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  • Title: Manifestations/Karma: Lecture: The Nature and Significance of Karma in the Personal and Individual, and in Humanity, the Earth and the Universe
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    • will have learned that Spiritual Science should not be an abstract
    • no means gratifying impression. For if we consider impartially what
    • the world thinks it ‘knows’ nowadays, and what leads men to
    • this or that feeling or action, we might say all this is so very
    • different from Anthroposophical ideas and ideals, that the
    • Anthroposophist is quite unable to influence life directly by what he
    • superficial view of the situation, not taking into consideration what
    • after the above considerations we feel hopeless, and that is just what
    • forth in this course of lectures; studies concerning what is called
    • human karma and karma in general. For every hour that we spend here we
    • shall see more clearly that nothing must be spared to bring about the
    • have confidence that karma itself will dictate to us what we shall
    • conception of the world, we shall see that we have not sufficiently
    • influence the world by means of them. So that in these lectures there
    • the certainty that, when the time comes, be it to-morrow, or the day
    • us as a teaching which does not tell us merely what is the connection
    • between this or that in the world, but we can, with the revelations it
    • to a certain extent necessary that I should do something unusual for
    • of making clear what is meant when one uses such and such a word. In
    • given, so that we may know what is understood when in future the word
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  • Title: Manifestations/Karma: Lecture: Karma and the Animal Kingdom
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    • What might be called external evidence of the reality of karmic law
    • What is more natural than to ask how animal life and animal fate are
    • related to what we call the course of human karma? In this we shall
    • find included what are, to mankind, the most important and profound
    • not without interest to see that in the case of the peoples who have
    • that in those countries in which there is being prepared the future
    • conception of the world, that is, in the west, there is little
    • characteristic too that in the Middle Ages and on into our own times,
    • has arisen that animals cannot be considered as beings having their
    • great understanding, that the idea often advanced by western
    • philosophy that the animals are automata and do not really possess a
    • them. Indeed, the matter has gone so far that the thoughts of a great
    • Of course, we must clearly understand that the idea of animals as mere
    • books on philosophy you may read that he did so. It is true he does
    • self-consciousness; nevertheless he does say that the animal is
    • characteristic that one should have been able to misunderstand
    • Descartes so completely, for this shows us that in past centuries
    • that it had to be developed out of the elements of materialism; one
    • may even say that the dawn of Christianity took place in such a way
    • that this important impulse in human evolution was first exercised in
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  • Title: Manifestations/Karma: Lecture: Karma in Relation to Disease and Health
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    • easily be formed when this subject is touched upon. We know that the
    • that the discussion is often carried on with considerable vehemence
    • physicians against what is called scientific medicine, and it can
    • provoked by many an unjustified attack, so that they not only fall
    • enter the lists on behalf of what science has to say on this matter,
    • but they also wage war against what is said contrary to their own
    • chorus of those who wish to discredit what is described as academic
    • As a preliminary observation we may say that the achievements of
    • Concerning what has been actually accomplished in this realm, it may
    • be said that if anyone may rejoice at all about what medicine has
    • accomplished in recent years it is Spiritual Science that should do
    • so. On the other hand, we must point out that the achievements and
    • fields of scientific investigation that the opinions and theories have
    • After this preliminary observation it will be seen that we are not
    • what can be done at the present time in the field of scientific
    • medicine. It may be said, however, that the most admirable facts which
    • better for Anthroposophy modestly to say what it has to say than to
    • questions that are to occupy us, we must first realise that the cause
    • Let us take the standpoint of one who thinks that we are gloriously
    • the impression that the representatives of this view usually conclude
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  • Title: Manifestations/Karma: Lecture: The Curability and Incurability of Diseases in Relation to Karma
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    • incurability of diseases, that there will be clearer conceptions and
    • in wider circles. One may indeed say that in regard to the ideas of
    • gradually gained ground that forms of disease could be strictly
    • limited, and that for every disease there was some sort of herb or
    • astonished at the remedies and recipes which were largely used at that
    • circles. I may say that during the earlier years of my life many of
    • incurability of diseases was due to what the renowned physician Dietel
    • kinds of observations he came to the conclusion that fundamentally
    • various remedies on the course of this or that disease. Under the
    • influence of the school of Dietel, the young doctors of that day
    • used for centuries in such a way that they almost outdid what is
    • is!’ They were of the opinion that it made little difference to
