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Old and New Methods of Initiation
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Old and New Methods of Initiation
I spoke about initiation science: See lecture of 31
December 1921 in Rudolf Steiner,
The Rediscovery of Spiritual Reality in Nature and in Man.
English text available in typescript only.
lecture was given during the 1921/22 Christmas course for
teachers: Rudolf Steiner,
Soul Economy and Waldorf Education,
Rudolf Steiner Press London and Anthroposophic Press New York, 1986.
ahrimanic: Regarding luciferic and ahrimanic beings, see the chapter
‘Man and the Evolution of the World’
in Rudolf Steiner,
Occult Science — An Outline,
Rudolf Steiner Press, London 1979.
starts with Augustine: Aurelius Augustinus 354-430, Bishop of
Hippo in North Africa.
made a remarkable statement: in a speech on 9 May 1884,
‘I recognize unconditionally the right to work and
will defend this so long as I occupy my present position. In
doing so, I stand, not on the soil of socialism but on the soil
of the Prussian constitution.’ Quoted in Gide and Rist
Geschichte der volkswirt schaftlichen
Lehrmeinungen, Jena 1921.
Francois Marie Isidore de Robespierre,
1758-1794. From 1793 a leading member of the Committee of Public Safety.
Guillotined in 1794.
Soloviev, 1853-1900. The quotation in German is from
Die geistigen Grundlagen des Lebens, Part One
(The Spiritual Foundations of Life), Selected Works translated by
H Kohler, Stuttgart 1922.
Lecture One, Note 4.
Occult Science — An Outline.
For the post-Atlantean cultural periods see the chapter
‘Man and the Evolution of the World’.
cosmosophy, a philosophy, a religion: See also Rudolf Steiner,
Philosophy, Cosmology and Religion,
Anthroposophic Press, New York 1984, and Rudolf Steiner's own
reports of these lectures in
Cosmology, Religion and Philosophy,
Anthroposophic Press, New York 1984.
Scotus Erigena c.810-877. Irish philosopher and
theologian, one of the most notable thinkers of the Carolingian
Middle Ages. His principal work
De divisione naturae
was burnt by Pope Honorius in Paris in 1225.
recent historical events: There are numerous gaps in the
shorthand report of this lecture. The conclusion has been
omitted. It deals with contemporary questions and covers
virtually the same ground as Lecture One (Soloviev, Bismarck,
which the Apostle Paul taught: For example:
1 Corinthians, 15.
1 Corinthians, 15
school: The Free Waldorf School, Stuttgart, was
founded by Rudolf Steiner in 1919. The education of the children
was to be in harmony with the knowledge of the human being as
revealed by anthroposophical spiritual science.
Education: Intellectual, Moral and Physical,
Lecture Two, Note 1.
von Hamack, 1851-1930. Theologian and historian.
of Nicaea: 19 June 325. Establishment of the creed
of identity of Son (Jesus Christ) and Father.
Knowledge of the Higher Worlds. How is it achieved?
Rudolf Steiner Press, London 1985.
lecture cycle: Rudolf Steiner,
The Inner Nature of Man and Life between Death and New birth,
Anthroposophical Publishing Company, London 1959.
In his introduction to this lecture (contained in GA 255),
Rudolf Steiner spoke words of appreciation for the way
in which Albert Steffen had reported in the journal
on a lecture denigrating Anthroposophy.
of Miletus, c.640-545 B.C.
Riddles of Philosophy,
Anthroposophic Press, New York 1973.
church fathers: For instance, St Justin Martyr,
Christianity as Mystical Fact,
Rudolf Steiner Press, London 1972.
of the Knights of Malta: In 1798 Napoleon seized and
occupied Malta on his way to Egypt.
public lecture: See the lecture of 2 November 1921 in Rudolf Steiner,
Anthroposophie und Wissenschaft,
Dornach GA 75 (not yet published).
Anthroposophic Press, New York 1986.
Lloyd George, 1863-1945. British Prime Minister from 1916 to 1922.
the nineties: On 16 February 1894 Ernst Haeckel celebrated
his sixtieth birthday. Rudolf Steiner was one of the invited
guests. Bismarck, much admired by Haeckel, was also present. He
had been forced to resign his office in 1890.
of Alexandria, c.20 B.C. –
c.40 A.D. Jewish philosopher and theologian.
Calderön de la Barca, 1600-1681. Greatest Spanish dramatist.
The drama about Cyprianus,
El mägico prodigioso
(The Miracle-working Magician) was written in 1637. The story was
taken from a late version of an old tale in the
It is set in Antioch at the time of the Roman Emperor Decius.
Ephraim Lessing, 1729-1781. German dramatist, critic and writer on
aesthetics; one of the great seminal minds in German literature.
Fairy Tale of the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily:
Floris Books, Edinburgh 1979. See, for instance, Rudolf Steiner,
The Portal of Initiation & The Character of Goethe's Spirit as
Shown in the Fairy Story
(incl. a translation of the Fairy Story by Thomas Carlyle),
Rudolf Steiner Press, New Jersey 1961.
sun makes music’: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
Part One, ‘Prologue in Heaven’.
The English versions of the quotations from
are taken from the translation by Bayard Taylor, with the exception
of these lines from the ‘Prologue in Heaven’, which
are translated by Shelley. (Tr.)
