In his autobiography,
The Story of My Life,
Rudolf Steiner speaks as follows concerning the character of this
privately printed matter:
contents of this printed matter were intended as oral
communications and not for print ...
has ever been said that was not the
purest result of Anthroposophy as it developed ... Whoever
reads this privately printed matter can take it in the
fullest sense as that which Anthroposophy has to say.
Therefore it was possible, and moreover without misgivings
... to depart from the accepted custom of circulating
these publications only among the membership.
But it will have to be remembered that faulty passages
occur in the transcripts which I myself did not revise.
right to form a judgment on the content
of such privately printed matter can be admitted only in the case
of one who has acquired the requisite preliminary
knowledge. And in respect to these publications, this
is, at the very least, the anthroposophical knowledge
of man and of the cosmos, in so far as it is presented in
Anthroposophy, and of what is to be found as ‘anthroposophical
history’ in the communications from the spiritual world.”