Tara of the Heart


When the Tara of Light will enlighten the world with revelations from the far-off worlds, then will She be affirmed as the manifestation of Beauty. When the Tara of the Heart illumines the world with love, then is She affirmed as the manifestation of Beauty.[1]

Tara is a term defined in Agni Yoga as a goddess, the feminine equivalent of the Arhat, a sister of the Spiritual Hierarchy; the Brotherhood of Light. Arhat means “the worthy one.” “Deserving divine honors.”

The Tara and the Arhat are those Great Ones who have entered the noblest and highest path of life and thus, according to the Ageless Wisdom Teaching, become emancipated from the wheel of re-birth. In other words, such “worthy ones” can function at a very high level of consciousness, functioning in the Buddhic Level of Life. They can choose to reincarnate, to return to this earth school as a Great Teacher, or to stay in the subtle levels serving the Other Worlds.

To conquer great spiritual heights, to become successful in the truest sense of the word, to become happy and full of the beauty of Life, we must have an all giving heart; in other words love and compassion. A Tara of the Heart is the one whose heart is pure and all giving of love. One whose heart is in balance with her mind.

We can take examples from noble ones who have walked the path of life before us. For example, the Mother of Agni Yoga: Helena Roerich. Mme. Roerich was certainly a noble woman; she was a wife, a mother of two sons, and a spiritual teacher. One who was deserving of divine honors; who entered the most noble and highest path of life; the path of sacrificial service; the path of synthesis. Her life exemplified a humility in greatness.

Helena Roerich climbed the heights of the bitter cold, majestic, Himalayan Mountains, reaching heights of 27,000 feet during the days that women were busy at home, doing laundry by hand. She was born in Russia in 1879. She brought to humanity the newest yoga; not a physical, but spiritual yoga; the yoga that is only now becoming known worldwide. She wrote books, many under pseudo names in addition to the Agni Yoga series. She wrote the Foundations of Buddhism, and On Eastern Crossroads. These are remarkable books for a woman who visited Venus in her subtle body but never stepped foot on an airplane. She spoke and wrote in many languages including Russian, English, French, German and more. Her many diaries are still being read and studied by people today.

The Teachings of Agni Yoga, the yoga of Living Ethics, can be understood as the Teaching of Life. Helena Roerich, the founder of Agni Yoga, could be considered a Tara of the Heart.

Helena Roerich gave to humanity the Teaching of Life. Agni Yoga is a Teaching whose Sutras, and verses number in the thousands generously offering an exploration in an understanding of art, beauty, and culture; an education to direct one’s thinking toward immortality and the continuity of life; insight into the higher spheres of life, higher thought, joy, the future, and more.

Helena Roerich’s spiritual name is known as Urusvati; which means a star. In the book At the Threshold of the New World, a book of writings by Helena Roerich, it says that “Urusvati is the symbol of the Mother of the World.” In this book, it also says, “The Great Era is beginning because the spirit understanding is linked with the Mother of the World. The approach of this very great Era is important; it will substantially change life on Earth. A prophecy that is readily coming into manifestation.[2]

Another definition of the word “Tara” is the principle of Motherhood; thus a Tara is symbolized by the Heart of the World Mother. The principle of motherhood indicates that the Great Era that is only now beginning is symbolized by women of a nurturing heart. The New Era is upon us. The approach of this Great Era is the approach of the Heart. It signifies that love will take on higher and newer dimensions than ever before. That love will give way to compassion; that a real human being will be recognized as one with a nurturing heart.

A person without heart is a person with a dead heart. A person with a dead heart finds that nothing that they have will satisfy them. Since nothing satisfies them, they must possess more and more to feel secure. More and more girlfriends, boyfriends, wives or husbands, more and more money, cars, houses, and this and that. You look into such a person’s eyes, and their eyes are empty. They are without psychic energy, without enthusiasm, without a fiery spirit, without love. Their heart is dead. We see such people in both high and low positions, rich and poor.

Without a purified heart, without a loving heart, there is a condition of the heart where the petals of the heart are dried and petrified. A petrifying of the petals of the heart is the greatest disaster for a human being.

Purification of the heart is necessary if you want to use the energy of your heart, for example, to heal people. If your heart is not pure, your efforts at healing will have mixed results, and you will transmit both healing energy and poison. It is the heart that heals people, but the heart will never be powerful unless it is purified.

The Great One teaches “It is truly told about the power of love for humanity. Can one love a garden and despise its flowers? Can one worship the power of beauty and not show respect for love? I attest that the Power adorning Our Universe is confirmed as Our Mother of the World—the Feminine Origin! Indeed, one may cite many scientific examples indicative of the creative destiny of woman. Those who deny the evidence of woman’s creativeness should reflect that woman gives voluntarily. …Hence is the woman’s path termed one of voluntary giving. Certainly in Cosmos everything is interwoven, but humanity transgresses the laws of the Higher Reason. Truly, the Feminine Origin is most beautiful! Verily, the pinnacle of Be-ness cannot exist without the Feminine Origin. How badly people have mutilated the great cosmic laws! How far people have departed from Truth! The one who possesses the full Chalice We call a voluntary giver.”[3]

By this, we could say a Tara of the Heart gives all that she has to all that is known and unknown. As she gives, she nurtures. As she nurtures, she ignites the spirit, the divinity in all she touches. As the Divine Spark is ignited in those she nurtures, they will echo the nature of the Tara of the Heart, loving the flowers in the garden of God. The nurtured ones will recognize the beauty of the soul in every person. In that recognition, the petals of the heart in those she nurtures begin to unfold.

