Rudolf Steiner's autobiography (chapters 35 and 36), he 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 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 only among
members [of the Anthroposophical Society]. It will be
necessary, however, to put up with the fact that erroneous
matter is included in the lecture reports that I have
“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. For most of this printed matter the
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 communications
from the world of spirit.”