Agni Yoga
 

Contents:

 

Introduction

God

Path to God

Ethics

Community

Encounters with Evil

Hard Karma

Psychoenergetical Work

Healing

Approaching Shambhala

Divine Fire

The Heart

The Refinement of the Consciousness

 

Introduction

The term Agni Yoga was introduced to the western public by the Roerichs — Nicholas and Helena. They learned it in their expedition across Central Asia from mountain dwellers. This term means “Mergence with Divine Fire” or “Path to such Mergence”. Fire in this context is a flame-like state of the Highest Divine Consciousness. The Divine Consciousness can assume this form when It enters Its Creation.

The Roerichs developed the Teachings of Agni Yoga and brought them to Russia and other countries of Europe and America. And now the term Agni Yoga is firmly associated with their names.

The Roerichs were a remarkable couple: he was a zealous traveler and talented painter, she was his constant companion. Helena Roerich possessed a prophetic skill — the ability to converse with God. Records of these holy conversations were collected in fourteen volumes titled Living Ethics.

What do these records represent? They are very non-uniform, some parts of the text are hard to comprehend, some parts are not edited literally, profound truths are mixed sometimes with jokes of God or with long series of meaningless phrases. Why do they look so?

The point is that according to the intent of God these records were not meant for publication in their original form: He suggested publishing only thematic selections of them [3].

The reason for the qualitative diversity of the text is the following. God, with the purpose of training the prophetic skill of Helena Roerich, insisted that she make systematic, everyday records [3]. However, it did not happen always that there was actual material for the current moment. And then Helena Roerich, waiting for words from the Lord, was given almost meaningless series of beautiful phrases. It is a typical case in prophetic contacts.

And such jokes as: the legs feel cold because the entire energy has been used for the kindling of the heart — were meant only for encouraging the tired travelers in hard moments.

Another point that needs to be mentioned about these texts is the broader meaning of the terms fire and fiery, which was expanded to psychoenergetical processes and phenomena. It was done with the purpose of filling the readers with the spirit of struggle. However, to understand these Teachings correctly, one has to differentiate the concepts of the Divine Fire — and the “fiery” manifestations of the psychical activity of people.

The texts of Living Ethics and expressive paintings of Nicholas Roerich are filled with “fiery” energy. It was one of the most distinctive features of the spiritual movement initiated through the Roerichs.

The movement of Agni Yoga contributed a lot to the spiritual awakening of many people, first of all in Russia where there was mainly atheism instilled by the Communist Party and religious ideology degraded to the level of fairy tales. In most valuable precepts found in the books of Living Ethics, God once again presented people with explanations about what is God, what is man, what is the Evolution, what is the meaning of life. He showed people the possibility of attaining Perfection and abandoning the cycle of suffering, the way to cognition of God and to the highest self-realization in Mergence with Him.

The Teachings of Agni Yoga were given “not as a soporific but for saturating the entire life!” [2]

Let us consider now the main points of the Teachings of Agni Yoga.

God

The main Aspect of God is the Primordial Universal Consciousness dwelling in Its Abode, in Agni Yoga this Abode is called the Infinity. God can be viewed also as the Father and Mother of everything existing. It is a Unity of Many — a Merged Whole of all the Perfect Ones, Who, as Consciousnesses, flowed into God. This “United Consciousness rules the entire world” [2]. People call It differently in different languages: God, the Creator, Jehovah, Allah, Tao, Ishvara, Mother of the World, Adibuddha, Svarog, etc., yet It is one for all beings of the universe.

The structure of the universe is multidimensional. It is represented by the strata (eons, lokas) of multidimensionality. The strata of multidimensionality differ by the level of subtlety. They are inhabited by consciousnesses of different levels of evolutionary development. The subtler the consciousness is — the higher is the layer where it dwells.

The highest subtlety is represented by the Primordial Consciousness, which dwells in the highest, primordial layer.

The Path of the evolutionary ascent is the path of the refinement of the consciousness and establishing it in higher and higher levels of subtlety.

And “the Infinity is the acme of human capabilities” [1].

