Five Karmas

A friend forwarded me this interesting piece by Geoffrey Ahern, (in English) on a Danish website about sectarianism and New Age religions.

Entitled “Five karmas”, it outlines the Anthroposophical movement in this country and explains some of the lesser known aspects of the cult. It is not new, and was written back in 1982 before his book Sun at Midnight was first published, but still relevant to anyone trying to understand more about the Steiner movement.

Ahern explains that the karmas referred to are the five most important aspects of Anthroposophy.

He says; “The School of Spiritual Science and other main institutions are understood to have special karmas since karma, in Steiner’s view, is not confined to individuals.”

This is news to me, but of course Steiner’s version of karma is different to other versions in many ways. The big five are

Why these five?  Ahern says;

“I have never been a member of the School because I do not consider it ethical to avow beliefs one doesn’t have in order to gain information. My assessment is based on evidence of a different kind”.

He has been in contact with long-standing members of the “school” and presumably his information comes from this source.

There are interesting details about the Christian Community including the importance of the colour purple, mentioned in comments here by Simeon and John Tayble on the “anthroposophy” page.

Also on Camphill Communities, Ahern explains why co-workers become so attached to the residents they work with;

“The “villager,” as the handicapped person is called, is karmically inseparable from the co-worker. The bond felt by the co-workers, therefore, is very deep even though they themselves are not handicapped. The value of each human life is not limited to incarnation on earth.”

As for the Goetheanum there is the following information;

“The Old Goetheanum, known through models, photographs, paintings, oral descriptions, and meditative Imaginations, had a primeval, mushroom-like wooden dome. Some people, it is said, “experience” that building before their rebirth on earth.”

“Despite its location in Switzerland, the Goetheanum features constantly in the imaginations of British followers, who occasionally attend special events there.”

I guess they have no need now, they can all come to Nailsworth and “experience” the Field Centre instead.



  1. Helen

    I like the description of the Anthroposophical Society in the UK as being considered “impure” because it relies on translations from the original Hochdeutsch. Seems like the German-speaking Anthropsophists put us in a similar bracket to the French, whom they also disdain.

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