The Karma of Untruthfulness, Volume 1

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SteinerBooks, Incorporated, Oct 1, 1996 - 306 pages
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In the midst of the turmoil and upheavals of the First World War, before a steadfast circle of members of the Anthroposophical Society, Steiner speaks out against the frenzy and hatred in the propaganda of the time. Out of his insights into the spiritual impulses of human evolution, he gradually leads his audience to an understanding of the new world and new social structure that is struggling to be born. He unmasks the stream of accusations and counteraccusations, of attacks and counterattacks, as an illusion veiling the true spiritual struggle taking place behind the outer events. Shining with the clear light of the speaker's courage, these lectures have much to teach us about a spiritual understanding of the political world conflicts we are confronted with in our time.

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About the author (1996)

Austrian-born Rudolf Steiner was a noted Goethe (see Vol. 2) scholar and private student of the occult who became involved with Theosophy in Germany in 1902, when he met Annie Besant (1847--1933), a devoted follower of Madame Helena P. Blavatsky (1831--1891). In 1912 he broke with the Theosophists because of what he regarded as their oriental bias and established a system of his own, which he called Anthroposophy (anthro meaning "man"; sophia sophia meaning "wisdom"), a "spiritual science" he hoped would restore humanism to a materialistic world. In 1923 he set up headquarters for the Society of Anthroposophy in New York City. Steiner believed that human beings had evolved to the point where material existence had obscured spiritual capacities and that Christ had come to reverse that trend and to inaugurate an age of spiritual reintegration. He advocated that education, art, agriculture, and science be based on spiritual principles and infused with the psychic powers he believed were latent in everyone. The world center of the Anhthroposophical Society today is in Dornach, Switzerland, in a building designed by Steiner. The nonproselytizing society is noted for its schools.

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