Nocturne No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 9 by Frederic Chopin

Kindness. Love of good

Chalice of Buddha by Svetoslav Roerich. 1934

“Good is the most active, vital, inexhaustible, invincible principle, but in its entire action it is devoid of cruelty. Therein, and also in its freedom from egoism and conceit, lies one of its most significant distinctions from evil.” [Fiery World I, 592]


“That man is good who creates good. Creation of good is the improvement of the future. One can do good to one’s fellow in order to better his existence. It is possible for entire nations to be uplifted by heroic achievement. It is possible to introduce into life most useful discoveries, which must transform the future. Finally, it is possible to improve the thinking of a nation; and in this will be a synthesis of good. How beautiful is thought-creativeness which is not directed toward evil! When the public apprehends all the evil of condemnation, it opens new gates to the future. So much time is thus freed for cognition, for the art of thinking, for the creation of true good; and in these the best fires of the heart are kindled. Such fires are not kindled in evil. Such good will preserve health and to a large extent purify the atmosphere. It is absurd to think that good is an abstraction or a personal merit. It is the salvation of the future, for without it there is no affirmation of ascent. Thus each thought of good is already an arrow of Light. Somewhere it has already exterminated disunity, and any disunity, in malice, is a lapse into chaos. Therefore teach to think about good.” [Fiery World III, 286]


“…every good deed transforms some particle of chaos. Each kind action is a burning away of chaos.” [Supermundane, 168]


“…devotion to the Good is the foundation of life.” [Supermundane, 465]


“The quality of good is a great saturation of action by justice and by the heart.” [Fiery World III, 317]


“Do not confuse sentimentality with the kindness of the heart! Sentimentality has nothing in common with true kindness, which is based on higher knowledge and higher justice.” [Letters of Helena Roerich I, 8 Nov.1934]


“How to affirm the quality of your deeds? If your deeds benefit humanity, then is their essence good.” [Leaves of Morya's Garden I, 410]


“Every act of good brings benefit. The more good we do the more we increase the beneficial accumulations. [Supermundane, 719]


The Good Samaritan by Svetoslav Roerich. 1943

“The path of virtue is not a singing of psalms, but labor and service.” [Leaves of Morya's Garden I, 232]


“As through a magnifying glass behold the good, and belittle tenfold the signs of imperfection, lest you remain as you always were.” [Leaves of Morya's Garden I, 32]


“The thought of Good is the measure of consciousness. He who attains begins the ascent in self-abnegation and measures his steps by the criterion of Good.” [Fiery World I, 665]


“Also, let us pray that our eyes be opened to good. Many eyes, dust-blinded, do not fully discern the good. Because of their affliction they discern only coarse forms. One must manifest extreme tension in order to avoid crushing the seedling of good. However, the heart that has expelled cruelty recognizes all seeds of good and ends up with magnanimity and love.” [Fiery World I, 593]


“What is love of good? It must be understood that it not only includes the performance of good deeds, but also the ability to be enraptured by good. … Only delight in good produces warmth of the heart. The manifestation of love of good reveals a multitude of details of good which are touching in their essence. … And how beautiful it is to be able to rejoice at good!” [Fiery World II, 143]


“Even if someone does good by accident, praise him. Commend each crumb of good. To him who cries out in the darkness it matters not who brings the Light. Widening the field of vision means the bringing of Light. This action is beneficial, both for the giving one and for him who receives the Light. Transmission of Light connotes the transmitter’s expansion. There was one flame, now it has become two. It means good has been accomplished.” [Fiery World I, 192]


“It is good not only to see good in people for its approval, but also in objects, things and phenomena. Consciousness, accustomed to the affirmation of goodness in everything, is the consciousness of the creator and builder of goodness. Let's keep ourselves from becoming destroyers. … It is better to be mistaken in exaggerating good than to intensify the darkness, bringing to life the energies of decay. This applies to all phenomena of life. It is commanded to have a kind eye.” [Facets of Agni Yoga 1953, 412]


“…As intolerable as thistles in a garden, so is evil in life. But if sharp eyes distinguish the pathway of good, it should be protected. Let it be long and narrow. Though it be overgrown in places, guard each seed of good. Though the birds of good do not always sing intelligibly, yet each sound of good is precious.” [Aum, 519]


White Horses by Nicholas Roerich. 1925“Thus, side by side with love of good must be aversion to evil. Love of good alone, without aversion to evil, will not be real. Aversion to evil is a highly active quality, it is the touchstone against evil. The mind cannot sufficiently well discern evil. A great many reasonings may be found in which a viper is concealed. But the heart feeling of repulsion to evil does not err.. …Evil can adorn itself with many garments, but no mask will deceive a vigilant heart.” [Fiery World II, 144]


“Without knowing the difficulties and all the dark sides of life, we will not be able to appreciate its bright sides and, therefore, control and educate our spirit. Righteous indignation at the dark sides of life kindles in us the fire of aspiration to transmute chaos into harmony, or darkness into Light. Yes, all carriers of Light go the hard way, so only the strong in spirit can take on a great, but beautiful burden.” [Letters of Helena Roerich in 9 Volumes - III, 17 Sep.1935]


“Life is very complex, but its laws operate accurately and unmistakably. Do not wish anyone harm, for you wish it to yourself...” [Facets of Agni Yoga 1955, 521]


“Agni Yoga is service to good. Understand this definition in its full meaning. Learn to serve good.” [Supermundane, 586]


“One should sow the good with every glance, every touch. And the heart will grow in this exercise of goodness.” [Heart, 410]



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