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Anthroposophy, An Introduction

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Anthroposophy, An Introduction

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These lectures were given to an audience of seasoned students of Anthroposophy; nevertheless, Rudolf Steiner described this course as 'introductory.' As the wide-ranging content reveals, Steiner's gaze was clearly fixed on Western humanity in general. As one of the most important spiritual teachers of the twentieth century, he felt that it was vital to describe the purpose and nature of Anthroposophy from numerous perspectives. Most important, Steiner tried to reveal the esoteric nature of Anthroposophy in an exoteric way, because he believed that today's spiritual crisis requires it. Given a year before he died, these lectures consider the implications of our human condition, especially our inner nature. He encourages the reader to consider our human and spiritual potential that Anthroposophy can help us develop. Subjects include the transition from ordinary knowing to the science of initiation; meditation and inspiration; love, intuition, and the human I; dream life and outer reality; imaginative cognition and the building of destiny; and phases of memory and the true self.

By Rudolf Steiner
Translated by Vera Compton Burnett
Bn/GA 234

These lectures were given to an audience of seasoned students of Anthroposophy; nevertheless, Rudolf Steiner described this course as 'introductory.'

As the wide-ranging content reveals, Steiner's gaze was clearly fixed on Western humanity in general. As one of the most important spiritual teachers of the twentieth century, he felt that it was vital to describe the purpose and nature of Anthroposophy from numerous perspectives. Most important, Steiner tried to reveal the esoteric nature of Anthroposophy in an exoteric way, because he believed that today's spiritual crisis requires it.

Given a year before he died, these lectures consider the implications of our human condition, especially our inner nature. He encourages the reader to consider our human and spiritual potential that Anthroposophy can help us develop.

Subjects include the transition from ordinary knowing to the science of initiation; meditation and inspiration; love, intuition, and the human I; dream life and outer reality; imaginative cognition and the building of destiny; and phases of memory and the true self.

Nine lectures given to members of the Anthroposophical Society at the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland, 19th January to 10th February 1924. From the lecture series entitled: Anthroposophy, A Summary of Twenty-one Years.

This translation has been made by V. Compton Burnett from the German text (first published 1927, third edition 1959) entitled Anthroposophie: eine Einführung in die anthroposophische Weltanschauung. Zugleich eine Anleitung zu ihrer Vertretung vor der Welt. Second English edition edited by Owen Barfield and presented here by the kind permission of, and in agreement with the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.

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CONTENTS

 Cover Sheet  
Contents
About the Transcripts of Lectures
Editors Preface
 
Lecture I: Anthroposophy as What Men Long For Today January 19, 1924
Lecture II: Meditation January 20, 1924
Lecture III: The Transition from Ordinary Knowledge to the Science of Initiation January 27, 1924
Lecture IV: Meditation and Inspiration February 01, 1924
Lecture V: Love, Intuition and the Human Ego February 02, 1924
Lecture VI: Respiration, Warmth and the Ego February 03, 1924
Lecture VII: Dream-life and External Reality February 08, 1924
Lecture VIII: Dreams, Imaginative Cognition, and the Building of Destiny February 09, 1924
Lecture IX: Phases of Memory and the Real Self February 10, 1924
 
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