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Commentary on Rudolf Steiner's Agriculture Course

From the Paul W. Scharff Archive

November 2018
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    9th November 2018
  • ISBN 9781621482376
  • Pages 266 pp.
  • Size 5.5" x 8.5"

FROM THE BOOK: "Let us turn to the first lecture. For a long time, I rather puzzled about
the introduction. Rudolf Steiner begins by talking about the being of Anthroposophia. He indicates that what he is giving is actually a gift of this being. Most think of Anthroposophy as a body of knowledge, not a spiritual being who imparts knowledge. The course thereby seems to be a product of the exchange between Rudolf Steiner and a spiritual being who gives the anthroposophical content out of the spiritual world.
So, the first task can be to try to pose to oneself who this being is. Who is the being who carries the wisdom of the human being, can share this with initiates such as Rudolf Steiner, and then help us to understand the task of working with the earth, enculturating the earth? How can this being help evolve a new agriculture?"

Paul W. Scharff

PAUL W. SCHARFF, MD (1930–2014), spent a lifetime with Anthroposophy. When he was six years old, Ehrenfried Pfeiffer visited to advise the Scharff family on aspects of caring for their farm, which included making preparations together. Thirty years later, in 1966, Paul and Ann Scharff founded the Fellowship Community to address the question of eldercare in the context of Anthroposophy and community. Today, with 130 people, it is a place where young and old live together, sharing in life and work. Over the ensuing years, Dr. Scharff studied the esoteric works of Rudolf Steiner and applied what he found toward new ways of approaching eldercare and practical life in general, including agriculture, medicine, and social forms. The many essays and lectures from his life of anthroposophic study and practice are available online in a dedicated archive.