the History and Contents of the
First Section of the Esoteric School
1904 – 1914
Letters, Documents and Lectures
[Rudolf Steiner] adhered to the rule of absolute truthfulness in
that he only taught the things he knew to be true through his own
investigation. He followed the rule of continuity by not simply
putting something quite new and more perfect in the place of the
less perfect, but by linking in every case to an already existing
situation and seeking to transform it into something more perfect.
– from the Introduction by Hella Wiesberger
letters of the first part of this volume record that Steiner was
asked for esoteric instruction immediately after his appointment as
General Secretary of the German Section of the Esoteric School of
Theosophy in 1902. Soon he was appointed Arch-Warden in Germany and
the Austrian Empire
– "with full authority to call meetings of the
school, to organize groups and appoint Wardens, and to do all
necessary for the welfare of the school."
thus preserved continuity (in this case with the theosophical
impulse), Rudolf Steiner began his work as an independent esoteric
teacher, teaching from his own experience.
volume includes a variety of documents and letters containing
personal esoteric guidance and instructions to his pupils, including
specific developmental exercises. Lectures and circulars are also included
that allow us to glimpse the birth of the anthroposophical movement
out of the theosophical movement of the nineteenth century. There
are also teachings concerning the "Masters" and their relationship
to the evolution of humanity.
For anyone interested in esotericism – particularly the esotericism
of Rudolf Steiner – this volume must be considered a primary
1904 – 1914, GA264
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