170. Religion and cosmogony require careful study, Urusvati knows. The task of the teacher is the same in all centuries. One must live thru many lives as to acquire the patience and understanding in how to help man. Understand the joy of self-abnegation, dwelling in the heart of the One sent to save mankind.

171. Urusvati realizes the self-created nature of subtle plane existence. The Great Pilgrim warned that in one's ascent many hands attempt impedance, but the will and primal energy carry the aspirant upward. Pure will can ever be cultivated and finer energy can ever be preserved. Even the humblest aspirant can find information of the subtle domain, one need only sharpen one's free will in this direction. The teacher's task is to develop the students' awareness in the progressive direction.

172. Urusvati understands the receptivity of children. The Great Pilgrim loved to open the memory of children. He brought them close to him, questioned them and touched them with his hand to intensify the clarity of their recollection. He treated children as equals, for when memory clears the mind matures. Children never forget one treating them equal. He saw in them the evolution of man. The most profound spiritual life is formed where consciousness opens to subtle realm perception.

173. The Great Pilgrim taught to wait without thinking where the whole being is permeated with expectation. Through this awareness the master maintained his adamantine will. The heart knows that people do not easily relinquish their antiquated concepts. The deeds of truth cannot be measured in earthly terms due to great joy superceding.

174-5. We greatly appreciate the ability to ever maintain equilibrium and the ability to steadily strive toward the chosen goal whatever the difficulties. Achievement is demanded of everyone; the idea of great achievement should inspire, not frighten. I affirm that quality of labor builds the unfolding ascent. The Great Pilgrim taught: "Knowledge is achieved as the result of great labor. People never succeed unless they strive to learn. Few are qualified to help others learn. Each teacher follows the line given but also includes his own drop, this drop a gift from infinity." He impressed upon the minds of his disciples that each one must contribute to the service of light by personal discipline.

176. Certainly the master did not invite people to open their eyes and ears only to his particular teaching, but meant that only the expansion of consciousness leads to profound realization. Also, a great message cannot penetrate a narrow hearing. Teachers do not pay much attention to earthly distortions. That which is preordained comes in, the receptive heart receiving it. All our sisters and brothers commune with distant worlds.

179-81. He who undertakes labor in far-off realms can be called "the striving light." It was not by chance but only after deep and long contemplation theat the Great Thinker decided to bring his knowledge from the fresh planet. In realization that ideas rule, that thought is limitless, He revealed fresh understanding. The far-off world and its task cannot be easy for the teacher, especially with his constant rapport with the Brotherhood. The Thinker said: "A salutary shield is spread from Heaven to Earth, but instead of raising themselves to it, people use every device to bring it down to their level, not realizing that even the most beneficial remedies can lose their power in the earthly mire." When the Thinker was asked why He did not mention the power of thought in his writings, He gave: "The time will come when mankind will recognize properly this truth, but each premature transmission only creates obstacles. People must climb every rung of the ladder." He also said "A quest from a distant land is welcome, but wise thought from a far-off world is driven away. You look for news in the marketplace but ignore messengers of light. Fellow citizens, you are not wise. You pay gold for rotten food but are too stingy to pay even a copper coin for soul nourishment. Every injustice disrupts space."

182. From the Thinker: "A thought lightning-like may strike your consciousness but without the process of thinking, it will remain unrevealed and lie ungerminated. In school the art of thinking should be studied above all."

183-4. One can search thruout the world and discover the shameful fact that a few only strive toward truth, and these few only whisper timidly about the subtle realm. It is not the acceleration of technical discoveries that leads to concentration of the mind, but the desire of people to learn something new. How, though, can they learn when the most fundamental truths have not found a place in their consciousness? A great sacrifice is required of the thinker in order that all planes may be pierced by his thought.

185. People assume that the power of the teacher is limited but each teacher has his own teacher, and the higher will is the harmony of many consciousnesses.

186. "Nature does not require the suffering that people have brought upon themselves. Countless generations have brought into life all kinds of illness, and it is difficult to say how many generations will be needed to neutralize them. People themselves have generated infectious diseases thru intemperance and filth." -the Thinker.

