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Theosophy - Rudolf Steiner introduction to the principles of Anthroposophy

An Introduction to the Spiritual Processes in Human Life and in the Cosmos
by Rudolf Steiner

Theosophy by Rudolf Steiner is a key work for anyone seeking a solid grounding in Anthroposophy, the spiritual understanding of the world as described by Rudolf Steiner. The book is organized in four parts. First, Steiner builds up a comprehensive understanding of human nature, beginning with the physical and etheric bodily nature and moving up through the soul nature to our spiritual being: the I, and then to the higher spiritual aspects of our being which will only become conscious and active principles in the future.

Theosophy then leads the reader to an understanding of the human being as a sevenfold interpenetrated being of body, soul, and spirit. In the next section Steiner gives an extraordinary overview of the laws of reincarnation and the workings of karma as we pass from one life to the next. This prepares us for the third section where Steiner shows the different ways in which we live, during this life on earth and after death, in the three worlds of body, soul, and spirit, as well as the ways in which these worlds in turn live into us.

Theosophy is one of the most essential of anthroposophical introductory works as it provides all of the foundation concepts necessary for a proper understanding of his other books and lecture cycles.

Anthroposophic Press
Trans: C. E. Creeger (1994)
Written 1904, GA 9
256pp; paperback
ISBN: 0 88010 373 6

Theosophy is also available in an earlier "classic" translation. To view, please click here.

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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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Theosophy - Modern Translation (1994) - Rudolf Steiner - ISBN: 0 88010 373 6