Noise in the cities

These days there are books written on how to reduce the noise in the cities and even associations formed to assist with this reduction of noise. However, it is not about reducing the noise but about developing the inner strength through meditation and equanimity of soul to shut it out. It is not the excessive noise in the cities that is harmful but the demons that move through them; these demons are actually kept in check somewhat by the racket. One needs to learn to live with the noise without becoming annoyed by it.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 266a – Aus den Inhalten der esoterischen Stunden – Munich, November 8, 1908 (page 429)

Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger

Previously posted on October 11, 2016

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Not as impractical and unworldly as it may seem

Because man was entirely focused on the physical world, it monopolised his whole interest. That was a necessary stage in human development. Today, people often think: If I make an effort to live well, I will, when I die, experience what is to be experienced after death. That may seem quite logical at first, but is nonetheless entirely false, for the spiritual world will weave a veil of blindness around those who die with indifference to it, causing them to see nothing. Thinking about the transcendental world is therefore not as impractical and unworldly as it may seem.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 266a – Aus den Inhalten der esoterischen Stunden – Stuttgart, August 16, 1908 (page 420)

Anonymous translator

Previously posted on August 10, 2016

Many people think that they’re working for the good of mankind

Many people think that they’re working for the good of mankind from morn till eve, but this is questionable. A clairvoyant can see that efforts coming from materialistic thinking have the wrong effect, and it may lie in some people’s karma that they should wait until they can do certain things. Then a higher being can whisper such a task in his ear, so that it’s not induced by outer circumstances.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 266 – From the Contents of Esoteric Classes – Stuttgart, 9th August 1908

Previously posted on April 2, 2014

Easier said than done

It is often said light-heartedly that, after all, a man need only know himself, need only try to be a good and righteous human being — and then he is a sufficiently good Theosophist. Yes, my dear friends, but precisely this gives us the deeper knowledge that there is nothing more difficult than to be a good man in the real sense and that nothing needs so much preparation as the attainment of this ideal.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 130 – The Mission of Christian Rosenkreutz: III. THE TRUE ATTITUDE TO KARMA – Vienna, 8th February 1912

Translated by Dorothy S. Osmond

Time that’s spent on development isn’t wasted

People often ask whether it wouldn’t be better to use the time that one uses for development for doing good deeds in the world. But occultists must reply that time that’s spent on development isn’t wasted. For a man can only work well and rightly for mankind by making himself more perfect. Outer deeds that seem to be ever so good can be harmful; one just doesn’t know it.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 266 – From the Contents of Esoteric Classes – Berlin, 5th June 1908

Previously posted on April 1, 2014