The present volume should truly be a friend of each student and teacher. The fruits of the all-embracing artistic and philosophical thought of Roerich are generously disseminated in these tenets of creative labor and vitality.
The present book is the eighth volume of the works of Nicholas Roerich. The seven previous volumes comprise the “First Volume of the Complete Works,” “Adamant,” “Flame in Chalice,” “Altai-Himalaya,” “Heart of Asia,” “Shambhala” and “Realm of Light.” These have been issued by the following publishers: Sytin Publishing Company, Moscow; Slovo, Berlin; Alatas, United States; F.A. Stokes & Co., and the Roerich Museum Press. Several of these volumes have been published in London, in Buenos Aires (Spanish); in Kyoto (Japanese) and other cities.
The present eighth volume is devoted basically to the concept of Culture. With his usual versatility and deep understanding, the author extols the concepts of evolution, Beauty, Peace and Knowledge. In his address, given on the occasion of his election as President of the World League of Culture, Roerich said:
“Culture is the reverence of light. Culture is the love of humanity. Culture is fragrance, the unity of life and Beauty. Culture is the synthesis of uplifting and refined achievements. Culture is the weapon of the World. Culture is salvation. Culture is the moving force. Culture is the Heart.
“If we gather all the definitions of Culture, we find the synthesis of effective blessing, the center of enlightenment and creative Beauty.”
The present volume should truly be a friend of each student and teacher. The fruits of the all-embracing artistic and philosophical thought of Roerich are generously disseminated in these tenets of creative labor and vitality. Roerich has been justly recognized by public opinion in many countries, not only as a powerful creator in the field of art but also as a leader of Culture. As the Hon. George Gordon Battle rightly affirmed, “Nicholas Roerich is unquestionably one of the greatest leaders of history. Combined with his extraordinary breadth of mind, there is a sublime sympathy with the opinions of others, and tolerance for their prejudices. He has a wonderful capacity to be the leader of an international movement. He has power not only to plan but to act. He can translate his dreams into action.”