Rudolf Steiner Archive 

Calendar of the Soul

ST. JOHN'S TIDE

Northern Hemisphere
Week 12

The radiant beauty of the world
Compels my inmost soul to free
God-given powers of my nature
That they may soar into the cosmos,
To take wing from myself
And trustingly to seek myself
In cosmic light and cosmic warmth.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 38

The spirit child within my soul
I feel freed of enchantment.
In heart-high gladness has
The holy cosmic Word engendered
The heavenly fruit of hope,
Which grows rejoicing into worlds afar
Out of my being's godly roots.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

The Akashic Chronicle and the Fifth Gospel
GA 148

From his clairvoyant reading of the akashic record — the cosmic memory of all events, actions, and thoughts — Rudolf Steiner was able to discuss aspects of the life of Jesus Christ that are not recorded in the four Gospels of the conventional Christian Bible. The results of such research, in that it is not based on historical records or extant documents, has been referred to as a “Fifth Gospel.”

After an intense inner struggle to verify the exact nature of these events, and having checked the results of his research, Steiner described many detailed episodes from the akashic record. For example, he speaks of Jesus' life in the community of the Essenes, the temptation of Christ in the wilderness, and a significant, previously unreported conversation between Jesus and Mary.

Steiner states that divulging such spiritual research is intensely difficult, but that “although people show little inclination to be told such facts as these, it was absolutely essential that knowledge of such facts should be brought to Earth evolution at the present time.”

Online Lectures from GA 148

The Fifth Gospel (FTS translation)

These five lectures are from the lecture series entitled: The Akashic Chronicle and the Fifth Gospel, Published in German as: Aus der Akasha-forschung. Das Fuenfte Evangelium. They are lecture 1 through 5 of 18 lectures in this series. This translation is by Frank Thomas Smith.

The Fifth Gospel (FTS translation)

These two lectures are from the lecture series entitled: The Akashic Chronicle and the Fifth Gospel, Published in German as: Aus der Akasha-forschung. Das Fuenfte Evangelium. They are lecture 14 and 15 of 18 lectures in this series. This translation is by Frank Thomas Smith.

On the Fifth Gospel

After a shattering struggle to arrive at the truth, Steiner presents here the findings of spiritual research regarding the life of Jesus before the Baptism and the life of Christ after the Baptism. Among the scenes described are Jesus in the Essene community, the conversation between Jesus and Mary before the Baptism, Jesus discovering the reverse Lord's Prayer, and the temptation of Christ after the Baptism.

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