and the World of Stars
The Spiritual Communion of Mankind
lectures by Rudolf Steiner
Man and the World of
Stars embraces far more than the title suggests and
consists of two lecture series: Man and the World of
Stars and The Spiritual Communion of Mankind.
In these lectures Rudolf Steiner explores many of the relationships between what we experience in
ordinary daily life and the spiritual realms which surround
and pervade us while awake and asleep, as well as between the
time we are embodied and the time between death and rebirth. He describes for
instance, the faculties of walking upright, speaking and
thinking and how these have their counterpart experiences in
spiritual orientation, the experience of the Cosmic Word or
Logos and the lighting up of cosmic thoughts within our
spiritual being in the spiritual realms. He describes the
effects of our thoughts, feelings and deeds of will and how
these are born by higher beings out into the cosmos. He
explores the relationships between human beings, the regular
progressive Beings of the hierarchies and their irregular
counterparts - the Ahrimanic and Luiferic beings; the origins
of love and of memory in our life between death and rebirth;
human faculties of ordinary conscious activity and elemental
beings; the relationship of materialistic spatial knowledge to
spiritualised time knowledge; and much more.
This series of lectures is
also significant historically. In the second to last lecture,
Steiner introduces to the anthroposophical community the newly
developed Movement for Religious Renewal (later
renamed The Christian Community) and his
insistence that it is not a part of anthroposophy or for
anthroposophists. He outlines how it arose and describes the
intention behind it.
These lectures were the last given in the original Goetheanum
as the fire which destroyed it was discovered only an hour
after the last one finished.
MAN AND THE WORLD OF STARS
I. The Spirit-Seed of Man's Physical Organism. Walking,
Speaking, Thinking, and their Correspondences in the Spiritual
II. Moral Qualities and the Life after Death. Windows of the
III. Man's Relation to the World of Stars.
IV. Rhythms of Earthly and Spiritual Life. Love, Memory, the
Moral Life. Communion with Beings of the Higher Hierarchies.
V. Human Faculties and their Connections with Elemental
VI. Spiritualization of the Knowledge of Space. The Mission of
VII. Inner Processes in the Human Organism. Sense Perception,
Breathing, Sleeping, Waking, Memory.
THE SPIRITUAL COMMUNION OF MANKIND
I. Midsummer and Midwinter Mysteries.
II. The Mysteries of Man's Nature and the Course
III. From Man's Living Together with the Course of Cosmic
Existence Arises the Cosmic Cult.
IV. The Relation of the Movement for Religious Renewal to the
V. Spiritual Knowledge Is a True Communion, the Beginning of a
Cosmic Cult Suitable for Men of the Present Age.
12 lectures, Dornach, November-December 1922, GA219
Trans. D. S. Osmond
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