    • the course of this or that disease whether one administered a certain
    • remedy or not. Now Dietel was one who, for that period, collected very
    • convincing statistics showing that in his so-called ‘wait and
    • to be at hand if anything happened, so that he could give practical
    • the course of the nineteenth century so that you may realise how ideas
    • have changed on this subject. But because this or that is related in
    • purely narrative form it is not implied that you should take sides in
    • content of their conception they repeatedly affirmed that there must
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  • Title: Manifestations/Karma: Lecture: Natural and Accidental Illness in Relationship to Karma
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    • We began by saying that views concerning cures and medicines have in
    • undergone a radical change. We pointed to the fact that in the
    • sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that view was developed which was
    • based entirely upon the theory that for every illness which was given
    • remedy must exist upon earth. And it was firmly believed that by the
    • influenced. We then pointed out that view prevailed more or less until
    • the nihilistic current of thought by saying that it not merely
    • proofs furnished by Dietel to the effect that, given the necessary
    • that a temporising treatment showed neither fewer cures nor more
    • deaths than the remedies ordinarily in use. At that time the term
    • is quite true that the doctors of this school were powerless against
    • the patient's conviction that there simply must exist a remedy, a
    • world is moving in the direction of what we may call the karmic
    • question: how is that which we may call ‘self-healing’
    • conclusion that something is invoked in the course of an illness which
    • We showed that indeed what we accomplish in our ordinary lives in
    • regard to good or evil deeds, or wise or foolish deeds, what we
    • experience in regard to right or wrong emotions, that all this does
    • shown the reason why what is subject to the moral, intellectual, or
    • We demonstrated that in this way there exists a sort of hindrance
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  • Title: Manifestations/Karma: Lecture: The Relationships Between Karma and Accidents
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    • IT is easily understood that karmic law can operate when, in the sense
    • it is more difficult to understand that the experiences and actions of
    • earlier lives, but we shall also learn that accidents which befall us,
    • indeed penetrate somewhat deeper into the whole nature of man's being
    • if we wish to understand the conditions that are so veiled by our
    • accidents, that is to say those events that are generally called
    • recognition that in life much of what we describe as ‘arising
    • above illusion, we find that much of what we at first believe to have
    • between what we have brought from earlier incarnations and what we
    • might well believe that this has purely to do with the line of
    • heredity, that the characteristics are inherited from the forbears,
    • and that as such characteristics are there, certain tendencies towards
    • Suppose that someone has the opportunity of receiving many musical
    • impressions in a life between birth and death, that these musical
    • impressions pass by him in this life, simply for the reason that he
    • formed that he can transform the experiences and impressions into
    • capacities of his own. Here we can say that a person has impressions
    • where he will inherit a musical ear. From this we shall now see that
    • family. From this we see that, in fact, a person has not inherited a
    • chance,’ but that he has looked for and actually sought for the
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  • Title: Manifestations/Karma: Lecture: Forces of Nature, Volcanic Eruptions, Earthquakes and Epidemics in Relation to Karma
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    • YOU will have noticed in these lectures that we are approaching our
    • goal step by step, but that with each step we are trying to penetrate
    • We must now consider the nature of pain in somewhat more detail. We
    • must keep before us the fact that pain may become apparent side by
    • side with illness. At our last discussion we already concluded that we
    • that if pain is connected with an illness, there must be something
    • more at stake than mere illness. We have pointed out that the process
    • predisposition for illness? What induces us between death and rebirth
    • so that they find expression in our egotistical greeds and passions,
    • we are in that incarnation performing actions to which we are tempted
    • did not exist, we should not fall into those temptations that lead us
    • should feel that it was not so bad after all to succumb to these
    • in a wrong waking state, is also that which prevents us from ever
    • again falling prey to the luciferic powers in that realm where we
    • the result of our Ego-consciousness. In that consciousness that we
    • whereby we realise that we are experiencing pain, and that this is
    • deeds, inclinations, and greeds that brought about the illness.
    • trouble, so that through pain we may educate the subconscious. We may
    • therefore say that in every case where pain makes itself felt, we are
    • sign that the luciferic power lies at its roots. People who go in for
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  • Title: Manifestations/Karma: Lecture: Karma of the Higher Beings
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    • We have seen that our karma is brought into action only through the
    • body, and that through the temptations of these powers we are led into
    • us by means of all that confronts us externally. Thus it is Ahriman
    • progress by triumphing over the ill that has been inflicted upon us.
