A Road to Self Knowledge and the Threshold of the Spiritual World

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Read Books, Nov 1, 2008 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 224 pages
Originally published in 1918, this book takes an extensive look into how to achieve greater self-knowledge. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Hesperides Press are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.Contents Include: Introductory remarks, First meditation In which the attempt is made to obtain a true idea of the physical body, Second meditation In which the attempt is made to form a true conception of the elemental or etheric body, Third meditation In which the attempt is made to form an idea of clairvoyant cognition of the elemental world, Fourth meditation In which the attempt is made to form a conception of the guardian of the threshold, Fifth meditation In which the attempt is made to form an idea of the astral body, Sixth meditation In which the attempt is made to form a conception of the ego body or thought body, Seventh meditation In which the attempt is made to form an idea of the character of experience in supersensible worlds, Eighth meditation In which the attempt is made to form an idea of the way in which man beholds his repeated earth lives. The threshold of the spiritual world, Concerning the reliance which may be placed on thinking the nature of the thinking soul and of meditation, Concerning knowledge of the spiritual world, Concerning man's etheric body and the elemental world, Summary of the foregoing, Concerning reincarnation and Karma man's astral body and the spiritual world and ahrimanic beings, Concerning the astral body and luciferic beings and the nature of the etheric body, Concerning the guardian of the threshold and some peculiarities of clairvoyant consciousness, Concerning the ego feeling and the human soul's capacity for love and the relation of these to the elemental world, Concerning the boundary between the physical world and supersensible worlds, Concerning beings of the spirit worlds, Concerning spiritual cosmic beings, The first beginnings of man's physical body, Concerning man's real ego, Summary of part of the foregoing, Remarks on the connection of what is described in this book with the accounts given in my books Theosophy and Occult Science

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About the author (2008)

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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