Rudolf Steiner Archive 

Calendar of the Soul

ST. JOHN'S TIDE

Northern Hemisphere
Week 12

The radiant beauty of the world
Compels my inmost soul to free
God-given powers of my nature
That they may soar into the cosmos,
To take wing from myself
And trustingly to seek myself
In cosmic light and cosmic warmth.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 38

The spirit child within my soul
I feel freed of enchantment.
In heart-high gladness has
The holy cosmic Word engendered
The heavenly fruit of hope,
Which grows rejoicing into worlds afar
Out of my being's godly roots.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

Christianity as Mystical Fact
GA 8

What is the connection between early Christianity and its contemporary counterparts and its antecedents? The comparison is not to Roman emperor worship, but rather to the practices of the Mystery Religions. One interesting comparison which can be made is the raising of Lazarus to the traditional temple sleep of three days and three nights.

As his source for many of the classical quotations included in Christianity as Mystical Fact, Rudolf Steiner used Otto Willman's Geschichte des Idealismus, History of Idealism. The present translators have referred to original texts wherever possible for this edition of Steiner's book.

 Cover Sheet  
Opening Quotes by Rudolf Steiner  
Bibliographical Note  
Foreword  
Introduction: Rudolf Steiner — A Biographical Sketch  
Author's Preface to the Second Edition  
Points of View  
Mysteries and Mystery Wisdom  
Greek Sages Before Plato In the Light of Mystery Wisdom  
Plato as a Mystic  
Mystery Wisdom and Myth  
Egyptian Mystery Wisdom  
The Gospels  
The Miracle of the Raising of Lazarus  
The Apocalypse of John  
Jesus and His Historical Background  
The Essence of Christianity  
Christianity and Pagan Wisdom  
Augustine and the Church  
Comments By the Author  

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