This is one of those books that can change your life. Radical, thought-provoking, and indeed mind-boggling, it leads to a completely new way of looking at what it means to be human - a spiritual being in a universe that itself is not just physical, but psychic and spiritual as well. These three previously untranslated lectures are a masterly introduction to what Rudolf Steiner means by "anthroposophy." They explain why Steiner describes this path-which means literally "the wisdom of the human being"- as one that "unites what is spiritual in the human being with what is spiritual in the universe." Steiner begins by describing what happens when we die. He shows the relationship between our physical life on earth and the etheric, astral, and spiritual life of the cosmos. He also explains how physical lives are completely interwoven with cosmic existence, and how the "miss-ing links" in evolution are spiritual in nature. Steiner then demonstrates what he calls the "dilettantism" and "soullessness" of mainstream psychology. He points out that since the second half of the nineteenth century the idea of the soul has been lost, and that, consequently, understanding of our inner lives is without a sure foundation. A quite different view, however, emerges from a truly spiritual perspective. In the third lec-ture, Steiner takes as his guide our three states of being - waking, dreaming, and sleeping. He describes in detail what happens in these three states, and how each is bound up with our lives as physical, psychic, and spiritual beings. With the profound insights in this book, the world becomes a much larger, richer, and more exciting place to live.
Unlike other works on this theme, Sergei Prokofieff's short book is really more of a personal work than it is an introduction to Anthroposophy. The author presupposes the reader's familiarity with the basic principles of Anthroposophy and focuses on the central Christological insights that make up the core of Rudolf Steiner's philosophy. This book is personal in the sense that it reflects one person's endeavors to build a connection to Anthroposophy. As the author states in his preface, "As soon as we comprehend Anthroposophy as something living, we are concerned not merely with defining it intellectually but, rather, with developing a real relationship to it." He continues, "The content [of this book] will probably reveal more about the author and his relationship to Anthroposophy than about [Anthroposophy] itself, for its nature is basically beyond description and consequently evades any purely intellectual definition." This is a valuable addition to the body of secondary literature on Anthroposophy from an established and well-respected author on the subject. Contents: Anthroposophy and the Riddle of Man The Anthroposophical Path of Knowledge Ego-Consciousness and the Mystery of Golgotha Rudolf Steiner's Path of Development The Being of the Christ and the Mystery of Man
Rudolf Steiner, the Anthroposophical Society and the Tasks of Its Members
Author: Rudolf Steiner
Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press
Category: Social Science
'If such authentic souls, such honest anthroposophists can be found ...then an upward movement and dynamic will arise. If such souls do not appear, then decadence will take its inexorable downward course...Today humanity stands before a great crisis: either it will see all civilization collapsing into the abyss, or else spirituality will raise civilization up by the power of the Michael impetus, through which the Christ impetus works, thus continuing, enriching and sustaining it.' In 1924, the final full year of his life, Rudolf Steiner gave a series of urgent, sometimes impassioned, talks to members of the Anthroposophical Society regarding their karma and its relationship to the culture of the time, referring in particular to the vital task of renewing civilization and preserving it from the threat of decline. Steiner's words characterize vividly a great spiritual battle, of forces gathering to fight for the soul of humanity itself. He presents a striking panorama in which anthroposophists are compelled to broaden their vision; to see true esoteric and exoteric anthroposophical work as a live yeast that can set all culture rising.To waken the members of the Society to the dimensions of their task, Steiner saw it as essential that they begin to understand the many different karmic threads from which the movement is woven. This recognition - of difference as much as unity - can give the strength of diversity which, if unconscious and unrecognized, leads easily to division. In the lectures and excerpts compiled here Steiner speaks of the unprecedented convergence of two specific groups of souls within the anthroposophical movement: the Platonists and the Aristotelians. In the karmic background lies a conflict of approaches, but the task today calls for a unity based on love and knowledge; to work with Michael and Christ in the face of Ahriman, materialism and the possibility of civilization collapsing into decadence. Given the challenges faced by humanity today, it has, perhaps, never been more urgent for those who ally themselves with Rudolf Steiner's work to study, absorb and take to heart the contents of this critically important material.
The Mystery of the Resurrection approaches the deepest mysteries of the Turning Point of Time through Rudolf Steiner's spiritual research. At its heart stands the question of the restoration of the 'phantom' of the physical body, and its transformation into the resurrected body of Christ through the Mystery of Golgotha. The author draws a broad and differentiated picture of the tasks and possibilities that the Easter event, as well as Ascension and Whitsun, present - both for the individual and humanity. The final chapter considers the mystery of Easter Saturday, through which the two polar aspects of the Mystery of Golgotha - death and resurrection - interconnect, at the same time explaining the relationship of the Earth Spirit to the interior of the Earth. An appendix tackles the phenomenon of stigmatization from a spiritual-scientific perspective.
