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RUDOLF JOSEPH LORENZ STEINER


Rudolf Steiner

year of birth : 1861 | place of birthDonji Kraljevec, Croatia, EUROPE

nationality : Austrian | occupation : Austrian philosopher, social reformer, architect, and esotericist. 

education : University of Rostock, Vienna University of Technology

website :  www.rudolfsteinerweb.com

“  If we do not believe within ourselves this deeply rooted feeling that there is something higher than ourselves, we shall never find the strength to evolve into something higher.

 

“ Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility these three forces are the very nerve of education. ”

 

“ Just as in the body, eye and ear develop as organs of perception, as senses for bodily processes, so does a man develop in himself soul and spiritual organs of perception through which the soul and spiritual worlds are opened to him. For those who do not have such higher senses, these worlds are dark and silent, just as the bodily world is dark and silent for a being without eyes and ears. ”

 

BOOKS BY THE MASTER 

 " Life Beyond Death " ... " The Renewal of the Social Organism " ... " The Riddles of Philosophy " ... " What is Waldorf Education? " ... " Mystery Knowledge and Mystery Centres " ...  " Medicine: An Introductory Reader " ... " The Four Seasons and the Archangels " ... " Biography: Freedom and Destiny " ... " An Introduction to Eurythmy " ... " The Secret Stream " ... " On Epidemics: Spiritual Perspectives " ... " The World of Fairy Tales " ... " The Mysteries " ...  " Mystics of the Renaissance and Their Relation to Modern Thought " ... " The Temple Legend " ... " Architecture as a Synthesis of the Arts " ... " The Foundation Stone Meditation " ... " True and False Paths in Spiritual investigation " ... " How Do I Find the Christ? " ... " Love and Its Meaning in the World " ... " Spiritualism, Madame Blavatsky and Theosophy " ...  " The Karma of Untruthfulness: v. 1 " ... " Practical Advice to Teachers " ... " Reverse Ritual: Spiritual Knowledge is True Communion " ... " Anthroposophy in Everyday Life " ... " Education for Special Needs " ... " Sleep and Dreams: A Bridge to the Spirit " ... " Self Transformation " ... " From Limestone to Lucifer " ... " The Principle of Spiritual Economy " ... " The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity " ... " What is Biodynamics? " ... " The Foundations of Human Experience " ... " Nature Spirits " ...  " The Meaning of Life " ... " Strengthening the Will " ... " Genesis: Secrets of Creation " ... " The History and Actuality of Imperialism " ... " Basic Issues of the Social Question " ... " From the Course of My Life " ... " The End of the Millennium  ... " The Challenge of the Times " ...  " Astronomy and Astrology " ... " The Incarnation of Ahriman " ...  " Manifestations of Karma " ... " From Jesus to Christ " ... " A Psychology of Body, Soul and Spirit " ...  " Anthroposophical Leading Thoughts " ... " The Work of the Angel in Our Astral Body " ... " The Reappearance of Christ in the Etheric " ... " Speech and Drama " ... " Towards Social Renewal " ... " Art: An Introductory Reader " ...  " The Second Coming of Christ " ... " Spiritual Guidance of the Individual and Humanity " ... " Four Mystery Dramas " ... " Weekly Meditations " ... " Whitsun and Ascension " ... " Living with the Dead " ... " Religion: An Introductory Reader " ... " Six Steps in Self-development " ... " Christianity as Mystical Fact " ... " Adam and Eve and Lemuria to Atlantis " ... " Ancient Myths and the New Isis Mystery " ... " The Bhagavad Gita and the West " ... " The Influence of the Dead on Destiny " ...  " Rhythms of Learning " ... " The Influence of Lucifer and Ahriman: Man's Responsibility for the Earth " ... " Michaelmas: An Introductory Reader " ... " Freud, Jung and Spiritual Psychology " ... " The Occult Significance of Blood " ... " Staying Connected " ... The poetry and meaning of fairy tales " ... " Blackboard Drawings 1919-1924 " ...  " At Home in the Universe " ... " Truth and Knowledge " ... " Ideas for a New Europe " ... " Turning Points in History " ... " World History and the Mysteries in the Light of Anthroposophy " ... " Metamorphoses of the Soul " ... " Anthroposophical Guidelines " ... " The Goddess: From Nature to the Divine Sophia " ... " Organic Manure: Its Treatment According to Indications " ... " Universe, Earth and Man " ...  " The Etherisation of the Blood " ... " Geographic Medicine " ... " Truth-wrought Words " ... " Destinies of Individuals and of Nations " ... " Macrocosm and Microcosm " ... " Easter: An Introductory Reader " ... " An Occult Physiology " ... " The Karma of Materialism " ... " The Spiritual Foundations of Morality " ... " Title: the horse in harrys room " ... " Christ and the Human Soul " ... " Creative Speech " ... " The mission of folk-souls " ... " The Druids " ... " The Human Heart " ... " The Effects of Esoteric Development " ... " Polarities in the Evolution of Mankind " ... " Community Life, Inner Development, Sexuality and the Spiritual Teacher " ... " The Spirit of the Waldorf School ... " According to Luke " ... " According to Matthew " ... " The Sun Mystery " ..." Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature " ... " The Healing Process " ... " The Influence Of The Dead On Destiny " ... " Becoming The Archangel: Michael's Companions: Rudolf Steiner's Challenge To The Younger Generation " ... " Nine Lectures onNature of Bees " ... " A Way of Self-Knowledge " ... " What Is Necessary in These Urgent Times " ... " Cosmic New Year " ... " Inner Reading and Inner Hearing: Achieving Being in the World of Ideas " ... " Death as Metamorphosis of Life " ... " Approaching the Mystery of Golgotha " ... " Inner Experiences of Evolution " ... " Stages of Higher Knowledge " ... " The Way of Initiation: How to Attain Knowledge of the Higher Worlds " ... " Our Dead: Memorial, Funeral, and Cremation Addresses, 1906-1924 " ... " Christianity as a Mystical Fact and the Mysteries of Antiquity " ... " An Outline of Occult Science " ... " Fundamentals of Therapy: An Extension of the Art of Healing Through Spiritual Knowledge " ... " Knowledge of the Higher Worlds: How is it Achieved? " ... " The Four Temperaments " ... " The Philosophy Of Freedom " ... " Nutrition: Food, Health and Spiritual Development " ... " How to Cure Nervousness " ... " Theosophy: An Introduction To The Supersensible Knowledge Of The World And The Destination Of Man " ... " Agriculture Course: The Birth of the Biodynamic Method " ... " The Education of the Child: And Early Lectures on Education " ... " Start Now!: A Book of Soul and Spiritual Exercises " ... " The Dead Are With Us " ... " The Kingdom of Childhood " ... " The Fourth Dimension: Sacred Geometry, Alchemy and Mathematics " ... " The Fifth Gospel: From the Akashic Records " ... " Calendar of the Soul: The Year Participated " ... " Good and Evil Spirits: And Their Influence on Humanity " ... " Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path: A Philosophy of Freedom " ... " Guardian Angels: Connecting with Our Spiritual Guides and Helpers " ... " Egyptian Myths and Mysteries " ... " The Christ Impulse: And the Development of Ego-Consciousness " ... " Colour " ... " The Festivals and Their Meaning " ... " Study of Man: General Education Course " ... " Sexuality, Love and Partnership: From the Perspective of Spiritual Science " ... " An Exercise for Karmic Insight " ... " Esoteric Lessons for the First Class: Vol I " ... " Unifying Humanity Spiritually: Through the Christ Impulse " ... " Goethe's Theory of Knowledge " ... " Spirit as Sculptor of the Human Organism " ... " Verses and Meditations " ... " Cosmic Memory " ... " Practical Training in Thought " ... " Rudolf Steiner's Path of Initiation and the Mystery of the EGO " ... " Rethinking Economics: Lectures and Seminars on World Economics " ... " Esoteric Lessons 1910 - 1912: Vol 2 " ... " Autobiography: Chapters in the Course of My Life " ... " The Child's Changing Consciousness " ... " Atlantis: The Fate of a Lost Land and Its Secret Knowledge " ... " From Crystals to Crocodiles: Answers to Questions " ... " From Comets to Cocaine " ... " The Inner Nature of Music and the Experience of Tone " ... " The Cycle of the Year " ... " Anthroposophy in the Light of Goethe's Faust " ... " The Gospel of St.John and Its Relation to the Other Gospels " ... " Understanding Healing " ... " Spiritual Life Now and After Death " ... " From Beetroot to Buddhism " ... " From Mammoths to Mediums " ... " The Archangel Michael: His Mission and Ours " ... " Reincarnation and Karma " ... " The Gospel of St.Mark " ... " Butterflies: Beings of Light " ... " Rudolf Steiner Speaks to the British " ... " The Book of Revelation and the Work of the Priest " ... " Breathing the Spirit " ... " The Presence of the Dead on the Spiritual Path " ... " The Fall of the Spirits of Darkness " ... " Soul Economy: Body, Soul, and Spirit in Waldorf Education " ... " The Heart of Peace: Meditations for Courage and Tranquility " ... " Fundamentals of Therapy " ... " The Mysteries of the Holy Grail " ... " Illness and Therapy " ... " Physiology and Healing " ... " Universal Spirituality and Human Physicality " ... " Theosophy " ... " How the Spiritual World Projects into Physical Existence " ... " Human Evolution " ... " Course for Young Doctors " ... " The World of the Senses: And the World of the Spirit " ... " Karmic Relationships: v. 1" ... " Atlantis and Lemuria - 1911" ... " The Interior of the Earth " ... " Esoteric Christianity and the Mission of Christian Rosenkreutz " ... " Transforming the Soul: v. 1 " ... " On Fear: Spiritual Perspectives " ... " Nature's Open Secret " ... " Esoteric Lessons 1913-1923 " ... " Disease, Karma and Healing " ... " The Tree of Life and The Tree of Knowledge " ... " The Christian Mystery " ... " Freemasonary" and Ritual Work " ... " The Sun Mystery and the Mystery of Death and Resurrection " ... " Rosicrucianism Renewed " ... " Approaching the Mystery of Golgotha " ... " The Karma of Anthroposophy " ... " Youth and the Etheric Heart " ... " What is Necessary in These Urgent Times " ... " Discussions with Teachers " ... " World Economy " ... " Origins of Natural Science " ... " The Redemption of Thinking " ... " Extending Practical Medicine " ... " Reincarnation and Immo"ty " ... " Light for the New Millennium "

