The Apocalypse in Rudolf Steiner s Lecture Series

Insights into the imagery of the Apocalypse as described by Steiner.

The Apocalypse in Rudolf Steiner s Lecture Series

In 1908, Rudolf Steiner gave a series of lectures about the Book of Revelation. He showed that the messages to the seven churches and the unsealing of the seven seals should be understood as references to initiation. In this light, the great images of the Apocalypse take on new meaning. Charles Kovacs helps us understand the apocalyptic imagery, including the four beasts, the four riders, the woman clothed with the Sun, and the New Jerusalem.

Apocalypse of St John the Anth

Includes images of the seven apocalyptic seals painted by G. Rettich in 1907, following sketches by Rudolf Steiner. This volume is a translation from German of Die Apokolypse des Johannes (GA 104).

Apocalypse of St John  the Anth

13 lectures, Nuremberg, June 17-30, 1908 (CW 104) Initiation enables a person to see, understand, and communicate what may be observed with spiritual eyes. St. John's text arises from such an initiation. It addresses the fundamental questions of existence that every human being asks: Where are we? Where have we come from? Where are we going? And because it arises from esoteric Christian vision, it emphasizes the task of the individual: What am I, and what is my purpose now in this era of cosmic and human evolution? These talks by Rudolf Steiner unveil the mysteries of John's vision and show it to be a profound description of Christian initiation. As Rudolf Steiner says, "The deepest truths of Christianity may be considered quite naturally in connection with this document, for it contains a great part of the mysteries of Christianity--that is, the profoundest part of what may be described as esoteric Christianity." Steiner shows that the messages to the seven churches and the unsealing of the seven seals must be understood as an initiation text. Based on his initiation and on spiritual science, Steiner interprets John's insights into cosmic and human history. In this way, the spiritual images of John's writing--the twenty-four elders, the sea of glass, the woman clothed with the sun, the vials of wrath, the lamb and the dragon, the new heaven and the new earth, and the number of the beast--all take on new meaning. Since the previous painful century has closed, these important words have even greater meaning and significance. Readers interested in contributing their moral will to future generations cannot afford to pass them by. Includes images of the seven apocalyptic seals painted by G. Rettich in 1907, following sketches by Rudolf Steiner. This volume is a translation from German of Die Apokolypse des Johannes (GA 104).

The New Mysteries and the Wisdom of Christ

Title of volume in English , publisher , date ( s ) of lecture ( s ) cited 4 8 13 14 26
59 93a 97 99 Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path ( Anthroposophic Press , 1995
) or The Philosophy of Freedom ... Rosicrucian Wisdom ( Rudolf Steiner Press ,
2000 ) , 14 lectures , Munich , 6 June 1907 . The Apocalypse of St John (
Anthroposophical Publishing Co. , 1958 ) , 12 lectures , Nuremberg , 30 June
1908 .

The New Mysteries and the Wisdom of Christ

In the old mystery cultures, individuals experienced themselves as "children" of the gods, or even as their instruments. According to Rudolf Steiner's spiritual science, the birth of independent thinking did not arise until our present state of consciousness--the awareness of one's individual self. But who is this "I"? Virginia Sease and Manfred Schmidt-Brabant maintain that true self-knowledge is intimately related to knowledge of the central being of world evolution--Christ, the "I AM." Focusing on the being of Christ and on Christianity, the authors present a series of engaging lectures on the development of mystery wisdom today. Having given an overview of the history of the mysteries in their book Paths of the Christian Mysteries, the authors deepen and expand their study by drawing particular attention to the effect of the "Christ mysteries." Some of the essential themes of this new volume include the transformation of conscience, the place of prayer and meditation, and the significance of sacrifice today.

