of Karmic Forces
Laws and conditions of human destiny. The different kinds of
universal law. Cause and effect in lifeless Nature and in the sphere
of the living. Self-contained nature of the mineral kingdom. The
working of the universe in the plant. The causative forces for both
kingdoms lie in simultaneity. The causative forces for the animal
kingdom and human kingdom lie in the pre-natal conditions, they come
from the antecedent star-constellations. To explain the animal nature
and the astral in man, we must go outside all that there is in space;
we must move forward in time. The causes that apply to man as such
must be sought once more on earth; then we come to a former life on
The different regions of man's world-environment. The mineral
world as necessary counterpart to human freedom. Man's
dependence as a breathing-being on the plant-world, i.e. on the
etheric forces of growth which are deeply connected with his destiny,
forming his “nature-karma” through his relation to the
Beings of the Third Hierarchy. Well-being or discontent: the karma of
our inner constitution; sympathies and antipathies depend on the
forces constituting the animal atmosphere. The animal-forming forces
affect the astral body, of which the sympathies and antipathies
belong to the destiny we bring with us from the spiritual world in
which are living the Beings of the Second Hierarchy. A second
constituent of karma is formed from our inner human structure,
according to former lives on earth. The intricacy of the working of
destiny in the human kingdom. Inner necessity in the chain of events,
effected through the power of the First Hierarchy. This lives in our
Ego-organisation from one earthly life over to the next. The moral
significance of the balancing-out of karmic experiences must become
external cosmic deeds.
Karmic necessity and freedom. The limits of repeated earthly lives.
The theory of universal causality. Insight into our karma as into an
organic totality. We ourselves are the basis of karma. Initiation
Science sects life through the looking back into former earthly
lives. Freedom in the fulfilment of cosmic tasks.
Formation of the impulse to karma between death and a new birth.
Reflection in other human souls. Metamorphosis of love into joy. Joy
is the karmic result of out-going love: result of these two is then
an open heart for the world. Suffering is the karmic result of
hatred; both lead in the third life to dim understanding of the
world. Possibility of creating a balance by education. Significance
of contemporary existence for repeated earthly lives.
Internal and external factors in man's total destiny.
Pre-disposition to health or illness. Illnesses of childhood. Karmic
metamorphosis of spiritual interests into health and facial
expression. Karma ending and in the becoming. Karmic connections of
How karma enters man's development. Waking and sleeping.
Ideation and remembering. Grey and white matter of the brain. In
day-consciousness we are incorporated as man; in unconsciousness we
are incorporated in the world. Connection of the Hierarchies with
head-organisation, rhythmic organisation, motor-sphere. Inter-weaving
of world and the Divine. The Beings of the Third Hierarchy underlie
the activity manifested in memory, lead us through the unconscious
realm of earthly life. In the life after death the Beings of the
Second Hierarchy work on the shaping of inner karma. The Beings of
the First Hierarchy, the Creators of the terrestrial, carry out down
below the just and compensating activity resulting from our own deeds
on earth. This meets us in the next life as facts of destiny. Behind
the Law of Karma lie deeds and experiences of the Gods.
Determination of Individual Destinies
Representative personalities: Friedrich Theodor Vischer, Franz
Schubert, Eugen Dühring, studied biographically.
Karmic connections. Investigations depend on direct vision, and are
communicated in narrative form. Arabism and its influence in the 7th,
8th and 9th centuries A.D.
Vischer and Hegelianism. Vischer's attitude to Goethe's
Faust. Schubert and Baron von Spaun. Previous lives of Eugen
Details of karmic relationships. How bodily characteristics are
carried over from one incarnation into the make-up of the next.
Eduard von Hartmann. Friedrich Nietzsche.
The paths of karma leading from historical personalities of the past
into later times or into the life of the modern age. Mohammedanism
and its driving force. Haroun al Raschid and the civilisation centred
in Baghdad. Arabism: its influence on European civilisation through
reincarnating individualities. Lord Bacon of Verulam. Gebel al Tarik:
Charles Darwin. The circle of learned men around Mamun in Baghdad;
the cultivation of astronomy and astrology. Laplace. Aristotelianism
in a more mystical form is present within the monotheism and
determinism of Mohammedanism, which grew into fatalism. Muavija in
Damascus: Woodrow Wilson. The reincarnation of ideas.
Karmic relationships in the lives of individuals and in history. The
right way of approach. Garibaldi and Victor Emmanuel. Lessing. Lord
Where are the Initiates of earlier times? Hindrances caused by the
present form of civilisation whereby certain qualities are killed out
in men and bodies become unsuitable vehicles. An Irish colony in
Alsace in the 9th century A.D.
Garibaldi, Mazzini, Cavour, Victor Emmanuel. Ernst Haeckel. Lessing.
Valentin Andreae. Geometry teacher. Lord Byron. The Palladium ...