the realities
    • to do with the human being's education and development,
    • own, and that which will follow it. The souls of men return in
    • behave differently. Now in the fifth post-Atlantean epoch men
    • on in his environment. It is not only that we should learn to
    • thoroughly understood if we would claim any judgment upon the
    • us. It is not merely my statement; it can be said out of the
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  • Title: Lecture: The Relation of Man to the Hierarchies
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    • Kosmische und menschliche Geschichte.
    • Anthroposophical Movement
    • ‘Karma of Vocations,’ see Anthroposophical Movement,
    • kingdom, the mineral kingdom, the elemental kingdom, and
    • kingdoms which he then finds in his physical environment: the
    • harmony among men on Earth. Hence in a certain sense they
    • they guide and direct the repeated earthly lives of men. The
    • relationships among men. And the Time-Spirits regulate these
    • fail to see that it is a hidden egoism on the part of men to
    • tendency of men to-day for every one to worship his own God.
    • Archangel who guides the communities of men.
    • Underlying it is a hidden egoism, which men will not confess.
    • the most detrimental thing of all in our present period of
    • just like any man, and there is also mention of a
    • For they darken the consciousness of men, putting an Angel in
    • Still darker are the relations of men to the Archai — to
    • depths. As to the Angels, men do at least want to enter into
    • their sentiment and feeling, inasmuch as they declare their
    • describe today. Similarly, men are led into false paths
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    • to pass judgment upon these writings who has not acquired
    • Wie Kann die Menschheit den Christus Wiederfinden?
    • super-sensible element is projected into this physical
    • judgments, through the content of feeling and will. But this
    • super-sensible element is in other cases clearly manifest as
    • to face, even through our physical vision, with the tremendous
    • riddle, the element of mystery, in these two events. They are
    • human emotions, men gradually found their way to the view
    • turned to the picture of the childlike element entering
    • in which the Christian sentiment of Europe has turned during
    • mystery. We can say that men have seldom risen to the
    • supplement by this other saying: “Unless you live your
    • dear friends, the very moment when the human being enters into
    • sentiments.
    • truths the right moment for their entrance into human
    • the world, the equality of all men, a thought profoundly
    • should not place this thought before men's hearts in such a
    • equality of the human nature in all men. We sense the child
    • equality of all men. Nothing which creates inequality among
    • men, nothing that so organizes men that they feel themselves
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  • Title: Lecture: The Mysteries (Die Geheimnisse)
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    • symbolic meaning of these three kings, these three wise men of
    • and self-development, or the preservation of the eternal in the self.
    • approach this fundamental symbolism of the Christian tradition.
    • different lines of thought and religious movements in the world
    • development, but they saw in the Being embodied in Jesus of
    • earliest times regarded the world. All he saw in the firmament
    • looks on the human body and sees the movements of hand, eye,
    • the human limbs, and their movements, into that which is
    • movements of the stars, the light that streams down from the
    • phenomena were to him deeds of the gods, gestures of the gods,
    • social communities, when they submit to moral commandments and
    • nature they create instruments for themselves. These
    • implements, indeed, they make with the help of the
    • men among each other as determined by laws. When the esoteric
    • but men on earth and the earth itself were not yet matured for
    • from the sun. Men had, therefore, to be prepared for the
    • was a fundamental conviction and experience of the
    • link. But in the degree in which men begin to look through the
    • physical embodiment of the solar star, appearing as the star of
    • king attained an understanding of the Wise Men, of the three
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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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    • much that touches upon the fundamental truths of Spiritual Science
    • since to provide the necessary evidence and proof for my statements
    • at a certain stage of mystic or occult development one is called a
    • and sentiment associated with his native country to colour his
    • mystical and occult development demands an unprejudiced attitude
    • men’ of all times, from primeval ages down to our own day, have
    • relationship with the stable element in the evolution of mankind.
    • mankind in the near future will bring men together in far greater
    • Life Spirit or Buddhi. Finally the highest achievement of man that we
    • the initial development of the higher members in the past and their
    • further development in the future there lies an intermediate stage.
    • of this future development by having learnt to control his three
    • the development of Spirit Self or Manas, we recognize in man today
    • in this stage of his development.
    • who were men in the primeval past, on Old Saturn, and follow the
    • day. To summarize: the First Beginnings, the Archai, were men on Old
    • Saturn, the Archangels or Archangeloi were men on Old Sun, the Angels
    • or Angeloi were men on Old Moon and men are men on our Earth.
    • surely as man is at the present stage of development, so surely are
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 2. Normal and abnormal Archangels and Time Spirits.
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    • stage of development when they work from within the ‘I’
    • surprising, for his consciousness is limited to the phenomenal world.
    • fundamental tone or quality which persists over long periods of time.
    • people. This etheric aura acts upon the three temperaments, the
    • choleric, phlegmatic and sanguine temperaments, which are themselves
    • temperament. In general, therefore, the potent influence of the
    • etheric aura of a people streams into these three temperaments. In
    • the single individual these three temperaments may be variously
    • possibilities of interaction, as when one temperament influences
    • which works into the temperaments. The difference between the several
    • temperaments are commingled. National temperaments, therefore, vary
    • path peculiar to them. The fact that they work into the temperaments
    • is not vital for their own development; they only do so because they
    • their own ego-development must be taken into account. They themselves
    • their influence upon the temperaments of men is of secondary
    • of how the latter is reflected in the temperaments of the people, in
    • the mingling of temperaments in the single individuals. Therein lies
    • themselves. In this weaving into the temperaments the Folk Spirit
    • deferred development. In accordance with this law certain Beings
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 3. The inner Life of the Folk Spirits. Formation of the Races.
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    • the astral, but in the etheric body, they differ fundamentally from
    • metallic triangles in your box of geometrical instruments. If you
    • reconstruct mentally the following. (The diagram is intended only as
    • there is no need to go outside yourself. You can imagine for a moment
    • interested in the phenomenal world perceived through the senses. The
    • sounds, warmth and cold there exists a fundamental reality, namely,
    • quickening powers of the soul, men with a richer inner life; these
    • according to circumstances, can make use of the individual men and
    • sometimes opposing separate Spirits of Personality. The fragmentation
    • like this are little centralized; they look more to the development
    • the most important element. Circumstances, however, may arise when
    • the Spirit of the Age has to issue more important, more momentous
    • the Age detached a portion of the people at a given moment and then
    • Spirit of the Age required an instrument with which to fulfil his
    • his service in order to execute important tasks at a specific moment
    • excitement and ferment in this people. This vigour and vitality, this
    • temperament which is reflected in the individual personalities of
    • next lecture. In the hierarchical order mentioned yesterday the
    • Spirits of Movement, Dynamis or Mights; beyond these again are the
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 4. The Evolution of Races and Civilization.
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    • Old Moon and the Earth period itself up to the present moment. If you
    • of Movement, of Form, of Personality, the Archangels down to the
    • is to further man's ego-development, which can only be realized
    • interest in the development of the physical body since this is really
    • During this period man recapitulates the development of the astral
    • the normal developmental stage of twenty or thereabouts.
    • development therefore he would only awaken to ego-consciousness at
    • of Movement, had not remained behind and renounced the development of
    • development in a particular way during this present Earth-evolution.
    • have been Spirits of Movement during the Earth-evolution, but who
    • consequences are highly significant. Let us assume for a moment that
    • embryonic development. Indeed through these abnormal Spirits of Form,
    • man's development from birth to the age of twenty, that is, for
    • development man is subject to the influence of these abnormal Beings.
    • associated with the development of man during the first of his three
    • life-periods is fundamentally an anticipation of much that belongs to
    • development which he undergoes in his twentieth or twenty-first year
    • Science that if his development had proceeded in this way man would
    • whole course of human development through childhood and adolescence
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 5. Manifestation of the Hierarchies in the Elements of Nature.
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    • Manifestation of the Hierarchies in the Elements of Nature.
    • Hierarchies in the Elements of Nature.
    • Spirits of Movement — Mights (Dynamis)
    • found therefore in the phenomenal world, the realm of Maya or
    • phenomena has a totally different conception of this “rocky
    • Movement. Thus these two forces meet at this frontier and this
    • interplay of the Thrones with the Spirits of Movement — since
    • the activity of the Thrones is neutralized by the Spirits of Movement
    • a balance of forces; an agreement, as it were, is concluded between
    • the Spirits of Will and the Spirits of Movement as a consequence of
    • Spirits of Movement acting and reacting upon each other would not be
    • Movement alone, then the Earth would be in a continual state of flux,
    • the Spirits of Will and the Spirits of Movement originally worked in
    • of the Spirits of Will and the Spirits of Movement but for the
    • Thrones) who work in conjunction with the Spirits of Movement. You
    • the Spirits of Movement above them. That which on our Earth appears
    • externally for the most part as a fluid element — not the
    • element which was brought to rest by the Spirits of Form — this
    • of Will. But another element is always associated with this activity.
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 6. The Five Root Races of Mankind.
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    • that statements such as those made in our last lecture are valid only
    • of these Hierarchies are reflected in the elements of Earth
    • are really Spirits of Movement should disturb the balance or harmony.
    • backward Spirits of Movement.
    • after certain older Spirits of Movement who possessed more potent
    • from the abnormal Spirits of Form who are really Spirits of Movement.
    • racial character are “Jupiter men”. If we cross the ocean
    • capture it at a definite moment in time. But what I have said about
    • moment of time in the old Atlantean evolution, the peoples began to
    • centre, which, we must assume, existed at a definite moment of time
    • down into his physical body. Now you know that the four fundamental
    • distinctive character stems from the ferment of the Mercury forces in
    • type with his black pigmentation and woolly or frizzy hair is the
    • forces of Venus, an abnormal development of the Spirits of Form. By
    • associated with higher mental activity, is worked upon indirectly
    • the immense importance of this polarity if we wish to plumb the
    • Venus forces, the initial steps in development, even in occult
    • development, must be concentrated on the respiratory system. Amongst
    • the initial steps must start from an enrichment and a
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 7. Advance of Folk Spirits to the Rank of Time Spirits.
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    • these Hierarchies themselves undergo evolution or development. We
    • development certain spiritual Beings advance to the next higher rank.
    • interesting phenomenon, for when we observe how the Folk Spirits, or
    • stages of development; in other words, some were nearer than others
    • the Far East for that movement of peoples whose Archangel was the
    • important development took place, a development which ran parallel
    • development to which we drew special attention in our last lecture.
    • special guidance. Through these special arrangements this people was
    • attempts to explain the phenomena of the Cosmos by one ultimate
    • who, surveying the Universe, persisted in explaining the phenomena of
    • representations which can apprehend phenomena with sympathetic
    • development the Greek Archangel was able to pass relatively quickly
    • through that stage of development which qualified him for a specially
    • definite moment of time which coincided approximately with the
    • folk elements in the peoples of Europe should be mingled and
    • when the various elements intermingled. Thus, over a long period of
    • development of the guiding Time Spirit of the fifth post-Atlantean
    • elementary stage.
    • has for the further development of this Archangel who certainly has
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    • development of Germanic-Nordic history and the spiritual impulses
    • embodied therein, we must first of all bear in mind the fundamental
    • there was a large measure of agreement on fundamental conceptions of
    • present time it is not easy to understand this essential element
    • person in question were to believe that, because the men with whom he
    • can scarcely understand the fundamental character of Teutonic
    • men who, in ancient India for example, founded the ancient Indian
    • period of development, but they had lived through it in a kind of dim
    • what was the nature of the development which humanity could undergo
    • yourselves for a moment in old Atlantis before the migrations towards
    • development. There were peoples who, during their migration eastward,
    • development when their ego was still in a dim state of consciousness.
    • They went through various stages of development, but their ‘I’
    • which no longer showed any traces of that elementary stage in soul
    • development which still persisted for a long period of time in the
    • peoples of Europe. The Indians had already undergone that elementary
    • very high stage of development. The most advanced among them were
    • able, after a brief development, to read again in the Akashic Record
    • that they gazed out into their spiritual environment, into the
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    • phenomenal world was merely Maya or illusion. Now I pointed out in
    • undergone a rich soul-development and that they had achieved this
    • reached maturity of soul development.
    • Indian peoples must have experienced their entire soul-development in
    • reconcile my statements in yesterday's lecture if you were to
    • development of the individual, these two modes of cognition are
    • the knower, a cognizing agent, and this subjective enhancement of the
    • the senses and that the ego, the fundamental essence of the human
    • and he himself remained a passive instrument. His relationship to the
    • the development of the ego is that it should progressively determine
    • original innate tendencies and with its progressive development in
    • everything that had participated in the development of the ‘I’
    • development of terrestrial man who was destined gradually to acquire
    • the phenomenal world surrounding man, so that the Ahrimanic influence
    • embodied in the Old Testament. Only a certain consciousness of the
    • this in the Old Testament account of the Serpent which is simply a
    • and is strikingly illustrated at a certain moment in history. The
    • Ahrimanic. It was in Persia in particular that men wrestled with the
    • freedom. He felt, one might say, the rebellious element manifesting
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 10. The Mission of Individual Peoples and Cultures in the Past, Present and Future.
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    • development of mankind in the remote past, in the present and will
    • fragments of peoples, have their special contribution to make to this
    • bestowed by a higher spiritual world through the instrumentality of a
    • tasks in preparing man's ego-development.
    • Folk Spirits enjoined upon men to act more on their own initiative it
    • with the withdrawal of the Celtic element there followed a gradual
    • Celtic element was to bring the gift of the ‘I’ to the
    • were able to draw nourishment from this old culture by mingling with
    • the widely diverse racial fragments, national communities and folk
    • elements, and they brought the ‘I’ into ever new
    • struggling to free itself from its attachment to the group-soul.
    • in the fulfillment of its special mission, we see a totally different
    • various stages of culture. We have already mentioned that the several
    • Indian culture, because — after the development of special
    • etheric body. The essential element in the ancient Indian culture is
    • development before it was conscious of the ‘I’, and this
    • with the use of the physical body for the progressive development of
    • external world, towards the phenomena of the physical plane, and to
    • whatsoever furthered the development of this ‘I’ on the
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    • at this present moment would otherwise create further complications.
    • foreign blood, but also the psychic and spiritual development of the
    • unite with the physical-corporeal instruments existing in the human
    • indicating that the blood is an essential factor in the development
    • until the moment of waking spreads out over the Macrocosm, so too the
    • course of its development on the physical plane, is associated with
    • clairvoyant development.
    • will be able, through the natural development of the new
    • made visible in the etheric world. Thus the first elements of future
    • development of mankind. The manifestation of Christ took place on the
    • out of their own vision will be dismissed as a figment of the
    • environment made pilgrimages to visit him, but also people from
    • will be a test of the further development of Spiritual Science
    • must assume a different form after man has undergone development on
    • the new men to see the new manifestations of Christ. Those who are
    • power of Vidar who will banish from the hearts and minds of men all
    • One part only of the development of mankind and the spirit —
    • members of the Nordic peoples who feel within them the elemental and
    • this development. This will to some extent be implanted in the souls
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    • spark which could kindle in men the strength to ascend thither. And
    • have not been given merely as a sort of embellishment of our
    • European cultural development when the several activities of the
    • development, to times when a unified culture, born directly out of
    • the deepest spiritual life, fired men with religious fervour for the
    • religion. Men did not look upon religion as a separated branch of
    • which will lead men up again into the divine heights of his
    • Munich Congress of the Theosophical Society. I may perhaps mention an
    • spiritual-scientifie development. When I myself judged that the time
    • thoughts about our work to pass through a period of development of
    • Spiritual Science in various ways. Men do not always think in
    • their own will, their own sentiment; thus one person may regard this,
    • Anthroposophy, according to the dispositions of men's hearts,
    • according as their sentiments and feelings incline them this way or
    • own peculiar sentiment and the make-up of his intellect causes him to
    • believe the best. Anthroposophy is not the only thing about which men
    • personal feeling as the standard of measurement. As persons we are
    • ask ourselves what it is that men need in the conditions which
    • have come about through centuries of development. The signs of
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    • of those clairvoyant powers which played into men's souls from
    • with the names of Odysseus, Menelaus and Agamemnon. I tried to make
    • the finest feelings and sentiments of which the human soul is
    • how in Atlantis men saw into the spiritual
    • figures; so that men did not then speak of abstract forces, but of
    • reality in the spiritual world which was familiar to men in primeval
    • behind it. To give you some idea of this, let me just mention one
    • with the names of Menelaus, Agamemnon and Odysseus, and so
    • a thoughtful person will naturally reflect that such movements do not
    • of Agamemnon, Menelaus and Odysseus. Thus every item of Greek
    • unconscious—a soul-life which in most modern men does not
    • development and formation of the ego principle, making it firmer and
    • soul. Thus in the course of the historical development of humanity,
    • of human development, the soul was robbed of its ancient clairvoyant
    • vision which belongs to the very oldest endowment of wisdom of
    • spiritual world, this whirling world of constant movement and
    • no inner development, as later ages will do, in order to see into the
    • special development to produce breathing, so at that time he did not
    • compact, than the bodies of those men who were still able to give
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    • mentioning just one thing. There is a concept, an idea, very familiar
    • world was as much the deed of spiritual Beings as for us a movement
    • our hand from left to right, we know that a mental activity lies
    • behind this movement, and we do not talk of an opposition between the
    • mere movement of the hand and our will, but we know that the movement
    • of the hand and our will, as an impulse of movement, constitute a
    • recognition that there are two currents in human experience. Men must
    • spiritual movement and life behind the physical plane.
    • someone who is accustomed only to accept as valid phenomena which can
    • are the two facts of which the wise men of ancient Greece already
    • knew something and which men will come to know again through
    • phenomena — to the roseate tints of sunrise and sunset, to the
    • become intellectual knowledge, but was elemental feeling, there arose
    • causes the phenomena of consciousness to light up; without extends
    • what lights up in us momentarily or for a short time as thought, as
    • something quite different from the momentary thought, that is what
    • of our happiness, of our destiny. The man of fiery temperament, of
    • and calm, untroubled and raging seas. In all these phenomena, in
    • muscles when we laugh, if we did not know that in these movements of
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    • closely connected with the environment, so too we must think of the
    • environment! How different our ego feels if we raise our eyes and
    • environment. What radiates into us from without, the golden rays of
    • the sun, the majestic world of the stars, at one moment is something
    • embodiment. At that time these Angel Beings, who today take part in
    • stage; thus at the commencement of the present evolution of the Earth
    • men, that is not to be taken as of universal application. Thus no one
    • those who were the leaders of mankind were not normal men, but Beings
    • bodies. The physical bodies which we men have are an Earth product,
    • — that is to say, only men — have a constitution of soul
    • epoch did not tread the Earth in human form. There were however men
    • spiritual worlds. In moments when they were specially open to these
    • and through him as the instrument of a higher Being, one who had
    • completed his human development on the Moon. This was how the
    • further its unfettered development towards the goal of the Earth.
    • epoch, and through their instrumentality became kings and priests,
    • stage of Luciferic development, Angel Beings who had not completed
    • themselves not so far advanced as men will be at the end of Earth
    • evolution, if they reach their full development. These Beings too
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    • somewhat freer relationship between the divine Spirits and men is
    • could not bother themselves much about men! Hence came that
    • human. The bond between gods and men was looser than ever before. It
    • men had to do. It follows from this that the Greeks knew quite well
    • development had attained the full goal of the Moon evolution. Anyone
    • reached their full development upon the Moon. That is the great
    • world with the whole strength of the soul will lead men upwards to
    • lead men away from the spiritual.’ This is the significance of
    • truly human element in earthly life, tries to assimilate into its
    • elements of earthly life for its own development, and which therefore
    • exercises the least possible control over men. The other
    • among men, in contradistinction to those who completed their
    • Atlantean men to whom Greek consciousness gave the names of Pluto,
    • of Jesus, in the Greek gods, during the time they were Atlantean men,
    • terms of maya, real Atlantean men.