According to Luke

INTRODUCTION Approaching Rudolf Steiner s Lectures on the Gospel of Luke
ROBERTA. MCDERMOTT IN EARLY EDITIONS OF Rudolf Steiner's lectures on
the four Gospels and the Apocalypse of John, publishers printed a passage from
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According to Luke

10 lectures, Basel, September 15-26, 1909 (CW 114) Rudolf Steiner was born with clairvoyant capacities, but it was not until he was forty that he could connect his inner experiences with Jesus Christ. After that "solemn festival of knowledge," as he described it in his Autobiography, Steiner received ceaseless revelations about the significance of the Christ's incarnation. For the next twenty years, he spoke of the hidden background to all four gospels, the Book of Revelations, and even what he called the Fifth Gospel, read directly from the spirit worlds. These lectures present the most accessible and illuminating of Steiner's revelations about the significance of the Christ for the spiritual development of humanity. He discusses the link between the Buddha and the Christ, which unites Buddhism and Christianity--not in theory but in the spiritual activities of those two beings. Steiner also describes the relationship between the Greek Mystery traditions and the Mystery of Golgotha: "A sign was to be placed before them as well, a sign that would now be enacted before the eyes of all humankind. The 'mystical death, ' which had been a ceremonial act in the Mystery temples for hundreds and thousands of years, would now be presented on the great stage of world history. Everything that had taken place in the secrecy of initiation temples was brought into the open as a single event on Golgotha." Utilizing a historical overview, revealing the relationship between the great religious traditions, and how they have conspired together for the good of humanity, Steiner never loses sight of the Gospel's great inner meaning, as echoed in the Gospel of St. Luke: "The revelation of the spiritual worlds from the Heights and its answering reflection from human hearts brings peace to all whose purpose upon the evolving Earth is to develop good will." Contents: Introduction by Robert A. McDermott 1. The Four Gospels in the Light of Anthroposophy 2. The Luke Gospel As an Expression of Love and Compassion 3. Buddha's Contribution to Humanity 4. Formation of the Nathan-Jesus Child 5. Contributions of the Nathan Jesus from Buddha and Zarathustra 6. Elijah, John the Baptist, and Zarathustra 7. Christ, the Great Mystery of Earth Evolution 8. Illness and Healing in Luke and in the Evolution of Consciousness 9. Christ and Maitreya Buddha 10. the Mystery of Golgotha as a New Form of Initiation Rudolf Steiner's Ten Lectures on the Gospel of Luke by Robert A. McDermott About this Edition

Christianity as Mystical Fact

Rudolf Steiner. namely "Jesus taught him the mystery of the kingdom of God."
The fact that the initiation-experience is presented as central to the Fourth Gospel
led ... Steiner' s lectures The Apocalypse of St. John (Anthroposophic Press.