“… Speaking of the Infinity, let us not imagine it as something void…, but (let us know it) as something filled with (Him Who lives in) incessant (evolutionary) ascent” [2].

So, individual consciousnesses dwell as if on the steps of a multidimensional stairway. It is to the summit of this stairway that everyone has to aspire. This stairway does not lead us upward but into the depth of the multidimensional Creation — into the Creator. The Guide on this Path is “the Consciousness of the Highest Spirit (Which) is intense Fire” [2].

“The Forces of the Hierarchy* are represented by two worlds: the Guiding Principle (Ishvara) and the Principle fulfilling the Great Will (Brahman, the Holy Spirit), They are One Source” [3].

“The entire power of creativeness is based on the Hierarchy. Only with full awareness of Great Service, can one understand the beauty of Spirit and the might of the Hierarchy. Space summons you to the fulfillment of the great law!…” [2]

“… Only full understanding of Great Service can imbue disciples with the aspiration to the Hierarchy. When the creativity of the (human) spirit encompasses Great Service, all paths to Us become open.” [2]

“(Say): ‘I love You, O Lord, and I am devoted to You, O Master, and I revere You, Teacher!’… — Thus, with devotion one can open new locks.

“… Verily, if you are constantly aware of the presence of God in your lives, you already know the shortest path to Us.

“… Be aflame in your hearts and create with love!” [2]

Path to God

Ethics

The meaning of human life consists in the growth of individual consciousnesses [2], that have to develop and merge ultimately into the Creator.

First everyone develops in the usual worldly activity. One’s quick advancement becomes possible with the development of an intense aspiration to empirical cognition of God.

This aspiration has to become passionate, “fiery” — then such a person receives full support of the Hierarchy of the Forces of Light.

“… On the Fiery Path there is no loneliness nor emptiness, there is only a breaking away from the earthly world and an irresistible attraction to the Fiery world!” [3]

“The daring ones know that the joy of spirit is found only in achievement. Thus they do not seek recognition from others, for their achievement is a crown woven by labor and striving!

“Only the heroes of spirit know the true attainment!

“Thus the daring ones will be freed from the selfhood. They know true service for the good of humanity.

“On the Path to the Fiery world, let us remember daring!” [3]

“Aspiration with the heart to the Lord is the first condition on the Path to the Fiery world!” [3]

The path of advancement through the stages of self-development implies, first of all, an ethical transformation of oneself. It also includes formation of correct, strong aspiration and ridding oneself of such vices as:

— laziness,

— violence,

— capability of deceiving and betraying,

— coarseness,

— selfishness,

— self-service,

— vindictiveness,

— arrogance,

— egocentrism,

— seeking recognition from others,

— capability of entering such coarse emotional states as:

· anger,

· irritation,

· jealousy,

· sorrow,

· feeling offended,

— using bodies of killed animals for food,

— using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

Of the positive qualities that have to be developed, the following can be mentioned:

— benevolence,

compassion,

— faithfulness to God,

— yielding oneself to Him,

— aspiration to cognition of Him and to Mergence with Him,

— striving to help other beings,

— aspiration to creativity,

— selflessness,

— admiring the beautiful,

— energy in the work of service and in self-development,

— control of one’s own emotions, refusal of coarseness, cultivation of subtlety,

— aspiration to knowledge, understanding the meaning of life,

— development of subtle and wise power,

— possessing gratefulness as a quality of the soul,

— careful attitude towards one’s own health, since it is needed for successful spiritual work and service.

It is through such self-development that we make the Divine Fire “non-burning” for ourselves [3].

The most important method of realization of the majority of these ethical principles is the development of the spiritual heart. Opening and growth of the spiritual heart becomes the most important factor, the base of the entire spiritual Path and gives one, among other things, the ability to meditate correctly. And meditation is the main means of the development of the consciousness, practical cognition of God, and Mergence with Him.

Community

It is better to go to God as a community — a group of like-minded people united by a common higher aspiration.

Only faithful and honest people should be accepted in such a community. On the contrary, those who display laziness, falsity, and capability for betrayal must be dismissed from the work.

