Roza and Margarita Riaikkenen
The coauthors of the book, Roza and Margarita Riaikkenen, are a mother and daughter team.
Roza was born in Lithuania, in 1938. She survived the Holocaust at a very young age, saved by a Lithuanian family, and was later reunited with her biological family. Roza's daughter, Margarita, was born in Moscow in 1962. They immigrated in Australia in 1995. Together, they have raised Margarita's four children.
Both authors have a background in science and arts. Roza has PhD in technical sciences from Moscow State Forestry University and worked as a chief of a scientific laboratory making inventions, and publishing scientific books and articles. She also has a musical education and extensive experience as a music teacher. Margarita has a Master's degree in engineering from Moscow State Forestry University. She also completed various courses of study in parapsychology, spiritual midwifery, and commercial art. Margarita now works as an artist and photographer, member of Australian Guild of Realist Artists which unites the professional realist artists of Australia, and art organiser and coordinator. She received numerous awards as an artist and her photography works have been published in the Jewish News (Melbourne) newspaper.
Roza and Margarita both participated in the underground ecological and spiritual movement in the USSR and Russia and are long time students of spirituality. Synthesis of the wisdom of Russian mysticism, Eastern and Western esoteric thought, and discoveries of modern science, as well as a wealth of personal experience, provide the authors with a unique approach to describing the workings of the universe and a human being.
After immigrating to Melbourne, Australia in 1995, Roza and Margarita met Andrew Rooke, the National Secretary of the Australasian section of the Theosophical Society (Pasadena) and Chief Librarian of Monash health, the largest public health network in Victoria, Australia, who became their long term collaborator and editor of their books. Andrew holds a Master's degree in Library Science (thesis on libraries in Africa), and Honours degree in Arts (thesis on Buddhism in China). He was the inaugural Life Member of Heath Libraries Inc. for services rendered to the development of health libraries in Victoria, Australia.
In 2004 Roza and Margarita published their books The Laws of Life and The Return of the Prodigal Son (printed in one volume titled The Laws of Life) edited by Andrew Rooke.
Roza also was one of the authors of the book about the Lithuanian rescuers of Jewish children in the time of WWII, Hands Bringing Life and Bread, published (2009) by the Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum (Lithuania). Both authors also collaborate with the Jewish Holocaust Museum, Melbourne, over an anthology, The Point in Time.
Currently the authors collaborate with a number of spiritual societies internationally, by giving lectures and writing articles, participating in educational projects, and providing monthly online lessons of Agni Yoga from TRIUNE of Light, an Ashram of Synthesis, based in USA. The 45 members of Agni Yoga Study Group comprise advanced students of spirituality, healers and leaders of spiritual groups from USA, UK, South Africa, India, Chile, Poland, Egypt, Australia, and some other countries.
The authors also collaborate with the Parliament of the World Religions, a Global Interfaith Movement, and with the Charter of Compassion with more than two million members.
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