Rudolf Steiner Archive 

Esoteric Development

Esoteric Development

Rudolf Steiner Archive Document

Lectures Section

Steiner depicts here the experience of his non-mystical, scientifically clear path to a cultivation of inner faculties for experiencing super-sensible realities. Topics covered include the "six basic exercises," fasting, suitable content and practical requirements for meditative training, changes and stages of inner awareness, the role of love in acquiring higher knowledge, the development of higher sense organs or chakras, and the three types of esoteric paths: Oriental Yoga,

By Rudolf Steiner

Various translators, edited by Alice Wulsin
Various Bn/GA numbers

Steiner depicts here the experience of his non-mystical, scientifically clear path to a cultivation of inner faculties for experiencing super-sensible realities. Topics covered include the "six basic exercises," fasting, suitable content and practical requirements for meditative training, changes and stages of inner awareness, the role of love in acquiring higher knowledge, the development of higher sense organs or chakras, and the three types of esoteric paths: Oriental Yoga, Christian-Gnostic, and European Rosicrucian.

“With an informative introduction by Alan Howard, Esoteric Development is a useful introduction to the spiritual development exercises taught by Rudolf Steiner.” - New Age Book Review.

Edited by Alice Wulsin and with a cover design by Peter Van Oordt, this volume is presented here with the kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.

 Cover Sheet  
Introduction
Contents
Publisher's Note
 
Lecture I: Inner Development December 07, 1905

Lecture, December 7, 1905; Bn/GA number 54. Translated for this volume by Gertrude Teutsch.

Lecture II: Psychological Foundations of Anthroposophy April 08, 1911

Lecture, April 8, 1911; Bn/GA number 35. Translated by Olin D. Wannamaker. First published by Anthroposophic Press, Inc. Translation revised for this volume.

Lecture III: Supersensible Knowledge: Anthroposophy As a Demand of the Age September 26, 1923

Lecture, September 26, 1923; Bn/GA number 84. Translated by Olin D. Wannamaker. First published by Anthroposophic Press, Inc. 1943. Translation revised for this volume.
(See this original translation as Lecture I in the lecture series, Supersensible Knowledge (Anthroposophy) as a Demand of the Age.

Lecture IV: Attainment of Supersensible Knowledge August 20, 1922

Lecture, August 20, 1922; GA #305. First published in the Anthroposophy Quarterly Vol. 4, No. 2 (1929). Translation revised extensively for this volume. Permission to revise original translation kindly granted by Rudolf Steiner Press.

Chapter V: General Demands Which Every Aspirant for Occult Development Must Put to Himself

Written work; GA #245. Previously published by Rudolf Steiner Press as part of the volume Guidance in Esoteric Training. Revised for this volume with the kind permission of Rudolf Steiner Press.

Chapter VI: Further Rules in Continuation of General Demands

Written text; GA #245. Revised for this volume from an unpublished manuscript.

Lecture VII: The Great Initiates March 16, 1905

Lecture, March 16, 1905; GA #53. Revised for this volume from an unpublished manuscript.

Lecture VIII: The Path of Knowledge and Its Stages: The Rosicrucian Spiritual Path October 20, 1906

Lecture, October 20, 1906; GA #96. Translated for this volume by Diane Tatum.

Lecture IX: Imaginative Knowledge and Artistic Imagination October 21, 1906

Lecture, October 21, 1906; GA #96. Revised for this volume from an unpublished manuscript.

Lecture X: The Three Decisions on the Path of Imaginative Cognition March 02, 1915

Lecture, March 2, 1915; GA #157. Revised for this volume from an unpublished manuscript.

 
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