    • these Greek gods could still give to men, there was one thing they
    • principle of creation. They could not give ego-consciousness to men,
    • mental life has only been able to develop through the intermingling
    • of these two polaric influences in human spiritual development
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    • development would be possible unless contradiction lay in the very
    • self-contradictory element in the state of things, and today's
    • remind ourselves of the fundamental basis of our Spiritual Science,
    • study him physically, with purely physical instruments, if we do not
    • We go about among men, but with organs of perception for the outer
    • be observed with external physical instruments. Thus, however far we
    • that is our own. In the physical world, or for physical instruments
    • only, in ourselves. The egos of all other men are hidden from us
    • many instances of this illusion of a physical body as there are men
    • our own body is just like that of other men. Thus there is a great
    • we know of the physical body, of which we see so many specimens in
    • Testament tells why Adam and Eve were ashamed of their bodies after
    • come about in human evolution as the achievement of time. But in
    • training, suddenly, in a moment, there were to stand before him,
    • felt that in what constituted the world of men there lived something
    • Greek. He felt that an element is included in our physical human
    • mind what the Greek consciousness added in the further development of
    • a moment as he now is? It simply means that Semele became for a
    • moment clairvoyant. She was destroyed by flame because she saw Zeus
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    • was the fundamental difference? In their ideas about the upper gods,
    • place which we designate as ideation, as mental representation, and
    • ideation, in mental representation, which is what brings knowledge
    • content goes, you will find nothing in any element of our process of
    • talking expressly of the content, or of the activity of mental
    • Nothing of the mental representation itself lives in the brain. What
    • manner. It is of course quite another question whether the argument
    • we see when as earthly men we become aware of what actually goes on
    • ourselves is simple, but the brain is tremendously complicated and of
    • the instrument, not indeed for producing thought but for
    • environment of this our physical bodily organisation. That is how we
    • audience of anthroposophists. Fundamentally this process of cognition
    • the microcosm, upon man, he called this element — coming from
    • the Earth and thus macrocosmic — this element which played a
    • present-day man is not tuned to the most delicate refinements, it
    • attainment of knowledge as a matter of life itself, that one feels
    • what I am about to describe as a first tremendous challenge to the
    • mental representation, which reproduces for us all the things outside
    • saying is for most men of today an abstraction, because they have no
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    • Science differ fundamentally from those of other scientific or
    • have as it were torn away a fragment of their own flesh, and have
    • deposited it within human souls.’ We men can do one of two
    • and at this moment you cannot.’ All the soul's ordeals
    • brought upon yourself.’ Many men have a great longing to make
    • all the reparation possible, but that springs from egotism. Most men
    • courage to face the moment when the Guardian stands before us and
    • depths of the soul with the sentiment which prevails in so many
    • he finds so much that is inharmonious. Let us assume for a moment
    • his environment without taking into consideration the Saturn, Sun and
    • evolutions was occupied in working upon the spiritual element which
    • body of man was present at the commencement of Earth evolution.
    • Although the first rudiments of this physical body were present in
    • already reached a high stage of development on the Moon, we must
    • with the physical element not actually present. When Earth evolution
    • his Lemurian development, his densest body was still an etheric one.
    • only the forces which were already present in man in rudimentary
    • given the right treatment, you can see salt-crystals crystallise out
    • are the densified forces of the etheric world! Now from the moment
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    • that the finest elements of the blood are passing over all the time
    • consists. And we have seen that these etheric elements stream upwards
    • element of our etheric body streams through the brain that we are
    • instrument of the brain.
    • in the period of Earth-development prior to Lemuria. Before man
    • entered upon his Lemurian development he was, even as regards his
    • course of their development been subjected to quite different
    • organised that they always waited for the right moment, that they
    • point to certain creatures in our environment upon which the bull
    • cannot become feather, because in the case of animals and men forces
    • discovers certain fundamental secrets in the constitution of our
    • shadow-form lies behind the whole of human development, and that into
    • man the immense riddle of human evolution, then the real man, the
    • Phantom which underlies it, if one weaves these elements together,
    • even into its baser elements, now at the Baptism by John in the
    • element. That this cosmic stream should flow into the conscious part
    • Earth. Yesterday we spoke of the historical development of this
    • elements — in the warmth, light, chemical and life elements
    • the warmth element to air (warmth being the essential feature of the
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    • widely different epochs men have formed conceptions of what really lies
    • concepts, by acquiring definite sentiments and feelings about what
    • was expressed by dwelling upon the feeling which men have in face of
    • men's efforts to reach enlightenment about the world spring.
    • continue to stand in amazement before the wonders of the world, it
    • has to subdue its astonishment, it has so to say to get rid of what
    • in the phenomena and Beings of the world.
    • as a result of the varied sentiments which have perhaps been evoked
    • Greek enlightenment to a stage suited to the prosaic intellectual
    • instrument of the brain detaches from itself highly attenuated
    • entanglement in maya as in the thought-forms of present-day
    • abstractions will not succeed in feeling this great impoverishment as
    • and shadowy forms they are!’ That sentiment could even be
    • There I showed that in the attainment of the customary intellectual
    • us men throughout millions and millions of years by innumerable
    • — they seem at every moment to be trying to capture us. They
    • Seraphim worked together with the Spirits of Movement and the
    • form? Here we encounter once more a characteristic phenomenon of the
    • life of the mind in modern times, a phenomenon to which we have
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    • such a humen being, whom we have at first compared to a star that flashes
    • element, and that a uniform stream of spiritual development has flowed
    • our gaze to the figures of the New Testament, and in the face of Raphael's
    • to work upon us — I referred to the Greek epoch and its development.
    • spirit and soul-elements weaving and living within the objects. The
    • and the bodily element was still held. This is why the creations of
    • were, passing through an inward development radiating forth its glory
    • stages, let us turn our attention for the moment away from all that
    • out certain regular cycles in the inner development of Raphael's soul.
    • to the perception of this regular inner cyclic development in the soul
    • the Virgin” as being a new phenomena in the whole evolution of
    • a higher stage of his soul's development. Four years after the picture
    • The Marriage of the Virgin comes The Entombment; four
    • study this soul for its own sake because its development is so harmonious.
    • was growing up more or less as a child in Urbino, his environment was
    • of Raphael with an element of harmony with their nature. After that,
    • then to Florence, then to Rome. Fundamentally speaking, his life ran its
    • soul development, fierce quarrels were the order of the day. The town is
    • The one drove the other out-of-town, then after a short banishment the other
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    • a most complicated thing, and we shall come across extraordinary phenomena.
    • being is lifted out of it through his power of judgment, which keeps
    • through the whole instrument of the horse. Thus we really obtain the
    • earth is the one that transmits this soul element. Never have I
    • cooperation between Herr von Osten's soul-element and the soul-element
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    • The Human's Connection with the Elemental World,
    • Der Zusammenhang des Menschen mit der Elementarischen Welt.
    • and passions of men, men who like Achilles are far removed in a certain
    • and deeds of men who are nearer to ordinary humanity like Odysseus,
    • or Agamennon? When Achilles appears before our souls, he appears to
    • are able to observe, which could say more to him during the development
    • the role of a co-creator in the process of human development. It is
    • by taking the forms of mortal men, inspiring them as it were, leading
    • living men. Living men were not only their representatives but sheaths
    • admit that primeval men of the ordinary kind should be so represented
    • that they had to take representative men of the race of mortals as a
    • our souls, that at the moment when Christianity enters, when the Son
    • living cooperation of all that which fundamentally governed the Finnish
    • race, the Nation-soul of the Finns, from primeval times up to the moment
    • Then we get back to hoary antiquity of which ancient documents tells
    • which of course have only found their present-day development towards
    • and his mental powers, — when we trace that back, we
    • as if we meant to say that before this time men acted from such instincts
    • elementary impulses, he was not then controlled by the intellect connected
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    • valid judgment as to the significance of external events cannot
    • surroundings, he perceives the physical environment of the earth, and
    • no less significant for the whole development of the world and of man
    • than the historical events in the external environment of the
    • solved, so that men may bring their soul-forces into activity.
    • celebrated with festivals — has another side, also mentioned
    • here. During winter the earth is united with the elemental spirits.
    • the earth breathes out, as it were, its elemental being. The
    • elemental spirits rise up as though from a tomb and ascend into the
    • is imposed upon them by the stars and the movements of the stars.
    • earth there is a surging of life among the elemental beings who had
    • by the reciprocal laws of planetary movement, by the pattern of the
    • nature unfolds, how the elemental spirits fly and whirl in a pattern
    • laid down for them by planetary movements. And then, in the
    • cosmic waking-sleep, with the elemental beings to the region where
    • of Anthroposophy, a man enters thus into the enjoyment of nature, the
    • inner planetary experience in company with the earth's elemental
    • processes — it has a tremendous, decisive significance
    • forms of men. The force which falls on the earth in the meteoric iron
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    • in-breathing, occurs, and the elemental beings are drawn back into
    • watery element. Certainly this is much thinner than the water of the
    • atmosphere where the watery element comes to an end. Hence if we are
    • cosmic environment.
    • warmth (violet). Thus we must add this fourth element, warmth, which
    • mingling of the mercurial element, always present in the Earth, with
    • the sulphurising and salt-forming elements. If at this season we
    • cook them. Now the development of a plant to blossom and then to
    • — which is fundamentally a combustion process — the
    • the point of realising that the fragment of bone is a small part only
    • elemental beings who are united with the Earth have, one might say,
    • an agreeable abode within it. But other spiritual elements, too, are
    • often mentioned, when the Moon separated from the Earth.
    • new life. Below the Earth's surface, in winter, there is a tremendous
    • reinforcement of the Earth's capacity to produce life.
    • told, consists of oxygen and nitrogen and other elements. But in fact
    • taken any earthly nourishment, it was a quite different being from
    • earthly nourishment it received it became a creature of Earth.
    • something of immensely profound significance.
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    • deposits, which are indeed a phenomenon of the utmost importance for
    • elemental beings who dwell in the Earth. But the limestone is
    • feeling — an inner contentment in the whole neighbourhood of
    • contentment on all sides. It expresses itself as an inner permeation
    • for, as you know from previous accounts, the elemental beings now
    • able to draw in also the astral element from the cosmos in order to
    • where the elemental beings of the Earth ascend, where they unite
    • the elemental beings — who are wholly spiritual, immaterial,
    • there, among the active elemental beings, is permeated by Luciferic
    • earthly element, so that the whole Earth, according to the Ahrimanic
    • humanity would disappear, while the etheric bodies of men would be
    • fold in the garment should be thought of as placing the Christ-figure
    • element, and a form consisting of wings, larynx and ear as though
    • force in the cosmos. Through their undulating movement, these wings,
    • living artistic work everything is a challenge, and fundamentally
    • the cosmic astral element, then we learn also to recognise the
    • therapeutic power. It is the same with the Luciferic element: we
    • quicksilver element, so in carbonic acid there is always a
    • sulphurous, phosphoric element.
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    • described must come in: the elemental spirits of the Earth must soar
    • just mentioned takes form.
    • intelligence arises fundamentally from the working together of
    • characteristic raiment — the raiment which first lights up in
    • this gold-woven, silver-sparkling raiment? It comes from that which
    • Earth, where it animates the elements that in the midst of winter are
    • the connection of human morality with the crystalline element
    • Imagination of the Trinity would have to emerge. Special arrangements
    • expressed at St. John's-tide through appropriate musical instruments.
    • fixed form, but in living movement. That would be one motif, a
    • Das warmende Leben
    • Und atmend Gestaltetes —
    • Fühle dein Menschengebeine
    • have the whole gathered up as a cosmic statement of these
    • Das warmende Leben
    • Und atmend Gestaltetes —
    • Fühle dein Menschengebeine
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    • fundamentally it is not understood. Real poets and spiritually
    • inspired men lay hold of these often wonderful voices which sound
    • food, or eat some albumen or anything else, people assume that it
    • spoke also of Uriel's gesture as a warning gesture, indicating to men
    • however, is not at rest, but in majestic movement. This must be so,
    • the garment woven out of Sun-gold and shot through with the
    • that is effected by the plastic, formative forces of nourishment. At
    • to expression in man as movement and the power of will, enabling him
    • warning mien and gesture — and, drawing near to men and
    • men their way. That is the picture up above.
    • loving look and his gesture of benediction, weaving his garment of
    • judgment and warning, at the side of men: the positions are reversed.
    • eyes of men in the same direction, as he stands close to mankind, the
    • complement of Raphael, in spring.
    • on the nourishment to Raphael, and it then becomes a means of
    • healing element in the breathing system, which lies between the
    • in man they become the forces of movement.
    • — the golden vessels of nourishment, of healing, of the forces
    • of thought and of movement. So these golden vessels move on from one
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    • beginning let me emphasise that there is no element of sensationalism
    • elementary education, the branch of knowledge commonly called
    • in the study of history, even the most elementary, than has
    • been the case before. I know that such a statement seems highly
    • aside from this and look at the development of the spiritual
    • centuries and centuries men have applied their noblest, most
    • intellectual achievements of men would suffice for such
    • all the impulses within men which through the centuries have
    • impulses which have turned men towards the Christ will sink. It
    • order to cleave to Christ, men had had to resort to all the
    • learned dissertations of the Middle Ages, of the Schoolmen, of
    • argument against this line of thought; but the subject can be
    • into existence. I need only mention something of which those
    • achievement which, in a certain respect, has remained
    • Aristotle's thinking is something so phenomenal, even when
    • now for a moment we will take a strange hypothesis, but one
    • Testament were simply not in existence. Leaving on one side all
    • happened among men through the centuries of the Christian era
    • large numbers of men who had assimilated the spiritual culture
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    • strange phenomena. And if we want to think truly about the
    • It seemed to the Apostles that they were like men who had
    • awakened, feeling at the moment of waking that they had been
    • different state of consciousness. The moment came when it
    • altogether strange. The others knew that they were men who
    • people as if these men had been transformed, as if their very
    • transformation could take place in a number of men. But these
    • men themselves in whom the transformation had come about,
    • they had not previously grasped. Now, at this moment, there
    • ceased to function from the moment referred to in the other
    • that at that moment he had denied any such connection because
    • significant moment when, as in a solar eclipse, the physical
    • the land: that to the eyes of soul the whole environment of man
    • all the physical embodiments of the animals and plants seem to
    • of seership contemplates that moment in the earth's evolution
    • what this remarkable phenomenon of nature perceived in the
    • Aristotle, a very high development of the human soul, a very
    • darkened by the intellectual achievements of antiquity
    • contrary arguments: what the gaze of clairvoyance perceives is
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    • the development of Christianity — what they thus bore
    • together with the earth and with men on the earth, He
    • live, henceforward, in communion with the souls of men.
    • the deep experiences and acquired the enrichment of soul proper
    • achievements of a people may thus be led onwards by the
    • the sight of God is often foolishness in the sight of men.
    • achievements of a people into the evolution of humanity as a
    • for men to rise up to Christ, Christ had now come down to the
    • men who bore within them the substance and content that
    • spiritual power of the sun had poured into souls of men,
    • would strongly recommend the reading of a book lately
    • genius, and is evidence of the nonsensical statements
    • that can be made about spiritual things by men of such calibre.
    • statement that when the human being has died, he is a
    • entirely oblivious of the phenomenal, almost incredible
    • undergone by Christ are fundamentally different from those
    • element of cheap fiction is mingled with the noble discourses
    • this being. Curious, is it not? But it proves how strongly men
    • admiration too strong for the purpose of turning men's
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    • moment in the life of Jesus of Nazareth is indicated in the
    • development that took place during the following years.
    • Those in the immediate environment of the young Jesus of
    • the greatest discernment and concentration and gave astounding
    • compiled in the Old Testament. Heaviness oppressed his
    • events recorded in Old Testament history. And one day —
    • and terrible moment for Jesus of Nazareth when the Bath-Kol
    • us try for a moment to enter into the soul of the young Jesus
    • contained elements of the Attis cult, but were in essentials a
    • natural development, a power of clairvoyance such as
    • spiritual Movement, that such things can be disclosed, because
    • was added to that caused by the disillusionment in connection
    • AUM, Amen!
    • der Mensch sich schied von Eurem Reich
    • vergass Euren Namen,
    • AUM, Amen!
    • equality among men, by his disregard of earthly goods and the
    • Nazareth there was an Essene settlement which had been one of
    • From among men living in this world a new soul must arise, one
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    • him, but he knew well that in his twelfth year a tremendous
    • secret doctrine and with men whose lives were dedicated to this
    • by men since days of antiquity that had risen up into his
    • achievements. And he often thought of what he had been before
    • men who would listen to the wisdom of Elias, of the older
    • everyone who came to him. Two men once laid a wager about the
    • of the two men said: I will go to any lengths to make Hillel
    • threw on his garments and came patiently out. The man said
    • of Nazareth and his kinsmen also traced their descent. And
    • men would have listened to them but there are no longer any
    • AUM, Amen!
    • der Mensch sich schied von Eurem Reich
    • vergass Euren Namen,
    • AUM, Amen!
    • of no avail! And if I were to go forth and proclaim to men what
    • men are no longer able to live in communion with the Mysteries,
    • it would neither be heard nor understood. Men have ceased to be
    • everywhere, a prayer once offered by men in the Mystery-Centres
    • was no possibility of making it comprehensible to men. And then
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    • Dornach, Switzerland, and in agreement with the Rudolf Steiner
    • it becomes particularly holy to us at such a moment as this. Through
    • through the gate of death since our work in this movement began. And
    • have won pillars supporting our spiritual movement. Many have passed
    • through the gate of death, working within our spiritual movement, and
    • upon our physical life from that moment onwards, which can be
    • way there comes the moment after death when the soul feels: that
    • world, and the gradual growth into the spiritual environment;
    • at those who have become attached to our spiritual movement here, and
    • our movement — the stream in the thoughts of those linked with
    • intimate love to our spiritual movement, in order to help with
    • wonderfully clear feeling about the need for our spiritual movement.
    • through the gate of death, and now gaze down upon the movement with
    • movement. They carry their standards before us, and call to us
    • necessity of this movement. But now that we have entered the
    • time in which this movement is necessary.
    • spiritual movement, of which we are to become part, has to bring a
    • spiritual movement will be a fresh development of the whole moral
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    • develop new mental faculties to bridge the gulf between matter and
    • achievements of scientific research. And it would be merely a
    • discussing this educational rôle in the development of
    • development, thinking inevitably added something
    • subjective to what was given by experiment and the observation
    • data given us by observation and experiment, and to work them
    • means of arranging phenomena so that through their own
    • phenomena.
    • among our fellow-men, or whether we wander through life
    • useless to our fellow-men. I do not say — and the
    • splendid achievements of science vis-ä-vis the
    • development, it can achieve this extension only imperfectly.
    • and the development of hidden spiritual powers, and that they
    • man's development was once actually discovered —
    • from outward historical documents, and not from spiritual
    • documents, may take exception to my description. Anyone who
    • examines impartially even the outward historical documents, and
    • developments. Something quite different suited human nature in
    • titillate man's itch for power over his fellow-men. This was
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    • develop new mental faculties to bridge the gulf between matter and
    • element within him. It is precisely because he is certain of
    • tremendous riddle. To deny the mind in man himself does not, of
    • acknowledges the mental as such, regarding it as a result of
    • plethora of phenomena and experiences. And these become
    • riddles to him just because he is fully conscious of the mental
    • phenomena, or is it connected with a spiritual world within
    • when we fall asleep, when the mental and psychic experiences
    • by a sense of the powerlessness of his mental life in face of
    • overtake mental experiences when man passes through the gate of
    • of mental life.
    • physiological. We feel the spiritual element descending further
    • interrelationship between our spiritual element and our bodily
    • controlled by the will, the lifting of an arm or movement of a
    • concept of this arm-lifting or hand-movement. How this
    • hidden the spiritual element that informs this wonderful
    • mental life and by the darkness into which we feel our spirit
    • soul): this spiritual element in its relationship with
    • — believe that we must regard the mental as the really
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    • develop new mental faculties to bridge the gulf between matter and
    • who gave simple expression to so much that men find great and
    • their powers in the development of humanity in accordance
    • development shows that men have increasingly been compelled to
    • development of humanity with a certain degree of consciousness,
    • mankind's historical development to help us in our
    • historical development to work on us. In this way, by a
    • — we can find our own place in the development of
    • example, to the men of the ancient East, which we touched
    • developed by men who sought to elicit, from within,
    • permanent and enduring character there. What men think in
    • point in childhood onwards. To this state of mental permanence
    • is certainly a great disappointment to many who struggle to
    • this mental activity, there is no incorporation into memory in
    • the ordinary sense, but a momentary contact with the spiritual
    • moment. They must therefore be caught by “presence of
    • mind” at the moment of their occurrence. And many people
    • When we try as modern men in this sense to find our way with
    • ways of thinking we have obtained from a fundamental study of
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    • develop new mental faculties to bridge the gulf between matter and
    • fitted gently to touch external phenomena and surround them
    • there survives an element from which it was once directly
    • perceived as the spiritual dement in things. Of course, this is
    • the development of the world. But once it has appeared on
    • foster understanding between men.
    • secret, for position, motion, dimensions and weight. What
    • us imagine for a moment that we are in the laboratory: how
    • using the equipment of learning with which we have
    • fundamentally the same as what he bears within him. Yet he
    • embodiment of universal spirituality; it becomes just as
    • us start with something familiar to us at every moment in our
    • bearing within us faded, shadowy and, in fact, mental images of
    • moment in life, our consciousness contains very much more than
    • mental structures do establish themselves in the life of the
    • our soul and at the spiritual element that permeates it, as we
    • natural phenomena, is really experienced; it is observed also
    • as the soul-spiritual element in man himself, as he is before
    • physical organs. We are entirely in agreement with what exact
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    • develop new mental faculties to bridge the gulf between matter and
    • development of the world in specific terms, discussion
    • some epistemological basis or other, to make a statement about
    • spiritually in the world's development, and about the
    • possibility that this development, after having passed through
    • that, if a man sets out to make specific statements about such
    • world's development. The reproach that is usually
    • anthropomorphism, that is of taking features of human mental
    • its development through a spiritual cognition that is just as
    • from Kant, and other minds, to whom a more popular treatment
    • discernment of the limits of natural knowledge, because these
    • observations and the results of experiments in order to arrive
    • shall conclude: on this mortal earth we should not be men, in
    • the sense in which we must in fact be men, if we did not
    • at the very moment when we develop love, our essence must
    • pellucid concepts! The moment we were able to invade the other
    • at any moment? He would have to do without something that is
    • what we experience there as whole men, so that it can later
    • remember, we shall fall victim to pathological mental states.
