About The Egregore of Russia. Post One

BackCoverPortrait-TanikaA Note from the Author. My article about  the egregore of Russia became so long that I cut it into three posts – The Strange Problems of Russia,  Russia Problems Have Deep Roots in the Past, and Exhibition of Sergei Shchukin’s Art Collection in Paris. These posts are not the fruits of a scientific research, rather my deep, or not so deep thoughts about Russia, where I lived 55 years. Then I came to America, and soon noticed that American egregore, despite the opposing features, have some similarities how they impact people who had birthed them with their hopes, fears and lasting, repetitive thoughts and emotions.

The Strange Problems of Russia

LeninToday we are accustomed to scold all that the revolution of 1917 had brought us up to the discovery that it did not happen at all. Instead, on the October 25, 1917, (November 7 on the new calendar), Vladimir Lenin and Bolsheviks launched a bloodless coup d’état in Petrograd, at that time the capital of Russia. Lenin became the virtual dictator of the first Marxist state in the world. Instead of revolution, there was a devastating Civil War — Red Army fought against White Army (1918-1920), in which the Lenin’s false promise to give land to the peasants granted him victory. However, instead of receiving promised land, peasants were forced to join the kolkhozes, by giving up the land they had, sowing grain and cattle for free. Peasants, of course, did not want to surrender their livelihood – land, grain, cows and horses to kolkhozes. Aiming to brake peasants’ resistance, as well as overall low acceptance of Bolsheviks politics, the Red Terror filled fast the net of Siberian Gulags with inmates called “the people’s enemies.” The most known episodes of The Red Terror were ill-famous Volga Hunger and Ukrainian Holodomor that took millions and millions of human lives, mostly peasants lives. The total of victims caused by Bolshevik’s violence against their own people has not been properly calculated up to our days, although it is known that the bill went to tens of millions of Russian and Ukrainian people. It seemed that the devil himself was dancing a jig in the hearts of the Communists and their rulers! And by the 72nd anniversary of the victory in WWII, in Russia — The Great Patriotic War, was announced as big as 42 million casualties. (The 1950’s the statistic said the Soviet population was 180 million people) As Bulat Okudzhava, the writer, poet and popular bard once sang — “we need a victory, one for all, we’ll not falter to pay the bill” and, as people said, Zhukov spilled the beans, “Women ’ll birth the new ones!”

However, Bolsheviks, later called Communists, tried to transform the country as well — to implement the Lenin’s electrification plan, to build at river Dnieper the world’s largest hydroelectric power plant  Dnieprogez. They overfulfil their five-year plans, rocked the Stakhanov’s movement, industrialized the vast land, steel was melted in the Ural, the production of home-made tractors and durable heavy vehicles was a success story, and in the war the production of tractors was switched to production of war machines, tanks. Nikita Khrushchev exposed the Stalin’s cult of personality, Yuri Gagarin was sent to fly in the open cosmos, and, finally, building of cheap housing was started to get people out of nightmarish communal apartments; Moscow clean and gorgeous subway and airports were built, home-made airplanes started establish airways and ever-roaming Soviet people switched from trains to airplanes saving time while crossing Soviet space from Baltic sea to Pacific Ocean. The nuclear armament was built and terrible tests of atomic bombs were conducted, and soon there were enough of those to destruct the mankind multiple times. But despite all the enormous sacrifices and unthinkable efforts to drag Russia from its pastoral past into modern times the people did not start to live better, the depressive control and pressure of disliked Marxist ideology broke the souls. Painful fear sat in blood and indescribable horror, the trace of the Red Terror, was poisoning the subconscious mind. The peasants who were not allowed to become farmers, rushed from the villages to the cities where they could find jobs, but discovered soon enough that there was terrible shortage of everything, housing, cars basic foods. And exhausted at work people stood hours in line to buy piece of bread and milk, and there were never enough meat or veggies, and no fruits… When the “iron curtain” of this giant country started to crumble, and some trips abroad became available (under the control of local Communist Party committees, who checked, if an applicant was trustworthy to travel abroad), the fairytale pictures of Western ways of daily life shocked the imagination of the Soviet people to the extent that it became a death sentence to the Marxist ideology, the totalitarian regime and to the Soviet Union – that topped it all!

Here are two photos: – “Yesterday” and “Today”.

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The pre-revolutionary photo shows the picturesque poverty of a village in tsarist Russia. The second modern day photo shows that about hundred years later, the Russian village still looks the same. The modernization had not touched it. The only difference is lack of people. There are no people! Once populated village is now empty! We see only a lonely lovely lady waiting that God will take her to a better world! Kolkhozes had failed Russia, the people made by force to become kolkhozniks, were running away from villages into cities “to industrialize” the country… The Internet is full of stories about the disappearance of the Russian villages from the Russia maps on daily bases. Did the millions of victims of the Red Terror perish in Gulags for nothing?

