Echoing the ancient Greek axiom, “Man, know thyself,” Rudolf Steiner, the founder of anthroposophy, described it as “awareness of one’s humanity.” Nowhere is the need for such awareness greater than in relation to our fellow human beings, and to the life and work we share with them. It is this awareness that lies at the heart of the practical work described in this web site. The number and breadth of these initiatives, fostered by the General Anthroposophical Society that Steiner founded in 1924, reflect Anthroposophy’s progressive, healing influence on cultural life in North America.
Anthroposophy embraces a
spiritual view of the human being and the cosmos, but its emphasis is on
knowing, not faith. It is a path in which the human heart and hand, and
especially our capacity for thinking, are essential. It leads, in Steiner’s
words, “from the spirit in the human being to the spirit in the universe,”
because only if we first come to experience the spirit in ourselves can we know
the cosmic spirit. But anthroposophy is more than self-development. Through it
we recognize our humanity. Humanity (anthropos) has the inherent wisdom
(Sophia) to transform both itself and the world. The practical work from
agriculture to education flows from insights provided by anthroposophy.
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The Anthroposophic Press
website offers a wide selection of books by Rudolf
Steiner and related authors. Explore the philosophy behind spiritual science
and the many fields its wisdom and practical guidance have inspired, including
education, agriculture, science, medicine, family life, children’s books, and
the arts. If you’re looking for a specific book, see our complete book list,
which lists nearly 1000 titles.
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The Theosophical Society in America
is no religion higher than Truth”
Welcome to the Theosophical Society in Seattle
The Theosophical Society is
an organization founded in New York City in 1875 to investigate the nature of
the universe and humanity’s place in it, to promote understanding of other
cultures, and to be a nucleus of universal brotherhood among all human beings.
Today the Society has branches in some sixty countries, with its
international headquarters in India.
FREEDOM OF THOUGHT
“The Theosophical Society has no dogma, and it should be remembered that the views expressed in the various classes and lectures on theosophical or occult subjects reflect only the opinion of their presenters.
Our programs are to enlarge
concepts and stimulate thought. Some may contain imaginative notions and even
errors of fact issued as private revelations, communications from adepts and so
on; these programs, nevertheless, have some thought-provoking value. We urge
attendees to decide for themselves what is realistic, scientific and impersonal.
The Buddha said,
“Believe nothing, no
matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless
it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”
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To spread broadcast the teachings of Theosophy as recorded in the writings of H. P. Blavatsky and William Q. Judge
The policy of this Lodge is
independent devotion to the cause of Theosophy, without professing attachment to
any Theosophical organization. It is loyal to the great Founders of the
Theosophical movement, but does not concern itself with dissensions or
differences of individual opinion.
The work it has on hand and
the end it keeps in view are too absorbing and too lofty to leave it the time or
inclination to take part in side issues. That work and that end is the
dissemination of the fundamental principles of the Philosophy of Theosophy, and
the exemplification in practice of those principles, through a truer realization
of the SELF; a profounder conviction of Universal Brotherhood.
It holds that the
unassailable basis for union among Theosophists, wherever and however
situated, is “similarity of aim, purpose and teaching,” and
therefore has neither Constitution, By-Laws nor Officers, the sole bond between
its Associates being that basis. And it aims to disseminate this idea
among Theosophists in the furtherance of Unity.
It regards as Theosophists
all who are engaged in the true service of Humanity, without distinction of
race, creed, sex, condition or organization, and
It welcomes to its
association all those who are in accord with its declared purposes and who
desire to fit themselves, by study and otherwise, to be the better able to help
and teach others.
“The true Theosophist belongs to no cult or sect, yet belongs to each and all.”