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    • develop new mental faculties to bridge the gulf between matter and
    • fellow-men. It is, of course, easier to speak of social
    • The only thing is that, given the particular way men look at
    • man's development. There have, of course, always been
    • other men, and work among and with other men, and that he
    • respect, the men of earlier epochs were actually much closer to
    • Looking back over man's development, we see that, in the course
    • successful in the field of natural philosophy. It can carry men
    • a tremendously long way towards developing their intercourse,
    • epochs and indeed, fundamentally, still arise today —
    • pure thought, by which he then comprehends natural phenomena,
    • does he become conscious of his freedom. To all mental
    • seriousness, however, we are cast for a moment, by this
    • inspire in men. What we discover is that, in earlier epochs,
    • Now, in the last few days I have shown how the development of
    • understanding this most modern development, man thus
    • development of the soul such as I have described. Immediately,
    • development began later than it did in England, and what
    • when this development did set in commercial capital was
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    • develop new mental faculties to bridge the gulf between matter and
    • beings who must reach an understanding as men if they wish to
    • between men, however, involves trust. And trust involves a kind
    • you listen to the way educated Englishmen speak about Europe,
    • impulse: men therefore feel that what they do on earth is
    • phenomenon that has become particularly important in very
    • many millions of men like a kind of religion, fifty years
    • phenomenon.
    • development of recent times. What he studied were concrete
    • social organization such as only a Central European temperament
    • just with a phenomenon like this, how fundamentally the mode of
    • last few days. On the basis of historical documents, people
    • the populace that all natural phenomena were inhabited by
    • later became — times when the moral and spiritual element
    • development of the earth itself by associating their
    • when for men natural laws were not as they are today —
    • demonstrated in the last few days, the world-memory men gain in
    • not so in those early Oriental times, when men established
    • was natural, for the men who were striving for power, to take
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    • develop new mental faculties to bridge the gulf between matter and
    • of the antecedents of a phenomenon that has, quite justifiably,
    • attracted comment on many sides and has led a large part of
    • century, makes this surprising statement: “When we survey
    • since we cannot envisage where all these things that bring men
    • statement as striking precisely because it comes from Herman
    • that he did not make this statement under the influence of the
    • impact on us of such a statement.
    • long way in human development. Specifically, I pointed out
    • community even at the expense of the development
    • development of Europe's spiritual life is like a small
    • return. I have already mentioned the often-quoted expression:
    • however, is that these men of different type did not have the
    • development. What we observe there in Asia is a subdued
    • attained its full development, communities were more receptive
    • is regarded as desirable, for the attainment of a higher stage
    • of development in mankind, to penetrate to the self after all.
    • into human development, so that the cognitive process
    • impulses combined, the development of the individual to a
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    • develop new mental faculties to bridge the gulf between matter and
    • We may say, too, that the achievements of our literature and
    • the masses in general. Fundamentally, very little depends on
    • or “educated” or theoretical, but are taken as men
    • who have something to say that appeals to men's souls.
    • scientific results; there is some excitement if the lecture is
    • founded, and at the same time that it is not fragmentary
    • knowledge that at best can occupy us in our moments of leisure,
    • but something a man can absorb as nourishment for his soul
    • provide men with systems in which they can participate with all
    • the society we must hope for if the forces of advancement, and
    • regards all spiritual phenomena as merely the effect of
    • and judgment, from what appeals to human nature. And they grew
    • appeared. And when I commented that, if the principle of
    • today a feeling that enlightenment — not in any party
    • unions, printers' unions, and so on — fundamentally they
    • production. They are primarily concerned with the element
    • Their environment cannot interest them, nor what they do from
    • results of man's achievements in science and art. But that is
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    • develop new mental faculties to bridge the gulf between matter and
    • development. My book was intended not as a call
    • the fundamentals of spiritual science, as will be apparent from
    • the central argument was taken to be my main point. In order to
    • formulae and recommending their indiscriminate
    • unconscious tendencies. They exist already in men's souls, and
    • have mentioned. My purpose was to attempt, out of the sense of
    • precisely that this unconscious movement contradicts in
    • men today desire in the depths of their hearts.
    • institution. In the historical development of mankind in
    • the civilized world we have entered a phase where any judgment
    • about relationships among and between men, however
    • shrewd, can be of no significance unless men accept it —
    • which now exists in the depths of men's souls — the
    • but at enabling men to express their own opinions and put them
    • Under what conditions are men really in a position to give
    • men; for those who might perhaps, as leaders, be in a
    • While many men cannot escape from economic limitations and
    • affected the unconscious depths of men's souls in recent
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  • Title: Lecture: Pythic, Prophetic and Spiritual-Scientific Clairvoyance
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    • the activity of blood and nerves. This would be an inner enjoyment to your
    • from this inner enjoyment of our own blood and nerve-activity, otherwise
    • would experience this inner self-enjoyment. But man, as he has become,
    • may not have this enjoyment, and the secret of why he may not, we again
    • such an inner enjoyment. In the perception of any object in the outer
    • in the inner enjoyment of ourselves — to get beyond the senses,
    • rather deeper into himself, is a self-enjoyment, a real true
    • self-enjoyment. This is why in a certain sense it produces a higher
    • is in general but a finer development of the organic life, a refinement
    • more refined existence that self-enjoyment afforded us by eating, drinking
    • a refined inner enjoyment arises: and this is their clairvoyance.
    • is nothing else but a refined, rarified, hothouse-like after-enjoyment
    • in parenthesis, people have not yet lost the enjoyment experienced under
    • the influence of the coarser, let us say — more selfish enjoyment:
    • lives in a cyclic, rhythmic movement. And the materialistic age, because
    • passing of self-enjoyment into the senses, nerves, and blood-circulation,
    • within a relatively short time. We have but to look at an hotel menu-card
    • life has made in refined enjoyment, in the self-gratification of our
    • to a certain point and must then return, so mere physical enjoyment
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    • nerves. This would be an inner enjoyment of your own blood and
    • nerve activity. But during our life on earth this inner enjoyment
    • we did we would experience this inner self enjoyment. But man, as
    • he has become, may not have this enjoyment, and the secret of why
    • intellect, which is closely connected with such an inner enjoyment.
    • the inner enjoyment of ourselves, to get beyond the senses, but
    • into himself, is a self-enjoyment, truly a real self-enjoyment.
    • development of the organic life, a refinement of what a man
    • more refined existence that self-enjoyment afforded us by eating,
    • not work formatively, so in many people a refined inner enjoyment arises,
    • else but a refined, rarified, hothouse-like after-enjoyment of
    • have not yet lost the enjoyment experienced under the influence of the
    • coarser, let us say more selfish enjoyment; they can still live with
    • rhythmic movement. And the materialistic age, because it has
    • self-enjoyment into the senses, nerves, and blood-circulation — can
    • hotel menu card from the 70's, and compare it with one of
    • today, and we see what strides life has made in refined enjoyment,
    • must then return, so mere physical enjoyment must recede when it
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    • Die Polaritaet von Dauer und Entwicklung Im Menschenleben. Die kosmische
    • Vorgeschichte der Menschheit. Another name for this lecture is,
    • Die Polaritaet von Dauer und Entwicklung Im Menschenleben.
    • Die kosmische Vorgeschichte der Menschheit.
    • two streams of world-conceptions which we have mentioned:
    • with its acceptance of the polarity in World-phenomena, Above
    • in ouch a way that men's visions of the Spiritual world were in
    • stand on a firm substantial point. On the other hand, a men is
    • has a certain courage. One would not perhaps need to mention so
    • him. Every tine you go to sleep until the moment of waking, the
    • but also reality, because one knew those moments of sleeping
    • moment of the pre-Christian era. You must hear in mind that the
    • man and his development.
    • phenomena connected with our present Moon, that camp-follower,
    • various phenomena connected to-day with the present Moon, with
    • time which preceded our earthly development.
    • earthly development which has now become the most important
    • scientifically-thinking men. What we think and feel in our
    • become external reality, like that of our environment, in our
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    • Publications, Blauvelt, N.Y.). The Fundamental Social Law reads:
    • requirements are satisfied, not out of his own work done, but out of work
    • (Rudolf Steiner Publications, Blauvelt, N.Y.). The Fundamental
    • makes over to his fellow workers, and the more his own requirements
    • mentioned, and that a reading of it, despite a number of
    • textual irregularities, represents a great enrichment —
    • terms more intensively with the Fundamental Social Law and
    • attention to the violent workers' movement on the occasion of
    • that Theosophy, the Theosophical movement, has something to do
    • us, in the inner circles of our Theosophical movement, not
    • powers through inner development. But for the near future we
    • Theosophical development: that is, the possibility of coming to
    • a comprehensive, clear, and unbiased assessment of the human
    • was provided by a Prussian government councilor who went on
    • element, got to know the human element himself. Of course what
    • [4th edition, Berlin 1905, p.31] { Bracketed statements [ ] are
    • national economy that is overwhelming our developmental
    • from the standpoint of today's customary culture pass judgment
    • on the women's question or the social question, nor can someone
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    • Stilformen des Organisch-Lebendigen
    • which is to stand as a promise that into the recent development
    • were experiencing a critical moment in that spiritual
    • development which, some of us for a long time already, and some
    • historical moment in our movement, when we set ourselves to
    • year, while our movement gradually took shape within them. The
    • longing of our movement to build its own sanctuary arose
    • movement and the spirit that pervades it. And from this arose
    • the other thought, of realising our spiritual movement in the
    • visible representation of our spiritual movement. But to
    • been bound up with contemporary spiritual movements, and
    • find that the achievement of this pure Greek architectural
    • to his tremendous question about humanity: What powers are
    • those which are active from the moment of the earth's
    • earth. And as an external embodiment of this gift of the Spirit
    • liberty, in such movements as that of Zwingli, Huss, and others
    • feelings. We see introduced into the pillars, into the element
    • elementary power has vanished. Here we go along colonnades
    • terms. Certainly humanity was always aware that monumental art
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    • Whoever follows the history of human development, not only
    • in the usual documents and traditions, but goes rather deeper into
    • development, really point the way to the inner and therefore true
    • Batsch. Two men, one some ten years older than the other, listened
    • lead to knowledge, has, as its aim, the unifying element, namely
    • unifying element. The younger man looked at it and said:
    • that the younger of these two men was Schiller, the elder Goethe.
    • We may well say that Schiller, who at that moment was
    • revealed to him by Goethe. From that moment we see Schiller's ever
    • provides a psychological document of the first importance, where he
    • of the individual in the “all” of its phenomena. You
    • human development. We may say that there is something exceedingly
    • Let us consider for a moment the point at issue and we
    • particularly at that moment, sent his work to Goethe with the
    • a time he experimented together with Goethe in order to learn the
    • fundamental physical concepts, and a good deal in his first work,
    • relation to Goethe, we need mention only one instance and we shall
    • spiritual phenomena, which he calls the proto-phenomena, as he
    • calls the proto-plant the proto-phenomenon of the vegetable world.
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    • development! This objection against the botanist or the lyric poet
    • to-day, and being what he is he can give unequivocal judgment on all
    • its phenomena, combines them with his reason, which is bound to his
    • men, capable of development; that we can work on ourselves, and raise
    • trivially: if we leave out altogether a development of humanity
    • on those men whom one reckons as belonging to primitive races in the
    • one may say, on this principle of development towards knowledge, this
    • consider psychic phenomena and the soul-life, we must not confine
    • some respects fundamental, whether one agrees with it or not, the
    • to recognize also the spiritual element in things, therefore
    • stands for the principle of initiation and development, namely, that,
    • applied to the acquirement of knowledge, that, in fact they would
    • adapted to exclude the personal element and to attain objectivity.
    • advanced that when men rely upon it, they quarrel least, and agree
    • completely objective truths, which men have recognized as such, quite
    • and space dimension. Everyone can understand that 3 x 3 = 9, and it
    • personal element as well as thought, so that feeling can transmit the
    • same objectivity as thought can. This cleansing or development of the
    • ‘enlightenment.’ Every man capable of development,
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    • testamentary directions for the editing of this sealed-up treasure.
    • existence, and the importance of this moment for him may be
    • visited Ilmenau once more and there re-read the beautiful verse he had
    • Goethe's Faust is truly a testament of the very first order
    • important moments of his
    • important document which Goethe left as his testament, shows
    • Faust. But when Faust appeared in 1790 as a fragment, it was
    • thousands of years of human development resound. We are
    • went among men and stood up before God, and God said to him:
    • part is a complete character picture of the inner human development
    • thoughtful, sensible men who possessed above all things through
    • world; men who in the fullest meaning of the word, felt in
    • developing in ever greater refinement. But it was not easy to find
    • soul, who owing to the development of peculiar forces
    • generally found sleeping in men, had looked deeply into the hidden
    • men's works and men's strivings on the earth. But he was unable to
    • say to himself, I have had one moment when my longing after the
    • studied by men and into which the reasoning of the understanding
    • as witchcraft, and men such as
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    • Commentator are not in ‘Faust,’ but they have been
    • commentator of Faust in Goethe's sense. Thus it is to be done by
    • experiments. Part I contains this studied view of the supernatural
    • — but still, as we shall see in a moment, as a symbol.
    • to bring out only a few moments from the whole content of Part II
    • physical world. What men call their understanding, by which they
    • instrument of the brain, when inspired by the related spirit
    • phenomena as can control the world — phenomena however which
    • deeper sense of development is indicated precisely in this Masque
    • which give rise to the whole deeper development of men. Faust
    • itself to sense-phenomena. Now just imagine for a moment all these
    • man is dissolved at death into its elements.
    • before men, and to present pictures from the spiritual world.
    • Whoever is acquainted with the elementary truths of
    • betakes itself into a new embodiment. But he has yet to learn how
    • He is shown how he can wrap himself in the elements of matter, and
    • gradually betakes itself into the physical-sense elements
    • body is formed by degrees round him. Finally comes the moment of
    • between all life, and its metamorphosic development from the
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    • men and women. You formed an idea of each one of these persons,
    • head; they perceived and felt their whole head. These men did
    • memory-picture and the experience, similarly these men related
    • became a matter of great moment to him. The way in which he was
    • had to bring the environment of the Earth, all that is above
    • heart experiences, which were experiences of the environment of
    • conscious and aware of their own humanity in the movement of
    • themselves were within the movements. And in this expansion of
    • have a picture of what lives in the Earth's environment. In
    • came into the Earth's environment and then into the starry
    • in the environment of the Earth, in his limbs he was in the
    • possible for man. Alas for us, poor men of to-day, who can
    • signs. And from this habit, so naturally acquired by men in
    • olden times, has arisen the whole custom of making monuments
    • we were but honest, we should have to admit that we modern men
    • are however the relics of the ancient monuments and signs put
    • memory first made its appearance which we with our lamentable
    • content and, bearing within it the mysteries of the environment
    • development of civilisation between the Atlantean
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    • later and decadent period) was an age of men altogether
    • differently constituted from the men of later times. And the
    • we to-day call our physical environment, was the lowest portion
    • environment was permeated through and through with Spirit,
    • the rivers; but I live also with the elemental beings of the
    • Oriental felt the whole of Nature penetrated with the elemental
    • these dream-pictures man experienced the elemental spirits of
    • there, even during this Asiatic evolution. By day, then, men
    • Men
    • elemental spirits of the earth, water, air and fire, — in
    • There were however moments when the sleeper would feel: An
    • were present — were experienced by all men. And many,
    • through a special endowment of Nature, experienced also the
    • would be initiates. But the moment the people recognised you as
    • Compare this with the conceptions men have to-day. How far is
    • history over the whole of Asia. Whilst men had as I have
    • enslavements. Undoubtedly that appears to many people as
    • still sometimes occur, men have an uneasy conscience about
    • enslavement of its population is a salient feature of the
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    • nourishment, with the process of breathing, he receives
    • — part of him. So that at every moment of life he was
    • that historic document
    • Sumerian documents of which fragments remain.]
    • sprang so truly and naturally out of the whole mental and
    • development in the human soul life of that time.
    • sought enlightenment; and it came about that these Spiritual
    • Powers inflicted a certain punishment upon the city.
    • consider the later life and development of the personality who
    • receives intuitions and enlightenment from Eabani, and so
    • and from that moment the problem of immortality began to play
    • wisdom ruled among men.
    • their knowledge. Men went about the Earth in order to receive
    • To-day men may travel to Africa, to Italy, — and yet,
    • received a certain enlightenment; although, as is always the
    • enlightenment might be doubtful in some respects. Nevertheless
    • a degree of enlightenment was there, a certain insight into the
    • the enlightenment he had received was almost entirely
    • described and who together bring to expression the mental and
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    • exist on a human being. For the moment a finger is separated
    • men of that time, and how they afterwards experienced a
    • his environment, — in all the things, that is to say, to
    • fundamentally, everything which surrounds us in the world of
    • tragedy that men of that time suffered in their preparation for
    • Men shrink in terror before what inner development actually
    • knowledge. And so once more they came to a great moment when
    • could make an indentation into the statue; but the moment one
    • immediate environment. If man would know the secrets of the
    • sublime experience that came to men in the Mysteries of
    • how his “word” looks in the element of air; and
    • place in the element of air.
    • into the whole watery element that permeates the human
    • speech is accompanied by feelings. If the watery element in the
    • upwards in the direction of the head, goes the element of
    • it was not then the air element, but the watery element, the
    • fluid element — which I described yesterday as a
    • volatile, fluid albumen — that had this wavelike
    • once the volatile, fluid element, the albumen which surrounded
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    • in the evolution of the West, I had to mention also this
    • more are these Wise Men or Priests in a position to call forth
    • guide the events and phenomena of Earth. The Gods were
    • North-West, where the Spirits of the element of Water held
    • Ephesus. There was still alive in men of that time a vision and
    • of the elementary spirits in Nature, and the working of the
    • in the watery element — coming to life, fading away,
    • Men
    • he had folded the Earth about with a garment of plant growth,
    • took from him the watery-airy plant element that he was able,
    • entering into this experience men felt themselves intimately
    • Earth, men came into a special relation with the God
    • development.
    • to clothe the trees in bark. There was always a moral element
    • Gods, where the Gods bestowed upon men through the priests what
    • That was the fundamental feeling that took rise in the Greek
    • connection the human being has with his own childhood. The men
    • sublime and tremendous experience that was possible in these
    • ‘experiments’ as it were, in Autumn, — another only in
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    • Setting aside for the moment what went on in the inner places
    • to a world where men are no longer able to grasp in their soul
    • to pass on the Earth below. The Gods worked on the will of men,
    • inspired from the Gods. Gods willed: men carried it into
    • moment we will pass by this period. Then follows the age that
    • Men
    • friends, what a tremendous change we have here! Think how the
    • although most men are not at all alive to the fact, another
    • not receive it as men who understood the Mysteries, otherwise
    • suggestively on men, making it possible for them to behold the
    • world exactly as the men of ancient Atlantis had seen it.
    • came to pass that were later made known to men in the Gospels
    • by the way of tradition. But in the moment when the tragedy of
    • very moment it was known and beheld clairvoyantly in the
    • Jerusalem. Men came to know of it, not through tradition but by
    • the study of it could still continue. Here too, the wise men of
    • exception. Do but make the experiment of reading first Plato
    • they were and come into Middle and Southern Europe. Men would,
    • these places came men like
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    • under the heading of what the chemist calls the elements.
    • still to make use of it. But later on, save for a few men like
    • Until the time of the last great revolution in men's
    • men were keenly alive to the difference between such metals as
    • these we have mentioned, that are found when we examine
    • organism. The men of these earlier times said: Man is a
    • the being of man. And a disturbing element enters the picture
    • that which man receives by way of physical nourishment is only
    • Now, to go beyond physical nourishment and include also
    • the coarser measuring instruments with which to determine how
    • human being. And men were able in this way to know many things
    • it is coal; but the moment you were to take it but a short
    • come from the whole environment of the Earth, from the far
    • circumference. Imagine for a moment that you are going out and
    • animal or man, is albumen. And albumen also forms the basis for
    • organism, and the substance of the germ is albumen. In these
    • days, instead of pursuing true science, men build up all kinds
    • albumen as composed of substances in intricate chemical
    • albumen the example par excellence of chemical
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    • The Envy of the Gods and the Envy of Men
    • the days preceding the burning of Ephesus, when men spoke of
    • the Mysteries, provided they were men who had some
    • it was somewhat in the following way: ‘In the Mysteries men
    • erect places where we Gods can find the men who do sacrifice
    • in point of fact men of the old world, men of the old world who
    • meet with men; they knew how all that carries and sustains the
    • world depends on what takes place between Gods and men in the
    • be only visible for a moment in the spirit. I declare to you
    • real to man. If we study the period of human development that
    • further spiritual evolution was only possible if men became
    • men.
