Roerich, Helena (1879–1949)
Author and channeler, born in Russia on February 13, 1879.
Roerich was not formally educated but early developed a love
of reading that included serious works in philosophy. She married
artist Nicholas Roerich in 1901. Both she and her husband
had a leaning toward Theosophy, and soon after their
marriage she came into contact with Master Morya, the teacher
whom Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, the co-founder of the
Theosophical Society, had heralded as the primary source of
theosophical teachings.
In 1915 the Roerichs left Russia for England, but moved on
to New York in 1920. Through the early 1920s Helena Roerich
received the messages that would constitute her first book,
Leaves of Morya’s Garden (a second volume appeared in 1925).
Over the rest of her life she operated quietly as a channel and
produced a host of books from Morya, including New Era Community
(1926); Infinity (2 vols., 1930); Hierarchy (1931), and The
Fiery World (2 vols., 1933–34). During these years her own work,
which constituted the teachings of the Agni Yoga Society,
founded in the mid-1920s, was overshadowed by that of her
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husband and his very public activities as an artist and peace advocate.
In 1929 she and her husband moved to the Punjab and lived
near the Urusvati, the Himalayan Research Institute of the
Roerich Museum. Through the 1930s she wrote letters on theosophical
themes, which were assembled and published as Letters
of Helena Roerich.
Sources
Balyoz, Harold. Three Remarkable Women. Flagstaff, Ariz.
Altai Publishers, 1986.
Roerich, Helena. Fiery World. 2 vols. New York Agni Yoga
Press, 1943.
———. Hierarchy. 3d ed. New York Agni Yoga Press, 1947.
———. Infinity. 2 vols. New York Agni Yoga Press, 1956,
1957.
———. Leaves of Morya’s Garden. 2 vols. New York Agni
Yoga Press, 1952, 1953.
———. Letters of Helena Roerich. New York Agni Yoga Press,
1954, 1967.

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