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  • Title: Lecture: The National Epics With Especial Attention to the Kalevala
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    • pronounced by me who have no language. Only in the lecture of next Friday
    • as the fate aid life of the present day humanity living around us. How
    • to say: “Oh! this Homer!” We do not need to-day to go into
    • our own days, interest in the Iliad and the Odyssey, — for this
    • that the ordinary point of view which is taken to-day in a literary
    • say aims at something to which in our present day few can give their
    • be said, because that scientific method which is to-day believed to
    • And to-day it is simply regarded as unscientific if a method of investigation
    • Ordinary science is accustomed to-day so to look retrospectively at
    • the growth of humanity that what we call man to-day has gradually developed
    • organic world up to man. For spiritual science, the humanity of today
    • in the present day developed in man in more and more primitive form.
    • which of course have only found their present-day development towards
    • trace humanity backwards when we take the present-day soul into consideration.
    • in a special relationship with the present-day animal forms. This, which
    • spiritual science must assert is recognised to-day by thoughtful investigators
    • has changed, when we compare how a present-day man — let us say
    • the present-day feelings and thoughts does not actually reach back further
    • to occult science, that not only does all present-day scientific thought
    • as the present-day animals have, but that guidance by the reason and
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  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 1 of 9
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    • Krishna leads us out into the storms of everyday life, into the wild
    • ideas, serving for everyday life, are sufficient for it; how little
    • unveiled, far removed from everyday affairs. Yet to that world man's
    • describe the scene of his dying teacher. But people in these days
    • What do we have before us? It is the world of everyday life in Greek
    • because they have to prepare the way for a new clairvoyance. Today
    • age of transition from primeval humanity to that of the present day.
    • today. Each felt his identity only in the group, in a
    • folk-soul, the nation-soul, signify to a man today? Certainly it is
  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 2 of 9
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    • will confine ourselves today to the first four discourses —
    • for everyday living, our ordinary intellectual powers, even those of
    • everyday life. He must get away from that to which he is ordinarily
    • people generally have only where their everyday interests are
    • appear to lead quite simple lives. Yes, there are many today who have
    • had received into his feeling something that the man of today no
    • the pursuit of popular science, which we regard today as quite
    • thought that man has developed and takes quite for granted today,
    • pearl. Most men and women today are chickens in this respect. They do
    • understand that clairvoyance begins in something common and everyday.
    • power of reason!” Today a great word must resound in men's
    • for men of today if they would attain to an inwardly-experienced
    • in earnest with what has today come to be a trivial, commonplace
    • the path that Arjuna must take in order to pass from the everyday
    • soul goes through a process that is essentially an everyday process
    • but that is not experienced fully in our everyday life because man
    • sleep, and when he returns again into everyday consciousness he feels
    • winter as I am asleep and awake in the alternation of night and day.
    • evolution of mankind from out of its everyday consciousness, from the
    • everyday life in any one age, up to the point from where we can look
  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 3 of 9
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    • the present day, which tends to the formation of abstract concepts,
    • acquainted with the present-day science of dreams you will realize
    • have been seen at all in any other age. So, for example, people today
    • recollection of an experience in everyday life we had years ago,
    • it at the time. Now we notice that behind our everyday consciousness
    • brought us revelations from realms into which our everyday
    • different beings from what we imagine ourselves to be in everyday
    • everyday life, and an altogether new world of inner life that can
    • images from our everyday life thrust so insistently into this higher
    • everyday life. If you really try to carry out the exercises I have
    • this, that you must detach your interest from your everyday life.
    • from our everyday life to arise in our dreams. They can no longer
    • everyday affairs. There are people who say they do their exercises
    • every day, morning and evening, and for hours at a time, and cannot
    • bring nothing into it of our everyday sense experiences. Thereby in a
    • in us that lies behind the everyday consciousness with which every
    • everyday experiences from this region then experiences from the
    • surrounding world here every day. When they first arise we begin to
    • realize that our everyday consciousness itself seems like a dream
    • then is everyday judgment in creating a feeling of antipathy toward
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  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 4 of 9
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    • exercises as may be practiced today. In that ancient time, however,
    • power to surcharge the soul with selfhood. Today man can again
    • present-day man to want to undertake occult exercises at all? Why
    • speaking of present-day man, for even in ancient Greece the human
    • soul was different in this respect from what it is today. When we
    • today give ourselves with our whole soul to the study of natural
    • but when man today observes life through the senses and considers it
    • one begins today to study the external world that is the subject
    • In fact, present-day
    • times the comparison held good, but today it does not. Today we might
    • people in the world today who despair of life yet at the same time
    • What today we have to
    • today possesses, but that souls of that time did not yet possess.
