Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment

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Read Books, Jan 1, 2006 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 260 pages
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This inspiring book by Rudolf Steiner offers a wealth of knowledge on the path of esoteric initiation. Included is much information on the higher body, higher planes of existence, and the spiritual encounter with the 'Guardians of the Threshold, as well as basic information on the mystical belief system. This book would be an excellent addition to the bookshelf of anyone with an interest in the subject. Contents Include: How is Knowledge of the Higher World Attained?; The Stages of Initiation; Some Practical Aspects; The Conditions of Esoteric Training; Some Results of Initiation; The Transformation of Dream Life; The Continuity of Consciousness; The Partition of Human Personality During Spiritual Training; The Guardian of the Threshold; The Great or Second Guardian of the Threshold.

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Austrian-born Rudolf Steiner was a noted Goethe (see Vol. 2) scholar and private student of the occult who became involved with Theosophy in Germany in 1902, when he met Annie Besant (1847--1933), a devoted follower of Madame Helena P. Blavatsky (1831--1891). In 1912 he broke with the Theosophists because of what he regarded as their oriental bias and established a system of his own, which he called Anthroposophy (anthro meaning "man"; sophia sophia meaning "wisdom"), a "spiritual science" he hoped would restore humanism to a materialistic world. In 1923 he set up headquarters for the Society of Anthroposophy in New York City. Steiner believed that human beings had evolved to the point where material existence had obscured spiritual capacities and that Christ had come to reverse that trend and to inaugurate an age of spiritual reintegration. He advocated that education, art, agriculture, and science be based on spiritual principles and infused with the psychic powers he believed were latent in everyone. The world center of the Anhthroposophical Society today is in Dornach, Switzerland, in a building designed by Steiner. The nonproselytizing society is noted for its schools.

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