The Rudolf Steiner Library in Los Angeles was founded in 1943.  At that time, Fascism was spreading its way through Europe, and Anthroposophists in Germany sent a complete collection of Rudolf Steiner’s works to America for safekeeping.  After years in various locations, both the Los Angeles Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America and the Rudolf Steiner Library moved to our current address in 1991.  It is a place of quiet beauty and a community resource of tremendous value for the Los Angeles area.

Although Anthroposophical works are now available online, the Library’s original collection has impressively grown to include all of Rudolf Steiner’s works in English translation.  The Library also continues to deepen its large lending collection by continually adding important, new titles by contemporary anthroposophists.  (NEW BOOKS) The Library has numerous books for sale, including a stock of “Basic Books” for those new to Anthroposophy and, as grateful recipient of donations, the Library usually has available many recycled books at minimal price.  For information on Library membership, please click [HERE].  

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is open Saturdays from 1:00 to 5:00 pm,

as well as before and after Branch events.

We welcome your visits as opportunities

to nurture your relationship with

Rudolf Steiner’s work and to meet

others who share your interests.


NEW BOOKS

Architecture as Peacework:  The First Goetheanum, Dornach, 1914  (Rudolf Steiner, Steiner Books, 5 lectures, Dornach, Switzerland, October 10-25, 1914, CW 287).  Lectures given in the midst of violence and aggression to cultivate not just tolerance for other peoples and cultures, but also love and appreciation.

Art History As A Reflection of Inner Spiritual Impulses  (Rudolf Steiner, Steiner Books, 13 slide presentations, Dornach, Oct. 8, 1916 – Oct. 29, 1917, CW 292).  Rudolf Steiner understood that the history of art is a field in which the evolution of consciousness is symptomatically and transparently revealed.   

Barefoot through Burning Lava:  On Sicily, the Island of Cain-An Esoteric Travelogue   (T. H. Meyer, Temple Lodge Press)  Pondering the lives, work, and karmic connections of numerous cultural figures, while unexpectedly meeting with cryptic strangers, Meyer’s discussions are filled with spiritual insights.

The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosencreutz  (Bastian Baan, Floris Books).  Baan’s commentary makes accessible to today’s readers one of the most important writings of esoteric Christianity.

Cognitive Yoga:  Making Yourself a New Etheric Body and Individuality  (Yeshayahu Ben-Aharon, Temple Lodge Press).  In the twentieth century, Rudolf Steiner issued a challenge for practitioners of Western science of the spirit. Would it be possible to develop a new form of cognitive (or Michaelic) yoga?  Dr. Ben-Aharon here responds to this call, developing the entire modern yogic process.

Colors of the Soul, Physiological and Spiritual Qualities of Light and Dark  (Dennis Klocek, Lindisfarne Books).  This book presents a meditation on many different aspects of color and how we can work with the alchemical principles of Jachin and Boaz—the two pillars of Solomon’s Temple, representing the red and blue in the blood—to understand the Rosicrucian path in terms of color and healing.

The Connection Between the Living and the Dead  (Rudolf Steiner, Steiner Books, 8 lectures in Germany and Switzerland, February 16 – December 3, 1916, CW 168).  Given the fundamental reality of reincarnation, how do the so-called dead remain connected to us?

Esoteric Physiology:  Consciousness and Disease  (Dennis Klocek, Lindisfarne Press).  Klocek takes the reader on a journey through the deeper realities of being human, exploring both material and spiritual science and connecting them to paint a picture of how and why we suffer illnesses and enjoy health.   

Everyday Eurythmy:  Exercises to Calm, Strengthen and Centre: A Workbook for Daily Practice  (Sivan Karnieli, Rudolf Steiner Press).  This straightforward guide to the art of eurythmy has a huge amount to offer.  Rather than delving deeply into theory, it invites you to be active and to make an immediate start!

First Class Lessons and Mantras:   The Michael School Meditative Path in Nineteen Steps  (Rudolf Steiner, Steiner Books).  The mantras of the Michael School are, in the truest sense of the word, a path for modern human beings—and indeed not just for our time between birth and death, but even more so for the time after death in the spiritual world.

Good Health;  Self-Education and the Secret of Well-being  (Rudolf Steiner, Rudolf Steiner Press).  Rudolf Steiner offered numerous practical methods to enrich and enliven our daily lives.. The content ranges from tangible and easy exercises to relevant observations on human nature.

