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From the History and Contents of the First Section of the Esoteric School

Letters, Documents, and Lectures: 1904–1914 (CW 264)


Rudolf Steiner Edited by Hella Wiesberger Introduction by Christopher Bamford

464 pp.  
6" x 9"

SteinerBooks

Paperback

$35.00
Published:  December 2010

978-0-88010-640-5


This volume is an important text for anyone interested in the development of Rudolf Steiner's teaching and for those wishing to explore the advice and admonitions Steiner provided for his early esoteric students. This collection of letters, circulars, and lectures offer a glimpse of the birth of the anthroposophic movement from the German section of the Theosophical Society of the late nineteenth century. One gains a clear picture of why Steiner could no longer work within the theosophic framework, as well as the events that led to the split between the Theosophical Society under the leadership of Annie Besant and the Esoteric School under Steiner's guidance and leadership.

Primarily in the form of letters are the specific exercises and advice that Steiner gave to pupils who wished to further their spiritual capacities. Also included are his early lectures and teachings concerning the "Masters" and their relationship to human evolution.

From the History and Contents of the First Section of the Esoteric School 1904–1914 includes introductory and concluding remarks by the book's original editor, Hella Wiesberger.

  • CONTENTS

  • Introduction by Christopher Bamford
  • Translator’s Foreword
  • Introduction to the German Edition by Hella Wiesberger
  • PART I: THE FOUNDING OF THE FIRST SECTION OF THE ESOTERIC SCHOOL: 1904–1914
  • Further Introductory Remarks by Hella Wiesberger: Concerning the Structure of the Esoteric School, the Rules, the Lesson Material, and the Method of Instruction in the Esoteric School
  • Letters to Esoteric Pupils, with Exercises
  • The General Rules of the School
  • Individually Given Exercises
  • From the Teachings about the Masters of Wisdom and of the Harmony of Sensations and Feelings
  • Supplement by Hella Wiesberger: The Masters of Wisdom and of the Harmony of Sensations and Feelings in the Work of Rudolf Steiner
  • PART II: THE HISTORY OF THE SEPARATION OF THE ESOTERIC SCHOOL INTO AN EASTERN AND A WESTERN SCHOOL IN 1907
  • Foreword by Hella Wiesberger
  • Three Letters: The So-called Leadbeater Case
  • Eleven Letters and an Article Regarding the Choice of Annie Besant To Be the President of the Theosophical Society, which Led to the Separation from the Esoteric School
  • From Esoteric Lessons on Eastern and Western Occultism
  • PART III: THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE MOVEMENT, THE ESOTERIC SCHOOL, AND THE SOCIETY
  • Preliminary Remarks by Hella Wiesberger
  • Notes on Seven Lectures and Addresses
  • Concluding Remarks by Hella Wiesberger
  • APPENDICES
  • Preliminary Remarks by the German Editors of the Second Edition
  • A. Exegesis to Light on the Path by Mabel Collins
  • B. Rudolf Steiner’s Explanations of “The Voice of the Silence” by H. P. Blavatsky
  • C. Excerpt from the German translation of H. P. Blavatsky’s “The Voice of the Silence”
  • D. Notes from H. P. Blavatsky’s “ES Instructions No. III”
  • Biographical Notes
  • Chronological List of Letters, Documents, and Lectures
  • Significant Events in the Life of Rudolf Steiner
  • Index

This book is volume 264 in the Collected Works (CW) of Rudolf Steiner, published by SteinerBooks, 2010. It is a translation of the German Zur Geschichte und aus den Inhalten der ersten Abteilung der Esoterischen Schule, 1904–1914, published by Rudolf Steiner Verlag, Dornach, Switzerland, 1984.

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  • Esoteric Lessons 1904–1909 : From the Esoteric School, vol. 1 (CW 266/1)
  • Esoteric Lessons 1913–1923 : From the Esoteric School, vol. 3 (CW 266/3)
  • Esoteric Lessons 1910–1912 : From the Esoteric School, vol. 2 (CW 266/2)

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