Reincarnation and Karma: Two Fundamental Truths of Human Existence by Rudolf Steiner5 lectures, Berlin and Stuttgart, January-March 1912 (CW 135)
Just as an age was once ready to receive the Copernican theory of the universe, so is our own age ready for the ideas of reincarnation and karma to be brought into the general consciousness of humanity. --Rudolf Steiner
Steiner introduced the West to his detailed, scientific knowledge of reincarnation and karma. He gave concrete descriptions of the way individuals transform during the course of successive incarnations and specific examples of how karma works.
Steiner also provides practical exercises that lead us to experience the reality of reincarnation. He believed that by experiencing the reality of successive earth lives, we can form a foundation for a spiritual understanding of the relationship between humankind and the cosmos.
These talks contain some of Steiners most important teachings on reincarnation and karma. His examples and exercises can lead us to direct knowledge of the laws of reincarnation and karma.
How to perceive directly the part of our being that passes through many lives on earth;
How to develop a feeling memory, which we need before we are able to experience reincarnation;
Thought exercises for gaining knowledge of reincarnation and karma;
Examples of how karma works between incarnations;
How knowledge of reincarnation and karma affects our moral life.
This volume is a translation from German of Wiederverkorperung und Karma und ihre Bedeutung fur die Kultur der Gegenwart.
Disease and Karma By Rudolf Steiner
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That this event happened to me shortly after I entered my thirties leads me to share this next point that Steiner makes: those people we meet during our thirties are in many cases those people we met at the beginning of our previous incarnation, as parents or siblings. Naturally we grew away from our parents and siblings as we matured in a previous lifetime, and so we encounter them for the first as adults in this lifetime and develop a relationship with them. I came across a wonderful statement many years ago that goes thus: "Success is getting what you want, and Happiness is wanting what you get. At times I thought I might do a series of "Want Development" seminars for people who are plagued by wanting a life that is different than what they currently have. They would learn during the course of the seminar to want the life they currently have and leave feeling happy.
Just as an age was once ready to receive the Copernican theory of the universe, so is our own age ready for the ideas of reincarnation and karma to be brought into the general consciousness of humanity. And what is destined to happen in the course of evolution will happen, no matter what powers rise up against it. When reincarnation and karma are truly understood, everything else follows of itself in the light of these truths. Is this not contradicted by the fact that such talents and capacities, for instance moral courage, musical gifts, and so forth, are directly inherited by the children from their parents? Answer: If we rightly conceive of the laws of reincarnation and karma, we cannot find a contradiction in what is stated above.
Reincarnation and Karma. Lecture 3. Stuttgart, February 20, When we observe how life takes its course around us, how it throws its waves into our inner life, into everything we are destined to feel, to suffer or to delight in during our present existence on the earth, we can think of several groups or kinds of experiences. As regards our own faculties and talents, we find, to begin with, that when we succeed in something or other, we may say: being what we are, it is quite natural and understandable that we should succeed in this or that case. But certain failures, perhaps just those that must be called misfortune and calamity, — may also become intelligible when viewed in the whole setting of our nature.
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We could compare this to art in the physical world, but there is no comparison, because it is uplifting for the dead, an improvement, in a sense far superior to the way in which art improves the physical world for us. Thus, it has a deep meaning when we unite our thoughts with those of the dead. Our whole being can be infinitely strengthened when we are conscious not only of our firm stand here in the physical world, but are filled with the inner realization of being able to say of the dead whom we have loved: they are with us, they are in our midst. In this valuable lecture Rudolf Steiner speaks with clarity about life after death, and explains how those on the earth can keep a connection with loved ones who have passed on. He describes the conditions in the environment of the dead, the advantages as well as the dangers of connecting with the dead, the importance of the moments of waking and going to sleep, the significance of dying in childhood and old age, and the appropriateness of different types of funeral services. This jewel of a book - consisting of seven lectures given in various cities, mostly in - movingly and with great spiritual maturity and rare emotional intensity expresses Rudolf Steiner's wisdom, insight, and compassion.