After collapse of the Soviet Union, all causes of Russian impoverishment have been scientifically studied, inventoried, described and publicized by the mass media. However, the results of these studies have no answers why everybody who had tried to help Russia to improve the life of its people, had failed, including the last category of helpers, oligarchs, and Russia’s new government? Maybe the alternative or esoteric approach would cast some light to the deeper and darker reasons of the historic impoverishment of that country? Of course, this idea may seem too wild to have some merits? Or, on the contrary, it is wild enough to reflect a certain reality, for example, an irrational, elusive reason why all the nations from big to small, from Ukrainians to Evenks, who once lived under the rule of Russian monarchy, and after the revolution, under the rule of Soviet totalitarian regime, did not like Russians and were ready to fight for their independence like David fought Goliath?

A random Russian YouTube video is just telling that those were Jews who had taught the Ukrainian people to hate Russians. Maybe Jews, for one, taught the same to British, French, American people, and Spaniards as well? Or, those were also Jews who propagate Bandera-type neo-Nazi movements in Ukraine, as if fanning competition who hates whoм more? In case, I checked with the Internet, if Russia, by the chance, has also cocked up some neo-Nazi movements? What I found, made me, the old fool, speechless.

Site http://by24.org/2016/02/01/russian_nazi_are_counted  published the article В России насчитали 53 фашистских организацийIn Russia, There Are Counted 53 Fascist Organizations” classified as “moderate, radical and forbidden,” and the first and second have the opportunity to conduct their activities openly.”  The anonymous author of the site “By24.org” adds, “Only 8 organizations, professing Nazism and fascism, are banned in Russia. However, their presence on the lists does not imply that they do not conduct their activities. They do, only in secrecy.” Here are titles of these forbidden neo-Nazi organizations:

  1. Movement Against Illegal Immigration – DPNI
    2. The National Socialist Society – NSO
    3. The National Bolshevik Party – NBP
    4. The Slavic Union – SS
    5. Front National-revolutionary action (FNRD)
    6. Russian National Union – RONS
    7. League of Defense of Moscow
    8. Format 18”

The Wikipedia describes Russian neo-Nazi as followers of German Nazi who had adopted the latter’s ultra nationalist views of Neofascist in Russiaracism, antisemitism, homophobia, Islamophobia and extreme xenophobia towards people from Asia. Their ideology centers on defending Russian national identity against what they perceive as a takeover by minority groups such as Jews, Caucasians, homosexuals, Central Asians, East Asians, Roma people, and Muslims.

I think, poor Russians, if they are scared by the possibility of takeover by Roma people, in other words, nomadic Gypsies and other minorities! Can this fear be the reason that seeded Russia with neo-Nazi organizations?

Recall, what started the Nazi movement in Germany – humiliation, depression from defeat in WWI, economic and financial misery, joblessness, poverty, devastation, things that Germans cannot absorb or live with. And then came Adolf Hitler with the flamboyant speeches addressed to the nation in deep depression that he would bring them jobs, financial recovery, and Friedrich Nietzsche’s parole “Deutchland über alles”. And they vote for him in numbers as big as 95 % of all eligible voters of that country.

Some explain the emergency of Russian neo-Nazi movement with the opposite —  by the ideological vacuum after collapse of the Soviet Union. Some apply the German phenomenon to Russia reality and explain things by poverty and joblessness amidst Moscow youth after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the beginning of the 90’s. But if Germany was a defeated country then Russia was not. Besides victory in WWII, there took place unprecedented bloodless kill of the Communist totalitarian regime, tearing down the “iron curtain” and strong support of tearing down the shameful Berlin wall that still cut Germany in two opposing halves – the well doing capitalist South Germany and the not so well doing North Germany under the communist rule. Russia could be hungry and jobless in the 90’s, but the excitement of the new beginning–the “honeymoon” over embracing the market economy was not over yet. The root of Russian neo-Nazi movement did not come from joblessness alone, but rather from the mystical dislike of Russians everywhere, and wish to adopt Nazi force as a tool for becoming looking strong and likable. It calls loudly to cast a closer look at the egregore of Russia.

The Birth of an Egregore

how people are made to think in one directionLet go back to the esoteric concept of the egregore, this cloud-shaped entity that lives in 4D astral world and seems to connect earth plane to astral plane for reasons that we will never fathom entirety. It does not have a divine monad, but is endowed with quasi consciousness and energy to search food everywhere. Its cloudy body is not woven from vapor like normal clouds in heaven, but from the excretions of human and animal thoughts and emotions like admiration and hopes, fears and guilt, and hopelessness and aggression, to name the few, floating out of humans IN ONE DIRECTION. Both grand egregores and Vadim Zealand’s pendulums, “local egregores” look like prolonged cloudy formations reminding reptilians. Their natural function is to connect earth plane with the astral plane. We understand some of them, like the function to disperse information during the millions of years the development of humankind. However, there exist some other functions that stay incomprehensible to us. The photo shows a crowd that thinks in one direction. The idea that the circled one, who is not taken by mass madness, is naive, of course.  He may be the instrument of the egregore, but not the egregore itself. Sure this large crowd is feeding right now its egregore lavishly.  In Germany, Hitler was the  instrument of Nazi egregore; in Estonia, the laulupidu, the all Estonian song festival, was the instrument of for feeding the egregore of Estonia,  in Russia, Stalin was the greatest instrument of the Russian egregore, and this is why some Russians want “him back”, to fill the vacuum of strong leadership that oftentimes can lead to destruction, how it happened in Germany and Russia.

