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Rudolf Steiner Archive

Calendar of the Soul

Week 27

When to my being's depths I penetrate,
There stirs expectant longing
That self-observing, I may find myself
As gift of summer sun, a seed
That warming lives in autumn mood
As germinating force of soul.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 1

When out of world-wide spaces
The sun speaks to the human mind,
And gladness from the depths of soul
Becomes, in seeing, one with light,
Then rising from the sheath of self,
Thoughts soar to distances of space
And dimly bind
The human being to the spirit's life.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

The Being of Man and His Future Evolution
GA 107

Throughout our life, we have to struggle with questions that cannot be answered on the basis of our experience or with our ordinary thinking. Spiritual science can help us penetrate to a realm where new possibilities open up to address these questions. These lectures offer fascinating insights into the spiritual nature of everyday matters such as forgetting, laughing and weeping, different types of illnesses, and rhythms in the bodies of the human being. Steiner shows how we can become, through our own efforts, "co-creators" in evolution.

Nine Lectures, 2nd November 1908 to 17th June 1909, given in Berlin. Translated by Pauline Wehrle from shorthand reports unrevised by the lecturer. The original texts of these lectures are contained in the series of 19 lectures entitled Spiritual-Scientific Anthropology/Knowledge of Man (in German, Geisteswissenschaftliche Menschenkundein).

I. Forgetting November 2, 1908
II. Different Types of Illness November 10, 1908
III. Original Sin December 8, 1908
IV. Rhythm in the Bodies of Man December 21, 1908
V. Rhythms in the Being of Man January 12, 1908
VI. Rhythms in the Being of Man January 26, 1908
VII. Illness and Karma April 27, 1908
VIII. Laughing and Weeping May 3, 1908
IX. The Manifestation of the Ego in the Different Races of Men June 17, 1908

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