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Anthroposophical Ethics (1928) (Lectures Section)
Based on a study of the life of Francis of Assisi, Steiner shows how the development of morality is based on the belief in the Divine at the bottom of every human soul, on the boundless love that springs from this belief, and on the hope for each human soul that it can find its way back to the Divine. Link: http://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/GA155/English/APC1928/AnEthi_index.html [...]
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Mystery Knowledge and Mystery Centers (Lectures Section)
Steiner gives a comprehensive history of the Mysteries and lays open an abundant knowledge about the methods and stages of the spiritual guidance of humanity through the centuries including: the Ephesian Mysteries of Artemis, the Mysteries of Hibernia, the Chthonic and Eleusinian Mysteries, the transition to Plato and Aristotle, the soul striving in the Middle Ages, the Rosicrucian Mysteries, to the modern Mysteries found in the School for Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum. Link: http://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/GA232/English/RSP1973/MysKno_index.html [...]
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The Human Soul in Relation to World Evolution (Lectures Section)
These nine lectures go into the development of outer and inner sense organs in the human being and the transformation of organs of life into organs of sense. Steiner shows how in the future the heart will be transformed into an organ for the perception of cosmic pictures. The title of this lecture series is The Human Soul in Relation to World Evolution, published in German as, Menschliches Seelenleben und Geistesstreben im Zusammenhange Mit Welt- und Erdenwickelung. We present these lectures from GA# 212 here with the kind permission Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland. Link: http://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/GA212/English/AP1984/HumSou_index.html [...]
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The Social Question (Overview) (Lectures Section)
Just after the transition to the 20th century, Rudolf Steiner suggested new ways to organize society and engage with social problems. In this collection of lectures, Steiner presents his esoteric perspective on such questions and concerns. He asserts that we must begin by giving real value to the human element in the world, finding a deeper understanding of our relationship to nature and to the cosmos. Accordingly, it is ineffective to organize society in an arbitrary way; society ought to reflect the human relationship to the spiritual world. Steiner goes on to discuss the threefold archetype of social life — [...]
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Welcome to the Rudolf Steiner Archive bLog Site

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“Accumulating information is the first step toward knowledge, sharing information is the first step toward community.” — The e.Librarian

The Rudolf Steiner Archive is our gift to Anthroposophy, the world-wide Anthroposophical Movement in general, and to the Spiritual Community of Man. Here, we offer summaries of Rudolf Steiner’s books translated from the original German to English, a catalogue of Steiner’s holdings, a chronological listing of Steiner’s lectures (over 6000), and most of his books, in German and English, and hundreds of lectures, articles and essays for interested readers to contemplate. If nothing else, the topics covered should make you think — and that is good. This is an ongoing project — there will always be new information presented here. We welcome you to an adventure in Spiritual Science.

History of the Initiative

The e.Librarian, circa 1978 ...

The e.Librarian, circa 1978 …

1980 to the Present

In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, Werner Glas and Hans Gebert were both at the Rudolf Steiner Institute, then located in Southfield, Michigan. The e.Librarian — then affectionately known as “the bearded one,” or “that guy over there” (see photo) — was fairly new to Anthroposophy at that time, and was constantly bombarding both of the “G-men” with questions like, “Do you remember where Steiner said such-and-such?” Or, “Was it in this lectures series, or that lecture series that Steiner referred to blah-blah?”

At that time, the e.Librarian had over 15 years of experience in developing databases for computers, so it was suggested to Dr. Glas that a database be created with all of Rudolf Steiner’s works in it. This database could be used as a reference tool by the Anthroposophical Community. As a side benefit, it would free up time for him as it would keep me busy and out of his hair — that elicited a smile and a pat on the shoulder.

He said this would be a very large project, considering the amount of data, and that there were no electronic copies of any of Steiner’s writings at that time. But he did think it was a worthy effort, and that it should be someone like the “bearded one” to tackle it. Other folks at the Institute thought it would be a great thing to do, though very time-consuming.

At first, the writings were typed in — my being the worst 2-fingered typist in the world didn’t help — and it was indeed a slow process. There were about 100 Steiner books in my library at that time, and it looked like an endless job! As the technology grew, and hand-held scanners became available, the books were scanned electronically and converted to text. The technology may have grown, but it was a long way from what it is today. Character recognition was primitive then, and it took hours just to get cleanly scanned pages, and more hours correcting and proof-reading each document.

Finding and buying older Steiner translations was one of the perks of this job. Haunting Mayflower books was a great pastime, and traveling around, seeking out the odd bookstore to rummage through their shelves was a real treat, too. You never know what you’ll find: I went into a small bookstore in Hollywood, Florida where they only sold used paperback books, specializing in mysteries. I came out with about 30 old Steiner paperbacks from the 60’s and 70’s! More »

Statement of Purpose and Intent

Many people have asked “what is the intent and/or purpose of this Archive” — or words to that effect. This document should answer almost all of those questions. Other questions will be tackled as the need arises.

What we have here is a Library: just like the community-based libraries that are all over the world, we have books, reference materials, and various printed media for use by its patrons. We also have the tools necessary to find the information that is sought by those patrons. Be it catalogues, indexes, or whatever, the tools are in place. Also like your local library, we are striving to provide what is of interest to the “community”, and to supply the newest and best tools.

The simile continues in that all of the materials presented for patron use are either purchased, or have been donated. The “community” is invited to take advantage of this wealth of information to better the individuals, and ultimately, strengthen the “community”. This will “rub off” on the adjacent communities, and … Well, you know how it goes? We all affect one another.

We are a type of lending institution. Our offerings are for the use of the patrons, not to be kept, but to be returned so that others can take advantage of the materials. If you want to have your own copy of some of what we offer, we suggest that you buy that item. We encourage everyone to create their own library by buying those books, pictures, or other items for themselves. The rule is: use, don’t abuse. More »

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