From Russia with Love

Seeking the Russian soul

The Cold War lasted from the end of WWII in 1945 until the peaceful dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. The two global superpowers, the USA and USSR, were played against one another like pieces on a chessboard by the real superpowers: the wealthy elite controllers who aspire to world domination.

As a young child in the USA, I was conditioned to fear the Soviets, a people I knew very little about.  I recall hiding under desks in school during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 because the USSR might launch a nuclear attack at any time. I wasn’t told that the Soviet missiles in Cuba were a response to American missiles in Turkey and the botched Bay of Pigs invasion.

Had a hot war broken out, I would have been compelled to fight and kill Soviets, or else be sent to prison. As it was, I was forcibly taxed to support a military industrial complex which relied heavily on the supposed Soviet threat to justify its massive drain on the economy, waste of human lives and natural resources, and pollution of the environment.

Although as a child I was taught to fear the Soviet state and the communist ideology, I couldn’t help but respect and admire individual Soviets I chanced to learn about: various athletes, chess players, writers, and even fictional characters such as the femme fatale in the 1963 James Bond film From Russia with Love.

The turning point in my attitude came when I saw One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch at a cinema in 1970. I was profoundly affected by the depth of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s portrayal of the Soviet gulag, upon which the film was based. This was my first real glimpse of the “Russian soul” referred to by Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Gogol, Turgenev and others. I felt such a resonance with this soul that I eventually decided to marry a Russian woman and live in the former Soviet Union, the elite’s divide-and-conquer propaganda notwithstanding.

What is the Russian soul? This excerpt from the article The Russian Soul and the Collapse of the West by Siberian author Sandy Krolick on Dmitry Olrov’s blog describes it well:

I am referring to the thoroughly mythologized Russian soul: a soul that in the mother tongue is feminine in gender — душа [dushá] — and, as such, is intimately connected with the mystery of Mother Earth. Recall Dostoevsky’s many references to the Russian soul as a reflection of the people’s unfailing and non-negotiable connection to the land from which life springs. There is a well-articulated and indestructible sentiment among our people that does not allow complete separation, physically or emotionally, from the land in which they were born and where they naturally survive and flourish. The Russian people have the greatest appreciation for, love of and attachment to their homeland and families, as well as to the broader ties of kinship these entail. They understand all of this to be intimately connected, as their language makes abundantly clear:

род [rod]: family, kind, sort, genus
родина [ródina]: homeland, motherland
родители [rodíteli]: parents
родить [rodít’]: to give birth
роднить [rodnít’]: to unite, bring together
родовой [rodovói]: ancestral, tribal
родство [rodstvó]: kinship

Over their history, Russians have had to endure the hardships and struggles of political turmoil and repeated invasion, and Siberians understand struggle as a given, as part of the cycle of life, death and nature. The normal conditions of existence here, whether in the city or the village, are not what we Americans would consider easy, convenient, or comfortable (although they are improving). Those who live here have preserved some age-old instincts in order to survive, and even to celebrate life in the midst of recurrent hardships and strife. The personal and cultural resolve that personifies this soul has been forged over generations of people facing down aggression, natural and political, then calmly and courageously returning to their roots and rebuilding their lives upon an archaic foundation in which they never lost faith. It is impossible to understand the depth and mystery of this soul separately from its rootedness in the simplicity of the Russian peasantry and the inviolability of the Russian soil. There is an earthly sensuousness that infuses the Russian experience; this culture remains drenched in the primacy of the body and the natural world that nourishes it. This autochthonous connection to the land—the Siberian’s more elemental experience of life in wilder, mysterious nature—may still be capable of influencing the future trajectory of both the new Russia and Western civilization.

The Russian soul understands itself as an integral part of Nature, which is itself an expression of divinity — always to be appreciated and celebrated regardless of hardships and misfortunes.

In contrast, Western culture sees Nature impersonally, as a resource to be exploited. Nature is the accidental result of random chemical combinations and the principle of “survival of the fittest” governs evolution and justifies social aggression and exploitation  a kind of social Darwinism.  Thus Western culture elevates individuals and rewards the victors of competitive struggles, encouraging narcissism and elitism.

The Eastern view is that Nature is a remarkable display of cooperation, a dynamic balance of elaborate cycles and rhythms, a web of interconnected life that demonstrates amazing properties of resilience and adaptability while exhibiting magnificent beauty.  Correspondingly, Eastern society is more cohesive than Western society; individuals are tightly woven into the social fabric.