Grundzüge einer modernen Weltanschauung - seelische Beobachtungsresultate nach naturwissenschaftlicher Methode: die Vorbereitung der Anthroposophie
Author: Rudolf Steiner
Publisher: Musaicum Books
Diese Ausgabe von "Die Philosophie der Freiheit" wurde mit einem funktionalen Layout erstellt und sorgfältig formatiert. Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner (1861 - 1925) war ein österreichischer Esoteriker und Philosoph. Er begründete die Anthroposophie, eine esoterische Weltanschauung, die an die Theosophie, das Rosenkreuzertum, die Gnosis sowie die idealistische Philosophie anschließt und zu den neumystischen Einheitskonzeptionen der Zeit um 1900 gezählt wird. Auf Grundlage dieser Lehre gab Steiner einflussreiche Anregungen für verschiedene Lebensbereiche, etwa Pädagogik (Waldorfpädagogik), Kunst (Eurythmie, anthroposophische Architektur), Medizin (anthroposophische Medizin), Religion (die Christengemeinschaft) oder Landwirtschaft (biologisch-dynamische Landwirtschaft). Inhalt: Vorrede zur Neuausgabe 1918 Wissenschaft der Freiheit I. Das bewußte menschliche Handeln II. Der Grundtrieb zur Wissenschaft III. Das Denken im Dienste der Weltauffassung IV. Die Welt als Wahrnehmung V. Das Erkennen der Welt VI. Die menschliche Individualität VII. Gibt es Grenzen des Erkennens? Die Wirklichkeit der Freiheit VIII. Die Faktoren des Lebens IX. Die Idee der Freiheit X. Freiheitsphilosophie und Monismus XI. Weltzweck und Lebenszweck (Bestimmung des Menschen) XII. Die moralische Phantasie (Darwinismus und Sittlichkeit) XIII. Der Wert des Lebens (Pessimismus und Optimismus) XIV. Iindividualität und Gattung Die Konsequenzen des Monismus Erster Anhang (Zusatz zur Neuausgabe 1918) Zweiter Anhang
This text, outlining a new methodology for the study of human nature, dates from 1910 and was found after Rudolf Steiner's death among his unpublished papers. Steiner had dealt with the same theme earlier in lectures. Asked for a written version, he tried to write down what he had said, but found himself unable to do so-the language would not completely relinquish the words. Nevertheless, what he was able to put down remains a major intellectual and spiritual accomplishment of the twentieth century. Steiner presents anthroposophy, which lies between anthropology and theosophy, as a way of studying the human being. Where anthropology studies the human being on the basis of the senses-i.e. by observation within the limits of the scientific method-theosophy recognizes the human as a spiritual being on the basis of inner experience and seeks to understand what it means to be human in a spiritual world. Between these two approaches-basically those of science and religion-lies anthroposophy, which seeks to study human beings as they present themselves to physical observation, while at the same time seeking to derive indications of the spiritual foundations of phenomena by a process of phenomenological intensification. The results of such phenomenological intensification, though fragmentary and incomplete, are of enormous importance. They constitute the first steps toward a truly cognitive psychology, one that demonstrates the richness of the phenomenological approach to the human being as a sensory organism. Starting from there, Steiner unfolds the seven life processes, the nature of I-experience, the meaning of the human form, and its complex relation to higher spiritual worlds. This is a key work, whose time has truly arrived.
"If the intentions of the Christmas Conference are to be carried out, the Anthroposophical Society will in future have to fulfill, insofar as possible, the esoteric aspirations of its members. With this end in view, the School, consisting of three Classes, will be established within the General Society." --Rudolf Steiner, January 1924 A year after the first Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, was destroyed by fire, Rudolf Steiner reestablished the Anthroposophical Society during the Christmas Conference of 1923-24. At the very heart of the Society, he created "The School of Spiritual Science," whose specific task is to present the "esoteric aspect" and to lead its members to knowledge and experience of the spirit. The school was to have "sections" that represent various fields of human endeavor, including medicine and education, as well as three "classes," of which the First Class was to be established immediately by Rudolf Steiner himself. This short book collects articles (from the society's official newsletter) and lectures by Steiner in 1924 that introduce and explain the purpose of The School of Spiritual Science for members of the Anthroposophical Society. This book is an excellent companion volume to The Foundation Stone/The Life, Nature and Cultivation of Anthroposophy.
