FAQ Overview


How can I submit my site for inclusion on your Links Engine?

Here is what to do to submit your site: the link for the e.Links Search Engine can be found at the Rudolf Steiner Archive, here:

The top menu-bar on the main page has a link that says, "Add Your Site" (second link from the right of the window). If you click that link, you will be prompted for all needed information. Be sure to select a password that you will remember, so you can come back later and revise your listing. There are several categories to choose from, but if you should need help with this, please email us for assistance.

When you have completed the forms, your site will be submitted for verification -- we view every site seeking admission to our Search Engine. Afterwards, your listing will appear on the e.Links Engines at the Rudolf Steiner Archive: http://www.rsarchive.org/

Author: e.Librarian
Last update: 2020-09-28 08:17

Using Autoresponders with Mailing Lists

When subscribing to mailing lists, please use an email address that does not have so many problems associated with it: your address is using an auto-responder. Using a "vacation"-type program with your email is only good if there is someone available to get the forwarded message. For mailing lists, it just gets bounced and gets you dropped from the list Then the maintainer has to re-add you.

A clean email address is best -- no vacation programs: it is really useless email, since you will read the message when you get back. If you wish to keep on receiving the CoTS messages, or any other mailing list, please use another email address that is not plagued by an auto-responder.

Please unsubscribe the offending address, and resubscribe yourself with an email address that will not use auto-responders.

The CoTS mailing has been discontinued as of August 2, 2020. CoTS verses can still be viewed on-line by accessing the following URL: https://www.rsarchive.org/COTS/ Related entries

Author: e.Librarian
Last update: 2020-09-28 05:51

Can I communicate with the Anthroposophical Society in my country?

Author: e.Librarian
Last update: 2021-12-13 17:53

My text correction has not been implemented!

Sorry! But it takes time to go process all of the corrections! If you did not use the 'Corrections' feature, it will take quite a bit longer. This feature was implemented to help the e.Librarian find the exact text that you feel should be changed. Without its help, finding the text is a difficult process: the text in our database is not in a form that you see on your browser display. Page numbers, paragraph numbers and word counts are irrelevant. Please use the 'Corrections' llink found at the upper-right of each document page on our site. There is a 'Help" link next to it, should you need additional help with the submission form.

Author: e.Librarian
Last update: 2020-09-28 06:03

Just what is the e.Lib?

The e.Lib, Inc. is an e.Lib, or electronic library: on-line documents of all kinds. Feel free to explore it's resources. It is also the umbrella organization for:

Various bLogs:

Author: e.Librarian
Last update: 2020-10-03 03:52

There is a typo/error in the text! What to do?

At the top-right of every text page at the Archive (lecture, article, book chapter, etc.), there is a link called "Corrections" and beside it, a link called "Help." By reading the "Help" documentation, you can find out how to correctly submit corrections.
Please note: we do not correct punctuation nor word usage. We want each reader to experience the original documents just as they were published.

Author: e.Librarian
Last update: 2020-09-28 06:05

How do I use the text correction form?

Help with Archive Text Corrections

In the past, many kind souls have offered to proofread, or editorially scan the documents presented at the Archive — some have even sent their corrections on to the e.Librarian. But, there really wasn't a good method for doing this: communicating what a user sees in their browser window is a difficult task when all browser windows are different in size.

The solution is to provide a uniform method of communicating just what needs to be changed, and make it easy to use. We hope we have accomplished this here. Should you notice an error or typo in one of the documents, you can notify us by clicking on the “Make Corrections” link at the top right of each document's page, and then following these four easy steps:

  1. In the new window that pops up, fill in your First Name, Last Name, and eMail Address in the top portion of the form — we just want to know where to send the thank you. The field should be filled in, but if it is blank, please “cut and paste” the correct URL from the browser window containing the document in question.

  2. The “Original” field needs to be filled in with the text you feel needs to be corrected. Using “cut and paste” — <CTRL-C> to cut, and <CTRL-V> to paste — insert the the questionable text in this field. Please copy the entire sentence or paragraph, not just one or two words. Try to make it easy for the e.Librarian to find your correction ... a one letter change in a very large paragraph is hard to spot (not to mention the squinty-eyed vision of the e.Librarian)!

