Lecture 1 of 10.
Rudolf Steiner, Munich, August 18, 1911:
The opening words of our festival this year were put into the mouth of Hermes, [ 1 ] the messenger of the gods, and in view of what our own spiritual science aspires to be, we may perhaps look upon this as symbolic. For to us spiritual science is not just a source of ordinary worldly knowledge, but a ‘mediator’; through it we may indeed rise up into those supersensible worlds whence according to the ancient Greeks it was Hermes who brought down the spark which could kindle in men the strength to ascend thither. And taking my start from these words of Hermes, I may perhaps be allowed to add to what has resounded during the last few days out of the performances themselves some observations linking them with the lectures that are to follow.
Notes:1. Dr. Steiner is referring to the opening words of Edouard Schuré's The Mystery of Eleusis, a performanee of which in the German language together with performances of the first two of Dr. Steiner's own Mystery Plays had preceded the giving of these lectures2. Les Enfants de Lucifer, Edouard Schuré, (Paris, Perrin et Cie, 1922).English translation, The Children of Lucifer by B. Kemmis (Rudolf Steiner Publishing Company, 1935).The production to which Dr. Steiner refers was from a German translation by Marie von Sivers put into free verse by Rudolf Steiner, but not published until 1955, under the title Lucifer, Die Kinder des Lucifer. (Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.)3. First edition 1889 (Perrin et Cie. Paris). English edition, The Great Initiates, translated by Fred Rothwell in two volumes,. (Rider & Co. London) (o.p.). American edition translated by Gloria Raspberry, 1961. (Rudolf Steiner Publications Ltd., West Nyack, New York).4. Lecture-Course translated into English under the title of Genesis: Secrets of the Bible Story of Creation, (Anthroposophical Publishing Co. London).5. Sanctuaires d'Orient, par Edouard Schuré. (Perrin et Cie, Paris).