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Rudolf Steiner Archive

Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere
Week 34

In secret inwardly to feel
How all that I've preserved of old
Is quickened by new-risen sense of self:
This shall, awakening, pour forth cosmic forces
Into the outer actions of my life
And growing, mould me into true existence.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 8

The senses' might grows strong
United with the gods' creative work;
It presses down my power of thinking
Into a dreamlike dullness.
When godly being
Desires union with my soul,
Must human thinking
In quiet dream-life rest content.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

Origin of Suffering, Origin of Evil, Illness and Death
GA 55

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The highest elements in the consciousness of humanity are linked to suffering. There is a connection between pain and suffering, illness and death, and the highest a human being can attain: the fruit of pain is knowledge.

Translated from shorthand reports unrevised by the lecturer and at certain places, missing sentences and words, by M. Cotterell. (lectures 1–2) and V. E. Watkin (lecture 3).

The original German texts of these lectures are published under the title: Die Erkenntnis des Ubersinnlichen in unserer Zeit und deren Bedeutung für das heutige Leben. (Vol. 55 in the Bibliographical Survey, 1961.)

Cover Picture: William Blake, The Book of Job. (So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown). Translated by M. Cotterell and V. E. Watkin

I.The Origin of Suffering November 08, 1906
II.The Origin of Evil November 22, 1906
III.What Do We Understand by Illness and Death December 13, 1906

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