In this revised and expanded edition of his classic debut, Sergei O. Prokofieff investigates the deepest mysteries of Rudolf Steiner’s life and individuality, from “the years of apprenticeship” and “the great Sun period” to “the path of the Teacher of Humanity” and “the birth of the New Mysteries.” He discusses the earthly and suprasensory aspects of the first Goetheanum, the implications of the Christmas Conference of 1923–1924, and the Foundation Stone meditation that Steiner left as a legacy to members of the Anthroposophical Society.
In his very personal Introduction, in moving detail Prokofieff describes events in his life that led to his discovery of Anthroposophy while living in Communist Russia, and how he eventually came to write this extraordinary study of Rudolf Steiner. The resulting volume (secondary anthroposophic literature of unprecedented depth and significance) was first published in Germany in 1982, meeting with equal amounts of acclaim, astonishment, and controversy. It is published in this paperback edition to mark the thirty-fifth anniversary of the original publication.
C O N T E N T S:
THE MASTERY OF THE PATH OF RUDOLF STEINER’S LIFE
1. The Years of Apprenticeship
2. The Great Sun Period
3. The Path of the Teacher of Humanity
THE BIRTH OF THE NEW MYSTERIES
4. The Earthly and the Supersensible Goetheanum
5. The Christmas Conference of 1923–24
6. The Foundation Stone Meditation
ANTHROPOSOPHY: THE PROCLAMATION OF WORLD PENTECOST
7. The Michael Age and the New Grail Event
The Foundation Stone Meditation—in English
The Foundation Stone Meditation—in German
Sergei O. Prokofieff
(1954–2014) studied Fine Arts and Painting at
the Moscow School of Art. He encountered the work of Rudolf Steiner in his
youth and soon decided to devote his life to it. He became active as an author
and lecturer in 1982 and helped found the Anthroposophical Society in his
native Russia in 1991. In Easter 2001 he was appointed as a member of the
Executive Council of the General Anthroposophical Society in Dornach,
Switzerland, on which he served until his death. A popular speaker, he wrote
numerous books and articles that are available today in many languages.
Simon Blaxland de Lange has for many years worked as an educator for people with special needs. He is also a prolific writer and translator and an amateur musician and gardener. Blaxland de Lange helped establish Pericles Translations and Research, Pericles Training and Work (for adults with special needs), and the Pericles Theatre Company. Together with Dr Vivian Law, he cofounded the Humanities Research Group in 1997 and the British group of the Humanities Section of the School of Spiritual Science in 1998. He met Owen Barfield in 1979, and has been a student of his work for the past thirty years.