It is true that our materialistic civilization has not favoured the practice of mysticism, that our science-weighted education has tended to crush the incipience of intuition, and that the claims which distract our attention are so much more numerous than those of earlier times. But it is also true that we are in possession of the sayings and writings of a hundred wise and illumined men, where in those times we would have had but a few. It is still more true that the wealth of spiritual lore which has accumulated in the Orient through thousands of years has been put into our hands. These are compensations whose value must be reckoned not too lightly.
-- Notebooks Category 15: The Orient > Chapter 1: Meetings of East and West > # 63