The work of the community is studying and discussing the Teachings, providing practical help to each other, in particular through psychoenergetical methods, filling one another with love and kindling hearts with this love, practical classes on aesthetics, on cleansing and development of the energy structures of the organism, meditative practices, etc.

Group psychoenergetical work is much more effective for every member of the community than individual work, because in the former case the group creates a powerful common energy field.

By uniting the consciousnesses in common love, the community members prepare themselves to full Mergence with the Divine Consciousness.

“Our Fiery law ordains mergence of consciousnesses!” [2]

The work of the community members has to be their service to God, it should not be based on selfishness or done for self-profit [3].

The members of the community have to prepare themselves for the meeting with a spiritual Master. Only with the help of such a master, one can cognize passages to the subtlest layers of the multidimensional Absolute, cognize the Hierarchy. Without a Master such a “transmutation” is impossible [1].

“Verily, if you are constantly aware of the presence of God in your lives, you already know the shortest Path to Us.

“People dislike everyday work, for them it means fatigue…

“Whereas, for Us (your) everyday work means development and ascent. It opens the gate to the Infinity.” [2]

Encounters with Evil

Every person on this Path necessarily encounters opposition of evil forces represented by incarnate and non-incarnate beings. They are representatives of chaos, dark ones. Their “darkness” is not only a symbol but also a quality of the coarse, degraded consciousnesses a quality that can be seen by clairvoyants.

Who are they? How can one recognize them? They are people living in the emotions of hatred (anger, irritation, condemnation, etc.). They are disposed to violence, falsity, betrayal. This concerns both incarnate people and non-incarnate people-spirits because after disembodiment souls retain and manifest their qualities.

However, the forces of evil are absolutely necessary for those walking towards the Light, because they create the necessary tension, the opposition that alone can temper the character of the warrior. Without passions and exertion of all strengths up to the highest degree, one cannot approach the Goal. Encounters with the forces of evil make the warrior seek unity with the Lord — this is why they are important.

“Some light-minded people believe that mechanical utterances of the Highest Names can protect them from dark attacks. However, it is the pure fire of the heart, rather than mechanical actions, that creates a firm shield.” [4]

“… Those walking with the Forces of Light must know that without a tense battle there is no victory!” [2]

“It is asked why do We often delay in destroying enemies. There are many reasons, let us name two.

“The first is karmic conditions. It is easy to harm the near ones by touching an enemy bound to them by karma. This situation may be likened to a most delicate surgery when the surgeon does not amputate a diseased organ to avoid severing an adjacent artery… We consider it better to withdraw the dangerous companion than to destroy the entire caravan.

“The second reason is that enemies are a source of the tension of energy. Nothing increases the energy so much as does the resistance. Why invent artificial obstacles if the dark ones attempt with all their strength to increase our energy?!” [2]

“One should remember that positive forces create under the pressure of negative ones…” [2]

“No motion can happen without tension; therefore, every progressive Teaching requires enemies and a Teacher. … No tension happens without being useful. … For each growth of the spirit there must be difficult circumstances.” [2]

“… One must remember well two conditions. First — hostile people should be avoided, for they are not entitled (to the Highest). Second — perhaps it is hostility that will serve as a good springboard (for you).

“But delay is not caused by enemies — look closer!” [2]

Yes, one should not always engage into battle with evil people. It is more important to achieve the Goal and help those walking together with you. “The creative vanquishing of chaos… is a constant feat. Yet, the battle with the dark ones is only a spasm that impedes progress.” [2]

Hard Karma

The life of many people on the Earth is full of suffering. However, it is their destiny (karma) created by the ethical mistakes which they made in the contemporary life or in the past lives. This situation is favorable for them to begin seeking the way out of the desperate situation and thus to begin changing themselves. If one does not do this, the situation becomes worse.

“… Human souls go through the ‘purgatory’ on the Earth.” [3]

(Another possible reason for our afflictions is God’s usage of them as a means for pointing out to His students a necessity for a radical change in their “course of life” [12]).

