Rudolf Steiner

Books by Rudolf Steiner


A Student's History of American Literature

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...years after the date of Hawthorne's birth, there was born in Boston another child of eccentric genius, --like the lonely orphaned boy in Salem destined to literary fame as a dreamer of romance, --and, alas, destined also to a career unique in the history of American letters for its brevity, its pathos, and its tragedy. Edgar Allan Poe was born January 19, 1809. That his birth occurred in Boston was due to the fact that his parents, members of a theatrical company, were filling an engagement in that city when the event occurred. David Poe, the father of the child, was a Southerner, a native of Baltimore, where the Poes were people of character and standing. Connection with the parental home had ceased, however, when the young man had recklessly pushed his law-books aside for an uncertain career upon the stage. He was never a brilliant actor; the lady whom he married was by far his superior in their profession, and possessed the more vigorous personality of the two. It was from his mother that Edgar inherited bis artistic temperament; while the prevailing weaknesses of the boy's later life, it is safe to assert, were a natural inheritance from his father. Within a year of Edgar's birth, his father died, and a year or two later Mrs. Poe also died, at Richmond, Virginia, in poverty, leaving three young children to the charity of friends. A Mrs. Allan, wife EDGAR ALLAN POE. 201 of a tobacco merchant of Richmond, had become interested in the suffering family, and took Edgar into her home. The black-eyed, curly-haired boy, handsome and precocious, soon won his way into the affections of Mr. and Mrs. Allan. He was given the Adopted name of his foster parents, was made the pet of the household, and treated with a degree of indulgence far from wise....

Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature

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In the architecture of Rudolf Steiner's great cosmological temple, this extraordinary course of lectures on spiritual beings forms the central pillar with other important texts such as the fourth chapter of An Outline of Esoteric Science, The Spiritual Hierarchies and the Physical World, and Inner Experiences of Evolution. These works, outlining a revolutionary angelological cosmology, lie at the heart of Steiner's mission to transform our understanding of the world by laying down a new, non-dual, phenomenological path to a contemporary divine-spiritual-physical cosmology that is angelological and theophanic. For Steiner, what constitutes the world are "beings"-including the ground of the world itself, the "Father being." Steiner's cosmology or angelology is personal, and it is known in relationship; therefore, he presents it in terms of states and deeds of conscious, and of the divine-spiritual beings whose states and deeds they are. The spiritual world is thus always a world of beings. The twin realizations-that "I am an 'I'" and that "reality is constituted of other "I-beings"-go together. Cosmology is angelology. Spiritual beings define experience of the nature of reality. In these lectures, the reader is led through a series of meditations to recognize these spiritual beings and come to know their deeds. Steiner's approach is "contemporary" in that, while continuous with the most ancient understanding of the cosmos, he discovers it for himself, out of his own experience and consciousness, and expresses it in his own words with a logic and language appropriate to our time. Thus he teaches us, his readers, to do the same.

Ancient Wisdom and the New Apocalyptic Wisdom

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Inner Experiences of Evolution: Five Lectures Held in Berlin October 31, 1911-December 5, 1911

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In this most remarkable and in many ways unique course of lectures, Rudolf Steiner describes the inner experience of the states of consciousness known as the Saturn, Sun, Moon, and Earth stages of evolution.Lecture by lecture, Steiner details the experiences of these states available to one who practices the spiritual scientific path of meditation. By this means, these stages and states gain an unexpected and existential reality: suddenly, we recognize what Steiner is talking about. Most remarkable of all, perhaps, is the description of the Earth state with its experience of death, which Christ knew on the Cross at Golgotha, transforming earthly and human evolution.Inner Experiences of Evolution is a translation from German of Die Evolution vom Gesichtspunkte des Wahrhaftigen (GA 132). These lectures were previously included as part of The Spiritual Hierarchies & the Physical World: Reality and Illusion (1996). A previous translation also appeared as Evolution in the Aspect of Realities (Garber).

Cosmic New Year: Thoughts for New Year 1920 (Cw 195)

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5 lectures, Stuttgart, Dec. 18, 1919-Jan. 1, 1920 (CW 195)

"Today, the 'I' is empty of atavistic, clairvoyant visions, and when we look back at the 'I, ' it is, so to speak, more or less only a point in our soul life. The content of this 'I' is a firm point of support for everyone, but still only a point. But we are living in a time when the point should once again become a circle in which the 'I' should once again received content.... Just as the 'I' was filled for the human being of the past with atavistic, clairvoyant content, so in our time our 'I' should fill itself with a new spiritual content, received in full consciousness, which once again provides the tie that binds our soul to the soul being of the divine. Now, a start must be made." --Rudolf Steiner

During Christmastime of 1919 to 1920, Rudolf Steiner was in Stuttgart to celebrate the end of the first semester of the first Waldorf school and participate in its Christmas festivities. During his visit, he gave not only two courses for teachers (The Light Course and The Genius of Language), but also the five lectures for Anthroposophical Society members collected in this book.

