Dr Rudolf Steiner (1861 – 1925)

Rudolf SteinerRudolf Steiner (1861-1925) was a truth seeker, visionary, and seer.

He was an exceptional teacher, whose unique genius was to translate into the modern consciousness humanity`s most ancient striving to know itself and, in knowing itself, known nature, the cosmos, and the divine.

A philosopher, scientist, and esotericist, Steiner was a dedicated servant of humanity, who gave unstintingly to the world of the wisdom he gained through the radical method of the meditative, spiritual that he inaugurated and practised. The range of this research, far reaching in its practical implications, included every aspect of the human striving, from cosmology, evolution, and into physics, mathematics, biology, psychology and astronomy.

On its basis, Steiner was able to make significant practical contributions to the fields as diverse as education (Waldorf Schools), agriculture (bio-dynamics), medicine (anthroposophical medicine), and social theory (the threefold social order).

He was also an artist, a playwright, and an architect. As a spiritual teacher we may say that he was the foremost exponent of the inner path of the Western spirituality in the twentieth century. The movement he started, Anthroposophy, represents the growing tip of the Western spiritual tradition. Above all he was a thinker, a world-transformer, paradigm-creating figure, often linked in his far-reaching significance to other thinkers and world-creators like Aristotle and Thomas von Aquinas. Because he was a thinker, his anthroposophical path of meditation, whatever form it took (theosophical, philosophical, Rosicrusian, or Christian-Gnostic) was always a path of knowing. His was a cognitive path .

He died in Dornach, Switzerland on 30 March 1925, where the Goetheanum now houses the centre of the worldwide Anthroposophical movement. (goetheanum.org)