    • and men, must in this epoch of human freedom be played out
    • below in the physical life of men. We can already describe how
    • it is being so played out. In olden times, when men thought of
    • over in Palestine. Men had knowledge of it not through physical
    • the meeting places for Gods and men lost more and more of their
    • these remarkable men, living in the most simple and
    • unpretentious manner — men who were God-inspired,
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    • Anthroposophical Movement, you will allow me to give this
    • lecture as a supplement to the many vistas opened for us
    • same for years now — destructive elements on a colossal
    • various domains of life, we shall perceive that these men are
    • there sometimes arises, even in men to-day, a premonition that
    • happening which summons men to adopt a spirituality different
    • men. A kind of revolution is taking place in the Cosmos, the
    • Earth. One could encounter one's fellow men on the Earth in the
    • brought to men's consciousness in very many different ways.
    • Fundamentally speaking, it was this that was demanded by the
    • current education provides, then the souls of men would pass
    • be unable to bring any mental vigour into the next earthly
    • would be rejected by him in order to avoid mental paralysis;
    • and this would finally result in a race of men being born in
    • indicate in terms of the dialectic-empirical mentality of
    • the spiritual world must be spoken of openly. Men must be able
    • Dornach men must be able to hear of actual experiences, actual
    • that in their next incarnations men may be able to confront the
    • that civilisation in its own right can enable men to face and
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    • fundamental reason for this name, and how it is connected with
    • can be flatly said that all I have mentioned as opinions
    • presented to the senses in his environment, and also what
    • with the help of its methods of experiment and observation. But
    • primitive, outermost human settlements. This brings it about
    • us imagine for a moment, merely to develop the thought that is
    • reality, just as the dreamer in the moment of the dream regards
    • when we wake up can we truly form a judgment, from the waking
    • world of our environment, about the real value and significance
    • such judgment. It is only possible from the point of view of
    • life-reminiscences, or to bodily conditions. To form a judgment
    • no judgment whatever about the reality, except the feeling of
    • sense-reality a judgment about the dream-world, when, as a
    • vague powers. At the moment of waking, we feel that we now have
    • there is a moment ' when we do not have the physical body
    • development achieved since earliest childhood. And anyone who
    • element of memory; namely, the capacity for imagining.
    • possible experimental methods, is right for natural science.
    • a somewhat extreme statement, but it is almost so — our
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    • Die Polaritaet von Dauer und Entwicklung Im Menschenleben. Die kosmische
    • Vorgeschichte der Menschheit. Another name for this lecture is,
    • Die Polaritaet von Dauer und Entwicklung Im Menschenleben.
    • Die kosmische Vorgeschichte der Menschheit.
    • we really feel ourselves as men.
    • the world of external nature one phenomenon is linked on to
    • because, from the moment of sleeping until waking he is permeated
    • is something of which men would become aware, if he were intensely
    • know, Imaginative Cognition is not present. From the moment of
    • physical and etheric bodies as an instrument; but we cannot raise
    • That is the Fundamental Truth which we mast
    • realise. With reference to this Fundamental Truth, modern humanity,
    • phenomena of nature, and expressed this in his interpretation of
    • natural phenomena. Man to-day places his soul in his flesh and
    • but he considered the phenomena of nature as brought about by this
    • thought of these Spiritual Beings as operative in the phenomena of
    • development of man in pre-Christian times; he gives himself over to
    • able to enter into Nature, into the ordering of natural phenomena.
    • dream. It is of immense significance that man should at the present
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    • growth, only development in us as physical beings, we could
    • that from the moment the soul, in sleep, forsakes the natural
    • life of the body, from that moment the processes, activities,
    • that the moment of time when man is destined to unite himself
    • moment has been placed in the middle of winter, not in the
    • into the living organism as an inserted element of death
    • dissolving away these dead elements, all but certain remains
    • physical body as instrument, we must observe how in autumn
    • instrument. That is why when the soul is outside the body and
    • The moment the soul goes forth, the body becomes the world, a
    • instrument. And we get this idea of what the earth is
    • instruments. For in very truth just as we cannot work in the
    • development of consciousness in the time between death and a
    • — the development of man is gradually withdrawing more
    • is only from what passes away that men can acquire an insight
    • of the blossoms, the elementary spirits of the plants, may
    • enjoyment of life, but again and again we must penetrate
    • that it is a new element in modern culture. Any
    • new standpoint. Then men will begin to have an inkling of
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    • something which you have all known fundamentally for a long
    • acquiring knowledge, not with the help of the instrument of
    • the physical instrument, so that, as soul and spirit they
    • knowledge, because we must always employ the instrument of
    • which he could explain all the phenomena in the world. He was
    • mention that a really earnest spiritual movement can have no
    • significance, for fundamentally speaking, in our present
    • Breast-clairvoyance leads more to the development of the
    • most eminent sense to the attainment of results independent
    • there are also men who occupy themselves with anatomy and
    • within the process of cosmic and historical development, it
    • part of the head from the physical instrument, and is able to
    • we get that tinging with colour and sound I have mentioned.
    • laborious process of inner development he gradually gives a
    • matter for slow, selfless development. It must be especially
    • indispensable to this development. It must be emphasised
    • of these, and we then form our scientific judgments. This
    • mention one side of the matter with reference to this. We are
    • I especially mentioned there, that our thinking
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    • Die Geistige Vereinigung der Menschheit Durch den Christus-Impuls.
    • Die Geistige Vereinigung der Menschheit Durch den Christus-Impuls.
    • lecture we found that moral impulses are fundamental in human
    • elementary moral instruction given to man in ancient
    • the balance, can be swayed each moment of his life, now to
    • statement, when speaking of virtue, which we cannot
    • act is a process of destruction, and the moment man sees that
    • something, in that moment a mighty influence for good has
    • development was prior to that time, for in external history
    • Atlantean development.
    • mental horizon, this will promote the universal brotherhood
    • peculiarities, with widely different temperaments, and
    • age of post-Atlantean development through the migrations of
    • of the progressive development of humanity is that,
    • have mentioned, and it is now particularly necessary that the
    • conscious wisdom. The Anthroposophical Movement is to
    • development of the various races, etc. But we only assume the
    • whose development the anthroposophist can foresee, the
    • ought to foresee, a point of development which is far removed
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    • endeavor to point out the element in Goethe's life that
    • important phenomena of the advancing post-Atlantean cultural
    • minds of men?
    • presents this as his own innermost sentiment and believes that
    • life of Goethe as a spiritual phenomenon.
    • moreover, was a woman of the most spontaneous human sentiment,
    • say this without sentimentality — and acquire certain mystical
    • individuality of the innate endowments and nature of Goethe.
    • experienced in vital sentiments and emotions much that is
    • tormented and exhausted by those strenuous exercises that must
    • personality who immediately made a tremendous impression on
    • endeavor to trace the phenomena of the world from the simplest
    • this regard, he was able to become acquainted with men then in
    • Such ideas fermented in Goethe's mind in connection with what
    • documents at the Supreme Court in Wetzlar that were often
    • then as when Goethe studied the documents at the Supreme Court,
    • Goethe's work gave his father immense pleasure, and he shared
    • dusty documents. This is not to say, however, that Goethe was
    • lawyer as they. That can be documented, as can many things
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    • men are in their tendency to link cause and effect.
    • aspiration to know the truth in natural phenomena? Do we not
    • in the phenomena of nature even in this boy of six or seven!
    • environment, and we see how what he brought into this
    • sense with his person. But, in reference to certain phenomena
    • fundamentally concerned with the truth. In my most recent book,
    • Mettrie's statement that Erasmus of Rotterdam and Fontenelle
    • had been fools instead of wise men because of a slightly
    • to another case. Can you imagine, for instance, the development
    • nevertheless, something quite similar in them — not to mention
    • a rebellion against what was in his environment. His nature,
    • a natural phenomenon in the organism. However, we never learn to
    • understand a man who creates out of the elemental forces of the
    • environment, and since he could not have written dramas as
    • Here we see how a natural event seems to enter with immense
    • sense, from his environment, and a more complicated process
    • romantic involvement with Friederike, the daughter of the
    • In a moment peculiarly appropriate, he saw the other Goethe,
    • repeat over and over the statement, “Goethe is Faust and Faust
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    • cyclic movement. Strictly speaking, the ego and astral body are
    • ego with the sun, which illumines our environment during the
    • for the purpose of perceiving my hand's movement from within.
    • statement is made that, just because the ego is really so truly
    • the ego can bring to consciousness depends on the instrument it
    • within you at one moment is, in the next, outside, and then
    • that one cannot mention in polite society. The Frankfurt
    • astonishment, not only among laymen, but also among
    • be obtained in experiments with the other animals. Whatever, we
    • cannot suppress our astonishment that people are so amazed when
    • As a matter of fact, the enormously important achievements and
    • the presence of such unusual phenomena as we have mentioned,
    • with scientific developments. To all those who today are
    • the phenomenon per se. Carus continues as follows:
    • see, not only the phenomenon, but also its explanation has long
    • the proper perception, one can obviously explain such phenomena
    • of wisdom. The phenomena of these unusual expressions of
    • the world than the phenomena that are always spread out before
    • spiritual environment. Here you arrive at an understanding of
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    • people, but that in its form and time of occurrence men knew
    • ponders the outer universe, just as we men, while in the waking
    • leading position in ancient government or priestly life.
    • men learned from the will of the gods what was to happen here
    • in earthly life from the various vocations of men — to use a
    • the fifteenth century. If men would pay more attention today to
    • since the fifteenth century would cause astonishment to those
    • as men, we have gone successively through the Saturn evolution,
    • attain a fourth stage of development, just as certain processes
    • on Saturn have reached a fourth stage of development of earth.
    • the various vocations that men take up on earth. As humans
    • undergone a tremendous transformation since the beginning of
    • sort of outlook is opened to us by this fact? Fundamentally, it
    • is that men must increasingly lose interest, as we can readily
    • his outer work. Anyone who observes the historic development of
    • humanity will certainly discover to what a large extent the men
    • increasingly of men that they excel in special fields and
    • development. There outside of men is the organism, the
    • detachment, vocational activity grows increasingly into
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    • these reflections on the segment of human life that is formed
    • special comment is in order here if, in the word vocation, we
    • subsume individual human elements from a life's destiny. In
    • transformed, but the things we must mention here relative to
    • mentioned, has become, let us say, a minister or councilor of
    • were not for the immense influence of present public opinion
    • area, too, scientific development has arrived at a point where
    • disillusionment in life and other things that have been
    • sediment. A theologian recently called it somewhat coarsely —
    • disillusionments, suppressed appetites, ruined life plans, “the
    • psychoanalysis, which according to the view of these men and
    • women is not to be found there, but theosophy and other things
    • also mentioned in this connection. Well, I really did not want
    • through the portal of death into the next development on earth.
    • the region of the elemental. Yet it is of great importance to
    • this plays a significant role in our life from the moment of
    • not form our judgments so superficially. It might well be that
    • mentioning these things I simply wanted to indicate how much
    • between birth and death. Here he or she is really an instrument
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    • correctly put himself into the nature of those phenomena that
    • have mentioned in a different connection, Friedrich Theodor
    • Permit me to mention him here simply as an example of some
    • such defects in the educational system are mentioned.
    • world and chose precisely his environment. It wanted to have
    • necessarily to it. Merely to condemn the mechanical element has
    • sentiment in this heart. On the one hand, he is a man fully
    • discovered and included in a supplement to one of his novels,
    • he creates wholly from the requirements of modern life. It is
    • entered a government ministry where he was also a remarkable
    • government ministry, could not take it amiss when he was given
    • can make quite significant comments on it.
    • than the one I have just mentioned, who wrote various things
    • person lived in the same environment as the man whom I have
    • tremendously. He decided to study the documents again and had
    • shows us how the striving of men tends in the direction of
    • meets with many obstacles, especially today because men have
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    • enough to constitute the basis for a real judgment of life. We will
    • the vocations a person is destined to have also mention
    • inherited characteristics when they wish to pass judgment on
    • division of human development between birth and death into
    • body then passes through its development.
    • therefore, that what is essential in human development after
    • time, in the way he walks, in the movements of his hands, in
    • because they only consider a fragment of reality, one that
    • with the education and development of the human being, and also
    • development — let us say from the third to the seventh
    • and playing its role in their environment. This does not
    • development of the spirit of the time will become increasingly
    • growing within us. In earlier ages men could face life without
    • environment. Such was John Stuart Mill,
    • in his environment. He wanted to answer the question that
    • fundamentally the same thing in his. According to him, the soul
    • type works toward levelling and rendering all men equal in the
    • this fifth post-Atlantean epoch in which men in their social
    • Chinese entity in which men will become the “pressed caviar” of
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    • our feelings and sentiments that may enable us to look upon
    • instruments, was also familiar with geometry and mathematics,
    • himself through his accomplishments, he no longer felt entirely
    • mention the following authenticated fact; it was related by a
    • speak with these gentlemen concerning thoughts and those life
    • can in great part save, since I obtain a large supplementary
    • requirement was that he deliver lectures on the occasions when
    • well, indeed. Even poets, noblemen, and princes honored him and
    • in genuine disillusionment. He had thoroughly tasted the
    • music, played the lute and other string instruments well, was
    • immense importance for the evolution of the earth, but it has
    • of time. I mentioned this a week ago. But what, then, really is
    • karmas take? One of them became a poet whose achievements were
    • fundamental laws of the occult conception of the world knew
    • In particular, you will find in it a neat definition of women
    • and men. The author says that women represent in their peculiar
    • characteristics a greater tendency to spirituality, whereas men
    • according to this statement, spirituality is a weakness of
    • women! The author then finds that certain crazy psychologists
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    • mineral, and elemental kingdoms within the earthly world. It is
    • environment. When an individual passes through the portal of
    • by such men? Do they really have a conception of God when they
    • establish harmony among men on earth; thus they are also, in a
    • has immense practical significance and is most important
    • because it bears within it a certain germ in that men speak of
    • god has become most conspicuous. Humanity has been fragmented
    • important statement because a man really lives in an untruth
    • picture those false ways upon which men enter because of this
    • luciferic angel, it is a confusion in belief, in acknowledgment
    • know perfectly well that the clever men of the present will, of
    • does, what men do in their relationships, could cause events to
    • occur in the elemental sphere. But the time is not far distant
    • when men will believe this simply because they will be able to
    • mention of it. For instance, the following may occur. Someone
    • along with others we have already mentioned, we must say that,
    • men had an entirely different significance for the rest of
    • evolution that could gradually return to men what originally
    • say, “I am the Word.” This is the Christ. But men must first
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    • that a basic element in the confession of Christ must be the
    • truth that He died and rose for all men — for all men alike —
    • primarily concerns human society. We will now have to mention
    • with the truth of an essential element in the Mystery of
    • argumentation since it is justifiable and must first be
    • Testament. In the so-called “Fall of Man,” the image of Lucifer
    • representations of religious documents.
    • what men possessed at an earlier time as an atavistic wisdom,
    • that we may call ancestral cults. Such cults in which men look
    • nature of the most ancient ancestral cults was such that men
    • Men
    • angels, but to man. In order to save men from praying to earthly
    • was necessary that He should be seen, like the phenomena of
    • ways, not through the mere development of one's inner being,
    • before us only the maya of natural phenomena, so are we
    • man had gradually lost this superhuman element and had
    • descended all the way to being human. The superhuman element
    • being the truth of the statement, “What thou dost to the least
    • Then one also sees all concepts and ideas that separate men
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    • mankind's development passed at the time of the Mystery of
    • We know how differently men perceived and experienced before
    • men did not look up to the starry heavens in the way they do
    • today. We know how men now look at the stars and say: other
    • also having their planets. And if men notice what kind of
    • space. Before the Mystery of Golgotha men knew that the Sun
    • thus spoken of in physics is only one element of the whole
    • the wise men of Greece called the universal good of the
    • And with this three foldness then seen in the Sun, the men
    • element' comes into human evolution. The Greeks, for
    • the development of Christianity (as it is called) a veil was
    • to keep men as far as possible from knowledge of the
    • Take a phenomenon that forces itself on the attention of any
    • us in the world men of learning in the most various spheres.
    • their own sphere. Men today do not willingly see into these
    • instruct other men, unable to avail themselves of the sources
    • Egyptian people. He gives these men instruction also
    • antiquity. It is the part of these men to take all this on
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    • whole of human life, including man's development between
    • in their development, and will not be so until the earth has
    • happened, so what one can jot down of the movements of arms,
    • remarkable patterns on which men's secret inclinations are
    • A Fragment of the Jewish Haggada.]
    • our head means to have a headache. Men only know about their
    • moments of sleep-life that otherwise would pass in
    • reality, I should have to do so in four dimensions, so I can
    • mentioned it also in the notes at the end of my last book
    • These are the senses of warmth, life, balance, movement and
    • movement, touch, smell, taste, sight; then you will have
    • And with these connections, the wise men of the Old Mysteries
    • agree that men believe that, shall we say, for two hundred
    • years they have been thinking a tremendous deal. We can
    • of the ideals of the age of enlightenment to that of the
    • about the various ideals, men have been thinking during these
    • centuries, these last two centuries; this has formed men's
    • filling men's heads farther removed from the great cosmic
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    • everyday life; certain men die young, others in old age,
    • life must receive enlightenment when we can really get down
    • Men still had
    • century. Men had concepts that came down out of ancient
    • cultural life of the earth giving men, in conformity with the
    • here mentioned. What today we call science cannot connect the
    • is something in them for which men should be seeking a
    • cosmic space. But behind this sun the wise men of old saw the
    • for example, with the Good. Modern men do not see any real
    • fundamentally this kind of representation of the Sun that
    • for the modern western man to picture. Even today men of the
    • instrument of the soul-life, of the thinking. The reverse is
    • therefore is emptier than empty, that is the instrument of
    • mention of what this soul-and spirit man consists. just as in
    • development. Development in a backward sense can be seen in
    • development in time. Many mysteries lie in this particular
    • their development in time, can be really one and the same
    • his theory of metamorphosis began in an elementary way to
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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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    • In the social ferment of postwar Europe in 1919, Steiner presented
    • his ideas about reforming the basis of society in three fundamental,
    • anything towards the betterment of social conditions. More
    • natural phaenomena: that after one set of economic
    • and they look upon it as a great achievement, that this
    • indicates that men have sunk towards the level of the animal.
    • conjunctures, are proofs of nothing except the state of men's
    • moral nature, towards men's psychic disposition. It
    • considered by the political economists and the business-men;
    • has immense significance in social life.
    • requirements of life: one may leave these quite out of
    • thing, but a spiritual science which is bent on giving men an
    • undertaking like the "Kommender Tag". It is obviously not
    • then the kind of arrangements will naturally grow up, which
    • into what is needed. It requires no government
    • itself, when it is a question of men, and not of
    • for nothing but a spiritual education can open men's eyes to
    • followed, a speaker said, that the following argument was
    • ‘practical men’ interest themselves for what is
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  • Title: Threefold Order II: Lecture 2: On Propaganda of the Threefold Social Order
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    • his ideas about reforming the basis of society in three fundamental,
    • intimated to me, that an important question at this moment is
    • men's souls at all with the very thing which in all respects,
    • concentrated in our business-undertaking, the Kommender
    • price-adjustment. I have often pointed out, that
    • this question of price-adjustment is a cardinal one;
    • attended for the greater part by working men only. The
    • problem of price-adjustment. Yes! of this —
    • one does meet with such people to-day, who are business-men
    • systems to be adopted in one or other department. Anyone who
    • moment these Majority Socialists come into power, another
    • enough to pay their workmen, and are beginning to think, that
    • the moment they are actually realised, will mean the
    • you, you simply show yourself to be a specimen of the
    • detrimentals who have brought us to this present pass. And so
    • a moment: when one has been trying to induce a part of
    • of one's fellow-men! And as regards their conceptions of the
    • late. Things are taken up, even in our own movement, from an
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  • Title: Reincarnation and Immortality: Lecture I: Free Will, Immortality
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    • spiritual requirements of the 20th century.
    • Wesenheit des Menschen Bewirkt Werden? (The Supersensible Being
    • other. I have not united these two fundamental problems of
    • positive nor negative comment here, people have tried to come
    • makes pronouncements about its findings, and then reaches its
    • admirer of the magnificent and tremendous progress which
    • Mollusks. — And the moment I see this book,
    • way more recently, the moment I see the book about mollusks,
    • movement into which all sorts of things are incorporated, such
    • there is a continual movement of mental images which are gained
    • with this interplay of our mental images. But there is one
    • character from this continual movement of our feelings and
    • it a certain power of judgment, — that we cannot simply
    • allow our mental images to come and go as they please. On the
    • it be the normal interplay of our mental images that is at work
    • no further than establishing the facts, while the fundamental
    • development. We ourselves must take the soul in hand, and
    • mental image, a mental image that we have put together
    • There is a further point I would like to mention. Not only must
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    • spiritual requirements of the 20th century.
