What is an Anthroposophist?

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  1. Bruce Michael

    Bruce Michael Well-Known Member

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    My Dear Friends,
    One thing's for sure, it's not a person who says "I believe everything Rudolf Steiner said". That is the kind of Guru complex he wanted to avoid.



    His desire would be that students think for themselves. If one follows the above statment one would have to define anthroposophy as "what Rudolf Steiner said". That's how some theosophists define theosophy- "what Blavatsky said".

    To define an anthroposophist you'd have to define anthroposophy- it's not the kind of word a marketer would choose, is it?

    There are many definitions of anthroposophy I've seen over the years- things like "Christian yoga after the coming of Michael", "the Wisdom in Man". But perhaps the best one is to be found in the "Awakening to Community" lectures- it has to do with the development of the Consciousness Soul. The anthroposophist is one who strives to work out of the Consciousness Soul. That is at least one of the qualities of an real anthroposophist.


    "Anthroposophy is a path of cognition from the spiritual in man to
    the Spiritual in the Cosmos" First Leading Thought.


    Here is Alfred Meebold's translation:

    The "true and the good" the "eternal" is God (attributes of God), ie the spiritual in Man which leads to the spiritual in the Universe (God).


    -Br.Bruce
     
  2. Bruce Michael

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    The term, 'Anthroposophy', was used in a book on white magic from Germany: Arbatel from 1575. I haven't heard of an earlier reference than that.

    Thomas Vaughan, the twin brother of Henry Vaughan, used the term in the 17th century.

    "Death is the `recession of life into the unknown', not the annihilation of any one particle, but a retreat of hidden natures to the same state they were in before …"

    — Thomas Vaughan, Anthroposophia Theomagica.

    I saw Eternity the other night
    Like a great Ring of pure and endless light,
    All calm, as it was bright,
    And round beneath it,
    Time in hours, days, years
    Driven by the spheres
    Like a vast shadow moved …

    — Henry Vaughan, `The World'

    Literary Encyclopedia: Henry Vaughan
    -Br.Bruce
     

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