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Wonders of the World - Rudolf Steiner Anthroposophy lecturesWonders of the World - Ordeals of the Soul, Revelations of the Spirit
10 lectures by Rudolf Steiner

The ancient Greeks enjoyed in their everyday life, a close association with the living Beings of the spiritual worlds, those of the elemental kingdoms in nature and also the spiritual hierarchies above. An indication of this personal sense of contact is reflected in the ways in which human passions and human frailties were assigned by them to their gods. Modern man with his dependence on intellectual or rational knowledge has lost this link. In the lecture series, Wonders of the World, Rudolf Steiner shows how the same living reality of the spiritual world can be re-awakened and yet still be in keeping with our modern viewpoint through the cultivation of Spiritual Science. With such an approach, modern man like his predecessors can again glimpse the same living beings who lay behind the figures of Greek mythology.

Trans: D. Lenn, O. Barfield
10 lectures, Munich 18 - 27 Aug 1911, GA129
Rudolf Steiner Press
190pp; paperback
ISBN: 0 85440 363 9



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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