In any case — during whatever calamity and affliction — one has to heed the guidance of God more than usual, to get rid of one’s lower self, and try to stay closer to Him.

“One must understand that imperil (the psychic energy of hatred, anger) and coarse worldly desires produce severe ulcers… Ulcers of the spirit are carried over to the other world if they are not healed on the Earth. Liberation from the material body does not mean deliverance from spiritual ulcers.” [3]

“Forces serving the Light do not interfere with one’s karma, as some who are not aware of the power of karma believe. The Forces of Light observe human actions, suggesting the direction yet not interfering with life.” [3]

Only those spiritually ignorant become embittered by earthly suffering, thus dooming themselves to hell [3].

Liberation from the shackles of hell is achieved through repentance (conscious regret about misdeeds, its purpose is to learn to avoid repeating mistakes), through the work on growing positive qualities in oneself and approaching God. They who achieved with their developed spiritual hearts the Mergence with the Divine Fire become fully liberated from their bad karma.

God says: “I am the best Help to you!” [40:Leaves of Morya’s Garden. Call].

The best remedy for all afflictions is Mergence with Him. If we stay in this Mergence, we have His Shield. “All dangers are trifling. Even an encounter with strong dark entities is not dangerous if one maintains a firm connection with the Hierarchy!” [40:Heart]

In order to come to the Mergence, one has to wage war, the war against one’s own imperfections.

“Let people realize (now) the surrounding danger. … Life in the subtle world (between incarnations) is incomparably longer. One has to be prepared for it!” [40:AUM]

“… It is terrible to be afraid of the Light, because the Fire turns then into a devouring flame!” [40:AUM]

“It is so difficult for people to say the simplest law: ‘Blessed are the obstacles — thanks to them we grow.’ People admit tests easily until encountering them. No one is willing to quicken his or her advancement through obstacles!

“It is still more intolerable to humanity to hear about the usefulness of suffering. The reason is not that people fear pain or discomfort, but that they cannot think of a life beyond earthly existence! They are ready to suffer the discomfort of an overnight stay for the sake of tomorrow's celebration, but they do not want to contrast the earthly life with the Infinity!

“Fear of the Infinity is the most shameful manifestation of a reasonable being!” [40:AUM]

Psychoenergetical Work

Healing

The mechanism of the development of many diseases, including cancer, is an intrusion of dark energies into one’s body through its weakened energy structures [3].

Many mental diseases of the schizophrenia type are caused by a dark entity settling in the body of a vicious person. The typical karmic reasons for this are betrayal or carelessness. [2]

“Those of pure heart are invulnerable to the sickness of possession, but putrid hearts can attract awful entities.” [3]

The situation of a mental disease of that kind is almost hopeless, but in case of a corporal disease caused by such factors one can resort to bioenergetical correction. [2; 40:AUM; see also 15]

Yes, cancer is an affliction of mankind, and it will grow. But those who do not eat meat, drink alcohol, use tobacco and drugs, who maintain pure psychic energy — such people should not fear cancer. [40:Agni Yoga]

Treating cancer in its initial stage can be surgical. However, the treatment is meaningless if such a person after being cured continues to live a vicious life. [40:Agni Yoga]

As for infectious diseases, one has to know that they should be treated in a combined manner: using both bioenergetical and medical means [1].

In any case — including energy attacks of dark entities — one can protect the organism by creating a Fiery Shield, i.e. by uniting oneself with the Flame of a Divine Teacher.* These battles are initiated by God with the purpose of teaching us to come closer to Him. If one does not have the Shield yet, the protection can be ensured by a protective network formed by the chakras filled with energy [2,3].

Every one of us has to accept that the health is necessary, first, for successful advancement along the Path of self-development and thus requires our attention, and, second, it is directly related to the spiritual efforts that we make.

The healing of oneself or of other people has to be comprehensive. It should begin with an analysis of the karmic reasons and removing them through repentance. Only then (or along with penitential work), one may perform psychoenergetical, medical, and other kinds of healing.

