his autobiography, The Course of My Life, Rudolf Steiner
speaks as follows concerning the character of this privately
“The content of this printed matter was intended as oral
communications, not to be printed. ...
“Nothing has ever been said that is not in utmost degree
the purest result of the developing Anthroposophy. ... Whoever
reads this privately printed material can take it in the
fullest sense as containing what Anthroposophy has to say.
Therefore, it was possible without hesitation ... to depart
from the plan of circulating this printed matter among
members alone. Only, it will be necessary to put up with the
fact that erroneous matter is included in the lecture reports
which I did not revise.
“The right to a judgment about the content of such
privately printed material can naturally be conceded only to
one who knows what is taken for granted as the prerequisite
basis of this judgment. And for most of this printed matter
prerequisite will be at least the Anthroposophical
knowledge of the human being, and of the cosmos, to the
extent that their nature is set forth in Anthroposophy, and of
what exists in the form of “Anthroposophical history”
in the communication from the world of spirit.”