About

Hello, my name is Ridzerd van Dijk (born January 24, 1950) from The Netherlands. I have for more than one and a half year a WordPress weblog with quotes and fragments of Rudolf Steiner, in Dutch. I thought it is a good idea to bring also quotes in English, to reach more readers who are interested in Steiner and his work. 

Greetings, Ridzerd  (September 26, 2012)

At present, there are already 529 e-mail followers. Thank you very much everybody. (July 19, 2015)

Today there are 600 e-mail followers. Thanks again everybody. (September 8, 2015)

The past few days saw a sudden increase in new email followers, bringing the number of subscribers to this site to over 1000. I am very delighted to know that an increasing number of people realize the vital importance of Steiner’s work. Many thanks to you all. (August 31, 2016)

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  1. Thank you for this moving exposé Slobodan.. you are so right about the many dangers we face and the necessity of being aware to these dangers.
    it is so sad that, to quote Goethe: “Life is short but art is long”; so much to learn, but so little time.

    One thing to bring us comfort however is that no chemtrails can ever separate us from Christ’s love, nor separate Him from ours. as, since Golgotha, Christ lives with us and has taken Earth as his body:

    ” As truly as your soul and spirit dwell within your physical body,
    do also the soul and spirit of the Earth dwell within the body of the Earth
    — that earthly body which consists of stones, plants, and animals and upon which you tread.
    This soul and spirit, this Earth Spirit, is the Christ. Christ is the Spirit of the Earth.
    (Rudolf Steiner: Gospel of John: Lecture VII: The Mystery of Golgotha)”

    The bible also states the same:
    53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.
    St John 6

    Another encouraging note is that a great initiate like Steiner would be very much at home in the spiritual world, and able to help from there, perhaps more intensely than he ever could while on Earth, although in different ways.

    Finally, very much aware of the dangers we face in Lucifer and Ahriman, and which you mention, Saint Paul has the solution. He beseeches us to put on the full amor of God:

    11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

    1. Freeman -- Slobodan

      You are right! Christ is with us. And His right hand mighty Archangel Micha-el as well!
      I witnessed His presence in the nature during decades of my mountain climbing “work” in the mountains! I was especially fascinated with the mystery of the rocks (minerals).

      And I remember Rudolf Steiner’s words, I paraphrase, that at present level of evolution the humans cannot make any significant damage to the environment whatever they do!
      There are guardians of the Earth’s nature; I believe that some elemental beings, who are in service of the Christ, are protecting us.

  2. Liliana

    Thank you for the service you are providing to Anthroposophy.
    However, I was shocked when I read this excerpt – January 23, 2018 – Steiner saying not to engage in too much thinking!!!??. I have the book ( “From Comets to Cocaine – Answers to Questions” and the excerpt you quote is on pages 205-206) and the interpretation is very different. Where your posting uses the word ‘thinking’ the book uses ‘speculation’ which makes perfect sense.

    This is very misleading and dangerous to Steiner’s cause. More care should be taken and consideration of Steiner’s thought is indispensable when quoting him because with the English versions we are always dealing with translations, which at times are extremely bad.

    A previous edition was called “Health and Illness”.

    1. Liliana, I have compared this English quotation with the original German and it agrees well with each other. Steiner does not say that we should not think at all, he only says that we should not think too much. We must not always brood on one thought, but look at the facts and the interconnections. In my opinion this translation is very good in accordance with the words of Steiner.

      1. Liliana

        Thank you for your clarification. I do not speak German so I cannot express my opinion on the translation you posted but the one given in the book I mentioned, the passage reads:

        “When people study, however, the first principle should be to avoid too much speculative thinking. This might sound strange, but you will understand what I mean. Man does not become especially intelligent through speculation. As a rule, if he ponders over something that he has observed, nothing particularly clever will result. If one wishes to understand the phenomena of the world, therefore, one should not rely too much on speculation; one’s speculation is not at all the important thing. Should the facts call for it, one should think, but one’s main attention should not be directed towards brooding over something one has observed as a means of figuring it out. Instead, other facts should be looked at, compared with the problem at hand, and a connection sought between them. The more one connects various facts, the more one learns to understand nature. People who have only brooded over nature have really not discovered anything more weighty than what they knew in the first place.
        When a person becomes a materialist, he speaks materialistically about nature, because that is where he is coming from. He does not discover anything new. When a man speaks idealistically about nature, he does so because he is already an idealist. In almost all instances, it can be proven that through speculation people discover only what is made evident to them through what they already are. Correct thinking only results when one simply allows the facts to guide them.”

