Inner Impulses of Evolution - The Mexican Mysteries
The Knights Templar - Rudolf Steiner

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Inner Impulses of Evolution - The Mexican Mysteries - The Knights Templar - Rudolf Steiner - GA171Inner Impulses of Evolution
The Mexican Mysteries - The Knights Templar
Seven lectures by Rudolf Steiner
Introduction by Frédéric Kozlik

In the Inner Impulses of Evolution lectures Rudolf Steiner leads us through various chapters in world history and describes specific spiritual Powers which influence the development of events.  Some of these Powers offer a regular course of development in human and world evolution, while others strive to direct individuals, groups and cultures into side avenues, seeking to achieve their own ends.  Nevertheless, the challenges presented by such aberrant Powers are essential if we are to develop a morality and intelligence that is truly our own and not a mere impress of the regular Powers.

To understand who we are now as individuals and members of a culture, it is necessary to have a sense of the forces that have come to expression in the character and the achievements of cultures both ancient and recent.  From such a spiritual perspective, these lectures provide a survey of historical and cultural developments including the bloody sacrificial rites of Aztec Mexico, ancient Greece and Rome, Genghis Khan, the discovery of America, the cosmic knowledge of the Knights Templar, and the spiritual-political crisis around Henry VIII and Sir Thomas More.

Please note that this is a short-run facsimile edition and its price is therefore higher in comparison to similar volumes in the anthroposophical series.

Trans. rev. Frédérik Kozlik and Stewart C. Easton
7 lectures, Dornach, Switzerland, 16 Sept to 1 October 1916, GA171, 156pp
Anthroposophic Press
ISBN: 0 88010 118 0, paperback

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Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) called his spiritual philosophy 'anthroposophy', which he defined as 'the consciousness of one's humanity', and the disciplined methods of studying this he termed ‘spiritual science’.  As a highly developed clairvoyant and spiritual initiate, he spoke from his direct cognition of the spiritual world. However, he did not see his work as religious or sectarian, but rather sought to found a universal 'science of the spirit'.

His many published works (written books and lectures) - which include his research into the spiritual nature of the human being, the evolution of the world and humanity, and methods of personal development - invite readers to develop their own spiritual faculties.  He also provided indications for the renewal of many human activities, including education - both general and special - agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, philosophy, religion and the arts. He wrote some 30 books and delivered over 6000 lectures across Europe, and in 1924 founded the General Anthroposophical Society which today has branches throughout the world.

Inner Impulses of Evolution - Rudolf Steiner - ISBN: 0-88010-118-0 - GA 171