    • point out that though man may lift his soul today into that realm
    • dream-consciousness, we still are not able today to fully discover
    • what Krishna is. Referring again to what was said yesterday, let us
    • call our everyday consciousness the lowest realm. About it lies a
    • strengthened self-consciousness we mentioned yesterday. We have need
    • purposes of the universe. In the realm of everyday life we might do
    • cessation of consciousness. In normal human life today man ceases to
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  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 5 of 9
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    • man in certain respects. The next day one of the members of this
    • consider a cycle familiar in everyday life, that of our waking and
    • supplement our waking day life. We are approaching the point where
    • active souls of men and are being used today to gather spiritual
    • skull today does not have the same appearance as it had then, for a
    • gradually. Today the word evolution is often heard, but people seldom
    • known world from the unknown. In the last few days I have again come
    • arguments today, and people never notice their complete lack of
    • horizon of external life today; things that represent some after-play
    • through the world today with half thought-out logic because in
    • We must realize that the self-consciousness that today is the
    • they do today, with the awareness, “I am thinking this
    • do today. They lived more of an instinctive life in their souls. From
  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 6 of 9
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    • In this way Western scholars today have so
    • speak of it today. At most one could say that in ancient India
    • today, “What is the judgment of true mystic wisdom about this
    • developed today in a rather general way we will make more concrete in
    • the succeeding lectures. But I would close today with a few words
  • 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
    • Today I have said that
    • forces, when they appear to clairvoyant consciousness today, are seen
    • present-day mankind's evolution. At that time, as is described in
    • things, what today compels man continually to wear and tear himself
    • the creating forces. At that time man came into being as he is today.
    • “This is my well-beloved Son, this day have I begotten Him.”
    • yesterday we thought of abstractly. What belongs to all mankind comes
    • think when you consider all that has been said today, leading up as
    • mankind exoterically. Today I have endeavored to present the matter
    • tried to convey it today. The truth itself was there first, as I
    • indicated in a lecture a few days ago, and the rest followed of its
    • our thoughts today.
  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 8 of 9
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    • came precisely from the feeling that certain secrets must today be
    • though it is published and revealed in the light of day.
    • people of India today we will not find real understanding for the
    • and along with them we see a number of people today who do not value
    • of that period somewhat as follows. What appears to a person today in
    • content of man's soul, his everyday consciousness. His was a
    • state wholly closed to us today, from which a kind of inspiration,
    • dream-like, came to men. It was the state closed to us today during
    • different in those times. Our dream-consciousness today generally
    • was striving as we do today in our occult education, aimed for
    • something quite different. When we today go through our occult
    • development we are aware that we have gone downhill to our everyday
    • striving upward, from their everyday dream-consciousness. What was it
    • today. Then, everything those men did with their Yoga and the Sankhya
    • which men were striving upward; today it has come down and is
    • accessible to everyday consciousness.
    • lies something far more important, that if the man of today will only
    • Fichte or a Hegel. There is something more. What today can be found
    • you have the view every day you get accustomed to it. It is not in
    • today right at hand, even if only by men like those we have named.
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  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 9 of 9
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    • idea of those important concepts by making use of present-day
    • developed last time have shifted a little. What is true for man today
    • correctly for man today as mineral food (salt, for instance), would
    • shall see the daybreak of the age of self-consciousness. Thou shalt
    • today they persuade themselves that they adhere to materialism on
    • effort can today be found right at hand. This is the tragedy of
    • present life. There are too many today who stand in the world and
    • men today.
    • change. Today we must say that we are at the end of the age that
    • hear what Krishna told Arjuna, those seeking their soul's salvation today,
    • what today is self-consciousness, which men at that time had to
    • strive for with all their might but which today is right at hand. Try
    • concepts and ideas, but pictures like those of our dreams today. Thus
    • into Brahma.” To ask a soul today, living in Western lands, to
    • ask a Western soul today to do Eastern exercises and “enter
    • ideas. This is really true, that Shankaracharya would today introduce
    • with the altogether different nature of our everyday world.
