Piano Concerto No. 7. 1. Allegro by I.S. Bach

Striving. Aspiration

Tangla. The Song of Shambhala by Nicholas Roerich. 19431. "Man is the creator of his striving, striving is the creator of his destiny." [Еxcerpts by Boris Abramov from the book "Aspiring Heart" 1952, 85]


2. "Hence, the quality of striving is the truest indicator of the growth of the spirit; and consciousness is manifested as the affirmed power of creativeness." [Hierarchy, 45]


3. "Through what does the spirit ascend? By the creativity of striving." [Hierarchy, 43]


4. "Achieve by striving, for this is the fiery engine of the spirit." [Facets of Agni Yoga 1957, 172]


5. "Each striving is tensed by the lever of the heart. Only pure striving gives power to the spirit. This law is basic throughout Cosmos. Each element of Cosmic Fire is affirmed by the lever of the heart. The aura of aspiration of man is the most powerful moving force." [Infinity II, 284]


6. "... The spirit and the will bring to life. The spirit who wants to heat up his energy of striving is a melting pot of matter, having melted matter, he will refine it, and the subtlest perceptions will be available to him, which alone give us true immortality and being! Spirit and aspiration are the foundations of existence." [Letters of Helena Roerich in 9 Volumes - 1. 073]


7. "Striving is the essence of the magnet of the spirit in action. Striving is fiercely magnetic." [Facets of Agni Yoga 1960, 318]


8. "Striving toward development of consciousness depends upon the impulse of the seed of the spirit. The cumulation of striving intensifies the growth of consciousness. If the energy lacks striving, the manifestation of the intensity of energy is considerably weakened, and the attraction cannot result in fusion. Thus, the seed of the spirit is in need of striving." [Infinity I, 343]


9. "Striving will give birth to opportunities. Therefore, the key to the doors of opportunity is always in our hands." [Facets of Agni Yoga 1953, 35]


The Messenger by Svetoslav Roerich. 194710. "Only steadfastness and aspiration to the Highest can further the ascent. He who strives toward something beloved does not count the steps of the ladder. Thus, it is necessary to love in order to attain." [Brotherhood, 321]


11. "Not only the eye, but consciousness itself must become accustomed to light. People suffer most from an inability to direct themselves forward. A limited consciousness only looks back, and therefore often begins to retrogress. “The Kingdom of Heaven, the Fiery Kingdom, is taken by storm” – this truth was pronounced long ago, but we have forgotten it and have dismissed each daring aspiration." [Fiery World I, 332]


12. "Let us turn away from darkness; even plants know enough to stretch out toward light." [Fiery World I, 585]


13. "According to the law of Being, everything strives to the Light ..." [Commonwealth by Nicholas Roerich]


14. "In the consciousness are contained both power and all the weapons of victory. The directed consciousness can move huge masses, but the consciousness must surmount all obstacles… The attraction of the spirit toward the goal creates the shortest path, and can reveal every possibility for attainment. Indeed, creativeness of the spirit leads to the destination of fiery achievement. …On the path to the Fiery World let us remember that achievement is the corner-stone upon which is being constructed the great future." [Fiery World III, 320]


15. "In the Teaching, it is constantly indicated to strive in everything as high as possible. For the spiral of aspiration must inevitably settle, but the higher it was sent, the higher its next starting point will be." [Letters of Helena Roerich in 9 Volumes - 5. 078]


16. "Be sure that the thought generated by the self always goes against the great plan of Cosmic evolution. Therefore, in all failures, look for this worm that undermines the foundations and only him. The self is first of all a limitation, but the limitation is death, because the Cosmos exists only on the principle of infinity.

