Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner (25 or 27 February 1861 - 30 March 1925) was an Austrian philosopher, social thinker, architect and esotericist. He gained initial recognition as a literary critic and cultural philosopher. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he founded a new spiritual movement, Anthroposophy, as an esoteric philosophy growing out of European transcendentalism and with links to Theosophy.

Steiner advocated a form of ethical individualism, to which he later brought a more explicitly spiritual component. He based his epistemology on Johann Wolfgang Goethe's world view, in which “Thinking … is no more and no less an organ of perception than the eye or ear. Just as the eye perceives colours and the ear sounds, so thinking perceives ideas.” A consistent thread that runs from his earliest philosophical phase through his later spiritual orientation is the goal of demonstrating that there are no essential limits to human knowledge.

Steiner wrote a number of books and delivered hundreds of lectures. Some of his writings are :

Goethean Science (1883-1897)
Theory of Knowledge Implicit in Goethe's World-Conception (1886)
Truth and Knowledge (doctoral thesis) (1892)
Intuitive thinking as a spiritual path, also published as the Philosophy of Freedom (1894)
Mysticism at the Dawn of Modern Age (1901/1925)
Christianity as Mystical Fact (1902)
Cosmic Memory: Prehistory of Earth and Man (1904)
Theosophy: An Introduction to the Spiritual Processes in Human Life and in the Cosmos (1904)
How to Know Higher Worlds: A Modern Path of Initiation (1904-5)
The Education of the Child, (1907)
An Outline of Esoteric Science (1910)
The Renewal of the Social Organism (1919)
Fundamentals of Therapy: An Extension of the Art of Healing Through Spiritual Knowledge (1925)
The Story of my Life (1924-5) (autobiography)
(courtesy Wikipedia)

An Outline of Occult Science by Rudolf Steiner is a wonderful book on the esoteric subject of Occult Science.  It studies the psychic anatomy of man. It describes the intimate relations between waking and sleeping consciousness, transition from life to death and the mystery of reincarnation. Steiner also expresses his deep insight into the evolution of the whole cosmos through four successive cosmic embodiments.

The book is great, clear and profound. It is life-transforming and indispensable to understand spirituality.

Contents include :

Preface to the Fourth Edition.
Author's Remarks To First Edition
Chapter I. The Character of Occult Science
Chapter II. The Nature of Man
Chapter III. Sleep and Death
Chapter IV. The Evolution of the World and Man
Chapter V. Knowledge of the Higher Worlds
Chapter VI. The Present and Future Evolution of the World and of Humanity
Chapter VII. Details from the Domain of Occult Science Man's Etheric Body

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