Extract from the lecture given by
Rudolf Steiner, 22nd June, 1924.
of problems connected with karma is by no means easy and
discussion of anything that has to do with this subject
entails — or ought at any rate to entail — a
sense of deep responsibility. Such study is in truth a
matter of penetrating into the most profound relationships
of existence, for within the sphere of karma and the course
it takes lie those processes which are the basis of the
other phenomena of world-existence, even of the phenomena
of nature. Without insight into the course taken by karma
in the world and in the evolution of humanity it is quite
impossible to understand why external nature is displayed
before us in the form in which we behold it ...
been said in the lectures here since the Christmas
Foundation Meeting should not really be passed on to any
audience otherwise than by reading an exact transcript of
what has been said here.
exposition of this particular subject-matter is not
possible at the present stage. If such a course were
proposed I should have to take exception to it. These
difficult and weighty matters entail grave consideration of
every word and every sentence spoken here, in order that
the limits within which the statements are made shall be
absolutely clear ...
fullest meaning of the words, a sense of responsibility
in regard to communications from the spiritual worlds
begins the moment things are spoken of in the way we are
speaking of them now. It is in any case very difficult to
speak about these matters here in view of the limitations
of our present organisation which do not, however, admit of
any other arrangement. It is difficult to speak about these
things because such lectures ought really to be given only
to listeners who attend the series from beginning to end.
Understanding will inevitably be difficult for anyone who
comes in later.
however, friends are fully conscious that such difficulties
exist, a certain balance can be established. Provided this
consciousness is present, then all will be well. But it is
not always there ...
that the meaning of what I have said will be understood. I
have spoken as I have in order that the necessary
earnestness may prevail in regard to lectures of the kind
now being given ...”