By Rudolf Steiner

Written in 1904 (CW 9)

Theosophy is a key paintings for gaining an outstanding footing in non secular truth as defined via Rudolf Steiner. it's equipped into 4 components. First, Steiner builds a accomplished knowing of human nature: actual physically nature; soul features; spirit being, or I-being; and the better religious features. This leads us to Steiner’s description of the person as sevenfold:

  • fabric, actual physique
  • Ether physique, or physique of existence forces
  • Sentient soul physique
  • brain soul
  • Spirit-filled realization soul
  • lifestyles spirit
  • Spirit physique

In the following part, Steiner deals a unprecedented evaluation of the legislation of reincarnation and the rules of karma, as we go from one lifestyles to the subsequent. This prepares us for the 3rd part, during which he exhibits many of the ways that we live―during lifestyles in the world and after loss of life and within the 3 worlds of physique, soul, and spirit.

Finally, we're given a succinct description of the trail of information, alongside which each and every individual can start to comprehend the really good and harmonious complexity of the psycho-spiritual worlds of their fullness.


  • Foreword by way of Michael Holdrege
  • Prefaces by means of Rudolf Steiner
  • Chapter 1: the basic Nature of the Human Being:
  • The physically Nature of the man or woman
  • The Soul Nature of the man or woman
  • The Spirit Nature of the man or woman
  • physique, Soul, and Spirit
  • Chapter 2: future & the Reincarnation of the Spirit
  • Chapter three: the 3 Worlds:
  • The Soul international
  • The Soul within the Soul global after demise
  • the rustic of Spirit Beings
  • The Spirit in Spirit state after loss of life
  • The actual international and Its Connection to the Worlds of Souls and Spirits
  • Chapter four: the trail to Knowledge
  • comparable interpreting
  • Index

This quantity is a translation of « Theosophie, Einführung in übersinnliche Welterkenntnis und Menschenbestimmung » (GA nine)

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The unhappy p. a hundred and twenty wants that have remained from actual lifestyles provide the issues of assault. The sympathy of such souls extends purely to what can nourish their egocentric natures; it truly is significantly handed via the antipathy which floods every thing else. Now the needs goal at actual enjoyments which can't be happy within the soul global. The yearning is intensified to its optimum measure by means of this impossibility of pride. yet while as a result of this impossibility it's pressured to die out steadily. The burning lusts steadily exhaust themselves, and the soul has realized via event that the one technique of fighting the soreness that needs to come from such longings lies in killing them out. through the actual lifestyles delight is continually being repeated. via this suggests the discomfort of the burning lusts is roofed over by means of a type of phantasm. After loss of life, within the "fire cleansing," the ache comes into proof fairly unveiled. the main worried sufferings are laid naked. a gloomy, gloomy country is it within which the soul therefore reveals itself. in fact simply these folks whose wishes are directed in the course of actual existence to the coarsest issues can fall into this situation. Natures p. 121 with few lusts wade through it with no noticing it, for they've got no affinity with it. It has to be acknowledged that, normally, souls are the longer stimulated by way of the Burning hope the extra heavily they've got turn into certain up with that fireplace in the course of existence, and the extra they require on that account to be purified in it. A moment category of items within the soul global is of this sort of nature that sympathy and antipathy guard an equivalent stability in them. In as far as a human soul is in an analogous situation after demise it is going to be inspired through these items for a time. The giving of oneself up solely to the exterior glitter of existence and to pleasure within the swiftly-succeeding impressions of the senses, brings approximately this situation. many folks stay in it. they permit themselves to be encouraged through every one valueless trifle of daily life; yet, as their sympathy is hooked up to nobody factor specifically, the impacts fast cross. every little thing that doesn't belong to this area of empty nothings is repellent to such individuals. If the soul reviews this situation after dying with out the presence of the actual items that are useful for its pride, the p. 122 needs to wishes die out eventually. certainly the privation which precedes its whole extinction within the soul is stuffed with affliction. This country of ache is the varsity for the destruction of the semblance within which such individuals are thoroughly wrapped up in the course of actual existence. Thirdly there come into account within the soul global the issues with predominating sympathy, these in whose natures want predominates. the consequences in their job are skilled via souls that preserve an environment of needs after demise. those needs additionally steadily die out as a result of the impossibility in their being happy. The quarter of allure and Repulsion which has been defined above because the fourth, exposes the soul to important trials.

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