Esoteric Christianity and the Mission of Christian Rosenkreutz
23 lectures, various cities, 1911 to 1912 (CW 130)
In addition to the external manifestations of Christianity we know from history, there is another hidden stream of Christian thought and development, sometimes called “esoteric Christianity,” or “Rosicrucian Christianity.” Showing an intimate knowledge of his subject, Rudolf Steiner brings this once secret, spiritual movement into the light. He does not rely on historical tradition or teachings but, instead, presents wisdom and understanding directly from the metaphysical sources of esoteric Christianity.
In these dynamic lectures, Steiner describes the influence of Christ’s power throughout history, the function and effects of karma, the role of the Buddha and bodhisattvas, and the vital work of Christian Rosenkreutz, Jeshu ben Pandira, and other key historical individuals.
This edition—indispensable for all serious students of esotericism—contains all twenty-three lectures and addresses from the original German collection. It features previously scattered classics such as “The Etherization of the Blood,” “Faith, Love, Hope,” and “Cosmic Ego and Human Ego.”
This volume is a translation from German of Das esoterische Christentum und die geistige Führung des Menschen (vol. 130 in the Complete Works).
C O N T E N T S:
Foreword by Marie Steiner
The Christ and Historical Development (2 lectures)
Buddha and Christ: The Sphere of the Bodhisattvas (1 lecture)
Rosicrucian Christianity (2 lectures)
The Etherization of the Blood (1 lecture)
Jesu ben Pandira and the Christ Impulse (2 lectures)
The Christ Impulse as Living Reality (2 lectures)
Faith, Love, Hope: The Third Revelation to Mankind (2 lectures)
Cosmic Ego and Human Ego (1 lecture)
The Dawn of Occultism in the Modern Age (2 lectures)
The True Attitude to Karma (1 lecture)
Intimate Workings of Karma (1 lecture)
The Death of a God and Its Fruits in Humanity (1 lecture)
Address Given at the Opening of the Christian Rosenkreutz Group
The Mission of Christian Rosenkreutz
The Significance of the Year 1250
The Seven Principles of the Macrocosm…
The Starry Heaven Above Me, The Moral Law Within Me
Index of Names
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 (see right). 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.
Matthew Barton is a translator, editor, teacher, and poet, and taught kindergarten for many years at the Bristol Waldorf School. His first collection of poems was Learning To Row (1999). He has won numerous prizes for his work, including an Arts Council Writer’s Award and a Hawthornden Fellowship.