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Esoteric Lessons 1904-1909 - Rudolf SteinerEsoteric Lessons 1904-1909

from the Esoteric School
Rudolf Steiner

Esoteric Lessons 1904-1909: To read this book is to be part of Rudolf Steiner's Esoteric School, to experience the growth and development of Anthroposophy from within. First, and most essentially, is the primacy of practice. Steiner stresses attention, concentration. We waste so much time and energy on thoughts and feelings that go nowhere. Meditation―concentration on a living thought, an ideal of higher origin―begins the process of self-gathering. Controlling our thoughts, we begin to form our "mental" (etheric) body, ordering our memories, we begin to work on our astral body. These two tasks are our preliminary goal. "We must make our life into a school for learning." Humility is the key: when the world becomes our teacher, we must become humble.

With the beginning of these Esoteric Lessons, the path is deepened. We witness Rudolf Steiner the spiritual teacher in action. Throughout the lessons, Steiner moves between the so-called Christian-Gnostic path and the Theosophical framework of the Masters. As the years unfold, however, the lessons move from the framework given by H.P. Blavatsky toward a deeper, more universal and at the same time more contemporary focus. Steiner reveals that behind what Blavatsky brought lies the wisdom of Atlantis, which today must come to live again. Here Christian Rosenkreutz, the Rosicrucians, and the "old philosophers" (alchemists) become important, for it was their task to bring this wisdom, now "enchristed," into the West.

"Two Masters stand at the head of our Western School: the Master Jesus and the Master Christian Rosenkreutz. And they lead us on two paths, the Christian Esoteric and the Christian Rosicrucian. The Great White Lodge guides all spiritual movements, and the Masters Jesus and Christian Rosenkreutz belong to it."  - Rudolf Steiner

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550pp; paperback
ISBN: 978-0-88010-610-8

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