From the English edition entitled: The Mission of Folk-Souls In Connection with Germanic Scandinavian Mythology, published in German as, Die Mission Einzelner Volksseelen Im Zusammenhang Mit der Germanisch-Nordischen Mythologie. (Notes unrevised by the lecturer) 'In these lectures, which were given in Oslo in June 1910, I ventured to give a sketch of the psychology of the development of peoples. The lectures are based upon the principles of anthroposophical spiritual science laid down in my books Theosophy, An Outline Of Occult Science, The Riddle of Man, Riddles of the Soul, etc. I was able to build upon this foundation because my hearers were acquainted with the scientific views set forth in my works. In addition to this outer reason for the choice of the point of view there is, however, an inner one: the ordinary scientific study of anthropology, ethnology or even history cannot provide a sufficient foundation for a true psychology of the various folk-characters. With the knowledge provided by this science we cannot penetrate any further, just as by means of anatomy and physiology we cannot arrive at the knowledge of the inner psychic life of man. If we wish to learn the inward life of an individual being we must pass from the body to the soul, and if we desire to gain real knowledge of the characters of the various peoples we must penetrate to the soul and spirit in them. This soul and spirit is, however, not a mere co-operation of the several human souls in that people, but it is one that is higher than these. Modern science is not accustomed to study this higher soul and spirit; before its forum it is paradoxical to speak of Folk-souls as real beings, in the same way as we speak of the real thought, feeling and will of individual human beings. It is also paradoxical before this forum to connect the development of peoples on the earth with the forces of the heavenly bodies in space. But the matter is no longer paradoxical or strange when we remember that no-one tries to find the forces which make the needle of a magnet lie in the direction North-South in the needle itself. He ascribes it to the action of the magnetism of the earth. He seeks in the cosmos the reason for the direction of the needle. May we not therefore seek in the cosmos the reason for the development of folk-characters, for the migrations of peoples, etc., outside those peoples themselves? (...) One must seek a foundation for the psychology of peoples in a spiritual reality or renounce such a psychology altogether. (...)If the contents of these lectures are considered in connection with the painful trials of civilized humanity at the present time it will be found that what was then said throws a great deal of light upon what is now taking place. Were I to give these lectures now it could well be thought that the present state of affairs in the world demanded such studies. Thus for example on page three of the first lecture you will read, ‘It is especially important’ — that just in our times one should speak quite impartially on what we call the Mission of Individual Folk-souls — ‘because the fate of humanity in the near future will bring men together much more than has hitherto been the case, to fulfill a common mission for humanity.’ But the individuals belonging to the several peoples will only be able to bring their free, concrete contributions to this joint mission, if they have, first of all, an understanding of the folk to which they belong, an understanding of what we might call “the Self-knowledge of the Folk.” Presumably the time has now come when the fate of humanity itself teaches the truth of this view. Perhaps this subject of the ‘Folk-souls’ is exactly one which shows how spiritual observation of the really super-sensible part of existence provides at the same time the really practical view of life which throws light upon the various questions of life. This cannot be done by a view of life which in the study of the nature and development of peoples only uses concepts applicable to the things of natural science. This mechanical physical science has done great service in producing the mechanical physical chemical means of culture; as an agent for the spiritual life of humanity we require a science which deals with the spiritual. Our age demands such a science.' Berlin, 8th February, 1918 Rudolf Steiner
From the current English edition (translated from notes unrevised by the author) entitled: Becoming the Archangel Michael's Companion: Rudolf Steiner's Challenge to the Younger Generation (Collected Works of Rudolf Steiner) Rudolf Steiner presented these lectures to about a hundred German young people who hoped to bring Waldorf education into the culture of their time and for the future. Steiner stressed upon his listeners the great importance of "self-education" as a prerequisite to all other education. His was an attempt to guide the youth toward understanding themselves within the world situation. Steiner, also, showed how the stream of generations had been interrupted by eighteenth-century intellectualism, emphasizing that they would have to reject the general acceptance of impersonal social routine, dead intellectual thinking, and personal and social egoism. Steiner discussed the need, instead, for a form of education permeated by art and feeling, which brings inner nourishment that can grow throughout one's life. It was his view that, without such an education, society will not reach a future built on moral love and mutual human confidence—a truly human culture. A previous translation of these lectures was published as The Younger Generation: Educational and Spiritual Impulses for LIfe in the Twentieth Century (1967). Original German title: Geistige Wirkenskräfte im Zusammenleben von alter und junger Generation. Pädagogischer Jugendkurs (GA 217). If some videos are blocked in your country, find this collection of videos on another site: http://www.dailymotion.com/playlist/x38v1t_karmapolice197...
This is a series of three animated movies inspired by and based upon: Mystery Centres (lectures 7, 8 and 9). Published in German as: Mysteriengestaltungen, GA# 232. Reedited as: Mystery Knowledge and Mystery Centres. Given in Dornach in December 1923 by Rudolf Steiner. Translated from notes unrevised by the lecturer.
Rudolf Steiner reveals, here, the deep spiritual connection of our modern epoch with ancient Egypt. Answering why it is important to study its civilization, its profound wisdom, its extraordinary knowledge of cosmic laws, and finally why ancient egyptian myths are so meaningful for us today. He describes the experiences of the Egyptian initiations, facts of occult anatomy and physiology, the stages of evolution of the human form, and more, culminating with a lecture on Christ as the conqueror of physical-material life.
Translated from shorthand reports unrevised by the lecturer, from the German edition published with the title 'Aegyptische Mythen und Mysterien' (Vol. 106 in the Bibliographical Survey, 1961).
The history presented in most modern textbooks is a collection of external facts, arranged chronologically, which seem to have occurred without rhyme or reason.
Rudolf Steiner takes these facts fully into account in this work, but he also goes beyond them to describe the inner impulses at work which make the intense drama of human development understandable. These lectures take us to ancient Greece to witness the struggle with the spirit of groundless fantasy. and ancient Rome with it's struggle against the forces of centralized political domination. We hear of how these two forces, opposed to humanity, threatened to reach a tragic climax in the bloody Aztec mysteries of ancient Mexico. Where they were thwarted by the heroic efforts of a Mexican Sun-initiate. Steiner also describes the effects of these ancient conflicts — both physical and spiritual — as reflected in European history. The Knights Templar and their persecution by Philip the Fair, Sir Thomas More and King Henry VIII. The healing wisdom of the Rose-Cross within the works of Goethe.
Translated from shorthand reports unrevised by the lecturer.