Rudolf Steiner Archive 

Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere

Week 5

Within the light that out of spirit depths
Weaves germinating power into space
And manifests the gods' creative work:
Within its shine, the soul's true being
Is widened into worldwide life
And resurrected
From narrow selfhood's inner power.

Southern Hemisphere

Week 31

The light from spirit depths
Strives to ray outwards, sun-imbued;
Transformed to forceful will of life
It shines into the senses' dullness
To bring to birth the powers
Whereby creative forces, soul-impelled,
Shall ripen into human deeds.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

How to Know Higher Worlds
GA 10

The first English version of this basic work by Rudolf Steiner, appeared in print in 1904 as two volumes with the titles:

1. The Way of Initiation or How to Attain Knowledge of the Higher Worlds (Bn 10.1)

2. Initiation and Its Results. (Bn 10.2)

It was extensively rewritten, and the new version appeared in English translation in 1923 with the title, Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment. This book, perhaps the most controversial of Steiner's extensive literary legacy, suggests the possibility of a person in the 20th century developing sufficient skills of concentration, empathy, etc. to be able to obtain first-hand knowledge of spiritual realities consciously. It was originally published in German as, Wie Erlangt Man Erkenntnisse der Hoeheren Welten?.

The Way of Initiation (1960)

This book is an early version of the first half of the book entitled Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment. The book Initiation and Its Results corresponds to the second half of Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment.
Chapter titles are: The Superphysical World and Its Gnosis, How to Attain Knowledge of the Higher Worlds, The Path of Disciple- ship, Probation, Enlightenment, Initiation, The Higher Education of the Soul, and, The Conditions of Discipleship.


Initiation and Its Results (1909)

Initiation and Its Results is an early version of the second half of the book entitled Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment.

Chapter titles are: The Astral Centers(Chakras), The Constitution of the Etheric Body, Dream Life, The Three States of Consciousness, The Dissociation of the Human Personality During Initiation, The First Guardian of the Threshold, and, The Second Guardian of the Threshold — Life and Death.


Knowledge of the Higher Worlds (1947)

This book, perhaps the most controversial of Steiner's extensive literary legacy, suggests the possibility of a person in the 20th century developing sufficient skills of concentration, empathy, etc. to be able to obtain first-hand knowledge of spiritual realities consciously. In the collected edition of Rudolf Steiner's works in German, the volume containing the German text is entitled Wie Erlangt Man Erkenntnisse der Hoeheren Welten?, (Vol. 10 in the Bibliographic Survey). This translation into English was made by George Metaxa, with revisions by Henry B. Monges.


L'Initiation

Cela fût considérablement réécrit, et la nouvelle version est apparue en traduction anglaise en 1923 avec les titres ci-dessus. Ce livre, probablement le plus controversé du vaste héritage littéraire de Steiner, suggère la possibilité d'une personne au 20e siècle développant une habileté suffisante de concentration, d'empathie, etc. pour être capable d'obtenir consciemment une connaissance de première main des réalités spirituelles.


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