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A Western Approach to Reincarnation and Karma - Rudolf Steiner Anthroposophy lecturesA Western Approach to Reincarnation and Karma
Selected Lectures and Writings by Rudolf Steiner
Edited and Introduced by René Querido

A Western Approach to Reincarnation and Karma contains many of Rudolf Steiner's lectures and writings on these subjects, describing them within the context of Western spiritual philosophy.

The soul's immortality and its repeated earthly births are not new ideas in Western thought. They are implicit in the Pythagorean and Platonic traditions, as well as in some branches of esoteric Judaism and Kabbala. But it was not until the early years of this century that the West was given a detailed, modern, evolutionary philosophy of human life based on the reality of reincarnation and karma.

This turning-point occurred when Rudolf Steiner began to make public the results of his own spiritual-scientific researches. Steiner viewed the revelation of reincarnation and karma at this time in the West as one of his most important life tasks.

Steiner's contribution, however, remains unique in its understanding of the human being as an evolving, developing being of body, soul, and spirit. Asiatic concepts of repeated earth lives, by contrast, are not associated with evolutionary growth but are seen as an "endless cycle of births and deaths."

On the basis of his researches, presented in many books and lectures, we can begin to understand how the complex interaction of human lives between birth and death and between death and a new birth gives new meaning not only to individual lives lived on Earth in community with others but also to human history and evolution as a whole.

A Western Approach to Reincarnation and Karma collects for the first time many of Steiner's major statements on the subject. The primary purpose of this volume is to help readers meet the challenge of spiritual research in the area of individual evolution of the soul and spirit in the context of cultural and universal evolution. Such a study can be tremendously revealing and provide spiritual understanding in a time of increasing intellectual confusion and spiritual poverty.

Trans. C. E. Creeger (Selected writings and lectures); 224pp
Anthroposophic Press
ISBN: 0 88010 399 X; paperback

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