- Paperback: 148 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 10, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1440423210
- ISBN-13: 978-1440423215
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
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Theosophy: An Introduction To The Supersensible Knowledge Of The World And The Destination Of Man
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Rudolf Steiner's Theosophy: An Introduction to the Supersensible Knowledge of the World and the Destination of Man provides a precise, phenomenological description of his own supersensible experiences and the supersensible phenomena revealed by them. Theosophy is organized in four parts. First, Steiner builds up a comprehensive understanding of human nature, beginning with the physical bodily nature and moving up through the soul nature to our spiritual being: the "I" and the higher spiritual aspects of our being. This then leads to the experience of the human being as a sevenfold interpenetrated being of body, soul, and spirit. Secondly, Steiner gives an extraordinary overview of the laws of reincarnation and the workings of karma as we pass from one life to the next. Thirdly, Steiner shows the different ways in ;which we live, during this life on earth and after death, in the three worlds of body, soul and spirit, as well as the ways in which these worlds in turn live into us. Fourthly, a succinct description is given of the path of knowledge by which each one of us can begin to understand the marvelous and harmonious complexity of the psycho-spiritual worlds in the fullness. --Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Original Language: German --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is not easy reading. In order to understand it, the reader needs certain basic, foundational knowledge that can be obtained through reading Steiner's books, "Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment," "Occult Science, An Outline," and "Christianity as Mystical Fact." "Theosophy" is called one of Steiner's basic books, but IMO, it's not basic at all.
I will read it again!
In Christ's name, one might read Steiner three times, just three times over the course of a lifetime even, before dismissing him. Steiner questions the very survival of the human soul (as human). He sees for man one singular hope:the Christ impulse; a living practice of personal human spirituality drawn from the occult implications of the Christ phenomenon. A mystical Christianity that demands personal response from the individual as an individual all his life, and just as particularly in death.
Steiner's position is that the very evolution of our species is tied hard to Christ, Christ's message and death, and our understanding of what actually happened at Golgotha.
The dogma and ritual of the churches and varying religious ideologies do not address the mystery fully enough if at all Steiner says because their time has long passed, that man is due for an evolutionary morph in consciousness that the dogmas cannot possibly address. This morph will occur Steiner predicts sometime in this the third millennium.
Many of us now dismiss the gravity of Golgotha, that Jesus of Nazareth was a decent enough fellow. We fail to recognize that a God, Christ the Logos, the most powerful Spirit of the cosmos, descended into the man Jesus, taught and spoke through Jesus' human consciousness, that the entirety of the human consciousness would be altered to compassion.
That God Himself died on that cross that man's view of death might be altered to the understanding that man is spirit, that he will reincarnate eternally. God allowed His own blood to fall, for a specific reason; Steiner says.
The mystical power of God's blood soaked into the Earth altered all of our blood. All human blood was changed forever at Golgotha;the false course of human evolution diverted, at Golgotha; Steiner says.
That the Earth, the spirit behind the planet was changed too in acceptance of the sacrifice, is understandable.
Steiner gives intricate reasons and historical data to support his position none of which contradicts the materialistic science of our time but does point to materialistic science as shallow abstraction that only scratches at the surface of a material reality that is entirely the projection of far more vast and powerful spiritual reality acting behind the material, giving rise to the physical and demise to the physical.
I suspect that Steiner is intentionally ambiguous at some points, sometimes he mists over, requiring one to read more of his message--sink deeper into it, put the pieces together. Give our hearts to it, if we have any heart left.
I've read several of his books, some three times. He's a genius. His work is a form of initiatory process; one must struggle through it, rather as Christ struggled under the cross; wrestle with Steiner's revelations, somewhat as Jacob did the angel. Tremendous spiritual substance. In all that Steiner offers. Food for the hungry soul.
Steiner starts with a description of the physical body then progresses to the more subtle bodies as the etheric, astral bodies and the spiritual Ego which leads to an understanding of the human body in its totality. This is all written methodically and systematically. To read Steiner requires full attention and should be read slowly and consciously. It is an effort well worth making in order to acquire an understanding of the spiritual world and how it interpenetrates the physical. Steiner writes with a clarity and insight given to few. He was a true clairvoyant and wrote and lectured about the Universe and evolution of Humanity going back before Atlantis. Just the act of reading Steiner transforms the reader. It takes time to assimilate this new way of perceiving the world as well as ourselves but well worth the effort.
Rudolf Steiner was the founder of the Anthroposophical movement in Germany in the early 1900s.
He was a most gifted and inspiring teacher and was responsible for the advent of Waldorf education and Biodynamic farming among other new and more enlightened ways of functioning in the world. He has been my spiritual teacher since the early seventies and certainly has changed my life through his books, lectures and workshops. Theosophy is an excellent start.
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This is the first work of Steiner's that I have actually managed to read (his work is rather heavy going) as arguably it's one of the most...Read more