MAN'S RETURN TO A NEW EARTHLY LIFE
Processes of metamorphosis of the moral forces.
Leipzig, 4 July, 1906
Yesterday I spoke of the
path followed by man's nucleus after death and of his return into a new
earthly life. After death there arises first of all the picture-tableau
of etheric body, then follows a short sleep-like condition in which the
causal body frees itself. This asserts itself in the form of rays which
radiate in blue and indigo colors out of the ether flame-like forms. When
the astral body has remained behind is a third corpse, it continues
to live for a time in an existence of its own and then it is absorbed by
the astral world. Such "astral shades" (specters) are often cited by
mediums in spiritistic séances. Then after a long preparation
(Kamaloka), man enters Devachan, where he transforms his experiences
After having passed through
the first two regions, he reaches the third region, the atmospheric
region of Devachan. There he experiences everything which takes on the
form of pleasure and pain, passions and instincts, these constitute
the "atmosphere" of Devachan. To the spiritual human being
this is as vivifying an element as oxygen the physical human being.
When the human being has
thus transformed his whole life in an alchemistic way, his causal body
and his Ego return to the earthly sphere. The human germs arise, described
as bell-like shapes, which arise through the fact that the astral substance
comes flying towards them in accordance with the inner force-streams
of the capacities acquired by each human germ. None of these forms
resembles the others in regard to color and shape; this expresses the
different individualities. Their whole character is contained in these
forms and colors and is expressed in them.
The new etheric body arises,
as we have seen, not through the attraction of etheric substance, but
only through the activity of the so-called Mahadevas. The attraction
of the new etheric body takes place when the bell-like shape has already
found a path leading to the embryo. A complete connection of the etheric
body with physical germ of man only takes place in the seventh month
after conception. Until then the bodies are connected, but this connection
does not reach as far as the germ. Beings called the Lipikas lead the
human being to the parents and into the family-conditions in which he
can best live according to his karma.
Let us now discuss how karma
works in the individual human being. Let us envisage man deeds: this
will show us that behind them always lies a definite character-disposition.
The external deed may be the same, though the motives may differ. Deeds
and their effects appear to begin with, in the external favorable or unfavorable
karma. Also the character, the inclinations and habits express themselves
These lasting qualities
of man are contained in the etheric body and in the next life they are
elaborated in the physical body. They transformed themselves into forces
which appear in the next life in the physical body as organ-forming
forces. Since the qualities of the etheric body have such an influence
upon the physical body of the next life, the healthy or unhealthy constitution
in one life depends on inclination and habits of a past one.
In this life we may thus
influence our next one by cultivating noble inclinations and feelings,
thus rendering the body of our next incarnation strong and healthy.
The causes of illness are indeed of a moral kind.
This transformation of the
moral forces often lasts very long. Decadent peoples and races have
a kind of putrefaction process in their astral bodies. The invading
Huns and Mongols also brought such fear and terror to the European populations
because they had this decadent astral substance. But fear and terror
are a good soil for such putrefying astral substances. These forces entered
the bodies of European peoples and the result was the terrible
disease of leprosy in the Middle Ages. Such putrescent substances, carried
by the Huns and Mongols, cannot harm those who are fearless and courageous.
Since moral qualities appear
physically in the next generation, we not only work our own benefit
by living morally, but for the health of the next generations.