In his autobiography,
The Course of My Life
(chapter 35 and
Rudolf Steiner speaks as follows concerning
the character and records of lectures and addresses printed originally
for private circulation:
“The contents of this printed matter were intended as oral
communications and not for print ...
“They contain nothing that is not a pure expression of
anthroposophical knowledge in its progressive development and
growth ... the reader may confidently take them as representing
what Anthroposophy has to tell. 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.
“It is only reasonable to expect that anyone professing to
pass judgment on the contents of this privately printed matter will
be acquainted with the premises that were taken for granted when the
words were spoken. These premises include, at the very least, the
anthroposophical knowledge of Man and of the Cosmos in its spiritual
essence; also what may be called ‘anthroposophical history,’
told as an, outcome of research into the spiritual world.”