Steiner Online Library Spiritual Science for Human Evolution

The East in the Light of the West
GA 113

Preface to the Second and Revised Edition

This volume is the second and revised edition of the earlier lectures of a private and esoteric character, which formed the foundation of the series of public lectures delivered in Vienna in 1922, and published last year under the title West and East: Contrasting Worlds.

I should like to draw the attention of the reader to the Introduction an p. xi which contains extracts from other lectures by Rudolf Steiner on the same subject.

And as an appendix to this edition there is a reprint of the West-East aphorisms which appeared in the above-mentioned volume, West and East: Contrasting Worlds.

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"You can see from this, my dear friends, what mischief will be set on foot if the truths of Spiritual Science are withheld. For man will be exposed to the forces of evil, and he will only be protected from it by giving himself up to the spiritual life of the good. To withhold the spiritual life of goodness from men is to be no friend to humanity. Whoever does this, be he Freemason or Jesuit, is no friend to humanity. For it means handing men over to the forces of evil. And there may be a purpose in doing so. This purpose may be to confine goodness to a small circle, in order by the help of this goodness to dominate the helpless humanity who are thus led by evil into the follies of life."

—Rudolf Steiner,
Spiritual Science Notes On Goethe's Faust, Vol. II, No. 273-8.

Spiritual Exercises

Calendar of the Soul

In 1912 Rudolf Steiner offered a “calendar of the soul” with weekly verses that express how the changing seasons in both the outer natural world and our inner lives help humanity evolve. Download and read the verses in four translations with commentary by Eloise Krivosheia of the Los Angeles Branch of the Anthroposophical Society.


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