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Rudolf Steiner Phd
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23 Feb 2011
"It is not a question of merely making certain communications. Presenting them in a manner consistent with a conscientious view of the corresponding plane of life is the real challenge. This is the plane where the loftiest ambitions are often handled poorly, and where knowledge and superstition can become confused one with the other." Rudolf Steiner

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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (23 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146093637X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1460936375
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 17.8 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Steiner's work argues that body, spirit, and soul are bound together and determine the capacity of cognition. Exploring and developing ideas of occult science, the world, human nature, and similarly large, difficult concepts, this work asserts the existence and importance of the 'supersensible' world. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner (25/27 February 1861[3] – 30 March 1925) was an Austrian philosopher, social reformer, architect, and esotericist. Steiner gained initial recognition as a literary critic and cultural philosopher. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he founded a spiritual movement, anthroposophy, as an esoteric philosophy with roots in German idealist philosophy and theosophy; other influences include Goethean science and Rosicrucianism. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars It is Deep , Dense and Clear. 1 Feb 2002
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The author is a clairvoyant philosopher who lived in central Europe about 1861-1925 There are very few or no other text which are as profound and accessible to contemporary mind. Most of the pressing existential questions of man kind are treated in one way or another by R. Steiner in his extensive life work. This text here reviewed is the entry point for any student who wishes to know the work of this unique and gifted human.
R. Steiner describes the psychic anatomy of human.
Then R. Steiner describes the intimate relations between waking and sleeping consciousness. Upon this foundation R. Steiner describes in detail transition from life to death and the mystery of reincarnation.
once all this has been accomplished R. Steiner describes the evolution of the whole cosmos through four successive cosmic embodiments.
this book is not trivial, It stands alone in the cultural history of man kind. It is Deep , Dense and Clear. This book is life transforming. If you think you understand spirituality check here: if you want to: start here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The occult 20 Jun 2014
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Fascinating book by a man who claims to know about the invisible realm beyond our senses. The language is rather stilted and old fashioned but it remains a classic of its kind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Occult Science Book Review 24 Mar 2010
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I will be real simple with this review. I recommend all of Rudolf Steiner books if you have any thoughs or questions about Spiritual Life, Spiritual Science, or things of the spirit. I have studied the Occult for over fifty years and Steiner is the only one who clearly and simply provided all the answers I was seeking. This book is one of two Steiner recommends you read as a beginning to understand spiritual paths meant for the modern men and women of today. I could go on and on as I have, over the years, purchased and read many of his books, but order this one and begin the journey yourself. Our path to initiation and enlightment is individual.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Explores the evidence of the occult like a master! 24 Oct 2005
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Steiner is masterful in his teachings of the occult world and taking the reader to a place and time outside his known universe. Mind bending and amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guinding you toward the light 25 Aug 2011
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All his books are divine. It is a torch of knowledge. It answers many of your questions. The book is easy to read. The explanations of delicate metaphysical matters are crystal clear. The book will make you a believer.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tough but Rewarding Read 4 July 2014
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This probably the best book by Steiner which delves into his esoteric philosophy. Though with any book Steiner wrote, it is a very tough read and takes quite a while to get into it. His writing style is an old style that most may not follow the flow of, but it is good if you can persevere. If you are looking for a book which gets into Theosophy and other occult topics outside of Blavatsky, then this may be for you. I enjoyed this book but I would find it a bit too much to read it a second time. In saying that, I learned a lot from Steiner in this book.
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Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner (1861-1925) was an Austrian religious philosopher and esotericist, who was once a leader in the German section of the Theosophical Society, but broke with them after refusing to acknowledge Jiddu Krishnamurti as the coming "World Teacher." Steiner then founded the Anthroposophical Society, and began an influential system of schools ("Waldorf Schools") based on his educational ideas. He wrote many other books, such as Theosophy, Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and its Attainment: An Esoteric Spiritualism Initiation, etc. [NOTE: page numbers below refer to the 395-page 1972 paperback edition.]

