Danger of Egoism in Spiritual Science

Spiritual Science is given to the world today because it is a necessity for humanity; but in it lies the great danger that — if it is cultivated without the Christ Impulse, without the Impulse of love — men will only increase their egoism, will actually breed egoism that lasts even beyond death. From this the conclusion must not be drawn that we should not cultivate Spiritual Science; rather we must learn to realise that understanding of the essential nature of love is an integral part of it.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 143  – Love and Its Meaning in the World – Zurich, 17th December, 1912


Christ will help

Worries put pressure on the physical body. We should do our duty, and also against opposition, but we shouldn’t worry too much. It’s hard to strike the right balance here between concern and standing above it, but too much worry dries out the brain so that it can’t take in new thoughts. 

The greatest man of sorrows was Christ, and as it says in I Peter 5:7 we should cast all our care on him; for he cares for you. That is, we should give all worries past a certain point to Christ so that He can make our physical body healthy and strong, so that our soul is also healthy.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 266From the Contents of Esoteric Classes – Kassel, 27th June 1909

Pain and sorrow – The basis of forthcoming joy

Pleasure and joy are founded on pain; without it they cannot exist. Just like the pleasure of satiety depends on hunger, so do knowledge and joy originate in pain. That is also the reason why, in a tragedy, the sense of an expected redemption fills us with satisfaction. Everything that will have fullness in the future endures states of sadness and pain at present. The knowledge that what is now pain and suffering will in the future turn to plenitude comforts us.  

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 101 – Mythen und Sagen Okkulte Zeichen und Symbole – Berlin, October 28, 1907 (page 96)

Anonymous translator

An association of foolish people

Again and again if it happens that people speak to those outside the anthroposophical society about me, saying for example: ‘ The doctor has said this or that ‘; one should place oneself not in one’s own shoes, but in the mind of the person who hears someone else making such statements! For example, if someone says – such things happen in our association, I do not even say jokingly that this does not happen amongst us – so if someone says: ‘ The doctor takes care of the spiritual development of the people ‘, yes what should a person from outside think other than that this is an Association of foolish people, who blindly follow one human being. […] We need to take Spiritual Science seriously and we should do nothing to harm it.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 253 – Probleme des Zusammenlebens in der Anthroposophischen Gesellschaft – Dornach, September 10, 1915 (page 31)

Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger

This is a thought with which we must become familiar

Modern man knows quite well that when a magnetic needle lies with one end pointing towards the North and the other towards the South, this is not caused by the needle itself, but that the Earth as a whole is a cosmic magnet of which one end points towards the North and the other towards the South. It would be considered pure nonsense to assert that the direction is brought about merely by forces contained in the magnetic needle.In the case of a seed or germ which develops in an animal or in a human being, all science and all schools of thought deny the factor of cosmic influence.

What would be described as nonsense in the case of the magnetic needle is accepted without further thought in the case of an egg forming within the hen. But when the egg is forming within the hen the whole Cosmos is, in fact, participating; what happens on Earth is merely the stimulus to the play of cosmic forces. Everything that takes shape in the egg is an imprint of cosmic forces and the hen herself is only a place, an abode, in which the Cosmos, the whole World-System, is developing this work. And it is the same in the case of the human being. This is a thought with which we must become familiar.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 182 – The Dead Are With Us – Nüremberg, February 10, 1918