In the biographical notes of the 1910 publication of The Way of
Initiation (the first half of Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and It's
Attainment by Rudolf Steiner), Edouard Schure writes about
Steiners meeting with his Master at age 19 ....
Steiner's task ... "to conquer, or rather to tame and transform the
great enemy, materialistic science, which is like a terrible dragon
covered with it's carapace and couched on it's huge treasure ...
how to master this dragon of modern science and yoke it to the
car of spiritual truth ... and above all, how to conquer the bull of
He was told " If thou wouldst fight the enemy, begin by
understanding him. Thou wilt conquer the dragon only by
penetrating his skin. As to the bull, thou must sieze him by the
horns. It is in the extremity of distress that thou wilt find thy
weapons and thy brothers in fight. I have shown thee who thou
art, now go - and BE thyself!"
This is the measure for each of us. This too must be our task ...
to know thyself AND to know thy enemy.