Rudolf Steiner Archive 

Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere
Week 19

In secret to encompass now
With memory what I've newly got
Shall be my striving's further aim:
Thus, ever strengthening, selfhood's forces
Shall be awakened from within
And growing, give me to myself.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 45

My power of thought grows firm
United with the spirit's birth.
It lifts the senses' dull attractions
To bright-lit clarity.
When soul-abundance
Desires union with the world's becoming,
Must senses' revelation
Receive the light of thinking.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

The Riddle of Man
GA 20

This first English translation of Rudolf Steiner's Vom Menschenrätsel is by William Lindeman. Vom Menschenrätsel was first published in 1916; the most recent 4th German edition, published by the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland, appeared in 1957 as Bibl.–Nr.20 in the collected works of Rudolf Steiner.

Published in German as: Vom Menschenrätsel. Ausgesprochenes und Unausgesprochenes im Denken, Schauen, Sinnen einer Reihe deutscher und österreichischer Persönlichkeiten, this book was translated by William Lindeman. We present it here with the kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.

Translator's Introduction  

Foreword and Introduction  
Thought - World, Personality, Peoples  
Addition, for the Second Edition of 1918  

German Idealism's Picture of the World  
Idealism as an Awakening of the Soul: Johann Gottlieb Fichte  
Idealism as a View About Nature and the Spirit: Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling  
German Idealism as the Beholding of Thoughts: Hegel  

A Forgotten Stream in German Spiritual Life  
Pictures from the Thought-Life of Austria  
New Perspectives  

Support Our Services

The Archive is a "pay what you can" service. If you or your organization use and value our work, please consider making a financial contribution. Visit our Help Out page for additional ways to support us. Thank you!

Please Donate!