You are invited to write comments, share your knowledge about the Tara of the Heart as expressed in Agni Yoga, or add an Agni Yoga quote or writing by Helena Roerich which adds to this article.



Joleen DuBois

[1] Infinity I, 194.

[2] Helena Roerich, At the Threshold of the New World ©1998 White Mountain Education Association

[3] Infinity Vol 02 Sutra 156

Solar Eclipse Meditation Aug 21 2017

This meditation helps the Light forces to ground the energy of Light on the surface of the planet to strengthen the Light grid which is needed to speed up the process of Full Disclosure and Ascension. Number of people doing that meditation is the single most influential factor within the power of the surface human population for speeding up the process.

We can reach the critical mass of 144,000 people doing this meditation! This will create a massive healing chain reaction in the energy field worldwide. The focus will be on the United States, where much healing is needed.

Astrological chart for our meditation shows a powerful grand trine between Galactic center / Saturn / Lilith in Sagittarius, Uranus in Aries and Mars / Lunar Node / Sun / Moon in Leo. The core of this grand trine is exact grand trine of Galactic Center at 28 degrees Sagittarius, Uranus at 28 degrees Aries and Sun / Moon eclipse at 28 degrees Leo. At the eclipse, the energy of electric fire of liberation will flow from the Galactic Center (the Pleroma) throughout the Solar System and will be channeled through Uranus and through the Sun / Moon eclipse, all of them located in fire zodiacal signs. Therefore our meditation at the moment of the eclipse has a potential for a huge breakthrough on the planetary surface, as it is a moment of the most direct connection with the Galactic Center.

This will be the first eclipse since 1918 with the path of totality going through the continental US. This eclipse is a great opportunity for us to make a decision to create unity. Unity of awakened individuals is the most powerful catalyst for the planetary liberation. Many people are joining forces to gather the critical mass of at least 144,000 people doing this exact meditation.

The path of totality will touch the ground near Salem, OR at 10:18 am PDT and will exit near Charleston, SC at 2:47 pm EDT. For people in the western part of the US the total phase of the eclipse will be already over when the meditation starts. The meditation will start right before the moment of maximum point of the eclipse and people in the central US will be meditating right through the totality. People in the eastern part of the US will be able to watch the total eclipse after the meditation.

Map of cloud cover shows that people in the western part of the US have the highest probability to actually see the eclipse:

We will be doing this meditation at the moment of the maximum of the Solar eclipse on Monday, August 21th at 11:11 am MST in Phoenix Arizona, U.S.A.. This equals 8:11 pm EET in Cairo, 8:11 pm CEST in Paris, 7:11 pm BST in London, 2:11 pm EDT in New York, 1:11 pm CDT in Chicago, 12:11 pm MDT in Denver and 2:11 am CST on Tuesday, August 22nd in Taipei.

You can check the time of the meditation for your time zone here:



  1. Use your own technique to bring you to a relaxed state of consciousness.
  2. State your intent to use this meditation as a tool to speed up the process of bringing harmony and unity for planet Earth and its inhabitants.
  3. Visualize a pillar of Light emanating from the Galactic Central Sun, then going through all beings of Light inside our Solar System, through the eclipsed Sun and the Moon and then through your body to the center of the Earth. Visualize another pillar of Light rising from the center of the Earth, then up through your body and upwards into the sky towards all beings of Light in our Solar System and our galaxy. You are now sitting in two pillars of Light, the Light flowing both upwards and downwards simultaneously. Keep these pillars of Light active for a few minutes.
  1. Now visualize a soft pink healing divine feminine energy, healing all people of the planet of their past traumas, bringing peace, harmony, understanding, abundance and unity. Visualize this soft pink light healing the minds and hearts of all people worldwide. See all Lightworkers, Lightwarriors and Truthers working in unity for the creation of the New Earth. See the people of Earth celebrating and joyfully participating in the creation of our new reality where everyone can obtain what they need and freely choose to live as they desire.

Suggested time for meditation is 15 minutes.

With Love,




Agni Yoga – the Fire of Life


As you read the books of Agni Yoga, you discover that at the heart of this Teaching there is an emphasis upon fire and upon evolution. Fire is about the creative life; evolution is about Infinity.

Fire is Life. The Fire of Space is the source of all life in any form. The ancient writings instruct, “Fire is Creative.” Creative Fire permeates all Space. In some Teachings the Creative Fire is called Kriyashakti: the Life-giving divine Fire, in all forms of life.

When we draw from the Life-giving Fire in the Universe, we direct our consciousness to the path of Self-Perfectment. It is the Flame in our heart, which links us with the Creative Fire in Space, with the Heart of the Universe. This same Creative Fire is also located within our own nature, “as above so below.”

We each have a Divine Spark, a seed of life. The Fiery Seed of Life is our spirit. It is indestructible because it is sacred. This is a very important point to remember. Your spirit is sacred and as such is indestructible. However the radiation of the fiery seed changes, depending on the growth of our consciousness, the expansion of our consciousness. The energy around our fiery seed is consciousness.

