Friday, May 23, 2014

‘The coming week at Anthroposophy’

No fewer than three lectures to take place at the Anthroposophical Society in the coming week. That’s 138 West 15th Street in Manhattan.

Tomorrow night, Eugene Schwartz will complete his four-part series titled “In the Midst of Life:
Understanding Death in Our Time.” 7 p.m. $20 admission. From the publicity:

Eugene Schwartz at his lecture
last month.
In these talks, Eugene Schwartz has been exploring Rudolf Steiner’s often surprising and sometimes counter-intuitive indications about life after death and the dead, and how they may help us face the challenges of modern life.

Lecture 4: Heaven Can Wait. The presentation of death in today’s world—literary and lowbrow alike—may give us insight into the strange and subtle ways that light from “across the threshold” is shining into the darkness of our century. We will explore some manifestations of this light as they appear in popular culture, and witness the surprising ways in which we are coming to understand death in our time.

Eugene Schwartz has been a Waldorf school teacher,
an educator of teachers, and an educational consultant for 33 years. He has given nearly 2,000 lectures on Waldorf education and Anthroposophy. His articles, podcasts, and videos are here.

On Monday, Memorial Day, at 7 p.m., 
László Böszörményi will present “A Meditative Experience: Becoming Silent Inwardly.” No admission fee, but donations are welcome. From the publicity:

When I sit in an attitude of inner silence, I expect heaven to open up and to behold Jacob’s Ladder reaching to heaven, the angels of God ascending and descending. That would happen if I were healthy. Instead, my consciousness is overwhelmed by magnified images of my egoistic everyday obsessions. Becoming inwardly silent has to be learned; opening myself to heaven, earned. In our meditation together we will learn exercises that help us to become silent. In preparation, take the following meditation from Georg Kühlewind: “What in the visible is light, in the hearable is stillness.”

László Böszörményi
László Böszörményi, a friend of Georg Kühlewind and a founder of the Kühlewind Foundation in Budapest, is head of the Institute of Information Technology and Research Group Distributed Multimedia Systems, Alpen-Adria University, Klagenfurt, Austria.

Mr. Böszörményi will return to the podium next Thursday, the 26th, to present “The Limits of Science and the Limitlessness of the Human Spirit” at 7 p.m. $20 admission.

Our science is as good as our way of knowing is. Modern science was born from the revolutionary changes in the Renaissance, following the medieval scholastic way of knowing. The new way of knowing is based in the almost perfect separation of thinking, perceiving, and feeling, which frees knowing for a science which can deal with the dead and past world in an amazingly efficient and creative way. On the other side, this science is not able to deal adequately with life and human beings. László Böszörményi will bring examples of limits of modern science and of this way of knowing. The main part of the talk then deals with extending the borders of consciousness in full wakefulness, without illusions. A new science can be based on new ways of knowing that we develop in ourselves. Such a science strives to read the signs of nature and people, not to analyze and measure them. Such a science is, in a way, science, art, and religion in one. This would bring a new revolution, gentle and self-aware—not damaging anything, but recreating everything.

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