Rudolf Steiner (Feb. 27, 1861-Mar. 30, 1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austria (now in Croatia) in 1861 and died in Dornach, Switzerland in 1925. In university, he concentrated on mathematics, physics, and chemistry. Having written his thesis on philosophy, Steiner earned his doctorate and was later drawn into literary and scholarly circles and participated in the rich social and political life of Vienna.

Consequently, Steiner was invited to speak to a gathering of Theosophists. This was his first opportunity to act on a decision to speak openly and directly of his spiritual perception, which had quietly matured since childhood through inner development and discipline. Steiner began to speak regularly to theosophical groups, which upset and confused many of his friends. The respectable, if often radical scholar, historian, scientist, writer, and philosopher began to emerge as an "occultist." Steiner's decision to speak directly from his own spiritual research did not reflect any desire to become a spiritual teacher, feed curiosity, or to revive some ancient wisdom. It arose from his perception of what is needed for our time.

Rudolf Steiner considered it his task to survey the spiritual realities at work within the realms of nature and throughout the universe. He explored the inner nature of the human soul and spirit and their potential for further development; he developed new methods of meditation; he investigated the experiences of human souls before birth and after death; he looked back into the spiritual history and evolution of humanity and Earth; he made detailed studies of reincarnation and karma. After several years, Rudolf Steiner became increasingly active in the arts. It is significant that he saw the arts as crucial for translating spiritual science into social and cultural innovation. Today we have seen what happens when natural science bypasses the human heart and translates knowledge into technology without grace, beauty, or compassion. In 1913, the construction of the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland began.

We can build a healthy social order only on the basis of insight into the material, soul, and spiritual needs of human beings. Those needs are characterized by a powerful tension between the search for community and the experience of the human I, or true individuality. Community, in the sense of material interdependence, is the essence of our world economy. Like independent thinking and free speech, the human I, or essential self, is the foundation of every creative endeavor and innovation, and crucial to the realization of human spirit in the arts and sciences.

Without spiritual freedom, culture withers and dies. Individuality and community are lifted beyond conflict only when they are recognized as a creative polarity rooted in basic human nature, not as contradictions. Each aspect must find the appropriate social expression. We need forms that ensure freedom for all expressions of spiritual life and promote community in economic life. The health of this polarity, however, depends on a full recognition of the third human need and function ó the social relationships that relate to our sense of human rights. Here again, Steiner emphasized the need to develop a distinct realm of social organization to support this sphere one inspired by the concern for equality that awakens as we recognize the spiritual essence of every human being. This is the meaning and source of our right to freedom of spirit and to material sustenance.

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