Anthroposophical Leading Thoughts

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Rudolf Steiner Press, 1998 - Religion - 219 pages
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'Leading thoughts' and 'Letters' written for members of the Anthroposophical Society (CW 26)

The leading thoughts here given are meant to open up subjects for study and discussion. Points of contact with them will be found in countless places in the anthroposophic books and lecture courses, so that the subjects thus opened up can be enlarged upon and the discussions in the groups centered around them.
Rudolf Steiner




This key volume contains Rudolf Steiner s leading thoughts, or guiding principles, and related letters to members of the Anthroposophical Society. In brief, aphoristic paragraphs, Steiner succinctly presents his spiritual science as a modern path of knowledge.

These 185 thoughts constitute invaluable, clear summaries of Steiner s fundamental lines of thought indeed, they contain the whole of Anthroposophy. They are intended not as doctrine, but to stimulate and focus one s study and discussion of spiritual science.

Anthroposophy is a path of knowledge to guide the Spiritual in the human being to the Spiritual in the universe.... Anthroposophy communicates knowledge that is gained in a spiritual way....

There are those who believe that with the limits of knowledge derived from sense perception the limits of all insight are given. Yet if they would carefully observe how they become conscious of these limits, they would find in the very consciousness of the limits the faculties to transcend them.
Rudolf Steiner



This volume is a translation of Anthroposophische Leitsatze, Der Erkenntnisweg der Anthroposophie Das Michael-Mysterium. (GA 26)"
 

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Contents

AnthroposophicalLeadingThoughts
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LT1 to 3 Anthroposophy 17 2 24
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LT 6 and 7 Lifeless and Life Bodies 2 3 24
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About the author (1998)

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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