lectures human evolution is viewed as having a primal intention
given to it by the Elohim, the Spirits of Form, and as being
continually subject also to influences from Luciferic and Ahrimanic
spirits who seek to divert it for their own ends. The need has always
been to maintain a balance between these two disturbing influences,
or “side-streams,” so that human evolution could keep to
its intended course; but a perfect balance is never achieved. The
Luciferic stream is manifest more in historical trends — for
example in Utopian dreams — while the Ahrimanic stream works
in the subconscious realms of the soul and has led on to the
“ghostly” character of modern scientific thinking.
fifth lecture Dr. Steiner speaks of the powerful Ahrimanic influence
which proceeded from the Academy of Jundi Sabur in Persia, during the
sixth century of our era, and we are told how this would have affected
human evolution if the Mystery of Golgotha had not occurred.
many other subjects discussed in this wide-ranging course are wrong
and right views of birth, heredity and death; the grave harm done by
attributing “original sin” to moral failure; and the fact
that an understanding of the Mystery of Golgotha cannot be attained
until some time after death.
these lectures Dr. Steiner is looking at the conflicting spiritual
influences which have played into human history for good and harm,
and have contributed essentially both to the achievements and to the
dangers of our scientific age.