  3. Now, just left-click in the “Correction” field, and the text you entered in the “Original” field will appear. Make the corrections you feel appropriate in this field. In some instances, it might do well to put arrows around the corrected text, as in --> and <-- making it easy to spot.

  4. Click the Send button! A page will pop up thanking you for your submission. If there are any errors in the form, you will be notified, and given an opportunity to correct the correction, so to speak. If the correction is unclear, the e.Librarian may ask for a clarification.

Some notes on the correction process: we strive to present Steiner's material in the same way it was presented in the original publication — typos and all. We may add a clarifying remark at points, but if your correction points to one of these instances, we may or may not add the clarification. We will, however, change any and all errors/typos we have made in bringing the document to the Web.

Another point to remember: there are quite a few German words, even in the English translations. Umlauts may run rampant in a particular text. Be sure you have the correct character set turned on for your browser.

And finally, please remember, no matter how many times you've looked at a piece of text, or how many people have read it, there will always be one (or more) errors that are missed. In fact, when reviewing correction submissions, we often find other things the submitter has missed!


Author: e.Librarian
Last update: 2020-09-28 06:06

Do I have to be a member to read the on-site documents?

No! There is nothing like a "membership" at any of our sites. In the spirit of the original Internet, all information on our sites is free for everyone to use!

Author: e.Librarian
Last update: 2020-09-28 06:08

Does The e.Lib have any other Anthroposophical sites?

Yes we do! There are several:

  • The e.Lib, Inc. — is an e.Lib, or electronic library: on-line documents of all kinds. Feel free to explore it's resources. It is also the umbrella organization for the rest of the sites on this page.
  • Anthroposophical Publications — A platform for Anthroposophically-inspired writers to publish their works at cost or completely free, and especially translating into English and publishing the over 3,000 untranslated lectures of the Austrian philosopher, Rudolf Steiner [1861-1925]. We feel that if it's available in German, it should be available in English! Steiner himself said, “and English is a universal world language, and will become so more and more.” (from The Kingdom of Childhood lecture series, lecture on August 12th 1924).
  • Study Groups, On-line — A new way for groups to discuss and share research on books, lectures — really any subject. This is an application to join or set up a group for like-minded folks to do research or discuss a favorite topic. Groups can interact with other groups, with no tracking, no advertising, and no hassles. This can replace or enhance email list serves, in-person get-togethers, and other on-line gatherings. For groups, branches, Societies, or Waldorf teachers, parents, staff, or classrooms.
  • Now I See ... — is a bLog site featuring Book Reviews by Anthroposophists, of non-anthroposophical books! All in the spirit of Franz Brentano. An interesting concept that features some interesting book reviews: books on the World Wars, UFO's, Psychic Detectives, and biographies are just a few of the subjects!
  • Fine Art Presentations — is an e.Gallery featuring several hundred artists from the 13th through the 21st Century. And ... it also has a category for Anthroposophically influenced artists. We believe this is the only such gathering on the Internet. Rudolf Steiner's Lectures on art are linked into the artists at this Special Collection at the e.Gallery.
    • Fine Art bLog — is a bLog site citing new features and happenings at Fine Art Presentations, including an Artist of the Week selection and site announcements.
  • KnowNews dot Net — is a Newswire service featuring World News, US News, Business, Science, Entertainment, Sports, Health, and  special section for Anthroposophical News from around the world. This section is categorized, or grouped, by topics like Biodynamics, Waldorf Education, etc., and the database goes back several years. There is an Archived database of articles that goes back even further.

There is a lot of material here, just waiting for research or exploration ... feel free to look around!

Author: e.Librarian
Last update: 2021-12-25 17:02

When I look for a single lecture, it is out there several times! What gives?

There may be several answers to this question:

  1. Rudolf Steiner, especially in the later years of his life, gave several different lectures every day! The file naming format is YYYYMMDDX00, where YYYY = year, MM = month, DD = day, X = when the lecture was given (morning, evening, afternoon, etc.), and 00 = the occurance of this lecture (00 = German original, 01-99 = same lecture, different translation. By checking the URL of the lectures, you can determine if this is one of several lectures given on that day, or if it is just a different translation.
  2. The Rudolf Steiner Archive strives to offer all of the English translations of Steiner's lectures. Publishers may decide to reprint a lecture series, and it may or may not have the same title! It is, though, the exact same lecture by the same translator ... just packaged differently. So, in keeping with our mission, we have included it at the Archive. Now, sometimes that same lecture series is re-edited and then re-published. Or it may be a completely different translation by another translator! There are many different scenarios.
  3. The duplicated lecture could indeed be there! It would be a legitimate error and we would like you to let us know about it so we can fix it. Be sure to include the URLs of the lectures in question. Don't just say, " Hey, you've got a duplicated lecture!" Details ... we need details!

