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  • Title: Between Death and Rebirth: Contents
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    • the soul need only be duly prepared and revelations will flow from
    • inwardly instead of being occasioned by outer events. These lectures
    • after death. Understanding of every human soul without distinction of
    • stellar world to the extent to which he developed moral and religious
    • spiritual insight into the connection of certain events with heavenly
    • Gautama Buddha: their missions and achievements in the spiritual
    • rest of the physical body. At a certain stage of development,
    • Seven, Berlin, 14th January, 1913
    • Cyclic seven-year periods in life. Coming of the second
    • within the human being. Growth, however, continues until checked by
    • certain point there is a reversal of vision. Everything that was
    • this is an experience of the moment of the last death in reverse.
    • established during the life between death and rebirth even if there
    • beginning of the seventeenth century Brahmanism was absorbed into
    • Buddhism in the cultural life of India. Events on Earth are reflected
  • Title: Between Death and Rebirth: Lecture One
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    • the soul need only be duly prepared and revelations will flow from
    • inwardly instead of being occasioned by outer events. These lectures
    • show that the essential nature of these beings can be revealed only
    • development. Someone might argue that he can hardly be expected to
    • faced with a demand for self-development and told that he can only
    • before a human being can reach the highest stage of development he
    • led mankind as a whole to strive for such development, and he need
    • Honest criticism is therefore always possible, even if someone is
    • only at the very beginning of the path of attainment. This, however,
    • purpose is to emphasise how necessary it is — even if there is
    • Mystery of Golgotha and the four Gospels. Nothing, however, would be
    • more unjustified than to believe that by knowing the contents of that
    • to develop gradually. This is also an indication of how what I have
    • however, be dealt with in the forthcoming lectures, the reason being
    • prepared and revelations from the spiritual worlds will be able to
    • in the spiritual world — can be revealed through Initiation.
    • it must be achieved through our inner calm, our inner tranquillity;
    • in the spiritual worlds the capacity to await events with
    • restlessness can be avoided, the more we shall be able to achieve. It
    • is therefore essential to regard whatever comes to pass as something
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  • Title: Between Death and Rebirth: Lecture Two
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    • after death. Understanding of every human soul without distinction of
    • that understanding can become more complete. Let us, however, begin
    • study that everyone can undertake for himself.
    • The most important and most outstanding fact revealed by
    • the human Ego, the ‘I’. A distinction must however be
    • consciousness. It must be clear to everyone that from the time a
    • that if from the earliest periods after birth a child were never to
    • come into any sort of collision with the outer world, he could never
    • this, however, is that collisions shall continue to take place. These
    • as far as the development of consciousness is concerned. Unbiased
    • observation, for instance, of the moment of waking will, however,
    • help everyone to realise that this ‘I’-consciousness can
    • even without any occult knowledge — to observe the life of soul
    • character becomes more marked the longer ago the events in question
    • We may remember events which took place very long ago in our life,
    • just as the child develops consciousness of his ‘I’ by
    • or injury is caused, even if it is not at once noticed. Collisions of
    • ‘I’-consciousness could never develop if we were not
    • rather different from what it is to the ‘I’. Everyday
    • Our ‘I’ is something — never mind for
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    • It might easily be believed that this is inevitably a
    • further development if it were otherwise, if he could not learn from
    • Without realising it he may even be longing for Anthroposophy. In
    • Ego-consciousness. To believe that would be to misunderstand entirely
    • including those of which he has no conscious knowledge or may even
    • which may have developed precisely because of his violent opposition,
    • in anthroposophical development has been reached when it is thought
    • of how men will gradually develop consciousness of what surrounds
    • humanity, this will eventually come about. Simply through paying
    • also produced in our soul, either of sympathy or antipathy. Even
    • Nevertheless it may be possible to verify that had we been in the
    • This is an even more radical example of what I just said. We pay
    • life. For our inner life, however, it is certainly of importance.
