Red Steeds (Steeds of Happiness) by Nicholas Roerich. 19251. “…Understand your reciprocative feelings and express them in the language of your heart. This language of understanding and sympathy will open the first Gates to Infinity.” [Infinity I, Intro]


2. "Devotion is not slavery, it is a smile of understanding and sympathy. Ponder upon this beautiful word, sympathy, for it expresses harmony based upon the consonance of feelings. Everyone longs for sympathy, but so often it is demanded for oneself only, without regard for reciprocal feelings. Many misfortunes have their root in this misconception.

The Thinker used to say, “Man demands sympathy, but where is his reciprocal feeling? He considers himself to be most unhappy, yet does he consider the misfortunes of others?”" [Supermundane, 492]


3. "Even with simple sympathy, it is necessary to give part of the warmth or energy of the heart so that verbal sympathy becomes valid. Therefore, providing assistance, even mental, it is necessary ... to be ready to really sacrifice something and take something on yourself." [Facets of Agni Yoga 1958, 388]


4. "Empathy and understanding of someone else's grief may differ in essence. Sometimes people, sympathizing, come from themselves, thinking about themselves and imagining themselves in a similar position and feeling sorry for themselves, then the thought flows about themselves. And sometimes a sympathizer, forgetting about himself, enters into the position of a sufferer and seeks to provide real help. Those who care about themselves also help, but their help is not from the heart." [Facets of Agni Yoga 1972, 38]


5. "The right empathy helps and raises another person without sinking into his darkened state and not being infected by it. One must have the ability to sympathize, otherwise it is not help, but the multiplication of darkness." [Facets of Agni Yoga 1967, 526]


6. "…The art of adopting the language of one’s companion in conversation pertains to great development of consciousness. … No arrogance will be contained in it; on the contrary, it means an interest in the understanding of the companion in conversation." [Fiery World II, 341]


7. "A smile of sympathy is one of the good paths to peace." [Our dear coworker by Nicholas Roerich]





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