Spiritualism, Madame Blavatsky, and Theosophy: An Eyewitness View of Occult History

Spiritualism, Madame Blavatsky, and Theosophy: An Eyewitness View of Occult History

by Rudolf Steiner
     
 

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Without the spiritualist movement and the amazing personality of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, the creator of the Theosophical Society, the spiritual revolution of the twentieth century - the so-called New Age, with all its movers and shakers - would be unimaginable. And the work of Rudolf Steiner, G.I. Gurdjieff, Ren� Gu�non, Hazrat Inayat Khan, Sri Aurobindo,

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Without the spiritualist movement and the amazing personality of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, the creator of the Theosophical Society, the spiritual revolution of the twentieth century - the so-called New Age, with all its movers and shakers - would be unimaginable. And the work of Rudolf Steiner, G.I. Gurdjieff, Ren� Gu�non, Hazrat Inayat Khan, Sri Aurobindo, R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz, and C.G. Jung could not have become what it was.

In this fascinating volume on the Theosophical movement, Rudolf Steiner, one of its primary participants, tells his story in his own words. We are told of the origins of the theosophical movement in spiritualism and somnambulism. We are given Steiner's own version of the relationship between Anthroposophy and Theosophy through his White Lotus Day Lectures, given over several years on the anniversary of Madame Blavatsky's death.

Steiner then moves into the realm of occult history, where he relates Theosophy to its historical ground in Western esotericism, especially Rosicrucianism. He reveals events from the seventeenth century that led to the emergence of Freemasonry and other secret societies, as well as the hidden history of the creation of Theosophy in the nineteenth century and the conflicts that still reverberate today between the Anglo-Saxon and Germanic occult streams.

About the Author:
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 (drama, speech and eurythmy). In 1924 he founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which has branches throughout the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780880104951
Publisher:
SteinerBooks, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.74(d)

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