Esoteric Development: Selected Lectures and Writings

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SteinerBooks, 2003 - Religion - 170 pages
"You should not have any mystical ideas about meditation, nor should you think it is easy. Meditation must be completely clear, in the modern sense. Patience and inner soul energy are needed, and, above all, it depends on an act that no one else can do for you: it requires an inner resolve that you stick to. When you begin to meditate, you are performing the only completely free activity there is in human life" (Rudolf Steiner).

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.

This essential inner guide is for anyone on a path of true spiritual development.

 

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)

Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up. As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe's scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner's multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.

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