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 Mystery of Death
GA 159

Here are fifteen lectures, five of them untranslated as of this publication date, given by Rudolf Steiner at various cities in the first half of the year, 1915. They are from the lecture series entitled, The Mystery of Death (also known as The Secret of Death, published in German as, Das Geheimnis des Todes. Wesen und Bedeutung Mitteleuropas und die europaeischen Volksgeister.

The translation is based on Das Geheimnis des Todes, volume 159/160 of Rudolf Steiner's Complete Works (Gesamtausgabe), published in German by Rudolf-Steiner-Verlag, Dornach (Switzerland), second edition in 1980. Copyright © 1967: Rudolf-Steiner-Nachlassverwaltung Dornach.

Except for the poem at the end of the talks, the translations of the verses were taken from Our Dead, volume 261 of Rudolf Steiner's Collected Works, edited by SteinerBooks, Copyright © 2011.

The translations of Goethe's Faust were taken from: Faust I and II, edited and translated by Stuart Atkins, Princeton University Press, paperback printing 1994. Copyright © 1984 Suhrkamp/Insel Publishers, Boston. Inc.

 Cover Sheet  
Lecture I The Four Platonic Virtues and Their Relation with the Human Members January 31, 1915
Lecture II The Path of the Human Being through the Gate of Death - A Transformation of Life February 19, 1915
Lecture III Spiritual Science and the Mystery of Death February 21, 1915
Lecture IV The Intimate Element of the Central European Culture and the Central European Striving March 07, 1915
Lecture V The Intervention of the Christ Impulse in the Historical Events March 13, 1915
Lecture VI Moral Impulses and Their Results March 14, 1915
Lecture VII Cosmic Effects on the Human Members During Sleep May 07, 1915
Lecture VIII The War, an Illness Process May 09, 1915
Lecture IX The Relation of the Human Being to the Realms of Nature and the Hierarchies May 13, 1915
Lecture X Central Europe between East and West May 15, 1915
Lecture XI Christ's Relationship to Lucifer and Ahriman May 18, 1915
Lecture XII Spiritual Science as an Attitude June 13, 1915
Lecture XIII Common Ground above Us; Christ in Us June 15, 1915
Lecture I Post-mortal Experiences of the Human Being June 17, 1915
Lecture XV Overcoming Death through Knowledge June 19, 1915

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