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Rudolf Steiner Archive

Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere
Week 26

O Nature, your maternal life
I bear within the essence of my will.
And my will's fiery energy
Shall steel my spirit striving,
That sense of self springs forth from it
To hold me in myself.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 52

When from the depths of soul
The spirit turns to the life of worlds
And beauty wells from wide expanses,
Then out of heaven's distances
Streams life-strength into human bodies,
Uniting by its mighty energy
The spirit's being with our human life.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

Esoteric Lessons I
GA 266

Number 42

Berlin, 11-17-'08

If an esoteric still has aggravation of rage, curiosity or gossipiness in him they cause great harm to his bodies. Curiosity has a dessicating effect on the physical body, and it puts folds into the astral body. Talkativeness shows us as cracks. When spiritual organs are built up at night through the exercises, the cracks bring it about that they're torn apart again.

An esoteric pupil should create 15 minutes of absolute spiritual quiet through his will, even in the greatest noise. He can attain this spiritual quiet better in a noisy city than in great seclusion in the country, since it depends on the effort of will. He should create this inner calm by withdrawing into himself so that the noises recede into the distance.

What's elaborated in meditation doesn't just benefit the meditator — it goes back into the cosmos and is of use to the whole world.

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