Egyptian Myths and Mysteries: Twelve Lectures, Leipzig, September 2-14, 1908

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SteinerBooks, 1971 - History - 151 pages
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Rudolf Steiner emphasizes the astonishing and special relationship between our own time and that of ancient Egypt--how, in the natural rhythm of the ages, the so-called third post-Atlantian (Egyptian) epoch is mirrored by the fifth (present) epoch. In this sense, today it is especially relevant to look at ancient Egypt with fresh eyes. The evolution of Western civilization has been profoundly influenced by Egyptian myths through the Greek mysteries. Because of other influences, however, this heritage has degenerated; thinking has mummified and and myth has all but disappeared. Consequently, it is important to revive the seed of goodness passed down to us from ancient Egypt.

Through true imagination, it is our task to renew human knowledge related to the creative forces in nature, which the Egyptians attempted through the Osiris-Isis myth, and the Greeks through the myth of Demeter. This is what Rudolf Steiner attempts in this lecture cycle.

Steiner's subjects include: experiences of Egyptian initiations; esoteric anatomy and physiology; the stages of evolution of the human form; and much more. The final lecture is on the Christ impulse as the conqueror of matter.

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Leipzig September 2 1908 Spiritual connections between the culturestreams of ancient and modern times
Leipzig September 3 1908 The reflection of cosmic events in the religious view of human beings
Leipzig September 4 1908 The old initiation centers The Human form as the subject of meditation
Leipzig September 5 1908 The experience of initiation The mysteries of the planets The descent of the primeval word
Leipzig September 7 1908 The genesis of the trinity of Sun Moon and Earth Osiris and Typhon
Leipzig September 8 1908 The influence of Osiris and Isis Facts of occult anatomy and physiology
Leipzig September 9 1908 Evolutionary events in the human organism up to the departure of the Moon Osiris and Isis as builders of the upper huma...
Leipzig September 10 1908 The stages of evolution of the human form The expulsion of the animal beings The four human Types
Leipzig September 11 1908 The influence of the sun and moon spirits of the Isis and Osiris forces The change in consciousness The conquest of the ...
Leipzig September 12 1908 Old myths as pictures of cosmic facts Darkening of spiritual consciousness The initiation principle of the mysteries
Leipzig September 13 1908 The ancient Egyptian doctrine of evolution The cosmic view of the organs and their coarsening in modern times
Leipzig September 14 1908 The Christ impulse as conqueror of matter

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About the author (1971)

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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