Four Mystery Dramas

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Allen & Unwin, 2007 - Drama - 572 pages
Rudolf Steiner's four mystery dramas are powerful portrayals of the complex laws of reincarnation and karma. They transport us into a landscape of the human soul and spirit, where suprasensory beings are active.

Through the perception of these hidden worlds, we are given the opportunity to understand the struggles we face in attempting to apply spiritual knowledge to our everyday lives and relationships.

Written between 1910 and 1913 during periods of intense inner and outer work, these dramas are powerful testimonies to Steiner's artistic creativity. By manifesting soul and spirit forms on a stage, they foreshadow a dramatic art for the future.

The complete cycle of four plays is reproduced here in the classic translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch.

The Four Plays:

  • The Portal of Initiation: A Rosicrucian Mystery, through Rudolf Steiner
  • The Soul's Probation: A Life Tableau in Dramatic Scenes As Sequel to the Portal of Initiation, through Rudolf Steiner
  • The Guardian of the Threshold: Soul Events in Dramatic Scenes, by Rudolf Steiner
  • The Souls' Awakening: Soul and Spirit Events in Dramatic Scenes, by Rudolf Steiner
This volume is a translation of Vier Mysteriendramen (vol. 14 of Rudolf Steiner's Complete Works).

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About the author (2007)

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.

Ruth and Hans Pusch were early beacons of anthroposophy in North America. Together, they worked tirelessly in the New York City area to translate, perform, and promote Rudolf Steiner's mystery dramas as expressions of the essence of anthroposophy.

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