Author: e.Librarian
Last update: 2021-12-13 17:51

What is Anthroposophy?

Rudolf Steiner referred to his spiritual philosophy as 'anthroposophy,' and he defined it as 'the consciousness of one's humanity.' He was a highly-trained clairvoyant who spoke from his direct cognition of the spiritual world. However, he did not see his work as religious or sectarian, but rather sought to found a universal 'science of the spirit.' Steiner chose the term anthroposophy (from the Greek, anthropo-, human, and -sophy, wisdom) to emphasize his philosophy's humanistic orientation.

Author: e.Librarian
Last update: 2020-10-22 02:32

Are there any costs involved when accessing the Rudolf Steiner Archive?

No! All of the documents at the Rudolf Steiner Archive & e.Lib are free for everyone to read. The Search and Compare tools that are available on the site are free, also. In the spirit of how the Internet was founded.

Author: e.Librarian
Last update: 2021-12-13 01:03

What did Rudolf Steiner do to deserve an Archive and e.Library?

He lectured! During his lifetime, and generally after the year 1904, he gave over 6700 lectures an various cities all over Europe. All of his lectures, while focusing on the science of the spirit, were about different subjects, for instance his 'Nine Lectures on Bees.' He also wrote 28 books, and hundreds of articles, essays, critiques, verses, and meditations.

Author: e.Librarian
Last update: 2020-10-22 02:34

Besides giving lectures, what else has Rudolf Steiner accomplished?

Author: e.Librarian
Last update: 2020-10-22 02:36

Why haven't I heard of this Steiner guy, before?

Author: e.Librarian
Last update: 2021-12-13 16:51

Does The e.Lib have a code of conduct?

The e.Lib Community Code of Conduct

The e.Lib community has always worked to be a welcoming and respectful community, and we want to ensure that doesn't change as we grow and evolve. To that end, we have a few ground rules that we ask people to adhere to:

  • be friendly and patient,
  • be welcoming,
  • be considerate,
  • be respectful,
  • be careful in the words that you choose and be kind to others,
  • when we disagree, try to understand why.

This isn't an exhaustive list of things that you can't do. Rather, take it in the spirit in which it's intended: a guide to make it easier to communicate and participate in the community.

This code of conduct applies to all spaces managed by the The e.Lib and its community of informational websites. This includes online chat, mailing lists, bug trackers, e.Lib events such as Anthroposophical gatherings and socials, and any other forums created by the projects that the community uses for communication. It applies to all of your communication and conduct in these spaces, including emails, chats, things you say, slides, videos, posters, signs, or even t-shirts you display in these spaces. In addition, violations of this code outside these spaces may, in rare cases, affect a person's ability to participate within them, when the conduct amounts to an egregious violation of this code.

If you believe someone is violating the code of conduct, we ask that you report it by emailing [email protected]. For more details please see our Reporting Guide.

  • Be friendly and patient.
  • Be welcoming. We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes, but is not limited to members of any race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, colour, immigration status, social and economic class, educational level, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, size, family status, political belief, religion or lack thereof, and mental and physical ability.
  • Be considerate. Your work will be used by other people, and you in turn will depend on the work of others. Any decision you take will affect users and colleagues, and you should take those consequences into account. Remember that we're a world-wide community, so you might not be communicating in someone else's primary language.
  • Be respectful. Not all of us will agree all the time, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behavior and poor manners. We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we cannot allow that frustration to turn into a personal attack. It's important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one. Members of The e.Lib community should be respectful when dealing with other members as well as with people outside The e.Lib community.
  • Be careful in the words that you choose and be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other participants. Harassment and other exclusionary behavior aren't acceptable. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Violent threats or language directed against another person.
    • Discriminatory jokes and language.
    • Posting sexually explicit or violent material.
    • Posting (or threatening to post) other people's personally identifying information (\"doxing\").
    • Personal insults, especially those using racist or sexist terms.
    • Unwelcome sexual attention.
    • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
    • In general, if someone asks you to stop, then stop. Persisting in such behavior after being asked to stop is considered harassment.
  • When we disagree, try to understand why. Disagreements, both social and technical, happen all the time and The e.Lib is no exception. It is important that we resolve disagreements and differing views constructively. Remember that we're different. The strength of The e.Lib comes from its varied community, people from a wide range of backgrounds. Different people have different perspectives on issues. Being unable to understand why someone holds a viewpoint doesn't mean that they're wrong. Don't forget that it is human to err and blaming each other doesn't get us anywhere. Instead, focus on helping to resolve issues and learning from mistakes.
  • Questions?

