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Rudolph Steiner

Rudolph Steiner Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner (27 (or 25) February 1861 – 30 March 1925) was an Austrian philosopher, social reformer, architect and esotericist.

Steiner gained initial recognition at the end of the nineteenth century as a literary critic and published philosophical works including The Philosophy of Freedom. At the beginning of the twentieth century he founded an esoteric spiritual movement, anthroposophy, with roots in German idealist philosophy and theosophy; other influences include Goethean science and Rosicrucianism.

Rudolf Steiner in 1879 ~~ Goetheanum Dornach, designed by Rudolf Steiner

In the first, more philosophically oriented phase of this movement, Steiner attempted to find a synthesis between science and spirituality. His philosophical work of these years, which he termed "spiritual science", sought to apply the clarity of thinking characteristic of Western philosophy to spiritual questions, differentiating this approach from what he considered to be vaguer approaches to mysticism.

In a second phase, beginning around 1907, he began working collaboratively in a variety of artistic media, including drama, the movement arts (developing a new artistic form, eurythmy) and architecture, culminating in the building of the Goetheanum, a cultural centre to house all the arts.

In the third phase of his work, beginning after World War I, Steiner worked to establish various practical endeavors, including Waldorf education, biodynamic agriculture, and anthroposophical medicine.

Steiner advocated a form of ethical individualism, to which he later brought a more explicitly spiritual approach. He based his epistemology on Johann Wolfgang Goethe's world view, in which "Thinking… is no more and no less an organ of perception than the eye or ear. Just as the eye perceives colours and the ear sounds, so thinking perceives ideas."

Rudolf Steiner in 1912 ~~ Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) in 1919

A consistent thread that runs from his earliest philosophical phase through his later spiritual orientation is the goal of demonstrating that there are no essential limits to human knowledge.

Born Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner 27 (25?) February 1861 Murakirály, Austria-Hungary (now Donji Kraljevec, Croatia)

Alma mater Vienna Institute of Technology University of Rostock (PhD, 1891)

Died 30 March 1925 (aged 64) Dornach, Switzerland

Throughout his life Steiner consistently emphasized the core spiritual unity of all the world's peoples and sharply criticized racial prejudice. He articulated beliefs that the individual nature of any person stands higher than any racial, ethnic, national or religious affiliation.

His belief that race and ethnicity are transient and superficial, and not essential aspects of the individual, was partly rooted in his conviction that each individual reincarnates in a variety of different peoples and races over successive lives, and that each of us thus bears within him or herself the heritage of many races and peoples.

Toward the end of his life, Steiner predicted that race will rapidly lose any remaining significance for future generations. In Steiner's view, culture is universal, and explicitly not ethnically based; he saw Goethe and idealist philosophy in particular as the source of ideas that could be drawn upon by any culture, and he vehemently criticized imperialism.

Rudolf Steiner in 1879 ~~ Goetheanum Dornach, designed by Rudolf Steiner

In the context of his ethical individualism, Steiner considered "race, folk, ethnicity and gender" to be general, describable categories into which individuals may choose to fit, but from which free human beings can and will liberate themselves.

Steiner's collected works, making up about 400 volumes, include his writings (about forty volumes), over 6000 lectures, and a substantial body of artistic work.

Egyptian Myths and Mysteries Paperback Rudolf Steiner emphasizes the astonishing and special relationship between our own time and that of ancient Egypt―how, in the natural rhythm of the ages, the so-called third post-Atlantian (Egyptian) epoch is mirrored by the fifth (present) epoch.

In this sense, today it is especially relevant to look at ancient Egypt with fresh eyes. The evolution of Western civilization has been profoundly influenced by Egyptian myths through the Greek mysteries. Because of other influences, however, this heritage has degenerated; thinking has mummified and and myth has all but disappeared. Consequently, it is important to revive the seed of goodness passed down to us from ancient Egypt.

Through true imagination, it is our task to renew human knowledge related to the creative forces in nature, which the Egyptians attempted through the Osiris-Isis myth, and the Greeks through the myth of Demeter. This is what Rudolf Steiner attempts in this lecture cycle.

Steiner's subjects include: experiences of Egyptian initiations; esoteric anatomy and physiology; the stages of evolution of the human form; and much more. The final lecture is on the Christ impulse as the conqueror of matter.

The great Rudolf Steiner Quotes Site Quotes and fragments from the work of the great visionary, thinker and reformer Rudolf Steiner

All we do is guided from elsewhere. As a matter of fact, many of the feelings and impulses that we carry in our soul are there as a result of earlier lives on earth; only we do not observe them as such because we remain in our body.

Another interesting karmic relationship is between an habitually selfish attitude and a loving sympathy with others. Some people are hardened egoists — not only in their acquisitiveness — and others are unselfish and sympathetic. Both attitudes depend on the etheric body and may even find expression in the physical body. People who in one life have been habitually selfish will age quickly in their next life; they seem to shrivel up. On the other hand, if in one life you have been ready to make sacrifices and have loved others, you will remain young and hale. In this way you can prepare even the physical body for the next life.

