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A Vision of Fiammetta, Dante Gabriel Rossetti [1878] (Public Domain Image)
A Vision of Fiammetta, Dante Gabriel Rossetti [1878] (Public Domain Image)


by Rudolf Steiner


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This book, subtitled An Introduction to the Supersensible Knowledge of the World and the Destination of Man, is a good starting point among the hundreds of books written by Rudolf Steiner. He sees a tripartate model of the individual here: body, soul and spirit, cautioning us that these are only approximate terms. In the course of this short two hundred page book we explore higher realities which have eluded the scientific method: planes of seething elemental spirits, zones wandered by reincarnating entities, and more abstract 'places' where Platonic Archetypes dwell. He explains how auras are one modality of these higher existences which we can view in our present form.

This online edition is based on the first English translation (there have been others), published in New York and London in 1910. The first edition used Small Caps extensively for emphasis, which I have been able to reproduce herein, but the effect requires an up-to-date browser to view correctly.--J.B. Hare, July 9th, 2008.

Title Page
Translator's Foreword
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Third Edition

Chapter I. The Constitution of the Human Being

1. The Corporeal Being of Man
2. The Soul Being of Man
3. The Spiritual Being of Man
4. Body, Soul, and Spirit

Chapter II. Re-Embodiment of the Spirit and Destiny

Reincarnation and Karma

Chapter III. The Three Worlds

1. The Soul World
2. The Soul in the Soul World after Death
3. The Spirit Land
4. The Spirit in Spirit-Land after Death
5. The Physical World and its Connection with the Soul and Spirit Lands
6. Thought-Forms and the Human Aura


Chapter IV. The Path of Knowledge
Notes and Amplifications