If you have questions, please feel free to contact the e.Lib Code of Conduct Committee by emailing [email protected] or the e.Lib Board of Directors at [email protected].

Author: James Stewart
Last update: 2021-12-25 17:17

Rudolf Steiner

Who is Rudolf Steiner?

Rudolf Steiner was an Austrian philosopher who was born in 1861 and passed on in 1925. You can read all about him by going to our Biographies Section: https://www.rsarchive.org/Biogs.php

Author: e.Librarian
Last update: 2020-09-28 06:11


Is your site secure?

Author: e.Librarian
Last update: 2015-04-28 16:15

Why did my credit/debit card donation get rejected?

If your donation attempt was unsuccessful, please check your debit/credit card for the following cases:

  • Your credit/debit card should be enabled for International use. Cards that can only be used in country (AKA Domestic cards) may not be accepted at this time. Please call your bank and request international access to be enabled.
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  • Not all Virtual Cards may be accepted at this time. Virtual cards are frequently used for online purchases to protect your physical card's sensitive information. However, rest assured that our donation processing is backed up by professional, fully compliant processors and your information is extremely secure. So if your virtual card gets rejected, please try to use a traditional credit/debit card instead.
  • If you are using your debit card, please notice that the security code (CVV) is optional. If your debit card doesn't have a CVV just skip that field.
  • Your bank may have flagged the transaction. This is particularly likely if this is the first time you are donating to the RS Archive. Please call your bank and request they unblock future transactions to the Rudolf Steiner Archive so that your future donations will be processed. If your bank or credit card company is not able to identify the cause of your issue, please contact us at information@rsarchive.org. For your security, please do not include credit card numbers in your email.

Author: e.Librarian
Last update: 2015-04-28 16:08

Why did my PayPal donation get rejected?

If your PayPal donation was rejected, or your recurring subscription donation was canceled, please contact PayPal customer service for more information. You may also call PayPal directly at 888-221-1161888-221-1161 FREE FREE or 402-935-2050402-935-2050 if you're calling from outside the US. Here are some common reasons why donations fail:

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Author: e.Librarian
Last update: 2015-04-28 16:25

Why won't your donation form accept my information?

Please ensure that your browser is up to date, that you have JavaScript enabled, and that you are not whitelisting certain domains. Please also check to ensure you have entered information into all fields correctly, such as the spelling of your email address or number of digits in your credit card number. Note that extra spaces in these fields may generate an error.

Author: e.Librarian
Last update: 2015-04-28 15:55

Why did I get a warning/error certificate while trying to donate?

If you see a warning/error certificate while trying to donate, it is likely due to an outdated version of your browser. Please update your browser to a newer version or use a different browser.

Author: e.Librarian
Last update: 2015-04-28 15:57

How can I update/cancel my recurring donation?

  • Recurring donations to the eLib, Inc. no longer support the financial obligations of the Rudolf Steiner Archive. To cancel subscription payments to the eLib, Inc. that are not made through PayPal, please contact the eLib at [email protected].
  • If you paid by PayPal
    • Log into your PayPal account and navigate to the Recurring Payments page
    • Click on your Rudolf Steiner Archive payment, and then click "Cancel". Your subscription will be canceled immediately.
    • If you wish, you may then create a new recurring donation.
  • If you have questions, please email [email protected].

Author: e.Librarian
Last update: 2021-12-13 16:53

Still having trouble?

