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Approaches to Anthroposophy - Rudolf Steiner introductory lecturesApproaches to Anthroposophy
2 lectures by Rudolf Steiner

These two lectures provide an excellent introduction to some of the leading themes of Anthroposophy or Spiritual Science.

In Approaches to Anthroposophy, Rudolf Steiner carefully corrects certain misunderstandings or caricatures that had arisen regarding his spiritual-scientific research and demonstrates how Anthroposophy has nothing whatever to do with a nebulous mysticism or an unhealthy spiritualism; nor is it simply a revival of ancient esoteric teachings like Gnosticism or Theosophy.

Rather, it is a genuinely modern spiritual teaching for western humanity that builds upon the achievements of science and develops its exact methodology further into the investigation of spiritual realities through the awakening of higher organs of perception.

Anthroposophy’s relation to both natural science and religious belief is dearly delineated and Steiner shows how both one’s scientific endeavour and religious striving can only be deepened by the insights of spiritual-scientific research.

To approach Anthroposophy it is necessary, as Steiner pointed out, ‘to concentrate one’s thoughts seriously’, and perhaps re-evaluate some deeply ingrained beliefs, but he remained confident that the truth of its ideas would in time overcome the prejudice and hostility that often attends the arrival of any new impulse of cultural and spiritual renewal.

Trans: S. Blaxland de Lange (2 lectures, Basel, Jan and Oct 1916, from GA35); 66pp
Rudolf Steiner Press
85584 151 7; paperback

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Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) called his spiritual philosophy 'anthroposophy', which he defined as 'the consciousness of one's humanity', and the disciplined methods of studying this he termed ‘spiritual science’.  As a highly developed clairvoyant and spiritual initiate, he 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'.

His many published works (written books and lectures) - which include his research into the spiritual nature of the human being, the evolution of the world and humanity, and methods of personal development - invite readers to develop their own spiritual faculties.  He also provided indications for the renewal of many human activities, including education - both general and special - agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, philosophy, religion and the arts. He wrote some 30 books and delivered over 6000 lectures across Europe, and in 1924 founded the General Anthroposophical Society which today has branches throughout the world.

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