Let’s try to explain how Zealand’s pendulum, or egregores come to life. Imagine, you and your friend meet at a café. Having your coffee, you communicate, as we all do on daily bases, and immediately, an invisible cloud is forming above you and your friend. It is called a group spirit. It comes from your and your friend’s communication energy and emotions. It is invisible to a normal eye, but visible to seers. We cannot see it because its vibrational range is higher — beyond the range allotted to normal people, to support their eyesight. If we can expand that range for ourselves, we will see it. Now you are done with coffee and you and your friend are parting. If you are not duty-bound, and you part in different directions, your group spirit dissipates in the air! It stops to exist.

However, if you and your friend are members of some bigger group, and you rush, say, to a meeting to fight for animal rights, the “cloud” that you and your friend created having no faintest idea what they did — the little cloud above them would obediently follow them to this rally and will merge with a much bigger and more stable “cloud” that is already hovering over this rally. Your little cloud would be dissolved in the bigger and more powerful “cloud” of fighters for animal rights, and this is your priceless contribution to the movement to protect animals’ rights, not this $5 that you leave in some donations’ box. In other words, if you do not have money, and you still want to attend some event, do it, as you will support it with way more valuable donation than money! Do not let be intimidated by lack of cash!

We cannot see or touch it, but we have more than enough evidence of its existence and its main activity – the pervasive search for food always, in any situation, and their capability to manipulate the human consciousness to some astounding degrees to arouse human emotions and this way granting more “food” for their consumption. If you want to learn more about it, how it works, read Vadim Zealand’s books about transerfing in English.

Vadim Zealand would call this cloud “a pendulum of the movement fighting for animal rights”. A mystic and poet Daniil Andreev, author of the book Rose of the World, or Rosicrucian Valentin Tomberg, or Theosophist Charles Leadbeater would call this more mature cloud the egregore of large group that fights for the animal rights.

The Bible points to the very existence of group spirits through a Jesus’ saying, “For where two or three come together in my name, I am there with them.” Matthew 18:20 (GMTA).

Look, compare this description with the story about friends who rushed to a meeting to fight for the animal rights!  Jesus Christ will be with you, if two or three will come together in HIS NAME!  So, will be some other entity under any name, Satan as well. So, be careful, if attending a gathering, in what name you give your energy away, and what kind of info-energy you will receive in return. Any communication is energy exchange, so watch out in what name you are forming a group spirit! Forget cursing, using foul language in company, think, what kind of group spirit you are creating.

I think we are sufficiently prepared to understand the current encyclopedic definitions of the term “egregore”.

Every one of them starts with the same preamble found from Bible: “The French occultist Eliphas Levi identified the egregors traditionally with the observers, watchers and fathers of the Nephelines. (The mysterious name of Nepheline, is derived from the word “cloud” on one of the ancient languages, which I failed to identify, regrettably.) The Nephelines were understood as horrible creatures that “crush us without pity because they do not know about our existence.”

Nowadays, the concept of egregors as a condensate of mental energy waves, saturated with information, was developed by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn of Rosicrucians. In the book “Transerfing. Book One”, Vadim Zeland, quantum physicist and trans medium, calls these formation “pendulums,” because they wave like pendulums during their happy hour of consumption. By the way, his book “Transurfing”, has been translated into twenty languages, including all major European languages. The book is easily available both in book stores and online. Therefore, I will stick only to encyclopedic descriptions of egregores.

Daniil Andreev, the Russian mystic and the author of “Rose of the World” confirms the concept of the birth of egregores from human’s psychic excretions in crowds united by a same goal. He also stresses that “egregors are devoid of spiritual monads, but they have a temporary concentration of the volitional charge and the equivalent of consciousness. Every state, great or small, has its own egregor, even such small state like Luxembourg.”

Group spirits, egregors, pendulums live in 4-dimensional space, which quantum physicists can imagine, maybe! However, a normal average person, like myself, a decent medium, cannot see how 4D looks like. I have asked the spirits to explain how the 4D space, the astral world, differs from 3D space, our earth? But the answer is invariably the same. They say, it does differ! “When you arrive into our world, you will see it for yourself!” Getting this warm advice about dozen times, I, finally got it that they cannot describe the differences, because in our language there are no concepts and words for the descriptions in the details the 4D’s world.

It is often written that the egregors are in constant search for food, thus spreading the information, knowledge, which impregnates with information the energy from which they are created, gives us knowledge that literally “fells in our heads from above.” The details of this process are unknown. But sure, cloud-like formation cannot bite carrots, they just connect to our auras and take in energy from our rapture or anger, our annoyance or joy, and they become full. The pole of our emotions, positive or negative, does not matter for them.

Maybe, I squeeze in here a real-life example inspired by Zealand’s books, and strongly confirmed by my driving practice. You drive on the freeway, and you are of course in rush. Suddenly, there is a champ” in front of you.  He is driving slowly, he is keeping you from driving faster, because the side lanes are busy and you cannot pass him, and he is forcing you to tail him and accept the speed that he is dictating to you. The stronger you disagree with that dictation, the louder you curse him in your mind, the more food the “freeway pendulum” gets from you!

