Rudolf Steiner intended these carefully written volumes to serve as a
foundation to all of the later, more advanced anthroposophical writings
and lecture courses.
THEOSOPHY. AN INTRODUCTION TO THE SUPERSENSIBLE KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORLD AND THE DESTINATION OF MAN by Rudolf Steiner.
The book begins with a beautiful description of the primordial
trichotomy; body, soul, and spirit. A discussion of reincarnation and
karma follows. The third and longest chapter of the work (74
pages) presents. In a vast panorama, the seven regions of the soul
world, the seven regions of the land of spirits, and the soul's
journey after death through these worlds. A brief discussion of the
path to higher knowledge is found in the fifth chapter.
PHILOSOPHY OF FREEDOM by Rudolf Steiner.
Steiner's most Important philosophical work deals both with
epistemology, the study of how man knows himself and the world, and
with the issue of human freedom. In the first half of the book
Steiner focuses on the activity of thinking in order to demonstrate
the true nature of knowledge. There he shows the fallacy of the
contemporary idea of thinking, pointing out that the prevailing
belief in the limits to knowledge is a self-imposed limit that
contradicts its own claim to truth. The possibility for freedom is
taken up in the second half of the book. The Issue is not political
freedom, but something more subtle; freedom of the will. There are
those who maintain that man's thoughts and actions are Just as
determined as a chemical reaction or a honey bee's behavior. Steiner
points again to the activity of thinking, from which arises the
possibility of free human action.
KNOWLEDGE OF THE HIGHER WORLDS AND ITS ATTAINMENT by Rudolf Steiner.
Rudolf Steiner's fundamental work on the path to higher knowledge
explains in detail the exercises and disciplines a student must
pursue in order to attain a wakeful experience of supersensible
realities. The path described here is a safe one which will not
interfere with the student's ability to lead a normal outer life.
CHRISTIANITY AND OCCULT MYSTERIES OF ANTIQUITY by Rudolf Steiner.
An Introduction to esoteric Christianity which explores the ancient
mythological wisdom of Egypt and Greece. The work shows how this
wisdom underwent a tremendous transformation Into a historical event
in the mystery of Golgotha.
OCCULT SCIENCE, AN OUTLINE by Rudolf Steiner.
This work of nearly 400 pages begins with a thorough discussion and
definition of the term “occult” science. A description of
the supersensible nature of man follows, along with a discussion of
dreams, sleep, death, life between death and rebirth, and
reincarnation. In the fourth chapter evolution is described from the
perspective of initiation science. The fifth chapter characterizes
the training a student must undertake to become an initiate. The
sixth and seventh chapters consider the future evolution of the world
and more detailed observations regarding supersensible