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Mystery of the Trinity and the Mission of the Spirit
Das Geheimnis der Trinität
Planetary Spheres and Their Influence on Mans Life on Earth
and in the Spiritual Worlds
(Given in 1922; Bn 214, GA 214, CW 214)
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In these exciting lectures, Rudolf Steiner explores the practical
consequences of Christian theological spiritual facts as they unfold
in human consciousness. Starting with the early Gnostic understanding
of the Christ event from within, Steiner shows how medieval theology
reached an exoteric view of the spiritual world. It was this view,
coupled with the rise of abstract intellectuality, that led to the
separation of faith and knowledge, which denied humanity access to
suprasensory worlds within accepted Christian theology. Using examples
from Dionsyius the Areopagite, John Scotus Eriugena, Paracelsus, and
Goethe, Steiner then lays the foundations for a path to the suprasensory
that would unite faith and knowledge, through the spirit, in a full
trinitarian understanding of the human being and the cosmos.
Steiner shows, through meditation, how we can begin to understand the
cosmic origin of the human being and the meaning of The Mystery of
Golgotha for humanity and the cosmos. Above all, he stresses, meditation
will allow us to realize the foundations of true knowledge: Ex deo
nascimur (We are born of God); In Christo morimur (In
Christ we die); Per spiritum sanctum reviscimus (Through the
Holy Spirit we are reborn).
Contents of this volume:
- The Development of European Spiritual Life in Earlier Centuries, -or-
The Mystery of the Trinity,
- Plant, Animal, and Man, their Forms as Imaginations, Inspirations,
and Intuitions of the Cosmos,
- The First Century A. D., John Scotus Erigena,
- Full Consciousness of the Ego, The Mystery of Golgotha,
- Christ, Evil, Evolution of Consciousness,
- Oswald Spengler,
- The Attainment of Spiritual Knowledge,
- The Cosmic Origins of the Human Form, -or-
Life and Speech between Death and a New Birth,
- The Mystery of Golgotha and the Mystery of the Trinity,
- Life During Sleep and Life between Death and New Birth, -or-
The Descent of the Spirit,
- Das Geheimnis der Trinität Der Mensch und sein
Verhältnis zur Geistwelt im Wandel der Zeiten,
German language editions: 1980, 1999, 2006.
- The Mystery of the Trinity and the Mission of the Spirit,
0-88010-352-3,, 8 lectures, 1991, Anthroposophic Press, translated by James H. Hindes
- The Mystery of the Trinity, 4 lectures, 1947, Rudolf Steiner Press and Anthroposophic Press, London, translated by George Adams and D. S. Osmond
- The Mystery of the Trinity (contined), 3 lectures, 1947, typescript
GA 214 ... Selections ...
These eight lectures are from the lecture series entitled,
The Mystery of the Trinity and the Mission of the Spirit.
The first four lectures deal with the development of theology from a
spiritual scientific point of view. Starting with the early Christian
“gnostic” understanding of the Christ event from within,
Steiner shows how medieval theology came to an “outer” view
of the spiritual world that, coupled with the rise of abstract
intellectuality, led to the separation of faith and knowledge.
The last four lectures, given in Oxford (and London) against the background
of the Manchester College conference on “spiritual values in education
and social life,” demonstrate the presence of theology in the
anthroposophical world view.
These publications also contains lectures from GA 214
Steiner reveals in this book the experiences we have after death,
our spiritual connections with the planetary powers, and our
preparations for reincarnation. With enlightening clarity, he
shows us the vastness of our earthly and cosmic existence.
Three lectures from: Spiritual Relationships in the Human Organism.
Formerly published privately for members. Translated from the German
by George and Mary Adams from Shorthand Reports unrevised by the
Lecturer. From Bn 214, GA 211, and 218.4.
A lecture delivered in Manchester College Chapel,
Oxford, on August 27th, 1922. Authorized translation from the German
of Notes unrevised by the lecturer. Published by kind permission of
Frau Marie Steiner.
Also known as: The Mystery of Golgotha and the Mystery of the Trinity
Lecture 10 of 11 from the lecture series:
The Mystery of the Trinity and the Mission of the Spirit
Published in German as:
Das Geheimnis der Trinitat. Der Mensch und sein
Verhaeltnis zur Geistwelt im Wandel der Zeiten.