The fundraising team at the Rudolf Steiner Archive is small, so please be sure to read through the common questions above. Please also take the time to review our frequently asked questions, as this may help resolve any problems you are experiencing. If you still have doubts or need help tracking your transaction, please contact information@rsarchive.org.

Author: e.Librarian
Last update: 2015-04-28 17:19

Search Features

What type of search terms can I use?


A regular expression is a pattern that describes a set of strings. Regular expressions are constructed analogously to arithmetic expressions, by using various operators to combine smaller expressions.

The fundamental building blocks are the regular expressions that match a single character. Most characters, including all letters and digits, are regular expressions that match themselves. Any metacharacter with special meaning may be quoted by preceding it with a backslash (see examples below).

A list of characters enclosed by [ and ] matches any single character in that list; if the first character of the list is the caret ^ then it matches any character not in the list. For example, the regular expression [0123456789] matches any single digit, and [^0123456789] matches any single character that is not a digit. A range of ASCII characters may be specified by giving the first and last characters, separated by a hyphen ([q-t] is the same as [qrst]). Most metacharacters lose their special meaning inside lists. To include a literal ] place it first in the list. Similarly, to include a literal ^ place it anywhere but first. Finally, to include a literal - place it last.

The period . matches any single character. To match a single period, you must quote it: use \. with a backslash in front. The caret ^ and the dollar sign $ are metacharacters that respectively match the empty string at the beginning and end of a line. The symbols \< and \> respectively match the empty string at the beginning and end of a word. The symbol \b matches the empty string at the edge of a word, and \B matches the empty string provided it's not at the edge of a word.

A regular expression may be followed by one of several repetition operators:


? The preceding item is optional and matched at most once.
* The preceding item will be matched zero or more times.
+ The preceding item will be matched one or more times.
{n} The preceding item is matched exactly n times.
{n,} The preceding item is matched n or more times.
{,m} The preceding item is optional and is matched at most m times.
{n,m} The preceding item is matched at least n times, but not more than m times.


Two regular expressions may be concatenated; the resulting regular expression matches any string formed by concatenating two substrings that respectively match the concatenated subexpressions.

Two regular expressions may be joined by the infix operator |; the resulting regular expression matches any string matching either subexpression.

Repetition takes precedence over concatenation, which in turn takes precedence over alternation. A whole subexpression may be enclosed in parentheses to override these precedence rules.

In basic regular expressions the metacharacters ?, +, {, |, (, and ) lose their special meaning; instead use the backslashed versions \?, \+, \{, \|, \(, and \).

Author: e.Librarian
Last update: 2015-04-09 21:41

Are you aware that the Google Search feature is missing on your Search page?

Yes we are! But there is nothing we can do about it. You must be using the Firefox browser, because the combination of Firefox and the Google Search App does not work. You can look this up on the Internet: you'll find that the Firefox folks say it is an incompatibility that Google needs to fis! And you'll also see Google guys say that Mozilla -- creators of Firefox -- has the problem. Until those two get their products to interact properly, there is nothing we can do. We suggest you use another browser ... Chrome works well, as does Opera. Or, use the Search feature provided by the Rudolf Steiner Archive & e.Lib.


Author: e.Librarian
Last update: 2020-11-03 04:29

CoTS Verses

Why is the CoTS verse ahead of it's actual date?

This confusion is shared by other Archive visitors. When you are at the main page of the RS Archive:
click on the "CoTS Verses" button in the top menu-bar. In the window that comes up, click the "About" button at the bottom of that page. The window that comes up will have many links, but click on the "A Note on the Dates in the Calendar" and you will see this text:

"The dates above the verses relate to the manuscript of the first edition, which covered the year 1912–1913. When he was questioned about the change of dates that occurs from year to year, Rudolf Steiner stressed that one must always begin with the first verse at Easter. Thus, the change in dates is not important because three successive verses of the Calendar are always kept in the same mood."

Author: e.Librarian
Last update: 2015-04-06 18:52


When I access your pages, the information is all mixed up! Can you fix this?

We apologize for broken links and problems with this website. With your financial support, we intend to fix many problematic aspects of the site. In the interim, please visit our new streamlined, mobile-friendly website at steinerlibrary.org. We are adding new content there daily!

Author: e.Librarian
Last update: 2021-12-13 18:00