    • surrounding world are being formed. Today the soul must be more
    • the outer world. Today we are experiencing this in many ways. Many
    • present-day occultism must try to throw light on the different
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  • Title: Lecture 1: Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature
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    • removed from all the knowledge given to man today by the external
    • world of today. I shall only take for granted one thing, namely, that
    • lying next to us, presents the greatest surprise to the present-day
    • We will not today speak of still higher principles of human nature,
    • met by the blue sky. Suppose we do this on a day in which no cloud,
    • to metals. I have not yet spoken to-day of how popular fairy tales and
    • day when the weather conditions are constantly changing, when, for
    • from the surface of the earth; if on such a day we yield to such
  • Title: Lecture 2: Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature
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    • YESTERDAY I tried first of all to point out the way which leads the
    • To-day we shall speak of two other forms or categories of
    • of nature. We were able to describe yesterday, that in spring the
    • earth-planet, expresses itself in day and night, is brought about by
    • alternations between day and night, — between the various seasons
    • of the year, and the various times of the day, etc. Everything that
    • The second thing which we as men of the present day must not lose is
    • have to-day described as the Spirits of the Rotation of Time belonging
    • normal consciousness of present-day humanity speaks of the external
    • these laws is what we have to-day described as the world of the
    • the external sense-world. Science to-day does not do this. Those who
    • the external world. To-day, however, nobody really believes any longer
    • Thus we may say that we have to-day ascended to the undivided Spirit
  • 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
    • the present day — are only suited to the facts and phenomena of
    • for this purpose to begin to-day from the nature of man himself and to
    • prominence to-day, and that can be described in the following way. Man
    • have the attributes described to-day; they all have what has here been
    • Now these beings of the Third Hierarchy described to-day are found in
    • occult vision teaches us that the beings we learnt about yesterday as
    • Hierarchy, of whom we have learnt to know to-day. They are offspring,
  • Title: Lecture 4: Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature
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    • considerations to-day, and must therefore link them to what has
    • path roughly indicated yesterday, he gains a certain feeling of what
    • the feelings and perceptions mentioned yesterday, can he pass over to
    • everyday consciousness?” If a man has only ascended to the first
    • slightly touched upon yesterday — we find that sympathy and love
    • of the Second Hierarchy. We saw yesterday, that the beings of the
    • qualities described to-day, to everything around us in nature which
    • able to describe yesterday with regard to the beings of the Third
  • Title: Lecture 5: Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature
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    • gestures or its mimicry, as described yesterday — but become one
    • recapitulation, such as day and night, alternations of the year, the
    • Rotation of Time can be described from one aspect, as we did some days
    • have done to-day. Thus we can comprehensively represent the beings of
    • with them, are somewhat difficult; but today we will place these
    • present to-day in every human being. To these may also be added a
    • consciousness of man today is concerned, is still asleep within him.
    • It will only light up in future earthly days as the real center of
    • to-day we may, in order to some extent to indicate the direction of
    • our earth to-day is quite different from what was presented, for
    • Atlantean epoch the surface of the earth-globe, to-day covered by the
    • motion. Consider, for instance, that what we know to-day as the island
    • describe to-day as the Highest Trinity of Cosmic Being; we come to
  • Title: Lecture 6: Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature
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    • on foot — and he meets with a wet day; he must of necessity make
    • by what the physical astronomy of to-day calls the orbits of the
    • We have tried to describe to-day how such a planetary system really
    • to-day, but the principle is the same.) And in order that this may be
    • once more given to us today, was met first in the Zarathustra
    • present-day occult investigations; and which we can re-discover in the
  • Title: Lecture 7: Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature
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    • materialistic astronomy. Today we will devote our attention to that
    • anatomy and physiology. What does the ordinary anatomist of today do
    • peas and beans, as external anatomy and physical science does to-day.
  • 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
    • how far what we considered yesterday relation to its parts, at least
    • knowledge. We spoke yesterday of the life of the comet, of the life of
    • what you experienced yesterday or the day before. This picture concept
    • the moon tells us about herself. On the other hand, the present-day
    • his soul could not bring about his present-day self, yet it has to do
    • vision if we look away from our present-day planetary system, and only
    • focus our occult gaze upon our present-day sun; — that is, when
    • if we try to have the occult impression of the sun, not by day, but by
    • try in clear daylight to direct our occult vision to the sun, the
    • an occult impression of the sun by day; they were taught that they
    • part are no longer understood today — the sentence in the
    • symbolic interpretations because the consciousness of to-day is no
    • might have been added to the public lecture given yesterday, with
    • then gain an impression of the present-day sun, which to a very great
    • are even certain theosophists today who were filled with respect when
    • materialist of the day says: That alone is a reality in the animal
  • Title: Lecture 9: Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature
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    • what we see externally. To-day let us shortly recapitulate how that
    • clear to him: “If at a particular hour of the day I direct my
    • impulse for the animal forms is continually sought to-day in some
    • which present-day astronomy calls Venus, and which ancient astronomy
    • — if, today, we were to confuse these different beings. It would
    • was stated today with regard to the Spirits active in the planets and
  • Title: Lecture 10: Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature
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    • yesterday, he need make no other preparation with regard to his soul
    • If we observe our present-day Saturn, it presents itself in the first
    • also. To-day we have, so to speak, grasped the moon as a field of
    • heard to-day is connected with what was said in the last lecture; and
    • right to us today; but at that time when people knew from the old
  • Title: Occultism and Initiation
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    • occultism today should realize that much of what they have to say
    • I really mean by occultism, which is the subject of today's
    • is often published these days as occultism is more than calculated to
    • is meant here can be seen every day, if only we reflect a little over
    • suggested by this everyday phenomenon.
    • disappear. This whole day world becomes submerged in darkness, in the
    • waking and sleeping, we must say that our whole daytime conscious
    • reality, the peculiarity of our waking daytime life is that it does
    • all, it constantly consumes us, dissolves us. The waking life of day
    • external world. Today, we designate as truth those concepts and ideas
    • today for many initiations which still exist in the world — it
    • dangers. A guru may do this even today, if he or she is simply a
    • today cannot be allowed to have that relationship with the pupil, and
    • of which I have spoken today, but at the same time, these results can
    • can only be recognized and justified today if we take into
    • super-sensible world or initiation are just as great today as doubt,
    • today, must now be shown in addition to the propagation of occult

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