Book of Wisdom by Nicholas Roerich. 19241. "Intellect is not wisdom. Straight-knowledge is wisdom. Intellect is reason. Wisdom makes decisions that long ago had already germinated. Intellect is at the threshold of wisdom, and when sharpened it moves into the realm of synthesis. Reason and a mind trained to one specialty are only corners of the future house. Those with narrowly specialized minds can pave for themselves a brilliant future, but they must continue to incarnate until their minds lose their narrow specialization. Only when the intellect loses this can it become wise. Each specialty is meant for conditions of life on Earth, whereas the synthesis of spirit opens all spheres." [Agni Yoga, 508]


2. "Do not consider materializations as important – Words of wisdom are the greater.

Why desire materializations when wisdom is available to you?

Is it possible to prefer the superficial over the spirituality of Truth?

My friends! Hasten past the first steps, that, purified, you may ascend to the glory of your nation. And if I offer you allurements of gold, or flowers, or jewels – refuse.

Why choose the allurements of the superficial, when you can have wisdom?" [Leaves of Morya’s Garden I, 13]


3. "So wisdom is contrary to the intellect, but there is no ban on adorning the intellect with wisdom." [Heart, 390]


4. "The stratification of observations over the extent of many lives, laid in the depths of consciousness, is called dormant wisdom. ...It is instructive to observe the acquisitions of knowledge and inclinations already manifested in childhood, which cannot be explained in any other way except as former accumulations." [Brotherhood, 152]


5. "Wisdom blooms where the heart and sense of consciousness grow." [Letters of Helena Roerich in 9 Volumes - 1. 046]


6. "The ability to look deep, beyond the limits of surface visibility, accompanies synthesis. It is wisdom that has the quality of synthetic thinking, it is synthesis that leads to an understanding of the unity of the worlds and the entire Cosmos as one indivisible whole." [Facets of Agni Yoga 1969, 122]


7. "The wise one proceeds from the Earth upwards, for the worlds will reveal to each other their wisdom." [New Era Community, 43]


8. "How insignificant is the number of those who really want to learn, everyone is only trying to teach! But a wise man collects honey of knowledge all his life like a bee..." [Letters of Helena Roerich in 9 Volumes - 4. 167]


9. "Discipline of spirit affirms the wise..." [Fiery World II, 42]


10. "Eastern wisdom points to the middle, or golden, path, when Caesar's, that is, earthly, is given to Caesar, that is, to the Earth, and God's – to God, that is, Heavenly or Higher in man – to the spirit. And the harmonious combination of these two principles in a person will be the right solution to the issue. This means that one must fulfill one's duty to the body and all duties related to family, society and homeland, and at the same time not forget that the spirit is above all earthly things, although it must walk on Earth, but in the name of the highest spiritual achievements." [Facets of Agni Yoga 1972, 422]


Procopius, the Blessed, Prays for the Unknown Travelers by Nicholas Roerich. 1914 by Nicholas Roerich. 191411. "To love is to forgive. To forgive is to understand. To understand is to know. To know is to approach the threshold of Wisdom." [Invincible Love by Nicholas Roerich]


12. "What sage of wisdom would not be the lord of love?" [Agni Yoga, 28]


13. "A savage in his prayers mainly pleads that mercy be shown to himself, while wise hermits pray that the entire world be granted Grace – therein lies the difference between the savage and the sage. This should be laid at the foundation of all thoughts. It is neither proper nor useful to plead on one’s own behalf. Only a crude heart assumes itself to be the most important. It is much wiser to plead on behalf of the world, in which the pleader will also find a drop full of Blessings. Especially nowadays aspirants should follow the great path, for that is the only way they can find the heart." [Heart, 554]


14. "Courage and wisdom come from the same source of goodness. …Only wisdom and courage can help us to realize the responsibility we take upon ourselves when we dedicate our life to the welfare of humanity." [Supermundane, 175]


15. "The spirit wants to escape from the iron ring of the dense environment, because it languishes and suffers in it. “For all is vanity and longing of the spirit.” The sighted languish, the blind prosper. Question: is it better to languish, having seen clearly, or to be content in blindness? “For in much wisdom there is much sorrow.” But why, then, does the wise seek to multiply wisdom, knowing that thereby “multiplies sorrow"? But it is also said that “joy is a special wisdom,” that is, wisdom brings not only sorrow, but also joy. But this joy is not of this world, this joy is perfect. The Higher Spheres of the Supermundane World resound with joy incomparable to anything on Earth. Having touched it, it is no longer possible to exchange it for an imperfect, fragile and transient earthly joy." [Facets of Agni Yoga 1970, 243]



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