It takes more than intellect

The first thing, which even the ancient Greek philosophers emphasise, is that one who can only think well, who is only intellectual, who will only understand things by merely thinking and philosophising, cannot enter the spiritual worlds.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 143 – Erfahrungen des Übersinnlichen/Die drei Wege der Seele zu Christus – Zürich, January 15,1912 (page 53-54)

Anonymous translator

Previously posted on December 4, 2015

Human beings have infinite faith in their own power of insight

Human beings have, as you know, infinite faith in their own power of insight. There was actually a philosopher who said: “Give me matter, and I will make a universe.” That philosopher was Kant. It is a good thing he was not given matter, for he would have made something perfectly horrible out of it!

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 231 – Supersensible Man: Lecture III – The Hague, 17th November 1923 (afternoon)

Translated by Mary Adams

Social morality is a plant, which has its roots in the school classroom

Social morality is a plant, which has its roots in the school classroom, where children between their seventh and fourteenth year are taught. As a gardener looks to the lowest part of his garden, the soil, so would human society need to look at the lowermost part of the school, in which children of this age are taught, because that is the basis for all morality, for all the good.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 304 – Erziehungs- und Unterrichtsmethoden auf anthroposophischer Grundlage –  Kristiania (Oslo), November 24, 1921 (page 179)

Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger

The spirit-form after death

We have seen that when a human being has passed through the gate of death and come into the super-sensible world, he reveals himself there to Imaginative vision in a spirit-form. You must understand, of course, that perception of the spiritual is quite different from perception of an object in the world of sense. For instance, those who are endowed with the faculty of spiritual vision will say: “Yes, I saw the phenomenon, but I could not tell you anything about the size of it.” The phenomena of the spiritual world are not spatial in the sense that a material object presented to the eye is spatial. Nevertheless, we can only describe them in such a way that they seem to resemble a visual image seen by the physical eye — or whatever other sense-impression we make use of in our description. You must bear this in mind in connection with all the descriptions I shall now be giving of what takes place in the super-sensible.

When a human being has passed through the gate of death, the spirit-form, of his head gradually fades away. On the other hand, the whole of the rest of his form becomes “physiognomy,” a physiognomy which expresses, for instance, how far the man was, in earthly life, a good man or a bad man, a wise man or a fool. These qualities can remain hidden in the material world; an out-and-out villain can walk about with an absolutely innocent face. But when the gate of death has been passed, they can no longer be concealed. There is no doing it with the face, for the face fades right away; and the rest of the form, which grows more and more like a physiognomy, allows nothing to be hid.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 231 – Supersensible Man: Lecture III – The Hague, 17th November 1923 (afternoon)

Translated by Mary Adams