And we are not afraid by Nicholas Roerich

And we are not afraid by Nicholas Roerich

The painting “And we are not afraid.” We see a touching scene of the meeting of two monks, talking to each other. Next to one of them, a bear stands quietly and peacefully, catching with its keen ear the high speeches of bright elders, pleasant to its bestial soul. And the monks are not afraid of him, feeling the peace-loving, friendly attitude of the beast towards them.

Like Francis, who saw in the wolf of his brother, the bear was a brother for these monks, for they comprehended the spiritual plan on which all things are the creation of the One Father of all creatures. The bear catches with

its sensitive ear the high speeches of bright old men, pleasing to its bestial soul. And they are not afraid of him, feeling the peace-loving, friendly attitude of the beast towards them. Like Francis, who saw in the wolf of his brother, the bear was a brother for these monks, for they comprehended the spiritual plan on which all things are the creation of the One Father of all creatures.

In this scene, one feels the idea of a great universal kinship, the original unity of all being, divided as a result of entering into ever more dense layers of matter, limiting the perception of this law. The upcoming new great Epoch rests on the unshakable law of the unity of all that exists in the universe.

The painting is dedicated to St. Sergius of Radonezh. Two saints speak of God, of the Highest, of the beautiful, of the future of humanity, since the bear is a symbol of earthly humanity with a still quite low level of consciousness in its mass. People are just beginning to comprehend something and approach the Light.

The Saints have fiery auras of tense calm and balance, they are not afraid of the beast, as if not even noticing it. Therefore, the beast is not going to growl or attack them. He, too, is in complete peace of mind, although he is probably hungry and awakened from hibernation. In the distance, the church is visible, the bells are ringing.

The mountains are covered with snow – a symbol of purification. Mountains stand like beacons of salvation. They are in pink reflections, which symbolizes the height of the thoughts of the monks who live here. The shape of the shadows on the bell-shaped top resembles the Thin Plan. Thin inhabitants also listen to the monks and feed themselves with knowledge. So Thin world is also clarified.

And wild beasts can become helpers, as happened with a bear that approached the monks. According to the Nikon Chronicle, Saint Sergius had a forest friend. One day, Sergius saw his huge bear, weakened by starvation, at the threshold of his cell. I regretted him and brought a piece of bread from the cell. Furry alien peacefully ate and then often began to visit him. Sergius shared with him his scarce supply, and the bear became tame; thus the Spirit of the Monk was tempered for the feat of the Master of the people and the Builder of the Russian Land that was coming up to him.

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