Christianity as Mystical Fact

Written 1902 (CW 8) "Because of his sense of the interconnectedness of the spiritual world with nature, art, medicine, and all the rest of life, Rudolf Steiner was a profound polymath. In his seminal study Christianity as Mystical Fact he turned his esoteric genius to interpreting the Christ event as the turning point in the world's spiritual history--an incarnation whose significance he saw transcending all religions." --Bishop Frederick H. Borsch, professor of New Testament and chair of Anglican Studies, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia "As simultaneously mysticism and fact, Christianity is a breakthrough in the historical development of humanity for which the mysteries, with the results that they brought about, form a prior evolutionary stage." --Rudolf Steiner During the fall and winter of 1901-1902, Steiner gave a series of lectures called "Christianity As Mystical Fact" to members of the Theosophical Society. The lectures were rewritten and issued as a book later that year. They mark a watershed in the development of Western esotericism. Steiner wrote of the idea behind his book: "The title Christianity As Mystical Fact was one I gave to this work eight years ago, when I gathered together the content of lectures given in 1902. It was meant to indicate the special approach adopted in the book. Its theme is not just the mystical side of Christianity in a historical presentation. It was meant to show, from the standpoint of a mystical awareness, how Christianity came into being. Behind this was the idea that spiritual happenings were factors in the emergence of Christianity, which could only be observed from such a point of view. It is for the book itself to demonstrate that, by "mystical," I do not in any way imply a vague intuition rather than strict scientific argument. In many circles, mysticism is understood as just that, and therefore it is distinguished from the concerns of all 'genuine' science. "In this book, however, I use the term to mean a 'presentation of spiritual reality'--a reality accessible only to a knowledge drawn from the sources of spiritual life itself. Anyone who denies the possibility of such knowledge in principle will find its contents hard to comprehend; any reader who accepts the idea that mysticism may coexist with the clarity of the natural sciences, may acknowledge that the mystical aspect of Christianity must be described mystically." This is a fundamental book, in Steiner's own development, in that of Western esotericism, and for our understanding of the Christ event. Readers will find the evolutionary development from the ancient Mysteries through the great Greek philosophers to the events portrayed in the Gospels. Included are an informative introduction and annotated notes by Andrew Welburn and an afterword by Michael Debus, a priest of the Christian Community, who summarizes the book and places it in context. Contents: Introduction by Christopher Bamford Translator's Preface by Andrew Welburn The Mysteries and Mysteriosophy The Mysteries and Pre-Socratic Philosophy Platonic Mysteries Myth and Mysteriosophy The Egyptian and Other Eastern Mysteries The Evidence of the Gospels The "Miracle" of Lazarus The Apocalypse of John Jesus in His Historical Setting The Essence of Christianity Christian and Pagan Wisdom Augustine and the Church Original Prefaces and Additional Materials Afterword by Michael Debus Translator's Notes This Collected Works edition contains a new introduction, a chronology of Rudolf Steiner's life, and an index. German edition: Das Christentum als mystische Tatsache und die Mysterien des Altertum

The Writings and Lectures of Rudolf Steiner

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Christian Initiation - ML , Nuremberg . Lecture 1 of 12 lectures on The Apocalypse
( Cycle 6 ) , London , 1943 , p . 11 . S - 1780 Pre - Christian Initiation . The Twenty
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The Writings and Lectures of Rudolf Steiner


Compiled Lectures By Rudolf Steiner

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next higher category . Third Hierarchy : Revelation , Spiritual Enfilling Man :
Perception . Inner Life . We might , in what I may call a very plain case in life ,
show the ...

Compiled Lectures By Rudolf Steiner


Orthodox Heresy

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Title ' . FURTHER REFERENCES IN ... Press , 1957 ) lecture 6 . 67 . See Steiner '
s lecture series The Apocalypse of St John and The Gospel of St John ( both
1908 ) ...

Orthodox Heresy


The Essential Steiner

Basic Writings of Rudolf Steiner Rudolf Steiner Robert A. McDermott ... Finally ,
this survey of Steiner ' s lecture series on the New Testament would be
incomplete without reference to The Apocalypse of St . John : Lectures on the
Book of ...

The Essential Steiner

A compact, accessible introduction to the basic writings of the great modern spiritual teacher who has been an immense influence on contemporary education, literature, art, science, and philosophy.

Kaspar Hauser

See in connection with this Rudolf Steiner , ' Der Zugang zum Christentum durch
die Geisteswissenschaft ' [ The ... Rudolf Steiner , The Apocalypse of St . John (
op . cit . ) ... For further details see Rudolf Steiner ' s lecture as above , note 146 .

Kaspar Hauser

In 1828 a young boy was discovered on the streets of Nuremberg. In his hand he clutched a letter, directing him to some local stables where he was intended to work. This young man, Kaspar Hauser, who could barely write his name and could speak only a few words, was soon to become an international phenomenon -- the "Child of Europe." In this seminal work Peter Tradowsky addresses the mysteries surrounding Kaspar Hauser's life using the modern science of the spirit -- anthroposophy. His analysis delves deeply into the occult significance of the individuality incarnated as Kaspar Hauser.

