From the History and Contents of the First Section of the Esoteric School, 1904-1914: Letters, Documents, and Lectures
This text is important for the historian interested in the development of Rudolf Steiner's teaching and the origins of the anthroposophical movement, as well as for anyone interested in exploring the advice and admonitions offered by Steiner to his early students. This collection of letters, circulars, and lectures allows us to glimpse the birth of the anthroposophical movement out of the theosophical movement of the late nineteenth century. We gain a clear picture of why Rudolf Steiner could no longer work within the theosophical framework, and of the events that led to the split between the Theosophical Society under the leadership of Annie Besant and the Esoteric School under Steiner's leadership.
Contained here, primarily in the form of letters, are the specific exercises and advice that Rudolf Steiner gave to pupils who wished to further their spiritual capacities. Also included are his early lectures and teachings concerning the "Masters" and their relationship to the evolution of humankind. With introductory remarks by the book's original editor, Hella Wiesberger.