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The Foundation Stone Meditation
GA 260

One hundred years ago, on Christmas Eve 1923 through New Year’s Day 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society. This pivotal meeting took place on the sorrowful one-year anniversary of the burning of the first Goetheanum. Although the Goetheanum was gone from the material world, it continued to live in the world of spirit. It was in this context that Steiner delivered Der Grundstein , and thereby laid the spiritual foundation of Anthroposophy in the hearts of those in attendance. By meditating on these mantras, we too can warm our own hearts and enlighten our minds with the spirit of Anthroposophy. As given by Rudolf Steiner on December 30, 1923:

Light Divine
Warm thou our hearts,
Enlighten thou our heads,
That good may become
What we from our hearts would found
What we from our heads would direct
In conscious

Original Text and English Translations

  1. Rudolf Steiner (German)
  2. George Adams
  3. Daisy Aldan
  4. Ernst Katz (verse & seven rhythms)
  5. Arvia MacKaye Ege
  6. John Riedel MD
  7. Richard Seddon
  8. Frank Thomas Smith