Christ and the Spiritual World and the Search for the Holy Grail
6 lectures, Leipzig, December 28, 1913 – January 2, 1914 (CW 149)
“There is no way of approach to the Grail through words of any kind, or through philosophical speculations. The only way is by changing all these words into feeling, by becoming able to feel in the Grail the sum of all that is holy.” —Rudolf Steiner (lecture 6)
Reviewing human history in relation to the cosmic and earthly events of Christ’s incarnation, Rudolf Steiner explains the significance of Gnostic religion and the legend of the Holy Grail. He shows how the Grail emerges in human history and how the “stellar script” relates to the secret of Parsifal.
Christ and the Spiritual World examines humanity’s existential quest in the historical patterns of human thought and spiritual development. Steiner shows the widespread influence of the sibyls who, through astrological and clairvoyant prophecies, became a backdrop to the Greco-Roman world, one of history’s richest cultural epochs. Steiner also contrasts the sibyls’ revelations to those of ancient Hebrew prophets.
This course of lectures, a complete edition from Steiner’s collected works, offers an illuminating insight into the development of the soul through succeeding ages.
This volume is a translation from German of Christus und die geistigen Welt. Von der Suche nach dem heiligen Gral (GA 149).
About the Author
Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up. As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.
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