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  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 1: Natural Science
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    • achievements of scientific research. And it would be merely a
    • research is a transformation of human thinking. Any impartial
    • observer of earlier philosophical trends must conclude that,
    • has actually become the servant, the mere tool of research.
    • become seriously involved with the research methods both
    • Whilst in this respect science would appear to lead to
    • when, more than twenty years ago now, I worked out my
    • thinking. By so doing, it suggests a method of research that
    • but quite clearly general human ones.
    • but discovered by earlier paths of knowledge.
    • who form their picture of the earlier epochs of mankind only
    • knowledge in order to advocate them today. They suited earlier
    • knowledge that I shall choose two earlier ways, describe them,
    • and thus make clear the paths man has to walk today, if he
    • I have said, I could select others from the wealth of earlier
    • ancient epochs and in later ones. What could, in earlier times,
    • certainly not true of the earliest periods, the ones whose
    • knowledge earlier affected the ordinary, popular
    • value to seeing pure colours; to hearing pure sounds, when we
    • hear sounds; and similarly to obtaining a certain purity in the
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  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 2: Psychology
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    • first appears before the “mind's eye” every evening
    • appeared here in Vienna which represent milestones in the
    • still more clearly in his Mechanism of Mental Life. We
    • mental life. The ego, the psyche, everything that earlier
    • recent years, however, psychology has, understandably and
    • to life and methods of research. And anyone taking the
    • much we learn about what can be experienced by the human body
    • appears to be discovered in this way about purely psychic
    • that through it can be learnt nothing about the soul, whose
    • soul reappears.
    • many years lived and worked here in Vienna, and who will never
    • development during his life on earth, will not be above
    • world in such a way that he learns to orientate himself in it
    • what appear inwardly as memories but are also connected
    • one person years, another not so long; but each can note, as he
    • we perceive through the eye, and the sounds we hear through the
    • ear, with the pallor of our experience of thought in ordinary
    • thinking is a spiritual process, it is not so linear, not so
    • the moment when this vitalized or plastic thinking appears in
    • that the will has swept consciousness completely clear.
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  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 3: East and West in History
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    • to history. For most people, of course, the search for their
    • was a feature of earlier civilizations. The transition to
    • symptomatology. We must learn to interpret surface features
    • earlier times. Not only this: when we do develop
    • ordinary life, what they absorb from the experiences of earthly
    • characteristic of the early Oriental seer was precisely
    • the powers to which mankind has advanced since those early
    • happen that doubts and uncertainties appear; it is
    • spiritual world appear, only to vanish again at the next
    • meditate upon it. As modern men, we have really learnt
    • have learnt through science the thinking that is suited to our
    • experience in such things knows that he has to wait years or
    • the intimate experiences of spiritual research that we see in
    • can look at early periods in the spiritual life of humanity and
    • make us ready to see the spiritual world when it appears to us,
    • rather different from that of earlier times.
    • quite considerably from that which we find in earlier ages of
    • something very different from that of earlier epochs.
    • for scientific research, and to which we now train ourselves by
    • which, but for its appearance, would have remained
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  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 4: Spiritual Geography
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    • describe the features of the earth in accordance with the principles
    • work on earth (and already briefly characterized in these lectures)
    • the Vedas, there did of course then develop the clear-cut
    • inevitably appear to us all the intertwining, branching
    • There appears to be no objective reason for man to abandon this
    • in immediate revelation, as they appear to the human senses and
    • extended over all the earth, would be an unmixed blessing for
    • the development of the world. But once it has appeared on
    • earth, and exerted its influence over other regions, it must be
    • using the equipment of learning with which we have
    • microscope extensively and learnt about cell-life, and formed
    • From what I have just said of the East, one thing is clear
    • experiences it as immediate reality; he bears it with him in
    • fundamentally the same as what he bears within him. Yet he
    • as we can see once again if, with the research methods of
    • analysis, human existence on earth is composed of such
    • bearing within us faded, shadowy and, in fact, mental images of
    • of the soul, as it appears in ordinary consciousness, must say:
    • have it in physical life on earth, we can therefore say:
    • physiology and anatomy we can observe our lungs, heart and
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  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 5: Cosmic Memory
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    • research methods. On the one hand, it desires to preserve
    • bearing on this point could be given.
    • spiritual antennae. Though this may appear paradoxical to some
    • shall conclude: on this mortal earth we should not be men, in
    • individual with our clear and lucid thinking; on the contrary,
    • become active — that part of us which is beyond clear and
    • individual with clear and lucid concepts, love would die. Since
    • man must be a creature of love by virtue of his task on earth,
    • is to fulfil his task here on earth. The property that enables
    • shall be hearing more about them.
    • organic process, and then appears again in an altered form.
