Prelude No. 4 by F. Chopin

Trust. Faith

And We Are Reaching by Svetoslav Roerich. 19671. "Faith is the presentiment of knowledge." [Hierarchy, 426]


2. "Faith is knowledge, but knowledge is divided into that of the mind and that of the heart. It is not easy for people to discern the dividing line of this knowledge, but they must understand that knowledge of the heart cannot be acquired if there are no supermundane accumulations. …Only mental discipline can produce elevated heart-knowledge. But how can one explain to people that every day and every hour are important for supermundane achievement? The mind can impede the heart and deprive it of precious insights." [Supermundane, 852]


3. "Firm faith is an unshakable state of consciousness. I believe in spite of everything and in spite of everything. I believe because my heart feels and knows. ... Faith is a special state of consciousness based on things invisible, but accessible to cognition by the spirit. ... Faith is an unconscious knowledge of what is, but what is invisible to the eye. The brain does not know yet, but the heart already feels and anticipates the coming knowledge. Faith is the engine of life, because it transfers the immutability of the future to the present." [Facets of Agni Yoga 1954, 348]


4. "It is through trust, through self-denial, that the opening of the heart is achieved." [Benefits of Trust by Nicholas Roerich]


5. "Faith is the knowledge of the spirit of what is certain and what must be established immutably. This is the awareness of the future, of what should be. The power of the spirit is manifested in faith and sensitivity. ...Faith is the fire of the spirit brought into action. One can even say that it is the fierceness of faith that creates and achieves. ...Faith is a great fiery feeling combined with knowledge. The word “faith” expresses this idea well." [Facets of Agni Yoga 1961, 431]


6. "Faith is an unconscious awareness of the immutable. Go with it until the clarity of the sense-awareness is established." [Facets of Agni Yoga 1956, 62]


7. "Convincingness implies trust. Therefore, realization of the Higher World will not be forgotten in many lives. Precisely such a quality remains unalterable forever. So much the more is it necessary to be affirmed in knowledge of the Higher World. Confirmation will not be delayed in coming." [AUM, 85]


8. "The most difficult thing is to see the invisible. The most difficult thing is to hear the silent. It's even harder to live in the non-obvious. Overcoming these difficulties requires a special kind of courage. The obvious life stands before us and imperiously claims its rights. ...After faith comes knowledge. But first we must believe in those subtle feelings that concern every person who is not completely immersed in the stone bonds of dense matter. Believe–admit–find out. And everyone has the center of such cognition – the heart. It is a conductor from matter to spirit, and it beats on the border of two worlds. And his knock is the knock of the true, indestructible, magnificent and unlimited world destined for us." [Еxcerpts by Boris Abramov from the book "Aspiring Heart" 1951, 51]


Himself Came by Nicholas Roerich. 1922 9. "In contrast with confidence there is depression. Precisely distrust begets this awful viper. But trust awakens the most fiery, the most divine instincts of the spirit. Beings of the Fiery World can approach people in hours of trust, and the miracle of enthusiasm creates the most beautiful approaches. Trust must be cultivated, as otherwise people sink into inertia. Trust is straight-knowledge; there can be no betrayal when we know the direction of our striving." [Fiery World II, 102]


10. "The Teaching cannot be fallible. It cannot deviate from the paths of usefulness and good. One should not believe only in assertions. Faith is the realization of Truth, tempered in the fire of the heart. …One should not approach Truth along a meandering path. One must proceed by testing each word, each statement, and each dictate. If the Teaching is a true one, each step to it will be enlightening and broadening." [Fiery World I, 433]


11. "Without trust, no achievement is possible, especially spiritual is not available. Being itself is based on trust, and nothing can be created and developed without this connecting element. Trust is close to love, and everything in the world is held only by love." [Letters of Helena Roerich in 9 Volumes - 7. 023]


12. "Trust, trust – when will people understand all the healing properties of such an unshakable feeling in us. After all, it is it that raises, and protects, and accumulates, and sets in motion our psychic energy, this amazing miraculous force." [Letters of Helena Roerich in 9 Volumes - 9. 027]


13. "The elements of trust are so beneficial that without them, indeed, it is impossible to imagine any building, whether it is earthly or spiritual. Trust will be the solid cement of all spiritual construction.  …Trust should be tested on all kinds of life issues. ...If there is a suspicion somewhere about whether an employee will be able to complete an assignment in all high quality, then this will already show that there is no trust or it is very illusory.  ...In building trust, you will show the highest measure of goodwill. ...A beautiful garden, a hotbed of trust, will first of all be a flower garden of optimism. ...A well-nurtured trust will be fair. Mistakes can only be made where there was some carelessness and negligence." [Trust by Nicholas Roerich]


14. "Vigilance, and caution, and the motto: to test before you believe and trust. Don't believe the words. If you separate words from deeds, the picture will become clearer immediately." [Facets of Agni Yoga 1956, 470]


15. "Is it possible to trust people? It is possible, but only to the extent that they deserve it." [Facets of Agni Yoga 1956, 473]


16. "But what kind of trust is the best? And what doubt is the worst? The inner trust that needs no words of affirmation is the best. The fleeting doubt is the worst." [Agni Yoga, 236]


17. "... whence flows the stream of patience?"  "Out of the mine of trust."

Who knows where the messenger changes his steed?" [Agni Yoga, 117]



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