187. The Thinker took the idea of care for the subtle world from Anaxagoras, who said that in tearing its fine texture, we also tear our own garment. The wise one does not condemn the suffering but leads them toward the golden ray of dawn. All that matters is the ascent toward light. There will be better abodes in the light--this should be remembered.

188. Man must realize what he is striving for and remember that he has good deeds to accomplish, a mission to fulfill, here on Earth. As the Thinker said, "Learn to revere the Muses who help you become heroic. The Muses do not abandon those who revere them."

189. "Do not think, citizens, that you have deceived anyone with your benevolent masks, and that no one dares to look behind them." The Thinker said to his disciples: "Betrayal is born in the house of hypocrisy....Let space shout, let it cry aloud, let it tell people of the resolution of things. Do not lose time. Warn friends of the danger of betrayal."

193. The Thinker: "It is wise not to answer the ignorant at all. Schools should teach that he who follows the right path is immunized against such offenses, and that only the unwise poison themselves by allowing their feelings to be hurt."

194. The Thinker: "The nation's leaders and judges should travel the world and learn to understand people before taking up their responsibilities toward their fellow citizens. They must search for the source of their happiness and will learn that few live in contentment. "Judges should be knowledgeable and honest. It would be easier to find brigands that are more honest than two-faced judges!"

195. The Thinker: "In organic man rhythm and harmony lie rather dormant, but we must awaken them, for this music must become an important part of our education. Without rhythm and harmony we will not enter highest planes. The universe exists by motion, which is regulated by rhythm, but people do not realize that the beat of the heart is a symbol of universal movement."

196. There was a time in Athens when heralds officially proclaimed that those citizens who dared even to utter the names of Pericles, Anaxagoras, Aspasia, Phidias and their friends would be driven into exile. The mobs, urged on by officials, demanded the destruction of Zeus' statue because it reminded them of the despised Phidias. The Thinker said: "The Guides are concerned about the preservation of beauty. Phidias was cast into prison, and by this act mankind cast itself into darkness. People are amazed at their cruel fate, but have they not earned it themselves?" People always find time for criticism and slander, but they have no time for labor. They may at times think of community but do not know how to cooperate even in daily life.

198. The Thinker: "People should be told of truth but one cannot force it upon them. Compulsion will provoke rebellion so strong that there will be retreat instead of progress. For example, every schoolteacher can observe how carefully one should treat pupils in their adolescence. Such a teacher is like a good gardener who understands what kind of wind best carries the fertile seeds."

199-200. The Thinker: "The followers of Aesculapius used the most diverse healing remedies. They stressed that in nature everything has its healthful uses, and that there is a natural remedy for every disease....Each man has within the potential of direct contact with the universal. He that establishes contact constantly with the eternal is able to help the unfolding, but if this communion is lost, man is limited to the life of a beast. Does not each one of us soar? It matters not whether the flights are made in the luminous or denser bodies, they do take place, consciously or unconsciously. Friends, do not repeat in the marketplace what I have just told you, for people will consider you mad. The time will come when this will be understood, but even the most innocent questions should not be asked prematurally. Ignorant people can easily become tigers, and it is better not to create such beasts. Friends, I wish to relate to you alone how I remember the distant world. The distance that separates us from it is enormous, but the flight is instantaneous. To land on this remote ground is impossible for us, even in our luminous bodies. But we can see the outlines of oceans, rejoice in the beautiful colors, even see birds and fish. Beings there are not like us, and wondrously, they can fly! Their speech cannot be heard, perhaps due to the resounding of the spheres. I remember the blue water like sapphire, the green meadows and mountains like emerald. It would seem that man is incapable of stepping upon such pure soil. Even the air is unbearable for us. Nevertheless, after experiencing the flight, we suffer upon the return to our physical body. It is stifling, as though one were putting on a tight, uncomfortable garment. Thus, every experience is both beautiful and difficult."

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