As with all of Steiner's lectures given around the Holy Nights, these jewel-like lectures are both inspiring and sobering. The Archangel Michael is once again the "world regent." He shows us a new path to Christ and to the spirit world, calling on us to create new relationships to spiritual realities. Yet, inertia or lack of will, materialism, and powerful opposing forces make his and our task more difficult. World War I had ended, but peace was still a distant hope. Prescient to our own moment, these stirring lectures are more relevant than ever, still inspiring a call to arms.

  • Introduction by Christopher Bamford
  • 1. STUTTGART, DECEMBER 21, 1919: The three streams of cultural life: The Mysteries of The Light, of the Human Being, and of the Earth. 1) Origin in the old Eastern spiritual life. Social impact of the old initiation. The scientific path from above to below. Increasing filtration in ancient Greece to the abstraction of our time. Represented in the social sphere by aristocracy and feudalism. 2) Origin of the rights life in the Egyptian mysteries. Its development in Roman times. Legalization of Christianity in the Roman Catholic Church. Represented in social life by the bourgeoisie. 3) Origin of the economic life in the Nordic mysteries. Festivals related to the economic life. The way upward from below. Examples: Newton, Darwin, Mill, Spencer, Hume. The three streams rolled up together in the cultural chaos of today. Goethe, Wilhelm von Humboldt. The Russian revolutionaries. Opponents of Anthroposophy: Domkapitular, Ferrière.
  • 2. STUTTGART, DECEMBER 25, 1919: A Christmas lecture. The Michaelic way to Christ. Can we still be Christians? (David Friedrich Strauss.) The anti-Christian thoughts of Tirpitz and Ludendorff. Harnack's conception of Christ. The beginning of Michael's regency in 1879. Michael today. The "cosmic lie" of the freedom of nations. The past incarnation of Lucifer and the future one of Ahriman. The Christian way as a balance between these two powers. The Christmas festival. The need for a new revelation.
  • 3. STUTTGART, DECEMBER 28, 1919: The mystery of the human will. The connection between the will and processes of destruction. Effects of the will and the course of nature. Lucifer's incarnation in ancient China. Eastern mysteries: their becoming abstract in Greek philosophy and fixed in phrases at the present time. The preparation for the incarnation of Ahriman. The erroneous interpretation of the Gospels as a means to prepare the incarnation of Ahriman.
  • 4. STUTTGART, DECEMBER 31, 1919: The relationship of human life to the past and the future regarded as a mirroring process. Perception of the "I" as a result of the interruption of consciousness during the night time. The necessity for the new revelation. The present day as a kind of Cosmic New Year. The necessity for a new experience of Christ. Gogarten's book Spiritual Science and Christianity. The attacks of the Jesuit Zimmermann. After the Cosmic New Year there must come a new year of the spiritual future.
  • 5. STUTTGART, JANUARY 1, 1920: Rudolf Steiner's early essay "The Spiritual Signature of the Present." Fichte and Hegel. The dogma of revelation and the dogma of mere sense experience. Lenin's social ideas. Spiritual science strives for a social order in which a balance exists between capacities and needs, i.e., between Lucifer and Ahriman. The characteristics of present East European culture (Lenin, Trotsky) with regard to the social sphere. In Middle Europe, the denial of the German spiritual life represented by Goethe and Schiller. Heinrich Deinhardt.

Cosmic New Year is a translation from the German book Weltsilvester und Neujahrsgedanken (GA 195). A previous translation was published in 1932 under the same title.

Esoteric Lessons 1904-1909

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Notes written from memory by the participants and meditation verses by Rudolf Steiner (CW 266/1)

To read this book is to be part of Rudolf Steiner's Esoteric School, to experience the growth and development of Anthroposophy from within. First and most essential here is the primacy of practice. Steiner stresses attention and concentration. We waste much of our time and energy on thoughts and feelings that to nowhere. Meditation--concentration on a living thought, an idea of higher origin--begins the process of self-gathering. Controlling our thoughts, we begin to form our "mental" (etheric) body; ordering our memories, we begin to work on our astral body. These two tasks are our preliminary goal. "We must make our life into a school for learning." Humility is the key--when the world becomes our teacher, we must become humble.

With the beginning of these esoteric lessons, the path is deepened. We witness Rudolf Steiner the spiritual teacher in action. Throughout the lessons, Steiner moves between the so-called Christian-Gnostic path and the theosophical framework of the Masters. As the years unfold, however, the lessons move from the framework given by H. P. Blavatsky toward a deeper, more universal and, at the same time, more contemporary focus. Steiner reveals that behind what Blavatsky brought is the wisdom of Atlantis, which today must come to life again. Here, Christian Rosenkreutz, the Rosicrucians, and the "old philosophers" (alchemists) become important, for it was their task to bring this wisdom, now "enchristed," into the West.