        Having worked as translator/interpreter myself for many years, I know that words carry more than their literal meaning, so I can understand how two different people could have used different English words to translate German ones. It’s up to the reader to decide which translation ‘fits’ better with Steiner’s overall teachings about ‘thinking’.

        Thanks again and best wishes for your work.

      2. Liliana, I think the translation from your book is very good at all, only the word speculation is not the good word in my opinion. Every time your translation uses the word ‘speculation, Steiner has the word ‘denken’ or ‘nachdenken’. He also uses the word ‘brüten’ or ‘nachbrüten’, which is in your book ‘brood’ or ‘brooding’ or ‘ponders’, and that is very good I think.
        But it is as you say: It’s up to the reader to decide which translation ‘fits’ better with Steiner’s overall teachings about ‘thinking’.
        Best regards, Ridzerd

  3. Freeman

    Dear Ridzert,
    Rally a great anthroposophical site of yours. I was especially delighted upon recent quote by Rudolf Steiner about copyrights.
    May I make a proposal — just to change the frontispiece, picture with Chemtrails!!
    Very best wishes!

      1. Freeman

        There are many similar pictures — I personally made a lot of them in the mountains — but with clear blue sky, or with natural clouds (I also worked for many years as a weatherman at high mountain weather station, and am very familiar with the weather phenomenon). On the image above there are two lines of so-called Chemtrails having been sprayed from NATO aircrafts… it seems like the Web of Big Brother or Satana-el… Hopefully you can understand me… Best!

    1. ” “Déformation professionnelle” is a tendency to look at things
      from the point of view of one’s own profession rather than from a broader perspective.”
      Although this is quite useful at times, I fear that, at least in our case, concentrating on the skin might make us miss the life-giving pulp…
      This said, the “chemtrails” you kindly brought to attention -whether undisputed reality or conspiracy theory- have, strangely enough, enriched that picture for me!

      1. Freeman -- Slobodan Žalica

        Goethe asked “What is the most difficult thing?”, and replied “It is to see what is right in front of your nose!”
        Many anthroposophists, especially in the west, are plain materialistic conformists; many are secretly dreaming their American dream which is called “Three Big” (house, car, boat).
        But Goethe also said, that we should be able not to watch at details only; we should (as anthroposophists) pay attention to actual (concrete) details!
        Chemtrails, chemclouds, manipulations with Earth’s weather (biosphere), so-called geo-engineering for military purpose (American plan to master the weather till 2025) is a sign of imminent appearance of unlawful prince of this world — Ahriman.
        They (American military aircraft tankers plus the same all on disposal (hundreds!) aircrafts of their European NATO vassals) are spraying the sky above all countries which signed so-called Partnership for peace with NATO.
        Just look at the sky above your head!
        Through this (illegal) activity they cover the Sun (Christ), my dear friends! Even they produce a false image of “the second Sun” in the sky! There are many documents about that. This is a purely occult agenda in this military project.
        Recently a group of people in Croatia took to court their government due to chemtrails in the sky! But mainstream media are silent; they afraid… dread is diffused everywhere, but especially within human minds with tendency to paralyze their I’s. It is activity of Ahriman.
        We should pay attention to the words by Bernard Lievegoed, that a real chaos (coming from America) will happen between 2020 and 2030. Who lived 30 years on Earth? Ahriman’s great enemy!
        Terry Boardman (www.threeman.org) also wrote a great deal about Ahriman’s incarnation in the U.S.
        Year 2023 could be also of decisive meaning: 100 years after the burning of the first Goetheanum. Look at constellation of numbers — but Rudolf Steiner is not with us now, just to take another direction, through his noble Manichaean deed, of evil development.

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