The Chintamani of the Roerichs: Tales of an extraterrestrial talisman: 11

11  Magnetism and magic

Barchenko probably also learned of the origin and purpose of the piece of the Chintamani stone concealed in the Temple, but his main interest in it would have related to its psi-properties which would have been relevant to his telepathy and mind-control experiments. From Constantin Ivanenko’s account of the Moscow story, it may be reasonable to conclude that in 1926 Barchenko may well have had a piece of the same or similar stone installed at his laboratory in Moscow, so that the guidance of the Masters of Shambhala could supposedly be channelled to members of the Soviet government. The Roerichs, and, from what is known of his work, also Barchenko, believed that the unique characteristics of iron meteorites, namely their magnetism and crystalline structure, were the basis by which these stones enabled psychic energy to be received, amplified and transmitted. The Armanty is not only this type of stone, it is the largest known meteorite in Asia, whose magnetism was said to be such that from a mile distant a compass could be used to find it. It is easy to imagine how intriguing this property would have proved to those who witnessed it, and how as a consequence seemingly outlandish possibilities might have been attributed to it. Many of the instruments Barchenko subsequently used experimentally to research the possibilities of ‘distant influence’ – the precursors of later so-called ‘psychotronic generators’ – were designed around magnets.
    Some years ago, there was said to exist a report from a British government official in the Soviet Union at the time, that while in his homeland, en route for the Altai in mid-1926, Roerich attended a meeting of parapsychologists where techniques of distant influence which might serve Communist revolutionary aims were discussed – precisely the aims of some of Barchenko’s experiments. This information is said to have come from an impeccable source, Sir John Sinclair, who was a leading British writer and teacher in the arcane tradition, and who had been researching Foreign Office archives containing despatches sent from British officials in the Soviet Union to the British government in London.
    The Roerichs, whose Stone was said by the artist to maintain a ‘magnetic connection’ with the main Chintamani stone lying in Shambhala, also employed the supposed psi-communication property of their talisman, but in their case to receive and channel communications from the spiritual Brotherhood, whose instructions they looked to for guidance on their endeavours and help in realising their aims on behalf of Shambhala. It seems they attributed to the Chintamani stone the capacity to act as a ‘receptor’ for the magnetism and other unseen energies of space, believing it could attune to changes in the ‘cosmic flux’ in such a way as to create the potential for the future transformation of planetary consciousness. In other words, it was believed that the successive epochs of evolution are prefigured in the cosmos, and the Roerichs, as initiates, could use the stones and their magnetic property as a medium for their esoteric work. According to the various prophecies they took account of, the Roerichs believed the transition to the next age was imminent, and that the year 1936 would herald significant events in the Buddhist world. Their aim with the Stone on their journey to Central Asia was to return with the talisman to its homeland of Mongolia, where, in communion with the powers of the parent Chintamani stone, it would become in some way ‘recharged’ or newly empowered. Conceivably in doing this, the Roerichs were enacting a kind of symbolic inauguration of what they called the ‘New Era’ – the new age of Shambhala. Ludmila Shaposhnikova, Director of the International Centre of the Roerichs in Moscow, being familiar with the teachings, and, as we are informed, having not long ago held the Stone in her hands and having reported experiencing the energy of its vibrations, writes as follows, according to the given translation, about the Roerichs’ mission to Central Asia and the function of the talisman and its magnetism:  ‘On route, Nicholas and Helena Roerich were to perform an important historical act – a rarest event to manifest once in several centuries. We talk about laying of magnet. Roerichs deemed that culture does not develop by itself, but has an impetus initiated by higher energy, higher reason. High cosmic energy has its own rhythm, which fills a magnet or a certain space. Contact with it conveys a sense of rhythm to the space, which further determines formation of a new type of culture. The Roerichs carried such a magnet, or the Treasure of the Angels. It was already mentioned fragment of a meteorite with high cosmic energy.’ 

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