Anastasia

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The way her kin lives in a taiga, the way they can understand surrounding nature and a meaning they put in every day of their lifes, makes a reader ask himself, "Why do I live? Who Am I? Does humanity go the right direction in it's technocratic development or not?" This book is a story about an extraordinary woman possessing a gift of healing a soul and a body of a man. More
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About Vladimir Megre

Vladimir Nikolaevich Megre (born 23 July, 1950 in Kuznichi village, Gorodnyansky District, Chernigov Region in Ukraine), the author of The Ringing Cedars of Russia book series, was a well-known entrepreneur. He spent most of his childhood with his grandmother Efrosinia Verkhusha, a village healer.
As a teenager Vladimir occasionally visited Father Feodorit, a priest of the Trinity-Sergiyev Monastery. Later he was shown there the picture «The One and Only» which he described in his second book before the picture was revealed to the world.

Vladimir started an independent life early and left the parents' house at the age of 16. Since 1974 he lived in Novosibirsk and worked as a photographer with Novosibirskoblfoto, a service company.

At the beginning of Perestroika (reforms of the late 1980s) he was the president of the Inter-Regional Association of Siberian Entrepreneurs. In 1994-5 he organized two large-scale trade expeditions with a fleet of river steamers along the River Ob along the route Novosibirsk -- Salekhard -- Novosibirsk at his own expense. On this trip, an encounter with Anastasia in the Siberian taiga changed his entire life.

It had been a secret for a long time for relatives and friends what made him, an entrepreneur with ten years experience, to pledge his property and spend his savings on unprofitable trading trips. The mystery was revealed in his books with Anastasia as the main character. Vladimir Megre brought something really invaluable from the trips.

Throughout 1996-2006 nine books were written by Vladimir Megre (The Ringing Cedars of Russia Series: Anastasia, The Ringing Cedars of Russia, The Space of Love, Co-Creation, Who Are We?, Book of Kin, The Energy of Life, The New Civilization, Rites of Love).

In 2011 the author became Laureate of Gusi Peace Prize.

By now 11 millions copies of the books translated into 20 languages have been sold. In 1999 Megre established the Anastasia Foundation for Culture and Creative Support in the city of Vladimir and launched the site www.anastasia.ru. Readers' and press conferences take place in Russia and abroad.

The author holds readers' and press conferences in Russia and other countries.

The most active readers of Ringing Cedars of Russia book series unite into public organizations, one of the aims of which is the creation of Kin's domains. In 2010 another book "Anasta" was issued. The author plans to write a scenario on the basis of his books.

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Vladimir Megre is the laureate of 10th GUSI PEACE PRIZE 2011
Many significant changes influencing the world perception and lifestyle have occurred in the life of the writer after meeting Anastasia. Today more than 10 million copies of «The Ringing Cedars of Russia» series of books have been published and sold throughout the world and within Russia alone.

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Review by: Burns Well on March 25, 2014 :
This book is about the author's alleged encounter with a strange female hermit (Anastasia) who lives in Siberia. I enjoyed many of the ideas presented in the book, but also found some errors and ideas that could be very dangerous.

Assuming that Anastasia is a real person and that the events that occur in this book are not fabricated, any reader would have to agree that Anastasia has abilities and intelligence that is superior to the average person. However, it would be a terrible mistake to assume that these special abilities make her infallible. Anyone can be wrong about something, and you should never blindly believe ANYTHING you read. Always keep in mind that knowledge is an illusion... nobody can know anything with absolute certainty. The best and most concrete example I found of Anastasia's ability to make errors (in this book) is her discussion of flying saucers.

At one point, Anastasia talks about our flying machines, claiming that jet/rocket propulsion is a primitive technology. She says that flying saucers (built by an alien race) are superior, powered by a form of vacuum propulsion. Instead of blowing compressed gas out the back of the aircraft, they suck air into the front of the aircraft, creating a vacuum that pulls the craft forward. She claims that this results in much greater speeds. The vacuum is supposedly produced by the metabolism of a fungus. There are several problems here. First, she fails to realize that airplane jet engines DO produce a vacuum. Ever seen a movie showing someone getting sucked into a jet engine? Jet engines create a powerful vacuum on one end, and a powerful stream of compressed air on the other end. The second problem is that a fungus or other biological mechanism could probably never produce a vacuum anywhere near the strength of a jet engine. The possibility of a plant producing enough propulsion to move an aircraft close to the speed of a light would be comparable to a tree growing 1000 feet in less than a second. I don't think any amount of genetic engineering will be able to accomplish this. Finally, Anastasia (or the person who thought her up), fails to realize that outer space is already a vacuum. Thus, Anastasia's flying saucers would not be to propel themselves through space. The only option would be to travel through the earth's atmosphere until the flying saucer reaches top speed, and then leave the earth's atmosphere in the precise direction of the intended destination. Once the flying saucer had left the earth's atmosphere it would not be able to speed-up or adjust direction, so the angle of departure would have to be very precise. Furthermore, if they flying saucer landed on a planet like Mars, it could never leave, since Mars is a vacuum (it has no atmosphere, along with many other planets and moons).