However, by making a conscious decision to travel the path of Self-perfectment and to illumine our life in such a way that each hour will be a beginning, we create an environment for our soul to evolve, to strive toward perfection, to strive toward graduation into the Supermundane life—the life of an Agni Yogi.

The Supermundane world is in the higher strata of the Universe; it is also within ourselves if we know how to contact this level of fire. All strata of the Universe are permeated with fire. The Subtle World is a world of fire, but this world reflects the earth and is a fire by friction. The Supermundane is the highest world of Creative Fire, electric fire.

If we want to travel beyond this earthly plane of existence, beyond the school of pain and suffering, from tests and trials, we are told that it requires breaking through and transforming the identifications our soul has constructed. It requires dis-identification from our habits, old outworn beliefs and ideologies, from fanaticism, pride, and vanity. Until this “awakening” occurs, our soul will be trapped and each day will be, as it were, an end, for our soul loses his freedom by identifying with his not-self—with his maya, glamor and illusions.

To graduate to the Supermundane world we must go through solar fire, the fire of the spiritual Hierarchy. This means we must create an environment where the fiery seed of the soul can make contact with the Hierarchy of Earth. What is the Hierarchy?

In the biblical sense the “Ladder of Jacob” symbolizes the Hierarchy. Each fiery seed, each human soul is impregnated, imbued by a ray of the Hierarch, which gives the soul a “knowingness” about its life direction. When our soul makes contact with a Ray of Hierarchy, he will have a yearning to change his life, to find his Teacher. He will search for the Mountain. The mountain in Agni Yoga is a symbol of the Teacher. When we reflect upon the Hierarchy, we think about the Brotherhood, about the Christ and his disciples. Agni Yoga calls the Hierarchy the “guiding hand.”

The task of the Teacher is “to give you indications within those limits which are permitted. He will uplift you, cleans you of outworn habits. He will warn you against all kinds of treason, superstition and hypocrisy. He will test you openly and in secret. He may also say Farewell, passer-by.” [1] The Teaching says, Friends, if you wish to approach Us, elect a teacher on earth and place in Him your guidance …. [E]ach one should have a Teacher on earth.” [2]

When we make a contact with the Christ or Master in your heart, we may remember having a dream where we had attended an inner plane classroom or we may remember being in an Ashram. We may recall speaking to someone, teaching someone, listening to a lecture. Such an experience will give deep joy.

Striving toward Self-perfectment, creating an illumined environment for our soul to evolve, making a contact with the Hierarchy and the Teacher will give us a fiery inspiration to dedicate ourself in service to all we meet. “Let the greatest among you be the servant to all,” said Christ.

When we study Agni Yoga, we study life, beauty, culture and creativity. We study how to improve on the life, how to heal, how to love, how to build right human relations. Some religious and spiritual Teachings prepare you for death, but they don’t teach you how to “live.” Agni Yoga believes in the continuity of life, in the continuing life of the spirit. It teaches us how to release the spirit that is enslaved in its past.

We are striving to the future, building a new consciousness, building new viewpoints, building new bodies in which to strive into the future to the Supermundane Worlds.

The Agni Yoga Teaching is the teaching of life applied to each necessity. It provides a solution to the daily problems. It does not teach Self-Indulgence; it inspires us toward Self-Perfectment.

When you meet an Agni Yogi you will know it. This is a person of decision, of commitment, of responsibility, of integrity. You will not meet an Agni Yogi who says, “maybe yes or maybe no,” “perhaps it is this, perhaps it is that,” or “could be,” or “for the time being this is what I believe.” There is no indecisiveness found in an Agni Yogi. When an Agni Yogi says “yes” he means it. When he says “no,” he really means it.

A person whose soul has become identified with a life of maya, glamor and illusion is a person who is indecisive. He will change his mind saying, “Yes” today and “No” tomorrow. Such a person has not yet gained control over his lower nature; the lower nature is controlling the soul.

We must make right and creative use of our time to inspire others with culture, with beauty, with a vitality that will uplift and inspire with creative energy. Nicholas Roerich said, “We are asking our friends, each day to think, to pronounce and to apply the understandings of Beauty and Culture.” [3] He also said, “[W]e are not dreamers at all, but workers for life, and our apostolate above all is content in that we are striving to say to the people, Remember Beauty. Do not exile its image from life, but also actively call others to this feast of joy!’ [4] “In constant labor, we have no time for agitations. We construct. In positive affirmation and realization we aspire to make earthly life more sensitive and more beautiful.” [5]

You are invited to share your comments or even ask questions that sometimes are of more value than comments. Either way, it would lovely to hear from you.

With Love,


[1] Agni Yoga, para. 103.©1952 Agni Yoga Society, Inc.

[2] Ibid.

[3] Realm of Light, Nicholas Roerich, p. 21. ©1931 Roerich Museum Press

[4] Himavat, Diary Leaves, Nicholas Roerich, p. 24 [period] First published in 1946; printed by J. K. Sharma at the Allahabad Law Journal Press, published by Kitabistahn, Allahabad.

[5]Ibid, p. 25.

Spiritual Development

Some people, at a certain point in their life, will come to a crossroads that led to an experience which made them want to know the purpose of their life. Others  experience what is called “divine discontent.” Yet others will say they had a dream or an inner calling.