The Russian soul offers hope to the world as the West collapses. Ancient Russian culture offers a bridge between Eastern and Western culture, melding the best of both in balance. It balances individual sovereignty with social cohesion. It considers individual Man to be an integral part of Nature but also having a special place at the pinnacle of creation, being made in the image of the Creator.

The famous American healer Edgar Cayce prophesied:

… for changes are coming, this may be sure — an evolution, or revolution in the ideas of religious thought. The basis of it for the world will eventually come out of Russia; not communism, no! But rather that which is the basis of the same, as the Christ taught — His kind of communism! (1930, No. 452-6)

In Russia there comes the hope of the world, not as that sometimes termed of the communistic, or Bolshevik, no; but freedom, freedom! That each man will live for his fellow man! The principle has been born. It will take years for it to be crystallized, but out of Russia comes again the hope of the world.” (1944, No. 3976-29)

Wisdom born of hardship

Russians have endured one hardship after another. Tens of millions died unnatural deaths under communism during the last century, most during Stalin’s reign of terror. Then, after having peacefully rejected communism, they suffered economic collapse during a decade of predatory capitalism in the 1990’s. Both the communist and capitalist eras were engineered by the elite as part of their thousand year war against Russia. Both ideologies were cleverly crafted to centralize power and repress individual sovereignty while claiming to promote freedom and prosperity.

This brilliant music video tells the somewhat tragic and futile story of 20th century Russia, using the video game Tetris  the first video game exported from the USSR and one of the most popular video games ever  as a metaphor. Russians are wiser now, having paid for their wisdom with great hardship. They won’t be fooled again.

The Soviet Union was a creation of the elite beginning with support of Marx and Engels, Lenin and Trotsky, the financing of the Russian Revolution and Wall Street support of Stalin’s five year plans, which otherwise would have failed as they eventually did anyway.

When disillusioned Russians finally threw off communism in 1991, the elite enticed them with promises from the opposite side of the ideological spectrum but intended to rob them of their national treasures and their freedom. In the chaotic aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russians were forced to sell their share of Soviet infrastructure to oligarchs for a pittance, desperate to feed themselves. This massive theft was accomplished with the help of a team of “advisers” from Harvard University, hand-picked by Larry Summers, that provided legitimacy to the privatization scheme which Russians preferred to call “mafia-ization“.  The financial backing for this heist came in part from the Rothschilds.

The elite seek global domination, and Russia is their greatest remaining obstacle. They thought Russia was defeated by the end of the 20th century, no longer even useful as a bogeyman to justify expansion of the American military-industrial complex. So they began subverting the remnants of the Soviet Union with color revolutions while promoting their global War on Terror.

Vladimir Putin's teary-eyed victory speech

But they didn’t count on the Russian soul and Vladimir Putin. Putin drove out the elite-backed oligarchs, saving his country from Western domination and exploitation. The Russian Constitution required that Putin step down after two terms as president in 2008, but after serving as Prime Minister for a term he was recently re-elected President, despite Western attempts to foment a “White Revolution”. Webster Tarpley recently said to Alex Jones: “The fact that Putin has been re-elected, I must say, is the best thing that’s happened in the world in quite a while.”

In his recent victory speech a teary-eyed Putin expressed heartfelt devotion to his motherland, emphasizing Russia’s determination to resist external attempts to usurp its independence. He used the word ródina, which can be rendered as homeland, but the word is feminine and so is better translated as motherland. The country name Russia (Rossíya) is also feminine. This feminine emphasis reflects the great appreciation traditional Russians feel toward the land from which life springs and is nurtured: their gardens and forests, their villages and Mother Russia itself.

Russians celebrate the cycles of Mother Nature with holidays and rituals throughout the year. Recently, they celebrated Maslenitsa, or the Sun festival marking the imminent end of winter, with large hot round pancakes symbolizing the Sun. Part of the cultural warfare waged against Russia has been to belittle mystical respect for the divine manifestation that is Nature, labeling their cultural practices and philosophies as paganism.

