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  • Title: Lecture: The National Epics With Especial Attention to the Kalevala
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    • this evening will rather have to do with a sort of neighbouring realm
    • dispassionately will not receive the impression that human artific or
    • say Heroes, so we will say — in the three beings whom we encounter:
    • assent. Much of it will probably be regarded as fancy, as imagination;
    • but some will at least accept it among other hypotheses which are brought
    • soul-forces, the forces of intellect feeling and will, which we have
    • — has the same forces, the forces of feeling, intellect and will,
    • the future it will be different again. The further we go back, the further
    • by reason, not left uncontrolled by it — will grow up, when man
    • will be guided into super-sensible regions; so that we shall again learn
    • proofs of which will only be possible in the next lecture —we
    • a physical being through conception, the body which man will have when
    • as universal humanity will only continue by preserving its individual
    • character, so truly will the individual national civilisations which
    • continue to live in the universal human; so truly will everything which
    • but which will make itself of value as something individual, and will
    • always furnish the proof that the universal-human will continue to live
  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 1 of 9
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    • onward, the human soul will feel increasingly that these things
    • into the wide regions of the universe. This time it will be our task
    • however, will penetrate to regions that will lead us nonetheless to
    • world. We shall speak about a subject that will apparently lead us
    • far away in time and in space from the here and now. It will not on
    • of the earth because it will bring us near to the secrets of the
    • eternal in all existence. It will lead us to the ceaseless search of
    • of ours will show that a real and deep knowledge of this poem, as
    • forth page by page as it speaks to us, will experence, page by page,
    • will suggest to us altogether different questions from those that
    • lies the wild battlefield where much blood will have to flow and
    • now to have knowledge of it. Then it will have the possibility of
    • enter into the matter more deeply will understand me when I say that
    • to that in us which on earth will always be deeper than our
    • concept of the world that will lead us on until this is no mere
    • beginning of this anthroposophical concept of the world that will
    • than those of Socrates, in spite of all they will perhaps have a
    • hundred times less value. This will only be fully grasped when
    • say with apparently good reason, “Yes, but if you will only
    • the connection that will lead you up in a new way to those worlds so
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  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 2 of 9
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    • deepest sense of the word. For the moment we will only indicate this
    • will confine ourselves today to the first four discourses —
    • against brothers, his blood relations. He shrinks back. He will not
    • the way to be experienced — such a person will be aware of the
    • imagination, of feeling and will — these too must not be
    • scoff if they will! One who would prepare himself for an occult
    • fights against brother. Surely then all the tribal customs will be
    • shaken and then the tribe itself will wither away and be destroyed,
    • and all its morality fall into decay! Those laws will be shaken that
    • will everything be imperiled — man himself, the law, the whole
    • world. The whole significance of mankind will be in the balance.”
    • everyone who has the power to behold it will understand: His
    • what I say, let me give you a radical example. You will think it
    • is only in our time that thought will be valued for what it really
    • truth. To bear this feeling in your heart will prepare you to receive
    • to himself that even though Arjuna will in the end reach the very
    • takes the Yoga path. He will rise at length from his ordinary
    • instrument for thinking, feeling and willing in his waking
    • and I will lead you up so that you may learn to feel yourself as I
  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 3 of 9
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    • acquainted with the present-day science of dreams you will realize
    • following out all the hidden connections. If he does so, he will
    • will notice
    • adequate for solving it. Now it will not generally happen that he is
    • solved for him. Even so he will be able to have a certain higher
    • dream he will seem to remember something. He can say to
    • will have this experience fairly easily. He will recall something he
    • has lived through as though in a dream, and will know that at the
    • time he was not aware of experiencing it. Such an experience will
    • seem to shine upward from the depths of his soul and he will say to
    • will often find it easy here too to give a materialistic explanation
    • grossest illusions, will be misled by such imaginings. After all, man
    • given for soul development you will soon realize that it all comes to
    • reason for looking into it will determine one's attitude to it. Thus,
    • most holy feelings. That will only carry through for a little while,
    • “I will not enter.” The aversion we feel at this
    • will to enter because his reluctance remains hidden in his
    • unwillingness.
    • you will find it amounts to this, that the self must be made stronger
    • conditions that will prevent us from kindling the fires of sacrifice
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  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 4 of 9
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    • develop in himself such surplus forces if he will go through the
    • world will best describe that other world that has a far higher
    • materialistically-minded friends will find it easy to refute us.
