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Rudolf Steiner Archive

Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere
Week 34

In secret inwardly to feel
How all that I've preserved of old
Is quickened by new-risen sense of self:
This shall, awakening, pour forth cosmic forces
Into the outer actions of my life
And growing, mould me into true existence.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 8

The senses' might grows strong
United with the gods' creative work;
It presses down my power of thinking
Into a dreamlike dullness.
When godly being
Desires union with my soul,
Must human thinking
In quiet dream-life rest content.

—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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