The rebirth of ancient Russian culture — Anastasia

Artist's depiction of Anastasia and her son

I believe the revolution Cayce spoke of has already begun, in the form of a movement inspired by a series of books known as the Ringing Cedars of Russia which have become some of the best selling books ever written in the Russian language solely by word of mouth. They chronicle the interactions between entrepreneur Vladimir Megré and Anastasia, a recluse living in the Siberian wilderness. Since few people have met Anastasia, and since she possesses some extraordinary abilities, many doubt her reality. But no one can doubt the enormous impact the books have had on Russia and beyond. Many inspired by the books claim that it doesn’t really matter to them whether the books are fictional or not — it is the message that counts, and that message has inspired thousands to write poetry, compose music and paint, who have not been inclined to do so before. In short, the Russian soul has been stirred.

According to the Anastasia, tens of thousands of years ago there was an advanced and thriving global civilization that eventually fell into decline. History has been rewritten to obscure the origins of humanity and repress knowledge that could restore freedom and prosperity to our planet. This ancient civilization persisted longest in areas in and around Russia, until about a thousand years ago when the elite succeeded in conquering it through various agents and means. But the remnants of this civilization have survived intact in remote Siberia.

The ancient Russian civilization was named Ved-Rus or Vedruss, and was contemporary with and related to the ancient Indian Vedic civilization. Ved means knowledge or wisdom in both the Russian and Sanskrit languages. The Vedic scriptures of India are some of the oldest spiritual texts in the world, and they describe an advanced civilization including spacecraft and nuclear weapons. Rus is the root of Russia, which the editor of the English translation of the Ringing Cedars books, Leonid Sharashkin, translates as “seeding the light”. Likewise, Vedruss could be rendered as “knowers of the light” in the spiritual sense.

Much evidence has surfaced about ancient civilizations, but instead of examining it here let us simply ask ourselves why it is that we know of developed civilizations in Egypt, Greece, Rome, Persia, China, Central and South America and elsewhere dating back thousands of years, yet know very little about Russia before a thousand years ago. How could there be nothing but primitive peasants in such a vast territory, covering nine time zones? Even Russians themselves know very little about their own roots and have been taught to feel ashamed of them and to emulate instead Western culture.

When the ancient Vedruss civilization finally began to fall  and Anastasia claims that the fall began with essentially a false flag operation  a remnant hid in the vastness of Siberia, where it was preserved. But even in European Russia and elsewhere, fragments of the old culture survived in various rituals and traditions, even if their full meaning was obscured. The Church could not completely eliminate pagan rituals, but instead cleverly merged them with ostensibly similar Christian rituals. For example, Maslenitsa is now coordinated with the beginning of the Christian season of Lent, which ends with Easter, when the Christian celebration of Christ’s resurrection is merged with pagan celebrations of the rebirth of Nature and fertility (as symbolized by the Easter Bunny). The name Anastasia means “resurrection” or “breaker of chains”; it is fitting that the resurrection of ancient Vedruss culture and the freeing of modern Russia from the ideological chains imposed by the Western elite are being identified with a woman of this name.

The rise of the dachniks

The ancient Vedruss civilization was characterized by its relationship to the land. There was such prosperity and abundance built on a harmonious relationship with Nature that they felt no need to build giant stone structures like the Egyptians and others did, and did not develop Nature-destroying technology as the legendary Atlanteans may have done and as Western civilization has more recently done. Indeed, Western civilization may best be described as a soulless, unnatural technocracy, where in the name of efficiency power is centralized, freedoms are lost, most people are impoverished, and the natural world is depleted and ruined.

The spiritual basis of the Vedruss civilization is essentially the same as the Judeo-Christian basis: the Creator made Man perfectly in His image to dwell in a natural paradise, designed to meet all of Man’s needs with minimal toil as in the Garden of Eden. The Creator held nothing back, giving Man free will so that he is a fully endowed child of God, a creator in his own right. But this gift allows Man the option of turning paradise into hell if he so chooses. It seems that Man has made such a choice, and that humanity is plunging toward self-destruction, taking the natural world down with him. God, like any good father, hopes that His children will yet choose to reverse their course and fulfill the destiny he intends for them: that they become god-like creators in their own right, while living in peace with each other and in harmony with the natural world.

These concepts are not new, but how can mankind actually change course? Apparently, spiritual teachings and religions are not enough  many variations of these have existed for thousands of years. What is needed is a practical effective strategy, and Anastasia has provided that.

The foundation of her strategy has been to work with Russian dachniks, those who lovingly tend their family garden plots. The plots are small enough (typically 800 square meters) so that modern large-scale agricultural techniques are impractical. Dachniks rely mostly on their hands and light tools and equipment. So many Russians tend family garden plots that their combined agricultural output surpasses the entire agricultural output of big agribusiness, and even surpasses the economic output of the oil and gas sector in their country.

