Thursday, January 30, 2020
Forgiveness from the viewpoint of Anthroposophia
Rudolf Steiner: "I do not say that we should generally be less critical; for when we divert our adverse judgment from man — though we should no longer be fighting against man himself — we must still be fighting Lucifer and Ahriman. But against man as man, we should be infinitely more tolerant. Now he who lives in the soul life in the time between death and a new birth practices this tolerance both in relation to the beings who are with him in the spiritual world and in relation to those who are still incarnated as men here in the physical life. It is part of the very character of man, when he has passed through the gate of death, that he acquires this tolerance. He always sees through the fact that Lucifer and Ahriman are playing such and such a part in a human being. He does not say ‘That is a bad man, following evil desires,’ but he sees through the fact that Lucifer is playing such and such a part in him. He does not say ‘That is an envious fellow,’ but he says ‘Ahriman is playing such and such a part in him.’"