||Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec,
Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up (see right).
As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a
well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known
especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning
of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical
principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological
and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career
under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use
the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy,
spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted
genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various
therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education
for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture,
Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech,
and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General
Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout
the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.
“Truth is simple only for those who first wrestle their way through
multiplicity. It is like a thread of many pearls” (Rudolf Steiner). Like
pearls in the oyster, pearls of thought are easily overlooked. Lying
hidden in texts, they keep their light under a bushel, serving the
greater framework and context. But if we draw them out they begin
to shine, revealing their translucent facets and intrinsic harmony.
In this meditative treasure, the editor has harvested and threaded
together such pearls from Rudolf Steiner’s books, creating new
textures and striking panoramas. Dynamic constellations of thought
arise, allowing us unusual and surprising access to Steiner’s spiritual
and philosophical thinking. In contrast to the prevailing view that
meaning arises only in context, these self-sufficient verbal universes
show us that the opposite can also be true. The pearls of thought in
this compact pocket book acquire enhanced meaning in isolation,
mysteriously becoming independent of the thoughts and phrases
that precede or follow them.
This collection of quotations, free of jargon or technical terminology,
is accessible to all readers interested in developing a meaningful
understanding of the human being’s place in the world and cosmos.