These lectures provide an excellent introduction to some of the leading themes of anthroposophy. Steiner carefully corrects certain misunderstandings that had arisen regarding his spiritual-scientific research and demonstrates how anthroposophy has nothing whatever to do with mysticism or spiritualism; nor is it simply a revival of ancient esoteric teachings. Rather, it is a genuinely modern spiritual teaching for Western humanity that builds upon the achievements of science and develops its exact methodology further into the investigation of spiritual realities through the awakening of higher organs of perception.
Librarian Fred Paddock of the Rudolf Steiner Library initiated this book, because he had long felt the need to make available some of the cutting-edge writings of European anthroposophists. Judaism and Anthroposophy examines the relationship between anthroposophy and religion, between Christian and Jewish esotericism, and between Kabbalah and anthroposophy. It also focuses on Jewish lives in anthroposophy, including those of Martin Buber, Hugo Bergman, Shimon Levy, and Ernst Mller. Also, three leading anthroposophic thinkers explore the question of anti-Semitism. This is an important contribution to the understanding of anthroposophy and its historical and contemporary interface with Judaism. THE CONTRIBUTORS: Johannes Schneider: "Christianity and Other Religions" Gnther Rschert: "On Judaism" Ruth Windolf: "The Hebrew Experience of Reality as Contrasted with the Greek" Schmuel Hugo Bergman: "The Blessing" Shimon Levy: "What Is the Contribution of Judaism to the Life of Anthroposophy?" Rolf Umbach: "The Kabbalah, an Esoteric Bridge to Christianity?" David Schweitzer: "Spiritual Background: The Cosmic Christ in Judaism" Hans Jrgen Bracker: "The Individual and Unity of Humankind-An Account of the Zionist and Anthroposophist Ernst Mller" Gerhard Wehr: "Between Martin Buber and Rudolf Steiner: Hugo Bergman in Martin Buber's Biography" Rudi Lissau: "Chosen Destiny" Samuel Ichmann: "What God Is-or Isn't: A Jewish Waldorf Teacher's View" Ralf Sonnenberg: "The Dark Side of the Enlightenment-The Eighteenth Century, changing Perception of the World, and Anti-Semitism in the Early Modern Age Jnos Darvas: "Franois Joseph Molitor's Philosophy of History-Judaism As the Miniature Reflection ofHumanity" Dirk Lorenz: "Against a Return to Normality-Accusations of Anti-Semitism As an Occasion for Self-Examination"
This slim but challenging volume of three essays supports and extends the basis of Steiner's philosophical and anthroposophical thinking. Students seeking a secure foundation in the supersensible realities of which Steiner speaks will find here a continuing source of inspiration. Unger was asked by Steiner to work further with the spiritual scientific theory of knowledge. This volume is the essence of what he did in this field.
Twelve Public Lectures, November 19, 1922-August 30, 1924
Author: Rudolf Steiner
12 lectures, various cities, November 19, 1922-August 30, 1924 (CW 218) By the time of this second collection of Steiner's public lectures on Waldorf education, the Waldorf school movement was gaining increasing recognition. In this collection, as in the previous volume, Steiner is outspoken about the spiritual nature of human beings and the world, including the spiritual nature of Waldorf education. Topics include: Education and Teaching The Art of Teaching from an Understanding of the Human Being Education and Art Education and the Moral Life Introduction to a Eurythmy Performance Why Base Education on Anthroposophy? Waldorf Pedagogy Anthroposophy and Education Moral and Physical Education Educational Issues Original book: Geistige Zusammenhange in der Gestaltung des Menschlichen Organismus, vol. 218 of the Complete Works of Rudolf Steiner,"
Out of his passionate engagement with the social problems of the modern age, Steiner here discusses the political, economic, and social conflicts of our time as symptoms of faulty thinking. His analysis of economic crises, unemployment, and political uprisings unmasks their true nature as signs of the need for new thinking. In forceful, clear language, Steiner presents his vision of the threefold social order, an order based on free will and spiritual insight and therefore appropriate for free individuals in our time. Steiner's insights come as a fresh breeze of air, awakening us to responsibility and hope.
In diesem Buch zeigt Rudolf Steiner Schritt für Schritt, wie jeder Mensch sich einen Zugang zur spirituellen Welt verschaffen kann. Innerhalb der unzähligen Bücher zum Thema Meditation zeichnet sich Rudolf Steiners Klassiker durch seine sachliche, aller diffusen Schwärmerei abholden Sprache und Einstellung. Eine Einladung, einen spannenden Weg zu beschreiten.
Nine Public Lectures, February 23, 1921-September 16, 1922
Author: Rudolf Steiner
Steiner presented his ideas to the public with surprising directness. He emphasized that teaching should be artistic and improvisational, not dogmatic, and that the great battle concerns the spiritual nature of children. Themes include the role of health and illness in education and the three major phases in childhood: imitation, authority, and freedom. Includes two lectures given in England on Shakespeare and new ideals in education.