Research Bulletin

Paraphrased from Rudolf Steiner ' s Occult Signs and Symbols , CW 101 ,
Lecture of December 28 , 1907 . 22 . Paraphrased ... The Apocalypse of St . John
, CW 104 , Chapter 9 , London : Rudolf Steiner Press , 1977 . 10 . Steiner , Rudolf
.

Research Bulletin


The Life and Work of Rudolf Steiner from the Turn of the Century to His Death

C Regarding the content and consciousness - awaking forces of St . John ' s
Gospel , he stated , according to the same report : “ Whoever tries for days ...
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this inspired document especially difficult to understand , which Rudolf Steiner
expounded in 1908 in detail in a lecture cycle to members , and at the ... In the
course of this series of lectures at the beginning of 1907 , Dr . Steiner again
visited Switzerland ...

The Life and Work of Rudolf Steiner from the Turn of the Century to His Death


Freedom of Thought and Societal Forces

Steiner gives lecture cycles titled The Gospel of St . John ( CW 103 ) and The
Apocalypse ( 104 ) . 1909 : An Outline of Esoteric Science appears . Lecturing
and travel continues . Rudolf Steiner ' s spiritual research expands to include the
 ...

Freedom of Thought and Societal Forces

6 lectures in Ulm, Berlin, and Stuttgart, May 26-December 30, 1919 (CW 333) Freedom of Thought and Societal Forces offers a broad overview of Steiner's fresh thinking on what he called the "threefold social order." He acknowledged that the demand for social change derives above all from the working class, whom industrialization had forced into a kind of indentured life dominated by economics. From Steiner's perspective, the underlying issue is not just economic, however, but also spiritual or cultural--culture and the cultured classes have become estranged from real life. Society needed a "free" culture that includes all classes. It also needs to shift labor into the legal sphere of rights, the only place where workers can find real freedom in society. Capital, too, needs to be liberated from egotism and allowed, like goods, to circulate freely. Above all, Steiner understood that social realities cannot be separated from the spiritual realities of human existence. From this perspective, we lack knowledge of ourselves as spiritual beings, and thinking has become abstract. To remedy this, we must first acknowledge it and then develop modesty and humility. Next we must increase our capacity to love one another and the world. Approaching this reality from another side, we see that what ordinary individual thinking afflicts culture in general, which becomes removed from reality. Culture, like thinking, must become alive and universally human. This is impossible, however, unless we develop what Steiner calls "freedom of thought." Authentic freedom of thought is always ethical and overcomes egotism. Indeed, a more general exercise of freedom in thought, as Steiner conceives it, provides a way through the twin dangers of materialism and abstraction--that is, through ahrimanic and luciferic worldviews--which together threaten society in both the narrow sense through nationalism and globally through geopolitics. CONTENTS: Introduction by Christopher Bamford 1. The Threefold Aspect of the Societal and Class Question (Ulm, May 26, 1919): Intellectual knowledge as the servant of the state. The call for human rights. Limitation of the economy by natural resources on one side and the sphere of rights on the other. Practical implications of insights into what our society needs. Concluding remarks. 2. Insight into the Supersensible Human Being and the Task of our Time (Ulm, July 22, 1919): Developing body-free thinking. The mystery of individual human connections. Humanity faces a choice between social chaos and freedom of spirit 3. Realizing the Ideals of Libery, Equality, and Fraternity through Social Threefolding (Berlin, September 15, 1919): The actual background of socialist theories. Nationalizing the economy fails to solve social problems. Goetheanism as the counterpole to Americanism. 4. Spiritual Science, Freedom of Thought, and Societal Forces (Stuttgart, December 19, 1919): The Goetheanum as an artistic expression of spiritual-scientific sensibilities. The limitations of natural scientific thinking. The cause of the disconnect between faith and knowledge. The real task of the German people. 5. The Assets and Liabilities of World Cultures (Stuttgart, December 27, 1919): Nietzsche on the extirpation of the German spirit. David Friedrich Strauss rejects empty religious phrases. The decadent spiritual culture of the East and the mechanistic element in Western civilization. Hamerling's homunculus as the typical soulless egotist. The new way to the Christ. 6. Spirit-Cognition as a Basis for Action (Stuttgart, December 30, 1919): The future task of Goethean science and the Goethean worldview. The historical foundations of intellectuality and the lost perception of the essential nature of the human being. Human intentions and actions need an infusion of spiri

