What is Anthroposophy?

Author: Sergei O. Prokofieff

Publisher: Temple Lodge Publishing

ISBN: 9781902636788

Category: Psychology

Page: 42

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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

The Karma of Anthroposophy

Rudolf Steiner, the Anthroposophical Society and the Tasks of Its Members

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 185584219X

Category: Social Science

Page: 179

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'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 in the Light of Anthroposophy

Author: Sergei O. Prokofieff

Publisher: Temple Lodge Publishing

ISBN: 1906999120

Category: Religion

Page: 214

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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.

Constitution of the School of Spiritual Science

An Introductory Guide

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 185584382X

Category: Religion

Page: 77

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"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.

Anthroposophy (A Fragment)

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 0880109564

Category: BODY, MIND & SPIRIT

Page: 97

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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.

Principles of Spiritual Science

Author: Carl Unger

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 9780910142694

Category: Philosophy

Page: 80

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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.

Social Issues

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 0880109785

Category: Education

Page: 71

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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.

Into the Heart's Land

Author: Henry Barnes

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 0880108576

Category: BODY, MIND & SPIRIT

Page: 642

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Henry Barnes, the author of A Life for the Sprit, brings us a comprehensive view of the roots and development of anthroposophy throughout North America. From its seminal beginnings with a few hearty souls in New York City, it moved across the prairies to the west coast and beyond, to Canada, Mexico, and Hawaii, and took root in the hearts and minds of the ?new world.? Here is the story of those adventurous spirits who took responsibility for bringing the work of Rudolf Steiner to North America in the form of study groups, agricultural initiatives, Waldorf and special education, the arts, and so much more.

The Foundation Stone

The Life, Nature and Cultivation of Anthroposophy

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 1855840758

Category: Religion

Page: 134

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This volume brings together for the first time two classic booklets: The Foundation Stone and The Life, Nature, and Cultivation of Anthroposophy. The former contains Rudolf Steiner's comments of the Foundation Stone Meditation made during the refounding of the Anthroposophical Society at the Christmas Conference of 1923-24. This key meditation -- of which several alternative translations are included -- holds a central place in the meditative life of many students of Rudolf Steiner's work.The second booklet contains a number of letters that Rudolf Steiner wrote to members of the Anthroposophical Society following the Christmas Conference. In them he gave valuable thoughts on the new character of the Society and guidelines for its conduct and relation to the world following its refounding.

Judaism and Anthroposophy

Author: Fred Paddock

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 0880109238

Category: Education

Page: 110

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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"

Approaches to Anthroposophy

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 9781855841512

Category: Philosophy

Page: 66

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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.