Passing through successive incarnations

Our passing through successive incarnations is significant for the overall evolution of our essential being, which has undergone successive past lives and will continue to go through future lives. The evolution of the earth runs parallel to our own. At some point in the future, the earth will have reached the end of its course; then the planet earth, as a physical entity, will have to separate from the totality of human souls — just as when we die the body separates from the spirit, and the soul, in order to live on, enters the spiritual realm between death and rebirth. From this point of view, our highest ideal must be the striving to make all the fruits to be gained in earthly life truly our own before we die.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 15 – The Spiritual Guidance of the Individual and Humanity: Lecture One – Copenhagen, June 6, 1911

Previously posted on May 10, 2019 

Nationality

When we look at what we call the higher self of man, the expression nationality loses its meaning. For what is meant by nationality is laid aside, when we go through the gate of death.  And if we want to be spiritually aspiring people in earnest, it is fitting to remember that man, in successive incarnations, does not belong to one but to many different nationalities and that which connects him to a specific nationality, must be laid aside the moment we go through the gate of death.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 157 – Menschenschicksale und Völkerschicksale – Berlin, October 31, 1914 (page 28)

Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger

Previously posted on December 11, 2018

Passing through successive incarnations

Our passing through successive incarnations is significant for the overall evolution of our essential being, which has undergone successive past lives and will continue to go through future lives. The evolution of the earth runs parallel to our own. At some point in the future, the earth will have reached the end of its course; then the planet earth, as a physical entity, will have to separate from the totality of human souls — just as when we die the body separates from the spirit, and the soul, in order to live on, enters the spiritual realm between death and rebirth. From this point of view, our highest ideal must be the striving to make all the fruits to be gained in earthly life truly our own before we die.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 15 – The Spiritual Guidance of the Individual and Humanity: Lecture One – Copenhagen, June 6, 1911