Theosophy (Aziloth Books)

Theosophy (Aziloth Books)

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by Rudolf Steiner
     
 

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In 1882, at the age of 21, Rudolf Steiner's life was changed forever by a seemingly chance meeting on a train. Traveling between Vienna and his home town of Pottschach, Steiner fell into conversation with Felix Koguzki, a lowly herb-gatherer who claimed to have personal and direct knowledge of higher worlds of spiritual attainment. Koguzki arranged for the young man…  See more details below

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In 1882, at the age of 21, Rudolf Steiner's life was changed forever by a seemingly chance meeting on a train. Traveling between Vienna and his home town of Pottschach, Steiner fell into conversation with Felix Koguzki, a lowly herb-gatherer who claimed to have personal and direct knowledge of higher worlds of spiritual attainment. Koguzki arranged for the young man to meet a mysterious individual, someone Steiner refers to only as a 'Master', who seems to have guided him successfully towards spiritual enlightenment. Steiner's book 'Theosophy' was published 28 years later, in 1910, and is a detailed account of this 'spiritual science', a method of attaining to the higher worlds that is replete with descriptions of esoteric realities, and what one may expect at the various milestones of human development. This is a book that will repay a slow and careful study, a treatise on the higher worlds that the reader can, with profit, return to again and again.

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ISBN-13:
9781907523953
Publisher:
Aziloth Books
Publication date:
02/25/2011
Pages:
132
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.28(d)

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THEOSOPHY INTRODUCTION When Johann Gottlieb Fichte, in the autumn of 1813, gave to the world his "Introduction to the Science of Knowledge" as the ripe fruit of a life wholly devoted to the service of truth, he said, at the very beginning: "This science presupposes an entirely new inner sense organ or instrument, by means of which there is revealed a new world which does not exist for the ordinary man." And he proceeded to give the following comparison to show how incomprehensible this doctrine of his must be when judged by means of conceptions founded on the ordinary senses: "Think of a world of people born blind, who therefore know only those objects and relations which exist through the sense of touch. Go among them and speak to them of colors and the otherrelations which exist only through light and for the sense of sight. Either you convey nothing to their minds, and this is the more fortunate if they tell you so, for you will in that way quickly notice the mistake and, if unable to open their eyes, will cease the useless speaking. . . ." Now those who speak to people about such things as Fichte deals with in this instance find themselves only too often in a position like that of a man who can see among the born blind. But these are things that refer to man's true being and highest goal, and to believe it necessary "to cease the useless speaking" would amount to despairing of humanity. On the contrary, one should not for one moment doubt the possibility of opening the eyes of everyone to these things, provided that he is in earnest in the matter. On this supposition have all those written and spoken who felt that within themselves the "inner sense- instrument" hadgrown by which they were able to know the true nature and being of man, which is hidden from the outer sens...

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Rudolf Steiner was an Austrian philosopher, literary scholar, educator, artist, playwright, social thinker, and esotericist. He was the founder of Anthroposophy, Waldorf education, biodynamic agriculture, anthroposophical medicine, and the new artistic form of Eurythmy.
Steiner advocated a form of ethical individualism, to which he later brought a more explicitly spiritual component. He derived his epistemology from Johann Wolfgang Goethe's world view, where "Thinking... is no more and no less an organ of perception than the eye or ear. Just as the eye perceives colours and the ear sounds, so thinking perceives ideas.

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This title is the first half of what the author originally intended to be a one volume text in two parts. The second part is now published as An Outline of Esoteric Science while this first part remains with the original title, Theosophy, although the author broke away from the organized movement with this name. The book deals with the organic structure of the human being as a dual being with an inner and an outer life; as a threefold being with a body, a personal soul life and a spiritual nature that reincarnates; as a fourfold being with a membership in each one of the three visible natural kingdoms as well as in a kingdom of our own - which in turn connects us with higher kingdoms - as well as a sevenfold and a ninefold being. The etheric body, the astral body as well as other fundamental concepts of spiritual science are thoroughly examined and put in context. The chapter on reincarnation and karma is logically convincing albeit a bit abstract. Very concrete, however, is the chapter describing the human aura and its colors. The chapter describing the discipline of spiritual research is a gem and worth the struggle of a generally gnarly text. In fact, this struggle is part of the authors intentions of inviting the reader to a discipline that will lead to personal experience. A drawback is that it also can lead to mystification and followership amongst people that lack the discipline or the mental faculties to digest this kind of text. For serious students and practicioners of the spiritual sciences, however, this book, along with its companion volume Esoteric Science, is a time tested and performance proven corner stone. Recent books of similar scope are hard to find, but B. A. Brannons books are related in some ways.
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