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Theosophy - Rudolf Steiner - Classic TranslationTheosophy
An Introduction to the Supersensible Knowledge of the World and the Destination of Man - by Rudolph Steiner

Classic Translation

Theosophy, by Rudolf Steiner, is rightly regarded as one of the indispensable foundation stones for an understanding of Anthroposophy. The word ‘theosophy’ pre-existed its specific association with the Theosophical Society and means study or knowledge of the divine. It is in this context that it is used as the title. In later lectures and written works, Steiner replaced it with the word ‘anthroposophy’ to emphasize the spiritual study of humanity.

Theosophy focuses on a psychology based not on the usual duality of body and mind, but on the more ancient division of body, soul and spirit. Steiner describes in detail the functions and organs of these three aspects of the human being, and the objective realms to which they belong. Just as the body belongs to the inert material world, so do the human soul and spirit derive from and belong to their own specific realms which are of the same nature as their own conscious ‘substantiality.’ These realms are those through which all human beings live and move in their life after death, and which - after passing through the ‘cosmic hour of midnight’ – they prepare their destiny, or karma, and begin a new descent towards physical incarnation. Theosophy features one of the most comprehensive and condensed of all Steiner's accounts of these realms, and of the experiences which our immortal being undergoes in passing through them. The book ends with a chapter on the modern ‘path of knowledge’, in which Steiner describes the exercises by which every person may develop the latent powers of soul which are necessary for a direct perception and thereby certain knowledge of metaphysical worlds.

Rudolf Steiner Press
Written 1904, GA 9
Trans. rev. M. Cotterell/A. P. Shepherd
480pp; paperback
ISBN: 1 85584 131 2

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Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) called his spiritual philosophy 'anthroposophy', meaning 'wisdom of the human being'. As a highly developed seer, he based his work on direct knowledge and perception of spiritual dimensions. He initiated a modern and universal 'science of spirit', accessible to anyone willing to exercise clear and unprejudiced thinking.

From his spiritual investigations Steiner provided suggestions for the renewal of many activities, including education (both general and special), agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, philosophy, religion and the arts. Today there are literally thousands of schools, clinics, farms and other organizations involved in practical work based on his principles. His many published works feature his research into the spiritual nature of the human being, the evolution of the world and humanity, and methods of personal development. Steiner wrote some 30 books and delivered over 6,000 lectures across Europe. In 1924 he founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world.


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