Rudolf Steiner Archive 

Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere

Week 6

There has arisen from its narrow limits
My self and finds itself
As revelation of all worlds
Within the sway of time and space;
The world, as archetype divine,
Displays to me at every turn
The truth of my own likeness.

Southern Hemisphere

Week 32

I feel my own force, bearing fruit
And gaining strength to give me to the world.
My inmost being I feel charged with power
To turn with clearer insight
Toward the weaving of life's destiny.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

The Principle of Spiritual Economy
GA 109

These talks reveal a particular aspect of how humankind has been guided spiritually throughout history — by the life forces and astral bodies of the great initiates and avatars that were preserved, duplicated, and interwoven with the leading personalities of history. Steiner gives numerous examples of this process, but he says that such inspired people are rare today. Nevertheless, we have the possibility of elevating ourselves in the future to the point where we can receive into ourselves the ‘I-being’ of the Christ, which is indeed our greatest goal — ‘not I but Christ in me.’

They reveal one aspect of how humanity has been guided spiritually throughout history: the etheric and astral bodies of great Initiates and avatars were preserved, duplicated, and woven into leading personalities of history. Steiner gives numerous examples of this process but says that such inspired people are now a rarity. We have, however, the possibility to elevate ourselves in future times to where we can receive into ourselves the Christ-Ego. This, indeed, is humanity's greatest goal.

The eleven lectures presented here were given between January and May of 1909. In the Collected edition of Rudolf Steiner's works, the German text is called Das Prinzip der spirituellen Okonomie im Zusammenhang mit Wiederverkorperungsfragen. This volume, along with Rosicrucian Esotericism, completes the bulk of the German volume GA 109.

 Cover Sheet  
Introduction
 
Lecture I January 21, 1909

“The Principle of Spiritual Economy in Connection with Questions of Reincarnation: An Aspect of the Spiritual Guidance of Mankind”

Lecture II February 15, 1909

“Christianity in Human Evolution, Leading Individualities and Avatar Beings”

Lecture III March 07, 1909

“More Intimate Aspects of Reincarnation”

Lecture IV March 29, 1909

“Results of Spiritual Scientific Investigations of the Evolution of Humanity” I

Lecture V March 31, 1909

“Results of Spiritual Scientific Investigations of the Evolution of Humanity” II

Lecture VI April 06, 1909

“On the Occasion of the Dedication of the Francis of Assisi Branch”

Lecture VII April 10, 1909

“The Macrocosmic and Microcosmic Fire. The Spiritualization of Breath and Blood”

Lecture VIII April 11, 1909

“The Event of Golgotha. The Brotherhood of the Holy Grail. The Spiritualized Fire”

Lecture IX May 16, 1909

“Ancient Revelations and Learning: How to Ask Modern Questions”

Lecture X May 25, 1909

“The God of the Alpha and the God of the Omega”

Lecture XI May 31, 1909

“From Buddha to Christ”

 
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