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The Influences of Lucifer and Ahriman

Title: The Influences of Lucifer and Ahriman

Rudolf Steiner

(5 lectures: Dornach, Nov. 1919; GA 191 & 193)

We live in critical, apocalyptic times. In these lectures, given just after
the end of the First World War and in the midst of trying to effect the
social-political life of his times with the movement for a threefold social
order, Rudolf Steiner focuses on the vital task of developing a right
orientation toward the spirit: a free spiritual life. With great compassion
and understanding he shows, in telling examples, how humanity must walk a
conscious middle path between the two "tempting" powers of Lucifer and
Ahriman. He tells of the incarnation of Lucifer, in the third millennium
BCE, from which flowed not only the wisdom of paganism but also the
intellectual consciousness we enjoy today. Ahriman is shown to be approaching
humanity through phenomena such as materialism, nationalism, and literalism
in preparation for his incarnation in the millennium now opening. It must not
be thought, however, that these two powers work apart: on the contrary, they
work more and more together, Our task is to hold them in balance, continually
permeating the one with the other. Doing this requires a new form of
conscious spirituality.

96pp, Anthroposophic Press

ISBN 0-88010-375-2, Paperback, AP #979