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The Wrong and Right Use of Esoteric Knowledge

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Sketch of Rudolf Steiner lecturing at the East-West Conference in Vienna.

The Wrong and Right Use of Esoteric Knowledge

Wrong and Right Use: Contents

On-line since: 31st January, 2012


  1. Wherever spirit is, there is consciousness. We have to learn to know what kind of consciousness belongs to a given form of spirituality. A fully conscious comprehension of evil is a necessity for the 5th post-Atlantean epoch. The souls of the dead can become centres of destruction in the earthly sphere

    18 November, 1917

  2. Historical elucidation of the intentions of various kinds of spiritual brotherhoods. When the individuals in a group are pursuing independent aims, disagreements will always occur. The independence of the elemental kingdoms and of their beings. Understanding the Christ-secret with human reason. The special character of the island of Ireland

    19 November, 1917

  3. Signs of the times: the interaction between human labour and machines. The welding together of human nature with the being of machines. The radiating influence of human states of mind on machines. The egotism of groups should not be allowed to gain power through the possibility which the alchemists once envisaged — and called the Philosopher's Stone. The secret of gold, of earth-magnetism and of the instreaming of influences from different directions in the cosmos. Only elemental nature-forces should be brought into the working of machines; human beings must never be treated as units in a mechanised industrial process

    25 November, 1917

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