Rudolf Steiner

Lectures by Rudolf Steiner

Christ in Relation to Lucifer and Ahriman

Some day when the building in Dornach that is dedicated to the spiritual sciences is completed, it will contain, in a significant spot, a sculpture dominated by three figures. In the center of this group a figure will tower as if it were the manifestation of what I would...

Lecture 1

Lecture 1

WHEN SOCIAL QUESTIONS are discussed from a spiritual scientific point of view, this is not done out of any subjective motive or impulse. Everything is based upon observation of the evolution of humanity and of what the forces underlying that evolution demand of us now and in the immediate...

Lecture 2

Lecture 2

THE LECTURE YESTERDAY will have shown you that if we are to acquire insight into the nature and evolution of humanity, we must be constantly mindful of the power and influence of Lucifer, of Christ, and of Ahriman. These influences were, of course, already at work in earlier stages...

Lecture 3

Lecture 3

THE PHASE OF EVOLUTION beginning in our own time has a very special character. The same may, of course, be said of each epoch but in every case it is a matter of defining the particular characteristics. The present phase of evolution may be characterized in a general way...

Lecture 4

Lecture 4

WE HAVE HEARD THAT THE human soul was once endowed with a kind of primeval wisdom, that this wisdom gradually faded away and is now no longer accessible. Consequently with respect to their knowledge, people feel thrown back more and more upon what is presented to them by physical...

Lecture 5

Lecture 5

I WANT TO SPEAK TODAY OF something that will help to deepen our understanding of truths that must now be given to humankind by anthroposophy. We have often spoken of the two poles of forces of the human being: the pole of will and the pole of intelligence. To...

The Ahrimanic Deception

The Ahrimanic Deception

In addressing a public audience today on the most important question of our time, it makes a great difference if one speaks from a knowledge of the deeper forces of world-historical evolution, that is, from initiation-science, or if one speaks without such knowledge. It is relatively easy to speak...

Lecture 1: The Driving Force Behind Europe’s War

Lecture 1: The Driving Force Behind Europe’s War

In these 14 lectures, Steiner speaks on the complex spiritual forces behind the Great War, humanity's attempts to build theoretically perfect social orders, and the many divisions and disruptions that would continue to occur on earth in our time. Humanity in general was asleep to the fact that fallen...

Lecture 2: Humanity’s Struggle for Morality

Lecture 2: Humanity’s Struggle for Morality

We are living at a time of which we can say that much will have to change in the way people think, feel and use their will. Our inner aims will have to change. It is especially with regard to our innermost being that old, inherited and acquired habits...

Lecture 3: The Search for a Perfect World

Lecture 3: The Search for a Perfect World

When truths which differed from generally accepted views had to be said in the past, in order to open up a road to the future, the difference between those truths and common opinion was probably never as marked as it inevitably is today. This may not be absolutely the...