One person told me a story about where she had met a holy man, a teacher, in her dreams. A year later she found herself in a dream class listening to the same teacher who talked about a place called Shambhala. A few days after that second dream a friend gave her a book titled Hierarchy, and two years later she met the holy man in person where they recognized one another from her dreams. The holy man had recently published a book on Shambhala. The two dreams and book about Hierarchy plus the ultimate physical meeting with the “man in her dreams” were transformational experiences.

Each person who had come to the crossroads in their lives yearning for a deep experience to confirm life itself and their own life in particular asked, “Why am I here?”  The majority I talked to did find a path and began their life journey. Either it was a new journey, or they easily recognized they were returning to a path of many incarnations; each said it was like coming home.

One of the evolving steps we must each take is not only for personal improvement but to provide us with a sense of direction so we don’t lose our way.

It is not so easy to lose our way if the path we are traveling gives us sign posts, affirming that the direction we are taking is right and good. When we are called to a spiritual path certain things are going to be asked of us that must be acknowledged. The level of our consciousness determines what will be asked, but each question will relate to tasks that are in harmony with our life-purpose.

This acknowledgment is to answer the question: Is this for me to do? The answer is to determine if the given task is important enough in the life to give it its needed time and energy.  Not only in simply giving it “some of our time and energy,” but our best time and best energy. As our consciousness becomes increasingly illumined and refined, less time will be given to answers for we now, with our expanding consciousness – illumined consciousness – will respond with Direct Knowledge.

In the beginning stages of our journey, accepting a task, like daily meditation, daily study or service activities, some people find that they are so tired by the end of the day that they do not have the energy to study, to engage in spiritual disciplines, or to engage in a sacrificial service. Others will say that even though they had hoped to give more time to a committed task, things at work or at home somehow prevented them from doing so, or karmic conditions became so distracting they lost sight of their spiritual direction, or goals, and became lost in the complexities of the labyrinth of life.

There is a wonderful Agni Yoga verse, found in the book Heart: verse 97:

“After two weeks of apparently superficial striving, a man comes to the conclusion either that he is unfit or that the Higher World does not exist. Whereas the very same man will tell his servant after a year of service, “A year is too short. I cannot yet raise you.” Even in common earthly affairs, people understand the significance of dates. … It is difficult to speak to those who have not matured in heart or who have succeeded in extinguishing it. It would seem that the fires of the heart are very natural and simple in manifestation, but long periods are needed in order that this understanding which links the lowest with the Subtle Worlds may become evident in the physical world. …There are very few who strive to become citizens of the Universe. This title demands numerous cares, observation, vigilance, and, primarily, an indomitable striving.”

(More on this subject can be found February 26th on YouTube or by registering for the WMEA webinars. To do this, please go to http://www.wmea-world.org. To hear this and other YouTube videos, scroll down to the bottom of the website Home Page and click on YouTube.)

If you want to share your own awakening experience, please feel free to share or add other thoughts to this post.

With love,


Egotism and the Fiery World

Practitioners of Agni Yoga realize it is important to reject egotistic thoughts and action as a ways and means toward finding a starting point in constructing a straight path to the Fiery World. Why? A person who is egocentric delays their progress to the Higher Worlds by prolonging their earthly incarnations.

“Indeed, one must free oneself from egoism in order to transmute and affirm the radiant [Higher] Ego[1].” “One may carry the transformed Ego to the altar of Light without fear of being burned. What, then, is subject to scorching if not egoism with all its appendages? Egoism, like a cancerous swelling, is engendered by lack of Agni. Let us not forget that egoism attracts and fills itself with carnal lusts and begets evil. Around the bait of egoism flock the influences of family, clan, and nation. The very sediments of the physical and of the Subtle World seek to wind themselves about egoism; such a bristly ball is unsuitable for the Fiery World. But the tempered and conscious fiery Ego enters the Fiery World as a welcome guest. Thus, let us distinguish all that befits the Higher World. Let us not regard this attraction to the Higher World as an achievement. Let it be only a luminous duty. It is not fitting to consider the predestined assignment as a unique achievement. People should accustom themselves to the transmutation of the heart as a manifest path, known long ago.”[2]

It being necessary for animals to labor, then how consciously must human toil be applied! Let us not differentiate between labors. The only distinction is between consciousness and senselessness. It is necessary to discern also the difference in age of the spirit. One can identify a recent spirit as compared with an old spirit by noting the difference in striving. A recent spirit does not have the deep perceptions that are taught by the experience of many lives, but often it has less egotism and is more adaptable to evolution.

“An old spirit sometimes takes on the similitude of a funnel which draws the all-existent “I” into transformation by the personal ego. When such an abscess has formed, the sole cure is through achievement.

“Beautiful and brilliant achievement promotes the regeneration of the subtle body. So long as such an old spirit strives for achievement, it still has a vital capacity.”[3]

To have a consciousness which is part of the Fiery Worlds is to work harmoniously with the Cosmic Magnet, the Central Fiery Magnet of the Universe –the Cosmic Flame. The Cosmic Magnet is the Heart of the Universe.

