by Rudolf Steiner
Anthroposophic Movement lectures by Rudolf Steiner convey an
historic view of how the anthroposophic movement came into
existence, tracing its early development within the framework
of the Theosophical Society and leading ultimately to its own
independent existence and the founding of its own
organisational instrument, the Anthroposophical Society.
the last decades of the nineteenth century, a yearning for
spiritual nourishment arose within European souls, so that the
artistic works of Richard Wagner and the writings of Madame
H. P. Blavatsky, among others, became popular. Organisations
such as the Giordano Bruno League and the Theosophical Society
subsequently appeared, and within these surroundings the
anthroposophic movement came into being.
Rudolf Steiner traces the growth of the anthroposophic
movement and shows that by remaining true to its original
impulse and purpose it was able gradually to gain in strength.
He also outlines the path of the Theosophical Society and, in
clear dispassionate tones, shows how the two movements were
able to work together before moving towards an unavoidable
book is an important work for those interested in the history
of, and the impulse behind, the anthroposophic movement; to
those seeking insights into an important stage in the history
of the Mysteries; and for those who wish to know more of the
life and philosophy of Rudolf Steiner.
Rudolf Steiner Press
8 lectures, Dornach, 10-17 June 1923, GA258
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The Anthroposophic Movement - 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
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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