Once I decided to try a trick. The “champ” was there, in front of me, I was in rush, of course, but at that time, I did not let my emotions to flame! And believe it or not – soon the “champ” was gone, because the “freeway pendulum” did not get any food from me, and “champ” was probably sent to tease other drivers. It is hard to understand how “the freeway pendulum” makes a slow driver to obey and drive in front of a fuming driver in rush, spreading around egregore’s food.

In the modern literature, Annie Besant, David Icke, Paco Nathan, Mirra Alfassa, Paramahansa Yogananda, Vadim Zealand, Dolores Ashkraft-Nowitzki, Charles Leadbeater, Alexander Sviyash, Anatoly Nekrasov, Roman Zyulkov have written about the egregores, and I’m sure that I have not listed all the authors whose books on this issue are worth being found and read by readers.

People’s negative habits, such as smoking, alcohol, narcotics, countries, armies, corporations, celebrities (Elvis Presley, Mozart), official religions and especially religious sects, wars, crises, rulers (Putin, Reagan, Tramp), nations, schools, sports teams – all these units of human activity have everyone unique egregores.

Triumph 1234The more a star has fans, or a political party of followers, the greater the egregore, the glory of the star is brighter, and the party has more influence. The egregores fight in competition for “clients”, and they die when people’s interest in the information that they carry, disappears, or becomes obsolete. Egregores die when certain party loses ground, when a former celebrity, book, movie, theatrical production fells out of trending mode. And it dies slowly, as forgetting something that once was “thundering” happens slowly and gradually.

As a medium, I have heard some about the egregores from former luminaries on earth, now spirits in the astral world, when I was working on my book “Prisoners of Fame”. The spirits of the former stars reported enthusiastically that they were finally forgotten, and their egregore was dead. Former Hollywood stars called their egregores cosmic parasites, eaters of human energy. After the disappearance of their egregores, the spirits of the former artists arranged banquets in their astral world celebrating liberation from their parasites, always hungry and annoying the former celebs with demands to feed them at any cost. Think about it! In the astral world, artists cannot wait to be forgotten on earth!

About The Egregore of Russia. Post Two

BackCoverPortrait-TanikaA Note from the Author. My article about  the egregore of Russia became so long that I cut it into three posts – The Strange Problems of Russia,  Russia Problems Have Deep Roots in the Past, and Exhibition of Sergei Shchukin’s Art Collection in Paris. These posts are not the fruits of a scientific research, rather my deep, or not so deep thoughts about Russia, where I lived 55 years. Then I came to America, and soon noticed that American egregore, despite the opposing features, have some similarities how they impact people who had birthed them with their hopes, fears and lasting, repetitive thoughts and emotions.

Russia Problems Have Deep Roots in the Past

To understand true Nature of the Russian egregore, we need a short excurse at least into two events in Russian history that had cast centuries long shadows on modern life of Russia – it’s hopeless battle with Russian alcoholism, theft, and slavish inertia.  Year 1569; Ivan the Terrible is planning to chastise the prosperous and known for his independent spirit cities Novgorod and Pskov by the force of his brainchild — Oprichnina. This was a special division made to suppress any kind of opposition to tsar’s will.

downloadOprichniks rode black horses with heads of dogs attached to the saddles, and were led by Ivan the Terrible himself. They had “license to kill” — to murder and torture rich and poor, men and women, and children – everyone suspected in disagreement with tsar politics. In nowadays, Ultra Reds demand to rank this tsar to the saints.

Ivan arranged a campaign to punish Novgorod and Pskov for their wish to separate from Moscow and bring their allegiance to King of Poland. Pay attention, how early the separation idea from Moscow was looming on western regions of Russia! Only 300 years will pass, and Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, three little states not far away from Novgorod, will be first to leave the Soviet Union on the brink of its collapse.

Tsar sent oprichnik Maluta Skuratov to get the blessing for his undertaking from Phillip II, the Archbishop of the Church of All Russia. The high priest refused to bless this affair, and Maluta Skuratov murdered Philip, Ivan’s childhood friend, by smothering him with a bedroom pillow.

The bloody pogrom of Novgorod, executed by Ivan the Terrible personally, found its place in almost all history text books. The reports of this bacchanalia of cruelty, “the bloody flowers” of Ivan’s sick imagination are hard to read today. People were hunted to be burned alive, fried in hot flour, then cast in winter icy water to die… and this is only the beginning of the long list of tortures!  Enough, I stop here! Historians assume that the number of victims of this pogrom was between 5,000 – 15,000, or more out of Novgorod’s population in 30 thousand. Oprichniks plundered the Novgorod’s outskirts, estates, countryside as well, continuing to murder men, women and children, destroying the edible stocks to expand the impact of this punishment. Later, hunger came to cannibalism, an epidemic of plague broke out. This was what Phillip II refused to bless!

His murder was symbolic, it represented many things — end of opposing tsar, end of free thinking, victory of state’s aggressive expansionism, and ironically, start of slow debase of Russian official Orthodox Church. The formation of the obedient, poor and humiliated slave soul of Russia that leads to schism of the Russian church.

Enlightened aristocrat, Phillip II served as the head of Russian Church only two years before being murdered for refusing to bless gone mad tsar’s plan to murder thousands of innocent people, women and children.

