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An Introduction to the Supersensible Knowledge of the World and the Destination of Man (CW 9)

Rudolf Steiner Translated by Henry B. Monges

222 pp.  
5 1/2" x 8"





Written work, 1904 (CW 9)

Theosophy is a key work for gaining a solid footing in spiritual reality as described by Rudolf Steiner. It is organized into four parts. First, Steiner builds a comprehensive understanding of human nature: physical bodily nature; soul qualities; spirit being, or I-being; and the higher spiritual aspects. This leads us to Steiner’s description of the human being as sevenfold:

  • Material, physical body
  • Ether body, or body of life forces
  • Sentient soul body
  • Mind soul
  • Spirit-filled consciousness soul
  • Life spirit
  • Spirit body

In the next section, Steiner offers an extraordinary overview of the laws of reincarnation and the principles of karma, as we pass from one life to the next. This prepares us for the third section, in which he shows the various ways in which we live—during life on earth and after death and in the three worlds of body, soul, and spirit.

Finally, we are given a succinct description of the path of knowledge, along which each person can begin to understand the marvelous and harmonious complexity of the psycho-spiritual worlds in their fullness.

  • What is the Meaning of Life? Many consider this to be an unanswerable question, a futile exercise in speculation for philosophers. Yet all human beings must concern themselves to some degree with this question—if only to have a reason to go on living. In this book Rudolf Steiner not only reports from his unique research real, factual answers for life’s “ultimate questions,” but leads the reader far beyond such initial reflections.

    Steiner investigates the supersensible or spiritual regions of the world with a rigorously scientific approach. Instructions in the beginning steps of this approach are given here, as well as clear depictions of the supersensible nature of the human being; the workings of destiny (karma), reincarnation, and life after death; and the several divisions in the spiritual world. Through this, the basic concepts and terms of Steiner’s anthroposophy are introduced.

    Unlike usual books, this one requires the reader’s active inner participation to be complete. “This book cannot be read in the customary manner of the present day. In certain respects every page, and even many sentences, will have to be worked out by the reader…. Its truths must be experienced, lived.” (from the preface)

This volume is a translation of « Theosophie, Einführung in übersinnliche Welterkenntnis und Menschenbestimmung » (GA 9).

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  • Anthroposophical Leading Thoughts : Anthroposophy as a Path of Knowledge: The Michael Mystery (CW 26)
  • Theosophy : An Introduction to the Spiritual Processes in Human Life and in the Cosmos (CW 9)
  • Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path : A Philosophy of Freedom (CW 4)
  • The Language of the Consciousness Soul : A Guide to Rudolf Steiner’s “Leading Thoughts”

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    Anthroposophy: Classics in Anthroposophy ; Anthroposophy: Foundation Books by Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophy: General