Spiritual Foundations for the Renewal of Agriculture

Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), founder of biodynamics, was a highly trained scientist and respected philosopher. Long before many of his contemporaries, Steiner came to the conclusion that western civilization would increasingly bring destruction to itself and the earth if it did not begin to incorporate an objective understanding of the spiritual world and its interrelationship with the physical world. Steiner’s spiritual scientific methods and insights have given birth to practical holistic innovations in many fields including education, banking, medicine, psychology, the arts and, not least, agriculture.

In 1924, following repeated requests, Steiner gave this lecture course to a group of seasoned farmers. His intention was not to teach them about farming per se, but to supplement their existing good farming practices with a spiritual understanding of the forces of nature. Considered by many to be the most remarkable lectures Steiner ever gave, they offer profound insights into the nature of the farm organism, the plant and animal world, the nature of organic chemistry, and the influences of heavenly bodies. Without devaluing the importance of the chemical constituents of material substance, Steiner emphasized the greater significance of the forces that shape, or form, those constituents of living nature. He identified many of these forces and described specific practices and preparations that enable farmers and gardeners to work in harmony with them.

This text is also available as an audio recording @ http://www.rudolfsteineraudio.com/agriculture/agriculture.html

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