Letters to the Editor
For what it's worth, I understand that after eighty years of a man's death their work happens to become humanity's legacy. It's coherent for Steiner to ask esoteric knowledge to be hidden from the public in his times but in our times it's coherent to understand that no book, no matter how esoteric, can be understood by the rational mind for the esoteric is not a rational experience. In his times, publishing or not publishing texts was necessary for the life of anthroposophy and his own life to be protected but today it is precisely publishing the texts that will allow seekers to not have to pay the dues to those wanting to appropriate divine, esoteric knowledge for their own particular power positions in yet another cult wanting to make money with their founders work, without sharing its life and knowledge openly. Thank you Frank Thomas Smith for publishing these works, it would be interesting to read them one day, if you could send me the link.
Rudolf Steiner expressed to Marie Steiner that if the society became sectarian, or the Class Lessons were a source of personal power, that the Lessons would have to be made public. I recently was dismayed as my local class reader expressed both traits. The individual wondered if a recently departed soul could participate in the earthly reading of the Class Lessons without a blue card! I was surprised at the conception that a spiritual being needed a ticket for entry. I wished to give my card to this poor soul at the moment I heard this. My aunt, Baptist fundamentalist, would say the same about the gates of heaven. Only Baptists had the ticket to the gates of heaven. I never understood such thinking, but I know now why the Lessons are public.
Yes thank you, I agree with everything you said. I assume you know too that the SteinerBooks published just recently ‘The First Class, Lessons and Mantras, The Michaelic School Meditative Path in Nineteen Lesson for $45; T.H.Meyer editor for sale at Mayflower Bookshop of course. So it now is out. I may prefer your translation, but still researching it. Blessings on your good works.