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  • Title: Lecture: The National Epics With Especial Attention to the Kalevala
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    • From the general human standpoint we know how plastically the figures
    • at all understand the sense, and spirit, and meaning of it all unless
    • us to stand alone among the human beings with whom he lives; as the
    • stands alone with regard to the human kingdom, and on the other hand
    • stands close to super-sensible, superhuman powers. On the other hand
    • me before I took up the task of approaching these matters from the standpoint
    • this way we shall not arrive at a true understanding of the ancient
    • of him not an absolutely victorious figure, but a figure which stands
    • in such a way as one can understand them if one does not speak the language
    • stands before our eyes, so that in nowise have we any feeling that the
    • stand quite firmly on the ground of facts, of truth, of the attainable,
    • stands beside the animal world. We look into the world which
    • does Siegfried stand? That is shown to us in Brunnhilde's relation to
    • be more clearly worked out here, but we shall understand all the sagas
    • present age stand in relation to what is still active in Siegfried?
    • with the old clairvoyant forces. Hence she stands in opposition to those
    • they are forces through which we stand much closer to the collective
    • was primitive; but in the primitive lived the perception of what stands
    • to me who only learnt to understand Kalevala long, long after these
    • concealed. Now mark, I understand nothing of Finnish, I can only speak from
  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 1 of 9
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    • understanding of it, men have considered all-powerful in life,
    • little understanding for the original clairvoyant sources from which
    • recoil but to stand firm and do his duty in it. When we bring this
    • arise when — imagining we can understand them — we
    • Arjuna's soul? It is as though the raging battle in which it stands
    • does not understand this world until Krishna makes it comprehensible
    • enter into the matter more deeply will understand me when I say that
    • Arjuna stands there like a human soul to whom the earthly side of
    • understanding for earthly things! It comes to men who have attained
    • very good understanding for all that is earthly. It has to be
    • himself up to Arjuna, to whom has to be imparted an understanding of
    • understand what surrounds him! He needs no Krishna. It is well for
    • understand a nature like that of Krishna or Arjuna. Arjuna is a man,
    • souls can do better because they speak not only to understanding but
    • understanding — to our power of perception and to our feeling.
    • but that stands infinitely nearer to Western culture. Here in the West we
    • Now let him stand
    • people begin to understand that there is something for the human
    • understanding for the Socratic culture. We only grasp Western
    • lived as spiritual mysteries. Those who were to understand the
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  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 2 of 9
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    • begin by indicating a few of the outstanding points — and we
    • training to an understanding of occult truths, then he is being
    • the individual, personal qualities whereby a man stands out from his
    • battle. If we would understand a human soul we must penetrate into
    • everyone who has the power to behold it will understand: His
    • standpoint, then you can go and give yourself up to your duty. You
    • because every schoolboy understands it! We see how stupid this is,
    • understand that there is really no one among you who does not have
    • understand that clairvoyance begins in something common and everyday.
    • moment when Krishna stands before Arjuna and gives him the power of
    • soul, then only are you ripe to understand how, after all, it is not
    • you begin to feel that you are standing on a rock that rises up out
    • understanding we speak in concepts and ideas. Krishna speaks to
    • understanding is infinitely deep and sublime to the heart of man.
    • accepted as dogma.” I could understand such a thing being said,
    • understand what the spirit of the earth is, and how it is asleep in
  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 3 of 9
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    • last concluded that his understanding is not yet equal to solving it,
    • powerless with my intellect and understanding.”
    • something that stands in quite a different relation to this blow of
    • to explain to them how easily one can understand that. In many cases
    • bitter feelings, let us try to understand how one actually comes to
    • misunderstandings about it are possible.
    • him the answer due him, however, he would not be able to understand
    • this position. He stands at the boundary between the everyday world
    • stand on ground where he has to break with all these accustomed
  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 4 of 9
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    • That depends upon the standards by which we value human life.
    • to understand the
    • full understanding of Krishna's being. Even if we develop the forces
    • Those are the beings who stand under the guidance of Lucifer. The
    • ourselves in preparation. Then when we stand before Lucifer he takes
    • understanding is able to grasp this fact. People only will not give
    • themselves a chance to understand. In their haste they change their
    • power of understanding into bitterness and fury.
    • able to penetrate with understanding into that third realm.
