Agni Yoga is a synthesis of all yoga paths, particularly Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Raja Yoga. Agni is the Sanskrit word for Fire, the Creative Fire of the Cosmos, the Fire that is seen in varying degrees at the foundation of all Yogas. As such, it is the Yoga of the coming Fiery Epoch which has been predicted in all the ancient Hindu scriptures. Agni Yoga is also referred to as the Teaching of The Maitreya, the next World Teacher, and the Teaching of the Heart, as it is the Heart Center which is the repository of this Fiery Synthesis of Yogas.
Agni Yoga is a fiery baptism; an ancient Yoga which is brought in periodically in a new form to conform with present world conditions. It deals with the highest fiery transmutations of all centers through continuous lifetimes of spiritual achievement. This achievement must be attained during everyday life through service to others using a self-imposed discipline which is externally imperceptible.
The pan-Yoga nature of Agni Yoga is rooted in the Teaching of Kalachakra (The Wheel of Time), a Teaching which constructively unites many domains of Spiritual Knowledge and is ascribed to the various Lords of Shambhala. An example of the futuristic nature of Agni Yoga is found in its teaching of the concept of Infinity. Infinity, formerly avoided by Great Teachers as the “Great Unutterable,” is included in the Teaching of Agni Yoga “because it exists and because it is terrifying if it is not at least cognized.”
Agni Yoga was brought into this world in 1924 by Mme. Helena Roerich who, with her husband, Prof. Nicholas Roerich, labored tirelessly in the name of Culture for the common good of all humanity.
Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947), the renowned Russian artist, left over 7,000 painting which is in Museums all over the world. He wrote the libretto and did the sets for the original production of “Le Sacre de Printemps” and instituted the “Master Institute for the Arts” in New York City. He also created and promulgated the “Roerich Pact and Banner of Peace” which was signed into law by Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt on April 15, 1935, and which earned Roerich a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. It is a treaty for the protection of the creative works of humankind during times of war.
Mme. Helena Roerich’s (? – 1955) writings have long championed the cause of Woman and the valuable achievements of the Feminine Principle in life. She sees the new Era as the Age of Woman, so needed to restore a lost balance to this planet. Her metaphysical works pick up where her compatriot, Mme. H. P. Blavatsky, left off and include two volumes of letters, which are commentaries on the Teaching of Agni Yoga, and various untranslated manuscripts which are now in the process of development.
Excerpt of Joshua David Stone’s excellent Hidden Mysteries section The Sacred Paths of Yoga:
[…] Theosophical literature has designated Agni Yoga, or Fire Yoga, as the yoga of the next coming root race. […] Agni Yoga was made famous by Nicolas Roerich who in this century channeled a whole series of books on the subject from Ascended Masters El Morya. I would guide anyone who is interested in this yoga to those books. The teachings were dispensation much like those Madam Blavatsky, and Alice Bailey channeled, except that they are probably more of the first ray than the second ray, since El Morya is the Chohan of the first ray [1st ray: blue stands for faith, strength, might, protection and the will of God].