Prof. Dr. Hermann Beckh (1875–1937) first studied law. He began working as a judge but renounced the practice after his first case. A poor woman charged with the theft of some firewood had to be sentenced. Paying the minimum fine (one mark) himself, he hung up his judges gown and enrolled to study Sanskrit. He became Professor of Sanskrit in Berlin. Beckh was master of six ancient and at least six modern languages. His publications include a standard work on Buddhism (1916).
Linguistic studies include chapters on the original language. Rudolf Steiner invited Beckh to lecture in the Goetheanum on the opening words of Genesis. He said, “Beckh has researched some areas that I have not had time to pursue myself”. Other works extend to the musical keys, Wagner and Christianity, Wagner’s ‘Parsifal’,
a volume each on the Gospels of Mark and John, studies on Eastern religions and Christianity, alchemy, and an expanded version of his earlier essay on the musical keys.
When the founders of The Christian Community met, he announced, “I belong with you!” Hermann Beckh became one of the founding priests of the Movement for Religious Renewal (1922), teaching at the Priests Seminary, Stuttgart, until his death.
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