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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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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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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Translation Efforts

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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About the Initiative

– 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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