We are approaching a most beautiful spiritual cycle in history, a time in which we can take a “next step” in our individual, family, local and global group advancement; a progressive step in the life of the soul and consciousness. What cycle? We could say it is the transition from Kali Yuga to Satya Yuga. Or we could also say the cycle of the New Era. Both cycles require transmutation of the heart. The energy of the heart operates as the transmuting fire. As we enter into our divine inheritance we will slowly become aware of the life and mysteries going on upon all higher Cosmic Ethers. It is in this transmutation our higher ethers replace the lower ethers and we become a divine embodiment because now we can achieve continuity of consciousness in the higher planes and Higher Worlds. Such transmutation is carried out in the heart and the result is Transfiguration and eventually Revelation. Remember the heart is the abode of the Flame of Life and is rooted in the Fire of Space. The Fire of Space is the source of all life, in any form. For example, we are told that an Arhat is a Flame of Life and has made a total commitment, a total renouncement of selfhood. An Arhat has no ego.

The Teaching inspires us with Its wisdom, a wisdom, which if we have the heart to follow and apply, will take us step by step up the ladder of spiritual advancement into the Fiery Worlds. To be in contact with the Fiery Worlds is to be in contact with Shambhala.

What is Shambhala? Shambhala is the Father’s Home, the Stronghold, the head center of the planet where the Will of God is known. It is formed by great streams of energy, in the whirlpool of which great Initiates function.

How to recognize a person who has advanced into the Fiery Worlds? Such a person is filled with the creative impulses of higher forces; forces which flow into his etheric centers with new vision; visions from Space. Such people become a symphony of creativity.

What is fire? It is a most sacred spiritual, energy used for the upliftment of humanity. The Master M says: Fire is the highest element and the approach towards it must be by way of the highest consciousness. One can understand and learn to love the Fire only through this highest consciousness. [4]

What is the Fiery World? The Fiery World is one of the highest spheres in the chain of our planet. The Fiery World is a higher sphere than the Subtle world. The Subtle World reflects or mirrors the activities occurring on our planet, but in the Fiery World there are strata which safeguard the evolutionary growth of the earthly spheres. It is the strata of the Fiery Worlds which indicate all the currents of evolution. The Treasury of the records of space are held in the Fiery Worlds as well as in the Cosmic Laboratory.

Our ascent to the Fiery World is dependent upon purification, especially purification of egoism. Once the disease of egoism is healed, servers for the Common Good will be on the rise. If you want to serve the Common Good you must find a way to eradicate this disease from your own nature.

Helena Roerich tells us even the Stronghold of Knowledge, the Brotherhood of the Mahatmas dedicated themselves to serve in the name of the Common Good. [5]

Egoism is not isolated to a certain class of people but is widespread throughout the world; it is a psychological disease found among the common people as well as the higher levels of society. Egoism prevents our progress on the path to the Fiery Worlds, and prevents enlightenment.

As always, your comments are invited and indeed, encouraged!

With Love,



[1] Agni Yoga defines the higher Ego as the Monad.

[2] Fiery World I para 606 © 1943, 1969 Agni Yoga Society, Inc.

[3] Leaves of Morya’s Garden (1925), Book Two, 355. © 1952 Agni Yoga Society, Inc.

[4] Fiery World Vol 01, para 13. © 1943, 1969 Agni Yoga Society, Inc.

[5] Letters of Helena Roerich (1935–1939), Volume II. (paraphrased)  © 1967 Agni Yoga Society, Inc,

Svetoslav Roerich – on Peace

Svetoslav Roerich, son of Nicholas and Helena Roerich was born October 23, 1904 and died January 30, 1993. He is perhaps best known for his artwork, paintings that you will find on today’s blog.  But today I want to share his writings on the subject of peace.  The full article will be presented in the April/May/June Agni Yoga Quarterly http://wmea-world.org/wmea/agni-yoga/

Svetoslav Roerich wrote, “Every one of us longs for the beautiful flowers of friendship, understanding, and affection. If only we permit them to blossom freely, deep within our hearts, our lives would be transformed and enriched through the wondrous, healing balm of understanding and sympathy – the sympathy and compassion that expand to all the spheres and areas of our lives and are the foundations of Universal Love and Universal Order, all-embracing, all-containing, attracting to itself, like a powerful magnet, the best manifestations and expressions of human genius, the true flowers of our hearts and minds.

If we cast a glance around us, we can see that the last sixty years have seen great changes and realignments in human relations. Science has made startling discoveries and made unbelievable progress along ever-multiplying channels of human knowledge, both in research and its application. Nevertheless, in spite of all these brilliant achievements, mankind has been placed face to face with new problems and the necessity to solve them and to discover new approaches to our ever-increasing needs.

Beyond this complex and seething pattern stand those great human values that beckon to us, proclaiming the eternal and indestructible bond of human relations – the binding force of true friendship, understanding, and love.

My father, Professor Nicholas Roerich, always believed that the best way to forge strong and lasting bonds of mutual understanding between nations and people is to do it on the plane of cultural relations – to discover that greatest and richest magnet of human relations, the field of culture.

The vast field of man’s creative expression – art, in its multiform manifestations – was to him the living bridge that brings together and unites human beings. It is the miraculous bond that reveals and forges new approaches, new possibilities, and opens new vistas of true understanding and appreciation. Across this vast field of human endeavor, Nicholas Roerich visualized his realm of mutual friendship and understanding through Culture.

We see now how practical and realistic was his concept of Peace through Culture. More and more people are joining the ranks of those enlightened men and women who believe and know that only an enlightened, all-containing, all-embracing attitude can build lasting peace.

