The Animal Soul (Lectures Section)

In the Lectures Section of the Rudolf Steiner Archive: The Animal Soul, by Rudolf Steiner.

Lucifer and Ahriman (Lectures Section)

We live in critical, apocalyptic times. In these lectures, given just after the end of the First World War and in the midst of trying to effect the social-political life of his times with the movement for a threefold social order, Rudolf Steiner focuses on the vital task of developing a right orientation toward the spirit: a free spiritual life. With great compassion and understanding he shows, in telling examples, how humanity must walk a conscious middle path between the two “tempting” powers of Lucifer and Ahriman. He tells of the incarnation of Lucifer, in the third millennium BCE, from which flowed not only the wisdom of paganism but also the intellectual consciousness we enjoy today. Ahriman is shown to be approaching humanity through phenomena such as materialism, nationalism, and literalism in preparation for his incarnation in the millennium now opening. It must not be thought, however, that these two powers work apart: on the contrary, they work more and more together, Our task is to hold them in balance, continually permeating the one with the other. Doing this requires a new form of conscious spirituality.

The Gospel of St. Mark (Lectures Section)

The Mark Gospel reveals Christ as a Cosmic Being, giving us a sense of his greatness and power. In this lecture cycle Steiner helps us grasp this aspect of Christ, and, like the Gospel itself, it is an artistic work in its own right.

Wisdom of Man, of the Soul, and of the Spirit (Lectures Section)

The challenges we face in modern life require ever-deeper levels of wisdom and insight. In this important book, Rudolf Steiner becomes a teacher, counselor, and friend through advice that is practical, clear, and powerful. The text shows us how to cultivate the capacities for such insights and places them at the service of humanity.

Earthly Death and Cosmic Life (Lectures Section)

Here Steiner presents the results of spiritual research into the metamorphoses of the human physical body in the course of successive incarnations.

The Earth As Being with Life, Soul, and Spirit (Lectures Section)

Translated from shorthand reports unrevised by the lecturer. Lectures 8 and 9 of 21 from the volume: Dying Earth and Living World/Cosmos. The volume of the Complete Edition of the works of Rudolf Steiner containing the original German text of the this lecture, among twenty-one others, is entitled: Erdensterben und Weltleben. Anthroposophische Lebensgaben. Bewustseins-Notwendigkeiten Fuer Gegenwart und Zukunft. (No. 181 in the Bibliographical Survey, 1961). This English edition of the following lecture is published by permission of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.

The Alphabet: An Expression of the Mystery of Man (Lectures Section)

In the Lectures Section of the Rudolf Steiner Archive: The Alphabet: An Expression of the Mystery of Man, by Rudolf Steiner.

The Boundaries of Natural Science (Lectures Section)

If nothing is within the reach of scientific research except what is in the sense world, the doors are closed to the worlds where the human being originates and where the creative forces of the world are found. Steiner calls on us to develop the organs of perception that go beyond these limits of cognition to where we can behold the Spirit active in the phenomena of nature.

Man’s Life on Earth and in the Spiritual Worlds (Lectures Section)

Six lectures from:

  1. GA 211 The Sun Mystery … Death, Resurrection, Das Sonnenmysterium und das Mysterium von Tod und Auferstehung. Exoterisches und esoterisches Christentum
  2. GA 214 The Mystery of the Trinity and the Mission of the Spirit, Das Geheimnis der Trinitat. Der Mensch und sein Verhaeltnis zur Geistwelt im Wandel der Zeiten
  3. GA 218 Spiritual Relationships in the Human Organism, Geistiger Zusammenhaenge in der Gestaltung des Menschlichen Organismus.

Formerly published privately for members. Translated from the German by George and Mary Adams from Shorthand Reports unrevised by the Lecturer.

Third Scientific Lecture-Course: Astronomy (Lectures Section)

Eighteen lectures from the lecture-series: The So-Called Astronomy Course. Published in German as: Das Verhaeltnis der Verschiedenen Naturwissenschaftlichen Gebiete zur Astronomie. Dritter naturwissenschaftlicher Kurs. Himmelskunde in Besiehung zum Menschen und zur Menschenenkunde (vol. 323 in the Bibliographic Survey). This volume is presented here with the kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.