THE LECTURES compiled in this volume were given by Rudolf Steiner in
different European cities throughout the years 1912 and 1913. they
deal with the experiences of the human soul after death and describe
in detail how the living can relate themselves to the dead. Reading
them, it becomes abundantly clear that excarnated souls need the
spiritual support of those presently incarnated, and that those still
on earth derive in turn enlightenment and support from their former
Today, with our mental capacities geared to dealing only with the
sense perceptible world, any relationship to the dead becomes a
difficult concept to grasp. Here in these lectures, however, the
problem is presented like a theme with many variations. They
continually bring back the same basic content and by allowing us to
view it from every different angle our understanding is awakened and
direct spiritual intercourse with the dead gradually established.
Thus, in spite of what may appear on the surface to be mere
repetition, the publication of this volume in its virtual entirety as
it appeared in the German edition, is justified. Four lectures that
were previously published in English translation are not included.
Links Between the Living and the Dead,
two lectures, Rudolf Steiner Press, 1960 and
Occult Research into Life Between Death and a New Birth,
two lectures, Anthroposophic Press, 1949.