"How, then, O Lord, to spread
Thy Teaching? How, then, O Lord, to find those for whom it is predestined
to apply Thy Word for fulfillment?"
And the Lord said in reminder, "A hermit searched for one
to whom to entrust the Revelation. And he took the scroll and placed
it at the crossroad, 'Let the Supreme One Himself point out who
should find His Teaching.'
"And a little girl came and wrapped her bread in the scroll of Scriptures.
But the hermit prepared another scroll and again placed it at the crossroad.
"And a merchant passed and wrote over the scroll with his calculations
of his profits. But the hermit did not tire, and once more placed another
scroll there. And thus until the very end of his labors and his days.
"But when the Higher One asked the hermit how he had spread the
Teaching, he answered, 'It is not given unto me to judge which bird will
build the best nest out of these Teachings.'
"Truly, we never know who will use the scroll to torment, who will
leave it for oblivion, and who will place it under his pillow in order
to affirm it as his own foundation.
"I do not consider that thou hast acted wrongly in offering thy
labor for the use of people unknown to thee."
Thus the Lord affirmed the spreading of the Teaching impersonally, without
impatience, without irritation, and without expectation.
Thus, give you also to all - without prejudice, without judging.
Carry, O bird, the Teaching; and in thy flight deliver it into the hearth
of those who live in expectation of receiving it.
Carry the Teaching to the crossroad!
from Agni Yoga
The image in the text represents the last work of Nicholas Roerich.
It is called "Command of the Master". The painting remained
1947. Tempera on canvas, 84 x 153. - State Museum of Oriental Arts, Moscow,