Rudolf Steiner was born in Kraljevec, Austria (now Croatia) in 1861, and died in Dornach, Switzerland in 1925. He was a poet, philosopher, scientist, and artist who contributed to the fields of medicine, education, agriculture, architecture, economics, finance, arts of all kinds, and many more human endeavors.
He was the founder of a philosophical schooling he termed Anthroposophy, which he once said should be understood to mean, quite simply, ‘awareness of one’s humanity.’
Biodynamic agriculture grew from a course of lectures at Koberwitz, Silesia in 1924, held at the request of a group of farmers concerned about the destructive trend of ‘scientific’ farming.
In his thirties, Rudolf Steiner was to awaken to an inner recognition of the ‘turning point of time’ in human spiritual history, brought about by the incarnation of the Being we know as the Christ. He saw that the meaning of this event transcends all differentiations of religion, race or nation, and has consequences for all humanity; we are as yet aware only of the beginnings of these. This also led him to know the new presence and working of the Christ, which had begun just in the last century, not in the physical world but in the sphere of invisible life forces of the earth and mankind
Rudolf Steiner died on March 30, 1925 at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, the past and current home of the Anthroposophical Society.
As Described by John Davy