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Esoteric Studies Series 7

Karmic Relationships 7

Esoteric Studies (CW 239)

April 2009
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  • Publisher
    Rudolf Steiner Press
  • Published
    15th April 2009
  • ISBN 9781855842182
  • Language English
  • Pages 144 pp.

9 lectures, Breslau, Jun 7–15, 1924 (CW 239)

During 1924, before his final address in September, Rudolf Steiner gave more than eighty lectures on karma to members of the Anthroposophical Society. These profoundly esoteric lectures examine the laws that underlie the processes of reincarnation and karma, exploring in detail the incarnations of specific historical figures. In Steiner's words, to study karma is “a matter of penetrating into the most profound mysteries of existence, for within the sphere of karma and the course it takes lie the processes that are the basis of the other phenomena of world existence.”

Volume 7 in the Karmic Relationships series of lecture courses focuses on human experiences after death and before a new birth; karma in world history; the cosmic nature of Christ; waking, dreaming, and sleeping; and the physical effects of karma.

This volume is a translation from German of Esoterische Betrachtungen karmischer Zusammenhänge, in 6 Bdn, Bd.5 (GA 239).

Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up. As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.