Recognizing the urgent need for measures to protect our cultural heritage, Professor Roerich evolved the idea of an International Pact for the Protection of Cultural Treasures, monuments, and educational institutions, in times of civil disturbance as well as of war. Like the Rec Cross, it carries with it a distinctive banner and symbol, to be displayed over such monuments and institutions that we designate as protected. This Banner of Peace served to remind mankind that there are certain values and treasures, common and paramount to all humanity, that belong to everyone, regardless of race, creed, or country.

Speaking about the healing touch of culture, my father said, “Culture and Peace, the most sacred goal of humanity. In these days of great confusion, both spiritual and material, the disturbed spirit strives to these radiant strongholds. But we should not unite only abstractly in the name of these regenerating concepts. According to our abilities, each in his own field, we should bring them into actual surrounding life, as the most necessary and undeferrable. We must not fear enthusiasm. Only the ignorant and the spiritually impotent would scoff at this noble feeling. Such scoffing is but evidence of the inspiration of this true legion of honor. Nothing can impede us from dedicating ourselves to the service of culture, so long as we believe in it and give it our most flaming thoughts.

My father, Nicholas Roerich said, “If you should be asked of what country and of what future constitution you dream, you can answer, in full dignity: ‘We visualize the country of Great Culture. The country of Great Culture shall be your noble motto. You shall know that there will be peace in that country where knowledge and beauty are revered.'”

We shall continue forging the happy bonds of friendship, knowing well that this is the most practical, the most effective way to bring people together, to diffuse happiness and welfare, and to build the beautiful, lasting bridge of human relations, mutual trust, and understanding.

I invite you to add your comments to make this article more personal and interesting to those affirmed in peace.





Sina Fosdick continues her presentation to the Agni Yoga Society (Agni Yoga Society Headquarters in New York, 1975)

“Mme. Roerich used to say, ‘To be honest with oneself is the greatest difficulty.’ We were led into a new world in which intolerance, selfishness, and ambition had no place. The members of our group, while of different races, nationalities, and natures, were nevertheless united in their aspirations. One goal was supreme – to find one’s Master! We were told that the disciple must knock first and then the Master comes. Did not He himself say: ‘One should treasure every hour of My Work. One must grope and find the doorway to Light.’ (The Call, 396)

“We had the rare privilege of being thus guided for thirty-five years by both Prof. and Mme. Roerich. During those years we founded the Roerich Museum, collecting the great art of Prof. Roerich. The Roerich Pact and Banner of Peace was launched, of which more will be told eventually. [See July/Aug/Sep issue of the Agni Yoga Quarterly, http://wmea-world.org/wmea/ayqi/] The Central Asiatic Expedition, begun by our leaders in 1923, was most successfully terminated by them in 1928 and they settled in India. Several unique new ventures and institutions dedicated to art, science and general welfare were brought into life by them. We were in constant, close contact with them, at times through travels together, but mostly through continuous correspondence, working in the many spheres of activities entrusted to us. The Teaching of Agni Yoga was steadily spreading, its books were published in several languages besides English. Numerous Agni Yoga groups sprang up in America, India, and Europe.

“Some day more should and will be written about the life and superhuman achievements of Mme. and Prof. Roerich, their participation in the work of the Great Masters, the Elder Brothers of humanity.

“Space does not allow at this time more than a few paragraphs from the Teaching, which substantiate only a very few aspects of it.”

“A simple declaration of knowledge will eliminate all contradictions. One cannot think without revering knowledge…Point out the fact that knowledge can lay the path to the One Teaching. Is it possible that humanity cannot comprehend that knowledge emanates from the One Source? (Agni Yoga, 90)

“The words of Buddha and the Covenants of Christ destroy ignorance. Observe with attention the growth of knowledge in diverse parts of the world.” (Ibid., 92)

“Contemplating knowledge, gain the realization of the Teacher. Verily reverence to the Teacher is the panacea even for physical ailments.” (Ibid., 94)

“Thus does the disciple approach the Teacher – open, ready to shrug off the old world tatters, striving toward the new consciousness, eager for knowledge, fearless, truthful, devoted, keenly vigilant, industrious, knowing goal-fitness, sensitive. He has found the path of Trust.” (Ibid., 125)

“He who would swim must dive fearlessly into the water. And he who has decided to master Agni Yoga must transform through it his entire life…Recall how I began with you the attainment of Agni Yoga. Likewise, bring your disciples within the domain of the mastery of the Fiery Yoga…This most unifying Yoga exacts an obligation to construct the entire life in conformity with a discipline externally imperceptible.” (Ibid., 163)

“Happily, those who has entered the path of Agni Yoga do not worry over suspicion. They labor, devoting themselves entirely to the cause of evolution. They walk, without doubt, knowing that satisfaction is not their destiny.” (Ibid., 505)

“When all books are read and the words have been studied then it remains to apply in life that which is realized.” (Ibid., 538)

“Yesterday the seed formed; tomorrow the flower will blossom…One must learn to combine the knowledge of the past with the striving toward the future.” (Ibid., 575)

I hope you have enjoyed reading this three-part post. If you would like to read similar writings by George and Sveteslov Roerich, Nicholas Roerich and Helena Roerich, please let me know by hitting “reply,” and share your ideas.



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We will continue here with Part Two of a Talk delivered by Sina Fosdick, the first executive director of the Agni Yoga Society, to the Agni Yoga Society October 9, 1975.