    • more Goethe's judgment seems to be confirmed. We only need
    • can still be mentioned. It concerns a professor of history at a
    • great family, to cut each other to pieces. This judgment, the
    • to form judgments about what is going on around us. In such
    • over the whole earth demand judgment from us. We must know what
    • normally call chance that two men made an historical, all
    • embracing judgment about their country. It is most interesting
    • his comprehensive judgment about the history of the German
    • lecture in which he presented his comprehensive judgment
    • recommend you to compare what I am saying today with a
    • wonderful statement of Rabindranath Tagore about the
    • with the way men were respected, with the way they acted, and
    • conventions, agreements and a generally fixed way of doing
    • shows, for instance, how the more rudimentary impulses of
    • shall see in a moment, what Lamprecht put forward is intimately
    • feeling bitter disappointment. This is because Lamprecht's
    • become clear in further lectures. For the moment I would only
    • mention that my attitude toward Wilson has not arisen during
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  • Title: Reincarnation and Immortality: Lecture III: The Supersensible Being of Man
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    • Uebersinnliche Mensch und Die Fragen der
    • the spiritual evolution of humanity who, through tremendous
    • him or what can be achieved by combining sense phenomena only
    • I shall just mention a few things to characterize what is
    • consist in taking particular mental images into the
    • and concentration are described in the books mentioned above),
    • a bodily instrument, the physical organism, is necessary in
    • dependent upon the bodily instrument for all that it achieves,
    • thinking is bound to the physical instrument we are prevented
    • permitted to make such a paradoxical statement. Its truth will
    • elements that are dissolved in it can be extracted from it, how
    • and intensively pursuing such an inner development of his
    • moments which he himself controls, can immerse himself to such
    • Grillparzer. I am not mentioning this in order to prove that
    • point in the development of our soul through these exercises we
    • processes of our experience, constantly in movement, in a way
    • whole life as far back as the moment to which we can normally
    • definite form. Then imagine that the moment could arrive when
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  • Title: Reincarnation and Immortality: Lecture IV: Nature of Anthroposophy
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    • Die Menschenraetsel In Der Philosophie Und In Der
    • fundamental riddles with which the deepest longings of
    • sense world, experiment, and thought, which combines the
    • results of observation and experiment, and find in this way the
    • that this thinking, which can observe the beings and phenomena
    • Attainment,” and in other books as well, I have described
    • development of the soul's capacities in principle, and must
    • the fundamental principle, which makes clear the real
    • be developed in Anthroposophy as an instrument of research. The
    • exercises in the books I have mentioned.
    • the opposite direction from that followed in the development of
    • of healthy human judgment.
    • otherwise in knowledge and the fulfillment of his duties,
    • development: Now I am really the one who thinks within me; now
    • help of the bodily instrument. (For ordinary thought always
    • uses the physical instrument; Anthroposophy acknowledges this
    • the moment has come in which the soul can live independently in
    • certain moment, when a man is sufficiently mature, the first
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  • Title: Reincarnation and Immortality: Lecture V: Mystery of the Human Being
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    • Menschheit nach Ergebnissen der Geisteswissenschaft. (The
    • lecture to mention everything that would be necessary
    • its origin from religion or mystical movements — although
    • conscientiously applying one's thinking to the phenomena of the
    • present-day scientific development and its method of thought.
    • of the scientific development. The idea was to
    • led. Anyone having studied the achievements of physics and
    • details, but I will mention the views of a representative
    • this is a significant statement, coming from one so familiar
    • of date. But we can also study the very latest developments on
    • Das Werden der Organismen. Eine Widerlegung von Darwins
    • is it much different when — I can only mention this
    • such tremendous consequences in astronomy and especially in
    • achievements of natural science are, however significant
    • instruments which help them, nor by any scientific methods used
    • which is pieced together out of the smallest fragments, perhaps
    • an inner development, such a higher self training? It is
    • I cannot mention individual names now, but this inner
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    • Goetheschen Metamorphosenanschauung im Bereich der menschlichen Bewegung
    • der menschlichen Bewegung
    • the Art of Movement in Space carried out by individuals and
    • positions. These movements are not mere gestures, nor are
    • Art, having as its instrument Man himself, and its movements
    • are absolutely in accordance with law. The movements which
    • expression of Goethe. But in speech those inner movements,
    • or, better, those underlying principles of movement which it
    • transformed into finer vibratory movements which by means of
    • plant as a unit originates from the right development of what
    • organic functions and development and then transformed into
    • other organs of speech — into movements carried out by
    • living larynx in movement, as it were, we get a
    • movement of the arms, for instance, and a certain emotion of
    • you find in our Eurhythmy the logical sequence of movements.
    • then expressed by the movements of individuals. This visible
    • musical element to be found in it. When recitation or
    • element, the rhythm, the metre, and the inner form of the
    • other is the pedagogic, didactic element, shall I call it.
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    • only mention that human beings, with reference to their
    • previous development. You find this evolution described In my
    • cosmic environment and of his own life.
    • wisdom, men are really becoming all the more dependent upon
    • products of nature with the instruments transmitted from the
    • course of development as the proper course laid down for
    • with a movement of his hand, for the simple reason that it is
    • one time, lived in the feelings of men in the East. But one
    • men's consciousness. With that wisdom, created out of the
    • working-man, of world phenomena. There what rests an the
    • merely remind ourselves of a certain phenomenon, in order to
    • and he saw in the production and enjoyment of Beauty, (thus
    • intellectual element, to a recognition of truth,
    • follow everywhere the path of these three elements in the
    • is after all, the same element that lives in art; that is,
    • the element of truth. That same element which is expressed in
    • inserted into the intellectual-utility-element, just as in
    • the Centre a kind of ethical element is cultivated, and
    • century into the Aesthetic element has come over from the
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    • Der Verantwortung des Menschen Fuer Die Weltentwickelung Durch Seinen
    • Geistigen Zusammenhang Mit dem Erdplaneten und der Sternenwelt.
    • Der Mensch in seinem Zusammenhang mit dem Kosmos. Band III.
    • Der Verantwortung des Menschen Fuer Die Weltentwickelung Durch Seinen
    • Geistigen Zusammenhang Mit dem Erdplaneten und der Sternenwelt.
    • Der Mensch in seinem Zusammenhang mit dem Kosmos. Band III.
    • stony mass surrounded by an atmosphere, that fundamentally is
    • the path of complete human development. Here on Earth between
    • Hierarchies, such as the elementary Beings in the three
    • to become, they could not wait for the development of what
    • only in a later development of cosmic life.
    • development. Hence we are confronted with the possibility,
    • development on Earth will reach such a stage that human
    • soul-element of the Earth, united with one common body of the
    • important thing in earthly development does not lie in the
    • development of our planet. If you recollect this, you will
    • Earth to complete its development, but to let it remain
    • hand, men can decide to pass over into that super-intellectual
    • can see in developments in Eastern Europe the same thing
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    • from here, in regard to our present cultural movement. I
    • only those have a real understanding of modern requirements
    • then be said that in our day men having the temerity to take
    • the lead in any particular sphere — that these men know
    • after the spirit? For in this such men ought to have a
    • like him — who is theoretically in agreement with what is
    • mean? The man is in theoretical agreement with the lecture.
    • But today it does not help to be in theoretical agreement
    • me, in idea, the men of today who would be able to accept it,
    • them for the living men of today, I write in the way that one
    • speaks from one's writing desk to present-day men, in a real
    • that the moment I enter I should know how I am to speak to
    • agreement with the thing or not. Today what matters is to
    • intelligible — in the animal world, in its development,
    • protestant or catholic churchmen. And the tone of these
    • kindly — there is more of a sentimental, theological and
    • sentimental one), but the actual tone in certain cases is
    • medieval Catholicism more than any mention the trichotomy, in
    • the spirit is in the soul, but no mention may be made of a
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    • knowledge which are accessible to men of the present age,and
    • again and again that men will not be able to make any further
    • you think it could truthfully be said that in our time men
    • men must not have a feeling merely for theories about the
    • thing that such men exiets — who theoretically agrees
    • state of the case; he has no discernment in reference to the
    • have before my minds eye such men of the present day who can
    • said that men who themselves are able to follow a thing
    • that moment. External criticism there may be — but I
    • those men wculd certainly have laughed me out of the hall.
    • realm of the Spirit comes that which is spoken? Men of the
    • things. For there is a general belief among men to-day that
    • stream of materialistic culture in every department of life,
    • statements about the animal kingdom; suppose be wished to
    • attitude has been cultivated in a sentimental-theological
    • fundamentally the attitude proceeds from the same thing in
    • avowals. And the fundamental reason why this materialism
    • dreaded more than pronouncement about the Threefold nature of
    • result of this Church dogma. Neither may one mention
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    • with ideas which can lead us, as men, into the spiritual
    • the moment from the point of view of universal history, it
    • Earth consciousness as a development out of a territorial
    • panorama. The Copernican world-conception arose, and men have
    • which is beyond the Earth and can be perceived b by men in
    • mechanical concepts, which for men who think very accurately,
    • have been to-day abandoned by more thoughtful men and the
    • is itself moving forward. The forward movement which he
    • He only takes into consideration the movements which he
    • other men who are likewise sitting in the train, changes his
    • such occasions mention is made of all kinds of illusions
    • consecutive experiences indicate an element of space which is
    • quantitative element which is usually in the mind
    • that there is something in what I have just mentioned.
    • again coming to birth. In every moment in the world, we live
    • and to perceive actually the phenomena of death and coming to
    • this picture) — in that moment we have within our range
    • vital and living, We learn to distinguish movement which we
    • make as men in universal space. We learn too, to
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  • Title: Man and Nature: Intellect in Man and Nature Bereft of the Gods
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    • development when a human being pursues the normal course of
    • looks out into his environment, he sees nothing but the
    • fundamentally involved in the forming of abstract thought.
    • for a moment that any element of the life of the
    • contained in this external world. Elementary beings,
    • his outer environment.
    • of course, the Elemental Spirits who have remained at lower
    • the development of something absolutely real, an impulse that
    • to-day, men prefer to have this emptiness inwardly and the
    • validity of thought when it has been proved by experiment and
    • the minds of men to unworldly abstractions and is silent an
    • heart is the outward expression of this; the movement reveals
    • expression of this whole system of movement.
    • outer world. I mention this in order to bring home to you
    • development, has been stifled and suppressed for many long
    • that is to say, fundamental principles of education and of
    • thing these religions want is the development of inner
    • less because it shines from the bodies of men? You will begin
    • in the thought that you and your fellow men are bearers of
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    • by the merely illustrative element, of copying the physical
    • desire for the embodiment of an idea, for the artistic
    • embodiment of what is purely spiritual. Interpreting a
    • mood of soul within the two boundaries mentioned.
    • disappointment, must call for a special sphere of life to be
    • within the limits of perception mentioned above.
    • soul, either in artistic creation or in the enjoyment of art.
    • from its depths, something that often torments it, though
    • especially susceptible to the mood mentioned, has a constant
    • enchantment, we know how to experience it in the right way,
    • fully to light by a more comprehensive development of natural
    • it only partial development. Whoever directs his perception
    • mention here that in the Anthroposophical Society's building
    • the resting surface of the human organism in movement through
    • formation, in him as a certain Luciferic element, an element
    • possible for us to free nature from enchantment, to capture
    • physical by enchantment and free it from the physical bonds
    • times, still very much in an elementary stage, which call
    • meets us, though today in a rather elementary form, a
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    • enables a man at any moment to wrest himself away from the
    • of view the argument that the artist ought not to allow his
    • bodily, physical instrument. I cannot speak at length to-day
    • surrender to sense-impressions and to his own mental pictures
    • process of mental presentation which functions in his memory.
    • wakefulness of consciousness when the faculties of mental
    • seership differs fundamentally from the activity out of which
    • impressions in moments when higher vision is not operating.
    • But in moments of seership it is possible for him completely
    • of mental presentation (conception) and perception are
    • no element whatever of the bodily organisation. Then comes
    • lifted upward from the element of music.
    • borne upwards and again drawn within the element of music,
    • element — enters with intensity into the experience of
    • through language or other instruments of his art, what comes
    • a geometrician, in order to illustrate some purely mental
    • obliged to give body to the mental picture, so too is the
    • instructive example is a phenomenon which constitutes a
    • enhancement of life in certain directions. When are we
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    • Menschenseele!
    • Im Menschen-Welten-Wesen.
    • Das hören die Elementargeister in Ost, West, Nord, Süd:
    • Menschen mögen es hören.
    • Menschenseele!
    • Im Menschen-Seelen-Wirken.
    • In den Weltenrhythmen Seelen-begnadend;
    • Das hören die Elementargeister in Ost, West, Nord, Süd:
    • Menschen mögen es hören.
    • Menschenseele!
    • In Menschen-Geistes-Gründen.
    • Das horen die Elementargeister in Ost, West, Nord, Süd:
    • Menschen mögen es hören.
    • Erstrahlte in Menschenseelen;
    • Die armen Hirtenherzen;
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    • La Piedra Fundamental – Meditación – ofrecida por Rudolf Steiner
    • Fundamental es de Frank Thomas Smith (SouthernCrossReview.org) y
    • La Piedra Fundamental – Meditación – ofrecida por Rudolf Steiner
    • Fundamental es de Frank Thomas Smith
    • y vivirás verdaderamente
    • Oyen esto los espíritus elementales
    • y sentirás verdaderamente
    • Oyen esto los espíritus elementales
    • que desde los fundamentos eternos
    • y pensarás verdaderamente
    • Oyen esto los espíritus elementales
    • de enero de 1924 en el Boletín de la Sociedad, no menciona a las
    • jerarquías espirituales, y está enteramente en alemán, al contrario
    • Cuenta Günther Schubert: “Ella [Marie Steiner] habló recientemente
    • Fundamental de 1923. Al final, atenuó la invocación directa a las
    • si uno será lo suficientemente fuerte para soportarlo.” (GA 260,
    • de todos aquellos que se sientan lo suficientemente fuertes como para
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    • The elemental spirits
    • May men hear it too.
    • The elemental spirits
    • May men hear it too.
    • The elemental spirits
    • May men hear it too.
    • 1924, does not mention the spiritual hierarchies, and is entirely in
  • Title: Lecture: Human Knowledge and Its Significance for Man and the Cosmos
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    • Das Raetsel des Menschen.
    • too late. This is a grave statement but it must be made. At the present
    • a fundamental truth to which reference has been made in recent lectures,
    • we acquire is to enable us to have mental pictures of the external world,
    • nourishment.’ He would, in other words, be investigating the nature
    • nourishment. He would be trying to discover the reason why certain constituents
    • like men who investigate a grain of wheat from the point of view of
    • its value in the nourishment of human beings. There is a fundamental
    • mental pictures of the things of the external world. The process of
    • forming mental pictures of the external world is just as secondary a
    • as we use grains of wheat for the purpose of nourishment. But remember,
    • from the stream of wheat-development taken as a whole, so, during our
    • for the purpose of grasping the phenomena of the outer world, we divert
    • of his inner development. But even the Greeks applied less of their
    • powers for the purpose of inner development than the ancient Egyptian
    • as the grain of wheat that is used as substance for nourishment is diverted
    • our being of a very great deal, and an adjustment must be brought about
    • Spirits who receive their nourishment from it—all the knowledge
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    • development of morality is based on the belief in the Divine at the bottom
    • development of morality is based on the belief in the Divine at the bottom
    • Christus und die Menschliche Seele. Ueber den Sinn
    • lecture we found that moral impulses are fundamental in human
    • elementary moral instruction given to man in ancient
    • the balance, can be swayed each moment of his life, now to
    • statement, when speaking of virtue, which we cannot
    • act is a process of destruction, and the moment man sees that
    • something, in that moment a mighty influence for good has
    • development was prior to that time, for in external history
    • Atlantean development.
    • mental horizon, this will promote the universal brotherhood
    • peculiarities, with widely different temperaments, and
    • age of post-Atlantean development through the migrations of
    • of the progressive development of humanity is that that,
    • have mentioned, and it is now particularly necessary that the
    • conscious wisdom. The Anthroposophical Movement is to
    • development of the various races, etc. But we only assume the
    • whose development the anthroposophist can foresee, the
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    • others' judgments on them are rejected.
    • meeting of two modern men incarnated in physical bodies. It
    • divine teachers spoke to men of the most varied aspects of
    • Thus, before the Mystery of Golgotha, men ran the risk that
    • which would have been of great and fundamental interest to
    • the higher hierarchies who were the teachers of primeval men
    • us realize for instance how in the Old Testament — there
    • handed down in the Old Testament give the human being no
    • entire New Testament, and people of today prefer to approach
    • the Mystery of Golgotha by reading the New Testament and by
    • present. But from the explanation of the New Testament as it is
    • historical documents are for the most part destroyed, and only
    • men. The human beings themselves were the cause of not being
    • had a tremendous effect in the world. Just strive for a moment
    • acquire it, at that significant moment of history, for the
    • as an instrument. It can never be acquired in reality in the
    • temporary experience, although it is something elementary for
    • knowledge, fundamental knowledge of the divine human soul can
    • Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment
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    • im Entwickelungsgang unserer gegenwaertigen Menschheit - Fuehrende
    • qualified to form a judgment on the contents of these works
    • in agreement with Harry Collison, M.A. (Oxon.)
    • beginning as elementary truths becomes modified — we
    • elementary a form as possible. It is, however, necessary also
    • [Compare: Geisteswissenschaftliche Menschenkunde]
    • various phenomena of our existence will already have become clearer,
    • questions of reincarnation, of re-embodiment.
    • the most varied stages of development. All the souls embodied
    • reincarnations, re-embodiments, during the succeeding
    • soul-spiritual development which will be attained by the normal
    • just as other men have. We can perhaps illustrate what lies at
    • longer needed to descend so deeply into physical embodiment as
    • other men, as all the beings who have just been described
    • their development in higher, more spiritual regions, who, in
    • without gaining anything from this embodiment for
    • embodiments, or from the one physical embodiment to which
    • blessing and advancement of mankind. Therefore, as we
    • the Christ-Being quite in vain in an earlier human embodiment,
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    • by James Gillen in 2013, who converted it from a scanned to a word document.
    • from a scanned to a word document. It was translated into
    • First, as in previous lectures here, I must take a moment to ask
    • the ordinary consciousness as we apply it towards the phenomena
    • of nature by measuring, by experiments in balance, through
    • when awake? We come to an assessment of the dream world only by
    • point of view of the Guardian's judgement. If such a thing is
    • development can be produced.
    • cognitive and mental powers that are already there when we want
    • philosophical arguments here — naturally there is no time
    • development of such soul exercises, arrive at what refers to
    • the facts of mental life. Because for natural science and for
    • different mental power than previously. Previously the power of
    • represents how natural phenomena has approached us. But it is
    • out of the inner forces of the soul as natural phenomena and
    • forest. We can say: all around is silence. With the environment
    • time-person just as when, in the moment of realization when he
    • others before an earthly garment, if I may call it so, was
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture I: The Significance of Supersensible Knowledge Today
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    • Theosophical movement emerged thirty years ago,
    • contradict well-documented scientific discoveries. They
    • it would sin against its own fundamental principle, which is
    • soul. The seeds for future development in the hidden recesses
    • same fundamental truth. From these lectures it will become
    • development far into the future. Spiritual science should be
    • theosophical movement acknowledges this fact and sees it as
    • most important questions. Its enormous achievements in the
    • provides, discover only disappointment. By contrast,
    • for a moment what is taking place in a country where for
    • up the establishment, and is ruthlessly introducing new laws
    • sustenance could only do harm. At first sight, this statement
    • and wise men. We must not criticize the systems of past
    • arrangements will give way to new ones and people will become
    • accustomed. But no new arrangement will have a chance of
    • those with interest in these things, I may mention that at
    • life. Many more things were mentioned, all of which called
    • a spiritual understanding of the phenomenon of man, it will
    • the ‘world-I,’ he finds contentment.”
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture II: Blood is a Very Special Fluid
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    • commentators usually provide curious interpretations of this passage.
    • go into what every commentator has said about this particular
    • recent commentator, Professor Jacob Minor.
    • sign the agreement, and as he does so, the blood, flowing
    • insight than today's intellectual, experimental sciences.
    • which expresses a fundamental truth, is known as the Hermetic
    • enjoyment and contentment life brings one gratefully accepts;
    • human beings are facing today are momentous and
    • deposit them as nourishment along the shortest route within
    • ontogeny or the development of an individual organism.
