Rudolf Steiner 1861-1925
Called his spiritual philosophy Anthroposophy which he defined as the ‘consciousness of one’s humanity’.
As a highly developed seer, he spoke out of his direct perception of the spiritual world. But rather than founding a new religion or sect, he initiated a modern and universal ‘science of the spirit’. In compliance with this, he presented his systematic research in terms which could be understood with clear and unprejudiced thinking.
Out of his spiritual investigations, Steiner provided suggestions for the renewal of many human activities, including education – both general and special – agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, philosophy, religion and the arts. His many published works (written books and lectures) feature his research into the spiritual nature of the human being, the evolution of the world and humanity, and methods of personal development. He wrote some 30 books and delivered over 6000 lectures across Europe.
In December 1923 at the Christmas Conference in Dornach with a core of 800 founding members, Rudolf Steiner founded the Anthroposophical Society which has autonomous groups throughout the world.
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WHAT IS ANTHROPOSPHY?
Anthroposophy 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 in it 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.’
Rudolf Steiner (from Anthroposophical leading thoughts, paragraph 1)