Philip was the last archbishop coming from finest family of nobility. The following archbishops allowed the schism to take place.  Phillip II was the monk-name of Fedor Kolychev (1507-1569) born into finest Moscow boyar family. Mother taught her son to read and write by Holy Scriptures. Father took care of son’s training in use of combat weapons, horse riding and other military skills. Fedor s three decades the member of court of Grand Prince Vassili III of Russia, the predecessor of Ivan the Terrible.

When in 1537 the Kolychevs’ family fell into tsar’s disfavor, Fedor, secretly left Moscow in the commoner’s clothing and headed north. A year long time he served as a shepherd for a peasant, then became a novice of Solovetsky monastery. After 8 years on monkhood, Philip was elected as the head of the monastery. He showed himself as a competent economic administrator: he arranged a network of canals between lakes on that island, put mills on them, introduced mechanical devises for developing and selling monastic crafts. The Solovetsky Monastery became the area’s industrial and cultural center. He built two cathedrals, new housing and a hospital for the monastery brethren.

The Novgorod massacre and murder of the highest priest Philip II reflected a dark process in progress that can be called the echo of both Spanish Holy Inquisition and Reformation of the Roman Catholic Church in Europe. The official history attributed the schism to fanaticism and stupid stubbornness of the Old Believers, to a quarrel how to make the sign of the Cross– with two or three fingers. However, the merciless persecution of Old Believers looks more like another episode of punishment of people of Novgorod.  It lasted way longer and caused the first wave of massive escape Russians abroad.

Йесус тшо фингерс

Here comes the shortened Wikipedia anonymous article that points to real reasons of the split, and therefore it is worth attention. This article speaks openly about the most cruel persecution of Old Believers up to burning them alive, initiated by Russian official Orthodox Church against the stream of Old Believers called “bespopovtsi”. I noticed that in corresponding articles in English word “bespopovtsi” has been kept untranslated from Russian in English. “Bespopovtsi” were and are to our days Old Believers who did not need priests, popes, churches as “middlemen” between man and God! They believed that person is himself fully responsible for his deeds, and if he had sinned then only his own repentance and prayers and hard work will release his sins in eyes of God! They rejected pope’s guidance and sermons because these were freethinkers. Do I have to continue digging into real reasons of the schism of Russian Orthodox Church? And the Old Believers were punished severely, mercilessly for their independent spirit and capability to think for themselves. The persecution of these free people reached the level of massive burning alive by being locked up in specially prepared sheds or barns. And they were killed and tortured by many other methods lent from the arsenal of Novgorod’s pogrom.

Wikipedia: The article “Mass suicides in the Old Believers.” The most common method of suicide was self-immolation, however, along with it, self-burial, self-sacrifice, death from voluntary hunger. The bishops at the Moscow Cathedral requested torture and executions for Old Believers. This request led to burning old believers’ houses and monasteries. The clergy led the Russian style Inquisition. Soon came the “Twelve Articles” of Princess Sophia, the regent of Russia during the minority of her half-brother Peter the I, or Peter the Great. She stated that if Old Believers do not want to pass to new ceremonies, they will be burned in the wood. Most interrogations were conducted on the ground. All state propaganda was built in such a way as to expose the Old Believers exclusively in a negative light, as heretics, and fanatics. For this purpose, they did not disdain use outright lies, slander, or forgery. Therefore, it is impossible to divide the burning from the self-immolation or from the executioners. All it started the first wave of Russian exodus abroad. More about a bit later. Modest Mussorgsky wrote the libretto and composed opera about the fight of the Old-Believers “Khavanshchina.” In this opera, Old Believers did not win, but a group of them prefer deaf in fire.

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The persecution of the Old Believers started from the middle of the 17th century and lasted until the middle of the 18th century, when empress Catherine the Great substituted the persecution with double taxes out of practical observation that Old Believers’ households were better off, and stood out among others. However, the humiliating ban on church marriage continued, and the ban was lifted only in 1905.  The Daniil Andreev’s interpretation of the role of this schism in Russian history is completely different, he sees it like sign of the loss souls’ oneness and reflection of split in perception of reality. Developed soul was embracing at once life’s lighter and darker side. I regret that the space of this blog post does not allow to expand Andreev’s most interesting interpretation about the connection of this schism to universal mystical powers. However, it was probably the practical sense of the empress Caterine that saved Old Believers very existence at the time being.  She recognized Old Believers capability to bring money into monarchy’s treasury, and she substituted senseless persecution with double taxation in comparison with other people who professed the official religion. Here comes a pre-revolutionary observation of the life of Old Believers by S.E. Krizhanovsky, Comrade of the Minister of the Interior. He wrote in year 1906:

“The Old Believers’ clergy in simple cotton cassocks, with thin, stern faces differed sharply from dominant churches’ well-fed clergy in their silk robes, orders and apparent indifference toward spirituality. The difference between the clergy of the persecuted and the triumphants suggests that the revival of the Orthodox church, which was so often discussed between us, could only come from the persecuted part of Orthodoxy.
A study has been conducted to find out why so many eminent Russian merchants of the 18th century and the first capitalists of the 19th century were stemming from families of Old Believers. In the XVII century, the Old Believers were by no means the most downtrodden Russian people, but, perhaps, the most well-read and active. Due to the need to struggle for their existence, they developed entrepreneurship, trade and production. Their free spirit, independence, belief that person is responsible for his destiny helped them. The unique history of Russian entrepreneurship cannot be ignored anymore. The majority amidst of Russian successful entrepreneurs are Old Believers. Being supported by their original national labor ethic they emerged as the leaders of Russian capitalism.” For instance, well-known Russian entrepreneurs and patrons of arts Savva Morozov and Sergei Shchukin came both amidst Old Believers.
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However, in era of Red Terror communists executed and persecuted the best part of the Russian people, including wealthy Old Believers who became “kulaks” and “capitalists, the exploiters of proletarians.” It caused new wave of massive escape of Old Believers abroad. Only two million of Old Believers have been found in Russia today. But before the bloody persecution, the Old Believers made about one third of the total of Russian population. Present day Old Believers can be found only in most deaf corners of vast Russia. The colonies of the Old Believers are scattered all over the globe from Estonia to China, from Turkey to North and South America and Australia. I was looking for the count how many of them live abroad, but I failed to find one.  But I found on the Internet traces of suggestions to return home and Old Believers rejection of these offers out of distrust the Russia rulers.

Interestingly, Red Terror’s treated the Old Believers the same as dominant Russian Orthodox Church. It tells only one thing that the quarrel, how to make the cross sign with two, or three fingers, or write Jeesus, were only pretexts for burning them alive in wood or being locked up and tortured in Gulags. The real reason is probably connected, as usual, to money issues. If Old Believers made up one third of population, and many of them did not need priests or church at all to speak to God, the financial losses of the church were huge. And initiating persecution, the Othodox Church was defending its wellbeing at the first place. It is time to cast a closer look at the Russia nation’s egregore, the cosmic force that have control over individuals, groups, movements, religious rituals, political parties, armies and nations.  In present case, it will reflect the Church’s fear to be burned financially. As the persecution lasted centuries, the Russian egregore, probably, carries a noticeable trace of this fear.

Comparing the egregor of Orthodoxy with the egregors of Islam and Calvinism, Judaism and the Vatican’s papacy, Daniel Andreev writes: “The egregor of Russian Orthodoxy was inert, amorphous, non-aggressive, weak. Long time ago, the Church got the position of an ally of the state national-militant government, later this position was lowered to a position of the government’s assistant, then – the government’s servant, and finally – the slave of the nationalist government.” Daniil Andreev, “The Rose of the World”, Moscow, Eksmo, 2008, p. 354.

What became of the Orthodox Church in the series of falling from the position of the ally of the tsar to the position of the slave of the aggressive statehood, bitten into heart and mind by the poisonous national chauvinism? The unstoppable formation of the egregore of slave’s mindset and poverty was fueled by this fear that made Russian church debase from the leader of spirituality to a beggar in need of state’s protection. But who likes beggars and needy?

In the fourth book of War and Peace, in the salon of Elena Kuragina, among her guests we see a Polish Catholic prelate, but in this type of social gathering you will never meet a Russian priest. And after murder of Philip II, the post of Archbishop would be never occupied by the representative of enlightened and educated aristocracy. Gradually, the priest would be nicknamed a “pop” and his wife would be called by a mocking name “papadya”.  The Russian Orthodox Church would become a church of the poor and disadvantaged, and in return, the growing egregor of slavish poverty began to shape the image of the people, and destructive tendencies — alcoholism, theft and lies and submissiveness become the problems of modern days Russia. Old Believers who paid the price for their independent spirit, may have their set of problems, but they managed to stay independent in spirit and mind and actions!

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Vasili Surikov well-known painting  “Boyarina Morozova” shows a dishonored noble woman’s trip to be isolated and  punished by ruling powers. Pay attention to a detail:  on the right corner of this painting, there are two beggars, one is asking alms from the arrested person. The other one supports the Morozova. He looks at her stretched hand with lifted two fingers. The beggar lifts also his two fingers, but does it not so fearlessly as Morozova, still in his heart he admires her courageous gesture. Looking even more carefully, we see  a chain on him, he is not so much beggar, as “yurodivoy”, a fool, a jester. Russian jesters shared people’s poverty to the extreme, buying this way right to throw truth in any face he likes, in  tsar’s face as well. His support of Morozova expresses the painter’d ideas about Old Believers.

 

About The Egregore of Russia. Post Three

BackCoverPortrait-TanikaA Note from the Author: In original Russian, my article about egregore of Russia became so long that I had to cut it into three posts – Modern Russia Problems’ Deep Roots in the Past, About Egregores, and Sergei Shchukin’s Art Collection in Paris. This series of posts is not a fruit of scientific research  but reflection of my personal experiences of 55-year long life in that country.  Now I have live in America already 28 years, and I see some similarities in ways how different egregores influence people in so different countries like America and Russia.      