    • When tracing the stages of development in a human embryo, one
    • finds rudiments of bone and muscle long before there is any
    • development does formation of blood and blood vessels become
    • of development comparable to that of blood before they could
    • achieve the crowning glory of evolution: the enhancement and
    • when some of our contemporaries pass judgment on spiritual
    • of life. Do not for a moment imagine that the life body is
    • to pass judgment on something must be the one who has
    • ” What is here described is of immense significance,
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    • of happiness, enjoyment and hope. People who feel pain and
    • for the sake of enjoyment. It explains why a people as happy
    • and as full of enjoyment of life as the ancient Greeks had a
    • beautiful stars on the Hellenic firmament. The wise Silenus,
    • Testament the view expressed that there can dawn, within the
    • and light. A closer look at the Old Testament makes it clear
    • connection between suffering and ennoblement. Here suffering
    • higher development go together. Furthermore, humanity has
    • human life more carefully, we find phenomena that indicate
    • phenomenon that is symptomatic, although at first sight it
    • individual's essential spirit being. This is all mentioned
    • primordial creative element. The conscious spirit is seen as
    • physical. It is of the same element that permeates the whole
    • albumen.” It has one important characteristic that
    • makes it differ from lifeless albumen; it begins to
    • deteriorate the moment life has left it. That is why eggs,
    • substance, the fact that it disintegrates the moment life has
    • Thus, we are dealing with an actual phenomena.
    • moment contains death, you need only look at life within the
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    • characteristic of today's literature that it hardly mentions
    • selfless purposes. During the last decades the elementary
    • of this development.
    • could reach higher stages of development. Such exercises lead
    • higher development in no way neglect worldly, everyday
    • a fundamental and significant law: Whenever beings reach a
    • mission and passed over into another embodiment. A new
    • will pass over into a new embodiment, just as it has passed
    • develop from the most elementary stage to the loftiest.
    • physical body has gone through a corresponding development;
    • Some remained behind and are at a level of development
    • nature, the undeveloped element of love, they build a bridge
    • hearts of those who seek higher development. In order to have
  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture VI: Education in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • spiritual scientific movement began its activity some thirty
    • it is in continuous movement, mirroring every shade of
    • beings; they develop within a certain environment, and can
    • development, the child goes through more events of a similar
    • development of the embryo, so one should now respect the
    • healthy development. This is so important because before the
    • temperament. The astral body is the seat of the life of
    • feelings already mentioned, and also of the ability to
    • fourteenth years to habits, memory, temperament and so on;
    • effect on the child's senses is of immense importance. It
    • imagination, and that induces movement in the inner organs
    • world, and as long as it is in the process of development.
    • development.
    • the development of the ether body. However, the teacher must
    • The development
    • the moment he will be permitted to meet this person. At last
    • that for him, is a holy place. Such moments of veneration
    • become forces of strength in later life. It is immensely
    • already self-reliant, but its healthy development is impaired
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    • Testaments, who strive to grasp their deeper aspects, will be
    • all living creatures: the attainment of individual
    • from whom the Old and New Testaments originated looked down
    • towards the eventual attainment of an independent personality
    • survey of these solutions; it must suffice to mention just
    • instruments — the senses. The eye functions like a
    • camera obscura, the ear like a complex musical instrument.
    • development is dependent upon each of them.
    • moment of birth; at that point the maternal body is, as it
    • development of an individual's being can only be understood
    • Those with deeper insight into human development recognize
    • the moment the astral principle is freed, it produces the
    • someone with knowledge of natural remedies mentions the word
    • illustrates an important fact for understanding the element
    • anthroposophical world movement differs from other movements
    • proved simply through logical arguments. It wishes to provide
    • enhance life, transforming discontentment into contentment.
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    • such as memory, temperament, and so on, are, up to the change
    • development is reached does the human being begin a life that
    • certainly from beings who, in regard to physical development,
    • and Steiner mentions it frequently.
    • immensely strong. The higher animals such as apes were
    • development up to the seventh year. Between the change of
    • which great spiritual teachers have appeared among men. Buddha,
    • development, and must have become not merely learned, but
  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture VIII: Insanity in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • something about so-called spiritual or mental illness. The
    • statements are put forward, for example that the discord
    • religious person becomes mentally ill, his religious ideas
    • then they would have become distorted. The cause of mental
    • by visual defect is not regarded as a mental illness. A book
    • for this kind of phenomenon is as follows: A healthy person
    • contains our mental pictures of the outside world. As long as
    • bring about the accord with the physical environment becomes
    • human being can become what is called “demented”
    • becomes apparent. The form of mental illness that results
    • tiredness, argumentativeness, headaches, problems with
    • so-called spiritual or mental illnesses, natural and
  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture IX: Wisdom and Health
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    • is an elixir of life; though it cannot be proved by argument
    • understood if, in moments of sorrow or happiness, of devotion
    • moon in silent majesty, a person will see all these phenomena
    • we recognize the look an a face, or the movement of a hand as
    • phenomenon. Actually, the fact that it was seen by many
    • united with, not apart from, reality. At any moment it can
    • them into colored images and mental pictures. Anyone who
    • search, select and experiment. However, they have the
    • attained through experiments; knowledge is transformed into
    • himself with the achievements of ordinary science; he will,
    • The immense
    • made a strange sound; at that moment the man felt a fierce
    • Berne once made an interesting experiment. He took an
    • ordinary mental life, which is dimmed. This process must
  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture X: Stages in Man's Development in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • Stages in Man's Development in the Light of
    • self-knowledge rightly understood means self-development.
    • behind him, during which the fundamental character of his
    • At every moment it prevents the chemical combinations from
    • sentiments, that leaves, whereas in death the ether body also
    • “I” for a short time. This is an important moment
    • gradually adjusts to being without a physical environment. We
    • lower enjoyment clings to the astral body. The physical body
    • instrument that enables the astral body to obtain enjoyment.
    • during life, so that instead of coarser enjoyments he takes
    • record of his experiences and achievements. When he enters a
    • the tool is essential. A master pianist needs an instrument,
    • exposed to the physical elements. The ether body is not born
    • guiding its structural development. The organs grow larger,
    • the greatest importance that everything in the environment of
    • the foundation for the child's further development is laid,
    • mentioned, it is best not to give children perfect dolls and
    • the doll lacks. This encourages the development of the inner
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    • Rosicrucian document, will find nothing exceptional in them.
    • gain even elementary knowledge of this spiritual stream that
    • fragments, lost through betrayal into public hands. Not only
    • are these fragments inaccurate; they have undergone all kinds
    • today about certain elementary aspects of Rosicrucianism that
    • moment would take us too far to explain. Only when they are
    • the human being; he is the instrument, the tool through which
    • scientific movement is a path that guides human beings to the
    • overlooked, that is, the immense differences in human nature.
    • methods are developed whereby he becomes the instrument able
    • recognize that spiritual research and its achievements are in
    • rules need not concern us at the moment. We want to look at
    • deals only with the elementary stages of the whole system of
    • its Attainment.
    • of learning and inner development, adapted to the particular
    • something physical. Such a statement simply shows that the
    • make accessible the elementary stages of Rosicrucianism, it
    • decades is only the rudiments of an immeasurable,
    • The garment of Life which the Deity wears!
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    • be mentioned. Such an objection is so obvious that anyone
    • mind that when a cultural phenomenon such as Richard Wagner
    • and other phenomena. When discussing issues, whether cultural
    • phenomenon conveys. In that case the plant should be able to
    • feelings and sentiments it aroused in the poet would be
    • sense that what I have to say about the phenomenon that is
    • being obscure or sentimental, is in its approach to the world
    • cultural phenomenon such as Richard Wagner.
    • branches of art to work together, complementing one another.
    • establishments.
    • that the divine element attains consciousness in the human
    • the divine element was enacted in Egypt, in the drama of
    • being and achievement.” A wondrous, deeply religious
    • clan-community to enable the personal element to assert
    • had an intuitive presentiment about the future; he felt that
    • evolution. Human development and that of art appeared to him
    • bear in mind that I do not for a moment suggest that Wagner
    • materialist observes his fellowmen, he sees them as physical
    • ascends. The moment spirit succumbs to matter, it succumbs to
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    • instances. The Bible is after all a religious document that
    • approach, we start with the New Testament. In the earlier
    • lecture, we discussed how certain critical comments
    • Testament. Today we shall look at more positive aspects and,
    • what men of God had written under divine inspiration.
    • differ, and ask, How is it possible that a document, which
    • not. Consequently, they could not pass judgment on something
    • did these documents come to be appreciated. Reverence for the
    • conclusion is drawn that the Ecumenical Council of Nicea
    • as the New Testament. We find that the early Church Fathers
    • inferior levels, but also that at every moment they can
    • higher stages of development and we become aware that our
    • development of the human soul and spirit is of universal
    • spiritual development say: Granted that man, in regard to his
    • development is further from the lowest developed human being,
    • science is in hin agreement with that evolution. It also
    • lower stages of soul development and those attained by an
    • ideal. With this insight into spiritual development man
    • stages of spiritual development: One person has forged ahead,
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    • This document is a previously untranslated Address given by Rudolf
    • This document is a previously untranslated Address given by Rudolf
    • The e.Lib presents the first translation of this important document here,
    • of translating a very difficult German document. It is with the kind
    • moments about the future tasks and objectives of the movement he
    • development to new forms of being rules.
    • what was offered and to be the appropriate instruments for the
    • sufficiently understood words from the remaining documents; through
    • objective of which is to raise human development to a higher stage.
    • is incumbent upon me at this moment to
    • an assertion of the ideal is that an absolute agreement is demanded.
    • And usually a lack of agreement is expressed in some kind of
    • course of human development and the justification of such a principle
    • societies; whatever a person might think, in the moment he uttered
    • with the reality. Much must be said in this moment which is not in
    • agreement with much that is valid in the world. Thus it must be said:
    • would like that this simple truth be understood as being in agreement
    • agreement using the words: “I am silent“, which cannot be
    • what has happened until now refers only to a part of the endowment,
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    • himself in the act of cognition. In cognition, man uses as an instrument
    • weaves in a spirit element or music and picture. It is released from the
    • with wisdom. Heracleitos and Anaxagoras were men wise in the world who
    • all, became the heritage of the East; art became the monument of the time
    • superstitious belief in ghosts is the end of the knowledge of spirit. Men
    • Spirit. The commandments of the spiritual Power, brought to his
    • sources, commandments willed by the spirit. The spiritual life, the
    • the side of the element of rights and the state, which for a time
    • rights. The re-establishment of harmony between the two is the great social
    • element in economics. It demands the determination of rights. It must be
    • element in the handling of economic affairs. It is possible to produce
    • capacities and needs. The unfolding of the industrial element demands out
    • of :he economic life associative unions so moulded that men know their
    • fellowmen. This consciousness was a heritage of the ancient Orient. With
    • Powers sang through man to men. The cosmic word resounded from the gods
    • hearts of men into the spiritual world. In the human word mounting upward
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    • Menschliches Seelenleben und Geistesstreben im Zusammenhange
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    • evident — from the moment of waking up to the moment of
    • our body with our Ego and our soul, in an environment, which
    • extraordinarily significant moment in the evolution of
    • encounter an obstacle, particularly in the present moment of
    • human evolution, unless we bear in mind the development
    • development without any clear thoughts. At that time
    • differently the men of earlier epochs regarded education in the
    • very elementary development of the thinking forces. Oriental
    • moment of waking up to the moment of falling asleep, he felt
    • this was not clearly realised; only those men who were
    • great majority of men did hot realise this, yet they
    • men felt in one another, and they brought about the obedience
    • have often mentioned that now people imagine that everything
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    • remote past of the world's development. It is not a plausible
    • argument against a more penetrating knowledge of the
    • then he acquires at a certain moment of his life the capacity
    • back into the history of the development of the earth and of
    • and the present moon is only a fragment of the old Moon. Before
    • they did not look like men of to-day; these high
    • development.
    • Moon-Spirits, whose stage of development was one degree higher
    • all men, who had already completed its humanity upon the Sun: a
    • into each one of its parts, the element of the Sun or
    • before Christ, and who were men who had already absorbed a
    • The Fire-Spirit that poured his sparks into men is this Divine
    • could create differentiated tribes among men by sending down
    • the world. Whereas the differentiations among men were brought
    • the unity among men was brought about by the Spirit poured out
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    • Die Geistige Vereinigung der Menschheit Durch den Christus-Impuls.
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    • substances or of the physical phenomena which we can perceive
    • lifeless object we can see a soul-element, a spiritual
    • element, so that we can also speak of a soul and spirit
    • external physical development. The vegetable kingdom is then
    • way in which we have thoughts concerning our environment, when
    • INTERPENETRATE, continue their development separately and again
    • streams of development — the vegetable consciousness and
    • the cycle which is connected with the development of the
    • connected with the development of the Understanding or
    • soul? If we go back still further, we come to the development
    • development.
    • body as an instrument of perception. This brought us to the
    • during the epoch of human development when the astral body
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    • liquid there are finely dissolved those solid parts, mentioned before,
    • to meet the astral on the waves of the watery, is of immense importance
    • this in turn; what, as radiation of the watery element in connection
    • then we can say: the head-organism in its whole development, in all
    • subjective phenomena will come about, that people with sick kidneys
    • development.
    • at the present moment. But these processes in the metabolic-limb system
    • head. We are continuously attacked in our quiet development by
    • come about just as well. Then those phenomena appear, which present
    • too fast and do not approach slowly enough, the cramp-like phenomena
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    • this time. Man needs nourishment to sustain himself. He has to take
    • takes into himself from the outer environment undergoes a very powerful
    • exists in our environment. Let us look at first other things, which
    • where our foods have undergone a certain inner development until they
    • the nourishment inside us, must come from us. And this happens on the
    • receives, as nourishment driven to the point where it is taken up into
    • forth from the kidney-system (as mentioned before, the rounding forces
    • this is to try to dam the too strong development of radiating inner
    • it. Most people cannot take the real spiritual element. Therefore they
    • to the formation of the development of membranes and the whole digestive
    • his disappointment that this, which was being worked out inside the
    • way works into the astral organism, because in that moment the kidney
    • does not work in the right way, then all the phenomena that follow up
    • where our present age, the real epoch of development of the consciousness
    • so that one knows how such transformations regarding outer phenomena
    • of today. Those, I mean, were the writers of the Old Testament, where
    • (Tumpheit). And this development from Tumpheit to
    • a culture that has become heavy. One cannot quite get him in movement.
    • the same time to illuminate the different human connections. Men of
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    • of the old wise men and takes them seriously, one indeed comes to realize
    • the phenomenon that a person experienced the decay of his organs in
    • through this treatment to place the whole ether body into the right
    • that today, also, it must be said: light has a tremendous strong influence
    • how frequently rickets occurs among children who live in city apartments,
    • During that old light-filled age, which preceded our dark age, men were
    • worthy of appreciation by men of olden times. They differentiated between
    • that is, could combat death — through observation and treatment
    • how it expresses itself in the temperaments; that one began to look
    • from this world” in its inner consistency and one knew fundamentally
    • making a diagnosis of, let us say, an enlargement of the heart. He does
    • his organism after seven years. But I also mentioned last time how this
    • on too fast, such phenomena as an enlargement of the heart occurs. First
    • and foremost you can detect in the beginning of an enlargement of the
    • one must learn to see things in living movement. That is what confronts
    • — it is constantly in movement, Therefore if I want to comprehend
    • the right way that everything should be grasped in movement. (diagram
    • men were “earthworms” in regard to the cosmos. It cannot
    • But now I tell you: men
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    • carry responsibility for these developments.
    • aka: Elementary Beings Behind Physical Activities)
    • tremendously important these very questions are if we are to
    • the moment in conjunction with what we call divine cosmic
    • statement and always set its opposite on the other side.
    • Enlightenment. For his antinomian chart see his book
    • and so on. Look at the left column for a moment; an
    • aware of if only they looked at them at the right moment. Thus
    • supply this immediate adjustment with regard to what
    • does it happen that two contradictory statements can both be
    • necessity. But the compelling force of this argument comes from
    • attempt to refute the argument of a certain clergyman.
    • apart from this story — and the documents are there for
    • death he begged once more to be permitted a moment in which to
    • used this moment to make a quick manipulation and put the clock
    • moment? And was the chauffeur's tardiness just part of this
    • elemental beings; it is exactly the same when we first look at
    • called an elemental body. Outside in nature, in external
    • physical events and also the world of elemental
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    • carry responsibility for these developments.
    • at the very moment when the rock falls down.” According
    • to external judgment, and I say “external”
    • requirements only, and gets confused if we go a bit beyond
    • thinking, feeling, and willing. I mentioned that as late as the
    • I told you that there are documents showing that it was a
    • moment Lucifer is summoned — and the opposite is also the
    • time for the ahrimanic and luciferic element.
    • must bring a feeling for this element to life again in a
    • would like to deal with all natural phenomena in the same
    • phenomena people feel they are confronting absolute rigid
    • historical phenomena also being perceived as imbued with a
    • where historical phenomena are concerned we should also
    • as a historical phenomenon.
    • bring the argument “Goethe was born on August 28,
    • clock. I want to mention this folk tale as an indication of the
    • sparrow as an imagination. I just wanted to mention that.
    • Let us look at it rationally for a moment. A person in a state
    • This draws our attention to an immense temptation for the whole
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    • carry responsibility for these developments.
    • tremendously in character and temperament. It is the
    • review their past achievements and let the wisdom of
    • otherwise. I hardly need mention that after a few years the two
    • I believe the first two gentlemen ought to take a little
    • said the first two gentlemen. “The previous headmaster
    • gentlemen always say 'I know for certain that on February
    • dead element, while the third teacher entered into what
    • according to external judgments, one can indeed go astray where
    • it into their evolution. They live and work in the element of
    • the spirit of becoming, the spirit of development. When he
    • not a foreseeing of the course of the forces of movement. We
    • element that is to work out of itself is possible only when we
    • consider the phenomena that Lucifer and Ahriman carry over from
    • necessity. The moment we know all the circumstances, we
    • happen next. If I carry out an experiment, I have to
    • overhanging boulder at the moment it falls, and it crushes them
    • particularly in the case of phenomena involving human beings.
    • something that resembles the prior arrangement made by the two
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    • carry responsibility for these developments.
    • would like first of all to remind you of something I mentioned
    • do the facts a thorough injustice. When I mentioned this
    • subsequent developments.”
    • Teutonic tribes, the whole subsequent development of Central
    • through world events and spreading out over immense regions.
    • into a short time span. I only want to mention this so that you
    • mentioned in connection with these studies, namely, that
    • our past achievements, looking at a successful or
    • said, for such objections do exist. Consider for a moment
    • Freedom is fundamentally a kind of illusion. For if a ball is
    • merely to follow the momentum.”
    • out, we cannot see the further development of our soul in as
    • dimmed. The whole point of punishment is to awaken forces in
    • punishment.” Now a great many theories have been
    • drawn up concerning reasons for giving punishment. The one and
    • punishment is given for the sake of exerting the soul forces so
    • itself. It must hold up a mirror, for the moment the eye holds
    • up a mirror to see itself, it cannot see the object. The moment
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    • moment we are interested in the I.) The experience of
    • possession of our I, for what we have is a mental image
    • true act of will, and the mental picture we have of the
    • gives us our mental image of the I. Therefore, on the
    • the eyes, not through any kind of external judgment but through
    • Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment,
    • everyday phenomenon. People did not first have to
    • in the same way as they still saw elemental life in the outside
    • world, the elemental aura that modern people have lost sight of
    • path that an auric element surrounds and interpenetrates the
    • humanity progresses, merely natural development will be
    • their environment. When they look at outer, physical nature,
    • out experiments and then describe them. But they do not venture
    • experiments reveal. They remain on the surface. In relation to
    • experiment nowadays also observes what it radiates back to him,
    • what it presents to him. He only dreams of nature. The moment
    • because the following statement was really made out of a kind
    • outer world except for his mental images of it. He will
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  • Title: Social Question as a Problem: Lecture I: The Inner Experience of Language
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    • spiritual world men have had before they die act forcibly
    • impulse that must cause a powerful social movement to take
    • the dead are not understood by them. Many thoughts that men
    • pronounced judgment; to have judged, to pass
    • [Translator's note: The argument here
    • conception of the circular movement from left to right, the
    • fundamental concrete conception. But “Spirit
    • think, if from one side only it is mentioned that the human
    • and observe him in his movements, the way he acts, you no
    • finds most men of today—if you will allow me to say
    • so—sluggards, men who go round with their hands in
    • thinking is just to be slovenly. But most men are that today.
    • keep in sight the deeper essentials of human development from
    • (which I have already mentioned here as essential for future
    • words comes to expression. And men can find their way back to
    • Few men are
    • the same movement in eurhythmy. It is no arbitrary matter
    • very strongly, very powerfully with the development of our
    • development. During this fifth post-Atlantean period speech
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    • this problem is intimately connected with the fundamentals of
    • Spiritual Science have a special inducement to regard this
    • behind the social movement. On the other hand, however, these
    • fundamentally, to concentrate their gaze on the fundamentals.
