Karmic Relationships (Vol.3): 11 lectures, Dornach, July 1 – August 8 1924 (CW 237)
In 1924, before his last 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 behind reincarnation and karma and offer a detailed exploration of the incarnations of specific historical individuals. 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 volume, Steiner specifically discusses the karmic relationships within the anthroposophic movement, including the predispositions that lead souls to spiritual science, the two streams within the movement, plus Rosicrucianism, Arabism, Aristotelianism, the Platonists, and the School of Michael.
This volume is a translation from German of Esoterische Betrachtungen karmischer Zusammenhänge, in 6 Bdn., Bd.3, Die karmischen Zusammenhänge der anthroposophischen Bewegung (GA 237).
About the Author
Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up (see right). 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.