The Mysteries of Initiation
From Isis to the Holy Grail (CW 144)
4 lectures, Berlin, Feb. 3–7. 1913 (CW 144)
In a concise study, Rudolf Steiner presents an inspirational sketch of the Mysteries’ evolution, from ancient Persia through Egypt and Greece to the Christian era and the present day. He traces the line of initiates from the Egyptian divinities Isis and Osiris to Moses and to King Arthur’s Round Table and the Holy Grail in the twelfth century.
Steiner focuses on the process of initiation in historical terms—how initiation worked in ancient Egypt and in the late Middle Ages. However, his presentation is also inspirational, leading to the question: How can we advance to initiation today? He underscores the potential for achieving enlightenment today without an incarnated teacher and explains the four stages of the process toward initiation. He also highlights the need for strenuous efforts to overcome the subtle powers of evil—Lucifer and Ahriman—through selfless effort.
These four lectures form an important landmark in Rudolf Steiner’s biography: the first being delivered on 3 February 1913—the very day that the Anthroposophical Society was founded. First published in English under the title The Mysteries of the East and of Christianity and unavailable for many years, this edition has been re-edited by Professor Frederick Amrine and features appendices, an index as well as an introduction by Robert McDermott.
This volume is a translation of four lectures in German from Die Mysterien des Morgenlandes und des Christentums (GA 144).
A previous edition of this translation was titled The Mysteries of the East and of Christianity (1972)