    • have been the same as if you had never been involved? Would it not
    • would have experienced if, for example, the lecture this evening had
    • world in the spiritual world and reverberate through it. It is not
    • may actually reveal to us wishes or thoughts of souls living between
    • what might have happened, nevertheless there are times in life when
    • events that might have happened have a decisive influence upon the
    • might have happened and was prevented only because other conditions,
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    • stellar world to the extent to which he developed moral and religious
    • spiritual insight into the connection of certain events with heavenly
    • to the extent to which he developed moral and religious qualities
    • if, during his life on Earth before death, he developed a genuinely
    • subsequent life on Earth, if he developed a truly religious attitude
    • however, there is a certain difference between his connection with
    • and rebirth, however, a man beholds how forces from the world of
    • Zodiac. He looks out as it were from every point of the Zodiac, that
    • correct as this is from one point of view, it nevertheless presents
    • in appearance at all events; we cannot, however, speak of an actual
    • coloured chalks which would have indicated the several members of
    • astral body leave the human being during sleep is, however, strictly
    • developing powers of attraction drawn from the world of stars; it can
    • development during incarnations, let us say in the Egypto-Chaldean
    • Even externally it is not difficult to discover what the soul is
    • experiencing. I think that even in this enlightened audience there
    • There will even be people, among town-dwellers for example, whom one
    • development. What holds good for the soul now would have been utterly
    • very great. Our present age, however, has a definite advantage over
    • the sky. And being very clever he looks at a chart of the heavens
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  • Title: Between Death and Rebirth: Lecture Five
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    • their missions and achievements in the spiritual history of mankind.
    • thirteenth century we associate everything that has to do with the
    • an achievement of supreme importance in the history of human
    • evolution — an achievement before the time of the Mystery of
    • not differ from that of Western occultism in regard to this event —
    • development and stature of mankind.
    • ‘Revelations shall tell of the Divine in the Heights and there
    • the song which tells of the revelation of the divine-spiritual forces
    • had revealed himself at the time of the birth of Jesus; and he
    • can be no more than indicated — and even then half
    • spoken of as Gautama Buddha. And in the seventh/eighth century after
    • Mystery Centre referred to above; but everything was clothed in a
    • co-operated from the spiritual world in the development of
    • remoteness from the world and everyday experience — let them
    • numbers of human beings would have developed the character and
    • planetary spheres. Since the last death, every soul incarnated on the
    • with the fundamental laws of evolution, whenever we return to the
    • evolution. Whenever we pass into a planetary sphere after death —
    • example of evolution. This example is revealed to occult
    • great transformation which could have been achieved only by
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    • rest of the physical body. At a certain stage of development,
    • being, after experiencing the Christ Event in the Sun sphere between
    • be an ever deepening understanding of the Christ Impulse. Everything
    • is this: Why was it that even in areas where Christianity was
    • You are aware that everything connected with the subject
    • although Rosicrucianism must, we are told, be included in everything
    • Ego, together with everything that belongs to these members. We know,
    • is the principle that remains intact although everything else in the
    • refuted by every sleep at night, for then this ‘I’ is
    • even if we cannot yet claim to have any knowledge of occultism?
    • must be present in the human being even when he cannot yet say ‘I’,
    • months or even first years of his life will seem to external science
    • faculties of speaking and thinking are still undeveloped. When the
    • human being reaches the level ordained for him, when he can stand
    • vertical spine, and who can speak and think. Even a parrot is able to
    • with an intelligence much greater than that of a parrot will never
    • down to a level below that of these Spirits of Form. To what category
    • evolution and have still not reached the level of the Spirits of
    • head is the most fully developed of all the physical organs, even in
    • clairvoyance a remarkable difference is revealed between the head
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  • Title: Between Death and Rebirth: Lecture Seven
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    • Cyclic seven-year periods in life. Coming of the second
    • within the human being. Growth, however, continues until checked by
    • LECTURE SEVEN
    • cycles: one from birth until about the seventh year, or until the
    • in periods of seven years. Even to ordinary observation it will be
    • clear that this systematic arrangement into periods of seven years is
    • significance cut across these seven-year periods. We ourselves have
    • point between birth and the seventh year. And something similar can
    • invalidate the regular seven-year cycle. We shall, however, always
    • discover that whatever comes in this way into the life of man and
    • experiences connected with the actual seven-year cycles. You will
    • inward members of his constitution. From birth until the seventh year
    • development is connected primarily with the physical body, then for
    • seven years with the etheric body, then for seven years with the
    • nature of man. That is essentially characteristic of the seven-year
    • cut across these seven-year periods? The flashing-up of
    • emphatically inner event. For the sake of clarity, here let us
    • happening which cuts across the seven-year cycles of evolution. We
    • The first seven-year period ends with the change of
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  • Title: Between Death and Rebirth: Lecture Eight
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    • certain point there is a reversal of vision. Everything that was
    • this is an experience of the moment of the last death in reverse.
