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Spiritualism, Madame Blavatsky and Theosophy - an eyewitness view of occult history - Rudolf SteinerSpiritualism, Madame Blavatsky and Theosophy
An Eyewitness View of Occult History
21 selected lectures by Rudolf Steiner
with an introduction by Christopher Bamford

The spiritual revolution of the twentieth century the "New Age" is unimaginable without the spiritualist movement and the formidable personality of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, the creator of the Theosophical Society. Without these two, the work of Rudolf Steiner, G.I. Gurdjieff, Hazrat Inayat Khan, Sri Aurobindo, and C.G. Jung could not have been what it was.

In this fascinating collection of lectures on the Theosophical movement, Rudolf Steiner, one-time head of the German Section, gives a detailed account of the movement's origins in spiritualism and somnambulism, as well as his own version of the relationship between Theosophy and Anthroposophy.

Steiner also relates Theosophy to its historical ground in Western esotericism, revealing the events from the seventeenth century that led to the emergence of Freemasonry and other secret societies, the hidden history of the creation of Theosophy itself in the nineteenth century, and the conflicts that are still reverberating between Anglo-Saxon and Germanic occult streams today.

Anthroposophic Press
302pp; paperback
ISBN: 0 88010 495 3

 

 

 

Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) became a respected and well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, particularly known for his work on Goethe's scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his earlier philosophical principles into an approach to methodical research of psychological and spiritual phenomena. His multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, philosophy, religion, education (Waldorf schools), special education (the Camphill movement), economics, agriculture (biodynamics), science, architecture, and the arts. In 1924 he founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world.

 

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