The illusion of material life

In human beings who perish as a result of earthquakes or volcanic eruptions one notices, during their next incarnation, inner qualities which are quite different. They bring from birth great spiritual pre-dispositions because, through their death, they were brought in touch with forces which showed them the true nature of reality and the illusion of material life.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 94 – An Esoteric Cosmology: Lecture XVI: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Human Will – Paris, June 12, 1906

Previously posted on September 16, 2013