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The conference “Problems of Russian Cosmism” was opened in the Museum named after Nicholas Roerich of the International Centre of the Roerichs

On October 9, 2013 the halls of the Museum named after Nicholas Roerich were opened for participants of the International scientific and public conference “Problems of Russian Cosmism”. Scientists and public activists from Russia and abroad took part in the forum.

Conference organizer: the International Centre of the Roerichs. Со-organizers: Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Russian Academy of Cosmonautics named after К.E. Tsiolkovsky, Russian Philosophical Society, Institute for the History of Science and Technology named after S.I. Vavilov, Russian Academy of Sciences, International League for the Protection of Culture, Charitable Foundation named after Helena Roerich, Master-Bank, with the support of the Information Centre UNO in Moscow, “Culture and Time” magazine, TH “Biblio-Globus”, “The New Newspaper”.

Prof. Alexey V. Postnikov, President of the International Centre of the Roerichs, Academician of the International Academy of the History of Science (Paris), Honoured Scientist of Russia, Doctor of Sciences, addressed the participants of the event with greetings. He expressed his expectations that the conference would expose the most topical aspects in the field of Russian Cosmism research.

Dr. Alexander P. Losyukov, President of the International Roerich Heritage Preservation Committee, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador, noted that the phenomenon of Cosmism served as a messenger of the New Era which put the mankind on the new stage of its development. He emphasized that Helena and Nicholas Roerichs hold a special place among Russian cosmists and their ideas connected with protection of Culture were getting more and more popular in the modern world as a counterbalance to spiritual impoverishment.


On behalf of their organizations the Conference was greeted by:

Academician E.P. Chelyshev, full member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, member of presidium, co-chairperson of the Scientific Council of the Russian Academy of Sciences;

Dr. A.V. Fedotov, Director, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski Center for Oriental Languages and Cultures;

Dr. B.N. Kantemirov, vice-president of the Russian Academy of Cosmonautics named after К.E. Tsiolkovsky;

Prof. G.N. Fursey, vice-president of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, president of the International League for the Protection of Culture; J.K. Nurmanova, senior secretary Eurasian National State university named after L.N. Gumilev (Astana); Prof. G.N. Mezentsev, a representative of the Russian Philosophical Society; Mrs A.N. Korotaeva, deputy academic secretary of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Arts named after A.N. Korotaev; Dr. V.V. Ploskih, representative of Kyrgyzstan National Academy of Sciences.

Numerous greetings addressed to the Conference were received. Some of them were read out by the members of the organizing committee:

"...UNESCO pays great attention to the issues connected with the popularization of culture and its recognition as a strategic development resource facilitating the realization of human and spiritual potential of the modern society"

Dendev Badarch, Director UNESCO Bureau in Moscow

"...The central ideas of the Russian Cosmism are unity and integrity of all levels of Being, evolutionary orientation of the world and human beings development, the leading role of the best future ideals for the spiritual evolution of the mankind. The problem of the evolution of the Universe is directly connected with the problem of a perfect being upbringing, renewal of educational systems, since only a person who develops himself spiritually and ethically could be able to take responsibility for the future of our planet and bring the world to the new phase of development"

E.G. Drapeko, First Deputy Chairman of Committee on Culture of the State Duma

"The International Centre of the Roerichs continues traditions laid by cosmists. Its staff do a lot to study philosophy of cosmism, especially those ideas which were included in the Roerichs' world perception. I wish the participants of the conference fruitful work and further progress on the way of modern science and philosophy studies in which cosmism is becoming more topical form of the world understanding"

Academician V.A. Chereshnev, Chair of the Committee on Science and High Technologies of the State Duma

Working part of the conference started with the report by L.V. Shaposhnikova, First vice-president of the ICR, Director General of the Museum named after Nicholas Roerich. She congratulated the participants with the 139th anniversary of Nicholas Roerich and spoke on the joyful event for the Museum coworkers and friends – purchase of a new painting “Message of Shambala” for its collection. The painting was a part of G. Roerich collection. In her report “Cosmism of Silver Age of Russia” Ms Shaposhnikova reminded about the main cosmic law - “The Higher leads the lower on the way of cosmic evolution” - and illustrated it on the example of seven outstanding persons whom she called “cultural heroes”. They were philosophers, creators, high-educated persons of independent way of thinking – V.S. Solovyev, A.N. Scryabin, M.K. Churlionis, K.E Tsiolcovsky, A.L. Tchizhevsky, E.I. Roerich and N.K. Roerich.

The morning and evening sessions were continued with the reports of well-known scientists and experts working in the field of the philosophy of Russian cosmism.

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