“‘Verily, just as faith is dead without deeds, so the Teaching is useless without its application to life.’  (Letters of Helena Roerich II, p. 11) While she revealed the spiritual depths of Agni Yoga, Professor Nicholas Roerich guided the thinking toward the all-embracing meaning of culture and its vital need for humanity. He, the widely recognized cultural leader in his own country, Russia, planted many vigorous seeds in America. An indefatigable builder, he founded several cultural institutions in America of which the Master School of United Arts was the first. Then came his call to the artists of other nations, to unite in the name of Art, Beauty, and Culture; thus the International Art Center – Corona Mundi – came into being. The members of the group were active in both institutions, facing many problems demanding decisions. Weaknesses, faults, human failings came to light and our leaders pointed out the way of avoiding serious errors, for the work was growing and we were compelled to grow with it, practicing patience, observation, and alertness.

“Having been told from the beginning about the Mahatmas of the East, the Great Brothers of humanity who guide the rightful evolution, we had to ponder and ‘choose the manifest path of response to the call of Infinity.’ (Infinity I, 63). The call of the heart and striving toward the Masters steadily grew in our consciousness. Mme. Roerich spoke at length about Them, Their work and Their disciples. Letters II, pages 82 and 83 reveal her thoughts. In them, she indicates the need of a teacher on Earth. ‘You are right that expecting an evident sign from the Teacher to give us an impulse for intensified work should be considered as temptation and indicated weakness of striving.’

“‘The meaning of the realization of various interrelations between Teacher and pupil is found. Precisely the steps of approach to the Teaching are dissimilar, so much attraction is there on the first steps and so much of responsibility on the next…The spiritual cooperation grows, unlimited by space… The assigned missions become a joy, become as if one’s own inalienable labor.’ (Agni Yoga, 273)

“During the first years we were studying under Mme. Roerich’s guidance writings by the Great Teachers of humanity, by Eastern and Western philosophers, and by the revered spiritual toilers. The life became saturated with many revelations and experiences. We were told to keep daily notes regarding our progress, and put down any one precept of the Teaching successfully applied, as well as a habit preventing progress.”

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Agni Yoga – A Bit of History: Part One


Sina Fosdick wrote a lovely article which I would like to share here. To learn more about Sina Fosdick you can go to the Agni Yoga – Living Ethics Community Facebook Page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/Agni.Yoga.Living.Ethics.Community/

Perhaps for this blog, the most important point to know is that Sina Fosdick was the first Executive Director of the Agni Yoga Society International headquarters in New York City. Because of the length of her article, I will post it in several parts, this being Part One.

“In the Introduction to the book Agni Yoga, we read: ‘The Blessed Mahatma Who gave the books, ‘The Call,’ ‘Illumination,’ and ‘Community’ has given much counsel and the Signs of Agni Yoga. These practical indications were gathered by us for the use of those who seek knowledge…

“This is a very brief history of the Agni Yoga Teaching in its early stages of application in life. Early in the ’20’s the Himalayan Brotherhood appointed Helena and Nicholas Roerich, the high Initiates of that Stronghold of Light, to serve as guides and spiritual leaders in bringing the Teaching of Living Ethics, to serve as guides and spiritual leaders in bringing the Teaching of Living Ethics, also known as Agni Yoga, to mankind in this Era. They came to America, and a small group gathered around them receiving daily guidance for the understanding of the essence of that Teaching. They were taught to refine their senses and to expand their consciousnesses. Responsibilities and tasks were entrusted to each member, in accordance with their abilities and the level of perception. Self-discipline was practiced together with co-measurement. A whole new world of knowledge and beauty was revealed to them, and the need of applying the principles of Living Ethics in life became paramount. The proclaimed Era of the Mother of the World and of Maitreya Buddha was entered with deep reverence and with a full awakening of the heart as the channel to Hierarchy. The group was to absorb the true ideals of community; duties and tasks of both spiritual and practical nature were assigned to the members.

“It is impossible to describe the joy and light which filled the life daily as the Teaching was continually unfolded before the group by Prof. and Mme. Roerich. She especially stressed the need of applying Agni Yoga in life.”

In joy,


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Serenity and the Yogi

Blessed Soul - N.K. Roerich

Agni Yoga, para. 175:

The confirmation of the yogi in his path will be a full participation in the evolution of the worlds. But one particular quality distinguishes the yogi — he knows not death, for the awakened consciousness experiences no interruption of existence. Thus, not for a moment does the yogi interrupt his service to Truth. Gradually does he who attains Yoga ascend upon the ladder of the worlds. Unceasingly do his mission and his service flow. The retention of consciousness in his varied sheaths makes the yogi’s achievement vital to life. Until now, only very rarely, and under special conditions was Yoga achieved, but the present stage of evolution of the spirit demands that Yoga be brought into life. And the thoughts of the young generation must be directed to this end. Neither zealotry nor weakness of faith are needed by Us, but each wholesome transformation of life will be noted and supported.”


Yoga means union. It means the human soul as it is unfolding like a bud of a lotus, is uniting with the fires of his spirit. With each achievement he is becoming more and more integrated, until eventually he unites with the Kingdom of God – the Kingdom of Hierarchy.

The Great Yogi’s have mastered matter in the Cosmic Physical world. Such yogi’s are those who “know not death, for their awakened consciousness experiences no interruption of existence. Thus, not for a moment does the yogi interrupt his service to Truth.”