This volume is the English translation of «Aus den Inhalten der esoterischen Stunden, Gedächtnisaufzeichnungen von Teilnehmern. Band.1, 1904-1909» (GA 266/1).


Freemasonry and Ritual Work: The Misraim Service (Cw 265)

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Letters, Documents, Ritual d104s, and Lectures from the Cognitive-Ritual Section of the Esoteric School: 1904-1919
Documents of a New Beginning after the First World War: 1921-1924 (CW 265)

To ground his project of founding the new mysteries of Anthroposophy in spiritual history, Rudolf Steiner always sought to unite with and transform where possible the older initiatory streams such as Freemasonry and Rosicrucianism.

In November 1905, both Steiner, who was General Secretary of the German Section of the Theosophical Society and Arch Warden of its Esoteric Section, and Marie von Sivers were invited to "join," in a purely formal way, the Order of Ancient Freemasons of the Memphis and Misraim Rite, allowing him to form his own Mystic Temple, Mystica Aeterna, in Berlin.

On this basis, Steiner created--freely and out of his own spiritual experience and inspiration--the Cognitive-Ritual Section, or Misraim Service, of the Esoteric Section. "Everything was done as it must be when spiritual reality is to be investigated directly and experienced in full consciousness."

Though outwardly similar to existing Masonic rituals, forms, and legends, the spiritual content Steiner gave was new and vital. Especially important was the ritual work, reverently undertaken with a deep sense of responsibility and of the sacramental nature of all human activity.

This astonishing volume of rich, primary materials contains letters, documents, ritual texts, meditations, and lectures pertaining to Steiner's teaching of the Misraim Service. Ritual symbols (such as the mallet, the triangle, the right angle, the compass, the rule, the Rose Cross, and the pillars of Jachin and Boaz), as well as the Temple Legend of Hiram Abiff and Solomon and the story of Cain and Abel, all find their place here. The ritual texts are given in full, with illustrations and descriptions of making the ritual objects.

There are numerous fictional and superficial books available on Freemasonry, but this unusual volume reveals the deep, esoteric nature of true Masonic rituals and practices and how they form some of the roots of Anthroposophy.

Freemasonry and Ritual Work contains an introduction, a brief chronology of Rudolf Steiner's life, and an index. It is the first complete English translation of « Zur Geschichte und aus den Inhalten der erkenntniskultischen Abteilung der Esoterischen Schule 1904-1914 » (GA 265).

Rosicrucianism Renewed: The Unity of Art, Science, and Religion: The Theosophical Congress of Whitsun 1907

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13 lectures in Munich, Stuttgart, Berlin, Masch, and Penmaenmawr, 1907 1923 (CW 284)Unnoticed by most people at the time, a significant moment in spiritual history took place at Whitsun (Pentecost) in Munich in 1907. Known as the Congress of the Federation of European Sections of the Theosophical Society, this event witnessed Rudolf Steiner s emergence onto the public stage as an independent esoteric Christian spiritual teacher with a world mission to transform planetary culture through what would come to be called Anthroposophy. The event (and hence Anthroposophy itself) was placed under the sign of Christian Rosenkreutz and the cultural impulse of Rosicrucianism, which, since its initial appearance in the early seventeenth century, had gone underground to be transmitted through the centuries by small, more-or-less hidden esoteric groups. In the Congress, however, the original aim of the movement a general reform of human society through the unity of art, science, and religion was proclaimed anew and with the firm intent to put it into practice.This volume thus marks not only the birth of Anthroposophy as a spiritual movement of cultural renewal from which would flow new initiatives in art, science, religion, education, agriculture, medicine, architecture, and drama but also the articulation of this activity as the evolutionary tip of human consciousness reaching back to the primordial mystery centers. Collected here, with Steiner s lectures and descriptions, are essays and reports on the Theosophical Congress of Whitsun 1907, as well as documents relating to some of the direct consequences of the Congress, especially those leading to the design and construction of the first Goetheanum. An extensive color section of facsimiles, photographs, and plates includes the esoteric and symbolic artistic work (the seals and columns) created for the congress hall. This Collected Works edition contains an introduction, illustrations, a chronology of Rudolf Steiner s life, editorial notes, and an index. Contents:
  • On the Munich Congress
  • Rosicrucian Initiation
  • Planetary and Human Evolution
  • Remarks on the Seals of Columns
  • Report on the Congress
  • Various reports and commentaries
  • The Apocalyptic Seals
  • Symbols and Sings and the Working of Chaos
  • Speech at the Laying of the Malsch Foundation Stone
  • In what Sense are we Theosophists and in what Sense Rosicrucians?
  • Sixty-four pages of color reproductions of the meeting program, columns and seals, Steiner's sketches of the new Goetheanum, and more.
This volume is a translation of "Bilder okkulter Siegel und Saulen. Der Munchner Kongress Pfingsten 1907 und seine Auswirkungen" (GA 284)."