wisdom and religious traditions have been alive in India for
thousands of years, yet conventional education, medicine,
agriculture and many other fields of daily living in modern
times have not been permeated by this spirituality. Indeed,
most aspects of contemporary life in India are becoming increasingly
materialistic and superficial, and do not reflect our sublime
as a modern path of knowledge has shown that it is possible
to revive this ancient spirituality for the new human consciousness,
through the activity of the consciousness soul, and allow
it to deepen the various spheres of life on earth. The spiritual
thoughts are brought down right into the sphere of the will,
so that the actions transform the earth and the society we
has Anthroposophy been known in India? In the 1920's, Dr.
Hans Koester was the first known Anthroposophist to have come
to India. He was the Consul General of Germany in Calcutta,
and he gave several lectures on Anthroposphy during his stay
there. Then followed others like Hans-Hasso von Veltheim-Ostrau,
a German nobleman and a personal pupil of Rudolf Steiner,
who came to India in the 1930's; Dr. Heimo Rau, who founded
the Max Mueller Bhavan in New Delhi and Bombay; Mrs. Elisabeth
Dank, who lived and worked in Hyderabad.
van Bemellen from Holland, a retired Waldorf teacher, came
to India through an invitation from Major Ramachandra, the
first known Indian Anthroposophist, to introduce Waldorf education.
Lekh Raj Ulfat and his wife Sadhana of Nanhi Dunya School
in Dehra Dun and Mr and Mrs Subbaramu of Shimoga became the
first teachers in India to have been introduced to Waldorf
Education. Dilnawaz Bana, the first Eurythmist and Curative
Eurythmist in India, introduced Eurythmy to people in various
places in India. A group of friends from Camphill Village
in Copake, USA, have brought Curative Education and Social
Therapy from the Camphill movement to people in India. Peter
Proctor of New Zealand and Tadeo Caldas of Brazil have been
instrumental in introducing Bio Dynamic agriculture to India.
Peter Proctor conducts regular courses for agriculturists
in many parts of the country. Most recently, Dr. Michaela
Gloeckler visited India and conducted the very first International
Post Graduate Medical Training in Hyderabad.
the movement has grown in India and in the neighbouring
countries, and there is genuine interest for Anthroposophy
and related subjects. In order to create an awareness
of the different activities within the Anthroposophical
movement in India, and to enable the people involved
to form a link with one another, the forum, ANTHROPOSOPHY
IN INDIA, was established by Aban Bana and Dilnawaz
Bana in the year 1994.