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Art Journal

Kandinsky and Traditions Apocalyptic By Reinhold Heller In 1913 , Franz Marc
outlined a project Besant , Eduard Schuré ... Society in general is Sixten
Ringbom ' s and judge the various contrary positions in ists , who would create a
series of new The Sounding Cosmos . ... Scholars disagree , his 1908 lecture
series “ Theosophy in the ( “ ' revelation ” ) , “ apocalyptic ” and “ apochowever ,
on what ... Apocalypse , or Book of the Revelation of Rudolf Steiner and Russian
Symbolism .

Art Journal


The Last Address Given by Rudolf Steiner at Dornach

On Michaelmas Eve, 1924 Rudolf Steiner. 20 rses ... A series of eighteen lectures
on the Book of Revelation was given to the priests of the Christian Community ; a
series of lectures on Pastoral ... For the first time in Rudolf Steiner ' s life a brief.

The Last Address Given by Rudolf Steiner at Dornach


Rudolf Steiner s Core Mission

It is exemplary for the seven-year rhythms starting in November 1888 in two ways
: 35 years had now passed since the seed ... It was also 21 years since Rudolf
Steiner began to work in an official capacity in the Theosophical Society (October
1902). In the autumn of 1923, the karma-revelation impetus present from the
beginning received a new element which led to ... reply to the question of what
she did ± `studying and getting to know life' ± he silently handed her a list of his
lectures.

Rudolf Steiner s Core Mission

Rudolf Steiner's core mission, repeatedly delayed due to the incapacity of colleagues, was to pursue contemporary spiritual-scientific research into the phenomena of reincarnation and karma. This stimulating book describes the winding biographical path this mission took, and in particular focuses on the mystery of Rudolf Steiner's connection with the influential medieval philosopher and theologian, Thomas Aquinas. Utilizing numerous archival sources and publications, Thomas Meyer reveals many facts relating to Steiner's core mission, and shows the critical roles played by Wilhelm Anton Neumann and Karl Julius Schroer in its genesis and development. Meyer examines how Steiner's pupils responded to his insights into karma, and places this 'most intrinsic mission' into the context of current divisions within the anthroposophic movement. In particular, he highlights the place of spiritual science within culture and history, showing how Steiner developed the great scientific ideas of evolution propounded by Darwin by raising them to the plane of each individual's soul and spiritual development.As Steiner stated in 1903: 'Scientific researchers explain the skull forms of higher animals as a transformation of a lower type of skull. In the same way one should explain a soul's biography through the soul biography which the former evolved from.'

Rudolf Steiner s Message to Mankind

Later in the year , to well over a hundred participants , he gave a second course
of lectures and discussions , running into twenty - nine sessions . ... he gave the
priests of the Christian Community eighteen lectures on the Apocalypse and also
a further eleven lectures to them and ... At length , Keyserlingk sent his nephew to
Dornach with instructions to camp on Dr . Steiner ' s door - step until he received
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Rudolf Steiner s Message to Mankind


Marie Steiner von Sivers Fellow Worker with Rudolf Steiner

His lectures connected anthroposophically inspired natural science and
medicine with the deepest experience of the cosmic human being ... can one day
come about that , just in the musical element , the Christ - impulse in its true form
shall appear in external revelation . ” Marie Steiner wrote in her Foreword to the
Torquay lectures : “ In this the last of Rudolf Steiner ' s lecture - courses to be
given abroad ...

Marie Steiner von Sivers  Fellow Worker with Rudolf Steiner