He explained in the Preface to the 16th-20th editions, "Originally, it was my plan to add [this book's] essential content as final chapters to my book Theosophy... This proved to be impossible... [as] the subject matter of Occult Science did not yet live in me in its final form... I perceived details, but not the complete picture. I, therefore, decided to publish Theosophy with the content I had seen as the nature of the life of individual man, and then to carry through Occult Science ... without undue haste." (Pg. ix-x) He adds, "What is spiritually perceived is fully comprehensible to the unprejudiced, unperceiving consciousness if the seer gives his perceptions thought form... the comprehension of the spirit world ... bears the stamp of thought employed in natural science." (Pg. xi-xii) He asserts, "Occult Science is the antithesis of Natural Science." (Pg. xiv) He contends, "the knowledge considered scientific today cannot penetrate into the spirit world, and these reasons are in a certain sense irrefutable." (Pg. xx)

He observes, "The following objection is often heard in regard to the statements of occult science: 'These latter do not offer proof; they merely assert this or that and say that occult science ascertains this.' The following exposition will be misjudged if it is thought that any part of it has been presented in this sense. Our endeavor here is to allow the capacity of soul unfolded through a knowledge of nature to evolve further, as far as its own nature will allow, and then to call attention to the fact that in such development the soul encounters supersensible facts." (Pg. 9) Later, he adds, "for supersensible perception itself there is no need of verification of its results through such experiences. It does not desire to PROVE anything by these references, but to elucidate its findings." (Pg. 63)

He argues, "Prior to the separation of the moon from the Earth... there were among the descendants of the abandoned germinal human beings left behind on earth, in which the human souls, returning from the body-free state of existence, could no longer incarnate... Certain human souls, therefore, found it no longer possible under such circumstances to return to the Earth... Another part... was only able to receive souls of an order lower than the human being... There were souls who had been unable... when the Sun separated from the Earth, to find a place in the latter... they were removed to a planet that... had been severed from the common universal substance... from which the sun had also detached itself. This planet is the one whose physical expression is known to modern science as Jupiter... The souls described evolved further on Jupiter... and later on... still another dwelling place had to be fashioned ... For these a place on Mars was provided for their further evolution." (Pg. 197-199) Later, he adds, "In the case of the inferior kinds of human beings... the consequence was a tremendous terrestrial catastrophe... Only the smallest part who had remained partly untouched by error was able to escape to a district of the earth that had remained until then protected from corrupting human influence... The earth region... situated between modern Europe, Africa, and America, is called 'Atlantis' by spiritual science." (Pg. 216)

He suggests, "At the moment in the life of Christ Jesus, when His astral body contained everything that the Luciferic impulse can conceal, He assumed His mission as teacher of mankind... At the moment when the event of Golgotha was accomplished, the other aptitude was injected into mankind by which it is possible to turn the influence of Ahriman to good... The event of Palestine is not only the center of the physical evolution of mankind, but it is also the center of the other worlds to which the human being belongs... Since the Christ event, human beings who elevate themselves... are able to carry with them into the spiritual world what they have acquired in the sense world." (Pg. 248-249)

He states, "in true spiritual training... the sources of delusion are stopped up... in preparing himself, the true spiritual science student will acquire sufficient knowledge about what may cause delusion and autosuggestion, and thus be in a position to protect himself from them." (Pg. 336) He further asserts, "Whoever believes that human freedom is not compatible with foreknowledge and predestination of the future ... should consider that free human action in the future depends just as little upon the character the predestined things will have as this freedom depends upon his resolve to live in a house a year hence, the plan of which he determines today. He will be as free as it is possible for him to be according to his inner nature... he will be as free upon Jupiter and Venus as his inner life permits..." (Pg. 363)

This book is "must reading" for anyone studying Steiner's philosophy and ideas.
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