    • 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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    • sleeping. What does it really signify? We can only understand the
    • the seventeenth or eighteenth century. As he stands there before us
    • power to understand the spiritual slept for awhile. It was this sleep
    • of spiritual understanding that brought forth the great triumphs of
    • well understand why the anthroposophical outlook meets with so much
    • thought is needed to understand anthroposophy. I mean the habit of
    • will reach hundreds of people who will imagine that they understand
    • insufficient. We need laws of the soul and spirit. Thus we understand
    • withdrew his understanding and feeling for the fires of sacrifice and
    • we understand Krishna as the divine architect of what prepared and
  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 6 of 9
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    • statement is not incorrect, it may be nonsense from the standpoint of
    • To understand it as a real description of world history — of
    • often indicated that misunderstandings without number arise from the
    • misunderstanding that so often arises amounts to this, that we
    • “Understand me well. I am in all beings, yet they are not in
    • were standing on a summit of mankind’s attainment, born
    • directly out of the occult depths of life. If we are to understand
    • understanding. As we continue purifying more and more this mood of
    • to us if we approach them devotionally. One who would understand this
    • sublime poem may start with intellectual understanding and so follow
    • guardian, Thou! Spirit primeval and Eternal, Thou standest before my
    • Thee I stand. And that heavenly universe wherein the three worlds
    • hymning Thy praise. Stricken with fear I stand before Thee, folding
    • Filled with wonder stand multitudes beholding Thee. Thy Form
    • fratricide; when we rightly understand the impulse that forced its
    • battle, without thee hath death taken all the warriors who stand
  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 7 of 9
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    • course of earthly incarnations. We understand that this soul could
    • body that stands before us there, we have in concrete form what
    • it does to a certain understanding of that great moment pictorially
    • understanding upon it much is added to all that can be given -to
    • by the human understanding. It was not discovered in the form I have
    • Anthroposophical Movement for which I am permitted to stand before
    • afterward are they permeated with the power of understanding, The
  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 8 of 9
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    • with full understanding it is necessary for us to attune our
    • then with understanding we must prepare ourselves for the very
    • appalling misunderstandings can arise when people imagine they can
    • order to understand the
    • accessible to the understanding of only a few. What one age has
    • followed developed a really penetrating understanding of this poem.
    • a rule we cannot find the way to come near to an understanding of
    • people of India today we will not find real understanding for the
    • they are already far from understanding those feelings poured out in the
    • depths but is merely superficial understanding. This has a twofold
    • misunderstanding grafted onto another misunderstanding. So difficult
    • it our ideal to truly understand all the masterpieces of the human
    • really is. Also, we shall realize how untold misunderstandings are possible,
    • understand how the people of the East can look up to the old creative
    • meaning. We can understand how the Eastern man looks up with
    • another way also if we want to attain a really deep understanding. To
    • quite misunderstanding what the West actually contains. A
    • understand all the facts history presents to us.
    • We shall understand this if
    • understand that the external expressions themselves, the outer forms
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  • Title: Occult Significance of the Bhagavad Gita: Lecture 9 of 9
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    • feeling must be attuned so as to understand what is said in the sense
    • understand these feelings of sattwa, rajas and tamas, so fundamental
    • through the world with intelligent understanding as we would say,
    • his surroundings meant not only a certain understanding of the outer
    • has to do so by learning to understand his surroundings through ideas
    • stands before Arjuna and teaches him to “Look upon all the
    • present life. There are too many today who stand in the world and
    • understand the world, who are unhappy because in their soul-life they
    • an understanding of the three external conditions. What can do this?
    • understand them, even though there are many who do not wish to
    • of gaining an understanding of the universe is gradually to begin? He
    • people are going about among us who have little understanding left of
    • understanding of the Christ Impulse must break in upon us. The
    • seek the understanding of the Christ Impulse that is opened up by
    • progress of humanity. To understand the Christ means not merely to
    • He who would understand
    • in this way do we understand what it means to seek a unity in all
    • and standpoint that I have attained. I must forever go on striving —
  • Title: Lecture 1: Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature
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    • shall come to a mutual understanding in the course of the lectures.
    • goes on, we acquire an understanding born of feeling and of perception
    • of a spiritual world, but of quite definite beings and forces standing
    • understanding. We should not believe that we can acquire a spiritual
    • understanding by mere sentimentality, by simply repeating continually
    • this understanding if we intend to speak about the things which are to
    • beings of an ever higher order. If we wish to acquire an understanding
    • understanding, to the present power of comprehension. I am speaking to
    • touch with our hands, and grasp with our understanding in ordinary
    • which can be thus expressed: “I now understand what I experience
    • strikes me: I understand this now for the first time, I can only learn
    • understand the inmost parts of my soul through external nature when
    • it to disappear, we obtain an understanding of that which fills the
    • then to have a spiritual understanding of what we experience when a
    • or that our understanding (which is connected with the brain)
    • nevertheless, to stand before the world, then there works within us
    • snow so work upon us that by it we gain an understanding of what
    • is how I understand the subject which was put before me.