It is also important to remember that God always controls everything that happens to us. And He expects correct decisions from us. Such decisions can take place only if we have learned to view the situation not in the egocentric way but from the standpoint of God, i.e. feeling not ourselves but Him as the Regulator, the Goal, the Meaning, and the Center of everything happening in the universe.

“Verily, karma is frightening only to those who indulge in idleness” [2].

“Observe how each deed influences the fluctuations of karma.

“One can see how betrayal in all its forms causes a quick formation of (negative) karma. One can learn much from such observations. It is a pity to see people harming themselves! One can see how a viper strikes the inner being during these self-defeats. Nothing can avert the consequences, for the cause and effect are too close.” [2]

On the contrary: “The growth of the spiritual warriors as consciousnesses is verily a celebration for Us!” [2]

The one who encompasses active, creative love — conquers the negative karma and cognizes the Divine Fire. And “… the cosmic daring suffuses (such) a carrier of Fire” [2].

“Among the kinds of courage, the most invincible is the courage of the flaming heart when, with full resolve, with full awareness of the feat, the warrior knows only the Path of advance.

“Only the extreme degree of the courage of desperation is comparable to the courage of the flaming heart. With the same speed as the desperation flees from the past — the courage of the flaming heart advances to the future.

“Thus, if one lacks the courage of the flaming heart, let there be the courage of desperation! Only thus warriors can achieve victory when the pressure is great.

“All other kinds of courage are of no significance, for there is half-decisiveness in them. One has to avoid this quality, next to cowardice and betrayal.” [2]

“Which way is the most certain on the Path to Us? The most certain way is the selflessness of the feat! The most wondrous fire is the flame of the heart filled with love for the Hierarchy!” [2]

“Help each other, harken! Help in small and in great! … Help wherever the hand can reach, wherever a thought can fly! … The heart aflame with help is Our heart!” [2]

Approaching Shambhala

“Shambhala is an essential place where the spiritual world unites with the material one.” [40:Leaves of Morya’s Garden. Illumination]

Shambhala is the place where abide the Hierarchs Who guide the life on the Earth. It can be found, among other places, in the center of the Earth’s structure [2], in the multidimensional depth. Shambhala is the Focus of the Main Magnet for all human souls that have to enter this highest, subtlest layer of the multidimensional space by undergoing “transmutation”. In Shambhala, spiritual adepts cognize the Baptism in the Divine Fire [3] and, having settled there, merge forever with the Primordial Consciousness.

One cognizes Shambhala by expanding the spiritual heart to such an extent that it encompasses all the subtlest worlds including the Fiery World of Shambhala. Further expansion of the heart allows one to fill with it the Infinity [2,3].

How can one begin walking the Path to God, to the Highest Hierarchs, to Shambhala?

First, one needs to perform ethical self-correction. It has to include a fiery aspiration to the Perfection and active service to the Evolution through service to people.

Second, one has to put in order the body and its energy structures, to gain health.

Both these points necessarily imply switching to killing-free nutrition: i.e. refusal of using bodies of killed animals for food [1]. This is important from the ethical standpoint, first of all. Without correct nutrition, one cannot gain stable health, cannot advance to God. (See more details on the correct nutrition in [6]).

Those capable then come to the next stages of the psychoenergetical work, which include meditations and development of the chakras. If this work is performed correctly, it results in gradual “transmutation” of the consciousness: in its refinement up to the state of the Divine Fire.

“… Humanity must become aware of its Fiery center of the Hierarchy, which guides people and imbues them with a powerful leading principle” [2].

One perceives the first contacts with God as a blessing coming from above [2]. This is also a manifestation of the Holy Spirit’s caring about us — His encouraging signs.

Then one has to learn not only to feel His Flows but also to merge with Him outside the body. This is realized first through the meditation Pranava [6]. By practicing such a Mergence, one undergoes gradual crystallization of the consciousness, i.e. direct growth of its volume and power.

Divine Fire

In the book [4] it is said: “We exclaim: Fire, Fire! However, only few understand what Fire it is…”

Yes, the Highest Hierarchs manifest Themselves in the Creation in the form of Divine Flame, non-burning to the righteous.

