“Roerich’s life was an amazing life, a marvel of creativity and astonishing example of spiritual closeness that, perhaps doesn’t lie on the surface, but is nevertheless the spiritual closeness that binds all peoples.”– Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, India Today, Oct. 2000.
In this blogpost, I combine a documentary, Roerich: the Call of Cosmic Evolution, about the life and vision of Helena and Nicholas Roerich, with showing some more of the paintings by Nicholas Roerich (the famed late Russian painter which the documentary is mostly about), and some reflections, photos and links…
Left image: The Banner of Peace, intended as a Universal sign implying an awareness of a triune reality, an idea meant to inspire protection from hostilities. Roerich had hoped that the symbol could be adopted as a kind of cultural Red Cross, as protection from destruction throughout the world. The idea was to use the banner to protect cultural treasures in times of peace and war.
Much of the Roerichs’ work was permeated with the energies of the landscapes and spiritual heritage of Central Asia, something I find resonating with the high-vibrational subtle-energetic landscape of this unique North American region as well, about which I already said a little bit in my blogpost from the other day,”Full Moon Snowshoeing Trip. (2 nights at 11,000 ft)“ as well as in (May 12, 2012), “From ‘Human Planet’ Photos, to the Altai Mountains, to that 1927 Koko Nor’s UFO Sighting,…“
Since time immemorial, the unique expansive remote region I’m writing from (known now as the Northern San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado), with its towering 14,000 ft Sangre de Cristo mountain range, Rio Grande headwaters, exceptional biodiversity for a high desert, healing hot springs (Valley View, Joyful Journey, and Hooper / San Dunes Pool, to name a few), and mysterious Sand Dunes (see photos), has been honored by indigenous medicine men and women.
In recent decades, spiritual practice and study centers from the world’s mystical traditions have taken residence in ‘the Baca’, a large subdivision adjacent to Crestone, with a strong Buddhist, Hindu and contemplative Christian presence. For more on that, see also: the archives of Crestone’s local monthly newspaper, The Crestone Eagle; as well as The Manitou Foundation, which has been instrumental in shaping the spiritual landscape of Crestone; and this article, ‘Shambala of the Rockies – The Mythos and Power of Crestone‘, by Allison Rae, which -while outdated- is still interesting (it originally appeared in Sedona, AZ’s ‘Four Corners Magazine‘).
The spirit of Crestone’s interreligious spiritual community also appears very much in alignment with the lofty vision of the Roerichs. Think Tibetan yaks, Buddhist centers and beautiful mountains… and you might see what I mean. ;-)
Current affairs were very much on the minds of the Roerichs, particularly in the palpable run-up to World War II.
It bears some resemblance with our current predicament, where a growing segment of the population in modern countries is exploring new horizons in alternative healing, inter-species communication, conscious co-creation, sacred geometries, shamanism, meditation and the common mystic depths of all heart wisdom traditions… while at the same time, a perhaps larger “mainstream culture” within this modern technological culture is getting ever more lost, alienated from our bodies, distracted in electronic gadgetry, spinning out in ideologies and reductionistic thinking, all while we’re collectively wrecking the biosphere, and psychopaths in places of military, financial and political power have their short-sighted schemes backed by brainwashed hordes of hundreds of thousands of willing soldiers, as well as a myriad of terror tools, all the way to thousands of nuclear weapons… The battle between the creative, affirmative power of the human free will and the destructive power of negation or nihilism still rages on…
Now WATCH THIS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED documentary, Roerich: the Call of Cosmic Evolution, by Ludmila Shaposhnikova, Director General of ‘the Museum named after Nicholas Roerich‘ in Moscow, which delves into the myths of a legendary lofty Kingdom of Shambhala, as he encountered them along his Central Asia expedition, as well as his vision for the evolution of consciousness, and more – presented with great art examples and archival footage:
Some of the other documentaries shown on the side are worth checking out as well.
For more about the “Urusvati” place of research, mentioned in this documentary, see http://en.icr.su/evolution/urusvati/ , where Nicholas Roerich is quoted describing his vision for it as a “place of science, [that] must be built in the Himalayas, within the borders of ancient Aryavarta. Again the human spirit, purified by the continuous currents of the Himalayas, will search in tireless labor. Medicinal herbs, medical research, wonderful magnetic and electric currents, the unique conditions of the heights, the unique luminescence of the planetary bodies and their astrochemical rays, radioactivity, and inexpressible treasures are preserved only in the Himalayas. [ . . . ] In these places where the great wisdom of the Rig-Vedas was crystallized, where Mahatmas themselves passed, here, in the caves and on the mountain tops, the power of human thought accumulated!“
Museums where you could see the still-vivid tempura colors in person include:
- The Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York City, USA: www.roerich.org/
- The Nicholas Roerich Museum in Moscow, Russia: http://en.icr.su/museum/layout/enter/
- Nicholas Roerich Estate Museum in Izvara (outside St. Petersburg), Russia: http://www.roerich-izvara.ru/eng/index.htm
- Look around for traveling exhibits, such as this (already past) “Nicholas Roerich; An Eternal Quest” at the National Gallery of Modern Art New Delhi, March 13 to April 11, 2010;
- (Many of his works are in private collections.)
May Peace Triumph On Earth