Verses and Meditations
Featuring more than ninety of Rudolf Steiner’s best-loved verses and meditations, this volume collects a range of material on various themes, such as working with spiritual beings, connecting with loved ones who have passed over, developing “I”-being, and celebrating festivals and seasons. Countless people have worked with these meditations over the decades and can testify to their power, as well as to the strength and comfort they offer for meditation and contemplation.
Although there are various translations for many of these verses, George and Mary Adams’s renderings can truly be said to be “classic” and are the most widely used in the English-speaking anthroposophic movement. George Adams was Steiner’s personal interpreter whenever he lectured in Britain, and Adams thus developed an intuitive understanding of Steiner’s esoteric work.
Those who know these verses will be delighted that they are available again, while those who approach them for the first time will discover a treasure of wisdom and an abundance of tools for inner transformation.
This edition also features the original German texts where applicable.
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.
George Adams (1894-1963)was born in Poland and received an honors degree in Chemistry from Cambridge University. He was a close student of Rudolf Steiner, and translated many of his lectures given to English-speaking audiences. Being a Jew, when Hitler rose to power he changed his name from Kaufmann to Adams and left Germany for England, where he continued his anthroposophic activities and scientific research. In 1935, Olive Whicher joined Adams in London and worked with him in research into mathematics and physics until his death in 1963. He translated and published numerous books, lectures, and articles.