12 lectures, Dornach, February 16 - March 23, 1924 (CW 235)
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.