This Synopsis is intended only for the convenience of readers, and has
no authoritative value.
Lecture 1. As seen from Spiritual world Death is proof of immortality,
in that we retain our Ego-consciousness. Differences between birth and
death. Before and after death spiritual insight always gradual.
Humility. Sleep. What is forgotten of sleep we remember in Kamaloka:
third of our life. Life a preparation till thirty-fifth year. The
Septennial divisions. Young people who die. There is wisdom in the
War's young deaths. War's mantram or meditation.
Lecture 2. Fraulein Stinde. The War. Similarity between classes now
and at beginning of our era. After death we look from outwards in.
Ego-consciousness. Differences in life after death. After death in
order to perceive a soul, one is active or passive according to
whether that soul is dead or alive. Karma in Kamaloca. Differences in
character and opportunity. Often those dying before thirty-five get a
mission in next life. But no fixed rule in these matters. Early and
late death. Outer and inner activity. This is an epoch of spiritual
decay, but it brings future spiritual blossoming.
Lecture 3. Our soul in the different epochs. The Greek worked in the
mind soul. Sculpture was an inner experience. Homer not so interested
in colour as in form. We have left the Greek power behind in the
etheric. The etheric has a prophetic nature. Geometry is below in our
unconscious life and a heritage from the Greeks. In the astral we have
much of what we are rightly unconscious. The astral knows more than
our consciousness does of the people we meet. The astral knows and
seeks the so-called accidents when necessary. The astral is
clairvoyant. The true Ego still more so. Sudden and premature death.
Prophetic nature of etheric. In the spiritual world, the spiritual
world is only perceived by our own activity within it. The physical
world to dead and to living is perceived without any effort. The
reason for Idealists. Those dying prematurely are for the spiritual
world like the Idealists for the physical. A child who dies is not
necessarily a child. There must be martyrs for the world. Here our
inner being is passive, but in our spiritual world, it should be
Lecture 4. The dead can distinguish between those on earth and those
in the intermediate stage, but require to construct a picture,
i.e., to build an inner activity: First the thought and then
the picture. An important distinction by a dead person between
perception of other dead and those still living, the latter is a more
passive realisation. The dead feel and see the memory that one has of
them. If one wants an answer to a question on the spiritual world one
must wait till one is worthy to receive it. And then it comes from an
unexpected quarter. The pleasure of Art is analogous to loving memory
to the dead. All Souls Day. Love and reverence to the memory of the
dead must be united with love for the physical world. Thou art
that. Expansion in the outer world. The hidden wisdom of the
Astral body. The Guardian Angel. One must avoid egotism in approaching
the spirit world. The heart must often direct our Karma.
The Mystery Plays. We must expand our consciousness, expand our
interests, and we thus kill egotism. Reason for not making my books
easy; making them difficult enables readers to overcome egotism and
acquire Spiritual Science in a more hallowed frame of mind. As the
physical body grows old, the etheric body grows young.
Lecture 5. Path to Spiritual takes two directions. Below the
subconscious is prepared what belongs to life after death. The
Ego-consciousness supported by memory. What one sees in the spiritual
world one does not describe from memory, but one re-creates it again
from the spiritual world. To see into the spiritual world the veil of
memory becomes transparent and we begin to employ a ceaseless
activity. Von Berger's Hofrat Eysenhardt. One cannot get
reality by philosophic reflection. We must strengthen ourselves by
meditation, and revelation then comes through Grace. By Forethought
not by Afterthought we penetrate the secrets that fill the soul.
Incarnation proceeds from the Spirit. Christoph Oetinger, the
Theosophist. Professor Richard Rothe. Man's subconscious fear of the
spiritual world. He becomes at death a thought of the Hierarchies.
Man's will as formed before birth lies in the unconscious part after
Lecture 6. Spiritual importance of the thirteen nights from Christmas.
Olaf Åsteson. In all experiences of our will there is a hidden inner
spectator. Departmental expert knowledge is dogma. Kant. Fritz
Mauthner. Laudauer. The Vanity of to-day. Cases where Lucifer leads
man to Ahriman. Spiritual Scientists must not follow in the train of
modern materialistic science. They must go another way. Belief in
authority wears to-day the mask of freedom. Short description of the
history of the Christ Impulse. It can never be proved on lines of
materialistic thought. In everything that man can prove in external
fashion, Ahriman plays a part. But Ahriman has no power to meddle with
the proof as to Christ. Therefore there is no historical proof. Christ
can only be found through the Spirit. The story of the little children
at Christmas, by Adalbert Stifter, Berg Cristall. The Christ is with