    • and earthly love of power! If one does this, one will never be able
    • to bring down true results of knowledge. What one brings will be a
    • which I have given the merest hint, will be labeled a fantastic
    • understanding is able to grasp this fact. People only will not give
    • possible about the world because then he will most quickly attain the
    • silence in his conjectures and opinions, the more will his soul be
    • preparations. People with a Buddhistic bias will least easily be able
    • to talk sense about Buddha, just as those with a Christian bias will
    • he is able to become a twofold man. Those who have the power at will
    • realm. Only so will you be able to understand the origin of the
  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 5 of 9
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    • realities we will proceed then to describe things in their essential
    • To begin, we will
    • with every impulse of will that arises in us under the stimulus of
    • the near future it will more and more be realized how sleep has to
    • natural science will join with spiritual science in these matters.
    • as well. Here I will call your attention to a cycle I have often
    • Western world will observe a quite definite configuration of the
    • intellectualism will go on adhering to it for some time to come, but
    • epochs meet in the very time in which we are living. It will more and
    • with the reality of things. Thought will become very different from
    • of space, so will the firmament of time be broken through in
    • birth and death, or conception and death, will learn that these are
    • the infinite spheres of space, so will the boundaries of time be
    • will lie before man's gaze in the infinite sea of time all the
    • now approaching it will become evident in more and more people. Now
    • very forces Western humanity will be gaining spiritual knowledge.
    • will reach hundreds of people who will imagine that they understand
    • That would be the same kind of logic. Of course, people will not
    • break in evolution, with a preceding and a succeeding epoch. We will
    • their impulses of will and feeling enter their consciousness as they
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  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 6 of 9
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    • will have to get accustomed to this and realize that a statement can
    • regarded as a contradiction will it be possible to judge certain
    • accustomed to color and brightness, so he imagines he will only reach
    • “And now, having told thee everything, I will declare to thee
    • mighty Krishna will be like wonderful music echoing and re-echoing in
    • realize it the Imagination of Krishna as Arjuna now describes it will
    • them. And what I have done will through thee become perceptible.
    • They whom I have slain will fall beneath thy sword!”
    • Free — that is what men will become if they bring to full
    • developed today in a rather general way we will make more concrete in
  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 7 of 9
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    • surmise them. Science, however, is on the way and one day will reveal
    • once learns to distinguish these forces in man it will discover in
    • man from what is present in the animal kingdom also, it will
    • science will after a time find indications of the forces whereby man
    • transcends the animal, but they will only be indications. These
    • senses in their true form. It will be possible to indicate their
    • it will become possible to discover them if not to perceive them.
    • world of sense will now say, “Inside there is no air, only an
    • will find it difficult to imagine this “less than nothing.”
    • organism again in sleep, then it will treat these forces as does a
    • that matters. Consequently science will confuse these forces with the
    • ordinary natural laws, and will fail to recognize that higher laws
    • to know the truth. It will draw certain conclusions and thus come
    • near the truth. For some persons this will not be necessary, because
    • science will gradually be supplemented by clairvoyant perception that
    • and will carry it to yet greater heights.
    • represented as the baptism by St. John, you will have to admit that
    • see in this how the science of man will have to work into the occult
    • earthly evolution will gradually be understood and realized by
    • individual persons, and how this will throw more and more light on
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  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 8 of 9
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    • now dawning and which we have somewhat described, will be that
    • will be spread abroad into large circles. That is the reason why you
    • understood. They remain secrets. In this way much that will have to
    • enter the general development of mankind will remain occult knowledge
    • people of India today we will not find real understanding for the
    • We will find enthusiasm, strong feeling and fervent belief
    • European gave out, it was simply terrible. If you will forgive the
    • lies something far more important, that if the man of today will only
    • living experience will not find it easy. It will cost him some pains
    • surrounding world into his clairvoyant consciousness. All this will
  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 9 of 9
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    • you will find with regard to food that the concepts we
    • who, in a material or spiritual sense, will only believe in what has
    • antagonist Lucifer had come; he who said, “Your eyes will be
    • opened and you will distinguish good and evil, and be as God.”
    • In the ancient Indian sense Lucifer said to man, “You will be
    • as the Gods, and will have power to find the sattwa, rajas and tamas
    • tamas. Shut your eyes to these conditions and you will find
    • of the outer world. It is such souls as these who in our time will
    • easily when it comes to comparing religions. It will not do to
    • reach something higher, and I will. Always it is only a certain stage
    • “You need only wait, the Savior of mankind will appear
    • or even everyone, may leave us. If so, it will make no difference in
    • obligation to truth will guide that movement that underlies this
    • Human souls today will
  • Title: Lecture 1: Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature
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    • Our theme will compel us to touch upon a realm that is very far
    • All the rest will, in certain respects, come of itself when, as time
    • although we may not always notice it, our soul will gradually change
    • We will not today speak of still higher principles of human nature,
    • but will only be clear that occult sight is able to look behind the
    • every human soul if only it will fulfil these necessary conditions;
    • manner covers the earth or meets us in the trees; and again we will do
    • all external impressions, he will then feel rising up before his
    • fourth classes, which are much more interesting; and all this will
  • Title: Lecture 2: Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature
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    • little meteors or will-o'-the-wisps.
