25449Steiner on Steiner
- May 1, 2006Notes By Rudolf Steiner written for Edouard Schure in Barr, Alsace,
My attention was drawn to Kant at an early stage. At fifteen and
sixteen I studied Kant intensively, and before going on to college
in Vienna I had an intense interest in Kant's early nineteenth
century orthodox followers, who have been completely forgotten by
official historians of thought in Germany and are rarely mentioned.
In addition, I immersed myself in Fichte and Schelling. During this
period and this is already due to external spiritual influences
I gained complete understanding of the concept of time. This
knowledge was in no way connected with my studies and was guided
totally by the spiritual life. I understood that there is a
regressing evolution, the occult-astral, which interferes with the
progressing one. This knowledge is the precondition of spiritual
Then came acquaintance with the agent of the M. [the Master].
Then intensive study of Hegel.
Then the study of modern philosophy as it developed
from the 1850s onward in Germany, particularly the so-called
Theory of Knowledge with all its various branches.
My boyhood passed in such a way that, although no one consciously
planned it, I never met anyone who was superstitious. If I did hear
anyone speak of superstitious things, the emphasis was always
strongly on their rejection. Although I became familiar with church
worship, in that I took part in it as a so-called altar-boy, nowhere
did I meet true piety and religiosity, not even among the priests
whom I knew. On the contrary, I continuously saw certain negative
traits of the Catholic clergy.
I did not meet the M. [the Master] immediately, but first an
emissary who was completely initiated into the secrets of the plants
and their effects, and into their connection with the cosmos and
human nature. Contact with the spirits of nature was something self-
evident for him, about which he talked without enthusiasm, but he
aroused enthusiasm all the more.
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