Mystery Drama: The Portal of Initiation. A Rosicrucian Mystery
through Rudolf Steiner, transl. Ruth and Hans Pusch,
Steiner Book Centre, Toronto, 1973.
scientific writings: Rudolf Steiner
Goethes Naturwissenschaftliche Schriften,
mit Einleitungen, Fussnoten und Erlauterungen im Text
(Goethe's Natural Scientific Writings) in
On the intermaxillary bone see Volume 1.
Galatians 2, 20.
on free soil’: Faust: Part Two, Act 5,
Great Outer Court of the Palace.
Julius Schröer, 1825-1900. On his booklet
Goethe und die Liebe
(Goethe and Love) see Rudolf Steiner's collected essays 1921-1925 in
Der Goetheanumgedanke inmitten der Kulturkrisis der
p.111. GA 36.
who would study’: Faust Part One. The Study.
by Ruedorffer: J.J. Ruedorffer,
Die drei Krisen. Eine Untersuchung fiber den
gegenwartigen politischen Weltzustand
(The Three Crises. A consideration of the present state of world politics.)
Lecture Three, Note 1.
Lecture Nine, Note 2.
belongs to the sixteenth century: The first mention
of Faust appeared in 1506. In 1587 the first
a popular chapbook, was published in Frankfurt-am-Main.
‘Philosophy and Jurisprudence’:
Faust Part One. The Study.
Gottfried Herder, 1744-1803. Called Kant's system ‘a
kingdom of never-ending whims, blind alleys, fancies, chimeras
and vacant expressions.’
Du Bois-Reymond, 1818-1896: In ‘Goethe und kein Ende’
(No end to Goethe), address of 15 October 1882 in Reden
(Speeches), Leipzig 1886.
is one of his later plays.
and volume of his brain’:
Act One, Scene 5.
one has in black and white’:
Faust Part One, The Study.
Arouet Voltaire, 1694-1778. One of the greatest French authors.
Lecture Four, Note 3.
an ahrimanic form: See
Lecture One, Note 3.
Grammaticus, d.1204. Danish historian who wrote the
little while ago: For instance see Rudolf Steiner
The Bridge Between Universal Spirituality and the Physical Constitution of Man,
Anthroposophic Press, New York 1958, lecture of 19 December 1920;
and Rudolf Steiner,
The Shaping of the Human Form out of Cosmic and Earthly Forces,
lecture of 26 November 1920. English text available in typescript only.
seen to make sense: See Rudolf Steiner,
Goethe as Founder of a New Science of Aesthetics
[Goethe als Vater einer neuen ństhetik],
Anthroposophical Publishing Company, London 1922; and Rudolf Steiner,
Goethe's Secret Revelation
The Riddle of Faust,
Rudolf Steiner Publishing Co., London 1933.
Faust, Part One, Witches' Kitchen. The quotation
‘See, thus it's done!’
is also from this scene.
The Spiritual Guidance of Man,
Anthroposophic Press, New York, 1983.
sought the cosmic element: See Rudolf Steiner,
Schiller und die Gegenwart
(Schiller and the Present Time), Dornach 1955,
lecture in Berlin on 4 May 1905.
angle too: See Rudolf Steiner
Geisteswissenschaftliche Erlauterungen zu Goethes Faust,
(Goethe's Faust Illumined by Spiritual Science),
Dornach 1967, GA 272 and 273.
of Theophilus: This legend, of Greek origin, came
to the West some time around the tenth century and was recounted
both in prose and in verse in almost every known language.
Hrosvitha, the poetess from Lower Saxony, a nun in Gandersheim,
told the story in Latin verse.
this, thy Nothing’:
Faust to Mephisto in
Part Two, A Gloomy Gallery.
Queen of Heaven:
Faust Part Two, last scene.
Theodor Vischer (1807-1887), philosopher and aesthete.
In 1862 he wrote a satire
Faust. Der Traglidie dritter Teil
(The Tragedy of Faust, Part Three).
Milton, 1608-1674. English poet and puritan politician. His epic poem
was finished by 1665.
of Theophilus: See
Lecture Twelve, Note 7.
von Eschenbach, c.1170-1220. One of the greatest medieval German
was probably written between 1200 and 1210.
es wallet ...’: ‘And it bubbles and seethes, and it hisses
by Friedrich von Schiller, translated by E. Bulwer Lytton in
The Poems and Ballads of Schiller,
Eulenspiegel, a popular German peasant jester, was supposed to
have died in Winn in 1350. The first extant text of the chapbook
in High German chronicling his escapades was published in 1515.
The name ‘Eulenspieger means, literally, ‘owl's
von Grimmelshausen, d.1676. German writer.
published in 1669, is said to be the greatest German novel of the
von Aue, c.1170-1213. Middle High German poet.
Der arme Heinrich
like the spirit’:
Faust Part One. The Study.
the nineteenth century: Jerennas Gotthelf (A. Bitzius),
1797-1854; Karl Immermann, 1796-1840; George Sand (A.A.L.
Dupin-Dudevant), 1804-1876; D.W. Grigorovich, 1818-1883; I.S.
Pompilius, 715-672 BC. Roman King. By tradition, the nymph Egeria
was his wife and adviser.
mere caricature: Letter to Goethe of 7 January 1795.
On the Aesthetic Education of Man,
Philosophy of Freedom,
Rudolf Steiner Press, London 1988.
‘Generals’: This is a reference to speeches
given by General von Gleich.
Waldo Trine, 1866-1958.
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