Healing Madonnas:  Exploring the Sequence of Madonna Images Created by Rudolf Steiner and Felix Peipers for Use in Therapy and Meditation  (Christopher  Bamford, Lindisfarne Books).  This book explores Rudolf Steiner’s efforts to bring into being, in a practical and future-oriented way, a contemporary embodiment of the wisdom that once lived in the ancient Mysteries—in this instance a sequence of fifteen images of the Madonna, intended originally for contemplation under supervision in a clinical setting as a new form of therapy for those suffering from wounds of the soul.

The Human Spirit:  Past and Present – Occult Fraternities and the Mystery of Golgotha (Rudolf Steiner, Rudolf Steiner Press, 12 lectures, Berlin, February 13–May 30, 1916, CW 167).  In addition to many other topics, Rudolf Steiner speaks about The Qur’an and the Mystery of Golgotha; Henry VIII, Thomas More, and the Church of England; the Jesuits and their State in Paraguay; Freemasons, esoteric symbols, and secret handshakes; Madame Blavatsky’s occult imprisonment by Anglo-Saxon brotherhoods; Dostoyevsky’s Brothers Karamazov; and the occult literature of Papus and Lévi.  

Initiation Science and the Development of the Human Mind  (Rudolf Steiner, Rudolf Steiner Press, 8 lectures and a report, Dornach, London, and Stuttgart, July 27 – September 16, 1923, CW 228).  Steiner discusses the nature of our planetary system, refers to the importance of Druid culture, and also points to the crucial roles of the ancient mysteries and Christ’s deed in human development.    


 

Inside An Autistic World:  Spiritual Experiences of People with Autism  (Wolfgang Weirauch, Rudolf Steiner Press).  Three autistic people speak via the method of “facilitated communication.” What is conveyed are not just everyday thoughts and experiences, but surprising and sometimes shattering spiritual and metaphysical perceptions.  Additional interviews with educators and therapists included.

Knowledge of Higher Worlds:  Rudolf Steiner’s Blackboard Drawings  (University of Washington Press)

A Lakota Approach to Biodynamics:  Taking Life Seriously  (Devon Strong, Lindisfarne Books).  Strong was a farmer and bison rancher in the Western United States whose utterly unique approach to biodynamic agriculture and animal husbandry stemmed from his profound connection with the spirituality of the Native North American Lakota people.

Life of the Human Soul and Its Relation to World Evolution  (Rudolf Steiner, Rudolf Steiner Press, 9 lectures, Dornach, April 29 – June 17, 1922 CW 212).  Steiner speaks on three major topics: The Life of the Human Soul; Spiritual Striving in Relation to Earth’s Evolution; and The Contrast between East and West. The common theme is our mutual responsibility for what the human being and the world will eventually become—which, according to Steiner, is far from a certain.

Logik of the Heart:  The Heart Logic Format of the Matthew Gospel  (Mark Riccio).  The Organic Templates of Spiritual Writers, Rudolf Steiner, and The Philosophy of Freehood.  Riccio outlines how authors such as Plato, some biblical authors, Neale Donald Walsch, Rudolf Steiner and others used an organic writing style called the “logik of the heart.”

The New Cain: The Temple Legend as a Spiritual and Moral Impulse for Evolution and Its Completion by Rudolf Steiner  (T. H. Meyer, Temple Lodge Press).  Rudolf Steiner showed how the original Cain was ready to sacrifice his being to something higher, but this pure impulse was perverted into the desire to murder. Only the descendants of Cain, coming to full and real “I” development, can sustain themselves in the face of earthly forces.

No Shore Too Far  Meditations on Death, Bereavement, and Hope  (Jonathan Stedall, Hawthorn Press).  Taking in a broad view of the interconnectedness of all creation and drawing on the author’s faith in the eternal essence in each one of us, the poems touch upon the whole mystery of consciousness, evolution and human experience.


 

One Language:  Source of All Tongues  (Arnold D. Wadler, Lindisfarne Books).  Linguists and language historians have long searched for the source of our original unity—the one language from which we were separated.  Inspired by a pamphlet on the origin of language by Hermann Beckh, and encouraged by his study of Rudolf Steiner’s works, Dr. Wadler presents 30 years of devoted research into the tongues of various human families.

