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Esoteric Studies Series 1

Karmic Relationships 1

Esoteric Studies (CW 235)

May 2012
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  • Publisher
    Rudolf Steiner Press
  • Published
    3rd May 2012
  • ISBN 9781855842670
  • Language English
  • Pages 205 pp.
  • Size 5.5" x 8.5"

12 lectures, Dornach, February 16 - March 23, 1924 (CW 234)

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 underlying laws of reincarnation and karma, exploring in detail the incarnations of various named historical figures. In Steiner's words, the study of 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 those processes which are the basis of the other phenomena of world-existence?"

In this fundamental first volume—and essential basis for study of the later volumes—Rudolf Steiner provides an overview of the laws and conditions of karma, considering the incarnations of Friedrich Nietzsche, Lord Bacon of Verulam, Lord Byron and many others.

This volume is a translation of Esoterische Betrachtungen karmischer Zusammenhänge, in 6 Bdn., Bd.1 (GA 235).

C O N T E N T S:

Editor’s Preface

Lectures 1 – 6: Formation of Karmic Forces
Lectures 7 – 12: Karmic Determination of Individual Destinies

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.