Love and Its Meaning in the World

Lectures by Rudolf Steiner


After over 25 years of reading this book and thinking about its content, I am of the opinion that these are Steiner’s most important lectures. A better knowledge and understanding of their content would go a long way toward removing a lot of the dogmatism and hierarchical thinking that has permeated the Anthroposophical movement and the world at large over the years. The title lecture alone is worth the price of the book – in it Steiner clarifies with poignant and exquisite beauty that the Being called Christ is Love, that anyone for whom Love is the primary reality of life is “Christian,” regardless of whether he or she has ever heard of Jesus or Christ.

In relation to his development of Anthroposophy, love is the very heart and ground of all Steiner’s teaching, the foundation of all he did, and all he hoped that others would do. These are the lectures that make that usually implicit assumption explicit – these are the lectures that reveal the foundation of his work. Steiner taught that, without love, nothing is possible; but that with love, we can do everything. Love is always love of the not-yet. To love is to create; it is to enter selflessly into the current of time that flows toward us from the future.

This collection brings together all of Steiner’s main lectures and writings relating to love – from earthly love to the nature and function of spiritual love. Among the topics included are: The Mystery of Love; The Division into Sexes; The Mission of Reverence; the Buddha’s Teaching of Compassion; and Love, Faith, Love, Hope; and the title lecture.

Wonderful reading!

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