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Reincarnation and Karma - Rudolf Steiner - Two Fundamental Truths of Human ExistenceReincarnation and Karma
Two Fundamental Truths of Human Existence
5 lectures by Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner saw it as his particular task to introduce detailed, scientific knowledge of reincarnation and karma into the West. He believed that a deepened understanding and experience of the reality of successive earth lives is an essential ingredient of true spiritual knowledge of one’s own being and of humanity. In contrast to most teachings on this subject, he always gave concrete descriptions of the metamorphoses undergone by individuals in the course of successive incarnations. For this reason, too, he gave specific examples of the working of karma, as well as practical exercises for experiencing the reality of reincarnation.

In this set of lectures, which contains some of Steiner’s most important teachings on the subject, Rudolf Steiner describes the development of “feeling memory” of earlier incarnations, the profound effect of a real understanding of reincarnation on our moral lives, and gives several exercises which help develop a real sense and understanding of karma and reincarnation.

Trans: various (5 lectures, Jan - Mar 1912, GA135); 101pp
Anthroposophic Press
ISBN: 0 88010 366 3; paperback

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Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) called his spiritual philosophy 'anthroposophy', which he defined as 'the consciousness of one's humanity', and the disciplined methods of studying this he termed ‘spiritual science’.  As a highly developed clairvoyant and spiritual initiate, he spoke from his direct cognition of the spiritual world. However, he did not see his work as religious or sectarian, but rather sought to found a universal 'science of the spirit'.

His many published works (written books and lectures) - which include his research into the spiritual nature of the human being, the evolution of the world and humanity, and methods of personal development - invite readers to develop their own spiritual faculties.  He also provided indications for the renewal of many human activities, including education - both general and special - agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, philosophy, religion and the arts. He wrote some 30 books and delivered over 6000 lectures across Europe, and in 1924 founded the General Anthroposophical Society which today has branches throughout the world.