A sense of duty

The Terrible (Angel the Last) by Nicholas Roerich. 19421. "... The creation of good is the duty of man." [Supermundane, 748]


2. "Man's duty to his spirit exceeds everything else in its significance. But taking care of the spirit makes you be honest in fulfilling your duty to the Motherland, family and people. You cannot violate this duty without damaging your spirit. In both large and small, debt remains a debt in everything. The transience of earthly duties does not mean at all that they can be neglected. But the difference between obligations to one's spirit and the outside world should still be known and unmistakably understand the essence of both." [Facets of Agni Yoga 1966, 272]


3. "The formula "Caesar's is Caesar's, and God's is God's" can be understood very broadly. Living on Earth, in an earthly body, he must be fed and watered, clothed and shod and taken care of. A person also has responsibilities to his family, society and his country – all this is earthly, and the duty of a person and a citizen is strictly fulfilled. But in addition to earthly affairs and obligations, a person is responsible to his spirit, embodied in the body for development, improvement and accumulation of experience and knowledge. This is the responsibility... to your higher Self, to the Divine Principle in yourself." [Facets of Agni Yoga 1970, 747]


4. "Responsibility is a duty to oneself and to the Highest. Thought about duty will in itself be constructive striving, but for such a path one must cultivate oneself each hour." [Aum, 593]


5. "... It is necessary to insist very much on the active and possibly perfect fulfillment of the tasks of earthly life, or, as they say, to fulfill a person's duty to the end. Only this will determine the true progress of the inner man. "A person will attain perfection by persevering in his dharma (duty)," says Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita." [Letters of Helena Roerich in 9 Volumes - 2. 107]


6. "Where is the measure of duty? The sword of knowledge flashes at the command of the heart. For the heart there will be no contradiction." [Brotherhood, 121]


7. "And isn't there a great joy in the consciousness of fulfilled duty to humanity? What a beautiful and powerful concept lies in the performance of duty! The heroes were all bearers of duty." [Letters of Helena Roerich in 9 Volumes - 2. 043]


Chalice of Buddha by Svetoslav Roerich. 19348. "Next to bribery in shamefulness is the nonfulfillment of duty.  …The quality of labor will create the realization of duty. Every negligence, forgetfulness and evasion can be condemned only in one’s own heart." [Fiery World II, 71]


9. "Every duty will not be a meager hypocrisy if it is realized in the joy of the spirit." [Chalice by Nicholas Roerich]


10. "The unconscious joy of duty turns into a sorrowful necessity." [To a New Way by Nicholas Roerich]


11. "He who does not want to pay the debt puts himself in prison." [Еxcerpts by Boris Abramov from the book "Aspiring Heart" 1952, 76]


12. "The wise rejoices when he is given the opportunity to pay off old debts, the stupid rejoices at every receipt and wants to get even more, as much as possible, forgetting that nothing is for nothing it is not given." [Facets of Agni Yoga 1969, 699]


13. "A wise philosopher, having been sold into slavery, exclaimed, “Thanks! Evidently I can pay back some old debts.” An emperor, nicknamed the Golden, was terrified, “Luxury pursues me. When will I be able to pay off my debts?” Thus have wise people thought about the quickest payment of their debts. They understood that former lives surely do not elapse without incurring indebtedness." [Brotherhood, 273]


14. "Earthly duty and earthly deeds and good relationships with other people serve as a balancing counterbalance in the refinement of consciousness... Therefore, during an ordinary life, it is impossible to turn away or forget your duty to your family, society and homeland. Therefore, many Carriers of Light Were, in addition to the Highest in Them, just ordinary workers: carpenters, artists, artisans or warriors, generals, rulers, in a word, firmly and firmly treading the Earth, despite their connection with the Higher World, or rather, thanks to it." [Facets of Agni Yoga 1972, 442]



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