Gurdjieff Internet Review
This briefly is the state of things in the realm of self-knowledge: in order to do you must know; but to know you must find out how to know. We cannot find this out by ourselves. – G. I. Gurdjieff
Welcome to the Gurdjieff
International Review—a source of informed essays and commentary on the
history, writings, and teachings of George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff. Selected
articles from each back issue continue to be available to provide a sound
introduction to Gurdjieff. All back issues are available in their entirety as
printed. The Gurdjieff International Review is
published by Gurdjieff Electronic Publishing. Any information or opinions
expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher or
editors. Articles and essays are reproduced using the original punctuation and
spelling, whether American or English. Copies
The Kabbalah Center
predates any religion or theology. It was given to mankind by the Creator,
without any prerequisites or preconditions. According to kabbalistic teachings,
the universe operates according to certain supremely powerful principles. By
learning to understand and act in accordance with these precepts, we will vastly
improve our lives today, and ultimately we will achieve true fulfillment for
ourselves and for all humanity. Just as basic physical laws such as gravity and
magnetism exist independently of our will and awareness, the spiritual laws of
the universe influence our lives every day and every moment. Kabbalah empowers
us to understand and live in harmony with these laws – to use them for the
benefit of ourselves and the world. Kabbalah is much more than an intellectually
compelling philosophical system. It is a precise description of the interwoven
nature of spiritual and physical reality – and it is a full complement of
powerful, practical methods for attaining worthy goals within that reality.
Simply put, Kabbalah gives you the tools you need to achieve happiness,
fulfillment, and to bring the Light of the Creator into your life. It is the way
to gain the peace and joy you want and deserve at the very core of your being.
La Kabbale est un ensemble de spéculations métaphysiques sur Dieu, l'homme et l'univers, qui prend racine dans les traditions ésotériques juives.
Cette définition académique ne rend pas bien compte de l'universalité de la Kabbale et de la richesse des thèmes qu'elle aborde. Ce site a pour but de montrer les multiples aspects d'un système qui allie observation, métaphysique et raison.
The Gnosis Archives
The Gnostic World View: A Brief Summary of Gnosticism
GNOSTICISM IS THE TEACHING
based on Gnosis, the knowledge of transcendence arrived at by way of interior,
intuitive means. Although Gnosticism thus rests on personal religious
experience, it is a mistake to assume all such experience results in Gnostic
recognitions. It is nearer the truth to say that Gnosticism expresses a specific
religious experience, an experience that does not lend itself to the language of
theology or philosophy, but which is instead closely affinitized to, and
expresses itself through, the medium of myth. Indeed, one finds that most
Gnostic scriptures take the forms of myths. The term “myth” should not here
be taken to mean “stories that are not true”, but rather, that the truths
embodied in these myths are of a different order from the dogmas of theology or
the statements of philosophy.
Some writers make a
distinction between “Gnosis” and “Gnosticism”. Such distinctions are
both helpful and misleading. Gnosis is undoubtedly an experience based not in
concepts and precepts, but in the sensibility of the heart. Gnosticism, on the
other hand, is the world-view based on the experience of Gnosis. For this
reason, in languages other than English, the word Gnosis is often used to denote
both the experience and the world-view (die Gnosis in German, la Gnose in
In a sense, there is no
Gnosis without Gnosticism, for the experience of Gnosis inevitably calls forth a
world-view wherein it finds its place. The Gnostic world-view is experiential,
it is based on a certain kind of spiritual experience of Gnosis. Therefore, it
will not do to omit, or to dilute, various parts of the Gnostic world-view, for
were one to do this, the world-view would no longer conform to experience.
Theology has been called an
intellectual wrapping around the spiritual kernel of a religion. If this is
true, then it is also true that most religions are being strangled and stifled
by their wrappings. Gnosticism does not run this danger, because its world-view
is stated in myth rather than in theology. Myths, including the Gnostic myths,
may be interpreted in diverse ways. Transcendence, numinosity, as well as
psychological archetypes along with other elements, play a role in such
interpretation. Still, such mythic statements tell of profound truths that will
not be denied.
Gnosticism can bring us such
truths with a high authority, for it speaks with the voice of the highest part
of the human – the spirit. Of this spirit, it has been said, “it bloweth
where it listeth”. This then is the reason why the Gnostic world view could
not be extirpated in spite of many centuries of persecution.
The Gnostic world-view has
always been timely, for it always responded best to the “knowledge of the
heart” that is true Gnosis. Yet today, its timeliness is increasing, for the
end of the second millennium has seen the radical deterioration of many
ideologies which evaded the great questions and answers addressed by Gnosticism.
The clarity, frankness, and authenticity of the Gnostic answer to the questions
of the human predicament cannot fail to impress and (in time) to convince. If
your reactions to this summary have been of a similarly positive order, then
perhaps you are a Gnostic yourself!
The Muhyiddin Ibn
It is He who is revealed
in every face, sought in every sign, gazed upon by every eye, worshipped in
every object of worship, and pursued in the unseen and the visible. Not a single
one of His creatures can fail to find Him in its primordial and original nature.