    • movement, and for this it is necessary to make ourselves
    • acquainted with certain fundamental facts without knowledge
    • what they will. But in the age of the development of the
    • development of the consciousness soul. Therefore much will
    • flow into the social movement which, begun half a century
    • understanding? That must live in the hearts of men and must
    • other hand, language plays in men's international operation
    • prevails among men. Today let us spend a little time on
    • speech. As I mentioned yesterday we had three periods of
    • turning our attention to the development of language, till
    • now we, as earthly men, have developed a certain inclination
    • the esoteric development of the individual man. What I am now
    • Imagination for esoteric development: but the fault genius
    • developed which men can see as their ideal economic life. But
    • necessary for men to work towards what should be achieved in
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    • spiritual depth, that statements concerning Spiritual Science are made
    • judgment entirely in accordance with their own knowledge. It is not
    • judgement comes about merely because one refuses to go into the sources
    • contemporaries in the direction where we have to look for the improvement
    • world, which can appear to men as a reality and not merely as something
    • to be disclosed through a sum of concepts. Today most men prefer to
    • present world situation. For there are men who understand how to estimate
    • of the times better than people outside the Anthroposophical Movement.
    • Movement would feel moved by what is so critical in the present state
    • from the point of view of frontiers is also discussed among men today,
    • to that of the migration of peoples. The tempo has been tremendously
    • date. The danger has not diminished, but since all his arguments were
    • At the same time, however, we may not forget that just those men who,
    • to succeed the old deluded ideas? It is just such men who immediately
    • That is the tragedy, the fearful destiny, of our time, that men indeed
    • necessity for reshaping the ideas that were unable to save men from
    • this dreadful catastrophe? No! He would say that were men to turn again
    • barrel. This is the reverse of what is able to lead men to a sound attitude
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    • of men and so on. Only a deep understanding of things can help to clear
    • I said that on certain points, compared with many of the statements
    • very fundamental observation, the temptations arising from the scholarly
    • be underrated. It is true that if men have sufficient power of discriminations
    • appreciated, far too little heeded by men—in this chaos many different
    • to make you familiar with the kind of judgment about some particular
    • anywhere in the phenomenal world, there lives the divine, that, in a
    • of phenomena there is spirit, spirit, spirit. I have always called your
    • that where men would deceive themselves these things should play a really
    • recognised creed. For once we will look at the kind of pronouncements
    • Catholic Christian would not dare take such a path as the one recommended
    • by God in a way that is out of the ordinary upon men who are out of
    • of grace upon outstanding men and may not be striven after, accouding
    • a certain enhancement of the general life of the soul which does not
    • bring men to any extra-ordinary faculty but to a raising og the faculties
    • and its Attainment. He would say: man strives for special faculties
    • his behaviour, only an enhancement, as it were, a facility in becoming
    • world ground him just as rhynical men with his physical senses, sees
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    • from many sides today to the detriment of present knowledge as well
    • to his fellow men, the old relation no longer being suitable, so that
    • relationship with merely the outer manifestation of his fellowmen. Life
    • to men of the present time. For the present age is a very critical one
    • for men on earth. Up to the fifteenth century, and, since things do
    • sense rather out of the ordinary where the evolution of men is concerned.
    • throughout the old Indian end old Persian development, and so on, ever
    • fellow men. He is not surrounded by the real beings into whom he must,
    • a great deal about man's attitude to his environment, though insufficient
    • with the animal and human kingdoms. Unconsciously men already have,
    • fear of the truth which always unconsciously holds men back from really
    • body men remain—even the most advanced of them—where what
    • smell of which I have spoken and, forgive me, the childishness of men,
    • nose in our physical men, the etheric nose not being sufficiently developed.
    • And the childishness of men does not allow us to confess its presence
    • because , as men, we are too conceited to do so. Yet this is how the
    • and men. And the beings he would directly perceive in their whole constitution
    • to the insensitive men of today as sophistry, must gradually become
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    • will become increasingly so for all men, to learn to understand the
    • it but jumped back, thus men would jump away from the spiritual world.
    • perfectly well known to us, namely, how we as men behave when we bear
    • we should bear in mind that our body is tremendously rich between going
    • with the instrument of the physical body. In actual fact a tremendously
    • one of tremendous richness. But this life does not cease when we wake
    • of our environment through our body—and this is a very pertinent
    • reality with our environment has the strength of the sunlight, and what
    • us, we must also perceive our environment through what results in a
    • unable directly to face what in reality we experience of our environment.
    • As men we are actually as if we were blinded by a sunbeam and what we
    • have referred must be borne in mind. Fundamentally it is not very difficult
    • he says to himself: The joys, the exhilarating moments of life I accept
    • brought me these exhilarating moments of joy. But all that I know comes
    • systematic way that is recommended, for example, in my book Knowledge
    • of the attitude of soul existing among men today, there can be excellent
    • of our physical environment can be particularly well understood. It
    • to as the thinking about nature and natural phenomena. It is on this
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    • certain time by livingly re-uniting Himself with earthly development.
    • We could speak of this point in paradox—had men not taken upon
    • way we characterise one of those great, fundamental contradictions life
    • of time, in a little mentioned province of the world-wide Roman Empire,
    • man arises out of the becoming and the weaving of the phenomena of nature,
    • coming into being bring the moral too into the development of mankind.
    • really grasp the Old Testament but the essential innermost being weaving
    • existence. A believer in the Old Testament must look upon the Jahve-God
    • the Old Testament is thought of as the contrast between the Jahve-Impulse
    • divine. Both of these, however, had reached their highest point of development.
    • that such a refinement of spirituality, such a height in the conceptual
    • a straight-forward ascending development as the modern theory of evolution
    • these two streams flowing—the one to the highest outer development
    • and at the very time one is coming to this highest outer development
    • the other is coming to its greatest inner development. And at the same
    • time men have arrived on the one hand at a certain height, where the
    • reduced to nil, the moment the pendulum has swung out as far to the
    • moment pagan and Jewish culture had reached their zenith the force that
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    • and will use every moment possible to be together in spirit with one
    • follow only with sorrow, what our Anthroposophical development wills.
    • did not mean that He would be inactive among men but that He would be
    • encouragement, giving them strength; so that when these souls know what
    • forth in an ever clearer and richer stream for men. For this very reason
    • body we have to count on our body as an instrument. Man would simply
    • life we were indeed the very men we now call forefathers) these men
    • than that of today. They were more instinctive beings. And the men of
    • external arrangements (recently I have given an account of these in
    • nature. And it is only honourable to admit that the farther men progress
    • in the development of this intellect—and development in the consciousness
    • age is pre-eminently development of the intellect—the more incomprehensible
    • and more a going back—the greater the development of the intellect
    • development. It was for this reason also that in a certain sense historically
    • Christ came once again, united Himself with the men who peopled the
    • but for the moment the personality of soul and spirit of Goethe. It
    • upon this monstrous phenomenon in human events, where the world is reedy
    • inclination mankind has today for forming unprejudiced judgment on this
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    • the soul, but rather a certain development of our world of
    • statements is not to be sought in the same fields as are the
    • proofs for scientific certainties. With such a line of argument
    • one can't do much. The line of argument which is available for
    • presentiment, a premonition out of the correctness, from deep
    • realities which play supersensibly into our environment; it
    • them, from one moment to the next become another, because the
    • one moment either light or less luminous, less radiant or
    • moment this clairvoyant awareness rises up in you, you feel
    • the outer boundary existing in a constant surging movement, so
    • everything from these images. I have already mentioned that
    • endlessly larger. Just to mention aside, the astral plane has
    • folk art representations of wonderful phenomena, of a butterfly
    • moments in life when you leave the physical worlds to a certain
    • extent. This is already a higher degree of human development
    • accomplished through specific levels of development, after we
    • This participation of the human being in the development of the
    • as mentioned earlier. Next, what has to be observed is what the
    • of images. When the human being ascends in his development, he
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    • benefit fundamentally ever more from the work than had been
    • mentioned about himself, regarding his life, his striving, his
    • through Goethe's statements, as expressed in letters directed
    • to the consideration just mentioned. One discovers, on looking
    • huge, so all-encompassing and with expansive enlightenment that
    • Upon this relationship Goethe arrived momentarily in his life.
    • Thus Goethe allows Faust to doubt that within the immense
    • revelation. In this moment however we discover the danger which
    • moment?
    • Right here is one of the dramatic moments in Goethe's
    • one needs to look at the drama, at the artistic elements
    • without comment, explanations or considerations, one steps into
    • fulfilment into expression and to revelation. When both
    • It can appear to one with the deepest discernment in this form
    • giving in to no illusion, that the aforementioned is mixed into
    • that, we know that every moment we dive into ourselves, we are
    • Thus these two elements which are found in life stand out in
    • our quite normal development. Not continuously coming to terms
    • defeated by that underlying development which we allow in
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    • genuine self-knowledge is an accompanying phenomenon which
    • the Higher Worlds, running parallel with development of all our
    • most varied stages of human development. We will commence with
    • element we discuss to what could be called “occult
    • self-knowledge which could be cultivated and recommended. For
    • because a comprehensive measure for judgement is missing.
    • Everything undertaken with reference to soul development as an
    • advancement on your life path, is good; everything which holds
    • on a elevated level of higher development is called
    • of the environment from the personal to the impersonal. Next we
    • moment we widen our outlook, the very moment we develop our
    • environment, others can actually see how our aura enlarges all
    • more obvious how people, as an echo of their environment, have
    • a small aura. When we start to refine our judgement, making it
    • Grotesque as it may sound — knowledge of the environment
    • earlier immobility. It was mentioned already — not
    • first step, knowledge of the environment, will relatively soon
    • has to be added that a person in his normal development can
    • higher development and is unable to know what lies within his
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    • kiváltképpen a vérrokonság volt a halál után a lélek mentsvára.
    • könnyebben menjen a dolog, megpróbálunk emlékezve rágondolni,
    • tudni, nemcsak elméletileg – hogyha az ember átment az ún.
    • vonatkozóan mennyire szükséges a megértés kellő előkészítésének
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    • should be made the centre of the movement for Spiritual Science from
    • which the movement it was built for could have been carried on. There
    • position Spiritual Science or Anthroposophy claims in the whole development
    • the historical development of mankind. One of these, which has achieved
    • its greatest intellectual development in the last few centuries, can
    • be traced back to what we may call the Old Testament outlook on the
    • the one stream of human development. And this still holds good up to
    • the present day in the modern development of this stream.
    • the establishment relationship with the inartistic element of the present
    • case the thought element, the intellectual, is principally developed.
    • 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,
    • relation with this latter element. It revives bygone styles, old methods
    • been a great disadvantage in another sense to the development of modern
    • of humanity there is something of the Jehovah-striving of the Old Testament,
    • our civilised life will never be raised until men's hearts are once
    • development of humanity. The very shape of the building impresses you
    • with the sense of something new making its way into the development
    • quite originally and elementally, out of the intuitive thinking.
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    • something that has a new element to be brought into the evolution of
    • development in the configuration in the capitals of the columns as well
    • grown out of the architecture. That is the fundamental principle upon
    • if you attach exaggerated importance to the nomenclature which as a
    • and that nomenclature is from a certain standpoint justifiable. But
    • to abide by such nomenclature would of course be most inartistic. The
    • that which is to come after. Through the entire development here neither
    • element. Now we shall see the third pillar by itself. (5A)
    • essential new element that has been brought into the idea of this Building.
    • how forms which are in living movement grow through and grow out of
    • grown out of the previous one. Follow the development further so that
    • Then you would get a development which is really modelled from nature
    • a mysteriously complicated element (see the red line). So that the later
    • most perfect result in the development of the organic creation and that
    • to understand a certain inward power of development that we must learn
    • of the world with its dead element, with its destructive element containing
    • appear new and young make nothing but sentimental and vogue claims.
    • to go to sleep. There is much too pronounced an attitude among men for
    • to sleep a bit, we can dream a little, one can be a sentimental mystic.
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    • we see that this fundamental principle to draw forth all that is pictorial
    • from colour, can really only be at the very beginning of its development.
    • artistic feeling certainly will only be admitted by him who has a presentiment
    • that in this world each element represents a creative whole. If we have
    • Blue, for instance will always help if we wish to express movement,
    • the elemental beings which develop their forms of themselves out from
    • in the arrangement of the Building, which strives to give an understanding
    • course entirely derived from the colour; yet it also forms an element
    • in that, with the commencement of the fifth post-Atlantean civilisation
    • characteristic of our age. Of the real fundamental character of this
    • seeking few men as yet are conscious. Since the 15th century we have
    • he who to-day is not himself dead, as most learned men are in soul,
    • which is already the youth of the next planetary embodiment of the earth.
    • of the inner soul-development is painted in the small dome. Of course
    • is just what must be overcome. There are many more elementary impressions
    • Persian period, continued its development in the Goethean period of
    • Sea northwards into Europe, and this Initiation-stream reaches its fulfilment
    • in temperament, in character and the joyous inclination towards that
    • temperament of man but are no longer human as such.
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture I: The Problem of Faust
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    • colourless theory. In the souls of men in the earlier
    • of healing was associated in men's s minds with a profoundly
    • And you yourself, a young men then,
    • parchments, from books, ma calls the mood that has come over
    • Some venerable parchment then if you unroll
    • this moment. When we consider all that we meet with in Faust,
    • been completely revolutionised, a real soul-development has
    • look at the external phenomena of the outside world, but to
    • absolutely characterises the two men, After Faust has dreamed
    • simple phenomenon Faust sees also something spiritual.Let us
    • must be; but fundamentally we are concerned with what is
    • line, for whoever goes through spiritual development Faust
    • Testament. And the way in which he does so is a wonderful
    • particular moment. Those who know the workings of the deeply
    • represented as deep wisdom by the learned gentlemen who quote
    • men bandy about truth and error when they undertake much a
    • By the first line a moment tarry,
    • in his true form. He then calls up the four elements and
    • fundamentally self-knowledge, a self-knowledge that Goethe
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    • the whole development of the Faust poem. It is indeed
    • all this followed her confinement. She lost her reason,
    • pretty considerable knowledge of the commentaries on
    • and that those connected with that are thoroughly bad men. He
    • just evil men with a very evil doctrine. Then one of the two,
    • could sit in concealment. At a given signal he beheld a very
    • night of April 30) rub themselves with a certain ointment
    • obtain information about the mixing of the magic ointment any
    • not recommended to those who, like Franz in Hermann Barr's
    • Moon, that unites itself with the former Moon-element, when
    • is man's element; the Will-o'-the-wisps, issuing from the
    • moon element still in the Earth, it is in accordance with the
    • world that is seen to be fluctuating, in movement, as it
    • he only assumes one; Faust for the moment is not in his
    • physical body; Will-o'-the-wisps are elemental beings who
    • For this deeper element Faust is seeking
    • elemental. The following is a wonderful passage:
    • not the same sense of smell as men have, neither is it a
    • wants to go straight — men go zigzag. So it disturbs
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    • spirits of men were seeking with infinite enthusiasm for
    • Fichte was teaching with an immense enthusiasm for knowledge.
    • said about Fichte both in the development of the
    • they are about him how he strove an elemental way to
    • around the Goethe. These men sought to penetrate beyond what
    • mind of men like Fichte, Schelling, Hegel, when I'm talking
    • fundamentally, even the striving after the highest may at the
    • he has absorbed. He lives in a living, spiritual element of
    • with the spiritual element of the past:
    • tremendous dangers surrounding him.
    • of them. — Fundamentally, every genuine refutation,
    • dramatic. Goethe strove again and again lead men beyond the
    • bring about, to a certain degree, Helen's embodiment. To this
    • of the opinion that there were certain devices enabling men
    • physical body but a favorable moment originates from physical
    • Mephistopheles, the ahrimanic element, appears. For the
    • forces — succeeded in his experiment, it might have
    • brought little men to life in his room, but then could not
    • of such a man. There are, of course, still men today who have
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    • remind yourselves of how the moment Mephistopheles mentions
    • development of his Faust.
    • happen to Faust in the moment that this higher mystery is
    • moment that the threshold is passed everything is in constant
    • movement, and the world of the senses rises out of all this
    • continual movement like petrified forms.
    • this world so penetrated by movement — the imaginative world
    • prepares himself beforehand in the female element. And we
    • to what goes on up to the moment when impregnation takes
    • intellect, with which men perceives the world of the senses,
    • significant factor in Faust is development.
    • mention in Plutarch of how the world has a triangular form.
    • completed its development. The polaric 7, Hyperborean 7,
    • But in the next moment that has flowed away water has water
    • together yourselves out of any elementary book on physics.
    • the conjuration scene can be demonstrated by experiment. Out
  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture V: Faust and the Problem of Evil
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    • phenomena of Birth and Death entered the heart and mind of
    • the problem of Evil. In Atlantean time the phenomena of Birth
    • epoch far more vividly and directly, in a far more elemental
    • fundamentally speaking, was after all but a faint repetition
    • What I have said in this moment need only be envisaged in a
    • fundamental premiss: that it is the task of the fifth
    • wonderful enhancement. No single word could be removed, where
    • enhancement, and you will see how Goethe emphasises the
    • — that is what you have in the enhancements of the
    • Menelaus. He appeared in Greece; and with Helena's consent
    • and Menelaus took Helena back with him again. That is the
    • acquiesce in her elopement; Paris did not elope with her, but
    • War was ended, Menelaus himself travelled to Egypt, and
    • in the last of my Mystery Plays. It is an important moment
    • this moment the Impulse of Evil knows it: — Those who
    • astrologer, with suggestive influences — I mentioned it
    • great errors as I mentioned recently, — all these are
    • characteristic error, but we could mention hundreds of others
    • element that works in the woman before fertilisation. This
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    • struggle had already been there in a more elemental, in a
    • their fellowmen, and thereby also upon Birth and Death. In
    • with the forces of Evil in an elemental way, just as they did
    • possible for men to bring Evil over the Earth, by exploiting
    • dimensions than hitherto. Even directly out of the force of
    • are derived out of the blood-relationship of men. Now they
    • are in the realm of men, and as Angel-beings who have
    • detriment. We have before us no mere subjective rebel against
    • women. Paris gave Aphrodite the prize of beauty.
    • a problem that gives men very much to do, and they can never
    • permeated by that element of which I have also told von
    • paradoxical when one asserts that it is good for men that
    • hinder its development. Therefore one should refrain from
    • enlightenment about itself. Think only how proud it was of
    • moment, what is so often said in official quarters to this
    • has to happen among men must also be undertaken by men. If we
  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture VII: Some Spiritual-Scientific Observations
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    • that there is anything in the course of Goethe's development
    • physical development between birth and death if he were only
    • that in the course of his earthly development he should
    • life I have mentioned, with what I have just been describing.
    • development, peculiar to man, beginning in the middle of his
    • development aright, we may see his struggle for
    • tormenting thought: “We are in the world as men,
    • feeling, thinking and willing as men, but we really only know
    • that element in knowledge which does not correspond to
    • further development of his poem, he undertakes to show what
    • — what he believed the men of his circle actually
    • nearer Greece and had to live as a man among Greek men. Helen
    • — as a Greek and the most beautiful of Greek women, as
    • dim apprehension that became at the same time a torment for
    • fundamentally very far from all that lives and weaves in the
    • springs than do his waking moments.
    • instance what used to be called the elements. Today we call
    • spiritual nature, something of the essence of the elemental
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    • science today can never pronounce judgment on anything beyond
    • consciousness there also lies a very great deal of what a men
    • asleep. For even en little reflection will show you that men
    • say that not only do men dream during their waking hours,
    • his waking life, very often there are moments when he
    • dreaming. Because men have so little inner, technical
    • one-sided. And men's heads are bound to be full of this
    • element that is by no means chaotic, it is merely different,
    • connection. From the moment you begin to fall asleep till you
    • to send thoughts to innumerable people. The union between men
    • rule if anyone has evil thoughts about you. On the whole, men
    • relation to the world and to men; they would also be stern
    • these earth-lives, as men we passed through earlier stages of
    • reasons already mentioned, supersensible knowledge is of
    • dream-life. And the moment the Oread begins to speak to
    • with the world of ordinary daytime reality. The moment the
    • on, because he is afraid of the stormy, surging element into
    • world is this? Fundamentally, it is the world of the ancient
    • phenomena, all that has remained of a previous period of he
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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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    • possible within the course of human development, when we look
    • phenomena, and how he built up a botany on the basis of
    • give you a brief description of the primal phenomena and
    • theories but to the so-called primal phenomena for his
    • phenomenon. But it cannot be claimed that so far there has
    • primal phenomenon in inanimate nature when we consider how he
    • men, in the so-called Newtonian theory of colors — in that
    • investigations and experiements, what views he could form
    • let him keep the instruments, the apparatus, and he then set
    • natural phenomena. It was an outlook that rejected all
    • about natural phenomena, but traced back one set of natural
    • phenomena to another, traced them merely to primal
    • appearances, primal phenomena.
    • appear. Goethe's way was not to add to phenomena hypotheses
    • phenomena speak for themselves. In this way Goethe brought a
    • as the primal phenomenon, the simplest phenomenon, is
    • all theory where natural phenomena are concerned, and really
    • is willing to apply thinking only for assembling phenomena in
    • that, for the phenomena of external nature, he did not
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    • some tremendous change in their soul on leaving dry land for
    • Siren-sounds are those that entice the souls of men out of
    • secret of men's becoming; and the initiate it in to the holy
    • put men together out of Axieros standing in the middle, and
    • has peculiar experiences in this regard. Men come to a
    • movement like Spiritual Science from very different motives.
