Old and New

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“Just as it is impossible to open a present-day lock with a medieval key, likewise it is impossible for men with old habits to unlock the door of the future.”

Infinity II, Helena Roerich

The old proves its value where the inherited forms still serve as living channels of inspiration. The challenge is to recognize the boundary between old and new, and distinguish between the dead and the living. The creative mind boldly advances by fresh adaptation, intelligently selecting the best of the past and adapting it to the needs of the present.

Each incarnate soul builds, drawing on the best possibilities for renewal, reshaping what is given it according to plan. And each day the sensitive soul is building a new presentation of mind and heart, a fresh statement of life and refined aspiration. The building proceeds according to the inward imperative of light—the mind of light, the heart of light, the face of light.

“God has given you one face, and you make yourselves another.”

Shakespeare

“Just as a picture is drawn by an artist, surroundings are created by the activities of the mind.”

— Buddha

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