Cosmic Memory: The Story of Atlantis, Lemuria, and the Division of the Sexes (CW 11) by Rudolf Steiner
In the best tradition of ancient wisdom literature, Cosmic Memory reconstructs, from the akashic record, events that span the time between the origin of the Earth and the beginning of recorded history. This spiritual research includes a profound investigation of the origins, achievements, and fate of the Atlanteans and Lemurians—the remarkable “lost” root races that developed the first concepts of “good” and “evil,” manipulated natural forces, laid the foundation for human legal and ethical systems, and defined and nurtured the distinctive yet complementary powers of men and women that brought humankind, many centuries ago, to its highest artistic, intellectual, and spiritual attainments.
Through this discussion of our true origins, Cosmic Memory offers a genuine foundation for our lives, allowing us to realize our real value, dignity, and essence. The reader is shown our human connection with the world around us as well as our highest goals and true destiny.
This is a key volume for understanding Rudolf Steiner's early development as a Theosophist and how his ideas, terminology, and formulations during that time fit into the development of his anthroposophic epistemology and Christology.
Contemporary Civilization in the Mirror of the Science of the Spirit
From the Akash Chronicle
Our Atlantean Ancestors
Transition of the Fourth into the Fifth Root Race
The Lemurian Race
The Division into Sexes
The Last Period before the Division into Sexes
The Hyperborean and Polarean Epoch
Beginning of the Present Earth: Extrusion of the Sun
Extrusion of the Moon
Some Necessary Points of View
On the Origin of the Earth
The Earth and Its Future
The Life of Saturn
The Life of the Sun
Life on the Moon
The Life of Earth
The Fourfold Man of Earth
Answers to Questions
Prejudices Arising from Alleged Science (1904)
This volume is a translation of Aus der Akasha-Chronik (GA 11).
“Rudolf Steiner shows that the insoluble link between humanity and cosmos is the fundamental basis of evolution. As human beings have participated in the development of the world we know today, so their achievements are directly connected with the ultimate destiny of the universe. In human hands rests the freedom to shape the future course of creation. Knowledge of our exalted origins and of the path we have followed is indispensable if we are to evolve a future worthy of responsible human beings.... Through a study of Steiner’s writings, one can come to a clear, reasonable, comprehensive understanding of human beings and their place in the universe.” —Paul M. Allen