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The Time Is at Hand! - The Rosicrucian Nature of Goethe's Fairy Tale of the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily and the Mystery Dramas of Rudolf Steiner

Paul Marshall Allen, Joan deRis Allen

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Steiner is more known as the founder of the co-called Waldorf scools and biodynamic agriculture, but the most important achievement was was the reunion of [and going beyond] Buddhism with Christianism without the need to preach, to believe, to sacrify, without exaggerations which are so common in Buddhist teaching, without dogmas, appealing to understand the universal law of live (Karma). Steiner favoured spiritual science instead of natural science, although he was artists, architect, physicisian, physicist, philosopher, ...

Until today natural scientists for example have no idea what a thought is, where it comes from, how it is combined with other thoughts, and were they are going. Steiner knew all that 100 years ago. He could well have been a reincarnation of Goethe. To my [limited] knowledge, nobody else than Steiner found the secret behind Goethe's fable: "The green snake and the beautiful lily" although the solution is contained in the fable itself! Goethe offered a price for the first one who could reveal the real sense behind the fable but until his death nobody came up with it. Hundreds of academics tried in vain afterwards.

Goethe's fable is wonderful; he was one of the great initiates.

You'll enjoy reading the fable eventhough maybe you won't understand the real sense Goethe was hiding in it. Paul and Joan Allen reveal the secrets in their book The Time Is at Hand!

A short summary fo Steiner's interpretation:


Here is the original text of "Das Maerchen" (in German) and "Le serpent vert (conte)" (French translation) of Goethe's tale of all tales.
and one of the more detailed explanations by Rudolf Steiner (in English): Goethe's Standard of the Soul, chapters III and IV. Goethe's fairy tale. The green snake and the beautiful lily.
and (in German): "Goethes geheime Offenbarung" (Zu seinem hundertfünfzigsten Geburtstage: 28. August 1899, Magazin für Literatur 1899, 68. Jg., Nr. 34),
and (French translation): "La révélation occulte de Goethe" (chapitre III), p83-111 contained in "L'esprit de Goethe - sa manifestation dans Faust et dans le Conte du Serpent Vert"

List of lectures available online at rsarchive.org, where R. Steiner talked about Goethe's Tale (in English):