Rhythmical Thinking: “Think of the What – Think Still More of the How” Consciousness and Civilization - Macrocosm and Microcosm Vol.1 by G.A. Bondarev The Events in Ukraine and Possible Future Scenarios G. A. Bondarev – Organon of the New Cultural Epoch Vol. 1 & 2 About the Initiative for Anthroposophy The Anthroposophical Research WIKI G. A. Bondarev – Macrocosm and Microcosm Vol. 1 (selections) A Short Introduction to the Topic of Anthroposophical Methodology

Cosmic New Year and the Burning of the Goetheanum, 1922/23 – A Picture – by R. Jacob Harlow

“Let me say in the first place that already for a long time now the Anthroposophical Movement has not coincided with the Anthroposophical Society, but that the Anthroposophical Society, if it would fulfill its task, must really carry the whole impulse of the Anthroposophical Movement.” Rudolf Steiner, GA 219, 30.12.1922

 

I behold the Building – The World Builds – and the Building becomes Man

On the eve of the year 1923, the Goetheanum, a modern temple of the Mysteries, was set ablaze by an act of arson. Less than an hour before the fire was discovered, the anthroposophists had sat within its living, sculpted forms, its colored windows and painted double-cupolas which embodied the mysteries of the cosmos and man – macrocosm and microcosm. Rudolf Steiner gave a lecture where the entire path of anthroposophical cognition – from its epistemological roots to the fruits of supersensible Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition – was summed up as the genuine spiritual communion of the modern human being, having significance not only for the human ‘I’ itself, but for humanity, the earth and the cosmos as a whole: […]

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Anthroposophical Symptomatology

 

Many friends of the Initiative already exchange emails and messages linking to various news stories, articles and videos that they find to be noteworthy signs of the times. Therefore, the Initiative is excited to introduce a new central feature: the Symptomatology section. This will be a space for sharing news, links to articles, videos, summaries and thoughts on the topics of current events, politics and history. While it wont necessarily be a comprehensive anthroposophical commentary on world events, it will perhaps be a step in such a direction. Radical topics, contradictions and dissonant viewpoints will be inevitable. Above all, a free space for information and ideas will be fostered. Contributions can be sent in via the contact page. The thread will also be put on the Initiative for Anthroposophy’s Facebook Page to see how best to share the information.

VOLUME III PUBLISHED! – Events in the Ukraine and a Possible Future Scenario – Volume III – by G. A. Bondarev

Important: This book covers very recent events and developments, including the ‘Migration Tsunami’ in Europe. Essential insights for unraveling the current world situation are discussed herein.

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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The Migration “Tsunami”

– from Events in the Ukraine and a Possible Future Scenario Vol. III G. A. Bondarev

“The explanation of many a negative cultural phenomenon that seems natural today, will only become clear to human beings when they know what disruptive, retarding forces they are confronted with. The working of these forces will come to expression in many symptoms of decadence in our culture. It is only because this is clearly perceived by those who know how to read the signs of the times, that our Anthroposophical movement has arisen, because only objective insight brings healing in the world. A person who stands in the world with no insight must let these things work upon him and often has all kinds of fantastic conceptions of them. […]

In the time that is approaching it will be possible to experience many odious cultural phenomena; and one will also experience how the people who lose their way speak of those who call such cultural phenomena by their rightful name, as dreamers and fantasists. It will be increasingly so in the world, that those who know true spiritual reality will be called dreamers and […]

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PUBLISHED: Events in the Ukraine and a Possible Future Scenario – Volume 1

G.A. Bondarev

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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The Events in Ukraine and Possible Future Scenarios – Essay 2: Earthly and Celestial Russia, Part 1

G.A. Bondarev

 

– Essays – 1. Historical Symptomatology 2. Earthly and Celestial Russia, Part 1 [Coming soon: Essay 2. Earthly and Celestial Russia, Part 2 and Essay 3. “Pan Mongolism! The name is monstrous…”] (Click for: Original Russian)

Now we shall proceed with the consideration of what, properly speaking, constitutes the primary object of these essays. However also here in addition to the above, in some kind of methodological introduction there will be more to say about the fact that the method of historical symptomatology may be understood, at least in general terms, only on the condition that the reader is clear about the basic principles of the general methodology of Rudolf Steiner’s Spiritual Science. Our consideration requires a certain preparation from the reader, necessary to him, in the first place, so that he will be able to relate to it without prejudice and not with a trivial mind. This is especially important in view of the extremely emotional relationship not only in Russia, but throughout the world to the question which we are here attempting to study from an anthroposophical point of view.

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Rhythmical Thinking: “Think of the What – Think Still More of the How”

– 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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Consciousness and Civilization

from Macrocosm and Microcosm Vol.1 by G.A. Bondarev Introduction: Consciousness and Civilization

1. The meaning, the significance and the task of Anthroposophy in the world today reveal themselves to us with particular clarity when we attempt to understand in depth the outer and the inner nature of this world. We are referring to the world of culture and civilization which influence the human being in so varied and many-sided ways and which he himself is continually striving to change.

With our first step on the path to such knowledge we confront immediately the fundamental question of man’s being and his consciousness, which can be expressed as follows: Which influences which in a decisive and far-reaching way? – Is it the human being who is shaped by the totality of the factors of civilization and culture that surround him, or are these shaped by the human being?

Within the sphere of established views on life and the world there exist three answers to this question. One of them, the Marxist answer, says: The human being in his consciousness is the product of social conditions. The second answer is diametrically opposed to […]

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The Events in Ukraine and Possible Future Scenarios – Essay 1: Historical Symptomatology

G.A. Bondarev – Essays – 1. Historical Symptomatology 2. Earthly and Celestial Russia, Part 1 [Coming soon: Essay 2. Earthly and Celestial Russia, Part 2 and Essay 3. “Pan Mongolism! The name is monstrous…”] (Click for: Original Russian)

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; throughout this the latter significantly predominates over the former. Within the reader seeking after the sensational this should induce impenetrable boredom. And this only gladdens us, seeing as we are appealing to the thoughtful reader who is capable of bringing their consciousness soul into activity in the process of cognition, who strives to get down to the foundations of every phenomenon. These foundations are very often extraordinarily deep, and, as is said, “not of this world”. (It must also be said that the content of the essays is quite rich and it would be good not merely to read them, but to work with them.)

I. Historical Symptomatology

Historical symptomatology is one of the most significant divisions […]

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A Short Introduction to the Topic of Anthroposophical Methodology

– 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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