My Country is Beautiful by Svetoslav Roerich. 1974 г.1. "Optimism and joy are constructive for yourself, for the space, and for others." [Facets of Agni Yoga 1954, 614]


2. "... The truth is unshakable that despondency, in other words pessimism, is fear, doubt, hesitation, ignorance and defeat. Whereas optimism is courage, faith, steadfastness, knowledge and victory." [Sacred Watch by Nicholas Roerich]


3. "The fiery consciousness affords that invincible optimism which leads to Truth. In its essence Truth itself is positive. There is no negation where Fire creates. …Thus, one must be guided along the higher level, not being disturbed by the imperfection of one’s surroundings." [Fiery World I, 476]


4. "One who thinks about the meaning of life, about soaring over earthly obstacles, knows how to feel joy. … Тhe one who has tasted knowledge will be filled with joy in life. Even thinking about his past errors will bring him joy, because he knows that the realization of one’s errors is the true way to leave one’s misconceptions behind. Some wonder how it is possible to speak of joy during times of hardship. But it is on the wings of joy that one flies over the abyss. ... It is happiness that the wings of joy are always with him. The beauty of the universe helps to call forth from the depths of the consciousness sparks of joy." [Supermundane, 578]


5. "...Nothing is more creative than courage and optimism, especially in our difficult times. In every possible way protect such a rare achievement, or "gift"!" [Letters of Helena Roerich in 9 Volumes - 8. 111]


6. "Man is the master of his microcosm, which should sound the way he wants it. You can tune yourself to the key of joy, love, aspiration – to any key, and sound in it completely regardless of what is happening outside. The optimist is happy about everything, the pessimist is disheartened. Why? Is it because they took different keys in their hands? Everything will make a coward tremble, but danger gives birth to new courage in the heart of the hero." [Facets of Agni Yoga 1955, 285]


7. "A smile is the best weapon of the spirit. The smile of goodness is luminous. ...And when danger is looked into the eyes with a smile, after all, this is already heroism. Even death can be met with a smile. Replacing a grimace of irritation, anger or fear with a smile will be a victory. ...Both the animal and the plant react to a person's smile accordingly. They are getting warmer. A smile is not a violent grimace or a mask of convention, but a movement of the heart. ...When it's very bitter or very painful, try to smile. This will also be a victory of the spirit. We overcome difficulties with a smile. The fool often smiles, but the smile of wisdom is rare and victorious. ... Learn to win and overcome the insurmountable smiling or with a smile." [Facets of Agni Yoga 1955, 90]


8. "It's better to be optimistic. A dissatisfied person is also right, because he has reasons, but it is better to be satisfied with a little than to poison himself with the wrong side of life. The work is difficult, but it is better to do it joyfully." [Facets of Agni Yoga 1955, 372]


9. "An optimist and a pessimist, looking at the same thing, draw conclusions from it of a completely opposite order. So, it all depends on the angle of view. But this angle can be set by will, turning the ray of consciousness in the desired direction. ...There are no absolutely bad phenomena. Having found the positive sides in them, we can move on and see what those things that are unpleasant to us teach us. After all, each of them necessarily teaches something." [Facets of Agni Yoga 1956, 329]



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