Mystery Knowledge and Mystery Centres: Fourteen Lectures Given in Dornach Between 23 November and 23 December, 1923

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Rudolf Steiner Press, 1998 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 266 pages
Modern scholarship knows little of the mystery schools of antiquity. At most it is able to offer hypothetical explanations of their purpose, and to speak of externals. In these far-reaching lectures, Rudolf Steiner gives a penetrating description of the ancient mystery schools. His survey takes us through the mysteries of Artemis in Ephesus, and of Hibernia, Eleusis, Samothrace, and the Middle Ages. He also discusses the conditions under which initiation can be achieved in our time.

Following the preliminary lectures on the nature and function of the soul, Steiner presents a magnificent drama of the development of the earth, including descriptions of the metals, their connection with the planets, and their curative properties. Steiner also outlines the origins of plants and animals and the connection of humanity with the earth, and gives a panoramic view of human evolution in the past, present, and future.


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About the author (1998)

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.

Andrew Welburn is a fellow of New College, Oxford. He has written, translated, and edited numerous books on spiritual science and early Christianity.

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