A Great Yogi, a Master, can live for about three hundred years, thus their service to Truth is not interrupted. Masters are also called the Immortals. We know for example, Jesus is a Master as is Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, St. Sergius, St. Germain, Master Morya and others. The reason I use the present tense of “is a Master” is because a Master is Immortal. Remember the passage said, he knows not death.

We have stories and legends about the different incarnations of the Masters, whose human souls went through several initiations of integration until it reached and united with the Kingdom of God. Once such souls have achieved Mastery, they then strive to lead humanity into the Kingdom of God. Isn’t this interesting? How is this done?

The Path of Integration is the path which the soul travels, life after life, age after age, to achieve Self-Mastery.

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It is the Master in our Heart whom inspires us until our consciousness reaches a stage of illumination where we have accumulated enough light to travel on our own. To travel onward without fear of regressing and knows that from this point onward, as a soul, we will unwaveringly persevere toward the Kingdom of the Hierarchy.

Masters have achieved the process of integration. From one stage of consciousness to the next and the next they succeed in uniting with higher and higher spiritual fires until he achieves Self-Mastery. What happens after a Master reaches the age of 300 or so? They will make a new body. It is so interesting isn’t it? Of course Masters are advanced souls.


Until now, only very rarely, and under special conditions was Yoga achieved, but the present stage of evolution of the spirit demands that Yoga be brought into life. And the thoughts of the young generation must be directed to this end. We know that there are prominent men and women, leaders and geniuses who love humanity and work for humanity who are Masters or candidates for mastership but ordinary man because of jealousy and doubt, or other reasons cannot recognize these people.


How can we recognize a candidate for a master, those who are called Initiates? Their method is to work, make efforts, aspire, steadily improve, forge ahead, step on their old self, and strive for new horizons. They are embodiments of beauty. They are always improving their life, for the results of their striving is recognized as the soul integrates with its unfolding potential.

The soul begins as a bud and each stage of opening of that bud introduces various changes; changes recognized by the changes in our day-to-day actions, emotions and thoughts.

The process of unfoldment of the human soul depends on the discipline, purification and integration of the physical, emotional, and mental natures of man.

This is why we teach especially the younger generation, the importance of living the serene life. To give birth to our soul, to provide an environment where it can awaken to the path of integration and individuality – asks of us all, both young and old, to live the serene life.


There is a lovely little book called The Serene Life. The first point in this booklet reads: “Lo! The heart of Truth, the Central Gospel, the Midword of Life!…The Word of Words and the Doctrine of doctrines, simple as clear air and clear water, deep with the mystery of eternal depths…Whoever you are, it is the thing you have always looked for.

I remember one day a young man, telling me, “Since as early as I can remember I have been looking for something that is missing in me. I have looked for it everywhere. After I married, I thought for awhile that missing part of me was my wife. And where for awhile she fulfilled a part of my life, that missing “something,” I still cannot find. Do you know what it is?”

Whoever you are, it is the thing you have always looked for.

There are many people I believe who can relate to this young man’s story. Some of us have found the answer, others are still searching for it. What is it? We are searching for the Master in our heart; we are longing for that contact. Once the contact is made, our lives change and we begin to strive, as a soul, to liberate ourselves from the personality bodies. We continue our search, but we no longer feel lonesome for that “missing part;” we are no longer wandering lost in the desert, we now have direction.

The book The Serene Life reads:…[W]hoso plants serenity in his soul, finds it not easy nor moving with his impulses to do evil to his fellowmen. As naturally as the sun spreads light, does he share and bestow his joy. [1]

What is serenity? It is the beauty, the substance of the Chalice. In the Chalice is found the treasures of the soul. The treasures of the soul are related to Light, Compassion and Love.tagore

There is a beautiful story written by Rabindranath Tagore about a man in search for God. He wrote that a man left his wife and children to search for God in the mountains. But while he was away, God visited his him and waited for him to return.

To communicate with God means to face and meet your responsibilities. If you are not meeting your responsibilities and you think you are saving your soul, you are really deceiving yourself. There are millions of religious people like this. They say, “Hallelujah” and they think they are saved.

If we want to be beautiful, if we want to evolve as a soul, if we want to achieve the serene life, we must actualize these things, step by step. To become a master and live for 300 years, to ascend upon the ladder of the worlds as it stated in the opening verse, we cannot escape life, we must become somebody Real. Our life must exemplify that we are somebody. We cannot dream that we are already a master, or a high degree initiate and that our soul has reached perfection, our life must exemplify it in reality.


Serenity is found in the heart, not the mind. “As a man thinketh in his heart so is he.” The philosopher, a learned man has come to base his philosophy on the academic, the toddling infant has found the serene thought in his heart, which he has brought with him into this life from the higher worlds. The philosopher has forgotten.

In the moment when you stand perfectly alone, serene and calm, in that moment the paradox is fulfilled – your disunity disappears, and you are in the One Love with All. It is not necessary to fear love as the ascetics teach, for, if you love high enough, you cannot love too many or too much; but the moment you give yourself to any love as supremely important, or center on it as the source of all your joy, in that moment love becomes your enemy and will surely steal away your peace.

Your comments are always welcome.

With love,


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[1] The Serene Life, author unknown p. 3.