    • fact will strike us most strongly of all if we succeed in developing,
    • even to a comparatively small extent, the capacity to view life and
    • But if and when in the course of development the time comes when
    • everyday life we want to think or form judgements, but for that very
    • on man himself. It is actually as if everything else were blotted out
    • nothing except Man. What would never be seen by day, in the waking
    • state, is revealed when contemplated from the viewpoint of sleep. And
    • to work at the creation of man, at a level above that of mineral,
    • everything except the real being of man, through the spiritual
    • see everything that is hidden from the ordinary perception of waking
    • of a grown-up person, however, or of a child from a certain age
    • onwards, when seen from the viewpoint of sleep, reveals a constant
    • process of decay, of destruction. Every night during sleep the forces
    • of destruction are ever and again subjugated by the forces of growth;
    • never the equal of those that have been used up during the waking
    • precondition of man's true spiritual development. No being who did
    • of developing an inner life of soul. No life of soul as experienced
    • of soul and feel the whole development to be beneficial. Looked at
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    • established during the life between death and rebirth even if there
    • or even here and there admit it, they are wont to say: Well, there
    • namely, the Beings of the several higher Hierarchies. Let us ask
    • body, even the very convolutions of his brain, by means of the forces
    • receive everything that the super-sensible world can give us, even if
    • false. Every world has its own special mission. And what a man can
    • one life a man deliberately scorns to develop in his soul any
    • forces wherewith to create even the organs enabling him to think,
    • because what comes later will be revealed in all good time. But the
    • form in which it will be revealed depends entirely upon how we have
    • an utterance such as this seems very clever, very subtle. But if only
    • speech, he would never learn to speak. And so anyone who argues
    • life, they could not make it possible for him to develop the capacity
    • developed what it is certainly true to call a religious, pious
    • people with a pious, even mystical nature emanating from egoism.
    • developed a religious frame of mind out of sheer egoism. They then
    • became morose and hypochondriacal, finding everything distasteful.
    • believe that we can wait until death to establish connection with the
    • everything that can further the health of beings on the Earth, can
    • materialistic superstition to believe that physical hygiene and
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    • beginning of the seventeenth century Brahmanism was absorbed into
    • Buddhism in the cultural life of India. Events on Earth are reflected
    • lives through these regions which enclose ever more extensive cosmic
    • functions of the several planets. It is now a matter of harmonising
    • sense-impressions. If you ‘think away’ everything that
    • say: When the soul passes through the gate of death, everything given
    • by the senses comes to an end and whatever is left can at most only
    • their own distinctive colouring in every individual. Whereas thoughts
    • however, he then rids himself of this longing too.
    • Mercury sphere. On approaching the Mercury sphere, however, the soul
    • have developed certain religious impulses during earthly life. In
    • it to develop what is needed for the next incarnation on Earth. Not
    • inwardly with yearning for the last life on Earth; moreover even in
    • must finally have finished even with everything that transcends
    • merely personal experience; in the Mercury region with whatever moral
    • whatever religious conceptions have been developed, in the region of
    • the Sun with whatever understanding has been acquired of the
    • with a religious life befitting all mankind. Thus it is even the
    • higher interests that can develop in the further evolution of
    • strife, of aggressive impulses until the beginning of the seventeenth
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