Basic work recommendations
- To add to Elaine recommendations:
I would steer someone new to other works initially. The ones mentioned are difficult and vague at times compared to the similar material he gave in some lectures after 1904. Many people find At the Gates of Spiritual Science one of the best intro cycles he ever gave. Esoteric Cosmology or an Outline of Esoteric Science are also good.. The problem with Occult Science and Theosophy is that they are dry and deliberate whereas these other lecture cycles were intended to cover the same ground but in a living relationship with the audience. As such, RS could sense and feel where the "stuck places" were in the audience and went further in some details and made things more "visible" to the listeners. At the Gates of Spiritual Science is now republished under a different title.Anthroposophic Press can be emailed or called and one can find out what the new title is.
elaine upton wrote:
Thanks for your post. It's great to be new to STeiner, or, As Rilke said,
always to be new or beginning again.
Ancient principles: Steiner had a lot to offer about these, in almost all
his works. Most people begin with his OCCULT SCIENCE, or perhaps with
THEOSOPHY (that title is misleading--because Steiner broke off from the
theosophical society, as you may know, but some of his basic offerings are
in that book).
There are other places to start also. His autobiography is very helpful.
>Subject: [anthroposophy] Re: Ancient principles still viable today:
>Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2000 14:41:13 -0000
>I have to confess being new to Steiner and Anthroposophy. As
>someone better read in the anthroposophic tradition, point me in
>the right direction here as to what to consult in Steiner's works.
>It would seem to me though from my own study that these root
>ethical teachings are basic to the spiritual, philosophic path.
>To me the Ten Commandments while they contain much of the
>Yamas as described by Patanjali are not as inclusive as they are
>in the framework of a patriarchical, montheistic or henotheistic
>religion. The Yamas on the other hand are not rootedso much in
>belief as in behavior.
>The Sermon on the Mount seems to me to extend the Ten
>Commandments and make them more inclusive.
>They are often slighted or overlooked or seen as elementary
>when they are really fundamental.
>I'm closer to the Yoga tradition as I practise daily.
>Apologies Elaine if this appears inappropriate to an
>--- In email@example.com, "elaine upton"
> > Ok, anthra--say these ancient principles (ahimsa, satya,
> > brahmcharya, etc.) are still viable today. But how do they speak
>to us on an
> > anthroposophy list? This is an "anthroposophy list"--smile.
> > I could also say that The Ten Commandments or the Eight
>Noble Truths of
> > Buddhism (which Steiner used) are still viable today. But does
> > help us to understand these today in a new (or a new-old)
> > Be well (with ahimsa and all),
> > elaine
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