Nicholas & Helena Roerich, The Spiritual Journey of Two Great Artists and Peacemakers brings to light many unknown facts concerning two Russian visionaries and their connections with America. It is the true account of charismatic Nicholas Roerich, who produced over 7,000 paintings and his mystical wife, Helena, author of the deeply spiritual Agni Yoga series. Moving to New York City during the Roaring Twenties, they built a 27-story skyscraper, the Master Institute of United Arts, the first school to teach all of the arts under one roof. The innovative school attracted artists from across America including Marsden Hartley, Deems Taylor and Rockwell Kent.
Directed to create a Buddhist country around Siberia, Mongolia and the Gobi from 1924 – 28, the couple courageously crossed the remote and dangerous regions of India and Asia. They searched for ancient relics and books hidden in crypt libraries and caves throughout the Gobi, for .signs of the sacred Buddhist site, Shambhalla, for Maitreya (the Coming Buddha), whose presence would signal the New Era of Peace and for the Panchen Lama. Six years after the effort failed, President F.D. Roosevelt and the Department of Agriculture funded a second expedition so they could continue their search.
Nicholas & Helena Roerich, The Spiritual Journey of Two Great Artists & Peacemakers is the first book to interweave the Roerichs' Agni Yoga teachings with their fascinating travels. My book can be ordered through any bookstore.
The Roerich Museum is located in NYC at 319 W. 107th St. Open afternoons. Closed on Mondays. Www.roerich.org
has a wonderful collection of photos and paintings.