    • begin with (more details will be given in the subsequent lectures), we
    • will find described in part — in so far as they can be in an open
    • and feelings from the environment; impulses of will, sympathy and
    • us as thoughts, feelings, and impulses of will. Thus in this category
    • development if not rightly guided. If rightly guided he will not lose
    • qualities, our ego will never be asleep when our astral body is awake.
    • cosmos itself, you may make that clear in the following way. We will
  • Title: Lecture 3: Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature
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    • planet. Today it will be necessary for us to follow another path in
    • meant when allusion is made to spiritual beings. It will be necessary
    • he would, simply by means of his Will, immediately have to pass over
    • will, does pass over into a different state of consciousness in his
    • will, another condition of consciousness. Now the perceptions of these
    • own will they are not manifesting themselves, not entering into
    • his own free will. When we consider man as he really is in the world
    • of all find the right way in which he can meet them. I will try to
    • We shall be willing to admit that each one of us carries his own world
    • for something dreadfully tedious, and are therefore not very willing
    • may be of a different opinion. That depends upon the freewill of the
    • such freewill. I know of these that they may reveal something to me
    • sense-world there is much that can only be decided by freewill; but
    • out of the spirit, things are revealed to me as to which my freewill
    • described, they will prove fruitful. They prove especially fruitful if
    • I will tell you of one such picture. I will show you by such a picture
    • the half-filled into the empty glass, the latter will be partly
    • which was at first empty, the first glass will have still less water
    • action a second time he will again receive more. One does not become
    • he will see that the whole stamp, the whole character of the period is
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  • Title: Lecture 4: Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature
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    • can find in the higher world to our own. We will continue these
    • through an occult development, he will for a long time only have a
    • man follows this way further he will find that he gradually trains
    • Now, beginning once more from man, we will try to describe the beings
    • from themselves, so that it remains as an independent being. This will
    • old manifestation of the being will still exist; it still remains and
    • distinguish between these categories will be more difficult, for the
    • clairvoyantly trained can have very remarkable experiences; he will
  • Title: Lecture 5: Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature
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    • First Hierarchy: — the Spirits of Will or, according to
    • only observe in ourselves when we are conscious that we have a will.
    • will. Then if we educate ourselves in the manner described and now
    • “When they express an opinion, it is not their personal will
    • of Will, the lowest category of the First Hierarchy, by saying:
    • “We become familiar with Will, for Will is the lowest substance
    • only to regard the will which we encounter in man or animals in normal
    • feeling, and will, the beings of the second category of the First
    • from life. We will pursue the comparison just made. We will consider a
    • overwhelming wisdom, and we will imagine that such a wise man speaks
    • decades, that life-long wisdom, will be apparent in his countenance,
    • with them, are somewhat difficult; but today we will place these
    • concepts and ideas before us. This will enable us, when in the
    • principle, which will only really be formed in man in full measure in
    • It will only light up in future earthly days as the real center of
    • but which we will now proceed to describe. If we wish to do this we
    • Thrones, or Spirits of Will. Instead of the intellectual soul these
    • Will; Cherubim and Seraphim etc. If we wish to visualize the complete
    • will be considered more in detail in the following lectures, but
    • perpetual inner change and movement. It will be remembered from the
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  • Title: Lecture 6: Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature
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    • place in space, we have to allot to the Spirits of Will, or Thrones.
    • their own being, if they wish to feel, think and will somewhat as a
    • allow the impulses of his will to remain unfulfilled. What lives as
    • will confine our attention to the fact that it did happen; that, as a
    • a consideration of the Spirits of Form, it will give us an idea of how
    • with we will consider Saturn as the outermost. If we look at Saturn
    • interprets as the path of Saturn round the Sun. We will not at present
    • From the whole significance of these studies you will gather that
    • you will ask about our Earth. In the sense of what has been expounded,
    • above these the Spirits of Will, above them the Cherubim, the
  • Title: Lecture 7: Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature
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    • YOU will have understood from the former lectures, that when we gaze
    • three hierarchies standing above man. You will have noticed that we
    • materialistic astronomy. Today we will devote our attention to that
    • bodies. We will, to begin with, look away from everything else in the
    • by the occult-esoteric methods we will now pass on to this external
    • Spirits of Will or Thrones, the Cherubim, and the Seraphim. Only when
    • Will; and the regulation of the movement in the whole planetary
    • be compared with the directing of the Spirits of Will — but that
    • the benefit of the whole system. Now we will not ask what is
    • as we have done before, it will be useful for our further
    • share in the liver. All these things will at some time have to he
    • anatomists, because gradually facts will come to light in the
    • trained occult vision can, if he has sufficient will-power, think away
    • formed will constitute the corpse of a planetary system. The
    • individual planets. If a man searches for something which will give
    • plant-world of our earth. But comparatively speaking it will suffice
    • you consider human life upon the earth, you will admit that by means
    • how this can only be done by studying the human will. If this study is
    • willing human being, but one who can give us a special impression. We
  • Title: Lecture 8: Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature
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    • IT will be well at the very beginning of today's lecture to speak of
    • the various hierarchies. Perhaps what has actually been said will be
    • question is answered what I intended to convey will be clearer to us.
