Fabricated Nonsense

The only way to reach wider circles and thereby create a better understanding of Spiritual Science is to speak entirely openly to an unprepared public from a spiritual point of view. And so there will be a great proportion of people in the audience that say: ‘What foolish, irrational fabricated nonsense.’

Nevertheless, there will invariably be a few who acknowledge in their mind that there might just be some accuracy in what is brought forward, and they will want to learn more and will delve deeper into the subject. Such a persevering way of coming to know more about spiritual matters is what it is about, and it is what we can accomplish. Therefore, it is quite natural that a large proportion of those who simply attend a lecture on spiritual science out of curiosity will make their judgement known widely: it is a sect that spreads a special kind of rubbish!

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 107 – Geisteswissenschaftliche Menschenkunde – Berlin, 21 October 1908 (page 27)  

Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger

Previously posted on January 22, 2016

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Truth/Knowledge/Life-force

Mankind is ever in need of truths which cannot, in every age, be wholly understood. The assimilation of truths is not only of significance for our knowledge. Truths in themselves contain life-force; and by permeating ourselves with truth, we permeate our soul being with a Cosmic element, just as we must permeate our physical being with air taken from outside in order to live. Deep truths are indeed expressed in great religious revelations, but in such a form that their real inner meaning is often only understood much later.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 155 – CHRIST AND THE HUMAN SOUL: LECTURE 4 – Norrkoping, 16th July 1914

Translated by Harry Collison

Truths contain life-force

Mankind is always in need of truths which cannot, in every age, be wholly understood. The assimilation of truths is not significant only for our knowledge; truths themselves contain life-force. By permeating ourselves with truth we permeate our soul-nature with an element drawn from the objective world, just as we must permeate our physical being with air taken from outside in order to live. Deep truths are indeed expressed in great religious revelations, but in such a form that their real inner meaning is often not understood until much, much later.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 155 – Christ and the Human Soul: Lecture 4 – Norrkoping, 16th July 1914

Translated by Charles Davy

How am I to know that what is presented by anyone as the science of initiation is correct, when I cannot myself see into the spiritual world?

It is true, not everyone today can cross the threshold to the spiritual world; but no one would be prevented from perceiving the truth of what is said by those who have crossed that threshold. It is false reasoning when it is said again and again by one or another: How am I to know that what is presented by anyone as the science of initiation is correct, when I cannot myself see into the spiritual world? That is false reasoning. Common sense which is not led astray by the erroneous ideas of our time in the natural or the social sphere can decide of itself whether the element of truth rules in what anyone says. If someone speaks of spiritual worlds, you must take account of everything: the manner of speaking, the seriousness with which things are treated, the logic which is developed, and so on, and then it will be possible to judge whether what is presented as information about the spiritual world is charlatanism, or whether it has foundation. Anyone can decide this.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 194 – The Mysteries of Light, of Space, and of the Earth – Lecture III: Historical Occurrences of the Last Century – Dornach, 14th December 1919

Translated by Frances E. Dawson

Previously posted on Februari 23, 2015

About truths and opinions (1 of 5)

Humanity has now descended to the point where not only manners and customs are individual but even opinions and faiths as well. There are people among us already who look on it as a lofty ideal for everyone to have his own religion. The idea floats before quite a number that a time must come when there are as many religions and truths as persons.

To be continued

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 102 – The Influence of Spiritual Beings on Man: Lecture IX – Berlin, 1st June 1908