    • all that flows out of elemental forces. Not even in art does
    • objection that it is not natural, because, among men today,
    • beings belonging to the third elemental world, from which our
    • Because of this he feels men do not listen to him, do not
    • soul. On many occasions he has advised men, warned men; once
    • into which we men and women grow as we become old. There you
    • such fundamental knowledge, as Goethe could see what follows
    • fundamentally abstract. He considered that everything
    • difficulty of knowing the spirit is the fundamental
    • experience, the fundamental impulse in the soul of one who
    • being, the ascent into the elements, which is a finding of
  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture XI: The Vision of Reality in the Greek Myths
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    • and opportunities of development. But, in addition to this,
    • soul only Homunculus, an elemental spirit who has come to a
    • knowledge acquired outside the instrument of the physical
    • poetry, there is a true vision of reality. And the element
    • world was much closer for the men of old than for the
    • men climbed a mountain, for instance, they did not merely
    • instrument, the body. The more sensitive sea-faring folk
    • still have this experience. But the men of old felt as a
    • inner development that there lies the significance of this
    • one-sided development, raising the human critical
    • telescoped into a single moment of life. In the Greek
    • concealed in man, in his development from the human
    • place, in concealment within the human being, are going on
    • consciously as dreamy presentiment, as the foreshadowing of a
    • becomes the stamen and pistil of the flower. He also believed
    • Metamorphosis. But Goethe could only give us the elementary
    • that is demonic, the elemental beings of a spiritual nature,
    • course of natural phenomena to the point where, as he so
    • of all the elements — earth, water, fire, air, all
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    • enjoy a poem, a work of art, in the same element in which it
    • of use. You see, there are two fundamental feelings at the
    • as the attainment of a goal if, on the one hand, he thinks as
    • distinguishes the man of learning who is fundamentally
    • germinate men's desires arising out of the life of instinct.
    • into action, we again come to a boundary. Fundamentally,
    • already referred to. Men must understand precisely from what
    • goal over all hindrances, disappointments and disillusions.
    • And whoever strives to avoid disillusionment, and refuses to
    • moments of life, cannot press forward to knowledge of man, to
    • initial stage. If we want to describe this development, we
    • help in time of need, to make good what men as a whole had no
    • to Him at the right moment.
    • And when it is possible for men to feel both at the same time
    • another. And then, as for development, one box represents the
    • regarded as scientific lunacy of the enlightenment period of
    • the human being, when a hardening process takes place in men.
    • expansion. Goethe sensed this in its elementary stages. Read his
    • then to petal, stamen, on to pistil; how he describes it as a
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    • Der Uebersinnliche Mensch, Anthroposophisch Erfasst.
    • Der Uebersinnliche Mensch, Anthroposophisch Erfasst.
    • observed by the senses, which can be proved by experiments and
    • being of man, even though men do not as yet bring it to full
    • spiritual elemental force, what now must also be in the world,
    • of soul which I actually mean. But I mention beforehand that I
    • value for knowledge. However, this dream life is immensely
    • from one another comes together. By putting together fragments
    • honest and true one. For at that moment when one just gets
    • content, at this moment an unspeakable pain, an unlimited
    • experiences at this moment of cognition. And one has to
    • the present moment to which we have lived the earthly life.
    • look from the present moment of our life into our own past. We
    • don't see the bodily at that moment, we only remember it, but
    • mentioned books, for this can only be achieved by the
    • up. If you try hard, the course of the day up to this moment
    • man as spirit and soul, and at this moment one sees beyond the
    • the bodily. But at this moment when one has freed oneself from
    • environment which will then be there for man. One learns to
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    • Today we will occupy ourselves with an important document of
    • relationship to it. It is the Ten Commandments, which we will
    • help clarify our understanding of this document.
    • these Ten Commandments concur with various laws and
    • commandments of other ancient folk and don't really depict
    • What we have examined in the developmental route of mankind in
    • enormity, which struck mankind, in the Ten Commandments given
    • who became however at specific times an instrument, a mouth
    • From that moment onwards people had to be told: Just as an
    • this moment onward only be from one “I” to another
    • To withdraw people from this kind of involvement and the
    • this way we must translate the announcement of the
    • instance the First Commandment was heard at that time. All
    • inaccuracies. Now I want to present the first commandment to
    • First Commandment: I am the everlasting Divine, which you
    • the indication of how, through acknowledgement of one's own
    • This was given to the Jews as a commandment, which was
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    • the nourishment of people and animals the pain could
    • soft conditions. On contemplating this whole development, the
    • activity within the entire development appears to us as one of
    • development certain extraordinary important stages were
    • development before our souls when we contemplate the following:
    • development. While no great difference in the physical exchange
    • Sun Being, who had up to a specific moment in time his stage in
    • moment from the sun down to the earth. This is something which
    • allows us to see in depth into spiritual development: through
    • the earth, underwent through this deed an important development
    • the Mystery of Golgotha: at the very same moment the blood
    • flowed out of the wounds of the Redeemer, at that moment the
    • moment Paul's reasoning consciousness changed into the higher
    • consciousness, what did he see? He saw in that moment this
    • with the earth. Thus we may point out this important moment of
    • development.
    • being which gradually matures, to the right moment, ready for
    • documents. It has already been said that originally no hard
    • in previous embodiments in Atlantean bodies. If we look
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    • life it is fraught with difficulties, and that the statements I
    • thereof, draw men as though by the power of some fascination
    • bear upon the development of spiritual life is bound to
    • the process of development through which the theosophical
    • movement has passed will be aware of what sharp words and what
    • but on the part of the founder of the theosophical movement,
    • you will consider those men who, about the middle of the
    • attempts made by men in the present day towards the
    • fundamentalising of world-theories are to be found in still
    • can be investigated by means of instruments, there still
    • Berlin University and studying the anatomy of men and
    • When, however, improvements in microscopes made it
    • animals as their garment, now resolved itself, so far as the
    • “matter” became popular by-words, while men like
    • development of mental life. Anyone who may be inclined to think
    • development, been passing through a materialistic stage of
    • education the age of enlightenment.
    • development of the nineteenth century, and anyone
    • development of humanity at that time will be enabled to
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    • moment in the evolution of humanity when intellectualism began
    • documents speak for themselves, they largely read into them the
    • suppose for a moment that it had really succeeded. What would
    • development of the Consciousness Soul itself.
    • us consider for a moment what they imagined. The in-breathing
    • men upheld as their ideas. But in a case such as I am now
    • the authority of individual men. There was no such popular
    • individuals among us felt how the thoughts of men appear when
    • they flow out after death into the ethereal environment of the
    • And yet, in certain moments when they took deep counsel with
    • of a tremendous inner effort. He was conscious of fatigue in
    • presence in the spiritual environment of the earth, perceptible
    • at least in certain moments of their surface consciousness.
    • immediate environment of the earth — in the same measure,
    • again upon the minds of men. Thence there arise such social
    • movements as we see today. We must understand these too as to
    • there were many people — men of knowledge who stood in
    • statement in the age of evolution of consciousness (the age of
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    • the lecturer, by kind permission of Marie Steiner and in agreement
    • menacing form. Those who were able to follow the course of events,
    • there was really no possibility of basing the management of public
    • been within the reach of many leading men, they were not willing to
    • Norway can count among its people, men who will range themselves on
    • possible. Up here there is a certain detachment from European
    • convenience men brush aside all that is said with the intention of
    • times about disarmament and other ‘luxuries’ of the kind — for
    • surrounded on all hands by really marvellous technical achievements.
    • disarmament, about the desirability of ending wars... a great war
    • disarmament conferences, if the people of Asia cannot perceive
    • men flee, which for the sake of ease they would fain avoid, but which
    • struck. Either men will resolve to bring forth the spirituality of
    • is for men themselves to decide for or against spirituality. If
    • only be possible for a spiritual Movement to be taken seriously when
    • with inner understanding men are prepared to ascribe to it a mission
    • men did not speak of the great mechanical processes in the Universe
    • heavens, he loses himself. By far the most important elements
    • from what it was in times when men also spoke of ‘unborn-ness.’
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    • From this it may be concluded that for consciousness, for mental
    • necessary; while a thriving life, vehement and intense, is necessary
    • arm, when we do this or that, we can perceive what movements
    • death. In his earthly development, however, man is so constituted that
    • acquires its real significance for us when it becomes our environment
    • moment comes when the Angel must as it were deliver up to the
    • moment of time; he should be received with warmth. And then he will be
    • Science must assume that in former earthly lives many men became more
    • the present phase of evolution, there are many men whose life between
    • When we carefully observe the life of to-day we find that although men
    • him through the world of the Elements, through fire, air, water and
    • all the conditions described have been fulfilled by the achievements
    • because all his thinking is absorbed in words. This is a fundamental
    • characteristic of modern men.
    • Earthly life in its historical development, especially in its present
    • becoming apparent in the life of the peoples — to give men who
    • his corpse is committed to the Earth, or to the Elements. His true
  • Title: Cosmic Forces in Man: Lecture III: The Mission of the Scandanavian Peoples
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    • and love for his fellow-men; in this way he enables his Guardian Angel
    • core of our being, is the element appertaining to the will, and in a
    • times, religion, education, indeed every domain of mental and
    • egotism. On the one side they encourage inertia by not spurring men on
    • into play whenever mention is made of the life after death. Life after
    • that Indians differ from Americans or Englishmen, but Swedes are often
    • existence and that, fundamentally, this physical existence is governed
    • programmes, men disperse without having come to any real decision
    • seemed to you to be the direct expression of violent, elemental
    • North may well have been perplexed, for it really was as though men
    • — even a period fraught with happenings as momentous as those of
    • — all this begins to take on a more superficial character. Men
    • are called upon to lay hold of Christianity in a more elementary way,
    • regarded as an undesirable element in Christianity... There you have
    • can truly be said that there, in the South, men looked back to a lofty
    • aside; the human element had more and more taken the place of
    • and more put aside and the human element brought to the fore.
    • fundamentally human influence to the South. And so the lofty primeval
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    • transport ourselves in imagination toRammenau in Oberlausitz, a
    • spot not far from Kamenz in
    • that at this moment were showing signs of deep distress. The boy
    • visiting the landowner in Rammenau. He had come over from his
    • arrived too late to hear the clergyman of Rammenau, well known
    • Gottlieb grew up in an environment full of intimacy and affection,
    • pupils lived together involved much concealment towards the
    • felt — concealment, duplicity, deceit in any place intended
    • environment, as happy indeed as he could wish. He was able
    • and it was this acquired knowledge of men which found expression
    • house he was frequently invited to make comments on this or that
    • opportune moment, appeared the writer Weisse, who had become one of his
    • closely absorbed also in what was going on in his own environment.
    • then filling the minds of all men, to the mental reactions provoked
    • processes at work in his environment, he developed in close
    • communion with the Swiss element. And we always find that this
    • German-Swiss element left a permanent mark on the whole personality
    • grasp the impression which the Swiss environment, the Swiss
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    • So it is perhaps no overstatement if we express the following view:
    • Christmas mood from what we can see in today's environment. There is a
    • men the consciousness that the individual human soul can feel firmly
    • supported by the spiritual power just described, and that all men of
    • old, which differed essentially from the feelings and sentiments that
    • winter garment.”
    • Over the mountains the holy men ride.
    • nature of the artistic element in these plays can only be reached by
    • born out of the whole human being! And the attunement to the Christmas
    • spread. There people felt something tremendous when words such as
    • Sumens illud Ave
    • Mutans nomen Evae!
    • elementary phenomena of nature, and at the same time, what they saw in
    • the human elements of the Holy Legend:
    • feel this requires a mood, an inner attunement, which simply cannot
    • For, that fundamentally materialistic trait, which permeates today the
    • when such a thing as the tree of knowledge in paradise is mentioned.
    • documented that already in the 15th century, in the vicinity of the
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    • belong to its requirements, to its deepest longings. And it is with
    • refreshment of something in him which, ever since they gained
    • understanding of it, men have considered all-powerful in life,
    • sentiments, feelings and ideas it contains had their origin in an age
    • astronomer. Other members of Western civilization, men of widely
    • clear to him that he is to enter a murderous strife with men who are
    • descended from the same ancestors as himself, men in whose veins
    • indeed! If we accept certain movements that remained secret, Western
    • moment quite remote. Beginning then with the latter, we are told
    • Arjuna cosmic secrets, great immense teachings. Then his pupil is
    • comes to men of the West who undoubtedly have an
    • understanding for earthly things! It comes to men who have attained
    • proofs and scientific arguments. Let us imagine all that Socrates
    • and refinement, in the circle of his pupils, but in a different
    • moment when in the next instant his soul is to be severed from his
    • intention of bringing the souls of the men around him to believe in
    • time when the souls of men, having gone through manifold
    • super-sensible. We now are at the beginning of an age wherein men's
    • chieftain! This already seems symbolical. Men of ancient times had
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    • deepest sense of the word. For the moment we will only indicate this
    • horror-stricken, his charioteer suddenly appears as the instrument
    • episode we already have a moment of great intensity and also an
    • gone only a few steps — or even had only a dim presentiment of
    • deep significance of this moment.
    • generally spread out over many moments, over long periods of living,
    • feelings are concentrated in a single moment and storm through us
    • with tremendous force when we enter the occult worlds. Then we
    • stages of occult development, to entering the spiritual worlds. It is
    • what it means to be ripe for occult development: To be able to
    • occult development must widen the circle of his interests beyond his
    • occult development.
    • preparation in our age for a true occult development. Let those who
    • development must lift up his eyes to the heights where the interests
    • sets such a moment of upheaval at the starting-point of
    • but is placed into this moment by his destiny. He is placed into the
    • in accordance with an eternal destiny place men into castes; and then
    • charioteer becomes the instrument through which the god Krishna
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    • Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment,
    • affairs, there has not been a single moment — not one in the
    • events with sympathy and antipathy. In the case mentioned this
    • describe to you what may be called the occult development of
    • given for soul development you will soon realize that it all comes to
    • Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment
    • occult development, we have really gone through such experiences in
    • this misfortune, even feeling the need of it for our development. Now
    • then is everyday judgment in creating a feeling of antipathy toward
    • stronger element in the soul, compared to which the web of ordinary
    • particular stage arises with tremendous force, and all sorts of
    • subconsciousness. Indeed, the moment he begins to realize his
    • Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment,
    • the statement that Arjuna had done occult exercises. In fact he had
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    • mention one of them because people often make use of it without
    • their occupation compare with the activities of ordinary men who
    • The philosopher replied, “Look at a fair or market; men come to
    • realize that judgments are passed that originally are quite correct
    • that at the time of its origin men were entering an age in which this
    • man has of his physical environment something now enters that is like
    • this region light is the element of life — light-air we might
    • Their arguments against what the occultist has to say are plausible
    • of this life element, to have insufficient light-air. We feel a pain
    • clearness in this element of airy light and have their life in it.
    • moment we enter that realm without sufficient preparation, without
    • There are also Beings we meet there, whom we may call Elemental
    • strengthened self-consciousness we mentioned yesterday. We have need
    • of the more acute power of judgment that must come with our enhanced
    • that only people who are content with a merely sentimental and dreamy
    • with sentimentality, but we cannot tolerate it when we enter the
    • is sentimentality. Bravely and unflinchingly we must approach the
    • said to be still more fundamentally different from all that exists in
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    • corresponding to the phenomena of experience, but those having
    • supplement our waking day life. We are approaching the point where
    • ears. The reason for Miss Keller's intellectual development is that,
    • brain that has the potentiality for development. If man were not an
    • and destruction with its consciousness in waking life, fundamentally
    • mentioned before. Anyone who follows the course of life in the
    • nineteenth. In ordinary life these developments are observed much too
    • achievements, reached its height. The stragglers of scientific
    • the great significance for Western spiritual evolution of that moment
    • was so significant about Bruno's deed in explaining to men how the
    • of space, so will the firmament of time be broken through in
    • times men had themselves set as the boundary of their senses a blue
    • active souls of men and are being used today to gather spiritual
    • Already we are beginning to work with these forces that men could not
    • to suspend these forces for a moment, made them cease their work. The
    • to experience moments when we seem to waken in sleep, and yet do not
    • external perception. But we are awake. In the moments of free play of
    • twentieth century onward men might raise themselves to spiritual
    • people who for moments lived in what was working in from the
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    • it hard for people to come to a sound judgment in such matters. They
    • most difficult in our time to gain a true judgment about the great
    • statement is not incorrect, it may be nonsense from the standpoint of
    • a truly fundamental knowledge of human evolution. People's thinking
    • will have to get accustomed to this and realize that a statement can
    • two statements do not contradict each other. According to the habits
    • significant word was uttered at the moment Krishna spoke to Ar-juna;
    • spoke of things that men still have to learn. Above all we must
    • I have mentioned among
    • How often men ask
    • today, “What is the judgment of true mystic wisdom about this
    • conditions. Then they are true. This statement, “I am in
    • abstractly, absolutely true statement. Yet this was spoken out of the
    • to Arjuna. Then, in the eleventh discourse, another element enters.
    • nourishment from daily life — gradually vanishes. Then as we
    • were standing on a summit of mankind’s attainment, born
    • it, we must bring to it something our soul in its development has
    • thou lay them low. The instrument art thou, nought else than he who
    • Free — that is what men will become if they bring to full
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    • usual instrument for knowledge. Recognizing that this power is
    • exceptions to the statement that the forces leading man out beyond
    • I mention all this to
    • science will gradually be supplemented by clairvoyant perception that
    • argument one would speak the same fallacy as if someone were to say,
    • kind of judgment. They think that a given thing must have the same
    • down to the animal nature. The other element that exists in human
    • development. It lived on, invisible to the physical world of man. It
    • was not born as men are born, in the flowing stream of this life,
    • it with special clairvoyant gifts. There were men who either by
    • are mentioned in history we can always find evidence that they were
    • that this soul we have mentioned spoke to him through the soul of his
    • the soul that had remained behind in the old Lemurian age when men
    • form. At the moment, however, of which the
    • tells us, we have to imagine a kind of embodiment, though much concealed in
    • child is mentioned in St. Matthew's Gospel, the other in St. Luke's.
    • the thirtieth year, in the moment the Bible describes as the Baptism
    • belongs to all mankind. This is the moment indicated in the words,
    • it does to a certain understanding of that great moment pictorially
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    • remote in sentiment and feeling from the
    • are present here, because our movement is the beginning of this
    • anthroposophical view of the world and into this spiritual movement
    • because it lay in the natural course of man's development that they
    • protected by a fundamental characteristic of mankind in olden times,
    • enter the general development of mankind will remain occult knowledge
    • the mood, the mode of feeling, the mental habit of ancient India from
    • spiritual achievement belongs, and for its posterity, its teaching
    • that in the judgment of posterity what was once present as a strong
    • and special spiritual movement is greatly distorted and falsified. As
    • some reality by studying the judgments of the descendants of the race
    • that produced it. So, in the deep sentiments and feelings of the
    • spiritual substance that represents a great height of achievement but
    • Fichte, to mention a few of many spiritualized thinkers. Many Indian
    • German Section in our movement an Indian thinker sent me a
    • Indian thinker. He was a European who had learned the arguments of
    • reverence to that climax of spiritual achievement that appears in
    • great men would have said, “What we were striving for back in
    • us, these three men have achieved by the very quality and tenor of
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    • which gives us an idea of how different men were then. They called
    • understand these feelings of sattwa, rajas and tamas, so fundamental
    • prejudice and bias the phenomena the world offers. A man who always
    • who receives the light of ideas, of feelings and sentiments streaming
    • apathetic toward his environment, as we are toward a consciousness
    • individual person, distinguishing his soul from his environment, he
    • environment objectively before one is always a certain way of
    • one's environment, one continues merely to live in it. A person is
    • the beautiful elements in the dramatic composition of the
    • that in which men are ordinarily interwoven.
    • There are sattwa men
    • happiness and joy they can draw from their environment. They speed
    • give it to them. Rajas men are diligent, men of action; but they act
    • makes upon them. Tamas men are attached to laziness, they want to be
    • comfortable. They really do not want to act at all. Thus are men to
    • ego. He shows its separation from its environment. He explains soul
    • were men who in a certain sense knew nothing of the Divine Beings
    • nature spirits, those behind the immediate beings of nature. Such men
    • are rajas men. The tamas men are those who in viewing the world get
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    • the successive epochs. Attainment of Initiation in the present age is
    • through the elementary world, seeing the Sun at midnight, meeting with
    • sense-impressions. At the moment when Initiation is to enter a certain
    • by its red colour. At the moment of Initiation the red colour ceases
    • in the right sense with other explanations you will see the agreement,
    • everyday life it is impossible not to reflect and form judgments upon
    • things. On the physical plane we are forced to form judgments and to
    • life is such that we must use our judgment and reflect.
    • of such a lapse of memory as I have just mentioned. However, on the
    • a truly sound power of judgment for the physical plane, holding all
    • Thoughts, ideas, judgments, must be for the would-be Initiate what
    • widely varying and complicated circumstances of life is a phenomenon,
    • Apart from this, the attainment that must be sought is connected with
    • achievement of a certain fearlessness. This