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Life Beyond Death

Selected Lectures

October 1995
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  • Publisher
    Rudolf Steiner Press
  • Published
    1st October 1995
  • ISBN 9781855840171
  • Language English
  • Pages 256 pp.

Although Western humanity has conquered the outer world with the aid of technology and science, death remains an unsolved and largely unexplored mystery. Rudolf Steiner, as an exceptional seer, was able to research spiritually the question of what happens to human consciousness after the physical body passes away. In these remarkably matter-of-fact lectures, he affirms that life continues beyond death. Far from being dissipated, the individual's consciousness awakens to a new reality, beginning a great journey to the farthest expanses of the cosmos. One's consciousness embarks on a journey and process of purification and preparation.

Steiner indicates that one of the most important tasks for our present civilization is to reestablish living connections with those who have died. He gives suggestions as to how this can be done safely and describes how the dead can be of help to those on Earth.

Life Beyond Death is an ideal introduction to the spiritual scientific views of our continuing journey.

C O N T E N T S:

Introduction by Frank Teichmann

1. Life between Death and Rebirth
2. Metamorphosis of the Memory in the Life after Death
3. Life between Death and a New Incarnation
4. Our Experiences during the Night and the Life after Death
5. The Working of Karma in Life after Death
6. Inward Experiences after Death
7. The Moment of Death and the Period Thereafter
8. The Lively Interchange between the Living and the Dead
9. The Human Being’s Experiences beyond the Gates of Death
10. From a Memorial Speech
11. On the Connection of the Living and the Dead
12. Concerning the Affinity of the Living and the Dead
13. Death as Transformation

Sources of the Lectures

Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner (b. Rudolf Joseph Lorenz 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.