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The Inner Nature of Man

And Our Life between Death and Rebirth (CW 153)

Rudolf Steiner Translated by Anna Meuss

174 pp.  
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Rudolf Steiner Press




8 lectures and a short address in Vienna, April 6-14, 1914 (CW 153)

  • "When we know how to enter deeply into the realm of the soul, we reach understanding of the harmony that exists between successive lives on earth and the whole of the physical world outside us." —Rudolf Steiner

In these eight lectures, given during World War I, as thousands of young men were being killed in battle, Rudolf Steiner—the great initiate of the twentieth century—describes the dramatic reality of the spiritual worlds encountered by human beings after death. He speaks of the joys and sufferings experienced in those worlds by people of different character; the vision of the "ideal human being" that souls experience; the cosmic "midnight hour"; the processes leading to rebirth in the world of the senses; the deeper causes behind such phenomena as materialism and criminality; and why, in the flesh, we lose our instinctive perception of the spiritual worlds.

Steiner also describes how knowledge of the spiritual realms, as well as the life beyond death and before birth, can be built on the foundations of modern science. Indeed, he speaks of human involvement in science and its many achievements as necessary steps on the path toward modern spirituality and true understanding of the soul and details some of the methods for attaining direct perception into the worlds of soul and spirit.

This volume is a translation from German of Inneres Wesen des Menschen und Leben zwischen Tod und neuer Geburt (GA 153).

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