by Nicholas Roerich

from Roerich Website





The artist’s eye and philosopher’s spirit which are Roerich’s, are as a magnet.


Drawn by their power, there flows into Roerich’s being a stream of experiences which he is able to transmute into beauty by that spiritual alchemy which is possessed by the teachers of men.

In “Shambhala the Resplendent,” Roerich has recorded the way of his journey through Central Asia and Tibet in the terms of spirit. It is a record of legends, of parables, of notes - the very substance of which the larger reality is composed, and all revealing different facets of the theme of Shambhala. In this book - as in his other books, “Altai-Himalaya” and “Heart of Asia,” one realizes that Roerich’s vision is manifold.


Traveling on his way, he discerns all the beauty of the natural spectacle through which he passes. And in his works - as in his paintings -  he records this panorama in successive sparks which flow into a continuous pageantry.


But in addition, Roerich perceives also that subtler manifestation of the countries and peoples through which he journeys. He discerns their thoughts; he perceives the pulsating, throbbing hopes and beliefs that sweep like winds across space. And it is this record - so little visible to the many of us -  that becomes the vital force of Roerich’s message.

One must remark the style of Roerich - it has the unrepeatable quality and synthesis of life. He transmits to us the essentials and we discern that these fragments of seeming fantasy are weaving themselves into a pattern of essential truth and essential beauty.

Roerich has named this book, “Shambhala, the Resplendent” advisedly.


Reading it, one realizes that Roe-rich has woven a wreath which he has offered in full reverence to the great Principle which is Shambhala, the New Era; for truly it is the salutary wind of people’s thought and faith which will aid the fires of Shambhala.


And once again, as in all the deeds of his inexhaustible creative fervor, Roerich’s “Shambhala, the Resplendent” pronounces the evocation of the fires of new human achievement and a new human destiny.


  1. Shambhala, The Resplendent (Talai-Pho-Brang, 1928)

  2. Treasure Of The Snows (Talai-Pho-Brang, 1928)

  3. Buddhism In Tibet (Kampa Dzong, 1928)

  4. Tibetan Art (Shekar Dzong, 1928)

  5. The Veils Of Death (Nagchu, 1927)

  6. Obsession (Ulan Bator Khoto, 1927)

  7. Chingiz-Khan (A Song)

  8. Lakshmi, The Victorious

  9. The Boundaries Of The Kingdom

  10. Hidden Treasures

  11. Jalnik, The Site Of Compassion

  12. Gayatri

  13. Dreams

  14. The Desert Cities

  15. Lyut, The Giant

  16. Star Of The Mother Of The World (Talai-Pho-Brang, 1924)

  17. Praise To The Enemies (Kashmir, 1925)

  18. A Letter (Ulan Bator Khoto, January, 1927)

  19. Urusvati (Naggar, 1929)

  20. Son Of The King (Altai, 1926)

  21. Subterranean Dwellers (Tangoo, 1928)

  22. Light In The Desert (Gantok, 1928)

  23. Gods Of Kuluta (Naggar, 1929)

  24. King Solomon (Talai-Pho-Brang, 1928)

  25. The Great Mother (Talai-Pho-Brang, 1928)

  26. Joy Of Creation (New York, 1929)

  27. Guru  -  The Teacher