They also can appear above the surface of the Earth in a giant anthropomorphic Fiery form towering to the sky.

They can enter the hearts of their devoted disciples igniting the Divine Fire in them.

Full submersion of the spiritual seeker as the consciousness into the Fire and Mergence with It results in the “burning away” of all unfavorable remnants of the karma. And “burning throughout” the body with this Fire results in its healing.

… Everything in the universe is regulated by the Law of attraction. It works not only in the material world but in the spiritual world as well. All souls that are in the process of their positive evolution move along the Path of refinement to the Highest Magnet — to the Consciousness of the Creator in His Abode — in the Infinity. This is the law of Evolution established by God. Therefore, it is better to follow it, to live in agreement with God. This law says that we are embodied on the Earth with the purpose of developing ourselves qualitatively and quantitatively, in particular, by refining (“transmuting”) the consciousness for the sake of moving to more and more subtle layers of the Creation, for the sake of enriching the Primordial Consciousness, the Creator with ourselves.

Those who willingly walk on this Path receive His help. Those who oppose, who attach themselves to the material, who defend their separateness by growing their arrogant and petty “I”, who cultivate coarseness for the sake of achieving success in worldly affairs — such people establish their separateness from God, renounce His Love, form bad karma for themselves, and go to hell.

Therefore, God suggests: “Let the consciousness expand towards the Focus” [2]. “… The center is occupied by the Hierarchy. From there all rays emanate…” [2]. Let us aspire to it!

Therefore, one should seek Shambhala not in the mountains, where some people believe it is, but… in the highest spatial dimension.

The information about how the Highest Hierarchs help us on this Path can be found in this book.

“How little does humanity relate the idea of responsibility to the concept of Shambhala, regarding it rather as a land ordained for rest! If people would realize that the Brothers of humanity bear all the burden of human consciousness! If people would realize that We carry the responsibility for all their intentions! If people would realize that the essence of Shambhala is the Source which creates a better step for humanity!…

“The comprehension of Our Image by humanity completely contradicts the reality!

“We serve the progress of humanity!” [2]

“It has never been said to rely upon the Lord. On the contrary, it was repeated: ‘Be imbued with the Lord!’ There is a great difference between timid and inactive reliance and imbuing the entire being with the Consciousness of the Lord. Like a powerful sword, the consciousness merged with the Lord destroys all obstacles! Doubt cannot arise if the flaming consciousness is kindled! There will be no fatigue if the Inexhaustible Source of Strength is accepted! Fear cannot enter the temple of impenetrable armor! Thus, I advise accepting My Shields not through resorting to a ‘saving’ protection but to achieve victory through Mergence of consciousnesses.” [2]

Warriors Who achieve Mergence with the Divine Fire in the Infinity become “Earthly Representatives of the Hierarchy” [2]. Through Them God explains His Will at the highest level of competence.

The Heart

The entire path of the psychoenergetical development of man is based on the development of the spiritual heart, because the highest spiritual achievements are realized by the energy of the consciousness expanded from the anahata chakra.

“… The heart should be understood as the only link between the visible and invisible worlds. … Only the thread of the heart leads one to the Infinity.” [2]

“Mergence with the Highest can be realized only through the kindled fire of the heart!” [2]

“In order to link the chain of the worlds (of the multidimensional space), one has to pay special attention to the heart. Only thus can we stay within the boundaries of… the growth of the spirit (i.e. the correct quantitative growth of the consciousness).” [2]

The spiritual heart is an organ of an individual consciousness that produces the emotions of love.

Emotions are states of consciousness. They are born not in the brain but in special structures of the organism — in the chakras.

By entering the anahata chakra, the consciousness enters the state of cordial love.

God is Love, therefore Mergence with Him is possible only if man transforms into Love and develops stability and power in this state.

