Anastasia goes to bed at one of her shelters as soon as it gets
dark. More often she spends a night in her den. When it is warm she
sleeps outside right on the grass. The first thing that she does on
awakening is the rising sun salutation which is exceptionally
joyous. Then she welcomes newly born sprouts and shoots which are
appearing on the branches and coming out from the ground.
touches them with her hands, sometimes fixing something.
runs up to small trees and claps and taps on their trunks, producing
a wonderful shower of pollen. These are mixed with early morning dew
which falls on her from the shaking crowns of the trees. After that
she lies down on grass and for about five minutes stretches and
twists herself in the state of blissful happiness.
All her skin gets
covered with a kind of moistening cream.
Then, having taken a run,
she jumps into a small lake where she splashes and dives.
The problems of food or clothes don't exist for her at all; most of
the time she is naked or half-naked. She lives on cedar nuts,
different kinds of herbs, berries and mushrooms. By the way, she
eats only dry mushrooms. She never bothers herself harvesting
mushrooms or nuts, or laying in store any kind of provision even for
The numerous squirrels living nearby take care of these
problems. It is not extraordinary or unnatural that squirrels make
their stocks for winter. It is instinctive behavior. I was
astonished by the fact that the squirrels which happen to be around,
on Anastasia's sign (snapping of her fingers), run right towards her
and racing one another try to jump on her stretched out hand and
give her a peeled kernel of nut.
When Anastasia slaps her bent knee, the squirrels produce a peculiar
sound, as if calling or informing their comrades. They start to
bring and put before her dry mushrooms and other provisions. They
are doing it with great joy. I thought that Anastasia was training
them, but she told me that their behavior was instinctive.
mother squirrel by doing it was teaching her children:
follow me, behave like me”.
“Maybe, they were trained by some of my ancestors long, long ago,
but to my mind, most likely, it is their predestination. Each
squirrel usually lays in store several times more than it could use
Anastasia commented on the behavior of her adorable
Answering my question, how she manages not to get frozen in winter
without proper clothes, Anastasia asked me,
“Don't you know any
examples which demonstrate the ability of a human body to withstand
cold without any clothes, in your world?”
I recalled a book titled Detka (a child), by
Porfiriy Ivanov, who
wore only shorts and was always barefooted in all seasons.
also relates that during the World War the fascists decided to test
his great endurance by pouring water over him. The outside
temperature was 20 degrees Celsius below zero and that after that
they drove him in a motorcycle. No need to say that the man was
In her childhood Anastasia was fed not only on her mother's breast
milk but also on the milk of different animals. They freely let her
suck their milk. She does not make any ritual out of the meals
procedure as she never sits down to eat. She merely picks a berry or
a plant sprout without interrupting herself from her main occupation
of whatever she is doing at that time.
By the end of my stay there I could not help changing my attitude
towards the woman, from what it was at the very beginning of our
meeting. After everything I had seen and learned, Anastasia had
turned into a different being but never a beast. Her intellect was
extremely superb. Sometimes it seemed to me that it was beyond the
understanding of an ordinary person.
In contrast to many well recognized personalities with extraordinary
abilities who surround themselves with a mysterious halo, assuming a
secretive look, Anastasia tried to explain the mechanics of her
abilities and proved that there was nothing mysterious or
supernatural about it or her. She always affirmed that she was a
human being, a woman.
She constantly reminded me about that again
and again, asking me to realize it.
I did try to realize it, doing
my best to find explanations for all those extraordinary phenomena.
A human mind in our civilized world is working in one direction:
using all possible and impossible ways to build one's mode of
living, to provide oneself and one's family with food and to satisfy
sexual instincts. Anastasia doesn't waste time bothering herself
with all this stuff.
The people who happen to get in a similar
situation, as the Lykovs family (above mentioned), for example, have
to watch constantly that their life supporting provisions, dwellings
and what not are taken care of. Mother Nature doesn't help them the
way it does in Anastasia's case. All kinds of native tribes living
apart of our civilized world, as far as I know, lack this kind of
contact and harmony with Nature.
Anastasia explains it as follows:
Their thoughts and intentions are not pure enough. Nature and the
animal world can feel it.
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