With their hearts already in the right place, Anastasia has been reawakening in the dachniks the ancient knowledge that brings about incredible abundance with minimal toil. Nature is meant to serve Man, and does so with ease when Man understands the language of Nature and treats her with love and respect. Food grown on such a dacha is not only delicious and nutritional, but actually healing for the specific conditions of the dachnik who tends it. No artificial chemicals are needed, neither insecticides nor fertilizers, and no dangerous GMO. With the right combinations of plants  especially trees  the soil can fertilize and replenish itself just as it does in the absence of human cultivation.

Man is meant to be the sovereign steward of his family territory, and Nature is designed to support this divine intent. All that is needed is bring societal laws into alignment with this principle. There is a growing movement in Russia to introduce laws mandating that each family be granted their own piece of motherland in perpetuity as long as the land is cultivated by the family and its descendents, and never to be sold. The optimal size of such a family homestead or kin domain (reminiscent of kingdom) is one hectare (100 meters on a side). And the domain and its agricultural produce must never be taxed by the state.

Inspired by Anastasia, there are already many eco-villages (such as Kovcheg) springing up across Russia and around the world, and July 23 (Vladimir Megré’s birthday) is celebrated as Dachnik Day in some cities — in time it may become a national holiday. And there are initiatives to plant trees throughout existing cities to help restore air and water.

Anastasia has a vision that one day, Russia will become so pure again that eco-tourists will flock to it from around the world to experience healthy food, water, air and a peaceful and free culture, and Russians will export valuable organic produce, medicinal herbs, and highly potent Siberian cedar nut oil.

In this vision, Russians will become so wealthy that they will be able to buy up destructive Western corporations and dismantle them. The mechanism for national initiatives like this will be that politicians will put forward proposals and sovereign Russians will each decide which ones they will contribute to. Politicians themselves will be required to have their own productive kin domains, so that they will act out of love for their motherland.

According to Anastasia, a kin domain can produce virtually all that a family needs, including excess to trade for whatever can not be produced locally. The few projects which might require the cooperative effort of a community of domains such as a water supply or a school, would be overseen by a small administrative staff that simply executes the will of the community. This is decentralized society at its best — there is little need for large scale governments and corporations, thus avoiding excessive concentration of power which tends to attract the few among us with a psychopathic drive to dominate others.

A kin domain or family homestead

Trees are a vital part of a kin domain, playing several essential roles, not least of which is to protect vegetable plants and herbs from wind and pests and to help fertilize the soil. They also serve to collect energy and deliver oxygen and nutritious and healing pollens into the air. Every family domain should begin with the planting of a family tree, perhaps an oak or cedar that will live for hundreds of years, to be admired by many generations of descendents and bind them together. Incidentally, the Druids, who also knew the secrets of Nature, naturally revered trees.

Spiritually, Man finds great purpose and meaning in creating a homestead for his family and descendents, in cooperation with Nature. Anastasia says that Man’s highest purpose is to co-create a “Space of Love” with God, and to enjoy the fruits of this creation. Once Man masters this inherent creative ability, he will be ready to go out into the universe to seed love everywhere.

Another vital part of Anastia’s strategy is proper child-rearing and education, beginning with conception, pregnancy and birth taking place on the kin domain. The newborn infant is immediately put into contact with Nature, which is alive and more complex than any technological device will ever be. Children must always be respected, asked questions, and given choices. With this approach, children naturally develop phenomenal abilities. She has influenced a remarkable school in southern Russia near the Black Sea founded by Academician Shchetinin and sanctioned by the Russian government, where children build their own school buildings and cover the standard Russian school curriculum in just two years.

Russia is leading the way because her people have preserved and revived ancient wisdom and have remained very close to Nature, despite elite interference. They have a relatively small population in a vast territory with abundant natural resources; for example, twenty-five percent of the worlds forests are in Russia. But there are people and communities throughout the world that have independently preserved or revived ancient wisdom and are also contributing to a paradigm shift for humanity. The best example I’ve found in America is the Back to Eden movement.

