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Rudolf Steiner Archive

Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere
Week 26

O Nature, your maternal life
I bear within the essence of my will.
And my will's fiery energy
Shall steel my spirit striving,
That sense of self springs forth from it
To hold me in myself.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 52

When from the depths of soul
The spirit turns to the life of worlds
And beauty wells from wide expanses,
Then out of heaven's distances
Streams life-strength into human bodies,
Uniting by its mighty energy
The spirit's being with our human life.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

Reincarnation and Karma
Their Significance in Modern Culture
GA 135


In this set of lectures, which contains some of Steiner's most important teachings on the subject, Rudolf Steiner describes the development of "feeling memory" and gives many other exercises that lead to real knowledge of karma and reincarnation. Examples are also given of how karmic effects pass between incarnations and the impact of the idea of reincarnation on our moral lives is clearly shown.

These lectures are also published under the title: Reincarnation and Karma — Two Fundamental Truths of Human Existence. Translated from shorthand reports unrevised by the lecturer, by D. S. Osmond, C. Davy and S. and E. F. Derry.

The Original German Texts of these lectures are published under the title: Wiederverkörperung und Karma und ihre Bedeutung für die Kultur der Gegenwart..

I.How can a direct conception be gained of the inner kernel of man's being which passes through many lives on earth? January 23, 1912
II.Need for the development of a ‘feeling-memory’ before direct experience of reincarnation is possible January 30, 1912
III.Knowledge of reincarnation and karma through thought-exercises February 20, 1912
IV.Examples of the working of karma between two incarnations February 21, 1912
V.Reincarnation and karma: the fundamental ideas of the anthroposophical world conception. The strengthening of the moral life March 05, 1912

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