Rosicrucianism Renewed: The Unity of Art, Science, and Religion : the Theosophical Congress of Whitsun 1907 : Essays and Lectures from 1907, 1909, and 1911

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Anthroposophic Press Incorporated, 2007 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 325 pages
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13 lectures in Munich, Stuttgart, Berlin, Masch, and Penmaenmawr, 1907-1923 (CW 284)

Unnoticed by most people at the time, a significant moment in spiritual history took place at Whitsun (Pentecost) in Munich in 1907. Known as "the Congress of the Federation of European Sections of the Theosophical Society," this event witnessed Rudolf Steiner's emergence onto the public stage as an independent esoteric Christian spiritual teacher with a world mission to transform planetary culture through what would come to be called "Anthroposophy."

The event (and hence Anthroposophy itself) was placed under the sign of Christian Rosenkreutz and the cultural impulse of Rosicrucianism, which, since its initial appearance in the early seventeenth century, had gone underground to be transmitted through the centuries by small, more-or-less hidden esoteric groups. In the Congress, however, the original aim of the movement--a "general reform" of human society through the unity of art, science, and religion--was proclaimed anew and with the firm intent to put it into practice.

This volume thus marks not only the birth of Anthroposophy as a spiritual movement of cultural renewal--from which would flow new initiatives in art, science, religion, education, agriculture, medicine, architecture, and drama--but also the articulation of this activity as the evolutionary tip of human consciousness reaching back to the primordial mystery centers.

Collected here, with Steiner's lectures and descriptions, are essays and reports on the Theosophical Congress of Whitsun 1907, as well as documents relating to some of the direct consequences of the Congress, especially those leading to the design and construction of the first Goetheanum. An extensive color section of facsimiles, photographs, and plates includes the esoteric and symbolic artistic work (the seals and columns) created for the congress hall.

This "Collected Works" edition contains an introduction, illustrations, a chronology of Rudolf Steiner's life, editorial notes, and an index.

  • On the Munich Congress
  • Rosicrucian Initiation
  • Planetary and Human Evolution
  • Remarks on the Seals of Columns
  • Report on the Congress
  • Various reports and commentaries
  • The Apocalyptic Seals
  • Symbols and Sings and the Working of Chaos
  • Speech at the Laying of the Malsch Foundation Stone
  • In what Sense are we Theosophists and in what Sense Rosicrucians?
  • Sixty-four pages of color reproductions of the meeting program, columns and seals, Steiner's sketches of the new Goetheanum, and more.

This volume is a translation of Bilder okkulter Siegel und Säulen. Der Münchner Kongress Pfingsten 1907 und seine Auswirkungen (GA 284).

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Within these lectures Rudolf Steiner comments about the latter half of 21st century. It may be important to be aware of that comment.
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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.

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