    • necessary intensity. If you remember this rose tomorrow, you will have
    • as a perception-picture through a direct impression, it will then be
    • certain way with these clairvoyant impressions. I will once more give
    • a comparison which will make clear what I actually mean. Suppose you
    • else connected with the same fact — I will now compare the two
    • in which the one will always throw light on the other. By means of
    • such a comparison you will actually call up and create a sort of
    • into relation with each other. If he undertakes this work he will gain
    • We will now for a little while, leave the planetary system. Everything
    • the physical world. We will now pass over to the animal world. If we
    • animal, he will find it, not in the world in which are the physical,
    • sought in a higher world, which we will call the higher Devachanic
  • Title: Lecture 9: Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature
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    • things which form an essential part of our theme, as they will lead us
    • We will now pass on to show more in detail what all this really means.
    • will make this evident.
    • above them are the Spirits of Motion. We will think of them as they
    • fact, it will have to correct a great deal of the former astronomical
    • expressed, which will be so much the more recognized the more the
    • — call it what you will — the fourth epoch of civilisation
  • Title: Lecture 10: Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature
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    • In the whole sense of our past considerations it will be clear, that
    • acquired Will not allow us to do so because they wish to remain as a
    • opened. Anyone who knows the original text will not readily be put off
    • above the Spirits of Wisdom are the Thrones, or Spirits of Will. These
    • Spirits of Will belong to the First Hierarchy (though their offspring
    • Spirits of Will or their offspring give forth that which becomes the
    • Will, begins the formation of the planetary system on ancient Saturn
    • which was brought about by the Spirits of Will. They still work in the
    • see these Spirits of Will when, having become Luciferic, they reveal
    • considering, is revealed by the fact that when these Spirits of Will
    • the Spirits of Will. And the result may be that as the comet rushes
    • contradictions will solve themselves if everything is taken into
    • of Will, ray towards us from different sides in the most varied
    • directed by the Spirits of Will, who are the group-souls of the
    • the Spirits of Will; but above them lie the beings who essentially
    • gradually in the course of evolution will be both seen and
    • mature, will ray down from the sun, and Whose appearance was foretold
    • you may designate by whatever name you will — Vishvakarma, as the
    • of the various religious Founders and Inspirers of humanity, then will
    • will no longer quarrel when they no longer claim for their own group a
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  • Title: Occultism and Initiation
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    • will be taken, not simply as a compilation of doubtful hypotheses,
    • by what I will say tonight among hearers who are involved with
    • will show you that the results of such a spiritual form of research
    • which belongs with the physical being. These things will explain
    • investigation is the one which will form the subject of this
    • will, they face a more or less rich inner world, a world whose
    • it will at first seem trivial and obvious; for everyone knows that
    • unprejudiced observer will note that sleep is the very opposite: it
    • actually live (as any unprejudiced observation will show) outside my
    • initiation. In regard to thinking, feeling, and willing, these
    • do we acquire concepts and ideas in ordinary life? No one will deny
    • indeed even our feelings and will-impulses, must become quite
    • collected. By a strong effort of the will, we should eliminate all
    • center of soul-life through a strong effort of the will.)
    • concentration of the will, is centered upon this self-chosen content.
    • placed at the center of our soul life by a strong effort of our will,
    • what I have described above, you will be able to deduce one thing —
    • concentration. We should make an effort of the will to concentrate
    • effort of will, if we were not to realize fully that in this
    • lead to a nervous breakdown. But if through, the above effort of will
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  • Title: Esoteric Lessons Part II: Helsinki, 4-5-12
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    • get, the greater the danger is that bad spirits will try to make nests
  • Title: Esoteric Lessons Part II: Helsinki, 4-14-12
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    • concerns our feelings and will impulses. An esoteric sees that they
    • will impulses react immediately to things that concern him. This
    • mustn't go too far; otherwise the Guardian of the Threshold will
    • thoughts led to insanity, the non-control of feelings and will



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