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East in the Light of the West based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
In this book the author tries to show us that the wide spread spiritual movement Agni Yoga, with many followers especially in Russia, has a hidden agenda that works contrary to the development of spiritual freedom and democracy. To accomplish this end the author uses the means of extensive quoting from the works of Rudolf Steiner. This is the method the present author applies in all his works, including The case of Valentin Tomberg (see review). A problem is, however, that Rudolf Steiner did not say anything about either Tomberg or in this case Nikolai Roerich and his wife, who founded the Agni Yoga movement. Roerich, who also was a famous painter, is here said to have been a devout supporter of Lenin, believing that Lenin was a spiritual master sent from Tibet to alter the course of western history. This history, so the author believes, hinges on the development of a Steiner-influenced Germanic spirituality in Russia whereas the Agni Yoga of the Roerich's have more of an eastern inclination. Be that as it may, having lectured and taught Steiner Education all over Russia during the 90's I know from first hand experience that even Agni Yoga has students with both feet on the ground and that followers of the kind of spirituality that S. O. Prokofieff advocates are not always up to the standard that Russia needs today in order not to fall back to dogmatism, be it of a materialistic or a religious brand. The Roerich's presented a noble and dignified spiritual striving to the world at at time - and a place - when this was a dangerous if not heroic feat. It does not appear to me that the author in question posesses the faculties to see and honor the works of such great spirits. Rather I see a tendency in his books to appeal to unqualified jugdementalism and suspicion of the unknown, all supported on a foundation of a collage of discontextualized quotations from the works of Rudolf Steiner. This is unfortunate as Sergei O. Prokofieff is quite a productive scribe and has rendered quite a following in the Steiner movement. Outside of this movement, however, his works are hardly appreciated and a book like the one presently under review will rather estrange and alienate readers interested in today's spiritual currents, than evoke enthusiasm and action.