Roerich devoted his whole life to the search for an ideal world, studying the beauty of the Universe through sacred treatises of various beliefs. The monks of Tibet, India and Asia became his teachers.
After spending several decades in search of a higher mind, he makes sketches on the relationship of man with the cosmic, with the sky and the whole world as a whole. One of his manic ideas was the search for Shambhala. According to the beliefs of Tibetan monks, this place means paradise, which not everyone can reach. Only overcoming difficulties can one become a hero who has fallen into heaven.
Roerich strove to pass on his knowledge to his people, who were in decline during the era of the authoritarian regime of Stalin. Subjected to severe persecution, he began to develop reforms among narrow people who were devoted to the teachings of the Roerich movement.
The picture expresses a love for the Tibetan mountains, which he observed more than one year. According to one legend, it is high up in the mountains that the secret country of Shambhala is located, where all the secrets of Genesis are collected. This is the highest point of proximity to the higher Mind. According to the teachings of Tibetan monks, only a “pure and spiritually enlightened” person who does not know “fear and reproach” can achieve. On the canvas you can see that below in the light of the city the figure of a person looking into the distance, into the unknown, is illuminated, realizing the infinity of this world and its knowledge.
Many shades of blue are mixed in the sky, which recreates outer space, revealing unknown faces. The city here represents the earthly world, while man sits in the middle, in a transitional state of mind. Striving for the highest, the light of buildings pulls him back to his relatives and friends. Different nations, symbolizes a shooting star in its own way. For some, a star is a symbol of the soul of ancestors, which fell and was reborn on Earth. For others - a sign of hope, success and good luck. The seated figure only reminds that it is up to the person to decide how to interpret the symbol. To be a part of something in common or to remain sitting on a stone in thought.
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