When a Stone Begins to Roll

Notes of an Adventurer, Diplomat & Mystic: Extracts from Episodes in a Life of Adventure

By Laurence Oliphant

Edited by T.H. Meyer

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An account of the life of an important personality who Rudolf Steiner linked to Ovid.

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Laurence Oliphant is one of the great unknown personalities of the nineteenth century, and indeed of recent cultural history at large. He was born in Cape Town in 1829 and died near London in 1888. He left behind some twenty books, including novels, travel accounts, and mystical spiritual writings. He was diplomat, traveler, adventurer, writer, and mystic.


At the beginning of the 1860s, the period of Oliphant's great spiritual transition began when he met the Swedenborgian Thomas Lake Harris. It was Oliphant's last works, Sympneumata and Scientific Religion, that prompted Rudolf Steiner to pursue karmic research on Oliphant. As a result, Steiner revealed the karmic relationship between the lives of Oliphant and the Roman poet Ovid. In an August 24, 1924, lecture in London, Steiner commented that Oliphant's individuality is significant not only because of the previous Ovid incarnation, but because of its activity in the interval between the two incarnations. Looked at in the light of spiritual research on the subject, Oliphant's life assumes dimensions of world-historical interest.


When a Stone Begins to Roll contains extensive selections from Oliphant's autobiographical book, Episodes in a Life of Adventure; or, Moss from a Rolling Stone (1887). In addition to the insightful commentary of T.H. Meyer, the book also offers a generous sampling of Oliphant's complex and compelling work, as well as hitherto unpublished material and the satire 'The Sisters of Tibet'.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Lindisfarne Books
Publication Date 28 Apr 2011
ISBN 9781584200918
Number of Pages 160

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