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Significant Facts Pertaining to the Spiritual Life of the Middle of the XIXth Century

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Significant Facts Pertaining to the Spiritual Life of the Middle of the XIXth Century

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Significant Facts Pertaining to the Spiritual Life of the Middle of the XIXth Century

A Convulsive Element in Humanity in the Nineteenth Century

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Three lectures delivered in Dornach, Switzerland, in October and November, 1915. Authorized translation from the German of Notes unrevised by the lecturer. Published by kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland. A part of Steiner's Lectures on the Anthroposophical Movement and Society, these are lectures 11, 12, and 13 of 13 from the lecture series: Occult Movements of the 19th Century (formerly GA 164). Published in German as: Die Okkulte Bewegung Im Neunzehnten Jahrhundert und Ihre Beziehung zur Weltkultur. Bedeutzames aus dem aeusseren Geistesleben um Mitte des neunzehnten Jahrhunderts. Now, GA# 254.

By Rudolf Steiner

Translated by D. S. Osmond
Bn 254.2, GA 254

Three lectures delivered in Dornach, Switzerland, in October and November, 1915. Authorized translation from the German of Notes unrevised by the lecturer.

A part of Steiner's Lectures on the Anthroposophical Movement and Society, these are lectures 11, 12, and 13 of 13 lectures from the lecture series: Occult Movements of the 19th Century (formerly Bn 164.2, GA 164). Published in German as: Die Okkulte Bewegung Im Neunzehnten Jahrhundert und Ihre Beziehung zur Weltkultur. Bedeutzames aus dem aeusseren Geistesleben um Mitte des neunzehnten Jahrhunderts.

This lecture series is presented here with the kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland. Now, Bn 254.2, GA 254.

A condensed version of the three lectures comprising the series, can be found at, Outlooks for the Future.

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CONTENTS

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Contents
Lecture I:

A convulsive element is at work in the evolution of humanity during the 19th century. Two examples from European literature of significant insight into happenings in the spiritual worlds: “The Mahaguru,” a novel by Gutzkow, and “The Undivine Comedy,” a drama by Zigmunt Krasinski.

October 31, 1915
Lecture II:

When most of the souls now living are reincar­nated they will know as a natural matter of course that there are many earthly lives. The men of the Lemurian and Atlantean epochs and their occult arts. Knowledge and application of hidden forces of nature. The gradual development of free will and a new knowledge of nature. Decadent remains of ancient, occult chemistry, for example in Tibet. Necessity for acquiring knowledge of Lucifer and Ahriman, The Ego must be permeated by Christ. Senses-perceptions and ideas. The concept of knowledge and the concept of life. Extract from a letter written by Petrarch to Boccaccio. Ahasver, the Wandering Jew. “Christ is seeing us.”

November 1, 1915
Lecture III:

The tragic wrestling with knowledge. How can man find the link with the true realities in the cosmos? Fechner and the discovery of medicaments. The moral physiognomy of men in the sixth post-Atlantean epoch as the nemesis of materialism. Gradual stiffening of the etheric body, and its consequences.

November 7, 1915




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