Underlying Sergei O. Prokofieff’s lifework is a fundamental research theme to which he repeatedly returned—the individuality of Rudolf Steiner as manifested through his past incarnations on Earth. Beginning in 1982 and inspired by his visit to an exhibition on “The Epic of Gilgamesh,” Prokofieff planned a full-scale spiritual biography, intending to find an answer to the question: Who is Rudolf Steiner?
In a sequence of five past incarnations—as indicated by Steiner himself—and culminating in the life of Rudolf Steiner, Prokofieff searched for the inner thread between the six stages of Steiner’s remarkable and all-encompassing life. His intention was to discover not only the outer connections in this sequence, but also the profounder, more esoteric stream that would offer a key to the unique significance of this individuality.
In 1984, Prokofieff began to write the first chapter, on Rudolf Steiner’s incarnation as Enkidu in Sumer. Sadly, numerous obstacles in his path prevent him from finalizing the project. Nevertheless, the author returned to the book in his final months of earthly life, preparing a Preface that outlines its conception, as well as a summary chapter on Rudolf Steiner’s evolutionary journey.
This precious, “fragmentary” biography features additional valuable material, including a full introduction on the relationship of the anthroposophic movement to other esoteric streams of Christianity and their Masters; a detailed spiritual–scientific interpretation of “The Epic of Gilgamesh” that establishes Rudolf Steiner’s connection with the being of Jesus of Nazareth, and an exploration of Steiner’s relationship to the Nathan soul, the Jesus child of Luke’s Gospel.
Serious students of Anthroposophy will welcome these final writings from the pen of one of Rudolf Steiner’s most faithful and insightful disciples.
Sergei O. Prokofieff (1954–2014) was born in Moscow, where he studied fine arts and painting at the Moscow School of Art. At an early age he encountered the work of Rudolf Steiner and quickly realized that his life would be dedicated to the Christian path of esoteric knowledge. He wrote his first book, Rudolf Steiner and the Founding of the New Mysteries, while living in Soviet Russia, and it was published in English in 1994. After the fall of Communism, he helped establish the Anthroposophical Society in Russia. In 2001, he became a member of the Executive Council of the General Anthroposophical Society at the Goetheanum in Switzerland. More than 30 of his books have been translated into English. Sergei Prokofieff passed away in Dornach, Switzerland.
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.