Self-indulgent and unscrupulous people become slaves to evil spirits after death

Rudolf Steiner und Familie~~ Sketch of Rudolf Steiner

Who is Rudolf Steiner? Several hundred Waldorf schools worldwide share a common regard for the educational methods of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), Austrian-born scientist and educator, architect and philosopher. Steiner founded the first Waldorf school in 1919 in Stuttgart, Germany, where he put into practice an approach to education that begins with a deep insight into children – who they are, how they develop, why they respond and react.

Madison Waldorf School is a private grade school located in Madison, Wisconsin. Our primary mission is to provide education that honors every child’s enthusiasm for initiative, creativity and social responsibility. Our Waldorf-trained teachers provide a curriculum devoted to intellectual and spiritual growth, while fostering a sense of wonder in the world. We are committed to providing a wholesome, play-based early childhood program in conjunction with a rich Grade 1 – 8 curriculum.

Rudolf Steiner und Marie (Steiner)-von Sivers ~~ Biography of Rudolf Steiner

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Rudolph Steiner: A sketch of his life and work

Albert Schweitzer & His Friendship with Rudolf Steiner My encounter with Rudolf Steiner took place on the occasion of a theosophical conference in Strasbourg. If I'm not mistaken, it was in 1902 or 1903. Annie Besant, with whom I was acquainted through Strasbourg friends, introduced us.

At that time Rudolf Steiner acted in connection with the Theosophical Society, not so much because he shared its convictions, but because he found in its members the possibility to find understanding and interest for the spiritual truths which he had to make known.

I knew that he had completed a study of Goethe’s works in Weimar. He of course knew nothing of the young Strasbourg University instructor [Schweitzer] who was occupied with Kant’s philosophy and the problems of the life of Jesus research. He was fourteen years older than I.

The language mostly used at that theosophical conference was French. So they counted on me, because I spoke German, to take care of the Austrian guest, which I gladly did. I arranged it so we were neighbors at meals during the conference. From the beginning on he was the talker and I the listener and questioner during our conversations. Before we had consumed the soup, the discussion arose of itself about his studies on Goethe in Weimar and about his [Goethe’s] Weltanschauung (world view). I immediately became aware that my neighbor possessed extensive knowledge in the field of natural science. It was a great surprise to me that he spoke of the need to recognize the importance of Goethe’s knowledge of nature.

My table partner realized that he had an attentive listener beside him. He held a lecture. We forgot that we were supposed to be eating.

In the afternoon we stood around together, not paying much attention to what was happening at the theosophical conference.

When the discussion turned to Plato I could participate more. Steiner surprised me here as well, in that he revealed to me hidden and not yet appreciated aspects of Plato’s knowledge.

Albert Schweitzer

When Steiner asked me what concerned me especially in theology, I answered that it was research into the historical Jesus. Well, I felt the moment to have come in which I could take the conversation in hand and began to lecture him about the state of the life of Jesus research and about the problem of which Gospel contained the oldest tradition. To my astonishment, a discussion about this subject did not come about. He let me lecture on without saying a word. I had the impression that he was mentally yawning. I got off my theological social scientific high horse and put it in the stable, and waited for what would come.

And something remarkable happened. One of us, I don’t remember which, began to speak of the spiritual decline of culture as the fundamental, unnoticed problem of our time. Thus we realized that we were both occupied with it. We had not expected it of each other.

A lively discussion resulted. We learned from each other that we had both taken on the life mission of working for the emergence of a true culture enlivened by the ideal of humanity and to encourage people to become truly thinking beings. We parted with this consciousness of belonging together. A re-encounter wasn’t decided upon. But the consciousness of togetherness remained. We each followed the activities of the other.

A Documentary Film on R. Steiner

Change Yourself if you wish to change the world "Thou art all, everywhere, and in all, and this body which acts is Thy own body, just as is the visible universe in its entirety; it is Thou who breathest, thinkest and lovest in this substance which, being Thyself, desires to be Thy willing servant." Mother of Sri Aurobindo, Mirra Alfassa (A Mãe) may have known R. Steiner.

Rudolf Steiner Book Centre

Rudolph Steiner Library in Hudson, New York. The Rudolf Steiner Library is the research, archival, lending, and mail-order library of the Anthroposophical Society in America. It is a unique resource for the on-going conversation about humanity's future.

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Steiner is considered one of the pioneers of the organic farming movement and biodynamics is considered by many to be the most advanced and holistic form of organic farming and gardening on the planet.


Atlantis, migration w to e Europe, Asia, N. Africa.

First India [castes]
Second Persia, Zarathrustra
Third Chaldean, Babylonia, Egyptian [mummy cult]
Fourth Greco-Roman [747 BC - 1400 AD]
Fifth current [reawakening of Egyptian]
~~~great catastrophes, War of All against All
Sixth Persian renaissance
Seventh India renaissance [castes again] last period

Kamaloca... life after death much longer than life.

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