...So, dear ones, strive for more, because those who have appointed themselves a small circle are called doomed and all opportunities will pass for them with the same radius. Every limited consciousness attracts energies imperfect or small possibilities ... Only a consciousness embracing the world in broad actions can become an employee of the Cosmos..." [Letters of Helena Roerich in 9 Volumes - 1. 073]


Defender (Cloud-Marksman) by Nicholas Roerich. 193717. "Of chief importance is one’s own consciousness of purity of aspiration, but there are not many who can confirm a purified striving. Thus it is possible to single out people according to their striving. The energy of pure striving is highly homogeneous, and the bearers of this energy actually constitute a universal body. They may be working in the most diverse fields, and nonetheless the essence of the kindled energy will be one. Therefore people are divided not according to physical specializations, but according to tension of striving." [Fiery World II, 230]


18. "People often fail to distinguish between the spiritual striving of the heart and the physical tension of the reasoning mind. …One can beat one’s head against cold stones, but the descent of creative energy will not take place. … Only during focused thinking can man feel the presence of the inner fire. …People should not think that they must retreat to the life of a hermit in order to properly develop their consciousness. Amidst daily life on Earth can be found beautiful striving, and such podvig will be even more wonderful. But the striving must be sharpened, like the arrows of an experienced archer." [Supermundane, 853]


19. "The Earth moves in an orbit, and all its particles, and everything on it, moves with it. ... Such should be the power of striving for a distant goal, when all the particles of the human microcosm move forward in concert, without disturbing the harmony of the whole." [Facets of Agni Yoga 1955, 355]


20. "The whole being of a person, all his thoughts and feelings, all actions and actions are tuned to the key of full-purpose. The whole symphony of his life sounds in this key. It is a symphony of consonance, but not of discords. To tune all your thoughts and feelings on the wave of the highest consistency with the goal will be the only right decision of life." [Facets of Agni Yoga 1961, 201]


21. "Devotion is aspiration, and aspiration is "sesame"... to all achievements." [Letters of Helena Roerich in 9 Volumes - 1. 050]


22. "He who moves toward achievement must proceed as if summoned by a work bell. For the striving one the thinnest surface is sufficient. Aspire!" [New Era Community, 147]


23. "You can study how the success of outer actions depends upon the striving of the heart." [Heart, 207]


He Who Hastens by Nicholas Roerich. 192424. "The plane will fall if it stops moving. It is also inevitable that the spirit will fall if its aspiration is extinguished." [Facets of Agni Yoga 1961, 137]


25. "Earthly cares are like stones rolling down a mountain. The lower down they roll, the more violent the impact of the landslide. Would it not be better to ascend to the very summit where there are no falling stones? Upward striving also transforms our attitude toward earthly cares. Even though they continue, their meaning is altered. Thus one may perceive how many advantages the summit has over the canyon." [Aum, 304]


26. "Desires can appear and disappear, but aspiration is a monolith of insolubility and surrounds the essence of a person with a fortress." [Еxcerpts by Boris Abramov from the book "Aspiring Heart" 1954, 260]


27. "If a cricket can disturb a structure it means that the striving has not been great." [Fiery World III, 458]


28. "One should firmly understand the difference between expectation and striving. In expectation there will always be a time of inactivity, whereas in striving there is always a flight into the future." [Agni Yoga, 147]


29. "Truly, you need to take luck. Take it firmly, relentlessly and single-mindedly. In this single aspiration, that faith will be expressed, which will already border on great real knowledge." [Serencipity by Nicholas Roerich]


30. "Constant aspiration is harmonious and generates beautiful rhythms, while impatience is discordant and acts fitfully, disturbing the rhythm." [Supermundane, 411]


31. "It is impossible to sting or to smash an impetuously directed body. Striving in motion attains validity, and becoming lawful it becomes irresistible, for it enters into the rhythm of the Cosmos. Thus proceed in the small and in the great, and your texture will be unmatched, crystal, cosmic; in brief – beautiful. Striving, nothing else, results in mastery over the elements, for the basic quality of the elements is striving. In this state you coordinate the elements with the higher creativeness of the spirit and become the keepers of the lightning. Man shall become keeper of the lightning. Believe it, by striving only will you conquer." [New Era Community, 56]



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