Reaching the end of his life, Rudolf Steiner took on the task of bringing his knowledge of karma and reincarnation to the West. He gave more than eighty lectures in 1924, where he explained the destinies of various people from one life to the next. His purpose was to show how the laws of karma operate in one’s lifetime.
One of the main topics of Rudolf Steiner throughout his line of work and philosophy was based on the important factors of understanding karma. According to Steiner, it is one area which many misinterpretations have been encountered as Karma is as misconceptions as the law of past that determines the present.
Connection between Anthroposophy and Karma
How we receive our thoughts comes from the intellectualism and mood of the soul. It was said that personalities were influenced by either Arabism or Aristotelianism in the early Middle Ages. The civilization of Europe became developing the spiritual man as the two conflicted. The Dominican Scholastics represented individualism, and the quasi-Arabian philosophers fought against them. It was the inner conflicts that made the struggle possible to create the reality of individual thinking and spiritual development.
Spiritual Evolution that Lead to the Anthroposophical Movement
It is the common element between waking and falling asleep, of spiritual working and in-stream the spirituality of the cosmos. Human beings who received knowledge and teachings from the East wondered about the depth of the forces that bring both good and evil in the human soul.
Today’s Free Will and Karma
In order for us to have free will, not everything we have in the present can be determined by our past. Once the past takes control of the present entirely, there will be no such free will to give. It is the individual person that has the freedom to do both good and evil in order to truly be free. Once the person has chosen evil, he may bring harm to another who does not deserve harm.
This is way karma can be understood as the law that every action brings balance before human evolution. If you bring harm to one who is innocent, it is your obligation to correct the mistakes in the future.
According to Steiner, if something negative may happen to you, here are three possibilities of what is next:
- You deserved the action – you may have done something wrong in the past, and misfortune has returned the favor
- You will become the victim of one’s ill choices – bear the fat as every evil deed will be made right
- This may be a chance or random influence
We may not ever know truly what caused a particular act or misfortune as it could be of the past karma, free will, or simply by chance.
Steiner also mentions that the power of forgiveness is the highest level of spiritual wealth. By forgiving someone that have done you wrong, you are performing the most important deeds any human with free will can accomplish in their life. The sacrifice will allow others to gain the help they also need.
There is no excuse not to help others as much as your hands possibly can. Helping others will never do harm to the universe but only improve humanity as a whole. Many of us often unknowingly believe that helping others is “deserves” to suffer will cause the world to lose balance, which is highly incorrect. The world is not meant to be harmed by ill intentions, but it intended to be filled with actual deeds.
While following a good deed may be harder to do rather than to say, it is your determination to give one the appropriate help they need. People help others in the way they want to. Sometimes it is not necessarily the way that is necessary. It may take a specific amount of spiritual and moral intuition to determine how one individual may require instead of giving what you prefer to give.
In conclusion, in Anthroposophy, there is no excuse to bring harm to anyone. There can be no form of justice of “you deserve it because you harmed me or someone I love.” Revenge is no follower of his teachings as no one who follows and understands the teachings will tell another that they deserve their misfortune.