Nicholas Roerich

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Roerich self-portrait
Roerich self-portrait

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  • One may understand the discipline of spirit as wings.
  • Put aside all prejudices — think freely.
  • Be not downcast but full of hope.
  • Flee not from life, but walk the path of salvation.
  • The evolution of the New Era rests on the cornerstone of Knowledge and Beauty.
  • I am not astonished that we receive so many enthusiastic responses to our Peace Banner. The past is filled with deplorable, sad and irreparable destructions. We see that not only in times of war but also during other errors, creations of human genius are destroyed. At the same time the elite of humanity understand that no evolution is possible without the cumulations of Culture. We understand how indescribably difficult are the ways of Culture. Hence the more carefully must we guard the paths which lead to it. It is our duty to create for the young generation traditions of Culture; where there is Culture, there is Peace; there is achievement; there is the right solution for the difficult social problems. Culture is the accumulation of highest Bliss, highest Beauty, highest Knowledge.
  • Where all the treasures of mankind must be saved, there one should find such a symbol that can open the inmost recesses of all hearts. The symbol of the Banner of Peace has been spread so surprisingly far and wide that people are quite sincerely asking whether it is original or an invention of later times. We have witnessed honest wonderment after having proved its ancient origins and spread. At present mankind is beginning to think with horror like troglodytes again, hoping to safeguard their property in underground depositories and caves. But the Banner of Peace just announces the principle. It argues that mankind has to find a way to agree, that its achievements are global and belong to all the nations. The Banner says: noli me tangere — do not touch — do not dare to disturb, to offend the Universal Treasure with a touch of destruction.
  • One must manifest discipline of spirit; without it one cannot become free. To the slave discipline of spirit will be a prison; to the liberated one it will be a wondrous healing garden. So long as the discipline of spirit is as fetters the doors are closed, for in fetters one cannot ascend the steps.
Roerich Peace Banner
Roerich Peace Banner


Born October 9, 1874, died December 13, 1947. Roerich was a Russian painter, writer, archaeologist, and theosophist, perceived by some in Russia as an enlightener, philosopher, and public figure, who in his youth was influenced by a movement in Russian society around the occult. He was interested in hypnosis and other spiritual practices and his paintings are said to have hypnotic expression.

Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, to a well-to-do notary public of Baltic German ancestry and a Russian mother, he lived in various places around the world until his death in Naggar, Himachal Pradesh, India. Trained as an artist and a lawyer, his main interests were literature, philosophy, archaeology, and especially art. Roerich was a dedicated activist for the cause of preserving art and architecture during times of war. He earned several nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize long list. The so-called Roerich Pact was signed into law by the United States and most nations of the Pan-American Union in April 1935, and the Roerich Banner of Peace is still widely used.

Along with his wife Helena Roerich, they produced the Agni Yoga series of books. In his eaarly years in Paris, he designed the costumes and sets for the original production of the Diaghilev / Stravinsky “Rite of Spring”.

He explored Central Asia, and igot involved in world politics with a dream of uniting all Buddhists in Central Asia in a single country ! He is held in very high esteem in both India and Russia. Perhaps the best Biography of him is the one by Ruth Drayer

Links \ Roerich museum in New York biography Russian virtual gallery Estonian online gallery Roerich Museum in Moscow Indian National Gallery