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Rudolf Steiner Archive

Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere
Week 43

In winter's depths is kindled
True spirit life with glowing warmth;
It gives to world appearance,
Through forces of the heart, the power to be.
Grown strong, the human soul defies
With inner fire the coldness of the world.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 17

Thus speaks the cosmic Word
That I by grace through senses' portals
Have led into my innermost soul:
Imbue your spirit depths
With my wide world horizons
To find in future time myself in you.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

Esoteric Lessons III
GA 266

Note from the end of Part III

(After 1918 esoteric classes were usually opened and closed with the following verse:

O man know yourself
Thus sounds the world-word
You hear it soul-strongly
You feel it spirit-powerfully
Who speaks so world-mightily?
Who speaks so heart-intimately?
Does it work through space-width's radiation
Into your senses' experience of existence?
Does it sound through the ages' wave-weaving
Into your life's developmental stream?
Is it you who creates
The word for yourself
In feeling of space, in experience of time
Feeling strange in a space that's devoid of soul
Because you lose thinking's power
In the stream of time-destruction.

Notes from memory of esoteric lessons given by Rudolf Steiner mostly in 1904–1914 and meditation texts and exercises he wrote down in Aus den Inhalten der esoterischen Stunden, CW 266, vols. 1–3.

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