    • somewhat different aspect the case we alluded to in the last lecture
    • believes that knowledge of one thing or another has been specially
    • power of judgement would easily recognise that the person in question
    • clairvoyance in the invidious sense, and we have also seen that there
    • What has been said in our last lecture is of great significance and of
    • clairvoyance we shall always find that it diminishes, or even ceases
    • up a training that is rational and normal. So we can say that a person
    • who has a wrong perception of the super-sensible always finds that the
    • On the contrary, we all know that if someone through the complexities
    • which are nevertheless delusive. It may happen for instance that he
    • life, but has the fixed idea that he is being pursued everywhere for
    • ‘Here again is that clique whose one and only aim it is to
    • inflict this or that upon me.’ And in the cleverest way he will
    • logical reasoning in such a case it may well happen that this will
    • pointed to the fact that in the knowledge of Spiritual Science we
    • what we are now discussing. We are not now concerned with influencing
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  • Title: Manifestations/Karma: Lecture: Karmic Effects Of Our Experiences As Men and Women. Death and Birth In Relationship to Karma
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    • only briefly referred to, so that your interest in this almost
    • infinite domain shall be stirred. If you reflect upon all that has
    • the idea that man is urged to seek in the external world for
    • compensation to what might be termed a ‘fatal accident.’
    • Let us suppose that by certain hygienic measures we render impossible
    • draws him. We have already shown that the taking of such measures in
    • no wise rests with him. We have seen, for instance, that in a certain
    • that had disappeared in earlier periods, reappears by its reversed
    • repetition in evolution. From this we see that it is in accordance
    • with the great laws of human karma that we at definite periods adopt
    • this or that measure. But it is easy to understand why such measures
    • so we need only remember that when mankind is ripe for it, and not
    • Let us not forget that our ancestors — that is to say our own
    • submerged and it was only after a definite period that the inhabitants
    • contact with these of the other half. It is only recently that the
    • peoples of Europe have been able again to reach those territories that
    • ‘influencing’ does not mean that we have removed it, but
    • merely that we have changed its direction. Let us suppose that a
    • measures he is not freed from that which he would otherwise have
    • From this we may conclude that if the karmic reparation is escaped in
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  • Title: Manifestations/Karma: Lecture: Free Will and Karma in the Future of Human Evolution
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    • more especially our human influence upon karma, particularly upon that
    • secrets of our world existence. They may perhaps arise out of what has
    • been said, if we follow up what has been broached and had light thrown
    • We may ask what happens in a person's karma when by reason of his
    • intervention. What does this signify and in what way is such a fact
    • Now I will begin by saying that in order to throw any important light
    • that they should not be handed on; that no one should consider them as
    • justifiable only when it is backed by the consciousness that can coin
    • today acquire a deeper comprehension of what pertains to the soul and
    • said that the soul of man can penetrate more or less deeply into
    • matter. We described yesterday the nature of the male by saying that
    • matter. We saw that much of karmic experience depends upon how the
    • a new birth the soul acquired the tendency to transform into matter that
    • about, and health should be re-established. What then is the relation
    • are now speaking, matter and soul? What are they in their deeper
    • The man of the present day is generally of the opinion that the answer
    • to the question, ‘Of what does matter consist? What is the
    • to understand that for the beings who lived upon the old Moon, the
    • evolution, that even the ideas may alter which a being may have about
    • the deeper foundations of his own nature; so that the answer to this
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  • Title: Manifestations/Karma: Lecture: Individual and Human Karma. Karma of the Higher Beings.
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    • for so wide a subject, you easily understand that much that could be
    • said, perhaps much of that which is in your minds in the way
    • movement will continue, and that which in one course of lectures must
    • It will repeatedly have come before your minds that in the law of
    • karma, man experiences something which is so organised that at every
    • moment of our life we can look upon what we have gone through, upon what we
    • we shall always find that our momentary human inner and outer fate may
    • and on the other all that is unreasonable, wicked or ugly. On one side
    • life the destiny of that moment.
    • would be: How is that which human beings do as a society connected
    • with what we call ‘Individual karma?’ We have already
    • be impossible for us to believe that these events — looked at in
    • men who sacrificed themselves at that time, of all that was done by
    • — in the Greek legions at that time. If we really consider such
    • an event in a reasonable light, could we possibly ascribe what each
    • separate person did at that time solely to the karmic account of that
    • imagine that in the events which happen to a whole nation or to a
    • great part of civilised humanity, nothing further occurs than that
    • proceed from one event to the next, and we shall see that in the
    • found, but that such events cannot be identical with the particular karma
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