    • reappear as memory, the spiritual result of our external
    • And it is just from a clear insight into these two limits that
    • here as befitting a modern search for the spiritual world. I
    • However clear our consciousness is up to a certain point in a
    • of spiritual world-rhythm and appearance); and, by cultivating
    • will transform the love that rightfully exists on earth into a
    • is clear from what I have said already that we effuse our
    • knowledge of self! We must learn to reach a true knowledge of
    • the spiritual world even during our earthly existence. There
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  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 6: Individual and Society
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    • respect, the men of earlier epochs were actually much closer to
    • form no longer appropriate to the present time, in earlier
    • clear view of this problem can, ultimately, throw light for us
    • which social configurations and groupings arose in earlier
    • to me thirty years ago, when I was trying to look at the
    • activity, earlier ages added something that resulted simply
    • of feeling. To perceive something as clearly as is possible
    • clearly that we are present in it with our entire substance:
    • successors to modern scientific research. The experience of
    • inspire in men. What we discover is that, in earlier epochs,
    • of living nature and into the heart of spiritual worlds. By
    • re-approaches, with his consciousness, what in earlier epochs
    • instinctively in earlier epochs, fertilizing the imagination
    • another point. We must clearly understand that the function
    • existence of earlier stages in the country's economic life,
    • instincts in the earlier stages of human development.
    • their spiritual ramifications. It then appears, for
    • example, that neither the infant in its first years of life,
    • our soul which is a reminiscence from our eighth year, let us
    • into the depths of the soul. Decades later it reappears. We
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  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 7: The Individual Spirit and the Social Structure
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    • impulse: men therefore feel that what they do on earth is
    • affairs he has to manage. This comes out most clearly when we
    • many millions of men like a kind of religion, fifty years
    • The essential point, however, is that we can see quite clearly,
    • Central European and with what is just beginning to appear in
    • development of the earth itself by associating their
    • mechanistic Kant-Laplace nebula, but at an origin of the earth
    • not so in those early Oriental times, when men established
    • earth, and that ultimately no man should give orders unless he
    • appear to be confronted with laws in the later sense of the
    • external appearance, as can be shown quite clearly by an
    • Today, it is clear, we can only look with horror at the social
    • cannot help remembering what happened some eight hundred years
    • provided country people with the seed for the year. At this
    • hundred years ago, over a period of three decades, until the
    • supporters expelled from China. For thirty years, a system
    • years ago there in the Far East on quite different cultural
    • there clearly survive features of the theocracy that had always
    • that appear the same in their outward form are not the same
    • played no particular part in early Oriental society, and
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  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 8: The Problem (Asia-Europe)
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    • most fearful war in history, but died at the turn of the
    • sense of gloom that was to be experienced in the years just
    • When we examine Plato's social theories, they appear to our
    • earthly life. Plato thinks it quite feasible that children who
    • appear unfit for life should simply be abandoned, so that they
    • slavery appears quite natural to him, he would also grant those
    • on the one hand, and healing, on the other. For early Oriental
    • with this were the early Oriental mysteries.
    • higher spiritual life had to undertake makes it clear that he
    • appertained to earthly life, he would, after passing through
    • aim of tragedy is to arouse fear and pity, so that the
    • Aristotle means by pity and fear more extensively than it is
    • existence, if only vicariously — that fear which always
    • overcome by fear; and that a purification or catharsis
    • ensues. In this way he learns to bear what in the natural state
    • he cannot bear; through purification he is strengthened for the
    • is no longer overcome by fear when he has to go outside himself
    • tragedy, Aristotle, we perceive quite clearly, is really
    • half-conscious perception of the world, nearer and nearer to a
    • life. The latter only appeared in the course of history, and
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  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 9: Prospects of its Solution (Europe-America)
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    • personality to bear, either directly or through assistants, on
    • hearts. To do this, we must have something to say about
    • language to express it, then eyes light up and hearts unfold.
    • some years a teacher at a workers' educational college, where I
    • emissary appeared at a meeting that was summoned for the
    • appeared. And when I commented that, if the principle of
    • humanity, so that your hearers
    • hearts and affects their human and earthly being, they will
    • our time, we can see quite clearly that there are also many
    • can learn an enormous amount when we acquaint them with the
    • hearts with it and give them something that touches their
    • us: No thoroughfare!” I have heard many people talk
    • in becoming intellect, this early clairvoyance has thrown off
    • world of modern times; to look into his heart and his quality
    • times has learnt to regard the old belief in ghosts as a
    • look down upon the lungs, heart, etc., as something whose
    • when we clearly perceive what we are actually doing, when we
    • the planet was actually like which preceded the earth,
    • rise to the earth. I was able to lay before this man, in a
    • grips their whole personality, their heart and soul —
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  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 10: From Monolithic to Threefold Unity
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    • some three years ago, at the request of a group of friends who were
    • influence human life as a whole must surely hearken to it
    • thirty or forty years, not with some preconceived attitude or
    • other but with an open mind, it is clear above all that what is
    • going on in Europe in recent years, beneath the surface of
    • men today desire in the depths of their hearts.
    • however, we now attempt to reach a clear understanding of
    • area of social life, something that has been learnt from
    • a given year will have changed so greatly, twenty years later,
    • involve the appearance of forces of decline. Thus with
    • of the nineteenth century, of what we may call the search
    • tunnelling its way towards the surface. Its appearance, if
    • look at the law that appears among men, and record it. In
    • customs barriers would disappear! The exact opposite
    • spiritual life. Within the classes, there then appears once
    • within spiritual life, opportunities for the appearance of
    • have indicated earlier, absorbed into the juridical
    • amount can be learnt.
    • also perceive clearly that in recent years there has developed
    • yearn for a natural authority. We can see this at work in the
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