“The heart is the link connecting the worlds, and only the heart can respond to the Heart of the Lord and the entire Hierarchy!” [2]

“… A consciousness that does not comprehend this can only mumble great words, but cannot apply them to life, because only a heart saturated with the Greatness of the Hierarchy can understand the entire greatness of the Cosmic Law.” [2]

“It is correct to say that love is a guiding, creative principle. This means that love must be conscious, (rightly) aspiring, and self-denying. … The heart filled with love is able and valiant and will expand until it encompasses (God).” [2]

“The love of the feat is not austere for those aflame in heart, but it frightens those who love their weaknesses and those who waver, embracing the illusionary ‘I’.

“The creative fire of the heart does not wander, it resolutely ascends by the steps of the Hierarchy to the Highest Light.

“Love is a guiding, creative principle.” [2]

Agni Yoga is the Path of fiery cordial love for God. It is a realization of the ideas of Bhakti Yoga.

Yet, we have to understand that one cannot develop the capability for the cordial love only by appealing to it or by means of psychoenergetical methods alone. Love is the result of the complex development of strong souls. And in order to gain such love, we have to form ourselves through usual earthly activity, through special esoteric practices, and what is most important — through intellectual work on ethical correction of ourselves.

The Refinement of the Consciousness

The refinement of the consciousness with its gradual penetration into deeper and deeper layers of the multidimensional space is a way to Mergence with the Divine Consciousness.

However, the spiritual Path begins not with psychoenergetical work but with ethics.

The previously considered ethical principles are not a moral dogma. They contribute very directly to the correct development of the consciousnesses. They help one to gain the main qualities that are characteristic of God in the Aspects of the Creator, Holy Spirit, and Messiah. These qualities are Love, Wisdom, Power, and Subtlety.

We cultivate love in ourselves by caring about other incarnate beings, including plants, animals, different groups of people, and quite concrete people, by increasing our love for God up to the highest level, and through our self-sacrificial service to Him.

We develop wisdom by studying ourselves and other incarnate and non-incarnate beings, God. Gaining wisdom is not possible without service to God manifested as spiritual service to people. And cognition of God is realized by means of redirecting the inquiring mind and cordial love — to Him. One of the main features of wisdom is the creative ability developed in the process of service.

And the true power, which is initially attained in one’s earthly activity, is manifested on the highest stages of growth as the powerful and subtle consciousness.

… Thus one can see that the main principle of development of the Divine qualities in oneself is the refinement of the consciousness.

It begins with a refusal of coarse emotional states and cultivating subtle states in oneself. Only then can one use the psychoenergetical techniques of refinement.

So, it is for the purpose of preparing oneself to really serious esoteric work of self-development that one needs ethical self-correction, development of the ability to admire the beautiful and to attune to it, and the ability to be gentle, tender.

Let us now read some quotations:

“One should not be attached in thoughts to dark and oppressive memories, for they, like leeches, will suck one’s life-energy.

“One should forget about failures, for they happen in the life of everyone.

“Why drag along a needless tail of woes?” [4]

“Beauty: Cosmos establishes the Evolution on this formula!” [40:Infinity]

“It is one thing to reason abstractly about the distant worlds, and it is another thing to realize oneself as a participant there.

“Only they who have not closed for themselves the path to beauty can understand how near to them the distant worlds (eons) are!” [1]

“At first it is necessary to habituate oneself to the refinement of emotions, in order to saturate the spirit with the necessary attraction to the world of beauty. Thus the conventional conception of standards (of beautiful) will be replaced by the true understanding of beauty. … The refinement of emotions must be introduced into life.” [3]

“… We gave the basis for actions and works that are based on beauty!” [2]

“… Wonderful pearls of art can truly elevate and transform the spirit!” [2]

“… One should develop all thoughts leading to the refinement of the consciousness. Thus one can build a higher step (for oneself)!” [2]

“… Only with the force of devotion to the Teacher can one achieve the refinement of the consciousness!” [2]

“… The evolution of the spirit requires (its) refinement, which is essential for constructiveness.” [2]

“… Only subtle energies can be joined to the subtle; therefore, the straightest path is through the heart!” [3]

“The psychic energy differ in quality. Its refinement can impregnate the higher manifestations of the vital functions… In the process of refinement, the psychic energy passes through its stages.” [3]