Her Mission and Ours
Selected lectures and writings by Rudolf Steiner
The Isis Mary Sophia
compilation of Rudolf Steiner's lectures and writings examines the
evolving aspects of the feminine Divine as conscious spiritual Wisdom
or Sophia in her cultural manifestations through the Zoroastrian to
the Egyptian, Greek, Gnostic and Christian cultures.
Culturally and historically the feminine divine has had many
names and characteristics throughout the world: Ishtar
in Babylon; Inanna in Sumeria; Athena, Hera, Demeter, and Persephone
in Greece; Isis in Egypt; Durga, Kali, and Lakshmi in India. She is
the Shekinah of the kabbalists and the Sophia, or Divine Wisdom, of
For Rudolf Steiner, she is
Anthroposophia, the Divine Wisdom who descended from the spiritual
world and passed through humanity to become now the goal and
archetype of human wisdom in the cosmos.
This book contains most of Rudolf
Steiner's statements on Sophia. We see him, as it were, "midwifing"
the birth of the Sophia, the new Isis, divine wisdom, in human
hearts on earth.
Each chapter explores the mystery
of the different relationships of Sophia: Sophia and Isis; Sophia
and the Holy Spirit; Sophia and Mary, the mother of Jesus (and Mary
Magdalene); Sophia and the Gnostic Achamod; and Sophia and the New
Isis. Also in a remarkable way, Steiner makes clear the
relationship of Wisdom and Faith (Sophia and Pistis) to the
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Isis Mary Sophia - Her Mission and Ours - Rudolf Steiner
Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) called
his spiritual philosophy 'anthroposophy', meaning 'wisdom of the
human being'. As a highly developed seer, he based his work on
direct knowledge and perception of spiritual dimensions. He
initiated a modern and universal 'science of spirit', accessible to
anyone willing to exercise clear and unprejudiced thinking.
From his spiritual investigations
Steiner provided suggestions for the renewal of many activities,
including education (both general and special), agriculture,
medicine, economics, architecture, science, philosophy, religion and
the arts. Today there are literally thousands of schools, clinics,
farms and other organizations involved in practical work based on
his principles. His many published works feature his research into
the spiritual nature of the human being, the evolution of the world
and humanity, and methods of personal development. Steiner wrote
some 30 books and delivered over 6,000 lectures across Europe. In
1924 he founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today
has branches throughout the world.
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