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Symbol 20
The Forgiveness of Sins

A Summary Explanation of Symbol No. 20 - The Forgiveness of Sins

The symbol symbolises the evolution of the faculty of humaneness and the resultant liberation from returning dark karma or fate. In the absolute sense no sin exists. But ignorance causes the human being to make many mistakes. It reaps the effects of these mistakes in the form of suffering and an unhappy fate, which in turn develop its humane faculties. When the being’s humaneness has developed to such an extent that it can no longer have the heart to manifest one dark action or another, it is protected against the returning effects in its fate from dark actions similar to those it manifested previously. This holds true regardless of how many of these fateful effects are still “waiting in queue” for the being to experience. This is the cosmic principle of the forgiveness of sins.

The main details of the symbol:

  • The orange staircase at the bottom symbolises the being’s individual terrestrial life as a step in evolution.
  • The section between the two vertical white lines symbolises the being’s present life.
  • The yellow section symbolises its past, and the green section its future.
  • The hatched, orange sections separated by white sections symbolises the being’s succession of physical lives and the spiritual lives in between.
  • The white arcs that emanate from one spiritual life to another symbolise arcs of fate that consist exclusively of experiences of light or bliss.
  • The orange arcs symbolise the arcs of fate that, through reincarnation, go from one physical life on Earth to another.
  • The yellow flame symbolises the development of the being’s humane faculties. These faculties can gradually neutralise returning arcs of fate to the extent that the being no longer has the heart to manifest corresponding dark actions towards its neighbour. The being is thereby liberated from superfluous dark karma and misfortune.

See also Martinus' description of symbol no. 20 in The Eternal World Picture 2.