Esoteric Development: Selected Lectures and Writings

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SteinerBooks, 2003 - Religion - 170 pages
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This completely revised edition provides an ordered sequence of statements by Steiner on the development of higher, suprasensory knowing Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition.
Nine chapters take the reader from the idea of inner development, through the cultural and evolutionary need for higher knowing, and then to examples of the practices and inner gestures required by this work. Steiner describes the necessary steps and stages, always insisting on the free, individual, and cognitive character of anthroposophic spiritual research.
CONTENTS:
  • Introduction by Stephen E. Usher
  • Esoteric Development
  • The Psychological Basis of Spiritual Science
  • Suprasensory Knowledge
  • The Attainment of Spiritual Knowledge
  • General Requirements for Esoteric Development: Guidance in Esoteric Training
  • The Great Initiates
  • The Rosicrucian Spiritual Path
  • Imagination Knowledge and Artistic Imagination
  • Three Decisions on the Path of Imagination Knowledge: Loneliness, Fear, and Dread
This essential inner guide is for anyone on a path of true spiritual development."
 

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Contents

Esoteric Development
1
The Psychological Basis of Spiritual Science
24
Suprasensory Knowledge
50
The Attainment of Spiritual Knowledge
72
General Requirements for Esoteric Development
91
The Great Initiates
101
The Rosicrucian Spiritual Path
120
Imagination Knowledge and Artistic Imagination
137
Three Decisions on the Path of Imagination
144
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Page viii - It should be understood that the introduction of a correct esotericism in the West can only be of the Rosicrucian-Christian type, because this latter gave birth to Western life and because by its loss mankind would deny the meaning and destiny of the Earth. The harmonious relationship between science and religion can flower only in this esotericism, while every amalgamation of Western knowledge and Eastern esotericism can only produce such unproductive mongrels as Sinnett s Esoteric Buddhism.

About the author (2003)

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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