Waltz in E minor by A.S. Griboyedov

Flexibility of consciousness

The Snake-Charmer by Svetoslav Roerich. 19371. "The great Buddha taught in life to walk like a snake. The snake's head is always directed straight to the target, but its body follows, twisting in accordance with the irregularities of the path. The main thing is not to deviate from the goal set before us, the goal of bringing new light and knowledge to the common good." [Letters of Helena Roerich in 9 Volumes - 6. 017]


2. "Do not choke yourselves with verbosity. In verbosity resourcefulness and flexibility become lost. Verbosity cuts a furrow like a screw, and nothing new can pass through this orifice. ...Here comes a child, here a girl, here a warrior, here an old man – one should not give the same advice to all or one’s guests will take flight. …Much courage is required to listen to your cut and dried speeches. It is imperative to learn to speak more briefly and concisely, otherwise the community will be undone through boredom. Boredom is a dangerous beast! Flexibility and resourcefulness alone preserve the freshness of the tree of freedom." [New Era Community, 132]


3. "One has to learn many, many modes of unfamiliar expression. Every expression of ours perplexes an adversary, but if we use his habitual expression, it enters at once into his consciousness as his very own thought. In this way you can accustom your consciousness to suppleness of expression. We call this process “the translator of the heart.” In other communications of the heart the main thing is to avoid egoism, which could be called “the unkind eye”.” [Heart, 108]


4. "To renounce or to multiply? Indeed, to multiply sanguinely, joyfully, but for the Common Good. Moles of forbiddance and limitations will never see the sun. It is possible for the consciousness to assimilate a slavish complaisance to such an extent that each new acquirement of knowledge will seem a crime or madness. …The sectarian dreams of seizing power for the subjugation of everything to his own inflexible consciousness. The superstitious man most of all is afraid lest he call up, as if by an accidental movement, any alien sign; and he thinks about himself a great deal. Superstition and sectarianism are signs of a very low consciousness, for the potential of creative power has been reduced to nothingness for one to whom the principle of containment is foreign." [New Era Community, 237]



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