Sergei Shchukin’s Art Collection in Paris

This rejection of the church’s contact with the society upper class leaves a deep scar in Russian life and culture. The Russian Church of the poor and beggars managed to excommunicate the great Russian writer Lev Tolstoy from the church and Lev Tolstoy did not hesitate express his dislike of Nikolai Chernyshevsky, the writer, leftist, and son of a priest, in other words, a popovitch! The greatest Russia writer challenged the right of the pope’s posterity, popovichs,  to engage in literature, philosophy, and aesthetics.

Alexander Blok will write his famous article “The People and the Intelligentsia” about two different and opposing countries in one – the people and the intelligentsia, who treat each other like Russians and Tatars:

“Between these two countries – between the people and the intelligentsia (the educated ones) – there is a thread like thin line, where both sides meet and seek ways to communicate. Such connecting line did not exist between the Russians and Tatars, between the two camps, clearly hostile. But how trustworthy is this thin communication borderline, if both camps hate each other secretly? How strange and unusual is the convergence at that line! There are no “tribes, dialects, states” here! Still, the worker, the sectarian, the tramp, the peasant, the public figure tries here to talk here with revolutionaries and officials. But this line is too thin — two camps do not understand each other, and do not want to know each other. These, who, nearing that line, seek peace and communication, are seen, as traitors and defectors by both – people and intelligentsia.

This mysterious line appeared as river Nepryadva (at battle Kulikovo where Russians fought to get independence from Tatar’s rule.  – TE). On eve of the battle between Russian and Tatars in Medieval times, this river wagged clean and transparent between the two camps. But the night after the battle, and seven more nights in a row, it flowed red from Russian and Tatar blood.”

No need to remind how much blood was spilled between these camps after the seizure of power by Lenin and the Bolsheviks? Thinking about the centenary (1917-2017) of October Revolution, we know that this “two opposing camps” problem, a very Russian one still stays unresolved. The red blood continues to trickle on that thin line that separates people and intelligentsia.

Someone will say, the author has skidded … But remember, for instance, the fate of Vasili Shukshin, the genially talented writer, film director and actor. Remember the tears of his wife, Lydia Fedoseyeva when she tried to explain on TV why her husband’s death was so untimely. She accused openly the camp of intelligentsia – they hated him for coming from a peasant family in remote Siberia. She added, “If you come from people, it is hard to break the resistance of intelligentsia, and make them to recognize your talent.” Remember Vysotsky, who lived his short life one leg here, the other there, and was seen by both sides as a defector.

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Remember the story of Father Alexander Men, who, on the contrary, stemmed from intelligentsia and was killed by the other camp’s forces in the heyday of his popularity, as a progressive priest who promoted education and positive values. In fact, he went against the Russian egregore of poverty that does not need independent and self-assured souls. Murder of Alexander was investigated for many years, but the killer was never found.

The Russian Orthodox Church, becoming the slave of the ruling demonic powers, the church of the destitute and needy, offered the egregore of slavish poverty more and more food, the number of poor was increasing. The egregore mushroomed, it strength was growing and it started to mold people according its own needs – to have more needy people around! And the colossal egregore of Russia was still growing making more and more people accepting it’s demands. It made people to accept the poor’s “ideology” – the poverty as way of life!

Over time, this egregore proved became stronger than the rule of monarchy, rule of communist party, and modern rulers of Russia, such as Putin, Duma and power of oligarchs. This egregor turned out to be cruel and destructive, here is the root of Russian historical drunkenness and theft! The beggar drinks, the beggar steals, the beggar begs not because he does not know the difference between good and evil, but because otherwise he will not survive. And the egregor of the poor, supports in all the features of the poor – depression, the landmark of the Russian soul – sadness and the hopelessness, gloomy believe that everything is bad and will become worse, drunkenness, lying, stealing, gloom, aggressiveness, senseless competitiveness, greed, despair, low standard of daily existence.

When the revolution in 1917 withdrew everything from the rich, it was hoped that it would improve the destitute livelihood, but ironically, instead of improvement, the people fell into the trap of monstrous communal apartments for decades, which maimed the genetic code of the nation. But this is not enough, out of the crowded communal apartments, millions found themselves locked up in Gulags. Today, instead of Gulags, the dark power of alcohol and drugs controls lives of millions of Russians robbing so many individuals from hopes and future.

Why other nations do not love us having many similar problems to handle, like alcoholism and drug dependency? They live under other egregores, they have their sets of problems, but they cannot accept the “aura” of the poverty that we carry around involuntarily where-ever we go.

It threatens, because it represents a thing that most people are learned to avoid in the name of different intentions programmed into their minds. The laureate of Noble’s award Boris Pasternak, poet, wrote once быть знаменитым некрасиво “to be famous is ugly”, or “to be famous isn’t beautiful.” Now compare this idea with American cult of celebrities and American egregore suggested dream of becoming “rich and famous, and in any regard independent person!” Our egregore of poverty threatens and repels. The national egregors of the Baltic people are formed by the 800-year-old influence of the German egregore. It did not spread anti-Semitism, because it does not exist in Baltic states. But the German egregore planted a strong desire for orderly livability and education. The egregores of the Caucasian nationalities demand independence and material dignity for their peoples. Does it mean that the nations that have created egregores of prosperity do not have their own “Nepryadva river” of serious divisions like the problem of dislike and distrust between white and blacks in America! Obama was “ruling” America eight years to overcome that rejection and create peace! In our present-day reality, he achieved the opposite, the deepening of division that speaks clearly about the interference of a national egregore to the extent of split into two independent egregores, one white egregore and the other black egregore. Today the black one is weak, but tomorrow it will work for laying foundation for the future civilization. God’s ways are unfathomable, indeed!

