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Karmic Relationships

Karmic Relationships

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 9781855842670

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 206

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12 lectures, Dornach, February 16 - March 23, 1924 (CW 234) During 1924, before his final address in September, Rudolf Steiner gave more than eighty lectures on karma to members of the Anthroposophical Society. These profoundly esoteric lectures examine the underlying laws of reincarnation and karma, exploring in detail the incarnations of various named historical figures. In Steiner's words, the study of karma is "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?" In this fundamental first volume--and essential basis for study of the later volumes--Rudolf Steiner provides an overview of the laws and conditions of karma, considering the incarnations of Friedrich Nietzsche, Lord Bacon of Verulam, Lord Byron and many others. READ BOBBY MATHERNE'S REVIEW OF THIS BOOK This volume is a translation of Esoterische Betrachtungen karmischer Zusammenh nge, in 6 Bdn., Bd.1 (GA 235).

Western Esotericism and the Science of Religion

Western Esotericism and the Science of Religion

Author: International Association for the History of Religions. Congress

Publisher: Peeters Publishers

ISBN: 9042906308

Category: Religion

Page: 330

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This volume is based upon papers read during the innovative section "Western Esotericism and the Science of Religion" organized at the 17th International Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) in Mexico City, August 5-12, 1995. The section was created in order to fill a long-standing hiatus in the academic study of religions: whereas phenomena such as gnosticism and hermetism in antiquity, and even the occult sciences of that period, have long been recognized as subjects worthy of serious investigation, the history of similar and related phenomena in more recent periods has hardly received the same measure of scholarly attention and recognition. The present volume is devoted to the academic emancipation of these areas as constituting a legitimate domain of research, which may be referred to by the generic label "western esotericism". Preceded by an introductory essay on the birth of this new discipline in the study of religion, the volume provides a sample of current research in the field and devotes special attention to some central methodological questions.

Emergent Holistic Consciousness

Emergent Holistic Consciousness

Author: Stuart P. Heywood

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 9781456771249

Category: History

Page: 419

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Natural Science underpinned the modern Darwinian theory of evolution-physical: Seeing Eye empiricism: physical (sensory) mode. Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) philosopher, scientist and educator introduced a Natural Science post-modern understanding a physical-spiritual: Seeing Eye and connecting mind's I delicate empiricism: spiritual-physical (non-sensory) mode-underpinning and enhancing the theory of evolution. For historic accuracy we trace Rudolf Steiner's 'quest' to bring both these modes together-modern natural scientific materialism (the dragon) and philosophical spiritual scientific knowledge-that lights our path and enables a threefold exploration of our spiritual-physical evolutionary development (Spiritual: invisible - Physical: visible). The 'body - soul' divide: (body: physical sensory mode - soul: spiritual non-sensory mode). Natural Science: Nature and Super-Nature: The use of the term super-natural is very different from the way the word 'supernatural' is commonly used and understood, (fantasy, black magic). Super-natural here equates to Nature and Natural Science: super-natural phenomena are only natural phenomena presenting at a higher or super -though- still natural level. Evolution: Goethe's Naturphilosophie was a metamorphosis of 'Nature philosophy'. In this same way Steiner's Spiritual Science, a higher form of Naturphilosophie, conceived a purely active spiritual element a Meta transmutation had taken place: Naturmetaphilosophie.

Can Earth's and Society's Systems Meet the Needs of 10 Billion People?

Can Earth's and Society's Systems Meet the Needs of 10 Billion People?

Author: National Research Council

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 9780309306379

Category: Social Science

Page: 102

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The Earth's population, currently 7.2 billion, is expected to rise at a rapid rate over the next 40 years. Current projections state that the Earth will need to support 9.6 billion people by the year 2050, a figure that climbs to nearly 11 billion by the year 2100. At the same time, most people envision a future Earth with a greater average standard of living than we currently have - and, as a result, greater consumption of our planetary resources. How do we prepare our planet for a future population of 10 billion? How can this population growth be achieved in a manner that is sustainable from an economic, social, and environmental perspective? Can Earth's and Society's Systems Meet the Needs of 10 Billion People? is the summary of a multi-disciplinary workshop convened by the National Academies in October 2013 to explore how to increase the world's population to 10 billion in a sustainable way while simultaneously increasing the well-being and standard of living for that population. This report examines key issues in the science of sustainability that are related to overall human population size, population growth, aging populations, migration toward cities, differential consumption, and land use change, by different subpopulations, as viewed through the lenses of both social and natural science.

The Imagination of Pentecost

The Imagination of Pentecost

Author: Richard Leviton

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 0880103795

Category: Religion

Page: 464

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Carlo Pietzner speaks, out of his own ego-directed, inner experiences, about several motifs inherent to inner striving: the problem of self in relationship to the world, the disintegration of the three soul forces, the transition from sense perception to spiritual perception, the reality of evil, the condition of loneliness, and more.

Reincarnation and Karma, An Introduction

Reincarnation and Karma, An Introduction

Author: Judith von Halle

Publisher: CLAIRVIEW BOOKS

ISBN: 9781912992393

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 62

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What is the meaning of life? As human beings, we cannot avoid this most basic question of earthly existence. Is consciousness simply an accident of the universe, as modern science would claim? On the other hand, many established religions suggest that life is a one-time experience, culminating in ‘eternal life’ in heaven or some kind of purgatory or hell. But how could this be equitable, given people’s vastly differing life circumstances? As a response to such questions, the author discusses the concept of reincarnation – the development of individual souls over multiple lifetimes. She examines the idea of fate in relation to one’s occupation. What is more important: a well-paid career or finding one’s true vocation? Are our ‘innate’ talents and abilities the result of a gene-lottery at conception, or could they be related to pre-birth existence – to our own intentions for our forthcoming life on earth? The notion of reincarnation is a pre¬requisite for understanding one’s personal destiny or karma – a personal ‘life plan’ created before our incarnation on earth. Through such ideas, the consciousness of one’s immortal soul-core – our inner being, that exists both before birth and after death – can be awoken. The transcript of this enlightening talk is a stimulating introduction to contemporary perspectives on the ancient teaching of reincarnation and karma.