Steiner Online Library Spiritual Science for Human Evolution

Theosophy
GA 9

A Note on the Title

At first glance the title of this book may be somewhat misleading for the British reader. It may suggest to him associations with Anglo-Indian Theosophy and the Theosophical Society founded by H. P. Blavatsky.

Rudolf Steiner, however, uses the term independently and with different and much wider connotation. In earlier centuries, particularly in Central Europe, “Theosophy” was a recognised section of Philosophy and even of Theology. Jacob Boehme was known as the “great theosopher.” In English the term goes back to the seventeenth century.

Ultimately it leads us back to St. Paul who says (1 Cor. ii. 6-7): “Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world. ... But we speak the wisdom of God (Greek ‘Theosophia’) in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the world unto our glory.”

In the present book Rudolf Steiner has described on the basis of independent research certain fundamental facts of this “hidden wisdom” concerning Man and Universe. He considered it right that the ancient, time-honoured term “Theosophy” should be used for this purpose and the word restored to its original and universal significance.

A brief list of literature recommended for reading is given at the end of the volume, together with a summarised plan of the Complete Centenary Edition of Rudolf Steiner's works in the original German.

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Quotes

"You can see from this, my dear friends, what mischief will be set on foot if the truths of Spiritual Science are withheld. For man will be exposed to the forces of evil, and he will only be protected from it by giving himself up to the spiritual life of the good. To withhold the spiritual life of goodness from men is to be no friend to humanity. Whoever does this, be he Freemason or Jesuit, is no friend to humanity. For it means handing men over to the forces of evil. And there may be a purpose in doing so. This purpose may be to confine goodness to a small circle, in order by the help of this goodness to dominate the helpless humanity who are thus led by evil into the follies of life."

—Rudolf Steiner,
Spiritual Science Notes On Goethe's Faust, Vol. II, No. 273-8.

Spiritual Exercises

Calendar of the Soul

In 1912 Rudolf Steiner offered a “calendar of the soul” with weekly verses that express how the changing seasons in both the outer natural world and our inner lives help humanity evolve. Download and read the verses in four translations with commentary by Eloise Krivosheia of the Los Angeles Branch of the Anthroposophical Society.

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2022-2023 Calendar Dates