Esoteric Christianity and the Mission of Christian Rosenkreutz
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Rudolf Steiner did not intend publishing the lectures of this volume,
and he did not check them himself. Therefore he chose neither the name
of the book nor the title of the individual lectures. Those that have
already appeared in print received their titles as publications of
Rudolf Steiner gave these lectures while still working with his
Anthroposophically orientated Spiritual Science within the
Theosophical Society of those days, therefore he used the term
Theosophy, but always in the sense of his Spiritual Science which
was Anthroposophically orientated right from the beginning. In
accordance with instructions Rudolf Steiner gave at a later date most
of them have been altered to Spiritual Science or Anthroposophy.
The Theosophical Society, founded by H.P. Blavatsky: Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, nee von Hahn (Ekaterinoslav, Southern Russia, 1831 1891 London), founded the Theosophical Society together with Col. H.S. Olcott in New York in 1875, its headquarters moving in 1879 to India (Adyar, near Madras).
The Secret Doctrine: The Synthesis of Science, Religion and Philosophy. Volume 1, Cosmogenesis; Volume II, Anthropogenesis; London, 1888. A third volume was published from manuscripts by Annie Besant in London in 1897.