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Commentary on Rudolf Steiner’s Agriculture Course

From the Paul W. Scharff Archive


Paul W. Scharff Preface by Harold E. Bush

266 pp.  
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

SteinerBooks

Paperback

$24.95
Published:  November 2018

978-1-62148-237-6


In these eight lectures, Dr. Scharff offers a profound overview of biodynamic methods, including the philosophy and esoteric foundations, as well as the most practical matters. In lecture 5, for example, he delves deeply into the biodynamic preparations discussed by Rudolf Steiner in his Agriculture Course, exploring each one individually:

  • 500 – manure placed in the sheath of a horn
  • 501 – silica placed in the sheath of a horn
  • 502 – yarrow placed in the sheath of a bladder
  • 503 – chamomile placed in the sheath of an intestine
  • 504 – nettle placed in the sheath of peat-earth
  • 505 – oak bark placed in the sheath of a skull
  • 506 – dandelion placed in the sheath of the mesentery
  • 507 – valerian scattered in the sheath of the air

For those who are interested in or are wish to practice biodynamic farming or gardening methods, this collection of eight lectures by Dr. Paul Scharff will become an invaluable companion and guide.

  • FROM THE BOOK:

    “Let us turn to the first lecture [of the Agriculture Course]. For a long time, I rather puzzled about the introduction. Rudolf Steiner begins by talking about the being of Anthroposophia. He indicates that what he is giving is actually a gift of this being. Most think of Anthroposophy as a body of knowledge, not as a spiritual being who imparts knowledge. The course thereby seems to be a product of the exchange between Rudolf Steiner and a spiritual being who gives the anthroposophical content out of the spiritual world.... Who is the being who carries the wisdom of the human being, can share this with initiates such as Rudolf Steiner, and then help us to understand the task of working with the earth, enculturating the earth? How can this being help evolve a new agriculture?” (lecture 1)

    “As we open the Agriculture Course to contemplate the earth, we immediately come upon the problem of economics. We can close the course by contemplating the cancer of the human organism and the cancer of the economic process, the unfolding of useless production and overproduction. On the one hand, there is overproduction and cancer. Such is the northern evolving economic world. On the other hand, in the third world and undeveloped countries there is stagnation, a dreaming, an unfolding of dream-heads that cannot unfold the earth. The intellect of the West, the potato head, will try to go to the undeveloped countries to unfold new economic processes. The problem will be that there will be a tendency to use the same type of intellect and the same type of economic thinking that will lead to an overproduction and a wasting and draining of the earth’s resources that have not been developed. We see this already with the destruction of the rainforests, and the introduction of high-tech agriculture in third-world countries. Fortunately, a few are waking to the problem. Hopefully in what is given in this course we can find a way for a proper unfolding in the third world countries.” (lecture 8)


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