The biggest problem I had with this book was Anastasia's views on sex. Anastasia claims that sex is "very bad" unless it is being used to produce children. The reason it's so bad, she says, is because it expends an enormous amount of energy that goes nowhere. I disagree with this in so many ways, I don't even know where to start.

First, Anastasia implies that sex is good if it is meant to produce children. But what if someone wants to produce children in order to collect financial benefits from the government or a sexual partner? Is that a good reason to have sex? What if someone wants to have kids and sell them into slavery? Or because they want to act out some sick desire on those kids? Every other week there is a news story about an abusive parent that hurts or kills their children. We can all agree that certain people should never have kids. Even Anastasia tells the author that he is not fit to raise his own child. So is Anastasia saying that most people should never have sex? Or is she saying that it's good for unfit parents to have kids?

Secondly, I heartily disagree with Anastasia's assertion that the energy expended in recreational sex goes nowhere. Anastasia talks so much about the greatness of love, but she attacks sex, which is a physical expression of love. When two people love each other, they want to give pleasure to one another. Sexual intercourse might be the best way for this to happen. So, when two people have recreational sex, that energy is being used to produce love and happiness for at least two people. The energy is going toward good, and it's not being wasted. Of course, this is not true for selfish sex, sex that involves deceit, and non-consensual sex. But there are many examples of positive sex that are not used to produce children.

Finally, what does Anastasia mean when she says that sex is a waste of energy? What kind of energy is she talking about? Physical energy? Mental Energy? Emotional Energy? And furthermore, why is it bad to waste energy? The sun wastes energy, since only a small portion of the sun's energy reaches earth. Is exercise a waste of energy? Energy can't be destroyed... It can only be used to do good, bad, or neutral. If energy is used to do good. then it's good. If energy is used to do bad, then it's bad. But if energy is used to do neutral, then it is, according to Anastasia, "very bad".

What about anger? Anger involves the same forms of energy as sex... mental energy, emotional energy, and sometimes physical energy. And if something makes you angry, the energy has to go somewhere. You can use it to hurt someone or you can waste it (eg.: beat up a punching bag), but you can't do nothing. Anger is energy, and it's destructive energy. And if you've ever been really angry, you know that the energy has to go somewhere. Wasting it would probably be the best use of it. Sex is similar, only it isn't destructive energy. But if you've ever been really horny, you know that energy has to go somewhere. So what should be done? Should you use it to have a kid, even if you'd be an unfit parent? Should you waste it and engage in consensual sex? Or should you repress it and become an angry, sexually frustrated person (possibly even a rapist)?

There is an enlightened man named Osho who discussed sex, and I highly recommend everyone to read his teachings. Osho would have disagreed with Anastasia's views on sex. He would have said that sex is necessary for the average person, and that it was good for all but those who were enlightened. Sex can only be considered a waste of energy by those who are enlightened. For Anastasia, sex is bad. She doesn't need sex. She has transcended sex. For her, sex is a waste of the energy she uses to power her ray and help people. But for the rest of us, it's sexual repression that we have to worry about. Maybe Anastasia couldn't identify with the needs of primitive creatures like us. But from someone who can, I have to say that society is sexually repressed enough, and we don't need any more of this kind of thinking.

Some of the ideas in this book were really good. Like Anastasia, I think that the best thing we can do for our society is to change the way children are raised. Anastasia thinks that kids should be raised to have a closer relationship with nature. I see nothing wrong with that, and it will probably create better people. What I'm more worried about is bad parenting. For some reason, it's still acceptable to hit your own kid and violate the the will and sovereignty of your own kid. Kids are not property... They are adults who cannot yet care for themselves. Anastasia did discuss this problem, and she mentioned her belief that kids have cleaner minds and superior wisdom.

To conclude my review, I would like to bring attention to the financial interests of the author. While reading the book, I did feel at certain points that the author had some financial interest in cedar products. Also, based on the pricing strategy of this series, I would say that the author is probably more interested in making money than spreading a message. I also question whether Anastasia is a real person. There's nothing wrong with making money or telling a story, but I do have a problem with someone passing fiction off as non-fiction. In any case, this book is a good read for someone with a critical mind. However, someone with more malleable mind could get themselves into trouble with some of the ideas in this book.
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