Milestones: in the life of Rudolf Steiner and in the development of anthroposophy

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Temple Lodge Publishing, Oct 26, 2015 - Religion - 248 pages

Why was the act of arson that destroyed the first Goetheanum so devastatingly successful in its malicious intent? What was the nature of the poisoning that Rudolf Steiner suffered in 1923? What was the significance of Steiner’s encounter with an unknown Master in 1879, and his later meeting with Friedrich Nietzsche on his sickbed?


Rather than presenting an accumulation of data, Meyer takes a symptomatological approach to the evolution of Rudolf Steiner’s thinking, pinpointing specific moments in his biography, whilst making numerous links to contemporary issues. Seemingly unimportant details are significant – such as Steiner’s boyhood habit of smashing dishes, or the droplet of water that adorned Steiner’s forehead at his funeral. The often overlooked language of such images is evaluated within the scope and grandeur of Rudolf Steiner’s life’s work.
An incisive theme running through Milestones is the dual nature of time – ‘involution’ and ‘evolution’ – and how it affects the Anthroposophical Society and movement. Following Steiner’s death, a one-sided involution process has been evident in the overemphasis on the Christmas Foundation Meeting, as well as Steiner’s supposedly ‘indissoluble’ connection with the Society. This is coupled with distorted evolution processes, as seen in the urge to enter the public domain by jettisoning anthroposophy altogether. Such disharmonies can only be healed, says Meyer, by seeing the reality. This book serves as an essential guide to understanding the task of anthroposophy in the modern world.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
For One Use Only
7
The Experience in Pottschach
9
Joy in Geometry
14
I Have Shown You Who You Are
16
As if a Great Weight Had Fallen from My Shoulders
23
The Night When Steiners I Was Born
27
The Origins of Karma Research
34
Basic Lessons in Vienna
81
A Whitsun in Germany
84
Art Science and Religion
98
ComradesinArms in the West
106
A Light in the Darkness of German Nationalism
113
the Adversaries Take up Arms
119
The Night of the Fire
125
The New Foundation Stone
137

Friedrich Nietzsche and the New Capacity for Inspiration
40
Spiritual Storms and Knowledge of Christ
57
The Question Was Put to Me
60
Decisions at the Whitsun Congress in Munich
64
Laying the Foundation Stone in 1913
71
The Birth of the Threefold Movement
77
The Floodgates Open
153
Taking Leave of Life
161
The Development of Anthroposophy Since Rudolf Steiners Death An outline and perspectives for the future
167
The Spiritual Foundation Stone for the Mystery Centres
209
Index
228
Copyright

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About the author (2015)

T.H. MEYER was born in Switzerland in 1950. He is the founder and publisher of Perseus Verlag, Basel, and editor of the monthly journals The Present Age and Der Europšer. He is author of many books including Ludwig Polzer-Hoditz, A Biography; D.N. Dunlop, A Biography; In the Sign of Five; Rudolf Steiner’s Core Mission; The Bodhisattva Question; Clairvoyance and Consciousness and Reality, Truth and Evil; and editor of Light for the New Millennium. He has written numerous articles and gives seminars and lectures around the world.

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