Note on the text. An authentic transcript
of this lecture-course (Cycle 1) is not available. For this printing
we have followed essentially the transcript made by a member of the
9 Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1712–1778,
philosopher, critic of society.
9 Jacob Boehme, 1575–1624, mystic.
10 Johannes Trithem, Abbot of Sponheim, near
14 Jean Paul Friedrich Richter, 1763–1825,
15 Chela (Tschela) Sanskrit. The pupil of
a teacher of occult knowledge.
17 Helen Keller, 1880–1968, American writer.
At the age of nineteen months she became blind and deaf.
17 “a teacher of genius”: Miss Anne Mansfield
Sullivan (Mrs Macy).
17 “Optimism”, an essay by Helen Keller,
18 Subba Row (Rao), 1856–1890, a learned
Indian. He wrote articles for the journal,
which were later collected and published under the title,
second edition, 1931, Adyar, Madras.
20 Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788–1860,
philosopher. The quoted sentence is the motto affixed to his
“Prize Essay on the Foundation of Morality”,
30 January, 1840. His essay,
“On the Will in Nature”,
1836, contains the sentence: “The upshot is easy, but to provide
a foundation for morality is difficult.”
22 Tat tvam asi. Sanskrit, from the Vedas.
22 Pythagoras, Greek philosopher,
sixth century B.C.
22 Johann Wolfgang Goethe, 1749–1832.
25 Julius Caesar,
33 Theophrastus Paracelsus von Hohenheim,
34 Francis of Assisi, I 181–1226.
34 Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, 1831–1891,
known in theosophical circles as H.P.B. See the section,
“Reincarnation” in Isis Unveiled, Chapter X.
40 “Goethe says ...” Literally,
“And so the eye is formed by the light for the light.”
40 Johannes Kepler, 1571–1630, astronomer
and mathematician. Established the three laws concerning the movements
of the planets.
40 Galileo Galilei, 1564–1642. Laid the
foundations of mechanics, discovered the laws of free fall, of the
pendulum, of ballistics.
42 Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1475–1564. His
“Moses”, intended for the tomb of Pope Julius II, is in
the church of S. Pietro in Vincoli, Rome.
49 Lipikas, Maharajas. High spiritual Beings
concerned with birth and destiny.
The sentence cited here is from the treatise,
“On the Poetic Art”,
55 “A book will be published”: “The
Education of the Child from the Standpoint of Spiritual Science”,
given as a lecture in various places in Germany; first published, made
into an article, in Rudolf Steiner's periodical, Lucifer-Gnosis,
1907, and in the same year as a pamphlet. An English translation is
available, entitled, The Education of the Child in the Light of
67 Bach. Among the children of Johann Sebastian
Bach, 1685–1750, were three sons, all well-known musicians:
Friedemann Bach, 1710–1784;
Philip Emanuel Bach, 1714–1788;
Johann Christian Bach, 1735–1782.
67 Bernoulli, a family of mathematicians,
Basle. Jacob Bernoulli, 16J4–1705; Nicholas Bernoulli, 16871759;
Daniel Bernoulli, 1700–1782.
69 Charles Darwin, 1809–1882.
71 Antoine Fabre d'Olivet, 1768–1825,
author of La Langue hebraique restituee, 1816.
72 Lorenz Oken, 1779–1851, natural scientist
75 Immanuel Kant, 1724–1804.
82 Arupa: Sanskrit, “without form”,
indicating the highest realm of Devachan.
Rupa: Sanskrit, “form”. The Rupa planes are the
lower spheres of Devachan.
82 “In the
H. P. Blavatsky's
The Secret Doctrine.
“... as Plato puts it.” In the dialogue,
93 Manasaputras. Described in Blavatsky's
Secret Doctrine as “Sons of Wisdom, who at the creation endowed
mankind with Manas.”
103 Nicholas Copernicus, 1473–1543,
originator of the modern astronomical world-picture.
103 Ptolemy, 87–165, geographer and
astronomer. For him the Earth was stationary at the centre of the
109 Thomas Alva Edison, 1847–1931.
110 “Everything that has been recounted from
the Akasha Chronicle”. The reference is to the communications
“From the Akasha Chronicle” published by Rudolf Steiner
in his journal, Lucifer-Gnosis, from July 1904 to May 1908. Collected
edition, Dornach, 1964. English translation published in America with
the title: Cosmic Memory: Prehistory of Earth and Man.
112 “at one moment up in the skies and at
the next down in the dumps”. From Klärchen's song in
Goethe's Egmont, 3, 2.
113 “a Persian legend.” See Goethe:
Notes and comments for a better understanding of the West-Östlichen
114 Guru. In oriental Initiation, he who guides the
pupil's occult development; leader on the path of knowledge.
117 “The form of instruction in oriental
schooling.” From the old Indian classic, The Yoga-Sutras
Light on the Path,
written by Mabel Collins.
133 “... with the six qualities already
134. “All things transient are but a
Faust, Part II, Act V, Chorus Mysticus.
134. Knowledge of the Higher Worlds. How is it
achieved? Appeared as articles in Lucifer-Gnosis, June
1904 to September 1905; first published in book form,. 1909. Collected
Edition, Dornach, 1961. Sixth English edition, 1969. Revised by C.D.
137 “Certainly it is easy, but the easy is
difficult.” Spoken by Mephistopheles in Faust, Part II, Act
I, The Emperor's Palace.
139 Dante Alighieri, 1265–1321. The Divine
Comedy, Inferno, Canto 32.