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Manifestations of Karma - Rudolf Steiner Anthroposophy bookManifestations of Karma
11 lectures by Rudolf Steiner

"Karmic awareness is the key to attaining greater freedom in the choices we make."               
                                                 - Rudolf Steiner

Why do people have such differing events and circumstances to deal with in their lives? What are the meanings of diseases, illnesses, accidents and natural disasters? From his clairvoyant spiritual research, Rudolf Steiner speaks of karma, or destiny, as a reality — a comprehensible phenomenon which can and should be understood today. He shows how, through a knowledge of the dynamics of karma, we can begin to answer the inevitable questions which arise when we begin seriously to seek the meaning and purpose of our lives.

We create our own karma in all areas of existence, says Steiner, laying the foundation in our current incarnation for our next one. We cannot seek for a complete pattern or meaning in one earthly life, but must begin to take into account many lives on earth. Although we may not always be aware of the particular causes of events, knowing that we are resolving our own self-induced karma can help to bring a more stable sense of orientation and purpose in our lives.  Knowing the moral dynamics of karma can guide us in our choices and lead us to a more consciously created future.

Trans: rev. H. Hermann-Davey (11 lectures, Hamburg 16-28 May 1910, GA120); 240pp
Rudolf Steiner Press
ISBN: 1 85584 058 8; paperback

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Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) called his spiritual philosophy 'anthroposophy', which he defined as 'the consciousness of one's humanity', and the disciplined methods of studying this he termed ‘spiritual science’.  As a highly developed clairvoyant and spiritual initiate, he spoke from his direct cognition of the spiritual world. However, he did not see his work as religious or sectarian, but rather sought to found a universal 'science of the spirit'.

His many published works (written books and lectures) - which include his research into the spiritual nature of the human being, the evolution of the world and humanity, and methods of personal development - invite readers to develop their own spiritual faculties.  He also provided indications for the renewal of many human activities, including education - both general and special - agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, philosophy, religion and the arts. He wrote some 30 books and delivered over 6000 lectures across Europe, and in 1924 founded the General Anthroposophical Society which today has branches throughout the world.