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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.

The Being of Man and His Future Evolution
GA 107

Throughout our life, we have to struggle with questions that cannot be answered on the basis of our experience or with our ordinary thinking. Spiritual science can help us penetrate to a realm where new possibilities open up to address these questions. These lectures offer fascinating insights into the spiritual nature of everyday matters such as forgetting, laughing and weeping, different types of illnesses, and rhythms in the bodies of the human being. Steiner shows how we can become, through our own efforts, "co-creators" in evolution.

Nine Lectures, 2nd November 1908 to 17th June 1909, given in Berlin. Translated by Pauline Wehrle from shorthand reports unrevised by the lecturer. The original texts of these lectures are contained in the series of 19 lectures entitled Spiritual-Scientific Anthropology/Knowledge of Man (in German, Geisteswissenschaftliche Menschenkundein).

I. Forgetting November 2, 1908
II. Different Types of Illness November 10, 1908
III. Original Sin December 8, 1908
IV. Rhythm in the Bodies of Man December 21, 1908
V. Rhythms in the Being of Man January 12, 1908
VI. Rhythms in the Being of Man January 26, 1908
VII. Illness and Karma April 27, 1908
VIII. Laughing and Weeping May 3, 1908
IX. The Manifestation of the Ego in the Different Races of Men June 17, 1908

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