The Esoteric Perspectives on Origin of Epidemics

By Brane Žilavec, 9 January 2012

So far I have published the following articles about the various aspects of the corona pandemic:

The Global Epidemic of Diseases of Modern Civilisation

Three Main Culprits for the Present Worldwide Health Crisis

Three Root Causes behind the Responses to Corona Pandemic

From Symptoms to Real Insights into the Social Backgrounds of the Corona Pandemic

Are Viruses and Microbes the Real Culprits in the Emergence of Deadly Epidemics?


In the articles listed above I have tried to explain things in such a manner that everyone with an open and unprejudiced mind can grasp them. As one can notice my website is divided into explanations of nutritional principles on a basic level and on an advanced level. But so far there is nothing yet published that would contain explanations from an esoteric level. For that reason I was intentionally avoiding entering into the very challenging esoteric level of the explanations about the origin of infectious diseases and epidemics.

Although I have been writing my articles on the basis of my knowledge of the esoteric backgrounds of human existence and the riddles of human health and disease which I have attained so far, I am well aware that this is not something that all readers would be interested to read about or capable to follow it. However, as there are people interested to enter into esoteric aspects of the epidemics I have decided to describe what are necessary conditions for such a step.

The first thing is to become well acquainted with the spiritual scientific descriptions of THE NATURE OF THE HUMAN BEING. In the article Three Root Causes behind the Responses to Corona Pandemic there is given a spiritual scientific classification of diseases in relation to the Fourfold Human Being. In one class are the infectious illnesses which “originate in the physical body itself, having to do with the physical body. Therefore a deeper understanding of infectious diseases involves knowing the nature of everything connected with the human physical body. The basis of these illnesses is not physical but very much of a spiritual nature.” [1]

If one wants to properly grasp the relationship between the infectious illnesses and physical body one needs to start with the origin of the physical body on Old Saturn and accompanying it through the consequents stages of cosmic evolution which is described in Occult Science and other works of Rudolf Steiner. One of the characteristics of the physical body is that it is the oldest and the most developed in comparison to the etheric body, astral body and ego.

For a proper understanding of the previous stages of cosmic evolution – the Old Saturn, Old Sun and Old Moon – and their repetitions in the present Earth stage, one needs to become also familiar with the spiritual scientific explanation of the NATURE OF SUBSTANCE.

The next step which is necessary if one wants to grasp the esoteric explanations on origin of epidemics is to be fairly familiar with the HOLISTIC APPROACH TO HEALING from the perspective of anthroposophical spiritual science.

And the last thing one has to attain is a proper understanding of the working of karma in the successive human incarnations and the participations of various spiritual hierarchies, nature spirits and elemental beings in the evolution of humanity.


In the collected works of Rudolf Steiner there can be found many explanations of the spiritual origins of infectious diseases and epidemics and of other related aspects. These are not only in the medical lectures, but can also be found in many other places. For those who are interested in venturing into the esoteric level I recommend the following two compilations of Steiner’s extracts:

On Epidemics, Spiritual Perspectives, Rudolf Steiner’s Press

On Epidemics, Spiritual Perspectives, Amazon

Viral Illness and Epidemics in the Work of Rudolf Steiner, AbeBooks

Viral Illness and Epidemics in the Work of Rudolf Steiner, Amazon


  1. Rudolf Steiner, Berlin, 10.11.1908; The Being of Man and His Future Evolution,