WHO ARE THEY?
Later on after I had spent three days in her company, I understood
something about her way of life. At the same time some vexing
questions occurred to me concerning our own way of life. Especially
one question, which stayed in my mind relentlessly.
“Well”, I thought to myself, we have created a vast and complicated
Being guided by the system, we are teaching our
children and one another: at kindergartens, schools, colleges and
postgraduate study. This system gives us an opportunity to create,
invent, fly to the cosmos and investigate. On following the system,
we are, accordingly, creating our way of life. We are striving to
get to know the cosmos, the atom, and all kinds of abnormal
phenomena which we enjoy discussing and describing in sensational
articles and popular science publications.
Yet there is one
phenomenon which, somehow, we are trying to evade. It looks as if we
are afraid to speak about it. Maybe, we are afraid to do it simply
because, it can easily break our system of education and scientific
conclusions. Because it laughs at the objective reality of our
existence. We are trying hard to pretend that this phenomenon does
Though it does and will exist, no matter how hard we try
to ignore it by turning our backs or trying to bypass it. Isn't it
high time to take a closer and more attentive look at it. Who knows,
maybe, by joining the efforts of the human mind as a whole, we'll
manage to answer the question:
Why have all, without exception,
great thinkers of all times who have created different religious
teachings, before creating these teachings had to go away from the
civilized life to forests or deserts and live as hermits?
"Put a mind to it, please, - they did not go to a | world famous
library or a super academy, ---just to a forest! Now the great
majority of humankind follows or tries to follow these teachings.
Why did Moses from the Old Testament go to Mount Sinai to write the
famous Ten Commandments.
Why did Jesus Christ seclude himself even from his disciples, when
he left for the desert?
Why did Siddhartha Gautama (later on they started to call him
Buddha), the man who lived in India in the middle of the 6-th
century B. C., seclude himself in a forest for seven years and after
that came out and brought to the people his great Teaching? Hence it
became stimulating, opening and extending human minds and is known
Or why not take our close predecessors who lived not long ago,
prominent historical personalities: Serafim Sarovskey or Serge
They also went to a forest and shortly after that they managed to
perceive such depths of universal wisdom that the mundane Tsars had
to take the impassable roads just to get a piece of good advice from
After a while at the place of their hermitages people constructed
cloisters and majestic cathedrals. For example,
the Troyitse-Serguievskaya Lavra in the city of Sergiev Posad in the
Moscow region keeps attracting throngs of people. Can you believe it
that everything had started just from a hermit?!
Why? What or who was helping those people to get wisdom, giving them
knowledge and pushing them closer to comprehension on the essence of
existence? How did they live there? What were they doing? What were
they thinking about staying alone, far away from human society?”
These questions continued to bother me like an obsession soon after
my contact with Anastasia.
Therefore after I left the forest, I
started to read everything I could find about hermits, though I have
failed to get any answer. Strange as it may seem, nothing is
available about their lives as hermits.
This is my story, but now I am trying my best to describe the events
of my three days stay in the forest at Anastasia's. I am describing
my feelings and impressions which were influenced by my
communication with her since I hope that some of my readers will
manage to comprehend the essence of this phenomenon.
Right now, after having drawn a bottom line under everything I had
seen and heard, one thing is beyond any doubt. The people who are
living a lonely life in the forest, as hermits, including Anastasia,
can see everything which is taking place in our everyday life from
an absolutely different perspective.
Some of her notions and affirmations are diametrically opposed to
those which we call “universally acknowledged” ones. Who is closer
to the truth? Who can be a judge? My duty is just to describe
everything exactly the way I had seen and heard it. By doing so I
hope to give an opportunity to others to determine the answers on
Anastasia lives in the forest absolutely all by herself. She does
not have any dwelling, she hardly wears any clothes and does not
store any food to nourish herself. She is a descendant of those who
have been living there for thousands and thousands of years and it
looks like a different civilization. Anastasia was born there and is
an inseparable part of Mother Nature.
The phenomenon which looks extraordinary at first sight (remember,
when I was overwhelmed by strong fears while I was trying to take
possession of Anastasia and lost my consciousness) happens becomes
very simple later on. For instance, a man tames a cat, a dog, an
elephant, a tiger, an eagle and what not. In this particular case
EVERYTHING around is tamed.
And this “EVERYTHING” can't allow
anything bad to happen to her.
Anastasia told me that when she was
quite a little baby her mother could leave her all by herself just
on grass under a tree.
“Why didn't you die of starvation?" I asked.
The response was just a
snap of her fingers. A squirrel appeared by her side and jumped
right on her hand. Anastasia moved her hand with the animal close to
her mouth and the squirrel passed a kernel of a cedar nut from its
mouth right into Anastasia's.
I did not take it as a miracle,
because I remembered that in Novosibirsk Academy Township I saw a
lot of squirrels. They are not afraid of people and even beg food
from passers by, moreover they even get angry when they are not
treated. Though in this case I had an opportunity to watch a
radically opposite process.
We know of numerous cases from fiction, press and TV programs in
which babies were brought up by wild animals like wolves, for
In this particular case we can see that generation after
generation are living permanently in close contact with Mother
Nature and their relationship with the wild world differs from ours
or any other known native tribes on Earth.
“Why don't you feel cold while I need to wear a jacket?” I asked
“Because”, she answered, "the people who are covering themselves
with clothes, hiding themselves from heat and cold in shelters
eventually lose more and more of their abilities to adapt to
environmental fluctuations. I have not lost this ability, that's why
I don't need much clothing”.
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