Cosmic Memory: Prehistory of Earth and Man

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Lightning Source, 1987 - Reference - 256 pages
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In the best tradition of ancient wisdom literature, Cosmic Memory reconstructs, from the akashic record, events that span the time between the origin of the Earth and the beginning of recorded history. This spiritual research includes a profound investigation of the origins, achievements, and fate of the Atlanteans and Lemurians the remarkable lost root races that developed the first concepts of good and evil, manipulated natural forces, laid the foundation for human legal and ethical systems, and defined and nurtured the distinctive yet complementary powers of men and women that brought humankind, many centuries ago, to its highest artistic, intellectual, and spiritual attainments.

Through this discussion of our true origins, Cosmic Memory offers a genuine foundation for our lives, allowing us to realize our real value, dignity, and essence. The reader is shown our human connection with the world around us as well as our highest goals and true destiny.

This is a key volume for understanding Rudolf Steiner's early development as a Theosophist and how his ideas, terminology, and formulations during that time fit into the development of his anthroposophic epistemology and Christology.

  1. Contemporary Civilization in the Mirror of the Science of the Spirit
  2. From the Akash Chronicle
  3. Our Atlantean Ancestors
  4. Transition of the Fourth into the Fifth Root Race
  5. The Lemurian Race
  6. The Division into Sexes
  7. The Last Period before the Division into Sexes
  8. The Hyperborean and Polarean Epoch
  9. Beginning of the Present Earth: Extrusion of the Sun
  10. Extrusion of the Moon
  11. Some Necessary Points of View
  12. On the Origin of the Earth
  13. The Earth and Its Future
  14. The Life of Saturn
  15. The Life of the Sun
  16. Life on the Moon
  17. The Life of Earth
  18. The Fourfold Man of Earth
  19. Answers to Questions
  20. Prejudices Arising from Alleged Science (1904)

This volume is a translation of Aus der Akasha-Chronik (GA 11).

Rudolf Steiner shows that the insoluble link between humanity and cosmos is the fundamental basis of evolution. As human beings have participated in the development of the world we know today, so their achievements are directly connected with the ultimate destiny of the universe. In human hands rests the freedom to shape the future course of creation. Knowledge of our exalted origins and of the path we have followed is indispensable if we are to evolve a future worthy of responsible human beings.... Through a study of Steiner s writings, one can come to a clear, reasonable, comprehensive understanding of human beings and their place in the universe. Paul M. Allen"

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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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