the year 1924, no less than eighty two lectures on karmic
relationships were given by Rudolf Steiner in Dornach, Berne,
Zurich, Stuttgart, Prague, Paris, Breslau,
Arnheim, Torquay, and London. The forty-nine given in Dornach have
been available in English translation for some years and the four
volumes in which they are published are now followed by the fifth.
The lectures given in Torquay and London are at present (1966)
contained in the volume entitled, Cosmic
Christianity and the Impulse of Michael. Karma in the life of
Individuals and in the Evolution of the World.
It is hoped
that it will eventually be possible to publish companion volumes containing
all the lectures given in the places enumerated above.
were given to Members of the Anthroposophical Society only and were intended
to be material for study by those already familiar with the teachings
and terminology of Anthroposophy. The following extract from the
lecture of 22nd June, 1924 (Vol. II, p. 215) calls attention to the
need for exactitude when passing on such contents:
“The study of problems connected with karma is by no means
easy and discussion of anything that has to do with the subject
entails — or ought at any rate to entail — sense of deep
responsibility. Such study is in truth a matter of penetrating into
the most profound mysteries 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. ... 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. ...”
will be found at the end of the volume, together with a list of relevant
literature and a summarised plan of the Complete Edition of Rudolf Steiner's
works in the original German.