Knowledge Of The Higher Worlds And Its Attainment: On Consciousness, Dream Life and Initiation

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“In human life joy is usually something one has not deserved through previous actions. When we investigate karma by occult means, we always discover that in most cases joy has not been earned, and we should accept it gratefully as sent to us by the gods, as a gift of the gods, and to say to ourselves: The joy which comes to meet us today ought to kindle in us the will to work in such a way as to take into ourselves the forces streaming to us through this joy, and to apply these usefully. We must look upon joy as a sort of prepayment on account for the future.”

The quintessential guide for the spiritual seeker from the deeply gifted mystic.

PREFACE TO THE EDITION OF MAY 1918 PREFACE TO THE SIXTH EDITION PREFACE TO THE THIRD EDITION I. HOW IS KNOWLEDGE OF THE HIGHER WORLDS ATTAINED? II. THE STAGES OF INITIATION III. SOME PRACTICAL ASPECTS IV. THE CONDITIONS OF ESOTERIC TRAINING V. SOME RESULTS OF INITIATION VI. THE TRANSFORMATION OF DREAM LIFE VII. THE CONTINUITY OF CONSCIOUSNESS VIII. THE SPLITTING OF THE HUMAN PERSONALITY DURING SPIRITUAL TRAINING IX. THE GUARDIAN OF THE THRESHOLD X. LIFE AND DEATH: THE GREATER GUARDIAN OF THE THRESHOLD APPENDIX

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Not everyone can immediately achieve spiritual vision; but the discoveries of those who have it can be health-giving life nourishment for all. The results of supersensible knowledge, when properly employed in life, prove to be not impractical but, rather, practical in the highest sense....

The acquisition of higher knowledge is not the end, but the means to an end; the end consists in the attainment, thanks to this knowledge, of greater and truer self-confidence, a higher degree of courage, and a magnanimity and perserverance such as cannot, as a rule, be acquired in the lower world.

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