An American dachnik

Paul Gautschi eats four of these beautiful apples each day year round using no chemical pesticides or fertilizers

Paul Gautschi has created a virtual Garden of Eden on the Olympic peninsula of Washington state. He’s discovered some of the same techniques as the Russian dachniks, and also fully grasps the spiritual aspects of Eden. You can hear it in his voice and see it in his face in the documentary film Back to Eden. His land generates amazing abundance with little toil and lots of love. One of his techniques is to never leave bare soil exposed. The Earth must be kept covered as if it were an animal with skin or a tree with bark.

America has had some great visionaries who have understood the most important principles of life. John Muir, Henry David Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson come to mind.

Emerson believed that divinity diffuses all Nature, and speaks to the notion that we can only understand reality through studying Nature. He promoted a philosophy of individuality, freedom and self-reliance. Thoreau read one of Emerson’s essays while studying at Harvard, and was so influenced that he later wrote the great study of natural economy Walden while living in a self-built cabin on land owned by Emerson.

John Muir, an early advocate of the preservation of wilderness believed that Eden was not a lost legend:

I used to envy the father of our race, dwelling as he did in contact with the new-made fields and plants of Eden; but I do so no more, because I have discovered that I also live in “creation’s dawn.” The morning stars still sing together, and the world, not yet half made, becomes more beautiful every day.

Unfortunately, the wisdom of these men has not yet taken root in the national consciousness of America, although it lives in some American individuals like Paul Gautschi and in some communities like those of the Amish. For the most part, America has become a nation of hustlers, according to author Morris Berman in this interview by former Goldman Sachs director Nomi Prins:

It is not just the American Dream that has failed, but America itself, because the dream was a mistake in the first place. We are at our core a nation of hustlers; not recently, not sometimes, but always.

In the final days of the American Empire, its hustlers have turned on each other as their dream morphs into a nightmare, while the rest of the world disengages from its hegemony and its fiat petrodollar, lead by the BRICS countries: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Leonid Sharashkin, in a talk given to the 2008 Nexus conference in Australia, compared the American and Russian cultural mindsets with this revealing anecdote:

The word dacha (garden) in the Russian language today derives from the verb “to give”. Compare it with the term “farm” in the English language which derives from the verb “to take”. It does! So just think about this way of looking at the world. These are two different civilizations and two different mindsets and worldviews.

I remember seeing at one of our University events, one day there was a field day when people could come to a research farm at the University of Missouri and discover where there food is coming from. And there was a special tent for kids where children could play in some farm machinery or simple farm equipment to see how the food is being produced. And there was a manual corn grinder. They were pouring the corn and children could turn the handle and get some corn meal to take home. And there was a red-haired boy — probably seven, not more than seven years of age — who really enjoyed it and spent like fifteen minutes there until the receptacle for the corn meal was filled to the brim. And the person who was supervising the exhibit and who was in charge of conveying to children the truth about where their food is coming from said, “Oh, great, you made it; now what can you do with all this cornmeal?” thinking that the answer would be “cornbread” or something like that. The boy was puzzled  a bit like that [sighs and wipes his brow]  and then he came up with an answer: “Sell it!”. You know, in our society a boy of seven years knows that agriculture and your connection with the land is nothing but a way of making money. What else could it be?

Well, I have another story to tell you from Russia. I was returning to my homestead in the eco-village … in the town of Vladimir and I gave a ride to a local woman who lived not far away from our place. And it was just a couple of miles drive and I decided to take her home because she was carrying two larger sacks. I took her to her home and she asked me whether I had apples. I said, “Well, I have a pregnant wife at home and a small child and so I have very good consumers of apples and apple juice so I would like to have some.” And literally she went into her house and invited me to step in. And she started to load a fifty kilogram sack — about like that [shows size of the sack] — with apples. And she loaded it! I felt really uncomfortable receiving such a gift for taking her two kilometers out of my way. And I took out some money to offer her. And she lives alone; she’s elderly. And I could tell that she could use every single ruble I was handing out to her in my hand. And she was so offended. She said, “No! God forbid! This is not for money. This is just for you and your family. No, no, this is not about money.”

You know, the two different civilizations, the two different cultures: in America every small boy knows about getting the most of the income from the Earth and in Russia still there is this ancient reverence for the Earth and that what was provided for free to us should not be exchanged for money.

Paul Gautschi is a true dachnik, a giver  he has never sold the abundance of his land, only given it freely as he has received it. If only more Americans would follow his example and wake up from their American Dream turned Nightmare and go back to Eden, the Dream of the Creator…

1 comment to From Russia with Love

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