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The Presence of the Dead on the Spiritual Path - Rudolf Steiner Anthroposophy bookThe Presence of the Dead on the Spiritual Path
7 lectures by Rudolf Steiner

In the lecture series, The Presence of the Dead on the Spiritual Path, Rudolf Steiner describes the spiritual relationships the living can have with those who have crossed over the threshold between life and death. In a realistic, practical way, Steiner shows how an understanding of our spiritual nature reveals ways of knowing a world undreamt of by a materialistic outlook, but also distinctly at variance with the notions conveyed by spiritualism and séances.

The tone of these lectures, whose content is drawn from Steiner’s own experience and the lives of those now dead who were personally known to him — Robert Hamerling, Maria von Strauch-Spettini (guardian spirit of the Mystery Dramas), Christian Morgenstern, and Oda Waller — is warm and moving.

Trans: C. von Arnim
7 lectures, various cities April – May 1914, GA154
Anthroposophic Press
118pp; paperback
ISBN: 0 88010 283 7


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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