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Theosophy: An Introduction to the Spiritual Processes in Human Life and in the Cosmos

(Classics in Anthroposophy)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  554 ratings  ·  26 reviews
A clear, concise explanation of human nature; the worlds of body, soul, and spirit; the laws of reincarnation; and the workings of karma.

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 qu
Paperback, 220 pages
Published December 1st 1994 by Steiner Books (first published 1904)
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Aug 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
The man is a genius. But my advice to anyone who has never read Steiner? Try to stay awake! Black coffee and a bright reading lamp! (This was my first Steiner book and I slept more while reading it than I did at night!)

I believe his writings are all translated from lectures and such. It is hard to get used to the indepth style of writing, especially after reading writings of current authors.

Steiner was born in mid 1800. He didn't actually go public with his writings until late into the 1800's.
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book speaks with vigor and authority about things that most of us spend our lives studiously trying to ignore.

Sometime in late adolescence I became aware that my life had a spiritual dimension and even a spiritual purpose. I might not have put it that way at the time, but I had developed a seasick feeling that all of my notions of about life and its aims were inadequate and wrong. I had no idea what to replace them with, so I embarked on a search that in time got me looking at the great rel
Alberto Grandi
Si può leggere e Leggere
Dec 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysticism, philosophy
This is one of the two key foundation texts for Rudolph Steiner's new religious movement Anthroposophy. It is a mish-mash of Neoplatonism and Vedanta expressed in 19th century scientific jargon. Steiner is a key figure in early 20th century spiritualism and his writings are important background in the study of the New Age movement. ...more
Oct 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I tried but not for me.
Pam Supanick
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spiritual Development

This book provides good thought food that one can take in and digest to grow in spiritual sight. This volume of Steiner as a first Steiner read serves well in my experience.
Alfredo Acosta
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Theosofhy, is a nice book, important to understand the spiritual realm as something where we are embedded. A human being whose spirit inhabits a body.
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wealth of information can be gained from this book. Steiner's 'Theosophy' provides a concise introduction to those students that are new to the concepts behind Theosophy and Anthroposophy. ...more
Roger Buck
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I do not even want to rate this book. My views on Steiner are so complex and so likely to be misunderstood that I would rather not reduce them to soundbites.

I simply want to say I have read this book and that whilst Steiner served to free me from Eastern Theosophy and the New Age scene I found at Findhorn, Valentin Tomberg, in turn, provided me with a very different hermeneutic with which to engage Steiner.

I hope the above l
Feb 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anthroposophy
The title of this book can be mischevious and it is very unfortunate that Rudolf Steiner is by many people viewed as a "mere theosoph". There was indeed a stage in his life when he joined the theosophical society but because of the unsurmountable differences of opinions he was forced to leave and founded the Anthroposophical society. So the title of this book should really be "Anthroposophy" but the word "theosophy" stays in his books and written lectures for the historical faithfulness.
As for t
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un fantastico viaggio tra corpo, anima e spirito. Le parole di Steiner svegliano quella parte sopita dentro di noi, che aspira ad una nuova evoluzione.
Bellissimo l'ultimo capitolo, in cui vengono fornite alcune pratiche linee guida (di assai difficile messa in pratica) per intraprendere il cammino verso la conoscenza dei mondi superiori.
Coquille Fleur
Feb 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthroposophy
This was the first book required in my Waldorf Teacher training. Great Steiner in a nutshell. Helped me develop my spiritual organs (and give them a name). Fundamental to understanding Steiner and Waldorf.
Greg Savage
Nov 16, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you are keen on cults and drivel then
Rudolph is your man. He does have a big following so It may be me who can't penetrate his doublespeak. I suspect that there is a lot of people looking for something to believe in. This is not the guy, though the cult does seem basically harmless.
Feb 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthroposophy
Very Good Book
Dec 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book. I like all books from Steiner but when I became interested in Theosophy, friends recommended me this one. All that Steiner wrote is worth exploring.
"Spiritual researchers challenged their students, not to BELIEVE what they are told but to THINK it." - pg 179. ...more
Linda Anderson
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting...very thought provoking...
Nadja Lepsch
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In this book, Rudolf Steiner teach us about the basic understandings of Theosophy with good examples and clarity. Basic text for whom intends to study Anthroposophy.
Robin Vig
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Easier to read than Philosophy of Freedom.
Todd Hughes
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well done, but definitely not a primer to theosophy. You should read a general text on the tennets if theodophy before you read this master work.
Michael Dackweiler
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anthroposophy
I love it!
Oct 30, 2007 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Waldorf Schooling
My kids are in Waldorf School. I need a basic to understand the pedagogical framework of Steiner's teaching approach. ...more
Jan 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Dense book... I'm reading it in a study group. Great images thru words. ...more
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Nov 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Incredible read. Had to repeat many sections many times to digest the thoughts. Thoroughly breaks down our relation to the cosmos. Spirit, soul, and body.
JL Torres
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-reads, spiritual
A challenging masterpiece of spiritual depiction and instruction.
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Steiner was a philosopher, social thinker, architect, and esotericist.

"Steiner led this movement through several phases. In the first, more philosophically oriented phase, Steiner attempted to find a synthesis between science and mysticism; his philosophical work of these years, which he termed spiritual science, sought to provide a connection between the cognitive path of Western philosophy and t

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“Just as in the body, eye and ear develop as organs of perception, as senses for bodily processes, so does a man develop in himself soul and spiritual organs of perception through which the soul and spiritual worlds are opened to him. For those who do not have such higher senses, these worlds are dark and silent, just as the bodily world is dark and silent for a being without eyes and ears.” 98 likes
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