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The Foundation Stone and The Life, Nature and Cultivation of Anthroposophy - Rudolf Steiner bookThe Foundation Stone and The Life, Nature and Cultivation of Anthroposophy
by Rudolf Steiner

This volume brings together for the first time two classic booklets: The Foundation Stone and The Life, Nature and Cultivation of Anthroposophy. The former contains Rudolf Steiner's comments of the Foundation Stone Meditation made during the re-establishment of the Anthroposophical Society at the Christmas Conference of 1923-1924.

This key meditation (several translations are included) is central in the meditative life of many students of Rudolf Steiner's work. The second part contains a number of letters that Steiner wrote to members of the Anthroposophical Society following the Christmas Conference. They contain valuable thoughts and guidelines regarding the new character of the Society in terms of its conduct and relationship to the world.

Trans: various (from GA260 and 260a); 144pp
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For more information on the Foundation Stone Meditation, see: The Foundation Stone Meditation - Rudolf Steiner, The Christmas Conference - Rudolf Steiner, and The Foundation Stone - Willem Zeylmans van Emmichoven.


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.

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