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Autobiography : chapters in the course of my life, 1861-1907
Steiner, Rudolf, 1861-1925.
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Mein Lebensgang. English
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Hudson, NY : Anthroposophic Press, [1999]

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415 pages ; 24 cm.
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BP595.S894 A3 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Rudolf Steiner has been called "the best kept secret of the twentieth century. In this book, Steiner recalls the first thirty-five years of his life and spiritual path. It was written in weekly installments for the anthroposophic newsletter to the members. Steiner did not often speak or write of himself in a personal way. Thus this book offers us an extremely rare opportunity to intimately view his inner life, the relationships he developed with those he encountered along the way, and the events that shaped him.This is no ordinary narrative of life's successes and failures but an autobiography of a soul. Each event and personal encounter is seen and gauged in relation to its spiritual roots and consequences. We witness the evolving consciousness of a modern spiritual master.This book is the self-portrait of a man whose ideas remain ahead of our time -- a man whose ideas are sorely needed in an increasingly confused and materialistic world. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

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Austrian-born Rudolf Steiner was a noted Goethe (see Vol. 2) scholar and private student of the occult who became involved with Theosophy in Germany in 1902, when he met Annie Besant (1847--1933), a devoted follower of Madame Helena P. Blavatsky (1831--1891). In 1912 he broke with the Theosophists because of what he regarded as their oriental bias and established a system of his own, which he called Anthroposophy (anthro meaning "man"; sophia sophia meaning "wisdom"), a "spiritual science" he hoped would restore humanism to a materialistic world. In 1923 he set up headquarters for the Society of Anthroposophy in New York City. Steiner believed that human beings had evolved to the point where material existence had obscured spiritual capacities and that Christ had come to reverse that trend and to inaugurate an age of spiritual reintegration. He advocated that education, art, agriculture, and science be based on spiritual principles and infused with the psychic powers he believed were latent in everyone. The world center of the Anhthroposophical Society today is in Dornach, Switzerland, in a building designed by Steiner. The nonproselytizing society is noted for its schools. (Bowker Author Biography)