Summer
 
By Rudolph Steiner
(translated by James Elam)
 
 
 
 

To summerís radiant heights
the sun in shining majesty ascends.
He takes my human heart along with him
into the boundlessness of space.
Deep down and dimly I am made aware
that one day I shall know
a God did feel you then.

In this the sunís most glorious hour, it rests
with me to understand these words of wisdom:
surrendered to the beauty of the world,
feeling myself within my Self, I experience

ĎI lose myself as man and find myself
to be the world I Am.í


Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) was an Austrian philosopher, social thinker, architect and esotericist. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he founded a new spiritual movement, Anthroposophy, as an esoteric philosophy growing out of European transcendentalism and with links to Theosophy. A consistent thread that runs from his earliest philosophical phase through his later spiritual orientation is the goal of demonstrating that there are no essential limits to human knowledge. James Elam, who translated this piece, is a Steiner adherent and a former U.S. government employee who helped dismantle the Russian nuclear arsenal. He is now retired and living at whim.