    • standing immediately behind the veil of nature. If, let us say, on a
  • Title: Lecture 2: Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature
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    • approach these beings we see that they stand in a certain relation to
    • and sprouts. The beings of whom we have just spoken, stand, on the
    • principles of man's nature, which at first we understand as the ego
    • the sphere of ordinary life. In ordinary life we only understand by
    • understand this quite correctly, for this is extremely important. If a
    • stands firmly on the ground that one esteems oneself for nothing but
    • see spread out before our senses and which we can understand with our
    • its planetary body, which is the ground on which we stand; but this
  • Title: Lecture 3: Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature
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    • understand this. Suppose a man so lived that should he desire to live
    • own, we can nevertheless understand him, because he has passed through
    • difficult to understand someone they encounter in a distant region or
    • that over the whole earth-sphere there can be mutual understanding of
    • Hierarchy, standing immediately above man. We may therefore describe
    • than the Archangels and under whom many different peoples stand at the
    • unconsciously. And so do groups of men stand under their Archangel, as
    • the age and the men of the age stand under the leadership of the
  • Title: Lecture 4: Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature
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    • ascended to the beings which stand immediately above man and which we
    • Now, however, the clairvoyant must not stand still here, only
    • amounts to a perception, an understanding of, an immersion in another
    • own shell. The shell — so we understand — consists of a
    • vision, the occult perception and understanding are stimulated; —
  • Title: Lecture 5: Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature
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    • of pouring ourselves into the other being and standing beside it,
    • and lose the feeling that we are standing beside the other being. If
    • as the occultist feels when he stands before the beings we call the
    • reciprocity of the planetary systems. Mutual understanding prevails
  • Title: Lecture 6: Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature
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    • are higher than the Spirits of Form. Now if we want to understand all
    • which stands, so to speak, nearest to humanity in the spiritual world,
    • should understand that the spirits of the Third Hierarchy which had
    • physical Saturn. We shall understand still better what is in question
    • Form stand the Spirits of Motion, above these the Spirits of Wisdom,
    • planetary system is however that the teacher should stand there and
    • occultists. To those people who from a materialistic standpoint object
    • only do we understand them aright. Then, too, does the evolution of
  • Title: Lecture 7: Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature
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    • three hierarchies standing above man. You will have noticed that we
    • already classified man himself, in the ranks of the beings who stand,
    • Angels or Angeloi, Archangels, and Archai. Standing above these as the
    • men understand one another by their speech. So, in a similar way there
    • is mutual understanding between one planetary system and another by
    • star, but for its surrounding planets. Let us understand correctly. In
    • We can best understand this matter if we compare it with what a man
    • How something in the world and in man stands to the spirit, represents
    • upon our occult vision when we, as human beings, stand thus with
    • the other stand before a physical body left behind, deserted by the
    • for we actually gain the impression of an etheric body. We understand
    • understand something of such things; for he knows, for example, that
    • an understanding of the impression we need for the sphere of the
    • nature of the Cherubim and Seraphim, in order to understand the
    • body upwards, as the being standing immediately before us, we must in
  • Title: Lecture 8: Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature
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    • bodies from the standpoint of ordinary consciousness, we naturally
    • beings standing immediately above man to be the Angeloi, or
    • possible for you to understand how clairvoyant consciousness perceives
    • understand in the right sense the spiritual beings who participate in
    • standpoint with regard to this experience for which I was ripe at that
    • instance, no one really understands the content of the Gospels unless
    • night. Naturally the fact that at night the physical earth stands
    • longer rightly organized for the understanding of these old facts. To
    • from someone externally. Everyone who understands these things knows
    • example, to show you how one must often understand things in the old
    • standpoint of the occultist, of the immediate facts revealed to occult
    • not appear to us as an individuality; we can only understand it here
    • The beings which as astral bodies stand behind the rocks had to endure
  • Title: Lecture 9: Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature
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    • manifold mistakes and misunderstandings. Thus, misunderstanding would
    • that Mars, for instance, can work qualifyingly when he stands before
    • various standpoints, must adapt himself to these, so must the
    • If we now inquire how this matter stands in relation to man, we can
    • or Archai; and, finally, we know that above the Archai stand that
    • Mazdao, in the Egyptian (if one really understands what stands behind
    • always long for new sensations, but try to understand a little of what
  • Title: Lecture 10: Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature
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    • course of these lectures, are above all, active there. To understand
    • itself, for Mercury stands nearer to the earth than the other planets.
    • understand, and occult vision tells us, that the astral nature of the
    • was represented earlier, we must always understand that these
    • Beings, so also within the comet there are such as stand at the stage
    • have seen, all the planets, all the heavenly bodies stand in
    • soul, for every human heart, if only we understand it rightly.
    • moral understanding of humanity on the earth. Thus we do not wish to
  • Title: Occultism and Initiation
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    • fully understand their objections. First, then, let me indicate what
    • that under this name, and from the standpoint of science as mentioned
    • things which can be recognized by ordinary understanding, which is
    • a spiritual-scientific standpoint, these publications also speak of
    • particularly from the standpoint of so-called modern natural science,
    • the human being is only able to understand certain kinds of facts,
    • understand things of which I know the origin and course of
    • development. I can only understand those things in creation in which
    • understand how they have arisen, I cannot penetrate them and my power
    • participating in its creative process, we can understand what we lose
    • understanding of creative processes, an understanding gained through
    • dissatisfaction which makes us feel as if we were standing before a
    • and joys of another soul, and not my own, is a standard of measure
    • begin to understand that it is possible to live within an inner soul
    • process, understand a process of growth and development within
    • to understand the wonderful mystery of human development and also of
    • We understand and we can see how the soul-spiritual part gradually
    • we compare what stands at the beginning of life — the gradual
    • stands at the end of life — the inner concentration of life's
    • faith (and it will be easier to understand this turning point if we
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