But despite of differences whatever they support, poverty or prosperity, egregores act similarly. They, the Biblical Nephelines, put our minds to sleep and pump our negative emotions. TV showed, how black youth reacted to police violence by burning the random cars parked on the streets. Demanding justice, they imitated dangerous political revolts, as if denying their belonging to American great nation, and identifying themselves rather as part of the sea of fresh immigrants, the destitute from countries in political turmoil, because our Nephelines, egregores, does not love us, they eat us, and in this regard, they all are identical.

I was impressed by Putin’s one appearance on the Russian television. He charged his governors with immobility to engage the money that he and his government had given them to improve the daily livability if their subjects far away from Moscow. Money was there dead, it did not work, as governors, those scoundrels, did not put that money in construction, modernization of life.

Poor Putin, the local officials will never do, until the strong initiative to improve life will come from below, from people’s conviction that poverty ought to be erased. However, that would be done by people who will be not controlled by the egregore of beggars. Today these people multiply in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, when it will happen in provinces, when it will change Russia?

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the new government began intuitively with repainting the churches’ domes and repairing churches, and now during the TV broadcasts of Easter sermons the priests change the festive attires several times, looking more like Easter eggs than the bearers of the sacred word. Do I like this? The ancient Russian icons and chants are beautiful, subtle, elegant, as if created by some other culture.

One more painful memory from the past. I remember, Germany and Poland, the countries destroyed to bare bones, ruin skeletons instead of cities left behind by war bombings in WWII, rose back from ashes quickly, more gorgeous than ever, and how the Soviet victors joked bitterly that the vanquished live way better than the winners … It is difficult to find a more vivid illustration of the power of the egregors over the people’s minds and attitude. Only good news is that not a single egregore lives forever. The instant when the people change their mind, say, to refuse be poor, the egregore of poverty will vanish, this terrible Nepheline will die! I will not live to see it, but it will happen sooner or later.

1917-2017! A hundred years have passed since the moment when Russia abolished its monarchy and, instead of enjoying freedom, cast itself into sea of blood and suffering. Will the next century bring something new to Russia? Maybe Russian soul will, finally, get over the habit to suffer and embrace joy and peace!

To finish this blogpost, I want to share a couple of words about one surprising event connected to Russian culture, which occurred recently in Paris, France – the exhibition of Sergei Shchukin’s Reunited Collection of Masterpieces for its first-ever show Outside Russia. The collection was split up after the October Revolution, and put back together by the lasting effort of the French collector and philanthropist Bernard Arnault.

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Henri Matisse, La Danse (1909-1910). Courtesy of the Louis Vuitton and The State Hermitage Museum, St. Louis. Petersburg.

Luis Vuitton Shchukin inParis 2016-17Sergei Shchukin’s collection, described as one of the world’s finest collections of modern art, will go on to view outside of Russia for the first time in nearly 100 years at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris. The wealthy businessman and arts patron amassed over 250 works of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces including 50 Picassos, 38 works by Matisse, 13 Monets, eight Cezannes and four Van Goghs and Gauguin Tahiti paintings.

However, in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution in October 1917, Shchukin’s collection was expropriated by the state, broken up, and distributed among museums in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Stalin labeled the collection’s artworks “bourgeois and cosmopolitan.”

Shchukin, who sued Lenin charging him with theft, was forced to flee to France.

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80 years after Shchukin’s death, the French mega-collector and arts’ philanthropist, Bernard Arnault, successfully coordinated the exhibition, the following several years of negotiations with Russian authorities.

The deal was made on official visits to the United States of America, St. Petersburg, and Moscow Pushkin’s Museum. The Shchukin’s collection of outstanding works of impressionists and post-impressionists was recreated for the first time in a hundred years for display outside Russia, because after the October Revolution, the collection was disassembled into its individual parts.

Louis Vuitton Center
The exhibition at the Louis Vuitton Center, open in 2014,  was open from October 22, 2016 and lasted until March 5, 2017.

Sergei Shchukin (1854, Moscow – 1936, Paris) was born in the Old Believer family, the son of a well-known Moscow manufacturer of the textile industry. The collection of art by Sergei Shchukin was the basis for the subsequent interest of the Hermitage and the Pushkin Museum to French modern painting. In 2012, Sotheby’s auction house stated that the value of the Shchukin’s collection was 8.5 billion dollars.

Roman Abramovich (1966), an oligarch of Soviet descent, bought the English football club Chelsea, which was on the brink of bankruptcy. A Soviet boy dream came true! To play football in backyard was the standard of freedom and happiness for so many Soviet boys in the limited world created by the communist regime.

Shchukin’s world was different.  His sister  asked once her brother, how do you chose what to buy? Shchukin’s biographers report, the answer was: “When I experience emotional shock seeing a new artwork, I buy, if not, I do not buy!” Different dreams… Different level of emotional experiences.

 

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