Physica  (Hildegard von Bingen, Healing Arts Press).  One of two major medical treatises by medieval healer Hildegard von Bingen, presented in its entirety during the 900th anniversary of her birth.

Raphael’s Madonnas:  Images for the Soul  (Rudolf Steiner, Lindisfarne Press).  Ultimately, the Madonna is the supreme representative of the Eternal Feminine for Western souls—the wisdom of Sophia.  This book includes a lecture by Rudolf Steiner: “The Mission of Raphael in the Light of Spiritual Science” (Berlin, Jan. 30, 1913; CW 62).

Riddle of the Human “I”:  An Anthroposophical Study  (Sergei Prokofieff, Temple Lodge Press).  The question of the true nature of the human ‘I’ or individuality is one of the key issues of our time, but it is also one of the most complex riddles of existence. This booklet doesn’t give simple answers but adds perspectives that deepen the theme, offering a picture of its manifold mysteries.

Rudolf Steiner Education:  An Introductory Reader  (Rudolf Steiner Press).  Topics include: a social basis for education; the spirit of the Waldorf school; educational methods based on anthroposophy; children at play; teaching through the insights of spiritual science; adolescents after the fourteenth year; the role of caring in education; the roots of education and the kingdom of childhood.

The Seventh Shrine:  Meditations on the African Spiritual Journey: From the Middle Passage to the Mountaintop  (Orland Bishop, Lindisfarne Books).  This book navigates the flow of the American stream from sovereignty to slavery to service of the higher mandate of the collective soul quest for a covenant of prosperity into which human beings can live.  The Spirit of America is born in this service.

Sexuality, Inner Development and Community Life:  Ethical and Spiritual Dimensions of the Crisis in the Anthroposophical Society in Dornach  (Rudolf Steiner, Steiner Books, 7 lectures, Dornach, September 10–16, 1915 CW 253).  Occasioned by a “scandal” precipitated by Rudolf Steiner’s marriage, the lectures contain Steiner’s strongest statements on the issue of human relationships in a spiritual community. Above all, he asserts that it is essential for members to realize that a spiritual community is a living entity that needs the care and respect of its creators.

The Spirit of Trees:  Science, Symbiosis, and Inspiration  (Fred Hageneder, Floris Books).  Trees are one of Earth’s oldest existing life forms and silent witnesses to human evolution and the passing of time.  Beautifully illustrated, this book looks in detail at 24 of Europe’s and North America’s best-loved trees: their physical characteristics—their healing powers, traditions associated with them, and how they have inspired humankind through the ages.

Toward A New Theory of Architecture:  The First Goetheanum in Pictures  (Rudolf Steiner, Steiner Books, An introductory lecture with slides, Bern, Switzerland, June 29, 1921 CW 290).  Just 18 months before its tragic destruction by fire, this lecture and slide show is both the closest thing we have to a guided tour of the original Goetheanum by its architect and a profound statement of artistic purpose.

Unveiling the Mystery of Dante:  An Esoteric Understanding of Dante and his Divine Comedy  (Eric L. Bisbocci, Lindisfarne Books).  An in-depth analysis of the Divine Comedy in its entirety, canto by canto, based on the threefold nature of the human being—thinking, feeling, and willing—as outlined by Steiner.

The Warmth Meditation:  A Path to the Good in the Service of Healing  (Peter Selg, Steiner Books).  This insightful book describes the historical context and some of the spiritual implications of this meditation. Included are reproductions of the original as written down by Rudolf Steiner and Ita Wegman.

What Happens When We Die?  Our Journey in the Afterlife  (Margarete van den Brink and Hans Stolp, Temple Lodge Press).  Turning to esoteric sources that reveal lost meanings within the Bible, the Dead Sea scrolls and other Gnostic texts, the authors describe the world of light that exists beyond death, and the “seven steps” needed to progress through its realms.  It also offers invaluable advice on staying connected to our loved ones who have passed on.

Wonders at the Veil:  Creating a Living Relationship with Your Loved Ones Who Have Died  (Lynn Rollins Stull, Steiner Books).  Intentionally approaching the veil between the living and the dead to be of service to your loved ones who have died, learn how to forge a living connection with those you thought had traveled beyond your reach.  Learn too how to recognize the messages you receive from them, together bringing new creations into being on Earth that will benefit humanity.