No contradiction

I have often indicated that there is no contradiction between a scientific fact that is correctly presented and the facts brought forward by Spiritual Science. It is just as if someone were to say: Here is a man; how comes it that he is alive? It is because he has lungs inside him and there is air outside. Needless to say, that is quite correct. 

But someone else may turn up and say: This man is alive for an entirely different reason. A fortnight ago he fell into the water and I jumped in after him and pulled him out; but for that he would not be alive today! Both these assertions are correct. In the same way, natural science is quite correct when it says that a man bears within himself characteristics inherited from his ancestors; but it is equally correct to attribute them to his karma and other factors.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 141 – Between death and rebirth: Lecture Eight – Berlin, February 11, 1913

One does not aim at clearness of thinking in our time at all

Our time strives for intelligence and logic, but those who want to be at the head of the scientific or cultural efforts of our time do not possess a lot of keen mind and logic.

One does not aim at the whole clearness of thinking in our time at all. If one fully aimed at the clearness of thinking, one would also be able to understand spiritual science completely. Who thinks clearly cannot argue anything against that which spiritual science has to bring forward — of course on the whole; since the spiritual scientist can be mistaken as the human being can generally be mistaken. 

Countless examples could be given which show us that just our time is little inclined to apply clear, keen thinking.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 159 – The Mystery of Death – Cologne, 19th June 1915

Previously posted on September 6, 2016

Spritual Science/Education/Self-education

Spiritual science does not merely signify the acquisition of knowledge; it signifies most pre-eminently an education, a self-education of our souls. We make ourselves different; we have other interests. When a man imbues himself with spiritual science, the habits of attention for this or for that subject which he developed during previous years, alter. What interested him before, interests him no longer; that which had no interest for him previously, now begins to interest him in the highest degree. One ought not simply to say that only a person who has gone through esoteric development can attain to a connection with the spiritual world; esotericism does not begin with occult development. The moment we make any link with spiritual science with our whole heart, esotericism has already begun; our souls begin at once to be transformed. There then begins in us something resembling what would arise, let us say, in a being who had previously only been able to see light and darkness, and who then through a special and different organisation of the eyes, begins to see colors. The whole world would appear different to such a being. We need only observe it, we need only realise it, and we shall soon see that the whole world begins to have a different aspect when we have for a time gone through the self-education we can get in a spiritual science circle.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 136 – The Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature: Lecture 1 – Helsinki, 3rd April 1912

Previously posted on June 16, 2015

Idiotic attacks on Anthroposophy

Regarding these last attacks, it is clear that people do not want to occupy themselves with spiritual science. I have told you about the particularly hateful, ruthless attack that is now taking place in Germany, where the “noble” Frankfurter Zeitung is behaving in an extraordinarily shameless manner. Admittedly, they have printed our reaction to this horrible attack; but only to attach an entire column with their idiotic comments. These things come from people who would like anthroposophical science to disappear totally, but they are too lazy or too incompetent to engage with the anthroposophical content.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner –  GA 203– Die Verantwortung des Menschen für die Weltentwickelung – Dornach, March 13, 1921 (page 276-277)

Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger

Discouraged/Power Development

The atmosphere we live in when we make spiritual science a personal concern, requires that we strongly develop our powers and sense of self-preservation. And those are the deeper reasons why we are often discouraged and feeling lonely – why one or another of those who strive for spiritual science, may find it hard to come to terms with life. But if we have clear insight into its great contribution to mankind, and how it only seems small now because we are still at the very beginning, we can also find this power, can really find it then.  All major impulses in the development of humanity must, to begin with, be small.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 168 – Die Verbindung zwischen Lebenden und Toten – St. Gallen, 26 October 1916 (page 166)

Anonymous translator

Previously posted on August 4, 2017