In these essays the reader will find a description of contemporary political events, finely intertwined with an exposition of a series of principles of the methodology of Rudolf Steiner’s Spiritual Science. Historical symptomatology is one of the most significant divisions of general anthroposophical methodology. In accordance with it any fact or event of world history is considered merely a symptom of that which takes place on the plane of supersensible reality where real purely spiritual subjects lead their existence, where the spiritual impulses of the outer phenomenology of history, their primary—archetypal—phenomena, arise, metamorphose and pass away.
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– G. A. Bondarev
Rudolf Steiner stressed the following when he was characterizing his system of knowledge: “These matters of method are the most important thing in the realm of spiritual-scientific cognition – which our time so sorely needs” (GA 186, p.23). It follows from this “that one cannot know Anthroposophy without having acquired a mastery of its method.” For all who are striving to know Anthroposophy this is an axiom, in the opinion of its creator. With regard to “our time”, the age we live in is only willing to recognize a science insofar as its claim to scientific status is justified from a strict methodological point of view. This applies to Anthroposophical spiritual science. Its “matters of method” in their totality build up the structure of its methodology. Spiritual science has come into the world in order to put its own methodology in the place of the methodology of our civilization, which has completely exhausted its possibilities.
The central principle of Anthroposophical methodology is to regard reality as a unitary whole and, at the same time, as consisting of two parts: the sensible and the supersensible. The core [...]
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- G. A. Bondarev
Rudolf Steiner is known as a scientist of the supersensible world. The task which he accomplished is without precedent in human history. Thanks to him humanity has for the first time received a complete picture of a unified sensible-supersensible reality.
Knowledge of the true character of reality fundamentally changes generally accepted conceptions about development. On the stage of historical development beginning at a certain time the progress of science with its strict methods of the knowledge of sensible-physical reality, and with it the broad social progress of the whole life of humanity contributed to the acutely individualized character of the development of man’s personality, the crystallizing-out of its I-consciousness, of the capacity for self-determination out of which was born the striving for freedom.
Today this personality through the further course of the cultural-historical process has been brought to a new task of development which significantly exceeds in complexity all that which it has had to deal with thus far. The process of the further individualization of man takes place on a qualitatively new level, it of necessity requires the metamorphosis of the very form of human [...]
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Welcome to the Anthroposophical Research Wiki, an online, user-built resource for the indications of Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual science. As an endeavor of the Initiative for Anthroposophy, the Wiki is intended to become an extensive collection of topical summaries containing all known references of Rudolf Steiner to a given topic. In addition to these indications each Wiki will consist of an encyclopedic entry, the dates of writings/lectures, references to source material, and a categorization of quotations according to their source – published, archival, anecdotal, etc. In creating each Wiki the effort is always to provide enough contextual material that the meaning of an indication speaks for itself as it was originally intended. In this way, both the unique insights and descriptions as well as the various points of view with which Rudolf Steiner approached a given topic can be clearly surveyed and further research of the surrounding material can be easily pursued. The hope is that the Anthroposophical Research Wiki can further a high standard of spiritual-scientific research amongst anthroposophical peers and in such a way that is both rigorous and transparently accessible – a step, if you will, to [...]
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One of the Intiative for Anthroposophy’s central activities is bringing works of essential importance to Anthroposophy into the English language and thereby making them accessible to most of the world. Among existing works not currently available in English, books and essays of Gennady Bondarev stand out both in their quality and their chosen topics. These alone are thousands of pages rich with content both textual and visual. Given the immensity of this task and the current absence of any funding, a great deal of labor in the translation, editing and publishing of these works has been invested by those whose only return is a spiritual one.
We seek those who are able and willing to contribute to this cause in some way, either by participating in the translation and preparation of texts, or in supporting those so dedicated financially. The work will continue regardless, the only question is how much time and effort can be freed up from other paying work. Below find a list of active translation projects and links to various ways to donate (if you have a preference of which active project you wish to support, please [...]
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- Its Foundation and Purpose
The Initiative for Anthroposophy is a global association of individuals who have as their common purpose the cultivation of a truly esoteric Anthroposophy – a spiritual science and methodology capable of transcending the limits of knowledge imposed by the sense-bound intellect and attaining to genuine spiritual reality. The cognitive faculty of intuitive, ‘beholding’ thinking, with its inherent sevenfold methodology at the core of Rudolf Steiner’s epistemological works, as well as its extension via the anthroposophical methods of esoteric development, are the means by which this work is attained.
The Initiative for Anthroposophy seeks to cultivate this esotericism on a completely free and individual basis and is fundamentally independent of all affiliations, groups, societies, etc. As such, the Initiative is not a part or function of the Anthroposophical Society and furthermore, while it openly strives for collaboration with all serious anthroposophists, it does not recognize the Society’s leadership or the High School of Spiritual Science as having any formal esoteric authority in relation to the Spiritual Movement of Anthroposophy. This in no way precludes the associates of the Initiative from working within [...]
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