The Foundation Stone / The Life, Nature and Cultivation of Anthroposophy
“The right ground in which we must lay today’s Foundation Stone, the proper soil, this is our hearts in their harmonious cooperation, in their love-imbued good will to carry the will of anthroposophy through the world together with one another.” —Rudolf Steiner
This volume brings together for the first time two classic booklets: “The Foundation Stone” and “The Life, Nature, and Cultivation of Anthroposophy.” The first contains Steiner’s comments of “The Foundation Stone Meditation,” made during the reestablishment of the Anthroposophical Society at the Christmas Conference of 1923–24.
“The Foundation Stone Meditation” is central in the meditative life of many students of spiritual science. Part two, “The Life, Nature, and Cultivation of Anthroposophy,” contains letters that Steiner wrote to members of the Anthroposophical Society following the Christmas Conference. They contain thoughts and guidelines regarding the Anthroposophical Society and its members’ conduct in the world.
An excellent companion to this book is Constitution of the School of Spiritual Science: An Introductory Guide.
Part One: The Foundation Stone
Introduction by Michael Wilson
The Laying of the foundation Stone of the Anthroposophical Society
Working With the Meditation
The Right Entry into the Spiritual World
The Original Printed German Version of the Verses
Alternative Translations of the Printed Verses
Part Two: The Life, Nature, and Cultivation of Anthroposophy
The Founding of the General Anthroposophical Society at the Christmas Conference of 1923
Letters to the Members
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.