Weekly Meditations: Rudolf Steiner's Calendar of the Soul With Reflections

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Rudolf Steiner Pr, May 30, 2008 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 125 pages
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When asked how one might find a way into Christianity, the Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast advised, żMeditate the sacred year.ż In the same vein, when asked what a lifetimeżs study of Anthroposophy had given him, the English philosopher Owen Barfield replied, żI now have some idea of the reality of the living year.ż For readers who like to chew meditatively on poetry, Weekly Meditations will put them firmly on the path to realizing both of these great realities. Rudolf Steinerżs weekly verses allow attentive readers to follow the course of the year in body, soul, and spirit. In addition, from the perspective of one who has sought to live inwardly with the sacred, living year, Patsy Scalażs poetic reflections, which arose from her deep practice of the verses, provide an accessible and complementary guide to oneżs daily practice. Weekly Meditations is a book to keep handy and reread throughout the seasons of the year.

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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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