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What is Anthroposophy? - Rudolf Steiner Introductory lecturesWhat is Anthroposophy?
Three Perspectives on Self-Knowledge
3 lectures by Rudolf Steiner
Introduction by Christopher Bamford

What is Anthroposophy? consists of three previously un-translated lectures which provide a masterly introduction to what Rudolf Steiner means by "anthroposophy." They explain why he describes this path - which means literally the wisdom of the human being - as one that "unites what is spiritual in the human being with what is spiritual in the universe."

Steiner begins by describing what happens when we die. He shows the relationship between our physical life on earth and the etheric, astral, and spiritual life of the cosmos. He also explains how physical lives are interwoven with cosmic existence, and how the "missing links" in evolution are spiritual in nature. He then demonstrates how mainstream psychology, since the second half of the nineteenth century, lost the idea of soul, and, consequently, understanding of our inner lives has been without a sure foundation. Finally, Steiner takes as his guide our three states of being - waking, dreaming, and sleeping. He describes in detail what happens in these three states, and how each is bound up with our lives as physical, psychic, and spiritual beings.

Trans. M. Spiegler
3 lectures, Dornach 20-22 July 1923, GA225
Anthroposophic Press
96pp; paperback
ISBN: 0 88010 506 2

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Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) called his spiritual philosophy 'anthroposophy', which he defined as 'the consciousness of one's humanity', and the disciplined methods of studying this he termed ‘spiritual science’.  As a highly developed clairvoyant and spiritual initiate, he spoke from his direct cognition of the spiritual world. However, he did not see his work as religious or sectarian, but rather sought to found a universal 'science of the spirit'.

His many published works (written books and lectures) - which include his research into the spiritual nature of the human being, the evolution of the world and humanity, and methods of personal development - invite readers to develop their own spiritual faculties.  He also provided indications for the renewal of many human activities, including education - both general and special - agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, philosophy, religion and the arts. He wrote some 30 books and delivered over 6000 lectures across Europe, and in 1924 founded the General Anthroposophical Society which today has branches throughout the world.
 


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