is a world-wide spiritual movement, based on the work of Rudolf Steiner, an
Austrian philosopher, scientist, artist, educator, ... an extraordinary human
being, who lived from 1861 to 1925. It has a world headquarters in Dornach,
near Basel in Switzerland, and national societies in many countries around the
world. Work arising from Steiner's insights continues to this day in many
practical fields, encompassing arts, science, education, farming, medicine and
social matters. The links below will lead to some further sources of
information on Anthroposophy and Steiner's work.
is Anthroposophy? in the words of Rudolf Steiner...
ideas are vessels fashioned by love, and man's being is spiritually summoned by
the spiritual world to partake of their content. Anthroposophy must bring the
light of true humanness to shine out in thoughts that bear love's imprint;
knowledge is only the form in which man reflects the possibility of receiving
in his heart the light of the world spirit that has come to dwell there and
from that heart illumine human thought. Since anthroposophy cannot really be
grasped except by the power of love, it is love-engendering when human beings
take it in a way true to its own nature. That is why a place where love reigned
could be built in Dornach in the very midst of raging hatreds. Words expressing
anthroposophical truths are not like words spoken elsewhere today; rightly
conceived, they are all really reverential pleas that the spirit make itself
known to men.
from Awakening to Community, Lecture I, Stuttgart, January 23, 1923
is a path of knowledge, to guide the Spiritual in the human being to the
Spiritual in the universe. It arises in man as a need of the heart, of the life
of feeling; and it can be justified only inasmuch as it can satisfy this inner
need. He alone can acknowledge Anthroposophy, who finds it in what he himself
in his own inner life feels impelled to seek. Hence only they can be
anthroposophists who feel certain questions on the nature of man and the
universe as an elemental need of life, just as one feels hunger and thirst.
from Anthroposophical Leading Thoughts (Letters to Members, 1924)
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